Category: Picture Gallery

Photos That Make You Think ‘WTH’!!

By , May 25, 2015 11:58 am

With social media today, it’s not difficult to find photographs on a daily basis that range anywhere between somewhat awkward to downright ‘What The Hell‘. Below are 20 images that are on the upper end of this scale.

The problem might be that Japanese fashion revolves around skirts that are too shortI’m not sure who is more creepy – the photographer, or the guy in the magazine shop standee looking up?
We would be nothing without our fans – that’s why we love them so deeply…
One happy cult family riding a tree
The eye shadow look good – not sure about the unfortunate wall shadow
It’s just his thumb folks… just his thumb
This is why I would never have flesh colored leather on my car seats – it could cause people to get the wrong idea

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Parents and Technology Don’t Mix – Hilarious SMS Exchanges With Their Kids!

By , April 26, 2014 10:33 pm

Source: Aussie Pete Blog

I’m not even talking about computers or social media here – simple texting can be challenging for the ‘age-challenged’. I recently caught the following gallery of very funny texts between parents and their offspring.

All I can say is LOL (Lots Of Love) and WTF (Well That’s fantastic) !!  🙂




























One Free Pass To An Afternoon Power Nap!

By , July 16, 2013 12:22 am

As most of my long term readers are well aware, it’s very rare these days that I will take part in campaigns and the like, unless it’s really something that I’m passionate about or will be beneficial to the community at large. This time around, when OMY kindly invited me to take part in the ‘Sealy Sleep Ambassador 2013‘ campaign, I had to re-read the details more than once and very closely to actually believe it.

Really OMY and Sealy – you will give me a brand new Sealy Posturepedic mattress of my choice to take part in a campaign that involves SLEEP??!! My first reaction was one of incredulity – if sleeping isn’t one of my passions (or perhaps desires, beacuse I never get enough), then I’ll give up blogging altogether!

In all seriousness, what attracted me most to participate, was the fact that I am well aware – as I’m sure nearly all of my dear readers are also – that the Sealy brand is synonymous with not only comfort, but also with technologies that offer the needed support for weary old backs such as mine.

The Sealy journey that began back in 1881, boasts number one in market share for the past three decades with their unwavering vision to “help the world sleep better”. It might surprise you to know that Sealy was the first mattress company to display and advertise a king-sized bed; Creating an Orthopedic Advisory Board; Reinventing the innerspring coil and the box spring; Patenting a variety of groundbreaking technologies, including Posture Channels and Pressure Relief Inlays designed to relieve pressure points that cause tossing and turning. 

OK… so I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on mattress technology – but what I can do is take one of these babies for a test run.

Over the next three weeks, along with four other sleep gurus, who happen to be cool bloggers and are a downright nice bunch of people, we will report back to you on our Sealy sleep experience.

Last week, we attended the ‘Sealy Sleep Palace‘ (their Flagship store in Singapore, located at 91 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Place #01-02. Singapore 247918) to try out and select our very own Sealy mattress to have delivered to our home to facilitate the test run.

Although there are a huge range of mattresses from which to select (for all back types and to fit all budgets), the team at Sealy made it easy for us by opening almost all the varieties up to us – so began a couple of hours of doing nothing but lying down. :p

Well – maybe it wasn’t quite that simple a selection – you see, although sleep is important to me (and my wife), having suffered for some years now from nagging back problems as a result of years of physical contact sport when I was younger, we have tried all methods for me to get a decent sleep without waking in the morning where it might take me some time to get the joints mobile again. At my back’s worst (including two slipped disks), I actually tried sleeping on hard wood because the mattress I was using at the time (not a Sealy) was just not cutting it for support and it was really beginning to affect my daily life.

After much consultation with the experts at the Sleep Palace and after trying out many of the different mattresses, I opted for the ‘Royal Higness‘ (that’s me above acting like a Prince at the luxurious flagship store)… medium to firm, that I suspect will offer the support I need to get my bedroom life back in order (keep it clean, folks – we are talking about sleeping here).

When assessing my needs, I had to take into account Sammi’s (my wife) requirements as well – the team asked me if I was a light or heavy sleeper… I answered very honestly – I sleep very little (sometimes as little as just a few hours on weeknights) but when I do drift off I am like a log – almost impossible to wake without a very loud alarm clock. My wife, however, sleeps longer but much lighter. So our choice needed to be accommodating for the two of us. As my dear late Dad often used to say – “Pete is either flat out, or fast asleep”. This continues to be my habit even today.

Of course, I also had to think about the punishment that the boys give our bed almost on a daily basis – one rule of the house very rarely followed is no standing or jumping on furniture. This is easier said than done when you are talking about the naughtiest three and five year old boys in Singapore. Our mattress also needs to be strong and durable.

On Saturday our beautiful thick mattress arrived… we had prepared by removing the old mattress (and wooden plank for my back). The anticipation was immense. When the delivery guys turned up at exactly the specified time agreed, it was just a matter of moments before the mattress was in place and Casey and Jaime began wanting to try out their latest gymnastics moves (*sigh*).

I actually held them in check and they just rolled around a little.


Next came the real ‘acid test’ – how many times can I have an excuse to take an afternoon nap. “It’s all for the Sealy Sleep Ambassador 2013 cause. Don’t blame me… blame Sealy… blame Alvin and Eunice at OMY… it’s all for a great cause”

It worked!! I managed to get a couple of hours shut-eye with Casey as he went down for his nap.

I have much to report from that experience and up until now, some few days later. Watch my blog (and my OMY Star Blog) and also the official Sealy Sleep Ambassador 2013 website to find out how it goes – not just from my experiences but those of the other four sleep gurus who also get to share in such an arduous task of sleeping.

Make sure you visit the official website for the campaign – by voting for the 2013 Sleep Ambassador you can share in some great prizes.

Who’s got the best job in the world?? Alvin from OMY!!: 

We were even provided with a couple of new pillows and mattress protector:


Source: Aussie Pete

Our Luxurious Staycation – Raffles Hotel (Where the Legend Began – and Where it Continues Today)

By , July 10, 2013 12:08 am

Source: Aussie Pete Blog

As is becoming quite the norm these days, I am way behind posting articles on my blog that I’ve been meaning to get to… along with this post, I still have many ‘WTH’ articles lined up, for which my blog has for a long time become synonymous with.

When Sammi, the boys and I were invited to attend the long weekend at the world renowned Raffles Hotel, I can tell you – we did not need to be asked twice.

A term that is widely becoming popular, is ‘Staycation’ – now you certainly won’t find it in the common English dictionary, and you will absolutely get the red squiggly line underneath it when you type the word into any office application (for incorrect spelling), but the term is obvious in and of itself – a vacation where you stay close to your home location.

In the case of Raffles Hotel, we knew it first as tourists many years ago (that place where all visitors go to try the ‘Singapore Sling’ at the Long Bar), and now after 8-years living in Singapore, we have tried it first hand – as hotel guests and as diners, drinkers and vacationers.

Welcome Gifts & Drinks:

Here’s a fun fact – or perhaps busting an urban myth… Sir Stamford Raffles never stayed in the hotel – in fact, he missed it by around a century or more. This is probably no news to Singaporeans… but for those lacking in lessons on Singapore’s history, it was quite surprising to us.

If I were to describe the hotel itself as ‘luxurious’ or ‘full of splendor’, I would in no way be doing it any justice at all. Baked in tradition and a feeling of opulence of yesteryear, words could not begin to describe the nostalgia that emanates from every corner of the place.

Another fun fact – the Raffles Hotel is the first choice for travelling dignitaries and celebrities alike. To think that I had to tell Jaime not to stand on the lounge chair of the ‘Sir Stamford Raffles Suite’ – the very same lounge where both Michael Jackson and Queen Elizabeth II have deposited their posteriors.

The Queen Of England actually sat here on these same cushions??:

Before I take you on the journey of our Staycation, let me tell you how you can discover it all for yourselves and also take part in this wondrous adventure.

From now until September of this year, Raffles HotelSingapore is having a special suite package, available from S$550++ per suite per night for any day in the week.

From September onward, it will only be available for the weekends. The package is aimed at locals and includes:

  • Children below the age of 12 stay (using existing bedding) and dine for free with their parents at hotel-operated restaurants (adults must dine at the restaurant)
  • Welcome Singapore Slings and fruit upon arrival, while children will enjoy fruit smoothies and cookies
  • Complimentary breakfast at Tiffin Room on the first morning
  • Complimentary Buffet Dinner at Bar & Billiard Room or Tiffin Room (once during the stay)
  • Complimentary in-suite internet access
  • 24-hour Butler Service
  • Complimentary S$500 Raffles Hotel Arcade Shopping Discount Vouchers
  • Complimentary late check-out until 6pm
  • Complimentary parking

As I mentioned, this promotion is aimed at locals, with these special rates only for residents of Singapore (Singapore Citizens, PRs and work pass holders).

So here we go… as soon as we were greeted by the famous and iconic Sikh doorman and stepped foot into the lobby on the Friday afternoon, our collective jaws dropped at the sheer elegance.

The hotel staff at check-in were not just accommodating, but made the entire process swift and painless (not always the way, as any oft travelers will attest). It was at this point that we were assigned not just a concierge to carry our bags to our suite, but were given our very own butler who would remain at our service for the rest of the stay…. I couldn’t help but wonder how he came to be a butler and what he had done (thinking back to an old Seinfeld episode – apologies to non-Seinfeld fans who will have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about).

Our Suite, Balcony & View:

After the family opened their gifts from the hotel, which included the boys’ very own Sikh doorman stuffed toys, we enjoyed our welcome drinks – smoothies all round and a Singapore Sling for me – believe it or not, this was the first time I’d ever tried one… so sweet and fresh – perhaps even a little dangerous?

We were in total amazement as we checked out the suite – the sheer size alone is something to marveled at – a bathroom alone, the size of perhaps a standard living room.

The décor was historic and rustic in feel, with all the modern amenities to which we have become accustomed. Absolutely outstanding!!

After lounging around a while, we decided to take a walk around the hotel itself, the shops and restaurants around the courtyard. We also took a quick wander around the surrounding area, and realized just how convenient the location is to the major downtown shopping district.

Alfresco Dining at Raffles Courtyard:

Boys being boys, Jaime and Casey immediately showed immense interest in the lovely roof top swimming pool (right next to the  well-equipped gymnasium and the relaxed atmosphere of the Raffles Spa (which Sammi also had the fortunate task of trying out). So we made arrangements (deal) with the boys that if they behaved themselves while eating the lovely fresh Italian salads, pizzas, pasta and gelato we enjoyed for dinner at the Raffles Courtyard alfresco restaurant, followed by the specialized session of making cocktails at the Long Bar – including of course, the one and only Singapore Sling!

Mocktails & Cocktails at The Long Bar:

Even the kids got to make their own mocktails… ONLY if they behaved themselves, we would go swimming in the evening breeze at the pool – of course, they are so spoiled that they would have got to have gone swimming even if they were their usual naughty selves. 🙂

Playtime at the Pool:

The next morning (along with another swim), we had breakfast at the Tiffin Room. Eating fine foods seemed to be the theme of the weekend – all good in my opinion!

We then went on a guided tour with resident Historian Leslie Danker… where we got to experience the life of the famous and infamous alike… the highlight being the aforementioned Sir Stamford Raffles Suite (got a spare S$10,000 for a night’s stay?)

After the tour and a quick rest, we took the boys home and Sammi and I settled in for a rare evening without kids – what happen at Raffles Hotel STAYS at Raffles Hotel (nudge, nudge… wink, wink). We had a great local dinner at the Empire Café. Serving local Singaporean food and Asian delicacies, I was a sucker for dessert.

Somewhere amongst all of this, Sammi managed to fit in an hour of pampering with an aromatherapy Swedish massage at the Raffles Spa – I must say, this made me a little jealous, but looking back on it, giving me an hour for a power nap on a Saturday afternoon was quite the treat for me :p

The next morning, after a quick run back to Sengkang West to collect the kids, we found time for another swim before what I consider to be one of the absolute highlights of the weekend – Brunch at the Bar and Billiard Room.

My, oh my!!! Guys – you want to impress your ladies – this is the place to bring them. 3-hours straight of eating nothing but the finest seafood, pasta, cold dishes, meat galore (Australian grain fed Prime Rib on the bone, US Beef tenderloin “Bordelaise” sauce, Roasted Welsh leg of lamb, Roasted Welsh rack of lamb with herbs crust, Slow oven baked Welsh lamb shoulder, Organic milk fed rack of veal & BBQ Iberico pork ribs) – mouth watering – desserts, pan-fried Foie Gras (and I’m only just touching on what’s available)… top it all off with free flow champagne… need I say more?

Brunch at the Bar and Billiard Room:

Probably the world’s most famous hotel. ‘While at Raffles, why not visit Singapore?’ Indeed.

Not just a hotel, an icon; Raffles Singapore is an oasis of colonial style, calm and charm in the heart of modern Singapore – exclusive, historic, and one of a kind.

The Original.

“Perhaps the world’s greatest hotel, Raffles Singapore stands where it has always stood, at the crossroads of civilisation and culture, a colonial oasis in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

No trip to Singapore is complete without a stay at Raffles; tradition demands it. First opened in 1887, and since then a destination in its own right, Raffles Singapore epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance that no other hotel can match.

Immortalised by writers including Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway and Alfred Hitchcock, Raffles is the perfect place from which to explore Singapore. Or in which to merely sit and watch the world go by. The legendary Palm Court, the white marble colonnades and the unique air of romantic grandeur transport you back to a more elegant age, while the seamless service, contemporary technology and attention to detail is completely of our time.

Liveried Sikh doormen usher guests through an ornate wrought-iron portico into a lobby that seems unaltered from the turn of the century. Stroll the polished teak verandas past tropical gardens to suites with an elegant parlour, period furnishings, a bedroom that leads to a dressing room and en suite bathroom. Luxuriate in the history, in the scent of frangipani in the evening, in the Raffles Spa, or order room service from the legendary Raffles butlers.

15 restaurants and bars also await; from the famous Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling, to the Bar & Billiard Room, Raffles is alive with history, infused with atmosphere, and open to the moment. Conveniently close to the financial hub of this entrepreneurial city, Raffles makes business a pleasure, a luxury of leisure – and any visit an indelible memory.

Where the legend began – and where it continues today – Raffles Singapore is exciting, enchanting and loved by those with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the very best.”

The story continues…

SKW Live – Be A Star… Why I Love My Grassroots!

By , April 28, 2013 2:54 am

Source: Aussie Pete

Well I can certainly tell you, dear reader – life is about as busy as it gets right now!!


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Don’t misunderstand me – I am not complaining, just perhaps making excuses why I’m so far behind with my blogging. When you mix a very busy day job and career with outside activities such as press appearances and media interviews, along with the wonderful time I spend coordinating the family around their various hobbies and interests and of course, my commitments to GRL (Grassroots Leader) community activities, I reckon it’s very lucky that I can survive with only a handful of hours sleep every night. 🙂

Coming off back-to-back weekends where I spent some time with the Singapore Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong – firstly at the AMK Task Force Work Plan Seminar held at ITE College Central Campus and last Saturday on my home turf in Fernvale (story time with the kids) – I was fortunate enough to be reminded once again of why it is that I love my involvement in Grassroots.

Story time with PM Lee Hsieng and MP Dr Lam Pin Min and the boys at Fernvale

Story time with PM Lee Hsieng and MP Dr Lam Pin Min and the boys at Fernvale

You see, last Saturday evening I was invited to take on a new persona – the choice would be mine… the ‘evil’ Simon Cowell or the more pleasant Randy Jackson. I think I opted more for the latter, as I participated as a guest judge in the grand final of the ‘Sengkang West Live – Be A Star’ competition.

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The competition, which has been months in the making, culminated with this huge event held at the Anchorvale Community Club MPH. Organized by the Sengang West YEC (youth executive committee), eleven finalists took the stage one final time in an attempt to be crowned the ‘SKW Live Star’.

Prior to the event, I really didn’t know what to expect – but I really must say now that the level of young talent in our local community is astounding! Every single performer put on a real show, and in a way, I wish that each of them could have been awarded first place.

Having said that, a young lady by the name of Cheryl came on stage and clearly blew everyone in the audience away (including myself) with that difficult to describe thing called the ‘X-factor’. Judging was based on certain criteria – tone, pitch, overall talent, stage presence, presentation, interpretation (I’m elaborating a little on the what was on the scoresheet, but you get what I mean).

The Winner

The Winner


This winner had it all – in my comments and feedback, for one of those very rare moments I was lost for words. The remarks I did make began with a ‘Wow’! Quite literally, the ballad component of her act left me shivering with goosebumps, followed by a desire to stand on my chair and dance as she leapt into a very upbeat performance which even included a rap… Like I said, ‘Wow’!

The audience was extremely appreciative with people dancing, whistling, screaming, clapping – during the performance.

The Winner

The Winner

I am so glad and honoured to have been asked (along with Peter Leow and three other professional judges) to represent Sengkang West Grassroots organizations as a guest judge, and even happier to have witnessed all of this young talent.

In true Singapore style, there was a broad mix of cultures on display – along with the English perorming acts, we were treated to a very diverse range – from ballads sung in mandarin to what I could only describe as a ‘Bollywood style’ song in Tamil… once again, inspiring the urge to get up and dance.

I was given an appreciation award for this privelege (completely unnecessary but very grateful)

I was given an appreciation award for this privelege (completely unnecessary but very grateful)


Let me tell you – Life is good here on the red dot!!

Congratulations for a job well done to the YEC organizing committee

Congratulations for a job well done to the YEC organizing committee

All the judges and performers together

All the judges and performers together

Finally, some of the young crowd 'going off'

Finally, some of the young crowd 'going off'

(All images courtesy of Raymond Lee)

Sweet Justice? – Zuckerbergs Stung By Facebook Privacy Policy

By , December 27, 2012 8:27 pm

Now for those old enough to remember, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette was brought to account many years ago when people questioned the lyrics of her hit song, “Isn’t It Ironic” – many of us thought that the various examples she gave were more those of bad luck as opposed to true irony. For example, “…isn’t it ironic… don’t you think. It’s like rain on your wedding day…” – just plain old bad luck, but certainly not irony in my mind.


What is ironic however, is the fact that the older sister of Mark Zuckerberg (he, of Facebook founder fame) got caught up by the social network’s privacy settings. Even more surprising, is that Randi Zuckerberg then got embroiled in a debate about ‘online etiquette’.

Randi has become somewhat a celebrity in her own right, after she quit her job managing Facebook public relations to pursue the launch of a Silicon Valley themed online reality show.

This latest online debacle began when she posted a family photo on Facebook (above). The post was intended only for those people on her friends list, but inadvertently ended up going public and subsequently, viral.

The picture can now be found just about anywhere across the world wide web and shows Mark Zuckerberg and family members in the kitchen who are ‘hamming up’ their reactions to messages with the latest FB feature, “Poke”.

For those who live in a vacuum and are not already aware, ‘Poke’ lets people send messages that end up ‘self-destructing’. Many people have alleged that the ‘Poke’ feature is designed for “***ting” and for sending ‘private’ (*nudge nudge, wink wink*) pictures… you see, the senders can have them quickly erased.

The problem that Randi ran into with her family picture on Facebook, was that she posted it for those people on her friends list only, however it also ended up being shared on the timelines of ‘friends of friends’ (the people she had tagged in the picture).


So isn’t ironic (again) that the image then ended up getting posted on Twitter. The rest, as they say, is history…

Randi Zuckerberg was clearly not happy with this turn events, as she tweeted, “Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly… It’s not just about privacy settings, it’s about human decency.”


Heated debate then raged on at Twitter and hundreds of forums – the most common response was that after the way that Facebook handles the privacy of its users, this is ‘poetic justice’ – I call it irony.

Randi has since tweeted that the whole topic of online etiquette elicits “passion, debate, anger & Twitter crazies”, and she is thinking of making it the next subject on her reality show.


Since I am now well down the path of obviously not having any ‘digital etiquette’ myself (by posting the picture in question above), then I may as well go one step further… I’ve posted more ‘candid photographs’ of Mark Zuckerberg with his partner Priscilla and dog, ‘Beast’ on my main blog. I didn’t take the pictures – so please ‘don’t hate the player, hate the game’


Learning To Swim in Singapore – Choose Your Instructor Carefully

By , December 18, 2012 12:12 am

It’s time for a brief update on what the kids have been up to over the school holidays. Obviously, I’m still stuck in the office every day, so I’m not getting to take part in many of the activities unless they happen to fall on a weekend.

In terms of the holiday programs and camps, all the fun starts for Casey next year as he begins his Kinderland journey and attends kindergarten with his ‘ge ge’ (big brother) – it’s not much fun for Daddy’s wallet though… 🙁 – this year, Jaime has attended both a ‘Chinese News Presenter’ course at Mediacorp and this week he’s making an ‘Angry Bird’ robot.

The one key thing that I wanted to touch on, is the progress that Jaime is making in his swimming classes. Now, here’s the wrap on sports classes in Singapore… and for parents just starting out on this journey, please note this down very well.

There are literally dozens (or perhaps even hundreds) of swimming schools in Singapore. Before signing our son up many months ago, we wanted to be sure that he would have an instructor that would help him get the most out of the once-a-week lessons, as well as someone who was kind and understanding, but a little firm at the same time.

We made the right decision to enroll him in the “Bubbles ‘N Splashes” swim school. He attends every Friday afternoon and over time, we have seen a remarked improvement in his ability and just as important, his confidence.
Tomorrow, he will attempt his first ever formal (Level 1) swimming test.


Given that I am always at work when classes are going on, I’d not had the opportunity to witness first-hand the format or teaching style of his swimming instructor.

However, on Sunday, Jaime attended an ‘extra’ session, as he prepares for his first ‘test’. We took both the boys down to the Anchorvale swimming pool at the AV Community Club (where I sit on the management committee) for the morning, and our decision to go with “Bubbles ‘N Splashes’ was reaffirmed… not just by watching the way the teacher interacted with the kids and offered special attention where needed, it was also by watching teachers from other swimming schools who were sharing the same pool.

Now, I understand that working with young kids can be testing on any grown-up… but to hear the way that some of these other swimming teachers spoke to the children and constantly scolded them and yelled at them (for example, something as simple as sitting on the side of the pool while waiting, when they had not been instructed to sit). I was left speechless – this is no way to get kids to learn or to show respect. If teaching young kids makes a person frustrated and angry and leaves no option but to yell, scream and scold, I strongly suggest that it’s time for that person to search for another profession.

Not only is it this behaviour not conducive to a positive and healthy learning environment, it can be demoralizing for the kids… and the parents are paying hard-earned cash for this privilege.

My message is – before you sign up, do a little research online in local forums and get feedback from other parents… perhaps go and watch the teacher in action (covertly) and see if they behave in a way which you think will benefit your child.

Once again – “Bubbles ‘N Splashes” is the school for us. Firm but fair, caring and understanding, and the results truly speak for themselves… BRAVO!!


Speaking of confidence – Casey has no problems when it comes to the water. In fact, he is so overly confident, that he will just jump directly into the deep end of the pool for me to catch him (even when I’m not looking or ready for it). I’m kind of guessing it’s the Queenslander in his genes, but he absolutely loves swimming and playing in the pool – he has been talking about ‘jumping in the water’ for the last few days… and not failing to mention it at least ten times every hour.



Finally, on another topic, the boys have not been immune to the ‘Psy’ phenomenon and the YouTube smash hit, “Gangnam Style”. Now it seems that as well as watching the video dozens of times and knowing the dance moves, the marketing engine behind it all have started producing merchandise… and what demographic do you think the campaign is focused on? Yep, you got it – young kids!!
I’ve been told so many times before by friends and colleagues, that running, jumping and dancing is a great way to make sure that their kids are worn out by the end of the day and they will want to sleep peacefully and earlier after a session of physical activity. I hereby pronounce that Casey and Jaime are obviously different from the norm / exception to the rule… in the video below, it’s already 11:30pm at night, they are “full of beans” and they show no sign of wearing down, even pleading for more at such a late hour… BUT, IT IS VERY CUTE THOUGH!! “Oppa Zheng Jia Style”…

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Jaime The Heart-Throb – Catwalk Fashion Model

By , December 12, 2012 10:57 pm

pediped’s Fall/Winter Collection – 2012


Thanks to Daphne of Mother Inc for reaching out to us and inviting Jaime to take part, last Saturday we headed out to Seb’s Bistro at Rochester Park to watch Jaime strutting his stuff on the catwalk, modeling the latest in cool and stylish kid’s shoes from pediped’s 2012 Fall/Winter collection.

His outfit for the day was provided by local kid’s apparel store, Elly.

DSC_1617pediped sponsorsThe day began quite early for us (being a Saturday and all), and we arrived at Seb’s around 9am still wiping sleepy dust from our collective eyes. Thank goodness for the organizers providing us with a yummy breakfast to get us all going.

Breakfast Time for Casey

Breakfast Time for Casey

As usual, I was more nervous than Jaime, thinking that perhaps he might freeze up when he walks out in front of the audience. Also as usual, my concern was unfounded. When it comes to stage performances or appearances in front of large crowds, Jaime is an absolute natural. Meeting someone for the first time (one-on-one), he can often be stand-offish and even a little shy… but put him in front of a group of people as the centre of attention and he morphs into a completely different kid.



His first appearance on the catwalk was no exception and he seemed to be surrounded by an aura as he walked hand in hand with another of the young models.

Jaime came across as both so natural and professional at the same time, and afterward I was approached by the marketing representative of a local fashion magazine to ask if he would be interested in taking part in a photo spread for their publication –  wow, they had ‘talent scouts’ in attendance?



The pediped Story (from the Singapore website):

“pediped® footwear was created in 2004 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth. After their first daughter Caroline was born, Angela started to do a lot of thinking about footwear and the kind of shoes that would be best for her child. She wanted a shoe that was comfortable and stylish and that could be worn both indoors and out. Most importantly, she wanted a shoe that was healthy for her daughter’s feet.

After doing a lot of research, Angela discovered that doctors recommended barefoot walking or soft leather sole shoes, but the choices for infants and toddlers were limited. That is when Angela and her husband Brian decided to create the perfect shoe, which would be “the next best thing to bare feet”.

pediped® has become one of the fastest growing children’s footwear brands in the U.S. and offers more than 120 designs spanning EU sizes 17-33. pediped’s three footwear lines include Originals® (soft soled shoes for children ages birth to 2), Grip ‘n’ Go™ (soft rubber soled shoes for children 9 months to three years) and Flex® (rubber soled shoes for children 1-8 years). pediped® is sold all around the world”
Casey in the Playground @ Seb's Bistro

Casey in the Playground @ Seb's Bistro

Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

Ah Boys to Men OR Ah Pete to Man? GV Great Movie Race…

By , December 2, 2012 9:52 pm

Source: Aussie Pete

November 24th, 2012, will go down as a memorable day for a variety of reasons… it was the day that Sammi and I competed as a team in the GV (Golden Village) Great Movie Race, as well as the day that I competed for the screaming fans with the cast of ‘Ah Boys to Men’ and it was also the day that I learned that I cannot trust someone who says, “it’s not that physical – looking at everybody here, it won’t be too challenging”.

Husband and Wife Team - Before The Sweating Started

Husband and Wife Team - Before The Sweating Started


Aussie Pete Fans? Or are the there for 'Ah Boys to Men'?

Aussie Pete Fans? Or are the there for 'Ah Boys to Men'?

All pictures in this article are courtesy of GV and OMY. The video is courtsey of OMY (watch the vodcast at the bottom of this article).

It was a bright Saturday afternoon when Golden Village (GV) held its first movie-themed race, known as “The Great Movie Race” at City Square Mall. The race was part of the opening of the 11th Golden Village multiplex at the mall.

My wife Sammi (Zheng Liang) and I formed the OMY media team (aptly named “Aussie Pete Dot Com”) and were the tenth team of finalists competing on the day. Although we didn’t win, we certainly learned all about our stamina limits in this ‘Amazing Race’ style competition, which proved much more physical than intellectual.

Team 'Aussie Pete Dot Com'

Team 'Aussie Pete Dot Com'

The other finalists were shortlisted from over 500 participants to compete in various tasks, including running 2.4 kilometers on a treadmill, guessing ice-cream flavours, a tug-of-war, archery and even testing ourselves in a karaoke version of ‘Don’t forget the lyrics’.

The various pitstops wera all based around movie themes – well-known box-office hits such as “Indiana Jones”, “Ice Age”, “Ah Boys to Men”, “The Hunger Games”, “Sherlock Holmes” and many others.

Sammi and I were actually extremely competitive (we smashed the poor girls who came up against us in the tug of war – their combined weight was probably 20kg less than my individual mass), and more than once my wife proved that she is definitely the ‘better half’ by out-performing me – surprisingly, she ran much further and more efficiently than me in the 2.4km run and was the only one in our team who knew the words to Elton John’s smash hit, ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’.

Sammi beat me hands down in the Karaoke 'Don't forget the Lyrics'

Sammi beat me hands down in the Karaoke 'Don't forget the Lyrics'


The problem for us kicked in at the 3rd pit-stop (at Amore gym – the location of the treadmill run). We checked in in 6th postition, and given that only five treadmills were utilized for the event, we could not start until one of the first five tems had completed this mini-marathon… putting us a full 10 to 15 minutes behind the leaders, that we could never make up… although we did almost catch up at the food court pice challenge, where we checked in before the race leaders had checked out.

The 2.4km run spread the field early

The 2.4km run spread the field early

Running the 2.4km - Sammi looking on in the background

Running the 2.4km - Sammi looking on in the background


Thanks OMY and GV for a fantastic day – we had a blast!! However, I think it will be a long time before I ever attempt again to eat five bowls of dry cereal with no milk or water. 🙂

Also, a huge congratulations to students Sherman Ho and Gan Chong Zhi (both 23 years old), who checked into the final pitstop first and scored around $2,350 worth of cash and prizes. Well done guys!!

The Winners

The Winners

All the Competitiors with 'Ah Boys to Men' Cast

All the Competitiors with 'Ah Boys to Men' Cast

Ah Boys to Men - Gangnam Style

Ah Boys to Men - Gangnam Style

Watch the VODCAST below:

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Absolutely Freaky!! Hyper-Real Body Art…

By , November 12, 2012 9:13 pm


Anyone could well be forgiven for thinking that the following images have been photoshopped  – well they haven’t!!

They are actually real works of art by an amazingly talented student at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan.

Chooo-San has created a series of hyper-realistic illusions painted with acrylic paints on naked skin.


The very strange and even skin-crawling creations include a portrait of a model with zips on her back – it sends shivers up my spine that’s for sure! Also, there are electric images of light switches and plug sockets that look to be attached to the model’s skin.

Or how about shoes that look like they’re laced into the feet… or a belly bursting its buttons!

Chooo-San started her ‘hyper-real art experimentation’ earlier in 2012 with a crazy series of self portraits containing extra eyes and mouths.


“The aspiring artist began her Dali-esque experiments by drawing on her hands during study breaks.”















Source: Aussie Pete

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