Just some reading

A book called Traitor's kiss by Erin Beaty

The objective is to chill.

Well, a balance of ‘chilling’ and work. I have returned to reading my books at a pace where I can do it while things render.

I probably could try knitting too but reading at least gives me some imagination budget too for my own stuff.

Anyway Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty is exciting, lots of misunderstandings, espionage and observation. In all, I enjoyed it. It reminds me of young adult fantasy books by Tamora Pierce and I do like those kinds of books.

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Shield bash!

Hey remember that I joined Bastion in the early part of the year? It’s Historical European Martial Arts aka HEMA and yes, it’s sword fighting fun.

I graduated basics too then I CONTINUED because it’s fun.

The next basics intake is from 23rd to 30 June 2019! An introduction is just $10 to see if you’d like it and you can join at their website here.

I improved since the basics class just a bit since I don’t stall too long after the first two moves.

 

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Week 3 of sword and buckler. We’ve done steps 1-6 with the 7th position. And now putting it all together. #hema

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My current class is about the sword and buckler and really. It’s a lot of trying to increase arm strength so I can hold the buckler for longer periods of time.

My favourite move so far in the class is the shield grab though.

Technically I think the current favourite moves I like so far have to do with grabbing swords or the shield!

Anyway, this is me jio-ing you guys in case you say I never jio to try this out. Remember to check the dates since classes begin in 12 week cycles for each ‘course’.

If you miss the beginning you might have to wait for the next round. Also if you guys do sign up for basics, FEEL FREE TO CHALLENGE ME for a spar when you ‘graduate’ at the end of 12 weeks.

SELAMAT HARI RAYAAAAA

Hi everyone, I’m back!

I’ve been busy at work and other stuff but now I AM BACK. It’s the return of Monday posts of whatever I like. Meanwhile, advanced selamat hari raya to you guys since it’s in a few days.

I hope it has been a good month for you.

On that note, I’m actually excited this year, we have 3!

3 actual short film/ads in Singapore for hari raya.

FYI, as a minority in Singapore, budget is usually not used for corporates for BIG short film / ads for the festivities.

They will do it but you’ll notice it’s all clear cut ads in the SG way of “Tada this item is available, buy it”. This is a ‘problem’ for SG clients anyway, they like straight cut stuff and don’t have enough budget for long messages.

ANYWHO. FINALLY SOMEONE HAS THE BIG BUCKS to spend on productions and it’s… ok lah it’s the government.

The first one is “Sunyi” for Zakat SG.

It’s about where the zakat money goes or how it helps an individual too.

Starring cik Nurijah Sahat and the song is by Amni Musfirah and Irena Taib. Produced by: Be Sweet , Director/Producer: Khidhir Kassim Writer: Zaidani

Cik Nurijah Sahat really can act so well in this and it’s touching being “on her own” WHILE SET ON JUST the background music to bring the emotions out.

The second is Kinship for Public Utilities Board (PUB).

I know casting is by the Hello Group and this whole production is by Freeflow Productions.

But like thanks. Thanks my dudes. We wasted water by crying instead.

I am actually happy that PUB decided to do this for HARI RAYA. It’s like you guys, thanksss you could have gone with a generic National Day short film for marketing budget but went with HARI RAYA and that’s really touching??

It means there’s a chance other gov bodies might do something for Deepavali too besides the usual Chinese New Year?

ALSO, for those who want a part 2. As a production person, I doubt this is possible for them to suddenly make a part 2 unless it has already been planned due to:

  • Staff approvals
  • It’s right now ramadhan, if they want to do an additional shoot, the cast are either busy at work or need to apply leave
  • Colouring/editing takes time and this video was out last week and hari raya is NEXT WEEK

So yeah, if there was no part 2 planned, I don’t see it happening so soon. Also, it’s “traditional” if you watch hari raya stuff in Singapore and Malaysia, there’s always sad endings somehow.

Or at least a hope. You don’t need to see happy endings but think about it instead.

SUCK IT UP, NOW YOU GET TO WATCH THE SADNESS OF ENDINGS OF HARI RAYA TYPE MOVIES NOW.

And the third video is Hari Raya with #HafandHaf for Gov.sg.

Hafandhaf produced by Papahan Films. This is a STAR STUDDED CAST. You can see there’s so many of them too. The locations and acting and all.

It’s basically a story about the typical question at every year/occasion if you’re single.

With a heavy dose of FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

I can see they tried to balance this with:

  • Star studded cast for relatability (I also like them)
  • Typical question of bila nak kahwin (when you gonna marry?)
  • Blatant messaging by the government about being financially responsible but trying to not to make it too factual and obvious (I don’t know, do you guys think they succeeded? On production POV I think they did their best knowing how clients want their messages to be in your face.)
  • Sweet romance
  • Trying to be hip with a hashtag like #hafandhaf

So what do you think of this? I think it’s a good try on government side since they always want to go for in your face things because they’re scared people won’t understand messages until it’s super basic.

Production for it is awesome though, you can see it!

BONUS:

It’s a Hirzi video! AND AN ACTUAL ONE about hari raya with a message at the end. Go read more General Papers and newspapers if you don’t get what he’s saying.

ALSO, while we don’t have one full corporate short film/ad by ONE client. THIS ONE you can see is by a few and is for one MUSIC VIDEO.

Lots of dancers/cast and a lot of heart. I actually like the song too because it’s funkyyy. I may have also joined the #MollyVogueEid challenge

So what do you think?

Do you think Singapore will have more short film ads like how they do it in Malaysia? Not just for Hari Raya but for all other occasions too. I look forward to it if so.

And maybe one day I could make my own hari raya short film ad if there’s a budget. I always like watching the ones from Malaysia.

EDIT 3 June:

A LAST MINUTE ADDITION BY MCCY!

One of my favourite ‘makciks’ who tend to do side roles, Zinab is leading this!’

AND SITI KHALIJAH? Rapper is Omar Kenobi and percussions are by Sambiesta and Riduan Zalani.

Also yah, tell your parents how many people exactly are going to be your guests.

EDIT 3 June, 9.54pm:

People’s Association did their own video! It may not look as woah in terms of production as the rest but they have a short story and tells the message of the actual clothes collection for people who can’t afford it.

Captain Marvel Fan Event in Singapore!

Ok guys, you can read all the other geek sites to know how the stars Brie Larson, Gemma Chan and Samuel L Jackson fared in Singapore during the fan event. This is your aftermath post because we really want to say that wow, IT WAS GOOD.

Firstly I just want to thank the organizing staff (both Disney & MBS and whoever the ‘official’ people are), the volunteers, the security and crew because woah. It really IS good?

NOT TO FORGET THE HOSTS NIKKI MULLER AND BOBBY TONELLI. Oh mein Gott, thank you for them being the hosts.

Ok, with that said, there are minor details that can be improved on but since people do ask me what happens at these fan events, let’s do a recap for everyone.

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State of Sarah: Conserve energy and stab

Hey everyone, yeah this post is me just phoning it in because I know I have two posts lined up about the Japan trip and book reviews from Comic Fiesta. FOR NOW, what have I been up to?

I signed up at Bastion HEMA since I did a poll on which I should learn FIRST. It was sword fighting, diving and horse riding.

Sword fighting won, hurray, I managed to sign up in time too and am now at the time of this post, on lesson 4 of 12 for basics.

It’s pretty enjoyable? I am needing way, way much practice on footwork but once I am in the groove, I can step and slash in the correct procedure.

For those interested, it starts off with warm ups, footwork drills and then the lesson of the day itself including previous lesson’s work to brush up on.

This was the seniors showing us how a duel worked in our first trial lesson. IT IS SO VERY EXCITING.

Also, HEMA stands for historical European martial arts and I’m starting out with a one handed sword, the ‘long knife’ aka langes messer.

Right now, I know at least the top, middle and from the bottom cuts. I need to do more practice in the actual blocking and parrying next…

OK THAT’S IT FROM ME SO FAR.

Comic Fiesta 2018 and tips for 2019

Comic Fiesta 2018 was held at Suria KLCC (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) from 22 to 23 December. That meant we headed our way to the convention on Friday morning using Aeroline! It takes around 5 or 6 hours from Singapore but it’s so convenient since it drops us at Corus hotel which is just a short walk to our own chosen hotel above Suria KLCC.

Knowing people who keep saying they want to go to comic fiesta and then getting all surprised that wow, it’s big or crowded, well.

If you’re reading this then… THIS IS THE COMIC FIESTA SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR YOU.

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12.12 Lazada Sale Surprise box: Lazada X Proda by Remax

The last surprise box of the year 2018. It’s the 12.12 grand year end sale.

I received the Lazada X Proda by Remax surprise box.

You can get this box during the 12.12 Year End Sale sometime from 10-12 December. It could be one of those dates that this will be released within their time slots. They won’t say when but you can look out between those dates.

This box is costs $29 but it’s worth more than that.

You can actually check how much one of the items in the surprise box costs…

Why don’t you search how much a PRODA TWS Airplus costs?

I can tell you this is worth it if you ever wanted to buy airpods or replacement ones or a gift for someone, this is going to be waaay much cheaper especially with this surprise box.

It has its own charging case/dock. It takes 2 hours to charge from there or 45 minutes if you charge directly.

Click, click. So cool. There’s tiny “L” and “R” on the stem if you ever want to know which one goes in which ear.

And there’s the charging point.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a cable. Below the top layer of the packaging, there are instructions and a USB/lightning cable.

It was so easy to sync it to my phone too.

I tried it out and the audio quality is pretty good. So if you see me nod agreeingly, you probably won’t know if I’m listening to music via the airplus since it’s probably hidden under my tudung.

Oh! And a bonus of these surprise boxes, my cat gets to have her own box to sit in.

Go use my link here to just make sure you head on to the 12.12 page when the campaign is on!

SGIFF: Sepet & One Two Jaga in Singapore!

EDIT: In case the SGIFF is down due to too many people going in, you can buy your tickets here: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/csgiff2018

The cast of Sepet will be in Singapore!

Get your ticket for the screening here: https://sgiff.com/browse-all-films/sepet/

Basic ticket is $12 (excluding booking fees).

It’s been at least 14 years since this movie premiered but it has so much feels.

Catch the screening on 2 DEC 2018, SUN on 2:00 PM at the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE.

Sharifah Amani and Ng Choo Seong will be at this screening including Yasmin Ahmad’s sister, Orked.

There will be a Q&A session after the screening.

They will also be selling a limited number of merchandise and yeah this is the only time you can get it autographed by them. The only other way to get these books and stuff is to go to Ipoh and it’s not guaranteed that you can find all the cast and stuff again.

If you don’t know what’s the story of Sepet… well, please come watch. I don’t want to spoil you even after 14 years.

For something more contemporary, check out Crossroads: One Two Jaga

The director Nam Ron and his producer will be both introducing the film and doing a Q&A after the screening. This movie is pretty much telling the issues that we face now and I think it’s getting on Netflix too? At least from what I heard.

Get your ticket for Crossroads: One Two Jaga at https://sgiff.com/browse-all-films/crossroads-one-two-jaga/

It’s on at 4 DEC 2018, TUE on 9:30 PM at NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE.

If you guys are coming by to watch them, come by to say hi to me. Especially on the first one, I think I’ll be carrying a bag to carry the books home…