I MUST REWATCH MY DVDs.
Following Shanghai, I finally got back on track to exploring Hong Kong and finally doing some touristy stuff. The coolest thing yet was seeing the Big Buddha with Jeane. It was a perfect day to go as it was a foggy one, making the Buddha look quite mysterious. But the way to the Buddha itself was just as fantastic. To get there, we had to ride cable cars through the giant hills of Lantau Island to reach Ngong Ping Village, a tourist area built to resemble an old village that was filled with several restaurants and gift shops.
Below the Giant Buddha was Po Lin Monastery, a Buddhist monastery. Though the large temple houses were awesome, what really caught my eye were the random dogs everywhere in sight. EVERYWHERE.
Well, well, well. I haven’t posted anything on here since the 14th. Ugh… I fell behind again. I’ve just been watching too much damn Netflix since getting a new computer. But so many awesome things have been happening every week this month and if I wait any longer to post about them, it would mean endless catching up. So the time is now! First of all: I went to Shanghai earlier this month! It was rad.
Though my first time in mainland China was all work and half a day of play, it was a beautiful city to visit and I loved how different it was to Hong Kong life. Two major factors that I noticed: less crowded and less English. Both of these facts I liked a lot and left me definitely wanting to return to the mainland soon to wander on my own and explore new scenery.
One particular thing I am happy I got to do in Shanghai? Walk down the street listening to Shanghaied by Bishop Allen! Of course, I had planned to do this weeks in advance.
As mentioned late last year, the short screenplay that I had wrote originally entitled Like Like had spent most of 2011 sitting in my documents folder due to a lot of needless flaking from a former friend while I moved on working other productions as I interned and took classes at Moviola.
But after meeting awesome person/director April Heather, the script was put to use and ended up as Jules & Me. It was a great experience seen something that I wrote be made into a film (and an interesting experience editing it as well) and I was totally happy to have been part of a project with so many talented people, especially April. About a week ago I got an email from her telling me that the film had been accepted into this year’s LA Comedy Fest, which immediately resulted in me breaking out with some morning bedroom dancing.
This definitely makes me want to write more, especially another screenplay. Let the brainstorming begin!
Gahhhhh, I wish I could somehow teleport to L.A. during April 23rd!
So I went to this amusement park in Hong Kong this past weekend called Ocean Park. I of course forgot my camera, but I would say it was pretty much a hybrid park, mixing some bits of Disneyland, Six Flags, and Sea World together along with throwing in Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific for good measure.
There were roller-coasters, pandas, weird fish, a huge aquarium with sharks and more weird fish, pandas, cable cars that took people to the other side of the park (and over some of the huge mountain terrain of Hong Kong Island), pandas, a Fantasmic-like light and firework show at the end of the night, and did I mention the pandas? This includes a panda with napkin manners and some awesome red pandas. I even took a fluffy one home at the end of the night.
Unfortunately, Herbert isn’t as lively as the other red pandas I saw at Ocean Park.