So thanks to Chun See, an article about my blog appeared in the New Paper today. Mr Ho is of small build and looked like he's in his 20s. He came to my office's cafeteria with photographer Mr Mohd Ishak who brandished a very professional-looking Canon EOS-1 Mark 2 digital SLR which cost several thousand dollars. He took a few dozen photos of me posing 'facelessly'. The two powerful flashes alerted one of the security staff who came and investigate what was happening.
Reproduced below (portion in blue) is the article here for all who care to read but especially for my good friend and colleague Chris who'd rather save 80 cents on the price of the tabloid. He just refused to buy the paper even though I told him that our mutual friend Chun See was also featured. I don't know why Chris is still my good friend. Maybe next time I'll just call him "my colleague".
'Old dogs' can do good blogs
Mr Victor Koo, 51, owner of victorkoo.blogspot.com, in which he writes about everything under the sun
He wanted to show that "every old dog could do a good blog".
So when IT consultant Victor Koo's younger colleague threw down the gauntlet two years ago, he promptly picked it up and started up his blog Taking Up The Challenge (victorkoo.blogspot.com).
Light-hearted and jokey, Mr Koo writes about everything under the sun.
One funny post about "Chingrish" (his word for Singlish) involved having his readers guessing an object based on a poorly-written label - and he even created funny awards for the contestants, including a "Booby Award".
"There's a joy in blogging - you have to be in it to realise it," he said.
"I'm my own writer, my own publisher, I don't need permission from anybody. There is no need to censor myself - within reasonable limits," he added.
Almost too much joy sometimes. His wife, a civil servant, is not in favour of his hobby because he spends too much time on the PC.
She prefers him to coach their two sons in schoolwork instead.
"So I have to show some self-restraint sometimes, kek-kek (pretend) go and do some coaching," he joked.
However, Mr Koo also values his privacy. So he refuses to put any clear images of himself on his blog, relying instead on the relative anonymity of his name. Which is also why he declined to show his face for this report.
"You have less inhibitions to say what you want," he said. Once you identify yourself, you have restrictions. Your relatives will know. Your friends will know. You become more guarded."
His is in contrast to former chief executive officer of insurance giant NTUC Income Mr Tan Kin Lian's blog, tankinlian.blogspot.com.
The 59-year-old has been blogging since 2005 and has gained a sizeable following for his blog as he dispenses his views on financial matters and insurance, and the occasional tidbits about his personal life.
"Many people write to me for advice. I also wanted to give my views on social issues, so that more people can learn to live a better life in Singapore," he said.
Gee, thanks for comparing me to a former CEO who is still a household name, Mr Ho. Why is it that suddenly, I feel not only faceless (in every sense of the word) but also so small?
For the benefit my colleague Chris, here is the part where Chun See mentioned his (Chris') blog:
But hanging with the younger folk online isn't always easy. One of the blogs he frequently reads simshaddy.blogspot.com, often ends each post with the letters LOL.
For a long time, that confused him.
"I didn't know what was LOL. I thought LOL meant 'lots of love'," he said.
Now wouldn't you LOL or even ROTFLOL (roll on the floor laughing out loud) at that?