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“Manners maketh man, do you know what that means?

Then let me teach you a lesson.”

 

–        Kingsman: The Secret Service

 

Street kids turned into spies, will they make the cut? Training through the ranks to become Kingsman material. Will these street kids make it through all hardships to save the world?

 

Find out if they manage to save the world at the #NNPremiereScreening of #Kingsman and read on to find out how to secure your passes.

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Synopsis

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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011)), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

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Thanks to 20th Century Fox, Nuffnang will be giving away 32 pairs of exclusive passes! The details are as follows:

 

 

Date: 11th February 2015 (Wednesday)

 

Time: 8.45pm

 

Venue:TGV 1 Utama (IMAX)

Here’s what you have to do:

1. Answer the question below:

 

What is the one spy gadget that you need in order to save the world?

 

 (answer in no more than 50 words)

2. Leave your answer in the comment section below.

3.Remember to include your blog URL in your comment!

 

The submission deadline is by 4th of February 2015, 12PM.

 

Watch as the spies save the world!

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop here. We want to know what you think of the movie so write us a review and stand a chance to win a pair VIP Passes to our next #NNPremiereScreening of your choice. Tweet us at @NuffnangMY and link us your blog post together with the hashtag #Kingsman

 

Terms and Conditions

1. This contest is open to all Nuffnangers only.
2. Your Blog URL must be included in your comment.
3. Screening tickets/passes are NOT to be given away as prizes.
4. RSVP is a must when you’ve received our invitation. Failure to do so will result in invites being passed on those in the waiting list.
5. These Terms & Conditions are subject to changes at any time without prior notice.

Jack Saw
Nuffnang Community Team

Tip #1: Be Yourself

I asked myself that as a blog reader, why do I like reading some blogs more than the others? What is it that makes my favourite bloggers well, my favourite?

XiaXue, Fourfeetnine and Cheeserland are my favourite bloggers, and they all have one thing in common- they let their personalities shine through in their blogs. As a blog reader, I want to read about my favourite blogger’s lives and get to know who they are. It doesn’t matter if they’re nice or nasty, showing their personalities on their posts breathe life into their blogs, and nobody likes to read a dull blog that says nothing about the bloggers themselves.

Translate everything that you are into your blog design, blog header, your ‘About Me’ column, and most importantly your blog entries. First impression is very important. Make it in such a way that the moment a reader visits your blog, they get a rough idea of what your blog is about and who you really are. What keeps a reader coming back for more is the desire to want to follow up on what’s new in a blogger’s life, be it new experiences that they share, new products that they’re recommending or new restaurants that they have reviewed. Give your readers something to look forward to, by first being yourself and letting them get to know the real you.

Tip #2: Quality Content

Now, this may be a little subjective. What is deemed as quality content to one may not be the same for another. To me, quality content is one with substance, one that is worth spending my time reading. One that interests me and adds value to my life, one that is crafted with thoughts and effort.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a long blog entry. It could even be just a short ranting post, and if it is written in a sincere, personal way, I would enjoy reading it anyway. Blog about what you love, blog about what you go through, blog about your life.

For me, at this juncture of my life, I’m always blogging about my marriage, vacations and food! They’re everything I’m passionate about. And when I blog about the things I love, my readers love it too, so it’s a win-win situation!

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I guess the bottom line is, quality contents are written from the heart and with effort. A reader can tell a half-hearted blog post from a genuine one, so focus on your content because that’s what’s going to gain you a new loyal blog reader, or lose your existing ones.

Tip #3: Quality Images

Let’s face it. We live in a world of superficiality. As much as quality content is important, so are quality images! In the age of Instagram today, people are becoming increasingly particular about what they see and who they follow. Put up low quality, badly taken images on Instagram, and you’ll stand a chance of being unfollowed immediately. It’s very real. Sad, but it’s the truth.

People want to see high res images that are taken nicely, which includes your lighting, framing, composition and basically the story that your photos tell.

Here’s when it’s necessary to do some homework. I never used to be one who knows how to take photos. My sister who’s 2 years younger than me belongs to the young Instagrammers group who happen to take really awesome shots and have the skills to edit them beautifully. She and her friends may not be bloggers nor social media influencers, but they have thousands of followers and high engagements on their posts simply because they put up quality images on their Instagram accounts! She always recommends me to follow her favourite Instagrammers from all over the world who take great, creative shots, and I learned from there.

Here are some of the shots from my Instagram account- @careentxy.

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The shots and “organised messes” were carefully arranged and planned, and the ice-cream shot was perfected after adjusting the angles and focus again, and again, and again. It’s hard work, but the results are worth it in the end.

It’s also important to invest in good cameras. I’ve been using Sony RX100 for the past two years, and I must say that it has served me super well! It is compact in size, lightweight and easy to carry around for events and casual brunch dates! Most of my photos on Instagram are taken using the Sony RX100 or Sony Alpha 5000.

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Find a good camera that suits your style, and invest in it! Everyone loves to see beautiful pictures! Quality images change the look of your blog instantly and makes it so much more attractive.

Tip #4: Be Consistent

This is something that most bloggers struggle with. When we have the blogging mojo on, we feel like blogging 5 posts in a row! But when we have the writer’s block, we stare at the ‘Create Post’ page for hours and still nothing fruitful comes out of it. Bingo? I know because I’m a blogger who struggles with this too.

It’s hard to be consistently churning out quality posts every other day, especially when tiredness and busyness kicks in, and you feel totally uninspired. This is when we, as bloggers gotta inspire ourselves. When I feel uninspired and uncreative, I take a break from blogging and go blog-hopping. I’ll read my favourite blogs and somehow after a while, I will regain my motivation and inspiration to blog again. Another way to inspire yourself is to remember that you have a bunch of readers visiting your blog every single day, and you wouldn’t want to disappoint them. Thinking of their relentless support helps me to pick myself up and keep on blogging.

Tip #5: Be Honest

This point is an extension to Tip #1. Be yourself, be true to yourself, be honest about yourself. Don’t lie just to put up interesting content on your blog. This could be about your own life, or about your sponsored products.

As a blog reader, I have no problem when my favourite blogger puts up sponsored posts/advertorials. In fact, I must say I do enjoy well-written, honest advertorials, and I follow bloggers to know what is new in the market! The key here is honesty. As bloggers, we’re public figures and social media influencers. With influence, comes responsibility. Our readers trust our tastes and preferences when it comes to the products we choose to advertise/promote on our blogs and social media. And because they trust us, they are willing to spend their money on the product with hopes that they too, can achieve the same results that we claim to bring in our advertorials.

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La Senza, a brand I personally love.

Here’s when our credibility is on the line. What if it’s a product that truly does not work, or worse, brings about a negative effect after you tried it? For me, I would not shout about it if it does not work. And if it actually brings about a negative result for me, I would rather refund the payment to my client than to blatantly lie to my readers.

In my case, I’m public about my love for a certain smartphone brand. I’ve been approached multiple times to promote a competitor smartphone brand in the market which I do not believe in, and because I don’t want to lie and lose my credibility, I never accepted the campaigns. I would rather lose the amount of money than to lose my credibility. And trust me, blog readers appreciate honesty more than anything. I know because I’m an avid blog reader myself.

One way to know what a reader would like is to place ourselves in the shoes of a blog reader. It’s important to know what pleases our readers, because they’re the reason why we grow as bloggers and how we’re making money out of our blogs in the first place :)

That’s all from me! Do comment if you have any blogging tips that you’d like to share too!

xx

Denise Lee
Nuffnang Community Team

Caine Wise – “Your Majesty, I have more in common with a dog than I have with you”

Jupiter Jones – “I loved dogs, I’ve always loved dogs”

-          JUPITER ASCENDING (2015)

What if you were to find out that you are destined to inherit the Earth but you are targeted by assassins sent by another adversary that wants you dead?

Especially since you are just a janitor living your life as a nobody and have got no knowledge that you are a future leader of planet Earth?

Experience this sci-fi marvel with us at the #NNPremiereScreening of #JupiterAscendingMY. Read on to find out how to secure your passes!

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Synopsis

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Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction action adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.

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Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things.  Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks.

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Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

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Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures, Nuffnang will be giving away 30 pairs of exclusive passes. The details are as follows:

Date: 5th February 2015 (Thursday)

Time: 8.45pm

Venue: TGV 1 Utama

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Answer the question below:

“Jupiter Ascending is the first original sci-fi epic from directors Lana and Andy Wachowski since this genre-defining blockbuster trilogy, which debuted in 1999. Name the first film in the trilogy?”

2 .      Leave you answer in the comment section below.

3.      Remember to include your blog URL in your comment!

The submission deadline is by 12PM, 28th January 2015 (Wednesday).

Catch Jupiter and Caine as they try to save Earth from being taken over!

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop here. We want to know what you think of the movie so write us a review and stand a chance to win a pair VIP Passes to our next #NNPremiereScreening of your choice. Tweet us at @NuffnangMY and link us your blog post together with the hashtag #JupiterAscendingMY

Terms and Conditions

1. This contest is open to all Nuffnangers only.
2. Your Blog URL must be included in your comment.
3. Screening tickets/passes are NOT to be given away as prizes.
4. RSVP is a must when you’ve received our invitation. Failure to do so will result in invites being passed on those in the waiting list.
5. These Terms & Conditions are subject to changes at any time without prior notice.

 

Samantha Tew
Nuffnang Community Team

“ Alison: What are you feeding him?

Jimmy: What are you talking about?

Alison: I’m on to you. He wasn’t like that until you showed up.

Jimmy: That’s the Doug that I know.”

-          THE WEDDING RINGER (2015)

 

Ever had to hire a fake best man to stand by your side and give toasts at your wedding and the worst of all is to hire at least 7 of them?

Besides that, you have to fake your experiences with them in order to trick your friends and family?

Find out how to do it at the #NNPremiereScreening of #TheWeddingRinger and read on to find out how to secure your passes.

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Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom to be with a problem; he has no best man.

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With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best man for socially challenged guys in need.

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What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bro-mance between Doug and his fake best man, Jimmy.

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Thanks to Sony Pictures Malaysia, Nuffnang will be giving away 39 pairs of exclusive passes! The details are as follows:

 

Date: 27th January 2015 (Tuesday)

 

Time: 9.00pm

 

Venue: TGV, 1 Utama

 

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Answer the question below:

“Would you go as far to HIRE 7 best mans to fake your wedding and why?”

(answer in no more than 50 words)

      2. Leave your answer in the comment section below.

      3.      Remember to include your blog URL in your comment!

The submission deadline is by 20th January 2015, 12PM.

Check out the groom and his wacky fake best mans in this trailer!

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop here. We want to know what you think of the movie so write us a review and stand a chance to win a pair VIP Passes to our next #NNPremiereScreening of your choice. Tweet us at @NuffnangMY and link us your blog post together with the hashtag #TheWeddingRinger.

Terms and Conditions

1. This contest is open to all Nuffnangers only.
2. Your Blog URL must be included in your comment.
3. Screening tickets/passes are NOT to be given away as prizes.
4. RSVP is a must when you’ve received our invitation. Failure to do so will result in invites being passed on those in the waiting list.
5. These Terms & Conditions are subject to changes at any time without prior notice.

Jack Saw
Nuffnang Community Team

“Sam: Face it Dad. You’re doing this because you’re scared to death like the rest of us that

you don’t matter and you know what? You’re right, you don’t!

-          BIRDMAN (2015)

 

How far are you willing to go if you are a washed up actor looking to prove yourself that you are more than just a comic strip one-hit wonder?

Nuffnangers, here’s your chance to see how Michael Keaton does it in the #NNPremiereScreening of #BirdmanMovie. Read on to find out to secure your pair of passes.

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Synopsis

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BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.

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In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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Thanks to 20th Century Fox Malaysia, Nuffnang will be giving away 50 pairs of tickets. The details are as follows:

Date: 20 January 2015 (Tuesday)

 

Time: 9.00 pm

 

Venue: GSC 1 Utama

 

Here’s what you have to do:

 

1. Answer the question below:

How would you deal with life if you were in Riggan Thomson’s shoes? 

(Answer in no more than 50 words)

2. Leave your answer in the comment section below.

 

3. Remember to include your Blog URL in your comment!

 

The submission deadline is by 12pm, 14th January 2015 (Wednesday)

 

Watch the trailer to see how a washed up actor’s life looks like!

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop here. We want to know what you think of the movie after watching it, so write us a review and stand a chance to win a pair VIP Passes to our next #NNPremiereScreening of your choice. Tweet us at@NuffnangMY and link us your blog post together with the hashtag #BirdmanMovie

Terms and Conditions

1. This contest is open to all Nuffnangers only.
2. Your Blog URL must be included in your comment.
3. Screening tickets/passes are NOT to be given away as prizes.
4. RSVP is a must when you’ve received our invitation. Failure to do so will result in invites being passed on those in the waiting list.
5. These Terms & Conditions are subject to changes at any time without prior notice.

Jack Saw
Nuffnang Community Team

5 Facts About Me:

#1: I got married at the age of 22…

…to my first love, my high school sweetheart, Boon.

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Our younger selves, me at 15 and him at 19. Look at what puberty did to us. And don’t judge my fashion sense. It was cool 10 years ago.

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We dated for 8 years before tying the knot. He popped the question on my 22nd birthday, and we got married less than a year later :) A lot of people questioned why I decided to get married at such a young age. Until now, I have no solid answer to that except for the reason that I felt ready, I knew in my heart that he’s the one, and we didn’t see why else we should wait any longer.

Two years down the road, did I regret marrying young? Not at all. I have the same freedom and support I had from him pre-marriage, and I’m glad that I have the luxury of time, honeymooning and travelling for whole two years before deciding to try for a baby. We love kids and wish to have 3-4 children, so here’s to hoping we get preggers soon! :)

#2: I am the eldest of 7 sisters.

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I know, you must be counting how many there are in my family now! This is my family, my amazing parents and 6 sisters whom I love very much.

When people ask me, “How many siblings do you have?”, my reply is always, “Erm, plenty.”

How is it like growing up in a big family with all sisters? Let’s just say it’s a slumber party everyday. The house is always abuzz with chattering, laughing, screaming, and occasional cat fights. *reow* But it’s always fun. We replay chick flicks like Mean Girls, Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids every day to the point that we can memorise and recite the scripts at any given time. That includes our youngest 6 year-old sister!

When I moved out after the wedding, I had a massive withdrawal syndrome because my new house seemed so awfully quiet without my family. I slowly got used to it but I still miss them always, and we’ll make a point to have family meals together weekly.

#3: I was once a kindergarten teacher, dance instructor, coffee barista and freelance model

Growing up in a big family, there is sure to have lots of expenses. And being the eldest child, I’ve seen how my parents sacrificed to give us the best, which is why I value money and have always believed in working to gain experiences and earn some pocked money, even if it’s just a little. At least I could cover my own personal expenses and lift some burden off my parents’ shoulders. I stopped taking allowances from my parents since the age of 16 when I started working as a part-time hip hop dance instructor, and have been working various odd jobs ever since.

You can say that I’m the type who cannot sit still because I can’t bear the thought of wasting time. At every semester break, I would apply to work at any place that I feel could give me a good working experience that offers decent remuneration as well. So yeah, in my high school days, I worked as a part-time kindergarten teacher and a coffee barista at Coffee Bean for a couple of months while teaching dance classes, and freelance modelling, working at events and earning from some blog advertorials in my university days.

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Seventeen Magazine, Feb 2010 Valentine’s Day issue.

I slowly moved into being a commercial talent for magazines, TV commercials and print ads, started emceeing for events and also start up an online fashion boutique (www.chiqfliq.com) all while I was still studying.

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From the time I gradated from my Communications degree programme until now, I’ve been working on my blog, emceeing for events and running ChiqFliq.com consecutively. I never regretted working while studying as it taught me to have discipline and proper time management. I always encourage my younger friends to work while they’re still young because experiences are valuable and are yours to keep forever. Make the best out of your youth!

#4: I never bought a luxury bag. 

Taddaaaaaa. Shocker. Yes, I never bought a luxury bag before. You must be thinking, “Aiya, husband buy maaaa.” But no, I always tell him not to. Before you start judging me, let me just say that I have nothing against people buying luxury goods. I, for one, love looking at the latest luxury collections and am always tempted to get my favourite Prada bag for myself. Whenever I think of doing so, I just can’t bring myself to actually buy it. I’ll think about how much it costs, and how I can actually spend that amount on my family instead and where I can actually go travel with that money!

Let’s say my Prada bag costs RM5k, with that amount I can travel to Tokyo for 10 days and spend freely. Prada bag or travel? Travel, hands down! So yeah, that’s the reason why I still don’t own a luxury bag until today, even when I could already afford it from many years ago. The only atas bag I own is a Longchamp Le Pliage that was sponsored.

Maybe few years down the road I might get myself one when I have extra money lying around. But for now, work, family, food and travel are my priority. Yes, I am very practical and unglam one. Haha!

#5: I’m crazy!

Okay, crazy as in not the mentally deranged kinda crazy, but…you know what I mean. Beneath my prim and proper exterior is a crazy chick who doesn’t mind getting all ugly for the sake of fun! I get super excited when I’m tasked to act in a challenging role, a character that requires me to put my self-consciousness aside. My favourite actresses are Phoebe from F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect and Zooey Deschanel. Zooey Deschanel’s weirdness is just too awesome! And my secret dream is to act in a sitcom such as F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and be placed in a role such as Phoebe. Okay no longer a secret now, but you get the idea.

Here’s the craziest thing I’ve pulled so far.

If you’re crazy like this too, we can be best friends ;)

That’s all from me for now! More on the blog at www.careentan.com.

Signing off!

xx

Denise Lee
Nuffnang Community Team

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