Thursday, July 24, 2014

[Mint.Music.Lifestyle] Giving Away 3 Pairs Of Tickets To Catch President’s Challenge 2014 Tickets led by Lorraine Tan

My Singapore Project is in its fourth year running. Led by local singer and composer Lorraine Tan, this movement has grown from a small individual project to a large scale one that involves schools, education institutions as well as like-minded individuals from the broader community who believe in helping the less fortunate through music.

Every year, Lorraine will create an original song and music video in celebration of National Day, with the hope of inspiring fellow Singaporeans to help the less fortunate as they pursue their dreams and work towards their goals. Her song and music video titled Shine Singapore in support of ST School Pocket Money Fund last year had garnered over 240 thousand views on YouTube.

This song titled Shine Singapore was a Big Hooha last year, I remembered blogging about the song and music video, in comparison with NDP song 2013.
Read HERE.

 Fast forward to 2014 

This year, together with presenting charity sponsor, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the movement aims to raise 375 thousand dollars for official beneficiary - President’s Challenge 2014. Here are the 63 charities that will benefit from this project, click HERE.

Around June-July 2014, more than 150 volunteers turned up to show support at the recording of the My Singapore Project’s theme song for this year - Moments of Love.

I think zillions of my goosebumps dropped on the floor the day of the recording. Having a group of 150 people singing patriotically and proudly in a studio together is truly an amazing experience. 

Photo Credit: Patrick Sng (Yellowbox Studios)

The official theme song music video titled Moments Of Love features students from Admiralty Primary, Park View Primary, Yang Zheng Primary and West Spring Primary; Bedok Town Secondary, Fuchun Secondary schools, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School and Hwa Chong Institution, alongside our Members of Parliament and local personalities and talents. 

The heartwarming Music Video titled Moments Of Love is ready to view on Youtube!

Amongst them were Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mayor, North East District; Ms Penny Low, Member of Parliament; presenting charity sponsor, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, as well as local personality Dr Jia Jia and local artiste Nathan Hartono.

Let me help you spot them in the latest music video:

Left and right: Mr Teo Ser Luck and Ms Penny Low

Left: Dr JiaJia.
You really can't miss him because there were so much coverage in this Music video for him, he's too adorable! As for the little girl singing next to him, she's the main character in the MV who aspires to be a singer. Dr JiaJia played the role of her classmate in this MV.

Guy on left: Youtube celebrity, Nathan Hartono
Right: Robin (Our handsome coordinator who's been patiently answering to all my enquiry, thank you!) 

Found this cool cover of "Royals" by Nathan and Cilla on Youtube, click to listen:

I was also one of the volunteers who, together with Fif and MinuteManSG, participated as part of the choir to show our support for this meaningful project.

Left to right: MinutemanSG, Me, Fif Phan

 In the MV, I found this shot of the 3 of us singing together as the song goes 'You know you've got a friend you know because we care'. This just makes the music video a whole lot more meaningful to me because in reality, both of them are really good friends of mine and in addition, MinutemanSG is my soulmate. Their unconditional love for me is simply too beautiful.

I know I've got a friend. :)

Group Photo time!


Let's go behind the scenes and share some things that might be interesting yet you'll never get to see on the actual MV itself.

#1 Hidden Lyrics everywhere.
#2 Everyone was barefooted.

Yes we were referring to written lyrics on paper, on our gadgets, anywhere possible!
Also, the corridor was flooded with more than 150 pairs of shoes and almost no more space to walk because everyone was singing barefooted in the studio.

Interesting sight but I was too busy trying not to step on the shoes and forgot to take a picture!
Everyone busy finding their shoes~

And finally when we did, how about a group photo together in the waiting area with some of the beautiful students? heh-heh

#3 Miss Lorraine Tan briefing us on what to do before we start the shooting.
major not easy facilitate more than 150 people in a restricted area.

Standby and ready for recording!

#4 Deleted Scenes From the Music Video

There are 3 stories to share in the Moments Of Love MV and I took part in one of them, the story of the 2 school boys who eventually became best of friends. The original story was about a bad boy always bullying a good boy in his class. He was later being assaulted by a group of gangsters outside the school and was saved by the 'good boy' together with a group of passers-by.

I played the role of the 'Ah Lian'.

This storyline was later amended and I personally feel that the new one is better about the 'bad boy' felling down from his bicycle and trapped. The 'good guy' and a group of friends later tried to save him.

The gangster scene was taken out of course but fortunately, I managed to capture some screenshots to keep as fond memories. You're seeing it here only on my blog, presenting the deleted scenes from the MV.

*Exclusive screenshots*

Bad boy being confronted by gangster:

'Passers-by' throwing their belongings at the gangsters to stop them from assaulting the 'bad boy':

 In this blur shot, The passerby in the middle is Nathan and the girl on the right is a blogger named Peiling.
Here are the credits at the end for the original storyboard:

I still enjoy the latest MV because it was as heartfelt as the previous.
Thank you Lorraine and Robin for inviting me to participate in the making of Moments Of Love!

Do Our Part For Charity
Here's how we can do our part for this project:

Get your concert tickets for
 My Singapore 2014: "Moments Of Love" 
National Day Charity Fund Raising Concert

Photo Credit: My Singapore Project 2014, Patrick Sng and Zhong Ming

Here's a clearer image of the information on the poster:


Official Beneficiary: President's Challenge 2014 
(63 charities in Singapore will benefit)
Presenting Sponsor: CapitaLand Hope Foundation
Guest of Honour: President Mr Tony Tan
Concert date: 12 Aug 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Star Performing Arts Centre
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green #04-01 Singapore 138617


Sponsor A Kid To Watch This Concert

We can also take part in the Sponsor a Kid activity, where you can pay $38 to sponsor a kid to watch the concert. The kids whom they are sponsoring will be from the charities under the President’s Challenge 2014. 

*Click away now and do your part for charity*
Please help to spread the word to by sharing this post to your friends and family.

You can 'sponsor a kid' through SISTIC by clicking on the 'sponsor a kid' button on the right of the sistic page here:

I'm going sponsor a kid, click away!
It'll really make the child so happy to be able to come and watch a concert. :)

MintLeong Blog Giveaway 
On behalf of My Singapore Project 2014, we would like to give you 
three pairs of tickets to catch the National Day Charity Fund Raising Concert!

Here's what you do:
1. Share this blog link on any ONE of your social media platforms (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) and invite your friends/followers to sponsor a kid to watch this concert before 4th August 2014.
2. Include Hashtags #MintLeong (you can mention me too @MintLeong) and #MySGproject so that I can find your kind sharing!

THREE lucky winners will be randomly picked on 4th August 2014 and each kind soul will receive ONE PAIR of CAT3 tickets (worth S$176 in total)!

Let's do our part for the President's Challenge 2014, go!

PS: Winners will be receiving the tickets personally from me on the day of the concert.
Can't wait to meet you in person!

Please visit for more information with regards to sponsorships, donations and voluntary work.

See you at the concert because I'm going too!

Friday, July 18, 2014

[Advertorial] Last Call To Shop At Yamaha Mid-Year Sale 2014

Last call to all music lovers,
Check. This. Sale. Out!

Yamaha Mid-year Sale 2014
UNTIL: 31 July 2014

Here's your last chance to shop for your Yamaha instruments at exclusive discounts and gifts before 31 July 2014.

Here's the catalogue once again for your convenience.
Read about my visit to Yamaha Tampines  in the month of June 2014 too.

Get FREE GIFTS when you purchase selected Digital Piano models!
Get two of the world’s finest grand pianos in one beautiful instrument with the newly launched Clavinova CLP-500 series. 

The Acoustic Piano Series and also, enjoy the perfect blend of serious and seriously fun with Portable Keyboards, plus the arrival of the most anticipated ELS-02/02C Stagea Standard and Custom model!

Band and Orchestra players will discover the pleasure of playing with our range of saxophone, clarinet, flute and more brass and woodwind instruments!

Everyone also gets up to 30% off on Vandoren products.

The guitar series:

Amplifiers, acoustic and electronic drum sets are ready rock the beats! 
Plus, get a free pair of limited edition Yamaha DTX drumsticks for every DTX Drumset purchase.

Last but not least,  FREE DELIVERY with $50 minimum online purchase!

Visit HERE for clearer catalogue images.

Logon to for updates about the Mid-Year Sale 2014 and a chance to win weekly prizes!

Dream it. Play it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

[Mint.Music.Lifestyle] Candies Are A Necessary Part Of My Life - LollyTalk

Mmm… resist.
mmmmus.. Resist.
Must Resist.
Mustttt. Resistttt...

Cannot Resist!

Yummy Candies, nom nom nom…
*that is what's going through my head right now*

I only have my keyboard Instructor from Intune Music School, Chi Sheng Lao Shi to thank for introducing me to Mr Ma from LollyTalk. 

Yummy candy + Awesome friendship

Ma Keow Yuen and Joy Tan, who were both trained by two Aussie Masters Ross and Judy, founded Lollytalk. They won Gold Medals for their Fruit Rock Mix (among all the major rock candy makers in Australia) during the 2009 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. At the same year, Ross and Judy also won the Grand Championship among all the hard boiled confectionery makers, hence awarded the title GRAND CHAMPION ROCK CANDY by Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.

This jovial man always brightens up my day so much with his laughter and smiles!
I remember vividly how he responded to my question of ,"why have you decided to open a candy shop?"

He said with eyes that shine,"I believe it's every kid's dream to own his/her very own candy shop."

Hey, I really did thought of that when I was younger!
Then I'd have unlimited supplies of candy to eat everyday, heh-heh.

So his Lolly shop is officially my candy paradise now!
LollyTalk is located at Basement 2 (B2-20) of Plaza Singapura. 

The first time I walked in, I don't know what to buy because I wanted to get everything.

Be greeted by the theme song of LollyTalk when you are in the shop titled Lolly Love; this is so special, a full theme song specially catered for a Lolly shop!

"Lolly Love" is an original composition by Tristan Ong.
Producer: Tristan Ong
Co-ordinated and Co-produced by LollyTalk Ambassador: Joey Wee.
Sound engineer: Ng Mei Ting 
Singer:  Teo Zuo En

Hey I know Tristan , Joey and Zuo En! 
Zuo En is a vocal teacher from Intune Music School. 
I got to know Tristan from Huishan and he is a great pianoist.
Joey sings really well and she's recently launched her very own CD album.
roomiesTV has also invited her to be on our show and the wepsiodes will be launched soon, be patient alright!

Support local talents and enjoy the song, everyone!

Lyrics for Lolly Love (Theme Song of LollyTalk)
LollyTalk, LollyTalk, Jolly LollyTalk
Order up when the brew is done
Making Lolly is full of fun

LollyTalk, LollyTalk, Jolly LollyTalk
Cool the sugar and make it works
Add some magic filled with lovely words
Sweet Lolly soon will become true
Feel the Jolly happiness in you

Lolly Lolly Lolly
With hook to scratch merrily
Once it cools down, scratch with fun
Start to fall in, sweet avalanche

Lolly Lolly Lolly
The extrusion amazes me
Make the happy shape amused
Pull and cut and every sweet fulfilled

Lolly Lolly Lolly
With crush of sweet fantasy
Rocky's cool and Candy's fun
Free to fall in sweet avalanche

Candy candy candy
Tower of Love amazes me
Make Lolly and be amused
You and me and everyone's fulfilled.

Their Hard Rock Lollipops come in all sizes.

The place is filled with cartoon figurines and hard rock candies!

Doesn't these packets look like little pieces of lego from far?
They come in different flavours and designs.

Different mix of candy flavours and designs also have different meanings from 'Keep On Smiling' to 'I love you'. 

I've been hooked on this flavour ever since I first tried them and always keep some in my bag - 
The Plum Guava

You see, I get motion sickness easily and with the help of candies, I can overcome my motion sickness issue. The Plum Guava has the refresh and sweet taste of Guava with hints of Plum sweetness.

Photo taken from: LollyTalk Facebook.

This is so tempting wait I have to eat one now.
*pops a plum guava candy in my mouth*

Ok I'm back!
Where was I oh yes, let me introduce more about Plum Guava and this lolly collection. 

The Plum Guava is one of the series of candy flavours launched uniquely to LollyTalk known as the Acquired Taste Collection.

Photo taken from: Lollytalk Facebook.

With interesting flavours such as Chilli Lime, Spicy Mango, Plum Guava, they have also creatively used ingredients such as fruits (real apple/cranberry/lemon), menthol crystal as well as pure honey in the making of this special Collection.

Apart from the 3 flavours I've previously mentioned of which one is my favourite, LollyTalk have also launched the Apple Cranberry, Menthol Grape, Honey Lemon as well as Menthol Honey Lemon.

The collection comes in glass bottles as well as 60gm aluminium refill-packets (S$4.90). 
Great to eat for yourselves or even as a gift for your friends who are overseas.

Remember, the taste of this collection is unique to LollyTalk so it'll be special for them because you won't find them anywhere else!

I'm planning to get some plum guava for my taiwanese friend when I visit Taiwan this coming end July.

The spicy mango flavour reminds me of Thai Mango Salad.

Enjoy your LollyTalkcandies!

The smell of the lolly attracted Bubble Leong.

No Bubble Leong, you cannot have them I'm sorry. 
You can only help post for pictures be good.

Like LollyTalk on Facebook HERE.

Visit LollyTalk today for your yummy Hard Rock candy!

68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura B2-20
Contact: +65 6883 1569
QQ: 9940 8610
WeChat ID 微信号: LollyTalk