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FIFA World Cup 2014 is finally here, this is the one month where sleep becomes overrated, and football fever is at an all time high. Sure, staying up all night watching the game might not exactly be a form of sports for the spectators like you and me, but it happens only once in four years, so we don’t have to have an excuse right?

Long live football, and long live coffee!

Stadium Astro #OlaBola World Cup Party
Stadium Astro #OlaBola World Cup Party

Last weekend the good people at Astro threw the Stadium Astro #OlaBola World Cup Party just for the football fans among the bloggers. The venue was at Hongdae Moon, located at the rooftop of One City Mall, also one of the taller buildings at this side of USJ.

This was my first time to this relatively new mall, and I really like the concept of having restaurants and hang out places located on top of tall building with great view and unhindered, natural wind.

our hosts Reuben Kang and Jun Yong
our hosts Reuben Kang and Jun Yong explaining the apps

Our host of the day were the duo of pint-size funny man Reuben Kang as well as Astro Supersport TV Host and Miss Malaysia Tourism 2012/2013, Jun Yong.

They did a mighty fine job introducing to us the various Stadium Astro and Astro on the Go, Astro GO 2014 FIFA World Cup and OlaBola Football Predictor mobile applications that are specifically created just for FIFA World Cup 2014  which I will elaborate later in this same article.

OK, abang Nara and I did not win the football prediction game
OK, abang Nara and I did not win the football prediction game

After a bit of explanations, the real fun begins. Together with a few other bloggers, I was invited to play a couple games on the stage with the hosts.

Abang Nara and I partnered up with Jun to go against another team in playing the Ola Bola Football Predictor game.

the venue at One City Mall had quite an awesome view too
the venue at One City Mall had quite an awesome view too

Ola Bola Football Predictor is a pretty interesting application you can use during the actual World Cup game itself.

For example, during crucial events such as free kicks, corners, and penalty kicks, you make predictions on the outcome of those events to accumulate points when you get it right. The champion of Football Predictor gets to bring home a foosball table!

The game is free on Apple App Store / Google Play Store

the Astro apps you should check out

Of course, that isn’t the only mobile applications available from Astro for this World Cup season. There are a few more you should definitely check out if you’re a football fan.

Astro on the Go, watch from anywhere and not just the living room
Astro on the Go, watch from anywhere and not just the living room

First and foremost, Astro on the Go, an application that features all 64 FIFA World Cup matches live on your mobile device (iPad, iPhone, and Android devices) as well as on the web.

30 of the 64 LIVE matches will be available for free for all Malaysian while customers can purchase single games on pay per view basis for RM6 each as well. You don’t need to be confined to the TV to watch the games live, you can literally be anywhere with an internet connection.

Astro on the Go is free for download on Apple App Store / Google Play Store and via my.astroonthego.com 

Astro GO 2014 FIFA World Cup app
Astro GO 2014 FIFA World Cup, check out all the stats!

For the more serious fans, there’s Astro GO 2014 FIFA World Cup application and web player.

This is one serious application for Astro Football Pass customers where all 64 LIVE matches are shown through 6 multi-camera feeds. You can basically be your own producer/director, choosing whichever angle/replay, and check all the match statistics and information in real time. In fact, there are over 4,000 Video On Demand Clips in the app.

Naturally, the application can be found on Apple App Store / Google Play Store and web player via StadiumAstro.com.

Stadium Astro application
Stadium Astro application

If you’re a fan of fantasy football, check out the Stadium Astro Fantasy #OlaBola Edition. You can be a football manager and create your own dream team, transfer player, join leagues, and earn points and rewards based on your player’s performance during the World Cup.

Stadium Astro

Stadium Astro

The best thing is that you stand a chance to win actual prizes if your team comes up on top. Check it out at fantasy.olabola.stadiumastro.com. The website works both on mobile devices and on your computer.

Whose side will you take?
Whose Side Will You Take?

For something a bit more fun and less serious, head on to olabola.my to use the Whose Side Will You Take web application. Here you can make a face-painted photo of yourself and set it as your Facebook profile photo and be a part of the largest face-painting drive in Malaysia.

I’m going Dutch! So what’s your team?

At the end of the month is again the most important day in the history of Malaysia – our national day. Chantings of merdeka, merdeka, merdeka is sure to fill the heart of KL and in the heart of every true Malaysian.

celebrity sightings at Astro Negaraku'13 event at Midvalley Megamall

celebrity sightings at Astro Negaraku’13 event at Midvalley Megamall

This Merdeka, Astro celebrates our very unique culture and way of life, our quirks, language, food, and actions that essentially make us Malaysian. Something that we would not change for the world.

Phrases like  “Rilek-lah Bro!”, “Stylo Mylo”, and “Dah Makan?” are bred and born and tied to our Malaysian way of life.

celebrities include Datuk Aznil, Haniff, Lisa Surihani, Jie Ying with Astro COO Henry Tan
celebrities include Datuk Aznil, Haniff, Lisa Surihani, Jie Ying with Astro COO Henry Tan

To kick off the Merdeka Celebration, Astro COO Henry Tan unveiled the #GoBeyond positive engine.

The positive engine is an effort to enhance the level of positivity in Malaysia during this Merdeka.

the "positive engine", activated by positive tweets
the “positive engine”, activated by positive tweets

The engine is powered by and activated by #GoBeyond tweets that spread positive attitude, with the very first tweets started from Henry Tan and celebrities including Datuk Aznil, Haniff, Lisa Surihani, and Jie Ying.

My very own #GoBeyond tweet – “push it a little harder, be it on the ball game or in the gym, #GoBeyond

There were a lot of fans showing their support on the ground at the event outside Food Junction at Midvalley Megamall as well. It was a very “riuh rendah” atmosphere.

#UrMalaysianIsShowing tweeting challenge winners
#UrMalaysianIsShowing tweeting challenge winners

The event also include a tweeting challenge participated by 16 groups of bloggers and twitterers. Each group of five had to complete a number of tasks involving updating their twitter and facebook with @UrMalaysianIsShowing and @GoBeyond hashtags. There was a lot of positive and competitive energy in this.

Jie Ying's fans, chuckei, Azaria, Redmummy, Rachel, Tian Chad
Jie Ying’s fans, chuckei, Azaria, Redmummy, Rachel, Tian Chad

Join the spread of positivity this Merdeka by doing something positive and sharing the act with #GoBeyond hashtag and show our uniquely Malaysian way of life with #UrMalaysianIsShowing too!

Check out gobeyond.com.my and if you’re interested in those awesome t-shirts, there’s an app on  facebook.com/AstroGoBeyond to design your own!

astro #UrMalaysianIsShowing t-shirt design

The t-shirt application allows your to choose your version of Malaysian words & sentences and have the #UrMalaysianIsShowing hashtag at the back as well. After you’re done you can actually purchase the t-shirt itself for RM 25 and all proceeds to go charity.

spread positivity and share it with #GoBeyond

spread positivity and share it with #GoBeyond

My personal #GoBeyond act is to be more courteous on the road, especially when the traffic is bad. I will make it a point to always allow a waiting car to come out from the junction even if I have the right of way.

And as for this weekends – Merdeka! and relek k bro!

Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, or even Columbus and Cheng Ho, these are the names that we associate with as some of the greatest explorers in fiction, games, and in history. Do you think you have what it takes to be just.. slightly similar to these names?

Well, this is your chance to star in the biggest “quest” you’ve had, codenamed “Explorer-On-The-Go” contest by Astro is perhaps your ticket to fame. (and prizes!)

Astro On The Go

OK so lets talk about the prizes first:

  • Grand Prize - 2 x Samsung Galaxy S4 + (Bonus: RM800 cash each IF you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
  • 1st Runner Up - 2 x Apple iPad Mini + (Bonus: RM800 cash each IF you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
  • 2nd Runner Up - 2 x Nexus 7 + (Bonus: RM800 cash each IF you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
  • Bonus prize for top-tweeting team - RM500 cash + (another RM800 cash if you are an *Astro-On-The-Go subscriber)
  • Bonus Lucky Draw (for ALL Astro-On-The-Go subscribers ONLY) - 1 x Apple iPad Mini

I think I can very well use these gadgets and prize money, as any adventurers would.

KY Astro On The Go contest

To enter the contest, write a blog post titled “I Am The Unstoppable Explorer”, more information at http://blog.nuffnang.com.my/2013/04/18/astro-on-the-go-are-you-an-unstoppable-explorer/ for exactly what you need to do. It’s pretty simple actually!

My entry would look like this – “I’m an unstoppable explorer on land and water: mountain biking trails, city scape, and even underwater explorations. The cool thing with Astro On-The-Go is that I can still catch those Live football matches wherever I find myself at. Never miss a moment, no compromise!”

Taking a photo like I did above is a bonus point :D

Check out www.astroonthego.com too.

If you went to astro.com.my lately you’d have noticed something different.

The top banner right under the navigation bar is now scroll-able to the right, and give it a try, scroll it right and keep going on, and on, and on, and on….

Astro longest banner
this image is 600 pixels, the whole banner is 61,500 pixels long

It is in fact, the currently the World’s Longest Online Banner record holder, and this is made possible in conjunction with Astro On-The-Go’s “Where do YOU want Astro On-The-Go contest” that encourages users to submit a photo of them in the most creative locations enjoying Astro On-The-Go.

The contest ran from July to August and I wrote about it in this previous entry, very cool to finally see the end product of it. The banner actually tripled the previous record set by BMW.

screen shot from the AOTG Human-iPad video
screen shot from the AOTG Human-iPad video

And remember the Astro On-The-Go Human-iPad showcase that we got to sample in that same pool party a few months ago? Astro put on this compilation of the videos captured while the campaign was showcased at various popular locations in Klang Valley.

The video has achieved more than 260,000 views in a month. Check out the video here.

Did you know that this is in fact Asia’s first ever Human-iPad theatre, I just think the effect is really cool.

AOTG devices

For those of you who hasn’t checked out Astro On-The-Go yet, it is now available in more devices. You can watch some of your favorite shows, including Hollywood blockbusters – The Avengers, Cabin in the woods, The Proposal, and local favourites – Ombak Rindu, Adam dan Hawa..etc. and even Korean dramas.

Astro On-The-Go is available on

  • Computer via web
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • selected Samsung devices
My friend Kerol uses it to catch her MU games on her Galaxy Note on a regular basis. Go to http://www.astro.com.my/onthego/getitnow and try it yourself.

AOTG contest winners

And by the way, I wanna congratulate the winners - Soo Siew Kuan, Ahmad Faizal bin Hashim, Tan Siang Leng, Ng Pui Hai, Fariza Ilyani binti Mustaffa, and Khairul Faizal bin Jamaludalin. They walked away with iPads & Astro On-The-Go merchandises.

I.. didn’t win. Maybe better luck next time!

You know your colleagues are Euro 2012 junkies if they are zombies at work in this past couple weeks. Those 2:45 am matches are killers, but at the same time they are shaping up to be so awesomely exciting, with most teams still has a chance to go through.

Astro On The Go on iPad and web browser
Astro-On-The-Go on iPad and web browser

Since it’s already the 3rd and final group matches, many of them are played simultaneously. For those who only watches it on TV, there’s the special channel that shows both games on the same screen, but for those with Astro On-The-Go like me, we get to stream one on iPad or web, and the other on TV. Yesss!

If you watched the Portugal vs Holland game and missed the Germany vs Croatia game or vice versa, you will understand the pain of constantly flipping those two channels. Group games don’t get any more exciting than that. It made me wanna go out and play futsal the very next day.

If you haven’t check out Astro On-The-Go, you’re missing out big time :D

Astro-On-The-Go at The Pool Ampang

The Pool party:

Astro is kicking off the platform with a cool party for bloggers and blog readers alike too, this is a chance to meet like minded people and have loads of fun curtesy of Astro. Details are as follow:

Date: 23rd June 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: The Pool @ 347, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Dress code: Your favorite football jersey

You’ll get to experience Astro-On-The-Go at the event, and there are also fun & games where you stand a chance to win a new iPad. The best dress person to the party will walk away with another new iPad as well.

So what do you need to do to score a free invite to the party?

Simple, go to http://www.nuffnang.com.my/blog/2012/06/13/astro-on-the-go-party/ and complete the following sentence in 50 words or less. “The UEFA Euro Football Championships will be so much better with Astro On-The-Go because…” on the comment box at that page (and not this blog post!). The most creative and witty comment wins a pair of passes to the exclusive event.

There are 30 invites and contest ends 20th June 2012, 9.00am.

Belimbing watching Astro-On-The-Go on iPad
Belimbing watching Astro-On-The-Go on iPad

Where Do YOU Want Astro On-The-Go?

Other than the party, there’s also the rather interesting contest – Where Do YOU Want Astro-On-The-Go? Share a photo of YOURSELF (my example above is only valid if I am Belimbing the cat, and that it shows the “Astro-On-The-Go” logo) holding a laptop, smartphone or tablet showcasing the “Astro On-the-Go” logo at the most creative location of where you want to watch your favourite shows.

Where Do YOU Want Astro On-The-Go?
Where Do YOU Want Astro On-The-Go?

Astro wil form the longest advertisement in the world powered by YOU! The ad will grow featuring all your photo entries continuously from 23rd June to 31 August 2012. Find out more info during the pool party or, log on to wwww.astro.com.my/onthego from 23 June onwards for contest details!

To join the “Where Do YOU Want Astro On-The-Go?” contest all you need to do is follow the steps below :

  • 1: Go to http://www.astroonthego.com/contest/enter and read the instructions based on the device you are using
  • 2: Take your photo. Be creative! Tell the world where you want to watch your Astro On-The-Go! At the beach? At work when your boss isn’t looking? Look at the entry below as an example :
    • “I want my Astro On-The-Go at the playground!”
    • [insert attached picture]
  • 3: Upload your photo and get your friends to vote! Then watch as your photo joins in building the longest ad in the nation!

The most creative entries stand to be rewarded.

Good luck, and see you guys at The Pool!