I followed the wife on her health screening at Gleneagles Hospital one morning, and photographed her journey.
It was more thorough than I expected, and I am now convinced it's something we should do more regularly.
She juggles a lot as a mother — the household, her job, me, the kids — and I want her to stay healthy and happy. Her health check is like my little Mother's Day present to her (but got other present also lah, dear).
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Once again, it is time for the annual IFA Global Press Conference, where offline and online media gather to find out about the European consumer electronics show held in September every year, in Berlin.
We had speakers from companies like Philips, Vestel (Turkish company) and BSH Group, who came to talk about trends and numbers and of course, their own new products. I particularly enjoyed the bits by research people from GfK. Curved TVs, for example. What is up with THAT trend? Is it going to change the world? Or is it going the way of the 3D TV flop?
There were a few booths to see, not many, since most of the brands will be showing off their wares at the IFA in Berlin itself. I was quite fascinated with Philips' new A5-PRO headphones made in collaboration with DJ Armin Van Buuren.
Also cool was their new Android Smart TV and the surround speaker system with detachable rear satellites that are wireless. I own the first gen Fidelio HTL9100 myself and was keen to see the next gen.
I also got to touch the Panasonic GH4. I say touch because inside no battery. They lost it in transit. Pffft.
We got to see a bit of Antalya, after a coach ride that took a little too long in the rush hour traffic. We wandered around Kaleici, or Old Town Antalya. It's actually quite pretty, as long as you don't get dragged into tourist trap stores.
I got to drink a red drink from a barrel off this guy's back.
I got to try some Turkish delights.
I got to eat Turkish ice-cream with an elaborate show.
And in Old Town Antalya, I found this shop with a very odd room of life-sized figures.
The final night's dinner was quite enjoyable. There was a Turkish singer who sang covers and some Turkish songs. I called her the Celine Dion of Turkey.
Then, just when you thought the night was over, boom, the belly dancers showed up. The (male) photographers in the audience went wild.
But the highlight for me was Marit Larsen, from Norway. Yes, if that name sounds familiar, she was formerly from teen duo m2m. I am such a fanboy. Marit has had a fairly successful solo career too, with that 2008 hit song, If A Song Could Get Me You.
Watching her sing live was awesome.
I spent a day with a Certis Cisco officer as he prepared for his duties at a MSL football match. It was eye-opening.
You can read about my day with Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) Lance Corporal Nicholas Alex, on my photo narrative site: brown.exposure.co
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I received this 10 For Keeps Memory Kit from the team behind Singapore Memory Project and decided to capture some of my cherished Singapore-related memories using the included Instax camera. At first, I thought I'd just take photos of the items lying on the floor but since my kids were on their one-week school holiday, I decided to deploy my child labour.
This is my school tie clip. The tie it is on belongs to my son, who is also going to the same school as his old man did. I have had that tie clip for decades now, since Secondary 4, when I left the school at 16. It is hard to believe I have kept it for almost thirty years. Whenever I have to wear a tie (which is rare), I try to wear the clip. It isn't as fancy as the branded ones out there but it brings back memories of school days. That my boy is now part of the same school family makes it even more special.
Joy is holding on to a FujiFilm FinePix 40i digital camera. It was the first digital camera I even owned and cost me slightly more than a thousand dollars in the year 2000. I bought it just before my firstborn, Faith was born and all her early photos were taken with this camera. I told the wife the purchase was "for the baby". It helped to pass the Minister of Home Affair's scrutiny.
The 40i was an oddity because it could play MP3s AND take photos: a camera with headphones and a music remote control. It had 2.4 megapixels (my iPhone has more megapixels than this camera now) and used giant SmartMedia cards. The lens was equivalent to 36mm on a full frame camera and fixed (only digital zoom) but you know, I took many photos of Faith and printed them out at 3R and 4R and didn't think it lacked anything.
I know how Inception this is: I used an analogue camera to take an instant photo of a digital camera and scanned the instant photo of my digital camera for my blog.
The Fuji Finepix 40i doesn't work anymore but I still keep it because it was my firstborn camera for my firstborn child.
Isaac here is holding on to a photo of me, aged 1. I love collecting old black and white photos of my past and from this photo you can see the black sliding gate reminiscent of the old HDB flats in the early 70s. It also shows the exposed gas meter of the time. And also note that parents in the old days didn't really fuss over the hygiene of placing their baby on the floor of the common corridor.
Joy is holding on to a photo of her mother, aged 18. This was taken when I first started dating my wife, in her home, which was a three-room flat above her father's tailor shop. She was a sweetie then, and still one now. You can see where my daughters get their big "eyes like limpid pools" from. ("Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. -Song of Solomon 7:4)
Also note the old school sofa, the kind with the stretched black elastic bands below and square cushions on top.
When Joy saw the photo, she said, "Mommy is so pretty!"
Indeed she is.
Joy is carrying a cassette tape. This is a performance track for a song that the wife and I used to sing at our friend's weddings. A performance track is the song with just the music and sans vocals. The tape is high-end chromium dioxide (CrO2) tape, and is still in great shape, but I don't have a player at home that can play it anymore, since almost all my music is now digital and in the cloud.
When Joy saw it, she said, "Papa, is that a… TAPE?"
Yes, I told her. The song, I said, had to be played in a linear fashion and if you wanted to skip to the next song, you had to fast forward. This is an alien concept for my kids because they are used to being able to jump to any point in a song or a video. And another mind-blowing thing for them to learn: you took the tape out and flipped it around for songs on the B-side. Wait till I show them how we used to rewind a tape with a pencil to save battery life on a Walkman.
You can win your own Instax Memory Kit worth over $100 by sharing a meaningful memory or two in the comments* below by 2 April 2359h. The two best entries will win.
The Instax Memory Kit was a great way to document some of the memories I want to keep. It comes with an instant camera, 2 cartridges of instant film with 10 exposures each and a Memory Kit book that teaches you how to document your memories. There are even memory sheets in the kit that allows you to mail in your instant photos and describe your memories so that the Singapore Memory Project can archive them for future generations to enjoy.
By submitting your memories you will also stand a chance to have them featured at SMP’s Memory Showcase. Do come down to the showcase launching on the 11th of April at the National Library Building.
* Note that by submitting a comment you agree to let it be collected by the Singapore Memory Project team for archival and collection purposes, and may be used by the team as content feature.
This is my Faith, just back from a little grocery shopping trip with me. I took her along to send her younger brother to tuition, then decided to buy some things at the supermarket after that.
"Good girl, Faith, for helping Papa!" I said, pleased that she could hang on to the plastic bag of groceries I gave her. The autism and her low tone means she usually has trouble holding on to heavier items.
This is Faith seconds later, dashing off from the lift lobby, giggling. She does that sometimes, bolting away for no good reason. I think she finds it amusing to make me run after her. Needless to say, I ended up chasing after her to make sure she didn't run to the street. My radar and reflexes are very good and sharp but my sprinting isn't of Usain Bolt standard. I was winded by the time I caught her.
Being part of the 1 Million kg Blogger Challenge has made me acutely aware of how important it is to keep myself fit for my kids. Sure, losing weight is nice and all, but making sure my heart is strong and body reasonably fit, even as I enter my late forties, is even more important.
I've been adding more veggies into my daily meals and thinking of running or swimming more. Maybe trying some other exercise besides cycling. Varying the exercise routine a bit is probably good for the body. The human body adapts to a exercise routine very quickly and after a while you can plateau if you don't push other parts of the body.
Anyway, do sign up for the #1mkg Challenge yourself. It will be good for you to shed some kilos healthily and win some prizes (got car!). Use my link: http://bit.ly/N2U2vq.
And let's make sure Miyagi does the hot yoga forfeit. Heheh.
When I grow up, I want to have Allan Wu's body. Is that guy fit or WHAT? You can see from this photo, even the zeros got thinner just standing behind him, frightened into skinniness.
This was at the 1 Million kg Challenge Launch event over the weekend at the Ngee Ann City forecourt. Under big white tents, people mingled and tried the various booths, and got free stuff (I heard much of the free stuff involved healthy food).
Miyagi and I wandered around the area, trying out the stations.
The first booth was obvious: Get ourselves signed up and weighed in at the machines. Miyagi entered his name and age and weight and all that stuff, and the machine killed itself.
I am kidding. The machine gave him his BMI and told him how many gazillion kilograms he had to lose before he hit "healthy".
I was there with him all the way, by his side… taunting him. But he was not fazed. He had the look of determination on his face, as you can see from this photo.
Next we checked out a cycling station, and a question and answer booth (got prizes to win one). The answer to this question is FALSE, you should NOT cut back on the amount of exercise you do, after you reach your ideal weight.
The TRX exercise station looked like a lot of fun. So we tried it out. I gave Miyagi "a hand".
As you can see, I was really giving my 110% when it was my turn.
Kidding aside, it has been a rather challenging start to my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. I had a wedding to attend over the weekend (yes the food was awesome) then a dinner at a friend's house that very same day. I consciously avoided the alcohol at the wedding (ok, I had one small glass of red wine but the rest was Chinese tea) and didn't even finish the whole wedding 10-course meal. And I didn't whack the cheese and crackers over dinner (I gave them to my wife).
I've also been getting more sleep. I am zonked before midnight and up by 7am, which is unheard of for me, as I am a night person. But new duties (sending Faith to school) meant an adjustment to my lifestyle. So I now have my meals at proper hours due to this change in timing. Not too bad. No more 11pm meals for me.
Also cut were my portions of rice and noodles. Those carbs can be hard to shed once they are inside. And I took my chicken rice today skinless (the chicken, not me).
Anyways, there is still time for YOU to sign up for the 1 Million kg Challenge, using my referral link: http://bit.ly/1fRoHsF
Remember what is at stake here: Making sure I win so that Miyagi does YOGA. You know you want to see him stretch like Plastic Man. Sign up now!
I could not resist these shoes when I walked into the New Balance Factory Outlet. I already own an orange pair of NB Minimus trail shoes, and love the lightweight, comfort and fit, so when I saw these on sale, I had to get other colours.
My wife asked if I was taking up running. I muttered something and pretended I didn't hear it. But it looks like there is no escape from regular exercise, since I already have the shoes for it (more than three pairs, in fact).
At around the same time I got my new kicks, I suffered a pretty bad case of gastritis. Maybe it was work stress, or maybe it was the irregular meals, or maybe it was having to wake up early in the morning for a new family routine, but my tummy decided to protest. And boy, did it protesteth much.
My family doctor said my stomach is not fully healed from the Helicobacter pylori attack I had some months ago (I even needed a colonoscopy for it). She gave me some meds and told me I needed to change some of my eating habits. Shucks, but I love my spicy food and the little bits of crunchy lard in my bak chor mee leh.
Just as well, HPB started the 1 Million kg Challenge (www.millionkg.sg) to encourage Singapore to lose 1 million kilograms collectively through healthy food choices and exercise. And to make it more interesting, DanielFoodDiary, Mr Miyagi and I will be competing in the HPB #1mkg Blogger Challenge, to see how many people we can get to sign up*. Use my referral link here: http://bit.ly/1nfuDQc or click on the badge at my sidebar to sign up on the 1MKGC portal and I will get the referral points.
Why help me get referrals, you ask? Because the loser of this Blogger Challenge will need to do a forfeit. And who doesn't want to see Mr Miyagi don spandex and do some hot yoga, right? I will even help him choose the spandex (I think something neon pink will be very fetching on Mr Miyagi's finely sculpted body).
Our mentor is Dr Leslie Tay, better known as Mr ieatishootipost. He will give us great tips on how to be healthy while telling us about the wonderful chendol he just had. It is a twisted move on HPB's part, methinks.
I hope to shed some of the kilograms I gained when I turned 40 (I call it the Eldershield Curse) and gain some energy back too. I have a lot more on my plate these days and it doesn't hurt to be fitter and more awake.
The #1mkg Blogger Challenge will last from 12th March to 30th March, so what are you waiting for? Click on my referral link and sign up for the 1 Million kg Challenge now! Remember: Miyagi in tights doing hot yoga!
*Minimum system requirements: participants must be between 18 and 64 years old, and have an existing BMI of between 18.5 to 37.4
My aunt is a low wage worker, has been for many years. She doesn't really need to do it now, having retired, but she still does it because she doesn't like staying home.
In her many years doing jobs that Singaporeans don't like to do, like being a hawker assistant, chye tow kuay cook, clearing plates at a food court or fast food outlet, I have heard many stories of woe about the long hours and tough life.
Some employers take advantage of low wage workers like her, by doing things like making her work more than 12 hours a day, not paying for overtime, not giving paid public days, not granting sick leave, or not paying CPF on time (or not even paying CPF at all). And very often, many of these workers don't realize they have rights too, especially the older ones and the ones without formal education.
We keep an eye out for my aunt's rights, as her family, even though she works now to pass the time and meet people, but not everyone has family to protect them from unscrupulous employers.
My aunt has worked more than 12 hours many times in her previous jobs. It would have been good if someone had told her that was not allowed.
Once, she scalded her arm in the course of serving hot desserts. The boss paid for her to see a doctor but I don't think she was paid for the day she was on medical leave.
Other times, she gets bullied to come to work on days that other older workers don't want to work, even though she wasn't very much younger.
And not every employer she's had paid her CPF either. As if being paid so little isn't bad enough.
It's better now, she works for a big fast food chain that is more likely to follow the labour laws.
I was at Tiong Bahru Market last week, to watch a fun little musical number performed by theVoice, a community theatre group. They sang and danced to the song Jit Pa Ban, with new lyrics, to get the idea of workers' rights across, and to raise awareness of the WorkRight hotline (1800-221-9922). Everyone at the hawker centre watched with amusement, and gave them a hand at the end of the little show.
Hopefully, more workers will know their rights and how to protect themselves. If you are a friend or family member of someone who you know is being exploited, you can call the number too.
I can't wait to see the video of the performance!
In my last SONOS post, I talked about using the SONOS system to play music all over my home. Today, I'm going to share some of my experiences using the SONOS wireless speaker system as a home theatre.
My big screen TV in the living room doesn't have great sound (hey, tiny speakers inside the TV, what to do?), so I wanted to see if adding the SONOS Playbar would help.
With nine speakers inside, the Playbar really made my TV sound good. The Playbar connected to my TV with an optical cable and the only other cable was the power cord. The Playbar also wirelessly and painlessly became part of my SONOS speaker network.
By itself, the Playbar already had very decent TV sound. You may be able to get better separation with a left and right speaker setup but this one-piece solution works fine and can be wall-mounted or placed on a console, taking up very little space. It also looks quite sleek.
My next experiment was to add the SONOS Sub to the mix. Woah, what a difference. Suddenly my Playbar with the Sub was a 3:1 system (Left-Centre-Right and Subwoofer). I could place the Sub anywhere in the living room, as long as it was near a power socket, because the Sub talks to the Playbar wirelessly too.
Then I took two Play:3s and set them up behind my sofa. Instant 5:1 home system! I was in surround heaven as I played back some of my movies on my Apple TV. You can get 5:1 surround even with HD channels on your cable box, as long as the show is broadcast in 5:1 surround.
Again, the Play:3s as left and right rear speakers were easy to set up because they are wireless but just make sure you are near a power socket. I used the SONOS app to add and set up all the home theatre stuff very easily. The app even help me optimize the system based on how near or far my speakers were from the viewing area.
Another really neat feature was how the app helped to pair my TV's remote control to the Playbar. I then disabled the TV speakers from my TV setup, and the TV remote now controls the volume of the Playbar instead.
During the times the Play:3s were not used as rear speakers for the home theatre system, I moved them to the bedrooms to be used there. It was nice to have dual-duty wireless speakers. The Play:1s can also be used as rear speakers.
If you have a TV that doesn't have enough HDMI ports, and you own multiple devices, like a PS4, Xbox One, Blu-ray player, Cable Set-top box, and an Apple TV, you can solve the problem with an HDMI port switcher. My Monoprice one has four HDMI inputs and one HDMI out (to the TV), and an optical Toslink output (to the Playbar). This lets you connect all your devices without needed a big AV receiver.
You can place the Playbar lying down or standing up but I found the sound to be better when the Playbar was standing on its thin end.
One caveat with the Playbar as a home theatre system: it currently supports Dolby Digital 5:1 and not DTS or Dolby TrueHD. But my Apple TV, Netflix, and cable tv provider broadcasts in Dolby Digital 5:1 anyway, and many of the movies I own support both DTS and Dolby Digital 5:1.
My kids are now used to hearing the sound quality coming out of the TV via the Playbar and the rest of the SONOS system in the living room (and the wife plays music out of them too). I am not sure if I can unhook the Playbar after this review without some kind of revolt now.
You can win yourself a SONOS Playbar! Contest details at the SONOS SE Asia Facebook fanpage: http://mrbrwn.co/SONOSmb4 (Link works from desktop browsers only, not mobile)
Contest ends on the 31st of December, 2013. Go join now and win that Playbar!
Update: The winner is Christina Lim Peck Hwee! Congrats!
One of my first music devices was a Sharp double-cassette player. As a teen, my boombox was my life, giving me hours of pleasure from radio and tapes (and recording from radio and tape-to-tape).
Later on, it was CD. These days, most of my music is non-physical, existing either as mp3, AAC or FLAC, and more recently, as streaming services. As the need to have physical media diminished, the need for large pieces of gear and speakers diminished too. What I wanted was a speaker system that was wireless and easy to set up, so that I could stream stuff from my iPhone, iPad and iTunes Radio.
I toyed with a few wireless speakers, like bluetooth ones, but they had range issues and sometimes needed dongles. So when I had the chance to try the SONOS system at an IT show, I was impressed and SONOS offered me a full system to try at my own home.
The SONOS system uses its own proprietary wifi network. Each speaker is both able to send and receive wifi signals, meaning the coverage is very thorough. I only needed to ensure that just one of the speakers is connected to my home network via the Ethernet port of my router or a nearby switch. If that was not convenient, I could use the SONOS Bridge to connect to my router, then the rest of the speakers could be placed freely in the home.
I played with all the speakers, the smallest Play:1, the medium-sized Play:3, big brother Play:5, the Sub and the Playbar. The Playbar and Sub and two Play:3 speakers made up the home theatre in my living room. The Play:5 was in my master bedroom, the Play:1 was the roving speaker. I added speaker after speaker painlessly with just the app, and labeled the rooms they were in.
Once set up, I proceeded to try playing music from my iPhone. I found the sound quality excellent and lag-free. With their app, I could play one kind of music in the living room, while playing another album in the master bedroom, while streaming some Pandora in the study. All from one device in my hand. I felt like the Master of My Music Universe.
My iPad showed no signs of choking on doing so much, and the music all played in their respective rooms with ease.
Then one day, when the kids and wife were all out, I grouped all the speakers together and played my favorite album in ALL the rooms, in the whole house. That worked wonderfully too.
If you are a Spotify or Pandora user, you will love the integration of these services in the app.
Just to prove how easy it was to use the system, I taught my wife how to play her music with the app within minutes.
The other thing I appreciated was how easy it was to move SONOS stuff around. Sometimes, I would move the Play:3 speakers to the master bedroom if I wanted more speakers there. I could pair two Play:3s or Play:1s to make a stereo pair.
The Play:1, in particular, was awesome in size and sound. For something this small, the entry level SONOS speaker packs a punch and is easy to set up on a bookshelf, or kitchen, or even near the toilet (it has humidity-resistance!).
You can feel the heft of the Play:1 with its double-speaker array inside and the self-powered amp within. This didn't feel like some cheapo speaker you get out there. It looks classy and plays great. At $399, it is a great starter SONOS speaker.
Next week, I will share with you guys the experience of using the SONOS as a home theatre system. Stay tuned.
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I have been wearing glasses for as long as I remember, probably five years old. I know this because I remember being the only one in my kindergarten wearing spectacles. And in Primary One, I was one of three kids who had glasses on in the primary school class photo. In those days, myopia was less prevalent among children than today.
So you can say I have lived with shortsightedness for a long time and I know glasses and contact lenses very well. Well, these days, I also have to contend with age-related longsightedness, or Old Flower Eyes, and I have been wearing progressive glasses for some years too.
When Essilor, the makers of Crizal lenses asked if we would like new glasses for the whole family, I said sure thing, because both the younger two kids finally needed glasses and the wife also finally admitted to needing reading glasses too. Faith, my oldest, has perfect eyesight at the moment (phew!).
As a family, we visit our family optician at Crystal Optics nearby so that's where we went. I don't optician-hop because it's important to work with folks who know your needs beyond your prescription.
Max, who works there, knows us very well now and takes really good care of us.
I am not new to Crizal lenses. I have used them for my most recent progressive glasses and they are awesome. Scratch-, dust-, water- and smudge-resistant, and significantly reduced glare… what is not to like? I also found out they had UV protection, something I have been concerned with as I ride my bicycle to work in the sun often, and I don't wear sunglasses.
It seems that dark tinted sunglasses do not necessarily block out ultraviolet (UV) rays better than light tinted lenses, and that our eyes are still susceptible to harmful UV rays indoors.
As with most parents, I had used cheaper glasses for my kids because we think A) they always lose or spoil them and B) their prescription changes often. But this time, we were going to try better lenses with better coatings, especially for UV, for them.
We have never done glasses for the whole gang at one go before so it was quite an adventure. Usually, it's just one of us who came to make glasses. So it took a while longer than usual as we picked out frames that suit our faces and that we liked. Each of us also had a full eye test, particularly important for me because I was making progressive lenses that can help me see both far and near.
Nothing makes a man feel more uncle than having to make progressive lenses but hey, at least they don't have lines anymore.
I am told my Crizal progressive lenses are the latest generation, with better optics for near field vision. On a daily basis, I look at all kinds of stuff, from the computer (that's one distance), to an iPad (another distance), to an iPhone (the smallest of the lot and the nearest I read). So a pair of glasses had better be designed to help me shuttle between these reading distances.
I also wear the same glasses to ride outdoors, sometimes in the rain. Again, water running off the lenses help with the vision, and at night, reduced glare is my best friend.
So you can understand how much I appreciate a good pair of glasses and why I am always willing to pay a little more for quality. I have another pair of glasses being made for home/office use too. This other pair of Nikon progressives are designed for medium to near field use, like from iPhone to computer. Maybe I will share that with you when they are done.
I think the family is pleased with the new glasses. Now my mission is to ensure the kids know how to take care of their eyes better, and their new glasses too.
Essilor has launched a campaign to support UNICEF’s work in detecting and addressing the needs of children with disabilities, including vision impairments, and will donate $1 for every Essilor Crizal UV lens sold by all optical shops in Singapore participating in the "Essilor supports UNICEF operation".
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I hope you enjoy our little video and have a little laugh.
This was my first time on camera in my pajamas so I was somewhat apprehensive about my, er, bedroom scenes. My wife also made me promise to clean up the house before I used it for filming. My mom also wants me to tell you that she was the one who got me those pajamas and to emphasize her impeccable taste.
I did have to explain to my frugal wife why I used up the bottle of ketchup and the toothpaste in our toilet. I assured her there was very little left in the bottle and the tube to begin with. In fact, we were still squeezing that tube of toothpaste for days after the shoot. For reals.
When POSB found out what I was doing with the tweets, they were amused and asked if they could share with my readers their new POSB HDB Loan. Sure, I said! I checked out their loan and think it is cool because it guarantees a lower interest rate compared to the HDB concessionary loan, so it will help all the frugal folks out there save quite a bit!
I just joined the TODAY Fantasy League (http://www.todayonline.com/fantasyleague) and formed my dream team: The Super Gorbloks!
Look upon their powers and tremble, mere mortals! There is a cash prize of US$5000 for the Manager of the Season and a monthly cash prize of US$500 for the Manager of the Month.
But for me, I play for the pleasure of seeing my team kick your team's butt.
The interface is fairly simple and my feeling is that you don't need to be a hardcore Fantasy League kind of person to play. Which suits this casual football fan fine.
If you like, you can also set up your own private league and play against your friends and family.
I have engaged my friend Ryan, who is knowledgeable in the ways of the BPL, to be my coach. He has helped me craft this team you see before you. That US$5000 is sure to be mine now! Muahahahahaha!
I have been watching the Barclays Premier League (BPL) situation for a while now, with great interest. I have to say, I sappork the Gahmen's move to make BPL shared content.
This means football fans can now return to watching BPL on your StarHub cable box, where it all began.
So here is a public service announcement for my readers who are football fans.
Starhub is throwing in a really attractive rebate -- SIX HUNDRED BUCKS!
The BPL deal StarHub is offering:
1. Enjoy a $30 rebate every month for the next TWO whole BPL seasons (so you are effectively paying $29.90 a month instead of $59.90).
2. New and existing customers with or without contracts are eligible.
3. NO bundling required, NO contract on the rebate.
4. And NO lags or freezes (this made me chortle because I remember the many fracases))
Bro-fist to StarHub for this aggressive move!
Three simple steps to apply (or watch the instructional video):
1. Get your NRIC and StarHub TV Subscription ID from your StarHub bill (or call 1633 for it to be text-ed to you)
2. Bring to any SingTel Shop and sign up for BPL cross-carried on StarHub TV
3. You will receive $30 rebate in your StarHub monthly bill automatically.
Note: You will need to switch to the HD HubStation set-top box if you haven't got one yet, to enjoy the BPL matches, as they will be broadcast in full HD.
Do visit www.starhub.com/therealbros for more details.
Bro tip: Sign up before the 12th of August, Monday, to catch the first games on 17 August! StarHub needs five working days after your subscription request to activate your channels.
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Thanks to all your contributions to the #singaporeanness hashtag via Twitter and Facebook, we have finally completed the song with your ideas and even made a music video!
Thanks to StarHub for collaborating with us on this unofficial NDP song project!
We hope you enjoy our little song: Forever Family.
Here is the audio track on Soundcloud too:
Happy 48th Birthday, Singapore!
Recently, with all the interest in our NDP songs, StarHub got in touch with me to see if I could help create an NDP song with you guys.
StarHub felt that the best way to celebrate our unique achievements is to celebrate all that's unique about us. So, we are putting together an unofficial NDP song that pays homage to our unique traits and habits — our "Singaporean-ness". And you can help me.
Here is what you can do. Send me unique Singaporean quirks, traits and sayings (including Singlish terms), anything and everything you love about our country and I will weave the into lyrics for the song.
You can submit your #singaporeanness ideas via Twitter or Facebook with the #singaporeanness hashtags (yes, Facebook supports hashtags now) or if you are the desktop computer kind of person, you may use the Facebook app via this URL: http://mrbrwn.co/ndpsong
I will be collecting submissions from today till the 7th of August but send them early or else I will be be very stressed lah! Limpeh have to write song and shoot video for you one leh! Thanks ah!