Friday, May 30, 2014

[Opening Night] Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS

Australia’s most successful theatrical export, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS performs at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands for a strictly limited season from 27 May to 1 June for eight performances only!

The global dance sensation has performed in over 330 cities across six continents and has been seen by over 12 million people. Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS continues to take the world by storm! Now it’s Singapore’s turn to experience the award-winning show.
 

Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS is an 80-minute show combining the strength and power of workers with the precision and talent of tap dancing. A worldwide television audience of over 3.4 billion saw 1,000 Tap Dogs performers performing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


All thanks to Base Entertainment Asia, I got my seats secured for one of Australia’s most successful theatrical exports, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS. I was given a pair of STALL-SEAT tickets, and we were pretty looking forward to the surprises that TAP DOGS had prepared for us. I was thankful for my seats as water was splashed all over the stage and the front-seated audience towards the end of the show.


Upon entering the theatre, we were greeted by a backdrop of a foot-print. The show features high-energy dance numbers, theatrical performances and live music performed by the cast and musicians, who bring an imaginary steel works to life in a fast-paced, unstoppable spectacular.


Whether they are in water, upside-down or jumping through scaffoldings, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS have been performing to the beat of their own drum since their world premiere at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995.


The 80-minutes adrenaline rush performance without intermission creates several scenes, and I love the basketball segment very much.



There was no narrative and no characters being recognized but each dancer bore a different personality which was slowly revealed to the audience as the show continued... Although the beginning of the performance was rather slow and boring but it picked it up well towards halfway mark and I personally enjoyed the last segment which included water, as it is pretty hilarious.


Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS is a show not to be missed this weekend as it combines high energy dance, theatrical performance and live music. Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS is the perfect show for all ages.

   

Thursday, May 29, 2014

[E! Entertainment] It takes GUTZ to be a Gutierrez

One of the Philippines' most adored and talked about showbiz families, the Gutierrez is coming to E! Entertainment on 1 June 2014, onwards at 9pm (SIN time) with 6 episodes of the reality series, 'It takes GUTZ to be a Gutierrez.'

Produced by Philippine media powerhouse, one mega group's TV100, this series offers the viewers an unfiltered access into the dramatic lives of this one-of-the-kind family with 5 members.


Meet the power couple, Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama with their children - former beauty queen, Ruffa Gutierrez , fashionista, Raymond Gutierrez and screen superstar, Richard Gutierrez, as they show South East Asia (SEA) just how much gutz it takes to be a Gutierrez.



I went to the Cocktail Party at Kuro Bar and Restaurant with a handful of friends. To my surprise it was a Philippines Fiesta too and it was also a part of the Music Matter LIVE in Clarke Quay 2014.

 


I took pictures with Richard Gutierrez, who was born on January 21, 1984 in Los Angeles, CA USA. He began acting as a child at a tender age of 4.



I was so happy to meet up with Apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas 'LIVE' in person, and I was lucky to get a polaroid print with him too for keep-sske.



Being a VIP, we were treated to a gorgeous dessert buffet table and a free flow of alcohol drinks. Thanks so much for the wonderful event.


Nothing beats great music and awesome friends! Say YAY to E! Entertainment for holding this party at Kuro. 


'It takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez' premieres 1 June, Sundays at 9pm (SIN time) on E! (Starhub Cable TV Channel 441.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Japan trip] 1-Day Tour : Mount Fuji - Hakone

It has been a month or so since my return from my holiday in Japan, and before I blog about my full Tokyo Experience, I want to start off my first travel blog post on my One-Day-Tour at Hakone. Thanks so much to my Baby for arranging this wonderful tour for me! I had a SUGOI day at Hakone! If you like hot spring (onsen), then Hakone is a place that you shouldn't miss!


 Prior to the departure for my Japan trip, my Baby purchased a Day's tour to MOUNT FUJI - HAKONE online from a Japanese Tour agency called JAPANiCAN, and it cost about SGD300plus for both of us. You can check out the others tours that they have in JAPANiCAN.com 

 
Our day tour occurred on the 2nd last day of our holiday, we had to wake up pretty early in the morning in order to catch the bus at Shinjuku Bus Terminal at 7.45am, which would take us to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. The itinerary was given to us when we reached the meeting point.


Baby got me a pack of sweet kuchen as we took a coach ride which was about 2hrs from Tokyo to Hakone.


When we were approaching our destination, and I was amazed by the scenery, did you see the shape of the majestic mountain, Mt. Fuji and its capped snow peak?


Apart from the nice view, I also spotted many cherry blossom trees along the roadside...


I was very thrilled as cherry blossom trees were everywhere in Hakone as it was pretty hard to see a decent one in Tokyo city.

  
Hakone is famous for onsen (hot springs), natural beauty and the view of nearby Mount Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.


Upon reaching Mount Fuji Visitor Centre, we stopped by at a hotel which was included in the tour for an authentic Japanese-Styled lunch. It tasted great, and I enjoyed it very much. 






We continued our coach ride as it brought us to the first stop for Mount Fuji, which was situated at 1,291m above sea, and we posed for some photos.


  
Our tour included a cruise ride at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). The ride offers beautiful views of Mount Fuji and nice mountain scenery.



 I purchased many things there, mostly on snacks and cute accessories. Take a look below for some of the items! Things in Hakone are relatively cheaper as compared to Tokyo City, and all I can say that I simply love the traditional packaging of the foodstuffs that were on display in the shop in Hakone.  









We headed up to Hakone Komagatake Ropeway, and we took a cable car to go up to Mountain Top Plaza, Hakone Mototsumiya which is 1327m above sea-level. Do ensure you have enough layers of clothes to keep yourself warm as it was pretty cold when I was there.


Unfortunately, I had an obscured view of Mount Fuji due to the cloudy weather, but nevertheless I still had a great experience at Hakone.



I just can’t get enough of Cherry Blossom and this was the main reason why I decided to travel to Japan in April. Alright, I shall end my post with a series of shots of the magnificent and Japan’s very owned Cherry Blossom

Thanks for reading :)