Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whoa! Nuffnang may be risky to visit?

At least that's what my McAfee SiteAdvisor allegedly pointed. But I, being a loyal nuffnanger, choose to ignore it. Heh. And blogged about it instead.

Mid-Autumn Festival at JB City Square

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Man, Iron Men??

Sunday, August 10, 2014

of Amusing Contradiction (thanks!)

The screenshot below is from taken on 09/08/14. On one side we see the headline "Watch Out! Bears back on Wall Street!" and on another side we see how Dow Jones closed up more than 1%. Heh. I love this kind of contradiction. LOL.

of blogger Naomi Neo & her blunderful photo-editing technique (or lack of it?)

Yes. I used the word "blunderful" in the title of this post which by definition is "a wonderful occurrence that is purely a lucky coincidence facilitated or created by a blunder; succeeding because of failure, rather than despite it". See. The blogger Naomi Neo (of "Everybody hurts" blog) despite the flames caused by her 'poor' photo-editing technique of her otherwise perfect, beautiful, gorgeous (ok, stop it, we all get it she is h-o-t) photo, she actually benefits from the whole saga. See, she gains a free publicity. She wss featured in Yahoo! And to tell the truth, before this incident, I don't even know her (and sheesh, she is, what, supposed to be a celebrity blogger?!)

Thanks to her blunder, she is now known. To me. And I believe to many others.

That is publicity! Congratulations Naomi Neo. And your move to condemn the act of cyberbullying is indeed a right one. Build on the momentum & continue making the news!

Image credit: Naomi Neo Instagram account. The above edited one is however applied with 'sepia'

It all started when celebrity blogger Naomi Neo posted a picture of herself in swimwear, standing right in front of a pool. At first glance, everything looks normal but when scrutinised in greater detail, one may notice a rather embarrassing photo editing blunder – part of the foreground building was liquefied poorly.

Netizens were quick to spot the over-stretched windows just beside Naomi’s left arm, with some mocking the 18-year-old blogger’s photo editing skills. As word of the gaffe spread online, it attracted the attention of more netizens, including feminists who believe that Naomi is setting a poor example to younger girls on the idea of beauty.

Well, Naomi has responded to the latest media craze over her with a strongly-worded Instagram post two days ago. She posted a photo which says ‘w** is wrong with editing photos? C’mon guys find something better to pick on. If you think everything you see online is REAL then you’re pretty delusional’.

Here is an excerpt of the description under the post:

“You keyboard warriors spend days and nights stalking people you claim to “hate,” put in a crazy amount of effort just to hurt others with your mindless, crude remarks and impudent behavior which is totally uncalled for. If you’ve so much time on your hands, use it to think about how you can make the world a better place. What sickens me even more are people who add fuel to the fire – commenting really unnecessary stuff just so that their comment would be screenshot and get them RTs on Twitter. Ask yourself if you’re the real attention seeker or I am.

“… This post isn’t exactly to show how much I care about my haters, but more about how this has made me think a lot on how inhumane people have become; pissed that cyberbullying is encouraged over the recent years as a whole, not just about me alone. How people comment anonymously (or not) on young girls’ accounts, saying they’re too fat, ugly, too thin, whatsoever. It’s saddening. Enough of telling yourself you’re not good enough based on the standards that society has come up with. They are not standards, they are just unrealistic expectations.”

This is the second instance a Gushcloud blogger is put under a negative spotlight, following another episode involving fellow blogger Eunice Annabel. Naomi though has a larger fan base online – for instance, she has more than 139,000 Instagram followers, compared to Eunice’s about 103,000 figure.

Naomi’s Instagram response post garnered more than 14,000 ‘likes’ with words of encouragement flooding her page’s comments section. She did not, however, dedicate a post for the photo-editing saga on her blog.

Writer’s thoughts:

To me, what Naomi did – photo-editing – is not wrong. Putting things in context, she is a celebrity blogger and it is her duty to look good for her agency not just outside, but also online. Welcome to the entertainment/lifestyle world; looks (or being pleasing to the eyes) are important and will always be part of the package to become successful no matter how much we try to deny it.

Nevertheless, the photo-editing error Naomi did was rather sloppy. It makes me wonder what really happened at that point of time for that photo – was she feeling lazy and decided not to check the picture again before posting it? The end result would appear to be unprofessional and more caution is of course usually expected from such an individual of celebrity status.

Granted, everyone makes mistakes but if Naomi intends to continue to edit her own photos, then she has to take it more seriously. By the way, based on her blog’s FAQ, she mentioned how she did not use Photoshop as she felt that it is a “crazily complexed software”. Instead, she is using PicMonkey to retouch her pictures.

The next question is: Was she cyberbullied? Naomi did hint at this when she wrote about how she was “pissed that cyberbullying is encouraged”. It is a strong claim, one which I believe has set some people thinking if the reaction to her photo-editing gaffe was indeed a case of e-bullying.

As long as the reaction deviates away from criticising her error and into the act of name-calling, it should be considered as cyberbullying. This is where things get too personal and it never helps when an insult is thrown, not only repeatedly by the same person, but also echoed by a merciless mob.

So fellow netizens, let’s be a little bit more cautious when posting replies and comments online, we don’t want our actions to reflect poorly on ourselves and cause a negative ripple to form.
From Yahoo! News, "Blogger Naomi Neo Lashes Back At Critics, Hints At Being Cyberbullied".

of StarHub 4G4Good Charity Campaign

StarHub calls on customers to pledge 4G4Good. From 12 July 2014, they will be given the power to pledge their unused talktime, mobile data and SMS for a good cause. “4G4Good is really about customer-driven philanthropy; StarHub is just the enabler,” stated Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Marketing Officer, StarHub. “It is our altruistic customers who generously choose to pledge any unused talktime, mobile data and SMS in support of the beneficiaries. StarHub is extremely happy to be the first in Singapore to facilitate this kind of charitable campaign.”

Creative. Truly! And yes, I cannot resist not to opt in. Heh.

From StarHub 4G4Good Movement - FAQ:
1. What is this 4G4Good movement about?

4G4Good movement is an initiative by StarHub Mobile with the goal to do more with 4G by empowering, educating and inspiring as many as possible.

Between 12 July to 31 August 2014, StarHub Mobile post-paid subscribers can pledge their unused talk-time, mobile data, and SMS from their StarHub Mobile post-paid bill for August 2014 towards the less privileged. StarHub then aims to disburse StarHub Prepaid cards to each beneficiary with a minimum of 80 minutes’ talk-time, 300 SMS and 1GB of data per month for 12 months beginning October 2014. We hope to support up to 500 beneficiaries from the five selected charity organisations, as determined by StarHub.

2. How can I participate?

StarHub Mobile post-paid subscribers, who want to participate in the 4G4Good Programme, may pledge unused minutes, data, and SMS from their StarHub Mobile Postpaid line by sending “Opt-in” to 6904 via SMS.

3. How will I know that my pledge has been received?

A confirmation SMS will be sent for each successful pledge. Each eligible StarHub Mobile post-paid line is only able to make a pledge once under this Programme.

4. Which are the adopted charity organisations that StarHub is supporting and why?

StarHub has selected five charity organisations whose beneficiaries would greatly benefit from access to mobile telecommunication. This would either be due to their reliance on support from caregivers for medical reasons or due to disabilities. Selection of individual beneficiaries would also take into consideration their income status, to help ensure that the truly needy benefit.

Our adopted charity organisations for this initiative are:

Asian Women’s Welfare Association

AWWA, being in its 44th year, served over 5000 clients from infancy as young as 9 months old to seniors at 97 years old. Our mission is to empower the disadvantaged (children with special needs, disabilities, families, elderly & caregivers) to maximise their potential to lead independent and dignified lives.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore

Formerly known as Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), was established in 1957 to provide persons with Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities with early intervention, special education, rehabilitation services, day activity centre programmes, vocational training and gainful employment in Singapore.

ISCOS (Industrial &Services Co-Operative Society)

ISCOS (Industrial & Services Co-operative Society Ltd) is a social organisation that helps members (ex-offenders) and their families make positive changes to reintegrate successfully into society. Established in 1989, it has now over 13,000 members who have benefited from various programmes and initiatives ranging from employment and skills training to family-bonding activities.

Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped

The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) is a voluntary welfare organisation, founded in 1951. Their mission is to help the Visually Impaired help themselves by acquiring new skills and gaining self-reliance to cope with the integration into society.

Society for the Physically Disabled

The Society for the Physically Disabled works towards the integration of people with disabilities into mainstream society. Through programmes that encompass rehabilitation, employment, training, education, consultation and assessment in assistive technology, day care, and social service support, they work in partnership with people with disabilities to maximise their potential and to help them to be self-reliant and independent.