Archive for November, 2008

Massive Collections

Posted: November 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                            Stardate: 62408.2 (Nov 28th, 2008)

Everytime I viewed someone’s massive collections, or other collections that were stored in one room, I always felt impressed by them. Understand that this collectors took decades to purchase them just to keep adding from one collection after another. Especially when comes to toys, majority of the collectors will still preserved them in their boxes from where they were brought. Left it unopened, and the prize remains the same.

It always interest me when viewed each of their collections. For me, I just started as a hardcore fan of a Star Trek collector, of course. =) Once, I’ve viewed local Star Trek founder, James Lee’s collections of Star Trek merchandise; ranging from comics, novels, movies, posters, models of starships, action figures, Starfleet uniforms, card collectibles, the computer games, the boardgames; all packed in one room! Of course, collecting all this does took him decades just to created his own museum of Star Trek collectibles. Furthermore, he did advised me on this during the trekkies night tour along the Southern Ridges.

Firstly, its my budget. How much I want for such a particular item will depends on how much cash I had. Don’t buy it if in doubt of enough cash. Endurance is one thing. Patience is another. Because its never too late to become a Star Trek collector. There may be other important items that I’ll need to buy besides this.

Secondly, focus on the items that you are most interested in. James had introduced me few of the local trekkies, that each of them had different taste to those they are interested in. There’s one, who concentrated most on ships. The other, more on the novels and calenders. Also, a trekkie whose more into customized card games. Because if you start buying other collectibles; let’s say for example, that collector starts to buy Star Wars collectibles after one week of buying some of the Star Trek merchandise. As a result, everything might get messed up. Its not wrong, however. The problem is, you might get distracted to the current ones and might forget about the ones you are focus into it in the first place. Its like, jumping into conclusions. No offense, just my point of view.

That’s why its so important to stick to one particular subject. You can buy other merchandise just to add up. But that very important one must be in numbers. =) As for me, I’m more to starships ever since I started watching the shows. And when comes to starships, I mostly concentrate on Federation starships. I currently own the U.S.S Enterprise-E (damage version), which I brought it several months ago in a comic store at Funan IT Mall. Next, was the U.S.S Enterprise-D, which I brought it from one of the trekkies as part of his “clearance sale.” Then, there’s the Galileo shuttlecraft model, that operates onboard the U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701. It comes together with an action figure of Captain James T.Kirk. Also brought this from the same trekkie. And of course, the recent set of Star Trek collectibles of eleven ships that I’ve ordered from eBay. =D

And where there’s many, who will be surprised by those Federation starships I owned the most. They are cheap, and made out of recycle materials and just by using glue. Just about anything I can spare that can be used to built a nice starship. They came from imagination I had in mind. You picture it, designed it on paper, built it with an added ingredient of patient, and there you go! Of course, a few of them were built in groups. I had few of my pals who love designing their own ships. Overall, its called “Do-It-Yourself” starships, as what James would have considered. =)

I’m now starting to expand my Star Trek collections. But I do take the advise been given by James. Be patient, and don’t rushed. Try to stick to one particular category and only buy, when you had enough cash. Wasting your money is not going to help building up your collection. Its always never too late to start collecting…

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Star Trek Mini Collections

Posted: November 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                 Stardate: 62402.3 (Nov 26th, 2008)

Finally! The eleven sets of Star Trek mini collections that I ordered from eBay about two weeks ago has arrived. Before that, I received a post letter two days ago, on Monday stardate 62396.8 (Nov 24th, 2008), saying that my ordered item has arrived and I can collect it on the next working day from the nearest post office. The office opens till 1700hrs, and since I mostly reaches home from work at a quarter to six, I had requested my uncle to collect it on my behalf.

The collection was based from a toy company known as Furuta. The eleven mini sets were comprises of nine Federation starships, one Ferengi and one Jem’Hadar vessel. All packed in one box. I was really fond of the collections, and they looked really neat and highly detailed within their rows. Furthermore, I previously also own a single Federation starship, also from Furuta which my grandfather had brought it for me few years back. I add that together with the rest =D

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Captain’s log                         Stardate: 62378.2 (Nov 17th, 2008)

Yesterday, stardate 62374.6 (Nov 16th, 2008) was the first appointment for us, trekkies with members of the People Association (PA) in regards for the upcoming Chingay Festival. So far, only local Star Trek founder, James and I shows up. Three more of the EXCO members said they will be coming. Unfortunately, last minute plan causes them to held back. Since I was newly appointed and had therefore agreed to it, I might as well turned up.

The appointment starts at 1400hrs. But we had to be there at 1330hrs. So far, I have seen the PA Headquarters many times, but never have seen from the inside. So I guess I’m lucky enough to take this opportunity and get to see the inside =) Anyway, it start off whereby there’s a crowd coming into the academy hall, and were soon told to be seated in groups around any of the tables that was been arranged. Except for the two of us of course, as we were seated near to the side. And the groups themselves were actually, which I believe so were participants for the Chingay Festival. Their objective here, was to design their own costume. Better known as “outfit”, as been describe by one of the presenters named Ms Phylia Poh, whom I believe was the manager of Part 1 Design Pte Ltd, and also holding a degree in Ph.D in both fashion and creativity. Secondly, they have to discuss among their groups they were in. Think creative ideas; out of the box. As what I’ve noticed, most of the groups were secondary school students. Surprisingly, there’s even senior citizens taking part for the event as well. =)

The reason why we are not in any one of the group was this. Firstly, majority of us trekkies had our own uniform completed. Including the props that was been used in the series and movies, and that majority of them were brought from overseas. Secondly, our uniforms were tailor-made from a specialized costume store. They were made to be specify, clear cut, as to be exaclty as what been seen from the shows. No modifications or such alterations or whatsoever. Ms Phylia did insisted that we should be in any one of the groups. We do strongly agreed with her; however, as what I’ve been mentioned about the uniforms and all that.

After introducing herself and her job scope, she began to represent some slide shows. All in unique fashion and worth of creativity. She calls them as “Wearable Fashion.” Meaning to say, you can make use out of anything that you will find it suitable in designing your own outlook. Closer to recycling materials, as what I can think of. Believe me, the slide shows were intriguing. There’s one of them, which was indeed an eye-opener, whereby the designer had make use dozens of telephones and make it into an outfit. That’s really one hell of an idea, if you asked me! =D

The first gathering held yesterday was supposed to end at 1800hrs. But both James and I had to leave by 1600hrs, as we need to proceed to Queensway shopping mall to collect the Star Trek Polo T-shirt that we are all been waiting for. =) Its our very own Singapore Star Trek Polo T-shirt, that we had been discussing about it through the forum. Now its all done and ready to be collected. =D

On top of that, the shop owner of the respective designer shop who had taken her time and effort in putting in the logo and words had truly done a fantasic job! =D




Captain’s log                       Stardate: 62360.1 (Nov 10, 2008)

Two days ago, on stardate 62354.4 (Nov 08, 2008/Saturday), few members of the local Star Trek fansite, including myself had embarked on an evening walk along the Southern Ridges. Based on articles, the Southern Ridges was a 9km chain of hills stretching from Mount Faber Park through Telok Blangah Hill Park to Kent Ridge Park. It was been developed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA), that two bridges and a elevated walkway will be constructed to link over the hill parks. Completed in early 2008, whereby the linkages will give visitors access over the hill parks to experience the green expanse of the magnificent Ridges. I do heard about this new development, and had seen the pictures from the website. Indeed, a spectacular green environment. Perfect for nature lovers and bird watching. Since I’m the type who love adventures, why not joined in the fun? Especially when together with members of the local Star Trek fansite =)

To be frank, I’m supposed to be working on that day. Believe me, I had to beg to my officer in-charge just to grant me leave only for that day. I just couldn’t afford to miss this outing. So far, I hardly participate in any evening walk, and I could say this one was even better because I’m going out with members of the local trekkies. Eventually, after much resistance, my OIC finally agrees and let me off just for that day. I mean, come on! I’ve been helping him in so many assignment due to my work in CERTIS CISCO, and my only off day were on Sundays. Been working like hell, and he should have at least inclined to agree on giving me a break every once in a while; just to be fair.

Anyway, only seven of us, with one of them bringing along his girlfriend showed up on that day. Another trekkie was supposed to join us also. But he never showed up, despite repeated calls to his handphone. In the end, we proceed for our night walk.

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We all had agreed to meet up at HortPark, which is a one-stop gardening hub that brings together as a gardening-related, recreational, educational, research and retail activities under one big canopy. More like the botanic gardens, but a smaller version =) Our objective is to start off from the bridge across Alexandra Road, where it was adjacent to HortPark. That is where, it will leads us to Telok Blangah Hill, and where the Henderson Waves was located. Also in connection towards Mount Faber Park. And for the bridge itself, this is no ordinary bridge I’m talking about =) It has a curved deck, and a tilted arch, which resemblances much like an open leaf. At night, the bridge will be illuminated by colour-changing lights. Just to add some flutter and dazzle to the nightscape. The lights will be switched on between 1900hrs and 2330hrs daily. Too bad we had missed it, since we already on the move across the bridge about half-an-hour before seven. Hah! =D

One of the best pictures I can come up with =)

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We reached the other side of the bridge. Now moving across a 1.6 km meandering elevated walkway which was made from galvanised mild steel grating, and spans over nature. You can say, its a deep down below from above. =o The elevated walkway is without steps and meanders in a zig-zag fashion to hug the steep slopes. Furthermore, the design for the walkway is meant to inspired by nature, and attempts to switch the man-made structure into a natural landscapes. Not to mention, a breathtaking view of the horizon…

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Finally, we reached the end of the walkway. What a walk that was! But it ain’t over yet. =) And before we moved off, a group picture was taken from each of our cameras, been kindly assisted from a nice lady. =D

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Once done, we proceed. Following the road next to a wooded area. By then, it was already dark. Several minutes later, we reached to the next intriguing spot. Another fascinating bridge, that was located 36m above Henderson Road, and bridges Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park at a horizontal distance of 274m, and vertical elevation of 20m. According to the construction details, the bridge is made up of four important surfaces, and expressed as different layers.

The most unique feature was the design, in a mathematical formula to give the bridge its “wave form effects.” Altogether seven undulating curved steel that looks like ribs alternately rose over and under the bridge deck. Based on description, the rib structure appears as a sculptural artefact in the day, and becomes a self-illuminated structure in the night. There’s even the lighting, which would help to inverse the light and cast a shadow within the rib structure during the night. Like the look-alike opened leaf structure been made on the bridge across Alexandra Road, the lights will be switched on between 1900hrs and 2330hrs. The wave-form will be lit with orange LED light just to blend in with the rustic environment. Fascinating!

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On top of that, a few of us even lie down on the bridge timber-made platform beneath one of the curvy structure. Totally exhausted, that’s for sure! =D

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We reached the end of this amazing bridge, and proceeding across another wooded area. A mile uphill, then a mile going down. We came to an intersection that branches out into three different directions. And this is where, we are really lost. As such, we went to check the map from the board for the way to escape. Hah! =D One of the trekkies had his handphone been equipped with a GPS. He locked onto it, but ended up scanning the whole world instead of the location we are in. =D The rest of us were still checking the map. Pointing here and there till don’t know where. One of us even asked a taxi driver who happened to pass there. And by the time, we’ve managed to find the right route, our friend with the GPS were still scanning. =D

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We continued the hike. Moments later, we came across of what appears to be a dinning area, which was known as Emerald Lodge, where it faces a breathtaking view. One of the trekkies had approached one of the staff to make some enquires. Took a few shots here and there before we make our move.

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A mile away, loud music was heard. A celebration is taking place ontop a hill. A building been illuminated with marvelous displayed of lights. There’s people dancing on the upper deck on one side of the building. Pine cone tress surrounded by lights. More lights dazzling along the small road next to the building. Took a moment to realize that, there’s a Christmas party going on. Well, its only a month away, but they sure had it in advanced =)

Most intriguing of all, a sky-high tower was been decorated with lights till the peak. From a distance, it looks like a giant towering Christmas tree. Its an amazing presentation during this time of year.

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Few more snap shots and off we go again. We followed down a flight of steps, entering another wooded area where there’s no lights installed. Fortunately, one of us had brought along a flashlight, and the other activates the light from her handphone. Guided by the lights, we followed all the way down. The steps turned steeper. The flat-surface turned rougher. But all ended behind us once we had stepped out into civilization!

Lights ahead! We are back at Harbour Front. We really had make a big circle from the starting point. An entirely BIG CIRCLE =D

Lastly, we headed towards Burger King for our dinner. The outing was all worth it. Its been an unforgettable night, and I wished the rest were here as well. As for me, good thing I managed to push some resistance towards my OIC to grant me leave. I’ll be totally upset if he rejects it.

=D

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Compliments from trekkie Jeremy a.k.a “lanman” =D

=/\= Live long and prosper =/\=