11th Dubai International Film Festival 2014

This year the Dubai International Film Festival is in its 11th edition. Countless stars have been reported to attend the festival and more Arab films have been submitted from all over the world. Hollywood star Emily Blunt to famous comedian Wonho Chung walked the red carpet. For the first time this year, films in DIFF are now recognized by the Oscar Academy. That means films that are played in DIFF now have a chance to be nominated in Oscars.

I attended the festival this year and the movie that I was most excited about was Emirati filmmaker, Ali F. Mostafa’s From A to B. I don’t want to give anything away as I have already watched it. It was filled with drama all the way to comedy. It was very easy to relate to the actors in the film, specially if you are from the Gulf or grew up in the Gulf. It touched sensitive topics just enough to allow the audience to reflect.

Here is the trailer of From A to B. Enjoy! Make sure to watch it when it officially comes out in the cinemas next month. I surely enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too.

Science Film Festival 2014 – Dubai

I grew up in Singapore as a kid and finding out that the Science Film Festival is going to take place in Dubai for the first time, I was ecstatic. I needed to cover this on one of my projects. The festival brought back a lot of my childhood memories when I was in Singapore where my school would send us to the Science Centre with the different festivals and activities taking place there. I covered the festival and enjoyed seeing the kids experiencing similarly as I did as a kid. Science is fun and through festivals like these kids will enjoy the subject more.

It’s time for an uncomfortable conversation … | The National


I read this article and liked it. Sex education has always been hushed in many countries, usually Asian countries. In Western countries, they have sex ed in their school curriculum. If you think about it statistically, there are higher number of people who have STDs in countries where they do not have sex ed. There are also people who have it in countries that have sex ed but they are at a lower number. I think the best way to approach the topic is through science and it should be done by experts, real doctors who can explain the consequences in detail without any hesitation.

In my old school in Singapore, they introduced us about puberty at 6th grade although some of the girls already hit it, it was useful as not many of them were aware of the reason behind having their menstrual cycle and etc. They had doctors and nurses at our school to explain to us. It wasn’t just for girls, they also let the boys be present for the talk. Their reason was so that they will know what to do once they have wives and daughters.

It is a good idea to have things like these done however implementing it would be very difficult as not everyone would adhere to it. Cultures would clash of the idea. At the end of the day if you face a problem regarding your menstrual cycle or etc, you will still end up going to the doctor for a check up. It’s better to let the experts explain it to us at a younger age around 12 like I was so that the attitude towards sex wouldn’t be so ignorant. The less you know about something the more ignorant you get. Gaining the right knowledge from the experts is better than gaining wrong information from hear-says. Prevent and protect before it is too late.

Christmas is looming in Cebu!!! Keep calm and Uke On


The ukelele store is owned by a friend and feel proud to have a blogger talk about him and his store. If you are in Cebu, Philippines do check it out.

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Meet with Brian, the inspiring founder of Huni Ukuleles

If for the rest of the world Santa is coming in 2 months, in the Philippines it is tomorrow! With Christmas carols heard as early as September, I already feel under an intense shopping pressure.

No plastic crap made in China, hyperactive electronic toy nor materialistic Barbie for us. If I start shopping so early, it’s because I am looking for something special. My criteria: organic, unique and 100% locally made. Last but not least, I want to know who made it and under what conditions.

All checked in UkeCebuUkuleleStore . Meet with Brian Brusas (a.k.a. SYO NGEE), the inspiring founder of the brand, ukulele aficionado and self made artist!playinglr

Ukulele store is the child of a love story. One of those stories that make you take the extra mile, go far beyond your boundaries. And when you have settled down with the…

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Death penalty still the norm?

I recently read this story http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/25/world/meast/iranian-woman-execution/index.html?c=&page=1

The Iranian woman was executed out of self defense. I was shocked however, is death penalty still the norm in our society. In many countries for example, in Philippines where the jails are over crowded I think death penalty is applicable to people who have really murdered someone out of selfish reasons.

In certain countries like the Philippines it is hard to implement this as the Catholic Church is very dominant in the country. However in many countries like Iran it is implemented well which are used to take advantage to execute innocent lives.

Is it morally wrong to say to give someone a death penalty in our society regardless whether he was really guilty or not? What are you thoughts. Personally for me it is a huge dilemma as different countries may find it useful.

What I have noticed is that countries that have death sentence have commonly stern Governments. People in those certain countries generally follow their Governments and are content with them. However in countries with no death sentences the Governments are generally not as strict and strong.

Do you think punishments like death penalty should be present in our society to maintain peace and order or do you feel it is not needed? What other ways do you think can be done to have peace and order in the country?

Photo Competition for young photographers, 13-17

At this year’s Science Film Festival, there is a photo competition for young photographers, 13-17 years.

This contest is open to all countries.

Topic: Future Technologies

First Prize: Canon 7D Camera Kit
Second Prize: Polaroid Camera
Third Prize: Camera Kit for Mobile Phones

To take part click here

Good luck everyone!