Monday, October 6, 2014

The National Geographic Channel Free Pet Shop - Promoting the Impawtence of Responsible Pet Ownership

When Red Dot Diva heard about The National Geographic Channel (NGC) Free Pet Shop, she was all fur showing support and helping to get word out on responsible pet ownership.

It is a mini tribute after all to her beloved Westie, Ashley, who at a ripe old age of 17 years, has since gone over the Rainbow Bridge. That was over 5 years ago, and Red Dot Diva has not gotten a new pet since.

The NGC Free Pet Shop was held at the Big Splash, East Coast Park this past weekend (4 and 5 October), and in this third edition, the channel has managed to gather support from eight participating no-kill dog shelters – Action for Singapore Dogs, Animal Lovers League, Causes for Animals, Gentle Paws, Noah’s Ark Cares, Save Our Street Dogs, Three Legs Good, and Uncle Khoe’s K9 Shelter. This was twice the number of participating dog shelters since the first event and this year, there were sponsors and partners like the ​Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group, Subaru and Starhub, amongst other private organisations.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gamestart Asia 2014: Set to be Singapore's Most Happening Gaming Convention

As Red Dot Diva will be away for two weeks, she will not be able to check out GameStart Asia 2014.

Instead, Red Dot Dude will be attending and reporting together with the rest of the Glam Bloggers' Alliance - Agent W and Ed from Toys-etc!

Here's Red Dot Dude's quick recap of the GameStart Asia 2014 media preview held recently:

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In the area of gaming, US folks have the Electronic Entertainment Expo (“E3”), Japanese fans have the Tokyo Game Show, and those in Germany go for Gamescom. In less than 3 weeks, Singapore will have her own gaming-focused convention called GameStart Asia 2014, and it is the only gaming show that will be held here this year! In fact, GameStart Asia 2014 will be the first by organizer Eliphant Pte Ltd.

Eliphant held a media preview last Wednesday (2nd October 2014) at the St Games’ CafĂ© in Bugis+ to give us a taste of what to expect.


GameStart, which will be held at Suntec City Convention Centre on 25th and 26th October 2014, targets to appeal to core and casual gamers as well as cosplay enthusiasts, who are based not only in Singapore but the South-East Asian region. Some of the exhibitors are big name companies such as, Sony Computer Entertainment HK (“SCEHK”), Bandai Namco Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Razor, etc.

Main exhibitor, SCEHK, will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to meet gaming industry celebrities such as
Ono Yoshinori, Street Fighter Series Producer
Masaaki Yamagiwa, Bloodborne Producer
Junichi Yoshizawa, Freedom Wars Producer
Daigo Umehara (The Beast), world leading Street Fighter player

SCEHK is set to occupy more than 250 square meters of booth space, allowing attendees to experience PlayStation’s interactive booth with over 30 games. Other things to note are the Trade-in Programme, where one can trade in any old gaming console for a SGD100 rebate on the PS4 and premium goods to be given away for game trials.

Hidetoshi Takigawa, SE Asia Region Head of Sony Computer Entertainment Singapore (SCES), showing a preview of the Playstation Booth

There will also be fantastic early bird specials for the SCEHK booth.
• First 3 customers to purchase a PS4 will receive a Sony Xperia Z3 as well as a 3 year PlayStation Plus membership and a T-shirt
• First 10 customers to purchase a PS4 will get a uniquely designed Toro cover and a PlayStation T-shirt
• First 50 customers each day will receive a free PlayStation T-shirt

Some of the awesome specials that SCEHK is offering

What's a gaming convention without gaming tournaments? If you are a Street Fighter fan who's all set to kick butt on the consoles, you will want to head straight to Razor's booth, where the finals of the Capcom Pro Tour Asia will be held. Top Asian Street Fighters from the region will be competing for the championship and a chance to participate in the global Capcom Pro Tour Finals in the US. Attendees will also have the chance to face RZR Xian and Daigo Umehara (both previous Street Fighters champion) to a match of Street Fighter. Edward from Toys-etc and I had the chance to challenge RZR Xian during the Media Preview and we got thoroughly wiped out.

Edward looking helplessly as RZR Xian decimate his Ryu

Fans of retro gaming will be able to try their hand at some games of the old console systems, such as Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive, etc.

For cosplay enthusiasts, renowned international cosplayers Yuegene Fay (Thailand) and Yasemin Arslan (Australia) will be present to meet fans in a panel on stage as as well as act being judges for the cosplay competition that will be held on the 26th October 2014.

International guests who will be at GameStart 2014

Tickets are on sale at S$8.50 for a 1-day pass and S$15.00 for a 2-day pass. All tickets will qualify for a daily draw where winners can go home with goodies like consoles, games, gaming accessories and many more.


Hope to see you guys at GameStart Asia 2014!!!!

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Also, check out fellow GBA, Ed from Toys-etc's Survival Guide on the GameStart Asia 2014 over here!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

"The Walking Dead Terminus Escape" - Grab Some Friends, and Win Passes for the Event!



Earlier, Red Dot Diva has given "The Walking Dead" fans heads up on an escape race taking place on 11 and 12 October. (Click here to check out the details in a previous blog post.)

The special event, organised by FOX in partnership with SingTel and in consultation with game experts Xcape Singapore, is to celebrate the Season 5 premiere of "The Walking Dead" on Monday, 13 October at 9pm on FOX (SingTel mio TV Ch. 330)!

If you are one of the fans who haven't managed to score passes for this rare opportunity, Red Dot Diva is running a blog contest and offering 2 sets of passes for selected winners! Each set consists of 6 passes. That means you should start gathering your fellow zombie apocalypse survivors - consisting of a band of 6 people - to negotiate the obstacle course together!

Here are the details of the event:

Date: Saturday, 11 October 2014
Time: Between 11 AM to 6 PM (you can select your slots if you win. Sessions start every hour.) Venue: VERY HUSH-HUSH. It's a Secret and the winners will be notified the day before.
Participants will play in a group of 6. You will have to hit a registration link to register for your slots. The link will be given when the winners are announced.


How to Win Passes:
1. Go Like the Red Dot Diva Facebook page
2. Share the post link related to this article
3. 1 entry eligible for each person. For Singapore residents only.
4. Contest ends on 8 October 2014 (Wednesday), 9 PM Singapore time
5. Winners will be chosen randomly from eligible participants, and announced via Facebook. If the winner does not respond by 9 October 2014 (Thursday), 12 PM noon, another winner will be chosen.

ARE YOU READY?!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Star Wars Rebels" Brings A New Hope to The Galaxy!



Things cannot get any geekier than this for Red Dot Diva.

A few days ago, she was invited to watch a special screening of new animated series, "Star Wars Rebels" at The Sandcrawler - the regional headquarters of Lucasfilm's campus on the Red Dot Island.

The Sandcrawler has the familiar shape of those giant vehicular fortresses manned by Jawas for transportation and shelter in the desertlands of Tatooine. Earlier this year, George Lucas himself was here in the building, together with Kathleen Kennedy and Red Dot Island's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for its unveiling. (Check out the article of their visit here.)

It was Red Dot Diva's first time visiting The Sandcrawler and she was very excited to be able to step into the hallowed grounds of Lucasfilm, and walked where George Lucas walked. After all, "Star Wars" was the first scifi movie that captured her childhood imagination, and it was also her very first major fandom. That love for "Star Wars" has never died, enduring even those last 3 disappointing movies that older die-hard fans want to mostly forget ever existed.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Geek Invasion Is Set To Begin In Jakarta At ITGCC!

The success of STGCC has spurred its organizer Reed Exhibitions to extend a similar blend of geeky fun and excitement to Jakarta later this year.

Reed Panorama Exhibitions (RPE) will be launching Indonesia Toy, Games and Comic Convention (ITGCC) at Hall C, JIExpo on 22-23 November 2014. This is the chance for Indonesian fans to get together and celebrate the love of manga, toys, comics, exclusives and collectibles! As in the case in Red Dot Island, the show will give local Indonesian creative folks an avenue to showcase their talent and product. Familiar segments of the show like panels, Walk of Fame and cosplay runways will also be held at ITGCC.

The launch of ITGCC is our next step to unite pop culture fans in Southeast Asia. After seven amazing editions in Singapore, we are glad to be able to bring the same excitement to Indonesia where all of loyal fans will have an opportunity to unite and enjoy the vibrant international content from the East and West,” said Ms Rita Magnus, Senior Manager, Project and Content, Pop Culture Cluster.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spot Red in Singapore as "The Blacklist" Season 2 Premieres on AXN Asia, September 23rd!

Hit TV Series "The Blacklist" may seem like the run-of-the-mill good guy vs bad guy investigative show. But there are a few things that set it apart from other FBI or cop shows out there.

For starters, there's Emmy Award-winning actor James Spader, who is superb in the main role of Red "Reddington", the manipulative resident baddie with a well-mannered, cultured demeanor but mysterious background.

Parading around in his trademark fedora and black trench coat, and enunciating his lines in clipped tones that more often than not are dripping with sarcasm, one simply cannot keep one's eyes off him on screen! James Spader makes egoistical and scheming Red's almost Hannibal-Clarisse-like relationship with FBI agent rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) seem creepy but believable.

Secondly, the show is full of characters that have intriguing backgrounds and nefarious motives. In Season 1, every episode was based on a target with an over-the-top codename like "The Stewmaker" or "The Pavlovich Brothers". Each target on Red's list provided clues to the intricate web that he had been weaving, and continues to weave.

There were more twists and kinks than one could count, making the series such a watchable guilty-pleasure. Red Dot Diva got seriously hooked to it after the first couple of episodes of Season 1!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STGCC 2014 Recap: The Adventures of Diva the Biceps Hunter - Day 1

There's simply no rest for the Dedicated Biceps Hunter.

After the glorious adulation of bicepstuous guests present at the STGCC Media Preview on Thursday (4 September), it was straight on to convention weekend for Red Dot Diva. (Check out the run-down of the Media Preview here.)

There were murmurings of some changes made to STGCC this year, but Red Dot Diva was still caught by surprise at how different the show felt compared to 2013's. To the organizer's credit, most of the tweaks made were favourable ones:

1. No Longer An Iron-Man Show
Last year's show was nicknamed "The Iron-Man" show. Undoubtedly, Iron-Man was very popular with the crowd but it was "too much" Iron-Man! Everywhere one turned, there he was. The similar kind of one-note branding was noticeably absent this year. Yes, there was a bit more "Guardians of the Galaxy" but there were almost equally as much "Avengers", "Spider-man" and "Star Wars"!

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