Beware of phishing emails

Received this email recently and for a moment I thought my PayPal account really got issue. Even the URL looks real if you aren’t observant.

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The URL does looks like it is from PayPal. But it isn’t. Look again. It is actually www.paypal.com.sg.webapp.home.intl.made-com.com. The domain is actually made-com.com. This is not the first time I’ve received such phishing email. But I think its always good to remind everyone to be careful and not fall for it.

Remember to look carefully at the URL before clicking. Or to be safe, open your web browser and type out the URL yourself.

Hope nobody fell for this phishing website.

Samsung GALAXY A3 4G now in Platinum Silver and Champagne Gold

Good news for fans of Silver and Gold colour phones. Samsung GALAXY A3 4G is now available in Platinum Silver and Champagne Gold.

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The GALAXY A3 G4 is already available in Pearl White and Midnight Black. Samsung is now giving consumer more options with the launch of Platinum Silver and Champagne Gold colours.

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The GALAXY A3 4G is Samsung’s slimmest and first full metal unibody designs in the market today. Comes with SUPER AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology to give you clearer images with deeper contrasts. It also has a smart selfie feature with real-time Beauty Face coupled with convenient palm and voice capture.

The Samsung GALAXY A3 4G will retail in Singapore at S$448 without contract. Samsung is now having a promotion. Consumers who purchase the GALAXY A3 4G will receive a free Samsung Level Box mini in Silver worth $168 while stocks last.

Do not design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore

Here’s my tip to all fashion designers out there: Do not design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore. You may think that it is an honour to design the national costume that Miss Universe Singapore will be wearing for the beauty pageant. You are wrong.

Firstly, Singapore does not have a national costume. Unlike countries like Japan or Netherlands where they have their own national costume, we Singapore don’t have one. We are a multi racial country. Every race have their own traditional costume. However, you can’t take the traditional costume of one race and use it. The other races will complain that you are being bias and not promoting racial harmony.

And don’t think about combining elements of several traditional costume for Singapore’s national costume. Most of the time it will look weird.

So what can you do if you are asked to design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore? Well, take some elements that represents Singapore and design a dress. Here’s the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore 2015.

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If you do a search on Social Media now, you will see lots of criticism about the design. I’m actually waiting for some smart aleck “fashion designer” to come up with his “better” design. Well, if you are so good at designing national costume for Singapore, then why didn’t you step forward earlier?

In fact, I don’t remember a time when Singaporeans actually praise the Miss Universe Singapore national costume design. You know why? Because it is tough to please Singaporeans.

So if anyone ask you to design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore, run! Run as far as you can and don’t look back. There’s no honour in doing it. Your months of hard work and effort will go down the drain no matter what you do.

Stop Facebook Freebooting

Every since Facebook start auto-playing video and priorities videos uploaded directly onto Facebook, there has been an increase in people who rip videos from YouTube and upload to their own Facebook page.

I’m disgusted by this. I’m sick and tired of seeing my favourite YouTuber’s video being ripped and uploaded to Facebook. This is a clear copyright violation. These unethical Facebook page owners are denying the YouTuber from the ad revenue they deserved. They don’t even credit the original content creator.

Facebook is not doing enough to stop this. The process to report copyright material is slow and there is no additional actions taken against repeat offenders.

I cannot say this better than Destin from SmarterEveryDay. Check out the video.

And since Facebook is not doing enough to stop Facebook Freebooting, we need to do something. If you see any video ripped from YouTube, do a screenshot, comment on the post and contact the original video creator. Let’s hope we can bring a stop to Facebook Freebooting.

And hey, if you haven’t subscribed to SmarterEveryDay on YouTube, you should do that now. One of the most educational and entertaining YouTube channel out there.

Fireworks at Jurong Spring

My neighbourhood had a fireworks display last Friday evening to celebrate the completion of a multi-storey carpark near the wet market plus completion of upgrading plus lunar new year bazaar opening plus pioneer generation appreciation dinner.

This is not the first time we had a fireworks display in the neighbourhood. We had one in 2013 for National Day Observance Ceremony. Nevertheless, it is still interesting to take photos of fireworks that is not at Marina Bay. Its a good change of location.

Well, the fireworks is nothing compared to NDP or New Year Eve fireworks. But it is still pretty good this time. I managed to find a good spot at the top floor of the newly completed multi-storey carpark. It was a great evening to shoot fireworks with wind blowing the smoke away from where I’m standing. Very happy with my photos.

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