Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Asia's Got Talent - Philippine’s Junior Good Vibes Receives Second Judges’ Pick

Dance crew Junior Good Vibes gave a thrilling and emotional performance in last night’s episode of Asia’s Got Talent where they received the Judges’ Pick, joining Siti Saniyah (Indonesia), MANIAC FAMILY (Taiwan) and Shadow Ace (Philippines) to perform in the Grand Final Show on April 4, 2019 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore where they will be one of the nine to stand a chance to win USD100,000.



The seven remaining acts of the night will be up for voting, and the two acts with the most votes after the voting period closes will head to the Grand Final. The voting period starts now to Sunday at 11:59pm (10:59pm JKT/BKK).

Google Search Voting
Fans can vote for their favorite act by searching for “Asia’s Got Talent Vote” on Google. Simply click on the photo of the act you would like to vote for, use the slider to determine how many votes you want to allocate to the acts and click ‘Submit Votes’. You can allocate up to 10 votes per day on Google Search Vote.

Facebook Messenger Voting
Fans can vote via Facebook Messenger by clicking ‘Send Message’ button on the Asia’s Got Talent Facebook page, or look up “Asia’s Got Talent” on Facebook Messenger. Click "Get Started" and you will see a photo carousel of the acts eligible for voting. Scroll through the carousel until you see your favorite act, then click to vote.

You may repeat the process up to a maximum of 10 votes per day of the voting period.

For more details on voting, visit www.AXN-Asia.com/AGTVote.



New episode of Asia’s Got Talent airs every Thursday at 8:30pm (7:30pm JKT/BKK) on AXN. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

To watch extended highlights of Asia’s Got Talent and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fans can subscribe to the official AXN Asia YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/AXNAsia and full coverage on www.AXN-Asia.com/AsiasGotTalent

AXN has also teamed up with Google to add a Google Assistant Action of the show experience, where fans can playfully interact with the hosts and learn more about the show, the judges and the acts on their mobile devices. Fans can activate the Google Assistant and simply say “Talk to Asia’s Got Talent” to get the conversation started.

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by regional sponsors Princess Cruises, the official cruise line of Asia’s Got Talent; Great Eastern, the market leader and a well-established trusted brand in Malaysia and Singapore, and GoDaddy, the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures.

VietJet, Asia’s Got Talent’s official airline.

Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official destination partner of Asia’s Got Talent.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including two record-breaking seasons of Asia’s Got Talent, five seasons of the award-winning The Amazing Race Asia; The Elements: Cosentino; Adventure Your Way; Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and Cyril: Simply Magic.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 133 million households across 21 territories and is available in both SD and HD. AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

Malaysia 2019 - Dato' Sri Siti Nurhaliza On Tour Concert, Kuala Lumpur

It was like I was on tour!

Recently, my longtime idol Siti Nurhaliza had a concert tour in three major Southeast Asian cities, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after being on hiatus for about a year due to pregnancy. It has been a while since I went for a concert and this time, no expenses spared in grabbing the best seat for her concert. At first, I was in a dilemma if I should go for the one in Jakarta, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. It would have been so convenient to go for the one in Singapore but I thought I needed a break from daunting door knocking. As such, I decided to go for the one across the border, away from everything else. What's more, I had visitors from Jakarta to entertain which makes it an opportune time to show them around Kuala Lumpur.


Held at Axiata Arena, the concert was no other than spectacular! I felt very blessed to be a part of the sold-out show, what's more, to be amongst the many VIPs, royalties and many other celebrities who were there. I was ecstatic to see the tens of thousands of spectators who were so energetic when the opening performance started. Even more so, to be able to say hello to Siti Nurhaliza's husband, popularly known as Dato' K! She had performed many concerts singing her popular singles time and again but each time, she never fails to impress us with new renditions to her songs. For the first time, her concert started with traditional 'wayang kulit' which featured a short story of how she grew up selling curry puffs in her kampung days to becoming a successful entertainer she is today. Different from other shows, her traditional segment kickstarted the mesmerizing show. I for one, was grateful as the first number performed is my favourite and was recomposed into a more epical tune.

I told myself not to record but it was hard not to do it knowing that I would miss the concert when I am back. Thankfully, I broke my promise because there are days when I was bored I would replay some of the recorded segments. Now, I am just hoping it would be out on Netflix some time soon so that I could watch the ultra-HD version at home with 'all-around-you' sound system. (whispers 'all around you' a la cinema introduction)


This was a fantabulous birthday gift and I could not be any more grateful.

I could only sense someone will getting a promotion soon for bringing in so many tourists. It was well deserved given the hard work put in. Most celebrities with that portfolio and profile would probably retire from the entertainment world - especially at that age. It is a no wonder to date, she is still looked up upon by many. Even teenagers know her at least by name. Siti Nurhaliza is probably an epitome of grit, passion and dedication for most Malay girls out there.

Then again, some others would be saying I said all those because I am a fan. Perhaps?

Malacca was my pit stop before heading back home. The weather was atrocious. Even by the sea, it was only hot wind blowing on my face. As I was there for only a night, I explored Jonker Street. If you are attentive enough, amongst the bustling night market, you could spot the mausoleum of Hang Kasturi, one of the famous five warriors during the reign of Malacca Sultanate.


That is all for an update! Although I enjoyed myself, I was exhausted due to the weather. A few days later, I was back in Malaysia. Why? Stay tuned for the next post!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Pole Dancing With Asia's Got Talent Semi-Finalist Louis Sue

Who knew pole dancing could be so tough?

Recently, I had the honour to try out pole dancing with Asia's Got Talent semi-finalist Louis Sue and it was a bizzare experience! Pole dancing surely puts workout in a more glamorous and sexier light than it seems because of the acrobatic movements invovled. However, for me, I would rather leave that pole to the professionals. It was not as easy as it seems for one to twist and turn around the pole like there was no friction!


Then, there I was, frantically trying to cling on to the pole like a monkey in hoping I would stay in position. Unfortunately, I tend slid down, just like my hope!


Pole dancing harnesses a lot on your body weight and if you are in it for a long time, it develops strength and agility for your entire body. It could also be a good cardio depending on the music you are pole dancing to.

We now know why Louis Sue's performance was the highlight at Asia's Got Talent and received three yesses from judges David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park. We wish Louis Sue all the best for his performance in the semi-finals and remember to vote!


I think it would be good enough if I could raise a flag on a pole in time throughout the National Anthem. Perhaps, that would ba good achievement already. If you are going to ask me to glide and raise myself to the top of the pole? I have award-winning pole dancer Louis Sue on my speed dial and give him my vote. Louis started pole-dancing as an outlet to incorporate both fitness as well as dance. He hopes to promote pole-dancing as a mainstream fitness activity and break whatever stereotypes that people have of it. If you are interested, you may contact PXD Pole where Louis is an insturctor there!

Watch the encore telecast of this episode on Sunday at 7:30pm on AXN. New episode of Asia’s Got Talent airs every Thursday at 8.30pm on AXN. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

To watch extended highlights of Asia’s Got Talent and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fans can subscribe to the official AXN Asia YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/AXNAsia.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 200 Captivating Destinations

The world’s largest luxury hotel brand partners with artist, Alexander Hall, on art installation “200 InterContinentals by Haut de Gamme”


Leading luxury hotel brand InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has partnered with London-based contemporary artist Alexander Hall, also known under the alias Haut de Gamme©, to create a stunning art installation, commemorating 200 InterContinental hotels and resorts around the world.


The art installation is made from 200 champagne bottles individually hand-painted by Alexander Hall in his bright and energetic drip-style. The artwork on each bottle is unique with the design of each one inspired by the InterContinental brand’s 200 hotels, including the upcoming opening of InterContinental® Shanghai Wonderland. The finished bottles are suspended together in a stunning oeuvre to reveal the number ‘200’.


Alexander Hall, Haut de Gamme, says: “When I first started painting champagne bottles I just wanted it to make people feel something positive. Champagne for me means happiness, joy, celebration and the idea of bringing people together. That’s why I decided to paint on champagne bottles to celebrate the 200 InterContinental hotels. I wanted the bottles to reflect each InterContinental hotel’s unique personality, design and location, as well as the legacy and pioneering spirit of the founder, Juan Trippe. It’s been an honour to be asked to do this project and I hope that when I’m 80, I will be asked to celebrate 400 InterContinental hotels around the world.”


Michael Martin, Regional General Manager for Singapore, Malaysia and Batam, and General Manager at InterContinental Singapore commented: “We are very privileged to be a part of the “200 InterContinentals” landmark celebrations. With InterContinental Singapore being the flagship luxury hotel in Southeast Asia, we are delighted to see that our heritage, along with other InterContinental hotels around the world had inspired such incredible art. This will only serve as a motivation for us to continue to commandeer luxury hospitality in Singapore as we have done since 1995.”

Tania Getzova, General Manager at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay also said of the achievement, “I am honoured to be celebrating this milestone together with hundreds of thousands of colleagues across the globe who are united by a deep passion for hospitality. With so many notable hotels in the world, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has definitely made its mark on the world stage. We will continue to embrace authentic travel as an important and essential part of life and we look forward to the continued growth of the InterContinental brand as we
forge into the future!”

The upcoming InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is located in a former quarry in southwestern Shanghai. The 18-storey architectural masterpiece has two floors above ground, and 16 below, including two floors underwater. Other recent openings for the brand include InterContinental® San Diego, a vibrant addition to the city’s waterfront, InterContinental® Sofia, which marked the brand’s debut in Bulgaria, and InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, on a stretch of idyllic beach on the Vietnamese island.

Founded in 1946 by aviation pioneer, Juan Trippe, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is today the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, nearly twice the size of its nearest competitor. The brand has a history of pioneering luxury travel – by the end of the 1960s, the brand had debuted in Europe and Asia, reaching almost all four corners of the globe. From 1946 to 1970, Juan Trippe opened more than 60 hotels in 50 countries – at a time when the fastest transcontinental communication device was the telephone and the telegram.

Of note, InterContinental is currently running a high tea currently ongoing at The Lobby Lounge, running until 30 April 2019 entitled Classic Afternoon Tea : Celebrating 200; inspired by InterContinental 200 and Singapore Bicentennial.