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Halloween-themed post: Things I would want to have if I’m in a horror movie.

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2014 by vincentloy

Tomorrow is the last day of the month, and that’s Halloween! Recently, I was being approached by someone from Man Crates through email. Man Crates is a company that ships gifts to boys in custom wooden crates that has to be opened with a crowbar. This is the first time I got to know of this company. They are looking for bloggers to share with readers on what items they would need (survival kits) if they are in a horror movie. This gives me an interesting idea of what to write in conjunction to this year’s Halloween. Sometimes, when I’m watching those horror films, I would also question myself what would I bring along when I’m in that particular situation (of a movie scene).

First of all, there are actually a lot of categories in horror films. There is slasher, supernatural, monster, zombie, virus, cannibal, etc. So, I’m going to narrow myself down to zombie apocalypse, of which we have seen many great films of this genre in the past years like ’30 Days of Night’, ’28 Days Later’, ’28 Weeks Later’, ‘I Am Legend’, ‘World War Z’, ‘Zombieland’, ‘REC/Quarantine’, etc (just to name a few). So, hereby are the three things that I seriously would love to have in the time of a zombie apocalypse;

1) Light. Very useful. Things would be too scary if you are in the dark. Make sure all rooms have their lights turned on and never go to the basement (ensure it is locked). Imagine that when you are in the dark, you can’t see a thing in front of you, and you have to walk to find a safe place (let’s say you are in a house)to hide or escape. I would have already freaked out in that situation, as zombie might suddenly pops out in front or worst, behind you. When you are in the dark, you could not also think or plan properly as your mind is overwhelmed by your fear and the darkness, hence the probability of you getting killed is higher. Have a torchlight with you all the time in case electricity is cut off. And remember, battery!

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2) Companion. There is no way that I want to be alone in a zombie apocalypse. I would seriously needs my family, or at least a friend or two (the more the better). It would be so much better when you have someone watching your back while you move on from a place to another. That’s much safer. They can even be the helping hands on escape or when killing the zombies. In such life-threatening situation, having trusted friends by your side is better as you may not know that some (loose friends) may even sacrifice or push you to death first if they need to.

3) Weapon. If you have no weapon, you would be dead in no time. For the most suitable weapon, I would say sword. Sword is long and light. When you are attacking a zombie with a sword, you are not in a close distance with them, hence the chance of you getting hurt by zombie is reduced. You can even slash them off to pieces so that you wouldn’t have the worry of them resurrecting back again. You know….just in case….but, why not gun? Sometimes, zombies couldn’t be killed with bullets. I guess you have to hit them on certain areas for death shot but that’s very hard for us. We are not cops; we don’t shoot right on target easily.

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That’s it. That’s my first three items that I thought off if I’m in a zombie apocalypse, especially when I’m in a house but it has already been breached by those ugly-looking flesh-eating zombies. There are many other things I would need too that would come in handy in such situation, but those three listed above are my priority. What’s your three items then? If you are still scratching your head not knowing of what to write in your blog in conjunction with the coming Halloween, then take this task. It’s interesting and I have just done it. It’s fun.

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Anyway, Happy Halloween!

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2014’s nomination list is out.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2014 by vincentloy

As a loyal supporter to TVB series since many years ago, I’m glad that my country, Malaysia do organize an annual awards presentation to honour the best of Hong Kong TVB’s series and programmes in the past years. Last time, it was called Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards. Then, it is changed to My Astro On Demand Favourites Awards. And since last year, the awards has been using the name ‘TVB Star Awards Malaysia’. And this year, TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2014 (TVB馬來西亞星光薈萃頒獎典禮2014) will be held on 23rd November 2014 from 8pm at Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands.

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The official website of the awards is here: http://www.tvbstarawards.com.my/2014/en. Malaysian citizens have to register first before they can pick their votes (only Malaysians are eligible to vote). Once registered, you can vote on its official website daily, and you may be the lucky ones to be gifted tickets to attend the awards night, TVBuddy goodie bag or TVB Calendar 2015. Here below is the nomination list followed with my personal picks and comments:

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My Favorite TVB Series

01) Bounty Lady
02) Outbound Love
03) Gilded Chopsticks
04) Storm in a Cocoon
05) Never Dance Alone
06) Black Heart White Soul
07) Line Walker
08) All That Bitter is Sweet
09) Tomorrow is Another Day
10) Tiger Cubs 2
11) Come on Cousin
12) Overachievers

My opinion on Top 5: Bounty Lady, Storm in a Cocoon, Black Heart White Soul, Line Walker, Overachievers.
My pick: Line Walker.
Comment: I think ‘Outbound Love’ is going to replace ‘Bounty Lady’ to be in top 5 since parts of the series is shot in Malaysia, hence slightly more popular. Anyway, ‘Line Walker’ is the best so far. Dark horse would be ‘Black Heart White Soul’.

My Favorite TVB Leading Actor

01) Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)
02) Ruco Chan (Outbound Love)
03) Joe Ma (Tiger Cubs 2)
04) Wong Cho Lam (Come on Cousin)
05) Wayne Lai (Overachievers)
06) Ron Ng (Black Heart White Soul)
07) Lawrence Ng (Tomorrow is Another Day)
08) Bosco Wong (The Ultimate Addiction)
09) Raymond Lam (Line Walker)
10) Michael Miu (Line Walker)
11) Kenneth Ma (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
12) Dayo Wong (Bounty Lady)

My opinion on Top 5: Roger Kwok, Ruco Chan, Wayne Lai, Raymond Lam, Dayo Wong.
My pick: Raymond Lam (Line Walker).
Comment: I knew Roger Kwok did very well in Black Heart White Soul. But for me, I think Raymond Lam deserved it very much this year too from his outstanding performance in Line Walker. Hence, I will put Roger Kwok as dark horse.

My Favorite TVB Leading Actress

01) Priscilla Wong (Swipe Tap Love)
02) Selena Li (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
03) Louisa So (Rear Mirror)
04) Linda Chung (All That Bitter is Sweet)
05) Joey Meng (Come on Cousin)
06) Aimee Chan (Outbound Love)
07) Nancy Wu (The Ultimate Addiction)
08) Kristal Tin (Black Heart White Soul)
09) Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)
10) Kate Tsui (Tomorrow is Another Day)
11) Tavia Yeung (Storm in a Cocoon)
12) Carman Lee (Never Dance Alone)

My opinion on Top 5: Linda Chung, Kristal Tin, Charmaine Sheh, Kate Tsui, Tavia Yeung.
My pick: Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker).
Comment: Hands down. No competition. Charmaine’s superb acting in Line Walker won everyone’s heart. I can almost totally say that there isn’t any dark horse in this category this year. But if you still want me to list one, it would be Kate Tsui.

My Favorite TVB Supporting Actor

01) Louis Cheung (Black Heart White Soul)
02) Pierre Ngo (All That Bitter is Sweet)
03) Ben Wong (Gilded Chopsticks)
04) Raymond Wong (Overachievers)
05) Him Law (Tiger Cubs 2)
06) Raymond Cho (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
07) Oscar Leung (Line Walker)
08) Vincent Wong (Tomorrow is Another Day)
09) Edwin Siu (Overachievers)
10) Ram Tseung (Come on Cousin)
11) Lawrence Cheung (Never Dance Alone)
12) Benz Hui (Line Walker)

My opinion on Top 5: Louis Cheung, Pierre Ngo, Raymond Wong, Raymond Cho, Benz Hui.
My pick: Benz Hui (Line Walker).
Comment: Benz Hui has been praised by all for his performance in Line Walker. Dark horse would be Louis Cheung.

My Favorite TVB Supporting Actress

01) Eliza Sam (Coffee Cat Mama)
02) Gloria Yip (Never Dance Alone)
03) Sharon Chan (Line Walker)
04) Natalie Tong (All That Bitter is Sweet)
05) Mandy Wong (Tiger Cubs 2)
06) Maggie Siu (Overachievers)
07) Elaine Yiu (Swipe Tap Love)
08) Leanne Li (Black Heart White Soul)
09) Elena Kong (Line Walker)
10) Josie Ho (Tomorrow is Another Day)
11) Ivana Wong (Come on Cousin)
12) Lin Xia-wei (Outbound Love)

My opinion on Top 5: Sharon Chan, Natalie Tong, Mandy Wong, Leanne Li, Elena Kong.
My pick: Elena Kong (Line Walker).
Comment: No one stands out in supporting actress role this year. If Nancy Wu from ‘The Ultimate Addiction’ is in this supporting category rather than the strong leading category, then I will pick her. So now, I have to choose Elena Kong, whom is from her performance in my favourite series of the year (obviously), Line Walker. Dark horse would be Leanne Li.

My Favorite Most Improved Actor

01) Tony Hung (Outbound Love/Swipe Tap Love/Rear Mirror)
02) Matt Yeung (Outbound Love/Storm in a Cocoon/Black Heart White Soul)
03) Louis Cheung (Gilded Chopsticks/Black Heart White Soul/Come on Cousin)
04) Hugo Wong (The Ultimate Addiction)
05) Sammy Shum (Line Walker/All That Bitter is Sweet)

My opinion on Top 2: Louis Cheung, Sammy Shum.
My pick: Louis Cheung.
Comment: It’s quite hard to choose between Louis and Sammy. Both certainly had breakthrough this year. But I have to choose Louis Cheung. He is great particularly in Black Heart White Soul. So dark horse would be Sammy Shum.

My Favorite Most Improved Actress

01) Tracy Chu (Tomorrow is Another Day)
02) Lin Xia-wei (Outbound Love/Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
03) Vivien Yeo (Outbound Love/Ruse of Engagement/Black Heart White Soul)
04) Skye Chan (Line Walker)
05) Samantha Ko (Outbound Love/Line Walker/All That Bitter is Sweet)

My opinion on Top 2: Lin Xia-wei, Samantha Ko.
My pick: Lin Xia-wei.
Comment: Not a strong category this year. Nothing much to comment.

My Favorite TVB On Screen Couple

01) Dayo Wong and Kate Tsui (Bounty Lady)
02) Bosco Wong and Eliza Sam (Coffee Cat Mama)
03) Ruco Chan and Aimee Chan (Outbound Love)
04) Raymond Wong and Priscilla Wong (Swipe Tap Love)
05) Lawrence Cheung and Carman Lee (Never Dance Alone)
06) Roger Kwok and Kristal Tin (Black Heart White Soul)
07) Raymond Lam and Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)
08) Sammy Shum and Sharon Chan (Line Walker)
09) Joe Ma and Linda Chung (Tiger Cubs 2)
10) Roger Kwok and Joey Meng (Come on Cousin)

My opinion on Top 5: Dayo Wong & Kate Tsui, Ruco Chan & Aimee Chan, Roger Kwok & Krystal Tin, Raymond Lam & Charmaine Sheh, Sammy Shum & Sharon Chan.
My pick: Raymond Lam & Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker).
Comment: Raymond and Charmaine both has very good chemistry as on-screen couple, and Line Walker pushed their collaboration to another level.

My Favorite TVB Drama Theme Song

01) 星斗群 (Never Dance Alone) Shirley Kwan & Mag Lam
02) 考驗 (The Ultimate Addiction) Fred Cheng
03) 越難越愛 (Line Walker) Jinny Ng
04) 再戰明天 (Tomorrow Is Another Day) Alfred Hui
05) 很想討厭你 (Outbound Love) Lin Xia-wei

My opinion on Top 2: 越難越愛, 很想討厭你.
My pick: 越難越愛 (Line Walker) by Jinny Ng.
Comment: The second theme song for Line Walker is fantastic. Enough said.

My Favorite Top 15 TVB Drama Characters

01) Sharon Chan (Line Walker)
02) Vincent Wong (Tomorrow is Another Day)
03) Tony Hung (Outbound Love)
04) Lawrence Cheung (Never Dance Alone)
05) Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)
06) Raymond Lam (Line Walker)
07) Pierre Ngo (All That Bitter is Sweet)
08) Eliza Sam (Coffee Cat Mama)
09) Carman Lee (Never Dance Alone)
10) Power Chan (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
11) Louisa So (Rear Mirror)
12) Linda Chung (All That Bitter is Sweet)
13) Dayo Wong (Bounty Lady)
14) Tavia Yeung (Storm in a Cocoon)
15) Kenneth Ma (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
16) Louis Cheung (Black Heart White Soul)
17) Oscar Leung (Line Walker)
18) Josie Ho (Tomorrow is Another Day)
19) Bosco Wong (The Ultimate Addiction)
20) Kristal Tin (Black Heart White Soul)
21) Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)
22) Lawrence Ng (Tomorrow is Another Day)
23) Ruco Chan (Outbound Love)
24) Loletta Lee (Never Dance Alone)
25) Raymond Cho (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
26) Michael Miu (Line Walker)
27) Natalie Tong (All That Bitter is Sweet)
28) Michelle Yim (Coffee Cat Mama)
​29) Priscilla Wong (Swipe Tap Love)
30) Selena Li (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)
31) Waise Lee (Black Heart White Soul)
32) Raymond Wong (Overachievers)
33) Joe Ma (Tiger Cubs 2)
34) Steven Ma (Storm in a Cocoon)
35) Nancy Wu (The Ultimate Addiction)
36) Ron Ng (Black Heart White Soul)
37) Sammy Shum (Line Walker)
38) Kate Tsui (Tomorrow is Another Day)
39) Aimee Chan (Outbound Love)
40) Gloria Yip (Never Dance Alone)
41) Him Law (Tiger Cubs 2)
42) Mandy Wong (Tiger Cubs 2)
43) Benjamin Yuen (Tiger Cubs 2)
44) Wong Cho Lam (Come on Cousin)
45) Joey Meng (Come on Cousin)
46) Ivana Wong (Come on Cousin)
47) Wayne Lai (Overachievers)
48) Edwin Siu (Overachievers)
49) Maggie Siu (Overachievers)
50) Benz Hui (Line Walker)

My pick: The names in bold are my 15 picks from this long list. If I can add five more, I would choose Pierre Ngo, Kenneth Ma, Michael Miu, Raymond Wong and Wayne Lai.

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So, what’s your choice? I think I’m a little biased towards ‘Line Walker’. We’ll see the result in a month. I didn’t include the nomination for some other not-so-important categories. No one cares about those host or programmes sections. By the way, this awards presentation is always seen as a hint or prelude to the prestigious TVB Anniversary Awards. But the nomination for that one isn’t even out yet. I wonder how many TVB artistes would come this year.

(Images in this post are from the awards’ official website at: http://www.tvbstarawards.com.my/2014/index.php)

Ten tallest buildings in KL (as of 2014).

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by vincentloy

Kuala Lumpur, besides than its iconic Petronas Twin Towers which still stand today as the world’s tallest twin buildings, the city is also home to plenty of soaring skyscrapers. Currently, Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, has 17 buildings above 200 metres high respectively (including topped out or almost completed buildings). That figure does not includes telecommunication tower. Hence, the 421 metres tall KL Tower isn’t counted in. According to The Skyscraper Center from Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Kuala Lumpur is ranked 10th ‘tallest’ city in the world, and 15th in the world by number of buildings exceeding 150 metres height.

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The city still has plenty of space, but people loves to build tall buildings anyway. Building skyscrapers is a symbol of strength to a nation’s economy and image to the rest of the world. The last time I wrote about the city’s top ten tallest buildings was on last year, and I’m sure I have to update the list now as it changes every year. That’s a good sign and indication that KL is on course to build tall buildings rapidly, but just not as ambitious as those cities from China or Dubai. The first two in the list never change for many years already, and it’s the Petronas Twin Towers (everybody knew it). But what are the next tallest buildings in the city after the twin towers? Here you go…

1 & 2. Petronas Twin Towers, 452 metres, 88 floors.

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3. Telekom Tower, 310 metres, 55 floors.

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4. Ilham Baru Tower, 298 metres, 64 floors. (Topped out, will complete next year).

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5. Naza Tower 1, 273 metres, 50 floors. (Pending spire installation to reach its full height, will complete next year).

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6. Petronas Tower 3, 267 metres, 60 floors.

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7. Maybank Tower, 244 metres, 50 floors.

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8. Vista Tower, 238 metres, 60 floors.

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9. Felda Tower, 216 metres, 50 floors.

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10. Maxis Tower, 212 metres, 49 floors.

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I would like to include seven more (below) that has also surpassed 200 metres in building’s height respectively.

11. AmBank Tower, 210 metres, 50 floors.

12. KKR2 Tower, 210 metres, 37 floors.

13. The Troika Tower 3, 204 metres, 50 floors.

14 & 15. Berjaya Times Square Tower A & B, 203 metres, 48 floors.

16. K Residence, 202 metres, 52 floors.

17. Lot G Office Towers, 200 metres, 42 floors.

In two to three years time, there would be more than 20 buildings with over 200 metres high respectively in the city. Also not to forget the on-going construction of some supertall projects in KL like the KL118 Tower (618 metres, 118 floors) and Four Seasons Place (343 metres, 65 floors). Kuala Lumpur, my home city, has plenty of tall buildings, which made the city a pleasant sight to skyscrapers’ lovers like me.

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More statistics regarding the city in terms of skyscrapers can be found here: http://skyscrapercenter.com/city/kuala-lumpur.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Happy Deepavali! It’s on October 22nd, not 23rd for this year’s Diwali.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by vincentloy

It first started out as a confusion to everyone as to when does Deepavali this year actually falls on. According to all our printed calendars, the festival should be on 23rd October 2014. That is Thursday. But then, the official date has been announced that Deepavali actually falls on a day earlier, on 22nd October (Wednesday). It is very seldom that the printed calendars would get this wrong. But anyway, Happy Deepavali to all my Indian friends!

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(Image source: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/)

In the meantime, I would like to share a clip from Petronas in conjunction with Deepavali 2014 celebration, one of the major festivals in Malaysia. It’s a very moving and meaningful clip. Petronas always did it right when it comes to delivering important, harmonious and memorable messages throughout their clips created specially for particular major celebrations in Malaysia. Enjoy the clip (it’s just a short clip):

From #The Light Within; Reflect on yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow. Nice quote.

To all Indians, may you enjoy this Festival of Light joyously with your family, relatives, friends, neighbours and all Malaysians! I missed the time when I was still in my primary or secondary school years, when I got to be invited to a Deepavali open house by one of my best friends every year. I have to admit that we don’t really like the food served(not used to the strong Indian flavours), but I really enjoyed the festive atmosphere and the strong ‘open house’ concept regardless of background, race or religion.

As for the others who are not celebrating this, we will just have to sit back, relax and enjoy the public holiday. It’s a much better Wednesday (in the middle of the week) when you can put aside your job for a day. This week would tend to be a bit ‘quicker’ or ‘shorter’, since this week would only have 4 (or for some, 5) working days.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my wonderful greeting again to all my Indian friends particularly in Malaysia, a Happy Deepavali!

 

 

After ‘Annabelle’, there’s time for two more horror films this weekend to keep up the mood for the coming Halloween; ‘Wrong Turn 6’ and ‘Extraterrestrial’.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2014 by vincentloy

Since its release to cinemas worldwide, ‘Annabelle’, the supernatural horror film which is the spin-off or prequel to the successful ‘The Conjuring’ last year is a box office hit and gained extreme popularity despite not receiving very good feedbacks. I have watched this film last week and had written a movie review for it (can check out in my previous blog post). The film is not as good as ‘The Conjuring’, but still is above average for me. I’m sure that many would cosplay as the doll on this upcoming Halloween. Really scary enough. There is also a very interesting prank video on the terrifying ‘Annabelle’ doll circulating throughout the internet recently. I enjoyed the clip but of course, I would never enjoy being in the situation of being pranked like that.

In this weekend when I have no place to go, I spent most of the time at home. With nothing else to do, I’m going to watch two more horror films. Both are released this year too. Time to get myself into the scary mood as Halloween is just around the corner.

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The first film is ‘Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort’. This gory horror film which is the sixth (latest) installment of this famous film franchise needs no further introduction especially to those who like films of this sort. People being chased down by a group of flesh-eating mutant mountain men. I enjoyed the first few films. It’s very gory, visually disturbing and bloody sickening. Really not for people who aren’t into this kind of horror genre.

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But the ‘Wrong Turn 6’, I’m very disappointed. It’s a very bad film. To be honest with you, the movie is showing more sex scenes than the gory killing or torturing scenes by the cannibals. I’m not there for the soft porn, man. The amount of killing and the gore had also significantly reduced while the film is focusing more onto its very boring plot. I understand the effort of putting in story to give the movie a bit of depth, but in this situation, it goes backfired. The storyline which is too emphasized is way too boring and that sacrificed the time to show us more gory stuff. The quality and quantity dropped immensely. This is the worst in its franchise that had already been here for over 10 years. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort’ a total of 6.0 only. Just bad.

The other horror film I watched is far better; ‘Extraterrestrial’. Well, the movie’s title is very much obvious already on describing what’s in the film. It’s about a group of friends spending their weekend in a cabin in the woods, of which they suddenly witnessed crash of a UFO ship nearby. That leads to….you would know what will happen next. I read from somewhere that this film is panned for utilizing too many familiar tropes and cliches of a sci-fi horror movies especially the ones involving aliens. I don’t agree fully to that. I think the film utilized those very well. Those are the essential formulas that make the film works. And once you did it right, then you got an engaging and exciting alien abduction movie to watch. And ‘Extraterrestrial’ hits that.

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I enjoyed the film very much. There are many intense and climax-reaching parts, and the quality of many elements in the film (visual effects, sound effects, casts and their acting performances, characters’ involvement, suspense-building) are good. Everything is evenly distributed for a perfect sci-fi adventure. I don’t understand the low rating the film has now, but at least I saw that it performed quite well in Rotten Tomatoes. I only find that its ending is going a bit too far. The twist is there but I would just be satisfied if everything still remains in small-scale and never goes to outer space for some reasons. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Extraterrestrial’ a total of 7.5. This film deserves more attention by now. Highly recommended. I enjoyed this film very much from the beginning till ‘before the end’. The ending like I said just now is a bit weird and going too much.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

The still on-going Hong Kong protest, ‘Umbrella Movement’.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by vincentloy

I’m not a Hong Kongers, and I should not actually meddle into the current conflict between Hong Kong’s citizens and China that resulted into nearly a month long protest on various major streets in the city of Hong Kong currently. But since this protest has already attracted worldwide attention, I have my stand to say regarding the situation over there that I wish to share it in my blog here. Besides that, eventhough I’m a Malaysian, but I do find myself quite attached to Hong Kong as I do speak Cantonese and that I’m very familiar with their dramas, films, music and celebrities.

So, how is this protest came about? When Hong Kong’s sovereignty is transferred from Britain to China in 1997, it is agreed by all parties that the socialist system of mainland China will not be practiced in Hong Kong, and that Hong Kong will remain under its capitalist and democratic system. It’s a ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy. This also allows for universal suffrage to Hong Kong in their election for the Chief Executive, the head of their government and China shall not interfere on it for at least 50 years. However, in late August 2014, the government of mainland China had implemented a new rule that Hong Kong citizens will only be able to vote from a shortlist approved by the pro-Beijing committee. This which will be practiced from 2017’s Chief Executive Election onwards is against the past system of which Hong Kong citizens can nominate their own preferable candidates.

The protest named Occupy Central, spearheaded by large group of students (teenagers and young adults) whom demanded for universal suffrage, started as boycott of classes in the beginning. However, by late September, the protest gained momentum as thousands of people marched on major streets in Hong Kong to voice their objection. They had since encountered police forces and dealt with violence like batons, tear gasses, pepper sprays, fights, etc. Now, it’s already almost the end of October and the protest and clashes are still on-going. I do watched some recordings of the protest and I truly understand the crisis over there.

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First of all, I’m in support of this protest which is now famously called the ‘Umbrella Movement’ or ‘Umbrella Revolution’ (as the pro-democracy activists are using umbrellas as defense against police forces the past few weeks and this had been widely accepted to be their symbol of strength, unity and opposition since then). Their objective is clear and simple; just return to the previous political system and everything will be back to normal. That’s it. The current Chief Executive of Hong Kong, C.Y. Leung agreed for talks with the protesters but insisted that the order from government of mainland China will not be repealed. Then, there’s no point. You are not solving anything eventhough you agree to hold talks. But if I’m the protesters, I would still go for the talks to at least see where we can go further from there to voice their objection.

Protesters carrying umbrellas brave pepper spray used by riot police as tens of thousands of demonstrators block the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong

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I’m also not blaming the police forces too. They are just doing their job and I believe they didn’t mean to harm the citizens. On the other hand, the protesters are peaceful, but in such conflict, clashes are inevitable no matter what. I agreed to their protest but this is taking too long as the government side did not take quick action. The consequences; many roads blocked, inconvenience to many people, downfall of economy, degrading of the city’s peaceful and successful image, impact on tourism, etc for the city. Nobody wanted these, but people’s voices shall be heard as the first priority. I hope this crisis will be over soon with positive outcome to all parties. I’m in support of universal suffrage for Hong Kong. I’m in support for Hong Kong democracy.

Hong Kong people, we hear you. From Malaysia.

Shanghai’s ‘Big 3’. Impressive recent shots of the city’s skyline that will take your breath away.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by vincentloy

The fame of being the most advanced and famous city in mainland China is no doubt belongs to the city of Shanghai. Due to that status, the city of near 25 million people has gone through massive and unparalleled economic growth over the years. Countless of highrise buildings sprawled within its vast urban areas, and that has helped the city to be easily ranked within top 5 in various rankings or polls online on evaluating best skyline cities across the globe.

Its most impressive skyline feature is none other than the view across a river overlooking the Pudong district. The skyline of that particular district alone is already sufficient enough to pull off as the icon of this megacity. Most postcards representing the city will depicts that shot, and once you see it, you will know it’s Shanghai. What Pudong district am I talking about? It’s this…

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The first supertall that is located at Pudong is not a building, but a tower. The Oriental Pearl Tower that stands at 468 metres is a telecommunication and sightseeing tower on a forefront location just by the edge of the river. After that, came the dream of building three supertall skyscrapers within a zone in Pudong. It’s simply called ‘The Big 3’. The first to be built under this ambition is the Jin Mao Tower. It’s a 421 metres building completed in late 1990s, just few metres shorter than the 452m Petronas Twin Towers which were the tallest buildings in the world back then.

Many years later, finally another supertall skyscraper is built besides Jin Mao Tower. Jin Mao Tower is no longer alone after a decade. Completed in late 2000s, the Shanghai World Financial Center then took the title as the country’s tallest building at 492 metres. The building is also the world’s tallest building to top of roof (defeating Taipei 101 which has spire that pushed its height to 508 metres). However, the title didn’t remain long once Burj Khalifa is completed not long after that claimed all the ‘tallest’ titles easily at 828 metres. The Big 3 is not completed yet. One more skyscraper to go. And now, this ambition is going to be fulfilled very soon, as the latest and last addition to this Big 3 has topped out recently and will be opened to public next year. There you go….closer day and night view of the Big 3.

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It’s the Shanghai Tower. Stands at 632 metres, this massive building towers above the rest of the surrounding buildings with huge margin. It even makes the neighbouring Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center look tiny (eventhough the two are already very tall on their own too). These three skyscrapers that sit next to each other are simply beautiful. The whole Big Three is epic. All three of them would be iconic landmarks in any other city yet they stand next to each other. Just speechless.

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Beautiful, isn’t it? I would love to sit there (in image above) for hours without any intention of leaving. Would be great enjoying the skyline from that spot. Would really love to visit Shanghai very soon. I have been to Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Yunnan but never to Shanghai before.

(Images in this post are recently taken and are from various sources throughout the world wide web)