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Singapore Idol Kelong?? Part 2

Posted in Music, Singapore with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Aloysious Wong

Ok, what I overheard in the coffeeshop was mere speculation.. It’s not an all girls affair for the finals after all. So fans of Sezairi Sezali, you guys can take a breather for now 🙂   The talented 17-years old Tabaitha Nauser was the latest contestant to be eliminated from the competition. She may not have made it to the finals but without a doubt, I believed that she is already a star in many people eyes. So here are the final 2 standing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finals is set on 27 Dec 2009 @ the Indoor Stadium @ 8pm. Well I’m really hoping SIngapore will vote for the one that will best represent Singapore on the global platform. I’m definitely expecting an explosive finale to the competition. I wish the both of them the best of luck and I got to say out of the 4000 that first auditioned, that it’s already an accomplishment itself to have reached the finals so whatever the result is, kudos to both of them.

Singapore Idol Kelong??

Posted in Music, Singapore with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by Aloysious Wong

Honestly I don’t really follow-up on the latest happenings on our very own Singapore Idol because seriously I feel that the standards are dropping with each passing seasons. I did managed to catch a couple of episodes this season and I must say that till date, the contestant that I felt was worthy of the title as Singapore idol is still in the running (I’m not saying who I’m rooting for.. Hee).

Now we are left with our Top 3:

1) Tabitha Nauser aka The Complete Package

2) Sezairi Sezali aka The Original Artiste

3) Sylvia Ratonel aka The Beautiful Talent

Well, recently I overheard from some coffeeshop talk that the show is kelong and that this season winner is already chosen!!! Can you believe it!!?? I’m not to sure about the reliability of the source but lets hope it not true ya.. I’m bloggin this in advance so there’s no way of me knowing the result right.. so here goes with the results:

Next to be kicked out… The Original Artiste…

The two females will be the last ones standing..

And the winner…. The beautiful talent….

Kid takes a dump at ION food court

Posted in Singapore with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by Aloysious Wong

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The incident took place last Saturday at about 7pm. It was a weekend and dinner time for most people so can you imagine how crowded the place was at that time. Unbelievable and Unimaginable right!!?? LOL….. I thought so too.. One of the girls needed to take a dump, so her mother took out a potty for her to dump in…right in the middle of the food court!! Who even ever brings a potty around!!?? Can you imagine the incident happened at high class place like ION food court?? The best part is that they even had a maid so I just can’t understand why can’t they simply asked their maid to take the girl to the public toilet.. What’s worst is that the place is air conditioned, so can you imagine the sulfur or nitrogen-rich compounds from the poo getting airborne.. man!!! I tell you the odour must had affected diners appetite very strongly. I got to say it was an real act of inconsideration.

Halloween @ The Night Safari

Posted in celebrations, Singapore with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by Aloysious Wong

Spend my very first Halloween in Singapore @ The Night Safari on friday together with a group of close friends and I must say, it would had been much more fun without the rain… While I was roaming around, I encountered some of the lost souls wandering around the foodcourts, souvenir shops and ticketing counters.  Some of them even looked like characters from bedtime stories gone wrong e.g. Tinman from Wizard of Oz with his exposed heart. We then proceeded to have our cocktail and cuisine onboard the train of terror.

Cuisine

Train of Terror cuisine

During the ride which lasted for about 30 mins, we got to see nocturnal animals going about their daily business, albeit with a twist in the guide’s commentary.  She told us gruesome details on the various way how these animals could injure or kill when provoked e.g. trample, pierce, crush. Very interesting… The train of terror then took a detour from the normal route to the Gate of the Neverland where we got to see the so-called victims from previous train rides being viciously killed with their bodies decapitated and bodies could be seen hanging on the trees and even the murder of a mermaid by the fishmonger. After the ride, we went to the Bridge of No Return at the Forest Giants Trail – a short suspension bridge where more “eerie” characters would be seen. At the end of the day i must say, it was quite a disappointment as most of the “eerie” characters were no where to be found. I guess they were afraid of the rain.. haha.. Anyway I hope my next halloween experience will be much more fun and exciting 🙂

victim of previous rides

victims from previous rides


Commuters behavior when taking the MRT

Posted in Singapore, transportation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Aloysious Wong

Sometimes I’m just glad that I do not have to take the MRT to travel to and fro my workplace and home even if it means having to wake up damn early in the morning just to be on time for work on certain days. I do not have to subject myself to the rush hour where Singaporeans and foreigners come together and rear the ugly side of humanity. I am no angel but I think I might be be given an associate membership into the hall of saints when compared to the kinds of people I see on the MRT.

I’ve always felt that the yellow markings seen in MRT stations are an embarrassment and an insult to our intelligence. That the authorities need to draw big bright yellow lines and arrows to teach us exactly where to stand and where to walk . But do the authorities know that commuters here don’t give a freaking damn about them. Your arrows don’t scare them!! We will stand exactly where we please, thank you very much. Isn’t it painfully obvious that the yellow lines and arrows in MRT stations do not work? People don’t even know how to use them. As far as I can see, there are only two things that the markings and arrows accomplish:

1) Make them look stupid for needing markings to tell them where to stand

2) Make them look stupid for appearing not to know how to use the markings.

But then again, maybe the commuters here are just plain stupid so I suggest that every commuter should attend a lesson on how to use the lines. Oh, and whenever I’m trying to get out of the train, I just wish I was a bowling ball.

I have always been amused by how well behaved the commuters are before the train arrives at the station, but as soon as the train appears in sight, all hell break loose.. people will start stepping into the “keep clear” area and will start to crowd around the edge of the platform (beyond the yellow line) and pack themselves like sardines.. Until recently, due to the many cases of people falling onto the tracks, platform screen doors have to be build.

It may not be the number one thing that I hate about taking the MRT but it certainly ranks WAY UP there. For those of you who frequently….. Hmmm….. wait…. let me rephrase that. For those of you who EVER taken an MRT before, there is a 99.99% probability that you will encounter the following scenario.

If you are IN the MRT cabin and when the train arrives at the station even before the doors open, you will start to see humans through the glass panels. And once the doors open, even before you can say “Excuse Me”, these humans will start to POUR IN faster than you can GO OUT.

These strange human beings can’t logically come to a conclusion that it is better to actually let the passengers move OUT of the train first so that that is space for people to GO IN. But these illogical strange human beings have very good skills too! You will be impress. They have super fast processing skills and fast reflexes. In the space of a couple of seconds, they can do the following:

1) Move into the train cabin at super speed

2) Scan for corner seats.

3) Conclude if the seat will be affected by the sun.

4) Check if the seat is dirty or too warm

5) Sit down

6) “CHOP” seats for their mother, father, brother, sister, friend, friend’s sister, friend’s brother, friend’s parents, friend’s sister’s    friend.

7) Turn on their “Eye-Filter” so that they cannot see all the old people and pregnant ladies even if they are standing right in front of them.

Gracious society”? Think again…

Anyway, the picture below is why I think commuters act this way.

mrt-lines

After living in Singapore for over 20 years, I would like to give my 2 cents worth. I present to you Aloysious list of MRT Tips:

01) When SMRT says they are increasing the number of train trips, it doesn’t mean that you can wake up later. If you can’t board the train when you’re running late for work, you only have yourself to blame. Earth won’t stop revolving and time won’t stop for you just so you can get to work on time.

02) When you are waiting on the platform for the train to arrive, please refrain from looking at the screens telling you how long is the next train going to arrive if you have high blood pressure.

03) When on the escalator during rush hour, either keep left or you follow the rushing commuters on the right. Don’t stall the fast lane and tempt me to grab you and toss you over the side.

04) If you want to get into the train cabin and you do noT intend to let the passengers in the train cabin out first, you totally deserve to be whacked by a grouchy old man with an umbrella.

05) If you will not give up your seat to a pregnant lady or a senior citizen, please I’m BEGGING you, at least PRETEND that you are fast asleep. Stop looking at the lady’s stomach and mentally weighing it against your beer belly and deciding who has the heavier load.

06) The vertical poles in the train cabins are for passengers to hold onto with their hands to stabilize themselves. If you lean on them with your whole body, to get a firm stance, I might need to separate your left butt cheek from your right to secure a holding spot and I do not have that much Dettol to cleanse my hand with afterwards. So do use only your hands.

07) If you are blasting away your choice of music through your phone speakers, please make sure that your taste in music is at least accepted by 80% of the people who are within earshot. If you are not sure how you can figure that out, please purchase a device that had been invented in the 19th century called earphones.

08) The fare you pay for travelling on the MRT entailed you to a limited space. If you need space to hold a newspaper and to opened it fully in front of you during peak hours, do consider buying an EZ-Link card for the newspaper as well.

09) If you really need to fart (especially if your ass-hole is not equipped with silencer) or burp inside an MRT cabin, have the courtesy to say ‘excuse me’. If you think people will get angry and wallop you because of it, practice the habit of laughing like a hyena as soon as you fart. At least you can have a good laugh first before getting wallop by angry people.

10) Do not scold me if the train is packed and I am poking your butt from behind. The one who you should scold is the one who is poking my butt. Don’t ask me to push back as well because it will seem as though I am reciprocating.

History of Singapore Grand Prix

Posted in Singapore, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by Aloysious Wong

2009 Singapore Grand Prix - Sunday

F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2009 came to an end on Sunday (27/09/2009) after 61 laps of the Marina Bay Street Circuit with Lewis Hamilton emerging the winner for McLaren-Mercedes. It was his 12th victory of his career.

The race had became part of the F1 calendar since 2008 and was the very first Formula One’s night race. However did any of you actually knew that prior to this race becoming part of the Formula One calendar,  the Singapore Grand Prix was already in Singapore in the early 1960s to the early 1970s?

Singapore Grand Prix in the earlier days We had our first grand prix in 1961 and it proved to be an extremely popular event. By the late 60s it was estimated that over a hundred thousand spectators attended the grand prix.

The grand prix was held in the Thomson Road circuit. This 3 mile circuit covered the stretch of Old Upper Thomson Road from Sembawang Hills Circus to the other end where it met Upper Thomson Road and continued along this road until it reached Sembawang Hills Circus again. This bend was called “The Hairpin” or “Circus Hairpin”. It was here that one driver was killed when his car overturned. Altogether 7 fatalities were recorded, which also involved road marshals. The race was discontinued from 1974 onwards, in part due to the problems of managing the increased traffic and fatalities involved. The Thomson Road circuit was reputed to be one of the most dangerous tracks in the world.

A friend’s father told me that back then, the Grand stand seats cost $5 a day and for this you had the privilege of sitting on wooden benches elevated above the ground and under cover which sheltered the spectators from the sun and rain.

There were two favourite spots among spectators along the Old Upper Thomson Road stretch which were the Snakes’ Bend and the sharp V-shape Devil’s Bend. Many accidents happened at these notorious bends which account for their popularity with the spectators! To see the skills of the drivers expertly maneuvering these bends were simply a joy to watch.

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There were several categories of races for motorcycles, saloon cars, vintage cars, sports cars and the main Gran Prix event for motorcycles and racing cars. The highlight of the 4 day event, was the Formula 2 Grand Prix race which sees overseas participants hailing from all over the globe.

My friend’s father recounted the fond memories of being at such races and seeing the tired but happy faces of each spectators that were filled with excitement at the end of each day events. Thousands of spectators will stream out of the front entrance at the Upper Thomson Road end of Sembawang Hills Circus. For the locals of Sembawang Hills Estate it was only short walk home. Lucky them..

Do Singaporeans Speak English Badly??

Posted in Singapore with tags , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by Aloysious Wong

Over the years, Singaporeans have always been criticised for their poor command of English and even our very own brand of English (Singlish) which is labeled as WEIRD and SUB-STANDARD by some, can create misunderstanding at times especially when communicating with expats… Once again this topic had found it’s way into the Sunday Times recently, with headline news on our very own beauty queen Ris Low video interview.  With the government efforts to discourage the use of Singlish, and for Singaporeans to speak better English to enable more effective communication with other english users through the Speak Good English Movement over the years to emphasise the point, it all just seems futile to me …   At the recent annual National Day Dinner at the Tanjong Pagar constituency, MM Lee also mentioned “The command of English is the decisive factor for the career path and promotion prospects of all Singaporean.” Coincidentally a couple of weeks back, Deejay Soowei from 98.7fm was taken off air because her English language isn’t proficient enough and was offered to return to being a promotions executive and radio programmer which she rejected. She then deciding to leave the radio station. She claimed that the station’s management had also told her to ‘listen to American radio jocks and learn an American accent. OMG!!! Do we really need to speak with an American accent to attract listenership?? I personally feel that we shouldn’t discourage the use of Singlish. It gives us a sense of identify and I’m definitely proud of it. It has become our culture and an infusion of all things Singaporean. Singlish is uniquely Singaporean and it incorporates the elements the 4 national languages forming a one common special language that is common to all Singaporeans. Its our heritage and it’s what makes us true Singaporeans!!! So to those “ang moh” wannabes, away with those fake accents!! We can still speak beautifully without having an accent. Nevertheless, I must also stress the point that speaking good English is equally as important and that Singlish should only be used at the right time and place.  Generally Singaporeans are fluent in the English language and can hold good converstion even with expats but not always accurately. That’s just because we are more comfortable communicating in the way we do, be it whether it is in Singlish or English with a mixture of our mother tongue. So we just got to work harder on our syntax and to improve on our vocabulary. Gosh, this entry is getting way too lengthy so I better stop here. Do check out the video.. I simply enjoyed it 🙂