MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

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Confirmed Destinations for 2018

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Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

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Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

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Photos | KK Latin Kiz Escapade 2018


The KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 was held over the last weekend of June in the heart of Kota Kinabalu with an amazing turn-out despite being a small event (if compared to the bigger festivals around Kuala Lumpur). Amazing atmosphere with a fantastic organizing team that is on top of everything. Taking care of us from the time we touched down til us leaving.

Here's the photos from the 3 amazing nights of dancing and 2 days of fantastic workshops.


Workshops | Day 1 & 2



Party | Casual Friday



Party | Prom Night



Party | World Cup Night



That's all the collection for this festival, looking forward to the next festival to bring more wonderful visuals to all. If you would like to engage my service for your upcoming event, do drop me a message and we can discuss further from there.

Grandparents Medical Advices that are lies


Growing up, we all experienced it (especially the Asian families), when we get sick or did something our grandmother doesn't like, she will throw out some medical "Facts" that makes us set things right faster than a lightning strike.

Did you experienced similar "advice" from your grandparents? Comment below and let me know what is the most common ones you get from your grandparents.

The following list explains the myths that just won’t seem to die.

Lie #1: “If you swallow chewing gum, it will never leave your body”

There are many variations of this myth. There are versions that specify the number of years it remains stuck in the body. There are those that say the gum gets stuck to the walls of your digestive system.

FACT: The gum will pass through your system and be excreted. Since it cannot be digested, it will come out whole as it was when it was swallowed. The chemicals that you cannot digest are those that give the gum its rubbery quality. But having said that, it’s not a good idea to swallow large amounts of gum anyway as there are cases of kids suffering from severe constipation after having swallowed too much gum.

Lie #2: “If you sit on a pillow, a boil will grow on your butt.”

This one is a Malaysian staple. In Bahasa Melayu it goes: “Kalau duduk atas bantal nanti punggung berbisul”.

This doesn’t make sense at any level but because it’s a scary enough thought, we still avoid planting ourselves on cushy pillows. A hundred years ago someone probably had some very nice pillows she didn’t want anyone sitting on and thought, “Why not scare the crap out of kids to stop them from squishing my pillows?”

FACT: A boil is an infected hair follicle. Technically, sitting on filthy pillows could cause boils but only if you did it buck naked.

Lie #3: “If you shave, your hair grows back thicker”

Nope, it doesn’t. It only looks that way. This might be right for the pubescent boy but only because puberty is making him more hairy. The act of shaving however, doesn’t contribute to thicker hair growth.

FACT: What might explain this phenomenon that many still swear by is that after shaving, stubbles appear which give the appearance of thick hair. However, once these stubbles start to grow out, it will be the same thickness as the hair before it.

Lie #4: “Eating watermelon seeds can cause appendicitis”

Appendicitis occurs when you have an infection of the appendix, which can be caused when debris is lodged in the tube-shaped sac. So, this “lie” should make sense, right?

FACT: Well, the answer is maybe. Some studies show there is a negligible correlation between swallowing fruit seeds and the onset of appendicitis. However, these studies do have their shortcomings as well. Therefore, it may be best to err on the side of caution and refrain from swallowing seeds. They don’t taste nice anyway. And definitely, don’t swallow durian seeds!

Lie #5: “Don’t give that kid candy or he will get a sugar rush.”

This is the biggest myth as many parents swear sugar is the culprit behind the hyperactivity of their toddlers.

FACT: This “sugar rush” state is simply not real. But it is still not a good idea to feed your kids too much sugar. Sugar addiction is a real threat to health and the rate of obesity among children and adults today is testimony to this. So, this just might be one of those white lies that we should keep alive.

Lie #6: “Chocolate gives you acne.”

Although this is a lie, don’t go grabbing that bar of Cadbury just yet. While previous studies have shown chocolate doesn’t cause acne, dermatologists point the finger at the sugar and fat content of chocolate, saying these ingredients can cause pimples. But this too has come under heavy criticism although subsequent studies show there just may be a link.

FACT: The jury is still out. Common sense says that if you experience a breakout after indulging in way too many Kinder Buenos, it’d be best to avoid them.

Lie #7: “Men don’t get breast cancer.”

This is a relatively modern myth. While the pink ribbon campaign to increase breast cancer awareness among women has been a success, men still often ignore early warning signs and are diagnosed only when the cancer is at an advanced stage.

FACT: Men also have breast tissue and after puberty develop ducts, lobules and connective tissues just like their female counterparts. The only difference is that women develop far more of these than men ever do. Even so, the male species can still get the same disease.

Lie #8: Vaccines can cause autism

This is a dangerous lie.

FACT: Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines not only protect the person who is vaccinated, but through the effect of herd immunity, has the power to eradicate diseases. No one who has been vaccinated has ever contracted polio and it would be a serious failure on the part of medical science if polio ever came back.

Lie #9: “Humans only use 10% of their brains.”

There’s a reason why people like this lie so much – it gives them some comfort that they actually have hidden potential.

FACT: Brain scans show that we use our whole brain pretty much most of the time. In fact our brain as a single organ consumes a high amount of energy given its relatively small size.

So how many of the above "advices" have you heard from your grandparents or aunties?

Azrene Ahmad & Fazley Yaakob opening a can of worms on Rosmah Mansor



No sooner after the dust settled in the Malaysian 14th General Election, we have Azrene Ahmad (Rosmah's daughter from her 1st marriage) and Fazley Yaakob opening a big can of worm on Rosmah Mansor on Instagram and Facebook. For those that have not seen the postings, here's the screenshots of the texts that was shared.


We even have postings from the Son-In-Law. Fazley Yaakob.


The famous handshake that all of those she despises has encountered. Even Fazley wasn't spared. The one who introduced Fazley to her daughter and matchmade them together, but when things got serious and he asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage she said no.
Then she asked her witch doctors if we were good for each other. Her witch doctor said, “The boy is good for the girl and vice versa, but your power won’t work on them, his family has too many religious members of the family. For every son she has as a result of this union, your power will decrease”.

Guess what? All hell broke lose right after! 


And here's 2 final screenshots from Fazley's brother.









All these juicy story from her estranged daughter, along with quite a few videos that is available online, compiled together, it will definitely be a great horror story that will put Mona Fendi's tales to shame.



Yes, this is unlike me to post these stuff out there but heck, once in a while, it's hard to pass a juicy story like this that is worth sharing for all to read. Right?

History on common Phrases we use every day



They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ...... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting Married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring?

10 #ILOVEUNITED Tickets to Giveaway


Those that I've talked to know that I'm looking forward to this, now, for those of you who wants to go but not sure how to redeem your passes, I'm here to help you! 

Here is your chance to meet the legends!

 We are giving 10 lucky winners exclusive tickets to the live viewing party. How to win them? Just follow the steps below to be in the run to meet your idol.


o   Answer the questions below at the comment session:

·       Name two midfielders and two defenders from Man United

·       Who is United's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer?

·       Who netted the first-ever Premier League goal for United?

o   Share the contest post on your Facebook with the hashtag #ILOVEUNITED

The lucky winners will be chosen by the end of the week. Please make sure your name and email address is real/active as I'll announce the winners and send you an email to let you know as well. 


Manchester United to Bring #ILOVEUNITED to Malaysia



Yup, you read it right! Manchester United is bringing the #ILOVEUNITED Live Viewing Party to Malaysia!

Together with Dwight YorkeDenis Irwin and David May, we'll get to  enjoy the home game against Liverpool FC on the 10th of March, at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.

The exclusive and free to attend event has been held all over the world and the club is excited to be hosting its first event of this kind in Malaysia.  Manchester United Ambassadors, Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin together with Club Legend David May will be on the ground meeting fans, sampling local culture and giving pre-match views and half time analysis of the game.Supporters can also expect live entertainment, giveaways and competitions, including the chance to win a once in a lifetime VIP trip to Old Trafford. The event will also feature an interactive, online hub linking fans around the globe, with the opportunity to upload and post their own videos and pictures of themselves cheering on their team.

#ILOVEUNITED is free to attend and fans are asked to apply online for tickets by visiting www.manutd.com/iloveunited by no later than midnight on 4th March. Applications will then be entered into a ballot, with tickets issued at random. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 6th March.



Fans who are already Official Manchester United members are guaranteed a ticket to the event by simply submitting their membership number during the application process.

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments: “The club has a long standing affinity with Malaysia and we are pleased to be returning there to host our very first live match screening in the country, for one of the most popular games of the season.

Manchester United has over 8million loyal and passionate supporters in Malaysia and #ILOVEUNITED will be an unforgettable event for those fans.  Previous #ILOVEUNITED events have been attended by hundreds of thousands of fans, creating a great atmosphere among our worldwide family of fans and the interactive element will bring them even closer together.”



I've just submitted my entry for the passes, what about you? Join me for the viewing party?

Photos + Videos | Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017


The Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017 is finally over, the 13 hours of non-stop partying was a fun night to be at. 4 workshops back to back to kick off the dancing spree before the dancers sit back, relax and letting the music take over. Was told by the organizer that the next one will be in March and that's specially dedicated to the ladies! So make sure you stay tune to the updates and I'll keep you posted on the next event at this page. For now, I'll let the photos do the talking.


click here to jump to the Facebook Album : Kizchata 2017 Christmas Edition

Performance by Alex and Roslyn



Performance by Izzat & Karina



Performance by Jeff & Alex

Leadership Peak 2018 Signing and Official Launch


QUEST Entrepreneurs Mastery (QEM), an entrepreneur community builder, WeStyleAsia Academy, Malaysia’s leading personal personal grooming education platform and Focus Malaysia, one of Malaysia’s top business weekly officially sealed their partnership in the organising of
Malaysia’s inaugural Leadership Peak 2018 that is scheduled to be held on 25 January 2018.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Ivan Yap, Executive Director of QEM, Mr. Arthur Tan, Founder and CEO of WeStyleAsia as well as Mr. Dan Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Focus Malaysia along with the unveiling of Leadership Peak logo, the event was graced by Guests-of-Honours,
Datin Winnie Loo, Founder of A Cut Above and Mr. Raja Singham, Founder & Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College.



The signing ceremony officiates the launch of Leadership Peak 2018 and announced that registration
open to those who wish to be part of this value-packed conference. The Leadership Peak Conference
2018, with the tagline “No Title? Who Cares! You Are Still a Leader” is mainly aimed at corporate
leaders, C-Level management, SMEs, business owners, start-up owners as well as aspiring
entrepreneurs so that they can impart the theme to their team of executives. To be held on 25 January 2018 at Zebra Square, Kuala Lumpur. The 1-day conference will encompass topics revolving around leadership, personal empowerment and business management.

“The entire idea of running this Leadership Peak Conference is to disrupt the traditional approach of
running a business in order to revitalise and bring innovation to the entire business community,”
said Mr Ivan Yap. “And to do that, we focus on inspiring change at the core of every business –
leadership.”



The full day conference will feature power house speakers and panelists such as Raja Jesrina Arshad
from Purely B, Ehon Chan from MaGiC, Brian Tan from Futurelabs, Ili Sulaiman from Dishbyili &
Agak-Agak, Angel Tashveer from WanderClass and Andrew Tan from CrowdPlus Asia for the start-up scene as well as Ken Lim from Kens Apothecary, Hugh Koh from Pestle & Mortar and Joanne Kay from Ultron for the SME scene. An interesting session featuring Unsung Heroes of the business
scene include Giden from BloomThis and Jonathan Quek from Owners’ Circle. A session focusing on women empowerment is also scheduled to feature inspiring and influential women such as Hannah Tan. Speakers that will speak to inspire during the conference are Raja Singham of Brickfields Asia College and Datin Winnie Loo of A Cut Above Group of Salons. Other topics that will be included also throughout the day are branding, investment, relationships and management.

“We hope that through this conference, we can bridge the gap between market leaders and
entrepreneurs from all company sizes so that they can learn and inspire from one another,” said Mr.
Dan Loh, COO of Focus Malaysia.



This event is also one-of-its-kind where the organisers initiated a charity movement titled
“#LeadersAreGivers” in conjunction with Leadership Peak. With this, the Organisers hope to
empower participants of the event to ‘walk the talk’ as leaders by taking part in charity with their
effort and time. The charity is in partnership with Brickfields Asia College. “As leaders, we also need
to take the lead in giving back to the society,” said Mr. Arthur Tan.

An early bird rate of RM299 per person is available until 24 December 2017. A normal rate of RM499 per person will be applicable after that. Each entry ticket holder is entitled to get a goodie bag worth no less than RM1,500. To register or learn more about Leadership Peak Conference 2018, head on to www.leadershippeak.com or follow their progress via facebook.com/leadershippeak.


Photos & Videos from World Bachata Festival 2017



The World Bachata Festival 2017 has come to an end but that doesn't mean that we will just move on to the next festival, time to look back at all the wonderful visuals as we go through a week of post-festival boredom. The festival kicked off with a pre-party at B&Blanco and ended the festival running all the way til the early hours of the morning. Without further ado, here's the photos and videos:

Pre-Party

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.




Workshops

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.





Denim Night

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.




Bling Night

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.




Elegant Casual Night

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.





Definitely a great weekend of dancing, taking me a few days to recover from it. There's more festivals around the corner and as we wave goodbye to 2017, we can now look at the calendar for 2018 to plan our festival get-away.

If you want the youtube Video playlist (including performances) shot by me @ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVYZdt4yJHO1jKKi6p3jGdVERH_LWN51T
Are you on Patreon? Support me and my craft, be a Patron @ https://www.patreon.com/mikeyip

Videos: Latin Experience Bali 2017


You've seen all the photos from the Latin Experience Bali 2017. Now, here's the videos from the 3 days festival! Hope you enjoyed the videos as much as I enjoyed making them.

Highlights of The Latin Experience Bali 2017



Performance by Damaris Morales



Performance by Sea Safari



Performance by Salseando Group



Performance by Cebu Salsa Club



Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #1



Performance by Zam & Jacintha



Performance by Dance Blaze



Performance by Cuban Salsa Indonesia Feat Amar Singh



Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #2



Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #3 (Bonus routine)



It was a fantastic weekend with the Cuban Salsa Indonesia team putting the weekend together. A team of superwomen with unlimited energy getting all the accommodation sorted for the participants, getting all the instructors out to the workshops on time and every night, host the party and after party til the wee hours of the morning.

Much respect to the girls and what they do. Looking forward to the Latin Experience 2018 as I was told that it will be even more epic than what we experienced this year.

Videos : Salsa-Lah 2017 Shows


Remember I posted about the Salsa-Lah 2017 Photos and mentioned that videos will follow suit, well, wait no more, below are all the videos from the Friday and Saturday show. Yes quality is a bit bad as I have limited ways to put the videos together. Time for me to figure out a way to get a new workhorse to work as my editing machine. Anyone want to sponsor?

Friday Show


1 Bailamos Project from Malaysia



2. Max & Christina from Singapore



3. Lawrence & Vivien from Malaysia



4. Outcast Dance Studio Salsa Team from Malaysia



5. Bailamos Shines Team from Malaysia


6. Son Cubano Project from Malaysia


7. Farhan & Ira from Malaysia



8. Jose & Dawn from Mexico/Singapore



9. Kumbata Team from China


Saturday Show


1. Afro Cuban by Outcast Dance Studio from Malaysia



2. Spring Salsa Ladies Styling from Vietnam



3. Bangkok Touch from Thailand



4. Dance Blaze Ladies Styling from Malaysia



5. Havana Estudio from Malaysia



6. Fai & Mavis from Malaysia



7. Spring Salsa from Vietnam



8. Cachimbo Dance Company from Malaysia



9. OnDSpot from Malaysia



10. Ivy Team from Malaysia



11. 261 Crew from Singapore



12. La Danza from Vietnam



13. Las Chicas Salsalicious from Thailand



14. Ruben & Evgenia from China (Mexico/Russia)



15. BLDC from Singapore



There you have it folks, all the videos from the 2 nights of performance from Salsa-Lah 2017. Some of you might wonder why some of the videos can't be located on youtube itself but is visible here. Well, Youtube has a strict copyright rule and some of the songs are restricted by the original artists themselves so most of the time, we just avoid putting in there to avoid getting our channels punished even though it's just our own performances. So hope you guys understand why some of the videos are hosted elsewhere.

Next post is the performances from the Latin Experience Bali 2017. Until the next Salsa-Lah event, share this post with your friends so they can enjoy all the performances as well!

Photos : Latin Experience Bali 2017


The 4th edition of the Latin Experience organized by the Cuban Salsa Indonesia superwomen has come to an end but that does not mean we leave the weekend behind just like that, I was engaged by the CSI to be there to capture all the laughter, fun and dance over the 3 days to be shared with friends across the globe. Here's some visuals from the Latin Experience Bali 2017!

The 2 days of Learning!




The Cuban Night!




The Pirates of the Latin Experience




The WaterWorld




That's all the photos from the Latin Experience Bali! Next post will be the video of the performances. Stay tune for that!

There's no festivities for the month of October, cause October's a special month for me. It's the Me Month! Next up is the World Bachata Festival to be held at Mutiara Damansara, Malaysia. Are you coming?

Photos : Outcast Dance Show 2017


Photos from Outcast Dance Show 2017 is up. Didn't take much photos throughout the day I was there to watch the show but here's just some of what I managed to capture.

Outcast Dance Show 2017 - Sunday Show




Next festival is Salsa-Lah 2017 followed by Latin Experience Bali. See you there?

Organizers who wish to engage me for my photography and video production service can reach me at info@mikeyip.com or drop me a message using the fb messenger icon at the bottom right of the screen.

Photos : ALIA 2017



For friends that's been waiting for this post to be up, yes, the photos from ALIA 2017 is finally up! Sorry it took some time as I'm working from a computer that's the same age as my son. Anyone want to sponsor me a good computer that I can work faster with? Promise I'll be a good boy!

Day 1





Day 2





Day 3





Day 4





Post ALIA 2017 Activities






For organizers wanting to engage my service to cover your event, you can email me at info@mikeyip.com or use the FB Messenger icon you see on the bottom right of the site.

With ALIA 2017 over, where will I be heading to next? If you would like to engage my service for your event or your profile do drop me an email at info@mikeyip.com. Next up, the Outcast Dance recital followed by Salsa-lah 2017 and the Latin Experience Bali! Will you be there?


Photos : Zouk SEA 2017


For friends that's been waiting for it, photos from ZOUK SEA 2017 held recently at Pacific Regency Hotel in Kuala Lumpur is finally up. You can check out the albums according to day below.

Pre-Party





Day 1





Day 2





Day 3





Day 4





Next album to be up is photos from ALIA 2017 but do give me a bit of time as I'm working on an ancient computer to process all the images.

For organizers wanting to engage my service to cover your event, you can email me at info@mikeyip.com or use the FB Messenger icon you see on the bottom right of the site.

Of Parameswara, Hang Tuah & Malaysia's History that is more Fiction than Facts


A number of common errors regarding Parameswara and other matters need to be clarified. Historical records referring to Parameswara are attributable to 3 sources:

1. The Portuguese Gordinho D'Eredia, son of a Portuguese mariner and a Malaccan lady from Macassar, referred (circa 1600) in his writings to a Malaccan ruler called 'Permicuri.' Not much more information emerged from this source. The Sejarah Melayu for example, makes no mention of a Parameswara at all.

2. The Portuguese mariner Tom Pires who lived in Melaka, referred to a ‘Xaquem Darxa’ and a ‘Modafarxa’ in his 1513 Suma Oriental .

3. The Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) archives have records of the visit to Nanking of the envoys and rulers of Melaka. These were:

(a) Pai-li-mi-su-la in 1405

(b) his son Mu-kan-sa-yu-ti-er-sha in 1414 and

(c) his grandson Hsi-li-ma-ha-la-che in 1424

These visits to China and the court of Emperor Yung-Lo were to pay tributes to China and seek protection for Melaka against Thai and Indonesian invaders. The three above have been interpreted respectively as:

(a) Parameswara

(b) Megat Iskandar Shah

(c) Sri Maharaja

The two visits to China in 1414 and 1424 were also to report the deaths of Parameswara and Megat Iskandar Shah respectively, and to re-affirm the close relationship between China and Melaka. All three Rulers of Melaka and their envoys made their respective journeys to China in one of Admiral Zheng He's (Cheng Ho) several fleet-ships.

It is clear from these records that Parameswara never converted to Islam. He was an Indian Hindu or an Indian/Malay/Aboriginal Malay mixed Hindu who fled Palembang in Sumatra to eventually found Melaka circa 1400 AD.

It was Sri Maharaja who converted himself and the court of Melaka to Islam, and as a result took on the name of Sultan Muhammad Shah (possibly the ‘Modarfaxa’ of Tom Pires) sometime after 1435.

Megat Iskandar Shah was thought to have changed his name after marriage to a Pasai princess, the name ‘Megat’ signifying a marriage between a commoner and one of royal stature. But his conversion to Islam is in doubt, given that his son was named Sri Maharaja and therefore, the possibility of another non-Malay wife emerges.

These details of Parameswara and the succession to the Melakan throne were resolved definitively by our own Professor Wang Gungwu in his paper ‘The First Three Rulers of Melaka’ published in 1968. This is the basis on which current school history text-books are constructed vis- B -vis the Melaka Sultanate.

With regard to Raja Chula, we can take a more definitive stance, ie, that without a shadow of a doubt, this is a reference to Raja Chulan/Cholan of the Chola Dynasty (7-13 century AD) of South India. The most famous of these Indian Hindu Kings were Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola who invaded Southern Thailand, Kedah, Perak, Johor and Sumatra about 1000 AD.

With regard to the legend of Hang Tuah and questions about his origin/ancestry, I believe that many have been misled that Tuah and his musketeers were of Chinese descent. That it was verified by DNA tests. Such a claim can be found on the Internet and refer to a source, viz., The Federal Association of Archaeology and Research of Michigan, USA.


This is a spurious claim and the association referred to, in fact, does not exist.

There is also a hypothesis that ‘Hang’ is associated with the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po from China who married Sultan Mansur Shah of Melaka in 1459. But there is nothing offered by way of tangible proof/evidence by those who espouse this line of thinking. What is true though, is that, Hang Tuah is dismissed in a single line in school history text-books. The Education Ministry will have to answer this mystery.

But what is really sad is that our children are taught as though Malaysian history suddenly began in 1400 with an Islamic Melaka. The cultural influences of India in particular, and China, in South East Asia span over 2,000 years, starting perhaps with the arrival from India of the Brahmanical prince/scholar Aji Saka in Java in AD78, through to Vietnam, Cambodia (Indo China), Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Bali, Borneo, Brunei and beyond.

We are led to believe that the Indians and Chinese first arrived on the shores of Malaysia in about 1850 as desperate indentured labourers, farmers and miners. Nothing could be further from the truth. The findings at Bujang Valley speak of an ancient Indian/Hindu presence in Kedah. There were Chinese settlements in Pahang and Kelantan around the 13 th -14 th century and in 12 th century in Singapore. The early Brunei Sultanate had a Chinese Queen. One need not ponder at length the implications of Angkor Wat and Borobudur or that 40%-50% of Bahasa Malaysia comprises Sanskrit/Tamil words.

Why is the study of Hang Tuah taken out from our school history text books? Even if Hang Tuah’s a different race altogether, what significance does it do to our history? The time has arrived for us to record our history as the facts tell us and not as we would like to wish it for. The truth will never hurt anyone. Lies, always will.

Demo Videos : ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017


For those looking for the demo videos, look no further, but these are just the few that I managed to record as I was running around a lot during the workshop part of ALFA.

1. Ronie Saleh & Stefanie Egger Urban Kiz Demo


2. Ronie Saleh & Stefanie Egger Urban Kiz Connection Demo


3. Helio Santos & Hannah Melder Kizomba Demo


4. Azlan McKechnie & Mabel Kok Urban Kiz Demo



I'll try to upload more if I could get my hands on the rest of the other workshop videos. Until then, looking forward to seeing you guys at the next festival.

Performance Videos : ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017


The performance videos are up! Do take note that these are not the official videos as these are recorded off my little camera. The performances are from Saturday and Sunday night for your enjoyment. If you are looking for the photos, it's here.

1. Ronie, Stefanie, Hannah & Florian Urban Kizz Demo.


2. Zoukeros Prime aka JXT Zouk Team.


3. KL Son Project.


4. STYLEMVMNT.


5. COSMOVES STUDENT PERFORMANCE TEAM.


6. Alex Bryan & Karen Lacey.



That's all the videos from Saturday night. Below are the videos from Sunday night.

1. Jaxen Tan & Sara Lim.


2. Cuban Salsa Indonesia.


3. Alex Bryan & Karen Lacey.


4. Hannah Melder.


5. Helio Santos.



Hope you like all the performances that was featured and we'll see you at the next festival.

Photos : ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017

For friends that's been waiting for the photos from ALFA. Wait no more, you can check out the galleries below. The 3 days 4 nights of dancing doesn't seem sufficient as there's just so much to learn and I didn't want the instructors to stop teaching. But all good things must come to an end so until the next one, we'll just have to hold the urge back or pursue the education elsewhere until the next festival comes around.


Workshops (Day 1 - Day 3)



Party Day 1 : White Denim Night



Party Day 2 : 50 Shades Darker Night



Party Day 3 : Corsets & Suspenders Night



Party Day 4 : Red & White



That's all the party we've experienced over the past 3 days and 4 nights. I'm disappointed because it isn't a longer festival but then we won't be able to look forward to ALFA 2.0 in 2018! Yup, save the date now ALFA is going to be back next year!


For Festival organizers, if you would like me to cover your event like what I did for ALFA, do drop me a mail at info @ mikeyip.com or via Facebook Message.

Le French Festival is back for the 2017 edition


Bonjour, Comment allez-vous? Ça roule? Anyway, The 16th edition of Le French Festival (LFF) is back, an eagerly anticipated event on the annual Malaysian cultural agenda. This year looks to be the most packed as they will be celebrating the LFF in 3 states, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu! I still remember the first time I attended the event and it was held in a small space at HELP college (which is now a big pile of rubble next to the Pusat Damansara MRT station). How they have grown over the years and getting stronger is amazing.

From the 4th of May to 18th of June, audiences in Malaysia can look forward to a selection of the latest French films, live shows with a number of visiting French artists, exhibitions, gastronomy events and a series of Live concerts (the list goes on but these are the ones I'm interested in)! You can check out the complete listing of events and activities at their website (click here).



A quick rundown for those of you that's unfamiliar with the French Festival, it's organized by Alliance Française and the France Embassy supported by the Institut  Français. With the roots and cornerstone of the festival being the Film Festival, they partnered with GSC to feature some amazing line up of movies across their cinemas in the Klang Valley, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

I've got a head start and caught the movie Monsieur Chocolat and I have to say it's one of the movies you should catch. It tells the story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave that became a star clown in PAris. Changing the way clown works and perform with his friend George Footit. Of course, when there's a high, there's also the low point in the movie, watch it and you'd know. Don't want to spoil movie for those that has yet to watch it. T’sais?



The other movies they'll feature is Cigarettes et chocolat chaud, La Vache, Rosalie Blum, Nos Futurs and L'Odyssée. Gustave Kervern (Actor/Filmmaker) that is acting in Cigarettes et chocolat chaud will be in town for meet & greet on the 5th of May at GSC Pavilion. Want to meet him? Head there at 9pm to see him.

There's also Live Events and Shows, from concerts to dance and Performance Arts, again, visit their website for the complete list. For those that's into architecture, Jacques Ferrier will be in town with his exhibition from the 18th of May to 1st June. There'll also be a conference with Jacques but it's by Invite-Only.


Lastly, there's the gastronomy & lifestyle events, with mixology workshops to champagne & cognag tastings. For those that wants to learn how to cook french dishes, there's also some cooking classes you can attend. I'm most attracted to the Wine Tasting with Chateau de Lafont at AFKL. After all, it's wine! And there's the Flea Market at AFKL on the 20th May which is dangerous for me as my hands tend to go for eccentric stuff. It's looking to be quite an interesting May and June with all these activities in store. Can't wait!

Visit http://lefrenchfestival.com.my/ to find out more. Until then, time for me to plan out my timing so I can visit at least one or two of the activities that I have my eyes on. Ça te dit?

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