Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Secret to Life

I don't think I need to write any comments about this... beautiful narration, beautiful images and never a truer message spoken. :)


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Django Unchained!!!



Quentin Tarantino's been one of my heroes for a long time, his story is truly inspiring and his films make me feel like a kid again (I watched mostly one man versus the world action films, westerns, revenge films and B grade horror. Thanks, Papa). I love this man's work! The other filmaking hero I have; Robert Rodriguez. God bless em!

The last film he released, "Inglourious Basterds" made me so happy that I watched it two days in a row in the theatre. Once all by myself, and once with my cousins. When the DVD came out, I bought it of course, but I lent it to a friend and she's since misplaced it. :(

Well, needless to say, when I heard about a NEW FILM coming up by Mr Tarantino I feel the need to tell everyone about it.



Here are the trailers to DJANGO UNCHAINED. enjoy! I'll be watching this for sure. It's true to style Tarantino, I love an artist who wears his influences on his sleeves. Let's all go watch this together, no?







Here's the opening scene from 'Inglourious Basterds' if you missed it. You need to do yourself a favour, watch it!

Monday, 3 December 2012

These Boots were Made for Rockin'

We are what we wear and... these boots were made for ROCKIN'!

Growl.

Every person is an individual. As individuals, we are all about self expression. It doesn't matter what you do for a living, we all have to need to be comfortable with who we are. What we wear is an expression of ourselves. It's not about expensive clothes or the latest trends... it's about identity. Our personal style is about who we are, what we're into and what we represent.

There comes a time, where every man needs a pair of shoes that shows the world who he is... and I have found mine in this crazy cool pair of boots. Honestly, I've never been a big fan of tailoring or made to measure stuff, well, mainly because I'm don't enjoy shopping or waiting. 

For a recent music video shoot for one of my new songs, 'Colours, Needles & Stories',  I had the great fortune to get acquainted with Diamond Walker Bespoke shoes (I wore one for the shoot, see?) I was floored when I saw the python skinned rock n roll boots that was brought in for the shoot. They were pure, old fashioned, rock n roll. 

a screen shot for the upcoming "Colours, Needles & Stories" Music Video.

another screen shot for "Colours, Needles & Stories' Music video.. Hence the posing.


Close up of the Pythons
Next thing I knew, I was in the shop getting my own personal pair made at their flagship store in China Square Central. LOL! I never had so much attention focussed on my feet. I wish I had a pedicure done or worn some super fancy socks before going down... 3 people fussing over the size of my feet!? A first for me.

Deock Jin (left) and Conrad (right)

Talking to the very knowledgeable and friendly owners (Victor, Conrad, Francis and Sunny) and Deock Jin (creative director & brainchild of Diamond Walker, he was in town for the store opening) I learned more about the art and craft that goes into making bespoke shoes. We bonded over chatting about rock n roll, shoes, art and all that wonderful stuff that makes the world go round. I learned that every individual shoe is made to measure, hand crafted from start to finish in Seoul, Korea. The material/colors and little details that you choose for your pair is completely customizable and no two shoes are exactly the same. That's the beauty of the hand made craftsmanship. Personalization. The shoes will be completely 'you'.

it's like a candy store but with shoes.. a shoe store? bad joke... sorry.
At their boutique, I was amazed by the range of styles that were offered. They had shoes & boots for every style and occasion. The styles ranged from classy, to casual, to hipster, to edgy. Low cuts, hi tops, two tones, pointy, loafers, all kinds! (Oh, I'm not paid by them to write this.)

All the specifications. Made to measure!

The beautiful Sunny and my new favourite boots
About a month getting my feet measured, oh yeah,  it also turns out I have perfectly symmetrical feet (a rare thing according to Diamond Walker) I got a call that my boots have arrived and goodness... they are pure heaven for me feet. They are super comfy, fit perfectly and absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to strut with them onstage. I never had a favourite pair of boots, before. Hot diggety, now I do! Drool before these bad ass, rock n roll boots that I think would also work well when I perform the jazz standards I love, too!


Wahhhhhhh...
An interesting little bit of folklore about crocodile skinned shoes for you myth buffs like myself, It's a Korean belief (in the old days, at least), that wearing leather from two different crocodiles on your feet (one for each side) was a symbol of royalty or high social standing and they were seen as your personal 'guardians', said to bring you protection and good fortune. Nice, huh? 

Close up Details

They strike a pose too.
Check out Diamond Walker's website and facebook page, if you're looking for a new pair of shoes to pamper yourself with a divine, bespoke experience.

My new boots, my happy feet & me.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

WHOA! Horror and animation combos. The Best!

Halloween is fast approaching!  I think it's no surprise that I enjoy the horror genre. And I also enjoy the animation genre...

This upcoming film is a 'must watch' on my list! I'm NOT going to miss 'Hotel Transylvania'.



If you like the Horror and Animation mish mash, you have to see these other amazing films

1) The Nightmare before Christmas


2) Coraline


3) Mad Monster Party



4)  Corpse Bride


5) Paranorman


6)  Of course, the upcoming 'Frankenweenie' is going to be awesome, I'm sure.



And lastly... This video on how to transform yourself into Emily the Corpse bride is really cool!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Ghost Rider rides a Yamaha!

Hi sterofiends, It's been a crazy couple of months with lots of projects, pursuing a second degree and real work to be done so i haven't been able to blog as much as I would like to. I hope all of you are well.


I think, I'm a little slow with this news and yes, I know the ghost rider movies are considered quite crappy by critics. But these brainless movies are a guilty pleasure of mine.Being a big fan of big motorcycles and skulls, I just had to get the Ghostrider: spirit of Vengeance. The first movie was so crap but I must have seen it 5 times. LOL. 




I was surprised and happy to see that the Ghost rider has moved away from the custom chopper/ American motorcycle and now rides a big bad Yamaha VMAX!! The Ghost Rider's bike of choice from the second movie is Japanese, what a pleasant surprise! This is the power of globalization in action. The bike is a real beauty. Most Definitely, a bike that I would love to own.  VROOOM!
 I'm currently bike shopping and there are just so many big bad beautiful bikes to choose from!!


Of course, on the actual bike, flames aren't included. It's also prudent to wear a helmet.




As a stand alone, I think the Vmax is a work of art and as with all beautiful creations it has a cult following. Check out these beautifully made short films about how 3 expert bike custom shops create 'hper mods' of the vmax. Talk about improving on greatness! These 3 builders keep the essence of the vmax but put their own artistic twist on it.




Sunday, 12 August 2012

Batman movie Stop Motion short.

I have such great respect for animators. Stop motion is one of my favourite mediums in animation, just because the amount of patience, and time made to create a scene in stop motion is tremendous.

I believe this short film was put together by a bunch of people from Hong Kong using the Hot Toy series of Batman movie toys, it's really good. Worth a watch!


Friday, 3 August 2012

Zombies in Singapore?

Caught wind of this new Horror Comedy Styled film called "Zombiepura" where the fair city of Singapore gets attacked by Zombies. It''s slated for a release in 2012, so look out for it.
Actors Alaric Tay and Benjamin Heng are in the teaser. I have high hopes for this. Big big fan of the Zombie genre.


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Matchbox Twenty, Deadpool & The Walking Dead

Ok People, there's been a couple of things that's been getting me real excited... First off

Matchbox Twenty- She's So Mean

Matchbox Twenty is coming out with a new album! I'm such a big fan of these talented individuals. Rob Thomas has been a huge influence on me as a singer. And it's been way too long since they came up with fresh material! This first single "She's so Mean." sounds very much like it can garner lots of new fans. I hope this album works out well for them though, but with the state of record sales and reality of the music business... they might even do a tour and stop by our sunny shores!

Check out the official 'lyric' video below.



Deadpool- The Game.

The Fast talking, witty, mercenary from the Marvel Universe is gonna have his own game and it looks to be pretty fun. Not very much gameplay is seen in this video but the attitude and tone is very much set and it looks to be a lot of laughs and digital mayhem for the boys.




The Walking Dead Season 3


If you like comics you've probably heard of the comic series a long way back. The comics are beautifully drawn in black and white and it's a great thing to see an indie comic taking on such a life of it's own.

The creator, Robert Kurtzman is one lucky, talented guy. This comic series has exploded into a phenomenon with super high TV viewership, merchandising and even video games. BUT If you're not a comic fan but at least semi plugged into the TV world, you might probably have seen the DVDs for sale/rental in your local rental stores, HMV, Gramaphone or stores like that. This is not really a horror series. Yes, it has zombies but that's just part of the draw. It's just great drama. great characters, great effects and great acting. if you haven't seen season one and two. (They aren't long seasons anyway, the network wasn't sure if the series would take off so the first season was only 6 episodes or something like that). Season 3 is coming out real soon and the trailer looks just awesome. I know of anti horror chicks who've become fans of the show even. So boys, if you're looking for something to watch with the girls that isn't a chick flick, and girl's if you wanna show the boys that you aren't just a borinjg one dimensional chick lit lady, pop this into your dvd player. you won't regret it.That way, if we ever  meet... we can talk "The Walking Dead"!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Venomsaurus Rex!

There's not very much about the Venomsaurus Rex, except the fact that it looks awesome!

The Dinosuar appeared in a Marvel spinoff called 'Old Man Logan'. The Venom symbiote (which turns any living thing into a rabid but really cool force of alieness) spies on Logan bonds with a T-rex and attempts to destroy him.



In 2010, Sideshow Collectibles created a beautiful huge ass statue of this wonderfully conceptualized creature and the result is another thing I would like to add to my display cabinet.



WHAT A BEAUTY! RIGHT!? It's HUGE and it comes with an amalgamation of the venom symbiote as well.


painting the beast

SIDESHOW giving us their precious wisdom about how they create a beauty like this.




run for your lives!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Doll like things I covet

Goodness, I don't know why I can't grow out of my obsession with toys. Put me in an action figure/ sculpture/ figurine store and I will surely lose track of anything anyone is talking about. I am always impressed by these lifelike or bloody beautiful sculpts. They are all done by brilliant artists and very much a labour of love. I've tried to do some sculpting here and there and man, it's not an easy task.

There've been quite a few of these beauties that I'd love to own but hey, I can't just go buying everything that's cool now, can I?

Avatar Jake Sully Figure from Hot Toys

Look at how realistic the expression is!

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon this beauty while surfing the internet and good god it has not left my mind. Standing at about 18inches tall, I saw one for sale at a toy store the other day going for about S$300 but resisted the urge to buy it.
Beautiful detail in the hair.


It comes with a litte LED light up stand



ready for battle!

Bruce Lee 'Game of Death'

The most famous asian movie star ever. He's got a whole bunch of toys but this sculpt really caught my eye. I've got a friend, Nick who collects all kinds of Bruce Lee paraphernalia. I wonder if he's got this one.

 Poison Ivy Statue- Sideshow Collectibles

This is one good looking version of Poison Ivy. I wouldn't mind her gardening my plants at all.


Batman and Joker from the HUSH series by Real Action Heroes

I'm a big fan of the HUSH series of Batman. It was well written, with great artwork and an engaging read. Great crime comic. These two figures capture the look of the artwork from that comic series perfectly.


 

Joker from The Dark Knight: Hot Toys

The varying Heath Ledger head sculpts are just amazing. The talent, the dedication!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Dog Day Afternoon

Last week, I did something rare. I decided to take a little break and do something drifferent. We drove to the beach with my trusty Canon 60D and took some shots. (I can't just lie on the beach or anywhere else and do nothing. I actually feel that sleeping is a waste of time!) I also realized on that day that I need a lot more cardio exercise. Hope you like the photos

The wild animal stalking his owner

Splash free swimmer


Impressive speed this guy gets

Gotta shake off
 
TIger looking dog


A mouthful of sand
 A dog day afternoon. I would like to do this more often.




The Closing show


Voyage de la Vie- The longest show that ever ran in Singaporean history has finally closed it's curtains last week. I had a grand experience working with the brilliant artists, creatives, musicians and crew for two years of my life. I've made some great friends and have had some wonderful experiences. See you guys down the road!

The end of a run always calls for some celebration. I didn't bring my camera (a DSLR is kinda bulky to take to a party. Note to self: it might be time get a point and shoot) so here's some pictures taken by my friends.

Some of the musical talent

The gorgeous Aurelia.


The Cutest Contortionist & the funniest Archer

Venezuelan Pride!
Gift bags and a handsome Artistic Coordinator
Beauty Pageant chicks and one happy male performer
me and my buddy (the Jesus imposter) along side (L) A Beauty Queen with brains.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Tron's Electric Light bike

I would really make the switch to electric cycles if the price was right and I could charge it without living in a landed property. This is way cool. Best of all, it's street legal and doesn't emit any harmful gases or pollutants in the air.


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

This is one lovely documentary about the life and times of one of metal/ rock n roll's legendary front men- OZZY.

I don't quite understand how this full documentary is uploaded on youtube, it must flaunt many copyright laws... I've never seen this dvd in Singapore stores yet. I'd love to get this on bluray.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Bad to to the Bone

When I was 9, it was the artistry of James Cameron's Terminator 2 and George Thurogood's signature song "Bad to the Bone" that was responsible for me wanting to dress in nothing but black, get inked, wear shades and ride a big, bad motorcycle.

This brilliant fan video says it all. Mothers, Lock up your daughters.


And Of course, The Man can kick it Live. Try doing that B B B B Bad.... bit in the song. It's tough!


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Live to Ride?

Before I got my driver's license, I've always rode a bike. I've always enjoyed the freedom that riding a motorcycle gives me, it's hard to describe, you just feel free. Riding a motorcycle in good weather is one of my favourite things. I've driven a van for about 8 years now and at the end of this year, it has to go to the Scrap yard. It's served me well but I might be saddling up on a steel horse once again. And this time, I'm probably gonna get a big one.

I've always wanted to ride a Harley, but I never did. It never felt right to try on another man's bike. It's too much of an invasion of privacy. This time, I just might get one, I figure I should ride one before I get too old and look like one of those "middle age crisis" men, riding a bike that has too much machismo for them.

This video, puts forth a convincing argument.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Eternal Fanboy- Part One

My friends, my stereo fiends... It's been a long time since I've found the time to post anything. It seems that because I'm at a major crossroads of my life and career (more on that in another post , perhaps...) things like blogging and other needless things just do not become a priority for me.  Anyway, I do hope all of you are well and doing just fine. Thanks for the constant emails and Facebook messages to my page.


I've always been a big fanboy. I've plenty of respect for people who've moved me with their talents and what they've been able to achieve despite the odds. If you don't know who they are, or what they've done , I've included some titles you can buy to check out their work! It's worthwhile. I swear.

Myles Kennedy- Alter bridge Frontman, Ex Mayfield Four Frontman. Toured with Slash for Slash's Solo record and worked with the famous Axman on his second solo release coming out very soon! This guy looks great, sounds great, plays a mean guitar, technically, he SINGS AMAZING and kicks butt onstage. He had a cameo in the MarkWahlberg movie "Rockstar". I love that movie. 

Buy: Alter bridge's "Black Bird" album and Slash's "Made in Stoke" concert DVD. I saw the Blu Ray in Gramaphone at Takashimaya last week for less than $30. It's a steal, people!!



Jean Claude Van Damme- Karate Champ turned action movie star. I was raised on his movies.
Thank you, Papa for bringing home Bloodsport on VHS! He was my childhood hero. He inspired me to take up martial arts and that led me to fencing and an all round active lifestyle. I was very sorry to find out when I grew up that he was blacklisted from Hollwood and suffered from a major bipolar disorder. He's the guy that brought John Woo into Hollywood for goodness sake!


 Recently, I saw JCVD. A film loosely based on his life. It had him speaking in his native french and it was a work of art. I urge everyone to watch this film. It is part action film, part action, part art film and I've never seen Jean Claude Van Damme do such a good job with acting. Even my girl who always rolls her eyes when I bring up Jean Claude Van Damme said it was really good after watching it (Yes, I like to force people I'm close to to watch stuff I'm into). Get it! Trust me. It's very worth it.

Buy: "Blood Sport", "Hard Target" and "JCVD"

A weathered Jean Claude Van Damme in JCVD- Wonderful movie.


JCVD trailer and short review-




Dave Gahan- Frontman of Depeche Mode.


This guy on stage, he's pure charisma. I'm very proud that I have the same vocal tone as he does, most of the people in music see our rich, low registers as a bane in the world of rock and roll. "Why can't you scream and hit all those Hi notes?!!". Reply is actually, "Because I'm born with thicker bassier vocal cords, you idiot." 

My world was never the same after I heard Depeche Mode. If you think all they've done is 80s music, you're dead wrong, They are still around and very much kicking. I know it's kinda lame but I would love to be part of a Depeche Mode tribute band. He's changed my mindset about frontmen so much for me and gave me the confidence that our voice types isn't a negative and actually, very rare and sought after by some people. Thank you, Mister Gahan.
Buy a live concert DVD. "Live in Milan", "Touring the Angel" or "Tour of the Universe". They are all just great.

Rob Zombie- This ex frontman of White Zombie, later launched a very successful solo career and became a feature film director. 


His career is one I hope to emulate. From writing songs to dirceting his own music videos. He managed to bring the horror niche to the mainstream! He's working on a new movie called the Lords of Salem. The man even directed a commercial for washing detergent "Woolite". That's what I call breaking down walls of stereotypes. 

Here's the Woolite Ad, called the "Torturer" . Funny stuff!


Here's the making of the "Woolite" Ad
 
I have so much respect for this guy! I know he puts on a crazy live show but he's never released a live DVD so I hope and pray that I'll get to watch him live one day and maybe, Dare I say It? Work with the guy!!

Buy "Hellbilly Deluxe" 1 and 2 h is "Greatest Hits", and "House of 1000 Corpses", "Halloween" remake and "The Devils Rejects". 

Alice Cooper- The Father of Shock Rock. Frontman of Alice Cooper. 


I first saw him in Wayne's World the movie where he sang, "Feed My Frankenstein". My dad took me to the cinema to watch it. Changed my life. This guy broke down walls, introduced horror and stage theatrics to rock n roll. Fought alcoholism with a golf addiction and made me wanna put a touch of horror in everything I do as well.  Without him, there'd be no KISS, no Marilyn Manson and no Rob Zombie, GASP!!! BOW DOWN. WE"RE NOT WORTHY.

Buy his "Definitive Alice Cooper", album, his biography "Golf Monster"  (available on audio book and in paperback) and his latest studio release "Welcome 2 My Nightmare".

LUCKY ME. I was star struck and tongue tied.

Bono- Frontman of U2. Real life Irish superhero who's trying to save the world.
Old old photo of Bono.
When I first started out with my band, All I started out with was pretty much bad Bono impressions. I tried to wear what he wore, posed how he posed and sang how he sang, it was ridiculous. Soon after, I realised there was little point in trying to be Bono as there was already one of him around and I couldn't be better at being him than he was. LOL. Big influence on me as a young singer. Thanks to my cousin, Sebastian who lent me his copy of "The Joshua Tree".

Buy: U2's Greatest hits. There are two albums spanning different decades and any concert DVD that was directed by Hamish Hamilton.

AC/DC- Balls to the Wall Rock Band from Oz.

Angus Young, Rock God.
I was in Secondary 2, after school I went over to my classmate Isaac's house (I think) to watch the Monsters of Rock '91 concert in the Soviet Union on VHS. That day, I left a different person. Watching Metallica and ACDC on that video hit me hard. These people played music that spoke to me. They are what Rock and Roll's all about for me. I've been a fan since and I went all by my solo to watch the Rock Gods by myself in the Wembley Stadium years after. 

Buy their Live Concert "ACDC Live At Donington" It's available in Blu ray, that should be sweet to watch.
That's Frontman Brian Johnson singing on stage!!!
Worth every penny. Easily one of the happiest days of my life.

Bruce Lee- Fast kicking, High pitched yelling martial arts superstar/ Philosopher. Gone too soon.

CRAZY muscles. It's a full time job/ commitment to look like that.
This guy changed the world. Not just with his art and his talent but he changed the way the world perceived the "Yellow Man". Go Asian pride. Bruce Lee. He's the man. 
Beautiful Statue of Bruce Lee in HongKong.
Buy "Enter the dragon", that's the stuff right there. 
Also watch "How Bruce Lee Changed the World" by the History Channel. (I've attached the whole documentary below) You'll have no choice but to show massive respect to the martial arts legend.

The HISTORY channel's "How Bruce Lee Changed the World"

Rob Thomas- Frontman of Matchbox Twenty and Award Winning Solo singer/ Songwriter.

As I carved my fledgling singing career in the bars, pubs and clubs singing cover songs. A friend of mine asked me to try out some Matchbox Twenty Songs, I knew the singer from "Santana's "Smooth" but I never tried to sing their songs. I forgot who asked me to try it, but thank you! 

As I learned how to sing their songs and paid attention to the words, the lyrics, the catchy melodies, Matchbox quickly became one of my favourite radio friendly bands.
pictured with his lovely wife, Marisol.
Rob Thomas in particular really influenced the way I used my voice and his unique diction's something i deeply admire to this day. His voice sounds better and better with each record and even his solo stuff is pretty cool, different but cool.  I do hope they come out with a new album as a band.

Buy: "Mad Season", "More than you think you are" and his first solo album, "Something to be"
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 I realize I actually have a whole bunch of other people that I consider Heroes but I've spent WAY too much time blogging than I had planned. I've gotta leave it as that for now. I gotta run and I'll see you around!