Happy 10th Birthday Twitter!

Happy 10th Birthday Twitter.

It begin with a simple tweet. I guess nobody expect this simple tweet to start something amazing.

There are so many iconic moments over the past 10 years. From the Hudson River plane crash to first tweet from space. From Obama’s 4 more years to Oscar selfie. And many more……

Thank you Twitter for being with us for the past 10 years.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice limited edition MyStamp Collection

In conjunction with the release of the highly anticipated Superhero action movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, SingPost will be launching a limited edition MyStamp Collection on 24 March 2016. This marks the two Super Heroes’ joint debut on the limited edition stamp collection.

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Pop culture fans, stamp collectors and movie buffs can look forward to a limited edition 12-page hard-cover Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice MyStamp Collection that includes three souvenir stamp sheets and a retractable lanyard.

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice MyStamp Collection will be available for sale at all post offices, the DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE, the Singapore Philatelic Museum and online at www.stampdelight.com from 24 March 2016 at S$69.90 while supplies last. Preorder from now till 23 March to enjoy a promotional price of S$55.90.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will premiere in Singapore on 24 March 2016.

Snoopy Run Singapore 2016

Oops. Almost missed this. Snoopy Run is coming to Singapore for the first time. Over 10,000 participants are expected to join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and their gang of friends at the Singapore Sports Hub for the 5km Snoopy themed fun run.

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All participants get a unique runner’s pack that includes an exclusive Snoopy Run T-shirt, Snoopy postcard collection, Peanuts Gang number tag, Charlie Brown Iconic bag, Linus’ Famous Blue towel and a black beagle nose to wear during the race, and lot’s more goodies including a SNOOPY finisher’s medal, and prizes too. Snap ‘winning’ selfies with all the Snoopy mascots. A giant inflatable Snoopy will be present for participants to capture their memories with, and beat the heat by visiting Lucy’s iconic lemonade stand for free lemonade!

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Visit Snoopy Run Singapore website to register now! Hurry! Registration close at midnight on 22 March 2016.

Apple Keynote on 21 March

Apple is having a Keynote at their corporate headquarters on 21 March 2016.

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There are lots of rumours saying that Apple will be announcing a new 4 inch iPhone to replace the iPhone 5s. It might have features found on the iPhone 6s like Apple Pay, A9 processor and a better camera. If this is true, then all the existing iPhone line up will support Apple Pay.Maybe Apple will also make some announcement on Apple Pay like more countries getting the payment system.

Besides iPhone, it is also rumoured that Apple will announce a new 9.7 inch iPad. The last time Apple announce a new 9.7 inch iPad was back in 2014 so its about time Apple refresh the line. There might also be some new MacBook or MacBook Pro announcement.

Oh! And Apple might also announce some new Apple Watch straps to “loop you in”.

All these are just some of the rumours going around the internet. We’ll have to wait till 21 March (22 March, 1am Singapore time) to find out.

PS: You might notice that this Apple event is held on a Monday instead of the usual Tuesday. Well, Apple need to attend a court hearing on Tuesday so I guess they won’t have time for their product announcement. Plus it might be a good time to answer some journalist questions before the court session. If you don’t know what the court case is about, check out the video by John Oliver.

IRAS going to start taxing bloggers and online influencers

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) recently send out letters to some bloggers and online influencers saying that all income from their social media activities need to be declared in the annual Income Tax Return. Yeap, IRAS is going to start taxing bloggers and online influencers.

OK, it is really no surprise that IRAS is doing this. After all, there are more and more full time influencers and some of them can be earning quite a lot of money from advertorial. But perhaps the thing that surprise me is that non-monetary benefits including sponsorship of products/services in return for reviews may be taxable too.

SERIOUSLY?!?!

Are you telling me that if someone gave me a thumbdrive for review, I’ll need to find out the exact value of that product and declare that in my Income Tax Return? Or if I attend a food tasting session, I’ll need to find out the cost of that meal and declare it? And if I attend a press conference and they give me a goodie bag, I’ll need to ask the PR agency to tell me the exact value of that goodie bag so that I can file my Income Tax Return?

YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME IRAS!

Come on! Let’s be seriously. I think it is perfectly alright to tax bloggers and online influencers if they are paid to do advertorial for a company. But non-monetary benefits too? So are celebrities and mainstream media journalist required to declare all the non monetary benefits they received? Are athletes required to declare all the sports shoes and equipments sponsored by companies?

If IRAS goes about taxing non monetary benefits, then I think a lot of bloggers and online influencers will need to call it a day. Food bloggers won’t be able to write food reviews because every food tasting they do is taxable. Lifestyle bloggers might have problem too if they are offered staycation. And tech bloggers will not be able to cover any launch event oversea since the air tickets and hotel stay will be taxable.

Someone needs to review this. Taxing non monetary benefits for bloggers and online influencers will just kill the entire blogging scene.