Monday, March 30, 2015

Farewell Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore Founding Prime Minister

The sky opened up and cried as the country bids a final farewell to Singapore first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He was the man responsible for leading Singapore from a poor fishing village in 1965 to a first world county in just 30-40 years time. He was the man who gave ordinary Singaporean a chance to have a roof over their head and not starve if you work for it. He was the man who make sure children have affordable education at least to secondary level to at least earn their own living. More importantly, he was the man who build a clean, corruption free government, turning most parts of Singapore into water catchment areas so that we can have water sustainability, driving greenery and eventually earning Singapore a fine garden city name.
I find this song is a good reflection of what Mr Lee Kuan Yew has done over his lifetime for Singapore:
We Are Singapore - Hugh Harrison
There was a time when people said
That Singapore won't make it, but we did

There was a time when troubles seemed too much
For us to take, but we did

We built a nation, strong and free, reaching out together
For peace and harmony

Chorus 1:
This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

Singapore our homeland, it's here that we belong
All of us united, one people marching on
We've come so far together, our common destiny
Singapore forever, a nation strong and free

(Repeat Chorus 1)

We the citizens of Singapore
Pledge ourselves as one united people
Regardless of race, language or religion
To build a democratic society
Based on justice and equality
So as to achieve happiness
Prosperity and progress for our nation

Chorus 2:
We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We will stand together, hear the lion roar
We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We're a nation strong and free forevermore

(Repeat Chorus 1 & 2)

We are Singapore, Singaporeans (X 2)

Thank you for all you have done Mr Lee Kuan Yew. You have given all Singaporean a future to look forward to.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Jupiter Ascending

Synopsis: Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. [Source: Golden Village]

The expectation is high, but I am disappointed that the movie could not offer more. The Wachowski Brothers have done a good job with the CG effects of our planetary system, but the storyline is pretty boring, typically Hollywood style. To sum it up, only catch this movie if you have got nothing better to do.

Rate: 5/10

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Disney's Into The Woods

Synopsis: Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.  [Source: Golden Village]

I never knew that this was an adaptation of an original Broadway musical! If I had not check up Wikipedia, I could have gave this a miss. The songs are really nice and it was a good effort at blending the various fairy tales into a single musical. A great show not to be miss. I wonder if there will be another Broadway revival.....
Rate: 8.5/10

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Norway Day 7 part 3 - Oslo Opera House

21 Nov - The Oslo Opera House is an iconic building in the city of Oslo, where the roof of the building angles to ground level creating a large plaza inviting pedestrians to walk up and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo.

 The Oslo Opera House at night

Enjoying the quietness of the night 

Oslo Central Train Station

 View from the top of The Oslo Opera House

 Panoramic view of Oslo city

Monday, January 12, 2015

Norway Day 7 part 2 - Akershus Fortress & Holmenkollen Jump Tower Ski Museum

21 Nov - With no time to waste after we are done with the island hopping, we headed straight to the Akershus Fortress which was near to the pier where we disembark from our boat.

Akershus Fortress entrance

Falling leaves signifying Autumn is approaching

One of Akershus Fortress backyard

Nice garden in the Akershus Fortress
After we are done touring the fortress, we moved on to our next destination, which was the Holmenkollen Jump Tower Ski Museum. Along the way, the city center are starting to put up decorations for Christmas, which was fast approaching.

Christmas decorations up!

View from the metro ride to the ski museum

Ski Museum Jump Tower spotted in the distance

Fairytail like hotel near the ski museum - Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica

 View from the top of the Jump Tower

View from a Olympic Ski Slope

Lights beautifying the ski slope as darkness began to fall

Holmenkollen Jump Tower Ski Museum at night

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Norway Day 7 part 1 - Island Hopping

21 Nov - Oslo will be the last leg of our holiday plan. With 1.5 days left before we departs for good, we tried to plan in as many activities as we can so that no time will be wasted. First stop will be doing island hopping for half a day.

On the way to the pier, bypassing a neighborhood park

Beautiful trees and weather

The pier to start our island hopping tour

The main island where we will be spending most of our time

Old canon from the past guarding the country against invasion

 Panoramic view of the sea

A canon battery

Nice field for playing soccer

Autumn where the leaves turned the ground orange red

Colorful buildings by the sea

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Stand By Me Doraemon

Synopsis: In the suburbs of Tokyo sometime ago, there lived a clumsy boy about 10 years old. There appeared in front of him a boy named Sewashi, Nobita’s descendant of four generations later from the 22nd century,and Doraemon, a 22nd century cat-type caretaker robot who helps people with its secret gadgets. Sewashi claims that his family is suffering from the debts Nobita made even to his generation, so in order to change this disastrous future, he brought along Doraemon as Nobita’s caretaker to bring happiness to his future, although Doraemon is not happy about this. And so Sewashi installed an accomplishment program into Doraemon forcing him to take care of Nobita. Unless he makes Nobita happy, Doraemon can no longer go back to the 22ndcentury. This is how the life of Doraemon and Nobita begins. Will Doraemon succeed this mission and return to the 22ndcentury?  [Source: Golden Village]

Finally, an ending to the Doraemon series? Probably. It was nice to catch this childhood cartoon on a big screen, seeing the all too familiar characters again that has accompany me through the years. Initially, I am not accustomed to seeing Doraemon in 3D mode, but you will get used to it in a while. Overall, the movie is light hearted and not too bad an option to catch if you want to catch up on the old times.

Rate: 7/10