‘Tora’! was a snack very popular in the 80s/early 90s. I remember looking forward to the secret toy inside the box, and the nice biscuit-centered chocolates.

Nowadays it’s still around! But it’s overpriced, and the chocolates taste like poo…

Tak Giu @ Sinema Showoff April

Tak Giu

Tak Giu (Kick Ball) will be showing at this month’s Sinema Showoff, Mondays 7pm (April 14, 21, 28). Also catch ‘Man With Camera’ by Daphne Tan, a documentary about local filmmakers which features behind-the-scenes footage of ‘Zo Gang’. Admission is free, so come along and Tak Giu on the big screen!

Back from Toronto Singapore Film Festival

Just came back from the 3rd TSFF in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto Singapore Film Festival 08
(Jacen and TSFF director Yeow Tong kena interview by Sun TV. Pic by Rebecca)

Together with local filmmakers Kelvin Sng, Chee Tian & Elgin, I had a really good time and was made to feel at home by many Singaporeans and Canadians there. Thank you TSFF peoples and audience!

There is also a Malaysia/Singapore radio program known as ‘Kampung Ku’, run by a Singlish speaking Ang-moh know as ‘Encik Daud’ and his Malaysian wife. Steady right?

Read coverage of TSFF at Movie Moxie, and see photos here by Leonard Adam.

Hosay lah!

This little Hosaywood ‘commercial’ sees people from all over the world saying “Hosay lah!” ‘Hosay’ = ‘Good’ in Singlish. Enjoy!

21st Singapore International Film Festival


The 21st Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) kicks off next week, with many exciting films screening. SIFF has managed to pull together a show with limited funding. I wonder why the authorities can spend millions on something that few people can appreciate (Singapore Biennale, huh), but not support a film festival? (Most Singaporeans watch movies)

Read filmmaker Tan Pin Pin’s interesting blog on SIFF.

Zero Sequence

Spent the last few weeks working on the album artwork for Zero Sequence:

Zero Sequence Album Cover

Zero Sequence is a local progressive-rock/metal band. Listen to their awesome album samples here. Their members have also helped out as cast/crew on Hosaywood short films.

The album launch is at The Esplanade, 5th & 6th April 730pm.
Can’t wait to see the final product!

Sinema Showoff

Zo Gang was screened last Monday at Sinema Showoff, with the premiere of the exclusive Zo Gang Blooper Reel. Be warned, it might be funnier than the film itself!


Jeremy Sing (Director of The Girl in the Red Sarong) spotted something interesting in Zo Gang:
“…Boy (young man) walks across basketball court to place something that looks like a jacket on the ground, all that while Merlion Tan was talking to the camera.”

Read it here on his blog and also on Sinema.

The screening was attended by less than 20 people though. Do come down for the repeated sessions on Mar 17, 24, 31. Entry is free, with other great films on show!


Remember this?
Fas Album ‘94

I’m Fandi, and here’s the score
The captain in ’94
We’re jamming and that’s for sure
Cos’ we are the Lions of Singapore!

Many soccer fans will be familiar with the songs in this CD released by FAS in 1994. Here’s a bit of trivia: The poster of this album is seen in Zo Gang. Can you spot it?

Meanwhile, in the World Cup 2010 qualifiers, Singapore will be facing Lebanon on 26 April at the National Stadium (still don’t wanna close ah?). Go Lions go!