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Friday, 30 August 2013

Wind Chimes in a Bakery, Samsung's Malaysian-Korean Love Story

Malaysians (and some non-Malaysians!) have been following this Korean-directed drama series on YouTube for the past 7 weeks, and finally today we get to find out whether Adam & Sue end up together or not! =D
Yes, the last episode of Wind Chimes in a Bakery will be uploaded today on Samsung's YouTube channel, and fans have been waiting on tenterhooks to see how this Malaysian-produced love drama unfolds!


Well, other than myself and a few other lucky bloggers of course, as we got to attend the full screening at Golden Screen Cinemas in Pavilion KL 2 days before the rest of the world! *Muahahahahaha~!!!!*
My dear friend Jun who came to the screening with me!
Just in case you have been lost in space the past 2 months and have NO idea what I'm talking about, Wind Chimes in a Bakery is very much a shorter version of the Korean dramas we all love. Directed by the Korean director who brought us music videos from the likes of Wondergirls, Super Junior, Girls Generation and Rain, Jang Jae Hyeok brings to life the story of Adam, who is just a boy with a dream, while Sue is the poor little rich girl.

Ahmad Nabil as Adam
Koe Yeet as Sue - both of them are just so adorable!
Dramatic twists and turns keep them apart, and the series start out with Adam crying his heart out in the rain outside of a hospital, asking us a question no one wishes to ever need answer: What do you do, when you lose the one you love?

Trailer: 

Well, I'm totally against spoilers so I'm not even gonna give you a hint at what happens throughout the 8  episodes, but all I can say is it's really worth watching so head on over to Samsung Malaysia's YouTube channel HERE to watch!

When we reached the specially booked hall, we were amazed as they had turned the whole lobby area into a Wind Chimes in a Bakery themed bakery! All sorts of buns were arranged in delicious array all around the area, and they served as our breakfast! Yes, they even had trays of the now-famous red bean buns which are Adam's on-screen speciality!
 I even found this bun which Lisa, Jun and Julie were amazed by as it's bigger than my face!
As we were ushered into the cinema hall, we were happily surprised to see each chair had a drink and specially-packed popcorn ready for each guest! We just had time for a quick snap before emcee Aishah Sinclair took to the stage:
Julie, Jun and I
She was introducing local electronic violinist Dennis Lau, who performed the drama's theme song (whose video I will insert the link into at a later date cz I cant upload the video without internet in KL =P)
DONE! Check it out here or on my YouTube page =D

After his performance, the "movie" started, starting from episode 1, which we have all watched but to see it as a full length movie was even better! I was holding in my tears at some parts because I'm never comfortable crying at movies - that's why I watch Glee by myself at home! ;p The ending was just what I.. Wait, I'm not telling you that! Shoo - go watch it yourself!

Anyway, no event is ever complete without photos with friends, so here they are -
Jun, myself and Julie
Finally got to meet Lisa, whom up til that moment I had only known via fb
The only reason we get to attend such wonderful events, Don from Manoah
And that was it! For more information on Samsung, the S4, and Wind Chimes in a Bakery, you can visit their facebook page HERE. If you are already a fan of the web series, and can't stop wanting more, well, the mobile app is also available for download via the Google Play Store! You can watch the full web series, view images or download ringtones of the web series straight to your smartphone!

Now what are you waiting for, go watch now and tell me what you think! =D
I also got interviewed by Samsung on what I thought of the whole series - gotta find that video somewhere!
Til next time,
Calista xx

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Launch and Lineup Announcement of Arthur's Day 2013

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I've never had the opportunity to be part of any of the previous Arthur's Day celebrations, so when I heard the launch was going to be held at KL Live, I jumped at the chance to learn first-hand who would be gracing Arthur's stage this year.
Emcee Serena C initiating the toast "To Arthur" with the people who make it happen
Arthur’s Day™ celebrates the founder of GUINNESS®, Arthur Guinness, and his remarkable legacy of goodness through music. This year, we pay homage to his bold character and people like him, those who are ‘more’ than just ordinary; much like the Artists that will be rocking the Arthur’s Day™ stage, our Arthur Guinness Fund recipients and our GUINNESS® drinkers, who choose a GUINNESS® every time.” said Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad.
Bruce Dallas and Hans Essaadi, Managing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad launching the event by giving us good music!
With free flow Guinness stout and a buffet line, members of the media + invited guests mingled and enjoyed the live music from local band Morning Glory, while waiting for the most exciting part of the night: The announcement of which international artistes would be coming to Sepang, Malaysia this 27th September to make Arthur's Day the best one yet!
Always have a blast when Joanna and Sam are involved!
Kelly, Choulyin and Joanna
With photographer Jaz Khai
Got to see Yukiko - finally! =D
So I know you're probably thinking "Enough! No more photos! Just tell who are this years' headliners!!" Well, how about you tell me? Here's a clue:

Superman (It's Not Easy)
100 Years
The Devil In The Wishing Well

I think the first song gave this band away! Who could forget singing along to lyrics such as
I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane
I'm more than some pretty face beside a train
And it's not easy to be me


Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for, FIVE FOR FIGHTING!! =D

Which other band would hope that he Gives You Hell? It's no Dirty Little Secret that we would never want to hear Tyson tell us that this is The Last Song

Candles burn, 'cuz the world will always turn
And I'll burn both ends until my fire's out
Lost in the darkness I can still scream out.

 
Making the Kids In The Street scream out with joy, The All-American Rejects are going to rock your socks off this 27th September 2013!

Last but not least, Brit boy bands seem to taking the world by storm, and when they love their fans even if they can't sing or dance, as long as they can Walk Like Rihanna, well, how could you not want them on Malaysian soil?

I can't even find a place to start
How do I choose between my head and heart?
Till it ceases I'll never know
How do you get up from an All Time Low?



The Wanted, we're gonna be very Glad You Came!

I am SO looking forward to Arthur's Day! Guess KK will have to wait a little longer for my return, cz there's no way I wanna miss this!

With month-long activities leading up to the big day, you're gonna wanna LIKE Guinness Malaysia's facebook page to stay in the loop, or visit www.arthursday.com.my to find out how you can score tickets to the event! 

*Photo credits to Clever Munkey and Seraphsam

Til next time,
Calista xx

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Johnnie Walker Make It Gold + My Interview with DJ Ashleybaby

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When Johnnie Walker launches a new bottle, you know you're in for a rockin' party! 
Look at that golden bottle!
Photo credits to Ana Jonessy
Recently the Golden one launched their latest Gold Label Reserve Limited Edition bottle in White Room, KK Times Square, and I was lucky enough to not only be invited to dance the night away, but to also have an exclusive interview with the special guest DJ who was flown in all the way from Taiwan - the gorgeous DJ Ashleybaby!
The gorgeous DJ Ashleybaby!
Photo credits Raymond Chu
The night was alive with great music, free flow Johnnie Walker Gold Label, specially crafted Johnnie Walker Gold Cocktails, and the best company! 
Charlotte & I striking a pose with the sexy JW girls before melting that makeup off!
Never a party that Robin ain't at!
Unique Johnnie Walker Golden Cocktails!
L-R: Fresh Gold, Johnnie Gold Fashioned, Gold Bullion
I believe my favourite was Gold Bullion! =D
Photographer of the night Raymond Chu & I, before things got into full swing!
Bloggers Sherrie and Margaret!
Local R&B crooner James Baum - and that's when things started to heat up and get crazy!
Heeeyyyy.. We like to parrrTAY!
Photo credits to Ana Jonessy
Of all the great ideas Ana comes up with...
...Bucket-on-ya-head is the most fun! ;p
 You can probably pretty much tell what kind of insanity was going on, but hey, what are parties for right? And Johnnie Walker sure knows how to bring the party! =D

DJ Ashleybaby after our interview
The interview was published in the August issue of Breeze Magazine, and again, just in case you couldnt get your hands on a copy, this is the full interview, specially for readers of this blog! =D 
 

A pretty girl with a knack for mixing tracks and getting people to move their bodies? Now that’s music to our ears! Hailing from Taiwan, DJ Ashleybaby was recently in town for a special performance during the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Limited Edition Launch Party, and Breeze was lucky enough to be swept off our feet by the 163cm tall beauty.

Hey Ashley! Welcome to Sabah! Is it your first time in Malaysia?
Thank you! It is my first time in Sabah, but I have actually played gigs in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru earlier this year! I’m looking forward to exploring a bit of Kota Kinabalu tomorrow as I have an extra day before I fly off.
I know you spin a lot in Taiwan, seeing as you’re from Kaoshiung. Where else have you dropped your tracks?
Oh, I’ve performed in Australia – Sydney & Melbourne – and also Cambodia so far. My dream gig though, would be to spin on the island of Ibiza! Pretty ambitious, seeing as Ibiza is known as the party capital of the world, but I’d also settle for a gig in nearby Thailand for now!
Looks like you’re a traveller! What else do you enjoy doing when you’re not creating music?
Yes, travelling is definitely one of my favourite things to do – after music of course! I love singing karaoke, dancing (still practicing to get better at that!), and playing the piano. I also love swimming.
So you have a musical background! What kind of music do you listen to in your own time?
I’ve been playing the piano for ten years now. I like to mellow down after all the club beats, so I really enjoy listening to jazz and classical music. I listen to a lot of mainstream English and Chinese songs as well.
Cool, so how long have you been DJ-ing professionally?
It’s been about one and a half years now, and I’m loving it!
Only one and a half years? You spin like you’ve been doing it forever! What did you do before becoming a DJ?
I studied fashion design and worked as a makeup artist for three years, specialising in bridal makeup and magazine shoots. I still help my friends do their makeup when they have special occasions, but I’m not so good with the hair dos!
What would you say your fashion style is? Is it different for work and play?
For work, I lean to more sexy dresses according to the theme of the event I’m spinning for. For instance, tonight’s event for Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve I’ll be wearing a flowy gold minidress to match their limited edition bottle! On my days off you’ll see me more relaxed in t shirts and denim shorts – no heels!
You’re really pretty, do you have any beauty secrets you’d like to share with our female readers? I’m sure they’d love to know how to stay looking so fresh after all those late nights!
Well I try not to use too much makeup when I’m not working to give my skin a rest from the heavy foundation I have on for gigs. I also make it a point to use a lot of facial masks to keep my skin hydrated!
Alright, back to your life as a DJ. How did you get into the scene, and who are your influences?
I actually got into the business by accident when a friend of mine, DJ Ago from Taiwan, asked whether I’d like to learn some of the basics. My first “gig” was during one of his regular shows -  while I was in the DJ box watching him spin, he suddenly handed me his headphones and told me it was my turn to play! I loved the crowd’s reaction, and now DJ Ago is my agent. My musical influence comes from a lot of places, but I really love Planet Funk, Daft Punk and am currently in love with  Dutch house DJ and producer Fedde Le Grand!
Do you have any advice for aspiring Sabahan DJs out there?
Be patient on the road to becoming a DJ, as things wont happen overnight. As long as you’re passionate and genuinely interested in music, persevere and practice as much as you can and the rest will fall into place.

Fun Facts About AshleyBaby!
Her real name is Ashley Huang Chin Wei
She was born on 17th of October 1985, making her a Libra
She lists dimsum and laksa as two of her favourite foods!
Dislikes sweet foods
Favourite colour of the moment is blue, but it could change any time!
Music Style: House, Disco House, EDM, Progressive House Top 40
You can look her up on facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Ashleybaby/153664931436812), or listen to her mixtapes at www.mixcloud.com/ashleybaby505
Article in Breeze Magazine
Were you at a different location for the launch? Drop me a comment to tell me how it was! 

Til next time,
Calista xx

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Cock & Bull Jesselton Point, Kota Kinabalu

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Jesselton Point Panorama
Credits to Odysseyist
The Jesselton Point ferry terminal is fast becoming one of the best hangout spots in Kota Kinabalu, with restaurants and bars popping up alongside shisha joints and a futsal court, right next to the jetty where you can catch speedboats to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which are just 20 minutes away from the city.
Photo Credits to Chloe
Cock & Bull, already a favourite with the locals and tourists alike with its other bars around town, is getting in on the action, opening a bar at the end of the Jesselton Point jetty, and a new cafe/bar at the entrance facing the main road.
Pretty artwork decorates the walls
With its strategic location and cozy interior, Cock & Bull is focusing on filling bellies and thirsty throats with its fusion cuisine and regular alcohol promotions which can be enjoyed with a great live band. The cafe and bar are situated just next to each other, so patrons can choose between a bright and quiet ambience, or a wind-down atmosphere after a long day.

Some of the dishes that we tried that day, specially prepared by Chef Alexis Tehing, who gained experience as a chef in a 5 star hotel before joining Cock & Bull 3 years ago:
Pink Lemonade - so refreshing! Love this and it's a steal at only RM4.00
Caesar  Salad RM12.50
Salmon Steak with Lemon Cream Dill Sauce RM33.50
Spaghetti Bolognese RM18.50
Beef Rendang with Rice RM18.50
Seafood Pizza, the dough is a specially learnt base, taught by an Italian chef
RM15.50 for 8", RM28.00 for 12"
Shepard's Pie RM18.50
Panfried Tuna RM23.50
Cock & Bull Trio RM58.50
Fried Meehoon RM9.50
Serving local, Western and fusion cuisine, Cock & Bull is the perfect place to satisfy your stomach before running next door to chill with your friends after a long day at work!

Cock & Bull Jesselton Point
No. 5, Jalan Gaya, Tanjung Lipat,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Opens daily, 11:00am to 10:00pm (serve no pork)
Tel: +6 088 213 848


Til next time,
Calista xx