Hi, the group went to Comic Fiesta at KLCC in 2017! It’s been a while since CF was back to KLCC so we were excited to go since it’s so easy to get there from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by busÂ and stay at Trader’s hotel which is above the convention centre.
If you wanted a tl;dr version of Comic Fiesta 2017, you can watch the video above! It was an exciting weekend that I had to split it into three posts. This one is going to be a combined 2 days of CF post.
On 26 November 2017, Apple at Orchard Road (Apple Orchard, really…) hosted a special event called Perspectives with Kelly Marie Tran & Norman Tan!
As readers of my blog would possibly know who Kelly is since a bunch of you guys are nerds like me, you would know her as Rose Tico from Star Wars in the upcoming The Last Jedi. Norman Tan is the moderator and he’s the Editor-in-Chief of Buro 24/7. He’s a really good moderator and the whole event was pretty smooth.
It started a with a screening of the trailer (some people screamed No if you listened properly because I know they were trying to avoid seeing anything until the movie appeared) and a secret behind the scenes segment starring Kelly Marie Tran. Maybe it’ll be put in the main BTS of The Last Jedi but from what we saw, it was kind of touching also? To at least know how she ended up in the role.
Trailer over, some of Singapore’s 501st marched in to stand to the side to welcome her.
PAX Australia was at the Melbourne Convention Centre and it’s so easy to get to from the airport.
Basically I took a Skybus to the city and from there you could either take a city hotel shuttle or pretty much just walk.
Anyway this was my first ever PAX! So yay.
It ran for three days and it’s purely a gaming convention with panels, competitions and well, gaming.
It’s very exciting if you like games, really. Also, the cosplay scene is much more ‘chill’ compared to Singapore but the gaming scene is more intense because this is like THE gaming convention event of the year.
From digital to analogue, it was pretty much play time or get gear for your gaming.
I didn’t know A Better Florist was actually a real shop! I mean, there had to be one because it does free same day deliveries of bouquets and flowers but I thought it had been in some “industrial”or some hipster space because it was founded like a startup.
It’s actually a real florist shop, of course mainly they deal with online purchases but ok, what a revelation.
Anyway, on a nice Saturday afternoon I was there to join their flower arrangement workshop. It’s usually held twice or thrice a month and you can look at their flower arrangement worskhop classes here on their Event Brite.
So you know, instead of just buying bouquets from them, you can actually learn how to make a basic one.
Firstly, we learned how to dethorn our roses and there is a “kiap-er” which helps you take out the thorns. Our instructor told us to leave a few leaves (heh) on top for aesthetic and guided us step by step to prepare the flowers, their names and the type of plant they are.
I mean, you get a bunch of flowers but you need to still pretty them up by removing leaves, thorns, stray stems and all.
Check out the Night Fest happening from 18 August to 26th!
And guess what, it’s all FREE!! Well, except for some venues it’s free but with one drink purchase cause it’s a bar of sorts. But mostly free! Lots of art performances and oh hey GrappleMax is having a show too! Ok, I’m biased, it’s cause it is FREE I want you all to watch because wow, ok I did go to their showcase before and it is entertaining (plus I also tried out their sessions).
You get more info here. Or just put it in your calendar that it’ll be on 24 Aug & 25 Aug, 7pm – 7.30pm, 9.15pm – 9.45pm at SMU, The Pit.
They’re entertaining and work hard to put up their performances so, catch a show.
Pesta Ubin 2017 was on 15 and 16 July and I wanted to go to it at least once since I kept putting it off for the previous years.
This year would be the year I woke up and actually headed there for the festival.
To head to Pulau Ubin, I went to Changi Point Ferry Terminal nearby Changi Village and pretty much got my money ready. It’s $3 per trip (from the time of my post) to get there so please haveÂ exact change.
If you guys are wanting to have an Ubin adventure, don’t forget to keep some cash since there’s no ATMs on the island (that I know of). And no, you don’t need a passport to get to Ubin. You just need 12 people to fill up the boat or if you’re impatient, pay the captain $36 all by yourself.
Once I reached there, I finally got to try the famous Ubin lontong. It’s just to the left of the boardwalk after you’ve reached Ubin.
I call this a success since I reached there around 10am andÂ yes, it is so rich (lemak) and the sambal was hot (pedas) but not overwhelming. Paired with justÂ teh, this was a good start of my Ubin adventure.
I wanted to geocache but realized I totally needed gloves for some of the places and there were too many people around so I hecked that and went on with the festivities for the day instead.
I was invited to the media briefing of ciNE65 IV at Objectifs where I learned more about this season of competitors and the winning films.
Of course I got to know who they were before the actual event half an hour later but shhh. Shhh.
It was informative because the judges were able to tell the media what went through for this year’s entries since the actual awards ceremony would celebrate the participants more.
That’s Colonel Joseph Tan, the director of Nexus by the way. (His favourite out of all the entries is Ang Ku Kueh.)
He stated the students category this year blew him away.
Jeremy Sing of SINdie also noted that with the rise of technology, there had been very interesting shots although a bit unnecessary? He recalled a scene where the shot began in the kitchen and it went out of it and then pulled out to the HDB flat.
I guess that’s pretty interesting but so extra but hey if you got access to a drone, USE IT RIGHT? Hahahah.
Other judges like Sanif Olek preferred the messaging for this year as it is more subtle compared to the first time Cine65 was out. The stories had heart. For judge, N.Mohamed Yahssir, he found that it brought him back memories of Singapore as many of the short films try to bring the nostalgic feel in their stories.