Friday, March 23, 2018

UMLand Grows Its Global Presence through The Biggest Design Competition in the World ( Video )

JOHOR BAHRU, 22 March 2018 – United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand), an award-winning property developer which prides itself on creating world-class lifestyles that complement the modern community, continues to expand its international presence through its latest involvement in The Apartment: Passion for Design reality competition show for the second consecutive year, as one of the major sponsors. 

The Apartment, which is the premier design competition show in all of Asia, is a highly addictive television series showcasing passionate amateurs who must brave razor-thin budgets and exacting time-frames to create stunning one-of-a-kind rooms in developments throughout South-East Asia – all under the watchful eyes of International Design Superstar and Principal Judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. 

The show is back for the sixth season and this year features one of UMLand’s most established townships, UMLand Seri Austin. It also includes the biggest prize in the series’ history – the deed to a luxurious apartment at D’Lagoon worth over USD 140,000, which is UMLand’s latest luxury development by the lake in Iskandar Malaysia. 

D'Lagoon luxurious apartments. Photo provided by organiser. 

The exciting series was also filmed at one of the luxurious double-storey semi-detached houses at Aster 2, UMLand Seri Austin. The location sponsorship provided an opportunity for the 12 talented contestants and the judging panel of esteemed celebrity designers to experience living at the First Smoke-Free Town Park and the First Smart Healthy City and Communities Township throughout the 10-week filming period.

Aster 2, Photo provided by organiser

“The strategic partnership with the reality series showcases the beautiful landscape of UMLand Seri Austin and Johor as one of the most liveable cities in the future to potential investors and buyers from around the world. It has also given us the opportunity to put UMLand on the international map once again as we reaffirm our sustainable developments that are of high global standards,” shared KK Wong, Chief Executive Officer of UMLand Seri Austin cum Group Director of Townships, UMLand.

"I am incredibly proud of our latest season of The Apartment” added Riaz Mehta, President of Imagine Group Entertainment, the producer of the Show. “Our cast is better than ever, with a fiery chemistry between them that will keep our viewers entertained every minute of the show as our budding designers do whatever it takes to succeed.   The show offers something for everyone - whether you just want to be entertained by the characters or inspired by amazing designs."

Contestants from various countries. Photo provided by organiser. 

The Apartment: Passion for Design features 12 talented contestants from various countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and more, who will compete to become the next interior design superstar. The Apartment: Passion for Design also features a judging panel of esteemed celebrity designers including returning international superstar Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as principal judge, and award-winning designer and author Jamie Durie as returning host and mentor. This season also sees the introduction of two new judges, Filipina interior designer and influencer extraordinaire Cat Arambulo and Tyler Wisler, one of New York’s most influential and dynamic designers.

The Apartment: Passion for Design premieres on 22 March 2018, Thursday at 9pm (8pm JKT/BKK), on Sony Channel and Astro’s AXN channel 701 starting from 25 March 2018, every Sunday at 8.05pm. The reality competition show is presented by Dulux and supported by UMLand. The Apartment: Passion for Design is a Sony Channel Original Series created and produced by Imagine Group Entertainment, the leading entertainment production company in Asia.

Personal Note

Even though I have not watch the earlier seasons for this awesome reality show, but after watching the Season 6 episode 1, I find it interesting, and seriously look forward to see the rest of the episodes. It brings out characters, the hidden talents among these contestants who are in various occupation. To name some of the occupations, they are entrepreneur, photographer, fashion designer, make-up artist, beauty queen etc. Therefore, it is interesting to see how these non-professional designers bring ideas into their design which may even open the eyes of the judges. 

Besides the contestants, the presence of Principal Judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen does bring some joy to the show with his witty statements. Watch that...

Well, I am sure I am able to learn something from this exciting show in the coming weeks. 


About UMLand

UMLand is the award-winning Malaysian developer behind the successes of several residential townships and niche developments across the country. 

The company has two divisions handling Township Development and Niche Projects respectively. It also has a hospitality division that operates Suasana Suites serviced apartments and a construction division under UMLand Builders Sdn Bhd. 

With a strong track record spanning across two decades, UMLand continues to embrace excellence and innovation as its main tenets to drive growth. 

The Group, with over 1,800 acres of undeveloped land bank across Malaysia, aims to be a caring and responsible developer that not only builds quality property units for investors and homemakers, but also units that will see its value enhanced as the community grows and living standards improve. With advances in technology, UMLand is also embarking on building smart cities to complement the lifestyle needs of the modern community. 

In 2015, UMLand bagged the “Best Office Development Asia Pacific” at the International Property Awards in London for its flagship project the UMCity Medini Lakeside development. 

About Imagine Group Entertainment

Imagine Group Entertainment (“Imagine”) is a leading international TV Production company headquartered in Singapore. Amongst its hit TV productions are Fit for Fashion, The Contender Asia, The Biggest Loser Asia, The Challenger and The Apartment. Imagine’s shows have achieved success not just in Asia but also the USA, Australia, UK and Europe with distribution to over 40 countries worldwide and have received multiple accolades from industry and media, including an International Emmy Award nomination. 

Currently the ONLY production company in Asia that produces large scale ORIGINAL reality TV shows to an American production standard that are sold and formatted worldwide, Imagine has shows in production and development across a variety of genres including Music, Sport, Fashion, Lifestyle, Design, Magic and kids’ content. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Meet the Nine Grand Finalists of Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Vote for your Favourite Act Now!

SINGAPORE (December 7, 2017) The Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Grand Final takes place tonight at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and it’s promising to be the most thrilling night of the year. Fans have voted and judges have made their picks; so here are the nine grand finalists of this high-octane season:

  • Indonesian singer and harpist Angela July (#AGTVote2) impressed the judges so much that she received the first judges’ pick of the season. With her angelic harp and powerful vocals, Angela is this season’s singing sensation.  

    “Tonight, you were the very best version of yourself.”
    - David Foster.

  • Philippines’ beatboxer Neil Rey Garcia Llanes (#AGTVote6) returned this season determined to make it to the Grand Final. His awe-inspiring vocal percussion ability has made him a social phenomenon on Facebook and YouTube. 

    “I was very much impressed by you from the first season, but then you came back and stepped it up…I’m really hoping that you go very, very far.” - Anggun 
  • It takes a lot of work to sync his dancing with his visual art, but the hosts’ Golden Buzzer pick, Canion Shijirbat(#AGTVote8) from Mongolia delivered a truly unique performance in both of his auditions. Will he be able to take his performance to the next level in the Grand Final?  

    “I love unique…I love your brain and what you’ve created. Bravo!” - David Foster. 
  • Jay Park’s Golden Buzzer, Kyrgyzstan’s  ADEM Dance Crew’s (#AGTVote9) delivered yet again with a strong ‘Night in the Museum’ inspired performance that received a standing ovation from the audience. But facing strong competitors like DM-X, can ADEM emerge victorious? 

    “I got to give you props for how much you’ve sacrificed and go through for your craft, I got to give you props.”
    - Jay Park  

  • If there’s one act that truly represented this season of Asia’s Got Talent unpredictability, it would have to be Indonesian viral sensation The Sacred Riana (#AGTVote11). Her Asia’s Got Talent performance clips have been viewed over 70 million times on YouTube and Facebook globally, making her a hot favourite. 

    “I think I peed in my pants a little. Very unique. It was scary but was still entertaining at the same time. Great overall.” -Jay Park

  • Hailing from The Philippines, DM-X Comvalenoz (#AGTVote16) knows how to put on a show!  In the midst of rocking it out, they pulled a 180 to show us the feminine side of their group, performing a dance that was a perfect blend of sexy, glamour and class.

    “As far as the dance performance go, I think you guys have it all. You have the full package, you have everything. So good job!” – Jay Park.

  • Taiwanese child prodigy Feng E (#AGTVote19) received David Foster’s Golden Buzzer AND judges’ pick, making him a double threat. His talent is unparalleled in this competition but he faces a tough opponent in another judges’ pick, Angela July. It will be an epic battle for sure!
“If I could push the Golden Buzzer again, I would do it. There might not even be another person that could play the ukulele like you.” - David Foster
  • Representing Malaysia, illusionist Sobhi Shaker (#AGTVote23) has been declared the best magician that David Foster has ever seen. This Syrian refugee’s inspiring story and reason to win Asia’s Got Talent makes him one of the most compelling act to watch this season.

That performance was flawless, that was the best performance of the night. I have never experienced goosebumps during a magic performance. Thank you.” - Anggun
  • Flyers from the south, Philippines’ Urban Crew (#AGTVote24) gave 110% of their hearts and souls with an adrenaline pumping ninja-style dance, complete with inhuman jumps, flips and spins, straight out of an anime! The passionate crew is dancing for a cause, to help kids stay off the streets. 
“The stunts and moves are definitely the most difficult I have ever seen. You guys are world-class in my eyes.” - Jay Park

In the Grand Final episode, all nine grand finalists must give a performance of their lifetime without the help of the Golden Buzzer or judges’ pick. All nine acts will be up for public voting and only one act can win Asia’s Got Talent and the grand prize of US$100,000.  Voting opens from tonight until 13 December, 11:59pm, and fans can vote via Facebook Hashtag, Facebook Messenger and Google Search. For more information on voting, visit

Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 will culminate next Thursday, 14 at 8:30pm (7:30pm JKT/BKK) on AXN with the Results Show. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

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.

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

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

Friday, December 1, 2017

Indonesia’s The Sacred Riana Scares Her Way into the Asia’s Got Talent Grand Final

Global sensation: Over 50 million views on Facebook and YouTube
SINGAPORE (December 1, 2017) Be afraid, be very afraid. AXN fans have voted and Indonesia’s most viral magician The Sacred Riana has made it to Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Grand Final. The global sensation whose two performances on the show racked up a combined of over 50 million views on Facebook and YouTube impressed the judges and audience with her original, spine-chilling act.  Watch her semi-final performance here!

“Riana, it’s so unusual and it’s terrifying. And it’s impressive,” David Foster said.

“I think I peed my pants a little. Very unique. It was scary but was still entertaining at the same time. Great overall,” Jay Park praised the magician.

The Sacred Riana will join Jay Park’s Golden Buzzer ADEM who wowed the audience with their animated dance, and judge’s choice Taiwanese ukulele prodigy Feng E to perform at Marina Bay Sands next Thursday for the Grand Final Live.

The last two remaining grand finalists will only be revealed during the Grand Final episode next Thursday at 8:30pm (7:30pm JKT/BKK) on AXN. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

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.

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

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Empowering a savvy and mobile generation with the new Canon PIXMA TS307

As smartphones take on a greater role in everyday and business needs, the new Canon wireless multifunction device redefines the way we scan and copy documents through seamless smartphone pairing for versatile needs


SINGAPORE, 1 December 2017 - Canon today announced the launch of the PIXMA TS307, a wireless[1] printer designed for digital natives on the move with its ability to deliver high-quality printing, document scan and copy, through the convenient platform of smartphone technology.

“The PIXMA TS307 reflects Canon’s continuous efforts to incorporate innovative features in our product offerings through keen insights on the evolution of technology and consumer trends,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Working spaces and habits are changing and smartphones are playing a vital role in our everyday needs and how we share content. The PIXMA TS307 was designed in a thoughtful manner to enable users to print their essential documents conveniently without the use of PCs or laptops.”

Going smart with mobile
Weighing just 2.9 kilograms, the compact PIXMA TS307 offers the convenience of mobility for users that are constantly on the move. Whether for work or leisure purposes, the new cost efficient PIXMA TS307 promises high quality prints.  

To complement the needs of a smartphone generation, the PIXMA TS307 transforms into a multitasking workhorse that produces high-resolution scans of A4 documents or pages from books when paired with a smartphone using the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. To facilitate seamless scans, the stylish grid surface serves as a slip-resistant document scan table, on which documents or books can be placed flat before image capture with a smartphone camera. The edges of the scan subject are automatically detected, and images are optimized through the application for brightness and contrast before printing. Alternatively, images can be converted to PDF format and saved to the local library of the mobile device, cloud service, or sent over email.

The PIXMA TS307 is also equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for easy wireless setup, as well as the one-touch access point mode connectivity for uninterrupted connectivity with mobile devices in the absence of wireless routers. Rounding up the powerful suite of wireless connectivity options are AirPrint and Wireless Pictbridge, which further underscores that versatility and accessibility offered by the device. 

A dash of Augmented Reality with Message-in-Print
Imagine a heartwarming birthday greeting that carries voices and sounds from an actual celebration, or a photo postcard of a concert that emits the very tunes being played at the performance. The new Message in Print app[2] makes all these possible. Allowing for personalised messages with animations or links to web videos to be embedded in any photo, the meaningful surprise can be delivered simply through viewing the photo via the Message in Print app.

Low-cost ink cartridges with scalable options
The PIXMA TS307 is bundled with Canon’s efficient low-cost ink cartridges, PG-745S and CL-746S. With the capacity to print up to 100 pages in black and colour, these cartridges are the perfect solution for those seeking to print only on occasion. For high volume print environments, standard or XL ink cartridge options are also available.

Pricing and Availability
The PIXMA TS307 is currently available at all Canon authorised dealers at the recommended retail price of $59.

Specification Summary
PIXMA TS307 - Wireless Printer with Smartphone Copy
Product Dimensions (WxDxH)
430 x 282 x 143 mm (approx.)
Document ISO Print Speed
Approx. 7.7 ipm (B&W) / 4.0 ipm (colour)
Photo Print Speed
Approx. 65 seconds
Key Features

·         Smartphone copy
·         Low-cost ink cartridges
·         Borderless photo printing up to 4R
·         Supports wireless and mobile printing
·         Message in Print app

[1] Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
[2] This app is only available on the App store for iOS devices.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. For more information on device compatibility, please visit the App Store.

Experience Perfection with the moto x4 and moto g5S plus

I remember having my first Motorola StarTac in the late 1990s. It was then the smallest phone money can buy. Buying the technological piece and make a statement to our everyday life. The phone have now become smarter over the years. Well I am happy to attend the launch of the new Motorola smart phones for the first time and their range of smart phones now bear the name Moto which was catchy especially hellomoto. And I have been repeating myself with the hellomoto since I attended the launch. Just love how it sounds. Now let us get on to moto smart phones.

Trying out the moto 360 camera

Motorola have make life simple especially with OOTDs and wefies. These are already important part of our lifestyle. Even screen capture are now simply placing three fingers on the screen. Scanning business card ( I know we have apps for it, but this is part of the smart phone feature, so cool ). For hardcore selfies, hey, they also have Face filters, which add a layer of animations to your photos or videos. IP68 water and dust resistant design now become a standard in smart phone market. Wireless sound system allows you to share music by connecting up to four Bluetooth audio devices at the same time. I think you can start a music party. Motor Key allow you to access your favourite password-secured websites on your phones with a simple touch of your finger. It just make the phone more secure as ever. The new phone is Moto X4. 

The other new phone is Motor G5s plus which feature dual 13MP rear cameras combined with special photo enhancement software. Selective focus mod make it easy to take professional looking OOTDs and portraits with friends and family. The best part of the phone is that the 8MP wide angle front camera with its LED flash and new panoramic mode. Just focus on taking great wefies at night. The 3000 mAh all-battery will keep you going the whole day. Only need 15 minutes TurboPower charging time to give you a 6 hours of battery life. 

Besides the new phones, there is a list of exciting accessories such as moto 360 camera, moto gamepad and moto style shell for wireless charging. 

motor 360 camera


  • Moto X4 - S$599
  • Moto G5s Plus - S$499
  • Moto 360 camera - S$399
  • Moto GamePad - S$149
  • Moto Style Shell ( wireless charging ) - S$69

For more information on the features and details, do visit here 

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.