Friday, June 10, 2005

Keep the serial number of your mobilephone

Before anyone loses his/her mobile phone, one should first check the serial number of the phone by keying in *#06# where a 15-digit number will appear on the screen.

Please record it down and keep it for reference. In case the phone is lost, the rightful owner can call the service provider (Singtel, M1, Starhub, etc) to disable the phone by providing the serial number.

That means, the person who took the phone cannot use it at all even if they insert a new SIM card. If everyone knows this procedure, there would not be much use Taking away someone's phone. Please feel free to circulate this message.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Give the foreign made a day off

Some employers do not give their foreign maid a day off for fear that the maid may engage in promiscuous activity or mix with bad company and may esult in pregnancy or running away from home. This may result in the $5,000 bond being confiscated by the Ministry of Manpower.

The risk is quite small. If the maid gets pregnant, it will be discovered in the medical checkup. The employer can arrange to send the worker home.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Promote Car Pooling

In the United Kingdom, the authority found that there are too many cars on their motorways. They are implementing a system of car-sharing.

We have a similar situation in Singapore. When I attend a social function, eg wedding dinner, I usually find most people come alone in their cars. The car parks are full.

We should encourage people to car-pool. The guests can contact each other, and come in one car.

We tried to introduce an internet-based car pooling system previously. It did not work.

I like to try again. This time, we will use our call center. If anyone wants to car pool, they contact our call center (special number) and indicate their function. The call center should be able to locate another person who is attending the same function and get them to contact each other.

Let us give it a try.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Get Married Earlier

I have been encouraging our ladies to get married earlier, before they embark on a career. Most people disagree with me.

I was surprised to hear this story of someone who had actualy done so. Here is her story.



Marriage for the Singaporeans' ladies seems to be a secondary priority and late marriages and childbearing is most common in Singapore and many developed countries especially for the educated women.

I tend to differ. I believe that early marriage and child birth provides more benefits though the early years are are tougher with lesser income and stronger need for career building.

I married in my third year of University, and gave birth at the age of 24 and 26 years old. This is most rare as most of my friends only got married at the age of 30.

The decision was to settle early and have an "early" retirement from motherhood. Starting early mean that at the age of 40, the prime of my career and life, my 2 children are already teenager and babysitting is no longer required.

Furthermore, youth provides me with more energy to nurture and play with my children.


It is stealing

A sushi restaurant installed a system to charge a customer based on the sushi plate that is taken off the conveyor belt. This is captured through a RFID device placed on the plate.

A group of students discuss how to prevent customer from "beating the system" by taking the sushi from the plate, and leaving the plate on the conveyor belt. The system will not be able to detect that the sushi has been removed.

The solution is simple. Put up a sign that say, "Removing the sushi from the plate is considered as stealing".

We should know the difference between stealing and "beating the system".

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