Puzzles, Beauties & Horses part 2

Singapore International Racing Festival 2012

*Please forgive the blurry pictures below. I took them using my phone and due to the scary crowds, I was often forced to hop around the edges or climb to some higher spot to take pictures. The result: blurry pictures that suffered from too much zoom-in action.*

Okie, the Singapore International Racing Festival (SIRF) is an annual festival, organised by Singapore Turf Club (STC), that culminates in two prestigious races – SIA Cup & KrisFlyer International Sprint. But before the big day on 20th May,  there is a month-long flurry of activities that aim to bring all the excitement of horse racing to the public. So you will get to enjoy the sight of beautiful Turf Belles (girls who were chosen for their beauty, wit and keen interest in horse racing), equine exhibition and even a horseshoe pitching competition!

Turf Belle 2012

Ok, this is essentially STC’s search for its ambassador of the year. An island-wide search saw an overwhelming response from young ladies but they were eventually narrowed down to 11 beautiful young ladies.

These Turf Belles, who would appear at all SIRF events, were dressed in a designer impression of the jockey skills that belonged to the past 11 SIA Cup winners.

I couldn’t get near enough to get a good shot of them but here is a nice poster featuring all 11 of them:

One of them used to be Miss Popularity and Miss Vivacious for The New Paper New Face in 2009…can you guess which one? XD

Here is another picture that I captured with my phone at the NEX Event Plaza on 13th May. That was the day they had their last chance to impress the judges and public voters with their beauty, poise, intelligence and public engagement via a fashion catwalk and Q&A segment!

Turf Belles at Nex…no, that isn’t a real horse. =x

The top winner for Turf Belle 2012 eventually turned out to be Avena Seow, a Christy Chung lookalike. She doesn’t look like it but she really has quite a passion for comedy. Avena even told me that she hopes to be on Noose one day. =D

Well, Avena…if you ever read this post…I wish you all the best.

Avena was also Miss Popularity and Miss Vivacious in The New Paper New Face in 2009! Not a big surprise since she has a pretty bubbly personality…she’s also quite the family girl. =D

Roadshows

The roadshows had an equine exhibition that introduces you to the world of jockeys and their racehorses. There was also a horseshoe painting contest that not only allows you to be creative, but do your part for your charity too! The registration fee of $5 would go to Club Rainbow. =D

Jockeys tend to wear colours that have been “registered” by the owner or trainer who employed them AND they have to be brightly coloured so spectators can differentiate them during the race. =D

As you can see…the Turf Belles are popular everywhere they go. Here they are painting their horseshoes. XD

You paint, you donate and you could even win cash moolah!

The painted horseshoes so far

STC also invited a couple of celebrities to their roadshows. Rebecca Lim graced the one at Tampines 1 on 6th May while Lin Pei Fen hosted the Turf Belle segment at NEX on 13th May.

Lin Pei Fen, 933 FM DJ…she is quite pretty in person!

Horseshoe Pitching Competition

Now this is my most favourite part of the SIRF: Horseshoe Pitching! I even went to try a couple of rounds, but unfortunately I didn’t qualify. =x

Yes, yes. I know my aim is atrocious. T.T

Then again, this game requires a LOT of practice. I met the soon-to-be-champion, Mr Tommy Ho, who told me he created this mock-up of a stake at home and practised using his memento horseshoe he had gotten from a previous competition. I tell you…he is really damn good. Even the emcee constantly put him up as a good example of a horseshoe pitcher.

Horseshoe Pitching Champion 2012! He defeated last year’s champion lei. Don’t pray pray!

This is how you stand in order to pitch a ringer – which is a horseshoe encircling the stake stuck in a sandpit a short distance away. You can still score even if your horseshoe lands within 6 inches of the stake.

Making great pitches can win you moolah! Again, don’t pray pray!

Basically anyone who is over the age of 18, regardless of gender, nationality and religion, can participate. You don’t even need to buy anything. Very cool, right? That’s why you see really damn long queues at the first two roadshows where the finalists were being qualified.

They should make this sport a CCA in schools or something. Quite fun to watch and play too!

SIA CUP & KrisFlyer International Sprint

Now, I’m no horse punter but I’ve gotta admit that the atmosphere at the STC is quite something. Every time the horses are released from the barriers, the crowd went ballistic. Screams, shouts and fists pumping in excitement filled the air around me. The races were over in a couple of minutes but damn…the atmosphere was so infectious that it encouraged me to make a couple of bets too. LOL.

Unfortunately during the SIA Cup, one of the horses I bet on REFUSED to enter its gate and even threw its rider down a couple of times. =x

Wah…I bet the trainer/jockey must be quite sad to miss the chance to enter this international race. Even horses were flown down to participate lei. Such a good life. =x

Parade ring for the competing horses at STC

Prize giving ceremony for the SIA Cup. Our President was there to grace the event too!

You guys should probably go visit the STC at least once to see what it’s like. I know…it doesn’t exactly look like a glamorous place to be due to all the uncles and aunties but STC do organise events where you can dress up prettily like the recent Queen Elizabeth II Cup. They had this Marquee Party where people could party and watch the races at the same time. =D

AND! If you want something different for your wedding banquet hoh…you can also consider having it at the STC. XD

No one will be bored since they will be horse betting. Hehe…just don’t bet your angbao money away, ok? =x

Puzzles, Beauties & Horses part 1

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been almost four months since my last post. =x Well, good thing I have a couple of events to share with you. Hehe…and I shall divide them into TWO posts. Muahahaha!

Escape from WEREWOLVES!

First up: the Real Escape Game that has been taking Singapore by storm! I first knew of this game from Sarahcoldheart of the Seriously Sarah fame. She and our fellow Tweet pals had participated in “Escape from the Mysterious Cathedral“, which took place at CHIJMS in January. As one who is kinda into casual games of puzzle, I was intrigued so I decided to pull my bf along to the next instalment to see what it was like.

The concept was simple:

You lost your way and wandered into a village where werewolves attack people night by night. As the villagers disappear one by one, you can feel the fangs of the werewolves getting closer and closer to you.

Can you reveal all the mysteries in time, and escape the Werewolf Village?

Sounds exciting, right? Well, I was pretty excited about the game. I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, but that didn’t mar my anticipation. =D

On the day of the game itself, I met Hanyang – the friendly representative from Gatecrash I had worked with during my CXC event – and he told me that the event was so popular that the session I was going to attend was sold out! o_O

Anyway, he was concerned that I had arrived with just my bf since a typical group is made up of 6 people. But I assured him that my Twitter pals would soon arrive and we would definitely make up a full group or two. XD

The Twitter Pals!

Okay, to be frank…I was completely clueless throughout the game. We were marooned in the *Scape warehouse and no one could leave the area until 1 hour later. I tried my best to solve the complicated puzzles, but I think my bf was better at this kind of thing than I am. =x

Along with the other male member of our group, they solved half the given puzzles while I fumbled around uselessly and trying to help. =x

I think the answers to the puzzles would have eventually occurred to me, but sad to say…the countdown and intense atmosphere in the warehouse shut my brain down. =x

I think in the event of a zombie attack…which somehow needs a puzzle to be solved in order to end the apocalypse, I will not be the brains. Let me hold the gun instead. =x

Wait…I can’t even aim properly. =x

*NYUUUUUUUUU!*


T.T

Light at the end of the tunnel

This blog post was made possible by Cozycot & Spa-Lon.

If you’re suffering from skin problems like eczema, acne, pigmentation or an overly oily complexion etc, there is now light at the end of the tunnel. Literally speaking. =D

You see, I was invited to a Spa Buffet blogger event organised by Cozycot and Spa-Lon. Once there, we were treated to an informative talk on treating various skin conditions with light. Yes, you heard me right. Light.

But wouldn’t light harm my skin? I can see you cover your precious organ (which is our largest one by the way) protectively. Well according to the Spa-Lon representative (didn’t really get his name, sorry about that), it depends on the frequency of light. Which of course contributes to the colour of light we will get.

Human skin regenerates under certain frequencies of light and different colours carry out various functions. For example, do you know that yellow light can boost natural collagen production in your skin? Or that red light kills bacteria and blue light is good for treating acne?

So how does Spa-Lon use light to treat a whole spectrum of skin conditions? By using the ATP-38, the latest breakthrough in beauty and wellness. It combines TEN therapeutic technologies to treat not only your face and body but also your hair! It all sounds very cool right?

ATP-38: The Most Powerful LED Device in the world. (According to their press release)

According to the Spa-Lon representative, this technology poses no harm to your skin because it uses LED light instead of laser ones. Laser light will destroy your first layer of skin cells so they can grow new ones. BUT, LED light penetrates your skin and encourages the cells to regenerate instead. Hence it takes on a more holistic and healing technique. This device has 3 wavelengths namely red, yellow and infrared (which is invisible).

One of the device demonstrations we were given.

Feels a little like tanning lights, huh?

Some of us managed to try out the services but due to an overwhelming turnout of bloggers, I wouldn’t be able to give you an account born from my personal experience but here are a few pictures to whet your appetite:

A blogger tries out the treatment for her eye bags...after a skin consultation of course.

The light treatment begins.

Leg therapy for eczema (She reminds me of a young friend called Korin. XD )

My new found friend at the event, Pris, tries out a treatment for her face.

And there you have it…can’t really tell you whether it works or not because we didn’t have enough time but for a real-life experience of the treatment, do check out Pris’s blog. =D

The day I almost saw bikini action…

[This post is made possible by omy.sg]

Yes, that’s it. Almost. Unfortunately by the time I got there, our sexy blogger was already slipping into her very convenient tunic dress so didn’t manage to snap any pictures. :/

Next time maybe. LOL.

Anyways, you must be wondering what I was doing in the vicinity of a sexy blogger. Why, that’s coz I was invited for a half day tour on board the Legend of the Seas courtesy of Royal Caribbean International and omy.sg on Monday (22 November)! =D

First shot of the 'Legend of the Seas' from the Singapore Cruise Centre

It was quite an exciting thing coz I…ahem…have never been on a cruise ship before. But that’s beside the point! Now I can tell everyone I’ve been on one! Ahem, despite the fact the ship didn’t take me for a ride. =x malc even wants me to sing this song while I was on board:

I think he’s trying to get me on Stomp or something [an online portal where people can post anything, especially scandalous ones]. =.=

Okie, so a little background on the ship I went to. Legend of the Seas is part of a fleet of ships under Royal Caribbean International, which are divided into six classes namely the Oasis, Freedom, Voyager, Radiance, Vision and Sovereign. Legend of the Seas is under the Vision Class. It’s considered one of the smaller ships coz it can only carry up to 2076 passengers but then again, the Singapore Cruise Centre Harbour is not exactly very big, so ya. =x

Our very warm guide, Caroline, told us that if we want to take one of the larger ships, we gotta fly to another country to take the ship from there. It’s like so, wah, atas. =x If you ever become a tai-tai or a jet-setting power gal, you can try out the more luxurious ones under Royal Caribbean. Oh and because there is no limit to the amount of luggage you can carry on (if I remember correctly), Caroline said that it actually makes more sense to hop on board a ship, sail to shopping paradises like Hong Kong, shop like there’s no tomorrow and cruise back with all your loot! It’s like so radical, right? Man, shopping crazies had better take note. =3

So on Monday, I set out bright and early for HarbourFront. It took me two whole hours just to get there but luckily the group of 40 bloggers hadn’t set out yet.

Bloggers from all walks of life, award-winning or otherwise

The customs...I was bored. =x

According to our schedule, we were supposed to have cleared customs and boarded the ship for our opening speech by 10.45am but we ended up boarding the ship only after 11am. =x

As we were passing through the customs, the officer checking my ticket asked me what we were doing curiously. Maybe he thought we were a group of reporters or something. LOL. Well, in a way we are. So I told him that we going on board the ship for a half day tour. Then we proceeded to the waiting area where we, well, proceeded to wait for forever. =x

Security was so tight that they probably checked our details again and again. And again. =x

We were divided into 4 groups and I was put into the same group as Muiee, a fellow blogger. =D Apparently she does quite a bit of travel writing, most of which focuses on Japan and all her intricacies. Luckily she was there to tell me interesting tidbits about Japan while we waited or I’ll be really bored to death. Security was so tight that Groups 3 and 4 were left waiting for more than 15 minutes while the other two groups were allowed in first. In the end, this tall and menacing security guy took over and waved us through after he got our guides to collect our identification cards. Of course, we all had to wear this sticker on our sleeves to show that we were temporary guests on board the ship.

Muiee, mah fellow blogger from Group 3! Hello!

Pardon the poor camera-womanship...my camera is not exactly good with indoor shots. =x Anyways, the entrance to Anchors Aweigh!

It’s like whew! Finally, we’re on board the ship! Then I spotted this tall and handsome (maybe a bulkier type of Legolas) angmoh guy standing near the entrance of the ship. I would have requested to take a photo had we not in a dreadful hurry. T.T That’s the beauty of working on a cruise ship. You get to meet all kinds of people from all over the world! Anyways, we were hustled into the Anchors Aweigh Lounge where we were given a briefing by our Royal Caribbean guides and omy representatives (hello Janet and Alvin!).

The place where we supposed to receive our briefing and the tantalising baits of a 5D4N Isle of Southeast Asia Cruise if we were the top 10 and a 7D5N Western Mediterranean Fly-Cruise if we're picked as the Grand Prize winner! Wheeee!

We were introduced to our respective guides and our half day (actually less than half by then…lol) tour began. Will be posting some nice pictures just to tantalise you guys. Muahaha. If you want to see more, go book a cruise on Royal Cruise! =x

One of the grand staircases in the ship

Royal Caribbean International: The Nation of Why Not Shop at Duty Free Shops On the Seas As Well

One of the cinemas where you can watch movies in stylish atas-ness

We weren't allowed to take pictures of the interior so I took one of the entrance. The Casino was surprisingly small, cosy if you will. =x

The Schooner Bar, where you can chill out the nautical way

Enjoy a spot of soothing music while you sip your atas wine.

The Viking Crown Lounge where you can dance the night away! Looks like a great place for people to hold their weddings coz there's a nice dance floor in the middle. =D

It was a darn hot day so this outdoor pool is just nice for working on that atas tan! =3

Relax while you watch the...seas go by while you toast in the sun. Atas-ly =x

If you're tired of toasting under the sun, you can putt away here! A bit small but hey, still atas! =x

There's even rock climbing! Kewl right?

A tad small for my liking, they only have a few machines like Guitar Hero. But I guess they have all the most popular video games in there ba.

If you want to dump...I mean put your child under expert care, here is where you can leave them to the songs of Lady Gaga! =3 At least, that was the song that was playing when we were in the room. =x

Or if you have teenagers who wanna have some fun of their own, you can leave them here to mix around with other young people. No worries. There's no alcohol sold. hurhurhur

Seeing this brings back images of the Hot Tub movie, lol. The sexeh blogger who gave us the bikini action did it in the other jacuzzi while I was busy taking pictures somewhere else. ZZZZZZZZZ

Thank God for indoor pools. Although it was not significantly cooler than the outside, at least there's air con. =x Feels a bit like one of those old Roman pools right?

After swimming, you can go pamper your skin at their spas...*_* Wonder if I will ever have the opportunity to live an atas lifestyle liddat. *hint hint*

Then after the spa, you can further sculpture yourself to an even higher level of PERFECTION! After all, you don't want to go on an atas cruise looking all flabby right? =x Ok, just kidding. You can cruise in all shapes and sizes. =x

I took pictures of the other suites but I shall just show you the ROYAL SUITE aka the ONLY ATAS PEOPLE CAN BOOK IT room. =x Ok la, if you're rich enough, you can go ahead and book. Hehehe.

The royal bed...

See the indian couple in the background? Actually they were the Royal guests and no one even took notice until it was like...a few minutes later. LOL. But luckily the couple was very gracious and allowed us 'peasants' *coughcough* to ooooh and ahhhhh over their expensive suite. LOL.

The royal bath tub...good for a romantic moment or two or three or...

So convenient right?! You don't have to wait for your SO to finish using the toilet while you hop outside. Royal people can do it altogether! =3

FINALLY! After trooping all over the place, we finally GET TO EAT! Atas-ly, of course. =x

See those nice looking gentlemen by the tables? When you pay for atas-ness, you get your personal waiter!

Each waiter is assigned to one table so they can take care of your needs. I heard from Caroline that the waiter are so professional that they actually remember your personal preferences! Oh and there's no such thing as a couple table. You gotta eat with the rest and make friends! Cannot be anti-social!

As you can see we only have a few choices, but no worries! Muiee and I ordered different food so you can salivate on your keyboard! Muahaha. =x

I ordered the chicken soup as my appetizer...quite nice, it had mushrooms and wantan in it.

Muiee ordered the shrimp cocktail...

For the entree, Muiee ordered the Chef's Halibut...wished I had ordered that instead. =x

This is my entree, the lamb shank with rosemary...mmmm let's just say that the mint jelly (the green stuff on the side) made the meat taste better. =3

And last but not least…

Our dessert! =3 Really liked the texture and it wasn't too sweet either.

Yup, so our free atas meal was the conclusion to the half day tour on board the Legend of the Seas. =3 It was quite an eye-opener to walk about the ship, although things were a tad small for me. HAHA. But imagine what it’ll be like on board a BIGGER ship. =x

Do I stand a chance with my witty captions of atas-ness? LOL. Anyways, thanks omy for inviting me along! =3

Over and out before I hit the iceberg of deadlines for this blog entry. XDDD

A not so scary *Scape Halloween Museum

So on Halloween weekend, I went to the *Scape Horror Museum with my bf. I had bought the tickets previously and was really excited about the event coz their pamphlet seemed gorily interesting with pictures of decapitated heads in bowls of blood, info about zombie face-painting etc . =3

But unfortunately when we got there, all we saw was an exhibition of popular monsters that had ever appeared onscreen or told of around smokey campfires plus roaming scary characters who tried their best to sneak up on you. =x

You might not be able to tell but I was really happy to be taking pictures with the monsters. =x

The Judge of Hell and his trusty constables who bring in the spirits for judgment

A scene from the wut-another-sequel-?! 'Saw' movie

I think this is supposed to depict a doll being possessed by evil spirits but somehow, the girl looks scarier. =x

Dah man we all know and love-Jason

Braaaaaiiiinnnnnsssssss

Without camera flash, this picture brings out the spooky aspect of the bloody monster better.

Human flesh for dinnar?????

I’m not sure if it’s coz we were there too early or what but it was a terrible let-down for me. While the exhibits were well-done and there were quite a few good attempts to scare me, it could have been better. Really. Like maybe they could have done up a haunted house maze and have random monsters jump out from around the corner or something. =x

Yeah there was the free movie screening that night but we had the Nano kick-off party that day, so we couldn’t make it back in time to watch it. =x Sigh oh wells.

Less than 70 of those who RSVP turned up... =x But oh wells, it means more food for the rest of us! =3

Bull’s eye

If you are like me previously and you thought that Singapore was a boring old place with nowhere to go and nothing to do except for eat and watch movies, it’s time to change that mindset of yours. Thanks to Sarahcoldheart, a fellow writer friend of mine, I now have places to go and things to do. So much so, it looks like my weekends with my bf are gonna be packed. Very packed. =x

Lilliputt:

Here is a place where you can pretend to be an atas person and golf around the 18-holed Singapore attractions. Lilliputt actually provides mini-golfing for both kids and adults via 18 holes centered around 18 attractions you can find in Singapore.

You never thought you could golf off at the airport, right?

It took us about 2.5 hours to finish the entire round of golfing holes. Of course, we did goof off a little along the way and shoot some practice balls just to perfect our swing.

There were some that were pretty challenging though, like the Haw Par Villa Hole:

You have to hit the ball through the gate into the mouth of the dragon...since it's uphill, it's quite difficult getting the ball to go up. >.<

What big jaws you have, dragon...

DM Archery:

And then there is the archery gallery at Suntec City (near the Eng Wah Cinema) where the arrows ran out all too fast (coz it was so darn fun!). Suffice to say my bf was a not bad shot and I was not. =x

I suppose if there ever is a zombie outbreak, I won’t be using archery to get rid of the brainz-guzzing fellows.

Funnily enough, I was able to shoot a smaller target using my left arm then with my right. Maybe it has something to do with me not being able to close my right eye to aim. =x

my shooting board...must...try...harder!

my bf's shooting board...