Wednesday, May 31, 2006

This is a work of ART!

Every once in a while, you come across something on the net that is just simply beautiful, breathtaking and leaves you wondering "how on earth did they do that??!" It's been a long time since I saw something like that, but I must say, this just absorbs you into it, setting you off on an endless, timeless clicking and staring into screen. I was totally mesmerised. Trust me, click HERE now. But be warned, you might not be able to stop...


Monday, May 29, 2006

Good Enough to Eat

Well, some of you might have heard that I've been going for cooking lessons. I'm supposed to be learning how to cook french food, but it seems to me that anything cooked with red wine or brandy is considered french cuisine. Anyway, here's something that one of friends drew for me. I thought it was really cute. Ha ha. Liked it a lot so I added some colour to it and voila! I really like to cook. Real good food to me is a subtle mix of different flavours and tastes. If anyone of you knows a really good recipe, leave it in the comments!


Saturday, May 20, 2006

Cool Stuff make me stay up all through the night!

I'm experimenting with a new way of showing my photos. For some of you, you might have seen this before. No, I did not write the code for this myself. Ha ha. I have no idea how! But I think the person who did it is quite brilliant! Well, this is just a try out, using geocities free web space (while hesitating to pay for my own, though ultimately I think I would have to...) If the photos look kind of random to you, that's because they are! And if you find some unflattering pictures of people in there, ermmmm.... shhh! Don't tell the person about it! Ha ha. Like I said, I just wanted to see if geocities would load my page up properly. Better pictures to come soon. Anyways, enjoy this. :)


Friday, May 19, 2006

Let's TAP! - Talk About Places exhibition + forum

How would you Talk About a Place? What makes a place more than just a space? Through this multi-media exhibition we will show 10 unique ways to understand a place. Together with an international public forum on making architectural design more available to the people, this event will heighten people's awareness on place-making, and get them Talking About Places!

The public, especially youths in Singapore today need to know that they are an important voice of the society and city in which they live in. They have a big part to play in shaping and influencing the kind of place they want to live in. We hope that as young people making a statement about the place we call home, we will be able to encourage and inspire the youths in Singapore that they can make a difference and an important contribution to the kind of place they want Singapore to be.

National Library Building – a place for the people and one of the most talked about local buildings

3 – 17 Jun 2006 (in conjunction with the theme of the month - The Art Festival)

EXHIBITION 3 – 17 Jun Our exhibition seeks to bring out discussions on issues of place that matter to us. Some of these issues might be of the physical environment that we live, work and play in, others cover the psychological aspects like how we perceive and experience a place, what makes a place a home, etc. By exploring various artistic mediums, we will show 10 unique approaches to understand a place.

FORUM 10 Jun Local design professionals and guest speakers from overseas will talk about different places while sharing their works, mainly those dealing with local community. Not only would audience be exposed to the creative bridging of architecture to the community, real interactions between the public and the designers would also be initiated.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Matter of Godly Perspective

Credits: Edward H. Adelson

I thought this was rather interesting and thought-provoking. Looking at the image, you would immediately conclude that Square A is of course darker than Square B. It seems almost impossible or even unimaginable that they could be of the same colour. Truth to be told, they are actually of the same shade of grey. Unexplainable? Well, see for yourself here. Our eyes play tricks on us. When put together next to different shades of grey, a grey square appears differently to the human eye.

Don't you think life is often like this too? Often when we are in a difficult situation or an undesirable one, we ask God, "Why have you got me into this?!" We lose sight of the fact that He has promised to show us the way as we obey Him. We blame God and lose ourselves in empty self pity and grumbling, forgetting that His ways are not our ways and that He has called us to trust in Him with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding.

I have learnt over the past year that the only way to live life to the fullest is to obey God when He directs. Even when our human understanding and knowledge tells us otherwise. I have learnt too that very often, God speaks to us through our spiritual leaders. Was there a time you felt that you knew better and that your church leader or pastor was just being over-reactive to your ways? My encouragement to you is to respond in obedience. Don't lose your way among the different shades or grey. Follow Jesus, the one way that we could only live for.

Joshua Teo


Thursday, May 11, 2006

Extraordinarily ordinary

1st Birthdays are special.
Becoming 21 signifies the entry into adulthood. It impresses that one is old enough to be resposible for his own life. To take charge, to take lead, to follow one's dreams. My spiritual son, Jonathan Tay, turned 21 on May 6. He and his twin brother, David, celebrated this by holding a special concert to celebrate the goodness of God in their lives. As their way of giving back to the coummunity, a special offering was collected during the performance and altogether, $3,921.30 will go towards funding the work at TOUCH Youth Services, a service group under TOUCH Community Service.

The concert was simply brilliant. The fact that the two young men are musically talented is a given. What touches my heart is that they choose to glorify God with their God-given talents. We need more youths to rise up and use their God-given talents for the purpose of His kingdom. For FCBC Youthnet, this is the year of extraordinary possibilities. By planning and organising the whole concert, the two of them showed us how to dream big and glorify God. This has got me excited. Pastor Seng Lee challenged me to hold an evangelistic event at the same scale or bigger. I declare it will be done before the end of next year. If you are dreaming the same as me, you are most welcomed to come on board. Better still, go dream your own harvest event to execute. I dare you to.

I have put together a 2-part photo slide show of the concert. The backing tracks for the photo slideshow were 2 of the songs sung by Jon and David during the concert itself. They dedicated those 2 songs to their mother and father. Sweeter than a sugar-coated caramel toffee. Watch and listen at your own expense. :) Part 1 | Part 2

Joshua Teo


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Really Good Chicken Rice

A very good friend of mine, Benjamin works at his parent's Chicken Rice stall in Thomson while not firing at his guitar. Like I said, he is a very good friend so I am helping to plug his chicken rice stall. Even so, check this out - they have been recommended by 8 Days, Moses Lim and some program on Channel 5. I wouldn't be surprised if some of you have even eaten there before. It's good stuff, really. These are the details of the stall:

Bugis Street Chuen Chuen Chicken Rice
Longhouse Food Centre
Upp Thomson Rd
(opp Thomson Community Centre)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat : 9.30am-3pm
Sundays : 6pm-11.30pm.


Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A day in the life of an architect

Click on the image to read the comic without straining your poor eyes.

Ha ha, what can I say
but BRILLIANT! Yup, life as an architect isn't always exciting and fulfilling. The comic is very much closer to life than many would believe. At the end of the day, it's really what you make out of it that makes the difference. Here's someone who did just that...


Saturday, May 06, 2006

Singapore is bigger than PAP.

With all the talk
going on about how Singapore's political scene needs a more level playing field and why an opposition party is good for Singapore, here's an insightful view on why having an alternative leadership is good for Singapore. I would encourage you to take some time to read this interview with EDB Society President, Mr. Ngiam Tong Dow. It is a little long, but I think his responses are thought provoking and very well thought out.

Quoting from the interview, "SINCE Mr Ngiam Tong Dow retired from the civil service in 1999, affairs of state have weighed heavily on his mind. The highly respected former Permanent Secretary worries about Singapore's long-term survival and the kind of society the next generation will inherit.

At 66, the HDB Corp chairman insists he is 'no radical', just a concerned Singaporean with three grandchildren, who wonders 'whether there will be a Singapore for them in 50 years' time'. In Tea with Think, a weekly interview series, he gives a candid appraisal of the civil service, and his prognosis of what the lack of an alternative political leadership means for Singapore." Click on the image to read...