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    30,567 posts since Oct '02
    • earphones, depending on whether u listen to songs like:

       

      Tsai Chin - Forgotten Time

      or

      Big Bang - Bang Bang Bang

       

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    30,567 posts since Oct '02
    • heng ah... they did not include the shop I like...

       

      now already need to book in advance by weeks. I cant imagine if more ppl go there...

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    • 20 Insightful, Confounding and Amazing Facts About Burma

      John Roberts FEBRUARY 09, 2016 Travel Pulse

      I sailed with Avalon Waterways through Burma along the Irrawaddy River. This journey of discovery in a remarkably colorful and complex country ventured from the north, an area little visited by tourism, to the south, with pre- and post-cruise stays in Burma’s largest city, Yangon.

      I expect a steady flow of increasing interest in Burma, as it further opens to the world after a long period under military rule. Now, with democracy and development blossoming, it’s a brilliant time to travel to this nation, still officially called Myanmar.

      Here are 20 things to know before you go to Burma.

       

      1) It has been called Myanmar since 1989. The country was under an oppressive military junta from 1962 to 2011, when the military generals agreed to transition toward democracy. A landslide victory by Democracy activist and Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's party in the 2014 elections point toward a further acceleration of open and normalized relations with the rest of the world and an increase in interest in travel to Burma.

      2) “Thanaka” adorns the faces of many people you'll see in Burma. This cosmetic paste is made from the bark of native trees and serves as a moisturizer and sunscreen. Men, women and children alike are seen wearing the tan-colored cream, and they often add a personal flair or design with circles, squares or lines in the paste.

      READ MORE: Wonders on the Irrawaddy: A River Cruise Through the Heart of Burma

      3) “Longyis” are the traditional garment of the Burmese people. The fabric is worn by men and women from the waist to the ankle. The longyi is sewn into a cylinder that encircles the waist and is tied in a traditional knot. Patterns and styles indicate whether the longyi is for everyday use or special events.

      4) The U Bein Bridge, a 1.2 kilometer (almost a mile)-long pedestrian span over Taungthaman Lake made from reclaimed teak wood, is idea for iconic photos. The bridge area is popular for sampan boat rides to watch amazing sunsets.

      5) Temples, pagodas and stupas are everywhere. You see the shrines lining the Irrawaddy River and filling valleys — as seen in the town of Bagan. In Mandalay, the Maha Muni Buddha Pagoda contains an image of Buddha larded with so much gold leaf that it has bloated the statue by more than nine inches since 1901. Visitors flock continuously to the site and apply those paper-thin layers of the precious metal as an offering for luck.

      6) Sunset Temple in Bagan features an observation area to view amazing sunset scenery. Scale the temple to the top to look over a valley containing thousands of pagoda and temples.

      7) The Irrawaddy River is the heart of Burma. The brown river flows south and is important for transportation, commerce, fishing and farming. Villagers can also be seen swimming and bathing on the banks of the lake, home to the rare Irrawaddy dolphin. 

      8) The Burmese love to chew betel leaf. You'll see red splotches of spittle on the roads everywhere you go. You'll also notice wide smiles revealing red gums and teeth (often rotting from chewing the highly acidic and addictive narcotic). Vendors work all day on street corners preparing the chew by wrapping an areca nut, a pinch of tobacco and lime paste in betel leaves.

      9) Markets are vital and bustling. People need to hit them up for fresh food twice a day because many families have no refrigerators, especially in small villages. Rice and fish are staples.

      10) Burmese people are friendly and outgoing. You will feel very welcome when you visit. People are always smiling, and young children can be especially precocious and curious.

      11) The cars and roads don't match. Burma used to be an English colony, so residents drove on the left side of the road in vehicles that had steering wheels on the right. Well, a general in 1970 had a dream that the direction of the country would switch directions if traffic did. So drivers were ordered to the other side of the road. Cars, however, still are supplied to the country with right-side steering wheels, making it unique in the world.

      12) Kyauk Myaung is a charming pottery village. Most of the 15,000 residents work in an industry producing clay pottery and provide many of the large Ali Baba jars (up to 50 gallons) seen throughout the world.

      13) With 90 percent of Burma practicing Buddhism, every Buddhist male spends a part of his life as a monk for at least a brief period.

      14) Burmese people believe in luck and fortune, in keeping with the widespread Buddhist faith. The day of the week on which you were born typically determines the name you are given, and that day also is believed to define your personality.

      15) Poverty is widespread, but Burmese believe they can change their luck and buy good fortune for their next life. Therefore, even the poorest people scrape together money to buy gold leaf to affix to images of Buddha on temples throughout the nation.

      16) Distinctive foods include green tea leaf salad and ginger salad. Many Burmese recipes include turmeric, rice, noodles and peanuts. 

      17) Yangon is home to an interesting old colonial town. The largest city in Burma holds more than five million people and also is the site of the famous and spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. Traffic snarls are notorious in Yangon.

      18) Elephants are an important part of Burma's culture. The great Asian pachyderms are prevalent in iconic imagery, appear on currency and work in the teak logging industry and in tourism.

      READ MORE: Inle Lake: Myanmar’s Must-See Destination

      19) Agriculture is the dominant industry. Farmers along the Irrawaddy cultivate rice, peanuts, corn, seeds and other nuts using traditional methods that include the use of oxen and water buffalo. In farming villages, you see families living comfortably among pigs, water buffalo, chickens and goats. 

      20) Burma is a country in transition. It's not advised to discuss politics in public. Aung San is regarded as a national hero, and his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi is almost equally regarded today as leader of the nation's opposition party and leader in the push for democratic reforms. She is referred to in Burma as "The Lady" and is a key figure as Burma is in the midst of a political transformation. 

       

  • Exvinix's Avatar
    75 posts since Dec '06
    • @zerozero128,

       

      Again when did you go for your medical ?

       

      Mine was 7th Jan 2016 , damn 1 month 1 week already and still no news. The wait is really killing me

       

      @anyhoow, btw I did not include any cover letter for both my application and still got called up. Therefore it is not necessary but good to have.

  • Taxilim88's Avatar
    927 posts since Mar '13
    • Originally posted by QX179R:

      Alamak, this is old rule lah...

      Since January 2013, the rule where taxis cannot stop along roads in CBD where buses ply and can only stop at designated stands has been rescinded.  Taxis can now stop anywhere in the CBD except for the usual prohibited areas such as double yellow zig zag lines, within 9m of bus stops and along bus lanes during the bus lanes operation hours etc...

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    353 posts since Jul '14
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    6 posts since Nov '15
    • Originally posted by zerozero128:

      @Anyhoow, 

       

      Still waiting. Not sure what's taking them so loooong. But my friend Oct medical already received notice period enquiry. So maybe next month I hope I can get some call. 😊

      I see. All the best man! Hope to hear good news from you! 

  • carbikebus's Avatar
    12,901 posts since Nov '03
    • Originally posted by azharjj:

      is this 1st time AR bus do 80 since that 4 duties to AR??

      Hmm,not too sure but spotting AR bus on 80 is just like Amdep bus on 167.

  • carbikebus's Avatar
    12,901 posts since Nov '03
    • By the way i hope LTA can purchased 150 units of A95 and 50 units of A24 to replace all those non WAB bendy buses.

  • zerozero128's Avatar
    9 posts since Jul '15
    • Originally posted by Anyhoow:

      Hi zerozero128,

      Thanks for the reply, it does help! Damn, I haven't written a cover letter before. Haha. Will try to write one though. If it helps with my application.

      Anyway, how was your application? Still waiting or already accepted?

      @Anyhoow, 

       

      Still waiting. Not sure what's taking them so loooong. But my friend Oct medical already received notice period enquiry. So maybe next month I hope I can get some call. 😊

  • Anyhoow's Avatar
    6 posts since Nov '15
    • Nope, you are not a loser. Why are you a loser being a virgin? I'm 28 this yr, single my whole life, still a virgin and I don't feel like I'm a loser.

      In this modern society, where many human beings have became obsessed with sex, you should be proud that you are one of the few that have self-control.

      True love comes within the heart, not under the pants. Intimacy can wait when you feel that she is truly the one or even after marriage.

      You are one of the rare guys out there, be proud of it bro. Sex is really not everything. 

  • Anyhoow's Avatar
    6 posts since Nov '15
    • Originally posted by zerozero128:

      @Anyhoow,

      Happy new year! I am not sure whether the cover letter is essential but they do print out your application from Careers@Gov and slot it in your file though. I wouldn't bet against them not reading it.

      I addressed it to Sir/Mdm, since I do not know to whom shall I address it to.

      I hope it helps a little. Cheers!

      Hi zerozero128,

      Thanks for the reply, it does help! Damn, I haven't written a cover letter before. Haha. Will try to write one though. If it helps with my application.

      Anyway, how was your application? Still waiting or already accepted?

  • lexibabe's Avatar
    1,363 posts since Dec '06
    • Lol! He can't even read! Just read the pages above he is using far too much words that don't link the sentences together and he thinks his English every good. My goodness. Who writes this way? The meticulous borned me? I can tell u he don't even know half of the meaning of the words he put in. Furthermore who is meticulous borned? I only know doctors will handle a new born meticulously. I almost die of laughter upon reading the above. 

      Anyways jokes aside. He makes himself stand out so that ladies will think he's a gd catch. I have already done what I can to warn the ladies so there's nothing more I can do. Just be careful. Don't listen to his soapy stories and lend him money that amounts to more than $100 or better still don't lend him any. Don't sign up any hand phones and lines for him. Don't lend him car, he can't live without a car. The hand phones you sign up for him he will sell them and make money for himself leaving u to pay his bills. He's got a violent nature and threatens to 'make a fuss' at ur office,home anywhere if you don't abide to him. Gd luck ladies and his I am sour grapes gf. U can hv the grape. I don't like sour grapes btw.

      Edited by lexibabe 11 Feb `16, 7:50AM
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    • Updated (Thurs) : I’ve just edited the preceding post and included additional content. For those of you who read the earlier version of the preceding post yesterday (Wed), you might like to revisit it.

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    690 posts since Sep '14
    • Originally posted by TIB 585L:

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      TIB1245L on 856 today, departed Woodlands at 0608.

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    • Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

       

      NEW DELHI (AFP) - NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.

      Authorities in southern Tamil Nadu state had claimed that a meteorite fatally struck a bus driver and injured three others on Saturday.

      After reviewing photographic evidence, the US space agency said that they did not believe the object was a meteorite.

      "While more details are forthcoming from local scientists, this is unlikely something from space," Dwayne Brown, a NASA spokesman, said in a statement.

      "To form a crater the size of what has been posted online would have required a meteorite of at least several kilogrammes," he said.

      Local officials recovered a blue object, which was roughly smaller than an adult hand, near the accident site and claimed it had left a crater in the ground. The college also reported that buildings on the campus were damaged during the incident.

      Two days after the episode, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram said the unknown object was a meteorite, triggering an international debate.

      GC Anupama of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, which sent a team to examine the object, said the group has not finished their investigation yet.

      "The team has received a sample from the local police investigating the event. The nature of the object will be ascertained only after a detailed analyses by the experts," said Anupama, the dean of the institute.

      Meteors are particles of dust and rock that usually burn up as they pass through Earth's atmosphere.

      Those that do not burn up completely, surviving the fall to Earth, are known as meteorites.

      In February 2013 a meteorite plunged over Russia's Ural Mountains, creating a shockwave that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes.

       

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