Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Other Side of Christmas

It's December - the time of the year where Christmas is here! Most consumers celebrate the season by going on a shopping spree, buying gifts, going on holiday, and having a large Christmas dinner with friends and families. It is the month where everybody feels relaxed, happy and enjoyable!

However, do you know that there is a dark side to Christmas?

If no, get your eyes peeled as you see below:

China's Christmas Village

Santa's workshop … 19-year-old Wei works in a factory in Yiwu, China, coating polystyrene snowflakes with red powder.

Christmas Village is located at Yiwu, China. It is home to 600 factories that churn out more than half of all the world's Christmas decorations and accessories, from glowing fibre-optic trees to felt Santa hats.

Wei gets through at least 10 face masks each day, trying not to breathe in the cloud of red dust.The two men produce 5,000 red snowflakes a day, and get paid around £300 a month.

The migrant labourers work 12 hours for only a meager £200-£300 a month. They work long days in the red-splattered lair, taking polystyrene snowflakes, dipping them in a bath of glue, then putting them in a powder-coating machine until they turn red, repeating the process to make 5000 of the things every day. 

Worse still, the workers had to breathe in the dust, bear with fine crimson powder landing on their head to toe, and causing their hair to turn red.

When we are happily shopping, remember that these migrant workers are slogging behind the scenes. 

More Turkeys Killed Faster than Ever

Christmas celebrations are the cause of considerable cruelty. 

For turkey manufacturing industry, Christmas is the busiest time of the year. In the peak production period run-up, 100 birds are slaughtered every minute, meaning 50,000 turkeys are killed everyday to provide frozen and fresh turkeys for the Christmas dinner table. 

Seasonal Slaughterhouses are used in this case and many turkeys are killed by having their necks dislocated, and studies showed that this does not usually kill them instantly. 

When you are happily eating turkey on your plate, this is what happens behind close doors. 

Record Number of Pets Abandoned

Christmas is the "worst ever" for abandoned pets. 

Puppies are abandoned as unwanted Christmas presents and charities are inundated with cats and dogs during this festive period. The charity's cruelty advice line never stop ringing and received an average of more than 1,500 calls each day about animals being hurt, neglected or abused.

Volunteers also gave up much of their free time to help the cats and dogs in need over the holidays.

When you are enjoying company in your own home, these dogs are dumped and made homeless. 

Peak in Crime Rates

Christmas, a supposedly peaceful holiday, is in fact the most dangerous time of the year. 

Drink-driving, assault and burglary are just some of the crimes police deal with on Christmas Eve. There are more crimes committed during the month of December that are observed to be rampant in many malls. 

The crime rate in terms of larcenies go up during Christmas because people can't afford certain things or want to have a nice Christmas for someone else. 

Crime rate is at peak especially where there is a crowd celebrating Christmas season and Christmas gifts make an attractive target for thieves. 

Even in Africa, the crime rate jumps at this time of year because people are desperate to provide something extra to meet their families' expectations of new clothes and good food on the table.

Rome also cited crime rates at its peak during the same season, where Roman courts were closed and no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people. This implies that some Roman can deliberately do crimes during the period. 

When you are shopping at peace, other people elsewhere are having their happiness stolen and robbed.

Severe Weather

Tornadoes are some of the wild weather seen worldwide over the Christmas holiday period.

Gale-force winds and heavy rain hit the Christmas getaway for road, rail and air. Hundreds of homes were wrecked. Fallen overhead power lines left thousands without electricity. 

The New Mexico city of Roswell recorded 12.3 inches of snow on Christmas - an area record for a single day, that results in highways with difficult driving conditions.

Flash flood happen in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois over the Christmas weekend. Torrential downpours forced dozens of adults and children from their homes to seek refuge at Red Cross shelters. 

Other countries struggled with unseasonably high temperatures around Christmas. New York City broke the record for the warmest Christmas in history. Temperature in Central Park reached 66°C, breaking the previous record of 64°C set in 1982.

When you are experiencing minor weather on your side, other countries are having it worse. 


Extra Work Shifts
Packages await delivery next to a FedEx truck in New York on Friday Dec. 18.

Guess who still had to work on Christmas?

Service sectors!

FedEX employees, especially drivers are working extra shifts to handle the surge in online shopping in the busiest delivery weeks of the holidays. For unforeseen late deliveries of Christmas gifts, other Express employees also volunteered to work extra shifts on Christmas Day to satisfy customers' needs.

During holiday season, you still see retail shops, restaurants and transportation operating. Those are the workers who work on Christmas Day. 

When you are enjoying your holiday, there are still people who are working non-stop to serve you. 

Double Food Wastage 

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Indeed, the disposal of unused food reaches a peak over the Christmas.

According to figures by Love Food Hate Waste campaign, we throw out an equivalent of 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings and a shocking 74 million mince pies for Christmas, meaning we are binning nearly twice as many mince pies as retail giant Marks & Spencer sells every year.

Over a third of households also admitted to throwing away more food at Christmas than any other time of the year. As they want to appear less stingy, they tend to overbuy and cook far more than they need to.

Whenever you can't finish the leftovers, you are wasting food and money.

Heaviest Congestion

Christmas is the worse time to drive. 

December 21 and 22 are the year's peak dates for the great Christmas rush, with more than 4 million motorists expected to take to the nation's busiest road for the festive break. Motorists faced lengthy traffic jams with delays up to 3 hours and disrupted rail journeys. 

The heaviest congestion resume again from December 27 and January 4 due to sales shoppers and those returning home after spending Christmas away.

When you only live opposite your family, think about those who go through hours to meet them...

Rip Off
Hike: Tesco increased the price of the Furby Boom by £5At Toys R Us the Teksta robot puppy was £47.99 but is now £59.99

In the run-up to Christmas, shoppers are being faced with soaring prices as retailers increase the price of must-have toys. 

Retailers such as Tesco increased the price of Furby Boom from £49.99 to £54.99, while Toys R Us increased the cost of the Teksta robot puppy from £47.99 to £59.99 for the last weeks of festive shopping. 

This practice is known as 'scalping' where shoppers end up paying up to 50% more for must-have toys as retailer tap on demand to maximize profit. It's a very merry Christmas for everybody except the consumer.

Instead of busily spending to make others happy, think about how there are better ways.

Christmas Day Terror

Attacks on Christmas masses have "huge symbol value" for terrorists, and Christmas shoppers are most at risk of Paris-style attacks. The November 13 terror attacks in Paris cast shadow over festive cheer. 

Security are ramp up at churches over fears they might be targeted by "battle-hardened" terrorists over the Christmas period.

When you're thinking of what Christmas gift you want to receive, did you realize safety is the answer?

There is a dark side to every good side.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

10 Things to Learn from Your 1st Job

1) Established Trust

The 1st impression you want to give to your boss is that you are a capable and reliable employee. The worst thing you can do is causing your boss to lose trust in you, and don't believe that you can handle the job anymore. How to know? Its simple. The boss will initiate, or even offer to do your job for YOU. They will say "Never mind. I do, I do". When the boss said this, you know you are no longer needed in this company.

Thus, learn to establish trust in your boss. Do what is told and do it right. Volunteer to do things that are not told, but necessary. Show that you are initiative and keen to learn.

2) Contribute to the Company

The mindset of many fresh graduates is that they want to learn as many things as possible in their 1st job, and that's all. This will not work. They had to contribute whatever they learn from university to the company; whether is it knowledge, organisation skills, ability to meeting deadlines and attention to details etc.

Don't come to a company with a sole aim of learning, You have to provide VALUE. For example, offer solutions or initiate new proposals. And that's where you show your worth to the company. If you want to simply learn, be an intern.

3) Work with Common Sense 

Being green doesn't mean justify you for making mistakes. Always be clear-headed and know what you are doing. The boss doesn't have to tell you everything about the job, but you should know. Go find out and search for answers yourself by familiarizing with the company system, clarify from the start, listening intently to what your boss and colleagues said and make an effort to understand and internalize the procedures as you do it. 

Never expect or rely on guidance. Always aim to make sense of a situation. If not, advise from the department. Problems that you can't solve, please report to the boss and don't take things under your own hands. Never repeat the same mistake.

4) Be a Responsible Team Player

Being punctual for work and regular attendance are the most basic act of showing responsibility to the company you are working for. 

Most companies work as a team, not a one-man show. Absence from work will disrupt the flow of the whole team, as they are required to stand in for you. As an employee, you need to think about that and avoid any absentees from MC or Urgent Leave. Though unsaid, your colleagues will feel the frustration.

Always seek to make things easier for other colleagues. When they come to you requiring certain information, reply to them quick or inform them you will find out and get back to them soon. When you face hook-ups, don't keep quiet but tell to keep them informed about the status. 

Last but not least, do your work properly and correctly, otherwise your colleague will go feisty and crazy on you. It would not look nice if your colleague or boss spot your mistakes and voice out to you, leaving you speechless. Think and work like a Perfectionist. There is a limit to everyone's patience on the number of mistakes you make. 

Hence, always double check every document to ensure it is error-free before you hand over to your boss and colleagues. 

6) Integrity

Integrity is an unspoken and unwritten rule-of-thumb that every employee must possess. If you play truant in school or lie to your parents before, you would pass this trait to the workplace as well. When you were told by your boss to do something and you did not do it, you should admit it even if you know you would get scolded. Boss are not stupid. They know if you are lying or not. They will see through it and never trust you again. Just like taking a sick leave, but unable to produce an MC. You are spoiling your own reputation.

Thus, always be honest no matter what circumstances. Don't do anything unethical or abuse your staff benefits. It will seem too obvious if it happened often.

7) Foster Good Relationships with Colleagues

This above is one-kind-of-a-skill. In life, doing a job well is not enough. You also have to well-liked by your peers. Charisma is a skill you need to have if you want to climb higher in your career. In office, you had to interact with various department to get things done, and that's when your performance is being observed. Thus, the impression that you portray to people during the job is important, as colleagues are also your assessor. 

If you constantly do something wrong, other colleagues will see and spread to other department like wildfire and the whole office won't want to be associate with you as you spell trouble. In a manager meeting, everybody will also not put you a good light in front of the director. It is a matter of time that you be out of the company as nobody have confidence in your ability. You must be able to meet your colleagues expectations.

Other than that, you must also take initiative to help out your colleagues, without being told. For example, help to boil water when it is finished, help them out when printer not working, or even offer to throw their packets after eating etc. Though unsaid, colleagues will quietly appreciate it. 

8) Prioritize Workload 

When you have been in a company for a month, the amount of work will increase day by day, week by week. Most of the time, you planned to do something for the day, but your boss suddenly give you a new assignment. What to do? Do the boss assignment first, no matter how busy you are at that point of time. The reason being, it is urgent. Your boss will expect you to act on it on the spot and ask for it after 1-2 hours later. You cannot say you have not done it yet.

And that explains why good time management is a must-have skill for all employers. Additional work is unpredictable.  Finish up pending work on that day you wish to finish, without procrastination. Because when you fail to do so, you are adding on to your burden the next day, which will keep on snowballing until it is out of control. Soon, you will realize it is too late to follow up from there.

9) Maturity is Key

Working is not schooling. Everything you do in work had repercussions. It is not like school where you simply fail a test if you didn't study, or served few hours detention when you are late without affecting anyone but yourself. In real life, when you work as an executive that served members or clients, you are not representing just yourself, but also the company. Any thing that you say or do wrongly can affect the company in a bad way.

For example, when you didn't reply or respond late to a client's email request, the customer won't blame the employee, but will blame the company as a whole by having a bad perception on their overall service. When you the employee make a mistake on the clients marketing collaterals, and everybody know it is you who didn't check properly, they won't blame you, they will again blame the company as a whole, as they allow this to happen by hiring people like you.

Hence, it is critical to be mature in your actions, whether is it at home, outside or at work. Whatever you do will implicate many, other parties. The consequence is not so simple as it seems, as we are talking about real world now.

10) Be Respectful

Boss are like your mentors. The words they say to you is like money putting in your pocket. Listen and act on it. You can ask them why, but don't challenge their way of doing business. After all, they have been through your level and they know what they are talking about.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Mermaid Begins...

Talking about Mermaids, my interest of mermaid starts when I came across an article about Hannah Fraser - An Australian 'real life' mermaid. I saw her pictures swimming underwater. It was Beautifully Stunning. I admired her position that she is able to swim with Whales, Dolphins, Stingrays and even Sharks. She is elegant in water, can hold breath up to 2 minutes and swim to depths of 45 feet without using any diving equipment. And I am talking about BIG ocean. She is able to dive all the way down to the seabed. WOW. There must be some of form of natural powers to do that. You need to be super fit! 

Swimming in the sea with all the marine life is a truly extraordinary experience. It spurred me to want to learn diving! I am honest. I am so mystified by the BEAUTY OF THE UNDERWATER WORLD. In fact, the ocean is not quiet. Fraser accounts that "Baby whales are squealing. And whales are singing loudly." It was a "powerful" experience, she said. And I can relate to that. It would be astounding. Totally. I am so excited to learn diving right now! =D. 

I find Hannah Fraser to be very fluent in water. Her movement looks natural, compared to other 'mermaids'. Very elegant. Lesser hand movements. And she is naturally beautiful. I enjoy her videos. And because of this, I wanted to buy a Mermaid Tail! I mean, who doesn't want to live in fantasy?! For once, I just want to be a mermaid. Go to an isolated beach and swim. If only somebody could take pictures of me swimming underwater with my mermaid tail, it would be great! I will have it print and make it into a wall portrait to put in my dear house! I have quite a bit of an imagination about this. 

Here are some astounding photos of Hannah Fraser swimming with big whales. Imagine that you were that close...

 Hannah Fraser Swimming with Whales in the Wild to Promote their Conservation

I Loved the Magical & Mystery in this Picture. My Favorite of All Time!

Hannah is Swimming with Humpback Whales to Raise Awareness of Marine Life and Oppose Whale Hunting

Fraser said that the whales "were huge like a building".

This is Hannah Fraser. She was fascinated by Mermaids at a young age of 3. And she made her own mermaid tale at the age of 9! Do not think that swimming underwater with these animals is so easy. Their strength can be very forceful. If their tail or fin hits you, you can be smacked down. In reality, Hannah has been confronted by a shark before, but she "made a scary face and screamed at it in the water" which amazingly scare it off, she says. Wow. I like this bravery and wonder about her. I really do think she has an affinity with sea animals. 

Tail + Beauty + Wave

STUNNING!!! Look at the Masses of Fishes!!!

What a Beautiful Landscape!

Hannah swimming in a Ship-Wreak with SHARKS

Shimmery Effect! 

Tippy Nose! Hannah Playing with Dolphin! 

Look at this Video. Fall in love with the Song and Footage. Splendid!

Down to the 2ND Video! She is advertising an OMEGA Watch.  

I do feel inspired. I wanna get a Silicone Mermaid tail. I went to check the price. It turns out to be $2500! SO HIGH! And it takes 3 months to be finished. That's long. But I am not in a hurry. I just loved to be in a Fantasy! It's very dreamy. Outside the harsh world. I retreat back to the sea. Heehee. I do like the Marine Life. I would love to go to Alaska and dive with those professional divers one day, where I see all the Penguins, Polar Bear, Walrus etc. It be so EYE-OPENING!! 

Here are some pictures of the Silicon Tail. I liked it! I loved the scales. I loved the shiny effect. It is not like those mermaid tails that are made of fabric that shows the shape of your leg. A tail is a tail. It had to be in some form. I love the various poses! So elegantly beautiful. To be a 'real' mermaid, you need a long hair as well. 

These are Absolutely Beautiful! 

Let me share some interesting Mermaid Myths

= The earliest form of Mermaid is the Atargatis, a Syrian Goddess. *Remember, A-tar-ga-tis the Goddess. She fall in love with a human. They give birth to a human daughter. The goddess was unhappy, abandoned her child and dive into the lake to become a fish. However, her strong beauty make her unable to transform into a fish. Instead, the power of the waters made her bottom half a fish, and top half in human form. And therefore, termed the Mermaid. 

= Mermaids sing to men on ships or shores nearby, hypnotizing them with their enchanting voice, song and beauty. The hypnotized men would rush out to sea, to be either drowned or sent to their doom. This is known as the Homeric Siren, that led men to their watery graves...

= Mermaids are believed to be immortal. They had the powers to cure disease and grant wishes. 

= Lastly, Mermaids are perceived differently in various countries. For European, it is seen as negative. In Pacific Isle, mermaids are seen as good fortune; while in Poland, mermaids are seen as symbol of the city. 

Here is an Ending picture of Mermaid Serenity: 

Lying on Rocks

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Coming Soon....
Mermaid Post :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

John Gotti - The Boss

Not long ago, I came to read about a man. A Powerful Man in his generation. His name is John Gotti. He is the BIG MAFIA BOSS of the Gambino Crime Family, one of the Top Five Families in New York City. Gotti has Charisma. Even though he is a Gangster boss who murdered anyone who gets in his way, he is loved by the people, the public, his neighbourhood, the young gangsters, and of course The Press. When I first saw John Gotti on video, I immediately had a crush on him. He is so stylish. I liked the way he looks, the way he combs his greyish hair backwards, how he dressed and walks with an air around him. He is famously known as the 'Dapper Don' because of his flamboyant style, and also the 'Teflon Don' where he is known as The Untouchable. The law is unable to 'touched' him for 3 consecutive times in 4 years in very sticky lawsuits. People are afraid of him. I liked such character. Having the feeling that nobody dare to touched you is pretty awesome. It is very powerful and mighty. When it rains, John Gotti also had his right-hand man carry an umbrella for him as he walked. WOW. He definitely got the air of a BOSS.

Look at how Suave he is...

Here are some of his memorable quotes:

 “I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid.” - Gotti

“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter.” - Gotti

“He's getting personal, I want to get personal.” - Gotti

“He who is deaf, blind & silent, lives a thousand years in peace." - Gotti

“When I think of the American Indian I think of their courage, strength, pride, their respect and loyalty toward their brothers. I honor the reverence they share for tradition and life. These traits are hungered for in a society that is unfortunately plagued by those whose only values are self-centered and directed at others' expense." - Gotti

"I'm in the Gotti Family; My Wife's the Boss" - Gotti

I absolutely liked his quotes. And I agree with it. He is Fearless and gets Personal. In life, you do not lie. Because it shows you have fear. And fear is a weakness. Get personal with people if they want to get personal with you. Get even with them. Do not shrieked or run away from it. It shows that you are scared. This is especially true in business and war. Always be the Winner, not the loser. Though he may seems like a cold-blooded, merciless mobster boss, he sure knows what the society is lacking. He knows how to appreciate the good side of bad things. A Man of Wisdom.

A Solemn and Charming Man

Gotti is a ruthless man. He rise to the top because he ordered an assasination on his boss Paul Castellano especially when he realised that Castellano is unhappy that he is dealing with drug business. Gotti find his boss a threat to him. And on December 16, 1985, at 5:26pm, he ordered his top boss 'Big Paul' to be gunned down when he was getting off his car in front of Starks Steak House. As ruthless as he is, Gotti also ordered his new underboss Thomas Bilotti, second-in-command who served as a hinder to his rise, to be killed too. Such double murder staged in a public place shows that John Gotti have the audacity to finished anyone who gets into his road. He also want to make a bold statement to other mobsters, and discourage retaliation. To be successful, sometimes you have to be ruthless in order to rule the throne.

Gotti Does Not Have to Carry the Umbrella Himself

The New Boss

Soon after, John Gotti emerged as the BOSS of the new Gambino Crime Family. His impeccable appearance and thousand dollar tailor suits quickly earned him a media nickname 'The Dapper Don'. In John Gotti's first trial, he was accused of fellow assault of Romual Piecyk over a dispute. However, Piecyk suddenly changed his previous stance that Gotti beat him up and testifies that he does not remember who attack him. The case was dismissed. WHY? This was because Piecyk was threatened by Gotti. He received continuous harassing calls at all hours and his truck brakes were being tempered with. Gotti's witness intimidation worked well. This is more than enough warning to anyone. He is able to instill fear in people. That is a capability. And Gotti's fame rise from here. His press-friendly image starts to captures the attention of the public.

Looked Good in his 40s 

Mobsters around Gotti's frequently disappeared, or turned out dead. One of it is Gambino soldier Robert DiBernardo who suddenly went missing in 1986. Gotti's 2nd trial takes place in Federal Court where he was accused of in connection with several crimes inlcuding racketeering and murder. Several low level mob turncoats were called on to confirmed Gotti's role in Gambino organisation and his ties to serious crimes. However, Gotti appear suspisciously calm when waiting for the jury to announced his fate. In the end, the jury announced Gotti NOT GUILTY on all counts. This is a setback to the prosecuters who thought that he would be convicted. Little did anybody knew that Gotti had his hands controlled the situation at the start. Everybody was fooled by the Cunning John Gotti. It was FIXED. One of the jurer was bribed. He reached out to the jury, offering his Not Guilty vote in exchange for $60,000. He gets the money, and Gotti got acquited. Gotti is very smart to escape this. Because the judge tried to prevent jury tampering by keeping the panel anonymous. And it is very surprising that Gotti is still able to counter that. He is definitely not ordinary. Everybody soon wants a piece of him. He turns from a folk hero to a charming mobster overnight that even the government can't convict. His Fame Rise Even Higher. Not Notorious, but Glamorously Famous. From then on, he earned a new nickname 'Teflon Don' for his ability to deflect criminal charges.

Gotti really Looked Like a Classic Traid Boss

In 1989, for the 3rd time, John Gotti was called up to court, this time by the State of New York. He was accused of ordering attack of an union boss named John O' Conner. The court play the recordings where Gotti was heard saying Conner's address, "John O' Conner. John O' Conner, 608, at 16 somethin' Broadway". But in another recording, Gotti's words was more difficult to discern. The state argues that Gotti is saying a code where he is going to bust them up. There is also a powerful witness which is the alleged victim himself, John O' Conner. However, the Union Boss takes the stance and says that he has NO IDEA who attacked him! In February 1990, the verdict is broadcast Live on TV where he is announced NOT GUILTY. For the 3rd time in 4 years, Gotti beat the rap and goes free. He run out of court and put his fist into the air to show victory to his crowd of fans and supporters who cheered loudly. Could you ever believe that a gangster boss would be so welcomed by the public?! Even I can't get enough of this man. He looks so suave, so handsome, so amicable, so stylish, so charismatic, so powerful yet untouchable. He just had that Star Factor. Seriously. Charisma is either you have it OR dont have it. John Gotti absolutely have that. And that is probably why I like him when I first saw his picture and video, and naturally grew a HUGE interest on him. And now I am even writing about him. He has become one of my 90s idol. He is a truely a Celebrity Hollywood-style mobster boss. I love him!

Mr. Untouchable

Then, 10 months after the Not Guilty verdict, Gotti was arrested once again. This time, his right hand man, Sammy Gravano was also arrested. Sammy 'The Bull' was faced with racketeering charges that include allegations of murder. This was known as the "Gangster Case of the Century". John Gotti bragged to the FBI that he will beat this one too. Gotti is Cocky. He is Confident. He is Unwavered. That is what I liked about him. In 1992, the court played the recordings. And this time, Gotti's words can be heard CLEARLY about him talking about Cosa Nostra, which means Mafia a criminal syndicate, "This is gonna be a Cosa Nostra till I die. Be it an hour from now, or be it tonight, or a hundred years from now when I'm in jail. It's gonna be a Cosa Nostra." There was even tapes that CLEARLY hear him saying that he beat up Di.B, "When Di B got whacked, I knew why it was being done. I whacked him." However, the strongest evidence against Gotti was the words of his right-hand man Sammy Gravano where he will divulge mob secrets to testify against his own boss in exchange for reduced sentence. He said Gotti was the mastermind of the murder of Paul Castellano. And in April 2 1992, John Gotti was found GUILTY on the crimes of racketeering and conspiracy on all counts. Sadly. And Angrily. One woman even claim that this was a rotton trial, an unfair trial. And it "is worse than Russia." I loved the loyalty that his neighbourhood and supporters have towards Gotti. He didn't live his life in vain. He is glorious in his days. And he will never be forgotton. So untouchable, yet so approachable to his neighbourhood people and the press. John Gotti will always be remembered as the Mr. Untouchable that even the government can't touch him for years.

This ended the mighty era for Cosa Nostra.    

 "3-to-1 odds I beat this" - Gotti

This is the story of John Gotti, the biggest Mafia Boss of his era. Even if he was sentenced to life imprisonment, he was still as cocky as ever. He never regretted. He choose to live the life. The gangster life. The life of crime. John Gotti feels that he belongs to the street. He loved the code. He loved the action. He loved the Chase. He loved everything about being a gangster. He lived the life 24/7. Gotti knew it deep inside that by living such life, he would either be dead or go to jail. And Family to him was second. He was seldom at home. During his childhood days, Gotti was a bad boy. He often plays truancy in school and bullys other students. And eventually dropping out of school at the age of 16. But since 12, Gotti was already involved in street gangs. At age 14, he attempts to steal a cement mixer from a construction site when it fell and crushed his toes. Gotti hates school at a young age and devoted to working with the Mafia-associated Boys Gang where he befriended fellow and future Gambino mobsters.

He met his wife in 1958. He had tried to work in legitimate jobs in a coat factory and as a truck driver. However, he could not seem to stay away from crime. Throughout his youth, he commit crimes such as hijacking a truck and killing, where he would get caught and jailed again. If you stand in Gotti's mindset, you will find that he does not care about the consequences at all. He is bold and daring. He is prepared to lived this life as it is.  He enjoy every moment of it. Everything. He continues to be a gangster after being in jail twice. He was initiated into the Gambino family after his 2nd release. Where he would ultimately be the successor of the Most Powerful American Mafia Family, the Gambino.

Gotti is successful in his reign. His empire earned an annual income of millions. Though a ruthless killer, he has a heart. Behind every fierce man, there is always a soft side. This is true. John did charitable contributions to local churches and to small children. Gotti also cared about his family and treated everyone in his neighbourhood with respect, and they respected him. "To the kids, to everyone, he is a local hero," says one neighbour. "People have more trouble parking than they do with Gotti." The neighbourhoods would hold parties with fireworks to celebrate his successful trials.

The Boss Always Walks in Front

Gotti does not care about money. He would say, "If a guy was saving money, I would put money away." He was a street guy. At the end of the day, he would be going to jail. What is he going to do with all that money, he says. John Gotti has a temper. A volcanic one, says John Gotti Jr. He shows it towards his children, his grandchildren and his wife. He had a stormy marriage with his wife, Victoria where they are constantly arguing and fighting. In fact, Gotti showed his temper to anybody who provoke him.  

Charismatic and Full of Charm

Lastly, being a gangster will never come to a good end. It is either you die on the streets or end up in jail. And John Gotti, the onced mighty untouchable mobster boss died of throat cancer in year 2002, after 10 years in jail. I loved John Gotti. I feel that he is a legendary crime boss. He successfully fight against the law for 3 successive times. He is respected by the neighbours, loved by the women and men, especially the youngsters who see him as a HERO who will always be. Crime falls in the neighbourhood because of him. However, because of his cockiness, he loves to talk about his crime activities. He is careless. He knows that the FBI is recording whatever he says, but he is too proud, too flamboyant and very outspoken that eventually led to his downfall. Nevertheless, John Gotti led his life to the fullest, he do what he likes best. He became the most powerful boss of the crime family in the 80s, where he managed his multi million dollar crime  business and leaving a trial of dead bodies along his way. An undisputable fact, he was a celebrity well-liked by the 2Ps. The People and The Press. A powerful and charismatic character indeed. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Titanic Exibition at Marina Bay Sands today!!! Woo!

Hi everybody,

I went to the Titanic Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands today, on 16 April 2012 which is 1 day after the 100 year anniversary!! This is so exciting! On 15 April, I actually went to watch Titanic in 3D the 2nd time as I find it more meaningful. I had an awesome time looking at the exhibition and gallery of Titanic. It has a good layout as it started from the Construction, to First class Passenger, to Grand Staircase, then to Third Class passenger, then to Boiler Room, Iceberg, Memorial, and finally to Discovery. The layout is kind of based on time line, where after walking through all the first few artefects, you came to a point where the ship sank. Pretty cool. When I enter the Titanic Museum, I received a Boarding Pass, where it make me look and feel like I am one of the passengers. My Passenger name is Mrs Louis Albert Hippach. Age 46. 1st Class. I checked the status of this woman in the Memorial Gallery. She is SAVED among the 199 people. God Bless.

The Highlights of the Titanic Exhibition

The Wallpapers Depicting the Labour in the Construction Work of Titanic

For me, the most memorable parts of the exibition is the Grand Staircase, the Cabin Hallway, the Open Deck with black sky of stars, the real Iceberg, and the transparent Glass Floor. I like the fact that they not only display ornaments with fact files beside it, but they make the place look like a ship as much as possible which is good. The most emotional part of the Musuem is the IceBerg.


There is a real huge ice for you to touch. And it is cold to the touch. I read that the actual waters of the Atlantic Ocean is even colder than the ice that we are touching because Saltwater ice had a even lower freezing point than freshwater. And thus many people on the ship die due to hyperthomia - a rapid drop of body temperature that cause vital organs to stop functioning. Not due to drowning. This is really very scary and sad.
In the IceBerg part of the section, there is also many quotes of real people about the collision. One quote I remember clearly is that a women on board said, "Women and children first. This sentence is always heard. One part of it means that my life is saved. However, it also mean the loss of my beloved forever, which is my dear husband". This is so so so touching. This would be the most emotional part of my journey.

The Very Luxurious 1st Class Passenger Room

Another section of the musuem is that they show comparisons between a 1st class passenger, 2nd class passenger, and 3rd class passenger. They show it in terms of porcelein plates, bedrooms, and lifestyle. One amazing factor I find is the porcelein plates. There are 3 different types of plates that is designed according to class. This is simply amazing. For 1st class passengers, their plates are exquisitely designed with meaning on it. For example, the squares means the portholes. The blue color means the blue ocean. While the gold representing luxury. For the 2nd class passengers, the plates are decorated with blue flowers. While for the 3rd class, the plate is just plain white, with only the logo White Star Line printed in the middle. There is so much differences. While for the suite, the 1st class passengers had to buy the ship ticket for 2500 at that time, which costs $100,000 today. OMG. That is a lot!!! No wonder some of the wealthiest people are on the ship like Aston. Only these rich people can afford such class treatment. 1st class passengers are also entitled to Turkish spa, meal, gym, and big swimming pool. For the second class, it is $50,000 if counted today. And for 3rd class, it is only $700 today. This is such a huge differences. The above picture shows the 1st class passenger room, the luxurious setting that can be compared to that of a superior hotel.

Some of the Many Titanic Retrived Artefacts

The Boiler Room

Boiler room next. The area really reflects the type of color environment to that of the Titanic. It is RED color. After reading the abstracts there, I had total respect for the labourers. They are ALWAYS working. They are the main force of movement of the Titanic maiden voyage to New York. Without them, Titanic cannot travel at all. However, like what they say, their work is invisible. Nobody would understand or appreciate them. Moreover, Titanic moving from England to New York requires 5 million tons of COAL!!! WOW! Where 1.5km full speed would require 6000 tons of coal. Titanic run out of coal at some point and it transferred it from Olympics. Above is the artefects like Portholes, Screws and Wrench that are used in the build-up of the ship. There is even a HUGE BOLLARD where string is tied around it to secure the ship to the pier at that time. Portholes are build in contact with the ocean water which serve as viewing scenery and allow light to shone through. In fact, the portholes of the Turkish bath in the 1st class cabin is bigger than those of the 3rd class.

Postcard (at that time)

Artefects also include Song Sheet, Calling Card, and Other Instruments

Pocket Watch

There are many small little things that are being retrieved under the ocean. There are many postcards like the above one, woman and London picture postcards that are from the passengers themselves. There are also pencils, pens, neckties, shirt, wallets, coins, stamps, even envelope, letter, sponge, comb, brush, pearl necklace, ring, ear-ring, wine bottles, broken brown porcelain jars and potteries, handle of a deck chair, 3rd class teacups, butter plates, poker cards, children marbles, pittoons, handbag, hat, Cherry toothpaste jar lid, a chamber pot for sea sickness and many other more!

Air Register

There is also a Air Register which allow passengers to control the amount of heated air into their room to keep warm.

Men's Leather Boots

Leather Satchel


Perfume Bottles and Perfume Casings

As seen above, the leather-made boots, bag and belt are already popular in the Titanic era; early 1900s. Because of the tanning process of the leather, it is  protected from micro-organisms. And that is why the shape is maintained. There are many personal belongings still preserved and found in the bag! The leather boots was found inside a leather suitcase that belonged to a passenger. "Real Box Calf Easywear" was printed on the shoe. The perfume, on the other hand, still had their scent on it! Amazing that these perfume had been under the water for several 70 over years. This perfume bottles and casing belonged to Mr Adolphe Saadfield. 

The Cabin Hallway of Titanic

The Cabin Hallway on the other hand reminds me of the Movie Titanic. It is splendid. Exactly the same. It is all classy white and I feel like I am in the real ship. It is really cool that they can rebuild it like the orginal and so surreal! 

3rd Class Cabin in Titanic

Titanic feels that in order to be profitable, they had to make the Third Class lodgings more suffcient than its rivals at that time. Even though plumbs were build over the third class cabin where they were subject to the constant noise of it. And 4 people had to share a room. Overall their standard was way better than any other competitor ships. They had a poop deck, good ventilation, have constant-running water, bathtub, electricity, modest food menu, and also have concerts and dances in the lobby. It is considered better than any other liners.  

Open Deck of Titanic

The Open Deck of the Titanic ship where you can gazed at the stars is also not bad. I can feel that the temperature is even colder than the rest of the museum. I think that in the actual ship, the open deck is supposed to be very cool and breezy. And I sense that. I would prefer that they actually put real water below the deck. It be more interesting to touch and see real water beneath you.

Re-Creation of The Veranda Cafe of The RMS Titanic

This is how the Veranda Cafe looks like (above). The highlight feature of the cafe is the size of the windows. The window frames of Verandahs Cafe are decorated in an English style country garden house. The windows are enormous to give the 1st class passengers a large and uninterrupted view of the outside scenery of the ocean. There are also sliding doors at the rear which opened the room to sea breezes! This must be an exceptional experiences for the 1st class people. Sort of like an open-door feeling, not entirely enclosed. In fact, the Verandahs Cafe shared a service pantry with the 1st class Smoking Room next to it. This allow the passengers to order light meals and drinks.

These 1st class Porcelein Plates Are Still Intact Under the Sand!

Neatly Rows of Plates that are Heat Conductors; Cooked and Quickly Served

Once-Glorious Chandelier that Housed the Grand Staircase

Remnants: There Are No Diamonds Left in This Chandelier Anymore

Next, is the Chandelier. Since being recovered, it is already dented out of shape. The small little holes are the ones containing the candles. The onced grace chandelier is now considered a light fitting that hangs down the ceiling, as diamonds are already gone.

The Glass Floor Make You Feel As If You Are Above the Waters of Ship Wreck

The next exciting part is the Glass Floor. It feels like you are above a ship wreak, where all the broken plates, wines, bottles, and other broken lights under the sand are right below your feet. The experience is definitely enhanced. There are many unexpected things that are revived from the ocean, like the sink and tap, as well as a neat rows of plates neatly lined up! This is surprising. They were not broken. The wooden cupboard that held them are eaten away by micro-organisms. It is predicted that in 40 to 90 years time, titanic will become nothing left, but a rusty object...That is why you should not miss the chance of witnessing Titanic with real objects and real stories. There is also a huge screen of a video showing the actual wreck state of the Titanic under the deep ocean. Could you ever imagine that Titanic, the biggest ship ever made by men at that time during the 90s would sink and end up at the bottom of the MIDDLE of the Atlantic Ocean? The exibition is not just to SEE, but to experience the fall and FEEL the pain and loss of the passengers on board.  There is also information of the divers near the walls of the exit where they it was highlighted thar divers have to take almost 12 hours to reached at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to retrived the bits and pieces of the onced significant Titanic! WOW. We should thank the divers for their effort. Without them, we would not even have an exibition to reminisce and remember Titanic, and its passengers.

The Cherub Statue that Onced Adorned the 1st Class Grand Staircase

And you know what, I take a picture on the Grand Staircase. Ahahaha! This is so exciting. It reminds me of the scene where Jack meet Rose, and kissed her hand. This is so handsome and memorable. It is the staircase that is inside the REAL Titanic ship. Nobody would ever want to miss. However, one picture of yourself standing in the Grand Staircase is $25!!! If I buy 2, it be $50. This is really expensive, but worth it! I prefer the Camera-man to stand in the center and take the whole view, instead of just standing at the side and taking the Grand Staircase at one angle. Taking at the center angle view would be more grand. The Cherub statue represents Child-like Angels with knowledge and heavenly wisdom by God. It is normally featured in the most luxurious setting and convey a meaning of extraordinary. In Titanic, the Cherub serves as a lamp support on the stairs railings. 

The Grand Staircase of Titanic (The Centre View)

 The Grand Staircase (Side View)

The Grand Staircase with the High Grand Ceiling (View from Bottom to Top)

One of the 3 main luxurious features of the Grand Staircase is the large Glass Dome serving as the top ceiling which allow light to enter the area during daytime. The glass dome is decorated with unique design to reflect part of the luxury. Second, is the Clock which is surrounded by an intricate Oak Carving. It represents "Honour and Glory Crowning Time".  While the third is the Cherub statue. I sincerely felt that the 1st class area of the Titanic ship is SO well planned. Marvelous. Detailed work is everywhere.

Remains: The Deck Bench of the Titanic 

After the end of the Titanic Exhibition, there is a souvenier store on Titanic ornaments like plates, cups, bags, tea sets, books and notepads. I was hoping there is Titanic pens, postcards and more Jack and Rose things, Too bad. I bought a bag thinking that it is cheap. And it end up being $25!!! OMG!! This is crazy. I thought it would be $10 at most. I also bought a 1st class Passenger Dinner Plate at $19 which is reasonable. Total is $44!! Oh man, this is so high for only 2 items. I mean, seriously. And when I go to buy my pictures, it is $15 for one entrance picture with a reeling in front of you and a ship behind you. Another one costs $25 for the Grand staircase. With only $20 over dollars in my little pocket with shillings, I am able to afford one picture. And of course, I choose the Grand Staircase!! This is a MUST! I choose the most good picture out of the 3, and pay the sum. After that, I am considered broke.

I have learnt something. $100 IS NOT ENOUGH FOR MARINA BAY SANDS. And I am for real. $20 is already paid to the Titanic Exibition ticket. Based on souveniers alone, you pay quite a sum, nearing $50 for only 2 items that dont seem to costs that much. And then, a 6x8 picture of $25 dollars, and a $15 picture. Not even talking about food man. It is really for the rich and famous. I need to have a card, a NETS, a Credit Card, a VISA card, any card. Or else, I will run out of money in a second, just shopping in Marina Bay Sands. Come on man.

The Titanic Sinking News Spread in 1912

Nevertheless, I had a great experiences. I learnt alot through the exibition. I have learnt that Titanic is one of the greatest loss of lives that can be prevented. Out of 20 ships, only 2 is filled to the maximum 65. The other boats were filled lower-than-capacity. One even has only 16!! Can you imagine?! This is due to the fact that in the beginning, people do not believe that the ship will sink due to the assumption that Titanic is "practically unsinkable" and thus refuse to get to the boat at first. Only around 700 people survived out of 2200 people. That is only 1/3 of it. There is also not enough lifeboats. At first, the decision was to have 32 boats which can contain the 2200 souls on board in an event of emergency. However, Titanic decision makers decide to cut costs. They feel that 32 lifeboats exceed the basic requirement of the law. And that they find that the lifeboats would take up too many space of the ship. The whole world thinks that Titanic is "unsinkable" because it has 15 watertight doors which can contain 4 compartments of waters when in collision with automatic doors that would close shut in any event, and would still float. That is why. However, nobody would think that the ice would punch holes in 5 to 6 compartments. It is too late to think. Titanic is doomed. Destined to falter. With half of the people (1500) on board to die. That is really a LOT! This is extremely sad when some of the wealthiest people of that century died. One thing that amazed me is that these rich people like Aston and Jacques Futrella were witnessed last smoking at the Cigar room. This scenario makes me think that they are prepared to go down the bottom of the Atlantic. And they are rich people. I totally admired their bravery and how they dont seem to fight for their life to survive. They are SELFLESS and COURAGEOUS. WOW. Total respect. Unbelievable. They are really BRAVE. We should honour them. Who can do that? Mr. Guggenheim was another respectable man that we will always remember in our heart. He was totally prepared to go down.

"We've dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen." - Mr. Guggenheim who was dressed in evening suit as the linear slowly sank, according to witness.  

I really cant bear to imagine that state where people are struggling to survive in the cold freezing water in the middle of the Atlantic, and it is just 2 days before reaching New York. Many peoples dreams and aspiring hopes to succeed and live a new life in America, were dashed. It is a pity. The freezing waters were -3 degrees celsisus. This is really colder than you ever thought.  

Lets pray for the huge losses of human lives in the history of ship disaster.

Recap Titanic: Jack and Rose