These are the shortlisted Baby Jubilee Gifts from which 5 will be picked. Where is the $50,000 note that can double as a baby shawl?
Apparently you can vote on what babies born in the year of Singapore's Jubilee will get as a keepsake.
If you and your spouse get to work now, still got time to make a Jubilee baby leh. Go, go, go!
Another great Baby Jubilee gift idea: your choice of primary school. That would be like hitting the Big Sweep.
Actually if you read the item names out loud, they sound like SAF unit Open Mobilization Code Words.
"The following units are required to report to your Mobilisation Centre: Wooden Toy, Diaper Bag, Sippy Cup, and Multi-Functional Shawl."
Sometimes, you may get tired of trying to get a cab or squeezing into a train. For those moments, there is the Silkair MI8870 flight from Changi Airport to Paya Lebar Airbase.
Enjoy onboard service that is legendary, as you take the fastest route between two destinations in Singapore. Just make sure you eat fast. It's only a 9km flight.
Sure, it may take longer to check in and wait for your flight than to actually take a bus to Paya Lebar, but Changi airport has better aircon.
Now you can truly say, with pride, when friends ask you how you came to Paya Lebar, "Oh, I flew here from Changi."
And in case you're wondering, the unusual flight does exist: http://mrbrwn.co/1qoJKCZ
Update: According to Melvin Chen, "it's to move the plane to Paya Lebar Airbase's ST Aerospace facility, for maintenance/retrofit. Quite common. Sometimes they fly and land with Changi as destination too, for test flights."
Update 2: According to a SilkAir spokesperson, "This is a ferry flight for one of our retired aircraft heading to Paya Lebar Airbase for its sale transaction. It is part of our aircraft fleet renewal as we introduce new Boeing 737-800 aircraft into our fleet."
[photo via @TalkingFishy]
Video link: http://vidd.me/v/vyf
Behold, Singapore Tourism Board's cringe-worthy tourism video for the Philippines market: Couple goes to Singapore for a holiday! And she has a surprise for him. (I think the fella would have preferred a watch.)
The video is so bad it is good, and it was taken down by the Singapore Tourism Board from their YouTube channel once it went viral.
Oh, they now blame Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN for it.
Me, calling after dropping Faith at school: "Ma, you want me to pick you up for breakfast?"
Mom: "I'm in Auntie Julie's car! We are going to JB! Bye bye!"
Me: "Wait what?"
Even a fractured left knee can't stop my mother from going out.
This is the new National Gallery Singapore logo. It is two rectangles. It is very cheem.
That is why I could not resist doing this:
That is what I look like after doing yoga for the first time.
It is good for computer games:
Good for saving the animals from a flood:
And it makes an easy Bat-signal too:
And what is a gap without a Portal?
I wonder if it cost a lot of money to design this logo…
Update: I added more samples from other people. This is from Every Day Party:
This is from Boon Howe:
I loved this Tetris one I saw on Facebook, but I can't seem to find the creator (let me know who and I will put in the credit):
Zack Zainal kicked this out of the park:
I watched the 3D version of Noah the movie and here are my thoughts:
1. Thou shalt not believe the intro when it says it is Inspired by the Bible. It is an environmental conservation and vegan propaganda film disguised as a biblical (or some might say, anti-biblical) epic.
2. Thou canst enjoy it as an okay adventure film. The special effects are quite decent but the set pieces are also dragged down by long spells of boring dialogue.
3. Hence, thou will find it draggy in parts and will wish the flood came sooner.
4. Thou shalt not let Russell Crowe sing. Not even a lullaby.
5) Thou can no longer take this movie seriously once thou seest the Rock People a.k.a. Fallen Angels. Hey, the Hobbits called, and they want their rock people back.
6. Thou will also wonder why ancient peoples had such nice clothes and boots.
7. Thou will be able to tell this is an ancient time because the world is full of white people who speak with a British accent.
8. Thou will enjoy Anthony Hopkins's restrained acting as Methuselah, grandfather of Noah. Give that man a berry.
9. Thou may be prompted, after the movie, to reread the book of Genesis, and think deep thoughts about it.
10. Thou will wonder if the sequel will feature David battling the Goliaths, giant robots piloted by the Philistines, tentatively entitled "David and Goliath: Titanfall". Inspired by the first book of Samuel, of course.
Signs of Unclehood:
1. @mrbrown: You start caring about the stitching and material in the boxers you buy. #SignsOfUnclehood
2. @mrbrown: You hear got Isetan Private Sale tomorrow and get excited. Because you have the privilege card. #SignsOfUnclehood
3. @mrbrown: You get upset when you forgot to bring your NTUC card and you just bought some groceries at Fairprice. #SignsOfUnclehood
4. @mrbrown: When your dental clinic SMSes you an annual checkup reminder, you call right away & make an appointment for the next day. Even though you have no toothache. #SignsOfUnclehood
5. @songboh: Walk past mama shop not to see 8 days or iweekly, but lian he wan bao #SignsOfUnclehood
6. @mrbrown: You can sit at the kopitiam like @gweezilla for hours. #SignsOfUnclehood
7. @mrbrown: You know it costs you $1.17 to take bus home from the office, compared to $1.57 by train/bus. And choose to take the bus. #SignsOfUnclehood
8. @mrbrown: You discuss loyalty point accumulation strategies with your mother. #SignsOfUnclehood
9. @SC_Ang: CK is in heartland, not Orchard Road. #SignsOfUnclehood
10. @oddianlee: You use the zoom function often for documents cause font size too small. #SignsOfUnclehood
11. @mrbrown: You become a morning person. #SignsOfUnclehood
12. @mrbrown: You become a morning person AND you are thinking of joining a taichi class at the RC. #SignsOfUnclehood
13. @kennyboyboy: You browse the newspaper to cut out supermarket discount coupons. #SignsOfUnclehood
14. @threez: You bring umbrella and bo zua go State Courts and listen to the Little India riot COI coz got free aircon. #SignsOfUnclehood
15. @kiddoliciouss: You prefer hot drinks to cold ones. #SignsOfUnclehood
16. @BernardYeo76: "I tell you… that time Liverpool won everything…" #SignsOfUnclehood
17. @TiongChye: You start finding out what 50plus EXPO is all about. #SignsOfUnclehood
18. @pattyopines: When your last shirt of choice was a horizontal stripped polo tee and white shorts. #SignsOfUnclehood
19. @judacris: You get angry at a opinion submitted to ST Forum but do nothing about it. #SignsOfUnclehood
20. @Alfred_Loo: You start buying polo T shirts with breast pockets. #SignsOfUnclehood
21. @mUAr_cHEe: When you can connect, understand and relate to @mrbrown posts on parenting. #SignsOfUnclehood
22. @sohbengkuan: You watch #夜市人生 and tweet about the show. #SignsOfUnclehood
23. @mrbrown: When Gold 90.5FM is playing music from your era. #SignsOfUnclehood
24. @pzhiwen: @mrbrown, when you start washing and collecting plastic take out containers. #SignsOfUnclehood
25. @mr_wilson95: You start accumulating the stamps from shop&save to exchange for those pots on display #SignsOfUnclehood
26. @ikuan: When you start to wear a singlet inside your shirt. #SignsOfUnclehood
27. @Yuuuussss: When choosing clothing, u prioritise comfort over style. #SignsOfUnclehood
28. @DLiew_: When you rather drink at coffe shop than Koi or Starbucks #SignsOfUnclehood
29. @mrbrown: When you stop having Ice Kachang and start liking Chee Mah Wu. #SignsOfUnclehood
30. @mrbrown: You know it's #SignsOfUncleHood when you don't care that you left the house in the Ah Pek shorts you wear at home.
I spent a day with a Certis Cisco officer as he prepared for his duties at a MSL football match. It was eye-opening.
You can read about my day with Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) Lance Corporal Nicholas Alex, on my photo narrative site: brown.exposure.so
I received this 10 For Keeps Memory Kit from the team behind Singapore Memory Project and decided to capture some of my cherished Singapore-related memories using the included Instax camera. At first, I thought I'd just take photos of the items lying on the floor but since my kids were on their one-week school holiday, I decided to deploy my child labour.
This is my school tie clip. The tie it is on belongs to my son, who is also going to the same school as his old man did. I have had that tie clip for decades now, since Secondary 4, when I left the school at 16. It is hard to believe I have kept it for almost thirty years. Whenever I have to wear a tie (which is rare), I try to wear the clip. It isn't as fancy as the branded ones out there but it brings back memories of school days. That my boy is now part of the same school family makes it even more special.
Joy is holding on to a FujiFilm FinePix 40i digital camera. It was the first digital camera I even owned and cost me slightly more than a thousand dollars in the year 2000. I bought it just before my firstborn, Faith was born and all her early photos were taken with this camera. I told the wife the purchase was "for the baby". It helped to pass the Minister of Home Affair's scrutiny.
The 40i was an oddity because it could play MP3s AND take photos: a camera with headphones and a music remote control. It had 2.4 megapixels (my iPhone has more megapixels than this camera now) and used giant SmartMedia cards. The lens was equivalent to 36mm on a full frame camera and fixed (only digital zoom) but you know, I took many photos of Faith and printed them out at 3R and 4R and didn't think it lacked anything.
I know how Inception this is: I used an analogue camera to take an instant photo of a digital camera and scanned the instant photo of my digital camera for my blog.
The Fuji Finepix 40i doesn't work anymore but I still keep it because it was my firstborn camera for my firstborn child.
Isaac here is holding on to a photo of me, aged 1. I love collecting old black and white photos of my past and from this photo you can see the black sliding gate reminiscent of the old HDB flats in the early 70s. It also shows the exposed gas meter of the time. And also note that parents in the old days didn't really fuss over the hygiene of placing their baby on the floor of the common corridor.
Joy is holding on to a photo of her mother, aged 18. This was taken when I first started dating my wife, in her home, which was a three-room flat above her father's tailor shop. She was a sweetie then, and still one now. You can see where my daughters get their big "eyes like limpid pools" from. ("Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. -Song of Solomon 7:4)
Also note the old school sofa, the kind with the stretched black elastic bands below and square cushions on top.
When Joy saw the photo, she said, "Mommy is so pretty!"
Indeed she is.
Joy is carrying a cassette tape. This is a performance track for a song that the wife and I used to sing at our friend's weddings. A performance track is the song with just the music and sans vocals. The tape is high-end chromium dioxide (CrO2) tape, and is still in great shape, but I don't have a player at home that can play it anymore, since almost all my music is now digital and in the cloud.
When Joy saw it, she said, "Papa, is that a… TAPE?"
Yes, I told her. The song, I said, had to be played in a linear fashion and if you wanted to skip to the next song, you had to fast forward. This is an alien concept for my kids because they are used to being able to jump to any point in a song or a video. And another mind-blowing thing for them to learn: you took the tape out and flipped it around for songs on the B-side. Wait till I show them how we used to rewind a tape with a pencil to save battery life on a Walkman.
You can win your own Instax Memory Kit worth over $100 by sharing a meaningful memory or two in the comments* below by 2 April 2359h. The two best entries will win.
The Instax Memory Kit was a great way to document some of the memories I want to keep. It comes with an instant camera, 2 cartridges of instant film with 10 exposures each and a Memory Kit book that teaches you how to document your memories. There are even memory sheets in the kit that allows you to mail in your instant photos and describe your memories so that the Singapore Memory Project can archive them for future generations to enjoy.
By submitting your memories you will also stand a chance to have them featured at SMP’s Memory Showcase. Do come down to the showcase launching on the 11th of April at the National Library Building.
* Note that by submitting a comment you agree to let it be collected by the Singapore Memory Project team for archival and collection purposes, and may be used by the team as content feature.
This is my Faith, just back from a little grocery shopping trip with me. I took her along to send her younger brother to tuition, then decided to buy some things at the supermarket after that.
"Good girl, Faith, for helping Papa!" I said, pleased that she could hang on to the plastic bag of groceries I gave her. The autism and her low tone means she usually has trouble holding on to heavier items.
This is Faith seconds later, dashing off from the lift lobby, giggling. She does that sometimes, bolting away for no good reason. I think she finds it amusing to make me run after her. Needless to say, I ended up chasing after her to make sure she didn't run to the street. My radar and reflexes are very good and sharp but my sprinting isn't of Usain Bolt standard. I was winded by the time I caught her.
Being part of the 1 Million kg Blogger Challenge has made me acutely aware of how important it is to keep myself fit for my kids. Sure, losing weight is nice and all, but making sure my heart is strong and body reasonably fit, even as I enter my late forties, is even more important.
I've been adding more veggies into my daily meals and thinking of running or swimming more. Maybe trying some other exercise besides cycling. Varying the exercise routine a bit is probably good for the body. The human body adapts to a exercise routine very quickly and after a while you can plateau if you don't push other parts of the body.
Anyway, do sign up for the #1mkg Challenge yourself. It will be good for you to shed some kilos healthily and win some prizes (got car!). Use my link: http://bit.ly/N2U2vq.
And let's make sure Miyagi does the hot yoga forfeit. Heheh.
And just like that, my firstborn turned 13, no fanfare, no parties, no sleepovers.
We bought her a cake that her youngest sister decorated, and sang her a loud birthday song in the car ride to church. I wandered the aisles of a department store later, deciding on what to buy her for her present. I have spent many years in the aisles meant for toddlers, looking at sensory toys that she should have outgrown more than a decade ago, if it wasn't for the autism.
Buying presents for my two younger ones is so much easier and less fraught with emotion.
We think Faith understands the concept of birthdays. She certainly understands the concept of cake (we have to hold her back from attacking her cake before we finish singing the song every year).
She shares the same birthday month as her mother, their birthdays are only a week apart, and together with our wedding anniversary, the month of March is always a rowdy month of celebrations.
A week after her birthday, during service, Faith suddenly reached out to me in the pews and touched my lips, as her speech therapist does with her, I suspect.
"Tooyoo, tooyoo," she vocalized.
I smiled at her quizzically. "Yes dear, tooyoo?"
I looked at the wife, and she shrugged too, not understanding what Faith meant.
Then Faith looked away, lost in thought. And then we heard it.
She was humming the Happy Birthday song, "Doo-doo-doo-doo, tooyoo, doo-doo-doo-doo, tooyoo…"
May all her dreams, whether we will ever know what they are, come true.
When I grow up, I want to have Allan Wu's body. Is that guy fit or WHAT? You can see from this photo, even the zeros got thinner just standing behind him, frightened into skinniness.
This was at the 1 Million kg Challenge Launch event over the weekend at the Ngee Ann City forecourt. Under big white tents, people mingled and tried the various booths, and got free stuff (I heard much of the free stuff involved healthy food).
Miyagi and I wandered around the area, trying out the stations.
The first booth was obvious: Get ourselves signed up and weighed in at the machines. Miyagi entered his name and age and weight and all that stuff, and the machine killed itself.
I am kidding. The machine gave him his BMI and told him how many gazillion kilograms he had to lose before he hit "healthy".
I was there with him all the way, by his side… taunting him. But he was not fazed. He had the look of determination on his face, as you can see from this photo.
Next we checked out a cycling station, and a question and answer booth (got prizes to win one). The answer to this question is FALSE, you should NOT cut back on the amount of exercise you do, after you reach your ideal weight.
The TRX exercise station looked like a lot of fun. So we tried it out. I gave Miyagi "a hand".
As you can see, I was really giving my 110% when it was my turn.
Kidding aside, it has been a rather challenging start to my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. I had a wedding to attend over the weekend (yes the food was awesome) then a dinner at a friend's house that very same day. I consciously avoided the alcohol at the wedding (ok, I had one small glass of red wine but the rest was Chinese tea) and didn't even finish the whole wedding 10-course meal. And I didn't whack the cheese and crackers over dinner (I gave them to my wife).
I've also been getting more sleep. I am zonked before midnight and up by 7am, which is unheard of for me, as I am a night person. But new duties (sending Faith to school) meant an adjustment to my lifestyle. So I now have my meals at proper hours due to this change in timing. Not too bad. No more 11pm meals for me.
Also cut were my portions of rice and noodles. Those carbs can be hard to shed once they are inside. And I took my chicken rice today skinless (the chicken, not me).
Anyways, there is still time for YOU to sign up for the 1 Million kg Challenge, using my referral link: http://bit.ly/1fRoHsF
Remember what is at stake here: Making sure I win so that Miyagi does YOGA. You know you want to see him stretch like Plastic Man. Sign up now!
She is home now and recuperating. It will be some weeks of physio and healing before she can give up the wheelchair, but she is in good spirits and cannot wait to get back to her routine again.
My mother, commenting on Malaysia’s use of the bomohs to find #MH370: “Maybe they need more pro bomohs.”
What a spectacle.
In other news, via TODAY: "The Malaysian police have denied doctoring photos of flight MH370 passengers with stolen passports - saying one man’s legs were spliced over the other’s in a photocopying error."
Please lah, how can they be Photoshop expert if they not even Photostat expert?
Let me quote Malaysia's indignant Acting Transport Minister Datuk Hishammuddin: "There is only confusion if you want it to see it as confusion."
And our Ironic Statement of the Week: "China is calling on Malaysia to be more transparent…"
Meanwhile, here at mrbrown.com, for all the facepalm moments we are witnessing, we continue to #prayforMH370.