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You know it is a big deal when…

You know it is a big deal when your Minister comes out to publicly comment on neighboring country’s currency.

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But that doesn’t stop the throng of crowd invading money changers at The Arcade at Raffles Place in their quest for ringgit.

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It’s Time for a date night with Imagine Dragons

Before Elliott comes along, I always read on literature that couple should always make time to do things together before the baby comes along. And I always think to myself, “what is so difficult about taking some time away from the baby and spend time together?”

Truth of the matter, it is really hard!

Both The Girl and I are working full-time, so whatever time available to spend with Elliott are really precious to us. And we really enjoyed the time spend with him, more often than not, marvel at the new things he picked up every day. That really makes not spending time with him outside work time really hard.

So somehow, the couple time seems so much less important than the family time. Not to mention other commitments to both side of the families, to moon, to housework etc.

By random chance, I came to know that Imagine Dragon is performing at the Indoor Stadium on 25 August 2015 and in a completely random decision, decided we (The Girl and I) should go for it since we like their music and it is so near our house.

Imagine Dragoon, Singapore Indoor Stadium,25 August 2015
Imagine Dragoon, Singapore Indoor Stadium,25 August 2015

It cost a lot of money (in my opinion)  but I thought it will be a good break from the routine we have been going about.

I went to the concert with no expectation given that while I like some of Imagine Dragon’s music but to call me a fan will be a shot so long that it will reach the moon. I know all of four of their songs, so I went with the expectation I might be bored at some point of the concert.

And I was anything but bored. The music was good, the band was engaging and passionate. The vibes and the energy throughout the stadium was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Good thing about going to concert rather than movie is that The Girl and I can still engage in shouting at each other conversation that does not revolve just around Elliott and Moon.  We talked about how different English concert are so different from Chinese concert and how the profile of fan base are so different too. A bit #suaku, we also marveled at how young concert goers are these days. And how Imagine Dragons has fans aging like 6-7 years old?!? Aren’t they suppose to like One Direction? We also noticed that the band is noticeably more humble and thankful to the fans, which definitely ticks all our right box.

It was a great night of rock music, decent conversation and doing something that does not entails changing diapers or playing with trains. To sweeten the night, the journey home take all of 5 minutes.

Oh, did I mention that we each bought a T-shirt before the concert starts to celebrate our fan-boy/girl moment and laughed at those silly fans who were rushing to buy after the concert ended.

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#imaginedragons, #singapore

Face-palm moment

Cannot make it lar!
Cannot make it lar!

Remember about this particular colleague that irritates people and particularly gets on my nerve? Well, he still does that consistently well, like how he hounded me for some information on a early morning of a Hari Raya holiday – which I found out that information he wanted was only needed a week later and was a backup information.

Below was a classic moment where he (as usual, loudly and at the irritating tone which you cannot help but overhear) converse over the phone such that everyone around him can hear what is going on:

My neighbor’s telephone call just now…

JT: Can I ask about ….

Helpdesk: Your name

JT: John… I like to ask about……

Helpdesk: Where are you calling from?

JT: Just one of the developer looking at developing ….

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Helpdesk: Can I have your email address?

JT: J.T@c-o-m-p-a-n-y-n-a-m-e.com

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Opening Up

I read about how Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg opened up to his readers about a personal struggle he and Priscilla (his wife) have endured. The couple has been trying to have a baby for years and had three miscarriages along the way. Miscarriages are one of the most painful things a couple desiring a family can go through. Mark expressed his feelings over the loss of three of his preborn children.

You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.

Zuckerberg is telling the world about their miscarriages because he believes discussing the issue brings people closer together. He said that in an open and connected world, discussing the struggles we face helps to create understanding, tolerance and bring hope. When the couple began talking to their friends about their miscarriages, they realized how many had similar issues. They learned how frequently miscarriages happen and were encouraged to discover the couples they knew were still able to have healthy children after a miscarriage.

It reminded me of the struggle The Girl and I went through , all the failed attempts, all the heart-broken, all the grief and pain, the happiness and the crashing down feeling. We know it all and can related to how he felt.

It also reminded me how much a miracle Elliott is and how bless we are to have him in our life.

Our blessing
Our blessing @ 16 months