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Congrats Singapore!

In blog on February 21, 2008 at 11:20 pm

For winning the bid to host the first ever Youth Olympic 2010! When I watch CNA live on TV, the moment the guys from IOC walked up to the microphone and started talking, it was very anxious. The moment I saw Singapore on the card he took out, I almost shouted yay, In my heart It was the best announcement ever made! 4.5 million people watching this announcement together and together, we indulge into celebratory mood. Well, don’t ever underestimate Singapore, that’s very true to our neighbors which failed to even get to second place.

“Friends and fellow Singaporeans, congratulations to all of us,” said Mr Lee. My favorite quote of the day!

Quote from CNA:

SINGAPORE – Singapore erupted in celebration on Thursday after winning the right to host the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calling it a new era for Southeast Asian sport.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the Games to the city-state ahead of Moscow by a vote of 53 to 44. It will be the first time that Singapore is hosting a multi-disciplinary sporting event of such a magnitude.

“Friends and fellow Singaporeans, congratulations to all of us,” said Mr Lee in front of thousands of cheering supporters wearing red and white, the colours of the national flag.

“It is a great honour and privilege for all of us. It will be the first time that the Olympic flame will be in Southeast Asia and in Singapore.

“We will be the focus of a new era for sporting development for Southeast Asia and Singapore. We worked very hard, it was a national effort, but more than that it was a people effort.”

Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth, and Sports, called it “an historic day”.

“By choosing Singapore, the IOC has declared that it is possible for small young cities like Singapore to host the Olympic movement,” he said.

“On Friday, the hard work begins. I know we will succeed because every Singaporean will go all out to welcome the youth of the world to Singapore in 2010.”

Moscow had Russian President Vladimir Putin in its corner, far deeper pockets than Singapore in terms of budget, and long-standing ties with the IOC on its side. But Singapore played its size-is-not-everything card to perfection.

A huge buzz has been generated among Singaporeans, with people from all backgrounds in the nation of 4.5 million people supporting the bid.

Online, they have shown their backing by blogging, chatting on forums, posting videos and setting up websites. And more than 550 companies publicly backed the bid.

The brainchild of IOC chief Jacques Rogge, the Youth Olympics will feature traditional sports such as athletics and swimming, and also some innovative events such as beach-wrestling and BMX bike riding.

Rogge made the announcement himself from the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, ending a process that originally started with nine cities in contention. This was whittled down to Athens, Bangkok, Turin, Singapore and Moscow before it became a two-horse race.

“This is a key moment for the Olympic movement,” said Rogge. “Singapore has put together a very exciting project. Hosting the Youth Olympic Games for the first time is a great responsibility, and I have every confidence in the team in Singapore.

“I have no doubt that their professionalism and enthusiasm will be instrumental in the staging of a successful Youth Olympic Games in 2010.”

The Games will see 3,500 athletes, aged between 14 and 18, competing in 26 sports.

Singapore is proposing 24 venues, with four being built as temporary facilities, including one large cluster of 13 facilities in its Marina-Kallang area.

The Youth Olympic Village will be located at a new multi-million-dollar student residential complex at the National University of Singapore, slated for completion months before the event.

Singapore is budgeting US$75.5 million to run the Olympics, covering everything from educational and cultural programmes to development of services and transport. The Games will run from August 14-16. – AFP/ir

Congrats Singapore!

Valentine Day WOES.

In blog on February 18, 2008 at 1:37 pm

You can describe me as critical or you can call me over-sensitive but don’t ever call be jealous! Watching thousands of couples walk pass me doesn’t change my spirit to lonely or desperate because what I have now is more than what they might be yearning for! And please, do not assume after I blog about valentine days, I will immediately hate every couple I’ve come across. I just hate ugly ones. đŸ˜‰

So I went to Marina Bay on 14 Feb 2008 without knowing that it’s actually the over-rated valentine day. I have no clue that it’s valentine day until I realize that the streets are filled with pairs, exceedingly surprising because what I am seeing is happening in Marina Bay, my favorite place on this tiny country-state(giving hints that I’ll have nowhere else to go on valentine day). It was very very strange seeing hundreds of couples sitting by the bay in pairs, leaving a huge gap in between each pair. Is this inappropriate wastage of space or what? Even guys sit in pair amongst the hundreds lined up on the linear seats, which is like WTF? Maybe I am just not used to seeing people sit in pair.

These people screwed up my shot seriously.
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Joyous

In blog on February 15, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Firstly, I hope people don’t say that joyous is a term used only during Christmas, I believe you can have joy in any different festivities. Adding on, this might be a very very long post because not only there are many relative place we have to visit, this year, the amount of photos stood at an all time high, almost 200% of what we had last year. An added bonus is that I have unlimited access to the pictures. đŸ˜‰ (don’t worry sarahjaslynmarcus, won’t post UGLY ones!)

The first day of Chinese New Year was already freakishly fun, yes, I used the word freakishly because well, basically, it was bustling with activities like there’s no tomorrow. We got a little childish but that’s alright, no one freaking cares! That applies if firecrackers is considered childish, that is.

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Most retarded post ever.

In blog on February 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Should I blog?

What Should I blog about?

There’s so many freaking things to blog about but the mood isn’t there.

A retarded excuse not to blog is because I had too much fun with my relatives and cousins this few days it had drained my brain power considerably.

Maybe because of the lack of sleep which is caused by sleeping at 3 and waking up at 9.

Perhaps I don’t even want to blog for the time being.

Been Busy, lots of updates.

In blog on February 5, 2008 at 1:06 am

I know I have not been blogging for the last few days. Basically, I am really busy this time, real busy.

An estimated 10 hours is being spent on my new website for the past few days, or even more, I didn’t bother to count. My very own personal website is one of my greatest desire since the exams started, which is practically one of the mentioned plans I want to carry out but was unable to due to more important commitments.

Given the technology and tools available today, It would have taken only an hour or two to complete my website. A lack of experience multiplied that amount by almost five-fold. I call this lack-of-experience-multiplier. What happened was:

  1. I restarted my website at least 20 times
  2. An estimated 5gb of files is being transferred to and fro from the server due to recreation of applications, each file estimated to be only 20-30kb huge.
  3. Downloaded at least 20 templates to try out.
  4. Tried out each and every script 3ix have to offer, at least 15. Each reset requires many information to be re-entered
  5. Switched from WordPress to Pixelpost and vice versa 5-6 times due to many errors

It was both a good and bad experience. Frustration occurred when I want things to be solved asap. The photoblog community is still very tiny compared to normal bloggers which led to very limited support available. The only way to solve the problems? Experiment with the settings. If everything else fails, reset đŸ™‚

I’ll most prolly open my website in a few days time, after I have some up to standard photos to put up.

My tagline for hosting your own website?

Hosting your own website requires very little amount of your money but requires a massive amount of your time.

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Hi Holiday.

In blog on February 1, 2008 at 12:47 am

P.A.C.C is over, Yahoo?

Maybe not. P.A.C.C was damn worrying. It’s like a dream come true. What came out was very cleverly twisted questions set to twist your brain. The end result? You’ll go home with twisted feelings : You’ll have no idea if any of your answers are correct, or not.

My holiday unofficially started quite badly. First, I was held back by a freaking big group of students talking about the P.A.C.C papers. The path was quite widely spaced but I have no idea why the hell these students have to walk side by side like say 4-5 person per row?

Yes, even those behind were walking slowly, made it look like I am the one holding up the traffic. Come on, people want to enjoy the “high” of the beginning of the holiday. These guys seriously ruined it.

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