Year: 2014

Happy Birthday Singapore! Your Sports Culture Sucks.

Before I start the article, I will like to note that most of the points I’m going to mention relate more to the sport of soccer, although they are still very much valid for the other sports. And before you start reading, check out this amazing arrangement of 7 NDP songs in a sad-sounding minor key by Vint Mint. Feel free to play it in the background as you read through this rather lengthy article. Kinda helps with the mood. At the recent Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, our Singapore team fared admirably against worthy opponents from different parts of the globe. Joseph Schooling broke the national record in the Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals, clocking the 4th fastest time in 2014. Derek Wong became the first Singaporean to reach the finals of the Badminton Men’s Singles event, while Chrisnanta and Triyachart were the first Singaporean duo to reach the finals of the Badminton Men’s Doubles event. Shooters Jasmine Ser and rising star Martina Veloso performed brilliantly in their respective events, and our table tennis contingent brought home six …

Necessary Provisions x PasarBella

Before the new school term began, I went on a mini-outing with my campmates Jess, Wei Ting, and Cheryl to take a rare breather before the start of a stressful new term. Ironically, as it turned out, the second term is so much less hectic than the first. Anyway, they decided to go cafe-hopping, which I later found out that the hopping tour consists of only one stop. I needed to practice my color grading across a wide range of styles, so I decided to tag along and shoot some footage along the way. Here was our trip in about 4 mins, with some pretty calm music, depending on taste.   The following pictures of the trip are basically screengrabs of the video (because it didn’t once occur to me at all to actually use my DSLR for its primary purpose).

And Tango Got Banned (And Now Archie Too)

Yes, you can read about Hitler’s hideous crimes in World War 2, you can learn about the parts of a bomb, you can know about the love triangle between a expressionless girl, a glittering vampire and a ferocious werewolf, but you can’t read a story about two gay penguins raising up a chick. Welcome to Singapore. There has been a huge ongoing uproar in the Lion City after three children’s books, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption (about Chinese orphans being adopted by a mix of straight, gay, and single parents), Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families (which portrays many kinds of families, including gay ones), and And Tango Makes Three (a true story about two male penguins at a zoo who adopted a penguin chick), were withdrawn by Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) following the behest of a single complaining patron, Mr Teo Kai Loon. Yes, just one, single, complain is enough. As a Singaporean, I feel utterly ashamed right now, and I am very well speechless as to how the clean, developed, futuristic city where I …

And All These Little (Irritating) Things

Isn’t it irritating when you follow a blogger but he doesn’t post consistently? Urgh. Totes annoying. Anyway, school has been pretty hectic thus far, with assignments and projects a plenty. There’s so much rushing, travelling and discussing among other things that time nowadays is pretty much like Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar. Non-existent. I can only find some once in a while. But I really felt the need to blog, so throughout the month I wrote down the things that has been irritating me. I listed 15 of them and thrown in a couple of real-life stories/experiences in there, so hopefully ya’ll can relate to my pet peeves.

Perks Of Having A Weird (Sur)Name

According to data gathered by Statistics Singapore, approximately one out of 10 Chinese Singaporeans have the surname “Tan” making it the most popular Chinese surname in the Lion City. This was followed by Lim, Lee, and Ng. People who have them probably wouldn’t really stand out from the crowd, surname-wise, but they shouldn’t have any ‘issues’ regarding their names for at least, well, most parts of their lives. I can’t say the same for me though. As you may not already know, my name is Lhu Wen Kai (shocker), and I’m what they call perfection. Anyway, it’s not my name that’s giving me trouble. It’s my surname.

5 Types of People You Should Totally Hang Out With To Be Happy

If you haven’t read the first instalment of this series, here it is: 5 Types Of People You Should Avoid To Be Happy. Hmm, after reading about the five types of people you should avoid to be happy, I decided that it is only be logical to write an article about the opposite, that is five types of people you should hang around with in order to be happy. As mentioned in the previous posts, good friends are really important to have, because they really help you in so many aspects of your life. As you will find out later, true friends are your biggest fans, your listening ears, and your guidance in life. Nice, caring, thoughtful, amusing and charming are some of the words used to describe me. Also, as mentioned in the previous article, I really like three paragraph intros, and I tend to use exactly three paragraphs before I start introducing my lists proper. And I suck at Maths.