Ripple did all the planning and I didn't have to do anything but pay for tickets and accomodation. It was very shiok. :D
Anyway my flight is going off at 8pm tonight so I am left with like a short while to blog before I go!!
First things first!!
I'm super happy with how the flea went!! The first few batches were a bit frantic as people were rushing to snap up the cameras/phones/contact lens, but it was still managable. I sold off almost everything... Was left with 2 small shopping bags full of clothes which I donated to the Salvation Army.
I can't believe there were people who came in at 4pm to ask if the cameras are sold. -_- The girl who bought both cameras actually came with her boyfriend to queue the night before at 10pm (the sale starts at 12pm the next day), but she was asked to leave as the building needed to be locked up. She then arrived the next day at 5am. That is what I call dedication!! Congrats and hope you love the cameras!!
The queue was really quite long and I'm sorry that some of you queued for a long time but didn't manage to get loads of good stuff. I'd try to buy more things so I can organise another flea next time ok? LOL
Didn't take much pictures since I was quite busy that day so here is one I stole from Shuyin's instagram of me signing autographs. :D
Got no time!! I will upload more pics when I come back.
Thank you so much to Jipaban for organising!!
2) Renovation sponsors
I'm so happy and grateful to announce that I've got MOST of my renovation sponsored!!
The list is not confirmed 100% yet so I'd announce them later but I've been shown so many awesome products and services that I've never known before starting reno!! It's all very eye opening. :D
However, there are some products/services I still require so if you think that your brand could do with some advertising, you can email me!!
I still need:
MOVERS or Moving services
And the last one is a bit complicated... LODGING!!
As I mentioned the renovation took longer than I expected and the house is still in rubbles but Mike and I need to move out of our rental place by the 3rd. We will be homeless wtf...
Therefore I was wondering if there are SERVICE APARTMENTS or HOTELS/MOTELS in Singapore that could offer us a month's lodging in exchange for publicity! :D
I'm actually looking forward to this!! It's like a staycation lol.
So yes if you are interested please email me at xiaxue(at)gmail.com. I might take a bit to reply as I will be in Osaka.
3) New video!
I finally did a new Youtube video!! It's Katy Perry's Interview Magazine's makeup tutorial. Just watch!!
I know I take very long to do videos wtf... Editing and filming takes me like 3 whole days because I am really quite anal about trying to make it as perfect as possible (like I cut out all the "erms" and "so yeahhhhhs") and I'm not as adept on video editing as I am on photoshop.
Then I checked out my Youtube honors for the first time and felt even more guilty:
Lol I find people who find it offensive that people "show off" on their blogs are very silly... If a blog is not for showing the world what I love, what makes me happy, and what I'm proud of then what is it for?
Recording down all my disappointments and sadness so I can look upon them and wallow?
Or so I can make YOU feel better about yourself? No thanks... It's to encourage me to do better!! And if you have the right attitude, it should encourage you to do better as well. :)
Anyway... Here are the more high res versions of the photos I took after the video:
4) Unleashed by Nat Ho
I'm sure a lot of you Singaporeans already heard! Nat Ho has released his debut single, UNLEASHED!!!
He actually slaved over his work for months on end. As you all know he used to be an actor but he has always wanted to be a singer... So he quit his acting work at Mediacorp and did this album entirely on his own. It took him so much hard work and money from his own pocket.
I think this sort of attitude is to be applauded. How many of you would not risk losing your day job for chasing your dreams?
And instead of going the "safe" route with a slow Mandarin ballad and an MV of him and a girl kissing under a dreamy looking tree he went all the way out with a fast song in English and a sci-fi futuristic MV.
And what has all these got to do with me? Well the story goes like this...
It was after a Blackberry event and Nat was there... After the event a big group of us had dinner together and I just casually mentioned it was my dream to guest star in an MV!!
Nat at that point was preparing for his album and he said ok, he will keep that in mind and ask me to be in his. I honestly thought he was patronising me but months later I got a call and he said he wants me to be in Unleashed!!
So here I am, in the MV as a Head Nurse!!
Is the MV awesome or what?!
Super proud of Nat and struck something off my bucket list at the same time!!
If you click on the video on youtube you can see that comments aren't all that flattering.
Singaporeans are really such a horrible bunch. Instead of focusing on the big picture and applauding Nat for a well polished MV that he paid for himself, or for having the courage to chase his dreams, they nitpick on the dumbest little things...
Like how the sponsors are so obvious in the MV. I'm sorry, does it not cost money to create such a professional looking video? The costumes, the editing, the directing, the dancers, the music producers etc... ALL COST MONEY. So what's wrong with having corporate sponsors taking some of the burden? It doesn't affect YOU in any way... Nobody is asking you to pay money everytime you spot a brand logo... SO ANGRY FOR WHAT?! Please, be realistic!
And people saying he cannot sing... That his voice is all autotuned... That he is just a pretty face... Right there on the sidebar are related videos of him actually singing. Did you bother to click?
As for the people saying it looks too "kpop"... I don't even see how that is something bad?!
Someone asked on my formspring... Why is everyone gao poring Nat Ho?
For me, besides the obvious reasons I've already stated that 1) I am in the video and 2) I admire anyone who works hard to achieve their dreams instead of just talking 3) I genuinely like the mv and the song... I believe I speak for everyone by saying this: Because Nat is really, really nice!
He is really one of the most hardworking, humble, dedicated artiste I've seen. There are many times I've asked him for help for favours and he always responds above and beyond what I've asked for, even when he is very busy. And even though he is famous, he still does all the "sai gang" by himself like driving all his crew around.
I arrived at 7am for his MV's shoot and had to wait around for some time before my scene as some parts were delayed and he had to accomodate everyone's schedule. Nat kept apologizing to me like a hundred times. He himself shot from like 7am till like 3am or something... It's so much hard work and people can just click on the dislike button so easily. I find it so unfair.
When I was there filming some members of his fan club was there as well and they arrived since 7am and of course stayed the whole time to help out... Buying food for the crew, making milo for everyone and running errands. All of them did this out of their own goodwill because they loved Nat. I looked upon all these with wonder and a bit of jealousy because I wished I had fans who were so super nice too!! (I mean I possibly do have really nice readers and all but they really do adore him so much wtf)
And I just wondered... WHY? Why is everyone so nice to Nat? Other than his fan club, everyone worked till the wee hours of the night for him. I mean, what can possibly make people wake up at 6 in the morning and slave all day long just so he can fulfil his dream????
AND THE ANSWER - IT IS BECAUSE HE IS NICE. Of course, being handsome helps lol but he is really 很会做人 so if anyone deserves success... It is him!
Enough yabbering... Pictures from the Press conference! It was held at GV gold class!!
Qiu and I waiting for the Press conference to start
What is Nat doing?!
Oh he is proving he didn't photoshop lol
I was happy to attend with Qiuqiu and Sophie so when we went into the the theatre I just sank into one of the sofas there with them...
Nat's face on the big screen!!
But then Nat said I am to sit in with his panel wtf... I forgot he asked me!!
IT FEELS SO CELEBRITY SITTING THERE PLEASE!!!
And of course I couldn't take pictures during the press conference itself... Afterwards:
Nat with Sophie
And with me!!
Finally... Two pictures of me before I go shower and get ready for JAPANNNNNNNNN
The photos are huge lol. I love that purple headband thingy I bought from Topshop at $33!!
I know it's a bit pricey but it's so gorgeous and I cannot find these things anywhere!! Comes with purple feathers too AREYOUKIDDINGME
And the freaking My Little Pony cropped top from F21. Ahhhhhhh!! Can't take it anymore too I love all my gorgeous shopping.
Ok blog again soon and please click LIKE on Nat's video here!!