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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:

http://architizer.com/blog/7-most-common-architectural-visualization-styles/

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.

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Eleftheria Square by Zaha Hadid Architects, via Skyscrapercity

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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.

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Kaohsiung Port Terminal by RTA-Office

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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.

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The Quest by Ström Architects

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Green Valley by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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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.

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Le Brassus by BIG

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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/)

 

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7 Sensational Modern Theaters in China.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2016 by vincentloy

Recently, I found an article to be very interesting as it looks into six very good-looking contemporary opera houses in China. Hence, I would like to share the article here below:

Pure Architectural Theater: 6 Sensational Chinese Opera Houses.

As China’s presence on the global economic stage has steadily risen over the past couple decades, so too has its desire to match its outsize economic influence with equally robust cultural institutions. Despite being one of the world’s biggest economies and a producer of the vast majority of consumer goods, China has been less recognized for its cultural output including the performing arts, theater and opera than for its booming population and rapidly expanding cities. But as China continues to grow its economic stature, inhabitants and cities for the near future, it also needs to provide the cultural space for these forces to express themselves.

The opera house is one architectural intervention for a city, state or culture to manifest its values and ambitions and in doing so proclaim a degree of cultivation and artistic cachet. In Western Europe, the opera house emerged in the 17th century, often financed by noblemen and wealthy merchants looking to solidify their cultural hegemony. This began to change in the 19th century, as opera houses became more democratic spaces financed by public institutions.

While this rich history is absent in China, we can see similar impulses behind the following collection of contemporary opera houses. These spanking new facilities provide spaces not only for opera, but a number of performing arts enjoyed by the public. Furthermore, they are a physical manifestation of the powerful forces of the country’s economy, the untapped cultural potential of the public, and the architectural destination-making pioneered by Gehry’s Bilbao. These Chinese opera houses reinterpret this enduring cultural institution for a new era and are tailored to a region witnessing dramatic physical, social and material transformations.

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Dalian International Conference Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Dalian, China

The multifaceted, scaled aluminum façade on this Northern Chinese port city’s opera house contains within it a conference space for 2,500, a smaller 1,400-person theater and flexible exhibition spaces. The billowing and sinuous forms of the building pierced by unexpected angles are typical of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Deconstructivist approach to architecture and well-suited to this changing typology.

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Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangzhou, China

Zaha Hadid’s similarly dramatic Guangzhou opera house is one of the most well-known realizations of China’s drive to jumpstart its urban cultural development. Set in one of the country’s largest megacities along the Pearl River, the building features two smoothed spatial “pebbles” clad in triangular granite and glass panels supported by a webbed steel frame that leaps into intrepid forms.

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Harbin Opera House by MAD, Harbin, China

Occupying a gigantic site of almost 450 acres along the Songhua River, this three-petaled opera house, cultural center and public outdoor space is composed of ascending curvilinear forms that seem to sprout from the wetland landscape and warmly envelop patrons from the elements. The white aluminum cladding of the exterior mirrors the harsh winter climate, while the seemingly hand-sculpted Manchurian ash of the auditorium provides a cozy counterpart.

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Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES-Architects, Wuxi, China

A series of structural steel roof wings overhang the cubic volumes of this multipurpose opera house and feature LED-lit undersides of perforated metal. The terraced pavilions of the entrance and outdoor spaces are illuminated by decorative columns that continue into the lobby to become structural supports. The design incorporates elements of traditional temples and the crystalline forms inspired by Finnish geography.

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The semicircular roofline of this theater extends from a stone public plaza and opens up towards the head of the adjacent lake. The three volumes of the building are sheltered by this cantilevered form that fans out like a traditional bandshell and exposes the functional spaces towards the outdoors.

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Bayuquan Theater by Shanghai Dushe Architectural Design DSD, Bayuquan, Yingkou, China

This smaller-scale opera house was designed with traditional Chinese theater in mind, and the bent thatches of the aluminum façade recall the billowing fabrics in the classic performances. The building is organized like a traditional theater, but can also be rotated and shifted according to programmatic needs.

The article above came from this original source (including the images):

http://architizer.com/blog/chinese-opera-houses/.

However, I think the author of that article must have left out the…

National Centre for the Performing Arts by Paul Andreu, Beijing, China.

It is nicknamed ‘Giant Egg’ due to its form. The centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake. This is another amazing opera house in China that is deserving to be in that list too.

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Fast and Furious 7 becomes the 20th film in history to cross USD 1 billion in worldwide box office.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2015 by vincentloy

As the ‘Fast and Furious’ film franchise keeps expanding, each of its subsequent films performed better than the last one, at least in the box office intake. ‘Fast and Furious 6’ released in 2013 grossed over USD 788 million worldwide, and became the 50th highest grossing film of all time. That is already a huge achievement, and no one expects that the latest installment of the franchise, ‘Fast and Furious 7’, released early this month already broke that record in just a few days. It becomes the highest grossing film of the franchise, and also the highest grossing film of the year.

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How much it gains in worldwide box office right now? In only about 17 days, the film had already grossed USD 1.009 billion dollar. Wow! It has successfully crossed the 1 billion milestone, and it did so in just 17 days. That is really very ‘fast and furious’. Hence, it becomes the fastest film to cross that mark (the previous record of 19 days held by Avatar, The Avengers, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2). The film is now also the highest grossing film by Universal, and the second one by the company to cross the 1 billion milestone (the other one being the popular Jurassic Park movie). It now stands at 19th position in the table of worldwide highest grossing films of all time.

And wait, the ‘heat’ and popularity of the Fast and Furious 7 isn’t coming to an end yet. It is still taking the Number One spot in box office across the world even it’s already two weeks after its release. Its momentum is still staying high, but not until the end of the month when Marvel’s The Avengers (2): Age of Ultron will be released. That is another movie this year that is also projected to cross over 1 billion dollar in box office. Its predecessor had already took over 1.5 billion to make it as the third highest grossing film of all time. Everybody loves superhero movies nowadays, and so I’m sure its sequel can make it big again too in worldwide cinemas. And so, Fast and Furious 7 still has about one week plus to rule the worldwide cinema now.

And after that, I guess its final intake would be somewhere in 1.2 billion, and that would easily put it into the top 10 world highest grossing films of all time. A figure not many people expected, but comes into reality quickly after everyone wanted to see Paul Walker in there as his final film. And not to mention the touching tribute to this late actor at the end of the film. The song titled ‘See You Again’ as a tribute to him is also very beautiful. ‘It’s been a long day, without you my friend….’ Also, the movie is way too awesome with plenty of heart-stopping actions from its start till the end for an intense and thrilling ride while watching it. It’s currently my best film for the first 1/3 of the year so far.

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Have watched both the movie and the song clip above. Many people have even watched them few times! That shows how cool the movie is! And next on is the release of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron which is just around the corner. I’m going to see it this Friday! Have been waiting for it like ages!

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A very busy week, but lesser pressure now, thanks to ‘Fast and Furious 7’

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2015 by vincentloy

Sorry for not updating my blog for many days already. I had been very busy attending to design and drawings of my sisters’ upcoming salon shop. After I’m back from work, I had to deal with them till late night, wasting most of my time and effort on explaining many things they find it hard to understand. Couldn’t blame them since it is not their field. Finally, my part is considered mostly done for now, and I can catch a movie for a bit of entertainment this week at least. What’s the most recent movie that is not to be missed? Yes, it must be the ‘Fast and Furious 7’, latest instalment of the popular street-racing themed movie franchise that starred Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, etc.

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Everyone is also very keen to watch this because it’s the last film for Paul Walker, an actor who died in a single-car accident two years ago while the filming is still taking place. Fortunately, many of his scenes were completed, and CGI, extra effects and his brothers were brought in later to cover the remaining scenes. We wanted to see his last work as we will no longer see him in future films anymore (so sad). And I’m glad that the film did very well especially in the ending scene that is specially created as a tribute to this great actor. I heard many were moved to tears when seeing the flashback scenes of him in the first six films in the franchise and then he drove off to the sunset (very beautiful and meaningful). What a moving conclusion to the film. This film is for Paul.

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As for the whole movie, ‘Fast and Furious 7’ is absolutely fantastic. The actions are a lot and will surely put you to the edge of your seat. Eventhough most of the action sequences are over-the-top, but we definitely enjoyed it and didn’t bother of its illogicality. There are gun fights, martial arts fight, street fighting using tools, explosions, collapses, cyber-hacking, and of course, car racing; the main theme of the movie that it never gets away from. So many things, and all are intense. You wouldn’t want to close your eyes for a second while watching this exhilarating piece of work.

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There is nothing to comment on the acting as everyone delivered average performances only in this category. This film isn’t for showcasing acting ability. It’s to showcase actions, and it delivered way over as I mentioned earlier. It raises the bar compared to the first six films. The camera works are also very good, particularly highlighted in several moments. James Wan is a perfect choice to direct this film. He is talented and could still direct other genres very well besides than horror movies he is famous for (Saw, The Conjuring, etc). And he is a Malaysian born. ‘Fast and Furious 7’ toppled the rest to become the best film for the first quarter of the year so far. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Fast and Furious 7’ a total of 8.0. Crazily intense, exciting and moving. This movie is going to make huge money in box office worldwide. Don’t miss this one.

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Surprised that KL is in the top 21 finalists for the selection of New 7 Wonders Cities.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2014 by vincentloy

Back in year 2000, there was an initiative to officially choose Wonders of the World due to the varying selections worldwide on this prestigious title. Organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, a seven-year long campaign was held and the result was finally announced in 2007. Great Pyramids of Giza is not contested as it is awarded with honorary title as the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. The New 7 Wonders of the World are Great Wall of China, Petra, Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal and Christ the Redeemer.

Right after that, another campaign is organized to select the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It ended in 2011 with the result as follow: Amazon Rainforest, Jeju Island, Halong Bay, Iguazu Fall, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Komodo Island and Table Mountain. The New7Wonders Foundation didn’t stop there, as they are now in the campaign of selecting the New 7 Wonders Cities. Started in 2012, more than 1200 cities from over 220 countries across the world are listed and opened to be voted by the general public.

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Then, the list eventually narrowed down to 300, then to 77, and to 28 for the finalist phases. Currently, there are only 21 finalist cities and if you want to vote seven out of them, here’s the link to its official voting website: https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities. The 21 finalists are Bangkok, Mendoza, Havana, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Seoul, Durban, Doha, Barcelona, Quito, Saint Petersburg, Vigan, La Paz, London, Perth, Reykjavik, Shenzhen, Chicago, Istanbul, and Mexico City. The bold ones are my picks. I wonder how many of my picks got into the final prestigious top 7 list.

This current top 21 list will be further narrowed down to top 14 by 7 October 2014, and then the final New 7 Wonders Cities list will be announced on 7 December 2014.

First of all, I’m quite surprised by the current top 21 finalists. Popular major cities like New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney aren’t present. Even other beautiful cities like Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Melbourne, Washington and Athens are no where to be seen. I’m now confused how the others vote and what do they think of seriously when they are voting. There are so many unpopular cities that are shockingly successful on being listed in the top 21. Huh…It’s not easy to be the top 21 out of over 1200 cities and I’m very curious on how most of the presently listed 21 cities advanced into this final stage.

But I’m obviously glad that my home city, Kuala Lumpur made it into the list. What a happy news to my country. Looking from this top 21 list, I think KL has quite a high chance to be in the final New 7 Wonders Cities’ list. Wishing that my city, KL would be able to be listed in the final New 7 Wonders Cities official selection. It will make the country and all Malaysians proud and happy. I have to say that Kuala Lumpur is really a vibrant, nice and beautiful city.

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Kindly vote and support my city if you have the free time to do so. I have provided the website’s link earlier. It’s easy to vote too. Thanks.

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8D 7N CNY 2014 Trip to Yunnan, China

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2014 by vincentloy

Finally, I’m back. What a trip! If you didn’t know, the reason I’m not here updating my blog for over a week is that I’m away for an oversea family trip to Yunnan, China from 1 Feb to 8 Feb 2014 during the Chinese New Year break. I had just returned to Malaysia yesterday’s night, and it was overall an exhausting trip. Here below are the highlights of this trip that I wish to share with you. Right after the list of places I have visited, there is a star rating I awarded based on my experience for that particular tourist destination.

Ok. I promised. More photos than words this time to make this post not that long or boring. By the way, this is one of the not-so-good trips I ever had. I’m not feeling well most of the time (reasons: oily food, place at very high altitude, throat not well even before the trip started), and some places (I mean quite a lot) are nothing spectacular or worthy to visit.

Feb 1 (Saturday) Kuala Lumpur – Kunming

– Afternoon flight to Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, China by AirAsia. Took a little less than 4 hours. Flight of this duration is still bearable, but the cabin space is too tight (that’s usual for AirAsia planes). No tourist destination to visit today. Head for dinner and then back to hotel for rest.

Feb 2 (Sunday) Kunming 

Stone Forest ***

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– Admitted to hospital for about 6 hours due to extreme stomach pain in the early morning. Hence, skipped the first destination: Stone Forest. But luckily managed to join back the tour later on.

Jiuxang Scenic Area ****

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– The boat tour along the small canyon is too short. The caves are made beautiful mostly by the colourful artificial lights. Still there are some beautiful cave formations to see. This place comes with over 700 steps as mentioned by tour guide. Very tiring.

Colourful Yunnan **

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– Nothing to visit here except some shops selling some of Yunnan’s distinctive stuff but in higher price. We spend the time walking around bored and feeding fishes on the pond.

Feb 3 (Monday) Kunming – Dali

Dinosaur Valley ****

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– This is the most interesting of the whole trip. It’s like we have entered China’s Jurassic Park. We got to see a museum featuring countless dinosaur fossils (my first time seeing all these) and got to learn about the species once dominated this valley before their extinction. But the 4D show provided here is disappointing.

Feb 4 (Tuesday) Dali – Lijiang

Mount Cangshan **

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– Another letdown. We took a cable car up to this mountain and there is nothing spectacular to see from there, except a huge Chinese chess board, a small pond with crystal clear water and some typical waterfalls.

Dali Ancient Town ***

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– Looking at the town from the gate tower makes me feel that I’m in a TVB ancient drama’s shooting. The feeling is great but when it comes to walking down and touring the streets, the ‘ancient’ atmosphere gone. They shouldn’t allow cars or motorbikes to go in (except than tourist shuttle car).

Residential Houses of Bai Minority ***

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– We got to see the courtyard-houses here, but we do see things like this in Malaysia too. Hence, nothing new. The 3-course tea ceremony and the short dancing show featuring costumes and wedding tradition of people of Bai Minority are fine.

Feb 5 (Wednesday) Lijiang

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain ****

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– For visit to this mountain, we had to purposely wake up at 4.00 am and had to go early to the place to avoid massive crowd. But still as we reached there around 6 to 7 am, there were a lot of people queuing already. Wasted few hours just to queue. Hate it. But the view at the mountain is really magnificent and breathtaking. I mean literally breathtaking as we were lack of breath at 4506 metres above sea level. We had to purchase small oxygen tank to breath smoothly. That is the highest point I had ever step on, and it is even higher than Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu.

Baishui River and Blue Moon Valley (at the mountain scenic area) ***

– Just pass by and is amazed by the crystal clear water and picturesque surrounding at this place.

Impression of Lijiang (performance show) ****

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– Quite an interesting performance show directed by acclaimed director, Zhang Yimou set against the Snow Mountain that acts as a beautiful natural backdrop to the performance.

Jade Water Village **

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– Nothing interesting to see in this village. It’s more like a park, and more relevant to jog and relax there rather than visit the place as a tourist. Fishes in the several ponds here turn out more appealing.

Lijiang Ancient Town ****

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– Beautiful traditional architecture observed here. Wonderful atmosphere in this huge area of ancient plazas, streets, restaurants, pubs and shops rich in heritage value. But we don’t have enough time here.

Feb 6 (Thursday) Lijiang – Shangri La 

Tiger Leaping Gorge ****

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– We are now at much higher altitude. And this tourist destination comes with few hundred steps again. Very tiring. But the view offered below near the canyon is quite impressive. The wind here is so strong and I felt freaking cold. Worth visit anyway.

Feb 7 (Friday) Shangri La (Zhongdian) – Kunming

Pudacuo National Park **

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– Before I came to visit Shangri La (formerly known as Zhongdian), my impression of the place is very beautiful, spectacular, mostly untouched from outer world, like a heaven on Earth. But when I visited the place, it’s nothing more than a small town with small population surrounded by mountains, and that’s it. Nothing more. Another major disappointment. Even this national park offers simply nothing to ‘wow’ us. The two lakes we visited in the park are nothing extraordinary.

Songzanlin Monastery ***

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– This is a slightly smaller version of the Tibet’s Potala Palace.

Feb 8 (Saturday) Kunming – Kuala Lumpur

Yuantong Temple **

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– Just a typical Chinese temple in Kunming city.

Jinma Biji Archway **

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– Considered as the ‘heart’ of Kunming, the plaza features two traditional Chinese archways, and that’s it. The plaza is surrounded by bustling streets, roads and buildings.

Flower Market ***

– The last destination before the trip ends. A huge indoor market selling variety of items like snacks, coffees, jades, herbs and mostly flower-related items. I hate it when the layout or circulation of the market forced us to pass through all the stores before exiting the building.

Generally, this trip is quite of a disappointment rather than an excitement. The beauty of nature offered the most from this trip isn’t that fascinating and failed to had me ‘wow’ including the supposingly exotic Shangri La. The very unhygienic public toilets and the typical rude behaviours of the local people made the trip worst. Also not to forget the extreme dryness and coldness of the weather there which made us all not feeling well throughout the trip especially when it comes to its last few days.

Movie review: Princess and Seven Kungfu Masters (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by vincentloy

A Cantonese movie directed by Wong Jing (popular for producing slapstick comedy) and starred a great number of highly popular Hong Kong casts (Sandra Ng, Wong Cho Lam, Ronald Cheng, Sammo Hung, Yuen Wah, Eric Tsang, etc). This is a must-watch for me. After failing to watch it last weekend (it’s our first choice but there are no more seats left, so we picked ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’), we finally made it this time after purchasing the movie tickets four hours earlier.

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Wong Jing’s production is always a comedy with ‘mo-lei-tau’ (illogical, mindless) style. Some might not like it, but for most who came for entertainment and pure fun, ‘Princess and Seven Kungfu Masters’ is a right pick. I enjoyed the movie a lot, mainly because it is seriously funny. The collaborations between all the very famous casts are very good, and it’s hard to see so many talented comedy stars in a single film. Their great chemistry added with extremely funny scripts and many hilarious moments really made my day. It gives me a great entertainment and is indeed the most hilarious kungfu blockbuster. Something like kungfu should be serious, but in this one it’s given a comedic touch. Good one!

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The film tells the story of a peaceful town called as Lucky Town, home to seven kungfu masters whom wanted to enjoy their ordinary life in that place. However, the intrusion of Japanese invaders and a group of traitor gang by first attacking the General (warlord) has lead to the seven kungfu masters to come up and fight against them. A beautiful princess (daughter of the general) appears and one of the seven masters felt in love with her. So, it’s some kind of a Snow White fairy tale mixed with Chinese kungfu and mindless comedy. And the combination works perfectly well in this movie.

I can assure you that you wouldn’t find any part boring from this film. The pace of the story goes fast, from the introduction of each characters and their developments (none of them are left out in screen time) to the arrival of the baddies. But I find the storyline to be quite predictable from movies like this one, and that nowadays, they always choose Japanese people to be on the villain side in their movies. Anyway, all that doesn’t matter as the main selling point of this movie is still the hilarious things it delivers. When I recall back some hilarious scenes from this film (the part Ronald hiding himself at the advertisement board wearing ‘colourfully’ like a girl, the part Yuen Wah and Cho Lam finding way to kill each other, and seriously many more), I can still laugh now. Sorry for that little spoiler.And one of the kungfu masters died in the end. Guess who is that?

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I enjoyed the movie very much. Everyone did their roles very well and shown the best out of the characters. There should be no problem from them, since they are very experienced and talented in portraying comedic roles. I can say this is one of Wong Jing’s signature comedy films up to date. Some things are too over-the-top or not making any sense, but this is just for pure fun and laughter. So, I’m okay with all that. A great entertaining film. Out of 10 points, I rate this one 7.4. There are a lot of kungfu scenes too. Don’t forget to watch the NG scenes played when the credits start showing. It’s very funny!

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