[Movie Review] The Inbetweeners Movie

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This December Four Boys Become Men 
I received a pair of tickets to watch a movie preview of The Inbetweeners on 23rd December 2011 (Fri), at GV Plaza (Hall 8), courtesy of Golden Village and omy.sg

According to the Urban Dictionary, an "Inbetweener" is defined as:  
Someone who clearly not "cool enough" to hang out with the cool kids, yet see's themselves as being above the typical losers on the social pyramid. 
An inbetweener, as implied by the name is a male neither a boy nor a man,it is that perfect inbetween stage where looks are still pumping strong but nothing is yet wrinkled.
Also this stage allows for the awesomeness of a younger male with the maturity of a man.
An inbetweener is not fickle and wants to have fun.

:: About the movie :: 
The Inbetweeners is originally a British sitcom which aired for three series from 2008. Since it release, it has received plenty of positive reviews and critics and was even nominated for ‘Best Situation Comedy’ at BAFTA twice, in 2009 and 2010.

The Inbetweeners movie is released after the final TV series. The 2011 British comedy film directed by Ben Palmer, who directed all six episodes of the second series and all but the last of the third of The Inbetweeners and produced by Christopher Young who produced all three series of the TV show. The film follows the four main characters on holiday in Malia.

The story is about four teenagers, Will Mckenzie (Simon Bird), Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley) and Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison) who have finished their final exams and are about to leave school. Within their final week, a series of bad events happened where Simon got dumped by the love of his life - Carli; Jay's grandfather dies; and Will's father reveals he's married his mistress.

Booze! Left to right: Jay Cartwright, Neil Sutherland, Simon Cooper, Will Mckenzie.
(Image source: The Inbetweeners Movie)

Depressed, the boys decide to go on holiday and Neil books them on a trip to Malia, Crete together in hoping for “sun, sea, sand, booze and sex”.

Their first night out.  Left to right: Will Mckenzie, Simon Cooper, Jay Cartwright, and Neil Sutherland.
(Image source: The Inbetweeners Movie)

Their accommodation is awful but everything turned around when they met four girls, Lucy (Tamla Kari), Jane (Lydia Rose Bewley), Lisa (Jessica Knappett) and Alison (Laura Haddock), in an empty bar during their first night out.

Meeting the four girls.  Left to right: Lucy, Jane, Lisa and Alison.
(Image source: The Inbetweeners Movie)

:: Movie Trailer :: 
"The Inbetweeners Movie Trailer" uploaded by CineworldCinemas on Jul 18, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osbhkEmnecQ

Opening: 29th December 2011 (Thursday) 
Running Time: 97 mins 
Genre: Comedy 
Language: English 
Rating: M18 (Coarse Language, Sexual References and Some Nudity) 

McDonald's Monopoly Grand Draw!

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McDonald's Monopoly Grand Draw
McDonald's Monopoly Grand Draw 
when: 15 Dec 2011 (Thu), 6.45pm (Live draw starts at 7.30pm)
where: Clarke Quay Fountain Square

Still remember how McDonald's Monopoly Singapore Game is being played? Check out my previous post - McDonald's Monopoly Singapore Game 2011.
Apart from the "Instant Win" labels and "Collect to Win" labels, McDonald's has introduced a brand new "Chance Card" label for the first time, and this label gives an instant S$100 cash prize plus an entry into a Grand "Chance Card" Draw where all unwon prizes will be given away!

The McDonald's Monopoly Grand Draw is where all Chance card winners will participate in a lucky draw for chances to walk away with the unclaimed prizes!

Line-up of ‘Collect to Win’ prizes that were up for grabs:
- 1 X Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI
- 1 X Holiday for 4 persons to Atlanta (USA) + $3,000 cash 
- 8 X MacBook Air
- 9 X Prize Bundle (each with 4x Flow Cards, 4x $50 denizen vouchers, 1x WE 
movie card)
- 27 X Flowriding for 2 at Wave House Sentosa 
- 88 X $200 dENiZEN Voucher 
- 142 X $100 WE Cinemas Movie Card
Registration booth (note the lady in white in the center). 
Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI

  
Community Chest booth 
Community Chest: Challenge yourself and see if you have
what it takes to be the King/Queen of Community Chest! 
Chance booth
Chance: Get the chance to win attractive prizes! 
Trying their luck at throwing these enormous dice on the human-sized game board at the McDonald's Monopoly Chance Card Draw.
Gameplay: Simply roll both dices as hard as you possibly can,
and if both dices are the same number, you win!
3 tries per person! *One prize per person. 
Mr Koh Yu Gee receives his prize of a holiday for 2 to Prague at the McDonald's Monopoly Chance Card Draw from the Managing Director of McDonald’s Singapore, Ms Judy Harman and General Manager of Dynasty Travel, Ms Juliana Gan.
One of the MacBook Air winner. 
Congratulations! You are a Winner! 
Mdm Ng Siew Lian is the happy winner of the holiday for 4 to Atlanta at the
McDonald's Monopoly Chance Card Draw.
1 x $80,000 cash by Visa. 
Winner of the $80,000 Grand Prize, Mr Sankararama Subramanian, receives his prize from Managing Director of McDonald’s Singapore, Ms Judy Harman and Head of Business Development of VISA Singapore, Mr David Fowler, at the McDonald's Monopoly Chance Card Draw.
Winner of the $80,000 Grand Prize, Mr Sankararama Subramanian, with Mr Monopoly. 
The drama begins. It's not 0034, it is 0035! Oops... 
The real winner of the Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI
Ms Tan Wen Xin, proud winner of the Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI at the McDonald's Monopoly Chance Card Draw. 
The crowd of McDonald's Monopoly Chance Card Draw holders awaits in great anticipation as the numbers were read out on stage.
The winner was in front of me all these while! (lady in white, in black-rim glasses). 
Congratulations, once again, to all the winners! 
  • Mr Koh Yu Gee – winner of holiday for 2 to Prague
  • Mdm Ng Siew Lian – winner of holiday for 4 to Atlanta
  • Mr Sankararama Subramanian  - winner of $80,000 Grand Prize
  • Ms Tan Wen Xin - winner of the Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI 

[Movie Review] Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 《花鼠明星俱乐部3》

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Alvin and The Chipmunks 3 (aka Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked)
Opening: 15 December 2011, Thursday
Running Time: 88 mins
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Language: English with Chinese subtitles
Rating: G

Here is the track list of the soundtrack of Alvin and The Chipmunks 3 (aka Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked), 《花鼠明星俱乐部3》.

1. Party Rock Anthem (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)
2. Bad Romance (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)
3. Trouble (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)
4. Whip My Hair (The Chipettes)
5. Vacation (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)
6. We Have Arrived (RAE featuring Classic)
7. Say Hey (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes featuring Nomadik)
8. Real Wild Child (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes featuring Nomadik)
9. S.O.S. (The Chipettes)
10. We Speak No Americano/Conga (The Chipettes featuring Barnetta DaFonseca)
11. Survivor (The Chipettes)
12. Born This Way/Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now/ Firework (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)
13. Club Can’t Handle Me (Bonus Track) (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)


1. Party Rock Anthem (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)

"Alvin and the Chipmunks 3:Chipwrecked |Party Rock Anthem|Chipmunks feat. Chipettes" uploaded by OfficialChipwrecked on Oct 14, 2011

"LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock" uploaded by LMFAOVEVO on Mar 8, 2011

2. Bad Romance (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)

"Alvin and the Chipmunks 3:Chip-wrecked-Chipmunks & Chipettes|Bad Romance" uploaded by OfficialChipwrecked on Oct 29, 2011

"Lady Gaga - Bad Romance" uploaded by LadyGagaVEVO on Nov 23, 2009 
3. Trouble (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)

"Alvin and the Chipmunks 3:Chip-wrecked |Trouble|Chipettes|Music Video" uploaded by OfficialChipwrecked on Oct 13, 2011

"Coldplay - Trouble" uploaded by emimusic on Mar 6, 2009.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHg-PhseKOQ

4. Whip My Hair (The Chipettes)

"Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked|The Chipettes|I whip my Hair(Tail)" uploaded by OfficialChipwrecked on Nov 9, 2011

"Willow Smith - Whip My Hair" uploaded by WillowSmithVEVO on Oct 18, 2010
5. Vacation (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)

Uploaded by OfficialChipwrecked on Oct 21, 2011

"The Go-Go's - Vacation" uploaded by emimusic on Feb 26, 2009

6. We Have Arrived (RAE featuring Classic)

"We Have Arrived - RAE feat. Classic - Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Soundtrack" uploaded by RaeChillTV on Nov 17, 2011

7. Say Hey (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes featuring Nomadik)

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Say Hey scene" uploaded by CHIPWRECKEDOFFICIAL on Dec 22, 2011

"Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You)" uploaded by MichaelFrantiVEVO on Nov 23, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehu3wy4WkHs

8. Real Wild Child (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes featuring Nomadik)

"The Chipmunks & Chipettes feat. Nomadik-Real Wild Child" uploaded by ThinkPink866 on Nov 14, 2011

"Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child (Wild One)" uploaded by IggyPopVEVO on Oct 22, 2010

9. S.O.S. (The Chipettes)

"The Chipettes~S.O.S" uploaded by ThinkPink866 on Nov 15, 2011

"Rihanna - SOS" uploaded by RihannaVEVO on Oct 6, 2009

10. We Speak No Americano/Conga (The Chipettes featuring Barnetta DaFonseca)

"10. We No Speak Americano/Conga - The Chipettes feat. Barnetta DaFonseca (Chipwrecked" uploaded by ChipwreckedSingAlong on Dec 13, 2011

"Yolanda Be Cool Vrs DCup - We No Speak Americano (Official Music Video) [HD]" uploaded by SpinninRec on Jun 21, 2010

11. Survivor (The Chipettes)

"Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked|Survivor|The Chipmunks & Chipettes" uploaded by OfficialChipwrecked on Nov 11, 2011

"Destiny's Child;Da Brat - Survivor" uploaded by DestinysChildVEVO on Oct 25, 2009

12. Born This Way/Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now/ Firework (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)

"12. Born This Way/Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now/Firework - The Chipmunks & Chipettes" uploaded by ChipwreckedSingAlong on Dec 14, 2011

"Lady Gaga - Born This Way" uploaded by LadyGagaVEVO on Feb 27, 2011

13. Club Can’t Handle Me (Bonus Track) (The Chipmunks & The Chipettes)

"Club Can't Handle Me - The Chipmunks/The Chipettes [Chipwrecked Motion Picture Soundtrack]" uploaded by ChipmunkFan16 on Nov 14, 2011

"Flo Rida - Club Can't Handle Me ft. David Guetta [Official Music Video] - Step Up 3D" uploaded by blacktreetv on Jul 23, 2010

[Food Tasting]: DOMINO’S Delicious Cheese Overload tasting session

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I was privileged to be given the opportunity to attend the food tasting session at Domino's Pizza (Tampines) on 30 Nov (Wed), thanks to omy.sg and Domino's Pizza.

We tried out Domino's Pizza brand new menu item - Cheese Overload pizza!

DOMINO’S Delicious Cheese Overload tasting session
when: 30 Nov 2011 (Wed), 7 - 9pm.
where: Domino’s Tampines.
(Blk 462, Tampines Street 44, #01-76, Singapore 022462) - Click here for map.

Domino's Tampines is near Tampines Junior College.
Blk 462, Tampines Street 44

Domino's Pizza (Tampines)
Domino's Pizza's new outlet at Tampines - Open! 

The World's Largest Pizza Delivery Company
"Made Fresh | Arrives Fresh". Great Pizza Service (GPS) Tracker.
Domino's Pizza is the 1st pizza company in Singapore to introduce the ‘GPS Tracker’ or
the ‘Great Pizza Service Tracker’, which allows customers the added convenience to
keep tabs on the status of their food order from the moment it is ordered to the moment
it leaves the store for delivery, enhancing customer experience.

Pizzas delivered to you - bringing smile to your face. 
Presenting to you ... pizza! 
Taking pictures of the pizza.
The Pizza Delivery Experts. 30 minutes delivery!
30-Minutes Delivery Guarantee!
Domino’s Pizza is the only pizza company that guarantees your order will arrive within 30 minutes or they will give you a free Regular Pizza voucher!
15 Minutes Take-away. or a free personal pizza voucher.
15-Minute Take-Away Guarantee
Domino’s Pizza guarantees you will receive your Take-Away orders within 15 minutes or they will give you a free Personal Pizza voucher!
Introducing the Chocolate Lava Cake.
Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake
Twisty Bread
Garlic Cheese Onion Ring
Golden Roasted Drummet
Breadstix
Domino’s scrumptious new Cheese Overload Meal is now available for $39.80 (Savings of $19.40), which comes complete with:
1 Regular Pizza with Cheese Sauce,
1 Regular Pizza of your choice,
1 Chocolate Lava Cake, and
1 BreadStix OR 1 Twisty Bread (6pcs) OR 1 CinnaStix. 
A group photo with all the bloggers.
Domino’s Pizza Singapore is the 67th country where Domino’s has established its presence. There are currently 13 Domino’s Pizza stores in Singapore.- check out where these stores are located at: http://www.dominos.com.sg/frmStoreLocation.aspx

Time to order some pizzas - www.dominos.com.sg or call their delivery hotline: 6222 6333. It's free delivery and net pricing!

Explore Singapore! 2011: National Monuments Tour with Mark Lee

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Explore Singapore! 2011: National Monuments Tour with Mark Lee.
when: 27 Nov 2011 (Sun), 2.30pm - 4pm.
where: Meeting point - Peranakan Museum.
- Tan Kim Seng Fountain, Cenotaph and Lim Bo Seng Memorial.
- Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church, Al-Abrar Mosque, Thian Hock Keng, Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre.

I was privileged to be part of this special guided tour, led by Mark Lee (李国煌). Here are the places that he showed us around:

:: Part 1 - Tan Kim Seng Fountain, Cenotaph and Lim Bo Seng Memorial ::

Tan Kim Seng Fountain
Date of construction: 1882
Date of Gazette: 28 December 2010
Address: Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive
Designed by: Andrew Handyside & Co. Britannia Iron Works in Derby, Great Britan

The Tan Kim Seng Fountain is a fine example of a 19th century cast-iron fountain. It represents the Municipal Council’s efforts to commemorate Tan Kim Seng’s contributions towards bettering society. It was unveiled on 19 May 1882 at Battery Road in Fullerton Square by then President of the Municipality, Sir Thomas Scott. Designed by Messrs Andrew Handyside & Co. Britannia Iron Works, the fountain features four Muses in the lower bowl: Calliope holding a book or a writing tablet; Clio holding a scroll; Erato holding a lyre and Melpomene holding a garland. Tan was a supporter of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the President of the principal Chinese temple in Malacca and the leader of the Chinese community in Singapore. His other contributions to society include the building and endowing of the Chinese Free School, known as Chui Eng Si E, in Amoy Street. (source: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=953)



Cenotaph
Date of Construction: 1920-1922
Date of Gazette: 28 December 2010
Address: Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive
Designed by: Denis Santry of Swan and MacLaren

The Cenotaph is the first military commemorative structure in Singapore that honours individuals who perished in both the First and Second World Wars. It was initially erected to commemorate the 124 men from the colony of Singapore who never returned from the war in Europe. Then Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Laurence Nunns Guillermard, laid the foundation stone on 15 November 1920 in the presence of then French Premier M Georges Clemenceau. Prince of Wales unveiled the Cenotaph in March 1922. Designed by Denis Santry of Swan and MacLaren, the memorial bears bronze tablets with inscriptions of those who perished during the First World War, with the inscription that reads: “To Our Glorious Dead”. Crowning the roof of the war memorial is a bronze medallion comprising a laurel wreath of victory enclosing the crown, symbolising the Colony of Singapore. The bronze sculpture works on the Cenotaph were done by a well-known Swiss sculptor, Mr. R. Wenings and the Central Engine Works manufactured the bronze castings. After the Second World War (September 1945), a dedication was made on the other side of the Cenotaph, in memory of those who fought and died during the Second World War. (source: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=953)




Lim Bo Seng Memorial
Date of construction: 1953-1954
Date of Gazette: 28 December 2010
Address: Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive
Designed by: Ng Keng Siang

The Lim Bo Seng Memorial is a dedicated tribute to Lim Bo Seng, who died during the Japanese Occupation period in 1944. He was held captive by the Japanese Secret Police in Ipoh after a spy identified him as a member of the resistance army. The Lim Bo Seng Memorial Committee, comprising representatives from the Chung King Government, was established to raise funds for a memorial. Then British Commissioner General for Southeast Asia, Malcolm MacDonald, laid the foundation stone in 1953 and then Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Loewen, Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Land Forces, unveiled the memorial on 29 June 1954. There are four bronze plaques with text in English, Chinese, Tamil and Jawi, illustrating Lim Bo Seng’s life, embedded on the framed mouldings at the base of the memorial. Designed by prominent local architect Ng Keng Siang, the memorial is a significant piece of Chinese National Style architecture and is the only built structure to commemorate an individual who contributed to the war efforts in the Second World War. (source: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=953)




:: Part 2 - Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church, Al-Abrar Mosque, Thian Hock Keng, Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre ::

Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
Date of Construction: 1924
Date of Gazette: 23 March 1989
Address: 235 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068656
Architect: Swan and McLaren

The origins of this church of the Hokkien Chinese may be traced to a rented shophouse in Japan Street (now Boon Tat Street). In 1913, the church had already bought what was to be its present site, a piece of land at the junction of Telok Ayer Street and Cecil Street. But construction work did not follow at once, and services were held under a tent which soon collapsed. A chapel of wood and corrugated iron was then erected but this too was soon filled to capacity. It was not until 1924-25 that the large and permanent building that you see today was built. The well known Chinese evangelist, John Sung preached here in 1935. (source: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=202)



Al-Abrar Mosque
Date of Construction: 1850-1855
Date of Gazette: 19 November 1974
Address: 192 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068635

The alternative name for this mosque is Kuchu Palli, which is a Tamil term meaning the “hut mosque”. This indicates the humble beginnings of the mosque in the early 19th century. The brick and plaster building was not built until 1850-55. The mosque is discernible in an 1856 painting by Percy Carpenter entitled “Telok Ayer as seen from Mount Wallich”. (source: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=180)



Thian Hock Keng
Date of Construction: 1839-1842 (Thian Hock Keng), 1849 (Chung Wen Pagoda), 1913 (Chong Hock Pavilion)
Date of Gazette: 28 June 1973
Address: 158 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068613

Situated at the site of a joss house where immigrants from China to Singapore offered thanks for a safe voyage, the temple was built between 1839-1842. Historical data relating to the founding of the temple, and the list of donors were inscribed on several plaques inside the main courtyard to the right and left of the main entrance. Tan Tock Seng was the biggest donor, and the Hokkien Association was initially based at the temple. Tan Tock Seng’s son, Tan Kim Ching, inherited his father’s mantle as head of the Hokkien Association. One of his duties was to register Hokkien marriages at his office within the temple precincts. The pillars of iron wood and granite and the carved stonework used for this temple were imported from China at a handsome expense. The chief deity, Ma-Cho-Po or Goddess of the Seafarers, was brought from Fukien Province and enshrined here in 1840. (source: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=169)



Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre
Date of Construction: 1827-1830
Date of Gazette: 19 November 1974
Address: 140 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068604

This shrine built between 1827-1830 to the memory of a holy man, Shahul Hamid of Nagore, but it contains no bodily relic of him. It is fascinating for its combination of Palladian features on the street level with the Islamic balustrade above. There is also a Nagore Durgha shrine located in Chulia Street, Penang. This suggests that the pioneers of this community in both Singapore and Penang meant to build replicas of the original shrine in Negapatam, South India, to commemorate in the places they ventured out to as expatriates and sojourners. (source: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=178)



At the end of the tour, we were given these items:

Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) umbrella.
"Monuments - Our Standing History."

"Already Famous" 《一泡而红》 movie tickets.

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity, I Love Museums! It was an enriching and informative learning experience, with awesome guide - Mr. Mark Lee.


Look out for the next Explore Singapore! 2011 event:
It's A Great Great Weekend at ACM!
where: Asian Civilisations Museum
when: Saturday, 3 Dec 2011, 6pm – 9pm
* 6pm – Fun activities, 8pm – Movie screening
Free admission to galleries from 6pm – 11pm
Free admission

Pack your picnic baskets, and take a trip to the past at the Asian Civilisations Museum! Enjoy the local blockbuster, "It's A Great Great World" under the stars! Set in the 1940s, the movie follows a multitude of characters who had lived, worked, played, and fell in love at Singapore's legendary amusement park, Great World. Don't miss our latest exhibition, "Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export, 1400 – 1900", and other fun activities. Look forward to a special programme featuring Mark Lee and Suhaimi Yusof!

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