Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year in Review 2008: Top 10 Movies (Let the Right One In, Slumdog Millionaire)

Presenting Top 10 Movies compiled by MSN Movies Contributors. Well, the list is subjective. It's quite a shame, though, that out of the so-called Top 10 Movies, I only managed to watch one i.e. The Dark Knight.

Anyway, here are the Top 10 Movies:
10."Slumdog Millionaire"
9. "Wendy and Lucy"
8. "WALL-E"
7. "Pineapple Express"
6. "The Dark Knight"
5. "Let the Right One In"
4. "The Edge of Heaven"
3. "In Bruges"
2. "The Wrestler"
1. "A Christmas Tale"

Reading their description, I find my self interested in catching no.5, "Let the Right One In":

There is something both chilling and world-weary in the eyes of Eli (Lina Leandersson), the 200-year-old vampire trapped in the body of a 12-year-old girl in director Tomas Alfredson's haunting "Let the Right One In." Embedded in her gaze are both a familiar ache of loneliness and the impenetrable wisdom of a being almost beyond human comprehension. The tension between the known and the unknown has always been at the center of every great horror film, and now this Swedish import can be added to that esteemed list.

It's been a rough couple of years for fans of the genre, but a film like this -- about Eli's budding relationship with a forlorn, alienated little boy (Kare Hedebrant) in a bleak suburban development, set in the dead of winter -- reminds us why it's still so viable. Simultaneously moving, frightening and poetic, "Let the Right One In" and its two astonishing young stars (neither of whom have appeared in a feature film before) stay with you long after all the bloodbaths and remakes that Hollywood churns out.

Forget "Twilight"; this is a vampire love story for the ages. -- Don Kaye

Also tempted to watch--this perhaps because I've read the novel by Vikas Swarup from which it's adapted, "Q&A"--is no. 10, "Slumdog Millionaire":

Danny Boyle's big, sprawling, movie-mad spectacular mashup film brings in everything from Bollywood to British TV, from Charles Dickens to Thomas Friedman. Poor, striving "slumdog" Jamal is this close to winning it all on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" when the cops take him in to beat the "How are you cheating?" out of him. But he's not cheating. He explains how he's been winning, with stories from his life that illuminate how he knew the right answer to every question.

Dev Patel's performance as the steadfast, noble Jamal gives Boyle's pulsing, pounding film a true and beating heart. Some knock "Slumdog" as cultural condescension, but Boyle's portrait of Mumbai is half love letter and half critique; Boyle shows us the love and life on the streets but also the crime and chaos. With the romantic story curves of classic literature, it feels delightfully classic; with its multicultural, globalized speed and rhythm, it feels fiercely present.

The film tells us something we already know: Love conquers all, maybe, but there are plenty of things for love to conquer: hate, greed, loss, injustice, cruelty. "Slumdog Millionaire" has one of the happiest endings of the year, sure, but what makes it great is how Boyle and his actors earn it. -- James Rocchi

Will 'rubymei' be kicked out from for excessive advertisements?

Just wondering out aloud. =P And I swear I have nothing against jewelry.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Jonathan Nolan's short story, "Memento Mori"

In my desperation to get the DVD "Memento", I came across this site which has a short story, "Memento Mori". A quick glance on the fiction written by Jonathan Nolan, I feel more compelled to find the movie. Any suggestion?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Yes, "Ip Man"!! (The movie that brings handclaps in the cinema | Why Li Chiu is my favourite character)

Perhaps deep down we all are Chinese. Either that or we just simply hate bullies.

Haha. I love how to hear the audience were clapping during the screening of Ip Man. Can't remember when last I witness such an interaction from audience.

There are a lot of memorable characters in the movie; one I do have to praise openly: the character Li Chiu by Lam Ka-tung.

At first this Li Chiu gives me a bad impression with he as a police officer irresponsibly pointing a gun to Ip Man in the tavern after one commotion between Ip Man & one Master Liu (the latter insists Ip Man to clear his name that he's not defeated in a friendly closed-door duel earlier).

Much later, during the Japanese occupation, Li Chiu apparently works for the Japanese army as a translator. Dressed nice & clean & looking healthy & well-fed, in contrast to the rest of the suffering Chinese--he is easily despised not just by Chinese but also by the audience. However further in the show, it is shown that he just has to be "a Japanese's lackey" to bring home a decent meal for his old mother & family. He earns my sympathy.

He too in a few occasions, helps Ip Man. When Ip Man easily defeats the three Japanese soldiers who visit him (one of whom, by the way, lecherously approaches Ip Man's wife), Li Chiu secretly hides him & his family despite the risk of being found out by the Japanese. This act earns him a few beatings, but he endures it well to be able to bring home that decent meal to his family.

And before the duel between General Miura & Ip Man, he translates rightly the warning that Ip Man will be killed if he's not to lose against the Japanese general.

Spoiler alert: the general is defeated in the end. (I'm not sure if he's killed, though). And the other Japanese (the only one bad guy in the movie actually) attempts to shoot Ip Man. The bullet fails to kill him as Li Chiu manages to push the Japanese & during the wrestle of the weapon, Li Chiu successfully shoots the baddie.

Friday, December 26, 2008

"40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes"

Check out the Yahoo! video clip, "40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes". Originally from the site, "" from this particular post, "40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes". The speeches are cut here & there from those of the movies'. Can't really name all of them.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Year in Review 2008: The Year in TV

Out of the 22 entries from MSN Year in Review 2008 "Memorable TV Moments", one includes "South Park rapes Indy". I won't include the screen-shot of such a NSFW image.

Also quoted in that particular article:

After the kids of South Park feel duped by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's latest "Indiana Jones" film, they have a series of dreams in which the filmmakers deflower Harrison Ford in a variety of manners that parody famous movie rape scenes like "Deliverance" and "The Accused." (Comedy Central)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Crazy Al Cayne: South Park "I'm Skeemin"(A Christmas Parody Song of "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas")

I just have to have the above screen-shot of the Youtube Christmas parody song, "I'm Skeemin". Cute, just South Park-like. The video clip here.

More info from Youtube:

This song is off of Crazy Al Cayne's mixtape Greatest Skits Vol#3:Ghetto Christmas Carols. The characters in this video where created on the website.

Check out as well Crazy Al Cayne's channel at crazyalcayne. So far he has 10 parody songs. Heh.

Could have been the most stupid of those FAIL pranks!

Received one email--screenshot below--from Compensation Head Office, Mrs. Helen Chops (Feel free to spam him/her/it at Basically it's about me is requested by her to contact her secretary, Mr. Sam Brown (Also feel free to spam him/her/it at so that the check for my share of winning fund $500,000.00 can be sent to me. Wonderful, isn't it?

No, it isn't. Never mind it's surely a failed attempt at igniting my Greed. My logic just refuses to accept that I am the one who is supposed to contact someone else's secretary?! Unacceptable...

The Case on The Vanishing Taxis: Solved!!

Yup, I found the taxis. So, gotta catch 'em all?! Nah, I mostly swear myself not to ever use a taxi unless the circumstances dictate (Read: during emergency only la...). On another note: I don't even think it's legal to have those taxis making such a long line taking all the space of the road. Anyway, who cares?!

Darn hilariously sarcastic: Gallery of Unfortunate Christmas Cards

Haha. You've just to check this Gallery of Unfortunate Chirstmas Cards out as well as their often-literal explanations.

I especially like the card no.1's:

There's nothing that sums up Christmas quite like the eyes of an excited child... unless those eyes are strange black holes with pin-point lights shining from them and set way too far apart. If this were my daughter, I'd be asking the wife if she remembers any strange lights taking her into the sky about nine months before the little one's birth.

Card no.5's annotation is hilarious too:
First reaction: Oh, what a sweet little girl. Isn't she cute with her little pig tails and her dolly?
And her wings?


And she's on a little cloud.

Oh dear.

It hits: Oh my God, this little girl is dead!

I know this is the theme of this whole section, but here I must reiterate: Who, in their right mind, would send out Christmas cards with a picture of a little dead girl!?!

Cards no.2 & no.8 have nicely been linked with that stick of Santa's. Hehe.
Card no.2:
Look, kids! It's Jolly Ol' St. Nick! Only, Santa isn't really looking so jolly here, is he? In fact, he looks downright angry. Sure, he's lost all that weight, but he's not the "Ho Ho Ho" kind of guy he used to be. He's also taken to carrying a stick everywhere he goes. The elves are nervous.

And the sequel at Card no.8:
Oh, you'd better get down on your knees and pray, all right. You're supposed to be in bed! Santa doesn't like little boys sneaking around while he's working.
And he's still got that stick.

But look at Santa's eyes. He sees the chid's fear and wonders, "What have I become?"

The Online Citizen...suspended?!

Trying to visit the site, "The Online Citizen" leads me to this page saying that it "has been disabled" (screenshot below). Pity that it doesn't mention any reason why. Sure will love to make fun if it's due to someone forgets to renew the site domain. Honest mistakes do happen. Heh.

12 Storeys--a book, not a movie review

Who haven't heard of the movie, 12 Storeys directed by Eric Khoo? That film won him the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award, the UOB Young Cinema Award at the 10th Singapore International Film Festival, and the Golden Maile Award for Best Picture at the 17th Hawaii International Films Festival. 12 Storeys was also the first Singapore film to be invited to take part in the Cannes Film Festival. (Soure: Wikipedia entry on Eric Khoo)

It's a shame that I didn't manage to catch the show.

Finding the book, "12 Storeys" in a library was enough a consolation. Here I finally know what the story is all about. Reading the book is a breeze.

James Toh--who was also a co-writer for the movie--writes the book in such a familiar way with topics which Singaporeans find familiar: a lonely overweight lady living a sad life haunted by verbal abuses from her dead adopted mother, a Singaporean successful noodle-hawker struggling in his marriage with a China wife, and an older brother playing a role of parents to his promiscous younger sister & rebellious brother.

These 3 unrelated issues share a common that they all happen in one 12-storey HDB & within a time span of 1 day. They're witnessed by a ghost of a man who in the beginning of the story committed suicide (it's not really clear why, but it has to do with his medical reports).

Thus the interesting way of telling the story: the ghost uses a "First Person point of view" as he narrates about what happens to himself whereas the rest of the characters are written using "Third Person Omniscient" perspective. By using such a style, readers are able to read the thoughts & feelings of the characters.

I hope "12 Storeys" won't be the only "Screen-to-Print" book from Eric Khoo's movies. Let's have his other films, "Mee Pok Man", "Be With Me" & "My Magic" out in the bookstores soon. Heh.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

China's animal of the year: Quake zone hero pig, "Zhu Jianqiang" or "Strong Pig"

Screenshot below, "Zhu Jianqiang" sure looked alright when he's rescued. The point of him "vividly illustrated the spirit of never giving up" and has become a model for Chinese entrepreneurs" is rather exaggerating, though. He survived the quake, but he should not survive the slaughterhouse. That's just unnatural to have a museum to 'nurture' this "Strong Pig".

A celebrity pig that survived for 36 days buried beneath rubble in quake-hit southwest China has been named the nation's animal of the year, state press reported.

The pig won the award in an online vote after his ordeal earned him celebrity status and a plush life as the top attraction at an earthquake museum, the China Daily said in a weekend report.

The pig, known as "Zhu Jianqiang" which means "Strong Pig", shot to fame after he was discovered alive beneath rubble, 36 days after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck Sichuan province on May 12.

The pig survived on rainwater and a bag of charcoal during his ordeal and was sold to the Jianchuan Museum, which agreed to nurture him for the rest of his life as a reminder of the nation's resilience in disaster.

Now free from the worry of the slaughterhouse, the pig enjoys a cushy life at the museum, the report said.

"It's gotten fatter and lazier by the day," the paper quoted a museum staff member as saying.

"We used to take it out for a walk every morning and afternoon, but now it's too lazy -- and too fat -- to do it. So we're feeding it only twice a day."

According to the Red Net forum, the website that held the online vote, the two-year old pig "vividly illustrated the spirit of never giving up" and has become a model for Chinese entrepreneurs" amid the current economic downturn.

From Yahoo!, "Quake zone hero pig named China's animal of the year".

Monday, December 22, 2008

Looking for a 2-week temp job is not easy

And I have this thought that by the time I find such a job, I won't have the luxury to apply that 2-week leave. Bleah.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pre-school teachers paid less than cleaners?!

But I doubt that we'll see many pre-school teachers quit to become cleaners. And yes, there's no statistics for that yet.

Local kindergarten and childcare teachers are expected to do more than just teach.

However, the common grouse of pre-school teachers here is that their pay does not commiserate with the work that they have to put in.

Their salary is also found to fall behind those paid to clerical staff and waitresses. This has led to many teachers leaving the workforce after a short period of time.


According to the Shin Min Daily News, the starting pay of pre-school teachers here ranges between $1000 and $1200. In Singapore, the pay of a clerical or administrative staff is about $1700, while the wages of a waitress amount to at least $1029 per month.

From Asiaone, "Pre-school teachers paid less than cleaners".

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Use this 'Stopwatch' to measure how long it takes to load your blog / website.

Check out the program here.

My blog took 14.36 seconds to finish loading. Compare that with which was 11.44 seconds, and 6.17 seconds.

The time varies, though, you can try for the second & third times using the 'Stopwatch', and results won't be the same.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Illeism: Referring to oneself in the third person | Calling for 'illeist' bloggers! Register here, please?

Having read His Food Blog's post on Tenya & seen he introducing his girlfriend in a shoutbox (hi there, dayanmei), I'm curious to find out more about the art of 'referring oneself in third person'.

After a decent amount of googling, I find there is a term for it: Illeism. And the Wikipedia has a list of well-known illeists--past & present, real person & fictional.

Okay, so for the curiousness' sake, I'm thinking of to list 'illeist' bloggers.

I'll start with:
1. His Food Blog
2. Miss Loi
3. The Brainy Bimbo

Any more? (I don't really blog-hop much, I'm afraid. Heh).

Once I'll have a list, say, at least 10 'illeist' bloggers, I'll put it up in the starting page under 'Compilation'. =)

I shall name this place...

Catadonia! (lol...I love how majestic the cat above looks like, looking up with his two paws resting straight against the two branches. This cat sure can has cheezburger. Heh.).

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Photos: Plaza Singapura takes on Christmas story (everything just has to be commercialised)

It is a good thing that Christians in Singapore are mostly open-minded. Then again, the whole idea of Christmas has long been commercialised in one way or another. Not a surprise there.

Take a look at the series of photos on Christmas Story according to Plaza Singapura:

All Plaza Singapura this & Plaza Singapura that in the above photos are more than enough to kill my curiousity to visit Plaza Singapura itself. But there should be some other statues there in Plaza Singapura. Maybe next time, just for completion sake, I'll take a shot.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

City of Glass: The Graphic Novel

This graphic novel adapted by David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik from a novel written by Paul Auster is what one might call as a confusing work and yet, it compels the reader to re-read it in desperation to gain some understanding of what actually happens.

Thankfully, the black-and-white art by the comics artist, Art Spiegelman makes it easier to do so.

The plot is interestingly...confusing.

The combination of the art & the plot is perhaps what makes City of Glass as one of 100 Most Important Comics of the Century by the Comics Journal.

Here is a detective-fiction writer named, Daniel Quinn after receiving a phone call (actually twice) late at night asking for a detective called Paul Auster, deciding to be a detective.

He meets the client, Peter Stillman and amidst the confusion of what the client rants about (the client during his childhood is the subject of a strange experiment as his father, also named Peter Stillman, believes that his son can learn the God's language if he just stays away from knowing the everyday language).

The client's wife, Virginia tells Quinn/Auster that the father is sent to jail (apparently there is a fire in the apartment & the firemen rescues the younger Peter out from his locked room where he's locked for 9 years) & will soon be released after 13 years. She requests Quinn/Auster to do something to protects the client.

Quinn/Auster offers to keep a constant watch on the older Peter.

As he waits for the older Peter to arrive in a train station, he is faced with a two look-alike Peters. One looks frail & rugged whereas another strong & refined. At first he decides to choose to trail the latter, but then he changes his mind & changes his target. He follows the frail, rugged Peter.

(I am not sure the significance of this part, but I believe if he were to choose to follow the strong & refined old Peter, the story would have turned out to be different--like in the movie, Sliding Doors).

Anyway, he watches the old man day after day & follows his habit of seemingly wandering around the town & collecting all kind of stuff he finds during his walk.

Eventually Quinn/Auster talks to the old Peter. In fact he meets him three times. In the first meeting, he introduces himself as Daniel Quinn, in the second as Harry Dark (which happens to be a character in the book written by the old Peter Stillman) and in the third, he claims to be Peter Stillman (the son).

During all these meetings, the old man doesn't seem to recognize Quinn/Auster.

After the third meeting, Quinn/Auster loses track of the old man. In his frustration, he decides to look up in a phone directory for Paul Auster the detective. Strangely, there is one, but he is a writer.

Quinn/Auster-the-detective meets Auster-the-writer & the former tells the writer the story & passes him the cheque as a proof (Previously the $500-check is issued by the client's wife to Paul Auster).

Quinn tries repeatedly to contact the client's wife that he is giving up on the case. He fails. The busy signals greet him.

He takes it as a sign that he must continue to protect the younger Peter from his father. He now decides to keep watch of the entrance of the building where younger Peter & his wife live. If the older Peter visits, he can be there & prevent the old man to punish his son.

He waits.

And he waits.

And he keeps on waiting.

(Here he is believed to lose grip of his sanity. I love how the panel shows the blurring image as it tells about it. Check it out at page 107!)

Till his money runs out & he calls Auster-the-writer for the $500. The latter tells him that he tries to contact Quinn to inform that the check is not valid. He also informs him that the old Peter commits suicide (Which is in the news, but Quinn does not realize it as he spends his time committed to stay guards waiting for the old Peter to visit his son).

He later calls his client, and is told that the phone no has been disconnected.

Confused, he walks home to his apartment & finds out somebody else is living there. He leaves & walks towards the building where his client stays. The doors are open, but somehow he is not surprised seeing the place deserted.

He spends his time staying in the bare room writing in his notepad. The very same notepad which he buys earlier for the case, for him to write down his observation.

That notebook is later discovered by Auster-the-writer & passes it to the 'unknown' narrator of the story. Quinn's whereabout is not known. He just simply disappears.

Okay, so that may sound a SPOILER for you?

Fret not, you'll enjoy the artwork. You'll be amused to notice how the 'unknown' narrator tells the story with a different 'font' from that used by the characters in the book. And more importantly, you'll enjoy interpreting the story on your own.

Have fun reading & be prepared to be confused...

Monday, December 15, 2008

My Story of Violence: I kicked the old man out from his bicycle.

And all this happened at the footpath in front of a neighbourhood police station.

Yeah right. I wish that what really happened. But my anger was not enough to cloud my judgement.

Here I was, walking like how others walked when they viewed a pasar malam (night market) stalls. And all of sudden, the old man cycled past me, but not before his bicycle handles hit me.

Instinctively, I steeled myself & thus the old cyclist was the one who lost his balance & dropped. (Not without a price, though, it was kind of painful in my bony right elbow. But the old man should not know about it.)

At first, I was angry & then, I was ashamed of myself that I too caused the old man to drop.

As I rushed to help him to stand up, the old man started to scold me.

Oi, watch out where you walk la!!

That's when the shameful feeling turned back to anger.

The hell I was going to help him. I breathed deeply & shouted back at him.

Hallo! You think we at Tampines arh?!

He looked lost. He was not aware that since mid-2007 in Tampines, pedestrians and cyclists have been sharing footpaths.

As people started staring at us, I continued glaring at the old man.

Courtesy is all fine, indeed. But mine is limited to the one who deserves it. This old man is not in the list.

As he silently stood up with his bicycle, I felt pangs of regret. It was a classic lose-lose situation. I didn't gain any satisfaction of joining a shouting competition against someone--especially not against some old man. if you want to find out whether you suffer from dementia, check out these sarcasm cartoons!

Do you even recognize they're really sarcastic? Check out the cartoons here. I especially love the one with a caption 'Sarcasm support group'. Hehe. It shows empty chairs forming a circle with only a lady saying, "I just feel so much better knowing I'm not alone..."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Family with 8 kids moved 12 times within 2 years; yet parents use the money on cigarettes?!

The screenshot above from echoes my disgust. The family may be homeless, but to say they're hopeless is wrong.

Take a look at what it is said in the article:

The family has, since earlier this year, been surviving on welfare.

They get $180 every month for four months from Muis, $60 worth of food vouchers a month for four months from a mosque, $590 a month for three months from the Northwest Community Development Council, $225 every month from the Straits Times Pocket Money Fund, and occasional food rations from the Yishun FSC and other welfare groups.

Despite not having a home, Madam Juliana made sure the family had new clothes to wear during Hari Raya in October.

She also spends on cigarettes.

Read Asiaone, "Homeless...hopeless?"

The article also mentions how picky the parents have been about choosing their jobs.
The couple also rejected several jobs recommended by social workers from various agencies, ranging from cleaning to delivery, citing reasons such as 'workplace too far', 'not suitable' or 'not convenient', said Mr Ravi Philemon, manager of the New Hope Shelter for Displaced Families.

In another article, "Helpless", this situation is further emphasized (apparently many other irresponsible parents use similar excuses of avoiding to take jobs to support their family):
An FSC social worker, who declined to be named, said: 'Community resources are limited, and they need to be used wisely. If families don't want to help themselves, there is little we can do.'

Said Mr Ravi: 'Some say they have no money for food but they spend on cigarettes.'

With a recession on, the situation may only get worse.

Certainly, if attitudes don't change, things are not likely to improve. After all, the community can only help those who help themselves.

So Mr Mohamad Hider Abdul Kabis & Madam Juliana Saib, you two better start to wake up!!

Read & be amazed by Charlene Choi's Diary!

Read? I mean, watch. Yes, the movie is mind-blowing! I seldom am impressed by Chinese show, but Diary--starring by Twins' Charlene Choi--ought to be an exception.

Before I elaborate about the film, though, I just have to turn on "Beware, (a possible) Spoiler!" alert.

The story goes this way: one girl, Winnie stays on her own. Sad & forlorn for apparent abandon by her boyfriend, Seth, she seems to have a trouble of letting go.

She seeks to find him in the office, but she is told that Seth has quitted.

Being persistent, she starts waiting at the nearby cafe to wait for a chance to see Seth (she doesn't believe Seth is no longer working for that company).

One day she mistakes one guy as Seth. His name is Ray. He corrects her that he is not Seth. Our heroine, however, has a new target to stalk: Ray. She follows him around like during shopping. Ray's impervious to the fact that he's being stalked is amazing.

Till one day, she sadly requests a one-minute talk to Ray. Our hero sees this as a classic situation of rescuing a damsel in distress. Even when she asks whether he has a girlfriend (Hong Kong girl is that straight forward?! Cool!!), he answers without hesitation, a No. I very much doubt so.

Somehow, their relationship grows closer & one evening, Winnie invites Ray for a dinner at her place.

Which means they'll later end up having sex.

In the next day, Ray seems to change to be more quiet & withdrawn. Bad sex? No comment there. Winnie too bemoans her stupidity of being so easy to fall into a relationship so, uhm, easily. (Guess this refers to the sex part).

I ish dat stoopid?!

One possibility of the worsening relationship is due to Winnie is changing her story about what happens between her & Seth. In one scenario, she says Seth breaks up with her. In another, Seth dies in an accident. In yet another, the death befalls him in form of a cancer. (Hey, I too will get fed up if my loved one keep bringing up the past & to make it worse, each time with different, creative new story of what happens to the past.)


It's just a standard situation?


The plot is however made complex with Winnie is revealed as suffering schizophrenia. So the storyline I write above is based on Winnie's perception.

There are then many repetitions of similar scenes with however different dialogues. Previously it's as per what Winnie perceives to hear, now it's what's supposed to be in reality.

For example, when Winnie asks to see Seth in that company. The receptionist actually replies that there's no such person in the company.

So now it's thrilling as questions are raised: what actually happens to Seth? Who is actually Winnie's friend, Yvonne, who visits her regularly? Are they--Seth & Yvonne--real? Or are they just Winnie's delusion?

And of course, what actually happens to Ray?

I love how the show manages to arouse audience's curiousity & how the show is focusing mainly on the main character, Winnie. (Just like in the movie, Phone Booth. Heh).

Charlene Choi acted brilliantly. Her anguish & anxiety, worry & disappointment, surprise & wonder--all were presented sensibly. Her fear as she suffers the recurrent fits of schizophrenias seems so real(Three situations were shown: she hides under the table as the whole room seemingly shaken by an earthquake, she creates a puppet as in the background, a giant puppet unnaturally walking past her *shudder*, she curls herself in the sofa as a large, dark cloud seeping into the window towards her).

Can't help to feel sympathy to those suffering schizoprenia. And determine to shoot myself in the mouth if I ever suffer similar illness. Personal preference, for sure.

Race to be a Singapore GP (2009) volunteer race official...

First register at Then pray hard. Darn, the 7-month training looks fun, really.

Recruitment for race officials for the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix is on from December 8 to on January 23, 2009.

This year, the Singapore Sports Council hopes to recruit 800 general race officials for various positions.

They are also hoping that about 200 of the 1,000 volunteers they had last year will return to take on senior official duties.

Race officials have to go through extensive theory and practical sessions, specifically tailored to each role.

Training lasts about seven months, and there will also be specific overseas training sessions for selected officials.

Next year, a one-stop portal will be set up where race officials can access the entire year's training calendar months in advance, so as to cause minimal disruption to their personal schedules.

From ChannelNewsAsia, "Recruitment starts for S'pore GP volunteer race officials".

Friday, December 05, 2008

Win *yawn* limited edition Rednano T-Shirts this X-mas!

Probably the most boring contest I ever encounter. Click here to enter the contest (the screenshot above). Okay, you've been warned.

Anyway, it's not really a contest if what you need to do is merely to register your particulars & submit it. Yes. You heard me correctly. That's all you've got to do to stand a chance to win the so-called limited edition Rednano T-Shirts.

Don't Forget the Lyrics! (Otherwise family-friendly Channel 5 may seem risqué!)

Did any of you watch the Channel 5 program, "Don't Forget the Lyrics" yesterday 8 pm? I burst to laugh at two occasions. Can't believe how risqué Channel 5 may seem.

First during the contest for the viewers. Featuring the song, "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" by Glenn Medeiros, the audience was asked to choose the line after the starting chorus, "Hold me now". The options are: a) Touch him now, b) Touch me now, and c) Touch you now.

Guess at which option I was laughing like hell. Well done, Channel 5 for suggestively suggesting an option of, uhm, a threesome 'relationship'. Grin.

The second occasion I was really amused is when the contestant--one spirited pregnant Malay lady--having to fill 7 words for Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".

It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart
kept trying hard to mend
the pieces of my broken heart
and I spent oh so ___ ___
___ ___ ___ ___ ___

The real answer is of course the followings:
It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart
kept trying hard to mend
the pieces of my broken heart
and I spent oh so many nights
just feeling sorry for myself

The contestant, however, did not have the luxury to google the lyrics in the Net. So she ended up using her 'back up singer' assistance who in turn suggested the answers to be:
It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart
kept trying hard to mend
the pieces of my broken heart
and I spent oh so many nights
thinking how you did me

No wonder her Caucasian husband was grinning. I was laughing till my stomach hurt. Oh well. Could never anticipate how sexy the song, "I Will Survive" might be if the lines were indeed like the wrong answer above. (For clueless, check out the 21st definition of 'do' here)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Top 11 Lamest Blogs!!

To have a lame blog is easy. To be the lamest one, however, requires a lot of effort that it deserves recognition. Take a look at the Top 11 Lamest Blogs!

Even the categories themselves are, uhm, lame:
-Lamest Blog-Based Marketing
-Lamest Actual Celebrity Blog
-Lamest Use of Grammar in a Blog
-Lamest Marketing Posing as a Blog
-Lamest Intentionally Lame Blog
-Lamest Celebrity Worship Blog
-Lamest Fictional Premise Blog
-Lamest Beverage-Inspired Blog
-Lamest Former 'American Idol' Blog
-Lamest Exclusion in a Blog
-Lamest Topic for a Blog

Anyway, congratz for the losers winners!!

Singapore to be the first Asian country to broadcast "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

Tune to Channel 5 this coming Saturday 9 pm! (By the way, the animated series was first aired in the United States about two months ago. Heh. Better late than never, I guess.)

Till then, you can check out the official website of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars": here.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Cute advertisement: "rumour has it" -

See the photo of the advertisement above? Taken from the weekend TODAY. I like how the 1-page ad involves many people of all ages, of all races--and how it's humorously circular (the lady who started the rumour is the 'final' receiver of the rumour. Cute.)

Anyway, I'm curious of this and after a little confusion while navigating the site, I managed to download 1 e-book, "Mine All Mine" written by Adam Davies. Haha. It does work!

Now I just need to find time to read it. *grin*

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Escape to Egypt with SMRT...and with Angelina Jolie??

Many of us--who use a bus or SMRT as our favourite means of transport, and not to say, the only means of transport--will definitely have come across this poster (the screenshot above) of the contest by SMRT. Titled "Escape to Egypt with SMRT"--details of the contest can be found in, the poster features four people of whom one has uncanny resemblance with...Angelina Jolie??

Correct me if I'm wrong. Perhaps I have paid too much attention on her two strands of hair falling (just at the right place) on her face.

Friday, November 28, 2008

'Tis the Season for Giving: Christmas for Payatas!

How many of us hear about Payatas before? You can't even find a Wikipedia entry about the place. Heck, is that even a place?

The Payatas dump is located in the suburbs of Manila, 20 km away from the central area of the city. It is called Smoky Valley after Smoky Mountain, the biggest garbage dump in the Phillipines and one of the three biggest slums in the world. Smoky Mountain was dismantled by the government in 1995.

Smoky Valley is 70 ha large where 3,000 ton of garbage is brought in every day. Around Smoky Valley, approximately 92,000 scavengers (18,000 families) live. Most of them are illegal squatters who have lost their job in poor farming villages.

Most of the scavengers collect the usable items, that is, paper, plastic, empty cans, aluminum, vinyl and so on, from the garbage, sell them to ragmen to make their living.

Read more about Payatas: here.

Sad, isn't it? Granted it's financial crisis sweeping the world, but that should not be an excuse to realize there are others, who despite the economic up & down, are living in such a harsh environment. And by 'harsh', I mean, real harsh...

Yes,'ve got the picture. So you want to do you part, but you don't know how? Okay, you can do so by visiting this site, Christmas for Payatas & you can donate directly there. (As per today, 28/11/08, 4:04 pm, the amount of the donation is US$72,839.30)

Wait a minute, you have no money to contribute as you too are affected by the latest financial crisis? (Who isn't?!)

Well, the very least, you can try to spread the word about Christmas for Payatas. (You're serious that you can't even spare $1???)

Many have been doing their part. From a celebrity like Ms. Zora Andam (Miss Universe Runner Up, Best in National Costume 1st runner-up in 2001), businessman Mr. Paul Ting (CEO for Fusionexcel), politician Mr. Sonny Belmonte (Mayor for Quenzon City), Congressman Mat Defensor, Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, Sen. Pres. Manny Villar to Ray Parlour (Arsenal Player) & Lee Sharpe (Manchester United).

Check out their appealing for Christmas for Payatas in their YouTube clip here.

You too can help!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I Disclose!

In my attempt to learn more about 'sitewide disclosure' (yes, somebody still owes me the reply. heh), I chanced upon this site, You can generate your own Disclosure Policy with 6 easy steps.

Here's mine:

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Clear (now, it is) Channel ad: The Steel Within

The above photo of the ad is the follow-up of the first one (which by the way, didn't tell anything at all, except for the cryptic caption of "The Steel Within).

Now the ad has a more text of "Do You Have the Steel Within?", followed by a much smaller font of an URL "". It seems that they're recruiting. Hooray!! After so much negativity surrounding Singapore job market--what, with those recently retrenched in DBS, NOL, and Citigroup--it's nice to see some companies are actively recruiting. Heh.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Photos Galore: Big Eat Out! The Peranakan Museum (22/11/08)

Listed below 29 photos of the event, including the tragic shot of Mark Lee's behind at Peranakan Museum. (Tragic, because I couldn't snap another photo of him properly from in front--like the rest of decent photographers--due to the incooperative, dying battery of my camera. Boo hoo!!)

Anyway here they are:

1. Came slightly before 12 pm & noticed the flea market merchandises being prepared.

2. There was a car parked nearby. More about it later.

3. The event was organized by; you'll be able to see many of this T-Shirt floating around.

4. One reluctant photographer suddenly realized--albeit, too late--that he's too become the target of my camera.

5. In front of one of the stalls, NASI PADANG SABAR MENANTI II .

6. I was seduced by the description of Nasi Padang Set 2.

7. ...which meal was shown on the above photo. Heh. Spicy!!


9...which was from this stall (The owner was annoyed with me taking the shot, even though I bought the popiah earlier!)

10. Attempting to take the overall view of the stalls; the lady rushed forward right in front of me.

11. ...and so did this lady.

12. Finally the ladies got tired of foiling my shots & I took the unobstructed shot.

13. Tempted to try this THYE HONG FRIED HOKKIEN MEE. Relatively cheaper compared to the rest. Only 2 coupons (1 coupon = $1).

14. Likewise for this SAJIS INDIAN FOOD. There were a long queue for the Indian Rujak. With 3 coupons, you could get 6 choices of assorted pieces. (Later towards the end of the day, it was cut to 4 pieces only! Darn...)

15. This stall, KWONG SATAY, was surprisingly quite quiet one. At least, during the time when I took the photo.

16. Likewise for this PERAMAKAN stall. (Also during the time when I shot, perhaps later they were getting more crowded).

17. Back to no.14, SAJIS INDIAN FOOD. The cooks in action...

18. HILL STREET CHAR KWAY TEOW was another stall that I wished I had more stamina to try its char kway teow. Many tried. The aroma, hmm....

19. No idea, though, about this HOCK LAM BEEF stall. Will definitely give it a try next time.

20. The good OLD CHANG KEE. Enough said. =)

21. Back to the flea market. There were 30 stalls altogether.

22. ...which mostly sold female stuff!! (I was hunting for some books. Nada!)

23. One or two stalls did sell t-shirts for guys. I bought one just because I was impressed at how helpful the stall owner was. He was offering to hold my bags as I browsed through the shirts. Nice customer service.

24. Have I told you that there were tables arranged under two tentages for people to eat?

25. Explanation for no.2.

26. Near the counter where the food coupons ($10 or $5) could be bought. They also sold t-shirts at $19.90. No, thank you...

27. When I said t-shirts floating around, I mean it...

28. The food coupons also came with an entry to the Peranakan Museum right beside it. Nice way to chill down & leisurely digest your meal as you enjoyed the three-level galleries.

29. Took a lot of photos in the museum (for another post, perhaps) such that I could only took Mark Lee's back from the 2nd floor. I like to notice how the girl mirrored Mark's body language. Or was it the other way around? Haha.

PS. It's not just about gluttony. From the site, " Big Eat Out! Peranakan Museum": "Proceeds from the food coupons you purchase will go towards supporting the Andrew and Grace Home, Operation Smile and Jamiyah Darul Ma'wa charities." feel better already?