Sunday, 27 November 2011

Wrestling

Do you watch wrestling?
Who is your favourite?John Cena?Triple H?The Miz?Undertaker?Kane? Or The Rock?(or any other,perhaps?)

I started watching wrestling when I was 8 . At that time,my father bought a CD (1991 Battle Royal in Royal Albert Hall,London), and together we watched it. That was my first time watching wrestling. I suddenly took a liking to British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith), because of his strength, attitude, and not to mention his theme song appealed to me. He won the Battle Royal by eliminating Typhoon in 1991. That was the first time I saw him (on television).
British Bulldog
Davey Boy Smith (November 27, 1962 – May 18, 2002) was a British professional wrestler, better known as "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, who was born in Golborne in North West England, United Kingdom. Smith is known for his appearances with Stampede Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Described by WWE as "one of the most physically impressive individuals in WWE history", Smith found success as both a singles and tag competitor, holding every major title in the organization except the WWF Championship. (source: wikipedia)

   Finishing moves
       - Running powerslam

    Signature moves
        -Arm drag often followed by a submission hold
        -Crucifix
        -Camel clutch
        -Clothesline, sometimes with high impact
        -Diving crossbody
        -Dropkick
        -Hanging vertical suplex
        -Headbutt, sometimes in a series while trapping the opponent's arms
        -Military press drop
        -Running powerbomb
        -Running shoulder block
        -Shoot kick to the head of a kneeling or seated opponent
        -Surfboard
        -Catapult

(source: wikipedia)
Davey Smith signing autograph
Look at those muscular arms
Then,when I was 9, my father bought many wrestling's CD, such as from the club WWF and ECW. I like WWF better than ECW. I watched a match between The Rock and Triple H (Triple H at this time acted as a villain character and The Rock acted as the good one). I took a liking at The Rock, obviously because he was potrayed as the 'Good' character. At that time I didn't know that wrestling actually was an act. As a kid, for me, The Rock belonged to justice.

The Rock and his trademark eyebrow
Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972),also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor and professional wrestler who is signed to the WWE (previously known as WWF), featured on its Raw brand.

    Finishing moves
       -People's Elbow/ Corporate Elbow (Feint high-impact elbow drop to the opponent's chest, with     
         theatrics)
       -Rock Bottom(Lifting side slam) 1997–Present
       -Running shoulderbreaker– 1996–1997; used as a regular move from 1997–2003

    Signature moves
       -Maivia Hurricane / The Smack Down (Float-over DDT)
       -Flowing snap DDT, sometimes followed by a kip-up
       -Flying clothesline
       -Running swinging neckbreaker
       -Running thrust lariat
       -Samoan drop       
       -Sharpshooter– used as a tribute to Owen Hart from 1999 onwards; usually preceded by a Leg
         whip.
       -Spinebuster
       -Snap overhead belly-to-belly suplex, sometimes to an oncoming opponent

(source: wikipedia)
Formal attire
Ehem (cough)
Sorry I couldn't upload any pictures of The Rock during his match because if I do so the rating of this blog will be 18+.
Heck, why did I watch wrestling when I only 8 years old that time?

Aside from The Rock, I also like the big red machine, Kane.

Glenn Jacobs (Kane)

Glenn Thomas Jacobs (born April 26, 1967) is an American professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name, Kane. He is signed to WWE, appearing on its SmackDown brand, but is currently inactive due to injury.
Jacobs began his wrestling career in 1992 working on independent circuits. He wrestled in Smoky Mountain Wrestling as Unabomb where he won the SMW Tag Team Championship as a member of The Dynamic Duo, and in the United States Wrestling Association where he won the USWA Heavyweight Championship as Doomsday. He later joined his current promotion, the World Wrestling Federation (which later became World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002) in 1995, where he wrestled under various gimmicks before debuting as his current character, Kane, in 1997. The character's half-brother is The Undertaker, with whom Kane has teamed up as the Brothers of Destruction. (source: wikipedia)

Kane with his mask during his early years in WWF
Kane's finishing move


Kane with his tag-team partner, Big Show (friends forever,hohoho ^^)
Undertaker (Kane's half-brother) and Kane
Kane as The World Heavyweight Champion
    Finishing moves
        As Kane
            -Chokeslam from Hell (Chokeslam) - 1997–present
            -Last Ride (Elevated powerbomb) - adopted from The Undertaker, 2001
            -Tombstone Piledriver (Belly-to-belly kneeling piledriver) - adopted from The Undertaker,
            -1997–present
        As Isaac Yankem
            -DDS (DDT)
        As Fake Diesel
            -Jacknife (Sheer-drop release powerbomb) – adopted from Diesel

    Signature moves
        -Back body drop
        -Backbreaker, sometimes followed by a submission
        -Big boot
        -Corner clothesline
        -Flying clothesline
        -Falling powerbomb
        -Military press drop
        -Multiple powerslam variations
        -Running
        -Scoop
        -Sidewalk
        -Running low-angle dropkick to a seated opponent, normally preceded by a scoop slam or a
         snapmare
        -Tilt-a-whirl slam usually to smaller opponents
        -Two-handed chokelift
        -Uppercut, sometimes to the opponent's throat

(source: wikipedia)

Kane rarely talks,he talks only if necessary. He doesn't brag in the ring (like other WWE superstars always done). He rarely lose the match.

Last but not least is the awesome rapper, John Cena.
Everybody loves him. Including me.
John Cena
John Felix Anthony Cena (born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and television personality. He is currently signed to WWE as a member of its WWE Raw brand.
In WWE, Cena has won 19 championships in total, including 12 World Titles (having won the WWE Championship a record 10 times and the World Heavyweight Championship twice). In addition, Cena has also won the WWE United States Championship three times,and is a four-time Tag Team Champion, having held the World Tag Team Championship twice (once each with Shawn Michaels, and Batista),and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice (once each with David Otunga and The Miz). Cena also won the 2008 Royal Rumble match, and is a two-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009 and 2010).He also has the fourth highest number of combined days as WWE Champion behind Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan & Bruno Sammartino.(source: wikipedia)

Strong looks
Cena with the WWE Champion belt
Finishing moves
       - Attitude Adjustment (formerly FU) (Fireman's carry transitioned into a takeover or a
         powerslam, sometimes from the second rope) – 2003–present
       - STF (formerly STFU) – 2005–present

    Signature moves
       -Diving leg drop bulldog
       -Dropkick, sometimes from the top rope
       -Emerald Flowsion
       -Fisherman suplex
       -Five Knuckle Shuffle (Running delayed fist drop, with theatrics)
       -Gutwrench suplex
       -Protobomb (Spin-out powerbomb)
       -Running leaping shoulder block
       -Running one–handed bulldog
       -Sitout hip toss
       -Rapper Punch ("You can't see me!" taunt followed by haymaker)
       -Spinebuster - 2002 - 2005 used rarely there after
       -Throwback (Running neck snap to a bent–over opponent)
       -Twisting belly to belly suplex

(source: wikipedia)

Cena is fan's favourite (including me). I think fans like him because he is potrayed as the nice guy in WWE. Cena rarely (almost never,except when his opponents cheated) lose in the match. He even won against Rey Mysterio (poor Rey,he held that title only for a short short time).Besides, Cena is also a fan of Japanese animation and has mentioned that his favorite animated movie is Fist of the North Star.

I also like woman wrestler.
Here are my favourite woman wrestlers:
Kelly Kelly
Melina Perez
Mickie James
Phew, believe me,it's hard to find a decent images of those three beauties.(I'm sure you know why)

That's all for now.
Thanks for reading.
Have a blessed day~^^

p/s:All photos does not belong to me

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Hereafter


Synopsis: Can there truly be love after death? Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive. Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Okay,the synopsis is not written by me.I copied it somewhere from the internet.

I finished the book last week and actually satisfied because I really finished it! I bought it last month and read it the next month and finished reading it in 6 hours (not 6 hours straight my friend,of course there are some break,eating break,toilet break,etc...).

Here's my review on the book:

Author Tara Hudson did a great job in potraying Amelia and Joshua. Amelia, as a ghost, doesn't remember much about her human life. Before meeting Joshua, she didn't even explore the living world much although she can wander around everywhere she wanted. Except the fact that she couldn't touch things like human did. But her lonely life (as a ghost) changed when she rescued Joshua from drowning. At that time, miracles happened and she can touch him. Joshua, after that, searched for her and they eventually become friends. Now here the plot thickens. Apparently, I think Joshua was quite the 'don't care type' of a guy. He didn't even freak out when Amelia told him that she was a ghost. What I like is that Joshua really care about Amelia, he even suggested her to look for her family. As their love developed, they discovered many new things such as Joshua is actually from a family that have a history of being a spirit hunter. And Joshua grandmother asked him to get rid of her, and warned Amelia to stay away from Joshua. Anyway, it’s nice to see Amelia come into her strengths as she discovers exactly what she is and isn’t capable of as a ghost. And while Amelia and Joshua’s romance seems doomed to fail, they never seem to give up hope.

Overall I give this story 8/10.

 
Because the plot is unlike any other ghost story and seems more original, and because the chemistry between Amelia and Joshua is depicted in a great way.

I'm currently waiting for the second book. Hurry up Mrs. Hudson!

 
Have a blessed day~


Ibanez AEG

Front view

The picture above is Ibanez AEG5EJP-BK acoustic guitar. It's the same model with the one I have. Pretty,isn't it? I started taking guitar lessons in May this year. I bought this guitar at Quartet Music Centre,Sandakan.
Why did I pick this guitar? I presume I picked it because of the colour. Well, I absolutely like black (after pink of course). Too bad I didn't see any pink guitar at that time. The price is quite reasonable, after all we are talking about Ibanez. I purchased it at RM 650. It came with a guitar bag, 5 guitar picks (different colours), and a set of guitar string. This is the perfect entry guitar if you are looking for the acoustic/electric hybrid. It has great sound both plugged and unplugged and it even has a built in tuner. It practically good for beginners since beginners rarely have a relative pitch to tune the guitar.
Oh, and I was tuning the high E back to standard when it snapped for the first time. But later it was changed (by my music teacher) with the string that came with the package. But then, almost two month after that, it snapped again and I was really devastated. Anyway my music teacher (again), helped me to change the string. And they live happily ever after...
Nope!
The sound doesn't seems right. I may be new in playing guitar but I'm able to differentiate between good sound and ba...err...weird sound. The sound produced when I plucked the string doesn't sound nice. It's quite different from the previous string (I think it's because the previous string is the original string). It doesn't give a sharp sound when being plucked. The sound seems....unclear. And it mess up with the melody,obviously. I probably need to go to music store often and search for the same string I had before. Gonna take some time.

Okay people,have a blessed day!^^

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Gibson Les Paul

Okay,the picture above is Heritage Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard.The Gibson USA 2008 Les Paul Standard is an elegant revision of a true classic, with upgrades and new features that make it the best Les Paul Standard ever produced. Based on consumer feedback and a drive to uphold and enhance the legacy of the Les Paul Standard, Gibson USA’s 2008 model sets a new guitar benchmark for excellence and achievement. (source: www2.gibson.com)

Again,why am I posting this?
Oh,I know,somehow,this electric guitar caught my attention when I was watching K-ON!
The guitar above is the same guitar played by the main character in K-ON!,Hirasawa Yui.
Yui,first time seeing her guitar at music shop and attracted to it


Yui sleeps with her guitar
Yui playing dress up with her guitar
From left to right: Nakano Azusa (rhythm guitar), Hirasawa Yui (lead guitar), and Akiyama Mio (bass)
Yui is the main character, guitarist,and lead vocalist. Having misunderstood that "light music" equals "easy music" (like whistling), she joined the Light Music Club and picked up guitar with absolutely no prior experience. She is the type of person who doesn't read manuals and relies on her own intuition and self taught approaches. Yui takes good care of her electric guitar- Gitah (she named her guitar), she sleeps with it, plays dress up with it, and even also have tea time with it.Yui is clumsy but kind-hearted.

Now,let's move to the price.
From what I found (from the internet,Gibson pages),the electric guitar cost $3899.
Now,that's in US dollar.Change in ringgit Malaysia and it will cost you RM10000++.
Good guitar comes with expensive price.

Have a blessed day~^^

Fender Mustang

Front view
Back view
Okay,first of all,I want to make it clear that I don't know how to play electric guitar.In fact,I touched it only once when I went to music shop.
So,why am I posting this?
Haha~well,I've never play electric guitar before,but I do play an acoustic one.
Believe me,playing guitar bring so much fun in my awesome-filled life. >.<
The above picture is from Fender Mustang,(Classic Series Mustang®, Rosewood Fretboard, Dakota Red).It has been reissued.1965 was the first full year of Mustang production.
Originally,it was designed to be a “student model,” however,Mustang was destined for greatness, and has been used by great players such as David Byrne, John Frusciante, Kurt Cobain, Todd Rundgren, Graham Coxon and Adrian Belew.This reissue Classic Series ’65 Mustang has great color and cosmetic options, and many period-correct details (body wood, logos, etc.). 
It's beautiful,isn't it?I came across it when I watched the anime K-ON!. Nakano Azusa in the anime use the same guitar.
Azusa is a new student who joins the light music club and plays a Fender Mustang electric guitar.Her role in the band is as a rhythm guitarist. She has been playing the guitar since the fourth grade and her parents are working in a jazz band. She is in the same year and class as Ui and has quite a mysterious demeanor. 
 Hmm...how about the price?
The last time I checked(on the internet of course),the price is $1199.99.
Wow!Convert it to ringgit and the price will be triple.
Okay,have a blessed day everyone!
p/s:All photos does not belong to me