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Spidey in Singapore :D~

FRENCH professional climber Alain Robert will scale a building here on Saturday as part of The Straits Times' 163rd anniversary celebrations.
Read the entire article here

This event is what I've been busy with for the past few weeks. It is part of the ST's 163rd anniversary event and it will be held this Saturday at a venue I can't disclose at the moment.

Last year we had JC Sum, the illusionist teleport himself from the ground to a building rooftop on the 50th storey at Raffles Place. We were actually joking before the event that if the act failed, we would have to make ourselves disappear too. Anyway, the event turned out to be a big success and we had the bosses patting our backs for a good job done. We had been cracking our darn skulls for the longest time to come up with an act that is 'on-par' with that of last year. Initially, we though that we'll do another magic act - like make a car disappear..afterall, our grand prize for the contest is a brand new Volkswagen Touran. But the idea was shot down (yah lah, it was a 'lazy' idea) so it was back to the drawing board. Finally, we decided on getting Alain Robert, aka the Human Spider to come to Singapore and climb a tall building and everyone thought that it would be an interesting feat that Singaporeans would probably like to see 'live' in action (FOC!).

If you google Alain Robert, you'll find lotsa newpaper articles about him being arrested for climbing a building illegally. He's scaled more than 80 skyscrapers including famous buildings like the Empire State Building & Petronas Tower. Actually, he'd attempted to climb the tower that he will be climbing in Singapore before. Unfortunately, when he was making his ascent, the head of security happened to be driving past and saw him in action and immediately ordered security to get him down! Thus, he was quite excited when we told him that we would like him to climb that very tower!

So, getting him to agree to come down was easy. Getting the necessary permits so that he could climb 'legally' was the tough part..Oh man, the numerous discussions with the police, lawyer, structural engineers, risk accessors, the building owners etc etc. and the heaps of paper work required for submission! But I kinda enjoyed it..! That's why I really like my job. Every event is different with its own set of challenges but I learnt a lot in the process. And it ain't a boring job either..having to be constantly on the move.

Oh well, the event is set for this Saturday and we have almost everything in place already! Am just crossing my fingers that it won't rain like it did on National Day! Am wondering still whether to bring Aidan to the event. Am afraid that after he sees 'spidey' in action, he may decide on climbing a building himself *awk*..Yeah, we better remember to tell the MC to inform the audience not to 'try this at home'. Anyway, the venue will be revealed on razor tv this friday so if you happen be around that location this Saturday, do come and have a look!

He's here in Singapore already and was at News Centre for an interview..

with Amanda from razortv and Alain, aka Human Spider!

He had so many interesting stories to tell us..
about his numerous climbs, his various encounter
with the police and lawyers..

Here's a video of him testing the safety harness at the location where he will be climbing this Saturday. On a scale of one to 10, with one being the easiest, he ranked this particular tower a 6 because of the relatively flat surface area of the building. Petronas Tower is a 2 and one of the toughest building he'd climbed was the Chicago Sears Tower (an 8) He usually climbs without any safety device but because this climb is legal and his & the public's safety was the main concern of the authorities, he had to wear the harness. It is not hard to guess the venue actually!

Here's a video of him scaling a185-metre skyscraper in Abu Dhabi

Hmm, so did anyone noticed that The Straits Times got a new look? Erm, be honest. What do you think of it?

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Aug. 12th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I am also collecting the newspapers to join that contest. But I am missing yesterday, how do I get past papers?
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
err, best way is actually to get the paper from your friend or neighbour. much faster lah. eh, there are some days where there are 2 letters hidden!
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Aug. 12th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
All the best for the event! Sounds very exciting, and congrats on getting the necessary approvals done!
Aug. 13th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
thanks :)
hoi..peektures !
Aug. 12th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Good luck for Saturday's event and I really love the new ST look! :)
Aug. 13th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
you do? heh, any reason why?
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Aug. 13th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
some pple like that it has become more colorful though but i guess most still prefer the clean cut elegant look of before..
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I noticed the new look all right because I am a subscriber. Just think it's a tad too fancy for a newspaper and they are trying stuff too many things in. Is there a feedback page somewhere? I'm getting irritated because the links don't freaking work when I click them. Urgh!
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
You are referring to the online version I guess..Yes, i know there are some teething problems..and they are trying to rectify it.
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
I don't like the new look as the font does not make the various sections stand out or easily differentiated from the rest, and it does look like trying to pile too many things onto what used to be quite a clean-cut layout.

Can we get back the old look somehow?
Aug. 13th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
erm, unlikely we'll revert to the old look..
yeah, i think many of us are used to the clean cut look of the previous ST.
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
K and I both think the "new" look is a step back. Bring back the previous design!!!!!!
Aug. 13th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
personally, i prefer the previous design too. i thought that masthead was pretty classy. oh well...
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
WOW, that must have been a massive amount of paperwork/clearance...!!

The new look reminds me of Malaysian newspapers. And I thought I was the only person who thought so, then I went out with some friends last night and two of them said they had the same exact thought too...
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
*cough* actually, u guys weren't the only one who felt that way...
Aug. 13th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
It was screaming 'MALAYSIA'. :|
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
hehe..i know i know. that was my first reaction too.
Aug. 13th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
i didn't really like the new look leh.. agree with germaine, reminds me of Malaysian papers.. and too many things crammed in the different sections. a little messy..
can go back to the old version?
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
err..don't think so leh :P
some pple like that it has become more colorful though..
Aug. 13th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
erm not gonna lie. i don't like it.
i understand the reason for "needing a new look". but for a newspaper that we read everyday, it seems almost magazine like. and it kinda makes the articles un-important or very comical.

even the Urban pullout has a better look. Whoever thought of the whole idea of Urban is amazing...cuz i LOVE that pullout. i buy the papers on thursday - well now, friday, just so i can read Urban.

like the others said, it screams Malaysia like their paper "Metro".
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
yeah, quite a few pple had the same reaction to the new look..i personally like the old masthead too. i thought it was much more elegant..more suited for the paper.

Aug. 13th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
whoa he's like Heroes... in real life!!
Aug. 13th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
haha..not sure abt that! he got hurt before though..
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
this spiderman in action
he climbed the klcc twin tower before..

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Aug. 13th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
Re: this spiderman in action
yeah, i know..saw the videos of his klcc climb!
Aug. 13th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
i want to see him climb...at the ...building...which actually if you google you would know where. And..u already know what i think of your paper ....hurhur
Aug. 13th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
heh, you probably will get the wrong building if u depend on google to find out where he's gonna climb. he was arrested in that particular tower whereas in the case of this particular tower, he was just chased out by security hehe..

ya ya, i heard u loud n clear regarding the new ST look :P
Aug. 13th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
since you asked...
i was in bangkok when they switched over to the new design. i kinda forgot that they were going to do that, so when i was at the airport lounge today waiting for my flight back i was scanning through racks for the straits times when i saw the new masthead and thought "wow they even stock malaysian papers here" (i thought it was the NST)...
Aug. 14th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: since you asked...
*sigh* that was what we told editorial too when we were shown the design. it was an improvement from the 1st version we were shown though. oh well...till the next revamp :D
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