Meet The Parents – Hanli’s VersionPosted November 8th, 2013 At 6:32 pm By Hanli Hoefer
So this week, a theme sort of came up through conversations with those around me. I guess this topic has always been talked about but here is a little spiel about how my parents raised me. I come from an extremely unconventional background. My parents are artistic, liberal, anti-establishment, creative and incredibly cultured. There are many factors that weigh into this topic for example, my parents were pretty old parents! Dad is 71 years old which is the age of most of my friends grandparents, even some of their great-grandparents! And mom is – actually no I’m not going to give away her age, she has always religiously looked after her skin so even if I told you, you wouldn’t believe me. So being older than others they have lived longer, and through a lot more, hence they have seen it all. So they took my brother and I on vacations to developing countries so we were aware of the shittiness of this world outside my Singapore bubble. The idea of anything “normal” was, for a lack of better words, boring.Read more >>
Meet The Parents – Alan’s VersionPosted November 8th, 2013 At 5:46 pm By Alan Wong
It’s crazy to think that about a year ago I made the decision to move to Singapore. I mean, a year! They say that as you get older time seems to go by faster and faster. I never really understood that. A year is and always will be the exact same amount of time, 365 days…12 months.
It has also been 10 months since I’d seen my parents. Not quite a year, but it sure felt like it. I knew I didn’t have to pick them up at the airport. They are perfectly capable of grabbing a cab from Changi to the hotel on their own. But I didn’t care. I needed to be there when they arrived. There is something special about the arrival hall of an airport. It always makes me think of the movie Love Actually and all of the slow motion smiley shots of family members and loved ones hugging and kissing. I love that. Especially since moving my career to the other side of the world, the instances of seeing my family/friends arriving are important to me. Something about the moment you first see each other, and smile, and rush in for that hug that somehow makes up for the last 100 hugs you’ve missed out on.Read more >>
Gruesome Playground InjuriesPosted October 18th, 2013 At 6:09 pm By Alan Wong
So it feels good to be acting again. I recently started up rehearsals for Pangdemonium’s Gruesome Playground Injuries. By the time the show opens, it will have been a year since I’ve acted on stage. The last play I worked on was a show called Yellow Face by David Henry Huang. It was the first big lead I’d done in a long time and it was a great experience. But after a year, I’ll admit I’m a bit nervous stepping back out there on stage. I think all skills fade with neglect and acting’s no different.Read more >>
Halloween Fashion: From “axe-bride” to Geisha Samurai!Posted October 18th, 2013 At 3:53 pm By Hanli Hoefer
So you guys, Halloween is sneaking up on us and it’s got me thinking about costumes, trends and past Halloweens. Now I’m not so sure about everyone else but I didn’t really go trick or treating… And I kind of didn’t dress up that much when I was a kid. The whole Halloween attitude sorta caught up when I was a teenager and costumes and parties kinda became a big deal.
Once I went as a murdered bride, that was awesome. The idea was “ex-bride” or “axe-bride” like that classic comedy, I Married an Axe-Murderer, you know it? Watch it, Mike Meyers at his best.Read more >>
Couture Fashion Week!Posted October 11th, 2013 At 3:27 pm By Hanli Hoefer
The thing about fashion shows is that on the runway everything is smooth and the models are composed and cool, the lights are clean and bright, the music and the struts go hand in hand with the attitude. Backstage however, models are running around frantically half dressed, hair and make-up artists are popping around touching up the model’s faces, back stage crew are talking into microphones concentrating on cues and last minute changes, it’s all very electric. It’s actually quite similar to music concerts too! Being able to experience both sides of these events makes me so respectable to people in the industry. It’s so much more than a show – it’s a production, it’s months of planning every details and being part of something big is a wonderful feeling.Read more >>
Summertime Love With Ming Bridges!Posted October 4th, 2013 At 8:21 pm By Hanli Hoefer
Hello out there,
So life is back to the normal bump ‘n’ grind, except last week we had a very special MTV Sessions with Ming Bridges. A little run down about Ming: She is a gorgeous international singer/songwriter, she grew up mainly in Singapore but also spent time in England, Australia and Taiwan. She’s not only insanely talented she’s also incredibly humble and sweet. So yes, of course all of us here at MTV thought she was the perfect girl for MTV Sessions. Her performance was amazing! Her fans were so grateful to be able to see her up close and personal. The vibe of the room was very cosy, everyone in the audience got involved with the production and were very energetic and positive! To open up for Ming, we had Hong Kong’s rock band Empty.
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From Sandals to Sneakers: A Love/Hate Relationship with Shoes!Posted October 4th, 2013 At 8:03 pm By Alan Wong
For a long time I couldn’t figure out how I felt about shoes. For much of my life, I hated them. But these days I find myself reading up on blogs like SneakerNews.com. I should start out by explaining that I have really weak ankles. Which sucks, because I love basketball. I’ve severely sprained both of my ankles a bunch of times and I’ve fractured each of them at least once. I’ll admit the first time I fractured an ankle was playing basketball against my kid neighbor who was about 7 at the time. Something he never let’s me forget…
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Here’s a Little Goss From #worldstagemy!Posted September 23rd, 2013 At 6:59 pm By Hanli Hoefer
HELLO OUT THERE BEAUTIFUL INTERNET WORLD!
So first of all can we please do a happy dance in honor of MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia 2013 being over and it’s huge success of a night. For those of you who want to know the nitty gritty of the back stage, well brace yourselves because your girl (me) is gonna break it down for you. I want to talk about what the artists – Joe Flizzow, EXO, Far East Movement, and Robin Thicke – were like and What were they like in person.Read more >>
The Crowd That Wouldn’t QuitPosted September 23rd, 2013 At 6:16 pm By Alan Wong
MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia 2013 was epic! From Flizzow to fireworks, the entire show was electric. There were lights, lasers, stage diving stars, and even an enormous inflatable rubber ducky that was passed around the crowd. Every act brought their A-game and killed it on stage. But my favorite part of World Stage was the audience. The fans were simply out of control awesome!
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It’s all about the #fancray at #worldstagemy!Posted September 4th, 2013 At 3:44 pm By Alan Wong
This September 8, you fans are going to be the reason World Stage 2013 is going to be one of the most epic parties of the year! Bring the energy! Bring the fun! And bring the love! We’ll party hard and enjoy the night to the max! And check this out! We are also looking for the craziest fans out there! Simply hashtag your Instagram photos with #fancray and #worldstage to show how much of a crazy fan you are for World Stage! Hanli and I will be heading to the entrance of Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon before doors open for World Stage and we will give out World Stage t-shirts and maybe even passes at 3pm! Bring your cray on and you could win something!Read more >>