Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shop for a Cause at the H.E.A.R.T. Market

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The H.E.A.R.T. (Handicrafters, Entrepreneurs, Artists, and Retail Talents) market is a socially-conscious bazaar held on the 2nd weekend of every month at Sculpture Square, Middle Road.

imageIts missions are two-fold: (1) to be an effective avenue for handicrafters, artists, and young retail talents to showcase their designs and products and (2) to serve as an effective publicity and fundraising platform for charities and welfare societies.

Every month, the organizers from Calamine Solutions will feature a charity organization, and allocate about 15% of its stalls to that charity free-of-charge.

For those who love to shop for a cause, the H.E.A.R.T. market is the place to visit for every second weekend of the month. The items purchased by you will either encourage young entrepreneurs in their budding entrepreneurship career, or support the funding of the featured charities.

This April, the H.E.A.R.T. market will be featuring Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore

vsa and fds

Friends of the Disabled Society (FDS), charitable organizations which seek to provide individuals with disabilities with the opportunities to access the arts for the purposes of rehabilitation and social integration.

To achieve this, VSA Singapore and FDS promotes the educational, social, rehabilitative and therapeutic benefits of visual and performing arts for people with disabilities; integrates these individuals into mainstream society through the arts and whenever possible, helps them obtain financial assistance and independence through arts and arts-creation. Via the H.E.A.R.T. market, VSA and FDS will be inviting artists with disabilities to showcase and sell their handicrafts and paintings.

What: the H.E.A.R.T. market (Every 2nd Weekend of the Month!)
When: 11-12 April 2009 (Sat, Sun)
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: 155 Middle Road (Junction of Waterloo St and Middle Road )

At one of the most crowded places in Singapore!!!

How to get there.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Views Across the Globe during Earth Hour 2009

In case you missed this Global event, here’s what happened last Saturday when the clock ticked 08:30pm…..

Earth Hour Philippines

Across Europe

Across Oceania
A compilation of footage from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji for Earth Hour 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

WIN Tickets to the Exclusive Preview Screening of Red Thread and Fighting Spiders!

MediaCorp's Channel 5 is giving the opportunity to win preview tickets to watch their latest blockbuster dramas, Red Thread and Fighting Spiders, on the big screen!


Simply send a SMS with the following format and you could win tickets to this exclusive preview on Sat, 4 April at Golden Village VivoCity!

SMS: PREVIEW <space> NAME <space> IC NUMBER to 73388

Date: Saturday, 4 April 2009
Venue: GV Vivo City, Hall 4

Meet the cast from both shows and stand to win stays with Bintan Lagoon Resort!
1.30pm - Registration
2.00pm - 4.30pm - Exclusive Preview Screening of Red Thread & Fighting Spiders

Contest ends on 31 March!

Note: Each SMS costs 20 cents.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Joseph Estrada under fire for building his little Army

We'll that was a catchy title, so much for SEO experiment.

Here's the real news quoted from Inquirer.net:

imageMANILA, Philippines—Deposed President Joseph Estrada and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay may have to choose their rides more carefully next time.

The Philippine National Police is investigating the two opposition leaders for appearing in public on a military jeep with a mounted replica machine gun, a possible violation of a presidential decree issued way back during martial law.

PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa Tuesday ordered Camp Crame’s Civil Security Group (CSG) to “dig deeper” into the circumstances surrounding a March 3 photograph that showed Estrada and Binay aboard a vintage jeep during a motorcade in Carmen town, Cebu province.

The photo appeared on the front page of a newspaper earlier this month.

“This looks very much like another case of harassment by the administration,” Estrada’s spokesperson Margaux Salcedo said.

‘Ridiculous, absurd’

For his part, Binay, who is also the president of the United Opposition, described the PNP’s allegations of gun-toting as “ridiculous and absurd” and part of a smear campaign on the opposition. The mayor had earlier announced that he was interested in running for the presidency next year.

Chief Supt. Ireno Bacolod, CSG head, said he was directed by his superior to “go deeper into this, check who has liability,” by forming a team from the legal service, firearms and explosives division, and the Police Community Relations Group.

Maximum punishment

Bacolod said Estrada and Binay could be cited for violating Letter of Instruction No. 1264, issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos in July 1982, which penalized the sale, use and display of gun replicas. The law, however, carries a maximum punishment of confiscation.

Bacolod said the PNP would strictly be within the bounds of law enforcement in handling the case. “As much as possible, we do not want to mix this with politics,” he said.

According to a report by the Cebu Provincial Police Office to Camp Crame, Estrada and Binay were aboard the vintage jeep with the machine gun replica, said to be owned by the family of Carmen Mayor Sonia Pua, during a parade in the town.

The gun replica has already been surrendered to local police, Verzosa said.

Published reports on the Cebu visit said the two opposition figures went on a four-town swing through northern Cebu in what seemed to be an opening sortie for Binay’s presidential campaign.

‘Curious’ townsfolk

Bacolod said some “curious” town residents first brought up the matter to the local police and asked how come Binay and Estrada rode in a jeep that displayed a firearm.

The people might have mistaken the machine gun replica for a real one, he said.

“But there was no alarm among the populace,” Bacolod said. “They used that (jeep) in a motor show competition and that vehicle won. So people who are knowledgeable about that knew that it was fake.”

Estrada, unseated in a popular uprising in 2001, was later sentenced to life in prison for plunder but was pardoned in 2007 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, his predecessor.

But the former movie star still retains a large following and has hinted that he may run again for president in the 2010 elections.

‘Demolition work’

“It seems they (administration leaders) are trying to send a message to former President Estrada to stop his Lakbay Pasasalamat around the country,” Salcedo said.

“It is unfortunate that the PNP is allowing itself to be used for political purposes,” she said

Binay said “the demolition job on genuine oppositionists has obviously started. These allegations should be ignored, but under the Arroyo administration, the ridiculous and the absurd are presented as evidence against administration critics.”

“Who knows, they might just charge us with terrorism for going around Cebu with a replica machine gun?” he said.

Topic of firearms workshop

The incident has also prompted the PNP to include the Marcos decree on gun replicas among the topics to be discussed in a three-day firearms workshop which starts Wednesday in Clark Field in Pampanga province.

“We will take this up there because our law, LOI 1264, was formulated in 1982 so it’s really very old,” Bacolod said.

Source: inquirer.net

Thursday, March 26, 2009

VOTE EARTH: Support Earth Hour and Take a Stand against Global Warming

This coming Saturday, do your part and participate in this yearly event by switching off your lights and other electricity equipments for 60 minutes from 8:30 - 9:30PM
Earth Hour is an annual global initiative organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that encourages households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour in order to raise awareness of climate change. It started in Australia in 2007, and achieved global participation in 2008.

This year, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights. It is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories, including Singapore, have pledged their support to Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

Official Earth Hour 2009 Video

Local Telco company StarHub supports Earth Hour and they will be switching their office lights and dimming their StarHub Shops and Customer Service Centers.

Initiatives from Earth Hour Singapore

Look out for your friendly neighbourhood student volunteers as they visit your homes to spread the Earth Hour message. On Sat 28 March, there’ll be programmes aplenty with performances and screenings in 4 different estates in Singapore – stay tuned for details.

This year, we’re expanding beyond the heartlands, with a countdown carnival near the Singapore River. There’ll be exhibitions, performances, games and as a finale, witness the Singapore skyline’s first ever large scale lights-off participation in this 3-year old global event.

By SingTel: Stand a chance to win a Sony Bravia TV, Acer Aspire X1200 Mini PC or other great prizes

Do you want to win a Sony Bravia TV, Acer Aspire X1200 Mini PC and other great prizes?


Then participate with SingTel's contest. All you have to do is visit their contest page  before 15 April 09. Terms and conditions apply.

To participate now, you have to first key in your mobile number for verification. They will be sending you an SMS pin to this mobile number that you entered.

Stand a chance to win one of the following 15 prizes when you participate in our short survey:

1st Prize:        A Sony BRAVIA V Series 32” LCD TV
2nd Prize:        An Acer Aspire X1200 Mini PC
3rd Prize:        An iPod Touch 8GB
12 Consolation Prizes:        Takashimaya voucher (worth $100 each)

Flea-tique!: a Flea Market - Late Night Edition

If your looking for a place where you can snag a bargain in this times of crisis, check out Flea-tique! a late night Flea Market. The location is conveniently located on the front yard of Singapore Art Museum, just in-front of SMU Li Ka Shing Library. 

From the organizer:

Beat the recession blues with our very special late night edition at SAM.
With over 40 stalls featuring an eclectic mix of locally designed fashion and home accessories, preloved clothes and accessories, vintage collectibles and more.

When: Friday, March 27, 2009
Time: 7pm to 2am
Venue: Singapore Art Museum - front yard


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

FREE Estée Lauder CyberWhite EX plus a chance to win weekly draw of skincare product

You only need to play a little simple game, fill in your details at the end, and get a FREE CyberWhite EX sample!



You’ll be automatically entered into a weekly draw which start March 20 and features the following prizes:

Week 1: CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive UV Protector SPF50/PA+++

Week 2: CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive Clarifying Treatment

Week 3: CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive Spot Corrector

Week 4: CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive Illuminating Mask

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Chance to win movie passes + premiums + Enchanted Sapphire necklace

8 Days, a subsidiary of MediaCorp Publishing, has these great prizes to give away:




1 Grand Prize hamper: Enchanted Sapphire necklace (worth $1,369) + a pair of movie passes + diary + pouch + keychain + novel

10 Consolation goodie bags: a pair of movie passes + diary + pouch + keychain + novel

If you can answer this question:
Q: Is Confessions of a Shopaholic opens in theatres here on Mar 26.

and SMS to 73388 in the following format:

<8E> <Answer> <NRIC> <Name> <Sex> <Email>
e.g. 8E True 1234567Z Mandy Gibson F mgibson@mail.com

Each SMS costs 20 cents.
Multiple entries are not allowed.
Winners of 8 Days promotions in the past 2 months are not eligible for this contest.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hugo Boss Sale up to 70% off on all items

For guys or girls buying for their hubby this is your chance to snag a bit of Hugo at a discounted price……

The catch is, you need to be a HSBC credit card or debit card holder to avail of this great offer!

Hugo Boss Sale

Event : Hugo Boss Sale March 09
Location: Level 3, Isetan Scotts Promotional Gallery
Date : March 20-22, 2009
Time : Normal Shopping Hours
Admission: Free

Invitation to Yoga on World Water Day at Marina Barrage

Marina Barage YogaThere will be a Yoga session organized by PUB this coming Sunday at the new Marina Barrage to celebrate World Water Day.

Come and join for a relaxing yoga session on the Green Roof from 7:15am to 9am.

This is also a chance to check out the rest of Singapore’s latest downtown icon, visit the Sustainable Singapore Gallery and find out how you can play a part in conserving our precious water resources.

What: Yoga at World Water Day
When: (Sunday) March 22, 2009
Time: 7:15am - 9:00am
Where: Green Rooftop, Marina Barrage


Solar panels located on the green roof converts solar energy into utility grade electricity. Marina Bridge Solar Park
A fountain in the central courtyard serves as a focal point for visitors. The Marina Bridge is an iconic landmark of the Marina Barrage. Solar panels located on the green roof converts solar energy into utility grade electricity.

How to Get to Marina Barrage

Address: 260 Marina Way, Singapore 018976
Free shuttle bus service from Marina Bay MRT Station to Marina Barrage.

  • Mondays to Fridays   
    From 8.30am-7.15pm (15-minute intervals)
    From 11.30am-12.30pm (30 minute intervals)
    Last Bus from MRT: 6.00pm
    Last Bus from Marina Barrage: 7.15pm
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays   
    Every 10-minute intervals
    From 9.00am-9.00pm
    Last Bus from MRT: 8.00pm
    Last Bus from Marina Barrage: 9.00pm

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jacky Chan will be at Plaza Singapura to Promote his latest “Shinjuku Incident” movie

Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu will be at Plaza Singapura to promote their movie 'Shinjuku Incident' on March 30 at 7PM


Shinjuku Incident tells the story of an honest tractor mechanic from China (Jackie) who enters Japan illegally in search of his girlfriend. After failing to find a way to make an honest living, he is swept up into the dark world of the Japanese yakuza.

The film production cost more than US$25 million and include top talents from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Japan. The shooting location happened from exotic locations in Japan, Suzhou and Changchun in China.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


After the IT Show, there will be another exhibit in Suntec this week. And this exhibit is necessary to stimulate the slowing economy.

For those who are currently looking for a job or those who are contemplating for a change in environment, check out JobDB's Career Expo this weekend.

 JobsDB Career Expo

DATE: 20 - 22 March 2009
VENUE: Suntec Singapore Halls 602 & 603, Level 6
TIME: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Daily
Open to public (16 years & above) .

Pre-registration is required here: http://www.jobsdb.com.sg/careerexpo

Monday, March 16, 2009

After the IT Show 2009

Before I’ll start my post let me just say WOW, what a busy and crazy four-day it has been. The turnout was better than expected and the vendors remained bullish for upcoming exhibitions.

The organizer must have been partying by now for their successful planning of one of the biggest exhibitions in Singapore and by far the largest in the exhibits history. The participating vendors are now laughing all their way to the bank which despite the economic slump, the IT Show 2009 generated a record S$58.5 million, a S$4.5 million more than last year according to a Channel News Asia report.

This event just proved that this tiny dot called is Singapore is "IT/Gadget crazy".

We decided to drop by the exhibit on the last day and it was something I have never seen. I had no intention to buy any thing since I have no budget. I just passed by to check and get a glimpse of the situation and the crowd.....


...here are behind the scene that happened in case you did not noticed:

  • There was technology glitch. For almost an hour, electronic payments is not working as the lines went. A loss opportunity for the vendors.

  • There was a medical emergency and the ambulance cannot get thru prompting the two EMT's to walk from the crossing between Raffles and Temasek Boulevard to the Convention Center.

  • Huge crowds coming from Marina Square to Suntec via the connecting bridge were not allowed to enter via the 2nd floor entrance due to congestion, exit were only permitted.
    Instead, they were re-routed to the Lobby entrance.

  • The Citylink Mall was saturated with people going in and out of Suntec area so we avoided this route.

  • Walking via Bras Basah is the most logical way to go. The traffic jam was terrible, well for Singapore standard.

  • You can see people snaking from War Memorial Park, Beach road up to Raffles City Shopping Center.
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That concluded the IT Show 2009, see you again next year.

Next stop, PC Show 2009 this coming June.