Catch WICKED at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
What a privilege moment I had last Tuesday when I was given the opportunity to attend a private session with the media group for Wicked. This is already the talk of the town and a lot of buzz has been going around too. A few of my Bruneian friends have already caught the show while they are holidaying in Singapore. So that speaks a lot for Wicked. I'm still bummed that I missed out on The Lion King before at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
The WICKED The Broadway Musical is held at the Grand Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. According to the official website, Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz. Treat it like a prequel to the Wizard of Oz kinda of thing. There are two main characters that you should know - Elphaba (played by Jemma Rix) the green witch and the Glinda (played by Suzie Mathers). They have such great vocals and excellence stage presence. They kept receiving thunderous applause on most of the scenes.
I don't mind catching this again on my next trip and hopefully I get a better view in the middle somewhere. I really enjoyed the whole performances from start to finish and my favourite scenes are "Popular" and "Defying Gravity". This is RA certified - "Must Catch" list. Well done to the casts, the crew and the organizers for creating a high entertainment value.
When WICKED opened on Broadway, it worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy®, three Tony Awards® and six Helpmann Awards® including Best Musical, WICKED has been described as the Best Musical of the Decade. Entertainment Weekly.
I won't spoil too much on the plot but I highly recommend you to catch WICKED if you happen to be in Singapore. WICKED is brought to you by BASE Entertainment and Marina Bay Sands and the last show will be on 26th February 2012. So there is still ample time to catch WICKED.
Ticket ranges from $55 to $165 and $250 and there's also a higher tier (VIP Box 4 seats for $1000 or $500 tier). The show is recommended for 8 years and above. You can also book online through Marinabaysands.com/ticketing or call +65 6688 8826 or drop by the Marina Bay Sands Box Office at Museum Theatre.
For more coverage and videos, you can click here and get the mini-feel of WICKED.
The stage set looks amazing to start off with
Glinda (in white) played by Suzie Mathers and she's so prettttttyyyyyyy!!!
The two main characters of WICKED - Elphaba and Glinda
One of my favourite acts - "Popular"
This is a very colourful performance
You will fall in love with the show and appreciate how talented they are
This is where WICKED is held at Marina Bay Sands
This was where all the musicians were performing.. Thumbs up to them too and the music coordinator
It was full house last Tuesday night
The preview screening was an interesting experience for me. I was introduced to the organizers and PR of the WICKED as I was invited to the media preview *thanks @SuperAdrianMe*. I didn't realize Bert Newton is one of the main cast of WICKED and he moderated the session for the media. I used to watch his TV shows during my high school years in Australia and yes, he seemed to have aged a bit but he is still full of enthusiasm and such a great actor *salutes*.
So during the private screening, the casts will have play 3 acts from the play twice for the photographers and videographers to document the scenes. This is because photography and videography are not allowed at all during the actual performances even though you are a media. So I thought this was really a unique experience for me as I have never come across this kind of media preview. I'm sure when the international media guys are reading this, they will labeled me as "sakai" *lol*
Then after the scenes finished, the media will be split into groups for 2 or 3 for a small group press conference and they will switched to a different cast. Oh yeah, there was also a Q&A session prior to that and the producers and the main actors will be on stage to answer any questions from the media. I have to say these guys really put a lot of effort even for a specific session with the media. Very professionally well done and I'm impressed that I was given a personalized media tag too with one day notice. Awesome!!! and thanks once again to @SuperAdrianMe for opening me that door of opportunity :))
The Q&A session with the casts for the media
The local and international media were invited to the special screening
An Australian journalist asking a question
The small group press conference for the media
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I spent almost 9 hours at Marina Bay Sands yesterday. Apparently a lot of events were happening there and one of them is the Titanic, The Artifact Exhibition. I have yet to visit this exhibition. Hopefully in my next visit :D
Ahhhh…. Finally I managed to get some shots of some of the scenes from Wicked. Apparently, no photography is allowed during the actual show. So I had the opportunity to be part of the media group and they actually performed 3 scenes (twice) for the benefits of the media to take photos for their respective publications. It was a new experience for me and thank you @SuperAdrianMe for the opportunity as well as @MarinaBaySands and the organizers for making this possible for me :D Do catch the full review of Wicked on RA tomorrow
I have yet to buy some books for myself and I saw this book and I'm still thinking whether I should spend more $$$ on social media books. I have a few at home which I've only touched a few of them *lol* Another thing that worries me is the excess I have on my luggage allowance. I'm already on the max on my way here. uuhh-ooh!!!
I wanted to cover this event but the timing clashed with the Wicked show so I missed the Cartier event at Marina Bay Sands. Jenny Tan, a fashion Singapore blogger, was there for coverage and I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I shall look out for your blog for updates. Oh yeah, I used to be a big fan of Cartier during my teens
Apparently this is the biggest LV outlet in Singapore (or perhaps regionally if I'm not mistaken). I love the exterior as well as the interior. I'm sure my mom has been in this boutique. This is located near the river of Marina Bay Sands.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition is another reason to visit the Marina Bay Sands and the exhibition will be until the 29th January 2012. It's $5 per person and it's located at the Skating Rink of Marina Bay Sands
THE objective to recruit about 1,000 jobseekers to the Oil and Gas sector by the year 2012 took a step forward in the form of the Oil and Gas Service Sector Job Fair launched yesterday at BRIDEX International Conference Centre with more than 70 booths open.
The five-day event, which is sponsored by various Oil and Gas (O&G) companies was officiated by Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar who gave an opening speech on the occasion as guest of honour.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, the minister urged jobseekers to grab the opportunity now as these are exciting times. "There should not be any reason why you cannot be successful if you have the qualities of passion, determination and hard work. They will ensure your progress," he told The Brunei Times.
The job fair at BRIDEX also runs forums, clinics, motivational talks, career development workshops and walk-in interviews and is open from 12am to 8pm except on Friday which it is 2pm to 8pm. It will continue to run until December 17,2011. For more of the story, you can click here. [Text courtesy of Leo Kasim of The Brunei Times, pictures courtesy of Fina Jenal]
Yes, I'm a big fan of Roxette and Duran Duran too :D
Jerudong Park Country Club ends 2011 with a special promo beginning December 14, 2011. ALL RIDES except the go karts will use the $10 AND $8 Tickets!
This one time promotion is JPCC’s way of saying thank you to all guests who have continued to patronize the park through the years. Families can now take advantage of this offer and bring their children to enjoy the new attractions that were launched this year such as the Spin Zone, Electric Train, Bumper Boats, E-Scooter, Bouncerland and Zorb Balls.
This offer is valid only from December 14 – January 2, 2012. So bring the family and enjoy yourselves at the Playground.
JPCC Playground – This is the Place for Family Fun. Tickets are on display at the ticket counter for guests reference. For more information on the ticket prices and park schedules, PLEASE CALL 2611894 ext. 106 or 2612290 or 8777719 (hotline). For bookings and events, please call 2611894/2612044 ext. 106 or 8799055. Visit Jerudong Park at Facebook or check out our website at jerudongparkcountryclub.com.
After months of anticipation and wondering who will be crowned the next Who’s Got Talent wiinner, B-Mobile Who’s Got TALENT Season 3 was concluded last night at the B-Mobile roadshow at Airport Mall Berakas. Contestants came as early as 3 in the afternoon to do their hair and make up at TONY MOLY Airport Mall Berakas as they were the official partner for hair and beauty make up for Who’s Got Talent Season 3. The show started with an opening dance act by Relentless Entertainment, the event management for Who’s Got Talent season 3.
Ten finalists made up of Dance Group Persistent Crew and NQB, Melo dramatic band, Felicia Luah the belly dancer, Nadzri the magician, Catherine, Earvin, Cheenyca and Amal Fadzillah the singers were all showcasing their best last night with a huge crowd of supporters and fans cheering on. It was an exciting performance overall as each contestant had to win the judges’ vote by doing two performances, one based on the organizer’s shortlisted artists and another one of their personal choice for their second performance.
Invited Panel of judges during the semi and finals were Adi Rani of Projectunes, Gelo Guerrero dance instructor from Panaga, Grace Fullo from virtuoso music school, Mohd Syafiq Bakar from Students Extracurricular and Educational Dramatic Society, and J.Y Tse Tow from Spades. Each of them had to rate the contestants based on their creativity, skills and techniques, how they presented themselves on stage and what entertainment value they brought to the performance and the crowd. Who’s Got Talent is an annual talent competition brought by B-Mobile as one of the main activity for B-Mobile’s annual roadshow and is aimed at also bringing everyone together not only to witness great local performances but also to promote an atmosphere of healthy activity and competition for the young and mature.
Every year, auditions were done differently to make it more interesting. While the judges were deliberating results for the top 4, audiences were entertained with performances from previous Who’s Got Talent winners. Annabelle Voo Pei Pei the winner from Who’s Got Talent season 1 gave a standing ovation performance with her own cover of Fire by chaka Khan and Yeann Mocha winner from Who’s Got Talent Season 2 sang a beautiful acoustic medley during the interval. Ainul and Ng Chee Ta, previous dance winners in Who’s Got Talent Season 2 were also grooving the stage with their moves at last night’s event.
Present during last night Who’s Got Talent as the Guest of Honor was Ahmad Jefri bin Abdul Rahman, member of B-Mobile’s Board of Directors, B-Mobile’s staff and management, Invited guests from the event sponsors and partners such as Sunlit, Ten Ten Distribution, Current Newspaper Agency, Pelangi, Mr Baker Bakeshop, Tony Moly, Projectunes and Cool Tones.
Cheenyca Ong was crowned the winner of WGT 3
The 4th spot went to Persistent Crew and they brought home $600 cash prize, trophy and certificate, voucher from Mr Baker Bakeshop and B-Mobile goody bags. Felicia Luah belly danced her way to the 3rd Place and won $1,600 cash prize, Trophy and certificate, Tony Moly Hamper, Mr Baker vouchers and B-Mobile phone package. Pleasing the crowd and judges with their performance, NQB came in as runner up and were jumping with excitement as they walked away with $2000 cash prize, Trophy and certificate, Tony Moly Beauty Hamper, Mr Baker voucher worth $150 and B-Mobile phone packages.
Present to give away the prizes to the 4th, 3rd and 2nd place was Mr Lim Ming Soon, Chief Executive Officer of B-Mobile.
Cheenyca Ong, was crowned the winner for B-Mobile Who’s Got Talent season 3 and won herself $3,600 cash prize, Winning trophy, Hotel stay sponsored by Ming Garden Hotel and Residences, Kota Kinabalu, Mr Bake vouchers worth $200 and B-Mobile phone package. Ahmad Jefri bin Abdul Rahman, Guest of Honor and B-Mobile Board of Director was present to give away the prize. Sponsors and judges also received their certificates from the organizer and there to hand the certificates of appreciation respectively were Mr See Wei Kie Deputy CEO of B-Mobile and Terry Cheong GM of Finance.
The best vocal talent of the night went also went to Cheenyca Ong and she was sponsored a single production which includes full composition, recording, studio time, mixing, mastering & radio release courtesy by Projectunes.
The spectacular Who’s Got Talent finals started at 7.45 pm and people were already flocking to the Airport Mall Berakas as early as 6pm. The show ended at about 10.30 in the evening. Images courtesy of AnakBrunei and text courtesy of b.mobile
Felicia came third place in WGT 3
Job Fair kicks off today
Have you come across this store lately? If you want a creative, durable bed/furniture, Flexa is highly recommended as they provide high quality, premium material. With their motto "Because Children Grow", this means that the children can have a choice or the opportunity to expand or add on what they currently have. Just imagine it as a form of lego. For instance, your single bed can be upgraded to a double decker bed with more accessories in place. You can refer to the illustrations below if you're a bit confused.
As you know, Flexa has just recently opened its door in Brunei and this is the 2nd store after Singapore that is opened regionally. At the moment, Flexa is running a 10% promotion for a limited time only but if I'm not mistaken, they will also participate in the upcoming Brunei Grand Sale next week.
So where to locate Flexa? It's located at Kiulap (near Mamih Cafe) and do look for Patrick *great bloke* and he will be able to give you consultation on the concept of Flexa.
With 1 bed bringing 1001 possibilities, new dreams can begin here…..
The motto for Flexa
The stages that your children can go through starting at 3 years old or even at 2
From there, you can expand to a bigger bed with a mini slide and a tent
And by 9 years old, you can have the same bed with your study station underneath.. The possibilities are endless
By 12 years, it can be turned into this to keep up with the changes as they grow older. With Flexa, this is made possible.
If you notice the planks are slightly bend but these are very lasting and even kids can jump on their mattress and they are still durable. These also create comfort for the kids to sleep in.
Ok, I think I'm too big for this kind of stuff.. This bed set is actually the 4th stage. So that means you can actually buy the bed separately from this whole package and add on as your children grow older.
So do check out Flexa located at Kiulap
A few weeks ago, TelBru had a press conference on the marketing gimmick in the social media campaign to increase their followers on Facebook page and Twitter. The 1.5 month campaign was a success as they managed to increase their social media platform by three folds and the lucky winners were being announced on TelBru's Facebook page.
This is the first marketing gimmick that TelBru has come up with and yes, you can follow them on Twitter @TelBru and you will see updates as well on what's going on in terms of promotions as well as responding to feedback from followers.
So are you one of the winners of @TelBru competition on Facebook and Twitter?
Abdul Azim Bin Haji Yusoff 01-055152
Abdul Qadir Al' Aziz Zaidi 01-042830
Ainorazrina Haji Zabidi 01-039587
Ak Amar-Rizamir Bin Pg Hj Osman 00-312676
Ak Hj Muhd Nuramsyar Bin Pg Hj Hashim 00-311300
Harminah Haji Harun 00-304511
Hartini Binti Haji Tamin 00-262705
Hassnal Sulaiman 00-298531
Hiew Tet Voon 30-105738
Muhammad Faiz Bin Anuar 01-056354
Muhammad Hanif Bin Haji Johari 01-061869
Muhammad Samhan Bin Azamain 01-060156
Siti Khadijah Binti Haji Mokti 01-046110
Sufinah Sabli 00-304735
Syahmi Hasif Bin Sabtu 01-037704
Tang Ann Chee 51-224493
For more of the winners, you can click here.
Are you one of the lucky ones to catch MIssion Impossible 4 this Thursday (sponsored by TelBru)?
I found it strange that Terminal 2 was quieter than Terminal 1. Way quieter, in fact. That really tells a lot about certain airlines (I guess??)
I paid a quick visit to "Dr. John" who is very popular for alteration on clothes. I had my Adidas bag trimmed as well as my annoying long pants :D. Do look for him at Lucky Plaza, 2nd floor
One of the biggest gig of the year. It came out on the national news, newspaper. blogs, everywhere… and I was part of the strong 28,000 crowd too. Lots of Bruneians also came for the biggest gig of the year - ZoukOut 2011
Bumped into Whitney and Angel at the airport and we were talking about food during our short trip in the MRT. By the way, happy birthday Whitney :D
These guys lit up the corridor of 3rd floor of Royal Plaza on Scotts. Noisy bunch but sometimes they are just too adorable to tell them to cool down. I'm quite amused that one of my siblings just took a video of the impromptu script they made up
This was a rare sight for me at Bugis junction. It took us at least two traffic cycle to get to the other side of the road. Strange but true!!
They had a marketing gimmick at iStudio at Paragon and ironically the lady asked if I wanted to take picture with her..
So their job is simple.. Stand outside the building and let the cameras snap away. The models are sponsored by A & F.
Singapore is also a small country where you bound to bump into your circle of friends. So I actually bumped into Johnny and Evelyn at one of the electronic shop at Lucky Plaza.
S100 vs X10 - both are winners :D
Hj Azhar Hj Yahya, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Upstream) at the Energy Department, Prime Minister's Office, spoke during the press conference relating to the upcoming Job Fair. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times
Over 50 booths tomorrow will take part in the Oil & Gas Service Sector Job Fair and this could open up doors to 100 job opportunities. The objective of the job fair is to bolster the oil & gas industry with 35,000 jobs by 2030.
During the press conference last week, Hj Azhar Hj Yahya, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Upstream) at the Energy Department, Prime Minister's Office, said that the job fair is a "reality call" for everyone to make steep improvements and be innovative to resolve unemployment issues in Brunei Darussalam.
The ambitious figure of 35,000 is a tall order but this is very much possible in a long term. The figures are also accounted with foreign and local talents taking up the jobs in the upstream, downstream and service sector industries.
So guys, just drop by Bridex Exhibition Hall from 13th to 17th December and do check up on the poster below for the programs listed during the job fair. For more of the story, you can click here. Source: Al-Haadi of The Brunei Times.
It's happening tomorrow
So peeps.. How has been lately? Sorry for the lack of updates as I'm not in town.. I missed the happenings back in Brunei 1) Brunei's Edutainment World (Riverview car park area) 2) Times Square Carnival 3) B.mobile roadshow featuring Who's Got Talent 3 finale 4) DST Year end Carnival 5) Come Together by NeoMusic School at Citis Square 5) Total dinner 6) Anugerah Pelangi and a few more others that I could have covered.
I'm currently enjoying time off from work and I shall be back on my RA duties come 19th December. There will be one minor event that FES Retro and I have created and this is for all the FIFA fans out there. As one of the FES Retro activities, there will be a mini-FIFA tournament which will be held between 23rd to 25th December. More details be given out on this matter and I'm sure there will be lots of interest for this tournament.
I'm still bummed that I can't fly to Vietnam this December but my recent trip has made up for it and I can't wait for the KL trip as I've been invited to Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011 and I will finally get to meet blog superstars @xiaxue and @kennysia who are both nominated once again. I'm kinda excited to be among the 500 guest list for the prestigious event and if I'm not mistaken, I'm the first Bruneian to be part of this event. So definitely another milestone to be proud of :D Thank you, Nuffnang, and it will be a pleasure to meet the guys behind Nuffnang too.
Recently I attended Zoukout 2011 and it was my first time to such an event. I've heard so many stories of ZO over the years. Last year was one of the best gigs as it featured DJ Tiesto and David Guetta. This year, despite no big names, this event was still a crowd puller. It was bigger than last year though the capacity was at its max (28,000) and it lasted till 8am. Quite a number of Bruneians also attended the yearly gig and I'm pretty sure 2012 will be a big bang!!! Too bad I missed Armin's spinning.. He apparently showed up at 5am *lol* As he quoted, "ZoukOut is like playing a match in the Champions League or Superbowl. It doesn't get much bigger than this".
Oh yeah, you might call me crazy but I ended up buying two compact camera. One is the S100 Canon and the other is the X10 Fujifilm. I was torn between two cameras while reading the reviews online. Both have their pros and cons but more of the positive comments of course. So in the end, I purchased two of them in a space of an hour *lol* (There goes my holiday budget for the mean time).
Canon Powershot S100. So what's good about this powerful compact camera? It's a good upgrade from the S95.. It has a wide aperture of f/2.0 which creates a nice bouquet on some of my shots lately. It produce hi speed movies (240 fps) and the wide angle lens is very useful for my coverage. Though it shoots well in RAW, I'm not a big fan of photo processing (time consuming). The GPS function is pretty cool though I have yet to make full use of the camera. This is a light, compact camera which can do wonders and this will give me a good reason to leave my 5D back at home on certain events.
The S100 is one super handy compact camera. Easily fits in your pocket and ready to go and powerful too!!! I love this camera already
Fujifilm X10. The aperture is also f/2.0 when it's fully wide. This is another powerful camera which I have yet to fully utilized. I did a quick comparison and this camera has its minor flaws compared to the S100. However, the X10 works well in low lighting and the resolution is superb too. I have yet to try the "rapid fire" mode (10 fps) but I know this will come handy on my outdoor coverage. This camera is more expensive than the S100. I thought this would be a more than $1,000 but I ended up paying lesser than that which prompted me to buy the 2nd camera.
The X10 does wonders in low lighting and has a bigger censor than the S100. Surprisingly I love the S10 more than the X10 but the latter can perform shots that the S100 can't.
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Hundreds of local music lovers throughout the country turned out in full force at the Jerudong Park Ampitheatre last night, as they cheered for some of Brunei's popular music practitioners at the 2010 - 2011 Pelangi Awards, which was hosted by Pelangi FM, Radio Brunei.
What was feted as a night of musical promise, the event kicked off with live performances by award nominees who contended against each other across six categories - Chosen Male Vocal, Chosen Female Vocal, Chosen Duo/Group Vocal, Chosen Newcomer, Chosen Newcomer Duo/Group and Chosen Song - short-listed via criteria that included airplay, request and public voting.
The guest of honour was the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Dato Paduka Awang Hj Abdul Wahab bin Juned.
Zul Faden once again won the heart of the judges as he was announced the Chosen Male Vocal winner, followed by Qeez Idrus who dominated the Chosen Female Vocal category. As for the Chosen Song for 2010/2011, "I Stalk Your Profile" proved to be the most popular hit on record, composed by Jazz Hayat and Fakhrul Razi.
A Band Once also managed to make the cut this year in the Chosen Duo/Group Vocal category, followed by Dinshe, who debuted with "Kau Yang Terhebat" and received a victory in the Chosen Newcomer Duo/Group category.
Newcomer, AJ, who climbed to the top of the Brunei chart with his songs played by local radio stations was rewarded for his work when he was presented the Chosen Newcomer award.
Last night marked the fourth time that the music awards have been held, as it continues to be one of RTB's events held in support of nurturing local artistes, but more importantly, to recognise them for their hard work and efforts in growing a fledgling music industry in the Sultanate. Text by Azim Karim (Borneo Bulletin), images by Dean Kassim (Borneo Bulletin)
The Guest of honor and the VIPs during the Pelangi Awards
Aziz Harun is so talented. I hope he grows bigger as an artist next year. Keep it up!!
Congrats to Dinshe for winning the Chosen Newcomer Duo/Group category
Jazz Hayat won Chosen Song 2010/2011 for "I Stalk Your Profile" written by himself and Fakhrul Razi
A Band Once made it twice in a row for winning the chosen Duo/Group Vocal category
The Apple is you
Royal Brunei Airlines held a prize presentation at RBA Plaza in Bandar Seri Begawan for the 10 winners of a Lucky Draw which was organised to commemorate the recent official launch of RBA’s New Technology Suite.
The Lucky Draw was open for passengers who purchased tickets on RBA’s website from 26 to 30 November 2011 in which passengers could win air tickets to the same destination they purchased in the five days.
Royal Brunei Airlines Deputy Chairman, Mr. Dermot Mannion, presented the air tickets to the winner. He stated, “We are excited to expand our presence online and to reward our passengers for their support.”
Royal Brunei Airlines also recently organised a facebook competition in which ‘fans’ can post an image on RBA’s Facebook ‘wall’ that includes RBA’s website. The images with the most ‘likes’ can stand a chance to win a prize. Images courtesy of Royal Brunei Airlines. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/royalbruneiairlines
It's happening tonight at Citis Square