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What Is Your God-Given Talent? Start Living the Dream!

By , February 10, 2014 10:43 pm

Original Source: Aussie Pete

Most of us go to work everyday to keep the order ticking along. At times, we probably think we’d rather be out fishing… but we understand that our commitments are such that we need to be able to provide – food on the table, safety and shelter for our loved ones, education and development for the little ones, to name but a few.

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Living the dream - http://www.mikemasse.com/

Living the dream - http://www.mikemasse.com/

When we ourselves were younger, we often had dreams that later in life might seem somewhat unfulfilled – perhaps it’s playing a professional sport, having paintings displayed in a national gallery or singing in front of an audience of screaming fans.

Whatever your dream is or was, I firmly believe that God has provided us all with at least one (or more) very special gifts. I also believe that these gifts are what our dreams are made of.

So my message today is quite simple – regardless of your age, status or current lot in life. Regardless of whether you are a student, a fireman, a lawyer, a banker :), a plumber… get out there and do something that you love – something that you have an aptitude for, something that makes you feel awesome about yourself.

It doesn’t matter if nobody else cares or listens – as long as you can remember what it was that brought a feeling of completeness to your soul. Go to the park and kick a football… take time out and buy a canvas and brushes… or simply, just sing a song that you love. It will all come flooding back to you.

So what is your God-given talent??

I recently became aware of a couple of guys that are living their dream. If what I read serves me correct, these blokes are attornies. But as well as meeting their commitments to family and loved ones, they are also doing what they love and what they definitely have a God-given talent for – making beautiful sweet sounds…

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Living the dream - Lui in pink shirt and high hair, me bottom right

Interestingly, I first viewed one of their videos on YouTube through a mate of mine sharing it on Facebook. This buddy of mine, Lui, also happens to be a singing partner of mine from around 20+ years ago – we were in a teenage group in the 80s and believe it or not, had a pretty solid following – I remember touring through country Queensland performing to (at times) screaming schoolgirls, signing autographs on publicity pictures and quite simply – living the dream of that time in our lives.

I’m not going to say that we were anywhere close to having the talent of Mike Masse and Jeff Hall – but it is what we did, what we loved.

Following are a few of Mike and Jeff’s videos that really moved me and left me with the ‘Wow’ factor.

Firstly, a cover version of Toto’s ‘Africa’:

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How many Dads can listen to such a beautiful version of ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ without tearing up?:

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Finally, for all the Eagles fans… ‘Hotel California’ – or is it?? Hmmm? One more Time??:

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Now do yourself a favour!! – Remember your dream. Live it – even if it’s just personally (or in a Pizza shop). It’s your God-given talent and right! 🙂
For mor information, visit http://www.mikemasse.com/

Dear Readers… Please Help Save Locky’s Dad!!

By , August 29, 2013 9:57 pm

Source: Aussie Pete Blog

audo04Locky’s Dad is Nick Auden – the dad of three little kids: Lachlan (“Locky”), Hayley, & Evan – a loving husband, an athlete and a successful businessman!

And he keeps surviving against all odds in his battle against Stage 4 Melanoma.

Nick is determined to be a survival case study for other advanced melanoma fighters.

But he needs access to a trial drug to beat this disease – for Locky, Hayley, and Evan to keep their dad.

Please play your part by joining us in making sure Nick wins this battle.

“Audo” (Nick Auden) is a really top bloke and a role model of a father. He departed Singapore in 2011 with his family to Denver, Colorado – within 2-months of the move he found out he was due to be a Dad for the third time and also that he had stage 4 Melanoma.

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I would personally be very, very grateful if all of my readers take a couple of minutes to help save Locky’s Dad!


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Join us in asking Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to give Nick access to the new breakthrough PD-1 drug for melanoma.

A new anti-PD-1 (“PD-1”) wonderdrug is showing remarkable results for patients with Stage 4 melanoma.

Up until now, Stage 4 melanoma has largely been incurable.

The people of Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb are working hard to get their PD-1 drugs approved, but they may not achieve PD-1 commercial availability for another 12-18 months.

Nick cannot wait that long. He needs the PD-1 drug now!

Nick qualified for a Merck PD-1 trial in July, but a medical complication arose and excluded him from the trial.

His best chance now is PD-1 access on a compassionate basis.

Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb have the power to give Nick PD-1 on a compassionate basis. Help us tell Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to give Nick the PD-1 drug.

Nick is strong. Nick can win this. Nick can be a case study of survival for late stage melanoma fighters like him.

What can YOU do?

Please join us in asking Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to provide Nick compassionate access to PD-1 – access to a chance to fight for a full life with Amy, Locky, Hayley, and Evan.

How? Four ways you can help:

1. Sign Nick’s petition to Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb:

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2. Twitter: Ask @merck and @bmsnews to give Nick compassionate access to PD-1

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3. Facebook: Like the page on Facebook with the message “@Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb, please #SaveLockysDad.” And share this story with others.

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4. Or spread the word via email, blogging, talking to friends, and anything else you can think of!

There is a website set up especially for Nick – http://www.savelockysdad.com/ (you can see a photo gallery of his beautiful family there also, as well as reading a heartfelt letter from Locky’s Mum, Amy)


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Please share with family and friends to get as many electronic signatures as we can!!


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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and generally occurs where the skin is sun damaged at a young age. The damage to the skin cells leads to uncontrolled cell growth in the melanocytes, the cells that contain pigments that color our hair and skin. If detected very early melanoma can be completely removed by surgery which can provide a cure. The risk however is that melanoma quickly spreads throughout the body. Typically it will spread or metastasize to organs such as the lungs, liver, bones, and brain. Once it has metastasized to distant organs melanoma is almost always terminal. In recent years several new treatments have been developed however these treatments provide life extension measured only in months. The PD-1 drugs recently developed by Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb offer, for the first time, a real chance for patients with advanced melanoma.

For more information, see also http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/melanoma-101/what-melanoma

Learning To Swim in Singapore – Choose Your Instructor Carefully

By , December 18, 2012 12:12 am

It’s time for a brief update on what the kids have been up to over the school holidays. Obviously, I’m still stuck in the office every day, so I’m not getting to take part in many of the activities unless they happen to fall on a weekend.

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In terms of the holiday programs and camps, all the fun starts for Casey next year as he begins his Kinderland journey and attends kindergarten with his ‘ge ge’ (big brother) – it’s not much fun for Daddy’s wallet though… 🙁 – this year, Jaime has attended both a ‘Chinese News Presenter’ course at Mediacorp and this week he’s making an ‘Angry Bird’ robot.

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The one key thing that I wanted to touch on, is the progress that Jaime is making in his swimming classes. Now, here’s the wrap on sports classes in Singapore… and for parents just starting out on this journey, please note this down very well.

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There are literally dozens (or perhaps even hundreds) of swimming schools in Singapore. Before signing our son up many months ago, we wanted to be sure that he would have an instructor that would help him get the most out of the once-a-week lessons, as well as someone who was kind and understanding, but a little firm at the same time.

We made the right decision to enroll him in the “Bubbles ‘N Splashes” swim school. He attends every Friday afternoon and over time, we have seen a remarked improvement in his ability and just as important, his confidence.
Tomorrow, he will attempt his first ever formal (Level 1) swimming test.

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Given that I am always at work when classes are going on, I’d not had the opportunity to witness first-hand the format or teaching style of his swimming instructor.

However, on Sunday, Jaime attended an ‘extra’ session, as he prepares for his first ‘test’. We took both the boys down to the Anchorvale swimming pool at the AV Community Club (where I sit on the management committee) for the morning, and our decision to go with “Bubbles ‘N Splashes’ was reaffirmed… not just by watching the way the teacher interacted with the kids and offered special attention where needed, it was also by watching teachers from other swimming schools who were sharing the same pool.

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Now, I understand that working with young kids can be testing on any grown-up… but to hear the way that some of these other swimming teachers spoke to the children and constantly scolded them and yelled at them (for example, something as simple as sitting on the side of the pool while waiting, when they had not been instructed to sit). I was left speechless – this is no way to get kids to learn or to show respect. If teaching young kids makes a person frustrated and angry and leaves no option but to yell, scream and scold, I strongly suggest that it’s time for that person to search for another profession.

Not only is it this behaviour not conducive to a positive and healthy learning environment, it can be demoralizing for the kids… and the parents are paying hard-earned cash for this privilege.

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My message is – before you sign up, do a little research online in local forums and get feedback from other parents… perhaps go and watch the teacher in action (covertly) and see if they behave in a way which you think will benefit your child.

Once again – “Bubbles ‘N Splashes” is the school for us. Firm but fair, caring and understanding, and the results truly speak for themselves… BRAVO!!

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Speaking of confidence – Casey has no problems when it comes to the water. In fact, he is so overly confident, that he will just jump directly into the deep end of the pool for me to catch him (even when I’m not looking or ready for it). I’m kind of guessing it’s the Queenslander in his genes, but he absolutely loves swimming and playing in the pool – he has been talking about ‘jumping in the water’ for the last few days… and not failing to mention it at least ten times every hour.

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Finally, on another topic, the boys have not been immune to the ‘Psy’ phenomenon and the YouTube smash hit, “Gangnam Style”. Now it seems that as well as watching the video dozens of times and knowing the dance moves, the marketing engine behind it all have started producing merchandise… and what demographic do you think the campaign is focused on? Yep, you got it – young kids!!
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I’ve been told so many times before by friends and colleagues, that running, jumping and dancing is a great way to make sure that their kids are worn out by the end of the day and they will want to sleep peacefully and earlier after a session of physical activity. I hereby pronounce that Casey and Jaime are obviously different from the norm / exception to the rule… in the video below, it’s already 11:30pm at night, they are “full of beans” and they show no sign of wearing down, even pleading for more at such a late hour… BUT, IT IS VERY CUTE THOUGH!! “Oppa Zheng Jia Style”…

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Why I Love Charity Work – Warm, Kind, Large Hearts Of Singapore!

By , May 21, 2012 1:30 am

Friday, 18th May, 2012, saw the culmination of months of work, planning and tireless efforts from a small group of local volunteers in Sengkang West. The organizing committee for the inaugural Sengkang West CCC CDWF Charity Golf Day, with the assistance of a huge number of kind hearted donors coordinated the fund raising event and the after-dinner and raised in excess of S$200,000!!

Source: Aussie Pete Blog

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The Sengkang West CCC CDWF (Community Development and Welfare Fund) among many other things, provides school bursaries and scholarships for needy students residing in Sengkang West; financial aid and assistance to Sengkang West residents who are financially under-priveleged, or have no income due to incapacitation of wage earners, unemployed single mothers having to support children; provides financial assistance to elderly unemployed senior citizens / handicapped / wheelchair bound residents (and to organize dinners and gatherings for them during the major festive seasons).

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An event such as this Charity Golf Day is by no means an easy feat to undertake. I am just so very proud of my organizing committee. Never have I been associated with a team where all members have nothing but the real goal in mind – helping those in need!!

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The entire day on Friday was a resounding success, with all golfers having a wonderful time. The dinner in the evening was also a blast, with an atmosphere that was akin to a festive event. Everyone in attendance seemed to have a permanent smile etched on their face. The company was brilliant, the food was superb and May (the emcee) and Shimona Kee (our entertainer for the evening) pulled it off like the true professionals that they are.

In all, the success of the fund raising venture just goes to show me how warm, kind and large-hearted Singaporeans are. At the end of the day, we just all wanted to lend a hand – and quite often such selfless efforts of volunteers and the deep pockets of donors go unnoticed and fly under the radar. This is why I want to take this opportunity to thank you all.

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The feeling of self-fulfillment I get from being a part of charity events such as the Sengkang West CCC CDWF is something that will always be with me.

There are just far too many people involved in Friday’s success to list them all here, so please view the gallery of photos from the dinner to see who they are (all photo credits to Raymond Lee):

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Finally, a huge shout-out and thanks to the major sponsors:

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Breaking News: Australia Invades Singapore!

By , March 14, 2012 11:42 pm

aussiesoldiers2Any residents of Sengkang West (specifically in the Fernvale area) could be completely forgiven for thinking that our local area was being ‘invaded’ by Aussie Ang Mohs the Saturday before last!

In fact, it was a sight to behold – the infamous ‘Singapore Wombats’ Australian Rules football team had their first training session of the year, not at their home ground at Turf City, but rather they graced our presence on the open field opposite Fernvale Primary School.

Although it’s been a couple of seasons since I donned the footy boots and hit the paddock with the Wombats myself, I’m still on the mailing list and a fan of the Facebook page. There are quite a number of new (and younger) faces these days, but also a good many of the ‘old boys’ as well.

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My wife and my orthopedic surgeon have both banned me from playing this brilliant hard full contact sport (the 6-week stint with a numb arm and chronic back pain saw to that), but when I saw the email and Facebook update that training would be happening at Fernvale, I immediately pumped up the footy and got Jaime and Casey fired up for a run and kick.

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The locals might also have looked on in wonder as the football kicked around the park was oblong in shape as opposed to round, and that the players were constantly touching it with their hands – considering the field is most commonly used for soccer, the bewilderment would be understandable.

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It was great to catch up with my mates again – I was impressed to see them make the trek to the heartlands – and my own boys had a great time… it’s very obvious they’ve got ‘Aussie’ in their blood, displaying an uncanny ability and skill that seems to pass from generation to generation in my culture. 🙂

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I’m also impressed at how tough Casey’s head is – when the hard ball was kicked some 40-metres and landed smack in the middle of his noggin’, it bounced off again… knocked his hat to the ground, but he remained on his feet – cried for about 5 seconds and then laughed at the fact that his sunglasses remained intact.

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In all, I reckon that the boys thought they were at a fashion parade – a couple of the Wombats said they looked as though they were part of a K-Pop band – hats and glasses – but in fact, Jaime was worried about the heat and glare, and once he dons the cool shades his brother Casey always has to follow suit 🙂

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Footnote: Not long now until Jaime is old enough to join the Auskick (junior kids aussie rules footy) over here – hopefully I can get to sign him up next season!

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An Active Lifestyle – Fun For The Whole Family!

By , August 8, 2011 12:51 am

In Singapore where a very high work ethic is essential, having a couple of young boys can ensure that my whole family always stays active.

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Whether it’s the extended office hours, making sure I keep up my work-out time at the gym, running around for various engagements as a celebrity blogger, keeping on top of blogs, freelance article writing and other online projects, taking the kids for exercise in the park, or just generally chasing after a (sometimes ‘hyper’?) active 4-year old, it’s no wonder I don’t usually get to sleep before 4am on weeknights.

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This means I usually average just 3 or 4 hours sleep every night of the week (except Friday nights when I am rewarded with a sleep-in on Saturday mornings).

Many of my friends and colleagues ask me how I keep up with such an active lifestyle, and I’d love to say that it’s all as a result of constant motivation – but that would really be a lie… although I do get a buzz out of a lot of things that I take part in and am very passionate about most of them, I do actually often feel a sense of obligation to many people which can sometimes become overwhelming. I have high expectations of myself and my outputs, and I personally feel down if I don’t meet commitments that I’ve made to others. This is both a good and a bad thing, I suspect.

So here’s a tip for all of my readers – forget the high doses of caffeine or so-called ‘energy drinks’ packing large taurine kicks. I grew up drinking a simple but effective energy-booster known the world over, and I still stand by this today – a beverage well-known to all Singaporeans… none other than MILO!!

When I decided to write this article, I did a little research and found out the secret behind the ingredients and why it’s been packing punch with so many generations in so many countries for so many years.

Did you know for example, that the key ingredient, barley, has more nutritional value than other simple and common carbohydrate sources such as rice or wheat? Hulled barley, for instance, is a particularly rich source of dietary fibre and vitamin B.

I have also learned that the marketers of this product got the name right all those years ago – The name MILO was based on a Greek mythical character MILON, who was known for his STRENGTH!!

Mythological Milon:

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Modern Day Milon:

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Recently, a friend put me on to some Milo products that I was not aware of… of course, I always have the good ol’ tin waiting for me in my pantry, but did you know that there are other ways of boosting the daily energy with this product?

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For example, if you haven’t tried them yet, check out the Milo power bar or (now this is really ‘cool’ – pardon the pun) Milo Easy Cool… you can make it using cold water instead of hot! I downed a couple of glasses of this just before I ran up the stairs of Millenia Tower in Singapore’s financial district last week as part of the ‘Vertical Challenge’ to raise money for charity.

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All of my family enjoys staying active and healthy together – I strongly recommend that you do the same… turning an exercise commitment into family fun will ensure that it never feels like an obligation, rather quality time that can never be replaced! 🙂

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Alcohol, Mankini, Red Card – What Would You Have Done (Video)

By , March 9, 2011 11:13 pm

Greg ChappellAs a sports lover, over the years I’ve seen enough men and women who clearly cannot handle their alcohol, strip off their clothes and invade the game… whether it be an incident in international rugby where the streaker was absolutely smashed by one of the Wallabies, the incident many years ago with Bruce Doull (sic) of the Carlton Blues accosting a naked female pitch invader (or was it the other way around) in the VFL or even one event that I recall from my childhood, where during an international cricket test match, the drunken naked fan was whacked on the “private wickets and bails” by the then batsman, Greg Chappell, with the face of his cricket bat.

Also as a sports lover, I cannot begin to describe how p**sed off it makes me when the game is disrupted in this fashion – without meaning to generalize (because there are streakers in every country, often driven by the booze and a daring bet with their mates), but there really seems to be a very strong statistical correlation between this activity and British sports fans (aplologies to my pommy mates)!

brucedoullDon’t get me wrong – any Aussie will tell you – a few beers and sport go very much hand in hand… but the message here is – if you feel the desire to take all of your clothes off and run around naked in front of the players and fans (and sometimes millions of people across the globe watching on television), then please… either don’t drink – or better still… stay at home!!

This brings me to the crux of this article.

A male streaker – this time dressed in a “mankini” a-la Borat style, decided to interrupt a soccer game in England this week. Also wearing a wig, the pitch invader decided his 5-minutes of fame should happen during a lower-division match between Dorchester Town and Havant & Waterlooville. With very few fans in attendance, you can see in the video that the security guards made very little attempt to corral the idiot.

This is when Dorchester Town’s player-manager, Ashley Vickers, did what many other real men would have done – he tackled the fool to the ground.

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But wait!!! – under some very antiquated rule surrounding players and pitch invaders, the referee then issued Vickers a red card for his actions… WTH???!!!!

Security guards took the streaker into custody – Vickers also was forced to shamefully leave the field. 🙁

Here you go… you decide for yourself what you would have done:

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World Cup 2022 – 360 Millions Fans Can Watch Live At The Stadium

By , August 1, 2010 11:52 pm
World Cup fans will be able to watch the games live from their country's home stadium, as though the players were there live in front of them

World Cup fans will be able to watch the games live from their country's home stadium, as though the players were there live in front of them

In 2010, the break-through technology for the FIFA World Cup was 3D TV. If Japan win their bid for the 2022 tournament (22nd Edition), officials have vowed to go more than ‘one up’ by proposing that the actual games will be broadcast around the globe in ‘real-time holographic’ technology (known as ‘Universal Fan Fest’).

If this technology is realized, it will mean that more than 360 million fans from 208 countries will be able to watch 3D feeds of the games in their home stadiums as if they were actually in Japan watching it live – this will be achieved by the simultaneous capture of the action using 200 high-definition cameras that will be placed in a 360-degree circle around the stadium.

I’m no tech-junkie, but this all sounds a little far fetched to me… especially since the proposal is also being promoted as ‘green’ – apparently some of the energy required to operate the required equipment will (somehow) be generated by the crowd’s excited screams, cheers and feet stomping. Hmmmm – How, exactly??

According to Jun Murai (director of technology), “despite the idea seeming like something out of a science fiction film… the technology will be up and running as early as 2016”.

Check out the video – I personally also really like the idea of the automatic translation technology and ‘augmented reality’ through iPhone apps…

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