Before I continue, the title was meant to be Nicholas Lazarus and his homophobic views. Ironically, my lab’s servers are homophobic as well and I’d never be able to ever view this entry again if I put the you-know-what word in the title. ๐Ÿ™

Anyway, back to the topic of Nicholas and his homophobic views. Now, why don’t I mention “PAP and their homophobic views” instead? Well, although Nicholas is from the Young PAP, but his entry seems to be in contradiction to what MM Lee, SM Goh and PM Lee has emphasized. So, let’s just take it that it’s his personal view until it has been clarified that it’s a party stand.

Since his post is quite a short one, let me turn it into a dialogue ๐Ÿ˜›ย 

With all this talk about legalizing homosexual acts, I was just pondering what would happen if such acts were indeed legalized.

Yes, actually I would be interested to find out too. Maybe the more you ban it, the more people would like to display it? And perhaps things will just remain how it is? Ok… let’s go on…

Imagine men walking hand in hand with other men down Orchard Road, kissing, fondling and making out.

Hmm… actually that is already happening. Have you been to Little India recently? You haven’t? Gosh… that is a good place to go… great food, nice fruits, lots of jewellery that you can get for a loved one at a good price… and of course, the public display of brotherhood! ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone’s holding hands there… displaying the bonds they have between themselves. It’s something that… the rest of southeast asians didn’t manage to catch on. Maybe it’s just not in the culture. But yes, take a walk down Little India… and you won’t have to imagine.

Kissing? Fondling? Making out? Gee… do you see a lot of heterosexuals doing now? You sound as if implying that gay men are such lustful creatures – and if that’s the case, do you think the law would be able to stop such acts of lust? As a male person, I’m sure you have moments of lust, how often do you suddenly feel like kissing, fondling and making out with someone outside? “Heterosexual acts” are not illegal.

For that matter, imagine all that taking place on the MRT.

Oh.. hehe… our heterosexual students are already doing that in the MRT. No need to imagine too.

Instead of teachers dealing with boy-girl relationships, teachers would have to deal with boy-boy relationships.

I heard from my friends who were from RI, VS and CHS that the teachers have to handle such boy-boy relationships very often – getting them to bond and work as a team in sports and other teamwork. It’s something that they have to deal with everyday.

Oh wait, you mean BBR as in boy-boy romance relationships? Well, if it’s going to happen, it will happen anyway, whether the section is decriminalized or not. You mean you subscribe to the idea that homosexuality may turn out to be pandemic and straight people might suddenly catch it? Gee… do you think you would catch this homosexual disease one day? If you don’t think so, then good for you, because it is not contagious nor infectious. And oh, if you think so, then won’t you be glad that the section is decriminalized?

Then, you might have the homosexuals all over Asia descending upon Singapore to flaunt what they cannot in their own countries.

Haha… what makes you think that all homosexuals will suddenly descend upon Singapore? And… from all over Asia? Gee… you do have good imagination, don’t you? If you have done your research properly, you’d properly know that Singapore is not, will not and will never be the “capital” of homosexuals… because, there are many other places that offers a more friendly environment for them to live in peace, not to mention that Singapore is increasingly expensive place to stay in.

Something to think about for the future of Singapore.

With you around, there may be nothing left to think about. Sorry, I shall decide against personal attacks. I take my words back. But don’t you think that the future of Singapore is a nicer place if it’s ruled based on reason and compassion? Kissing and fondling between heterosexuals are not criminalized, but there’s no rampant problem raising from it. Occassionally, you might see a couple or two trying to make out, but that’s a small fraction of them and most of us just turn a blind eye to it. We may see a couple of young, hunky men (sorry for the generalization) holding hands and so on, but I think you forgot that the majority of Singaporean (and Asian) families are conservative. The risk of holding hands with another person of the same sex and being seen may not be worth it. Imagine being thrown out of the family, taken off the inheritance will and worse, sacked by your homophobic boss!

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I think something that is being mixed up in these arguments is that people then to mix decriminalization and legalization. These 2 are totally different issues, i.e.

Decriminalization DOES NOT EQUAL Legalization

Singapore may decriminalize homosexual acts, but this does not mean that they legalize it. Homosexuals may want to fight for their legal rights to get married and all, but that’s altogether a different thing and as long as Singapore does not legalize it, there’s nothing they can do.

Moreover, if 2 gay men were to make out in the open, then they can be charged for being a public nuisance and indecent exposure. They get the same rights and treatment as heterosexual couples. I hope people (especially Nicholas Lazarus) will be able to see that.

And I somehow want to agree with Han, Nicholas is quite a disgrace to the PAP, young or not.

Meeting (ES)

Events July 31st, 2007

Venue: Emerging Research Lab

Meena & Kavitha are part-time MSc(ES) students who are interested in FPGA implementation of oligo selection algorithms.

Rush Hour 3 (GV-VC)

Events July 31st, 2007

Venue: GV Vivocityย 

It is my pleasure to inform you that you have won yourself 2 tickets to Nuffnang Singapore’s first community event, an exclusive screening of Rush Hour 3 on 9 August 2007, National Day. This will be held at GV Vivocity.

Registration, reception and collection of goody bags begins at 1230 PM and you can pick up your tickets after you have registered.

The movie commences at 130 PM sharp. Do note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Therefore, to grab the better seats, do turn up earlier!

Briefing (GS)

Events July 30th, 2007

Venue: LT 9

Associate Chair (Research) would like to hold a briefing session for all new graduate students in SCE.

Agenda:

  • Graduate student policy
  • Research studies: Expectation and reality
  • AOB

Have to be punctual ๐Ÿ™‚

Bee attack!

Daily July 30th, 2007

As I was on my way back today, I saw a group of people surround 2 indian guys, who were holding this long pole with a smoke-emitting bottle. Curious, like almost all other Singaporeans, I peered out of the window of the bus that I was on and realised that there were dead bees on the road. The rest of the bees were hovering at the tree and some were simply just flying straight onto the bus I was on.

Soon after, the bus, which was stopped at a traffic junction, began to move; probably crushing some bees in the midst of it. I thought it was quite strange that people would be gathering to watch the extermination of the bees. Aren’t bees supposed to be dangerous and that people are supposed to be running away from them?

Gosh… the extent of the kaypohness of Singaporeans! ๐Ÿ˜›

Blurbme Wrap Party

Events July 30th, 2007

Venue: 9A Ewart Parkย 

Just got this invite from M.Lim. Hmm…ย 

Name: blurbme wrap party!
Tagline: Come on. Live a little!
Host: Mingyou
Type: Party – Night of Mayhem
Time and Place Start Time: Friday, August 3, 2007 at 8:00pm
End Time: Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 3:00am
Location: 9A Ewart Park
City/Town: Singapore
Country: Singapore

It’s going to be a whole night long of partying… and yes, a long night too! ๐Ÿ˜›

Dinner (YB)

Events July 30th, 2007

Venue: IMM (shucks! forgot where)

It’s time for our regular makan meetup! Haha… the last one at Vivocity was quite rushed… hope this is slower. ๐Ÿ˜›

One thing I hate about being a freelancer is that my clients keep postponing their payments and the bigger companies keep asking for extension of credit. Some ask for 30 days credit but take 60 days to clear. Worse, I am still chasing a bad debt since 2 years ago. Goodness!

Is there any effective way of getting payments after a job is completed?

In the spirit of celebrations and er… national patroitism fun, Here’s the inaugural National Day 2007 Quiz by Simply Jean:

At a gathering,ย a few people are selected at and put in a room. A check in the room showed that there are:

  • 3 Chinese
  • 1 Caucasian
  • 1 Indian
  • 2 Malays

How many people are there in the room?

Please email me your answer to the email address in the ‘About’ page. You may post comments here to discuss. The prize will be given to the correct answer. In the event that there are more than 1 correct answer, the winner will be drawn randomly; and if there is no correct answer, the prize will be given to the most innovative answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

So… what is the prize? It’s:

  • a $40 Hard Rock Cafe voucher (i.e. no minimum spending required), and
  • 2 Starbucks Coffee vouchers for that nice after-dinner drink

Prizes are sponsored by Simply Jean – The Blog, and are valid until next year (please check expiry date though). Closing date for this quiz is 4th August 2007 and the winner will be notified via email. Vouchers will be sent out the following week so that it’d hopefully reach you before National Day so that you can have a nice National Day dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Keep your entries coming in!

After a busy morning… I rushed down to Miss Clarity Cafe @ Purvis Street for my 2nd meetup with fellow Pingsters. Having alighted at the other end of Purvis Street, I was walking down the road like a blur sotong, before I finally realise that it was across the road from where I was.

When I was at the entrance, I couldn’t quite make out who the pingsters were, and had to ask one of the service staff if there was anyone who made a reservation for 20 pax. She then pointed me to this huge group of people and I walked to… and thankfully found a familiar face.

Then someone asked me who I was and I said…. Jean, and everyone returned a blank look on their face.

“Simply Jean”, I said… and everyone let out a chorus of “oh……..”

Hehe… oops. So they do know about this blog. Oops. Hope it’s not “notorious” or “infamous”.

Anyway, I didn’t know the most of them.. and allย I could do was to walk to the end of the table… where the free seats were. The “Chairperson” seat, as usual, was empty, and I didn’t think it was appropriate since I didn’t know almost all of them. I was seated next to Daphnemaia, who is someone who puts you at rest instantly. It was really nice talking to her because I… don’t feel threatened. Haha… it might seem quite silly, but because I am a relatively quiet and reserved person… and anyone who probes too much into my life will be marked as a “terrorist”. ๐Ÿ˜› It takes a long while to get to know me, but I tend to open up later. ๐Ÿ™‚

Soon after, Uzyn joined us, followed by Yuhui, Ridzuan and Jzin, and lunch came soon after. ๐Ÿ˜› I ordered fish and chips cos’ Daphnemaia mentioned that the Chicken Gordon Bleu was a little too dry. It turned out that fish and chipsย was quite nice… but the fries could be crispier. And oh, tomato sauce comes in packets… whereas the chilli sauces came in convenient bottles. Oh well, guess chilli is more popular in Singapore. ๐Ÿ˜›

I also met Surfslayer, Snowbiscuits, uglyfatchick (who is really adorable and not ugly at all!) but didn’t have much chance to talk to them. After a while, Miccheng was moving around and I thought it’d be nice to mix around too. I spoke to Sheylara (who was at the other end of the table – the early arrivals) and learnt that she’s an actress as well as a writer! Wow! I hope she ๅˆ›ๅ‡บไธ€็‰‡ๅคฉ็ฉบ for herself one day. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was also explaining the concept of clinician scientists as a physician and a research scientist combined in one. The buzz phrase is “from bench to bed side”, but it’s usually tougher than it sounds. ๐Ÿ™

I also met Nannywen who is doing her intern at nuffnang as well as Ethan, who is going to join NTU this coming semester @ NBS (whoopie!). I also met arzhou and DK, though I didn’t get to speak to DK (at all, I think), and finally before leaving, I spoke briefly to tstar. Hehe… so I guess everyone probably knows me by face now… but I don’t remember meeting Claudia… or wait… did I? Yes, I did! But I think she left early… blur me.

Veron was also not present… and erm… who is NTT? Hmm… or is NTT rinaz?

It was a good gathering and I really got to know a lot more people, not to mention adding more people onto my msn. Haha… snowbiscuit would like to learn Korean while I would like to learn Japanese… so, maybe we’ll just teach other other. I hope to keep in touch with everyone and look forward to another outing soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a pity I didn’t manage to make it to post-gathering coffee session, but I hope everyone had fun.

And oh, it’s nice meeting everyone! Keep in touch, ya?ย ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: And oh, I think someone took some picture of Uzyn with his tongue sticking out or something… too bad I didn’t have the photos..