Friday, 7 August 2015

[Review] Nanoblock fun!!!

Have you guys heard of nanoblock?
Think Lego. Only that the bricks are much smaller in scale (In my opinion, nanoblocks are cuter!)

When nanoblock Singapore approached me for a review, I knew it would be something I would love to - because I have personally seen them in retail stores before and was greatly fascinated by the different varieties.  I doubted my ability to be able to build them then, but I have proven myself wrong after this review!!

Here's my parcel from nanoblock Singapore - and it took ONLY 1 day to arrive in my mailbox! Just in time for the long SG50 weekend! Hooray!!



I was so thrilled when I opened my parcel - In it laid 2 boxes of Hello Kitty nanoblock from the Sanrio series that nanoblock Singapore had specially chosen for me (Thank you soooooo much!) 


The vibrant colors of the boxes made me so happy - I just COULDN'T WAIT to start building them right away.

But first ..Let me take some photographs! 

I invited my Hello Kitty mascot to be my model, in which she happily obliged.



Let me start with the Block Art Hello Kitty

Front view:

Back view:

There was a see-through square near the bottom left of the box that allows you to preview the size of the blocks before opening it. CUTE.


Carefully, I opened the box. Here are the contents - complete with a step-by-step diagram that is essential in building the nanoblock.



Here are the blocks! Cute, aren't they?! I find it amazing how piecing them together will eventually form such a majestic piece.



Here's something I must emphasize - I'm impressed by how the pieces are grouped and individually wrapped in different packaging.

This makes finding the pieces so much easier and can be easily sorted out!


This square piece is the base where I would start assembling them.

The diagram:



Trust me, it is not as complicated as it seems! In fact, the diagram makes everything easy as the details are illustrated VERY clearly. From the colors to where the blocks should go, just follow accordingly and there is no way you can possibly go wrong!
 

My first step... Looking good!


 Slowly and carefully, I proceeded on with my second and third layers. It's slowly taking shape!


Within 20 minutes, I managed to get the house and tree in shape! I could feel the excitement in me as I stacked on the blocks... I just couldn't wait to see the final product~!



I built the Hello Kitty's head separately, in which I would later combine them with the rest of the pieces. 


Now.. Ready for my masterpiece?!?!
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 TA-DAAAA!!!!!!!!!




I can't get enough of how adorable it is! Not to mention that I find it unbelievable that I built it from scratch *proud look*

I ran to my mum's room and showed her. "MUM, LOOK AT THIS! I JUST FINISHED BUILDING IT MYSELF LEH!!!"

She smiled. "WAH, SO LI HAI (English translation: smart) ah!!! "

*inserts proud look here again*


*Sense of Achievement unlocked*


Believe me, building these nanoblocks can be highly addictive. It's a fun process, and provides you this sense of satisfaction upon completion.

I enjoyed it so much that I proceeded to open my second nanoblock box straightaway.

Here's the second one that nanoblock Singapore sent me - Hello Kitty Marine Cruise!


The contents:-


See?! They are so nice to group these small pieces together in a pack so everything wouldn't be in a mess. 


A translucent blue base this time! I like this!!


The diagram: 


Fast and furious, I started getting down to work:


Step by step... 


On the right track!


Ok I know you must be feeling anxious to see the end product now, so here you go!!!
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If you haven't noticed, this one is so special because the Hello Kitty is wearing a sailor cap that's "tilted" to one side! I love this so much.

I took this shot against a blue background so it looks like the kitty is sailing. Hahaha.


I hate to admit this.. But I am officially hooked to nanoblock.

Personally, I feel that building nanoblock is a productive way to spend time. I get to enjoy the process while feeling the excitement as I piece them together. It gives me the ultimate anticipation to see the end product built from my own hands! A sense of achievement is guaranteed. HAHAHA.

Not only that, I strongly believe nanoblock is something that will be well-liked by adults and young children alike. Come on...If a noob like me is able to build them, I am sure ANYONE can, too!

If you are interested to get some nanoblock for yourself or friends (they make great gifts!), I highly recommend purchasing from nanoblock Singapore - They make everything hassle-free and one of the main highlights is that you can EARN nanopoints with each purchase or referral that will entitle you to redeem exclusive nanoblock products!!!

Here are the 6 reasons that will convince you, if you haven't been already:



Honestly, I don't see any reason why I shouldn't purchase from them. If their prices are same as retail stores, I would rather have them send the products to my doorstep and yet I could earn points at the same time!
Furthermore, they offer FREE standard shipping and you will be able to track your order online. The prices you see as stated on their website will be the prices you pay upon checkout - No additional cost or gimmick. I really love this.

YES, I have to emphasize that the products they sell are AUTHENTIC as well.
There is no worry that you will get counterfeits (which are floating around in the market).

In case you are wondering, they have many MORE series featured on their website;apart from the Sanrio series:-(www.nanoblock.com.sg

As below are a few of my favorites too - Structures of different sights and buildings! Nothing seems impossible to be built using nanoblock. Haha.



Fun to play and beautiful for display, hor?!?!?!

Don't forget to sign up for an account (It's free, lah!) on their website so you can start earning points right away.

They have a referral system whereby you can refer your friends to earn more points, too!


As below is my referral link that you can sign up for an account through:
You will be able to get 10% off your first purchase as well!

 Don't say I never share good stuff with you. 
Now, what are you waiting for?!?!?!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

NDP Ticket Contest Giveaway Results

A big Thank You to each and every one of you lovely people who participated in my recent NDP Ticket Giveaway contest!
Responses have been overwhelming, and I really enjoyed reading the entries that were submitted - Some of you have sent in amazing write-ups that were attached with photographs that were simply heartwarming.
Trust me, I hate the fact that I only have a pair of tickets to giveaway because I feel that everyone of you deserve to enjoy the NDP Parade! 

I know how frustrating it is not to be able to attain tickets every year - and the fact that my NDP tickets can change a person's lifetime experience makes it all the more pressurizing. I wish I have the power to have many pairs of NDP tickets in my hands! 

As much as I hate to end this Giveaway, a winner will eventually have to be selected - and I decided to play fair by using a Random Generator (Due to too many deserving responses and I just couldn't choose by myself)

The best entries were filtered and selected by me (I have selected 7 best entries out of the lot since 7 is known to be a lucky number) and a random generator was used to pick the number that would eventually be my lucky winner.

The reason of being fair is due to the fact that I have personal friends who participated as well - and I have promised that no biasm will be involved in this contest. Everyone stands a fair chance. (I am really sorry to all my friends who participated but wasn't selected by the generator :( )


(A number has been allocated beside your name when you sent in the e-mail. I'll be using the number to find out the name of the winner once the Random Generator has given its result).
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Congratulations, Anthony Ng!
I hope that you will be able to bring your mum to our nation's big celebration at the Padang on 9th August 2015.

*Updated on 6th August 2015*
Here's Anthony, who came down for the collection! :)


As for everyone else who submitted, I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating in the Giveaway. Please do not feel disheartened - I am sure more good things are coming your way.

As a token of appreciation, I'll be sending consolation prizes (more details in the e-mail that will be sent to you soon).
I have more Giveaways coming up on my blog as well, so please do stay tuned!

ONGOING GIVEAWAY: TRADE AND WIN MOOVE COW STICKERS (CLICK TO JOIN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY)

[GIVEAWAY] TRADE and WIN MOOVE COWS CONTEST

The Moove Cows are at it again!
Do you recognize these familiar cow faces that are almost everywhere in Singapore?


(I am sure you do, because I tried asking my friends and their reactions were like, "OH YES, YES! I RECOGNIZE THESE COWS!!!")
Oh, they are known as Moove Cows by the way!

The Cows are especially highly active during SG50, and you should be excited whenever you spot them because you are entitled to winning prizes when you do.


And you should be glad that you are here reading this blog entry, too, because I am doing a really SIMPLE giveaway of the Trade and Win Moove Cows stickers here that will entitle you to win prizes as well! Just don't be lazy and read till the end of my post - I guarantee you that you will not walk away empty-handed if you are one of my chosen winners! (Yes, I'll be selecting 8 winners in my giveaway, so everyone stands a chance!!)

Just in case you haven't heard of it yet - Here's the Trade & Win Moove Cows contest that is quite simple, interactive and fun to play with your friends. I'll show you how.


Step 1- Find 2 Moove Cow Stickers (They can be given out at any NDP show or through selected partners...AND NOW ON SGCOMPLAINQUEEN'S BLOG TOO! HAHAHA)

Step 2-  Find 1 other Moove Cow sticker to complete a set of 3. You may ask your friends (You never know if they have one of the Trade and Win Moove Cows stickers), family or even trading community online on Moove Media's Facebook page. Click HERE))

Step 3- OMG! You are almost there.... Almost touching the prize now. Simply just upload a photo of yourself with the 3 designs you collected in your most Singaporean way. Never mind about being unglam - It can grant you prizes, you know!



Don't forget.. The army Moove Cow doubles up as 2x points!




**BONUS** If you managed to get the Moove Cow sticker in army uniform, that counts as 2 points!  Exciting, boh?!?

The game reminds me of trading card games, but in a more exciting way!!
Now for the part you have been waiting for - and I promised- So here it is:-

I have gotten 16 Trade and Win Moove Cows stickers in my hands *evil laugh* And I'll only release hostage of them if you can answer a reeeaaally simple question.






The really simple question:
How many set of stickers should you collect for the Trade & Win contest? (Hint: The answer can be found in this blog entry itself! Just don't be lazy and scroll up.)

E-mail your answer to: catherinejaevans@hotmail.com with the subject header: "TRADE and WIN MOOVE COWS CONTEST" by 20th August 2015! I'll release hostage of the Cows to you if you are one of the selected ones.
Do provide me your Name and Mobile number so that I can contact you soonest if you are one of my lucky winners!
It's really that easy and fun. Get your friends to join too!


AND YES - PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO TAG YOUR PHOTO ENTRIES WITH #TradeNWinMooveCows
(So they will know what you are doing with the cows... Hmm)

Here- A deserve-a-punch-on-the-face photo before I end this entry...

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

GIVEAWAY: 1 PAIR OF ACTUAL DAY NDP TICKETS!

I understand how difficult NDP tickets balloting can be, and the frustration that is felt every year when we didn't hear back from the successful balloting results.
Honestly, I did not pin much hope in having the opportunity to see the parade this year (even though I so BADLY wanted to see it)

But... But....

As part of being one of this year's funpack designers, the NDP Committee has kindly given me NDP tickets to the actual show! 
(Thank You!)


My two NDP bag designs! Did you manage to get either of them?!

I know how many people have wanted tickets but yet couldn't get hold of one...So here's a real treat for you.

 I AM GOING TO GIVE AWAY 1 PAIR OF ACTUAL DAY NDP TICKETS TO MY LUCKY READER!
(See... Being my reader has its perks!!)


Pardon the low quality of my pictures because my camera (that I use for blogging purposes) is spoilt!!! Urgh. Time for a new camera soon.

I have requests asking me to sell my tickets, but NO- I am NEVER supportive of selling them.
Even if you were to quote me a thousand or million dollars for them, I am NOT going to sell them to you. So don't even ask.
I feel that they deserve to be in the hands of someone who appreciates the celebration of Singapore's big day as much as I do!

My giveaways are always simple; and all you have to do is to:

1) Tell me WHY you deserve the NDP tickets (No limitation of words..)

2) Share my blog post on your Facebook page (Please set your privacy setting for the shared post to PUBLIC so I will be able to see it)

3) Furnish me with your details (Name, Contact Number and Facebook Profile URL)

Send them to:

The lucky winner will be notified on 5th August 2015 and I'll contact you for the collection of the NDP tickets!

I'll be looking forward to seeing your entries!!! :)
I would love my reader to enjoy the SG50 NDP Celebration with me!

P/S: Anyway, I will be doing quite a number of Giveaways, so do stay tuned to my blog! Hint: I'll be blogging about my recent Hong Kong trip and there will be giveaways.... I'm sure you will not want to miss it for the world! HAHA.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

SPOT ME! RED DOT Campaign – Have you spotted it yet?

Have you guys spotted something on the road, and wondered what it exactly was?
So far, I have spotted so many that it's impossible not to be aware of them.

Here are a few photos that I took; I made it a point to snap a pic of it whenever it's spotted!



Seen it, recognize it.. Yet?



I didn't mean spotting the bus lah, but THIS
The little red "ball" that looks sooo cute...


Like an antenna, hor?!?!


I kept seeing it, especially at the back of buses.
 Don't ask me where I spotted them, they are just everywhere!


I'm sure you will be able to spot one too, wherever you are at. 



And this was also just recently taken - I spotted it on a lorry parked near a marketplace.
 I sounded like a lunatic when I spotted it.


"HEY! THAT BALL, THAT BALL!! I HAVE TO TAKE A PIC OF IT!!", I told a shocked friend beside me who thought I went berserk.



But HEY, I don't get excited for nothing. I'm sure you will also be going around spotting it like me after reading this post.
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BECAUSE YOU CAN WIN PRIZES BY SPOTTING AND TAKING A PIC OF IT!

Easy Peasy.


How cool is that?! 
This is actually a part of a SG50 campaign called "SPOT ME! RED DOT" by ComfortDelGro along with Moove Media to raise $250,000 for a good cause! (More information below as you read on)




Participating in the campaign is free - All you need is just a pair of sharp eyes and mobile phone/camera with you at all times. Of course, you have to be fast and ensure the vehicles don't move off before snapping the pic, lah. Haha.

As long as you spot it, there will be a chance to win. 
This gives you more reason to go out with friends mah! *smirks*


HHere's a picture illustration of how to join:-
The first pic is the owner of the vehicle clipping the Red Dot so excited people like me can spot and take a pic:-
  • Step 1: Spot a Red Dot! (Red Dot on a vehicle)
  • Step 2: Snap a photo of the Red Dot!
  • Step 3: Upload it to Spot Me! Red Dot Facebook / Instagram (@SpotMeRedDot) with #SpotMeRedDot.




In case you are not aware, this campaign has been ongoing for a month now - from 5 June to 31 August 2015.
AND if you are one of those who have been clueless about these red little thingy (they are officially known as a "Red Dot") before, now you know!

For drivers who find the Red Dots cute and thinking if you can have one, too. 

YES, YOU CAN ACTUALLY PURCHASE THEM AT $10 EACH!


(Image credit to: Moove Media)


(And do you know that you are entitled to a winning chance too if you were spotted by Moovers?! 好心有好报!)

On top of that, this move is a part of the good cause that I mentioned earlier as ALL proceeds of the Red Dot sales will go to FOUR different beneficiaries.
(Lions Befrienders Service Association, Handicaps Welfare Association, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore and Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped)

You are actually doing a good deed by purchasing each Red Dot.
More information are listed on their official website HERE

From the last I checked, it appeared that many have spotted and won prizes (There are over $50,000 worth of prizes to be won, so there are still tons of chances to be one of the winners!!)

There are many places with the Red Dot stickers promoting the Campaign as well; I got so excited that I even snapped photographs of the stickers (although no prizes, lah!) I felt that I have sharper eyes now - I can spot anything that's related to the campaign! HAHA.
See how hardworking I am : -

At bus interchange:


On the bus:


On the floor of a MRT station platform (LOL!):


If you haven't give their Facebook page a "LIKE" already, go do so now!! No harm - Only gain in chances of winning!! 

So WHY NOT?!


Be part of the Spot Me! Red Dot Campaign now!! Go, Go!!