Wild Wild West

I attended the SPH marketing party for 2007, Wild Wild West on Thursday. The theme was for everyone to dressed up like cowboys and Red Indians. I forgot about the event and went there dressed shabbily as a typical corporate executive who spends too much time in his cubicle.

To see more pictures taken during the event, click HERE or the banner below.

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Here’s the only photo I took on that day with a colleague, Christine from our Internet Business Unit:

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Although the pictures and the people made the venue seems very hip and happening, it was actually held in the SPH Auditorium! *GASP* The people behind the event must have spent a lot of time and effort on this to refurbish the dull and corporate-looking auditorium for this one-night-only event. Kudos to them. 🙂

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Juice Bao anyone?

This is damn hilarious can!!!!!!!! I almost roll off my chair laughing when I saw this on Engrish.com!

The translation is done word for word, from Mandarin to English, literally, regardless of context. What the heck is “Juice Bao deducts colored rubber emperor”?

What’s even cooler – the larger version is called “Juice Bao deducts BIG colored rubber emperor”. Just one extra word in the middle solves it. I will suppose the kid-sized version will be called “Juice Bao deducts small colored rubber emperor”. This is even worse that the “stir-fried Wikipedia” I blogged about earlier!

Juice Bao

Next time you go to China, try saying “Juice Bao” when you really meant abalone. If the waiter doesn’t get it, tell him you will call up Justice Bao. (yes, I am deliberately being very lame)

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How can anyone not like the Chipmunks?

I went to catch the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie today at 2.20am, Cathay Cineleisure. That’s how much of a fanatic I am – die die must watch the show on the first day of release! How can anyone not like them??? They are cute, adorable, sing really well and are furry creatures!

The movie was very enjoyable, given the light treatment. It’s good after-work brainless entertainment. Plus it stars Jason Lee, of My Name is Earl fame – my favourite TV serial!

Another very important plus point about the chipmunks is that the lead is called ALVIN!!! What an awesome name, don’t you all think? 🙂

Alvin and the chipmunks

Anyway, I did some search on how Ross Bagdasarian managed to think up the strange concept of singing chipmunks fifty years ago. Here’s the story according to his son, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. :

“In 1958, our family was down to our last $200. Being a gambler at heart, my dad did what other prudent person would do. He took $190 of it and bought the latest state of the art tape recorder, one that allowed him to change tape speeds. As he tried to decide what to write about, he spotted a book on his desk, “Duel with the Witch Doctor”. In a burst of creative energy, fueled mostly by sheer panic, he wrote Witch Doctor – a song about a guy hopelessly in love and goes to see a witch doctor for advice.”

Hmm… the song Witch Doctor, featured in the movie was an original! Would this mean the songs in the movies written by Dave (Jason Lee) are all originals from Ross Bagdasarian himself? I think this is most likely so.

I can’t stand the chipmunks singing hip-hop – I guess the marketing folks hoped to mask their marketing ploy by making the bad guy force the chipmunks to sing it in the movie. So, now there are hip-hop chipmunk songs in their latest OST. Tsk tsk… That was as poorly veiled as a woman in see-thru lingerie!

Just to share, I found some interesting chipmunk videos on Youtube! Here’s one showing the full movie trailer:

Here’s the chipmunk theme song for the cartoon that I grew up with (the song with the ‘tu tu tutu’):

Finally, here’s a video of The Alvin Show – originally aired on CBS in 1961. This classic features the hit song that made the Chipmunks a number 1 hit:

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Amazing Glitter Graphics!

Check out these glitter graphics done by this person called Mitch O’Connell. Very nice, 80s retro feel!

There are more available for viewing HERE.

Don’t they look like those glittery stickers that kids like to collect? I didn’t know it was possible to replicate that effect on the computer till now. 🙂

xmas glitter graphics

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Where’s Simon and Theodore?

Couldn’t resist photoshopping this Alvin the Chipmunk wallpaper…

alvin

I am so going to watch this movie! 🙂

Tu… Tu… TuTuTuTu!!!! Alvin… Simon… Theodore!!! Damn! I can’t get the rythmn out of my head!

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Have you tried stir-fried Wikipedia?

Apparently, quite a few people in China have the dubious honour of trying out this exquisite dish.

There’s a restaurant in Beijing that serves this. Check out the menu below:

stir-fried wikipedia

The image below is what the actual dish looks like. It appears to be the very ordinary 宫保鸡丁 (kung pow chicken) most Chinese folks will be familiar with.

kung pow chicken

All pictures taken from Evolving Web

Hmm… I wonder if there will be pan-fried Google and FaceBook sandwiches soon?

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