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30 June 2007
really thankful that nich and nigel were able to pull this needs analysis thing off! now thats one less burden off my load.
ok heard from sikai that attire for school next week would be rather interesting:
wednesday: house t-shirt day
thursday: cca t-shirt day [the day where floating bodies get ostracized]
friday: green black white day
You are The Lovers
Motive, power, and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse.
The Lovers represents intuition and inspiration. Very often a choice needs to be made.
Originally, this card was called just LOVE. And that's actually more apt than "Lovers." Love follows in this sequence of growth and maturity. And, coming after the Emperor, who is about control, it is a radical change in perspective. LOVE is a force that makes you choose and decide for reasons you often can't understand; it makes you surrender control to a higher power. And that is what this card is all about. Finding something or someone who is so much a part of yourself, so perfectly attuned to you and you to them, that you cannot, dare not resist. This card indicates that the you have or will come across a person, career, challenge or thing that you will fall in love with. You will know instinctively that you must have this, even if it means diverging from your chosen path. No matter the difficulties, without it you will never be complete.
What Tarot Card are You?
29 June 2007
keep nov 25 2007 free! RV will be staging a combined xmas concert with RISE @ VCH.
that'll be my very last choir concert. how interesting just to think of it.
oh today someone kinda pissed me off for not knowing what DF stands for when hes like i/c for it. *APPLAUSES!* don't shirk responsibility, accept it and rise up to the occasion and meet the expectations. it's never too late you know.
now i gotta start getting emo momo over everything i do coz i needa get into Dennis' character and starting pushing tables and chairs and flower vases and everything i see.
i'm a bad boy ROARRRR!
omg i'm going mad. during choir my phone went DEET DEET DEET DEET nonstop coz of batch cip matters. and i was doing 'behind-the-back-smsing' which i can master really well dude.
ok a list of upcoming events:
dramafeste - 28 july
cip day - 28 july
debates preliminaries - 13 and 20 july
exchange with trinity college choir day - 9 & 10th july
chinese karaoke - 17 july
dimsum dollies - 14 july
classroom decor judging (sec 4) - 13 july
I'M STILL SURVIVING YES!!!
duration in school today: 9 hours
can all these hours be converted to cip hours? LOL. or maybe there should be a 'SIP' - SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMME. wow. i'd love to see where i rank.
28 June 2007
say it's possible!
started off with cip briefing today. things look bright with nich and nigel taking charge for needs analysis. hope things go smoothly tmr!
interhouse debates was next. kinda messed up my speech, didn't have a structure at all.
dramafeste rehearsal slowly morphed into a bonding session today, and it was really funny haha.
went to have dinner at swensen's b4 going home.
duration in school today: 11 hours.
what about you? [an attempt to make ppl guilty]
27 June 2007
a really nice song with meaningful lyrics. This song found fame on YouTube, with the original video garnering millions of hits.
26 June 2007
many a times i contemplated giving up my responsibilities. sometimes, it just seems so overwhelming, and that makes you feel lonely and miserable.
but throughout my leadership journey this year, some people have really helped keep me back on track, and understood the scenario(s) i was in.
thank you teachers and friends who have walked through the hardships with me.
i know i'm not alone.
and i will not disappoint you.
shawn is out.
i officially give up on this show called campus superstar.
25 June 2007
today's episode of campus was dreadful.
somehow i think all competitions now should be based on the 'America's got talent' format, whereby there will be 4 weeks of preliminaries, 10 contestants each week. After all their performances, only 2 will be selected to proceed to the final. Finals will consist of 8 contestants, and they vie for the grand prize.
in that way, i need not see so many freaking bad performances by bad singers again and again. not only is it wasting my time, its wasting viewer's money to keep on voting, and the talent does not justify for the amount of publicity these contestants recieve.
food for thought.
not as bad a day as i would have imagined.
lionel told me there was no choir today, so that was rather good news. bad news is that its postponed to friday, so yay. morning assembly was funny, coz the microphone wasn't working (perhaps its abt to retire or its rusty).
thank you teachers for extending deadlines. very grateful. hope i won't procrastinate though.
oh, and the LONG LONG WEEKEND (thursday friday staff training, monday youth day!!!)
so that is GOOD GOOD GOOD.
some 17-year-old rj guy collapsed after running a traithlon and died shortly after.
some secondary sch boy almost died today too. scary. unpredictable how things can be at times.
and i did UNSW english essay writing today!!
THE TOPIC IS: ____________________________________________
why should i tell you. i'm supposed to keep quiet. but my argumentative was all fluff and no stuff, coz i saw the component 'RHETORICAL DEVICES', which was worth 4 marks. HAHA.
24 June 2007
Classroom Decor Competition
4-letter word please.
My Agenda tomorrow is RATHER busy, and i just rmbed that there is UNSW in the afternoon.
*Photos will be uploaded soon, let me finish my homework first though*
I don’t know where to begin because there’s so much to talk about, but I’ll attempt to cover more of the interesting attractions and features of Beijing/Tianjin/Chengde and avoid the flak.
This trip was definitely one that kept me detached from school life; away from all the stress and hectic-ness you get while in Singapore. Even better was the fact that my phone had no network coverage in China, making my trip much more enjoyable.
Ok, here I have to clarify some of my misperceptions of the people in China and the living conditions.
In preparations for the Beijing Olympics 2008, the citizens of the main capital of China are definitely more cultured, more gracious, more civilized. Majority of the toilets here have increased standards of cleanliness too.
You have got to take a look at the mascots for the Beijing Olympics. They are called (from left): BeiBei, JingJing, HuanHuan, YingYing and (not in picture) NiNi. Join them together and you get BEIJING HUAN YING NI (Beijing welcomes you).
Ok, and I have compiled the top 8 things I have learnt from the trip:
1) They are still spitting on the floor.
2) Watermelons are simply their favorite. We had watermelons for dessert at 11 of 12 restaurants. And I had either Sprite or Coke for EVERY meal, it made me feel gaseous.
3) Most of the time, you have to snap your camera twice before you get a decent picture. The first picture will never fail to have a bicycle right smack in your photo.
4) They can speak English. Visit almost any shopping centre in Beijing, and 80% can speak a rather satisfactory level of English. Don’t laugh at their accents though.
5) There are a lot of courtesy campaigns in Beijing, telling people to be cultured citizens, all in a bid to present a good image for the delegates visiting their capital in a year’s time.
6) Know your math! S$1 = 5 Yuan. So a 4 Yuan canned drink costs only 80 cents, and a $1.5 mil Yuan jade necklace is worth S$300 k.
7) Don’t know how to bargain and you end up the biggest LOSER! Most of the departmental stores there allow you to bargain with the stallholder. My mum’s a pro at bargaining, she managed to slash most of the initial offers by more than half.
8) A lot of people from all over the world are visiting China! This was also the first time that I saw so many Malays at a foreign country too.
And here the adventure begins…
I must NEVER take a midnight flight again, even if its taking SQ. Apparently, our whole tour group was so tired when we arrived in Beijing around 7 a.m and still had to visit Tiananmen Square and the Palace Muesum.
But I have to confess, the variety of movies SQ provides are incredible. There were 80 movies in total, and so I watched Blood Diamond (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly) & Closer (Jude Law, Julia Roberts). On the way back home to Singapore, watched the Number 23 (Jim Carrey) and Shooter (Mark Wahlberg).
First stop: Tiananmen Square
It felt really cool to be at Tiananmen Square. Usually you would see Tiananmen only on TV, or in websites, but never experienced it personally. The ‘Square’ was probably made up of 500 RI Parade Squares. Security was real tight (The security guards were so stern, and if you attempted taking a picture of them, they’d just stretch their palm and stare at you.), and the flow of tourists was incredible.
At this moment where the weather was scorching and dry, all I could yearn for was a BOTTLED COLD DRINK. Thank god there were stalls like these everywhere.
Second stop: Forbidden City
This place covers an area of 1012 hectares with a gazillion rooms, and was the residence of Emperors from this-and-that- Dynasties. Everyone walked until their legs almost broke. I can’t imagine how those emperors, clad in their gold-plated longpaos, can still strut so glamorously down the aisle.
Other things on Day 1:
Trishaw Ride – with the trishaw riders shouting damn loudly until my ear drums almost blasted. They brought us around some old kampong-like houses.
Wangfujing street – This is a bustling shopping haven, and there’s even a 7-storey library/bookshop.
Acrobat Show – INCREDIBLE. Was expecting some crappy performance but this turned out to be a world-class act that was so ’30 seconds of Fame’ worthy. There was the ‘umbrella-spins-on-my-head/nose/mouth/ass’, the ‘jump-through-the-hole-which-gets-smaller-and-smaller’, ‘unicycle-riding-which-starts-carrying-more-and-more-people’, and the ‘i-can-contort-my-body-in-all-shapes’ acts.
Started the day with the one in many more similar ones to come: BREAKFAST! Left off for the Jade-making factory, where like any other factories, they show you the manufacturing process, impress you, and subsequently entice you to buy their products. Same goes for many other things we encountered in this trip. My family is a very patronizing one, so we end up buying a lot haha.
The highlight of the trip, as many people would call it: THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA. This is the very first ‘7 Wonders of the World’ (and YES, it’s not 8 Wonders of the World. Don’t let Kimberly Locke confuse you.)
Whoever thinks they can climb the GWOC in 1 day is obviously d-u-m-b, because the GWOC spans over 6000km. I think I climbed around 1km only, and my legs on the verge of melting. But I think I did quite well already, considering the amount of practice I have climbing 7 storeys in the Raja Block. One thing funny to note was that as I made my descent from the top, I could hear HUGE PANTINGS all over me as though the monster in The Host was chasing after them.
Other things we did in Day 2:
Mink Tomb – ok it’s just some tomb. I forgot what it was about. (You can’t expect me to know what is every single tomb about dammit.) Ok, but I can say that the very sad thing now is that most of the artifacts are mostly abided by the ‘see-no-touch’ principle, so you can’t really feel the authenticity of everything. But well, this is for the sake of future generations.
Hot Spring Resort – Ok, besides the naked old men, it was a pretty relaxing moment, plus it’s indoors. Most of the mini-pools were like 42 degrees Celsius (trying diving in it). Had a dinner full of dumpings.
Skating/Dancing/Chap-pa-lang show – There were European and Chinese dancers, Flamenco and Chinese dancing. Somewhat entertaining, but whole performance lacked a certain connection.
Visited a Pearl factory, almost the same as the Jade factory.
Ok, we then went to the Empress Cixi Living Quarters, and she must have had a rocking good life because her HQ is also SUPER huge. The coolest thing about the living quarters is that there is this 700m long sheltered walkways, with ancient carvings and paintings, all different variations, on every single pillar. That’s how she, along with her mass entourage, walk that runway. Also visited the Tian Tan, some heavenly place.
Also visited a Tea factory afterwards, and appreciated all kinds of tea, exotic ones. Paid quite a bomb for one particular tea, which claims it can solve some digestion problems, you know, all those things.
Ended the day with KFC for SUPPER! Had HOT WINGS. Yumyum. And I can say, China has quite a lot of US franchise. Like Starbucks, McDonalds, Giordano etc.
Nosebled IN THE MORNING!! Thank god I managed to make it flow back. Don’t know how I did it, but I did. Haha. (and so my nose shit remained red for the rest of the day). Tour guide took us to more departmental stores to empty our wallets. My mum continued bargaining, and my dad, my brother and I continued sitting at benches, looking around aimlessly haha. As we went one of the marts, I found out that the Pocky they sell here only cost S$1. and I got cheated because I paid 5 packets of the same Pocky for S$5 at another place 2 days ago!!! So, in order to make up for our losses, we bought even more to balance out the imbalance.
Other things on Day 4:
Visited the Di Tan (opposite of Tian Tan, when there’s heaven, there’s earth). Definitely not as many tourists, as this was not an official tourist spot. Inside the Di Tan was an Ice Palace, where everything was made of……ice. A really good weather compared to the ridiculous 38+ degrees outside.
Had some free-and-easy time. Ate some Hawaiian pizza and milk pearl tea, which tasted mostly of milk and nothing else.
After that, went for a foot massage which was located in the Beijing Olympic Village. They have trained about 6000 masseurs to date (incredible!) and bought some products for my sweaty palms/hands.
Went to visit a Fengshui Master, Master Sun, who gives professional geomancy advice to the IR that’s going to be built here. He is really psychic, he knows what medical history my family members had, he knows my problems my parents face, he knows A LOT. And we were so convinced we decided to buy his ‘pi xiu’ (some lucky charm that resembles a dragon/fish/snake).
This trip slowly becomes more of a health/spiritual trip. Spent a lot of money on health products haha. Better than splurging money on imitation products (Adidas, Puma, Nike, Quiksilver, iPod Nano which costs only S$40).
Shopping again…bought iPod speakers at $5 HAHA. Been longing to have these, so that I can play some of my music without having to connect it to my laptop.
Took a 5-hour long bus ride to Chengde, so did some Sudoku puzzles, read some magazines, and ATTEMPTED doing some of my homework, but in vain,
Before this, visited an underground tunnel that connects almost the whole of Beijing. It led us to an underground shopping arcade, and there was a silk making demonstration, as well as the sale of silk products. Took a pathetic Peking Duck for lunch.
For dinner at Chengde, had some sweet potato thing which tasted really nice. After that, when to Jin Jiang Hotel. Watched this Chinese singing competition, which had familiar bitchy judges. The show lasted almost 3 hours, but the format was really good. There was this female contestant, He Wen Juan, who sings really well, and looks very non-China-looking. She was criticized for not dancing, which was her strength. THANK GOD she broke her hip bone, as she initially wanted to sing ‘Hollaback Girl’.
I almost rolled down my bed.
You can say I wasted a day here, because there was nothing much worth mentioning other than shopping and another main attraction….
Mr Jade Master.
His voice was missing an Adam’s Apple, and if you managed to not laugh within the first minute of his appearance, I say you’re good.
But Mr Jade Master was such a good salesman (He owns the Jade company there, and he also has a small stake in SK Jewelry), he convinced my dad to buy this jade necklace which cost about 47000 yuan at a very low offer. Some pro.
Home sweet home……did some last minute shopping in the morning.
Some 'emo' pictures and funny photos!
1) Icky Thump - The White Stripes
2) Sober - Kelly Clarkson
3) What I Want - Daughtry feat. Slash
4) Rockstar - Nickelback
5) Gotta Work - Amerie
6) Your love alone is not enough - Manic Street Preachers
7) All Good Things - Mandy Moore
8) Nothin' better to do - Leann Rimes
9) Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake
10) Stranger - Hilary Duff
11) Shut up and Drive - Rihanna
12) Innocence - Bjork
13) Slow down baby - Christina Aguilera
14) Take Control - Amerie
15) Everything is average nowadays - The Kaiser Chiefs
16) Blue Sky - Hanson
17) Big Girl (You are beautiful) - Mika
18) In God's hands - Nelly Furtado
19) Tell me where it hurts - Garbage
20) Oh my god (feat. Lily Allen) - Mark Ronson
21) Do you know (The Ping Pong Song) – Enrique Iglesias
22) I'd Wait for life - Take That
23) Extraordinary - Mandy Moore
24) Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
25) She builds quick machines - Velvet Revolver
14 June 2007
ok. i'm leaving for beijing/chengde/tianjin tmr and i'm like rather unprepared.
*surveys my room, which seems as though it got ransacked by some madman*
I think i deserve like some Stamford Raffles award, simply because:
1) I HAVE BEEN TO SCHOOL EVERY WEEKDAY SINCE THE HOLIDAYS STARTED, thanks to either DramaFeste, Choir, Batch CIP, or Debates.
2) I have, because of the reasons above, not attempted to complete ANY of my homework, although i'm trying my very best to.
3) Because of reasons 1 and 2, I have been sleeping past 12am almost every day without fail (that is so not me to sleep past midnight).
AS SUCH, I AM A REALLY PATRIOTIC BOY AND I DESERVE A BREAK, since i'm not getting the stamford raffles award.
SO CHINA, HERE I COME. and to SINGAPORE, ADIOS.
i'll be back on sunday (not 17th, but 24th). and i'll have to complete the following:
GEOG GREENWAVE REPORT
GEOG PROJECT TASK RUBRICS (completed the project itself, left with rubrics)
CHINESE 5 ARTICLES
ENGLISH BOOK CLUB (Read george orwell's 19_ _, forgot which year, sorry)
SS DOCUMENTARY (hello, this can take a while)
BATCH CIP PROPOSAL AND EXECUTION
MATHS VECTORS ASSIGNMENT
PHYSICS ASSIGNMENT (INDIVIDUAL AND PAIR)
CHINESE XUNGEN (What in the world is THIS.)
if teachers don't approve of my extensions, i'll seriously just sit at a corner and start complaining. i really will.
So long everyone, i'll be away for a week.
love you all!
this girl from britain's got talent's really sweet. omgosh. she's 6, singing 'somewhere over the rainbow'.
13 June 2007
1) Maroon 5 - Makes me wonder
2) Beyonce - Listen
3) Daughtry - It's not over
4) Muse - Starlight
5) Mika - Grace Kelly
6) Bjork - Earth Intruders
7) Fallout Boy - This ain't a scene, it's an arms race
8) Kelly Clarkson - Never Again
9) Lily Allen - Alfie
10) The Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
11) Rihanna - Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z)
12) Christina Aguilera - Candyman
13) Tori Amos - Big Wheel
14) Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend
15) Take That - Shine
16) Robin Thicke - Lost Without U
17) Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape feat. Akon
18) Travis - Closer
19) Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
20) Mika - Love Today
21) The Pussycat Dolls - Wait a minute feat. Timbaland
22) Justin Timberlake - What goes around…comes around
23) Katharine McPhee - Over it
24) Mika - Lollipop
25) Amerie - Take Control
26) Daughtry - Home
27) Pink - Nobody knows
28) Mandy Moore - Extraordinary
29) Carrie Underwood - Wasted
30) Hugh Grant/Haley Bennett - Way back into love
31) Enrique Iglesias - Do you know (The Ping Pong Song)
32) Jon McLaughlin - Beautiful Disaster
33) Amy Winehouse - Rehab
34) Girls Aloud/Sugababes - Walk this way
35) Good Charlotte - Keep your hands off my girl
36) Jesse McCartney - Just so you know
37) Lily Allen - Littlest Things
38) Take That - Patience
39) The Dixie Chicks - Not ready to make nice
40) The Killers - Read my mind
41) Amy Winehouse - You know I'm no good
42) Bjork - Declare Independence
43) James Morrison - The pieces don't fit anymore
44) Hanson - Blue Sky
45) Rufus Wainwright - Going to a town
46) All Saints - Chick Fit
47) Nelly Furtado - All good things (Come to an end) feat. Chris Martin
48) The Wreckers - Leave the pieces
49) Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold feat. Patrick Stump
50) James Morrison - Wonderful World
51) Just Jack - Starz in their eyes
52) Beyonce/Shakira - Beautiful Liar
53) Mark Ronson - Stop me
54) Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
55) Gossip - Standing in the way of control
56) Hilary Duff - With Love
57) Linkin Park - What I've done
58) Kaiser Chiefs - Everything is average nowadays
59) Joss Stone - Tell me 'bout it
60) Shirlyn Tan - Window
61) The Wreckers - My, Oh My
62) Jamelia - Beware of the dog
63) Leona Lewis - A moment like this
64) Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Catch you
65) The Feeling - Love it when you call
66) Beyonce - World Wide Woman
67) Lifehouse - First Time
68) Timbaland - Give it to me feat. Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
69) JC Chasez - Until Yesterday
70) Norah Jones - Thinking about you
71) Kelis - Lil' Star feat. Cee Lo
72) Melanie C - The moment you believe
73) Take That - I'd wait for life
74) Melanie C - Carolyna
75) Kimberley Locke - Change
76) Gareth Gates - Changes
77) Good Charlotte - The River
78) Manic Street Preachers - Your love alone is not enough
79) Maroon 5 - Wake-up Call
80) Nelly Furtado - Say it right
81) LeAnn Rimes - Nothin' better to do
82) All Saints - Rock Steady
83) Elliott Yamin - Wait for you
84) Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
85) JC Chasez - You ruined me
86) John Legend - P.D.A (We just don't care)
87) Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
88) Mandy Moore - All Good things
89) Avril Lavigne - When you're gone
90) Fallout Boy - Thnks fr th mmrs
91) Jennifer Hudson - And I'm telling you (I'm not going)
92) JoJo - How to touch a girl
93) The White Stripes - Icky Thump
94) McFly - Star Girl
95) Gwen Stefani - Wind it up
96) Kellie Pickler - Red High Heels
97) Robbie Williams - She's Madonna feat. The Pet Shop Boys
98) High School Musical - We're all in this together
99) Bjork - Innocence
100) Mika - Big Girl (You are beautiful)
101) Razorlight - Before I fall to pieces
102) Danity Kane - Ride for you
103) Mutya Buena - Real Girl
104) Incubus - Anna Molly
105) Mark Medlock - Now or never
106) Avril Lavigne - Keep Holding on
107) Dolores O'Riordan - Ordinary day
108) My Chemical Romance - Famous last words
109) The Killers - Bones
110) The Killers - For Reasons Unknown
111) Bo Bice - Blades of Glory
112) Natasha Bedingfield - I wanna have your babies
113) The Fratellis - Whistle for the choir
114) JoJo - Anything
115) Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)
116) Dean Geyer - If you don't mean it
117) Evanescence - Lithium
118) Jamiroquai - Runaway
119) Muse - Knights of Cydonia
120) Hilary Duff - Stranger
121) Josh Groban - You are loved (Don't give up)
122) Justin Timberlake - Summer Love
123) Daughtry - What I Want (feat. Slash)
124) Faith Hill - Lost
125) Garbage - Tell me where it hurts
126) Kelly Clarkson - Sober
127) +44 - When your heart stops beating
128) Rihanna - Shut up and drive
129) The Bravery - Time won't let me go
130) Darren Hayes - Step into the light
131) Amerie - Gotta Work
132) Green Day - Working class hero
133) Nelly Furtado - In God's Hands
134) Evanescence - Sweet Sacrifice
135) Fantasia - Hood Boi
136) Joss Stone - Tell me what we're gonna do now
137) Nickelback - Rockstar
138) Brian McKnight/Rascal Flatts - Red, white and blue
139) Fergie - Big girls don't cry
140) Nickelback - If everyone cared
141) Scissor Sisters - She's my man
142) Taylor Hicks - The Maze
143) Rihanna - Break it off (feat. Sean Paul)
144) Macy Gray - Finally made me happy feat. Natalie Cole
145) Jet - Bring it on back
146) Chris Brown - Say Goodbye
147) Velvet Revolver - She builds quick machines
148) Stacie Orrico - So Simple
149) Fergie - Glamorous
150) Robin Thicke - Can U Believe
6 months of music. =D
1) All Good Things - Mandy Moore
2) Icky Thump - The White Stripes
3) Innocence - Bjork
4) What I Want - Daughtry feat. Slash
5) Sober - Kelly Clarkson
6) Shut up and Drive - Rihanna
7) Gotta Work - Amerie
8) In God's hands - Nelly Furtado
9) Rockstar - Nickelback
10) I'd Wait for life - Take That
11) Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
12) Extraordinary - Mandy Moore
13) Blue Sky - Hanson
14) Big Girl (You are beautiful) - Mika
15) For Reasons Unknown - The Killers
16) Lost - Faith Hill
17) Tell me where it hurts - Garbage
18) Take Control - Amerie
19) Nothin' better to do - Leann Rimes
20) Stranger - Hilary Duff
21) She builds quick machines - Velvet Revolver
22) Real Girl – Mutya Buena
23) Do you know (The Ping Pong Song) – Enrique Iglesias
24) Everything is average nowadays - The Kaiser Chiefs
25) Your love alone is not enough - Manic Street Preachers
12 June 2007
recently everything seems to be increasing in cost, GST, Nets, StarHub Cable Basic Package.
with regards to the Nets hike, this was how they justified it:
"...there has been a growing trend of merchants accepting debit cards by international card schemes. As a result, more international debit cards have been introduced to the market. To sum up, Nets is a debit payment facility facing competition from international card schemes. To respond more effectively to this increasing competition, Nets has had to align itself with the business model of the international card schemes."
Spellcast is a really enjoyable and attention-grabbing show with a very simple yet engaging concept. it doesn't require overexaggerated contestants like those in Deal or No Deal. indeed, some of the contestants are smarter than a few mediacorp actresses, who couldn't even spell 'parquet' and 'rhinoceros' (who btw, are uni grads...tragic.)
had dramafeste rehearsal today again. pretty confident with the script and how things are taking shape. showed my angsty side as i attempted throwing the props all over the english studio haha. but we did make sure the ES was in great condition after our practices.
Campus Superstar Qualifying Round 2
i gotta say, the atmosphere there is really different where i'm at home being my cynical self and criticising everyone lol. you can really feel how excited the audience were, and how kancheong some of the contestants were. shouldn't do any evaluation for campus; i'll just watch this season as it is. just wishing the best for jj!
10 June 2007
I seriously hate magnetic fields. goodness.
09 June 2007
1) I’d wait for life – Take That
2) Shut up and drive – Rihanna
3) Nothin’ better to do – Leann Rimes
4) Blue Sky – Hanson
5) Everything is average nowadays – Kaiser Chiefs
6) Extraordinary – Mandy Moore
7) Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
8) Big Girl (You are beautiful) - Mika
9) All Good things - Mandy Moore
10) Stranger - Hilary Duff
11) Do you know (The Ping Pong Song) – Enrique Iglesias
12) Take Control – Amerie
13) Icky Thump – The White Stripes
14) For Reasons Unknown –The killers
15) Tell me where it hurts – Garbage
16) Real Girl – Mutya Buena
17) Innocence - Bjork
18) Lost – Faith Hill
19) Beautiful Disaster – Jon McLaughlin
20) Your love alone is not enough – Manic Street Preachers
21) Going to a town – Rufus Wainwright
22) Time won’t let me go – The Bravery
23) Tell me what we’re gonna do now – Joss Stone
24) If you don’t mean it – Dean Geyer
25) Carolyna – Melanie C
08 June 2007
BATCH CIP/GRAD DINNER
started today at english studio to prepare for dramafeste. played hide n' seek again, this time with the addition of elias and shoujian. played emotional ladder as well as speed ladder, which were really fun activities. did another scene, and had to rush off to j8 to meet up with (in order of appearance): mr low, leonard, kuangnan, matthew and nich at coffee bean to discuss some matters. mr low then dropped an atomic bomb on the 5 of us, saying that we have a BATCH CIP coming in july.
mr low was very kind to treat us to coffee, so obviously we had to oblige HAHA. =)
hey, i shall take this opportunity and publicize the batch cip.
the sec 4 batch cip will take place at Bendemeer/Kolam Ayer. We will be working with Viriya Community Services. Basically, this batch CIP will require all sec 4s to help those living alone and refurbish their homes, as well as provide some forms of enjoyment for them. An estimate of 280 pupils will be involved, and these pupils will be split into 3 main groups.
Group 1: Needs Analysis - This group will be in charge of running a survey for all the 700 units in 2 one-room-flat blocks, and gather the resident's needs on-the-spot. Following which, they will analyse the findings and compile all the things those residents require and submit a proposal. Classes in charge are: 4D, 4E, 4F, 4K and 4Q. Nicholas Yun will be the in-charge.
Group 2: Refurbishment - This group will be in charge of sourcing the things which the residents need (eg. blankets, pillows, mattresses, electrical appliances) and they will be the 'home creators' for the day, rendering all their help by painting the walls, removing old items, changing bulbs. A few teams of 3 will visit a few units and offer their services for the day. Classes in charge are: 4A, 4C, 4G, 4J, 4L, 4P and 4R. Leonard Lee will be the in-charge.
Group 3: Block Party - This group will be responsible for setting up a block party at the CC for the residents. They will have to plan activities for the residents, oversee the events for the entire day, as well as get certain logistics to get the event running. Classes in charge are 4B, 4H, 4I, 4M and 4T. Matthew Neo will be the in-charge.
The Needs Analysis Survey will be done from 30th June to 7th July, whereas the main event will take place on the 28th July. Any queries please contact me, Louis (overall in-charge) @ 9172978 or Kuangnan (2nd overall in-charge) @ 91772862. Further details will be given when school reopens.
everyone continued bitching about the piles of homework we all have, and till date still remains untouched. after which, we headed to viriya centre itself to find out more about the situation first-hand. honestly speaking, it didn't look as bad i'd expect. the corridors were rather well-kept, and there were no flower pots that contained stagnant water (ok thanks to the mozzie wipe-out). i could only detect a foul smell coming from some homes; don't know what's inside.
mr low then brought leonard and i to our first stop of three: Novotel hotel. We had to go recce three hotels and find out which one was the most suitable venue to hold our grad dinner, my fellow batchmates. so don't complain if everyone has to pay around $65 for grad dinner, because it is alerady one of the cheapest we can afford and to think of it, IT'S A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MEAL!
met up with mr adrian chan there, because we needed more advice and more points of view to decide our venue. so basically, we set our criteria for evaluation, consisting of ambience, facilities/quality of function room, cost, and the hotel manager's friendliness (i.e if they don't give us complimentary parking coupons, then we might not hire their restaurant haha).
Featuring Novotel and its function rooms...
basically, the function rooms looked almost the same, and the hotel managers were all very friendly and such. but grand corpthorne had the edge as their function room was REALLY spacious (it can accomodate 65 tables) and it was capped at $600 nett per table, which makes it one of the more affordable set menus.
ok got to thank mr chan and mr low for buying leonard and i lunch!
oh, and while mr low was driving us to outram park mrt, think we saw khai cheong with another ri person.
and that pretty much sums up a very interesting day; Looking at the two extremes of urban lifestyle.
[P.S Anyone wanna watch Christina Aguilera's concert? LOOKING FOR PEOPLE!]
07 June 2007
Last week on Billboard Hot 100:
Jordin Sparks - This is my now - #15
Blake Lewis - You give love a bad name - #18
Jordin Sparks - This is my now - #25
Blake Lewis - You give love a bad name - #21
went to catch a movie ALONE (the person serving me couldn't believe that i only bought 1 ticket. i was like, 'yes miss, one ticket for myself) after a very interesting and interactive dramafeste session which intended to bond the cast members (we ended up spending a bulk of the time playing hide n seek in the english studio, as well as floorball LOL)
ok the movie was FANTASTIC. it finally gave some justice to third instalments of trilogies, after sucky 'part threes' such as spiderman, shrek, pirates, all of which recieved an unanimous "thumbs down" critique.
for those who think that 'ocean's thirteen' is some complicated movie with gory content that leaves you baffled at the end of the movie, you're totally WRONG. you needn't even have watched the past 2 instalments. this is very much a standalone sequel. it is not only witty and humorous, but also, it managed to capture my attention every single minute. the plot wasn't difficult to comprehend, and there were a few scenes which were really random yet hilarious (eg. the oprah winfrey scene, which served some meaning later in the movie.)
at the beginning, i raelized that HEY. don cheadle from hotel rwanda was one of the thirteen people! then i started to realize how powerpacked the cast was, with george clooney, brad pitt, matt damon and andy garcia. then i found this character really familiar, and when i saw the credits, its actually al pacino haha.
perhaps the reason why i liked it so much because it was like a more sophisicated and higher budget version of Las Vegas. speaking of which, Josh Duhamel from Las Vegas will be starring in the Transformers!!! looking forward to that too.
all in all, superb movie with a lot of brilliant subplots put together and yet tie in so nicely. more importantly, ocean's thirteen was not what i thought it would be; instead, it was rather light-hearted and the evil character really got rolled over. A MUST-WATCH! 5 thumbs up man.
*I didn't realize i actually watched it on the Premiere date HAHA*
took the bus home afterwards. it's always exciting to see the behaviour of secondary school students congregating together in public transports. as bus 156 takes a route which stops along many schools, i will never fail to see very weird scenarios and happenings.
this time, there was this group of neighbourhood secondary school students. and they were really funny haha. the bus drove past ri, and then they started talking about how fantastic the facilities were (they said: WAH. THEY GOT 4 basketball courts, 2 fields, nice food in the canteen worhx! our canteen food like sucks lah). then i started to realize that i live in a very good school after all. it would be even better if they could understand the meaning of 'holidays'.
instead of holidays giving one more time to rest, the school population has countless assignments and projects and performance tasks from every single subject which everyone's supposed to complete by the end of holidays. they are given out as holiday work simply because they are not termed as HOMEWORK. the policy is that no HOMEWORK is to be given out during holidays. thats why all the work is given new terms such as assignments, projects, and performance tasks. how smart. it's ok. i'm going to just procrastinate until the time comes.
06 June 2007
after the long preparations, its just a marvel that june camp has ended, amidst a series of success and hiccups. love exco, been through a crazy past few days, but we still pulled it off and made this camp an enjoyable one for rv members, more importantly, we managed to impart some of the learning points to them.
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