#CardboardConstable Origins

In case you didn’t know, #CardboardConstable was commissioned in November 2013, and  mrbrown and myself started Instagramming his deployment locations last year.

If you, like us, find the recent crime prevention video with the mass dance damn jialat, here’s a list of #CardboardConstable sightings on Instagram for you to enjoy instead.

This picture’s my favourite so far:

My heart is filled with so much love for this gorgeous…….. piece of cardboard………. ????????

A photo posted by KBL (@sundaykbl) on

Good Things Must Share: StarHub Rewards New Site

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Redemption is a difficult thing. You know when you’ve done something wrong and you’re thinking of what you can do to make things right and it never seems to be adequate?

Well, no, I’m not talking about that kind of redemption. In our uniquely Singapore parlance, “redemption” usually means you get rewarded for your loyalty to some kind of consumer brand or product.

StarHub is one such brand, and if you’ve been a customer long enough, you’d know that for every dollar you spend on your StarHub service – like your mobile subscription, cable TV or internet connection, you’d have earned points for them.

These points would then qualify for “redemption”. This is where things used to be difficult. You’d go to the Rewards site, scroll through how many products you can redeem for your number of points and end up maybe only getting some voucher to redeem again against your next phone bill or something.

How many of you have signed up for some telco, earned loyalty points and gone to the rewards website JUST ONCE AND THEN GIVEN UP NEVER TO RETURN AGAIN?

GOT, RIGHT? WAH LAO EH! I’ve been a StarHub customer for more than a decade, and I’ve never redeemed anything. Or at least anything that I remember.

But, that’s about to change as StarHub relaunches its new StarHub Rewards website at www.starhub.com/redeem

I recently checked out the website and they have a much wider range of items to redeem. After all those years of painful phone bills, I’ve actually accumulated quite a few points. Dammit, if these could be exchanged for real cash, I’d be a bit richer.

But if you look at the site, you’d see it’s not that bad. They have a good range of adult and kid-friendly rewards. I might consider a short stay at a hotel on Sentosa, a dinner at a big-name (got signboard) seafood restaurant, and seeing as how expensive aquarium tickets are and how persuasive a five year old boy can be, I might cash in for a two adult, one child reward.

Better yet, it’s now even easier to redeem your hard earned points because you can get it off your mobile devices and tablets too.

Come to think of it, you may want to use your points for friends’ birthday presents. Just ‘cos you used points to get them stuff doesn’t mean that the thought didn’t count.

This is a reward site that is finally serious about giving you something for your loyalty. If you have points, BBBMTL!

Follow my twitter feed @miyagi for more exclusive treats from StarHub Rewards.

Choom Choom!

It’s been a very rough month so far, and I’m not in a position to elaborate further as to why. Just know that unreasonable people are involved, light will be shed soon, and the same said unreasonable people will have their comeuppance.

Meanwhile, there are ways to raise one’s spirit. Unfortunately, Naomi has warned me against partaking of any more spirits, or beer or light cocktails.

There’s always laughter and silliness at home, so I’m very very grateful to get to spend time with my family. Even better is the fact that Naomi’s started a Tumblr documenting little snippets of what Kai gets up to.

The title, “Choom Choom!”, is Kai’s version of how one of those Star Wars spacecraft guns sound. I also think the blog is Naomi’s way of telling me to get off my butt and blog more, because she’s outblogging me by some ways now!

As they say on the stage at D&Ds, without further ado, here’s Choom Choom. (Please click the like button if you like any of the posts!)

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Forget About Budget 2013: Here’s How To Ride In A Luxury Car

Instead of forking out $100K cash to get anywhere close to buying a car, I strongly urge you to download Uber and sign up for access to an entire fleet of Audis, BMWs, Mercedes and Jaguars, chauffeured, ready to pick you up when you most need a ride.

Here’s how:

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Yes, you read correctly – you get $30 of Uber credits when you sign up under my promo code! Fasterly do now! (You can just click on the image to do that).

The Twitter Singapore Pledge Moment

It started a month ago, when I asked Tan Chuan-Jin over Twitter what his favourite part of the Pledge was.

We then had a few conversations off Twitter about ideas for getting Singaporeans to participate in the Pledge over the National Day period. After that, mrbrown, myself and a few friends thought it’d be great if the Minister for Manpower could lead the Pledge on Twitter.

Then, since he was on board, we asked (persistently) our classmate to ask his boss, the Prime Minister of Singapore, if he’d participate. As you can see in the selected updates below – PM Lee tweeted just once. Still, we are thrilled to have helped orchestrate this whole thing.

Follow the #PledgeSG hashtag
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Don’t forget to share your thoughts at Pledge.SG

For All Singaporean Taxi Drivers: A Special Warning

Chris Reed, who has “25 years of senior marketing experience on both the client and agency side in the UK and now in Asia Pacific” published a badly written rant about our country’s taxi drivers and tried to disguise it as an opinion piece on the website Singapore Business Review.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there is no need to be such a douchebag – check out his condescending responses to comments – and wank over everyone.

In support of our taxi drivers against such douchebaggism, some friends have made this animated gif for you to pass on to taxi drivers you meet today (or have their contact details handy). Please pass it on.

Downtown Line Accident Donation To Close

At 2359hrs on Friday, 27 July, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) will stop collecting donations for the victims of last week’s Downtown Line construction site accident.

If donations marked “Bugis MRT accident” are still received after the deadline, the organization will email the donor asking whether he/she would like a refund or if the donation should be put towards the organization’s general fund. Refunds will be made promptly.

If however the donation is received after the deadline marked “Bugis MRT accident” but without contact information, there will be no way to pose that question, and the donation will be accepted into the organization’s general fund.

The public response to the donation drive has been fantastic, and I’m glad to know that there are people who care enough.

UOB Mobile App lets you send cash to people

Quite a while ago myself and a bunch of people were treated to a preview of UOB’s mobile banking app. Most banks in Singapore have adopted mobile banking in one way or another. (There are some banks which still haven’t grasped this, or are unable to – and their idea of mobile banking is to make sure you are mobile enough to run from branch to branch).

UOB’s great bell and whistle is to enable users to send cold hard cash to other people, even if they’re not UOB customers, and even if they don’t have an ATM card.

The recipient has to have his/her IC No. registered in your list of transferees on your internet banking first, so you can’t add someone on the fly and send them money. This puts paid to my main concern that loan sharks and other undesirable people might use this to their advantage.

The one scenario where sending cash could be really useful is when you forget your wallet, together with cash and ATM card, and you really really need to buy something before going home. You just have to send yourself money. Problem solved.

The blog Fash-Eccentric has outlined the steps needed to do this, so I won’t go into the details.

What’s quite fun to play with, however, is the app’s augmented reality UOB card promotions finder. If you’re out about town, you simply turn on the feature, use your phone like a scanner to locate eateries with UOB discounts:

As you can see, Li Bai Restaurant is in my cereal box, and The Song Of India is sandwiched next to my bread bin.

UOB Mobile Banking App is available for iOS and Android.

I Produce Content Every Time I Go To The Toilet

Up until yesterday’s STOMPgate revelation, our Kai had a bright future as a STOMP Content Producer.

A few weeks back, he had put on his helmet and taken his kick-scooter to the corridor in our apartment and carefully placed it on the floor before lying next to it and calling out for his Mama’s help because he had “fallen down”.

He was busted because he didn’t see his Mama following the action right behind him.