Emoticons add a lot more colour to our text messaging conversations but there is only so much an emoticon can convey. Singlish is a unique local “slang” where it will be hard pressed to find emoticons which convey expressions like “bo jio” or “sian”.

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Attempts to text Singlish will typically be overruled by the autocorrect function like in these mrbrown’s examples – When I type “shiok”, I don’t want “shook”. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised with Viber’s introduction of three new uniquely Singaporean sticker packs. Viber, a mobile communications platform offering free messaging, HD-quality phone and video calls, is owned by Japanese leading e-commerce company Rakuten, so it is interesting to see the huge effort that Viber made and contextualise its stickers to identify itself with Singapore users.

These Viber Singapore-themed sticker packs are localized versions of the main Viber Family characters: LegCat, Violet and DJ, Freddie & Friends as well as Blue, Mayo, Yango and Green Bird. Dressed in traditional attire and local streetwear, the iconic Viber characters are hanging out in the Little Red Dot, sharing local fare and conversing in their respective languages and the Singapore slang.

And most importantly, these sticker packs are not just putting local expressions like “corright” into words but also feature many intricate details that are uniquely Singaporean like outfits, accessories, landmarks, symbols and, in some cases, even posture and facial expressions. It was a great effort by Viber to grab the true essence of the local conversation. Just see the “paiseh” sticker below as an example.

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They cover such common Singaporean scenarios that you can even do a group chat with just the stickers alone – this could be an interesting challenge you can pose to your group chat mates. Each of the three sticker packs features more than 50 unique stickers reflecting Singapore’s vibrant multicultural society so I am sure your group can find something to keep the conversations going.

Commuters in the MRT and all those looking for a taxi in Singapore now have dedicated stickers to share with their friends and colleagues to let them know they are on their way.

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What I really appreciate is how multicultural these Viber sticker packs are – there are greetings in multiple languages, namely, English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil as well as Singlish expressions.

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The first Viber Singapore-themed stickers launched in Feb 2015 – Singapore Lah! display many Singaporean cultural aspects including key landmarks such as Chinatown, Geylang Serai and Little India as well as local food including Nasi Lemak, Prata and Kopi, Kaya with soft boiled eggs. If you’re having lunch at Lau Pa Sat or dining at a Pasar Malam, you can now tell your friends to join with dedicated stickers.

Also, when Friday comes, share ‘TGIF’ and ‘Yamseng’ stickers to start the weekend on a positive and cheerful vibe. There are fun stickers for various occasions that Viber users in Singapore can discover and send to friends and family.

Viber’s latest Singapore-themed stickers — “Singapore Shiok!” and “Fun in Singapore!” — was launched recently and showcase Singapore’s lifestyle and some of its key landmarks while featuring a wide range of popular Singlish expressions and Singaporean slang. This includes many of our favorite expressions like ‘Can’, ‘Kancheong’, ‘Walau Eh’, ‘Chio Bu’, ‘Simi’, ‘Shiok’, ‘Buay Tahan’ and ‘Bojio’ among others.

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The ‘Fun in Singapore’ sticker pack displays many local entertaining activities and includes key Singapore landmarks and popular places. In your time off and when the weekend begins, you now have customized stickers to send to your friends and loved ones to tell them where you are and what you are up to.

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If you’re heading to East Coast Park cycling and camping or thinking of enjoying a nice concert at the Botanic Gardens, you now have tailored stickers to communicate these activities. Finally, if you’re more in the mood for shopping, you also have special ‘Orchard Road’ and ‘MBS’ stickers to share with your shopping buddies.

All three Singapore localized sticker packs are now available to download for free from the Viber Sticker Market. Viber is available for free on iPhone & Android phones and tablets, Windows Phone and Blackberry phones.

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Las Vegas is regarded as a city where dreams come true, but there is much more to Vegas life than sticking, twisting and getting married.

No matter whether you are heading to Sin City on your own, with a partner or with the family, there are plenty of activities on offer in this great city; make sure you have your itinerary planned and tickets ready for visiting the best Las Vegas attractions below!

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The Strip

Any holiday to Las Vegas must consist of a visit to The Strip. Technically The Strip refers to the area of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue to the north and Russell Road to the south, but now The Strip refers to the array of hotels and casinos on or near Las Vegas Boulevard.

The Strip is where you will find the most iconic landmarks in the city, such as The Venetian’s Grand Canal, the Bellagio Fountains, The Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx, and the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas.

Many holidaymakers decide to walk The Strip, but there is a Monorail and buses that offer rides from one end of the strip to the other 24/7.

If you are looking for a really spectacular way of seeing The Strip, then there are Las Vegas Strip Highlights helicopter tours available.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon National Park is just a short distance away from Las Vegas, which is why Vegas is a popular base for holidaymakers looking to explore the Grand Canyon.

One of the most popular ways to see the Grand Canyon is via a helicopter tour as you get to see this amazing example of natural beauty from above, as well as fly over the Hoover Dam.

Many helicopter tours touch down so that visitors can explore the Native American Hualapai lands and get an up-close look at the Colorado River.

Bellagio Casino and Fountains

A visit to the Bellagio Casino and Fountains is a must as not only can you lay your money on the line in table games and slot machines, but you can see a spectacular light and water show every 15-30 minutes, depending on what time of day you’re strolling past.

Almost every movie based in Vegas features the Bellagio Fountains; think back to Ocean’s Eleven when at the end of the movie the likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt meet up at the fountains to say goodbye to each other and go their separate ways.

Venetian Casino and Grand Canal

You can see some of the most well-known landmarks across the world in one place as Las Vegas is renowned for replicating the likes of Egypt’s pyramids and France’s Eiffel Tower.

The Venetian Casino and Grand Canal is one of the most ambitious, replicating the highlights of Venice. Visitors can go on gondola rides along the Grand Canal and marvel at singers, stilt walkers and living statues – all of which are common sights in the real Venice.

Venetian Casino and Grand Canal also has a small branch of the Guggenheim Museum and Madame Tussauds inside of it.

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is another great option for a day out and is visited by millions of holidaymakers every year.

The dam is 30 miles away from Vegas and the historic attraction, which was built in the 1930s, separates Nevada and Arizona. There are tours available for visitors who want to find out more about this famous landmark too.

Image Credit: Sanjay (flickr.com)

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