07 December 2023

FILA Collection X The Tanglin Club Christmas 2023 Tennis Tournament

FILA, the iconic Italian sportswear brand founded in 1911, launched the FILA Court Luxe collection, FILA FUSION x TEAM WANG Design - Movement from the East by Jackson Wang and FILA White Line Heritage X Victoria & Albert Museum United Kingdom - Fantastic Journey with Chinese celebrities Yang Mi as brand ambassador and Zhang Yixing fronting the campaign this 2023/2024 season.

This December marks the inaugural partnership for the first ever FILA sponsored Christmas Tennis Tournament at the Tanglin Club, which was founded in 1865 as a significant milestone with the prestigious club, showcasing their illustrious heritage, timeless elegance and sporting legacy.

The front lobby of the Tanglin Club Sports Centre showcased the Tennis philosophy, history, influence and partnership of popular tennis world championship players like Karolina Pliskova, Bjorn Borg,  John Isner and Ashleigh Barty in FILA apparel and accessories. 

The FILA immersive experience with a FILA locker room photowall and curated collection of FILA althletic fashion apparel sportswear, bags, accessories and sports shoes, complete with FILA benches and banners were installed at the 3 storey Tanglin Club Sports Complex on competition day where tennis fanatics were dressed in trendy FILA tennis sportswear and shoes.

A children’s Tennis clinic session, followed by women's and men's matches held at indoor courts and outdoor courts concluded with a best-dressed competition and dinner celebration party on 2 December.

The FILA Court Luxe features green, white and navy blue theme designs and argyle print for a fashionable flair on the court.

Jackson Wang X FILA FUSION with TEAM WANG Design - Movement from the East is inspired by parkour and other sports, the highly anticipated debut of the capsule「DONG」fuses FUSION's hero piece, the new functional yet fashionable apparel with Jackson Wang's sport interests. It was officially launched at FILA FUSION Bugis Junction and FILA Jewel on 5 December 2023, 12pm and the collection is priced from SGD 178 to 288

FILA White Line Heritage X V&A - Fantastic Journey Collection draws inspiration from the nineteenth century British artist William de Morgan creations of ceramic tiles and pottery artworks. The arts-centered collection is fronted by Yang Mi and is priced from SGD 178 to 288.

FILA sportswear apparel and footwear for lifestyle, fitness, tennis and golf for men, women and kids including FILA Court Luxe collection, FILA FUSION x TEAM WANG Design - Movement from the East by Jackson Wang, FILA White Line Heritage X Victoria & Albert Museum, FILA Fusion, FILA Athletics, FILA Golf, FILA Kids are available at FILA Singapore stores, FILA FUSION shops and FILA SG online store.

30 November 2023

Anime Festival Asia Singapore Review AFA Concert Comics Games Cosplay Exhibition Stage Programme 2023

Celebrating 15 Years of All Things J-Culture, the Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2023 features the latest anime titles, the best of Japanese entertainment, gaming and popular culture icons. 

A showcase with over 70 local and international exhibitors at Akiba Town, the region’s best creators at Creators' Hub, special Day Stage Line-up, Akiba special showcase and regional talents, concerts, festival highlights like AFA X SACRA Music Fest, Iori Moe AFA 2023 Ambassador, Artists and Cosplay guest appearances with meet and greet, fans sessions, premiere screenings, talk shows, Japan food street and more at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre Level 4 from November 24-26.

Held across Asia since 2008, the AFA is the largest and most-followed J-Culture & Anime Comics Game (ACG) Festival in Southeast Asia. In 2019, AFA Singapore alone attracted over 120,000 attendees and anime enthusiasts excitedly thronging through the doors of Halls 401-406, immersing themselves into all things J-Culture, a showcase of pulsating live performances, dozens of toy art, merchandise booths and stunning-looking cosplayers aplenty. 

AFA Stage Shows & Exhibits 

Besides the ticketed nightly concert event in Hall 406 which featured 20 artistes the likes of Japanese-American singer Nano and instrumental heavy metal band Asterism, fans also got to enjoy vibrant day-long live performances at the Akiba Stage with special showcases from regional artistes like Japanese idol group DEAR KISS and professional cosplayer Hiroto Kuramasu, to the hilariously fun Ultraman Gard Game Live shows.

AFA exhibitors presented their ACG-related products like well-known anime retail shop Hakken, local brand Secretlab showcasing their Demon Slayer gaming chair collection and Hoya, the Number 1 hair colour brand from Japan, displaying a range of colorful hair dyes and bleach.

A total of 125 artists and creators from across the region had their own booths featuring their works of art and craftwork like paintings to printed T-shirts, keychains to stickers. 

One of the most unique exhibitor is anime and manga streaming platform Crunchyroll. Its Jujutsu Kaisen Experience offered fans a very cool mini-IMAX-like viewing within a domed space as they immerse into the world of sorcery and cursed energy based on the hit dark fantasy series.

Over at the Bushiroad Expo section, there were serious TCG (Trading Card Game) tournaments being conducted, as well as anime game demonstrations. There were almost crowd-pleasing WWE-styled matches at the Stardom Wrestling Ring.

Japan Food Street is where anime lovers had their fill of Oishi Japanese Food and Drinks where booths like Mutsu Aomori Food Market, Nissin noodles, Ito en Japanese green tea and the SMU-based Daijoubu cafe to name a few, offered a wide selection of Japanese street food which one could eat on the go or at a secluded corner at the venue.  

Cosplay Haven

What really caught everyone’s eyes though were the professional cosplayers from around the region, all immaculately costumed and made-up whilst sitting pretty in their booths in the Cosplay Hub. 

Fans literally queued round “the block” in order to get their favourite cosplayer the likes of Xiaoyukiko from Singapore and Yuii from Malaysia to autograph purchased photographs and other items.

Last but by no means least, adding much colour to AFA2023 were the hundreds of non-professional cosplayers who turned up to the 3-day festival simply to have fun and in turn created glee and joy for the other attendees upon seeing the effort put in for the costumes and make-up.

From Demon Slayer to Chainsaw Man, Spy x Family, Sword Art Online to Attack on Titans,  there were many tributes to characters from these anime hits and a host of other popular anime, manga and mobile game characters. Among the most impressive was a Rem the Shingami from Death Note and a Hua Cheng from Heaven Official’s Blessing.

The Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2023 was held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, level 4, from 24-26 November. The Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2024 will be abuzz with the best and latest of J-Culture Anime, concerts, gaming and entertainment. 


18 November 2023

Nintendo Singapore Store Pop-Up Shop at Jewel Changi Airport & Super Mario Christmas Festive Celebration

Nintendo POP-UP STORE in SINGAPORE featuring Super Mario, Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda, Murabito and Shizue, Inkling, Splatoon and Pikmin merchandise previously only available at Nintendo TOKYO, Nintendo OSAKA and Nintendo KYOTO stores, open for the first time in Southeast Asia, at Jewel Changi Airport, Level 04-220/221, operated by Avex Asia for a limited period from now to 1 January 2024. 

A key highlight of the product line-up is a special illustration with Nintendo's Super Mario leading the way with characters including Inkling and Squid Ring from Splatoon, Murabito and Shizue, Link from The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin, Luigi, Isabelle and a villager from Animal Crossing and more will cross game borders to welcome all at the store.

The illustration is featured in special original merchandise like plushies soft toys, figurines, T-shirts, sweaters, kidswear, bags, stationary, cushions, tumblers, lunch boxes, homeware and other exclusive product range. More curated merchandise items will be unveiled in coming weeks. 

A ticket will be given for entry into the store and purchases are limited to maximum 5 items per product.

Nintendo X Singapore Special Postcards
Celebrating Nintendo POP-UP STORE in SINGAPORE, six exclusively designed postcards featuring Nintendo Characters special illustration on the back of the post cards with Singapore landmarks like Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore Merlion with Marina Bay Sands and Arts Science Museum, Gardens By the Bay, Singapore Central Business District Skyline sunset, Chinatown and Old Hill Street Police Station (ex MICA Building) are available as collectables. Shoppers who spend S$80 or more in a single transaction at the store will receive 1 of these limited-edition postcards, while stocks last.

Nintendo Account Check-in Sticker Campaign
Players who check in to their Nintendo Account at Nintendo POP-UP STORE in venue can collect special stickers, once a day to receive 1 sticker from the 18 designs, issued randomly, to mark this special event.

To redeem, fans can log into their registered accounts and check-in to the store by displaying the QR code issued onto a tablet device located at the store’s entrance and after verification by the on-ground staff, fans will receive the sticker.

In celebration, a Super Mario-themed event, Pipe Around the World at Jewel is a first-of-its-kind in Singapore with Super Mario characters and power -up items at 10 photo spots and 56 pipes around Jewel, Mario and Luigi exclusive meet-and-greet sessions at South Gateway Garden on Level 2 (November 18 and 19, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm) and Nintendo X Jewel Changi Airport limited-edition Pipe Around the World premium collectibles like 2-in-1 cushion & neck pillow, eco friendly canvas tote bag and travel pouch for purchase with every S$50 spend in a receipt.

At the Shiseido Forest Valley, Super Mario fans can embark on their Super Mario adventure and 'jump' and pose with Super Mario world characters like Super Mario, Princess Peach, Toad, Bowser, Goomba, Yoshi , iconic Super Mario colourful warp pipes, five-metre-tall 3D centerpiece installation, Three larger-than-life displays – a ? Block, a Super Star and a Super Mushroom – each two metres tall. 

Soak in the 2023 Christmas season  ambience as you take a walk through the 16-metre-tall Alipay+Jewel Christmas tree, into the garden of lights at the Shiseido Forest Valley and Canopy Park where magical fairy lights, lighted arches Christmas trees with other festive decorations comes alive. 

The Jewel Christmas Light & Sound Show take center stage at HSBC Rain Vortex every evening at 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm, with an additional show on weekends (Fri – Sun) at 10.30pm or experience an enchanting snowfall for wintery wonderland ambience every evening at 7.35pm,8.35pm, 9.35pm and 10.35pm.

For an Evening of Enchantment, purchase ticket for the special concert on 23 December 2023, from 7pm, at the Shiseido Forest Valley, featuring local artistes, Benjamin Kheng, Annette Lee and Naomi Yeo where the audience can sing along to their latest hits and Christmas classics.

Nintendo Southeast Asia first POP-UP STORE is in SINGAPORE, retailing exclusive Super Mario, Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda, Murabito and Shizue, Inkling, Splatoon and Pikmin merchandise is located at Jewel Changi Airport, Level 04-220/221 and open daily from 10am to 10pm. For more information, visit Nintendo Singapore POP-UP STORE . @nintendopopupsg #JewelChangiAirport #PipeAroundTheWorld


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