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Friday, July 25, 2008

A Tribute to Shohjo-Tai

Almost everyone has an idol, at a certain time in their life. My mom was once crazy about Frankie Valli.

Frankie Valli in the 50/60s. She wasn't as impressed
with the Four Seasons, but Frankie came with it.

And there was also Cliff Richard, who had a whole lot of fertile hair at that time.

But of course, I'm just guessing the extent of her craze cos that was such a long time ago, & she doesn't talk about it like a 14-year old would. But of course, you can't expect her to cos all of them look like this today.
Frankie Valli in his 70s.

And SIR Cliff Richard today, minus all that hair.

Then there was my sister. She was crazy about Sting when she was still a teenager.

& believe it or not, Ed Harris too, at her age mind you.

I mean I can understand girls going goo-goo over Sting. But I think my sis was way beyond her age to have liked Ed Harris. But I guess she just digs people who look like skeletor.

Or even The Red Skull.

Now, I also was a big fan of a teeny bobber group from Japan called Shohjo-Tai.

In fact, I was more than a fan. I was a crazed lunatic over them. If there was such a thing as a stalker back then, I'd have volunteered to be one.

Shohjo-Tai was a great girl band. They even did cosplay.

But you see, back then it was quite difficult to be a fan. There was no internet nor Bill Gates. So that meant it was pretty hard to find any piece of news or photos about anything.

It was a lonely pursuit in this fan-ship as there was no one I could share this good news with. There were no such thing as internet fan forums. And when Shohjo-Tai came for a concert in KL, not everybody could fly there, because Tony Fernandez hadn't thought of AirAsia yet.

But of course, that was a long time ago. Now I'm all grown up & have gone beyond that. All that remains now as just a part of my Sweet Dreams & Memories, until... YouTube unleashed it's supreme power.

Now, Shohjo-Tai is alive again!
And it will live on Forever, Forever! MUAHAHAHAHAHA

Shohjo-Tai's first TV appearance in Japan on a really ridiculously funny show. Watch out for the skinny sumo dancers with backpacks.





Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Return of Ah Lien

Hello Ebrybody! This is Ah Lien again! Sorry I haven't writing for such a long time after my previous posts here, here, here, here, here & here. Buts I'm very the happy to be backs. Tankyus to Ah Beng for giving me another opportunities.

Many things have happened eversince my last post. The prices of things have gone up including petrol. But I'm very lucky because I got other ways to save petrol. Ah Bengs bring me to work on Monday. Ah Khiong pick me on Tuesday. Ah John Wednesday. Thursday Ah Hock. Friday Ah Piang. Saturday & Sunday I pick one to go dating. You know, this is what they call car pool.

Life is difficult nowadays, I know. But sometimes when I am feeling down, I go back to my room & I look at the Malaysian astronaut poster on my wall, & everything becomes better.

You know, the Malaysian astronaut become Datuk oredi! My mother say if want to hook him, this is the time to take the actions. His stock market is shooting up all the way.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hayao Miyazaki Update: Ponyo

Finally, the latestest & longestest awaited Miyazaki animated feature Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea has hit the cinemas in Japan a couple of days ago.

As with all Miyazaki animation, it's a carefully hand drawn labour of love which took 4 years or so to complete. Just imagine that. Toddlers who were waiting for it years ago have now all grown up & married with their own family & kids.

But of course I'm exaggerating as usual. 4 years is just enough to keep everyone in suspense. And with Miyazaki, no matter what he's doing, you'd always know that it's worth the wait.

At first impression, I'm sure you'd think the whole thing looks babyish. I did too.

But I have the confidence & belief that Miyazaki will consistently deliver one more time a piece of work that touches the heart, & move our emotions & imagination.

Much like what was done with Disney's Lilo & Stitch, Ponyo marks a return to the traditional watercolour technique for Miyazaki, who has not been shy to adopt CGI seamlessly into his previous features.

As I've mentioned before, this movie reeks with super-bubbly charm. I mean just look at this little girl.

Now, how can you say no to a super-cuteness like that?

More images from the movie here.

It looks like advertising didn't waste any time. Even before the movie came out, Ponyo became a drink.

Now, all we have to do is wait for it to come out on DVD, cos as sure as elephants don't fly, it'll never be released in the cinemas here.
More info about the movie & the creator here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Jacky Cheung in London

Oh, did I tell you? I probably forgot. I met Jacky Cheung in London. :D