Saturday, November 18, 2017

StrongWoman Barbara Chng is Singapore's first woman to qualify for World Championships

Barbara competing at the Singapore Strongman Series Final Oct 2015. Photo by Derrick See

Barbara Chng, 42, is a mother of 7 year old twins. She has always been sporty since secondary school days, and was part of Singapore’s first Synchronized Swimming team.  When pursuing her International Business Degree in the United States, she took up skiing, and rock climbing. 

Barbara competing at the recent IFBB (Show of Strength) in Oct 2017, Photo by Seed Image ( Derrick See )

Barbara started her competitive journey in bodybuilding, representing Singapore in the 2014 SEA Championships where she placed 2nd in the Women's Athletic Physique category.  Having competed at the Asian level in bodybuilding, she is a very sought after personal trainer by private and competitive athletes as well.  

In March 2015, under the guidance of Ahmad Taufiq, she embarked on her first Strongman competition,  the Axle deadlift, and placed 4th in the Women’s open.   She took part again in the Strongman Log Lift competition in May 2015, and came in 3rd in Women’s open. In August the same year at the Singapore Strongman Axle Squat Challenge she was 3rd for Women’s Open.  In the Singapore Strongman Championships on October 2015, she came in 4th overall in the women’s open.  Her will to become stronger led her to train harder  for Static Monsters Singapore March 2016, which she won with the heaviest lifts of the day.  

In June 2016, she was invited to compete in Philippines Strongest Man and Woman competition.  She came in 3rd in the Women’s open  and 1st in the International category.  She then began training for Gymmboxx Squat Challenge in September 2016, and won in Women’s U62kg category.  In October 2017, Barbara took part in Singapore Log Lift Championships and is the last woman standing with the heaviest overhead log press of 65kg.  

Barbara with family, hubby, Andrew Johnson ( MD of Ayden Wines, Private chef, Cookbook author, VP WBPF Singapore and competing strongman) and her beautiful twin. 

For the past 3 years, Barbara has been coached by Taufiq and is the reigning U62kg Women’s Champion. Currently Barbara is preparing to compete in her first international strongman competition outside of the ASEAN region, The Static Monsters, in Gold Coast Australia. She is vying for a top 10 finish and to qualify for the World Log and  Deadlift Championships in May 2018.  

Oct 2017 IFBB, Prize giving ceremony with our Singapore Strongman, Taufiq ( TeamOn)

12th S.E.A WBPF Bodybuilding Championship 2014. Photo by Derrick See ( Seed Image )

12th S.E.A WBPF Bodybuilding Championship 2014. Photo by Derrick See (Seed Image). Can you spot Barbara in the photo. 

Barbara with fellow competitor from Australia, Rebecca Gilbert during the Singapore Strongman Series 2015 Final

UPDATE (November 2017)

Barbara came in first at the Static Monsters Gold Coast with a total lift of 245 kg and is currently ranked 5th place in the World. She will be the first Singaporean woman in Strongman to compete in Static Monsters World Championships in May 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia.

Barbara is married to Andrew Johnson, also a international competitive Strongman in the U105kg and Masters. An author and a chef, AJ is also Barbara’s nutritionist. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Singtel iphone X launch

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore, Singtel, presents the phone to Mr Wang Wei Hong,
Singtel's first customer in line for the iPhone X launch at Singtel Comcentre

Mr Wang Wei Hong, 33, arrived at Singtel Shop Comcentre at 6am this morning, making history as the first Singtel customer to get the much coveted iPhone X. The bank service manager is a huge Apple fan – he has every iPhone model made and also queued up early to be third in line for the iPhone 8 Plus when it was launched two months ago in September.

Mr Wang purchased the 256GB iPhone X in Space Grey and is most excited about its “all screen” design and the “optical image stabilisation” feature on the smartphone’s cameras.  He added, “I’ve taken the day off and will spend time exploring all the features of my new iPhone X”.

There was high demand for the iPhone X among Singtel customers, with pre-order stocks snapped up in minutes. Singtel customers who pre-ordered successfully will be collecting their iPhone X at a special three-day iPhone X launch event at Singtel Shop Comcentre.

Customers who are interested in purchasing the iPhone X can check for updates on availability at

Singapore Apple Store also launches the sales of iphone X at the same time as Singtel. According to some sources, a lot of foreigners such as Vietnamese were there to purchase iphone X for resale in their country. Below is the queue at the Singapore Apple Store.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Countless experiences across Sentosa on offer at NATAS Holidays 2017

Attraction prices available from $5 at One Faber Group’s booth located at Booth CE8, level 3

Singapore, 7 August 2017 – One Faber Group, the operator of local attractions including Singapore Cable Car, Wings of Time and Sentosa Merlion makes its debut at NATAS Holidays 2017 from 11- 13 August at Suntec Singapore. Designed to entice locals with attractive offers to holiday on Sentosa Island, One Faber Group will be showcasing exclusive offers starting from $5.

Continuing on Singapore’s 52nd National Day celebrations, visitors to One Faber Group’s Booth CE8 at level 3 can enjoy 52% savings off a Singapore Cable Car Sky Pass (Round Trip), Wings Of Time (Standard and Premium Tickets) and Sentosa Merlion (Standard Ticket). Visitors can also enjoy discounted rates off ticket prices and bundle packages at Resorts World Sentosa attractions including Adventure Cove Waterpark, S.E.A Aquarium and Universal Studios Singapore®.

One Faber Group will also offering a special rate for its membership programme, Faber Licence, which offers unlimited cable car rides all year-round, complemented with dining, shopping and attraction privileges at Faber Peak Singapore and Sentosa.

Every purchase made at One Faber Group’s booth during NATAS Holidays 2017 will earn a sure-win prize including Singtel pre-paid cards, retail items from Resorts World Sentosa and discount vouchers from One Faber Group. In addition, Mastercard holders who spend a minimum of $90 will also receive a Changi Gift Card worth $20.

One Faber Group promotions (exclusive to visitors at NATAS Holiday 2017)

Attractions (Ticket prices only)

Singapore Cable Car

Singapore Cable Car Sky Pass (Round Trip) @ 52% discount

Adult ($16, Usual Price $33)
Child ($11, Usual Price $22)
Extended Validity

31 Dec 2017
Sentosa Merlion
Sentosa Merlion Standard Ticket @ 52% discount

Adult ($6, Usual Price $12)
Child ($5, Usual Price $9)

31 Dec 2017
Wings of Time
Wings of Time @ 52% discount

Standard ticket ($9, Usual Price $18)
Premium ticket ($12, Usual Price $23)

31 Dec 2017
Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa
Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa (one-day ticket)

Adult ($29, Usual Price $38)
Child ($22, Usual Price $30)

31 Dec 2017
S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (one-day ticket)

Adult ($27, Usual Price $34)
Child ($17, Usual Price $24)

31 Dec 2017

Universal Studios Singapore® at Resorts World Sentosa
Universal Studios Singapore® at Resorts World Sentosa (one-day ticket)

Adult ($68, Usual Price $76)
Child ($50, Usual Price $56)

31 Dec 2017

Attractions (Bundle packages with unlimited cable car rides)

Fly & Explore

Singapore Cable Car (unlimited one-day pass) bundled with S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa  (One-day ticket)


Adult ($48, Usual Price $77)
Child ($38, Usual Price $56)

Mastercard members enjoy additional 5% off
Extended Validity

31 Dec 2017
Fly & Splash

Singapore Cable Car (unlimited one-day pass) bundled with Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa (One-day ticket)

Adult ($48, Usual Price $81)
Child ($38, Usual Price $62)

Mastercard card members enjoy additional 5% off

31 Dec 2017
Happy 2 Package

Singapore Cable Car (unlimited rides) bundled with a selection of 2 attractions*

*Guests can choose 2 out of 17 attractions available in this package

Adult ($50, Usual Price $93)
Child ($40, Usual Price $76)

Maybank card members enjoy additional 5% off

31 Dec 2017

Faber Licence

Faber Licence

Unlimited cable car rides and island admission via Sentosa Boardwalk, Sentosa Express & Sentosa Gantry. Dining, shopping and attraction privileges at Faber Peak Singapore and Sentosa


$5.20 off membership fees

Individual membership ($33.80, Usual Price $39)

Family membership ($129.80, Usual Price $135)

Monday, August 7, 2017

EZ-Link introduces a new wearable EZ-Charm in exclusive collaboration with Samsung

The all-new wearable EZ-Charm is exclusively available at launch as a bundled gift with any brand new purchase of Samsung Gear S3 or Gear Fit2 at all Telecommunication Operators, Samsung Experience Stores, major Consumer IT & Electronics Stores and online marketplace

SINGAPORE, 8th August 2017 – EZ-Link Pte. Ltd., Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAS- compliant cards, in collaboration with Samsung Electronics Singapore, today launched the EZ-Charm Wearable, a new variety of EZ-Charms that can act as add-on accessories for Samsung Gear series of products.

Exclusively available at launch as a bundled gift with any brand new purchase of Samsung Gear S3 or Gear Fit2, the EZ-Charm Wearable enables users of Samsung Gear series of products to pay for public transport and perform ez-link transactions at more than 30,000 ez- link acceptance points.

Like EZ-Link’s popular EZ-Charm line of products, the EZ-Charm Wearable is designed to perform full ez-link functions in a non-card form factor. Functioning uniquely as a peripheral to endow existing wearable products with ez-link capabilities, it is also another milestone in EZ-Link’s foray into wearable products.

“We are thrilled to debut the EZ-Charm Wearable with Samsung and expand Samsung Gear series of products with ez-link payment to fulfill the daily lifestyle needs of Singaporeans. Users can now enjoy the best of both worlds with the EZ-Charm Wearable, dressing up their wearables stylishly while delighting in the convenience of a non-card form factor for commuting and other ez-link transactions. We hope to continue to challenge the norm and create more of such innovative forward-thinking products,” said Mr Nicholas Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EZ-Link Pte Ltd.

“Samsung is continually exploring how we can collaborate with our partners to leverage new technologies and innovations to bring added conveniences to consumers. The partnership with EZ-Link is one such initiative for Gear S3 and Gear Fit2 customers to enjoy ez-link benefits on their smartwatch, with EZ-Charm Wearable as the ideal add-on accessory,” said Chua Khim Guan, Head of Product Marketing, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

Pricing and Availability

For an exclusive promotional period, Samsung customers will enjoy a free EZ-Charm Wearable for every brand new purchase of Samsung Gear S3 frontier LTE, Gear S3 classic or Gear Fit2 at $548, $498 and $298 respectively at all Telecommunication Operators, Samsung Experience Stores, major Consumer IT & Electronics Stores and online marketplace

About EZ-Link Pte Ltd

EZ-Link’s core business is in the sale, distribution and management of ez-link cards, as well as the clearing and settlement of all ez-link card transactions generated in transit and non- transit (retail/merchant) sectors. To date, more than 17 million new CEPAS-compliant ez-link cards have been issued. In 2015, EZ-Link unveiled two new innovations in Singapore, EZ- Charms, the first non-card form factor, as well as the “EZ-Link Rewards with Perx” to reward commuters for using public transport with the ez-link card. EZ-Link continues to set new cashless trends with the “My EZ-Link Mobile” application, the world’s first Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile application for contactless card top-ups; “EZ-Link NFC SIM”, the first NFC payment service on Singapore’s public transit; and “EZ-Pay”, Singapore’s first free card-less ERP payment service.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Journey to 5G: Singtel to deploy Massive MIMO technology at special events

Key 4.5G technology will enhance mobile data speed experience by up to 200%

Journey to 5G: Singtel to deploy Massive MIMO technology at special events Key 4.5G technology will enhance mobile data speed experience by up to 200% Singapore, 3 August 2017 - Singtel today announced plans to deploy Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology commercially on its LTE-Advanced mobile network, to enhance mobile data speed experience by up to 200% at special events for its customers. A precursor to 5G technology, Massive MIMO is an advanced solution used to boost network capacity in highly dense environments. 

Singtel will team up with Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE to deploy Massive MIMO technology at the Marina Bay area. For a start, Singtel will roll out the network boost at the upcoming National Day celebrations, with other deployments planned for the Singapore F1 Night Race and the New Year countdown event. 

Over 150,000 people are expected at the Marina Bay area to celebrate National Day next week. Singtel mobile customers gathered there will be able to enjoy a better data experience as they share their photos and videos of the exciting performances and fireworks on social media. 

Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said: “On the joyous occasion of our National Day celebrations, Singtel is pleased to be pairing our newly-acquired 2.5GHz spectrum with Massive MIMO technology to expand our network capacity and offer our customers an enhanced mobile experience at this and other special events. We look forward to rolling out new technologies and innovative solutions to support the anticipated growth in mobile data.” 

Globally, large crowds gathered at events, such as concerts and festivals, use high volumes of data to share their experiences via real-time videos on social media. This extraordinary behaviour generates a dramatic spike in network traffic, presenting a challenge for operators to provide fast and consistent data speeds. 

Singtel has identified Massive MIMO as one of the solutions to the problem. Singtel will use Massive MIMO base stations featuring a large array of 64 antennas that improve spectral efficiency and cell capacity using innovations in radio technologies. The innovative antenna system channels signals to users’ specific locations instead of broadcasting across a geographical area. This multiplies the number of data paths from the cellular base stations, thus increasing network capacity and improving user experience. 

Singapore Telecommunications Limited 2 of 2 Company registration number: 199201624D Singtel provides Singapore’s fastest nationwide mobile data speeds at 450Mbps and recently launched 800Mbps speeds in the high-traffic Orchard Road area. In addition to having the island’s widest outdoor 4G coverage as rated by IMDA1 for 10 consecutive quarters, Singtel is also ranked the fastest telco in Singapore by global metrics leader, Ookla. 

For more information on Singtel’s mobile data speeds, please visit here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Watch out for Asia's Got Talent Season 2

In the first Season, I was also invited to their press conference. It was a great feeling seeing the international judges. The second season this year look promising too at the press conference. With the new judge, Jay Park, an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and savvy entrepreneur, CEO and founder of two successful record labels, will take the coveted hot seat alongside the show’s returning judges, the 16-time Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster and internationally acclaimed singer and World Music Award winner Anggun. 

The three judges, who arrived in Singapore today to start production of Asia’s Got Talent next week, will be tasked with judging hundreds of acts from 17 countries across the region.

 Asia's Got Talent may reach a lot of people, but mostly it unifies a lot of countries together and that's what I'm most excited to see - the people. I'm looking forward to being amazed, shocked, motivated and inspired,” said Jay who is no stranger to discovering and developing talent. “I’m excited to be a part of the show, and I’m looking forward to joining the incredible David and Anggun to discover the next generation of Asian stars.”

Commenting on his return to Asia’s Got Talent, the world-renowned producer and hit songwriter David Foster said, “Asia really impressed me in the first season. The talent was truly world-class.  However, this season I set my sights even higher and I expect to find the next Asian international superstar.  I’m also excited to team up with the gorgeous Anggun again and to work alongside Jay.”

Anggun, who recently completed over 30 sell-out concerts in France and Belgium and recently received a gold sales award for her latest French-speaking album in France added, “I may live in Paris, but my heart is in Asia. I love seeing emerging talent from this part of the world. I wish every act all the very best for a great performance, and I hope that Asia’s Got Talent can be the launching pad for their dreams to take flight.”

The record-breaking series, which set new ratings records for the English general entertainment genre during its run in 2015, will return to AXN in October. Over the course of 10 captivating episodes – comprising five judges’ auditions, three semi-finals, the finale and the results show – contestants will battle it out for the grand prize of USD100,000.

Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Production, Content and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, said, “We are thrilled with the judges’ table this season as each judge brings their own style, voice and skillset to the show. Jay has a massive fan base in Asia, so AXN viewers will be excited that he has been selected to join an already powerful judges’ table featuring David Foster and Anggun.

“While the first season of Asia’s Got Talent on AXN rocked the region as the number one show in primetime, the second season promises to up the ante and cement the show’s place as the biggest, most mesmerizing talent contest in the world.”

The series will be hosted by Singapore-based actor/ models Alan Wong and Justin Bratton, whose natural on stage chemistry and witty banter will inject a comedic overtone into the series.

Ganesh Rajaram, General Manager, EVP Sales Asia, FremantleMedia International said, “The first season of Asia’s Got Talent was one of the biggest productions in the world. The series unveiled a host of talent from across the region and fast became a fan favourite with AXN viewers. With Jay Park joining David and Anggun on our judging panel, season two is set to be even bigger and better.”

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by presenting sponsor Traveloka, the leading travel booking app for all flight and hotel needs; and sponsoring partner Great Eastern Life, the market leader in the conventional life insurance business and the largest life insurer in Malaysia by asset size.

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

 Check out the video created during the press conference

Asia’s Got Talent Season One: New Ratings Records in Asia
Season one of Asia’s Got Talent set new ratings records for the English general entertainment genre during its run, taking AXN to the number one spot in its timeslot among all regional pay-TV channels collectively across Southeast Asia and Taiwan.2
In Malaysia, Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated entertainment series on English language channels on Astro the past two years. In the Philippines, the Grand Final Results episode of Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated pay-TV program in the country since 2008 and commanded a 96 percent share among 22 English general entertainment channels.3
Got Talent Globally
The Got Talent franchise was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced and owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia. It is entered in the Guinness World Records as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas. Around the world, the Got Talent format airs in a total of 186 countries.
About AXN
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel, featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and groundbreaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to US telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.