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World Cup 2018

Why do time passed so fast. World Cup was here before I realised it and it was now already over for two weeks. I only have a few more World Cups left in my life to watch.

I enjoyed this World Cup tremendously, but it didn’t have the agony and euphoria in the previous World Cup. It wasn’t the tournament’s fault, it is just that I no longer identify with a national team and its players so deeply. Even if Italy is playing in this World Cup, I would not feel the deep sadness and extreme joy ala 1990 and 1994. I felt happy when Italy won in 2006 but I knew that the joy would be more intense if it is in 1990 or 1994.

When England beat Sweden and through to the semi final, I thought of 1990. When Belgium beat Brazil and through to the semi final, I thought of 1986.

When Croatia went to the final, I thought of Euro 1996, and they were the losing finalist then.

When France won the World Cup, I thought of how they lose the European Championship in homeground, a bit similar to when Portugal lost the European Championship to Greece in the homeground but won in France.

There were some memorable matches like Germany 0 S Korea 2. The last time Germany conceded such goals was Italy 2 Germany 0 during the semi final in 2006.

Even if a national team knew that they would not go pass the first round in the next World Cup if they win the World Cup, I am sure they would gladly pay for the opportunity cost and win the World Cup.

This World Cup brought us VAR. I would prefer the old school refereeing system, as I love the controversies which is part of football. But I wasn’t greatly opposed to VAR too. Croatia lost the match when France was awarded the penalty after the referee took a long time watching and rewatching the replay.

The World Cup final is fantastic. Thanks to France and Croatia for this classic match.

For someone who grew up disliking Japan because of World War II, I was rooting for them. Such a heartbreak way to lose in the 2nd round.

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World Cup 2018

Italy didn’t make it to Russia. I wasn’t keeping track like previous tournaments.

I couldn’t remember which country is in which group. I can’t remember which countries are playing on which day, and after I watched the match, I forget most of the match.

Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable World Cup. Love the passion of the footballers who care.

Some of the match I remember:

Mexico 1 Germany 0

S Korea 2 Germany 0 (2 goals in the last few minutes that sent Germany home and Mexico to 2nd round)

Germany 2 Sweden 1 <Sweden would have won if they do not park the bus in the second half>

France 4 Argentina 3 (Argentina was leading 2-1 after halftime, but the better team won. The spinning goal from Pavard was like from Shaolin Soccer).

Uruguay 2 Portugal 1 ( Cavani !! He reminded me of Canniggia)

England 6 Panama 1 (the joyous celebration of Panama for their 1st World Cup goal; also Harry Kane)

France 2 Australia <1st time penalty given via VAR, 2nd goal was via goal line technology>

Chaos Theory

Probably the first time I read about chaos theory was from Michael Crichton’s novel. I was very impressed then because no matter how the butterfly flaps it’s wings, life still go on and it doesn’t affect me.

WRONG. I try to ignore everything about the current USA president and all the international turmoil that he brings. I am selfish, I just don’t care over things that is beyond my control. I am not American and I didn’t choose that 人渣 to be president.

However, whenever that rascal points his finger over whichever country that he is mad at the moment, the whole world has to follow where his tiny finger points. Because of him, we have more form to ask customers to declare that they have no dealing with certain countries which offended that tiny small man.

I am getting more and more turn off by USA style of democracy. Go around telling other countries about human right, but yet allow anybody to buy a gun, a weapon designs to kill. And we have to be emphatic of mental health problem whenever white boys went around mass killing. In the meantime, three black men were handcuffed because they did not order anything in Starbucks.

I am neither rightist, leftist, conservative, liberal and those branding. I am just an individual who is sick that a tiny man in a superpower affecting my working life so much.

My rant after sick from overwork from too many deadlines because of international events.

Social justice warrior and grammar nazi, you are not welcome.

Random thoughts

Twitter gave us 280 characters and famous writers such as JK Rowling & Stephen King do not like it. The irony that they wrote thick books with much more than  280 characters. I rather people wrote all their message in 1 tweet rather than scrolling through part 1, 2 & 3 on the same matter. I would have an easier time tweeting during those time that I tweet a lot.

MRT train delayed 3 time out of 5 weekdays. They are in operation for 30 years & all their parts are not being maintained well. Really disgusted with the management which pushed all the blame to the staff.

My legs are just like the old & beaten MRT. Painful. Missed those days that I can walk, run & climb.

Getting tired very easily. No energy to stay back to complete my work. The thought of work gives me anxiety.

Niantic, the Pokemon Go’s developer is coming up with Harry Potter’s augmented reality game. Not sure how to feel about it. One year ago, I will be elated. Now, knowing that Niantic treats Asia sans Japan as second class, we will be getting inferior game than USA/Europe.  Also, I can’t walk as much as I want. On the other hand, interested to know how they are going to implement marauder map into the game.

Speaking of Pokemon Go, I am still not getting the Ex Raid pass for Mewtwo. Sort of losing interest in the game.  The gym system sucks.

Watched Stranger Things 2. Love the nostalgia.  Really wishing Eleven would interact with the 4 boys more. Will is such an unlucky child.

Finally watched 新扎師兄,which was a 1984 show. While Stranger things is a current show with its background set 30 years ago, 新扎師兄 was filmed more than 30 years ago. Hence the nostalgia is even stronger ~ there was a time that people has to use pager or wait for phone calls at home.

Not a good year for my family’s health & work. Getting old sucks.

Feb

不知不覺就過了二月立春,過了人生的第x的十年。

比別人慢了好幾年,才看完巾幗梟雄。雖然站在四奶奶與柴九這邊,但實在覺得謝雪心把大奶奶演得絲絲入扣。謝雪心和熬嘉年的母子實在演得太好了。我老是注意旁邊的綠葉多過主角,就像我愛吃窩邊菜一樣。

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最近老是頭痛,不知怎麼辦。

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Just read an article of a book titled Crazy Rich Asian, written by Kevin Kwan, a descendant of  an OCBC banker.  Background of the story is set in Singapore, about very rich people. The book is a bestseller and is going to be made into a movie. I might borrow the book from the library. Not incline to buy book at the moment, mainly no space.  Besides, I have reservation contributing money if the book portrays a negative image of Singapore. The Singapore I grew up in is a country where most people work for a honest and humble living.  I might be wrong and ended up loving the book. 

 I first heard about Crazy Rich Asian from Ryan Higa’s Twitter asking Asian to audition for roles.  I didn’t pay much attention to it then because I have very little interest in the life of Asian American, filthy rich or dirt poor. In fact, I am put off that people from various ethnic group and various culture of the Asia continent is pigeonholed into a group called Asian in USA. Chinese, Japanese, Korean are different. Philipinos, Indonesian are different. Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani are different.  

Anyway, hope that the book is good and the movie is successful. For a start, I respect that the movie make a stand by not whitewashing the roles. 

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I want to start jogging again. 

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Memories of 2016

Joseph Schooling won Singapore first ever Olympic Gold. 🏊🏼🏅🥇

Carrot cakes. 

Euro 2016. Paris. Avignon. Marseille. 

Trucks attacked Nice and Berlin. Various other terrorist attacks in Europe. 

The US election that dragged on for too long with unsatisfactory outcome. 

Brexit

Iceland’s claps. 

Mr Nathan passed away.  RIP.

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds ~ May the Force be with you while You are Singing in the Purple Rain. Let’s dance in Freedom. Always. 

Pokemon Go. I walk and catch and hatch and evolve. 

10,000 steps every day. Rain, shine or even when I fell. 

Piano Tiles 2. 

陈国邦。相约星期二。八时入席。名门暗战。寒山潛龍。大太監。

Clear clutter. Sort of. Bye bye my TV 😢

Hold the Door. 

Youtubers – Trainer Tips, Ryan Higa, Dan and Phil. 

Rob has a Podcast. 

Business Class. 

Clutters and random stuff

Cleared some clutters in recent months. Get rid of exercise machines that I no longer use. Reluctantly threw away my 20 year old TV. The room looks less messy. Need to rearrange some stuff but all plans on hold because of back injury. 

Enjoyed Survivor 33 and Adam is a well deserved winner. Reality can sometime be more scripted by a higher being than reelity. Such a pity his mum is not able to witness him winning but at least he got to see her before she passed away.

My mind is very chaotic.  My cluttered mind is preventing me from working efficiently. It is worrying as there are still so much work to be done with one week of 2016 left. Too many nitty gritty stuff and deadline occupied my mind and I don’t have enough space left to think about US election result, Berlin attacks. There were so many terrorist attacks this year that I sort of merge them altogether to form distorted memory.

All the worries are the reason why I still play Pokemon. While walking and catching, I zoned out and manage not to think about work, family etc.