Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 - Are you ready?

The season 5 premiere of The Amazing Race Asia is almost here. It's been 6 years since Season 4 last aired and I'm glad that the show is finally back. Allan Wu returned as the host for the show but he will not be alone this time as for this season, there will be a pair of hosts and Allan will be accompanied by another host, Tara Basro. Eleven teams of two will compete in a race across regions to win the prize of US$100,000. For this season, the racers comprised of 3 teams from Malaysia, 2 teams from Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore while 1 team each from Vietnam and Thailand.

Let's hope it will be a great and entertaining season just like the previous 4 seasons. The new season will start airing on 13th October 2016 at 9 pm (8 pm for Jakarta and Bangkok). You can catch it every Thursday at those times after that.

Itching to find out more about the new batch of racers? Or maybe even about the new host, Tara Basro? Check out the official website to find out more.

Are you ready for the new season?

Monday, September 26, 2016

KARA ~ My Top 5 Favourite Songs

2016 so far have been quite harsh for K-pop girl groups. While it's normal to see small groups from small companies to disband (it's a very competitive space to be), this year there are also some members from big groups leaving and even some big groups disbanded, and one such group was KARA from DSP Media.

In January 2016, DSP Media had announced that the K-pop female group had been disbanded due to the contracts expiration for 3 of the members. They were a very popular group not just in South Korea but were known throughout Asia (they were particularly quite big in Japan) and of course in some other parts of the world.

I'm sure many hearts were broken when they heard the news but some things don't last forever and since the group have been around for awhile with various degree of success, it was normal to think that they would move on to some other things in their careers. Interestingly though I read comments mentioning that some of the members said that they have not disbanded, they might be in separate agencies now but they might band together again for a comeback. I'm not sure what does that mean, can they still performed as KARA outside of DSP Media?

Anyway, KARA had quite a few hits under their belt and I enjoyed quite a lot of them. In an effort to capture the memories of good pop music they had offered us in the last few years, here are my top 5 favourite songs from them. If you haven't heard any of the songs or are not even familiar with the group, you might want to check them out too. They are quite entertaining. ;-)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

What to watch? ~ 2016 movies: September

September usually known as the "dry season" for Hollywood movies, but surprisingly there are quite a few interesting movies coming out this month. Below are the movies that seems interesting to me, check them out below and see if you would like them as well.

1) The Light Between Oceans

Release date: Sept. 2, 2016
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Florence Clery, Bryan Brown

Most of the time people will spend money at the cinemas to watch movies that have a lot of special effects but sometimes I think it's good to watch some good drama on the big screen too. The Light Between Oceans seems like a movie with a good drama in it and it has a great cast too. The movie is based on a novel which had received great reviews so hopefully the movie will get positive reviews as well.

Watch The Light Between Oceans trailer here.

2) Morgan

Release date: Sept. 2, 2016
Cast: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Boyd Holbrook, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti

Morgan is a science fiction and horror movie, an interesting combination if you asked me. The trailer focused a lot on the mystery of this "Morgan" character, and I have to say it got me curious as well. While I am excited to watch this movie, it seems not a lot of people are because it did quite poorly on its opening weekend. I want to find out who or what exactly is Morgan, so I think I will still watch this movie at the cinema.

Watch Morgan trailer here!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2016 ~ 10 exciting new games (Part 2)

Here's the continuation of my post for the 10 games from E3 2016 that I'm most excited about. I've listed 5 games before which you can read here, so this is the remaining 5 games from the list.

6) Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Microsoft Windows, PS4, PSVR, XB1)

The franchise had gradually becoming more action-based than when it was first started but now it seems the studio will bring the franchise back to its horror root. I don't have problem with action-heavy Resident Evil games because personally I feel there are still some horror elements in those games, but for this new sequel it looks like the horror element will be at the center stage. I'm definitely interested to find out more and how the story in this game connected to the characters and events in the previous games.

Watch Resident Evil 7: Biohazard trailer here.

While the above gameplay trailer was more to introduce the new look and direction this new sequel will take and will not be part of the actual game, the studio released another gameplay trailer, this time from the actual game itself, in 2016 Gamescom event which is currently being held in Cologne, Germany. Although this post is more about sharing the games that were featured in E3 2016, but the gameplay looks so nice that I feel like I have to include it in this post as well. Check out the awesome new gameplay trailer below.

Watch Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Lantern gameplay trailer here.

7) Nier: Automata (PS4)

The trailer and gameplay demo that were shown during E3 for this game looks pretty awesome. The settings look beautiful, the enemies' designs look quite interesting, the characters look cool and their abilities are pretty neat as well; they were all eye-catching. The game is part of the Nier universe, which is itself is a spin-off of the Drakengard  series. It was stated that aside from some characters' appearances, the game will have no story connection to the other games, which I think is good to bring in new fans.

Watch Nier:Automata trailer here.
Watch Nier:Automata boss battle gameplay here.

Monday, August 8, 2016

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2016 ~ 10 exciting new games (Part 1)

With everyone still delighted over the reveals at the San Diego Comic-Con, and also with the excitement of Suicide Squad releasing in theaters/cinemas, the conversation in the entertainment world had certainly shifted in these past few weeks but I want to bring us back to the E3 2016 that was held last June and the exciting video games that were featured there. I know this is a bit late but it's been awhile since I last wrote about video games, so I thought this is a good opportunity to do so.

There were so many awesome games featured in this year Electronic Entertainment Expo, and I would list 10 of them that I'm most interested in. Of course I wouldn't know every video game that were featured during that event but at least these are the 10 games from the long list of games that I am aware of. I would split the list into 2 posts so here is the first 5 games that I'm most excited about.

1) God of War (PS4)

I always thought the developer will continue this franchise but little did I know that they would switch the mythology as well (previous games were based on Greek mythology while this new game will revolved around Norse mythology). While Kratos still returned as the main character, this seems like a totally different Kratos than the one we knew from the previous games. The gameplay trailer introduced us to Kratos who is now a dad! And he teaches his son how to hunt and fight. I wonder what the story will be about this time, but however the story goes I really hope we would get to see more interaction between him and his son.

Watch God of War gameplay trailer here.

2) Here They Lie (PS4, PSVR)

I always love a good horror game and Here They Lie seems like a really unique game with its weird style and design. I'm not sure what the story will be about or even who we would be playing as, but so far from what I've seen, the game looks pretty interesting and mysterious, which is always a good thing considering this is a psychological horror game. I like games that play with your mind...well, at least those that are not too messed up.

Watch Here They Lie teaser trailer here.
Watch Here They Lie gameplay demo here.