25 Random Things

Been tagged by Fangfang… Sorry I’m not doing it on Facebook!

  1. The only sport I love is basketball. Would love cycling too, if I’m not so adept at banging into trees and humans and weird cats sitting in the middle of the cycling path.
  2. 我是一个超级不挑食的人。除了像蜥蜴/蛇/昆虫这种另类的东西, 我什么都吃。
  3. I seldom fall sick.
  4. 也不是一个容易哭的人。
  5. I don’t have a favourite colour. For now, at least.
  6. 我从高中毕业起,就没有真正喜欢过一个人。
  7. I don’t believe in best friends. Why tie yourselves down?
  8. 过去的几天里,有点暴力倾向:我想花半小时骂一个人,再花半小时打他/她。只是罢了。
  9. I speak Malaysian English/Mandarin and Beijing Mandarin very convincingly.
  10. 我洗碗的时候,一定要听收音机。
  11. If TVB stopped making drama serials, I might just die.
  12. 我曾经梦过和金城武同坐一辆车,还是黑白画面。
  13. I can’t bleddy harmonise in KTV.
  14. 我其实很看不起自己。
  15. I love to iron clothes. It’s my favourite household chore.
  16. 拜年的时候, 几乎每一位长辈都会问我:“有没有男朋友?”
  17. I wish I could speak Hokkien, Cantonese and Bahasa Melayu.
  18. 小时候有个梦想,就是嫁一个当厨师的,这样子每天都有好料吃。
  19. I’d like to live  in a different country for an extended period of time.
  20. 我喜欢玫瑰花的香味。
  21. But I can’t stand perfume.
  22. 我喜欢演戏。可以把自己忘掉,完全变成另外一个人,对我来说是一件很酷的事。
  23. I haven’t combed my hair for more days than I can count. Might just cut the wretched mess short.
  24. 最爱的冰淇淋口味是Rum and Raisin. The New Zealand Natural Durian-Flo is a close second.
  25. When I was a kid, I wanted to name my future kids Mickey and Minnie.

I didn’t know this would take me so long. Bleh.

If your horoscope is Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio, you’re tagged!

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I screwed up my writing test. It doesn’t help that I’m being devoured by blood-hungry mosquitoes now. The meeting with one of our stakeholders just now went great, but I came out feeling very ineffectual.

The writing test has cast a very dark shadow over me. Maybe I should stop pretending that I can write. Nor think. Nor speak well.

On a happier note, my Holga 120 GCFN arrived today! For the uninitiated, it’s a toy, plastic camera that uses film. For some funny reason, I can’t see the numbers from the frame counter window so I’m counting on my intuition to turn the film advance knob. Hopefully my shots don’t turn out all black. Some interesting trivia about the Holga, according to Wiki:

The Holga camera was designed by T. M. Lee, and first appeared in 1982 in Hong Kong.[4][5] At the time, 120 rollfilm in black-and-white was the most widely available film in mainland China. The Holga was intended to provide an inexpensive mass-market camera for working-class Chinese in order to record family portraits and events.[6][5] After the cameras began to be distributed in the West, some photographers took to using the Holga for its surrealistic, impressionistic scenes for landscape, still life, portrait, and especially, street photography.

It’s been so long since I last used a film camera. I’m quite tempted to name it Bowie after Bowie Lam because I’m currently quite captivated by his charms. I’m also mesmerised by the superbly manly 苗侨伟.

See what I mean?

recently-updated1I hope we’ll have fun together.

Diary 2553

was launched on 31 Dec 2008. I’m late in sharing my pride and joy with you!

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It was really enjoyable working with people like Kyle, Kwek, and the YM people. Kyle designed the journal while Kwek and I chose suitable Dharma quotes to put in and compiled the Calendar of Events for Buddhist youth groups. Renee and Cell sourced for printers, Jasper and Ching Wi proofread while I isolated myself from the action by rotting in the US.

I love the sweet smell of brown paper.

Anyways, I have some copies which I’ll be happy to give out. Tell me if you want one!

Organisational Synergies, anyone?

“We want to disorientate you, not orientate you,” declared Chu Yiu Tak, 22, Group Head for Implementation. He was sharing his life experiences with 15 SPLAT! volunteers from the Pioneer Junior College Interact Club during the Personal Mastery workshop, one of the six workshops conducted in the SPLAT! Volunteers Engagement and Development Huddle (VEDH).

The Huddle was held over two days in Jan 2009 at Pioneer Junior College. Through informative workshops and experiential learning, young minds were encouraged to question and strong bonds were formed between participants, who will play important roles as SPLAT! volunteers. More importantly, our volunteers’ conviction in helping youths-at-risk was greatly strengthened.

At SPLAT! , we believe that our young volunteers should be challenged to think without the box, instead of just ‘thinking out of the box’. That is why the workshops comprised largely of real-life scenarios that require creative problem solving on the participants’ part.

We also recognise the need for our volunteers to be well informed of the challenges faced by youths-at-risk and ex-youth offenders in Singapore, as this will help to strengthen their faith in championing the cause. A comprehensive and engaging lecture on youth delinquency was thus delivered.

Besides learning about the intricate workings of SPLAT! and the various volunteering opportunities available, participants picked up skills and knowledge that they could apply in school and in life:  “I can apply what I learnt in real life, so I find this workshop useful,” said Cha Wan Zhen, a Year-2 student.

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Other workshops conducted during the Huddle were:

  • Achieving Organisational Synergies by Pamela Poh, Team Head for Information Management
  • Management and Development of SPLAT! Volunteers by Augustine Chan, Manager of Outcome Management
  • Youth Delinquency in Singapore by Dominic Lim, Group Head for Strategic Management
  • Communication and Information Management by Augustine Chan
  • Event Management by Augustine Chan

For our participants to have a deeper understanding of youths-at-risk and ex-youth offenders, SPLAT! invited Ms Ong Bee Khim, a Member Services Executive from the Industrial and Services Co-operative Society Ltd (ISCOS) to relate her first-hand encounters with these youths. ISCOS is one of our partners.

Little known facts about incarcerated youths uncovered during the discussion: The youths do not celebrate their birthdays in prison, though they get ‘special food’ during festivals like Christmas and Hari Raya. All letters are screened and will only reach the other party months later. They are only given five minutes to bathe. Not all youth offenders get the chance to study in prison school. The lives of inmates really piqued the interest of our participants!

On Day 2, the participants split up into three teams for their Experiential Learning, which involved completing certain challenges at relevant checkpoints such as Assumption Pathway School, Boys’ Town Home, the Juvenile Court, and Student Advisory Centre. Having had no prior knowledge of the locations and tasks, the teamwork and problem-solving capacities of our participants were stretched and maximised.

All the teams met at the Changi Museum and Chapel to each create an artwork in 30 minutes to raise awareness for youths-at-risk. They then trekked 6.5km to Changi Beach, passing by Prison Link Centre and Selarang Park Drug Rehabilitation Centre. The Huddle was wrapped up with a scrumptious dinner at Changi Village.

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To be honest, this was my first time interacting with JC students since JC! I was so afraid that they would throw stones at me for talking to them as if they were primary school kids, whom I hang around with more but still have no control over! It didn’t help that I was tasked (note: not asked) to conduct a workshop on Achieving Organisational Synergies, as if I knew what that meant.

But I really liked being around them. They didn’t remind me of my JC self – angsty, lethargic, whiny – plain childish, actually. They’re a bunch of thinking, good-natured, honest, unselfish people whom Singapore should churn out more of. I’m really proud of them.  This is going to sound like it came from a Public Relations textbook, but I can’t wait till they come on board so we can learn and grow together.

More Huddle photos here

Visit the revamped SPLAT! website which Pong and I worked very hard for!

找到了吗?

你必须找出每次严冬过后你一遇到温暖就会转绿的那点能量。– 吴韦材

在此阅读原文!

快毕业了,这是我人生的转捩点。要步入社会大学吗,还是继续啃书? 经济萎靡,这是个大学生也找不到工作的年头,大家都劝我继续深造。

也有叫我去当老师的,或找份跨国企业/政府铁饭碗的工作,“别浪费你的好成绩”。

面对那么多选择,我觉得更加的“没选择”。排除一切的经济考量和对未来的顾虑,我打从心里真正想尝试的是多接触摄影/写作方面的工作。这可能会耗费大量的金钱和时间,我也可能会处处碰壁,可是我至少能够每天醒来都有期待。我不愿意过那种每天醒来对天花板发呆脑中想着“我该怎样才不用上班?”的日子。

人生苦短,为什么不要找些自己爱做的事来做?我们真的需要一个月两千八,才能快乐?

每次问自己这个问题的时候,一切都变得特别清晰。到底应该跟着别人好心的建议走,还是聆听自己心中那把声音(就算到头来我还是个一事无成的穷光蛋),我心中有数。