Launch of CLing.omy.sg

Launch of CLing.omy.sg

Today, omy.sg launched a new web portal together with Business China at Dragonfly, St. James Power Station. The event was graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Other than the launch of CLing (http://cling.omy.sg), there was a youth forum held earlier to discuss on Chinese pop culture. Panelists for the forum were (许环良) Billy Koh, (李偲菘) Li Shih Song, (小寒) Xiaohan and (陈迪雅) Chen Diya.

I am in the organising committee for this event. Here are some photos I took to share with everyone:

Setting up the props

Setting up the props

Testing the lighting and launch mechanism

Testing the lighting and launch mechanism

My job was to man the slides on the screen

My job was to man the slides on the screen

Bomb squad van

Bomb squad van

Everyone has to go through a metal detector and a temperature scan at the door

Everyone has to go through a metal detector and a temperature scan at the door

Dragonfly resident singer, Skye, opening the event with her rendition of BAD BOY by A Mei

Dragonfly resident singer, Skye, with her rendition of BAD BOY by A Mei

CEO of Business China, Josephine Teo giving a casual welcome address

CEO of Business China, Josephine Teo giving a casual welcome address

Youth Forum Panelists (L to R): Chen Diya, Xiao Han, Li Shih Song, Billy Koh

Youth Forum Panelists (L to R): Chen Diya, Xiao Han, Li Shih Song, Billy Koh

Over 350 people turned up for the event

Over 350 people turned up for the event

Presenting token of appreciation to the panelists

Presenting token of appreciation to the panelists

PM Lee arrived - he was walking quite fast, hence the blurry image

PM Lee arrived - he was walking quite fast, hence the blurry image

Dragonfly bar manager, flaring on stage to prepare a special CLing mocktail for PM Lee

Dragonfly bar manager, flaring on stage to prepare a special CLing mocktail for PM Lee

PM Lee arrived on stage, smiling

PM Lee arrived on stage, smiling

Waving to everyone

Waving to everyone

(L to R): the two emcees, Josephine Teo, PM Lee, Chua Thian Poh, Robin Hu

(L to R): the two emcees, Josephine Teo, PM Lee, Chua Thian Poh, Robin Hu

Close-up of PM Lee and two students who volunteered to go on stage

Close-up of PM Lee and two students who volunteered to go on stage

PM Lee with three students who volunteered to go on stage and the other three VIPs

PM Lee with three students and three VIPs

PM Lee is to answer a series of three questions successful to launch the portal - heres the first question

PM Lee is to answer a series of three questions successful to launch the portal - here's the first question

Correct answer in blue

Correct answer in blue

Ang Moh Pai (AMP) closing the show with three solid sets

Ang Moh Pai (AMP) closing the show with three solid sets

Do go visit http://cling.omy.sg to take a look if you are interested in learning Chinese and understanding modern China. My editorial colleagues in omy.sg put a lot of effort into it. If you have any feedback or comments, feel free to drop a comment in the forum section. 🙂

Here’s the official press release:

Media Release
18 July 2009, 5pm

Fun with CLing – a new web portal to learn Chinese and understand modern China

Singapore, 18 July 2009 — “CLing”, a new Chinese-learning media platform jointly presented by Business China and omy.sg, is launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today at Dragonfly, St James Power Station.

“CLing” is a Chinese web portal which exposes young Singaporeans to modern China and help them learn Chinese through fun and interesting ways. The website consists of eight distinctive features – Good Read, Quiz Game, Daily C, Celebrities Talk, Chit Chat, Blog, Songbook and Useful links.

At the launch, Prime Minister Lee participated in the “CLing” challenge where he was asked three questions related to Chinese language and modern China. He also shared his experiences on learning Chinese with 300 participants from schools, tertiary institutions, as well as young working adults who attended the event.

Mr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman of Business China, said: “Business China strives to encourage the youths to deepen their knowledge in China’s economic, business, social and cultural and educational aspects. And we stimulate their interest towards China through various activities and platforms. We hope the youths will fully leverage on the new media platform set by Business China and omy.sg ‘CLing’ in their quest about modern China.”

Mr Robin Hu, Senior Executive Vice President of Chinese Newspapers Division and Newspaper Services Division, SPH, said: “It is important to pass on our Chinese heritage, language and culture to the next generation of Chinese Singaporean. ‘CLing’ plays an important role of reaching out to young Singaporeans via an interactive, new media platform they are familiar with. omy.sg is honoured to collaborate with Business China on such a meaningful project.”

A pre-launch quiz game was held from 2 to 15 July to promote the launch of “CLing”. The game, which tested participants on their knowledge of the Chinese language, culture and developments in China, was played nearly 35,000 times and attracted over 182,000 page impressions in just two weeks.

In conjunction with the launch of “CLing”, a Youth Forum was held, featuring four personalities from the local music industry, namely composer Billy Koh, lyricist Xiao Han, composer cum producer Lee Shih Song and singer Chen Diya. (Particulars of the Forum panelists are listed in Annex 2).

The four panelists spoke on the topic, “Beyond the Little Red Dot: Music Making for the Chinese Market”. They also interacted with participants on how Singaporean musicians and artistes are making inroads into China. Guests at the launch were also treated to a “CLing” mocktail, which was specially concocted by Dragonfly for this event.

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