Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More photos (yeah, don't we all get bored!) of 2008 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

Photos of 2008 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix taken during the practice session on Fri, 26/09.

1. The stuff given to enter the Club Suite.


2. The audience or lack of them. Perhaps it's due to the practice session on that night & not the actual qualifying/final race itself.


3. Ditto...

4. ...and ditto.

5. Needless to say, the F1 car is too fast for me & my camera.


6. See what I mean?


7. Quite proud of this photo, though. Heh.


8. Oh, and this one too. Just when the car left the Pit Stop.


9. Uhm, ditto.


10. I almost gave up taking the blurrish photos of the speed racers & their F1 cars. I decided to walk around & soaked in the (humid) atmosphere of the festival. A lot of merchandise shops.



11. This one is not one of them. A neat exit point with a troop of smiling greeters.


12. Ah, this one is another of those official merchandise outlets with a wonderfully jacked-up price of the goodies.


13. Ditto...


14. ...and ditto...


15. ...and ditto!


16. A signboard showing general layout of the area.


17. Another signboard (I was that bored with the practice session, I guess.)


18. SingTel outlet. I love the signboard.


19. Another one from SingTel. Lousy photo.


20. Not sure whether these items were just for a show or to be sold. SingTel Grid Girls were not around for clarification.

21. Another blurrish photo of the speeding F1 car.


22. And another one.


23. And yet another one. Imagine my frustration for not being able to get a decent photo out of thousand persistent attempts.


24. Oh, wait...another (failed) one.


25. By then, many frustrated photographers, throwing aside their cameras in apparent disappointment, had left the stadium in disgust. Nah, just kidding...


26. Tired of taking blurrish photos of the cars, I snapped a photo on Jarno Trulli pit stop.


27. And another one. Both without knowing what actually the crews were doing during the Pit Stop. I guess less pressure on the team & didn't see any fuel hose stuck in the car as it left the Pit Stop (unlike the tragedy that happened to Ferari racer, Felipe Massa on Sun, 28/09). Damn! That will make a nice photo. Heh.

10 things you need to know about JBJ (J.B. Jeyaretnam)

1. Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (JBJ) was the first opposition party candidate in 15 years to be elected a Member of Parliament (MP) in Singapore in 1981.

2. He defeated the People's Action Party's (PAP) Pang Kim Hin and the United People's Front's Harbans Singh in the Anson By-Election in 1981.

3. If Wikipedia were to be believed, various legal battles had cost him $1,095,000.00!

4. JBJ was declared bankrupt in 2001 after he failed to pay some $600,000 in lost defamation suits. (As a bankrupt, he was disbarred as a lawyer & from taking part in the General Election held that year.)

5. On 25 October 2004, Jeyaretnam appealed for an early discharge from bankruptcy. The official assignee, however, opposed the appeal, claiming that Jeyaretnam had lied about his assets.

6. He was finally discharged from bankruptcy in May 2007.

7. On 17 June 2008, his Reform Party registration is approved. The whole application process took 2 months.

8. There's a site, "JB Jeyaretnam's Blog". But it can't be verified whether the blog does or did ever belong to him.

9. JBJ was 82 years old when he passed away on 30 Sept 2008 due to heart failure.

10. A video tribute to JBJ is published by The Online Citizen.

Sources:
- Wikipedia article on JBJ.
- Sgpolitics.net on Reform Party.

And the proud owner of Lamborghini car plate WPN33 is...

...(for sure) Not me. Yeah. Pity. If I ever want to have a car (and have plenty cash to spare without feeling guilty), Lamborghini may be the first choice.



The above photos taken at Goodwood Park Hotel on 26/09 while waiting for the bus to go to the F1 night practice session. (Yeah, yeah...more photos of the over-hyped event coming soon)

Oh well, either materialism bug has bitten me deep or F1 fever is indeed contagious or I do need to think to upgrade my choice of transport. Heh. Dream on.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Catch F1, no...F8 Night Race at Chinese Garden!!

The photo of the pagoda nearest to the entrance to Chinese Garden.


With the closing date of today--which coincides to the end of the 2008 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix (photos of the F1 night practice session here)--if you are one of those who prefer a more quiet 'race', you may want to race to Chinese Garden to catch the lantern festival. This year's theme is (and why am I not surprised!) "F8 Hello Kitty Go Races!"

F8 stands for "Fantasy 8" & apparently the figure refers to the supposedly endearing characters: Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, My Melody, Bad Badtz-Maru, Pom Pom Purin, Minna No Tabo, Keroppi and Cinnamoroll.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sign No.25 on why you're not (yet) a complete anti-social.

You feel very bad having to say No to your friend & you feel the irresistible urge to explain despite the dawning suspicion as you type that email that the more you explain, the more likely your friend will find difficulty to understand the reason you having to say No to him.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

South China Sea...Live! (Barely)

Note to self: must strive for balance between pathetically vomiting on the deck & taking shots of those wonderful sunsets.

Okay. No pain no gain, right? Heh.

Friday, September 12, 2008

One Old Man and the Sea

"When the sea is calm, it's very calm. When it's rough, it's very rough. Nothing in between."

Well, he should have said that when we're not all busy getting to know the content of our stomach.

The South China Sea is truly one merciless, majestic pool of dark blue water.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Masriadi: Black is My Last Weapon

Having read about one Indonesian artist, I Nyoman Masriadi from TODAY, I'm seriously considering to visit Singapore Art Museum which displays his works from 23/08 to 09/11.

Now just need to find time. Yeah. Just a little issue about it. Right.

More about I Nyoman Masriadi at Wikipedia: here.