Hello Kitty Moleskine Notebooks – Get Yours Now! :D

Hello Kitty Moleskine notebooks

When I first saw an ad on Facebook regarding the new Hello Kitty x Moleskine notebooks, I knew I had to get one. Or two.

I purchased the limited edition large notebooks which come with 240 plain pages and 3 bookmarks each.

These notebooks cost S$41… EACH! I got mine from hipvan.com with S$10 discount for signing up for their newsletter, and free delivery. Though it is stated on the site that it’ll take 2-3 weeks for the items to be delivered, I received my package the very next day. Amazing!

You can also purchase Moleskines from bookstores like Kinokuniya. Kino currently has 20% discount for members from 10th to 25th Dec 2014. So hurry and get your favorite Moleskines today! You’ll probably pay just S$32.80 for these Hello Kitty Moleskines!

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Why pay over 30 or 40 dollars for a notebook?

Well, that’s a question I’m still trying to answer myself. :P

I love the designs. It’s just like how people pay a little more for an Apple product, when there are way cheaper made-in-China alternatives. Get what I mean?

And I do try to get them only when there’s a discount. Ha! I guess this means I should head to Kino again soon. A blogger can never have too many notebooks.

Hello Kitty Pasta – Cutest Pasta On Earth?

Hello Kitty Pasta

I bought some Hello Kitty pasta earlier this year, from an organic food shop I think. And kept it in the kitchen till today. I didn’t realize how absolutely adorable this pasta is till I poured it out and identified 5 different shapes.

There’s kitty, kitty’s head, that famous bow, an apple, and a flower. Wow.

And the best part is, after the recommended 9 minute cooking time, the pasta still holds its shape well. I thought the kitties would be unrecognizable after the boiling process, but they all turned out well!

For this pasta dish, I didn’t use any of the usual sauces. I added a can of Ayam Brand sardines, sliced portobello mushrooms and some chili padi. I definitely should have bought some lime to squeeze onto this pasta, and give it some added zest.

But I’m happy with how it turned out. Anyway, this small packet (which cost me just S$4) can make up to 5 servings of pasta so I’ll definitely be experimenting with other ingredients and sauces. Stay tuned! :D

Hello Kitty Pasta

Hello Kitty Run – The Best and Worst Run EVER!

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

[Picture Credit: CNA fb]

I took part in the 5km Hello Kitty Run on Saturday and can safely say it was the best and worst run I have ever taken part in. It was a Hello Kitty fan’s dream come true and a runner’s worst nightmare. Let’s start with the horrifying bits first:

1) 17,000 runners of all ages and varying levels of race experience

I was in the second ‘wave’ of runners and it was frustrating having to wait till 8.14am before I could finally move. Flag-off for the first wave was at 8am, then the emcee tried to “entertain” us while we waited and perspired.

I could not see what was happening on the stage – I could hear talk about cupcakes and Kitty and Daniel and whatnot, but it was such a pity. I did not see any of it!

And when we were FINALLY ready to go, some people with their selfie sticks and phones and cameras were just refusing to budge till they took their photos with an inflatable balloon kitty.

THEN, when I finally get my chance to escape from that sauna among a throng of people, there are kids and inexperienced runners getting into my way. Someone running in front of me would suddenly stop and turn around to look for a friend/family member/Kitty(?!) and I have to do my best not to run straight into him/her.

2) That ambulance

I have never been in a race whereby an ambulance suddenly comes from behind, with sirens blaring, and I have to give way to it. Utterly ridiculous. And those fans with their selfie sticks were definitely not going to give way till they had gotten their pictures.

It was definitely not a good time to have a heart attack or some life-threatening injury, because by the time the ambulance reaches the person, he/she would most likely be gone.

3) Hello Kitty balloons, sculptures, arches, distance markers, etc

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

People were just stopping for pictures at ALL of these “attractions”. I have NEVER seen anyone stop for a picture with a distance marker before, but it was commonplace at the Hello Kitty Run. There was definitely no way to clock a personal best timing for running, and I was doing more running sideways, by trying to dodge people who suddenly decide to turn around for a selfie.

4) Really icy cold water

I stopped at both water points. And was given really cold water. I pity the folks with sensitive teeth.

5) Inexperience in handing out medals

The organizers have absolutely no clue as to who has taken a medal and who hasn’t. I am not surprised at all that some runners had the chance to take more than their share of medals.

In other runs I’ve taken part in, someone would put a tick on our race bibs to signify that we have collected our medals. For the Kitty Run, you can take a medal, then go queue again for another. No way that could be stopped. ;)

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I managed to complete the run pretty fast, even overtaking some of the people in the first ‘wave’. I collected my medal without a hitch. There were kitty cookies and mineral water and a canned drink for each runner too.

When I emerged from the (portable) toilet, it started to drizzle, then it really poured. I decided to just run back to the bus bay where there were shuttle buses to take us back to Vivocity.

I got totally drenched and decided not to wait for the bus, and to take the tram back to Vivocity instead.

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What was amazing about the Hello Kitty Run:

1) The tee, the Hello Kitty plushie and the medal

It is definitely the prettiest, cutest and most treasured medal I have in my collection. I think the only thing the organizers got wrong was the naming of this event. It should have been called the “Hello Kitty Big Walk” or something like that.

It was definitely not a “Run”. It was a massive gathering of Hello Kitty fans in celebration of Kitty’s birthday with many photo opportunities along the route.

2) The amazing decorations!

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

I have never taken part in a more ‘kawaii’ run. There were kitty balloons, bubbles and even some (Japanese?) Kitty song being played. And there was supposed to be an awesome Beach Party, which I did not stay for because of the rain.

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

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And now, for the millionaire dollar question: Will I take part again if there is another Hello Kitty Run / Walk?

Sadly, yes. I’m a sucker for these things.

What would I do differently next time?

1) Get to the starting point as early as possible so I am ahead of the pack

2) Carry a bag to contain all the Kitty goodies at the end, and include a poncho in case there’s bad weather

Hello Kitty Run Singapore: Check Your Pre-Registration Status

Read my earlier post about the Hello Kitty Run – Singapore pricing, route and entitlements. I emailed the organizers to find out what happens after pre-registration. Their reply:

“If you signed up during the pre-registration period, an email with instructions for the official registration will be sent to you soon. Each participant will then be given a week to complete their registration. If registration is incomplete after a week from receiving the email, the slot will be automatically forfeited and given to the public for registration.

Further details of the race will be announced soon, so do keep a look out on our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hellokittyrunsg for more updates, thank you for understanding!”

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Remember to check your email, folks!

If you’d like to check the status of your pre-registration, head over here: https://www.digitalracesolutions.com.sg/cgi-bin/registration/hellokitty2014/closed.cgi

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Loot From Taiwan! :D

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

These are some of the Kitty items I bought when I was in Taiwan last month. I was glad that he brought his luggage just for me, or I would definitely have run out of space, considering that I bought THREE pairs of kitty shoes, among other things. :D

Anyway, this pair of sneakers is from the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary range, and I have not worn them since the fitting in the store. They just might end up in a glass case in my new home in future, unless I find some occasion to put them on. LOL!

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

I spent NT1264 on these shoes and I happen to think they are worth every penny! :D

The folders cost NT190 and the pouch set cost NT590 (before discount).

I really like the print and design for the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary collection. I am amazed that I didn’t buy more stuff back. I’m not sure when I’ll head back to Taiwan, especially after the MRT stabbing incident. Hmm…

My Recent Phenomenal Success With Facebook Postings

I’ve hosted two giveaways on Facebook recently (one uploaded this afternoon), and I am taken aback by the phenomenal number of likes, shares and comments that the posts have garnered!

I currently have 10,758 fans on my facebook page. But this Herbal Essences giveaway post has been shared 1740 times! On top of that, the post itself was viewed by 14,896 people! <- That is even greater than the number of fans I have. The post also received 493 likes and 440 comments.

Herbal Essences giveaway

Similarly, this Cornell Hello Kitty Toaster giveaway, uploaded this afternoon, has been well-received with 592 shares, 334 likes and 203 comments. The post has already been viewed by 9296 people!

Cornell Hello Kitty Toaster

Both these posts were not “boosted” and I did not take out any ads to promote them either. So I am pleasantly surprised at the number of people taking part.

I guess my takeaway (to share with all my fellow bloggers reading this) is to keep giveaways simple. Avoid having too many steps for people to follow, i.e. too many hoops for participants to jump through, before they can win the prize.

A ‘like’ plus a ‘share’ is something most people are willing and able to do. :)

Hello Kitty Stamps by SingPost: Where To Buy Them

After Hello Kitty Ez-link cards, we now have Hello Kitty stamps to purchase! To celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, limited edition MyStamps will be released throughout 2014. Enjoy early bird discounts from 10 – 31 March 2014.

{ Images in this post are from SingPost }

Hello Kitty Stamps SingPost

Each MyStamp set comes with exclusive Hello Kitty collectibles and souvenir sheets.

Hello Kitty Stamps SingPost

The signature product of the SingPost X Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection is the Hello Kitty Limited Edition MyStamp Book Set (S$69.90) which will be released on 16 April 2014. This exquisitely designed 8-page book contains limited edition Hello Kitty MyStamp souvenir sheets. It also comes with a Hello Kitty tote bag.

Hello Kitty Stamps SingPost

Hello Kitty Stamps SingPost

Hello Kitty Stamps SingPost

Hello Kitty Singapore MyStamp Folder Set (S$18) will be also available for sale on 16 April. The remaining MyStamp Folder Sets featuring Hello Kitty Classic (S$28), Hello Kitty Love and Friendship (S$28), and Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Celebration (S$38) will be released in June, August and October respectively.

Hello Kitty Stamps SingPost

Collectors can enjoy a special price of S$148 when they pre-order the entire set of SingPost X Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection between 10 March and 31 March 2014, an early bird savings of S$33.90. In addition, they will receive a special Hello Kitty lanyard.

Pre-orders can be made at the post office or online at http://www.stampdelight.com.

Each Hello Kitty MyStamp product can be purchased separately or as a bundle set. Collectors who purchase the bundle set between 1 April and 31 October 2014 will enjoy the bundle set promotional price of S$155.

Pricing when ordering online:

Preorder online on Omigo: S$18 for the Hello Kitty Singapore set + S$8.90 shipping and handling = S$26.90

*Free delivery for orders above S$99

*Omigo store’s “WELCOME15″ voucher code for S$15 off S$100 spending is NOT valid for Hello Kitty stamp purchase. :(

Sunday Siesta 4: Hello Kitty Meet-And-Greet At WestGate

[The Sunday Siesta series: You’ll find no advertorials and no sponsored posts. Just recommendations of stuff I really like, in no more than 3 paragraphs! Every Sunday! :) ]

Two weeks ago, I decided to go on a journey to the West (of SG) to catch Hello Kitty in a rare Meet-And-Greet session organized by Isetan, Westgate. I don’t usually travel all the way to Jurong East, but for Kitty, I did:

Hello Kitty Meet And Greet

I was the only lone adult in a queue dominated by screaming kids and their parents! Imagine that! I bought a Hello Kitty tote bag in order to secure a photo pass, and was later rather peeved that they were giving out FREE passes as the response wasn’t as overwhelming as they had expected. (@_@)

But the rest of Westgate mall was pretty impressive. Reindeer ornaments outside the mall, a roaming Santa Claus within Isetan, a soon-to-be-opened Wonderland for kids, free popcorn and candyfloss, and a BORDERS bookstore! I managed to attend the BORDERS book talk by Suchen Christine Lim, regarding the exact same book in the first of this Sunday Siesta series! What are the odds?! A huge pity that there is this gigantic TV screen next to the author’s table. The award-winning author had to wrestle with the TV for the audience’s attention! And oh… Kym Ng was in Isetan too! :D

Westgate Jurong East

BORDERS Westgate Jurong East

Kym Ng Westgate Jurong East

Kym Ng Westgate Jurong East

Going Shopping? Have a Happy Sunday! :D

Forever Friends Meet & Greet At Compasspoint: Be A Kid Again!

Forever Friends Meet and Greet

On Saturday, I went for the Hello Kitty Meet & Greet event at Westgate (next to Jurong East MRT Station) and on Sunday, I went for the Forever Friends show at CompassPoint.

The place was PACKED with kids and their parents. And it was such fun to join in. There was singing and dancing, and photo-taking!

Forever Friends compasspoint

When it was time to dance, the kids just stood up and danced like no one was watching. Well, at least most of them did. This little girl in the blue shirt almost trampled all over the fiance’s toes as he was seated next to me. She was shaking her booty to the music and it really cracked me up.

What is it we lose when we become adults?

That carefree sense of abandon. That exuberance. That freedom from not having to care about how others view us.

So yes, I’m gonna take pictures with Hello Kitty just ‘cos I am a kitty fan. Even if everyone else in the queue is either a screaming kid or a parent with a screaming kid. :D [Blogpost coming up soon]

I dare YOU to be a kid again. What is it you REALLY want to do, but you are afraid of doing because people *might* say that it’s childish/stupid/not age appropriate for you? ;) Just try not to wail in public, ok?

Showtimes for those who are interested:

Forever Friends showtimes

McDonald’s Hello Kitty Plushies: Singaporeans Crazy, Malaysians Unaffected

Do you remember how, not too long ago, Singaporeans were fighting over McDonald’s Hello Kitty plushies YET AGAIN? :)

McDonald’s Malaysia is also offering the Fairy Tales range of plushies at the moment. And the response is VERY different.

The Malaysians don’t seem to care much about the Hello Kitty plushies. Here’s proof:

You can pick any plushie from the range – All are in stock!

McDonald's Malaysia Hello Kitty plushies

There is NOT EVEN ONE ‘Sold Out’ sticker! 

I bought the final one in this range today: The Singing Bone kitty. It was SUPPOSEDLY a LIMITED EDITION plushie in Singapore. And Singaporeans went crazy over it.

In Malaysia, you can get as many as you want.

McDonald's Malaysia Hello Kitty plushies

The plushies are going for RM9.95 with any meal. That’s about S$3.90 for each plushie.

I even spotted a guy who bought what looked like just ONE meal and about 5 or 6 plushies:McDonald's Malaysia Hello Kitty plushies 

Yes, I felt very silly going in every week just to order a meal and buy a plushie. (@_@) I had thought the Kitty craze would have spread to JB. Apparently not.

I should have waited till all 5 plushies were released, bought one meal, and the whole range at one go. :D

That’s what I am going to do next time! Because sharing is caring, I’m telling YOU too, so if you’re as crazy a kitty fan as I am, we can just head to JB in future for our Hello Kitty fix. :D

Also, KUDOS to McDonald’s Marketing Dept in Singapore! THANKS for getting us all falling over ourselves over the so-black-it-looks-like-charcoal Singing Bone Kitty just because you labeled it as “LIMITED EDITION”.

Actually, limited edition my foot.

I could have bought 10 of them today. But then it would have been REALLY silly! :D