TRUE BLOOD – Watch it at MAX – 09.04.2009 9pm

Our very own TRUE BLOOD poster!

I was inspired to make my own “True Blood” poster after receiving our very own framed mini-posters at the end of the HBO blogger event that look just like that.  Except, my mugshot is not appetizing.  And Cynthia had tilted her head a bit too much.  This evening, both of us were examining the original poster in detail and tried our best to replicate.  OK, one thing I’ve discovered about Cynthia: she doesn’t have bright red lipstick!  I thought all girls have those.  Apparently not so.  So, here is Cynthia, on a poster, made by me.

Starring Anna Paquin (Golden Globe winner) in this new HBO series created by Alan Ball (of “Six Feet Under”).  “Anna who?” I asked quietly during the event.  “Rogue, Rogue!  In X-Men!” answered Cynthia discreetly.  Honestly speaking, I can seldom remember actresses or actors’ names.  Till today, I still cannot spell the name of the dude who plays Neo in “The Matrix” (I bet my movie partner TK must be laughing when he reads this).

“True Blood” is truly mind blowing.  Not just the bizarre sex scenes, of course, but the concept.  A young woman with telepathy ability, vampires that feed on made-in-Japan synthetic blood (I think), humans that feed on vampire blood to gain that out-of-the-world-Viagra-like ability, humans and vampires coexist in one society, and much more.  Knowing HBO, “True Blood” is not one of those typical vampire series.  I think there must be a slice of our society they wish to portray.  That’s what I gathered after watching the super long trailer as well as the first episode during the event.  There are 12 episodes in total, so I was told (note: I wonder if some parts get censored here in Singapore).

The event was fun.  The barman at Ink Club Bar @ Fairmont Singapore has created a concoction called True Blood.  I took the virgin one (since I have not drank a single drop of alcohol for more than a year) while Cynthia took the authentic True Blood.  Maybe that’s why I didn’t get the intended Viagra-like effect …

ahem … too much details.

According to the lovely communications team at HBO Asia, MAX (a.k.a. Cinemax) is more male-skewed because one study shows that we men are more loyal to TV channels.  That could be true, at least for me.  Man, I’d love to subscribe to MAX, for “True Blood”.  But what the study may not have showed is that although men love to stay loyal to the channels we love, women are the ones who control the cable subscription plan.  At least, that’s how our household works.  One day I returned home, Cynthia looked at me in her extraordinary tender eyes and she said, “I have reconfigured our cable subscription plan.”  “Uh-huh,” replied I, in my usual style.  “I have dropped [your] Channel V, streamlined our movie channels, and I have subscribed to [my] sport channels.”

Keeping my fingers crossed for my “True Blood” application form.  Meanwhile, below are some of the pictures we took during the event.  See if you can read that secret recipe of “True Blood”.  Results may vary.  Mix it at your own risk!

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My Early Photography Work on Fraser’s Hill

Our (day 1) hotel room at The Smokehouse

Of the few highlands in Malaysia, Fraser’s Hill holds a special place in our hearts.  It is tranquil, it is serene.  November 2008 seems so distant.  It was cloudy, rained most of the time.  The same month when 2008 Formula 1 reached its finale.  And this afternoon, I was glued to my TV watching the 1 hour qualifying rounds held in Melbourne.  Season opening for the 2009 Formula 1.

Back in last November, when F1 was still fresh in our mind, I was racing my 2 litre Honda car – within safety limit of course – through the winding wet road of Fraser’s Hill.  Heightened concentration on the road, for the more than 1 hour drive.  Why?  The final 8 kilometers road connection between the top of the hill and its nearest town is a one-way street.  Odd hours up, even hours down, and we were running late.  Lots of braking, acceleration, and overtaking.  One 4WD overtook me.  It must have made it to the gate in time.  We fell short for just a couple of minutes.  That’s life.  We did our best.  One too many slow moving vehicles that didn’t give way.  And that was one hour’s wait.  We drove somewhere else to kill time.

Back in last November, I was still trying to understand how dSLR works.  The results are less than impressive.  Pretty bad, I think.  Cynthia called for a re-shoot.  I agree.  Nevertheless I put together a little album for memory’s sake.  The Smokehouse is a lovely hotel.  We always go back to the same hotel.  A special thanks to Henry, Bala, Hanif, and Nural for giving us such a memorable stay at The Smokehouse.  Hope to see y’all again the next time we visit Fraser’s Hill.

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