[omy.sg treat] Singapore’s Alive Museum (3D visual illusion museum)

2 years ago, I went to a 3D visual illusion museum when I was in Korea with my family. We had tons of fun and didn’t have enough time to finish all the exhibits before we had to leave (with a tour group). So when I heard that Singapore was going to get 2 3D visual illusion museums, I was quite excited. It’s obviously much nearer than flying to Korea (lol) and I can bring Eugene. heh.

Anyways, omy.sg kindly gave a treat for bloggers to go to the Alive Museum and I got to go!
This museum was definitely different than the one where I went to at Korea, and hence it’s a new experience for me. This was different in the sense that it has more object art and sculptures (kinda like the science center actually).

Anyway I brought my prime lens which was a huge mistake and in the end I used my phone which had a more wider lens. ๐Ÿ˜ก

All pictures taken with SAMSUNG S4.

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Eugene wasn’t feeling too well at first, but somehow midway he recovered.

Now, the only few things that could be improved on was the lighting and so many of the exhibits that I saw on their website (that I wanted to take with) were under maintenance ๐Ÿ™

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This for example ๐Ÿ™

Space constraints are something that can’t be helped, but we opened a few doors to realise that it was too packed to be opened because there are people behind taking pictures. And it was on a weekday where there was already lesser people :/

Anyway, Alive Museum will update approximately 30% of their exhibits from time to time every 12-18 months and they’ll be doing a Singapore 50 Project as well in future! Do check them out!

Lastly, when you get your ticket, remember to check out the promotions that are offered here: http://alivemuseum.sg/news-events/promotions/. You can get a free BK meal if you flash your Alive Singapore Museum ticket!

Location: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4)

Ticket Prices: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children 3-12 yrs)
Operating Hours: 10am โ€“ 10pm Daily (Last Admission at 9pm)

Tickets currently bought online are on a 20% discount!

Disclaimer: Tickets are courtesy of Alive Museum Singapore via Omy.

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[Omy.sg Preview] Arthur Newman

Got invited to an Omy Blogclub movie preview on Tuesday for Arthur Newman!

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The synopsis is as follows:
Wallace Avery is tired of his life. Divorced, disconnected from his son, dissatisfied with his love life, he decides the time has come for a radical solution. He literally walks away from his life, buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman, and sets out toward his own private Oz โ€“ Terre Haute, Indiana โ€“ where he believes he has a chance to work as a golf pro. Wallaceโ€™s idea of a second chance is to become a second person. His road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela Fitzgerald, whom Arthur discovers passed out poolside at a motel. It takes her all of a couple hours to bust Arthurโ€™s identity scam. It takes Arthur a lot longer to bust hers. Colin Firth and Emily Blunt co-star in this gently comic love story set in a perfect storm of identity crisis. ARTHUR NEWMAN, from a screenplay written by Becky Johnston, looks at how two people, desperate to remake themselves, fall in love and find a way to accept responsibility for who they really are.

To be honest, I haven’t heard of this movie before Omy introduced to it. The storyline was quite interesting (who doesn’t want to live the life they way they want to?) and the 2 main leads are well established actors (I think Emily Blunt looks a lot like Katy Perry in this movie).

However, there was something odd in the movie that I honestly can’t place. Not sure if it’s because of the age gap between the 2 characters, or because the movie was kind of slow paced (it felt like it’s suitable for the 1950s).

What I liked about the movie was the cinematography. Most of the scenes were shot really nicely and if they were photographs, I would wish that I had taken it.

ARTHUR NEWMAN
IN THEATRES 11 JULY

Directed by Dante Ariola
Starring:
Academy Awardยฎ Winner Colin Firth
Golden Globeยฎ Winner Emily Blunt
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Rating: M18 (Contains language and sexual situations)
Runtime: 101 minutes

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A Movie Experience with The Dark Knight Rises and Domino’s [Omy.sg treat]

So last month, Domino’s and omy.sg organised a pizza tasting session (which I unfortunately wasn’t selected to go), but luckily, I got the opportunity to go for a movie treat this time!

Yesterday (3 Aug), I was priviledged to go for The Dark Knight Rises movie treat by Domino’s, and in the audience included other fellow bloggers, Domino’s sponsors, partners, as well as their pizza fans.

I really like Domino’s pizza’s online ordering service as it allows you to track where your pizza is and whether it is arriving! You know how sometimes you order a pizza and is not sure when it will arrive? If you book via Domino’s pizza web system, you will definitely not have this problem.

As everyone knows, The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most highly anticipated superhero movie of 2012, and is (I think) the DC comics movie that everyone is looking forward to!

By a twist of fate, I didn’t get to watch the movie despite the fact that my friend had asked me to watch with him. So I took the opportunity when I got invited for this event!

It wasn’t easy looking for a partner to go with, because this movie’s so popular, most people I asked had already watched it.

Anyway, I would like to say that The Dark Knight Rises is a MUST WATCH!

Domino’s gave us some goodies as well!


Voucher for a free pizza!


The Dark Knight Rises posters!! And the limited edition Domino’s TDKR glass cup!!

The Dark Knight Rises & Domino’s promotion ends 5 Aug (tomorrow)!! To get the glass cup and the posters, order your Domino’s pizza NOW!!

Here’s the link if you want to order online: http://www.dominos.com.sg/frmDeals.aspx

Thank you once again omy.sg and Domino’s.

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The Change-Up [Omy.sg Movie Preview]

Thanks to Omy.sg, I got to watch a preview of the upcoming Ryan Renolds movie – The Change-Up.

As I was allowed to bring a friend, I brought Maddie along! ๐Ÿ™‚

To be honest, prior to the preview, I had no idea what the movie was about except that it would be like one of those body switch movies, like Freaky Friday, Hot Chick and so on.

It was like one of those movies, except with a twist.

It was kinda scary to watch Ryan Renolds scold all the profainities and stuff, but it definitely was convincing.

Anyway, I think guys will enjoy this more than us girls as the writers are from The Hangover. I was kinda worried it might be something like Harold and Kumar, where girls will find it painful to watch. But thankfully it wasn’t like that.

I won’t spoil the story. If you want some good laughs without any much thinking needed to follow the plot, do watch it.

I give it 3/5 stars.

Release date: 6 October 2011
Rated: M-18 (nudity, swear words, sex, etc)

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The National Art Gallery Open House (Launch + First Day)

Was invited to The National Art Gallery Open House Launch by Omy on the 8th October 2010. We were allowed to bring guests and I brought my mum and Henry. “Odd”, you might think, but I know my mum likes places like this, and I also felt like asking my buddy along (someone with photography skills and I thought it should be fun).

There was the launch, and some speeches, and then a shoot with all the VIPs outside the City Hall. I took pics instead.


Spot the VIPS


Henry taught me panning! Which I’ve never tried before and this is my first shot


Willy Foo (in brown)


Next panning shot!

We had a tour around the former supreme court (which was only available on the launch day). Tour guide was Kevin who really knows his stuff.
What I didn’t like was the other staff rushing us around to the next destination. ๐Ÿ™ The whole tour was like over in 30mins which is really short if you count the number of places we entered (quite a lot).

But I learnt a lot.

Took lots of shots.


I wonder what’s this for


This leads to the cells for prisoners downstairs… They didn’t show us there ๐Ÿ™


They didn’t have aircons then so had to use these for ventilation.


Dreamy…


Inside the library


This is Kevin.


Risked my 90’s life to take this. HAHA.

Anyway, after that, my mum went home and Henry and I went to MOS Burger to sit for a while, and walked around Clarke Quay to take pics. But it was quite a hazy day so the pics didn’t turn out good (see FB for them). Then at night we went to Yi Long‘s Granny’s wake with Bao Hui.

Anyway, the next day, we met up with Henry’s group of friends to visit City Hall! Jmin was supposed to come along but after all the confusion (we weren’t sure if City Hall was open to public on that day), she decided not to go. So I went ahead as I know that dark times are ahead (with regards to projects haha).

Got to try Henry’s 50mm f1.8! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€

The day was clearer by the way!

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Mirrors… cannot resist.


LOOK AT THE APERTURE!


I like this concept. Will be submitting a picture soon.


Henry


His friend Jun Hong.

Had great fun! Though I have to admit I was quite tired on the 9th so I left early. Had to complete my programming part of the project too.

Thanks Omy for the invite and thanks to Henry and my mum and Henry’s friends for talking to me! Haha.

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[Omy.sg Preview] Charlie St. Cloud – Zac Efron’s amazing performance

Synopsis: Based on an acclaimed novel, Charlie St. Cloud is a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a
unique way. In this emotionally charged story, he begins a romantic journey in which he embraces the dark realities of the past while discovering the transformative power of love.

Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) has the adoration of mother Claire (Oscarยฎ winner Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (newcomer Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it.

After his high-school classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own.

Here’s the trailer:

Thanks to Omy.sg (Janet), I got a chance to watch a preview of Charlie St. Cloud on wednesday (29 September) at Iluma with my Mum!

To be perfectly honest, I only wanted to watch this movie because of Zac Efron.

However, after watching it, I found the storyline quite interesting because it dealt with supernatural aspects (I love Ghost Whisperer by the way) and yet teaches some values.

I discussed a bit of the storyline with my classmates before I watched the movie, and asked them this question: If you were Charlie, would you choose Tess or Sam (brother)?

And the most interesting thing that Jacinta asked was, “Is this a Korean movie?” And then she told me that in Korea, they emphasize a lot on family relationships and the ending would have made Charlie choose his brother instead of Tess.

Joanne mentioned that if it were her, she would definitely choose Tess, as Tess is still alive (or there is a chance that she is) whereas Sam had already died. Holding on to Sam’s ghost would make it worst in time to come.

I agree with Joanne’s point of view. In life, there would definitely be death and we would have to move on some day. I’m not saying that we should let go of our memories of the close one who had died, but it is one thing to – like Charlie in the movie – sort of die with the person but another to remember that person but move on after grieving enough – like at the end of the movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, Zac Efron shines throughout this whole movie. There were a few scenes where it was just him only and you will really want to cry with him. The girl who plays Tess, Amanda Crew, is also convincing as a sailor and the chemistry between her and Zac Efron is pretty good.

There was also a scene in the movie where almost the whole cinema was like squealing. Haha You’ll have to watch it to know which scene ๐Ÿ˜‰

I won’t tell you what happens in the end, but the movie is a definite MUST WATCH.

I rate it 4/5 stars.

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Despicable Me [Omy.sg Movie Review]

Remember last year when I won a pair of tickets from Shan and Rozz of 987FM to watch a movie with my sister for her birthday?

This year, I got the opportunity thanks to Omy.sg to watch Despcable Me!! And again, I brought Candy to the preview. ๐Ÿ™‚ I immediately signed up when I saw the opportunity so that I am able to bring her again!

When we arrived, The Cathay was super crowded and we realised that this is the very first preview of Despicable Me in SG! Meaning we were one of the first group of people watching it in Singapore! ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha.

There were people handing out stickers, and queuing for photos. And as you’d seen in the first image, my sis and I took one with the minions too (who are probably kids judging from their height).

I didn’t know what the movie was about actually, except that this guy (Gru) wants to be super evil so he stole some stuff like the statue of liberty (from Vegas lol) and the Times Square screen and now he wants to be the super evil person and steal the moon.

Who is it to stop him right? Right! Except this other evil guy (I shall not say who, go and watch it) and 3 little kids who managed to touch his heart. haha.

I shall not say too much to spoil it but go and watch it. You’ll laugh like mad and GO AND WATCH THE 3D VERSION! I know it may sound like I’m trying to advertise for the movie (this is after all a review) but I believe they made the movie for 3D. Especially some scenes! Shall not spoil it but the experience is just amazing.

Do sit through the credits too (with your 3D glasses). The few small scenes after that that played with the 3D technology is amazing.

I just found this app where you can translate what the minions are saying in the movie! Go download it before you watch it here: http://www.bestbuymoviemode.com/

My favourites are the minions as well as the little girl, Agnes. haha. She’s so cute!


Source: Movie Wallpaper.net

Excellent movie! I gave it 4.5/5 stars because of the humour, fun, great 3D effects and some surprising stuff that happens in it. Lol.

Oh and the soundtrack’s mostly done by Pharrell Williams, who is a popular artiste and worked with people like Justin Timberlake before.

Thank you Omy.sg for the movie! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, Candy was sick before the movie so we couldn’t go for a good dinner! ๐Ÿ™ Another day then.

Leaving you with one more pic of the minion:

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BreadTalkโ€™s 10th Anniversary [Omy BreadTalk Blog Contest]โ€

This year is BreadTalk’s 10th anniversary! I remember back when they started, it was quite a hype and now 10 years later, they’re still pretty popular eh?

For their 10th anniversary, BreadTalk is actually selling 10 of their most popular bread again at the stores. These 10 years, various events happened that made it very Let me share with you which 10 they are selling.
Since it’s 10 years, I’ll be sharing with you the personal things that happened these 10 years as well. (note they are not in order).

I bet you have seen this bread before at many places:

Did you know? BreadTalk was the original creator of this? And I’ve actually tried a few different types of this bread but nothing beats the original. BreadTalk’s version is sweet and the flosss doesn’t drop off that badly. Other normal bakeries’ floss or “bah hu” drops off quite easily. Copycats can only copy the bread to a certain extend.

This was way back in 2000 when they first started. Where were you?
10 years ago I was in primary school (!!!) taking my PSLE. Wow.

The 2nd interesting bread (that I got to try thanks to Omy.sg and BreadTalk) was the O’Sambal (2001):

I had never tried this before, but do you know why this bread was created? Hint: Sambal reminds you of?

Yes??

The answer is that it was created to commemorate the opening of a BreadTalk store at The Peranakan Place. Haha. Peranakan food uses sambal quite a lot I think =x I thought it was an interesting idea. Whoever thought of that! ๐Ÿ™‚

I had just started secondary school back then. 58 Lowland Road. I will never forget the quaint and quiet environment of the old campus.

Have you seen a heart shaped bread? No?


A bit squashed

I got to try this as well. In 2004, BreadTalk partnered with SingTel and came up with this bread to help underprivileged children.

2004 was my O Level year. Quite a difficult year to get through, but at least I understood what being myself was, and strove to ignore people’s point of view and perspective that much.

In 2005, the Indian Ocean Tsunami happened. It was a 9.0 Magnitude earthquake that shocked many, including me.

Close to S$90,000 was raised to the victims of this quake through the sales of this bread:

I got to try this as well. It had something like what you will find in curry puffs in it which was a surprise to me (coz I didn’t know what to expect). Pretty good!
2005 was the year I started poly doing a diploma in business informatics. Finally something that I enjoyed and was good at. Something that I never felt lousy at. The start of 3 great years at NYP!

Those four breads were what I got thanks to Omy and BreadTalk (I didn’t have time to collect all 10 heh heh).

Here’s a poster with all the breads, so that you will be able to look at the picture of the breads that I will be talking about.


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When you think of dinosaurs, what do you think?

For me it would definitely be Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park 3 came out, and BreadTalk came up with a dinosaur shaped bun!

Streaming year in 2002. And the year when I decided to leave my old cca and join a new one. One of the best decisions I ever made as a teen =x

2006 we saw the start of Korea wave and the KimCheese appeared! A play on the word “kimchi” haha. Cute.
Nothing much in 2006. Perhaps maybe that I broke down in school? Something sad but at least I learnt how to let go of the fact that grades are not that important.

2007 was the Hairy Crab which was a new version of the Flosss actually. I didn’t know about this bread to be honest.
2007 was the year when I went to Chengdu for 4 months.

Oh yes, what a surprise I got when my friends and I found BreadTalk at Chengdu!! In fact, Twin Dragon and my birthday cake was a BreadTalk one which we bought in Chengdu!

A year later, Sichuan encountered a really bad earthquake that affected many places, including where I had worked and stayed during attachment. I was emotionally affected. Many places were destroyed I heard.

To encourage donations, BreadTalk came up with the Peace Panda bread. I remember that they had different expressions on their faces. Pretty cute. $100,000 was raised through it. Another charity work *thumbs up*
I graduated from NYP. I worked. I went to NUS.

F1 Night Race came to Singapore in 2009. The first ever night race in the world! And we saw the introduction of the Ferraberri. Another cute play with the words and design of bread (have you ever seen bread that looked like a car??)
Year 2 at NUS…

Finally it’s 2010 now… And the latest 2 new breads that BreadTalk came out with is Merrily and Leonardo. Anyone realised what they’re trying to commemorate with these 2 bread? ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t realise it at first.

Look at them:

And them:

Youth Olympics!!

A decade has passed since we stepped into the new millennium. So many uncertain steps along the way. BreadTalk has certainly made their mark as a local brand and made Singapore proud. With so many types of bread and innovative ideas and names for their bread, I would say BreadTalk’s strategy is one where we should learn from. The names are easy to remember, and the bread looks different from usual. Keep it short and simple!

Sales of the 10 bread are as follows:
Sale period: 17 Jun to 23 Jun
Oโ€™Sambal (2001), Dinosaur (2002), Bull Run (2003)

Sale period: 24 Jun to 30 Jun
LuvBite (2004), 9.0 Tsunami (2005), ๅคง้•ฟ้‡‘ (2006)

Sale period: 1 Jul to 8 Jul
Hairy Crab (2007), Peace Panda (2008), Ferraberri (2009), Leonardo+Merrily (2010)

Credits: BreadTalk poster is copyright to BreadTalk

Thank you Omy.sg and BreadTalk for the free bread!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Halloween Horrors: Where the dead fairytale characters reside

Was invited to The Return of Halloween Horrors at Night Safari last night! ๐Ÿ˜€

Invited Charmelon (aka Charlene) along coz I haven’t seen her in quite a while ๐Ÿ™‚

The last time I went to Night Safari was 6 years ago during my first band camp (combined with SKSS). I don’t remember what happened that night except something that happened near the end of the visit. Some guys sat on a metal chain and broke it. -_-”

Anyway, after I got the invitation, I was pretty excited because this wasn’t going to be a normal Night Safari visit, but it includes The Return of Halloween Horrors. ๐Ÿ˜€

Every wondered where the dead fairytale characters go? They go to the Night Safari this month! ๐Ÿ˜€

Before we entered the Night Safari, we could hear lots of screams and laughter and wondered what was going on.

Charmelon spotted this:

This person was standing at the shadows. If Charmelon didn’t point her out to me, I wouldn’t have seen her at all. Creepy.

Oh. How did I know the seller’s a female?


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There was Pinocchio! And Dracula, who roared at me after I said “thank you!” I guess it was his way of saying “Your welcome!”


Me


Charmelon

Notice how they have different poses? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll let the pictures do the talking ๐Ÿ˜€

(At the reception area)


Melon and Aladin.


Tin man! Melon and my favourite character for the day. He doesn’t really scares people, but follows you around in a friendly way.

This pic didn’t show it, but his heart came out of his body so he died. ๐Ÿ™ Poor thing.


Cinderella had the glass slipper thrown on her head. Instant death.
My expression was supposed to be sombre -_-” I look weird.


Hunchback of Notre Dame (with Melon).

Joker? From the cards?
He scared Melon…

… I tried to scare him back.


Back for vengeance…


Head for sale…


the “black widow”? I have no idea but I think she’s pretty and resembles Angela Chang ๐Ÿ˜›


Oh and this jack-o-lantern display that they did was amazing! It’ll “stand up” and roar at people at different intervals. Love it!
I have a thing for jack-o-lanterns by the way. =/ No idea why!

Went on board the Train of Terror.

The first part was the normal tram ride that you get. It takes you through the usual tram path. However, the tram guide was speaking in a way that was supposed to scare us. She included lots of “Hahahahaha” in there (think: evil laughter) but it just got annoying at some point and we all were like “wah lau!!” >.< Oh and the dead will jump on your tram and grab you so be careful! ๐Ÿ˜› My fellow tram passengers were pretty fun to be with by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚ Read on to find out why.


Beast! Did Beauty kill him?


I think someone wanted her number? Then she screamed and followed the tram and he said “Ok ok sorry sorry!”

Didn’t manage to take all of the “dead”. They came pretty fast! One wolf-man even jumped in front of me, and someone behind shouted, “Relax, relax!”

After the tram ride, we decided to go on the…


What’s that??


Mangled body eh?


Jack-O-Lantern! ๐Ÿ˜€


It’s looking at you!


It had no legs.


I didn’t realise there was someone there at first.
Then…


“I WANT YOUR CAMERA!!!”

haha kidding. He didn’t say that. He just roared at me so I roared back.


Poor guy who died of thirst while outfield. He’s fused with the bushes already. I offered him water and he stretched out his arm for it. Then I told him it was from my water bottle he gave a sian look and went back to his place. ๐Ÿ™


Charmelon almost ran away when he jumped out of the bushes about 1 second after I told her there was someone there. ๐Ÿ˜› Melon’s so cute la! ๐Ÿ™‚


Arms for sale…


Chinese vampire! He glows by the way. Look at my shirt glow too!


The last stage… If nothing jumps out at you over here…


Yay!

Of course, your ticket entitles you to walk around the Night Safari which Melon and I did. Saw lots of animals other than those on the tram.

Like these mousedeers. ๐Ÿ˜€


See, we were scared till we’re sweating like that!

Had a great time!

Adult ticket (with Train of Terror ride): $35
Child ticket (with Train of Terror ride): $18
Adult ticket (admission only): $22
Child ticket (admission only): $11

Thanks to Omy.sg and Night Safari!

To find out more, visit The Return of Halloween Horrors website

*More pictures can be found at my Facebook album! ๐Ÿ˜€

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