Paul Wong (黄贯中)’s Career Revival

If you grow up in the 80s and is a fan of Mando and Canto rock, you have to know who is Paul Wong  (黄贯中).

Paul Wong on stage
Paul Wong on stage

For those who do not know who he is, Paul Wong Koon-Chung (born 31 March 1964) is a Chinese musician, singer, songwriter and the lead guitarist of the Hong Kong legendary rock band, Beyond.

He is well-known for his extraordinary guitar techniques and is regarded like a “guitar god” in the Chinese world.

After the lead singer and centre figure of Beyond, Wong Ka Kui (黄家驹) fell to his death in a freak stage accident in 1993, Paul Wong took over the lead singer role in the band. Beyond after Wong Ka Kui never came close to the same level of fame and success.

The musical career of the three remaining Beyond members did not progress much over the years.

Nonetheless, Paul Wong stayed true to his brand of rock music and strived on till today.

After a long period staying out of the media radar, he rocked the Chinese music world recently with his rendition of Beyond’s all-time classic, 《海阔天空》in a China singing programme,《我是歌手》(must watch!):

This is why I idolised Beyond in my teens. After so many years, hearing this song still makes me have that urge to cast aside everything in life to chase my dream.

I remember how I wanted to be a famous artist when I was young. I remember how I would spend all my time drawing and redrawing, designing and redesigning to perfect my illustration techniques.

What cause me to abandon this dream?

This song jolted me again and reminded me that we only live once.

Even at the age of 48, Paul Wong still can rock and inspire!

On a side note, I recently attended the preview of Young and Dangerous: Reloaded 《古惑仔:江湖新秩序》which Paul Wong had a role as a famous gang leader. The movie is a remake of the popular Young and Dangerous movie series in the 90s. Here is the trailer:

Young and Dangerous: Reloaded is stil showing in Singapore cinemas. Go catch it for a whiff of nostalgia. 🙂

Dr Koh Poh Koon Goes “Sight-Seeing” in Punggol East

After losing the Punggol East by-election to the Workers’ Party candidate, Lee Li Lian by more than 10% of the total valid votes, People’s Action Party’s candidate, Dr Koh Poh Koon, graciously went about Punggol East yesterday in an open-top sight-seeing bus to thank his voters:

Dr Koh Poh Koon touring Punggol East to see how heartlanders live (picture via omy.sg)
Dr Koh Poh Koon touring Punggol East to see how heartlanders live (picture via omy.sg)

I do not know who chose the sight-seeing bus for Dr Koh’s thank you parade, but it seems a rather awkward choice as it will place him high above Punggol East residents who may want to shake his hand or talk to him.

No wonder no one seems to wave back to Dr Koh:

Dr Koh feeling very high
Dr Koh feeling very high
Dr Koh waving to supporters
Dr Koh waving to supporters???
Dr Koh waving to supporters
Dr Koh waving to supporters??? ???

It must be lonely up there.

Wait, there are some people who did wave back:

Though I pity Dr Koh, I also find these two uncles very satki!
Though I pity Dr Koh, I also find these two uncles very satki!

On a serious note, regardless who won or lost for the Punggol East by-election, all the four candidates who stepped forward did so because they believe they can contribute to Singapore and bring progress for our nation.

We have to thank all of them for showing us what real democracy is by giving us a wide choice of candidates (some at the expense of losing their election deposits) and also for providing us with a preview of what to expect for the next general election.

Majulah Singapura! 

The Winners for my Emicakes’ Choco Truffle Dream Giveaway are…

Emicakes, well-known in Singapore for their popular durian cakes, has recently launched a Choco Truffle Dream cake and partnered with Alvinology.com to do a giveaway for readers two weeks ago:

Emicakes’ Choco Truffle Dream cake
Emicakes’ Choco Truffle Dream cake

The winners are who will be enjoying the cake are…

Pepper Sung, Shi Hui Tan and Cheria Tan:

The Winners
The Winners

Congratulations to the three lucky winners!

The winners were selected fairly using an online research randomisation tool:

Selecting the Winners
Selecting the Winners

For everyone else who took part, thank you for your participation and I hope you would continue to support this blog. 🙂

Punggol East By-Election – The Aftermath

Congratulations to Workers’ Party Lee Li Lian (16,038 votes or 54.52%) in winning the Punggol East By-Election by over 10% more votes than the next best candidate, People’s Action Party’s Dr Koh Poh Koon (12,856 votes or 43.71%).

Why such a big drop in votes for the PAP?

I can only think of this answer:

“Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!”

PAP: NO to 7 million population please. Do you hear us finally?

On another note, isn’t it amazing how the Reform Party’s Kenneth Jeyaretnam and Singapore Democratic Alliance’s Desmond Lim Bak Chuan managed to poll less votes than votes that went to the dustbin?:

Donated $16k to the Election Department
Donated S$16k to the Election Department
Donated S$16k to the Election Department
Donated S$16k to the Election Department
Rather vote for a dustbin than the two above
Rather vote for a dustbin than the two above

Punggol By-Election – The Final Showdown!

The residents of Punggol East will be casting their votes later this morning to vote for their parliamentary representative of choice.

Who would emerge the ultimate winner in this four-corner battle?

Will it be “This is Me”, Dr Koh Poh Koon in white?

Or “Serving Residents Needs”, Lee Li Lian in blue?

How about “Dedicated Local, Determined Leader”, Desmond Lim Bak Chuan in green?

Or will it be “No More Broken Promises”, Kenneth Jeyaretnam in yellow?

Regardless of the outcome, I am wondering if the other three who lost will stay behind and continue to serve the residents so as to contest at the next general election.

If so, the Punggol East residents must be the luckiest residents in Singapore to get “vote one, three free”!