Must watch this weekend!: HOMECOMING

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Homecoming Movie

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the premiere of one of Singapore’s better movie productions, HOMECOMING – out in Singaporean and Malaysian cinemas 3rd Feb 2011.

This is a long post and I realized that you can actually google/read many other well-written reviews about the said movie on the internet (I like this one).

I am just going to cut to the chase that all in all, I found this local film a humorous and heartwarming. It is very relevant and celebrant for the new Rabbit Year and I truly enjoyed Jack Neo’s cross-dressing performance as Ah Niu’s (popular Malaysian singer) mother. The dynamics of all the different characters intertwine well, and I believe our respective local superstars have done us quite proud.

Honestly, all the actors are very ‘swee’ but Jack Neo’s performance is stellar.

Here is my down low of Homecoming’s gala premiere and post-party.

PRE-SHOW TEASERS

My friend Terence, one of the partners from HomeRun Asia and his girlfriend, Andrea.
Thank you for the invite you two!
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My friend Kanny had worked with Jack Neo before, as well as co-hosted with Mark Lee on Channel U’s tv series Wonderchef. Naturally, she was excited to check out the movie so I had to invite her along to be my movie + popcorn buddy!

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The ironic thing is, Kanny has met famous Hong Kong chef Daniel Koh, who is the character that Mark Lee plays in said movie Homecoming. Mark Lee wears his apron and accent in the movie.

Here we are with Alvin from OMY SG. He also has one of the most read blogs in Singapore Alvinology, and everything he writes gets thousands of views.
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Going to a movie premiere with a Mediacorp-contract actress like Kanny Ling En meant meeting a lot of her fellow contacts from the film industry…
Here we are with Quan Xi, who is one of Mediacorp’s long time and most revered actors.
On the right is Molby, the boss of the agency who is representing her, Wawa Artistes Network.
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Quan Xi dressed and behaved really humbly, and we had several long chats about the industry and industry people. Quan Xi acted in Homecoming as well as one of Jacelyn Tay’s family members.
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Premiere people…
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In line with the CNY festivities, dumplings and other dim sum treats were served.
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There was a bit of a media frenzy when all the movie actors came on stage for half an hour full of special appearances and some contest games.

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In Singapore, we ‘lohei’ for good luck.
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We were trying to walk to our designated movie theatre but Kanny kept getting spotted and stopped by her fans…

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Don’t forget about this fan… I am her number 1 fan!
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POST-PARTY @ ST JAMES

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Supporting media OMY SG was present, along with some of their regular bloggers Mint Leong, Samantha Kaylee, William Tan, HPility, and Sze Ping.
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Spoke with Koe Yeet, Malaysian actress and one of the female leads in Homecoming. She was quite cute and sweet. I tried to ask her what the Malaysia film industry was like, although she did not know a lot of my friends in the Malaysian media and entertainment scene – she says her Mom does not allow her to get involved with the nightlife in Malaysia.
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The movie actors try to sing for us.
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TRY.
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Huat ah! My golden hong baos.
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Last but definitely not least, Jack Neo.
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Ex movie producer, local icon and show stealer Jack Neo aka Karen Neo makes a very public appearance with his starring cross-dressing role in this film. He was very warm to talk to and engaged in more than pleasantries with us. I was quite surprised that he took the time to leave his “VIP only” area to come down to our level – he was the only star who did this and he is the biggest star there by my books.

We asked him questions only about his work in this movie as well as the industry, and he shared his passion for acting.

He had some awful press throughout last year with all the sex scandals, but it’s ok now because we Singaporeans like to talk only. We will forgive and forget.

Welcome back, Jack Neo.
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CALLING ALL MOVIE BUFFS – Singaporeans, Malaysians and Ang Mohs!
Forget Hollywood for one weekend. Do yourself as well as your local economy a favour this (Chinese) new year and catch HOMECOMING.

MUST WATCH!

You can read my teaser for this movie here.

Thank you supporting media partner OMY SG for their invite and warm hospitality as well.
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Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure – Dear Diary Day 1

Contest Entry: Royal Caribbean & OMY SG sponsored media trip

Video Diary – Royal Caribbean 6 Dec 2010

We sound a little bimbotic, sorry! We were VERY excited.

This is because as part of a sponsored media contest trip, I was super duper lucky enough to be 1 out of 10 selected Singaporean bloggers who spent 5 days out at sea onboard the Royal Caribbean.

Christine, Mui Yee, Cherie, Calvin Timo, Catherine Ling, Eunice, Keropok Man, Darren Ng, Yee Leong and myself had a splashing good time!

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This is Day 1 of being a Royal Caribbean Cruiser.

Ahoy captain! (This is really the captain. He is the revered Captain Ryan.)

“Boring.” “For old people only.” “Eat, gamble, sleep. Eat, gamble, sleep.”

Sunset stroll/swim? Choices, choices, choices.

Sunset dreaming on the ship outdoor deck

Enjoying my royal experience

Beautiful girl who entertained with her beautiful music

Sit back, kick back, and soak in the piano playing musical wonders

Fancy some mini golf while you gaze out at sea?

I thoroughly enjoyed this activity the most - rock climbing by the sea and my surreal climb (struggle) to the top.

Walk-a-mile on the rock climb wall

Spying with my little eye at Schooner's bar

I cannot turn a corner without finding different things to do with balls. I also found Ping pong!

Meet, greet and eat with the captain on Captain’s Night (A formal drinks and dinner graced with the ship Captain’s presence, held at least once during every cruise trip)

Rest up or dress up

Time to recharge our batteries... Chilling out at the library with Calvin Timo. Books and batteries included.

Virtual racing with fellow blogger Calvin Timo at the Video Games deck

Made a new friend at a morning Waltz dancing beginner class. He was better than I was!

Excited? Yes we are!

Nightly entertainment, productions and performances

Dropping everything to shop - too many irresistable bargains!

Getting a good rub down called the "Bamboo Treatment" - 50 minutes of massage + facial bliss. Full treatment of 75 min all-over body massage available. All beauty services chargeable.

There were CBS TV programmes specially tailored for Royal Caribbean cruiselines. They included hit shows "How I met your mother" and "Big bang theory"!!! I was so tempted to never leave the room.

Mahjong room!!! Wah seh. That, I didn't expect.

Viking Crown on the 11th floor - Over 18's disco + lounge

Viking Crown - Over 18's disco + lounge. We loved coming up to unwind after 10pm

Viking Crown - Over 18's disco + lounge. We loved coming up to unwind after 10pm

Enjoying a night-time stroll around the ship

Poolside deck party - after sun after hours fun

Chef Cherie was part of a baking bonanza - one of the many morning activity choices held onboard the ship

Shape up (while you ride the) ship out!

YEAH RIGHT.

Whoever said that there is nothing to do on a cruise, deserves a big kick in the bum! Either that, or they have not had a “Royal experience” before.

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Of course there is plenty to eat, the choice to gamble or the opportunity to sleep, but there is so much more to do onboard a cruise like the Royal Caribbean, it was a waste not to do it all.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 years old

50 years old

Or a bit more young and fun

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If you’re an aspiring traveler like me & my friends and are always on the lookout for new travel destinations and plans, you would have probably tried this…

Plane

This…

Bus

Or this!

Train

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Luckily for me, I have now found a first-class way to travel – a brilliant alternative to travelling…

LEGEND OF THE SEAS – ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES.

I feel a severe case of wanderlust setting in.

Making waves on the Singapore shores, say hello to one of the nicest cruiselines around…
You have to admit, the ship looks pretty sleek!

I can visit 3-5 different destinations in 1 holiday.

Everyday, a different destination in my window. (Sometimes even a rainbow!)

Every day a different destination.

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And guess what? I didn’t even have to carry around or unpack my luggage…

Destination dreaming

Singapore - KL - Phuket - Singapore

Luggage courtesy of Royal Caribbean

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Thank you for visiting and reading! I hope you enjoyed sharing my passion and experiences as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

Do check back for my WEEKLY posts for details, pictures and my daily video diary entries on things to do on the cruise as well as off the cruise (from now until 18 Jan 2011).

I have also offered a very exclusive and limited 40% discount off selected cruises onboard the Royal Caribbean for Jan 2011 period. For more details, see here.

The Legend of the Sea: Captain’s Rules (Brought to you by Omy SG & Royal Caribbean International)

Contest Entry

Hi everyone!

Have I got a tale to tell you about the sun, and some fun at sea!

Cruise with me through my eyes...

THE LEGEND OF THE SEA

If I were a sailor…

Or if I were a pirate…

Just kidding. No pirates.

If I were a sailor… I would sail the seven seas…

All oceans of the world… Starting from Singapore!

Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International

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Affordable enough for Mom, and yet affluent enough for the bankers I know. - Travel that me, my friends and readers would love!

If I was a Royal Caribbean cruiser, what would I do? I would…

Have a Legend at Sea, on board the Legend of the Sea

Roll a round at the Casino Royale

Eat my heart out with decadent dining options… Nom nom nom!

Dance the night away, at ‘Anchors Aweigh’!
Dance dance dance options: Young’ons can choose the teen disco, and there is line dancing for the young at heart.

Twirls on the dancefloor

Appreciate some live music, musical productions or comedy shows – classy and funny!

I would… Bask in the beauty of the Legend Day Spa & Fitness Centre

Or merely sit back and relax.

Play some games!

Or get a kick out of rock climbing, flow-riding or 9-hole miniature golf – can you believe they are all with open views of the ocean? This would really add to my adrenalin adveture.

No energy? Not to worry! Slack like its a lazy sunday afternoon at the solarium or sun-bake…

Sunbaking

Or a dare a dip in the many pools.

Indoor, outdoor, or whirlpool? Which should I choose? Help me out guys!

Outdoor Pool

Bubbly whirlpool beckons! I definitely wanted to…


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Yes, life would be a sea dream if I were a sailor! But the Captain has some rules too!
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CAPTAIN’S RULES:
10 reasons why you should cruise with the Royal Caribbean International Cruises

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SOMETHING FUN FOR EVERYONE

Unlike some cruise-lines which may be focused on gambling activities, the Royal Caribbean is family oriented and offers something and everything for – the family or the romantic, the adventurous or the kids, and for the young, hip, or old.

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PREFER A LONG 7-NIGHT VOYAGE TO BALI, OR A SHORT 2-NIGHT GETAWAY TO MALACCA?

These 2 new itineraries and the many popular routes & destinations offered by Royal Caribbean will promise you choices, choices, choices. LOTS of it!

Seasonal sailing starts every November and stretches across until March.

(For specific dates or bookings, please search by your preferred destination.)

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HAVE LITTLE ONES IN TOW? ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF.

The Adventure Ocean Youth Program offers a fun ‘child care’ for kids aged 3-17 years – allowing you some much-needed rest & relax time between 8am-5pm.

Oh, and this is completely free.

(Do enquire and register upon boarding of cruise ship. Personal babysitter services are chargeable.)

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SMART AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE… THAT IS BIGGER AND BETTER FOR ASIANS LIKE US.

Being an American cruiseline, all of Royal Caribbean’s rooms are built for ‘ang mohs’ or westerners.

This means sufficient space for westerners, and bigger rooms for Asians like us!

Win-win. Cannot complain lah!

SPOILT FOR SWEET SLUMBER

Sleep well in a state room, or indulge in a suite room. All suites come with a private balcony. Cool!

Single and alone like me? Pay 150% of the ‘per person’ cost.

Twin sharing is the best value… I recommend that you find a friend.

So pick a friend…

Or friends.

Why not invite more friends along? The more the merrier!

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CRUISING WITH A CASHLESS SYSTEM – THE SEAPASS CARD

Your boarding card – also known as your SeaPass card – is your main means of identification and also your ‘wallet’ while you are on the ship. Goodbye cash and coins!

(As a standard custom, the cruise captain will collect and safekeep your passport for the duration of your vacation. You will use the SeaPass card as a charge card to make all onboard purchases.)

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WORRIED THAT YOU’LL BE HOMESICK, OR JUST A WORKAHOLIC? HELLO, TECHNOLOGY!

There will be internet access available on the ship so you can connect with your colleagues, family and friends back home through email or Facebook.

Easy peezy lemon squeezy!

(Charges to apply: 65 cents a minute, or $35 for 60 minutes. All prices quoted in USD.)

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MAXIMUM SAFETY AND SECURITY

Did you know? All Royal Caribbean cruises have your safety and security as utmost priority.

Master drills are conducted, and the crew even uses ‘facial recognition’ technology to identify you at the gantry starting point. No funny business or intruders here!

Passed (Royal Caribbean's tight security check)!

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IMPECCABLE CABIN CREW

At any one time, there are 900-1000 crew members on board to serve you and your every need.

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FIRST TIME ON A CRUISE? HAVE NO FEAR, ROYAL CARIBBEAN IS HERE!

You can register on the official website for a free ‘My Cruises’ account and get access to ‘Countdown to Cruise’, which contain relief-breathing instructions – your one stop shop to what to do in the days leading up to your adventure…

That way, you won’t get lost at sea.

You can also check-in online before boarding your cruise, saving you time and the hassle of filling out any forms at the pier.

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FOR THE BEST DEALS

Look out for the lowest costs which are offered during the JANUARY-FEBRUARY period, and always book IN ADVANCE.

The early bird catches the worm… and also gets priority choice of your cabin.

You may also book directly on the official website or through your favorite travel agent.


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Check out this funny Royal Caribbean International advertisement – “Nation of Why Not”:

Travelling with a boyfriend, a child, or a 50 year old Mom? Looking to do everything, or nothing at all?
The full facilities onboard Legend of the Sea offers something fun for everyone – no matter who you are, who you are with, or what you are looking for.

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Disclaimer: All information provided above are listed on Royal Caribbean International’s official website or conveyed by a member of their staff. Services, facilities, prices, routes, destinations and terms and conditions are subject to change at any time by the Company.