Wednesday, 26 November 2014

[Event] Singapore Polytechnic's ARTS FIESTA 2014!

I was recently invited to Singapore Polytechnic's ARTS FIESTA 2014 - an annual celebration of dance, music and theater featuring the best of SP's talents! (Thank you, Rachel!)

This year's theme is "Timeless", an ode to Singapore Polytechnic's past and traditions as it celebrates its 60th Anniversary.
When I first heard the name of the theme, I was drawn to it immediately.
I pictured a moment of time freeze, where date and time doesn't exist... ...

There were various activities happening during the one-month long ARTS FIESTA 2014, ranging from SP Guitarists, Vocal Talents show, Chinese Orchestra, just to name a few.
After looking through the Calendar of Events, I requested for a pair of tickets to the SP Magician show (Yes! I have always been fascinated by magic tricks since I was young but have never been to a physical show before.)

And I was granted my wish - Singapore Polytechnic gave me a pair of Complimentary tickets to the show!!
(Thank you, thank you, thank you~!)



An ecstatic me posing with their signboard outside the Auditorium (where the Magic show was taking place!)
(Didn't put much make-up on that day though... )


I love the booklet design.. So... Timeless. Haha.


Although flash photography wasn't allowed in the Auditorium, I still managed to capture some decent photos of the SP Magicians in action.
(All thanks to Singapore Polytechnic for giving me the honor of V.I.P seats at the front row!! We were the only ones sitting in the front row

 Talk about Timeless. Haha.

Start liao, start liao~~
I shall let my photos do most of the talking!


Wah, looks so cool.


Transforming a rod to a piece of cloth...


You know, it was really amazing seeing something appearing and disappearing in front of you without any darn loophole. That is what makes Magic really intriguing - at least to me.
It's like, now you see it and now you don't.


A striking pose! Haha.


As an audience, I thoroughly enjoyed the show as it  was really entertaining. There were talking bits and storyline segments as well that cracked us up.
(The guy below acted as a funny grandfather. He was able to keep a straight face throughout the show and yet made everyone laugh at his "lame" jokes. Now, that's something..)


In his segment, he performed a duplicating magic trick and the Pringles on his table kept multiplying  each time he removed the containers!

How could that be humanly possible?!?

Now you see them:


And now you see them even MORE:


After having a good laugh at his Pringles segment, here comes another magician with his card tricks!
(We had to watch his part on the projected screen due to a close-up view)



The coins could disappear and reappear under different parts of the poker cards  -in the blink of an eye! Damn - Now... How is that even logically possible?!


Here's a funny one - This magician sported a "HK" accent during his act and he's such a natural comedian! (The guy beside him on the left was a chosen audience.)


Now... Ready? At the count of three... Just hit them together and they'll be linked!


"This is called, 'One on top, Three below. It's my favorite position.' ", said the magician - referring to the hoops he was holding.
(Everyone in the audience laughed. Erm... )


Here's one of the classics that had me glued to the chair. I have always seen such shows on TV and this was the FIRST time I witnessed it in action! 
I bet it isn't difficult to guess what it is all about from the photos below:



There we have it - The Magician's assistant in the small box. 
I was impressed. I mean, how in the world was she able to squeeze into that tiny space?!?!
(That was really her palm waving at us from the box!)


The magician pierced several swords into the box through the holes, seemingly impossible for her to make any escape. My heart stopped at each sword that was inserted into the box. OUCH, OUCH and OUCH.

But... Hey! It's magic, remember?! *hits myself for being silly*


They performed another risky stunt - Tying the magician and ensuring he was locked stiff behind the steel locks.


Spare no mercy~


That expression... 


Totally no escape for you, mister!


It was then that they covered him up using a black cloth - Viola~ The female assistant was seen in place of the magician within a few seconds - fully buckled~! HOW DID THEY SWITCH PLACES SO FAST?! 
I didn't even have the time to catch my breath!

I didn't manage to capture photos of the female assistant while she was strapped. In this shot, the magician has already unbuckled her. 
But trust me, it was amazing. 
What is the logic behind it, huh?!?!


A short segment of another handsome magician performing his "number sequence" trick.
The numbers seemed to auto-arrange themselves when he covered them up!


Acadabra~~


Now this is a nice one! It's a magic trick involving an iPad. 
He seemed to be able to "take out" whatever was shown on the iPad! Such an interesting sight to see how technology is being combined with magic tricks.


An priceless shot capturing the happy faces of the audience. 
(From what we were told, tickets were completely sold out!)


"Now whoever catches this hotdog shall come out here..."
(*coughs*Now that sounds kinda wrong...)


And here was the girl that caught the hotdog! (LOL)
It was a classic Prediction trick, in which she was asked several questions by the magician. He would then reveal the answers that were locked in the untouched box since the beginning of the segment, as though they were already predicted!


As unbelievable as it may sound, the answers were revealed on this large sheet of paper after unlocking the box. Even the girl was staring at it in astonishment.


And she even got a warm welcome by "Jack Sparrow" himself as he led her back to her seat. LOL.


Now guess the last segment of the show...


Yes, its a table floating trick!! I have seen many of such videos on Youtube before and have been scratching my head for ages how it was done.
There was absolutely NO loophole or whatsoever - I even tried lowering my head hoping to catch a glimpse of the hidden trick somewhere...


And it appeared like he was dancing with the table...


And here... He slowly rested the table on the ground..


And the show ended beautifully with the magician performing a short balloon restoring trick... 
He actually tore the balloon string into different pieces, but they seemed to have restored in their original form!!
(And lucky me, this yellow balloon was given to me at the end of the show. HAHA, I've got the magician's balloon! Woohoo. Refer to my last photo!!)


I love this ending shot! A re-appearance of everyone who participated in the show... 
GOOD WORK, SP TALENTS!!!



See see? That was the same yellow balloon that was used during the performance! The magician passed it to me and I took it. (Thank you leh!!)


I enjoyed myself thoroughly at the show. I wish I could have taken more photos with the magicians though.
Thank you so much to Singapore Polytechnic for inviting me! Judging by the professionalism and scale of the performance, I would never have thought they are students. I am so proud of how Singapore Polytechnic has groomed such successful talents.
To anyone from the show who is currently reading my entry now, WELL DONE YOU GUYS!!Thank you for the captivating magic performance!!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Shit Express - Sending a Shit Parcel to your enemies

I came across this one week back and had wanted to blog about it so much (IT'S SERIOUSLY TOO FUNNY NOT TO!)
This company will NEVER make it to my list of sponsors. 

Behold' - The SHIT Express!!!


So what is the Shit Express?!

In a nutshell, YOU dislike/detest/hate a certain someone..
You engage Shit Express's services.
And Shit Express will deliver shit to that enemy of yours. Tsk. Poor thing.



Here are the steps:

1) Choose an animal.
2) Provide the address information
3) Choose how to wrap the shit package
4) Pay with bitcoins or Paypal. (So you won't be traced...you see)


HAHAHA. Is this a joke, or what?!

Apparently, someone actually experimented its service and placed an order for himself.
It did arrived, as described!!


Read here for more details:

Well... To any possible hater of mine - Watch out. A shit parcel may be on its way.


Friday, 14 November 2014

[Review] WheeloveSpree - Overseas Online shopping made easy!!!

If you are a mega online shopaholic like me, I suppose you would have heard of shopping sites such as Taobao, Amazon, etc.
(In case you haven't, those are overseas shopping sites)

Yes, many of the items are SO, SO superbly and unbelievably cheap  that it is IMPOSSIBLE not to be tempted. Unfortunately, it wasn't really an easy process trying to ship them over and the shipping fees would easily cost more than the items themselves.  It didn't help that online transactions can be a real hassle, and some sellers stubbornly DO NOT ship to Singapore despite how badly I wanted to purchase items from them. *(#*$()#*$

*starts hurling vulgarities*


"WHY AREN'T THOSE SELLERS BASED IN SINGAPORE?!?! WHY??!" I would often ask myself in agony.

I have wished for a simpler solution to these.
....


It was not until I heard of agent services that seem to be the best solution for struggling shoppers like me.
 I just simply have to make direct payment to the agent via local banking and they will take care of the processes.
In other words, they act as a local middleman by helping me to purchase the items and have them shipped over to me safe and sound. It's like having someone to oversee and take care of my overseas transaction!!

Honestly, I had my doubts and reservations initially as I wasn't sure if everything was as easy as it sounded. I felt it was important for me to find out how it works.
As the saying goes, "You never try, you never know", right?

I have put one such agent service to the test - So now ... Let's see.

This review is based on my personal experience and I have attempted to record down my processes (from Day 1 when I placed my orders to the day I received my package)




When I entered the site, the first thing I did was to study how the flow works. Apparently, it seemed easy.
Here's an illustration chart they came up with on their site:


I was damn excited when I came to know that they are able to provide shipping from various countries as well (China, U.S, Taiwan, Korea, Japan...) I need not worry about the limitations of sellers, too! 
Being a frequent Taobao window-shopper, I decided to shop for my loots there through WheeloveSpree and see how it would go.

Personally, I would come up with shopping lists and make multiple purchases so that they can be shipped together at one shot. It's more worth it this way as its like combined shipping!

After much browsing around the site (I almost fainted from all the chinese words), I decided to get a MP3 player (for my dad), microSD card and 3 apparels.

So the next step... Entering order details on the agent site, WheeloveSpree
The instructions listed on their site are pretty clear and clear-cut. 
Just ensure that you enter your details correctly!


My item order details - I entered my 4 items accordingly into the list.


After submission of my orders (I was quite excited at this point), I received an e-mail on the same day with the calculated cost.
 I love it how everything appears to be so simple and transparent - I could see clearly what I was paying for. 


The stated SGD78.41 was considered my first amount to be transferred to WheeloveSpree as part of my purchase confirmation. 
I guess it somehow acts like a deposit. 

Afterwhich, they would proceed to place my orders with the merchants and all I needed to do was to SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR MY ITEMS TO BE ON THEIR WAY!! =D 

I waited for approximately 2 weeks (can't be blamed as my items were all from different China merchants and I guess it probably took time for those deliveries before they were eventually sent to Singapore)

When I was informed that my items were finally on their way, I was so thrilled.
And YES, did I mention that WheeloveSpree has one of the best customer services ever?!
I received a revised calculation of the total cost via e-mail indicating that I have overpaid during my first payment and I would be refunded accordingly.

(If let's say my first payment was underpaid, I would be required to top up. BUT since I paid more than I should during the estimated calculation of my first payment, I would get a refund.) 

I was shown the breakdown of final cost: - 
(As I had indicated my bank account details in the order form earlier, WheeloveSpree would be transferring my refund to it)

A trustworthy agent, I would say!

So it all boils down to anticipating the arrival of my items now!

 The delivery guy finally arrived on a Sunday (I opted for Home Delivery). 

AND HERE IT IS!!! You have came a long way, baby!
*squeals like an excited little girl*


Even though I already knew what were contained in the package, I was still feeling anxious. 
Slowly and steadily, I unwrapped the package to reveal its contents.
.
.
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Perfect condition and exactly what I expected!



WheeloveSpree namecard!
I love their tagline as it is indeed true: Shopping Just One Click Away.


Since I am not writing a review for the items I have purchased from Taobao (I am only reviewing the agent services of WheeloveSpree), I shall not go into details of the quality of items. Even if I were to write about it, I have to say that they are indeed in great condition nonetheless!

I would say that it is a positive experience using WheeloveSpree's services (Just so you know, it was my FIRST time and I am really glad everything turned out so well).

Looking back at how I used to have headache of overseas online shopping, I am amazed how simple and hassle-free the whole process has became after engaging their services.
Why didn't I know about them earlier?! It would have saved me tons of trouble!!

I feel that such services have improved the lives of online shopaholics so much, especially if you are one who isn't really familiar how to shop on Taobao or other overseas websites. Imagine those language barriers!

The amount of web shops they support is really amazing - You can check them out on their website. It's like most of the well-known web shops are listed there!




I have had friends asking me how to shop on Taobao before, so there - One of the best solutions I have found so far. I am reviewing its services through my real-life experience, so you can be rest assured about its credibility.
When have I ever lied to anyone on my blog before anyway huh?!?! I always share the good stuff! :)

Thank you,  WheeloveSpree ,for taking such good care of my purchases and providing me efficient customer service - There is nothing I can complain here. 
Now I know who to look for when it comes to future online shopping sprees!

AND YES, my dear readers... here's a little perk - WheeloveSpree has kindly agreed to come up with a special discount code just for my readers!!

 It will definitely come in handy if you are intending to try out their services which I think you should!!

Here's the discount code you can use when entering your details in the Order Form:

CAT1019


You will receive a $2 OFF Agent Fee for your first purchase!

For Malaysians, you will receive RM 5.00 OFF Agent Fee for your first purchase!


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