Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Singaporean Filmmaker to Represent Asia in Sony’s Global Picture This Festival for the Planet in Los Angeles

It is always inspiring to hear our fellow Singaporeans representing the world in their own way!

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN), in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, today announced that Singaporean filmmaker Wally Tham, and Malaysian filmmaker Mark Lee are the Asia finalists of the Picture This Festival for the Planet, a worldwide short-film competition for filmmakers to showcase the positive future they see for our planet.

Tham’s short film, Sayang Kalimantan, is a compelling insight into the 2015 forest fires that devastated Kalimantan in Indonesia. Tham and his team spent two years in Kalimantan designing and building Indonesia’s first functioning haze shelter, while documenting the arduous journey that the local residents experienced. Watch the film below!

Tham and Lee are two of eight regional finalists from around the world who will receive a Sony RX0 camera and a trip for two to Los Angeles, where they will attend the Picture This Festival For the Planet at the Sony Pictures Studios lot on July 31. On this day, the regional finalists will meet with Sony Pictures executives from the television and the motion picture group, followed by an evening event exploring how stories can promote a better world through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). All regional finalists’ films will be screened and a winner will be announced at the event.

Visit www.sonypicturethis.com to watch all eight regional finalists’ videos.

Entries for the Picture This Festival for the Planet opened in January, with aspiring filmmakers and environmentalists from over 70 countries submitting videos between one and eight minutes in length. Each submission was inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of global goals agreed upon by all 193 member states of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and promote prosperity for all.

Partners in this year's festival are: the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, WeTransfer, Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Alpha Universe, the Environmental Media Association, Connect4Climate and leaders and environmental visionaries from around the globe.

In addition to internationally renowned musical artist and the judge of Asia’s Got Talent, Anggun and YouTube sensations Damon and Jo, the list of celebrity advocates and industry leaders who will judge film submissions includes: Megan Boone, environmental advocate and actress from the hit TV series “The Blacklist”; Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation; Mr. N.P. Singh, MD & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India; Marie Jacobson, EVP Programming & Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks; Tom Bernard & Michael Barker, Co-Presidents, Sony Pictures Classics; Glenn Gainor, President of Physical Production, Screen Gems; Brett King, Vice President, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Tetsuya Bessho, actor, Founder and President, Short Shorts Film Festival; Debbie Levin, President & CEO, Environmental Media Association; and Damian Bradfield, President and Chief Marketing Officer, WeTransfer.

The Picture This Festival for the Planet is Sony Pictures Entertainment’s latest project to bring awareness to the SDGs. In 2016, the United Nations and SPE launched Angry Birds for a Happy Planet, a global youth outreach campaign that leveraged online and social media platforms to encourage action to protect the planet and fight climate change. Centered on the Sustainable Development Goal #13 – to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, the campaign featured Red and other characters of The Angry Birds Movie. In 2017, supported by the cast of the Smurfs: The Lost Village, audiences were encouraged to join “Team Smurfs” for the “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign that inspired everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Definitive Rat Pack Charity Gala For The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

Last week, I had the chance to attend The Definitve Rat Pack charity gala and it was a night to remember where all the well heeled and influential dressed to the nines!

Photographed by José Jeuland
A crowd of over 300 guests came together last Wednesday to support The Definitive Rat Pack Charity Gala Performance Night organized by British Theatre Playhouse, in aid of The Business Times Budding Artist Fund. The charity gala night was a huge success with having sold out tables. It was also highly attended by Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, the British High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Scott Wightman, the Malaysia High Commissioner H.E. Zulkifli Adnan and several prominent members of Singapore society and business leaders.

Photographed by José Jeuland
The Definitive Rat Pack performed some of their classic singles, which includes Love and Marriage, Sway and Fly Me To The Moon and left us humming and grooving along. It was indeed a night filled with emotions, memories, humour, inspiration and passion. People got to relive the Definitive Rat Pack’s charisma and entertainment of the century. This event was also successful in raising a total estimated amount of S$60,000 for The Business Times Budding Artist Fund. The British Theatre Playhouse has also brought the show to Kuala Lumpur and Dubai after the performance in Singapore.

I was definitely allured by their rendition of Sway, That's Amore, My Way and Fly Me To The Moon. The Definitive Rat Pack today did certainly emulated their predecessors very, very well.

The act of Nancy Sinatra made a special appearance and entertained us with major classics like Bang Bang and Downtown - classics you have always heard used in some great movies today!

British Theatre Playouse once again has allowed us to enjoy the Rat Pack's legacy of hits from the Great American Songbook. The amalgamation of classics and raising funds for the Business Tims Budding Artists Fund could not have been more apt. It lives up to Frank Sinatra's spirit of generosity in his day, raising millions of dollars for charities for the underprivilegdged and disabled children, including setting up a centre for abused children and their families and there are stories of Frank giving cash donations to families, friends and strangers.

Hopefully there will be more initiatives like this for us to support! Very happy for the organizers and the show! In Malaysia, even my favourite singer Dato' Siti Nurhaliza attended The Definitive Rate Pack. Hope you enjoy the performance photographs taken by José Jeuland!

Performance photographed by José Jeuland
According to Founder and Managing Director of the British Theatre Playhouse The aim of the British Theatre Playhouse has always been to inspire and bring world-class live entertainment shows from London to Singapore and the region, as well as to organize charity events for those who need them the most. On behalf of the British Theatre Playhouse, Ms Cecilia Leong-Faulker would like to thank their sponsors Singapore Turf Club, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, British Airways and TWG for making it possible.

The British Theatre Playhouse is a theatre production company based in Singapore. The company has produced many highly successful plays and musicals in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the UK. Some of them include Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Salute to Sinatra, Stars of The West End, Leo Sayer in Concert and Let’s Dance – Paul Roberts Sings David Bowie.

The British Theatre Playhouse also organises an ‘Art for Charity Gala’ with each show to raise money for a charity. The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) BT BAF is an initiative started by The Business Times in 2005. Started with a conviction that no child with strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Coming Soon: British Theatre Playhouse Brings The Definitive Rat Pack to Singapure, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai

Do you remember the famous number by Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon?

A few years ago when I was in command school there was this cadet who has the deepest voice. It was so deep no way on Earth I could match. It does give him the sexy edge and guess what, he is a fan of Frank Sinatra. All in his playlist were Frank Sinatra's songs. For someone of the same age, it is rare to find someone who likes those classics - making him a treasure in my list of friends! If it were not for him, I would not have known Frank Sinatra!

Thanks to British Theatre Playhouse for bringing in The Definitive Rat Pack here to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai! Got to thank the universe for having them in my favourite cities!

I am very hopeful to hear Fly Me To The Moon and That's Amore! That's Amore, (Amore means love in Italian) music resonates well with me because I love things that are Italian ranging from the sexy language vibe, sunny sceneries and of course, its palaces adorned with Baroque designs and their Cappuccino brown skin. 😍 Besides, That's Amore gives a sort of jumpy tune which is very apt for anyone feeling happy or in love! 💓

The Rat Pack epitomised ‘cool’ in the 1960’s. Their impromptu sell out shows caused a stir and attracted the rich and famous. It was a musthave ticket to see the three artists (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davies Jr) joke and sing some of the finest songs ever written.

Having premiered in London’s West End, where it earned an Olivier Award nomination, the British Theatre Playhouse is bringing the original cast to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai in June and July 2018.The production has subsequently toured Europe and the USA and driven by UK performers and musicians.

The Definitive Rat Pack are undoubtedly some of the world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy David Jr. The three British artists, Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long are best known for performing these roles in London’s West End, including the USA, Canada and Europe.

They have faithfully re-created that era for more than 10 years. These guys are the “The Definitive Rat Pack” and have been seen by more than 10 million people worldwide. They also regularly appear on television in the UK and overseas on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Rai TV, Channel 7 in Spain, FOX, CBS and PBS in the USA. They have performed with major orchestras such as BBC Concert Orchestra and the Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Songs include the ever-popular I’ve Got You under My Skin, Fly Me to the Moon, Come Fly with Me, Sway, That’s Amore, King of the Road, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Mr Bojangles, Something’s Gotta Give, What Kind of a Fool Am I, The Lady is a Tramp, Mack the Knife, My Way, New York, New York and many more.

Joined onstage by special guest Nancy Sinatra played by an acclaimed West End performer and the finest U.K. musicians in the industry, take a trip back to a golden era and sit back and watch undoubtedly some of the world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

The British Theatre Playhouse is a theatre production company based in Singapore. The Patron of the British Theatre Playhouse in Singapore is the British High Commissioner H.E. Mr Scott Wightman, and in Malaysia is the British High Commissioner H.E. Ms Victoria Treadell. The company has produced many highly successful plays and musicals in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the UK, such as Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and Yes, Prime Minister, as well as it has presented music performances such as Salute to Sinatra and lately, Stars of The West End, Leo Sayer in Concert and Let's Dance - Paul Roberts Sings David Bowie. Also, when HRH Princess Anne attended a charity event on 3 November 2016 for two charities of which she is the Patron, The Mission to Seafarers and Riding for the Disabled, Paul Roberts also performed there, after the respective arrangement of the British Theatre Playhouse.

Finally, the British Theatre Playhouse itself organises an Art for Charity Gala with each show to raise money for a charity. This year the aim is to raise money for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund which supports 16,000 needy children and youths across Singapore through a variety of programmes including a structured arts training programme, arts camps, workshops and signature events.

The aim of the British Theatre Playhouse has always been to inspire and bring world class live entertainment shows from London to Singapore and the region, as well as to organise charity events for those who need them the most.

The Definitive Rat Pack is such a world class production to look forward to, and the related charity gala will raise money for the charity The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Arts can transform society and has the power to change the world. Thus, it would be nice if as many of you as possible could both come to the show and consider the charity gala as well!

Following the run in Singapore in June, the production will tour to Kuala Lumpur (venue: Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 1st July) and Dubai (venue: Dubai Opera, 3rd & 4th July) before returning to London.

If you are a fan of British arts, and around town, or probably English and miss a part of home, this is the finest yet!

The Definitive Rat Pack Art for Charity Gala to support The Business Times
Budding Artists Fund

Tuesday 26 June 2018 - Performance time: 8.00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, One Farrer Hotel & Spa
Prices: $98.00 & $108.00. No booking fee. All tickets include a free drink each.

Wednesday 27 June 2018 - Cocktails: 7.15pm, Dinner: 8.00pm, Show: 9.00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, One Farrer Hotel & Spa
Ticket price: $600 per ticket or $6,000 per table of 10 tickets each. Tickets include show,
cocktails and dinner with free-flow wines.

Contact through hotline at+65 6705 7825 or e-mail to fnbevents@onefarrer.com fore more information and booking(s). See you there!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Things to Mind Before Traveling

The holiday season calls for some vacation tips to remember by!

Watching the second season of Better Late Than Never on Singtel TV CH 316/ StarHub TV CH 510 has inspired me to travel more, have more fun and enjoy nature's creation. I would probably drop everything if I could travel all my life and see the world! 😍

Better Late Than Never has never been more fun, comedic and adventurous as the five globe-trotting stars – Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and comedian Jeff Dye – set off on a wildly entertaining journey to Munich, Berlin, Lithuania, Sweden, Barcelona, Madrid and Morocco.

Thanks to Sony Channel, they have put together a nifty list of travel tips from top travel bloggers in Asia and here goes!

Dress like the locals
Fear sticking out like a sore thumb? Try blending in with the locals by dressing like them.

Blogger Cerita Febrian agrees, “when I visited India, I wore a lot of their traditional clothes and the locals seemed to appreciate my effort. It looks really beautiful when you’re taking photos because you can blend in with your surroundings.”

Be open to new experiences
When the five celebrity adventurers set out on this trip, they certainly weren’t expecting to dress up as Vikings or learn how to yodel in the Bavarian Alps. But great memories are made from trying something new.

A Girl and A Bald Traveller shares that on their first trip to Morocco, they paid the cost of a five-star hotel for a camp stay. “It was expensive but the experience of being wrapped up in warm blankets, and drifting off to sleep under a sky filled with stars was something no hotel could ever replicate.”

Travel should not just be about simply sightseeing to take selfies or souvenir photos at landmarks. “The best experiences come from trying out different activities and mingling with locals,” said Travel Up.

Learn to haggle
It’s easy to get mesmerized by the sights and sounds of a shopping street. As the five guys get lost in a Marrakesh bazaar in Morocco, what are some tips to keep in mind so that you don’t overpay for your shopping?

“Always haggle with smile,” said Travel Inspiration 360, “that could make a difference between paying a higher price and getting a bargain.”

Travel Chameleon suggests learning basic phases in local language before heading off. “One important I learned when it comes to bargaining is to pick up a few important words in the local language. If you talk like a tourist, you will be charged a tourist price. Before I visit any country, I would learn key phrases such as ‘how much is this?’ or ‘can this is cheaper?’ to break the ice with the seller,” he said.

Try local food
Over the span of eight episodes in this season of Better Late Than Never, the five celebrities will embark on unique culinary adventures that are full of surprises. Food, after all, is a huge factor when it comes to travelling.

“We all know to try local food and we cull our list from suggestions. But look at the tables around you at your next restaurant overseas and see what the locals are really eating. Usually if you ask nicely, they will be happy to share their recommendations!” advised Morgan Awyong.

Passport and Plates has just one philosophy when it comes to food, "one of my favorite things to do is to 'eat it first, ask questions later.' In Bangkok, I purchased an assortment of street food and posted photos of my finds on social media, inquiring what they were. It was definitely an adventurous way to try some of Bangkok's street food!"

Speaking of being adventurous when it comes to food, I Wandered highly recommended horse milk if you ever visit Mongolia, “it is quite unlike any other kind of milk you’ve ever tasted!” he said.

Explore the city
A brand-new city might get too overwhelming at times but there are so many ways you can explore the city – from taking organized tours to hiring a local guide. Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw are lucky enough to have sidekick/tour guide Jeff Dye to show them around the cities.

“My favourite means of exploration is travelling on a bicycle and exploring on my own. It’s usually a cheaper and more convenient form of transport, you can stop wherever you want, and experience a different side of a destination beyond the usual tour, “ said Travel Up.

Travel light
A word of caution is in order. Terry Winkler gets very, very naked in this season of Better Late Than Never. But that’s not what we mean by traveling light.

Travel Up advises travelers to reduce their luggage while travelling, “As much as possible, I try to carry only a backpack when I travel instead of a suitcase so that it’s easier and faster to get in and out of the airport, or carry while in transit. Since I usually rent a motorcycle when I get to a destination, travelling light makes it easier to get around.”

When it comes to the unexpected, Cerita Febrian only has one pragmatic tip. “Be ready for everything and be adaptable, because you will experience a lot of unexpected things when you travel!”

Don’t sweat the small stuff! Always remember that you’re on a vacation and sometimes it’s ok to just…relax.

Morgan Awyong is all about taking it slow when he travels. “Slow travel is the best kind of travel for me. Like staring at a 3D illusion drawing, the real spirit of a place comes out when you look at it long enough. When you’re not rushing from point A to B, you find yourself noticing all the other interesting nuances in-between and that makes a whole lot of difference to your connection with a country.”

I Wandered recommends Bhutan as his choice of vacation. “While most people would choose to go to a beach resort, I found no other destination as relaxing as Bhutan. The country’s unmatched serenity and the spirituality of the locals are sure to put your body and soul at ease,” he said.

Be ready for the unexpected
William Shatner had no idea what to expect for this season. He had no idea that they would be judging a traditional goat beauty pageant or perform an ABBA number in front of an audience.

A Girl and a Bald Traveller advises travelers to be aware of their surroundings. “We actually got duped by a makeshift immigration outpost. The officers collected US$100 from as payment for visa, but they refunded that amount after we insisted that we didn’t require visas. Only until we arrived at the real border outpost then we realized that the US$100 note they returned to us was fake!”

“We still hold on to that counterfeit US$100 bill as a souvenir.”

Need more travel trips? Visit SonyChannelAsia on Facebook for more travel inspiration.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jalan-Jalan for Makan Across the Border in Johor

The mid-year holiday season is here and in the light of Ramadan, I decided to venture across the border, Malaysia, Johor, to see what's cooking! There were so many Ramadan bazaars around it is hard to miss any. I went to several to try out the food and bask in the festive ambiance. 🎉

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.