Oct 27, 2012

Southern Ridges, Singapore


It's just another random outing on a Saturday where Emilia, Wei Jian and I walked some of the parks and gardens in the Southern Ridges of Singapore.

Henderson Waves

If you've ever passed by Handerson Road, you probably have seen a wavy bridge hanging at 36m above the road, and that's Handerson Waves.

We first alighted at the nearest bus stop along Handerson Road and took the staircase at the opposite side, up to the bridge.

It's nothing but a normal bridge, with the fanciness of the sine wave when view from the road.








Telok Blangah Hill Park
It's a forest-looking park with paths leading to some other parts of the Southern Ridges. We took some wrong convoluted paths there before getting into our right path as the way they position the signs is somewhat misleading.

Oh, and I actually brought my ukulele along fortunately, and we sang like no one else was there. However we sang almost everything in C major, you know my chord dictionary is not filled up yet for ukulele. Nevertheless, that definitely kills boredom and numbs tiredness pretty effectively.

Alexandra Arch
After an hour of walk, we reached Alexandra Arch, an 80m long opened-leaf-looking bridge across Alexandra Road that connects to HortPark at its base.

The bridge is lit up by LED lights at night and the lights change colour at intervals from 7pm to 12am daily. Too bad it was 6:30pm when we took the photo without knowing the fact that there's LED lighting starting from 7pm daily.

HortPark
I like the long stretch of road leading to the horizon of sunset (although blocked by hills at the end).

I brought my tripod along as well, so this broad and long stretch of road is perfect for camwhoring, it could be better without the people in the defocused background.




Kent Ridge Park
HortPark connects to Kent Ridge Park via the Canopy Walk. No photos for Kent Ridge Park, as sky has turned dark.

Finishing the walk brought us to the exit at DSO National Laboratories at Science Park Drive, which for once I thought was the one in the Kent Ridge Campus.

And so we called it a day after having dinner at the National University Hospital (NUH).


For more photos, please check out my photo album Southern Ridges on Facebook.

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Oct 20, 2012

GET OUT 2012


This is the continuation of my previous blog entry about the song cover We Are Young. Please read it if you haven't.


We Are Young
Considering our cover video as a last minute production and last minute submission, it's so unbelievable that we're now the 1st prize winner of Central Singapore CDC GET OUT 2012 People's Band Competition!!! It's owing to our supportive Temasek Hall residents aka Temasekians.

Having crowned the competition entitled us a newspaper phone interview from The New Paper. I'm definitely more than delightful to see myself for the first time in a Singapore's local newspaper.

You can read from more related online news at AsiaOne.com, The New Paper and NUS Newshub.

The next entitlement is none other than the prizes ($3,000 product voucher, a studio single and MTV), apart from an invitation to perform on this Saturday at The Promontory @ Marina Bay. Damn cool isn't it?

See who's the event host... Chua En Lai!! He's one of my favorite casts in "The Noose".

Everything went fine in that afternoon, and we're supposed to have part of the MV shot in the late afternoon. Unfortunately, it rained and not only the MV shooting was cancelled, that area became so muddy and disappointing, as the live performance by us was most likely going to be cancelled. It was really bad, all of us hid under the Esplanade Bridge because we didn't expect the rain when we're already ready for MV shooting at the Merlion Park.

That evening was really a disaster, until the rain finally stopped. Thankfully we still got to perform at last. As the last band, we're only given time for two songs (Always by Bon Jovi and Sing by My Chemical Romance) due to time constraint and the delay.




Awesome supporters from Temasek Hall








Price award
(I forgot to mention that the $500 guitar Terie's holding is part of the $3000 product 'voucher')


With other THreshold members


The Temasekians


Some call it a hostel, we call it home

Stage lighting and sound were awesome, despite the disappointing weather.
This again adds on to my colorful final year experience.

For more photos, please check out my photo album GET OUT 2012 on Facebook.

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Oct 14, 2012

Hillsong - Still (Ukulele Cover)


Who wants to guess where was the video taken? Haha...
It looks pretty mysterious, even with an antique-like armchair. Well, it's my first time doing cover with ukulele and I found out that it's so light and convenient to bring around that I decided to record the video outdoor.

Initially I wanted to shoot behind the Kent Ridge Guild House, but the kids at the swimming pool were making noise, that made me walk all the way to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

I first settled down at the open space behind Block AS4 where there're benches and huts, realizing that it might not be very nice convenient to shoot as a few people have passed by. Then I moved to an area with some small trees with roots curving along the ground which I can sit on. I suffered some ant bites I think. In the middle of the process, it started to drizzle, what a disappointment, guess I have to move to indoor again.

And finally, the disclosure of the location I shot this video - it's the corridor of the Department of Psychology at AS4 #04. I knew during weekend, no one goes there, because sometimes my friends and I use this pathway to get to the Arts canteen more conveniently.

And so it's quiet, and I took a few shots with different angle, and audio was extracted from the first successful shot. Pardon me that I have to zoom in to hide my face because my facial expression sucks which I realized much later.

Oh ya, I haven't talked about the song I covered. It's Still, by Hillsong. It's a Christian song in C major, which I found rather easy to be played on ukulele. It's my first time doing religious song cover, hope you all like it, and glorified be His name.

"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Oct 6, 2012

容祖兒 - 連續劇 (Erhu & Keyboard Cover)


除了《步步驚心》以外,《On Call 36小時》是我上半年在瑞典交換留學時收看的另一部電視劇。

《On Call 36小時》是一部港劇。當時在Facebook上看到太多人發布和分享和《On Call 36小時》有關的情節和感想,讓在瑞典經常烘了比薩當午餐吃時不知道該邊吃邊幹什麼的我開始追這部電視劇。

TVB說實在的,真的拍了非常多時裝醫務類型的電視劇,《On Call 36小時》就是其中一個。總的來說,這部電視劇還倒挺不錯的,怎麼說呢,它就不是一般看了就算的港劇,也難怪那麼熱門,那麼多人收看。我覺得很遺憾的是,男主角的弟弟(細佬)為了救一位老伯伯而被花盆砸到頭死了。他們怎麼就這樣算了?怎麼沒找那個沒良心的花盆主人算帳?他的花盆就這樣砸死了一條年輕的生命咧!真是的!

這部港劇的主題曲我特別喜歡,是香港歌手容祖兒演唱的《連續劇》。超有感覺的,尤其是副歌,編曲和歌手的配合讓整首歌曲能夠大放悲聲。因為這部港劇是在瑞典留學時看的,這首主題曲我經常在歐洲旅行時會在火車上或飛機上聽,現在的我聽了這首歌,不時歐洲的一些畫面會浮現在我腦海裡,所以還挺鐫骨銘心的。

結果呢,閒著的我(開玩笑,在新加坡國立大學閒著嘛 -_-)就錄製了我以二胡和鍵盤演奏的《連續劇》。有了爸爸給我的迷你燈光,燈光聚焦效果還蠻讚的。這一次鍵盤除了當鋼琴彈奏之外,我還同時加了伴奏以達致最佳音效,所以左手有點忙,手指得在鍵上按下正確的和絃,接近樂句結尾時還得按下適當的Fill In鈕。

二胡的聲音是用iPhone錄的,可能擺太靠近琴筒了,錄製出來的二胡聲音超出了閾值,所以前面會聽到一些破聲。雖然如此,整體上我是還挺滿意的,不知道大家怎麼看,不過希望大家會喜歡。^^


點擊這裡下載MP3。

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist