I posted this a couple of days ago. It seems that Hong Kong acting couple Tony Leung and Carina Lau are indeed getting married in the lovely country of Bhutan next week. A bunch of folks, including the bride and groom, were spotted at Hong Kong International Airport last night boarding for flights bound for Bangkok. From there they will take a private jet to Bhutan. How exclusive!
I decided to check out “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” an ABC send-up featuring Tony Sano and Rome Kanda. Sano, a Japanese-American, plays something of a straight man to Kanda’s exaggerated Johnny Gilbert. It’s standard reality-TV fare—win the games, avoid eliminations, get a big cash prize. The only real twist is some “cultural learning” opportunities thrown in here and there. But the viewing left me with a few questions.
Danny Choo and a few other bloggers got together in Tokyo to (drum roll) “Rick Roll” the natives! All you newbs are probably wondering what “Rickrolling” is. Well it’s an online prank that involves the 1987 song Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up”. People would send the link to vulnerable friends that think the link is related to the topic but really it’s the video. Supposedly, over 18 million American adults have been rickrolled, including myself.
Anywho, this is probably the most 1337 form of the video I have yet to see. Pass it on to your friends: http://tinyurl.com/6b3yja
News and speculations of where Hong Kong famous acting couple Tony Leung and Carina Lau would get married have been flooding the Chinese newspapers and tabloids in the last few months. First it was the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, then it was somewhere in Bali, and now it appears that the couple will hold their wedding next week at the five star Uma Par Hotel in the lovely country of Bhutan.
I am not sure if everyone has seen David Beckham‘s Emporio Armani underwear ads but this is what I have been waking up to every morning for the last two months (The_View_From_My_Apartment.JPG). There is no denying that he is hot, but pretty soon he will have to share his limelight with the hottest Asian movie star Kaneshiro Takeshi. Yes! The half Japanese, half Taiwanese heartthrob has agreed to become Emporio Armani underwear’s first Asian male model. Words cannot describe how excited I am now.
Yoo Ye Eun was born blind but that doesn’t mean anything to her. Without any piano lessons what so ever, this little girl can play the piano beautifully. Although it’s not perfect, keep in mind she’s self taught aka plays by ear in addition to being blind; if that’s not talent than I don’t know what is.
She’s been featured on a popular Korean TV show called Star King. Apparently her act has been one of the most tear jerking in the history of the show. I can see why. This little girl is one to break you heart just by watching her play. Also while she plays, she sings. It’s too cute. Britain’s Got Talent’s Connie Talbot makes an appearance on the show too and does a duet with Yoo Ye Eun.
But the good news is that an entrepreneur in Jordan wants to “cure her eyes” and “invest in her future”.
Pictures will be available and added later.
Alvin has already blogged about the most awesome event ever known to man yesterday from an attendee’s point of view, so I thought I would give you an inside scoop of what went on behind the scenes and a detailed version of what went on during the event.
13 Hours Before, there were a lot of issues along the way. With only 3 weeks to plan this event, you can only imagine how much time and effort was put into this. But with the awesome team of event promoters (Nancy Bulalacao, Ron Kim, Phil Lam, Minya Oh, David Hou and Hoc Poeng), the event went really smoothly – well for the most part. All of us who were involved, we all barely had time to sleep and eat. I’m surprised I even had time to shower! Even though I wasn’t one of the promoters, I was still able to help out with the event by designing the graphics and being one of the photographers along with Tina C.
With the summer heat getting hotter and hotter (thank you global warming), everyone needs to cool down with a fan. However in Korea, it’s not quite as simple.
In South Korea, there’s an urban legend that says if an electric fan is left running overnight in a closed room, the people inside the room will die via suffocation, poisoning or hypothermia. So if you’re lucky enough to be in Korea during the summer with one of their crappy fans, you’ll notice that they shut off every few hours or have a timer on them. Some fans even require you to wind them up. Aren’t air conditioners wonderful?
It’s been a long week! Here’s your weekly music round up. There’s a new artist I found just yesterday and I thought she was really great so check her out.
Also if you haven’t already, buy tickets to the Rebuilding the Bridge Charity event. MOCA and several other sponsors have put it together to raise funds for the Sichuan earthquake victims. Even if you can’t attend, please donate.
Believe it or not, we had less then three weeks to plan Rebuilding the Bridge. Believe it or not, we had zero money - no budget - when we started. All we had at the start was an idea and five people with a burning desire to do something about the tragic, tragic earthquake in Sichuan, China. But what can five people do alone? We built a coalition and now five people became a unified community. The underlying premise was, “If Asians can’t come together for something so tragic, what will we come together for?” So this coalition of Asian non-profits, for-profits, old media, new media, political offices, and everything else became the body of a movement with compassion for a soul.
Now here we are, 13 hours away from one of the biggest, if not the biggest Asian charity event in NYC this year. In less than three weeks we secured Ryan Leslie, Planet B-Boy break dancing crews, J-Lim, Beau Sia, and Andrew Choi. We’ve had many artist and entertainers volunteer their time and services. Many of which we ultimately couldn’t fit. We’ve had an outpouring of support from Asian and non-Asian organizations and corporations alike. Without them, we would have no money, no venue, and no hope. All of those bricks were laid in less than three weeks.
I’m painting a rosy picture. Many times we were thinking it’s over; we just lost our venue, we just lost some sponsors, and we just lost our headline act (multiple times). All the issues and all the drama during this building process seems irrelevant now, staring at the event 13 hours in the future. When you think about the scale and reach of what we were doing and in the timeframe that we did it, literally a dozen small miracles had to have happened. Why put ourselves under such pressure to produce a show of this caliber in less than three weeks? This was the only timeframe we had to work with the Jabbawockeez…
So we lost our headline act about 4 days before the event; the act that we built this entire event around. As much as I want to get into why this happen, there are numerous reasons why it’s easier that I don’t. For the record, please don’t blame the Jabbawockeez members and managers for this. They really do care about what we’re trying to do and said that if they had a choice, they would be at our event in a heartbeat. They are the same guys that you’ve read about before this event, and the fame of winning America’s Best Dance Crew has not changed them one bit.
When you see a great opportunity, you should seize it like there is no tomorrow. No one understands this better than the ultimate gold digger ever so ambitious and opportunistic Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. Bitch just nabbed herself a billionaire fiance, as confirmed by the man himself at a recent corporate event in Idaho. The two started dating last year and I am sure she already hinted for the engagement ring on the first date. Bitch wastes no time. I give this marriage a year max. One word to her fiance—prenup!
It’s like this show gets more predictable and boring every week. The entire time I was just counting down to when it would end. Last week was a step up and I was hoping that would carry on to this week but I was sadly disappointed. This week the challenge was to “speed up”. Each crew had to go from slow to fast while incorporating a transition. There wasn’t anything better?
Had to fulfill my duty as a good Chinese son so took my folks to Taiwan for a week. Snapped a lot of pictures like a typical Asian tourist but these ones are really cool. I took these pictures at a place called Yehliu, a peninsula on the north coast of Taiwan. These are stones with bizarre shapes caused by sea erosion. Find out my interpretation after the jump.
I can’t really say just yet. There were many parties involved which made things chaotic. No need to vilify Jabbawockeez. I personally wish them the best.
A few weeks ago I blogged about how awesome Hana Yori Dango is and that Korea is now picking up the series. I also mentioned the movie for the Japanese version was coming out, and guess what? It did! Like the horrible fan that I am, I completely forgot about its release on June 28th. Regardless, the movie did extremely well.
“Gone Shopping,” written and directed by Li Lin Wee, will make its U.S. premiere at AAIFF on July 16. Films made in Singapore are a new, fast-growing addition to the Asian film market, and this one—an offbeat satire set in a shopping mall—has gotten some good buzz. But when I agreed to review this film, I didn’t know I had a personal connection to Singapore.
The members from America’s Best Dance Crew Boogie Bots and So Real know the power of Youtube. This past Fourth of July weekend, the two crews decided to make a video asking fans to vote for them to keep them in the top. The minute long video doesn’t really say much but it is a good laugh with all the “explosions and transformations”.
These two crews are my favorites in addition to ASIID and Super Crew and according to last week’s results, they were the top four. ASIID was slumping last week while the other top 3 crews blew the challenge out of the water. Although ASIID has been a long time favorite among fans, I hope their performance didn’t hurt them too badly.
If you haven’t voted, go here to vote for your favorite crews. Although voting has ended this week, you can vote for next week after the show on Thursday 10PM EST.
I have little or no coordination so I tend to stay away from tennis and games that require me to rapidly press buttons to a beat. However, this game was somewhat of an exception. It was recommended to me by a friend who is usually right about games being awesome so I decided to give it a whirl.
First of all, happy belated Fourth of July! Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend because Monday doesn’t wait for anyone. But anyways moving on, since I did a lot of Korean songs last week, I tried to stay away from them. There’s only one!
Next week I think I’ll feature my favorite Asian rock songs.