The Starhub Urban FreeStyle, Singapore’s first parkour-inspired fun run, will be taking place on 10 April 2010. Freestylers will navigate 6.5km of Singapore’s city centre street, lined by 9 obstacles inspired by popular culture and designed to appeal to Singapore’s running mases.

I was going thru the list of the obstacles that is being setup specially for this run. Some of them looks pretty interesting. Like the Discovery Channel Man vs. Wild obstacle and HBO Tunnel The Pacific obstacle. Oh, and there is a Fast & FreeStyle obstacle which is made up of 2 cars in colliding position. Imagine parkour over 2 stationary car. Sounds cool.
Registration fee for the Starhub Urban FreeStyle is at S$55. Registration Ends 8 April.
Or if you are the less sporty type, you can visit the StarHub Urban FreeStyle Fest featuring live performances by local bands and dancers. There is also a flea market and many other activities. Admission to the FreeStyle Fest is free.
For more info, visit Starhub Urban FreeStyle website or Facebook fanpage
Starhub Urban FreeStyle
Date: 10 April 2010
Time: 3pm (First flag off)
Venue: Padang
StarHub Urban FreeStyle Fest
Date: 10 April 2010
Time: 2.00pm to 12.00am
Venue: Padang

OK, this is embarrassing. I think my hotmail account got hacked and it was sending out email to everyone in my address book. If you received email from my hotmail account, please ignore it. The title is either “Hello”, “~~Hi~~”, “-Hi”, “+Hi+”, “Opa” or stuff like that. Most of them does not have messages or anything on it. Some of them have a link. Do not click on the link.
Terribly sorry for the inconveniences.
I have no idea how did my hotmail got hacked. Or was it hacked to begin with. Some friends suggested that it might be a virus. I’m not sure man. I wasn’t using my hotmail at that time. I wasn’t even using a PC at that time. I was using my iMac.
I don’t use that email account. The only reason why that email account exist is for my MSN and junk mails. And rightfully the address book should be empty. But as it is linked to my MSN, the address book has all the contact of those on my MSN. Sorry everyone.
I’ve changed the password. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again. And let me see if I can figure out what exactly happen.

Twestival is back. This time, we are Tweeting for Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to reducing suffering and ending extreme poverty. The focus for Twestival 2010 is on education and 72 million children in the world who don’t have the opportunity to go to school.
Twestival Singapore 2010 will be held on 25 March 2010 (This Thursday), 6 to 10pm at Brewerkz Riverside Point.

Brewerkz has kindly agreed to donate 10% of all revenue from food and drinks sold that night at the event. There will be performance by Jack & Rai and Deborah Lee & Thomas. Joe Augustin will be the emcee for the night.
So come eat, drink, tweet and do a part for charity. (OK, I know this is the perfect excuse for drinking)
For more info about Twestival SG 2010 and the kind sponsors, visit the Singapore Twestival blog.

As you all should know by now, Jurong and Aljunied Town Council will be increasing their Service & Conservancy Charges. Being a resident of Jurong, I think there is a need for me to voice out my comment on this issue.
Like Aljunied Town Council, Jurong Town Council send a letter to all residents to justify the hike. Let me list down their excuses and my arguements.
38.4% increase in electricity tariffs (from Oct 2004 to Jan 2010)
Everybody’s electricity tariff increase. Not just the Town Council’s. Businesses, Hawkers and even residents all faces the same electricity tariff increase. Even other town councils are facing the same electricity tariffs. So why is it that only Jurong and Aljunied Town Council are increasing their S&C Charges?
$115m Co-payment towards HDB Lift Upgrading Programe (LUP)
The HDB Lift Upgrading Programme is your election promise to us. As residents, we paid our portion of the LUP fee. So why is it that residents are supposed to bear responsibilities towards the town council portion of the co-payment? Isn’t it supposed to be co-payment? How come all the charges goes to the residents?
Number of lifts increased from 1002 to 1139 (From 2005 to 2010). Expected to reach 1575 when LUP completed.
Like I said, the LUP is your election promise to the resident. So why should we be footing the bill for the extra cost in maintaining your election promise to us. If we are paying extra S&C charges for the lift, then can I say that this LUP has nothing to do with the PAP team in Jurong GRC?
Cleaning cost increased by 10%
I guess other Town Councils are also facing the same cleaning cost increase. So why aren’t they increasing their S&C charges too? Unless the other Town Council did some cost cutting measures to reduce cost. Hmmmm……
All the business in Singapore are facing increase in their operating cost just like the Town Council. But what makes the businesses different is that they try their best to cut cost or increase efficiency so that they do not need to past the increased operating cost to their customers. What has Jurong Town Council done to cut cost? Strangely, the 1 page letter explaining the reason behind the S&C hike did not mention anything about Jurong Town Council’s effort to cut cost and increase efficiency. All they did is to tell us that cost of everything has increased. I know that too. Prices of everything has gone up.
What have they done to cut cost and increase efficiency? Did they install solar panel to offset the electricity bills? Did they get better cleaning equipments so that it cut down the number of cleaners required? Did Jurong Town Council did their very best to reduce operating cost first before deciding on this S&C hike?
Interestingly, my plate of Chicken Rice is still $3 since hmmm…. I can’t remember when was the last time they increase the price. Year 2000? Or even earlier? Why is that so? Their rental, utilities bills, ingredients cost, manpower cost and S&C charges went up too. Hmmm…. maybe because of competition. Maybe because they know that if they increase to $3.50, customers will choose another store. Maybe they have been adopting cost cutting measures. Or maybe they are bearing the increase in cost and earning less. Perhaps the Jurong and Aljunied Town Council should learn from the chicken rice store owner.
And if Jurong Town Council is not able to maintain Jurong GRC without increasing the S&C Charges, then perhaps they should give up the operation of Jurong GRC and hand it over to someone who is able to do a better job at a lower rate.

To celebrate her blog’s first anniversary on 2nd April, Miss Glitzy will holding an online auction to help the Singapore Council of Women Organisations – Star Shelter.

The Star Shelter was set up in 1999 to help women and their children who are being abused. Women who are admitted to the shelter are aged 18-75 years old and children ranged from newborn to 10 years old for boys and no age limit for girls. Residents at the shelter form a good mix of all races and religions and all of them are referred by the Family Court, Family Service Centres, the Police, Hospitals and other agencies that run crisis helplines. Some of the beneficiaries need a place to stay when they leave their abusive relationships, as well as to be protected from their partners.

Miss Glitzy and several influential fashion bloggers are donating their favourite items for readers to bid. All proceeds will be in aid of SCWO – Star Shelter. The first round of auction will be held from 22nd March 12pm to 28th March 12pm. The second round of auction will be held from 29th March 12pm to 4th April 12pm.
Please do a part for charity. If you are interested in the item, bid generously. If you have a blog, facebook or twitter account, please help spread the message around. For more information, please visit Miss Glitzy’s blog.

Disclaimer: Before I begin, let me just say that the unit that I had is a prototype. And like all prototype, the performance is not at it’s optimum. Things that you see here might also change when it is released for retail.

I got to try out the Lenovo Skylight for a few days. I must say that the Skylight is an interesting product category. I don’t think it can be considered a netbook. The Lenovo Skylight is running a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. Yes, that’s the same processor in some smartphones like Nexus One. Lenovo classified the Skylight as smartbook. Which I guess is somewhere between the Smart Phone and Netbook category. Hmmm….


The Skylight is very sleek and lightweight. 10.1 inch screen, 25.3 x 20.11mm x 1.72-1.89 cm and weighs less than 907 grams. Despite the size, the keyboard and touchpad is not compromised. In fact, the full size keyboard is pretty comfortable to type with. The size of the touchpad is pretty generous. There is no physical buttons for the touchpad. You press down the touchpad for left and right click. Personally, I would prefer physical buttons for the touchpad.

The Lenovo Skylight is running Lenovo’s Skylight operating system which is built on top of a Linux kernel. The operating system is fairly easy to use. The Lenovo Skylight comes with more than 18 preloaded web gadgets like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Calendar, Amazon MP3, Roxio CinemaNow, dropbox and more. There is even a instant messenger too. Cool. The specs says it comes with 2 GB of cloud storage. Not sure if it applies to countries outside US.

Although the Lenovo Skylight can multi-task, I notice that the machine starts to lag when I have more than 9 applications opened in the background. Well, it is after all a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. And why would you need to multi-task so many applications? The Lenovo Skylight can play Flash. But the prototype unit that I got didn’t play YouTube video well. I guess Lenovo will have to fix that before launching the Skylight.

Storage is pretty interesting. The Lenovo Skylight’s 4gb storage is on a USB stick. All data are stored in the USB Stick. You can remove the USB Stick even when the Skylight is running. Fast and easy way to transfer the data to the desktop or laptop next to you. One thing strange is that the USB Stick is pretty huge. From what I understand, it is to cater for an optional phone for internet call. Anyway, the USB Stick is tuck nicely above the keyboard.
One good thing about the Lenovo Skylight is the built in 3G SIM Card slot. Which is quite useful since I think the Skylight user will be connected to the cloud most of the time. The published battery life of the Skylight is 10 hours but I guess this is not with 3G usage. As we all know, 3G does drain battery. The battery is non-user replaceable. Oh, did I mention that there is a HDMI port?

The Lenovo Skylight is certainly an interesting product. I don’t have the pricing and expected launch date for Singapore yet. But I guess the pricing of the Lenovo Skylight would play a key role in it’s success. *Wink*