Saturday, June 29, 2013

This Alice is a real wonderland

My Paper, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Page A16, Journey
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By Ana Ow, May 30, 2013, Australia

 
GREAT OUTDOORS: Be sure to catch the fun bird presentation at the Alice Springs Desert Park.PHOTO: GREAT OUTDOORS: Be sure to catch the fun bird presentation at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

 
STEPPING off the aeroplane, I was greeted by a wave of heat so intense, I swear I could hear my skin crackle.

As far as the eye could see was bushland, dotted with a smattering of low-rise buildings in the distance, with the Western MacDonnell Ranges dominating the landscape.

Welcome to Alice Springs. As the gateway town for pilgrims to Ayers Rock – Uluru is but an hour’s plane ride away – Alice Springs could be easily overlooked as a destination.

But there are a few reasons why you may want to stay longer in a town like Alice.


A CHANCE FOR GOOD
I’ve always been a huge fan of the kind of tourism where travellers gain an insight and are empowered to make choices that impact the immediate communities in the areas they visit.

In Alice Springs, there are two standout places of interest that give you these opportunities.


This tourism travellers gain an insight and are empowered to make choices that impact the immediate communities. You can also learn from the guides how the Aboriginals survived the harsh territory.
PHOTO: This tourism travellers gain an insight and are empowered to make choices that impact the immediate communities. You can also learn from the guides how the Aboriginals survived the harsh territory.
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My Paper, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Page A16, Journey



The Alice Springs School of the Air (www.assoa.nt.edu.au) is not a place for would-be pilots, but an educational institution that broadcasts its lessons on radio. Or, at least, that’s what it used to do.

Now, this non-profit organisation makes use of Skype, e-mail, social media and home tutors to communicate with its 120 students, located in isolated parts of Central Australia – mostly on farms and sheep ranches.

Since 1951, the School of the Air has been serving these children by providing them with top-quality primary-school education, uniquely tailored to their native culture and environment.

Visitors to the school can help fund its work by sponsoring books for its mobile library and purchasing items from the gift shop. But perhaps the best contribution would be spreading awareness of its cause.

In a similar service, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (www.flyingdoctor.org.au) provides urgent medical help and emergency-evacuation services to outback residents in outlying areas where there are no immediate medical facilities. Tourists can also help to fund the work by donating or purchasing gift-shop items.

Its visitor’s centre is an interesting, well-designed museum and mini-theatre (which screens an informative documentary on the service), providing a very familyand child-friendly experience.

A bonus: The cafe on the premises serves a killer lamb burger.


EAT LIKE THE LOCALS
One of the more outstanding elements of the Northern Territory is the landscape, the terrain. But why stop at simply marvelling at the sights and sounds, when you can actually do more in the dark of the night – with dinner served?



Part-Aboriginal tour guide and chef will take you on a pre-dusk bush walk, pointing out edible fruit.
PHOTO: Part-Aboriginal tour guide and chef will take you on a pre-dusk bush walk, pointing out edible fruit.
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The Mbantua Bush sunset dinner (http://rttoursaustralia.com.au/) caters to that latent Boy or Girl Scout within.

Part-Aboriginal tour guide and chef Bob Taylor will first take you on a pre-dusk bush walk, pointing out edible fruit, roots and even grubs that form the basis of the Aboriginal diet.



Alice Springs Desert Park Information - Maps, photos and things to do
PHOTO: Alice Springs Desert Park Information - Maps, photos and things to do
Hundreds of the species of plants and animals found across Central Australian deserts can be seen, smelt and heard at the Desert Park.
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He then drives you out into the wild and whips up the likes of kangaroo steak, outback beef hotpot and homemade dukka, among others, for your dining pleasure.

With 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry, chef Taylor brings his expertise to the exotic, barbecue-style, outdoor cooking of the three-course bush-tucker fare – trumping campfire marshmallow and hot chocolate any day.


WALK LIKE AN ABORIGINAL

If you have a couple of free hours, head to the Alice Springs Desert Park (www.alicespringsdesertpark.com.au) to walk the trails.

Also catch the awesome bird presentation which introduces you to the kite, a native species of bird of prey.

Another interesting activity is to learn from the park guides how the Aboriginals survived the harsh territory by foraging for food and water.

What an eye-opener.

By Ana Ow, May 30, 2013, Australia



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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fun despite the gloom

My Paper, Thursday, June 20, 2013, Page A4, News
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GHOST TOWN: This spoof plays on the town sign from the Silent Hill video game.
GHOST TOWN: This spoof plays on the town sign from the Silent Hill video game.

PHOTO: GHOST TOWN: This spoof plays on the town sign from the Silent Hill video game.
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My Paper, Thursday, June 20, 2013, Page A4, News



SINGAPORE - Singaporeans aren't letting the smoky air get them down. Instead, they're using humour to get through the situation.

Singapore's Pollutant Standards Index reached 290 at 9pm last night (
June 19, 2013).


Survivor's guide to the Singapore haze
PHOTO: Survivor's guide to the Singapore haze
Just rename us The Little Grey not red Dot. This haze is not ending anytime soon, so here's how to beat it.

Shop online during the haze
Stay healthy during the haze by eating more fruits
Have food delivery on hazy days
Make your own family short films
50 beers to drink (and not to drink) at Beerfest
Revive and share your childhood games

Unless someone turns the Singapore Flyer into a giant fan, we can expect Singapore's worst haze in 16 years to remain for longer than a week. While we can't escape the haze, we can minimise our exposure to it and that means cutting down on outdoor activities. And this makes the second half of the June school holidays a stay-in one.
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Undercover: A man fashions a 'face mask' with tissue as the haze worsened here yesterday
PHOTO: Undercover: A man fashions a "face mask" with tissue as the haze worsened here yesterday
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The Little Red Dot has become one big smoggy dot thanks to the highest haze levels in 16 years, peaking at 371 on 20 June 2013. The annual occurrence is caused by smoke from forest fires blown in from neighbouring Indonesia. 

Check out the smoky and sometimes comical pictures of the haze situation in Singapore posted online.


HAZY SINGAPORE: A spoof advertisement shows tourist destinations hidden by the haze.

PHOTO: HAZY SINGAPORE: A spoof advertisement shows tourist destinations hidden by the haze.
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SMOKE SCREEN: Playing on caper movie Now You See Me, this poster is for a '4-D movie' that you have to watch whether you want to or not.
PHOTO: SMOKE SCREEN: Playing on caper movie Now You See Me, this poster is for a "4-D movie" that you have to watch whether you want to or not.
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A wedding couple braves the haze to take their photos.
PHOTO: Poor Jia Jia and Kai Kai....
请放心,咱们没事!(qǐng fàng​ xīn,  zán​ men méi​ shì) - Please don't worry, we are all right!
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A scene from the movie, Independence Day? Where is Will Smith when you need him...!
PHOTO: Cosmic entity Galactus the Devourer, A Marvel fictional character, descends from the stars, which explains all the dramatic haze
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The Singapore Flyer Wheel as a giant fan. Perfect use for the white elephant that it is now
 

Translated by MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary, www.mdbg.net, and Google Translate
 

Silent Hill

Posted by crazyrave2kill on Jan 21, 2013
From: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ0wZRPyqK8


The Noose Saputra Whyoudono, Weather Report (Haze)

Posted by Suhaimi Yusof on Jun 17, 2013
From: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHp4ABTXKP8



Put your complaints about haze aside and help
by Gregory Leow, inSing.com - 21 June 2013 5:23 PM | Updated 5:31 PM


Volunteers from Facebook group “SG Haze Rescue” going door-to-door to give out N95 masks to those in need
PHOTO: Volunteers from Facebook group SG Haze Rescue going door-to-door to give out N95 masks to those in need 
 

Chinese philosopher Confucius said: "Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society."

"Love your neighbour as yourself," Jesus Christ said.

Prophet Muhammad has been quoted as saying, "Woe to those... who, when they have to receive by measure from men, they demand exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due."

I could go on, but every religion has a form of saying that basically points to the ethic of reciprocity, where one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

The problem is, when we look through the newspapers, the websites and blogs, and even while we are walking on the street, there is a lack of consideration for others and it is magnified many times in critical times like these.

The haze in Singapore and parts of Malaysia and Indonesia has been intolerable over the past few days, and the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reached an incredible record of 401 at noon on Friday 21 June 2013.

There are some encouraging silver linings.

A nod of respect to Facebook group, SG Haze Rescue, which was set up 19 June 2013, to encourage those who want to offer their air-conditioned rooms at home to those in need. It also petitions for contributions of N95 masks.

In less than three days, the group has seen more than 3,000 likes.

Now the snowball of good is starting to get bigger.

There is an online crowd-sourcing Google document where people put up information on where they have found stocks of N95 masks.

Public Garden, a Singapore flea market of independent retailers, have decided to sell their masks at cost price ($0.20 a piece) and not make any profit.

Just today, ChannelNewsAsia published a picture of a Singaporean who decided to give out his box of masks to people around him.



It's already hazy, try to look clearly
PHOTO: It's already hazy, try to look clearly
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LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR
PM Lee also reminded that we ought to remain calm and look out for one another, to watch out for neighbours, especially those who are sickly, older people and young children.

Former Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong posted a message on Facebook in response, essentially saying we have to be nice to our neighbourly countries, and it is inevitable the Singapore Child will scream (we are truly a child in his eyes, yes?), but as of now, the Singapore Child better learn to survive the tortuous smog and haze, alluding to the need for us to be resilient, which is a trait commonly found in the older generation for sure.

How we behave and react in a national crisis shows our true colours as a society and it doesn't matter whether you're a Singaporean, new citizen, permanent resident or expatriate. We are all breathing the same haze.

The question now that will determine what we are as a society is what your next action will be after reading this article.



When the haze overloads the smoke detector (PSI > 400), People of Singapore Insist that:<br>By right PSI stand for Pollutant Standard Index. By left PSI is Please Stay Indoor. By middle PSI means Please Stop Indonesia. Of course to no avail ..... and millions of People Suffer Injustice.
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When the haze overloads the smoke detector (PSI > 400), People of Singapore Insist that:
By right PSI stand for Pollutant Standard Index. By left PSI is Please Stay Indoor. By middle PSI means Please Stop Indonesia. Of course to no avail ..... and millions of People Suffer Injustice.

To some, we are still young noisy "children" of Singapore and should learn to accept "nature". So sad but challenging. Ah boy and ah girl, we will try to make it together. Lau Pa and Lau Ma will get the milk powder. The journey will be tough but our feet will stamp out a path and brave the uneven road. When you grow up, be kind to those who are suffering and needs help. Lets make the world a more harmonious place to live in.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Have a Shark Encounter... safely

My Paper, Friday, June 14, 2013, Page A6, News
By Felicia Choo, feliciac@sph.com.sg, My Paper, Friday, Jun 14, 2013
 

Up close and pesonal: The writer (right) admires a hammerhead shark at Marine Park's Shark Encounter, which will allow visitors to spend 15 minutes underwater gawking at ocean predators.
PHOTO: Up close and pesonal: The writer (right) admires a hammerhead shark at Marine Park's Shark Encounter, which will allow visitors to spend 15 minutes underwater gawking at ocean predators.
Photo by Ong Wee Jin / My Paper
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Inches away from my face, a hammerhead shark bared its rows of menacing teeth and tore away at a hapless fish.

I remained unharmed in those few moments, peering from the safety of an acrylic enclosure underwater, where I was given a 360-degree view some 200 sharks of 10 species.

The media was yesterday given a preview of what visitors can expect at the Marine Life Park's newest attraction, Shark Encounter, which opens to the public tomorrow.

For $88, visitors aged 12 and above can spend 15 minutes underwater up close and personal with ocean predators, such as hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks and black-tip sharks. A maximum of two participants is allowed in each session.



 For $88, visitors aged 12 and above can spend 15 minutes underwater up close and personal with ocean predators, such as hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks and black-tip sharks.
PHOTO: For $88, visitors aged 12 and above can spend 15 minutes underwater up close and personal with ocean predators, such as hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks and black-tip sharks.
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Another attraction at the park, called Sea Trek Adventure, will be opened to the public on June 30. It will see visitors don air-filled helmets and wetsuits before they descend 3m into the 18.2-million-litre aquarium.

Once on the aquarium floor, they can walk about and be treated to a panoramic view of 50,000 fishes of more than 80 species.

It will cost each participant $238 for a 20-minute underwater session, with a maximum of five participants allowed per session.

But, unlike Shark Encounter, visitors do not need to know how to swim to experience the Sea Trek Adventure.



Visitors need to know how to swim to experience the Shark Fantasy
Visitors need to know how to swim to experience the Shark Fantasy
PHOTO: Visitors need to know how to swim to experience the Shark Fantasy
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The Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa opened its gates to visitors last November.

Its oceanarium is billed as the world's largest, with 100,000 animals spread over 8ha.

Visitors can look forward to even more sharks in the future, said the park's senior curator, Mr Grant Willis, 41.

He said: "We do have a lot of sharks that are breeding already (and) we have eggs that are hatching...

"What we're looking at now is to get pairs (of male and female sharks) and we are looking at having breeding groups of all the different species."

By Felicia Choo, feliciac@sph.com.sg, My Paper, Friday, Jun 14, 2013

PHOTO: Shark Attack Wounds
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HELPDESK
我的字典: Wǒ de zì diǎn


Hammerhead shark: 锤头鲨 chuí tóu shā
Wetsuits: 潜水服 qián shuǐ fú
Oceanarium: 水族馆 shuǐ zú guǎn
Breeding: 繁殖 fán zhí



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How to Search Google Like a Pro: 11 Tricks You Have to Know

Source Website: http://www.howtogeek.com/106718/how-to-search-google-like-a-pro-11-tricks-you-have-to-know/
By Chris Hoffman, Published 27 Feb 2012

 

Google header
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Google is a powerful tool, but you’re missing out on a lot of that power if you just type words into it. Master Google and find the best results faster with these search tricks.

Whether you’re an inexperienced user or a seasoned professional, you’ll probably find at least one search operator you weren’t aware of here. Many of Google’s search operators aren’t very well-known.


Exact Words and Phrases
One of the most basic and widely known search tricks is using quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. For example, perform the following search and you’ll only get pages that contain the word “Hello” followed by the word “World.”

Hello World


Quotation mark for Exact Words and Phrases
PHOTO: Quotation mark for Exact Words and Phrases - example, “Hello World” screenshot
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This same method now works for exact-word queries. For example, if you search for “mining,” Google will also show pages that contain the words “miners.” Previously, you’d use a plus sign and search for +mining, but now you have to enclose the word in quotes:

mining


Excluding a Word
The minus sign allows you to specify words that shouldn’t appear in your results. For example, if you’re looking for pages about Linux distributions that don’t mention Ubuntu, use the following search:

linux distributions -ubuntu


Minus sign for excluding a Word - example, linux distributions -ubuntu - Screenshot
PHOTO: Minus sign for excluding a Word - example, linux distributions -ubuntu - Screenshot
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Site Search

The site: operator allows you to perform a search in a specific site. Let’s say you’re looking for information on Windows 7 on How-To Geek. You could use the following search

site:howtogeek.com windows 7


The site: operator for Site Search - example, site:howtogeek.com windows 7
PHOTO: The site: operator for Site Search - example, site:howtogeek.com windows 7
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You can also use the site: operator to specify a domain. For example, if you’re looking for high-quality references, you could use site:.edu to only pull up results from .edu domains.


Related Words
The tilde (~) operator is the opposite of enclosing a single word in quotes — it searches for related words, not just the word you type. For example, if you ran the following search, you’d find search results with words similar to “geek”:

~geek


The tilde (~) operator for searching related words - example, ~geek
PHOTO: The tilde (~) operator for searching related words - example, ~geek
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Apparently, “Linux” is the most similar word to geek, followed by “Greek.” “Nerd” comes in third. (Hey, no one ever said Google was perfect.)


The Wildcard
The asterisk (*) is a wildcard that can match any word. For example, if you wanted to see what companies Google has purchased and how much they paid, you could use this search:

“google purchased * for * dollars”


 The asterisk (*) wildcard that can match any word - example, 'google purchased * for * dollars' PHOTO: The asterisk (*) wildcard that can match any word - example, “google purchased * for * dollars
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Time Ranges
A little-known search operator allows you to specify a specific time range. For example, use the following search to find results about Ubuntu from between 2008 and 2010:

ubuntu 2008..2010


Time Ranges operator for specifying a specific time range - example, ubuntu 2008..2010 PHOTO: Time Ranges operator for specifying a specific time range - example, ubuntu 2008..2010
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File Type
The filetype: operator lets you search for files of a specific file type. For example, you could search for only PDF files.

filetype:pdf how to geek


The filetype: operator searches for files of a specific file type - example, filetype:pdf how to geek
PHOTO: The filetype: operator searches for files of a specific file type - example, filetype:pdf how to geek
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One Word or the Other
The “ORoperator lets you find words that contain one term or another. For example, using the following search will pull up results that contain either the word Ubuntu” or the word “Linux.” The word “OR” must be in uppercase.

ubuntu OR linux


The 'OR' operator to find words that contain one term or another - example, ubuntu OR linux
PHOTO: The “OR” operator to find words that contain one term or another - example, ubuntu OR linux
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Word Definitions
You don’t have to Google a word and look for a dictionary link if you want to see its definition. Use the following search trick and you’ll see an inline definition:

define:word


The define: operator to see the word's definition - example, define:word
PHOTO: The define: operator to see the word's definition - example, define:word
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Calculator
Use Google instead of pulling one out or launching a calculator app. Use the +, -, * and / symbols to specify arithmetic operations. You can also use brackets for more complicated expressions. Here’s an example:

(4 + 2) * (6 / 3)


The +, -, * and / symbols (arithmetic operator) to specify arithmetic operations - example: (4 + 2) * (6 / 3)
PHOTO: The +, -, * and / symbols (arithmetic operator) to specify arithmetic operations - example: (4 + 2) * (6 / 3)
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Unit Conversions
The calculator can also convert between units. Just type “X [units] in [units]”. Here’s an example:

5 nautical miles in kilometers

 
Unit Conversions 'X [units] in [units]' - example, 5 nautical miles in kilometers
PHOTO: Unit Conversions “X [units] in [units]” - example, 5 nautical miles in kilometers
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Exercise:
Combine these search operators to create more complex queries. Want to search a specific website for a PDF file, created between 2001 and 2003, that contains a specific phrase but not another phrase? Go ahead.

filetype:pdf 2001..2003 "Google"
-ubuntu

Exercise - filetype:pdf 2001..2003 'Google' -ubuntu
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By Chris Hoffman, Published 27 Feb 2012
Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.



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