Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games

The 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held here in Singapore this summer. The Youth Olympic Village will be at Nanyang Technological University. The country has been gearing up for it for months, with banners, flags, signs, and countdowns all over the place. There's even a Youth Olympic Games song that has been playing over and over again, on TV and sometimes in stores. It is IRRESISTIBLY CATCHY, and after you hear it, you'll probably spend the rest of the day repeating "Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, HEY! Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, HO!" over and over in your head until you feel like you're about to go insane. At least that's what I do. Anyway, enjoy it.  The song is called "You Are the One, Singapore" and it's written and performed by local artist JJ Lin.

It reminded me of the 2009 National Day song, which also got stuck in my head all the time (maybe I have a problem). I still really like the song, "What Do You See," which was performed by a local band called Electrico. I know that some people thought it was cheesy, but it still gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.  You can see it here:

I watched the second video, but in my head I'm still saying "Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, HEY!!!!"


  1. Stumbled across your blog from a link on BoingBoing, and I must say it's been a totally fascinating read. It's interesting to see things that locals generally take for granted from a foriegner's POV.

    This is definitely going on my RSS feed :)

  2. Thanks so much! I'm glad you're enjoying it!

  3. A big part of the appeal and excitement of 2010 YOG is that it is the first Summer Youth Olympics ever! S'pore was almost equally excited about Asian Youth games last Summer (also the 1st ever). The television coverage was terrible, though (they only showed Singaporean athletes). So, this year we're even considering going to watch some events where the action is.

    Yeah, the song is quite catchy ...