Saturday, July 30, 2016

Movie Review THE WAILING 哭声


An old man appears in a peaceful rural village, but no one know when and why.  As mysterious rumors begin to spread about this old man, the villagers dropped dead one by one. They grotesquely kill each other for inexplicable reasons. The village is swept by turmoil and the stranger is subjected to suspicion.


A movie which put you in suspense almost from the start of the show. With mysterious death surrounding the village, possessed little girl, a Japanese man living in a Korean community all add up to more suspense for this movie. It is definitely worth watching especially you thought that you finally knew what is going on but the ending make it impossible to know the truth because the truth just can be one of the many possibilities. That’s what make it so exciting to watch. A relatively long movie. I was in fact struggling on my seat not just because of the intense suspense but the coldness of the air-con in the cinema. Be sure to bring along a warm clothing into the cinema. 

The movie also demonstrated the love of a father for his daughter. The father, a police officer was a relatively cowardly person but given that his daughter was possessed, he would find ways to help her daughter recovered. You can see how much the father sacrifices himself for the sake of his daughter. The fatherly love has turned him into a courageous person.

There are a number of mysterious characters in the movie. A mysterious lady who appear during the beginning and at the end of the movie. Another mysterious Japanese man who live in the forest and appear in semi-naked, running and hunting down animals. Chicken and goats were used for sacrifices during the rituals. Occasionally, crows appeared in large numbers which signifies bad omen. 

It is definitely a good movie to watch. I shall rate it at 3.8 / 5. The movie will be in cinema from 28 Jul 2016. 


Friday, July 29, 2016

Celebrate National Day through Sports with 100PLUS at GetActive! Singapore

Singapore, 29 July 2016 – GetActive! Singapore is set to be a platform for Singaporeans to unite as One Team Singapore through sports and physical activities. As an advocate for active lifestyle, 100PLUS is proud to be the official hydration partner of the inaugural GetActive! Singapore programme.

Held in the week leading up to National Day, the GetActive! Singapore initiative aims to provide a platform to inspire the Singapore spirit and celebrate our national identity through sports. It comprises three different elements: Competition through the Singapore National Games, Fun through Sport Festivals and Play through the Active Enabler Programme.

Singapore National Games

Featuring 16 sports and five para-sports that are spanning across three different categories, Youth, Open and Master, the Singapore National Games is set to promote an active lifestyle while forging stronger bond through competitive sports.

Sport Festivals

Held across 15 designated sport centres nationwide and three community fields in the heartlands – Jurong East, Tampines and Woodlands, children and families can soak in the National Day’s jubilance while participating in fun sports games that are catered for all ages and abilities. Communities and corporate members can also get active at Marina Bay as the area is transformed into a sporting hub, featuring an array of Active Enabler projects.

Active Enabler Programme

The programme provides funding and support to ground-up proposals for creative, sports-focused lifestyle-driven initiatives, ranging from mass participation events to workshops and seminars.

100PLUS has long been the prominent and ever-supportive hydration drink of choice at many major sports and lifestyle events on the Singapore and regional sports calendar. We are delighted to support the GetActive! Singapore campaign in its drive to encourage Singaporeans to live a  healthy lifestyle  and to forge  stronger  bonds  through sport  and  its active lifestyle programmes. 100PLUS is proud to be the official hydration partner of GetActive! Singapore,” said Jennifer See, General Manager, F&N Foods Pte Ltd.

Singapore’s No.1 isotonic drink, 100PLUS aids in replenishing lost fluids, energy and electrolytes to combat the effects of dehydration, heat and exertion, enabling individuals to outdo themselves in their daily active lifestyle.

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About Fraser and Neave, Limited
Established in 1883, Fraser and Neave, Limited (“F&N”) is a leading Southeast Asia Consumer Group with expertise and prominent standing in the Food & Beverage and Publishing & Printing industries.

Leveraging its strengths in marketing and distribution; research and development; brands and financial management; as well as years of acquisition experience, F&N provides key resources and sets strategic directions for its subsidiary companies across both industries.

Listed on the Singapore stock exchange, F&N ranks as one of the most established and successful companies in the region with an impressive array of renowned brands that enjoy strong market leadership. F&N is present in 11 countries spanning Asia Pacific, Europe and the USA, and employs over 7,800 people worldwide.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Region's Largest Consumer Jewelry Show Opens Today, SIJE

The Region’s Largest Consumer Jewelry Show Opens Today
More than US$150 million in exhibits by 200 exhibitors from 25  countries

The Million Dollar Row

A special showcase of rare jewelry  pieces
A 27-carat flawless round brilliant GIA certified diamond priced at SGD3.5million by IVY Masterpiece

Rare Burma Pigeon Blood Rubies

See these extremely rare finds at the DeGem – a USD5m necklace totalling more than 82 carats and an extremely rare 10-carat natural Burma  ruby

500 pieces of Specially Commissioned Limited Edition Jewelry

Some of the most dazzling and affordable limited edition jewelry sourced from all over the world, starting from  S$250

Special focus on Investment Pieces

International experts on hand to advice on investing in gemstones with special focus on the fastest growing demand for rare gemstones  worldwide

Knowledge Partner - Euromonitor International

Future growth in fine jewelry – Asia  Perspective

July 21, 2016, Singapore The Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2016 (SIJE) opened its doors at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre to the public  this morning. The show this year is larger than ever and celebrates the love of jewelry, breathtaking gemstones that make a statement and showcase ‘beauty inside out’. Dr   Lily Neo, Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC and Deputy Chairperson, Government Parliamentary Committee for Health will be SIJE 2016’s guest of honour at its official opening ceremony this afternoon.

Photo Credits to Conference & Exhibition Management Services

Over the next four days, from July 21 to 24, 2016, some 15,000 visitors are expected to visit more than 200 jewelers from 25 countries around the world. SIJE 2016 gathers the world’s leading jewelers from the jewelry capitals of the world. The country pavilions   and contingents are made up of 40 from Hong Kong, 35 jewelers from Italy, 30 from India, 16 from Japan, 15 from Cambodia, 9 from Indonesia, 8 from Thailand, 6 from Myanmar, a newcomer from Peru and 31 homegrown jewelers from Singapore, among many more from 25 countries in all. With more than US$150million in exhibits spread over 8,000 square metres, this show is the largest consumer jewelry in Singapore and the region.

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According to global market research company and SIJE’s knowledge partner, Euromonitor International, jewelry is the best performing personal accessories category with sales worth US$ 316 billion in 2016. It is also the fastest growing segment within   the personal accessories industry with 3 percent growth between 2015 and  2016.
Jewelry experienced 15 percent year-on-year growth of internet retail sales, reaching US$ 19 billion in 2016, up from US$ 9 billion in  2011.

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The largest and most sustainable consumer jewelry show in this region, offers its visitors so many reasons to visit it this year including the ‘Million Dollar Row’ by IVY Masterpiece, DeGem, Zydo, Renee and RCM . Among the exhibits is a 27-carat flawless round, brilliant GIA certified diamond priced at SGD3.5million presented by IVY Masterpiece and a USD5million Burma Ruby necklace weighing in at 82 carats in total at the DeGem International booth. The crown jewel of the show is a piece of historical significance, an Emerald pendant, carved and shaped by Fortunato Pio Castellani in the 19th century. It was gifted by Napoleon III to his lover, Countess of Castiglione. This historical piece is currently in the private collection of Roberto Sciaguato.

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This year, the organizer of SIJE has commissioned some of the most exquisite and affordable creations from jewelers around the world for its visitors. These start from S$250 and are crafted by some of the most talented jewelers from Italy, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and more.

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Said show organizer Edward Liu, PBM, Group Managing Director of Conference & Exhibition Management Services, “we are delighted to partner HSBC Bank. Visitors to the show can look forward to enjoy exclusive SIJE – HSBC Credit Card  promotions.
We are also grateful to our Knowledge partner, Euromonitor International. Industry players will find a wealth of information at the talk presented by Euromonitor’s industry expert. This year we welcome the luxury showcase by The Luxury Network. All of this would not have been possible without the support of our highly committed partners and the appreciative public.” 

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SIJE 2016 is supported by the Italian Trade Commission, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia, Guangzhou Watches & Clocks Association, Hong Kong Jewellery and Jade Manufacturers Association, Myanmar Gems & Jewellery Entrepreneur Association and The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion  Council.

Photo Credits to Conference & Exhibition Management Services

Friday, July 8, 2016

A fun shot with Canon EOS M10 and Rilakkuma at Keong Siak

Whether it is casual or professional work as a photographer, I have yet to experience the joy of toy photography. The art of photographing toy which imitate life is known as ToyTravel (Nui-Dori). Definitely something new. Walking around Keong Siak area, in this part of Singapore Chinatown Historic District, armed with a Canon M10 camera, together with Rilakkuma, I was into story creation for every photo I shot of Rilakkuma. In the early days, Keong Siak area was a well know red light district. It has now turned into a historic district with cafes, restaurants and even wedding studio.

Thanks to Canon who have collaborated with Rilakkuma, a popular Japanese character to allow us to photo some of the cutest moments with Rilakkuma. Canon M10 simply make everything easy and very much lighter than my big heavy DSLR. I was glad to use the M10 for the shoot. We have about 1.5 hours to walk, photograph and explore the area. Bringing Rilakkuma into life with our photos, will be the challenge for the day. At the same time, the DSLR quality of the Canon M10 make selfie so easy to shoot with it's 180° Tilt-type Touchscreen LCD+

Canon launched the special edition EOS M10 box set bundled with a limited edition 24cm Rilakkuma plush toy to inspire creativity among all social media users. The initiative aims to spur users to incorporate the ToyTravel ( Nui-Dori) trend artistically in their photography.

At the end of the shoot, we had our lunch at Banana Tree. Dessert such as the Flower Pot Pudding look really interesting. My first thought was to bring it back to present it to my wife. Anyway, I finished the pudding. It was really an art piece. 

To know more about Canon M10, please click on Full Specification of Canon M10. 

The special edition #EOSM10Rilakkuma box sets are also available at Canon authorized dealers at the following recommended prices:

SRP (includes GST)
EOS M10 kit (EF M15-45 IS STM)
Black or White
EOS M10 kit II (EF M15-45 IS STM & EF M22 STM)
EOS M10 kit III (EF M15-45 IS STM & EF M55-200 IS STM)

 Photo provided by Canon Singapore.

Photo provided by Canon Singapore.

Good Selfie shot using Canon M10 180 degree tilt screen,

Monday, July 4, 2016


Singapore, 1 July 2016 – Be transported into a bygone era with a spectacular dance, drama and music production with tales from Old Shanghai to Fragrance Bay. Aptly titled, Glitz & Glamour, this stunning example of musical theatre by Dama Asia Productions has a distinct Asian flavour, reviving the rich legacy of popular Chinese music spanning from the era of Old Shanghai, the Silver Screen of Shaw Brothers and Cathay cinemas. The production makes its Singapore debut at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands from 11 August for a limited season.

Tickets are now on sale.

Performed in the style of a docu-tainment, the talented cast bring a spectacle of dance and musical classics such as heart-warming songs from the evergreen Golden Chinese Oldies (shi dai qu).

Glitz & Glamour weaves together two parallel stories that explore themes of celebrity, nostalgia, musical history and comedy in an entertaining display of theatrical flair. The plot is narrated in English and highlights the rise of the shi dai qu genre during the 1930s to 1960s. The life of the protagonist, Budding Rose, a sweet village girl, unfolds against this historical backdrop. The story of Budding Rose is a classic tale of a country girl leaving her home to fulfil her aspirations of stardom in the big city. Young and inexperienced, she enters Shanghai’s seedy nightclub scene, competing against stars like Lady Star, to seek her fame and fortune, and vying for attention in love.

The cast for the Singapore premiere includes singing sensation and theatre stalwart, Tan Soo Suan, who will play Budding Rose, and Liow Jun Yi as The Man. They join Evelyn Toh as the Lady Star and Dominic Luk will play the Secret Admirer.

Tan Soo Suan’s recent performances include Larger Than Life, I Have a Date with Spring and Butterfly Lovers – The Musical at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, and Evergreen (A Tribute to Barbara Streisand) at the Theatre Lounge Café in Kuala Lumpur. In 2013, Tan received the Boh Cameronian's Awards 2013 for the Best Actor in a Leading Role for her performance in Empress Wu. Her rendition of Eternally was featured in Tsai Ming-Liang’s film, I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival 2006.

Liow Jun Yi is a tenor who graduated from Malaysian Institute Of Arts. He has won numerous singing awards across Malaysia including a Gold Award in 11th China-ASEAN Arts Festival, and the Festival of Asian Arts. Liow performed in the leading role of Liang Shan Bo in Butterfly Lovers, which received to rave reviews. His other theatre credits include I Have A Date With Spring (2009, 2010 & 2015), The Moon Speaks For My Heart (2011 & 2013) and In Perfect Harmony - A Malaysian Musical Journey (2011).

Evelyn Toh graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She has won numerous vocal awards including Grand Finalist in International Vocal Competition 2004 in China, Grand Champion in the Malaysia Vocal Competition (2004), Grand Champion in the Malaysia Singapore Vocal Competition 2004, 3rd Prize in Festa Canzone The Art Song Vocal Competition 2005. Toh’s stage credits include the opera Marriage of Figaro, Tunku, The Perfect Circle, The Moon Speaks for My Heart, Siddhartha and Princess Wen Cheng.

Dominic Lucien Luk studied classical music and performing arts at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore with a focus on vocal pedagogy. He moved to Boston to pursue a Master of Arts specialising in music and gender studies, and studied singing for musical theatre with Pamela Wolfe. Luk also trained in choral conducting at Harvard University. Luk’s stage credits include: Molina (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Prior Walter (Angels In America), Oscar (A Language of Their Own), John Auyong (The Weight of Silk on Skin).

Season: 11-21 August 2016
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Cast: Malaysian cast

Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8:00pm

Matinees Saturday: 2:00pm Sunday: 1:00pm

Tickets for Glitz and Glamour are priced from S$78, $98, $108, $128
* Excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket


PHONE:   +65 6688 8826

Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby). For more information please log onto -

About Dama Asia Productions
Dama Asia is a multiple award-winning music theatre company, well known for their exquisite blending of East-West harmonies in their musical performances. Since their inception in 1994, Dama’s productions have been staged to critical acclaims and full houses in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and China. They have also showcased their works at music festivals such as Rainforest World Music Festival, WOMAD Singapore, Silk & Bamboo Music Festival, Huayi Festival of Arts and Volvo World Music Festival.

Currently, the production house has five main areas of focus: (a) Dama Music Theatre (musical), (b) Dama Playhouse (drama), (c) Dama International Opera (opera); (d) performing arts education; and (e) event. Dama also enjoyed the artistic collaboration and support from Professor Wu Yanqiu (China), Chris Grady (the UK), Kevin Alan Park (South Korea) and Hsu Wei-En (Taiwan). Dama's recording of Eternally was featured in renowned film director Tsai Ming-Liang's film, I Don't Want To Sleep Alone, which was screened at the Venice International Film Festival 2006 in Italy. For more information, please visit

About BASE Entertainment Asia
BASE Entertainment Asia is one of Asia Pacific’s leading presenters of live entertainment. Based at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore, the company has presented many of the world’s most recognised musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, Jersey Boys, CATS, My Fair Lady, Annie, Starlight Express, The Sound of Music and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Additionally BASE Entertainment Asia also presented concerts such as Michael Bolton, Thriller Live, Beatlemania, Bjorn Again, Cliff Richard, AR Rahman, and Elvis Costello. The company has also presented Disney Live on behalf of Feld Entertainment for the past 4 years plus global children’s performers Hi 5 and The Wiggles. In 2014 BASE Entertainment Asia presented the Asian premiere of the equestrian spectacular Cavalia which enjoyed a sellout season in Singapore. BASE Entertainment founders Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger, have 45 years combined experience in the live entertainment industry. The company has offices in Singapore, New York, Las Vegas, and Houston. For more information, please visit