"BEST COSTUME had to go to this young dude who came around smiling benignly and shook everyone's hands. omg he was so in character, i knew what he was immediately - with all the General Elections that just took place this year it's not hard to guess - HE'S ACTING AS A YOUNG PAP MEMBER. he even gathered his friends to behave as his minders, WOW. WOW WOW WOW.
that, ladies and gentleman, is EFFING BRILLIANT.
i just gaped at him and told the others to check his mind-blowing act & 'costume' (light short sleeved shirt tucked into chinos; that is elegant execution - he doesn't even need to buy a costume!). even the rest noted how awesome his character was and we all agreed he should get more treats. yay, we finally have someone really deserving of our Reeses pieces!
he finally came around and i was so excited i yelled, 'HEY YOU LOOK GREAT MAN!! so who are you supposed to be?'
he shook my hand - well, all of our hands, actually, and said a name which i didn't catch. well, no matter, must be somebody in GRC or parliament that he resembles with his crew cut hairstyle. SO COOL LA, WAH LAU.
the rest of my pals were smiling and keeping up with the hoity-toity act and since i was the candy-giver, i offered him our best candy."
What a blast the VW Golf GTi 35 Party was! Miyagi and I met up and headed straight to the makan. But most were there to see the GTis on display. And ok, the lovely ladies too.
That's the Golf GTI E35 above. It's a special edition version of the GTi that marks 35 years of Golf GTI, and is also their most powerful GTi ever.
This is the first ever GTi, the Mk 1, and it was displayed as part of a convoy of GTis from the first to the latest generation model. I thought it was quite cool that they got the legendary Mr Giorgetto Giugiaro, designer of the very first GTi, as their Guest-of-Honour. They even had a big birthday cake in the shape of the car. I didn't manage to get a bite of the car cake though.
I wandered around the vast premises at Stadium Link trying to soak it all in. There was an entire food area, booths for manicures, temporary tattoos, driving simulator machines and wide range of activities. It was like a mini-carnival.
There was a fashion show, a Miss Golf GTI Pageant and to my surprise, the band 53A performed too.
53A is Sara Wee on Lead Vocals, with Alvin Khoo, Bani Hidir and Irwan Shah. The band really rocked the house down and was an unexpected treat for me.
Folks clamoured to take photos with the various GTis, especially the new E35. Miyagi and I were happily snapping away on the stage when I said with a laugh, "Eh, we seem like the only fellas on stage taking photos, and there is an audience gathering at the sides. Wouldn't it be funny if suddenly got hot girls walk on stage and we're still here? Very laokui one leh!"
Moments after we got off the stage, the Miss Golf GTI Pageant started. That was close.
Oh, that's Miyagi on the left of the Mk 1 below.
Do come down to join the festivities over the weekend, on the 26th and 27th of November. There are shuttle buses to Stadium Link from Midpoint Orchard and Marina Bay sands. Details and a map can be found at the website: www.gti35.sg/
I had a good time at the party but I think Miyagi and I ate a little too much food. I am a little jealous that the GTi had such a fancy party at age 35. Miyagi and I are older than the GTi leh. How come we don't get parties like this?
Parry Liu, a Chinese student from NUS, on the social networking site, Renren, allegedly said: "There is a principle we can learn from the recent Singapore vs China soccer game to apply in our final exam. No matter what, never give up, because there will always be Singaporeans who will perform worse than us."
Original Chinese text:
"Speaking at a press conference yesterday, LTA chief executive Chew Hock Yong noted that the city centre is “very crowded” and there are MRT lines and a canal running through the affected area. Mr Chew added: “The road has to be of a certain level of straightness because the cars would have to travel at a certain speed. So taking all that into account, that was the alignment that we have to settle on.”
I didn't realise that the LTA cared so much about our straightness.
Nanyang Pho Leng Building, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, and Victoria Street Wholesale Centre will also be gone.
Many of the residents in the colourful and iconic Rochor Centre flats are senior citizens. While they will be offered newer flats and compensation from the Gahmen, how many will be able to cope financially and mentally with a move like this?
After hearing so many of my readers and Twitter friends recommend me the Klipsch range of headphones, I decided to give these new Image S4As a go. Got them before I left for the US trip and they did not disappoint.
When you go on a work trip (with some side recreation) that involves as much driving as ours (we drove from California to Arizona to Nevada in the space of 10 days), you get a lot of downtime. Ryan was responsible for the driving and I was the navigator. When I was not busy navigating (leaving that to the "lady" in the rental car's GPS), I put on my Klipsch S4A earphones to listen to my music and podcasts, without disturbing my driving buddy.
After listening to the S4As for so many days and so many hours, I have to say, yes, my readers were right. These are very very good earphones. What did I like about them? Well, the sound, first of all. For a pair of earphones that cost about S$169, they sound way above their price point, doing very well against headphones that cost twice their price. The bass was nice and tight, without overwhelming the rest of the music, and there was lovely clarity.
There is a balance in these earphones which I like a lot, and it played my very wide range of music competently.
The ear tips are oval in shape, which is unusual. Most other brands use round tips. Apparently, Klipsch found that our ear canals are oval, not round. And after wearing these oval ear tips for long periods, I have to agree with them. The comfort is better, the sound isolation also very good. I wore them on the 20-hour plane ride to LA from Singapore, in place of the free headphones that Singapore Airlines supplies, and found that they were snug and kept most of the sound out. Even the crying baby in the aisle across from me was only a distant annoyance.
Still, don't expect the isolation that you get from noise-cancelling earphones. Though frankly, the only time I find noise-cancelling earphones useful are on planes.
The Image S4A comes with a remote for controlling Android phones. The control allows you to answer and end calls, mute the mic, use the voice commands, play and pause, change tracks and control the volume of your 'Droid. It worked nicely with my Motorola ATRIX.
It is rare to find earphones designed for Android phones, since the market is full of earphones designed for iPhones (there is an Image S4 for the iPhone too, called the S4i). So I am sure you Android lovers will be happy to have something like this.
Despite the remote on the S4A, the earphones worked fine on all my other devices, as long as the jack was a 3.5mm standard headphone jack. I also like the little black pouch that you can carry the S4A earphones in. The Klipsch S4i had a little silver tin can, also cute, but the S4A black pouch is more compact.
I reckon if you like listening to music even a little, you should chuck the free earphones that come with your iPhone, Android or mp3 player and get an awesome third-party pair like these. You don't have to break the bank to do it too.
Do remember to let your new Klipsch earphones (or any new earphones for that matter) "burn in" for about 50 hours first. By that I mean you play music through your new earphones at slightly higher levels, when you are not using them. It loosens things up inside and makes them sound at their best.
And in case you are wondering, yes, that is my cheap Las Vegas motel room in the background.