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Bugis + Star Style Blogger 2013

“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
– Coco Chanel

Heads up devotees of the haute couture!

Four stylish bloggers, Joel, Kelly, Caren and Nurul would be working with Bugis+ and omy.sg to create a style showcase on 27 April 2013 (this Saturday).

More details are available on the official blog. 

From conceptualization to the actual runway show, the bloggers would be sharing the entire process and experience with you on the official blog and official hashtag, #bugisplus on instagram and twitter.

Each blogger will be designing 2 fashion themes for their models, using resources from Bugis+. At the actual showcase event, the 4 bloggers would be judged and graded by a panel of three professional judges. The winners would then walk away with exciting prizes sponsored by Bugis+.

If you have time to spare this Saturday or would like to support the four bloggers, join us at the fashion showcase for a day of trendy fun:

Bugis+ Star Style Blogger 2013

Date: 27th April 2013, Saturday
Time: 4pm
Venue: Bugis+ Atrium Level 2

I will be there too and I hope to see you there! 🙂

Bata Shoe Singapore Spring Summer Preview

A few weeks ago, I was invited to Bata Shoe Singapore Spring Summer preview with a group of other Singapore bloggers.

Yes, you read correctly, Bata. The same brand most of us grew up with, wearing their white, reasonably-priced school shoes when we were in primary schools.

Bata shoes
Bata shoes

The brand has evolved with times, moving on to stock a good range of equally reasonably-priced work and casual wear for working adults. Nowadays, Bata stores have footwear for all ages and all occasions.

Here are some of the images I took at the preview:

Ladies' handbags and wedges
Ladies’ handbags and wedges
Female shoes and sandals
Female shoes and sandals
Male and female work wear
Male and female work wear
Ladies' casual shoes
Ladies’ casual shoes
Leather work shoes from the Bata Ambassador range
Leather work shoes from the Bata Ambassador range
Bloggers Darren and Juliana having fun taking photos of Bata shoes
Bloggers Darren and Juliana having fun taking photos of Bata shoes
Men's casual shoes
Men’s casual shoes
Men's work shoes
Men’s work shoes
Bloggers presenting the respective style they have chosen from Bata Spring Summer collection
Bloggers presenting the respective style they have chosen from Bata Spring Summer collection

If you dig through the shoe cabinet in your home, I am sure you will find at least one pair of footwear from Bata, be it if belongs to you or someone else. I did a check and found a pair of black, basic leather work shoes I bought about a year ago.

Btw, many Singaporeans have the mistaken notion that Bata is a Singapore or Malaysia brand. It is not. Bata hails from Czech Republic where shoemakers originated since 1894, more than a hundred years ago.

A little introduction about Bata Shoe in Singapore:

Bata Shoe Singapore opened its first Singapore store in Capitol Building on 25 August 1931. Bata’s founder, Thomas John Bata’s vision was to “shoe the world”, which means “everyone to own a pair of shoes”. Thus Bata aims to offer quality, fashionable and comfortable footwear at affordable prices, so everyone can afford and enjoy a good pair of shoes.

A Bata store is a convenient shopping hub to get shoes and accessories for females, males and even for kids all under one roof. Besides Bata house brands, the store also carries other popular footwear brands.

In Singapore, there are more than 40 stores island wide and Bata is striving to provide customers with more trendy designs and styles, without compromising on comfort and price.

I am pleasantly surprise Bata Shoe Singapore actually did a pink theme Facebook page of me as a “model” for their Spring Summer Preview:

Click on the image to visit the page on Bata Singapore Facebook page
Click on the image to visit the page on Bata Singapore Facebook page

I am not really a fashionista as you can see from the photos of me on my blog and am definitely not modeling material. Nonetheless, I do put effort into my daily attire, making sure I am dressed appropriately for the right occasion.

If you like the style I chose for Bata Singapore’s Spring Summer Preview or just want to reward me for being so brave as an unlikely model, please help to LIKE this picture of me on the Bata Singapore’s Facebook page:

The pair of Bata shoes and a Bata bag I chose for my Spring Summer style - rugged and comfortable to suit the weather here and for all purposes [Please help to click this and LIKE the picture on Facebook]
The pair of Bata shoes and a Bata bag I chose for my Spring Summer style – rugged and comfortable to suit the weather here and for all purposes [Please help to click this and LIKE my picture on Bata Shoe SIngapore Facebook page]

You can stand to win prizes for yourselves by liking my picture (4 lucky voters stand to win a pair of shoes and a bag from Bata Singapore Spring Summer collection). If I win, you can laugh at me again if Bata makes me take more modeling shots. 🙂

Beannie Babies on Qoo10

Happy Chinese New Year!~

Most retail shops should be closed today, but if you are hunting for baby cloths, why not consider shopping online?

I am plugging this for a friend who is selling baby cloths on Qoo10, a shopping website featuring items from Singapore, Japan, Korea, US and all over the world.

Qoo10 has an office in Singapore and all sellers are verified to ensure they are reputable and selling authentic products.

Our friend’s e-shop, Beannie Babies, features babies cloths designed in Korea, sourced and bought from Taiwan. Prices are very reasonable, starting from S$6.00 a piece with free shipping.

There are more girls’ cloths than boys. She sent three boys’ tees for our son, Asher and they look pretty spunky:

Asher with my mum, wearing a red stripped singlet from Beannie Babies
Asher with my mum, wearing a red stripped singlet from Beannie Babies
Vintage baby look
Vintage baby look
Stylish dark green tee with furry graphic prints
Stylish dark green tee with furry graphic prints
Matching green pants from Cotton On and bright green bib
Matching green pants from Cotton On and bright green bib
White printed tee from Beanine Babies
White printed tee from Beannie Babies

Nice?

Do visit Beannie Babies to check out the full range.

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/.

Super Store Singapore

No, this isn't a CSB
No, this isn’t a CSB

Plugging this for my friend, Yong Wei who is serving his NS now. You know how badly SAF underpays our NSFs. Yong Wei can definitely do with some extra income on the side.

His online store, Super Store Singapore sells customised badges, including this Internet Meme series which I quite like:

Internet Meme Badges
Internet Meme Badges

They also do bulk orders and personalisation. Do visit Super Store Singapore to find out more. 🙂

About Super Store Singapore:

Super Store Singapore specializes in producing premium custom badges with convenience, their range of services include:

– Bulk customisation of badges orders
– Personalised badges
– Designers showcase(Public may send in their designs)
– And specialized name card badges.

Super Store Singapore also strongly believes in cultivating a community of artists in Singapore and they are acting as a platform for aspiring artists to show their talents and share it with others, at the same time earning a profit through their commissions program from their designs.

Super Store Singapore love badges, a lot, and would like to share this passion along with you!

Winner for the Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) Stationary Set Giveaway on Alvinology.com

My sincere apology for the delay in announcing the winner.

I have been busy with the renovation of my new home and being a father of a one-year-old boy.

Who will win this beautiful stationery set from G.O.D.?
Who will win this beautiful stationery set from G.O.D.?

For fairness, I did a random draw via Research Randomizer. The winner of the Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) Stationary Set is none other than…

Congratulations to Erlina Husada!
Congratulations to Erlina Husada!

Congratulations to Erlina Husada!

I will be contacting you via email on the prize collection details. 🙂

Havaianas Celebrates 50th Birthday in Singapore with the Inaugural ‘Make Your Own Havaianas’ event

Havaianas Singapore 50th Birthday wall
Havaianas Singapore 50th Birthday wall

In commemoration of its 50th Anniversary milestone, iconic fashion flip-flop brand Havaianas invited fans to bask in self-expression at its inaugural ‘Make Your Own Havaianas’ (MYOH) event in Singapore.

Samples of customised Havaianas flip-flops
Samples of customised Havaianas flip-flops

Held from 13 – 15 July 2012, the special event provided Singaporeans the opportunity to customise a pair of Havaianas flip-flops to really call our own, mixing and matching from a colourful galore of straps, soles and pin embellishments.

The personalised fashion affair kick-started with an exclusive closed-door VIP day on 13 July (last Friday), where over 100 trade partners, media and bloggers enjoyed the first-hand experience of the MYOH event, which has been successfully popularised in cities like London, New York and Manila.

I was honoured to be invited to customise a pair of my own Alvinology Havaianas flip-flop  together with my wife Rachel.

Make Your Own Havaianas @ h Store, Takashimaya
Make Your Own Havaianas @ h Store, Takashimaya

Upon arrival on the VIP Day, we were warmly greeted by Havaianas and ushered into the Takashimaya h store, decked in colourful Brazilian-inspired Bonfim wish ribbons for the occasion. The specially customised ribbons were also handed out for us to don around our wrists to mark the start of the customisation journey, guided along by friendly Havaianas retail staff.

Interesting flip-flop lamp in the store
Interesting flip-flop lamp in the store
Mix and match
Mix and match

Enthralled by the enticing selection of soles, straps and decorative pins, Rachel and I were spoilt for choice and took a while to settle on similar matching red soles as a couple. We chose different strap colours and pins to maintain individuality.

Choosing the straps and soles
Choosing the straps and soles
Choosing the pins
Choosing the pins
Customisation counter
Customisation counter
Putting the soles and straps together
Putting the soles and straps together
Inserting the pins
Inserting the pins

Inserting the pins
Inserting the pins

After making our selections, our very own pair of customised Havaianas flip-flops were assembled and delivered on-the-spot, with the staff carefully checking with us the precise customisation we want at every step.

Alvinology Havaianas! With a peace guitar and a pair of shades to chill
Alvinology Havaianas! With a peace guitar and a pair of shades to chill
Rachel's sea creatures  themed customised Havaianas
Rachel’s sea creatures themed customised Havaianas

Rachel's sea creatures  themed customised Havaianas
Rachel’s sea creatures themed customised Havaianas