Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What's your pet peeve?

An article which caught my eye - makes me wonder if Sporeans are nit-picking on each other, whether these actions are justifiably bad, or are we just a bunch of control freaks?? Perhaps this contest brings out the worst/best in us instead of the other round. :)


MediaCorp’s Class 95 lists best, worst habits of Singaporeans

Channel NewsAsia - Wednesday, July 30

SINGAPORE: The verdict is out on the best and worst habits in Singapore — at least according to MediaCorp’s Class 95 presenters who had challenged listeners to post videos of Singaporeans’ good and bad habits on podcast.sg.

The entries were judged based on these criteria — Are the habits growing? Are they unique to Singaporeans? Are they compelling enough to effect change?

A Class 95 listener, Ariel Fernandez, won the Bad Habit prize for posting a clip showing masses of people jaywalking.

Presenter Mark Van Cuylenberg, who is widely known as The Flying Dutchman, said: "We really need to get a campaign out that teaches pedestrians how to use the roads. We’ve done it with drivers, now let’s do it with pedestrians. We need it desperately."

Other pet peeves that were featured in short clips include people reserving tables with umbrellas and indiscriminate littering.

On the other hand, in the Good Habit category, a clip showing courteous people on escalators was awarded the top prize.

"Everybody follows and stands on one side of the escalator, so that people who are rushing to work can just run up," said Chee Ling Fei, who posted the winning clip.

The two winners walked away with cash prizes of S$950 each.

Benefits of Failure

Came across this in my email last week; I feel that it's pretty meaningful, coming from someone who's overcome so much to become one of the richest woman in the UK. Friends have found this meaningful and I have also drawn inspiration from this, which is a very down to earth, no fluff kinda approach to failure. I esp found myself relating to the end most: "Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes." I do hope I'll be able to overcome what's to come in the next couple of months.


JK Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard

"[...] I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution. I had no idea how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.

Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected; I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above rubies.

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more to me than any qualification I ever earned.

Given a time machine or a Time Turner, I would tell my 21-year-old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes."

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rounding up last week

Meeting with The Sup to discuss thesis direction n strategy. :: Catching up some with S. :: Met up with new colleagues (nice peepz!) :: Meeting up with ex students (always good!). :: Emails bouncing back and forth abt conference - wrapping up & further meetings. :: The Dark Knight. :: Good food with great company. :: Chilling out - Jazz @ South Bridge. :: Pondering over SingFest tics (Levis Promo). :: KTV session (More Eng songs than Mandarin for once!). :: Made iPhone reservation. :: Homecoming 2008 - won a surprise award. ::

Last week went by in a blur, partly because so much happened, in terms of tying things up from the conference as well as other stuff, preparing for next semester, meetings both official and social. Brilliant stuff. Also on anti-allergy meds to build up my repiratory system, so as to give my best for the upcoming semester. Phew.

Decided to post pics from the AMIC conference on Facebook. No time to really give updates, suffice to say that it was an eye-opening and enriching experience, it was great meeting ppl in the industry as well as like-minded ppl who are opiniated and it was a great bouncing board. Realised tt someone had recorded my presentation though. Did not realise then that it was not part of conference protocol but well, will take it as a learning experience and kinda flattering that someone was interested enough to stay throughout the session to record it - hope he/she was not disappointed. Ha. It was a pretty packed schedule from the moment we landed though. Visited the volcano crater lake Tagaytay - cool evening, as well as took in the sights, sounds and food. Overall a good and productive trip! A trip with many firsts, also took sometime to think some stuff through. Good stuff.

Watched The Dark Knight - it was brilliant stuff overall but I think that we can all agree that Heath Ledger as The Joker was priceless. He was evil personified and I came out of the theatre with goosebumps, still pondering over the stuff which he managed to pull off. No malice, none of the usual motivatons of revenge, etc. Just a real psycho at work whose ultimate aim is to put the human character to the test and cause destruction as well as revel in chaos. Brilliant, dark, twisted stuff there.

Finally managed to get down for some hardcore KTV-ing too, we sang our lungs and hearts out, did an ABBA marathon session. Good stuff.

Weekend started on a gd note - went down for Homecoming only to be surprised by an award which came out of the blue, was taken by surprise as well as gratitude to all my friends, students and family. Had a good time hanging out with ex classmates and friends from Uni days and catching up with them afterwards over dinner and dessert. We were also indulging in some BGR talk - lotsa interesting insights! Was also filled with a sense of wistfulness over the stuff tt's happened over the past year. Colleagues who have left, friends who were there supporting me, family too. Students who have motivated me to give nothing but my best. I've had my fair share of gripes but am glad I made it through. Mum's been unwell but I think the award has made her feel better abt my career choice/track. I do hope she recovers soon.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The winner takes it all - Mama Mia OST

Managed to catch this movie - it was showing in Manila. BFF C and myself were thinking of catching this musical-film adapatation when she gets back. Think this particular song reasonates a lot with myself presently.

Anyhoo, it was a good conference overall, an eye opening experience, had a couple of interesting encounters. Think in the end, it was a gd time to leave and take some time out from some stuff here, to think and gain new perspectives.

More pics and posts on Manila coming up! Meanwhile... enjoy this song - am totally having an ABBA revival now. ;) Am q amazed at how they managed to create a musical around the songs of a particular artiste - first Across the Universe, and now Mama Mia. :)

I don't wanna talk
About the things we've gone through
Though it's hurting me
Now it's history
I've played all my cards
And that's what you've done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play

The winner takes it all
The loser standing small
Beside the victory
That's her destiny

I was in your arms
Thinking I belonged there
I figured it made sense
Building me a fence
Building me a home
Thinking I'd be strong there
But I was a fool
Playing by the rules

The gods may throw a dice
Their minds as cold as ice
And someone way down here
Loses someone dear
The winner takes it all
The loser has to fall
It's simple and it's plain
Why should I complain.

But tell me does she kiss
Like I used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same
When she calls your name?
Somewhere deep inside
You must know I miss you
But what can I say
Rules must be obeyed

The judges will decide
The likes of me abide
Spectators of the show
Always staying low
The game is on again
A lover or a friend
A big thing or a small
The winner takes it all

I don't wanna talk
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You've come to shake my hand
I apologize
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
No self-confidence
But you see
The winner takes it all
The winner takes it all......

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My new baby

The following conversation took place which got mi thinking - why do my friends associate my "baby" reference with gadgets and not guys or fashion stuff? Ha.

KeViN 凯文 says:
new baby iPhone
KeViN 凯文 says:
or some apple product
Starry Starry Nite: Am in love with my new baby! says:
Starry Starry Nite: Am in love with my new baby! says:
Starry Starry Nite: Am in love with my new baby! says:
my HP Mini
Starry Starry Nite: Am in love with my new baby! says:
but it does not come with MS OFFICE, argh!
Starry Starry Nite: Am in love with my new baby! says:
u know mi pretty well though, haha.


Presenting pics of my new baby!

Compare its size wrt my texts!

Size of the HP Mini Note vis a vis a copy of 8 Days and its v complete keyboard features!

I went to collect my latest joy on a rainy, dreary Monday afternoon. After over two hours of restless waiting, I finally collected that little bundle of joy at Funan. After fiddling with it and trying to set it up, with some help, I managed to get it going and I've been trying it out for the past couple of days. My take on my HP Mini Note:

1) Small and oh so portable! A comfortable size - as seen from my pics above, it's even smaller than some of my texts, and it's about the size of an 8 Days mag - which is smaller than A4! Also, it's surprisingly light - even with the batt attached!

2) Nice screen resolution! I was initially worried that myopic me would have trouble adjusting to the smaller screen, but so far the screen's been just fine - colours turn up clear and I have no problems reading my documents and emails, or watching my videos.

3) Great keyboard! I've checked out the other mini notebooks on the market and I think that the HP Mini Note's laptop is the best by far. HP does not compromise on functionality and the keyboard's as complete as can be, and it is not too small either, great for people with clumsy fingers (ahem). Ha.

4) Nice sound system! Sounds are loud and clear when on at full blast and even at my normal volume, the sounds are still crisp and clear - great when I'm watching my latest guilty pleasure in the middle of the nite and I want to avoid the hassle of plugging my earphones.

5) 2 USB ports! Great for me as I can charge and update my iPod as I work with my external HD plugged in simulteously!

6) Finally I can work in bed!! It has a batt life of about two hours when fully charged. Just enough to watch a movie or check my emails, chat and blog! ;)

Of course nothing is prefect, so here are my list of Peeves:

1) Long boot up time - okies this might be relative, and might be a Vista issue after chatting with P online today - it takes an average of at least 3 mins to boot up, even longer than my home PC. But once up, the progammes run smoothly without lagging.

2) No CD/DVD drive! Though there's the widespread use of external HDs and thumbdrives, not all my media and files are in thumbdrives yet - makes transferring some of my music from CD a lil problematic. But again, at the end of the day, I would rather have more USB ports. See MacBook Air - no CD drives!

3) No MS Office! Tsk tsk was my initial reaction. I understand the lack of some physical features due to weight/space constraints, but no MS office?! After failed attempts to install MS office (due to a lack of CD Drive), I've given up for now and am settling for Open Office, which isn't too bad.

4) It's a HAWT baby! It heats up pretty fast and pretty hot as well! Definitely something I can't leave on my lap in bed - it feels warm even as I'm typing now, towards the end of this post.

All in all, I'm in love with my new baby - still thinking up a name for it, thinking of getting a garskin for it... etc. Ah, suddenly a new world of possibilities have opened up! Am a happy gal for now. Totally feeling the love. *bliss*

If I Fell

Just watched Across the Universe, a very interesting movie made up of entirely Beatles' songs - even its lead protagonists are named after Beatles' songs! It was powerful movie which assaulted my senses - in terms of the images and songs used at appropriate moments. The use of symbols and irony in addressing themes such as street violence and anti-war provided much impact. Brilliant singing on the part of the cast too!

One of my fav scenes from the movie, and a Beatles' song which I had loved and forgotten: Evan Rachel Wood sang this beautifully, bringing out the essence of the song: the trepidation, longing and doubts of facing the unknown we call love.

If I Fell - The Beatles

If I fell in love with you
Would you promise to be true
And help me understand
cause I've been in love before
And I found that love was more
Than just holding hands

If I give my heart to you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would love me more than her

If I trust in you oh please
Don't run and hide
If I love you too oh please
Don't hurt my pride like her

'cause I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain
So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two

If I fell in love with you

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Cards and stuff

Received a lovely card in the post from a friend which cheered mi considerably from the doldrums I've been in. I know that most of us use e-greetings these days, but I think for me, I'm still a pen and paper, real books which pages I can turn instead of e-texts kinda gal.

Feeling the pressure of presenting at my first conference; I've not packed, not even done up my slides and there's a tonne of work I've to clear before I leave next weekend! Am glad I'm on flu n cough medication, kinda numbs the panic that is rising. Heh. My weekend's been rather laidback so far, thanks to the medication, but I've been getting the rest that I badly need. And Sunday's gonna be an interesting day! :)

Anyways, about more positive stuff, I totally heart Ingrid Michaelson! While I love The Way I Am, I found another one of her duets with Joshua Rabin pretty cool too - check it out! :)


I woke
Dreaming we had broke
Dreaming you left me
For someone new

And you cried
Drying those brown eyes
Crying you're sorry
Sorry won't do, but...

This is the way I need to wake
I wake to you
And you never left me
All that I'd dreamt had been untrue
Open my eyes
I see sky

Oh, oh, oh woah, you know
The way to keep me on my toes
I, I, I will be fine
Just say you'll stay forever mine
Till we fall asleep tonight

Last night
We had a great fight
I fell asleep in a horrible state
Then dreamt
That you loved my best friend
My heart would not mend
Seemed it was fake, but

This is the way I need to wake
I wake to you
And you never left me
All that I'd dreamt had been untrue
Open my eyes
I see sky

Oh, oh, oh woah, you know
The way to keep me on my toes
I, I, I will be fine
Just say you'll stay forever mine
'Til we fall asleep tonight

Sometimes I forget to
Love you like I should
But I'd never leave you
No, I never would
I never would

Oh, oh, oh woah, you know
The way to keep me on my toes
I, I, I will be fine
Just say you'll stay forever mine

Oh, oh, oh woah, you know
The way to keep me on my toes
I, I, I will be fine
Just say you'll stay forever mine
'Til we fall asleep tonight
'Til we fall asleep tonight

Friday, July 4, 2008

Why do you sing with me at all?

One of my fav songs from Damien Rice, first heard it on LOST, heard it again recently on an episode of House. I do think that soundtracks are one of the most effective ways of getting one's song out, esp if the show's well-received: shows like Grey's Anatomy have pretty good soundtracks. Good music really brings out the poignancy of a scene.

Still trying to get down to working on my slides for the conference, haven't been really productive I must say though. Though the itinerary tt's planned seems pretty interesting! Ha. Hopefully I dun fall ill before the trip, family members have been coming down with flu and cough.

It's a cloudy, bleak, day today; cool and overcast. I was up when the rain started at my side of the island at 2am. Great weather for sleeping in.

BFF C's convocation's today, am really glad for her - take more pics yea! She's heading to Barcelona with her family next week - Just occurred to me that I was in Europe with her during this period last year!

Delicate - Damien Rice

We might kiss when we are alone
When nobody's watching
We might take it home
We might make out when nobody's there
It's not that we're scared
It's just that it's delicate

So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you've borrowed
From the only place you've know
And why do you sing Hallelujah
If it means nothing to you
Why do you sing with me at all?

We might live like never before
When there's nothing to give
Well how can we ask for more
We might make love in some sacred place
The look on your face is delicate

So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you've borrowed
From the only place you've know
And why do you sing Hallelujah
If it means nothing to you
Why do you sing with me at all?

So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you've borrowed
From the only place you've know
And why do you sing Hallelujah
If it means nothing to you
Why do you sing with me at all?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Moving on

Been busy shuttling between school and other appointments, while I think tt deep down, all I really wanna do is to take time out. Had to attend to last minute emergencies over the weekend, which warranted follow up in the course of this week.

June has come and gone so quickly, just realised that it's a month before sch reopens and the madness begins again. Ha. But for now, I'm just trying to get through and cope with stuff a little at a time. Really thankful for all the support I've been getting from friends in the past week, honestly you gals and guys have been brilliant, really appreciate that. Yes, I'm not waiting anymore, am moving along and considering what's next, and honestly the possibilities are endless.

Moving on, lotsa stuff up this week, school stuff to tie up (I wish video rendering would take faster), meetings to attend, social invites aplenty. Also back to reading my books - just finished The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury - I much prefer it over The Da Vinci Code.

Also, I need to really get down to preparing for the upcoming AMIC conference, realised tt my thesis have been put on hold for most of this hols too, still have not learnt cycling too (sneaks a look at BFFs). I know that q a lot of traffic has been diverted to my blog since I've blogged about my after thoughts for the proposals on internet freedom. Some of you who know me personally have dropped a line about meeting to discuss some new media issues/projects, I hope to get back to you asap, though most probably things will only move along after I come back from Manila.

Speaking of which, I can't wait to go to Manila! The culture, the people, the food! A friend's offered to bring us around too!

A song which was recommended and brought a smile to my evening - think we call can do with some feel good songs everyday! This song makes mi feel all warm and fuzzy! The AT&T ad which used this song's v nice and sweet too - Youtube it!