26 April 2015

Panda porn: 50 shades of black & white



I felt like I needed a cigarette afterwards.

And I don’t even smoke. (Can you smoke a bamboo shoot?)

I haven’t seen such unabashed coverage of wild sex acts in mainstream media since the opening of the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie in February.



I’m no prude but I made it a point not to see the movie despite the hype. Actually, the hype kinda turned me off.

I mean, who does egotistical billionaire Christian Grey think he is anyway? Iron Man?



The only climax I would pay to see on the big screen is superheroes fighting robots in an orgy of CGI mayhem.

Fifty Shades Of Grey has been labelled as “mummy porn”, although I’ve yet to catch my mother guiltily reading the E.L. James novel or watching the movie on her tablet alone in the dark.



But last week, like Malcolm McDowell in the aversion therapy scene from A Clockwork Orange, all of Singapore was made to watch an even more deviant form of smut — panda porn.

We want to turn away, but we... just... can’t.

On Tuesday, photos and videos of pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia attempting their first hook-up at River Safari were unleashed on the unsuspecting world.

Look at Kai Kai answering Jia Jia’s booty call.



Look at Kai Kai sniffing Jia Jia’s booty.



Look at Kai Kai climbing on top of Jia Jia's booty.



Ewwwwww!

Why are we being inflicted with Fifty Shades Of Black And White?



Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) could’ve at least rated those images PG for Panda Gross.

Why isn’t WRS going to court while eating a banana to face charges for the distribution of obscene material?



I found the images so beastly that I wished Ikea had offered discounted tickets for its Ikea Family members to view them so that I could boycott the Swedish company.

In case you didn’t get that reference, some people called for a boycott of Ikea last week after the furniture giant advertised that it’s offering discounted tickets to loyalty card members to a magic show featuring anti-gay pastor-magician Lawrence Khong.

I used to be an Ikea Family member. Now I just go there for the hotdogs and meatballs.

Speaking of hotdogs and meatballs, Kai Kai apparently didn’t know where his were because he didn’t manage to inseminate Jia Jia during that much photographed mating session.

The pandas must be as frustrated as Rui En at last Sunday’s Star Awards, where she won nothing.

“He just didn’t know what to do,” said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, the chief life sciences officer at WRS, about Kai Kai. “I think he’s just too young. He’s just a boy.”

Hey, I’ve been there, Kai Kai. I was a boy once, too.



Dr Cheng explained that Kai Kai did not have any older pandas as “a role model” in captivity.

I suspect Kai Kai also didn’t have access to the Internet so that he could learn to how to make babies from online porn, uh... I mean, online sex education videos like the rest of us do.

So you can’t blame Kai Kai for having some performance anxiety.

I don’t need a doctorate from a degree mill to know that even I wouldn’t be able to finish the job if someone was taking pictures of me during my first time. I would be too worried about looking fat on camera to focus on inseminating my mate.

After Kai Kai’s failure to launch, it was decided that Jia Jia would be artificially inseminated as female pandas are fertile for only 24 to 36 hours a year.

Yes, there’s a video for that as well.



If only my wife and I had considered artificial insemination when we were trying to conceive our first child 19 years ago. She, too, only had a short time window every month when she was able to conceive, although it was days rather than hours.

My wife calculated when those days were and circled them on a calendar with a heart. On those “heart nights”, I was scheduled to inseminate her like a panda in a zoo.

Pressure? What pressure?

Unlike Kai Kai and Jia Jia, there were no cameras involved.

Today, the result of those “heart nights” is failing economics in junior college.

We don’t know yet if Jia Jia’s artificial insemination is successful. The earliest WRS can check for signs of embryo is three months later.

If she gives birth, I hope her offspring is better at economics than my son.

As for Kai Kai, maybe he can watch Fifty Shades Of Grey to pick up some moves for his future “heart nights”.

No, wait, the movie is rated R21. He’s only seven years old.

He could read the book instead.

- Published in The New Paper, 26 April 2015



22 April 2015

Clarie, Joelle, Graci: Social media-created 'recruitment bait' arms race escalates

It started with this Cyberpioneer Facebook post:


What does Military Expert (ME) 1 Clarie Teo enjoy, when she is not busy keeping ship engines running in tip top...
Posted by cyberpioneer on Sunday, April 5, 2015


Mothership.sg called it "the ultimate recruitment bait video".


Wanna join the navy? :-P
Posted by The Singapore Daily on Monday, April 6, 2015


It went viral and the idea that it's a recruitment ad stuck.


Here are some questions about the Singapore Navy's eyebrow-raising video.
Posted by Yahoo Singapore on Tuesday, April 7, 2015


As I've tried explain in my column, it was not intended as a recruitment ad.

That was two weeks ago.

Then Alvinology posted this:


The Singapore Army fights back! Look! They have a pretty girl with a higher rank than the Navy's ME2 Clarie Teo!...
Posted by Alvinology on Saturday, April 18, 2015


Other sites followed suit:


The Singapore Army is having a go at it after the Navy pulled it off successfully.
Posted by Mothership.sg on Sunday, April 19, 2015



Move aside, ME1 Clarie Teo.
Posted by Yahoo Singapore on Sunday, April 19, 2015


At least it's an actual recruitment ad.

And so the social media-created charms race began.


ok now finally the airforce has answered the Navy and Army chiobu challenge. With this 8:49 2.4km. Will the Navy and...
Posted by KNN - Kaki News Network on Tuesday, April 21, 2015


So recently the Singapore Navy had started features: ME1 Clarie Teo, follow by Singapore Army, 2LT Joelle Cheong and...
Posted by Lovely Singapore on Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The Republic of Singapore Air Force is indeed above all.
Posted by Mothership.sg on Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Even the Home Team has been dragged into it:


Ok SAF do finish liao, its time for home team.What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts! Please follow and support www.fb.com/knn.sg
Posted by KNN - Kaki News Network on Tuesday, April 21, 2015


And it all started with this non-recruitment ad:



ME1 Clarie Teo is just one of many women from Mindef who have been featured on the back page of Pioneer magazine. It's sort of like the magazine's centrefold but on the back page. And the models keep their clothes on.

Cyperpioneer then took it to the next level by producing the makeover videos.



Since we're so enamoured with women in the military at the moment, let's just get it all out of our system once and for all:

CPT Mailyn Sim May Rong, 25, Assistant Operations Officer, RSS Intrepid
Cyberpioneer, 27 Feb 2015






Wong Tien Kwan, 27, Total Defence Engagement Executive, Nexus
Cyberpioneer, 30 Jan 2015






CPT Katie Lin, 25, Staff Officer, Joint Operations Department
Cyberpioneer, 29 Dec 2014






CPT Joyce Xie, 31, Apache pilot, 120 SQN
Cyberpioneer, 29 Sep 2014






ME 2-1 Rain Teo, 26, Marine Engineering Specialist, RSS Intrepid
Cyberpioneer, 30 Jul 2014






Sally Xie, 23, Staff Officer, Human Resource Systems Department
Cyberpioneer, 24 Jun 2014






ME1-1 Latha Ramaya, 21, Navigation Specialist, RSS Tenacious
Cyberpioneer, 28 May 2014






Joy Wong, 26, Media Relations Officer, MINDEF Public Affairs
Cyberpioneer, 29 Jan 2014






Eliza Martoyo, 24, Asst Production Services Manager, SAF MDC
Cyberpioneer, 27 Dec 2013






CPT Vivien Lee Ying Na, 24, Platoon Commander, 48 SAR
Cyberpioneer, 26 Nov 2013






ME4 Olive Lim, 24, Medical Company Team OIC, Army Medical Training Centre
Cyberpioneer, 30 Jul 2013






Fiona Ang, Staff officer, Naval Personnel Department (NPD)
Cyberpioneer, 25 Jun 2013






ME1 Melissa Lim, 24, Navigation operator, RSS Dauntless
Cyberpioneer, 29 May 2013,






ME2 Joanne Tan, 31, Air Force engineer,
Air Engineering & Logistics sqn, UAV command

Cyberpioneer, 26 Mar 2013






LTA Nur Atiqah, 24, Platoon Commander, Officer Cadet School
Cyberpioneer, 30 Oct 2012






CPT Tong Wei Lynn, 1st Battalion, Guards
CyberpioneerTV, Oct 23, 2014





AND FINALLY...

Into the Fray - The Making of a Female Soldier
CyberpioneerTV, Jan 22, 2015



19 April 2015

Oh, Cheryl! Un-Un-Unbelievable should be official theme song for SEA Games losers



Dear SEA Games organisers,

So the countdown has begun to the opening of the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 5.

A long-time fan, I’m old enough to remember when they were called the Seap (for South-East Asian Peninsular) Games.

I thought changing the name to the SEA Games was confusing because not all the games are held at sea. Many are held on land.

I was very young then.

But young people are different now. My 16-year-old daughter, for instance. The only countdown she cares about at the moment is to the opening of Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron in the cinemas this Thursday.



Kids today — all they know are superheroes and whatever nonsense that’s going viral.

So I’ve been thinking, how can we get young people, like my daughter, to be more interested in the Seap Games, I mean, SEA Games?

Well, you know what they say, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Not that I’m suggesting we should introduce a new sporting event where our athletes battle super robots while levelling an entire city.

At least not until we get this whole artificial intelligence thing licked.

What I’m suggesting is that the SEA Games should go viral.

As in online, not Ebola.

For example, you know how the Internet went nuts last week trying to figure out when Cheryl’s birthday is, even though she’s clearly just trolling Albert and Bernard?



It was at first presented as a Primary 5 maths problem, but it was later revealed to be a question from the Secondary 3 and Secondary 4 Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO) contests held on April 8.

According to the SASMO Facebook page:
Being Question 24 out of 25 questions, this is a difficult question meant to sift out the better students. SASMO contests target the top 40 per cent of the student population and the standards of most questions are just high enough to stretch the students.
So it’s basically The Hunger Games for maths nerds.



Hey, if they can have a “Math Olympiad”, why don’t you have a “Math SEA Games”?

Instead of Cheryl, Albert and Bernard, you can have Siti telling Ah Boon and Bala separately the month and the day of her birthday respectively, then sit back and watch the world burn.



Actually, no one really needs to find out anyone’s birthday any more because Facebook will send you a notification.

Granted, a competition where school kids have their souls broken by difficult maths problems may not be the most live broadcast-worthy of spectator sports.

Fortunately, there are other ways to go viral, like with videos.



I saw your video for the official SEA Games song Unbreakable by former Singapore Idol finalist Tabitha Nauser.

It looks very nice. The video features such competitors as swimmer Joseph Schooling, bowler Jazreel Tan and silat champion Shakir Juanda.

But you know what’s missing from the video?

I mean, besides Nauser the singer?

Actor Chen Tianwen, star of the Unbelievable viral video.



And you know, instead of Unbreakable, what the song should be?

Unbelievable, the song that Chen sings in the Unbelievable viral video.

After all, both songs already have a one-word title that begins with the same three letters.

The difference is that your Unbreakable video has fewer than 200,000 views (as of today) on YouTube since it was uploaded on April 9.

By contrast, the Unbelievable video has a million views on the Channel 5 Facebook page since it was posted on April 13.




The video has been shared online so often that my wife’s friend threatened on Facebook: “Sorry, folks. I am intolerant of bad English and poor diction. Anyone who thinks that Unbelievable song is funny, I will unfriend you.”

That’s when you know you’ve made it — when people can’t stand you.

I guess what I’m saying is that you should adopt Unbelievable as an official SEA Games song. I believe it can work.

Unbreakable is the theme song for those who win in the SEA Games. Unbelievable is for those who lose because they will be “stunned like vegetable” as Chen sings in the video.

I understand that you may be reluctant to use my ideas because frankly, they’re kind of stupid.

But I have one last suggestion.

Why don’t you change the name back to the Seap Games?

It’s just so much more fun to say.

Yours sportingly,
S M Ong

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