ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, CHECKED!

I don't usually take up any crappy challenge just because it's became viral and so does the talk-of-the-town Ice Bucket Challenge. Basically, it's a campaign to raise awareness about the disease called Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Personally it's fun watching the peoples all over the world done it and never thought that it will invades Malaysia too. Seriously, never crossed in mind that I will be doing it and initially I have no intention to involved at all.

Until one of my best friend Lala nominated me and I noticed about it early morning this Tuesday. Speechless at first but all of sudden I got excited to take up the challenge coz why not since it's for a good purpose too.

The mechanism is so easy where when you got nominated, you have to do the challenge in 24 hours and don't forget to nominate four friends to do it next. But, be cautious on who you are nominating coz I don't think everyone willing to do it thus choose those who really have potential regardless they are your best friends.

note: Please head to my Facebook account to watch my video. :p

But, that's not the utmost point of doing it. To just having fun and complete the challenge means nothing if you don't donate. Trust me, at first I thought it will be the hardest part since the donation channel operated by the association itself from United States. Suprisingly, you can complete it less than 5 minutes.

All you have to do is go their website ALS Association, click the 'Donate' tab and fill the form. Walaaa. Super duper easy!



Then, after that you will get a notification in your email inbox straight away like this;


Most important, don't forget to check your account balance (I'm using my Debit Card).

All the best for the Ice Bucket Challenge and please DONATE.

 

Life Is an Art.

I would like to share about what I have been into lately. Well, not actually just lately but I've been always being an art avid lover since forever especially photography.

But it doesn't mean I want to be a photographer, it's just that I love the feeling when I take a look at beautiful pictures. Whether they were done by professionals or amateurs, I believe everyone has the way of thinking creative and innovative.

I beat almost all can't live without scrolling their Instagram account nowadays and I admit that it's kinda my kind of obsession now. Especially the feeling when peoples liked my photo, that is an absolute satisfaction for me!

So back to my current addiction, after long time searching for the best concept and direction on my Instagram gallery, I finally decided to choose minimal type of photos. I'm not really sure what is the definition of minimal in photography itself but now I think I get it.

My only doubt is that there are so many Instagram users out there use the same concept too but again, creativity in the eyes of different beholders are different *peace sign*. In fact, it's good to having them especially the famous ones as references.

From now on, I will definitely documenting my daily life, travel, etc in the style of art piece (I try!). 

Recently, one of my pictures also being featured on one account specializing in minimal photos as their #potd aka Photo of the Day. What a good starter isn't it?!

But now I becoming more hungry to shoot more and more great photos to cater my satisfaction. I even planned to sign up for a workshop held in Singapore by one of the Instafamous mobile photographer, Jelito de Leon from Manila but just found out the fees is too expensive! I think I just have to let go even tho I really wish I can enroll at the workshop.

Meanwhile, for those who interested and especially Singaporeans or Malaysians or anyone who can afford the workshop feel free to register. Visit:


For me, next time!

Here are some of my trial photos and the responses weren't that bad tho!


 This is the one being featured on @awesomeminimal. Woot woot!






More to come! Stay tuned!




Just....PRAY!

"I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I'm praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I'm grateful that I'm heard." - Maya Angelou

If there is one word to describe the direction of my entire life up till this very moment, it will be 'pray'.

I know not everyone believe in praying nowadays especially those who are believe they themselves has power to everything in life.

They don't see the relevance or importance of praying and the worst case is someone don't bother at all to pray. Even at the very critical moment, such persons will rather do nothing.

I used too but not that worst coz that time I always doubt if the prayer does working or not. I just want to see it becomes real and happened. I will lose my temper if when it's not and blame God for not helping me.

But I learned that every things that we asked from God won't straight away come to us. It may take years, centuries and even possible your pray will get answered on the spot.

For example, recently my left side car light isn't working and I suddenly felt unease thinking it will costs me penny to fix. Then I prayed and later that day my car bumped hard on the road and the light functioned again.

But yeah again, it may just a coincidence or something, still there were wonderful things happened to me ever since I believe prayer is powerful. Even getting my wonderful job now, I don't think I will make it if I didn't pray hard for it.

Same goes to the getting-so-cruel world right this moment, this is the time the entire world should united in prayer. Wars, casualties, zero humanity et ecetera, can't be stop when its meant to happen and as a powerless person like me, all I can do is pray.

 Currently addicted to the minimalist-syndrome on Instagram. 
Feel free to drop by to my gallery My Instagram.

Let's Korea!

While doing nothing this first Eid, I decided to brush up my vocal and Youtubeing some karaoke of my favourite songs.

But before I can even start to warm up my voice (fyi, I sing for fun only, not a singer tho), I stumbled on this one ads that really glued my sight.

I'm not really that kind of contest hunter but once in a while, I like to try on my luck by participating some promising contest. Especially when the prizes are travelling to another countries, it's really pumping me up.

One thing, especially when the contest don't get me into hassle, then why not? And this one does! It's a super simple contest, just filling the form and if you win, South Korea is waiting for you.

I always wanted to go to Korea especially when I heard the country has so many beautiful places. Watched dramas and films from the country also triggered me to go there becoz I just love their language! (not intended to really learn it, more just love to listen them speaking)

Plus, I heard that Seoul is like a shopping heaven. Although I'm not that one of a shopaholic persons, but I imagining I can find so many good things there for me. (hope so!)

But the point is, I would like everyone else try this contest. Who knows you're the lucky one. Well, I don't really have interest by doing this (not appointed to blog this by anyone) it's just that I love to share good things. ;)))

So, this is it. First thing first, go to this website Tour Imagination, register yourself, and fill the form! Easy one, no worries!

Amusing right?!

The form.

Even listed are the itinerary for the trip later and there's another contest going on at that site. So, it's your turn!

Not putting high hopes to get selected but yeah, I do hope I'm the lucky one.

BTW, to all muslims, Selamat Hari Raya/Blessed Eid!!!

The Fault In Our Stars sucks big time!

If you think of disagree with the title, stop right there. I'm not going to condemn the talk-of-the-town movie right now The Fault In Our Stars. Why? Because personally me myself loved it!

Anyway, to be honest I bought the novel by John Green long ago way before it gets overrated and I'm sure there are fews bought the book after knowing it was filming onto movie.

Somehow, I kinda worried if the film gonna be a failure since the novel itself already sooo damn good!

I got more excited and can't wait to watch the movie directed by Josh Boone and went to the cinema recently. I guess, the excitement will be more if you go watching it with your loved one and for me, I went just alone. tsk tsk

I had heard several reviews before that and was told it's gonna be so tearful. Indeed it was maybe because I read it on novel before, that's why I can relate to every scenes and can feel their emotions at all time.

One thing, the both main casts Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Gus apparently did well as per I know they are both newcomers.

Yup, no doubt there are bunches of things not included into the movie but still, the plot is well-planned, the casts are awesome and most of all, I love when it was directed effortlessly. It's feel real, not exaggerated, and was pictured brilliantly a normal life.

But maybe those who not yet read the book will finding it hard to get into the story and I actually got few totally different reviews from others.

A friend of mine can't take it at all, said it was sucks big time and listed the things she didn't like about it. Not few, many factors. On the other hand, a friend apparently sooo loving it and said he cried like four times the whole movie. FYI, both never read the book.

So I guess, I will still stick to that thought that ones should reserve his/her personal opinion to himself/herself only and never feel bad of recommending tho.

Love, love, love the book! Thank you for your beautiful masterpiece John Green.


In cinema now! 
(photo courtesy: Google)

Hi Sydney!

Traveling has been part of my life now. Yes, thanks to my job again I get to go even places I thought I can't afford to go for the rest of my life.

Recently, I went to Sydney for working purpose and as always I tried hard to make it feel like a real traveling experience. Been to Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan, India, Singapore & Thailand taught me so many new things about travel.

But I guess it's not that adventurous in Sydney since the time was so limited. So, the 'adventurous' thing I did was exploring the city on my own. Obviously, Sydney is a very nice place where you can really feel super safe but most probably the thing I loved the most was because it's winter now there.

I don't really have to flag onto any taxi to get somewhere since the temperature itself is already cold. I enjoyed walking around in the coldness without sweating and feel tired.

Beside the temperature, it was nice to see antic buildings everywhere, nice places to eat and lot of malls to shop. BTW, I stayed at Holiday Inn in Chinatown and I think it is a very strategic place to stay.

I think I just covered not even 5% of Sydney and definitely would like to come back again. Peoples there also super nice and really helpful.

So basically, what I did during the trip were dining at the famous restaurant Hurricane's Grill Steakhouses, trying pancakes at Pancakes on the Rocks, took some shots at Sydney Opera House (so tourist....gahhh!), invading Chinatown and lastly accidently shopped some shoes (I'm a shoe lover fyi).

 Studying the map on my 1st day.


Found a fresco after my name while wandering around waiting to be seated at Hurricanes Grill Steakhouses. Ain't it cool?!! *facepalm*


 Amazing night view + the coldness, perfect!
 

 Mesmerized by the architecture of Queen Victoria Building.


 The shot I cannot wait and must to take.


 Just breathtaking. Sydney cove.


 The very last item I purchased. It's from Topshop at AUD40.


 Guess how much this is?...................Just AUD15 (MYR45). Worth  it!

Lorde's big hug!

Hey blog.

I'm glad knowing that i was born as a big dreamer even up until now, dreaming wild and outta world are kind of my everyday routine.

For me, I want to change entirely the concept of 'ridiculous' into 'possible' and I know someday my hard-works will be paid off.

Coming from countryside where there's nothing really you can do, that was how it all started. Of course we were exposed with everything going on in the world. the problem is, we only get to witness and enjoyed it through watching TV.

And I'm lucky enough managed to get out from my hometown and explore more the outside world plus get to earned my dream job. *onedreamaccomplished*

Being a music lover since kid, meeting your idol definitely one thing that we must achieve in life. No matter meeting her/him/them in personal or go to their concert or win 'meet & greet' passes, at least we must accomplished ones.

Thanks to my job in particular, I done meeting a lot of big names in world's music scene. But I would never forget this one when I almost losing hope of meeting her.

No doubt, Lorde is one of the greatest singer-songwriter ever existed so far. The moment I heard Royals not so long ago, I knew that young girl is really special by just analyzing her sound.

It happened that she's on tour in Australia which supposed to be done around April to June this year. Luckily she postponed it to recently in this month.

When I said I almost losing hope, at first I'm not the one supposed to be sent to her concert in Sydney last July 12. But due to been postponed, my colleague decided to pull off from the trip. And as for me, I've been praying hard wishing I can fill the spot after he decided not to go and I got sent.

During the concert at Hordern Pavilion, I can't even describe how awesome and amazing Lorde on stage. She may be alone (regardless the band at the back) but she nailed it!

Right after the concert done, we were brought to backstage or I think it's more a holding room for 'meet & greet' session. At first, I thought there will be bunches of fans joining the session apparently not. Only Malaysian group which were only 5 of us given the privilege to meet her.

Surely I'm nervous not knowing how she is in person but what had happened was totally unforgettable. Lorde obviously so friendly in person, she's easygoing, she's a hugger, she's fun, she's awesomazing! She's even said she like my glasses. *wink*

Well, up till now I can't believe I actually already met her since all this while I think this would never happens. Thanks for the hugs Lorde and hope to meet you again soon!

Here is the moment!!!


Oh, btw I'm on Instagram now. Do follow me @georgie_joseph.