Monthly Archives: November 2011

Elephant invasion

They are currently the world’s largest land animals, come in many different colors and patterns, and you can buy them from any TANGS Department Store. Elephant Parade has invaded Singapore!

If you have walked around town lately, you are sure not to have missed the life-size elephant structures adorning the shopping centers and streets of Orchard Road, City Hall, Marina Bay, or even Vivocity.  These 75cm elephants have been in Singapore since 11 Nov this year, and will be here as part of Elephant Parade Singapore until 12 Jan 2012.

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Anime Festival Asia back for its fourth year

Colorful and elaborate costumes: check. Hordes of fans singing and dancing in unison to a larger-than-life-sized hologram: check. Up-close sessions with some of the top character designers from Japan: check.  And not forgetting the exhibits and booths full of merchandise and toys, all catered to whet every anime fan-boy’s (or girl’s) appetite: check.

Where else could one experience so much Japanese pop culture in one place, if not at Anime Festival Asia?

Anime Festival Asia, or AFA, is the biggest anime convention in Southeast Asia, held annually at Suntec City Convention Centre since its debut in 2008. Hosted by Danny Choo, arguably one of the most popular bloggers of Japanese pop culture in the world, the event returned once again to Suntec City this year, bringing what all anime fans eagerly anticipate: anime, anime and more anime (and perhaps a maid café or two).

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Steps to harmonize local and international students taken to new levels

On the auspicious 11th of November 2011, Temasek Polytechnic played host to the Spotlight Youth Exchange Night Race, the climax and ending to Spotlight Youth Exchange, an initiative to equip young Singaporeans with leadership skills and cultural sensitivity to build cross-cultural dialogues with youths of other nationalities in Singapore.

The race was kicked off at TP’s outdoor ampitheatre and saw participants engaging in different sports and educational activies at various cultural sites in Singapore. It ended with a night concert at Scape, spotting different local talents such as celebrities Sheikh Haikel, Anna Belle Francis, percussion band Comic Strip, DJ Rattle, breakdancers, magicians, and even lion dancers.

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How do I decide my next educational step?

Some of the most recurring questions in my mind whenever I think about my graduation come May is – what do I do next? Should I continue studying? Can I stop studying?

Not once could I come up with a definitive answer to myself and say: “Yeap, it’s Uni (University) for sure. Nothing else.” I wish I could, but I would always face that cyclical dilemma about ‘what really matters’ echoing in my mind.

Why is it so difficult for a tertiary student to make that decision on what our next educational step should be? Then I realized I was not 12 anymore; Neither was I 16. I have long past the stage where my different levels of study could only go one-way – from primary to secondary, and from secondary to tertiary. I was grown-up. And fortunately, or unfortunately, at my ripe young age of 19, as I would like to still think of myself as a mere newborn nestling in the blithe nature of adolescence, I could not. Read the rest of this entry

1Q84 – a world with two moons

On the night of October 24 this year, queues snaked out of bookstores all over London as avid readers counted down to the release of one of the most anticipated book translations ever. Critics were surprised as the hype surrounding this English translation was comparable to a Harry Potter novel. The complete translation of renowned contemporary novelist Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 had finally arrived.

A Murakami reader might initially think that the novel would be similar to a love story of sorts, comparable to his earlier work, Norwegian Wood. But the attraction between the two protagonists, Aomame and Tengo, is questionable, especially since they have not seen each other for the past 20 years, nor have they exchanged any words even when they were back in school. But this attraction is exactly what the two are holding on to in order to get the story going.

In 1Q84, the city of Tokyo has two moons (of which one is a mossy green color). The world is controlled by unearthly creatures which emerge from a dead goat’s mouth. Read the rest of this entry

International clothing line endorses local bands to get them up on bigger stages

International clothing line Peter Says Denim (PSD), having made inroads into Indonesia, Asia, North America and Canada has extended its reach to Singapore. The influential Indonesian-founded label, is looking to combine both music and fashion – through band endorsements here.

Peter Firmansyah, 26, from Bandung, Indonesia started the label in 2008 out of an urge to bring his love for designing clothes and music together. His band – Petersaysorry, was well known in the underground Indonesian punk scene and paved his way to gaining considerable exposure amongst local musicians.

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