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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thoughts on Lee Kuan Yew's passing


Not trying to jump on the bandwagon but I think this is a day I would like to pen down my thoughts, as a Singaporean, of how and what I was doing when I received the news of Lee Kuan Yew's passing.

It happened in the middle of the night, I took a nap after dinner and woke up at 2am. For some unknown reasons, I could not fall asleep and was feeling a little nauseaous. It must be the aircon, I thought. So I turned it off and sat in front of the com, watching Key & Peele's videos. It was quite funny, then I needed a break and decided to go to Facebook. I had not expected to see any updates as most people would be sound asleep at 4am in the morning. But yeah, that was when I saw it.


We had all expected it somehow, but did not know how we would receive it. Tears welled up, I know the impact of this news is going to strike hard to people who know him. It's 4am in the morning, everyone is sound asleep and I am probably the first few to know. Dawn is a thousand miles away, and I cannot imagine how the people in Singapore would feel, waking up to this saddening piece of news. I could not sleep still, so I went downstairs to grab a cup corn from McDonald's.

Walking along the streets, the silence of the dead night was just about to get broken by morning sounds of people arousing from their slumber.Somewhere out there, alarm clocks are ringing and there are more vehicles on the road. There are taxi drivers that had gathered at coffeeshops for their morning cup of coffee, someone was walking her dog on the street, and as I entered Mcdonald's, few youngsters are watching the Barcelona vs Roma game (ended at 2:1 btw). I wondered, do they know that a great leader had just passed away? I would think not, if they weren't actively using Facebook or on social media sites.

Definitely, Lee Kuan Yew had ruled with an iron fist and made some unpopular decisions. But it had led Singapore from a 3rd world country to where it is today, in a mere time span of 50 years. We rose up from the post-war rumbles to enjoy economic success, shiny skyscrapers and international recognition. I don't think this is something that can be downplayed from Lee Kuan Yew and leadership. We cannot just praise him alone for the success of Singapore, but we have do know that he had taken charge of an excellent and driven team that had the same vision as he does. We may or may not know, but be rest assured that he had well rewarded those who fought on and forge forth with him.

My favourite image of him would be this:

The devotion, love and respect for his wife is absolutely remarkable. I do believe that this is the kind of love many girls hope to have.

And this is an image taken by Alex Yam

"As he lays a fatherly hand on the back of Chee Kiang, a young well-wisher, for a photo, it was that same moment that he turned round and just gazed at the many tributes left for Mr Lee." -Alex Yam. If you go to the original image and zoom in on PM Lee's face, this is sadness on the face of not a politician, but of a son.

Should you want to read articles about Lee Kuan Yew, I have already consolidated a few links here for you to read. Personally, I enjoy readng simple articles and those that does not refer the people around him by their last names. Just seems a little rude if you ask me. Here you go:

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew: Tender side that not many see - Former chief investment officer of Government of SIC
‘He will never say: Do this, do that’ -Dr Lee Suan Yew on Singapore and Arts
'I did not feel regimented or restricted' Lee Hsien Yang on his father
Mr Lee Kuan Yew's wife's death left a void in his life - Lee Kuan Yew's life after his wife's passing
Remembering Lee Kuan Yew: Brother used his wits to help family Lee Kuan Yew's sister, Monica

Mr Lee’s body will lie in state at Parliament House from 25 March (Wednesday) to 28 March (Saturday), for the public to pay their respects. Those who wish to pay their last respects at Parliament House can do so from 10 am to 8 pm daily from Wednesday to Saturday.

A State Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm on 29 March (Sunday) at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.

The State Funeral Service will be attended by the late Mr Lee’s family, friends and staff, the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Old Guards, senior civil servants, grassroots leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life. The State Funeral Service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.


Thank you, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. No words could describe my gratitude for the things you have done for Singapore and her people.
Rest in peace.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

King of Mahjong Gala Premiere

Last week, I attended the gala premiere of King of Mahjong at Resort World Sentosa.

As someone who really love the Mahjong movies with Hong Kong actors inside, I'm even more excited to see local actors collaborating with the HK actors and making a movie about the best CNY activity:
Mahjong!

King of Mahjong is directed by Malaysian director Adrian Teh, the movie runs for 112 minutes and premieres on the first day of Chinese New Year, 19th January 2015. It stars regional artistes - Chapman To 杜汶澤, Michelle Ye 葉璇, Cheronna Ng@Super Girls 吳嘉熙, Venus Wong 王敏奕, Adrian Tan 陳凱旋, Lenna Lim 林家冰, Mark Lee 李國煌, Patricia Mok 莫小玲, Dennis Chew 周崇慶 and Richard Low 劉謙益.

"“King of Mahjong” centres on the decade-long feud and eventual reunion of Wong Tin Ba (Mark Lee) and Ah Fatt (Chapman To), two top disciples of the legendary mahjong maestro, Master Ru.

20 years later, Wong Tin Ba, who is now a world-acclaimed mahjong champion and magnate, shows up in Ipoh to challenge Fatt to a final showdown – The World Mahjong Championship. Despite Wong’s insistence, Fatt declines to join the competition as he is determined and contented to lead the life of a commoner.

In a bid to force Fatt into the showdown, Wong abducts Fatt’s wife, Ramona (Michelle Ye), and threatens her to be on his alliance. Fatt has no choice but to join the championship as Wong holds his wife hostage. On the mahjong table, Fatt and Wong compete as the finalists; Master Ru’s secret legendary mahjong move and the truth comes to light as the winner emerges..."



Thanks to Clover Films, I got really good, front-row seats. It was really awesome to see the actors make their entrance and see them up close!


Got to sit in front with all the familiar faces, seeing the actors up close, awesome x3! My take on the movie would be 3/5. It's like those Hong Kong Chinese New Year movies about mahjong, but they aren't as lame as Stephen Chow's. The comedy factor is still there, and Chapman To 杜汶澤 often steals the limelight whenever he appears. He is truly a funny guy, not just because he acts in all these comedies. His only lament is that he doesn't speak mandarin well enough to expand to mainland China's market. Mark Lee's laughter gets a little dry after all, you will see what I mean but the rest of the actors are familiar with their roles, boosting the overall comedic effect of the script. It wasn't too cheesy, although some characters could have been better. My only issue is Michelle Ye's in the movie. Her role is rather questionable since Fatt already know her motives and didn't matter to his participation in the Mahjong competition. And I could not be sure whether she's is bipolar or retarded. Apart from that, our local actors does act well in doing their moral support for the movie. I'd say, worth a watch for laughs!

Check out the movie trailer here:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

N.E.mation! 9 – Watch, Vote & Stand to Win Attractive Prizes!

N.E.mation! 9 had finally begun its public voting phase! Late last year, 10 representative teams from various schools around Singapore had foregone their holidays to take part in an exciting journey of animation at the N.Emation!9 competition. If you had been following my blog, you would have seen the efforts that the teams had done to produce their animation clip!. As the production phase ends on a high note, the animation clips for each teams are now ready for viewing.

Head over to nemation's website where you can vote and view the clips at the same time.


Voting begins from
  17 Jan 2014 (12.01am) - 09 Feb 2015 (11.59pm)
 There are 4 platforms for you to vote on, and each platform allows you to vote for 3 teams. That means you have 12 votes to give away to the most deserving teams!

  1. Visit www.nemation.sg from your PC. View all the clips and vote your favourite 3 clips!
  2. Visit m.nemation.sg to vote on your smartphone or scan the QR code to reach the same page.
  3. Visit N.E.mation! Facebook page on www.facebook.com/nemation
  4. Vote via SMS to 76677 in the following format:
NE8 WEB [1st choice], [2nd choice], [3rd choice] NRIC Full Name
Example:NE9 WEB C1,C2,C3 S1234567A Ben Huang

Do take note that you cannot vote the same team 3x on the same platform, they have to be 3 different teams and each person is only allowed to vote once on each voting platform! That means if you are sending in SMS, you will not be able to key in this:
NE9 WEB C1, C1, C1 S1234567A Ben Huang
It must be 3 different teams like this:
NE9 WEB C1, C2, C3 S1234567A Ben Huang


Here's the prizes you stand to win while voting for the teams:

They are quite attractive so in order to maximise your chances of winning them, do vote on all 4 platforms!
In case you are wondering which are the two teams that I represent, they are:

C2 Stepping Stones by AlphaCrescent (Crescent Girls' School)


C3 Painting Faces by Believed Beliefs (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pomi-T is on promotion!

Pomi-T is a supplement made from a perfect balance of food from4 distinct categories - fruits, leaf, vegetables and spice. It harnesses the natural antioxidants and anti-cancer properties from pomegranate, broccoli, tumeric and green tea in a capsule form. Being scientifically proven to boost your body's defence against cancer, Pomi-T is now in Singapore!


Formulated by Professor Robert Thomas, a leading British oncologist, Pomi-T is one of the few supplements that is supported by medical research.


Pomegranate has natural antioxidant properties that inhibit the uncontrolled growth of cells by suppressing the enzymes in the intestine and liver. It also helps to reduce the migration of abnormal cells and aids the regeneration of healthy ones instead.

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit the growth of abnormal stem cells and prevent the spread of damaged cells without harming healthy cells.

Green Tea has shown that it helps the self-termination process of unhealthy cells. It inhibits the spread of damaged cells, retains good cells and suppresses the formation of blood vessels that supply abnormal cells with nourishment.

Broccoli slows the growth of malignant cells, with regular intake of broccoli, it will helps to regulate genes linked to abnormal cell growth and promotes genes associated with the suppression of abnormal cells.

Tempting enough and love staying healthy with supplements? Pomi-T is now available in all leading pharmacies and retails at S$49.90 for 60 capsules. In the mean time, do check out Pomi-Tg and Pomi-T's facebook for more information about Pomi-T!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sentosa Siloso Beach Party

Looking for an awesome beach party? You know that there is only one place to go...



It's the Sentosa Siloso Beach Party! Get ready to countdown with a dusk-till-dawn celebration! Put on your best beachwear and hop across 5 different locations along the Siloso Beach: Azzura, Mambo Beach Club, Wave House Sentosa, Coastes, Bikini Bar and Sand Bar. Running for the 8th year, more than 20,000 is expected to party to the spins of famous DJs such as Mike Candys,Singapore's Tinc and Funky T spin trance, electrohouse and progressive house tunes.

Head over here to get your tickets, a standard tickets is at $68 and topping up $30 more? You can get your VIP tickets that allows you to gain priority entry to Siloso Beach Party, exclusive access to VIP lounge and 3 standard drinks!

Put your hands up and look out for the spectacular fireworks as we welcome a brand New Year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Believed Beliefs in the 3rd week of production

During my final visit to the Believed Beliefs at the production site, the girls had done most of their work and were able to sit down with me, showing me the work that they had done so far. Watching their videos in fascination, I couldn't help but felt a sense of happiness for their achievement over the past 3 weeks!


Catching a movie together
It was heartwarming to know that it wasn't all about work but also having time for themselves to relax, laugh and chit chat.

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Many frames of tracing to be done, just like the one above. What are these characters doing in the video? Well, they act as different individuals that contributes to Singapore's society! Such as a SAF soldier, audiences at the NDP and so on.

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Lee Cheng bending over and doing her share of work.

The girls were giggling and very jovial during my third visit, and I know that they are relaxed cause they are done with most of their work! That makes me really happy too because it allows us time to put some time into garnering support for their team through the social media channels.
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Constance checking out their twitter site.

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Everyone is gathering around her while they tweet for support!

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Heh, the girls are really cute!

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Even though the production phase has ended, you can still show your support by liking their Facebook page and and following social media channels! Very soon, you will be be able to see lots of ways for yourself to win prizes during the voting phase! Hop on over to N.E.mation! facebook page and give them a thumbs up over here!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Knowing AlphaCrescent

The journey taken along with AlphaCrescent is AMAZING. They are not mere students from Crescent Girls' School, they are the animation creators! Let's take a look back at the works they have done for the past 3 weeks.

With the tools they used,
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warming the clay with the hair dryer so that it's easier to mould
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they carve,
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they sculpt,
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and they align,
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and under the guidance of their instructor Miss Beverly,
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they created these cute little figurines:
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buildings
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Of course, with a little help from their instructor Miss Beverly...
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A constant reminder for them to finish them follow the schedule and complete their work on time.

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They were really amazing!!! With zero knowledge about animation, they built all that from scratch. All of them find out about each other's weaknesses, strengths, likes and dislikes. And they adapt accordingly, doing what they are best at!