Monday, February 26, 2007

We want YOU!!

So Arsenal Singapore is finally seeing the light. Core members were on hand early in the evening to prepare for the many Singapore Gooners who'd be signing up.

I, in between swigs of beer, also pitched the membership to a few who were hovering around the tables. Most of the regulars signed up quickly, while the younger, more reserved crowd took a little convincing. This guy from London on holiday here decided to part with what constitutes as beer money to join the only recognized Arsenal Supporters club in Singapore.

There was even a box of yu sheng for the hardworking members to toss for prosperity for one & all, and of course to the blossoming of Arsenal Singapore.

From what I hear, the sign-ups were more than we had expected, and more should do so on Saturday. I should be able to make it to the match and shout my heart out with the boys.

Spread the word ya?!!

Arsenal 1Chel$ki 2

The title says it all.

Go here, here, or here if you wanna know more.


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Back to Business

Well. The extended holidays are over and most of us are getting back into the rat race. It's not easy, after loading up on goodies and much ado-ing of nothing. I feel like I should go on a detox diet to flush out all the bak kwa, kachang, yeo hiap seng drinks, and of course trusty 'ol Tiger beers.

I still am not in full gear yet, having come back from a relaxing trip to Johannesburg. All I did there was eat steaks, sip on wine, watch cable movies, sleep, then repeat. Sometimes I wonder how people can bare to leave this job...

I'm catching up on my blogging now. Finding a new way to blog, via my mobile was great. I hope you enjoyed the pictures I posted all the way from Japan. I always try to write something while overseas, but getting to the internet cafe can be such a biatch sometimes. I am seriously contemplating getting that laptop I've been eyeing sooner rather than later. With some useful freeware apps installed I could have a hoot while in some boring layover stations like Cairo or Amritsar...

Arsenal is going into battle on all fronts the next few weeks, starting with the Carling Cup tonight. Some are already giving the title to Chelsea, whom as far as I know don't have much of a youth team or policy. Yes, they may probably play some under-utilised guy like Shaun-Wright Philips, but still it's like a case of David v Goliath. This will be the ultimate test for the likes of Denilson, Aliadiere, Walcott to name a few. And we Singapore Gooners are turning out in full force for this one at the Liz Pub.

It's also the 2nd membership drive for the Arsenal Singapore(yes, we are now official) membership, so I will be in line to sign up.

You should too!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Moblog: Reunion at Liz pub

What to do after reunion dinner? Watch Arsenal lo...

Snow Festival

Snow Festival, originally uploaded by ahtiong73_.

Uploaded some photos from my holiday, come on in and check them out and leave some comments eh?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Let the festivities continue!!

Well folks, I am back from my vacation and boy, was it a long one. I'd decided that since I'm gonna take a good holiday once a year I might as well make it an extended trip. Taking 10 days from my annual quota seem excessive, but it was worth it.

Sapporo is so full of it. Snow that is. The night I reached the town area and got off the airport bus with 2 large check in luggage and 2 hand carry, there was a blizzard hitting town. Snow was coming down hard, and blowing at a 45 degree angle! By the time I made it to the hotel I had seen enough snow to last me for a week and more...

I was blessed with good weather the next 2 days though, enough to enjoy the 58th Sapporo Snow Festival and the ice festival happening at nearby Susukino. Food and drinks were aplenty during the festivals and ramen is especially happening here. Plenty of souveniers were picked up along the way. Too bad I couldn't haul them Hokkaido crabs back home, they are freaking monsters I tell ya!

Flying off to Tokyo city, we headed straight for Harajuku, and nearby Yoyogi Park to see what the fashionably attuned youth of Japan were into. I indulged in some retail therapy and bought a few items to add to the CNY wardrobe. Then we headed to Ueno where I picked up some munchies to tide over the Lunar New Year.

The last 2 days in of my Japan trip we visited DisneyLand and DisneySea. I becamed a child again and was walking around with my mouth agape most times, especially at DisneySea. Though I didn't spend much on the merchandise, I felt like a kid in a candy store for a while...

What most impressed me during the whole trip was how orderly everything was organised. It's impressive to see how people queue up for everything, without too many large signs asking them to. There wasn't any pushing or shoving, with the elderly, children and families with toddlers are always accorded priority wherever they go. Everyone was patient with each other despite the long lines for food, tickets, photo shoots, in fact pretty much everything else.

Like in DisneyLand. Almost everyone offers to help take photos for you instead of us having to take solo shots of each other. This definitely warmed my heart in the low temperatures.

I have time off still for the coming Lunar festival to catch up with family, friends, and football. I've doing some perfunctory cleaning around my small flat. My best bet is to keep visiting friends and/or hang out at Mum's so no one has to see my less than enthusiatic housekeeping effort. Worked well for me for the past few years that I've lived here.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

Moblog: Home for the holidays

Touchdown Xin Jia Po! Gong Xi Fa Cai to one and all!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Monday, February 05, 2007

Saturday, February 03, 2007

On the road, again.

Well I'm almost done with my tour of Seoul and Vancouver. Will be packing for another week long trip to Sapporo/Tokyo after I get back to Singapore.

It's a holiday that's been planned for a few months, and I'm excited to be heading to a place with plenty of snow, mountains of ramen, and an overload of cute and kitschy paraphernalia for the young and old.

I have planned the trip like a drill sergeant's roster, right down to the minutest detail. It sorta takes the fun out of exploring the city a bit. However, in a country where conversing in English with the locals is as difficult as finding Katong Laksa, it pays to be finicky about the where/when/who/what/how.

I've been thinking of how to keep my friends updated throughout the trip. Short of lugging a laptop or spending precious hours in an internet cafe, my next best bet is to show my holidays through pictures. If you clicked on MoBlog on the side, you'd see short entries I posted using my k800i.


Moblog; Dinner in Seoul

Octupus with fried rice... Simple yet filling dish