Sheylara overdose

Newsflash!

I have been officially announced as Xbox ambassador.

Cnet’s story here.

TODAY also published something on me, but they used a super ugly photo of me so I refuse to post it here.

More on this in Gamer Girl Friday today.

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I will be making a special appearance tomorrow at the main stage of World Cyber Games at 4 pm. Come and support me if you’re in the area, okay?

It’s at Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 402 and 403. Admission is free!

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Gamer Girl Friday will be very late today because I have been seriously and freakishly busy. I haven’t even started on it. Please be patient! :)

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Happy 888 today!! May you get a Toto windfall!

Um, no, I didn’t buy. Let you win it! ;)

Money No Enough 2 made my makeup run

On my way to watch Jack Neo’s Money No Enough 2, I camwhored in the taxi.

Sometimes, I wonder what taxi drivers think about my camwhoring activities. I camwhore a lot in taxis because firstly, there is nothing else to do in there and I hate sitting around having nothing to do.

Secondly, I hardly have time to camwhore otherwise. Just the fact that I even take cabs show that I’m always running behind time. Otherwise, I would take bus/MRT to save money.

I can’t explain this facial expression.

Let’s just say that I went home and downloaded the photos and I saw this and I couldn’t remember what I was thinking when I shot this.

There was a kink in my fringe. I was trying to add a bit of a curl to my stupid stubborn straight hair with a hairdryer, but in my hurry, I made an angle instead of a curl.

Dumb hair.

So, the reason I’m talking about camwhoring in a taxi is because I didn’t camwhore at the cinema for the Blog Aloud movie event.

I know some readers get upset when I don’t post camwhore pics for them to criticise and insult.

The reason I didn’t camwhore at the cinema before the show started was because I thought I could do it after the show, together with all the bloggers attending the event with me.

The reason I didn’t camwhore after the show was because I had cried so much during the show that my makeup had all run away.

When I went up to say hi to director Jack Neo after the movie, it took him five seconds and a very close look to recognise me.

“Oh, it’s you!” he said, after studying my face for a while, trying to figure out whether I was human or ghost.

“Yes, your movie did this to my makeup,” I accused him.

“Good, good,” he said. “I’m glad you enjoyed it.”


I did, indeed, enjoy Money No Enough 2.

If you look past the product placements, slapstick jokes and sometimes cheesy CG, you’ll feel touched by the message that the movie wants to bring across, that love transcends money.

In a harsh, materialistic society such as ours, it’s hard to uphold the traditional values of love, loyalty and filial piety without sacrificing monetary happiness. Something has to give and the end result is often hard to swallow no matter what you choose.

I don’t think the movie answers any questions or offers any ready solutions (other than just try your best to do the right thing), but it makes us stop and consider what we truly value in life. I think that is a very powerful message.

The star of the show, to me, is undoubtedly veteran Malaysian actress Lai Ming.

She plays the long-suffering mother of three sons (played by Jack Neo himself, Mark Lee and Henry Thia).

I would even go as far to say that her performance deserves an Oscar, such was the extent to which she impressed me with the love and vulneribility that shone through her eyes with every word she said or didn’t say.

She was the reason my piece of tissue paper (very kindly sponsored by molemole, who noticed me rubbing my face with my hands halfway through the movie) got so wet I couldn’t find a dry spot left to dab my eyes by the end of the movie.

The melancholic Hokkien songs helped, too.

I love the Hokkien songs in Jack Neo movies. They’re always so sweet and poignant and nothing like the scary ones you hear at KTV pubs.

By the way, the movie is dominated by Hokkien because the director feels that it makes the movie more realistic. Also, he’s very afraid that, one day, knowledge of Hokkien will totally be wiped out in Singapore, therefore he feels the need to immortalise the language in his movies.

“Young people like to read subtitles, anyway,” he explained during the interaction session at the end of the movie, “So having a Hokkien-dominated movie doesn’t mean they won’t understand it.”

Money No Enough 2 could be shorter, in my opinion, because crying nonstop is really exhausting, not to mention embarrassing. Despite my most heroic efforts to quell the dam, the tears just freely flowed, as if someone had forgotten to turn off the tap.

It’s good, though.

I read somewhere that crying helps to remove toxins from your body so you get better skin after that.

Cool. Let’s call it a movie facial.

But if you’re going to do a movie facial, I recommend either doing it at home, or not wearing any makeup if you’re doing it outside.

Catch Money No Enough 2 at Golden Village cinemas. Support local movies… because you know it’s the right thing to do.

Were those ghostly encounters?

Some people get paranoid when the Hungry Ghost Month rolls around. They see a “ghostly encounter” in every damn thing.

I usually don’t. I’m very aware of the principal that people see what they want to see, because people like to be thrilled and shocked and teased, so I like to underplay coincidences and strange occurences.

Therefore, I’m going to underplay this following encounter.

Encounter #1

It was on the second day of the Hungry Ghost Month, just the day after the Goonfather and I watched the documentary, A Month of Hungry Ghosts.

The Goonfather woke up to prepare for work. His alarm clock had awoken me. I remained in bed and looked around the room blearily as he walked to the bathroom.

As he opened the bathroom door and stepped in, I heard the sound of rushing water.

He kinda paused for three seconds, then stepped out again and looked at me.

“Why did you leave the tap on last night?”

The wheels in my mind creaked into overdrive trying to start up.

I tried to remember what had happened last night. My mind was a haze of sleep and confusion. I remembered that I had brushed my teeth, turned off the tap, wiped my mouth, then gone to bed.

The best response I could muster was, “I don’t know.”

Later, when I was more awake, I decided that it was only 10% possible that I had left the tap on carelessly. Turning off the tap is very much fixed into my nightly ritual of teeth-brushing. It comes just before wiping my hands and mouth.

And if I had really neglected to turn it off, I would have been able to hear it as I stepped out of the bathoom because it’s quite loud.

It’s 2% possible that either the Goonfather or I sleepwalked and turned on the tap in the middle of the night. But we don’t have a history of sleepwalking.

It’s 10% possible that it was a “ghostly encounter”.

That makes 22%. I don’t know what other possibilities there could be. Nothing really makes compelling sense.

And then, I sort of relegated this incident to the back of my mind. There are more important things to worry about in life, such as what the water bill will be like at the end of the month.

Encounter #2

Yesterday, I was out having coffee with a couple of friends. The conversation turned to the Hungry Ghost Month.

One guy was telling us that, the day before, his mum and maid had argued over who had left the tap running in the kitchen. Both of them swore it wasn’t them. So his mum concluded that it must have been ghosts.

A bell rang in my head.

Running tap!!

I recounted my experience, then, and the guys looked at me, and I looked at them… and we decided that we didn’t want to commit to an opinion.

I think none of us wanted to outright say that those were ghostly encounters because we are children of science.

It would be quite thrilling to see something supernatural in these encounters but then we can’t deny that people do leave taps running by honest accident.

I don’t know. You can read what you want to read.

Perhaps you have a running tap story to share, too? LOL.

Incidentally, Omy.sg is running a series of campaigns around the Hungry Ghost Month. There’ll be tons of spooky stories around the bilingual portal. If you’re interested, check out it out here.

Free movie tickets for bloggers

I mentioned a few days ago that Golden Village is hosting a series of movie sessions called Blog Aloud, in which audiences get to interact with movie directors after the show.

I’ve got free tickets for upcoming sessions. If you’re a blogger and would like a ticket, please e-mail me your phone number and blog URL, and tell me which movie(s) you want to watch and whether you want one or two tickets.

Limited tickets, first come first serve!

Upcoming Blog Aloud movies (all are 7 pm slots):


Aug 5 GV Plaza Sing ***10 TICKETS FULLY REDEEMED***
Aug 6 GV Vivo City ***10 TICKETS FULLY REDEEMED***
Aug 7 GV Tampines***10 TICKETS FULLY REDEEMED***
Money No Enough 2
Meet director Jack Neo


Aug 11 ***10 TICKETS FULLY REDEEMED***
12 LOTUS
Meet director Royston Tan


Aug 14 ***10 TICKETS FULLY REDEEMED***
4BIA
Meet all four Thai directors

Sheylara in The New Paper

Now that voting for the S’pore Blog Awards is over, I will be moving on to the next campaign… for the Xbox 360!

This is a new and different campaign that will be launched in our little island pretty soon. The New Paper has the scoop!

This interview appeared in The New Paper yesterday.

Sheylara in The New Paper

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I can’t say anymore about the Xbox campaign until after the official launch, but it’s going to be any time now. (Don’t forget to check out Gamer Girl Friday this week!)

Well, I’m really grateful to be kept busy with so many interesting activities and to have so many supporters who support my activities!

Thank you, Microsoft and the Singapore Xbox team, for this wonderful opportunity!

Thank you, The New Paper and Elysa, for the great interview!

Most importantly, thank you, my friends, blog readers, supporters and family, for supporting me all these years. I’m really thankful to each and every one of you for reading my blog and taking the time to vote for me daily in the S’pore Blog Awards!

By the way, the results of the S’pore Blog Awards will be announced on Sept 5 at an awards ceremony. Keep your fingers crossed for me!