Monday, January 31, 2005
Endured a 2 hour long musical performance just because my girlfriend is one of the performers.
Strangely, orchestral music can give you a good sleep. I entered the performance tired, and left feeling very refreshed.
What is love? Love is enduring 2 hours of boring music just because she is performing in it.
Again I could never understand why people dress up as Anime characters. But then again, I still have some sense left in me despite what 20 years of education has done to me.
Naru-tards. What does this word remind you of?
From their senseless name, I surmise they read way too much chinese-translated comics.
They need to rename themselves, if they still need any respect (whatever that is left) from the public.
Link: This Narutard has way too much time in his hands. (Flash)
Saturday, January 29, 2005
This is the reply from the Deputy Director of Mail Delivery, Mr Tay:
"he said that it was logistically and financially not advisable to sort between Government and business promotional mails so you cant op-out of one but not the other.
And according to him, both parties pay the same rate to deliver such mails and they have to be responsible to the their clients and their shareholders."
Ok, if Singpost cannot differentiate between junk mail and addressed mail, how can I trust them to successfully delivery any mail?
Think about it, if Singpost cannot differentiate between junk mail and addressed mail, they probably have bigger difficultly locating my address in my mail.
They probably have bigger difficulty sorting local mail from foreign mail.
What a great explanation, telling a hapless citizen that he will lose his Government letters if he opts-out on junk mail.
They sure have no difficulty ascertaining if I used enough stamps to send my mail. This tells us Singpost's priority.
On the second point about clients/shareholders. Aren't we, users of Singpost, their customers also? Don't customers have a big say in how they want their product? Are we now advertising cash cows for Singpost to milk?
Oh I just remembered. Singpost is the only mail delivery service in Singapore. We are forced to use them. No opting-out on this one.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
First prize winner Wang Qi Jie showed how his product increases the transmission capacity of existing optical fibres.
Television viewers can then receive greater bandwidth without the added cost.
Wang said: "We can provide more information or data in the same optical fibre without additional costs to the customer."
How is it possible to cram more bad televison throught our networks? I am sure Singtel is still going charge me higher for the addtional bandwith.
What about increasing the quality of television without the added cost? That will sure be a moneymaker.
Role of media in encouraging the young to become active citizens
Mr Tarman: "I used to take a cup of thick black coffee first thing in the morning. But I now find that reading the daily views, suggestions and criticisms on education wakes me up much faster. I round up the day by watching the news on Channel News Asia, or if I don't get back home in time, I look at it online at the CNA website. "
You only news source is CNA and Straits Times?
I don't know, but the word "GroupThink" comes to mind when i read this news.
Brunei Sultan to receive Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from NUS
Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah will be in Singapore on Thursday to accept an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the National University of Singapore
How many man-hours of our Graduate Students are used in attending this "compulsory" event?
SMU defends fee hike for 'prime product'
Mr Ho Kwong Ping: 'You should all recognise, being business students, that a premium product not only commands a premium price, but it also commands higher costs.'
Ok, but I can't afford a premium product. A budget version is fine for me. Got something like that? Are there any budget version of *anything* left in Singapore?
What about a price range that most middle-class Singaporean family (2 children) can afford comfortably? I guess not.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
I wonder if it has occured to the writer that he could very well just ignore it and not go. What is the worst thing that could happen? Kick you out of NUS? or put a little cross in your dossier? Rap a ruler on your palms? Who the hell cares?
I feel fellow Singaporean students are too afraid of what might happen to them if they do things like this. We have this fear of having this mythical "black mark".
If your School gives you a "black mark" just because you have to attend a degree awarding ceremony of a person who happened to be born in a royal family, then I am sure the School is the wrong one for you.
I am sure the worst thing that could happen is that the school will learn not to choose you for school functions, and that is not necessary a bad thing.
If you are a University student, some degree of rational thought is expected. Please do not believe this "black mark" bullcrap. There is more important things to worry about in life than this.
The next time it happens to you, do this:
Don't go. (Unless its your own convocation)
You are an adult, make your own choices. No one can force you. And nothing's gonna happen to you.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
"Unlike traditional Chinese dance lions, this one has a streamlined pointed snout, bared fangs, and five stars and a crescent on its forehead.
It prances to music featuring sounds from Chinese and Indian drums as well as the Malay kompang, and moves with the graceful steps of Malay dance and the stomping of Indian dance."
Why is it that for every major festival or event in Singapore, we see "news report" showing how racially integrated our society is? How this chinese family celebrated CNY with their malay neighbour. etc etc.
Yes, our society has come far since the racial riots in the past. But what is the purpose of such surface and shallow attempts at showing/reminding how "racially harmonious" we are?
I am sure that the day we are truely racially harmonious is when we don't need to be reminded of it. Racial Integration is about human to human contact and understanding. It is not creating a mulatto dancing lion.
I am sure the sole beneficiary of this whole episode would be the designers. They took 2 years to design it, and were paid for it. (again with our tax money no less).
But construction worker Koo Ngee Meng, 47, was hopeful. 'Having a new icon may be good for the economy,' he said in Mandarin.
I wonder if the interviewee was being sacarstic. Maybe the Lion can expell lucky 4D numbers from its ass. That would be a nifty feature.
After this, i am sure this "Singapore Icon" will be joining the trashheap of forgotten/failed Singapore initiatives like Singapore 21 and Speakers' Corner.
A warning letter will be put in the student's personal file as well," said Ms Ng Suan Eng, deputy director of student services. Repeat offenders can be fined between S$50 and S$300 each.
This is ridiculous. NUS is marking a student's dossier if the student is caught smoking. For all the modern facilites in NUS/NTU, the mindset of the school administration is still stuck in the 1960s. So is Ms Ng implying that the student is going to be marked for life just because he flouted some asinine smoking rules in school?
I can imagine a dilligent civil servant updating shelves of student dossiers, paid by our tax money no less. I am sure some job positions is created just for this initiative. (security officers, pen pushers).
I don't expect a University (self declared world class) can spread such FUD about dossiers and fines. Then again, I don't think NUS has the necessary resources to enforce this rule.
One question though, what is NUS going to do with the fines they collect?
In other news: MediaCorp to ensure creativity thrives in single-player TV market
I don't know, but if MediaCorp can achieve this, it will be a first in Economics. A monopoly that creativity and innovation can thrive.
The huge success of the Singapore Idol show has taught MediaCorp some lessons.
Firstly, give consumers more power by involving them in shows and giving them choice.
Secondly, there's a huge reservoir of talent in Singapore waiting to be unleashed.
So, MediaCorp will continue to develop the creative community and also promote the arts.
If the best the creative community in MediaCorp can give is Phua Chu Kang and Singapore Idol, give me cable instead.
Promoting the Arts is the last thing on their minds. Making money is. What happened to the Arts radio channel? Off the Air. What happened to "Arts Central"? Now showing rubbish comedies (like Striperella) and sharing airtime with Indian and Malay content.
Tell me, how is "Striperella" (Arts Central,Monday 10pm, starring Pamela Anderson) considered "Art"?
And Indian and Malay content should have their own channels. Do they not pay TV licences?
For all the rhethoric, MediaCorp chairman Ho Kwon Ping said it best at the end of his speech:
Mr Ho said: "After this nice talk of creativity, we will have to go back to the office and think about how to make money. That's what everyone has to do."
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Edit: The Creative Prodigikeys. This is rock and roll man! Very Funny.
(needs Windows Media Player)
Apple zealots' favourite punching bag, Sim Wong Hoo is in the news again.
Before the last quater of 2004, Mr Sim had great goals:
"The MP3 war has started and I am the one who has declared war. It's our target to beat iPod in this quarter." - Sim Wong Hoo
Creative has just released its financial report: This is the reality.
Creative sold a million fewer MP3 players in the fourth quarter of 2004 than Mr. Sim had promised they would back in November, also failing in his goal of outselling the iPod.
Creative, you know what is the lesson learnt?
Under-promise and Over-deliver. repeat that 100 times now.
I have so many things on my mind I think i need a to-do list that I will never lose.
A list that all my friends will know. So that if I fail to achieve any, they'll give me hell.
So many things to do, and so little time. So little money and so much to buy.
iPod Shuffles/iPods Shuffle now has a 4 Week waiting list. Good time for me to save some money.
So how long is your waiting list for your products, Mr Sim? Oh I heard your first move to counter iPod is to slash prices. Way to go.
In other news, A terrorist drives a Volkwagen Polo planted with a bomb. see what happens next
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
I recieved this in my mailbox today: These guys have a new approach.
Wow, asking for a sponsorship to study, this is definitely thinking out of the box.
on this topic, here's 419eater.com
These guys reply to these nigerian spam emails, and try to get a hilarious picture from the scammer and even try to reverse-scam some money from the scammer.
Monday, January 17, 2005
|Hard drive-based music player market shares in September 2004|
|Vendor||Market share, %|
Source: NPD Group
What is important about this information, is that HP, does not make any MP3 player (they co-sell Apple's Ipod) can be the 2nd in Market share.
|Flash-based music player market shares in September 2004|
|Vendor||Market share, %|
Source: NPD Group
And in this chart, it shows that Creative does not even show in the top 5 list of best selling flash based players.
Numbers do not lie, if you want to ignore my Mac fanboy rhetoric.
Tells us how realistic are Creative's chances.
Random link : The iPod Shuffle dissected (From Engadget)
edit: This data are for the US market.
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Sara said: "The school has already accepted me and I was asked to go down to the school to collect a letter of acceptance. The principal saw me and she was like shocked to see that I was slightly overweight. At that time, she asked me if I could take my weight and height. She told us that there were two criteria that I did not meet. One that I was overweight and two that I had failed in my maths."
So now, on top of having good results, weight is an issue? It is revealed in the article that Schools are measured by a "Sports Participation Index".
What's next? A "Attractiveness" Index? Ugly kids need not apply.
Principals may be dissuaded from accepting unfit students because it might lower their index grade.
Is it me, or does schools in Singapore feel more like factories churing out students, based on a set of accepted factory standards (indexes and ranking) and quotas?
Make X number of Students with Y, Z qualities. Repeat.
As if the school ranking system is not enough, now this?
I feel that for all this article is worth, the real tragedy is that the name of the School is not revealed. No accountablility at all.
Public Officials, especially if they made a mistake, should at least be named. More so for those who educate our kids. What a shame.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Next to the F4/Japananes Wannabes i see in uni, these guys are the worst lot.
The director finally found someone to play Uncle Fester for the next Addams Family movie
Colour Blind Jay knew something was wrong when he got beaten up everytime he wore his new blue Hip Hop getup.
Bad dressing is the main cause of violence in the Hip Hop
See more at Dr Jay's Street Style
Found via Metafilter
Someone has made a detailed study on Apple's pricing strategy, and created a very nice infographic.
Go here to see.
Pricing a product is as much an art as it is a science. It is not flooding the market with many versions of your product (Creative) with little product differentiation.
Pricing requires careful examination of your product line, making sure no one product cannibalises the sales of another.
Wish I was a business student.
The same webpage also showcases many other infographics.
Related link: Edward Tufte
Read his book, "The visual display of Qualitative Information". and see his posters
Creating graphs and charts in your report or presentation is not just punching a few numbers in Excel or Powerpoint and crossing your fingers, hoping for the best.
Much thought must be put into it, if you want your charts and graphs to make sense to your reader.
Sometimes a table of numbers make more sense than making a generic pie chart.
Sometimes, you need to rethink how you write official letters.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
I came across this website of the infamous Singapore Idol Contestant, Steven Lim.
At the end of his Main page, I saw this tiny set of text.
I copied the text and pasted it in textedit.
This is a hilarious snippet, some bolded for emphasis.
Huang Na, Steven Lim Singapore idol Singapore Most Handsome Guy, stripper, Myanmar, Steven Lim Singapore idol Singapore Most Handsome Guy, stripper, Indonesia president, Steven Lim Singapore idol Singapore Most Handsome Guy, stripper, Singapore Idol, Steven Lim Singapore idol Singapore Most Handsome Guy, stripper, Cheryl Fox, Steven Lim Singapore idol, stripper, Singapore Most Handsome Guy, Bush Kerry, Steven Lim Singapore idol,
Presumably, he wants Google or any other search engine to return his site from these keywords, but who knew the Indonesian President,Bush/Kerry and Steven Lim have something in common?
Note: Stevenlim.net is the #7 search hit for 'Huang Na' on Goggle
Being an attention grabbing celebrity wannabe is one thing, but cashing in on a dead girl's publicity?
This joke just writes itself. I am at a loss for words.
Random Link: Media Mammon
"We’re expecting a good fight but they’re coming out with something that’s five generations older. It’s our first generation MuVo One product feature, without display, just have a (shuffle feature). We had that — that’s a four-year-old product. So I think the whole industry will just laugh at it, because the flash people — it’s worse than the cheapest Chinese player. Even the cheap, cheap Chinese brand today has display and has FM. They don’t have this kind of thing, and they expect to come out with a fight; I think it’s a non-starter to begin with."
Mr Sim, this might comes as news for you, but if your product is so good, why the hell is it not dominating the market, even with a 4 year headstart? Something must be wrong somewhere.
And who listens to FM radio anyway? If I own an MP3 Player, you sure as hell can expect me to listen to my MP3s, not listen to radio. Why listen to radio when you have 20 gig of Mp3s?
Product design is not cramming X amount of features into a small space. Its more than that. Your kludgy MuVo sucks, I used (or tried to use it). crummy interface, unimpressive design.
You gotta do better than bitching about your biggest competitor. They must be doing something right if they have 60% of the market.
see here for a review of iPod Shuffle
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
After working with Windows since pri six (DOS -> windows 3.1 -> ..winXP),
i switched to an ibook six months ago. I could not afford the pricey Apple desktops. Hence I still have one Windows PC humming away at home.
The ibook and Mac OSX was the best computing decision I ever had. I love its Unix underbelly, I love its UI, I love iLife.
That was six months ago. Flash forward to today, Apple announced the Mac Mini
US$499 or SGD$928 for feature packed Mac Mini. (the RAM seems too little though)
Apple you have outdone yourself this time. The Mac Mini will get its rightful place on my desktop, and finally replace the noisy sim lim piece of Windows crap.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Put an end to this dangerous JC 'game'
I AM a parent of a boy studying in a premier junior college in the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio area. Recently, it has come to my attention that rowdy behaviour is threatening to compromise the safety of the students.....
and read Mr Brown's hilarious comment.
seriously, Is it me, or students nowadays are getting weaker, crying home to mummy for the smallest problem? Back in my time, we kept everything from our parents.
Please, you had the choice not to participate, Asshat. Like me, when I was in JC, I excused myself from the Orientation activites, so that I can hang around in Orchard. (those were the days...)
And what is the relavance of "a premier junior college" gotta do with the complaint?
Does the writer insinuating that such activities are for "less premier" junior colleges?
In any case, for today, for a Mac nerd like me, as there will be no live feed from Macworld, I'll be looking at this page, for the next few hours. Yes I have no life.
Random Link: The face morpher
Monday, January 10, 2005
These guys staked out the Moscone Center and took these pictures:
"So here we are: what's new. A new adverstising photo that show the brand new iPod. A special one, because it will be narrower and probably without a large display."
An Ipod Flash with no screen? I am intrigued.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
It is an add-on to the Zen Player. It makes your player almost 1/4 larger, probably thicker. And the headsets look geeky.
Friday, January 07, 2005
Richard Posner makes a case for preparing for any disasters, regardless of how remote a chance it has of occuring.
"The fact that a catastrophe is very unlikely to occur is not a rational justification for ignoring the risk of its occurrence. Suppose that a tsunami as destructive as the Indian Ocean one occurs on average once a century and kills 150,000 people. That is an average of 1,500 deaths per year."
Gary Becker suggests how poor countries can protect themselves from major disasters.
"There are two ways to protect against natural and other disasters: one is through insurance that helps compensate persons badly hurt by loss of family member or property. The other is through self-protection, which means actions to reduce the probability of the disasters from happening-....."
Why you should read it:
This Blog is co-written by Gary Becker, Nobel Prize winner for Economic Sciences in 1992 , and Richard Posner , a federal judge and Law Lecturer. The two men discuss various issues happening in the world. Sometimes they agree, sometimes their views differ.
Always an engaging and thought-provoking read.
Random link of the day: Why Gift Cards are Evil
Random link of the day #2: Ultimate Christian Wrestling
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Anti-casino drive grows 24,400 have signed online petition asking President to 'reject' casino plans
Somehow, the owners of the website and the fine Today journalists has concluded that 24,400 is a sizeable number of people to find this newsworthy to be printed.
24,400 represents the number of people who bothered to sign up. 24,400 may be impressive, but not enough to make a definite conclusion that Singaporeans are against the building of the Casinos.
"The mere presence of a casino will give out "negative energies" and result in social ills that will be felt in time, he said."
"We sign with the conviction that we do not want our children to grow up thinking that gambling is okay — social safeguards (in place) or not"
Come on, FACTS, if you want to convince me that Casino is bad, then provide some black-and-white academic study on how this supposed Casino threat is going to affect us. Ranting about "negative energies" and saying that "you do not want your children to grow up thinking gambling is ok" does not cut it.
FACTS, let me give you an assignment. Instead of ranting and raving , do a study on "The effect of Casinos on Bankruptcy Rates". Do this, then post the results. Let us be convinced.
Provide a real academic study to prove social ills resulting from Casino, instead of putting words in my mouth. No one cares about your views unless it is backed by facts, real study on how it affects Singapore. The whole FACTS campaign is based on statements and assumtions, not facts.
You may have convinced 24,400 people, but you are not going to convince us without facts.
It is a common Singaporean trait to depend on the government to take care of their everything.No one's is the better person to educate your kid, than yourself.
If you don't want your kids to grow up gambling, then teach them not to do it. In this big bad world, there are many influences, good and bad, you are not gonna mollycoddle your kids their entire life. You got to teach them good values and let them make their choices.
Banning everything remotely dangerous is not going help your children one bit.
Against Alcholism? Ban all pubs and bars
Against the Gambling? Ban Casino
Against Smoking? Ban Smoking
As much as I am against the above to a certain degree(moderation is key) , I respect the right of others to choose it. I know some people like to do it, i may critise them, but I do not try to ban it.
I am not saying the FACTS people should not be rallying against the Casino, it is just that they seem to think that their views represent the entire Singapore.
Come on, people. The day our society is truly advanced is when everyone respects each other's right of choice, not when a vocal minority forces their will over the entire community.
Mutual respect and Tolerence, get it?
see: Balance FACTS with FACES by Dharmendra Yadav
Bored? ~ Random link of the day: Museum of Food Anomolies
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
I usually read the Straits Times online and use Bugmenot to provide me with a login account.
(i implore you to use firefox with the Bugmenot plugin - just right-click to get the login)
What I observed in Tuesday's (2 Jan) paper (online version, you can check out the archive), on the Singapore Section, out of 18 local news stories, 10 news stories (excluding the one below) are devoted to HDB's Best Blocks.
I suppose these HDB "news" items written are in conjunction with the news item:
Property market shows signs of modest recovery
You tell me, but these 10 stories hardly qualifies as news-worthy. There is surely more important Singapore news to devoting 10 out of 18 stories on HDB's best blocks. It almost looks like a bouchure for HDB
Ever wondered how to transport your beloved laptop aroung town to avoid being stolen?
Fear not, you can now disguise your laptop in a specially designed pizzabox.
Sounds like a joke.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Monday, January 03, 2005
"Cultural intelligence as an invaluable asset"
"Unlike intelligence as in IQ tests, and like emotional intelligence as in EQ tests, cultural intelligence is about the ability of individuals to handle certain kinds of
problems and situations."
Last time i checked, this is called having common sense and being cultural senstive.
What happened to the age-old concepts of common sense and cultural sensitivity? This is old wine in new bottles. What was simple concepts in the past are repackaged with a different name, so that universities can make a course/buck out of it.
It does not take a rocket scientist or a graduate course for someone to become sensitive to other cultures.
You do that by interacting with other races, and taking a keen interest in the foreign cultures. This takes time. You certainly don't attain "Cultural Intelligence" by going to a class and pouring over notes. And to do this to make more money is to sully the entire concept.
And the universities are not helping the situation, by creating new buzzwords when it can be easily explained with regular words.
I have observed that it is a increasingly common phenomenon in Singapore to "formalise" common sense into a lesson plan, to create courses, tests and exams for the most frivolous things .
The members sound so serious I wonder if its a satire.
"About: for this fanlisting, the objective is to bring all the fans of breadtalk together. breadtalk is this huge chain of bread shops that have grown in the industry for the past few years and is loved by many singaporeans. it even plans to expand to malaysia and neighbouring countries in near future."
Currently, there is an underwhelming total of 7 members in this fan club. Do the members get free bread? Proclaiming that "I am a breadtalk fanclub member" doesn't have a nice ring to it, actually it sounds totally ridiculous.
What's next? An NTUC fan club? Oh yeah, there is already one, they give out linkpoints.
Talking about clubs, here's another interesting group of young people from Singapore.
Cosplayers. Here's what they do: They dress up as their favourite anime characters.
Yes, and thats all they do. Their hobby is the unholy union of Halloween and Fancy Dress Party. The stuff of nightmares.
Words cannot describe the sheer idiocy of this activity, so I here's a pic taken from their event.
After years of identity crisis,Sanjay finally
found acceptance as a japanese intergalatic warrior.
Ah Teck. Accountant by day, Panda by choice.
Single by circumstance.
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Most responses are (i guess) from students defending themselves, saying that I have somehow wronged them. Most seemed to have little to say about my main topic. Which seems to prove my point.
Ok, I might have tarred the whole bunch with the same brush. I know some who are actively doing a part in contributing to the rescue efforts, but lets not kid ourselves into beliving that they are the rule, not the exception.
see this post:
Four reasons (from the above link) are given for being labelled as apathetic:
1) don't know what to say
2) too much media coverage already. nobody likes to be a parrot.
3) better to do something than to say something
4) really can't be bothered.
Lets examine the reasons:
1. If you don't know what to say, and have not a single opinionated bone in your body, do you feel sad for yourself? I feel sorry for you, and for the failure of the education system.
2. No one wants you to be a parrot, I hope you at least show some original/critical thinking. If not, please state your honest opinion. Having no opinion does not count, sorry.
3. Yes, of course, better to do something than say something. But again, cases of people actually doing something are at the minority. I cannot disprove or prove this reason is right.
4. If you can't be bothered, then I rest my case...
I have nothing against writing about your daily life in your blog, by all means do so. But please, for such a large catastrophic event so near home, it does not seem deserving a mention in most blogs.
Ok, some treat their blogs as their diary. But if blogs are to be a chronicle of your life, a bank for your memories, do you want to mark boxing day (day of the tsunami) as the day you took your dog out for a walk or (- enter some unimportant activity) ? Why are most blogs I see so short in substance and so lacking in gravitas?
If as some say, that blogs are not a reflection of real life, then I have to take whatever you write in your blog with a pinch of salt.
i leave you with this choice quote from the link:
"i still do hold some hope for singaporean students. we're a stressed bunch of people. people expect us to be too many things at the same time, sometimes. it simply isn't human."
So stressed that you ignore the biggest disaster so near us? Ok whatever, I hope I am not your neighbour next time.
Blogs are (i hope) supposed to spread ideas, a soapbox for your opinions.
It is sad that most are proud to have no opinions of their own. For those who are not, I am proud and happy that people like this still exist. I hope to be your friend.
Note that I am a Singaporean University Student myself.
This will be my last word on the tsunami, unless there is something worth writing about.
edit: the author of the post i referenced was just thinking aloud about what could be the possible reasons for such apathy. He says he is not apathetic.
We have probably been asked this question before at some point of time. Our answers were usually ones made in jest. But has anyone seriously thought of what would you do if you are faced with this problem in real life?
Jillian Searle was caught in the tsunami and she was holding two of her sons. She had to choose who to let go, as she struggles to keep herself alive. Thankfully, there was a happy ending to this story.
How do you choose between the ones that you love? I have no answer.
What is your answer? (I would think the logical choice is to let go the one that have greater odds of surviving)
"At Breadtalk, special relief buns are being sold at $2.30 each - with 90 cents going to the Red Cross appeal fund. It aims to raise $90,000."
Call me a cynic, who is actually doing the donating? The customers or the company?
If you are planning to donate, please do so directly through the Singapore Red Cross.
If you thought nothing could be worse than your tattoist (sic) spelling a word wrongly?
What about having a tattoo a foreign language that you don't know, and later realising that it is actually a insult or worse, a non-existant chinese word.
Then look no further than hanzismatter
Someone tattooed herself "My husband pimps me out" in chinese.
Another one who randomly chose to tattoo four chinese characters.
and also read this gem of a mistake.
This guy wants to tattoo 'Love, honor and obey'.
He goes to a chinese tattoo shop.Guess what did he get?
He got 'Ugly Boy' in Chinese.
So please silly angmoh, ask a chinese friend next time, and make sure he's a trusted friend, ok?