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11-30-2009, 02:56 AM #630
11-30-2009, 08:37 PM #631
11-30-2009, 09:07 PM #632
Need to get this off my chest ...
I got this nagging question. I hope you wont be offended.
Are Singaporean men in general, p@@@y whipped aka 'kia boh'??
I been told because of family planning, career etc, families in Singapore really valued sons. As a result, Singaporean men are weak and thus are dominated by Singaporean women who are career minded, well educated, go getter and independent minded.
11-30-2009, 11:50 PM #633
As a result, in many fields women are as equally capable than their male counterparts. And they are catching up in salaries as well with more women as CEOs.
When Singapore first became independent about 50 years ago, family planning for a small family was necessary because of our very limited resources. So the government campaigned for "Two is enough". But when the campaign became too successful and our birth rate dropped below replacement level at a time when the Singapore economy was booming, the government had to change tack. We need to ensure we have enough young people to run the economy and to help support their parents when they retire. And we want to make sure there are enough women to be married to our men, although foreign wives are increasing in numbers, more than foreign husbands.
I suppose with better education, our men are more understanding to their wives' abilities, responsibilities and needs. In any case, unless you are a Muslim, the law permits only one man to one wife at any one time. Even for our modern Muslim girls, they prefer not to share their husbands.
Therefore I wouldn't say modern Singaporean men are weak or 'kia boh' (scared of their wife). They are more understanding of their wives and value them more, especially when both are working. They share in the household chores and in minding their children. They plan their holidays together. They are more aware of their responsibilities and at the same time they want to have more time together. In other words, they treat each other as equals. Thus most modern families prefer to have a small family unlike the days of their parents or grandparents.
It helps if the husband earns more than the wife, but in Singapore, don't be surprised if some wives earn more than their husbands because the former may be better qualified. But this does not mean that the husband will become 'kia boh'. For the highly educated woman, she may resort to marrying a foreign husband who may be as equally qualified. Conversely, the man with lower qualification may marry a foreign wive from a less developed country.
12-01-2009, 06:23 AM #634
According to a survey one third of Singapore girls prefer to marry foreigners. They find local men boring, childish and possesive. Permuda, what are you waiting for?
12-01-2009, 09:37 AM #635
12-01-2009, 03:49 PM #636
12-01-2009, 08:31 PM #637
12-01-2009, 08:36 PM #638
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12-01-2009, 09:07 PM #640
12-01-2009, 09:13 PM #641
PM visits Cuban institutes
The Straits Times
Dec 2, 2009
Bilateral and research cooperation explored
By Chua Chin Hon
HAVANA (CUBA) - SINGAPORE is looking to expand bilateral cooperation and medical research ties with Cuba, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said as he began an official two-day visit here.
On Monday, he met the Caribbean island country's First Vice-President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, and visited two leading institutes with links to Singapore in dengue and cancer research.
Earlier on Monday morning, Mr Lee also took part in a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti memorial, a star-shaped tower built in memory of Cuba's national hero.
After the ceremony, the Prime Minister called on Mr Machado at the Palace of the Revolution where they held talks on the global economic crisis, Singapore-Cuba relations, and possible areas of bilateral cooperation.
The Cuban leader expressed appreciation for Mr Lee's visit and said he hoped both countries would be able to expand their commercial relations. Bilateral trade between Singapore and Cuba currently stands at a modest level of only about US$5 million (S$6.9 million).
'There are possibilities. Perhaps there are more difficulties at this moment as we are all facing challenges from the international economic crisis,' said Mr Machado without giving more details about where bilateral trade could grow.
After the ceremony, PM Lee called on Mr Machado, the Vice-President of Cuba, at the Palace of the Revolution where they held talks of possible areas of bilateral cooperation. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
12-01-2009, 09:35 PM #642
www.straitstimes.com now and go to the bottom to click story item 3. It is still there today. The reason why I don't quote the source is to save space and time and also to make you either to be more circumspect or be more free to express yourself. Apparently, you chose the latter.
Today's Straits Times of Singapore also have news about many clients trying to get their money back after being cheated by a spa, returning Singaporeans from a European holiday being slapped with 7% GST even on a wrist watch one was wearing on his wrist, prime office rents falling by 53% from a year ago, and opposition claiming the ruling PAP part will have an unfair advantage by changing the rules to introduce a "cooling-off" day before polling day.
To have a better view about Singapore from the Singapore side, viewers are encouraged to log into www.straitstimes.com.
12-01-2009, 09:48 PM #643
Singapore Zoo welcomes baby dragon apore
The Straits Times
Dec 1, 2009
THE Singapore Zoo welcomed its newest addition to the Komodo dragon family on Tuesday.
Singapore's first komodo dragon in 34 years was born to Bima and Yoko on Nov 15. The birth comes after one and a half years of courtship by father Bima, as female komodo dragons have been known to be hostile during the early phases of courtship.
Said Mr Biswajit Guha, Assistant Director Zoology, Singapore Zoo: 'The hatching of the Komodo dragon is one of the most significant moments for us at the Singapore Zoo.
'We have been planning for this momentous day over the last seven months... all the planning in the world cannot really prepare us for the tremendous sense of elation and wonder at seeing this 40-cm long baby resting beside its empty egg-shell in the incubator.'
The Singapore Zoo is the first zoo in Asia, out of the Komodo Dragon's native home of Indonesia, that has successfully managed to breed this reptile.
Considered as one of Indonesia's national treasures, komodo dragons can only be given away by the President. Currently there are three Komodo dragons, including the hatchling, at the Singapore Zoo's Reptile Garden.
ABOUT KOMODO DRAGONS
KOMODO Dragon, the world's largest lizard, inhabits the rugged terrain of the Indonesian island of Komodo, Rinca and Flores.
They are among the most intelligent lizards with a keen sense of smell, which enables them to detect dead animals 8.5km away upwind.
In the wild, Komodo dragons prey on animals as large as deer, feral ponies and buffalo and are also known to be cannibalistic as adult dragons may prey on young, old and sickly dragons.
With a very efficient digestive system, komodo dragons excrete only 8-13 per cent of the amount they eat and this means they do not need to eat often.
Cooperative efforts between zoos and wildlife parks have helped boost the number of komodo dragons.
According to the IUCN Red List, komodo dragons are vulnerable to extinction.
The Singapore Zoo welcomed its newest addition to the Komodo dragon family on Tuesday. -- PHOTO SOURCE: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
12-01-2009, 10:08 PM #644
12-01-2009, 10:51 PM #645
www.straitstimes.com, then go down the page on the left side and look at the column "Most Popular", under "Stories", item 3 "More locals dating foreigners".
Perhaps others can reproduce the article, but it would be more balanced for Loh to reproduce it here.
12-01-2009, 10:57 PM #646
In the same column under "Most Popular", "Stories" the same article about "Zoo welcomes baby dragon" also appears in item 6. If you can see item 6 about the baby dragon, an article you reproduced with a big splash above, surely there must be an item 3. I hope it is not selective "Singapore Also Can".
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