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”!

How YouTube PWND SDA Desmond Lim’s “First Online Rally”

While the People’s Action Party, Workers’ Party and Reform Party candidates for the Punggol East by-election pitted their oratory skills against each other at physical political rallies, Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) candidate, Desmond Lim Bak Chuan chose the unconventional route of rolling out videos online. 

Kudos to Desmond for being so innovative.

The video was supposed to be online from 6.00pm today, but was only available on youtube over an hour late.

Nonetheless, good stuff is always worth the wait right?:

The video started promising with an eloquent Harminder Pal Singh giving an introduction to SDA and Desmond.

Then from 2:46 onwards, Desmond appears and attempts to speak in what seems like English to me.

Switch on the Google auto-caption from 2:46 to see how Youtube PWND Desmond Lim. I screen grabbed a few classics:

Huh?????????
Huh?????????
What's that......
What’s that……
?????????????????????????????????????
?????????????????????????????????????
facePALM (pun intended)
facePALM (pun intended)

I wish Desmond Lim and the SDA team all the best in their campaign to win the Punggol East by-election.

Win S$5,000 at the SAYS Chinese New Year Giveaway!

Have you heard of SAYS?

SAYS (http://says.com/sg) is Singapore’s social news network, featuring Singapore’s must-share stories, links, videos and advertising campaigns (Specials) that are broadcasted by its community of local social media users like you and I.

SAYS is on a mission to create a next-generation news site, and is now in Malaysia and Singapore.

For the upcoming Chinese New Year, SAYS is giving away a total of S$10,000 ang pows in cash every day for 30 days! Read about their CNY Giveaway here:

The biggest ang pow available is S$5,000. SAYS users who join will be given a lucky ticket for every daily Special they share that receives a minimum of 1 unique visit. The more tickets a user gets, the higher the chances you have to win the ang pows. I already joined and my lucky ticket today is #3359! Wish me luck and good luck to you too. 🙂

If I win the S$5,000, here are five things I would do:

1. Buy a laptop for my wife
Damage: ~S$1000

Macbook Air
Macbook Air

My wife’s old ASUS netbook is getting a little cranky. It also looks dated and chunky in today’s fast-moving laptop market. Time to give her a nice little surprise present.

2. Buy a new mattress for my son’s bed
Damage: ~S$1000

My son, Asher's bedroom
My son, Asher’s bedroom

The mattress from my son’s bed is currently an old one inherited from my parents-in-law.  It would be great to get a new, sturdier mattress to replace it.

3. Buy a new, portable digital camera for myself
Damage: ~S$1000

Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF5

I damaged my portable digital camera during my last overseas trip to Taiwan. The warranty for the camera has just expired. Although I still have a DSLR, I do not like to lug a heavy camera around on a regular basis. Time to buy a new camera!

4. Treat my parents and parents-in-law to a sumptuous CNY reunion dinner
Damage: ~S$1000

Peng Cai served at a 2011 CNY reunion dinner with my parents
Peng Cai served at a 2011 CNY reunion dinner with my parents

It would be wonderful to play host to my parents and parents-in-law for the first time this year during Chinese New Year. The four of them have been helping Rachel and I take care of our baby son Asher throughout the past year and we are deeply appreciative of their effort.

5. Save the remainder for my son’s future education fund
Damage: ~$1000

My son Asher
My son Asher

It is always good to set aside some money for rainy days. Rachel and I are looking into setting up a financial plan to save for our son’s future education needs. This initial sum will be a good start.

This is a lot of stuff for S$5,000 isn’t it? Moreover, I am spreading the amount with my family members and loved ones, making it all the more meaningful.

Inspired?

Join the SAYS Singapore CNY Giveaway now!

A little tip for Alvinology.com readers: early contestants will stand a higher chance of winning if you sign up on SAYS Singapore and join the CNY Giveaway as soon as possible as there will be more opportunities for tickets.

There are winners everyday – these will be announced at 3pm daily via Google Hangout. “Like” the SAYS Singapore Facebook page to watch the SAYS team selecting the winners LIVE daily.

Huat ah! Happy New Year everyone! 🙂