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Saturday, October 15, 2016

My musical journey

So I went to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). I know I don't look like a person who appreciates music but I've always enjoyed it. It's been ages since I attended one. The first time I was exposed to the orchestra was back in 2006. It was for a college assignment and we were lucky to have attended the 'Magic Orchestra'.

I'm not one who is crazy about music and is very cautious about my spending on entertainment. I've waited long enough for a session that catches my interest. When MPO posted on 'A Musical Journey in Anime', I know that this is it ~ something that I can relate to especially when it's Studio Gibli's.

The session started with the Water Traveller for 8 minutes followed by my favourite Studio Ghibli animation of all time - My Neighbour Totoro for close to 25 minutes. Joe Hisashi is truly a master composer. It's music to the soul, not just the ears. I had goosebumps and flashback of the entire story throughout the session - from the time the kids shifted in to the house, meeting Totoro & then the cat bus to the time their mum was discharged from the hospital.

After the session, it was a 20 minutes break. The session continues with music from Kiki's Delivery Service for about 5 minutes...

continued with musics from Departure and Oriental Wind. The session ended with music from a drama called Saka No Ue No Kumo. I've never heard any of them so I was feeling a bit lost apart from just enjoying the composition. I personally prefer enjoying composition that I've heard before and honestly speaking they should be playing anime music rather than those composed for movie/drama. At least something from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Howl's Moving Castle.

Of course not to be forgotten, they did play One Summer's Day from the famous Spirited Away.

Btw, this is not a sponsored post. I paid RM192 for the ticket.

Will be doing a separate post on the best seats and the do's and don'ts at MPO.

Before I end my blog post, a moment of silence to Studio Ghibli colour designer, Michiyo Yasuda who had just passed away. As BBC's reported 'You may not have heard of Michiyo Yasuda, but you know her work' as she's the artist behind some of Studio Ghibli's greatest films ~ giving them colours and bringing them to life.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Suicide Squad, Sadako vs Kayako & Don't Breathe Movie Reviews

Last mentioned I was going to watch Suicide Squad. 5 movies later... here are my reviews on 3 movies and why them together? The 3 movies bear 1 similar resemblance - being on a suicide mission unknowingly.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad was much anticipated until it was on the big screen where there were generally a lot of negative reviews. It isn't that bad when you have no expectation or probably because I was prepared for the worst.

This movie is sort of a continuation from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's the aftermath of Superman's death and Intelligence Operative, Amanda Waller led a secret government agency by recruiting imprisoned supervillians to execute dangerous black ops missions to save the world. Indirectly, the supervillians under this mission is heading to suicide without knowing the treat. Bruce Wayne made a special appearance at the end of the movie. 

I found the movie to be acceptable in a way. Not as bad as it seems but lacking in a solid story line. I must admit that the movie is slow and boring at the beginning of the story and how it kept flashing back to how Harvey Quinn met the Joker.  

Rating: 3/7

Sadako vs Kayako
I find this movie to be redundant. They should just leave Sadako & Kayako to rest in peace. This movie just made 2 great movies into the worst. Come on, getting 2 non related ghost movies together and trying to piece them together is probably the worst idea ever.

The story started as 2 individual stories - at one part of Japan, 2 friends (Natsumi & Yuri) met Sadako while purchasing a 2nd hand video player that contains the cursed video tape. At another part of Japan, a young girl shifted next door to the haunted house of Kayako. She was being called by the house next door and ended up walking into the house when she was warned not to do so... Another act of committing suicide. 

While trying to help the girls to break free of the Sadako curse, they were brought to the haunted house in hope of both ghosts will fight and obliterate each others thus saving the 3 girls.

The conclusion is the worst. It doesn't make sense at all but oh well... the whole story line was forceful to begin with.

Rating: 1/7

Don't Breathe
Breaking into the house of a blind veteran is the same as committing suicide. There's a reason as to why he is still surviving well and his skill as an army would still suffice to go against little burglars/thieves. Although there were only few actor/actress in this movie, it still managed to instill panic and fear for Rocky and Adam who were chased by the blind old man at his territory. 

The start of the movie was probably slow but the moment of terror begins as the 3 friends broke in to the blind man's home. There were lots of unexpected moments that will keep your adrenaline running throughout the whole movie.

I'm not going to have any spoiler here but I ponder who's the victim here and who's right & wrong. The 3 friends who broke in to steal from a blind man is wrong but do they deserved to be killed? The blind man who was trying to defend himself, is he wrong to kill? Did the blind man deserved to be attacked/killed because the thieves were trying to defend themselves? 

There's more to the story here but do watch and you will ponder even more. I'll let you guess who survived that night.

Rating: 5/7

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bausch & Lomb Lacelle Diamond Daily

How many days in a week do you wear contact lens to work? To me, my answer is 0 for most of the weeks because I have very sensitive eyes. I don't wear contact lens to work often but I do when I'm attending event or if I have a big presentation as it really does make a difference to the confidence level.

However, getting the right contact lens is not easy especially when it comes to cosmetic colour lenses. My cousin has to buy her daily cosmetic contact lens from Taiwan. That's right, she goes to Taiwan and buy her supply yearly because she can't wear any daily cosmetic contact lens sold in Malaysia & Singapore.

To quote Mr Jake Kim, the Managing Director of Bausch + Lomb Malaysia "you can easily purchase contact lens anywhere from optical shop to pasar malam and even online shopping. But how reliable are they?"

Finally, there's something in the market that will give us the piece of mind. Bausch + Lomb Malaysia launches Lacelle Diamond last Wednesday, following the launch of the highly successful Bausch + Lomb Lacelle Jewel last year. As with every Bausch + Lomb product, stringent quality control and state-of-the-art technology is of utmost priority. With that said, wearers can enjoy unrivaled product safety and absolute peace of mind with the Lacelle Diamond Daily.

[Photo credit official photographer]
At the launch (from left to right) - Anthony; Venice Min; Jane Chuck; Ms Chia, Professional Service Manager, Bausch + Lomb; Mr Jake Kim, MD of Bausch + Lomb, Ms Vivian Hoong, Brand Manager of Bausch + Lomb; Kiran Jassal; Karen Koh & Nana Al Haleq

This new innovation is designed in a unique pattern that mimics the light-reflecting facets of a solitaire-cut diamond and wearers can expect a diamond-lie dazzle to transform their appearance. On top of that, its 13mm pattern diameter, gives wearers a larger and pronounced iris for a doe-eyed look without the use of make-up.

During the launch, the ambassadors shared their experience and I love the one shared by Jane on what she likes about Lacelle Diamond ~ as a daily lens, she doesn't need to bring any contact lens solutions whenever she's travelling. I travel a lot for work and have never thought of the practicality of daily lens - not needing to carry any solutions. Not just that, I can save time and hassle of cleaning and maintaining required of a normal contact lens. I'm using bi-weekly lenses btw. Now I have an alternative. I'll review the lens once I try it out.

To suit any personality or appearance, the Lacelle Diamond Daily comes in 3 different colours.

Lacelle Diamond Daily will be available at all major optical stores nationwide. It retails at RM42/box of 10 piece and RM110/box of 30 pieces.