Monday, September 28, 2009

Singtel x INQ Mobile x The Mosiac Project

If you're one who follows the blogosphere closely, you would have seen the more well-known bloggers attending the launch of Singtel 3G INQ Mobile last week.

Basically it's the first mobile phone that features social media and platforms like Facebook and Twitter is embedded into its system. Singtel, with a collaboration with INQ Mobile, provides a good package for users so they don't have to worry about high data charges etc.

Jessica Liu was their celebrity representative who have tested the 3G Mini INQ Mobile and Glenn Ong was the host that afternoon.

I was invited to their media and blogger event launch too, not as a blogger (obviously), but as a .... designer. *shy*

Well, I sort of am, for that day. :)

Entries ago, I mentioned that I would share some pictures from Supperclub, where my work was showcased.

When I first enter the club, the VIPs were about to start their presentation, so I was right on time.

The middleman will always be so PR-ish, for that five seconds that he actually looks at you (but only to make sure that his namecard is securely in your hands) before he peels his gaze away from you, looks ahead and says, "Excuse me for a sec", but never return. Never.

I digressed.

My artwork was mentioned by the Singtel's Executive Vice President Mr Yuen, He was just giving a casual remark of their effort to incorporate local art scene and designers into the new phone.

He said something along the lines of "For example, look behind you at the works of our local designers. The one that has "Ang Mo Kio" on it, I don't think anywhere else in the world we have any 'Ang Mo Kio'. This makes us unique. "

Fwah, I tell you the moment he said that I can feel my heart glow and grow, literally. Heh.

They also extracted the centre part of the entire design and included into the backdrop, media kit and POP stands all around the room! :

To be physically there is prolly my only job that day, since I don't have to furiously scribble notes and quotes in shorthand notebooks or blog about anything at all.

I was there to enjoy refreshments (deem fit) available. The staff at Supperclub were great. They were all smiles and love the way they dress up!

The main colour of their outfits was white. One had black plastic chains hung all over him in a white jumpsuit. Another guy had white tights and black Dr. Marten boots. The girls didn't lose out either. This girl had many, many, many piercings all over her body and had dreadlocks in blonde. So cool.

The tidbits served were going in numerous rounds that include salmon kebabs packed in an envelope, handy lunchboxes that contained wraps and even "sociable" cupcakes. [See below.]

Ah I took a bite out of the butterfly. :P

The main highlight to me is still the art works that were lined on the wall at the back. According to the Singtel personnel, these were the top ten designs.

I have no idea who's the winner though. But do take a look at all the other designs. I really like some of them, and also because I envy them for being able to create art that I probably I can never. [Click to enlarge pictures].

I really like this one personally. To me, it's a cute abstract art that tells so many stories in just one canvas. But of course, student from LaSalle.

This one kinda reminds me of one of the Malaysian cartoonist. Or some campaign posters/brochure I saw in Primary School. Heh.

Absolutely adore this one! I wonder how she creates the character's head. She even has her own signature below, BOOMz. She's an Art Director.  

The illustrator who did this is the same guy who designed The Mosaic Project competition poster/package. MRB has his own blog and shop online.

Other works by freelance Illustrators. Artsy Fartsy kind.

I have heard of this Killer Gerbil guy before and seen more of the works, so I feel happy to be placed alongside him and other talented designers. Heh. 

When I did mine, there's a story behind each of the sphere, not sure if people get it when they look at mine. :/

And I hate my "Occupation". Everybody has a fancy name like "Designer", "Art Director", "Illustrator". Me? TEMPORARY CORPORATE SUPPORT OFFICER.


Spoil market.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

QQ Turns 2

Last Tuesday my darling companion turns two. Yet, she does not look her age, nor behave like a normal 2-year-old dog. When I age, I hope I can be like her (only the former since she still looks like a puppy! Definitely not the latter because I've already surpassed that stage, muahaha).

In human years, she should be 14 years old. This means she is in the rebellious stage filled with lots of angst, teenage problems to deal with and also puberty. And damn right she's a furball of trouble. She disobeys me, sometimes do things to get the wrong attention, and eat a hell lot.

The little rascal will do the cutest, weirdest and darnest things.

Having QQ is like prepping myself to be a mom. I'm not sure about the other pet owners, but they seem to be keeping multiple pets with ease! But here I am scratching my head asking myself how on earth do they find all that time to cope so well. :(

I guess that's the difference between a good parent and a bad one. :(

So anyway back to her birthday, I needed Uncle TK and Rachie Cheh Cheh s' help to throw a half decent celebration for my girl.

TK brought Ozzie along too, but to my huge dismay the Rottie duo did not join us. :(

We had a nice dinner around Katong area where the C.Nai Hongkong cafe allow dogs to be leashed outside.

Right across the road is a petrol station and a nice, clean pet shop where we got her birthday cake.

Yes, bakery and pastries dedicated to canines. A pity that Ozzie couldn't share it with QQ due to her ultra sensitive skin.

BB was supposed to drop by and say Hi too but his Pa and Ma decided not to bring him in the end.

I know. QQ only has a friend for her 2nd birthday, who can't eat the cake. Not to mention she have to be leashed up most of the night while we eat (sorry Qtie).

Nevertheless, I hope she had a great time gobbling down the pretty cake all by herself, and the human companionship.

Happy Birthday QQ. You better don't come home pregnant or die on me anytime soon! I still need you for at least another decade. Understand?!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Barflies v 3.4'o9

As usual, the barflies are always up for some fun, music and booze down at Wala Wala almost every Thursday.  Sometimes, it's good to see some people getting older as they stupidly choose to celebrate their birthdays there...

But the joy he received in exchange, I would like to think it's worth all the purging pain. :)
(Ah yes, we, or rather a few of them, have their own T-shirts for Thirstday).

Sometimes, barflies come and go, going MIA then come back. Oddly I feel happy when I do get to see them once in a blue moon.

I often wonder if this group will ever disband, or just how long I would stick around in it...

Sometimes, it feels good to be part of a clique where you feel good just hanging around people with common interests, getting to know them better, eating good food...

Sometimes, along the way you get some privileges and get to enjoy the ride...

Other times when there's no celebrations, you just need a place to wind down and forget reality for a night...

And sometimes, barflies travel around the world to come back and tell you all their great adventures...

But it's not always at Wala Wala. We do venture to other outlets when there's free alcohol/club passes involved.... (:P)

I guess what's most important to me is that even though some of them appear to be ignorant and selfish, you know you will have a friend. They are trustworthy that way - to make sure you're sent back home safely when you're drunk *coughs* Merlions *coughs*; to make sure you don't feel emo 24/7; or even to be your listening ear/makan kaki when you need one.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Blues

If you, like me, experience Monday Blues, here's a great website that you can visit to beat them.

Heh. But I doubt you will get it today. Because everybody's enjoying the long weekend once again!

Well, but that's the main ideas up there in the link.


A good Monday night could start like this:

That was last Monday at The Crab Party. We had salted egg crab, butter crab, fried buns with condense milk, kailan, pork ribs, booze and coconut. Guess what?

We finish 'em all. Shared amongst the three of us.

*rubs tummy*

Gosh, time to watch the waistline. :P

Have a superb week, and a Happy Hari Raya to my muslim friends! :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Baby Surprise

Last week an ex-colleague of theirs came to drop a surprise visit to her co-workers at the office.

All the reserved aunties were instantly transformed into overly-anxious grandmothers.

One quickly wrapped the boy's legs with a cloth, another one eagerly carried him in her meaty arms, rocking him while breaking into a lullaby.

Aaah. The happiness of being the little one.

Baby Ding Heng not only have a nice name, but a nice smile too.

Soon, more and more of them came into the room just to have a look at him, stroke him, make silly faces at him. And then he giggled.

I couldn't resist.

I also came forward to brush his cheeks.


Too cute to resist.

I'll be the mother of my baby in say...7 years' time.
That's if my marriage goes as planned.

And not like what my friend said, "You will marry late, and only the second marriage will last".


Thursday, September 17, 2009 + TLB = The Leaden Burden

The 'hosting' (note: Simply because what I did is more like a promoter's job than emcee-ing!) job have finally concluded two Fridays ago. It was such a relief. Friends have been asking me if I'm really short on cash(haha!) since I'm multi-tasking, but the money is not the case (okay maybe a little). The meager pay can't even cover my meals (note: I don't eat expensive food.)!

Soyjoy event at Citlink Mall: SOYJOY Ambassador 2009, Nadnut, came to support  me along with some barflies!

But it was nevertheless a good learning experience and lesson learnt. I should ALWAYS, always  check the salary first before agreeing to any terms and conditions.

Feet aching from 1/2 day's work, this was before having to endure another 3.5 more days of similar intensity.

I wouldn't whine if we (the other girls and I) were given the kind treatment and some form of welfare. Honestly, if I have to open my mouth every five seconds for eight hours while standing, the least you could do is to provide water. Plain water.

Instead, you got two bottles of 1.5L for yourself and superior then retorted to me,
"Huh you don't know you'll be talking meh? Later lunch then you buy lor."
And when's my lunch. Both events almost at 4PM. Naise. Considerate.

Don't blame me for letting you know the truth about the hypocrisy surrounding you. I'll just have to close two eyes.

Enough of complaints, now on to some pictures!

I owe it to my friends for my optimism and perseverance. *touched* Thank you guys who had came down to show your support! :)

Actually I don't know if the clients, bosses, sponsors were pleased with my performance. No matter what, I want to thank those vendors who praised me from their hearts and told me you preferred me more. :) That really made my day and boosted my level of confidence.

But yep. Now I can proudly say I've done my part. Looking at the brighter side of things, I can now proudly proclaim I've done public speaking! I've also made new girlfriends who happened to enjoy online shopping and flea markets! Awesome.

The people from PlusOne Asia were kind enough to give me the free gift I want when I purchase a fragrance from them.

Super inexperienced, thus the holding of my PERSONAL notes that I burned the night before till 5AM.

Beverly, one of the selected brand ambassadors for My TLB Magazine. You are so going to be my shopping kaki!

Sound technician Shawn Low, thanks for giving me pointers and tips and enduring my emotional rollercoaster rides. And yes, I helped you reunite with your secondary school teacher hor!

Last but not least, to the one who have been photographing me through the entire journey (and I actually look good in some), thank you Haw KL.

Looking forward to what comes next.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Mosaic Project by Singtel

Last week, I posted a link here about The Mosaic Project. Now, it was last minute decision to join the competition. There wasn't much research involved, but more of what inspire me at that time.

Anyway I submitted the design with no expectations. Thus when news came in, it came as pleasant surprise.

You see, just the other day I was in the clinic waiting for my name to be called. I was on the phone checking my mail and I read the following:

Well yeah I know I didn't win but my work will still be featured as one of the Top 10 (scarly I'm the tenth, that's quite sad), I am ecstatic! It serves as some form of encouragement for me to carry on what I started out, and what I'm going to continue doing.

My gratitude goes out to TK, Rachie Cheh Cheh and K for a shot in their arms. *mass hug*
So this is for you three:

The Mosaic Project was showcased at the Supperclub on Monday. I'll post up some pics......soon (I think).

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Ugly Truth


"He's a surgeon, you know what that means. He sticks fingers *raise fingers and wiggle*..."
Up where??!! :P

That's what I will find out if I do get the pair of tickets to watch The Ugly Truth, starring Katherine Heigl (!!!) and Gerard Butler.

It's been some time since I last caught a romantic comedy on the big screen. Heck, I can't remember any titles except for my few all-time favourites like Definitely, Maybe, Love Actually and 27 dresses, which coincidentally also stars Katherine Heigl as the lead actress too. For starters I like romantic comedies , so I wanna catch The Ugly Truth!

Besides, have you watched the couple of the trailers that are available on YouTube yet? Have you had the slightest idea that King Leonidas (Gerard in 300) can be this charming and humourous? Though in The Ugly Truth I may not get to drool over his sculpted body (oh wait there are bed scenes right?!), I do know he's getting into an red-liquid tub and be seduced by Katherine Heigl. And that's inviting enough. Heh.

Since the storyline revolves around Mike Chadway (Gerard) spilling the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick, I would really like to see how much dirt on relationship he can dish out. Are men that choosey? Hmm. Refer to conversation quoted from the movie clip:

You're such a man-whore.

Why am I  a man-whore?

You're telling me you've never slept with the fun-bag twins?

I only slept with the one who could read.

Hahahahaha. Have you ever experienced those moments where you stupidly burst out laughing in front of your computer screen? Yeah that was my immediate reaction upon hearing the short exchange.
I am hoping The Ugly Truth can amuse me, what with the breakup and all.

That brings me to another reason to catch The Ugly Truth. I need to learn some tricks of the trade - how to flirt - I have to be the Librarian and the Stripper. I must look subtly good in office wear, yet cockteasing men. Muahaha. Well who knows this movie could give me a few tips on how to land myself a normal guy for a change, say 3-4 years down the road. :)

Judging from what I saw from the trailers/site, there should be a lot of sexual connotations used (and thus this film is rated NC-16). Yay.What? It's all in good fun!

Speaking of the website, do rmember to check out theirs, I love the clean layout. Not to mention I like the clicking sound it makes (yes then I'll just randomly click on all the buttons available just to satisfy the obsession), flash animation and images!

Personally, the biggest turn-off that I can relate to is first and foremost Personal Hygiene. Not that I have experienced one before, but I had a similar encounter once. It should not be considered a date, taking into consideration that I was 12.

When I was about to enter Secondary level, there was a boy named T who asked me out for a CS session/ movie. I casually agreed and we were out the following day. After we came out from gaming, I could hear nothing but vacuum, but he was so used to it, he stuck his fingers into the ears and dig at it.

Then few minutes later he might smell his fingers or bite his fingernails. 0,0

We were already seated in the theatre when he turned around to look at me, and started sharing information with me that I wished I never have to know. He told me he haven't been brushing his teeth for the past one week or so and they're still clean (seriously?). He said it with such confidence as though it was one of his greatest achievements in life! Gawd.

That probably also explains for his body odour. No, not the kind after you have a vigourous sports activity (that one I can understand). He came to met me from home. He smelled like....
(wait for it)

Or rather the beggars, you know what I mean?

Then there were also his constant scratching of his arms and neck (I think it was eczema, but still young I didn't know). Uh, not helping can (note high pitch and swirling eyes). Those literally made me twitch in my seat and feel like they were ants crawling on me. *shudders*

Yes, that is a major, major turn-off, albeit I was only 12. :P

So. Back to the basics. Rule #01 when it comes to dating have got to be one's cleanliness! I don't expect you to smell like a million dollars (though that would be a plus point) but at least put in sufficient effort to look like you can afford utility bills okay?

And oh, fleas/ticks/cockroaches/ants/other weird insects found in/on your vehicle will not put you in the express lane either! Hahaha. *coughs*

However, the war between Mars and Venus will never cease. There will always be some truth in the stereotypes of both gender and we have to come to terms with it! Just like how The Ugly Truth does it, by throwing in doses of reality, coupled with humour and voila! we strike a balance.

You can catch the trailers HERE and HERE.

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