R.I.P. Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

It’s been almost a week since the passing of the King of Pop, and everyday we see more tributes to his musical genius and reminders of how much of an impact he’s had on pop culture.

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STAR TREK: AMBP First Contact at Studio V

STAR TREK AMBP First Contact at Studio V

Hi y’all! Your friendly neighbourhood bloggers group AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP) is organising it’s kinda-annual blogger gathering on May 1 2009 (Labour Day), to be held at Studio V (The Star’s multimedia showcase place) at 1 Utama.

And this time around, the theme is based around the upcoming STAR TREK movie.

The event is called AMBP First Contact at Studio V, and there’ll be loads of activities and stuff going on, for both bloggers and non-bloggers alike:

  • Treasure Trek (i.e. a treasure hunt using GPS equipment!)
  • Blogger video interviews (you can watch, or you can participate and BE interviewed!)
  • Star Trek Captain’s Chair auction (take photos with the Chair, or buy it – starting bid is RM1,701 – Trekkies would recognise the number…)
  • Photo Session with Star Trek characters
  • Lucky Draw
  • Trivia Challenge (with questions prepared by a serious Trekkie, so be prepared!)
  • Online Contest (win a cool Star Trek T-shirt that GLOWS when you’re near a WiFi hotspot!)

And to end the day, there’ll be an special EXCLUSIVE screening for bloggers of the new STAR TREK movie, starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana (mmmm!), and Sylar, err, I mean, Zachary Quinto, and directed by JJ Abrams (of Lost and Alias fame).

Enterprise crew

Zoe Saldana as Lt Uhura

So if you’re a blogger, join the AMBP today and register for AMBP First Contact at Studio V now! You won’t want to miss it! 😉

See ya there!

Photo Credits: Industrial Light and Magic and Paramount Pictures

Retrenched? HELP is here!

Star-Jobs h.e.l.p
A project to assist the retrenched

Star-Jobs.com H.E.L.P.

With the economic crisis hitting every part of the world, retrenchment is on the rise. Losing your job suddenly is akin to losing someone you loved. We at Star-Jobs strive to assist the retrenched to go through their career transition as smoothly as possible and at the same time to discover potential talents within themselves.

This is a CSR initiative of The Star. The purpose of this initiative is to bring together companies that are seeking to hire and retrenched people seeking to be hired.

Times are tough, and when the going gets tough, well, we have to come together. Ok?

What you can do

Retrenched persons
Register on the Star-Jobs H.E.L.P. site, with your resume and stuff. Yes, it’s yet another job-seeker site form, and you probably already have registered on Jobstreet and places. Well, there’s no law that says you have to register on only one site, right? Why not cast the net wider? This is your future we’re talking about, after all.

Companies
Need employees? Have vacancies? Wanna list those vacancies online for FREE? Yeah, I said FREE! Contact the good people at Star-Jobs.com to find out how.

Ex-retrenched persons
Share your experiences! Give hope to your fellow man, people who are currently affected by the global economic meltdown, so that they will have hope that things will turn out for the better for them. Be a speaker at an event, or blog about your experiences! Once again, contact the nice people at Star-Jobs to learn how you can be of assistance.

Guys and gals, if you have a job, know how lucky you are. I have friends who have been retrenched, and I can only wish I could do something for them. This is the least I can do, and I hope you can do the same at the very least.

FRONTPAGE on ntv7

This is NOT a sponsored post. No, really, it isn’t.


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As you may or may not know, there’s a new TV show airing on ntv7 called FRONTPAGE.

It comes on every Sunday at 9.45pm, with the first episode having premiered last Sunday (Sept 7).

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Free Photography Trips + Workshops For Bloggers!

If you have an interest in (digital) photography, you might find this to be right up your alley.

Sunway City Bhd and AMBP are getting together to send a group of lucky bloggers on TWO photography trips: the first, a day tour to Sunway Lagoon Resort which covers Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, and Sunway Pyramid; the second will be a 2D1N trip to Sunway Lost World of Tambun.

There are lots of activities lined up besides the ones where you go snapping away with your camera to your heart’s content.

Both outings also double up as a contest, where images taken of Sunway premises during the tours will be considered as entries for the Sunway Memories Photography Contest which offers total prizes worth over RM140,000!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it’s all FREE! 😀

So what are ya waiting for? Move your mouse on over to AMBP and sign up now!

Shashi Tharoor on India’s Olympic failure

Ok, maybe failure is too harsh a word (India had won a few gold medals in hockey, I believe), but anyway, here’s an interesting article about India’s surprising ineffectiveness on the global sporting stage (cricket aside), by my namesake, the famous (but-not-as-handsome? :P) Shashi Tharoor.

Every Indian who follows the Olympics has cringed scanning the daily list of medal winners, eyes traveling down past dozens of nations big and small before alighting on a solitary Indian bronze in tennis or wrestling. Worse yet, we have all known the shame of waiting day after day for India to appear on the list at all, as countries a hundredth our size record gold upon gold and Indian athletes are barely mentioned among the also-rans.

An Indian beauty queen, Madhu Sapre, once became an unwitting victim of Indians’ sense of national shame at our sporting insignificance. She was unjustly denied a Miss World title in 1992 because of her answer to the final-round question, “What is the first thing you would do if you became the ruler of your country?” Her response – “I would build a sports stadium” – was considered stupid by the judges, and the almost-certain crown (she was the overwhelming favorite) slipped from her grasp. Sapre’s answer might not have been the brightest, but if the judges had any idea of how desperate Indians are for sporting success, they would have understood that she was not expressing such an absurd priority.

Shashi Tharoor, an acclaimed novelist and commentator, is a former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Read all of it at: India’s Olympic Also-Rans