Archive for the ‘Shows’ Category

Singtel TV & Oh!K Saimdang sends Korean Song Seung Heon to Singapore

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Singtel and Oh!K hosted a visit by Korean superstar Song Seung Heon, who met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers today as part of a promotional tour for upcoming drama, Saimdang.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Hallyu fever hit Singapore as Korean superstar Song Seung Heon met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers during a visit to Singapore hosted by Singtel and Oh!K. Photo credit: Singtel.

Hallyu fever hit Singapore as Korean superstar Song Seung Heon met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers during a visit to Singapore hosted by Singtel and Oh!K. Photo credit: Singtel.

200 Hallyu fans got up-close with the charismatic actor, who is here to promote highly-anticipated drama Saimdang (师任堂), at a meet-and-greet event just for Singtel TV subscribers today.

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Song Seung Heon takes a welfie with 1,500 excited fans at the public meet-and-greet event at The Cathay. Photo credit: Singtel.

The fans had the opportunity to take photos and interact with him, ahead of a public meet-and-greet event at The Cathay.

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A very lucky fan (Jolene Ang) receives a 10-second back hug from Song Seung Heon. Photo credit: Singtel.

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Event: Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016 (AFASG2016)

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Held this year from 25 to 27 November, the region’s largest and most followed Japanese popular culture and anime festival boasts more than 130 exhibitors, a line-up of popular artistes, and an exciting programme. Prices below.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

The exhibition halls were packed today! Personally, I’m looking forward to buying some merchandise from my favourite anime, and watching my favourite seiyuu (voice actors) on the day stage. Photo credit: Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016.

The exhibition halls were packed today! Personally, I’m looking forward to buying some merchandise from my favourite anime, and watching my favourite seiyuu (voice actors) on the day stage. Photo credit: Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016.

The annual Anime Festival Asia (AFASG2016) kicked off its three-day experiential showcase today in Singapore.

Attendees and aspiring cosplay enthusiasts can also look forward to meeting celebrity cosplayers from the region this year.

Some new highlights include the inaugural ANiBEATS, a 1-night only after party on 27 November, featuring DJs who blend EDM (electronic dance music) with anisongs (anime songs).

You can find immersive experiences at various experience zones, including a Sword Art Online centric exhibition booth that showcases artwork and animation cuts of all seasons of this beloved series.

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Erin Tan checked out AFASG2016 at Suntec City. Fortunately she went early – it got super crowded very quickly after this.

Original merchandise direct from Japan, including merchandise exclusive to the festival, will be available for shoppers.

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Opinion: Reuben Verghese on meeting demands of the Connected Consumer

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Reuben Verghese, Global Head of Multiscreen Solutions & Vice President of Asia at Accedo and BroadcastAsia2015 exhibitor and conference speaker shares his top technology predictions for the broadcasting industry. This guest blog was contributed by Verghese.

Reuben Verghese, Global Head of Multiscreen Solutions & Vice President of Asia at Accedo and BroadcastAsia2015 exhibitor and conference speaker.

Reuben Verghese, Global Head of Multiscreen Solutions & Vice President of Asia at Accedo and BroadcastAsia2015 exhibitor and conference speaker.

Asia Pacific has a unique broadcasting market dynamic that boasts a new generation of the Connected Consumer.

With fast growing economy and a lack of fixed infrastructure in the developing countries, mobility is crucial to many consumers and businesses in the region.

The broadcasting industry will impact enterprises as it adapts to the changing consumer preferences.

Below I share my views on four key trends set to transform the broadcasting industry in 2015.

1. Audience fragmentation

With the proliferation of smart connected display devices, there is a shift in the way consumers and enterprises consume and deliver video.

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POTD: Cavalia the equestrian extravaganza in Singapore

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Photo of the Day: Cavalia is an equestrian theatrical performance that leverages innovative multimedia displays and multi-disciplinary performances. It is now running in Singapore from 12 August to 14 September 2014.

* All the photos in this article (except the portrait of Alain Gaulthier) were taken with a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with a 55-210mm E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

This pretty lady kept looking in my direction, so I took a portrait for her.

This pretty lady kept looking in my direction, so I took a portrait for her.

The production was created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of the famed Cirque du Soleil.

Hailing from Montreal in Canada, the lavish production involves 50 horses and 46 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world.

Since the show’s debut in 2003, some 4 million people from North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East have watched the show.

Cast and dancers of Cavalia at the end of the show. I love how the lady's face lit up when she turned around and smiled at her fellow dancer.

Cast and dancers of Cavalia at the end of the show. I love how the lady’s face lit up when she turned around and smiled at her fellow dancer.

There has been more than 2,400 performances over the course of ten years. The 50 horses in Cavalia comprises 11 different breeds.

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POTD: Beach party and fashion shows at Tanjong Beach Sentosa

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Photo of the Day: Xperia by SONY presented Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa.

Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa, Singapore.

Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa, Singapore. Photo credits: All photos in this post are taken by Andrew Ng.

The festival is one of the biggest and most luxurious beach party in Singapore.

Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa.Xperia by SONY presents Fashion TV Beach Festival at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa.
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SingTel mio TV unveils BPL stand-alone subscription @ $59.90

Friday, July 26th, 2013

SingTel says the majority of BPL customers unaffected. The existing mio TV Gold Packs are still available from SGD$64.90.

Football fans regardless of pay-TV platform can call the mio TV hotline on 1609 from Thursday, 1 August 2013 to subscribe; or they can get more information and register their interest at www.miotv.com.sg/bpl.

Football fans regardless of pay-TV platform can call the mio TV hotline on 1609 from Thursday, 1 August 2013 to subscribe; or they can get more information and register their interest at www.miotv.com.sg/bpl.

mio TV has unveiled its packages and prices for the upcoming season of Barclays Premier League (BPL) broadcast in Singapore, after MDA’s decision that mio TV does not have to cross-carry channels included in its BPL Gold Packs.

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Movie preview: Cybergeddon – Norton helps CSI Anthony Zuiker

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

I just watched an interesting movie – its about how three protagonists ATTEMPT to thwart evil cracker Gustov Dobreff from taking over the world.

Produced by CSI creator, Anthony E. Zuiker, the show reveals the growing threat of cybercrime in a realistic and entertaining way.

Update (25 September, 2012):

The first three episodes of Cybergeddon has been released at 1pm today. The remaining six webisodes will be released over the next two days. Catch the movie at Yahoo!

Also check out “Cybergeddon” app – the free mobile game on the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; as well as Google Play store for Android devices.

Cybergeddon, Anthony E. Zuiker's digital blockbuster will premiere globally on Tuesday, 25 September.

Cybergeddon, Anthony E. Zuiker’s digital blockbuster will premiere globally on Tuesday, 25 September.

Cybergeddon follows agent Chloe Jocelyn (Missy Peregrym) as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber-attacks with fellow agent Frank Parker (Manny Montana) and incarcerated master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen (Kick Gurry).

Anthony E. Zuiker and Missy Peregrym on the set of Cybergeddon in Toronto, Canada.

Anthony E. Zuiker and Missy Peregrym on the set of Cybergeddon in Toronto, Canada.

In a world where everyone is connected, Chloe and her team must break the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff (Olivier Martinez) before it is too late.

Olivier Martinez (from Unfaithful) acts as villain Gustov Dobreff.

Olivier Martinez (from “Unfaithful”) acts as villain Gustov Dobreff.

The “movie” is actually a web serial comprising 9 webisodes to be released on Yahoo! over a period of three consecutive days starting 25 September 2012 (Tuesday).

Cybergeddon will debut in over 25 countries and 10 languages.

The digital blockbuster was produced in Toronto, Canada and puts the spotlight on the growing threat of cybercrime, identity theft and vulnerabilities in our highly connected and digital lives.

Missy Peregrym (from "Rookie Blue") acts as heroine Chloe Jocelyn.

Missy Peregrym (from “Rookie Blue”) acts as heroine Chloe Jocelyn.

Norton by Symantec consulted directly with the projects’ creators to lend credibility and technical insights that helped inform the narrative and led to the creation of a cybersecurity character in the film.

Kick Gurry (from "Speed Racer") as master hacker Chase 'Rabbit' Rosen.

Kick Gurry (from “Speed Racer”) as master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen.

I found the show struck a good balance between technical depth and entertainment value.

Missy Peregrym's character is framed by the villain in Cybergeddon.

Missy Peregrym’s character is framed by the villain in Cybergeddon.

There was an adequate supply of technical jargon to appease the informed hacker in the audience without boring the living daylights out of the layman viewer.

Manny Montana (from "Breakout Kings") acts as agent and unwilling partner Frank Parker.

Manny Montana (from “Breakout Kings”) acts as agent Frank Parker.

In fact, well-designed animation was used to illustrate abstract hacking processes to help audiences appreciate the complexities and progress of various hacking processes.

Missy Peregrym in the Norton Security Operations Center (NSOC) in Cybergeddon.

Missy Peregrym in the Norton Security Operations Center (NSOC) in Cybergeddon.

The pace of the movie was maintained throughout so that the show felt like a regular action thriller – actually, there was plenty of chase and fight scenes, complete with pyrotechnics and gory stabs so even if you don’t understand any of the hacking bits, you can still enjoy the flick.

Re-creation of the Norton Security Operations Center (NSOC) for Cybergeddon.

Re-creation of the Norton Security Operations Center (NSOC) for Cybergeddon.

Top 3 SingTel Grid Girls for Singapore Formula 1

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

In the finale to SingTel’s series of roadshows leading up to the Singapore Grand Prix, SingTel has unveiled the Singapore Grand Prix trophy, the top three SingTel Grid Girls, Singapore’s fastest electric go-kart racer, and the champions of the F1 in Schools programme.

SingTel Grid Girls finalists waiting with bated breath for the results of the competition.

SingTel Grid Girls finalists waiting with bated breath for the results of the competition.

Fifth time title sponsor of the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix had teamed up with race promoter, Singapore GP to organise the “F1 for Everyone” roadshows across Singapore.

Unveiling of the new FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix trophy.

Unveiling of the new FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix trophy. This photo courtesy of SingTel.

The weekend finale at Big Splash saw the unveiling of a new FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix trophy.

Arrian North and Esther Leong at the roadshow.

Arrian North and Esther Leong at the roadshow.

The new trophy was crafted by local designer Nathan Yong.

It  resembles the interlocking branches and leaves of the laurel wreath, traditionally worn as a symbol of victory at sporting events in ancient Greece.

The circular shape of the trophy also represents Speed, Connection and Unity, symbolising the coming together of top international drivers in the Formula 1 races around the world.

The event was officiated by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs & Trade and Industry.

Ashvin Sandhu and Rebecca Ly Dia Dore at the roadshow.

Ashvin Sandhu and Rebecca Ly Dia Dore, two of the top 8 finalists at the roadshow.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the top three 2012 SingTel Grid Girls.

Top Grid Girl in 2012 is 21-year-old Ashvin Sandhu.

Top Grid Girl in 2012 is 21-year-old Ashvin Sandhu.

This is the first time that the top three SingTel Grid Girls have been selected based purely on public SMS and online voting.

1st Runner-up Emily Chia.

1st Runner-up Emily Chia

The top three girls, who were crowned at the event, will get to hold the Singapore, Formula One and Singapore GP flags at the Singapore Grand Prix this year.

The Top Grid Girl this year is 21-year old Ashvin Sandhu, an avid F1 fan who has watched almost every race over the past few years.

In second place is 21-year old Emily Chia, a lover of fast cars.

In third place is 23-year old Esther Leong who thrives on the adrenaline of the race and extreme sports.

In order to reach out to everyone in Singapore, including families, youths and people with special needs, SingTel invited students from APSN Tanglin School to experience the electric go-karts at the first roadshow in the series.

Emily Chia, one of top 8 finalists of the SingTel Grid Girl competition.

Emily Chia, looking like a doll … Barbie?

F1 excitement was also brought to the schools.

2nd Runner-up Esther Leong

2nd Runner-up Esther Leong

Displaying finesse on the circuit, students from the “F1 in Schools” programme tried their hand at Singapore’s first ever electric go-kart experience in a bid to clock the fastest race time.

The “F1 in Schools” is an international competition where school children aged nine to 19 design, manufacture and race their miniature cars.

In another thrilling speed race but on a much smaller track, students put their self-made gas-powered miniature F1 cars to the test in an exciting time-based competition.

In addition, the public enjoyed their version of the “mini” race, setting off gas-powered miniature F1 cars in a bid to achieve the fastest possible reaction timings within 0.18 of a second to win attractive prizes.

If eyes could smile ...

If eyes could smile …

To encourage more people to embrace the F1 experience both on and off the track, SingTel and Singapore GP have launched two new applications, for iPhone and Android users, to be available on the App Store and Google Play.

If eyes could talk ...

If eyes could talk …

The SingTel application is a social app that acts as a guide to inform F1 fans of the exciting activities taking place this race season.

In addition, app users can share their favorite F1 moments, activities and photos with their friends.

The Singapore GP app is meant for serious F1 fans, and has the latest news on the 2012 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

It will keep users up to speed with the current driver and team standings, allowing them to take part in Singapore GP contests as well as purchase tickets to the night race.

Sneak peek: Episode 2 of SingTel TGIS Season 2

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Episode 2 of TGIS Season 2 is due tomorrow. But if you’re still awake, you can watch the embedded video here.

In this episode, Joanne-Marie chats with Singapore’s youngest iPhone developer: 12-year-old Lim Ding Wen, who created his first iPhone app (Doodle Kids) when he was only nine.

There is also a contest that ends on 4 September, with SingTel vouchers to be won.

Joanne-Marie Sim kicks off Season 2 of SingTel TGIS

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

SingTel has launched the second season of TGIS –  the popular lifestyle series on YouTube. At the moment, the plan is to have 12 bi-weekly episodes hosted by Joanne-Marie Sim, the svelte host from Season 1.

Joanne-Marie Sim, returning host of SingTel TGIS Season 2.

Joanne-Marie Sim, returning host of SingTel TGIS Season 2.

With a new look for its second season, TGIS aims to entertain and educate young Singaporean adults on infotainment news with local and international flavor.

TGIS kicked off its second season on August 8, 2012 with a National Day special episode, featuring popular Singaporean artists and personalities like Hossan Leong, Tay Kewei, Ginette Chittick and Alvelyn Alko.

Joanne-Marie Sim with Tay Kewei, Singaporean singer-songwriter on SingTel TGIS.

Joanne-Marie Sim with Tay Kewei, Singaporean singer-songwriter on SingTel TGIS.

They were being interviewed by Joanne-Marie Sim, who was voted Singapore’s next social media star during last year’s SingTel Facebook casting call.

On the show, they shared their views on what it means to be Singaporean and also their fields of work.

Upcoming episodes will include uncovering some of Singapore’s emerging technology and entertainment talents.

TGIS features things Singaporeans are passionate about and helps viewers make sense of the world of gadgets, social media and technology.

“With Season 2, SingTel continues to give viewers a fresh perspective on the latest technologies and gadgets, and how they can enhance their everyday lives,” said Miguel Bernas, SingTel’s Director of Digital Marketing.

In addition to an exciting line-up of personalities and stories, viewers will be able to shape the episodes for Season Two in the coming weeks.

Through SingTel’s YouTube page, they can provide comments to influence how the episodes will play out.

The second episode of TGIS will go live on August 29, 2012.