Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
2.5mil Lantern Paradise
AUTO City in Prai, Penang, will be transformed into a lantern wonderland for more than three months.
It will be the venue of the 2007 Penang International Lantern Festival, which will be held from 7pm to midnight daily from Sept 15 to Dec 31.
Organised by the Penang Tourism Action Council (PTAC) with the collaboration of the Auto-City Group, the RM2.5mil festival will feature themes like safari, dinosaur and the famous Hello Kitty and Friends.
There will be thousands of lanterns in various shapes and sizes on display at the 4ha venue which will be divided into different sectors, namely, Penang Bridge Arch with Hello Kitty (Sector 1), Kitty’s Village (Sector 2), Animals at Water Front (Sector 3), The Wild (Sector 4), Elephant Rides (Sector 5), Land of Dinosaurs (Sector 6) and Kitty’s Lantern Walkway (Sector 7).
The festival’s Mid-Autumn programme from Sept 15 to Sept 25 will be a star-studded one with appearances by Astro-TVBS Malaysian and Taiwanese artistes, lion and dragon dances, a mascot parade, children’s body painting, games and contests.
Auto-City Group managing director Gary Teoh said the lanterns and programmes would be changed to suit the different occasions such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali, Christmas and the New Year countdown.
“The lanterns will be made in China but some will be assembled at Auto City,” he told a press conference in Penang on Tuesday.
Auto-City Group director Ong Bee Lee said there would be a lantern-making contest on Sept 22 for adults and children.
PTAC product development and planning manager Tan Teong Soon said the festival would be made an annual event like the Penang World Music Festival.
Organising chairman Ng Siew Lai said the festival was one of the 50 anchor tourism products of Visit Malaysia 2007.
Tickets to the festival, priced at RM15 for adults and RM10 for children aged below 12, are now on sale at Auto City’s main entrance.
Visitors will get a free ticket for the same age group for every ticket purchased from Monday to Thursday, except on public holidays and the eve of public holidays.
Teoh said a website on the festival would be set up soon to make it more convenient for locals and tourists to get information on the event.
At least 200,000 people are expected to visit the festival.
Moffy currently publishes and distributes Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters mobile content in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Hello Kitty's Birthday Surprise has been exclusively launched on the MaxGames community in Malaysia, and features 2 game modes, Story and Tournament. The story mode allows players to collect only the amount of ingredients needed in order to proceed to the next round. In the tournament mode players attempt to collect as many ingredients as possible to obtain a high score to upload.
"Hello Kitty's Birthday Surprise was developed under cooperation between Moffy and Ozura. The game provides fans with an extraordinary gaming experience that encapsulates the character's attitude and style. Upon launching, we're hoping to capture the attention of Maxis subscribers," stated H.E.Mah, Ozura's Chief Marketing Officer.
Monday, August 20, 2007
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BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thai policemen who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring "Hello Kitty," the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday.
Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area, or arriving late -- among other misdemeanors -- will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day, said Police Col. Pongpat Chayaphan. The officers won't wear the armband in public.
The striking armband features Hello Kitty sitting atop two hearts.
"Simple warnings no longer work. This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor," said Pongpat, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.
"(Hello) Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It's not something macho police officers want covering their biceps," Pongpat said.
He said police caught breaking the law will be subject the same fines and penalties as any other members of the public.
"We want to make sure that we do not condone small offenses," Pongpat said, adding that the CSD believed that getting tough on petty misdemeanors would lead to fewer cases of more serious offenses including abuse of power and mistreatment of the public by police officers.
Hello Kitty, invented by Sanrio Co. in 1974, has been popular for years with children and young women. The celebrity cat adorns everything from diamond-studded jewelry, Fender guitars and digital cameras to lunch boxes, T-shirts and stationery.
seems kinda sexist and slightly homophobic to me...