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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 5, 2011

Universal Studios in Singapore disappoint us

WE SPENT THE weekend with our children, in-laws and grandchildren in Singapore. It’s a treat to my two eldest grandkids who just did well in school. We went to Universal Studios and we’re kinda disappointed as it lacked many of the attractions in the original L.A. studios. You can go around the whole theme park easily as it’s quite small, unlike in California where we failed to see everything as it’s really so huge. The weather in Singapore was intensely hot and humid. Walking around was so enervating.

The other weekend, we’re at the graduation and recognition day of our grandkids at Rosevale School in Cagayan de Oro City and got so bored by the very long speeches of the speakers. The introduction of the guest of honor took 30 minutes. The speech of the guest himself took an hour. We fell asleep. When we woke up, he was still yakking. All graduation speakers should be told to make their talks short and concise. There’s virtue in brevity, especially for schoolkids with shorter attention spans. Even the speeches of the valedictorians in grade and high school were so tedious, harping on the hackneyed reaching for your dreams, etc. etc. The best speech was actually given by a 7-year old kindergarten graduate, Torconi Muyalde. It was to the point and delivered so well with humor. No wonder he got the loudest applause of them all.