Reliving The Moments When We Laughed & Cried To The Secret (不能说的秘密)

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Hi Huneybees,


Remember those days when you can't stop humming and singing to Jay Chou's song - Secret (不能说的秘密)? It was the theme song for his first ever acting role in a movie, not only did he play the lead role, he also co-wrote the movie. I still can't forget leaving the cinema heavily filled with emotions and memories of those puppy love days.
最美的不是下雨天是曾与你躲过雨的屋簷回忆的画面 在荡著秋千梦开始不甜 
你说把爱渐渐放下会走更远又何必去改变 已错过的时间你用你的指尖阻止我说再见想像你在身边 在完全失去之前
After 10 years since the movie was released, this beautiful story is now brought on stage as a musical - THE SECRET, by Beijing producer - Ivy Zhong of China Broadway Entertainment. It's highly raved in China and this April, the production will step out of the country with Singapore being the first stop. In the realm of musicals, THE SECRET is the first film production in Asia that has been deemed adaptable by Broadway, even Jay Chou himself has given pointers and was impressed how pop music can be used in a musical.


So, come travel through time with student and piano major - Ye Xiang Lun (played by Cao Yang) and his beautiful "fellow student" - Lu Xiaoyu (played by Wang Xiaomin) on this musical adaptation of the movie.

A sneak peek of the musical...

Though almost similar to the original movie, the Broadway creative team have also added their own touch to incorporate Jay's songs like Clear Stars (星晴), Listen to Mother's Words (听妈妈的话), Simple Love (简单爱), The Tea Grandpa Makes (爷爷泡的茶), Rooftop (屋顶), Dandelion's Promise (蒲公英的约定), Cowboy Is Very Busy (牛仔很忙), etc.



I find this musical version funnier, filled with more vigor, just in time for the summer season; and fans of Jay Chou (*like me and hubby) will definitely be humming and tapping along with the songs.

Left: Wang Xiaomin
Right: Cao Yang

I especially love the vocals of both leads - Cao Yang being in the musical industry for awhile and Jay Chou being his idol, he embodies a young Jay when he just debuted 10 years ago; Xiaomin, on the other hand, is a popular singer in China who has won several music awards, acted in movies and dramas as well as performed on CCTV's Spring Festival Gala programmes.


Also, I'm very impressed by the stage design where perspective angles help create the 3D feel and also displaying the travel through time and space creatively. You might find that the stage is risen higher and that is because the team creates their own background tracks for them to change from scene to scene. Ain't that impressive?


I love this fresh take on musicals, how the marrying of Asia culture into Broadway productions. I'm definitely looking forward to more of such crossover works of art. Let's give them our support! Come on by MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands to catch this youthful musical before they end this weekend.



THE SECRET  Jay Chou's Juxebox Musical
Season: From 6 to 15 April 2018

Performance Times:
Tuesday to Friday: 8.00pm
Saturday: 2.00pm and 8.00pm
Sunday: 1.00pm and 6.00pm

Ticket Price:
VIP - SGD148
VIP Box - SGD592 (4 Seats)
A Reserve Box (4 Seats) - SGD512
Box Seat (4 Seats) - SGD272
A Reserve - SGD128
B Reserve - SGD98
C Reserve - SGD68
D Reserve - SGD48
*Prices excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket

Bookings:
Internet: www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
Phone: +65 6688 8826
In Person At: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).

For more information, please log onto www.MarinaBaySands.com.


THE SECRET is presented by Base Entertainment and Perfect World Pictures (organizer of The Invincible 2 Jay Chou Concert Tour 2018) and has been created by a top Broadway Team. Directed by Tony award-winning director - John Rando, adapted by famous American scriptwriter - Marc Acito, choreographed by the acclaimed Zach Woodle, set created by Tony award-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt, sound designed by Kinky Boots Tony award-winner John Shivers and produced by award-winning producers Marc Routh and Simone Genatt for China's multi-faceted entertainment company - China Broadway Entertainment and JVR Entertainment.


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Looking Forward To LG x BTS Upcoming Smartphone

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Hi Huneybees,


This year is gona be a very exciting year for LG fans and BTS ARMY fans! 

Having ranked 25th position in ‘The 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® Rankings', outperforming Google, Apple, and Samsung in the annual consumer survey of 100 most visible companies in corporate value and brand awareness; LG has teamed up with today’s hottest K-Pop boy band - BTS and they will be starring in a series of TV and social media campaigns for LG’s mobile products, beginning with the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone!

This is LG's most ambitious and wide-reaching outreach campaign to date and both LG and BTS will collaborate on a diverse marketing campaign that reflects the uniquely colorful personalities of each of group’s seven members. The campaign will highlight the band’s talent, attitude and relationship with its fans, the very qualities that LG hopes to bring to its upcoming products starting this quarter. 



LG Electronics' core mission of enriching lives of consumers all over the world, securing its reputation as a brand that truly touches hearts with its diverse and sophisticated portfolio of innovative technologies. They are constantly challenging boundaries with state-of-the-art technologies that often takes the lead across product categories, such as the world’s best-selling OLED brand since 2013, the Global No.1 Selling 21:9 Monitor Brand for 12 straight quarters from 2013 to 2015 and being the market leader ranking Global Number 1 Selling Home Appliances Brand (Excluding China) for washing machines.

Pairing with BTS, the first K-pop artists to crack the Billboard Top 10 and perform at the American Music Awards. It's like match made in heaven!




So, whilst fans are getting hyped up and comparing over their all-black hair looks #BTSBlackHairParty, I'm definitely looking forward to what special LG x BTS merchandises there will be, especially those endorsed by my favourite Taehyung.

Here's leaving you with BTS's recent single Mic Drop as we all look forward to products from this new partnership...







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Anggun Named As Global Judge For Picture This Festival For The Planet

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Hi Huneybees,


Internationally renonwned musical artist - Anggun has been announced as global judge for the Picture This Festival for the Planet (www.sonypicturethis.com), a short-film competition for emerging filmmakers, everyday storytellers and changemakers worldwide to showcase the positive future they see for our planet. 
“I am very proud to be a global judge for the Picture This Festival. As an environmentally-conscious individual and artist, I believe delivering optimistic messages is the best path to creating public awareness. This festival emphasizes that creativity, imagination and visual talent can make an impact on how we can create a better and more sustainable future.” --- Anggun
Anggun, a World Music Award winning artist whose single What We Remember is currently on the Billboard Dance Charts in the US, is a judge on the hit-rated series, “Asia’s Got Talent,” and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador (2009-2017).



Also joining an esteemed list of judges announced in the past several weeks are YouTube Vloggers -Damon and Jo, who will serve as the first and only digital-native judges for the festival.

Damon and Jo, otherwise known as Damon Dominique and Jo Franco, are digital content creators, entrepreneurs, travel experts and authors who have over 1 million followers across YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. The duo are currently in production on their Facebook Watch series Damn Millennials and recently released their first e-book Woke all while running their YouTube channel and travel site, Shut Up and Go.
“In any given month, we may find ourselves in several different continents. Our passion for traveling, learning languages, documenting, and encouraging others to do the same is because we feel that the Earth's story can be told through every day perspectives. And more importantly, if people see the conditions of what's out there, and experience it either through our lens or that of their own eye, they'll be more empowered to take action and help what's important to them.” --- Damon and Jo
In addition to Anggun, Damon and Jo, the list of celebrity advocates and industry leaders who will judge film submissions includes: Megan Boone, environmental advocate and actress from the hit TV series “The Blacklist”; Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation; Mr. N.P. Singh, MD & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India; Marie Jacobson, EVP Programming & Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks; Tom Bernard & Michael Barker, Co-Presidents, Sony Pictures Classics; Glenn Gainor, President of Physical Production, Screen Gems; Debbie Levin, President & CEO, Environmental Media Association; and Damian Bradfield, President and Chief Marketing Officer, WeTransfer.




Partners in this year's festival also include: the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, WeTransfer, Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Alpha Universe, the Environmental Media Association, Connect4Climate and leaders and environmental visionaries from around the globe. SPTN launched a similar contest in 2016 across its channel portfolio worldwide, including its flagship brands AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle and Animax and those same flagship channels will participate in this year’s festival. 


Entries have already opened in January, with people from over 70 countries submitting videos between one and eight minutes in length inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global goals agreed upon by all 193 member states of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and promote prosperity for all.

This summer, eight (8) regional winners will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the Picture This Festival for the Planet for a day of networking and training alongside industry leaders and social impact partners at the Sony Pictures Studio lot, followed by a screening of the regional winners’ films. Regional winners will receive airfare and accommodations for two nights in Los Angeles, along with a Sony RX0 Camera and a one year WeTransfer Plus account, with the grand prize winner honored with a Sony A6500 camera and a SEL1670 lens. 


The Picture This Festival for the Planet is Sony Pictures Entertainment’s latest project to bring awareness to the SDGs. In 2016, the United Nations and SPE launched Angry Birds for a Happy Planet, a global youth outreach campaign that leveraged online and social media platforms to encourage action to protect the planet and fight climate change. Centered on the Sustainable Development Goal #13 – to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, the campaign featured Red and other characters of The Angry Birds Movie. In 2017, supported by the cast of the Smurfs: The Lost Village, audiences were encouraged to join “Team Smurfs” for the “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign that inspired everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 


Submissions for the Picture This Festival for the Planet opened January 30 and will close April 30. 
The contest will be open to entrants from select countries worldwide. 
For more information, visit sonypicturethis.com and to enter the contest for free. 
You can follow the Picture This Festival on social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.


Good luck to you and I can't wait to see the submissions!




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My First Impression With Sony α7 III (Alpha 7 Mark 3) Full Frame Mirrorless Camera!

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Hi Huneybees,



Sony has just officially launched its latest entry level full-frame mirrorless camera in α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III) and I would like to share my take on this new camera, having the opportunity to try it out during the media session held earlier.

The Look

Not only does the new α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III) shares the same form factor and almost identical in design to Sony's current flagship full frame mirrorless camera - α7R III (aka Alpha 7 R3 or simply a7 RIII) - it also inherit two features, which I feel are very useful for serious photographers.

The addition of multi-selector (aka the joystick or thumbstick) and AF-ON is great for photographer

I'm happy for Sony for finally getting it right when it introduced multi-selector and AF-ON on
α7R III (aka Alpha 7 R3 or simply a7 RIII) and now the new α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III).  Both features in my opinion should have been standard long ago as the multi-selector (aka the joystick or thumbstick) really allows the user to shift the focus point of the subject with ease before shooting while the AF-ON button allows the user to focus on a subject until he / she changes it. These features combine make the work flow of an event or wedding photographer so much efficient!


The performance

Testing Sony's α7 III's low light capability with FE24-70 f2.8 OSS lens


Equipped with a brand new full-frame 24.2MP Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor and an enhanced BIONZ X image processing enginethe new α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III) is not just fast in data readout and processing, it also is more light sensitive with a wide ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 204,800 for still photos!

Impressive Result of a cropped but unedited photo taken by α7 III at ISO 10,000, 1/250 f2.8

What this really means for user is the ability to shoot images at low light, hand held, supported by the 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization, with impressive result!!

Testing α7 III's fast hybrid AF system with its improved motion prediction algorithms inherited from α9 at continuous burst rate at 1/1250 f2.8

The class leading 693 phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points were at work on the model (the subject) while she was turning

An impressive cropped but unedited photo of the model in focus, while she was turning around, taken from α7 III at continuous burst mode

What set the new α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III) over its more expensive cousin is definitely the fast hybrid Auto Focus. With 693 phase-detection AF points, 425 contrast AF points and the optimized motion prediction algorithms, both inherited from Sony's high-end Alpha 9 (α9) model, together with my favourite  Eye AF in the AF Continuous mode, makes the new α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III) every photographer's dream tool as it ensures reliable and accurate focus in just about any scene.

Packed with a big buffer that allows up to 177 shots in standard JPEG format and up to 89 shots in compressed RAW images or 40 shots in uncompressed form, plus the ability to shoot continuous up to 10fps (even in silent shutter mode) for up to 710 shots per battery charge using LCD or 610 shots using XGA OLED "Tru-Finder" EVF is simply awesome for any event or event sport photograpy!

What is even better is the fact that while the data is still writing to the memory card from the camera, after all the continuous shots, the user can still access (and often photographers do) to the menu and parameter to change setting!!



My Verdict


As a DSLR user, I am really impressed with what the new α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III) is capable of.
Through my crystal ball, I believe Sony is going to sell many of  the new α7 III (aka Alpha 7 Mark 3 or simply a7 III) as, in my opinion, this full frame mirrorless camera is anything but entry level and is even better than its more expensive cousin α7R III.  While the majority of the buyer would likely to be existing Sony upgraders (due to α7 III's great technology leap over earlier models),  it would also attract those M4/3 users who are looking to improve photography through technology plus also people from the DSLR world (like myself) who don't mind shifting from traditional viewfinder to EVF or even LCD.

Great job Sony!



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How To Achieve Glass Skin With Problematic Skin?

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Hi Huneybees,


The talk of the town these days is the K-beauty trend - Glass Skin. We are talking about achieving that perfectly smooth and intensely hydrated complexion with an all-over sheen, just like your window pane. It's a sign of healthy and youthfulness, which everyone is dying to have.


When I first saw pictures of the trend, I was thinking, "NO WAY! I have scars and acne, moreover with my eczema patch, there is no way I can achieve that look. Moreover, Singapore's sweltering hot weather will make me melt the moment I step out of the house!"

But being a beauty lover, how can I just give up that way? I tried ways and means to combine skincare with a little play-cheat makeup and I think I've got it. One thing I learned from this is that simply relying on makeup alone will not work, you need a consistent skincare routine, religiously following through with it and together with makeup, then you can show off your flawless skin. This is something that can't be achieved overnight, but patience my dears, in just days, you can see the difference!


Above is how I managed to achieve that Glass Skin look, I hope this helps you all with problematic skin troubles like me, in achieving that flawless looking skin. You can now cancel out those filter and beautifying effects on your smartphone cameras and app.


Products mentioned:

- Etude House Monster Micellar Cleansing Water - Shiseido Senka Perfect Double Wash - Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Scrub - Pixi Glow Tonic - Pixi Rose Caviar Essence - It's Skin Power 10 Formula (YE Effector, VC Effector, GF Effector) - Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moist Eye Cream - Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack - Kanebo Evita Beauty Whip Soap - Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Pad - Saborino Morning Mask - Ajuste Airy Touch UV Spray SPF50+ PA++++ Sunscreen - MKUP Illuminating Primer - Clio Super Sufur Kill Cover Conceal Cushion - Colourpop No Filter Concealer - The Face Shop Tone Up Cushion Trolls Edition - Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick - e.l.f. Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder - Colourpop Crystal Liquid Highlighter (Aventurine) - NYX Makeup Setting Spray (Dewy Finish)



Remember to stay hydrated and drink more water too! 

Cheers to good skin!






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Does "A New TV Experience Really Awakens" As Claimed by Sony BRAVIA With The Unveiling Of New 4K HDR TVs In A8F And X9000F?

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Hi Huneybees,


Sony has announced an update to its BRAVIA range of new and expanded 4K HDR television series - A8F and X9000F - designed to  deliver enhanced contrast, colour and clarity, thanks to Sony's proprietary innovations!



The new 4K HDR OLED TV spots a minimalist design that gives it a clean and timeless look that harmonizes with the space surrounding the TV and comes in 65 inch and 55 inch display.



Apart from the above-mentioned, sadly, there were NO notable technological upgrade, following the success of Japanese multinational conglomerate's first OLED TV release of A1E series last year.




While I understand, as a trained engineer, it takes a lots of time and effect for the R&D team to develop new improvement to the already impressive picture clarity and on-screen noise reduction thanks to the its cutting-edge 4K HDR Processor X1™ and the even more impressive Acoustic Surface™ technology that produces sound directly from the screen;  BUT by introducing a whole new model, with an almost identical technical specification, all inherited from XBR77A1E, which is the recipient for CES2018 Innovation Awards under Video Displays category, might lead to potential media backlash and possible product cannibalization. Equally puzzling is the absence of the 77 inch display from the A8F offer.


The other new range of BRAVIA that was unveiled at the same time with A8F was the X9000F. Designed as an update to X9000E series to meet the increasing customer needs for a wider variety of large premium 4K HDR screen TV, the new X9000F series is available in the massive 85 inch 4K HDR LCD display on top of 49 inch, 55 inch, 65 inch and 75 inch option, as in previous series.

The highlight of  X9000F is the improved motion blur management for sports and fast action scenes that is a common problem for large screen TV and thanks to the new X-Motion Clarity technology that was demonstrated at the event, all fast action scenes look smooth, bright and clear.

X9000F series also spots the same cutting-edge 4K HDR Processor X1™ in A8F that promises to reproduce greater depth, texture and more realistic pictures with exceptional contrast and more accurate colours.



While sound bar and the idea of mimicking a real cinema at home experience is not new, the new X9000F series is designed to work seamlessly with Sony's new Dolby Atmos®/DTS:X™ soundbar with Vertical Sosund Engine - HT-X9000F - to bring audio and visual pleasure to the next level at the comfort of home.


Credit goes to Vertical Surround Engine, Sony latest surround technology, HT-X9000F can create virtual surround sound of 7.1.2 that seems to come from all around the user regardless the type of room that he / she is in,

Like the earlier sound bar systems offered by Sony, HT-X9000F continues to support both USB and Bluetooth wireless technology that allows user to play or stream songs from his/her mobile device.




Both BRAVIA A8F and X9000F series will supports Dolby Vision, the latest HDR format from Dolby Laboratories and are second generation of Sony's Android TV.

While the price has yet to be released, both series will be available in Singapore by 2nd Quarter of 2018.


In my opinion, Sony has certainly invested in the right direction in making its BRAVIA smart TV smarter by partnering with Google.

With Google Assistant now built in to all Sony's Android TV, the user can control the TV and its connected Google Assistant compatible devices, by simply press the mic on the remote controller and talk to it! From the demonstration at the event, the integrated system did look responsive and easy to use but I wasn't sure if I would want to introduce more bacteria to one of the dirties home appliance around!!

While the new OLED 4K HDR TV was a let down, overall with the new technologies that Sony has been rolling out this far, I am confident that BRAVIA TV is certainly heading in the right direction in bringing a new TV experience to its users.




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