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Otters at Gardens By The Bay

I was at Gardens By The Bay few weeks ago when I decided to look for the resident otters. Yes, there is a group of otters living at Gardens By The Bay. Surprise huh?

It took me less than 15 minutes to find a few of them resting on a floating platform. I think there were 5 to 6 of them. There’s also a group of people around the area watching the otters.

Didn’t really get good photos as the sky is turning dark and I can’t use flash.

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I heard there is another group of otters at Bishan Park and Punggol Waterway. The NParks had issued an advisory on what to do when you encounter the otters. Hope everyone follows it.

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Happy Pi Day

Happy Pi Day everyone. For the uninitiated, March 14 is Pi Day. 3.14, get it?

This year’s Pi Day is slightly different because it is the year 2015. The first 5 digit of Pi is 3.1415. And at 9:26:53, you will get 3.141592653. You won’t get this for another 100 years. So treasure this moment.

Happy Pi Day. Have a pie. Or at least a LEGO Pie.

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The dress that got the whole internet talking

If you were online yesterday, chances are you were involved in the great dress debate. Is the dress Blue and Black or White and Gold?

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Some people see it as White and Gold while others see it as Blue and Black. The results are so divided that there was a huge debate on all social networking site yesterday.

I swear it was White and Gold initially when I saw the photo. But later that day, when I look at the same exact photo again, it appears Blue and Black. Freaky. But I was told that I’m not the only person experiencing that. Some people do see it as White and Gold but later see it as Blue and Black.

Well, it is actually Blue and Black. The reason why some people see it as White and Gold while others see it as Blue and Black is due to a condition call colour constancy. It is a feature of the human colour perception system which ensures that the perceived color of objects remains relatively constant under varying illumination conditions. Take this image for example. Although A appear to be darker than B, actually both of them are the same shade of grey.

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But regardless if you see the dress as White and Gold or Blue and Black, one thing we can all agree on is that this is a very badly taken photo.

Never again

73 years ago, General Arthur Percival formally surrendered Singapore to the Japanese Empire. It is the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. It also marked the beginning of more than 3 years of Japanese occupation.

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Never again.

Do not design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore

Here’s my tip to all fashion designers out there: Do not design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore. You may think that it is an honour to design the national costume that Miss Universe Singapore will be wearing for the beauty pageant. You are wrong.

Firstly, Singapore does not have a national costume. Unlike countries like Japan or Netherlands where they have their own national costume, we Singapore don’t have one. We are a multi racial country. Every race have their own traditional costume. However, you can’t take the traditional costume of one race and use it. The other races will complain that you are being bias and not promoting racial harmony.

And don’t think about combining elements of several traditional costume for Singapore’s national costume. Most of the time it will look weird.

So what can you do if you are asked to design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore? Well, take some elements that represents Singapore and design a dress. Here’s the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore 2015.

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If you do a search on Social Media now, you will see lots of criticism about the design. I’m actually waiting for some smart aleck “fashion designer” to come up with his “better” design. Well, if you are so good at designing national costume for Singapore, then why didn’t you step forward earlier?

In fact, I don’t remember a time when Singaporeans actually praise the Miss Universe Singapore national costume design. You know why? Because it is tough to please Singaporeans.

So if anyone ask you to design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore, run! Run as far as you can and don’t look back. There’s no honour in doing it. Your months of hard work and effort will go down the drain no matter what you do.