Monday, September 19, 2011

The Devil In The Details

The bit about the Night Safari Halloween event not being "family-centric" is pure bull, of course. That plus quoting President Tan out of context - linking his call for family bonding activities to her single-handed divisive decision - for which she had to apologize under no uncertain terms. Ah Meng the Sumatran Orangtan (circa 18 June 1960 – 8 February 2008) must be rolling in her grave.

Ms Loh also claimed that "zebra heads were chopped off" as part of Halloween Horrors, another outright lie. She cited negative feedback from the public, of which 1,000 have already snapped up tickets that are priced from $40 to $56. For a tourist attraction dating from 2006, and won an award for most Innovative Marketing Initiative in 2009, she seems to know zilch about the prematurely aborted $1 million undertaking, which is also part of the final year project requirements for Singapore Polytechnic students. Anyway, what did she know about the job, before displacing Fanny Lai as CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore?

In a previous incarnation, Isabella Loh was a Sembawang executive known as Loh Wai Kiew. Urban legend has it that whenever Philip Yeo of A*STAR notoriety threw one of his (regular) foul tantrums, with toilet language to match, Ms Loh was the one deputed to soothe his frayed temper. When her patron's star appeared to wane, she jumped ship to Shell. Pundits wagered she will not survive in a real world where professionalism has no place for office politics. This is one female who goes to extremes to further her personal ambitions. She featured herself in the SembCorp calendar (Straits Times carried the story in January 2005 - CEO "Loh Wai Kiew donned a red halter-neck bikini as Miss December."), not that she posed any challenge to the chio bu's at Singapore Daily. The only clue to why she pulled the plug just 2 weeks before the September 30 launch is the smoking gun missive, "I explained in an email that it is a lot of money to spend on an infrastructure (Haunted House) of devil worship." She debunked conspiracy theories of conflict with her Catholic roots by declaring that she's a Buddhist. Now ghost like whispers attribute her stubborn attitude to her fengshui master's advice that the "devil worship" happening would be deleterious to her career aspirations. Maybe a self fulfilling prophecy is already set in motion.

Halloween is celebrated on October 31, with common activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, telling scary stories, or watching horror movies. Kids trek from house to house in costume, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" It all sounds so fun until some spoilsport adult comes along with a warped sense of "family calendar activities". Yeah, like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar is the perfect thing for wholesome family bonding.
Wholesome family entertainment NOT

12 comments:

  1. Me think after bursting into the scene with her "wholesome" calendars, she then have to lay low as the "corporate face" of Shell, she must have figured out that the only way for her to get back her "fame" and is to get all the right attention. And hell she did! Definitely make a nice bonding with the public for a "loud start". Me can't wait to see what kinds of 'strategic assets" she is going to pull out as bait meat to the furry animals there.

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  2. Temasek Holdings (yes, our ms Ho Jinx again) owns 88% of WRS, STPB 12%. What's $40k ticket sales over a $1m expenses looks like to you? Naturally the pressure is on to bring in the moolah once again. What they didn't you, but Wikileaks did, is that some civil servant boasted that we got 2 china pandas for only $500k per year to maintain them for 10yrs tenure. (while other countries pay $1m a year). Ms Loh must be thinking she could have used that $1m to fund those two bamboo-chewing animals since China since the new Maos has become very strategic in our international relations these days. Can you blame her for safeguarding her bonuses just like Ms SMRT will do?

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  3. Many people thought it was only sensible to allow the event to proceed as being able to sell 1000 tickets is no small feat by itself.

    But maybe instead of our President being responsive to us, she thinks that being responsive to our President is even more important. That may probably explain why she is in such a haste to please our newly booed President.

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  4. If she disagree spending million to worship devil house, then she should close down the Gates of Hell in Haw Par Villa. NO family will go there at all, so why the hypocrisy? What's next? Maybe she will turn the zoo into Animal Farm - judging by her eagerness to please a new president with a 35% votes to boot!

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  5. WRS tricks is RWS treats. The people will just go there for the real halloween, since Ms Loh finds it too scary after visiting the haunted house. Posing in sexy bikinis are easier feats. Welcome to our club!

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  6. Any chance anyone knows why Fanny Lai got "dispatced"? Zzzz...

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  7. So is Loh Catholic, Fundamentalist Christian or Buddhist.? So many versions going around, all confusing. Or just one of her tactics..

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  8. Religion didn't play the part for the event's demise.. I belive politics did ! grrr

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  9. Wat is not widely known is she tried out to be the CEO of one very unpopular SG LCC famous for dissing customers, and failed miserably... lost out to another equally dumb turd, a short-haired toot-looking drug salesman! Check out 2003 Biz Times vanity interview where she said she wouldn't mind running an airline (into the ground...). Sigh, all these pets in corporate Singapore. Like a zoo...

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  10. Talking abt Ms. SMRT.. today the whole circle line was down in the morning.. Wondering what her comments will be to the press.

    Another "So Be it? Fine us!" ? Hmm

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  11. No amount of Red Bull can make this bird-brain fly!

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