'Demi, will you marry me?' 5-year-old cutie proposes to Demi Lovato at her concert

What a charmer. 

A four-year-old boy, Grant, was invited on stage during Demi Lovato’s recent concert in the US by the singer herself, after he was spotted holding a sign that says “I have a ring for you”.

He was obviously too cute to resist, and the 22-year-old singer not surprisingly fell for his young charm. The former Disney star, who was performing her World Tour concert in Illinois, then invited him onstage for a very big moment — a marriage proposal.

A clip of this special moment has been recorded from some members of the audience and several of them have been posted on YouTube. The clip posted by a Cassidy Burt garnered over 600,000 views. 

Watch the adorable chap pop the question (with some help from the star).

'Bro, still avail?' Wacky conversations on the Carousell app compiled in Tumblr blog
For those who have yet to be acquainted with the increasingly popular C2C marketing app, Carousell, it’s basically an eBay-cum-social networking platform that has been all the rage among Singaporeans recently. 
The Singapore app was launched back in 2012 and was created by two Singaporeans and a Malaysian who met while they were studying in the National University of Singapore, according to Tech in Asia. 
Through this app, users are able to sell or buy items as well as add their friends from Facebook. It also features instant messaging to facilitate communication between buyers and sellers when negotiating an offer. 
The kind of conversations you’ll get during negotiation can be pretty wacky and ridiculous, too. And it happens so often that a certain unknown Tumblr blogger has decided to collate screengrabs of such conversations and post them in a blog called “Carouhell”. If you can’t get enough of the Carousell humour, another similar Tumblr blog Carousell Comedy, has also been set up. 
"Carouhell" has also been making its rounds on Facebook on Friday. 
Read them and let us know what you think!


carouhell:

From Nich:
Because possible to meet up even though you’re overseas?

'Bro, still avail?' Wacky conversations on the Carousell app compiled in Tumblr blog

For those who have yet to be acquainted with the increasingly popular C2C marketing app, Carousell, it’s basically an eBay-cum-social networking platform that has been all the rage among Singaporeans recently. 

The Singapore app was launched back in 2012 and was created by two Singaporeans and a Malaysian who met while they were studying in the National University of Singapore, according to Tech in Asia

Through this app, users are able to sell or buy items as well as add their friends from Facebook. It also features instant messaging to facilitate communication between buyers and sellers when negotiating an offer. 

The kind of conversations you’ll get during negotiation can be pretty wacky and ridiculous, too. And it happens so often that a certain unknown Tumblr blogger has decided to collate screengrabs of such conversations and post them in a blog called “Carouhell”. If you can’t get enough of the Carousell humour, another similar Tumblr blog Carousell Comedy, has also been set up. 

"Carouhell" has also been making its rounds on Facebook on Friday. 

Read them and let us know what you think!

carouhell:

From Nich:

Because possible to meet up even though you’re overseas?

Hilarious prank by The North Face forces shoppers to rock climb

Outdoor apparel company The North Face played a prank on its shoppers by forcing them to climb the walls of a pop-up store. 

The North Face Korea posted this video online on 30 September of the elaborately planned prank.

As soon as staff left the store, the floor panels retreated beneath the shoppers’ feet, leaving them with no choice but to grab the grips on the wall and climb for dear life. 

Shoppers then had to reach out to a winter jacket hung from the centre of the ceiling. All the shoppers featured in the video tried to grab the jacket by jumping. The jacket was theirs to keep if they managed to grab it. 

Customers’ reactions and facial expressions to the do-or-die scenario were priceless. 

Are you game for some spontaneous rock climbing? How would you react?

An Open Letter to Forever 21

Gurmit Singh’s daughter speaks out against “misogynistic, uncensored, woman-shaming, woman-blaming” music in Forever21 stores. 

just-selah:

To whom it may concern:

First off, thank you for taking the time to read this, because it may be long; it is the reason I’m boycotting your brand. Sorry in advance. Earlier today, around 8pm, I was in your Somerset 313 outlet. I was there with my mother and my baby sister, and the moment we…

He uses typography and photography to express longing for Nepal

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It was love at first sight for Khoo Yu when he first visited Nepal in 2013. “I was able to sit back, calm myself down and clear my mind at that nice and pristine place, which had very little disturbance,” said the 26-year-old Singaporean business graduate, who was in the mountainous area for a 10-day visit as part of a community program while he was studying at the University of London.

He was assigned to share new learning methods to the teachers in Shree Tauthali Primary School, located in a village called Nagarkot, which is famous for its majestic views of the Himalayan peaks.

Yu interacted with the teachers by conducting roleplay activities and other practical lessons. Yu, who also loves portrait photography, found the trip fulfilling, as he was able to “give back to the community” and at the same time photograph children living in the village.

“In every portrait photo, there’s a story to tell. You can tell viewers these stories through the emotions you capture,” said Yu, who picked up photography six years ago during National Service.

Yu uses the photos as a personal visual diary, and often adds Mandarin typography to the photos.

“Typography brings out the words that I want to express. I think that both Mandarin and the English language are beautiful, except that in Mandarin, you need less characters to show more meanings.”

“It is also a way to keep in touch with my roots and to make my photos more appealing to the Taiwanese photographers who are in my Flickr contact list,” he added.

“In every dream there’s another dream” and “Return to Nepal for the kids” are some of the examples of the text he adds to his images.

He is a big fan of Taiwanese photographers because he feels that the majority of their photos are “fabulous”, “strong” and typically “invoke emotions”.

Yu’s fascination with Chinese history is another reason why he prefers to express himself in Mandarin. “There is more to being Chinese then the food and culture. There is also the history, which I frequently read up on, especially about the Qing dynasty. Why the Qing dynasty? Mainly because it’s the last one, there are more written facts about it as compared to the others, and it is the most controversial and colourful,” said Yu, who has been using Flickr since 2010.

“I like Flickr, because it’s the first and biggest photographers’ social network and the best platform to showcase your works. There is also the Flickr blog I read quite frequently to catch up on the latest happenings around the world that are photography-related.”

No social life? No problem for this budding Singaporean photographer

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In Tan Jia Jun’s pursuit of his passion, he has sacrificed his social life.  

Instead of spending his free time meeting up with friends, he chooses to spend his time improving his photography skills.

"I go out with my friends only once or twice a month. I also have two part-time jobs that keep me occupied – I am part of a sound crew for an events company and I’m also a bartender at a pub along Boat Quay," he said.

"I don’t get allowance from my parents any more. I’ve stopped receiving since I was in secondary four because I don’t like to get money from them,” explained the 24-year-old. “Also, I need to save up to buy equipment for my hobby since it is expensive.” Jia Jun said that he usually saves for months before buying a lens, which often costs hundreds of dollars. 

It has been four years since Jia Jun began dabbling in photography, and most of his experience involves food photography. 

"I was working at a Singapore-based company that does food photography. It was during my holidays and I was tasked to edit photos on the computer. During my time there, I observed how food photography works. There is the food stylist, who has many different ways of styling the dish to make it look good. There is also the different choices of lighting to create different effects on the food." 

It was the ‘exposure’ at this job which inspired Jia Jun to buy his own camera. He took it on a trip to Genting, where he experimented with macro photography.

“I was using a Canon 500D kit and a 18-55mm lens and there were these cherries, flowers and bees that caught my eyes. I didn’t have a macro lens with me, so I used one technique my colleagues taught me, which is to take out the lens from the camera body and flip it over. But you have to use manual focus mode. I really like the photos I took. There’s one that showed a leaf with water droplets on it.”

His parents initially disapproved of his photography pursuits, complaining that it was an expensive hobby.

But when Jia Jun started winning awards and competitions, they had a change of heart. 

“I convinced them after winning third runner-up for a competition held at Downtown East. My parents didn’t say much but from the look of their faces, they definitely seemed happy and proud,” he said. 

He added, “After that I joined the Canon Photomarathon competition (in 2013) and won first prize. My parents were very shocked and said, ‘Well done, you really got what you wanted… you really pursued your passion’.”

He has also been featured in television show “Photo Face Off”, which airs on the History channel. Jia Jun will appear on the show again in the last episode on 28 October. 

Jia Jun will be going for nation service after he graduates from polytechnic. After that, he plans to pursue photography full time and try his hand at fashion photography.

“I’ve never tried fashion photography before which is why I wanted to try it out. Based on what I’ve seen so far, many fashion photographers use big studio lighting, and collaborate with many people such as the makeup artists or stylists to produce a good shot. The whole process amazes me.”

He looks to New York-based fashion photographer Emily Soto’s work as a source of inspiration. “She uses a lot of flowers and dreamy effects, which is very nice. I will probably use the same technique when I start going into that direction while finding my own style. But of course, you need to learn from others first.”

What we would have Roger Federer do in Singapore

This post first appeared on GrateNews.

Roger Federer is coming to Singapore! Having replaced the injured Rafael Nadal in the International Premier Tennis League, Roger announced his impending arrival to his fans in India with an invitation to send him on a photoshopped adventure across India. The results were predictably, hilarious.

Other countries due to host the league include the Philippines,  United Arab Emirates and of course, our sunny island of Singapore! We figured we’d get him started on some things to do while he’s here.

Hugh Jackman seemed to really enjoy the Marina Bay Sands’ Infinity Pool, so here’s Roger chilling out at the hotspot [TWEET THIS]

Roger Federer at the Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool (Photo: GrateNews)

No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to the Merlion with a tennis racket in hand. [TWEET THIS]

Roger Federer visiting the Merlion (Photo: GrateNews)

Roger has a go at grilling satay with his Wilson endorsed fan. [TWEET THIS]

Roger Federer grilling satay (Photo: GrateNews)

The trishaw industry has seen better days and could surely use a man with Federer’s athletic talent. [TWEET THIS]

Roger Federer as a trishaw man (Photo: GrateNews)

Roger doesn’t seem to be happy to make acquaintance with the king of fruits, Durian, but trust us, it’s a booming business to be in! [TWEET THIS]

Roger Federer selling durians (Photo: GrateNews)

Roger is definitely best in Singapore, JB, and some say the world. [TWEET THIS]

Roger Federer as PCK

Have more hijinks in your head for Roger to partake in while he’s here? Tweet them to him at@rogerfederer and using the hashtag #PhotoshopRF!