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Apart from seeing our logo, Lyo & Merly plastered everywhere (even my mum now has a YOG T-shirt!), we’ve now got a few more “mood videos” to get you in the mood for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics.

There’s one about a football fanatic who doesn’t quite make it to the big time…

Another about an ex-diving queen who wants to take her grandson to the Games…

One about an aspiring badminton player getting set to do battle at the YOG…

And my personal favourite, an ex-track star reminisces about his glory days. (watch out for a cameo by a true-blue Singapore Olympian)…

Which one do you like? ๐Ÿ™‚

And if you can tell me what these people all have in common, I’ll send you a pin. (Only while stocks last. Stock = 1) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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In less than 12 hours, we’ll be looking at a new country to join the ranks of the great footballing nations who have won the World Cup.ย  Come to think of it, we’ll also join the ranks of nations who have hosted an Olympic event in less than 40 days!

But threatening to overshadow the showdown between The Netherlands and Spain, are two very different animals who have made their picks for the match.

Never have two non-speaking pundits been in the spotlight for so long, and it’s refreshing how they can not watch a single match and be more accurate than the ones who spend hours dissecting players (not literally of course), tactics, and conditions.

Paul the Octopus from Oberhausen has been getting it right match after match with his mussel picks. (See video for example of his latest prediction)

I hear the German football fans were furious after Paul’s predicted loss against the Spanish materialised and have suddenly developed an appetite for all things octopus.

Yummy!

Many ways to cook an octopus...

octopus balls

Yummy..!

When there's not enough Paul to go around...

Octopus-shaped sausages may hopefully help Paul survive?

The Spanish Prime Minister has offered him protection from octo-hungry Germans, but maybe Paul should just get some protection from big brother, Davy Jones.

octoface

I wouldn't mess with Davy Jones... would you?

Mani (he has his own wikipedia entry!) on the other hand, lives in Singapore (yey!) and thanks to his new-found fame, has started to get 10 customers an hour, compared to 10 a day.

News report:

The draw (complete with sound FX):

I’m throwing in my hat with the parakeet on the (irrational) basis that it’s cuter and lives in Singapore, so GO HOLLAND! ๐Ÿ™‚

What do YOU think? (Assuming you’re not a clairvoyant animal of any sort…)

P.S. Apologies for going AWOL, and thanks Hamsterboy and Steph for checking in regularly during my absence. The number of entries I now owe is starting to look ominous, and perhaps I need to go back to basics – I did only promise at least 100 words + 1 picture, but looks like I got a little overambitious. :p Time to re-examine my strategy!

Usain Bolt is our latest YOG Ambassador! ๐Ÿ˜€

Need I say more?! (see the official media release)

jamaican lightning bolt

We're thrilled to have you on board!

The list of YOG ambassadors now includes the world record holder for the women’s pole vault, the fastest fish man in the water, and now … the fastest man on land. If flying were an Olympic event, I’m pretty sure the gold medalist would be one of our ambassadors too.

Coincidentally, his team mates Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell and Dexter Lee from the Jamaican sprint team visited us last year, and back then, we had a debate about important things like whether Asafa Powell looks better than Usain Bolt.

Hmmm… maybe it’s time for a poll.

Deeper down the rabbithole of backdated blog entries I go…! I am now 4 entries behind. *gulp* I’m going to attempt 2 today, so one more is probably popping up later tonight.

Anyhoo, yesterday was a blur of activity for the team at Ngee Ann Polytechnic‘s Singapore Youth & Media Conference, where Mr Teo Ser Luck officially launched our WhyOhGee Community. (See the media release)

Victor, Vicson (no relation to Victor), Deanna (who reappeared after disappearing to Cambodia), Wangwang, Kok Siong, and eventually Amanda were mobilised to help out at the event, manning 3 hi-tech (read: touchscreen) sign-up booths. Sorry for the poor picture quality, was shooting from my mobile phone camera!

giant ipad, anyone?

Almost like Minority Report (minus Tom Cruise)

Most of the folks were quite impressed by the touch-screen games, and we found ourselves in danger of becoming part-time Acer salespeople at some point. (hmm… wonder if Acer salespeople get paid well.)

crowds!

Ack! Where did all these people come from?!

We were kinda overwhelmed by the numbers of people who were queueing to sign-up. Some of the crowd managed to sign up on their mobile phones (yes, it’s that easy! just go to http://www.singapore2010.sg/community) but most of them were waiting patiently for one of three terminals, and in total, we scored about 100 signups in just over an hour! I guess having the chance to win a Lyo or Merly plush does make things more exciting for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

hunting in packs

I've also learnt that girls in pinafores travel in packs

In fact, our mascots were so popular that they were “kidnapped” by super-enthusiastic fans several times in the course of the morning. We almost had to pry them free from their kidnappers.

mugshot #1

Merlynapper caught in the act!!

But maybe it was the waves of youthfulness that me and Victor were not so used to. Within 3 hours of packing up, the both of usย  were down for the count. Actually we’re both on medical leave, but still at work anyway. (Shhh!)

So, take pity on the both of us sickly old men and join us on the WhyOhGee Community! It’s no community without “U-N-I” (“you and i” geddit??) Hurry up and add us as friends too (we’re feeling lonely and unloved)

FYI, for those of you cool people we photographed at the event, you stand to win prizes if you go in and TAG yourself in the pictures! If you don’t remember whether you were photographed, maybe these will refresh your memory:

bieberfan!

someone likes justin bieber. teehee!

zzz...

we like your honesty

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock with industrial-strength earplugs on, no, there is nothing rude about my headline at all.

This is a Vuvuzela.

vuvuvuvuzela

Very loud, very irritating

Yes, this thing has caused much discomfort for folks at the World Cup: Players (Patrice Evra, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo are not fans of this thing), commentators (it’s been likened to “a giant hive full of very angry bees”), and people watching at home (i can’t repeat what they’ve said about this thing without blushing) alike.

You wouldn’t think that something whose name sounds like the reproductive organ of a female zebra would be as loud as this thing is, but it clocks in at 127 decibels – that’s just a vuvu-whisker shy of a jackhammer (130 decibels).

I’ve checked the spectators’ guide for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, and no, you will not be able to bring along your Vuvuzelas. (But I’ve also found a free application that gives out a little whimper of what the vuvuzela sounds like on the iPhone. It’s still muchos irritating though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Just thought I’d let you know before anyone gets any ideas …!

And in other news, I’m blogging from Kuala Lumpur this evening and not sure if I’ll be able to sign in tomorrow (cousin’s wedding to attend) but normal service will resume on Sunday. Don’t miss me too much! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The man that feeds most of SYOGOC (or at least he dishes out the food) now dishes out football predictions too.

go mexico!

I think our French translators decided not to eat after they saw this

Who needs John Dykes, Shebby Singh or Steve McMahon, when we now have our own resident pundit? We’ve got our very own Malay Uncle selling Nasi Padang (hereafter known as MUSNP until I get his name) doling out his own free tips. No subscription required.

Doesn't he look like an older Michael Ballack?

Go Germany!

Forget the over-analysis, bad jokes and endless advertisements. Just good ol’, home-cooked food for the hungry with a free scoreline prediction.

germany for the cup

No guesses for who he's backing to win the cup

Maybe if Germany wins, we’ll start eating bratwurst and sauerkraut, but more about the food from MUSNP in another entry. ๐Ÿ™‚

For those of you who were in Singapore yesterday, you are probably aware of how the skies suddenly opened up and decided to hit us with the biggest rain storm in a long while.

Water, water everywhere

I think it's safe to say our clock is waterproof?

Most of us in Kay Siang (not too far away from waterworld Orchard Road) escaped somewhat unscathed, but for those who were working or shopping in the Orchard Road area (otherwise known as Singapore’s shopping belt), things might have gotten a little soggy (that’s putting it mildly) from the onslaught of what appeared to be “tea with milk”.

The Olympic Superstore

I don't think there were many people at our Olympic Superstore ...

But good to know that despite the superstorm, our Olympic Superstore is still open for business! Yes… even in the face of all the tea in the world! While many who were affected might be rather cross about Orchard Road becoming an overpriced storm drain, I’m sure there might be other people out there who have been keen on having the floodwaters stay a little longer.

does Lyo swim?

"Row, row, row your boat... right down Orchard Road!"

Last photo (and other smarty pants remarks) courtesy ofย  my colleagues Chew Jin Jia and Kartik Agrawal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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