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Happy 54th Birthday Singapore!

9th August 2019, this is Singapore’s National Day. First and foremost, wishing Happy 54th Birthday Singapore!

It had been a year of mixed emotions and feelings, Singapore had its own internal issues to handle and external matters to manage and overcome, with all the trade spats around the world today, well published and publicised all over the news and social media.

The year 2019 is also Singapore’s Bicentennial year, this was something special for me to learn more in-depth about Singapore before the milestone year 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles first landed on Singapore. The history of Singapore goes way back further before 1819, we are just opening up to learn and embrace this part of history that we don’t know much about. Personally, I am still learning more about the earlier history before Singapore’s Bicentennial.

Coming back in time, to the current Singapore today. The transformation had been a huge eye opener, the changes at times, had been fast and furious, sometimes good, sometimes bad. The relentless pace, had been a strain on the mental and physical well-being. While it can be and had been tiring and sometimes painful, changes are necessary to evolve, adapt and adopt, in a new age world today, marked by technological disruptions, internet and social media growth.

Different parts of the world today are having quite a bit of quarrelling and bickering, putting a strain to world/countries relationships and partnerships. Singapore is also both directly and indirectly affected by all these world economic matters and delicate situations. We are not perfect either, having our own house matters to sort out.

No place in the world is perfect, every place has their own good and bad points. Singapore, a place I call home, has its own domestic and international challenges to overcome. On the 54th birthday of Singapore, I just hope that Singaporeans can rise up to the challenges ahead, we cannot and must not be complacent, we need to learn, improve our skills and knowledge, be more caring and tolerant in a world flooded by social media.

Oh yes, visit my photography and travel portal/blog and check out my NDP 2019 rehearsals coverage!

This is home truly, Singapore! Wishing Singapore a Happy 54th Birthday! Have a great celebration and to all Singaporeans, have a good long weekend holiday!

Inaugural Esports Festival Asia at COMEX 2019

Esports and gaming fans alert! The inaugural Esports Festival Asia (EFA) at COMEX 2019 is taking place from 5th to 8th September 2019. Sphere Exhibits, the events arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is entering into the the eports arena with the hosting of the inaugural EFA.

Esports has been making headways into Singapore, gaining more importance and recognition over the years. Esports is also making its first appearance as a medal event at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games 2019. At the upcoming COMEX 2019, Sphere Exhibits plans to introduce esports to casual gamers and consumers by bringing gaming tournaments to the mass public at COMX 2019. They are investing S$1 million into this venture, demonstrating the huge interest in gaming and esports and its future potential.

At the recent media and official launch event held at Funan Centre, I got to know more about the upcoming EFA and I feel that it’s a great idea to combine them together to be held during the upcoming COMEX 2019 in September. I used to be a gamer many years back, thus I am glad to see more of such gaming and esports making a stronger and bigger presence today. COMEX 2019 and EFA can help to bring the geeks, techies, gamers and esports community together for their common interest, gaming and technology.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits said: “COMEX is Singapore’s largest consumer tech show that has continuously reinvented itself over the years to introduce new concepts to consumers such as trade-ins, booth babe contests, and tech showcases. Today, we are proud to welcome the latest concept of esports to COMEX 2019 – while there have been several esports tournaments in the past, they have been largely focused on the professional and semi-professional gaming community. With EFA, Sphere aims to bring esports to the masses at COMEX 2019, where over 500,000 consumers will gather over the four days.”

For those who love gaming and thinking about esports in Singapore, the inaugural Esports Festival Asia would be a good place to start off and look at. Let me share more information below:

Female Esports League (FSL)

FSL is Southeast Asia’s premier female gaming circuit which provides a platform for female gamers to engage, empower and elevate each other in order to create a path towards female representation in the top tier of esports.

FSL will be holding regional tournaments for two games – Arena of Valor and League of Legends – from now till August 2019, after which the four winners for each game will fly down to Singapore, the last stop in the FSL circuit, to play at EFA for a total prize pool of $2,500 per title.

Official Facebook Page (Mobile): https://www.facebook.com/FSLMobileGames

Official Facebook Page (LoL): https://www.facebook.com/FSLLoL/

Registration for the regional tournaments are now open – visit https://www.facebook.com/FSLMobileGames for Arena of Valor and https://www.facebook.com/FSLLoL/ for League of Legends.


eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia Open returns for the fourth year running. The regional qualifier will be held at EFA, where the winning team will move on to compete in the finals in Shanghai, China.

Official Website: http://www.extremesland.com/en

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/extremesland/

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/eXTREMESLAND

Registrations begin from end July – visit https://esportsfestival.asia/ for further updates.

China Mobile Esports League (CMEL) – League of Legends (LoL)

Hosted by Datang Network, the CMEL was officially launched on 6 August 2018. Its inaugural Singapore qualifier for the LoL game will be held at EFA. Subsequently, the winning team will move on to represent Singapore and compete in the CMEL finals held in Chong Qing, China.

Registrations begin from end July – visit https://esportsfestival.asia/ for further updates.

Asia Champions Esports (ACE) League

With a combined prize pool of over S$20,000, the inaugural ACE League – comprising popular games Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile and DOTA Underlords – is set to make waves in the local scene. The Grand Finals of the ACE League will be held at EFA, and offline and online qualifiers leading to the Grand Finals will be held in the coming months.

Official Website: https://aceleague.asia/

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/aceleague/

Registrations are now open – visit https://aceleague.asia/championships/ace-league/.

Dates & Times

COMEX 2019

Dates: 5th – 8th September 2019

Time: Level 3, 11am to 9pm, Level 4 & 6, 12pm to 9pm

Location: Suntec Convention Centre Singapore, Level 3, 4 & 6

Esports Festival Asia

Dates: 5th – 8th September 2019

Time: 12pm to 9pm

Location: Hall 605, Suntec Convention Centre Singapore

Tournaments @ Suntec Convention Centre, Level 6, Hall 605

5th September 2019

Female Esports League (FSL) Arena of Valor Elite

eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Regional Qualifier

China Mobile Esports League (CMEL) League of Legends (LoL) Singapore Qualifier

6th September 2019

Female Esports League (FSL) Arena of Valor Elite

eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Regional Qualifier

China Mobile Esports League (CMEL) League of Legends (LoL) Singapore Qualifier

7th September 2019

Female Esports League (FSL) League of Legends Elite

eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Regional Qualifier

China Mobile Esports League (CMEL) League of Legends (LoL) Singapore Qualifier

Asia Champions Esports (ACE) League

8th September 2019

Female Esports League (FSL) League of Legends Elite

eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Regional Qualifier

China Mobile Esports League (CMEL) League of Legends (LoL) Singapore Qualifier

Asia Champions Esports (ACE) League

For all the gamers and esports fans/players out there, do check them out and mark down the dates in your calendar. Remember to Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On, the information on the EFA at the upcoming COMEX 2019 with your fellow gamers and esports friends!

* Information courtesy of Sphere Exhibits and Gloo PR *

Ariston Andris2 Range – WiFi-enabled Smart Water Heater

The water heater is a common household appliance and most households would have a water heater in their homes nowadays.  Having a water heater at home in tropical hot and humid Singapore is useful, especially when you want a warm shower at night to soothe and relax your aching and tired body from a long day at work.

Recently, I was introduced to a modern water heater brand, ideal for the modern home today, it’s a WiFi-enabled smart water heater by Ariston. At the recent Ariston Andris2 smart water heater event, I had a better and more in-depth understanding and knowledge of Ariston, their history, quality materials used and their complete range of water heater solutions for your home, from the basic water heater to the WiFi-enabled smart water heater.

Before I start to share more information and details on the Ariston Andris2 range of smart water heaters, Ariston displayed their range of water heaters available in their line-up. There was a water heater that caught my attention, I was kind of attracted to the barrel/drum water heater (maybe I am a bit more old school) although the Ariston Andris2 WiFi-enabled smart water heater makes more sense, practical and useful in our modern and technologically connected living world today.

Let me introduce Ariston Andris2 range of smart water heaters:

Ariston proudly announces its whole new technology in storage water heaters through the Ariston Andris2 range.This new range of Andris2 storage water heaters are equipped with a revolutionary smart technology, a renewed luxury design and a patented titanium heating element. The Andris2 range includes the models Andris2 Top, Andris2 Lux, and Andris2 RS.

“As global leader in water heating Ariston well understands customer’s desire for durability, safety, energy saving and design.” Said Mr. Vito Saracino, Managing Director of Ariston Thermo Asia Pacific. “The Andris2 range is a unique synthesis of all this. Furthermore, the versions with smart technology and Wi-Fi features bring the shower comfort to a level that no other water heater in the world can reach. We are proud of this small masterpiece, result of years of experience and hard work by Ariston engineers and Italian designers”. 

The whole new Andris2 range come with the following patents, allowing this range to stand out from other models in the market.

  • Long-lasting Titanium Heating element with lifetime warranty (only for Andris2 Top and Andris2 Lux)
  • Energy-Saving with smart ECO-EVO technology (only for Andris2 Top)
  • AG+ Silver Ions with antibacterial properties for greater hygiene

Andris2 Top Wi-Fi with Smart Control Technology

The premium Andris2 Top model is the first WiFi-enabled storage water heater in Singapore with dedicated app controls. With Ariston’s first-in-the-market remote control Aqua Ariston Net App for water heating, you will have total control whenever and wherever you are. Connecting you conveniently with your Andris2 Top smart water heater, comfort and energy savings are now at your fingertips. Enjoy an absolute peace of mind together with savings up to 25%*with this new Smart Control Technology. Hot water is now available, whenever you want.

With the following features, the Aqua Ariston Net App increases user comfort and convenience by leaps and bounds:


  • Have shower-ready notifications sent to your mobile for hot water
  • Find information on the next available shower timing
  • Receive constant up-to-date information about water temperature

Energy Saving

  • Turn the product on and off
  • Set a weekly schedule to have hot water only when necessary
  • Receive energy consumption reports to continuously monitor your own habits

The integrated auto-learning software ECO EVO installed in Andris2 Top learns your habit day after day and is able to recall your daily habits to deliver hot water right when you need it.

ECO EVO is the most innovative energy saving algorithm used worldwide by Ariston to reach the top energy ratings.

*Estimated savings on daily basis, compared to Ariston standard mechanical product.

Ariston Andris2 Lux and Andris2 RS with Sleek and Beautiful Italian Designs

Alongside Andris2 Top, Ariston is also launching two new models Andris2 Luxand Andris2 RS. While all Andris2 models offer a superior temperature control, the smart Andris2 Top and Andris2 Lux models use a brand-new powerful chip to constantly measure the water temperature.

Ariston has always pride itself in developing durable products that last through time. It was the first water heater manufacturer to use titanium against water corrosion. Today, all of Andris2 models are made with super-ecologic insulation materials and boast a new exclusive Titanshield technology for best tank protection with titanium enameling and enhanced Mg anode. The patented full-titanium heating element is the best solution in the market which assures top heating performance during the whole product life. To prove product durability, this unique component in Andris2 Top & Lux range comes complete with a lifetime warranty.

Beautiful, clean and modern lines define the Italian design by renowned art designer Umberto Palermo. Possibly the best-looking water heaters out there, the Andris2 range come in aesthetically pleasing monochrome colours that will look stunning in any bathroom. The sleek and minimalistic design does not take up too much space in the bathroom, a great trait especially since bathrooms are now getting smaller. After all, a compact water heater means a less cluttered and a more spacious bathroom.

The table below summarizes the highlights of each model under the Andris2 Range.

  Andris2 Top Andris2 Lux Andris2 RS
Highlights Smart Control Technology The Elegance and the Efficiency High Performance and Easy to Use
SMART functioning with ECO EVO (Patented)

–   Reduces energy consumption without compromise on comfort

Precise Temperature Control
Auto Diagnosis

–   Uses a microprocessor to continuously check all product parameters

Titanium Heating Element (Patented)

–  Assures heating performance during the whole product life. This feature comes with Lifetime Warranty.

Titanshield Technology

–   For best tank protection with titanium enameling and enhanced MG anode

Scalding Prevention Indicator

–  to avoid burning

AG+ Technology (Patented)

–   with antibacterial properties providing greater hygiene

LED Display with Electronic Temperature Control  
Premium Italian art design
Integrated WiFi    
Available Sizes (Prices) 30L (S$459) 30L (S$399)

15L (S$369)

30L (S$299)

15L (S$269)

Availability October 2019 April 2019 April 2019

If you are getting a new home or renovating your home and you are planning to install/replace a new water heater in your home, do check out Ariston Andris2 Top WiFi-enabled smart water heater! Do share this news with your family, relatives and friends! Pass It On and Pay It Forward!

*Information and details courtesy of Ariston Thermo and Brand Cellar *