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I used to think that it would be a nice place to indulge in my self-exposé compulsion and voyueristic tendencies but for now it's more like a little diary where i'm willing to share portions of me with people who are willing to read.

Some are mundane, some are stupid, some are bitchy, some are funny but all are pieces of me. The most realistic me can be found in my pictures because it is a reflection of how i see things.

Everyone's welcome to add me. I'm not a great writer, nor am i funny or interesting so thanks for reading.

Do contact me if u r into tennis, roller-blading, outdoor running, windsurfing or simply finding a gym buddy who's on the same level as u.
"Life begins after lunch!"

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Everyone falls in love sometime 
Sometimes it's wrong 
And sometimes it's right 
For every win 
Someone must fail 
But there comes a point when 
When we exhale (yeah, yeah, say) 

*Shoop, Shoop, Shoop 
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (yeah) 
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop 
(All you got to say is shoo be doop) 
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop 
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo be doop) 
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop 
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop 
Shoo Be Doo 

#Sometimes you'll laugh 
Sometimes you'll cry 
Life never tells us 
The when's or why's 
When you've got friends to wish you well 
You'll find a point when 
You wille exhale (yeah, yeah, say) 

*

Hearts are often broken 
When there are words unspoken 
In your soul there's 
Answers to your prayers 
If you're searching for 
A place you know 
A familiar face 
Somewhere to go 
You should look inside yourself 
You're halfway there 

#*

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Mood. (Milan)


Meat-packing. (Manhattan)


Glow. (Duomo, Milan)


High ground. (?)

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(Samsung Galaxy S II)

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They R gd businessmen. First they sell u a pair of decent socks for ¥100, then they even tell u...

Wunderbar!!

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Narita tonkatsu... Oishii!

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I say stop using a dead man for marketing purpose!

This is my only thought as I logged onto the apple homepage.

Its funny how so many people think of him as almost god-like, as if he single-handed design and created the entire i-Legacy and that Apple is going to close down immediately after his funeral.

Let's get a few things straight:

Apple product can SUCK!
I bot a 4gen iPod wayyy back in the mid 2000s n it had a faulty battery which cost me S$175 to repair.
People around me have bot Macs with faulty hardware before.
The point is, apart from the design n s/w aspect, Apple pdts are not exactly guarantee of a trouble-free user-experience.

Apple is a control freak!
Just ask anyone who has used iTunes, iPhoto and the iPhone.
Never has it been such a pain to update one's photos n music before. It's all about control or pay. Look at how many .flv players in the iTunes market vs those of the Android market.
Is this too the work of Steve and if so, shouldn't someone shoot him in the face earlier?

Steve is NOT a fashion "icon".
(Neither is black turtleneck, straightcut jeans n sneakers "cool".)
If he had any dress sense he would've worn something other than black during his cancer fighting period to make him look less frail than he actually was.
I'm sure some will say that this dress style is now associated with Apple and it's simple, minimalistic design approach but hey, it is butt-ugly ok. A clown's uniform is also instantly recognisable but u don call them FASHION ICONS too do u? Besides, I fink a CEO in a nice power suit will also add sophistication to the pdt he is introducing too. I'd say the design of some Apple pdts is iconic. But no way in hell do I fink the black turtleneck combo is in ANY way iconic.

Perhaps it is true that Steve may have been responsible for the general design direction but I'm sure the actual aesthetic of the i-products is the result of the hardwork of many many talented designers in the Silicon Valley. (Afterall, they always proudly tell u that their pdts are "DESIGNED IN CALIFORNIA"; but made in China of cos!)

In a certain way, Steve's death is ironic. It is a classic case of having the $$$ but not the life to live it. Maybe the ghosts of the deceased Guangzhou Apple factory-workers haunted him to death. Whatever it is, enough of the mourning already n move on with your life!

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Bloody hell.

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Message/watsapp me.

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回到家看到橱上那只新的手表,觉得好像没有拥有似的。

东西,如果你没看到的话,就会忘记。那就跟从来没有拥有过一样。

其实不是想说物质享受如购物是无聊的,而是既然有了就别忽略了。要不然当初买来干嘛!

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Bac in the late 1990s the NUS faculty of building n real estate(estate management) was called BEM. I don't understand why they didn't call Arts n Social Science by its acronym too... Do u know why?

(Maju-lah~ Singapura!)

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如果说有一天你起来的时候发现你的另一半其实只认识一半的你,那会是多么恐怖的一件事情啊。

我肯定会被吓得一身冷汗。

虽然说,问题可能会有种种原因。除非你很努力地把这面在漆黑的你的轮廓展现给对方,离开,未必是最佳的解决方法。

因为,离开也是一种孤单。



孤单 (万芳)
词:王明台
曲:乱弹阿翔

这份爱 至今依然莫名 所以 没人说得出真原因
就是喜欢你 非常喜欢你
清清楚楚 直到现在 依然浓得化不开
只是这样的爱 也让我恐慌 你看不见在漆黑的我
孤单

出发了 离开你的旅行
就在今夜 亲爱的 请不要生气
这趟单程旅行 对我对你已经 都是无能抗拒的 势在必行
多久没开车 已经没记忆
应该就从被你吻的那一年起
没错 就从那一年起 你的右脸有了我最多的关心

多珍贵 却也多麽可惜
就算後照镜里 有我虚伪的面具
就算被你拆穿 就算我无能伪装 都已成了不能阻碍的 已然决定
我亲爱的你 不要叹息
我会永远留住你我十年的记忆
爱你 没想改变你 自始至终不曾改变过的寻寻觅觅

这份爱 属於我们的证明 转眼有了十年的距离
真的喜欢你 非常喜欢你
对你的爱 直到现在 依然浓得化不开
只是这样的爱太让我 疯狂 看不见在漆黑的我
这份爱 虽然依然莫名所以 虽然就是说不出真原因
就是喜欢你 非常喜欢你
清清楚楚 直到现在 依然浓得化不开
只是这样的爱让我恐慌 你看不见在漆黑的我
孤单

这份爱 孤单

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一般上相当讨厌摇滚的曲风,尤其是为了摇滚而摇滚的歌曲,非常做作。

而《孤单》,旋律相当消极,有种迫不及待的感觉。合音也很适合。可是,就是觉得唱得很拘谨。如果莫文蔚唱得话,也许效果会比较好。也不是万芳唱得很烂,可能说,这样的歌声和这样的旋律,给人的反差感很强烈。是细细品尝歌曲的另一种独特味道吧!

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也没觉得什么。
又或者说,不想觉得什么。
而过去的一年里,多半睡得不好。
是恐慌,是怀疑,是不安,是想得太多。

在一大瓢的祝福电邮和简讯排山倒海涌来的时候,不管多么冷漠对待,终究心中也有那么一点点地无奈。

而一口气回了所有的讯息(只用了曲曲一小时!)之后,居然有种莫名的安定感。

“你害怕那年华老去,想坚强却突然伤心。
不安,用微笑藏着。“
                                  《我们不是永远都那么勇敢》~万芳

“...也许变得坚强,人却孤独。
想要回到过去把时间留住
是否还能依旧一切如故?”
                                         《变得坚强》~苏慧伦

冥冥中,早有预言。

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一直觉得,万芳的歌是​好词、曲、唱功都集聚一体​的。 

我非常喜欢《我们不要​伤心了》开头的第一句​:“脆弱修补不了明天​ 在歇息的夜里 那些痛啊 那些不舍与欠缺”-两​局把重点都勾了出来。  

《我们不是永远都那么​勇敢》的MTV拍得简单但非常有​感觉。万芳闭着眼睛跟着开头​音乐摇着,后面跟男歌​迷拥抱着等等,都抓住​了歌曲的旋律。比《…伤心了》少​了些戏剧化和做作。成功的MTV并不需要​华丽的布景和俊男美女​。

整首歌把好多人的经历​和困惑都写出来了吧! 就像几年前听着伍思凯​《港湾》一样,又或许​更加“震惑”吧。唱到​副歌时你的眼泪还能控​制得住吗?

歌曲可以是最真挚的朋​友,道出你的辛酸,失​望,迷惑,也同时安慰​着你。

总是在快乐的时候 害怕不快乐 在19岁的时候 担心20岁就老了
害怕你比较爱她 想说话却没有朋友 孤单 用匆忙走过

喜欢被赞美却只记得被​批评 羡慕别人却忘了自己
害怕有天年华老去 想坚强却突然伤心 眼泪 用微笑藏着

我们不是永远都那么勇敢 不是每一次都可以强壮
当爱情离开的时候难过 亲爱的 我也曾经这样
我们不是永远都那么勇敢 不是每一次都可以强壮
当寂寞来的时候会心痛 亲爱的 我和你都一样

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当你喜欢上一个人时,你往往会不在乎他那些缺点。
但,这是爱的指标吗?

这岂能是爱的指标?
再过一些时后,当甜蜜退去,你还会不在乎吗?
别再受苦了!

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 ...u found that one of your teachers has joined the big man above the sky.

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Frankfurt riverside railroad


我们不要伤心了(万芳)
词:陈信荣 曲:黄韵玲

脆弱修补不了明天 在歇息的夜里
那些痛啊 那些不舍与欠缺
那曾经经历也 一度坠落的誓言
在我们的心上 系了一个死结
当爱情离开 冬天来临之前
我们不要伤心了

抱着你 抱着你 让我再抱一下你
让那些瞬间的温柔 停在指尖
让我用过去的挫折 剥落你的疲惫
让无心犯得错误 得到救赎

我们都还是会小心翼翼
我们也还有拥抱的能力
仍然会守护彼此 不会提前离席
若你决定把梦一次摇醒
我们将不再感到可惜
我们不要伤心了

我 们 不 要 伤 心 了

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情定日落桥 (梁咏琪)
词:许常德 曲:李思菘
编曲: terence teo

我要你相信一生只守一种约定
我要你相信一生只患一种伤心
我要你相信我的灵魂和你 分离不再苏醒…
我的爱不变 我的心不移 我等你

握你的手 暖我心窝
为什么爱情世界寒冷太多
时光小舟 蜿蜒飘流
谁知幸福会遇多少风波

面对日落 想起以后
会不会此刻拥抱只是烟火?
相信挚爱能留住承诺
爱越傻越不怕
爱越苦越付出
爱越难越纠缠你我明天

我要你相信一生只守一种约定
我要你相信一生只患一种伤心
我要你相信我的灵魂和你 分离不再苏醒…
除非你来临 除非你再吻…我的心

面对日落 想起以后
会不会此刻拥抱只是烟火?
相信挚爱能留住承诺
爱越傻越不怕
爱越苦越付出
爱越难越纠缠你我明天

我要你相信一生只守一种约定
我要你相信一生只患一种伤心
我要你相信我的灵魂和你 分离不再苏醒…
除非你来临 除非你再吻…我的心

情定日落桥 爱只让你知道我不怕等你到老
星星也亮了 黑夜彷佛浪潮淹没这世界直到我无处逃

我要你相信一生只守一种约定
我要你相信一生只患一种伤心
我要你相信我的灵魂和你 分离不再苏醒…
我的爱不变 我的心不移 我等你

我写过,许常德曾经说:“如果写歌都要等待灵感,早就饿死了…”
这也许是他最诚实,最真的话。其实很多人都想要相信童话故事般的爱情,和生活上的浪漫,就如那个浪迹天涯的旅人。还有在社交网站,甚至grindr这类的地方寻找另一半。

其实这是没错的。问题在于要求过于不切实际。到头来搞得两败俱伤,闹得不欢而散。

但偶尔听像这首歌一样的富有憧憬的歌可以让想像力离家出走,自由发挥。虽然歌词素质真的是不是很好。歌胜在曲动听,小提琴声优雅,和副歌不停呻吟着,相当一气呵成。也让人相当地对梁咏琪这样在爱情上走得挺“传奇”的女子的歌声起着共鸣。

编曲人功不可没。作曲人功力依旧。作词人草草了事,但还是大概的勾出了故事的精髓。

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爱是 奇妙的思绪
在每个不经意 交会的眼神里
爱是奇妙的思绪
当我们惊讶着 时间突然逝去
爱是 奇妙的思绪
在我还没醒来 感觉你抱我更近
爱真是 奇妙的思绪
让我失去一切也不在意

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I came across the blog of the kid who apparently has the largest following on Twitter amongst the local user. It's visually pleasing and the topics discussed seem mature n interesting.

But as I read the articles I couldn't help but sense that something is amiss. Alot of the discussions were incomplete. Whenever he tries to say something to make a point he stops halfway. Worse still sometimes the ending become completely unrelated, and scattered. I can see thou, how some people might find it impressive with all the graphs, quotes, Latin n French being used but this is the classic case of saying alot but not saying much.

Yet, this is one of the problems of getting one's information online. There is just no quality assurance. It is true that we might be able to get some facts on what we would like to know but without credibility, blogging is one of the worst way to get knowledge of things, And to think that Wikipedia is already not accepted as academic references.

Do my blog have this problem? I hope not. Perhaps that is one of the reason why it sometimes take so long to churn out something. Because I don't want to say something for the sake of saying it.

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