A selection of photos taken during a visit to PARKROYAL on Pickering. Additional pictures are posted onto http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardoh/sets/72157635490567252/
He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing
- Epicurus (Greek philosopher)
H/T: Gary Hayden (Mind Your Body, Straits Times)
Singapore ranks thirty in the 2013 World Happiness Report issued by the United Nations, a ranking of nations’ well-being that includes measures such as GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The report edited by John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs is an effort to provide a scientific basis to incorporate well-being as part of the consideration for countries’ sustainable development policy .
Over the past few weeks I indulged in several days of photography safari at the 2012 i Light Marina Bay – an outdoor light art festival held at Marina Bay Singapore. During this period, I experimented with different photography techniques, camera settings and not to mention a few tricks on the latest version of Picasa (126.96.36.1995 Mac) which came with new photo effects too. Here is a selection of my favourite pictures (in no particular preference order) from this experience.
1. Ghost from the Gate - A translucent lady’s image on the right appeared like a floating ghost emerging from Li Hui’s The Gate
2. The Palm – I love how a passing breeze moved the electro-luminous wires to create this unintended palm leaves leaf-liked effect captured on my camera.
3. The Laser Lights Beams from the Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum – The additional laser beams from the Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum added to the festival’s illuminations.
4. Key Frames - Photography is often an exercise of patience and a sense of timing. This fast-moving installation took me several shots to capture all the lighted figures on the first three rows as I had to anticipate the precise moment when I can get a clear shot. This other similar picture has the entire figures captured.
5. Crystallised- This colours captured in this picture offered a glimpse of the depth of a colour in an otherwise multi-colour installation.
6. Parmendies-I-Solar-System – This image was created by merging several carefully curated photos to form a solar system-liked image in order to capture different iterations of this changing installation. It is just like how our solar system – the Milky Way is also not stationary but ever-expanding and changing.
7. Woman walking in the white rain – This image reinterpreted Takahiro Matsuo’s White Rain depicting a woman walking in the rain while looking into a dark wet cold forest.
8. The 8 Lamp - By merging two images from Uno Lai’s The Light Dam, I tried to use the two different tones of the installation to form the number 8. After all, we Chinese people like the number 8.
9. Mind the Gap – This installation is made of umbrella shelters used by Thai monks. In urban Singapore, Art has brought direct and indirect economic benefits to the country such as a growing art market and the development of an environment attractive to global capital (Art Stage 2012). In a different perspective, Art, here represented by the monk’s umbrella shelters also plays a therapeutic role to lift the viewer’s spirit up to a world of possibilities or at the bare minimum provides a mental shelter, a moment of respite from a hard crushing concrete urban environment, an opportunity to regain one’s humanity.
10. Bibigloo - Will the fate of the igloo, the Eskimo’s traditional home, also depict the same fate of our own homes as the world warms up with the increased consumption of carbon based fuel?
Bonus – LV Island Maison, Singapore
Here is my personal (outsider) opinion following this article about “Kevin is a Happy Little Vegemite” video. I am shocked beyond belief by some readers’s naivety reflected in their comments when they believed that Gillard’s office authorised the leak of this video in an attempt to discredit KRudd during this chaotic period. Anyone remembered the Australia Day protest fallout?
I suspect it’s actually it could be an immature or disingenuous ALP member trying to complicate the current distraction, force a premature showdown between the two leaders, which will result further self-harming division within ALP. I guess all is far in love and politics. Either ways, Coalition still wins!
ALP could have been a good government for Australia. However for their sheer lack of party unity (reminded me a lot of NSW ALP’s frequent turnover of Premiers before the last state election loss) reflects in their inability to pursue the right policies for Australia, they have lost the public’s confidence to govern and therefore deserve to lose in the next election.
Sidenote: My Australia experience had taught me some of the challenges to run a government in a two-parties system. I am just grateful that the Singapore political environment so far as allowed my government not only to govern for the present but afford the space to undertake long term policies for the benefit of the country.
“In 44 years of Wall Street experience and study. I have never seen dependable calculations made about common stock value that went beyond simple arithmetic of the most elementary alegbra.”
“… whenever calculus is brought in, you could take it as a warning signal that the operator was trying to substitute theory for experience, and usually also to give to speculation the deceptive guise of investment.”
Two ever relevent insights from the late Benjamin Graham (economist and professional investor) especially in light of modern high speed automated trading in today’s markets and the importance of market experience.
Banks still haven’t learnt. They think they can regulate themselves. That’s just not so.
- Hildegard Fässler, Swiss MP and Finance Specialist
The latest UBS derivatives trading scandal backdated to 2008 has renewed the call to impose strong regulation on financial institutions. Despite UBS CEO, Oswald Grübel’s efforts to improve UBS risk management , the latest scandal reflects a lack of progress from the supposed move towards a “low-risk client driven model“.
One would asked, what happened to the bank’s “reformed” internal risk management and external audit function?
Some of the measures promoted by international regulatory bodies and leading economists include imposing higher capital standards, ringfencing investment banking from the wider banking organisation and in some cases separating of investment banking operations from their parent organisation.
Related link: Of course it’s right to ringfence rogue universals (Financial Times)