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Celebrating international women’s day 2015

Occupy beach street penang

I kickstarted the day at occupy beach street in George town this morning. Today was international women’s day celebrations. My girlfriend’s and I went to support
World alliance for breastfeeding action Penang

Then we went ti check out Hin Bus depot preloved garage sale. HIN BUS DEPOT art centre is run by 3 artists who are women.

Hin bus art depot preloved garage sale

The all women’s art exhibition Mercury is still on display at Hin bus depot.

Mercury art exhibition at hin bus art depot penang

Art wall at hin bus depot
My contribution to Mercury exhibition art wall at hin bus depot art centre

After that we dropped by at Lusy deCourseys new art gallery on Lorong Macalister. She is turning this shopshop house into an artspace workshop studio and gallery shop.

Lusy de courseys art gallery on macalister road penang

My day ended after dinner. It’s been a fulfilling but hectic Sunday.
Happy international women’s day!
Change is possible make it happen 🙂

Tropfest Sea 2015 in Penang


What a beautiful day for a festival. Sunday was the second time tropfest sea was held in Penang. My friends and I packed our picnic baskets and made a day and night out of it. It was fun. Im not a movie buff but I enjoyed myself. There was plenty of other activities including hanging out with my friends to keep my entertained.

Tropfest SEA
Tropfest SEA

Sketch of the day no 508: Happy Thaipusam to all my Hindu friends


Sketch of the day is to celebrate the Hindu festival of Thaipusam. Excuse all my spelling mistakes on this sketch. It was a hungover day…..

Thaipusam is a hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai when the star Pusam is at it’s highest point. The festival commemorates the ocassion when the Goddess of Love Parvati gave Lord Murugam, god of war, a divine Vel Spear to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

The Hindu believers on this day carry offerings called Kavadi in different forms. Some women carry big Pots of milk on top of their heads, but mostly the men spear themselves all over their body and hook offerings on their body such as coconuts, some pull charriots, walk on sharp needle shoes. It is an amazing sight to see and intensely spiritual. The pilgrimage starts from one temple to another on top of a small hill.

The celebrations in Penang is the largest outside of India. If you ever travel here, you have to go and experience this.

Tropfest SEA roughcut. Spending the day learning about the movie industry


Today I spent the day attending Tropfest SEA roughcut, a movie industry symposium featuring regional speakers from the movie and animation industries. 
Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival.
I’m not a movie buff but I enjoy learning new things and this was my chance to learn about the movie industry.


My favourite part was the talk about animation.  I am interested to develop some of my animal character drawings into cartoon characters. These were the key people to listen to and to meet.


Sullivan Stapleton who was in the movie 300 spoke about life as an actor. I haven’t watched the movie so I had no idea who he is.

Comedian Kumar

Kumar, the most popular comedian from Singapore talked about the serious side of business. He is indeed a funny man. This was the first time I’ve seen him live. He dealt with the serious side of business with humour.

Chris Doyle at roughcut sea

The legendary cinematographer Chris Doyle shared his work and vision. Born in Australia but based in Hong Kong, Chris Doyle is known for Chinese movies Hero (2002) in the mood for love (2000) and Chungking express (1994)

Sue tan, saw teong hin, chris doyle

My friend Sue Tan who is an actress partying with Chris Doyle and local director Saw Teong Hin and people from the local movie industry at China House, Penang.

A great line up for movie buffs in Penang, Malaysia next week. Tropfest SE Asia is coming to town

Tropfest SE asia: Roughcut
Tropfest SE asia: Roughcut

A great line up for movie buffs in Penang, Malaysia next week. Tropfest SE Asia is coming to town. Tropfest is the world’s Largest short film festival held in Penang, Malaysia in January/February 2015

Roughcut is a talk featuring speakers from the movie industry.

The Line up:

1. Christopher Doyle

Also known by his Chinese moniker, Du Ke Feng, Doyle is an award-winning cinematographer and director, who he has collaborated with renowned filmmakers from across the world, most notably Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai with whom he has made 8 films.

Having drilled for oil in India, practiced Chinese Medicine in Thailand and herded cows in Israel, his first foray into film was on the set of That Day, On the Beach (1983), the debut feature by Edward Yang. It seems Doyle was a natural, with his work on the film earning him Best Cinematography Award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

A true perfectionist as well as an eccentric, Doyle’s style draws upon elements of dance, poetry, and dreams with vibrant tones, with intentional over-exposure and blurring creating a mesmerising aesthetic that has come to be synonymous with the films of Wong Kar-wai.

His track record when it comes to awards is nothing short of astounding. Since 1983, he has picked up no less than 50 international awards, including the Golden Horse Award (4 times), the Hong Kong Film Award (6 times), the Golden Osella at the Venice Film Festival (1994) and the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival (2000).


2. Sullivan Stapleton

The star of “Animal Kingdom”, “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Strike Back” will be joining us as our opening speaker for Roughcut 2015!

Co-starring with Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone and Eva Green, Sullivan is fast becoming cinema’s hottest leading man! Come join us on January 31 to hear all Sully’s stories of life in front of the camera and more.


3. Kumar

One of the most outrageous, outspoken and outstandingly hilarious comic figures in the region, Kumar is one of the funniest figures in the regional showbiz scene. Taking up comedy roles in movies including Everybody’s Business (2013) and One Leg Kicking (2001), he has also had multiple successful solo shows and ensemble stage acts over the span of his career.


4. Harry Yoon

As Vice President of the top CGI studio in Korea, SAMG Animation, Harry Yoon certainly knows a thing or two about what makes one of Asia’s major creative industries tick.

He has co-produced more than 5 animated TV series with France including “My Giant Friend”, “MONK”, “Bugged”, “Fish n Chips” and “LadyBug”.

He has received the Prime Minister’s citation for cultural exchange with overseas in 2014, and also represents Cartoon Connection Asia-EU.


5. Sothea Ines

Winner of Tropfest SEA 2014, Sothea Ines never thought she would direct a film so early in her career. Born in 1989, she graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in media management from the Department of Media and Communications of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Her career goal after graduation was, as with the majority of the students, to work as a press/communication officer at one of the numerous INGOs in Cambodia.

While studying in year 3 she took on a part-time job writing a TV drama series, just to try it out. She enjoyed it so much that she continued as a writer on the next two series and her ambition changed. Bitten by the bug of storytelling, she realised that making films was the best way to tell the stories she wrote. RICE is her foray into independent film production; the first film she has written, directed and produced. The film has gone on to be screened at Cannes Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival, London.


6. Lucky Kuswandi

Lucky Kuswandi is one of Indonesia’s most exciting young directors, with his films making it to festivals worldwide, receiving accolades, awards and distribution. The Wall Street Journal even praised Lucky’s work as “original and uncharted.”

In 2006 he was invited to the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin, Germany; a forum for young, promising filmmakers. He was selected among more than 6000 applicants around the world.

Kuswandi recently finished his second feature film “Selamat Pagi Malam (In the Absence of the Sun)”, which was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

He is also working on an Indonesian LGBT Web Series “CONQ Web Series” with the Ford Foundation. He is now in post-production of his new film, The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might, scheduled to be released in 2015.


 7. Hannah Espia

A graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute, Hannah Espia is a director, producer, and editor currently under the Manila-based production company TEN17P.

Hannah made her directorial debut in 2013 with the much-admired drama Transit, which premiered at the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2013 and won an armful of awards including Best Film and Best director. The film went on to compete in various film festivals such as the Busan International Film Festival (New Currents) and Tokyo FilmEx, with its festival journey still ongoing. The film was also selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but was eventually not nominated. At the 2014 Gawad Urian Awards, Hannah earned the award for Best Director, making her only the 3rd female director to receive this award in the 37 years of Gawad Urian.


8. Marissa Anita

With a career that spans journalism and news presenting as well as film and theatre acting, Marissa Anita is a woman of many talents.
Whilst holding down a career as a presenter on the Indonesia Morning Show, Marissa also harbours a deep passion for film and theatre, citing movies as a way to escape the stress of everyday life.

Pursuing a love of theatre whilst studying in Sydney, she has been a member of The Jakarta Players for 9 years, variously taking up the position of actor, producer and member of the technical crew.

She made her film debut in 2010 in Edward Gunawan’s short film Broken Vase, co-starring with Atiqah Hasiholan. She starred as Naomi in the 2014 feature by Lucky Kuswandi’s Selamat Pagi, Malam (In The Absence of The Sun), a melancholy meditation on a single night in Jakarta. She has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actress by Bandung Film Festival 2014.


31 JANUARY 2015// 9AM – 5PM // HOTEL JEN // RM 60

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Countdown to George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia this August #GTF2014

George town festival 2014
George town festival 2014

A good reason to travel to Penang next month.

The whole of August 2014 celebrates George Town’s listing as a Unesco Heritage Site. George Town festival is an arts and culture festival showcasing local and international talent. Traditionally Penang was an important trading port where different cultures met and merged creating this melting pot of culture and unique heritage.

Here are some of the events I will be going to.

Thomas Powell Zodiac
12 Zodiacs by Thomas Powell

Thomas Powell Facebook Page

Daniel Brinsmead
Project 9 A collaboration by Daniel Brinsmead and Maxime Rhapsody

Daniel Brinsmead Facebook Page

Merging links between 2 cities by We are artists

We are Artists Facebook Page

2 Houses
2 Houses – A play by Sin-Pen colony

Sin – Pen Colony Facebook page

Tedx Weld Quay
Tedx Weld Quay

Tedx Weld Quay website

Come close at Hin Bus Depot
Come close at Hin Bus Depot

Hin Bus Depot Facebook Page


George Town Festival is a month-long festival that has turned into a proudly Penang arts institution. From its start as a series of arts and culture events in celebration of George Town’s listing as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008, George Town Festival was mooted and celebrated its first inauguration in 2010.

Since then, we have had the privilege of hosting spectacular events spanning the arts – from world-class performances to cross-cultural creative collaborations, experimental art, traditional and contemporary performing arts, as well as exciting local community initiatives and public installations.

Our mission is to become the platform for culture and the arts in South-East Asia, with a focus on George Town’s unique perspectives. For the festival month, the city becomes a canvas where performers and audiences transform spaces within it with venues ranging from auditoriums to  five-foot ways, colonial shop-houses to sidewalk galleries.

The festival continues to offer the best possible experience through our core beliefs of Collaboration, Community, Reinvention and Accessibility, intriguing audiences with our various free and ticketed events.

George Town Festival 2014 will take place during the entire month of August.”

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