China’s Talented Supermarket Staff and their Amazing Product Displays

Via China Smack. The Republic of China has no lack of creative talents. You need to look no further than their unassuming local supermarkets to spot some creative geniuses’ artistic works.

Here are a few of my favourites:

The table mat warrior; his table mat princess and his nemesis, the metal container samurai
The table mat warrior; his table mat princess and his nemesis, the metal container samurai
Can drinks Mario and blue slippers Hai Bao (海宝) - need I say more?
Can drinks Mario and blue slippers Hai Bao (海宝) - need I say more?
Lay's potoato chips tornado... or a giant lotus flower?
Lay's potoato chips tornado... or a giant lotus flower?

All photos taken from China Smack.

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Filipino government website hijacked by Chinese hacker

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta

Via a tip-off from a reader, Stephanie. Here’s the link to a news report in Chinese and the link to the hijacked Filipino government website which got decorated with a People Republic of China flag.

The hacking was done in retaliation for the horrible manner the Filipino government and police handled the recent 2010 Manila hostage crisis, resulting in the death of eight Hong Kong tourists:

Via Wikipedia. The Manila hostage crisis occurred when a dismissed Philippine National Police officer took over a tour bus in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines on August 23, 2010. Disgruntled former senior inspector (equivalent military rank: captain) Rolando Mendoza, from the Manila Police District (MPD) hijacked a tour bus carrying 25 tourists from Hong Kong in an attempt to get his job back. He said that he was summarily dismissed without the opportunity to properly defend himself, and that all he wanted was a fair hearing.

As a result of the ten-hour siege, the ensuing shoot-out, and a botched rescue attempt by MPD watched by millions on live television news, eight of the hostages and Mendoza died and nine other people were injured. The Hong Kong Government then immediately issued a top-level ‘black’ travel alert for the Philippines.

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Step Up 3D – Movie Review

Step Up 3D movie poster
Step Up 3D movie poster

I did not watch the first two Step Up movies and only caught Step Up 3D because I had invite tickets to the gala premiere on 17 Aug.

I went in without much expectation as I was under the impression that it was going to be another mainstream school boys school girls drama like the very annoying High School Musical.

Guess what?

I was wrong. Both Rachel and I enjoyed the movie very much. Yes, the storyline was cheesy and very predictable (boy meets girl, girl betrays boy but later rejoins him to win dance competition), but the adrenaline-pumping dance scenes more than make up for it.

I am not a big fan of 3D cinema as they make my eyes googly. However, this is one instance where the 3D effects really did enhance the overall cinematic experience during the dance scenes. So much so that there were really some points in the movie whereby Rachel and I felt like we should get out of our seats and dance too.

Slick dance sceneHeadspin on waterI particularly like one scene where the two leads shared two colourful cups of Slurpee over a air duct. I never knew drinking Slurpee can be so romantic and beautiful. Very nice cinematography and choreography. 🙂

Drinking Slurpee can be very romantic!
Drinking Slurpee can be very romantic!

STEP UP 3D is now showing in Singapore cinemas. Be sure to catch it!

BTW, omy.sg is giving away STEP UP 3D movie packs. To win, simply answer a simple question on the movie. Visit HERE for more details. You can also read other reviews written by more bloggers on the omy Blog Club site.

Trailer:

More about the movie:

STEP UP 3D
Release Date: 19 August 2010
Chinese Title: 舞 力 全 开 3D
Directed by: Jon Chu
Starring: Harry Shum Jr., Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Rick Malambri

Synopsis:

The filmmakers who dazzled you with box-office hits STEP UP and STEP UP 2: THE STREETS reunite to bring you more STEP UP…now in 3-D! In STEP UP 3, the story of urban street dancing goes global with an electrifying new story of hearts, dreams and bodies in motion, made even more thrilling with cutting-edge 3-D technology.

LUKE is an orphaned street dancer, desperate to avoid getting evicted from his only home: a rundown New York warehouse that’s a haven for young dancers from around the world. This de facto family has a dance crew, the House of Pirates. In order for the crew to survive, they must defeat their longtime rivals, the House of Samurai, at the upcoming World Jam Competition, where the best crews in the world compete for a huge cash prize. We follow Luke through the city’s diverse underground dance scene, scouting new talent to help the Pirates win World Jam. At last, he finds the two dancers he needs: NATALIE, a mysterious street dancer, and MOOSE, the comedic sidekick from the franchise’s second film, who’s now a freshman at NYU.

Unbeknownst to Luke, Natalie has a secret that threatens to destroy their budding romance, and everything the Pirates have built. The Pirates put together a killer dance routine—only to have it stolen by the Samurai. With time running out, Moose turns to his old MSA crew for help. Can the Pirates and the MSA crew pull together a new dance number at the last minute? And will it be good enough to beat the world’s best street dancers?

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Ladyironchef (Brad Lau) vs Private Affairs

Ladyironchef (Brad Lau) at Private Affairs - composed web images via Ladyironchef's blog and Private Affairs' website
Ladyironchef at Private Affairs - composed web images via Ladyironchef's blog and Private Affairs' website

To be fair to both parties, I’ve provided the links to both sides of the story over the alleged free meal incident. Please read both stories carefully before you jump to any conclusions.

The story according to the Joo Chiat restaurant, Private Affairs, via Yahoo! Fit to Post: S’poreans outraged over ‘free meal’ blogger (23 Aug 2010)

The story as told by Ladyironchef (Brad Lau): The Truth about this Singapore Food Blog (24 Aug 2010)

As a blogger who also works in a media company that organises bloggers’ events, here are some guidelines I personally hold for dealing with invites (you need not necessarily agree with me, that’s fine):

1. If you do not want to write about the product/event/service – do not accept the invite in the first place – the reason PR companies or product owners invite you is obviously to get publicity. If you do not want to feel obliged to write, do not RSVP. If you are not sure whether you will put up an entry but still want to go take a look, make that clear to the PR before meeting so as to manage expectations. Journalists work this way; bloggers should too if you want to be treated professionally.

2. If the invite did not state the number of pax, do not assume you can bring guests along. Check first. If you do bring guests, do not assume that your guests can be free loaders. This is to maintain professional integrity. The event is not your private party and please bear in mind there is cost involved for the organiser for every extra Tom, Dick or Harry you bring along.

3. Timeliness. If the invite is for today, do not assume it’s valid a few weeks or months later unless stated. The invite might have been for a one-time off event that was specially catered for a specified period. I also find it a good practice to finish up my blog entry ideally within three days of the invitation. I know bloggers are not journalists, but events have their timeliness factor too and the organisers also have their marketing/publicity objective to account for. Spare a thought for the hand that feeds you.

4. Humility and courtesy. This applies not just to bloggers, but anyone else.

5. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Journalists get invited to events because they are expected to write about it. This applies to bloggers too. Pay it forward.

For organisers who want to invite bloggers to events, bear in mind that bloggers are not professional writers. I am not referring to the quality of work as some bloggers may even write better than mainstream journalists, but the fact that blogging is not a “profession” for most bloggers. There’s no governing body, no professional code of ethics or guidelines to follow (and it should remain that way as it is part of the beauty of blogging).

To be fair to the bloggers, they are not paid for the time and traveling costs invested to attend your event. Hence always anticipate a small percentage of “negative investment” whereby no blog entries are written after the event or negative coverage by a  few bloggers who attended the event. That’s social media for you. Just bear in mind who these bloggers are and you can consider striking them off your list for future invites. What goes round, comes round.

I think life is a whole lot less complicated when you always put yourself in the other party’s shoes and consider their views too.

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Young Lad Looks for a Wife (少年想娶老婆)

The male and female leads
The male and female leads

A funny Hokkien music video via vivreguy22 on  youtube. I am not sure if this was a wedding montage or the couple got sabotage by their friends (or enemies). Enjoy:

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A Date with Kotex and 100 Women at Heaven’s Loft

Kotex's new male ambassador (photo courtesy of Janet and Han Joo)
Kotex's new male ambassador (photo courtesy of Janet and Han Joo)

On Saturday, I attended the all women (except for yours truly and a couple of staff) Kotex WOW Party at Heaven’s Loft, Orchard Central.

It was the perfect timing as my wife was out of town. What better way then to spend a Saturday afternoon? :p

Jokes aside, over a hundred female bloggers really showed up at the event. I was there to help out with the RSVP at the reception. I have never seen so many happy ladies gathered in one venue.

Women everywhere
Women everywhere
Snapping away at the product launch ceremony on stage
Snapping away at the product launch ceremony on stage

Food and drinks were served – mostly sweet, dessert item including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and DIY cupcakes that are sure to get women going gaga.

Pretty little savoury finger food
Pretty little savoury finger food
Dessert and pastry items
Dessert and pastry items
The ladies enjoying their food
The ladies enjoying their food
DIY cupcakes to take home - How clever right? It was an instant hit with the ladies.
DIY cupcakes to take home - How clever right? It was an instant hit with the ladies.
Picture of the cupcakes
Picture of the cupcakes
Han Joo making her cupcake to take home
Han Joo making her cupcake to take home
Bloggers getting interviewed
Bloggers getting interviewed
Activities zone in the outdoor balcony area
Activities zone in the outdoor balcony area
The ladies playing some colouring games and other fun girly activities
The ladies playing some colouring games and other fun girly activities
Nice view of Orchard from the balcony area of Heaven's Loft
Nice view of Orchard from the balcony area of Heaven's Loft

I spent most of the time chatting with my colleague, Janet and ex-colleague, Han Joo at the reception table. A bit like three gossipy aunties, but it was fun to catch up.

(L to R): Me, Janet and Han Joo
(L to R): Me, Janet and Han Joo

The party was held to mark the launch of some new colourful Kotex products. Obviously, I am not familiar with sanitary pads. You can read more about it on Silver’s blog first. She was one of the invited guest. There will be more blog entries coming up on the omy Blog Club. Stay tuned if you are interested.  🙂

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Wood Xuan (Jeanette Aw) Funny Video Series

"I look like wood meh? Why people make so many spoof videos of me?"
"I look like wood meh? Why people make so many spoof videos of me?"

I have nothing against Jeanette Aw (欧萱), but these videos are quite funny and they really got me laughing. In online forums like EDMW, she is known as “Wood Xuan”, supposedly due to her poor, “woody” acting skills.

Here’s a compilation of funny videos via sgcannotmakeit on youtube:

Jeanette Aw “dancing” to the epic phail Youth Olympic Games “cheer song” – You are the one, Singapore:

Jeanette Aw trying very hard to shake the hands of other stars at the Star Awards (红星大奖):

Spoof trailer of the local TV serial, “当我们同在一起 (Together)” whereby Jeanette Aw played the leading role:

Spoof of Jeanette Aw’s Little Nonya (小娘惹) with funny subtitles:

Actually, I find Jeanette Aw quite pretty and I thought she acted well in Little Nonya (小娘惹), one of the rare local TV serial that I bothered to watch. Netizens seem to think otherwise though – either that or the nickname “Wood Xuan” is really contagious online.

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