Posted at 11:08 pm , on January 26, 2011
One of the many interesting China-related articles in the latest issue of Newsweek talked about the possibility that Mandarin will take over English. The analysis was prompted by the current positioning of China in becoming the world’s economic leader in the next few decades. In a separate article, The China Threat, Goldman Sachs made a strong calculation that it will happen by 2027. However, it has been opined by the author, John McWhorter, that English would be here to stay.
Posted at 11:01 pm , on November 22, 2010
This is a long overdue post, which I am finally putting ”in print”, especially for those who asked about our executive bus experience when I tweeted about it months ago.
We have tried traveling from Singapore to Malaysia by air which was a breeze at 30-minute flight. While in Kuala Lumpur, we were reoriented (I had a first glimpse through KG’s post) by the hotel staff that trailing through the executive buses seems more attractive. Hence, from Malaysia back to Singapore, we jumped in it. We took the 18-seater (3 x 6) Five Stars bus and hardly believed the comfort it offered. It is decent, homey, armed with entertainment (like the in-flight) system, and has more leg room than the economy flights. While I insinuate that it was like being in a plane, you will not see the clouds up close but the refreshing views of Malaysia instead.
(I am not sure if I mentioned in any of my Malaysia travelogues that most of its views and corners are very much like the Philippines’.)
Posted at 10:39 pm , on November 7, 2010
I have been taking random shots of the Singapore Flyer since day 1 of our trip. Not really excited for the ride, but to test how my fondness to take photos while up there will drive away my fear of heights. We even intended to ride in time for the sunset after our visit to the (Hindu) Sri Mariamman Temple and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. However, it rained. We opted to take the night ride instead, thinking that the droplets and moist on the capsule’s glass might affect the shots.