blogs.straitstimes.com Archives - 20 April 2012, Friday

  • Ternyata @IndonesiaGaruda sdh pernah ditawari @Airbus A380 tapi waktu itu blm mau @vikingkarwur

    From high-end jet to haj carrier

    blogs.straitstimes.com 17 Apr '12, 8pm

    By Lynn Lee Indonesia Correspondent [email protected] IN TOULOUSE (France) SINCE its first commercial flight in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines, the Airbus A380 has been viewed with a certain exclusivity. Its wide-body and double deck means the four airlines now using it can pl...

  • Aso struggles with his kanji

    blogs.straitstimes.com 01 Apr '12, 4pm

    By Kwan Weng Kin Japan Correspondent [email protected] In Tokyo WRITTEN Japanese is full of “kanji”, or Chinese characters, and being able to read them correctly often distinguishes the well-educated from the less so. That said, even the average college student or salaryman may occas...

  • Out of Africa and across the world

    blogs.straitstimes.com 30 Mar '12, 10pm

    By Himaya Quasem Assistant to Editor [email protected] The swift viral-like spread of a charity video raises questions about a new colonialism and campaigning on the Internet. Angelina Jolie has gushed about it, Oprah Winfrey has tweeted about it and it has been viewed more than 86 m...

  • A Changing Apple

    blogs.straitstimes.com 30 Mar '12, 7am

    By Grace Chng Senior Correspondent [email protected] Apple is acting out of norm in recent days. Who would think Apple would issue stock dividends and initiate a share buyback scheme? Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, was terrified of running out of cash. He remembered the compa...

  • Massages: Who kneads them?

    blogs.straitstimes.com 26 Mar '12, 3am

    By Joel Cooper Copy Editor [email protected] I like nothing better than to relax, unwind and feel the tension ebb from my tired body. What I’m not so keen on is having scorching wax dribbled onto my face, then ripped off with what feels like Scotch Tape. Yet, this was my punishment ...

  • It’s not too late to save Borders

    blogs.straitstimes.com 25 Mar '12, 12pm

    By Loh Keng Fatt News Editor, Sunday Times [email protected] In May 2009, I wrote a blog arguing that bookshops like Borders should charge people a $2 admission fee to recoup some money from the hordes who come to browse and read for free and in air-conditioned comfort. That generat...

  • If it pleases the court

    blogs.straitstimes.com 22 Mar '12, 12am

    By Khushwant Singh [email protected] LAWYERS are supposed to be great debaters. After all, theirs is a career that demands they be articulate. Yet, step into any courtroom and you will find that very few in the legal profession are clear or concise. For example, I often see the accused...

  • At same price as iPad 2, new iPad still unbeatable

    blogs.straitstimes.com 15 Mar '12, 8am

    Digital Life At same price as iPad 2, new iPad still unbeatable Grace Chng reviews the new iPad ahead of its launch in Singapore on March 16 Tweet Share Published on March 15th, 2012 By Grace Chng Senior Correspondent [email protected] The new iPad was launched in the usual Apple sty...

  • Touching the new iPad

    blogs.straitstimes.com 08 Mar '12, 2pm

    By Grace Chng Senior Correspondent [email protected] The new iPad’s screen is a stunner. Games, movies, photos, text and the icons on the new device look sharp. Text appears clearer and the high resolution means I don't have to zoom in too much. Apps, websites and videos also load mu...

  • @PravitR also actual reports from Red Shirt villages reveal them to be places with greater freedom of expression/speech

    Among ‘red shirt’ villagers in Thailand

    blogs.straitstimes.com 19 Feb '12, 1am

    All subjects are discussed at these gatherings, we were told. At the coffee shop we visited, the group included a teacher, a primary school director, and several farmers - both men and women. We asked two women about the Democrat Party’s farmer income guarantee scheme. One said she ha...

  • Ghosts of a Massacre

    blogs.straitstimes.com 09 Feb '12, 5am

    By Nirmal Ghosh Thailand Correspondent [email protected] Sitting under the broad ficus tree at Thammasat University's campus in historic Bangkok, it is difficult to imagine the stomach-churning violence that engulfed the university in 1976 – the year I began university in Kolkata. It ...

  • Measuring MPs who use social media

    blogs.straitstimes.com 13 Jan '12, 10pm

    By Avish Joseph Lead Consultant [email protected] On a Tuesday morning in September 2011, we at Bell Pottinger Digital held a collaboration meeting with The Straits Times' Political Desk in our Suntec City office to conceive and design a social media research project that w...

  • A power tablet for gamers: By Grace Chng Code-named Fiona, it is a tablet souped up to play PC games such as War...

    A power tablet for gamers

    blogs.straitstimes.com 13 Jan '12, 7am

    By Grace Chng Editor, Digital Life [email protected] Two gadgets caught my eye at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Firstly, gaming company Razer has a bold and stunning gaming tablet concept. Code-named Fiona, it is a tablet souped up to play PC games such as Warhammer 40,00...

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  • Looking for the young Chinese next door

    blogs.straitstimes.com 22 Dec '11, 10am

    By Desmond Lim Photojournalist [email protected] 1) How did you come up with the idea for the project? The idea for the project came about through our usual photographers' informal idea-storming sessions. People often ask where ideas come from. But really, it's hard to pinpoint becaus...

  • The rugby-loving principal who changed lives (via ST iPhone App)

    rugby-loving principal who changed lives

    blogs.straitstimes.com 03 Dec '11, 4pm

    By Lin Zhaowei Journalist [email protected] "I may never have completed my education if not for her." That was the similar reply from two people I met on Friday afternoon, when I visited the wake of Mrs Priscilla Krempl, principal of St Andrew's Secondary from 1996 to 2001 and Bedok ...

  • Toxic cosmetics? It’s all about the dose

    blogs.straitstimes.com 02 Dec '11, 3pm

    By Grace Chua Reporter [email protected] In sunny Singapore, we've all been told: Wear sunscreen. It's good for your skin. But now, it turns out, scientists from Nanyang Technological University have found that nanoparticles of zinc oxide, a substance used in many sunscreens and cosmet...

  • Is Tintin the world’s most unethical journalist?

    blogs.straitstimes.com 26 Nov '11, 12pm

    By Joel Cooper Copy Editor [email protected] Hacking phones, bribing cops - it seems nothing is off limits for the sleazy tabloid pack. But despite the growing backlash, one particularly sordid and unethical journalist has so far managed to escape unscathed. Don't be fooled by his b...

  • Moments from the 26th SEA Games

    blogs.straitstimes.com 21 Nov '11, 6am

    By Bernard Tan [email protected] As a Singaporean, I thought Joseph Schooling's jaw-dropping record-breaking 200m butterfly swim in Palembang was the moment of the 26th South-east Asian (SEA) Games. On Saturday, a young lady with a badminton racket did one better. At the Istor...

  • Why IVF is a mixed bag for me

    blogs.straitstimes.com 16 Nov '11, 9am

    By Dr Yong Tze Tein [email protected] 'Congratulations!' I beamed happily at Kim. It was the 1990s, when I was still a trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Driven by the desire to have children after 10 years of marriage, and having saved enough money, Kim had come for an In-...

  • Tour of duty, tour of memories

    blogs.straitstimes.com 10 Nov '11, 7am

    By Nicholas Yong Reporter [email protected] It is always an uncanny thing to see history repeated before your very eyes. I am sure it is nothing new for fathers, teachers and mentors. It must be a sign of age, given that most people read about historical events in books, as opposed to w...

  • Winehouse, Cobain and the ‘curse’ of the 27 Club

    blogs.straitstimes.com 04 Nov '11, 10pm

    By Joel Cooper Copy Editor [email protected] When Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London flat in July, fans were devastated but maybe not that surprised. It was no secret that the British soul diva with the towering beehive hairdo and even bigger talent had been fighting a losin...

  • My piece of Bukit Brown

    blogs.straitstimes.com 22 Oct '11, 10pm

    By Ng Tze Yong ST Online Social Media Editor [email protected] I have only been to Bukit Brown Cemetery twice. Once, when I got lost on a bicycle. And the second time, last Sunday, when my wife and I signed up for a tour with the Asia Paranormal Investigators (API) on a whim. Oh, I t...

  • Temptation of Easy Money

    blogs.straitstimes.com 20 Oct '11, 10am

    By Chua Mui Hoong Deputy Review Editor [email protected] It took all of 10 minutes for Stanchart to give me $90. I didn’t even ask for it. It came knocking on my door, in the form of a very courteous and efficient young man. I was passing through Novena MRT, on an errand, when I was...

  • Steve Jobs, the Tech Prophet

    blogs.straitstimes.com 06 Oct '11, 11am

    By Yeong Ah Seng Digital Technology Editor [email protected] Like most Apple fans, I have never met the man. But we all seem to know him through his products and the yearly appearances at MacWorld shows in San Francisco. What is it that triggers such a huge outpouring of grief and acco...

  • Goodbye Steve

    blogs.straitstimes.com 06 Oct '11, 10am

    By Grace Chng Editor, Digital Life [email protected] Steve Jobs appeared gaunt at the 2011 Apple developers conference in June. His traditional black turtle neck, t-shirt and jeans, hung on him. He sounded weak. He introduced the key presenters such as Mr Phil Schiller, Apple's marke...

  • iPhone 4S still packs a punch

    blogs.straitstimes.com 05 Oct '11, 3am

    By Grace Chng Editor, Digital Life [email protected] There is no iPhone5. Instead you get the same look of the iPhone 4. An iPhone 4S instead was announced by Apple early Wednesday morning (Singapore time). However, do not be deceived. In the old body is a set of new tech innards. Wh...

  • Amazon-Apple war is on

    blogs.straitstimes.com 29 Sep '11, 7am

    By Grace Chng Editor, Digital Life [email protected] Go to the Amazon website (www.amazon.com ) and a letter from its chief executive Jeff Bezos greets you. It says that it is a company that 'works hard to charge consumers less'. With this message, Mr Bezos launched its attack at the...

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  • Here’s to an inspiring Singapore Sports Hub

    blogs.straitstimes.com 28 Sep '11, 8am

    By Francis Chan Assistant News Editor franchan@sph.[email protected] I can still remember the feeling of nausea as I looked up the steps on the terraces of the old National Stadium in Kallang. The voice of my coach bellowing from the top of the stadium still rings quite clearly in my mind. “Hurr...

  • Guys, give the girl a chance

    blogs.straitstimes.com 24 Sep '11, 10am

    By Nirmal Ghosh Thailand Correspondent [email protected] Across the world, to varying degrees, girls face discrimination. A new study released in Bangkok on Thursday by the organisation Plan International, which works in over 50 developing countries in support of vulnerable and disadv...

  • Swimming Free

    blogs.straitstimes.com 04 Sep '11, 10pm

    By Nirmal Ghosh Thailand Correspondent [email protected] Last Saturday morning I found myself balancing on the tailgate of a pickup truck loaded with some 30 live sharks in plastic bags. It was one of two trucks, transporting 60 young sharks in all. Dive instructor Jean Christophe Tho...