Archive for December 2013

Auld Lang Syne

It is sort of a tradition for me to end the year with a blog post reflecting on the year. In the past, I wouldn’t have much problem doing it. But strangely, this year there is nothing much to talk about. No, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t waste away 2013 by doing nothing. In fact, I think I’ve done a lot of things. But they are just boring work stuff and some other stuff like new found interest in Lego and photography.

Few weeks ago, I received a surprised Facebook message from someone who I haven’t contacted for 5 years. It was a short conversation that ended abruptly. Part of me wished it would last longer. Yet in reality, I know its not going to happen.

想到你想起我, 胸口依然温热….

It’s amazing how time flies. And perhaps it is a good reminder that time and tide wait for no man. And if I’m not careful, I’ll just end up watching time fly by.

And the biggest regret at the end of the day is that old acquaintance is forgotten. Perhaps it is for the better. But it is just sad that it has to be this way.

I’ll just leave you with this version of Auld Lang Syne by Susan Boyle. Hope your 2013 is much better than mine.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pull’d the gowans fine.
But we’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Since days of auld lang syne.

And we twa hae paid’l’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Since days of auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For days of auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll be your pint stoop,
And surely I’ll be mine;
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty fier’,
And gie’s a hand to thine;
And we’ll tak’ a right good willywaught,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Year on Twitter Singapore 2013

2013 is an eventful year. From the Haze to 2NE1. Hello Kitty to Gordon Ramsay.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular local Twitter conversations and trends in Singapore and the people who are driving them.

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2013 YearOnTwitter - Singapore - Part 2

Hmm…. Is that my tweet in the Singapore – Year on Twitter 2013 round up? Haha.

GoThere.SG and Google Map updated with the new Marina Coastal Expressway

The new Marina Coastal Expressway was open on sunday and it has been causing some confusion and massive traffic jams. I guess it must be a combination of route unfamiliarity and poor planning at some key points. Let’s hope LTA can widen the choke points so that traffic can flow smoothly.

I can’t remember when was the last time we opened a new expressway and made several major changes to the road. But whenever that happens, all the mapping apps needs to be updated.

I’m actually impressed that GoThere.SG managed to update the map on the first day. I’ve been telling everyone to use GoThere.SG if they are traveling by the new MCE.

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Google Maps only updated the new MCE on Monday. But there seems to be some errors. The road between AYE to Sheares Bridge is now closed. So be careful when you are using Google Map when traveling on MCE. Especially if you are using Turn By Turn Navigations.

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Oh and by the way, if you are traveling from the west and heading to Rochor area, you should use Exit 2 to Central Boulevard before travelling via either Shreares Avenue or Bayfront Avenue to get to Rochor. Another way to get to Rochor will be to exit AYE at Exit 2B followed by Keppel Road. Some other routes that you could use to get to Rochor include Shenton Way, Eu Tong Seng Street or the CTE.

If you are heading towards ECP from the Marina Bay area, enter the MCE via Marina Coastal Drive / Central Boulevard junction. You should then use Exit 5 before the ECP/KPE/MCE interchange to connect to ECP(Changi).

If you are heading towards the AYE from the Marina Bay area, enter the MCE via Marina Coastal Drive / Central Boulevard junction as well. You can also use Central Boulevard > Shenton Way > Keppel Road to get on the AYE as well.

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YouTube Singapore Rewind 2013

As we come to the end of 2013, here’s a quick look at some of the most watched YouTube videos in Singapore.

Sadly, the most viewed YouTube video in Singapore for 2013 is The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by Ylvis. Personally, I hate it. I have no idea why this video went viral. Last year’s most viewed video, Gangnam style, is so much better. Speaking of Gangnam Style, the second most viewed video is a cover of Gangnam Style by Jayesslee. I love Jayesslee. Unfortunately the girls have been busy with their personal life and we haven’t seen a new video from them for some time.

It is also interesting to note that wahbanana has 2 videos in the top 10 most viewed video list. Impressive.

TOP 10 – Most Viewed YouTube Videos in Singapore (2013)
1 Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) [Official music video HD]
2 Gangnam Style – PSY (Jayesslee Cover)
3 “Beauty And A Beat” – Justin Bieber (Alex Goot, Kurt Schneider, and Chrissy Costanza Cover)
4 Ah Boys to Men 2: THE JOURNEY (making of)
5 16 Types of People at Sentosa
6 11 Reasons Why Singaporeans Complain!
7 Singaporean Gentleman (Psy- Gentleman Parody)
8 17 Types of Singaporean Couples
9 Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise
10 10 TYPES OF GIRLS IN SINGAPORE CLUBS

TOP 10 – Most Viewed Music Videos on YouTube in Singapore (2013)
1 PSY – GENTLEMAN M/V
2 P!nk – Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess
3 Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
4 Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man [Official Video]
5 Katy Perry – Roar (Official)
6 Demi Lovato – Heart Attack (Official Video)
7 Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
8 One Direction – Best Song Ever
9 Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
10 Taylor Swift – 22

Google Zeitgeist Singapore 2013

Every year, Google will release a list of the fastest raising search term for the year. The Google Zeitgeist is always interesting as it gives you a rough perspective of the major events for the year.

The 2013 haze is the worst ever recorded in Singapore history. That’s why it is no surprise that Singaporeans searched for information about the phenomenon by looking up the latest PSI readings, facts about haze particles, and preventative masks. Singaporeans also kept an eye on other local news and events, including Singapore’s bird flu readiness, the investigation into American engineer Shane Todd’s alleged suicide, and news of local actor, Huang Wenyong’s death from lymphoma.

Basketball is here to stay among Singaporean sport fans with the NBA’s Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and the Dallas Mavericks emerging on Singapore’s most searched sports teams for the first time. The nation continued to follow international football favourites as well, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur all making the list, along with local team LionsXII.

Here’s a quick overview of Singapore’s Trending and Most Searched keywords on Google.

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Most Searched
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