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Friday, September 23, 2011

Month in Snapshots

Got invited by the good people at Earth friendly Timberland to get my first quality boots. Made of premium leather, this is the latest ladies' pair retailing at $499. I cannot wait to walk hours in them looking ultra fashionable! Cold counties please, fashion no-no in Singapore, unless it's a costume party.

Was at the launch of a friend's indescribable space. It was one of the more interesting chi-chi events, with a Hip Hop face-off and an awesome performance of the dancers hip hoping to the Super Mario tune by a live orchestra band. Both impromptu.

Speaking about indescribable space, I was kidnapped to a godforsaken space in Johor and we had BBQ at noon, ending with a camp fire impromptu.

While we're still about space, Singapore is getting too crowded and the rising costs of housing is unforgivable.
 Was at the Singapore's Facebook's office launch.
Pop one of these from the source and become a narcissist. Real men eat cupcakes, one of the best i've eaten. It has a gooey middle with crispy bits.
They even have a recyclable goodie bag that looks like a paper bag. Follow me @Chrispytine to check out the inside of Facebook office and goodie bag.
Geeky as I can get, here's my LEGO Pacman belt from Haji Lane, $36.
 Also, newly acquired cute paper weight.
Transported from the future.

Samsung GalaxyS2 Test Force

If it wasn’t for the Samsung Test Force, I wouldn’t have tested the Galaxy S2. To be honest, it does contest the favourite iPhone.

With a larger and clearer screen with high-resolution display, it already won me over being slimmer and lighter (116g VS 137g).

The first challenge was to ride a Segway at 20km/h (max.40km/h) and spot the branded stickers around Sentosa. The Galaxy S2 boasts of an 8 megapixel camera (compared to iPhone’s 5 megapixel).

The second one was to race a car without even looking! Hearing stories of the iPhone cracking/ spoiling at the slightest knock, the Galaxy S2 survived all flips and spins while mounted on the high speed control cars.

The third one was physically grueling and allowed us to get into a hamster ball, otherwise not affordable!

The semi-final was a test of memory. With a dual core processor, 16GB/32GB memory, 1GB Ram, I aced this test!

I was so excited about the final challenge that i had butterflies in my stomach the night before. So excited till i dreamt I met Allan Wu for the challenge only to be disappointed to find him fat and ugly. I even commented, " all that photoshop work! Baah."

My dream didn't come true.
I had to clip off my Angry Bird nail to climb. Boo Hoo.

Vote for your favourite video and get to win your OWN Samsung Galaxy SII too!

Speaking of phones, there's a controversial application that "is a pretty graphic game involving the making of smartphones in China. 20 hours after Apple approved it, they changed their minds and pulled it from the App Store. The reasons include “violence or abuse of children” and “excessively objectionable or crude content” among other things."
"So now that you know the app’s violations, you must be wondering what exactly goes on during game-play. Well, catching Foxconn workers as they fall to their death off of factory buildings and forcing children to work at gun point are just two examples."
Perhaps it hit too close to home for Apple.
Boo hoo, i can't have this on my iPhone but I'm going to use my Samsung Galaxy S2 to download it now!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Angry Birds Face-Off Challenge

Kudos to Finnair coming up with this innovative marketing strategy to associate Finnair/Finland with the most addictive game ever played. Without this, I would have still thought that Angry Birds is the brainchild of the Americans.

Recruitment was solely via Twitter (show us how much of an AB fan you are) and I must say it was highly effective from some hundreds of entries. I submitted these, I happen to be part of this craze (albeit me a fake fan) with my two creations.
Besides, entry was effortless and the prize was pretty darn attractive! Fly to Helsinki, the capital of Finland where the makers of Angry Birds reside. What more, experience an Angry Bird themed flight on Finnair. Now, that’s a first!
Even though I hardly play Angry Birds (because I have a better life than to be a geeky addict), I had to give it a shot. My creative entry won me a spot in the 8 players challenge.
I love Changi airport, and I am proud of Changi for putting the little red dot on the map like the red dot on foreheads; noticeable. This collaboration with Changi airport was commendable but I must say @fansofchangi lost a fan because of their professionalism that took flight.
Knowing I’ll have zero change in winning the game, I dressed to kill. After all, knowing how Singaporeans are like, I predicted that no one would be game enough to take the Best Dressed Team prize. Unless someone shows up in this.
Granted, I was a one person team (if I wasn’t as petite, can I be considered a two-man team?) but I was spot-on about shy Singaporeans. No one dressed up more than the AB tee off the rack and some AB print outs.

I gleefully rubbed my hands and thought that $250 Changi Airport voucher prize would come in useful for DFS. After all, I fulfilled the criteria of a theme (Finnland’s colour),and I was creative (I am an egg harvester).
Unfortunately for me, @fansofchangi was a tasteless flight of fancy with fickle bending of rules to tip in their corporate favour. For whatever reasons, they gave the prize intended for Best Dressed to the 2nd top scorer. Maybe he put in more effort with swiping his finger in the challenge. I am hurt, @fansofchangi.

I am not hard up for the $250, dear @fansofchangi but still, this was very much of a turn-off, it is as if you are all show and tell, not honoring your word. It made me doubt if you really cared about your fans.

Even Finnair feels the same.
On a happier note, I met the more sincere Finnair people and if I haven’t participated, I wouldn’t have thought of Lapland as a travel destination. Touted as Santa’s home, you can take reindeer rides, sit on Santa’s lap, live in see-through Igloos and gaze at the breathtaking Northern lights.
So, to win a seat on this inaugural Angry Bird flight was very easy. 8 of us had to face-off each other by playing the game. While 2 players go up, the other 6 were not allowed to peep.
Some very amusing quotes overheard from the contestants.

“OMG, not that stage!!!!”

(This was mumbled to herself just by HEARING the emcee briefly described the level setting. While the first 2 players face-off, the rest were banned from peeping. We played Level 3; stage 18-21 by the way, when it was my turn, I even had to ask “what’s the black and white bird’s power?”)
One of the male contestants wore an AB tee, complete with peeping socks.
The emcee asked another male contestant if he owns one as well. He raised his eyebrow and defensively retorted, “Of course not!” complete with an incredulous tone.
My friend asked, "which adult will wear an Angry Bird tee out?" Apparantly many.

After all, i wore THIS out. But in argument, i wore it for the contest and it isn't my everyday fashion (or maybe @fansofchangi couldn't tell.)
The supporter of the commenter (OMG, not that stage!), a late 30s lady went up to the organizers “Can she (points to friend) keep her number badge?”

So yes, it was definitely a face-off amongst the hard-core fans.
This was the very excited winner of the Angry Birds Challenge,flying that very night to Helsinki.

She was really good; she could have played Angry Birds blind folded.

Throw A Tupperware Party

Tupperware is a household brand that is almost like a religion passed from generation to generation. Our grandmothers know it, so do our mothers and now their daughters.

Whilst I am comfortably eating home cooked food and lovingly cared for by my mum, Tupperware was a brand I know but never cared to discover.

I cannot be blamed; after all, the infamous Tupperware Parties are usually thrown by married women for married women (a direct marketing deployed to demonstrate Tupperware products). However, after attending my first Tupperware Party as a single, the concept is set to revolutionalise. 

As social media goes viral and rampant in this modern era of young people, the Tupperware Party is the real social network. Interacting real-time and real-life. So much healthier for society instead of virtual stalking, yo!

Here’s how you re-create your own Tupperware Party (Typically you have to sign-up to be a TPW distributor and earn cash as you party. I’ll leave you to find out more here)

1)   Invite real friends and have intimate conversations, not this sort.

2)   A cosy home with an enviable kitchen

3)   Prepare a 3 course meal (try these recipes here)
Prepare them with your guests, get them participating in the gastronomic creations with TPW products. Be the host with the most, your guests can taste the love like how Chef Wan, Asia’s most flamboyant food ambassador threw his TPW party.

A TPW Party is all about celebrating the importance of taking time to enjoy the simple joy of a wonderfully prepared meal, coupled with good company and creating memorable moments that facilitate great conversation.
I never knew TPW had such great innovative products!  
My personal favourite were the collapsible Tupperware. Great to sneak into your handbag for buffets, and when filled to the brim, expand and stuff more in from the buffet!

They were smart, simple, good living solutions.

Why do Walruses go to Tupperware Parties?
To Find a Tight Seal.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mcdonald's Open Door Tour

I'm Lovin' The Open Doors.

In today’s era of high speed Internet, consumerism has evolved. Transparency and engagement is expected of brands and the Golden Arch is right on the curve by opening its kitchen doors to all since 2009.

Never knew such an initiative existed till last Saturday where every invited blogger went into a Mcdonald frenzy and together with Silver,  we wolfed down 2 box of nuggets, 1 box of Mcwing, 2 cup corn, 1 M size french fries, 1 Horlick McFlurry, 1 Cinnamon Melt, 1 Fillet O Fish & Big Mac.
Don't you just hate us for eating so much but remaining skinny? secret is sucking in. Silver just distracts you with her gorgeous wide eyes that says,
" No, i'm not a glutton."
Whilst you’ll soon get the exact lowdown of the Open Doors tour by other bloggers, I’ll not spoil the elusive fantasy that you have of Mcdonald since childhood. You can sign up for the tour yourself at from 18 Sept 2011 to 19 Feb 2012.

Like how I went to Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Mass Communications because of its produce of local celebs like Jamie Yeo, Cheryl Fox, Jean Danker and Vernetta Lopez (2 of them romanced Glenn Ong), success starts at Macdonald.

Just to name drop, Shania Twain, Pink, Rachel McAdams, Jay Leno, Amazon’s CEO all started at the Golden Arch flipping burgers.

And while sandwiches in China are made this way, you can be sure at Mcdonald’s you won’t be short changed.

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