Friday, August 18, 2017

Making 唱吧 MV just by using an Iphone

Now I love to do home made MV using own footage and own recording for around 1 minute. Below are 2 that I had made using just handphone Iphone.





If that are people who wants to do the same let me know so that I can make a tutorial for that. And share what are the software that I am using.

本片纯属虚构,如有雷同,实属巧合。

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Minimalism is the new Materialism



Minimalism is the new materialism. In short minimalism is the idea of living with less things that distracts you. You more you reduce your choices and options the less time you spend making them.

Minimalism isn't about living without money; that's poverty, but its about living rich enough to be able to live like a poor person who values experience over possession. Come to think of it, experience and possession which do you think is more permanent? Furthermore another benefit of being minimalist is having lesser things to lose.

A important that being a minimalism is to practise non attachment. Its very important to learn how to disconnect yourself emotionally to objects around you. Ultimately the things that support life is free for things like air, water and sunlights. All others things are supplementary. And you need to differentiate wether a thing is a need or a want. Eg. Wearing clothes to keep warmth and shade is a "need" but having to choose from many design to match you mood is a "want". Steven Job is noticeably a minimalism and he basically wear the same clothes everyday to avoid consuming time to consider what clothes to wear.



It is hard for some people to be emotionally detached from their possessions, but I had manage to train myself to become emotionless to people/object. I once mentioned that I had lost the ability to love and I want to correct myself to I am not easily attached to things around me. Someone will feel extremely worried about losing wallet but for me sometime when I do lost my wallet I don't feel a dime. Instantly I am able to convince myself that all this can be replaced and there is really nothing to be worry about. Of course please do not label me as a person who is not compassionate. I am just really not attached to object and most of the people. I just have a very small group of people that I really care about.

If we grow older, I don't know if you can reconcile with me that you are harder to fall in love. So different from when we are younger, we are so passionate about stuff and people. We grew attached easily to friends, lovers and your possession. But as we grew older we came to realise that nothing can last forever. Beside in movies they said that love can transience time. We build up a barrier to protect ourself from the feeling of having to lose something, hence when we understand that eventually that we are going to lose them that we have to not let ourself fall not emotionally with that thing.



Lastly my target is becoming a wealthy minimalist. If a problem arise in life at least I do not want it to transform into 2 problem as problem in the first place and having no money to solve the problem as a second problem.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Why am I always so happy?


There are many definition to happiness. I had been searching for the ultimate definition for my whole life while I maintained positively most of the time. I realise I am always happy and there are really very little that can make me sad.

Most of the things that made me sad are when time I lost someone dear to me. Could be the passing of my grandparent or maybe I lost people I love or I had accidentally make someone I love feel sad or disappointed. Other than what is stated I can't really remember of anything that can make me sad.

I should say that I am a very easily stay contented. Its so important to be content with whatever life throws at you. Even if its failure, downfall or setbacks. All happens for a reason and as long as you bring something out of the situation there is really nothing to be upset about.

Now, I realise happiness is define as the different between reality and expectation. If you are always expecting something less than what you already have, you get positive happiness :)

Contrary that when your expectation is always wanting more from what you already have in your reality you are always unhappy :(

Happiness is the difference between reality and expectation


This is my secret formula of my little happy life. So humble and contented. I really not lying. If you know me you know I am always happy.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sandy and Tracy came from Hanoi to Singapore and its 3 years apart

Its not like 8 years ago that I had time to write blog for my poly friend to read cause now there are seldom people following my blog and no one cares about my writing anymore. So the style of writing will be from a much wordy post to something like more visual.

I am into photography 8 years ago and now I am into videography. Also I am not professional and I don't even think I can pass of as someone worthy as an amateur. I just like what I am doing and it doesn't matter if I am good at it or not cause I just enjoyed.

Now this post is to feature Sandy and Tracy whom came to Singapore after 3 years when I last saw them in Hanoi. They hosted me 6 days last time and now I am here to return them the favour.




Hanoi 2014

Singapore 2017
3 years apart, did we changed a lot?

Saturday, August 05, 2017

HCM and Vung Tau trip

2nd HCM of the year after phi phi Island last month, I am off to HcM to attend a friend wedding. Although that are mishap to our plan but we are still a fun group to be around with.
It not easy as I managed to hitch my 2 single friend up over the last last trip to Danang. That was Joyce from UOB and Chris from GE. Yes. Thats a match made done by me. And well I am still very single myself. But two of my BFF hitched I am so happy for them, this trip they went on as a couple :)
This is my one bag travel packing list to HCM with them. End up I became a shopaholic myself and spent 3 days attacking Saigon Square the distributor market in HCM.
In a nutshell this trip was unlike the Danang trip last Dec which was a lot of bonding and outdoor activities. This time we separated into group to do individual shopping so missing out bonding part. Hopefully there will be still chance to do it again in the future. Still a bunch of good soul to hangout with.
Went back Singapore, rest for a week and sell a lot of my stuff online at very cheap life. I realise i don't need so many thing as i tried minimumist travelling. Still remember I hadnt finish writing on my capsule closet last year. I start packing and get rid of my belonging and sold most of my preloved prada bag. So sad to see them go but we have to make room for other stuff. Different phases of life we need different things. And old item are hard to part but don't want to hog the whole house with useless stuff. Again pack lightly to go for HCM for an one way ticket. Wish to do the HCM and Hanoi trip on bike which is 1,618km apart and will take 3 weeks for completion. After book ticket then realise have to host my 2 hanoi friend back home. Book another return fligt so only left with 6 days at HCM.
Prepared my room like a hotel so they can sleep comfortably in the room before I fly to HCM. Off to my solo trip and this will be the 3rd time going HCM this year.
Since this time is really alone alone. So i make a trip to pripority lounge which i had not been using for the last 3 years. They do serve free food and beer at the lounge so kudos.
I highly recommend the Couchsurfing app to meet like minded tourist oversea when you are travelling alone. You will be surprise the opportunity this app offers. Very legit app and people I met are genuine and friendly. Guess we are all on the same boat. Solo travellers.
Finally, get to try riding HCM crazy traffic. My picture and video cannot do the hactic traffic justice. North south east west, left right center. Especially riding in HCM you need to be assertive be it you are beating the red light or you are against the traffic. All is perfectly normal. Rule of thumb, if in doubt, just go. The rest will give way.
Vang Tau beach was a perfect getaway from the city life. A lot of Vietnamese local were here over weekend. Me and Aline had slept over at a hostel to experience our first backpacker life. And she is also the first time bringing her bike out of HCM city. She was initially so worried about me riding her bike in HCM city and the long 120km from HCM to Vung Tau. There was a lot of heavy truck on the highway, but I ride like a master, ultimately she was relieved and she took a nap behind me.
There are also sleeping point along the highway and when you feel sleepy on the highway you can stop over and nap on the net in a shed. They do also serve cafe, which is my favourite in Vietnam.
So happen dien dien lien is coming back her hometown on weekend. She works in HCM but weekend go back to Vung Tau to take care father. Not even planned she just happen to stay next to our hostel. I met dien dien lien in HCM. Khung Ha~
Last night, meet dien dien Lien in HCM again to have last supper. Talk about ship dropping and she crazy ideas of one bag travel. Lining up trip will be Dalat, Nha Trang and New Zealand. Happening hopefully before end of the year.

Everything is nice, but writing blog now becoming more and more tiring. A video should speak a thousand words. Very brief but you get the idea.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Minimalist packing list for urban traveller

Many love to travel. Some on holidays inbetween breaks and some like longer term travelling. Specially the new age of the term "digital nomad" a lot of people love to travel and working both remotely.

For long term travel, I love to break them into 3 categories.

The back packers / minimalist are a group whom love to travel on budget and they love nature a lot. Most of them pack a list of hiking into the wild as their itinerary. Not all back packers are poor more do business online or do freelance work online. They tend to be in singlet and short using merely an iphone for their photographical production hanging out on the beaches with their books.

Secondly, the digital nomad. They are normally well dressed in casual clothes in jeans and shirt, they are seen at all sort of fashion events, electronic new launch events and they are sure very prompt in their electronic equipments most of them have youtube presence and they are mini celebrity promoting and review tech stuff and with millions of followers on social media.

Lastly, where I belong myself I call the urban travellers. This group takes short breaks inbetween jobs and travel for vacation mid term from 1 weeks to a month. A lot of these people normal pack minimum electronic gears and camera for vacation and are seen mostly at tourist place or restaurant and shopping centers.

All of the back packers, digital nomad and urban traveller love one thing in common and that is "one bag carry on". Or the minimalist packing list. Now the trending term "less for more", and there are of cause a lot of pro for having to travel only on a carry on size luggage. The less you bring the less you get lost. And you need not wait in line to wait for your luggage at the belt at each of the destination. The advantages to travel light goes on and on.

A lot of people are not used to the idea of packing light but for myself I don't need a lot of stuff to live and I know I can get them cheaply oversea if need be. I had been packing light this year, and this are the packing list that I recommend.



Backpack: 

41L north face router transit

Clothing: 

1 shirt, 1 jean and a singlet (wearing for transit) + barefoot shoes
4 pairs of shirt and pants
1 barefoot slipper / sandals
4 dry fit undergarment + 1 pair wearing
1 pair of socks + 1 pair wearing

My shirt and short pants are light weight and quite dry and the shoes I recommend is barefoot shoes where it can pack down compact for easy urban walking. Sport or trek shoes are too bulky to carry around. If you do a lot of beach you may also consider aqua shoes which are extremely flexible and foldable.

Best water shoes available

Weather proofing jacket:

1 Block tech parka from Uniqlo

Depending on country you are visiting, if cold you need different packing list for mine is tropical country I don't need down jacket. I use some water resistance jacket to shield myself from light rains and also act as a cover up for me if I am going party in the night.

Electronic:

Phone plus camera
Laptop or Mac or Ipad or kindle or any ebook reader
Travel adaptor
Powerbank
Portable hard disk or wireless thumb drive
Cables and spare batteries

travel adaptor with 2 usb to charge 3 devices at a time
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Personal items:

Passport
foreign currencies
TSA lock / Padlock / Wirelock
RFID wallet
nail cutter / cap opener
Sleeping mask and earplugs

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While travelling one bag can be of a lot of advantage. I would like to share with you on the next post on how to secure our passport properly while travelling. Security on bag in hostel and how to enjoy the beach without needing to worry about your bag on shore. Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The only way to find out is to try out : Phuket + Phi Phi Island

Less than 24 hours of notice I was inform by my friend that the next day they will be flying to Phuket. I made an instant business decision to make a flight booking to go. And I had made it an one way ticket albeit the air ticket was much more expensive.

For 3 reason I made this trip on one way travel. First is the spontaneous and doing what comes up on my mind, isn't this what we had been imagining doing when we are very young and was always put on hold? Second, my career is in a mess now and I had been spending time at home to watch drama to so I ask why not just do the watching oversea and I might kick the habit of watching drama. Third, I want to know why backpacker and lone traveler can spend so long 3 months and up oversea? How do they pack, lives, earn and survive? The only way to find out is to try out. Wah. This quote I coined.
"The only way to find out is to try out" - Gary Ng

For these 3 days I have my friend accompany me, thereafter i will be on my own, there are a lot of place I wish to visit. So these 3 days we will be covering Phuket, Phi Phi Island and Krabi beach.

Phuket beach

Phuket is just like Pattaya only that I guess there are a lot more beach and sea sport activities at Phuket. At night, there are also red light district that we can drink and get high.

Only redlight district on Phuket
 First day we pick up our 2 thai friend at airport and went to play at the beach nearest to our hotel. At the beach I tried the boat-sailing and I had recorded the experience on the handphone. At night we went to red light district and settle inside a bar to play. The cashier actually just play games with us for lady drinks but end up they lose so many round to us and end up treating us tequila instead.

happen to also celebrate sunny's birthday
Day 2 we went out to Phi Phi Island. The beach is so beautiful and the sands are so pure white and furthermore the water is so clear that you can even see through to the bed of the sea and all the fish that are swimming inside. However because we had op in to speed boat instead of the ferry due to the time constraint and the draw back is the boat is extremely pumpy and the sway is so bad making me very sea sick. I vomit and felt really dizzy in the end I can't even enjoy the scenery I can't even take picture I had to sit down somewhere and rest. The speed boat experience is the only let down for the whole of the trip.

Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island evening
 This thailand trip is not about going to redlight and see agogo. but more about beach and sea sport. We had tried boat sailing and snorkeling. Picture cannot do Phi Phi Island the justice so a video speak a thousand words.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tribute to "Monday Couple" on Running Man


Running man had been a favour variety show in Korean for almost 7 years but I only start watching them when their program had been cancelled. It was just a very random opportunity that make me watch running man and not because their news on cancellation.

Running man was first aired on July 2010 and I only happen to watch them in April 2017. And like most of the fan out there I was so 100% behind the famous Monday Couple. Kang Gary and Song Ji Hyo but they stories was not all cherry merry.

Below I shared a short 13 minutes on how these couple love developed in the first few episodes where Gary was the aggressor and express his love to Ji Hyo relentlessly till half way 100+ episodes where their on screen relationship was brought to a halt where Ji Hyo dated her company CEO in her real life. Things became awkward between them on running man.



Of course Ji Hyo and her CEO relationship was not long last and they soon become close again. "I lives in Kang Gary" - Song Ji Hyo and they are always for each other on certain Mondays. And you can see that Gary was really all out to take care of Ji Hyo in all the small little things, so sweet.

However, through all the 300+ episodes Ji Hyo had been on a pulling and pushing and on some occasion she betrayed Gary be it because of game choice, tearing of name tag and even choose some other male celebrity on other occasion. Some thing on the show Gary show his fatigue and jealousy towards Ji Hyo in the nearing 300 episodes. 



Ultimately, 300+ episodes onwards the Monday Couples appearance on the show is very little and you can see that their loveline is obliviously becoming less of the emphasis. Then the breaking point of the show start where Gary suddenly quit the show and the reason was to focus on his music career and his time can not commit to running man.



No one in running man can convince Gary to stay and they realise the best way to encourage their 7 years of friendship is to let Gary do whatever he felt was the right thing to do. Part of me felt that Gary's decision to quit got something to do with Ji Hyo. I understand the burden of celebrities too, sometime they can't do things that are with conflict of interest to their career. Gary on the other hand I think he isn't care much because he had already been successful in his music career.



But even when Gary quit his show on running man, the producer still make some mission that involve going to Gary personal studio and I think this had been a hinder for Gary to concentrate and forget his tie with the rest of the members. When Ji Hyo visit him in his studio Gary still wants to be with Ji Hyo and ask if she is interested in being Monday Couple all over again but of course Ji Hyo rejected his proposal and I think it really hurt his feeling and the song from Gary - The girl who can't break up, the boy who can't leave was sang by them again in the studio.

Subsequently, Kang Gary went missing oversea and broke off with his duet partner Leessang and announced that he suddenly got married with a non celebrity lady and the lady was not know to any of his good friend and even his company didn't know of this lady existence. I highly doubt there is this "wife" exist. He wants to cut his tie with all the 7 years of pain and not be remember of all these 7 year with Ji Hyo (this is my personal opinion). He even changed his number and he is currently oversea and no one from running man is able to reach him.



After this happened the running man went into a crisis of low viewership after suddenly the show got cut becuase Ji hyo and Sparta didn't got renew on season 2 running man. My take for Gary suddenly disappear and can't be reached is because he really love Ji Hyo and wants to have a proper relationship with her, but her respond was always not clear. Being close to him but always didn't really serious about it. Gary must be tired and decided that he can't carry on like this, he would want to put his music career as priority again. But being in Korean the producer will keep coming over or to invite him back to the show as guest again and again. This make him unable to concentrate on this music and he also have a hard time forgetting Ji Hyo. He went oversea and hide and even announce a fake marriage and subsequently changed his number and become unreachable. This is my personal opinion of course and everything is speculated by me.

Nonetheless I still support the couple and I support Gary hope he can have a nice life in front of him. Now everything will become the past and the Monday Couple will never come back again I know. This is some of the songs that are always played on running for all the fans that like running man, Monday couple and Kang Gary.



This was the beginning where Gary compose the lyric for Ji Hyo - Leessang Blues



The girl who can't break up, the boy who can't leave - Leessang, it implys that Gary is always the one who can't leave and Ji Hyo will never break up with him



Rememberance - Leessang, the first part there is "Gally Gally", is that Ji Hyo voice?



Turn off the TV - Leessang




You are the answer to a guy like me - Leessang



No matter how I think about it - Sweet Sorrow, this is Asia Prince Lee Kwang Soo theme song on running man, btw he is also my favour person over the monday couple


In running man my top favour is Lee Kwang Soo, he is ranked above the Monday Couple, cause he is a great entertainer and also a very gentleman and hardworking person. Although he is always projected as the giraffe and he is always timid and stupid in the show. But he happen to capture the asian fan by storm :) Continue support running man!!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Ah Ma passed away

From the very first day when we are born, our destiny is one less day towards death. The clock ticks seconds by seconds and nothing can be done about it. Bruce Lee once said that "If you love life, don't waster time, for time is what life is made up of".


Recently, one news shocked me. My grandma passed away, and I was really close with them when I was smaller. Ah Gong had pass on since 2004, I remember blogging about it when I was in the army. Changes had changed and people and attachment had changed. Had a different feeling about life and death now compare to 13 years ago. In-between these 13 years I felt Ah Ma had suffered a lot. I still remember when I was at Ah Gong wake, Ah Ma was already wheelchair bound from stroke condition. But then she was still conscious albeit she had loss the abilities to speech. She weeping as she falls from the wheelchair and crawled towards Ah Gong coffin was then a heart wrecking scene till now I couldn't forget. She knew she had lost someone she love and had spent a whole life with. Its so hard for us to see that.



Imagine that event had happened 13 years ago. She was already wheelchair bound from stroke, lower half body was paralyzed and had already lost her ability of speech. She passed on in year 2017. Imagine what kind of life have you need to go through for these 13 years with all these suffering? Can't move and can't take care of yourself, constant need someone to attend to all your needs of feeding, changing and toileting. She can't express her angry, dismay, saddest, and any emotion cause you are already mute from lossing the ability to express from speech. Can you last through so many years of being misunderstood and the inability to express? How are you going to maintain your sane?




Due to my parent marriage status and my dad irresponsibility I had not been paying them visit since 6 years ago not even on New Year. Time passed and Ah Ma had also lost her conscious. She can't recognize people not even kinship. I remember when I visited her in 10 years ago when my parent are still together, although she is bed riden but she still happy to see me, she will hold my hand beside the bed and squeeze my fingers. Although she can't speak I know how much she had missed me over all my other cousin. The kind of passion that I can't put across in words. The moment i felt the whole world had stop and the time was only between me and her. The reason why I was so doted when I was small is because I am the first 男丁 to the family. My father was second boy in the family, but my father born me before the elder brother's give birth to 大孙. In ranking I am second but I was first born into the family as the first grandchild. Also my father was so irresponsible compared to his brother so I was ditched with my grandparent when I was young, only I stayed with my grandparent hence I had the closest kinship with them over my other cousin.


Why I didn't turn up for New Year had to be account back to how my useless father and of course because of my inability to earn and I had took a long way to start earning a descent income. I was so old and I was still single. All my relative had to give me red packet and my parent need not give them back as most of my cousin was married. I am embrassed to even go collect red packet during new year. And my father was always away during new year there are even one year I went alone to Pai Nian and I had to pack my own red packet for my cousin to conceal the fact that my parent was not around to give them red packet. Since then I did not turn up for New Year celebration at their house. 


Birthday celebration in 2007
New Year in year 2008
 As such, I had not been seeing my grandmother for at least 6 years. I went on to become busy with life, and met all my desire, I grew more and more practical and heartless. I didn't even remember who my grandparent was anymore. Life changes people and I was completely a douchbag. Last Dec (5 month before my grandma passing). A very sudden though made me visited my grandma during off peak date, not on New Year to avoid my relatives. The thought was so sudden and random I something wonder why had I make the decision to go see her. And that was the last time I see my grandma. When she see me she cannot recognize me anymore. She didn't hold my finger like she did last time.

Random visit in year 2016
I sometime wonder what force had make me went to visit her in 2016 last year. At least that was the last time she see me. I wonder is it God's define plan. He gave me the chance and allows me to make good our relationship. And he brings me to her, her favorite grandson in front of her death bed before she leaves the world for good. Nonetheless I was very fortunate and grateful that I went to pay her a last visit.



In life nothing last forever. Passion dies, money bring you more desire. Loves is the only thing transcent time. The love that she had gave me unconditionally reminds in my heart. This is the legacy and how you can leave behind a trace of life in this world. I recently said that I was 爱无能, and that I had no purpose in life. I think by not giving love you can't receive love and hence the vacuum of purpose in life. I hope I can trust people and give out more love around me. I want to leave something behind.