Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sneak Peek to Fourth Season of Catfish: The TV Show by MTV

If you have been following the critically-acclaimed docu-series,  Catfish: The TV Shows that tackles the mystery and complexities of dating in a digital world, you will be please to know that it will be returning with its fourth season on Sunday, 22 March at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG), 8.30pm (MY), Tuesday, 24 March at 11am (PH), and Friday, 1 May at 8pm (TH).

The hour-long series is produced by Relativity Television and Catfish Picture Company LLC for MTV. It follows Nev Schulman, whose own online love drama was the subject of the Catfish film, and director-filmmaker Max Joseph as they take viewers to a personal journey with inside stories of young people as their online-only romantic relationships collide with first-time, real-life encounters.


Giving a different twist this season, co-host Max Joseph took a five-episode hiatus to make his feature film directorial debut with “We Are Your Friends,” starring Zac Efron. In Max’s absence, a variety of guest hosts, including MTV’s Charlamagne, Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, Recording Artist Angel Haze, YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley and actor Alex Shaffer will join Nev on investigations.


Viewers can go to www.mtvasia.com/catfish for sneak peeks of the show including bonus and extended scenes, plus exclusive interviews. For even more information and exclusive content, fans can visit Catfish: The TV Show Facebook page at facebook.com/MTVcatfish.


Image Credit: MTV 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Huayi 華藝節 2015 - 鈴凱:不再一个人

周圍的朋友都說,新加坡自孫燕姿與JJ林俊傑後,便再也沒有什麼出眾的歌手。真的是這樣嗎?Olivia Ong,鄭可為、Jeremy Teng,插班生等人都還不錯。而 Ling Lai 鈴凱這顆算是新星的她,我覺得經過一番琢磨後,她必能成為一顆閃耀的星。她那很有個性的模樣,可以讓她釋放出不一樣的光芒,或許能夠在國際的舞台上站得住腳。

但,她與觀眾的互動,還有待加強。有时候,不一定要在每一首歌后与观众互动,尤其如果那并非是本身的强项。也许是第一次办售票演唱会,格外兴奋,万千思绪想要与大家分享,然而在未整理好头绪便滔滔不绝,却又说到中途而卡在那边,只会落得尴尬场面。

《媽媽的傘》,每每聽,都幾乎落淚,很感動。曲中道出媽媽的偉大,也讓我回憶起童年時媽媽總拿把傘,也像把傘;為我遮風擋雨。現在看看年邁的媽媽,我究竟又為她做了些什麼呢?

她說,她沒有安排encorre曲,但其實,她急性彈奏演繹的《對你愛不完》反而令我更欣賞。虽然,朋友说她其实有一部分是唱错的。可是那一刻,她完全放鬆,彈著吉他時較奔放自由,將這首金典歌曲帶出些许新風貌。加油吧,鈴凱!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Grow Greatness with F&N MAGNOLIA Fresh Milk

Protecting the environment starts with YOU. Each one of us can do our part in reducing the carbon footprint and building a greener nation for our future generations by three simple steps - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Collectively, simple efforts have a big impact on the preservation of our planet.

F&N MAGNOLIA now uses F&N MAGNOLIA Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSCTM) milk cartons for their 1-litre milk packs as a global movement to protect Mother Nature. The FSCTM certification ensures that the paperboard used, comes from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources where new trees are planted to replace those harvested. Consumers can also contribute to the protection of the world’s forests and wildlife by selecting F&N MAGNOLIA, and also by recycling the F&N MAGNOLIA FSCTM milk cartons.


F&N MAGNOLIA has come up with The Growing Greatness campaign, inviting all Singaporeans to join the movement to care for the environment in a fun and interactive manner - recycling the new F&N MAGNOLIA FSCTM milk cartons as plant pots. This initiative not only meant to beautify our lives with greeneries, but also encourages a sense of responsibility in forging a better life for our families.

To kick start the campaign, with every purchase of two 1-litre packs of F&N Magnolia Fresh Milk, onsumers can redeem a stylish, eco-friendly bag for a limited period and while stocks last at supermarkets, hypermarkets and participating outlets.

In additional, every purchase of two 1-litre packs of F&N MAGNOLIA Fresh Milk entitles the consumers a Grow Greatness Starter Kit that comes with sachet of soil and a pack of plant seeds to help start the movement to Grow Greatness by planting, growing and caring for a beautiful flowering plant.


Grow Greatness Diary Instagram Contest
From now till 31 March, consumers can take snap shots of their ‘Grow Greatness’ plant grown in F&N MAGNOLIA FSCTM-certified cartons and upload them on instagram with hashtag #fnnmagnolia, #magnoliaFSC and #growgreatnessSG. Three lucky winners will each win a 3D2N family staycation at the eco-friendly Siloso Beach Resort at Sentosa. For more information, please visit F&N MAGNOLIA Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MagnoliaSG.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

[Musical Review] Let's Bo Bo Cha Cha with Great World Cabarets

The Great World Cabaret 《综艺大世界》 is a first ever collaboration between RWS and Singapore’s leading theatrical company, Dream Academy, featuring top local talents in performing arts.

The Great World is headlined by a different stand-up local comedian every week, including Mark Lee 李国煌, Hossan Leong 梁荣耀, Judee Tan 陈映奇 and “Broadway Beng” Sebastian Tan 陈瑞彪, and complemented by an illusionist, dancing girls, singers, acrobats and more.

This entertaining live theatrical variety show is created by prolific local comedienne, Selena Tan 陈美廩, founder of Dream Academy and best known for popular productions including The Dim Sum Dollies®, Broadway Beng® and The Hossan Leong Show. The Great World Cabaret is set to take audiences back to the exuberant “Bo Bo Cha Cha” days of Singapore’s yesteryears, where dancing girls, comedians and acrobats would light up the stage with glitz and glee. The show features three home-grown legends who graced the stages of nightclubs and amusement parks across Singapore in its early years of independence - Rose Chan (played by Seong Hui Xuan 常惠旋); popular Malay folk singer, Kartina Dahari (played by Aisyah Aziz); and Singapore's reigning a-go-go and yodeling queen, Sakura Teng (played by Joanna Dong 董姿彦). Audiences can look forward to a blast from the past as they sing and tap along to familiar classics like《玫瑰玫瑰我爱你》, 《茉莉花》,Shake Shake Shake and Bunga Melur.


Synopsis
An old security guard closes up a museum exhibit for the night. The exhibit evokes long forgotten memories of his brightest moments as a host of Singapore’s most famous nightclub, the Great World Cabaret.

His memories take centre stage as the cabaret comes to life. Dancing girls, acrobats from all over the world, a magician, amazing singers and more fill the stage. Set against this loud and colourful backdrop, he meets the girl of his dreams.

At the climax of the cabaret show, his memories start to fade and he finds himself back at the museum, unsure if time had really gone backwards or if it was nothing more than an old man’s daydream.






Great World Cabaret 
19 February 2015 till 17 March 2015 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8pm 
Saturday and Sunday: 3pm (Matinee) and 8pm 
Resorts World Theatre, 
Ticket Price: S$48, S$68, S$88, S$108, S$128, excludes SISTIC booking fees and handling charges.

Tickets can be purchased via:
(65) 6348 5555 | www.sistic.com.sg
Resorts World Theatre | www.rwsentosa.com/gwc 


Review
This year, Singapore is celebrating SG50 and the Great World Cabaret certainly brings back fond memories of the Great World Amusement Park / New World Amusement Park / Gay World Amusement Park to the older generation.  It also allows the younger generation to experience for themselves the past entertainment and leisure that their parents or grandparents used to have and considered as extravagant back then. I was totally astonished and captivated by  Kartina Dahari (played by Aisyah Aziz) when she sing the Chinese Folk song 《茉莉花》, her pronunciation is rather accurate too. When Joanna Dong 董姿彦 sings, her voice does hold a resemblance to the a-go-go and yodeling queen, Sakura Teng.  My mom used to a fan of Sakura Teng and I have heard quite a numbers of her songs during my childhood days.  The drunken sailors are pretty comical and entertaining.  The acrobatic stunts performed by the Qing Dao Acrobacticv Troup are pretty impressive too.  As usual, the local king, Mark Lee 李国煌, never failed to make us laugh aloud. However, I believe the other weeks’lined-up comedian such as Hossan Leong, Judee Tan and Sebastian Tan will be bringing you same enjoyment as they are just as great as a comedian as Mark Lee.  Thanks Samuel for inviting to this entertaining production!

Come, #LetsBoBoChaCha @ Resort World Sentosa!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Triumph In The Skies 《衝上云霄》 Movie Review


Movie Synopsis 故事大綱
Young pilot Branson (Louis KOO) recently takes over Skylette, his father’s aviation empire, only to realize his old flames Cassie (Charmaine SHEH) is a flight attendant there. Several years ago, he was forced to break up with her and move to New York to take care of his father's business. To this day, the two continue to harbor feelings for each other...

In an effort to rebrand the airline, Branson invites rock idol TM (Sammi CHENG) to star in an upcoming commercial and appoints Sam (Fransic NG) as her flying consultant. Incongruent in both tastes and experience, this odd couple gets off on the wrong foot. As the shoot progresses, however, they slowly discover each other's merits, developing a strong mutual attraction.

Jayden (Julien CHEUNG) has left Skylette Airline to become a pilot for private jets. He meets the young and vivacious Kika (KUO Tsai Chieh) during a flight and assumes her to be wayward and shallow. But they turn out to have a lot in common and start falling madly in love. At the height of their romance, Jayden realizes almost too late the secret behind her recalcitrance…

Each of the three relationships comes with its own setbacks. As long as one can accept the imperfection of things, finding happiness—however fleetingly—is a blessing in itself.



年青機師Branson(古天樂飾),從爸爸手上接管生意後,全力打理Skylette天頌航空。他与公司的空中服務員Cassie(佘詩曼飾)原來是前度關係。數年前Branson因要往紐約接管家族生意,只好無奈跟她暫別,但其實大家心中都一直有對方,只是沒有宣之於口。為幫公司建立新形象,Branson邀請Rock Star TM(鄭秀文飾)拍攝宣傳片,並由Sam(吳鎮宇飾)擔任拍攝時的飛行顧問,二人早前為航班誤點有過磨擦而見面時非常尷尬,但過程中竟又互相發現對方的優點,暗生情愫。顧夏陽Jayden(張智霖飾)為待遇更佳的私人機師一職,離開天頌。一次航程,遇上年輕活潑的女子Kika(郭采潔飾),起初只覺得她是貪圖金錢、任性妄為的女子,但性格吻合又令兩人火速戀上,正當愛得纏綿之際,Jayden得悉原來奉行及時行樂的Kika的背後另有原因……三段感情,發展都不似預期,但原來只要明白到世事再沒完美,能夠在歲月如歌中找到快樂便已足夠。

Movie Trailer



Directors 導演:   
Wilson Yip 葉偉信, Matt Chow 鄒凱光
     
Starring 領銜主演: 
Louis Koo 古天樂, Sammi Cheng 鄭秀文, Francis Ng 吳鎮宇, Julian Cheung 張智霖,
Charmaine Sheh 佘詩曼, Amber Kuo Tsai Chieh 郭采潔, Oceane Zhu 朱璇, Liu Jun Xiao 劉俊孝

Co-starring 主演:
Kenneth Ma 馬國明, Kong May Yee Elena 江美儀, Remotigue Joventino Couto 恭碩良,
Mark Ma 馬鑫, Liao Jingsheng 廖京生

Movie Review
Triumph in the Skies is Hong Kong's first television drama on aviation which first premiered in October 2003 as one of the year's biggest productions. The series was shot in beautiful locations like Rome, Florence, Sapporo and flight school Flight Training Adelaide. Ten years later, the sequel to Triumph in the Skies began shooting in 2012 and was aired in July 2013. The crew shot in England, France, Hainan, Gaoxiong and Kenting.

For this movie, some of the characters remain with the addition of Branson (Louis KOO),  Cassie (Charmaine SHEH) and Kika (KUO Tsai Chieh). If you are expecting the movie to be along the similar storyline as the drama serial, then you will be disappointed.  At least this is the feedback that I gathered from those who had watch the drama serial before.

As I have not watched the drama serial, therefore my review will likely be more neutral as there wasn't any particular expectations from me.  Other than the story continue to surround the airline company, Skylette, there is totally no connection to the drama serial. While the movie is starred by many mega stars it is presented in anthology style, with three short romance stories of these pilots.  It will suits more of those who are into romance movies or the typical fans of these casts.

Branson (Louis KOO) and Cassie (Charmaine SHEH) is much of a romantic story, where ex-lovers meet again and the love is rekindled.  The retro colour tone sets in the mood real well.  There is great chemistry between the two and the lovey dovey moments are so natural that they felt like a real couple.



Sam (Fransic NG) and TM (Sammi CHENG) are a very cute couple where they get to know each other through conflicts.  From the detesting each other to falling in love, there are many cute and funny moments which brings us to great laughter. And one thing for sure, Sammi has a great charisma as TM, the Rock Chic, she is so cool that I can't get my eyes off her!  And the song "Over the Rainbow" turned to a rock song, was pretty cool and only towards the end of the movie, I realised it was actually rearranged by the true blue Rock Chic - Rock Mui, Ellen Loo and her team.




Jayden (Julien CHEUNG) and Kika (KUO Tsai Chieh) is more of typical "ill-fated" couple that need to go through the obstacles in life to be together. The bathtub scene is probably the most memorable moment of the two, but if you were expecting some steamy moments, sorry, you will be disappointed.


Asked which of the 3 stories I love most, I'll tell you it definitely got to be the story of Sam (Fransic NG) and TM (Sammi CHENG) !  The chemistry between them is somehow awkward yet interesting and beyond words. I just can't help wanting to know what's going to happen next in the story development.

《衝上雲霄》是香港電視界首部以航空為主題的劇集,第一輯《衝上雲霄》在2003年10月播放。全劇更遠赴意大利的羅馬、佛羅倫斯、日本札幌,以及澳洲阿德萊德飛行訓練學校。
事隔近10年,《衝上雲霄II》在2012年開拍,2013年7月首播。劇組也去到英國、法國、海南三亞、台灣高雄及墾丁取景。

如果你期待 《沖上雲霄》這部電影與電視劇的故事會有關聯,那你必定大失所望。故事除了依然環繞著Skylette天頌航空與其航空服務人員以外,再也沒有其相關。

電影其實以三部愛情小品串成,圍繞著Branson(古天樂飾)與Cassie(佘詩曼飾)﹔ Sam(吳鎮宇飾)與搖滾歌手 TM(鄭秀文飾)﹔ 及顧夏陽Jayden(張智霖飾)與Kika(郭採潔飾),三對情侶。




Branson(古天樂飾)與Cassie(佘詩曼飾)舊情復燃,小兩口親昵動作及默契自然,這段故事所採用的色調帶有些許復古情懷,卻又極適合帶出當中的情節。

Sam(吳鎮宇飾)與 TM(鄭秀文飾)因工作上的立場不相同而起沖突,卻也因為工作而結識相知。當中不乏令人忍俊不住的畫面。鄭秀文飾演的 TM 實在太帥、太酷了!而她演唱的"Over the Rainbow" 搖滾版,原來是由真正的 Rock Mui,盧凱彤與班底重新編曲,令人耳目一新。

顧夏陽Jayden(張智霖飾)與Kika(郭採潔飾)則像是悲情劇裡的男女主角,必須經過一番考驗。

你若問我最喜歡當中的那故事,我想,應該是Sam(吳鎮宇飾)與 TM(鄭秀文飾)之間的故事吧!兩人之間產生了一種很特別的化學作用,令我經不住想要追看他們的進展。

Triumph in the Skies  will be screening in local cinemas on 19th February 2015 !
《衝上雲霄》將於2015年2月19日在本地各個電影院上映!


King of Mahjong《麻雀王》 Gala Premiere & Movie Review

Attended the Gala Premire of King of Mahjong last week @ RWS, by courtesy of Clover Films. Here's some snapshots at the Red Carpet and within the Resort World Theatre.

有幸周出席了上周的《麻雀王》首映禮,多謝 Clover Films。在此大家分享紅地毯與在聖淘沙劇院所攝的照片。





































Movie Synopsis:
“King of Mahjong” centres on the decade-long feud and eventual reunion of Wong Tin Ba (Mark Lee) and Ah Fatt (Chapman To), two top disciples of the legendary mahjong maestro, Master Ru(Eric Tsang).




20 years later, Wong Tin Ba, who is now a world-acclaimed mahjong champion and magnate, shows up in Ipoh to challenge Fatt to a final showdown – The World Mahjong Championship. Despite Wong’s insistence, Fatt declines to join the competition as he is determined and contented to lead the life of a commoner.





In order to force Fatt to turn up at showdown, Wong abducts Fatt’s wife, Ramona (Michelle Ye), and threatens her to be on his alliance. Fatt has no choice but to join the championship as Wong holds his wife hostage. On the mahjong table, Fatt and Wong compete as the finalists; Master Ru’s secret legendary mahjong move and the truth comes to light as the winner emerges...




阿發(杜汶澤)和阿順(李國煌)都是麻將天尊儒五常(曾志偉)的徒弟。阿發在怡保老街角落一間殘舊咖啡店賣釀豆腐,這間小店生意不算很好,但也過得去。阿發的妻子雷夢娜(葉璇)多年前已經出走,丟下他獨自撫養女兒四喜,如今四喜已是個花樣年華的少女。 阿發過了十多年輕鬆平靜的日子,有一天,咖啡店却來了一位不速之客之後。此人其實是十屆世界麻將大賽的冠軍皇天霸。兩人言談中,透露出對方叫“阿順”(皇天霸),跟阿發是同門師兄弟。阿發本來以為師兄弟敘舊十分開心,豈知對方卻下戰書,要阿發出席一場在新加坡的世界麻將大賽。为了逼迫阿發出席世界麻將大賽,皇天霸更是不择手段,拐走夢娜…



Director 導演: 
Adrian Teh 鄭建國

Starring 領銜主演: 
Chapman To 杜汶澤, Mark Lee 李國煌, Michelle Ye 葉璇, Venus Wong 王敏奕

Co-starring 主演: 
Adrian Tan 陳凱旋, Cheronna Ng 吴嘉熙, Richard Low 劉謙益, Dennis Chew 周崇慶, Patricia Mok 莫小玲, 
Lenna Lim 林家冰

Special Appearance 特別演出: 
Eric Tsang 曾志偉, Tien Hsin 天心, Lo Hoi Pang 盧海鵬, Kingdom Yuen 苑瓊丹, Mimi Chu 朱咪咪, 
Susan Shaw 邵音音

Guest Appearance 友情客串: 
Henry Thia 程旭輝, Leonon Lai 黎明明, Hayley Woo 胡佳嬑, Jayley Woo 胡佳琪, Marcus Chin 陳建彬, Brendan Yuen 袁順成, Tay Yin Yin 鄭盈盈, Uncle Frankie 李世平, Aaron Tan 陳志偉

Running Time: 112 minutes

King of Mahjong《麻雀王》Movie Trailer





Movie Review:
This is definitely a great movie for the family to watch together during the Lunar New Year. Why I wanted to watch this movie, is mainly because of the veteran comedian, Chapman To who is greatly loved by our family members, of course, not forgetting our local King, Mark Lee.  My initial thought that this is a purely gambling comedy movie.  After watching, I realised that the movie has more depth than what I thought.




The movie tries to bring out the benefits of mMahjong games, not to promote gambling but promoting it as a healthy social activity. AsMahjong requires players to use attention, memory, planning and calculation skills, this serves as a great treatment for dementia. Even for senior citizens who are not suffering from dementia, mMahjong can help in improving one's cognitive development,. It helps to keep one's mind sharp by exercising it through the games, allowing one to react faster.




On the other hand, it also stressed that while playing mahjong can be entertaining, it can be disastrous should one get addictive and got into excessive gambling. In additional, it emphasizes that that one should learn to enjoy the process and not be obsessive with the idea of "winning".  Sometimes, to lose is to win. What does it means to you when you win the whole world yet losing your loved ones?

What I loved best in the movie, is that majority of the dialogue is in Cantonese! Woo hoo, when is the last time we ever get to watch a movie that mainly in Cantonese in Singapore?  Fret not should you do not understand Cantonese as there is subtitles in both English and Chinese that help you understand what's going on. The special appearance by veteran actor and actress - Lo Hoi Pang, Kingdom Yuen, Mimi Chu and Susan Shaw, though short, leaves an impression with their great natural acting skills.

King of Mahjong will be screening in Singapore from 19 February 2015 and in Malaysia from 26 February 2015.

這是一部值得一家大小齊家到戲院觀看的賀歲電影。想觀看這部電影,不外是沖著我家最愛的喜劇之王,杜汶澤;當然也不忘本土天王 - 李國煌。原以為這僅是一部純粹搞笑的賭博電影,但,實屬更有深度。




電影中也強調,小賭怡情,大賭傷身。打麻將,應該享受其過程,而非專注於輸贏。有時候輸,即是贏。如若贏了全世界,卻輸掉身邊所愛的人,那又有何意義?




這部電影帶出打麻將的好處,不為推廣賭博,隻為推廣麻將為有益身心的社交活動。打麻將有助於思考力、記憶力和反應速度,對於老年痴呆症的預防以及延緩其進程的作用。

電影最過癮之處,便是片中以粵語為主要語言,我們有多久沒在新加坡觀賞到粵語電影了?如果你不明白粵語,別擔心,片中有中英文字幕,讓不懈粵語的你,依然能夠明白影中人物的對白。老戲骨盧海鵬, 苑瓊丹, 朱咪咪, 邵音音的特別演出雖短暫,卻依然讓人拍案叫絕!



《麻雀王》 將於 2015年2月19日於新加坡上映,2月26日於馬來西亞上映!




King of Mahjong 《麻雀王》Official FB Page: www.facebook.com/kingofmahjongmovie

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Late Night Supper at Chinatown Food Street

Located in the heart of Chinatown along Smith Street, the Chinatown Food Street offers a diverse spread of local delights, ranging from Hainanese Chicken Rice, Bak Kut Teh, Roti Prata and Satays, etc.






During this Chinese New Year season, Chinatown Food Street will be decked out in beautiful festive decorations for celebrating the occasion. In additional, there will be fringe activities including, lighting of sparklers and games for the whole family.


Having hunger pang from the late-night shopping of Chinese New Year (CNY) goodies or feeling peckish in the middle of the night? Chinatown Food Street will be the perfect place for supper.

With high-ceiling glass canopy shelter and internal spot cooling system, diners can dine in the al-fresco setting with much ease, regardless rain or shine.  Even though there is huge crowd now at this Chinese New Year season, fret not about getting a seat with its 800 seating capacity.

Credit: Hong Peng

From now till 18 February, the Chinatown Food Street will be extending their opening hours till 2am daily. It will resume its usual operating hours from 11am to 11pm from 20 Feb.

The 24 hawker stalls that are extending their operating hours will be offering dishes, ranging from S$2.50 to S$10.00 a dish.


Yu Sheng is priced at S$28 for small serving, and S$38 for large serving.

Credit: Hong Peng 

From now till 3 March, simply spend $10 in a single receipt at Chinatown Food Street and get a 20% discount voucher off Trick Eye Museum admission tickets. T&Cs apply and do note that the voucher is valid till 31 March 2015 only.


Chinatown Food Street 
335 Smith Street Singapore 050335

Opening Hours:
Now till 18 Feb: 11am to 2am
Closed on 19 Feb 
20 Feb onwards: 11am to 11pm