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Lorraine Tan’s My Singapore 2014 Concert

Lorraine Tan’s My Singapore 2014 Concert

This week seems to be the week of performances. For three consecutive days, I sat through three different performances. On Tuesday, 16th August, I was given complimentary tickets to watch Lorraine Tan’s My Singapore 2014 Concert. Lorrainne has been doing My Singapore since 2011. It features primarily Lorraine and invited guests, who would perform Singapore related items. Lorraine would produce an original theme song and music video in celebration of National Day. And every year, there will be a beneficiary….

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Donating My Bone Marrow Experience

Donating My Bone Marrow Experience

I registered myself as a bone marrow donor in around June 2013. How I got to know the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) was indirectly through my part-time internship stint at GNum. BMDP is Singapore’s bone marrow registry. There are numerous registries worldwide. Unlike the blood bank, which is supported by HSA, BMDP receives no government funding. The video production crew was sharing the same office space as GNum and they had just completed a shoot for the programme. After…

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Of: Releasing funds from dormant accounts for charitable uses

Of: Releasing funds from dormant accounts for charitable uses

And commenters on Facebook went ape-shit. Reading the article on CNA’s website, I would say it is just poor reporting: Nominated Member of Parliament Laurence Lien on Monday (July 7) suggested to the Finance Ministry and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to consider releasing the funds in dormant accounts for charitable uses, in order to better make use of funds that have remained untouched for 15 years or so. Mr Lien brought up the example of the United Kingdom,…

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Of: Qrientation 14/15: The Unofficial LGBTQA Freshie Orientation Camp

Of: Qrientation 14/15: The Unofficial LGBTQA Freshie Orientation Camp

This came up in my newsfeed on Facebook, through an anti-Pinkdot Facebook group: I am one of those who takes a neutral stand in the issue of LGBT in Singapore. If there is a group of students who wants like-minded students, let them be, just as with religious groups in school. Same thing in the general society. There is always a space for everyone. But some of the comments in the posts are kind of hilarious. Let’s see… What if the…

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In support of SAF Day 2014

In support of SAF Day 2014

Many NSF and NSMen are flooding Facebook News Feed with profile pictures changed to themselves being in the uniform. This is the latest photo I can get to having myself taken in partial army fatigue. Unflattering much. But it is also because of the pants, we were able to spot fellow Singaporeans and some foreigners apparently were familiarly with our army uniform too.

Shifting to Digitalocean VPS

Shifting to Digitalocean VPS

For the past couple of years, this site has been on Vodien shared hosting package. Not that there is an actual need to move, but I had to try out HHVM with WordPress when it was announced that WordPress 3.9 is compatible with HHVM. HHVM is developed by Facebook to optimise their website’s operations. It is claimed to be faster than the standard php-fpm package (and I have seen it so). Vodien shared hosting would not be the right platform…

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I had friends I never knew I had

I had friends I never knew I had

I am an active user on Facebook. There was a number that was bugging me: 1,740 friends. Facebook used to have an upper limit of 1,000 friends, and now 5,000. But truely, how many of these friends do one actively maintained relationships with? Robin Dubar suggested 150. However, there are mechanisms to cope with expanding numbers. It seems that we have the ability to facially recognised about 1,500 people. 1,740 looks like a crazy number even with just facial recognition….

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Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp Day 03 – Travelling to Pokhara

Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp Day 03 – Travelling to Pokhara

29 April 2014 Day 3 started early. But there was only one agenda: travel to Pokhara. Pokhara is within 30 miles of Annapurna, and apparently a stop before any treks up to Annapurna for most trekkers. We woke up early. After having English breakfast again, we had our stuff loaded up in a van. The van then took our bags to the waiting bus just outside Dhruba’s office. Fearing about the dust from the traffic we experienced the day before,…

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