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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

GP Question

Q: Is Imagination More Important Than Knowledge? What are your views and do you agree?

Knowledge consists of scientific, historical, mathematical, technological, artistic, etc etc. The knowledge given to us are from either experts (who are humans) or from media sources (books, newspapers, journals, archived records, internet etc).

Ask yourself this question, before these experts knew (the knowledge that they have today) or before the articles (that gives us the knowledge of today) were written, the so-called ''knowledge'' was not yet discovered. They had to do something to discover it in the first place. Things had to be tried, experimented, tested.

So knowledge is important, but imagination is even more important if we are to progress from where we are today. We need imagination to create more opportunities and once these opportunities are taken and put into practice and becomes a success, it will cement itself as a new and better ''Knowledge''.

Rich people like Bill Gates (in the USA) and Adam Khoo (in Singapore) were both unknown commoners before they decided to put their ideas and imaginations into practice, that is putting their business concepts out live. Once they were able to climb and reach their goals, they were considered successes and are now giving others advice on how to success in business (knowledge).

Even a poor child on the streets of Brazil or Africa etc can imagine or picture himself/herself as a world-class footballer or other sportsperson and if he/she doesnt just day dream but puts his/her imagination into action, there is a chance he/she will succeed and become a player at a top football club or world-class sportsperson earning millions of dollars a year. When he/she eventually retires, his/her experience will be regarded as quality knowledge and he/she could even write a book about his/her life or conduct seminars for aspiring young sports people.

The above are just a few examples.

It is good to have knowledge because knowledge keeps us informed about the things around us, that is what is good or bad for us, how we should do certain things, fly a plane, drive a car, build a machine, construct a factory, run a business, study effectively, take medicines etc, however, it is essential and almost vital that imagination never ceases if improvements are to be achieved.

Dangerous Waters

Yet again Somali Pirates have struck.

This time it is a Singapore registered cargo ship that is the latest victim.

No ransom has been put forward for now, but the crew members are being held captive onboard their own ship. Please read this BBC article by clicking here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

June School Holidays Over

It is back to school time for students. That also means that the end of the year exams are less than 5 months away.

If you are exploring the possibility of having GP tuition, please contact me to discuss. We could have long-term (weekly) or adhoc (as and when needed) tuition. It could be conducted face-to-face or online.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

GP Question

''The Truth Does Not Matter Anymore In Today's World''. Do You Agree?

- Define what truth is.

- State your stance.

Arguments for, that is that the truth does not matter anymore:

- Most stories in the mass media are sensationalized in order to add 'spice' to attract attention and increase readership/viewership.

- In relationships (r/s) between people, complete open sincere honest sharing of information between people no longer exist. Boss-subordinate r/s, colleague-colleague r/s, husband-wife r/s, parent-children r/s, friend-friend r/s, business partner-partner r/s are examples of how the truth is not always shared amongst people because ''Benefit'' is the one that rules here on this earth. What benefits an individual most will be the action taken regardless of whether or not the truth has been told.

- In today's world, more and more people are connecting with one another through the cover of the internet. Sometimes, the person at the other end might not be the person that you think he/she is.

- In today's competitive business and money-making world, even respected professionals such as Doctors and Lawyers cannot be trusted. There have been instances of Lawyers making off with large sums of money from their clients and disappearing into ''thin air'' after empty promises were made to their clients. Some doctors also prescribe unnecessary medicines for patients for the sake of increasing profits.

- Political intentions and truths are hard to ascertain too. For example, the true reason behind the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the US led forces has not been unfolded. The reason given by them is that Iraq possessed WMD (weapons of mass destruction), so in order to prevent Iraq from using the WMD to cause danger to the rest of the world, the US led forces had to invade Iraq. However, several critics have allegedly discovered evidence to show that Iraq did not possess WMD at all.

Arguments against, that is that the truth does matter:

- Scientific studies require objective evidence to develop a theory.

- There are still a number of people who are sincere, honest and truthful in today's society. Eg, people who pick up lost wallets/purses and return them to their owners.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Beauty Ads Everywhere Cont.....

Following the post below, some of my students gave their opinions about the beauty products. Most felt that the products are not useful.

For someone who is experiencing any of the problems mentioned in the below post, it is more advisable to seek natural cures and treatments.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beauty Ads Everywhere

These days, wherever one goes, one will get to see beauty ads everywhere. At shopping malls, newspapers, TV, internet, mailboxes (email and residential letter boxes) etc.

Weight management, skin solutions, and hair restoration are the main culprits. Are they really useful? Can they really help someone who is facing these problems?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Australia's New PM and It's The First Female PM

Now former PM Kevin Rudd has been ''defeated'' by his own party as Julia Gillard gets the go ahead to be the new leader of the party and therefore becomes Australia's first female PM.

Please read this article.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

GP Vocab Time

Inadvertently: Done unintentionally, accidentally.

Conspicuous: Easy to notice; obvious.

Hitherto: Until this time: eg, The economy, which had hitherto been strong and steady, suddenly dipped southwards.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

GP Tuition : Flexible Schedule

My schedule has been a little relaxing and quiet lately (the past week). This is due to the flexible arrangements I have with my students.

Most of them will be taking their common tests for H2 subjects immediately after the June school holidays. So I guess this is the time for me to take a small break while looking out for more worthy materials and information for my students and share with them once they are able to adjust their focus back to GP from around the second week of July.

All The Best in all your test preparations!

Monday, June 21, 2010

GP Tuition

There are various methods that can be relied upon to help a student improve his/her grades. Of course, having regular tuition with a good tutor who you are comfortable with is a fantastic option. Besides this option, there are also other ways that can be considered if you do not want to spend too much money and time, yet achieve the results you are looking for.

Please feel free to contact me for more details.

Thank you.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Social Issue : Crime

Crime is everywhere. In some countries, the rates are higher while it is lower in others.

There are blue-collar crimes and white-collar crimes. Whichever it is, crimes are a result of human behaviour and there is no way a society will be able to completely eradicate it.

Some reasons for crime :
- Wrath
- Greed
- Sloth
- Pride
- Lust
- Envy/Jealousy

The above are direct reasons but there are indirect reasons as well and they are harder to pinpoint. They include, as many studies have shown, a broken family background, where fatherlessness is the key factor contributing to children growing up into depressed, suicidal individuals who tend to commit crimes.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Capital Punishment : For And Against

Some arguments for:

- Deterrence against future similar crimes

- Retribution for one's actions

- Cost of maintaining a prisoner's life

Some arguments against:

- Only God has the authority to Judge and end a person's life

- Inhuman treatment

- Cause stress unto family/friends

- Possibility of killing an innocent person wrongly convicted of the crime

Friday, June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Singapore's Orchard Road Flood - 16/6/10

Floods not only cause inconveniences to people, they also cause tremendous heartaches to business owners who have shops along the affected roads. Business would be severely affected, no customers for the day(s), paying ''empty rents'' for the day(s), paying staff's salaries, damaged goods etc.

Away From GP: Light Hearted Video

Economic Crisis: Even Australians Are Harassed By Debt Collectors

Please read here by clicking here to learn more about the ripple effects of an economic crisis.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Property Prices: The Pulse Of Singapore's Economy?

Whenever property prices in Singapore go up, you know that the economy is red hot and doing well, but when the property prices head south and remain low for a period of time, you know that:

- things are not looking right for the economy or
- that overall confidence is affected or
- that there is some form of infectious disease going around (eg H1N1 or SARS) or
- that people are adopting a wait and see approach amidst economic tensions domestically or overseas.

This time round, the uncertainty in Europe, which is caused mainly by the Greek debts, is putting pressure on private property sales numbers in Singapore.

Please read this article by clicking here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

General Paper Tuition

An ageing population could be seen as a problem for any country and government. It arguably eats into the country's resources and most governments facing this ''problem'' are worried that a large chunk of the country's budget would have to be allocated to serve the needs of the elderly.

There are some ways to tackle this so-called problem. Some seniors/elderly keep themselves fit and healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle by eating right and getting enough moderate exercise. They remain optimistic and positive and join social activities that are organised for them. Some seniors/elderly even take on a second career after their retirements and are doing well financially too. Some others are taking on consultancy positions where they impart their years of industry experience to young adults.

Seniors/Elderly can play a role in society. It does not mean that a elderly person, who has reached his/her autumn years, has to take a step back and head towards doom and gloom. The age of a person depends very much on a person's mental state and health, if he/she feels like 25 in his/her heart, it does not matter if his/her age is 70 or 80. The important issue is to stay healthy and positive. There are people who go for marathons at age 70 plus or climb a mountain at that age too. I am not suggesting that seniors/elderly do such extreme activities, but rather to take it a bit slower (than marathons and mountain climbing) and enjoy life to the fullest.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

JC GP Tuition

Not all forms of tuition are suitable for an individual. That is why it is important for both the tutor and the student to sit down for one lesson to identify his/her weaknesses.

Once identified, both tutor and student must work hand in hand at achieving the aim of improving upon the weaknessess and leverage on strengths.

Negative Effects of The World Cup in Singapore

Football (known as the beautiful game) would inevitably present several negative effects during this month long World Cup.

Football fans are likely to call in sick and go visit the doctor for a MC and absenteeism from work and school would be on the rise (as a result of watching the late 2.30am matches).

Gambling and addiction would also increase as football bets are placed at Singapore Pools or over the internet.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Computer Classes For Seniors

Seniors in Singapore have free of charge computer classes that they can attend at community centres.

Vandalism in Singapore

Years back, American Michael Fay was charged in Singapore for vandalism. Now a Swiss and a Briton are alleged to be behind the spray-paint graffiti stunt on MRT trains.

The security breach allegedly happened at Changi Depot where the MRT trains are parked overnight.

Please read this article regarding the incident by clicking here.

Teenage Solo Sailors

Why do young people, in this case, teenagers choose to sail solo around the world? Recently an Australian girl did that and sailed back to Sydney safely after spending months out by herself in the oceans and seas.

Now an American 16 year old girl is doing the same, difference is, she has met with some problems at sea and has sent out a distress signal. Fortunately for her, Australian Maritime Crew have made contact with her in the Indian Ocean and she should be safe for now.

Please watch this video and read the story by clicking here.

Friday, June 11, 2010

South Africa's Crime Rate : And Hosting of World Cup

South Africa's crime rate is high and this is an understatement to say the least. Personally, I have even spoken with a South African couple on a flight from Singapore to Australia a number of year ago about this issue and they told me that they do not feel safe at all in their own country. According to them, people get robbed in broad daylight, it could happen at a traffic light junction where men approach stationary vehicles and rob them or it could happen at a supermarket where armed and dangerous robbers rob the check out counters (cashiers).

People live in fear and their houses are usually fenced up high, some even with electricity connected to the fence and they keep big dogs to ''scare'' away burglars and home invaders. Several people also keep guns at home for self protection.

This year South Africa hosts the World Cup and it kicks off today. There are already reports of tourists, football fans, journalists who were robbed.

Overall security in South Africa is poor and most people live in fear.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Expat's Child Almost Kidnapped?

In a TODAY's article, a young expat's child was almost ''kidnapped'' perhaps? Please have a read by clicking here. To think that such a thing almost happened in Singapore?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

World's Top Issues

- Natural Calamities (eg Earthquakes, Cyclones, Hurricanes, And The Recent Volcanic Ash in Iceland)
- Health Epidemics (eg H1N1, SARS, AIDS)
- Global Warming, Climate Change and Depletion of Natural Resources (eg Oil)
- Loss of Biodiversity (Extinction)
- Poverty
- Human Rights (eg Many Political Prisoners Are Held Without Trial)
- The Middle East
- Nuclear/Chemical/Biological Weapons
- Terrorism (eg Al Qaeda, JI)
- Piracy (eg Somali Pirates)
- Financial, Economic, Banking Crisis
- Mass Killings (eg Shooting/Stabbing Sprees In The US, UK, China etc)
- Ageing Population
- Euthanasia
- Widening of The Rich and Poor Gap, Also Rich and Poor Nations (eg Access To Technology Gap)

The above is non-exhaustive. Please feel free to comment if you have more issues to share. Thanks.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Vocab Time

Tongue-In-Cheek : not to be taken seriously.

Quintessential : typical, perfect example of.

GP Topic : Energy

The world's energy resources are being depleted at a tremendously alarming rate.

People are only just starting to be concerned with conservation.

Alternative ways of getting energy besides using oil and coal are:

- Solar
- Wind
- Waves/Tides
- Nuclear
- Geothermal (heat from the earth)
- Biomass (agricultural residues)

The above list is non-exhaustive.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

GP Tuition

Hi There Students,

Please feel free to contact me if you are searching for a GP Tutor.

Reliable, Sincere, and Experienced.

I conduct group, or individual tuition and currently have students from JC1, JC2, as well as private schools.


Friday, June 04, 2010

Foxconn In Shenzhen, China.

The video in the previous post talks about the unfortunate suicide deaths at a factory in Shenzhen, China.

Young migrant workers from other parts of China, mostly there working in a big city for the first time in their lives, are faced with long hours and repetitive assembly-line work. They live, work and ''play'' in the compounds of the company's premises.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Complicated Mid-East Problems

A ship, supposedly bringing aid to Gaza, was allegedly ''attacked'' by Israeli soldiers. A large part of the world has condemned the incident. This has especially angered Turkey as the ship started sailing from Turkey and had several Turkish nationals, among other countries' nationals, on board. Some lost their lives during the scuffle.

Please click here to see more.