A Beautiful Mind

Mindfulness Singapore, a program which integrates Tai Chi, Qigong and
Mindfulness Meditation to help individuals in their career growth and
development, collected S$1,320 for Thien Nhan during one of its events.

Thank you, members of Mindfulness Singapore, and its trainer and coach, Mr Colin Koh.

Now you (and I) know!

After the above strip was published, I received this email:

"Thank you for featuring the RENEW (REcycling Nation’s Electronic
Waste) bin, or a facsimile of one, in your comic on e-waste recycling
on 11 October 2015 in The Sunday Times.

Like all other types of waste, electronic waste is a growing problem
and the partners of RENEW -- DHL, StarHub and TES-AMM -- would
certainly like more members of the public to be aware of the need
to recycle their e-waste and to use the RENEW bins for that purpose.

I would like to raise a concern, however. Your comic depicted the father
retrieving a used mobile phone out of the RENEW bin. You would not have
been aware of this, but many site owners have asked us about the dangers
of such theft from RENEW bins, as personal data may still be on those
electronic devices. I suspect there are many others out there who have
the same concerns and I am worried that your comic may now have dissuaded
some from recycling their e-waste with RENEW because of this.

Again, you probably did not know this but each RENEW bin has
an inclined ledge installed just inside the deposit slot.
This makes reaching in and stealing far more difficult as the ledge
makes simply reaching in and down an impossibility.

Is there any way in which this can be communicated,
or any negative effects of your comic be mitigated, in case the public
assume that theft from RENEW bins is easy?

Have a nice GREEN day,
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations"

So, environmentally-friendly folks: rest assured that your binned
gadgets cannot be easily retrieved from the bins by unscrupulous people.

However, it's still advisable to wipe out all data before getting rid
of your unwanted devices.

Speaking of recycling...

Get rewarded for catching a litterbug?

On 13 October 2015, the newspapers reported that one Member of the Parliament
made a suggestion to the National Environment Agency to implement a reward system
like that in Taiwan, where people are given a portion of the summons payment after
they submit evidence of litterbugs caught in the act.

And this was what I drew on 15 February 2015:

Tech toons

More than just a television set
New generation TVs can do just about everything, from streaming online videos
to showing glorious 3-D content

Camera tricks and treats
Camera manufacturers are piling new features onto camera models and
turning them into multi-talented treats for photo buffs

Smart game consoles
Sophisticated software can take care of gesture, facial and voice recognition.
Some even do this:

What do you really want?
With so many different brands, sizes and features, picking out the ideal PC
from a sea of choices can be a nightmare

Something rare

This cartoon is unusual in two aspects.

Firstly, I deviated from my usual drawing style.
Secondly, I used Singlish (or Colloquial Singaporean English).

Using Singlish in a national paper is a big no-no.
Somehow, this one slipped through the cracks and got published.

For readers who are unfamiliar with the slang,
the word "Geng" means "Pretends to be ill".

And "MC" is short for "Medical Certificate".

 Oh, and army barracks are often riddled with paranormal tales/sightings.

Dream office perks

According to a LinkedIn poll, these are the percentages of
Singapore office workers who want...

More than 33% -- A place to nap
23% -- A spot in the office with natural sunlight
22% -- An assistant/clone
14% -- A mute-button option

Population growth

The number of people in Singapore rose to 5.31 million in 2012.
Most of increase stemed from 100,000 foreigners entering over the past year.

Teaching the teachers

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched a new centre to boost
the development and training of teachers.

The cartoon above is inspired by a video that has been making its round
on the Internet. It shows a boy hitting two of his classmates repeatedly,
in the presence of a teacher who was "unaware of the bullying".

Apparently, this bullying had been going on for a while and it is
only brought to light recently by the video clip.

To the person who recorded and posted it online: Thank You.

MOE's reply after this incident: "We do not tolerate bullying in any form,
and schools have in place a system and measures to support a safe,
conducive learning environment. Teachers have the responsibility
to maintain discipline in the classrooms and deal with bullying."

Perhaps one particular teacher didn't get the memo.