Blood Donation Appeal for Ex-Actor Chen Wencong (陈文聪): Doing the Right Thing vs Doing the Right Thing AND Doing It Right

Blood Donation Appeal went Viral
Blood Donation Appeal went Viral

Recently, there was a blood donation appeal for a former television actor, Chen Wencong (陈文聪) that went viral, generating a fair bit of media buzz and frenzy.

The appeal was first posted on Facebook and Twitter on Friday evening (28 Oct), by MediaCorp artiste, Zhang Zhenhuan (张振寰), appealing for donors with AB blood type to provide blood and platelets.

Here’s the exact message:

I’ve a colleague who is in need urgent blood and platelet transfusion. He is AB Blood group, so he can take in O, A, B and AB blood.

Please proceed to:
Blood Services Group, Health Sciences Authority,
11 Outram Road (within SGH grounds), Opposite Outram MRT station.

Kindly indicate his name “Tan Boon Chong (S7011332E)” and inform the nurses that he urgently needs blood and platelet transfusion. And to make sure you are donating for him. Please help!!!!

大家还记得陈文聪? 他曾经是一位艺人。他得了血癌, 需要大量的血液。请大家帮帮忙。希望你们可以伸出援手,到Blood Service Group 的Health Sciences Authority (11 Outram Road), 并注明是给「Tan Boon Chong S7011332E」,他的血型是AB型,所以任何血型的人都可以帮助到他! 谢谢你们的爱心!谢谢!

呼吁大家,其实他现在比较需要血小板,不只是血液。所以请捐献者捐血小板。但护士说您一定要是52kg以上,不可以是首次捐血者。这个过程会比较久,大约1-2小时。谢谢你~

-小帮手

When I first saw this appeal, I was a little puzzled as it was stated that Wencong can accept blood from ANY blood type. Logically, there should be ample supply in the blood banks. Even if there was a shortage, I believe an appeal to just Wencong’s immediate friends and family members would have suffice. Was a public appeal really necessary? Especially one which detailed the patient’s medical condition and even his NRIC number. I decided not to pass this message on as I do not want to contribute to needless alarm.

Moreover, Wencong may not even want all these attention in the first place, given that most people would prefer to keep our medical conditions private. I certainly would.

When I read Yong Wei’s summary blog post on the whole saga yesterday, I was all the more assured there is a big difference between “doing the right thing” and “doing the right thing and doing it right”.

Those who jump on the bandwagon and mass propagate the donation appeal without doing any background check are “doing the right thing”; in the sense that they are relaying an appeal for help as Good Samaritans. However, they do not realise they may also be contributing to harmful mass hysteria by spreading untruth. What if the appeal was fake or not something that the patient or his family members would be comfortable with?

As an informed and regular blood donor, Yong Wei was one of the rare few who bothered to find out more before deciding on his course of action. He was “doing the right thing AND doing it right”.

Guess what? There was sufficient blood supply to begin with. The donation appeal was unnecessary.

Without pointing fingers at anyone, wouldn’t it now seem like the artistes who jumped on the bandwagon are just capitalising on Wencong’s plight to get some media coverage (even if this wasn’t their intent)?

BBC News: Every Hour, There are 5 Births, 2 Deaths and 16 New Immigrants in Singapore

Check out this web infographics by BBC News on the world’s growing population. Most amazingly, key in Singapore for country and you will see this result:

Holy Molly! The statistics are scary when flashed in your face this way!
Holy Molly! The statistics are scary when flashed in your face this way!

At this rate, i wonder how long it will take for Singapore-born Singaporeans to become the minority in our own country, not to mention become extinct altogether. Growth is outnumbered 1:3!

Rachel and I must be two of the extremely rare Singapore-born Singaporeans who got married and give birth to a true blue Singaporean son who has to go through the discriminatory NS policy when he turns 18.

My baby Asher is a rare breed.

Movie Preview: Footloose (2011)

Leads, Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough on the poster of the 2011 remake of Footloose
Leads, Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough on the poster of the 2011 remake of Footloose

Footloose (2011) is an American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell. The film follows a young man who moves from Boston to a small southern town and protests the town’s ban against dancing.

I am a sucker for classic movies from the 80s and Footloose (1984) is one of them. I was chatting to a few colleagues about Footloose a few days ago and we realised that if you first talk about Kevin Bacon or the 1984 version instead of the 2011 remake currently showing in cinemas, you would have sadly betrayed your very old age. This was obviously the case for me.

Thanks to the folks from UIP, I caught the preview on Monday (25 Oct).

The remake kept close to the original teen rebel turned hero plot of dance being banned in a small redneck town and a city boy coming in to save the day, getting the town preacher’s daughter along the way.

The two leads in the 2011 remake, Wormald and Hough are both eye candies on screen, guaranteed to send many young hearts throbbing. Best of all, both of them can really dance too! The dance sequences make you want to get on your feet and dance yourself, especially Wormald’s dance soliloquy, trashing around in a junkyard to let out his frustrations.

Footloose is now showing in Singapore cinemas. If dance movies or remakes of 80s classics are your kind of stuff, do catch it. 🙂

Trailer:

Synopsis:
Writer/Director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, “Footloose.” Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.

Halloween FrightFest @ Singapore Flyer

This October, Halloween creeps in at Singapore Flyer, with its rainforest being transformed into an eerie hideout of ghouls and ghosts.

The new Director and Group CEO at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Isabelle Loh, may have ruined Halloween for many by abruptly canceling Night Safari’s iconic and very successful annual Halloween event; other local attraction sites like Singapore Flyer are quick to chip in and fill the demand gap.

I attended the media preview of the Halloween FrightFest at Singaopore Flyer last Thursday (20 Oct), together with a group of omy Blog Club bloggers. Many came dressed in a mix of scary, pretty and fun costumes in the spirit of Halloween.

Rachell and her boyfriend’s costumes especially rocked. Their make-up was so good that many found them to be even scarier than the hired professional talents! It was no surprise Rachell won the top prize for best costume of the night. 🙂

Me with Rachell and her boyfriend. I swear I cannot recognise both of them when they called me!
Me with Rachell and her boyfriend. I swear I cannot recognise both of them when they called me!
I love these two Ghostbuster characters too
I love these two Ghostbuster characters too

For the media preview, we started off with a tour in the Singapore Flyer rainforest where costumed talents were planted to jump out of bushes to scare visitors:

Entrance to the Halloween rainforest
Entrance to the Halloween rainforest
Costumed bloggers waiting to enter the rainforest
Costumed bloggers waiting to enter the rainforest
Bloggers Holly and Jacqualine posing for photos
Bloggers Holly and Jacqualine posing for photos
I like this ghost's costume - pretty lady on one side and disfigured ghost on the other side
I like this ghost's costume - pretty lady on one side and disfigured ghost on the other side
Another ghost talent
Another ghost talent
Some props to add to the scare factor
Some props to add to the scare factor

Many of the bloggers were more busy taking photos with the poor talents than getting scared by them. To be fair, some of the talents’ costumes were pretty good. The scare factor should be there for the general public who are not click-happy bloggers armed with their array of photos and videos capturing devices.

After the scary stuff, we got to take a ride on the Singapore Flyer.I think this is the fourth time I boarded one of their capsules this year. Each time, Singapore’s city landscape changes and I would marvel at how fast we have progressed (or regressed in some areas like public transport).

Inside one of the capsules
Inside one of the capsules
At the highest point
At the highest point

The day ended with a Special Halloween Brew (non-alcoholic) at the Singapore Flyer lounge. I find this a rather thoughtful, children-friendly gesture.

Costumed bloggers hanging around the lounge
Costumed bloggers hanging around the lounge
Rachell and her boyfriend were crowd magnets - everyone wants to take a photo with them
Rachell and her boyfriend were crowd magnets - everyone wants to take a photo with them
Announcing the winner for Best Costume
Announcing the winner for Best Costume
Collecting our drinks
Collecting our drinks
The Singapore Flyer Special Halloween Brew
The Singapore Flyer Special Halloween Brew

If you are interested to visit Singapore Flyer for  their Halloween FrightFest:

Tickets are priced at SGD$25 nett each for a Singapore Flyer ride, including entry into FrightFest @ Singapore Flyer Rainforest and 1 Special Halloween Brew (non-alcoholic)*

There are also special deals available on Deal.com.sg and for PAssion card members.

How to Purchase:

Walk into any of Singapore Flyer’s ticketing counters on-site or call or email at 6333-3311 or sfsales@adval.com.sg to pre-book.

* All tickets are valid for Friday (28 Oct) at 9pm & 10pm and Sunday (30 Oct) at 9pm & 10pm only. Saturday’s tickets are sold out.

The Winner for the LoBlography Blogger Challenge Singapore is…

… not yours truly of course!

I was sick for most of the contest period and had handed the La Sardina lomography camera to my sister-in-law, Eunice to play with instead.

Even though I did not complete the challenge, the folks from LOMOGRAPHY.COM were still nice enough to send me a Lomography Button Set:

Shutter Buttons!
Shutter Buttons!

They also give me 20 piggies (equals to USD20) to purchase stuff online at their Online Shop.

Thank you very much. 🙂

And now… to announce the winner.

The winner that the judges deemed to have the most creative entry is… Sasha Gill! Sasha gets to keep the La Sardina forever.

Ms. Popular went to Rachell Tan, who had the most comments, likes, and shares for her entry. Rachell scores a brand new Lomo LC-A+.

Congratulations to both Rachell and Sasha. 🙂

On another note, the La Sardina had just introduced two atas lomography cameras to its range – Beluga and Czar, with gold tone metallic deligh, Flitz the Blitz flash  and wide-angle lens:

La Sardina Caviar Edition
La Sardina Caviar Edition

For more information about these two cameras or to make a purchase, check out the lomography.com website.