WARNING: THIS IS AN OPINION PIECE. OPINIONNNNNN. It is not gonna be an intellectual ‘factual’ oho I am so smerrt piece. It’s gonna be what I think of what just happened.
Firstly omedetouu, omedetou (congrats!) for the first live stream of parliament in session for Singapore! The first live stream on 4 January 2021.
Technical wise, the camera angles were ok and at the beginning of it they did state they do not have a sign language interpreter however closed captioning would be available on the stream.
I was on the youtube version and somehow it didn’t appear to me, but no matter. Teething issues indeed since it’s the FIRST TIME EVAHH. Also there were very few seconds of black in the middle after 2 hours or so that I wonder if someone jostled a button or something but it was a mere 2 seconds of black and not a scary technical emergency.
I did notice the volume was peaking though but that will be so, so difficult on the technical crew side especially when every speaker speaks into the mic at a different distance and projects their voice at different volumes, not to forget the acrylic shield bounces the audio…
Which you know what, yeah. I was listening when the minister suddenly called upon the issue where Trace Together could be used for police investigations.
Hey, wait.Â Apakah? What was that? Cause firstly, I remembered the time when people had conspiracy theories about the Trace Together app and everything and it was reassured that we should use it because of this privacy statement.
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.
TheyÂ 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 MusfirahÂ 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).
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:
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.)
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!
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 makeÂ 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.
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.
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.
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 beÂ the event for their closure of their channel.
How do you say goodbye to 10 years?
ForÂ ONE NIGHT ONLY, pioneer prince and princess of the local YouTube scene,Â Munah BagharibÂ andÂ Hirzi ZulkiflieÂ or also known asÂ 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 thanÂ 142, 000Â loyal subscribers on the MHO YouTube Channel and a resoundingÂ 32 million viewsÂ 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.
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.