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Hotmail X-Men Contest Not A Good Deal

May 25th, 2011

These days it’s very easy to hold a contest, just put up a webpage or a Facebook fan page, put up some prizes and you can easily get people to participate in your contest.
Or so I think.

I received this X-Men contest email in my Hotmail Junk Folder recently (yes, email from Microsoft gets into its own Hotmail Junk Folder), took a glimpse of it, found the Terms and Conditions, read through it and then put it off.
It wasn’t really a good deal.

However, when I saw a post about it on Niki Cheong’s blog, it seems that the Terms and Conditions page wasn’t made known to many people.
In fact the actual contest page doesn’t link to it.
You see the note of *Terms and Conditions apply in http://x-men.savesocialenergy.com/ but they show you no T&C.

Why would I say that the contest is not a good deal?
Pay attention to these:

  • Organiser. The Contest is organised by Microsoft.
  • All residents of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines are eligible to participate in the Contest.
  • If you are a minor (i.e. under 18 years of age in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines, and under 20 years of age in Thailand), you must obtain the appropriate permissions and releases from your parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the Contest.
  • Grand Prize:
    • 1 pair of movie passes to the local movie launch of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
    1 ticket to attend the “X-MEN: FIRST CLASS STUNT SCHOOL” from 17 – 21 June 2011 in New York, U.S.A.
    • 1 return economy class air ticket to New York, U.S.A. The choice of airline will be subject to availability and at Microsoft’s discretion.
    3 night’s hotel accommodation for 1 (standard room, twin sharing) in New York, U.S.A. The choice of hotel will be subject to availability and at Microsoft’s discretion.
    • A cash allowance of USD200.00 for the entire stay. All beverages, telephone calls, extra activities, additional spending money and all other ancillary costs not expressly mentioned in this clause are the Grand Prize winner’s responsibility.
  • If you are the Grand Prize winner:
    5.3.1 you must ensure that you obtain, before the travel date, at your own cost and expense:
    (a) an international passport with a period of validity 6 months beyond your return travel date;
    (b) a U.S. Visitor Visa; and
    (c) your own valid insurance to cover the risks of using the Grand Prize.
    5.3.2 you must adhere to the travel schedule for the trip as set out by Microsoft. No change requests to the travel schedule will be entertained.
  • Promotional activities.
    If you are a prize winner, except where prohibited by law, you consent to the use of your name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information and statements attributed to you (if true), and all recordings of you made by Microsoft (including, without limitation, telephone recordings, audio recordings, visual recordings and photographs) for advertising and promotional purposes without any compensation or notice to you.
  • Limitation of liability.
    To the maximum extent permitted by law, Microsoft and its parent company, affiliates, related corporations, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees and agents accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any damage, loss, death or personal injury that may occur as a consequence of your participation in the Contest and/or your use of any prize.

My problem
My problem with this kind of Terms and Conditions is only a few.
1) 1 ticket only for a trip from Asia to the other side of the world. Since you are making a contest, why don’t you generously allow the Grand Prize winner, which is only one from each country to bring a companion at the very least?
2) USD 200 allowance for a 3 nights stay where all other costs are to be borne by the winner. Do you know you need to pay for your own passport? Sure that’s fine. How about a US visa? That itself costs USD 140. Maybe the team organizing this is from Singapore, because Singapore is one of the 36 countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

Without taking into account all other terms like limitation of liability etc, the grand prize winner best deal is actually only the single return trip ticket to New York. He/she has to bear the cost of all other things.

9 other winners (in each country) get free premiere tickets to the X-Men show in their local cinema.

Microsoft gets every participant’s slogan submission and everyone to use its Office Web Apps.

Of course, one may argue that one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
I absolutely agree, maybe you are a X-Men die-hard fan.

By the way, Microsoft is ranked 38 in Fortune 500 while Coca-Cola at 70, but Coca-Cola sure knows how to organize a contest to send a Grand Prize winner to the US.

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Android Dance in Malaysia’s Xperia Arc Launch Event

April 6th, 2011

You might have seen this ‘high’ Android dancing frantically before.

Today, it travelled to Malaysia.

Sure it didn’t dance as well as in Taiwan, the club is so packed and crowded but it sure was ‘high’ as well. I have truly no idea how they can dance in such speed in such a suit.

For more info, check out Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc launch in Malaysia with Maxis.

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King of Magazine Covers

October 15th, 2010

I hate to break this to you people, but there is a group of specialized people within us, and I’d just name them the King of Magazine Covers.

They are very professional with Magazine Covers.

Like placing stickers on magazine covers especially on ’strategic’ places, which based on some particular reasoning that I’m not good enough to understand.

They probably have a few hours or so to determine which is the best way to cover it and where.
I bet they have a good time staring at them too. :-)

Close your eyes if you’re not prepared for this.

I present to you, a by-product from King of Magazine Covers :





Well, it’s not like I read GQ, so I took a photo of the above in the newsstand, shut my mouth and moved on.

With the Marvellous Internet, I can quickly search up the image with no stickers. :-)

King of Magazine Covers did a great job there!!

A semi-nude or topless Rihanna. Can’t let people see too much of her.




And now, on this very famous magazine cover, we have a full nudity photo.





If you’re again not ready for this, or below 18, please go to Disney.com now. I’m not kidding. :-)







Let me present to you, the pornographic cover story and issue from TIME magazine.





With the expertise and opinion of the team from King of Magazine Covers, this is what I got from MY magazine.

I think we got to thank these people who with good intent and work tirelessly, scanning magazine covers or magazine pages, so that readers do not drown in (insert name here – as I have no idea what to name what they’re covering).

Don’t you think they did a greater job than those photographers who took the cover shoot?

To the King of Magazine Covers, or other Kings like Kings of Rock Concert and the like. With the big crown on your head, I salute you.

Sara Bareilles – King Of Anything

Keep drinking coffee, stare me down across the table
While I look outside
So many things I’d say if only I were able
But I just keep quiet and count the cars that pass by

You’ve got opinions, man
We’re all entitled to ‘em, but I never asked
So let me thank you for your time, and try not to waste anymore of mine
And get out of here fast

I hate to break it to you babe, but I’m not drowning
There’s no one here to save

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

You sound so innocent, all full of good intent
Swear you know best
But you expect me to jump up on board with you
And ride off into your delusional sunset

I’m not the one who’s lost with no direction
But you’ll never see

You’re so busy making maps with my name on them in all caps
You got the talking down, just not the listening

And who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

All my life I’ve tried to make everybody happy
While I just hurt and hide
Waiting for someone to tell me it’s my turn to decide

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

Let me hold your crown, babe.

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