Friday, August 19, 2016

《危城》CALL OF HEROES [Movie Review]

 

 
 
SYNOPSIS

In the early Republic of China, the whole country was trodden by incessant civil wars. The new ruling warlord Cao Ying sent his son Cao Shaolun to take over the remote village Pucheng. Cold-blooded and temperamental, Shaoun killed the innocents and orphans. The guardians of Pucheng arrested him and the guardian commander Yang Kenan planned to execute him after the trial.
 
Zhang Yi, a colonel under warlord Cao Ying, learnt of what happened and came to Pucheng demanding the release of Shaolun. Zhang came across Ma Feng, who learnt martial arts from his mentor. Ma witnessed the outrageous behaviour of Shalolun and refused to take Zhang’s side. He was determined to assist Yang to keep Shaolun behind bars.
 
Zhang failed to rescue Shaolun. Cao’s army invaded Pucheng and caused numerous casualties and deaths. The brave heroes swore to fight the battle to protect their homeland.
 
 


 








CAST & CHARACTERS

 
Sean Liu as Yang Kenan
 
The guardian commander in Pucheng village with great wisdom yet acting dumb, a family-oriented man who fought for justice and righteousness.

Lau has accumulated a number of memorable roles by working with some of the best filmmakers in Hong Kong including Derek Yee, Benny Chan, Johnnie To, he has won Best Actor Awards at Hong Kong Film Awards in 2007 for MY NAME IS FAME (2006) and in 2015 for OVERHEARD 3 (2014), and at Taiwan Golden Horse Awards in 2012 for LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (2011).
 
 
Louis Koo as Cao Shaolun
 
Emotionally dysfunctional, arrogant and cruel, a commander at Cao’s army. He is an extreme autocrat who always get his way.
 
Koo is a notable Hong Kong actor and one of the most popular male idols in South East Asia and China, he has participated in many acclaimed films including ELECTION (2005), ROB-B-HOOD (2006), PROTÉGÉ (2007), OVERHEARD (2009), OVERHEARD 2 (2011), THE WHITE STORM (2013).

 
Eddie Peng as Ma Feng
 
Playful and carefree, once an armed escort with exquisite martial arts capabilities, turning a vagrant swordsman after parting with Zhang Yi – a senior fellow student of his mentor.
 
Peng is one of the most promising young actors from Taiwan. He has played leading roles in numerous Chinese blockbusters including UNBEATABLE (2013), RISE OF THE LEGEND (2014), TO THE FORE (2015), he was nominated for the Best Actor for THE RISE OF THE LEGEND in Hong Kong Film Awards in 2015.
 
 
Wu Jing as Zhang Yi
 
A senior fellow student learning from Ma Feng’s martial art mentor, Zhang is a powerful martial artist, a responsible colonel in Cao’s army. He is also the bodyguard of the Warlord Cao Ying.
 
Wu is a former martial arts athlete born in Beijing, he was spotted by the famous Hong Kong director 
Yuen Woo Ping, and started filming in martial arts movies. His performance can be found in THE MUMMY: THE TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR (2008), LEGENDARY ASSASSIN (2008), SHAOLIN (2011), BADGES OF FURY (2013), WOLF WARRIORS (2015), SPL2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES (2015.)

 
Yuan Quan as Zhou Susu
 
Intelligent, well-mannered and knowledgeable, Susu is Yang’s wife. She is good with martial arts and often handle issues calmly and thoughtfully.
 
Yuan is a Chinese actress and singer who graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, her performance along side with Chow Yun-fat in LAST TYCOON (2012) drew international attention, her other films include BREAKUP BUDDIES (2014) and THE GOLDEN ERA (2014)
 
 
Jiang Shu Ying as Bai Ling
 
A young and kind-hearted teacher, Bai Ling is determined to protect a group of orphans and to help them flee from Shaolun.
 
 
Liu Kai Chi as Liao

The sub-commander of the guardians, Liao is also a loyal friend and trusty assistant of Yang.


[ Personal Review ]

I personally feel that this is a very nice show.. it has my favourite actor, Louis Koo and it has popular actors like Sean Liu Qing Yun and Eddie Peng in the movie. The overall martial arts was very exciting and thrilling. Story plot is good and really worth a weekend movie to catch. At certain parts of the movie, it allows us to reflect on certain values that one has to possess. Louis Koo in this movie really portray a very bad-ass guy, and he carried it well. Perhaps he does have the bad boy look. He is really very very bad in the movie, as in being a bad person!

Its a movie not to be missed!


Movie rating: 8/10
Thrill level: 8/10


 
 OPENS 18 AUGUST 2016 IN CINEMAS!


 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

UNIQLO LifeWear Fall/Winter 2016 @ MoCA!




Contributing to comfort and fun through contemporary fashion that matches every occasion. 

As times change, so do our values and lifestyles. 

Many of us now prioritise emotional over material needs. We seek no more than what we believe is truly important. As society embraces more diversity, many of us are carefully choosing fashions that match our lifestyles. Wardrobes incorporating comfortable clothing for a wide range of occasions reflect the times in which we live.

At UNIQLO we believe that individuality in fashion comes from within. It's how you wear your clothes not the clothes themselves. So, we focus relentlessly on you, the wearer. We recognise that the more comfortable your apparel is, the more you'll want to wear it. We're constantly monitoring and reflecting on what people are wearing so we can fill the world with quality. 

The LifeWear Fall/Winter 2016 collection presents situations that are familiar to us all in daily living, with items and fashion coordination ideas that work perfectly for each occasion.


Essentials
 
 
A range of quality basics that embody UNIQLO's ongoing quest for perfection
Jeans, chino pants, cotton shirts, and knitwear are essentials for the wardrobes of everyone, everywhere. The amount of time spent wearing such items remains with us as precious memories. UNIQLO's essentials allow people to express themselves naturally whenever and wherever they want to, striving for perfection in basics that match a desire for fashion that works effortlessly in all sorts of situations.


Work
 
 
Natural, flexible, and neat styling that everyone likes
Workwear styling is becoming more versatile as work practices and environments become more diverse. Nonetheless, we should always aim to look our best. UNIQLO offers numerous items in neat and minimalist styles that complement personalities while keeping people smart and comfortable all day long.


Sport
 
 
Daily wear that is also great for sports and enjoying the great outdoors
More and more people are putting in a visit to the gym, park or yoga studio before their days begin in the office or at home. They want clothing that works well all day in those situations. UNIQLO therefore has created an array of functional items that do just that- employing fabrics that either wick away sweat, dry quickly, retain or dissipate heat, block out the wind, repel water, or most importantly, are breathable and lightweight. While keeping people comfortable as they keep fit, the clothing also looks great when going out to town. Combining healthy functionality, great looks and comfort is quintessentially UNIQLO.


Travel
 
 
Must-haves that will take you anywhere in the world, anytime
Globetrotting has become an increasingly popular pastime for people, and what better way to keep warm and protected from the elements than with UNIQLO. Our range of Fall/Winter staples such as HEATTECH, Ultra Light Down, Fleece and Cashmere work perfectly on their own for light autumn or layered up for the wintertime. They were created thoughtfully with the universal traveler in mind, proving that more warmth does not have to mean more weight. Whether you are traveling for business or for leisure, packing is one less thing to worry about when on the move with UNIQLO.   


Playtime
 
 
Keeping our little ones stylish, comfortable and safe as they discover their worlds
Comfortable clothing that enables kids to satisfy their curiosity. Kids are bundles of curiosity. They are constantly looking for things to try and have a seemingly endless appetite for adventure. UNIQLO offers an array of items to keep kids comfortable and safe as they explore everything around them.


Here are some of the photos taken at the LifeWear Fall/Winter 2016 held at MoCA!
 
Photo credit: Elaine Heng
 
Myself with Elaine Heng at the event. All her photos were taken by her personal photographer, feel free to contact her if you're interested in hiring her photographer for events & functions.
 
Photo credit: Elaine Heng
 
 


 
Photo credit: Elaine Heng
 
Here ending off with a photo of ourselves with the models donning UNIQLO's LifeWear Fall/Winter 2016!
 



UNIQLO Singapore on social and online media

Website & E- Commerce: www.uniqlo.com/sg
Instagram: @uniqlosg
Hashtag: #uniqlosg
Mobile App: Search "UNIQLO SG" in App Store or Google Play ( Stay connec ted to UNIQLO right in your palm, with useful info such as e - catalogs, exclusive offers, newsletters, UNIQLO Life tools & many more!)

 
About UNIQLO LifeWear

Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.





Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Domino’s Pizza - Awesome 4-Some! [Event - 5Aug2016]

 
Domino’s launches “The Awesome 4-Some
Complete your meal with a four-in-one box with your favourite tasty sides.
 
 
Singapore, July 2016- Get ready for a feast of all the tasty sides you love with the New Domino’s Awesome 4-Some. Each Awesome 4-Some box comes with 4 different tasty sides:

 
1) Cheesy Mozzeralla Stix - 100% Mozzarella Cheese Wrapped in a crispy crust topped with Mozzarella Cheese, baked to golden perfection.
 
2) Mini Cinadots - Delightful Mini Cinnadots are sprinkled with cinnamon and complemented with icing sugar for a sweet treat!
 
3) Golden Roasted Drummets - Well seasoned, tender and juicy roasted Roasted Chicken Drummets.
 
4) Garlic Cheese Onion Rings - Savor the taste of cheesy, garlicky golden rings made with 100% real onions and baked to a tender crisp.
 
Aimed at offering customers more selection and variety, customers can choose to order this tasty fourin-one box as a snack on its own or even best completing with the 2 Pizza Deals from Domino’s Pizza.
 
The Awesome 4-Some box will definitely be perfect for any occasion with your friends and loved one.  It is currently available for sale at an Introductory Price of SGD$15 (Usual Price: SGD22.20), with no delivery charge.

Now wipe that drool away and click here to get your fix: http://bit.ly/29XWuoV.
 
 
EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FOR YOU!
- Quote “TIN2R” for 2 Regular Pizza + $1 Off Awesome 4-Some
- Quote “TIN2L” for 2 Large Pizza + $2 Off Awesome 4-Some
- Quote “TIN2XL” for 2 X-tra Large Pizza + $3 Off Awesome 4-Some
Offer is valid for Online Order (http://dominos.com.sg/), Call Centre (62226333) and Over the Counter. Coupon valid from 6 Aug – 7 Sept 2016. #dominossg #awesome4some
 
 
“Be A National Day Pizza Patriot” Contest (1st – 31st  Aug 2016)
 
 
This National Day, stand to win exciting prizes!
Do this by uploading a photo of yourself sharing Domino’s Pizza like a Pizza Patriot, a person who defends the right to share Pizza!
 
For every 51 photos uploaded, bigger and better prizes will be unlocked for all of Singapore. You could unlock up to 50% off on your next trip to Domino’s and that’s not even the grand mystery prize!
 
 
 
Interested? Get your friends and get started! Contest runs till 31 Aug 2016.
For more information: http://bit.ly/2a47YWE
#PizzaPatriot

For more information on their promotions and latest updates, please visit www.dominos.com.sg.
Follow them on Facebook Page (http://facebook.com/DominosSG) and Instagram (@DominosSG).
 

ABOUT DOMINO’S PIZZA
 
Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza, Inc. is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino’s Pizza, Inc. operates a network of more than 9,000 owned and franchised stores throughout the U.S. and more than 65 international markets. Domino’s is the world’s leading pizza delivery company committed to leading the industry in product quality and operational excellence. Domino's Pizza, Inc. was named 2010 “Chain of the Year” by Pizza Today magazine. This marks the second consecutive win by the company. Domino’s Pizza Singapore and its unique ordering platforms Domino’s Pizza Singapore is the 67th country where Domino’s has established its presence.

Domino’s Pizza is the first international pizza company to introduce pizza delivery service and its famous pizza tracker known as the Great Pizza Service Tracker (GPS Tracker) for online ordering, making it the first pizza company in Singapore to have a pizza tracker. GPS Tracker is also available on its new app, giving consumers’ connectivity to view the status of their orders while being on-the-go. It allows customers the added convenience to keep tabs on the status of their food order from the moment it is ordered to the moment it leaves the store for delivery, enhancing customer experience.
 
Domino’s brings 4 key unique selling prepositions (USP’s) to its customers:
1. 30 minutes delivery guarantee; 15-minute takeout guarantee
2. Product satisfaction guarantee
3. Free delivery
4. Nett pricing
 
Find us on Facebook: Domino’s Pizza - Singapore Singapore’s Official Facebook Page!  Like and share our page and get updates on the latest promos and offers from the World’s No.1 Pizza Delivery Company!
 
As of April 2016, there are 22 Domino’s Pizza stores in Singapore. For more information on menu, online promotions and delivery coverage areas, kindly log on to http://www.dominos.com.sg.
 
 
At the Launch of the Domino's Awesome 4-Some Event!
 

 
With the fellow bloggers and influencers!
Thanks The Influencer Network for the invitation!
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Volkswagen Golf Variant 1.4 TSI [Car Review]

 
The Volkswagen Golf Variant R-line is something that really caught me by surprise..
Despite being a lengthy stationwagon.. this car still roars when it comes to speed!
Let me show you around what this car can deliver for you..
 
 
 
The R-Line equipment package lends the Golf Variant a sportier look.
In fact, the R-line comes in standard for all Golf Variant in Singapore.
The standard R-Line exterior styling package includes R-Line bumpers in a striking, sporty look, a dedicated radiator grille with R-Line logo, side sill extensions, a roof edge spoiler, a black gloss diffuser and 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 R18 tyres as shown below.
 
 
 
I like the rims which are very unique to the style of the car.. havin' its own style and personality.
.. havin' the black and chrome distinguishment of the wheels.. it just looks really Great!
 
 
 
Exterior styling of the 4,562 mm long Golf Variant, which is 307 mm longer than hatchback model, reflects the same impressive lines up to the B pillars. From the rear doors back, special modifications give the Golf Variant its own identity. It was planned as a member of the series right from the outset and was developed in parallel to the hatchback.

Perfection in the details is evident in such prominent features as the D-pillars. Here, designers succeeded in transferring the taut form that is so typical of the Golf – like the chords of an arc with an inset arrow – from the C-pillars to the D-pillars.
 
If ya not sure what these B-C-D Pillars are.. the below illustration would show it all.
 
 
 
The Golf Variant’s styling with its precise lines creates a sporty and impressive look. The two-part rear lights emphasise its family affiliation to the model range and the brand.
 
 
 
In its interior, the Golf Variant also overcomes class boundaries in terms of its high-quality materials and the exclusive appearance of its design. When stepping into the car, the wide centre console is immediately apparent; it is more typical of a premium class car.

Centrally mounted on the centre console is the modern ‘Discover Pro’ infotainment system, with an 8-inch display and the latest App-Connect smartphone connectivity features. It works with the MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay services.

 
 
Speedometer of the Golf Variant is pretty standard on all Volkswagen models.
Neat and clean I would say..
 
 
With a simple LCD screen between the dials.
It displays all the different modes and information on it clearly..
You can also switch it to radio.. hence it will display the name of the radio station on it.
 
 
 
Over here its the DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) Gear.
Its pretty impressive I would say.. after test-driving for quite a number of Volkswagen.
The gear changes are really smooth and doesn't feel jerky at all. When I switch the gear to the S-mode (Sports Mode), playing with the rocker gearshifts on the steering wheel.. the gear changing was really very smooth and swift.
 
Here are the advantages of the Volkswagen DSG
  • The DSG from Volkswagen allows quick, smooth gear changes with the ease of an automatic transmission.
  • The fuel consumption of cars with a DSG is sometimes lower than that of models with a manual transmission (depending on driving style).
  • The manual gear selection option can also deliver sporty driving pleasure if desired and can be operated using the rocker switches on the steering wheel.
 
In the picture above, the car also sport a Park Assist feature which allows you to park your car hands-free. Its pretty amazing - feel free to do a test-drive at the showroom and experience it yourself.
 
And right below the Park Assist button, is a function that would alert you when any object is very near to the vehicle.
 
On the left side of the gear.. the button lighted up in orange is a mode which can select your driving style, e.g. normal or sport. (below shows a clearer picture of it)
 
 
The "MODE" is actually the Driving Profile Selection.
Personalised and practical: the Driving Profile Selection allows you to adapt the Golf Variant to your individual driving style. At the push of a button, elements such as the engine, steering and transmission characteristics, and even the air-conditioning and headlamp settings are tailored to your requirements.
 
Right below it is a Auto-Off Engine button.. which allows the engine to be OFF-ed automatically when the car is stopped at the traffic junction or when the car is just stationary. When the engine is offed, the air-con would not be that cold and strong also. This is proven to be more fuel efficient. This function can be activated or deactivated with the push of the button.
 
 
 
Here are two cup holders for the driver & passenger.
 
On the left side.. its the Electronic Parking Brake.
 
All at the push of a button instead of the pull of a lever: the electronic parking brake is operated with the greatest of ease. The brake is automatically released when the vehicle pulls away, for jolt-free starting. The Auto Hold function furthermore stops the vehicle from rolling forwards or backwards when halted.

 
 
The Golf Variant also has the Apple CarPlay! It is very useful and making life much easier!
With CarPlay™ from Apple, you can manage selected apps from your iPhone while on the move. The apps can be operated with all the ease that you’ll have come to expect from an iPhone. Phone, news, music – everything just at the touch of a button. And if you choose, you can even operate the system by voice control. For further information please visit the Apple website.

 
 
You can select these standard apps which are on your iPhone.
 
 
 
And it mirrors the map on your phone to the 8-inch display screen directly!
 
 

I can also play my favourite music from my iPhone directly and select it from the touch-screen.

 

Here are the controls above the driver.
Controls for the lights and opening/closing of the panoramic sunroof are all here.

 

Glove compartment in front of the front passenger seat.
It has an Infotainment player which you can insert your CD or SD Card.

 

What's more!?
You can even store things below the front seats as well. Not many cars would have this extra thoughtfulness. This is same for both driver's and front passenger's seat. :)

 
 
Spacious rear area and legroom!
In fact, I love the colour of the seats.. the colour is stylish and has the feel of luxury as well. It does not appear dirty easily too.

 

There's also armrest and cupholders for the rear passengers.
 
 
 
A HUGE BOOT SPACE OF 605 LITRES!
You can simply put EVERYTHING in!
 
 
 
There's a luggage cover as well.. and it is very easy to operate.

 
 
With just a tap at the end of the cover where my hand is.. the cover would retract inwards to variable lengths.

 
 
This is how it will be like after tapping it.
The entire cover can be removed to create even more space.

 
 
By pulling the flap on the right side, you're able to fold down the right seats and create more space for the boot.

 
 
There you go..

 
 
And for the left seats, the flap would be on the left side of the boot.

 

Behind the rear armrest.. the cover can be opened and create more space for the boot as well..

 

This is especially useful when you have long items like laundry poles to keep in your car.
 
 
 
So here's the Panoramic Sunroof.
Memorable moments at the push of a button: that's something you can experience with the electrically operated panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof. No matter whether you have the star-studded heavens or deep blue skies overhead, in the Golf Variant you are always assured of a breath-taking view.

 
 

When the sunroof is opened.. a slight shade is lifted up so as to block away the wind from coming in to the car while the car is moving. Hence.. perhaps wouldn't mess up your hair! :)

The fixed rails on the roof both add to the sporty looks of the Golf Variant and extend the transport options. They provide a sturdy base for carrying larger items of cargo. You also have the option of practical carrier bars, which come supplied with a carrier bag and include anti-theft protection for security.

 
 
A view from the top.

 
 
And again to emphasize.. I love the colour of the seats! :)
 
Wonderfully supple and sophisticated - the 'Vienna' leather upholstery and trim in the Golf Variant creates a true top-class ambience. Despite this, the materials remain hard-wearing and easy to clean.

 
 
I truly enjoy the ride of this Golf Variant!
It is spacious, has alot of thoughtful storage space and it has the power to speed!
From 0-100 km/h.. it is just 9.5 seconds, with 125-hp. It has a 4-cylinder, TSI petrol engine with 16 valves, turbocharger. And wheels are front-driven. Even the rims are very nice.. If I have a family.. this is one of the car that will be on my list! The looks of the car is really sporty.. and I like the R-line tag on the front grille.. which makes it look even sportier!

Come on down to the showroom to have a look at this car and test-drive it yourself.

 
Click Here for More information on the Golf Variant!

 
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