"It's been a wet Summer in Austria," our host said. And she was right. We expected clear skies here in Reith bei Seefeld but it was not to be. We woke up to rain. Even the mountains in front of our terrace were covered with clouds and mist.
Still, we thought, we should see the Austrian Alps somehow. That's what we came for. So we drove to nearby Bergbahnen Rosshütte and took a cable car up.
The ride up to the summit was fun. It took two different cable cars, the first to the middle station, then a second one to the top. In winter, you would also be taking ski lifts to ski down the slopes but this was still the summer season and most folks came to hike.
The rain was not as heavy anymore and it was too beautiful to not try walking down the mountain. I learned quickly that I was no longer that young strapping soldier in National Service. Good thing I wasn't carrying a full pack and weapon on this hike.
Not a bad way to end a nice day, I think.
It is 9.30pm here in Austria and I just finished watching the Apple Event where the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch was launched. It is one of the benefits of being in an Apple-Event-friendly timezone.
But I can't say I "watched' because I TRIED to watch the livestream, only to be annoyed by a simulcast audio of a Chinese translator talking during the stream (which you could not turn off) and more importantly, the livestream hanged on my iPad Air's Safari.
I mean, who was running the livestream? Interns?
In the end, I had to read Engadget's live blog.
Dear Apple, if your ability to keep my Apple Pay wallet safe is as good as your livestream for this event, I'll stick to my analogue wallet.
Anyway, this Apple Pay thing is US-only. By the time we get it here in Singapore, we will call it 超级Pay.
Tim Cook tells us that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will have equal to or better battery life than iPhone 5S. Er, that's not a high bar to beat, sir.
What else will we get?
Phase Detect AF and OIS? Nice. Thinner than the iPhone 5S? Awesome. Some kind of super strong glass in front? Yay.
Heavier than the iPhone 5S by 70g? What are you doing, Apple?!
With the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens now a reality, Apple users will no longer be beat up by Android users and have sand kicked in our faces. We will just have sand kicked in our faces.
Anyway, I was more interested in the One More Thing. So much so that when Tim Cook said "One more thing", my livestream went offline again. Much swearing ensued.
The Apple Watch questions swirled in my head. Will it be able to make phone calls with its own SIM? Will it come in Rollex Gold? (Towkays, Ah Bengs and China need to know!) Will it be able to monitor my favorite sporting activity, Sitting Around Doing Nothing?
The answers are: No, it needs an accompanying iPhone (because Tim Cook says they were made to work together blah blah blah). Yes, kind of, there is an 18K gold version called the Apple Watch Edition. And finally, No, there is no iNuah app out yet.
The Apple Watch will sell for $349. That's in US dollars. For that money, the Apple Watch had better let me remote tazer the guy who steals my iPhone.
I am a little annoyed. I mean, come one, Apple. Even Samsung Gear S can hold a nano-sim and make calls without a phone connected to it. See? You made me use the S word.
I may be sticking to my first-gen Apple Watch for a while. This is my iPod nano with LunaTik straps. It isn't waterproof and doesn't make Apple Pay payments, but it has a headphone jack.
And before I forget, let us have a moment of silence for iPhone 5S cases as they are sacrificed on the altar of obsolescence for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases.
Now to decide on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Big or bigger? Decisions, decisions.
Here's a shot of the bedroom and the bathroom. We booked it via Airbnb, totally on a whim.
When we were in Salzburg, we didn't even know where we were going next. We just looked at the map and said, hey, this place looks nice. And here we are in Reith bei Seefeld.
From Reith, we can go up to the mountains via the cable car at Seefeld, the next town. We also visited Innsbruck, a larger, more touristy city.
One of the pleasures of traveling free and easy is you can choose to cook and dine in, instead of eating out.
We have been buying stuff from the supermarket to eat for lunch, like a €1.20 sandwich here and a €2 chicken drumstick there. Beats eating at expensive restaurants or fast food joints. This is me with our supermarket lunch at Seefeld.
As it was with our Turkey trip, we sometimes cook full meals if we think the place we are staying in has adequate cooking facilities. It saves money and you eat better.
At the SPAR supermarket, we shopped for two breakfasts and two dinners.
When Ryan saw the ribeye in the supermarket chiller, he couldn't resist and grabbed some. I asked him, "You bought steaks? You know how to cook ah? I like medium leh."
He replied: "Medium size ah? I only know Well Done and Not Done."
Yes, I told him, and after Well Done, there is Good Job.
It is Sunday in Salzburg. Almost all shops are closed. We hunt for a 3G data card desperately.
After a wondering around the Salzburg HBF train station area, we find a €15 for 5GB Yooopi SIM card in a tiny hole-in-the-wall internet LAN shop run by a young Bangladeshi man.
He cuts the SIM, puts it Into my iPhone and activates the data plan. I turn off the SIM pin lock via the phone, and put the SIM into my MIFI router. Voila, shared wifi for the Ryan and me.
The things we do for our mobile internet.
Anyways, this is how you get to see these photos I took at the top of Untersberg mountain, shortly after I got off the cable car. Got to have that internet, man.
We bought a €26 Salzburg Card that covers many attractions, public transport and the cable car ride too. This one lasted 24 hours. There are longer periods you can buy. The cable car ride alone is already €21 so the Card is quite worth it if you use it for the cable car ride and one other attraction, like the Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains.
I am so happy I brought my Tom Bihn Synapse 19 backpack. It has been a real trooper of a day pack. Inside I usually have my camera with three lenses, an Ultralight Down Jacket, Polar Buff scarf and assorted cables and portable battery pack.
The MacBook Pro and iPad Air are usually back in the room, inside the Western Flyer, my carry-on where my clothes and toiletries are.
The hike, after we reached the top of the mountain by cable car, took us more than an hour. There were nearer spots but we decided to hike a little higher, a little further.
We overestimated ourselves. Chuan, can?
I ended up lying down like the guy above when I reached the summit. I laid down for a long long time.
I could not resist singing The Hills Are Alive on the top of this Salzburg mountain. Hey, The Sound of Music is a personal fave.
We are staying at Barbra's place in Salzburg. We found it via Airbnb. She rents out the rooms in her house and the one we have is her best, at the top floor with our own toilet and bathroom. There is a small breakfast setup in the room and I was happy to park my can of Czech Pilsner Urquell in the mini fridge for drinking later.
It even has a nice balcony with a great view, where I plan to drink my one lonely can of beer tonight, in the cool of the Austrian night.
We are finally in Prague after a long drive from Berlin. The road here was fairly smooth except for two hiccups: the terrible jam in downtown Prague, and the traffic ticket from Czech traffic police near the border. We didn't know there was a 80km/h stretch at the tunnel after the border (and it was a common speed trap) and were traveling at the usual highway speeds (in fact way below the highway speed) so we got our first ever fine in our history of road trips.
CZR2000, said the cop, and they take credit cards. We panicked for a bit because 2000 sounded like a lot of money and after a quick check on the iPhone, we realized it was about S$117. Ah well.
We are staying at fashion designer Lucie's place, a lovely apartment we found via Airbnb. It is about five to eight minutes by tram to the city, or fifteen minutes walk.
Her apartment overlooks greenery and you can even see a bit of Prague downtown from the roof terrace. Yes, we have a roof terrace with a gorgeous view.
Ryan and I wondered around the Anděl area and got our 3G sim card from the mall, as well as withdrew some Czech money from the ATM (we only had Sing dollar and Euros on us). Armed with internet and money, we felt braver and relieved.
We wondered through the little market outside the mall, and were tempted by the flowers, homemade jams and wines. But how to carry back?
We decided to get some dinner and for some bizarre reason, we ended up having Mexican food. Burritos and quesadillas in the heart of Prague. Hey, it tasted good, ok?
While we were waiting for our tram, some drunk guy asked for spare change and I absentmindedly gave him a 50 Czech Koruna coin. Turns out it's S$3. Ouch.
Back to our rooftop terrace with the view!
After a mad run at Frankfurt airport to catch our connecting flight to Berlin, we are finally here.
It makes me glad I packed light. I got a really good workout running through Frankfurt airport. Most of the delay was at the customs inspection lines. Also, for some reason, my passport wasn't stamped and I went back to the counter to get it done. You don't want to have a long interview about why there is no record of you entering Germany when you are about to fly home.
One of the earliest smells I remember after we landed and were wandering at a mall in the morning (waiting to check in) was curry wurst.
I am told it tastes horrible. But many readers were egging me on to try it. I don't know if it is because they liked it themselves or they just want my reaction.
Berlin looks like a very austere and serious city to me. The wall, or fragments of it, is a prominent part of the art scene here.
Our driver told us that in 1961, the first 150km of the wall was erected very swiftly.
I paid 25 euros for an O2 1GB data prepaid sim (with some call time) in Berlin. It is a bit steep but we are internet junkies so we need our fix. I bought two sims because I know we will use more than 1GB in our time here.
We didn't really have a choice. The Hilton hotel we were staying in, charges 25 freaking euros per DAY for internet access. It's the 21st century, people, and internet access is as basic as running water and air-conditioning in a hotel room, so 25 euros a day is just nuts.
I saw quite a number of stylish cyclists in the city and some bike paths. I think there is a city-wide bicycle rental scheme going on here. I'm certainly going to explore the city on a bicycle in this lovely 15-20°C weather.
Now to look for some beer.
How time flies, another year, another #ndrsg. And what is the meaning of my life if I don't live tweet it? Here we go!
1. @mrbrown: Wait. If PM is doing his #ndrsg tonight, does that mean don't have #夜市人生? Nooooooo…
2. @mrbrown: PM today not wearing pink leh. I feel so disturbed. #ndrsg
3. @mrbrown: PM just sang Liang Wen Fu's 细水长流. I think it is the first time he has ever sung at an #ndrsg Singapore Got Talent siol.
4. @mrbrown: I am sorry. It was a green screen behind PM and I couldn't resist. #ndrsg
5. @mrbrown: Help me, Obiwan Kenobi! #ndrsg
6. @mrbrown: PM can go and do insurance and financial planning agent liao. Wah he can really talk very long on CPF lor. #ndrsg
7. @mrbrown: Are you not entertained? #ndrsg
8. @mrbrown: PM after his CPF speech, "How many of you still don't understand everything I just told you?" #ndrsg Wah lau, which minister dare to say no?
9. @mrbrown: This year boh goodies ah? #ndrsg
10. @mrbrown: Good news: New Science Centre. Bad news: Still in Jurong. #ndrsg
11. @mrbrown: This year #ndrsg I learned: Fishball stick is now NEA problem. They bao ka liao.
12. @mrbrown: Idea to PM to improve Jurong Japanese Gardens and Chinese Gardens: Move them out of Jurong. #ndrsg
13. @mrbrown: Idea to PM to improve Jurong Japanese Gardens and Chinese Gardens: Plant some Japanese people in Japanese Gardens. #ndrsg
14. @mrbrown: PM shared about all the new MRT lines coming up at #ndrsg and all I can think about is, dig so much Singapore won't sink meh?
15. @mrbrown: The new Singapore-KL high speed rail station may be located in Jurong. So you need your passport to go Jurong first. Then again at JB. #ndrsg
16. @sohbengkuan: Who still say Jurong boring and ulu after this year #ndrsg? (Me. -mb)
17. @miyagi: In other news, Old Chang Kee to start selling fishballs without sticks. #ndrsg (Or without the fishballs too. -mb)
18. @mrbrown: This year the #ndrsg goodie is… Fishball Stick.
19. @mrbrown: And now stand by for the news, that will repeat everything the PM said at #ndrsg
20. @mrbrown: @miyagi and I ask important questions of PM after his #ndrsg
21. @Fake_PMLee Last year #NDRsg , selfie stick. This year, fishball stick.
22. @mrbrown: One fella anyhowly throw fishball stick, and Grace Fu now has new job as Municipal Services Office head. Buay pai. #ndrsg
And this morning, I turn to the Sunday papers and find:
Seen in a YouTube comment: “I’m sure there's other good products besides tiger balms that relieve pain, I don't use tiger balm because they kill tigers for it.”
When I posted this on my Facebook page, I got many interesting responses:
David: "They kill faces to produce facepalms as well."
Abel: "I dont drink Tiger beer for the same reason also."
Shaun: "They kill rabbits for 大白兔奶糖"
Jackie: "I'm fine with olive oil, but baby oil?"
David: "I always use Extra Virgin."
Alex: "How about Camel Nuts?"
Stella: "Hey don't laugh. I used to think Chee cheong fun was real pig intestine…"
Terrence: "How about Mama Lemon?"
Aric: "I don't mind people being vegetarian, but don't talk to me if you're a humanitarian."
Lillian: "What about fish balls?"
Kelvin: "Good luck to the person called Pocari. I think he's definitely working very hard to produce all that sweat."
When you first get your home, every renovation detail must be right. By the time you've lived in it for ten years, with three kids: masking tape.
Oh, the fancy glass from the wardrobe door fell off? Cover with pieces of art that the kids made.
In case you are wondering, the bird one on the top right was by Isaac, the flower on an ice-cream stick in the middle and the splatter piece on the bottom right were by Faith, while the rest were done by Joy.
We had just finished lunch at the coffee shop and were driving home.
I took out some change from my shirt pocket and said to the wife, "Can put the $2 notes back into my wallet? I'm driving. Hey wait, you're doing it wrong. I like the big notes behind, small notes in front, and facing the same direction."
"I know," the Love of My Life replied, "I just want to irritate you."
My wife is such a troll.
Once again, it is National Day, our nation's 49th birthday. And what is National Day without some #iamsingaporean tweets, right?
Some background and trivia: "I Am Singaporean" actually started out as a series of audio podcasts that were recorded by me, Miyagi, my friends, and my favourite one, by my wife, in 2006. Go have a listen if you have never heard them.
Since then, I have been tweeting this hashtag almost every NDP because it is fun to declare what it means to be Singaporean. I kicked it off this morning and it has gone right through the trending roof, because, well, because we are all #iamsingaporean lah.
Oh, yes, before I forget: Happy 49th Birthday, Singapore!
1. @mrbrown: Other people Fourth of July go picnic. We Ninth of August go wet market and eat at hawker centre. #iamsingaporean
2. @syzzlyn: @mrbrown Hahahah Exactly what my parents did this morn… at Bedok Central. #iamsingaporean
3. @mrbrown: Want to scold, can scold me. We don't play mother one. #iamsingaporean
4. @mrbrown: Don't care how long the queue is, the queue so long must be the food very good. #iamsingaporean
5. @mrbrown: Must have my morning kopi or teh. #iamsingaporean
6. @miyagi: I live on an island, I fly abroad for island holidays #iamsingaporean
7. @miyagi: We care about national security, but we use our office keycards to chope seats. #iamsingaporean
8. @melpig: No kopi cannot work. #iamsingaporean
9. @Seat24Charlie: I pay good money to spend the weekend in a hotel 20 minutes away from my house #iamsingaporean
10. @HongJieOng: buying from your regular stall till they can memorize your order. #iamsingaporean
11. @mrbrown: When I say LJ, I don't mean LiveJournal. #iamsingaporean
12. @miyagi: #ManU, #Chelsea or #Liverpool can be our teams, but we dun know or support any S-League ones. #iamsingaporean
13. @mrbrown: Grandparents speak five dialects, parents speak one dialect (maybe), kids don't even know what their dialect group is. #iamsingaporean
14. @HaruLoku: You know you're Singaporean when you've never eaten these before #iamsingaporean (Eat liao will Merlion. -mb)
15. @furryphotos: Willing to queue 4 hours to book a table 3 months at a super popular restaurant. #iamsingaporean
16. @Gdy2shoez: I travel from Pasir Ris to new mall in Jurong because #iamsingaporean
17. @frhn: The #iamsingaporean tweets are hilarious. (Thank you. It's my yearly national duty. -mb)
18. @darrylho: #iamsingaporean No aircon will die
19. @MascotNila: Being able to instantly pick up a Singlish accent from across a crowded restaurant while overseas. #iamsingaporean
20. @mrbrown: One of the best public transport systems in the world. But not best enough for us because #iamsingaporean
21. @mrbrown: Four different cashless payment cards in one wallet. #iamsingaporean
22. @CDPPie: Knowing the difference between "air" and "air". #iamsingaporean (Baik lah! -mb)
23. @ronaldisthewan: I squatted by the drain to brush my teeth when I was a primary sch student for some national campaign. #iamsingaporean
24. @melpig: Order Milo by saying "tat kiew" at coffee shops. #iamsingaporean
25. @tstar: Go to hotel lobbies to use their toilets because the toilets are very nice #iamsingaporean
26. @hellofrmSG: .#iamsingaporean because when I see people starting this convo I also want to chap jin lai
27. @_shxrty_: Cold weather also tweet, hot weather also tweet. #iamsingaporean
28. @mrbrown: We are a nation of readers. #iamsingaporean
29. @zomgitsashok: National Day. Confirm must wear red. #iamsingaporean
30. @miyagi: Excited that many stores are offering 49% discounts. Can't wait for #SG100. #iamsingaporean
31. @tanhuiyi: I smuggle food & drinks from NTUC into Shaw or Golden Village #iamsingaporean
32, @Nyzms: Alamak. Here comes @mrbrown with his hashtag of the day. #iamsingaporean
34. @NeilHumphreys: Loving the #iamsingaporean stuff. loving it. (We love you too, Mr Humphreys. -mb)
35. @MothershipSG: #iamsingaporean because I think mee kia is spaghetti and mee pok is linguine
36. @funkshin: #iamsingaporean cos my bomb shelter is too full to protect me from bombs. (Where we keep the toilet rolls. -mb)
37. @ronaldisthewan: Every MRT stop has a shopping centre. #iamsingaporean (Almost, hor? -mb)
38. @lynnylchan: Sitting in the sun at Marina Bay to book my camera spot for fireworks later. #iamsingaporean
39. @ComradeTovarich: Because I complain about everything under the sun including the sun itself. #iamsingaporean
40. @yinghaoz: I type on WhatsApp faster than you type on computer because #iamsingaporean
41. @IanLeong93: Getting outraged that economic rice at food courts cost more than $5 #iamsingaporean
42. @frhn: All year long complain non-stop about the country but for one day, on 9 Aug, suddenly overly patriotic because #iamsingaporean.
43. @sarahcoldheart: I KNOW HOW TO DO THE GREAT SINGAPORE WORKOUT. #iamsingaporean (You more Singaporean than me then. Haha! -mb)
44. @chezevo: I am very amused by @mrbrown's #iamsingaporean tweets every year (Y) (Tankew! -mb)
45. @mrbrown: National Day still got tuition and revision. #iamsingaporean
46. @mrbrown: Would never wear or buy anything with a Merlion on it because #iamsingaporean
47. @MothershipSG: #iamsingaporean because I don't carry umbrella out and then it rains.
48. @mrbrown: We love our parks. #iamsingaporean
49. @Hwang_Yihui: When someone living in Jurong dates someone living in Pasir Ris it's called a long-distance relationship #iamsingaporean
50. @funkshin: #iamsingaporean cos I still dunno when to sing "bersatu" and "bersaru" in Majulah Singapura. (But I do! -mb)
51. @ronaldisthewan: Animals teach us when we were young. A lion says be courteous, a bee says be productive, a frog says keep it clean & green. #iamsingaporean
52. @mrbrown: Put. Chilli. On. Every. Thing. #iamsingaporean
53. @thebrainyspecs: Accidentally-on-purpose wearing red today. #iamsingaporean
54. @HongJieOng: Wearing Man U shirt to floating platform later. #iamsingaporean
55. That ecstatic feeling when @mrbrown retweets you #iamsingaporean (Good things must share mah! -mb)
56. @dtio: I follow @mrbrown just because #iamsingaporean (Tankew! It is my honour. -mb)
57. @howwow: Now this feels more like National Day with @mrbrown tweets #IAmSingaporean Happy 49th National Day Singapore! (Kumsiah! -mb)
58. @NeilHumphreys I am kinda, secretly, looking forward to #NDP fireworks and truly have no idea why. #iamsingaporean
59. @jeffcheong #iamsingaporean because is will always sing an extra 'ma' at the end of the national anthem.
60. @madebyjw Happy 49th Birthday, Singapore! #iamsingaporean
61. @mrbrown: Working from home. On a public holiday. Without a shirt on. Because so hot ok? #iamsingaporean
62. @mrbrown: Tweet/Instagram/Facebook until battery dead. #iamsingaporean
Me: "Kids, your uncle is taking you to the Turtle movie tomorrow."
Son: "Yaaaaay! Is it Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?"
Me: "No, it's Turtle: The Incredible Journey, a documentary."
I can be such a Troll Dad.
After I told them it was really Michael Bay's movie, Isaac whispered to his disappointed younger sister (who probably wanted a less boy-oriented movie), "They are Turtles… and Ninjas."
There is something about watching the Sound of Music on stage that is magical. I love the original movie version with Julie Andrews, for sure, and my kids and I can sing almost all the songs by heart. But watching the stage version has its moments too.
Do catch it at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands before the run ends on 10th of August 2014.
Some months ago, my son volunteered me to be a parent volunteer for one of his school outings. When I say he volunteered me, it means I only found out I was to be a parent volunteer after he told his teacher I would be more than happy to be a parent volunteer.
I decided to take the morning off from work to do it anyway. The boys were brought on a social studies tour of Fort Canning Park and since I grew up playing at this very park in the city when I was in the primary school next door, the trip had extra meaning for me.
I had almost forgotten how lovely Fort Canning is. Lush greenery in the midst of the city, clean air and the sounds of birds (and some cars and construction as well).
It made me feel thankful that we still have pockets of nature here in Singapore, filled with history and stories of Singapore. I think it is awesome to have so many trees in Singapore, kudos to our NParks folks.
So when Kleenex asked me be part of their Forest Stewardship Council campaign, I agreed. All you have to do is to take a pledge to make small changes in your own home that will improve the environment for future generations, at their Facebook page, and for every 20 pledges collected, Kleenex will sponsor the planting of a tree in a local park.
You can make your pledge here: http://mrbrwn.co/1rmGzzw
I made my pledge and also placed a wish on the Wishing Tree.
Some of the little things I pledge to do to save the world (and some I am already doing) is to make sure we don't leave the lights and fans on when we don't use them. My kids know the familiar refrain from their father: "Who left the fan on in the room again?"
It is strange to hear myself saying stuff like this, stuff my father used to say to his sons. I guess it rubs off on you.
I also have a slightly bad habit of grabbing more than one tissue from the tissue box each time. I don't know why I do it. Maybe I think two tissues are better than one. I shall use tissues more sparingly from now on.
My children are also taught not to waste water when they wash their hands or bathe. And from their grandma, my kids learn that water used for washing rice and vegetables can be reused for watering plants.
There are so many more small changes I think we can make to save the environment. Share them here in the comments, and do make a pledge and wish at the Kleenex page.
I'd like to see more trees planted in our little island.
The Minster of Defence has announced that NS IPPT will be reduced to 2.4km run, push-ups and sit-ups.
Now Lao Peng can say, "In MY time, IPPT was FIVE stations, ok? 2.4km, sit-ups, chin-ups, shuttle run and standing broad jump! And push-ups were used for punishment only. Last time, we collected rubber bands as we ran around the stadium, ok? And the black swimming trunks DAMN ugly, can? You young punks are so lucky."
@Miyagi thinks that next year IPPT will be reduced to one station: slow walk to canteen break.
I think in the near future, it may be even further reduced to 2.4m slow walk to the secret smoking point. And your maid can do for you. Reservists (NSmen) in their 30s or older are allowed to let their NSF sons do their reservist IPPT for them.
In view of the new shortened three-station IPPT, IPPT will be renamed IPT, Individuals Pass Together.
Because of the reduced need for Physical Training Instructors (PTIs), half of the current PTI force will be sent to Guardsmen and Commando course for upgrading. The remaining PTIs will be sent for Encouragement training, to help them cheer servicemen on during the new reduced IPPT, in the four national languages.
PTIs will also now need to provide high-fives and group hugs.
There will be no pass or fail or gold or whatever in the new reduced IPPT. Servicemen will fall under broad categories of Well Done, Not Bad and Good Effort. This is to ensure that they do not feel discouraged by any physical fitness shortcomings and damage their fragile self-esteem.
RT will also cease to stand for Remedial Training. It will end years of soldiers using the term wrongly, as in "You kena RT training ah?", as that would mean one is saying "You have Remedial Training training ah?".
It's like people who say ATM machine.
RT will now stand for Relaxing Tekong. Servicemen who feel like they should do better for the new IPPT can opt to go for Relaxing Tekong, a new spa, facial and fitness centre located on exotic Pulau Tekong, to improve their wellness.
With the new reduced three-station IPPT introduced, the chin-up bars at public park fitness corners will be re-purposed for use in MRT trains for standing passengers.
As push-ups are now part of the official IPPT, the new military punishment will be twenty mild squats.
BREAKING NEWS: The Ministry of Defence Fitness (MINDEFF) would like to clarify that the new IPPT is push-ups, sit-ups and a 24km run.
They apologize for the extra decimal point.
MINDEFF also announced that if servicemen do not wish to do the 24km run, they can opt for the alternative three-station IPPT where you do the sit-ups and push-ups… while doing the 2.4km run. Below ten minutes. To pass.
So I told the wife I was going to watch some #GER vs #BRA action and she looked at me funny. It was to be the first free game on tv and boy did we get goals.
5 goals from Germany in the first 28 minutes alone. Then just when I thought the second half was going to be boring, another 2 more from Germany and a pity goal from Brazil's Oscar in the ninetieth minute. The last time I saw a score like this was FIFA 14.
When Brazil finally scored that courtesy goal, my friend on FB wrote, "So you guys think this is going to penalties or what?"
Meanwhile, on our tv screens, Singtel's tv hosts remind us that their World Cup hashtag is #mioBrazil. How apt. Because it is truly #沒有Brazil liao.
At least Americans will now say, "Wow, this soccer thing is pretty neat! So many goals, like American Football liddat!"
Today sure got discount on Brazillian World Cup jersey one.
And in summary of this Germany vs Brazil match:
You hear the thunder, wind and pitter-patter outside? That's the tears of Brazil reaching Singapore.