Coca-Cola Singapore – Putting the “Happy” into Recycling

Here’s an initiative from Coca-Cola Singapore that will put a smile on the face of local environmentalists, literally.

Do you know about the Coca-Cola Happiness Machine? Here’s a video on it:

Mighty fun isn’t it?

As a lead up to Earth Hour, Coca-Cola Singapore has launched a local adaptation of the Coca-Cola Happiness Machine, but with a green angle to it, rewarding the act of recycling. Called the Recycle Happiness Machine, this is an initiative by Coca-Cola Singapore to instill the habit of recycling in Singaporeans, supported by the Singapore Environment Council.

Coca-Cola Singapore's Recycle Happiness Machine
Coca-Cola Singapore's Recycle Happiness Machine

Members of the public who deposit their used plastic beverage bottles in this machine will find themselves pleasantly surprised with gifts such as fresh flowers, 1.5L bottles of Coca-Cola, and Coca-Cola collectibles, such as t-shirts, bags and caps, made out of recycled plastic bottles. The machine accepts all clean, recyclable empty plastic beverage bottles.

The Recycle Happiness Machine gets its name from the fact that Coca-Cola, a product known for the happiness it brings, gives its bottles a second life by taking the beverage containers and recycling them into new items such as apparel. The machine will pop up all over the Orchard Road and Dhoby Ghaut area, at five different locations such as Cathay Cineleisure Orchard and The Cathay, between 24th March and 1st April:

Coca-Cola Singapore's Recycle Happiness Machine venues

Coca-Cola Singapore will drop hints of where happiness will strike – the locations of their roving Recycle Happiness Machine – on Coca-Cola Singapore’s Facebook page, Twitter account, as well as their website. 

Live PositivelyStay tuned! 🙂

This recycling initiative by Coca-Cola Singapore is part of Live Positively, The Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to make sustainability a part of everything it does.

Have fun recycling! Remember to continue recycling even after this initiative is over. Recycling is for life and for the future generations.

What has NS done for you?

NS is good for everyone and has done a lot for Singapore born males. Females and foreigners should enlist too.
NS is good for all and has done a lot for Singapore born males. Females and foreigners should enlist too.

MINDEF: “What would you defend?”

Singapore born males to one another: “What has NS done for you?”

My reply: NS taught me the concept of modern slavery. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lower ranked NSFs are like slaves to some regulars and higher ranked NSFs who abuse the system. I can resign from a job I dislike, but I am stuck with SAF.

Here’s a collection of some of the replies via EDMW:

travirjir: left me with a a torn ligament on my right ankle after i sprain it really bad during ippt in camp, had to rush to nuh take xray then go physiotherapy weekly at tengah airbase after that.

satayxp: it opened my eyes to national slavery and eye power tok only no action

doomed: Fear. NS taught me to fear everyone who is my superior.

rain_myth: it left me a harsh fact that i have tahan another 10years cycles ict.

jurples: i realise i do not want anything to do with it

silent_espy: It made me realise that my govt doesnt give a crap abt my future and my career even though ns might mean i lose my job and livelihood. They dont give a shiat i need to support my parents, pay bills and plan for marriage.

sadisticnoob: Left Me with slight permanent damage to respiration systrm as I got puneonmia . Now like sick Abit more easily

robolee: NS left me with dmg left knee and dmg right ankle. what does it benefit me? make me open my eyes of what human will do to get to their goal (backstabber, bootlicking ex.)

kingsfall: I learn how to suck thumb and move on when **** happens…

shawntyq: realized whats being a slave is like.

A New Guy: Made me realised how farked up some superiors are especially the old ones. Never listen to reason extra give here give there like free. But it trained me how to be invisible to the right people.

twinings: nothing. literally.

mistersatki_: it taught me one thing onlycivil servants dont really give a damn how gd is their performances aresince their promotions were already predetermined due to their toilet paper worth

Locksleychang: NS left me with a dessicated L5/S1 disc in my back. The disc is also torn and protruding. In the process of downgrading now (waiting for medical board). This is what happens when you chiong with GPMG. My advice to everyone is if you feel pain more than a few times in a certain body part, go get it checked out. I totally regretted not seeing a specialist earlier.

Geylang Prawn Seller: after NS, i realise that:any organisation that inflicts pain and suffering on me cannot be given any name other than my enemySAF has inflicted pain and suffering on me and so…

Wahkao3: New business idea – Consultancy business to help SAF soldiers downgrade in army

Zerozerozero: Two years behind girls of my age.You spend the 12 years hanging out with all the girls of the same age, and then suddenly, time just stopped for you. They moved on, you are left behind.

vlim4: right foot stress fracture during NSF, then left foot stress fracture also during reservist.

It would be interesting to see #WhatHasNSDoneForYou trend on Twitter. I am sure all Singapore born males have something to contribute, regardless whether they are positive or negative experiences.

Alvinology’s Best of Draw Something – Part 2

Draw Something continues to be an awesome time-waster. No wonder online casual games giant Zynga bought over OMGPOP, the maker of Draw Something for USD$180 million!

A follow-up post on some of my best efforts at Draw Something. This time, I have more colours to play with:

Obama

Venom

Hawkeye

Roadkill

Vader

Shrek

vampire

Wedgie

Starwars

Poodle

Sith

Aladdin

Elton

Ireland

Rihanna

Buddha

Monopoly

Ewok

Sandaime Bunji @ Millenia Walk

Sandaime Bunji, a Japanese restaurant at Millenia Walk, is known for it’s authentic Japanese cuisine, in particular, it’s Gyūtan.

Gyūtan (牛タン) is a Japanese food that is made from grilled beef tongue. I ate at this restaurant some time back:

Thin udon
Thin udon
Signature grilled gyutan
Signature gyutan
Fish
Grilled Fish
Glazing the fish with a blow torch
Glazing the fish with a blow torch
Tofu items
Tofu items
Chefs at work
Chefs at work
Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior

The dishes all come in small servings, prepared in simple, authentic Japanese style, but made from the freshest ingredient.

Taste were subtle, but delicious. The signature grilled beef tongue has a nice chewy texture, soft on the inside a little crunchy on the lightly charred exterior. Lovely.

If you would like try Gyutan, here’s the address to the Sandaime Bunji:

Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-14/15 Millenia Walk
Tel: +65 6333 1516
Opening Hours:
Mon–Fri: 11am–3pm, 5pm–11pm
Sat: 11am–11pm
Sun: 11am–9pm

Alvinology’s Best of Draw Something

Draw Something is an awesome time-waster.

I love to draw since young. Expectantly, when the Draw Something drawing social game started going viral worldwide, I got hooked.

Here are some of my proudest finger speed drawing accomplished on Draw Something so far. All the drawings are done in a minute or so, maximum:

The Avengers

The Lorax

A nun

The Avengers

Spinach

Carwash

Macarena

Eminem

Lady Gaga

Tintin

Sultan Kebab @ Peace Centre

Sultan Kebab
Sultan Kebab

This is one the place I go to for my comfort food – Sultan Kebab at Peace Centre. Of all the kebab kiosks I have tried in Singapore, they serve one of the best.

The menu is pretty simple – beef or chicken kebab only, served in either a sandwich, a wrap, iskender or with rice. $7.50 standard price.

Beef kebab sandwich
Beef kebab sandwich
Beef kebab wrap
Beef kebab wrap
Full view of the restaurant
Full view of the restaurant

The beef kebab tend to sell out earlier than the chicken. Hence be there earlier if you prefer beef. I been wondering for the longest time why don’t they prepare more beef if they know the beef sells better…

The two chefs there are Turkish and the food is halal. One of them is pretty good-looking. Ladies will be pleased with the eye candy. 🙂

Address: 1 Sophia Road, #01-15 Peace Centre
Tel: +65 6338 8750
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 9pm

Alvinology on Instagram

I had been quietly playing with Instragram for quite a while. Here’s a link to my webstragram to view my photos on a non-mobile web interface.

Otherwise, look for @alvinology on mobile to reach me on Instragram. 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite images I took over the past months to share with everyone.

1 Jan - Asher enjoying his bath
1 Jan - Asher enjoying his bath
1 Jan - Potong Pasir has a new, hardworking MP :)
1 Jan - Potong Pasir has a new, hardworking MP 🙂
2 Jan - Fresh bread for breakfast from Bendemeer Market
2 Jan - Fresh bread for breakfast from Bendemeer Market
8 Jan - Angry Birds invade Changi Airport
8 Jan - Angry Birds invade Changi Airport
9 Jan - Saw this shameful news article on Singapore in a foreign newspaper in Manila
9 Jan - Saw this shameful news article on Singapore in a foreign newspaper in Manila
10 Jan - Rizal Monument in Manila, Philippines
10 Jan - Rizal Monument in Manila, Philippines
10 Jan - San Augustin Church, Manila, Philippines
10 Jan - San Augustin Church, Manila, Philippines
18 Jan - The weather in Singapore is so hot even Superman melts
18 Jan - The weather in Singapore is so hot even Superman melts
20 Jan - Asher turns 5 months old
20 Jan - Asher turns 5 months old
20 Jan - Do  you know there's a bronze Ronald McDonald in KK Hospital?
20 Jan - Do you know there's a bronze Ronald McDonald in KK Hospital?
23 Jan - Happy family, ready for Chinese New Year
23 Jan - Happy family, ready for Chinese New Year
23 Jan - Asher meets Kelly
23 Jan - Asher meets Kelly
26 Jan - Lion dance in the office
26 Jan - Lion dance in the office
27 Jan - Creepy lift with no buttons at Orchard Tower carpark
27 Jan - Creepy lift with no buttons at Orchard Tower carpark
30 Jan - Visiting Greenwich V at Seletar Hills
30 Jan - Visiting Greenwich V at Seletar Hills
15 Feb - Alvinology on iFly
15 Feb - Alvinology on iFly
16 Feb - It is impossible to flag a cab during the "non-peak" hours from 9am to 6pm
16 Feb - It is impossible to flag a cab during the "non-peak" hours from 9am to 6pm
17 Feb - Asher gets a Singapore passport
17 Feb - Asher gets a Singapore passport
21 Feb -Wife gets nominated for a journalism award for her news story on "famous" hairstylist, Jonal Chong
21 Feb -Wife gets nominated for a journalism award for her news story on "famous" hairstylist, Jonal Chong
26 Feb - Spotted Mozilla Firefox at Cosfest X.2, Downtown East
26 Feb - Spotted Mozilla Firefox at Cosfest X.2, Downtown East
1 Mar - Nepalese momos at Tims Restaurant in Toa Payoh
1 Mar - Nepalese momos at Tims Restaurant in Toa Payoh
7 Mar - Fish out of water, spotted at my void deck with no water nearby
7 Mar - Fish out of water, spotted at my void deck with no water nearby
9 Mar - I finally get to try the legendary Lao Ban Soy Beancurd at Old Kallang Airport!
9 Mar - I finally get to try the legendary Lao Ban Soy Beancurd at Old Kallang Airport!
10 Mar - Mickey Mouse Transformers toys spotted at Cybertron Con 2012 at Resorts World Sentosa
10 Mar - Mickey Mouse Transformers toys spotted at Cybertron Con 2012 at Resorts World Sentosa
13 Mar - Asher gets a certificate for bravery
13 Mar - Asher gets a certificate for bravery

I find taking photos on my mobile phone a good way to document the small little moments in my daily lives. It’s like a little visual diary. Instead of writing, a photo can sometime captures so much more.