Tempeh to have international standards

Interesting news article…who would have thought?

Indonesia Appointed to Set International Standards on Tempeh
Ivan Dasa Saputra | March 22, 2012

Read Jakarta Globe this morning and saw an interesting article, that Indonesia has been asked to draft out an international standard for tempeh, the soybean cake.
(For those who don’t know, tempeh is the soybean cake that normally accompanies your Tahu in your Nasi Ayam Penyet).

Another fact was, Indonesia had actually helped to draft the instant noodle standard too.

Whose standard?
A Rome-based Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), which was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the WHO. This intergovernmental body is sort of a reference point for international disputes wrt food safety and consumer protection.
Btw, Codex
Alimentarius is “Book of Food” in Latin.


BYOD aka bring your own devices to the workplaces is booming. I attended a meeting this morning, look around….5% on paper and pen, 80% on iPad, 10%iPhone and 5% on memory and brain power alone. I had been looking around in past meetings and the upward trend for mobile devices is definitely there.

Students are also seen adopting mobile device at a feverish rate. Compare this to the extremely sluggish take-up rate for Notebook Ownership scheme.

Why then is our infrastructure very much on desktop and laptops only? Our collaboration at workplace, meeting rooms and such, is around PC and laptops.

However, with mobile devices, it will revolve around human and people, and definitely content-centric. Lots of data.

Arts…will rise in the east?

Being born in the 70s, with Singapore economy making a foothold in industrialization I grew up with engineering, science and technology all around me. The secondary school that I attended even had only 2 arts class out of 10. Although I went on to do an engineering related and later move on to an IT job, arts had always intrigued me.

To me the various disciplines, a good mix of language, culture, history, geography, literature, psychology and the whole social presence in it all….makes us less robotic and more human.

How far does the impact on society and the nation do these human specialists have? Plenty. More often we will remember a great artist, someone like DaVinci more than an engineer like Bell or Watts.

I realized i only began to appreciate the human side of hung lately. Is it because of age? No I don’t think so. I think it has to do with economic reason. And compare it to a national scale, yes it could be. When a nation economic is chugging on fine, liberal arts will begin to flourish. As these non-engineers are able to support their living.

It translates from more books being sold, performances full houses or even increased funding from universities.

As the west now is in economic turmoil, will they neglect the arts side of things in trying to support their basic needs? Will they have to close arts school and open up more whine wring schools?

YALE current administration has been publicly slammed for opening up a college with NUS. Will we see a shift of liberal arts scene from the west to the east?

Time will tell but it will be interesting to hear more views from Asian historian lovers and economic think-tanks in future.

Kyushu Shinkansen advert

I saw a commercial video for the Kyushu Shinkansen.
This video was supposed to be released 1 day after the March 2011 earthquake. But as it was deemed to cheery to be shown. Here it is: I wonder how many Kyushu residents are actually involved in this commercial. It can put a smile and possibly some tears on everyone’s face.