I was part of that PinkDot today

PinkDot.SG @ Hong Lim Park

Went to support everyone who was at Hong Lim Park for the PinkDot.SG event which ended on a high note with the photo-taking of the pink dot in the middle of the park from Furama Hotel.

Though it was meant to support LGBT population in Singapore, I think it was a love-fest for all Singaporeans – a freedom to love for all.

Took some photos there (as usual) and they can be seen at my Flickr site.

PinkDot.SG – Supporting the freedom to Lurvveee

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What is PinkDot.SG?

Everyone should have the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation. But fear, ignorance and prejudice often stand in the way. At PinkDot, we believe the first step to overcoming these barriers is for open-minded segments of society to come together. That’s why we’re providing this platform for individuals, organisations and businesses to identify themselves as advocates of a more inclusive, more loving Singapore. If you too feel that LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people deserve to express their love just like any other Singaporean, please join us on Facebook. Together, we can find ways to let the freedom to love prevail.

Anyone and Everyone should have the choice and freedom to love whoever they want. Remember its this Saturday! Be Pink, Dress Pink. Just be there to give support.

Date: 16th May 2009 (Saturday)

Time: 4:30pm

Venue: Hong Lim Park, Singapore

SMRT inward-looking crisis management?

Was reading up on this news that I saw on the telly which mentioned that SMRT will cut train frequency should the pandemic alert turned to RED.

Found on ChannelNewsAsia

SMRT said train frequency will be reduced by 30 per cent once Singapore’s pandemic alert level hits red. This is because its service staff are divided into two teams to prevent the potential spread of the H1N1 virus. (emphasis is mine)

First the facts – at the moment, we are at Pandemic Alert:Orange. So what happens when it reaches RED? Here’s the breakdown of the Alert status at the government’s Crisis Information site (aside – the site’s title graphic reads flu.gov.sg while the site redirects to crisis.gov.sg/FLU … branding confusion)

Alert Red — WHO declares that an influenza pandemic has begun. Singapore eventually also affected.

  • Higher risk of acquiring the disease from the community once pandemic spreads to Singapore .
  • Strategy is to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
  • All measures taken in Alert Orange will continue to be applied.
  • Closing of school and suspension of selected events to prevent congregation of large groups of people.

It is only when we reach Alert BLACK that the government will “Issue advisory to public to stay home or even consider imposing curfew”.

So which leads me to the reason that was cited in the CNA report. Just to clarify that at the time of posting, there is no mention of their crisis management policy at the SMRT site.

This line made me cringe: This is because its service staff are divided into two teams to prevent the potential spread of the H1N1 virus.

At Alert Red, aside from the students, the working public will still be going to work and by cutting down train frequencies down by a huge 30%, simple maths tells me that the volume of each train will increase. With more people in each cabin, wouldn’t that multiplies the chances of getting the virus which we are trying to avoid?

I sincerely hope that the news is a result of bad management of SMRT’s PR and not some inward-looking crisis management just to cut cost. At a time when more people are taking public transport, cutting train frequency is definitely NOT the right way to handle this H1N1 crisis.

Ultimate Rib of Beef – from Jamie Oliver's Cook with Jamie

The start of my domestication – my first self-prep/cooked meal, which turned up … not like those you find at Aston’s Prime, but still edible. Although mine didn’t had the garlic roast potatoes…

The recipe is as follows:

Ultimate rib of Beef with rosemary and garlic roast potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1x rosemary-roasted cubed potato recipe
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • a small bunch of fresh rosemary, tied together at the base.
  • olive oil
  • 1 × 1.2kg/2lb 11oz rib of beef
  • peppery extra virgin olive oil
  • a sprig of fresh rosemary
  • olive oil or duck or goose fat

Directions

  • Put the garlic, lemon zest and the tip of the rosemary brush in a pestle and mortar
  • add a glug of olive oil and bash together
  • use the rosemary brush to rub half the marinade over the rib steaks
  • marinate for at least an hour
  • preheat oven to 200 deg Celcius and get your potatoes parboiled and in the oven
  • heat an ovenproof griddle pan on the hob until white-hot
  • season your steak generously
  • put them in the pan and fry for a couple of minutes before turning them over
  • put the pan in the oven for 20 minutes for medium
  • every 5 minutes turn the steaks over and baste them with some of the remaining
  • marinade using your rosemary brush
  • when done, remove from the oven, squeeze over a little lemon juice and let the steaks rest for 5 minutes
  • serve with the roasted potatoes

The photo of my finished product:

Ultimate rib of beef with rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes

Think it looked better in photos than eaten. 😉