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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 11 Aug 2015 1:44 pm

ScoobyDoes wrote:My 8yr old mentioned they were not so big and that HK/London etc. had larger and longer shows. I told him HK and London etc. put their money into one big show, let's say at New Year but SG feels compelled to practise so whilst the money spent is the same, or much more.......it gets spread out over a month instead of just one night ](*,)


A less known fact is, each fireworks display, whether in the Marina or in Stadium, is a free practice for Singapore Artillery .. if not all, most of the events are 'fired' by the SAF.

Training for future jobs ?? :D :D It is not all money lost, after all ..

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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby ScoobyDoes » Tue, 11 Aug 2015 2:01 pm

ecureilx wrote:A less known fact is, each fireworks display, whether in the Marina or in Stadium, is a free practice for Singapore Artillery .. if not all, most of the events are 'fired' by the SAF.

Training for future jobs ?? :D :D It is not all money lost, after all ..


As with everything else here.......it's not necessarily the cost of labour that is prohibitive, it's goods and material.
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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby earthfriendly » Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:05 am

Lee Wei Ling, LKY's daughter.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/l ... xtor=CS-01


It explains why she once refused to give US$3 to an African-American woman who said she had a gun, when she got lost in a less than savoury neighbourhood in Cleveland.They eyeballed each other for a few tense minutes before Dr Lee made her escape by jumping on a bus which came along......."The point is, she was trying to bully me in a situation where she had the upper hand. And I will not be bullied," says the neurosurgeon, who has a black belt in karate.

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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby maneo » Tue, 22 Sep 2015 3:41 am

earthfriendly wrote:Lee Wei Ling, LKY's daughter.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/l ... xtor=CS-01


It explains why she once refused to give US$3 to an African-American woman who said she had a gun, when she got lost in a less than savoury neighbourhood in Cleveland.They eyeballed each other for a few tense minutes before Dr Lee made her escape by jumping on a bus which came along......."The point is, she was trying to bully me in a situation where she had the upper hand. And I will not be bullied," says the neurosurgeon, who has a black belt in karate.

She is an amazing, feisty lady.

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Re: RE: Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 22 Sep 2015 7:32 pm

maneo wrote:
earthfriendly wrote:Lee Wei Ling, LKY's daughter.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/l ... xtor=CS-01


It explains why she once refused to give US$3 to an African-American woman who said she had a gun, when she got lost in a less than savoury neighbourhood in Cleveland.They eyeballed each other for a few tense minutes before Dr Lee made her escape by jumping on a bus which came along......."The point is, she was trying to bully me in a situation where she had the upper hand. And I will not be bullied," says the neurosurgeon, who has a black belt in karate.

She is an amazing, feisty lady.

Now she is suing the govt

I know somebody who used to work for LWL, and was told, Lwl has no sense of style at all, and that was in jest .

I.e she doesn't use anything luxurious was what I was told. No interest in expensive stuff and such.

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Re: RE: Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby JR8 » Tue, 22 Sep 2015 9:52 pm

ecureilx wrote:I know somebody who used to work for LWL, and was told, Lwl has no sense of style at all, and that was in jest .

I.e she doesn't use anything luxurious was what I was told. No interest in expensive stuff and such.


If you look at the pix of her via Google I'd say that is indeed true. It seems curious given her family, top career, and her income.

I read that she has use of the Oxley Road mansion, i.e. lives there. That's probably at the top end of luxurious/expensive homes.
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Re: RE: Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:21 pm

JR8 wrote:I read that she has use of the Oxley Road mansion, i.e. lives there. That's probably at the top end of luxurious/expensive homes.


From the few pictures of Oxley Road house, the place does not seem that 'luxurious' other than the location :P :D

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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby JR8 » Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:43 pm

Your modest home's plot is 30,000ft too right? ;)
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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:15 pm

JR8 wrote:Your modest home's plot is 30,000ft too right? ;)


mmm, I meant the look, it looks very old and falling apart ..

you can argue that it is still worth mega millions .. :)

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Postby maneo » Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:06 am

ecureilx wrote:I know somebody who used to work for LWL, and was told, Lwl has no sense of style at all, and that was in jest .

I.e she doesn't use anything luxurious was what I was told. No interest in expensive stuff and such.

Didn't the article indicate that she prefers to dress comfortably, like in shorts and T-shirt?

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JR8 wrote:Your modest home's plot is 30,000ft too right? ;)


mmm, I meant the look, it looks very old and falling apart ..

you can argue that it is still worth mega millions .. :)

The plot of land may be worth quite a lot, but the structure on it is modest.
It's just a family home, and like any family home, you just get used to it as it ages.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:15 am

Looks like the contents of a typical/+ retirees house to me. They seem to opt for reliable proven function over the latest style.

Same goes for my parents who's kitchen is easily 30yrs old (ghastly thing, but I think my mother has given up on getting it replaced since 'It does everything required of it' - according to JR8 Snr :) / eye-roll.

Same goes for the interiors of many big old English farmhouses. They're a cross between a time-warp and a complete shambles.

In the latter cases it's purely pragmatic, rather than any supposed humility.
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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:32 am

If you read accounts from LKY's kids, their home in Oxley was never "luxurious" by any means. And they were still using the dragon tub and scoping water with ladle for shower. No running shower. The home was not updated with modern amenities. Original tiles were crumbling and they had to track down this one shop in Malaysia that still had that style in stock to replace the broken ones.

LKY would give away the gifts he had received over the years. He did not have much interest in the material stuff. He had other things/mission in his mind that occupy his time. And his kids were brought up accordingly. And they marry women based on their capabilities, rather than looks. Although not materialistic by nature, LKY build the country based heavily on economic wealth. For he believed it to be the foundation of happiness for other people, though not himself.

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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby JR8 » Wed, 23 Sep 2015 1:30 am

I'll just leave it here.... -> :)
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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 23 Sep 2015 2:43 am

I am not touting him as a saint or being the most pious of the pious. Or making a nobility out of being poor. I am saying, he has this single-minded laser sharp focus on a mission. And every other need / aspect just seem secondary to him. He is just being him, LKY.

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Re: Lee Kuan Yew

Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 23 Sep 2015 4:11 am

And also, even though he, himself, is not driven by $$ success, he understood that most people are. He is able to see it from the other guy's point of view.


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