Tuesday, February 23, 2016

of Madonna - a rebel not without a cause?

So you have read the Straits Times, "Catholic Archbishop expresses grave concerns about Madonna's concert this Sunday" in which the Archbishop William Goh reminded Catholics that it was their "moral obligation not to support those who denigrate and insult religions, including anti-Christian and immoral values promoted by the secular world". He also emphasized that "there is no neutrality in faith; one is either for or against. Being present (at these events) in itself is a counter witness. Obedience to God and His commandments must come before the arts."

The event he was referring to is about Madonna's Rebel Heart tour which MDA gives it a R18 rating. In addition, one of the songs, a controversial "Holy Water", which features pole-dancing nuns and large crosses, would not be allowed as it contains “religiously-sensitive content which breach (MDA) guidelines.

Well, this is not really a big surprise, is it? Express in its article dated 17 Sept 2015, "Catholics furious with Madonna's latest on stage stunt" shared how Madonna was surrounded by bikini clad dancers in nun outfits & she was seen stripping off her skirt to reveal a skimpy, corseted costume as she holds on to a pole in the shape of a crucifix while balancing on top of one of the horizontally splayed dancers.

In the past (the good old Eighties), her video music "Like a Prayer" was also condemned by the Vatican. The family and religious groups also protested its broadcast & boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, which used the song for a commercial.

The Fact magazine once quoted Madonna in the article dated 5 Oct 2013, "Madonna opens up about religion, being raped at knifepoint and adoption in piece for Harper’s Bazaar" to say this about religion:

“I have a funny relationship with religion. I’m a big believer in ritualistic behavior as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. But I’m not a big fan of rules. And yet we cannot live in a world without order. But for me, there is a difference between rules and order. Rules people follow without question. Order is what happens when words and actions bring people together, not tear them apart. Yes, I like to provoke; it’s in my DNA. But nine times out of 10, there’s a reason for it.”

Well, she does provoke, huh? Billboard reported that her fifth video album, "Drowned World Tour 2001" was deemed "too explicit" for Singapore and banned from release here. The Wikipedia article also states that MDA took offence with two scenes during the "What It Feels Like for a Girl" interlude, in particular Japanese-inspired animation sequences that depicted a monster fondling and raping an Asian girl.

Back to Madonna's banned performance of the song, "Holy Water" (which involves the pole-dancing nuns), I wonder if a similar negative reaction is successfully repeated if Madonna decides to make her show a comedy one. I am especially referring to "Monty Python Live (mostly)" which has a segment that included dancing nuns and cardinals and two giant suggestively-shaped cannons that fire confetti into the audience. Then again, no I have not done any further research whether this show was also banned in Singapore. Heh.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A tapir's 1st contact with a jack-o'-lantern

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Take On Me - Literal Video Version

Have you seen the hilarious, "Take On Me: Literal Video Version"? Well, it's not a new clip. It was uploaded in 2008 and it has since gathered 14,190,139 views.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Sad Truth of the Medishield Life's "Love of a Lifetime"

Here is the sad truth of the Medishield Life's clip, "Love of a Lifetime": the husband really dies.

Why is it, you ask. Isn't there a happy ending? Well, do refer to the clip when the elderly woman visits the hospital and the nurse (at 01:57) looks at her without her usual smile or greeting (unlike at the start of the clip at 0:25). In fact, a careful observer will notice that the nurse (at 01:57) is really forcing her smile abruptly thereafter.


Is it because the nurse is upset that she has to work during CNY? Nah, I don't think so. Nurses are real professional, you know. So the reason of such a response must be due to the fact that the husband of the elderly woman has passed away! (See, if he has recovered, don't you think the nurse will be joyful in her greeting to the elderly woman? Nurses are not actress. No way could she pretend to be sad just to temporarily mislead the elderly woman. The elderly woman is old, after all, so to quote The Black Eyed Peas, "No, no, no, no, don't phunk with [her] heart", right? That's just cruel.)

Well, so the husband passes away, but why then the subsequent scene shows he sits on the wheelchair?

Two possible reasons:
1) The elderly woman refuses to accept the truth (that her husband has passed away) and instead she imagines the miraculous recovery of her husband. It's not much a surprise as she has exhibited the creeping sign of mildly delusional as in her routine visits to the hospital, she always has with her the favorite popiah for her husband (who is not in a condition to consume it! What a waste of food...)

Or

2) The supposedly heart-warming scenes of the husband in the wheelchair, hugged by the elderly woman and surrounded by their children are just the wishful last dying wish of the husband as he passes away. In addition, the scenes of the happy moments of him & the wife are just life flashes before his eyes as he is close to dying.

Either possibility is sad, huh?

Some of you may also notice how aptly Teresa Teng's song 恰似你的溫柔 (Just Like Your Tenderness) is used in the clip? The use of the song just foretells that the story is not meant to have a happy ending! Just check out the lyrics (here's the translated lyrics from Castle of Cosa Mesa page.)
On a certain year, certain month and that certain day
Just like a face, shattered
How am I move my lips to utter goodbye
How am I to just let all this go far away

This is not an easy task
Yet neither you nor I wept
Just let it come in silence
Then let it go, fully, totally

And now, a year follows another
Yet I cannot stop remembering it
Missing you, missing our yesterday

Wishing the for the winds from the sea
Because the caresses of the waves
Feel just like your tenderness

And now, a year follows another year
I cannot stop remembering it
Missing you, missing our yesterday

Wishing the for the winds from the sea
Because the caresses of the waves
Feel just like your tenderness

I guess the conclusion remarks I'd have to quote from "live Wise Blog":
Treasure your loved ones, my friends , for you don’t know how long you will have each other. Always kiss each other as if this is the last time you will see and hold each other. Love each other as if there is no tomorrow. Take each moment as a last chance you have to express your love , to forgive, to appreciate, to be thankful for your life.

And seriously, we do NOT need a once yearly Valentine's Day to express our love & appreciation to our loved ones.

Friday, February 12, 2016

of Marina Bay Sands being destroyed in the Indepence Day: Resurgence (Yes, it's a movie!)

Check out this cool trailer, "Independence Day: Resurgence | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX". It has gathered 19,387,408 views since it's uploaded on 13 Dec 2015. Oh, and Marina Bay Sands is shown to be destroyed? Genting Singapore will be joyful. Heh.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

May Just Be A Walk In The (Outram) Park...

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

of "S’pore chefs: ‘We try not to spit into food bloggers’ food too regularly’" being inspired by South Park?

Reading the New Nation, "S’pore chefs: ‘We try not to spit into food bloggers’ food too regularly’" (Yes, I know the tagline of the New Nation that is "50% real news"), I can't help to recall one episode of South Park, "You’re Not Yelping”, which by the way, also led to a hoax lawsuit. Heh.

of Palm oil producers angry over NUS finding on cholesterol link

Reading the Straits Times article, "Palm oil producers angry over NUS finding on cholesterol link" in which the Malaysian palm oil producers are upset over a finding by National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers that links palm oil consumption with higher levels of "bad" cholesterol in the body & that the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is expected to raise the issue with the Republic's authorities. The article also mentions that according to NUS' analysis of 30 past studies on palm oil consumption, eating palm oil leads to elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which in turn translate to a 6 per cent higher risk of coronary heart disease incidence and death.

Hmm...interesting.

So I google further about the subject. And I came across this article from Epic 4 Health, "Palm Oil Increases Cholesterol Level : A Misconception" as well as this pdf article written by Dr. Koh Chu-Sing, "COMMENTS ON DRAFT DOCUMENT: DIET, NUTRITION AND THE PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASES".

The Epic 4 Health article has the following conclusion:

Palm oil has been used in food preparation since the last 5,000 years. Today, it is consumed worldwide as a cooking oil, margarines, shortening and as an ingredient in fat blends and a vast array of food products. Food manufacturers choose palm oil because it has a distinctive quality, nutrition attributes (tocotrienols and carotenoids), requires no hydrogenation (trans-fatty acid free) and non-GMO status.

Contrary to popular believe and misconception, based on scientific studies and publications, palm oil has been proven to have no effect at all on serum cholesterol level. Its saturated fat – C16 Palmitic fatty acid does not increase total serum cholesterol level.

The pdf article has the following 2 closing sentences:
it is hope [sic] that WHO would not discourage the world to use palm oil as part of the normal healthy diet as palm oil vis-a-vis other oils, is the most productive oil.

Palm oil could satisfy the world’s oils and fats demands without straining the earth’s limited land and energy resources.

So who is right and who is wrong? There should be further study on this. Really.

of the Mermaid: a fun movie with a not too preachy message of environmental awareness

I watched the movie, "The Mermaid" yesterday during the 1st day of Chinese New Year. No doubt it is a funny show, but it has a nice message about the environmental awareness too. One of the funniest part of the show is when the police sketched the mermaid as per the main character's description. Hilarious. Heh.

A mermaid: half a person, half a fish -- but which half?

On a side note, there's a reference to 'Admiral Zheng' which I'm not so sure whether it refers to the Admiral Zheng He. The timeline about "600 years ago" seems fit, though.

Auspicious red is the colour of Chinese New Year, but this festive offering wants you to turn green - with environmental awareness.

What is the point of making more money if you cannot take a breath of clean air or drink a drop of clean water?

The stark message here is that before humans destroy Earth with wanton development and endless appetites, they should stop and think about the consequences.

Wait a minute, is this a movie from the Hong Kong funnyman who gave viewers entertaining laugh riots such as Kung Fu Hustle (2004) and Shaolin Soccer (2001)?

Not to worry, despite the save- the-earth memo, this is very much a Stephen Chow-directed work and that means ludicrous situations and nonsensical jokes.

Some of the best bits involve Taiwanese singer-actor Show Lo gamely dressed up as a dreadlocked octopus who gets his tentacles manhandled, Liu Xuan trying desperately to convey the idea of a mermaid to two disbelieving, pedantic cops and Shan getting repeatedly thwarted as she tries to attack Liu.

There are also throwaway jokes, such as when a command to "gun kai" (get lost) is obeyed by underlings literally rolling ("gun") away ("kai").

What does not quite work is a bland Kitty Zhang (previously seen in Chow's CJ7, 2008) as a vampish businesswoman who wants to get into bed with Liu on Green Gulf.

And despite China star Deng's (The Four, 2012) best efforts at big expressions, one cannot help but wonder if the film would have been funnier if Chow, who can be both exaggerated and supremely deadpan, had acted instead.

But he would probably have been criticised for lining up a romance with the 19-year-old Lin had he done so - not the kind of splash he would want Mermaid to make.
From Straits Times, "Mermaid with a green message".

With Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow's latest work "The Mermaid" set to hit screens across China during next month's Spring Festival, the cast have taken time out to praise the director for his attention to detail and his desire to achieve perfection.

Chow is known for having strict demands of the actors and actresses who star in his films, but the cast, especially his leading stars Show Luo and Kris Wu, said they still enjoyed filming the science fiction comedy.

"I have to repeat my performance several times to meet the director's demands. It's toilsome but fun too."

"Every detail of the film is the best it can be because it's carefully selected by Grandmaster Sing."

The theme song of the movie, which was recently released, is a classic called "You Are Still the Best in the World."

Originally from the 1983 hit drama "Legend of the Condor Heroes," the song was re-recorded by Karen Mok and Adam Cheng.

It marks the first cooperation between Chow and Mok in 15 years.

The film is scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey.
From China.org.cn, "Stephen Chow pursues perfection in 'Mermaid'".

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The last series of "Look Up ... " (I promise!)

Yeah. This is will be the last series of "Look Up ... ". Seriously. Heh. For the time being.

1. Look Up ... Dhalsim!

2. Look Up ... Luigi!

3. Look Up ... Donatello!

More of "Look Up..." series

Presenting (I have fun really choosing the images to mash up to the Chay Yu Wei's 'artwork':

1. Look Up ... Naruto!

2. Look Up ... Ant-Man!

3. Look Up ... UFO!

Friday, February 05, 2016

of Chay Yu Wei and his genuinely fake "Look Up"

So I guess I am truly amused by the story. Heh. Inspired by the 'photographer' Chay Yu Wei and his 'artwork' called "Look Up", I decide to have a try at his creation by doing the followings:
1) delete his nicely positioned aeropolane,
2) invert his photo colours,
3) google for 'monkey' and choose an image
4) crop the image of the monkey
5) go to no 2) above and create a new layer
6) paste the crop image of 4) to the new layer in 5)
7) position the new layer (with the monkey in it) to the top of the ladder

Voilà! Now you have it, and I'll opt to name it as "Look Up! The golden monkey shines so brightly on top of the ladder in the otherwise pitch dark of a night!" (Bleah, too wordy!)


READ ALSO:
- Straits Times, "Photographer whose viral altered photo won Nikon Facebook contest apologises for his 'mistake'".

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Sunset as I walk home...