Sunday 20 June 2021

What's For Snacks?

Snacking is arguably one of our favourite past-times. Who can resist heading for the snack aisle in any supermarket or neighbourhood convenience store, looking at the assortment of snacks all lined up neatly on the shelves? And what's more comforting than having a pack of snacks readily within reach at home, at work or outside during your downtime? Not to mention, is there anything better to accompany you when binge-watching your shows than a packet of snacks (or more)?

Well, I think you would have guessed by now that I'm unabashedly a bit of a snack person! So let me introduce you to a range of snacks that caught my attention only recently, but has now become my go-to brand whenever I'm feeling a little peckish - Oishi!

Oishi probably carries dozens of different kinds of snacks, from chips to biscuits to popcorn. Frankly speaking, all the different snacks from Oishi I've tried so far taste pretty awesome, but my personal favourite, and also one of their most popular products, has to be the Oishi Pillows.

As the name suggests, Oishi Pillows are crackers in the shape of squarish pillows. Like real pillows, they are also soft on the inside, not with feathers of course, but with creamy chocolate! Oishi Pillows also go particularly well with milk, similar to how you might eat crunchy cereal with milk, except even yummier thanks to the chocolatey fillings.

Another one that I like a lot is the Oishi Prawn Crackers. In my opinion, their prawn crackers get it just right - not too salty, and very crispy. They also have a kind of old-school flavour which reminds me of the snacks eaten in my childhood.

Other noteworthy mentions are the Oishi Panchos, which are corn tortilla chips that taste great on their own but also superb when dipped in cheese; Oishi Potato Fries as well as Oishi Potato Chips. Each of these comes in various flavours, and they are all worth a try!

A nice thing about their snacks is that their packaging comes in handy sizes and are affordably priced, so you can easily buy many of their different products and flavours to try out without worrying about overeating or wastage.

Oishi products are currently not too widely available on the market in Singapore, but I believe this will soon change as more people find out about them, because they are really that delectable! Right now you can mainly find them at major stores like Prime Supermarket, HAO Mart, Popular Bookstore, as well as selected convenience stores such as Fortune Supermarket.

Have you tried any of Oishi's wide range of snack products? If so, which is your favourite or what else would you recommend? Do share with everyone on my social media platforms!

丘俊鑫 Lawrence Hiew

Wednesday 9 June 2021

Filming And MV Recording For《繼承者》Successor

Hello friends! The past few weeks have really been hectic yet exhilarating, and if you're wondering what I've been up to, do read on to find out because I have plenty to fill you in on!

First up, I'm thrilled to announce that after a hiatus of over 4 long years, I will finally be releasing a brand new song! This song will serve as the main theme for the upcoming microfilm《繼承者》Successor, in which I also have a minor role. More about that in a bit!

My entire experience, from the filming of《繼承者》Successor to the production of the theme song's music video has been a unique one, since it's the first time that I was truly involved being cast in a film, along with acting in the MV.

Naturally, it was a nervy ride for me, but thankfully the director as well as all the other artistes and friends have been extremely kind, guiding me on how to immerse myself into the role, and passing down their invaluable acting experience. Their advice helped me to grasp certain acting techniques far more easily, and allowed me way better understanding about the overall process of MV production. To say I learned a lot is an understatement!

Coming back to the microfilm《繼承者》Successor, it was of great honour that I was able to work together with the lead cast Sora Ma (马艺瑄) and Zen Chong (章缜翔), as well as other established faces we have seen on television. As a first-time actor, meeting these professional actors and actresses got me even more nervous. However they were all such nice people, making my time spent working with them and learning from them very pleasant and special. Hopefully everyone is as excited as I am in awaiting the microfilm's release and watching their acting skills play out on screen.

My role in《繼承者》Successor is that of a courier, but the development of this character takes an interesting twist later on in the microfilm's sequel(s), so if you want to find out how I will eventually turn out in this role, be sure to stay tuned!

As for the microfilm's theme song, I shall not divulge the song title at the moment, but all will be revealed when it launches around July or August this year, so look out for its release! I would say that this song is highly moving and intense, and it is produced by two legendary figures of the industry. 

On the left in the below photo is teacher George Leong (梁伯君老师), an elite producer who has arranged songs for several A-list singers such as Fish Leong. Coaching me in my vocals on the right is teacher Jim Lim (林倛玉老师), whom I believe many friends in Singapore would have seen quite often on television. He had taught me a great deal regarding my singing technique, especially for this song, so when you listen to it you should be in for a bit of a surprise.

The MV for《繼承者》Successor is directed by Kaka Tong, who is also the director for the microfilm itself. Filming for the MV took place around the Yishun Dam area. In order to capture the most ideal shots, our day of the shoot started around 6am, so it was long and hard work for everyone involved as they had to wake up extra early.

The most unforgettable incident that day was that it began to pour heavily later during filming! Hence the director had to quickly improvise on the spot, adding in a rainy scene for the MV. So it turned out to be quite an exceptional shoot and also a novel experience for myself to be singing under a deluge of rain! I'm looking forward to you catching these distinctive scenes when the MV comes out.

Needless to say, the director Kaka Tong imparted a mountain of knowledge to me throughout the whole MV project. I'm immensely grateful to him, as well as to all the crew members who have been through this demanding journey together with me. May the microfilm and MV be hugely successful so that all our efforts may be rewarded!

Thus I hope you can throw your wonderful support behind《繼承者》Successor and its theme song, both of which will be released real soon. I'll keep everyone updated on my social media, so remember to follow me on the platforms below!

丘俊鑫 Lawrence Hiew