Top 10 News in 2008 (Not in Sequence)

I felt that there are too much happenings in the year of 2008. Wars, economy crisis, president elections, would year 2009 also that chaos ? Since today is the last day of 2008, I would like to review the biggest news that had happen during this past year.

#1 Iceland faces Bankruptcy


We have heard big companies filing bankruptcy, banks losing out their funds and real estate hitting low due to economic downturn, but Iceland as an country has been hit real hard and possibilities of facing bankruptcy. Iceland has proven itself in the past, turning themselves from Europe’s poorest countries to one of the wealthiest, but that does not really help them with the current situation. The government have take over and swooped up assets of the country’s 3 largest bank, Kaupthing, Lansbanki & Glitnir, but the trouble does not seems to go away. What would happen next ?

#2 India’s Mumbai terrorist attack and death of Singaporean Ms. Lo Hwei Yen.

An unexpected terrorist attacks in Mumbai, leaving almost 200 dead and 300 injured when the assault was ended after 60 hours of chaos and carnage. This also resulted loss of life in one of our fellow Singaporean, Ms Lo Hwei Yen, who was taken hostage and later found dead on the 19th floor of the Oberoi Hotel. Rest in peace.

#3 Barack Obama – USA new president


The democratic presidential nominee marked an extraordinary moment in America’s history as he won the 2008 presidential election. Barack Obama became the country’s first African-American leader and the 44th president of the United States. He entered the rat race in a economic downturn and its’ people and the world are putting in trust and as well, pressure to see his performance in reviving the economy in 2009. Also perhaps problems created by George W. Bush in the past 4 years.


The earthquake occurred on May 12, 2008, scaled at 8.0, has already left 70,000 dead, 380,000 injured and almost 4.8 million people homeless. This number could be still increasing at the current moment. What a bad year for China ! Luckily, none of the 2008 Summer Olympics venues were affected and the event went on with it’s grand opening on August 8, 2008. A mixed of sadness and joy for China.


After breaking away from Soviet Union, Georgia has emerged itself as one of the more democratic countries in the region through the leadership of President Mikheil Saakashvili. Yet, they faced conflict over the separatist region and eventually lost the war after continually airstrikes and overwhelming weapon power from the Russians. Russia also ended up losing through the economy in the cause of the war. The anti-government are putting blames on President Mikheil Saakashvili which see the loss of war as a humiliation for Georgia.

#6 Taiwan new president Ma Ying Jiu take over, ex-president Chen Shui Bian charged with corruption

After the new president take over, there are swift actions taken by the government to take down the former Taiwan president, Chen Shui Bian in connection with a series of corruption-related scandals. He is currently behind bars awaiting for the trial results. If convicted, he might face up to 25 years or more in the prison.

#7 Honda withdrawal from Formula 1

Yen exchange are getting higher and higher each day, but the smiles on Japanese car makers are not getting any bigger. The economic crisis has resulted Honda’s company budget to tighten and thus the decision to withdraw from F1 was announced. Accordingly to some source from the Japanese news, Japanese are sadden and disappointed because this represents their status and pride in the racing world. There are also news about Toyota, Mitsubishi and Subaru withdrawing from the Rally racing as well.

#8 No US moo moo in South Korea, Koreans protest against US beef import


While I was studying in Japan, the biggest news which the Koreans are discussing everyday, beef beef and beef. South Korea was once a big market for US beef, but after the ‘mad-cow disease’ breakout in 2003, the import are stopped since. The prime minister, Lee Myung-Bak has again allowed US beef import into South Korea earlier this year, it has created quite a chaos scene in South Korea. I was actually there to see the protest !!! Thousands gathered around the streets and sit down in the middle of a open road, protesting against the decisions made by the PM.

#9 China’s dairy product caused a stir in the world


First, it was the frozen dumplings, then came the milk powder. China’s poisonous milk powder caused quite chaos in some of the asia countries, which includes Singapore as well. It was said that the milk powder was concocted with an overdose of melamine, and there are reports of thousands of infant sick and even death after drinking the milk formula. Should they not be stricter with their QC ?

#10 Not spending my day out ?

I suppose that during the 31st of every year, I would be out somewhere celebrating with my friends. But this time round, I have decided to stay at home and watch TV, popping some popcorn on my sofa…. Sorry guys, no BBQ this year… Well, at least I managed to post this article right ?

2008 X’mas Celebration

At last I am able to put this blog into use. I think it has been quite inactive since there isn’t really much activities ongoing in Singapore while I was away in Japan.

Just reached Singapore today and had a X’mas celebration with my family and friends, though not much of them turn up for the celebration.

I could not stand the heat in Singapore, the 1st thing I did? Took off my shirt… Understanding that it might be a bit barbaric though.

When was the last time we had an BBQ ? I think perhaps it was when I left for Japan in 2007.. That means almost 2 years ago.. Seriously missed BBQ food ya…

That goes the same for mahjong sessions as well. By the way, it is already 5 am in the morning.. I think I will end this blogger soon… Gonna take an shower and rest early… Need an hair cut tml…

お金があれば、それとも?

もしお金があれば、家は買えでも、家族は買えない。
もしお金があれば、時計は買えでも、時間は買えない。
もしお金があれば、ベットは買えでも、睡眠は買えない。
もしお金があれば、本は買えでも、知識は買えない。
もしお金があれば、医療技術は買えでも、健康は買えない。
もしお金があれば、地位は買えでも、尊重は買えない。
もしお金があれば、血は買えでも、生命は買えない。
もしお金があれば、性は買えでも、愛情はかえない。

あなたに質問しますが、お金なんで、そんなに重要なものですか?

有了钱,又怎么样?

有了钱,可以买楼。但不可以买到一个家。
有了钱,可以买到钟。但不可以买到时间。
有了钱,可以买一张床。但不可以买到充足的睡眠。
有了钱,可以买书。但不可以买到知识。
有了钱,可以买到医疗服务。但不可以买到健康。
有了钱,可以买到地位。但不可以买到尊重。
有了钱,可以买血液。但不可以买到生命。
有了钱,可以买到性。但不可以买到真爱。

Chew Chor Meng, we will support you always.

Remember when I am still a kid, I used to watch Chew Chor Meng’s dramas and comedies, especially ‘Lobang King’. I think everyone in Singapore would always have a vivid image of his acting. He was recently diagnosed with muscular dystrophy but remains a cheerful side of his life.

As well, some of his supporters and fans have set up Facebook Groups to give him moral support.

Just in case you guys are into supporting him, below are the link.

1. Prayers for Veteran MediaCorp actor Chew Chor Meng

Christmas Coming, How Bout A X’mas Tree ?

Nadya Hutagalung, a former MTV VJ has just turned Merry Christmas to “Green Christmas”. Wondering why ? Singapore generates around 7 tonnes of rubbish daily and I think during festive season, this number is surely to shoot up high.

If you guys are serious or think about saving our poor earth, you should do your part as well !!! As mentioned by Nadya, buy good quality stuff that can be re-use.

As my point of view, it would still be a better choice that we buy something more expensive, but could last longer. Sometimes we see things which we liked at that point of time, but when we came back home, it might not be that useful as it seems, isn’t that right ? Spend your monies on the right spot to save you more on your “after-buying” servicing and perhaps save yourself some space in your room as well.

Japanese received Nobel Awards

3 Japanese has received awards in Nobel 2008 in Physics for their discovery of broken symmetry in subatomic physics. Or simply to say that they have discovered that there are a smaller unit of atom besides those that we can see in textbook. Lol.

Just in case you guys might wanna to know who are they.

1. Yoichiro Nambu of Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, USA
2. Makoto Kobayashi of High Energy Accelerator Reseach Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Japan.
3. Toshihide Maskawa of Kyoto Sangyo University, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Japan.

On top of that, Osamu Shimomura of Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Boston University Medical School, USA has also been awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein.

The last time Japan was awarded a Nobel Prize was 6 years ago and as told from my Japanese teacher, there are lesser and lesser youngsters who are taking up interest in Science. Not only that, Japan are focusing more on economical research and research funds are not provided adequately for the Science sectors.

I mean hey, these guys up there had provided new technology which can be used widely in medical fields in the future. And my own opinion was that they should really focus more on medical since they are facing a serious aging population problem. Right ?

神戸ルミナリエ 第9話 フェリシモ ハッピートイズ プロジェクト

えっ?これ何?何で一杯のおもちゃが並んでる?行ってみかな。。あ、何か貧しい国の子どもたちのために、あるの活動やで。フェリシモ
ハッピートイズ プロジェクト
? 聞いたことない。。。

このボールにあるのスクリーンは人の顔を感応して、顔のまわりをサンタクロースや鹿を 飾られる。でも僕が撮った時に、気泡になってしまった。人が手を振ってと、気泡が小さ くなるやで。

ここは何かポストカート見たのボックスがあるだって。。カート見たいでしょう?

神戸ルミナリエ 第8話 写真もう一杯撮った

まあまあ、写真もう一杯撮ったからさ、ここにいるわけもない。出る前に、募金するか?何かベルを打つといい運かな?でも人が一杯、どうしよう?じゃ、後ろからエエやん。

あ、面白い。ビデオをゆっくり見て、あの手。。僕の手じゃないけど。投げたの硬貨は落ちて、他の人に打った。。

もう一時間タバコ吸ってない。。早く。ちょっと待って、このお知らせは、僕に関係ない。。

出て来ると、小さいな売り場があった。いろいろなものだよ。。当然、たこ焼きもあるし。。あんまり好きじゃない。。

飴から作った漫画キャラクター形

ここも飴。フルーツ飴という。。。固いかな?

時間まだ早いですね。。神戸タワーでも行かない?

ちょっとお土産を買った、赤いと白いワイン。コウさんと1本つづ。