Dec 20, 2015

Sakura International Buffet Restaurant @ SAFRA Jurong




SAFRA Jurong
My company, Cameron runs this Engage To Excel event quarterly to ensure that every department commits to teamwork through team bonding activities.

I joined the Quality Control department since July 2015 and I was kinda assigned to organize one for this last quarter. To be honest I suck at organizing events and so the best option for me is to go for lunch/dinner as a group and that's it.

We did gather opinion from the shop to get feedback and well, having dinner at Sakura International Buffet has the highest vote so we went ahead for that.

It's $42.80 (incl. GST) per adult for dinner on a weekend because we went on Sunday so that more shop floor employees are able to make it. You can find out their rates at the Suki Group website.


It's located at the north corner of the club, but that's not the main entrance.


Turn left after passing the main lobby and you'll find the main entrance


The interior

And my favorite sushi bar







You may approach the chef to slice sashimi for you




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

Dec 17, 2015

PSY - Daddy (Cover by Gary Song & Javin Tham)


This is the 2nd Korean song cover that we did after Gangnam Style which was done 2 years ago. It's a song by the same artist, PSY, called "Daddy".

We changed the lyrics "My name is PSY 한국말로 박재상", which literally means "My name is PSY. In Korean Park Jae-sang" to "My name is Gary Song, and his name is Javin Tham", which makes so much more sense! LOL.

It's always a challenge to memorize Korean lyrics, but we did it. And by utilizing a similar chord progression throughout the song, we arranged the spoken lyrics into singable melody, sort of like what we did for Gangnam Style.

You can actually see from my facial expression in the beginning of the video that I'm smiling, I actually almost burst into laughter because Gary made fun of "you be my curry, I be your rice". I was really bothered by that until he laughed and commented that the lyrics don't make sense.

We're rushing for this to make sure that it's gonna be the first acoustic cover of the song, but well before uploading this cover I found that there are already some instrumental or acoustic covers on YouTube, no worries, ours is still the first acoustic covers done with a keyboard. HAHA...



I got it from my DADDY
DADDY
I feel nice you look nice
널 보자마자 나 어머나 땡잡았스
Don’t think twice 이미 게임 끝났스
U be ma curry I be yo rice

My name is Gary Song, and his name is Javin Tham
너의 아련한 눈동자에
빠져서 헤엄치고파
오빠 달린다 꽉 붙잡아 언니야
나는 아름다운 아가씨의 동반자

Hold up wait a minute
지금부터 선수끼리
밤이 아까워 turn up louder
불타오르는 아름다운 그대여
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?

Hey! Where did you get that body from?
Where did you get that body from?
Where did you get that body from?

I got it from my DADDY
I got it from my DADDY
I got it got it
Hey! Where did you get that body from?
I got it from my DADDY
I got it from my DADDY
I got it got it
Hey! Where did you get that body from?

I got it from my DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DADDY
I got it from my DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DADDY

I’m on fire Take u higher
넌 한폭의 명작
난 아낌없는 buyer
Don’t be a liar 까고 말해봐요
I be yo honey, neva expire

낮에는 잠만 자 밤이 오면 상남자
널 보자마자 나 너무 좋아서 뻑이 가
척 보면 압니다
신나면 어린애입니다
오빠가 오방가 깜빡이
안 키고 훅 들어갑니다

Hold up wait a minute
지금부터 선수끼리
밤이 아까워 turn up louder
불타오르는 아름다운 그대여
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?

Hey! Where did you get that body from?
Where did you get that body from?
Where did you get that body from?

I got it from my DADDY
I got it from my DADDY
I got it got it
Hey! Where did you get that body from?
I got it from my DADDY
I got it from my DADDY
I got it got it
Hey! Where did you get that body from?

I got it from my DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DADDY
I got it from my DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DADDY

Listen
Ma papa was a superman
그대로 받아왔어 그 몸매
신사이길 거부하는 신사
이 구역에 미친놈은 바로 나

I got it from my DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DADDY
I got it from my DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DADDY

I got it from my DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD
DADDY

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

Nov 22, 2015

Coney Island, Singapore




West Entrance of Coney Island
It was a short Sunday getaway at Coney Island (also known as Pulau Serangoon).

As it's located near Punggol, no way we're gonna travel there by public transport, we cabbed there.

Visiting the island has become a trend this few weeks/months (friends visiting too, random people sharing posts/articles about Coney Island recently), owing to the fact that it was officially opened to the public not long ago on 10 October 2015 by the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan. It's said that before that, there's a "NO ENTRY" sign at the island entrance.

The island has two entrances, one due west and the other due east. From The Punggol Settlement, we entered the island from the its West Entrance. We only managed to visit approximately 40% of the island, having no bicycle. Therefore I'd recommend that you rent a bicycle from Punggol Point Park and ride into the island for a vaster coverage.

So how did Coney Island get its name? I learnt that the island inherits rich history, after reading a few articles and blog entries, where one of them is from Remember Singapore. It was once owned by the Haw Par Brothers in the 1930s, but sold to Ghulam Mahmood, an Indian businessman in the 1950s. He then named the island after the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn, New York, with the intention of transforming the island into a pleasure resort.

According to a news article from The Straits Times, on 4 April 1950, the island 'is to have facilities for swimming, boating, fishing, all kinds of outdoor and indoor sports, a skating rink, and will contain a main building with a restaurant and bar, a dance hall and rooms', alongside with six cottages for honeymoon couples or families. Wow...

West Entrance









Green green...

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

Nov 8, 2015

Ko Samui, Thailand


03 (Tue) - 08 (Sun) Nov 2015

Lodging: Samui Beach Residence Hotel, 155/44 Moo 2, Bophut Sub-District, Chaweng, Ko Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand




No idea why but similar to skydiving, it was never in my bucket list but because my friends wanted to do it, I did it with them and my bucket list for skydiving is instantly added and completed.

Not skydiving, but this time round it's diving, specifically, we're on our way of getting our open water diver license because my friend Mei Ling wanted to fulfill her bucket list of diving.

I travelled with Mei Ling (a friend of mine working as a nurse), her boyfriend Roy and her younger sister Yi Jia (who's also a nurse and librarian wannabe). Only Mei Ling, Yi Jia and I were attending the course as her boyfriend was already a certified open water diver.


Bangkok Airways PG962
Changi Airport Terminal 1
Our flight details
03 Nov 2015 (Tue)
Changi Airport Terminal 1 - Samui Airport
Flight No: PG962
8:10PM - 9:05PM

08 Nov 2015 (Sun)
Samui Airport - Changi Airport Terminal 1
Flight No: PG961
4:30PM - 7:20PM

Average fare per person: S$492.72 (booked through Expedia)

Mei Ling helped to book the accommodation, at S$88.25 per person for 5 nights.


Day 1

It's my first time flying with Bangkok Airways (not to be confused with Thai Airways). Its economy class comes with a free 20kg luggage check-in and a meal during the flight per passenger. Not deliberately wanting to be extravagant, but the only airlines that operate directly between Singapore and Ko Samui are Bangkok Airways and SilkAir.


My in-flight meal, a freeloader like me always asks for red wine. :D

At the airport, we bought their local AIS 3G SIM card at 100฿ (~$4) each, it comes with data and local calls a week. We took a taxi at 500฿ that fetched us from the airport to our hotel. At the exit of the airport, I find the airport a very humble one, it looks more like a villa.

Samui Beach Residence Hotel, the place we stayed, might be as foreign to their local drivers too, especially with the address that Google can't even pin accurately. But thank God we reached safely and we're staying at the highest level (level 3) and check out the room, it's much more spacious than we thought.





Good night~~

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

Oct 24, 2015

Coldplay - The Scientist (Cover by The Tripsters)


We actually did Lady Gaga Medley before this one, although I uploaded this one first. It's because in this cover, The Scientist by Coldplay, we introduced ourselves. And also, with this sequence, I can include this video into the black screen at the end of the Lady Gaga Medley, where I included the bloopers.

My first encounter with this song was at Sunrise Bistro & Bar, when we invited Second Sunrise (another 3 piece band we know) up the stage to perform a few songs, and The Scientist was one of them. Then I think Gary was like "hey, let's do this song, I've always been wanting to do this one".

It's not a famous one (at least I didn't know the song), but I think Coldplay's songs are relatively listenable. They sometimes can be lullabies though.

I like the final "ah oooooh" part with harmony.



Come up to meet you, tell you I'm sorry
You don't know how lovely you are

I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh, let's go back to the start

Running in circles
Coming up tails
Heads on a science apart

Nobody said it was easy
It's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard

Oh, take me back to the start

I was just guessing
At numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart

Questions of science
Science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart

Tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
Oh, and I rush to the start

Running in circles
Chasing our tails
Coming back as we are

Nobody said it was easy
Oh, it's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard

I'm going back to the start

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

Lady Gaga Medley (Cover by The Tripsters)


It's our very first time recording covers as a band (The Tripsters).

We met on a Saturday for recording prior to performing at Sunrise Bistro & Bar.

There's no change in the venue, it's always the Temasek Hall band room, but as there are 3 of us this time round, we changed the backdrop because we found it more spacious in front of the cupboard. It was a bad idea, however, when it comes to video editing, the color is just not right, because the color of the cupboard is close to skin color.

Our intention to perform and record this Lady Gaga Medley is inspired by Sam Tsui's version of it.

The medley is made up of Bad Romance, Just Dance, LoveGame, Poker Face and Paparazzi.

I don't always include bloopers. The first one that I did was for We Are Young (Cover by THreshold). And I did for this one, including Hannah behind the camera, saying that she needed to sneeze, sounded like she held for very long because the recording was still on-going.

Enjoy! And more to come!



Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga oh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

I've had a little bit too much, oh-oh-oh-oh
All of the people start to rush, start to rush by
How does he twist the dance? Can't find a drink, oh man
Where are my keys? I lost my phone, lost my phone, now

What's going on on the floor?
I love this record baby but I can't see straight anymore
Keep it cool, what's the name of this club?
I can't remember but it's alright, a-alright

I want your love and
I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh!)
I want your love and
All your lovers revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh! Oh-oh-oh-oooh!

Just dance, gonna be okay, da da doo-doo-mmm
Just dance, spin that record babe, da da doo-doo-mmm
Just dance, gonna be okay, d-d-d-dance
Dance, dance, just, j-j-just

Let's play a love game,
Play a love game
Do you want love or you want fame?
Are you in the game?
Doin' the love game

Let's play a love game,
Play a love game
Do you want love or you want fame?
Are you in the game?
Doin' the love game

I wanna hold 'em like they do in Texas, please
Fold 'em, let 'em, hit me, raise it, baby, stay with me
It's magical
We'd be so fantastical

Love game intuition play the cards with Spades to start
And after you've been hooked I'll play the one that's on his heart
It don't have a price
Ready for those flashing lights
Cause you know that baby I

I'm your biggest fan
I'll follow you until you love me
Papa-paparazzi
Baby there's no other superstar
You know you

Can't read my, can't read my
No you can't read my poker face
I'm gotta love nobody

Can't read my, can't read my
No you can't read my
Promise I'll be kind
But I won't stop until I call you mine

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga oh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

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

Sep 28, 2015

5th Nuffnang Cashout



Not much this time, not even $100, but it can be a consolation during this period of stock market crash...

My Cashout History
1st: $73.21 (Sep 2012)
2nd: $110.93 (Mar 2014)
3rd: $127.32 (Jun 2014)
4th: $145.67 (Nov 2014)
5th: $82.60 (Sep 2015)

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

Sep 12, 2015

Little Guilin 小桂林 @ Bukit Gombak




Opposite Sunshine Villas
along Bukit Batok East Ave 5
Little Guilin 小桂林 got its name for a reason - for its scenic resemblance of Guilin in China.

Who knows, lying within a modern society in a country like Singapore, hiding behind a stadium in Bukit Gombak, is this picturesque park with a granite rock sitting within a lake.

Despite the slight haze, my housemates Emilia, Alison and Wei Jian were with me, exploring the quintessence of Singapore's nature reserve.

Having witnessed and embraced the lovely landscape, I really felt like 吟詩作對, lol...
Brace yourself, I'm gonna come out with Chinese poetry which most likely have no link with the pictures themselves... XD




桃花影落飛神劍
碧海潮生按玉簫
A quote by 黄蓉, which barely has any link with the picture...







山重水復疑無路
柳暗花明又一村





飛流直下三千尺
疑是銀河落九天
No waterfall also...





路遙知馬力
日久見人心
Oops it's a puppy...





兩岸猿聲啼不住
輕舟已過萬重山
I guess this pair has the closest link, except there's no boat or ape, only flying creature's screech. But I really like this view a lot. In fact, the haze created a very Chinese smoggy scene.
暮雨不來春不去
花滿地 月朦朧


Two little girls taking a break



In this picture, we literally stood facing the HDB clusters behind the camera - the irony...


For more photos, please check out my photo album Little Guilin on Facebook.

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