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Month: May 2009

Exams in 3 days time

Exams in 3 days time

3 more days to my first exams. As the clock ticks by, different feelings are boiling within me. I am worried and anxious that I will not be able to do the paper as well as I want. I am unsure if I should be more relaxed or strict with myself (I have not been taking exams for the past 1 and half years. I have forgetten most of the exams techniques and necessities.) Stressed out, becuase I am scared I will forget everything I learnt on the day of exams itself. But I am kind of happy that these exams are part of the first few steps I have to take to go into the profession I wanted. Wish me luck!

By the way, I aspire to be like him.

Britain Got Talent: 40 Semi-Finalists Revealed

Britain Got Talent: 40 Semi-Finalists Revealed

Due to the usage of Youtube by the producers, I followed the latest season of Britain Got Talent’s audition phrase. I found it entertaining and sickening at the same time. Entertained by the good performances that were put up by many hopefuls but sickened by the worst of the performances. Just recently, the producers uploaded a video on the 40 semi-finalists that will go through another round before heading to the finals and finally crowned as the victor. How I wish I can catch the semi-finals live half-way across the world…

The 40 Semi-Finalists are :

  • 2 Grand – grandfather and granddaughter singing duo
  • Aidan Davis – street dancer
  • Ashraf Patel – Blackburn Breakdancer
  • The Barrow Boys – wheelbarrow dancers
  • Ben and Becky – ballroom dancers
  • Brit Chix – band
  • Callum Francis – musical theatre performer
  • Darth Jackson – Michael Jackson and Darth Vader impersonator
  • DCD Seniors – dance troupe
  • Diversity – street dancers
  • DJ Talent – rapper
  • The Dreambears – comedy dancers
  • Fabia Cerra- burlesque dancer
  • Faces of Disco
  • Flawless – street dancers
  • Floral High notes – flower arranging and opera singing
  • Fred Bowers – break dancing pensioner
  • Gareth Oliver – comedy impersonator
  • Good Evans – singers
  • Greg Pritchard – male soprano
  • Harmony – musical theatre performers
  • Hollie Steel – singer & dancer
  • Hot Honeyz – dancers
  • Jackie Prescott and Tippy Toes – doggie dancing
  • Jamie Pugh – singer
  • Julia Naidenko – belly dancer
  • Julian Smith – saxophone player
  • Kayode Oresanya – human saxophone
  • Luke Clements – juggler and street performer
  • Mama Trish – drag act
  • Martin Macham – guitar player
  • MD Show Group – street dancers
  • Merlin – escapologist
  • Natalie Okri – singer
  • Nick Hell – street performer
  • Shaheen – singer
  • Shaun Smith – singer
  • Stavros Flatly – comedy dancers
  • Sue Son – violinist
  • Sugarfree – street dancers
  • Susan Boyle – singer
The bottomless pit of plastics

The bottomless pit of plastics

I was blog hopping and landed up on singer, Tay Kewei’s blog. Mindlessly scrolling through, I saw a post on trash. Interested, I clicked open the rest of the post and saw this image.

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Apparently, plastic materials that landed in the sea do not always get washed up onto the shores of countries. Instead, they flow along with the currents in the sea and the ocean into a dead zone (somewhere in between Hawaii and California) where all the plastic trash gather. Currently, there is no country that cleans up this growing pool of trash as it does not fall in any country’s Economic Exclusive Zone, not even the closest country, USA. Any efforts to clean up this mess will require an international effort.

While reading, this reminds me of several blog posts (or here) that DK posted up on mass release of balloons. Chances are that the balloons or the remains of it will end up in this pile of trash, which is detrimental to marine ecology.

Upcoming Exams

Upcoming Exams

The dates for the exams are set. 3, 5 and 10th of the next month are taboo days for me. I will be away from here most of the time doing my revision and it is quite packed… Cya!

Quick updates

Quick updates

  1. ACCA Exams in June. Holding at ACJC.
  2. Apply for the Army Half Marathon at krisandro’s cajoling.
  3. Currently down with fever and flu. Darn it… 2nd time in 4 weeks. This explains why I am not blogging much this week.
Restored Account

Restored Account

A few weeks back my Twitter account got phished (somehow. I have no idea at all). It was maddening at first, but I just had to shoot a help request to un-suspend my account. Over the week, I waited for action and it did came. My account is mine again and along with it there is an explanation why my account got suspended. Here is part of it:

… all indications are that your account was phished and this did not take place on Twitter. It would appear that somewhere else you input your username (or e-mail) and password for Twitter; they then took control of your account and used it to follow people and send out (at least) two messages that you did not send, both of which linked to a phishing site.

The only new stuff I tried out are the mobile apps for Twitter and TweetDeck. TweetDeck didn’t give me any problems. As for the mobile apps, I am not too sure. But anyway, I am not getting mobile apps onto my phone as not one is suiting to my needs.

Speaking of that, Plurk Mobile is getting boring… Haix…

SYF JC Choir Central Judging 2009

SYF JC Choir Central Judging 2009

Today, I went to Victoria Concert Hall to participate in the event as an audience, along with Carol. We got the tickets from YJC. Each school has to sing 3 pieces, one of which is a set piece, and the other 2, choice pieces. After 3 schools, I realised how boring can it get with each school sing the same starting song. The only variation is the interpretation of the piece by the conductors and the choirs.

I attended the AM session, meaning, I got to see my Alma mater performing (in fact, they were the first school) along with several heavy-weights. Yishun Junior College did a good job in presenting the 3 songs, although there are spots where it sounded messy, and and hard to understand. It is also advantageous to them for being the first to be up on the stage. The judges will not have any expectations based on previous choirs’ performance. Right after my Alma mater, Victoria Junior College, followed by Raffles Junior College performed their hearts out. It was rather telling that the choir members of both VJC and RJC had some degree of vocal training. The sound produced are quite pure, bright and vibrant, emotions were filling in the notes.It just makes me wanting to take up vocal lessons, a musing I had when I was in Monk’s Hill Secondary School.

The forth school to perform was Jurong Junior College. As expected, everyone had expectations of them doing as well as the previous schools. However, the walk-in already let them down. They had 8 guys, and I assumed enough number of girls to make up the numbers. There is a minimum number of members in the choir before the choir can enter itself for the Central Judging. The conductor did not had the command aura around her. The first few notes out of the choir members sent shivers down my spine and I grated my teeth. I was kind of glad that Carol was spared from this as she had left for a short toilet break. The guy who sat beside us commented, “Epic C.O.P!” It stands for Certification of Participation. In secondary school’s central judging, a COP can mean good effort, try harder next time. In junior college level, what kind of performance are you putting up? You mean this is your best??? Well, they asked for it. The notes came out wrong, flats and sharps; the dynamics were screwed up. I applaud them for their efforts, or lack of it…

After that, the ‘entertainment’ value decreased. The set piece, once again, was getting boring; most of the choice pieces each school choir sang were un-imaginative, or not engaging at the best. But then again, SYF Central Judging is an event for the performing arts of the schools to present on even grounds. So having choice pieces alone can be deceiving of the groups’ performance. By having a set piece, it establishes a common ground for all the performing group. Smart, but still boring…

The school choirs who sang in the morning are:

  1. Yishun Junior College
  2. Victoria Junior Colege
  3. Raffles Junior College
  4. Jurong Junior College
  5. Anglo-Chinese Junior College
  6. Catholic Junior College
  7. Duman High Institution
  8. National Junior College
  9. Tampines Junior College
  10. Meridian Junior College

There are 9 more other schools that performed in the afternoon session. I cannot attend further as I had to go back to camp. Anyway, Carol was there for waiting for the results and her sister’s school (Nanyang Junior College) to perform. When the results was out, I received it via SMS (rather, I pestered Carol to give me the results even when it was not out yet.) YJC gotten Silver! Like finally! I am pleasantly surprised. JJC gotten C.O.P, Seragoon Junior College gotten Bronze. 7 other schools gotten Gold With Honours, and the rest, Gold. When Bradley came, he asked for the results too. He was not that surprised to hear about JJC’s performance.

Going back to such event made me realised that I still miss choir, but I somehow, I don’t miss the past… I saw Candee and some others, but I did not talk much to them… I felt rather detached.. >.<

Update 060509: The results (courtesy of Choral Directors’ Association)

School Name

Results

Conductor

1

YISHUN JUNIOR COLLEGE

Silver

Adrian Poon

2

VICTORIA JUNIOR COLLEGE

Gold (Honours)

Nelson Kwei

3

RAFFLES INSTITUTION (JUNIOR COLLEGE)

Gold

Toh Ban Sheng

4

JURONG JUNIOR COLLEGE

COP

Fu Shi Hua

5

ANGLO-CHINESE JUNIOR COLLEGE

Gold (Honours)

Valerie Wilson

6

CATHOLIC JUNIOR COLLEGE

Gold (Honours)

Toh Ban Sheng

7

DUNMAN HIGH SCHOOL

Silver

Jennifer Tham

8

NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE

Gold (Honours)

Lim Ai Hooi

9

TAMPINES JUNIOR COLLEGE

Silver

Ong Chiak Yin

10

MERIDIAN JUNIOR COLLEGE

Gold (Honours)

Foong Hak Luen

11

NANYANG JUNIOR COLLEGE

Silver

Gabriel Cheow

12

ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)

Silver

Phua Ee Kia

13

TEMASEK JUNIOR COLLEGE

Silver

Jennifer Tham

14

ST. ANDREW’S JUNIOR COLLEGE

Silver

Albert Tay

15

ANDERSON JUNIOR COLLEGE

Gold (Honours)

Nelson Kwei

16

PIONEER JUNIOR COLLEGE

Silver

Ong Chiak Yin

17

SERANGOON JUNIOR COLLEGE

Bronze

Khor Ai Ming

18

HWA CHONG INSTITUTION

Gold (Honours)

Lim Ai Hooi

19

RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Silver

Jennifer Tham