Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Game On! To The Ultimate Selfie Challenge by Singtel and Samsung!

Football fans out there, don't miss your chance to meet the Manchester Rivals Rio Ferdinand and Sergio Agüero in Singapore! Get a taste of Manchester’s fierce football rivalry as SingTel and Samsung bring these mega soccer stars to town on 15 May - 16 May 2014.
The two-day SingTel Game On! challenge, is part of SingTel’s regional partnership with Samsung, which was recently launched together with the highly anticipated GALAXY S5 LTE. It aims to celebrate Singapore’s passion for football in the leadup to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Ultimate Selfie Challenge
For a chance to meet Rio Ferdinand and Sergio Agüero in person, simply purchase a Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE on a SingTel Mobile Lite Plan and above during 11th April to 8th May. Four lucky winners will get a pair of invites to have dinner with the players. To score that dinner date, suggest the favourite local pastimes for the footballers to do when they are in town!

How to participate:
• Take a “selfie” while enjoying a popular Singaporean activity and share it via Twitter using #SGGameOn hashtag, from April 23 to May 4
• Ferdinand and Agüero will pick their favourite “selfie”, where the lucky winners get a pair of invites to join them for a dinner

Customers who purchased the handset of GALAXY S5 LTE can also get players' autograph at a football carnival event on May 16, on a first-come-first-served basis.

In additional, the footballers will also game on to post their selfies while enjoying a popular Singaporean acitivity on twitter, and encourage their fans to retweet them.  The player with the most number of retweets will ULTIMATELY win the challenge!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Remembering Nicoll Highway Collapse in 2004

Today is Easter Sunday, while there is a group people celebrating for the occasion, there is probably another group of people, mourning on this day.

Time flies... In a wink of time, the Nicoll Highway collapse incident had already past 10 years.  I would not call this an anniversary as this is a remembrance of an accident, a disaster...

10 years ago, when the incident happened, I am still working at Panasonic Industrial Asia Pte Ltd, on the 14th floor of the Concourse Office building.  I can still remember the details very clearly.  The incident happened while I was very engrossed in my work, then suddenly I realised the fluorescent lamp above me was flickering,  I can't help having a bad phenomenon.

The next thing I knew, there was a very loud thump sound which we all had not realised what had happened.  Then my colleague from other department called to check if we felt any vibration, and asked if there had been an earthquake. 

Colleague started to crowd around the window where we can have a very clear view along the Nicoll Highway...  I decided to join in the crowd and to my horror! There were big cracks on Nicoll Highway! And the crane fallen into the cracked path with some cars at the verge of falling into the cracked lanes.

When I realised what happened, the next thing that comes into my mind is to get in touch with my siblings who are working along the Nicoll Highway at that time.  My brother was working at Golden Mile Complex and sister, CF, was working at Gateway then. Tried calling my polymate, Celeste who worked in Suntec City too, but the phone just can't seemed to get through.  The phone network seems to get interrupted, phone calls can't get through and there were no SMS response from my siblings and friend.  You won't be able to imagine the anxiety of not able to get hold of them. 

It is only almost half hour later that I finally got in touch with my sibling and friend to to learn that all are sound and safe!  Brother was actually evacuate from the Golden Mile Complex and Sis and Celeste are much further from us and thus was not really affected, except for the telephone network and some temporary blackout.  However, not everyone were as lucky as us.  The accident took away 4 lives, among whom, is Mr Heng Yeow Peow, who will be remembered by all.

Instead of running for his own life, Mr Heng turned back to the construction site and made sure his eight co-workers got to safety first.  Eventually, his body was never recovered by the endangering rescuers.  His spirit in sacrificing himself for others, his selflessness, is greatly admired. 

RIP, Mr Heng Yeow Peow...

A recollection of the Nicoll Highway Collapse Incident:
The Nicoll Highway collapse was a construction accident that occurred on 20 April 2004, at approximately 3:30 p.m., when a tunnel being constructed for the underground Circle Line, near Nicoll Highway collapsed. The supporting structure for the deep excavation work failed, resulting in a 30-metre (100 ft) deep cave-in that spread across six lanes of Nicoll Highway. The collapse has caused four lives and three injuries and resulted in delay of the construction end date for the Nicoll Highway MRT station. (Reference from Wikipedia)

Hitting "The Right Note" With Olivia Ong In Celebration of World Voice Day 2014

In celebration of World Voice Day 2014, Strepsils launched a nationwide singing contest, The Right Note on 15 April 2014, in search of the best voice to be led by two home-grown turned international stars, Olivia Ong and Lee Wei Song, who will also act as the campaign ambassadors and provide guidance to these talents, bringing out their best to strive for their future.

While World Voice Day is commonly celebrated among the rest of the world, this is the first of its kind in both Singapore and Malaysia, where the campaign will be launched, to discover hidden vocal talents in support of World Voice Day. .

The top 5 finalists whom will be determined through voting among the public and Lee Wei Song, will get to perform alongside Olivia Ong and receive tips from her, while the final winner will get to record an original single composed and produced by Lee Wei Song and his team, winning prizes worth up to $25,000!
Olivia Ong singing "A Love Theme" as the opening of the Media Conference.
The latest Strepsils' campaign meant to fuel aspiring local musicians to share their melodious vocals with the world onstage.

"With Strepsils’ The Right Note competition, we exemplify the importance of treating our voices with care so we can continue to create an impact in moments that matter," said Ms Hina Nagarajan, General Manager of Reckitt Benckiser Singapore and Malaysia. 

Olivia Ong with General Manager of Reckitt Benckiser Singapore and Malaysia, Ms Hina Nagarajan.
“As a singer, one of the scariest things that can happen is to lose your/my voice." , asked Olivia on tips of taking care of her voice, she shared that ‘warm honey lemon water’ would be the answer to it, or, alternatively, a packet of Strepsils with ‘honey lemon’ flavour.

From Left to Right: Lim Pei Fen, Olivia Ong and Ms Hina Nagarajan

Host - Lim Pei Fen

To participate in The Right Note contest:
  • Submit a video recording of minimum 1 minute, between 15 April and 16 May 2014
  • Participation can be in solo, or a group of up to 3 members (all must be vocalists).
  • Only Singaporeans of 15 years old and above are eligible for this contest.
Refer to for more details.


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