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One man, one blog, one crazy love for film, and 422 film reviews

He has always had a crazy love for film and cinema, regularly watching movies since childhood. In 2005, he decided to take this insatiable love to a new level and created his own movie review blog with a focus on Singaporean cinema, anutshellreview.blogspot.com, and started writing an unbelievable number of reviews every year.

Stefan Shih, 35, works in the IT industry by day and is a film critic by night. In 2008 alone, he wrote 260 movie reviews on theatrical releases, 121 on festival films, and 41 DVD reviews, which adds to a total of 422 film reviews in one year – more than one article everyday! What is even more frightening is that the numbers have remained constant through the years. In 2011, there were 357 articles written.

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The true value of working in a low-paying service job

Would you work as a cook at a fast food restraurant if I told you it would be a valuable experience? How about a waiter? Or even a dishwasher?

A year ago I made a seemingly crazy decision to work as a cook at a local fast food restaurant, Best Fries Forever, and discovered that there was a lot more to gain from working in a low paying job than I expected.

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Samaritans of Singapore

The term “samaritan” is most commonly used to describe a charitable or helpful person and was coined after a famous parable mentioned in the bible of a man who shows unexpected help and kindness to a traveller robbed and left half alive on the road.

Thus it seems rightfully fitting for a special group of volunteers in Singapore to be referred to as the Samaritans of Singapore. In an age where the government has to constantly remind citizens with campaigns to be kind to each other, this is a truly remarkable group of volunteers whom willingly give their time to a non-profit organization which aims to provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide in Singapore.

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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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