After two long years, that PG Strike is finally done. It has been a long journey. Full of ups and downs. There were times I almost threw in the towel as I was simply too tired to carry on with this project. Technically, it was a very challenging project. And it was pretty taxing on my mental state as well. But I walked away with valuable experience.
It is not my most "Perfect" Perfect Strike. But it will do for now as I continue to work even harder and seek for that elusive breakthrough.So enjoy this not so perfect "Perfect Strike"....
Singapore is celebrating its 50 years of independence this
year. And I must say I have never been more proud of being a Singaporean than this day. What I have today I have to thank my pioneers, who worked hard to make
Singapore what it is today. We are enjoying their fruits of labour now. My
children will never understand the instability, uncertainty and even chaos in
old days. Neither will I!
I was born in 1978. And I have to say my generation is a very
special and privileged bunch. Why? Well, we were caught in the transition
between old and new. We have seen the development of our transport,
telecommunication and technology, we partied, celebrated and survived Year
2000, we have done and seen so many things.
And Singapore has changed a lot.
My dad used to be a contractor in the 80s. He specialized in
replacement of window panes and plumbing. When I was really young, I used to
tag along with my parents and they would travel all over Singapore in search of
jobs. Every time we reaches an estate, both of them would go floor to floor to
distribute fliers to every single household. I chipped in as well. It was hard
work but whenever I take a trip down memory lane, I wish I was back there
running around and just having fun. Life was simple but fulfilling.
While he does his work, I would hang out at the
playground at that estate. So you can say I have played in almost all the
playgrounds in Singapore. North, South, East and West, you name it, I was there. The Hillview estate and
Neo Tiew HDB were memorable ones as they were little villages hidden in the
middle of nowhere and away from busy Singapore. To me, it was like going to Enchanted
Forest and having an adventure every time I set foot in both estates.
So I have seen many estates in Singapore. And I know how far
Singapore has come. Old housing blocks gave way to newer apartments and
condominiums. My favourite hunts were gone. The old-school concrete playgrounds
were replaced with foam padded flooring, plastic slides/structural ones. How I
miss the days of playing hide-and-seek and "catching"!
The landscape continues to evolve as I grow up. I served my
NS, had a job, started a family. and have my own children. Sometimes when I
look at them, I feel a deep sense of loss. "Oh boy, you guys don't know
how much you are missing!". And it's not that they actually bothered, too busy having fun! If I can send
my kids back to the 70s-80s, I would do it!
So here I am, in the perfect place and perfect time to
celebrate Singapore's jubilee. I was hoping to see Mr Lee at the National Day
Parade this year but sadly, it was not meant to be. He and his team deserves
all the credits and accolades there are. Mere words cannot express my gratitude
towards them. If it is not for them, I
won't be have what I have today. The foundations they build became formidable
pillars for future generations to build on. And for us, all we can do, is to
carry their dreams even further.
I have not seen so much hype and excitement over a new Gundam series for a long time. So this came as a surprise to me as well. I don't have much information yet but this looks really promising. I'm digging the design of the new mech although I can't put a "Gundam" to it. Well, I guess it's a matter of accepting that Gundam designs has to evolve somehow.
Looking forward to the actual product release for me!
Airing October 4th, 2015 on TBS/MBS' Sunday 5pm slot
- Directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai
- Written by Mari Okada
- The main characters are Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka
- Name of the Gundam is Gundam Barbatos
- This Gundam is a high drama story of a bunch of child soldier orphans who band together to find a place they can call home
- The main Gundam is a relic from the previous war which starts as a wreck, but will evolve and get stronger as they defeat more enemies and upgrade the parts bit by bit
- The Gundam shares the same base frame as all other Mobile Suits, and so can cannibalize parts, weapons, and armor as the story progresses.
Well, after more than 4 hours, I managed to put most of my works in thumbnails in the Gallery page of my blog! Phew... having sore shoulders now. I'm loving what I see. Hopefully, I can add more new works to the gallery soon! Watch this page. :)
Another successful group build! Yes! Had lots of fun today. I always like these meets as I get to mingle with the local lads and get to know them better. And sometimes, I find some "gems" as well! Folks with good potential :)
Well, what is Gundam Docks really? Well, it's basically one of the large-scale Gundam events ever to be held outside of Japan. The last one was in 2013 and was in Hong Kong. So you can say we are very privileged the Bandai decided to have one here.
This event marks the 35th anniversary of GUNDAM and to make it even more special, it is held in conjunction with Singapore's Golden Jubilee, SG50!
To commemorate this special occasion, Mr Kunio Okawara was invited to create a SG50 theme Gundam for Singapore. Yes! Finally, a Gundam we can call our own. A proud moment for me when it was announced not long ago!
It was an unexpected trip. All it took was one call and I was on the way to Japan within three weeks of that call. And there I was, once again, in Japan. I wasn't looking for toys to buy. But inevitably, I ended up with a huge luggage home.
I felt more relaxed this time because I was not on a mission to break the bank or what. I'm just there to take in the scenes and soak in the atmosphere. And I did just that. Walking all over the places and taking random shots and all. And this randomness was somewhat relaxing and uplifting at the same time.
I know today is my day. But I am just not in that celebratory mood at all. This is because there are too many tragedies around me. I was with a friend this week whose wife passed on in the most tragic of circumstances. Good friends getting sick, messed up and all. It's like every corner you turned, something bad is bound to happen. Sometimes, I hope I can actually help people rather than just offer words of advice and consolation. And I admit I am not good at that as well. I certainly wish for some powers where I can go back in time and put things right. And sometimes, I wish I didn't exist at all. No more sadness, disappointments and all those tears. I write this because I want you all to know this; when you think you are down in the slums and life is a bitch, there is someone out there who is having it worse than you, tenfold. Life is so unpredictable and full of uncertainties. I really missed the friends I lost touch. And the guiding light of my life that was snuffed out and taken away from me when I'm still trying to be my own man. Some scars are not meant to be healed. There are there to serve as reminders of how strong you were and how far you have came. Everybody will get hurt one way or another. But it's how we learn and recover from it that makes us who we are today. Over time, I learned three ways, Admit, Embrace and Let it go. Admit that there is a problem or something happened. Embrace it with open arms, acknowledge the problem. Then meet it head on. And lastly, Let it Go. Once you admit and embrace the issue, there is nothing much for you to do bit to move on. So let it go. There is only one way to go from there, that is forward. Time waits for nobody. Even the strongest bond can be broken if you are determined enough. So instead of me receiving presents today, how about I give you all something in return? ................... Admit - Embrace - Let it go ...................
Yes. That has been the question that has been bugging me for the longest time. Facebook has changed everything. They have make it so easy for me to upload photos, write and place links at a click that I practically post everything there. And then I can do it on my mobile phone or desktop.
But I started with blogging. My whole legacy is here. I went back to read my first post in 2006 till today. It was nostalgic and a wonderful trip back memory lane. This blog is practically my diary. It's my joys, disappointments, despairs all rolled into one. And the occasional skirmishes. There are life lessons I learnt. It was never about the hobby itself. It was a record of my journey as a modeler, a friend, a dad and a husband. It's things that are closer to my heart. Come to think of it, I had lot of fun.
Through blogging, I made lots of friends. And when I learnt that I can inspire people to come onto this hobby, I was thrilled. Because I can make a difference in this hobby. Nothing beats that.
So now, the all important question. Should I continue to blog?
I got his feeling that the question has been answered above :)