Fw: Lesson from Air Asia QZ8501 and MAS Airline MH370

It’s saddening to follow the news of another air disaster this year, especially when it was approaching a new year. Previous events had prompted many to suggest that the aviation industry and especially the aviation authorities do something about monitoring flights in real-time (i.e. continuous tracking of flights). If we had incorporated the real-time tracking system earlier, would 9/11 been possible to prevent? Could the crash sites of MH370 and QZ8501 been located quicker?

In my opinion, having a real-time tracking of flights would have allowed a speedy search and rescue missions. That would have been way better than having to search painstakingly and retrieve bodies, wreckage and the “black box”. In addition to having a system to track flights in real time, I think having the correct emergency kits on-board is also crucial, as suggested in this post (“How we can improve evacuation and rescue during plane crash”, 31 Dec 2014). Several suggestions such as having access to potable water and equipped with life-jackets tagged with radio-beacon (or radio transmitter) would be useful in cases where search and rescue might take several days.

Also, if the aircraft is designed such that when it crash-landed on water (either upside-down or not), a mechanism that increases the buoyancy time of the plane will be beneficial to allow sufficient time to evacuate all the passengers.

The provision of slide-turn-raft is useful and I hope that the raft comes with basic necessities such as a flare-gun, blanket to shelter from the intense sun and cold, manual pump (in case of leak), and hopefully in the future, these rafts will be equipped with manual filtration unit to purify sea water (or at least minimize the salinity of water).

Finally, I think the most important item for each evacuees would be to have a radio-beacon attached to their life-jackets so that rescue can locate them in the open sea.

Fw: Be gracious, there is no entitlement in Singapore

Hi, I just wanted to share an article with the above title.

Here is the link to Be gracious, there is no entitlement in Singapore. I have seen many people, even the elderly forgetting the basic needs to interact with other people (which is respect). Sad to see that there are nasty elders who failed to know karma. I guess sometimes, age doesn’t really improve a person’s wisdom and tone down their nastiness.

Just a thought.

Good or bad neighbor?

My neighbor brought an old couple as guest to her home for dinner, we met and we were introduced. An unexpected side-question was uttered by the husband of the couple, “is he a good neighbor”?

My embarrassed neighbor answer promptly saying good things about me and my family who lived just next door.

The next question directed to me blew me off my feet, “are you local or foreigner”?


I’m flabbergasted.

“Gender equality”, why men hate this statement..

Time and again, men (especially young men) despise such statement being made by women rights groups. Why do they react in such a way, especially when these men have loved ones comprising womenfolk at home, e.g. mother, sisters, aunts, cousins, other family members as well as best friends?

Take for example the comments from Yahoo News SAF stopping the singing of ‘misogynist’ lyrics from marching song: AWARE

The commentators (mostly young adults I guess) would equate their hardship at NS training being more than women; and hence there shouldn’t be any equality in this sense – because they experienced more hardship while girls don’t. They seemed to dislike the connotation of equality because men think they sacrificed more in society. Likewise, women fight for “equality” want to be treated equally because their sacrifice is comparable if not more than men.

To me, I think both sexes are right in the sense that they sacrificed a lot for society and humankind. They are actually fighting for the same cause. Women fight for “equality” doesn’t mean that they are belittling the contribution and sacrifice of menfolk – in actuality, they are fighting against “inequality”. Fighting against “inequality” doesn’t deprive men of their strength.

The statement “fight for equality” is misleading to men and to me because there can never be equality of sexes (nor their roles in society). Probably that is the reason why some men dislike such statement.

For example, men work in construction sector where womenfolk don’t because of the “unequal” physiques. Secondly, men fight in war and kill (or got killed) in seconds and later awarded as heroes, whereas women work in the “safe zone” mending the injure. Last, most men work all day just to bring bread to table while women stay at home.

In reality, we don’t realize that women are not ignoring men contribution nor their hardship. In sectors where women can contribute, they are just asking to be given “equal” treatment and opportunity as men (based on performance rather than on sexes). As men, we surely want our loved ones such as mothers, or wives (and daughters) to be respected and given equal treatment at work, no? Furthermore, in war we fought and killed millions in seconds, BUT do we realize that women fight for 9 months and 20 more years to bring up a life without any expectation for any HEROES awards except to see the smile of their sons (and daughters)? We can’t really compare because comparing is doing injustice.

Probably that is why “fighting for equality” statement which serve to compare causes some dislike in men because they don’t realize in-an-instance that the word equality is context-dependent such as in terms of education, health, and work – and not to equate men’s role with women’s.

But I guess young adults will be young and will need time to mature. These individuals will realize that one day they will have daughters and the realization that having women rights in society will ensure that their daughters will at least be in good hands. Furthermore, women rights group movement comprises men as active members and not exclusively women – and this should be made known to everyone constantly.

As a son, a father, and cousin brother to my loved ones, I for one support women rights and respect them. I consider myself a member to AWARE Singapore (and other women rights group), although I’m not a registered member.

Friendly security is an asset worth twice if not more

Security in any establishment is a must. It ensure safety to visitors and people who works there. A good security firm (or in-house security) ensures security, and on top of that it ensures a conducive environment for both visitors (customers) and other workers. The best security would be those that provide the highest security with less interference to the norm. This is especially considering that most countries are not under emergency (or curfew), and surely not Singapore. We as customers and visitors don’t really need machine gun toting goons, or fierce-looking muscles to make us feel “safe”, and “welcomed”.

Having said that, I have been to supermarkets, condominiums, government buildings, private and public companies, club houses etc. and I got to learn one good example from all this. Companies (esp. customer-oriented ones) need to invest more in the establishment of “efficient” security in their premises. Efficient in the sense that the security personnel are trained to be vigilant at all time but friendly none-the-less (without compromising the former quality). Just remember that giving out a smile doesn’t lessen the “deadly power” of these muscles at work. Conversely, being fierce-looking all the time doesn’t work in enhancing security because crooks/terrorists don’t buy it (only amateurs might fall for it). Sure enough, regular customers/visitors HATE IT when unreasonable SECURITY hamper their daily norms.

Imagine I’M LOVING IT quality in McD when one day McD decides to hire bouncers to greet customers. Now can you understand?

This article was written after my visit to Fusionopolis for shopping and esp. after the response I got when I asked a security lady for the nearest restroom (considering that two toilets from upper levels were closed for cleaning). I wondered, why security has to be like “that”?

How to double kill a library patron

National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore take note;

Not everyone will be able to renew borrowed material on-time, and especially true for the following group of people. Some people (like me) strategized with precision to renew their materials right-on-time-of-due-date (just to maximize the duration of the borrowing). The latter group  unfortunately are prone to crash-and-burn if they miss by a day or two..

Alas, in our National library, we will crash-and-burn sometimes, (1st kill). However, we don’t just crash-and-burn, at online NLB there is no “fire-extinguisher” nearby to extinguish the “fire”, so we just “crash-and-burn-to-ashes” (2nd kill).

Let me explain. If I forget to press the renew button before 11.59 pm on the due-date; I will not be able to renew my material on the next day (plus I will have to pay a day’s fine). This is all due to the kick-in mechanism that NLB implemented to prevent patrons who don’t pay up fine from borrowing (and renewing) books.

Well, not a problem (you say), because I can go to the library and physically have the book renewed at the counter? Now imagine that you are out-station and will only be back after a week’s time (or two), and you have 3 books with you. If the fine is sgd 0.50 per day per book – you would have accumulated sgd 21.00 by the second week !!!!! All this just because you forgot to click the renew button on-time???

Come-on NLB, I don’t mind if you prevent patrons who don’t pay up their fine from borrowing books; but at least allow those who are currently loaning the book to renew when they forgot to do so on-time (although there is outstanding fine due to the missed few days).

Is it so difficult to tweak the super sophisticated online system to discern these two categories of patrons?

Right now I’m soooo…. glad to be in Singapore and a walking distance to return these books.