Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

And no, I'm not a teddy bear.

Good Friday – A day of reflection and giving back

A big happy Good Friday to those who’re celebrating! I’m no a religious person myself and of course, didn’t know much about Christianity. On Wednesday I was walking with ChoYee and Jaslyn from lunch and was reminded that Good Friday is on this week. Curious, I jumped into this impromptu questionaire session with Jaslyn, who celebrates the festival with her family and church members. Knew a little more about Good Friday and Easter Day, thanks Jaslyn for the enlightenment. I hope you’ll have a great weekend celebrating… and others too!

Again, I would like to apologize profusely that I’m so busy I won’t be leaving any comments on your blogs for the next few weeks. Take it as a debt I’m extending to you guys, which I will gratefully repay when I’m done with all the exam baloney.

The L’Aquila Earthquake

Countless of news agencies covered the tragic earthquake that struck Italy. Measuring at a magnitude of 6.3, it struck the central Italian region of Abruzzo on 6th April, leaving 100+ dead and displacing up to 28,000 people. To make things worse, the prime minister said that the displaced population are so well cared of that they should consider themselves to be on a “camping weekend”1. Of course you could say that – sitting in your office overlooking the rescue efforts. What a travesty.

Boston.com compiled 30+ photos from various sources and put together another stunning and impactful gallery as their latest ‘The Big Photo’ feature, The L’Aquila Earthquake. Some may find a few photos slightly disturbing – user discretion is advised.

Here are a few photos that really left me shaken after browsing through the whole gallery. The most impactful one, I would say, is #27.

A firefighter cries after finding his daughter, dead in the rubble of a collapsed house after an earthquake in Aquila April 7, 2009. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

A firefighter cries after finding his daughter, dead in the rubble of a collapsed house after an earthquake in Aquila April 7, 2009. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

A woman is comforted as she reacts following an earthquake aftershock, at a makeshift camp in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A woman is comforted as she reacts following an earthquake aftershock, at a makeshift camp in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

More photos are available at Boston’s The Big Picture gallery for the earthquake.

Thumbs up to the Italian police forces, firemen, rescue workers, health workers who’ve worked day and night to rescue and take care of earthquake victims. It’s very heartening to see the people of Italy uniting together at such hard times, showing graceful, unconditional care and concern for those who’re injured or dead. Kudos to Madonna for donating a large, undisclosed sum (it was rumoured to be around $500k) to the victims in Italy. My thoughts are there for those who’ve lost their lives in the disaster, and my prayers are up for them as well.

Sponsor Lee, and help disabled children

I recently read about webdesigner and blogger Lee Munroe attending the London Marathon to raise funds for disabled children.

Sponsor Lee to run the London Marathon for Action for Kids

Sponsor Lee to run the London Marathon for Action for Kids

He will be doing all the hardwork of training for the marathon and running on the actual day, and all he needs is for you to chip in a little and donate to Action For Kids. Take it as doing a good deed on Good Friday and Easter weekend – any amount of money will do. He will also be linking donors/sponsors to his run, but that’s not the main point – if you donate just to get listed (and get all the SEO love all over yourself), boo.

If you can help, just do it. Kudos to Lee for his effort!

Fonty Friday: Fontin & Fontin Sans

We’re here again, for Fonty Friday! Jos Buivenga, the designer behind Museo (and Museo Sans), Fertigo, Anivers and Delicious, brings us Fontin and Fontin Sans. I’m always impressed with his typefaces – they’re unique and interesting. Elegantly designed, not horribly generic (and boring), lovely, regular spacing between characters.

Fonty Friday - Fontin & Fontin Sans

That’s all for this Friday’s updates! Happy Good Friday, people!

  1. “Berlusconi gaffe as he says quake homeless should enjoy ‘a camping weekend’s” – News article
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