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Postby anneteoh » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 5:49 pm

Wow, SMS, you've got to that grand old age! Many happy wishes and take your Aladdin's lamp with you wherever you go. How can SG forum sparkle without your devotion and who's temping your place? MS, KSL, Plavt - whatever happened to snarly Vaucluse ( at least at me ) and his executive hallmark?
No doubt you'll tell us your impressions of home when you're there? Safe journey.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 6:58 pm

Anne, I'm not there yet. ksl's leading everybodyl astray, I'm only a dyslexic 36! Got two more before I hit 65. And anyway, that's just a chronological marker and not my actual age as ksl and some others who've actually met me can attest.

If I can get my old Virgin Mobile dongle to crank up on this new PC when I get there I might even get online. (I don't keep any internet service there as it's so rare that I get there). Thanks for the wishes. And yeah, the board is in good hands without me. No worries. :wink:

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Postby durain » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 7:32 pm

virgin mobile? i thought they are dead and buried in singapore?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 8:31 pm

For use in the US. They piggyback on the sprint network there. As I don't have a broadband connection out on the farm, I used the mobile sprint network and "broadband2go from Virgin. Worked good last years (better than I expected).

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Postby anneteoh » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 9:39 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Anne, I'm not there yet. ksl's leading everybodyl astray, I'm only a dyslexic 36! Got two more before I hit 65. And anyway, that's just a chronological marker and not my actual age as ksl and some others who've actually met me can attest.

In the East (in the good old days) people were proud to be old - each year brought more clout, within and without the family structure.
But in the West, everyone's euphemistically 'young at heart' and cosmetic surgery is de rigueur esp among those in vanity mags.
Hey SMS, to be 6o somethings is like being 40 somethings these days. Most governments,, including SG, is extending empoyable age to the 70 somethings - 68 for women and 75 for men to be exact. Imagine a 70 year old teacher with a class of 40 boisterous teenagers. But thanks for revealing your age SMS, well, I'm 62 and I don't care how I look. I'm achronological.

If I can get my old Virgin Mobile dongle to crank up on this new PC when I get there I might even get online. (I don't keep any internet service there as it's so rare that I get there). Thanks for the wishes. And yeah, the board is in good hands without me. No worries. :wink:


I wondered if this is an expression of your virility or your old farm in the Texan backwater with a 50s model of the old computer? Reminds me of Doris Day!

Iwas looking up a wine bottle for my writing when I came acorss a bottle of Bourgogne Pinot Nois 2006. Now, if I were in SG, I'd gladly send you this bottle for your family celebration. In old SG, the tycoons would celebrate their birthdays for 30 days!

Kan bei! Bottoms up! Scoll!

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Postby poodlek » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 9:47 pm

anneteoh wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Anne, I'm not there yet. ksl's leading everybodyl astray, I'm only a dyslexic 36! Got two more before I hit 65. And anyway, that's just a chronological marker and not my actual age as ksl and some others who've actually met me can attest.

In the East (in the good old days) people were proud to be old - each year brought more clout, within and without the family structure.
But in the West, everyone's euphemistically 'young at heart' and cosmetic surgery is de rigueur esp among those in vanity mags.
Hey SMS, to be 6o somethings is like being 40 somethings these days. Most governments,, including SG, is extending empoyable age to the 70 somethings - 68 for women and 75 for men to be exact. Imagine a 70 year old teacher with a class of 40 boisterous teenagers. But thanks for revealing your age SMS, well, I'm 62 and I don't care how I look. I'm achronological.

If I can get my old Virgin Mobile dongle to crank up on this new PC when I get there I might even get online. (I don't keep any internet service there as it's so rare that I get there). Thanks for the wishes. And yeah, the board is in good hands without me. No worries. :wink:


I wondered if this is an expression of your virility or your old farm in the Texan backwater with a 50s model of the old computer? Reminds me of Doris Day!

Iwas looking up a wine bottle for my writing when I came acorss a bottle of Bourgogne Pinot Nois 2006. Now, if I were in SG, I'd gladly send you this bottle for your family celebration. In old SG, the tycoons would celebrate their birthdays for 30 days!

Kan bei! Bottoms up! Scoll!


I thought his farm was in Maryland! It's just his political affiliations that would have you believe he's a Texan :P

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Postby Plavt » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:23 pm

poodlek wrote:
I thought his farm was in Maryland! It's just his political affiliations that would have you believe he's a Texan :P


Wait till Strong Eagle reads this................... :P [-X

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Postby poodlek » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:16 pm

Plavt wrote:
poodlek wrote:
I thought his farm was in Maryland! It's just his political affiliations that would have you believe he's a Texan :P


Wait till Strong Eagle reads this................... :P [-X


...And I thought SE was from Calgary. Or as we in Toronto call it "Texas North" 8-)

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Postby anneteoh » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:26 pm

[quote="sundaymorningstaple"]Anne, I'm not there yet. ksl's leading everybodyl astray, I'm only a dyslexic 36! Got two more before I hit 65. And anyway, that's just a chronological marker and not my actual age as ksl and some others who've actually met me can attest.

That phrase 'a dyslexic 36' rang in my ears this afternoon though I couldnt quite place it - now here, and elswhere, it is. Dyslexia is not a permanent state but a confused state - due to the irregularities in English spellings as a result of the mutiple derivations e.g. Greek, French, Latin, etc in fact, world etymologies. You know, I have since, I was a newbie, noticed you have polished up your linguistic skils. But there'e nothing more winsome than a self-deprecation or two.

BTW, I read somewhere something you said about your son. You must be proud of him and his NS call up.
I'd like to highlight the amazing varieties of scholarships galore in SG for SG citizens, and some for PRs - post Junior College.This comes out in the papers every year - after the 6th form exams. The best ones go to SG citizens naturally ( except for the UK perhaps!) but there are offers for PRs too.

I knew of colleagues whose chidlren were in the top 26 and who qualified for scholarhsips worth up to a million Sing$, albeit they have a bond to work for the govt.for 6 years or so.

Compare that to the UK and strangely enough, there's no such thing. Now the govt's taking child benefits away when children reach adolescence. And most working parents have to pay for their children's uni education.
There's some form of aid from grants but most students need loans to get through and they end up with about 30,000GBP debt after graduation!
In most of Europe, there's free education for life - up to PHD level.
I don't know how it goes in the US of A today, but it'll be a factor worth considering for your son's future.

All the best.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 11 Sep 2010 1:13 am

anneteoh wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:If I can get my old Virgin Mobile dongle to crank up on this new PC when I get there I might even get online. (I don't keep any internet service there as it's so rare that I get there). Thanks for the wishes. And yeah, the board is in good hands without me. No worries. :wink:


I wondered if this is an expression of your virility or your old farm in the Texan backwater with a 50s model of the old computer? Reminds me of Doris Day!


Anne,

Nah, no such luck, Virgin Mobile is a British Firm as you well know and the little piece of equipment that looks like a thumb drive that plugs into the side of my notebook is called a dongle. My notebook is actually only 1 month old running x64 Windows 7 so I'm not sure the dongle will work with it yet. No similes intended. :wink:

Poodlek,

Actually SE is from Calgary, but a transplant to Houston. I believe he has three passports, Canadian, American & British. But yeah, the farm is in Maryland, but I did around 7~8 years in Louisiana & Texas before coming to Singapore (Offshore Oil).

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Postby Asian_Geekette » Sat, 11 Sep 2010 8:50 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Anne,

Nah, no such luck, Virgin Mobile is a British Firm as you well know and the little piece of equipment that looks like a thumb drive that plugs into the side of my notebook is called a dongle. My notebook is actually only 1 month old running x64 Windows 7 so I'm not sure the dongle will work with it yet. No similes intended. :wink:



sms,

Just find out what is the model of that USB modem-dongle thingie and there's always drivers available online which will make it work with most OS. Just get the 64-bit driver version. :)
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