Sunday, 29 March 2015

Tribute to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

Today, 29 March 2015,  marks a significant and grave day for all Singaporeans.
A day that left a huge impact on the nation.
A day that would be written in the history books of future generations.

I am sure almost every single Singaporean - be it young or old- are overwhelmed with emotions on this very day.
Mixed feelings of reluctance, sadness, grief, thankfulness and so much more..
It's indescribable.

We are all here because of one man. 
A man that planted the tree long ago just so we can now live comfortably under the shade.
A man that successfully -and carefully- crafted a country under his care within a generation.

And this one man is Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
He passed away on 23 March 2015 at the age of 91.

I couldn't find any word to describe him.
 Even the greatest adjective you have in mind now is an understatement.

Since my schooling days, I remembered studying about him during Social Studies. Truth to be told, I was not really interested in studying the history of Singapore then. 
I just knew that Mr.Lee existed and he was a political figure - and that was it.

It was not until recently that I got to know how much more this man has given Singapore, and the bits and pieces of his life that were not read about in history books.
Man, he is amazing.

I began watching his old recorded rally speeches and interviews, with a few of them creating deep impressions on me.
I particularly love this line most, which I am sure most of you would have heard of it too:

(It was from a rally speech in 1988)

"Even from my sick bed, if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up."


You can never deny the fact that those words were so powerful. 
The tone he used in almost all his rally speeches were injected with such strength and determination - so much that he will make you feel CONFIDENT and believe in him.

Although I may not know much about him, but through all the eulogies, stories and interviews I have seen, I came to realize that he is such an extraordinary man leading an ordinary life.
Despite his status, he chose to live humbly.

It's strange, but I find comfort in hearing all about how he used to lead his personal life (the life that wasn't often known by the public). It just shows how... human he was.
We, the public, know him as a political figure. A founding father of Singapore.
To his family, he was a great father, husband, grandfather, uncle and so much more.

When I listened to the Lee Hsien Yang's (his youngest son) eulogy today, I found myself smiling as I visualized how great of a father he had been to his children. 
I love how Lee Hsien Yang ended his speech -It just sums up our emotions:

"We know our loss is your loss too, and that the loss is deep and keenly felt. We are humbled that so many have come forward to demonstrate your affection for, respect of and gratitude to - my extraordinary father, a father we share - with Singapore."

To read more about the eulogy, you can click here: 

There's so much difference 50 years can make.
50 years ago, he mourned for the nation. 
 50 years after, the nation is mourning for him.


"I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There's nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got?
A successful Singapore.
What have I given up?
My life."

Thank you, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, for all your contributions towards Singapore.
(Not even a million Thank-Yous is enough to describe our thankfulness!)
Singapore will not be Singapore without you.
As much as the nation is reluctant to see you part from us, but we are sure you are in a happier place now.
It's time to lay your mind to rest.
Rest in Peace, Mr Lee.


P/S: I have drawn two tribute cartoon drawings during the 7 days of mourning. Here they are: -
(I am no professional, but I just hope to have a tribute drawing to remember him..)



If you are interested to stay updated to my latest artwork and such, do feel free to "LIKE" my page at: www.facebook.com/CJcartoons/ 



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

My 3rd Mosaic Rejuvenation Treatment

Here's another update of my Mosaic Rejuvenation Treatment (Yes, it's my 3rd session already!) at Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic!

I'm sure you guys are more or less familiar with the process after reading my first entry. [If you haven't, you can read it HERE]:

In this entry, there will be a SPECIAL video featuring the process of my 3rd Mosaic Rejuvenation Treatment.
(Yes, you can watch it in HD too!)


Some photos taken at the day of my treatment:
(The reason why my face looks kinda' reflective in the below photos is due to the numbing cream!)


I kinda' have pimple outbreak due to continuous late night sleep (Blame it on myself as I did not really maintain my condition)
But the Mosaic Rejuvenation Treatment helped me in lightening the scars once again -I'll be posting more before/after photos in my next and final entry! :)
All of my photographs will be totally unedited (I am lazy to photoshop anything anyway), so the effects of the treatments will be shown as they are.
Once again, if you are interested to find out more about the treatments - here's the website:
http://aestheticsandhairclinic.com/service/laser-treatment-singapore

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The SG50 Jubilee Hello Kitties!!

OMG. Simply OMG.

A while ago, I saw this appear on my Facebook Newsfeed - as reported by Channel NewsAsia.

Yes, Hello Kitty fans. SCREAM!
(I am not a hard core Kitty fan but I find this set really exquisite and adorable! Not to mention that they are produced EXCLUSIVELY for SG50.)



I was so tempted to get the set, but they are so freakin' expensive. It was so difficult to choose between the kitties to decide on a favorite as well (I had hoped to purchase 1 of them as part of a momento since one is better than nothing)

BUT HECK - These were only available online - and they come together in a set with ONLY 1,000 sets available island-wide!
Urgh.


I actually kinda' gave up on the kitties since the cost of the kitties are way over my budget. (The full set, inclusive of the certificate cost a whooping $100 +!!)

Imagine my surprise one day when...
(Sorry ah, no make-up. I don't see the need to make-up at home.)


I was speechless when I saw them lying neatly on the bed - with a smiling Dokiboy standing beside me. 
OMG. Are they real?!
*gasp*
(My Dokiboy actually went to order one set while I was unaware and surprised me with them.. I had no idea he knew I wanted the kitties!)
I was really touched beyond words.. Not because of the sole fact that I got the kitties, but he actually went the extra mile to get them for me by being the first 1,000 to snag them online once the set was officially launched.)  
I was really touched by his gesture...

*sniff*
Thank you, my dear. 

Personally, this Hello Kitty set is much more valuable than it originally was as it was a gift from him. He doesn't have to, but yet he got the set because he knew I would definitely love them.
I couldn't put a price to it now - They are simply priceless.


When my mum saw the kitties, she was amazed by them, too. Each kitty is so delicately made and of high quality (I LOVE the fact that each of them has a SG50 logo embroidered on their "palms", and there's our National flower, Orchid, as part of its ribbon accessory!)




SO SINGAPORE, CAN?!?! I LOVE IT!!
Yes, and I can't help feeling patriotic.
AND I CAN'T HELP FEELING PROUD THAT I AM NOW ONE OF THE 1,000 PROUD SG50 KITTIES OWNERS IN SINGAPORE! Muwahaha.

The set comes with a certificate, stamp book and lanyard as well. 


THEY LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL IN REAL LIFE THAT I GONNA CRY.
They are now laid neatly above my cupboard. :) Prized possessions!

For those who are tempted to get the set as well, there are still opportunities on Carousell (but people have already marked up the prices).



Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Blue/Black/White/Gold Dress - Does it really matter?

I believe everyone is familiar with this picture which went viral earlier this week.
I mean, REALLY viral.
If you haven't heard or seen about it before, I suppose you have been living in a well.


Within minutes, EVERYONE was talking and sharing the same picture on their Facebook - Internationally. It was an instant talk of the town.
It got so exaggerated that even the WORLDWIDE news were reporting it.
I don't know what to make of it, but I find it amusing how a seemingly poor resolution image of a dress can become an instant Internet sensation. (Throughout the whole day and everywhere I went, I would hear phrases such as "So is it blue and black, or white and gold?!"

Ah, I admit I was one of those people. In fact, I forwarded the image to different groups of friends and felt doubtful that we would see different colors.
(I am a total Team Blue and Black. Lol)
I was somehow shocked (and horrified) when  a few of my colleagues and friends told me that the image is of a White and Gold dress.
I was insistent and COULDN'T see a single shade of white/gold at all.

Admittedly, it was quite entertaining while it lasted. It was an interesting experiment of how different people perceive things differently - and the keyword is "Subjective".
Granted that there are many websites out there telling you "Blue and Black"/"White and Gold" is the CORRECT answer, I would say that there isn't really a right or wrong one.

Now, here's another experiment that you can keep yourself entertained after the dress saga - I have forwarded it to a few friends and they had fun with it as well.

The Cones Test


The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?

The Verdict:

You see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat.

You see between 20 and 32 color nuances: you are a trichromat, you have 3 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green and red area). You enjoy different colors as you can appreciate them. 50% of the population is trichromat.

You see between 33 and 39 colors: you are a tetrachromat, like bees, and have 4 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green, red plus yellow area). You are irritated by yellow, so this color will be nowhere to be found in your wardrobe. 25% of the population is tetrachromat.

You see more than 39 color nuances: come on, you are making up things! there are only 39 different colors in the test and probably only 35 are properly translated by your computer screen anyway :)

It is highly probable that people who have an additional 4th cone do not get tricked by blue/black or white/gold dresses, no matter the background light ;)

Credits to: HERE

Friday, 27 February 2015

Complaint: SUCKY RIVER HONGBAO 春到河畔 TRIP

So I just came back from my River Hongbao (春到河畔 2015) trip.
If you have no idea what River Hongbao is, it is an annual CNY carnival - Something like a huge-scaled night market a.k.a Pasar Malam.

*Don't ask me why my face look like this. YOU WILL KNOW WHY WHEN YOU READ ON!


I used to visit River Hongbao when I was a kid. (Sigh, those memories...) and enjoyed the CNY decorations, food and most importantly... The GAME STALLS!

Oh boy, those game stalls were one of the main reasons why I loved visiting River Hongbao. I would feel rich after receiving the tons of ang baos from my relatives and spent them on the games that were considered fairly cheap then.

UNFORTUNATELY, this blog post is not abut reminiscing the memories. Instead,it is a COMPLAINT that I felt I HAVE to blog about after my visit. Believe me, I was in a huge rage after the visit, so much that I promised myself that I would blog about this immediately when I get back.

No doubt that the CNY decorations were breathtakingly beautiful, especially when they came up with a special SG50 theme this year.
However, the food and game stall prices were WAY BEYOND ridiculous - almost like a daylight robbery. 

Can you believe that the prices are DOUBLE to that of a normal Pasar Malam (For eg: A Popsicle that can be commonly found at typical Pasar Malams for $1 cost twice as much at River Hongbao) and the game stalls do not come with cheap anymore.

Gone were the times when I could have the choice to try my luck at game stalls that used to be  $2 per game.
Call me outdated, but imagine my horror when I discovered that the minimal price to pay for the games were NOW $22 and $50 respectively, and they come in cash credits form. It's similar to an arcade concept - You top up the card once credits have ran out.

I didn't take any photo as I was too infuriated at the moment. But here are some photos found online:

(Credits to bumblebeemum.net)

As I was tempted by the soft toys that were hung there (one of the games didn't seem difficult), my Dokiboy got us a $50 card to play with.
Of course, I felt the pinch when he paid for it. I am one who doesn't believe in luck games (Yes,I don't believe in arcades even)
I was hoping that I would at least WIN one of the soft toys back. HOPE.

(Image credit to: spunktitud3.wordpress.com.) 

(Of course, what are the chances of not getting any single shit if $50 was invested, right? I mean, SURELY there would be a consolation prize or something...)

BUT BOY, was I wrong.
Here's what we got after $50 was spent:


Yes. A freaking SG50 balloon.

(Actually, we "won" 2 balloons. 1 of it burst along the way)

I mean, I am not complaining because I was unable to win anything.
I AM COMPLAINING BECAUSE THE GAMES WERE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO WIN.
(Probably the losing ratio is like 8:2)

Even the most supposedly basic Wheel of Fortune is no longer just a simple spin-and-win thing.
I had to "predict" the color of what the wheel would land on before spinning it.
WHAT KIND OF LOGIC IS THIS?!?!
Let's say if I bet on YELLOW and the wheel landed on other colors, then there would be 0 prize for me.


Not to mention that it is $5 per CASH CREDIT. 
That's $5 gone within split seconds.
Wow, easy money for them - Boo-hoo for me as the loser.

And there's another balloon dart-throwing game stall that only offers you 1 dart. It's a hit-or-miss thing and the player only has ONE freaking try for $5.

The worst part is, even if you managed to burst the balloon with your dart... It does NOT guarantee you a soft toy.
You will get this... ... for $5.
Congratulations.



Needless to say, many were on a losing streak.
(Poor thing, most people did not even get a balloon)


OH, OH - and not to mention that we witnessed a group of Indians CHEATING at those games when the stall keeper was not looking. 
One of their friends actually used their hand to swipe the ball and the stall keeper happily gave them the soft toy that they totally did not deserve at all.

I was flabbergasted at the audacity and how openly the organizers have allowed that to happen.

Of course, how could one hide the disappointment of not winning anything and possibly losing all my ang bao money on those games? I was hoping for a sure-win game stall but there appeared to be none. 
Is the organizer really that CHEAPSKATE? People already spent so much money at your stalls and I believe you would already have recouped your $$$. In fact, is there even anything to recoup?! You have absolutely nothing to lose at all and I believe there would still be a truckload of soft toys left even after the event. 

COME ON LAH, I believe I have higher chances of hitting jackpot at casinos than winning 1 single soft toy from any of your game stall.

With the games so expensive to begin with, the difficulty level is unbelievably ridiculous.

I suggest that the organizer should review the difficulty level of the games and the pricing - I will NEVER, ever pay for anything like that again. 

I would rather spend the $50 on eating Ding Tai Fung or restaurant food than spending it at game stalls that require a miraculous amount of luck to win.

So, to those who are considering to visit River Hongbao.... Think twice.
Even if the price are in Ringgit, I would still find it ridiculous!!!

*(#&$*(#$

Sunday, 22 February 2015

CNY Day 2: A visit to Istana

Having spent most of my CNY days slacking and watching endless "Ghost Adventures" episodes during previous years, there's a special twist to my CNY this year!

Yes - That's the visit to Istana,  the official residence and office of the President of Singapore.
I never thought that I would have the opportunity to tour the area, so it was a rare one!
(Come on, it's not an everyday thing that one gets to enter the Istana!)

Of course, many of the areas in the Istana are still kept at bay.

Here's one of the photos I posted on Facebook - somehow a summary of my trip:
(I even wore a "I LOVE SG" shirt - actually a couple tee- to Istana. So patriotic and so me! LOL)


Some of my friends have mistaken that it requires money for the admission. NO, no and NO - Admission to Istana is FREE. The $2 ticket shown in my photo above was just the admission to one of the buildings in the Istana, which was optional. (It was stated publicly that the money from ticket sales would be donated to charity though)
The building would entitle one to have a rare glimpse of some of the few precious gifts given by other countries to the President of Singapore, which includes golden vases, silver high-class looking figurines, etc.
Unfortunately, photo-taking was a big no-no in the building and I was not able to capture any despite my hands itching to do so!!! GRRR.
Security guards were stationed at every corner so we could only retain the memories in our brains.
Oh well.

I did not want to leave the Istana empty-handed, and ended up with the purchase of 2 Istana mugs (Lucky us, those were the LAST 2- so we bought them off as couple mugs. Lol)

Blurry pic, but that'll do.



For those of you who are interested in visiting the Istana, do take note of the few Open House dates!

The Istana grounds is open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year; Deepavali; Hari Raya Puasa; Labour Day; and National Day. The Istana Open House is scheduled to be held on the following dates in 2015:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Chinese New Year (2nd Day)
Labour Day (Actual Day)
Hari Raya Puasa (Actual Day)
National Day (Sunday before)
Deepavali (Actual Day)
-          20 February 2015 (Friday)
-          1 May 2015 (Friday)
-          17 July 2015 (Friday)
-          2 August 2015 (Sunday)
-          10 November 2015 (Tuesday) [TBC]
 For more information, you may visit their official website at (If you are a Singaporean, admission is entirely FREE!):
http://www.istana.gov.sg/the-istana/open-house

Honestly, there is nothing fanciful but will be a great experience for all. :)

Monday, 16 February 2015

HELP! I COMMITTED AN OFFENCE

So I received this e-mail a few days back - something out of the ordinary.

(Honestly, I actually BELIEVED the e-mail for a split second - which I find it really silly upon realization)

"CATHERINE, Notice of appearance in Court #00000950179‏", screamed the headline.


"Dear Catherine", it began.
Wow. It's addressed personally to me.

"You have to appear in the Court on the February 20. 
You are kindly asked to prepare and bring the documents relating to the case to Court on the specified date."

What...?! *stammers* You mean... I committed an offence? 
Oh DAMN it. I didn't know I can commit an offence in a country which I have never been to in my  25 years of life.

OH WAIT.

Or maybe... Maybe, I DID.
I killed someone in my dreams and now the authorities are after me,
*Gasp*

And.. and...I have to prepare the documents that were attached in this e-mail.

BUT First, I have to unzip the documents that contain malicious malware so my computer can be compromised.

*rolls eyes*

Do you seriously think I'll be that stupid to believe that court documents will be presented to me in this manner?
Talk about Professionalism.

Apparently, the name "Tyler Summers" is indeed a legit name (In fact, this person really exists and IS a law attorney. Do some research and you'll find out)
Unfortunately, his name is being misused by scammers to inject panic in unsuspecting victims. 

Don't ask me why I am so certain this is a scam.
It's listed everywhere - and you can find them here, amongst the list of other e-mail scams that you should be aware of:

Not sure if anyone in Asia has received similar e-mail scams as I did, but I do hope this blog post can benefit someone out there in one way or another.