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!

06/9/09

Yet another complain about M1

Singaporeans sure love to complain, and ofcourse that includes me. Hop on the wagon with the crowd and demand for more. Besides, I’ve been with m1 for more than 10years and we deserve better than those who only came for 2-4years BUT to providers, they will love the 2-4years customers so much because they have spent their salary on it using the 3G and HSPA services. On the other hand, I’ve only been using the student plan so they chose to neglect me? Although my contributions weren’t as much as compared to those customers, at least I had tried to stay with the provider for so long.

With the strong competition and bad economy, everyone is reducing their spending power and that includes me. M1 isnt looking forward to old customers I guess; they’re looking for new.

So whats with loyalty to providers? NAH. To them, we just come and go. Thats how sad providers treat loyal customers.

Starhub and Singtel, on the other hand, is really keeping loyal customers and attracting new customers. I remember receiving a $150 voucher from Starhub despite not subscribing to their mobile services but their CableTV(well, before Singtel introduced their MIO TV, there was only CableTV in Singapore).

Singtel also sent their loyal customers vouchers once the 20months of contract is over.

M1 has only sent me 2 vouchers so far with $50 and $100 vouchers. For those customers more than 10years of loyalty, they should have improvise something better and extraordinary.

Starhub, Im not really saying you’re good. Your cableTV got no recontract plans and that sucks. I’ve been waiting to recontract for free gifts (they only give free gifts to new customers!) but to no avail. Time to reflect too.

With here, I will send in my screenshot about my second complain to M1 about their poor customer service attitude and hopefully I will get a positive answer.

06/6/09

Pussycat Dolls – Domination Tour Singapore 2009

The reason why we had to watch this concert is because there were rumours spreading around on the Internet that Nichole (the main lead singer) might be leaving the Pussycat Dolls(PCD) for her solo career but a google search indicated that the rumour is untrue and she will not leave the PCD.

And if you notice from my pictures below, yeah 1 of the babe, Jessica didnt perform because she wasnt feeling well (once again, rumours?)  Im not sure about that but the concert didn’t seem COMPLETE as they lack of a person and the gaps between the team, there always seem to have a room for 1.

I would have enjoyed the concert if the people around me and my dearest would stand up and groove to the music and being the first 5rows at the front, we know we shouldnt stand up and block the view of the audiences behind.  The other areas seem more lively than ours for sure, and music is really regardless of age; I saw a family with 40s/50s grandma walking in, and grooving!

To make our day better, class95 fm DJs, Glenn Ong and Jean Danker were just sitting right infront of us =) JD’s really pretty and so is Glenn, and his tatoo!

pussycatdolls

pussycatdolls2

pussycatdolls3

me & pinky

See the full flickr sets here!

05/31/09

Sentosa on 120509

Okay this is a really ‘expired’ blog post but my girl wants me to talk about it.  Its been quite some time ever since we went sentosa together for a swim/tan so we took an ‘off’ day just for it; there are lesser people on weekdays and the beach won’t be as congested or crowded what..

And ofcourse, phototaking is my girl’s forte; she’s more than a narcisstis.  I used to be like that too until I became over-aware of gaining public’s unwanted attention.

So here’s the photos:

Alright.  The pic above looks edited?  Ofcourse!  I won’t show people my belly BUT my gf didn’t consult me when she uploading my ‘big-beer-belly’ photo.

Another photo that went through my tedious photoshopping:

And the below is me without photoshop (from my dear’s blog)

And the following is how we’ve enjoyed our weekday =)

Then we went to Teoheng for our KTV session, just for the both of us and reached back home late and tired but it was definitely an unusual outdoor day!

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!

random3
Random event before the ultimatum cast

random2
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.

03/26/09

Greatest Concert missed – Coldplay

Alright. Im going to whine about my loss of NOT being able to purchase Coldplay’s concert tickets.. Feeling kind of sad that I was unable to pay for it =/ anyway it was long sold out before the concert was publicised. There are many Coldplay fans in Singapore =) Here’s the mash up video of their performance in Singapore, from the mid/far range seats:

AND MY FAVOURITE SONG: YELLOW

The concert definitely LOOKS and SOUNDS better than the concerts I’ve EVER been to.  (mcr, a7x, rja are all really nth compared to them! Just LOOK AT THE AUDIENCE AND THEIR ENTHUSIASM!)