Halloween 2013 part 1 (Gushcloud goes USS)

I know it's rather late but i'm finally here to blog about my Halloween experience this year ;) Halloween was pretty exciting this year, considering the fact that there were a whole lot of parties for me to attend, but I could only attend two - USS with the gushies and another party with my clique!

This post will be mainly visuals, with very little words here as I've not been having enough time to do up a proper blogpost at the moment ><  Sorry T_T

Click on the " read more " button if you wanna see more!

USS with the Gushies :) 

#SomeoneLikeMeSg


As a youth, what is one of the common topics that you and your friends talk about?


FOOD? GIRLS? PARTYING? CARS? SCHOOL? OR EVEN TEACHERS? LOL 

Well frankly speaking, I've to admit that my friends are really active when it comes to sex so sex would definitely be one of the topics that we would ALWAYS talk about.

However, though we may talk about sex a lot.. I've never had to guts to admit the fact that I'm inexperienced in sex. I'll simply brush off the matter and just change the topic quickly, as I fear that they would think that I'm a loser for not having sex regularly, etc etc.


For other people, let's say you for example! Maybe you're shy when it comes to stuff like this (talking about sex). You're afraid to voice your thoughts and questions which are related to sex as people may deem you as a pervert. So you'll just keep quiet and be the norm just like everyone else.

There's where the title comes in, to save the day -  World AIDS Day!


This year, there is a campaign called #SomeoneLikeMeSG which is held in conjunction with World AIDS Day. It is a global campaign for young people to revolutionize their own sex education. By normalizing conversations about sex, the aim is to empower a generation of young people to lead their own sex education and, ultimately, to take action to help shape a world free from HIV.

If you're in a blur of what's going on, basically there are more and more younger people who's lacking when it comes to sexual education. Therefore, they tend to do things dangerously, let's say... have sex bareback (without condom), which may lead to pregnancy or even HIV!!!

So yeah, this campaign is here to break down the myths and barriers that confine sex education. This means starting a big, global, frank conversation about sex. A conversation that says, ' you are not alone', that ' someone like me' has the same worries, concerns and questions about sex as you do! This way, when the young talk about sex freely, the HIV message will also be naturally introduced into the conversation.


Let me be your teacher today and let's talk a little about AIDS and HIV. I will be answering some of your questions which are related to AIDS/HIV.

Is there a difference between HIV and AIDS?
Yes. HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus that causes AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which is the disease that attacks the immune system of the body. So, HIV is the virus, while AIDS is the disease

Most common ways of being infected? How do people get infected?
There are 3 modes of HIV transmission:  1) Blood Transfusion; 2) Unprotected Penetrative Sex (UPS);
3) Mother to Baby during pregnancy and during delivery.

In Singapore, sexual transmission remains the main mode of HIV transmission among Singapore residents. Of the 469 cases reported in 2012, 457 cases acquired the infection through the sexual route. SO GUYS, PLEASE START USING CONDOMS! Protect yourself as prevention is always better than a cure.

What should I do to avoid infection? 
A: You can practice ‘ABCD’: A for Abstinence (the practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol or sex.) .B for Being FAITHFUL. C for using the correct and consistent use of condoms and D for early detection. These principles are relevant for everyone regardless of the risk group they belong to.

What does HIV do to my body? Most common signs of HIV infection?
A: HIV attacks your immune system, which serves as your shield against sickness. Most common signs of HIV infection are similar to flu and fever infections. Hence the only way to know for sure is to take the HIV Test.

Where can I get tested?
A: You can go to any hospital or clinic nearest to you. You may also go to: Mobile HIV Testing and Counselling Service, visit www.afa.org.sg for their schedule OR Anonymous Counselling and Testing Service, visit them at Block 31 Kelantan Lane, Singapore 200031

I'm done with the Q&A LOL. Shan't type too much before the rest of you start falling asleep. So let's get back to the #SomeoneLikeMeSG topic.


For me, I'm afraid of what I've written above. I admit that sometimes I even feel pressured to have sex early as I'm afraid that my friends will look down on me when they find out that i'm inexperienced. 

However, I'm looking at the positive side of this issue and never letting it bother me too much! 

I may be inexperienced, but it means that I'm much safer! You know the saying, finding a virgin nowadays is like finding a unicorn. SO I'M A UNICORN HAHAHA.

AND I'M SURE I'M NOT ALONE. 

So come, and join me. 

I'll be glad to see your involvement!!!! It can be something like....
 or

These are just some of my samples haha. But i'm sure you guys can come up with something even better, ya? hahaha

By participating in this #SomeoneLikeMeSg campaign, we can help to educate more people into having safe sex and also help educate them the dangers of doing it recklessly!!!

This year, we even have Durex Singapore on board. If you don't know what what Durex is, they're a company who have been making high quality condoms and products for more than 80years !!! Having them on board definitely helps to create more awareness for this year's #SomeoneLikeMeSg campaign. YAY. This way, we work together help to educate the mass audiences together and make this world free of HIV and AIDS!!! 

If you're interested to know more, and also to learn more about this whole campaign, educate yourself about sex/HIV/AIDS and other matters. Be sure to visit https://www.facebook.com/durexsingapore/app_236913943138127

Some other bloggers participated in a video shoot to voice out their thoughts on this topic.
Other than that, I'll also be attending the World AIDS Day party at Butter Factory on the 30th of November! Wanna win a pair of tickets for yourself? Just post a picture like I did, with a message for World AIDS Day on Instagram/Twitter with the #SomeoneLikeMeSG. Alternatively, you can post your picture to the Durex Singapore Facebook page. By doing so, you can even stand to win a pair of tickets to the World AIDS Day Party on 30th November at Butter Factory! So after posting, leave a comment below with your Facebook/Instagram/Twitter handle and your details and I’ll pick one lucky winner!

Let's play a part and start educating ourselves, with your help
 and obviously everyone's help

I'm sure we can help in shaping this world to become one free of HIV :) 

LET'S GO TEAM SINGAPORE!

Hello everyone!!!!
 Guess where I am? hahaha
 Fine, I'll give you a hint.
 Fine, I guess i'm just being lame and no one will ever guess it right. BUT the photo was taken in River Valley High School's library!! I was invited by the Singapore Sports Council for the launch of " Together We Are Stronger " campaign. My my, it was definitely a rush for me that day as I had to immediately drive all the way to boon lay from my work place. But I had no regrets!!! Cause I had a whole lot of fun and I even got a chance to take photo with our nation's athletes! Comeee, let me fill you in on what I did that day!!
 Yilin was there with me that day :) Posing with our goodie bags!! River valley high school is sooo ginormous! Don't you agree?
 A photo taken with Paralympic swimmer, Yip Pin Xiu!!! Yilin, my managers and I had a great time talking to her!! She's not only humble but has a great sense of humour too! hehe We took our time to settle down and waited patiently for a presentation by the students of RV.
 Look!! It's Mr K :) FYI, he's an Olympian!!!
The other two national athletes, Calvin and Asmin :)  Calvin is one of the finalists for Cleo Bachelor 2013!!! Girls, want his number? HAHAHA
 And joining them is our nation's basketballers!
The launch of " TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER "!
 Basically the whole concept is about Singaporeans coming together as a whole, to support one another and to support the Team Singapore athletes!!! Woohooo let's go #OurTeamSG !!! After a formal presentation, a Q&A session was exchanged between the students of RV and the Team Singapore athletes. It was really insightful as I learnt how the support from our people would actually help in motivating the athletes to work even harder !! After all, they're no different from us! We're all the same (in the sense that we all work better with encouragement), just that they've greater sporting achievements ;)
 We made our pledges together with the RV Students that day. TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!!!
Frankly speaking, it was rather tiring as we had to pose for quite sometime for the photos to be taken HAHAHA! But it was all worth it!! We even got onto the papers the next day :) 
Can you spot me and yilin? If you can't, please wash your eyes hahaha. 
 After the pledges, we went out with the students to form the RV formation! Some selfies with Yilin :) 
 Let me side track a little. I REALLY REALLY LOVE the whole design concept of River valley high school. It gave me a very " high school musical " kind of feel and everything in the school makes me think of my secondary school days ): 
 While the students were making the formation!!! Let me sidetrack a bit again, I LOVE THE GREEN FIELDS AT RV!!! It's the perfect place for one to stargaze as it's made of fake grass (No insects and other scary stuff).
 More selfies with Yilin while the students were completing the formations!
 Not gonna waste any chance taking photos with the athletes :) 
 Next was the group formation with the athletes and we were invited to be part of it !!! Too bad I do not have any photos of the formation with me but I think it's gonna turn out great!
 Some selfies with my frienagers :D 
 And we were almost done with the day!!! The rounding up of the formation was a really fun process! Next up, we got the opportunity to see the matches between the basketballers and the students of RV.
BUT before that, Yilin and I took some photos with the Team Singapore Mat. #notgonnawasteanytimetakingphotoswhentheopportunityistherehahahahaha
 While the coordinators were clearing the field. I took this photo hahaha. 
 It totally reminds me of the scene in toy story 
Don't you think so too? HAHAHA 
After which, the students of RV got a chance to exercise and have fun with the athletes. I took a video of me jumping over the hurdles... but it's all gone now since my Iphone5S was stolen... SIGH. So... make do with this okay? HAHAH
Warm up exercises. TO THOSE WHO'RE IN THIS PIC AND READING THIS, I'M SORRY HAHAHA!
We proceeded to the basketball court to join the rest and support the RV students as they were taking turns having their match with the national basketballers.
The turnout was AMAZING. The support and cheers from the girls was something I never got to experience nor see before... maybe cause I was from a neighbourhood school. Nontheless, I had fun watching the entire match !
The immense support these girls have for the basketballers were amazing!! I hope that everyone will show the same amount of support to Team Sg too!
The national athletes were giants if you compare them to the RV students hahaha. 
I used to play basketball in my teens and this RV student possesses amazing posture!! Posture is something important you need to perfect in order to score and yep, this guy scored one of the team. 
With Yilin again :) 
In overall, I was pretty touched by the immense support these students has for their sports team and the national athletes. It was something I never got to saw nor experience during my secondary school years and I'm really happy to be given this opportunity to experience this for myself. After the basketball session ended. We proceeded for a tea time session with the RV students. Took a couple of photos with the students who recognized me! :D
And that pretty much summed up my day at River Valley!!

 I hope that i'll be given an opportunity to interact with the athletes again as I had a really fun time that day!

TEAM SG, Do know that Tylerhikaru will be supporting you *takes out pompom and starts cheering haha* I hope that all you readers out there will show our national team some support too! I think that the national team will actually be really happy if they know that the whole nation is behind them when they're representing us and of course they'll do better la! Who wouldn't do better with cheers behind their backs :)

I really learnt a lot from this bonding session and enjoyed so much! The athletes will be competing in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games and ASEAN Para Games in Dec 13 and Jan 14, so don’t forget to show your support to our fellow athletes! Remember to visit www.ourteamsg.com to win a trip to catch the athletes LIVE at the SEA Games in Myanmar! I’ve checked it out and come on, let’s show some love to our fellow Singaporeans! National pride :)

 Before I end, here’s some videos featuring them!! Do check it out, it won’t take too much time!

 Team Singapore Para Athletes, Yip Pin Xiu and Nurulasyiqah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ2wMFGadC8 Team Singapore 100m Men’s Relay Team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz_ClhRhL-E Team Singapore Swimmer, Joseph Schooling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLpk9HVOBSo Team Singapore Paddlers, Isabelle, Clarence and Xuejie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGv8EPZ7WWw

Thank you Gushcloud and Singapore Sports Council for this amazing opportunity!!! :))

Now before you actually leave, here’s a little photo pledge you can do to show your support to our team SG! Just upload a picture of yourself wearing a touch of red, hashtag #ourteamsg on instagram and win that trip I mentioned earlier! Check out the people who have done their pledges! (from www.ourteamsg.com)

Try finding mine if you can! 
Look! It’s my post on www.ourteamsg.com! Don’t forget to do your photo pledge today and show them your support because together we are stronger!