Archifest, a Festival of Ideas for the City Returns for Eighth Year with New Theme – ‘CROWD’

Singapore, 5 August 2014 – Singapore’s annual premiere architecture festival, Archifest – a Festival of Ideas for the City -returns for its eighth year with a new theme, ‘CROWD’, that seeks to open up the discussion to investigate how the notion of Crowd operates and contributes to architecture and urbanism.

Photo credited to ArchiFest and PLUS

Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Archifest 2014 will present architecture in a relevant, and engaging way, strengthening the affinity between architecture and people, through a line-up of exhibitions, activities and speakers that architects, students and the public can look forward to.

Archifest 2013, attended by more than 30,000 visitors, presented the theme ‘Small is Beautiful’ which showcased communities, businesses and ideas that may be small by choice and circumstance, but are large in ambition and impact.

With the six key pillars of this year, namely Archifest Pavilion, Urban Lab, Archifest Conference, Architours, Fringe and Archxpo, Archifest 2014 aims to continue bringing great minds and people together to share ideas, collaborate and form collectives to create even better places for the public.

*SCAPE Museum of Horrors 2013: The Twins

Get spooked at Singapore’s novel places with a reputation for the paranormal, from a ghost bride and her lost ring at Old Tampines Road, to the infamous Bedok Reservoir. *SCAPE, together with Movie Mania, returns with its 4th Halloween signature event with programmes like a Horror Workshop and Gruesome Photo Contest, promising a gory and grisly experience.

Where: *SCAPE Warehouse (Level 2)

When: Oct 18 to 31 from 6pm

Admission:

 $20/pax – Normal

 $17/pax Students and NSFs

Purchase your tickets at: http://museumofhorrors.peatix.com

 

SINGAPORE’S LARGEST DOG-ADOPTION EVENT ATTENDED BY OVER 2,500 VISITORS AND MORE THAN 200 FURRY FRIENDS

Singapore, 18 February 2012 – Despite Saturday mid-afternoon showers, the mood at Singapore’s largest dog-adoption drive remained at an all-time high when more than 2,500 people and over 200 dogs flocked to the beaches of East Coast Park at the National Geographic Channel Free Pet Shop.

The two-day dog adoption drive, organized by National Geographic Channel, featured 80 local mixed breed dogs for adoption. This first-of-its-kind collaboration across the pet industry, saw more than 50 volunteers and 20 representatives from the pet industry, joining hands with dog shelters, namely; Action for Singapore Dogs, Animal Lovers League, Noah’s Ark and Gentle Paws, to champion the noble adoption cause together.

Enthusiastic queries on adoption procedures and requests kept the volunteers of the four animal shelters busy for hours, as the list of keen adopters and contributors snaked past 80, a record high for all four shelters in their adoption drives. Volunteers from each shelter were greatly encouraged by an average of 20 genuine adopters, who promised follow-up visits to the individual shelters after today’s event.

15 of the 200 mixed-breed dogs were stars for the day at the first-ever ‘Singapore Special Dog Show’, shining the spotlight on only local mixed-breed dogs, demonstrating the message that mixed-breeds can be as beautiful as pure-breed dogs, if not more. Gushed 39-year old Ms Jane Mok, whose four-year old dog corgi-crossbreed Santi, won the first prize, said, “It is great that National Geographic Channel has teamed up with so many different partners to organize a platform to showcase such an adoption drive, dispelling the common misconception that mixed-breeds are ugly and dirty. The competing dogs of the Singapore Special Dog Show are amazingly good-looking. I would have had difficulty choosing a winner out of all of them if I were part of the judging panel!”

Dog owners also had a field day with their furry companions as pet food distributor Nestle Purina and dog bakery The Barkery, distributed free samplings of dog kibbles and freshly-baked dog treats to the happy four-legged companions. Happy dog owners as well as potential adopters eagerly lapped up valuable insights of good pet ownership when veterinarians and dog obedience consultants shared quick tips on pet health and human-dog interactions.

Adding to the carnival of activities were roving games with prizes, voucher giveaways and a photo contest at the Nikon photo booth. Curious dogs sniffed at one another as owners exchanged greetings and stories. As dog-owner, 31-year-old Ms. Charlotte, put it, “This event provided the perfect welcoming place for all types of dogs and animal lovers to meet instantaneously. The fringe activities, such as complimentary canine massage and grooming sessions, also added great fun and variety to both humans and their canine companions throughout the whole day!”

18-year-old dog adopter and Gentle Paws shelter volunteer, Zac Low Jun Jie, commented, “The number of people who have and are opening their hearts to mixed-breeds have increased over the years. It is inspiring to observe their perceptions change and this has motivated us to continue doing what we have started out to do – and that is to rescue and find loving homes for these dogs.”

Commented Ekta Taneja, 29, a teacher and interested adopter, “This is a brilliant initiative that unites every aspect of the pet industry, creating a community of animal lovers who advocate this adoption cause. I often meet with pug owners on weekends and am looking to adopt another dog here, even it if is not a pug. My family has come to a decision that we will adopt even handicapped dogs as long as we are capable of providing it with a loving home.”

Local celebrities including Fly Entertainment artistes Pamelyn Chee, Jimmy Taenaka, Jacqueline Chow, Mindee Ong and Chua En Lai, animal lovers Randall Tan and Melody Chen, as well as radio personalities Rod Monteiro from 91.3FM and The Muttons from 98.7FM, also showed up at the event to lend their support to the adoption cause.

The National Geographic Channel Free Pet Shop, will continue the adoption drive at East Coast Park (near Carpark D1) on Sunday 19 February, 12pm – 6pm. Updates and details can be found on www.facebook.com/natgeofreepetshop.

INAUGURAL TIGER STREET FOOTBALL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF IN SINGAPORE

Singapore, 15 April 2011 – Internationally acclaimed Tiger Beer is set to change the street football scene in Singapore when the first-ever Tiger Street Football regional tournament kicks off from 16 to 17 April 2011. The competition is organised with the goal of elevating the level of play and passion for football on the streets of Singapore, as well as in China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam – countries that will host subsequent legs of the inaugural competition this year.

Set to take place within the specially-constructed Tiger Football Stadium at Ngee Ann City in the heart of the shopping district, Tiger Street Football will showcase for the first time, a distinctive football pitch and competition format. A carnival atmosphere will be created, to provide a unique and new experience for the public and football fans, centered on football, fun, friends and beer. It is non-stop Street Football action during the day and Tiger Football Stadium action in the evening till late.

The unique oval, caged, hard-court pitch with no side-lines and a dynamic, continuous state of play provides a refreshing platform for players aged between 18 to 34 years old to showcase their talent. It also rewards spectators with non-stop action. Compared with traditional football and street football formats, the 5-a-side knock-out competition, promotes a shorter, high-energy game of two 6-minute halves with a 2-minute halftime period. The tournament is organized in partnership with ESPN STAR Sports’ Event Management arm, with its rich experience in organizing large-scale sporting events across the region. In addition, Tiger Street Football will also be broadcast live across ESPN STAR Sports networks with its reach of over 300 million viewers in Asia.

Said Wong Mei Wai, Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore, “Tiger Street Football affirms Tiger’s commitment towards creating unforgettable experiences for fans here in Singapore and around the world. This year, Tiger Football presents the inaugural Tiger Street Football tournament kicking-off in Singapore and the successful Tiger Football Stadium where football fans enjoy beer and have fun with their friends at the BPL viewing. This will be an excellent opportunity for fans here to participate in and witness a new and exciting dimension to the sport. At the same time, fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the event and be a part of the fun-filled weekend.”

Added Mr. Harvey Davis, ESPN STAR Sports Vice President, Event Management, “We’re delighted to collaborate with Asia Pacific Breweries to stage this exciting tournament across the region and we’re committed to offer our expertise to create an event that brings Tiger Beer’s vibrant brand image alive on-ground and on our networks. This will certainly be a visual treat for football fans and aspiring players with so many prominent teams competing, and we look forward to delivering another marquee event”.

Tiger Street Football Format

The tournament in Singapore will feature 32 local teams battling it out on the first day for cash prizes of USD2,000 and USD600 awarded to the first and second placed teams respectively, along with a supply of Tiger Beer. 24 of the 32 teams will be pre-picked by ESPN STAR Sports, according to standings of local leagues and local tournament results.

The remaining eight slots will be voted in by the public. Teams will have to register themselves at [www.tigerstreetfootball.com.sg] first before the public can vote on the website for their favourite teams to participate. The public voting mechanism has been created to generate interaction and involvement with the public who might be keen on participating.

The champions on Saturday will automatically qualify for the Grand Finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in September. The top two local teams from Saturday’s competition will get the opportunity to play against international teams, including players from England, Brazil, and Vietnam on Sunday for a chance to win additional cash prizes.

To ensure fair play, the Tiger Street Football tournament will be refereed by professionals from the Football Association of Singapore who have undergone the necessary training and hold relevant experience in overseeing 11-a-side as well as futsal matches.   

Tiger Football Stadium activities – creating unique Tiger Football experiences

Riding on the back of the last highly successful Tiger Football Stadium, Tiger Beer brings yet again, a new experience to the football fans of Singapore. Over the tournament weekend in Singapore, the Tiger Football Stadium will present numerous activities for the public to get involved. It will include Interactive Zones with games such as Human Foosball and Darts Live as well as grandstand seating, for fans and spectators to catch the fast-paced football action.

Following the first day of competition on Saturday, 16 April 2011, the Tiger Football Stadium will come alive with a host of music and entertainment performances as well as Tiger Beer in a beer garden setting. Dharni, currently ranked the 5th top beatboxer in the world, will entertain the crowd with his unique skills and talent. Dharni has world acclaim, having been the opening act for artists the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and Lady Gaga. Another headline act for the evening is Jack & Rai will take to the stage, with their unique brand of music. This will be followed by a ‘live’ screening of the Barclays Premier League (BPL) match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at 11:00pm on a giant screen.

Additionally, television personality and football pundit Patrick Kinghorn will emcee the event and provide pre-match, half-time and post-match analysis.

Tiger Season Ticket holders will get a chance to win promotional giveaways at the Tiger Football Stadium as well as enjoy premium seating to catch both the street football tournament and the ‘live’ BPL match screened. They will also receive complimentary Tiger Beer during the event to satisfy their thirst. What’s more, Tiger Season Ticket holders traditionally enjoy exclusive drink deals. On top of the VIP treatment they will receive at Tiger Street Football and Tiger Football Stadium, they are also entitled to enjoy exclusive drink deals designed for them from March to May at participating outlets.

The public will also have a chance to sign up to be a Tiger Season Ticket holder at the event. Upon registration at the event, they will immediately enjoy the same privileges accorded to current members.

Tiger Street Football will kick off in Singapore on April 16 – 17 before moving regionally to Bangkok, Thailand (May); Guangzhou, China (July); Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (August) with the culmination of an adrenaline-filled international grand finale in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (September). At the Grand Finals, the top team from each local leg will not only win attractive cash prizes but a chance to fight it out to be the Tiger Street Football Champion and win the coveted top prize of USD30,000.

Completing the entire 360 degree marketing engagement and football experience, Tiger will be launching two new television commercials, to kick off its next Tiger Football engagement. The new commercials bring to life the challenges of playing football on the street in a humorous tongue in cheek way.

For more information, log on to www.TigerStreetFootball.com.sg

I2I 2011: Training, mentoring and funding

Idea to Investment (I2I) for the Media Industry is the leading training program in Singapore for the media and interactive and digital media (IDM) companies. Co-organized by Expara and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). I2I has trained and put in front of investors more than 540 entrepreneurs from 272 companies since 2007.

During the two-day, intensive, hands-onm workshop, participants will develop the key elementsof their business strategy, business plan, financial model and investor presentations.

I2I is open to all sectors of media industry, and to companies of all sizes, maturity and stage of development. We help existing companies to grow and new companies to get started.

To know more about this event, visit www.expara.com

CJ Internet will launch open beta for Mini Fighter in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines

– ‘Mini Fighter’ launches on December 17th 2009

– The commercial service will commence by January 2010

CJ Internet, the leading global entertainment company headquartered in Korea, announced today that it will launch the open beta for online action game Mini Fighter on December 17th 2009. The English language version for Mini Fighter will target gamers globally from the United States, Europe as well as the English language players in South East Asian region countries like Singapore, Malaysia and The Philippines. Furthermore, the game is targeted to launch commercially by January 2010.

“We have paid careful attention to ensure Mini Fighter is as fun as possible by creating a variety of game modes, unique and comic characters to allow the game to be constantly engaging for players of all ages. We have also made sure that there were plenty of never-before-seen zones to enjoy within the game, and we are confident the game will have wide appeal to anyone who enjoys multi-player online action games,” said Youngjong Jung, President and CEO of CJ Internet.

Combining a simple user interface with colorful, 2D graphics and action-packed gameplay, Mini Fighter features hand-drawn characters and animations. Gameplay in Mini Fighter is optimized for a keyboard. Besides the battle modes and dungeons, there are a number of community-based activities. Being able to chat with other players via keyboard is an essential part of enjoying Mini Fighter to the fullest.

“We wanted to consider users with low PC specifications as we intended to attract and encourage beginner-level users. Many new players find it hard to play 3D games. Mini Fighter offers a look that‘s reminiscent of arcade-style games from back in the day. Users who have enjoyed action-fighting games can certainly recall the thrill of hitting control pads to create special fighting skills for their selected characters. We wanted to bring that sense back to life in an online form,” said Richard Moon, lead producer for Mini Fighter.

Mini Fighter’ is a massive action casual game that allows up online battles for up to 210 players to play together in the village zone. Castle Siege, a mode where up to 200 players can battle simultaneously, and the Boss Zone, an area where up to 100 users can go up against powerful boss monsters. In addition, users can enter the Coliseum to engage in a free-for-all battle with no limitations on the number of participants. Whichever one of the two teams that reaches 100 KO first will win. These features will be added in stages to the Mini Fighter global service.

Players can also take a break from the fighting with a variety of mini-games, including the brain-busting Quiz Zone and the reflex-testing Fishing Zone.

To view the story and gameplay trailers for Mini Fighter, head to: http://global.netmarble.com/minifighter/Download/videos.asp

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Minimum specs needed to run the game:

·      OS: Windows XP

·      CPU: Pentium 4 1.5GHz or higher

·      Video: 16-bit Graphics Card

·      Memory: 256MB or higher

·      DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

About CJ Internet

Located in Seoul, Republic of Korea, CJ Internet is a global entertainment company dedicated to enriching people’s lives through fun, social, massively online gaming. The company currently provides over 200 titles to more than 20 million registered players through Netmarble ( www.netmarble.net), the highly-popular Korean gaming portal they launched in 2001. CJ Internet has published a number of high-profile online titles since its establishment in 2000, including Sudden Attack, Korea’s number one online FPS, baseball game MaguMagu, MMORPG PRIUS and stylish action MMORPG Ys Online.

You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.

 

HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, has unveiled on Thursday a global advertising campaign that is based on HTC’s new Quietly Brilliant brand positioning at Butter Factory @ One Fullerton. As HTC’s first global advertising campaign, the YOU campaign is being rolled out across 20 countries in the coming weeks and features the tagline, ‘You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.’  This represents HTC’s commitment to focus on people, their needs and how they work and live to ensure that HTC devices suit them.

 

 

On the same day, HTC also announced the launch of HTC Tattoo, an Android-based phone that brings broad personalisation to the masses in Singapore.  With its distinct design and ability to personalise all aspects of the phone, from its hardware to its applications and content, people are able to express themselves and create their own individual mobile experience.

 

IMG_8564HTC Tattoo is the second phone to embody HTC Sense, a mobile experience focused on putting people at the centre by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. Designed by listening and observing how people live  and communicate. Inline with their YOU campaign, HTC Sense revolves around three fundamental principles – Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

 

With HTC Tattoo, you stay close to the important people in your life by integrating your communications and applications including voice calls, emails, texts, photos and status updates into one consolidated view, providing innovative and fun phone experiences.

 

HTC Tattoo integrates Google’s innovative mobile services including: Google Maps, search, Google Mail, and Android Market where users can download thousands of popular applications and games. It also comes complete with a broad variety of hardware features including a 3.2 mega pixel camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and expandable microSD memory.

 

The new HTC Tattoo will be available this weekend in Thoughtful Silver at all authorised resellers and exclusively in Sophisticated Black at M1 retail outlets at a suggested retail price of S$598*. Standard retail HTC Tattoo package will come with a 2GB microSD™ card.

World’s First 3.5G Touch Watch Phone Now Available in Singapore

Singapore, 30 October 2009 – LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announced that the world’s first Touch Watch Phone (Model: LG-GD910), is now available in Singapore.

With just 800 units allocated for the Singapore market, these sought-after communication timepieces will be sold by the three telco operators in Singapore—SingTel, M1 and StarHub—in one of their exclusively selected retail outlets, namely: SingTel at ION Orchard, M1 at Paragon, and StarHub at Plaza Singapura. LG’s GD910 Touch Watch Phone, with a recommended retail price of S$1,688 (without contract), makes its mark in history as the first ever 3.5G phone in the form factor of a watch to be publicly available outside of a spy movie.