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.

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.
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.
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.

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
TOP 10 – Most Viewed Music Videos on YouTube in Singapore (2013)
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

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.
Most Searched

It’s the end of 2013. At the start of year, I made some Tech prediction for 2013. Let’s take a look at how my prediction goes.
Spoiler: I’m pretty bad at these predictions. Haha.
2013 is going to be the year of wearable computing
I won’t really call 2013 as the year of wearable computing. We do see companies like Samsung releasing their GALAXY Gear smartwatch and Sony releasing their SmartWatch 2. I was expecting more wearable computing gadget for 2013. Maybe not yet.
Apple to release a watch
Surprised that this didn’t happen.
Google Glasses will be a failure
It’s still too early to tell. When I made the prediction early this year, I was expecting Google Glass to start selling to public. I didn’t expect them to take so long. And since Google Glass isn’t available to the public, it is hard to tell if Google Glass is a success or failure.
Apple to release a Apple TV
Shocking. I thought this is a sure winner. In fact, I think a lot of tech journalists were also expecting to see the Apple TV this year. Not sure what’s taking Apple so long. Will we ever get to see the Apple TV?
Nokia to release a Windows 8 tablet
Spot on! Nokia announced the Lumia 2520 in October that runs on Windows RT 8.1. What we all didn’t expect is Microsoft buying over part of Nokia.
Microsoft to release Windows Phone 8 device
Didn’t happen. But now that Microsoft bought over Nokia, technically speaking all future Lumia phones are made by Microsoft.
Microsoft to start a video sharing/hosting service
Wrong prediction again. OK, to be honest, this is a wild guess. But when I see Google giving Microsoft problem with creating YouTube app for Windows Phone 8, I really thought it would be a good idea for Microsoft to do their own video sharing service to compete with YouTube.
Microsoft and Sony release the next generation video game console
This is an easy one since the video game console are due for a refresh. But we wouldn’t have guessed that the new Microsoft console will be called Xbox One.
RIM will license out BlackBerry 10 to another phone maker
2013 is a bad year for BlackBerry. It would have been slightly better if they managed to licensee out BlackBerry 10 to another phone maker. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.
Google Chrome OS gain popularity
That’s my wishful thinking. Nope, didn’t happen.
NFC starts to gain popularity
I’m actually surprised that the new iPhone didn’t have NFC. We do get more smartphone with NFC though. But sadly we didn’t see NFC services gaining popularity.
Mirrorless camera running Android
Spot on. Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy NX, a mirrorless camera running Android 4.2.
Hmmm…. I’m really bad with these Tech prediction.
Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.