In light of the recent news about a movie Ris Low starred in not being released yet and being months way overdue, I decided to have an analytic review on the trailer released last year closely.
Watch the trailer first.
In the trailer alone, I have found 10 things which any movie critic would hate……
1) Peaking audios, overused stock audio files
2) Colorcorrection, video resolutions differ in scenes and wrong shutter speeds used.
3) Camera operator spotted in eye reflection
4) Why would a kidnapper waste time tieing up a thin piece of cloth on a victim’s mouth, a quick google search reviewed that no other victims in kidnapping movies have experienced this, either nothing or duct tape around their lips.
5) Jeans obviously too tightfor the man, judging from visuals, the buttons will never meet even if forced. Who was in charge of wardrobe?
6) Obvious product placement……
7) Grown man can’t break a piece of fucking plywood, nailed together with 4 tiny screws because FK LOGIC!
Singapore’s climate is very winter-ish, you knows?
I’m sorry, but this is not going to be a movie I’ll want to ever watch, too many technical faults, language used is another issue, NO SINGAPOREANS SPEAK PERFECT MANDARIN!
This boy may be childish as heck(He’s like what 10years old? What do you expect? ) But he dared to stand out and do whatever he wanted.
With years ahead of him to train in proper communication skills, I bet this kid will become one of the best salesman in the future, and he will probably in the Forbes lists then, who knows.
I see a lot of potential in him, as long as he manages to find the right mentors and not get in trouble with the law, he will be a very successful person.
Don’t you all think so too?
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs”
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If you haven’t watched her “I’m not proud to be Singaporean” video, do watch it here.(embedding disabled)
I don’t think she’s wrong with her points in her video, in fact I do agree…….wait, just to show that I’m sincere and honest, I actually watched it twice, the first time was to simply admire her awesome B-cup boobs(is it B-cup?), I personally prefer girls with A and B-cups, C negligible , D = too big.
Let’s compare Singapore to a more music-friendly country, such as the United States, assuming that just 0.1% of the respective countries’ population wants to make it in the creative industry(no matter which fields they want to get in, camera/sound/artist.) You’ll get a more sustainable number in a bigger country, not a tiny little red dot.
USA= Approximately 310million population, 0.1% = approximately 300 000 people.
SG = Approximately 5million population, 0.1% = approximately 5000
(Numbers are absolutely inaccurate and made up by me just to get the point across)
What I’m trying to say is, it’s not that there’s no creative industry in Singapore, it’s just that the numbers are so small compared internationally, it’s really a I-see-u u-see-me everyday kinda thing. Look closely at the local news, are there really news that are news worthy everyday?
Even Serina Wee’s dress can make it into the headlines lor. (Link)
Even the highest grossing movie(formally, taken over by Ah Boys To Men) Money No Enough in Singapore earned only S$5.8m (according to wikipedia), deduct the production costs and spread the earnings among crews and actors, do you think it was a lot? (Even if it was a gold pot, it was only a one time thing back in 1998)
I’m proud to be staying and living in Singapore, my friends are here, my family is here and this is the only country I know that I can safely go RK house in the middle of the night to eat my favourite indian muslim food and not get mugged.
I’m ok with how people don’t smile and don’t greet each other, I like to mind my own business too.
But nonetheless if I come across an aussie or go to Australia some day, I would embrace the culture and greet people too, see how friendly I am with this aussie in the picture? (That’s Aussie Pete, a great makan blogger/buddy from Australia, catch up soon eh?)
I have a problem, I’ve never really been detailed with my personal goal-settings, and therefore I seem to fail at it every year.
As I thought about it through a little more thorough than how I would on what to eat for lunches everyday, it seems like these are the categories I think everyone should at least have.
The categories of goals everyone should have(in my humble opinion)
Health(Psychological and Physical)
Do note that goals can be mixed and matched in the different categories, and remember not to set too many goals unless you want to stress yourself up and fuck it up through this new year.
And remember, be REALISTIC, an example of an unrealistic goal would be “Win toto lottery S$5million)”, these are subjects which you have no control of, set a goal within your area of control such as “To be able to run 10kilometres within 1hour”.
2013 wasn’t exactly a good year for me, I went through betrayal, set-backs, a month long suicidal depression period, financial tightness, almost died of dengue and lost a valuable mentor who has yet to teach me all the knowledge he knows, I do wonder how I kept my shit together.
If you are in the same shoe as I am, just remember that the new year can only get better!(THINK POSITIVE! )
Yong Wei’s personal resolutions for the year 2014!
Losing weight won’t be easy for me, post-op I gained 13kg before listing 10 of it, I’m still struggling to get back on track with my personal weight-loss program.
This year will be the year I finally lose weight for good, I’m sure of it. Do read my write up on how I lost 40kg in the past 2 years here
I am a hopeless romantic, I’m turning 22 next month and unlike all my friends, I am pretty much the only one that has never been attached to anyone, or even my first kiss(kisses when I’m drunk doesn’t count).
I can’t tell if I’m desperate due to peer pressure or whether it’s because I do not want to miss out on this chapter of life. Even my mum has talked to me about buying a HDB flat when I’m 35(singles are only eligible to buy a flat to themselves at age 35 in Singapore).
I’ve been hurt quite a few times from different girls over the past few years, that I can no longer seem to develop that “feel” or “cloud nine ” adrenaline rush when wooing anyone any more.
I think if I can just get an experience of having a girlfriend this year, it’ll be a big step for me.
Run more giveaways on this blog more often(Do look out for free food and goodies coming in the next few months, next week I’ll be giving away a pair of high-end spectacle lenses!)
Being an O+ blood manufacturer, I also wish to start donating again once I’m eligible this year! (it’s just that tingling sensation in your heart knowing that you’ve helped someone prolonged their lives, you know what I mean?)
To complete my mandatory national conscription duties peacefully, so I’ll no longer feel being constantly oppressed.
Travel to at least 2 countries before the year ends.
A 1 week trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A 1 week trip to Bali, Indonesia
(it’s what I can afford lah, I’m only born with an aluminium spoon you know?)
Well, that’s pretty much it, I do hope that my guide above will help you plan your resolutions and goals this year, remember to keep it measurable and realistic.
As the youngest non-baby entity in my whole family tree, and the only one left that’s not married or engaged, this coming chinese new year on the 31st of January 2014 I have to prepare myself to be bombarded with many questions that I cannot answer yet.
So here’s the top 5 questions I am expecting, and my answer to “defend” myself against, should you be in the same situations, do feel free to use this as a guide.
1) How is NS?
“I am 21 turning 22, earning $480 monthly and paying my own bills and expenses while struggling to save up for future studies while stuck as a conscript during my golden young-adult years……..oh wait I mean I’m fine i’m fine, I’m doing very well.”
2) Got girlfriend already or not?!
“NABEH! LIM PEH EARN S$480 MONTHLY YOU EXPECT ME TO GO OUT PAKTOR AFTER PAYING MONTHLY EXPENSES……….Ah, no lah, no girlfriend.”
3) Why don’t you go and find a girlfriend?
The most suitable answer for me in the past three years had been “Career first, earn money first before finding a partner, who would want to go out with barely any money to spend?”
That’s just one of the bulls I pulled these few years, it worked pretty well though, my relatives usually end the question there after I pull this crap.
4) Are you gay?
A few, and I do mean FEW, have approached me with this very question for the past year, and the answer is no. (If asked, just “retaliate” by using question 3 above.)
I think people assumed because I’ve been single all these while, and yet hanging around many awesome handsome bros.
5) You got friends right, ask your friends intro you some girls lah?
I would answer as what Barney Stinson would say
“The mom of a Bro is always off-limits. But the step-mom of a Bro is fair game if she initiates it and/or is wearing at least one article of leopards print clothing”
Sauce: The Bro Code
If you’ve got any other better Questions & Answer solutions, do feel free to talk to me via Twitter @yongwei92 !
And may the odds be ever in your favour…….GOOD LUCK THIS CHINESE NEW YEAR! If you liked this post, don’t forget to Share it on Facebook/Twitter!
Before I get to the amazing chicken story, I’d like to give a big shout out to the PR(Public Relation) company that gave me this opportunity.
Public Relations Done Right
It started off with a pretty standard looking invitation email, explaining the agendas and event details in the attachment, we bloggers get these sort of emails very often, usually if it says “Dear media” “Dear blogger”, I’ll ignore if I sense that it’s a mass-sent mail.
But of course, if my name is ever mentioned, I’ll respond back with a direct answer.(Basic courtesy, after all, they took the time and effort to find my email and typed my name).
I can’t go out at the moment due to a recent ACL surgery and am recuperating at home, lots of time in hand to be catching up on dramas I’ve missed over the year while stuck in army(stay-in unit…..)
I was baffled and pleasantly surprised by absolutePR’s kind gestures! And best part was, that means I get a free dinner for my family! (yay blogger get freebie….)
Superior Savers C menu, lots of deep fried goodness for friends and family!
The Popeyes’ Bonafide chicken, rather big piece.
Popeyes Bonafide Chicken, or just call it Popeyes Fried Chicken
Sinfully juicy and delicious! It’s been a while since I’ve consumed any form deep fried chicken skin since I started diet and exercises and lost 40kg. (Oh yeah, gained back a few kilos while on crutches.)
Yeah, bite that juicy chicken!
The Chicken Tenders
I prefer this over the Bonafide Chicken, less oil=Less sin.
The Popeyes’ signature Biscuit, topped with strawberry jam, delicious chunk of carbs! My favourite.
Half-eaten Popeyes Biscuit
I remember a few years back when the only outlet in Singapore(I think) was in Changi Airport Terminal 1, where I stationed with a few friends there to study for exams.
Ahhhh….School days memoirs~!
Well, anyways, this saturday (30th november 2013), Popeyes will be opening a new outlet at Bugis Village, details below:
Date: 30th November 2013, Saturday
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: Popeyes @ Bugis Village, 229 Victoria Street, Singapore 188023
There will be lots of activities packed, such as balloon sculpting, face painting and Glitter Tattoo stations available, kids friendly stuff.
My friend Elson Soh will be there sharing about Project Awareness as well, do show him some support ya?
And not forgetting awesome local DJs, the Muttons.
TIME FOR GIVEAWAY!
I have 5 e-vouchers from Popeyes to give away, I’ll be removing this section once it’s all given(first come first served).
Simply email me your Name, contact number, and NRIC number to firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
(Singaporeans only, sorry friendly friends from overseas……..)
As you can see, as of 1st November 2013, I had to walk around in crutches, and no I wasn’t involved in any form of accidents.
A few months before I conscripted into the army in 2012, I started jogging(You know, to gain stamina so I wouldn’t get tired out so easily as I go through basic military training), somehow I sprained myself due to carelessness and ended up with pain in my left knee for the months and year ahead.
Visits to CMPB(Central manpower base) for further medical examination and doctors in Singapore hospitals proved futile as everyone insisted it was because of my weight.
So after I lost 40kg, and still having the pain in my left leg, my specialist seemed finally convinced enough to schedule me for an MRI scan back in August, more than a year later since I started seeing doctors, and the results were rather shocking(to me).
I’ve torned my ACL, and damaged my meniscus.
The solution? Surgery to repair it, if you don’t mind watching how the surgery goes, watch it, if not, skip it. (Video)
Having experienced life on crutches for almost a week now, here’s my top least favourite parts of living with crutches while I recover.
1) Visits to the toilet.
Very challenging environment, the wet/damp floors simply means high chances of me slipping, especially if I have to pee in the middle of the night and possible tearing the ACL again.
2) Weight gain
I did weigh myself, I’ve gained approximately 4kg since my surgery 5days ago, unable to exercise and needing to eat, I’m literally a couch potato now, and one of the painkillers’ side-effects includes “Weight gain”. #FML
3) Unable to cook
I did try to make myself dinner, just as I grabbed a bowl to beat some eggs, I came to sudden realisation that I have no other hands to hold the frigging bowl as I walk with crutches.
Pretty much gave up on that, and ate only bread or biscuits when no one’s home.
4) People trying to help me
I don’t like feeling handicapped, if I want something done, I’d rather do it myself.
5) Why don’t you try taking bigger steps?
Said a lady to me, I was like “hello? Crutches? Bigger steps to walk faster?”
Not a brilliant idea at all, I simply laughed it off.
What about the good positive stuff?
Well, of course I’m gonna mention the good stuff that happened in the past week!
After an almost near-death experience with dengue a few months earlier, and getting a heck of a scolding from many people for not informing them anything.
During my hospitalisation for dengue, I did inform a handful of people(just a handful, I didn’t really want too many people visiting, since there were many others sick with dengue in the ward too, and I needed to rest too, I wouldn’t want to have someone coming in every hour.), most of them thought I was joking even though I provided specific details of my ward and condition.
And to make it worse, even after knowing the truth, some could even crack a bone at it, I was heavily insulted, at least I now know which ones to keep, I don’t have all the time in the world for everyone. I’m actually glad I’m making this decision.
2) Friends visiting me, with goodies!
Technically they’re my friends with benefits.
Loads of DVDs on my desk now!
The painkillers do make me sleepy, I have slept approximately 12-16hours for the past few days, and it feels so refreshing! I do get lucid dreams half the time.
I remember on the second night I dreamt that I walked over to a newly opened Japanese food store and had the most amazing katsu Don and green tea ever, that I was able to walk the stairs in the train stations and carried 6 beds at home.
Sick lucid dream I had, I am still craving for that Katsu Don in real life.
4) All the time in the world to use the internet!
I’m officially unfit for any duties for the next few months, that means I have all the time to blog, to research, to study, to write songs, pretty much all the time to do what I love doing for now! (Provided if I have the ability with crutches).
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From 7th November to 4th December (While stocks lasts), Mcdonalds’ Singapore will serve one of Japan Mcdonalds’ most popular menu item, the Ebi Burger, along with a delicious Banana Pie and a Tropical Tango McFizz.
I had a chance to taste and review this burger before it launches this coming thursday,
Close up of the burger(Forgot to set white balance on my camera, but yeah still looks good eh?)
Inside got crunchy whole-shrimps one wor!
Of course being a foodie myself, I enjoyed it very much, especially when I got to eat it before everybody else in Singapore
The Banana Pie, again it’s available for a limited time only!
Sweet and delicious, the texture resembles a lot of similarities with the commonly known local snack, Goreng Pisang.(Like duh, right? )
If you happen to be just as crippled as me at the moment(I’ll blog about what happened later)
You can always order online at McDelivery.com.sg between 7th November to 4th December for the Ebi Burger feast set.
There were packets of coupons/voucher for freebies at Mcdonalds’ which I forgot to take along with me home! Pai Seh ah, if not I would had something to giveaway on this post. (Hmmmmmmm, maybe McDees can……mail me some?? )
It’s been 419 days since I enlisted into the army, another 311 days to go before I complete my national service duty as a Singaporean in the conscription act.(This is the reason why my blogging frequency is so low these days, army lah, no time.)
The last major blogging event I attended was a few days before I enlisted last year, the Singapore Blog Awards 2012, where I was crowned with a “Super Blogger” award too! I really miss attending events!
A rare full body shot of me at the event, along with one of my favorite xiao mei mei bloggers! Isjong, I was 136.6kg, crazy huh? wait till you see the next photo below.
145kg was the heaviest I ever weighed, I believe this was when I was still in secondary 1, when I sat on any sofas, I BECAME PART OF THE SOFA! That was the point where I knew I really had to do something, so I saved up and bought a bicycle and started making rounds and creating my own routes.
The first few years was slow, I didn’t had the discipline to control my diet, though my stamina increased, my weight pretty much still staying the same. But thanks to army, I finally learned how to control my diet and be more disciplined with snacks.
(How I usually dress for a long cycle around the eastern region of Singapore)
The black windbreaker makes me look slimmer.
Cycling isn’t just a new sport I picked up, I enjoyed it passionately, so much that I do it almost every time an opportunity comes, from meeting friends for a meal or simply wanting to see the beach.
Occasionally I challenge myself to go further, into the city centre, it felt good, really good, knowing that I could do it and make it this far.
The results of diet and exercise?
Dropping my waist line from 48inches to 36inches in 12months, wearing a brand new pair of cargos I bought online.
Being able to wear smarter looking clothes without looking like a dumpling.
I have one problem though, the amount of excess skin I have all over my body, but this is the least I’m concerned about, I really just want to shed the weight first, excess skin? TALK LATER!
So what triggered me to finally wanting to lose weight
Let’s start with the disadvantages of being obese
In photos, no matter what, I always stood out, I didn’t liked it.
I don’t know where my neck went.
Hard to buy clothes, gotta go to shops that specialises in importing plus sizes
Sweaty and easily perspire always.
I don’t know when I’ll get a stroke or heart attack.
After losing 40kg so far, these are the advantages I’ve felt so far
I LOOK GREATER THAN BEFORE IN PHOTOS!
I can buy clothes ANYWHERE now! (Currently wearing XL and it’s getting loose)
More energetic and better sleep nightly
Both girls and guys(probably my awesome gay friends) say I smell good.
friends can finally lay in my shoulders without feeling grossed out by sweat.
I can be sure that I won’t be getting any heart attack anytime soon.
I no longer stain my pants without staining my tummy first while eating!
How did I keep myself to maintain the discipline level?
I threw away all my bigger clothes, leaving only tight-fit or slightly loose ones around, using it as a reminder to myself that if I were to gain back anymore weight again, I’ll have to start walking out of the house naked.
I used rejections from girls as a constant reminder, think about it, would you rather sleep with a supermodel or a fat guy? HECK! I WANT TO BE THAT SUPERMODEL!
I save messages/tweets such as this to remind myself not to disappoint my awesome friends.
My diet now(I’m not a professional, but this is working for me)
Oats(NO SUGAR/CREAMER) + Green tea, swallow that shit till you’re full if you wish. Pop some vitamins and minerals supplements too.(I’m currently taking Double X from Amway)
Lunch and Dinner:
Skip the carbs
Eat a load of lean meat and vegetables
Some wholemeal biscuits
OR some unhealthy stuff if you wish, just don’t eat too much.
With the right level of discipline, endurance, and courage, I believe you can do it too(If you’re obese as well), though I’m still fat, seeing the results and differences over the year made it all worthwhile, I have already lost 40kg in the past 12months and now with approximately 20-25kg more to lose, I am already more than halfway through, but nonetheless
GAMBATTE! LET’S DO IT TOGETHER!
No really, let’s do it, don’t just talk, walk the talk.