Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Central "Go Japan" Matsuri Festival

Central organized a 3 weeks "Go Japan" Festival lasting from 3rd to 19th of October. The whole event is divided into 3 main periods. First comes the Japanese Cultural Week followed by Japanese Fashion Week & the Japanese Music/Dance Week.

Go Japan!

Nath & me went to watch the cosplay competition held on 11th.

Japanese Girls? =P

Some friends & classmates of Nath were supposed to meet us there & while waiting for them, we went for some mouth-watering Hokkaido Ice-cream. Nath wasn't use to the soft ice-cream & we had to help finish hers before it melts back into watery green tea! LOL! xD


Nath's friends & classmates arrived.

The Guys & Girls

Just in time for the cosplay competition...

Cosplayers getting ready

The crowd are eagerly waiting...

Jam pack off stage

The judges are impatiently waiting...

Cosplay competition's judges

And finally, the show started...

Cute event MCs

Cosplayers were called up on stage to do their stunts...

Anime on stage

Of crowd pleasing performance.

Character Acting

Competitors giving their best, aiming at attractive prizes of...
1st Prize : Luxurious trip to Bintan Island for 2
2nd Prize : S$500 shopping vouchers from Central
3rd Prize : S$300 shopping vouchers from Central

Marks were tallied, winners were announced & prizes were given.

My boss, Suyama-san, giving away prizes

And the 1st prize winner is... Ichigo from Bleach with his stage chopping act. His Zangetsu hit the stage flooring twice when he performed his chopper attack moves. Wonder what he's gonna chop up in Bintan. =P

1st price winner

My congratulations to all the winners!

Group foto with judges

The crowd were not only entertained by on-stage performances. Many frenzy photo-taking occurred at the event like this little froggie hopping out of the river to be confronted by a wall of photographers.


Nath & me too, had our fair share of photos taken by enthusiastic photographers. Those people snap at anyone who's standing still! When we posed for our own pics with friends, photographer came swamping, cameras snapping, causing puzzlement among our friends... "Why are they taking our photo for?" Well... instant celebrities, how does it feel to be in the limelight, even for a little while? LOL! xD

International Military Girls

Black Ultraman

Power Up Karma Riders!

Even my colleagues who are the organizer's crews, became targets of those snap-happy photographers when we posed for our own keepsake pic with the MC, Reiko, a Japanese radio DJ from FM96.3.

Go Japan Girls

The next event after the cosplay competition is a 'Lolita' fashion show.

Lolita Models

Followed by Japanese Idol which Nath wanna join, but she arrived in Singapore too late to practice for it. Well yah, Nath loves to sing. She's good enough to be selected for the yearly Project SuperStar(Malaysia) twice. Well Nath, maybe next year? You will have my full support! xD

Japanese Idols

Hori-san, another of my Japanese colleague was one of the judges

Putting up a roaring song & dance

Singing & dancing their hearts out

And the winner are... a pair of girls who won the heart of the judges with their song & energetic performance. My congratulations!

Winners of Japanese Idols competition

Japanese Idols group pic with judges

The whole event was a great success & we had a great time! Cya around at the next event!


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Polar Hamster@Kallang Ice World

4th Oct. 2008 ~ Ice-skating is a hobby which held my interest the longest, 10+ years. I even have my own ice-hockey boots which I bought so long ago & still in good condition. With busy working schedules, I can't indulge in this hobby as often as in my school days. However, once in a while, the Polar Hamster flies across ice! Yes! The Polar Hamster is @ Kallang Ice World again! Squeak, Squeak, Squeak! Hahaha...

Can you spot Polar Hamster me? =P

This occasion, I went with 2 groups of friends. Nath, her classmates, Josh & the other group are some of my ex-primary classmates whom I'm quite surprise & delighted that we didn't lose contact after so long.

Nath, her classmates & Josh

Ex-primary classmates

We had a great time on the ice, going round & round in circles... just like hamsters running an ice wheel. xD

Friends on ice

Inevitably, same old question gonna be ask of me... "Don't you feel cold dressing so little in an ice rink?" Me: "Nope, I am a Polar Hamster & love the cold!" LOL! I did brought along a jersey, but didn't even need it. xD

Among our group, many are first timers on ice including Nath which had an painful bum encounter with the ice. She was gliding along & oops, went unbalance, arms flailing, disobeying legs slipped out under her & her butt kissed the ice, hard. No Nath, I wasn't laughing at you. Unfortunately or fortunately for you, Mouse was too far away to get a shot of you butt skating on ice with legs thrashing the air. And that would be a great pic to blog about! Okok, I'm sorry... don't kill me! I'm not laughing, serious! Josh is the one laughing away when you fell. Look... I have proof! =P

Josh laughing at Nath after her fall & comforting friends

Well... Nath being a brave, sporting girl, was up & going right after her fall without distress, except for this memory of a foto. xD

Nath, the expert butt-skater =P

Had a really wonderful time, especially with so many friends! Many thanks to all who joined me! Love you guys! Hope to meet up with all of you again! Till next time when the Polar Hamster flies on ice again! xD