07/20/09

NTU SCE/MSE Orientation Camp 2009 (Cosa Nostra)

I participated in an orientation camp last week as a Senior for the new upcoming students.  I didn’t attend this camp last year because I was still in the army (and I anticipated that engineering camp is boring because of the large number of guys compared to girls!)  but this camp proved that I was wrong!  The committee kept the ratio as equal as possible so that during ‘pairing’ games, no individuals will have to team with the same gender!

Other than been a good Senior during the camp, ofcourse I did bring my DSLR to take photos =)  A total of more than 3000 shutters been snapped and memory card was almost finished but thank god I borrowed from Mr Sunny!  Here are some of the things that we do during the camp!

Day 1:

We played ice-breaking games in Boon Lay bus interchange while waiting for some of the seniors to join our group and await for programmers to settle down in school first!  Then we went to school to continue playing games and then went off for amazing race at 4 – 5PM!  The amazing race took us the whole night and the last station was at Vivocity.  We then took a bus into a resort called ‘City Beach’ to settle down ourselves.  Then the seniors starts to tekan them at around 1am by blinding fold and asking them to say funny and humourous things such as ‘im a good guy!’ and ‘good guy die very badly!’ etc.  Never did they know right after the tekan, they got their SP night!  Playing prank with them and their SP when they’re been blindfolded can be awefully fun and sweet!  We cleared the freshies to bed at about 3am.

Day 2:

An early morning 9am, had breakfast and play some games in the morning at Citybeach..  (CityBeach is in Labrador Park, thus most of our games today was played there! ) Followed by some telematches such as ‘dog and bone’, ‘dodge ball’  and somemore etc.  Cant clearly remember all and there was a water bombing session at night (which turns out to be dreadful because the programmers drag too long and there seem to be personal grudges on the field =( but who am I to say!)  I watched the last episode of Red Thread by hiding myself in the room during the setup of the waterbombs.  The ending was far from what I had thought of.  Very confusing plot even at the end!

Day 3:

Finally got the chance to come out of Labrador Park once again!  We went for ‘Shi zhi lu kou’ (food hunting!) by going to different places in Chinatown and Central shopping mall, ate the food and went to Harbourfront interchange for our last food, Chicken Rice.  Had our lunch and left for Sentosa where I finally bought my new pairs of slippers at $8 and watched the freshies play the games.  Watching them smile and having fun just makes me feel much younger at times =)  Witness several seniors got thrown down into the sea and lucky for me, I told them I was holding to my camera and gadgets so they should not try to throw me!  Went back to Citybeach resort and settled down but room got really alot of people already, don’t know what they are thinking la, how to squeeze 14 seniors into 1 room?  Besides, some of the seniors don’t even interact with the freshies -_-‘  More like going there to have their own fun than to help out..

Day 4:

Meet up with their SP.  The guys get tekan to look for their own SP while the girls have wait for their SP to come to them.  They must guess whos the girl with that special ‘nickname’ assigned to them on their first SP night.  Tekan includes different kind of forfeits such as dancing with strangers, singing, strip half naked, etc.  Can have worse than you had imagined but you get the point!  Went to change for their clubbing attire after that,  had buffet dinner catered by the committee (I didnt eat at all!  By the time I reached there, the food all looks so ….)  Nevertheless, I went to drink with an empty stomach! =(

My group was quite good at clubbing with afew good dancers and some drinkers.  Played some games and performed their skit.  Left the place around 12.30am and 1 of the freshie lost her wallet & handphone.  My sympathies for her but there was nothing much we could do either =(  Here comes the funny part:  Joanne drank too much and she got too drunk, she told everyone around her to fuck off and go and die!  LOL!  Unforgettable indeed!

Day 5:

Break camp.  And all of us were so reluctant to leave the place =(

At the end of the day! Our very own ‘where is Matt Harding‘ spoof!

Please take a look at my facebook if you’re looking for more photos/videos, I cant possibly show them all here!

I already miss the camp so much!  I want to go for more!

06/28/09

National Day Parade 2009 Combined Rehearsal 2

* My apologies for not publishing this earlier! This was supposed to be posted 2 weeks ago!

Been given the opportunity by NDPeeps,Claudia from 24seven, it was definitely a pleasure to be able to be one of the first hundreds (ok, maybe thousands) to be able to watch their rehearsals before the preview and the actual.  And without further ado, let the pictures share my thoughts!

Note: Spoilers ahead.  Very spoilt ones (some).

The group of lucky fans who managed to watch this together!

Thats me and Pinky (the 1 with pink Canon Ixus camera).  The only odd ones out of the others in the same row because we’re the only ones wearing white!

And something new this year the committee has decided to try out?

Pole Dancing.  Exotic isn’t it?

What I like about this year’s Parade:

  1. New formation used for salute.  I like the navys’ firing than the usual artillery firing.  We always don’t get to see the actual artilleries and they use it every year.  Time for a change, good change.
  2. Song remixes.  Instead of the boring and usual themes you listen every year, they mixed it around! Pleasantly enough.
  3. The Chinook above the water surface that cause waves on the water; the effect is fucking great.  How I wish I was right there at the Merlion!
  4. Sudden news broke off about Singapore being attacked.  The defence forces of Singapore came out and showcase their vigilance.  (Abit Wayang but hey, its better than those boring parades that we watch every year, at least they shown the others how we make use of our equipment to defend Singapore)
  5. Fireworks.  (All time favourite)
  6. An all new marina wave?  They say raise up your cameras or handphones like the kallang wave.
  7. Very creative and innovative lights and decorations.

So what are the things that I dont really like about this year’s Parade?

  1. I find the LCD panel inbetween between the stage and the actual is not very ‘obvious’ at times and can cause distractions.  Distracts me away from the performance, really.
  2. As usual, inaccessibility again.  Where to park car?  Simple, don’t drive unless you wanna get jammed in/out of the show.
  3. Imagine the filtering process for audience on temperature due to H1N1, its gona take hell loads of time and patience.  Today was excellent because the crowd was little.
  4. Colors of the spotlights,  sometimes too red, sometimes too blue.. (too strong!)  Moderation is better.

Here are some of the pictures taken with my humble Canon 400D, Tamron 18-200mm f3.5 – f6.3 and 28-75 f2.8 (for night shots): not arranged in any order!

(yeah, I know its blur =( i didnt bring my tripod because my girl has a bandage on her leg!)

See what the other blogger says!

06/2/09

You don’t always get a chance to take photos in a robe, besides we had to pay to rent it, so why not make the full use out of it?  Thus we used the robe for some shoots in my dearest house (its not a studio!) Adjusted the white balance to suit her wall and the pictures came out well =), uncompared to real studio ofcourse, I don’t have softbox nor reflectors. 

These pics were taken with canon 400D, 50mm F1.8 prime lens with Sigma EF500.

05/25/09

A day with the cast of Ultimatum

If you’re a Singaporean and the word Ultimatum sounds unfamiliar to you, perhaps you should try to watch some local dramas some time. Yes, I agree there isn’t much nice shows by the locals BUT, this show is different. Remember ‘the unbeatables’ decades back when you were still having your pacifier or still swimming around, then you wouldn’t really recall it. That kind of drama is what we always want and something not always delivered to us. The ‘golden path’ was another drama that can make me go home just to watch that 1 hour every weekday.

Thanks to I-Weekly, I went with my dearest baby girl to queue at the front of the stage so that we can capture good shots of the casts. start drooling girls!

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Random event before the ultimatum cast

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Introduction to the ultimatum!

PINGHUI smirks. lol!

TAY PING HUI with his smirks. 

 TAY PING HUI!
Another collage of Tay Ping Hui (he sure loves to smirk!)

FELICIA <3
FELICIA CHIN. so cute!

FELICIA sweet smile
FELICIA! sweet.

ELVIN!
ELVIN! cute and handsome..

And we managed to have a hand-shaking session with the casts which was totally not in our plans initially.  my girl wanted to shake fann’s hand so badly and I can’t resist Felicia either. Hahaha.. 

PS: it is indeed my lucky day today. Imagine after wasted $10 on the UFO catcher, today I managed to recuperate my losses by winning 2 softtoys with just $4 at the UFO catches. I love these machines, at times.