Thursday, July 11, 2013

NDP 2013 Theme Song Launch!




NDP 2013 Theme Song at Media Launch!
*I don't own the video*
Credits and copyrights: Victor Pok

Monday, July 08, 2013

NDP 2013 Show Segment Behind the Scenes

First time participating in National Day Parade this year. Been a few times watching the parade as an audience either at the spectators seat or at home. It's definitely a different feeling standing on the floating platform, performing together with more than 12,000 participants, and celebrating the Nation's birthday together. We come together with a common goal and spirit and we will witness our fruits of labour on 9th August 2013. 5 more weeks to the real show. Counting down every week, and it's a form of destress from work everytime I meet the friends from young NTUC, every Saturday. 

This year’s Show segment celebrates the uniqueness of Singaporeans through a variety show that will feature nine story segments centred on the themes of Play, Build, Engage, Remember, Represent, Embrace, Respect, Love and Party. Blue and White collar workers from all walks of life and different races, representing young NTUC will be involved in the 'Build' segment, to represent Singapore workforce in the present days. Above you see some of the new acquaintances Shoel and I have met so far.

In addition to Young NTUC group, the airforce, army, police and civil defence will also join in the build segment. We are trying to be funny, but yet at the same time, practising our dance steps. Yes, this is part of our choreographed steps!

We would normally reached there around 3pm to refresh on our dance steps, make ups and briefing. Though sometimes we may have to wait slightly longer than expected, but some friends of Young NTUC have their ways to keep us entertained! We then proceed from F1 pit to floating platform around 6.30pm to get ready for our show. Despite long hours of waiting, but these volunteers (including Shoel and me) have little complaints. Some are always looking forward to the next rehearsal and some were disappointed when the haze disrupted our trainings. The reason ? Because we are spending quality time in NDP trainings; meeting down to earth friends from all walks of life, exchanging life experiences, and also witnessing the behind the scenes of NDP preparation, etc. These are some meaningful experiences in life which many others may not be able to have it. You only live once! YOLO!

I like Shoel's expression here. BEST LAH.

The guy in tie is Anthony, who's always very encouraging to the whole team. Always reminding us to wave to the audiences (when we actually have to find our position numbers on the ground) , smile, and cheering us before the actual performance. I always value senior colleagues and friends in the team and also in my own office organization. They are people whom we should always respect and give thumbs up to.

More pictures to come...
Credits: Shoel Chen


Our Journey to NDP 2013. ;)

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Celebrate Singapore Social Media Day 2013 by cooking for your love ones this July and win great prizes!

Celebrate Singapore Social Media Day 2013 this July! Omy.sg, Singapore’s leading news and entertainment portal, is running this event for the 3rd consecutive year.With a theme in mind, Omy.sg, together with sponsor CP foods, decided to promote home cooking and family bonding through the power of social media. 

Singapore Social Media Day (SGSMD) is local version of the global event, World Social Media Day, initiated by internet news blog Mashable in 2010. As the name suggests, this event, which is annually celebrated on 30th June, links everyone on social media to celebrate the success and changes we have come by so far. SGSMD is then lead by omy.sg, since 2011, with the objective of 'using social media for a social cause' . 





Ms. Janet Ong, Digital/Social Media Strategist, omy.sg, said: “With people spending more time online and on social media, this campaign comes as a timely reminder for all to spend some quality time with our family and loved ones by surprising them with the love of a home-cooked meal. Preparing a simple meal may be a small gesture, but we hope that by getting people to share photos of their home-cooked meals, more of the social media communities who see these photos will be inspired to do the same, thereby further propagating the important message of family and social bonding.”

Start cooking for your family and post your pictures on instagram with the hashtags #sgsmd2013 and #cpfoodssg and stand to win prizes worth $2,200! Click on the above leaderboard link to find out more!

Thanks to CP Foods, 10 bloggers were chosen and sponsored with a wide range of food products to promote home cooking initiatives lead by Omy.sg. Easily whipped out 3 dishes and 1 soup in less than 40 minutes! I have chosen the above items to prepare that evening.

The famous shrimp wonton which never fails to appear on my reunion table every chinese new year.
Hi friends, we meet each other again. ;)


 
My mum got excited when she heard that I'm blogging for home-cooked food. She prepared the chicken mushroom soup earlier, and my job was to throw the shrimp wonton inside. Well done. Team Work. Haha.  

 
One by one... here we go. 

 
Next task was to prepare the chicken gyozas, instead of using any oil, we decided to go healthy and put into the grill toaster for grilling. When you stepped into the queen's territory, you have to kow tow and give in everything. Haha, she is in control !


 
 We bought a grill toaster recently, Mother and Son figuring out how to use it. Because the Queen has misplaced the user manual. She thought her marketing engineer son knows everything in the world.


  Sometimes, you can recognize that familiar backview of your loved ones easily... 


Next, frying the CP Japanese Golden Crispy Chicken


Her eyes is all on me.. and the chicken. Haha. There's a woman behind every successful man. I'm lucky I have one behind and one beside taking pictures. ;)


CP Chicken Cake. Looks like our typical Ngoh Hiang.


Make sure the oil is boiling when you put in the chicken cake. Put your chopsticks to test, not your finger k.
If you see oil bubbles when the tip of the chopsticks touch the pan, it's hot enough to put the chicken cake.


To save time... we keep both the chicken cake and crispy chicken frying.

 

At the same time, Mum is preparing small garnishes.


 
Food is ready to be served! Japanese Crispy Chicken 

 
Chicken ,Mushroom and CP Shrimp Wonton Soup.


3 dishes, 1 Soup!



Cooking for family promotes teamwork, and family bonding.  At the same, the meals taste especially different when its prepared from your own hands. Start posting your pictures on instagram now!
Check out Singapore Social Media Day 2013 official website for more home-cooked food pictures on instagram!
 

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Healing Touch Singapore Review - Massage suitable for both Men and Ladies in Singapore

Was at Healing Touch Singapore last weekend, for a relaxing scrub and massage. I probably didn't realize Healing Touch cater to both genders, until I went for the services. Due to the nature of my work, I often spent long hours infront of the computer. The treatment came at the right time especially when I just got back from my business trip, which I spent long hours traveling from one customer to another in Jakarta. (Jakarta is famous for it's traffic jam btw)

Healing Touch Singapore, claimed as the most recommended SPA on facebook, has 4 branches in Singapore. With one of it's branches conveniently located near Novena MRT, I visited this branch which was about 7 to 10 mins walk from United Square.

Being clueless about scrub treatment, I asked the receptionist, Wendy, who was with all smiles, to recommend the best selling treatment. Was told that the Apple Aloe Scrub and Lemongrass Salt Scrub was the branch top selling scrub treatments. The former provides moisturizing effect, while the latter provides a energetic and refreshing effect. 

 There's a total of 6 different scrubs, and I'm spoilt with choices. Being a typical man, I don't see how different scrubs can pamper my skin. I further asked Wendy to recommend me the type of scrub suitable for Men. Well apparently, there's no differences, on top of the varying skin protection scrub, it also depends on what kind of texture to go for. Alright, for the ladies who are still reading my entry, you probably got tired of me explaining in detail. But hold on! It's for the sake of the majority (minority) Men similar to me who are clueless to scrub treatment! Okay, so let me continue. So I told Wendy I'll opt for the fine grains treatment, and she said I should go for the Apple Aloe Vera Scrub. Pick this scrub if this is your first time experiencing scrub treatment. (My personal view)

In addition to the scrub, I was also offered to a complimentary massage. This I'm more familiar with. Without asking for a second opinion, I opted for the Javanese Fusion Oil Massage. If you are similar to me, prefer to fall to sleep during the treatment ,opt for this. The soft and relaxing strokes of the Javanese massage brings your tiredness away and slowly put you in light sleep.

However, if you would like to opt for a Oil Free massage, suggest to go for the Thai Fusion Massage instead.

Wendy added a point that if you're having muscle ache due to exercises, choose the 'Muscle Ache Oil', as the name suggest. However, if it's just mild stiffness, probably you can go for the 'Tension Relief Oil'. I chose the latter. There's a total of 4 types to choose from!


The total treatment lasted for 1.5 hours, which include 30 mins scrub treatment and 60 mins massage. Being first time to try out scrub treatment, I was glad that the masseuse was gentle in her strokes and checking if I'm feeling okay at times. I was being frank by telling her I felt uneasy at my ticklish spots, however, to ease my discomfort, she told me that it's normal for many people to feel like this. The masseuse, Marissa, was always with smiles and approachable. Guess was also her pleasant attitude which allow me to be comfortable expressing myself, despite my first experience for scrub treatment. After the scrub, Marissa led me to the clean and brightly lit shower room to cleanse myself.

After cleansing, I was able to felt that my skin texture was smoother. Guess there are lots of dead skin cells around, and being a typical man, I normally washed myself up swiftly, often neglecting the importance to remove dead skin and promote new skin growth.

The treatment was then followed by a massage. Appreciate that the masseuse actually spare sometime to understand where's my sore spots, in order to exert more pressure and to spend more time on these areas. It's very different from other SPAs which I usually visit. As usual, at times, the masseuse also checked if I'm feeling okay, and when I'm feeling sore at certain areas, she would explain to me the possible reasons of such
soreness. I couldn't exactly remember when did I actually fall into light sleep, until there was slight jerk on my body. The massage was very relaxing. Highly recommended.

With the receptionist, Wendy. 

Healing Touch Singapore has four branches in Singapore. You can also make an online booking on their website here: Healing Touch Singapore

The above treatment and charges are as follows: 
30 min Anti-oxidant Apple Aloe Scrub : $35 SGD ($37.45 SGD with GST)
60 min Javanese Fusion Oil Massage: $50 SGD ($53.50 with GST)

Novena Branch
70 Thomson Rd
Tel: 6255 3320
 Upper Thomson Branch
199 Upper Thomson Rd
Tel: 6352 4657
 
River Valley Branch
5 Tank Rd, Nagarathar Bldg #01-01/02
Tel: 6737 0147
 
Tampines Branch
1 Tampines Central 5, CPF Tampines Bldg #05-10
Tel: 6786 7695