Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lion Dance: Book of the Week

Just in time for Chinese New Year! If you would like, you can.
Buy the Book Online Here. :)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2016 (Updates in Progress)

San Francisco Getaway (Dec 2015-Jan 2016)

A Royal Adventure Makes the News
(March -April 2016)

The Sunday Express

Launch of Return to S.E.A. Aquarium

The S.E.A. Aquarium requested a series of books after reading at The S.E.A. Aquarium. The irony is that they have Return to S.E,A Aquarium at the store there, but not the original book. The logic completely escapes all reason in my opinion. But anyway here is the book that was launched.

The Newest Member of the Family (July 2016)


The Harveys & Gareth P. Jones (Oct -Nov 2016)

Mediacorp Reunion at Wimbly Lu

Tim (Mingus), Rose, Me and Luciana

Catherine moves to Perth (Dec 2016)

Stars in Singapore (Jan -Nov 2016)

Jordan Spieth and me

Gary Barlow and me

Charlie Cox and me

Charlie Cox and me

Charlize Theron

Jessica Chastain

Chris Hemsworth and Me

Sebastian Stan and Me

Chris Evans

Ron Howard

Antoine Fuqua

Alessandra Ambrosio and me

Pierre Bouvier and me

James Marsden and me

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Merry Singapore Christmas

It's time again, I can't believe it's been a whole year.  I've been watching the news and it's sad that people can live in peace. I have to remind myself too since I just lost my temper with someone over something small and relatively trivial.  A very wise and very good friend of mine once told me anger is brought about because of our EGOS. And what does E.G.O stand for? Eject God Out.  Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, joy, and goodwill.  Let's forget our egos this Christmas time and let's  all try to not to Eject God Out of the season or the year, because let's face it there would be no world, no us and no Christmas season without Him.

Here's a story I wrote way back when I first started writing kids' books. It became the second book I ever had published. I hope you like it. Merry Christmas everyone.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meeting James Marsden

James Marsden and me
My last couple of posts have been rather gloomy in tone so I'll change this up a bit. Yes, I've been down in the dumps for the better part of the year. OK, come next Thursday it will be a year to the day that it all started, but I'm finally getting over it. So when I found out James Marsden was coming to town for a Westworld press junket as well as the SGIFF (Singapore International Film Festival) at Marina Bay Sands, I knew that heading on down there would be just the thing to cheer me up.

Red carpet events at Marina Bay Sands are pretty hit and miss affairs. I got Chris Evans to sign an autograph for me on the red carpet for Capt America, but Tom Hanks just walked straight past me at the Inferno event, and there were way less people there. 

IWC Schaffhausen was sponsoring his appearance so my guess was that he would make an in store appearance at some point. So on a rainy Saturday afternoon I uber-ed it to the Marina Bay Sands to see if I could catch him there.

And by the time I arrived, there was a security guard standing at the store entrance barring customers from entering.  I peered in the window and James was being interviewed by some members of the press. Score! Ronnie, another fan, was hovering nearby, and as there was  only one entrance to the shop I was sure the chances of meeting him were quite high. I immediately called my friends and fellow fans Ray and Song Ping who high tailed it over to the store.

We waited for around an hour  as press members came and went and then there was sudden movement in the shop. James started moving towards the exit with his minders, then he stopped to look at some watches. Ironically James was running late and I'm sure that his minders would rush him if they could so there was no guarantee he would stop. But I had heard he was a nice guy and very accommodating to his fans.

Then security opened the doors and James walked out, minders in tow. Ray has the habit of always wanting to be the first to ask for an autograph, so I let him to his thing.

So he jumped right in and James kindly stopped and signed an autograph and posed for a photo.  I held out two copies of my books that I intended to give him for his son. "These are for William," I said. His eyes widened in surprise and he flashed the megawatt smile that he is famous for. "Thank you!" he said looking at them. I then quickly asked if he could sign my X-Men DVD cover and an index card.

Ronnie and Song Ping asked him to sign their items and he asked me if I could hold the books while he signed their items, which of course he did after that they asked for photos and he graciously obliged. 

Then his minders began to rush him and I handed him the back the books and I thanked him for the autographs.  "Thank you again," he smiled as  he turned to leave.  Wait! I hadn't gotten a photo.  Ray called out, "Do you have one time for one more photo. He hasn't gotten one yet. 

Without missing a beat, James turned back, put a hand on my shoulder, flashed a megawatt smile and I had my picture. I shook his hand again and thanked him and he was off. I have to say he is one of the nicest if not nicest stars in Hollywood along with Jessica Chastain.

While Song Ping had to dash off, Ray, Ronnie and I decided to wait to see what the red carpet set up would be like. Darren Aronofsky was due to make an appearance as well, but girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence stayed away. Fans had spotted her a few days before and she refused to sign autographs and pose for photos.

With the heavy rain, it was uncertain if the red carpet appearance would be cancelled, but the weather let up. And sure enough, security told us that fans weren't allowed to wait at the red carpet, then we were told we could stand some distance away, and finally a handful of us were allowed to stand at the end of the carpet.

I met a young fan, Matthew who had an X-Men poster ready to be signed. So we waited and waited as guests decked out in their gala best stopped, posed and preened on the carpet. Darren Aronofsky dashed past and there was no sign of Jennifer Lawrence.  HSH Prince Albert of Monaco walked by with Film Festival Chair Mike Wiluan.

HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and Mike Wiluan

James hits the red carpet
And finally, James hit the red carpet and was immediately besieged by photographers and reporters for interviews and photo ops. With that done, he walked over to Matthew and signed his poster for him before he proceeded to sign autographs and pose for selfies for anyone who asked for one.

James signs Matthew's poster
James stayed in town for the rest of the week for Westworld promos and a meet and greet organised by HBO Asia and he signed autographs and photos for everyone who asked for one. As I said he's got to be one of the nicest stars around.

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