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N.E.mation! – An annual animation competition for students now open for registration!

2011 June 28

N.E.mation! 6 is here! This year, students are asked to use their creativity to produce storylines centred on the theme of “NS: From Father to Son”. Just form a team of at least 3 members and sign-up now at Registration closes 14 August 2011. No prior animation knowledge or skill required.

I survived the Zumba Basic 1 Instructor Training!

2011 June 27

I have graduated from my Zumba Basic 1 Instructor Training which was held on 24 and 25 Jun 2011 at True Fitness Suntec City by Michael Thomas, the International Zumba Education Specialist!

In that 2 days, we started the day with a 1-hour session of Zumba Masterclass with Michael, followed by learning the steps to the four basic Zumba rhythms (merengue, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton)! We were all drilled with the basic steps and the variations by Michael and were called up to lead the class as we were practicing! In between the training on basic moves, we have some lectures sessions to learn about the origins of Zumba and the steps.

We also clarified how different Zumba is being licensed in Asia:

  • In Singapore, 2x ZIN CD releases are bundled with a ZIN training session at USD$60 SGD$160 once every 4 month and instructors will need to attend at least 2 out of 3 sessions each year to keep the instructor licence valid.
  • To conduct a Zumba lesson (except for one-off event or trial class), a licence of USD$150will be required for each location per month.
  • Instructors in Asia do not have a ZIN registration number, at least for now.

After we were taught the last bit on the Zumba Formula and how to communicate with the class, we were given a reggaeton track to choreograph our first Zumba routine in groups! Each group had to perform our Zumba Routine and everyone really enjoyed the whole experience! Though we are certified Zumba Instructors, most of us without group x background will need to work on our ability to cue participants to follow us during our routines.

Oh! By the way, I am not going to be a Zumba Instructor any time soon, ok? I still prefer to enjoy as a participant 🙂


RSAF Open House 2011 – Bloggers Exclusive

2011 May 28
by Victor TAN


On an Apache Helicopter

I went for a preview of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Open House 2011 on Monday afternoon, by the invitation of MINDEF Public Affairs. For the first time in my life, I managed to get up close to an Apache Helicopter!


Of course, this is not exclusive to the Bloggers invited – The public will be able to get up close with the latest RSAF aircraft and weapon systems like the F-15SG fighter aircraft at the RSAF Open House 2011 too!

The Red Lions

I was truly wowed by the aerial display by the RSAF fighter jets and helicopters, as well as the parachuting by the Red Lions!  The display will takes place twice daily at 11.00am and 4.30pm.


Taken from the Chinook helicopter

We also managed to get a ride on the Chinook Helicopter! The aircraft rides on the RSAF’s C-130 and Fokker-50 transport aircraft, the Chinook helicopter and the Singapore Youth Flying Club’s DA-40 will be made available through a balloting system!  Each ride will last about 30 minutes and each winner will be entitled to two boarding passes!

Fighter Jets

There are a lot more at the RSAF Open House 2011 that we did not get to preview as they were still setting up, so do visit the RSAF Open House 2011 official site at for more information!

RSAF Open House 2011 – When, where and how to get there?

The RSAF Open House 2011 is open to the public on 28 May 2011 from 9.30am to 7pm and 29 May 2011 from 8.30am to 7pm. Admission is free and visitors are advised to take the free shuttle service from Eunos and Hougang Bus Interchanges as there are limited car parks at the Paya Lebar Airbase.

For the rest of the photos that I’ve taken, check out my facebook photo album! Thank you MINDEF Public Affairs for this invitation!