I’m always so happy that the weekend is here, especially since this weekend is the mark of the beginning of the Olympics! Be sure to catch it on NBC at 7:30PM EST. Chances are you’ve seen the sneak peek of the opening and you’re probably thinking how awesome it’s going to be. Honestly, what’s better than magical whales? Anyways I hope the weather clears up for China tonight.
Back to the point, since today is 8/8/08 I’ve decided to do 8 videos instead of the usual 5. Now this week isn’t the usual music round up but rather music featured in some of the best games (most of which are Square Enix games :X ). I’m not bias but with great games comes some great music and these composers are legen – wait for it and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the second part is – dary. Enjoy and happy 8/8/08!
Today is my girl Faye Wong‘s birthday. Today also marks the opening of the XXIX Summer Olympics in Beijing. 8-8-08 is the most auspicious day in the Chinese calendar. Why? The number 8 sounds like the pronunciation for “Prosperity” in Mandarin or Cantonese. A lot of Chinese are getting married today. I am not surprised if many expecting Chinese moms are in the labor ward trying to push their babies out today, before the clock strikes twelve. I bet you can also spot a lot of Chinese in the casinos today, because gambling on Aug 8 will guarantee a sure win, for the owners of the casinos that is. I am going to get myself some Mega Millions lottery tickets after work today. Happy 08-08-08!
Took long enough to get here but we’re down to the bottom three. This week had two challenges that revolved around the 80’s; not nearly as fun or exciting as last season’s hip hop history challenge. I thought this challenge was completely rigged for Fanny Pak but after seeing the episode I guess it’s no surprise.
All three crews performed their first routine to the “groove step” challenge. Keep in mind they only had a week to prepare both routines.
Fifty one Korean beauties competed in the 2008 Miss Korea Pageant held on August 6th at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul. The winner? Definitely nothing compared to the previous years or even this year’s Mr. Hong Kong. Her name is Na Re Keum.
While the rest of her is really cute (and by that I mean the crown and her dress), that face of hers could use a few touch ups. Even the runner ups look more pleasant. She kind of reminds me of an ajuma covered in rhinestones.
As we gear up for next month’s release of Ping Pong Playa, here’s more of my conversation with Roger Fan. An interview is always about the artist’s thoughts. But we had such a great rapport, I couldn’t help but share a few of my own. Roger has a natural love for the human race that makes him an excellent listener. Here’s more on Asian film, American film, stereotypes, and Justin Lin.
IGN was ninja enough to go undercover (not really) and record footage of the upcoming handheld Square Enix games. Go DS and PSP! If you didn’t know, I’m a big Square Enix fan so I’m psyched to hear they’re pumping out a couple handheld games for the rest of the year. No more boring train rides!
Oh no!!! For months I have been looking forward to the ever so talented and classy Asian diva Faye Wong to come out of her retirement and release some kickass album but now it will never happen since my girl is rumored to have been sperminated knocked up once again. Faye already has two girls. She and her husband Li Yapeng want them to have a little baby brother so they are giving it another shot.
Earlier this month I reported about the famous Jdrama Hana Yori Dango was now coming to Korea. Well they’re still in the middle of casting which was supposed to end before August but they’ve extended it for another month. Just hurry up and grab a cute guy like Hero from DBSK and everything will be okay!
China has certainly had her fair share of natural disasters this year. A 6.1 magnitude struck China’s Sichuan province early this morning (NY time). It killed at least one person and seriously injured five others. The Sichuan region is still recovering from the after-effects of a devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake in May. The Olympics is only less than a week away so let’s hope there is no more natural disasters for China (or anywhere in the world) for a long long time. It’s time to send Sharon Stone‘s ass over there to do some cleaning up. Brainless big mouth needs to do some good to make it up to the Mainland Chinese.
The 2008 Mr. Hong Kong Pageant was held in Hong Kong this past Saturday. The title went to 23-year old Michael Tsu who is actually from the States (seriously, Hong Kong has run out of good looking guys). The event was hosted by veteran host Do Do Cheng, singer Miriam Yeung and actress Anna Yau. 12 men strutted their stuff infront of a sea of screaming cougars. These ladies must have mistaken this as The Chippendales show. They just couldn’t hide their excitement (08-03-08_Mr_Hong_Kong_3.JPG, 08-03-08_Mr_Hong_Kong_4.JPG). One even went as far as checking out the winner’s package (08-03-08_Mr_Hong_Kong_5.JPG). I don’t blame her. I would too if I was this close to him. Too bad they didn’t allow men to be in the audience. Otherwise I, along with the entire gay population of Hong Kong, would be there. TVB actress Christine Ng was among the screaming fans in the audience and joked that she brought along her own oxygen supply this year in case of emergency.
Finally someone caught on to the idea of bringing Japanese, Korean and Chinese artists together in one concert. Took them long enough! The concert will be featuring some of the most popular singers from the three nations like Chinese pop duo Yu Quan and trio F.I.R, Japanese Jazz group Ego-Wrappin and Korean songwriter Yi Sung Yol. Maybe Asian American artists will join the band wagon and it’ll really be the ultimate Asian concert.
Pizza Hut in Japan released a Pizza last year that had an interesting mixture of Hot Dogs in a Bun as the crust of a Pizza. Bizarre right? No of course not! After living in Korea, I have eaten the weirdest things but they all turned out to be really delicious like muffins with corn inside, red bean chocolate and a bunch of other abnormal things. I love each and every one of them and crave them extremely right now.
Yeah, I’m the lucky girl standing next to Roger Fan. When I finally met him at “Finishing the Game”’s New York City premiere last October, I felt like we’d known each other forever. Roger, one of the film’s stars, was the unofficial blogger of FTG’s 2007 Grassroots Tour. Besides spending most of the year at film festivals and campuses, connecting with the fans, Roger also spent countless hours documenting the tour in pictures and funny descriptions, much to the delight of rabid fans like me. If you got a MySpace comment from Finishing the Game, it was most often Roger’s doing. We emailed back and forth, and I teased him about how great he looked, bare-chested and suntan-oiled, as the cocky Breeze Loo circa 1973.
Then I interviewed him by phone while writing up Finishing the Game for a local newspaper. Truth be told, I was lucky the article got run at all. Asian-American film is pretty much off the radar where I live; I had only 850 words for a review of Finishing the Game AND a “wide angle” on Asians in Hollywood! But Roger, smart Brown alum that he is, gave me so much great material that would not fit in that tiny box. And I had the tall order of editing it and giving my fellow Midwesterners a taste of what’s happening in the Asian-American community.
Today was the release of the third addition to the The Mummy franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. The movie is expected to take a different approach to the series with new director Rob Cohen and writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Producer and writer of the previous two movies, Stephen Sommers wanted to do the third addition in a unique way different from the previous with a new bad guy and mythology.
It’s August already! Can you believe it? School will be starting soon for all you suckers out there. Hahaha Excited? I can only imagine.
Well I know lately I’ve been slacking on the round up but here’s a fresh batch of mostly new songs. I don’t most of the artists either so it was fun to here something new and different.
Next week I’m going to do another theme round up but this time it’s going to be game music as in music featured in games. I’ve been playing Final Fantasy IV for DS since it only came out a few weeks ago so I’m in the gaming mood. I found a lot of cool songs that I wanted to share but there’s so many good ones I’m still debating. Ha!
This week on ABDC, the crews had to emulate a Missy Elliot video while putting in their own flavor. It started out with an opening act of all the crews to a performance by Missy Elliot. It wasn’t that great and I barely remember it all together except for the random magic tricks. If anything, it was better than the Janet Jackson opening. Missy Elliot was also a guest judge tonight.