29 June, 2013

矛盾 · Contradicting

我是典型三分钟热度的人。兴趣爱好多,常常喜欢研究不同的东西。例如缝纫、DIY制卡、打鼓等,总是“轮流”研究。

有两样东西却是这一路来没变过的——从成立到经营YOLOsg.com,以及摄影,尤其是学习DSLR和修片。

许多活动常常凑在同一个时候举行,就以今天为例,就有Pink Dot、COSMO Youth Parade、G-Dragon演唱会以及Street Festival。有些时候没有活动采访,有些时候连续几天采访,总是感觉自己快升西了。



回到家里,就可以躺在床上赖~~~~~

…………才怪。

因为活动不仅是同一天,有些时候是连续几天,连续几场。所以回到家,电池要充电,照片要复制在电脑,记忆卡才能清空,准备下一次的拍摄。

然后…… 还要整理采访笔记,有些时候要把录音打成文档,然后修改RAW照片,再加水印。幸亏最近找到免费快速添加水印的软件,不再需要用Photoshop一张一张复制…… ^_^||

有些时候希望自己拍照就好,希望回到家里,有人帮忙修照片,让我不会那么忙不过来。但是!!!其实修照片也是学习过程,因为可以去研究多overexposed才是真正的screwed up(因为软件调不回来),研究不同灯光下,ISO太高照片效果会有什么差别。

说也奇怪,自从开始用Manual Mode后,其他现成模式几乎都作废了。

重点是,常常希望有人帮忙,又觉得这种东西需要自己修改。就很矛盾!到底应该累死、拖延、还是让别人做?累死算了。

所以这是一篇记录自己已经进入Manual控模式,记录自己濒临发疯边缘,还有就是自己很矛盾,累了怎么还不睡。

哦,因为还在修照片…………………………………………

28 June, 2013

走另一条路 · Embark on another journey

英文有那么一句俗话——不断以同样的方式,希望得到不一样的结果,是愚蠢的行为。

为什么忽然想说这句话呢?

本地想要推动华语的单位不少,但那么多年来,方式大同小异,当然没有多大的成效。最近从某间学校的实习生那里得知,学校办网站,却又要他们把重点放在学术性知识上。

年轻人不是笨蛋,他们有自己的喜好。我觉得多采访记者会、艺人资讯没有错,与其多番阻挠,不如引导他们选择恰当有益的采访角度。

虽然我本身经验不多,但我最讨厌还是饱读诗书的本地记者,总是问海外艺人你最喜欢新加坡什么美食?你觉得新加坡(粉丝)如何?

原因很简单。

(1)他们前一晚刚下飞机,早上9点的记者会,哪有什么机会真正认识新加坡?
(2)他们有人接待,品尝到的新加坡美食往往就只是辣椒螃蟹、鸡饭。
(3)用胳膊想也知道,无论他们有没有见过新加坡粉丝,都只能说好话!!!

所以新加坡记者问这些问题,只说明两件事:

(1)要艺人称赞
(2)要艺人撒谎。

所以…… 我觉得学校不应该完全去改变学生的喜好(毕竟本地学生确实对“以前的东西”没什么兴趣),反而应该在他们喜欢的东西上,去引导他们。

如果华文网站永远都是满满的文字,
推广华文总是提倡古代作品,
广播电台总是让人有距离感的自正腔圆出口成章,
讲故事比赛永远都是那套“校长,各位老师,各位家长,大!家!好!”,
那永远都无法真正达到“推广华文”的目的。

我说的不是把唐诗宋词丢掉,只是要用现代人的方式,重新诠释。流行歌曲,也需要随着时间改变,与其老是穿织满亮片的服饰、唱那没完没了的抖音,不如重新编排,来得容易吸引人们的注意。

毕竟人们,还是贪新鲜的。

19 June, 2013

O'bean Review

Thinking/Discussing about what to eat was one of my most hated topic, but that changed in recent years.

So... The thing is that there aren't many places in Singapore that serve tasty + cheap + healthy vegetarian options.

Places that offer awesome vegetarian food include Quality Hotel Lotus Restaurant, Serangoon Village place opposite temple, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, but these are really expensive.

Places that offer cheap vegetarian good are usually coffeeshops, so the trade off is dirty environment, which usually freaks me out. In addition, a lot of the food choices aren't that healthy, with options like fried food, artificial flavorings or meat imitations.

Healthy vegetarian food is usually costly. Like Veganburg and a couple of other so-called "organic" foodplaces.

So imagine my delight, when my family and I come across O'Bean at Tajong Pagar along the stretch of bridal studios. =) This is awesome, because my mother and brother are vegetarian.

O'Bean is a really clean, modern and economically-priced place. Except maybe the waiter EQ is a little... questionable. I'd talk about that in a bit. But for now, here's the interior of the outlet!



As you can see from the board, the place offers free Wi-Fi, and doesn't charge GST. Sounds good already. ;)

Here are some of the food we ordered. Keep in mind five of us went for a meal together.




It's awesome considering the fact that for porridge, you have 26 options of side dishes to choose from. The price is also reasonable, ranging from $0.80 (raw egg) to $6.80 (mixed braised platter). 

The ones I would recommend are Spicy Eggplant, U Tiao (not oily!) and braised egg.


To be honest, I'm not a big fan of porridge. But their soya porridge is surprisingly acceptable, and the waiters are meticulous enough to remember my special request of not putting spring onion and stuff.

This is the problem I realize is in Singapore food industry. Sometimes people just cannot be bothered with special orders. When I say just a little spicy, they can't adjust between 0-4 scoops of chilli powder. It's always either 4 scoops or none at all.

In another instance, some Western food places cannot be bothered when you say you want to change the salad to baked beans. Or even beverages where you ask for less sugar/milk. 

So in this case, I have to praise the waiters for being meticulous. BUT! There were two things they did that weren't up to service standard.

Firstly, 5 of us entered the place for brunch, and we wanted to try a bit of everything. But the waiter actually commented TWICE,

1) Woah, order so much ah.

which I don't see a problem, since we are paying for our meal, and

2) Woah you (someone from our table) eat so much ah.

which is kind of rude and embarrassing for someone at our table, especially a female.

I think... there's a fine line between friendly and rude customer relationship. And I think that particular waiter crossed the line quite a number of times. So it was a little annoying, upsetting and most importantly, uncalled for.

Second thing was, they missed out one of our orders. But maybe that's just a small mistake, so it's not a big deal, just, FYI. If your drink isn't serve quickly, you need to check with them.

Other than the two incidents, I think the place is really great! The food is great, the price is great, the cleanliness and food quality are all really about 8/10.

One last thing though - they only accept cash. Make sure you have enough.

83, Tanjong Pagar Road,
Singapore, Singapore 088504

营业时间:
(周一至五)7.30am - 10.00pm
(周六)11.30am - 10.00pm


07 June, 2013

心理测验道出心思

You have always been on the move seeking affectionate, satisfying and harmonious relationships. Your ultimate goal has been the realisation of an intimate union in which there could be love, self-sacrifice and mutual trust. It has often been said that 'True love is just around the corner' and - if you haven't found it as yet - you possibly soon will.

You are feeling very disillusioned at this time and you feel that you are being left out of things. You know - or you think you know - what you want, but you seem unable to exert the effort to achieve your objectives. As a consequence, you are feeling left out and neglected. You would like to be afforded greater security and fewer problems.

In spite of all the opposition, you are insisting that your goals are realistic but circumstances are forcing you to compromise. You are not very happy with this situation but there is little that you can do about it. You have very strict standards which you try to apply to everyone who enters your sphere of influence.

You are experiencing considerable stress which is essentially the result of on going rejection and hostility. You are in the unpleasant position where offers of trust, affection and understanding are being withheld and you are being treaded with a degrading lack of consideration. You feel that you are being denied the appreciation that you deserve, which is essential to your well-being and self-esteem, but you have to face up to the situation because as matters stand at this time there is little that you can do about it - you feel that you are getting nowhere and the continuous struggle is a lonely one: all difficulties and no encouragement. Whatever you try to say or do is met with continuous hostility and no matter how much you protest you are consistently misunderstood. You need to escape from the situation but you are so perplexed that you cannot find the strength of mind to make the necessary decision.

You are inclined to be too trusting and you feel that you need to be on your guard against the possibility that your endeavours and actions may be misunderstood. Too often you have been taken advantage of and you have been mentally abused. Now you are seeking a relationship which can provide peace of mind, where you can be yourself and not have the need to put on a false front.

02 June, 2013

嗨 + 拜拜 · Hello and Goodbye (for now)

五月就像手中的一条Mentos,一转眼就不见了。

六月,对我来说是全新的开始,而星期一就正式开工了。这几天马来西亚的亲戚朋友来访,也算是让我少了一些担心的时间。

今天早上在中学附近看到一只胖得很可爱的猫。我只是蹲下来打招呼,她就自然地跳上我的大腿来撒娇,让我也有点害羞起来。


从小到大,无论是小孩子还是动物,我似乎都习惯被排斥。小孩子看到我会皱眉头大哭,猫狗看到我不是害怕就是备战。不知道是不是因为看了很多《Dog Whisperer》,似乎因为改变接触他们的心境/心态,他们也能感受到磁场的不一样,反而愿意接近我。

这怎么说呢?

生活中有很多东西也是同样的道理吧。环境取决于心境。如果开心,光阴似箭,如果不欢喜,度日如年,苦不堪言。

这猫似乎是在引导我怎么去面对新的工作和挑战——以开放的思想,集中精神朝着自己想要的目标前进。不要想着会发生什么坏事,保持良好心态,别人也比较愿意亲近。


接下来6月又安排了采访,几个周末又默默填满了,加上需要时间调整生活适应工作,可能比较忙。Twitter程序也出现故障,不能更新,所以可能暂时在网络世界消失,别担心,我会回来的!

今晚较早前我也开设了新的账户,定期存款,希望能完成更多梦想,善用成长赚来的每一份钱,对家人好、对别人好、对自己好、对陌生人好、对需要帮助的人好。