Thursday, April 24, 2014

I've Watched Emily Of Emerald Hill!

Emily Of Emerald Hill. Oh, I've heard so much wonderful reviews about it, but never have had the chance to watch it before. 

So, while reading through one of my favourite magazines, TimeOutKL, I noticed that this show will be showing in the all new Damansara Performing Arts Centre aka DPAC. And so, I bought my tickets and went for it!

Well, what can I say except that I was blown away! And that's also the reason why I'm writing this blog post as fast as I can. Cos I want you to go watch it (yes, there's still time!).

The date I watched Emily!

You see, in this 2 hour show (with a short break in between), the actress, Pearlly Chua did the whole show - alone. And she pulled it of so well with her superb acting. 

She acted as a child, to a young Nyonya, to a loving (yet at times fierce) mother and wife, and to a widow. And with it, she brought joy, sadness, and anger which I felt it myself by watching her performance.  

With the star herself, Pearlly Chua!

And even though she is just 1 person, and with very lil props, she could bring out the majestic and glory days of the Baba Nyonyas.. like how they had grand dinners, and the way they did to impress!

And well, if I thought doing YouTube videos was tough enough.. she proved that there's more to great acting! Truly, I'm honoured to see such a great artist and performer. What an inspiration indeed. 

“The audience was held spellbound and silent by the intensity of Chua’s performance.” Sunday Star, 1990. 

“…an overhelming experience.” New Straits Times, 2004.

How true indeed!

Btw, I had the opportunity to talk to the director too, Chin San Soon, who told me that Emily has been such an old show - since 1984! It has since been replayed over the years by many other actors.. though he is most proud of Pearlly (she played over 160 times!). 

Me and the director, Chin San Soon
While I haven't watched the other actors performed, but I'm so sure that Pearlly has set one high benchmark! (the other one I remember hearing raves reviews is Ivan Heng - yes a guy!).

Oh and he also mentioned that many actors will act out Emily to prove his/ her acting skills. Ooooooo. Maybe I should try it someday - like on Youtube! :P

Do you want a bear? :P
Btw, I wanna share this pic too, cos this is one of the stalls selling handmade bears, just outside of the DPAC entrance :P

Emily of Emerald Hill showtime at DPAC
17 - 20 April (Thu - Sun) 8.30pm
24 - 26 April (Thu - Sat) 8.30pm
27 April (Sun) 3.00pm

*More info at DPAC: Emily Of Emerald Hill.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Was At The Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon.

I've been seeing pictures of some fellow bloggers attending this event a few years back. They were nice, or awesome. 

And that made me attend the event once before. However, that was in the afternoon, and no hot air balloons were in sight. 

However, this year, I surprised myself (again). I woke up at 530am, just to go to the hot air balloon festival - and try to get the tickets for the tethered hot air balloon rides. 

Me and buddy arrived pretty early - like 645am. But by then, there was already a long queue. And bout 30 mins later.. the person in charge told us the "bad news" - that the tickets are all sold out. 

Preparation for the morning tethered hot air balloon rides.
In a way, I didn't miss the tethered balloon rides - it's pretty err.. low. 

So since that was off the itinerary, we proceeded to the empty field where the sponsored hot air balloons were being prepared for "take off".

Together with buddy +Eric Lee Huangshi . I have 3 cameras - the DSLR, the compact camera and the smartphone. But at the end of the day.. the smartphone rules!

Now, luckily my buddy loaned me his DSLR camera. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been allowed to enter the barricades. What a funny rule! For I carried that - really "just for show", and took photos with my smartphone instead!

One of the major highlights every year is the Darth Vader hot air balloon. And although it's been around every year (well, definitely not its first time as I've seen photos of it before).. so I had to take the photo of it. 

Oh ya, Darth Vader actually did "visit" Malaysia! 

The other hot air balloon that striked me is this blown up motorbike by Yamaha. 

But the ones, that I felt most proud of is the 2 hot air balloons from Taiwan. The cow one is sooooooo cute!

Those were the major highlights of the event. On the whole, it was a nice experience for a 1st time visitor.

Though personally, unless the organisers increase the number of balloons next year and have more unique balloons, I'll probably skip it. Oh but count me in if I get a free ride above the sponsored balloons! XD

Hot Air Balloon event - checked!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tips For Songkran!

It's Songkran. And I surprise myself for not being in Bangkok this year. 

Oh well, for certain reasons, I have decided to skip the water festival. But that doesn't stop me from playing water, and having fun!

I called up 2 of my buddies, and we shot a video on tips to "surviving" Songkran. Or well you can call it "Tips For Songkran". 

Check it out below. And oh yes, the pink haired lady.. she's back! Haha!

Btw, here are some pics of us having fun after the shoot!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Oh Hey, I Spoke At Ninetology AirAsia Plane Livery Event!

Ninetology wrapped a AirAsia plane. Call that plastering its name across the plane end to end.

Cool branding in many ways, and definitely a "wow". 

And well, I was there, being part of the historic moment... taking some photos and well, giving a speech there too (oh wow!).

The plane.. is a plane, but when you have your brand name on it, it's definitely a proud moment. Congrats Ninetology in your dream of going ASEAN!

Me and teammate, +Eric Lee Huangshi . 

Me and PR mate and teammate Sofea. 

The big boss, CEO Sean giving his speech. Part of the main gist - Ninetology made RM180 million last year, and gonna make RM380 million in 2014. 

Oh and hey, it's me - giving my "speech". I shared about Our "So Wow For All" Marketing concept - which is about wow-ing fellow Ninetologians throughout this 2014. 

Me, the cosplayers, and the 4 colourful U9J1. Hello Catwoman, hello Elsa!

The 1st Wow - is the latest model, a full fledged Android phone.. which does everything a smartphone can do, but only for a price of RM199 (I know, wow!).

There's other Wows too. One of them is the #9Giveaway done every 9th of the month on Ninetology's FB. Last month, we gave out the 100 Doraemon event tickets (which was snapped up by the 1st hour.. yes wow!).

Upcoming will be a heartwarming webseries. Apart from the series, Ninetology will be going around old folks homes, and connecting the old folks with the loved ones by the Ninetology handsets (awwwww). 

There's a few other Wows for the year. But well, I didn't reveal further. For after all... the event was about the plane. And I think the plane needed its full glory :)

*I'm proud to have given the opportunity to speak at this event. The 2nd for me this year, so far.. the first being in MSMW. Yay!

*Btw for those of you who wanna watch my "speech".. here it is. I'm told by some, it's pretty awesome hahahaha! :P