Saturday, December 10, 2016

N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Finalists - Team #NE11C03, DinoSoar

Today, I'm going to reveal my 3rd finalist team of N.E.mation! 11.  

There was a mix-and-match activity on one of my previous posts, asking you to try and match 5 random items belonging to five different finalist teams. If you've missed that post, catch it HERE.

Each released item is either a part or a source of inspiration of the team's animation story which brings out an important message about Total Defence.

The theme for N.E.mation! 11 is Together We Keep Singapore Strong

Our 3rd team is none other than....

Team #NE11C03 - DinoSoar

The item that matches to the team is the olympic logo!

Item 3 - Olympics Logo

Their N.E.mation Story

Inspired by Singapore's olympian champion, Joseph Schooling, DinoSoar plans to draw a unique connection using the 5 different colours of the Olympics logo with the 5 pillars of Total Defence. They have also gone through rounds of careful selections to pick out 5 different Olympic sports which suggest prominent significance to represent each force in Total Defence.
If you wonder how these Olympic sports are going to represent Total Defence in their clip, follow DinoSoar on!

Team DinoSoar

DinoSoar is made up of 4 students from Kent Ridge Secondary School.

 Left to right: Jihan, Putri, Farihah and Iqmal aka The Only Boy

They are close friends from the same CCA - Media Club.
All of them are videographers.

They bring so much joy to the production site at NYP Lounge.
You can hear squeals of laughter as you pass by their tentage. 

When it's time to get down to work, you'll see them fully engaged in discussions and will only be satisfied when they have completed the work TOGETHER. They keep one another strong and tap on one another's strengths to complete their tasks. They also have one of the neatest work areas on site. 

They mean serious business.

Check out the instagram posts of DinoSoar on

Official Hashtag: #NE11C03
(We'll be using this hashtag to vote for DinoSoar in the contest)

Alternatively, visit to read their blog.

Keep soaring high, DinoSoar!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Finalists- Team #NE11C02, Cedar3

Once again, thank you for this opportunity to have closer interactions with the finalist teams of N.E.mation! 11.  Previously, I'd released a mix-and-match activity on one of my posts, asking you to try and match 5 random items belonging to five different teams.

Each item is either a part or a source of inspiration of the team's animation story which brings out an important message about Total Defence. The theme for N.E.mation! 11 is Together We Keep Singapore Strong

Let's reveal the next item and its connection with its team.

Item 1 - Blood Bags

These blood bags are actually props belonging to Team 2, cedar3.

cedar3, cedar3...
Doesn't this name rung a bell? 

That's right! 

cedar3 was one of the Top 10 finalists LAST YEAR and the team's back for a 2nd run. The girls always create such incredible and appealing stories for N.E.mation. For this run, they looped in a new team member.  Meet Kaila!

Members of cedar3 from left to right: Kaila, Kayla, Tanya, GL
Photo grabbed from Nemation!11 Facebook Page

It's funny how I keep thinking that Tanya, Kayla and Kaila look like sisters (even their names sounded like they are from the same family) and GL is their cousin. *imagination runs wild*

The story behind how these girls named their team was so funny. When they were asked to submit their entries for the qualifying rounds, they used group names which represented their school for easy reference. E.g. Cedar1, Cedar2, Cedar3, Cedar4 etc. And after they got into the finals, the puzzled girls didn't know that they could actually change their group name, so they got stuck with Cedar3 in the end!

"However we changed all the letters to lowercase this year if you noticed," said Tanya. 

I think the name 'cedar3' brings them luck and inspiration in my opinion so welcome back, Team cedar3! I'm exhilarated to be your appointed ambassador once more!

The Animation Story from cedar3

We all know that blood is essential for good health as it is the key transportation system in our body to provide a steady supply of fuel and oxygen to reach billions of cells. It also carries carbon dioxide and other waste materials to the lungs, kidneys, and digestive system; from there they are removed from the body. Blood can also help save lives via blood transfusions.

So what else can blood do? 

Blood, can tell stories...
The story, from cedar3 about keeping Singapore strong, revolves around the importance of blood.

The girls will be using live action & 2D animation techniques in their animation clip this year.
I had the chance to peek into some of their clips and certainly look forward to the final reveal of their 'blood' story. 

Hint: When liquid drops on something, they spreadddd...

Becoming Stronger Together

After interacting with the girls, I feel that they have become more matured, disciplined and more independent as compared to the first run where they were up and running about most of the time. This time round they were more focused on completing their tasks and sticking to their timeline before making friends and giving encouragement to the other teams. I also observed that they are more mentally prepared as they carefully managed their expectations for this contest. 

Still, we wouldn't miss out the fun-learning process along the way, would we?

The girls are one of the most active instagrammers amongst the Top 10 teams, posting little snippets of their jovial character and closely knitted friendships. During my last visit, I even bumped into Tanya trying to do a cartwheel along the corridor while GL was trying to get a shot of her doing that. They are using their previous instagram account.

Check out the instagram posts of cedar3 here: 

Official Hashtag: #NE11C02
(We'll be using this hashtag to vote for cedar3 in the contest)

Alternatively, visit to read their blog.

Members of cedar3 are not just good players. They also make a good team. 
All the best darlings!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Finalists - Team #NE11C01, [Blank Space]

Hey everyone!

This year, it's to my delight that I'll having closer interactions with top 5 of out 10 finalist teams of N.E.mation! 11 instead of the usual 2 teams. From the previous post on my visit to the competition production site at Nanyang Polytechnic, did you manage to mix-and-match the 5 random items belonging to five different teams?

Each item is either a part or a source of inspiration of the team's animation story which brings out an important message about Total Defence. The theme for this year is Together We Keep Singapore Strong

Let's reveal the following item and its connection with its team.

Item 5 - Characters from the Sylvanian Families

*Drum roll please*

Item 5 belongs to Team 1 - [Blank Space]!

Team [Blank Space]  consists of 4 Secondary two students from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School. They are going on Sec 3 in the new year and this is their first time taking part in a national competition. The girls' friendships began in when they were put in the same ICT class in school. They shared with me how surprise they were when their team name was announced in the Top 10 list! One can still feel the excitement trembling in the voices as they speak.  

How [Blank Space] Came About

You would think that they are fans of Taylor Swift when you first hear their team name. On contrary, they only figured out this relation of their team name with Taylor Swift's hit song titled Blank Space AFTER they had decided on the name. 

'Blank Space' came about during the registration part. The girls couldn't think of any team name for themselves and hence, they name their team after the blank field where they had to fill in their team name. 


No matter what, I think we should still invite them to do Taylor Swift's Blank Space cover on my next visit or something, heh-heh-heh.

Meet the girls!

From left to right: Hui Xin, Adilah, Olivia, Jing Yi

4 Girls But Everything About 'FIVE'

If I remembered correctly, these humble girls also randomly mentioned how they were already planning for their quickest exit during the announcements of the Top 10 results. Being in Top 10 was a huge pleasant surprise! Not only are they in the top 10 of this competition right now, they are also the team who is using the MOST media platforms to showcase their animation clip. We're talking about a total of FIVE media platforms and they include:

Paper Cut
Live Action
2D Animation 

Coincidentally, their story evolves around the story of human FIVE fingers and based on the functionality of each respective finger, the girls decided to represent the FIVE different pillars of Total Defence to each finger.

So many fives. 

(Hey, this means 'hahaha' in thai)

Wait, I just realise another coincidence.
I've been paired up with 5 different teams this year and that I had placed their item in the 5th order in sequence in my mix-and-match game, wow!

This write-up contains so much laughter, I'm laughing so hard right now.

More interesting fun facts are going to be revealed in this post so read on.


Jokes aside.
The girls became really serious when I asked about their work and crafts. 

Using the apparels from the characters of the Sylvanian Families, as well as some other relevant fabrics, the girls braved through and completed their first sewing sessions in life. I think they faired pretty well looking at the finished products. The team told me that sewing was difficult to master as they've never done any prior to this contest. They got their fingers pricked a few times while working on their sewing.

The team was fully engrossed in paper-cutting when I stepped in for a visit.

It's undeniable that these 4 girls has got to be some of the most hardworking students when you find out the vast amount of efforts they put in to their research before their story pitch. 

Not only were they exhilarated to share with me about the anatomy of human fingers, the team could also describe the functionality of each finger in detail. By the way, the girls even turned these dense information into interesting fun facts for me. The reason behind making these scientific research was simple; so that they could make better judgement when it comes to matching each finger representation with the significance of each Total Defence pillar. 

Team [Blank Space] had also incorporated true Singapore stories into their clip. One of such stories you'll notice in the clip is about a church, opening up its carpark grounds for muslim worshippers to park their cars for their Friday prayers as there weren't enough parking lots nearby. Little acts of kindness goes a long way. The was the link to the article introduced by the girls, click HERE

To find out more about Team [Blank Space] , follow their instagram account:

Alternatively, you may catch their blog, together with the postings of all other Top 9 teams on

Official hashtag: #NE11C01.
(We'll be using this hashtag to vote for [Blank Space]!

Team 1 [Blank Space], 
go go go!

Monday, November 28, 2016

N.E.mation! 11 - Production for the Top 10 Teams has begun!

Since my last post on the 1 - week selection from the Top 100 entries, our Top 10 teams for N.E.mation! 11 have been chosen and the production phase has begun!

If you haven't read up about the team selection phase, click HERE.

I thought that the teams have gotten quite used to their work corners by the 3rd day I visited. 
Let me bring you on a quick tour!

The first thing I spotted when I entered the NYP lounge, the home of the Top 10 teams for the next 3 weeks, was the massive spam of colourful post-its filled with encouraging messages from the Top 10 teams to the others. Minutemansg brought up that I was the one who had encouraged the idea of passing on words of affirmation to one another in colourful post-its during the last run. Even though I could only vaguely remember I did that, I felt pleased with myself that this little act of kindness has been passed on to the current run.

Upon closer look, I realised that all the faces of the contestants were covered with a rough sketch of their looks. Something new I'd say, and I wonder which team came up with this brilliant idea to give their visitors a little more suspense until they meet the real person.

As always, their studio rules are as such.
I particularly abide by Rule Number ONE in CAPS and red - NO REGRETS.

Live a colourful life, spend your everyday time wisely with no regrets.

The intense is real. 

Once you entered the work zone of the top 10 teams, you would notice both assigned instructors and the finalists working hand in hand on their projects - all out to bag the winning prize, a trip to the U.S.A! Some are marking out the images of the actors on their digital drawing pads while others are sewing, cutting, painting, prop-making and more.

Nevertheless I believe the teams have prepared enough 'ammos' for the upcoming days of strain and stress - loads of 'happy food', inspiring quotes, all sorts of quirky ways to mark their work desks and even brought along pieces of sentiments to keep them motivated throughout this competition.

The activity going on from this tent below got me all excited trying to guess who this team member is. I want to know who 'mushroom hair' is!

Wait a minute. 
Hmm... Is this the team who have done the face sketches on the Top 10 Billboard?

To do whatever it takes to win, some of the students have also resorted to offering part of their happy food & toys to the legendary Teddy of N.E.mation!  Teddy is parked under the Christmas Tree this year instead of climbing the backdrop last year. I see that he's received some of the best items from his devotees.

Instead of following up with just two teams like I did every year, I'll be revealing behind the scenes of FIVE teams this year! They are: 

#NE11C01: [Blank Space]
#NE11C02:             cedar3
#NE11C03:        DinoSoar
#NE11C07:      impossibro
#NE11C10:     Passionfruit

You can search their respective hashtags on instagram and follow them for the latest updates of their projects. You can also visit under 'BLOG' to catch up on their blog entries. 

Meanwhile, you might wanna make a quick guess which props or story inspirations do the following belong to. I'll be revealing the answers gradually over the next 2 weeks so stay tuned!

Item 1 - Blood bags

Item 2 - Paper

Item 3 - The Olympics Logo

Item 4 - An Umbrella

Item 5 - Characters from the Sylvanian Families

Join in the fun of guessing!

Mix and match, which items belongs to which team?

My Teams
#NE11C01: [Blank Space]
#NE11C02:             cedar3
#NE11C03:        DinoSoar
#NE11C07:      impossibro
#NE11C10:     Passionfruit

Item 1 - Blood bags
Item 2 - Paper
Item 3 - The Olympics Logo
Item 4 - An Umbrella
Item 5 - Characters from the Sylvanian Families

Have fun and keep supporting the Top 10 teams for N.E.mation! 11
Good luck teams, all the best!

PS: I've moved!
This article can be also found on my latest website joined with my husband,
Take a peek!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Counting Down to 1-Week Selection For N.E.mation 11: Together We Keep Singapore Strong

The annual inter-school digital animation competition is back!

The theme for this year's NEmation contest is 'Together We Keep Singapore Strong'. Total Defence remains relevant to us in this little red dot. Terrorism, cyberattacks, Zira Virus and more are spreading like wild fire around the world. We must continue to do our part to keep Singapore peaceful and safe.

What better way is there to be aware of the real global issues we face and tips on how to protect our country than interesting 1-minute digital animation clips?

I look forward to this competition every year as many of these competition entries about Singapore's Total Defence are so relevant and close to the heart. 

Organised by NEXUS, they have received a total of 760 stories from 437 teams this year.
They will be selecting the Top 100 and eventually down to the Final 10 in this upcoming 1-week selection programme between 3 - 10 September 2016!

The Top 10 teams will be judged by a panel comprising industry professionals and the public. 
The public can vote for their 3 favourite clips around January 2017 at, Facebook or via SMS.

LIVE updates of N.E.mation! 11 can be found on their facebook page:

The winning team will win a coveted trip to visit renowned animation studios in the USA!

Finally, remember to visit my new online space,
Thanks for reading and good luck to the 100 teams!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Mint Leong's Blog Has Officially Shifted To A New Site!

Yes yes yes, finally it's happening!

Colin and I have been working on a new website together and we've just launched our new site.
Visit for our latest posts and updates.

See you there!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

[Review] Finally A Facial Session after 2 Years - Dr. Belter Cosmetic [Derm-A-ReNew] treatment by Annabelle Skin

Ever since my adult acne broke out due to misuse of products 2 years ago,  I've been skeptical about going for facial sessions.  

However there is this saying, 

When the invitation came for me to try out this new range of fruit acid products that could help treat skin problems like acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, scarring and ageing due to sun exposure, I decided to give it a try.  

Introducing German cult brand Dr.Belter Cosmetic, and their latest range developed with its signature GreenTec concept.

I visited Annabelle Skin last month to try out Dr.Belter Cosmetic's latest 2-in-1 chemical peel offering, [Derm-A renew] treatment. Annabelle Skin is one of the facial salons where Dr.Belter Cosmetic is exclusively available. 

This new type of fruit acid treatment by Dr.Belter Cosmetic focuses on 2 key concepts:

#1 Skin renewal though the use of Dr.Belter Cosmetic's newly developed fruit concentrates
#2 Skin Nourishment thought the use of the brand's line of ampoules and facial masks tailored to the skin's needs.

We began the session with a personalised consultation by Annabelle Skin to access my skin sensitivity and disorders. The therapist also made it a point to attend to my fears of facials by thoroughly explaining the procedure and the type of products (in detail) used on me. 

With Step 1 done and my feeling set right, I'm ready to enjoy the rest of [Derm-A Renew] treatment!

As this is my first time trying out fruit acids on my face, the therapist applied the Derm-A-ReNew skin renewal concentrate 10% on my face and neck for about 5 minutes. 

10% is the lowest concentrate, in case you're wondering. 

I could feel a warm tinkling sensation throughout the session. She explained that the concentrate amount could be increased to 20% and 40%, depending on the skin condition of each individual. This will be done bi-weekly for a more effective result.

Then, she used the Neutralising gel and Aloe Vera Ampoule to calm my skin as it is reactive. The aloe vera concentrate is said to help soothe immediately and promote healing for pimples. 

Last but not least, my skin felt fresh and softer after applying the Caviar Physio-Marine mask which helps in cell-restoration with Caviar and sea elixirs. Catering to each individual's needs, they have other masks to aid with pore refining, whitening, cell regenration and even anti-oxidants. 

I felt rejuvenated and was vainly admiring at my complexion after my session. My skin became smoother and cleaner and I like touching it. 

I'm thrilled to know that Dr.Belter Cosmetics works for me because my skin is sensitive to many products out in the market.

I did another follow up review at Annabelle Skin about 2 weeks later to clean out some pimples.

Thank you Annabelle Skin for being so patient with me throughout the treatment procedure. I'm proud to say that my confidence to go for more facial sessions in the future has been officially restored!

The Dr.Belter [Derm-A ReNew] treatment is available at SGD238 and is suitable for both male and
females, as well as different skin conditions including acne, enlarged pores, dull skin complexions,
scarring, pigmentation, and mature, wrinkled skin.

Try it yourself!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Another #LifeGoal Achieved: I'm Officially a COMPASS Member!

It's Official!

Another Life Goal achieved.

The member card is also a NETS flashpay, cashcard, ez-link card and could be used at so many places to get discounts. HOHOHO.

Mint is a happy girl. 


What is COMPASS?

The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) is an organisation created to protect and promote the copyright interests of composers, authors* (and their heir) and publishers of musical works and their related lyrics. COMPASS is a non-profit public company which administers the public performance, broadcast, diffusion and reproduction rights in music and musical associated literary works on behalf of its members. COMPASS deals specifically with music copyright and the usage of musical works.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Life Goals 2016

They say new year resolutions are a waste of time.
You make them at the beginning of the year and forgot about them all by the following month.

I beg to differ.
I feel good when I have something to focus and look forward to every year.
I may not fulfil all my resolutions but I aim to complete as many as I can.
I don't talk about them all the time but periodically I will visit and review them to make sure I'm on track.

Here are my resolutions for 2015.
It's also about time I make new ones for 2016!

Resolutions 2015

I made 10 and here are my results:

1. Lose weight and maintain at 48KG PERMANENTLY! - lost 2KG and counting
2. Start my teeth straightening and whitening treatments. - decided to postpone this until further notice so that I can allocate my finances for more important priorities.
3. Get my driving license. - could never get started on this.
4. Learn and Play the Ukulele AS WELL AS the keyboard smoothly. - keyboard classes checked!
5. Grow roomiesWorld locally so that more people will recognised local bilingual music talents. - still working on more opportunities for my fellow musician friends, fighting!

Photo credit: Expressionately Yours

6. Work and save up for my wedding plans & preparations. - in progress
7. Bring Mama, Er Yi and Xiao Yi on another short overseas trip/luxury staycation! - Taiwan holiday checked!

8. Bring Bubble out at least once every quarter year. - checked!

9. Stabilise The Aircon Uncle for a stable income.
10. Focus on becoming an even better host and emcee! - I'm still doing my best. Thank you for the opportunities!

Resolutions 2016

1. Lose weight and maintain at 50KG PERMANENTLY.
2. MUST get my driving license.
3. Grow roomiesWorld locally so that the mass public will start to support local bilingual music talents and listen to their original creations (spread the love for local music).
4. Create more opportunities to showcase my original compositions with Mint Show 2016.
5. Improve on my conversational skills to become a more engaging/fun-loving bilingual emcee for roadshows, community functions and weddings.
6. Bring Bubble on outings at least once every 2 months. Picnic at Beach/Walk in the Park/Dog Cafe/Friend's house.
7. Execute Wedding Plans.
8. Cultivate a habit to save up 50% of all my earnings from now on.