Monday, September 30, 2013

I don't know how other bloggers do it with multiple posts per day. As much as I'd love to, I just can't. I'm really up to my neck in... well, everything (not that I'm complaining) and I've neglected my blog - wanted to explain but I, uh, stopped short because... who cares?! Right?! *loll*

Anyway, in the meantime, while transferring some pictures to my computer (never-ending), here's one of my favorite songs by Far East Movement, the American hip-hop/electro dance group that spiced things up on stage that night!

♪ I'm gonna live my life ~ No matter what, we party tonight ♫

"Remember: Enjoy your life today, because yesterday has gone and tomorrow may never come." ― Alan Coren

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

For some Chinese across Asia, the Mid-Autumn Festival or also known as the Mooncake Festival is a big deal, second only to Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. What is Mid-Autumn Festival like where you live?

Maybe because of I don't feast on mooncakes (I only like the pretty gift boxes), get together to gaze longingly at the moon (hello jade rabbit!) and stroll around the neighborhood carrying lanterns (I'm too old for that loll); hence I don't get the 'feel' of the festival. I don't even get to see many children playing with lanterns (glued to rectangle gadgets?) like it used to be.

Whatever the reasons, I've always admired the beauty of displayed colorful and brightly lit lanterns.

Ooooooh these round paper lanterns in a rainbow of vibrant colors are so pretty!

While buying mooncakes as gifts the other day, I was like "Oh boy, why are mooncakes so expensive?"

Ralph: "Because it's expensive to import them from the moon."

Oh, very funny.

Hope you had a wonderful Mid Autumn Festival!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I missed the last four installments of MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia, so when I got the passes to MTV World Stage this year PLUS exclusive entry to the invite-only MTV after-party, I wouldn't want to miss it and invited my friends to join me too!

#1 Fifth installment of World Stage Live in Malaysia at Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon on September 8

When we arrived, we learned cameras, tablets and all other recording devices were strictly prohibited (security checks conducted at the door). I don't understand why! Anyone that is interesting in attending concert will want to take photos of their favorite artists as they perform, right?

Luckily, Rushdarn's friend left his car with Sunway Resort Hotel valet 'cause I definitely do not want to leave my big ass camera in a car unattended, even for just a moment. And what options was I then left to capture the memories and moments with...?

Needless to say, all these blurry, grainy, all around awful pictures were taken with my phone. *bleh*



Ah, lucky us! I don't know what our friends did or said, but the security staff from a side entrance let us in and we were able to skip the ridiculously long line!



Went by Surf Beach, MTV VJ's Hanli Hoefer and Alan Wong hyped up the crowd and shouted out, "Malaysia, boleh!" to a sea of 15,000 strong crowd and the show started.



They have two large screens at each side of the stage and while it's great to enjoy an outdoor concert, be prepared that they go on rain or shine. The drizzle, mercifully, began to lift (uh-oh uh-oh!) when the show kicked off with awesome performances by Joe Flizzow. Well, it didn't matter as there were MTV's crews handing out hand fans and rain ponchos when we entered the venue.


#9 Hmmm, which planet did this alien come from?

However, that icky sticky feeling of plastic draping over my body was just too uncomfortable for me. Ralph said, "Oh gosh! It feels like a sauna, I'm drenched in sweat!" Hahaha! So we rocked our way to a canopy further back from the pit, took off our rain ponchos immediately, enjoyed the entire show immensely and I felt like a human being again loll.

#10 Despite the torrential drizzle, it was great to see the enthusiasm of the concert-goers was not dampened.

#11 Ralph & Altimet, a popular artist in Malaysia's hip-hop and music scene

The lineup wasn't too familiar to me (yeah, I live under a rock) and even though I didn't really know any of the male performers besides the American hip-hop band Far East Movement, I was quite excited to check out the performances by Robin Thicke, K-Pop band EXO and Malaysian hip-hop artist Joe Flizzow.



To be frank, much as I love music, I'm not one of those who blatantly declare, "I listen to all music!" I only listen to certain genres and Korean Pop definitely is not part of them.

The crowd, especially K-Pop female fans went crazy with each song EXO rocked out and after their performances, part of the crowd left.



If you've seen Far East Movement before, you'll understand what I mean when I say they jumped up on stage. They've such amazing stage presence, and the interaction they've with the crowd was unbelievable!

#16 Accompanied by three female vocalists, Robin Thicke delivered a sexy, soulful and fun performance of a few songs. *swoon*




We left a few minutes before the show ended and we only heard an explosion of fireworks from a distance as we were making our escape to avoid the crowds.

And then it was time for the post party!

#20 The invite-only MTV post party was held at Aquasonic, Sunway Pyramid.

#21 I never expected that I'd bump into Kenny Sia in my life! He's so nice and friendly haha.


The music was great; we cut loose and danced until our legs were ready to give out from under us. Erm... just realized I didn't take our group photo of 4 couples.



#25 Cheers (who says no one drinks orange juice at a club)!

I had a great time, can't wait to see what's in store for next year's installment.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WARNING: Do not watch if strong adult language makes you dissolve in a puddle of self-righteousness.

While I was transferring the concert pictures that I took last Sunday night, Ralph showed me a video that totally had me in stitches!

"After German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche declared that "God is dead" - the word FUCK has become the most important word in the English language."

If you haven't seen it yet, sit back and enjoy the short video!

"One of the most interesting words in the English language today is the word 'fuck'. It is a magical word. Just by its sound it can describe pain, pleasure, hate and love. In language it falls into many grammatical categories. It can be used as a verb, both transitive, "John fucked Mary," and intransitive, "Mary was fucked by John", and as a noun, "Mary is a fine fuck." It can be used as an adjective, "Mary is fucking beautiful."

As you can see, there are not many words with the versatility of fuck. Besides the sexual meaning, there are also the following uses:

Ignorance: Fucked if I know.
Trouble: I guess I am fucked now!
Fraud: I got fucked at the used car lot.
Aggression: Fuck you!
Displeasure: What the fuck is going on here?
Difficulty: I can't understand this fucking job.
Incompetence: He is a fuck-off.
Suspicion: What the fuck are you doing?
Enjoyment: I had a fucking good time.
Request: Get the fuck out of here.
Hostility: I'm going to knock your fucking head off.
Greeting: How the fuck are you?
Apathy: Who gives a fuck?
Innovation: Get a bigger fucking hammer.
Surprise: Fuck! You scared the shit out of me!
Anxiety: Today is really fucked.

And it is very healthy if every morning you do it as a transcendental meditation just when you get up, first thing, repeat the mantra "fuck you" five times; it clears your throat too!"

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

#1 Taiwan: Day 6

The Leofoo Village Theme Park that combined both a safari park and an amusement park has four themed areas - "African Safari", "Arabian Kingdom", "South Pacific" and "Wild West". When we arrived at 9am, we were greeted by a rather cold and gloomy weather.


#3 The Leofoo Water Park (Greek-themed) had not yet opened to the public when we were there.

One of the benefits of visiting a theme park on an off-peak day is that there are few queues and therefore you can go on many of the rides as many times as you like. It was a Thursday, but I was not sure if I did appreciate that as we also arrived to an almost eerie silence and somehow that made it a lot less exciting to me.

#4 Admission to Leofoo Village was NT$890 for adults (included in our tour package).

While waiting for the tour bus to take us to the safari park, we came across a few fascinating monkeys roaming free in their leafy, outdoor enclosure.

#5 Oh, baby, smile! Orangutan: "No, I'm shy."

#6 Chimpanzee: "I'm sexy and I know it!"


#8 Brown Spider Monkey: "I know I'm too photogenic but would you stop staring at me?"

#9 Flamingos: "Do you wish you had legs like ours?" Abuden?!

#10 This blue & yellow macaw was indeed over-friendly. I screamed so loud I could have shattered glass *loll* when it flew towards me!

So we had the bus (with all windows closed) to ourselves and ride through African Safari. Since we couldn't wind down the windows, I wasn't able to get great photos of each wild animal.

#11 My favorite wild animal - Bengal tiger! But I was a little disappointed that I didn't see any white tigers.


#13 Look at that baboon; it'd scare the goobers out of me if I ever woke up to one of those! There were so many baboons and I saw something I had never seen before - baboons having sex. O_O Some are very aggressive and horny, hahaha I think they are the horniest animals I've ever seen.

#14 After we did the safari tour, we then took an open-air vintage British steam train, Nairobi Express to see more animals such as rhinoceros and American bison up close.















#29 Sahara Twist - I view this ride as a stepping-stone for people to build up to larger roller coasters.





#34 We spent quite some time in Arabian Kingdom - an adventure-magical themed area.

#35 Here, we bought some drinks from Oasis Restaurant. A cup of coffee cost NT$40 (surprisingly reasonably priced) and I just had to get a large orange juice (NT$60) to quench my thirst.






#41 I wanted to look at the world upside down from the 360-degree rotating Ring of Fire, but rain began to fall!

#42 Because of the rain, we (including my parents who are obviously not into fast-paced amusement rides loll) rode the carousel. The carousel was named Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.


#44 South Pacific - a tropical-themed area


#46 Wild West is an old-west-themed area and the biggest thrill ride in the area is Screaming Condor, Asia's first U-shaped suspended spiral roller coaster. Wild West is also the home to the Big Canyon Rapids Ride, a river rapids ride.



#49 For lunch, we had our meal at the only sit-down, non fast food, Chinese restaurant that was open in the theme park. No pictures of food 'cause I know you don't want to see grainy, blurry and unappetizing food pictures, loll.

#50 I don't know how big this theme park is, but each themed area features a combination of thrill rides, shows, attractions, dining outlets and merchandise stores.

Even though we didn't get to see everything or get on every ride in three and a half hours (well duh, obviously right?), I was all, ah, never mind, LOL maybe because of I couldn't wait to set off on the 1-hour ride to our next destination - Taipei!

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