Usually I just take the mrt or lrt line to a few usual stations like City Hall, Orchard and the sort. But what if I actually checked each station out? We have a very good public transport system here and usually I just head to where I wanna go and that’s it.
How does it look like at other stations and what exactly is there? So yeah! You can watch my once a week series on it. Considering there’s more than 100 stations in Singapore, this might be a thing for a few years until I get to the END.
Maybe, we’ll see.
Stuff you don’t see in the video?
I had to wait 10 minutes at Joo Koon for the next train heading to Tuas Link.
There’s a distinctive sound on the tracks once you’re on that last stretch of track due to the curves. It’s really, really loud.
The number of photographers who turned up near sunset and really, July seems the best month if you want to see the sun setting right in the middle of the valleys in Malaysia right across of us at Raffles Marina.
It’s the first day of Ramadan or rather the fasting month.
The first buka puasa at home was mee soto. And today is a slightly rainy day though it got sunnier near evening.
The same day last year, it was day 7 of our circuit breaker and I was doing fitness boxing over the nintendo switch.
It’s been at least a year since our circuit breaker in 2020 where we had to work from home and not go anywhere. Now, we can go out but masks are compulsory.
We have trace together tokens and apps to use and SafeEntry QR codes before entering a mall or any place really.
But then, in 2020. The stats was:
13 April 2020 stats
New cases: 233
Local cases linked: 66
Pending contact tracing: 167 (16 SG citizens/PR, 10 work pass, 141 work permit)
Total cases: 2532
Hospitalized: 976 (31 in the ICU)
In community facilities: 988
Total discharged: 560 (discharged on 13 April 2020: 32)
Now our stats are configured not to say the whole total but the current update since it is more useful to us after 1 year.
13 April 2021 stats:
0 cases in the community
14 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.
We’ve done okayish, don’t you think? Vaccines are being rolled out in stages and I’ll be able to book for mine when I can do so.
What do I miss out most is that I still can’t take short cuts. Like how there is that door on the upper levels of Nex shopping mall that leads straight to the overhead bridge.
Now I have to ‘manually’ go out to the first level of the overhead bridge to take it.
Oh, we have Singaporediscover vouchers too. In which we can spend $100 given by the government to stimulate our own local tourism. I plan to do mine with bungee jumping after Hari Raya. It expires in June and there are campaigns and news articles about how people aren’t spending theirs.
Well… People would spend them if they actually had time to book… But this post is about the current state of the now for future people to read on about so we’ll leave it as that.
It’s been at least 3 or 4 ‘free’ masks from the vending machine that we could collect from Temasek Foundation. Those had been really useful. I like the DET30 mask most, the design is pretty good compared to the rest but with each time we get a new mask, the design or features are improved.
It may be Ramadan but it isn’t as ‘quiet’ as last year though we still won’t have those big pasar malams. Shops are being online and you can tune in to sales on facebook.
WARNING: THIS IS AN OPINION PIECE. OPINIONNNNNN. It is not gonna be an intellectual ‘factual’ oho I am so smerrt piece. It’s gonna be what I think of what just happened.
Firstly omedetouu, omedetou (congrats!) for the first live stream of parliament in session for Singapore! The first live stream on 4 January 2021.
Technical wise, the camera angles were ok and at the beginning of it they did state they do not have a sign language interpreter however closed captioning would be available on the stream.
I was on the youtube version and somehow it didn’t appear to me, but no matter. Teething issues indeed since it’s the FIRST TIME EVAHH. Also there were very few seconds of black in the middle after 2 hours or so that I wonder if someone jostled a button or something but it was a mere 2 seconds of black and not a scary technical emergency.
I did notice the volume was peaking though but that will be so, so difficult on the technical crew side especially when every speaker speaks into the mic at a different distance and projects their voice at different volumes, not to forget the acrylic shield bounces the audio…
Which you know what, yeah. I was listening when the minister suddenly called upon the issue where Trace Together could be used for police investigations.
Hey, wait. Apakah? What was that? Cause firstly, I remembered the time when people had conspiracy theories about the Trace Together app and everything and it was reassured that we should use it because of this privacy statement.
It’s back to adventures and places with me but this time in a super socially distant manner in which I am inviting no one to come with me!
With that said, there are activities or places you can go on your own, don’t be scared. It can be fun to try out things by yourself.
This time, I’m making a knife out of rebar at Tombalek. Tombalek is at 7 Mandai Link #10-22 , Mandai Connection BLOCK B, Singapore 728653 at the time of this post. If you see that sign, you’re at the right location.
It’s at Block B so turn left all the way and walk to the lift. Once at the lift click the 10th storey and walk to your left, you will see a carpark to your right and to the left again finally you’ll see wooden pallets and tools.
Tada, you’ll find yourself at Tombalek. Also no, I didn’t get to ask if Tombalek was a pun on the wrong spelling of Terbalik. They have woodworking classes besides metalworking ones and some are skillsfuture claimable so check Tombalek out yourself.
I was early so I got to around the workshop to see the finished items of what their classes have to offer.
What I was here for was a 1 day class at making a rebar knife. Rebar is a material that’s apparently ‘soft’ and easy for us beginners to learn with.
Goggles and a glove was provided for safety but you need to wear covered shoes since this is a workshop. Do dress appropriately.
Well, a balance of ‘chilling’ and work. I have returned to reading my books at a pace where I can do it while things render.
I probably could try knitting too but reading at least gives me some imagination budget too for my own stuff.
Anyway Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty is exciting, lots of misunderstandings, espionage and observation. In all, I enjoyed it. It reminds me of young adult fantasy books by Tamora Pierce and I do like those kinds of books.
I’ve been busy at work and other stuff but now I AM BACK. It’s the return of Monday posts of whatever I like. Meanwhile, advanced selamat hari raya to you guys since it’s in a few days.
I hope it has been a good month for you.
On that note, I’m actually excited this year, we have 3!
3 actual short film/ads in Singapore for hari raya.
FYI, as a minority in Singapore, budget is usually not used for corporates for BIG short film / ads for the festivities.
They will do it but you’ll notice it’s all clear cut ads in the SG way of “Tada this item is available, buy it”. This is a ‘problem’ for SG clients anyway, they like straight cut stuff and don’t have enough budget for long messages.
ANYWHO. FINALLY SOMEONE HAS THE BIG BUCKS to spend on productions and it’s… ok lah it’s the government.
The first one is “Sunyi” for Zakat SG.
It’s about where the zakat money goes or how it helps an individual too.
Starring cik Nurijah Sahat and the song is by Amni Musfirah and Irena Taib. Produced by: Be Sweet , Director/Producer: Khidhir Kassim Writer: Zaidani
Cik Nurijah Sahat really can act so well in this and it’s touching being “on her own” WHILE SET ON JUST the background music to bring the emotions out.
The second is Kinship for Public Utilities Board (PUB).
But like thanks. Thanks my dudes. We wasted water by crying instead.
I am actually happy that PUB decided to do this for HARI RAYA. It’s like you guys, thanksss you could have gone with a generic National Day short film for marketing budget but went with HARI RAYA and that’s really touching??
It means there’s a chance other gov bodies might do something for Deepavali too besides the usual Chinese New Year?
ALSO, for those who want a part 2. As a production person, I doubt this is possible for them to suddenly make a part 2 unless it has already been planned due to:
It’s right now ramadhan, if they want to do an additional shoot, the cast are either busy at work or need to apply leave
Colouring/editing takes time and this video was out last week and hari raya is NEXT WEEK
So yeah, if there was no part 2 planned, I don’t see it happening so soon. Also, it’s “traditional” if you watch hari raya stuff in Singapore and Malaysia, there’s always sad endings somehow.
Or at least a hope. You don’t need to see happy endings but think about it instead.
SUCK IT UP, NOW YOU GET TO WATCH THE SADNESS OF ENDINGS OF HARI RAYA TYPE MOVIES NOW.
And the third video is Hari Raya with #HafandHaf for Gov.sg.
Hafandhaf produced by Papahan Films. This is a STAR STUDDED CAST. You can see there’s so many of them too. The locations and acting and all.
It’s basically a story about the typical question at every year/occasion if you’re single.
With a heavy dose of FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
I can see they tried to balance this with:
Star studded cast for relatability (I also like them)
Typical question of bila nak kahwin (when you gonna marry?)
Blatant messaging by the government about being financially responsible but trying to not to make it too factual and obvious (I don’t know, do you guys think they succeeded? On production POV I think they did their best knowing how clients want their messages to be in your face.)
Trying to be hip with a hashtag like #hafandhaf
So what do you think of this? I think it’s a good try on government side since they always want to go for in your face things because they’re scared people won’t understand messages until it’s super basic.
Production for it is awesome though, you can see it!
It’s a Hirzi video! AND AN ACTUAL ONE about hari raya with a message at the end. Go read more General Papers and newspapers if you don’t get what he’s saying.
ALSO, while we don’t have one full corporate short film/ad by ONE client. THIS ONE you can see is by a few and is for one MUSIC VIDEO.
Lots of dancers/cast and a lot of heart. I actually like the song too because it’s funkyyy. I may have also joined the #MollyVogueEid challenge…
So what do you think?
Do you think Singapore will have more short film ads like how they do it in Malaysia? Not just for Hari Raya but for all other occasions too. I look forward to it if so.
And maybe one day I could make my own hari raya short film ad if there’s a budget. I always like watching the ones from Malaysia.
EDIT 3 June:
A LAST MINUTE ADDITION BY MCCY!
One of my favourite ‘makciks’ who tend to do side roles, Zinab is leading this!’
AND SITI KHALIJAH? Rapper is Omar Kenobi and percussions are by Sambiesta and Riduan Zalani.
Also yah, tell your parents how many people exactly are going to be your guests.
EDIT 3 June, 9.54pm:
People’s Association did their own video! It may not look as woah in terms of production as the rest but they have a short story and tells the message of the actual clothes collection for people who can’t afford it.
Ok guys, you can read all the other geek sites to know how the stars Brie Larson, Gemma Chan and Samuel L Jackson fared in Singapore during the fan event. This is your aftermath post because we really want to say that wow, IT WAS GOOD.
Firstly I just want to thank the organizing staff (both Disney & MBS and whoever the ‘official’ people are), the volunteers, the security and crew because woah. It really IS good?
NOT TO FORGET THE HOSTS NIKKI MULLER AND BOBBY TONELLI. Oh mein Gott, thank you for them being the hosts.
Ok, with that said, there are minor details that can be improved on but since people do ask me what happens at these fan events, let’s do a recap for everyone.