Jay Chou’s Fans, You Will Love This Song

(Image: 50tu)

If you are a Jay Chou fan, you will sure love this one.

Someone has actually tried to combine 15 of Jay Chou’s past years songs together into one legit song. Yes, I repeat myself again, one legit song. That means if you haven’t heard any of Jay Chou’s songs before, it will be no doubt that you will take it as another new song.

A Youtuber by the username 基路伯 has decided that he should try combining 15 Jay Chou’s hits and compose the tune together to make it flow melodiously.

I am sure that you have be awed by how this user managed to combine the songs together and the tune is…

One word. WOW!

Google tries to predict YOUR future… The Result is amazing.

I was alerted to this post that was circulating in my Facebook feed this evening. It’s like Google is trying out yet another beta project that might seems to be revolutionising the way we surf the net.

Google Fortune Telling.

My first instant reaction was

Is Google trying to be a necromancer? Or a saigong (Taoist priest)? Predicting people’s future? I was like, “Oh well, that looks cool. Maybe I am going to try this for the sake of trying it. I mean, who doesn’t want to know his/her future beforehand?”

And so I entered the site.

Screenshot of http://betagoogle.com/

And then as I started typing the letter ‘W’…

The above suggestions were auto-generated. I was like “woah, that’s some suggestions.”

I mean, those were some suggestions that practically not many people are interested in searching for.

EXCEPT FOR THE THIRD AND FOURTH ONES MAYBE.

I stared at the suggestions with a little awe, I deleted the auto-generated suggestions and decided that I should input the search box with one question of my own.

As I hit the ‘enter’ button, I was taken aback almost immediately.

Screenshot of http://betagoogle.com/refugees.html

I was actually redirected to this page!

The so-called future predicting site launched by Google is actually a way to gain awareness to the international problem the world is currently facing due to the Syrian War. Many refugees are currently migrating from Syria in order to run away from their war-torn homeland in seek for a more stabilised and peaceful place to seek shelter.

According to datas provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are, as of 19 October 2015, 4,180,631 registered Syrian refugees or, persons of concern. And of course, there are still a lot of them out there who are not registered but are trying to leave the country.

Many of these refugees are children.

WHERE DO THEY GO NOW?: Children who are seeking for a better future. (Image: The Telegraph)

According to the The Telegraph’s report, more than 200,000 children are currently seeking refuge from the war-torn country. The immigration problem has been a concern not only in Europe (which is to the west of Syria) but also around the world.

Nearby nations such as Turkey has been trying to provide shelters for these people. The Turkish government has taken in 2,072,290 of Syrian refugees into its territory. However, the country now is feeling the strain of accepting any more refugees and asylum seekers.

While the Turkish were humane enough to open its borders, some European nations refused to open their door wider to share the strain of the Turkish government and for humanity. These nations include: Hungary, Romania and Denmark, etc. They have been accepting only some amount of refugees and refuses to take in more because of its immigration policies as well as public sentiments.

It resulted in the over-straining of resources in the nations who are willing to open its door wide for these refugees, especially those children who are hoping for a better future for themselves and their peers.

Respect to Google for using such tactical and psychological way to help increase awareness on these issue. I am sure the result is amazing. More people will get to realise the problem and more help will be on its way.

Let us pray for these Syrian refugees. May peace be upon them.

Returning Back To Nature

It has been long since I have been in touch with the nature.
I mean, Singapore is a jungle, a concrete jungle. Man-made buildings and skyscrapers ruled almost the entire country. But, we must be glad that the nature side of this island did not disappear together with urban planning.
The Central Catchment Nature Reserve covers a total of 2880 hectares, located around the geographical centre of the country. It gives people a place to retreat from the buzzing city life. Everyone needs somewhere to go to escape the harsh reality. 
Nature is that place.
I don’t know how to describe it, but for anyone who loves and understands nature, it is evident how pleasure and peaceful one can feel once stepping into the bosom of Mother Nature. It’s like returning to your roots.
Ok. I know it sounds weird when I describe it that way, but if you think about it, where did our ancestors reside during the start of civilisation? Before human intervention (ahem, human disruption to the nature), humans or I should say the ancestors of humans (Idk, be it Australopithecus Afarensis or Homo Erectus) inhabits with the nature.
They live and die with the nature.
And everything seems more absolve back then. Stress is mostly about survivor – food and water. Materialism and expectations do not even exist.
Nature gives you something that money cannot buy. 
Fresh air, with little or perhaps no pollutants such as the Sulfur Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide, etc.
Peacefulness, just by shutting your eyes and concentrate on the surrounding sounds — chirps of the birds, stridulations of the crickets, etc.
My love for the nature cannot be belittled. 
Amidst my busy schedule, I found time to make my way to the place I’ve always wanted to venture into. 
MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
Alright, not exactly MacRitchie Reservoir Park — that’s my ‘final destination’.
MacRitchie Nature Trail to be exact.
On a random afternoon, on the way back from Ngee Ann Poly after a meeting, I decided to took 74 and stop randomly along Adam Road.
I almost got myself lost.
As I alighted, I walked towards my right when the entrance to the trail is towards the opposite direction.
Yeah. I was lucky I knew I was on the wrong direction before I strayed too far down the expressway.
Originally, my main purpose was to go in there for some nature photography.
Guess what.
DSLR – check.
Battery – check.
Lens – check.
Memory card – …
Shit got real.
How am I going to take any photo without a memory card inserted into the camera.
What to do?
Suck thumb.
I had to resort to capture nature through…
My beloved S4, with a little help from VSCO.
Thankfully, the S4 comes with a 13MP camera which pretty much stands out as a good digital phone camera. (Although the quality may not be as good as that of an iPhone and incomparable to an entry-level DSLR)
I still love the quality of the photos taken.
I kept my camera and took out my phone and walked deep into the trail which looks like it’s going to lead me to a whole new dimension. 

I had no idea where I was heading to.
As I trekked through a trail full of trees and plants, I immersed myself into the surrounding around me. The only other living things around me were just the greens and some insects hiding among them.
*Crickets chirping*
I took a deep breathe. Never felt so fresh and good before.
While I thought I would be surrounded by those tall and enormous woods, a whole new scene appeared right in front of me.
Spectacular. 
Bewitching.
I was almost fully hypnotised by the scenery that appeared in front of me. It looked as if I wandered into a whole new world.
I felt so good that I decided to sit around on the walkway and enjoy the nice scenery.

Life has never been so carefree.
Looking out at the reservoir and the greeneries, I felt relaxed, despite the sun rays beaming through the clouds and almost burnt my skins.
Ok. That exaggerating much. HAHAHA
The wind was cooler and fresher than those outside.
I realised I wasn’t alone.
I bet his bugger had been lurking there for a long time before it caught my attention.
I placed my phone so near to it that I was praying for it not to hop away in fear of being swallowed by an innocent phone camera.
My prayers got answered. It didn’t move at all. Maybe it was attracted to the surrounding like I was (either that, or it didn’t even bother at all).
Swiftly, I captured some close-up shots of that insect before it realised my presence.
I slackened off there for close to an hour taking photos of the astonishing surrounding.
It’s time to head off and try to leave the area before I die of hunger inside the woods.
I tried my best to manoeuvre out to the exit at MacRitchie Reservoir Park some 2km away, while appreciating the nature along the way.

And then, a bunch of buggers decided to jump off from a tree beside me, as if attempting a group suicide, giving me a rude shock.
I thought a coconut or durian fell from right above.
But, no, monkeys.
A bunch of monkeys probably trying to head out to find food.
I tried to take a photo of them but I was afraid that they might mistake my phone as food. I mean, the last thing I wanted was to walk out of the trail without my most precious phone.
So… I decided to take photo from a distance away, making use of the zoom function and praying my hands not to shiver.
I ended up in a staring contest with some of human’s nearest cousins.
I was lucky they weren’t aggressive at all.
Maybe they aren’t that hungry.
I walked off before they come chasing after me like a bunch of wild dogs.
Well, they are still
WILD.
I continued my journey before ending up at MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
And I took one last photo before my battery drops below 5%.
PS: I almost got lost trying to find the bus stop outside the Park. Oops.

Letter of Condolences Upon The Death Of Former PM Lee Kuan Yew

My family and I are saddened by the death of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. The passing of the former Prime Minister marks an end to his illustrious life. A father, a leader and an architect of a Republic whom the country and all of us will dearly miss. His remarkable leadership, coupled with the advises of his cabinet ministers and his grassroots members, has built Singapore to what it is today. Singapore has lost a leader, the world has lost an influential figure. We would like to thank Mr. Lee Kuan Yew for all his contributions and hard work from my father’s times till my time. He spend more than half of his entire lifetime building the foundation in which the current and the future of Singapore had and will be build upon. Though he may be gone, his legacy continues.
Our greatest heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to PM Lee Hsien Loong and his family. Rest in peace, Elder Lee for you will be greatly missed by all from all parts of the World.
Eddy Chua
for the Chua Family
0700hrs
23 March, 2015

Bigshot 52 Launch Event

So, yesterday, I was there at the atrium in Ngee Ann Polytechnic to support my CMC Year 2s during the launch of Bigshot52. So what’s is this Bigshot52 all about? It’s a sort of an online bilingual entertainment and lifestyle portal managed by students from the Chinese Media and Communication (CMC) course and Chinese Studies.
(Screenshot from www.bigshot52.sg)
So… I was saying, I was present during the launch of the portal and of course, I took many photos during the event.

The stage’s ready for the event!
Let’s leave the stage alone first, I managed to take some pictures at the photobooth with a bloody backdrop (Legitly, bloody). And not bad lehh, instant photo print. First time see that kind of technology in real life, eye-opener.
With Xinyu! My laopo from filming! haha. I know I smile damn awkward here, but hey, I tried to smile normally, but don’t know why come out like that. Must be because I was still not fully awake. Must be.
With Bernice! Ya, she enthusiastically want to have a photo taken because she want to post on our CSOP (orientation)’s Whatsapp group. HAHA. Yes yes. Given that smile, you know I am awake.  
Meanwhile, someone was trying to play with my DSLR and the remote control app in my phone…
(Sorry Dallies, I just have to post this cos you look retarded here. Haha)
But at least she put it into good use after that…
After all these photos, I went over to another booth to help out…
Another bloody booth. This time, it’s a murder scene. Of course, they need someone to lie there for they to trace out the corpse outline on the ground.
Rebecca shall have the honour for being the one, lying on the floor, in the middle of the Atrium while Veron taped the outline. Thn I suddenly felt like a crime scene photographer (Hey, maybe I can consider this as a job too :P)

Calling for crime scene investigator…
The ‘murdered’ still can pose for a photo sia. Not bad. But if that happens in real life, I will definitely quit my job.
Alright. Let’s get to the stage and see the performances (Of course, I didn’t take pictures of all the performances).
Here’s a performance by RayE. They are a bunch of really talented ex-NP students who even composes their own songs! (And the songs are damn nice!)

I must mention this girl here who played the guzheng. She played many modern songs like Jay Chou’s 《髪如雪》and many of my favourite Chinese songs, and she played them really well! In the interview after that, she said that she used one night to rehearse all the songs, really really talented!

After the performance, there were a lot of games and yes, games with vouchers to be won. And so, I participated some (being sabotaged most of the time by the hosts :’D). And there, I took away with me loads of vouchers kindly sponsored by Koufu and Salad Affaire (I swear I could eat salad everyday for the rest of next week).

I was quite awkward most of the time on the stage, somehow. While I was trying the act stupid, I ended up really stupid. Especially during one of the event in which required me to sing this 《聽海》by A-mei with the earpiece on. And the earpiece was connected to an mp3 which was playing some random English song. As much as I was unfamiliar with the majority of the song, it is impossible for me to even sing the song without listening to the actual tune.

And so I gave up halfway.

Okay, not even half-way. Probably just after the first two lines.

I looked at the crowd in front of me in horror, I think I was just basically saying the lyrics out. :’D

At least, somehow, my group won in the end. Yay!

Let me not continue to expose all my embarrassing moments…

Let’s go on to some more performances…

Our two hosts for the next segment, Xiaobai and Yundi. 😛 (The photo a bit over exposed because my lens were blurred, Oops)
And guess who were the next performers???
YESSS!!! It’s Xinyu and Veron! The two with voices that are damn good.

They were singing Leehom’s ‘Forever love’. It was sooooo damn nice can. Too bad I didn’t record it down. :(((

Here’s other performances:

I need to leave at 1.45pm because my social psychology lesson was at 2pm.

But before that…
Take a look at my lunch. 🙂

The Singapore Story (National Day 2014 Special) – MV

Since we don’t have a National Day theme song this year, we decided to make one! Hope you all will like it!
The Singapore Story
Composed by: Chen Yu
Lyrics by: Eddy Chua
Verse 1
It has been long, for we have come so far
Where our forefathers, had came hand in hand
To build the land we are proud
It has been tough, for we have done so far
To write a story, where we feel for
The country we all love
Verse 2 
This is the place, where we call home
Where we all share the same story
This is the place, where we call home
We are all the writers
This is the place, where we call home
Where our friends and families are
This is the place, where we call home
Where our future lies
Chorus 1 
This is my country, my home
This is the place where I will give my best to
This is my country, my home
This is where I want to be a part of
Chorus 2
Write the Story on our progress
We will always strive for our best
We will help Singapore grow further in her next chapter
This is the start of a new chapter and we’re ready to go again
We will always stand hand in hand 
To continue in creating the story of pride
Verse 1
It has been long, for we have come so far
Where our forefathers, had came hand in hand
To build the land we all love
It has been tough, for we have done so far
To write a story, where we feel for
The country we all love
Verse 2
This is the place, where we call home
Where we all share the same story
This is the place, where we call home
We are all the writers
This is the place, where we call home
Where our friends and families are
This is the place, where we call home
Where our future lies
Chorus 1
This is my country, my home
This is the place where I will give my best to
This is my country, my home
This is where I want to be a part of
Chorus 2
Write the Story on our progress
We will always strive for our best
We will help Singapore grow further in her next chapter
This is the start of a new chapter and we’re ready to go again
We will always stand hand in hand 
To continue in creating the Singapore Story.
For those for you who like it, the song is also available in Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/eddy-chua/the-singapore-story-1
Happy National Day!!!