A Surprise Visit!

Posted: June 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                               Stardate: 90273.9 (June 10th, 2017) 

Its just only few days ago where a small group of us went down to Duke-NUS Medical School, where we are invited to be part of their Camp Simba.

On June 7th, Pause For A Cause was once again invited to Kandang Kerbau Hospital (KKH), to meet and bring the smiles to the boys and girls who were warded there. It has bring much attention, that this is one of the most heartwarming care-giving event ever been proposed. We are there for a special purpose: To deliver moments of happiness and cheering up those hundreds of sick children at the said hospital.

*Note: We regret to inform we will not disclose any of the photos taken with kids, as to respect their families. Thank you for your understanding.

I will put on as the usual Red Ranger. There are three of us: the other two were an Elsa Cosplayer, and a Jurassic Park character with a baby dinosaur. He made the dino out of foam and cardboard. Its really an awesome piece of DIY, which also makes him like a ventriloquist. Amazing work and skill!

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So there we were, visiting from ward to ward. Greeting and giving the smiles and happiness to the sick children. One of us will help in taking Polarois photos, and the photos were given to the children. To keep as a memorable picture, to let them know they will never be alone and that we care. 

The kids were stunned by our presence. Imagine seeing the faces brighten up as we entered the wards, with a few really jumping up and down on their beds. Even the nurses were shocked, and eagerly wanted to take photos with us! =D

Our good friend with the baby dinosaur really did a good job in making the kids go wide-eyed. He will make the dino kiss them, pats on their heads, even love them. The dino is sooo real! =D Nice going bro! Love your dino! 

Though I had done this few times in the past, I still enjoy visiting the kids. I will never get tired of this, cause seeing the kids brighten up upon seeing us really makes our day as much as we make theirs.

As I had mention before, we are there for a purpose. We are not even some celebrity. We are volunteers, other than cosplayers, contribute to society in what we love to do. As a gesture of good will, not about money and fame. Its about giving charity and to be there to those who are in need. I have no regrets! =)

This reminds me of the late Lenny B. Robinson. He was an America charity worker who was better known as the Route 29 Batman who dressed as the Caped Crusader. While in his suit, he will drive in his custom-made car to deliver the moments of happiness to hundreds of sick children at area hospitals during his free time.

He was killed in August 2015, after his Batmobile breaks down in Maryland where he was fatally struck by a car.

His death has become an inspiration, especially to the cosplayers who dressed as Superheroes. He reminded us, no matter how hard or long their health battles may be, with strength of will and determination, there is always hope! There will always be somebody who still cares. We are all humans afterall.

We would like to thank our KKH Coordinate for inviting us, and hope we can still maintain our ties in the future.

Also, thanks to both of our friends, who was also our photographers for being with us along the way. Very much appreciate! =)

By the end of the day, we hope the kids and their families were delighted by our surprise visit. Indeed, they were! =D We hope to see you again in the future kids. Be strong, and pray what’s best. Cause there will always be those who still cares.. =) 

 

Camp Simba!

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                               Stardate: 98110.3 (June 5th, 2017)

Its been a while since the humble community of Pause of a Cause been invited to make those in need happy and bring the smiles to their faces. But no matter. As long there is, PFAC will be happy to respond enthusiastically to it. 

We were invited by DukeNUS Medical School to be part of their Camp Simba, which was organised on June 3rd. Made up of students from both Duke-NUS Medical School and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, their mission is to provide kids, whose parent, sibling or close relative who has or has had cancer a chance to have fun and relax within the three-day fun program. A retreat experience just to be kids! That’s one of their aims, to give children affected by a parent’s cancer the opportunity to be kids.

Its just like any other care giving event dedicated for kids and their loved ones. Just right for us PFAC to be there and give them the best they’ll ever need. And my Red Ranger fits nicely to the theme =)

Total we have Batman, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper and 3 Disney characters, including myself as the Power Ranger. The characters from Disney, which was Alice in Wonderland, Queen Elsa of Arendelle and Princess Anna of Arendelle from the animated movie, Frozen! WOW indeed! A mix and match of mainstream, iconic and amazing characters to fill the hearts and desires of the kids and families in need. Certainly looking forward for that day! =D

There’s various games been set up for them, and we just mingle in with the flow. Mainly the photobooth, which got us suddenly hooked into it till I feel we could just position ourselves there throughout the event! Hahaha! 

Indeed, the kids were surprised of our presence and this is where we bring in the action. Seeing their happy faces really make our day, as much as we make theirs. Its always been an impact to see superheroes or fantasy characters been invited to join the fun. Not just cosplaying, but to make the event an awesome one.

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Many many thanks for the volunteers for having us to be part of the event. We are honour by this unique opportunity, and hope we can continue to work together again in the future.

Lastly, and always, a wonderful group photo of the people who made this possible! =D

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Look. They even made us some weapons out of balloons! =D

Artbox Singapore 2017

Posted: April 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                              Stardate: 90170.4 (April 17th, 2017)

My fiancee had tag to me this event in Facebook, known as Artbox and she’s keen in checking it out. After much research into it, I discovered its actually a vibrant pop-up market kind that was first established in Bangkok, Thailand. The way I had read it, its more into focus on local designers, vintage fashion, handmade accessories, funky gadgets and home decorations that were hip and cool.

This is their own version of Pasar Malam or night market, but comes with a pulsating vibrant youthful vibe and bursting with creative energy.

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So apparently, the Artbox finally makes its grand appearance in this sunny island. I read there’s over 500 stalls, and admission is free. Artbox Singapore will be taking place from 14 – 16 April 2017 and 21 – 23 April 2017. Its located at Bayfront Event Space which is beside Marina Bay Sands.

So yesterday the 16th, we take the chance to explore this hip and hype market. Its a blazing heat. But that doesn’t stop us for eyeing some of the stalls. My fiancee was eager to try some of them.

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Fan of foodies? Love food? Well, this is the place to be. Amazing mouth-watering selection waiting in line for you hungry food lovers to try out. Sweet and savoury delights waiting for you to indulge.

And for those who are into Thai food, here’s the place. Seeing them roasted before your every eyes. Good thing most of the food there were halal. Not a problem! 

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Before this I received from friends by word and from their posts and photos in Facebook, complaining that the event was super crowded during the first day. Not to mention, super long queue just to get their hands on those mouth-watering food and cool drinks. So their conclusion, its not worth going. But me and my fiancee decided, why not we give it a try.

Crowded as expected. But at the end of the day its worth it for us.

We managed to try some of the stalls that my fiancee has been dying to try out. Especially the Coyoro Dragon’s Breath cool snack. Its features the use of liquid nitrogen. The cool smoke will puff out from your mouth each bite you take. Cooling sensation! =D This is a must!SMOKEEEEEE

Another which is a must try is the Blood Bag drink. It comes in a blood bag and fix to the tube which looks almost identical to the one seen in hospitals. You can choose three blood…. I mean three flavours: Angel’s Blood (Blue), Devil’s Blood (Red) and Globin’s Blood (Green). My fiancee choose the red while I go for the green. You drink from the tube while carried the blood bag. Weird, but looks really hype! =D

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Been envelope in such heat, what better way to quench your thirst for some cool refreshing drinks. Try one of these, especially The Juicy Way, which comes in different awesome flavours =P

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Most of the stuff, delights, drinks are cheap, below $10. Not just that, cause there’s also stalls that sells clothing, jewellery, plants and handicrafts. Even tattoos.

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You walked around and its seems there’s many things to see and eat. The stalls were lined up close together, and you will find difficulties due to the lack of space to move around. Though the event concept is popular, be prepared for a mass of human jam. And for those who are driving, I advise, seriously NO! With such expected crowd, you can expect no empty lots! Unless you are there quite early even before it opens. Public transport is the best option. 

Was it worth going? Well, I leave it to you guys. Me and my fiancee find it worth, though we did not try most of the recommended street snacks. Next available will be from 21 – 23 April 2017 at Bayfront Event Space beside Marina Bay Sands.

So if you love such market that comes with style, creativeness and pop, this is a place to try out!

Speaking of street snacks, there’s one which is too irresistible and always there at every Pasar Malam. Even in Artbox Singapore.

Yes, you guess it! Its the famous Ramli Burger! Its here at Artbox. I was soooo surprised. Well, burger lovers, what are you waiting for? Grab a bite or two! =D

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Captain’s log                            Stardate: 92952.7 (Mar 29, 2017)

The most sensational hit in all of American live-action superhero children’s television series ever since its first airing in 1993. Power Rangers is once again back on the big screen. Its been 20 years since the last movie was shown, which is Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. This third film of the Power Rangers film franchise is a reboot that features the main characters of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series, portrayed by a new cast.

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Known as Saban’s Power Rangers or simply Power Rangers, the movie is entirely a re-imaging of the franchise, a serious makeover. Everything you see will not what it used to be before, just like any other re-booted movies. Other than the heroes themselves, the ranger suits, the dinozords, even their mentor Zordon and his faithful assistant Alpha-5, all won’t be the same.

Not to mention, the villains themselves. We all have seen the trailer or sneak preview even before the movie was release. You can see how everything changes drastically. One good thing though, Queen Rita wasn’t that naggy-hag type. But instead, a sexy looking witch and serial killer with a fixation on gold that will make you drool to your knees… =P

The movie will be officially released in the United States on March 24, 2017. In Singapore, will be on March 23rd. And before the actual airing, there’s the Gala Premiere. Its was shown on March 22nd at Cathay, the distributor of the movie.

My Toku gang had planned about this 2 months back during our Toku new year gathering. We immediately initiate this opportunity to be part of it as to come down to watch the movie while in suits. Yes! This is also our chance to promote our Toku group, an opportunity we cannot miss. 

An email were send to Cathay, hoping for a chance. Thankfully, the management had find us intriguing. However after much discussion, they only prefer those that owns the suits from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. Also, if possible to have the different colours as the coloured coded suits seen in the show.

We have to accept the fact that this movie is based from the old MMPR, so its understandable. Also, its we who approach the management. So its still in their rights from their side.

But no worries for the rest of our guys, cause a fan-screening was been established, where we collaborated with two other largest of our local toku community: tokuAsia and KR/SS (Kamen Rider Super Sentai). The registration was overwhelming, but indeed turn out a huge success. We also have a special guest appearance, Jason Chan who acted as the Samurai Green Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Storm been invited. Its not like everyday you get to have an actual Power Ranger actor joining you for the movie. Kudos to all! 

Anyway, a friend of ours managed to contact some friends who owned the suits. We also invited our very own Queen Rita Repulsa (Not the sexy one), who was portrayed by a nice lady, whom we address as Aunty Shirley. Having a villain with us does blend in really well everytime =D

I being the usual red ranger, had decided to don the Dragon shield. Its been ages since I last wear it. So for this special occasion, I decided it’ll be better =)

That evening at the Gala Premier was outstanding. I don’t think anyone would expect of us as Power Rangers to show up. And we are not even actors or celebrities, but just normal cosplayers who can make this an epic turned out. That’s the fun about having your own suit. You can go anywhere with it! =D

I will fast forward to where it all begins. The photos! They will speak for all.. =D Many credits to our friends who had taken the photos.

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Our Toku community would like to extend our biggest thank you to the Cathay management for accepting us to host this event. We all had make this Gala Premiere a very meaningful and fruitful event. We hope we can team up again for the next one, without a doubt =)

And not forgetting, our beloved minders, helpers and photographers who are there to make sure all goes smoothly from time to time. Couldn’t have it done better without you guys. Kudos to all!

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Now, here’s my review on the Power Rangers. No spoiler intended, but roughly what I had seen so far. 

Saban’s Power Rangers is a revolutionary masterclass in many ways. What was old was made new. But yet stayed exactly the same. Not to mention, with a pinch of nostalgic and easter eggs references seen. This time, there’s a good backstory to how it all started. Especially for both Zordon and Rita. Really fascinates me.

The 5 teenagers, Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini and Kimberly, each have their own personal problem of what modern teenagers face nowadays. Especially for both the yellow and pink ranger. Relationship, friendship issues, etc. I can say throughout the movie, they did well in pouring out their motivations, backstory and team chemistry. Something you may not see in the actual series. The development for each of them is been studied and really unique.

And seriously, getting the rangers to earn their powers is not that easy. This Zordon is more of a discipline, straightforward type and make sure you will climb up the ladder before getting what you deserved.

And speaking of getting powers, the first rule is to focus their mindset before being worthy to wear the suit. As mentioned, its not that simple.

The overall CGI is marvellous, very realistic. Like the main characters, the movie does have some spunky attitude. This is the part I was expecting. Even this Alpha 5 does show off some…attitude. You just need to see it to believe it.

The Megazord, as what many would not have expected. Too complicated, but indeed, its still one hell of a zord. But before it was combine, the dinozords themselves were even more fearsome then their original counterattacks. I simply love the T-rex and the Pterodactyl, which really reminds me of a fighter jet. Each had their own fighting abilities, and damn! Its a serious climate battle with tons of KA-BOOMS and hell-breaking loose that really grip you at the edge of your seat. That’s me, I supposed. I was like sooo breathless for the Clash of the Zords! =D

Seriously, if the old 1995 movie is awesome, this 2017 version is a badass not to be missed! Not just for fans or those who love Power Rangers, its designed for all movie-lovers to experience such an anticipated, intense battle between good and evil.

In a childhood view, I have to admit I was a little disappointed about certain things that weren’t the same like before. But then again, its entirely new. We may argue and critize some. But at the end of the day, we just have to accept and adapt to it cause its freaking cool eventually! =D Nothing much to complain about. It has a promising cool and cutting edge scenes, where many fans wanting to expect. Clearly, a cheer-worthing appearance and its already earns its moments. Power Rangers will never be the same again. 

For the first time, Power Rangers had hit the blockbuster market with such an intense rating. It had truly succeeded its previous movie many years bank, and by no doubt there will be another one.

As Saban had mentioned, “We already have a six-movie story arc.” There’s already a roadmap ahead for the future. Not just for older fans, but newer and younger generations to expect the incoming morphenomenal highly and advance. As he had mentioned, “The effects are mind-boggling. So does the young audience expect more? You bet they do — and they will have it.”

Yeah you bet! Morphers on standby! 

So for those who have yet to watch, be sure not to miss out! I give the movie a 100/100 for that! I truly super enjoyed the movie. As a fan of Power Rangers, especially born watching the Mighty Morphin series, I can’t describe no words but seriously its a movie loaded with tons of kick-ass and butt-kicking. What’s more to that? That’s my opinion for the movie. Yours have your own saying.

And you be surprised by what’s in-store before the movie ended. A bonus there. You’ll find out.. =D

Though I won’t spoil it for those who have yet to watch, I can only reveal one spoiler. Happens in most movies nowadays.

Do stay on after the credits. That’s a hint who is coming out for the next movie =)

POWER UP! 

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New Year Gathering!

Posted: January 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                     Stardate: Jan 1st, 2017 (7010.2)

Start of the new year was a blast as me and my gang of Tokucos Singapore gathered for a night of buffet at Satay By The Bay Steamboat.

We gathered all around for a night of fun, laughter and jokes. We push aside all negative issues as we are there to enjoy the new year while feast on the mouth-watering buffet. We have been planning for this and this is what we are waiting for.

Best part of the gathering, we ended up celebrating someone’s birthday which happen to be on the next table. And the birthday chap was lucky too, cause some of us had bring our Power Ranger and Kamen Rider helmets just for a fun shoot. With that, we decided to give the birthday man a memorable birthday ever by taking photos with him with helmets on! =D He’s one lucky dude to have us at the next table. He will remember this =D

Photo credits from our friends =)

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3 hours of fun and its worth spending there. Hope we can have such gathering every year end. To stay content and remain bonded as a team as we follow the flow of our everyday life.

Thanks all! What a night! =D

Power Up!

 

Best Highlights Of 2016!

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                    Stardate: 81231.6 (Dec 31st, 2o16)

Hours left and we will soon say goodbye to 2016, and welcome the new year 2017!

That one year had brought me to face quite a number of ups and downs. Even the worse. Can say much of a turbulent ride of the year for me. I rather share the good ones. We all each have our own problems. The headache we have been through. Seriously I rather not share about that…. 

Still, at the end of the day we all learn to pick ourselves up and move on with the time. Life still as it is, like a cycle as we move on with our everyday life. Changes that we will see. And obstacles that we will encountered.

I made new friends along the way, most at cosplayers. All share the same common interest, and most really wants you to be part of their family.

One of the best moments I had cherished was getting engage with my girl that year’s April. We had our flaws, problems, getting all the ups and downs that couples will faced (The obvious reasons). But eventually we get along well. As long we keep our promise to continue loving and respect one another as time goes by and towards our marriage. We will make it through my love, God’s willing. We will always be there for each other… 

My Clash of Superpowers project so far as been going well. A total of 4 videos were produced on that same year. During that period of time I had been getting a lot of avid cosplayers that were keen to be part of it. Its all depends on the time and schedule. But I hope me and my team can get those involved and expand it to the expectations. 

And so, these are the best highlights that has been happening and what has been accomplished. So here I go. Take your time to read and hope you enjoy =)

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A VISIT TO KKH (Kandang Kerbau Hospital)
Date: 17th March 2016

On this day, three Power Rangers and Princess Anna of Arendelle (Frozen) make their way down to the hospital to pay a visit to the kids there. To give them what they deserved. Happiness, care and loved.

Its another meaningful day for us, members of the fun-loving committee, Pause For A Cause (PFAC) to show our support, dedication to the little ones and to make their day. Make it the best ever! An unforgettable one. This too includes for the nurses and doctors, as well as the families. Its always fun to see your favourite characters or superheroes appeared at your working place!

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A VISIT TO THE JAMIYAH CHIDREN’S HOME
Date: 28th March 2016

Our friendly and loving community Pause For A Cause was been invited by the Jamiyah Children’s Home. The home is an abode of care and shelter for the orphans and children of single parents, drug detainees, abused and dysfunctional families. 5 of us turned up for that day, which consist of three Power Rangers, One Doraemon and Naruto. 

This kids come as young as 3 years old. I was told some even have experienced trauma. They are only children. Innocent and lost. So that’s why the home aims to spread the unconditional love to these children and help them to develop into responsible adults.

So be grateful how fortunate that you have loving parents. These kids may be rowdy. Misbehaved. But knowing where they came from, and the painful journey they had to face, I hope one day they grow up to be responsible, and what the home had taught and groom them. God’s willing. They are still humans and deserved to be shape for the better.

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TEAM DELTA COHESION PLUS FAMILY DAY
Date: 30th April 2016

Marina Bay Sands Security Department, Team Delta had a Cohesion and Family Day where it was been organised by our team’s Operation Manager. Knowing that I’m a cosplayer, cosplaying as the ever recognised Red Ranger, he had given me this opportunity to invite my group down and be part of this private event. This is a good chance for the team as you don’t get to see this everyday. Especially when there’s kids around and you get to see your favourite childhood superhero live! =D

Other than just simply take photos with us, we also decided to put a simple skit. This Everybody there truly enjoys it. A chance for a lifetime for the team.

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MOVIE SCREENING PLUS A CARNIVAL
Date: 25th June 2016

A friend of mine who was one of the volunteers at the Mountbatten Community Centre CC had invited me and my Power Rangers gang to come down to spice up the event and brighten up the kids. Also, its the month of the June school holidays. The best time to entertain the kids. So far only 2 of us can make it. 

There’s a line of games booths, food and more. The movie screening, to my understanding will be about life in Singapore back in the olden days. But for us, cosplayers, we mainly there just for the carnival =D

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COSFEST XV: REBORN!
Date: 2nd – 3rd July 2016

An event which not only brings cosplayers together, but also brings the whole family to come down and join in the colourful fun and entertainment. 

The year cosfest will have a special highlight on the first day. The organizers had set up a DC Comic special on stage, dedicated for DC fans and lovers. The theme features a DC Comics Cosplay Show by the Suicide Squad characters and DC Comics Super Runway. So for those who owned the suit from any of the DC characters, you are welcome to take part in the super runway.

I had debut in my latest suit. Its the Red Ranger Ninjetti, which was seen in the 1995 Power Rangers movie and third season in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Only appeared in the American version, but not in the Super Sentai series.

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A MORPHENOMENAL BIRTHDAY PARTY
Date: 2Oth August 2016

Our TokuCosSg community was been invited to make a birthday appearance for a 4 year old boy who loves Power Rangers. 4 Power Rangers, all Red Rangers had turn up to give the best and a memorable Power Rangers birthday party for the young chap.

We also put up a runway, where each ranger will appeared one by one in accordance to the series. Then followed by a short skit. 2 in 1 show that will keep the birthday boy, the kids there and their families entertained!

Indeed, a morphenomenal birthday for that little chap! We Rangers wish you all the best as time goes by. Hope to see you again in the future! Power up! =)

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SINGAPORE TOYS GAMES COMIC CONVENTION
Date: 10th – 11th September 2016

The most happening event of the year which brings together the pop culture ranging from the best in comics, toys, anime, manga and cosplay from the East and West. These include unique works from well-known artists from Singapore and around the region.

I had decided to cosplay as the futuristic dark knight himself. Batman Beyond armour version, which is based from Batman – Arkham Knight game.

There a lot of DC or Justice League characters on that day itself. Most commonly were Batman and Joker. Me and some of the DC guys and girls that I had tag along were also invited to the retail’s DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe where we try out those mouth-watering nachos and fries. Best of all, its free for us Justice League! Thank you Mr John of DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe for sponsoring us. You are awesome! =D

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HALLOWEEN NIGHT @ CLARKE QUAY
Date: 30th October 2016

Its that time of that night again. There’s nightmare on Clark street for that very night. The bumps and tumps will thrill and chill your every spine. They are out to get you. Its Halloween again!

Was been invited by a group of friends. And so that night decided to debut in my Marty Mcfly from Back to the future, based on Part 2 of the movie. Simple, but with a futuristic style. Too bad I don’t have the Delorean…

Great Scott! Hope I can get home in time…

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HAPPY KIDS GRADUATION CONCERT
Date: 3rd December 2o16

A friend invited me for this Happy Kids Graduation concert, where it involves kindergarten kids. Upon graduating, they will also perform various dances infront of their families.

I had decided to don my Red Ranger from the Power Rangers Dino Charge series. There are other 4 cosplayers and also friends of mine; Spiderman, Deadpool, Black Panther and Kamen Rider Kuuga. We also have a Flash character, who happened to be the teachers father, as what I was told.

We superheroes turn out to be like special guest appearances, just to add more fun with the organisers who also dress up. Really craze, outgoing and fun as we join in the dance on stage. Happy to be part of it! =)

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END OF YEAR EVENT
Date: 10th – 11th December 2o16

Short of EOY, this Japanese pop-cultural arts event is back at the same location, which is at Marina Barrage. There will be performances by Japanese celebrities, well-known cosplayers. Music and dance performances by home-grown talents, artwork exhibitions and booths selling a wide range anime merchandise and artworks. Infact, its more on focusing towards Japanese culture. So if you are into such, this event is just for you.

I had finally debut in my latest character. One which is my childhood and which I wanted to cosplay for sooooo long. Its from this wacky comedy movie called “The Mask.” A comedy movie released in 1994, and starring the king of comedy, Jim Carrey.

Truly enjoyed in it. ITS SMOKIN!!! 

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A MORPHENOMENAL BIRTHDAY PARTY
Date: 24th December 2o16

Once again, our Toku group was been invited for another Power Rangers birthday party, for a little chap who just turned 5. This give us the chance to take this opportunity to bring the smile and happiness to the kid. 

4 of us were there, and as much as the father want to give his son the best birthday ever, so too are we. He loves Power Rangers, and we will give him the best birthday party whenever the opportunity presents itself. 

You should have seen the WOW reaction on the kid’s face when we appeared. Yes, he did not expect this.

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Well, that’s all the fun I had been and those that I have accomplished for that year. There are some of the things that I’ve yet to achieve. As this takes time, I will pursue with the flow and hope to make it happen. God’s willing.

To be frank, I had none much to say other than what was written above. 2017 will soon take over, and it will be like all over again.

But it will a new beginning for some, to further re-evaluate the things that we want to achieve. Your goals, to pursue your dreams. 2016 will be like a stepping stone, and 2017 will be where you take the leap.

I do agreed that we all change as time goes by. Either better or worse. But always its good for the better. No matter what, the Earth is always going forward and we can only hope what’s best for the future.

We learn from our past, we fall and learn to pick ourselves up in the present, so we know what to do for the future.

Let’s all look forward for the new year and what lies ahead. I am looking forward for some of the things that I want to achieve. God’s willing.. =)

POWER UP!

A Morphenomenal Birthday!

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                      Stardate: 81229.6 (Dec 29th, 2016)

On Dec 24th, 2016, our local Toku group was been invited for a Power Rangers birthday party. The father of the birthday boy who will be celebrating his 5th birthday had stumbled upon my YouTube channel, where as according to him, one of the videos featured were me and my Ranger pals celebrating this 4 year old kid who loves Power Rangers. And that happen on August this year. So this eventually excites him, as his kid whose named Ajitboy also loves Power Rangers. He managed to get in touch with one of us who spread the news.

This is an opportunity for us, and for something I would love to be part of it since its a Power Rangers Birthday party. Good thing I’m not working on that day. So I agreed to lead for the party with 3 of my other fellow rangers; Red Ranger Time Force, Quantum Ranger and Blue Ranger from Mystic Force. Me will comes as my usual old school Mighty Morphin Red =)

As much as the father want to give his son the best birthday ever, so too are we. As Power Rangers, we want to give the son not only the best, but the most memorable birthday party. Just like how we did before, and in more to come.

Residing in Punggol Field, the birthday party was held at a multi-purpose hall. The hall was been decorate with power ranger theme at one side, with a Power Rangers Dino Charge theme poster as a backdrop. 

When I knew about this, I thought of coming down as Dino Charge Red, since I owned the suit. And which also kids nowadays were more into the recent Power Rangers. Unfortunately my belt was damage during a recent event, and only get to know last minute. So I don’t think I had enough time to repair it. But no matter, coming down as the old school Power Ranger still makes the grand appearance =D

According to the father, his son was not told of our appearance. This is a surprise opportunity for the little chap. We are eager for this to happen. Our plan was to give the grand entrance once the party commences.

We will came out one by one, followed by sequence as according to the series franchise. Mighty Morphin > Time Force > Mystic Force. And our theme will be played at the background. This is already good enough for the birthday boy, the kids there and their families to WOW at the sight of our sudden appearance.

The look at the kid’s face when he first saw us. Yes he did not expected this.

Surprised boy! Power Rangers are here to party with ya!

The families and relatives go crazy for our sudden appearance. Our attention has caught nearby residents and they too, stop whatever they are doing. This is expected when you are having the party at void deck or multi-storey purpose hall where its open. We are definitely fine with it! =D

Here’s some of the best photos taken. Many thanks of the birthday boy’s father for some of the photos taken =)

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Throughout the day has been a great and wonderful Power Ranger birthday party for the 5 year old kid. Another success for our Toku group. If not for the families who invite us, we would never be where we are. It’s worth it!

I won’t denied the fact that I truly enjoyed doing something like this. The more I took part of it, the more I love doing it. As said before, this is something I would love to do ever since I first had my Power Ranger suit. I got my wish came true and will continue to do so as long I’m still fit and strong enough to had it going. 

That video of mine which I had posted some time ago where we are invited to celebrate that kid 4th year old birthday had proven a success, as it had reach out to another family. This tells me, if I continue to create more videos of Power Rangers birthdays, it may attract more families who may be keen. That’s what the father of the boy told me. He came across my recent video of that 4 year old kid. And that’s how he able to reach us.

Another way of expanding our group, as the way I see it. Time goes by and our group had slowly, but progressively branching out. I hope, for the benefit our team, we can achieve this. If not for the people who had invited us, we wouldn’t be where we are.

Not just birthdays. We are also open for other special events or occasions. Its rare to have such unless you know some who can do it. As long our informants or contacts are sincere and agreed to our terms and conditions. We are not into business. We are still a non-profit group. But we won’t mind doing such as long its reasonable between the two parties.

Is the thoughts that counts to make others happy. And in return they make your day too. Not just cosplaying. But using that cosplay appeal out of the regular cosplay thing and bring the smile to those you care for. To give back to the community, for something that you volunteer and willing to do.

And lastly, me and my Rangers would like to say a big thank you to the boy parents, and the people there who are taken the effort to make this event a special one. We are grateful and honour to be there and give the kid the best and memorable birthday ever.

To little Ajitboy, we hope you enjoy and love what your mommy and daddy had granted for you. You are the next lucky boy to have Power Rangers to come celebrating your birthday with you. You make our day, as much as we make yours. Anyway, you look really cool in your Power Ranger suit. Future Megaforce ranger, perhaps? =D

Happy 5th Birthday Ajitboy! We hope we can see you again for your next birthday. May you excel as time goes by =)

POWER UP!

And here’s the morphenomenal video. Hope you all enjoy it =)

The Noodle Bar

Posted: December 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                    Stardate: 61218.6 (Dec 18th, 2016)

Tucked at the corner of Esplanade Mall, there’s this restaurant which just officially opened, and its certified halal. Its called the Noosh Noodle Bar And Grill.

Some of you may been here before. Me and my fiancee stumbled upon it by chance when we were walking around the vicinity looking for a place to eat. Initially we had planned to eat at Makansutra, which is an open food court just nearby. Unfortunately it appeared to have closed due to the heavy rain earlier. So while walking around in search for a place to eat, we ended up stumbled upon this Noosh place.

We decided to try it out, seeing how tempting the menu is. And that also we are really hungry!

As the name had stated, Noosh Noodle bar… Indeed, the restaurant was designed to look like a bar. Really intriguing. Its quite spacious, cozy and had a welcoming environment. The decor was all chocolate brown, which really brings out that vibrant sense of relaxation and to unwind.

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For our first visit, we decided to try the Mee Ayam Jakarta (Chicken Noodle Jakarta….so called). And had Ondeh Ondeh cake for dessert, which will came after once we done eating the main course.

My tummy started grumbling once the food came. I grab my fork and indulge in the mouth-watering dish.

SUPERBBBBB!!!! 

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The waiter also provide us with some spices to add on with the dish. One bowl doesn’t seem enough and feel like wanna go for another round. Hahaha! Its really good!

Our Ondeh Ondeh cake soon came. And its comes not alone, but with a scoop of ice-cream! As much as the main course itself, the Ondeh Ondeh is really out of this world! As you bite down the flavour, you will feel the crunchiness savouring, telling you this must have been the best Ondeh Ondeh cake ever made. The taste is just right! 

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More photos of the restaurant. Intriguing indeed…

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Overall, we are satisfied with the service provided. The staff are friendly, the aroma was pleasant, and not to mention the food. Worth the price. Indeed, a great place to hang out after a hard day at work. Will definitely came back here again in the future to try out the other dishes, not just the noodles. Worth the appetite!

If those haven’t been here before and wanting to indulge on the menu, the location is at 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #01-13B, Singapore 039802.

Try it and see. Its worth a dining experience for me! =)

Meomi Cat Cafe

Posted: December 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                  Stardate: 60152.1 (Dec 15th, 2016)

I recently visit this cat cafe known as Meomi Cat Cafe with my fiancee. I had been planning to visit this kitty cafe ever since my to The Cat Cafe, which is not far from the one I recently visit. So we got our chance and head down to meet our feline friends.

This Meomi Cat Cafe is situated at North bridge road, next to Haji Lane. Not that difficult to find.

It leads us to this small hallway, where there’s a wide range of cat-theme accessories which was on sale at the corner. Before us, was the glass door that will lead us to meet the cats. We could already see a few of them moving about and just can’t wait to pet and play with them. They all looked so cute!!! =D

Here at Meomi Cafe, its $13 with complimentary drinks for the 1st hour, for adults. And subsequent 1/2 hour which is $5.

There’s also this Pawsome Combo which is $19. We decided to go for the Pawsome Combo where it comes with a cat-shape pancake, beverage (your choice) and a chocolate sauce.

So before we enter, the friendly staff will explain to us the dos and dons. For the safety of the cat and us, humans. Then to apply some hand sanitiser for good measure.

And lastly, the door is open for us to cat heaven! =)

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Unlike the The Cat Cafe, this one was smaller. Total here were only 7 cats. Both sides of the room have cushioned benches with small tables for customers. And there’s also some cats pillows lined up along the benches.

Furthermore, its a cat playground on both sides of the wall. We were told that these kitties had come from the cats welfare. As such they were been monitored from time to time for their safety, to prevent them from being harass or mistreated by misbehaving customers.

One of the staff even introduced us each of the cats. There’s Mario, Luna, Coon, Oreo… just to name a few. Telling their age, their breed, even the silliest and funny things they do and behaved.

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That look is just too irresistible! =D

Though only 7 cats, most of them are indeed lovely looking. Especially one which we just couldn’t take our eyes of it was this short-legged Munchkin cat named “Mario.”

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SO KAWAII!!!!!!

My fiancee love this type of cat. So its a bonus for her to meet Mario. It looks so cute to see it running and walking with those short legs. So cuteness overload!!!! =D

Here’s the rest of the lovely and beautiful cats. So tempting to hug and cradle them. But too bad, we are not allowed to do so…..

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We really have fun interacting with the kitties. Though the place is small, but its quite cozy, clean and friendly fun, especially for the kids. Also, its a great place to hangout while having a fancy cup of coffee and cakes with the company of cats around you.

The one at Cat Cafe has a number of cats which I can say, its common and can be found anywhere in Singapore. Here, at Meomi Cat Cafe, there’s some rare cats, like Mario the Munchkin cat, which can be hard to find here. My fiancee pretty much like the Meomi cafe.

Nevertheless, all the cats from either side had a place to stay, and at the same time interact with the humans. There are other cat cafes which I intend to visit one day. Meeting all of them has always been a pleasure.

So do drop by here if you love cats. Or yet to be one. I definitely enjoy my time with them. They are all really loveable kitties. Location is at 668 North Bridge Road, 188801 Singapore. Its near to the Sultan Mosque, and nearest MRT is Bugis

Meowwwwwwww…….=)

EOY 2016!

Posted: December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                     Stardate: 60120.6 (Dec 12, 2016)

Also known as the “End of Year” Cosplay Festival, this Japanese pop-cultural arts event is back again at the same location, which is at Marina Barrage. So before 2016 comes to end, all cosplayers were invited to enjoy this moments together to have lots of fun till the day’s end. 

The event falls on the weekend, from 10th – 11th Dec 2016. Each time brings new opportunities. Guest performances by Japanese celebrities, well-known cosplayers. Music and dance performances by home-grown talents, artwork exhibitions and booths selling a wide range anime merchandise and artworks. Infact, its more on focusing towards Japanese culture. So if you are into such, this event is just for you.

I had decided to come for one day only, which is on the first day. And finally I can debut in my latest character. One which is my childhood and which I wanted to cosplay for sooooo long.

Its from this wacky comedy movie called “The Mask.” =D

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I believe many of you had watch this crazy movie before. Released in 1994, and starring the king of comedy, Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss.

He finds this wooden mask near the city’s harbour. So once he place it on his face, it transforms him into a wacko soot yellow-suited, green-faced, bizarre trickster known as the Mask, who is able to cartoonishly alter himself into many ways. With that, he use this advantage for his first looney act to scare off his grouchy landlady, a street gang, and even rob a bank.

There’s also an animated series of The Mask. And in 2005, the second adaptation of the movie, known as Son of the Mask was introduced.

The yellow suit and pants and the latex mask were brought from ebay. No way I’m gonna paint my face green! It took me a long search. But eventually found what I needed.

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SOMEBODY STOP HIM!

As for the tie, I had purchased a black tie and decorate it using some white cloth and white spray paint to make it look like the actual one seen in the movie. There is the original tie been put up for sale. But it will cost me a bomb. So I decided to customise it myself.

Turns out really good as what I had expected. It may not look the same. But no matter. Its close enough and I like how it had turns out.

So its time to put on the mask and create a wild and looney chaos! =D

Here’s some of the best moments capture of me partying with the gang. Photos taken by friends. Many many thanks to them! =)

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The whole day has been an awesome day! I truly enjoy the hours with the gang, and really happy how my character had turns out. None has expected such character will showed up. Hahaha! Its all about on how well you adapt into your character. That’s one of the reasons when you cosplay. You want to be in that character. So you have to be like that character. His or her style, moves, pattern, etc. 

Also, The Mask will be my last character I’m cosplaying. Don’t worry guys, I will still continue cosplaying. Its only this character will be my last. Cause I’m gonna focus and save up for other things. Marriage is one of them, since I’m getting married next year.

Kudos to all in making everyone happy! We all have a good time and will be looking forward for more! =D

 ITS SMOKIN!