Friday 4 September 2009
Tuesday 1 September 2009
Anyhow back to the car, if you want to remain sane and not spend extremely too much for a car, don’t even consider buying a car in Singapore. I’ve been looking off and on over the past six months for a car, even checking out the auctions and let me tell you, car auctions here are not the place to pick up a car cheaply. I even saw some fool buy a year old car for more the he could have purchased a new one, way to do your research buddy! Mmmm maybe there were drugs or something stashed inside that made him go the extra dollars, or maybe it was just too many hits to the head. To get an idea of the price of cars here, at minimum you’ll be spending double what it would cost you in Australia, and sometimes as much as four times the price. This is partly due to the government controlling measures using taxes, more taxes and varying registration tax (the COE that goes up and down with demand as limited number are available each period). The other factor appears to be greedy car dealers. Based on costs and taxes, I figure on some cars the dealers are making upwards of 50% profit. For example the Mazda 3 2L Hatchback, in Oz the retail for A$25,000, in Singapore they retail for S$89,500 (A$74,000). So I’m guessing after importing costs and taxes and COE (registration) the car’s wholesale costing is no more then S$65,000 so that’s roughly S$25,000 profit of which they have to pay wages etc which can’t add up to very much for each car sold. In other words they are roughly making in profit what the car sells for in Oz, so I’m thinking greedy little buggers. Are car salespeople like real estate agents just dodgy the world over, willing to lie and cheat to get a sale.
Okay I know it’s another rant, I guess I’m just disgusted at the way car salespeople operate here, and in general the whole car industry here, maybe I’m just bitter and twisted as it is costing so much more than it should.
Thursday 16 July 2009
Sunday 12 July 2009
Wednesday 8 July 2009
Isabella came walking out of her room today with a coin wallet in her hands, she walks up to me and asks for her money, my surprised response was,
‘Money! What money, do you have money somewhere?’
To which she replied,
‘Yes, up there on the shelf in daddy wallet’.So just what are they teaching my little girl at preschool?
Saturday 13 June 2009
Saturday 30 May 2009
Back to it, I’ve read much over the past few weeks, conflicting information too. Some suggest the ‘massacre’ didn’t happen in the Square but on the roadways leading to the Square, from some of the images and footage I’ve seen this is partly true, that is shooting and the tanks rolling on over did happen outside the Square but by the looks of other images and footage it also happened in the Square, and it must be a damn big square to make all those tanks look so small. Speaking of tanks, it was the ‘Tank Man’ that started me on my little rummage around for information. Tank Man for those who don’t know is the one of the names given to the guy that blocked the passage of a line of tanks travelling alone Chang'an Avenue (the Avenue of Eternal Peace) on the day after the ‘incident’, see picture below. The tanks tried to go around him but he again moved into their way, at one stage he even climbed onto the tank and appeared to be talking to the solders. Eventually he was taken away by either concerned civilians or as some suggest by the secret police. Either way he has never been (publicly) heard from again, executed or in hiding the mystery goes on. He may even be alive and not know that he is famous as images and footage of these events are usually stoped from reaching China. As for the images and footage of this guy, none ever captured his face adding to the mystery.
For those interested, this is a good but long video report of the Tiananmen Square Incident, http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2300254722104314948 (running time, 52 minute, produced by SBS).
Thursday 28 May 2009
Lucas’ Grandma and Grandad (also know as my parents) came to visit and celebrate his first birthday along with my cousin and her family, and yes the two relatively quiet three years olds went berserk just like at Isabella’s birthday. Spud seemed to have fun for his birthday, he’s thinking cake might be worth trying again and he loved playing with his new toys and making noise. Our kids have way too many toys; we could have a room just for toys. Better still maybe we can find a charity that could put them to good use.
P.S. Ours kids don’t need any more toys at the moment, or any stuffed animals, teddy’s etc. All they need is the love of their family and friends and maybe some sugary goodness!
Tuesday 26 May 2009
Sunday 10 May 2009
For those interested Isabella is weights nearly 13 kilograms and is 95 centimetres tall!
Saturday 25 April 2009
I’ve taken a bunch of photo so I’ll upload some later, assuming they turned out okay in such poor light
Sunday 29 March 2009
Speaking of searching I’m looking for a good search engine, Google just frustrates me these days with its relatively useless security feature that I assume is to stop ‘bot’ searches. I regularly get this damn security page asking me to enter the character shown in the blurry box and I usually find that I’m not sure what one of the character are, so I type zero instead of o, or I instead of l so the damn security pages shows its ugly face again. I guess Google going to join my list of discarded search engines, some of which have disappeared without a sign, some still linger in murkiness that we know as the net. AltaVista is still around but I believe Yahoo owns it now, Wombat’s still around if you like the Aussie thing. As for Gopher from my Minnesota days, I’m not sure. There is a Gopher search engine but it doesn’t seem to be the true ‘Gopher’. And there was Inktomi, but I really just liked this one because of its name and connection to Native American mythology (most commonly spelt as Iktomi in relation to mythology). I vaguely remember some search sites from my undergrad day, ‘Dog Pile’ and ‘Ferret’ pop to mind and again I think I just liked the names.
Oh who should I use for my internet searches, out with Google in with ???. Maybe I’ll try this new look Gopher or search out the new site, unless they all appear to be a dog pile, then maybe I just use dog pile. It’s a shame dog pile isn’t where Google is, it would much funnier to say ‘dog pile it’ then ‘Google it’.
Tuesday 27 January 2009
Monday 26 January 2009
Also today we would like to wish those celebrating the Lunar / Chinese New Year a Gong Xi Fa Cai or Gong Hei Fat Choy (for Cantonese speakers). Enter the year of the moo moo, okay Year of the Ox, though year of the moo moo sounds more enjoyable.