Monthly Archives: August 2008

An appeal to Singaporeans

An online fund-raising campaign has been started to enable Singapore’s top cyber-athletes compete in the upcoming Grand Finals of the World Cyber Games (WCG) ’08 in Cologne, Germany. This fundraising campaign is crucial after gamers were stranded without sponsorship even though they qualified at the National Finals to represent Singapore. Three of these Singaporean champions are even medal hopefuls in Cologne.
World Cyber Games (WCG) is the world’s largest and most recognized gaming festival. This year, more than 800 of the world’s best cyber-athletes from over 70 countries will be arriving in Cologne, Germany to compete. Unless our six national cyber-athletes manage to raise S$5,000 each by September, they will not be able to represent Singapore in Cologne even though they won that opportunity by qualifying at the Singapore National finals.

Unlike other countries like China and South Korea, Singapore has yet to recognize cyber-gaming as a national sport. Therefore these cyber-athletes find a lack of structured support even though some of them have performed consistently well on the international stage.

In a last ditch attempt to participate and win in what has been hailed by some as the equivalent of the cyber Olympics, our national cyber-athletes have decided to personally raise the $30,000 needed to cover airfares, accommodation and tournament entrance fees.

Inspired by their maturity and determination, (Singapore) Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) has decided to help these cyber-athletes because one of the cornerstone of our mission is to “achieve international success and recognition for Singapore in competitive gaming”.

Some of our cyber-athletes actually stand a good chance of winning medals and bringing home the glory. Team members have previously won numerous pan-Asian and international titles including
2005 World Cyber Games International Grand Finals Dead or Alive 1st Runner Up
2006 World Cyber Games Asian Championship Dead or Alive Champion
2007 World Cyber Games Asian Championship Dead or Alive 1st Runner Up
2007 Championship Gaming Series Pan-Asian Championship Team Champion
2007 Championship Gaming Series World Finals FIFA Individual 2nd Runner-Up
2007 Championship Gaming Series World Finals Dead or Alive Individual Champion

The players who have won WCG ‟08 Singapore and being supported in this fundraising are Mohamed Phirkhan s/o Mohamed Yusuf Khan (FIFA 08), Mohamed Fadhil Bin Mohamed Anwar (Need for Speed), Dennis Ooi (Command & Conquer 3), Lim Wei Yang (Warcraft III), Danny Koo Kwok En (Virtua Fighter 5) and Wilson Chia (Virtua Fighter 5).

Of these 6 players, SCOGA have strong reasons to believe that Wilson, Phirkhan and Danny have good medal chances in Cologne. However, SCOGA will be fundraising for all 6 with a goal of S$30,000/- through our online website http://www.SCOGA.org/sgchamps.
Donations can be made through Paypal, cheque, and by 28th of August, through eNETS which supports Mastercard and VISA. We have to reach our targets by early September 08. Sponsorships are also welcome.

At the time of writing, close to S$5,000/- have been raised through the gaming community and friends.

On behalf of our Singapore cyber-champions, we plead for your support to donate and help us spread the word – we have put up some banners and widgets which you can add to your own blogs and sites. Your support is crucial in sending these Singaporeans to “cyber Olympics‟ and win a medal for Singapore.

We do not have much time and every effort counts.

DISCLAIMER : I’m one of the co-founders of SCOGA

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And we thought Singapore taxis were bad

Been really busy and focusing more on my tech blogs, surprisingly the readership for this blog has been up even though I hardly update. So sorry my dear readers – I will do my best to update this blog more often!

Anyways, I’m in Hanoi now and just wanted to have a quick gripe about the horrible taxi situation here in Hanoi. And I thought Singapore was bad.

Here, a simple journey of say 3-4km costs like S$10. The meter ticks at S$0.10 every 10 metres. One U-turn is like 50cents SGD.

This is based on my few experiences with the cabs here which I hailed from the streets.

Seriously… how do people survive over here?

See my gripe at CNET Asia about the internet connection here… zzz

Having made all these gripes, I do think Hanoi is a much nicer looking city compared to Ho Chi Minh (with the exception of their upmarket District 7)

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