脱胎换骨(Ronghao Li): English Translation

骨换了几堆 怎么还不完美

Ronghao Li (李荣浩)
脱胎换骨 (Reborn)
作词 / Lyricist:李荣浩 (Ronghao Li)
作曲 / Composer:李荣浩 (Ronghao Li)
编曲 / Arranger:李荣浩 (Ronghao Li)

I’ve been wanting to translate this song since March. After months, my love for this song hasn’t dwindled and here comes the translation. It’s about changing yourself for your loved ones (Should we? And should we demand that?). People used to say “I love you for who you are” at the start of the relationship and got frustrated with each other’s behaviours, habits and even opinions along the way. Let’s take the duration of this song to reflect on ourselves, have we been too harsh on our partner? Did we take things for granted?

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我的包 要放好
My bag has to be placed appropriately
不然你会觉得太烦躁
Else you will feel annoyed
烟酒的味道
You distaste the smell of cigars and alcohol
我的朋友说话 是无聊
Conversation with my friends is a bore
让我换些人结交
You ask me to change my group of friends

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我不爱 太多话
I am not good with words
你希望我能如流对答
You wish I could be more sociable
人情世故
To brush up on my interpersonal skills
怎么和人相处读什么书
To read books and learn how to get along with others
你说是为了我前途
You said that it’s for the sake of my future

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如果你非
If you insist
要亲手把我打造成谁谁谁
On reconstructing me into someone whom you desire
我也奉陪
I will go with the flow
⻣换了几堆
Despite having changed a few piles of bones
怎么还不完美
I’ve not reached your level of perfection
如果你非
If you insist
觉得成为和你一样的才对
On thinking that it’s only right for us to be the same
那谁为了谁改变才可歌可悲
Whose transformation will deserve a standing ovation?
当初为什么要成为一对
Why did we even get into this relationship?

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我不爱 太多话
I am not good with words
你希望我能如流对答
You wish I could be more sociable
人情世故
To brush up on my interpersonal skills
怎么和人相处读什么书
To read books and learn how to get along with others
你说是为了我前途
You said that it’s for the sake of my future

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如果你非
If you insist
要亲手把我打造成谁谁谁
On reconstructing me into someone whom you desire
我也奉陪
I will go with the flow
⻣换了几堆
Despite having changed a few piles of bones
怎么还不完美
I’ve not reached your level of perfection
如果你非
If you insist
觉得成为和你一样的才对
On thinking that it’s only right for us to be the same
那谁为了谁改变才可歌可悲
Whose transformation will deserve a standing ovation?

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算了吧 错与对
Forget about what’s right and what’s wrong
我已做好脱胎换⻣准备
My bones and soul ready for your reconstruction
如果你非
If you insist
要亲手把我打造成谁谁谁
On reconstructing me into someone whom you desire
我也奉陪
I will go with the flow
我面目全非
I’m no longer recognisable
这样完不完美
Am I perfect now?
如果你非
If you insist
觉得成为和你一样的才对
On thinking that it’s only right for us to be the same
那谁为了谁改变才可歌可悲
Whose transformation will deserve a standing ovation?
没关系就让我遁入轮回
It’s alright, I will proceed to reincarnation


Translated by PinkOlifant.

Microsoft Surface Pro – Crash!

Writing this post to comfort anyone who (still) holds faith in Microsoft Surface Pro. You are here because your Surface Pro, be it 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 had crashed, you have tried all means to power on/off, reset your surface using a USB recovery drive, forced a shutdown/restart/boot or whatever, but none of it worked.

Also, you stay in Singapore where there is no physical service centre and the reviews online are scaring you. Me too.

I still had about 1 year of warranty, so I have nothing to lose if I sent my malfunctioned surface pro back for repair (actually I was very worried that they would return me a refurbished set with a million scratches).

(1) Log in to your Microsoft account: https://account.microsoft.com/account?lang=en-gb

[Please log in to the account that you have added/registered the surface pro to. If you have not added/registered the surface pro, just log in to any Microsoft account and register it.]

(2) Click on the device which you wish to repair.
a. You should see a “Start order” button, click that.
b. Answer a few questions regarding your device (e.g., issue type and elaboration on your issue).
c. Fill in the shipping address (the address you wish the courier will pick up and deliver to).
d. Select service method (select warranty if it hasn’t expired).
e. Select shipping method (select courier which will be free if your warranty hasn’t expired).
f. All is set, you will receive a confirmation email with an order number and some information regarding how to pack your device.

(3) Steps to take before shipping away your beloved device:

Step 1: Verify your serial number
If you have multiple devices, please make sure the device you return for service matches the serial number provided in the email. (Serial number can be found at the back of surface pro.)
 Step 2: Back up your device
The device you send over might be replaced if it could not be repaired. If you still can log in and access your files, back it up. If you cannot even log in to your laptop, you can say goodbye to the files in there unless the files are stored in OneDrive.
 Step 3: Erase your data
Once again, if you cannot even log in, you cannot erase anything. Well, you can hope that your laptop is so beyond repair that all your information is gone.
 Step 4: Prepare your device or accessory for shipment
Please pack your device carefully so that internal and external components are well protected during transit. Put lots of bubble wrap and make sure there is a box to hold everything because that is required by Singpost.


Surface Book customers: Remember to include both the Clipboard and Keyboard that were originally paired together to avoid your device being sent back to you unrepaired. (Once again, this instruction is only for Surface Book users, NOT Surface Pro.)
 Step 5: Schedule a pick-up for your shipment
SingPost will call you within two business days to arrange a pick-up of your non-functioning device or accessory. Please note that pick-ups are scheduled within a three-hour window, Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

(I missed the first call from Singpost which came at around 7pm and they called again the next morning at around 11am. Do keep a lookout for the call as it could be very troublesome if we missed the call.)

If you do not receive a call from SingPost, please call +65 6845 6485 and reference the order number to arrange a pick-up.

12 days after shipping my device away…

I received a Surface Pro in a sturdy box. I opened the box with trepidation. It looked new! I searched ‘high and low’ for scratches…I was very sure it was not the original device because I could remember where the scratches were and now there was no scratch at all!

I set up the device and was happy all is well thus far (using it to type up this post) 😊

May your experience with Microsoft Support be as good as mine!

Cheers,
PinkOlifant

对等关系(Ronghao Li feat. A-Mei): English Translation

“不适合成为伴侣 做朋友却不甘心”

Ronghao Li (李荣浩) feat. A-Mei (张惠妹)
对等关系 (Equivalence Relation)
作词 / Lyricist:李荣浩 (Ronghao Li)
作曲 / Composer:李荣浩 (Ronghao Li)
编曲 / Arranger:李荣浩 (Ronghao Li)

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可能我 确实我 说了些什么
Perhaps, indeed, I’ve said something
害你几个年头 没笑过
Causing you to lose your smiles for a few years

可能我 确实我 做错了好多
Perhaps, indeed, I’ve made many mistakes
往爱情里拉扯 好折磨
Dragging on in love is torturing

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后来明白距离是会对某些爱情好一些
In the end, we learnt that having some distance could be better for some relationships
所以能不能不要再自以为是彼此了解
So could we stop pretending that we have a deep understanding of each other?

刻意疏远好难受
Intentional distancing is unbearable
留的言我好感动
I was so touched by the comments you’d left
好难忘那时候
It’s difficult to forget those times

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当我 放弃了再让自己忙碌不已
When I decided to give up and once again busy myself with life
听说 没了我你忘记了照顾自己
I’ve heard that without me, you’ve forgotten to take care of yourself
现在这算什么
What’s this now?
或许就是结果
Perhaps it’s the ending
狠下心都不说
We hardened our hearts to keep it hanging

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当我睡不著告诉自己要忘记你
When I couldn’t sleep, I told myself to forget about you
听说 提起我你还是会当众哭泣
I’ve heard that whenever I was mentioned, you would still tear
不适合成为伴侣
Not suitable to be partners
做朋友却不甘心
Yet not resigned to being just friends
那就僵持这局
Accepting this stalemate of
对等关系
Equivalence relation

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后来明白距离是会对某些爱情好一些
In the end, we learnt that having some distance could be better for some relationships
所以能不能不要再自以为是彼此了解
So could we stop pretending that we have a deep understanding of each other?

刻意疏远好难受
Intentional distancing is unbearable
I was so touched by the comments you’d left
好难忘那时候
It’s difficult to forget those times

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当我 放弃了再让自己忙碌不已
When I decided to give up and once again busy myself with life
听说 没了我你忘记了照顾自己
I’ve heard that without me, you’ve forgotten to take care of yourself
现在这算什么
What’s this now?
或许就是结果
Perhaps it’s the ending
狠下心都不说
We hardened our hearts to keep it hanging

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当我睡不著告诉自己要忘记你
When I couldn’t sleep, I told myself to forget about you
听说 提起我你还是会当众哭泣
I’ve heard that whenever I was mentioned, you would still tear
不适合成为伴侣
Not suitable to be partners
做朋友却不甘心
Yet not resigned to being just friends
那就僵持这局
Accepting this stalemate

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如果 发现我不会再主动想起你
If I no longer think about you of my own accord
如果 回到过去还是会说 对不起
If time could rewind I would still apologise
不适合成为伴侣
Not suitable to be partners
做朋友大可不必
There’s no need to be friends
那就结束这局
Let’s put an end to this stalemate of
对等关系
Equivalence relation


Translated by PinkOlifant.
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How to Invest in Cryptocurrency?

Beginner’s guide in using coinhako for cryptocurrency investment.

Eyeing at the cryptocurrency market but unsure of how to start? Frankly, I thought I would be the last person to invest in crypto. If I can open an account and invest in cryptocurrency, you definitely can.

A New Look for Coinhako

I was introduced to this beginner app – coinhako*.

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█ How to sign up or download? █

► Sign up for a free account either via the website or via the mobile app (Apple iOS or Android Google Play).

► PinkOlifant invites you to enter my invitation/referral code: 8PArTAq when you sign up!

► I would strongly encourage you to download the mobile app version so that you can buy or sell at your fingertips, unless you are on your desktop/laptop all the time.

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█ How to deposit SGD into the wallet? █

► The “wallet” you see in the app serves like “DBS PayLah!”. You transfer money from your bank to this wallet in order to complete transactions in this app.

► There are some rules to adhere to when you make a deposit to this “wallet”.

(a) Only make FAST transfers
NO PayNow, GIRO, SWIFT, over-the-counter or any other kind of transfer.

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(b) Only transfer funds from a bank account under your registered identity.
Differ a little is fine, for example, your bank account is registered under “John Tan Ah Beng” and the name in your official document is “Tan Ah Beng” or “Tan Ah Beng John”.

(c) Do NOT include words such as bitcoin, cryptocurrency, coinhako, etc.
Cryptocurrencies operate independently and in a decentralised manner, so even people without a bank account can transfer money to another at low or no transaction cost 24/7. Of course, there are other benefits which I shall not dwell on. Just don’t use any word related to cryptocurrency in your transfer comments to avoid a bounced transaction for which you may be charged!

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► When making a deposit, make sure the following tally:
Recipient’s name / Payee’s Name ➡ Beneficiary Name on your Coinhako App
Bank / Organisation / Institution ➡ Bank Name on your Coinhako App
Bank / Payee Account Number ➡ Account Number on your Coinhako App
Comments ➡ Deposit Code on your Coinhako App

► Once you have submitted the transfer, the amount should reflect in your “wallet” within minutes. If it doesn’t, submit a query ticket at support.coinhako.com. I have not submitted a ticket thus far.

█ How to buy or sell cryptocurrency? █

► PinkOlifant cannot tell you exactly which cryptocurrencies to buy…if I can I would have become a billionaire! However, there are some tricks or tips which can help us in forecasting the rise and fall of cryptocurrencies less blindly.

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► Visit coinmarketcap.com to have a look at the “Market Cap”, “Circulating Supply”, “Price” and “Volume (24h)”. “Market Cap” is calculated by multiplying “Circulating Supply” with “Price”. A strong “Market Cap” shows that the coin is relatively mature and stable.

► Would recommend beginners to focus on the top 10 coins. When you are more familiar with how cryptocurrencies work, you can explore other coins with lower “Market Cap” and invest in the potential ones by researching the funds and projects they are doing.

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► Buy low, sell high is definitely the rule of thumb. Look at the performance of the coin over 1Y (one year), 3M (three months), 1M (one month), 7D (seven days), 24H (twenty-four hours), 1H (one hour) before rushing into buying a coin. For beginners, we can take advantage of the “support”, the lowest points across the longer time frame (1Y, 3M and 1M), and buy the coins when they reach the “support” line. (Read this article to learn more about support and resistance.)

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This paragraph is solely a personal opinion.* The above graph is in USD, showing the price of Bitcoin over the period of 1Y (one year). There were two points where the prices fell close to 30.0k. So 30.0k is definitely a strong support in this case because it is quite unlikely that the price of Bitcoin will fall below that. Therefore, it is also quite safe to say that we can buy Bitcoin if it ever falls below 30.0k. Of course, whether it will ever fall below that level, it may, it may not, so we have to frequently update ourselves with crypto news as well as look at the directions in which the prices go.

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► You can set price alerts for the coins you want to buy or sell. Ask the app to alert you when the price falls below a certain level or when the price increases to a certain level. A piece of advice would be not to always take nice whole numbers as the benchmark. Prices do not always fall nicely to a “20” or “250” before rising or falling.

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► Once you have decided to buy a certain coin, press “buy” and complete the transaction within 15 seconds because the price will fluctuate here and now. If you are too slow in deciding, the price will change. (Besides coinhako wallet, you can also transact using GrabPay or credit/debit cards. Ensure you have linked the account or added the cards to prevent last-minute panic!)

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► There will be a 1% platform fee for all buying and selling. Use promo code “COINGECKO” to reduce it to 0.8%! (Don’t forget to sign up using this invitation link: https://www.coinhako.com/affiliations/sign_up/8PArTAq or enter the referral code: 8PArTAq)

► Do note that the buying price will always be higher than the selling price, so it is definitely not recommended to sell at the buying price!

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█ Final Words! █

► Set a limit: As a beginner, please do not dump your entire savings into this extremely volatile market. Set a limit to how much you want to invest, start small and learn as you invest.

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► Strategise: Record down the transactions you have made, preferably using excel or spreadsheet, so you are aware of the average cost should you have bought a coin at various prices. Think about whether you want to hold the coin for the long term or just wish to earn a certain percentage of profit from it. You can also find out more about the Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA) strategy.

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► Diversify: As the saying goes, “don’t put all eggs in a basket”, we should look at a couple more coins and not just invest in one. Always do some research about the coin before purchasing. As there are no regulations yet, there are histories of FAKE coins where the creators just run with all the money invested into a coin.

Wishing you all the best in your crypto journey! – PinkOlifant


*PinkOlifant will not be responsible for the consequences of using the product(s) introduced on this blog, such as losses associated with the risks of investing.
PinkOlifant does not endorse individual vendors, products or services mentioned in this post.


Feel free to contact me @pinkolifant93@gmail.com or find me on Facebook @PinkOlifant 🙂

最悲伤的事(A-Lin): English Translation

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A-Lin (黄丽玲)
最悲伤的事 (More Than Sorrow)
作词 / Lyricist:林孝谦 (Gavin Lin)
作曲 / Composer:陳建騏 (Chen Chien-Chi)
编曲 / Arranger:张晁毓 (Dato Chang), 柯遵毓 (Jack)
制作 / Producer:陳建騏 (Chen Chien-Chi)
比悲傷更悲傷的故事》影集版 主題曲
[More Than Blue Netflix Series Theme Song]

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你没带走 所有的思念
You did not take away,
All my thoughts for you
请退回我的抱歉 请讨厌我的讨厌
Please return my apologies,
Please hate my intolerable deeds
完整的故事 不完整的圆
A complete story of an incomplete story
最悲伤的事 是我还在原点
The saddest thing is that,
I have never moved a step from the starting point

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我也厌倦 廉价的誓言
I am also tired of meretricious promises
依赖着你的依赖 却还期待着期待
Relying on your reliance on me,
Yet I’m hoping for a chance to hope
卑微的字眼 配合的表演
All I have are mediocre words,
To go along with your wishes
最悲伤的事 是你不拖不欠
The saddest thing is that,
You made a clean exit

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别回头 每当你又亏欠我
Don’t look back,
You won’t know how much you owe me
日日夜夜 近近远远
Day and night,
Near and far
感觉会替代感觉
Feelings will replace feelings
遗憾从未走远 只是幸福已经不见
Regrets have not gone far,
Yet happiness is no longer in sight

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给自己 一个不爱的理由
Finding myself a reason not to love
真真切切 隐隐约约
It was true yet gentle,
Faint yet genuine
寂寞表现了表现
Loneliness has expressed an expression
尽管下雨的街头 也曾有你的守候
Rain or shine, you were always there for me

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我学习著 潮汐的时间
I’m learning about tide times
提醒着你的离开 却存在我的存在
Reminding me of your absence yet reminded me of my presence
孤独的永远 轻抚著从前
As I gently caress the past, loneliness will live with me forever
最悲伤的事 是我们还想念
The saddest thing is that we have never stopped missing
别回头 每当你又亏欠我
Don’t look back,
You won’t know how much you owe me
日日夜夜 近近远远
Day and night,
Near and far
感觉会替代感觉
Feelings will replace feelings
遗憾从未走远 只是幸福已经不见
Regrets have not gone far,
Yet happiness is no longer in sight

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给自己 一个不爱的理由
Finding myself a reason not to love
真真切切 隐隐约约
It was true yet gentle,
Faint yet genuine
寂寞表现了表现
Loneliness has expressed an expression
尽管下雨的街头 也曾有你的守候
Rain or shine, you were always there for me

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给我们 一个相遇的借口
Giving ourselves an excuse to meet again
心心念念 轻轻浅浅
Longing and yearning, lightly and gently
眷恋执著著眷恋
Nothing can stop me from missing you dearly
再次重逢的午后 会是悲伤的尽头
The day of reunion shall be the end of all sadness

Translated by PinkOlifant.

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说真的,第一次听到这首歌,我心存偏见。我太爱电影版的主题曲《有一种悲伤》了,我不相信有另一首歌能说着同个故事并取代它。我的“相信”没有错。

这首歌不是为了取代《有一种悲伤》。这部影集版不是为了取代电影版。

影集版多了一层故事,让我发现相同的悲伤可以以不同的方式呈现。不得不佩服“悲伤”啊。

这首词难翻死了。“依赖着你的依赖”、“眷恋执着着眷恋”、“寂寞表现了表现”…拆解文字背后的意思后本该开心,结果却更悲伤了。

有些句子,在我还没看完影集版时一直想不通,看完后更能明白其中想表达的。

若不看影集版,也许这首歌还不至于那么悲伤呢。
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