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Today marks the 9th anniversary of my blog!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2017 by vincentloy

My blog is celebrating its 9th birthday today! It is now 9 years old. Wonderful!

28th September 2008 was the day I first created my blog here under WordPress platform and I wrote my first ever post in a very informal and brief delivery. Now, I have over 1900 posts containing multiple informative articles, critical news and analysis, content reviews, or just a personal diary of what I have been going through from time to time. At first, I didn’t expect that my passion in blogging would come to this far, and not to mention that I have produced over 1900 posts to date. I have to be very excited and proud of myself for that!

Actually, in these few months, I do have a lot more in my mind to write in my blog here. However, I don’t have the time for it as I’m currently being overwhelmed with my thesis work. I promised that I will get back to my blog here actively right after I finish my thesis. And that would be end of this November. Two more months to go and I’m free to return to my hobbies (blogging included).

One more year to go and my blog will be reaching the one decade anniversary’s milestone. And for now, Happy 9th birthday to my blog again and wishing for me and my blog to have another awesome 9 years ahead!

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I.M. Pei, an architect who had just celebrated his 100th birthday.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2017 by vincentloy

I.M.Pei, a renowned Chinese-American architect has just turned 100 years old few days ago. A lot of major architecture websites do share news of his centenary birthday and a glimpse of his architectural projects under his career that spanned over six decades. He defied the typical saying that ‘architect do dies early due to the stress, heavy workload and constantly being all-nighter’.

Born on 26th April 1917 in Guangzhou, China, I.M.Pei moved to USA and studied architecture in University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was inspired by works by Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer during his years in architectural education. He was particular fascinated by modern architecture and International Style.

I.M.Pei’s design style is described as modernist with significant cubist themes. He is known for combining traditional architectural elements with progressive designs based on simple geometric patterns. He has designed over 70 projects across the world and has received multiple awards and honors such as the Pritzker Prize (known as Nobel Prize of architecture) in 1983, AIA Gold Medal in 1979, Royal Gold Medal in 2010, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, etc.

Here below are 10 of his most iconic works:

131 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, USA (1949) – I.M.Pei’s first project.

Luce Memorial Chapel, Taichung, Taiwan (1963)

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, USA (1973)

OCBC Centre, Singapore (1976)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston, USA (1979)

Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, China (1989)

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA (1989)

Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France (1993)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, USA (1995)

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar (2008)

Looking just at 10 of his works above, you will obviously notice that he applied strong geometrical shapes into his design. It has become his signature approach in architecture. He designed a variety of projects ranging from community centers to highrise towers. He is no doubt one of the greatest living architects of our generation.

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Today marks 8th anniversary of my blog.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2016 by vincentloy

Happy 8th Anniversary to the blog!

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My blog here has just recently reached some great milestones; gained over 3 million views, attracted over 220 followers and produced over 1800 posts. And today is the day to top it off as the blog is celebrating its 8th birthday today!

It has been a wonderful 8 years since I created this blog. I believe I have been writing a lot of cool stuff as well as some nonsense ones in the past 8 years (and more to come). Well, this is my blog…I have whatever freedom I have to type anything I like as long as it did not violate, insult or breach any rules or parties. This is a great online platform for me to share and express my thoughts and feelings on certain issues I’m interested or involved in. This site is accessible to everyone across the world, unless you have no internet connection. So, you are welcomed to visit my blog here any time or any where you want. Your support and visit to my site is what inspired me to continue updating my blog here.

When I first started this blog, I never thought of coming to this far. For your information, before the birth of this blog, I have had actually created another blog earlier but I have dumped it off and focus on this one instead. Now I couldn’t even remember where my previous blog (that is my first ever attempt on blogging) is located at. But I think since it has been inactive for so many years (10 years or something), I guess it would have been automatically removed and I have no issue with that. From 2008 onward, this site is the only blog I’m attached to…and then time flies, and 8 years have gone. And I’m still here, constantly updating my blog.

Actually in my mind, I have some ideas to expand and roll out new features and improvements for this blog. I also have plan to upgrade my blog’s media storage capacity, purchase and set the blog’s web address to my own domain. I guess these are going to be done in stages soon, to give fresh new appearance to my blog that has been around with the same face and style for the past 8 years.

Alright. That’s it for my post today, created to mark this very special day for my blog here that is now 8 years old.

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Special post to mark Cesar Pelli’s 88th birthday. An amazing architect specialized in skyscrapers.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2014 by vincentloy

Cesar Pelli, one of the famous living architects in the world, turned 88 yesterday. His current age is coincidentally similar to the number of floors of the tallest completed building he had ever designed. Try to guess what building is that….okay, it is the 88 floors’ Petronas Twin Towers, which when built, was the world’s tallest buildings. Now, the twin towers remain as the tallest twin buildings in the world at a height of 452 metres. This blog post is specially dedicated as a tribute to this wonderful architect.

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Cesar Pelli is an Argentine American architect known for designing skyscrapers and also urban landmarks across the world. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) listed Pelli as among the ten most influential living American architects. His contribution to the architecture across the world led to him being presented with multiple awards and honors such as the 1995 AIA Gold Medal, AgaKhan award, honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Yale University, The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2008, etc.

Some of his famous works are World Financial Center at New York City (first image below), One Canada Square at London, Key Tower at Ohio, Bank of America Corporate Center at Charlotte (second image below), Petronas Twin Towers at Kuala Lumpur (third image below), Ratner Athletics Center at Chicago (fourth image below), Two International Finance Centre at Hong Kong (fifth image below), Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts at Miami (sixth image below), One Park West at Liverpool (seventh image below), Torre de Cristal at Madrid, Connecticut Science Center at Connecticut, IFC at Shanghai, and The Landmark at Abu Dhabi.

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His most outstanding work is none other than the Petronas Twin Towers, the buildings I got to see everyday as I’m living in KL. I also like the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts he designed (mentioned above). He is one great man in architecture especially when it comes to designing highrise buildings, a field of which I’m very interested on. He can be regarded as the Father of Modern Skyscrapers alongside with another superb architect in this field, Adrian Smith (who designed Burj Khalifa, Jin Mao Tower, etc). Happy Birthday to Cesar Pelli! Despite reaching 88 years old, he still remains quite actively as one of the Senior Principal Architects in the firm he founded; Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. His contribution to the world’s architecture is immense and priceless and he is no doubt one of the living architects I admired the most.

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

Jackie Chan is now 60 years old. Blog’s post in honour of this superstar.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2014 by vincentloy

Jackie Chan celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday! Couldn’t believe he is now 60. It would be weird if you didn’t know who he is. He needs no further introduction but I’ll just summarize a bit of his background on this post which is dedicated in honour of this wonderful person. Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong superstar, taking the roles of an actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, singer and stunt performer. He has received honourable stars both on Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

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His popularity on both East and West of the world is undeniable. He is famously known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons and innovative stunts in most of his trademark films. He is also highly famous for bravely performing all the dangerous stunts required in a film by himself. I really respect his passion and sincerity into producing truly ‘honest’ films. No doubles. I had been watching many of his films (mostly action-comedy, martial-arts based and crime thriller) from my childhood years onwards. I enjoyed most of his films.

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And do you know that he had been in acting career from 1960s and had now appeared in over 150 films, a record-breaking figure. Some of his films that are still my favourites after so many years are ‘Project A’ movie franchise, ‘Armor of God’ movie franchise, ‘Police Story’ movie franchise (particularly the one he shot the film in Malaysia with Michelle Yeoh and also another one named ‘New Police Story’ with Daniel Wu as the villain), ‘The Myth’, ‘Rob-b-hood’, ‘CZ12’. Also not to forget some of his great Hollywood films like ‘Rush Hour’ movie franchise, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, ‘ The Spy Next Door’, ‘The Karate Kid’, etc. He is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having performed many theme songs for the films he was involved in.

Everybody knows who he is. His celebrity status? Hmm…I think he is by far the most famous living Asian person, having had success on his homeland, Hong Kong and also abroad, over at Hollywood. He is now 60 years old and I really admire his strength and effort on continuing to act and produce films (especially those that require him to perform stunts). I have heard previously that ‘CZ12’ is going to be his last action films (I was a bit sad that time but I think it maybe a right choice looking at his age), but then he still went on with ‘The Police Story 2013′, his latest released work. Happy that he won’t retire anytime soon.

In honour of his 60th birthday, he held a special charity concert on last weekend at Beijing. Many famous artists like Jay Chou, Wang lee-hom, Nicholas Tse and Leo Ku attended the event held at Beijing Workers’ Stadium. I’m surprised that he is not holding the event of his big day back at Hong Kong. I think now he is focusing more on works at mainland China. Well, happy birthday to him! Will never forget his immense passion and contribution to world film-making. Truly a legend and an international superstar.

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

Facebook is now 10 years old! Happy 10th anniversary to Facebook!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by vincentloy

Happy Birthday to Facebook! This social networking site which first started in a humble manner is now one of the world’s most famous websites on the internet. It is also the second most popular website in the world, just behind Google, the search engine. I believed everyone that read my blog here would have his or her own Facebook account. Some may even have two or more just for fun. This post is in dedication to celebrate the amazing 10th anniversary of Facebook. Let us look back into a bit of history on the founding of Facebook.

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Facebook was founded on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students; Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but due to extreme popularity and support it gained, it later expanded to colleges, high schools and finally to everyone with access to internet across the world except than in few countries where it is banned. Luckily, in Malaysia, we can use it.

Thanks to their innovative ideas and creation, we have now had a brilliant medium to share and connect with the online social community. We can simply do so many things; updating our status, sharing our feelings, uploading photos, albums or videos, playing games with friends, tagging friends, liking friend’s posts, sending messages, creating groups, events or pages, online chatting, adjusting our own profile, discussing latest news, etc. It is just so convenient. It breaks border and boundary. Facebook must be the first website you open once a day starts. Right? In current days, it is like we couldn’t live without Facebook.

Having over 1 billion monthly active users, we couldn’t question the impact that Facebook has generated to the present society across the world. In fact, I have read Mark Zuckerberg’s post on his feeling to Facebook’s 10th anniversary and I’m quite touched by his message. You can read it here: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101250930776491 .  The CEO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, clarified “He (Mark) always said Facebook was started not just to be a company, but to fulfill a vision of connecting the world”. And he, now a billionaire, made it. Facebook page has changed over the years, but its objective remains solid and clear.

In conjunction with Facebook’s 10th birthday, everyone of us (Facebook users) got to see our personal look-back clip and we may choose whether to share it or keep it to ourself. Nice work but I wish the video to be slightly longer (now it’s only taking 1 minute and 2 second). The clip reminded me that I joined Facebook in 2008. So, I have been in the site for 6 years. Not bad. Coincidentally, 2008 was also the year I started out this blog. Anyway, Happy Birthday once again to Facebook! Congratulations for what it has become and achieve today!

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Happy 10th Anniversary, Facebook!

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Highlight of the 50th Golden Horse Awards

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2013 by vincentloy

Golden Horse Awards is an annual awards presentation in Taiwan to honour the best of Chinese films. Regarded as the ‘Oscars of the Chinese-speaking world’, this year marks the 50th edition of the awards. Couldn’t believe that the awards had been held for half a century. In conjunction with its 50th birthday, everything gets much larger and prestigious and the awards receive the highest ever global media exposure and interest of the worldwide audiences.

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Maggie Cheung, the four-times best actress winner (highest number of wins) was the ambassador of the awards while the critically-acclaimed two-time winning Oscar director, Ang Lee was the head of jury. Films from Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore were nominated this year. The awards ceremony was attended by the largest ever superstars whom include Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Nick Cheung, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Carol Cheng, Zhang Ziyi, Jackie Chan, Sylvia Chang, Tsai-chin, etc. I recognized mostly Hong Kong artistes only. Kevin Tsai hosted the show.

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Hereby is the list of nominations released early October with the winner highlighted in bold.

Best Feature Film
Drug War (China/Hong Kong)
The Grandmaster (Hong Kong/China)
Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
Stray Dogs (Taiwan)
Touch of Sin (China/Japan)

Best Director
Chung Mong-hong, Soul
Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin
Johnnie To, Drug War
Tsai Ming-liang, Stray Dogs
Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster

Best New Director
Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo
Hsu Chao-jen, Together
Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, Cold War
Juno Mak, Rigor Mortis
Zhao Wei, So Young

Best Leading Actor
Nick Cheung, Unbeatable
Lee Kang-sheng; Stray Dogs
Tony Leung Chiu-wai, The Grandmaster
Tony Leung Ka-fai, Cold War
Jimmy Wang, Soul

Best Leading Actress
Sammi Cheng, Blind Detective
Gwei Lun-mei, Christmas Rose
Cherry Ngan, The Way We Dance
Shu Qi, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster

Best Supporting Actor
Chen Tian Wen, Ilo Ilo
Huang Bo, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
LI Xuejian, Back to 1942
Eddie Peng, Unbeatable
Tong Dawei, American Dreams in China

Best Supporting Actress
Crystal Lee, Unbeatable
Lin Mei-hsiu, To My Dear Granny
Susan Shaw, Tales from the Dark Part 1
Xue Hong, Longing for the Rain
Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo

Best New Performer
Dong Zijian, Young Style
Huang Shao-yang, Together
Koh Jia Ler, Ilo Ilo
Kuo Shu-yau, Step Back to Glory
Yang Liang-yu, A Time in Quchi

Best Original Screenplay
Anthony Chen; Ilo Ilo
Robert Chou, Zhang Ji, Aubrey Lam, American Dreams in China
Arthur Chu, To My Dear Granny
Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin
Wai Ka-fai, Yau Nai-hoi, Ryker Chan, Yu Xi, Drug War

Best Adapted Screenplay
Stephen Chow, Derek Kwok, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Li Qiang, So Young
Liu Zhenyun, Back to 1942

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
Yeh Ju-Feng
Liao Ching-Song
Tsai Ming-Hsiu

Best Cinematography
Nakashima Nagao, Soul.
Lu Yue, Back to 1942.
Yu Lik Wai, A Touch of Sin.
Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster.
Liao Pen Jung, Shong Woon Chong, and Lu Qing Xin, Stray Dogs.

Best Visual Effects
Chang Hong Song, Back to 1942.
Pierre Buffin, The Grandmaster.
In-Ho Lee, Jong Pill Kim, Ken Law, and Wing Tsang, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.
Enoch Chan, Rigor Mortis.
Chau Chi Shing, Chas, Chan Chi Ho, Lewis, Johnny Lin, and Shaun Su, When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep.

Best Art Direction
Chao Shih Hao, Soul.
Shi Hai Ying, Back to 1942.
Li Yang, So Young.
William Chang Suk Ping and Alfred Yau Wai Ming, The Grandmaster.
Penny Tsai Pei-Ling, When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep.

Best Make-Up and Costume Design
Tim Yip, Back to 1942.
William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster.
Bruce Yu Ka-on and Lee Pik Kwan, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.
Miggy Cheng, Phoebe Wong, Heidi Chun, and Kittichon Kunratchol, Rigor Mortis.
Dora Ng, American Dreams in China.

Best Action Choreography
Jackie Chan, He Jun, and JC Stunt Team, CZ12.
Shing Mak, The Way We Dance.
Yuen Wo Ping, The Grandmaster.
Ling Chi Wah, Unbeatable.
Stephen Chow and Ku Huen-chiu, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.

Best Original Film Score
Ricky Ho and Lin Ching-tai, Beyond Beauty, Taiwan from Above.
Patrick Jonsson, Bends.
Lim Giong, A Touch of Sin.
Wu Rui-Ran, A Time in Quchi.
Owen Wang, Zone Pro Site.

Best Short Film
DOWNSTREAM.
The Busy Young Psychic.
A Breath from the Bottom.
Butter Lamp.

Best Documentary
Boundary Revelation.
Pusu Qhuni.
Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Beyond Beauty, Taiwan from Above.

Best Original Film Song
“I Love You.” Lyric: Spark Chen. Composer: Spark Chen. Performer: Sleepy Dads. (Rock Me to the Moon).
“Make a Film.” Lyric: Ah Di-zai. Composer: Ah Di-zai and Liao Wei Chieh. Performer: One Two Three (Forever Love).
“To Youth.” Lyric: Li Qiang. Composer: Dou Peng. Performer: Wang Fei. (So Young).
“Jin Ma Mo Un.” Lyric: Ma Nien-Hsien. Composer: Ma Nien-Hsien. Performer: Ma Nien-Hsien. (Zone Pro Site).
“Old Love Song.” Lyric: Sonia Sui and Suming.Rupi. Composer: Suming Rupi.Performer: Kenny Bee. (Together).

Best Film Editing
Matthieu Laclau and Lin Xudong, A Touch of Sin.
William Chang Suk Ping, Benjamin Courtines, and Poon Hung Yiu, The Grandmaster.
Azrael Chung, Unbeatable.
David Richardson and Allen Leung, Drug War.
Xiao Yang, American Dreams in China.

Best Sound Effects
WU Shu-Yao and Lee Yu-Chih, Pusu Qhuni.
Tu Duu-Chih and Kuo Li Chi, Soul.
Robert Mackenzie and Trithep Wangpaiboon, The Grandmaster.
Phyllis Cheng, Unbeatable.
TU Duu-Chih and Kuo Li Chi, Stray Dogs.

Audience Choice Awards – The Grandmaster.

FIPRESCI Prize – Rigor Mortis.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Chen Chen.

‘The Grandmaster’ which received 11 nominations, the highest ever, won 5 (not including the audience choice awards), hence still becoming the biggest winner of the awards. However, the top honour; best feature film goes to ‘Ilo Ilo’, a Singaporean film which also won 3 other awards. It’s quite surprising that this Singaporean film could achieve that much. For the best leading actor, I was stunned when Lee Kang sheng for ‘Stray Dogs’ won it while earlier, I totally predicted that it was a fierce fight only between the three Hong Kong highly professional actors; Nick Cheung, and the two Tony Leung. I was wrong. I knew earlier already that Zhang Ziyi would win the best leading actress, but my favourite is still Sammi Cheng. She still had no fate with awards. Hope she will win best actress in near future as her acting is nevertheless impressive. In the media reporting after the awards, Ang Lee mentioned that Zhang Ziyi actually edged out Sammi Cheng closely in the best actress race after three rounds of voting. Luck is not on her side in the end.

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On the other hand, I am also glad that Tsai Ming-liang won the best director because he is actually from Malaysia (now living in Taiwan). Same goes to Yeo Yann Yann who won best supporting actress (also from Malaysia but live in Singapore now). The show started from 5.30pm for a star-studded red carpet segment of one and a half hour, before moving on to the awards presentation itself that took five hours. It finally ended on 12am midnight. What a long show. The attendees must be very hungry and tiring for sitting in so many hours straight. I watched several parts of it, and the ones I like the most are the clip showing of the former 49 best actor and actress winners. I was awed too by the last segment on which around 40 former best actor and actress winners came to stage with glamour to accompany Ang Lee and Hou Hsiao-hsien (Chairman of Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee) to present the final award; the best feature film.

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