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Three Singapore Hawkers to Face-Off with Michelin Star Chef Gordon Ramsay in Singtel’s Hawker Heroes

I love Gordon Ramsay.

Rachel and I have been hooked on Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef and Kitchen Nightmares recently. When you have to deal with too many stupid people in life, watching Chef Ramsay explode on screen can be therapeutic.

“It’s RRRRRAAAAWWWWWWW!”

“You have to get your HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS!”

“PISS OFF!”

I wish I can scream at stupid people the way Chef Ramsay does it.

In case you have not heard, Chef Ramsay will be in Singapore this weekend  to take on three Singapore hawkers in a Hawker Heroes culinary challenge organised by SingTel:

After eight days of intensive voting and over 2.5 million votes, Singapore has chosen Mr Ang Kiam Meng from Jumbo Seafood (319,922 votes), Mdm Foo Kui Lian from Tian Tian Chicken Rice (318,151 votes), and Mr Ryan Koh from 328 Katong Laksa (316,611 votes), as the three most popular hawkers to challenge Gordon Ramsay. Watch their introductory videos:

Singaporeans will have the opportunity to sample the dishes by Chef Ramsay and the hawkers this Sunday, and decide who does it better through a live vote.

In the words of Gordon Ramsay himself, “Game on!”

Event details:
Date: 7 July 2013 (this Sunday)
Time: 6:30pm to 9pm
Venue: Newton Food Centre, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495

I will be there. I am not going to miss this for the world.

I want to know if Chef Ramsay can scold bad words in Hokkien and Singlish if he loses:

Join me! 🙂

Pink Dot 2013 – #iseefreedom

Marking its milestone fifth edition this year, Pink Dot 2013 aims to takes the message of inclusivity and diversity to Singaporeans far and wide, starting with this video:

For those who do not know about Pink Dot, it is an annual event campaigning for diversity and inclusiveness while fostering understanding for the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Rachel and I attended the first Pink Dot event at Hong Lim Park back in 2009, but I had missed Pink Dot events in subsequent years due to work or family commitment.

This year, I will heading down to Hong Lim Park later to get some photos. The event starts from 5pm.

Global financial firm J.P. Morgan, local hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, popular contact lens specialist CooperVision and audio branding agency The Gunnery, came on board as Corporate Contributors of Pink Dot 2013. They join a growing list that includes search engine giant Google and international banking group Barclays.

Michelle Chia, Ivan Heng and Mark Richmond, Pink Dot 2013 Ambassadors
Michelle Chia, Ivan Heng and Mark Richmond, Pink Dot 2013 Ambassadors

I find the show of support from these big brands a very brave step forward. When it comes to the issue of freedom to love, not many politicians or brands would choose to take a stand to avoid antagonising conservative bases.

CooperVision went one step further, running a #iseefreedom photo contest in conjunction with Pink Dot 2013. The first prize is a prize of your choice worth up to SGD$1000 + 3 months supply of CooperVision contact lens! 

You can find out more about the contest HERE. 

If you are also heading down to Pink Dot 2013 today, I will see you there. 🙂

OCBC Titanium Mastercard – The card that takes you places…. like the Jay Chou World Tour Singapore Concert

Thanks to the OCBC Titanium Mastercard, I got myself a superb ticket to the Jay Chou World Tour Singapore Concert:

The tagline for this credit card is “the card that takes you places”.

It is not a boastful claim.

Ask any mandopop fans and they will all attest to how difficult it is to buy tickets to Jay Chou’s concerts in Singapore. Often, even before the public sale of the tickets start, all the best seats are already snapped up by OCBC card holders who enjoy priority booking privileges.

What can this card do for you? In three simple words – “cheonging, air miles and concerts” privileges.

Here are some of the highlights of the card’s key benefits:

  • 2.5 air miles for every dollar spent overseas and at local nightspots like Mink, Royal Room, Butter Factory, Pump Room, and Timbre (Min spend of S$1.5k/mth)
  • Free travel insurance (up to S$300k coverage) when you use Titanium to purchase your travel package or airfare and charging at least once to the card while overseas
  • Priority entry and other promos (e.g. all night 1-for-1) at Butter Factory, Timbre, Royal Room, Mink, Pump Room, Beer Market

Interested to get your own OCBC Titanium Mastercard? Visit the official OCBC microsite to find out more. 🙂 

The Top Winners for the First Social Star Awards are…

One Direction, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, just to name a few.

I noticed the winners were mostly younger celebrities. No surprises here as their fan bases are likely younger as well and are the ones who are the most active on the internet. This is the future. Stars and celebrities will be created over the internet and social media, more so than any other media.

The first ever Social Star Awards was held tonight in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. The live Social Star Awards were the pinnacle to 24 hours of virtual awards where stars from all over the world were recognized for their popularity in the world of social media.

I just attended the awards show which was broadcasted live on YouTube across the globe. The show featured dynamic and unique set pieces and collaborations from some of the world’s top celebrities and internet sensations. You can watch the full show here if you have missed the live broadcast:

I am not much of a stars chaser, but I got to admit, the fans’ ardent support for their favourite stars was infectious on site. I happened to sit beside a super high- charged female fan who kept screaming and taking sneaky shots with a hidden DSLR camera whenever her favourite stars pop out (Ryan Higga and Carly Rae Jepsen). As she bounce up and down in her chair, I can feel mine vibrate too.

The night began with a bang as the Red Carpet was filled with the biggest YouTube stars of the past 12 months – Hikakin, Harlem Shake, Tummy Talk, Marquese Scott , Ryan Higga, Wrecking Crew, PewDiePie and some of the world’s most famous stars including Aerosmith, PSY, Jermaine Jackson, George Takei, Carly Rae Jepsen and CeeLo Green.

Psy on the red carpet (image via Starcount)
Psy on the red carpet (image via Starcount)

The awards kicked off with a solid opening performance from rock legends Aerosmith who are set to wow Singapore this weekend with their first ever concert here.

Aerosmith blew the roof of the theatre with blistering performances of their most iconic hits such as Crying and Don’t Want to Miss a Thing before performing an unforgettable rendition of the bands all time classic, Walk This Way with beat boxer Hikakin one of the most high profile and talented social media stars of 2013.

Steven Tyler still has it after so many years. His stage presence and antics were fantastic, rousing the crowd to a roaring start.

The show is hosted by Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven. The awards were mostly given out onscreen, intercut with random funny videos taken off the internet. It was an interesting format to watch and strangely, pretty entertaining. The audience are encouraged to tweet, instagram, facebook or social share in whatever ways we can on the awards.

Show hosts, Jeremy Piven and Jessica Alba
Show hosts, Jeremy Piven and Jessica Alba (image via Starcount)

One of the show highlight includes the very first Harlem Shake to be performed and broadcast LIVE on YouTube featuring the four original Harlem Shakers themselves.

Wrecking Crew perhaps gave one of the most unforgettable performances of the night. The illuminated body poppers who have amassed millions of YouTube views of their blistering dance routines, brought a brand new sequence to the Social Star Awards which left the audience (including me) awe-stricken and will no doubt be another viral sensation in days to come.

There were also stunning solo performances from Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Blu, Eric Benet, Blush and PSY who closed the show with a sensational performance of the song and dance that propelled him to internet infamy, Gangnam Style.

Big winners on the night included Ellen DeGeneres who won for most popular TV Show, Selena Gomez for most popular actress, FC Barcelona for most popular sports team, Cristiano Ronaldo for most popular Sportstar and the Brit Boy Band who have taken the world by storm, One Direction for most popular music group in addition to the most popular UK musician, most popular in the UK and most popular in West Europe awards given out via social media prior to the live awards show.

MOST POPULAR MUSIC SOLO ARTIST  MOST POPULAR ACTOR
Justin Bieber Selena Gomez
MOST POPULAR MUSIC GROUP MOST POPULAR SPORTS TEAM
One Direction FC Barcelona
MOST POPULAR FILM MOST POPULAR SPORTS PERSON
Twilight Cristiano Ronaldo
MOST POPULAR TV SHOW MOST POPULAR GAME
Ellen DeGeneres Show Candy Crush Saga
MOST POPULAR SOCIAL SHOW MOST POPULAR BRAND
PewdiePie Samsung (Mobile)
ALMIGHTY AWARD
Justin Bieber

 For the full list of winners, visit the official Starcount website. 

About the Social Star Awards:

The Social Star Awards are based on data from Starcount which uniquely aggregates and charts social media’s most popular stars and celebrities through the measurement of 1.7 billion people’s social media activity across the 11 biggest social media networks in the world.

Starcount uniquely ranks and charts fans based on their individual social behavior by awarding points for every tweet, share, view and comment about the individual stars they love. 

About Starcount: 

Starcount is the definitive global popularity leaderboard, ranking the world’s top celebrities and stars based on their popularity and fan engagement, to produce the ultimate social media chart. It shows the social media ranking of stars across thousands of countries and categories.

Starcount uniquely aggregates and charts popularity and engagement of 1.7bn people’s social media activity across the 11 biggest social media networks in the world every day. These networks are: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Sina, Tencent, Youku, Renren, Mixi, Orkut&Vkontakte.

Fast and Furious 6 Red Carpet in Manila, Philippines

Guess where I am now?

I just touched down in Manila a few hours ago and checked into my hotel at Fairmont Makati.

I will be attending the red carpet event for Fast and Furious 6 later today, featuring some of the main stars like Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. How cool is that?

Stay tuned to this blog for updates! 🙂

GLASS ANATOMY – The Musical 《搭错车》

Last Friday (3 May), I attended the media preview of GLASS ANATOMY – The Musical 《搭错车》. The show is produced by local theatre company, Toy Factory and omy.sg is the official online partner:

China-born Taiwanese singer, Della Ding Dang (丁当) plays the lead role and sung many of the main songs in this musical. She is known for her singing skills and powerful vocal. I was so impressed with her singing that I went to a CD shop the next day and bought one of her CD and the OST for GLASS ANATOMY. Mind you, I have not visited a CD store for more than a year!

The storyline is adapted from a famous 1983 Taiwanese tearjerker musical film of the same name, 《搭错车》 (Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing), directed by Yu Kanping (虞戡平), starring Sun Yueh (孫越) and Linda Liu (劉瑞琪).This film was released 8 times in Taiwan and 11 times in Hong Kong and won 4 Golden Horse Awards.The theme song “Any Empty Wine Bottles For Sale” 《酒干倘卖无》 by Su Rui (苏芮) is a Chinese pop classic and is of course, featured in this musical.

I did not watch the original film, but am interested to catch it after attending the musical. It is available for viewing here:

SYNOPSIS

什么时候儿时的玩伴都离我远去? 什么时候家乡变得如此地拥挤?

漫渡了时代的变迁,岁月的磨炼,TOY 肥料厂呈献历经十二年构思的呕心创作《搭错车》。时费三年间搜罗来自中国、台湾、香港、泰国、阿根廷以及新加坡的知名艺术达人与设计师齐聚共同打造这部旷世经典。

《搭错车》改编自1983年轰动整个亚洲的原名台湾电影。此电影在第二十届金马奖中获得了11个奖项的提名,创下金马奖提名最高记录。剧中精髓来自由罗大佑、粱宏志、吴念真、陈志远、李寿全与侯德建创作,铁嗓歌手苏芮演唱的《酒干倘卖无》、《一样的月光》、《是否》和《请跟我来》等经典歌曲,绕粱多年,深入民心。

TOY肥料厂的《搭错车》将由华语音乐排行榜新天后丁当领衔主演,以她高昂嘹亮的歌艺,征服她的舞台音乐剧处女作。

哑叔,一个从小被遗弃靠捡破烂为生的哑巴,盼望幸福有一天降临。清晨陋巷的弃婴声,改变了他单调无依的日子。弃婴阿美长大成了拥有天籁般歌喉的美丽女子,与相依为命的哑叔,过着充满乐符的天伦生活。 阿美被唱片公司送上歌唱的星光道路。她与哑叔、情人、童年的玩伴、成长的小屋与简单的生活有了一片摸不着看不到的玻璃隔膜。当她在大舞台上发光发亮时,年老的父亲已在老旧的收音机旁,渐渐睡去…

Have you ever wondered where your childhood friends have gone? When has home turned so crowded and foreign?

Through these changing times and growing years, TOY FACTORY presents, . A masterpiece that has taken 12 years to produce and 3 years to gather the best creative talents and designers across China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Argentina and Singapore.

Adapted from the Taiwan movie, “Papa, can you hear me sing?”, that took the entire Asia by storm and set the record for the highest number of nominations ever received at the 20th Golden Horse Awards. The essence of the movie is created by vocal powerhouse – Su Rei’s numerous classic hits such as The Same Moonlight

Uncle Ya, a mute rag-and-bone man, is always hopeful for the day that happiness will arrive. His dull and lonely life takes a turn when he hears the cries of an abandoned baby in the alley one morning. Being showered with Uncle Ya’s fatherly love, the baby blossoms into a beautiful young lady, Ah Mei. Father and daughter live a simple yet blissful life. Gifted with the voice of an angel, Ah Mei is eventually discovered by a famous record company producer and shoots to stardom swiftly. While Ah Mei lives in her dream, a glass has unknowingly formed between her and the people she loves. Her beloved father, her lover, her best childhood friend, her hometown and the simple life she used to lead are slowly slipping away. As she shines on the glamorous stage, an ailing old man sitting next to the radio that is playing his daughter’s song is slowly passing on…

How did I find the musical?

Great!

Okay, the story is very predictable and comes across very cheesy at time, but it was  based on a movie written in simpler time for simpler audiences.

In any case, I am a sucker for cheesy love stories for they provide escapism into romanticised worlds.

Storyline aside, I think the casting of Della in the lead role is very appropriate, given her similar personal background and rise to fame in real life. At just 18 years old, Della left her home in Zhejiang province, China, to seek chances to be a singer by singing with bands in different bars in Taiwan.

It was delightful to hear Della belt out one classic after another. The other performers sung well too.

If you are interested to catch GLASS ANATOMY – The Musical 《搭错车》, it will be showing at Esplanade Theatres from 3 to 12 May 2013. Tickets can be purchased online via SISTIC. Details:

EVENT DATE
3-12 May 2013
Tues – Sun, 8.00pm
Sat & Sun, 3.00pm

DURATION
Approx 1 hr 50 mins (no interval)

VENUE
Esplanade Theatre

TICKET PRICE (EXCLUDE BOOKING FEE)
Standard – S$129, S$109, S$89, S$69
VIP Box – S$129
Box B – G – S$109
Restricted View – S$129, S$109, S$89, S$69

Please add to above price $3 Booking Fee per ticket for tickets above $20 and $1 Booking Fee per ticket for tickets $20 and below. Charges include GST where applicable.

Today’s Biggest Entertainment News in Singapore – 715 Error

Hmm….

I am seeing widespread 715 errors across entertainment news site in Singapore. Here is an example:

715 error

One is long rumored to be gay while the other just had a high-profile break-up with an Ang Moh boyfriend.

It is hard to create stars out of TV actors and actresses these days. News like this will sure help them to grab the media limelight for a while.