[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Friday, February 03, 2006

[lunar new year hot topic]
the hot topic at kembangan-punggol's lunar new year dinner tonight was not the yusheng you see below that was tossed minutes after the guest of honour's grand arrival...

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when the go ahead to toss was given, the grassroots leaders and i tossed so high until my hand was covered with strands of yusheng ingredients... what an ordeal... but it was delicious....

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it was a pretty ordinary sit down dinner.. but i must say, the entrance of the guest of honour was superb... lion dance followed by george yeo, his aides, staff and grassroots leaders... it was an entourage of close to 20 people....

and there were more about 70 tables... well at least, one of the largest numbers was 70... and that was my table number... in case you were wondering, a greater number does not mean that the table was not in a hot spot... the only tradeoff was that we had to contend with the screens for the 'live' feed for the show... anyway, i digress, who wants to watch the performance? all i am interested in was the abalone and delicious soup... in case you are wondering, we were just two tables away from the vip tables... the had probably around 4 vip tables...

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in his opening address, foreign affairs minister george yeo emphasised the need for singapore to stay united harmonously... he also commended grassroots efforts for maintaning racial harmony within the constituency and talked about the improving unemployment rates and promised to help those in need...

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he remained coy when asked about the general elections but touched on the hot topic of the scenic bridge that malaysia was planning to build...

in a report by channel news asia, mr yeo said, "Our friends from Malaysia are coming down this weekend for the bilateral games between the two foreign ministries; we look forward to having discussions with them. Syed Hamid (Albar) has clarified the Malaysian position yesterday, so we'll see what they'll say and we'll try to achieve a win-win position for everybody. It's important to have discussions on the basis of good neighbourliness and goodwill."

and so all eyes and ears are peeled to see how far discussions will go and how the 'scenic bridge' will turn out to be - a crooked one or straight one, we'll just have to wait... only time can tell....

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