Movie Review: The Tower (Korean)

Ahnyeong Haseyo! Sorry for the lacking of updates.

I watched ‘The Tower’ (Korean movie) at Shaw Lido on 21 Jan 2013. Heard this movie’s very touching and sad yet it involves quite a lot of graphics to make it realistic with the inferno flames & shattered glass.

A disaster movie from South Korea about hundreds of people trapped inside a skyscraper engulfed in flames on christmas eve is the country’s first hit of the year. Starting with Son Ye Jin (Summer Scent and Personal Taste) as Eun Hee, Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Dae Ho and Sol Kyung Gu as the firefighter captain – Kang Young ki and Cha In-Pyo as President of Tower Sky. The movie takes place on Christmas Eve at the glitzy opening of a 108-story twin-tower luxury building in the heart of Seoul.

Although I rarely watch Cha In Pyo’s dramas on TV, however, I can recognise him acting as the president of the Tower Sky. Do catch this movie if you can. It’s one of the greatest korean movie I have seen and you will appreciate the firefighter’s hardwork on saving people’s lives while help to put off fire. It will be coming to Singapore’s Cinemas from 24 Jan 2013 onwards.

Do not worry if you don’t understand korean as there will be both English and Chinese subtitles.

Here’s the trailer of this movie:

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Sponsored Review: Sunplay Watercool series

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Thank you Sharmilla for sponsoring Sunplay Watery Cool sunblock SPF 65 PA+++ and Sunplay Watery Cool Mist SPF75PA+++ for review.

Singapore, April 2012: Sunplay, the no.1 sunscreen brand in Japan, brings a new Sunplay Watery Cool UV spray. It comes in a Japanese watery liquid formulation, ideal for both body and face.

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Sunplay Watery Cool Mist SPF75 PA+++

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It is an easy-to-apply sunscreen with high SPF75 protection that repels harmful UV rays away, so that people can stay cool and protected.

This product has:

  • High UVA and UVB protection
  • Water resistant, long lasting for all kinds of outdoor activities
  • Easy-to-apply 1 touch aerosol spray, applies evenly to whole body
  • Its icy cool menthol formulation gives you refreshing relief on a hot, sunny day
  • Non-greasy and light

Sunplay Watery Cool UV Mist SPF75 PA+++, Net Wt. 150ml, Retail Sales Price: $17.90

My review after using the product:

Since it’s a spray, I just touch the spray and the spray mist comes out. While spraying with this product, my skin had quite a cooling sensation immediately. Then I rub the mist onto my skin evenly. It was not greasy at all. However, I need to be careful while spraying the mist especially if it’s near the face area.

I even let my skin to touch water and the mist is water-resistant. Good for people who plans to go water activities such as kayaking and swimming as well as playing with water activities.
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2. Sunplay Watery Cool sunblock SPF 65 PA+++

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Sunplay Watery Cool SPF65 PA+++ contains Menthol that provides a cool refreshing sensation. It has a Revolutionary watery liquid formulation that gives people the protection that they need, without them feeling a thing/

Sunplay Watery Cool SPF65 PA+++, Net Wt. 35g, Retail Sales Price: $17.20

This product is highly water resistant and ideal for face and body.

Review of this product:

Yes, it can be applied onto my face and body. It is liquid formulation, not so greasy as it does not clog my pores while applying the sunblock lotion. I needed to pour out some contents onto my palms and apply to my body and face. If not, it will go out of place while applying the lotion.

I do not feel that cool sensation immediately unlike the mist, however, after a while, I can feel the cool refreshing sensation. Clear finish too as people cannot see the white application after applying onto my skin.

The greatest part was it is water-resistant. Good to apply if planning to go for water activities or under the sun for long time.

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Dear readers, you can redeem the free Sunplay Superblock SPF 130 PA+++ travel size sample when you ‘LIKE’ Sunplay sg on Facebook. Only those who resides in Singapore can redeem the samples.

Sponsored Review: Acnes Medicated Skincare

Thank you Sharmilla from EK Media for sponsoring me 2 Acnes Medicated Skincare products for review. I received 2 products – New Acnes Daily Face Scrub and Acnes Creamy Wash

I still develop pimples at my age occasionally despite lesser pimples compared to during my early teenage years and it is great to use this product. Furthermore, this product is suitable for both guys and ladies, girls and boys to use.

Acnes Daily Face Scrub (Retail price: $7.50)

Last month, Acnes had launched its latest product in town- The Acnes Face Scrub! The new Acnes 2-in1 Cooling and Deep Cleansing Scrub gives cooling facial massages and prevents pimples!

The scrub contains green and blue beads.
Green Beads: Deep Cleansing Powder
To deeply cleanse and unclog pores
Blue Beads: Cooling and Soothing Massage
Contains aloe vera and cucumber to give face an enjoyable, soothing experience
Review of this product:
This is my 1st time using Acnes Daily Face Scrub. I squeezed out a little to try out on my face. It has a nice refreshing mint scent. Quite minty sensation while applying it on my face.
The beads were not as rough as I thought as some of the facial scrubs can be quite rough to be used on the face and most scrubs only can be used max 1 time weekly.
Acnes Daily Face Scrub is quite gentle and can be used daily for everyday usages even sensitive skin. My skin does not appear reddish after usage of this product.
Furthermore, this product is suitable to use for both men and women, boys and girls.
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Acnes Creamy Wash (Retail price: $6.90)

  • Remove excess sebum and keeps your skin soft & moist! Mild an non irritating creamy wash for daily use to effectively prevent pimples!
  • Anti Bacterial: Contains isopropyl Methyphenol(o-Cymen-5-ol) which penetrates deep into pores to fight against bacteria and prevent pimples.
  • Soothing: Helps sooth redness and skin irritation caused by acne. Prevent aggravation of pimples.
  • Deep Cleansing: Helps unclogs pores and reduce blemishes by deep cleansing to remove dirt, oil, impurities and excess sebum.
  • Moisture Retention: Contains Vitamin C with moisture retention benefits, leaving your skin soft and moisturized after wash.
  • Anti-oxidation: Contains Vitamin E, an effective anti-oxidant, to keep the elasticity of your skin.

Review of this product:

It is quite creamy when I squeezed out from the tube. I diluted the creamy wash with water and it’s still quite creamy and I applied that onto my face.

Nice scent and I felt my skin was quite clean and refreshed after usage. No redness or reddish patches after usage as it is suitable for sensitive skin users and reduce pimple growth on the skin too.

Suitable for usage on men, women, boys and girls.

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Isn’t it amazing? Acnes medicated skincare helps to reduce and prevent pimple growth. Having pimples can be hassle and may affect how we look too. So try Acnes medicated skincare series today!

Acnes Daily Face Scrub & Acnes Creamy Wash are available at Watsons, Guardian, pharmacies and supermarkets.

Do Like Acnes (SG) FB page to redeem a 3-step kit sample (only for those who resides in Singapore) or alternatively, hit this link http://on.fb.me/K1oleO as well as to find out more about their latest discounts and promotions!

Sponsored Review: Mentholatum Organic Lipice Lipbalm

Thank you Sharmilla from EK media for sponsoring 2 LipIce lip balm sticks for me to try out. I received 2 different flavors for their Mentholatum organic lipbalm series – Lavender & Orange and Raspberry & Strawberry.

April 2012 – Mentholatum Lip Care  (No. 1 Lip care brand in Japan) launches a new Organic lipbalm range with the Highest Eco-Cert accreditation:

1. Free of artificial chemicals, preservatives or colorants

2. Healthy, safe and gentle enough, even for sensitive lips

3. Recyclable and biodegradable

Mentholatum organic lip balms uses a nourishing blend of natural oils from renowned organic farms globally to make its lip balm. It has creamy and non-sticky texture glides on smoothly for soft, silky lips.

Organic Ingredients sourced from Internationally Renowned Organic Farms:

1. African Organic Shea Butter: helps to soothe and heals dry lips

2. Spanish Organic Oil: fights ageing & prevents chapped lips

3. Argentinean Organic Jojoba Oil: Provides long-lasting hydration

4. Columbian Organic Coconut Oil: Soften skin for silky smooth lips

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Look at how bad my lips are.

I tried out both different flavors.

a) Raspberry & Strawberry


Review: The lip balm has nice strawberry scent. Quite nice to smell. Easy to apply onto my lips as it glides smoothly. Could last for a period of time till I drink water or eat something. I felt my lips are much softer after application.

b) Lavender & Orange

Review: This lip balm has a much stronger lavender scent than orange. Easy to apply onto my lips as it glides smoothly. Could last for a period of time till I drink water or eat something. I felt my lips are much softer after application.

Of course, I preferred raspberry & strawberry flavour as the scent is nicer than lavender & orange organic lip balm.

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    • Mentholatum organic lip balms are priced at $7.90 each.
    • This product is sold in Watsons, Guardian, NTUC and SASA stores.

So what are you waiting for? Try it today!

Do remember to Like Lipice (Sg) FB page to redeem a trial size LipIce Fruity lip balm. (Note only for those who resides in Singapore)

NEA Eco Music Challenge 2: CD’s out now!

NEA Eco Music Challenge 2 CD’s out now! Want to listen to the song tracks in this CD? Feel free to visit this website @ http://nea.ecomusic.sg/jukebox/ and listen to all the songs in this CD.

A total of 15 tracks is found on this CD ( This includes all 13 Finalists of NEA Eco Music Challenge 2 songs + 2 bonus tracks –  Young Musician award winner Toh Yi Fan’s rap song called Clean and Green  and Shawn Tok’s song called  拯救世界, which is also the song for his drama “Stranded”《荒岛冒险记》)

A total of 3.5 Chinese songs & 11.5 English songs are found on this CD. Besides Toh Yi Fan’s Clean and Green and Shawn Tok’s 拯救世界, it also features songs such as the Clean & Green Singapore 2012 Theme Song “World Without Fences” from Lee Feng Heng, Love for planet Earth (Reflection of an Astronaut) from Julian Kwok, a hybrid bilingual Chinese & English song called 早安你好! from 早安 which was featured on Channel 8’s 早安你好 and many more.

Here’s the commercial featuring the theme song – World Without Fences

Want to find out more about the song reviews of the 13 finalists from NEA Eco Music Challenge Season 2 as well as Toh Yi Fan’s Clean and Green Rap song and Shawn Tok’s 拯救世界? You can Click the picture below. Or visit my blog post on NEA Eco Music Challenge Season 2 Finale event @ Orchard Central

I have listened all the songs in this CD and it’s great. While listening to all the songs, I could feel how much hardwork the finalists, Toh Yi Fan and Shawn Tok had put in to write out songs on environment. It is not easy to write songs.

I do quite like Shawn Tok’s song 拯救世界, Lee Feng Heng’s World Without Fences and Julian Kwok’s Love for the Planet Earth. Nice lyrics and tune, great music and it’s about the environment which I like very much. I will give a 4 out of 5 stars for the great music in the CD.

If you are interested to get those songs, you can purchase the album @ $9.90 or $0.99/song online @ http://nea.ecomusic.sg/jukebox/ or go to NEA Customer Service Centre at Environment Building at Scotts Road (near Newton MRT area).

All proceeds of the sale of the songs & album will go to Nature Society Singapore to support the appreciation of our unique bio-diversity at Semakau Landfill.

Movie Review: Dolphin Tale

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Have you watch this movie – Dolphin Tale? It is one of the nice and most inspiring movie that I watched. I cried while watching this movie. I do love dolphins. It is funny in some ways (especially the kingfisher part) and quite touching at times especially the moment between Kyle, Saywer’s cousin trying to touch Winter and how the kids organised an event to save Winter.

It is about real-life story about Winter the Dolphin. Of course, Winter acted as herself in the movie. She was trapped on the crab trap & lost her tail. A dolphin without a tail – means it cannot swim and may die. But Winter has a strong willpower and managed to swim without a tail. However, this action causes more problems to her body and help is needed to create a suitable prosthetic for Winter to swim properly. It was not easy to create artificial tail for a dolphin.

Meanwhile, Saywer got to know about Dr McCarthy through his cousin, Kyle and Dr McCarthy promised to create a suitable artificial tail for Winter as he is a specialist in creating artificial limbs for the humans.

While saving Winter, Clearwater Medical Centre did had some problems as funds were running low. Watch this movie to find out how Saywer and other characters figure out a way to save Winter.

I will give this film a 5 out of 5 stars. Suitable for everybody to watch. Do not give up if you are facing problems and difficulties. Think of how Winter overcome her problem of her missing tail and her will to live on. And thank you for the people who created artificial tail/(s) for Winter.

To know more about the movie and download wallpapers and icons, please visit http://dolphintalemovie.warnerbros.com/index.html#/home

Do visit http://www.seewinter.com/ to know more about Winter the dolphin and Clearwater Medical Centre at Florida, USA!

 

Movie Review: Real Steel

I had watched Real Steel some days ago at the Cathay together with my sister Of course, this movie is about robots fighting and how the bonding between the father and his estranged son become closer due to their similar interests (father likes boxing while the son likes robots fighting).

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Synopsis of Real Steel

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring.

Now, nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

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How do I think of this movie?

From the start of the movie, it shows Charlie Kenton is a promoter, struggling to make a living using his robots to fight with a bull and other robots.

He had a son with his ex-girlfriend and had a deal (that is to allow Max to stay with Charlie for a period of time while Max’s aunt will be away in Italy) with his aunt’s husband to have some money to buy Noisy Boy (famous Japanese Robot for boxing).

He brought Noisy Boy and his son along for underground boxing for robots and lost Noisy Boy. So they had to go to scrap metal centre to find materials for making new robots. While searching for materials, Max fell off the cliff but was saved by something which is part of the robot. When Max wants to bring the robot home, Charlie told him to do it on his own. and he did. The robot that he brought home was Atom.

Max noticed something special with Atom and Charlie noticed that on 1 occasion. Max and Charlie had a deal with each other as Charlie promised him to teach Atom boxing and he did and brought Atom for some underground boxing matches to earn some money. As days pass by, the bonding between the father and son become stronger and stronger.

One day, someone came and beat up Charlie and Charlie decided to return Max to his aunt. Max was not happy with that decision. Charlie felt sad about what he did and visited Max one day to fulfil Max’s wish, which he did, which is the battle between Atom and 1 of the top robot boxers, Zeus.

I am not going to tell the ending of the story. What to find out more about what happen? Do catch Real Steel on Cinemas, k?

I will give this movie 4.25 out of 5 stars. Do note that this is a PG13 film. Some of the scenes are quite funny and I love the bonding between the father and son.

Visit http://www.steelgetsreal.com/ or Official Real Steel Singapore Facebook Page for more information on the movie.