Always wondered if Coconuts can fly, and now I know.
Always wondered if Coconuts can fly, and now I know.
The Anime Festival Asia in Singapore last weekend was a total riot. My very first visit to this crazy congregation of teenagers dressed in strangely weird Cosplay costumes. They came from all over South East Asia.
Got to meet with very friendly kids who are so enthusiastic chattered non stop about their favorite characters or manga or lament the fact that this year’s festival wasn’t as good as the previous. All I did was nodded in agreement and pretended I knew what they were talking about when it came to their favorite anime character and the intricate plots.
There were the weird ones, a guy bravely came with as a masked panty hero from a strange Japanese movie. You bet he got a lot of attention!
There were the boys who dressed as their female characters.
Yes, thats a young man dressed in a Cartoon female nurse. He had rather nice long legs with short short short skirt wth revealing underwear. Sorry about the censorship, these are young under 18 kids.
The guy with the Hello Kitty outfit and his samurai sword. I don’t know if he was being ironic, or just wanted to dress up like a Hello Kitty school girl.
Boys with Dolls
A whole lot of boys carrying their expensive dolls around, the dolls came with tons of costumes and attachments which was changed on a regular basis as they were paraded. Still don’t get the whole concept of boys carrying these dolls around and showing them off. Not cheap either, a doll like this set you back at least us$100+ up
Guy with his doll and a camera with his camera. Get it?
Another guy with a doll and his camera
Guy with his doll on his 3rd outfit change.
Then there was the adult who carried his cutest girl around, I might imagine that those young boys with dolls will one day be having children. Maybe those boys carrying their dolls around the Festival were practising for this. That could explain their fascination with doll collections.
Photographers gone crazy, its a camera fest galore
There were the over the top male photographers and their expensive gears orgasming on the sexy Cosplayers. God knows what they will do with their photos.
I asked the photographers in this photo (above) what they were doing with the photos, were they going to post it on anywhere and their reply was no, they are only doing it as a ‘service’ to the Cosplayers. Would rather think their reply was pretty lame excuse, heck.
And more photographers, mostly grown men with fancy cameras going crazy. I would too, maybe next year!
There was the couple who dressed as Finn and Fiona in Adventure time. No one was kind enough to remind the couple, it was a Japanese Anime Convention, not Comic Con. Oh well… there was no Jake the dog!
Of course there were the regular costume folks who were wearing the latest anime movie, Attack of the Titans. Great Series!
There were the models hired by the various Japanese Anime booths to be camera whored around.
And there are the ones who made their own costumes!
The bunny who went around with a social contract document
He pretty much goes to every Anime convention everywhere including LA Comic Con. Made his costume from scratch which took 1.5 months. Yes he is wearing heels and kindly wore his heels for my photo.
The last day and last hour of the Festival, the paid models for camera whoring were waiting for shut down!
Until the next year, I shall be prepared for a great weekend.
Once a year, the Chinese in Phuket Old Town would have a week long celebrations oddly named Vegetarian Festival. The Thailand Tourism Board renamed it for the Tourists dollar.
The Chinese here celebrate the Ninth God Celebration, a festival which sends off the Ninth God of the Taoist Heavens.
As a gruesome and almost bizzare way of cleansing themselves from Karma and Sin, the Ninth God devotees would go into a trance and perform these piercings. Phuket old town turns into a hectic frenzy during October with all the devotees from all over Thailand coming and participating in the processions.
Some devotees would possess different Gods and get into an aggressive trance for a day long procession, they would begin from Ninth god emperor’s temple in the old town, joining the procession in Phuket Old town before ending their devoted offerings at their chosen temple.
Each year, more devotees compete with each other to have as many bizzare objects as their piercings. Out-doing each other and attracting audiences Part of the ritual involves going through a complete vegetarian diet and getting into a trance to invoke and possess the various Gods of their choosing. Quite a sight!
Autumn is my favorite season. My Travel Lust during this period turns on high. The temperature changes, some of the trees start changing color and beautiful harvest fruits and greens come in abundance.
While walking one late afternoon, after a huge rain fall, I was stopped in my tracks looking at the ground filled with colored leaves. This is such a welcome sight!
Soon I’m off for a quick visit back to China again for the second time in 2 months!
See you when I get back.
Happy Halloween to you all!
Autumn’s here, how I wish I am in the northern hemisphere to see the changing colors. I am happily in the tropics at the moment and there are creeping commercial Halloween celebrations here everywhere. It still feels a little different!
One of the last Chinese Teochew Opera Troupes in Singapore.
This is one of the remaining traditional chinese operas which has still has its bamboo and wooden back stage. Enjoyed visiting these wonderful Chinese Operas, my grandmother loved watching them and often took me along when I was really young. Backstages were my favorite places when I was a kid, having remembered them to be rather dim, lit with mostly using kerosene lamps even in the 1980s. There were so many taboos back then, everyone had to pray to the gods before the start of every act, the altar seemed quite frightful. These days, brightly lit up backstages, they don’t seem to have that nostalgic feeling. Maybe I am too biased.
The actresses are amazing and quite passionate about their art, mostly in their 60s to their late 70s, having trained since they were very young children. Sad to see there are not as many male actors around anymore. They put on shows for very limited audience at nearby Chinese temples. Most will gradually retire and soon the troupes disappear, replaced with more modern troupes for the modern audiences.
Love this actress, she is so beautiful, very cute, one of my favorite image made at the Chinese Opera. Asked her why she had changed so fast, the opera not ended yet. In teochew, she said, “Already died, faster die faster go home. Best character hor”.
The troupe had a rather rigorous schedule few days before in Pulau Ubin, an island off Singapore for a Tua Pei Kong celebration and were exhausted. She was so happy to be done for the night.
Kumbh Mela 2013 – the greatest bathing festival in Allahabad, India where 40 million pilgrims visit the holy rivers to wash away their karma
Saw this shop selling computer products in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is a little confused about whether it wants to be Apple or Google. The owner came out and asked why I photographed his shop, of course I laughed and said he was rather cool to have such a great sign board.
Once every 12 years, the largest bathing festival happens in Allabahad, Central India. This 2013, more than 40 million pilgrimages visited this temporary mega city, aptly named Mega Tent city. Makeshift tents, ashrams, temples are built, organised in mini towns with its own hospital clinic and police stations. For the 1.5 months, pilgrimages and religious Holy people, the famous naked sadhus come and gather and await to take their holy bath in the rivers to wash away their karma.
It was one of my greatest experience, especially during special bathing days where millions would gather to take a short dip in the freezing waters to wash their sins away.