Archive for May 2009
I did it. Shaved off a few more precious seconds and i did what i aim before i took on the Go-Kart this morning at Permas race track. 57secs, under 1minute. Exactly what i wanted to achieve. Any oh how. I’m hooked on Go-Karting now thanks to Jas and Julian.
It’s weird. How a small little thing like that could give me a milligram of boost in the confidence department. I lost it somehow, a long time ago.
On the note of randomness, what would you do if you have won in the S$5m Toto draw today ?
It came to me when my mum complained about the crazy long queues from the lottery booths that was blocking her march into her playground – NTUC Fairprice. I had half a mind to try my luck and purchase one ticket to heaven when i heard that the prize money was a whopping S$5m. But the queue was too crazy for me and i remembered that my Lady Luck disappeared and left me in a lurch 10 years ago.
But what would i do if i won a cool S$5m ?
1. I will first get a financial planner
2. S$2m will go then to my parents for bringing me up and taking my shit all these years
3. Half a million each to my 2 siblings for taking my shit all these years
K after the math i’m left with S$2m…
4. Pay off my remaining school fees
5. Donate to my alma mater (SN not AC) so that my name will be engraved on the walls forever
6. Donate to several old folks homes, heart disease foundation, kidney dialysis foundation. I probably need them next time.
7. Adopt a child from Malawi and probably name her Shuri.
8. Get a Peugeot even though i have no driving license
9. Holidays with friends and strangers
10. MARIE FRANCE BODYLINE WEIGHT LOSS TREATMENTS
11. Personal trainer if above doesn’t work out
Alright, suddenly S$5m doesn’t seem that much after all. Or maybe i’m just lousy with money. Give me 5 dollals and i probably forget where i put it next.
What would you do if you have S$5million ?
Anatomy of Kris Allen’s surprising win – How Adam Lambert didn’t win American Idol.
By NY Daily News
And he just lost American Idol.
Right now, Adam Lambert probably feels the same way Tom Brady did after Super Bowl XLII or Thomas Dewey after the 1948 presidential election. His Idol victory seemed just as pre-ordained as the New England Patriots’ perfect season or the Chicago Tribune’s infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline. And yet, here we are, at the end of the night, wondering how Kris Allen managed to pull off the upset of a lifetime.
Going into the finale, there was talk of “red state-blue state” politics at work, with Lambert’s painted fingernails, “guyliner,” and uncertain sexuality against Allen’s down-home, churchgoing sensibilities. Given the current political climate, that matchup appeared to favor Lambert, but a number of blue-state types may be “too cool” for Idol’s mass appeal, and unlikely to vote.
Still, it was music, not politics, that got Lambert and Allen to the finals, and while Lambert’s performances attracted headlines, Allen’s more understated style put him in position for the upset.
For all of Lambert’s hype, there were nights when his risks didn’t pay off. And when Lambert missed the mark, he missed by a wide margin. His performance of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” was termed “absolute indulgent rubbish” by Simon Cowell, and when he tackled Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” Cowell acknowledged that he could see where people would hate it. Even on critically-lauded performances like U2’s “One” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” his penchant for rearranging a melody to show off his range stood to rub viewers the wrong way. Lambert seemed to understand the problem, and chose his unassailable take on Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” for his encore performance Tuesday, but when it came to alienating viewers, the damage was done.
By contrast, when Allen’s risks didn’t pay off, they didn’t hurt him as much. Sure, his horn-heavy arrangement of Don Henley’s “All She Wants to Do is Dance” fell flat, but it didn’t have the same potential to offend as Lambert’s missteps. And, when Allen stripped down Kanye West’s “Heartless” to its bare acoustic bones last week, it gave him the boost he needed to overtake early favorite Danny Gokey.
Gokey’s elimination provided the final key to Allen’s victory. For all the musical differences between Allen and Gokey, their personalities have a similar appeal. Both are worship directors at their respective churches, and have the same well-documented “Middle America” appeal. That church background also came in handy when it came time to sing the coronation song, “No Boundaries.” Panel member Kara DioGuardi, who co-wrote the song, may not have wanted to judge Allen on it because of the range, but thematically, it was right in his wheelhouse. When Allen took his turn with the annual ode to overcoming obstacles and persevering, you could almost hear the church choir in the background, a la “I Believe I Can Fly,” spiritual ancestor of every Idol winner’s debut single. With Gokey gone, Allen had the best hold on the spirit of the song…and on the spirit of Idol’s viewership.
Of course, in the long run, all this might not mean much. Lambert’s devoted following will serve him well on the charts, while it remains to be seen just how much momentum Allen will carry from his victory. Still, while the future may belong to Adam Lambert – and the past almost certainly does – this moment, for better or worse, belongs to Kris Allen.
I thought this season of American Idol would be the Best ever but i guess not.
After trawling through almost 2 hours of performance after performance (and not to mention the lame “Golden Idol Awards” ) my heart almost skipped a beat when America crowned Kris Allen. It was a WTF moment complete with 10 exclamation marks behind. Simon Cowell didn’t even stand up for him when the result was announced.
I guess America is just not ready for someone like Adam Lambert. It’s a mad Mad World. (Did anyone not see that performance ?)
Okay a happening week.
A full week of hanging out with the girls (Monday to Friday, eberyday), Mimolette party with the boys and bee, and oh Swei graduating (like i’m there to attend like that. HAHA)… I am now ready to spend the next whole week with the family in Hainan Island.
No internet, no phone, no connection with the real world.
Don’t miss me !
I’m never going to look at this particular poster the same way again. Read it somewhere online that Hugh Jackman was carrying 2 Sandbags in order to force out those Seksi veins on his arms. Watched Wolverine just now and i Love It. Hugh Jackman totally owned the show with his lovely biceps and metal claws. The second best part about this X-Men installment is Wolverine’s girlfriend, Kayla Silverfox. Ggggorgeous ! She is Lynn Collins. Never knew she appeared in 50 First Dates and The Lake House. Googled her and found out that she moved to Singapore (?!) at the age of 4 and stayed here for 6 years and it was here where she realised her passion for acting. Okay To That.
Isn’t she gorgeous ? Love her top.