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another weekend's gone.*sigh*

Managed to turn a working day into a 'family' gathering - sorta! Had to help out at the Health & You exhibition at Suntec, organised by Straits Times. Was instructed to be there for briefing at 7.30am(!) on Sat morning & was freaking pissed when the briefing was cancelled.. Could have done with an extra hour of sleep.

Since parts of the activities involved kids, decided to ask hubby to bring Aidan there later in the morning and Corina also brought Chloe along. Was quite a good idea since the kids had loads of fun!
@Health & You Exhibition

Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan was the GOH at the event.
He was making some announcement on CPF/Medishield which you probably read in the papers today

We had a real f**ked-up MC who got the GOH's surname wrong. He pronounced Khaw as Cow (he must have been sent by the folks at Sammyboy)!. He proceeded to mess up the name further by calling him "Kaw Boo Wa" in his horrid, accented english. Stupid MC went on to screw up some of the other VIPs name (eg. Mark O'Dell became Mark O'Daniel) sheesh. My colleague who's the project manager for this event was so angry especially since up to then, everything was smooth-sailing and this idiot managed to undo all the hardwork because this is what people will end up remembering..

Anyway, I learnt something new from this event - what a 'doorstopper' meant. Before the GOH arrived, one of his staff came to me and said
"Minister will be doing a doorstopper after his tour of the exhibition booth. Can you ensure that the music will be lowered?!"

I said yes of coz..and when she'd left, I quickly checked with my colleague what a 'doorstopper' was, and she had no idea too. But i could roughly guessed that the minister was intending to do make some kinda last minute announcement to the media and my boss later confirmed that it meant something like that - sorta like a news break. He said he also only knew what it meant that day too. Heh!

Back to the kids activities..
Nestle had a breakfast activity for the kids and they'd laid out picnic mats for kids who wanted to have some of their cereal. I was evil..i went to the buffet that was meant for the VIPs and sapo some of the food and brought them over to the picnic mat..Could see the other kids eyeing our food while they only had plain cereal :P

With ze Koko Krunch mascot..

Poor Milo had no business..All the kids were so scared of her and
some even burst into tears when she approached them..

Aidan took this pic of me!

Face painting!

Aidan was famished and he actually ate 3 adult-size bowls of porridge for lunch.
(that's 2 extra bowls more than what i had!)

We then visited the 'more happening' Starhub exhibition that was next door

Saw am_klutzAndrea at the AXN - Animax booth :)
Andrea, paiseh abt asking for the li' mascot toys..i'm such a typical S'porean..

back to the Health & You Exhbition where they had story-telling for kids..

some men in drag on stage :p

next up was something that Aidan enjoyed..
Yoga for kids!He was the youngest one to take part in it..

Yoga master instructing the kids~

The yoga master later plonked Aidan on his lap and the li' bugger was fine with it..

Later in the afternoon, had a New Face event for Silkpro, one of the sponsors.. Felt like a mother hen having to 'lead' these young girls around.. But it was fun and the girls were really sporting.

Man..I was at Suntec from 7.30 am to 5.30pm that day.. Been working on so many Saturdays already..ok, shouldn't complain so much..

More pics here

I've always considered Faye to be one of the best Chinese singer..loved her etheral, soothing vocals and devil-may-care attitude towards the press plus her wacky sense of fashion..But man..this is one fugly wedding dress I must say..

Check out the neckline and sleeves..don't they resemble those paper cut-out designs or those paper dollie..And the hair accessories and jewellery..kinda old fashioned ain't it..

Edit : Turned out that this pic of the couple in wedded bliss is photoshopped. Some wiseguy prob from the HK or TW press, had cut n pasted their faces into a pic of a cheena bridal couple. No wonder it looks so obiang!! Hmm, i wonder whether the folks at TNP knew when they decided to use this photo for their article..

Most people know where I work since I'm quite open about it. Some people had asked me why the media seems to be so against bloggers especially since (cept for Digital Life's Melissa Lwee I guess) most of the writeups tend to be so negative.

To be honest, I have no freaking idea. I work closely with some of the folks at TNP and actually, many of them do have blogs of their own. I I don't think it's jealousy as some claimed. I read some critiques that said that the writers disses these blogs because a) they are envious that they can't write as well as the bloggers [duh!] b) the press is getting a tad fearful since blogs are becoming more popular than the print media..

I mean..come on lah. Why do they need to be when their articles are read by the masses daily (Xiaxue, one of tthe most read local bloggers gets 22,000 unique hits daily compared to the say TNP, which readership is about 500,000 daily) [then again, she has a weekly column in TNP..].

I can only think that they write abt them because it's a current 'fad' [as a newsworthy item] for the moment and people seem to be interested in reading abt them, might as well milk it dry till pple lose interest. Good example would be the NKF debacle. It was quite funny actually..When we saw all the pages devoted to NKF in ST, we were all wondering how TNP would cover it..and not surprisingly, there were 5 Full Page Full Color stories..and then that night, WanBao managed to beat them all by devoting 8 pages of stories on it. You can say that it is a mini-competition but then again, they know what sells the papers I guess and true enough, copy sales for all papers increased during that week.

So, best way to sell papers..make it as scandalous and negative as positive. [Most] people ain't interested in reading abt boring/intellectual stuff anyway. Digital Life can afford to do so since it's so niche.

What irked me at times are the egos of some bloggers though. I remember when some blogs had some 'breaking news', it included a boast that their news is 'faster' than the print media..wtf.

Anyway, working at SPH doesn't necessarily mean we (the marketing side) have a big advantage in getting writeups. For some of my promotions, the writer can call me abt 10 times in a span of 4 hours (up to like 11.30pm at night) so that she can get her facts straight and I thought that would mean that the article will definitely run only to be disappointed the next day. Basket..why waste our time then when the story will be killed. We were asked to arrange face to face interviews with our clients and the latter spend much of their time providing as much info as possible only to be told later that they won't be any article (even though it's already been written).. Another great example was when a sponsored series on telco was sold to one of the big players only to have the article waxing lyrical on the competitor even though the writer was aware who the sponsor was..Really can vomit blood at times. And who's left to deal with the clients? Not them for sure..grrr!

It's easier with the 'smaller' papers like TNP and the Chinese papers where the writers are quite marketing driven. In fact, I enjoy working with the folks at TNP :)

Read Theresa's (a former editor of Female & Elle and a current columinist of Mind Your Body) take on the 'Media vs Bloggers'....interesting since she's a former insider. Theresa's actually evonnetaymy sis's former classmate at CJC.

Do visit her WMD (Women Makes a Difference) site and find out how you can help fight child sex trade..All proceeds go to Unifem..Do support it as it is definitely for a good cause.

i gotta admit, i haven't bought the tees yet...yeah, i'm such a Nato..(no action, talk only). Would definitely do so soon once i get my lazy ass down to the shops. Wish she'd made it easier by allowing pple to purchase them online using credit card instead of having to download a form and sending the purchase order & cheque via mail.

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Aug. 14th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh my, you mean aidan now knows how to use the camera to take sucha nice picture of you?! he's growing up so fast!
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
It was a fluke :) The rest of the pics had my face cut off heh!
(no subject) - blueberrykisses - Aug. 14th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Aug. 17th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 14th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Ok seriously... Giant Can Of Walk Milo... freaky.

In a yummy but nonetheless wtf kinda way. *chuckles*

Other than that... busy aren't ya?
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
yeah..it was freaky for sue. Actually, Ms Milo was kinda cute (the adults thought so)..cuter than Koko bear for sure but kids didn't think so though...

Yah man..been kinda busy! But things should get better soon..
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Aug. 15th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Aug. 17th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
the only doorstopper i know is the one i use to keep my door from closing... hahaha....

anyway, aidan really eats a lot eh??
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
yeah..up till yesterday, that was the only doorstopper i know of too :P Guess it's never too old to learn new things heh..

Ya boy..the li' boy has a great appetite..especially for chinese food!
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
aidan's a great photog! lol! must be learning from mummy! but three bowls of porridge?!?!!!!!!!!! haha *kowtow*

and i agree..w hat a fugly dress!!!! alamak.
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
heh..it was just a fluke shot..he took several more but the rest had my head cut off :P

yeah..damn ugly. Thought she would have worn something nicer or classier!
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
ermm..in case you didn't already know...
that photo of Faye Wong and her current beau is photoshopped.
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
oh i didn't..so do you mean that it isnt that fugly in the first place or that it could have been fuglier? *blur* :P
(no subject) - nachon - Aug. 14th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 14th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Sex. Scandal. Sensationalism. [And your paper will] Sell.
Aug. 14th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
heh..and that works for a blog too.
Aug. 14th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
oh geez. I found the face of faye so "slanted" and fake. I really thought i have missed this news! You talked so much like real (thought no source given for the news)...i go googled and keyed in "faye wong wedding photo" (in chinese word, of course" (chinese news is spreaded faster than those in eng). All those related are old news in march already.

i came back here again then and so all those strikethrough. *heave a sigh of relief* the photo is really photoshopped. and i haven't missed it.
Aug. 14th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
Got the pic from this article. Wouldn't have known that it was fake if not for the ljer who told me :)
Aug. 14th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
I turned my Saturday working day into a family day too. :) Terence came down to Ngee Ann City when I was on a shoot. It was fun because we haven't been spending much time together.
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
you probably gonna have many more of such days since u've started working with tnp :) but at least you guys have the same interest (and no kids - not including ur dogs ah!)
Aug. 14th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
heh, i muz say dat aidan took a really nice pic dere! :)
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
yeah..it was like 1 out of 10 pics he took :)
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yah lor I also keep wondering why local media keep using this photoshopped image of Faye!! *sigh*

Aidan can use camera liao? Must be your constant influence, hehe...
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
he's been enamoured by the camera for so long..u saw him go 'smile' when using the lomo right :)
(no subject) - e_rambler - Aug. 17th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 14th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
Wow you are indeed a busy mama. Good that you can combine work with play and still include Aidan. I like the picture of him practising yoga, so innocent.:P
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
yeah..i love the pics of him doing yoga too. he was concentrating so hard on what the yoga master was teaching..and the lesson was q long..almost half and hour..am surprised he 'lasted' so long.
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
The MC quite 'cannot-make-it' Starting I also dunno how Khaw should be pronounced. It took some time before I shifted my pronounciation from 'cow' to 'core'.

But "boo wa" is 'wah-lau-eh'! Health Minister hear already didn't peng san huh? :)
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
I saw some of the VIPs head shaking away when he made the booboo..it was really quite embarrassing lah. Of all the persons he gotta make a mess out of the names, it had to be the GOH..damn malu!
(no subject) - lancerlord - Aug. 15th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 15th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
aidan managed to take a pretty good shot of you! :)
sounds like it was a good day out for the whole family... and woah, 3 bowls...
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
yeah 3 bowls leh. That's alot for so someone his size!!
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
aiyah forgot all about the exhibition! Aidan's shot of you looks really great.
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
should have asked u guys to go too hor! Forgot to do so too!
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
aidan's terribly cute. all monkey see monkey do!

as for the media vs bloggers "debate" it's so like yesterday loh. i mean when it first hit US media, that's like.. a year or 2 ago. there were instances where afew journalists actually look down on bloggers as not "real" news, etc etc. quite interesting lah, looking at human dynamics.

ok at this point i dunno what i'm babbling about.
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
i guess 'blogging' had been made popular recently only because the media has chosen to publicise some of the blogs and also created celebrity bloggers as a result.

see ya tomorrow chabor. We have dinner at abt 7! who u gonna bring along?
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