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Monday, September 24, 2007

Proud of what i do

the Beng 1:1
a vegan driving a hummer would be contributing less greenhouse

gas carbon emissions than a meat eater riding a bicycle.

go figure ;)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

sianz... no time to really blog

now type a bit during work :D
recently no time for blogging. lots of things to do. and now this blog something wrong. the words don come out. i gotta purposely set it to white colour. am considering switching to word press.
tats all back to work :D

Thursday, August 23, 2007

What to do if You see Animal Abuse

What to Do if You See Animal Abuse

What to Do if You See Animal Abuse

Dear mr Beng,

What to Do if You See Animal AbuseThe horrifying allegations of animal abuse at Michael Vick's property in Virginia have shocked everyone, but just as heartbreaking are the many similar stories that don't make the news. PETA receives thousands of calls and e-mails every year from people who have witnessed animal abuse or neglect. They are desperate to help but don't know what to do. Here are some steps you can take if you observe cruelty to animals:

Find out which agency is responsible for investigating and enforcing anti-cruelty laws in your state, county, or town. This may be a local humane society or a taxpayer-funded animal shelter. In areas without such organizations, citizens should call the police or sheriff's department.

If an animal is in a life-threatening situation, call authorities immediately. Follow up with them in a timely manner to determine their findings and their planned course of action. If they do not respond right away, call PETA at 757-622-7382.

After you contact authorities, prepare a short written statement detailing the key points of what you observed. Give dates, approximate times, and locations. Timely fact-gathering is crucial—the more time that passes, the greater the risk that evidence will disappear, injuries will heal, or you'll forget specific details. Written statements from other witnesses will help back up your observations, and if possible, take pictures and date them—photos or videos will strengthen your case.

Always keep a dated record of everyone you've contacted, along with the content and outcome of your discussions. Never forward a letter, photograph, or other documentation to anyone without first making a copy for your own files. Make it clear to authorities that you wish to pursue the case and that you are willing to lend your assistance if necessary. Be sure to follow up! If you stay involved, authorities are more likely to do the same.

If the first contact doesn't produce results, go straight to a supervisor. If that doesn't work, appeal to local government officials, such as the mayor, the district attorney, or city council members. A call to the media in your area (television and print) can move mountains. Above all, don't give up—you may be an animal's only hope!

Helping abused or neglected animals can be difficult and heart-wrenching, but they are depending on you to take action. Please contact PETA if officials fail to respond quickly to your complaint or if you need guidance or support. Together, we can save even more lives.

Thank you for everything you do for animals.

Very truly yours,
Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk
President
What to Do if You See Animal Abuse

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly Cities (from Happycow.net)

Link to the actual post here.
Quite surprised with one of the results.

Vegetarian-Friendly Cities
The top 5 winners according to your votes are...


New York City

#1 New York City, USA

The ultra-hip city that never sleeps offers an array of international mix in vegetarian food... cafes, bistros, diners, gourmet restaurants, and bakeries as diverse as its inhabitants! Eat on the cheap or dine extravagantly, NYC offers exotic and abundant choices for veggie eaters. Gotta love The Big Apple.

#2 San Francisco , USA
Wonder why young and old progressives meet and stay here? Beautiful weather with hilly streets offering glimpses of downtown, the bay and its famous bridges, San Francisco boasts dozens of cozy cafes, trendy vegetarian restaurants, and health food stores that offer raw, vegan, vegetarian, and vegetarian-friendly fare. Eating is easy here, and so is getting around by public transit, bicycle, or by foot.

#3 London, England
Since the outbreak of mad cow disease in the early 2000s, more people are converting to vegetarianism, and new London vegetarian restaurants are born each week! Check out what kinds of veg*n fare the English are serving up.

#4 Singapore
HappyCow lists nearly one hundred vegetarian and vegan restaurants serving a variety of Asian & Chinese cuisine! Check out the list for yourself!

#5 Seattle, USA
Christened "The Emerald City," Seattle is known as one of the most livable cities in the world. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and mountains, it is also a recreation enthusiasts' dream. With over 30 places to find something to eat, vegetarians can easily explore without starving.

And the Runner-ups are…

Vancouver, Canada
Serving affordable Chinese, Indian, and international vegetarian foods & organic markets!

Taipei, Taiwan
A Buddhist country with many inexpensive vegan buffet-style dining facilities serving up to 100 different options. Taiwan is famous for its offerings of mock meats varieties.

And HappyCow's Pick is…

Taichung, Taiwan
Easier to navigate around than the capital city of Taipei, Taiwan's moderate size makes it easy to get around by bicycle, scooter, or bus. Hands-down a haven for vegetarians and vegans -- you will find a vegetarian restaurant or food stall on just about every street in town!


...well, did your city make the list?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Osim Triathlon 2007

Wah last sunday was the race now then i blog it :D
cuz only yesterday the organiser photos come out mah :D

alrite to fill u up the mr Beng and 2 frens took part in the olympic distance mixed relay.
simply say one swim, another bike and another run, get it?
for the uninitiated :D, mixed means got male and female.

ok at 1st the weather was not bad, abit warm, but since i was the swimmer it doesnt matter ;)
then came the rain, sudden downpour, so heavy the grass field turned into a mud field within minutes (am i exaggerating??) with choppy sea and strong wind.

i tot: WTF?? my 1st time swimming in open sea competition and this happened???

in the rain we couldnt hear a shit what the MC is talking abt?! so we waited, and the volunteers there can help us as they oso don know a shit what will the organisers do next. totally low moral mann...

anyway the rain kinda tired out after abt an hour and we made our way into the transition area. from there we tried to find out what the organisers will do. postpone? (not likely) cancel? (they better not)

ended up they delay the race and took out the swim leg(!wtf!) and modified the whole course for safety reasons. ( ok i buy that but i'm still disappointed and pissed)
Original course: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km, Run 10km
Modified course: Run(on beach) 400m, Bike 20km, Run 5km

now u see why i'm pissed. trained so hard in the pool and sea just to run 400m on the beach????
hahahahahaha! wad a joke

anyway our team came in 6th and to complete the pissed off part? the 400m run on the beach has no timing taken!













coming coming...

















and he's off!


and next the champion chip (wad a nice name for an electronic tag!) is tagged to KK our super biker!!!














too fast for the photographer


next on line is WY go go go!














Ops, already passed finish line :D


notice the photos have the buy it at some XXX website??? no way i'll buy, cheapest photo costs $8.80! siao!

anyway kena arrow to recite the national pledge at company's observance ceremony, the mr Beng will do his best to siam!!! :D

ok for some fun here, my colleague sent us one very nice game














the game is abt throwing a paper plane and how far u can land it. try to get it out of the window and watch out for the fan! mr Beng only managed a mere 99.217m do let me know if u manage a 100 :D click on the screenshots to play the game.














thats all for this post. bye!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Just how inconsiderate can one get?

I posted this to STOMP a while ago. (click on title to get to the page)

Just look at this man in the picture.
Not only did he take off his shoes and socks, he also took up more seats than necessary.



the mr Beng had been on board the MRT when he spotted this commuter with ugly behaviour.
I was on my way home one night when I notice this guy sitting opposite me taking off his shoes and then laid himself over the seats.
What started to irritate me was when he proceeded to take off his socks!



This was when I took out my handphone to snap a shot.
At City hall when the crowd came in the guy just folded his legs and sat upright hogging 2 seats!
What action can we take against these kind of people?"
What do you think?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Watermelons, how much will u pay for one??

In local markets one can pay between 2 to 3 dollars for a reasonably size watermelon.
BUT will u pay for a higher priced watermelon of a similar size?
And whats price of the most expensive watermelon u've seen?

This melons (from Japan, with their own individual box!) I saw at at supermarket in Liang Court sells for.....
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S$159!


WTF! I can buy God-knows-how-many watermelons with that money!

But its not the most expensive. My colleague who has been to Japan saw watermelons at a price of ¥50,000! thats about S$ 625!!!!!
Tell me about the expensive watermelons u've seen ya?

2 odd shaped watermelons:












The pyramid-watermelon and the already famous square watermelon.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Batam Beach View Resort (yes, the mr beng went on a holiday again :D)

I've really no time to post as I've lot of things to do. Heres an update of wad the mr Beng did recently :D
We went on a trip to this resort on the 27th of June. We decided to stay at their one bedroom villa and its very easy to do all the bookings via the resort
website.
All the ferry bookings were even settled by their staff :D










Nearing Batam.













ahhh... finally we see Nongsa ferry terminal

















The design of t
he terminal is very ethnic Indonesian design with the colours, statues all the way to the pavement!

We dare not take photos of the terminal in case the customs there might mistake us as terrorists!! :D

There resort staff there ready with the resort minibus to bring us :D









We crossed a bridge and i snapped another shot of the terminal.


Upon reaching the resort main gate theres a security post and checks were done. :O













Resort lobby. Theres the resort lounge area and also KTV and a pub at the basement and 2nd floor.
Upstairs are all the rooms and 5th floor theres a spa.















What are these cute little ???? I still can't figure out what animal it is. Can anyone tell me??
















Theres free 24hrs buggy transport to our villa (which is great!) cuz the villas are situated quite a distance away from the main building. The villas are built right up to the sea.










Below our balcony.


Lets look ard the villa :)















Theres a dining area and small kitchen area.














Living room with tv, sick of tv, den watch sea, den tv, den sea...... ;D










Next to the bedroom. With seaview too.
I like the bed and the mosquito net :)


















And the bathroom. ops! only took photos of the bathtub. :b



















After happily exploring the whole villa we decided to take a walk ard the resort. The beach nearby has a water sports centre for all your water sports needs from snorkeling to banana boats and jet skis.
As we approached the main building guess what we found?












Theres a small area near the swimming pool where they kept some animals like squirrels and birds like peacocks, parrots, chickens & turkeys.




























I would suggest you apply some insect (or mosquito) repellent if u were to go there. ;)

I like the free form swimming pool with a deep 3m end :D
Theres also a small herbs garden. Again repellent recommended.

We had our dinner at the kellong restaurant and we have no trouble getting vegetarian food :D









The next day's lunch was at the resort coffeehouse.
Interesting was the Ice kachang. the atap seeds are dyed green :O the dessert was ok except its abit too sweet.











We decided to go to Nongsa city to take a walk and see the local life.

We went to a local mall, Matahari.
Right next to the KFC is BFC (?) Best Fried Chicken. :D












Teh O Beng. I'll rename it Teh Of Beng :D

Wah my post very long liao. In short its worth going there for a short quick break from Singapore' hectic life. The Mr Beng will be back (to the villa again of course ;D).