Asia’s Got Talent – How To Vote?

Although we had no national representative in Asia’s Got Talent (AGT), that did not stop us in Brunei from enjoying the Judges’ Auditions round, did it? Together with the rest of Asia, we laughed, cried, grimaced and fell in love with the many different acts we had seen thus far.

And now, with the Judges’ Auditions over, the Semis are about to begin!

24 acts. 3 epsisodes.

How many will make it to the Finals?

More importantly, who are they?

Here is where we fans have a say in the results: To advance to the Finals, the Semi-finalists need our votes!

Yup! And eventhough Brunei is not represented in AGT, we can still vote too! (Via Methods 2 & 3 below if Method 1 is not an option.)

Vote for your favourite acts!

Basically, there are 3 ways to vote (visit http://asiasgottalent.tv/vote/ for full instructions)

Method 1 – via SMS (unlimited)

Step 1: Visit the Semifinalists page to see the list of contestants and their corresponding short codes aka ‘Contestant number’

Step 2: SMS “AGT19” (for Sada Borneo) and send it to your country’s designated short code (For Malaysia it’s 33200)

SMS charges apply.

IMPORTANT: You can vote as many times as you want via SMS but the producers reserve the right (at their sole discretion) to exclude any votes which they feel have been placed to unfairly manipulate the results.

Method 2 – via Facebook (one vote per user per episode)

On computer: https://www.facebook.com/asiasgottalent/app_1598372720404428

On mobile: https://fbvotenow.asiasgottalent.tv/

Voting on Facebook is free for one vote per user per episode.

IMPORTANT: Each user is entitled to one vote per episode (so VOTE WISELY!)

Method 3 – via the official Asia’s Got Talent app (unlimited)

Just download the app (available on the App Store and Google Play) and start voting.

You can purchase 1, 3, 25 or 100 votes at a click of a button. (WOW!) Read the Terms&Conditions for more information on purchasing votes and voting.

IMPORTANT: You can vote as many times as you want via the Asia’s Got Talent app but the producers reserve the right (at their sole discretion) to exclude any votes which they feel have been placed to unfairly manipulate the results.

Check out the Voting FAQ section if you have any other doubts: http://asiasgottalent.tv/vote/faq/

THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT:

You can only vote during the voting windows (just a little more than 4 days) after each episode so don’t miss it!

Please take note of the voting windows:

Show Air Date Voting Window Opens Voting Window Closes
Semi Final 1 16 April 16 April, End of Show 20 April, 23:59
Semi Final 2 23 April 23 April, End of Show 27 April, 23:59
Semi Final 3 30 April 30 April, End of Show 4 May, 23:59
Final 7 May 7 May, End of Show 11 May, 23:59

*Please note that show timings are reflective of Singapore local time (GMT + 8). Voting will begin at the end of the Asia’s Got Talent broadcast on AXN every Thursday.

So, what are you waiting for?

Vote for your favourite acts and get them that much closer to the Finals!

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The REAL Sada Borneo

Having taken Asia by storm the past week, I’d like you to meet some awesome guys I personally adore who need no further introduction.

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With Sada Borneo in Brunei Darussalam (2014)

That’s definitely the case in Malaysia and to some extent, here in Brunei.

With over 11,000 followers on their official-and-verified Facebook page, more than 1.2K on their Instagram and even surpassing One Direction in Malaysia’s Top 100 on iTunes at #23…

…and #81 on Brunei’s Top 100, topping Coldplay!

Here’s 2 words that have been on everyone’s lips:

SADA BORNEO

Their audition video at AXN’s “Asia’s Got Talent” (AGT) went viral after it was aired last week.

Their story has been published in some of Malaysia’s mainstream media in English, Bahasa and Chinese.

Astro Awani also ran a story on them. While Caltex is following their “Journey To Stardom”.

…and social media is abuzz with anything and everything they can find about this band.

Which is why this post is not about what everyone already knows (or think they do) about Sada Borneo (SB), but it is about debunking some SB “facts” which are not exactly correct. Why? Because it’s doing an injustice to them to not be properly written about.

Let’s start with the obvious:

SB Myth#1:

They are a 5-member band.

There were only 5 members at the AGT audition but that’s not the whole gang. There are actually 11 members! Trust me. Otherwise, check it out yourself:

Have you not seen their music video? The whole group is in it – and then some.

Read their Facebook page/website. It is clearly stated there.

And if you’re observant enough, you would have noticed that there’s even another member of theirs in the Caltex advertisement!

SB Myth#2:

They are from Sarawak.

At the audition they clearly said “We’re from Malaysia.”

Everybody keeps asking them where they’re from. If they’d just listen to what they’ve already told us from the start.

SB Myth#3: 

They are new.

Again, they may be new to most but they have been around for a few years now.

And as I was typing this, look what was published on their Facebook page!:

Many people wanted to know more about us… so here it is!

Sada Borneo consist of 11 members, with 5 of us representing the band in Asia’s Got Talent Judges Audition.

We are good friends in university even before this band started. With the same passion for music, we ended up becoming Sada Borneo few years ago.

Our origin? We are from all corners of Malaysia.

We would like to thank all of you guys for the amazing support and encouragement ever since the episode aired in AXN. It is truly heartwarming!

We are proud to represent Malaysia!

For more info, you can refer to our official website by clicking on the link below:
sadaborneo.wix.com/official

Great minds think alike? Hahaha…

Well said Sada Borneo. Keep it up guys! 😀

Be great! But remain humble. Always.

Love,

Mar

Happy Malaysia Day! – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey Wishes 'Happy Malaysia Day' Message

Mariah Carey, wishes Malaysia “‘Happy Malaysia Day! Stay strong! See you in Kuala Lumpur on 22 October ‘ XoXo Mariah Carey”.

The best selling female singer of all time will hit our shores next month, bringing her tour entitled Mariah Carey ‘The Elusive Chanteuse Show’ Tour In Malaysia 2014 on 22nd October at Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur at 8pm. Apparently Mariah’s Malaysian fans told her about our National Day and the thoughtful Diva took the opportunity to wish her much missed fans in Malaysia where she performed to a 20,000 crowd in 2004 which Mariah said was one of the best shows as the heat of the night unexpectedly gave her better vocal performance on stage.

Mariah Carey “The Elusive Chanteuse Show” Tour In Malaysia 2014 is organized by IME Productions and supported by Malaysia Major Events, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. “We are excited to have Mariah Carey to perform here in Malaysia in October. Mariah’s live concert in Malaysia 2014 is a wonderful way to bring people together and we are very proud to be able to support it. Such event will further complement arrivals for Visit Malaysia Year, especially from the fans from the region and it also complements Malaysia’s position as a favourite destination for live entertainment in South East Asia. This event is expected to bring in approximately 3,000 fans from across the region with an estimated tourist spend of over RM15 million. Malaysia Major Events is glad to reward fans with this priceless opportunity to meet their favourite idol and hear to her sing their favourite songs.” said Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, Malaysia Major Events.

The ticket prices are categorised into VVIP RM680 (number seat), RM580 (number seat), RM480 (number seat), RM380 (number seat), RM280 (free seating) and RM120 (free seating). Online tickets purchase are through official ticketing agency website http://www.ticketcharge.com.my or call for TicketCharge hotline +603 92228811 or IME Productions hotline +603 21666166 for ticket and concert information.

For more information, please log on to IME Facebook http://www.facebook.com/imepmy or TicketCharge website http://www.ticketcharge.com.my

Mariah Carey – LIVE in Malaysia!!!

Now here’s an iconic artiste that needs no introduction.

‘Always Be My Baby’ is my personal all-time favourite song of hers – and now she is coming to Malaysia!!!

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After 10 years, Mariah Carey is back for “The Elusive Chanteuse” Tour In Malaysia 2014 organized by IME Productions and supported by Malaysia Major Events, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture. Malaysia will be kicking it off on 22nd October 2014 at 8pm at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. Just a flight away for Brunei fans!

It is no small feat to bring this diva all the way here and Mariah’s concert in Kuala Lumpur is expected to draw a huge international attention. With tickets ranging from BND40 to BND280, it’s very much possible to catch her in Kuala Lumpur and grab an opportunity visiting attractions of Malaysia while staying in the country! The ticket prices are categorised into VVIP RM680 (number seat), RM580 (number seat), RM480 (number seat), RM380 (number seat), RM280 (free seating) and RM120 (free seating). Online tickets purchase are through official ticketing agency website www.ticketcharge.com.my or call for TicketCharge hotline +603 92228811 or IME Productions hotline +603 21666166 for ticket and concert information.

Some highlights on the best-selling female artiste (singer, songwriter and producer) of all time:

  • more than 250 million albums sold to date
  • eighteen Billboard #1 singles (seventeen self-penned) including ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘Hero’, ‘Touch My Body’, ‘One Sweet Day’, ‘Without You’, ‘We Belong Together’ and the global smash hit Christmas single ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’
  • five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artiste of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” to name a few.

With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific song writing, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop performance and fans can anticipate some mesmerising great time as the unparalleled American songstress showers her love, greatest hits and remarkable new singles to millions of people who have adored her widely acclaimed songs.

For more information, please log on to IME Facebook http://www.facebook.com/imepmy or TicketCharge website www.ticketcharge.com.my

Journey to the 2014 World Cup

Four years ago, I didn’t have a favourite team to support. But by the end of that journey, I had fallen in love with how a few teams played – 2 of them were Germany and Netherlands. Especially Germany. Did you remember how they did in South Africa? AWESOME! And they got third place.

So understandably, I came into this year’s Cup consciously supporting Germany.

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And they sure didn’t dissapoint did they?! 😀

They are now in the brink of winning the Cup in a few hours! Against Argentina.

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Regardless what happens in the Finals, they’re pretty much guaranteed my support for the next four years and beyond. 🙂 #GoGermany #worldcup2014

But before that, let’s recap this amazingly-unpredictable journey this year!

It began on 13 June (exactly a month ago)…32 nations…

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GROUP STAGES

And the very first match was Brazil (host) vs Croatia.

The host won…

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But penalties and an own goal…I wasn’t convinced.

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And the first shocker this World Cup:

Spain (the champion 4 years ago in South Africa) lost. BADLY. 5-1!

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I expected a tight match between defending-title holders and a strong team like Netherlands but that was not the case.

 

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And then it was England & Italy’s turn…

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And Japan to play first representing Asia!

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And then Argentina & Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

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And then the match I was looking forward to – Germany’s first group match.

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Easy win againt Portugal (who supposedly had the world’s best player???) who were having an off-day.

Next Asian rep, Korea!

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Korea vs Russia…and Brazil still not convincing against Belgium. Hhmm…

Then came the next group match for Netherlands.

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Again, an impressive game by Oranje…and again, a shocking performance by Spain.

 

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Also an “ugly” sight in football – headbutting – especially against your own teammate. WTH?

But there were already pretty interesting things noted from the matches thus far:

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And a famous doppelganger!

Haaaaaave you met Ted?

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How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby has a doppelganger – and his name is Mexico’s goalkeeper Ochoa!

And he’s an excellent goalkeeper too!

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Japan tied with Greece in their next group match…

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And Costa Rica makes it into the Knockout Stages! Against Italy.

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The Swiss vs France match was inspiring…

 

 

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And apart from doppelgangers, there were half-brothers too!

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Iran was impressive…

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Iran’s goalkeeper Amir Begovic

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But Argentina moves on to the Knockout Stages.

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Ghana was impressive too against Germany but of course, Germany won.

And Portugal…again, disappointing.

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And then, when you thought headbutts were ugly, there came a man named Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

 

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Yup. He totally clouded the achievement of Uruguay going into the Knockout Stages.

And whilst Germany & USA book their spot in the Knockout Stages, Portugal (obviously) & Ghana was heading home…

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And then there were 16…

 

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KNOCKOUT STAGES

It’s 1 chance or go home now and 16 remaining nations fought for their spot in the Semi-finals.

The host Brazil was the first in after beating Chile in a penalty shoot-out, joined by Colombia with Uruguay leaving to join their teammate Luis Suarez back home.

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I just really don’t like penalty shoot-outs!

And the Argentina vs Switzerland match was meme-convenient hehe:

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Mexico & Ochoa had to leave…after a last minute goal by Oranje.

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And Germany make it through against Algeria – albeit it took longer than expected.

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And then, there were 8…

THE LAST 8

 

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Germany again made it through against France. Woohoo!

 

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And something funny during that match too…

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(Find out later that somehow Mueller is related to Malaysia. I have no comment.)

Next, Brazil books the Semi against Germany…but without 2 important people:

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Neymar & Silva would not be playing…to catastrophic results against Germany! (But I’m getting slighted ahead of myself)

And Netherlands vs Costa Rica wasn’t as straight forward as most (including me) thought!

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But a Krul-fate befell the Costa Ricans and Netherlands live to fight another day!

And then, there were 4…

THE LAST 4

 

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When Netherlands defeated Spain 5-1 was shocking. Who ever thought there was a match that would be even more shocking?! And at a Semi-Final at that!

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Germany went on to defeat Brazil (host) 7-1!!!

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And Klose broke the world record too:

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Yup

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Germany impresses on and off the field.

And while the first semi-final was over by 20+mins…the second one between Netherlands and Argentina went completely the other extreme – to a penalty shoot-out!

Again, I JUST DON’T LIKE PENALTY SHOOT-OUTS!!!

And this time, Luck ran out for the Dutch… 😦

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So yup, it would be a Germany vs Argentina Final!!!

I had hoped it would be Germany vs Netherlands cos they’re my 2 favourite teams but I guess at least now I don’t have the dilemma of which team to support.

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Or do I???

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Say what now? LOL!

But actually no, there was never a doubt of which team I supported. Even if they had played against Netherlands, Germany is still #1 for me. 😀

Finals happening in a few hours!!! *excited*

Meanwhile earlier this morning…

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Netherlands secures 3rd place defeating Brazil…this time with Silva.

Not as shocking…but I do pity Brazil as host.

But yes, it all comes down to the Finals tonight/early tomorrow morning!!! #GoGermany

And signing off…This is me the whole month:

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But TOTALLY worth it. 😉