A Les Misérables Lover’s Journey from 1989 to 2012 Christmas – #LesMis Part 1

Friday, 14 December, 2012

Les Mis @RoyalAlexandraTheatreTorontoCanada

Les Mis 1989

Love is a mysterious thing. During the 1989 Christmas holiday, a visiting friend and I walked pass the Royal Alex by chance. We, on a whim, decided to buy the cheapest last minute tickets available to see Les Misérables. Cheap seats were cheap for a reason and we ended up sitting in the absolute worst seat (yes, last row against the wall) in the theatre. To my surprise, even sitting in the worst seats, we quite enjoyed Les Mis. So much so that I bought a copy of the full-Toronto-cast-signed charity Les Mis poster (donating the minimum ~$35, close to or more than the ticket price). I treasured that signed poster for many years until a national mover lost it! Yes, it kinda suck for me!

Les Mis 2012

I’ve been quite excited about Les Mis again once I realize the creative gamble Oscar winning director Tom Hooper is trying with Les Mis (2012 film). To prepare for writing this series of articles, I went to Calgary Public Library and borrowed the following:

1) three Les Mis music CDs (sang by the 10th anniversary cast, the 25th anniversary cast, plus an international cast recording),

2) Les Mis (1998 film),  and

3) Les Mis (25th Anniversary Concert in 2010).

I remember watching Les Mis (1998 film) in the theatre when it was released and quite enjoyed it. To be honest, knowing the Les Mis (2012 film) is live sung by the cast, the dramatic 1998 film suddenly seem lacking in emotional impact (to me) when compare to what I hope to see from 2012 film. I ended up enjoying the music CDs a lot more than the 1998 film.

Watching Les Mis (25th Anniversary Concert in 2010) for the first time also was quite nice in terms of sound quality and the bonus material of the original cast singing at the end of the DVD. My one complain is the fact that the 25th anniversary performance was a concert so see the cast dressed in costume and sang standing in front of a mic reduced the emotional impact greatly for me.

Christmas 2012

Listening to all the CDs and watching the 25th Anniversary Concert has put in such a mood that I bought a ticket to the Christmas Opening show last night, for me, an unheard of 12 days ahead of the opening!

2012 #LesMis

I can’t wait to see Les Mis! Do you plan to see Les Mis? On Christmas Day? This article is cross-posted on examiner and is part 1 of my #LesMis series. More to come. Here is “Les Misérables – International Trailer


Robbie Babins-Wagner, Calgary Counselling centre, interview at 2012 Brett Wilson’s Garden Party

Friday, 22 June, 2012

It was my pleasure to meet & interview Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner PhD, CEO of Calgary Counselling centre at 2012 Brett Wilson’s Garden Party. Here is the interview video.

Note: This year’s charitable focus is Eating Disorders – “the slowest form of suicide” and “over 300K (net) was raised for #EatingDisorders – prevention/treatment”. And Calgary Counselling centre is one of Brett’s selected charities for the 2012 Garden Party.


President Obama Jimmy Kimmel being funny at 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Sunday, 29 April, 2012

President Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

I have been watching these jokes for the last few years now. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I can’t stop laughing after watching the first two minutes of Jimmy Kimmel’s beeping and blurring humour! Have fun.

Apr 30 Update: THR, “Jimmy Kimmel Plays It Safe With White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech

President Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

P.S. Jimmy did a great job! If Stephen Colbert’s 2006 WHCD is a 11/10, Jimmy got a 7/10 from me.

Note: At ~24:00 in Jimmy’s bit, Canada gets an honourable mention! :)


2012 Alberta Elections – report and random exit poll

Monday, 23 April, 2012

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NOTE: All interviews are non-scientific and random depending on availability. (Total voters interviews requested: 19; Accepted: 5, Declined: 14)

11:12pm update: All my LIVE broadcast tonight from the PC HQ in Calgary Metropolitan Centre have been posted here.

6:30pm update: Saw this super cute yappy dog (video) on my way to vote in the 2012 Alberta general election.

4pm update: On camera LIVE exit poll and why this voter voted the way she did. LIVE interview #1, additional LIVE interview (#1a) as I was told the voter actually sat on former MLA Ron Stevens‘ board of directors.

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The 2012 Alberta general election is one of the most hotly contested elections in recent years. What voters decide today will have deep impact to Albertans, Alberta-based, and Canadian businesses in general. Do Albertans and Alberta-based businesses want a new government? We will find out tonight.

The following are some unscientific random interviews done at a polling station in Calgary and one can wonder/guess if it means anything for the voters who don’t want to share who they vote for. Of course, I totally respect in Canada we have secret ballot for a good reason. TorStar has reported the Wildrose party has raised $2.3m, that is $800,000 more than PCs raised ($1.5m). Calgary Herald is reporting the election front-runners cast their votes in southern Alberta and Edmonton Journal will be one of the media posting election results later tonight.

2012 Alberta Elections – report and random exit poll

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Note: If you have questions about the legalities of my exit poll and questions, please see my reply in the comments section.


2012 National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show Highlights

Sunday, 22 April, 2012

The 2012 National Association of Broadcasters Show from April 16th – 19th was truly an awesome experience for me. I will write another post to talk about the many new friends I met, I consider them “old” friends because I’ve been hanging out with them over the months, and some since July 2011!

In the mean time, let me get share with you a few of the interesting cool products I saw at NAB Show 2012.

DJI Spreading Wings S800 (GPS auto flight stabilizing drone) demo and interview

Note: I will update this entry to add a few more things.


Oscars 2012: Christopher Plummer, Best Supporting Actor

Monday, 27 February, 2012

The following transcript is partially based on THR “Oscars 2012: The Winners’ Reactions” with additional text added using the recorded press room video below.

Reporter: Why are you wearing your Order of Canada pin?
Christopher Plummer: “I sort of feel that in a way I’m representing my country here tonight just as Max [von Sydow] is representing Sweden. […] This is the highest civilian honour that a Canadian can get and I’m very proud of it.] I think an evening like this deserves to have them all out, all the medals and all the awards showing.”

On his hometown: “It was great to grow up in Quebec because it never closed. Montreal stayed open all night. I’m glad I grew up in a racy town.”

Great man, well said. Love Plummer!

Oscars 2012: Christopher Plummer, Best Supporting Actor, Backstage Interview


2012 Rio Body Painting Art in Brazilian Carnival Andrea Martins

Saturday, 18 February, 2012

I think the video clip “2012 Rio Body Painting Art in Brazilian Carnival Andrea Martins” is beautiful.

And I left the following comment on the video,

Beautiful without being sexual! Wish I could be there at 2012 Brazilian Carnival!

which I got this reply

@KemptonLam thank you so much for this enormous compliment…this is what I have been struggling for years and years!!! One of the best comments ever received in more than 10 million views…this is what I always fought for, remove this misappropriation of Brazil Carnival. Thank you so much!!

belavistario 56 minutes ago

and my respond to that

@belavistario I am glad my comment made you happy. The lady in the video (and how the video is shot) gave me a wonderful sense of beauty, energy, and excitement that I know I will feel in a Brazilian Carnival! Whoever filmed the video (I don’t know if it was you) did a wonderful service to show a wonderful side of Brazil to us! Keep up the good work.

See more comments and replies in this Google+ post. And text and photos in “Full Body Painting Conquered Brazilian Carnival: Body Art Gains Momentum

[HT +Robert Redl]

P.S. Here is a Chinese reply I left to a Facebook comment “太大膽啦••• @_@'”,

大膽可能有點,但我認為絕非色情。巴西的風土人情、文化背景及個人開放程度不同,難以中國人的尺度作準。再者是一年一度的巴西加年華盛事,我看來覺得健康有活力。

Feb 20, 2012 update: Interesting read from MarketWatch, “Rio’s Carnival: Not just a local party anymore – Huge street fair seen as warm-up for World Cup and Olympics


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