Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Les Misérables Gavroche songs & "Do You Hear The People Sing" various versions

(This ought to be the last post about the musical movie, Les Misérables.)

Okay, without doubt many are crazy of the song, "Do You Hear The People Sing?". Rightly so. I too like it. But I have much impressed as well about the songs by the character, Gavroche (played by Daniel Huttlestone). The clarity of his voice. Darn. And of course the powerful lyrics too. Heh.

Les Miserables - All Gavroche's Parts (Four songs - Lyrics)

Do You Hear The People Sing? 2012 (Full Version) - Lyrics

Well, back to "Do You Hear The People Sing". I'd say I like the most about this one by Original London Cast Version. Uhm, because it's more spirited, I guess?

Les Miserables - Do You Hear the People Sing? [LYRICS]

And yeah, I somewhat like the Japanese version of this song too!

Do you hear the people sing (Japanese) / 民衆の歌

Monday, February 25, 2013

of Les Misérables the movie and parody of the songs

Beautiful captions: Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.

(And...laugh?)

Okay, finally I managed to watch Les Misérables. Only after that do I truly appreciate the beauty of the parody of "Les Miserables ROK Air Force Parody / 레미제라블 공군 패러디 레밀리터리블 ". Heh.

And talking about parody, do you know that the star of the movie, Anne Hathaway (she took the role of Fantine) in Oscars 2011 did make a parody song by herself? Check this out, "Oscars 2011 Anne Hathaway sings On My Own".


Well, this parody, "The LES MISERABLES Song" even covers more tunes of the songs.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

of Fresh Prince theme song after enduring Google Translate

Fresh Prince: Google Translated | cdza Opus No. 16. Heh. Deserve to boast 1,981,574 views since uploaded in mid Jan this year.

The idea is darn creative. From the YouTube description:

CDZA co-founder Joe Sabia shows us what happens when we translate the lyrics of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through every language in Google Translate (64 times), and then taking what remains and translating it BACK into English. Featuring Jeremie Harris as Will Smith. Technically speaking, all but the first verse were translated. The lyrics were translated from English to the world's most spoken language (Mandarin), to the second most (Spanish), to the third most, to the fourth most, ETC, putting all 64 languages in order by finding the demographic population size on every language on Wikipedia.


PS. Anyway here's the YouTube clip for "Fresh Prince of Bel Air - FULL THEME SONG" and the complete lyric before going through Google Translate.

Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air

In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground was where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And all shootin some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys
Who were up to no good
Startin making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said 'You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air'

I begged and pleaded with her day after day
But she packed my suitcase and send me on my way
She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket.
I put my walkman on and said, 'I might as well kick it'.

First class, yo this is bad
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass.
Is this what the people of Bel-Air Living like?
Hmmmmm this might be alright.

But wait I hear there're prissy, bourgeois and all that
Is this the type of place that they should send this cool cat?
I don't think so
I'll see when I get there
I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air

Well, the plane landed and when I came out
There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out
I ain't trying to get arrested yet
I just got here
I sprang with the quickness like lightning, disappeared

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say that this cab was rare
But I thought 'Nah forget it' - 'Yo homes to Bel Air'

I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes smell ya later'
I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air

Prometheus Actually Explained (With Real Answers)

Oh man, I love this Q&A clip, "Prometheus Actually Explained (With Real Answers)". Haha. Some are quite hilarious too. In a logical way. Like this one:

of Harlem Reacts to 'Harlem Shake' Videos

Harlem Reacts to 'Harlem Shake' Videos. Negatively. Heh. Why am I not surprised?! By the way, I like this opinion the best. The lady says, "Harlem is not like that. Do you see people around here doing that crap?". Ouch. With 5,622,100 views so far since the street interview clip uploaded on 18 Feb, I'd say hopefully the craze called Harlem Shake will die soon. Very soon.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Private Investigator (A) - Graham de Wilde (Whose Line Is It Anyway: Narrate soundtrack)

Private Investigator (A) - Graham de Wilde (Narrate soundtrack). This tune was used by Whose Line Is It Anyway in the game narrate. The song was written by Graham de Wilde a "composer, arranger and producer of contemporary atmospheric music for multimedia."

Oh, and this is one of the sample of the hilarious Narrate episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway: "Whose Line - Narrate (Big Wing Boy)".

"Make up your own joke here."

Friday, February 15, 2013

Disney•Pixar - Dug's Special Mission (UP)

Dug's Special Mission is a back story of what Dug was actually doing out there on this mysterious mission when we meet him in Up. In the short, Dug is instructed on how to catch the bird (Kevin) by Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, but their instructions are really intended to keep Dug away from them. Check out the video here.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

of Club Heal, and 4 short films hope to eradicate stigma of mental health issues

Sanif Olek, the local film director of the 4 short films on the mental health ought to be proud. Check the short films: "PUTRI | #ClubHeal", "ALI | #ClubHeal", "AMIRA | #ClubHeal", and "ZUL | #ClubHeal".


Check out also the official website of "Club Heal". Club HEAL (Hope, Empowerment, Acceptance & Love) is a non-profitable society that aims to assist and empower persons with mental illness to regain confidence in themselves and others in their journey towards community reintegration.

Mental health experts said cultural beliefs and stigma are two main reasons why Singaporeans with mental issues delay seeking help.

Experts hope a series of recently released short films will change society's perceptions of people with mental disorders.

Former journalist turned freelance writer Yohanna Abdullah's 14-year struggle with bipolar disorder has caused her to go through a divorce and loss of jobs.

That is why she hopes the series of four films by a local film director will help remove the stigma and myths associated with mental illnesses.

Ms Yohanna said: "The first time I was sick, my mother-in-law was with me and the first thing she did was to call a bomoh. It didn't help of course. I was still the same.

"I was glad that my mother asked our family doctor what to do. Our family doctor recognised the symptoms and said that it was a mental issue, and to quickly seek help from the hospital.

"I think a lot of people tend to postpone the trip to the hospital or to the doctor because they believe it is spirit possession."

The four short films are the works of acclaimed local director, Sanif Olek, in collaboration with Club Heal, a non-profit organisation that assists persons with mental health issues.

The films feature real-life inspired stories, and highlight issues such as discrimination by employers, and the myths associated with mental disorders.

Mr Sanif said: "In all these stories, one thing in common is that they're all bound by the stigma that society looks upon them. And I was telling myself this is a good chance for me to just do something, to do my part, to help to alleviate this stigma."

For health practitioners, the films could not have come at a better time.

Dr Joseph Leong, a consultant at the Institute of Mental Health, said: "What is the most terrifying thing is not the mental health diagnosis, but it's actually the stigma that is associated with being diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis.

"Forty years ago, it was about cancer and a lot of people did not want to come to hospitals because cancer was a death sentence. And then 20 years ago, it was HIV/Aids, but then there is successful treatment."

"Currently, we are at the frontier where we have successful and useful treatment that can help people live a meaningful and successful life," he added.

The short films can be found on Club Heal's website, and will be screened to the public in the near future.
From Channel NewsAsia, "Short films hope to eradicate stigma of mental health issues".

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

of uncanny similarity between "Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons" and the game "Asura's Wrath" (Gimme back Stephen Chow's *inventive* movies starring by Stephen Chow himself!)

Sigh. I did not do my homework. I had no idea that Stephen Chow is not the main actor (or even is featured at all) in the movie, "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons". So I watched it during Chinese New Year celebration and I was sorely disappointed.

And also kind of distracted with the scene where the cosmically giant Buddha appears and palms down Sun Wukong aka the Monkey King aka the self-proclaimed "Great Sage, Equal of Heaven".

Where did I watch it? I wonder. I knew the scene is familiar. Then I recalled about this Capcom game, "Asura's Wrath" (アスラズ ラース Asurazu Rāsu) which I blogged last time, "Asura's Wrath trivialising Hinduism?".

Here are the relevant screenshots of the game trailer which I'd say very much 'inspire' the Stephen Chow's movie.


And compare the above with the movie trailer, "First Teaser For Stephen Chow's JOURNEY TO THE WEST 2013":


Yeah, same character: H-U-G-E Buddha in the sky. Attacking the defiant Asura and Sun Wukong, respectively, with his right index finger and right palm in the game trailer and the movie trailer, uhm, respectively.

And of the course the irresistible similarity (which screenshots I fail to grab, by the way) of the "Asura's Wrath" game trailer part (1:44-1:45) where the game character stomps his right foot and then his left one). You know what, the movie trailer (0:52-0:54), "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons", Sun Wukong did just the same.

I don't mean to give too much a spoiler, but I'd prefer the story somewhat follows the original plot of the book. After all, is Journey to the West not one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature??? So yes, while, I am compelled to agree that the movie is an "inventive new take on the classical novel Journey To The West", I really dislike how the sequence of the disciples (in term of encountering which one first) is reversed. We're used to read it's Sun Wukong, and then Zhu Bajie and then Sha Wujing. Yet, this 'inventive' movie has the sequence completely reversed? Sigh.

Or perhaps, I can easier accept this 'inventive' movie if Stephen Chow is indeed starring in it? After all, I did enjoy his previously 'inventive' shows: A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒) and the second is A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣).

PS. Yeah, especially this part on the 'inventive' song, "Only You" by the priest, Xuanzang. Hehe.

Only You — Chinese Odyssey II — Cinderella

Monday, February 11, 2013

Torn by David Armand & Natalie Imbruglia

Well, you sure remember this talented guy, David Armand (the very same, hilarious guy in this post). Check this out, "Torn by David Armand & Natalie Imbruglia".

StarHub Speed Boost MaxOnline Express

StarHub offers Free Speed Boost? Yay. It's for MaxOnline Express service a speed boost from 16Mbps to 25Mbps. And what you need to do is, simple, just power off and on your Cable Modem anytime after 7 February 2013. (Yes, the brochure said 7 Feb, not 18 Feb as per the website.)

Oh, and I did test the speed here:

of Oppa Cai Shen Dao - Gangnam Style Chinese New Year Parody 财神到 新年歌

Oppa Cai Shen Dao - Gangnam Style Chinese New Year Parody 财神到 新年歌. This is the Chinese New Year parody version of PSY's Gangnam Style. The lyrics are in East Malaysian Hokkien so English and Mandarin subs are included for those who don't understand Hokkien.
This version is about a guy begging Cai Shen (God of Wealth) for money for Chinese New Year. The music and lyrics were done by Josh Tamugaia. He also sang that song himself as well. Animator: Jess the Dragoon (http://jessthedragoon.aarqee.com). Music, Lyrics, Vocals: Josh Tamugaia.

Published on 08 Feb 2013, the clip has so far gathered 50,657 views.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Legend of the Seas - photos galore! (Part 2 of 2)

Okay, the photos in the previous post on Day 1 trip on Legend of the Seas are just a warm-up. Here are the rest of them:

DAY 2: 07 Feb

19. The beautiful, bright sunny dawn. Emphasis on 'sunny' as the previous day was rather rainy. Heh.

20. The town of Malacca, also a truly Asia. Personally not really that excited about the town as I already did visit it in 2010. Check out 'Random Photos from Malacca Trip 2010'. Don't get me wrong, Malacca is still a great town to visit!

21. Important Things To Know Today - I like how the information keeps flowing.

22. Mini Golf Course at Deck 10

23. Wall Climbing, also at Deck 10

24. Pool Deck in the morning

25. The address of the jetty where we came ashore in Malacca: Parameswara Tour Jetty, Jalan Merdeka.

26. Onboard a small boat on the trip back from Malacca to the Legend of the Seas

27. You can also check the list of activities onboard from the Cruise Compass in your TV.

28. "That's Entertainment Theatre" before the show - actually this was taken during passport collection in the late afternoon.

29. Oh, in addition to the Cruise Compass, you can always access this touch-screen guide.

30. The posh Viking Crown Lounge.

31. Romeo and Juliet Dining Room, Deck 4.

32. Schooner Bar, Deck 4.

33. The inside of Casino Royale, Deck 4

34. Centrum, Deck 4. Late afternoon performance. Even the little girl was enjoying it! Smiles.

35. Oh, and I just love how you can enjoy nice artwork (like paintings) almost everywhere onboard!

36. You won't be lost onboard. At the main lifts near Centrum, you can easily find the guidance like creatively modeled as the ship itself.

37. Anchors Aweigh Lounge, Deck 5. Ice sculpture. Cool...

38. Still inside the Anchors Aweigh Lounge.

39. Centrum. From Deck 4 to 9. And with the 2 lifts.

40. Shore Excursion Desks. "Are we there yet?"

41. Couldn't resist not taking a photo of another person who was taking a photo. Heh.

42. Invitation to Dance - the show at the Theatre, Deck 4. The next 2 photos show how contrasting the lights were!

43. Compare this one...

44. ...with this one! Nice, huh?! Singing and dancing and singing and dancing!

45. Centrum Grand Opening - featured the Master and senior ship staff

46. Some games were also held in Centrum. This one is part of "Less than 60 seconds!".

47. Romantic Dance towards the end of the night. Note to self (again): I must learn dancing. I must learn dancing.

48. As You Depart booklet. Sigh.

All in all, it was a G-R-E-A-T trip.

Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored by Royal Carribean Cruise Ltd. You know how exciting it is to experience something extremely breathtaking trip or holiday which you are dying to share to others! Hey, I am even blogging this without even clearing my stuff off from my luggage first. So when next time the sea is calling you, will you be also answering it, royally? ;)