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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.

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

Prefer G.E.M. to take the champion of ‘I Am a Singer’ Season 2.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2014 by vincentloy

Once I got back home from office quite late just now, the first thing I did was to check whether Astro is showing the Finale of ‘I Am a Singer’ Season 2. Nope…that’s sad, but luckily, I managed to find an online link to watch the show live streaming. If you didn’t know, ‘I Am a Singer’ is a Chinese reality show that features talented singers from across Asia Pacific performing for a selected audiences, of which votes from the audiences will eliminate one singer every round (next round, a new singer will join) till the finale. This year, the show entered its second season.

The popularity of its first season was limited to mainland China only. This second season is much appealing as it has more younger participating singers and saw the presence of Malaysian singers too. I’m happy that our local artists, Shila Amzah, Gary Chaw and Victor Wong were in this competition and that the first two successfully entered the finale. But the person that introduces me to this show turned out to be G.E.M. (stage name) for Hong Kong female singer, Tang Tsz-kei.

Early this year, I saw a lot of my Facebook friends sharing videos of G.E.M. performing. Everyone is talking about it. I watched those clips and I was really amazed by her performances. I think that she isn’t that popular yet back in Hong Kong, but once after she joined this competition, she rose to stardom like a lightning. She went on taking the first place in several rounds before the finale as expected. She is beautiful, her voice is powerful and her singing talent is unquestionable. Here below is two of her performances in this competition:

Let’s move the spotlight a bit back to Shila Amzah. She decided to expand her singing career in China after winning Asian Wave Championship back in 2012. It is no doubt that she is a young talented girl from Malaysia. It’s a good opportunity here in ‘I Am a Singer 2’ for her to further sharpen her skills and improve her Mandarin language proficiency. Since she is a Malay, hence her performances (particularly in Chinese songs) stunned the audiences. Very well done. She had a great future ahead. Her ability to control her voice from lowest to highest pitch is incredible. Here below are two of her best performances in this show:

Hmm…but it turned out that it was Han Lei (a veteran singer from China) who took the champion just now in the finale. Who is he? I’m quite disappointed with the result, and I have to come to this conclusion that the audiences were more in favour of their local singers, particularly the more matured ones (Just my opinion). After watching the finale, I still feel that G.E.M. is more deserving, looking from all aspects. Now, she is the first runner-up. As for Shila, I think she had chosen songs that are not fit for her in the finale, hence putting her further from the top prize. However, she and Gary Chaw still managed to proceed to second round, making into the top 5. Considered a very good achievement already. This reality show’s result should be based on all the performances from the previous rounds for a better judgement.

A list of films in 2013 I had watched.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by vincentloy

Looking back to my compilation in my previous years for the total number of films released in that particular year that I had watched, this year’s figure shown a big drop. For year 2010, I had watched exactly 50. For 2011, I achieved a record-breaking figure; 68. In 2012, I had seen around 51. And for 2013, I had watched 53. Not only I had been watching lesser films in the last two years respectively, the number of TV series I watched also decreased. It is most probably because many movies released last year are not my type on which I would show no particular interest or desire to watch it in cinema or to download it.

Here below are the 48 Hollywood films I had watched together with my general rating out of five stars, and the ones in bold are my top 10 favourites of the year.

1. Texas Chainsaw 3D ***

2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters ****

3. Jack The Giant Slayer ****

4. Oz The Great And Powerful ****

5. Olympus Has Fallen ****

6. The Croods ***

7. G.I.Joe: Retaliation ****

8. Oblivion ***

9. Iron Man 3 ****

10. Aftershock ***

11. Fast And Furious 6 ****

12. Epic ****

13. Now You See Me ****

14. This Is The End **

15. Man Of Steel ****

16. Despicable Me 2 ***

17. Monsters University ***

18. World War Z ****

19. White House Down ****

20. Pacific Rim ****

21. RED 2 ***

22. The Conjuring ****

23. The Smurfs 2 ***

24. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters ***

25. Elysium ****

26. Kick-Ass 2 ***

27. Gravity *****

28. After Earth ***

29. Warm Bodies ****

30. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 ***

31. Curse Of Chucky ****

32. Thor: The Dark World ****

33. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire *****

34. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ****

35. Frozen *****

36. Captain Phillips *****

37. The Purge ****

38. Ender’s Game ****

39. We’re The Millers ***

40. Escape Plan ***

41. The Internship ****

42. Spiders **

43. Diana ***

44. One Direction: This Is Us ****

45. Scarecrow ***

46. The Wolf of Wall Street ***

47. Carrie ****

48. Wolf Creek 2 ***

Next would be the Hong Kong films in 2013 that I had watched and it’s only five listed below accompanied with general rating out of five stars, and the ones in bold are my top 2 favourites of the year.

1. Blind Detective ****

2. Hotel Deluxe ****

3. I Love Hong Kong 2013 **

4. Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons ***

5. Princess And The Seven Kung Fu Masters ****

Yup. This year I had watched none of local Malaysian films, Singaporean films or Taiwanese films. Hence, the final total number of films released throughout the year 2013 that I had watched is 53. Most of the films listed above have had my movie review posted in my blog here too. You may search it for my detailed analysis and thoughts over a particular film I had watched. I love to watch movies. That’s the time when I can sit back and relax, and then just enjoy the show. Movie is a good piece of entertainment. For this year (2014), I’m looking forward to several movies like Robocop, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Rio 2, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Maleficent, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1), The Hobbit: There And Back Again, Night At The Museum 3.

(Post updated on April 2014)

Movie review: I Love Hong Kong 2013

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by vincentloy

‘I Love Hong Kong 2013’ is a Hong Kong comedy film released on early February this year in conjunction with Chinese New Year and is the third film in ‘I Love Hong Kong’ film series. The first two in the series are some of the most entertaining lunar new year films I have ever watched. I remembered that I had a great laugh at the first two films in the series. When this third film was still on the theatrical run, I once had the desire to watch it with high anticipation. However, my sister came back with disappointing remark of the film and so I didn’t go for it that time.

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Now, I recall back that I missed out this movie and it has been four months from its release already. I watched it finally. Quite a weird feeling because there is no more Chinese New Year mood around which should be present to further enjoy the movie. ‘I Love Hong Kong 2013’ tells the life story of best friends, Sung Chi Hung (old portrayed by Alan Tam, young portrayed by Bosco Wong) and Ha Shek Lam (old portrayed by Natalis Chan, young portrayed by Michael Tse), whom both felt in love with the same girl (old portrayed by Veronica Yip, young portrayed by Kate Tsui) and turned enemies later on while Sung tries to protect their Chinese restaurant from foul forces. The film also stars Eric Tsang, Chris Lai, Pierre Ngo, Joyce Cheng, Koo Ming Wah, Benz Hui, Wong Cho Lam, Stanley Fung, etc.

The story is strong and solid which carries quite a number of meaningful and positive messages to viewers. This time, the story emphasized on moral values, family bond, awkward romance and most of all the priceless friendship. Since the story covers quite a lot of things, the story has to progress and develop without the opportunity to explore on producing laughters to viewers like in previous two films in the series. It is similarly intended to be a comedy film, but ‘I Love Hong Kong 2013’ fails in this category. I only had a single laugh or two from this one. The rest, just typical story telling involving the great number of casts that save the day a little. Now, it’s not that entertaining anymore.

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It is disappointing to see a Chinese New Year movie as plain as this one. People are obviously looking for fun as soon as they decided to watch it, but this movie had almost nothing for it. The hairstyle design is intended to be funny, but I find it only ugly. If ‘I Love Hong Kong 2013’ is added with more hilarious moments, then  it would be great. Luckily, there is still the other Hong Kong lunar new year movie, ‘Hotel Deluxe’ that achieved the objective. I had a great time watching ‘Hotel Deluxe’ last time rather than this. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘I Love Hong Kong 2013’ a total of only 6.0. Not that entertaining and not that hilarious as expected!

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

List of films released in 2012 that I have watched.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2012 by vincentloy

This year, I find myself not entering into cinema much already. This year, it seems that I had lesser opportunity to go out with friends or family for movies, and I watched most of the films at home. Furthermore, it appears that there are lesser number of interesting films released this year compared to previous year. In 2011, I broke record of having to have watched highest number of films released within that particular year at 66. Looking at my performance this year, I couldn’t manage to break that record set last year.

Of course, majority of the films released in 2012 that I have watched are mostly Hollywood as usual. Here below are the list of films in 2012 that I have watched along with a star-rating awarded (out of 5) from my perspective.

Hollywood films: (my personal top 10 favourites are in bold)

1. The Grey ***

2. Man on a Ledge ****

3. Chronicle ***

4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ****

5. Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance ***

6. This Means  War ***

7. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax ***

8. John Carter **

9. The Hunger Games ****

10. Mirror Mirror **

11. Wrath of the Titans ***

12. The Cabin in the Woods ***

13. The Avengers *****

14. Dark Shadows **

15. The Dictator ***

16. Battleship ****

17. Snow White and the Huntsman ****

18. Piranha 3DD ***

19. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ***

20. Prometheus ****

21. Brave ***

22. Ted **

23. The Amazing Spider-man ***

24. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift ***

25. The Dark Knight Rises ****

26. Total Recall *****

27. Paranorman ***

28. Resident Evil: Retribution ***

29. Hotel Transylvania ****

30. Skyfall ****

31. Life of Pi ****

32. Bait **** (Australian film)

33. Wrong Turn 5 ***

34. The Collection ***

35. The Impossible *****

36. Sinister ***

37. Wreck-it Ralph ****

38. Upside Down ****

39. Frankenweenie ****

40. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ****

41. The Dinosaur Project ****

42. The Bourne Legacy ***

43. Rise of the Guardians ****

44. Red Dawn ****

45. Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist ****

46. The Aggression Scale ****

Hong Kong films: (my personal top 3 favourites are in bold)

1. All’s Well, Ends Well 2012 ***

2. I Love Hong Kong 2012 *****

3. Romancing in Thin Air ***

4. The Viral Factor ****

5. CZ 12 ***** (my personal most favourite in this category)

6. Mr and Mrs Gambler ****

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Malaysian film: (watched only one)

1. Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes ***

And so the list ended. That’s it. Yes, that’s it. After a simple calculation including also the films that I am going to watch soon,  the total of films released in 2012 that I have watched stood at only 53 as of current. My previous year’s total is 68. That is like a huge difference. I watched 15 lesser films this year compared to last year which saw release of more interesting movies that are up to my favourites. Not to say that this year’s films are bad, but maybe the main reason is that I myself seldom go for movies this year and that I skipped quite a lot of potentially interesting movies this year due to certain reasons (lesser outings, tired everyday after work, prefer to stay at home every weekends, etc). Anyway, it is no doubt that I still watched quite a lot of films every year. Watching movies are my favourite hobby. It’s relaxing and comfortable, and at the same time, might taught us a lesson or two from the film itself too. It’s one of my greatest sources of entertainment.

So, based on my personal opinions, the top three most favourite Hollywood films of the year would be:

1. The Avengers

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2. The Dark Knight Rises

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3. Total Recall

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So, the two superhero films topped my list of favourites. They are brilliant films. The Avengers is so exciting that it’s like a thrilling ride when watching this movie that gathers several Marvel’s superheroes together in mission to save the world. The Dark Knight Rises is another big production and one of the most anticipated films of the year. It didn’t disappoint and it serves very well to the conclusion of this franchise. Total Recall made it into my top 3 list mainly because it’s adrenaline rushing all the way till the end watching this movie. It’s exciting, and full of action-packed sequences that steals the show. It turns out that my top 2 favourites (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises) are also the two highest grossing films of the year with The Avengers becoming the third highest grossing film of all time. You can also check out my movie review to each particular films I listed down in my blog here if you are interested. Looking forward to 2013’s films by now.

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

– Post updated on April 2013.

Movie review: I Love Hong Kong 2012 (2012)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2012 by vincentloy

I had a very good expectation for this 2012 Chinese New Year film from Hong Kong’s TVB because of the first film of the same title released for last year’s Chinese New Year. I Love Hong Kong back in 2011 was a very entertaining and hilarious film, and I must say it is the best comedic film of the year 2011, making it easily to be the best of all the Chinese New Year films. Same goes to this year, with I Love Hong Kong 2012 set to top the list for the best Chinese New Year film, with an amazing box office hit and overwhelming positive response.

I have to say honestly, that it is far better than All’s Well Ends Well 2012, just like in last year when I Love Hong Kong is also better than All’s Well Ends Well 2011. Eventhough Sandra Ng had migrated from I Love Hong Kong last year to this year’s All’s Well Ends Well 2012, but with strong script and humour aspects delivered from I Love Hong Kong 2012, the latter still comes out very much successful and far more hilarious and entertaining than all the others. I Love Hong Kong 2012 still had a very strong line up of casts; Eric Tsang, Denise Ho, Teresa Mo, Evergreen Mak, Bosco Wong, William So and extra credit to the old man in the film, Stanley Fung. Despite getting very old already, Stanley Fung is the one that made all of us laugh the most from the movie. Many funny scenes from him are very memorable and outstanding. I also do very like the part where a spoof of a famous movie last year called ‘You Are The Apple Of My Eye’ is shown. Haha…that is the funniest part that even brought down tears from my eyes…eventhough I didn’t watch ‘You Are The Apple Of My Eye’, but I can seriously see the humour from it being adapted into ‘I Love Hong Kong 2012’. Absolutely fantastic!

Of course some time there is no logic to the funny stuff created from this movie, but who cares?! The most important thing is that all are able to make us laugh. And this movie did it pretty excellent. It is hardly any time in between for us to chill down and relax our mouth, because every scenes would definitely have something that would entertain you to the most. Now I find my mouth a bit tired of excessive laughing just now in the cinema, along with all the other audiences which I can see obvious similar responses from them. There are no boring moments. This movie is seriously fun, interesting and entertaining to watch. There are also some yellow-minded hilarious stuff from this movie. Take it lightly, as all that are meant for laughing purpose.

This movie in the end is not only for us to enjoy and laugh, there are also valuable messages we can learnt from this movie which also touches on the importance of family and love. No matter it’s going to be the end of the world in some days on the future or not, we should appreciate the time we had with our family and cherish the moments with our loved ones. All these are delivered in a much lighter and entertaining approach which is very brilliantly done. The performance by the casts is good, and it seems that there is no bad thing from this movie to talk about.

The movie had a very similar beginning and ending with ‘I Love Hong Kong’ back last year. However, everything now is delivered in a different style but still retaining a very huge amount of funny scenes for all of us to enjoy. Remember to stay till the last part after the credit has started showing because there is another portion of funny stuff awaiting you from Stanley Fung on his address as a news reporter, telling on false news regarding Hong Kong in a very hilarious manner. Out of 10 points, I would rate ‘I Love Hong Kong 2012’ a total of 8.0 out of 10. A very light, entertaining, interesting and hilarious movie best suited for a wonderful Chinese New Year in welcoming year of dragon in 2012.

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. (Father of ‘I’) passed away

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2011 by vincentloy

What a shocking news! The co-founder of Apple company, who responsible for invention of I Phone, I Pad, I Pod as well as Macintosh (MAC) and had until recently only passed on the work to Tim Cook as the current CEO, due to deteriorating health problem, had passed away on Thursday morning (late Wednesday on American time). Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. He had also served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios, a member of Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company, and became executive producer of Toy Story (1995).

In current era of advanced technology especially on telecommunication products, no one would not recognize Steve Jobs. He is the man that brings us I Phone, most notably, carefully developing the product every year to serve for the customers on latest way technology can achieve (from I Phone to I Phone 4). Yesterday, the new I Phone 4S (not I Phone 5 as predicted) is introduced to the public by the new CEO, Tim Cook whom are being questioned on his ability to do the job as good as Steve Jobs, due to the lack of improvement on I Phone 4S. The latest product received not a very good feedback after all the hype of it.

Steve Jobs was definitely a professional in his working field. I Phone is the product that captured the attention of the whole globe, with many people now owning I Phone, knowing its wide variety of advantages. I personally didn’t have an I Phone, because I’m would prefer to stick to my usable phone by Sony Ericsson. Even of that, I do recognize the impact of I Phone production that Steve Jobs had brought  to us in telecommunication, networking, and entertainment purposes.

Steve Jobs had just resigned from his job as CEO of the world largest technology corporation on last August (two months ago), and it’s sad that he lost his battle to his health problem. His legacy would remains with continual development of his founding products for the benefits of the modern society. May he rest in peace, and condolences to his family. Today, the world had lost one of the greatest man in technology of current era.