Category Archives: Web Notes

Shiny bits and pieces of the Internet which caught my attention

The One With John Burroughs High School’s Show Choir – Powerhouse

I first came across this video of John Burroughs High School’s show choir performing on Oprah a few days ago. Since then I have been rewatching this spectacular performance – all two minutes of it – every day without fail.

Especially when my energy is dipping. There’s something about a choreographed group performance like this which gets my blood pumping.

The choreography, the voice talent, the costume… all spoke how the high quality show choirs in the States. In fact, Powerhouse was the inspiration behind the highly successful TV series, Glee.

Watch this; you’ll know what I mean.

I was so impressed by the choir that I wrote in to ask if they have their videos compiled in DVD form. They responded that most of their best performances are on YouTube, but if I would like to get a momento, you can get it through their website.

I am going to order one; are you? If you are, buzz me here so that we can order together and save some shipping cost.

Now let me get all Vogue-ed up again!

The One With Chatroulette Piano Ode to Merton

You know, I had always thought that Chatroulette is a creepy website. I mean, why would one want to have a random chat with a random stranger who can either hit on you, or hit the F9 button?

Unless, of course, you came up with a brilliant spin like this one.

I pity that fat bugger with his pants down holding the toilet roll.

The One With The Quotable from Yongfook

The One With The Quotable from Yongfook

From a blog post by the ever-stylish Yongfook on becoming 30:

Like probably every human being on the planet over the age of 12, I have loved and lost. The difference is when you’re young, it’s easy to start dating again. As you get older (say, 30) it becomes progressively more difficult to find someone you really like. This is a result of many factors. You’re more experienced so you know more precisely what you want and are unwilling to waste time just casually dating otherwise. Half of your generation is probably already married. You’re also on the way towards the apex of your professional life so maybe for some this is not a great time to be thinking about that whole “love” thing.

How true. But even at our age, sometimes being practical is to let go your own fairy tales.

This certainly reminds me of the time when I turned 30. How far have we come?

Happy birthday, Yongfook.

The One With The Forgotten Bruno

Back in 2008, I brought a gold metallic bear I nicknamed as Bruno. The idea, was to document it’s journey to take on one day at a time throughout 2008.

http://brunotakeson2008.blogspot.com

The project fizzled out after a mere two months or… I had the chance to revisit the blog again, and was roaring with the absurdity of some of the posts I did! Here are some highlights.


Whoa! Such expensive shoes, so easily get chaffed one. Tsk!


Killed by longggg conference call


Bruno is in a dark, gloomy place. Sigh…


Whoa! There is a new lappy at work!


Bruno is feeling all himbotic

For more on the (limited) adventure of Bruno, visit his site here: http://brunotakeson2008.blogspot.com

The One With Handcrafted Social Media

The One With Handcrafted Social Media

I read this article a few days ago and found myself thinking back to it over and over again as I hone my own social networks. Are you inadvertently spamming your family, friends and business contacts?

The One With FourSquare

The One With FourSquare

Could this could to Failbooking? Heh. Find me on FourSquare

The Secrets of Viral Videos: Take a Leaf Out of Bobby (Lady) Gaga’s Book

I was speechless, and then roared with laughed, finally applauded (alone) in front of my laptop. At this very moment, I think Bobby (Lady) Gaga is a pure marketing genius.

The idea behind this awesome video fulfill these simple viral marketing rules:
– It’s original (a Chinese New Year song sang to Poker Face!)
– It’s catchy (Lady Gaga! Poker Face!)
– It’s simple (simple background, no elaborate costume)
– It’s hilarious (I think the video is self explanatory)
– It’s worth spreading (how many of you shared this on your Facebook/Twitter after watching the video?)

Too often we tried too hard to make our idea viral. That one stroke of inspiration and lots of hard work (that’s some cool bit of video editing there) are all it takes.

I am looking forward to see the Gagas both on stage!

(Update: Here’s a translation of the Chinese lyrics. OMG, Bobby Gaga is a Malaysian!)

(via the ever fabulous Nathaniel Ho)

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Listen To Ris Low When It Comes to Safe Sex

If you are from Singapore, chances are you would have heard of Ris Low. The beauty pageant contestant became famous after an interview on Miss World Singapore was published online and much circulated.

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Listen To Ris Low When It Comes to Safe Sex

The reason? Her bad English. I have to admit that I laughed myself silly while watching her clip. However I did not blog about her infamous episode, partly because the backlash has been horrible enough for the girl, and I did not think that she did anything wrong.

But that, my friend, is about to change. Today, I am going to blog about her.

Today I came across another hilarious video of Ris Low published by clicknetwork.tv (via Justin Jap). This time, the controversial topic was on safe sex. After watching her demonstrating how to use a condom properly, I feel alarmed. Not because of her getting yet another backlash (she would have totally deserved it this time), but the erroneous way of her safe sex practices.

Safe Sex With Ris Low from clicknetwork on Vimeo.

Here are some reasons why you should not follow her advice on safe sex:

#1 – The most important reasons for safe sex? Unwanted pregnancies? I don’t know about you, but I could live with unplanned babies (though I know some friends of mine will disagree). But if you got HIV, that’s the end. Literally. I would rather have a baby in my arms than oozing sores all over my body.

#2 – When you put a condom on, you don’t push it against the tip of the willy and try to scroll it down. You pinch the tip of the condom, place it on the head, then roll it down in one swift motion. Not lose control of the whole damn thing and went “oops” when the condom when aflying. That is just not on.

#3 – I am supposed to use with it with warm jelly? And what brand of lubricant were she using? I hope to God she is not using a petroleum-based one from her (undoubtedly) large collection of skin care. And you put the jelly on the condom, not on your hand. You don’t fuck using your hand (unless your man like it that way… I am just saying).

#4 – You can use the lubricant on your nails? Supposedly a fashion tip? Errr… do you want your man to smell your fingers, thought of KY (assuming that she was using the right lube), and want you to jump his bone immediately?

#5 – Speaking of finger nails, if you have those ridiculous looking and sharp (fake) nails on, let your man be the man he is and put on his own condom. One cut on the condom and you’ll have a baby in your arms nine months later. Or you could hurt his tool. Ouch.

#6 – Even with a small penis, you don’t roll your condom all the way. It is an impossible feat… have you seen a pair of testicles, Ms. Low?

#7 – How do you remove the condom while it is hard, and erected? I don’t know about you, but if I have done my job properly, I think my little brother will go a little soft once the load is… unloaded.

#8 – The skin is coming off when you peel off the condom? You might say oops. But I would say OUCH, get your ridiculous nails away from my willy!

#9 – Thanks for thinking that sperm is damn disgusting. I don’t think your stain on me is that great either.

#10 – It is okay to roll up your used condom into a ball and dispose it somewhere, but I thought you think sperm is disgusting. One tip for you – just pull of the damn thing, wrap it with tissue paper and be done with it.

The only tip I agree with her is that you shouldn’t “recycle” a used condom. It is way safer to just use a new one if you want to continue. Don’t be a cheap skate. On average I use an average of ten condoms per session.

Ooops, I shouldn’t have said the last line.

Now, what safe sex tips do you have? Please don’t say abstaining from it, unless you are a monk.

The Joy of Skype for the Stranded Foreigner

Ah… the joy of technology. What would we do without them?

When one of my longest friends returned to Singapore for a holiday (she lives in London now), I was devastated for being unable to join the reunion of our university gang. Well, sort of. It is not every day you get to see your university mates who have been your friends for ten years in one place at the same time, is it?

Enter Skype. The beauty of being able to join in the bickering session from the comfort of my living room in Hong Kong, while they sip over steaming cups of coffee in Singapore.

It felt somewhat surreal. Being stranded as I was as a foreigner in a foreign land, times like this made me closer to my old friends as never before.

Coffee Teleconference HKG - SIN

Coffee Teleconference HKG - SIN

Coffee Teleconference HKG - SIN

Thanks guys and gals, for the fun night! It was an honour to be called your “old friend”. Now get your collective asses over to Hong Kong!

Photos courtesy of Terence, whose photography skills seem to get more and more awesome everytime I see him!

The Business of Love

“The central secret seems to be in choosing well. There is something to the claim of fundamental compatibility. Good people can create a bad relationship, even though they both dearly want the relationship to succeed.

Sexual Attraction

(Photo Credit: Maria Eugenia)

It is important to find someone with whom you can create a good relationship from the outset. Unfortunately, it is hard to see clearly in the early stages. Sexual hunger draws you to each other and colors the way you see yourselves together. It blinds you to the thousands of little things by which relationships eventually survive or fail. You need to find a way to see beyond this initial overwhelming sexual fascination. Some people choose to involve themselves sexually and ride out the most heated period of sexual attraction in order to see what is on the other side.

This can work, but it can also leave a trail of wounded hearts. Others deny the sexual side altogether in an attempt to get to know each other apart from their sexuality. But they cannot see clearly, because the presence of unfulfilled sexual desire looms so large that it keeps them from having any normal perception of what life would be like together.

Monica & Chandler in Friends

(Photo Credit: balthazar82)

The truly lucky people are the ones who manage to become long-time friends before they realize they are attracted to each other. They get to know each other’s laughs, passions, sadness, and fears. They see each other at their worst and at their best. They share time together before they get swept up into the entangling intimacy of their sexuality.

This is the ideal, but not often possible. If you fall under the spell of your sexual attraction immediately, you need to look beyond it for other keys to compatibility. One of these is laughter. Laughter tells you how much you will enjoy each others company over the long term.

Shared Laughter

(Photo Credit: Linda aka Oz)

If your laughter together is good and healthy and not at the expense of others, then you have a healthy relationship to the world. Laughter is the child of surprise. If you can make each other laugh, you can always surprise each other. And if you can always surprise each other, you can always keep the world around you new.

Beware of a relationship in which there is no laughter. Even the most intimate relationships based only on seriousness have a tendency to turn sour. Over time, sharing a common serious viewpoint on the world tends to turn you against those who do not share the same viewpoint, and your relationship can become based on being critical together.

Dealing with the world...

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After laughter, look for a partner who deals with the world in a way you respect. When two people first get together, they tend to see their relationship as existing only in the space between the two of them. They find each other endlessly fascinating, and the overwhelming power of the emotions they are sharing obscures the outside world. As the relationship ages and grows, the outside world becomes important again. If your partner treats people or circumstances in a way you can’t accept, you will inevitably come to grief. Look at the way she cares for others and deals with the daily affairs of life. If that makes you love her more, your love will grow. If it does not, be careful. If you do not respect the way you each deal with the world around you, eventually the two of you will not respect each other.

The mysteries of life...

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Look also at how your partner confronts the mysteries of life. We live on the cusp of poetry and practicality, and the real life of the heart resides in the poetic. If one of you is deeply affected by the mystery of the unseen in life and relationships, while the other is drawn only to the literal and the practical, you must take care that the distance does not become an unbridgeable gap that leaves you each feeling isolated and misunderstood.

There are many other keys, but you must find them by yourself. We all have unchangeable parts of our hearts that we will not betray and private commitments to a vision of life that we will not deny.

A happy couple

(Photo Credit: fishbed93)

If you fall in love with someone who cannot nourish those inviolable parts of you, or if you cannot nourish them in her, you will find yourselves growing further apart until you live in separate worlds where you share the business of life, but never touch each other where the heart lives and dreams. From there it is only a small leap to the cataloging of petty hurts and daily failures that leaves so many couples bitter and unsatisfied with their mates.”

(This note was originally posted on my Tumblr account. Source unknown.)