Sunday, May 5, 2019

Because of You, I Can - P&G and NTUC FairPrice presents Mother's Day Celebration with Special Olympics Athletes

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to spend time commemorating Mother's Day with Special Olympics athletes and their moms brought by Procter & Gamble (P&G) and NTUC FairPrice.

The 6th iteration of P&G's global campaign Thank You, Mom in partnership with NTUC FairPrice was filled with fun and laughter with its carnival at Rainbow Centre, and was graced by distinguished guests and special kids.


This year's theme, Because of You, I Can celebrates a mother's role as her child's first and greatest enabler - the ones who sees her child's true potential and helps them become who they are. This event puts the spotlight on mothers of Special Olypics athletes, who give their all in overcoming challenges and struggles to enable their children to excel in their chosen sport and, in the process, become a true inspiration for others.

Truly, it was inspiring as it evokes introspection. Should we give up our let downs while they hurdled their challenges everyday?

To showcase P&G's strong commitment to the Special Olympics community and lead the way in being a force for good, P&G and NTUC FairPrice also presented a SGD$20,000 check to Special Olympics Singapore.


During this fun-filled afternoon, Special Olympic athletes, their mothers and distinguished guests including Singapore Member of Parliament and Mayor of Central Disctrict, Ms Denise Phua, mingled with each other and snacked on fun-fair goodies, including candy floss and ice cream, as we indulge in nostalgic carnival games such as toss the ring and basketball arade.


Adding on to the event were mascots of superheroes as a symbolic gestures as these moms are indeed superheroes.

The carnival clearly recognizes the essential contribution that mothers make in the community to bringing up their children to achieve their full potential. It is wondrous that mothers of special needs children here overcome challenges to enable their young Special Olympics athletes to excel in their chosen sport.


After all, as Ms Denice Phua said, mothers are one of the key building blocks of society and the pillar of strength in many families. Just as children with special needs face greater life challenges compared to their peers, mothers of special needs children often show exceptional grit in overcoming untold struggles to support their children in accessing equal opportunities and maximizing their potential.

They are indeed, our unsung heroes. Speaking of which, Mr Tng Ah Yiam, Deputy CEO and Head of Products also added that mothers are the unsung heroes in our families who inspires us to be the best of ourselves. This campaign is an opportune time to show our appreciation to all mothers in our community.


During this carnival, an exclusive and touching short film produced with Special Olympics athletes was also screened to pay tribute to their mothers who have defied the odds to enable them to excel in their sports. Watch it here.

Till then!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Change The Cycle by Carousell

In line with Earth Day next week, Carousell did some research about the fashion industry and they found some really interesting facts about the waste that is being generated from a single piece of clothing. They have created a #ChangeTheCycle movement on Carousell to encourage people like you to sell your preloved clothes to save the environment and also earn some extra cash!

I believe everyone should dress well, have a proper carrier when they shop and have proper straws to suck on when they drink carbonated drinks. Technology for green products are actually readily available too. Moderate consumption is key and sometimes, our lifestyle changes and we may not need the things we used to have anymore. Others might need it more now and they probably would not use it for too long. This is especially prevalent in luxury styles that we no longer adhere to but others might.

So, if it is still in pristine condition, why not pass it down and cash in for yourself? That is like paying yourself for taking care of your preloved items!

On a very personal note, just don't be a bitch when someone has given you an extremely positive review and you give a subpar one without reasons.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Sensational Magician Eric Chien’s Winning Trick Makes Him the First Taiwanese to be Crowned Winner of Asia’s Got Talent

After an intensive 10-week search in Asia which saw hundreds of hopeful acts from across 17 countries auditioning for that one big break, the viewers have voted, and their votes have crowned nimble-fingered magician from Taiwan, Eric Chien, as the winner of Asia’s Got Talent Season 3.

His poetic slight-of-hand tricks has set him apart from other Asia’s Got Talent performers, dazzling millions across Asia, and eventually clinching him the win this evening. It is the first time a Taiwanese has landed on this accolade since Asia’s Got Talent started its Season 1 in 2015.

It was a tough competition in last week’s Grand Final show with eight other talented Grand Finalists – hip hop and street dance 16-member crew JUNIOR GOOD VIBES from the Philippines, Taiwanese dance crew MANIAC Family, the feminine yet strong hijab-clad girl group NAMA from Malaysia, contemporary acrobatic dance duo Power Duo from the Philippines, nimble-fingered shadow play master Shadow Ace from the Philippines, powerful and groovy singer Siti Saniyah from Indonesia, human calculator YAASHWIN SARAWANAN from Malaysia and gravity-defying Cyr Wheel performer YANG SHIH HAO from Taiwan. Eric Chien had ultimately proven to be the crowd’s favourite, rallying the most votes to walk away with the grand prize of US$100,000.



Asia’s Got Talent Season 3 culminated tonight at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, with a star-studded performance by powerhouse judges David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park. The thunderous applause from the floor when David opened the judges’ performance proved the legendary status of the 16-times Grammy Award winner. He elevated the show with the addition of American Idol sensation Pia Toscano and classical crossover vocalist Fernando Varela who stunned the audiences with their powerful vocal prowess singing “You Raise Me Up” and “All By Myself”; Anggun breathed new life into Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla’s famous classic “Caruso”, delivering an impossible operatic duet with the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Finally, Jay Park brought the house down with the premiere performance of his long-awaited new single “K-Town”, which was produced in collaboration with famed American Record Producer Hit Boy, first on Asia’s Got Talent.

“Asia’s Got Talent has really been an important platform that allowed me to showcase my magic to the world. Given the stiff competition, I didn’t see this win coming. It’s a humbling experience. I would like to thank all acts of Season 3 that have come together to show the world the talents we have in Asia,” said Eric Chien, winner of Asia’s Got Talent Season 3. “As the first Taiwanese act to come out top, I really hope I've made everyone back at home proud and inspired more magicians to come forward.”

“Asia’s Got Talent Season 3 has seen a diversified display of talents; exceeding expectations of talent shows as well as geographical representation. We have also seen a new phenomenon where fans have risen above nationalistic feelings, and casted their votes for acts based on merits and appeal. All these have anchored Asia’s Got Talent as a valued platform for talented Asian acts. I am grateful that these world-class performances have given AXN great content to deliver a high-quality production to delight and thrill our global audiences and this has made AXN the #1 International channel during Asia’s Got Talent Season 3’s premiere timeslot collectively in Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore*! Finally, I would like to congratulate Eric Chien on the well-deserved win, and a big thank you to the remaining eight finalists and judges David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park, for another amazing season of Asia’s Got Talent,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Networks and Distribution, Sony Pictures Television.

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by regional sponsors Princess Cruises, the official cruise line of Asia’s Got Talent; Great Eastern, the market leader and a well-established trusted brand in Malaysia and Singapore, and GoDaddy, the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures.

VietJet, Asia’s Got Talent’s official airline.

Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official destination partner of Asia’s Got Talent.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

Follow @AXNAsia, and its tags #AsiasGotTalent and #AXNAsia for more details.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Malaysia 2019 - Retreat at DoubleTree Hilton, Johor

You only worked for four days and you said you are tired? Have you tried working for eighteen years? 😂

Celebrities young or old when they are on tour, they have at least a day break in between to reassess themselves, have time for a proper meal and probably a power nap. Whereas for me, I worked more than six hours entertaining more than one person that week, how could I not be spent? I am not saying I hate what I do but it does take a lot of mental, physical and spiritual energy. There are days where I would just actually sit and they are lucky enough if I could roll out my tongue and speak.

It was indeed a fruitful and enjoyable week and because of that, I deserve a retreat! No?

A few weeks ago, after four days of being back at my beloved hometown - yes, what is there not to love about my hometown? Everything runs pretty much smoothly I daresay. I am not discounting other countries that I have travelled to but it is always good to be back even though times may be hard.

Walau hujan emas di negeri orang, lebih baik hujan batu di negeri sendiri. Classic idiom equivalent to the grass always seems greener on the other side - but that's probably because you forgot to water your own lawn.

Back to the grind now.

Meet the Nine Grand Finalists Vying for the Coveted Top Spot in Asia’s Got Talent Season 3

This season on Asia's Got Talent gets more amazing with powerful vocals, acrobatics moves, and brain power. All of them are equally good and it is hard to make a guess this time round whch act will clinch the top prize!

Remember to vote!

All nine acts will be up for public voting and only one act will be crowned the winner of Asia’s Got Talent and awarded the grand prize of US$100,000. Voting opens from Thursday, 4 April until Wednesday, 10 April, 11:59pm, and fans can vote via Google Search and Facebook Messenger. For more information on voting, visit www.AXN-Asia.com/AGTVote.

Asia’s Got Talent Season 3 will culminate next Thursday, 11 April at 8:30pm (7:30pm JKT/BKK) on AXN with the Results Show. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, subscribe to the official AXN Asia YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/AXNAsia.

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by regional sponsors Princess Cruises, the official cruise line of Asia’s Got Talent; Great Eastern, the market leader and a well-established trusted brand in Malaysia and Singapore, and GoDaddy, the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures.

VietJet, Asia’s Got Talent’s official airline.

Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official destination partner of Asia’s Got Talent.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including two record-breaking seasons of Asia’s Got Talent, five seasons of the award-winning The Amazing Race Asia; The Elements: Cosentino; Adventure Your Way; Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and Cyril: Simply Magic.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 133 million households across 21 territories and is available in both SD and HD. AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.