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Alvinology Award 2010

By alvinology, January 19, 2011 12:53 am

Following past years tradition in 2007, 2008 and 2009 where I round-up the year with an “Alvinology Award”; here’s my slightly belated list for 2010.

I always love to compile summary listings – how can I miss out the chance to do so once a year? ) So… here goes! Alvinology’s list of TOP FIVEs for Year 2010!

(NOTE: The casual lists were compiled by a very biased yours truly, favouring things that rock my boat and also mainly stuff that were recorded on this blog in 2010.)

TOP 5 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Shantou plane solemnisation with Jetstar

Alvin and Rachel tied the knot on an airplane! How can I ever forget this trip?

Shanghai Expo with Coca-Cola

I got to be among the first to visit the Coca-Cola Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo on the launch day as well as meet many fun and interesting bloggers from around the world.

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular

I made lasting friendships with the ten Singapore Blog Awards 2010 winners and Vivien from the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Good food, endless shopping and excellent companionship, what more can one ask for?

Blogfest Asia at Penang, Malaysia

I got to know many bloggers from different countries and gave a presentation to a room packed full of enthusiast bloggers.

My Sydney Honeymoon with Rachel (Blog posts coming up soon!)

Rachel and I met up with an old friend, Xai, who is studying there as well as a bubbly Aussie Alvinology blog reader, Tinlok. Rest of the time we were enjoying each other company as we were on our honeymoon mah. :)

TOP 5 MOVIES

Echoes of the Rainbow (岁月神偷)

I watched this on a plane flight home from Hong Kong. The movie did not do well in the Singapore box office and most Singaporeans may not even know of its existence. Nonetheless, the movie has received good reviews from critics. It is a heart-warming movie that is not overly artsy.

Despicable Me – Movie Review

There are cute minions and a likeable lead villain-turned-hero. Absolutely love this.

How to Train Your Dragon (3D)

The dragons were like real animals!

Korean R21 Movie, The Housemaid (下女), 2010

I haven’t watch R21 movie in the theatre for a long while. The Housemaid was enjoyable because of the superb acting of the female lead.

Megamind in 3D

The world of superheroes and super villains get confusing as they swapped places in this Dreamworks animation feature.

TOP 5 BOOKS

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium I) by Stieg Larsson

Harry Potter for adults. There’s politics, sex, gore and all sorts of hardcore stuff.

Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice: Underground with the Yakuza

An ang moh journalist takes you into the queer world of the Japanese underground.

Misha Glenny’s McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime

The world is evil. That was what I concluded after reading this book.

Chetan Bhagat’s The 3 Mistakes of My Life

This book has a very simple, straight-forward narrative. Chetan Bhagat is currently the bestselling English author in modern India and his book gives us a glimpse into the lives and aspirations of the urban middle-class in India.

Yoshio Yoshimoto (吉本佳生)’s 大杯星巴克比较划算

Teaching you how to make economic senses of simple things in life, much like the international bestseller, The Undercover Economist.

TOP 5 TURN-OFFS

Downtown East Murder: 4 arrested, 6 still on the run

This gang slashing in broad daylight resulted in the death of a teenager. The incident shocked Singapore. A slew of other gang-related fights and arrests were to follow.

The 7 Kallang Sarawakian Monsters

Crazy Sarawakians made Kallang an unsafe place by slashing and robbing random strangers for a tiny pittance.

Public molestation at Siloso Beach Countdown Party 2009

New Year Countdown went seriously wrong.

Ladyironchef (Brad Lau) vs Private Affairs

This incident cast bloggers, particularly food bloggers in a very bad light to the public.

Singapore auntie beating up her dog for chewing on cushion

Netizens started a witch hunt to sieve out this dog abuser.

TOP 5 LOLS

Jeanette Aw (欧萱)’s Crazy Animated GIF

Just watch and you will know why.

Japanese Cowardly Bear Cub

Cutest bear ever.

Flood Again? You can always canoe on the Singapore street

Guy in canoe FTW as Singaporeans learn to deal with frequent flash floods.

Steven Lim哥哥 is Seriously Into Singing This Time

The dude even bought airtime on prime time TV slots to promote his music videos. However, no one seems to be taking him seriously.

Celebration@Marina Bay – Concert Fail

A concert for the living or getai for ghosts?

TOP 5 WOWS

omy.sg wins 1 Gold and 2 Bronze at the inaugural Asian Digital Media Awards 2010

Congratulations to omy.sg for another great year!

Alvinology wins a Silver at W3 Award 2010

Congratulations to Alvinology too! This was for my wedding proposal – Project R.

Alvinology goes Dot Com… Finally

What took me so long?

Plane Solemnisation – Photos Galore!

First couple in Singapore to solemnise our wedding on board a commercial plane.

Singapore Youth Olympics Game Opening Ceremony

Singapore hosted the first Youth Olympics Game.

TOP 5 FOOD DISCOVERIES

Food for Thought @ Queen Street

Good food for a cause.

Keng Eng Kee Seafood Restaurant @ Alexandra Village

Quality chow at a reasonable price.

Kichn @ Albert Court

Really minimalist restaurant.

Domino’s Pizza in Singapore

Pizza delivery gone hi-tech. I appreciate their 30minutes delivery guarantee and online GPS tracking for pizza orders.

Republic of Steak @ Victoria Street

An alternative to Aston’s for reasonably priced steak.

TOP 5 EVENTS

Singapore Blog Awards 2010 – Event Videos

It gets bigger and better every year.

Singapore Entertainment Awards 2010

I learned the power of K-Pop at this year’s event.

Jack Neo Affair Scandal Press Conference – Full Video Recording

My experience as a paparazzi for the day.

Bras Basah Bugis Trishaw Night Tour with Radio 100.3 DJs Jianwen & Kemin

My first time riding on a trishaw in Singapore. The experience was pretty exhilarating.

The New Museum Open House @ City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings

An interesting walk down memory lane in two iconic buildings.

TOP 5 NEW PRODUCTS

NEX @ Serangoon Central

Yeah! There is finally a heartland mall near my residential area.

“Live Life in the Clear!” with Crizal lenses by Essilor

After discovering Crizal, I shall pay more attention when choosing my lenses from now on!

Get Giving with GET SINGAPORE This Festive Season!

Go local when buying presents for your loved one. Support Singapore brands under the GET SINGAPORE collective.

Four Birthdays Together on a Private Yacht

Neo Yacht makes yacht rental with catering affordable for the masses.

Glacéau’s Vitaminwater® Launched in Singapore

Singapore now join the rank of other cool cities like New York and Shanghai where Vitaminwater is available.

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How to Train Your Dragon (3D)

By alvinology, March 24, 2010 12:16 pm
How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon

Having dabbled with digital graphics previously, I always love animation films. Last Tuesday, thanks to the nice folks at UIP, I caught the preview for DreamWorks Animation’s latest film, How to Train Your Dragon, in 3D, together with my pal, Leon.

Both of us were very impressed with the characterisation and the modeling of the many dragons in the film. Unlike the dragons seen in most other movies, the dragons here closely resembles real-life animals like cats and dogs.

Here are some of the dragons featured in the film:

Night Fury - the lead dragon in the film and also my favourite
Night Fury – the lead dragon in the film and also my favourite
The next most powerful dragon, Nightmare which can turn in flames
The next most powerful dragon, Nightmare which can turn in flames
Quarrelsome two-headed dragon, Zippleback
Quarrelsome two-headed dragon, Zippleback
Tiny terror dragon, Nadder
Tiny terror dragon, Nadder
Lizard-like dragon, Terror
Lizard-like dragon, Terror
The common Gronckle
The common Gronckle

This made the intricate relationship between the lead character, Hiccup and his pet dragon, Night Fury, very believable. Night Fury will purr like a cat for attention at time, while hopping mad like a Chihuahua on steroid when it’s excited.

What I also like about this movie is the limited use of slapstick antics for humour, relying more on witty lines and emotional scenes to arrest attention. One would think this would detach the younger audience who may not be able to catch subtlety. Alas, judging from the loud, merry laughter of the kids in the cinema hall I watched the movie with, one have to conclude that children are much more sophisticated than we give them credits for these days.

Vikings and dragons aside, what makes this film works is a well-paced, wholesome storyline suitable for all audience. How to Train Your Dragon is now showing in Singapore cinemas. Do go catch it. :)

Movie Trailer:


Synopsis (via Wikipedia):

The film is set in a mythical world of Vikings and dragons. The story centers on a viking teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor is disliked by his tribe and its chief, Hiccup’s father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler). However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. After he entangles a dragon with a bolas-shooting cannon, Hiccup releases and ends up befriending the dragon, who he dubs Toothless. This relationship flips his world upside down as he strives to convince his tribe that they don’t need to be dragon-slayers but he ends up making the tribe angry and they lead an attack on the dragons home.

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