Monthly Archives: October 2015

Don’t Talk So Much? Why Not?

I was googling around for news stories about the security industry when I came upon this interesting Straits Times article. Towards the end of 2014, a Manpower Correspondent went undercover as a security guard and uncovered some going-ons at a condominium and later on, a newly completed commercial building.

And at this second work site, he was scolded by his supervisor when he suggested that they should just lock a door instead of assigning a guard to guard it. According to the article, the room was recently sprayed with chemical and so a guard was posted there to prevent people from entering. Probably for health reasons. Read the rest of this entry

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The Heian-kyo Tea Party Incident

On December 16, 1773, in the court of Emperor Go-Momozono, the 118th emperor of Japan, a high-class ojou-sama spilt green tea on her silk kimono during an important tea ceremony. The pure white fabric embossed with chrysanthemum motifs was stained beyond repair.

This mishap caused an uproar amongst the court nobles and repercussions were felt throughout the Empire of the Rising Sun. It was then referred to as the Heian-kyo Tea Party Incident by nobles and commoners alike.

However, due to America’s importance on the world stage in latter years, history and modern school children will only remember another “Tea Party” which took place on the same date in Boston, America.

Teck Y. Loh

Author’s Note: By the way, a factoid is NOT a real fact. So don’t take this too seriously, okay?

Black Ships & Pink-haired Girls

In 1852, Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy led a fleet of black-hulled warships into the Uraga Harbor near Edo.

Ostentatiously, this was a military operation to force Japan to open its ports and resume trading with the West.

However, what most historians did not know was, in his teenage years, Matthew Perry was a transfer student at the same Japanese high school as Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the 15th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled Japan at that time. Using the military cum trade expedition as an excuse, Commodore Perry had come to Japan to ask a favour of his former high school seito kaicho (i.e. student council president). Read the rest of this entry

Punishment Game

A friend, who was puzzled by the illogicality of my security agency, asked me a question. He wanted to know why the agency kept sending me to different sites instead of letting me stay at the few regular ones I was familiar with. Well, I was always a guard and never a manager, so I never got to sit in at strategy meetings. Therefore, I can’t tell you for sure what the agency’s executives were thinking. I can only speculate. Now, they may be only guesses but they are the guesses of an experienced security guard like myself, so… Read the rest of this entry