About This Blog

This blog was first started on 27 December 2004 in Livejournal and titled Celebrate Life!. It has since migrated here to WordPress on 3 September 2010 and renamed Celebrate Life Lah!.

Dec 2004 : The first layout and design of Celebrate Life! Since the blog started, dark backgrounds have always been chosen to enhance the colours of photos.

Why Celebrate Life Lah!?

– The domain names ‘celebratelife’ and ‘darrenng’ were both taken up in WordPress. Since lah sounds like life, I decided to use ‘celebratelah’ as the domain name and added that Singaporean slang to the blog title.

– Being THE word that embodies Singlish, lah gives the blog a distinctive Singaporean flavour and an air of casualness and fun! (Or hint of rebellious undertones since lah defies the government’s Speak Good English Campaign? Heh heh… )

– The title is a reminder and call for me (and hopefully for readers) to celebrate every moment in life regardless of good or bad times. But especially during bad times. For everything shall pass, and by celebrating the lessons we’ve learnt during those difficult times, the strength and insight we’ve gained, would make the bitter moments pass faster.

May 2010 : A design update was made when Celebrate Life! was chosen as one of the top 10 finalists at the Singapore Blog Awards 2010.

Those few points more or less captured the spirit of this blog which is a light-hearted but heartfelt look at life. While I try to be unbias in my opinions, that’s not possible. We all have some form of prejudices, paradigms and preconceived notions. As such, you do not have to agree with what I’ve said or am I trying to tell you what to do. I’m just sharing my experiences and the possibility that you may experience it the same way too. If you have other ways of looking at something, do leave a comment on the entry and expand my mind!

I would like to thank you sincerely for visiting my blog and spending the time to read it. I will work to improve it continuously with more interesting topic categories and useful information. I hope my posts have provided you with some amusements and in the process, given you an inspiration to celebrate life… lah!

Sep 2010 : A major theme and colour change when Celebrate Life! migrated to WordPress. The colours brightened up the blog and hopefully, will be more attractive and easier on the eyes for readers.

11 May 2011 : A dedicated blog for travel posts was born. While past travel posts will continue to remain in Celebrate Life Lah!, they are being duplicated in the new site. Henceforth, all future travel blog entries will find their home in Explore Life Lah!. For travel stories, tips, reviews and photography, please visit explorelah.blogspot.com. Thanks!

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bing
    Sep 09, 2010 @ 23:52:58

    Great new web design and layout. I likey! Keep blogging! =)


  2. CozyCot
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 17:07:43

    Dear Darren

    We from http://www.CozyCot.com love your blog and were wondering if you would like to star as a guest blogger on our site. Unfortunately we can’t seem to find any of your contacts on this space. It would be awesome if you could return an email to us at magazine@cozycot.com so we can extend this invitation to you.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    The CozyCot team


  3. chadlingtonm
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 00:14:29

    Hi Darren!

    Your blog is fantastic! Very interesting and easy to read. Such a joy!

    My name is Chad and I have recently started my own blog on WordPress called The Stick Pile. Your blog is exactly what I want my blog to feel like. I want to write about life. All the good and bad things that come with it. But through my eyes. The eyes of an idiosyncratic homosexual 😛 please take the time to have a browse and give me some feedback on how you think I am going. That would be fantastic.

    Thanks again

    Chadlington x


    • Darren Ng
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 12:09:09

      Hey Chad… thanks for dropping by my blog. The site is just an antidote for my tendency to have amnesia. And insomnia. I put myself to sleep reading the things I wrote. LOL. The Stick Pile is wicked fun! You’ve got spunk and your well articulated thoughts makes for good reading and the refreshing ways you string words togayther sure spells the next Sidney Sheldon, or Tom Clancy, or Hitchcock after you graduate 🙂 Keep posting!


  4. Jayson Yalung Punzalan
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:48:13

    Wow! your blog site is superb. I’m not really into reading blog sites but yours is different. Keep it up bro. I hope you can do Philippines.


  5. brad falk
    May 11, 2012 @ 04:03:10

    I am trying to find out how much dialysis treatments are in Singapore. I have not found a good resource for this. I will be moving there in July and need to know if I can afford the treatments. Any help will be beneficial.


    • Darren Ng
      Aug 08, 2012 @ 05:28:12

      hi brad… apologies for the late reply as ur comment ended up in the spam folder. thank you for dropping by the blog and i hope ur move here has gone smoothly. not sure if u’ve gotten the info u need about kidney dialysis treatments here but here’s a post that may help :


      the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the best place to go to for support and resources. my prayers go out to u for ur treatments and i hope coming here could provide u the relief u need.

      take care and do let me know if u have questions about settling here and i’ll try my best to help.


  6. JasmineVictorina
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 16:43:06

    Hi Darren! You’ve got a really interesting blog with nice photographs! Thumbs up (:


    • Darren Ng
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 01:29:43

      hey jasmine… thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a note. checked out ur blog too and enjoyed your photos and merticulous record of your experiences. keep it up! 🙂


  7. zulayha
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 16:01:34

    Dear Darren

    By way of introduction, my name is Zulayha and I represent Access Communications, a local events and communications agency.

    We’re interested to keep in touch & connect with you for our upcoming events.

    I could not find your contact details here.

    Please kindly do send me your contact details & email address to us.

    We look forward to hearing from you,Darren.


    Zulayha Sharin
    Access Communications Pte Ltd
    communications | events | audiovisual

    Singapore | Malaysia
    Tel : 65 6547 8979 Fax : 65 6547 8978 Hp : 65 86864383 Email : zul@accesscoms.com.sg
    Add : 6 Genting Road, #01-00 Jubilee Industrial Building (S) 349471

    Website http://www.accesscoms.com.sg
    Facebook http://www.facebook.com/accesscoms
    Twitter ID @accesscoms


  8. Irina
    May 07, 2013 @ 13:43:59

    Hey… my chihuahua went through cataract surgery with Mt Pleasant (some Aussie vet came down) and follow ups done by Dr Heng.. they are very good! money well spent… she lived another 7 years being able to see…. I would recommend that… hope it helps….


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