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MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

I'm Michael Yip

With 20+ years in the video and photography industry, I've been engaged to cover quite a number of historical events that happened across the Asian region in the recent years. From the 1st Formula 1 race in Malaysia to the SEA Games in Laos and Olympics in Australia. Since 2010, based out of Kuala Lumpur, my team and I have been engaged to cover a number of corporate clients and notable individuals as well as festivals in the Asian region. To get in touch with us to use our service, Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through ABOOD PLT., my team and I also provides Event Production as well as Procurement services. Our core team has a combined 30+ years of experience in the event industry organizing festivals and corporate functions as well as corporate training services. We also have a team that has a strong network in the business world that enabled us to provide procurement services to various businesses looking for specific items or services. To reach out to us, you can drop me a message via the floating button at the bottom right or write in to us at info@mikeyip.com or aboodmediamy@gmail.com

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

Abood PLT

Procurement Services and Event Management

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.

Procurement Services and Event Management

Through Abood PLT, we specializes in helping brands in 2 big ways, providing a customized procurement solutions for their business needs. We also tailor make events for organizations from corporate training to roadshows and tournaments.

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.

I also blogs
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Showing posts with label Entertainment. Show all posts

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?

Is the Generation X Forgotten?


Forget the Baby Boomers, and yes, there's a buzz about the Generation Y. What about those of us from the Generation X? Generation X-ers were born from roughly the mid-Sixties to the start of the Eighties. We didn’t even get a name until Douglas Coupland wrote a novel about us in 1991, and for a long time people thought Generation X meant we were nihilistic slackers who would never amount to much. But, oh, we’ve come of age now. We’re mainly in our forties and fifties, and this is our time.

Generation X has the benefit of possessing the best characteristics of both the boomers and the millennials, and none of the downsides. We know how to work hard and we know how to play hard. Generation X-ers are very industrious. Boomers don’t understand the internet and millennials were raised on it. Generation X created it.

We stripped off and dove into the glittering waters of this brand new thing, and made it what it is today. We had a dot com boom (and a couple of busts), we took those progressive late-boomers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs under our wing and showed them what we could do with their stuff. We walked around with phones the size of rucksacks and sent the first halting text-messages. We knuckled down and worked hard and now we write books and make TV and direct movies, we get up early to go to work, we come out in the middle of the night to fix your burst pipe.

Generation X was breast-fed punk and invented indie, and grunge, and techno, and any bloody musical genre of worth that you care to name. We transformed the Eighties and we owned the Nineties. We had alcopops and ecstasy and we were fearless and stupid and happy, but we still got up for work on Monday morning, no matter how bad we felt.

Boomers live in the past and have ransomed the future. Millennials fear the future and are ignorant of the past. Generation X acknowledges what has gone before, learns from it, and resolves to shape the future into something better. We don’t throw our hands in the air and say the job’s a bust, let’s give up. We know we can’t go back to mythical halcyon days and we know we can’t just rip it up and start again. We work with what we’ve got and try to make it better. We change things from the inside out.

Boomers’ lives were defined by a war they have no memory of. Millennials fear a war they can never survive. Generation X: we knew war. Some of us fought and died in Bosnia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq. Some of us protested those wars. We lived through the mistakes and we can make sure they don’t happen again.

Yes, Generation X had some things easy. We were paid by the state to go to university. We’re the last generation to be able to afford home ownership and get a mortgage. We remember when it was easier to get a job. Generation X is unique because nobody has had lives like we’ve got. Boomers were old by the time they were 40; millennials have yet to hit that milestone. Generation X is pushing back the envelope of old age, through attitude and health, like never before. We can do the shopping and read comic books and pay the bills and play video games. We can “adult” all you like, but we’re still kids at heart.

The problem with you millennials and boomers, though you’d never admit it, is you’re too alike. You’re both insular, in different ways. You’re both selfish. You’re both so blinkered, you think you’re the only two factions in this petty little fight of yours.

You forgot about Generation X.

But don’t fret, we’re still here. Working hard, playing hard, innovating, learning from the past and planning the future. So have your little generational war, and when you’re done, don’t worry.

We’re Generation X, and we've got this.

Lame Jokes

Here's sharing with you some lame jokes that I post on Facebook, once a day. So instead of creating multiple posts, I'll constantly update this post with new ones I post up as I curate them from my social media page. If you think you have some lame jokes that's so funny that it deserved to have a place on the Interweb, just share with us by commenting below.



Q. What do you call Pastors in Germany?

A. German Shepherds



I have a girlfriend and she is in another nation. ....

 Imagination....


I always wondered where the sun went at night - this morning it dawned on me!



Are you a Banana? Because I find you a peeling.



Today a man asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.



I dropped my phone off the top of KL Tower but why didn't it touch the ground?

Because my phone was in airplane mode.



Need an ark? I Noah guy.



What is a pig's favourite ballet?

Swine Lake!



You wanna hear a joke about construction?

Wait... I'm still working on it.



I used to be addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but I turned myself around



had a fear of speed bumps, but I'm slowly getting over it.



Where do I keep all my dad jokes?

The dadabase!



What's Forrest Gump's password?

1forrest1



Son: Dad! I was thinking....

Me: Oh! ... No wonder I smell something burning....



How do you tell the difference between a frog and a horny toad?

Frog goes 'ribbit, ribbit'.

A horny toad goes "Rub it! Rub it!".



What do you call a person without a body and a nose?

Nobody Knows!!!


Why did the cow run away from the date?

Because it was such a COWard! 


Want to hear a joke about Sheep?

Nevermind, it's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaad. 




If a Lame Joke is funny, is it still considered Lame?

Ending an 8 year relationship - Putting a closure on things.


The inevitable finally happened. Before it gets out of hand, I know the best thing to do is to come clean and put it out in the open. Yes, you can judge me, I won't blame you for it. But after 8 long years without much progress moving forward, I had to take the path that I've been dreaded. I AM DONE!  😡😡😡

Yes, I've been in an 8 year relationship that started even before I came back from Singapore. No one knew about it, not even my parents, as we agreed that it is best kept private. I'm sorry to those that worried about me.  😢

Before you assume anything, it's better for me to just clarify the situation. Better hear from the horse's mouth than through the gossip mill. Right?

Today. we have come to an agreement to go our separate way, it's tough to end this relationship, but the distance and the financial burden with me also having 2 children and aging parents of my own to care, it does get taxing with all the traveling and late nights involved.🙏

To avoid any further drama and gossips, I'll just inform u guys with the truth of what really happened. It's been awhile since I've felt good about this relationship even though It has been wonderful and amazing! There's just too many red flags that I didn't want to see. I won't deny that I fell deeply in love, completely head over heels. But looking back, there's also many negativity that comes with this relationship. Maybe I was blinded from all the time we spend together but having been apart for the past few months, I came to realize that it's not really worth it. We had our usual relationship talk and both agreedd to it. 💔

Of course with this being the era of the Social Media, it will eventually get out into the open, so, with heavy heart, I've made a decision to say good bye and move on, take the unchartered path into a life away from this relationship. No doubt we will eventually see one another every now and then, we have too many mutual friends. But I can't deny that when it's time to move on, it's time to move on. It breaks my heart to do this but I have to.  💔

I will be ending my relationship with Guinness, Carlsberg, Tiger, Heineken, Kilkenny, Kronenbourg & Hoegaarden from today. It is time for me to move on, focus on things that's better for my life.

Netflix Genre Hack


It isn't really a hack but a workaround to help you go directly to the right genre that you are looking for. These Hidden Netflix Codes Will Unlock Thousands Of Hidden Movies And Genres that is released in your region. So it's not a real hack, you can't watch all the shows that is released in the USA if you have the Malaysian package and so on.

But hey, it's a simple workaround that I find extremely useful. Especially if you want to skip through the multitude of navigations and menus to get to what you actually want. I find it useful so thought why not share with everyone.

Netflix has a vast list of categories that go far beyond the bog standard genres like “action”, “drama”, “horror” and the others you might encounter on the homepage. You can access these clandestine codes by simply typing specific URLs into a browser. Each URL looks like this: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/***

The *** is where you type a code relating to the category you’re looking for. For example, 35800 is steamy romantic movies, 11140 is supernatural thrillers and 67879 is Korean TV shows. You can check out the complete list below:




  • Action & Adventure: 1365
  • Action Comedies: 43040
  • Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
  • Action Thrillers: 43048
  • Adult Animation: 11881
  • Adventures: 7442
  • African Movies: 3761
  • Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
  • Animal Tales: 5507
  • Anime: 7424
  • Anime Action: 2653
  • Anime Comedies: 9302
  • Anime Dramas: 452
  • Anime Fantasy: 11146
  • Anime Features: 3063
  • Anime Horror: 10695
  • Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
  • Anime Series: 6721
  • Art House Movies: 29764
  • Asian Action Movies: 77232
  • Australian Movies: 5230
  • B-Horror Movies: 8195
  • Baseball Movies: 12339
  • Basketball Movies: 12762
  • Belgian Movies: 262
  • Biographical Documentaries: 3652
  • Biographical Dramas: 3179
  • Boxing Movies: 12443
  • British Movies: 10757
  • British TV Shows: 52117
  • Campy Movies: 1252
  • Children & Family Movies: 783
  • Chinese Movies: 3960
  • Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
  • Classic Comedies: 31694
  • Classic Dramas: 29809
  • Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
  • Classic Movies: 31574
  • Classic Musicals: 32392
  • Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
  • Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
  • Classic Thrillers: 46588
  • Classic TV Shows: 46553
  • Classic War Movies: 48744
  • Classic Westerns: 47465
  • Comedies: 6548
  • Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
  • Country & Western/Folk: 1105
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JC Stunt Team Surprise Jackie Chan with a beautiful tribute


Jackie Chan Stunt Team surprises Jackie on 王牌对王牌. I've to say that it got a bit dusty when I was watching this clip. He finally got a well deserved honorary Oscar at the Academy's Award but this is would stick in his heart as the team even from the very first guy that join him came out to surprise him.



Watch the clip, if it doesn't move you. I wouldn't know what will. Congratulations Jackie. Dust got into my eyes watching this.

2017 Public Holidays in Malaysia

For those of you looking to plan for 2017, on when to take your holidays and which festive holiday falls on which days, here's the list for your reference.


Will update the list whenever there's changes but as for now, this is the confirmed list.

WestWorld References & Easter Eggs


WestWorld season 1 is finally over and while we wait for season 2 to come about (and an introduction to Samurai World?), let us take a look at many of the references and easter eggs that is splattered across the 1st season.

Shakespeare



Dolores’s father, Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum), was a professor in another life, so he quotes Shakespeare a lot. He recites lines from King Lear, The Tempest, and Dr. Ford quotes Julius Caesar, but the most important one is the seemingly viral one he whispered to his daughter: “these violent delights have violent ends.” (It’s from that downer Romeo and Juliet speech the friar delivers when he’s secretly marrying Romeo to Juliet.) This seems to hint that people will pay for all this excessive bloodshed.

Abernathy tells Dr. Ford by warning: “by most mechanical and dirty hand…I will have such revenges on you both.” What they are yet I know not, but they shall be the terrors of the earth.” Part King Lear and part Henry IV, this tells us that Abernathy not only wants revenge, but he probably knows he’s a machine.

At the end of the seventh episode, Dr. Ford orders loyal Bernard to take out Theresa for messing with his masterful creation. Before the kill, he tells her in his chilly demeanor, “for in that sleep, what dreams may come.” It’s a line borrowed from Hamlet, but the show appears to have chopped one key piece off. The full quote is “for in that sleep of death, what dreams may come.” It’s from the soliloquy that opens the classic Shakespearean tragedy, when the Prince of Denmark is contemplating whether suicide might be better than living. But he notes one catch. Even after death, there may be nightmares. Westworld’s hosts die repeatedly as entertainment for the guests, but when they come back to life, they can still remember their traumas as “dreams,” so it’s a fitting literary touchstone.

Books



During the really tough moments for androids, we hear technicians say “may you rest in a deep and dreamless slumber.” In the Sherlock mystery A Study in Scarlet, author Arthur Conan Doyle describes a days-long deep sleep this way. (Think of it as putting your computer in a restorative sleep mode, because they are machines.)

When Dr. Ford asks Abernathy about his identity, he gives a cryptic answer: “rose is a rose is a rose.” Gertrude Stein frequently used this line in her work as a reference to Juliet’s famous speech in the Shakespearean play. When Juliet delivers the “rose” line, she’s arguing that a person’s name shouldn’t matter because it doesn’t change who they are.

In the eighth episode, Dr. Ford quotes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to rationalize the hit on Theresa, telling Bernard that “one man’s life or death is but a small price for the dominion I should acquire.” The line from Captain Walton’s fourth letter in the book doesn’t just add grandeur to the scene. In the book, the letter revealed that Walton would sacrifice anyone in the way of his obsessive ambition, so it’s a perfect thematic complement that hints Dr. Ford was never above killing people for power.

“Contrapasso”

The fifth episode’s title, “Contrapasso,” refers to the punishment of sinners in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. Under hell’s governing law, sinners must live out punishments that resemble their crimes. Example: a scheming “fortune teller” would be doomed to “walk backwards for eternity, with their heads turned around to face behind them,” according to the Mandelbaum translation of the epic poem. The episode reveals nothing about case-specific retribution, but if the park does dole out shaming punishments, the show would segue into a much darker world, and obliterate the theme park’s consequence-free pitch to tourists.


Art



Leonardo DaVinci

The 3D apparatus is a reference to the Vitruvian Man, DaVinci’s famous drawing. When we see the machinery in the show, it’s being dunked into a white liquid, possibly acting as a kind of mold for the roughly 2,000 bots. The original artwork emphasizes a human figure with the ideal proportions. Over at the old amusement park, the show constantly reminds us that the hosts are becoming more and more human.

Hieronymus Bosch

As the writer presents his gameplan for a new ambitious story for the park, he brags that it “will make Hieronymus Bosch look like he was doodling kittens.” Bosch was a Netherlandish painter who created haunting, chaotic masterpieces filled with religious imagery. He’s best known for The Garden of Earthly Delights – which tells the story of humans who give into their temptations and are judged and ultimately punished in an apocalyptic setting.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland



Actor Evan Rachel Wood and creator Lisa Joy have both said that Dolores evokes Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Maybe it’s the 1) tied back blonde hair, or 2) the powder blue high-waisted dress or 3) the fact that she’s a blank slate who stumbles into a wacky fantasy world full of anthropomorphic creatures, much like the iconic character.

One minute Dolores is painting horses in the blissful area of the park, and another minute, she’s galloping home to a traumatic experience. “I’m in a dream,” she obediently tells her technicians during these trying times. The Lewis Carroll story and subsequent Disney adaptations also explain away that freakshow of a tea party by concluding it was all a dream, so this comparison seems about right.

For the park’s oldest host, there’s no better cultural touchstone than Alice, a point the show drives home when a grief-stricken Bernard asks Dolores to read this passage from the classic story. “Dear dear, how queer everything is today and yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night.” After she notes that these recommended readings always deal with change, he adds “people read about the things they want the most and experience the least.”

The Alice prose hits the nail on the head. Dolores is dredging up her first real memories of violent events from “yesterday” and even further into her past. Westworld might be more twisted than Wonderland, but she’s just as puzzled by her changing reality as Alice.

At the beginning of the seventh episode, we see Bernard at his son Charlie’s hospital bedside, reading a key passage from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “If I had a world of my own everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.” This Mad Hatter quote welcomes us into an episode that examines how we perceive our world and everything in it.

Ghost escaped from Game of Thrones World?


Pop Music



Though artificial, this is supposed to be a strictly Old West setting. But the player piano serves up several catchy tunes even when it’s splattered with blood. Here are some of the highlights. Ithits us with Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” from 1994, and there’s also an orchestral cover of “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones. Both songs successfully paint the scenes with a dark cast, like Westworld paints most things except for Dolores’s cheery painting. The songs express a wish for a blacked out sun because the world’s always being such a jerk. Speaking of loathing the light of day, on the show, the shade “black” brands people who take the evil path in life.

The piano player also plays a cover of Radiohead’s “No Surprises,” a melancholy song from the album OK Computer. The lyrics describe voiceless people who have “bruises that never heal,” so it’s an eerie — and apt soundtrack — for the scene in question.


Michael Crichton



Westworlds collide! This Westworld is based on an original 1973 movie written and directed by Michael Crichton. The presence of the prolific author, who also wrote the novel Jurassic Park, is felt throughout. Ed Harris’s (human) sinister character, the Man in Black, is always on hand to slide in and rain bad news on everyone, notably wears all black. So did Yul Brynner as the Gunslinger (robot) in the original movie. These two characters have different drives, but they’re both scary.

Another scene that reimagines the original movie follows Williams as he prepares to enters the massive park for the first time. Tellingly, his tour guide tells him to make a big choice: black or white cowboy hat. He reaches for a white one, and proves he’s the most compassionate visitor yet. Again, we see that the shade black represents evil choices, and white hats are for good guys. In the third episode, when Logan (Ben Barnes) complains about “playing white hat,” the show reminds us that white hats are for heroic cowboy adventures, while black headgear is the mark of evil, like in the original movie.

Overall, the whole premise of Westworld — a theme park with impressive technological creatures that’s increasingly approaching the danger zone — echoes Crichton’s work on Jurassic Park.

Bible



When Dr. Ford talks to Bernard in a complaint session about how there’s nothing left to achieve, he says soon we’ll “call forth Lazarus from his cave.” This references the story of Jesus Christ resurrecting Lazarus after he had been dead for days. This conversation signals that Ford’s God complex gives him hope that even when all is lost, he still has the power to bring people or creations back to life.

Herd Mentality



Exhibit A: Total horse girl, Dolores is always talking about her animals. When she watches a magnificent herd with Teddy, he’s like “Never understood how you keep them all headed in the same direction.” Her answer: “see that one? That’s the Judas steer, the rest will follow wherever you make him go.” In the show, the horses go wherever they’re told, a lot like the hosts themselves.

But that wasn’t the only example of horses as a reference to robot life. It’s often Dolores’s own horses that warn her about danger. “My father wouldn’t let them roam this close to dark,” she remarks. Conformist by design, all they know how to do is be controlled in every aspect, and they’re not allowed to roam “off-path.”

In the fourth episode, it dawns on Dolores that her family was always bringing their obedient herd “to the slaughter.” She has this revelation nearly halfway through the first season, when Dolores is waking up to her harsh reality — she’s just another cog in the Westworld livestock machine — and her life is may be as ill-fated as her horses.

Snakes



When Dr. Ford goes on a walkabout with a young boy who resembles a wee little Dr. Ford, the park’s director manipulates a snake with his mind. Later, a stone-faced young girl reveals that the curious Man In Black has to go “where the snake lays his eggs” to get to the deeper level of the game – the maze. In mythology, snakes symbolize wisdom and all the unseen knowledge lying underneath Earth, so discovering mysteries is the dynamic at work whenever snakes pop up.

In the fourth episode, the Man in Black gets closer to solving the puzzle. He meets Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal), who he believes has a key clue to guide him to the maze: the story behind her snake tattoo. She’s determined to kill all of the masked murderers responsible for her mother’s death, and uses their blood to paint the macabre body art that curls across her frame. Once Armistice finds the worst baddie of them all, Wyatt, she can fill in the snake’s head with red ink to complete the picture.

Psychology



The powerful park’s founder Dr. Ford fills Bernard in about his old gearhead partner, Arnold, who was obsessed with the theory of the bicameral mind. Introduced by Princeton psychologist Julian Jaynes in The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976), the real-life theory explores the idea that tragedy forces people to acquire “consciousness.”

Jaynes proposed that primitive humans have zero consciousness, so in order to solve problems, they develop inner voices, which popped up as commands people could actually hear. They attributed these “voices” to gods and kings, and the new theory split the brain into sides — the left for speech, and the right, for churning out these “inner commands.”

In the show, when a trembling Dolores points a gun at her unsuspecting attacker, she’s only able to finally pull the trigger when she hears a man’s voice ordering her to “kill him” (that you, Arnold?) Presumably, this is how we know it’s the right brain commands that internally dictate her defiant behavior. Like the rest of the hosts, Dolores hasn’t evolved to think for herself.

Relevant line from the book that sounds a lot like Dr. Ford’s passion project: “What ineffable essences, these touchless rememberings and unshowable reveries!”

Eyes Wide Shut



When William, Logan, and Dolores arrive in the town of Pariah in episode 5, they are taken to an elaborate robot sex party that was evidently a labour of love for the show’s production team. With shows such as True Detective, Game of Thrones, Sense8, Penny Dreadful, and True Blood all featuring orgy scenes in recent years, the production team were keen for the sequence to stand out, giving it an otherworldly, almost alien feel. However, two key influences stand out, as acknowledged by supervising director Richard J. Lewis in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

There are a lot of influences there, from Eyes Wide Shut and some Kubrickian stuff... as well as the movie 120 Days of Sodom by Pier Paolo Pasolini — a '70s movie that's a crazy, orgy-tastic ordeal. [Laughs.] We wanted to do something that's epic. [Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy] always wanted to do the biggest, best and most mind-blowing stuff, so we wanted to create the best sex orgy you can imagine. To that effect, we had some stylists. We really curated the scene to the T. Sometimes, to me, it has almost a medieval flavor. You can't categorize it, because it's so uniquely strange and beautiful in a way.


If you thought Westworld was limiting it’s Easter eggs to the TV screen, you were wrong because you can also find a couple on the website too. If you register as a guest at DiscoverWestworld.com you’ll see some unusual Terms & Conditions which will warn you about ‘common’ causes of death such as buffalo stampede, self-cannibalism, and accidental hanging.

Plus, if you type “VIOLENTDELIGHTS” into the employee login you can read emails from the behind the scenes characters, and talk to a chatbot who’ll answer questions about Game of Thrones. Yes, really.

Well, that's about as much as I could dig up about WestWorld. Did I miss anything else that's worthy to note especially when we go into Season 2? What do you think would happen in the 2nd season?

Videos : MASQUERADE BALL - 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTO


It's been a week since the Masquerade Ball was done, for those who missed the Rhythm Identity's 10th Anniversary Celebration and wish to watch the show, here's the complete playlist with all the 13 routines + play.



For those looking for the entire 34min video of the musical play, look no further as it's finally up. Sorry if the video quality is not up to par as we uses various devices to record, from mobile phones to cheap video cameras to dSLR. So there is bound to be a variety of video quality. If you'd like to see better quality videos in the next performance and want to sponsor some cameras to me, just drop me an email at zique76 [at] hotmail.com. (Worth a try, right?)



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