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Anime Festival Asia – Journey So Far 2015

A special video by AFA organiser which reflects the journey of the Anime Festival Asia which was held in Singapore since 2008. A few sub-conventions were held in other Southeast Asian countries during this period as well.

AFA has since established itself as the premier Japanese pop culture festival, bringing to SE Asia countless top performing artists and industry guests over the last seven years, with an estimated 700,000 attendees at 11 events.

The first two minutes include highlights from the AFA2014 which concluded last December. The second (six minutes) part are interviews with founder Shawn Chin and regular performers at AFA i.e. May’n, LiSA, fripSide and Eir Aoi.

I would have made the trip on its first year if not for a friend’s wedding. My interest gradually fades though, I rarely watched anime anymore back then and even less so nowadays… if they are doing some 90’s retro I may give it a go though LoL.

Singapore is best place to do business

Singapore tops the ease of doing business chart for the ninth consecutive year. The ranking is featured in the Doing Business report, published annually by the World Bank Group which measures regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.

The top 10 economies with the most business-friendly regulatory environments are Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, South Korea, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, Finland and Australia.

My country Malaysia is ranked at 18th, not bad at all. Economic powerhouse China is ranked at 90th.

Marina Bay Sands 24/7 Redefined

Commercial for Marina Bay Sands, a hotel & casino resort in Singapore which is becoming an icon for the island nation since its opening 2010.

The complex is an architecture marvel, and its infinity edge swimming pool – which offers an amazing view of Singapore – is simply genius.

Airi Suzuki Singapore DVD teaser

Teaser video for J-pop idol Airi Suzuki’s Singapore DVD which was filmed in the island-nation in Southeast Asia. I think it’s behind-the-scene (plus extra) footages from the making of her Kyomei photobook which was released earlier this year.

Fabio Cannavaro gatecrashes Singapore futsal match

Former FIFA World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro made a surprise visit to a futsal pitch in Singapore. The Italian soccer star is an ambassador for Tiger Street Football, a futsal competition hosted by local brewer Tiger Beer.

Considered on of the greatest defenders of all time, Cannavaro led Italy to victory in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He retired as a professional footballer in 2011.

Tiger Beer became Singapore’s first locally brewed beer in 1932. The brand is now available in more than 60 countries worldwide.