There was a beautiful rainbow today.

I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.

– Genesis 8:13-16

World’s Toughest Problems

Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today. That’s the theme for this year’s Imagine Cup.

Just recently, I visited a particular independent secondary school for an event. During the break, I was able to explore the school compounds. Pretty impressive, long classroom blocks, both new and old, hostel facilities, swimming pools, two fields, one carpeted, additional indoor sports hall, gym and even an air-conditioned canteen. As always, I am amazed by auditoriums. To my surprise, there were actually not one, not two, but four! There was an old school hall/auditorium, another old theatre of sorts, a new school hall/auditorium twice the size of the old one, and another theatre for performing arts. Why do they need that much space? They even have a few LTs. Their school compound is as big as two normal secondary schools combined together. Talk about rich.

Imagine a school in the middle of the desert, with a rundown zinc roof which leaks, wooden tables and chairs, chalkboard, termite-infested walls, children with no pencilboxes. That could be the description of a school in a third-world country today. And what are we doing? Donating the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) laptops to them? So is that how technology is solving one of the world’s toughest problems?

Sometimes, as I think about the divide between the rich and the poor, I am reminded about how fortunate we are. Is the grass always greener on the other side? Stop comparing, I try.

(On a side note, my NM project on “Sustainable Transport” and my nuSTUDIOS video with Chinese Orchestra about the environment are quite related to one of the world’s toughest problems.)

I just purchased a CD called CompassionArt, by a group of Christian artists who came together, wrote an album, and selling it with all proceeds going to charity. “CompassionArt is a charity that joins the dots between art and poverty. It raises money to help breathe life into the poorest communities, restoring hope and igniting justice.” I think it is the most amazing project ever produced by collaborating 12 of the best songwriters. Awesome. Buy it to do your part.

Meredith Andrews – You’re Not Alone

I search for love
When the night came and it closed in
I was alone
But You found me where I was hiding
And now I’ll never ever be the same
It was the sweetest voice that called my name

“You’re not alone
For I am here
Let me wipe away your every fear
My love I’ve never left your side
I have seen you through the darkest night
And I’m the one who’s loved you all your life
All of your life”

You cry yourself to sleep
Cause the hurt is real
And the pain cuts deep
All hope seems lost
With heartache your closest friend
And everyone else long gone

You’ve had to face the music on your own
But there is a sweeter song that calls you home

“You’re not alone
For I am here
Let me wipe away your every tear
My love I’ve never left your side
I have seen you through the darkest nights
And I’m the one who’s loved you all your life
All your life

Faithful and true… Forever
For my love will carry you….

You’re not alone
For I… I am here
let me wipe away every fear… Oh yeah
My love I’ve never left your side
I have seen you through your darkest night
Your darkest night
And I’m the one who’s loved you all your life
All of your life”

nuSTUDIOS, IT Club, Jordanites etc.

There are too many foreigners in Singapore?

Not that I’m against them or anything, just that they are everywhere. On the roads, as bus drivers, service personnel, waiters, students. They are taking away our places, our jobs, our bell curve…it’s overwhelmingly and increasingly competitive and stifling. It happens when you think of them as the masses, the majority. However, it’s kinda different when some of them become your personal friends and you work with them and go through the language barrier. Then the experience becomes different and personal. They become your teammates and your pals. I guess it’s all about learning to love and accept them like what Jesus would do. Love transcends barriers.

It’s the end of CNY and very soon it’s the mid-term break. CNY was good, although it seemed that I visited less relatives this year. The best part was being able to carry my cousin’s new baby hee hee. he’s so cute.


Last few Wednesdays we also had nuSTUDIOS events every week. The first one was We Heart Films and we watched some Jap and Singaporean short films. The second one was Ian’s scriptwriting workshop, which was cool, fun and interesting. I also showed Sunday’s Best as an example, and everyone said it was not bad, even though they could not decide whether Uncle Micckal was serious/angry or comical. Haha. But some commented that if the fact that Karyn’s family was non-Christian was made stronger, the story would have came out stronger. Today we watched Closer in the library. We also had a nuSTUDIOS Exco lo-hei session last week at YIH Canteen. Haha created a mess on the table!

IT Club Gathering

Last Saturday, some of us from IT Club went to Mr. You’s house for another gathering. The last time we met was his birthday last May. It was good as 10 of us came – Hoz, Vic, iVan (lol), ZM, YF, Muzz, Richie, Derick, Terence and myself. We had a great time surfing facebook and youtube and watching a (lousy) movie on Mr. You’s new HD projector. I also screened Sunday’s Best to them and some of the past IT Club photos. We were laughing at how young we were and the silly things that we did…haha like banana dances and other weird things. It was a whale of a time.

As we were about to think about going home, Mr. You suggested we go for a drive. He was super enthusiatic about an adventure into the mysterious and eerie. We had a few (luxury) cars, like Honda Odyssey, Mercedes E-Class, BMW 7-series and a Toyota Liteace van! We couldn’t really decide where to go, altho he was very gain about going to a cemetery. In the end, we went to Fort Canning Park, which was no kick. So Mr. You proposed to go CCK cemetery with some objections. But we went anyway to check out the spirits, if any. And so we drove in 2 vehicles there while the other 2 went home. It was like after midnight. At Old Choa Chu Kang Road, it was like going back to camp and going past TAB and the familiar gates and fences haha. Mr. You wanted to drive into the Chinese cemetery but Hoz was apprehensive and was afraid of getting lost inside the dark. But we did drove a small L-shape anyway, it was a little eerie to look at the graves and surrounding trees, but nothing much. Mr. You wanted more, so we drove deeper inside and make another L-shape, almost got stuck, but went round and came out. One of our friends who is very sensitive to spirits said that he felt spirits gathering around trees and lingering around. The rest of us did not see anything so we did not really believe. However, he was very uncertain and afraid of continuing the journey. We went one last round around the Muslim cemetery which is neater and brighter due to the foreign workers dormitory nearby. Actually quite sad for the workers living there as they are like living next to a cemetery. After that it was pretty late and Mr. You drove us home.

Jordanites Outing

On Sunday, we finally went for our first Jordanites outing of the year! We went to Kallang Leisure Park for Ice Skating. However, we found out it was quite expensive, $14 for admission + $3.50 for skates + $2 for gloves for adults, and even those who want to visit have to pay $3 for admission. Kinda stupid. So Jere suggested going bowling. But the girls wanted to ice skate. In the end bowling was all full and we came back to ice skating. But they were resurfacing the ice so we have to wait for like 15 mins. In the end we only started at like 4.30pm, 2.5 hours after we met at church! lol. But the ice skating itself was really fun. I could re-learn it quite easily after the recent roller blading and was skating quite easily, although still not as good. I didn’t really fall except once when JK pulled me down lol. It was really fun to skate fast round the ring with Trixie and Jean. Theresa was really good too she was like learning ballet from the “lifeguards”. Bernice was interesting as she was like really afraid but being coached and targeted by them. lol. Zack was like playing afool all the time although Jean was helping him half the time. By the end of the 2 hours, I’ve got a little painful in my foot as the skates were kinda tight. But it was fun all in all, albeit expensive.

After we end, we returned the skates and thought we could just hang around and wait for the others, as some of them came later and hence have half hour longer to skate. However, when we exited the premises, the ticketing counter claimed that we were overtime and wanted to charge us overtime charges, of which amounted to a total of $44(!!!) for 10 people! That’s pretty ridiculous, because firstly, we returned the skates on time, and secondly, we didn’t even do anything in the last half hour or so! We refused to pay $4/5 per person for nothing, and hence we had a slight dispute with them. The counter girl was like if you don’t pay, you stay here. As if she has authority like that. Later the manager came and he was nicer and more understanding, although it took us awhile to convince him that it was a misunderstand as we do not know the rules that the admission is by the entrance/exit and not by the returning a skates. The system is kinda flawed, and they should change it! So next time you go there, please be careful as the counter staff won’t really explain to you.


Edwin introduced us to play Left4Dead and I’m like kinda like it now. Everyone’s like playing it in LAN shops everywhere now. First went to play with vic kc zhan and jr, and we played 3v2 and it was quite fun to work in a team of 4 to heal one another and move forward together. The zombies are like overwhelming, like the 28 days later movies. As the zombie, it is more fun to be the boomer to spit on someone and attract a wave of zombies. The second time we went to play with zy, kimberly and mh and we played expert mode in campaign. It was really hard and we failed like 5 times and couldn’t pass the third stage. I think the game succeeds because poeple are sadistic and like to kill people. Violence? Aiyo.