Amazing Races, Google, Festival Of Praise 2008, NDP 2008

I haven’t posted for a long while…before I talk about uni life, I shall rant a bit about other stuff which I did before uni started.

I attended 2 amazing races, actually participated in one, and helped out in another. Vic, Josh, Yh, yt and I participated in Flight of the Owl, part of National Heritage Board’s Night Festival, on 25 July. It was a race around Singapore museums, and we ran from NMS to SAM to Central Fire Station to SPM. We used WiFi to help us search for some of the clues, and one of the links led to our very own Journey to Singapore’s Yesteryears Cyberfair website! lol. At the SPM (the stamp museum) it was quite funny as most of my church friends were working there as race marshalls or tour guides. After that, our group got lost as the next clue was a photo of a location and we do not recognise that place at all. We went around asking for clues, walked the whole of Fort Canning but to no avail. We even walked to ACM (a later checkpoint, along Singapore River and to Clarke Quay where the place supposedly is. In the end we decided to give up and go home since there’s not point continuing. Later I asked Mylene, who was interning in the organising company, she said it’s the old National Theatre at River Valley Open Space…So near yet so far!

The Tuesday after that, on 29 Jul, after helping Hoz design some posters and clue cards for Asean Youth Festival Race, he asked me to help out in one of the checkpoints. I was asked to come down to ACM, which is the last location, and the teams are supposed to find clues inside. I camped at one location and the teams were supposed to look for an exhibit and point to me before I give them the clue. It was quite fun to be the mastermind this time round, and to see people trying to search for the correct clue lol. I also met sarah who was participating. It was a quick game which ended outside ACM where there was some awards ceremony.

The next day, on 30 Jul, I attended IDA’s Infocomm LIVE Speaker Series, in which they invited Jolly Good Fellow of Google, Tan Chade-Meng, who is the first Singaporean to work at Google. The event was at DXO, which is an unusual place for such an event. I was there and met some other NIS people. Meng shared about Google’s work practices, how they cultivate innovation by hiring smart people, allowing them freedom to explore and providing free food, how failures are part of success, and that we should never give up etc. He also shared about his vision of world peace, in which everyone would know about mediation as well as how they know about exercise, and by practicing mediation, there will be world peace. Sounds very new age? Coincidentally, I met my JC form tutor, Mrs Koh there! lol. so funny. She brought her son there, who’s only in primary 5, to listen and be inspired to be a player in the IT industry. We caught up with each other and I told her about who’s going where in 04S64. haha. the world’s pretty small..

It’s the time of the year again for Festival of Praise 2008 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. I went with my church friends on the second day on Aug 2, and even though we went quite late, we were able to get into the queue and not too bad seats. Now there’s Kallang Leisure Park for us to get our dinner, and we tah-pau and ate while queuing. I also went again on the last day, with a smaller group of people, trix, matt and josh pang. Both nights were awesome, with Reuben Morgan and the Hillsong team, as well as Parachute Band. The speaker, Mark Conner, was very funny and relevant too. A pretty good preacher I must say. Hillsong played a lot of familiar tunes, and it was more Hillsong/United than Reuben Morgan-only. Annie was playing acoustic guitar too, along with 2 other youth playing electric, so there was like 4 guitarists on stage. They sang quite a number of new songs from This Is Our God, such as Desert Song. And when they came in with Shout Unto God, it totally blew me off. Parachute Band was so-so, they had a totally change of band, and the new guy is not bad. Their songs are quite high tho. The best part was the last night when Hillsong invited Parachute Band on stage and both bands, with so many instruments, played together! They did 4 power praise songs: Tell The World, Take it all, Salvation is here and One Way. It was really a good show of unity, with the Parachute guy leading and the bands playing. On a side note, I even managed catch a glimpse of the Black Knights on saturday night outside the stadium!

And of course, NDP 2008. I managed to get tickets from JG again, and this time I went with Jere, as he never went before. (I forgot who I went with last year? lol) I wanted to go mainly cos of the Black Knights, just to see our jets fly again and feel the wind, the pride and the sound of freedom. The parade and stuff were pretty normal, and it started drizzling halfway, so we had to wear raincoats, and the stadium was filled with a sea of red. The giant greeting card thingy flopped, as everyone was busy putting on their raincoast. lol. When the Black Knights came, everyone was in awe, especially when Robo and Voodoo crossed each other a few times. Too bad the sky was slightly overcast and grey, hence it was not as fantastic as last week’s. The mass display and fireworks were so-so lah, boring in the middle. I still remember last year’s NDP I was trapped in base…Next up is RSAF open house!

I AM THE WIND.

God-like RSAF advert. lol.