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Sunday, September 18, 2005

如此庞大之灯饰


多谢 Uncle Wesley & Zephyr姐姐的入门票,我才能拍到这些大大的、(恐怖的?)东西... ... 哈哈,是裕华园的灯饰啦。

快来看一看,投选您心目中最恐怖的灯饰!

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不 知道有去这次裕华园主办的灯笼展览的朋友们有没有注意到售票处的黑肤色Auntie?没想到她会说华语。可是比较奇怪的是,她的算术不是很好(不知为何 可以当售票Auntie...),而且还因此闹了一点小插曲。排在我们前面的游人有2元的礼券,原本13元的入门票,游人付了15元,Auntie硬要找 3块钱给游人(少了1元)。游人教她算了又算,她还是不肯找4元,还拼命以离奇的数学程式按计算机。结果后面的人等得不耐烦了,也帮忙讲解,Auntie仍非常怀疑。最后还 是聪明的游人提议“重新来过”,将钱收回,再从头以比较简单的方式“演”给她看,她才信服。






Ah Hong 的近况

多谢Ah Hong 的网友关心,Ah Hong 的近况还算不错。

在此附上一张近照:




















想要一头有七种用途的秀发似乎已达成了,可是不知为何 Ah Hong 有点“脸黑黑”... ...




Friday, September 16, 2005

The Flu which Helped End WWI

The flu virus that jumped from birds to humans... is it linked to the recent bird flu? Are we facing another epidemic?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3455873.stm

Monday, September 12, 2005

被爱的女人

先不说伟联了。Kelly 唱得这么用心的歌,怎么能不再回味呢? (虽然我比较喜欢欣卉的歌声 :p)

非常好听,且高难度的--


被爱的女人
原唱:Coco Lee

在镜子前面 我是个被爱的女人
他就在门外 这个周末我可以依赖在他的胸怀
在情人面前 我还是单身的女人
爱若缺了缘份 我想我只能用情至深但不能太认真
为什么被爱 有时却觉得悲哀
为什么我还是害怕一个人醒来
为什么相爱 日子却仍然空白
为什么你 走不到我的未来
让爱固定下来 我不会永远青春可爱
我的美丽要你的温柔帮我保留下来
让爱固定下来 我和你 不要不要分开
我不要爱一再一再彩排
*我不是每次失恋后都能重新再来

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pls vote!

Hehe... I love creating polls :)

Nowadays ezsend seems like very quiet, guess everybody is too busy to reply.

Just for fun, pls vote for your preferred tourist spot on the right hand side below!

Monday, September 05, 2005

其实你不懂我的心

词:陈桂珠 曲:童安格

你说我像云捉摸不定
其实你不懂我的心
你说我像梦忽远又忽近
其实你不懂我的心
你说我像迷总是看不清
其实我用不在乎掩藏真心

怕自己不能负担对你的真心
所以不敢靠你太近
你说要远行暗地里伤心
不让你看到哭泣的眼睛
怕自己不能负担对你的真心
所以不敢靠你太近
你说要远行暗地里伤心
不让你看到哭泣的眼睛



不是非常喜欢这首歌的词,不过陈伟联的演绎让我喜欢这首歌。嘻嘻。













Sunday, September 04, 2005

Big Scary Thing

anna this is for you, haha...

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picture courtesy of pc

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Smoker's Rights?

Recently, it was announced that the smoking ban will be extended to certain sections of hawker centres and pubs. This is an atrocious argument (by a youngster in the street) against the ban that I heard on TV just now:

"It all comes down to personal choice.
smoking is a choice people make.
you cannot tell someone what to do or what not to do..
it infringes their rights."


Let's start off with the concept of "rights".

Smokers can keep to places that would not affect non-smokers that much. By granting smokers the right to smoke anywhere, we have also infringed upon the rights of non-smokers who have the right to clean air. A person has the right to do something provided the rights of the people around him/her are not compromised by that person's action. Imagine a world where everyone insists upon having his rights without consideration for others.

An example to illustrate the above point: A person chooses to end his life by bringing explosives onboard a plane. Some may argue that his has the right to his own life, but by jeopardizing the lives of the rest of the passengers in the plane, he has infringed upon their rights to live. It is entirely not acceptable. (By the way, suicide is illegal in Singapore.) Out of point? Smoking, being proven to lead to increased incidences of death due to cancer, can be considered as a slow form of suicide.

Consideration is the key. Probably such regulations would not be necessary if most smokers have the consideration to smoke somewhere so as not to subject others to their second hand smoke.


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I believe most of us have come across friends and even family members who smoke. I have nothing against considerate smokers, who try their best not to implicate others with their choice to smoke. In fact, many of them are aware of the harmful effects of smoking, and some have tried to quit, but the withdrawal symptoms had proven too difficult for them to overcome. However, whenever I see parents smoke in their own homes, in front of their children, it really makes me wonder, why would they want to subject their children to this health hazard if they really care for their children? How responsible can such parents claim to be? This view may be a little extremistic. On the other hand, I believe (or would like to believe) that these parents really care for the well-being of their children. Perhaps they don't understand the dire effects of second hand smoke, despite the many campaigns that try to draw attention to them? Or is it just that while regulations have been effective, their target audience have failed to understand the reasons behind the regulations?

Friday, September 02, 2005

It's 陈伟联 for Superstar

It's old news but, for the benefit of those who are not watching the show, Kelvin 陈伟联 has become the winner of the Channel U Project Superstar Competition on 1 September 2005.

A summary of the competition (warning: the description is going to be quite boring, coming from someone who doesn't know much about music and singing)


Round 1: 压场
伟联:男人海洋
嘉丽:颜色
Kelly's voice at the start was relatively soft as compared to Weilian's, and appeared to be drown by the loud music. Kudos for Kelly for trying out the Bohemian wig though. As for Weilian, his stage presence wasn't diminished by his inabilty to execute fanciful dancesteps onstage due to his visual handicap.

My choice: Weilian



Round 2: Acappella
伟联:我真的受伤了
嘉丽:沙滩
Weilian managed to sing the front portion correctly without music at all. Comparatively, Kelly only sang a short portion without music, and I wonder if she could carry it through if that part were to be extended to as long as Weilian's solo part. (后记:they both sang solo almost equally long, but don't know why WL's part sounded longer during the first listening.) Nevertheless, Weilian's harmonising angels performed much better than Kelly's, giving him an edge. Singing with minimal music suits Weilian's style. (后记: It was a close fight. )

My choice: Weilian



Round 3: Duet with JJ 林俊杰
伟联:一千年以后
嘉丽:木乃伊
合唱:被风吹过的夏天
Weilian started off 一千年以后 really well. He brought out the mood of the song. When they reached the chorus, I even felt that he had overshadowed JJ. As for Kelly, 木乃伊 was o-k, but paled in comparison - in terms of projecting the mood of the song. However, in the trio song 被风吹过的夏天,Kelly had a meaty part of the song, in which she performed well with JJ. (后记: I forgot to say that JJ had the meatiest part :p) Weilian was led onstage much later into the song, and only had some harmonising part to sing, which was quite out of place as Kelly's and JJ's voices were too high-pitched.

As a result, the judges harped on how much better Kelly performed than Weilian in the trio song and paid no attention to the earlier individual duet, and ruled in Kelly's favour.

My choice: Given the unfair circumstances, I think this round should not even be counted. My speculation from looking at the individual duet is that had it been a fair duel in the trio song (either get a female singer to sing with Weilian or let Weilian and Kelly sing, and forget that JJ since he's not even competing), Weilian might have gained an upper hand over Kelly.



Round 4: Specially tailored songs to expose contestants' flaws
伟联:了解
嘉丽:On My Way
I suspect that beginning from this round, Weilian might be affected by the negativity in Round 3 or that he had used up too much energy at the beginning, as some people who had watched the rehearsals said that his performance was not on par with his performance in the rehearsals earlier. Lee Weisong made a rather out-of-point comment that the song he wrote for Kelly was to help her show off her strengths and techniques. Some argued that Weilian's song was more diffcult to sing. However, I think Kelly performed very well for an also difficult-to-sing song.

My choice: Kelly



Round 5: Contestant's own choice of song
伟联:其实你不懂我的心
嘉丽:被爱的女人
Kelly cleverly made good use of this segment to show off her versatility, completing her performance of fast songs and acappella with a slow and sentimental song. Weilian, on the other hand, chose a touching song that suited his vocals, drawing criticism that his range of song choice was not diverse enough.

My choice: Kelly



In the end, the audience chose Weilian over Kelly.
(后 记: Probably most people who bothered to vote believed that Weilian's true capabilities were not displayed completely in the finals.)

















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OK, maybe just let me end off (and dampen the spirits) with a statement of guilt...
How privileged we are to have the time and energy to muse over such reality TV programmes! I'll like to feel that I've learnt something from it (whatever it is), and we should treasure this time and energy we have to do meaningful things so that we would not have any cause for regret.