Singapore vs. Japan (World Cup Qualifier)

The Japanese showed that they were indeed a class-above by beating the Singaporean team 0-3 at the National Stadium.


It began quite well as the home team thwarted multiple advances from the Samurai Blue. But I have to admit, it was mainly the effort by Izwan Mahbud, the goal keeper. He saved many attempts but not enough when Mu Kanazaki headed in the ball at the 20th minute. The flood gates seemed to have been opened finally, and Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida netted the 2nd and 3rd goals.


The game was dominated by the Japanese and the Singaporean team only created 1 or 2 chances and they were unfortunately off-target. Samurai Blue’s keeper Shusaku Nishikawa was unchallenged. I think he was rather bored or relaxed, and I even saw him stretching his legs during the second half of the game.


Sidenote: while football wasn’t really promising, Singapore did win something this season — the Singapore National Stadium bagged this year’s Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence! [source]


Safuwan Baharudin struggling to get the ball


Mu Kanazaki proved too quick for the Singaporean defender Nazrul Nazari


Safuwan Baharudin managed to stay up from the challenge by Yosuke Kashiwagi


Supporters for the Samurai Blue


Singaporean defenders looked helpless as Mu Kanazaki made a shot


Keeper Izwan Mahbud was at the right place at the right time


Keisuke Honda scored the second goal for the Samurai Blue, minutes after the first


Half-time — an opportunity for a selfie or two


When 6 & 7 found each other


Lost but the fans cheered on!



Since it is the 50th Singapore birthday this weekend, the musical industry also made a tribute concert to 50 years of Singapore music at the National Stadium yesterday, 7-Aug 2015 with thousands of musicians performing to approximately 45,000 people (I am glad to be one of them).

I took some photos from my seat:


The turn-out at around 1930h


The Oddfellows, the indie band from the ’90s.


MiCappella belting out Xinyao genre


Tracy Huang


Tracy Huang


Reuby, WillTay and Ling Kai


Dick Lee


J J Lin


Stephanie Sun




The View from East

This week, we “hiked” east-ward to Kampong Kayu. Like Farrer Park is to Farrer Road, Kampong Kayu is not found anywhere near Jalan Kayu but within the walking distance of the Mountbatten MRT Station (Circle Line).

The residents here appear multi-cultural, and I witnessed them living rather harmoniously and enjoying each others’ company. When I was setting up my tripod, one of them came out to strike a conversation with us. He showed us the photos he took using his Galaxy smart phone – impressive panoramic shot of the view during sunset.

The view is indeed impressive. City skyline in the background with lush greenery and one calm river. I just don’t like the ugly floodlights peeping out of the Marina Bay Golf Course. Just across the river is the new National Stadium due to complete in June 2014. That is less than a month from now. But the roof doesn’t seem to be done yet, so good luck to meeting the due date!!!

Sunset over the upcoming National Stadium
Singapore city skyline with Geylang River in the foreground.
Construction still ongoing at night to complete the National Stadium in time due in June 2014!!!
Cat on his throne