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CHINGAY 2016 – “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore”

Chingay, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia is back to wow Singapore on 19 & 20 February at F1 Pit Building this year!

With vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and many, many more… This yearly street parade has truly become a uniquely Singaporean tradition that we look forward to every Lunar New Year.

Whether you have joined Chingay as a spectator, watch it from home with your family, or even joined as a performer, Chingay is definitely no stranger to Singaporeans. However, how much do we know about Chingay? Have you ever wondered what does the word Chingay actually means?

Chingay is actually equivalent to the Mandarin word ‘Zhuang Yi’ (妆艺), which means “the art of costume and masquerade” in the Hokkien dialect. You might also be surprise to know that Chingay was first mooted by the then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who was also the chairman of the People’s Association (PA) to compensate for the ban on firecrackers, a customary New Year practice to drive away evil spirits with its noise and gaiety.

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 “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore” 智 慧 灯 海, 璀 璨 新 加 坡

The official theme for Chingay Parade 2016 is “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore” As the theme suggests, Chingay 2016 will be the brightest ever with the biggest full-scale illuminated show. The theme is also inspired by the legacy of our Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and the values embodied by our Pioneers such as Racial Harmony and Social Cohesion, Caring Community, Resilience as a Nation, Can-Do Singapore Spirit and Uphold high moral values.

 

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Chingay 2016 represents our first step towards SG100 after our milestone SG50 celebrations where Singaporeans from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate core values important to Singapore. Together we celebrate these values that have transformed us from a fishing village into a modern metropolis and bring us forward into the future with confidence.

  1. Celebrating Racial and Religious Harmony

During the segment called “Because We Are Different, We Are One”, we got to see for the first time in Chingay’s history, an item presented by the lnter-Religious Organisation (IRO) and their collaboration with 30 religious groups.

We will also see various Special Effects Dragons including the “Lighted LED Flying Dragon” and Multi-cultural performances – Chinese, Malay and Indian Cultural performances.

Meet Sunita Raj, 43, who will be participating in the Indian contingent this year. This is her 4th time joining Chingay and she has even roped in her non-Indian friends Esther, Mia, Azhari and Remo to join the Indian Contingent for the segment’s Indian dance Performance. Sunita appreciates the efforts by her friends as they come for night trainings despite long days at work. The cross cultural experience is especially enriching for all her Chinese and Malay friends taking part in the Indian contingent this year. They have also made many new friends from various dialect groups and races, and will continue to stay connected after Chingay.

“I am happy to share about the history of my culture with my friends of the different races as they learn our dance and wear our Indian costumes. I also got to understand their culture and religions through our interaction. This helped to strengthen our inter-racial understanding and respect for each other’s cultures and traditions,” said Sunita.

Alicia Chan, 7, will also be performing in the Indian Dance performance at Chingay 2016 with her friends! She first started off learning ballet at Toa Payoh South CC. But, the dance steps, music, costumes and accessories of the Indian dance class next door caught her eyes (and ears!).

She soon switched over and got to know many Indian friends who further fanned her interest in the Indian culture. This is her first time at Chingay and she is proud to be a part of the action with her friends!

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This segment also takes on a special meaning as the racial and religious harmony Singaporeans enjoy today was forged through trials of fire. It is something we must never take for granted.

  1. Caring for the less fortunate

From performers to spectators, here at Chingay we celebrate as one where age, race, language and creed are no barriers. Amidst the celebration, it is also important that we remember those who are less fortunate than us.

To keep Chingay an inclusive event, PA will be inviting 5,500 beneficiaries from Voluntary Welfare Organisations and their caregivers to the Parade. Thanks to the support and sponsorship from many individuals and corporations.

  1. Caring for our environment

One of the key highlights that you will not miss out at Chingay 2016 is the 8,000 ‘Sky Lanterns’ which will be used as performance props to light up the evening. Each spectator will also be given hand-held light bulb.

These lanterns will be reused and exhibited at the PAssionArts Festival 2016 and community events such as National Day Celebrations after Chingay 2016. After that, they will be handed over to a recycling firm approved by NEA to be responsibly recycled. The proceeds from the recycling will go towards charity.

The proceeds from the recycling will go towards charity.

  1. Coming together as one united community

Chingay Parade could well be a treasured glimpse into the different cultures of Singapore and it is the people like you and me that play a part in building a cohesive and harmonious society that we live in today. Through the segment “United and Vibrant Community”, we are able to see performances put up by communities from diverse background, showcasing the vibrancy of our community through various performing arts and dance genres.

Meet Christina, 39 and Amy, 48, the bubbly and enthusiastic duo who will be participating in Chingay as part of the Women’s Executive Committees’ (WEC) performance, “Move Community, We Are One”. This is the 3rd time that Christina is participating in Chingay. She shared that Chingay gives her the chance to meet people from all walks of life and experience multi-cultural, multi-racial works of art. She especially loves all the dazzling costumes! For Amy, this is a first-time experience. Having recently recovered her health, she’s excited to join her fellow WEC mates to perform.

Keep a look-out for them at Chingay 2016!

 

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B) Brighter Singapore – Confidence in our future

As we look back at the values that have made us uniquely Singaporean, we can also look to the future with confidence. 

 

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  1. Biggest Full-Scale Illuminated Performance at Chingay

 

This is best represented by the parade’s Opening act “Voyage SG 100” and the Finale item “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore”, which will be an illuminated performance involving 3,000 Singaporeans, of which 800 are youths.  Their performance symbolises a youth-led nation for the next 50 years and signifies that our progress so far can only be sustained if we are a caring community, where no one is left behind.

We also caught up with Vinny Lai, 17, a first-time participant at this year’s Chingay. She’s a part of the PAYM contingent and shares that she is very excited about this year’s parade.

 

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“Every year, I look forward to Chingay as there is always something new – from the costumes, performances to the theme. This year, the audience can look forward to the biggest full scale illuminated show in Chingay history, which I am elated to be a part of and a 50-metre tall sky stage, which will feature aerial performances. While training for the performance, I am also reminded of our nation’s values, which I must uphold as Singapore heads towards the next 50 years.”

  1. Community Engagement

Members of the public also got the chance to contribute to a “brighter” Singapore in the four-month lead up to Chingay. More than 50,000 youths from schools and youth groups have been participating in two Community Engagement Programmes:

a. 200,000 Singaporeans from all walks of life will be customising 8,000 ‘Sky Lanterns’ with their hopes and wishes for the future.  They will add illustrations and signatures that pledge support towards our shared values.  The Sky Lanterns will be presented as part of the Parade Finale and at the Chingay Night Fiesta.

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b. Youths paint their ideal Singapore in 2065

2,500 lighted cubes are being painted by 50,000 young children and youths that represent their ideal Singapore in 2065.  Friends and family members will add their signatures to these paintings as a show of support for the youths’ aspirations for the future of Singapore.

Win Tickets To Chingay 2016!

We will be giving away tickets to Chingay 2016 on PAFrenz facebook & Instagram!  

Follow us and participate in our weekly contests leading up to Chingay 2016 to win!

 For more information on Chingay Parade 2016, please visit www.chingay.org.sg or visit PAFrenz Facebook and @PAFrenz Instagram for the latest updates.

 

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The Year of the Monkey at Golden Peony, Conrad Centennial Singapore Holds Promise of Abundance and Treasures. 

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This Lunar New Year, Executive Chinese Chef Ku Keung takes classic celebratory dishes to new heights with Fortune ‘Yu Sheng’ with Abalone, Hiramasa, Crispy Fish Skin and Crispy White Bait (鸿运当头)金元鲍,嘻啦玛莎,金皇鱼皮,年年有鱼捞起. Prepared using the key ingredient Hiramasa, (also known as yellowtail amberjack), this seasonal superior grade sashimi is characterized by its firm, pale pink flesh and a sweet, rich flavor.
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New Christmas Shopping Trend: Shop Online Directly From U.S. Stores

­ Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 1.07.36 PMIt¹s almost this time of the year again ­ Christmas is just a couple of months away. As it happens every year, shopping for friends and family leaves many puzzled and stressed, considering that everyone needs to come up with original gift ideas year after year. In addition, shops start to become crowded before the holidays, adding to the hurdles of the biggest shopping season of the year.

Those who are looking to really surprise their friends and family with unique gifts, and are not big fans of spending their time in crowded stores, now have a solution.

Big Apple Buddy, a U.S.-based online shopping concierge, is a new service that offers access to the latest tech gadgets and fashion brands directly from the U.S. stores, delivered in 2-4 business days. With just a few clicks, the dream gift for your loved one, unavailable in Singapore, will arrive to your doorstep.

The company was founded by two Australian ex-lawyers in New York, who launched the startup after having had the experience of shipping latest gadgets and fashion items from America to friends and family in Australia. They realized that many of the newest tech gadgets and fashion brands were only for sale in American stores.

Similarly, if your family member is addicted to the newest technology, you might consider one of the new Huawei Watch designs, the Nexus 6P smartphone or the Amazon Echo, a smart speaker with an inbuilt voice control assistant. None of these highly popular tech products are available in Singapore at the moment.

If you are looking to surprise someone who loves latest fashion, consider one of the  highly sought after brands, such as Ralph Lauren, Levi¹s Jeans, Lilly Pulitzer, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors and Coach. The same as with technology, most of these brands¹ new releases are only for sale in the U.S.

When the perfect gift is selected, the next step is to order it online. The process will normally take just a few minutes with Big Apple Buddy. All costs are set out in a free quote with a minimum service fee of $40 per order. The product cost and shipping charges are passed on without markup.

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It looks like the personalized gift shopping from the U.S. is becoming the new trend this year, with Big Apple Buddy doing most of its sales during the time before Christmas. The company has processed thousands of orders last year in just two months leading up to the holidays. All in all, Big Apple Buddy has a growing base of customers in 150+ countries around the world.

This year, Christmas shopping has gotten a tiny bit easier.

To get more information, visit www.bigapplebuddy.com.

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OnePlus Doubles Down on Design, Power and Innovation for the OnePlus 2 for SGD$538

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OnePlus, a global technology startup, today announced its latest flagship product, the much anticipated OnePlus 2. Following the global success of last year’s OnePlus One, the latest offering reaffirms OnePlus’ commitment to the highest level of craftsmanship in the industry today. The OnePlus 2 boasts top of the line specs, one of the best cameras on the market, beautiful design and the adoption of state of the art technology.

“From day one, we’ve prioritized our product and our community above all else – we carefully listened to our users’ feedback and incorporated suggestions in building the OnePlus 2.” said OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau. “We chose premium materials, the highest performing components and forward-thinking technology to make this an unparalleled user experience.”

Specs that Impress

The OnePlus 2’s aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and jewelry-grade stainless steel accents encase a vibrant, full HD 5.5” IPS LCD In-Cell display. The OnePlus 2’s display

outperforms in direct sunlight with 178 degrees of crystal clear viewing angles. Noticeably more solid and durable, at just 175 grams, the OnePlus 2 is easy and natural to hold. A 3300mAh lithium-polymer battery powers the device throughout the day, and as a dual-sim device the OnePlus 2 simultaneously supports two Nano SIM cards with 4G LTE capability.

The 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 SoC is the fastest processor on the market. With up to 64GB of storage and eMMC 5.0 flash memory, the OnePlus 2 is lightning quick. Paired with up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the OnePlus 2 powers all your apps, games and videos.

Capture Your World

The OnePlus 2 puts extraordinary digital photography power right in your pocket. The 13 megapixel rear-facing camera boasts 6 physical lenses, powerful dual LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture.

Perhaps most impressive is the sensor, which contains large

1.3 µm light-collecting pixels to deliver low-light shots like you haven’t seen before.

The OnePlus 2 camera has been engineered for improved clarity and stability, accomplished with the addition of an advanced Optical Image Stabilization system. Rear-mounted laser technology sharpens and focuses the camera in just .33

milliseconds and the wide-angle 5 megapixel front-facing camera ensures every angle is covered.

Carefully Crafted

The OnePlus 2 is a continuation of the smooth curves and clean lines that defined the OnePlus One. A striking yet subtle floating display and metal chamfered edges add elegance and solidity

to the outer frame, also making the OnePlus 2 easy to hold and comfortable in the hand.

In addition to OnePlus’ signature Sandstone Black, consumers now have access to a range of covers including actual wood-built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and even Kevlar.

Ahead of the Curve

Equipped with a USB Type-C charging port, OnePlus is paving the way for the adoption of USB Type-C technology, the latest in charging and data transfer. Taking it one step further, the OnePlus charging cable uses patented technology making the Type-A side reversible as well.

The OnePlus 2 is equipped with a Fingerprint Scanner, adding premium security and convenience. Users can now wake and unlock the device with one of five stored fingerprints in less than half a second. Additionally, the OnePlus 2 features an Alert Slider for quick access to custom notification settings. Unprecedented on an Android device, the Alert Slider can silence the device with a simple click.

Innovative operating system – OxygenOS

The OnePlus 2 is the first device in the world to ship with OnePlus’ own operating system, OxygenOS. “With the OnePlus 2, we’re making a bet on the future, and doubling down on a holistic product experience,” said OnePlus Co-founder, Carl Pei. “We’re excited for what our fans have to say.”

OxygenOS, based on Android 5.1, is a refreshing take on the pure Android experience. Subtle customizations like on screen gestures, Dark Mode, the ability to switch between hardware and capacitive buttons and toggle quick settings are baked in throughout the OS. Loaded with custom apps including Camera, Audio Tuner and File Manager, OxygenOS delivers a light, secure take on Android.

Pricing and availability

The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available within Southeast Asia and for the first time in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia starting in the fourth quarter at a recommended retail price of SGD $538 with invites. The 16Gb OnePlus 2 with 3GB LPPDR4 RAM is to be released later. Users in Singapore can tune in to OnePlus’ social media channels starting August 1st for a chance to get an invite.

“We are pleased that OnePlus is expanding its online-only product launches exclusively with Lazada from a single market, Indonesia, to three countries including Malaysia and Singapore. Together, OnePlus and Lazada is making well-designed, smart technology accessible and affordable to millions of consumers eager for the latest in mobile experience. As the leading online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia, Lazada has become the clear choice one-stop gateway for international brands like OnePlus to enter and grow in the region,” said Maximilian Bittner, CEO, Lazada Group.