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A Carnival Like No Other!

Posted: January 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                Stardate: 20241.8 (Jan 24, 2018)

A gigantic fairground is taking place within the vicinity of Marina Bay, and probably the only most anticipated one in Singapore in a long while. 

Its the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival and spans at two activity hubs: The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space which is next to Marina Bay Sands. About 5 to 7 mins walk from both sides.

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Opens from 15th Dec 2017 to 1st Apr 2018, the family-friendly carnival contains over 40 trilling rides and games assembled from different parts of the world. There’s even the Mach 5. Standing at 55 metres high, this is the most thrilling ride ever that will had you swing round and round. Feeling that G-Force as you screamed your head off.

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The Mach 5. The most intense ride ever!

The entry is totally free. The ride tickets and game coupons can be purchase on-site or online. When purchase on-site, they will give you a stored value card. Each time you took the rides or try out the games, the credits in your card will be deducted. You can top up more credits at the top-up counter or kiosk.

Me and my wife gets excited upon seeing it in Facebook and decided to give it a shot. We wouldn’t want to miss this! Especially when there’s the Bumper Car ride. My wife was so eager to ride one as she had never ride one before.

Our first ride was the Jungle River, which was a short roller coaster ride. This is where you will get wet once the car hits the bottom track and filled you with the big splash. Do get yourself a poncho if you don’t want to get yourself wet.

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Prepare to get wet!

The game booths, most of it were quite challenging. There are a million prizes to be won! So intense that we keep topping up our cards just to win a big toy, especially my wife. She wanted so much to win the big doll! =D

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Millions of cuddly toys to be won!

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I always enjoyed the shooting range. Long time never shoot. Missed my target a lot! 

And when there’s a carnival, there’s always the food. Its a food galore here! So you food lovers, there’s the delicious patties, chunky meatballs, crunchy fries, crunchy churros, popcorns, hotdogs and other fast food feasts for you to gobble down to fill your empty stomach.

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Juicy patties and chunky meatballs! Burger and meatlovers, you gotta try this! 

There’s also different varieties of thirst-quenching beverages and ice-cream to choose from. Just nice to cool you down especially when the weather is hot, like that day when we are there.

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The dining space within the food stalls was quite open and spacious enough. There’s  tables and benches there been set up so that you can 
enjoy your meal while admiring the excitement.

The crowd was relatively ok, compare when it was first opened. Even the queue was less.

The aftermath: Despite trying her luck in getting the big dolls, my wife still wins a handful. One large Tigger from Winnie The Pooh and 5 small size dolls. Though she  can’t win that big sized Polar bear that she wanted so much, she still win the large size Tigger. Including the 5 small ones, its still not so bad.

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The cuddly toys we won! At least we went home with our hands full =D

Despite the hot weather and continuously topping our card just to win big stuff, we still enjoyed our time there. So if you love carnivals, this one will promise you an experience like no other. Especially when you have kids, they gonna love many of the rides that were meant for them.

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And if you are the daring type with no fear, be sure to try the fearsome Mach 5 and feel that G-Force as it swings round and round with a speed of 130km/h.

Another best ride is the Star Flyer. A 35 metre tower which spins you around while ascending to the height. Up there, you will have an unobstructed view of the Singapore skyline.

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Spins around while captured the gorgeous view! 

Be sure you have sufficient cash to top up your card if you intend to challenge yourself at the game booths to win something big. Seriously, how me and my wife did was like betting in a horse race! For the card, do not discard it if you intend to come back again cause its valid until April 1st.

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Some of the classic rides that you wouldn’t want to miss!

As mentioned earlier, this giant wonderland opens daily from 4pm – 11pm. Entry is free and its until April 1st. 

So do join in the thrills. Game-on and be amazed by the excitement there before it disappears for good…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Captain’s log                                 Stardate: 01718.20 (Jan 17, 2018)

When I came to know about the movie, I immediately I tell my wife cause I know she’s a fan of horror movie as much as I am.

Known as Insidious: The Last Key. Also known as Insidious: Chapter 4, its the fourth instalment in the Insidious franchise. A continuous series of horrifying events where involves a brilliant parapsychologist helping those who were dangerously trapped or connected to the spirit world. This leads her to face those terrifying circumstances, but she knew she have to help those people. Even knowing risking her own life. Cause only she can pulled them out from these insidious events.

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The movie starts off in 1953, where we see her in her childhood days. She was a gifted child and only her mother understands her. Infact, if you have followed the series’s in-story chronology, you already know she had that third-eye.

However, her father refused to believe his daughter’s special ability. Whenever his daughter says she sees “something”, her father will get pretty mad, hits her and locked her into the basement.

Fast forward to 2010, she was seen working as a paranormal investigator with her two colleagues. She received a call who requested help as his house is haunted. She turned cold upon hearing the address, cause the person is living in the home where she grew up as a child. Shaken, hesitant, but she have to accept it in order to make things right. 

Together with her two paranormal investigators who never let her do alone, they venture out into the open. To the place where brings her back to her childhood days.

Never would she expected, that this case will lead her to be connected more than just the spirit world. But involving those she cares. This is where you will too venture out for the truth as I ain’t gonna be a spoiler =D

My views: The sudden jumpscares is one thing, the usual. Unlike its previous instalments, this one comes with tons of great humour, especially from her two colleagues. Infact most of the jokes comes from them.

The plot is good, catching up to the days where we see the parapsychologist as a young girl grow up feeling tormented due to her father’s beating whenever he heard paranormal activity from her. It focus more into this character and her childhood, revealing much what is happening and how she had devoted her life in helping others who experience similar circumstances like hers. Not to mention, some sad moments where you may ended up in tears if you are the emotional type.

Overall to me its a good horror, with the combination of hilarious and sad moments. Scariest part for me when this demon had fingers made out as keys and will silence you in the throat. No matter how loud or how much you scream, nobody can heard you….

Watch it to believe it… 

 

 

 

Captain’s log                                   Stardate: 061018.1 (Jan 06th, 2018)

Some time ago my wife told me about this food court that offers the best potato ball which appeared much bigger than a tennis ball. And she also tagged it to me in Facebook, which shows our local Chef Shahrizal Salleh aka Chef Bob, Ambassador of Singapore Halal Culinary Federation (SHCF) trying out the place. Seeing how the chef enjoy the food and providing an awesome feedback, we decided to try it out! =)

Yes, those recommended by him seems like a MUST to try! =D

Situated in the heart of Kampong Glam area at Sultan Gate, there this black and white building that has a food court on the ground level called FOMO. Short for Fear Of Missing Out. Wow, what a name!

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I read its more than just your typical food court. FOMO is more hip hop, due to its tropical-paradise themed and colourful ambience, garden courtyard with a swing, and comes with a bar-like impression. Seriously, not your usual type of foodcourt.

There’s few food stalls and 1 drink stall. Among the food stalls, me and my wife aimed the one where Chef Bob had recommended. Named Kakak Kentang, it served potato balls and comes in medium and large. And when I say large, its really large than a tennis ball.

It serves two choices: Bombastic, which is stuffed beef potato ball with tomato based soup; and Chikabom which is the chicken version. Both cost below $10 and the meatballs were dunked in thick gravy. I choose the chicken version while my wife choose the Bomb. Both medium size.

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The Chikabom taste like mee soto ayam (Chicken noodle soto….I think), but really not bad. However the Bombastic is really the BOMB! It makes you go WOW 
and feels like as if hot steam just gushed out from your ears. The Bombistic was someting to hunt and crave for. Trying adding a spoonful of kicap pedas (chili soy sauce) like how my wife did. You can tell the difference!

The stall also offers side dishes: Abang Popiah (Crunchy fried spring rolls) and Adik Char Kuay (Deep fried dough sticks). We try the Popiah. Damn it was delicious! We will try the Char Kuay when we came back here again. Definitely worth a shot!

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Since few days after its opening, Kakak Kentang had quickly become one of the more popular food stores at FOMO. So popular that Chef Bob feature it as one of the best and recommended eating 
place in Singapore.

Though the Kakak Kentang is 100% Muslim Owned, the hip hop FOMO Singapore is not Halal certified cause the drink counter serves alcohol.

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Honestly I’m not very sure about the rest of the stalls, though one of them uses Halal certified products. Also I saw one with the “No pork no lard” sign. Me and my wife were only aiming for the big kentang ball. 
Its for you to try out the rest and see how the taste is. They does looked appetising though.

If not, try this classique Singaporean Kentang Ball and you might be coming back for more. They were made with love and simply worthlicious! Ask Chef Bob! =D

Its located at 38 Sultan Gate. Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm, Monday – Sunday.

ENJOY!! 

 

A Fresh New Year!

Posted: January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                 Stardate: 012018.1 (Jan 01st, 2018)

At the dawn of the new year awaken, I will always share the best highlights or moments from those previous 12 months. Year 2017 has been quite a decent, yet facing many challenges and obstacles as I move up the ladder. Meet many learning opportunities, contributing for the good will, going well with the love of my life, and finally married to the love of my life.

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When’s there positive, there’s always the not-so good ones. Life has been, the ups and down. We learn to pick ourselves up and continue advancing forward. Mistakes learn, and we will continue learning. 

So without further ado, here I go!

NEW YEAR TOKUCOS SINGAPORE GATHERING
MONTH: JANUARY

Start of the new year was a blast as our 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 and chill throughout the night!

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SABAN’S POWER RANGERS

MONTH: MARCH

The most sensational hit in all of American live-action superhero children’s television series is once again back on the big screen. Its been 20 years since the last movie was shown. The reboot Power Rangers film franchise features the main characters of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangerstelevision series, portrayed by a new cast.

My Toku gang immediately initiate this opportunity to be part of it as to come down to watch the movie while in suits. This is also our chance to promote our Toku group, an opportunity we cannot miss. 

And yes, the movie was so MORPHENOMENAL! 

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CAMP SIMBA

MONTH: JUNE

Our humble community of Pause of a Cause were invited by DukeNUS Medical School to be part of their Camp Simba. 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!

We have a mix and match of mainstream, iconic and amazing characters to fill the hearts and desires of the kids and families in need. We are honour by this unique opportunity, and hope we can continue to work together again in the future.

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HOSPITAL VISIT

MONTH: JUNE

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.

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GO! GO! POWER RANGERS BIRTHDAY!

MONTH: AUGUST

Our Toku group was been invited for another morphenomenal Power Rangers birthday party! It involves two little heroes, one turning 1 year old and the other, 4 year old. The parents decided that both of their kids celebrate their birthday together.

Another amazing opportunity for us! So me dress in my usual Red Ranger, and a friend of mine who will dress in his White Ranger were the only two Power Rangers coming down to entertain the kids and their families. 

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HOSPITAL VISIT

MONTH: AUGUST

Our humble community of Pause for a Cause gets another invitation from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Three of us cosplayers don in our characters; Elsa, Spiderman and Red Ranger (Me) will be visiting the kids from their wards to deliver that moments of joy and happiness! =)

I’ve been there for like a few times and did not even get sick of it! Hahaha! I really enjoyed doing what I love.

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CHILDREN’S SOCIETY OF SINGAPORE FLAG DAY

MONTH: SEPTEMBER

4 volunteers from Pause For A Cause had turn up for this flag day which was organised by the Children’s Society of Singapore. The society has been caring for the welfare of disadvantaged children; many of whom are victims of child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency or from families facing financial difficulties. Founded in 1952, the society protects and nurtures children and youth regardless of races and religions. 

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SINGAPORE TOYS GAMES COMIC CONVENTION 2017

MONTH: SEPTEMBER

Marina Bay Sands Convention hall open its doors for the most anticipated and annual cosplay event, where it will bring out the latest and coolest toys, games, anime, cosplay, music, fashion merging from East and West.

There will be the Star Wars: Experience The Force, where the entire zone was been specially dedicated to Star Wars. Star Wars fans will be given the chance to get unclose and personal with the fan-made vehicle replicas, games and awesome collectibles!

Another best highlight is the Akiba Zone. Inspired by the high energy electric town in Japan, this zone strives of cosplay, music and artists to cater the fans!

And with that, I had decided to come down in my Batman Beyond Armour version. Remodified!

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OUR HAPPY DAY

MONTH: SEPTEMBER

24 Sep 2017: Alhamdulillah….I praise to Allah for this joyous moment where I’m finally tied the knot with the love of my life.. =)

Best of all, where a simple Malay traditional wedding can turn out to be such fun cause I had 4 of my friends came down in their best costumes ever known. Acted like bodyguards, they make my wedding an unforgettable one. You cannot imagine how viral it gets overnight! =D

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HONEYMOON IN KRABI

MONTH: NOVEMBER

Our honeymoon adventure begins from 4 Nov till 8 Nov, a 5 days 4 nights getaway to one of the most beautiful resort in Krabi, Thailand. Named Railay Bay Resort & Spa, its one of the most recommended choices for honeymoon couples since it comes in the most picturesque province. There are other similar resorts there too, but we choose this one as first starters.

Me and my wife would like to thank the staff and management of Railay Bay Resort & Spa for their wonderful hospitality and friendly service. And the people who we came to know there, they are very friendly and very welcoming. We truly enjoyed our stay there and hope can meet again the future. Cause we definitely be back! =D

Its been a romantic and rocking honeymoon! From canoeing, elephant trekking, riding the ATV, it was truly unforgettable! =D

The only thing I regret, not having a candlelight dinner with my wife……=(

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Those 365 days has been great and filled with treasure moments. Thank you 2017. I couldn’t be more thankful. Despite how I struggle, I will still keep on with the pace, cause you will never know what lies ahead for your future.

Now 2018, Dear Lord, give me the courage, motivation and strength to be a better person. This is the year where I will faced much bigger responsibilities, commitments and sacrifices. Insha’Allah I can fulfilled this for the next 365 days and be a good husband to my beloved wife, and be a good father when we have kids. I can never tell how its going to be. All I have to do is to keep on praying, dedicated to what needs to be done, and Insha’Allah I can succeed =)

Lastly, Happy New Year 2018!! Best wishes for all! 
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