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TNP Big Walk Day..

It was a long weekend for most folks but not for moi. Had to drag my sore sorry ass to the National Stadium at 5.30am in the morning in preparation for the The New Paper Big Walk! Didn't help that hubby actually went to sleep at 4.30am after v‏irtually conquering Rome. He prodded me awake and promptly plonked himself on the bed and started snoring the minute his head hit the pillow...*sigh* the life of a gaming widow...

Thankfully, the weather was fine. Was worried for a while when it rained cats & dogs the day before. The event went really well although the attendance was affected..Not surprisingly since it was Vesak Day and a religious occasion for many. My main duty was up on stage, helping out with the prizes and attending to the sponsors..Took the opportunity to take some pictures too.

There was a group from Falun Gong who was prevented by the police from walking because of the tee-shirts they were wearing. They made a big fuss about it initially as they felt they were discriminated against. The message on the tee-shirt, they claimed, was one of peace.

Here's what it says..I'm not really sure what it means actually :P
Anyone can translate?
In the end, they compromised and changed into the Motorola Big Walk tees...don't think they were too happy about it

That's the cute Motorola mascot - Trexi..this li' boy was so cute..He went up to Trexi and gave him a big hug :)

our turn to hug him :)
poor bugger in the costume must be so bleddy hot..

Lotsa pple/group/companies came wearing costumes..
erm..not a very innovative ensemble by the Esplanade team..

That's Geoffy, one of Toys R'Us mascot prancing ard with the dancing girls from Crestar..

Some bugs from the Rentokill group..
the outfit seems a li' too tight for him esp at the crotch area..

And yeah, Batman & Spiderman were there too.

Amanda Ling from local band, Electrico..
She's the keyboardist of the band yet she seems to be the face of the group and her mug and bod is featured in so many mags, from the cover of Cleo to Maxims.. Not surprising coz she's really chio!

with my colleague, Grace who was helping up on stage with me...

the group of us looking really tired, having lunch after the event was over..
More pictures of the walkday here

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May. 23rd, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
The falun gong tee means something like: We are like the sun, lighting up the whole world.

Looks fun! Pity I could never get my sorry ass up for it!!
May. 23rd, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
but what does jiu ping means? initially,i'd thought it was peace but i realise the ping refers more to 'criticism'.

it was fun actually..loads of couples/families/competitive walkers..and fantastic prizes were won. One guy even walked away with a Nissan Latio!
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Falun Gong "Bible" - (Anonymous) - May. 29th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Falun Gong "Bible" - nachon - Jun. 1st, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 23rd, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
haha.. i can understand hw hot it is for e mascots! coz i was one b4..
May. 23rd, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
heh what mascot were you? The only time i was part of a costume was when i was the backside of a lion in some lion-dance segment we had to do for school. Absolutely hated being the ass coz i was so darn warm and it wasn't easy doing the movement when i couldnt see a thing!
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May. 23rd, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)
these falun gong pple are everywhere...they were doing their "thingy" in the city the other time...handing our brochures...really trying to expand their population...

the girl from Electrico...she reminds me a bit of Fergie from Black Eyed Peas...
May. 23rd, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
oh, they are that aggressive now eh? Some of their beliefs can be quite bizzare for example when the founder spoke about how chaos is being caused by aliens who have begun to invade the human mind and its ideology and culture. But i thought the Singapore Falun Gong practioners were more discreet and focused more on the practice itslef involves meditation and breathing exercises.

Hmm..the similarities? Both are the 'hot chick/sex bomb' of a formerly all-guy group which helps alleviates their image/popularity with the media/fans i guess. I think Fergie is overrated though..But u do know that her image has changed so much in the years. She used to be this all-american blonde girl and starred in a kids show on Disney channel..now she's styled into some latin hot chick (she isnt latino btw). Too contrived imo but that's smart marketing i guess..
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May. 23rd, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
Ha! Is YC playing Rome: Total War?? Heh! Kick-ass 3D RTS with historical elements from ancient Rome.

Amanda Ling looks pretty cool in that pic.....


May. 23rd, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
yeah..that's his current game-of-the moment! I dunno abt the 3D + historical elements stuff at all..only that he has to command the greatest force of ancient world and do some mega battle every night leaving poor me alone *sobsob*

Amanda Ling is really a looker. Initially, I thought she looked like Yvonne Lim (that MCS actress) but she's less lian, more rock and looks more hip!
May. 23rd, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
if i were in the mascot costume, i'd go round grabbing people's asses with those hands.

linda and i walked past one of the big walk drink tents opposite the esplanade on saturday night and we thought that maybe if we partied till dawn, we could find you there or something.
May. 23rd, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
waliao! let's hope you'll never be a mascot or you'll be the first one charged with sexual harrassment :P

heh..u'll find grouchy ol' me that if you stayed on till 5.30am in the morning!
May. 23rd, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)
nice shoes~!
wow, you wore wedgies to work? so glam! :)
May. 23rd, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: nice shoes~!
eh..that's my old pair of slippers from Guess! Yeah..it does look like a wedgie :P not glam lah, trust me..
May. 23rd, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
oh man...5.30am???? on a long weekend??? i can die!! but you have the most interesting job working for the media...fun fun fun!!
May. 23rd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
yeah..early eh. That's why i had to leave ur place earlier.
Yup..it is fun to work for the media though i gotta admit, i prefer tv :P
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May. 23rd, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
ya!! she very pretty! haha i din think much of her when i saw her on mag... i think she looks much better in real
May. 23rd, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
she isnt that photogenic for sure...especially the pics at Maxims (or was it FHM)..she looks way better irl!
May. 25th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
TNP Big Walk
The message on the T-Shirt is:

"Jiu Ping" is like sun shine,
it brightens the world.

I was told "Jiu Ping" is the name of a book.

Don't see what is the fuss. Why would police stop people wearing T-shirt bearing that message?

Is police in Singapore have nothing better to do?
May. 25th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: TNP Big Walk
according to someone who commented in my post, jiu ping is “Nine Commentaries” – a series of nine essays providing an historical analysis of the Chinese Communist Party and the effects on China over the past century...that would explain why the police would not allow the tee-shirts to be worn due to it's political nature..

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May. 26th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
Some sharing about Falungong with you 1
Hi all:

First of all, I apologize if the message is too long and cause any inconveniences. I write this up after reading through messages posted by friends in this chat room showing concerns and doubts on Fa Lun Gong. I sincerely wish that you could spend a few minutes to read through this message. I’ll like to share my personal experience about Falungong with you all. I sincerely appreciate your kind attention and patience.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Yee Yan, 24, I am currently a postgraduate candidate doing research in NTU. I have nothing different from you all, having a normal life, study in school, eat 3 times a day, sleep at night, have friends and families.
The only additional thing I do is to spend an hour or more to practice “qi-gong” – Falun gong everyday. People used to feel strange or uneasy when listen to the word “Falungong”. Can you recall since when do you start to have this feeling? Well, it was since few years ago when the media all around the world are broadcasting a lot of negative news on Falungong. So how is this come about? Please allow me to share with you some history and facts about Falungong. It will probably clear your doubts.

Falungong practitioners practice “Truthfulness, compassion and forbearance”. (http://www.falundafa.org/) In other words, we practice to be a kind and good person through raising our moral values. For myself, I really benefited deeply after practicing falungong. I learn to be considerate. Whatever I do, I’ll take care of others’ feeling. Through learning books written by our master, I learn to get rid of bad thinking such as jealousy, selfishness, materialistic etc. Also, through practicing, I gain a healthy body. Since I practice until not (more than a year), I am not infected by any diseases. I am always happy when I have a chance to help others. I will not angry even others treat me badly. I can’t behave in this way previously. This phenomenon in fact happens in all true falungong practitioners. Some of them who suffer from serious disease, even proven to be incurable by doctor, regain their health after practicing. We believe that this is achieved if a person practicing Falungong can clean their mind and soul, raise their moral values plus practicing the qi-gong movements. Of course, there are other qi-gong practices that are good as well. It’s just I found that falungong is very effective especially in cultivating my mind. Well, you may ask if this practice is really that good, then why there are all these bad news about it?

Continue on next comment, sorry~
May. 26th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
Some sharing about Falungong with you 2
For this, I would like to share with you the history and facts about Falungong. Falungong is originated in China by Mr. Li Hong Zhi in 1992. It spread out at a rapid pace to reach a population of 100 million practitioners (merely in China) in 1999. As most of us realize the tactic and thinking of communism, it can’t bear the number of people practicing Falungong is more than the communist’s members. (http://back.faluninfo.net/why/) So, the president of CCP at that time – Jiang Ze Min, just force the whole CCP government to ban Falungong, despite a lot of the ministers do not agree on it because a lot of them are practicing and they knew it is really a good practice. Since then, a lot of false news are created saying that falungong practitioners immolate themselves, killed their families and all kinds of horrible acts. At that time, almost the media worldwide broadcast these news from CCP. That is the origin of people’s bad impression on Falungong. In fact, it was totally the other way round. In China, hundreds of thousands of Falungong practitioners are being caught, tortured inhumanely (http://faluninfo.net/torturemethods2/) and killed by the police in CCP, all just because of practicing falungong. Can you imagine a few months old baby was tortured to death just because her mother practices falungong? A female practitioner being stripped off and forced to stay in the male’s prison because she practice Falungong? Policemen forced pipe into body of practitioners through nose and pump in urine, shit and dirt? (http://faluninfo.net/gallery/default.asp) Can you imagine all these inhumane behaviors currently happening in China in this 21st century? It has persisted for 6 years and most people are not aware of it?

That is the reason why all falungong practitioners are eager in giving out brochures regarding the persecution to all people. Because we believe that, people like Singaporeans are kind and helpful. This can be seen from various aids given to tsunami victims, cancer patients etc. That is why we are spending our own money to make brochures, VCDs and other materials, giving out to people. We are not trying to expand our population or to make any chaos. We just hope that kind hearted people will understand the truth of persecution and hope that more people will support us to stop the persecution. You can see, the cruel persecution has been going for 6 years. But all falungong practitioners around the world have never reacted violently. Why? Because we practice forbearance. I always remember the teaching of our master – “people can treat us badly, but we can never treat others in the same way”.

We are just clarifying the truth to raise awareness. And we often feel sad because lots of Singaporeans have lost a chance to learn this qi-gong since it is really good for mind and body and also the learning is FOC. We teach because we wish that others can also be benefited from it, like what we did. We won’t get one cent from people who wish to learn.

I hope that my above explanation has cleared most of your doubts.
May. 26th, 2005 08:07 am (UTC)
Some sharing about Falungong with you 3
Well, before I end I’ll clear another few doubts raised in the chat room.
1. Do we protest during bigwalk?
People who saw us will probably know our group walked peacefully all the way. We are playing drums because we wish to share our joys and spirits with others meanwhile transmitting a message that we are a legal association in Singapore (many people doesn’t know this) and we are the same with all others, we are not those troubles creators 

2. We wear the shirt with jiu-ping for?
Well, as some friends have mentioned, jiu ping means nine commentaries. It is a book written by Da Ji Yuan (www.dajiyuan.com). It is freely downloadable from (http://english.epochtimes.com/jiuping.asp). We found that it is interesting because it actually review the history of communism such as CCP and one of the issue raised is the reason of evil persecution on Falungong by CCP, which we found it very helpful. That’s why we wear it and wish that people can read and understand. (Not for earning money )

3. We believe alien will invade human?
Hehe. This is a bit funny. In fact our master said, alien will NOT invade human. Anyway, we believe that people who do bad things will have bad consequences. This is also one of the main reasons why we clarify truth to others. Because as Falungong is such a good practice, we believe in the existence of Buddha and god. When people have negative thinking or even hatred on Falungong, those people will have bad consequences. We do not wish that to happen so we clarify truth to others 

4. Why police interfere the wearing of t-shirt with jiuping
Oh, most of the policemen and government personnel are also not known to the truth on Falungong. They also have bad impression and think that we are trouble makers. Also, as you know Singapore has very close economic relation with China, there plenty of pressures from China to suppress falungong members. So policemen tend to be very nervous when dealing with falungong members. I feel sorry to make them so tired. I wish that they’ll understand us slowly .

Well, I should end here. There are still a lot more to share with you all. Once again, I sincerely appreciate your time and kindness to read and understand this passage. I welcome any queries. We can discuss it here or you may send me email at limy0018@ntu.edu.sg, msn at lim_y2@hotmail.com or call me at 67591178. If you wish to show support on us, just spread the truth about falungong to others! Worldwide falungong practitioners from 72 countries say thank to you!
May. 29th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
Re: Some sharing about Falungong with you 3
hi there
if u'd read my comment in tomorrow, you'll realise i did note that the group did walk peacefully and i didn't see it as any form of protest..the part abt 'the alien' were what i read when i goggled on falun gong .
some eg.

thanks for commenting and providing your input on Fanlun Gong..
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