Saturday, October 19, 2019

The First One-Man Reprise of A Christmas Carol From London Live in Singapore

Recently, I went to an eatery for a meal I was appalled by the subnormal quantity served to me. It was from a regular food stall and I was charged with pretty low price. I am not complaining if someone wants to charge me low for food but it was not something to be delighted about when you are hungry. I thought I would get at least a decent portion at decent price. Heck, no.

Giving someone with big appetite a small portion is risking the loyalty of a good patron. Had we wanted to have splendour as lunch, we would have gone somewhere more atas already.

I went on to tell this story to a friend and she said, 'Why did't you just ask for more?'

'I am not going back to feel like Oliver Twist and be the boy who asked for more!'

She laughed. I laughed, and we ate.

Speaking of Charles Dicken's work, his name appeared in my e-mail today and it was good.

Brought to Singapore all the way from the Royal Shakespeare Company of London, British Theatre Playhouse and The British Club jointly presents the first one-man reprise of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to ring in the festive mood this coming Christmas!


Familiar to most, the timeless tale tells the story of the Scrooge and his rude awakening from his encounters with the spirits of his past, present and future. The play prompts a critique of greed and isolation, all whilst celebrating the spirit of Christmas and thanksgiving - a perfect treat for the young and old.

The play will be brought to life by acclaimed British stage, television and film actor Clive Francis, whose exclusive one-man presentation of this epic tale has seen to a roaring sold-out success in the UK since the beginning of its tour in 2015.

A Christmas Carol will be held at the Elizabeth Suite of The British Club from 13 to 15 December. Tickets are now on sale, with a 10% early bird discount available till the end of October.

To all my friends celebrating Christmas, and in search of gleeful festive mood - which I must say a mood that is hard bask in these days because of our busy schedule and intolerable weather, here is the one event you could attend!

To find out more about A Christmas Carol by British Theatre Playhouse, log on to https://britishtheatreplayhouse.com

See you there!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#Ariston10WeeksChallenge Ariston Launches the Largest Giveaway Ever for Water Heaters in Singapore with a Total of $18,000 CASH to be Won from Now to 12 January 2020!

For the first time ever, customers can stand to win a total of $18,000 cash with any purchase of water heaters. This giveaway campaign is launched by Ariston – No.1 Italian water heater brand in Singapore. There will be a total of 20 winners to be announced over a 10 week period from 15 November 2019 to 17 January 2020 for water heaters purchased between 15 October 2019 to 12 January 2020.



How to Participate:

  • Customer purchases any Ariston instant or storage water heater between 15 October 2019 to 12 January 2020.
  • Customer registers for his/her warranty online at https://www.ariston.com/sg/warranty_registration. The last date of warranty registration is on 16 January 2020.
  • Ariston will be conducting an electronic random draw every Friday, starting from 15 November 2019 to 17 January 2020 for all valid submissions where the winners will be selected. Winner’s details will be published on Ariston Universe and on Ariston’s Facebook page. Dates of draw and announcement can be found below.
  • Winners will be notified via SMS and/or call to redeem the $1,000 and $800 cash from Ariston office at 1 Gateway Drive, #20-05/06, Westgate Tower, 608531) Winners have to respond within 1 week of notification.
  • Non-winners will automatically qualify for subsequent draws. The earlier the submission, the higher the chances to win!
There is no better time than now, to purchase new water heaters or upgrade existing ones! To purchase, customers can head down to any of the dealers’ stores found here: https://www.ariston.com/sg/dealers.

Sony Pictures Television Unveils First Look at Alex Rider Series from Eleventh Hour Films

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Eleventh Hour Films (EHF) unveil first-look at the Alex Rider TV adaptation, SPT’s first spec series, which they are distributing worldwide. The eight-part coming-of-age series centres on Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz’s second novel in the Alex Rider collection, which will celebrate their twentieth anniversary next year.



Filming has completed after an intensive six-month shoot that commenced in March, in a location so remote that cast and crew had to ascend snowy mountains in skidoos to access the Point Blanc exterior set. The initial weeks of filming involved action-packed stunts, including the iconic moment of Alex snowboarding down the mountain on an ironing board. It was then back to London for the remaining five months of shooting. Filming took the international cast and crew all over London and the South East, making use of locations such as; Bermondsey, Crouch End, Millennium Mills, South Bank, The Shard, Greenham Common and Osterley Park.

The trailer and first look stills illustrate Alex’s progression from teenage London schoolboy to meeting his handler Mrs Jones in The Department (a secret underworld offshoot of MI6) and embarking on his first undercover mission in the French Alps.

Otto Farrant, Alex Rider; “I’m so excited for audiences to see Alex Rider. Much like Alex this adventure threw me completely into the deep end. There were so many new exciting challenges to conquer, starting at the top of a mountain and ending running through the backstreets of Bermondsey. I’m over the moon to be able to share this journey with audiences and fans everywhere.”

Anthony Horowitz, Author of Alex Rider and Executive Producer; “I couldn’t be happier with this dramatisation of my books. Otto Farrant is a superb Alex Rider, brilliantly supported by Brenock O’Connor as his best friend, Tom. The series really captures the essence of the novels and I’m certain Alex Rider fans - and brand-new audiences - are going to enjoy this amazing adventure."

Jill Green and Eve Gutierrez Executive Producers, Eleventh Hour Films; “The process of making Alex Rider has been a joy, with a winning combination of an exceptionally talented and diverse cast, a top-level crew executing director Andreas Prochaska’s creative vision and truly gripping scripts by Guy Burt. We hope audiences will enjoy this contemporary take on a classic story.”

Wayne Garvie, President, International Production at Sony Pictures Television; “We wanted Alex Rider to have cinematic scale, a true premium drama for international audiences, to be enjoyed by all ages. Eleventh Hour have delivered a series that does justice to Anthony’s iconic books. The direction, the soundtrack, the performances, they are all fresh and unique, we think we have something very special.”

The series was directed by International Emmy award-winning Andreas Prochaska (Das Boot, The Dark Valley), and adapted by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Guy Burt (Bletchley Circle, The Borgias, The Hole). Executive producers include; Anthony Horowitz, Guy Burt and Andreas Prochaska, with Eve Gutierrez and Jill Green for Eleventh Hour Films and Wayne Garvie for Sony Pictures Television.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Carouselland 2019: Small Dreams, Big Possibilities

Carousell, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing classifieds, today celebrated its seventh anniversary with the launch of a new visual identity, together with milestones including reaching its 250th million listing!


This visual identity refresh signifies the brand’s progression and growth, while putting a spotlight on its core purpose of enabling shared possibilities amongst users of the online marketplace. At Carousell, transactions go beyond dollars and cents; it is a marketplace where friendships are forged, stories are shared and interests gets discovered. Throughout the years, Carousell has been harnessing mutually beneficial opportunities to empower users, and celebrated numerous success stories of users who turned their passions into livelihoods.

Carousell’s seventh anniversary celebration culminates at Carouselland, an annual flagship event that celebrates its community.

With more than 300 vendors classified under seven thematic clusters that cover everything from Style to Property and even Alternate Reality, visitors will get to choose from a wide range of shopping and activity choices according to their personal interests. These include handicraft workshops, community activities and even tips on how to groom cars, helmed by Carousellers from all walks of life who discovered and turned their dreams to reality on the platform.

Carouselland 2019 is held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Halls A & B from 16-18 August.

Happy 7th Carousell!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Join Alan Cumming on A Ride Around NYC, in an All-New Season of INSTINCT on AXN Asia!

Join Alan Cumming on A Ride Around NYC, in an All-New Season of INSTINCT on AXN Asia!


It's time to get your thinking caps on as Instinct Season 2 lands on AXN in less than a week! Jump on the bandwagon if you haven't, and you'll soon realise it's more than just another police procedural drama. Plus, Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic's pairing is both unique and charming, nothing like your typical cop coupling!

Friday, August 2, 2019

A First for C2C Marketplace: Carousell brings shopping and win-win experiences together at Carouselland


Homegrown classifieds brand Carousell turns seven this year and we would like to invite you to be part of the celebration at Carouselland, an annual physical marketplace event that brings buyers, sellers and the public together! This year, Carouselland is upping the experience ante with a myriad of sensory and participatory activities that highlight the shared connections and possibilities that this platform brings to all users and the public, beyond mere transactions. We like to call this a win-win situation for everyone!

Log on to https://www.carouselland.sg for more details. See you there!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

First Ever Live Dual Screen 54th NDP Telecast at Singapore Sports Hub


Celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday at the Sports Hub National Day Fiesta with the first-ever live dual screen National Day Parade telecast and a range of activities designed to showcase Singapore’s culture. Singaporeans and the wider community can join in the fun at OCBC Square on 9 August from 10am to 9pm.

There is something for everyone in the family, from the young to the young at heart, with the return of Singapore-themed cardio-fusion dance fitness session Sports Hub Workout Lah!, the nostalgia-infused OHANA Games featuring elements of Singapore’s heritage and many other activities. Fitness enthusiasts can also look forward to the bicentennial edition of functional fitness test Red-X Challenge, while those who are looking to celebrate the nation’s birthday are encouraged to come dress in red and enjoy the live dual screen National Day Parade telecast at the OCBC Square or by the waterfront. Visitors can also enjoy the dazzling fireworks from the celebration at Padang!



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2019, 18 - 21 July 2019

This July, the highly anticipated Singapore International Jewelry Expo (SIJE) will open its doors to reveal its treasure trove collection of the finest and most dazzling jewelry pieces to a loyal following of jewelry lovers, buyers and collectors at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Singapore for four days from 18 July to 21 July 2019.


The four-day international jewelry extravaganza will showcase the best and most exquisite of jewelry designs from more than 200 exhibitors from over 25 countries, from the United States to South Africa, from Europe to Hong Kong and from Indonesia to Australia.

Event Highlights:
1. How To Choose A Diamond seminar by GIA (Gemological Institute of America)
As the creator of the 4Cs - color, cut, clarity and carat weight - GIA will present valuable information to provide the needed knowledge for your diamond purchase. Understanding the 4Cs in detail, you'll know the important facts behind your diamond, criteria for diamond grading and tips for taking care of your diamond jewelry for daily use. GIA will also update on the most current diamond market terminology.

2. International Jewellery Stars (IJS) Awards
Featuring the design theme of Fantasy, this inaugural award celebrates excellence in the art of jewellery from the heart of Asia. The IJS Awards seek to recognise jewellery innovation across generations. markets and cultures.

3. Jewellery Fashion Show by IWFCIS (International Women's Federation of Commerce & Industry Singappore) on Friday 19 July at 4pm

4. Get into the thick and thin of Fine Jewellery and Watches Auction specials by HotLotz on Saturday 20 July at 3pm, and Sunday 21 July at 2pm.

Log on to www.sije.com.sg to find out more.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Eid 2019

Wishing all Muslims a wonderful Eid!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Eid Dinner at Saltwater Cafe

Celebrating the night of eid enjoying good food in tranquil. Long day of visiting starts tomorrow!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

America’s Got Talent Season 14 Returns with a Bang This May, Boasts New Host and Judges

America’s top variety competition series, America’s Got Talent, is set to hit the screens with its 14th Season at the end of this month.



A stark departure from its previous seasons, fans of the global ratings juggernaut are in for a big surprise as the upcoming season will bring with it a few changes including a fresh host and two new judges.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews will take over Tyra Banks as host of the hit series, a role he is familiar with, having emceed the highly rated spinoff “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”. Meanwhile, award-winning actress, author and producer Gabrielle Union as well as actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough will debut as the series’ new judges, alongside executive producer Simon Cowell and fan favourite Howie Mandel, to shake up the judges’ table.

Union and Hough will replace singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum who had both been sitting on the judges’ panel since Season 8. Together, the refreshed panel of judges will sift through hundreds of auditions nationwide in search of the most unique, jaw-dropping and show-stopping performers worthy of the chance to be crowned as the ultimate winner of America’s Got Talent.

Eric Chien, who was crowned the winner of Asia’s Got Talent last month, had auditioned for A(US)GT. His colour-changing sleight-of-hand performance blew the audience and judges away, including seasoned judge Simon Cowell who had asked Eric point-blank prior to his audition if he was better than America’s Got Talent: The Champion winner and fellow magician Shin Lim. Eric’s performance also earned him a standing ovation and four yes-es to advance to the next round.



There was also another inspiring audition, which went viral over social media. Kodi Lee, 22, lives with his parents and two other siblings in Southern Carolina. Despite being blind and autistic, Kodi is a musical prodigious savant. His piano and singing performance moved new judge and L.A.’s Finest female lead Gabrielle Union to use her first golden buzzer to create one of the most emotional moments in A(US)GT history.



This year’s series promises to be a season of spectacular talents and extraordinary participants. Fans can catch the brand-new season of America’s Got Talent from Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 6pm (5pm JKT/BKK) on AXN, within 48 hours of the U.S. telecast. Same-day encore telecast is available at 8pm (7pm JKT/BKK).

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.