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Music Recommendation: alan July 4, 2008

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Alan Dawa Dolma/ཨ་ལན་ཟླ་བ་སྒྲོལ་མ་/阿兰达瓦卓玛 was born on July 25th, 1987 and raised in Dardo, a Tibetan town located in the Sichuan province of China. (Her family comes from Danba, or Beauty Valley. That’s just to clear things up since most people think she’s actually from there.) At a young age she began to learn how to sing and play instruments such as the chinese violin, erhu. She went on to have a colorful path through music as she graduated from a prestigious music school and performed in various competitions and events.

In 2006, Avex Trax, a Japanese music company known for artists such as Ayumi Hamasaki and Koda Kumi, held auditions around China and took Alan under their wing upon discovering her musical talent. After graduating in 2007, she packed up and moved to Tokyo where she began her professional music career under the name “alan.” She debuted in late 2007 and has since released four Japanese singles, various Chinese tracks, and two digital singles to gain money for China’s earthquake relief.

 

I recommend this new singer because she shows a lot of potential but for now she’s just gradually climbing to the top. She just needs the big break that will set off her career. She sort of reminds me of Ayumi Hamasaki because she has the same high-pitched voice (well, maybe not that high) but the reason that I would listen to alan and not exactly Ayumi is because her voice feels more mature and developed which I would assume is from her years of work in music throughout her childhood.

 

Now, as usual, I’ll give you guys some videos to start you off:

 

 

Video Credits: Himalayas007 @ YouTube

 

Movie Review: WALL-E July 3, 2008

Filed under: Film,Reviews — misschiu @ 8:42 pm
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Yeah, I know, I haven’t been writing lately. But hey, it’s summer. I’d rather be running around under the sun than wasting away in front of the computer.

 

Today, I went out with a couple of friends to see WALL-E, which has been out for about a week. To explain the basic plot:

 

The story takes place in the future, and man has evacuated a heavily polluted earth and has been living in outer space for centuries. A group of robots, called WALL-E, served as cleaners on Earth but were put away upon man’s evacuation. However, one was left on, and he continued his cleaning duties ever since. This WALL-E has a vibrant personality and dreams of love. And during one of man’s missions to find a morsel of life on earth, WALL-E falls in love with a robot called EVE.

 

WALL-E Trailer posted by GerbilGod7 @ YouTube

 

Now, I don’t want to spoil anything else beyond the plot but I assure you that this movie is well worth the watch for audiences of any age. There are big handfuls of laughs and sweet moments that will surely make you smile. Next to that, the animation is wonderful, vivid, and exciting.

 

Personally, I’m a huge sucker for cute characters and quiet, sensitive love stories. So you know if you’re like me, WALL-E is probably the movie for you. My friend, on the other hand, thought it was too “hyped up.” I don’t know what that means but that’s just another opinion for you guys to think about. But he was impressed by the graphics.

 

What I really like about this movie is that the people who made it remembered that it was a love story. What do I mean by that? The main plot of this story is WALL-E’s affections and loyalty towards EVE, but the subplot is how man has ruined itself and Earth. However, to me at least, they taught us the lesson, “take care of yourself and the earth,” without trying to stuff it down our throats. They kept in mind that the robots were the main idea and gently intertwined the lesson they wanted to teach us into the plot. Bravo!

 

I’d say WALL-E deserves a 4.9 out of 5. Why such a weird score? Mainly because it didn’t completely impress two of my friends, and I know that it’s not the best movie. But for now, I can’t quite pinpoint what exactly is so imperfect about it. I think tonight’s movie ticket was the best $10 I’ve spent this summer. $10 for a movie ticket, can you imagine that? So expensive!

 

Music Recommendation: Lam Truong June 7, 2008

Vietnamese/Cantonese pop aren’t really my styles but I found this song that was really great:

 

“Kiep Ve Sau 3” by Lam Truong

 

The singer is Tieu Lam Truong (just known as “Lam Truong” or “Anh Hai”), and the Cantonese part is his voice too…that is AWESOME. He was born in 1974 and he is married to a woman from Texas (sorry ladies). His family origins are in Jiujau, China. He has a really awesome voice that I’d like to hear more of. I’m a pretty new listener to him so I don’t really know anything else about him.

 

However, I do know that he was present for the Asia Festival of 2007 in Korea. He sang on the same stage as bigs names like Lee Hyori, Golf&Mike, Super Junior, Gigi Leung, A-mei, Vanness Wu, and SG Wannabe. So he must be great to listen to if he’s made it to a stage like that.

 

Well I believe my time will be limited for while. I hope I can write more in the future. In the meantime, try out some of Lam Truong’s music. Happy listening!

 

Video Credit: ndhieu4221986 @ YouTube

 

Reply to candychu June 4, 2008

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In my last post about Oscar Siu, candychu commented:

 

Actually, Oscar used to be part of a Duo called Bliss. I can’t rmbr the other guy’s name but I remember they both wrote some of their songs + lyrics. I felt sorry for the other dude when Oscar came out as a solo artist coz he just kinda disappeared XDD

I’m not rly updated with Cpop these days – only with the artists I’ve fangirled since forever (e.g Janice, Justin, Kenny, etc). Namely because it annoyed me that people can become singers if they look good? And what is up with those female bands? Like Hotcha and Freeze? Ugh. So I stopped caring about them hahaha.

 

Hmm, so I thought it’d be interesting to ask my friend more info on Oscar.  He told me that the members of Bliss had a mutual separation because they had different ideas and wanted to pursue them.  Despite that, neither of them are very famous today. But yeah, Oscar is actually pretty good at music.

 

And yeah, I’m really not that into Cantonese pop mainly because the new generation is a joke.  I only like the old generation of singers and actors like Beyond, Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau, Faye Wong, Anita Mui, etc.  These days, it’s way too easy for talentless people to get into the industry.

 

Anyways, I’ve been massively busy lately. I think I may go on a short hiatus. See you guys later!

 

Music Recommendation: Oscar May 27, 2008

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I don’t listen to much Cantonese music but there are a few that I like, one of which is Oscar Siu. I have a thing for singers that aren’t very well known usually because they’re the talented ones who sing really well but don’t have really good promo.

 

 

I saw that video above, and his live guitar and singing are quite good.

 

I’m actually friends with one of Oscar’s family members and I ran into one of Oscar’s songs on his ipod. I was intrigued and I quite like his voice. So yeah, I’m a little new to him. I don’t know much about him other than that he’s a 20 something year old in Hong Kong who’s been singing for a few years. But compared to other Cantonese singers, he’s quite impressive. Therefore, I recommend him!

 

Picture Credit: on photo

 

Help for oily acne-prone skin May 24, 2008

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I’m finding out all these beauty tricks right now. It’s lovely.

 

So recently, I went on this detox diet: http://www.soompi.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=99202

I only managed to go 3 days because school was too stressful and I needed to eat. Somehow, my skin got clearer and less oily during the diet. I thought it was because of the increased amount of water I was drinking. So the day after I got off the diet, I drank more water. My skin was still oily. But you know, still drink lots of water. It’s good for you.

 

Then that night, I realized that I had lemon drinks that I made left over from the diet. I figured I should drink them so they wouldn’t go to waste. Then I went to bed. My skin gets really oily as I sleep, so I wind up waking up with this layer of oil on my face, it’s kind of gross. But the morning after I drank my lemon drink, it was FAR less oily, if not at all and my acne was clearing up a lot. So then I thought…it’s the lemons!!

 

Lemons are really powerful for skin. They lighten skin, freckles, scars, etc if you apply the juice to your skin. I’ve been using it to lighten my acne scars. (If you do the same, make sure to use an oil free SPF lotion because lemons are acidic and they will make your skin sensitive to sun. I use Purpose. You can get it at Rite Aid.) I never realized that they could fix my oily skin.

 

Here’s how I made the lemon drinks: 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1-2 tablespoons of dark amber syrup (from the organic section), 1/10 tsp of cayenne pepper, and 10oz of water (that is my approx. measurement for one glass). But keep note that that was for the detox diet. I think now I’ll just use lemon juice, 10oz of water, and syrup (for sweetening, I figured sugar wouldn’t do any good so I should stick to the syrup. I don’t know if that makes any sense at all. But use sugar if you want). I figure about a glass or two during the day and a glass or two during the night can keep my skin from getting oily.

 

Yea, lemons are a bit pricey now, but I’d rather help my skin this way because it’s more natural. Store bought products only work for a short period of time for me. I guess my skin adapts to drugstore creams too quickly. I have to get prescripted cream because it’s the only thing that’s strong enough that my skin won’t adapt to it.

 

But if you’re very acne-prone like me, go see your doctor. When I go for check ups, I consult my doctor about my acne and he gives me prescriptions for acne cream. So you should stick to using medicine that you get from a doctor or something. To me, the lemon juice is helping my cream, not the other way around. I think my cream is doing a lot of the work, and the lemon juice is just keeping the oils off my skin and making it easier for the cream to work.

 

Also, keep a scrub at hand. People seem to like St. Ives Apricot Scrub. You need it to clean the dirt off your face. You don’t want to risk getting the dirt stuck in your pores.

 

But you still should drink lots of water. I heard that people have oily skin because they don’t drink enough water. Your skin gets dry and your body produces oil to keep it from drying out. I mean, I don’t know if that’s true. But that’s what I heard. We all know that water’s good for you anyways.

 

Well, good luck to you all and your journeys towards perfect skin!

 

Reply to playmeagain and candychu May 21, 2008

Filed under: beauty,Replies — misschiu @ 10:21 pm
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First of all, I want to thank candychu for all her comments on my blog. Lately, I’ve only had time to quickly type down whatever I was thinking and then go back to work, but candychu frequently comes back even though I haven’t taken time to visit her blog. So many thanks!

 

Second of all, thanks for the complements about my eyes. 🙂

 

Anyways, my last post was about using Vaseline, the multipurpose miracle cream, to easily give your eyelashes a long lasting and beautiful curl.

 

candychu asked: do you “heat” up your eyelash curler by blow-drying it before using, or what?

I did heat before I discovered the miracle of Vaseline because it’s a tad easier. Even if I did that, the curl was difficult to make and difficult to maintain. I suppose my curlers don’t fit my eye too well because I seemed to have so many probs with curling my lashes before. 

BUT with Vaseline, it’s actually a lot easier for me to curl my lashes. So now, I don’t heat my curler. It takes me a lot less time to curl my lashes with the Vaseline and it holds all day. Plus, the Vaseline give your lashes a nice glossy look. It’s pretty nice. Today, I just curl my lashes real fast to open up my eyes a bit and went out. No mascara. It’s been 12 hours, and my lashes are still pretty.

So even a quick application of Vaseline can perk up your “lazy eyelashes” candychu. Just remember to gradually move your curler when you curl. I don’t know if you know that already. Most people say that you should start at the roots and move out but I do the opposite – it seems to work for me. Just do what feels best for those lashes.

 

playmeagain said:

But yes, I LOVE VASELINE. Actually, I find it works the best for dry lips – much better than the more renowned “Burt’s Bees”. And it’s a GREAT makeup remover (not that I wear makeup that often. It’s such a hassle).

And haha, I’m totally guilty for not changing my mascara every three months, too – mainly because I use it so sparsely that I find it wasteful to keep replacing it. As a result, I use the same mascara for at least a year, which is TERRIBLE, but I could care less. XD

 

You know, I’ve always wanted to try Burt’s Bees because it’s so popular. It’s so pricey though, so I’ve never gotten the courage to buy it. I guess I won’t now that I know the power of Vaseline.

And yeah, that’s the same reason I don’t replace my mascara. I don’t wear makeup everyday. I only wear makeup when my eyes are tired, puffy, and in need of opening. It is more sanitary to replace your mascara though. I suppose, you might want to clean up your eyes before you apply mascara or any makeup. Maybe then it’ll be a little more cleaner. I mean, it’s not going to be wonderfully clean, but if you get dirt off your eyes, there won’t be much dirt going onto the mascara brush to build up later.

 

Well, I’m gonna sleep now. I have a super amount of work to do tomorrow. I’ll be back soon, I hope.