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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mystry of Light ... The Polor Light

Pelikan released a model 'Polar Lights' using the M604 under the special edition series to bring back the attention of this mystry light.

The northern and southern polar lights, also known as auroras, are natural light display in the night sky, particuarly in the polar region. This display typically occur in the upper part of the atomsphere. Sometimes, such display also happen in the day.

In the northern latitudes, such effects is called the aurora borealis. It is named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas.
The chance of viewing is high when one is nearer to the northern magnetic pole, such as the northern island of Canada due to it priximity to the pole. The best time to visit will be September to October and March to April.

The northern polar light has many names in the past. One of the interesting name is by the Cree people. They called it "Dance of the Spirit".

The southern polar light is called the aurora australis. It is sometime mistaken that it is named after Australia due to the similarity of spelling of the word australis. The word australis is actually a Latin word for "of the south".

As the name implied, it can only be visible at the southern latitudes, like the Antarctica, South America and Australia.

One history fact. Benjamin Franklin was the first person who bought attention to his "northern lights mystry". That's correct! Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding father of the United States of America.
First look on the pen and the impression is just another oridinary pen. If you have a closer look, one will noticed the complixity of the multi-color varnish, and the platinum alloy silver color elements. The ray of light is symbolized by the silver color elements flowing towards the deep black components on the front of the black which are suppose to represent the night sky.

The design of the pen is make complete with a 18k gold nib with rodium trim. It comes in with fine, medium and borard nib. Pelikan also released the same pen in ballpoint and rollerball.

It is available at Fook Hing Trading and other authorized retailers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Help Save The Whales ... Stop Whaling Now

This is the 3rd part to the 10 part blogs of the Sailor Creatures of the Deep fountain pens collection. Previously, we seek your help to save the shark and a brief introduction to clown fish. In this blog, we seek your help to save the whales and help stop whaling.

There are a lot of us has mistakenly consider whales to be fish. They are not fish, but mammals. They feed milk to their babies and breathe air. The live in large groups called “herds”, and baby whale is called a “calf”.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rumours, Rumours ... Sailor Hello Kitty Special Edition

Previously, we mentioned that the Sailor Hello Kitty is for Japan domestic market and not available here. We received feedback from our readers that it is available in Singapore now. Two local retailers, Elephant & Coral and Fook Hing Trading managed to help their customers made their dream come true.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mum knows best, but does she know ...

As mentioned in our previous blog, Cross was supporting the Breast Cancer Awareness program since 2007. Last year (2008), Cross donated $28,500 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This year, Cross continue to support for the same cause. Cross will donate 10% for every BCA pen purchased to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® (http://www.komen.org/).

Komen for the Cure® is the world's largest non-profit funds to dedicated to fight against breast cancer in the world. It is also the largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activities.

Their main office is in Dallas, Texas U.S., with Affiliated office in Germany and Italy.

Locally in Singapore, the Health Promotion Board has a two program to help fight cancer. Coming Sunday (August 23, 2009), there is a Race Against Cancer run organized by the Singapore Cancer Society. We seek your support to the event.

The BreastScreen Singapore, which is a national breast cancer screening programme which engages women aged 50 years and older to go for regular mammography (breast x-ray). The mommograms are offered at subsidised rates of S$50 and S$75 for Singaporean and Permanent Residents (PRs) respectively. The aims of the programme is to detect breast cancer early to allow more effective treatment and a reduction in the mortality rate.

The CervicalScreen Singapore is the national cervical cancer screening programme to encourage women aged 25 to 69 years old who ever have had sex to go for Pap smear test once every 3 years. Pap smear test can be carried out at Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) registered General Practitioner (GP) clinics, private clinics and Polyclinics. Currently, subsidised screening is available at all Polyclinics.

Mum know best when it come to cooking, but does she know
  1. Breast and Cervical Cancers are tow of the most common cancers affecting Singaporean women today.
  2. To protect yourself against Breast Cancer
    * Do your breast self-examination once every month,
    * Go for a mammogram once every two years if you are 50 years and above
  3. To protect yourself against Cervical Cancer, go for a Pap smear once every three years if you are not 25 years and above. For woman age 25 years and above who have ever had sexual intercourse are eligible to participate in Cervical Screen Singapore.
  4. Mammograms and Pap smears can both be done at polyclinics. Pap smears can be done at most GP clinics.
  5. If these cancers are detected early, treatment is almost 100% effective. Talk to your doctor about cancer prevention.
    Take you mum for screening today and ensure she is in the pink of health. The sooner these cancers are detected, the better is the for the patient as more effective treatment can be used.
If your mum is a Singaporean or Permanent Resident aged 50 years and above, she is eligible for a subsidised screening at polyclinics under:
(a) A national screening programme for breast cancer.
(b) A national screening programme for cervical cancer.

Alternatively, visit hpb.gov.sg/healthscreening or call HealthLine at 1800-223-1313 for more information.
Early detection of breast and cervical cancers can saves lives.
Click here to visit our previous blog on Cross Breast Cancer Awareness pens.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Healthy Event ... Race Against Cancer

Dear fellow friends and readers,

Please support cancer survivors and patients in the charity run organized by the Singapore Cancer Society. The proceeds will go towards funding the initiatives such as sibsidy for treatment and free cancer screening.

There are 2 routes; 5km and 10km. The run will start at 8:00am and target to complete by 9:30am. There will be family entertainment like Lila Drums, Magic show, face-painting and ballon sculpting.

Your participation and kind support will help the society to provide the best possible care for their beneficiaries. Every dollar will go a very long way to support the society cause and their patients and family. Any support that you can offer will give them hope of tomorrow.

Date: August 23, 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 7:45am to 11am
Venue: Angsana Green, East Coast Park (near car park E2)
Fee/Registration: S$30 (adults); S$18 (full-time students/kids 12 and below).

Monday, August 17, 2009

Rumours, Rumours ... Pelikan blue demostrator

Pelikan released the blue demostrator fountain pen after discontinue the clear demostrator. The price of the clear demostrator fountain pen increased by two fold after it went out of stock in the market. The price of the blue demostrator is dearer than the clear version.

We try out the pen when we first time we got hold of it. Pelikan didn't failured us. It is indeed another fine writing instument.
The only differences are the color and the price. All the other features of the pen are the same as it ancestors. It is currently available at Fook Hong Trading, Aesthetic Bay Pte Ltd and other authorized retailers.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Rumours, Rumours ... Pilot Vanishing Point Limited Edition 2009

The 2009 Pilot Calpless Vanishing Point Limited Edition fountain pen is in vivid red and available in Singapore now. It is limited to 2009 pieces. Check it out at Aesthatic Bay Pte Ltd, Fook Hing Trading and other authorized retailers.

Here is few more pictures of the new and previous released.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

She is 35, pretty and widely loved

Hello Kitty is 35 this year and still is widely loved by people around the world. There are a lot of event going on in Japan, and Singapore Macdonald. MacDonald is giving away one Hello Kitty toy for every Happy Meal. Every week, there are 9 designs. Each year is represented by one design. The promotion will run for 4 weeks. The Kitty toys were sold out before end of each week. So, who say a woman loses it shine after 30.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Rumours, Rumours ... Pilot Capless Limited Edition

It is the time of year where Pilot will be announcing the 2009 capless international limited edition fountain pen. Back in June, there was a rumour that it will be a coffee brown, which is to align with some of the big brands new time pieces.

One pen lover on the fountain pen network confirmed with Pilot U.S. that it will be a strikingly bright red. The pen will be released on September 1, 2009.

While waiting, let enjoy a few pictures of the previous years Capless Limited Edition.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

On this mysterious island, the time stand still

The Sailor has released a beautiful pen using the material from the magical place – Yaku-shima (屋久杉), which means Alps on the Ocean island. The island get it name from the facts that there are 6 mountain peaks over 1800m high including the Miyanoura-dake (1935m above sea level).