Tuesday, May 8, 2018

'Thank You, Mom' High Tea With P&G and NTUC FairPrice

Procter & Gamble, in partnership with NTUC FairPrice, celebrated its “Thank You, Mom” campaign for the fifth consecutive year with special guest Ms. Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower.

Over a high tea event held at Blu Kouzina, P&G, NTUC FairPrice, and Ms. Low paid tribute to Special Olympics Singapore athletes and their mothers. Guests partook in an interactive photo booth, indulged in a special dish by celebrity chef Forest Leong, and enjoyed a lively sharing session from two mothers of Special Olympics Singapore athletes, Ms. Doris Lee and Ms. Karen Yeo. The afternoon culminated in a cheque presentation of S$20,000 to Special Olympics Singapore on behalf of P&G and NTUC FairPrice

This year, P&G’s annual “Thank You, Mom” campaign, organized under the theme of #LoveOverBias, recognized the key role of unconditional love and support of mothers to their children in overcoming the challenges and the biases they face daily.

P&G long-time partnership with NTUC FairPrice in support of the ‘Thank You, Mom’ campaign has enabled P&G to advocate for families across Singapore and highlight the crucial role mothers play within the community. ❤️

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Design Reboot With DesignSingapore Council

Last week, I was invited to Design Reboot with DesignSingapore Council that shared with us the principles of design in our own line of work. The design immersion that was led by DesignSingapore's incoming Executive Director, Mark Wee, had us interacting with industry experts on service and experience design.

I find it very enlightening because prior to this, when people tell me that they are a designer, all I thought of were shapes, colours, size and anything that has got to do with aesthetic appeal. We probably took it for granted and fail to appreciate that design encompasses many facets of problem solving especially in the building of infrastructures, giving instructions and inventing automation.

Accordingly, as the name says, design thinking is merely about putting in a functional yet thoughtful approach in design for the convenience of individuals and community.

One of the many interesting sharing was by Dr Wong Sweet Fu, Chief Transformation Officer at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) who had tremendously transformed the lives of our golden agers in many tremendous ways and this may be as simple as puting a ramp on kerbs for wheelchair accesiblity or getting them together to socialize. The first principle of being empathetic in design thinking is imperative to ensure that the services at Khoo Teck Puat gel well with their business ethos.

KTPH also has an initiative that allows the senior citizens to communally gather, have a shared interest in health and keeping up with the kampong spirit. These spaces are specially built with amenities functional for its demographics and its aesthetic appeal was also taken into consideration. It is equally important even if it is for the old folks it as it gives a sense dignity to their whole project.

I am no designer but I could be one in my own game. Just as this medium that has been around for ages, it has to be redeveloped empathetically according to my readership. Then, applying the remaining principles of design thinking. Hopefully it would be able to satiate my readers in a more meaningful way. Hope you benefit from this new knowledge as much as I did! Consider this, how can it be applied in your studies and career?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekend at Gardens by the Bay's Cloud Forest

Spent the weekend at Gardens by the Bay's Cloud Forest dome. Gardens by the Bay is a wonderful place for an outdoor workout. Apt for cycling, rollerblading and other forms of rejuvenation. Very hopeful to spend more time there then have lunch as a routine! The hot season is here. While everyone is complaining about the weather, I do not see the reason for doing so because there are several upsides to it. Especially now that I am spending more time at home, I appreciate fast drying laundry and adding some colour to my skin. Just remember your sunblock!

Ironically, when I was at Gardens by the Bay, I would rather spend time in the Cloud Forest given the cooling ambience! I was not really dressed for a sweaty day anyway. If I had, you would have not found me in either dome. Managed to throw in something and churn a montage. Kudos to me!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Working It at K-Champs Health and Fitness Academy

Very happy to have this officially completed and published. When I got this a few months ago, I thought it was plain as it was just a sequence of clips and nothing else. I thought it would be nice to have a message, something value-added and sentimental that could benefit you and me in many ways. Then, an idea to add several quotes struck me. I thought was an apt thing to do. I hope this video motivates us to better ourselves be it at work or play. If you ever need a trainer, just holla K-Champs Health and Fitness Academy, anytime!

Feel free to share! 😁

Monday, March 12, 2018

Career Guidance Day 2018 at PRPS as an Alumni - Follow Up For You From Me

Hi everyone! I am excited to share with you guys that I was recently invited by my primary school to share about one of my careers with the graduating class of 2018. Our age gap while immense did not hamper our communication because what I shared was something very close to heart and at the tip of their fingertips. Anyway, addressing this as a follow up to all of you who were there, and partly a reminder to myself that in today's modern world and ever-changing times, it is imperative that we keep ourselves up to date. The knowledge we know today will be history tomorrow and it does not matter whether you are a social media person whose job is 24/7 on the internet, or accountants and tellers who never thought their job would be replaced by binary codes and machines.

It will not be easy that is for sure. No job ever is. A career as a blogger (sometimes labelled influencer although I may not agree with this) is not as easy by sitting by the pool with a glass of tea. This very blog was the main platform where I rose in the blogging arena. As this slowly fade away, industry players like myself now move to other platforms like Instagram and Snapchat not only because of the outreach but the convenience for viewers like you and creators like me.

Also, blogging does not mean you cannot have another career. I spoke to one of the participants this morning and she had this perception that one should be a blogger to be a blogger. Sometimes, it is because of your illustrious career in an industry that allows you to be an excellent blog writer. It makes you stand out even more.

Remember that morning about what I said that, you could be a scientist, a doctor or a politician for that matter. That should not stop you from sharing your thoughts, opinions, expertise because, in the world wide web, there could be some people out there whom could be intrigued by your posts. Of course, it has to be coherent, salient and consistent. Just imagine how would you have felt if you are busy reading Diary of A Wimpy Kid then you turn to the next page and it is all about Geronimo's Stilton Cyberthief Showdown? Awkward right? You would probably cringe! 😂

At a point when you are matured enough in your social media skills - be it writing, editing videos and photographs, social skills, remember that they are sent through divine intervention. Honestly, not everybody will have similar skills and patience. That is the beauty of it. You may not possess a skill other people might have, vice versa. As such, be agents of the universe by doing good through social services. I feel elated and utterly blessed that through this avenue, I was actually able to expand this business in several ways like being a host at private and public events alike, help my friends promote their business(es) and other social causes.

I am glad to have started this in my early teenage years. Other legit and renowned bloggers would agree with me on this - after having done this for more than 10 years, this avenue has helped me a lot in good and bad times. Be it when the economy is not doing well or when I am emotionally low (I am only human!), it has served as a punching bag that no one could take.

While the career topic about me revolves around a career in blogging. This applies to any other job in any industry. Your parents (probably of my age?) would probably agree too. At no point giving you all these speeches saying I am the best blogger in town, but as a Pasirian, our motto should always Be Our Best - in any path you take, and that is how it should be delivered.

All the best for your final exam and remember, while our scores and grades should not, do not and never mattered, it shows a lot about our focus!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

American Idol Set to Return to Asia First on Sony Channel March 12 Express from the US

Global music sensations Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan taking the judges’ hot seats is making this season more exciting than before!

American Idol, the iconic, genre-defining music reality series, returns to Asia at its new home on Sony Channel on Monday, March 12. Featuring superstar judges Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan, the season will take viewers on a mesmerizing musical journey to discover America’s next singing sensation. Emmy award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as the host of the renowned series.

The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the American Idol Bus travelled across the U.S.A covering 23 cities. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social platforms using an official tag #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in American Idol history, hopefuls could audition through a live stream platform.

American Idol premieres on Sony Channel (Singtel TV Ch 316, StarHub TV Ch 510) within 12-hours of its U.S. telecast on Monday, March 12 at 6:00pm. American Idol airs every Monday and Tuesday at 6.00pm, with same night encore at 9.45pm.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Samsung A8 Series Launch

One thing I love about this latest A Series is the amazing selfie camera that has adjustable focus resulting in a very realistic bokeh effect. Not everyone should be in the focus.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Street Photography by Jose Jeuland – A Reflection of Diversity Across Cultures

Step into a world of diversity just by looking into Singapore-based French photographer Jose Jeuland's latest photography exhibition in Czech Republic! Sri Lanka is an amazing country with colourful culture, and this was all captured and presented for the world to see at the Czech Photo Centre as part of a global collective photography exhibition organised by Fujifilm.

According to Aneta Změlíková, organiser of the photography exhibition in Prague, collective photography exhibitions such as this, are designed for renowned photographers – including Jose Jeuland, to inspire other amateur as well as professional photographers.

Jose Jeuland’s journey to becoming a professional photographer in itself reflects the convergence of diversity across cultures. Hailing from Brittany, France, Jose Jeuland has always been fascinated with capturing the elusive moments in life as reflected in his unique approach to street photography.

As a Fujifilm X and professional street photographer, Jose Jeuland utilises Fujifilm X Series cameras to explore the realm of photography while documenting the lives of his subjects.

At the exhibition in Prague, Jose Jeuland weaved the narrative of the native Sri Lankans through his portraiture in both colour and monochrome. Shining the spotlight on Sri Lanka, Jose Jeuland audience was transported through the realm of photography to experience first-hand the rich culture and diversity of Sri Lanka. Resplendent in their traditional costumes, his storied subjects and the grandeur of Sri Lanka were brought to life at the exhibition.

With a majority of his photographs capturing the human element in close up portraiture, contrasting tones of black and white accentuating the human features of his subjects and colour setting the context of the story, Jose Jeuland audience were left in awe at the intricacies and stunning attention to detail of his portraiture as they were immersed in the culture of Sri Lanka.

Photography is one of his many passions in life – from the hulking metropolis of Colombo to the populous city of Jaffna, Jose Jeuland continues to let his passion for pursuing the untold story guide his journey as a photographer.

Congratulations Jose!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cosentino’s Guide to Becoming an Awesome Magician

AXN’s new magic series, The Elements: Cosentino, follows the escapades of Australia’s most successful magician, illusionist and escapologist as he travels to Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan to perform mesmerizing street magic and epic stunts. The four-part series is themed around the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water – and you can expect Cosentino’s unrivalled showmanship while he performs astonishing large-scale illusions and death-defying escapes. Each episode features special appearances by popular celebrities, including Singapore’s Aaron Aziz, Tabitha Nauseur and Sezairi and Malaysia’s Diana Danielle, Juliana Evans and Joe Flizzow.

If you have always wanted to be a magician, Cosentino has some tips for you!

Tip 1: Dexterity

Dexterity is the most important skill for any magician. To have nimble fingers and sleight of hand will take ten or even fifteen years to perfect. Still to this day, I practice my sleight of hand artistry by manipulating objects anytime, anywhere!

Tip 2: Control

As a magician, power and control is crucial. If you rule over the elements, then you can control everything, including your audience!

Tip 3: Practice

Magic for me is an absolute obsession. As a teen, I would isolate myself in my room and practice my magic over and over again. You cannot be a great magician unless you like, and have the discipline, to practice. If you’re a singer and you hit a bad note, possibly somebody will hear. If you’re a magician, or an escape artist and you hit a bad note, you’re in the emergency room. Big difference.

Tip 4 : Always keep an open mind

Magic is an interesting art form. No matter what you do, it seems to surpass all cultural, social and economic backgrounds. If a person's floating through the air, it doesn’t matter what language you speak, it transcends. Always keep an open mind as you never know when inspiration strikes and what you will be able to learn.

The Elements: Cosentino premieres 18 January and airs every Thursday at 9pm on AXN. For more information, visit www.AXN-Asia.com.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen (2017)

So glad the video is finally released! Hope you love it as much as I do. For best viewing experience, watch it in 4K Ultra-High-Definition and surround sound. 🖤

Monday, January 8, 2018

Feeling So Balanced at Sofitel Singapore City Centre

I need a break from having too much break.

I am loving every bit of Sofitel Singapore City Centre. It is new and pretty much close to everything. Since it is right above Tanjong Pagar MRT, it makes travelling around town a breeze. Its room is an inspiration for my bedroom design. I am still dreaming of a bedroom so lush it triggers some sort of euphoria to the five senses. Lush carpets, warm lightings, heavy furniture, gold fittings, ultra huge mirrors, high beds, woody scent and a lossless sound system are just a hint of indulgence here!

I adore the flavoursome desserts at Club Millesime! The lounge is very close to the pool and Sofitel's in-house gym - SoFit. The entire floor is simply playing area where one can gym and swim, then eat. Everything in the bedroom is exquisite. Welcome notes and chocolates are always welcomed because it is heartening and makes anyone happy! The first thing I did was to connect my music to the Bose speakers.

I love things that are neat and tidy and felt wasteful to mess the bed upon entering. I am one who does not want to mess it up right away! Who is likewise? ✋

Ain't nobody got time for colouring contest but got time for gym and swim. This colouring book is for kids to enjoy throughout their stay. Genius way to keep kids engaged and importantly quiet while daddy is on a business call! What can keep me quiet though, is the Nespresso machine where I could request certain flavours available and make coffee neatly. Same goes for its TWG tea collection too! There is an exclusive flavour available only at Sofitel.

SoFit - Sofitel's in-house gym is da bomb! The treadmill and cycling machines faces greenery and the pool which is ever calming. It has enough equipment for full body workout. There is even fruit cart outside for your indulgence after a workout. Loving the gym! Beautiful gyms are motivation to workout.

If you love the outdoors, its lap pool is the to-go. There are cabanas free for use too. There is an extraordinary balance at Sofitel Singapore City Centre be it for those who love to enjoy the sun and fresh air, and those who prefer to spend their energy on weights.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Atmosphere 360 at Menara KL - Feast In Sight and Asian Gastronomy

Seen all of Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur from the top of Menara KL! Menara derived from Arabic - minaret that means lighthouse. Symbolizes the beacon of hope and aspiration for the many. Hence, becoming a common first name for most buildings at the heart of Malaysia.

After all these times I had visited Kuala Lumpur, this was my first time setting foot on KL Tower, popularly known as Menara KL - one of the tallest freestanding towers in the world. The muqarnas inspired crystal domes at the entrance look so majestic and somewhat spiritually cleansing.

I had high tea at Atmosphere 360. It is a revolving restaurant, and it was my first time dining on one! Effortless viewing honestly. The only time I had to walk was to take food from the buffet that serves an array of Malaysian delicacies. After which, you are free to go back down to the observation deck if you still have not gotten enough of the view.

Enjoying good food with a panoramic view from the top never gets old. 😍

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur - Unswerving Breakfast Before Gym

Concorde Kuala Lumpur is always a favourite! Although their bedroom finishing could have been better (at least it is fantastically cleaned), their breakfast is always great, never dissappointing. The queue for breakfast is worthwhile. Their staff is always on the ball assigning tables and the joy of watching comes from the matre'd that goes down the line calling number of pax to match the available seats. Sooner than you realize it would be your turn to be seated!

The gym for its premier guests was perfect. Most times empty and it has the essentials! Smith machine, free weights and Olympic bar were just some of the important ones. You are free to do yoga and cardio as there is ample space for it!

Concorde Kauala Lumpur is located near to Menara KL (KL Tower) where you can get a splendid view of the entire city and indulge in delicious high tea, and the famous Petronas Twin Towers if you love high-end shopping!