Star blogging with IDA

I fear that if I’m not careful, I shall soon be labelled exclusively a geek, thanks to my role as Xbox LIVE ambassador, my Gamer Girl Friday column, my recent gadget shopping spree and, soon to be revealed, a new techy campaign called iTest.

So, here’s a rather bimbotic photo to balance things a little.

Sheylara, bimbo-geek

Not that there’s anything wrong with being a geek, but I don’t want people to have too high expectations of me.

While you’re puzzling over that, let me tell you more about my new project.

Some time ago, I was invited to participate in a new IDA (Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore) blogging campaign to introduce and encourage the use of tech gadgets in Singapore.

After months of meetings and preparation (with most of the work done by IDA’s agency, of course) the campaign is finally ready to go live!!

(So now it’s our turn to do all the work.)

iTest coming soon

That’s the teaser page which you can view by clicking here. The actual site, which will be part of Infocomm123, will go live tomorrow.

There’s nothing to read now, except the teasing banner, which currently has as much reading material as a small box of cereal, but you can go there to register an account first.

You must do that to win a MacBook!! Yeah! A MacBook! I won’t tell you the details now (because I don’t actually know, myself) but all should be revealed tomorrow! Yes, tomorrow! (I’m not going to Sydney!)

In the meantime, let me introduce you to the other star bloggers in this campaign.

(So, like, we’re not the ones calling ourselves star bloggers, so don’t throw rotten tomatoes at us. It’s just a fancy term used by the project team to make us look more attractive than we actually are. It works, doesn’t it? Huh? HUH?!!)

From left:

Nicholas Aaron Khoo — A CNET blogger who’s very enthusiastic and knowledgeable in all geekly matters. Well, you’ve seen him in my blog before. We’re friends, lol. So I must say nice things about him or he’ll hammer me with an egg beater next time we meet. Nic’s a very helpful guy who’s always involved in zillions of community initiatives and projects.

Sheylara — That’s me (in case you’ve forgotten how I look like). Um, do I need to introduce myself? No need, right? You can go read my About page, as if you haven’t already read it.

TypicalBen — He’s a funky Ngee Ann Poly student who is very popular among teenage girls. He blogs about random every day stuff in a very chirpy way and seems to love polka dots a lot. A whole lot, in fact.

Lau Zha Bor — This cute granny should be a familiar face to most Singaporeans. She’s a JTeam artiste and has appeared in numerous local films and TV shows. She’s as cute and friendly in person as her blog is!


As you can see, all of us fit into different demographics, which is the whole point. In the next 10 days, we’ll each be blogging about a different gadget and sharing our experiences using them. No prizes for guessing what my gadget is. (No need to guess, actually, like, it’s pictured above, lol.)

So, brace yourself for yet another Sheylara blog. Yes, you must come read my iTest blog or I will hammer you with an egg beater.

Singapore Slingers put the sling on Perth Wildcats

Last night was amazing.

First, the Singapore Slingers beat the Perth Wildcats in a thrillingly close match.

Second, Ben Knight remembered me!

Ben is one of the Singapore Slingers’ star players.

If you read my blog about the first Slingers game I attended, you’d remember that I got chased out of the court during the after-game mingling because I was wearing chunky boots and the stadium management didn’t like that.

So, what happened that time was I got stuck waiting on the outside of the court while the other bloggers continued to mingle with the basketballers for photo opps. Kind Nicholas, noticing my predicament, brought the photo opp to me.

He asked Ben Knight if he would walk over to the side to pose for a picture with me. Ben said okay and asked why I was standing at the side. I told him the stadium people didn’t like my shoes. He said that was a shame because my shoes are fantastic, or something like that. Then we took a picture.

That was more than two weeks ago.

Last night, we were doing our groupie thing again, swarming all over the players for photographs.

Precious and I got Ben Knight to pose with us.

After it was done, Ben said to me, “I see you’re wearing the right shoes this time.” And then he gave me a charming smile.

ZOMG! I was very charmed.

I started jumping all over the place and tugging at Precious and Nicholas and making them go crazy with my maniacal squeals: “He remembers me! He remembers me! OMG!”

I am such an amazing groupie. So proud of myself.

I’m also very excited over the Slingers’ win last night. They’ve played 10 games and only won twice, including last night, so it was super exciting, especially since the match was terribly close the whole time. A tie happened in the very last minute, literally, and the game went into overtime.

It was nerve-wracking watching the two teams slug it out for the win. But the Slingers emerged triumphant. Well, they’re still at the bottom of the ladder in the NBL Hummer Championship, but that’s because they’re a new team. So I think every single win is a major achievement.

The Slinger Girls had different costumes last night. I like!

During half time, a group of cute little girls were brought in to “dance” with the Slinger Girls.

The Slinger Mascot joined in midway.

But he soon got tired of dancing and went to socialise with little fans.

This little one was totally enamoured of the big white lion!

Well, the basketballers played really well and all. I think they were in a better mood to be mobbed by fans for photographs and autographs than the last time.

Here’s Shane McDonald. He’s not as tall as the other players but he’s really cute! And he played very well last night.

Actually, all of them played well. Including my favourite Rod Grizzard.

Well, they are all becoming my favourite!

I never thought I would enjoy watching basketball so much. The Goonfather loved it, too. It was his first time catching a live basketball game and he was hyped throughout!

After the photo-taking with the basketballers, I was introduced to Ash, co-owner of the Singapore Slingers, and Riaz, executive producer for The Contenders Asia.

Ash is second from right and Riaz is second from left.

What an exciting night!

Okay, that sounded lame, like some stupid primary school composition ending. So, let me end on a more classy note, instead.

Go catch a Slingers match before the season is over!!!