Saturday, December 20, 2014
Spotted Japanese Yoyo world champion and TV personality Performer Soul (Yu Kawada) when I was at Asakusa, Tokyo! Performer Soul won the World Yoyo Contest in 2000 when he was only 17 years old. He then later appeared in a few Japanese TV shows as an actor.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The most breathtaking attraction of the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition held at Science Centre Singapore is these 7m tall Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.
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Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition Singapore celebrates 30 years of evolution of the much beloved and world famous Transformers series. Spotted in the exhibition held at the Science Centre Singapore is this showcase of repainted Transformers toys by Sang Zhong.
Sang Zhong has built great interest in toy models and figures since childhood. After he graduated in fashion design from Donghua University, he still kept the passion for models and figures. He began working on Transformers DIY work, and gradually fell in love with repainting the toys.
Upon the release of the Transformers movie, a series of toys was released in the market. However, due to mass production, the toys were not quite satisfying and their look - especially the colours - appeared quite different from the movies. Some were also disappointed with the plastic texture of the toys. To solve this problem, Sang Zhong started his re-painting project on Transformers toys, hoping to give the toys a rebirth.
Sang Zhong's project is to repaint the original Transformers toys with an ornate metal paint to give texture. The toys had to be completely dismantled and each part was repainted. Paint is applied in multiple layers to ensure the colouring is in perfect condition.
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Saturday, November 08, 2014
Move over, Hello Kitty! Japan has a new real-life kitty sensation that's winning hearts around Tokyo. Shoppers in the busy area of Ginza were surprised and delighted by this adorable cat perched atop the Miyuki Dori street sign - seemingly oblivious to the commotion, while striking poses for curious passers-by, who are all-too-eager to take snaps on their mobile phones and cameras.
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Watch the incredible full episode now on YouTube, which everyone including the media has been talking about. This is one of my favourite Singapore Haunted episodes!
Background: Many years ago, a girl and her boyfriend went to the Yellow Tower late at night. A group of men then beat up the boyfriend and went on to rape the girl. The girl died during the incident. Apparently the ghost of the girl still haunts the tower till today. Will the Singapore Haunted team find more incredible evidence of her existence this time? Plus we investigate an area of East Coast Park near Fort Road.
Read what the media has to say about Singapore Haunted Yellow Tower Revisited: Malaysian newspaper theSun, RWS INVITES Magazine, Singapore's Stomp and AsiaOne.
Singapore Haunted is an original production of R3LOAD Network and is directed by yours truly. Like Us on Facebook and join us for future episodes!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
The trailer for the new Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron is out. Synopsis: With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats, Tony Stark attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron, a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence. However, his plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth, and it is up to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, along with support from Nick Fury and Maria Hill, to stop him from enacting his plans. Along the way, the Avengers encounter the powerful twins, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, as well as the familiar Vision.
Ultron is voiced by the amazing James Spader. What is interesting in this trailer is that Tony Stark still has his Iron Man armors, at least some of them. And one of them, the heavy duty Hulkbuster will be used to fight against Hulk.
Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out in April 2015. Long wait.
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Thanks to Robert Chua for letting me know that my show Singapore Haunted is mentioned in the latest issue of Resorts World Sentosa INVITES Magazine. Scans of their Halloween theme issue here.
"The Yellow Tower also known as Amber Beacon in East Coast Park is where a rape victim perished during an assault years ago. While filming for web TV series Singapore Haunted, investigators captured a thermal image of a figure on the 2nd floor of the tower..."
You can watch the exciting episode here: Singapore Haunted Yellow Tower Revisited Special.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Recently I was asked to direct a new mystery game show called The Key Question. The first episode is out. The show is hosted by newly crowned Miss Singapore Tourism Queen International, Luisa Gan. Go watch and you can also play the game at the end of the episode. Screenshots of the show below.
The Key Question is created by Freddie Lim (executive producer). It is directed, shot and edited by me. Assistant producer is Kate Lim. The show's wonderful original music was done by Ryuu Shun Hayashi.
On behalf of the team, I would like to thank the first 3 contestants, Thea Wong, Niclas Hansemark and Ng Shi Xin for being on the show.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
It's a wrap at the filming of The Key Question, a new mystery game show that I'm directing. From left to right: IZ (Producer, Director), Luisa Gan (Host), Freddie Lim (Executive Producer, Creator). Bottom: A heavily pixelated Kate Lim (Assistant Producer). On behalf of the team at The Key Question, I would like to congratulate Luisa for recently winning the Miss Singapore Tourism Queen International 2014 crown. We are proud of you Luisa!
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An earlier test I did of the slow motion capabilities of the GH4 shot at 96fps. The variable frame rate function of the GH4 changes the frame rate in shooting when recording the data, which realizes unique fast-motion and slow-motion effect. Value can be set between 2fps and 96fps.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
A close up look at Hot Toys new Iron Man Bones, Peacemaker and Python collectible figures that were on show at Singapore Toy Game Comic Convention 2014 (STGCC 2014).
The 1/6th scale Bones (Mark XLI) Collectible Figure has a finely crafted structure, black and gold colored armor, LED light-up functions and accessories. It has specially designed magnetic components which allow it to be split into multiple parts and re-attach back together at will.
The 1/6th scale Peacemaker (Mark XXXVI) Collectible Figure features special metallic orange, dark grey and silver painting with distress effect on armor, LED light-up functions, and figure base.
The 1/6th scale Python (Mark XX) Collectible Figure, the Long Distance suit from the Iron Legion, features specially painted black and gold colored armor, LED light-up functions, interchangeable parts, and figure stand with flexible pillar for dynamic posing.
Hot Toys also featured their new Iron Man 3: 1/6th scale Collectible Bust Series and their 1/6th scale Iron Man Mark III (Construction Version) Collectible.
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Imaginarium Art present their 1:2 scale Iron Man Mark 42, Iron Patriot and Iron Man Mark 17 Heartbreaker statues including their 1:2 Iron Man helmets and Iron Man Starboost and Iron Patriot 1:2 scale busts at Singapore Toy Game Comic Convention 2014 (STGCC 2014).
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Enterbay NBA collection at Singapore Toy Game Comic Convention 2014 (STGCC 2014). Each figure has a museum-like representation of the NBA star with authentic likeness, one smiling head sculpt and one regular (iconic) facial expression including. The head sculpts are hand-painted with newly developed "multi layer" paint application.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Spotted at STGCC 2014, is this Hot Toys Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) Collectible Figure from the classic and highly popular THE TRANSFORMERS GENERATION 1.
The Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) collectible figure stands approximately 30cm tall featuring a highly detailed mechanical structure and remarkable painting applications with distress effect, a pair of Starscream’s wings, weapons, and a rocky ground diorama base with Autobots’ logo.
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Hot Toys 1/6th scale Collectible Figures of the Guardians of the Galaxy at Singapore Toy Game Comic Convention 2014 (STGCC 2014).
The movie-accurate Star-Lord collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, an interchangeable LED light-up masked head sculpt, highly detailed costume, weapons and accessories.
The movie-accurate Rocket Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on his unique physique in the film. It features a finely sculpted head and body, specially tailored costume, weapon, and specially designed figure stand.
The movie-accurate Groot Collectible Figure features highly detailed head and body with amazing paint application to reflect his distinctive appearance, and a specially designed figure stand.
The movie-accurate Gamora collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Zoe Saldana as Gamora in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume, weapons and accessories.
The movie-accurate Drax collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Dave Batista as Drax in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, weapons and accessories.
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Visitors to Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention (STGCC 2014) were treated to an awesome Iron Giant cosplay by Orvis Evans. The costume took more than 6 months to make and was made using PVC pipes, plastic, foam and even parts from a toilet!
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At the Singapore Toy Game Comic Convention (STGCC 2014), Hot Toys show off their 1/6th scale Collectible Figure of Back To The Future’s main character – Marty McFly!
The movie-accurate Marty McFly collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and a number of accessories.
Together with Marty, is this movie-accurate DeLorean Time Machine collectible vehicle. It is very detailed and specially crafted based on the film, featuring a meticulously crafted exterior with cable wires across body, detailed structure of the time machine engine deck and cabin, functional gull-wing doors, and a number of LED light-up functions on the exterior and interior.
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Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC 2014) is back once again! R3LOAD Network brings you highlights of the biggest pop culture event in Singapore with all the new and cool toys, games, comics, anime, manga, collectibles and the wonderful cosplayers!
I had so much fun covering this year's STGCC for R3LOAD Network and I'm looking forward to a better STGCC next year! The Hot Toys booth is always my favourite and of course, the cosplayers this year are fantastic. There were really some awesome cosplay designs. The Iron Giant is one and it is a crowd favourite and you can see why.
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Inside the world’s first ever confectionery extravaganza, Fantasìa by Escribà. Conceptualised in Barcelona, it made its worldwide debut last month in Singapore and it was held at Marina Bay Sands.
Fantasia by Escribà combines the spectacle of live theatrical production with well over 30 confection masterpieces of varying shapes and sizes. Internationally-acclaimed pastry chef Christian Escriba, from family-owned pastry boutique Pasteleria Escriba in Barcelona, teamed up with Brazilian pastry chef Patricia Schmidt, Barcelonian theatre group Comediants' Artistic Director Joan Font I Pujol, and Escriba Asia's co-founder Paul Wakefield to bring Fantasia.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Singapore National Council on Problem Gambling's anti-gambling advertisement (the original ad shows a troubled boy whose savings were used by his father to bet on Germany) now has a new ending after Germany's stunning 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup Semi-Final! This is a parody.
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Friday, July 04, 2014
All you need are some balloons and a Toughbook. Shooter Objective: To shoot as many balloons as you can. Defender Objective: To protect as many balloons as you can with the Toughbook. Then switch places. Enjoy your Paintball Battle with a Toughbook!
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
A 20-foot-tall Optimus Prime statue stands at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui during the world premier of Transformers: Age of Extinction. The giant robot Optimus Prime arrived in the city and was placed in front of the world-known Victoria Harbour to mark the debut of the new Transformers movie.
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The flashy new cars featured in Transformers 4 Age Of Extinction! Optimus Prime transforms into a rusty Marmon 97 semi truck and later, a blue and red Western Star 4900 Phantom Custom semi-trailer. Bumblebee transforms into a modified 1967 Camaro and later, a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro concept car. Hound transforms into an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle. Crosshairs transforms into a green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray. Drift transforms into a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Lockdown transforms into a grey 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe. Galvatron transforms into into a black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over trailer. Stinger transforms into a red and black 2013 Pagani Huayra.
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Friday, June 27, 2014
Can't tell who is who in Transformers Age Of Extinction? Here's a guide to the Transformers in their robot and car/alt modes in the new Transformers film. Now complete with character bios! Do note that the Dinobots in the film are not as colourful as the ones depicted in the video above. The toy version of the Dinobots have been given colourful paint jobs for the sole purpose of attracting kids to buy the toys.
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Before you catch the new Transformers film on the big screen, watch this Behind The Scenes Special of Transformers Age Of Extinction. Join director Michael Bay, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, actor Mark Wahlberg and his co-stars in this R3LOAD Network's Transformers Age of Extinction Behind The Scenes Special. Transformers Age of Extinction is the fourth installment in the Transformers live action film series.
Starring Mark Wahlberg in the lead role, it is a sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon and takes place four years after the invasion of Chicago. Transformers Age of Extinction also features for the very first time, the Dinobots!
And here's director Michael Bay, actor Mark Walkberg and the cast and crew of the latest Transformers film at the worldwide premiere screening of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong. The film was partly shot in the city and in mainland China.
Watch both these specials on R3LOAD Network: Transformers Age Of Extinction Behind The Scenes and Transformers Age Of Extinction World Premiere.
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Bumblebee walking suits greeted fans at the Hasbro Singapore Transformers Toy Madness @ 2200 event where they launched the new toys from the Transformers Age of Extinction movie. Nice detail in the suits and even the eyes glow but unfortunately the suits cannot transform.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Here's a closer look at the Gold-Chrome Transformers 4 Optimus Prime Leader (with display case) which is limited to Toys R Us Star Card members only. The figure was launched together with other new Transformers toys at the Hasbro Transformers Age Of Extinction Toy Madness @ 2200 event held in Singapore.
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More than 1000 fans showed up at Hasbro's Transformers Age of Extinction Toy Madness @ 2200 event at Toys R Us at Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore to be the first to own the toys from the new Transformers movie.
The top spender of the night walked away with a Gold-Chrome Transformers 4 Optimus Prime Leader (with display case) which is limited to Toys R Us Star Card members only.
Fans also put their skills to the test in a race against fellow fans to convert Transformers figurines and have their photos taken with their favourite Transformers characters. Casts from local movie Ah Boys To Men were also there to interact with the fans.
Watch the Transformers Age of Extinction Toy Launch video!
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Thursday, May 15, 2014
New theatrical trailer for Transformers Age of Extinction is out. "This is not war. It's human extinction," says Optimus Prime in the trailer. But my favourite line is when Optimus says they need a new army and out comes Grimlock! Not sure if I've ever seen a fire breathing T-Rex but hey this is a Michael Bay film so what the heck! I can't wait for Transformers Age of Extinction! Screen captures here.
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Thursday, May 01, 2014
how Oliver and his team do their work: "Bokelberg plays with subjective and objective camera placement. Using two and sometimes three cameras has prompted the filmmakers to move beyond standard coverage. In keeping with the secretive subject matter, watching the show often feels like peering in on a conversation from another room."
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Autoblow 2 is a powerfully realistic electronic male pleasure machine. According to its maker, the Autoblow 2 is the fix for everything wrong with the current generation of sex toys for men, especially other stroking type machines. It plugs into a wall outlet and is relatively hands-free. I'm requesting one for a review :op
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X-Wing light fitting from bicycle parts. He writes: "We developed a Starwars x wing light fitting made entirely from Raleigh Grifters for the Spin London event in March 2014. I was responsible for taking the initial design concept and building a 3D Model of it and providing some Photorealistic Pre visualizations of the product."
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How To Train Your Dragon Cake by Richard’s Cakes features amazing edible figures of Toothless and Huccup and other characters from the animated film such as Astrid Hofferson, Fishlegs, a Gronkle dragon, Ruffnut, Tuffnut, Barf and Belch the Hideous Zippleback dragon.
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8-bit Ghibli: "To celebrate the release of 'The Wind Rises', said to be the last animated feature from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, I wanted to pay tribute to the amazing work of Studio Ghibli by re-creating some of their most beloved characters in pixel art."
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Anna mod and Elsa mod. Video of game play with Elsa here. Damn, she can kick some ass! Or if you prefer Elsa doing some break dancing with the cops of GTA 4, enjoy this.
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Rinks Print Shop has deconstructed various significant moments in historic football matches in giclee prints that you can on the wall. Moments such as this one when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.
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measuring cups that look like R2-D2 built from 4 measuring cups with the following sizes: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup. Comes with 4 detachable utility arms turn into nested measuring spoons. I reckon even Darth Vader will use this when he's baking.
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downloading the app on Google Play or download the APK at Android Police.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Celebrity series, Chinese photograher Chunlong Sun hired normal people to dress up in attires worn by dead dictators like Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro and shoots portraits of them holding on to stuffed animal toys. He then uses Photoshop to replace their faces with the faces of the real dead dictators.
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Feeding Hannibal in which she shares how she creates the beautiful looking food served by Hannibal on the show. Her sketches are a must see!
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Steampunk Batman Helmet is now for sale over at eBay! SkinzNhydez writes: "A handmade leather batman helmet. Made by artist Ian Finch-Field of SkinzNhydez leather armoury. Hand cut and moulded. Hand painted and aged, riveted together using brass rivets to give it a steampunk vibe."
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Paul Michael makes rings and jewellery inspired by Star Wars and other pop culture icons. This Star Wars TIE fighter inspired ring can be made to order with your choice of metals set with a stunning 1 carat Black Diamond center stone.
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Jurassic Park tour vehicle! Soodidabop says: "Converted this '93 Ford Explorer into a Jurassic Park tour vehicle replica. I've been working on it for over a year and some of the parts have taken more than 2 years to find. It's still not done but enjoy!"
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Hobbit Hole inspired and stylised by The Lord of the Rings is built by Ashley Yeates. He took over a year to complete it and it comes complete with a timber clad interior with custom fittings and decoration, authentic Hobbit door and inbuilt Dolby 5.1 sound system!
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Yuko Shimizu's work. She's a wonderfully talented artist who has worked on illustrations for the likes of Gap, Pepsi, Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics and Rolling Stone. She writes about her Monsters and Mythical Creatures: "I always get excited to create imaginary creatures, that are not really human, not really animals... I had a lot of fun with them."
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Samurai Vader 2 from his amazing Star Wars Series. This sculpture was made using recycled materials from computers, adding machines, typewriters, wire, shoelaces and airplane parts. It is for sale at a cool $1000!
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Sunday, April 06, 2014
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx meet the fans at the global red carpet event of The Amazing Spider-man 2 held at Marina Bay Sands. Presented by Marina Bay Sands and Sony Pictures, it is Singapore's first ever global media event to support a Hollywood film. The stars of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were also in Singapore in conjunction with Earth Hour. Spider-Man is Earth Hour's first super hero ambassador. Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Red Carpet Special on R3LOAD Network now!
Andrew Garfield takes selfie with fans.
I love you Emma Stone!
Jamie Foxx encouraging the fans to keep making noise.
Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Red Carpet Special now!
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