Pro Wrestling Documentary and New Site!

Pro Wrestling Documentary and New Site!

It has been yet another six months since my last post. But let me explain myself! A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes for the last few months. In 2015, I embarked on an independent film project. If you have been following my updates here, you would have had a sneak peek at some of the work processes! The short documentary was in the works for almost a year due to some unforeseen circumstances. Despite the hiccups, my team and I delivered and finally released our short documentary Blood, Sweat and Bodyslams on 7 July 2016. I want to personally thank the team and everyone who has supported us, for the patience and the love. I couldn’t have done it without all of you.

So in case you haven’t seen the short documentary, here it is!

Big shout out to Andruew and the SPW peeps for being so supportive. It’s been only 5 days and the video is nearing 600 views. Truly appreciative of the love.

Next big update would be the launch of a new brand and site. Some of you would have found out by now that on 16 July (yes, mark your calendars!!), my friends and I will be launching a new brand called BrojectX!

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BrojectX is a site that will carry articles and content, not limited to, Sports, Outdoors, Travel, Arts, Entertainment and Health. If you are familiar with some of the posts I publish on here, the site is going to be similar but on a much larger scale! My panel of 10 writers will put in our best efforts to present to you some of the most interesting and informative pieces. There will be partnerships with bloggers, YouTubers and companies around the world. As of now, we have a couple of posts already scheduled for our launch date.

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There’s so much more to come. It would mean the world to us if you could take some time to follow our social media accounts. We will provide you with the latest updates regarding our launch.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrojectXsg/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brojectxsg/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brojectxsg/

This leads me to the question some of you might have. So now with the launch of BrojectX, what happens to Omenha?

I will still be posting my personal projects and pieces here every now and then. But at least for the next few months, I will be channeling my time and energy to running BrojectX. Once things have settled and eased in, I will be putting up works that are independent of BrojectX here. Do not worry. It is still the same me. The Edwin here will be the Edwin from the new site. I will still be recommending music, events and movies. I will still be conducting some exclusive interviews.

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every single reader. I can’t wait to welcome you to BrojectX on 16 July! See you there 🙂

Edwin Chan

 

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2016

2016

I’ve taken a long long break from writing. It’s been exactly half a year since my last post. I can barely find much time to write anymore because
I’m either too exhausted after returning home from camp, or out catching up with family and friends.

In a blink of an eye, I’ve been serving the army for 8 long months! And in a blink of an eye, 2015 is nearly over. I’ve been on here for 4 years and I don’t recall ever having a proper year-end reflection. So what would be a better way to close this year than with a reflection post?

I’d say it’s a year filled with mostly downs, unfortunately. I’ve faced some of the most challenging events this year. From having to adapt to the army life, to losing people who meant the world to me, the worsening of my own health and some other personal problems. To be frank, I have never been put through anything as challenging as these. There were many moments when I felt like giving up, forgoing my dreams and just let things be the way they are. It’s hard to put these experiences into words, mostly because people will accuse me of exaggerating or telling lies for the sake for viewership. But hey, take it how you will or must.

There are days I wake up asking myself why do bad things happen to good people and why of all people, I have to be the one experiencing these unfortunate events. But as the saying goes “Life is unfair”, so I guess there is no real answer to these questions. Of course, as time passed, things got better. Not because my luck changed and certainly not because I found the RESET button. It is simply because I understood that there’s always a silver lining and that our perspective on things can change how things are.

I’m not going to wallow in self pity, neither am I going to pray for an easier life. Instead, I told myself that every challenge and every adversity is an opportunity to grow and mature into a better person.

 

Here are some advice and I hope it helps you as much as it helped me:

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1. Spend more time with your loved ones.
We get so caught up with having fun, playing games and chasing our dreams that sometimes, we just conveniently forget about the people around us. Don’t wait till it’s too late before you realise that you should have spent more time with your family. Take them out, have a meal together, watch some TV, tell them you love them.

 

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2. Be happy

Life isn’t going to be easy or smooth, Don’t expect it to be. You can’t change or dictate the events in your life. However, you can choose to be positive about anything that comes your way. Regardless of what you are facing, be happy because a positive mind-set is half the battle won.

 

 

3. Do what you love

A fulfilling life can only be obtained if  you are doing what you love. Record a cover, go watch a concert, start a blog, write a book, travel or maybe pick up a new sport. Go out there and pursue your dreams (of course not at the expense of your own well-being or sacrificing too much time with loved ones!)

In 2016, I will spend more time with my loved ones, be happy and do what I love.

Here’s to a fulfilling 2016. I hope I can learn so much more and share my experiences 🙂 I’d love to hear about your 2015 or your goals for 2016. Let me know!

That’s all for now and I’ll see you all soon (I hope!)

 

– Edwin Chan

 

 

 

You Ask, I Answer! #4

I’ve decided to bring back “You Ask, I Answer” officially! Believe it or not, the last proper post under this category was more than 2 years ago. Since readers have been sending in questions, I thought it’d be a good idea to answer them here.

This time, I’ve got 2 questions and I shall answer them separately but within the same post. So let’s not waste any more time and jump straight in to the first!

“What are your views on fat & skinny shaming?”

Before I begin rambling and ranting, why don’t we get to the definitions first? Skinny or fat shaming simply means the intentional act of picking on people due to their body types. This can include extreme forms of verbal abuse or cyber bullying as well. So my view on it? It has got to stop. Both Skinny AND Fat shaming. A lot of attention has been placed on “Fat Shaming” as it happens more often. People are starting to take a stand against it (which is good, don’t get me wrong!). However, we have all seem to forgotten that there are skinny/underweight people being bullied as well. People always ask me why I look like a bamboo pole or why I have “stick-arms“. Truth is, I eat healthily and I exercise. It’s just that my metabolism rate is so ridiculously high that I can barely put on any weight. Such comments hurt and are not very pleasant to hear.

Equal attention should be placed on skinny AND fat shaming simply because I feel that they are both unacceptable. They are just as bad as any other forms of bullying. Often, victims develop anxiety issues or depression as a result of hurtful words from bullies. In the worst cases, victims may even take their own lives. So why go out of your way to make life miserable for someone else? Just because their body type is not one which you like looking at does not give you the rights to be mean or hurtful towards them.

However, with all that said, I am NOT glorifying being overweight or underweight. These are serious health concerns as well. If someone you know is obese or anorexic, you may want to recommend them to seek medical help. We can say no to bullying, but it shouldn’t mean we turn a blind eye to health issues. Yes, we should be comfortable in our own skin. But we should also aim to stay healthy and fit for our own good!

“Should all students be given free education?”

Well, this one is debatable. I feel that it will depend on the economic state of a country as well as the general wealth of the population. If everyone can afford to pay for their own education then the government should not have to bear additional responsibility and provide free education. Also, if a country that isn’t doing too well economically, she may not be able to spend that amount of money on free education as other sectors such as healthcare may require it more.

However, for a country like Singapore, I believe education should be made a public good and not a private good. We are doing pretty well economically and most of the necessities are met. Since there are bound to be benefits for the society when its population is well-educated, we might as well make it available for all. Also, it has been proven that a well-educated population would equate to lower crime rates and higher employment. Both of which are very key factors to a stable economy.

I’m not looking down on those with little or no formal education. Instead, I’m simply pointing out the correlation and the benefits of having a well-educated population. Feel free to disagree with my views but let me know what you think. Although in Singapore, formal education is compulsory until Primary 6 (6th grade in the States), I personally feel that Primary School education is barely sufficient. Minimally, one should at least finish post-secondary education as it would equip one with necessary skills to be in the work force. Be it in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Polytechnics or Junior Colleges, one would be able to acquire useful practical or theoretical skills to contribute positively to the society and larger community. So yes, I think education should be free at least till the post-secondary level.

Like I’ve mentioned, do not hesitate and feel free to share with me your thoughts and views on the same issue. You can disagree, but don’t bitch about what I’ve written. You could, however, bring it up and we can have a discussion 🙂

Thank you once again to the 2 anonymous readers who sent in your questions. I’m more than happy to answer your questions so as long as they do not touch on sensitive topics. As for the documentary, do keep a look out as it will be out in the coming months! I’ve been really busy but I’ll try my best to keep this blog updated. Thank you for your support and for reading. I truly appreciate it!

That’s all for now. Take care and I’ll see you soon!

– Edwin Chan 

Update

Hello all!

This is a short post to update you on what is going on. Firstly, many of you have been asking about the documentary and its release date. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, it is still in the production and editing phase. I can’t give you an exact date at the moment but I promise it’ll be out as soon as possible!

Secondly, I apologise for not being able to post on “Skinny and Fat Shaming”. I’ve been busy with packing and preparing for my National Service. Yup, I’m going to serve in the army soon! So during my initial phase of training, I will not have as much time as I would wish to have. Hence, all Omenha projects and work will be put on hold until further notice.

Thank you for your continuous support and contributions. Don’t worry, the site will be up and I will start posting again once I have the time. Do follow my social media platforms to be updated about new posts!

Take care and I’ll see you all soon!

 

-Edwin Chan

“This title isn’t interesting! This post sucks!”

People are going to judge you regardless of what you do. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. You can’t quite satisfy society. 

Have you ever wondered why people judge? Or, ever questioned yourself on why do YOU judge others? I’ve pondered about these two questions on several occasions. Let’s just say I’m not too convinced with my own conclusion, but it’s the best I can come up with for now.

Being judgmental is, in my opinion, in our nature. As humans, we tend to look around and make comments about everything and anything. “Oh, that’s ugly!” “Damn, he looks like an anteater!” (Yes, I’ve been compared to an anteater before and, no, I’m not at all offended!). We can’t help but to categorize things, draw comparisons and criticize anything that we personally cannot understand or agree with.

Also, some people simply find the need to be superior compared to others. In order to attain that superiority, they put others down. This, I find quite amusing because I’d rather not be “better” than anyone. It keeps me constantly motivated to improve my craft.

So do I think judging is fine? Well, it’s not exactly right to do so, but I don’t think it’s within our control. You can’t stop someone from having a judgement on things, neither can you completely refrain from commenting on the things and people around you.

Regardless of what you do, people are going to judge you. Damned if you don’t, damned if you do.

There are going to be people who will create this judgement and this assumption of you based off your looks, gossips or rumors they heard about you/your past and also their first impression of you. I’ve been judged by plenty based off rumors. Many others have. These people would rather believe what they hear than to find out for themselves. I’ll admit I’m guilty of judging others too quickly as well. However, as I get to know the person better through PROPER INTERACTION, 90% of the time I’d take back my words and initial assumptions.

So what’s the takeaway from this? Being judged or judging others is not something you can put an end to. Learn to accept the criticisms, the judgement and the comments. Build an empire with the bricks they throw at you. Don’t ever let them put you down. You don’t have to prove your worth to anyone but yourself.

Not everyone is going to agree that you are a nice person. Keep doing what you do (unless you are doing horrible things), work hard and stay humble. At the end of the day, they don’t have to like you, but they will have to respect you.

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There is however a fine line between judging and shaming. A reader of mine sent in a message asking me on my opinions on skinny/fat shaming. I’ve decided to answer that on another post which would be up in a couple of days so stay tuned!

That’s all for now. Take care, and I’ll see you soon! You can send in your thoughts, comments and suggestions to me via the contact form or email them at omenhawp@gmail.com

I’ll be glad to get back to you 🙂

-Edwin Chan

Famous Amos

Hey people!

I’ve been avoiding this topic intentionally for quite some time. Simply because I couldn’t be bothered feeding the troll. However, since a reader of mine sent in a message requesting that I share my thoughts, I shall now break my silence on this!

I think the title has made it pretty obvious on what I’m going to be talking about! So yup, you guessed it, it’s on the whole Amos Yee saga. I’m too lazy to elaborate on the story so in case you are one of my foreign readers, here’s what’s up!

Before I further elaborate on my own thoughts about this, I recently read this post from Tosh Zhang (or Tosh Rock). It summarizes how I feel about this whole situation pretty accurately. He took the words right out of my mouth, so there’s no reason for me to rewrite something which would sound almost exactly the same. (Just in case anyone claims I stole content or something like that.)

Credits to Tosh Zhang
Credits to Tosh Zhang

This was the first thought that came into my mind when I heard about the video (Believe it or not, I did not bother to watch it). For someone to behave like this; to have absolutely no sensitivity and compassion, could possibly reflect the existence of behavioral problem.

I’ve read the transcript of the video and I must say, he is not entirely wrong. He did in fact bring up a few relevant points. However, his inability to phrase his arguments WITHOUT the excessive use of profanities has resulted in people questioning the legitimacy and validity of his claims. On top of that, he simply chose a bad time to rant because after all, Mr LKY had JUST passed on and  people are still mourning and devastated.

Aside from what Tosh has mentioned, I think this entire saga reveals something really ironic about our society as well. This point was brought up by one of my friends, Tarmidzi, and I completely agree with him. We want freedom of speech BUT we cannot handle freedom of speech. What this boy did was exactly what we have been asking for – the right to voice out our own opinions. Yet he gets criticized for doing so. This shows the reality and that is that you can’t have too much freedom of speech because people are going to be offended.

The true form of freedom of speech (in my own opinion) would have to come with a price – and that is the need to self-censor and be sensitive to how others feel. Which is pretty paradoxical if you think about it.

So what can we take away from this saga? There are bound to be assholes everywhere. But, no one is born an asshole. Circumstances and upbringing shape them to be who they are today. If no one corrects them, they’ll live a life thinking they are right. So instead of condemning them, we should see if they require professional help. Talk to those “assholes” around you and you’d be surprised at how similar their backgrounds are.

I’m not condoning Amos’ actions, but I don’t see the need to criticize him either. He loves the attention, even if negative. So let’s not feed him any, and it’ll die down soon. I hope someone actually counsels him and finds out how to help him out.

What are your thoughts on this saga? Is the punishment too harsh? Is he entirely wrong? Let me know in the comments or drop me an email 🙂

That’s all for now! Take care and I’ll see you soon!

-Edwin Chan

Work Attitude

Something got on my nerves recently and I couldn’t resist the urge to write on it (Pfft Edwin, what’s new?!). The title says it all and yes I’ll be talking about people’s attitude towards work. Work here refers to things we do and not necessarily a career or a paying job.

I find poor work attitude absolutely unacceptable. I mean unless you are held at gun point and forced to do something you dislike then you’re probably justified to have poor attitude (but then again you’d probably be killed). However, if you chose that particular job/work and/or are paid for it, then what would be your reason not to put in your best effort? So I’ll go straight to the point now and explain what fueled me to write this post today. I came across an article written by a “writer/contributor” recently on a topic that I’ve touched on before. It was on a rather well-known and “high traffic” site. I had friends messaging me and recommending that I take a look at his work since it was on a similar topic. But it shocked me to find out that the article had less than 200 words. Even at the Primary school level, I was able to write 150 words for my composition essay. His post was written with almost no effort at all. It was sloppy, and it was a disgrace to the art of writing. The person even has the audacity to be called a “contributor”. It was nothing more than a pathetic excuse of an article. The lack of effort reflects his poor attitude towards writing an article. It seemed as though he was there to fulfill an expected quota rather than to share his insights and opinions.

Now, now, before anyone is going to call me whiny, let me put it into perspective for you. Here you are, spending more than 5 hours researching on a topic, spending precious time seeking permission from various parties to use their photos/media, carefully organizing and structuring your article and to have only 150 views and a few likes. And there he is spending 10 minutes writing a paragraph, using photos without crediting owners and he is getting recognition and possibly getting paid too. Put yourself in this position and tell me if that pisses you off.

As you would have noticed, I decided to leave out the name of the writer and the site simply because this post isn’t a personal attack and neither is it here to shame the person. This post is definitely more than that. The main message that I’m conveying is that I believe one should take pride in their work and give their best. If it’s something you choose to spend time on then give it your best, your 100 %. If you’re paid for it then you should be putting in even more effort. I’ve given nothing less than my ALL in my posts, podcast episodes and upcoming documentary. The lack of positive work attitude cheapens the craft and value of your work.

Okay, now that I’m done ranting, I just want to say that I really hope to see less of such people in the field of creative work. It’s truly disappointing to see people being credited and recognized for sub-par work because it’d only demoralize hard-working content creators.

Meanwhile, the Omenha Podcast will be put on hold once again due to construction works around my house. I can’t record due to the excessive noise so I hope you’ll understand! That’s all for now. Take care and I’ll see you soon!

-Edwin Chan