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.

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Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon 2010

This is my 5th time helping out for this event. This is one of the biggest sporting event in Singapore. I would say that it is a wonderful experience to meet different people from different walks of life.

And this year’s route marker is challenging one as all 3 different routes for 10km, 21km, 42km at different starting locations. Orchard for 42km, Sentosa for 21 km and Padang for 10km.

Runners can see slightly different scenic views and running past Marina Bay Sands while on their way to the finishing point. This change is partly because National Stadium road areas were blocked for the demolition processes.

So have you come and support the events at certain places to cheer for the runners then? Such as East Coast Park, which is much cooler. Or near the finishing point? As a volunteer, i just support the runners wherever I was assigned. Haha.

Hope next few editions of Singapore Marathon will be even better! Yeah!

That’s all folks!

16th Asian Games

I have submitted my sticker at Seng kang community library for Team Singapore. Have you?

I have not been blogging for the past few days due to my gastric problems. Taken antacids.

The opening ceremony for the Asian Games 2010 was spectacular and better than expected. I am pretty glad to watch part of the performances on TV.

I was very happy that Tao Li had won a silver medal and billards/snooker player has won a bronze medal. Well done, Team Singapore.

I am quite shock that 1 of the participant is a pregnant lady from Korea and she managed to get some gold medals for shooting.

I hope team Singapore will win some medals for the Asian games. Haha. Wish them all the best despite that I am still not feeling well.

That’s all folks.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2010

Mid-Autumn Festival will be on 22 September 2010. Have you all bought mooncakes yet? Most people will be having Mid-Autumn Festival celebration during the weekends of 18-19 September 2010. If you are feeling bored, you can feel free to go some places. for the kids, they may go promontory to do some kite flying or other places to hold their lanterns. While some of us, who wants to get the atmosphere of Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore, you can consider go to Chinatown and Clarke Quay area.

Chinatown

Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown will be crowded on 18 September due to Mid-Autumn Celebrations. If you do not like there and wish to see more decorations, you can walk further down to central (shopping mall) to see there too.

I went to Central 2 weeks ago and took some photos of some of the decorations near there.

Back View from the bridge

Clarke Quay Area

There are quite a lot of interesting decorations floating on the waters of Clarke Quay area and the view is better during night time due to its lightnings. Those decorations which are floating on the waters are on famous Chinese stories. Did not manage to take photos of that as they were not out on the water then. But I may return on another day to see the decorations during night time if I am free before they remove the decorations.

They also have some Taiwan booths there as well as selling some food and items that may be related to the Chinese Culture and mid-autumn festival.

So what are you waiting for? Considering sightseeing and get a feel of the atmosphere and appreciate the moonlight.

Rabbit Deco

Rabbit

that’s all folks and enjoy eating delicious mooncake ahead!!!

Singapore Garden Festival 2010

Singapore Garden Festival 2010

13 Million

This is one of the most expensive Singapore Garden Festival attended. I have attended 2006 and 2008 and i do not have to spend more than $5 per ticket but this time round I need to pay $7.20 for the ticket entry. after entry, i understand why it is so expensive. people who visited the level 4 booth will understand the real reason behind the show.

Wont elaborate much on the exhibitions as pictures speak a thousand words. it is slightly different from the previous 2years. i took some pictures but due to time constraints and eagerness to rush back home early, i had quickly snapped those picture and rushed off back home.

Singapore Garden Festival 2010

recycle bins

Singapore Garden Festival 2010

The Gardener

I do not know whether I will be coming for Singapore garden Festival again. Need to see whether I have the time to do so and the price of the ticket. Normally, I will go on the last day of the Garden Festival. Not much youngsters are interested in such things.

I am planning to go hort park on 1 weekend and relax my mind as nature really helps to relax my mind and not to think so negative.

That’s all folks.