Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Taiwan Day 4 - Shifen

18 Nov - We left our hotel early in the morning, took a short 15 mins walk to 基隆火车站 to catch a train to 十分 via 八堵. We reached our destination around 0945 after a 55 mins ride. As the local shops typically open around 11am, there are not much tourists in the vicinity and we took this opportunity to take some photos of the train station and the tracks.  



After we are done taking photos, we decided to check into our 民宿 located just right beside the train station. Unfortunately, the owner is out buying grocery and the place is closed! With nowhere else to go at the moment, we waited for a good half hour before finally managed to deposit our luggage at the counter.


After we are rid of our bulky luggage, it is walking and touring time! We took our time to enjoy a good lunch at one of the local stall, trying out their specialty noodle and seeing tourists releasing 天灯. We slowly make our way to the town outskirt to visit the little Niagara of Taipei - Shifen Waterfall.




By the time we came back from the waterfall nature park, night has already descended. We spent some time looking at the tourists releasing 天灯, which offers a better view due to the lighted lantern against the dark sky.

Some of the daring tourist managed to release a low level firework on the suspension bridge!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Taiwan Day 3 - Keelung

17 Nov - Spend the day exploring Keelung and its surrounding attractions. We goggled that the Wangyou Valley is a place with good scenery and reviews. After asking the locals for directions, we took a public bus near our hotel and we were on our way. If time allows, we plan to visit the nearby National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, which also offers a good review on Goggle.

Entrance to 望幽谷

On top of a hill overlooking the ocean. Good breeze.

National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, which was constructed like a ship.

Unfortunately, by the time we returned from the valley, it was already 3pm and we do not have enough time to explore the whole National Museum of Marine Science and Technology. We chilled out at a cafe in the museum for a while before we returned to the hotel to visit the night market for our dinner.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Your Name

Synopsis: Taki wakes from what seemed like a very important dream. But in an unfamiliar room and not in his body…but that of a girl! On the other hand, Mitsuha, a teen girl, is tired of living in a mountain village. She pleads to God “Please, let me be a handsome Tokyo boy in my next life!” The next morning, Mitsuha awakens as a high school male. Based on information around her, she learns whose body she inhabits. His name is Taki. The two have switched places! When they wake up again, they’ve returned to their former selves. But sleep brings the body swap again and again. Mysteriously, the pattern continues daily. The two fumble about, unaccustomed to each other’s bodies, but start communicating by memo. As they awkwardly overcome one challenge after another, a bond develops between the two- one that evolves into something more romantic. [Source: Golden Village]

With such a good review for this anime film (As of Oct 23, it has been No. 1 on the Japanese box-office charts for nine weeks.), we just have to give it a go. The story line is being told in a pretty unique way, coupled with beautiful scenery, I can see why the audiences loves it. It has sure been a long while since Japan come out with a good anime film.

Rate: 8/10

Monday, November 07, 2016

Marvel's Doctor Strange

Synopsis: "Doctor Strange" follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. [Source: Golden Village]

Welcome to the world where all things that seems strange are in fact normal. Pretty lots of CGI, venturing into alternate dimension and lots of actions. Typical of what you will expect for a marvel film. There will be a sequel, wait for the ending flick.

Rate: 7.5/10

Monday, October 31, 2016

Seoul Station & Train to Busan

Synopsis (Seoul Station): Prequel to TRAIN TO BUSAN, SEOUL STATION is a dark yet touching award-winning Korean feature animation. The prequel tells the story of a runaway teenager Hye-sun, who broke up with her boyfriend when he forced her into prostitution and witness an old homeless man, among the many others as they gobble up one another. The attacked become the attackers, increasing their numbers exponentially. What will the government do to control the situation? Who will survive this zombie war? [Source: Golden Village]

Synopsis (Train to Busan): A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency! As an unidentified virus sweeps the country, Korean government declares martial law. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival. 453 kilometers from Seoul to Busan, the struggle to survive by those who have others to protect, get on board to stay alive! [Source: Golden Village]

Seoul Station Trailer

Train to Busan Trailer

Since we missed both highly recommended movies, we decided to watch it all together in a One night Golden Village Horrorthon. GV did some props and playacting of zombies to spook the movie goers before the start of the movie, which was kind of refreshing and unexpected. Kind of remind me of Fright Night back in the university days. 

Well, we are glad we catch Seoul Station first, which kind of explain how the zombies came to invade Seoul Station, which leads on to the second movie about a train departing for Busan just as the zombies are attacking. Train to Busan is not really a typical horror show (though we will get to see plenty of zombie actions), it focus on humanity of a few individuals as they try to escape their current situation. A pretty good movie worth to catch over the weekend.

Rate: 8/10

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Futsal Champions 2016 (2nd Year)

This year, there are more matches to test the depth of the team.

7 matches to clinch it all. Thank God I did not suffer any injury.

First Match: 5-1 W
Second Match: 3-1 W
Third Match: 3-0 W
Fourth Match: 0-3 L
Fifth Match: 0-3 L (4th overall in table, proceed to semi finals)
Semi Finals: 5-1 W
Finals: 3-1 W

A recap of last year:

Will there be a third time next year?

Monday, October 03, 2016

Deepwater Horizon

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story of real life heroes that resulted in the largest man-made disaster in history. Experience the devastating explosions and non-stop action, as the crew on board raced against time to escape the raging fire and collapse of the gigantic oil rig in the middle of the ocean. [Source: Golden Village]

Well, it was a company event where the movie ticket is, I might just as well watch it. A real good movie where (I think) showed the events that happened at the Deepwater Horizon as close to the actual facts as possible. It also showed where companies took profit as first priority instead of safety, disaster is just waiting to happened. A good disaster movie in a long while.

Rating: 8/10