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Keeping It Quiet

I have no idea what other people’s requirements for headphones are but mine are usually:

  • Actual headphones so people know I’m wearing them and don’t disturb me.
  • Awesome bass
  • Looks good
  • Value for money because like heck if I get headphones that are cheaptastic but aren’t good? It’s not worth it then.

Such sexaaay looking headphones

These ones look super nice.

Anyway, sometimes don’t you wish that they come in super cheap so that you can buy a whole dozen of it and then pass it out in the trains/buses especially in the mornings? I MEAN COME ON. People, headphones are a thing. Heck, earphones too.

Use them!

Buy them if you can buy handphones or tablets or whatever. I don’t need to know or hear what you’re playing and it can get so loud when all I want to do is sleep in the bus/train if it’s super early.

Or just, please just keep it quiet. Sometimes I want to do a “BEHOLD, YOU WON THE PRIZE OF… HEADPHONES. Now, use them” if I was ever sponsored by some brand or something that would give it away.

A campaign like Silent Sally or something. We have Move in Martin and whoever else?

Turn your noise levels down if you’re playing a game or playing songs. No one wants to listen to your techno or whatever songs. If they did, you’d be a DJ on the radio already. Actually yeah, if you want to do that, go make your own channel online so people will choose to listen to it instead of not being able to stop it in public transport.

Would anyone actually do a campaign like that?

Why doesn’t anyone do a campaign like that anyway? Get to it brands, you can use this idea as some promo or something because everyone would love silence or at least unnecessary noise from gadgets when they could be quiet in the first place.

Well.

At least it’ll work on some. I don’t know how you would tell the elderly to stop doing it when they love playing their radios aloud in the bus…

But “youngins” should know to quit it anyway.

So yeah, do you guys who take public transport ever feel we should have some Silent Sally?

N.E.mation! 10 Call for Entry!

N.E.mation 10

It’s N.E.mation! 10 !! You guys, it’s the tenth anniversary of this competition.

When it first started out, I remember I was a poly student watching it on the tv in the bus and the animations that the teams did on it and went “Woah, I want to enter that” but I couldn’t because I was already a poly student and “out” of the competition already.

Flash forward to years later, I still couldn’t join the competition but I did become a blogger and then an ambassador for N.E.mation!

I even won the chance to go to the USA with a team too in one of the years.

Anyway, if you get the chance to enter this competition, do it.

The prizes are awesome, the skills you learn are really good.

It’s not even the part where you learn how to animate, it’s how you learn time management, learning how to take criticisms and friendship.

So what’s the theme this year?

Together We Keep Singapore Strong

At the start of the next 50 years, it is a good time to reflect on and reaffirm the strength, values and beliefs that have brought Singapore this far and, more importantly, the values that reside within each and every Singaporean to take Singapore forward. Together, we will continue to play our part to keep Singapore strong.

NE10 Poster

Click the poster to embiggen!

1) Form a team of 3-4 (I suggest 4 if you can because you guys really need a lot of teamwork)

2) Register online at www.nemation.sg

3) Submit your ideas by 16 August 2015

Don’t be afraid okay? If you need ideas how you can view the Online Story Workshop at https://nemation.sg/story/

What are the prizes?

One of it is winning a freaking trip to the USA!! Or you can read the list here.

But from what I’ve seen in the past competitions, there are so many prizes like cameras, 3ds etc. I don’t know what’s it this year but it’s always worth it.

Yeah, you get to do all those if you win the grand prize!

OK! I don’t want you guys to keep reading this when you should just click REGISTER AT N.E.mation! Go, go, go!!

All the fine details are there. Grab your friends and get into this adventure where you might win loot!

Driving Merlions

Merlion Edition

Yes, what you see here is a special edition Mini 4WD Merlion Edition – Singapore 50th Anniversary Tamiya car.

I got it from Stargek.

It’s an Avante base from what I built but with a Merlion rider and… You can see for yourself how the design is.

It’s… It’s pretty tacky. It’s one of the tackiest things I’ve ever built. I don’t know, maybe someone really likes this design?

Good for them but it’s not my style.

Still, it’s pretty unique.

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Be a HERo

Providore

It was SAF 50 last week, the day when you might have seen uniformed forces wear their, well, uniforms.

But HEY, on that day, we also had a Born a HERo event. I got to spell it like that so you can see the pun. Heh heh. It’s actually just Born a Hero. What’s it, really?

Commemoration for the SAF’s 50th anniversary (SAF50), women’s website Material World has launched the Born a Hero project to celebrate the unsung heroes behind Singapore’s defence. Sponsored by AXA Singapore, Born a Hero will tell the stories of ordinary women who have contributed to the success of the SAF in their own ways. 

Oh yeah and this also:

Here’s to the unsung heroes of Singapore’s national defence! Join Material World as we celebrate mums, wives, girlfriends, daughters, and colleagues who have played a part in ensuring the success of the Singapore Armed Forces. Every $10 donation to Halogen Foundation will give you a ticket to this shopping event at TANGS Orchard! Join host Irene Ang for an evening of fun, shopping and sharing!

So that’s why you got all these ladies queuing up at the Providore at Tangs. They got vouchers, discounts and coupons in their bags!

#saf50bornahero #materialworldsg yaaay

A photo posted by Seriously Sarah (@sarahcoldheart) on

Of course, here’s Irene Ang being the host of it all. 

Deals!

This was the deal on that day. Click to enlarge! They got to get a lucky draw form with every $100 spent in a single receipt and win prizes.

A winner!

The first winner of the lucky draw! Really easy.

Another winner!

Spend and win, really. Like Swensen vouchers, one month’s subscription at a gym and so on.

Win!

Well, the lucky draw was fun and all but while we waited for the Born a Hero panel session, we were also entertained by two musicians.

Blank Space cover by Johan and Sophia. #saf50bornahero #materialworldsg A video posted by Seriously Sarah (@sarahcoldheart) on

I don’t know their facebook or webby or anything but hey, I did get their names at least! Drop me a link if you know they have one.

HERoes.

With food and fancy juices (italian sodas?), shopping and lucky draws, we got to know more about the Born a Hero panel consisting of 4 ladies over there.

Deborah Tan ( founder of Material World), Judy Kong (BoH personality), Setoh Wei Leng (BoH personality) and Priya Shahane (Chief HR Officer at AXA Singapore).

It was a short and casual panel. If you want to know more, go to Material World to read it!

Rather informative too and I think most of us would see Judy on the news lately too because she (the one in white) was the first woman in SWANS!

That’s the Singapore Women’s Auxiliary Naval Service (SWANS) in 1964, as a volunteer. It was a time around the Konfrantasi and all that she decided to volunteer to help Singapore.

Back then, they trained on their own time and she was a teacher too! So for three hours, twice a week, she trained on a ship.

Ok, hers was the most interesting to me because WOAAAH. First woman to be part of the SWANS even before there was such thing as regulars for woman.

For Deborah, she founded Material World and you can see how awesome that is and why this Born a Hero thing was happening, Wei Leng talked about how she supported her boyfriend who was in NS because really, you got to support your partner while they’re in it and suck it upppp it’s like so nooo you’re in there and I’m out here but nehmind, we have time we can wait and we’ll see you again.

Ok, she said in more poetic terms but yeah, you keep supporting each other.

And Priya talked about team work about how guys go for reservist but there’s always a contingency plan so that it will not disrupt the team’s work.

Also, I kind of explored Tang’s. I didn’t realize what was in the upper floors usually because the basement is where it is at for me. The cookery section. Heh heh heh. Ok, I don’t cook much but look at their frying pans and grills and blenders.

It’s so pretty.

Anyway, it was a pretty neat event because, let’s not forget the ladies who support our SAF too.

As a mother, daughter, sister, girlfriend, wife or you know, just a friend.

It really is teamwork when everyone works together for Singapore.

Twitter On

Twitter SG

I got invited to Twitter Singapore’s new office.

Yes.

Because I am… a power user as they say, in their words.

Or is it because I spam a lot or sometimes make things viral, I don’t know.

It was a little disconcerting when I said who I was on twitter and the staff there were all !!! at the door.

Pantry?

Anyway, wooo. This is one of their pantries or at least the one near reception. It’s so fancy.

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After what? Aftershock PC

Aftershock!

I got a new laptop! Her name is FURIOSA. She’s a new rig from Aftershock.

Why a new laptop? Cause my previous one was somehow missing?

I don’t know but I couldn’t wait for a PC show or sales and such. I needed a new one.

After asking everyone and posting on FB and twitter, pretty much with the requirements I wanted, Aftershock seemed to be it!

OH WAIT YAH, this is not an advertorial.

This is me going AHHHHHHHH cause now everyone seems to want to get an Aftershock after my ‘research’ and everyone else’s machines dying.

Ok. The research was pretty much discussing with everyone online which would be best with my requirements and then everyone figured out their own and yeah… That’s it really.

SO YEAH, this was how it went.

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Dragonboat of Miracles

page 1 of Dragonboat of Miracles

Click to embiggen! You guys, this is the Dragonboat of Miracles, illustrated by DatWorks.

Check out their facebook page! They’re a team of local artists and sometimes you might see their art booths in the conventions here in Singapore.

Anyway, what’s this Dragonboat of Miracles?

DatWorks has recently been doing some work for DBS Bank. Living, Breathing Asia!

We’re working on “Dragonboat of Miracles”, a sports-themed manga that celebrates the teamwork, passion and zeal of athletes as they paddle towards a common goal for the DBS Marina Regatta!

BUT OHOHOH.

What you don’t know (until now, or if I told you in real life) is that I wrote the story.

Yeah, you wanna read more, click my read more cut.

Or you won’t see the button if you clicked this post directly anyway.

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Time to Pay Back

Yes, it's us

Guys. It’s May. And soon it’ll be June and then I scream because after that is Hari Raya.

Yeah, that’s me with everyone posing for Hari Raya and yes, we all have assorted urls, even for Dawn the cat.

Anyway Ramadhan starts around 18 June this year and that means it’s time to pay back if you know what I mean.

Ok, if you don’t, it means FOR THOSE WHO COULDN’T puasa last year, you got to ‘pay back’ before it hits this year’s Ramadhan. You knooow? It means to fast the days you didn’t get to do because of blood magic girly stuff/illness/whatever.

SO THIS IS YOUR REMINDER TO PAY BACK.

And then after that, you can prepare for Hari Raya things. Like, kueh and clothes.

And yes, my family does do the whole colour scheme thing so while we might not all wear the similar things, we might have a colour theme? I don’t know.

Once, I wanted us to go in Power Ranger colours and I called dibs on pink but nooo, that’s just so much work or something. Still, it would be cool if we had. We have enough people for red, blue, yellow, pink and black.

Bonus green for Dawn the cat??

And then if anyone notices the colour scheme, I’d go yessss.

So a reminder, fasting month begins around 18 June.

The month where your non-Muslim friends go “OOPS, I FORGOT. AHHH SORRY” when they say you wanna go eat stuff or something. No worries though, after that it’ll be holidays yay!

 

Ps. I’d just buy my kueh. Ah ha ha ha haaaa.

Doujima 2015!

Doujima 2015 poster

It’s Doujima once more and it’s on this weekend of 25th to 26th April at Scape!

The event will also bring the launch of Extravaganza 2015, an annual regional art competition jointly organized by CDS, NUS Comics and Animation Society (NUSCAS) and NTU Visual Arts Society (NTUVAS).

To get to Scape, the nearest mrt station would be Somerset.

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Coda

The board

It’s #tbt aka Throwback Thursday. So why not throwback to 2004?

Ok, I only knew cause it was stated in my pictures that this was 2004.

They were scanned from prints so you can still see scanlines back then and slightly weird contrast balances. It was probably an assignment for basic photo class during poly and instead, I took trip to my secondary school’s ECA (now called CCA) aka the military band.

Actually, they changed to concert band when I graduated so… no more military at the time I took these pictures.

I’ll probably get the film actually scanned properly and replace these whenever I find the originals.

That year was the first year for Bedok South Secondary School after they moved to the ‘new’ location of Jalan Langgar Bedok.

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