How did you spend your Halloween? Well, mine was spent at home alone, trying hard to be a good boy by finishing up my notes. Alias the demons within got the better of me and I ended up playing games after finishing the notes for 1 subject only.
I really just can't seem to get back into study gear since the start of this semester. Apart from nodding my head in agreement with the lecturers with my eyes closed and my brain in dreamland during lectures, I just can't seem to find the motivation to focus on writing my notes at home.
Maybe its because I gave myself an ultimatum that from the start of November, I will have to get back into study mode and really hit the books. Everyday. So today might be the last day of having time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Internet-land and therefore I'm allowed to slack for a bit right?
Anyway, back to topic. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Singapore really did officially celebrate Halloween? I mean right now its only the clubbers who go out of their way to dress up as Suicidal Students and Dead Brides and visit unsuspecting clubs for trick or treating. If Halloween was really a national event in lil old Singapore, I suspect we would have a strange mix of weirdly-absurd Singaporean innovations.
Here are some situations that you would only be able to find in Singapore:
1. Counting Candies
Similar to Chinese New Year where older people give younger generations ang baos, at the end of the day, parents of children who go trick or treating for candies would most probably ask their children how many sweets did 'this person' give them, so as to regulate how many sweets to give to 'this person's' kid the next year to avoid being shortchanged.
Oh and people would most probably would not want to get too close to those families who have armies of children in their ranks, so as to save on giveaways during Halloween. Those poor kids would probably even get rationed sweets from those families whom they did actually visit.
2. Scary Costumes
There would probably be many clever and innovative people out on the streets when it comes to costume designs. Here are a few ideas that would probably only work in sunny Singapore.
- The Carpark Warden [A.K.A. Fatima] :
Ever so skillful at keeping out of your field of vision with the ability to come and go in the bat of an eyelid, she is feared by one and all who has driven a vehicle in Singapore for her lightning fast fingers and the ability to leech you of your money when you least expected it.
- Monkey God, Thousand Hand Guan Ying, Fox Spirit etc :
With the wide variety of Taoist and Buddhist deities and demons, each Singaporean should be able to uniquely choose any one of them without having fear of other people having the same costume. It would be like the 7th month all over again, but this time you can actually see those 'ghosts' prancing about.
- Mas Selamat [Most-wanted Man in Singapore] :
He walks with a limp on his left leg and is hated by all NSmen for making them do 24/7 prowling of Singapore. I'm sure nobody will have problems recognising your costume with his face practically plastered to every bus, bus stop, train station and shopping center. However, we do advise the public not to be too perfect in this costume design as you might end up having to explain yourself to the SWAT team of Singapore.
- The Ah Pu Neh Neh [A.K.A. The Bangla] :
You'll need lots of Kiwi shoe polish for this one. Stereotyped as the dirty, perverted construction worker of Singapore, most people relate them to molest, rape and robbery cases in Crime Watch as they would relate rabbits to carrots. It seems like we left out the Banglas in our "Harmonial Multi-racial society". Did we really forget them or was it a ploy all along by the Singapore government?
- Mr Lee Kwan [Who?] :
The biggest bigshot in Singapore. Single-handedly responsible for making Singapore what she is today, this man holds all the cards and every Singaporean would tremble and get sweaty palms if he were to ever get in close proximity to the normal man. He might even have my blog removed completely if I were to say anything inappropriate about him.
3. A mountain of Sweets
Halloween would be the favouritest day of any kid living in a Singapore HDB flat. All he would have to do was to knock on every door of his 12-storey HDB flat and he would probably get enough sweets to feed all of Africa's starving children for a year. But knowing the typical Singaporean, most families would probably leave their houses in the early morning and come back in the wee hours of the night [Or at least pretend not to be home] to avoid having to donate sweets to these meddling kids.
The only people who would probably gladly give out more and more candies without expecting anything in return [yet] would be the dentists and doctors. Knowing full well that they would probably earn back more than 100% of their expenditure when the parents rush them to the doctors for tummy upsets or to the dentists to cure that toothache.
4. The Great Halloween Sale :
Shopping malls islandwide, who have ongoing sales all year round, would probably make full use of the occassion to increase their profits by having some Halloween Sales with reduced pricing on items that have totally no link to Halloween, like clothes and bedsheets. On the other hand, items which are specifically for Halloween would have their prices jacked up tenfold, forcing unwilling customers to part with more of their money as the day of scare approaches.
5. An Excuse to Save Electricity :
With the price of electricity going up again many people might consider living in darkness [or maybe just with candles] stating that they are 'getting into the mood of Halloween' by turning off all the lights [but leaving the air-conditioning on]. It would also be the only day where an islandwide power failure could be dusted off as a spectacular governmental attempt to entertain the general public. Heck, they might as well sound the national defense siren which can be heard from every corner of Singapore as a prank to scare the citizens. But as we all know, our law-by-law government will never do such things in the name of fun.
After reading everything above, do you still think that Singapore should celebrate Halloween at a national level? I'm having second thoughts already.
Oh, by the way, I've gone international. Found this picture of me on a banner is some weird country [going by the unreadable language], probably Russia or something. I didn't know I had such a wide audiance...
Just kidding! It's just an edited picture from photofunia.com. Oh, and I realised I am seriously lacking of self-photos on my new lappy... Now where is that camera...
Anyhow written on Oct 31, 2008 at 10:04 PM
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The weather is horrendous. I thought that the end of the year should be overclouded with showers and thunderstorms in equatorial Singapore, however it seems that the rain gods have decided to take a long vacation overseas.
The sun has been beating down on us for the past few days, relentless in its quest to fry a few more brains. Each time I step out of the shower, my sweat glands start going into overtime again and I immediately feel like jumping right back into the cold shower water. It's become so bad that I even have to resort to turning on my air-con in the afternoon and sitting topless in front of my lappy with my fan, which is just beside my lappy, blowing directly into my face.
I really cannot imagine how it feels for those traditional Muslim ladies to be all wrapped up in black while walking along Orchard Road in the mid afternoon with the sun beating down on them. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. personally, I would rather die.
Things are also heating up for the dance team. We'll be having a performance on the 19th and 20th of December at Ngee Ann Polytechnic called Danzation, which is a collaboration of Ngee Ann Poly's dance troupe with dance clubs of various schools in Singapore. For those who are interested in attending this event, please drop me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS me ASAP so I can help you book the tickets. Tickets are priced at $15 per day and the event starts around 7pm on both days. This will be my first performance since joining the SIM DreamWerkz and I hope it will be a good one for all of us. To find out more about Danzation, head on down to their official website: danzation.blogspot.com
On another random note, I was wondering why Tennis is the only sport that does not follow Mathematical order in its points system. All other competitive sports that we can think of start from 0 and have a standard index of increment... except for tennis, which goes by 0-15-30-40. And who's great idea was it to replace 0 with the word LOVE? Since I'm back early today and have nothing better to do with my life, I just had to go and google for the answer... And here is what I came up with...
*Note: The follow excerpts are lifted from online websites, therefore I shall not be liable for any information that is deemed as nonsensical or untrue.
USELESS FACTS No. 461: The Strange Point System in Tennis
The word 'love' was probably used instead of zero because love comes from the french word l'oeuf. L'ouef means egg, egg symbolizes nothing, and zero means nothing.It is assumed that is why love is used as zero. Another explanation for why 'love' is used as zero is because love means egg - and an egg looks like a zero. The English missed pronounced l'ouef as love.
The strange points system is probably from when the games were first played, in medieval times. A clock face was used on the court.. each time they scored a point the clock hand would move a quarter. When it got to sixty the game was finished.
So the scoring was: love, 15, 30, 45, and then 60. Instead of what it would usually be: 0, 1, 2, 3 and then 4. Which ever person got to 60 and scored 4 points first would win the game. After a while 45 got shortened to 40 and people stopped saying 60.
And for your reading pleasure, here's another useless fact:
USELESS FACTS No. 45: A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
Anyhow written on Oct 29, 2008 at 1:16 PM
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Some irritating person has stolen my comfy Teva slippers that I have been wearing for almost 4 years. And being the unbiased and evidence-based person that I am, I deduce that this could only be the work of some bangla construction worker [or more affectionally known as APNN] that has been waking people up in the early hours of the morning with the consistant knocking and drilling above my flat. And the best part is that he even had the decency to leave his colourful plastic japanese slippers 2 metres away from my doorway shoe shelf where my slippers used to be. What a "thoughtful" thief.
He better not let me spot his wearing my comfy slippers under his smelly feet, or I'll make sure that one side of my slippers will end up in this asshole's asshole and the other down his throat so he can start kicking himself from the inside.
On a lighter note, we had great fun on Po's birthday on Wednesday. Started the night with dinner at Sushi Tei where we had great food and good laughs and continued to party the night away at St James Powerhouse. So here are some photos 'borrowed' from facebook...
The birthday girl and her cake
Me with the birthday girl
Everyone enjoying their dinner
Contestants F1 to F7!!
And now, M1 to M5 with the star of the day
And the party continues at St James...
Welcome to the Alcohol Appreciation Club
The Clubber's version of Rojak
The Rojak Man
Everyone had a blast and by the time I reached home, I was only able to catch 2 hours of shuteye before having to drag my ass out of bed for lecture the next day...
Hope you had a fun 20th Po. May you stay pretty and sexy for many years to come!
Anyhow written on Oct 24, 2008 at 2:35 PM
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Recently I've been feeling very lost. I don't know why but I just can't seem to piece together the usual fun-loving, hyperactive me that most people know.
I can't keep awake through entire lectures even though I slept almost 10 hours the previous night. Given that most of the class is agreeing with the lecturer in their dreams too, but that doesn't mean I should be sleeping too right?
I feel that I don't match up to the expectations of the dance team, and that I'm letting them down. I have always dreamed of being a part of a dance team, but now that I'm in one, I just can't seem to reach that bar. The only thing that I can do now is try harder and hope for the best.
I don't get the same kicks as I used to while playing games. In fact, everytime I turn my laptop on, I feel an emptiness in my gamings. I don't feel the urge to train my levels on MMORPG games, and I even feel bored while beating people silly in dota. The only other feeling I get is frustration when people are beating me silly back.
Maybe it's because of the lack of friends. The games that meant the world to me now feel so empty without the usual people whom I used to see ever so regularly whenever I log into the game. Now gaming has purely become an activity to kill time instead of an addition. [I don't know if it's good or bad, but it sure doesn't feel nice]
I know I'm supposed to start on my assignments
Someone please help me find the old me that everybody loves because for now, I can't even recognise the man in the mirror. Find me a purpose, return me my motivation, rekindle my fire. Somebody, anybody...
Anyhow written on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:53 PM
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Sorry for the lack of updates. Been too
My schedule's been pretty much jam packed with lessons/tutorials/labs/other activities so much so that I've been having a hard time fighting off the Z monster in the afternoons, which has never happened before.
Oh by the way, I have successfully attained a spot in the SIM advanced dance team after going for their auditions, although they say that I'm still under probation. This means that my already super packed Saturdays will be even more packed with dance lessons taking up most of the afternoon hours. This means that i will have to forego some of my tutorials and labs that are held on Saturday afternoons.
now I fully understand what people mean when they say "So many things, so little time." Guess this means I'll have to work doublely hard to make sure that my grades don't suffer, which effectively means less time for gaming. *sob*
But enough about me, let's talk about some other more exciting stuff. Pipi's sister is going to ROM her marriage tommorrow morning and i'll be there to see it happen. Not really sure what i'm supposed to wear though. Am I supposed to go in formal attire or can I just don a T-shirt and jeans, or even better still, wear my dance gear down because I have dance class after that.
Oh, and I just remembered I was tagged by my dear cousin to do this... And I've got a feeling I'm going to regret it at the end of the quiz...
01. What have you been doing recently?
Trying to keep awake in class. [Rather unsuccessfully]
02. Do you ever turn your cell phone off?
No. But nobody ever calls me anyway.
03. What happened at 10.00am today?
I was sleeping in a van on my way to class. [Where I slept again]
04. When did you last cry?
Please do not ask me anything that requires the use of my memorybank more than 2 weeks ago... I might get brain damage due to my hort-term memory loss. No, seriously, I really don't remember. People say I have low EQ, I say I have NO EQ.
05. Believe in fate/destiny?
Definitely. Fate is for people who are dreaming about something that would most probably never happen. Destiny is for people who have no goals in life.
06. What do you want in your life right now?
The ability to stop the clock... And maybe to split myself into 4.
07. Do you carry an umbrella when it rains, or just put up your hood?
I don't do umbrellas. And I don't do hoods. I just go by Johnny Walker's slogan "Keep Walking".
8. What's your favourite thing to have on your bed?
A human bolster... Pipi!
9. What bottom are you wearing now?
Levi's 512 jeans. With a superman belt. I'm going out soon.
10. What's the nicest text in your inbox say?
Some chain SMSes about friendship and love. I never read those.
11. Do you tend to make a relationship complicated?
Nope. I'm a simple and straightforward guy.
12. Are you wearing anything you borrowed from someone?
Nope. I don't borrow. I take.
13. What was the last movie you caught?
Err, didn't I tell u not to test my memory... Argh... I feel a headache coming...
14. What are you proud of?
Everything that i'm good at. Hence the shirt 'I declare myself Mr YaYa Papaya'
15. What does the oldest text message in your inbox say?
my sis using my dad's phone to tell me to turn off her laptop for her.
16. What was the last song you sang out loud?
Loads. I always scream my lungs out when I'm doing solos in my car.
17.Do you have any nicknames?
Ko-lin, anyhow, yaya papaya, coco. I think there are more but they just never told me.
18. What does your last received text message say?
19. What time did you go to bed last night?
1.30am? That's considered early by my standards.
20. Are you currently happy?
Try having a schedule that requires you to split yourself into 4 persons. Would you be happy?
21. Who gives you best advice?
I don't really need advice, so I don't really listen to advice. As master Wugui said 'you must believeeeee....'
22. Do you eat whipped cream straight from the can?
That's on my to-do-before-I-die list.
23. Who did you talk on phone last night?
Nobody. I don't do phone conversations.
24. Is anything bugging you right now?
That I'm going to be late because of this stupid quiz.
25. What/who was the last thing/person to make you laugh?
My schoolmates, talking about my schoolmate.
26. Do you wear toe socks?
Nope. But I love ankle socks.
27. Who was the last person you missed a call from?
28. Have you ever had your heartbroken?
Doesn't really happen much when you got no EQ.
29. What annoys you most in a person?
Being too emotional.
30. Do you have a crush on anyone?
No, but I love to crush cans... does that count?
31. Have you ever done cocaine?
Nope. I don't even smoke when 99.9% of my friends do. What do you think?
32. What is the colour of your room?
White. The colour of purity.
33. Would you kill someone you hate for a billion dollar?
No. I'm a lover, not a fighter. And a billion dollar coins would probably crush me to death too.
34. Do you believe in the saying of : talk is cheap?
Yup. Action speaks louder than words. So just do it.
35. Who was the last person to lie in your bed?
36. Who was the last person to hug you?
Pipi. Double duhhh...
37. Did anyone see the last person you kissed?
Erm, unless I've been in a relationship with an imaginary person for the last few years... Either that or everyone else in the world is blind...
38. Do you have a life?
Yes. And no.
39. Have you ever think someone died, when they really didnt die?
Does almost killing a person count?
40. What is the reason behind your profile song?
Dance dance dance!
41. Who was the last person you saw in your dream?
Memory.... failing.... system... shutting... down....
42. Last time you smiled?
A few hours ago at a casting.
43. Have you changed this year?
I change everyday please. It's not like I don;t have clothes to wear.
44. What are you listening right now?
My parents playing their oldies karaoke songs. Oh carol.... I am but a fool...
45. Are you talking to someone when you doing this?
Is talking to myself counted?
46. Do you walk with your eyes open or closed?
Do you have a brain? Wait, don't answer that...
47. Is there a quote you live by?
If it ain't done with style, it ain't worth doing at all. - Jazz from Transformers
48. Do you want someone you cannot have?
Too many to count...
49. Have you ever played an instrument?
I can play the organ! The one with the lights on the keyboard telling you which keys to press next.
50. What was the worst idea you've had in this week?
Doing this quiz...
51. What are you doing last night at 11pm?
52. Are you happy with your love life right now?
As if I'd say no...
53. What song best describe your love life?
54. Does the person know that you like him/her?
Err, no, we are just sleeping on the same bed by coincidence.
55. Who always make you laugh?
Everyone. I'm someone who's easily amused.
56. Do you speak other language other than English?
Chin-na, a bit of malayu, hokkien guas, counting to 10 in Jap etc
57. Favourite website(s)?
My gaming websites.
58. What's your middle name?
[its a spacing between Chang and Qing]
59. What are you doing tomorrow?
Going to ROM ceremony, dance class, morning lecture, afternnon lab. Most probably only 2 out of 4.
60. What do you think you are like?
I said it before and I will say it again. "God made me perfect, he jsut made everyone else taller."
61. Who will you choose to die with?
Nobody. I don't want to drag anyone down to hell with me.
62. Where have you been today?
East, West, East, and now West again.
63. What game do you play often?
Dota, Cabal. Which takes up about half of my life.
64. Who are you missing right now?
65. If you have to choose between friend and love, who will you choose?
I'm a greedy person. I'll take away both please. Thank you.
66. What are you doing right now?
Rushing to finish this quiz.
67. Which primary school are you from?
Qiaonan. No not Tao Nan. QIAO. QIAOnan.
68. Name 3 colours that you like?
Orange, Black, Yellow.
69. What emotion you like to show?
o.O [big small eyes. Somebody should make an emotion for this]
70. What is your life to you?
Enjoying every minute and living each day like it's your last.
71. If you have something troubling you, what will you do?
Take it by the horns and settle it ASAP. Either that or commit suiside.
72. Who did you last chat in msn today?
Classmates in group chat every night.
73. Who do you admire most?
The man in the mirror. minimum of 5 minutes everyday.
74. Which month are you born in?
75. How are you feeling right now?
Tired. Been out the whole day and this quiz shows no signs of ending.
76. What is the time now?
18:33. I'm SUPER LATE.
77. What kind of person do u think the one who tagged you is?
What can I say, she's my cousin. We have similar blood flowing in us.
78.What colour did you use to dye hair?
Ash brown. Once. Might never do it again.
79. Why are you doing this test?
Because I needed to kill time but the quiz went into overtime.
80. What do you do when you're moody?
Beat up my bolster or beat up online opponents in games.
81. At which age you wish to get married?
82. Who is more important to you?
Me. Without me everyone else will not be important to me.
83. If today is the last day of your life, what will you do?
Stop trying to complete this quiz and go do everything on my to-do-before-I-die checklist.
84. Who is the person you trust the most?
85. Do you believe in seeing a rainbow after a rain?
I've even taken a photo of it.
86. If you have a dream come true, what would it be?
World peace. Oh wait, wrong show. I wanna be happy till the day I die.
87. What is your goal for this year?
Get straight As again and grow to be one hell of a performer in dance class.
88. Do you believe in eternity love?
No, but I love singing Forever Love by Mr Wang LiHom.
89. What feeling do you love most?
Being good at something and being recognised for it.
90. Do you really think its Global Warming now?
Yes. A few years later even roads will be air conditioned.
91.What feeling do you hate the most?
Overly EMO people.
92. Do you cherish every single friendship of yours?
93. Do you believe in God?
Of course. He made me perfect, what's there not to believe in him?
94. Who cares for you most?
Family, Pipi, best buds.
95. What do you think is the most important thing in your life?
96. What will you bring when you fight?
My crazy reflexes and unmatched speed.
97. What have you done regretted doing in your whole life?
I don't do regrets.
98. What would you feel if no one no longer cares for you?
Fuck them. i can care for myself.
99. What if your boyfriend/girlfriend two-timed you?
Nothing much, Maybe i'll just 8-time her back...
100. HOW DO U FEEL NOW?
Pissed that this quiz is taking so long.
Pass this quiz to 10 persons that you wished to know how they feel about you pass to people that have blog only.
to hell with rules. I tag everyone who has managed to read my boring quiz until here. Yes, that means you, you, you, and you. And YOU too!
Who is no.6 having relationship with?
The good thing about breaking the rules is that you don't have to complete what comes after the specified rule.
Is no.9 a male or female?
See what I mean?
If no.7 and 10 are together, will it be a good thing?
Man, I'm good.
What is no.2 studying about?
How many more of these are there.
When was the last time you had a chat with no.3?
What kind of music band does no.8 like?
How would I know.
Does no.1 have any siblings?
Refer to the previous question.
Will you woo no.3?
If she's model-pretty and flithy-rich I might consider.
How about no.7?
Same logic as previous question.
Is no.4 single?
Yes. It is a single digit.
What is the surname of no.5?
Numbers don't have surnames.
What’s the hobby of no.10?
Finally done... Got to go now. Super Dee Dupery lateness.
Anyhow written on Oct 3, 2008 at 5:22 PM
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