Thursday, October 29, 2015

SG50 Documentary Film "Hunt for the Red Lion" explore the tradition of multi-cultural communities in the ancient Singapore.

This is a sponsored event.

Did San Nila Utama really see a red lion in Singapore ? With the launch of this SG50 documentary film 'Hunt for the Red Lion', it will get Singaporeans interested in our nation's history. This 30-minutes film compares and contrasts the various versions of history from the Malay Annals, Chinese source materials and even Indonesian source materials.

Dennis Toh from The Influencer Network introduces speaker Eric Ng

Eric Ng, the initiator and researcher of the film.

Most people believe that it was a tiger instead of a lion. Lion was never in Singapore. As Malayan tiger roams the jungle of South-East Asia including Singapore, the most likely beast is the tiger. But again, there may be other possible alternatives to the tiger as what Eric Ng, the researcher and initiator of this film said.

"The Malay annals described the animal as a 'Lion' with a red body and black head. However there is no red lion anywhere in the world. One possibility is that it was a Chinese lion dance. It fits the description of a creature dressed in red coat, its head decorated with large black balls (eyes) and long black tassles (eyebrow, eyelashes, beard and mane)".

Eric Ng added 'Every year, our National Day displays a Sang Nila Utama who spied the white beaches across the sea and was told that it was Temasek. I felt that majority of Singaporeans find it difficult to identify with the legend as it focuses on a spoilt rich kid out of idle his time away. Our investigation explores whether Singapore has a mixed community of Malays and Chinese ( and perhaps other races), prior to Sang Nila Utama's arrival. Such open ended journey of enquiry will enable more people to find a version of history that they can identify with. 

Oak 3 Films, a production company was engaged to film this documentary. The production crew went to Kuala Lumpur in August 2015 to film it. Post-production took four weeks that took into account changes in script and even changes in script writer. The director and producer of the film are namely Ms. Lim Suat Yen and Mr. Jason Lai. This film was supported by MCCY under the SG50 celebration fund.

Opinions and views from notable academics and researchers such as Professor Kwa Chong Guan and Professor Miksic were sought and studied in this film. 


Personal Opinion

If evidences does show that early Singapore does have a multi-cultural communities, then Sang Nila Utama will not be the founder of ancient Singapore. Most countries have a deep rooted history but unfortunately Singapore, as a young nation, do not have a long history that we can relate to. It is a good thing that the film get everyone thinking about the history of Singapore and whether it is a lion, tiger or a Chinese Lion Dance, my only wish for Singapore is to be able to prosper as a multiracial, multicultural nation in this part of the world. I think we have achieve that in our 50 years of nation building. 

The details of the Public Screening could be found here:

The film will be uploaded on Youtube from 15 November 2015 onwards. Singaporeans who are interested to know more about the SG50 film can take a look at the film's Facebook fanpage 

Added on 15 Dec 2015

The documentary film is now available in YouTube for the public to enjoy. Watch the interesting documentary in full below. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Eat to your heart's content at Oishii Japan 2015

Once again, ASEAN's largest dedicated Japanese food and beverage, Oishii Japan has arrived in Singapore. This is my second year covering this exhibition. See my last year coverage here . This year is bigger and better. 

F&B players and Japanese food enthusiasts will be able to experience the best of Japanese seasonal produce and discover the latest food trends in Japan. As usual, there will exciting series of live demonstrations, seminars, and tasting workshops, the annual gourmet affair is a gastronomic odyssey that will immerse visitors into Japan's rich food culture.

Three of Japan's most prized exports, Sake, Wagyu Beef and Japanese Tea will be greeting you at the event. 

This year event has the largest number of representation of Japanese prefectures, 42 out of 47 prefectures in Japan which is 31% increase in participation from 2014. Nearly 300 exhibitors will present more than 500 new products, including the latest food technologies from Japan. 

There will be a demonstration on the art of sake making as well as a massive 60kg maguro flown in from Ehime Prefecture for a live maguro-cutting demonstrations.

Event Details

Trade : 22-23 Oct 2015 to 5.30pm daily

Public : 24 Oct 2015 11am to 4.30pm

Venue : Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Halls 405-406

Website :

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A refreshing Okinawa Gelato, South & North. The milk in South & North's gelato comes from two locations, Hokkaido, Yamakawa Natural Farm Milk and Okinawa, Miyahira Dairy Milk. Gelato contains less fat than commercially-sold ice-cream. and so relies more on the flavour, aroma and texture of its ingredients.  

This is an interesting stall, Miyone, which the Singaporean Auntie ( worked as a Japanese Tour Guide in Singapore ) invited me to her stall. She is helping the owner as a Japanese interpreter.Although it is quite common to have processed Oranges and Lemon such Yuzu, Amanatsu, BloodOrange, Lemon etc but the good thing is that there is no food colouring, no fragrance and most importantly, no preservatives. It is natural and refreshingly original taste. Well, I promised our Singaporean Auntie to review that in my blog Oishii Japan posting. I took back a Lemon package and my family finished in a record time of less than 1 minute. Unfortunately, it is currently not sold in Singapore. Any Singapore distributor interested ? For contact, please visit website at

With all the good ingredients, you cannot go with Famous Japanese Rice.

I was hunting high and low for quality Japanese Beef. This year seems to have less beef stalls but glad that I found this one from Gunma Prefecture. Not too bad as I help myself to two servings.

This is one customised cream bun worth queuing up. From Japan, Hattendo Cafe will soon be available in Singapore. They started in 1933. Why did they took so long to come to Singapore? With the choice of fruits toppings, sauce and bun type, this is one refreshing cream bun. You only need to taste it to feel it's goodness.

Famous Japanese Udon

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Exciting Zenfone Smartphones at the ASUS ZenFestival Event together with Left Profile Celebrity Endorser, Michelle Chong

It was a night of celebrations and party at the ASUS ZenFestival event where ASUS introduces their flagship Zenfone Selfie as well as two two other new additions to the ZenFone series, the ZenFone 2 Lazer and ZenFone Go

The attendees were given a chance to try out all the three smartphones. Together with Instagram contest and lucky draw which was held at the end of the event, get everyone excited. Celebrity Endorser, Michelle Chong shared her experience with the ZenFone Selfie. A viral video depicting the unique features of the ZenFone Selfie, with her new character, Kelian, was also unveiled at the event.  

The ZenFone 2 Lazer 5.5inch is equip with a 13MP PixelMaster camera and rear azer auto-focus as quick as .0.2 sec for near-instant clarty with 1280 x 720 HD resolution, plus the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for unrivailed scatch-resistance, strength and everyday durability. More information can found at :

The ZenFone Go features an ergonomic and thin design at ony 5.2mm at the slimmest point, making it comfortable to hold and compact enough to be placed in the pocket. ZenFone Go smart phone are for the people on-the-go. More information can be found at :

The ZenFone Selfie exceptional front-facing PixelMaster camera has a huge 13MP resolution and an f/2.2 aperture, 88-dgree wide-angle lens. The unique Selfe panorama mode enables selfies with an outlook of up to 140 degrees, for a large filed of view with every shot. It also delivers superb macro photography. Click the link below for more information.

The low-light performance of the ZenFone series i sunparalled across smartphone products around its price range, with innovative pixel-merging technology that increases ZenFone Selfie's light sensitivity by up to four times and capture up to 400% brighter photos and videos at night or under low-light conditions without the need for flash. 

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