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HYDE Acoustic Concert Tour 2018 Kuala Lumpur – Coverage

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So, the big news was released by our friends at Toybox Projects that the man, the myth, the mystery…. The voice behind bands L’Arc En Ciel and Vamps -HYDE- would be making his way to Malaysia for a concert. The WOWs in my head couldn’t stop popping up think of what the fans would be feeling or anticipating.

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Toybox Projects is famous in the local scene to be the longest standing entity championing the cause to bring top Japanese music artist to Malaysia. Their long experience in media, public relations and promotions are their strengths… include that x-factor which is that the boss lady is a Japanese herself, who calls Malaysia her home.
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Anyways, my concern was that I could make it for the Press Conference no problem… but the concert night was another story. And for those of you frequent concert goers may know… it’s really difficult to get some nice photos of your favour band in action, so I was very short of solutions. Who could I get in such notice who has the expert skills for dim light photography, passion for music and the affluent command of the English?? Where can I find someone who can represent Cosplay Fun – Malaysia with dignity, professional conduct who also understands the protocols of professional media coverage?? Then while processing all these criteria needs… a face comes to mind. This face!

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All flags on criteria – PASS! Next concern was… OMG would he be available?? Being in so high demand it was a long shot but the best shot. Long story short… I present to you the return of the gentleman known as Max Jackson aka Johnnie B Ghoul… Mr John Gullidge! Scream Park Ring Master, Skilled photographer, great taste in music, gentleman extraordinaire… and it doesn’t hurt to be dashingly handsome too? Haha!

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KUALA LUMPUR, 12 May: When The Captain at Cosplay Fun Malaysia asked me if I could take photos at the recent HYDE concert I jumped at the chance, I love doing live music photography and even though I had no idea who HYDE was, this was too good an opportunity to miss. The timing meant I was going to have to sacrifice attending an advance preview of “Deadpool 2” but I figured that was no big deal given the movie opened a couple of days later anyway. Then with a few hours to go before the gig, the Captain dropped the bombshell, their writer was unable to attend so in addition to taking photos would I be willing to write a review! 0W5A9989_resize

Bit of background here, the kind of bands I like don’t get to perform in Malaysia. I had to travel back to the UK last year to see my favourite singer Gary Numan and I’ve made frequent trips to Singapore to see the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie and even had to travel there and to Thailand to see the more mainstream Coldplay (thankfully Asians love Coldplay, at home most of my friends consider them far too mainstream and claim they never bettered “Parachutes” before selling out….which frankly is crap, you won’t see a better stadium show in the world than theirs…but I digress).

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So anyway my response to the request was….”surely you want to get someone to review it who at least knows who he is”. As far as I’m concerned HYDE is the nasty half of one of horror literature’s better known double acts! Anyway a cursory glance at Wikipedia soon informed me that this guy is big, I mean Madison Square Gardens big, so my interest was at least piqued.

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Arriving at the venue (extremely conveniently located right next to an LRT station, my preferred method of transport in KL!) I noticed a lot of the, predominantly female crowd, wouldn’t have looked out of place at a cosplay event and after eventually finding my allocated seat (wish I’d known I’d be given a spare ticket beforehand and I could have turned it into a date night, if I could find a date!) I immediately started fretting about how possible it was going to be to get decent photos from 8 rows back at the side of the hall but I needn’t have worried, the sumptuous lighting setup on a stage lit with candelabras, meant that it would have been hard not to have taken a half decent photo.

793A9955_resizeThe term acoustic set conjured up images of a few years back when I was lucky enough to see my favourite band The Manic Street Preachers performing an “acoustic set” at a pub in Swansea. Incredibly pared back, it was basically the singer (James-Dean Bradfield) and guitarist (Nicky Wire) – they dispensed with the drummer -performing on just acoustic guitars. HYDE on the other hand was of what I would consider an orchestral set given he was accompanied by a pianist, guitarist, a wonderfully goth looking gentleman on a double bass, a drummer and four female violinist’s/cellists.

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The first thing that struck me was how much I loved the whole look of the thing, very gothic and right up my alley (you should know that my full time job here in Malaysia is manager of the Scream Park at Sunway Lagoon and the annual Nights of Fright event so anything slightly macabre immediately gets my vote of confidence) and the second thing was the striking vocal similarity there was between HYDE and Japan’s David Sylvian (Japan the group, not the country).

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This may seem irrelevant but when, half way through the gig, HYDE launched into a cover of Ryuchi Sakamoto’s “Forbidden Colours” (the theme to the movie “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”) I couldn’t have been happier or more impressed. It’s one of my favourite songs of all time and performed live by HYDE it not only raised every hair on the back of my neck but also brought tears to my eyes. Music has the power to move us unlike any other medium and this certainly did it for me.

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I’d like to be able to rattle off the names of other tracks in the set list but I am afraid they were all new to me but clearly not to the hardcore fans in the crowd who applauded / cheered at each consecutive hit not to mention crying out between tracks: “I love you HYDE” etc. I would never thought of HYDE as a comic genius but his mastery of timing when using the simple “terimah kasih” was a joy to behold. Long silence….”Terimah Kasih”…audience cracks up….pause…..”Terimah Kasih” audience cracks up and repeat. Very funny.
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The aforementioned lighting was stunning and a photographer’s dream (why they have to restrict the taking of photos to the first three numbers alone in beyond me but them’s the rules) and when HYDE asked everyone to turn on their phone flashlights the hall was magically transformed. He got in on the act himself at the end of the show, not only filming the audience, but taking the obligatory selfie on stage.

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I think it’s a sign that I’m getting old, but to be able to watch a gig seated is actually so much more of a pleasure than being crushed up against a crowd and the acoustic tone of the set lent itself to a much more relaxed audience experience, at times a bit too relaxed as I notice a few people in the media section quite literally spent the entire gig scrolling through their phones just taking the odd cursory glance at the stage (maybe I’m doing them a discourtesy, perhaps they were live blogging the event for all I know).

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I for one left the gig a convert to Hyde’s music, no mean feat considering a lot of the songs were sung in, what for me was a foreign language, and a quick check at the Facebook statuses of some cosplay friends who I had seen there confirmed that not only was this the gig they had waited a lifetime for (his first time in Malaysia) but it had exceeded all their expectations and you can’t say fairer than that.

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Now if you’re unfamiliar with “Forbidden Colours” check it out on You Tube and thank me later! CHEERS! 19883996_1631329900241369_2012288776802505149_n - Copy

Check out the entire album of excellent photos taken by John here: HYDE Acoustic Tour 2018 – Kuala Lumpur

#HYDE #HYDEliveinKualaLumpur #HYDEliveinMALAYSIA #HYDEliveinKL #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMY #LarcEnCiel #VAMPS #JohnGullidge #RyuchiSakamoto #MerryChristmasMrLawrence #MaxJackson

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Jalan Jalan Japan KL – Visit

P1070666Here are some basic photos from the brand new Jalan Jalan Japan​ KL located in 1 Shamelin Mall, Cheras. There was some debate which outlet is bigger so I had to go and check it out.

For more detail, check out the video so it is easier to get the idea of the layout.

 

More photos here: FB Album Jalan Jalan Japan KL – Visit

 

Size wise, the Subang (One City Sky Park) has a large floor space, more variety per item genre and more quantity for each item genre.

IMG_20171010_154025However, JJJKL has the newer stuff or rather more current stuff based on just toy section. The fear of missing out on the unknown might get you thinking you must go both outlets but I think you shouldn’t fear of losing out. How would they decide which stock to send to which outlet? I’m not sure, I just know if one place is sell out more stuff than the other, that’s where I would send the new stock hehe

IMG_20171010_154015So I am doing my part to buy more stuff xD So that they might replenish sooner?? haha I hope so.

This outlet is a lot more ogranised than Subang. Must have learnt a lot since it’s opening hehe so it makes shopping pretty swift. IMG_20171010_151149

On a down side, I didn’t like the price discrepancy with some of what i bought.

Example: some toys I bought, WERE IN A BOX… it was in a box but it doesn’t mean its unopenend or that it’s in good condition or MINT in box or Brand New in Box.so friends, doesn’t it’s in a box means its MIB! Also if there is the same figure in a plastic bag, then there is another in a box (more expensive), you may want to consider your options & the possiblity :/

Example: The other example was, I bought an opened figure of Azunyan (in plastic bag) in Subang for RM15 and to get Mio in JJJKL, same series, same size… it was RM30. Please la don’t whack whatever price you want. Other series the figures are same price for the entire figures in the set. Please decide what you with your pricing.

#JJJ #SerbuJJJ #Jargagiler #TheCaptan #Malaysia #CosplayFUNMY #PoPCultureFunMY

#KOn !!


PlayStation Experience 2017 SEA – Visit

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19756563_1621488347883831_7287474631833589029_nHere are some of the sights at the inaugural #PSX2017SEA #PlayStationAsia So what is this PlayStation Experience? – Well basically the PlayStation Experience or PSX for short is an event that showcases the latest / newest / upcoming games for the PlayStation platforms…. PS4, PS VR, PS Vita etc.

r5It started out in 2014 & is a yearly event held in December in America. It debuted in Las Vegas in the first year & has moved to California since. This year, Malaysia is so privileged (if not extremely fortunate), to be the selected country / city for the PSX summer. To have this event in my own country is already a privilege but to be the host for the entire South East Asia region, is yet another honour too.

r9So, the PSX SEA 2017, which I dub to be PSX Summer haha or PSX Asian Summer haha (syiok sendiri because I am so happy), will feature most of the fresh stuff unveiled at the recent E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2017. E3 is an industry-only event, which means if you’re not part of the video game industry in some way, you don’t get to go 😦 But Hey! We got PSX SEA 2017 & it’s in Kuala Lumpur so rejoice!

Again I say rejoice! #Gamer #GamerForLife #Gamer4Life

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WHAT WE ALREADY KNEW:
1) It was announced as a ONE DAY ONLY event = it’s gonna be super packed early, queues were gonna be long and  early birds EXPECTED!

2) Venue announced – KL Live = KL Live is famous for being the go to venue for live show case or mini-concerts. It’s high roof which allows an upper tier seating / viewing is a charm & class that is hard to replicate at a compact venue.

3) With the above 2 points, we kind of guessed that this would be a the experiment event and because PSX is such a special event to the owners, chances it would not stay in Malaysia every year but rather would move around South East Asia.

WHAT WAS AVAILABLE TO PLAY:
Special Guest Appearance: Kazunori Yamauchi (Producer Gran Turismo series), Waz Hazmer (Lead Designer Final Fantasy XV), Ryozo Tsuijimoto (Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep), Tomoaki Ayano & Kansuke Sakurai (Marvel vs Capcom Inifinite),

 PlayStation®4 (PS4™): Detroit: Become Human, Everybody’s Golf, Far Cry 5, Gran Turismo Sport, Knack 2, Matterfall, Ni No Kuni II, and Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session!, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, FIFA 18, Dragonball Fighterz, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite,

PlayStation®VR (PS VR): Bravo Team, No Heroes Allowed! VR, The Inpatient, Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Stifled.

From what I gathered by asking the crowd, friends started lining up from 5am. The first 300 folks would get a goodie bag and from the number of PlayStation events I’ve been to, PS quite generous 🙂

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WHAT I LIKED ABOUT PSX 2017 SEA:
1) That chance to try the latest DEMOS for free, in our own country! 
Seriously, I think Malaysia is the most deprived of having the chance to touch – feel – try the latest games (especially PS VR unless u have a PS VR). Maybe it doesn’t effect me that much as I make my yearly pilgrimage to GAME START ASIA in Singapore. But for all those Malaysia gamer folks who faithfully pre-order their games, get the premium edition collectors set or even the limited edition PS4… they almost have next to no chance to try the new demos, not talking about the ones you can download from the PS Store. So am glad that PS really brought this to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – YAY!

2) All the Special Guest
Well if getting to try the latest demos was rare, getting to meet the game producers of our favourite games is even rarer! Next to never! Not since Wan Hazmer himself brought the Square Enix boss to Comic Fiesta, did we ever get a chance to meet Game Producers of our favourite games!! Or should I say, we had to wait for a Malaysian to succeed in the industry first before they could bring back a guest for us?? xD Kudos again to Mr. Wan Hazmer, STILL doing Malaysia proud! A person like Kazunori Yamauchi is a real headliner for an event, then to have Ayano-san, Sakurai-san and Ryozo Tsuijimoto is a real treat!! Oh did I mention free meet + greet, free autograph signing session and free poster!! Honestly, I was surprised that Ono-san (aka the man that saved Street Fighter) didn’t make an appearance. Again, I am probably a bit spoilt because I get to see most of them every year at GAME START ASIA hehe xD

3) They Chose Malaysia
BROs from PlayStation Asia, our Malaysia ringgit is at and all time low. Please take advantage of it. Your Japanese Yen, Singapore Dollar, US Dollar are all Titans against us so please to our country for events. 1 event in Singapore = 3 shows in KL xD haha If you need free help, advice or assistance… do contact us! We want to help 😀 [PopCultureFun.MY@gmail.com] r4

4) Generous Freebies
In my experience working with PlayStation through the years, they have always been a very generous entity make lots of SONY IP premiums to be given away to fans & the public. Tee shirts, magnets, key chain, paper clips, tumbler, mobile phone charms, stickers etc. And this was no different. First 300 folks in will get a goodie bag (reminds me of GAME START ASIA xD) then once in, participate in a survey then take a chance at a lucky draw to win anything from PS button badge to a limited edition Horizon Zero Dawn statue of Aloy to a PS VR set!! #TooGenerous r3

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5) They used the available space perfectly
I’m not a chief lay out guy but being to KL Live multiple times for numerous events, I am impressed at how they used the space upstairs and down stairs yet still have space for media, VIPs and queue lines. I hope some other entities will consider this venue for something besides concerts 🙂 Check out the videos. r1

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On another note:
My first goal was to get all the coverage I could before the crowd gets in. Then again my little site here can’t really compare to all those tech savy giants of websites. Those folks get paid to do what I do… oh well, but still! I am rejoicing to be here!! 😀

After I got my coverage I wanted to try this all new Marvel vs Capcom Infinite huhu The graphics keeps getting more gorgeous as time goes along. I wasn’t sure if I was playing the 4K version but it was satisfying. Also with the fact that Ayano-san is here in attendance says quite a bit on the scale of this game & event!!

Next was to try the PS VR stuff which hard to come by, and I went straight to have a go at the FPS Bravo Team. The idea of it was intriguing but it still had a lot of bugs. I really dig, Light Gun Shooters… if not obsessed with them haha ever since Operation Wolf & Operation Thunderbolt. Anyways since Namco introduced the step-pedal in Time Crisis and then Konami’s Keisatsukan aka Police 911 aka Police 24/7 introduced motion sensors… Gun Simulators would never be the same again. So I was expecting Bravo Team to have a shorter learning curve to get adjusted to the controls but even after 20 mins. Two of the biggest put offs for me was the loading time to play again after dying and the basic point and shoot controls.

Loading time took a while probably because it was a coop mode and you had to wait for your partner to die before you can respawn… anyhow, this did help the learning curve to get to the controls.

The double grip rifle style, had a discrepancy that maybe the game developers or just plainly the demo staff / crew was not ready for – switching from a right handed player to a left handed player. For what ever reason at certain angle as I aim the rifle, the grips would flip 180 on screen and the rifle would be facing me dead right in my chest xD And I am terrified because the respawn time takes so long… then the enemies are shoot at me & I can’t fire back xD haha oh gosh it was terrible.

So I can’t say for sure if it was a game bug or poor calibration or a developer oversight… will be looking to try this game again in the future when there’s opportunity .

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Full photo album here: PSX 2017 SEA – VISIT

So many other games to try but time was of the essence. All in all I’m very grateful to be invited to this event and also very happy for Malaysia to be the host for this historical event! All the best to the future PlayStation Experience in South East Asia.

#PlayStation #SonyPlayStation #PSX #PlayStationExperience #PlayStationExperienceSEA #PSX2017SEA #PlayStationAsia
#KazunoriYamauchi #WanHazmer #RyozoTsuijimoto #TomoakiAyano #KansukeSakurai #JustinNg
#GranTurismo #Matterfall #BravoTeam #FIFA18 # DragonballFighterz #FinalFantasyXV #DissidiaFinalFantasy #Stifled #MarvelvsCapcomInfinite #NiNoKuniII #TaikoNoTatsujin #DrumSession #DetroitBecomeHuman #FarCry5 #GranTurismoSport #TheInpatient


HISTORY Con Malaysia 2017 – Launch & Visit

It was really convenient to follow the news of this event as my wife and I often tune in to HISTORY (Channel) & Lifetime. If we’re not watching Pickers, Storage Wars, Counting Cars… it would be Master Chef Australia. Apart from that HISTORY has got documentaries or miniseries that would catch my fancy: SIX, The War Fighters, Superheroes Decoded just to name a few.

So last year we caught the teaser… HISTORY Con… coming to you! And my wife and I were excited till later they announced it was Manila! Ok, excitement neutralized. Of course, it was nice to see highlights… then again it is nice to see San Diego Comic-Con Hall H highlights too minus the real presence haha. Anyhow, a year later… oh the trailer is back… showing all the Manila highlights… how nice to see it again! And then the it was announced… coming to you MALAYSIA!! Wow, now that had an impact for sure!! With imaginations running wild, the sudden urge to drop everything and get online to find leads on where, when, who will be coming. HISTORY Con just became legit for Malaysia fans!

As time went on, the more official information was released but the event actual was still hard to imagine as the event trailers kept showing footage from HISTORY Con Philippines 2016. With this I was determined to go early on event day Friday so that the costuming folks would have a better idea on what to expect. A big thank you to A+E Networks for granting us access for the opening ceremony.

If you were thinking, what does cosplay have to do with history or HISTORY Channel? I would answer… are you kidding me? Why not? haha What directly came to mind when I saw the event announcement was our local community folks – W.A.R. which stands for We Are Reenactors a subdivision of Malaysia Renactors. These guys whom I’ve known for a decade now… are real enthusiast on World War 1 / World War 2 military uniforms and collectors of authentic gear from that era.  It’s the perfect pairing! 

The other group I couldn’t get out my head was the Assassin’s Creed (video game) costuming fans. What a great way to get ‘INTO’ history then to play any chapter of this ground-breaking video game series. It was surreal for me, roaming the streets of Jerusalem, Damascus and Acre… in all its historical authenticity. The game sequels then continue to map pivotal moments in world history (Renaissance, Colonial Era, French Revolution, Imperial China, Victorian era, Sikh Empire, October Revolution, Ptolemaic Egypt) and lets us get an immersive experience of each era with accurate visual depiction, proportionate scaling and great voice acting through! With the release of the live action movie last year, costuming fans came out with full force with the fandom reaching its most celebrated moment!

So, this was just 2 of the groups that quickly came to mind. What else is out there? Samurai era, Ninja’s, a 17th Century Pirates vs East India Trading Company? Roman Gladiator? The 300 Spartans anyone?? All this historical excitement is unlocked with this event genre!! huhu Don’t even get me started with movie specific titles… or super heroes or anime or comics or games!! Gotham by Gaslight, Captain America: The First Avenger, Kuroshitsuji, Hakuoki, Dynasty Warriors… ahem! So exciting!

FULL Photo Album here on Facebook: HISTORY Con Malaysia 2017

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Friday, 4 August 2017: It was certainly a grand affair for a first-time event. MAEPS is very known for being one of the large (if not largest) pillar-less convention halls in the Klang Valley. My imagination was wild at what they could possibly fill the hall with. With both indoor & outdoor content…. And not to forget sporting too… it was going to be massive.

So Friday was the day of the launch & opening of this event. Even before all the guest arrived… there were bus loads of students lining up & marching in. I could feel that this ‘rombongan’ was going to be a real treat for them. Primary & Secondary… boys & girls were carefully arranged to get full view of the stage… and of course after the launch… FIRST full access to the event huhu… so much to see, play and most of all… so much to learn!! I just thought that this was a great idea to include the kids!! Well done organisers!! 

The vintage cars display, greeted everyone as we entered and the main stage area was directly in the middle of the hall. We had a lot of our local historical organisations involved so it was very educational for both locals & foreigners. This area was called the ‘Heritage’ area. One of four area in this big hall. The others were ‘Motoring’, ‘Lifetime’ and ‘His Cave’ haha Geeks and pop culture fans will know what the phrase “MAN CAVE” means haha. 

In this ‘Heritage’ area we had The Historical Society OF Kuala Lumpur, Jabatan Muzium Negara, Muzium Tentera Darat, Jabatan Bomba Malaysia, Forged in Fire booth Purba displaying antique Keris from different eras etc.  My favourite was the Muzium Negara mini palaeontology area for kids… and adults. It was a chance at kids… and adults to try how it feels like to be a dinosaur (bone) hunter hehe  Dr. Ross Geller (Friends)!

My favourite at the ‘His Cave’ area was the Vikings area. They had some fan made Lego Viking ships, a giant cut away board to take pics with. The jewel of the displays were the actual costumes worn by Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha in the HISTORY series Vikings. 

The Photo-faceoff show was such an interesting idea in concept… but how to run it, now that would have been a challenge. So out of much curiosity & had to watch it to find out how it would be done. After binge watching here & there I convinced that the highlight of the show is actually Mr. Justin Mott!! Haha As a fellow coach & teacher, I think you make a great teacher… mentor Mr. Justin! His endless enthusiasm, antics & energy is contagious if you buy into what he is trying to say. It was fun to see him live in person… and it’s true! He is so animated that I think he is fun subject to shoot! Fortunate for those of you who managed to get into his photography work shop!! 20728824_10155745608948754_8119031795555249723_o

The ‘Motoring’ area had a lot of… you guessed it – motor cars & motor bikes haha! The charm however was of the vintage, rare, restored and specially customized. This is where you would find ‘Horny’ Mike Henry from Counting Cars and Jaime Dempsey from Ride N Seek. 

What would the final ‘Lifetime’ area have to top all of this off? Well they had this!!! The set likeness is uncanny. And this was recently built might you! I think the contractors did a great job. Now the only part I missed was to actually be present here & have Matt Preston give a live cooking demo together with my wife! It would have been the equivalent of the both of us getting off the couch & jumping right into the TV screen on a weekday night! That would really make our day!! 

These were the four main areas in the hall but there were still more to experience. There was an actual badminton court set up where we could play against the former Malaysia greats like Cheah Soon Kit. This was the Ministry of Youth & Sports zone.

Outside we had the opportunity to not only watch our Malaysian rally car legend in action but we could get into his 2006 Subaru WRX Impreza! This is Mr. Karamjit Singh! His car & his skills are LEGIT!

Also, outside was the chance to catch Ms. Jaime Dempsey in her element… on a bike… with a helmet on… cruising! 

All in, I think it was a great event… and even more impressive as it was a debut event. I may be biased because my wife & I really enjoy watching HISTORY and Lifetime but from my experience in the local entertainment industry and with pop culture conventions, I still think it was a very good event. There was something for everyone and for every age. Parents could bring their kids and everyone would have enjoyed at least something at HISTORY Con. And most of all, everyone would have learnt something new.

Just 3 weeks back, we had three Hollywood stars grace our nation for a red-carpet Hollywood movie premiere. For as long I can remember, nothing like this has happened before for our country. Now HISTORY Con brings all these TV stars to Malaysia. Wow! So right now there is nothing but awe and gratitude… with a pitch of hopeful-excitement looking to next year. 

A big thank you to A+E Networks Asia for having this in Malaysia. And to sponsors, production crew, coordinators and the 21,000 visitors who came to support this event. Looking forward to HISTORY Con 2018! 

 

#HISTORYConMY #HISTORYCon #AENetworks #JaimeDempsey #HornyMike #HornyMikeHenry #MattPreston #JasbirKaur #KaramjitSingh #WeAreReenactors #AssassinsCreed #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain

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MALAYSIA MAKES HISTORY!

OVER 21,000 PEOPLE JOINED INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES AND MALAYSIAN LUMINARIES AT HISTORY CON® 2017, THE BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION OF THE YEAR.

 HISTORY® also honours 10 Malaysians for their significant contribution to the nation’s life and culture at the inaugural HISTORY Maker Awards 2017.

 KUALA LUMPUR, 6th August 2017: HISTORY Con 2017, the first-ever mega entertainment convention in Malaysia saw popular HISTORY® and LIFETIME® celebrities such as “Horny” Mike Henry (Counting Cars), Jaime Dempsey (Ride N’ Seek), Justin Mott (Photo Face-off), iconic comedian Harith Iskander (Celebrity Car Wars), Matt Preston (MasterChef Australia judge), and Malaysia’s favourite chef, Jasbir Kaur (MasterChef Asia finalist) gather once more at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) for the official closing ceremony on 6th August. The stunning mega finale showcase was closed by Deputy Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia Pacific, Prem Kamath.

Precluding the official closing ceremony, as part of HISTORY’s 10th anniversary celebration in Asia, 10 Malaysian luminaries were honoured for their significant contributions to the nation’s life and culture with the inaugural HISTORY Maker Awards. Guest-of-honour and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Y.B. Dato’ Nogeh Gumbek officiated the award ceremony with the stellar attendance of the awardees, namely Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid (better known as Lat), Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kay Kim, Cheah Soon Kit, Karamjit Singh, and more.

“HISTORY Con 2017 received overwhelming response from visitors of all ages,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia Pacific. “It has been a great success in bringing Malaysians together for an enriching experience that celebrates the past, present and future.”

Malaysia’s first-ever HISTORY Con, which housed a host of exhibitions and activities for all ages and interests, from automotive fans and aspiring chefs to history buffs and sports enthusiasts, saw thousands thronging to see their favourite HISTORY® and LIFETIME® celebrities, or event try their skill against Malaysian badminton legends Hafiz Hashim and Cheah Soon Kit, including riding as passengers of accomplished rally driver Karamjit Singh.

Over the course of three days, visitors availed themselves of five unique zones including a range of outdoor activities. The Motoring Zone encompassed both classic cars and motorbikes, including “live” airbrushing demos, while the Games Zone attracted scores of football fans with its FIFA 2017 Borneo E-Arena Qualifier 2 and Mini Escape Room.

The Malaysian History Zone with its interactive exhibition from the National Museum and nostalgic display from POS Malaysia was further livened up with a blast from the far past in the form of life-sized dinosaurs, and national pride ran high in the Sports Zone with badminton tournaments and a special exhibition from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Last but least, the exclusive LIFETIME® Experience Zone captivated visitors with cooking demonstrations, free screenings of LIFETIME® Original Movies, and free photography at the unique light graffiti photo booth.

HISTORY® is available on ASTRO 555 and 575 in HD; for more information about HISTORY®, visit www.historyasia.com.

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Hari Wilayah Parade 2012 – The First Ever Cosplay Contingent (Malaysia)

Here’s a 5th Anniversary tribute to the 45 of us who made cosplay history in Malaysia for becoming the First Ever Cosplay Contingent to take part in a large scale parade!! Why was this not posted earlier? Well  mainly because it was a bitter sweet experience. Very bitter in the beginning but as time went by… only the sweetness remains. The full story of the events have not been told till now. I have kept much of it to myself for so long and this year marks the 5th Anniversary of the historical feat that till this day, has not been done again. And so I wanted to commemorate it by sharing the challenges i faced for this historical event to take place. 5 years later, it was worth it. Get ready for a LONG read.

Lots of Love,
The Captain

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5 years ago in February… 45 of us made cosplay history in Malaysia by being the first (and only to date) cosplay contingent to take part in the Hari Wilayah (Federal Territory Day) celebration parade. On a size scale & festivity level this celebration parade this was only second to our Merdeka Day (Independence Day) celebration parade! It was televised live on RTM (TV1) as we marched on the historical landmark Dataran Merdeka (Independence Avenue) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Our Prime Minister was in attendance looking on as we marched past the VIP stand, presenting the team salute. 

It was such an amazing opportunity & it was such an amazing once – in – a – lifetime experience! However, the road getting to that point was a huge challenge. One that has not been shared before. Also here are some photo footage that has not been shared till now.

It all started when I got a call from an event organizer whom I previously work with 2 years back. So they said, this year’s Sambutan Hari Wilayah (2012) was very close to the Chinese New Year, so because of this many communities / contingents who usually take part…. are unable to this year. “Would you like to take part in the parade & put together a contingent of cosplayers?”. My reply, “WHAT? Woah!”. To qualify, or more like look presentable in a large scale parade like this, there is a minimum number of people that each contingent should have. Since all participating teams are under manned, the minimum number of members of each contingent was reduced.

So, I was offered a spot in the 2nd largest national-pride-sake parade if I could pull together a minimum of 40 participants in my contingent. Considering the time I had in hand, which was maybe about less than 3 weeks to the date, the decision weighted heavy on me. To commit or not to commit? To take this project on or not? There was nothing to loose if I didn’t take it…. no one would know about this opportunity. But in my heart I felt that maybe since this opportunity came to me, so I should just take the challenge on. Nothing to loose but sooooo much to gain for the community if it was successful! “Optimistic doubts” of thinking that maybe, I should skip this year… & that I can do it next year. On the other side of my mind, what if there is no ‘next year opportunity’? (Wisdom from my late granny) Can I live with that? And so the conclusion was to go for it! 

The ‘go for it’ actually only meant that I would be the initiator of this project, because I couldn’t make this event a success all by myself. This event requires numbers; minimum forty (40) to be exact… there is no way I can conjure that up on my own. This project is a wonderful opportunity for the community and, if done successfully, will be a wonderful achievement for the local community!!  So make or break – it will be decided by the community. I just needed to make the call… & arrange all the logistics… the community (numbers) will have the answer on whether this event happens or not.

Little did I know that that was not the only thing I needed! I didn’t know what crap load of back lash I was going to get… not from the general public but from within the community itself. The very folks I want to do this for, want to burn me at the stake.

It all started with this newbie cosplayer who kept demanding to know every single detail about the ins & outs of the event – how I got the contact, who is the organiser, what do they do etc. and wanted the info straight away replied to her public post on FB. If I didn’t reply in her desired time frame, she will repost and accuse me of ignoring her questions. This is the beginning of the phrase ‘Cosplay Polis’…  she goes on to attack the legitimacy of the event, accuse me of using cosplayers, embezzling of money etc. Then she continues to go further by calling up Dewan Bandaraya KL to check. Wow, so much free time!

Woman please! Firstly, if you are interested to join then just join. If you are not, then its ok, no one is forcing anyone to join. Why do you demand immediate attention & all answers to your questions when you are not interested to join in the first place? Sufficient information has already been posted for cosplayers to deliberate if they want to join the parade or not.

Secondly, you don’t organise events or even volunteer at events… why must you know everything about the ins & outs. This is the offer I got & this is the offer – as is. Cosplayers are NOT STUPID, they can read, and they can understand… if they want to join, here is the details. What is it that you are not satisfied about?

It was not the end, soon after a crossplaying senpai joins in the “Inquisition”… demanding for details. Dude, you also don’t organise event nor volunteer at events but want to make this kind of demands.

Now the newbie cosplayers bf, a famous botak photographer (now ex-bf) also gets into the picture. But his comments are even worst because in his rant he is saying stuff like I have already cheated all the cosplayers with a fake event, when the event date hasn’t even come to pass yet. Then he goes a step further by not just attacking the event, now even attacks me as a person… using words like liar, cheating cosplayers… then even attack my cosplay at events  -__- Oh man.  All the word-vomit from the bf… but I have a feeling it’s not all his words. The newbie cosplayer is ‘cosplaying’ as the VICTIM & pouring it all out to the bf to react & so she will not be deemed in an unfavourable light. Because if she actually did it herself… the most she would say in response to the ‘ugly’ comments would probably be “my FB account was hacked!” haha – Friends, please don’t be used by others to publicly voice their dissatisfaction – You are absorbing their bad vibes & karma into your own life There is already enough negative stuff all around us in daily life… you don’t need this! –

Now the most shocking part that hurts the most is that – we are all friends. This newbie cosplayer, the famous botak photographer bf and the crossplaying senpai, we were all knew each other well enough to yam cha. They could have PMed & asked to know about this or that, but they didn’t. They all wanted to make a public scene on social media… in a comment on the event page, in the cosplayfun FB group. This newbie cosplayer, is not just an average cosplayer – she really cosplays well & has very nice costumes because she makes them herself. I’ve helped sai kang her group photo shoot in Genting & manage some logistics. I have even invited the senpai crossplayer & her to hear their counsel on community events… then suddenly this. Wow! I never imagined such a HORROR since joining the community in 2006.

I was totally caught off guard & so damaged by this occurrence but I still needed to pull this event together! Now I only had 3 weeks to put the team together, in the midst of all this unnecessary crap.  Now, as this truly a one of a kind + HISTORICAL event actually came to pass, there hasn’t been any apology or reconciliation. I get FB blocked by the newbie cosplayer & the crossplaying senpai. When I cross path with the newbie cosplayer, she pretends that she forgot who I was haha Why come to KL from Johor just to assassinate people? If I went to Johor to study and then later open a shop… the last thing I want to do is to anger the local folks -__-

Despite all this, what keeps me together and still believing Sambutan Hari Wilayah 2012 was worth all this effort is all of you! The special 45 of you who took a chance to take part in a ‘first time ever’ event, with an unknown guy in charge and for an event that could probably be ‘too good to be true’. This historical event could NOT have taken place without you all.  It was all up to the call off the community and the community answered. 45 of us marched as the first time ever Cosplay Contingent at a state parade! We got the apt tee shirt for it and we got 3rd Prize place under the “Kontingen Beruniform” category!! Huhu Buffet makan for us all xD 

5 years down the road the beautiful things are surely still very apparent and resonate louder than than the crap I went thru. I can’t say for everyone but I personally formed a close bond with you all. I wouldn’t trade 49* of you for the well wishes of the haters. 

As I look back at all the existing footage from folks like Leena (videos), Nao (blog + photos), Sky (Blog + photos), AaronKee.com (photos), Alan Chin (photos), Whe96668 (videos), it really lifts my spirits again. Also as I revisit this footage, I remember the size & scale of this event that took place. I can see all your faces & your emotions as we share & enjoy this experience together 😀 All this encouraged me to also share my previously unpublished photos & videos. I’m a guy who likes to keep this stuff to myself because it is very special to me. Also after all the backlash I got from this… kept me from full enjoying our moments until now.

In this 5 years, I’ve seen many wonderful things happen in all your lives! Students graduating and joining the work force, cosplay competitors become competition winners, then become competition judges and then national champions to represent Malaysia; cosplayers become guest cosplayers, cosplay emcees, e-sport personality; cosplayers become famous singing artist, cosplayers join ACG bands, shy guy take on a Talk Panel at a convention, some of you get your dreams come true by either working, studying, staying in the beloved land of the rising sun – JAPAN!! Very very inspiring! Despite the enthusiasm, I also want to remember those who are no longer with us. I’m glad we had shared something special & even historical together. It may not have been so main stream with celebrity glamour but it’s uniqueness & comradely was like no other! 

For some of you, I only got to meet you guys for the first time on rehearsal day and then others… I only met you for the first time on parade day!! That just blows my mind. Like minded folks with the same passion, united in purpose… can do great things! This is awesome stuff! 

*49?? – There is still one other amazing thing that happened on event day. I was organising this event and focused everything on trying to meet the contingent quota and I was leading this contingent… that I forgot to consider if I had enough sai kang help if miscellaneous things happen. My fiancé (now wife) was already there running thru the schedule with me but it was not enough. Then suddenly Sky and Yuan with Narukids appear out of nowhere… at the right time on parade day. They couldn’t commit to the parade because they had things on but they came when they could. I will never forget what Sky said when I asked “Heyyy omg great to see u guys! What you all doing here” – she said innocently & truthfully – “We came to see and see if you needed help”.  Those words really touched my heart because it was a total opposite of newbie cosplayer and the others. I truly need help and they sanggup to help in any way they can. So it ended up they looked after our bags which were placed on the side walk in front on Masjid Negara! These are Malaysia’s (first ever) representatives to the World Cosplay Summit Finals. They also represented Malaysia at the famous Tokyo Game Show and have took home many more 1st Place prizes thru the years! And they came to look after our bags… I was really touched… and am still touched till this day. 

This is a very long post, but that’s because it’s one very close to my heart. We achieved something very special together! We were all very much united, harmonious and MUHIBAH! I believe we were a great example of what Malaysians can achieve when united and a great representation of the word COMMUNITY!!  And so here is to the 49 of you, commemorating the 5th Anniversary of what was the historical-first-time-ever… one & only Cosplay Contingent for Sambutan Hari Wilayah – Federal Territory Day 2012!

  1. The Captain
  2. Yuki Sac
  3. Mohd Khairie
  4. Josiah Goh
  5. Leena Al-Zawawi
  6. Sophia Al-Zawawi
  7. Adam Al-Zawawi
  8. Zhang Zhang
  9. Joee Joe
  10. Minxz chan
  11. Miika Kyonez
  12. Ex-Soldier Jackie
  13. Vincent Loke
  14. Lullaby Hew
  15. Hi-Kari
  16. Nekochi kazuchama
  17. Vinc Kyuuketsuki
  18. Nao Itazura
  19. Itazura Shio
  20. Siti Kidding
  21. Aaron Tan
  22. Shiki Arep
  23. Akira Koh
  24. Asyraf Noor Azizi
  25. Iqbal Noor Azizi
  26. Ace Rei
  27. Ejul Young Bae
  28. Erik Arep
  29. Shadow Inverse
  30. Lone Wolf Tomy
  31. Lowies Chew
  32. Mohd Amiruddin
  33. Leon Ken
  34. Erik Isaac
  35. Lydia Lockheart
  36. Ck Takoyaki
  37. Waninoko
  38. Riez Forester
  39. Shingo Misaki
  40. Jerry Lee
  41. Ahmad Nazirun Mubin
  42. Brookbam Amri
  43. Wai Hong
  44. Itou Makoto Shinji
  45. Muhammad Azizi
  46. Charity Yang – coordinator ❤
  47. Sky Goldfish Fara – sai kang ❤
  48. Yuan Cuttlefish Cross – sai kang ❤
  49. Narukids Deadfish – sai kang ❤

Lots of Love and -salute-
The Captain

Full Album of Photos here (previously published till now) : Hari Wilayah 2012 – The Journey

Check out all the previously unpublished Hari Wilayah 2012 video playllist at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cosplayfunmy

Other Videos:

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Star Wars 40th Anniversary Fan Celebration 2017 – Malaysia

The Star Wars 40th Anniversary Fan Celebration 2017 – Malaysia dubbed​ #TheForceis40 event – is happening right now at the Blue & Orange Atrium at Sunway Pyramid. The Orange Atrium is where all the Brands are participating (as in the photos – Hasbro, Hot Wheels, Royal Selangor etc. The Blue Atrium is where the Fan Communities will be having their activities this weekend.

The schedule as stated in the first 2 shots. After last years #GoRogueMY Rogue One movie event, it’s great to see another Star Wars event so soon 🙂

Full album here on Facebook: Star Wars 40th Anniversary Fan Celebration 2017 – MALAYSIA.

My Top 5 most impressive stuff today were:
1) The Lego displays by the LUG of Malaysia​. Inspired the photographer in me 😀

2) #HotWheels Tracks to try!! 

 

3) That NEW Royal Selangor​ #RoyalSelangor #Pewter #MillenniumFalcon Millennium Falcon with retractable landing gear!! OMG a gorgeous RM2,200!

4) That NEW Royal Selangor Pewter #LukeSkywalker lightsaber! Beautiful!!

5) Glad to see PlayStation Asia​ there with the #PS4 with #StarWarsBattleFront demo stations & Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens. 6 Stations to try them but the MOST IMPRESSIVE was the ability to try the #PSVR demo mission on Star Wars Battlefront​! Get in the cockpit of the classic T-65 X-Wing! Fly thru space with Red Squadron, back at your R2 unit, look down at your pilot suit, your boots, your gloves, your X-Wing dash board…. and even WATCH YOURSELF BREATHE!! It was amazing!!

So don’t forget to swing by this gigantic fan event. Almost all the Star Wars fan communities will be present & running their own activities on the weekend. Despite this being a fan event – official recognised (by Lucasfilm Ltd) groups such as The 501st Legion Malaysia Garrison, The Rebel Legion Malaysia Outpost, Fightsaber Malaysia and Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club will be in attendance! “Today will be a day long remembered!”

#PopCultureFunMY #StarWarsCelebration #StarWarsMalaysia #FightsaberMY #Fightsaber #Lego #LegoStarWars


AK Collectors Festival 2017 – Visit

26 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur:  Yesterday was the start of the first ever Prime 1 Studio mini exhibition in Malaysia (mall event). It is being held at on the busy ground floor of  Avenue K, right in the heart of the golden triangle of shopping, in KL.

There’s a collectibles area with lotsa Hot Toys, SH Figuarts, Cosbabys etc. for sale. Our local Marvel store SuperHeroes United is also there with official licensed #Marvel apparel / accessories for sale, plus a buy 3 – 1 free offer!!

#HasbroMY is also here with the #Nerf blasters for you to try out. There is also a Injustice: God Among Us on the PS4 to duel it out!

The highlight of the event are the premium format prototypes of the up coming Spiderman 2099, Venom & Anti Venom! #Prime1Studios items are brought to us by Shioktoys Collectibles #ShiokToys

 

Other content scheduled to take place are:

1) Cosplay Competition
2) A talk on Toy Sculpting by Blackz GBC
3) A talk on Customized Costumes & Props by Helios-E
For more info on whats happening go to the Avenue K page:http://avenuek.com.my/www/akcf/

It’s really nice to see western pop culture stuff popping up at an event… and it’s most refreshing to see a western pop culture event all by itself!! Some may say that it is small… but hey! We’ve got to start some where!! High traffic venues are not just throwing themselves at organisers… nor is free $$$,$$$ falling from the sky xD haha Kudos to ShiokToys Collectibles & team with Prime 1 Studios, for continuing to be active to promote the passion for pop culture heroes!

More photos in our FB page: AK Collectors Festival 2017

#PopCultureFunMY #PopCultureFun #AvenueK #HotToys #SuperHeroesUnited #Marvel #DC #MarvelComics #DCcomics #SpiderMan #Venom #Malaysia