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Panasonic Singapore New Products Launch for 2013 – Brings People Closer Together

Panasonic product launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Grand Ballroom
Panasonic product launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Grand Ballroom

On Monday (25 Mar), Panasonic Singapore launched its next generation of SMART VIERA TVs, LUMIX cameras and AV systems, seeking to bring together a seamless connective experience that makes it easy to share memories.

I was invited to the launch at Intercontinental Hotel to learn more about their new products for the beginning of 2013 and to be among the first in Singapore to try out the products.

What’s new?

Interact with your Smart VIERA TV with a personal touch
Panasonic introduced ‘my Home Screen’ which provides instant access to your favourite content through customisable home-screens. These home-screens are activated through face and voice recognition, so each member of the household can easily personalise and access your favourite TV shows, movies, internet, videos as well as photos. The ‘Voice Interaction’ function also enables operating the TV and surfing the internet by talking into the Touch Pad Controller. Use the Voice Guidance function to read out search results so you can keep your fingers free for that cup of coffee or have a facial treatment while lying on the sofa. It even works on smartphones or tablets, through a downloadable app.

 New Panasonic Smart Viera TVs
New Panasonic Smart Viera TVs

‘Swipe & Share 2.0’, an upgraded photo-sharing feature where users can share images on the TV easily is also a key feature in the new upgrade. By tapping onto a shared Wi-Fi network, users can send photos and videos from their smartphones to the Smart VIERA TV with a flick of their fingers, showing images in large format. Friends and family can ‘capture’ the same images on their phones easily with an inward flick of their fingers, enabling rapid sharing of memories and experiences.

First hand experience with the Smart Viera TVs
First hand experience with the Smart Viera TVs

These new features can be enjoyed on the Smart VIERA LED WT Series with 3D TV capabilities, featuring an advanced design with unique high-quality IPS panel, and the Smart VIERA Plasma VT Series which offers supreme picture quality with the newest smart functions. The VT Series TVs are also touch-screen enabled with an electronic ‘Touch Pen’, allowing words, pictures and diagrams to be drawn directly on it, which is perfect for party games as well as for educational uses.

Technology to bring people closer together
Technology to bring people closer together

Superior sound and seamless connectivity with HD 3D Blu-ray home theatre systems
Complementing the new TVs are an array of improved FULL HD 3D Blu-ray™ home theatre systems that focus on high-quality picture, sound, design and smart networking, led by the trail-blazing SC-BTT430. New micro Hi-Fi systems with wireless speakers provide massive sound in a small package, making it easy to implement a flawless sound environment in your home. Equipped with Cinema Surround Technology as a standard feature, the new models are also suitable for high-definition 3D videos.

Speakers, headphones, docking stations and other audio products
Speakers, headphones, docking stations and other audio products

The new home theatre systems tap upon new technologies to enable sharing in the home environment and also provide a seamless integration of existing media libraries. Panasonic has developed the Panasonic Music Streaming App which allows a user to view all music that has been archived onto a NAS or PC on a home network, and stream them to the SC-NE5 and SC-NE3 wireless speakers. The app makes it possible to control DLNA, AirPlay or Bluetooth® wireless technologies by itself, eliminating the need to switch between different apps that can only match an individual wireless system and also expands the playable music list from beyond just what is on the mobile device.

The Panasonic Music Streaming App will be available in Singapore and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

Go further with LUMIX
Panasonic will also be introducing the latest members of the LUMIX camera family, including the new pocket-sized high performance LUMIX DMC-TZ40 with 24mm ultra wide angle 20x optical zoom LEICA DC Lens. The advanced optical design makes the camera the world’s slimmest in class[1], and its advanced lens system supported by Intelligent Resolution technology further extends its already impressive zoom ratio to 40x equivalent, with minimum deterioration of picture quality.

The new Lumix cameras
The new Lumix cameras

Those with an active lifestyle and who want to capture life on the edge will love the extremely tough and rugged LUMIX DMC-FT5, with its dustproof, freeze-proof of up to -10 degrees Celsius, waterproof of up to 13m (43 ft), and handling up to 100kgf of pressure capabilities. Complementing it is an in-built GPS and an internal geographical dictionary of place name information, compass, altimeter and barometer, so you always know where the picture was taken.

Both models feature Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, which allow users to enjoy flexible shooting styles, and is also helpful for long-exposure shots which require an absolutely still camera to avoid shaking or blurred images. Users can remotely control the setting focus, zooming, shutter release and several other extensive recording settings through a smartphone or tablet away from where the camera is positioned.

The newly added Instant Transfer function allows the camera to transfer the photo data to the designated electronic devices automatically whenever the shutter is released, and some models like the LUMIX DMC-TZ40 even archive images automatically to your PC or compliant Panasonic AV devices via your home Wi-Fi. This feature can be accessed through an easy-to-use interface; photos can also be transferred seamlessly from camera to mobile device, and easily uploaded to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, without having to use a computer. In today’s high-speed society, this provides consumers with the option of capturing and sharing memories instantly, like sharing that cool picture of a sea turtle off the coast of Bali or that close-up shot of sun-rays peaking over the top of Mount Fuji within minutes.

Capturing life’s moments with Panasonic
Camcorders have also joined the fun with the HC-X920M, which is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi function that enables Real Time Broadcasting of important events via Ustream, while recording images in Full-HD. It also features the new 3MOS System PRO which uses a BSI (Back Side Illumination) Sensor to provide excellent shooting performance even in dim lighting situations and reduces noise by 50% compared to previous models. Another exciting product is the HX-WA30, which is waterproof down to 10m, shockproof to 1.5m, freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius and dustproof. Allowing one-handed shooting even in harsh environment, it is great for windsurfing, diving or mountain climbing.

For more information on the products, please visit www.panasonic.com.sg.

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Panasonic Fun Learning Workshop 2 – Eco Crafts for You and Your Lil’ One!

As part of the lead-up programs to the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 award ceremony on 21 July, omy.sg organised a series of fun learning workshops for everyone, together with presenting sponsor, Panasonic.

The first workshop on 26 May was a photography workshop with bloggers, Jerome Lim and Christine Ng sharing tips on photography as well as insights on effective story-telling through images.

Panasonic Fun Learning Workshop 2
Panasonic Fun Learning Workshop 2

The second workshop took place at Fullhouse Cafe Singapore on 16 June and was hosted by blogger and actress, Joanne-Marie Sim. Attendees were parent-child pairs who came to try out some hand-ons eco craft while educating the children on the importance of being eco-friendly.

Host Joanne with the kids flaunting their eco crafts
Host Joanne with the kids flaunting their eco crafts

At the workshop, attendees learn how to make a cushion pillow from an old tee-shirt; a dish made from magazine pages; and a pencil holder/ flower pot from old socks.

Here are some of the event photos:

Fullhouse Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel
Fullhouse Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel
Host Joanne working on her eco crafts
Host Joanne working on her eco crafts
Joanne warming-up the kids with a little game
Joanne warming-up the kids with a little game
The kids having fun
The kids having fun
A father reading a Panasonic eco book on Fridges to his little son
A father reading a Panasonic eco book on Fridges to his little son
The first eco craft for the day was making a pencil holder/ pot out of old socks
The first eco craft for the day was making a pencil holder/ pot out of old socks
Sticking eyes onto the socks
Sticking eyes onto the socks
Kids at work
Kids at work
A mother helping her daughter with the glue
A mother helping her daughter with the glue
Joanne chatting with a little boy on his cute little socks holder
Joanne chatting with a little boy on his cute little socks holder
Joanne inspecting a sock holder
Joanne inspecting a socks holder
Moving on to the tee-shirt pillow next
Moving on to the tee-shirt pillow next
Joanne doing a demonstration on stage
Joanne doing a demonstration on stage
Stuffing the tee-shirt
Stuffing the tee-shirt
A mum helping her daughter on the stuffing
A mum helping her daughter on the stuffing
Gluing the seams
Gluing the seams
Completed pig pillow
Completed pig pillow
Cloud pillow
Cloud pillow
Power ranger pillow
Power ranger pillow
Two sisters showing off their tee-shirt pillows
Two sisters showing off their tee-shirt pillows
Blogger Cendrine and her daughter with their tee-shirt pillow
Blogger Cendrine and her daughter with their tee-shirt pillow
Two sisters getting interviewed by omy.sg on their pillow creations
Two sisters getting interviewed by omy.sg on their pillow creations
Another little boy getting interviewed
Another little boy getting interviewed
Tea-break and some light snacks for everyone
Tea-break and some light snacks for everyone
A group of kids showing off their tee-shirt pillows on stage
A group of kids showing off their tee-shirt pillows on stage
Another group of kids with their tee-shirt pillows
Another group of kids with their tee-shirt pillows
Last eco craft for the day - making paper dishes from old magazine pages
Last eco craft for the day – making paper dishes from old magazine pages
Gluing the paper sticks together
Gluing the paper sticks together
Parents chipping in to help
Parents chipping in to help
A girl with her completed paper dish
A girl with her completed paper dish
Another two girls with their completed dishes
Another two girls with their completed dishes
Smiling faces everywhere as the workshop comes to an end
Smiling faces everywhere as the workshop comes to an end
Parents got busy taking photos of their kids with their eco crafts
Parents got busy taking photos of their kids with their eco crafts
A little boy taking a photo with our working staff
A little boy taking a photo with our working staff
Everyone wanted a photo with Joanne the host
Everyone wanted a photo with Joanne the host

I had fun watching the children exercise their creativity when completing their various eco crafts. When my baby son Asher is older, I will love to teach him how to make a cushion pillow from his old tee-shirt too.

Everyone, both young and old left the workshop with a big smile on their faces and a bag full of self-made items to bring home. The little ones also learn a bit more on caring for the environment – a small step towards a greener tomorrow.

Did I mention that this workshop is completely FREE? This is all thanks to the generous sponsorship of Panasonic.

There will be one last workshop featuring a cooking demonstration by food bloggers Daniel Ang and Maureen Ow. Due to overwhelming response, registration is already closed.

Nonetheless, stay tuned to omy.sg for other interesting updates and more such exciting events. 🙂

Panasonic Fun Learning Workshop 1 – Photos Make Your Blogs Go Pop!

As part of the lead-up programs to the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 award ceremony on 21 July, omy.sg organised a series of fun learning workshops for everyone, together with presenting sponsor, Panasonic.

Workshop venue sponsored by Albert Court Village Hotel
Workshop venue sponsored by Albert Court Village Hotel
Lumix cameras and lenses on display
Lumix cameras and lenses on display
Exterior of the chic Albert Court Village Hotel
Exterior of the chic Albert Court Village Hotel

The first workshop was a photography workshop over the weekend with bloggers, Jerome Lim and Christine Ng as they share tips on photography as well as insights on effective story-telling through images.

Christine sharing her photography tips
Christine sharing her photography tips
Jerome sharing photography tips
Jerome sharing photography tips
James from Panasonic sharing technical tricks on the Lumix cameras
James from Panasonic sharing technical tricks on the Lumix cameras

Participants get to be among the first in Singapore to try out the Panasonic Lumix GF5 camera – the camera only just launched in the local market the same week!

Group picture
Group picture
Successful jump shot
Successful group jump shot

The workshop was held at the heritage site of Albert Court Village Hotel, located just beside Sim Lim Square and near the Little India area.

After listening to the presentations by Christine, Jerome and James from Panasonic, the participants were treated to some light refreshment, courtesy of Albert Court Village Hotel before setting off on a photography walking trail round Little India:

Colourful flower garlands
Colourful flower garlands
Taking pictures of the flower garlands
Taking pictures of the flower garlands
A group of Panasonic photographers invading a store in Little India
A group of Panasonic photographers invading a store in Little India
$1 sunglasses!
$1 sunglasses!
Take pictures!
Take pictures!
Vegetable stall
Vegetable stall
(L to R): Coconut, mango and banana flower
(L to R): Coconut, mango and banana flower
A lady buying vegetable
A lady buying vegetable
Sunny tomatoes
Sunny tomatoes
Giant bananas
Giant bananas
Limes and calamansi
Limes and calamansi
An entire shop selling bangles and trinkets
An entire shop selling bangles and trinkets
One of the many goldsmiths along Little India
One of the many goldsmiths along Little India
A technology firm on a second floor unit
A technology firm on a second floor unit
Curious resident
Curious resident
Old school shop house
Old school shop house
The decor and theme for this restaurant is really cheesy, but yet attractive in a strange way
The decor and theme for this restaurant is really cheesy, but yet attractive in a strange way
The staff from Jungle Tandoori were happy to pose for photographs and chat with everyone
The staff from Jungle Tandoori were happy to pose for photographs and chat with everyone
A Hindi temple
A Hindi temple
Along the wall of the Hindi temple
Along the wall of the Hindi temple
Conservation shop houses
Conservation shop houses
Ghandi Video and Photo - Very Cheap Rates!
Ghandi Video and Photo – Very Cheap Rates!
You can take these Bollywood-style passport photos for just $3!
You can take these Bollywood-style passport photos for just $3!
A Sikh temple beside the hotel
A Sikh temple beside the hotel
The colourful and iconic Residence of Tan Teng Niah
The colourful and iconic Residence of Tan Teng Niah
Front view of the colourful heritage building
Front view of the colourful heritage building
Galore of yellow coloured food
Galore of yellow coloured food
Curious onlookers
Curious onlookers
Christine and Jerome addressing the participants
Christine and Jerome addressing the participants
Curvy figurine
Curvy figurine
Cute statue outside an Indian restaurant
Cute statue outside an Indian restaurant
A shop selling images of Hindi Gods and Goddesses
A shop selling images of Hindi Gods and Goddesses
Closer view of some of the deity images
Closer view of some of the deity images
Indian books and magazines
Indian books and magazines
This used to be the tallest building in Singapore
This used to be the tallest building in Singapore
Walking back to the hotel to end off the trail
Walking back to the hotel to end off the trail
A tourist with a Panasonic camera, approaching James for help with his camera functions
A tourist with a Panasonic camera, approaching James for help with his camera functions

The weather was sweltering hot as usual, but everyone had a good time, snapping away on their Panasonic GF3 and GF5 loan sets.

Did I mention that this workshop is completely FREE? This is all thanks to the generous sponsorship of Panasonic.

There are another two fun workshops with Panasonic and omy.sg coming up soon. The second workshop, “Eco-Craft for You and Your Lil’ One” has just ended its registration. Popular blogger and youtube video host, Joanne Marie-Sim will be teaching parents and their child, aged between 5 to 12 on some simple environmental crafts.

The last workshop will be a cooking demonstration by food bloggers Daniel Ang and Maureen Ow. More details will be available closer to date. Again, this is completely FREE! Do keep a look out!

Singapore Blog Awards 2012 – Cast your vote for the best Blogs in Singapore!

Singapore Blog Awards 2012 Finalists Revealed!
Singapore Blog Awards 2012 Finalists Revealed!

Singapore, 22 May 2012 – omy.sg has released the top ten finalists in the ten main categories of the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 as well as the other finalists in three sponsored categories and two celebrity categories. The 100 finalists include a diverse range of individuals representing the multicultural aspect of Singapore.

Voting for the Singapore Blog Awards starts today till 30 June and can be done via the official website – http://sgblogawards.omy.sg. Voters stand to win attractive prizes like a Casio Sheen watch, Domino’s Pizza vouchers and more.

In conjunction with Singapore Blog Awards reaching its fifth year milestone, five bloggers were also awarded with a first-ever “Super Blogger Award’ by omy.sg. These five bloggers – Peter Breitkreutz, Catherine Ling, Goh Yong Wei, Eunice Khong, and Christine Ng, have not only been supportive of the Singapore Blog Awards over the years, but more importantly, are exemplars of the value of sharing information and experience via blog content.

Super Blogger Award
Super Blogger Award

The winners of the ten main award categories will be announced at this year’s award ceremony on 21 July at Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel. Invited guests will get to sample the best of local hawker delights at the Singapore Food Trail, a unique 1960s-themed food street, while the winners of the respective categories are unveiled.

As a lead-up to the award ceremony, omy.sg will be hosting three bloggers’ workshops (http://project.omy.sg/panasonic-workshops/) together with presenting sponsor, Panasonic. The workshops, helmed by well-known Singapore bloggers, will cover topics on photography, eco crafts and a cooking demonstration. Registration is free and all are welcome to participate.

In a tie-up with Far East Hospitality this year, omy.sg is also extending an invitation to bloggers outside of Singapore to attend the Singapore Blog Awards ceremony with 3D2N hotel accommodations sponsored by a group of seven hotels under the Far East Hospitality group (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg/2012/overseas-blogger-sponsorship/).

The Singapore Blog Awards is part of a series of events branded under Social Media Fiesta (http://project.omy.sg/social-media-fiesta), an omy.sg social media initiative.

More information are available on the official Singapore Blog Awards website. 

Why Join the Singapore Blog Awards?

This year is the fifth year omy.sg is running the Singapore Blog Awards. If you tell me five years ago that an event like this can grow to the scale it is now, I would not have believe it either.

omy.sg would not have been able to pull this off year after year, without the strong and growing support of our sponsors and the blogging community.

The 5th Singapore Blog Awards

Here is a link to a page showcasing all the previous winners from the past four years. 

Nostalgic?

Check out the past years Singapore Blog Awards sites for a walk down memory lane:

Singapore Blog Awards 2008 – Pink Party @ Asian Civilisation Museum 

Singapore Blog Awards 2009 – Slumber Party @ Supper Club

Singapore Blog Awards 2010 – Hollywood Glam @ Movida, St James Powerstation

Singapore Blog Awards 2011 – History Gets Social @ Shanghai Dolly

If you are a blogger and have not joined us before for the previous Singapore Blog Awards, here’s five reasons why you should join the Singapore Blog Awards 2012:

1. Fantastic prizes. Over $30,000 worth of prizes are at stake this year.

2. You get to travel to Macau for the International Fireworks Festival and make new friends with other bloggers. Check out what fun the 2010 winners had in Hong Kong and the 2011 winners in Melbourne, Australia.

3.  You get to attend the award ceremony in July. It will be held at the Singapore Food Trail at the Singapore Flyer this year. Guests will get to sample the best of local hawker fares and of course, ride on the Singapore Flyer, the largest Giant Observation Wheel in the world!

4. Get your blog known. The award organiser, omy.sg, is part of the Singapore Press Holdings media group. Expect coverage from many of the top news media in Singapore if you are among the winners or even the finalists.

5. Join for the fun of it! There’s no registration fee and it takes less than ten minutes to register online. You do not need to be a part of any blog network or cliche to join – the award is open to anyone who owns a blog, including bloggers from outside Singapore. There’s nothing to lose even if you do not win.

Singapore Blog Awards 2012 – Blog your way to the Macau International Fireworks Festival!

The Singapore Blog Awards is here again!

Singapore Blog Awards 2012
Singapore Blog Awards 2012

This is the fifth year I am running the Singapore Blog Awards together with the omy.sg team. Time flies, seriously.

Yong Wei was still under 16 and was a finalist in the Best Youth Blog category in the first year. Now, he is working at omy.sg a few tables away from me.

This year, we have over $30,000 worth of prizes lined up for participating bloggers and voters, including a trip to Macau for the International Fireworks Festival; Panasonic cameras and camcorders; Casio Sheen watches and more!

Register your blog or nominate your favourite blogs now! Do not miss the deadline on 6 May 2012.

A few tips for bloggers taking part:

– you do not have to wait for others to nominate you, just register your blog directly. You have a public blog, you can’t be that shy! (besides, you cannot tell if a blogger was nominated or registered directly on the website)
– you can register for as many categories as you like if you deem them relevant
– omy.sg accept blog registration from foreigners outside of Singapore; get your foreign blogger friends to join too
– the new Best V-Log category accepts youtube pages or other video hosting pages and not just conventional blog hosting sites
– do not clutter all the registration in the Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Individual Blog categories; look through the other categories and join them too if they are relevant. The more bloggers there are in a category, the lower the chance of getting selected as a finalist.

Special categories to watch out for:

Gmarket Best Online Shopping Blog: All ten finalists will get S$100 Gmarket shopping credits each! Three winners from among the finalists stand to win over S$1,000 worth of Gmarket shopping credits and products!
– Mary Chia Best Beauty Blog: All ten finalists will get to organise a spa party at a Mary Chia outlet for your friends – with expenses covered by Mary Chia! The top blogger in this category stand to win over S$5000 worth of products and services from Mary Chia!
ST701 Best Blogshop: All ten finalists will get S$1000 worth of banner impressions on ST701.com to promote your own business. The top blogshop will win an additional S$5000 worth of banner impressions!

Create Your SuperPower Contest

You can download the official Singapore Blog Awards 2012 logo and superpower speech bubbles to come up with your own creative images. Submit your photo to campaign.omy@gmail.com and stand to win a mystery prize if the team at omy.sg likes your creation!

Here’s the official media release sent out today:

Singapore, 10 April 2012 – The annual Singapore Blog Awards return for the fifth year with more exciting events and prizes. Bloggers stand to win a trip, inclusive of air tickets and accommodation, to experience the annual International Fireworks Festival in Macau, among other attractive prizes worth a total of $30,000.

Organised by omy.sg (www.omy.sg), Singapore Press Holdings’ leading bilingual news and entertainment portal, and presented by Panasonic, the Singapore Blog Awards honour new-age wordsmiths who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

There is a total of 10 main categories, two celebrity categories and three sponsored categories. A complete list of award categories can be found here.

This year, omy.sg introduces the “Best V-log” award, a brand new addition to the 10 main categories of Singapore Blog Awards, created to acknowledge the increasing popularity of home-made videos shared on YouTube and other online video services as a form of blogging.

The two celebrity categories, “Panasonic Most Popular Local Celebrity Blog/Microblog” and “Panasonic Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Blog/Microblog”, will be determined entirely by public voting.

The sponsored categories are “Gmarket Best Online Shopping Blog”, “Mary Chia Best Beauty Blog”, and “ST701 Best Blogshop”.

Ms Lee Kuan Fung, Associate Editor of omy.sg, said: “Thanks to the growing support and participation from bloggers and the online community over the past four years, the Singapore Blog Awards has established itself as one of the biggest social media event which everyone looks forward to annually.

This year, we will be expanding the Singapore Blog Awards platform into an umbrella of social media events under the omy.sg’s Singapore Social Media Fiesta brand. Upcoming events include Singapore Check-In Bonanza, Singapore Twitter Frenzy and Singapore Social Media Day, spread across four months from now till July, reaching more audiences through various social media platforms.”

Nomination and registration is now open till 6 May, followed by a voting and judging phase which will end in June. This year’s Singapore Blog Awards will see a series of exciting events in the months leading to the finale event in July. These include three bloggers’ workshops hosted by Panasonic andomy.sg as well as a slew of other engaging events organised with other sponsors.

In line with the fifth anniversary of the Singapore Blog Awards, omy.sg would be acknowledging five “Super Bloggers” who have contributed to the blogosphere in their own unique ways. The identities of these bloggers will be revealed on the official Singapore Blog Awards site (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg) on a later date.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel, where invited guests will get to sample the best of local hawker delights at the Singapore Food Trail, a unique 1960s-themed food street, while the winners of the respective categories are unveiled.

Members of the public can log on to the official SBA site to nominate their favourite blogs. Bloggers can also participate directly by registering themselves for the Awards.

The Singapore Blog Awards is part of a series of events branded under Social Media Fiesta (http://project.omy.sg/social-media-fiesta), an omy.sg social media initiative.

This year’s Singapore Blog Awards is made possible by our generous presenting sponsor, Panasonic; main sponsors, Casio Sheen, Macau Government Tourist Office, Domino’s Pizza, Gmarket, Mary Chia, SOLD.SG, Singapore Flyer and ST701; sponsors, Golden Village and Singapore Food Trail. 

Official Launch of Shine Youth Festival @ Scape

On Saturday (2 July), I attended the official launch of Shine Youth Festival at Scape together with a group of omy.sg bloggers and photo enthusiasts.

omy.sg had two related activities in conjunction with Shine – “Kit Kat’s Yer Big Break Blog Challenge” and “Getting Up Close and Personal with Lumix at the Mascot Parade”.

I got to trail the mascot parade for a short distance, got some free Kit Kats and Panasonic photo prints. Most important of all, I got a photo taken with Yam Ah Mee!

Me and Nabil with Yam Ah Mee
Me and Nabil with Yam Ah Mee

He is a very jovial chap with no airs at all, obliging with anyone who came forward to snap a photo with him. Obviously, he was the star attraction of the day.

“Since when has being a civil servant been so cool!” I exclaimed to my colleague, Janet who nodded her head in agreement.

Superstar civil servants!
Superstar civil servants!

Anyway, here are some of the other photos taken at the official launch:

Here comes the mascot parade!
Here comes the mascot parade!
Colourful goldfish
Colourful goldfish
Mutated Power Ranger
Mutated Power Ranger
Dragon dance along Orchard Road
Dragon dance along Orchard Road
The troupe is entertained too
The troupe is entertained too
Rolling on the floor
Rolling on the floor
Two dragons meet at Scape
Two dragons meet at Scape
Pillow fight
Pillow fight
I was very worried as I watch these mascots make their way down the steps
I was very worried as I watch these mascots make their way down the steps
Bubbly Kit Kat girls everywhere to give out Kit Kats
Bubbly Kit Kat girls everywhere to give out Kit Kats
"Kit Kat for you sir!"
"Kit Kat for you sir!"
Guan Yu from Three Kingdoms
Guan Yu from Three Kingdoms
Starved chicken
Starved chicken
Fat Spidey
Fat Spidey
Pageant queens
Pageant queens
Team Kamen Riders
Team Kamen Riders
Team Kit Kat with Yam Ah Mee
Team Kit Kat with Yam Ah Mee
Cosplayers
Cosplayers
Janet and I, the two working drones from omy.sg
Janet and I, the two working drones from omy.sg
Bumblebee from Transformers was a crowd favourite
Bumblebee from Transformers was a crowd favourite
1 soldier, 2 clowns and 3 Kit Kat girls
1 soldier, 2 clowns and 3 Kit Kat girls
Pretty decent turn-out
Pretty decent turn-out
Stage host, Daniel Ong
Stage host, Daniel Ong
Opening act by one of the best b-boys crew in Singapore - Radikal Force
Opening act by one of the best b-boys crew in Singapore - Radikal Force
B-boy dancing
B-boy dancing
Power moves, one after another
Power moves, one after another
Token of appreciation for one of the sponsors, Panasonic
Token of appreciation for one of the sponsors, Panasonic
VIPs triggering the launch mechanism
VIPs triggering the launch mechanism
Giant Shine balloon pops out with confetti when the launch mechanism was activated
Giant Shine balloon pops out with confetti when the launch mechanism was activated

About Shine Youth Festival (via the official website):

“Initiated in 2005, SHINE Youth Festival is a platform for youths between the age of 15 and 35 to indulge in their passion. The initiative celebrates youths’ creativity and dynamism and encourages them to use SHINE Youth Festival as the stage to demonstrate their energy and grow their skills and talents.

Organised by the National Youth Council, steered by a committee made up of representatives from youth organisations and executed by a Youth Organising Committee consisting of volunteers, the vibrant and colourful SHINE Youth Festival is held in the designated Youth Month in July. SHINE Youth Festival features an exciting line up of events and activities is presented by its 4 key marquee partners: Mascot Parade, O School, Singapore Street Festival and the Singapore Management University.”

There are still plenty of exciting events coming up for the Shine Youth Festival for the whole month of July. Do check out their event page for more updates and details! 🙂

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