The song has quite a bit of background. It has been sung in many different languages and released in many different versions around the world (via wikipedia):
“Wavin’ Flag” is a song by K’naan from his album Troubadour, reaching #2 on the Canadian Hot 100. A remake by a supergroup of Canadian artists, credited as Young Artists for Haiti, became a charity single, with this new version going straight to #1 on the Canadian charts. A version of the song featuring will.i.am and David Guetta is targeted for international release. The song also appears on the soundtrack for the video game NBA 2K10.
The song was chosen as Coca-Cola’s promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to be held in South Africa. The English version was released as “Wavin’ Flag (The Celebration Mix)” by K’naan and many other bilingual and country-specific versions have been released. “The Celebration Mix” version of the song topped the singles charts in Germany, Swiss Music Charts and Austria.
The original version by K’naan has more controversial lyrics. I actually like it better as it is more reflective of the struggles in Africa:
The World Cup version is more celebratory and the lyrics has be adjusted accordingly:
Below are some of the various international versions available which I managed to find and compile from youtube. Enjoy. I particularly like the Nigerian and Thai ones. Soccer and music can really bring the world together. 🙂
Arabic version (with subtitles) with K’naan featuring Nancy Ajram:
Brazilian version with K’naan featuring Skank:
Chinese version with K’naan featuring Jacky Cheung and Jane Zhang:
French version with K’naan featuring Féfé:
Greece version with K’naan Professional Sinnerz featuring Komis X:
Indonesian version (Semangat Berkibar) by K’naan and Ipank:
Nigerian version (Naija Remix) by K’naan and Banky W. & M.I.:
A plug for omy.sg’s Singapore Blog Awards 2010 – a campaign I am running. The top 100 finalists in the ten main award categories are revealed. Vote for your favourite bloggers and stand to win attractive prizes like a Garmin ASUS M10 smart phone, luxurious resort stays from Asia Web Direct and many more.
The full press release in both English and Mandarin are as below:
Finalists of Singapore Blog Awards 2010 revealed
Singapore, 25 May 2010 — The finalists of this year’s Singapore Blog Awards are revealed. Out of over 1000 blogs registered for the awards, a total of 100 blogs made the cut. There are 10 finalists in each of the 10 categories.
Organised by omy.sg, the bilingual news and interactive web portal of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the Awards honour “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.
The ten main categories are EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Individual Blog, Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog, Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog, Best Food Blog and The Y-Bloggist Award (for bloggers under 25), presented by tech brand iKnow. The winner of each category stands to win attractive prizes including a trip to Hong Kong with air tickets and accommodation paid for by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Out of the 1000 blogs registered for this year’s awards, a number of entries are by bloggers from Malaysia, Australia, The Philippines, China and other countries. This is a sign that the three-year-old Awards has gained popularity among overseas bloggers.
Some of the notable bloggers amongst the 100 finalists are:
– TechXav (http://TechXav.com): A 16-year-old boy who is Singapore’s top Twitter user. He also operates an international tech blog with content submitted by youths around the world.
– Aussie Pete (http://www.aussiepete.com): A self-professed “completely-localised and proud ang moh” from Australia who has been living and working in Singapore for many years.
– Violet Lim (http://www.violetlim.com): A successful businesswoman who is also a mother of two and founder of Asia’s first lunch dating agency, Lunch Actually.
– Gordonator (http://gordonator.com): A Star Wars fan boy who makes regular public appearances in his Storm Trooper costume. He is also a member of the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars non-profit costuming organisation.
– Ten gorgeous models in the Best Modeling category. These ladies are not shy to post provocative photos of themselves on their blogs and some of them appeared on television and even made news headlines.
The winners will be determined via public voting as well as scores given by a panel of ten professional judges.
Voting for the Singapore Blog Awards starts today via the official website – http://sgblogawards.omy.sg. Voters stand to win attractive prizes like a Garmin ASUS M10 smart phone, luxurious overseas resort stays and more.
Judges for this year’s awards are Mr Kelvin Tong, movie director; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3 deejay; Mr Josh Lim, Managing Director of Advertlets; Mr U-Zyn Chua, CEO of Ping.sg; Mr Samuel Ng, CEO of Marine Parade Family Service Centre; Ms Xiao Han, Director and Lyricist of Funkie Monkies Productions, Mr Walter Lim, Director of Corporate Services and Marketing Communications, National Art Gallery and Mr Danny Yeo, theatre practitioner.
Singapore Blog Awards 2010 winners will be revealed at a prize-presentation ceremony with details to be announced at a later date. The winner of each category will walk away with a custom-designed trophy created by Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Mr Tan Swie Hian and a variety of sponsored prizes, including a trip to Hong Kong, ASUS netbooks and more.
Adding to the excitement is Rednano Best Mobile Blog Award organised by Rednano Mobile, the mobile platform of Singapore’s local directory search engine Rednano.sg. This is a new category introducing Mobile Tweet combined with Blogs for this year’s Singapore Blog Award 2010, which is predominantly online-focused. Participants who had submitted their tweets via mobile.rednano.sg had been evaluated by a Rednano panel of judges. The selected top 10 finalists are announced today. They can be found on http://sgblogawards.om.sg/category/. The public can now vote for their favourite bloggers by sending an SMS with the code of the blogger to 33833.
新加坡部落格大奖2010的主要赞助商是East Asia Institute of Management(EASB), National Heritage Board(NHB)以及United International Pictures(UIP)。其它赞助商包括香港旅游局、Rednano、华硕、Asia Web Direct以及Fabrix，并由部落格网络Advertlets.com和Ping.sg，以及本地顶尖分类广告网站ST701鼎力支持。
I was really looking forward to catching the final chapter to the very successful Shrek movie series.
Here’s a picture of Han Joo and I posing excitedly with the stunned looking Shrek mascot before the movie preview at The Grand Cathay.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It is the right kind of movie to catch after a long day at work and you are looking for something light to round up the day.
My few complains are that the plot is too predictable and there’s no witty fairy tale satirical bits which were prevalent in the first two Shrek movies. The 3D effects were good to have, but did not add much value.
Here’s the movie synopsis via wikipedia (it literally summed up the entire plot in just three paragraphs):
After all of his adventures, Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a domesticated family ogre. Instead of scaring villagers away as he used to, Shrek agrees to autograph pitchforks. Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre”, Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal maker, Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), who offers Shrek a day where everything will be as if his adventures had never happened. Shrek can’t resist the offer- all he wanted was a day off to relax, to be a real ogre again. However, to get a day off, Shrek needs to give up a day from his childhood. However, after signing the contract, Shrek soon discovers he has been tricked: the day that he unwittingly gave away was the one day that was actually important- the day he was born.
Having never existed, Shrek finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where Rumpelstiltskin is now king (because King Harold and Queen Lillian were originally going to give him the kingdom in exchange for him ending Fiona’s curse, but refused after getting news that Shrek had rescued Fiona); ogres are hunted to near-extinction; Donkey (Eddie Murphy) has never met Shrek, is forced into cart-pulling duty and fears him; Gingy (Conrad Vernon) is a gladiator fighting animal crackers; Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) doesn’t know Shrek and has become fat and lazy; and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is an inexplicably hunted ogre who never met (and can’t stand) Shrek, and has become the leader of a band of other hunted ogres. Also Artie Pendragon (Justin Timberlake) has been forced to abdicate the throne for Rumpelstiltskin to become king.
But even though all seems lost, there’s still hope – if Shrek shares “True Love’s Kiss” with Fiona by the sunrise of the next day, the contract he signed will be rendered null and void and the original timeline will be restored. However, Rumplestiltskin will do anything to stop Shrek and solidify his power that he now has.
I had always enjoyed Neil Humphreys‘ witty columns in the local newspaper and had a good time reading all his first four books about Singapore.
I came across his latest book, Match Fixer, while shopping for reading material to kill time during my reservist.
Unlike most Singaporean males, I am not a big soccer fan. I do not play soccer, neither do I watch soccer. In fact, I believe I have never even played a full game of soccer before in my entire life. The few times I played, I was forced to do so during primary school PE lessons and was always made to play the defender position which other kids shun.
Nonetheless, I bought the book because I have faith in Neil Humphreys and was looking forward to a light, humourous read.
Alas, I was left disappointed this time.
First off, the book is a fictional novel. Do not be mislead by the book cover and synopsis at the back into believing it’s non-fiction. There’s a fictional disclaimer if you bother to flip a few pages into the book.
The synopsis on Neil’s website is as follows:
Neil’s debut novel, Match Fixer, takes place inside the murky underbelly of Asian football. ‘Squeaky-clean’ Singapore plays host to betting syndicates, which have for decades fed off the insatiable illegal gambling habits of the local population and made a select few bookies very rich and far too powerful.
Corruption is destroying The Beautiful Game in Asia and has spread its tentacles into the UK via spread betting cartels. Floodlights have been knocked out. Players jailed. Questions asked.
It sounds pretty exciting isn’t it? Pity the plot fell kind of flat. There was a surprise ending to the story which saved the plot a bit, otherwise, the storyline was too predictable. As a result, the book appears a tad draggy as you flip each page, waiting to read what you already more or less know will happen.
The book is not completely bad though. The characters in the book were pretty believable and distinctively Singaporean. There’s the villain, Tiger, a typical Singapore bookie; a SPG Malay girl, Yati; a black rapper wannabe Indian artist and of course, the protagonist, Chris Osborne, the ang moh expat footballer.
Also, do take into account that I am NOT a soccer fan AT ALL. Given that the book was centered on soccer, it might have affected my reading pleasure too.
I blogged about my wedding invite card design a few days ago. The physical copies of the cards have been collected from our printer. They are ready for dissemination.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the outcome of the card and envelop design. We reduced the tone of the sky to a light shade of baby blue to give it a more pastel, cheery look. The artwork was printed on Japanese wood-free textured paper for a hand-drawn, manga feel.
For the envelop, we bought the light-weight air-mail variety for thematic unity with the “flying” theme. The Chinese “double happiness” character was manually punched, one by one, by Rachel and I with a paper cutter we specially bought.
When I passed my parents their portion of the wedding cards and envelops, my mom was amused by the effort and cost we put into these as she felt people will just “take and throw”. I
told her it reflects our sincerity and we hope to spread our joy to everyone, with a little personal touch. The invite card is the first thing our friends and relatives will receive regarding the wedding and it’s important to give the right first impression. 🙂
I am done with the illustration and design for our wedding invite card. We have just sent it for printing and will be getting them next week. The theme follows that of the UP design which we did for our e-invite.
This is the front view:
The full view when you spread out the cover:
Long time never draw already. Hence took quite a while to complete this. I know I am not so slim any more, but that’s the beauty of illustration vs photography. 🙂