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Chit Chat Corner / Secrets Revealed by a SQ Gal
« on: Today at 04:31:18 pm »


* Crew Culture - seniors pick their work positions first. Offer a drink to cabin crew members that come into your galley. Hang out with your set of crew at the outstation and ditch the hermit life, or risk coming across as antisocial or rude.

* Loneliness Abroad - not easy to forge and maintain relationships in an ever-changing workplace.

* Gays are Girls' Best Friends - friendly and easy to get along with—a basic requirement to qualify for SIA.

* Touchy Passengers - folks who had 1 too many.

* Self-Exposure - Stewardess knows when pax is looking for self exposure opportunities. They just let it be...

More at https://tinyurl.com/yx98fsmv

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A woman has been detained here for allegedly injuring her husband's girlfriend, who is also married, with a knife after they had a threesome.

Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the 46-year-old, who is a coffee shop attendant, was arrested shortly after the alleged incident.

The victim was sent to hospital in critical condition due to massive loss of blood after being stabbed in the private parts.

After treatment, the 34-year old victim, a cleaner at the council market here, was reported to be in stable condition.

“The suspect promised not to do anything. When the victim arrived at their place, the three of them were happily chatting.

“The man had some alcohol while the two women only had soft drinks.

“The three of them then agreed to have a threesome,” he said.

After the man had sex with the suspect, she told him that she was going to the toilet to ease herself.

“The man continued having sex with the victim when the suspect came into the room with a knife and stabbed the victim, causing her to scream,” he said.

ACP Stanley said the man rushed out and told his brother, who rents another room in the house, to chase after the suspect.

She was later caught and handed over to the police.

ACP Stanley said the couple were married under local adat (traditions) and have been together for seven years.

The man's girlfriend is married with four children. Her husband is working in a logging camp in Solomon.

The case, ACP Stanley said, is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt with a dangerous weapon.


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House Judiciary

The committee is looking into obstruction of justice, corruption, or abuse of power claims against the president.

House Oversight

The committee is investigating the administration's use of security clearances - including reports that Trump overruled officials to get clearance for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

House Ways and Means

Democrats in this committee are preparing to ask for the president's tax returns - which he has refused to release since his campaign days.

House Foreign Affairs

The committee has requested all documents relating to Trump's conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will also soon reportedly look into whether the president's foreign businesses have impacted his policy decisions.

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SINGAPORE: Mandarin Gardens has failed in its en bloc attempt, about a month after raising its asking price to a record S$2.9 billion.


The leasehold condominium managed to gather around 68 per cent of signatures as of Mar 24 when its collective sales agreement expired - about 12 per cent shy of the 80 per cent mandate required to launch a tender.


In a message to owners on Sunday (Mar 24), the site's collective sale committee (CSC) said: "This being our first attempt at collective sales, we have learned valuable lessons which will certainly be very helpful in our next journey.


"A similar attempt in 2008 came to a close, as we were about to appoint the marketing agent and lawyer. At that point of time, the worldwide financial crisis was triggered by the collapse of the Lehman Brothers.


"The general feeling is that the current market sentiment for en bloc sales is heading south as evidenced by the non-bidders in the tender process of several large estates."


More at https://tinyurl.com/y3sxpvwq

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A pro-military political party in Thailand has taken an unexpected lead in the country's first election since the army took power five years ago.

With more than 90% of ballots counted, the Palang Pracha Rath Party has gained 7.6m of the popular vote - half a million more than Pheu Thai.

Pheu Thai is linked to former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, whose loyalists have won every election since 2001.

Official preliminary results, which may differ, are due later on Monday.

The electoral commission has said full official results will be issued on 9 May.

More than 50 million people were eligible to vote, but turnout was reportedly low for Thailand at just 65%.

There are growing complaints about irregularities and reports suggest the electoral commission may issue a correction to its figures later on.

However it is looking likely that the Palang Pracha Rath Party (PPRP) will be in a position to form a government under the current leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup that ousted Mr Thaksin's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, in 2014.

More at https://tinyurl.com/y6yqtpec


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Chit Chat Corner / Dead rat found in a can of coke
« on: Yesterday at 01:34:59 pm »




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All About Love / men are 'useless' before 33
« on: Yesterday at 01:05:50 pm »
If you've ever tried to find love on a dating app, you know that the process, with its seemingly endless slog of potential matches to swipe through, can be exhausting. But what if you had a guardian angel to guide you through the swiping process? And what if that guardian angel happened to be Jennifer Lopez?


In a new episode of Tinder's "Swipe Sessions" video series, Lopez helped Brooke, a 29-year-old country singer, weed through her possible Tinder suitors. Brooke said she wanted a type of guy who could "chop wood," so, while swiping though some of Brooke's options — in which she nixed a guy for having a bio that read, "If you store ketchup in the refrigerator, it's not going to work out" — Lopez doled out some sage dating advice.


"Guys, until they're 33, are really useless," Lopez said.


According to Jane Greer, a New York-based relationship expert and the author of "What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship," Lopez's advice is actually pretty solid — especially if you're specifically looking for commitment.


"It can take men into their early 30s to establish their professional career and feel a sense of financial stability, which helps them feel more secure in life," Greer told INSIDER. "As a result, this can give them the maturity that comes with accomplishment, experience, and success."


This doesn't mean guys in their 20s should automatically be off-limits. But it does offer an explanation as to why some men seem to make a sudden shift in their ability to commit around the time they turn 30.


"Sometimes you see a guy who's been in several relationships, but then, in his early 30s, suddenly he meets a woman and is ready to marry her," Greer told INSIDER.


While Lopez's advice might not work for everyone, knowing your worth and having standards that match up to it never hurt anyone. In any case, next time you're swiping around on a dating app, if you ask yourself one question, it might as well be this — what would Jennifer Lopez do?


https://www.thisisinsider.com/jennifer-lopez-jlo-tinder-men-useless-before-33-2018-7

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report – the product of nearly two years of investigation – will not include any further indictments, according to a senior Department of Justice official.


The report was handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review, and Congress has been notified of the transfer late Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.


According to federal regulations, the special counsel's final report should be "a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel."


After reviewing Mueller's report, Barr will then send what he has described as his own "report" on the Mueller investigation to the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate judiciary committees. Barr has promised to be as transparent as possible, but it's unclear how extensive or detailed Barr's own "report" to Congress will be.


In a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Barr wrote that he is reviewing the report and anticipates that he "may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend." He continued that, separately, he intends to "consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law."


Sources who have spoken to President Donald Trump told ABC News that his initial reaction to Friday’s news was that he's “glad it’s over."


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Chit Chat Corner / Insurance agents are scum.
« on: March 23, 2019, 05:53:14 pm »

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Food Glorious Food / Saladstop!
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:55:20 pm »
As its name outright suggests, SaladStop! is yet another deli-style establishment dispensing a variety of greens for convenient chomping on the go. Diners can choose from a menu of pre-customized items (including salads, wraps and quinoa bowls) or build their meals from scratch, after which all selected ingredients are whisked off to the chopping board for a whirlwind "slice 'em, mix' em, pack 'em " extravaganza. From one single eatery at Marina Square founded by father-son pair Daniel and Adrien Desbaillets (both Swiss-born Singapore residents) in 2009, SaladStop! has since rapidly expanded to more than a dozen outlets over the past decade and is also presently operating franchises across Asia.


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Bad news abound: this rainbow melange in a barrel turned out to be god awful nasty. Dull and uninspiring, not to mention it felt like we were chewing hay the whole time. A drought so severe baby, we began to suspect if measly pelts instead of reasonable squelches were expressed from the dressing bottle. The potato cubes had a profoundly raw quality in them, meanwhile the bitter quinoa seeds made us crave Skittles like never before. What Soba noodles? Few pathetic strands of green buckwheat happening as an afterthought hardly count yo. The only tiny consolation.....if salads tasted a shade better than cardboard, they must be uber healthy yes?


More at https://www.thefooddossier.com/2019/03/saladstop.html

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“Secretly, I was ashamed of how I was living. I couldn’t even go out or face relatives during Chinese New Year because I [think that they would] think of me as a leech, a parasite.”

Having been made fun of in school for her background and the way she spoke, Andrea* started becoming wary of people. She kept them at arm’s length and although that prevented her from forming any close friendships, it was to protect herself. At least, that was how it began.

“I developed a paranoia that people would laugh at or pity my pathetic lack of friends.”

As she grew out of adolescence, this fear of social situations manifested into an extreme level of social isolation.

Can you imagine yourself being cooped up at home for months on end? Never heading out for lunch with friends, not going to work or school and just idling away in bed?

For people like Andrea, that’s their life as hikikomori.

WHAT’S HIKIKOMORI?


For the uninitiated, hikikomori is a term used to describe those who rarely leave their house, and seek extreme degrees of isolation. Some never set foot outside their homes. Others occasionally do, heading out to buy food or even to the cinemas for the latest blockbuster, but all of them are completely, socially isolated. They would even limit their interaction with their own family members.

Although this social phenomenon is predominantly widespread in Japan, I recently stumbled upon a Reddit thread that tells me that we too, have our share of social recluses hidden in their rooms somewhere, unseen by society.

Through a local forum, I stumbled upon Andrea’s story.

Back then, Andrea cooped herself up at home for eight consecutive months. Waking up at five every morning, she spends her time browsing Reddit, reading and binging on TV series, only leaving her room for lunch and dinner, which her parents would prepare for her. At around 11 pm, she will head to bed and the same routine repeats for months, and in those months, she did not step out of her house once.

"Her home had become a place of solace for her, a fortress she can’t bear to leave."

Likewise, this is the case for the many hikikomori in Singapore, who have taken to forums to pour the feelings that they have hidden away from their friends and family.

WHY DO THEY ADOPT THE HIKIKOMORI LIFESTYLE?


Hailing from a ‘financially comfortable’ background, Andrea is aware that she is more fortunate than most, as she could afford the option of not having to work or fend for herself. But because of that, she feels more pressured to pay her parents back for all that they have done for her.

The low self-esteem, crippling social anxiety, and negative outlook on life that came from her being bullied in school when she was younger kept her imprisoned. The self-imposed pressure and the expectations about the future stressed her out and caused her to feel even more helpless.

When she finally entered the workforce, work became her life. All she did was wake up, go to work, head home to have dinner with her parents, and repeat.

Due to her micromanaging boss, she grew to resent work. Even so, she continued working for some years to save up a sum of money before eventually resigning, dampened by the rat race.

“So after that, I didn’t really have a plan. I just stayed home. Months quickly turned into years. And because I was used to a solitary lifestyle of just reading and watching drama and anime, I just shut myself off from society and basically became hikikomori, just living off my parents and my savings.”

More at https://www.domainofexperts.com/2019/03/hikikomori-in-spore-and-why-young.html

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