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Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2017

The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2017 is happening this weekend at Marina Bay Sands. Happening between 9 and 10 September, STGCC promises an entertaining weekend of pop culture and comic wonderland for both fun-loving families and passionate gamers, featuring the best of local and international toys, games, comics, anime and collectibles, topped with an exciting line-up of guests and personalities.

On top of the usual line-up of activities, STGCC will also be introducing new zones such as Star Wars: Experience the Force @ STGCC to get fans excited about the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Explore an entire zone specially dedicated to Star Wars at STGCC, where fans will be offered the chance to get up close and personal with fan-built vehicle replicas, games, releases and collectibles. Be transported to a galaxy far, far away and check out the half-scaled replica of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, a fan-built film replica of the interior of the Millennium Falcon and a fan-built Rey’s Speeder autographed film director by J.J. Abrams.

For the first time ever, STGCC is hosting the Good Game Experience (GGXP)​, offering gaming fans an exhilarating programme of entertainment and tournaments. Taking up an entire exhibition hall, GGXP features a host of local and regional game publishers – supporting and celebrating their love for games, and honouring outstanding Indie Game Developers through the Good Game Awards (GGA) 2017​.

The convention will be headlined by renowned illustrator and animator Hiro Kanzaki​ (JP)​, making STGCC his first ever convention outside Japan. Other international star attendees include beloved cosplay stars Iori Moe​ (JP)​ and Siu Tao (HK), ​returning fan favourites such as Marvel comic book artist, Adi Granov​ (US),​ rising star and DC Comics artist, Mirka Andolfo​ (IT)​, and American comic book writer and artist David Mack​ (US). Hailing from our home ground, 6 Eisner Award Nominee Sonny Liew​ (SG)​ will also be making an appearance at STGCC.

Visit STGCC website for more info.

Canon PhotoMarathon 2017

The region’s largest, annual photo competition is back. This year, Canon PhotoMarathon is expending to China mainland. In total, more than 22,000 photo enthusiasts from different communities are expected to showcase their photo masterpieces.

Apart from attractive category prizes, all the Best of Show winners from each competition will win an exclusive spot in the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship held in 2018, which is valued at more than US$5,000. The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will see these winners from across Asia converge on an all-expenses paid trip (destination to be advised next year) that promises awe-inspiring scenery for any photography buff. Apart from the chance to explore various facets of photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer, the event will also involve further theme challenges which be a test of mettle to select the champion among winners.

The Singapore leg of Canon PhotoMarathon is happening on 23 September. For the first time ever, Canon will be issuing a finisher medal pin to participants who have completed all three themes.

Registration for Canon PhotoMarathon is still open. What are you waiting for?

PS: 23 September also happen to be Polling Day for the Presidential Elections. If there are more than one eligible candidate for the election, the PhotoMarathon will start 3 hours later than original timing. Visit Canon Singapore Facebook page for more info.

Send your kid to Padawan training at Orchard Road

Send your kid to Southeast Asia’s first ever Padawan Training at Orchard Road. Meant for young Padawans age 4 – 12, the 30 minute session is conducted by a Jedi Master and will equip your kid with the necessary skill to fight a Sith Lord.

The Padawan training is happening at ION Orchard outdoor event space at level 1. There will be 12 sessions daily from 3pm to 8:30pm. So send your kid to Padawan training this school holiday.

PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate! NDP 2017

In partnership with Singapore’s National Day Parade Organising Committee, PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate! NDP 2017, the 6th edition of the PlayLAH! series will be held at Singapore EXPO from 4th to 6th August 2017.

Families can expect hours of fun at the carnival’s 4 main zones – Play, Learn, Eat and Bond, together with the addition of new villages – Music, Sports and Tech, along with brand new stage performances. The annual Singapore Drum Festival will also be held alongside PlayLAH!, which includes the Ultimate Drummer’s Weekend as well as the Drum Off Singapore Competition.

For more info, visit PlayLAH! website.

Amazon is launching in Singapore soon

It seems like the wait is coming to an end soon. A couple of Singapore Instagramers have started posting what seems to be a sponsored post by Amazon.

While they didn’t say it’s from Amazon, the iconic arrow should be sufficient hint. We’ve been hearing rumours that Amazon has been acquiring assets such as refrigerated trucks and hiring in Singapore since late last year. Amazon will most likely be launching its Prime delivery service and AmazonFresh grocery services first in Singapore.

So #DontSayBoJio. Amazon is launching in Singapore soon. Stay tuned!