Monday, February 20, 2017

Future healthcare: Our greatest adversary

To put it bluntly, should we under certain circumstances which is yet to be decided, allow mercy killing or euthanasia?

At some point affordable healthcare will become unaffordable healthcare. How do we ration it?

This issue has the potential to tear our society apart especially when the decision on who gets very expensive medical treatment is decided by the size of your bank account.

I think the government doesn't want to deal with this and all our efforts is focused on studying the problem better.

At the end of the day the greatest threat to our security will not come from outside but inside. Just as the greatest danger to America's and global security as we have seen is the millions of stupid American voters.

Read MMS article.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

How financial markets usually think

Just received this at the chat group of my secondary school classmates. Yep, this the sort of logical thinking that operates in financial markets pretty often!

Drunk most of the time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Received a pre-loved Casio watch

New watch and old watch or more like pre-loved watch. What a positive use of language when it used to just be called USED.

Got this watch from my brother today saving me about $79 if I buy it online. He has gotten himself a replacement, one without hands so that it doesn't block the digital display.

Final payment to NUS

Was paying some other bills online when I noticed this. How nice, this is the final deduction. I hadn't noticed the balance went down by about 5K. That is the thing about GIRO, after a while you forgot what you are paying. Telco bills, which is tiny compared to this I remember vividly because it is not GIRO!

Cheap reading glasses

Only $2.50 or $2.05 each for these reading glasses which you can get at the ABC or Valu$ stores. But 一分钱一分货 and I broke mine this morning from simply trying to put it on. Like my neighbour both of us own several pairs strategically placed around the house for convenience. Fingers crossed this doesn't happen that often.

Update: 12:10 pm

OK, the price is $2.25 or $2.05 if you say bought it at Bedok Town, JCube.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Only time understand the value of love

That is from the ST celebrating Valentine's Day, the stories of a few couples from young to mature love. It caused me to recall a fable I read long ago. There are many slightly different versions circulating and I had used an abridged one for a flash movie.

There used to be a very interesting and colorful island, inhabited by feelings – Sadness, Happiness, Richness, Vanity and Love. One day the feelings came to know that their island was on the verge of sinking and they would soon have to leave their favorite place.

Excepting Love, all other feelings began to construct boats for a safe departure. Love decided to hold on till the last moment. Ultimately it was only Love that was staying back. The island gradually began to sink and when it was almost completely sunk, Love was compelled to ask for help.

Suddenly, Love saw a grand boat approaching and found out that it belonged to Richness. Love earnestly asked, “Richness, could you please take me along?” Richness answered back promptly, “No Love, I am so much loaded with gold, silver and other riches that I hardly have any place left for you!” and sailed away.

Love kept waiting and saw a beautiful boat coming from a distance. When it came near, Love saw Vanity in it and pleaded, “Vanity, please help me and take me along with you.” Vanity looked at Love and said, “How can I help You, Love? Look at yourself! You are completely wet! I can’t let you damage my beautiful vessel!” Vanity too left Love and went away.

Shortly Love saw Sadness passing by and said, “Sadness, I hope you would not mind me going with you”. But Sadness replied, “Oh Love… how could I tell you how sad I am! I need to be by myself… I really can’t take you along.”

After Sadness left, Love saw Happiness passing by. But Happiness was so ecstatic with herself that she could not even hear Love calling her and sailed away to glory.

Love was left all alone with no one to ask for help. Suddenly Love heard an elderly voice saying, “Love, I want to take you along; please come with me”. Love was so overwhelmed that she did not even ask where they were heading to. She even forgot to ask who this kind elder was. On reaching a dry land, the elder left. There Love met Knowledge, another wise and elegant elder.

Feeling grateful, Love asked Knowledge who the elderly savior was and why she helped Love when all other had refused. Knowledge smiled and said, “That was Time; and only Time can understand the true value of Love!

Mom: 14th Anniversary

This year Dahlias are on display at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay. It is also fourteen years since my mom passed away and a reminder of my blog entry on her eighth anniversary when I wrote about the trip we took her to the Netherlands walking through fields of Dahlias. It was an unforgettable experience for her.