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Leslie Cheung… 15 years Later

15 years ago, LEGEND Leslie Cheung committed suicide. It was not an April fool’s joke, it was the sad reality.

Before Faye Wong, Anita Mui, Ayumi Hamasaki or any other Asian Superstar or act, Leslie was the first I heard of, the first one I loved, the first openly gay superstar, and thanks to him my musical knowledge got expanded.

I was in my desk, working for a French Multinational when Hubby (one of my exes) messaged me and went online to read about his death.

I can only imagine the desperation of suicide… Needless to say I was very sad about it, Hubby and I always talked about going to Hong Kong to see him on tour.

Although little is known of Leslie today among the millennial children of Chinese migrants, his influence in Hong Kong and China is undeniable.

Like a lot of artists, and now more than ever in the age of social media, it is impossible to divorce Leslie’s work from his personal life.

His fluid sexuality and battle with mental illness has been scrutinised intensely by the media. Leslie was one of few openly gay Hong Kong celebrities to use his profile to champion LGBT+ issues.

Until 2001 homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder in China, and despite rising awareness of LGBT+ rights, homosexuality in China is still technically illegal.

Leslie Cheung rose to prominence as a hugely successful pop icon in 1980s, and is often referred to as the “Elvis of Hong Kong”. As his pop career blossomed, Leslie’s private life and sexuality was closely scrutinised.

In 2000 he collaborated with fashion designer Jean Paul Gautier to put on a concert, the “Passion Tour”, which was at once acclaimed and condemned by the media for its androgynous connotations.

I used to play his music a lot back in the days, but it’s been a while now that I haven’t listen to him ’cause it brings back memories of those awesome days. Leslie was not only a great singer but also a great actor, and an over-the-top entertainer.

Before globalisation he was already one of Asia’s icon. 

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His lost still hurts.

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The ageless Weather-presenting Wonder from China

Yang Dan is a 44-year-old meteorologist for China’s state broadcaster CCTV, and I’m assuming that at least once a day, she tells the viewers, “It’s currently sunny with a 100% chance of serious shade from you jealous raggedy hags hating on my youthful beauty.”

I feel Yan, I go through the same hate pretty much everyday #Twincies

CCTV put together a video for International Woman’s Day celebrating their long-reigning weather queen, and the video went viral in China, because everybody was toasting to her achievement of being in the weather TV game for over 20 years… No, it mostly went viral because everyone’s blown minds hit the wall over her looks barely changing throughout the years.

Focusing on what’s truly important on International Women’s Day!

Yang Dan made her CCTV debut in 1996 when she was 22 (see: screen shot on the left) and is still delivering the weather news for them today (see: screen shot on the right).

I’m not fully impressed tho, ’cause I’m a vampire too.

What’s  shocking to me is the fact that 1996 was 22 years ago! My god… that was too fast.

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Gravity-Defying Sculptures

Art is supposed to challenge us. Challenge our beliefs, our prejudices and even our concepts of what we believe to be possible.

Sculptures are a great medium for this, as they allow the artist to play tricks on the eye and mess with the viewer’s concepts of logic. Calling into question the laws of gravity and physics they make you wonder, how the heck did they do that?

From incredible feats of balance on a grand scale, to just plain head-scratching sorcery, below few of them.

The Force Of Nature By Lorenzo Quinn

Wursa By Daniel Firman

Wire Fairies By Robin Wight

Trans Ī Re By Fredrik Raddum

Coffee Kiss By Johnson Tsang

Monte-Meubles, L’Ultime Déménagement By Leandro Erlich

Les Voyageurs By Bruno Catalano

Art should inspire imagination & challenge perception. Just amazing!

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Prelude to An Announced Death

Think of “Rooftoppers” as superheroes that don’t help other people.

If you’ve ever typed in “crazy motherfucker stunt on top of high rise” into YouTube, you may have seen Chinese “rooftopper” Wu Yongning do some incredibly dangerous, unharnessed tricks atop skyscrapers in the Orient.

It’s hard to know exactly how to feel when a guy who makes a living with death-defying stunt dies.

You don’t suffer minor contusions when you plummet from floors in the high double digits. Yet everybody comes together to act collective shocked when drops occur.

This kid was too young to die but misfortunes happen, specially playing from great heights. May he rest in peace.

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Tune Of The Day

Brother by Leah Dou 

Take me far away…

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HAINAN Airlines New Haute Couture Uniforms Puts Other Airlines To Shame

Chinese airline Hainan has just elevated their dress code to new heights by providing their crew members with stylish haute couture uniforms that seem to be taken straight out of a fashion magazine cover.

Hainan Airlines have collaborated with designer Laurence Xu who introduced the new attire at the Paris Couture Week. Inspired by the ‘Cheongsam’, a traditional Chinese dress, the uniform features a blend between the modern Western-style fashion trends and traditional Chinese art elements like cloud drawings, waves and even the Chinese mythical bird – the Roc.

Men’s version of the uniform is a bit less extravagant and Western-looking, but beautifully done nonetheless. My only criticism is that this ad needs more Chinese on it. Every culture has HOT, don’t deny yours.

Regardless, one word: CHIC!

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China Built the World’s Cutest Panda-Shaped Solar Farm

Renewable energy just got an injection of cuteness thanks to the Panda Power Plant, a new solar farm installed in the Shanxi province of China. The adorable, panda-shaped farm will have an aggregate capacity of 100 MW when completely finished.

The initiative by Panda Green Energy, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, is part of a push to educate China’s young people about sustainable energy. Accordingly, an activity centre at the solar farm will educate local schoolchildren about solar energy and its benefit. Since starting construction in November 2016, the project has progressed rapidly because unlike here Montreal, the Chinese KNOW how to get shit done efficiently and in a record time.

The first phase is now complete, with one 50 MW panda being connected to the grid.

This first Panda Power Plant is just the beginning. Panda Green Energy revealed that it intends to build more solar farms over the next 5 years as part of their Panda 100 program. The goal is to construct along the Belt and Road areas that are part of President Xi Jinping’s economic development strategy.

3 words: YAAAS CHINA YAAAS!!!

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