Sunday, 28 June 2015

Video: 台湾八仙乐园粉尘爆炸 Horrifying Explosion At Taiwan Water Park *Warning: Graphic*


I was horrified to learn of the explosion at Formosa Fun Coast, a water park in Taiwan. At the Colour Play Asia party, colourful clouds of flammable powder were sprayed at the party goers which, unfortunately, ignited and engulfed them in flames.

It was like a scene out of a disaster movie as the victims scramble for their lives in the fire.

At the point of penning this entry, casualties numbered to 500 with close to 200 in ICU.

May the injured recover soon.

Video below.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

In Memorium: James Horner 1953 - 2015


Oscar winner James Horner has been killed after crashing his single-engine plane in Southern California on Monday morning. 
Ventura County fire spokesman Mike Lindbery said the crash happened around 9.30am in the Los Padres National Forest, with the Federal Aviation Administration adding that the plane was an S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop with two seats and that the debris was spread across an acre of land. 
Crews extinguished a fire that erupted in vegetation after the plane became engulfed in flames upon impact, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Horner, a husband and father of two, was later confirmed dead by one of his employees.
Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed that it was the beloved composer who died in the tragic accident. 
'We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent,' Patrycja wrote on Facebook.  
'He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.' 
Jay Cooper, an attorney for Horner, said the plane was one of several owned by the 61-year-old composer.  
Horner’s representatives have not commented on the issue. - Daily Mail

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Free Minions Figurines With McDonald's Happy Meal


McDonald's Singapore will be launching a set of 10 Minions collectible toys from the animation, MINIONS this coming Thursday, 18 June 2015 at 11am.

The Minions are:

1. Guitar Strumming Stuart
2. Groovy Stuart
3. Minion Caveman
4. Lava Shooting Kevin
5. Chatting Bob
6. Egyptian Hula Minion
7. Minion Vampire
8. Marching Minion Soldier
9. Martial Arts Minion
10. Guard Minion

The toys will come free with every purchase of a kid's Happy Meal.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Hatyai Sabbatical 2015


I must really apologize for the lack of updates.

The first half of 2015 has just gone in a flash. A lot has happened during the last six months and my mind have been bogged down by family matters. All is fine for now and I hope it stays that way.

Last month, my folks and I brought forward our yearly retreat to Hatyai (we usually go during year end) and we took the opportunity to recharge and re-energize. Hopefully, we did not bring the negative vibes back with us.

I think Hatyai has been blogged to death by me so I shall consolidate the entire five days into one single post and not go into the details. Since it is simply a staycation, we spend most of our time sleeping/watching TV in the hotel when we are not out looking for food.

Now if you would fasten your seatbelt, our journey shall begin in just a minute.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Singapura: 700 Years Exhibition At The National Museum Of Singapore


After visiting the Lee Kuan Yew memorial exhibition on level 2 of the National Museum, I proceeded to the basement to visit yet another exhibition - Singapura: 700 Years.

History is one of my favorite subject in school so how could I miss it?

I studied South East Asia history in school and I would like to attribute my keen interest in the subject to my history teacher, Ms Lau Gek Moi who managed to make her lessons unboring.

Entering the gallery, I was thrown back into the pre-Colonial days when the then Temasek was still a Sultanate. Bit by bit, like fragments of a long forgotten memory, the story of Parameswara and the invasion from the Majapahit Kingdom all came flooding back.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore


This memorial exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore chronicles the life and political career of Singapore's first Prime Minister and founding father Lee Kuan Yew. It also highlights the ideals and convictions that shaped Mr Lee and his generation of leaders.

Through a selection of photographic images and audiovisual recordings, as well as artefacts from the National Collection, the exhibition begins with Mr Lee's formative years as a law student at Cambridge and his early involvement in the anti-colonial struggle.

It also traces his political career from the formation of the People's Action Party, through his Prime Ministership, to his final years of service as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor.

Mr Lee's political biography is inextricably linked to Singapore's own journey from British colony to merger with Malaysia to Separation and independence. This exhibition chronicles that journey and pays tribute to his contributions.

This exhibition will enable visitors to remember and reflect on the solid foundation that he built for Singapore.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

State Funeral for Singapore's Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew


Today is a day unlike any other for Singapore as we bid farewell to our Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

The past week has not been a easy one as anguished Singaporeans come to terms with his demise since news of it broke on early Monday (March 23) morning.

Pulled by an open-topped ceremonial land rover, Mr Lee's body was brought to Sri Temasek atop a Gun Carriage for a two-day private wake inside the Istana where President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the Sultan of Brunei and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing were among the visitors.

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