Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition Singapore: Giant Optimus Prime and Bumblebee statues

The most breathtaking attraction of the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition held at Science Centre Singapore is these 7m tall Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.

Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition Singapore: Optimus Prime and Dinobots Repaint

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.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Miyuki Dori Cat: Tokyo's Famous Street Kitty

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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Singapore Haunted Yellow Tower Revisited full episode now on YouTube

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 theSunRWS 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!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer features Hulk vs Hulkbuster

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.

Singapore Haunted in RWS INVITES Magazine

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Key Question: New Mystery Game Show

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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New GoPro HERO4 Black 4K footage

Shot the new GoPro Hero4 Black in 4K. Here's the footage. The new HERO4 Black shoots professional video up to 4K30. It records ultra high-resolution, high frame rate 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Key Question: It's a wrap!

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!

GH4 Slow Motion at 96FPS

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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

STGCC 2014: Hot Toys Iron Man Bones, Peacemaker, Python

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.

STGCC 2014: Imaginarium Art Iron Man Statues & Helmets

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).

STGCC 2014: Enterbay NBA Collection

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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

STGCC 2014: Hot Toys G1 Optimus Prime (Starscream version)

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.

STGCC 2014: Hot Toys Guardians of the Galaxy

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.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

STGCC 2014: The Iron Giant Cosplay

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!

STGCC 2014: Hot Toys Avengers vs Chitauri Diorama

1/6th scale diorama collectible titled "Avengers Fight Off Chitauri Invasion" by Hot Toys at Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention (STGCC 2014) inspired by the battle scene in the movie The Avengers.

STGCC 2014: Hot Toys Back To The Future Marty & DeLorean Time Machine

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.

Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2014

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.

Fantasia By Escriba: Inside the Magical Chocolate World

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.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Singapore's Anti World Cup Betting Ad has a new ending after Germany win!

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.

Friday, July 04, 2014

How to have a Paintball Battle with a Toughbook

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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