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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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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9.9 Lazada Surprise Box! It’s back for 9 September

The main Lazada sale starts on 9.9!

However there will be 99 surprise boxes costing at $29 or $49 (worth $100) and will only be sold between 6 – 9 September.

I have a preview of what the Lazada Surprise box curated by Leapfrog has. This box costs $29 and the items confirmed have gone past the $29 mark.

This time the box isn’t too large for all the items. Just nice to have all the items in packed snugly.

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Munah & Hirzi Live: Curtain Call… After the drop

Munah & Hirzi’s Live: Curtain Call was on 24th January 2018, starting at 8pm.

But this was queue at around 6pm.

According to the ticketing site, this was going to be the event for their closure of their channel.

How do you say goodbye to 10 years?

For ONE NIGHT ONLY, pioneer prince and princess of the local YouTube scene, Munah Bagharib and Hirzi Zulkiflie or also known as MunahHirziOfficial(MHO), are bringing a night of hilarity (and heartbreak) as they celebrate the end of an era; their final curtain call; the closing of their YouTube Channel.

From the humble beginning of putting out guerilla-styled videos, attempting dares to well-produced music parodies, the dynamic duo has been making millions laugh-out-loud since 2007. With more than 142, 000 loyal subscribers on the MHO YouTube Channel and a resounding 32 million views on their channel, be prepared for the most epic send off of the decade.

Yep, this was going to be their finale so of course I had to attend it.

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The Phantom of Oxley Castle review

 

Firstly, I pre-ordered (?) well not really pre-order since it was in Local Books website, they just had to deliver it to me once it was released. This is the first time I bought from them online so yeah.

I want to say this is pretty exciting. RECEIVING BOOKS (that I paid for) that is. The packaging is bright purple in real life and it’s super cheery.

I might buy more books this way just cause of the packaging cause it’s cute for specific hard to find titles in store. You guys should try it with Harris Bin Potter.

Oh and prices on that website haven’t added gst in. I would have wanted a “GST included” price, so no cheated feelings or something at the cart.

I chose for the free gift wrapping because November is a book day for a lot of reasons and the wrapping is pretty good. Hit that “gift wrapping” button if you are definitely gifting it to a friend, whoever is the wrapper, it is veeeery nice.

Oh and we get a tiny “Word Search” puzzle card which is a promo of some books available on their site.

You can click to embiggen to look see the other side of that word search puzzle. Anyway, I unwrapped it and BEHOLD.

It is The Phantom of Oxley Castle by Liana Gurung and Chloe Tong, illustrated by Anngee Neo.

My review is going to be as a book reader and not some political website trying to find hints and meaning more than me when watching the latest Taylor Swift video.

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Logitech M585 mouse review!

 

This time I got to test out the Logitech M585 mouse! Yes, this is a logitech mouse review. I was ordering it through Lazada at night and well… I was delivered the next day?! I was very surprised at the shipping speed. In any case, this is under the exclusive Logitech online store on their site. I got other stuff too like wireless keyboards but that’ll be another post.

So how’s the mouse?

Well, firstly I had to open it and I am so glad it’s easy to take out without scissors.

No more accidentally stabbing self with knife/scissors when there’s a perforation to break the plastic out at the back.

And it comes like this! The battery is supposed to last for 24 months so we’ll see…

The little bit is your unifying receiver dongle thing if your computer doesn’t have bluetooth.

But firstly before you use it, you need to install the driver which is on the instructions. It’ll lead you to Logitech Options.

Ok, here’s the thing, I tested it with a few computers. If you have the latest Windows OS or the latest Apple ones, you’re safe. This mouse will work for you.

I tried it on an older system and it couldn’t recognize it but this shouldn’t matter if you’ve updated your OS.

If you’re using a pretty old computer, a wireless mouse might not work for you and a new mouse is probably going to be one of the last things you need to update.

So how do I find it? It’s a pretty decent mouse with rather precise scrolling if you like to read or have to read work documents. It has two side buttons which you can programme in Logitech Options and oh… One of the neatest features is this…

You can switch the mouse on different computers. That’s why it’s an “Option”, you can programme the “1” to be on one computer and then “2” on another. It works best if one of the computers uses bluetooth so that your other computer can use the unifying dongle if it doesn’t have bluetooth on it.

With that, I TESTED OUT SOMETHING ELSE.

Did you know the Logitech M585 let’s you “flow” from one computer to another? It can copy paste text too so if you’re using this in an office and you’re on two computers, you don’t have to email it to yourself or use a thumb drive. Just copy your text and scroll past your computer’s monitor to get into the the computer and paste.

And yes. IT DOES WORK for Apple/PC. Whatever you prefer to call it Mac or Apple, Windows or PC, it just works ok? You can look see my video.

So what do you think? I’m definitely stuffing this mouse into my laptop bag for my “grab and go” work set.

If you want to get this mouse for the month of October 2017, it’s 15% off their usual price and I also went to a specific bookstore that’s pretty popular here and it’s definitely cheaper to get it on Lazada.

Buy the Logitech M585 here (you’ll be clicking on my affliate link and that helps me out too when you buy!) or check out other exclusive Logitech items that Lazada has to offer here.

I put on Rubbers on my screen

Hey, I reviewed Rubbers (2014) by Yew Kwang Han, a local movie and you can read it here on Catchplay (I think it’s only geolocked for Singaporeans or maybe SEA?): https://www.catchplay.com/sg/ed-says-article-1363-icsth6pc

Here’s some iconic screenshots I like:

It’s one of the more safe for work ones. THE REST AREN’T.

So go read my review.

Or just watch it on Catchplay.

Lifesense Band 2

Hey everyone! I got a lifesense band 2 to try out. It’s a step tracker with a heartbeat monitor. With all these healthy life style things that the government is promoting especially after the national day rally, items like these help you track and kind of give you a goal every day to keep to get fit.

I’ve my own mifit, fitbit alta and a free one I got during Health Promo board’s thing. Unfortunately that free one couldn’t sync to my phone and the mifit couldn’t sync to my phone after some of their updates (my friends who got it also had that issue after some software updates) that I gave up on it.

So hey, sometimes cheap or free trackers really depends on your luck or pretty much… your phone OS.

Oooh, it’s a pretty simple quick start guide, there’s a QR code inside for you to download the lifesense app (available both on iOS and Android) and another page with a QR code for you to scan your lifesense band 2’s serial number.

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