As many of you know, I’m now in China. Just move out of Wuhan City into Yue Yang and now just settled into ChangSha.
Anyways, I came across this really weird road situation 2 days back
on a rural village road which stalled me for 1 hour. Man… can you figure what happened?
More to come in Part II. Watch out for it.
HighwayBlogger from ChangSha.
(Glad to be able to access this blog again behind the ‘great firewall‘)
Through my blogging, I have made some new friends, co-sojourners on the highway of life.
Until recently, I have only met them online, till last night.
I was with this hot blogger Sarah Tan of SingaporeProfit.com and got into a few near-car crashes!
You see, I’m starting this new series called CONVERSATIONS ON THE HIGHWAY and I’ve got 13 interviews lined-up for this highway. I was interviewing Sarah and almost got into a series of accidents!
Here’s Part I, fresh from the highway, delivered at the near expense of my own life!
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I received a special invite from the organisers to attend one of the final fights for Contender Asia. Some of the other VIPs I spotted include Pierre Png, Allan Wu & Ivy, and Jaymee Ong (the show host) who demostrated a rather nice pre-fight ritual.
It was my very first MuayThai fights and I never thought I would actually enjoy it. Not that I really enjoy fighting, but I appreciate the humble culture which the Thais have brought into kick-boxing, clearly exhibited through their pre-fights rituals. And I witnessed how many of the fighters were able to sit down side by side, talk and jest like old buddies even though they were almost killing each other in the ring moments ago. Not to mention that being in Mark Burnett’s reality TV set was really cool coz everything was so well-run and professional!
For me, how these fighters almost kill in the ring, but are great friends out of the ring, really baffles me.
But it makes for great reality TV and can’t wait to catch it when it screens on AXN in December!
And I really wonder what kind of co-sojourners these kick-boxers are to each other? And how surreal it all ends up when it’s on reality TV.
Oh did I mention that one of the fights was absolutely beautiful but I’m under non-disclosure so I can’t give out the details, much less take any photos. But it’s so superb I’m dying to catch the replay on AXN!
BTW Precious is inviting bloggers for the next Slingers’ match this coming 17th Oct Wed against the Melbourne Tigers. Special corporate box seats which are very rare invites available! Check it out and I hope I’ll get to see you there
This came in my inbox today and I found it very suitable for posting here as it talks about two co-sojourner of sorts and the story was described largely on the highway. Powerful read indeed.
Singapore girl wins Commonwealth essay prize!
A 15-YEAR-OLD Singaporean, competing against 16- to 18-year-olds, has won the top prize in a writing contest that drew 5,300 entries from 52 countries.
In the annual Commonwealth Essay Competition, Amanda Chong of Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) chose to compete in the older category and won with a piece on the restlessness of modern life.
Her short story, titled What The Modern Woman Wants, focused on the conflict in values between an old lady and her independent-minded daughter.
‘Through my story, I attempted to convey the unique East-versus-West
struggles and generation gaps that I felt were characteristic of young
people in my country,’ said Amanda, who likes drama, history and
literature and wants to become a lawyer and a politician.
Chief examiner Charles Kemp called her piece a ‘powerfully moving and ironical critique of modern restlessness and its potentially cruel consequences’.
The writing is fluent and assured, with excellent use of dialogue.
Amanda gets (S$1,590). A Singaporean last won the top prize in 2000, said Britain’s Royal Commonwealth Society, which has been organising the competition since 1883. Singaporeans also came in second in the 14- to 15-year-old category, and fourth in the under-12s. Other winners included students from Australia, Canada and South Africa.
I met some Pingsters last night at an event which I helped to put together called PopOut and though it was the first time meeting, most of them recognised me straight out! Don’t ask me how – it used to be that even old friends don’t recognise me on the streets but these days it’s quite often that strangers come up to say hi.
Anyways a Pingster asked me this question “You don’t write on this blog anymore?” and I thought it deserves a post :p