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The Word is Eye Power

Eye Power n. [Eng.]: Use eye power :stand by and watch instead of participating or helping out. (slacking off) v: eye powering.

Popularised by young Singaporean males during their mandatory national service* (See Slavery pg. 923) Often used sarcastically. Sentence: ” Wah, your eye power level what already? ” Translation (non-sarcastic) : ” Excuse my interjection, but it would mean a lot for me if you could help out just a tad bit. ”

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Disclaimer: The video was made for satirical purposes.


2005 Renee Tan The Sunday Times, 27 February, 38 Eye power. What is means: To describe someone who is looking on without physically helping out with a task. How to use: “Help me move this bed! You stand there using eye power ah?”  

2005 Hong Xinyi The Sunday Times (from Straits Times Interactive), 19 June. Eye power. Army use: Used by instructors to a soldier who is watching idly while his platoon mates do the real work. Civilian use: Used by sarcastic wives to couch potato husbands who never help with the housework. Example: You are watching Baywatch while I do the dishes? Wah, you have a lot of eye power hor.

Related Words.

Wayang v: translated literally into ‘acting’:an essential survival skill for National Service. At the most basic level, wayang-ing (present continous) is to pretend that you are actually working, while in truth you are slacking off. In the army, there is usually no correlation between doing your work well and getting rewarded for it, like getting off (leave) or an early book-out (early release). Therefore, it only makes sense to wayang your two years (average length of servitude) away since there is a limited amount of time served but an unlimited amount of work to finish.

Chao Keng v: Malingering, usually achieved with a polyclinic MC or Medical Officer’s excuse letter. Deeply frowned upon by your platoon buddies, since they will have to pick up the slack you left by leaving. Unless, of course, all your NSF buddies have already chao keng-ed before you, beating you to the punch.

Arrow v: To ‘kena arrow(ed)’ is to get assigned a task. This is a fundamental concept of NS — you will either be assigned sai kang (lit. shit work) or will have to do another person’s work for him. From cleaning toilets to moving crates, getting arrowed is something you should not aim to achieve. This is where eye power, wayang and chao keng should be carried out immediately.

Garang adj:To be overtly enthusiastic. You should avoid being garang in NS, since other NSFs, or conscripts, will only see you as trying to suck up (boot lick). Similarly, regulars will only take advantage of your willingness to work by pushing their work to you.

Tracking the 2D into 3D

Let’s face it, I spend most of my time on my computer. Be it lying on my bed with my macbook or gaming away on my pc.

Here are some of the data I collected based on my mouse movements over time. The lines represents the paths and the circles represent the length of time spent hovering over that position.

IOGraphica - 1.2 hours (from 23-52 Feb 19th to 1-07 Feb 20th)This first data sample was taken from my PC at 1920 x 1080 over a period of 1.2 hours of activity (Dota), from 23:52 Feb 19th to 1:07 Feb 20th. This was just a test.

IOGraphica - 39 minutes (from 4-54 to 7-02)


This was taken from my macbook, 39 minutes (from 4-54 to 7-02) of web surfing.

IOGraphica - 13 minutes (from 13-36 to 16-31)Macbook pro, 13 minutes (from 13:36 to 16:31), surfing, 1 of 3 progression.

IOGraphica - 33 minutes (from 13-36 to 23-14)45 minutes (from 13:36 Feb 19th to 5:43 Feb 20th), 2 of 3 progression.

IOGraphica - 3.5 hours (from 13-36 Feb 19th to 18-16 Feb 23th)23.5 hours of usetime (from 13:36 Feb 19th to 18:16 Feb 23th), 3 of 3

Steady as she goes.

Food maketh the Man

Looking at food from another perspective- that which drives the armies of the world. 

Over here in Singapore, we have quite a wide range of MREs to choose/trade around, from Asian stuff like Chicken Porridge, Fried Noodles, Bobo Chacha (a sweet coconut based dessert) to Western cuisine- Pasta, pasta and more pasta. Aside from the typical MREs, there’s a lot of other shit thrown in our packs, Horlicks Candy, Sweet fruit favored tea, Smarties(shitty M&Ms), Fruit bars (I personally love these), Biscuits, Instant noodles (usually taken raw), 3 in 1 Milo (also at times taken raw), Packet drinks, Canned drinks- the list goes on.On on hand, i guess, it’s hard to take Singaporeans away from their food. I mean you’re out in the jungle, its 31 degrees, the mosquitoes are biting through your slacks, camo on, its fucking raining while the sun is out, the foxhole’s halfway done, but when it’s time to eat, all the problems seem to fade away.

Also, we’re kinda conscripted to they have to give us that.

A quick peek at what’s for dinner.

Based on these pictures and descriptions, certain nuances and cultural elements be identified? Can you guess which country do these MRES/Combat rations hail from?


This ration pack contains several sachets of grapefruit and exotic juice powder to add to water, and Italian biscotti, but also more familiar treats such as liver-sausage spread and rye bread, goulash with potatoes, and for breakfast sour cherry and apricot jams.
While there are Bear Paws snacks in this ration pack, there’s the shocking omission of maple syrup. You have the choice of salmon fillet with Tuscan sauce or vegetarian couscous for the main meal. There is also the makings of a peanut butter and jelly (raspberry jam) sandwich for breakfast.
Almond poppy seed pound cake, cranberries, spiced apple cider  and peanut butter and crackers make up this very ______  meal package. The main – pasta with vegetable “crumbles” in spicy tomato sauce – is less traditional, but the “flameless heater” shows off _____  tech skills – just add water to the powder in a plastic bag and it heats up enough to warm the plastic meal pouch.
A streamlined but sophisticated ration pack offers soldiers deer pâté, cassoulet with duck confit, creole-style pork and a crème chocolate pudding. There is also a disposable heater, some coffee and flavoured drink powder, muesli for breakfast and a little Dupont d’Isigny caramel.
This ration pack contains a breakfast shot of 40% alcohol cordiale, a powdered cappuccino, lots of biscotti, and a disposable camping stove for heating parts of the meal, including a pasta and bean soup, canned turkey and a rice salad. Dessert is a power sport bar, canned fruit salad or a muesli chocolate bar.
This pack is dotted with familiar brands from Kenco coffee and Typhoo tea to a mini bottle of Tabasco. The main courses include the ____ favourite, chicken tikka masala, and a vegetarian pasta. There’s also pork and beans for breakfast, and lots of sweets and snacks from trail mix to an apple “fruit pocket” that looks like it might not be out of place in a school lunchbox. Plus packets of Polos and, of course, plenty of teabags.
Stuffed peppers, chicken-meat pâté, smoked sprats, and liver sausage with potatoes make an eclectic menu here. Plus, crispbreads on the side, and halva with vanilla for dessert. Breakfast is muesli, a fruit pocket and honey.
This particular ration pack has more small treats than any of the others. Most of it is packaged by the military, from a serving of love-it-or-hate-it Vegemite to jam sandwich biscuits and a tube of sweetened condensed milk. The bag includes a can-opener-cum-spoon for getting at the Fonterra processed cheddar cheese, and main meals of meatballs and chilli tuna pasta. There are lots of sweets and soft drinks, and two unappetising-looking bars labelled “chocolate ration”.
The  pack has American technology (the flameless heater) but British tastes. There is Earl Grey tea, beans and bacon in tomato sauce, a golden oatie biscuit and Rowntree’s Tooty Frooties.
This lunch pack has cans of green beans with ham, squid in vegetable oil, and pate. There is also a sachet of powdered vegetable soup, peach in syrup for dessert and crackers handed out to go with the meal in place of bread (not shown). There is a disposable heater with matches and fuel tabs, as well as lots of tablets: Vitamin C, glucose, water purification, and rehydration.

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The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction

In The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin talks about shifts in perception in art through time and it’s consequences.

“During long periods of history, the mode of human sense perception changes with humanity’s entire mode of existence. The manner in which human sense perception is organized, the medium in which it is accomplished, is determined not only by nature but by historical circumstances as well”

As we progress, Walter Benjamin discusses about the loss of an aura through the mechanical reproduction of art that represented the originality of the work in question, especially in film and photography.

“Let us compare the screen on which a film unfolds with the canvas of a painting. The painting invites the spectator to contemplation; before it the spectator can abandon himself to his associations. Before the movie frame he cannot do so. No sooner has his eye grasped a scene than it is already changed. It cannot be arrested….The spectator’s process of association in the view of these images is indeed interrupted by their constant, sudden change. This constitutes the shock effect of the film, which, like all shocks, should be cushioned by heightened presence of mind. By means of its technical structure, the film has taken the physical shock effect out of the wrappers in which Dadaism had, as it were, kept it inside the moral shock effect” (Benjamin, 238).

As for me, I feel that it is part of the inevitable evolution of art.

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Breakfast at Night: Bacon & Eggs

Using food as medium to instigate changes through perspective and environment which ultimately lead to a change in the atmosphere.

Imagine being served breakfast late into the night, or a 5 course meal in the middle of a coffee shop.


This shift in the atmosphere might lead to whole new range of interpretations, reactions  and sensations through the consumption of said food. And based on these physical and metaphysical alterations  lead to different triggers to our memory.