2k hits and a shoutout

Just thought I’d make a post about the blog hitting 2k hits. Mostly due to module reviews, a big jump by the interview with Vanilla Dream and that’s about it. Also a short essay I wrote about the history of Foreground Eclipse, which now looks quite unprofessional compared to later works.

In any case, I was checking my mail and saw a follow from sliding tackles. Browsed through her/his/their site and they also have module reviews! Although the formatting and style is a bit different, it’s well worth checking out since others may be looking for mods/reviews that I’ve not covered in my limited scope of mods done. On my end, I’m looking forward to her/his review on GEH1022 and might do EU1101E this sem or next, going by what was covered.

Finally, Esther also types/shares about her life in some detail that I’ve rarely reached. It’s quite something to come across that, I suppose, given that most of these can be quite personal and may be difficult to talk about even when surrounded by close friends. So it might be of interest to Christians since she exhibits the frankness that seems common among those whose identity isn’t in their academics or hobbies, but that of Christ.

Round 1A bidding starts next week, so this weekend will be testing of timetables based on preallocated modules >.>

 

Still alive

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No fever, but the usual flu.

Am back from camp, but down with illness. Probably the result of insufficient sleep and a lot of exertion over a few days.

I had intended to write a ‘yay, 1k hits’ post when the blog first surpassed 1k hits, but that happened while I was away at camp. In any case, that date of >1k hits would be July 11th. A large portion of traffic in recent days has came largely from the interview with Vanilla Dream, which is probably representative of their popularity among their fans. In the first couple of days after the interview was published, it got 6 views and 2 the following day.

One Facebook post by VDT later, it clocked 80 views on that very day and 44 the day after. This huge jump may go down after a bit, but I expect it to stabilize (in the medium term) at roughly the same number of views as the module reviews that see about 10~15 views per day.

Speaking of module reviews, I had planned to finish up the last three reviews when I was back from the camp, so I might do it this weekend when I’m feeling a bit better. Also a couple of drum covers may be recorded next week.

Finally, I (likely) won’t be writing a reflection for the recent camp in the same way that I did for the VCF FOC as I’m still not quite sure how I felt about it. The planned VCF FOC 2016 compilation video will also have to wait until I’m well again before I decide if I’m still going to do it.

Until then, I’ll be resting.

 

TIL WordPress had trouble connecting to Facebook

Now Playing: You Raise Me Up – Selah (I like this version better, since they actually sing the second verse instead of repeating the chorus for the rest of the song after singing the first verse for a grand total of once.)

Since my last activity on Facebook is the guide I wrote for Kritika SEA’s Dimension Controller, I’ve fixed it, but only after the interview with Vanilla Dream was published. So here’s an update for the Facebook side.

July

  1. Reflections for VCF FOC 2016: Light Source – What happens when one encounters the unexpected.
  2. Review of GER1000 – Quantitative Reasoning – The pre-allocated module everyone gets but hardly anyone likes.
  3. Review of JS1101E – Introduction To Japanese Studies – The go-to module for Japanophiles, yours truly included.
  4. Vanilla Dream Shuppatsu! – An interview with the dance and vocal group from Singapore!

With any luck, future posts will automatically be sync’d to Facebook so there won’t be a need for summary cross-linked posts like this.

Also, made a showreel comprising of past videos I’ve done try to be something more than a slideshow to music. Watching through it is quite nice, since the improvement is noticeable from my earliest videos. A VCF FOC 2016 video will have to wait till the end of next week, perhaps, when more raw material is available.

Finally, upcoming PS camp tomorrow. Nonplussed but let’s see how things go.

Vanilla Dream Shuppatsu!

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One team, one dream!

Introduction

Shortly after writing the essay on Singapore’s odottemita subculture and its corresponding addendum, Vanilla Dream, a Singapore dance and vocal group, started their first radio show titled ‘Vanilla Dream Scoops!’. This increased professionalization seemed a pertinent example of one of the points raised within the essay, and I reached out to Vanilla Dream seeking their permission to write an article about them.

They responded positively and were interested to meet up for an interview, which was concluded recently. I’d like to thank them for taking time out of their day to prepare and meet up for the interview; the transcript of which is shown below. Without their prompt response, participation, patience and considerable assistance, this article would (quite definitely) have not been written.

Go on…