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N.E.mation! 9 Downtown Picnic and Call For Vote!

A few months ago, I was following closely, photographing the N.E.mation! 9 Top 22 Super Pitch. It was an eye opener to go behind the scenes and watched their enthusiasm, ideas and presentation to enter the final Top 10 teams. When the Top 10 teams were announced, I was looking forward to their final animation clips for the N.E.mation! 9.

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At N.E.mation! 9 Downtown Picnic, I went down and visited the Top 10 teams at the National Library, walking through each team’s booth, presentation and their animation clip for the N.E.mation! 9 competition. I am pretty impressed with some of the teams animation clips, having listen and watched their presentation during their Top 22 Super Pitch, I am very happy for them to see the fruits of their labour being shown to the public. I was able to remember how some of their  teams presented their pitch with their story boards and producing some pretty awesome animation clips!

I have been supporting and following N.E.mation! from N.E.mation! 6 to N.E.mation! 9 today. Today, I would like to call for everybody here to give them your fullest attention! Visit N.E.mation! and view the Top 10 teams animation clips produced by the N.E.mation! 9 teams!

Here are the ways whereby you can vote for your favourite N.E.mation! 9 animation clip and you can stand to win attractive prizes too!

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Here are the website and social media links for N.E.mation! –

– Official website: www.nemation.sg

– Facebook: www.facebook.com/nemation

– Mobile: m.nemation.sg

– Twitter: www.twitter.com/nemation

– YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NEmators

Dear friends and supporters, let’s all support the wonderful young talent of Singapore that are participating in N.E.mation! 9 and give them our fullest support!

SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014

15th February is just like any other day in our calendar. For Singapore, 15th February is an important date for us to remember in our history, it’s the day when Singapore entered into a period of darkness 72 years ago on the 15th February 1942, when Singapore surrendered to the Japanese during World War 2, plunging Singapore into a dark period from 15th February 1942 to 12th September 1945.

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15th February is an important date for all of us to solemnly remember and not to forget our history and what happened to Singapore in 1942. Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) held a Total Defence Day Commemoration Event at the War Memorial Park in City Hall area, with a weapons presentation ceremony to the new recruits of 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards. The weapons presentation is an important milestone in the life of a recruit becoming a soldier in their National Service.

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The War Memorial Park is of great and important significance for Total Defence Day and the weapons presentation ceremony. The 61m tall memorial monument comprises of 4 columns, representing the 4 races and it is joined at the base to signify the unity of all races. It was built to remember the civilians of all races who lost their lives during World War 2. Having the weapons presentation at the War Memorial Park reminds our soldiers on the ultimate purpose that they have been training for, to defend Singapore.

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The Total Defence Day Commemoration Event started with the laying of the wreath by the selected recruit from 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards along with the Chief of Defence Force.  The Last Post was played (and for those who understand the significance of the Last Post) it was a sombre moment to remember those who had fallen, followed by the 1 minute of moment of silence.  The playing of the Rouse was followed after the moment of silence.

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At 1820hrs, the time when General Percival surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the weapons presentation commenced and it brought me back memories, to my days of serving National Service and receiving my weapon in the ceremony. The Recitation of Weapon Pledge and the SAF Pledge followed after that, with the National Anthem being played at the end of the SAF Pledge.

Let’s take this time to remember our fallen, our history, and progress and not take things for granted. Everybody plays a part in Total Defence.

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* I would like to thank Mindef Public Relations for the invitation to attend SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014 at the War Memorial Park at City Hall *


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N.E.mation!8 – Are You Ready to Kick-Start?

The 8th edition of N.E.mation!8 is back and ready to kick start a brand new year with a brand new theme! This will be my third year being involved in N.E.mation! I was part of the N.E.mation! journey from N.E.mation! 6 and this season is N.E.mation! 8, and I am very happy to be part of this journey to share and encourage everybody to be part of the N.E.mation! adventure and journey. N.E.mation! 8 is now open for entry! It’s time to share this with your friends, loved ones and family about N.E.mation! 8. When I was part of N.E.mation! 6 and N.E.mation! 7, the talents and creativity by our students were of the highest level and it was very heart warming and touching too! I am an avid supporter of the N.E.mation! journey and I strongly encourage all of you to be part of the N.E.mation! journey, either as a participant or as a supporter (like me) !!NE8LOGO_FA

Some of you may ask, what is N.E.mation! all about? N.E.mation! is a digital animation competition organised by Nexus for youths to express their thoughts on Total Defence. Into its eighth season this year, the competition has proven highly successful, with more than 9,900 students participating since its inception in 2007. With training and guidance, students with no prior experience in animation have been able to produce clips of broadcast quality to screen on free-to-air television. Some of these clips were even selected for international animation festivals and won several awards.

The theme for N.E.mation! 8 is

“Because You Played A Part”

30 years of security and stability as a nation was built upon everyone’s efforts. We stood with each other through the good times and bad, overcoming challenges and celebrating our successes. We are able to enjoy what we have in Singapore today because each of us has played a part, in building this nation, our home.”

This year’s N.E.mation! 8 theme resonates with me a lot, everybody plays a part in Total Defence, no matter who you are. We all have a part to play, no matter how big or small our part is.

This year, students are asked to use their creativity to produce storylines centred on the theme of “Because You Played A Part”. The animation clips produced by the top 10 finalist teams will be judged by a panel comprising industry professionals such as Melvin Tan (Senior Animator, Blue Sky Studios). In addition, the public can vote for their three favourite clips come January 2014 at www.nemation.sg, Facebook or via SMS. The winning team will win a coveted trip to visit a renowned animation studio in the USA!

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N.E.mation! 7 Results Announcement during Total Defence Day 2013

How do I get started in the N.E.mation! 8 journey ? 

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Just 3 Simple Steps !!!

1. Form a team of 3 to 4 students from your school.

2. Register online at http://nemation.sg/

3. Submit your story ideas on the theme (Because You Played A Part) by 21st August 2013, 1PM.

Don’t know how to start? No worries, we have some resources here to help you get your creative juice flowing and craft a winning story:

1. View the Free online Story Workshop at http://nemation.sg/story/

2. Receive coaching on your story ideas when we visit you in school, or when you attend our Public Story Clinic session*!

*The option to choose your preferred Public Story Clinic session is available when you register online. 83% of all past N.E.mation! Top 10 teams attended this same Story Clinic session and this is why you need it too!

N.E.mation! 8 – Share Your Story Contest

If you are not eligible to participate in the competition (like me, no longer a student and over the age limit too!), don’t despair, you can still be part of the N.E.mation! 8 journey, the fun, excitement and adventure! All you have to do is to join the N.E.mation! 8 – Share Your Story Contest! contest on Facebook that is opened for all ages to participate (for Singaporean & Permanent Residents).

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Simply submit a story online on our contest page to tell us how you have played a part for Singapore and stand to win either a $50 shopping voucher or a pair of movie tickets!

Contest Period:

 Round 1 – 5 to 11 Aug 2013

 Round 2 – 12 to 18 Aug 2013

Prizes for each round are:

 1 x S$50 Shopping Voucher (Judges Choice)

 8 x a pair of movie tickets (Random Draw)

For more information about N.E.mation! Here’s a list of the Official Website and Social Media Channels

Website: http://nemation.sg/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nemation

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NEmators

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nemation8

Boys and Girls, share about N.E.mation! 8 with your classmates, friends, family and loved ones. Let your creativity and talents showcase here! You will definitely enjoy this learning and wonderful journey in N.E.mation!. Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s all Support N.E.mation! 8 Because You Played A Part too! Remember Because You Played A Part and you can make a difference and an impact!

Total Defence Day 2013

This day, the 15th February is an important and significant day in Singapore’s history. In the year 1942, on the 15th February, Singapore fell to Japanese control when the British forces led by General Percival surrendered at 1820hrs to the Japanese Army. Every 15th February marks Total Defence Day, it also marks the anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  Total Defence is for everybody to play a part no matter how big or small, in everyday aspects of our life from all walks of the society, to make our country Singapore, more resilient.

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15th February 2013 marks the 71st Anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) organised commemoration events in conjunction with Total Defence Day. I was invited by MINDEF Public Affairs to a private military event a Weapons Presentation Ceremony for the new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards at War Memorial Park, which was part of 2013 Total Defence Day events.

The Weapons Presentation Ceremony is a special and unique event for the recruits during Basic Military Training when they made the symbolic first step from recruits into soldiers. This kind of ceremony is usually private and held in SAF camps or a place of historical significance. Being a former soldier that served my National Service, I went through the Weapons Presentation Ceremony before, in my camp. It was an important event and significant for the recruits that were presented with the weapons to defend our country Singapore.

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War Memorial Park is an ideal location for the Weapons Presentation Ceremony, it was constructed to remember all the civilian lives lost during World War II. The 61 meters tall monument, consisting of four columns, representing the four races in Singapore, joined at the base, signifying the unity of all the races. The new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards; that were presented with their weapons at the War Memorial Park, would deeply remember their role, purpose, significance and importance of their roles in defending Singapore as a soldier of the Singapore Armed Forces. The Total Defence Day event on 15th February 2013, started with the placement of wreath by ceremonial military police, followed by the Last Post (Bugle Call) and the Observation of 1-minute of silence. It was a sombre moment with the Last Post being sounded and the moment of silence, reminding us of the fallen civilians during World War II. At 1820hrs, the weapons were presented to the recruits of 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, the approximate time when General Percival of the British forces signed the surrender agreement of Singapore in 1942.

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The weapons presentation was also attended and observed by family members of the recruits of the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards. Watching the weapons presentation ceremony from the sidelines, this brought back my National Service memories when I also went through the ceremony. After the weapons were all presented to the recruits, it was followed by the Recitation of the Weapon Pledge, the Recitation of the SAF Pledge and lastly the National Anthem of Singapore.

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While this marked the end of the ceremony and Total Defence Day 2013, their importance and significance must never be forgotten. Lest We Forget Total Defence Day. I would like to say a big Thank You to MINDEF Public Affairs for this special invitation to attend and observe this special ceremony.