I’m going to be super busy for the weeks ahead. Anyway, Happy Deepavali and Happy Halloween!

Posted in Miscellaneous on October 29, 2016 by vincentloy

Last night marked the first time in years that I did not sleep at all due to me rushing for my design studio assignment. Well, that is typical for life of an architecture student. I remember I can’t still stand it in my degree study few years back. However, for now, I have to admit that I’m getting old because staying up for a night without a sleep at all has become very unbearable for me now.

So, yeah…I am very occupied with the assignment as I have a major final submission on next Friday. After that, I can be a bit more relaxed but I still have a portfolio and a research essay to submit after that too. I will be only officially finishing all my works of the semester on 18th November, which is a day before I fly back to Malaysia for my year end semester break. I can’t wait for that day to come. But for right now, I have to move on and don’t let pressure get over me while handling such heavy workload. Just a few short week to go before holiday begins.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Indians a Happy Deepavali and to all Christians a Happy Halloween! These two festivals will conclude the month and hopefully you have a great one if you are celebrating any one of them. Just few hours ago, I spotted many people dressed in creative Halloween costumes in my neighbourhood and I guess there is a Halloween party tonight. Some dressed in sausage outfits, some with clothing smeared with fake bloods, some with heavy make-up and one has a fake knife stabbed to its back. What’s more interesting is that I found out some people shared a post in Facebook that the scariest costume for this year’s Halloween would be taping yourself with several Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Haha…as everyone knew, this phone has experienced explosion issues from its malfunctioned battery. And did you notice that the emoticons for ‘wow’, ‘sad’, ‘angry’ and ‘haha’ in Facebook has been changed temporarily in different design now to coincide with the Halloween. That’s cute.



And yup…that’s all for my post of the day. I won’t be able to update my blog especially in the coming days. These coming weeks will be crucial to me and I hope to end it with smooth completion of all the assignments and hopefully getting good feedbacks too. Right now, I have to work on my 3D model, produce renderings, build a physical model, editing and beautifying my drawings, solving technical details, and arrange my presentation panels. So many things to do and yet so little time.

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Full result for Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2016 by vincentloy

Starhub TVB Awards is an annual awards presentation in Singapore to honour the best of Hong Kong’s TVB series, artists and programmes each year. This year’s Starhub TVB Awards (2016) was held last night (22nd October 2016), becoming the first presentation of annual TVB awards season that will be followed by TVB Star Awards Malaysia in November and end with the prestigious TVB Anniversary Awards in the coming December.


Here is the full result of Starhub TVB Awards 2016 along with my brief opinions for each categories:

TVB Best New Male Artiste: Matthew Ho.

Opinion: I rarely notice his presence in the dramas he is involved in this year.  I think TVB should combine this with ‘Most Improved’ categories. This is like giving out too many unnecessary awards to all the attending artists.

TVB Best New Female Artiste: Moon Lau.

Opinion: Well, she deserved it. She handled her roles quite well with very realistic and natural acting which is considered very good for new actress level.

Bottom Slim The Perfect Figure Award: Rosina Lam.

Opinion: An unnecessary award just to give to the girl with best look and dress.

Tokyo Bust Express The Sassy Award: Tracy Chu.

Opinion: Same thing as the previous category.

TVB Most Improved Male Artiste: Mat Yeung.

Opinion: Well, it’s about time to give him a recognition. I have been seeing him in dramas for a lot of year but he never get the spotlight due to insignificant roles he got in the past. This year is different for him as he finally had some good roles and he deserved this award.

TVB Most Improved Female Artiste: Ali Lee.

Opinion: I didn’t see her before in the past and out of sudden, she appeared in a lot of TVB dramas this year. She is new to me, but her acting is as though she has been long in this industry. Very talented actress.

My Favourite TVB Info-tainment Programme: Not Far But Away (Sr. 2). 

Opinion: Didn’t watch it so no opinion.

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme: Eating Well With Madam Wong In Singapore.

Opinion: Also didn’t watch it, but I guess Singaporeans voted for this because this programme was filmed in Singapore.

My Favourite TVB Variety Show Host: Carol Cheng, Luk Wing & Cheng Sze-Kwan (Do Did Eat).

Opinion: Saw that programme and it’s really fun to see how they collaborated in it. A strange combination for the hosting but worked out surprisingly. They also hosted this awards ceremony.

My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple: Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls), Benjamin Yuen & Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls).

Opinion: Two couples got this award. They should really just limit award recipient to one. Anyway, I already knew it will be Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu. I’m fine with that other couple in the same drama winning this too, but next time, just keep it to one.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song: ‘Never Know You Are The Best’ by Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls).

Opinion: Also another expected result. The sub-theme song is nice to listen to and it goes very well with the love storyline between the singers (also the two main leads who are on-screen couple) in that particular drama.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress: Rosina Lam (Short End Of The Stick).

Opinion: Well, she is a good actress that has been overlooked in the past especially in TVB Anniversary Awards. She is considered new but her acting is generally good already. She had a nice role in that drama and it’s her luck to win this.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor: Raymond Cho (Short End Of The Stick).

Opinion: Considered a veteran actor who had contributed so much in this industry. Finally, he won something and it is very well deserved from his funny role in that drama.

My Favourite TVB Female TV Characters (6): Kristal Tin (Brother’s Keeper II), Mandy Wong (Law dis-Order), Alice Chan (Lord Of Shanghai), Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls), Selena Li (Presumed Accidents), Tracy Chu (Over Run Over).

Opinion: I’m fine with all the winners, and I’m particularly happy that they award Selena Li for her challenging role in ‘Presumed Accidents’. She is another good actress who is always not acknowledged. It shall be time for her to take on more leading roles rather than giving them to Grace Chan, Tracy Chu, Sisley Choi (that gang that are not ready at all).

My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters (6): Edwin Siu (Brother’s Keeper II), Benjamin Yuen (A Fist Within Four Walls), Moses Chan (Fashion War), Kenneth Ma (Lord Of Shanghai), Bobby Au-yeung (House Of Spirits), Vincent Wong (Over Run Over).

Opinion: It’s pity that Bobby is being downgraded to just this character award. He did very well in ‘House Of Spirits’ but I think that drama is not that well received in Singapore to my surprise. That drama should have got more recognition.

My Favourite TVB Leading Actress: Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls).

Opinion: Very predictable result. This is her first Best Actress award in Singapore. She deserved it from her performance in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ that is considered the stood-out one this year since ‘House Of Spirits’ is not well received in Singapore as mentioned earlier. If not, Joyce Tang may stand a chance. Kristal Tin may stand a chance too but ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ is not getting good viewership rating.

My Favourite TVB Leading Actor: Wayne Lai (Short End Of The Stick), Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls).

Opinion: An award for two people again! Oh no…I guess they are bored giving Ruco Chan the Best Actor in Singapore for third time in a row. He still deserved this award from his wonderful performance in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. So, they slotted in Wayne Lai this year as well. Fine, he is a great actor and I don’t have big issue of him winning but next time, please limit winner to one for each category.


My Favourite TVB Drama: A Fist Within Four Walls.

Opinion: Expected. This drama is good with great story, great acting, great actions, great setting and great climax. Enough said.


(Images in this post are from TVB Facebook page)

Drama review for Brother’s Keeper 2 (2016) and two more brief film reviews for ‘Jason Bourne’ and ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ (2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous on October 22, 2016 by vincentloy

Time for me to publish some reviews in a single blog post. It has been quite some time since I last wrote my opinions on some movies or dramas that I have recently watched. In the past, I will dedicate one whole post for a review of a single title. Now, I go for straightforward route and just gave a quick thought and personal analysis on them since I’m no professional critics. Hence, few titles can be sorted into one post.

Last night saw the broadcast of the final episode of a TVB drama called ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ ( 巨輪 2 ). Finally, this 39-episodes drama came to an end and I managed to watch it on last night as well. A sequel to the popular ‘Brother’s Keeper’ series back in 2013, this drama saw return of some original casts while involved also plenty of new casts as expected from present TVB productions of which many senior artists have already left the station in recent years. Even the two main leads in the first drama, Ruco Chan and Linda Chung only guest starred for this sequel in the first five episodes and that is one of the reasons that made the drama to receive low television viewership rating.


Hence, Kristal Tin and Edwin Siu were being pushed to the main two lead roles, taking on the characters that they have portrayed few years back. Kristal nailed the role as expected eventhough she came now with high expectation as she won both Best Actress and Most Favourite TV Female Character in TVB Anniversary Awards 2013 for that role in the first series. She handled emotional scenes very well and this could make her to become frontrunner in this year’s award season as well. I don’t mind her winning again, but chance is unlikely since she just won also another Most Favourite TV Female Character award last year for her role in ‘Ghost of Relativity’. Edwin is also good in acting but he just couldn’t pull off as the first male lead. He is more suitable for second male lead role.


TVB is obviously heavily promoting the younger artists. Grace Chan had an important role here as the second female lead. I saw her improvement in acting but still she couldn’t pull it through. TVB should just allocate her in supporting roles in few more years first for her to gain experience. This also applies to many new TVB artists now. As for the storyline, the plot is quite plain for this sequel without much climax to watch out for throughout the whole series. Only Hugo Ng managed to save the day sometimes with his evil plans. I prefer more on the original series that had its plot based on the timeline following real historical events while this sequel only focuses more on typical conflicts in business setting. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ a total of 6.8. It’s also insensitive to have part of the storyline revolves on a plane tragedy that reminds audiences of the MH370 incident.

As for movies, recently, I had watched ‘Jason Bourne’ and ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’. Both are action movies and somehow, I am able to combine my review to both of them. Both films couldn’t go to the best they can with typical plot and cliche, have action scenes that couldn’t get me to the edge of my seats and average acting even with great cast. We have Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander in ‘Jason Bourne’ and Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders in ‘Jack Reacher’. Both are easily forgettable movies that delivered no surprise or excitement to their franchise. Out of 10 points, I gave both films an equal point of 6.5.



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Nomination list for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by vincentloy

The annual TVB awards in Malaysia is coming soon. The TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016 will be held on 26th November in Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. For those who enjoyed watching Hong Kong dramas every year, then you shouldn’t miss this coming event, of which you can attend the show by obtaining the tickets or by watching its broadcast on that evening. Its nomination list has just been released recently and as usual, I will post the list here in my blog along with my personal picks and comments (* for top 3 or 5, and ** for my favourite for winning).


(Image source: TVB Jade Pack Facebook page)

My Favourite TVB Drama Series
“Speed of Life”
“Short End of the Stick” *
“Fashion War”
“Over Run Over”
“Blue Veins”
“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”
“Presumed Accidents”
“House of Spirits” *
“A Fist Within Four Walls” **
“Brother’s Keeper II”
“Law dis-Order”
“My Lover from the Planet Meow”
“Two Steps from Heaven”

Opinion: Actually I’m still undecided between ‘House of Spirits’ and ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. Both are great dramas and furthermore they were aired back-to-back that time, so it made me harder to pick one from them. I’m happy if any of the two win. 

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) **
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: I love Bobby Au and Ruco Chan’s performances this year. Since Ruco won this last year, I will reserve this for Bobby. He is awesome in ‘House of Spirits’.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Sisley Choi (“Fashion War”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”) *
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) **
Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) *
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Why are this list filled with mostly new and inexperienced actresses who do not deserve to be nominated at all? And I would actually prefer Kristal to be nominated in ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ since she did another great job in that sequel of which its predecessor won her Best Actress and Most Favourite Female Character in TVB Anniversary Awards back then.

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”) **
Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”) *
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”) *
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carlo Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Louis Yuen (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Eddie Kwan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)

Opinion: Since ‘Short End of the Stick’ is released too early this year and will be usually forgotten by year end for the award season, I think it shall deserve some recognition at least and this is the perfect category for it. I’m fine with Raymond Cho or Power Chan winning for this one. They were really good in that drama, not to mention funny as well.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”) *
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) **
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”) *
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jade Leung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How is it possible that Joyce Tang is here, and not in leading role category. She stand a good chance of winning even in lead category. Since she is downgraded to this supporting category, I’m rooting for her to win this definitely. She gave brilliant performance in ‘House of Spirits’. This category is actually quite strong this year.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor
Bob Cheung (“Over Run Over”, “House of Spirits”, “Between Love & Desire”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Brian Chu (“Fashion War”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”)
Matthew Ho (“Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”)
Mark Ma (“Speed of Life”, “K9 Cop”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Inspector Gourmet”) *
James Ng (“Come Home Love, “Blue Veins”)
Brian Tse (“Come Home Love, “Love as a Predatory Affair”)

Opinion: Only realized Cheung Wing Hong’s performances this year as the stood out one among the rest.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress
Toby Chan (“Speed of Life”, “Short End of the Stick”, “Fashion War”, “Daddy Dearest”)
Stephanie Ho (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Katy Kung (“Come Home Love, “The Executioner”, “Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Zoie Tam (“The Executioner”, “Over Run Over”, “Presumed Accidents”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Roxanne Tong (“Fashion War”, “My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”, “Between Love & Desire”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)*
Jacqueline Wong (“Inspector Gourmet”)

Opinion: I think only Moon Lau stood out among the other nominees this year. Her acting has been very realistic and natural so far.

My Favourite TVB On Screen Couple
Jason Chan & Samantha Ko (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Benjamin Yuen & Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai & Nancy Wu (“Short End of the Stick”)
Raymond Cho & Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Bosco Wong & Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)*
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng, Kay Tse & Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng & Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Benjamin Yuen & Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng & Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Edwin Siu & Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)*
Kenneth Ma & Eliza Sam (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Moses Chan, Kristal Tin & Nancy Wu (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong, Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How can there be three persons nominated together? It’s a couple, not a triangle relationship. Anyway, I will vote for Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu. Their chemistry and pairing in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ are amazing.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song
我們都受傷 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Jinny Ng
最真心一對 (“Over Run Over”) – Stephanie Ho
天地不容 (“Blue Veins”) – Hubert Wu
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu**
喵喵 (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Auston Lam, Alvin Ng & Penny Chan

Opinion: Out of the five nominees, I have only heard the one in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. So my vote automatically goes to that one.

My Favourite Top 15 TVB Drama Characters
Tony Hung (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Elaine Yiu (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Kitty Yuen (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)*
King Kong (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Kenny Wong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”)*
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Raymond Wong (“K9 Cop”)
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Zoie Tam (“Over Run Over”)
Roger Kwok (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Tavia Yeung (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kay Tse (“Blue Veins”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Wong Kwong Leung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)*
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Sisley Choi (“Presumed Accidents”)*
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”)*
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”)*
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)*
Bowie Wu (“House of Spirits”)
Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ben Wong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Yuen Chau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Johnson Lee (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jason Chan (“Daddy Dearest”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)*
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Too many characters. Not much to comment. I will just list down my 15 choices.

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight”**
“Kansai Raider”
“A Starry Homecoming”
“Chow HK Block to Block”
“Taipei High Hi”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”
“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”*
“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”
“I Heart HK”*
“Mr. Hong Kong Contest 2016” & “Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2016”

Opinion: Usually those funny game shows win my heart. This year, I go for the very interesting and hilarious ‘Sunday Stage Fight’. 

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Programme
“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”
“Do Did Eat”*
“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”
“Auspicious Festivals”
“My Handy Man”
“Wellness on the Go 4 – Going Green and Sustainable Living”
“All Things Girl Malaysia Version Season Two”
“Am I Healthy? (Sr. 2)”
“5 Kids and a Bloke”

Opinion: I only watched ‘Do Did Eat’. So my one and only pick.

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Programme
Sammi Cheung, Ali Lee, Kaki Leung, Mayanne Mak, Roxanne Tong & Jacqueline Wong (“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”)
Sammy Leung & Sharon Chan (“Sunday Stage Fight”)*
Carol Cheng & Fama (“Do Did Eat”)**
Helen To (“Kansai Raider”)
Nancy Sit, Eliza Sam, Steven Cheung, Bella Lam & Nathan Ngai (“My Handy Man”)
Anderson Junior & Ben Lee (“Chow HK Block to Block”)
Jinny Ng, Alfred Hui & Hubert Wu (“Taipei High Hi”)
Mat Yeung & Benjamin Yuen (“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”)
Bob Lam, Louis Yan & Jinny Ng (“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats Sr. 5”)
Eric Tsang & Various Artistes (“I Heart HK”)*

Opinion: It’s hard for me to choose between my top 3 picks in this category. But if insist on one, I will go with Carol Cheng and Fama in ‘Do Did Eat’. Their collaboration is somehow awkward but interesting.

Collage of interesting stuff last week.

Posted in Interesting Encounters on October 16, 2016 by vincentloy

Recently, I realized that I only have the mood to blog on the weekend and I think it’s perfectly normal since I would like to dedicate more of my time on other things especially my study rather than facing my computer and typing some stuff. I also find myself getting tired easily in recent weeks and so with one less thing to do (blogging), it would be slightly better for me to go through rest of the day. However, I will still continue blogging but with lesser updates until my holiday comes.

The past week had been quite an interesting one. There’s a day when the temperature here in Perth finally reached above 30 degree celsius. I haven’t observe that here since April or May early this year. I love that kind of weather that is not too hot or cold for me. It’s like the most comfortable temperature for me (well I prefer more on the hot side as I can get cold very easily). On that particular day too (it’s the last Tuesday actually), there is also a sudden haze enveloping the usually clear blue sky in Perth. My thinking that time was; ‘Has I went back to KL during the annual haze season back in Malaysia due to forest fires in Indonesia?’. I didn’t expect there would be haze here since it’s now not yet summer when bush fire is frequent. Then, I realized it was a prescribed burning to reduce growth of wild vegetation so that severity of bush fire will be reduced. It’s a new thing I learnt.


It has been many years since I last played badminton. It is a very popular sport in my country (Malaysia) but I stopped playing it because I don’t have any friends who are into it and I wasn’t that into it as well. Last time I usually played badminton with my dad but then we stopped since like almost 10 years ago. Recently, I got back into this sport by joining my friends here in Perth for two badminton outings. Both were within a week (one last Friday and one more on the Tuesday this week). Well, I’m not good on it but would still play to get my body to exercise. And I ended up having sore pain to my body after the games. It was fun though.


In the past week, I had watched two new movies, ‘Shin Godzilla’ and ‘Deepwater Horizon’. ‘Shin Godzilla’ is a Japanese film which revolves on various group of authorities handling the emergence of a giant monster in Tokyo. I didn’t plan to watch this movie actually, but I accompanied my friend to do so. In the end, he accompanied me back to watch ‘Deepwater Horizon’ the next day. ‘Shin Godzilla’ is not those typical Hollywood remakes of such movie when you will see a lot of city destruction and intense action scenes. This movie focused on the meetings, meetings, and meetings to uncover solutions to eliminate the monster and to tackle the effects of its damage to the city. It’s mostly dialogues in conference rooms and the Godzilla only appeared for few minutes for the whole film. However, I find it not that bored surprisingly and generally the whole movie to be awkwardly interesting at some point. The CGI is not good and the atomic blast and beam from the monster are too exaggerated. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Shin Godzilla’ a total of 6.0. I don’t understand why this movie is getting very good critical reception.


Let’s get back to Hollywood movie. ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is a biopic disaster film based on the true event of 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill. The movie if of course a very dramatized depiction of that tragic event as expected and required for a movie purpose. The first half of the movie was quite draggy with boring scenes, many talking and non-engaging characters. However, once the disaster arrived, the movie turned into an exhilarating ride. The continuous explosions and super massive fires were also too exagerrated in the movie but it still flows well with the movie and I’m fine with it. I’m also not interested and couldn’t digest the technical parts of the movie that explained about the pressure and the oil rig system. I think I would have better enjoyed this movie if I can immerse myself into the technical parts too, but unfortunately, I couldn’t. It’s too complicated for me at some points. There are some dramas and good emphasis on some characters too which are good to the movie. The ending was an emotional one as it pay respect to the deceased victims of the tragedy. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Deepwater Horizon’ a total of 7.3.


The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed away after years of health complication on last Thursday at the age of 88. He was previously the world’s longest reigning monarch as he had been on the throne for 70 years before his death. The whole country of Thailand mourns his passing with great sadness and he was a very respected figure. When I visited Thailand in the past, I saw his huge posters everywhere. That shows how much love and loyalty the country is giving to the King. Now, the record for world’s longest reigning monarch is held by Queen Elizabeth II at 64 years. Okay…enough for news reporting.


I had a nice evening yesterday when I attended a dinner outing in my friend’s house. We got to enjoy nice food in a nice house and also got to play some board games after it. It’s a great time for fun and socializing eventhough I’m actually having a little stomachache yesterday. That’s all for my blog post to sum up what are some interesting things I had gone through for the past week.

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7 Cool Architectural Visualization Styles

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by vincentloy

Recently, I found a very interesting article that discusses the seven most popular architectural visualization styles produced by architectural firms or students out there. I myself is not good in computer renderings and so I’m very excited to look at the different styles and methods used to enhance rendering of each particular projects. I wish to learn (and hopefully) master rendering skills in near future which would be very beneficial especially when I step out to the working world after my graduation.

I would like to share the article below which is originally from Architizer at this link below:


There was a time when no self-respecting rendering would allow itself to be seen in public without a zeppelin hovering somewhere in its desaturated sky. Supermodels in haute couture garments strutted across opera foyers, uninterested expressions and blasé attitudes adding to the exclusivity of the space. These gimmicks are still widely used, but since its early days architectural rendering has seen major technical advancements that allowed it to appropriate cinematic techniques relying on color, lighting, framing, composition, and angles to convey moods. This disciplinary overlap between architecture and film is fundamental in the use of similar software and modeling techniques and has brought the two closer through the idea of storytelling, a notion inherent to both disciplines. In architectural rendering, if the spirit or the main feeling isn’t persuasive and engaging enough, the function of images is reduced to regurgitating information already provided through drawings and schematics.

An overabundance of visual content, brought on partly by the democratization of architectural publishing, has produced an almost pornographic fixation on architectural representation, rendering techniques in particular. Computer generated imagery is no longer an intermediary between an idea and its realization, but a finished product on its own. Different rendering genres have emerged over the years, similar in approach and style to recognizable cinematic tropes.

The Mad Max

City lights dimmed, the “urban wasteland” awaits the appearance of the new development whose lights seem to be the only sign of life for miles around.


Eleftheria Square by Zaha Hadid Architects, via Skyscrapercity


Phoenix Towers by Chetwoods Architects

The Whodunit

These renderings sport a menacing atmosphere achieved by desaturating the image or using only dark blue and green tones. Stormy skies, shadowy figures, and strong contrasts create tension that transforms spaces into potential film noir crime scenes.


Kaohsiung Port Terminal by RTA-Office


Park51 by Soma Architects

The David

The David flaunts its perfectly mapped textures, lifelike grass, and clinically precise reflections to the point that, like the android boy David in Spielberg’s A.I., the architecture looks a bit too perfect.



The Quest by Ström Architects

Paranormal Activity

Blended so well into their surroundings, these projects are practically not there. Buildings appear as dreamy echoes of themselves held up by light and memory, instead of concrete pillars and slabs.



Camellian Opera House by Matteo Cainer Architects

The Gondry

The stubborn collage technique may feel anachronistic but, every so often, it makes a powerful comeback. The combination of photos, renderings and drawing can be surprisingly effective and reminds of Michel Gondry’s distinctive visual style. In its most experimental form The Gondry may include unicorns, movie stars, space ships, and a cutout photo of Le Corbusier.


Boulders Resort by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Theodore

The Theodore could be a subcategory of Paranormal Activity, but, unlike the latter, it is found mostly among representations of interiors. Airy spaces and more than generous amounts of diffuse lighting make one want to lay back in an armchair and dictate a heartfelt love letter, just like Theodore in Spike Jonze’s “Her.”


Green Valley by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects


The Katherine Heigl

Romantic snowbound streets, palpable silence of the first snow, kids having fun, couples holding hands, and a building in the background. The Katherine Heigl promises a happy ending and a lighthearthed story enacted in and around the omnipresent new building. This category includes sunsets, images whose large portions show meadows, forests, parks, and all kinds of pastoral scenery.


Le Brassus by BIG


Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO Holm Architecture Office

Each styles above has their uniqueness and there is none than is better than the others because it all depends on the nature of the individual projects as well as the preferences by the visualizers. Well, there may be even some few more visualization styles out there that are not mentioned here. If you know about it, you can share it in the comments section.

(Information and images in this post are from the following source: http://architizer.com/blog/7-most-common-architectural-visualization-styles/)


About one more month and I’ll be back to Malaysia.

Posted in Interesting Encounters on October 9, 2016 by vincentloy

Yes…I can’t wait for that day to come. I can’t wait to return to Malaysia to be back home and enjoy all the nice Malaysian food that I am too used to. When that time approaches, it also means that my second semester of study has ended too which would be a huge relief! There are about few more weeks and the coming days are going to crucial and intense. Hopefully, I’m ready for it.

I took many random photos recently using my new iPhone 7. Well, now I don’t have to worry of lack of storage capacity in my phone as it now has 128GB. Some pictures are pretty amazing and I would like to share it here. These were taken in the past few weeks in Perth, the place where I have been staying for about 8 months already.


My laptop with a cup of coffee made by my talented friend in his comfy (but very cold) house. This is called luxury.


Also in the same house, before enjoying a dinner of roti canai and rice with curry chicken. Very pleasant atmosphere.


A high-class neighbourhood and the Swan River on the east side of Perth city. Seen on the background is the city skyline of Perth.


A random tree with the sky as the background.

Recently, I have also watched two new movies but I didn’t plan to write any review for them. Well, I’ll just give a quick opinion and rating to each of them here. First one is ‘Lights Out’. It is a horror movie about an entity that haunts a family only when in the dark as the ghost is afraid of light. There is only one jump scare that worked on me while many other scenes aren’t as terrifying as I expected previously. However, the climax in the end is very well done. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Lights Out’ a total of 7.4. The other new movie I watched is ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’. It is an action movie about a man who is forced to travel the globe to assassinate targets instructed by his foe whom has kidnapped his lover. The actions are fine and I enjoyed this movie without heavy expectation. One extra point for this movie is that I get to see Michelle Yeoh in this film eventhough her role is not major. It has been long time since I last saw her in movies. She is the only Malaysian actress that can get to this far. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ a total of 7.2.

That’s it for my post on this lovely Sunday. It was a gloomy Saturday yesterday with all the rain and wind. Now, the sun is back up and I love it. Well, I’m still going to spend the Sunday in my room, doing my assignments, online, and watching some YouTube videos. Not going out as I’m now in money-saving mode.

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