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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Avril Lavigne Best Damn Dance Competition - WS #39

Popular punk-pop princess, Avril Lavigne, is bringing her The Best Damn Tour show to Singapore on 7th September.

I didn't know who she was until I watched this competition at Cineleisure this afternoon. :P

awesome cheerleading stunt

Organised by 987 fm, contestants have to form a dance crew or a cheerleading squad of up to 6 members.

Winners not only get a chance to be the opening act for Avril Lavigne’s concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, they get to hang out with her! ..... and also receive exclusive merchandise, concert tickets, NOKIA handsets and other cool stuff! Wow! Awesomel!

eye-popping dance moves

The contestants were pretty young. All are students. I was proud of several groups who choreographed their dance and designed their own costumes. They are so passionate about dancing. Most don't have proper dance lessons, they learn by watching MTV or DVD concerts of their idols. Wow! *applause*

I admire their courage to perform in public. You see the camaraderie and cohesiveness of these youth. Several of them are talented and posses great leadership qualities.

introduction by the Muttons

Hosted by Muttons, the judges and spectators enjoyed the performances very much. I enjoyed myself too, I'm impressed with the young performers. Bravo!!

Avril Lavigne concert is on 7 September 2008 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, 8pm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sydney Opera House

I believe when you see the picture above you immediately know what I am going to write about today. Everyone know Sydney Opera House. Yes ...it is a very well-known landmark in Australia. So ... if you hear about Sydney Opera House, then you will immediately think about Australia. This is one of the ‘must see’ sites in Sydney like Eiffel Tower in Paris or Statue of Liberty in New York.

It is located in Sydney, close to Sydney harbour bridge and the Royal Botanic Garden, New South Wales, Australia. So, after you visited Sydney Opera House, you can continue to walk to the Botanic Garden ... it is a huge, big garden. Sydney Opera House was designed in 1957 by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect. The construction work started in 1959 and was estimated to be completed in 4 years. However, the building was just completed and officially opened in 1973.
It is included as one of a UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2007.

Brief explanation about the shell roof
It is an amazing unique building. For me, the unique thing about this building is the ‘shell-structure’ roof. The roof is just such a creative idea.

And ... the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is the home of many famous performances (theatre, ballet, orchestra, concert, opera etc)and arts exhibitions. When I visited this place, I did not have the chance to see any performances there as the ticket was quite expensive for me. I think I need to work harder so I would be able to experience and see one of the opera performances at Sydney Opera House one day :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nike+ Human Race 10K Event - WW

I was on my way to lunch last Sunday when I saw the queue! It was more than 2km long!
Thousands of people were queuing for something. It must be good stuff! Should I join the queue?

This is what they were queuing for :

I met a nice young man, Jarrell Gerald. Oops, sorry ^o^ He had been queuing since 9.50 am ..... finally he got his Race Pack at 12.05pm.

Gerald posing happily with his Official Race Day Tee

Nike is hosting race events in 25 cities around the world. On 31st August 2008, more than 1 million runners will put on their iPods to race in 25 locations around the world at the same time. Uniting athletes world-wide through the World's Largest Running Event : The Nike+ Human Race 10K.

I'm concerned that Nike is promoting the idea of running races with iPods. Blissfully deaf iPod runners are a hazard in most road races. I hope the runners would exercise caution when running.

I can't help wondering how much Nike is benefiting from this huge advertising campaign. :P

Race Flag Off Time : 4.15 pm

Start Point: The Esplanade Bridge
End Point: The Padang

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Jurong BirdPark Singapore thrills EastCoastLife - WS # 38

It was raining cats and dogs when I reached the west side of Singapore. The taxi queue was so loooong. I was late and rushing to Jurong BirdPark to a blogger event for 10 finalists of Singapore Blog Awards.

The moment I set my eyes on our guide that day, I almost let out a scream! It's Pamela Wildheart!! She was a popular radio DJ. She's now in charge of Corporate Communications at Jurong Bird Park.

Winner, Best ASEAN New Tourist Attraction 2007

Pamela brought us umbrellas and we got to experience Africa. Inspired by South Africa's St Lucia Wetland, the African Wetlands at the BirdPark has some unique African natives such as the Shoebill, Storks, cranes and more. This place is opened for booking for cocktails, outdoor wedding proposals or even a private wedding solemnisation. Wow! How cool!

Many parts of the BirdPark are sheltered. Although it was raining, we were still able to enjoy excellent views of the birds from there.

World's greatest variety of birds performing in a bird show!

The Penguin Expedition houses more than 200 penguins. On exhibit are five species : the Humboldt, the Rockhopper, the Macaroni, the Fairy and the majestic King Penguin. They are such magnificent birds! I love these black and white cuties!

Budi feeding the penguins

Pamela specially arranged for us to have a group photo with Pinky, the adorable camera-loving Humboldt Penguin! We met its handsome and available caregiver, Budi too.

BirdPark Attractions : Budi, Pamela and Pinky!

We then hopped onto an air-conditioned panorail train.

The world's most complete collection of pelicans are found at Pelican Cove. We were up-close and personal to all 7 species of pelicans, including the endangered Dalmatian Pelican.

Feeding time at Pelican Cove.

Lory Loft is the world’s largest walk-in Lory flight aviary featuring over 1,000 lories. At 9 storeys high, it is also huge. It offers visitors a simulation of the Australian “outback” or rural landscape. An elevated boardwalk and suspension bridges gave us a heightened experience, we get a 360-degree elevated view of the environs.

At the central feeding tower, Pamela gave us an opportunity to feed the birds by hand with a special nectar mix. The lories came flocking! It was a spectacular sight and a thrilling-screaming experience!

I screamed because the lories were walking all over my hands plus.... carrying several lories which were standing on the feeding tray was very tiring!

I requested to see Jurong BirdPark Avian Hospital, Asia Pacific's first Avian Hospital. We were shown behind the scene activities at this hospital.

The surgery room for special patients : birds

The hospital houses a laboratory, a pharmacy, a treatment room, a sterile air-conditioned surgery room, post-mortem room, x-ray room, a reference library... etc. The BirdPark's love and concern for its residents is obvious, with its expensive collection of state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Bird Flu!? Nay, I believe the BirdPark is equipped to handle it.

Come see the lovely flamingoes!!

7,000 birds, 600 species! Jurong BirdPark's conservation and display of birds in natural settings is one of the world's best! 70% of its visitors are tourists. Foreign visitors love to visit this place.

Many of the bloggers present have visited Jurong BirdPark many years ago when their schools brought them. Jurong BirdPark deserves more support from Singaporeans.

Visit Jurong Bird Park for a truly unique experience!

Admission charges : S$18 (adult), S$9 (child, 3-12 yrs)

Panorail charges : S$5 (adult), S$2.50 (child, 3-12 yrs)

Opening hours : 9 am - 6 pm daily

Park Hoppers (Admission only) :

3-in-1 Jurong BirdPark, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari
S$40 (adult)
S$20 (child, 3-12 yrs)

2-in1 Any 2 Parks : Jurong BirdPark, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari
S$30 (adult)
S$15 (child, 3-12 yrs)

* This is not a sponsored post.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wrinkled - PhotoHunt

I was shopping for my guys' underwear yesterday and saw a couple of unique buys.

The ad for one brand of underwear good for travelling says : 17 countries, 6 week, one pair of underwear.

It's made of a special material that dries in 2 hours after washing. It is anti-bacteria and doesn't absorb odours. The price : almost S$47 for one. :P

    This is so cute!!
When I showed Jaymes this cute little devil, he wrinkled his nose in disdain and exclaimed, "Oh man!!"

Hubby goes, "No! No! No! No! NO. "


What women find cute, the guys think it's silly.

Why can't you guys make us happy for a moment. We are not going to parade you in that in front of our friends. And it goes off after we have our fill of ogling. tsk.


I was waiting to take a photo of my son wrinkling his face this evening, but before I could do that, I was informed he collapsed in pain in school.

Update 23/8 : Jaymes had gastric pains and was vomitting until he was green in the face. The doctor gave him a jab and he was given rest for 2 days. Thanks to all for your concern.

Make sure your kids eat their meals regularly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

For my country, I would wear a Diaper!

The movable-type printing performance seen during the Opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympics
(Photo credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

During dinner with a few friends from China, I was shocked to hear that 897 soldiers operating the huge scroll that formed the centrepiece of Olympic Opening Ceremony had to wear diapers while they stay hidden under the structure. For up to seven hours!! In the hot and suffocating summer heat!

The performers who crouched under 40-pound boxes went into the models underground at 2 pm, and after getting in there they could not come out. They had to wait until they finished their performance and they were not allowed toilet breaks. Gosh.

All the performers had to get into position before spectators began entering the 91,000-seat Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium. The performers had to prepare in advance. And every performer had to stay in a fixed place at a fixed time.

My 95-year-old father-in-law refused to wear a diaper, despite being bed-ridden. He feels that it is shameful for an adult to wear one. It's for babies, he said.

In China, babies rarely wear diapers. They wear pants with slits baring butts and wee-wees for all to see.

Suffering and sacrifice were required to make the opening ceremony a success. 15,000 people were involved. The lengths to which Beijing went, trying to create a perfect start to the Olympic Games!

My Chinese friends think that the sacrifices were necessary. They would be grateful for an opportunity to participate in this historic event. It is viewed as an honor. All the tears, the sweat, and even blood that is shed, is worth it!

Hear them! Singapore is in trouble! I doubt we could get such patriotic citizens amongst us!

Monday, August 18, 2008

These Go in your Butt - WW

During colonoscopy, a gastroenterologist uses a colonoscope to look inside the colon.

The colonoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera and a light on the end. By adjusting the various controls on the colonoscope, the gastroenterologist can carefully guide the instrument in any direction to look at the inside of the colon. The high-quality picture from the colonoscope is shown on a TV monitor, and gives a clear, detailed view.

Colonoscopy is also a safe and effective way to evaluate problems such as:

  • Blood loss.
  • Abdominal or rectal pain.
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as chronic diarrhoea.
  • Abnormalities that may have first been detected by other studies, such as an inflamed colon noted on a CT scan of the abdomen.
  • Active bleeding from the large bowel.

I couldn't help publishing this JOKE! ^-^

Smug Dr ECL pulls a Fast One!

New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute

If you have interest in indigenous cultures, New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) is a place worth to be visited. NZMACI was established in 1963 by the New Zealand government. The institute aims to protect and teach the authentic Maori arts and crafts and Maori culture to the younger generation. The Maori Arts and Crafts Institute is located in Rotarua, the north island of New Zealand, around 3 hours drive from Auckland.

In this place, you will see the unique carving and weaving style of Maori. There are carving and weaving schools in the institute. The students exhibit their carvings and weaving works; and also share story about Maori history and their ancestors. You also can see Maori traditional house.

Maori traditional house

I am not an expert in the area of cultures or arts, especially Maori cultures or arts, but visiting this place gave me different experiences. I believe after your visit you will appreciate the Maori people’s spirit and efforts to protect their identity by passing down to and teaching the younger generations about their cultures ... because I really do!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

SGH Colon Cancer Awareness Outreach 2008 - WS#37

An entertaining Welcome performance by amateurs

In Singapore, one in 50 people could have colorectal cancer. There are more than 1,200 new cancer cases seen each year, the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) wants to nip the problem in the bud. The cancer is preventable! Timely detection and treatment can save your life.

Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan (centre) with SGH CEO Dr Ang Chong Lye, actress Felicia Chin, A/Prof Eu Kong Weng and sponsors.

To raise awareness on the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer, SGH organised an outreach event at the Suntec City Mall from August 16-17. It features interactive games, exhibits and even a mock-up operating theatre where you can be surgeon for a day.

1,200 free faecal test kits and colonoscopies are given out and conducted during the event to eligible participants aged 40 and below who have a family history of the disease. The Singapore General Hospital will offer free colonoscopy to those with positive results.

Singapore Actress Felicia Chin, and Brand Ambassador of Vitagen was present to have photos taken with her fans. For every 5 packets of the beverage bought, you get a pair of cinema tickets and an autographed photo with Felicia. I got them and a towel in a Lucky Draw! VITAGEN International supports Public Education on Colorectal Cancer and has donated $50,000 cash during this event.

A crash course before surgeons wanna-bes don surgical gowns and take to the operating table! Feel and also learn how the surgical equipments are used in the OT. You can donate S$5 to have a photo taken in this operating theatre of the future!

Visitors have to collect 4 stamps playing interactive games and answering a survey, they can then redeem a goody bag which contains a loaf of bread, a bottle of fruit tea, Vitagen drinks, Vitamin C tablets and a magazine. I requested to take a photo of the items in the goody bag but was rejected, so I had to spend an hour queuing to play games just to get this bag of goodies. The teddy bear was won by me when I answered a correct question on stage. Clever hor!? hehe....

I met some elderly ladies who said they took more than an hour on a bus journey to get to this event. They looked very happy and were sharing their haul. :) They told me that not only do they get to know more about the disease, they received goodies from sponsors, bought some stuff at good discounts and even get to be a doctor for a day!

Congrats and thanks to SGH for organising such a great event! And thanks to all sponsors for the tremendous support on Public Education in Singapore.

SGH Colon Cancer Awareness Outreach 2008
Suntec City Mall

*This is not a sponsored post.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

eastcoastlife's first day as a surgeon!

I was allowed into an operating theatre this morning - as a surgeon. I did my first surgery for a colorectal cancer patient.

Colon cancer can be treated!

The abdomen is opened with an incision from just below belt line to just below the sternum. This gives open access to the internal organs.

During surgery, the tumor, a small margin of the surrounding healthy bowel, and adjacent lymph nodes are removed. The surgeon then reconnects the healthy sections of the bowel. In patients with rectal cancer, the rectum is permanently removed. The surgeon then creates an opening (colostomy) on the abdomen wall through which solid waste in the colon is excreted. Specially trained nurses (enterostomal therapists) would help patients adjust to colostomies. Most patients with colostomies return to a normal lifestyle.

Look! Look at the monitor! You punctured the wall of the intestine!!

Patient is ____________


Update : These are posed pictures. No human being was harmed in this post. :P

Bali beaches

After 'the caves' yesterday, today I post an article about beaches. Beaches in Bali ... great places to relieve you stress or energize yourself during your holiday. There are many beaches in Bali, around 8 beaches if I am not mistaken. I have gone to some of them, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Kuta and Jimbaran beaches.

Sanur beach

Sanur beach is a white-sand quiet beach that is located on the southeastern part of Bali, about 5-10 minutes drive from Denpasar. You can have a beautiful sunrise view here. Other things that you can do here are sunbath, watersports or snorkeling. Nightlife here is not as lively as in Kuta. If you have spare time, spend half day to come here just to walk along the beach or to enjoy the tranquility.

Nusa Dua beach

Nusa Dua is an exclusive and quiet beach. It is located in the most prestigious and luxurious area in the southern part of Bali. There are many expensive International five-stars hotels in this area such as Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton, Westin etc, and the beach is located at the back of those hotels. It is a nice beach, but I do not really like it as the beach is really really quiet. It is suitable for you if you want to enjoy the peace and relax with your family.

The last one is Jimbaran beach. Jimbaran beach is located close to the airport. If you come to Bali, I suggest you to come to Jimbaran beach in the evening and have candle light dinner with your loved ones at the edge of the beach. There are many seafood restaurants lining up near the beach. The food itself is not so special, but still you can enjoy the romantic dinner and the sea breeze.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Glowworm Cave

Glowworm Cave

I just realized, when I write this piece of writing, that I had quite a number of caves tours. I have written about my visit to a cave in Lamongan (Indonesia) and Jenolan Caves (Australia) in this blog previously ... and this is my third article about 'cave'.

I went to Waitomo Glowworm Cave couple of years ago. It is one of the unique places that you should visit if you visit New Zealand. The cave is on the North Island of New Zealand. It is 3 hours driving from Auckland. The cave is just like other limestone caves with its unique formation of stalactites and stalagmites. But, once you are inside the cave, you will be amazed by the tiny little luminescent creatures that hang on the ceiling of the cave.

As it is named ‘Glowworm Cave’, then you will see the population of glowworms in the cave. The lifecycle of a glowworm is eggs – larvae – pupa – adult glowworms. The total lifetime of a glowworm is around 11 months. The light is produced during the larvae stage. Glowworms use its glow to attract, trap and then devour other insects. The adult glowworms is around the size of a mosquito and they have a very short lifespan.
The cave was extensively explored for the first time by Tane Tinorau (Maori Chief) and Fred Mace (an English surveyor) in 1887. However, the cave had been already discovered by Maori quite sometime before the first exploration. Then, in 1889, the cave was opened to the public for the very first time.

I have no pictures of the creatures as photography and video are not allowed during the visit. You also should keep quiet at all times when you are inside the cave. But, this place is highly recommended. You have to place the Glowworm cave in your itinerary if you visit NZ ... the cave with its glowworms are just unique and cool!!