The Myth

30 September 2005
Jackie Chan is back in an action/fantasy/comedy movie called "The Myth." With leading actresses from two big Asian countries, Kim Hee-seon from South Korea and Mallika Sherawat from India and a story-line revolving around history of ancient China, the movie looks promising for both local Asian fronts and western markets. As you could expect from all movies starring Jackie Chan, there are lots of action and fun elements in this movie. You don’t have to think too much about the story-line.

Pay attention to a long action-sequence at "Rat Glue" factory. I really like the way Jackie Chan created the flow of action and humor with a little nude… You’ll know what I mean once you watch this scenes.

3 Stars out of 5 – recommend for all Jackie Chan fans and action-movie lovers.

Mariah Carey to Perform at Swarovski Fashion Rocks for The Prince’s Trust

28 September 2005
Swarovski Fashion Rocks for The Prince’s Trust is the most stylish event of the year – joining music and fashion for a glamorous fund-raising event to support youth charity in the UK.

This year on October the 17th, Mariah Carey will join with Bon Jovi, Blondie, Craig David, Amerie and the Kills to perform live at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco in the presence of HSH Prince Albert ll of Monaco.

These mega artists will provide electrifying performances, paired with their favourite designers: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Viktor and Rolf and Vivienne Westwood who will be showcasing their latest designs.
For more information, click here to visit the official web site.

Don’t Forget About Us

27 September 2005
Mariah Carey has just released a new track called "Don’t Forget About Us." This newly recorded song was produced by Jermaine Dupri and Mariah herself. You could listen to this promising smash hit song exclusively at AOL Music!

I just fell in love with this song. The beat and tempo of the music is just right. Mariah’s lyrics and words in the songs have never failed me. I am sure this song would shine on Billboard single chart in the near future.


Journey to Saraburi (Revisited)

25 September 2005
I have just been back from Saraburi. If you read my blog regularly, you may notice that I have just been to Saraburi with my friend at the beginning of this month. Thus, this is my second time within two-weeks period to revisit Saraburi. Anyway, this time, I visited Saraburi for a different purpose. I had to attend a mandatory three-days seminar for all Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST in short) scholarship grantees. The seminar was educational, interesting and surprisingly enjoyable. I’d got a chance to make friend with fellow MOST scholars. Moreover, I got to know some nice and kind officers from both MOST, OCSC and NSTDA (my future office) as well as some other former MOST scholars.

I was impressed with one quotation from a seminar session saying that "changes are chaotic." It’s indeed true and could be considered as a universal fact. Now, I have a lot of changes in my life and there would be more changes to come when it’s a time to travel abroad. Even though, they would bring more chaos to me, I would definitely have to keep my head up high and be stronger.

NSTDA Scholarship

17 September 2005
It’s been decided! Yesterday, I was informed that the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) awarded me with a conditional scholarship. By the Ministry of Science and Technology‘s request through the Office of Civil Service Commission (OCSC), I will have to pursue my Ph.D. emphasis on Research and Development at a university in the states and come back to work at the agency. Well, with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to further my academic profile, this is a reasonably good offer so I won’t turn down the opportunity. I will discuss in details, of where to go and when to leave, with ministry’s officers once the orientation is finished. Don’t worry, my friends, I will not leave soon. There are still a lot of paper-works, procedures and unfinished businesses here in Bangkok for me to settle.

I will keep you informed when something new comes up.


星になった少年

15 September 2005

[Shining Boy & Little Randy]

This is a true story of Japan’s first ever mahout named Sakamoto Tetsumu. As a teenager, Tetsumu had a tough relationship with his friends and family. Until he met an elephant named "Randy," Tetsumu realised that he had a talent and could get along well with elephant. He then decided to come to Thailand and trained himself to be a mahout – the first ever Japanese to do so.

Yuya Yagira (柳楽優弥), a boy who won best actor at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival from his debut movie "Nobody Knows" (誰も知らない), is starring as Tetsumu Sakamoto. This might be a strong point for advertising the film as everyone would still remember him. The boy is certainly a good actor but as the film was mainly shot in northern part of Thailand and Thai language is extensively used in film, Yuya’s Thai accent is annoying. This might not be a problem if you don’t know any Thai words. However, as a Thai, I felt distracted every time he tries to speak Thai.

The story itself is touching and true to life. Comedy elements are added in the movie to soften the main dramatic theme. Watch out the last scene when you might get carried away and cry your eyes out. If you are animal lovers, especially elephant, I am sure you would love this movie. At least, you would see a lot of scenes showing off intelligent Thai elephants. I am sure Tourism Authority of Thailand would love to see this movie promoting Thai elephants.

4 Stars out of 5 – recommend for family.

For more information, check out the official website : http://www.randy-movie.com/


Hong Kong Disneyland

12 September 2005
Today, The new Disneyland in Hong Kong is officially open to public and, just as expected, the limited entrance tickets for the first day were all sold out. With tones of well-known Disney’s characters and attractions, the theme park is predicted to generate high volume of revenue and boost the economy of Hong Kong in a considerable scale. Analysts claim that Hong Kong’s GDP will have more than 7% growth next year due to Disneyland alone. Tourists, especially from the main land China and South-East Asia, would definitely choose Hong Kong as a family vacation’s destination.

Visit the official web site for more information at http://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/eng/