Monday, August 18, 2014

Transform Beautiful Photos From Your Phone/Computer To Polaroids With FJF Instax Prints

Pet owners know this best:
You can never get your pet to pose properly for the camera!

It's so difficult to get desired photos of my toy poodle, Bubble Leong.
Needless to say if I were to take Instax Prints for him. 

I'll most likely get these images:

*Come Bubble, take picture*

Type 1: The Not-Show Face
还真是不给面子,这个家伙。


Type 2: Blur Like Sotong
They are moving so much and fast you can't get a clear image of them. 




Type 3: Mr Grumpy
This will be the type I'll end up with Bubble most of the time. 
By now he is either sulking and frowning after XXX times, you can tell from his eyes.


*Okie no crying*

Imagine how many films would go to waste here.
They are not cheap too, one bag of 10 Instax films would cost about S$10.

Best shot of him so far at the end of the day after almost 25 shots:

Golden moments of him smiling are candid shots taken while he's playing, outside or when I just get home.


Bubble Leong happy to play with #DuffyThePuppy at Peggy's.
Two happy dogs that day!
Photo credit: Peggy Heng

Evening walk with MinutemanSG:


 Look at that smile when Bubble saw me walking towards him! 
This shot was taken when both of them were waiting for me outside the mall.

Photos capture special moments, in fact any moment we'd want to remember in life. 
I never used to like taking photos until my Buddy left me when I was younger. He is someone who loves taking pictures and I regretted only having limited photos of us together - and these photos are found in his Panasonic camera phone. 

Now I keep plenty of life moments and I'm thankful for social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram where I share and keep them safe. 

But are they really?


Flipping through these photos on my phone, I think of printing them out in hard copies.
I imagine how great it'll be to be able to make them into instax prints!



My wish came true when I got to know FJF Instax Prints!

Girlfriend Joyce started this Instax Printing Service helping us to print their digital photos onto the Instax films. She blogs at http://joyceforensia.com.


Transform your beautiful digital photos into Instax Prints!

This is done using the Instax Share printer.
Over at FJF Instax Prints, your photos will be properly aligned before print.

So I sent 5 of my favourite photos I'd like to print to her at Joyce.Forensia@gmail.com.
I also gave her my mailing address!

Photo 1: "Let's get married!" 

Taken at Taizhong, Rainbow Village by the Rainbow Ironman who busks at the main entrance last month. 
I've no idea what we were in for until he showed this photo to us.

We were actually pointing to the sky but this photo shows us pointing to the signboard which says 'Let's Get Married!'. *Blush*

Photo 2: "Happy Birthday, Best Friend!"
It's a surprise birthday party for my first best friend, Silver Ang, with the help of William, Yuhao and their friends! This is the first time in my life ever celebrating a brithday for a best friend so it's really memorable.

I really love this photo max!

Photo 3: "I wait for you at home k?"
Bubble's usually sits with splitting hind legs but it's the first time he sat down upright at the door properly, as if to tell me 'Mummy, go to work with ease.Don't worry I'll take care of the house while you're gone!' 

By the way, this was the FIRST Shot of him.
Good photo day for my pet dog that day.  

Photo 4: "meimei can have my toy"
Bubble's first encounter with MiuMiu the Pomeranian. 
She's was flown in from overseas and it was her first day in Singapore. 
She fell in love with his pineapple toy.
Bubble spent the next few minutes watching her play with his toy, wondering what to do and decided to give it to her because she haven't any yet.
His -_- expression is purely epic.

Photo 5: "Here's To Montigo!"
My first 'all-girls' family trip with my 2 aunts and mummy to Montigo. 
All 3 of them took turns to take care of me since I was a baby and they mean the world to me.
I always feel at ease with them around.

Group selfie in the white villa


FJF Instax Prints Unveils

The Instax Prints are here within in a week and yes they are beautiful!
Properly aligned, prints out were clear and not over-exposed.

Hurray, thank you Joyce!
*EYES OF LOVE*




Look, Bubble's front and clear image on an Instax Print!
How cool  is that~


FJF Instax Prints Is Having A Promotion

Print a minimum of 5 prints to enjoy the $1.10 per print rate instead of the usual $1.20 print rate.
Quote 'Mint' to enjoy this promotion when you email in your order.

Normal postage is waived for the month of August.

Here's the usual charge for your reference.
















Photo taken from FJF Instax Prints Facebook Page 

1-20 Prints @$1.20 per print
21-49 Prints @$1.10 per print
50 Prints and above @$1 per print

Normal Postage @ $0.80.
Registered Postage @ $3.

For further information and testimonies, please email Joyce at Joyce.Forensia@gmail.com or visit FJF Instax Prints Facebook Page HERE.


I like how my friends are always so inspiring and takes pride in their passion and work.
All the best to FJF Instax Prints!

Monday, August 11, 2014

[Mint.Music.Journey] Behind The Scenes Of Crimewatch 2014 Episode 5 - Sextortion

Hey everyone,  I'm back from Taiwan!

First, I'd like to credit this next 30 seconds to thank these companies 
for dolling me up for my Taiwan trip!

#NoPhotoshop
#NoFilter


Hair sponsored by Heritage Hair
Eyelashes Extension done by Milly's (S$75)
Nails sponsored by Lavishing Me

Thank you for bringing me so much convenience so that I can save time on the make up yet able to take great pictures during my trip. 
Hurray!

On a side note:
Taiwan is EXTREMELY HOT now.
So hot you feel yourself slowly being cooked when you are out on the streets. 
I would hop into every other air-conditioned store or convenient store just to break away from the heat.

10am felt like 12pm.
10pm felt like 2pm.
The temperature was at 30 degrees Celsius even when it was already 10pm at night.
TOO HOT.

For once, I'm thankful for Singapore's weather.

Of course, the most important people in my life were there with me:
My mummy, my bff Silver Ang and myDreamGuy MinutemanSG.


Two other friends were there with us too, Samuel and Wen Sheng. 
They are Colin's schoolmates. 


I finally met bff's beloved Dashund in person, Naiyou 
(which stands for 'butter' in mandarin)

He's in this pretty shade of buttery-brown and his eyes oh his eyes;
Naiyou must've been a heartbreaker in his previous life.

Eyewear by BallySG


At the end of the day, nothing beats the feeling of coming back home and spend private time with my OneFirst family - Colin and Bubble Leong

Bubble's latest haircut by Reiya Petshop is beautiful - that goody-goody look.
Check out the pictures on Bubble's Facebook page now and you'll know what I mean.
Thank you Fur-godmama Jewl for taking care of Bubble when we were away!


Now that I'm back, I've got tons of raw footage waiting for me to edit. 
10 episodes waiting to be released on roomiesTV featuring different local musicians and artistes, Colin's 30th Birthday Staycation at Crowne Plaza Hotel and Treasure Hunt plus now, the Taiwan travelogue.

I'd have to spend this month (and probably next) to work on those videos.
*So please pardon me for any lack of updates*

Would keep myself busy editing this videos because I really would love to share them with you!
But you know you can still follow me on Instagram and Twitter de hor. 

:)






So before I *poof*, here are some behind-the-scenes pictures of my recent filming for Crimewatch.

CRIMEWATCH 2014

It's been years since I've acted.
I've never thought I was an actor.
I can never act as someone else naturally, especially in front of the camera.
Not even this time and I hope you guys can pardon my flaws.

It was a last minute call up and I thought I would help since I was available on that day and yes, I have a soft spot for filming Crimewatch because I was given my first supporting role (I even had a name!) on this show.

This turns out to be one of the best assignments I've accepted.


Thank you Jimmy for this photo of me snapping behind-the-scenes!
Photo taken from Crimewatch Facebook Page

 Accepting this assignment is a bonus for me as I got to meet a long-time-no-see friend, Jimmy Law. 
It's been at least 3 years since I've met him so here's a selfie together!


The next happiest thing that could happen on the same day was bumping into Godpapa Chia - the same person who introduced me to Silver years back. Without him, I may never have spoken with Silver at all and needless to say, become bffs!


Jimmy busy snapping away for the crimewatch Facebook Page.





What do you do when the crew is busy setting up, 
the director making sure the script tally,
the other actors memorising their lines?

Take pictures of them of course!


Photo taken from Crimewatch Facebook Page

And pose for more candid shots!

Photo taken from Crimewatch Facebook Page

I think this is one of the simplest role in this episode of Crimewatch, playing the role of the counter staff. I was to help the suspect and victim check-in into my budget hotel (NOT HOTEL 81) and do a recall about seeing them when the police officers asked later. 

The rest of the actresses had to strip naked, pose for selfies, cry and even be interrogated.
Kudos to all of you!

The director rehearsing the lines with the police officers, Victoria and Chao Rong, and I:

Photo taken from Crimewatch Facebook Page

Sir and Madam (by the way they are really police officers in real life) trying to look for the 'CCTV' footage.  Ha-ha they are not here lah~
Ops you can see my phone and iPad here.

Photo taken from Crimewatch Facebook Page

Rehearsing with the 'suspect' for the check-in scene while the videographer is setting up his camera. 

Photo taken from Crimewatch Facebook Page

Camera set, ready and action!

Photo taken from Crimewatch Facebook Page

This episode is about Sextortion where young and single girls got cheated by this indian guy. 

As quoted on Youtube description:
He was looking for them on online chat room. Posing as an expatriate working in Singapore, he initiated exchanging naked selfie and worked his way up to ask for sex. When rejected, he threatened to expose their naked photographs. See how the officers from the Tanglin Police Division sprung into action and put a stop to this online criminal intimidation scam.



Ladies out there, please be careful when using online chats or apps.
These ridiculous men are out there, preying and trying to take advantages of us in every way possible.

Be on your guard.
Be safe. 
Take care of yourself.


Wait for my videos alrights but you definitely won't find naked pictures of myself inside. 
*bleah*

Thursday, July 24, 2014

[Mint.Music.Lifestyle] Giving Away 3 Pairs Of Tickets To Catch President’s Challenge 2014 Tickets led by Lorraine Tan

My Singapore Project is in its fourth year running. Led by local singer and composer Lorraine Tan, this movement has grown from a small individual project to a large scale one that involves schools, education institutions as well as like-minded individuals from the broader community who believe in helping the less fortunate through music.

Every year, Lorraine will create an original song and music video in celebration of National Day, with the hope of inspiring fellow Singaporeans to help the less fortunate as they pursue their dreams and work towards their goals. Her song and music video titled Shine Singapore in support of ST School Pocket Money Fund last year had garnered over 240 thousand views on YouTube.



This song titled Shine Singapore was a Big Hooha last year, I remembered blogging about the song and music video, in comparison with NDP song 2013.
Read HERE.

 Fast forward to 2014 

This year, together with presenting charity sponsor, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the movement aims to raise 375 thousand dollars for official beneficiary - President’s Challenge 2014. Here are the 63 charities that will benefit from this project, click HERE.

Around June-July 2014, more than 150 volunteers turned up to show support at the recording of the My Singapore Project’s theme song for this year - Moments of Love.

I think zillions of my goosebumps dropped on the floor the day of the recording. Having a group of 150 people singing patriotically and proudly in a studio together is truly an amazing experience. 

Photo Credit: Patrick Sng (Yellowbox Studios)

The official theme song music video titled Moments Of Love features students from Admiralty Primary, Park View Primary, Yang Zheng Primary and West Spring Primary; Bedok Town Secondary, Fuchun Secondary schools, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School and Hwa Chong Institution, alongside our Members of Parliament and local personalities and talents. 

The heartwarming Music Video titled Moments Of Love is ready to view on Youtube!




Amongst them were Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mayor, North East District; Ms Penny Low, Member of Parliament; presenting charity sponsor, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, as well as local personality Dr Jia Jia and local artiste Nathan Hartono.

Let me help you spot them in the latest music video:

Left and right: Mr Teo Ser Luck and Ms Penny Low


Left: Dr JiaJia.
You really can't miss him because there were so much coverage in this Music video for him, he's too adorable! As for the little girl singing next to him, she's the main character in the MV who aspires to be a singer. Dr JiaJia played the role of her classmate in this MV.



Guy on left: Youtube celebrity, Nathan Hartono
Right: Robin (Our handsome coordinator who's been patiently answering to all my enquiry, thank you!) 

Found this cool cover of "Royals" by Nathan and Cilla on Youtube, click to listen:


I was also one of the volunteers who, together with Fif and MinuteManSG, participated as part of the choir to show our support for this meaningful project.



Left to right: MinutemanSG, Me, Fif Phan


 In the MV, I found this shot of the 3 of us singing together as the song goes 'You know you've got a friend you know because we care'. This just makes the music video a whole lot more meaningful to me because in reality, both of them are really good friends of mine and in addition, MinutemanSG is my soulmate. Their unconditional love for me is simply too beautiful.

I know I've got a friend. :)

Group Photo time!


 = BEHIND THE SCENES = 

Let's go behind the scenes and share some things that might be interesting yet you'll never get to see on the actual MV itself.

#1 Hidden Lyrics everywhere.
#2 Everyone was barefooted.






Yes we were referring to written lyrics on paper, on our gadgets, anywhere possible!
Also, the corridor was flooded with more than 150 pairs of shoes and almost no more space to walk because everyone was singing barefooted in the studio.

Interesting sight but I was too busy trying not to step on the shoes and forgot to take a picture!
Everyone busy finding their shoes~


And finally when we did, how about a group photo together in the waiting area with some of the beautiful students? heh-heh


#3 Miss Lorraine Tan briefing us on what to do before we start the shooting.
认真的女人真的很漂亮!
major not easy facilitate more than 150 people in a restricted area.



Standby and ready for recording!

#4 Deleted Scenes From the Music Video

There are 3 stories to share in the Moments Of Love MV and I took part in one of them, the story of the 2 school boys who eventually became best of friends. The original story was about a bad boy always bullying a good boy in his class. He was later being assaulted by a group of gangsters outside the school and was saved by the 'good boy' together with a group of passers-by.

I played the role of the 'Ah Lian'.



This storyline was later amended and I personally feel that the new one is better about the 'bad boy' felling down from his bicycle and trapped. The 'good guy' and a group of friends later tried to save him.

The gangster scene was taken out of course but fortunately, I managed to capture some screenshots to keep as fond memories. You're seeing it here only on my blog, presenting the deleted scenes from the MV.

*Exclusive screenshots*

Bad boy being confronted by gangster:


'Passers-by' throwing their belongings at the gangsters to stop them from assaulting the 'bad boy':


 In this blur shot, The passerby in the middle is Nathan and the girl on the right is a blogger named Peiling.
Here are the credits at the end for the original storyboard:










I still enjoy the latest MV because it was as heartfelt as the previous.
Thank you Lorraine and Robin for inviting me to participate in the making of Moments Of Love!



Do Our Part For Charity
Here's how we can do our part for this project:

Get your concert tickets for
 My Singapore 2014: "Moments Of Love" 
National Day Charity Fund Raising Concert

Photo Credit: My Singapore Project 2014, Patrick Sng and Zhong Ming

Here's a clearer image of the information on the poster:

MY SINGAPORE PROJECT’S Concert 2014

Official Beneficiary: President's Challenge 2014 
(63 charities in Singapore will benefit)
Presenting Sponsor: CapitaLand Hope Foundation
Guest of Honour: President Mr Tony Tan
Concert date: 12 Aug 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Star Performing Arts Centre
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green #04-01 Singapore 138617

LINK: http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/mysg0814

Sponsor A Kid To Watch This Concert

We can also take part in the Sponsor a Kid activity, where you can pay $38 to sponsor a kid to watch the concert. The kids whom they are sponsoring will be from the charities under the President’s Challenge 2014. 

*Click away now and do your part for charity*
Please help to spread the word to by sharing this post to your friends and family.

You can 'sponsor a kid' through SISTIC by clicking on the 'sponsor a kid' button on the right of the sistic page here: http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/mysg0814


I'm going sponsor a kid, click away!
It'll really make the child so happy to be able to come and watch a concert. :)

MintLeong Blog Giveaway 
On behalf of My Singapore Project 2014, we would like to give you 
three pairs of tickets to catch the National Day Charity Fund Raising Concert!

Here's what you do:
1. Share this blog link on any ONE of your social media platforms (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) and invite your friends/followers to sponsor a kid to watch this concert before 4th August 2014.
2. Include Hashtags #MintLeong (you can mention me too @MintLeong) and #MySGproject so that I can find your kind sharing!

THREE lucky winners will be randomly picked on 4th August 2014 and each kind soul will receive ONE PAIR of CAT3 tickets (worth S$176 in total)!

Let's do our part for the President's Challenge 2014, go!

PS: Winners will be receiving the tickets personally from me on the day of the concert.
Can't wait to meet you in person!


Please visit https://www.facebook.com/MySingapore.By.LorraineTan for more information with regards to sponsorships, donations and voluntary work.

See you at the concert because I'm going too!