30 April, 2011

群众大会 · Rally (III)


We're into the third day of General Election campaigning, and it seems to be taking it's toll on the candidates.


I reckon that's why there's a cut in number of rallies this Sunday... Or maybe it's just to get a higher concentration of crowds?

Anyway, here are the rally locations for tomorrow night (Sunday)-

群众大会 · Rally (II)

Here are the rallies locations for tonight (Saturday)-


One of the highlight is that PAP would be holding their rally speech at where Workers' Party successfully gathered over 15,000 voters last Thursday (Hougang Blk 837). It would be a clear benchmark of who has more supporters tonight.


HOWEVER, we have to take those in white top and bottom and/or holding PAP flags into considering of exclusion, because they are the PAP people themselves!


I wonder where they would be getting people by shuttlebus to the venue this time around...

29 April, 2011

群众大会 · Rally


Singapore General Election campaign officially kicked off with an extremely exciting and "happening" Nomination Day, and yesterday (Thursday) was the first night for the various parties to hold their rallies and let the people know what they have to say.


Due to the nature of my work, I've had the chance to film at Workers' Party rally last night. This is probably the first time I've seen so many people and feeling united and home-y. It got me pretty overwhelmed and emotional.


I'm really appreciative of TODAYdigital for uploading the rally speeches of the various candidates and parties, because they are the ones who are giving a balance and fair report of al the parties. It's also a chance for those who couldn't attend hear what the candidates had to say.



Here are the rallies locations for tonight (Friday)-

25 April, 2011

民声 · Voices from the Ground


General Elections is just around the corner and there are plenty of people out there in heartland areas willing to promise almost anything.


The constant emphasis from high-ranking MPs and average citizens is the high regard for the voices from the ground. And the former has been on walkabout at constituencies to interact with the people. As such, I see no better a chance to talk about my basic expectations as an average citizen, just to let people think about how hard it is to make life better for people.

Firstly, stop spending money on useless and visually-unimpressive "neighbourhood upgrades".


Taking the picture above for instance, the new metal construction can provide neither shade nor shelter during rain and shine, and it isn't a piece of visual art either. I don't see why such a construction is required, and not an "upgrade", just a mere waste of money.

Secondly, return me the overhead bridges.


What you see on the left is a typical overhead bridge you see being built in Singapore over the years, and the one on the right is the new design you see in areas like Eunos, Ponggol, Serangoon North Village, etc. I understand that such a change is brought about with the aim of a wheelchair-accessible Singapore, but have they considered what an inconvenient detour it is for people in a rush or the aunties with the bulky groceries?


It's not wrong to improve Singapore to be wheelchair-accessible islandwide, but the problem lies in changes which brings more inconvenience to the majority who are mobile, and doesn't really do the handicapped much help. Seeing such design, they can't actually blame the people who cross the road illegally.

Thirdly, consider how inhumane the slopes/ramps are.


The picture above is a scene I captured personally at Hougang.


Think about an elderly person trying to go outdoors by himself, and actually has to turn SEVEN times down the slopes before he gets to the bus stop from the void deck. Did anyone designing or allowing such a construction consider how tormenting and inhumane it is? It's hard to believe any educated (or just sane) person would allow such designs to be executed. The only party I can see benefiting from such design is the construction company which may get to charge more for the amount of material and labour work into creating such rubbish.


I believe that that slope above is used less than 10 times a month.

Lastly, re-evaluate the 'improvements' of public buses.


Taking just the service line number boards as example, the new buses with the orange lights are actually causing problems when it is hard to see in daylight, and too small a font to see at night. In addition, how about those who have visual difficulties?


It's already a torture to wait for the never-seem-to-come buses for school and work, and with such "improvements" by the smart-alecks, I think it's making life harder for people.

24 April, 2011

红星大奖2011 · Star Awards 2011

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02 April, 2011

白纸黑字 · Black and White


I have the feeling that the black-and-white way of work has been threatened with the development of cyberworld and technology.


Taking scanning technology as an example, many things became impossible to verify as there's no proof for some electronics stuff.

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愚人节快乐 · Happy April Fool's Day


Recently I’ve been very interested on what’s trending on Twitter.

单是愚人节就有很多无聊的怪东西上榜,例如英文字体Comics Sans 和Helvertica。

Just an April Fool’s Day, and all the weird stuff started to be trending, like font names such as Comics San and Helvetica.

除此之外,上榜但不光彩的也包括海峡时报(Straits Times)。本地的传统主流媒体从来没那么受关注,今天又是什么原因呢?

In addition, another but not-so-glamorous trend is Straits Time. Local traditional and mainstream media has never gotten such attention, so I was pretty curious what happened.

 点击图案阅读全文 · Click on picture to read what happened


Well, apparently there was another mistake caused by the convenient nature of Tweet Deck that allows users to access more than one Twitter account at a time. Convenient, but at the same time, make screwing things up ten times more likely to happen as the margin between personal life and work get increasingly blurred.

01 April, 2011

Tin Pei Ling

I guess when people say social media changes the way things work, they meant it.

For the past I-don't-know-how-many years of my life (that's pretty much all of it), I've always been taught about how "restricted" China is, as a country. In the case of freedom, many sites like YouTube and Facebook can't be accessed, and information are filtered to the smallest microbit.

In recent years, though, I became increasingly aware of just how "restricted" Singapore has been, and possibly may no longer be.

Having been to China, just their TV commercials were enough to blow me away. Almost everything has got a TVC, not just shows, but also for things like plastic surgery, hospitals, cigarettes, etc.

So what's my point?

People are getting onto social media and internet, just to get back at people and things they can't deal with in real life. Or lack the guts to anyway.

After The Online Citizen has been gazetted by Singapore, I guess many things changed and people are even more sensitive and aware of what is going on.

And when PAP tries to get the crown of "having the youngest candidate", the plan absolutely backfired.

Are things really as bad as netizens made it sound like? Well, not exactly.

This is Tin Pei Ling, 27 years old.

The commotion?

She's too young.

She was posing with a HUGE Kate Spade box (they should pay her, seriously).

Her Twitter account picture didn't relate to people as a potential MP with what casual beach look.

And what happened within the next 48 hours was probably the biggest nightmare of her life.

At one moment people around her are telling her she's great at this age, being the grassroot leader, working at some place that makes her feel like she can connect to the older crowd, being in-charge of platforms that make her feel connected to the youths...

Then the next, everyone is telling her NO YOU DON'T MAKE THE MARK.

Suddenly the smallest thing she does is wrong. She can't speak intelligently. She uses a not-passport-photo in her daily life. (Actually I think anyone who believes that's all to any candidate's life is super naive.) She has no extreme opinions or revolutionary ideas unlike youths.

I can't even bear to go on.

When she was first introduced, I saw PAP trending on Singapore Twitter. 24 hours later, Tin Pei Ling joined the list.

I don't support PAP much, but I think she's a victim who appeared at the wrong time and caught with the wrong (read: unsuitable) people.

So here's some stuff to think about, and approve of her, just to add some positive energy to the cyberworld:

(1) She put in the effort to look like typical passport photo despite her happening private life

(2) She isn't putting up those "know-all" or "haughty" front like some others

(3) Her tweets aren't all bimbotic and ignorant-sounding

(4) She hasn't lost control like Peter Coffin, going everywhere declaring herself a sad victim

(5) At least her posing didn't include excess flaunting of assets?

(6) She tried to answer tough questions, instead of "I don't know" (though which would kill her anyway)

On the other hand, here are some things which I feel... not quite right!

(1) Positioning herself as tech-savvy but failing to protect her tech-privacy

(2) Not knowing policies well enough to think about what can be done/changed

(3) "Hiding" after the cyber hoo ha

(4) Not realising nothing is truly delete-able on cyberspace

From a youth's perspective, I couldn't help but wonder how much running for the election, even in GRC, means to her. People usually want to present the best of themselves. Heck, even Peter Coffin tried to get himself a girlfriend.

What was she thinking, not hiding her photos and private life? Has she ever thought of protecting those around her? And being tech-savvy, is it right for her to be ignorant to cyberbully as it is now?

Secondly, I've always thought people would want to over-prepare than be caught under-prepared, especially when you are dealing with the media. Maybe you can't be all pro and recite the things you know, but at least do a little research! Check for at least 5 policies/ political updates (enough to use at numerous interviews), and think about what's your opinion. Or at least which part of it you think can be improved. Or what Youtube-ers and netizens are complaining which you hope to look into.

That's when your cyber-pro-ness comes into work, no?

That's when you show people how much you care, and the homework you have done before the presentation?

You can't just walk in to an interview and tell the boss of some magazine, I want to work for you, I'm the one you should hire, BUT. I have never read your magazines.


Next concern is how she seems to be reserving her presence and comments after the hoo-ha. EH DUDE. THIS IS A CHANCE TO PERFORM, TO DELIVER. If you can't stand strong from something that can't even get into physical contact with you, how are you going to handle the dangers like others did?

I don't care what the party is saying, but as an individual, she should at least be allowing herself to stand out and accept what people have to say. And say things like she would reflect, and after a while, say what this taught her, how it is useful for her tech-functions knowledge, and finally letting people know the bigger stand she has other than Italy and Universal Studio.

Yes, I appreciate and applaud for her honesty and family-oriented perspective, but make up your mind in this realistic industry- Do you want to come across as tech-savvy connectable-with-youths-and-old-alike, or do you want to be seen like the modern woman in the family like Jeannette Chong?

This isn't lying.

This is reality.

This is marketing.

This is, ultimately, what election is about.