My blog is turning 10 years old today!


Yesterday is a significant day for Google as it was their 20th anniversary. Today (28th September 2018) on the other hand is a very meaningful and historic day for me as it marks the 10th anniversary of my blog here. A decade has gone since I browse through the web looking for a platform for blogging and then decided to join WordPress, create a profile and well, you know where it leads to now.

When I first started my blog here, I didn’t see any long-term plan or future for it. Back then, I was just a teenager having a sudden urge to create a blog that I think won’t last for long. A very simple and informal blog that allows me to express myself on the internet without thinking of going far. I am not seeking huge number of blog followers, increasing popularity or any exposure.

‘www.vincentloy.wordpress.com’ then went through its 1st anniversary, 2nd anniversary, and so on…until today, when it crosses yet another significant milestone; 10th anniversary! Now, it has nearly 3.5 million views and over 300 blog followers. Presently, my blog also has about 400 views daily on average. This particular post is my blog’s 2050th post and that means I have written over 2000 posts in these 10 years, all by myself. Well, that’s an astounding achievement that I can be proud of.

I didn’t expect that I can come to this far and that there will be a lot more 10 years for this blog. No matter how busy I am in the past, present or future, I would still dedicate some time here to share my stories or any interesting issues from sports and politics to travel and architecture to everyone. This blog has become part and parcel of my life eventually and it acts like my online diary now.

In the following 10 years, I’m looking to expand my blog with better content and graphic, and eager to improve on my writing for higher quality posts. This commenced right away with the obvious change of my blog’s layout theme. It looks very different now and it sets a refreshing path for years to come. I would also look into producing posts touching on broader topics while further refining on future posts related to certain fields that I’m attached to such as architecture. And soon, I would be having my personal domain name for my blog. These would be my goals and my future direction for my blog from this point onward. ‘www.vincentloy.wordpress.com’ will stay active as long as me and the internet are here.

Last but not least, Happy 10th Birthday to my blog once again!

 

 

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Movie review: One Direction – This Is Us (2013)


What is a concert film? It’s a type of documentary film, the subject of which is an extended live performance or concert by a musician. Basically, it’s a movie showing usually the best parts of a concert, superimposed with several other scenes related to the background and success of the particular star(s). This kind of movie would certainly please the fans, and usually not the movie critics. The first concert film I watched was back in 2011, and that is Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Now, it’s time for One Direction: This Is Us, released in 2013.

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The former is a movie solely on a single celebrity, while the latter centred on a band by five young British boys. One person to five. Which one do you think could manage to pull off for a movie of about one and a half hour? Of course One Direction: This Is Us. Sorry to Bieber’s fans. More people is an advantage to this type of movie that requires no ‘real’ plot. Hope you understand what I mean. You see, even in IMDB score, Bieber’s film only managed to get 1-2 points out of 10 while 1D got 3-4. But both had very low ratings there. I won’t give that low.

Okay, I will stop comparing. Let’s get back to ‘1D: This Is Us’. I’m glad that the movie shows a bit from the X-Factor competition where it all began for the five boys. If you didn’t know, they participated individually in the competition back in 2010, but then formed a group together under guidance by Simon Cowell. Despite only finished in third place, they continued to perform in the group and eventually achieved worldwide success and fame. The movie also offers several short talks with parents of each boys as expected. These parts should be heartfelt and emotional, but the movie only manages to achieve that minimally. But I think the movie did well and balanced on showing things from the five boys, mostly in group and also individually.

It is pretty engaging throughout the whole movie. It offered live singing of most of the popular songs by the band like ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘One Thing’, ‘Live While We’re Young’, etc. They performed very well and gives the movie a very energetic push, hence the movie successfully brought up the mood and joy of watching it.  I enjoyed their show seen from this film and it must have satisfied their fans too. We do see also the playful and fun side from One Direction, particularly when they were off-stage (in the bus, backstage, in camp, etc). I especially like the part when they put on make-ups to pull off pranks to their unknowing fans. The scene during the end credits is very hilarious too. The movie also highlighted their tireless lives going from one place to another to complete huge number of shows with passion and effort.

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And also as expected, we do see also a lot of crazy excited fans screaming throughout the movie. A bit annoying, but you have to bear with it when you are watching this kind of idol-on-the-spot movie. Well, it’s something cannot be denied that they have a very strong and huge fanbase all over the world. And I was like ‘wow’, by the extremely massive turnouts of their fans shown in the movie anywhere in the world. The movie also presents the strong friendship within them and it’s somewhat quite interesting to watch. Overall, this movie delivered to its objective, and is somehow enjoyable, cheerful and fun to watch despite I’m not a fans of the group. However, I do like some of their very hit songs and I don’t mind going for their concert in future (only if there is no excessive screaming by the die-hard female fans). Wait? Maybe they will come to perform in KL soon in the planned Where We Are Tour this year. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘One Direction: This Is Us’ a total of 7.4. A very good rating indeed.

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