Reflections of 2010

Reflection of 2010, here I come. These are part of what I think about 2010. I may not mention all the things here as it may be too long-winded.

Starting from Lady Gaga fever to Justin Bieber, sports to other social issues … Some months may not have much happenings as I may be busy with my own personal things and unaware of certain things and I maybe more focus on sports events and music for my reflection.

Lady Gaga
From outrageous outfits such as hair hat to meat dress. What else can she come out with next? I really cannot think anything else. I did not expect that she can use meat and wear it as a dress. No pants. Heavy make-up and creative hairdos. That’s Lady Gaga, dressing in her personal unique style as you can see from one of her MTV that was filmed in Jan 2010 – Telephone.

Justin Bieber
Teen star is getting more and more popular, after his “Baby” hit. But I like his “Never say never” and his collaboration with Sean Kingston’s Eenie Meenie. He’ s16. Such a young star with many fans. Oh… I also listened to “you smile, I smile” too. So let’s smile and be brave.

Sentosa RWS opening on 14 Feb 2010
I do not gamble. But I visit Sentosa the day after for the RWS opening. I went for CNY event at around Imbiah area then. I never visit the interior of this place as the levy is imposed for my entry. Entry: expensive for me.

Tiger Woods and Jack Neo Scandal
I won’t want to talk much on that issue. It is very unhealthy. Hope people will have healthy thoughts. Couples should spend more time communicating with each other to continue to have a healthy relationship and a happy family. If not, children will suffer the most, not the couple.

Marina Sands opening on 27 Apr 2010
I went into Sands and walk past a few times but I am just to see the shops there and collect some thing from 1place. But I do not gamble. I do not know when I intend to visit the garden on the top of the building. It is known to be a posh place.

Rise of Korean Pop/Korean Culture
It seems like more and more Korean stars and bands are coming to Singapore to perform. Such as Lee Min Ho (I still remembered he loves Chilli crabs) who came last year, he did came this year as well as LG ambassador, other stars like Kim Hyun Joong (for The Face Shop), Jae Geun Suk, Soong Jun Ki (Tony Moly) and bands such as JYJ, 2am, Jay Park, 2NE1, GNA and etc.

More Korean beauty brands came to Singapore such as Tony Moly. Not just beauty shops, there are some Korean shops (selling food and drink items) and Korean restaurants near my house. Even some community centres do conduct basic Korean lessons. More shops are selling more Korean singer’s songs as well as drama DVD.

Some of the Korean products are great. Bought some Korean masks and products and tried them out for my maintenance.

Korean words are so difficult to learn. I admire Chen Li Yi, the ex-933 DJ who can speak Korean very well. I only know my Korean pronunciation of my surname is Heo. Korean  is not like Japanese with similar with the pronunciation in Chinese when people see the kanji.

Maybe I should learn more Korean words. Not just Ahnyeong-Haseyo or Gamsahamida. or Shagua or other words that I know.

World Cup 2010 at South Africa

Glad that Spain won the World Cup. There is a spanish version of the Waka Waka (Time for Africa) Song from Shakira. I listened to both version and they sounded great. Missed Paul the octopus as I heard he passed away a few months after 2010 World Cup ends.

Light balls? High altitude? Noises from the vulu? “BooooP” How to control such lighter balls as it went all haywires for certain nations (with Cries). I would like to dedicate miss A’s song “Breathe” as “… I can’t breathe” well, because of most of the stadiums are built on high altitude regions. It is too noisy that people just cannot concentrate. BooooP……….. (Better wear earplugs)

Big Walk 2010
Not sure how long they will intend to organise it again. The registration fees is slightly more expensive compared to the rest of the Big Walks. This was my 5th time joining big walk if I am not wrong.

Great walk, great contest for people to sms while walking, great scenery as people walked past the pit building, the helix bridge and the Sands. Although the goodies in the bag are lesser than the precious years. I joined it partly because of the free Singapore Flyer ticket but I do not get to use the ticket for myself as I gave it to my mother since she wants to visit the Flyer.

Got free copy of the New Paper after finishing walking. The carnival’s okay as it is near the NTUC building at One Marina Boulevard, new area for certain events. It is called Central Promotory. But long walking distance from the bus stop.

One Community Walk in Singapore

t-shirt

T-shirt

It is where the whole community walks together on the same day at different places on 25 July 2010. Around 75 starting points in Singapore and the one in Khatib was one of the largest number of participants taking part in.

I took part in that and luckily the starting and ending points were within walking distances. Some of the finishing points had a bigger celebration as it is to commemorate Singapore 2010.

YOG 2010
Theme Song of 1st Youth Olympics games

This is the 1st time Singapore hosting such a big sporting event. From preparation, to torch relays, opening ceremony, sports competitions and closing cermony. It is hard to say goodbye. I love those 2 loveable mascots, Lyo and Merly. Although there are some hipcups, but it was still a great experience for Singapore

lyo and merly

Lyo and Merly

The torch relays was such a grand event as it was spread over the national day week. 6 days in different parts of Singapore. Of course, I went and witness the 2nd day of the torch relay near my house. The atmosphere was so great. With the vulu, flags, fans, clappers and other items. It was so hot under the sun but a rare opportunity for me to witness the torch as I do not know when YOG will come back to Singapore again. Each day of relay ended off with a celebration. I went for the celebration at Singapore Polytechnic and Marina Bay then. So I just blended myself into the atmosphere there.

Celebrations at Marina Bay

Celebrations at Marina Bay

Overbudget? I won’t comment of this as Singapore rarely host big events and this is the inaugural Youth Olympics Games (more budget as this is the 1st YOG in the world).

Sticker

Thus this is the spirit of the Youth olympic games. It is not about the cost of the games but to spread the culture and share the special moments.

Haze in Singapore
– Cough, Cough. Hope people will think more about the environment. Do not just simply burn those trees and turn them into ashes while polluting the environment, not just 1place but many many places. There are many other alternatives to solve certain issues yet be more environmental friendly.

Singapore Singtel Formula 1 2010
Roads are blocked for Formula 1 for a few days for the preparations of F1 race in Singapore. Great concert by Chris Daughtery, Adam Lambert and plus-size Mariah Carey (glad that she’s pregnant as she’s not young and older expectant mothers have a higher risk in giving birth). You can google to look for Mariah’s images or http://mariahcarey.com

How about the crashes? Whose is the most memorable. Of course, it is Not the Lewis Hamilton, but his ex-McLaren’s partner, Heikki. I think the part where one of the cars with fires fuming towards the 2nd last lap was the highlight of the Singapore Formula 1 race after the crash. Glad that Heikki felt the heat and asked for fire extinguisher. This moment was voted as one of the best highlights on the F1 2010 season.

India Commonwealth Games with faults and its athletes village
Heard there are quite a lot of complaints over its preparation. I will not comment much on that. But I am glad that Singapore won quite a lot of medals for shooting and table tennis. As well as seeing many different sports events in India.

Selina from S.H.E got badly burnt
My heart aches from her as she suffered from 3rd degree burns. She may not look like the same as before but glad that she is recovering well. Hope she will get better soon.

Parangs and gang fights in Singapore
I would say it is not safe at this rate and why use violence as a resort and harm other people. Especially for family friendly places such as Downtown East. I hope people will not want to use violence to solve some problems. What is the use of doing such things? Think about the others. Money and hospital expenses, injuries and etc. Hospital expenses are not cheap. Someone died because of the fight. Please cherish people’s life.

Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Opening Ceremony was great and spectacular. People can walk on the screen (the screen was hung vertically) and create beautiful moves and patterns. WOW!

Although Singapore did not win that much medals, I would say Good job to Singapore. Glad that Tao Li still can get gold medal for her favorite event. I always get more of the sport updates from my mobile phone even if I am working and do not have the time to watch TV.

I missed the feeling of watching such sports events on TV after Asian games had ended.

Christmas Times at Orchard and other places
What do you think about the Christmas Lightings? I saw those lightings near the Suntec area while I was walking from the bus stop to Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon Venue. It was great. Took some photos of that but all were gone as the SD card’s corrupted. It looked beautiful.

I did not explore much of the trees at Orchard area. Only took a bus past the area and see some of the trees. Plaza Singapura’s ok. Paragon’s gold in colour. 1 of the trees is sponsored by Visa. But all the trees will be gone from 3 jan 2010 onwards. So come and snap those photos of the trees if you want to capture them.

Parkway has Toy Story Christmas tree and I loved it. As I love toys and animations. It made me missed Toy Story even more. But the tree was removed before I had the chance to go there and take the tree picture.

I love the Christmas Tree at Downtown East. It is filled of small Carebears toys as its ornaments. So cute.

Christmas sales are okay. Went and bought some stuff that were on sale. Glad to have post-christmas sales as well. Some savings for me.

Countdown in 2010/2011 at Vivocity and Marina Bay Area
I most probably will stay at home to watch channel 8 countdown on 31 dec 2010 and watch the repeated telecast of Channel 5 marina bay countdown the next day if I have the time for the interesting performances by the artistes.

So it is coming to the end of this year? So what are you going to do? I most probably going to sing “Carebears countdown, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! “

Happy New Year 2011!!!!! Enjoy.

Time really flies fast and feeling won’t be the same

Time really flies fast. Especially many years had past and seeing someone from your primary or sec school after many years not seeing each other once again, will never feel the same again.

I would like to dedicate a song by timbaland feat Katy Perry. It’s “If we ever meet again”. Because sometimes if people long time never meet up each other, they may not be the same (in their looks or personality or other things).

Hope you will enjoy it.

that’s all folks.

Cozycot – Haagen Dazs Deal

I received my sms from Cozycot to collect my complimentary scoop at any of the Haagen Dazs outlets in Singapore after taking part in Cozycot Ice-cream giveaway contest. As the deal will end till 31 Dec 2010.

Here’s what I got from the outlet near Orchard Central, which is Centrepoint. It’s Pomengrate Sorbet.

Although sorbet is not as creamy as ice-cream, but it is considered as 1 of the healthy choices as an alternative compared to eating 1 scoop of creamy ice-cream.

It tastes sweet. So do not worry so much about the taste as it tastes great. Haha. Enjoy the day ahead.

That’s all folks.

Ichikami Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Received Ichikami Shampoo & Conditioner sample set. I used this product and it is great.

Ichikami Sample Set

Ichikami Sample set

So what they named it as Ichikami? The name “Ichikami” came from the ancient Japanese proverb;「一髪二姿」 pronounced as “Ichikami, Nisugata”, which means “Hair comes first, appearance comes second”. Ancient Japanese believed their hair represented themselves. Inspired by ancient hair care methods, Kracie incorporates hand-picked herbal ingredients with state-of-the-art science and technology to develop the Ichikami series. This premium hair care range was created for those who wish to have trouble-free hair while enjoying the refreshing and fruity fragance of Sakura.

Ichikami has ingredients such as Rice Premium EX, camelia, walnut, belamcanda and soapberry. Ichikami helps to repair multiple damages, leaving hair silky and healthy as it has ingredients to help to repair and has damage prevention function. So each time using Ichikami, hair becomes healthier with a natural shine and Sakura Frangrance that last.

Ichikami Premium Hair Care Range consists of shampoo (in white colour packaging) and conditioner (in black colour packaging) with 200ml (small), 550ml (big) bottle as well as refill pack of 380ml. As well as 200g of treatment pack and premium hair mask of 180g and refill pack of 170g. Not all the hair care range will have refill packs. Can’t you see that even buying hair care range, you can consider to buy refill packs instead of bottles which is more environmental friendly. (thumbs up for that)

By the way, this Ichikami haircare series is endorsed by a famous Japanese singer, Koda Kumi (for those who are not familiar with her, she sang Twinkle Twinkle with Show Luo Zhi Xiang, the lady who sang “Juicy”). She dyed her hair quite often.

I have dry hair ends and slightly damaged ends and i suntan occasionally. Once our hair is exposed under the sun for a period of time, it will become more dry than before.

So after using Ichikami shampoo & conditioner, my hair becomes more smoother and softer, lesser dry hair ends too. Furthermore, it has refill packaging and i can be more environmental friendly when I buy the Ichikami hair care range refill packs. And I will definitely recommend this brand to my friends and family.

For more information on Ichikami, you can feel free to visit www.ichikami.jp

That’s all folks.

2011 Diary from Red Cross/HSA

I collected my 2011 diary from HSA as I had donated my blood this year. I did not expect to get 2011 diary as my christmas gift for donating blood.

This diary planner contents tips and how the donors feel after donating their blood. It is not a painful process as I have donated my blood twice.

Here’s some of the glimpse of the tips and contents found in this planner.

And this motivate me to donate my blood more regularly. However, I will need to see my schedule, the time and the venue of the mobile blood donation drive, my body condition and I need plenty of rest and fluids after donation of my blood.

I remembered my 1st time donating my blood is to find out my own blood type as ICA (last time was SIR) had stopped their blood typing service then.

By the way, most of the regular blood donors are male. However, more females are encouraged to donate their blood if they are fit and healthy and weighed 45kg and above. Blood donation is only taking about around or less than 1/10 of the total blood volume. Those donated blood can be processed and save some people’s lives.

For more information of blood donation drive, you can refer to My paper (free bilingual publication from SPH) or visit this site at http://www.hsa.gov.sg on blood donation requirements as well as www.donorcare.org for the latest schedules for mobile blood donation drive.