When shit hits the fan, bloggers have it just as bad as politicians

I read with amusement, this brewing saga between a girl name Yuki Ng and a blogger call Zoe Raymond. Yuki created a Facebook page alleging that Zoe was the third party who broke up the relationship between she and her fiance, Alvin Yang, causing them to call off their marriage.

I do not know any of the parties involved and frankly, it is none of my business.

However, I cannot help but compare the saga to Palmer-gate as this saga surfaced about a week after.

Michael Palmer, his wife and his adultery partner, Laura Ong all had it hard, facing intense scrutiny from the public and the media.

Zoe Raymond is not a famous person in Singapore. I do not know of her existence until this saga. Nonetheless, she is a blogger with some level of fame, having done some advertorials here and there and modelled for many blogshops.

It is scary how she is now being hounded, stalked and abused online because of this saga. Some of these people do not even know her or Yuki or even the guy Alvin.

I think Zoe is vigorously deleting negative comments from her blog, facebook and other open social media channels, but her haters are just as adamant  See these screen grabs I got from her Facebook:

Good toothpaste?
Good toothpaste?
Fairer skin?
Fairer skin?
Good restaurant?
Good restaurant?
Nice breakfast?
Nice breakfast?

Scary isn’t it?

Even the brand of toothpaste she used or the restaurant she visited are not spared.

Having a very public online profile is a scary thing.

Thinking about being a famous blogger like Xiaxue? Make sure you do not too much dirt in your closet first.

There is a saving grace though.

That is if you are able to stand up to fight back against your haters (something which Xiaxue is very good at) or simply just ignore them totally, letting time wash everything away.

Zoe did not delete any of her social media accounts, which goes to show she probably has the tenacity to survive this saga by ignoring everything.

To the haters, the sad thing is, the more you attack and bring attention to Zoe, the more web traffic she will get and the more famous she will become as a blogger. A year or two down the road, people will forget about this saga, but her web traffic stays.

Ironic isn’t it?

3M Mobile Screen Protecters from ScreenProtector.SG

The guys from ScreenProtector.SG sent me a few batches of high quality 3M mobile screen protectors. I never found time to stick the screen protectors on my iPhone 4S and Rachel’s iPhone 5 till about a week ago.

Getting ready to stick the screen protector on my iPhone 4S and Rachel's iPhone 5
Getting ready to stick the screen protector on my iPhone 4S and Rachel’s iPhone 5
Clear, precise instructions on sticking on the screen protecter
Clear, precise instructions on sticking on the screen protecter
Glueing the screen protector onto Rachel's iPhone 5
Glueing the screen protector onto Rachel’s iPhone 5
Superb anti-glare and crisp clear screen
Superb anti-glare and crisp clear screen

After trying it on, the 3M screen protector quality is so good that I would find it hard to switch back to the low cost $2 ones Rachel and I are used to buying from Daiso.

The anti-glare is the best I have tried so far and it is very easy to stick it on yourself. I like the matt texture which prevent the screen from getting grease stains which will make it hard to swipe the touch screen.

ScreenProtector.SG sent me the following products try out:
– 3M Anti-Glare Screen Protector (Front & Back) for iPhone 4/4S, S$29.90
– 3M Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 5, S$19.90
– 3M Anti-Glare Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Note, S$29.90
– 3M Anti-Glare Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300), S$19.90
– 3M Privacy Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300), S$29.90

3M Screen Protectors sent to me
3M Screen Protectors sent to me

I am very impressed with their enthusiasm. Almost immediately after the launch of iPhone 5, their staff contacted me and sent me the 3M iPhone 5 Screen Protector!

All their products are made in Singapore, Japan or the United States. You do not worry about cheapskate China knock-off – ScreenProtector.SG is featured on the 3M website. This should give you some assurance on their credibility. They also provide FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. There is strictly no hidden charges. The price you see is the price you pay.

Beside just Apple and Samsung phones, they also sell screen protectors for a variety of major mobile phone brands and models. Find out more via  their official website. 🙂

Alvinlogy.com Giveaway!

As I do not have a Samsung phone, I am giving away the following:
– 3M Anti-Glare Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Note, worth S$29.90
– 3M Anti-Glare Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300), worth S$19.90
– 3M Privacy Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300), worth S$29.90

If you own a Samsung phone and would like to get your hands on one of the 3 items above, simply go like my facebook page @Alvinologist and leave a message on the wall, stating which 3M Samsung screen protector you want. Winners will be chosen via a random draw at the end of December.

Ordering Pet Food from Singapore Online Store, Kohe Pets

Can you see a flashing banner of Kohe Pets on the right-hand-side of this blog?

Well, Kohe Pets offered to take care of the pet food required for my wife’s two cats, Spooky and Amber.

So far, Rachel had done an order with them via their online store smoothly. There is a wide selection of pet food available and the delivery was prompt and efficient.

Kohe Pets online store
Kohe Pets online store

Instead of having to physically go down to a pet shop to replenish the cat food supply whenever they run low, Rachel is very happy to have the online order option now and have it delivered to her doorstep!

Best of all, if you purchase above S$50 worth of products, delivery is free!

Here are the items Rachel got from her first shopping experience with Kohe Pets:

– A litter pan with lid and swing door
– Tom & Pus pine litter
– Royal Canin Health Nutrition Indoor +7 Dry Cat Food
– Fussie Cat canned wet food
– Solid Gold dry cat food

Rachel's first order from Kohe Pets
Rachel’s first order from Kohe Pets
The wet and dry cat food
The wet and dry cat food
Fussie Cat Canned Wet Food
Fussie Cat Canned Wet Food
Amber came to inspect the order and was satisfied
Amber came to inspect the order and was satisfied

The original litter pan which Rachel had wanted was out of stock, which wasn’t indicated on the website, but the customer service officer promptly called her up to offer an alternative. The goods were delivered within 24 hours and the cats were happy to inspect the loot when their stuff arrived.

Kohe Pets is not a fly-by-night operation and have been in the business for a while. Hence you need not worry about them scamming you. Check out their official website, Facebook page or blog for more information.

If you don’t have time to go to the pet supplies store to do your shopping, Kohe Pets is likely to have what you need. Do check out their online store. 🙂

Winners for Dian Xiao Er (店小二) 5 x $50 Voucher Giveaway on Alvinology.com

Dian Xiao Er (店小二)
Dian Xiao Er (店小二) restaurants

In a previous blog post, I mentioned I will be giving out 5 x S$50 Dian Xiao Er dining voucher to five lucky readers to try out the food at home-grown restaurant chain Dian Xiao Er (店小二).

How to win the vouchers:

Simply LIKE Dian Xiao Er on their Facebook page and leave a short message on the page stating why you like their food or would like to try their food. Print-screen the comment and email it to alvinologist@gmail.com by 14 Dec 2012. The best five entries will win the vouchers. To increase your chance of winning, if you are a blogger yourself and is willing to blog about your dining experience at Dian Xiao Er after winning the vouchers, please indicate this in your email.

To ensure fairness, I conduct a random draw using Research Randomizer. Bloggers who mentioned they can blog about the tasting were given 2 name slots vs one for the other participants. The results are as below:

Dian Xiao Er voucher winners
Dian Xiao Er voucher winners

Congratulations to Kelvin Koh, Sin Ern, Caren Foo, Sarina Lim and Kiyomi Lim! Dian Xiao Er will be contacting you soon on the details for the vouchers collection.

Dian Xiao Er signature Herbal Roast Duck
Dian Xiao Er signature Herbal Roast Duck

These are the messages the five of them shared on Dian Xiao Er Facebook Page:

“I like the Herbal Duck, crispy on the outside… suculent on the inside!” – Kelvin Koh

“Its always a pleasant dining experience at DXE . my fav dishes are the roasted herbal duck and kailan with lime. hope i get the chance to eat for free this time! :)” – Sin Ern

“I like Dian Xiao Er’s food because they always give me the feeling that it’s a very Chinese & Family oriented dining place. Unlike western restaurants where everyone orders a main dish individually, over there it’s Chinese style where many dishes are ordered and shared among the Family! Not forgetting they really have great food such as their signature Herbal Roast Duck, the choice flavor of Angelica Herb – Dang Gui is something i’ve not tried any where else. Every time my Family & I visit Dian Xiao Er, we will definitely order this dish! Looking forward to try out other dishes too the next time my Family & I visit them again! :)” – Caren Foo

“I want to try the food @ Dian Xiao Er (Singapore) because… ALVIN’S BLOG’S PICTURES ARE FREAKING TEMPTING! > <” – Kiyomi Lim

“Claypot Frog & Jumbo Prawn Bee Hoon with Wine looks mighty fine and i want to try it!” – Sarina Lim 

Even if you did not win the vouchers, fret not – there are many promotions going on at Dian Xiao Er for early birds (15% off), students and senior citizens (20% off). Visit Dian Xiao Er’s Facebook page for more information; better still, follow them on Facebook so you can get alerted on the latest promotions and deals.

If you are interested to visit Dian Xiao Er, they currently operates eight outlets in Singapore. You can visit any of them and be assured the quality is consistent. The boss, Samuel Yik personally make surprise visits to all of them for tasting to ensure this:

1. Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-203/4 | Tel: 6337 1928
2. Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #02/137/8  | Tel: 6376 9786
3. Ang Mo Kio, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 #B2-02 | Tel: 6484 2268
4. Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2 #03-26/27 | Tel: 67926268
5. Lot One, 21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 #B1-32/33 | Tel: 6766 1776
6. Terminal 3, Changi Airport #03-42/43 | Tel: 6542 3789
7. Tampines One, 10 Tampines Central 1 #04-07/08 | Tel: 6783 6068
8. Nex Serangoon Central #02-09/10 | Tel: 6634 4828

Casio Opens First G-Shock Concept Store in Asia at Plaza Singapura in Singapore

Isn’t it great that Singapore is often the hub where events like this are hosted in Asia?

As part of the celebration of G-Shock’s 30th Anniversary, Casio Computer Co Ltd opens the first G-Shock concept store in Asia at Plaza Singapura on 28 November. The concept store, aptly named “G-SHOCK”, differs from other Casio G-Factory stores, as it will be dedicated to house only watches under the namesake brand and its sister brand, Baby-G.

LED logo on the store front
LED logo on the store front

I have been collecting G-Shock and Baby-G watches since I was a teen and this is really exciting news, with Singapore being the first country in Asia to have such a concept store. Moreover, it is conveniently located at Plaza Singapura.

“As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we seek to take the G-Shock brand closer to our fans and enhance consumers’ shopping experience with this one-of-its-kind concept store that focuses on G-Shock, Baby-G and exclusive commemorative models,” said Mr Watanabe Shunichi, Managing Director of Casio Singapore Pte Ltd.

Designed to immerse shoppers in a holistic experience of the G-Shock brand identity of “Absolute Toughness”, the new G-Shock concept store features a black corrugated metal exterior, rigid concrete blocks that line the walls and brown wood flooring to form a rugged and industrial atelier:

First G-Shock concept store in Asia
First G-Shock concept store in Asia

With the key intention of showcasing G-Shock and Baby-G in their full glory, the 382 square feet store is divided into a “Master of G” corner and a “Baby-G” corner. Each space is designed to reflect the key qualities of the watches.

Store interior
Store interior
Limited edition G-Shocks
Limited edition G-Shocks
Another two limited edition Casio G-Shocks
Another two limited edition Casio G-Shocks

I was there at the official store opening. Here are some of the photos from the event:

Opening speech
Opening speech
DJ Andrew T spinning
DJ Andrew T spinning
AOS
AOS
Close-up
Close-up
Killer Gerbil spray painting his artwork on-the-spot
Killer Gerbil spray painting his artwork on-the-spot
Interesting to watch Killer Gerbil at work while AOS spins music
Interesting to watch Killer Gerbil at work while AOS spins music
Spraying his signature
Spraying his signature
The last guy on the turntable
The last guy on the turntable
Close-up
Close-up
Completed artwork by Killer Gerbil
Completed artwork by Killer Gerbil
Ribbon cutting to officiate the opening of the store
Ribbon cutting to officiate the opening of the store
Watches catwalk, with clothing provided by local street label, Flesh Imp
Watches catwalk, with clothing provided by local street label, Flesh Imp
G-Shock models
G-Shock models
Striking a pose
Striking a pose
Two Baby-Gs on one hand
Two Baby-Gs on one hand
A male and a female model
A male and a female model
Catwalk within the shopping mall
Catwalk within the shopping mall
Four Baby-Gs
Four Baby-Gs
Matching the watch with casual wear
Matching the watch with casual wear
The models posing with their G-Shock and Baby-G watches
The models posing with their G-Shock and Baby-G watches
Two Casio senior staff in black tees in the middle together with the models
Two Casio senior staff in black tees in the middle together with the models
Take 2
Take 2

Limited Edition Collaboration G-Shock Watches In Celebration Of The Opening

To celebrate this milestone store opening, Casio has collaborated with AOS, a 6-man DJ/Emcee Collective comprising three of The Butter Factory Resident DJs Andrew T, Dave Does & Stanley and three international talents T.T, Hapa & N’fa, and The Killer Gerbil, alter ego of local visual artist Luthfi Mustafah, who is recognised for his street art, to launch two limited edition G-Shock watches.

Group photo of AOS and Killer Gerbil with the models
Group photo of AOS and Killer Gerbil with the models

The G-8900A, designed by AOS, features a sound wave motif that resonates the power of music, expresses the collective’s creativity as music makers and party starters and represents the group’s passion for their profession:

G-Shock G-8900A, designed by AOS
G-Shock G-8900A, designed by AOS

“We are pleased to collaborate with G-Shock to create a statement piece that encapsulates the commonalities that G-Shock and AOS share. We drew our inspiration for the sound wave design from a tattoo on a man whom we met at the airport enroute to KL,” shared Andrew T.

The GD-100 collaboration model, designed by The Killer Gerbil, stands out from the classic G-Shock with its liberal use of colours against a black watch body, featuring a coloured illustration of the Killer Gerbil over the length of the lower watch strap, a blue motif with the character’s name and text in graffiti font, representative of the artist’s forte:

G-Shock GD-100 collaboration model, designed by The Killer Gerbil
G-Shock GD-100 collaboration model, designed by The Killer Gerbil

“The Killer Gerbil G-Shock is inspired by the adrenaline rush of fixed gear riding with no brakes and therefore adopts the minimalist concept of the fixed gear bicycles where there are no brakes or gear cables running on the frames. The Killer Gerbil character and graffiti styled illustrations and elements also add a unique touch of design and identity to the watch,” said Luthfi Mustafah.

As the first and only store in the region devoted to the G-Shock, the new store joins Casio’s nine existing G-Factory outlets in Singapore to house all G-Shock watches as well as the brand’s limited edition collaborative models.

G-SHOCK Opening Celebration Promotion

To celebrate the opening of G-SHOCK, shoppers who spend a minimum of $130.00 in the new store will receive a limited edition G-Shock cap, while stocks last.

The G-SHOCK concept store is located at #03-63, Plaza Singapura; opening hours are 10.00am to 10.00pm daily.

The GD-100 by The Killer Gerbil is now available in store, while the G-8900A by AOS will be available from December 2012 onwards. Both watches retail at S$209.00 each and will be sold exclusively at the G-Shock concept store.

Upcoming G-Shock Design Competition in January 2013

In conjunction with G-Shock’s 30th Anniversary and the watch’s Shock The World celebrations next year, Casio will be organising a G-Shock design competition, where G-Shock enthusiasts can try their hands at creating a unique watch design of their own and stand to win attractive prizes. More details will be revealed on the Casio Facebook Fanpage at a later date.

For more information and updates, join the official Casio Facebook Fanpage at:
http://www.facebook.com/CasioTimepieceSingapore or visit http://www.casio-intl.com/.

Forever JC Yours Hair Couture – Look Who’s Back in Business

Remember the “Most Accomplished Hairdresser (and Photoshop Expert) in Singapore”, Jonal Chong?

He inspired a whole series of photoshopped meme pictures of him being “seen” with various celebrities.

It all started with one photoshopped picture of him with international star, Nicole Kidman, and his boastful claim to be Nicole’s exclusive stylist, among other international celebrities:

Jonal Chong and Nicole Kidman?
Jonal Chong and Nicole Kidman?

After he was exposed with being a fraud, his salon on Orchard Central closed down shortly.

It has been more than a year since.

Jonal Chong is now back with his newest salon to be launched in 2014 – Forever JC Yours Hair Couture:

Jonal Chong is back!
Jonal Chong is back!

To be honest, I think everybody should be given a second chance.

Jonal wrote a long Chinese poem on his Facebook page on his passion for hairdressing:

我在美髮界半個人生
十五歲那時候的我
便一刀一刀開始學習剪頭髮
我一條一條的剪
我一日一日的進修
當時完全不知道
原來我的人生註定就是這樣
我的遊樂場所就是我的髮廊
我的玩具就是我那把小小的剪刀
我的日子就是那一絲絲的頭髮和我的那把小小的剪刀
風風雨雨
經過的歲月
經過的風浪
讓我覺得生活上的這把小小的剪刀
真的給我很多支持
我有時心裡不敢抱怨
因為我深愛著
我那一把小小的剪刀
我在美髮界搖搖晃晃我的人生
不管任何人的中傷
我還是堅持的堅強
我在髮廊中成長
我在髮廊中告別我的爸媽
我在美髮界戀愛
我在美髮界失去我的青春
今天的我
還是跟十五歲一樣
給喜歡我的人服務
我就是那把我一生給了美髮界的 sc chong

Looking through his Facebook pictures, he do seems to have some real pictures styling local and regional celebrities. I wish him all the best in his new business venture and I hope he would not resort to lying about his credential any more.