Thursday, September 22, 2016

[random-ness] Makan at JB

On a random Sunday, we decided to go and visit JB, Malaysia in order to take advantage of the currency exchange rate! Although the exchange rate for MYR is now slightly lesser than 3 against Singapore dollars, it is still a pretty good rate. Upon clearing the customs, we drove to Bukit Indah for lunch, and we settled at Tea Garden.

Baby had Ipoh Hor Fun , while I had Braised Duck Rice.

We shared Steamed Yam Cake and Beancurd Roll. The damage was pretty decent at around RM40+ (including drinks). We walked around Aeon Mall to purchase mooncakes for our parents.

Before we ended our day, we had an early dinner at Sushi Mentai which is also located at Bukit Indah. The sushi on the conveying belt was charged as per the colored plates used (yellow plate at RM1.80 ; red plate at RM2.80) We had a filling meal and the damage was pleasant to our pocket at around RM60-ish.

I end my post with another purchase from MISSHA. I picked up the Water - Full Tint (LINE FRIENDS EDITION) #Cherry Coke - SGD10.90.

I have been using Benetint from Benefit, and I really love the product very much, but the only downside is that it is pricey. I paid SGD58 for a small bottle. I decided to give this lip tint from MISSHA a try as the texture looks pretty similar as compared to Benetint. Although the effects are not as good as Benetint, it is still pretty decent for the price I paid. If you are looking for a cheaper version of Benetint, I strongly recommend this lip tint from MISSHA.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

[STGCC] Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2016

An annual event, the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) took place this year at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre on the 10-11 of September 2016. It attracted a massive crowd of locals as well as regional fans over the weekend it was held.

This yearly convention has never failed to bring the latest and coolest premium toys, games, anime and cos-playing showcases/displays to all the avid fans in Singapore. The STGCC 2016 combined the best of pop culture from the East and West, and it united the whole world with a common interest!

My all-time favorite Anime, One Piece.

My current love, Gudetama!


The figures were perfectly done, and they looked pretty detailed too.

Recently, Disney's Tsum Tsum series has held a very special place in every girl's heart, and that includes me too! I have 6 Tsum Tsum plush toys under my own collection and they are Duffy Bear, Shellie Bear, Limited Easter Edition Piglet, Marie Cat, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

The Seoul-based design powerhouse, Sticky Monster Lab (SML) which was founded in 2007 caught my attention during the 2-day exhibition.

SML collaborated with the winner of Designer Toy Awards 2015, Mighty Jaxx, to produce the limited XXRAY family version of their trademark characters, Yellowmon, Redmon and Bigmon. I was glad to catch the glimpse of these toy collectibles at STGCC 2016.
STGCC is a good treat for all fans as it is a golden opportunity to purchase exclusive limited edition toys, as well as to meet 'n' greet the creators/designers. Don't forget ask for their autographs as a keep-sake too!
Lastly, thanks for the invite, and I look forward to the next edition of STGCC with more exclusive toy exhibitors.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Special Preview screening of the Blair Witch

I was invited by Clover Films to attend the special preview screening of the 'Blair Witch' which premiered on the 15th of September 2016.

The original Blair Witch Project in 1999 was one of the horror movies which helped to spawn the popularity of the 'POV' and 'Found video' horror genre. It was brilliantly marketed via the Internet and was believed by many audiences that the fake documentary was real.

The Blair Witch follows the story of James (starring James Allen McCune) in search of his sister with his friends, Lisa (played by Callie Hernandez), Peter and Ashley (played by Brandon Scott and Corbin Reid). The gang is generally skeptical of the legend but when they meet up with Lane and Talia who are true believers of the legend, they insist on coming to the woods to track down the legend of the Blair witch. They began to believe the legend after spending the night in the woods as they start to hear unfamiliar noises and stick bundles in the form of symbols started showing up near them.

The remake of this film had similar tones to the original, as it had the same vibes as the original film. Although it follows faithfully to the original film, I personally felt there weren’t much difference between the two. I felt that the original Blair Witch seemed more authentic but the new film keeps thing simple, with much more scarier moments in the woods at night.

If you never have seen the Blair Witch Project, you might find this film surprising and effective. For those who have seen the original Blair Witch, you might find the new edition pretty frustrating even though the story was well crafted and had scarier moments at times, but these woods aren't as terrifying if you've already walked through them before.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Special Preview of Operation Chromite

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a special preview of 'Operation Chromite', which was premiered on the 15th of September 2016. This movie is a highly anticipated Korean War movie which was released in South Korea on the day of the 63rd Anniversary of the Armistice Agreement.

'Operation Chromite' is a tribute to the many war heroes who sacrificed themselves to achieve peace and freedom for their motherland. 

This Korean movie features top Hollywood actor, Liam Neeson, who plays the role of General Douglas MacArthur, and this gave added attention to the film internationally. Many South Korean know this historical figure was the one who led the United Nation Forces to fight against communism during the Korean war in the 1950s.

I personally feel that movies which are based on historical events are pretty hard to balance between fact and fiction. This gives a hard time to the film-makers to keep their balance between war-documentary and an action movie, which I felt was not done that well. However, Baby who was with me, thought the movie was fairly entertaining. Do note that he is a history buff and a fan of war movies, so his view might be biased!

The movie starts off with a small group of 7 Korean commandos, who are led by Jang Hak Soo (starring Lee Jung Jae) who infiltrate Incheon in order to gather information on the North Korean Defenses, especially on the heavily mined coast of Incheon. They encounter the dangerous and ruthless North Korean Leader, Lee Gye Jin (played by Lee Bum Soo) who suspects that Jang might be a spy. 

Although 'Operation Chromite' is not the worst war film, the results were pretty disappointing even with a marquee actor in the lead role. Liam Neeson's role is not extensive, though he pops up throughout the entire show giving orders and arguing with his American superiors. I felt that for such a big budget, the movie and results were not as forthcoming as I would have liked it to be. However, I would like to reiterate that I generally dislike war movies, so some of the more 'action' loving people may enjoy this film!