I really missed all my friends back at Ang Mo Kio Sec. It’s probably the only place where I can call it a ‘second home’. The friendships that we’ve made are irreplaceable, the bonds forged are indestructible. Hopefully one day, I can get a chance to have more reunions with all those ex-AMKsians.
Our Miss Leow has turn eighteen yesterday. And look at the amount of people coming down to celebrate her birthday on that special occasion. Vivian wasn’t in this picture and I didn’t get to see her although she was with Ash this morning at her house. Maybe she got something on. And we don’t see Adrian in this picture because he got something on earlier and came only later during the lunch.
ASH IS THE POP KID IN TOWN!!! haha
Buying the present the day earlier (as mentioned briefly on my previous blog) was quite funny because I was going around from Bugis to nex. Okay, not quite funny. But quite interesting. After buying my pop filter at Sim Lim Square, I went down to OG Albert Park to take a look. And while liaising with Elyssa on what to get for Ashley as her birthday present. And I saw this…
For S$49.90 and it looks kind of legit. But then since Yap Qi they all got here a bag, we decided to get something else. I continue to look around OG for fun. Then I saw some man wallets that looks nice. Although I need to change my wallet because it is torn, but the price of the wallet is too over the top for me. S$80 – S$110 for a wallet. I think I will be spending all my cash on a wallet that will cause me to have no money left to put in the wallet.
I left OG for nex.
And I walked around the area for some gift ideas. And eventually, I decided to get some kind of very nice mug for Ash.
The next day, I went for the birthday celebration later than the rest of them because I’ve got to help out at my parents’ shop in the morning. And yeap, I missed the fun part where they get to see Ashley do all the funny pranks. Well. Luckily Yap Qi videoed the process and put it onto the Whatsapp group.
I was in time for the group photo (which you see at the top of this post). 🙂
And then, it’s lunch.
And we took quite a long time to decide what and where to eat at VivoCity because the entire VivoCity was damn freaking crowded. I don’t know why, but it seems that the entire Singapore suddenly filled with human beings. The MRT train was freaking full despite it was only 12 noon. The shopping mall was darn freaking full. I must admit it might due to the effect of the public holiday, the first public holiday Singaporeans and any foreigners working here get to enjoy ever since Chinese New Year about, let me see, 2 months or so ago. I think everyone was so stress because of the lack of holiday here that everyone decided to go crazy and come out from their shell like some flocks of birds during the winter season.
But eventually the 13 of us who stayed for lunch managed to find seatings at some KimGary restaurant.
Yes. 13 of us. Imagine how people are judging us on the kind of noise we’ve made in the restaurant. 13 people chatting their way throughout as if we owned the whole place. Ok. Maybe I exaggerated much. We didn’t cause that much amount of chaos like how the pro-Russians did in the entire Ukraine.
Sat near Kheng Yin and Elyssa. And why am I mention their names? Because I still kind of find it funny that they ordered ‘instant noodles’ in the restaurant. The moment they wanted to order something that look exactly like something that I could have cooked within 10minutes back at my home, I was like:
Sorry Elyssa if you are seeing this. I promised you not to type that out but I can’t help it. It is really kind of hilarious. Not saying such action is not allowed but erm… Not sure if it’s as worth? But it’s alright, the ingredients in fact makes the price looks more legitimate.
Since Kheng Yin was like wanting to have some fries so I decided that we share it among the three of us and probably the rest who wanted it.
The fries, as according to them, were really good.
This was a really a meet-up that we owed each other for very long.
Very very long.
It was supposed to happen during the March holidays. And then, everyone was busy (Yes, when I say everyone, it means that there were supposed to be more than two people. Ah well.) Then, we were supposed to meet up last weekend, for a lunch and a photo shoot because we want to take ootds with the sudden growth of flowers in the country. Plus, someone wants to take photo with a kimono that she just imported in.
And then, it was cancelled.
But then, someone misses me too much to keep postponing our ‘date’…
England’s most tragic football disaster ever happened on this day, 25 years ago. And 25 years later, today, the families of the 96 victims are still in search for the justice that were wrongfully taken away from them since the day it happened.
The handling of the incident on that day, the covering of faults, altering of witness and police statements and the pushing of responsibilities by the South Yorkshire Police should be regarded as the most disgraceful thing ever to be done by the British civil service.
And this was made worse by the infamous front page of The Sun on the next day:
They were cheated by the police into thinking that it was the fans themselves who caused the death of their fellow fans. It’s kind of stupid to actually label whatever was claimed by the local police as ‘THE TRUTH’ even before any inquiry or hearing was done. And The Sun is still paying the price for such reports with the boycott within the city of Liverpool that lasted even up till now.
Let’s not go too much into the disgrace of individuals because this is supposed to be a post in memory and tribute to the 96.
The names, as you will see below, are the names of our fellow Liverpool fans, who travelled down to Hillsborough in Sheffield with the team as they faced Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals of the FA Cup of 1988-89. They went, not to witness another astonishing victory by the great Liverpool team of the 80s. They went, but to be chosen and taken away by Hades. They went, and never return. They will never get to witness any other matches in which Liverpool’s going to play. They will never witness the winning of the league in 1990. They will never get to see the different eras of Liverpool’s leadership: from Alan Hansen to Ronnie Whelan, Steve Nicol, Mark Wright, Ian Rush, John Barnes, Paul Ince, Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler and from Sami Hyppia to Steven Gerrard. They will never experience the chills in which every Liverpool supporters felt during that incredible and miracle European night at Istanbul. They will never get to witness Liverpool playing on the Fields of Anfield Road anymore…
Many of them, whom die way too young, could have settle down and have their own families within the past 25 years. They could have had the chance to bring their children, some even grandchildren to Anfield to witness the way of Liverpool’s football.
But, they don’t have such chances anymore.
Police’s negligence has made them lose everything.
And JUSTICE haven’t been fully paid to them and hopefully it will be returned by the end of the Hillsborough Inquest that is still going on since March 31. 25 Years of waiting for justice is way to long in the history of the modern world.
The entire football community are in an emotional mood today. Tributes pouring in from all over the world and from various rival clubs.
While over at Anfield in the afternoon, an annual memorial service was being held. An emotional afternoon.
Justice will definitely be done. May our 96 dear friends rest in peace.
JUSTICE FOR THE 96.
YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.
It was something that may affect their (well, most of them) confidence and attitude towards their A Levels. Something that will play a very big and important role.
Okay, maybe not that sensational.
As many could have guessed it already, it’s the day of the release of the A’ Level Project Work (PW) results. And I don’t know why I was excited about it. Maybe because I can go back to meet those friends whom I haven’t seen for a very long time.
Went back with Ms Nicole See and I swear she was wearing damn red today. Not sure if that was supposed to be her lucky charm?
Let’s start with how I actually cheated with everyone’s feeling by saying I am not going back. Poor Elyssa and Peishan had to try all their best to get me back. And that Peishan even called me when I was in school. Teck Ching was beside me and he kept shouting ‘CANTEEN! CANTEEN!’.
And it still puzzles me up till now how did she even not catch that.
Had lunch with Teck Ching, Shafiqah, Jiayi and Zainur. Oh my, long time since I’ve last bought and ate food in the SRJC’s canteen, and probably the last time.
Not sure if I’ve unknowingly passed my ‘racist’ germs to Teck Ching. I swear he’s getting racist. Heightist. And, sexist. Poor Zainur got to survive all his attacks in school. But she’s lucky that I’ve left.
Went to library with Teck Ching to disturb Zichao, who was studying for his Geography test later on with Barry. But then I felt really guilty and left.
Nicole and Ratna were outside, at our usual seats at the GNC.
How times had passed. The table behind us sat a group of J1s doing the PW. That was exactly us a year ago. Memories. But not sure whether I should miss that kind of days, cracking my brains to think of ideas for my Preliminary Ideas (PI) section of the PW. I can’t remember how many days of sleepless nights I had to endure to come out with my ideas. To anyone who happens to be reading this and who happens to be J1 this year, good luck to you my friend. You will need it. If you think your life now is miserable, you will know how close you are in ending your life in the next one or two months to come (Alright, I ain’t endorsing this act of stupidity and irresponsibleness).
And of course, we took SELFIES!
We are #Incendio.
One of the most awesome PW group ever was formed a year ago. Incendio means burn, to show our burning passion towards our task. One year later, after going through so much together, we finally see the fruit of our hardwork.
Thank you girls for all the hardwork (yep, on the project and on bearing with all my retarded nonsense). You all are the best teammates I can ever ask for. God must have been real kind to me.
Though I am no longer around physically with you all anymore, but remember, our affinity does not just end here. I will continue to pray for the success in whatever you all are doing, like how we’ve prayed before our OP. I will look forward to all your successes. And please stay in contact and the flames of Incendio will never cease.
Because we are #Incendio.
Yep. The Flames of #Incendio will keep on burning as long as we keep its spirit alive.
They finally understand.
Okay. Chill down, me ain’t no taking about Minesweeper. Ignore that word in that photo up there.
Our dear gahmen finally understand the need of using dialects. I mean they finally understand how to convey important messages to the senior citizens through the use of dialects. Ever since the introduction of the Speak Mandarin Campaign in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, we have seen the prominent success of the government campaign. However, if you tend to take a look at it at another angle, it also meant that the number of dialect speakers in this country is decreasing drastically. Go out on the streets one day, pick out 10 random youths you see and ask them which dialect group they are from. Maybe, 6 to 7 of them can answer you. Now, challenge them to see if they can speak their own dialects.
Maybe only one of them could speak fluently in his/her dialect. (Look, even President Obama is sad with that. Er.. Wait. What does he got to do with this? Haha.)
Although that is my assumption, but that is still accurate since it is based on the groups of friends I have. That’s a relatively sad truth we have to face.
As from a quote from former PM Lee Kuan Yew, who somehow masterminded the campaign, during his speech at the Speak Mandarin Campaign’s 30th Anniversary Launch:
“To effectively promote Mandarin, we closed down all dialect programs on radio and TV from 1979. Also, I was setting a bad example making speeches in Hokkien in the 1960s and ‘70s to reach the largest number of Chinese. From 1979, some 30 years ago, I decided to stop speaking in Hokkien and switched to Mandarin. Had I not done this, Hokkien/Teochew will be the predominant common language for the Chinese in Singapore, not Mandarin.”
This is how the government massacred the use of dialects. They started from controlling what you are watching and cut off your ties with dialects. Other than the older generations who were not affected because they could still converse with each other in their respective dialects. The so-called ‘success’ of the entire campaign came for Singaporeans who were born after the late 1980s. They were mainly brought up speaking Mandarin, listening to Mandarin. That’s still good compared to people who were brought up speaking English, listening to English, and were incompetence in the language in which their ancestors have been speaking and writing for at least a thousand years.
Well. At least most of them understands Chinese. It’s a kind of consolation to our ancestors.
However, don’t you realise the missing-in-action of dialects resulted in the wider generation gap between this generation and the older generations (not including the generation of their parents)? I mean, don’t you think it lack the kind of familiarity and friendliness?
I’ve been taught Teochew since young because my father is Teochew and grew up speaking that language at home. I also speaks and understand Hokkien because my mum is a Hokkien (plus I always watch Taiwanese dramas). I am glad I grew up in such condition because it makes it easier for me when I am conversing with those older people in my neighbourhood. They will be very happy to talk to you and want to talk to you more because you make it easy for them to express themselves through the use of dialects.
Some quotes from former PM Lee again, same speech, same event:
“The value of a language is its usefulness, not just in Singapore, but also in the wider world. If you speak Hokkien or Cantonese, you reach some 60 million in Fujian and Taiwan, or about 100 million in Guangdong and Hong Kong. With Mandarin, you can speak to 1,300 million Chinese from all provinces in China. Now, overseas Chinese and foreigners are learning Mandarin, not Chinese dialects. China is setting up 500 Confucius Institutes in different countries to teach Mandarin to many millions of people around the world.”
“To keep a language alive, you have to speak and read it frequently. The more you use one language, the less you use other languages. So the more languages you learn, the greater the difficulties of retaining them at a high level of fluency. “
For many who knows me, they know I am a dialect-speaker at home, but they also know how good I am with my written Chinese and my spoken Mandarin. And I write in English, like what I do on my blog and I make videos, act and even give speeches in English. If we want to, we can master our dialect, Mandarin and English together. Dialects with the elders/at home, Mandarin and English in schools and with friends. How is that difficult?
Anyway, why did I suddenly have the intention to write this blog? It was after when I saw this video:
I am probably going to chain up a new internet acronym. I mean, what’s the meaning of the internet without interesting acronyms.
Okay. To be fair to them, they really did study while I decided to stay in my room to watch some movie showing on Ch8. And then came out to the living room for the cable TV. And stumbled into a rather cool K-drama (ohgosh, I am actually interested in a K-drama…)
So it’s time for me to tell you which show it is…
Ando: “‘Everything in the future is already determined.’ So claimed the French genius astronomer, Pierre-Simon Laplace. This is his reasoning: Everything that is about to happen is a casualty of the past. By this logic it is possible to track every particle in the Universe, then it is possible to calculate everything that is about of happen. In other words, everything in the future is already determined. However, we can’t even track 1% of what is happening in the world. We cannot understand it. Thanks to our ignorance, we have empty hopes and dreams. And in turn, makes futile efforts. Even though everything in the future is already determined, then let’s try to disprove Laplace’s theory. Can one of us time travel back to Japan in December 1 of 1941, and tell them that Japan will suffer greatly if they joined the war? “
Nanase (Reiji’s sister, who is an associate professor): “If Professor Matsushima Reiji’s theory was true, then it is possible. Although we have mass, so we can’t go back in time. But data has zero mass, so it’s possible to send information back and forth though time. That’s what Professor Matsushima theorised. “
Ando: “That’s correct. Information has zero mass. Therefore, people’s desires can transcend time and space. As you can see from this equation, the speed of light is constant. However, both light and space have been confirmed to bend due to gravitational force. *Starts drawing some graph on the black board* Theoretically, there is another shortest path for light to travel from points P1 to P2. If there’s a particle that can travel through the path, than it is possible to exchange data through time using that particle. Of course, mankind does not currently possess such technology. But one day, someone here is sure to create that technology. Pierre-Simon Laplace is a great physicist, a philosopher, and a genius, but he underestimated the existence of life. Omniscience is not needed. People’s desire can change the future. They can even undo their mistakes in the past. Life is the power to lead the future into the right direction and to prevent a single life from ruling the world indefinitely. All lives end and they must hand over the baton to the next generation. Never forget that.”
Apparently, I am believing that ‘Life is the power to lead the future into the right direction.’ It doesn’t matter if there’s really such technology of transmission of data between time, we must know that it’s always of our duty and conscience to take responsibility of our life and our future. It’s our responsibility to lead our own future in the right direction.
And I am really proud to see how serious my friends were when they are doing their homework and/or revising their work. They are taking responsibility for their future. They are studying hard to get the grades they need for their dream course in the University. Most of them know what they want in the future and they are pushing towards their goals, in order words, leading their future on the right path.
However, All Work But No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy. They know that they have to balance their work and play. Hence, we decided to go down to play Table Tennis when everyone was more or less done with their work. Living a healthy lifestyle (like what I am trying to do right now) is also a mean of taking responsibility of your future. What if you achieved your dreams? What if you get to earn big bucks, buy whatever you’ve always wanted? You can’t enjoy much when you have no health. Leading your future in the right direction is to balance work and play (and/or exercising).
Remember, YOUR future is in YOUR own hands.
This will be my first time trying to do a fashion blog. Yeah, I know that the impression I’ve given to everyone all these while is that I am never on the fashion frontier, let alone trying to act a fashionista. Yes, I am known to many for wearing sports jerseys everywhere I go. But slowly I realised, that as you grow up, when you don’t have that kind of perfect body shape, it’s really important how you dress up for the occasion.
Everyone seems to be amuse when I start changing my fashion sense towards the end of last year. I seems to have caused some people to change the perception of me (in the good way I mean). I enjoy looking at the mirror of myself in better clothings. (Fine, I swear I am really exposing the narcissistic side of me. Wait. I AM always a narcissist.)
Okay, I admit, the main reason is that I suddenly have the fetish for nice clothes.
I’ve been shopping for the past few days and only to come home with some clothes and a pair of shoes. As you can see from the photo posted above, I’d shop at Leftfoot and Topman. I had also actually shopped at H&M on Sunday night, but did not take any picture of the paper bags.
I seem to really fall in love with H&M since my first few purchases there. The good thing of H&M is that they seems to be selling clothes at a cheaper price compared to outside. A-hah, I ain’t no using the term ‘affordable’ because most of the clothes there is still not that affordable to me. :’D However, ever since I start working in December last year and ever since I got my first pay, I enjoyed my trip to H&M because I tend to have a little bit more budget to spend compared to when I was still in JC. However, as I ended my job early this month, I guess this might be my last major purchases for clothes. (Yes, I need to start saving so that I’ll have money in the future for other stuffs, like vehicles and/or property investment.)
Here’s the two shirts I’ve bought from H&M on Sunday. (I apologies for using myself as the model because I can’t afford hunks with perfect body shape to be my models. I am not A&F — Remember the hoohaa they caused previously?)
1) A TEE WITH PRINTS — FROM H&M @ S$17.90
Was walking around H&M store at Somerset and came upon this one. It looks like something that was kind of ripped of from the pages of Tumblr. On the shirt, it had some words that goes like this: BRONY HARLEY BROOKLYN WILLIAMSBURG, which just made no sense at all. Well, more and more tee-shirts nowadays features sentences that make absolute no sense to readers. It looks like the words are chosen out of a lottery machine.
There are quite a number of different designs on sale at that outlet but only this design caught my eyes. It looks really simple yet it gives people the Tumblr feeling (the Tumblr feeling means that it looks really really attractive even though it can get really simple).
2) A BLACK DENIM SHORT-SLEEVED SHIRT — FROM H&M @ S$39.90
I know it doesn’t really look black here because of the filter. But it is really black. I was in a dilemma in choosing between the black one and the light blue one (below). Both looks equally appeasing to the eyes.
I eventually decided to choose the black one because I will be mostly wearing a dark pair of jeans and the colour combination will look more legit. I mean, imagine wearing a light-coloured top with a dark-coloured bottoms. The contrasting feeling of your upper body and lower body makes yourself looking like a fashion disaster waiting to happen. Okay, maybe not that bad. I believe in everyone having a different kind of fashion sense and opinions. To me, I still think that it is important to match your top and bottom without too much of a colour contrast (unless we are talking about the classic white top and black bottoms).
While talking about these two kinds of clothes, we can actually learn how to mix and match whatever is in your wardrobe in order not to let people have the feeling that you have been wearing the same old clothes over and over again. This can prevent you from buying too many clothings that you will need to spend money to buy a new wardrobe. Mix-and-matchin’ is a rather important skill and one wrong match can destroy the beauty of any clothing on you. It’s just like *football jokes alert* matching the wrong ‘Chosen One’ to one of the best teams in the world. It’s a disaster. Maybe not that bad if you are someone who has that body (I mean, pardon me if I am generalising things too much, many people thinks that a person with a specifically recognised perfect body shape looks just as nice in whatever he wears.)
I know many people or the entire fashion world may disagree on this and I will start to be thrown rotten eggs for such a comment I’ve made. Maybe for a person with a round body since young, he is really low in self-esteem. Really really low.
Alright. Let’s not go too far. I really love how my t-shirt and my denim shirt can match each other perfectly well.
For the first time, I looked really good in front of the camera.
While it may not be advisable to couple your top and bottoms with so big a contrast in colours, it seems to be advisable to couple your outer wear and inner wear (I ain’t referring to your undergarments, fear not :P) with some colour contrast in between them. Look at how these two clothes managed to fit each other in. The darker colour on the outside and the lighter colour on the inside. It seems only legit to match the colour in such a manner to prevent from looking kind of weird. Hmm…
And so after H&M, I went around many shops around Orchard for a coat, a pea coat or a trench coat to be exact. It seems that the cheaper shops don’t seems to sell this. Burberry is selling it at over a thousand dollars. Sorry, I am not rich to even afford anything above S$200.
I used my phone to google for where I could get a cheaper coat. And it’s Topman. To me, the price of those clothes at Topman is really up there. I once saw a trench coat at Topman Bugis during the Christmas season and it was S$196. Of course I couldn’t afford it and there goes my chance of owning a trench coat.
TRENCH COAT — FROM TOPMAN
And so I went to the Topman outlet at ION and took me quite some time to locate where the coat is. It looks damn nice can. However the price tag makes me hesitate for quite a long while before I decided to get it. I felt really guilty for spending quite some amount of money of clothes so as I was paying, I told myself it’s time to stop buying clothes and start saving for the future.
At least, I still have that conscience.
And since it’s a coat. You can simply wear anything with a lighter colour inside. And definitely, I tried matching this coat to that tee-shirt from H&M earlier on.
It was so nice that I fell for it immediately. Such kind of shoes with zips is considered, to me, as one of the more convenient shoes to be worn. For people like me who loves to tie his shoelace till very tight, but lazy to untie it every time when want to take it out, all I need to do is to unzip it and I can remove my shoe with ease. Yup. I can also put it on with ease without having to untie and retie the shoelaces. Really nice. Plus it’s red, my favourite colour. 🙂
Before I end this post and goes to sleep, for those who are interested in knowing what H&M has in store for this season, do grab a copy of their magazine at any H&M stores. I know we are Singaporeans, so since it’s free, just take! Take a look at those nice clothes (ohya, and definitely those nice looking models — nicer than me) and think of how you want to save in order to get those nice apparels. 🙂 Cheers!