Archive for August 2010

When all things fail, get 2 beers and jump

Inspired by Flight Attendant Steven Slater who grab 2 beers and jump out of the emergency exit after an arguement with a passenger. There are some conflicting accounts of what exactly happened on the flight that day. Some say he was drunk at work. I don’t know man.

Surprisingly, there’s quite a bit of support for him.

I’m not supporting him for how he react to unreasonable passengers. But I must say that get 2 beers and jump sounds like a good solution to all problems in life. There’s even a song for that.

So remember… When all things fail, get 2 beers and jump.

Hmmm….. perhaps that explains why I got 2 bottle of Hoegaarden in my fridge. Not that I need them anytime soon…..

Twitter Movie Trailer

We should have expected this after the facebook movie trailer. It didn’t take long before someone create a spoof of the trailer.

Check out the official trailer from The Social Network first before you watch this. Damn funny lah.

If Twitter was as useless and as boring as they say , then somebody would have twittered it

The baby just pooped. #turdalert

YOG – The story from the other side

Today is the opening ceremony of the first ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. I’ve lost count of the number complaints about YOG from Singaporeans. Some are unhappy that they need to give way to the YOG bus or face heavy fine.

I never understand why the need to host YOG. Singapore is never strong in sports. Most of our athletes are foreign talents that we bought with money. So I never understand why we need to host the YOG.

Until I saw this article written by Ridz‘s friend.

Giving way for 2 weeks – Thoughts about YOG

I guess we have seen lots of complaints about the YOG everywhere. Be it on blogs, newspapers, ST forum, etc. What’s the big deal about YOG? Why is Singapore spending so much on it? Do we really care about it? Is it just another big wayang? Why must we give way to the YOG buses? And what’s with the Olympic lane? Aren’t our roads not congested enough?

Frankly, from the day Singapore showed it’s bid for the YOG, I was a cynic. What’s the big deal? It is something for us to feel good about, since we can never be an Olympic host city? Hype? What hype?

Over the past month, I was proven wrong slowly.

For the past month, I’ve been attached to a secondary school. And it was then I begin to realise what YOG is doing to our youths. Many of them, I wish you could be there to see it for yourself.

I wish you could be there to see how sports seem to have a greater relevance to the students now. Each school is twinned with a country for a few years already, and they have been having exchanges. My school, for example, hosted students from their twin country last year, and had a friendly match. Without this exchange, I doubt many of them will even know this country existed, and thought that the country is just “African”.

I wish you could be there to see the pride the students have, when it is made known that 2 of the students are selected to be torch bearers of the Olympic flame. I do not know the torch bearers, nor have I met them. But when this news was announced to my students, I can’t describe the amount of pride they felt that their peers are holding such a responsibility, even though many of them don’t know the torch bearers personally.

I wish you could be there when the students were told that there are free tickets to the YOG games. Even though it is held on weekends, even though it wouldn’t be an excuse to miss school, I wish you could be there to see the excitement they have and how much they want to go for the event when given the opportunity to watch this events. This was even before they were told that they will receive a free commemorative EZ-link card to cover the transport cost for the day. How I wish there could be more tickets for them, as a total of around 100 tickets is given over 4-5 events for a school of 1400.

Now you might think that YOG may have hyped up the sports, but what about the other students who are not interested or involved in sports? What about them, other than the cultural exchanges?

I wish you could be there to see my students who are part of the Military Band. They have been selected to perform for the YOG opening ceremony. They pride the hold, the commitment they give to the long hours of practices and commute to the floating platform, the weekends burnt – you have to see it for yourself to know what I mean.

I wish you could be there to see some of the FB exchanges, of my ex-students and kids, who are involved in the performances for the opening ceremony or YOG related events. Some of the things they love, such as cosplay, break-dancing, have been demonised and marginalised by their parents and other adults. Finally, they have a platform to show them that there is nothing wrong with it, and hopefully, let them have a better understanding of what their passion is about.

I wish I could tell you more, and I’m sure you’ve heard of such non-sports exposure related to the YOG.

But if it aren’t clear to you, YOG is a platform and a catalyst for many aspects of development for our youths. It gives them not just a platform to display, but a platform to learn, to show, to benchmark, and a platform to be proud of. And as I’ve shown, it’s not just for the sports people or the sports super-stars.

I may be exaggerating, but this can very well be a monumental event for many of our youths in Singapore, regardless if they are involved directly, indirectly, or not at all. It could very well be the common memory of their generation.

I guess sometimes, we adults use the acronym in YOG so much that we forgot what it stands for. YOG starts with the word YOUTH. How come we’ve forgotten that it is all about the YOUTH. If we adults don’t feel it, or feel the relevance of it, why should it be a surprise, since that it is mainly for our youths? And I’m not even talking about the cliché benefits, such as the Olympic values or those who are competing for from our youth volunteers interacting with different cultures around the world etc.

And since it is for our youths, is it still asking for too much, to give way for the 2 weeks, in exchange of a catalyst, a platform, and a lifetime memory for our future generation?

I know, cause my year-end holidays has been cut short by 2 weeks, and my school term has been pushed back by 1 month to host the YOG. As much as I grumble sometimes, I’m heartened by what I’m exchanging these for.

Note that the note is a personal opinion by the author based on his observation. It is not written by me hor.

So have your impression of YOG changed after reading this? I have.

Kayak, Barrier and National Day Award

I guess quite a number of you have seen the photos of someone kayaking at Rowell. For the uninitiated, Rowell is a road, not a river or pond.

I’m glad that someone finally had the chance to do this. I was hoping someone would row a dragon boat down Orchard Road during the flood in June. Too bad it didn’t happen.

The flooding at Rowell Road on 11 Aug 2010 wasn’t really serious. The flooding occur at the back alley and up to around knee height. But it is a constant reminder that something need to be done about all these freak accident that has been happening. I thought someone said it only happens once every 50 years?

The owner of Liat Tower isn’t going to take things by chance. They intend to built a barrier that will lie flush against the pavement along the font of its mall and rise up during a flood. If you remember, Liat Tower is one of the worst hit building during the Orchard Road flood. It’s great that the owner of Liat Tower is taking action to protect their tenants. But I can’t help but wonder….. If Orchard Road don’t flood again, they won’t need to built such barrier. Right?

But can PUB guarantee that Orchard Road won’t flood again? I don’t think so.

Speaking of PUB, their Chairman, Mr Tan Gee Paw, topped the list of recipients of this year’s National Day awards. No doubt Mr Tan has contributed significantly to Singapore as the Chairman of PUB. Under his leadership, the PUB undertook major initiatives to ensure adequate supply of water for the long term. But a lot of people can’t help but feel that the timing of this award isn’t really that ideal.

Do you think Mr Tan Gee Paw should receive this year’s Distinguished Service Order? Personally, I think Mr Tan should turn down the award to avoid making a mockery out of the whole National Day Award. Fix the flooding issue first before receiving the award.

Review: Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro

Before you start reading this review, I would advice you to read my review for Sony Ericsson X10 mini because these 2 phones are very similar. So I will not be a broken record and repeat those similar stuff. Instead, I’ll touch on the 2 main differences, the battery and the keyboard.

Hmmm….. OK, actually there isn’t much to talk about the battery except the Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro has a removable battery. It’s not exactly a feature since we have such technology since my first handphone. But it’s always good to know that the Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro has removable battery. Not sure how useful will that be though. Oh well.

Another difference is the slideout keyboard. The slideout keyboard isn’t exactly very spacious but still comfortable to type with. I find myself getting used to the keyboard very quickly. Although the X10 mini pro is small, you still get a good grip of the phone with the slide out keyboard. I do like the left and right button beside the SPACEBAR. They come in handy when you make some small typo. However, the up and down button is missing here. But I can understand the omission as there is space constrain. Well, you can always use the touchscreen or just press left/right button to move the cursor to the place you want. Not a deal breaker here.

The slideout keyboard is pretty sturdy. But I’m not sure if it will remain this sturdy after prolong usage.

One thing I do hope that Sony Ericsson would consider for future model is to include a Ctrl button. This will allow users to use the standard keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl-C or Ctrl-V.

The Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro is 9.0 x 5.2 x 1.7 cm and weighs 120grams. Slightly bigger and heavier than the X10 mini.

So which phone should you choose? Sony Ericsson X10 mini or X10 mini pro? It really depends on your phone usage. If you message a lot, then X10 mini pro is the obvious choice for you. But if you consume more than you create, then the X10 mini would be a good option.

The X10 mini pro that I reviewed is still running on Android 1.6. The last time I heard from Sony Ericsson is that the Android 2.1 update will come in Q3 this year. For those using the X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro now, this might be the longest quarter ever.

In short:
A small yet powerful phone, now with a slideout keyboard.

Likes:
Small form factor
Simple and responsive user interface
Sturdy slideout keyboard

Dislikes:
Android 1.6 (will be upgraded to 2.1 in Q3 2010)
No Ctrl button