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  • SG5064X's Avatar
    359 posts since Dec '16
    • Originally posted by SMB42P:

      151117 (Wednesday)

      SBST Cameo

      170A:
      SBS6734C

       

      SMRT Cameo

      302:
      SMB1498B

      When did you spot SMB1498B on 302? I spotted it on 172 at around 5 pm.

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    • In China, Ghosts Demand the Finer Things in Life

      Vittoria Traverso October 19, 2017 Atlas Obscura

      The Hungry Ghost Festival provides them with paper effigies of money, food—and iPhones.

      There’s a pretty clear, well-defined set of traits that make up a ghost in the Western world—from the mushy green slimers of Ghostbusters to translucent, pudgy Casper to the myriad diaphanous denizens of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. They’re immaterial, legless floaters that often care little for the material concerns of the living. It’s mostly a reflection of the Western conception of the afterlife, as place above (or below) the living world. But ghosts in other parts of the world can be rather different. In China, for example, ghosts experience the same desires and, quite literally, appetites of the living. And it’s in our best interests to give them what they want.

      “The traditional view of death in China is different from the traditional view of death in the West,” says Nick Tackett, an historian from University of California, Berkeley, who studies traditional Chinese death rituals, especially those from Song and Liao periods. The spirit of the deceased separates into two parts, which one might call two souls. One of which resides—and ideally remains—in the tomb, and one of which resides in the ancestral tablet,” a plaque kept in shrines in homes or temples. After burial, souls need to be fed constantly, Tackett explains. “Regular offerings at the ancestral altar and periodic offerings at the grave helped satiate the souls of the deceased.”

      But if something goes awry—forgetful relatives who neglect their feeding duties, an improper burial, or some unfinished business on Earth—a dead person’s soul can wander out of the tomb, hungry. These ghosts rarely meddle in the affairs of the living, but starting on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar—roughly sometime in July/August—the gates of the underworld unlock, allowing flocks of hungry ghosts to roam freely for a month, the appropriately titled Ghost Month (鬼月), also known as the Yulan or Zhongyuan Festival.

      The origins of this belief are thought to go back to a third-century tale about a Buddhist monk, Mulian, whose deceased mother came back to haunt him as a thin-throated, huge-stomached, ravenous apparition. Mulian desperately wanted to satisfy her, but he was unable. The more he fed her, the hungrier she became. It turns out she had been too greedy during her lifetime, leaving her insatiable in death. So the monk turned to Buddha for advice and learned that, on a particular auspicious day, he could visit the temple with food, money, and all sort of goodies to fill the ghost’s appetite. It worked, and the “Hungry Ghost” tradition was born.

      Of course, the true origins of the ghost rituals are a little more complex. They developed out of a centuries-long process of mixing and matching of local folk traditions, Taoism, and Buddhism, dating to well before the third century. “Although the Ghost Festival is found only in East Asia in medieval times, many of its rituals and mythological components derive from lands to the West of China, not only India but the many kingdoms and trading centers of central Asia so crucial in the dissemination of Indic and Aryan culture to the east,” writes Stephen S. Teiser, a scholar of Buddhism and religion at Princeton University, in The Ghost Festival in Medieval China.

      But Mulian’s tale is a significant part of the practice today. “Hungry ghosts are the spirits of people who always wanted more than they had, were never grateful for what they were given, and cannot find peace in the afterlife any more than they could when they lived,” according to writer Emily Mark in the Ancient History Encyclopedia. “They are often depicted as people with enormous stomachs but tiny mouths and necks which no amount of food could ever fill.”

      On top of being rather hangry, these ghosts have some particular preferences during their month-long wandering on Earth. There is a long list of things that the living should avoid during Ghost Month. Whistling attracts ghosts. Leaving clothes out to dry tempts ghosts to try them on. Staying up late courts possession. Getting married or starting a relationship is a bad idea, as it is not likely to end well. And whatever you do, don’t buy a home or apartment during Ghost Month. It will be haunted forever. These beliefs actually have real life repercussions, as shown in a 2015 study by Agarwal Sumit and his colleagues at the National University of Singapore. During Ghost Month, they found, demand for housing goes down, which opens up good real estate deals for nonbelievers.

      Now that you know what not to do, here’s what you should do to avoid the ire of hungry ghosts. Just like Buddha’s recommendations to Mulian, most of these rituals revolve around the provision of material goods. “There were numerous ways in which the dead seem to have benefited from a sort of ‘virtual reality,’” says Tackett. “Within the tomb, the soul of the deceased could enjoy an afterlife banquet represented in tomb murals. Similarly, fake paper money was as useful as real money.”

      Archeological evidence suggests that paper offerings, known as zhizha, or “hell money,” date as far back as 1000 B.C. The idea is that through the act of burning, this fake money is transported to the underworld, where ghosts can squander it as they see fit. “It is implicitly agreed that if a person received proper burial and sacrifice, the ghost of this person will not come back to harm people,” writes Mu-chou Poo, a historian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions. During the Song Dynasty (960–1279) other goods started to be made into a form of zhizha for ghost rituals. Paper effigies of clothes, houses, horses, and even servants were burned to send these items to the underworld’s lavish economy.

      The desires of hungry ghosts have evolved with the times. “The festival, and the wider act of burning items to send to one’s ancestors in the underworld, reveals the cultural flows of globalization, and the consumption habits of individuals,” says Terence Hang, a sociologist at Singapore Institute of Technology who studies the festival’s visual culture. “Individuals now purchase and burn whatever is fashionable to consume in a contemporary, globalized society. One can get hold of paper iPads, paper credit cards, paper Rolls Royces, and more.”

      The idea is that you try to update their lifestyle to match your modern comfort,” says Xiaoxia Zhou from China Institute in America, a nonprofit organization that promotes Chinese culture. “Your ancestors should have the same things you have, read the same things you read. So people now burn paper TVs, paper fridges, [and] in some cases—taking female objectification to its extreme—even a beautiful mistress or a secretary.”

      There was a moment when this centuries-long tradition seemed to be on its way out. It has long been tied the Chinese concept of filial piety (, xiao), which asserts that sons and daughters should take care of their parents the best they can. The 1911 revolution sought to do away with such ideas and practices. “Ghost Festival rituals or other manifestations of xiao were seens as backward folklore that was preventing China from modernizing,” says Zhou. Decades later, Mao Zedong, then a librarian, integrated this sentiment into his Cultural Revolution.

      But the Ghost Festival was entrenched in Chinese culture. Not only has it survived, but now the Chinese government considers it part of the country’s intangible cultural heritage. Zhou explains that the tradition is strong in rural areas and southern provinces, but less so in China’s burgeoning urban centers. Some urban communities are now trying to make the centuries-old festival more relevant to young, Western-influenced city dwellers. In 2015 a community in Hong Kong launched the first Ghost Festival costume contest. “It can be just like Halloween,” Anven Wu Yim-chung, director at the Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations, told the South China Morning Post. The competition welcomed both traditional Chinese ghost options and anime characters. The 2016 edition added a ghost grappling competition and ghost opera.

      And as the Hungry Ghost Festival loses some ground among the young, so does the centuries-long craft of making traditional zhizha paper effigies, which have been replaced by cheap, mass-produced versions available online rather than in traditional shops. But the ancient craft does endure. After graduating from design school in the early 1990s, Au Yeung Ping-chi decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and learn how to twist and turn thin sheets of bamboo paper to make evocative ghost effigies.

      Ping-chi, who runs his workshop in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po district, made a name of himself as an “unconventional” effigy maker after he crafted a ghost guitar for the spirit of Koma Wong Ka-kui of renowned Hong-Kong rock band Beyond, who died after falling from a stage in Japan in 1993.

      Since then he’s taken on a variety of commissions for unusual effigies, according to Zolima magazine: an Xbox, a skateboard, a nail clipper, a tamagotchi. Ghost food is another popular option. Ping-chi makes great ghost chicken wings and ghost dumplings. And the largest effigy he ever made was a full-scale fishing pole.

       

      His father Wai-kin worries a bit about the direction the practice has taken. “The appearance of our effigies … have to be equivalent to what the living used, so the underworld can experience progress too,” he told the South China Post. “But some popular products now deviate from that principle.” One has to wonder what a hungry ghost would need an iPhone for anyway.

  • Scopittabuses's Avatar
    145 posts since Mar '17
    • Originally posted by array88:

      Yes if NEL breaks down. And yes for Lor Ah Soo residents.

      NEL is like the least breakdown line though.

  • SMB1368T's Avatar
    1,133 posts since Mar '16
    • Just like how 66 & 67 are parallel to DTL to help aid the crowd if any breakdown occurs

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    2 posts since Nov '17
  • lce's Avatar
    2,464 posts since Jun '11
    •  4-wheeler is a 4x4 . 

      a family car should has a boot to take the impact from any accident from the rear unless you r buying a SUV. 

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  • array88's Avatar
    1,400 posts since May '14
    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      even if 62 is extended to CBD, will anyone take 62 to CBD??? 

      Yes if NEL breaks down. And yes for Lor Ah Soo residents.

  • inthemoneystocks's Avatar
    33 posts since Aug '10
    • Since the start of November, leading regional bank stock, U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), has been pulling back on the charts. On November 2, 2017, USB stock traded as high as $55.08 a share, today the stock is trading at $52.02 a share. The one negative for the stock is that it is trading below its 50 and 200-day moving averages. This chart formation tells us that the stock is vulnerable to lower prices in the coming weeks. 

      Traders must now watch the $49.00 area as the next major chart support level. This level was defended in September 2017 by the institutional money and it should be defended again when it is retested. It is always important for traders to know where they are wrong, so I would place a stop-loss below the $47.00 level using a weekly chart close. The upside targets for USB stock would be $55.00 as a first target and ultimately $60.00 a share as the final target.





      Nicholas Santiago
      InTheMoneyStocks

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    1 post since Nov '17
  • BusAnalayzer's Avatar
    10,430 posts since May '12
    • Originally posted by iveco:

      197 is the result of merger with the old 41.

      Anyway, some of the NEL cuts were harsh. PGL is the only suburb with no bus service to CBD as a result. I hope 62 can be extended to Marina South ITH when it opens.

      even if 62 is extended to CBD, will anyone take 62 to CBD??? 

  • SMB42P's Avatar
    5,330 posts since Jan '12
    • 151117 (Wednesday)

      SBST Cameo

      170A:
      SBS6734C

       

      SMRT Cameo

      67:
      SG5825S

      171:
      SMB1590S

      172:
      SMB121U
      SG5452J
      SG5801K 

      176:
      TIB1189R
      SMB5069E

      188:
      SMB1613K
      SMB3128G
      SG5043G
      SG5498C >> 188E

      190:
      SG5167H

      301:
      TIB1177A

      302:
      SMB1498B
      SMB1649H

      307:
      SMB1535C (307-307-14, 307S107 AM)
      SMB1559J (307-307-11, 307S104)

      927:
      SMB1420A
      SG1714E

      961:
      SG5529Y

      963:
      SMB3140U

      979:
      SMB3579M
      SMB5033H

      983:
      SMB59S
      SMB1327L

      985:
      SMB108J
      SMB1605J

  • SG5064X's Avatar
    359 posts since Dec '16
    • Originally posted by carbikebus:

      Go-Ahead buses getting slower and slower...1st 3 gears all detuned like fark!

      New schedules also reduce rest time as much as 50%!..

      Why did they even detune the bus in the first place?Detuning the bus affects the reliability of the bus services 

  • Dalongyan's Avatar
    4 posts since Nov '17
  • SG5064X's Avatar
    359 posts since Dec '16
    • 151117

      67:

      SG5171U

      SG5175J

      SG5578E

      SG5748G

      172:

      SMB1498B

      SMB3606T

      SMB5004S

      SG5801K

      SG5833T

      SG5136Y

      SG5454D

      180:

      SG5596C

      187:

      SG5816T

      188:

      TIB1116B

      SG5824U

      SG5841U

      190:

      SMB53H

      SMB121U

      SMB1409J

      SMB1569E

      SMB1629R

      SMB5001A

      SMB5037Y

      SMB5067K (still perm?)

      SG5159G

      SG5161Z

      SG5499A

      300:

      TIB1020T (1175E slot)

      TIB1210L

      TIB1219M

      SMB1510Z (still perm?)

      SMB8019E

      SMB8021Y

      302:

      TIB1115D

      SMB275J

      SMB1649H

      SMB3113Z

      SMB8028D

      927:

      SG1714E

      SMB1572U

      975;

      SMB1533H

      983:

      SMB59S

      SMB69M

      SMB80D

      SMB114R

      SMB336S

      SMB1327L

      SG5597A

      SG5747J (Ex Perm!) - 983-983-3

      SG5778U

      *SG5130M, SG5131K, SMB1573S & SG5800M in service.

      985;

      SMB90A

      SMB1605J

      BPS1:

      SG1730H

      Edited by SG5064X 16 Nov `17, 8:48AM
  • JKYY's Avatar
    66 posts since Oct '17
    • BUS OBSERVATIONS

      SMB3097L spotted along Punggol Rd at 1412H.

      Edited by JKYY 15 Nov `17, 11:12PM
  • JKYY's Avatar
    66 posts since Oct '17
    • 151117

       

      SBS6781R on 165 [Blk 639 to Hougang Ctrl Int (>> Hougang Ctrl Int)]

      SG5365C on 89 [Hougang Ctrl Int to Downtown East (>> Hougang Ctrl Int via Changi Cargo Complex)]

      SBS5229B on 89 [Opp Downtown East to Bef Punggol Road (>> Hougang Ctrl Int)]

      SG1027E on 110 [Bef Punggol Road to Blk 286B (>> Compassvale Int)]

      SG5060G on 43M [Blk 286B to Sengkang Community Hub (>> Punggol Temp Int via Serangoon Ctrl)]

      SBS6756P on 159 [Sengkang Community Hub to Blk 665 (>> Toa Payoh Int)]

      SBS8233T on 109 [Blk 665 to Serangoon Int (>> Serangoon Int)]

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    66 posts since Oct '17
    • SBS CAMEOS

      SBS8779K on 22 (AMDEP SP)

      SBS6154B on 53 (AMDEP SP)

      SBS7433P on 70 (SEDEP 72)

      SG5305B on 70 (AMDEP 76)

      SBS7494M on 88 (BRBP 28)

      SBS3768A on 89 (HGDEP 74)

      SBS5229B on 89 (HGDEP 151)

      SBS6080E on 100 (HGDEP 315)

      SBS8677X on 100/A (HGDEP 11)

      SBS8666C on 103 (HGDEP SP)

      SBS8035Z on 105 (SLBP SP)

      SBS8236K on 105 (HGDEP 156)

      SBS8753J on 116 (HGDEP SP)

      SBS6219Z on 156 (HGDEP 101)

      SBS8142Y on 158 (HGDEP 163)

      SBS6871R on 165 (BBDEP 33)

      SBS6104X on 315 (HGDEP SP)

      SBS6706J on 317 (HGDEP SP)

      SBS6711T on 317 (HGDEP SP)

      SBS8426D on 317 (HGDEP 112)

      SBS8680K on 317 (HGDEP 103)

      SBS6148U on 324 (HGDEP 325)

       

      SMRT CAMEOS

      SG1026E on 110 (AMDEP SP)

      SG1035G on 110 (AMDEP SP)

      SG1037B on 110 (AMDEP 858)

      SG1692J on 110 (AMDEP SP)

      SG5120S on 965 (AMDEP SP)

      Edited by JKYY 15 Nov `17, 11:02PM
  • Willie888's Avatar
    6 posts since Nov '17
    • We are looking for entreprenuers to work with us in marketing for our product in the payment industry.

      Product training will be provided.

      Commission based. Work at your own time. Write your own cheque.

      The job includes marketing, manage enquries, simple data entry and followup activities. 

      email me at [email protected]

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    4 posts since Nov '17
    • Looking For Full Time/ Part Time Waiter/ Waitress/ Kitchen Helper at chinese restaurant, Housewives & Students Are Welcomed. Text or whatsapp 93882288