Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have you found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

YouTube turns 5 years old last Sunday. To celebrate their birthday, YouTube invited Conan O’Brien, Vint Cerf and Katie Couric to curate playlists showcasing their favorite videos.
That sounds like an Interesting idea. Maybe I list 5 of my favorite videos.
Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote
Interesting idea. Still waiting for someone to create games using this. I think it will be just as cool as 3D TV. Wait. What if someone combine this with 3D? Wouldn’t it be even better?

Adam Savage: My quest for the dodo bird, and other obsessions
The host of my favorite show, The Mythbusters, was on TED to talk about his quest for the dodo bird and other obsessions. This is one of my favorite TED talk. And in the end, achieving the end of the exercise was never the point of the exercise to being with.

Marie Digby’s Rihanna – Umbrella (Acoustic)
The video that shot Marie Digby to fame. The power of YouTube.

Leo Laporte Blows up at Mike Arrington on the Gillmor Gang
It’s always nice to see someone screw Mike Arrington. Oh yeah!

Sadly, the 5th video is in my favorite list is no longer on Youtube. It is the Hitler banned from Xbox Live video. But that video has been taken down due to copyright issue. What a pity. That video started an interesting internet meme which cannot be done without YouTube.
So, what is your favorite youtube videos?

Two years (and few months) ago, I made a huge decision and left my job to be an entrepreneur. It was one of the most shocking career move I’ve ever made and I never regretted it. In fact, I’m glad I did that two years ago.
Many things happened over the 2 years. We got pretty good success in the beginning part of the business. But things didn’t always go the way we wanted it to be. In the end, I’m left with no choice but to let it close. It was a good learning experience. I hit the wall towards the end, but at least I found the wall and hit it. After I left the company, I tried doing other stuff which sad to say, didn’t turn out the way it should be. But I’m glad I’ve tried. It showed me my strengths and most importantly, my weakness.
It has been the best 2 years in my life. The amount of things I’ve learnt are things that aren’t taught in school. You can’t take up a course for it too. You need to experience it, be in it and do it in order to learn from it. And I’m glad that I’ve left my job 2 years ago to take up this route. In fact, I would recommend everyone to leave their job for a few months or few years and pursue their interest.
If given the choice, I would pursue my interest forever. But sometimes, there are other things and needs that has to be answered.
As you are reading this, I should be reporting for my first day of work. Yes, I’m going back to be an employee. It’s going to be hard for an entrepreneur to turn back to an employee again. But at least the good thing is that my job scope is something I’m passionate about. Well, I’ll talk more about my new job soon.

I don’t really know Dr Goh Keng Swee. He retired from politics when I was just 4 years old. My only memories of him is a few paragraph about him in my history textbook. Sadly, that is the case for a lot of our founding fathers and heroes. I’ve always said that we need to honour our heroes. Dr Goh is one of those heroes whom we know too little.
I can’t help but pause and wonder, who is the “Dr Goh” in the current cabinet. Sadly, I couldn’t think of anyone who is anywhere near his league. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good ministers in the current cabinet. But none of them are “Dr Goh” good. Singapore is fortunate to have him in our early days. We can never be right here without his contributions to Singapore.
One thing that caught my attention was a paragraph in PM Lee’s eulogy this afternoon.

Dr Goh took a personal interest in all aspects of the SAF. No detail was too small for him. I once followed him to visit a field engineer defence exercise. We passed one site where the troops were digging a large bunker. It was a hive of activity: all the soldiers swarming over the work site, hard at work. This did not escape Dr Goh’s practised eye. He commented that the soldiers should have been divided up into shifts – one third working, one third resting, and one third on guard. They should not all be working at once, and especially not to impress the minister.

This really shows that Dr Goh is different from the rest of the ministers. He don’t see the need for people to do things to impress him. He just want things to be done the right way. How many ministers does that nowadays? How many things were done specially to impress the minister? You get my point.
I was kinda surprised that the word “Goh” was trending on twitter today afternoon. Obviously a lot of Singaporeans are talking about Dr Goh. But I also can’t help but notice that a lot of young Singaporeans don’t know anything about Dr Goh. Perhaps something is wrong with the education system. We aren’t paying enough tribute to those who had contributed greatly to the nation.
For those people like me who don’t know much about Dr Goh Keng Swee, here is a great video on the contributions he made to Singapore.

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Singapore is forever indebted to Dr Goh Keng Swee. Rest in peace Sir.

Saw this on a Facebook page today. The video is taken at A’Famosa Resort, Malacca. Guess it’s just a few hours drive away from Singapore. Not sure how many Singaporeans visit that resort.
Well, if you are planning a visit to A’Famosa Resort, check out this video first before making your decision.

Unbelievable right? How can they abuse the tiger to make money?
Even more unbelievable is that after the major uproar on facebook and other social media sites, the A’Famosa Resort Marketing Team responded with this interesting letter.

Warmest Greetings From A’Famosa Resort
We’re referring to your e-mail on regards of the video shared on www.youtube.com
We would like make things clear that we never druged any of the animal for entertainment sake. The tiger shown in the video was just merely lazy and it’s was their nature to do so. We pratice a standard level in handling the animals.
However, rest assure that we had stop the photography session with the tigers due to the public & management concern of the tigers welfare. We appreciated your feedback which had been forwarded to management for their action to be taken.
Thank You.
Eric Ong.

Wow, really? They didn’t drug the tiger? The tiger is just being lazy? Lazy until let people abuse and still sit there do nothing? Really? My my…… they must have trained their tiger very well.
Anyway, they have stopped the photography session now. Credits to them on that. But really, the tiger is just being lazy? Really? Wow….

Visited the Navy Open House 2010 few days before it is open to the public. Quite an eye opener. I guess it is going to be impossible for me to cover everything in a blog post. So I’ll just talk about a few highlights during my visit.

One of the highlights for the Navy Open House is the Naval Sea Display. It’s a performance by our elite Naval Divers on what to expect during a hostage rescue mission. Things like jumping into the sea from a Chinooks, storming into a building to rescue the hostage and finally link up with a submarine. Pretty impressive. The Naval Sea Display occur twice daily. For 23 May, the show time is 11:30am and 3:30pm. Be sure to arrive early to grab a good seat. This is definitely something you don’t want to miss at the Navy Open House 2010.

Divers jumping out of the Chinooks.


Storming into the building. When you see this, you know you should put down the weapon and surrender. No point fighting back lah.

Assault boat giving fire support and also pick up the divers and rescued hostage.

Hostage rescued. Link up with the Submarine. Very “James Bond” hor? 😛
Another highlight is the Frigate Guided Tour. We had the rare opportunity to tour the RSS Steadfast. The RSS Steadfast is a Formidable class multi-role stealth frigate and the latest surface platforms to enter into service with the Republic of Singapore Navy. There is a total of 6 ships in the Formidable class and RSS Steadfast is the 3rd to be built.

During the guided tour, we get to visit the bridge, cabin, cookhouse, etc etc. I think we got to tour almost 50 – 70% of the ship. I think. By the way, when you are inside the ship, there will be no mobile phone signal. Totally nothing. I guess there must be a shield that blocks all radio signal from entering/exiting the ship. That’s how they maintain stealth during mission. But can you imagine the crews having no handphone signal when inside their cabin? Poor thing. Want to talk to loves one need to go to the deck.


You can park a Helicopter inside here.

The high tech bridge.

The stairs in the ship are pretty steep.

Officers’ bunk. May look small to you, but it’s already quite a luxury on board. I’m sure the rest of the bunks are a lot smaller.

The cookhouse. And the most important person on the ship. Make him angry and you will have to go hungry. Hahaha…. Kidding kidding.

The narrow corridor inside the ship.
But due to time and space constrain (Trust me, they really tried to pack everything possible inside the ship), you need to ballot for tickets to the Frigate Guided Tour.
Besides the Naval Sea Display and Frigate Guided Tour, there are also other exhibitions and display. If you are interested, you might also want to try the Ship Cruise or Duck Tour. The Navy Open House 2010 is happening this weekend. If you are interested in visiting, head down to the Singapore Expo where there will be transport to bring you to Changi Naval Base. Drivers can park their cars at the Singapore Expo and take the transport too. No parking is allowed at the Changi Naval Base.

Oh, and do wear comfortable walking shoes as there will be lots of walking. Sandals, slippers and heels are strongly discouraged. Ladies are advice not to wear skirt if they intend to broad the ships. Some of the stairs are not skirt friendly. Sunblock and a bottle of water will be good. But don’t worry, there are food and drinks stalls at the Navy Open House. Camera is allowed at the Navy Open House. In fact, you should bring camera when you are there. It’s one of those rare opportunity for you to enter a Naval Base with camera. Take more photos. There is a photo taking contest where the first prize is $300 cash voucher.
For more info, check out Navy Open House 2010 website or Facebook page.
PS: I didn’t photoshop the photos. We are lucky to have very beautiful sky on the day of our visit. And I’m lucky to be able to borrow my Bro-in-law’s Canon 500D. 😀