So you seen me doing skydiving at iFly Singapore. Want to experience it yourself?
The folks at iFly Singapore has agreed to give all readers a special discount. Just show this blog entry at the ticketing booth and you get to try out the Adult First Timer Challenge Package at $59. (Usual price is $89) You can show them this blog entry on your phone, tablet, laptop or even print it out.
This offer is only valid on Wednesday for the month of September. (inclusive of all flight times on the day)
Terms and Condition:
Promotion period from 1 September 2011 to 30 September 2011.
Valid only on Wednesday.
Online booking not applicable.
Flights are subjected to availability.

So I went flying last Friday evening. Not taking a plane or helicopter ride. Been there, done that. I went flying at iFly Singapore at Sentosa.

iFly Singapore is one of the latest attraction at Sentosa. It’s an indoor skydiving simulator brought here by entrepreneur Lawrence Koh who used to be a member of the Red Lion. (yes, they are the guys who parachute from helicopter every year during NDP) iFly Singapore is a franchise of American company SkyVenture which has more than 20 wind tunnels in the world.

At a height of 56.5ft and width of 16.5ft, iFly Singapore is the world’s largest indoor skydiving simulator. No surprise. Typical Singaporeans style. Want to do, must do the biggest. It is also the only wind tunnel that offers flyers view of the South China Sea. iFly Singapore is strategically located near the Songs of the Sea which provides a nightly firework display. Great for photos.

The good thing about iFLy Singapore is that you don’t need travel oversea to experience skydiving. Sentosa is not considered oversea hor! It’s still in Singapore. iFly is a lot cheaper than the real skydiving. You can do it day or night, rain or shine. No need to worry about the weather. And it’s very safe. The tunnel design has an accident rate of zero. Most importantly, beginners don’t need to have their instructor strapped behind their back when skydiving. The instructor at iFly Singapore stand beside you to guide you while flying.
But of course the scenery is much better when you go for real skydiving. Oh well, nothing’s perfect.
The whole iFly Singapore is themed like an airport terminal to give flyers the feel that they are really going to board a plane and skydive down to land. I have totally no skydiving experience before I tried the iFly. The beginner flight package include a basic training where we learn about the hand signs and the correct pose to adopt in the wind tunnel.

After the briefing, we proceed to the counter to suit up. Jumpsuit, helmat, goggles and earplug are all provided. They also provide shoes for those who aren’t wearing closed toe shoe with laces. So basically you just need to bring yourself, that’s all. iFly Singapore will take care of the rest. There’s even lockers to keep your personal belongings.

I got to try out the First Timer Challenge Package which includes 2 skydives, each lasting around 45 seconds. Check out the YouTube video. Don’t laugh! It’s my first time.

As you can see, I had a shaky start. I think it’s mainly because my legs aren’t straight enough. So the instructor use hand signal to tell me to straighten my legs and correct the posture. You can see that towards the end, I’m doing pretty well.
For the second round, the instructor takes us on a spin up to the top of the wind tunnel. It’s quite fun. And not scary at all even though the wind tunnel is 5 storey high.

OK lah, not bad for first timer. At the end of the session, I got a certificate to certify that I’ve attended the introductory class. Cool.
Maybe I should show you a video of how the pros do it.

Some day….. I’ll fly just like them….. Some day….Haha.
I really had a great time at iFly Singapore. It is an unforgettable experience. Feels like I’m weightless and floating. Really fun. But I still can’t really control where I’m going when I’m in the wind tunnel. Feels a bit helpless and at the mercy of the instructor. Haha. I guess with more practice, I should be able to control myself and make a few turns.

OK, where can I pick up the application form for the Red Lions?

It’s not just the photographers and film-makers who are embracing the camera on the iPhone. Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata create the album cover for her upcoming release, Chesapeake, using a iPhone.

The album artwork and packaging were created using the iPhone app Camera+. If you haven’t tried Camera+, I highly recommend you give it a shot. It’s a pretty good camera application that cost just $0.99.
And this is not another one of those marketing gimmick where the artist purposely use a iPhone to generate buzz. According to Rachael Yamagata, it was a spontaneous moments when no outsiders are around, including photographers.
Like they always say, the best camera is the camera that you have with you.

Remember Escape From City 17? I almost forgotten about it. The first episode was release in 2009. Took them 2 years to release part 2. I thought they abandon the project already.
But no complains here. The entire short film was was made on a $250 budget, previously owned/donated software, time, and an HVX200 camera.
Pretty amazing.

If they can do this with just $250 budget, imagine what they can do if given more budget and support.

RIM announced 3 new BlackBerry Curve running the latest BlackBerry 7 OS yesterday. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is on CDMA, BlackBerry Curve 9360 is on GSM and BlackBerry 9370 is on CDMA & GSM.
We will most likely only see BlackBerry Curve 9360 in Singapore since all 3 telcos are using GSM network.
PS: I’ll just talk about the BlackBerry Curve 9360. But most of the things mentioned here should also apply to the 9350 and 9370 except for the network.

The Curve edition has always been the budget BlackBerry Phone. Although cheaper than the rest of the BlackBerry series, it is not short in features. The Curve 9360 has a 2.44 inch HVGA+ display capable of 480 x 360 pixel resolution at 246 ppi. 512MB on-board memory, expandable up to 32gB via microSD card. 5 Megapixel camera with VGA video recording. Standard stuff like WIFI, Bluetooth and GPS.
What surprised me was that RIM included NFC (Near Field Communications) on the BlackBerry Curve 9360. Most phone makers only put NFC on their high end model. It’s good to have NFC on the Curve. Although there isn’t much applications that uses NFC currently, we are expecting more NFC devices and applications in the next few years.
No news on when it will be available in Singapore or the pricing yet. But since this is the Curve, expect the price to be very attractive.