The younger Chinese generation (invitation)

This year is the celebration of 100 years Chinese in Holland. We have seen a lot from the first and second generations Chinese in Holland now, and wondering what will the future look like with the younger Chinese generation. Therefore 20 youngsters are selected to be portrayed in this exhibition.

There will be portraits about  their ambition, dreams and future. It is my honor to be showcased as one of the youngsters during this exhibition and a pleasure to me working with Eveline and Pay-Uun for the interview and photo session.

Stopera is literally the combination of the city hall of Amsterdam and Opera (music theater) in one building in the center of Amsterdam.

The photo show will be available until 2 December 2011 in the Stopera Amsterdam. This Saturday 29th of October, 14.00 – 16.00 Andre Es (wethouder/alderman) will be opening this great event with a speech.

Hope to you meet you there.

Photos by Eveline Renaud professional photographer  &  Documented by Volkskrant journalist Pay-Uun Hiu




Enjoy Life, Keep it Simple.

4 March, 2011 – I would like to share this day with you, because I really enjoyed this day and it can be linked to the subject of this blog.

I went to school in the early morning to prepare my internship and stay abroad. As I have only taken a banana and some cornflakes I was hungry. There was a lot of people in neat clothing at the canteen, seems like a business event. I saw some nice bread rolls and snacks on the tables, so I took some of it and filled my stomach.

In the afternoon I went to a casting for a TV game show with some friends. I had to rush for the bus, it’s been a long time that I have to sprint for the bus since I have my own car, it felt good to have some action once in a while like in the movie scenes, crossing the streets, passing by those bicycles though and I made it just before the door closed.

When I arrived at the train station I waited in a passport photo machine reading today’s newspaper.

Then I got busted by my mate David & Christien and we were ready to go to Amsterdam for the casting.

When we stepped in the train there were seats with luggage and at the other side a man with her partner sitting, I asked him if the bag is his and he said: yes. and stared at me for a second without saying anything. Then I asked if he could move away the bag so that I can sit there with my friends and he was looking a bit angry and his partner took away the bag. Very strange, if you want you can buy 2 train tickets right.

During the trip I was reading my newspaper and David like always playing with his Iphone, Christien was having her snack, wrap with garlic and she ate it so slowly that, an hour later she was still biting on her wrap.. I was like finish it quick please, the strong garlic smell was terrible haha.

When waiting at the casting bureau, there was a guy he stared down at Christien, and we were kidding in the Chinese language, like he has a crush on you, or maybe he’s gay and then he turned looking at me. After a while he sat down and it seems he understand a bit Chinese! We were all laughing. Actually I don’t want to talk about the casting, because it was crazy for what we did. If you really wanna know, just ask me and maybe I’ll tell you!

After the audition we walked down the streets of Amsterdam and while Christien was yelling for the Bubble tea which you can get in Chinatown, we went in the next Burger King to have a bite. I had a very pleasant talk while eating my meal. I ordered another meal and asked Chocolate milk instead of Cola. But that was not included in the choice. The lady was from Hungary and said to me: Don’t tell anyone about it! and she gave me the Chocolate milk I wanted so much 😀

This is probably the most funny action today, Monkey business. At the Dam, with lots of tourists, and there was a camera crew interviewing people and christien  and I waved and pointed at Christien, then we were interviewed by the reporter and he thought we were foreigners and spoke in English and I was answering back in English for the fun. After a talk Christien suddenly replied in Dutch and he got phranked!!! hahahahaa  Man! he was astonished, he was speechless and then suddenly jumped in the air haha

After this we thought it could only be funnier and Christien wants to get rid of the 1 cent coin and I wanted to take a picture with the figures at the Dam square. Then she came up with the idea to take a picture for 1 cent, she believed the guy in the monkey suit wouldn’t see what she put in the box . . and so I was like you do it I’ll take the picture. So we went to the Gorilla with the stick and I was ready with the camera and when she bent over to put the coin in the box she was flabbergasted and ashamed, because there were only a few coins of 2 euros in the box. Her body and mind stopped working for a moment and it was a really funny situation. Her plan failed and I was pushing her to take the photo. Then I tried to help her out of the situation and took out 30 cents of my pocket and put it in the box. The gorilla was shaking his head clearly not satisfied and pointed his finger asking for 1 euro. But I didn’t had any coins anymore and I looked at David and Christien. You know what Christien said to me, Alex c’mon let’s go! Get back the 30 cents because you have not taken the picture right. You should get it back. Then I was in the same embarrassing situation Christien was before, I thought for a moment and I looked at the ape very attractively blinking with my eyes and he said okay let’s do it quick and we could take the picture for just 30 cents haha, see!

We laughed so much afterward 😀

While on our way to Chinatown for the Bubble tea, we suddenly end up in the middle of the Red light district. They say that girls are not good at directions. Now I see why =P

And finally after a lot of walking we arrived in Chinatown. David ordered some roasted meat rice meal to take away, while waiting there was a newspaper on the table, with a very nice model posing. I pointed to the picture and asked Christien if she’s find it nice, but when I turned my head it was a man who’s standing next to me looking. Then Christien can’t stop laughing while I’m trying to hold my laugh at this inappropriate situation.

At the Bubble Tea restaurant, we met a girl, actually the waitress, we had some chitchat and guess what, Christien then asked the manager if she could join our table hahaha  (can you imagine that) xD

This is the Victoria hotel where we played the grand piano..

Really amazing how people like Christien learn to play the piano via Youtube, it is just incredible. Of course if you want to play it good, I will recommend you to study at the local music school or find a private teacher to learn the basic skills before continuing.

Life could be very simple, or made very complicated. Forgetting the difficult things in life by having a relaxing moment can really energize you to taste more of the life itself.

The key to enjoying a simple pleasure is to fully appreciate what you are getting out of it. You are not wasting time; you are allowing your active brain some time off from the daily routine. Allow yourself to relax, soak up the fortunate feeling of being free to enjoy something so simple. Let your mind think of nothing but the simple pleasure that you are doing.

I fully believe learning new things and pushing ourselves beyond our boundaries can make us feel happy and lively, it allows us to experience many things we otherwise would not, (and I totally think we need this entrepreneurial spark to enhance fulfillment) we must always enjoy life and have fun in the process.

I think it’s incredibly important to tell your friends and family you love them too. Life is not guaranteed from one moment to the next…

Always remember to have fun and enjoy!

There is a lot to learn every single day and always will be. Just take on what you can handle. Remember to take a break to smell the roses. Reach out to others for support and be there for them too. Love lots, laugh… and laugh often.

I took this picture while typing this blog for 2 hours at my French balcony, I enjoyed the sun with a glass of icetea.

Did you enjoyed of something that you’d like to share with the rest of us? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

CinemAsia Film Festival Opening Ceremony

CinemAsia Film Festival 2010

This is the 4th edition of CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam. I was invited for the opening ceremony with the premiere of ‘Dream Home’. When I entered the theater, I heard my name so I was like what’s going on. But it was the announcement of the directors of the FilmLab Shorts. Then festival director, Doris Yeung, gave a speech and introduced the different themes. I didn’t knew what kind of  film Dream Home is. I thought a regular drama film or something. So I was quite shocked of the opening scene. It was just the opening, and it was getting more violent. The effects were so damn realistic. Mandy was so excited. Not my thing. Another girl next to me covered her eyes with her hands. But she didn’t screamed =P

After watching Josie Ho as a killing machine, we went downstairs and tried to open the miniature house with the key we had. The price is 2 tickets to Hong kong! Susan was right after me and . . .click! Wow! The door just popped open and she screamed and everybody was looking, the camera was rolling. Amazing! I’m so happy for her. We took some photos and I think she couldn’t sleep that night.

The Ketelhuis was decorated in the sphere of ‘Dream home style’. It made me feel like Halloween. Good promotion of the premiere film! We had a drink and some snack, oh ya the snacks were horrible, sliced fingers with ketchup haha! We had a lot of fun taking pictures and I had a chat with some peeps around there like Dutch-Chinese actor Aaron Wan, and also the producer/artist Conroy Chan. It was fun talking with them!

Check out my album for more photos!

Opening day Cinemasia Amsterdam 2010

Opening of Cinemasia at the ketelhuis 2010

Race against time

Hi guys! I told you that i’m tryin to keep up my blog. I’m so busy these days. Where can I buy time?! I think I need to hire a personal assistant. Today I went to the meeting at 15.00 in Amsterdam with my mentor. We had a good talk about my short film and exchanged some ideas and he asked me questions to make clear how to film this story. He gave me some good advices. Then I left his office and went to the second meeting at 17.30 – NFTA meeting with production team. Btw. Altough the office is clean white, but there was an eye-catching red lounge chair in his office, it looked very comfortable, stylish and artistic. Then I walked for 10 minutes and had a snack and went right away to the next meeting location at ‘Waterlooplein’.

I need to say that the meeting with the production team is quite productive, it was totally different from the first meeting I had. The first was more the artistic sense etc. and the second is more realistic planning. We talked about the storyline, scenes, every detail, but mainly the production process, financial aspects and everything around. It is a tight schedule, if we had more time it would made a big difference, and I will stress less. That means a + for the quality of the final product. But I’m a fighter, and I’m going for the A+, and my team will!

Phew, I feel lucky that my browser didn’t crash! cuz that would be said . .

Facebook: I have been non-active for 4 days now . . It cost me time to follow all that stuff. Although I like te share.

Sooner or later I’ll be posting another blog, but personal happenings the last days (Caught by Police) So stay tuned!

Just to give you a glance at my (short time) to do list:


  1. Mail update to mentor
  2. Work out script 3rd version before sunday
  3. Synopsis 3rd version
  4. Screenplay
  5. Set up casting profile
  6. Casting
  7. Look for suitable locations
  8. Transport / Cathering
  9. Meet up with crew (cameraman, light, sound, editor)
  10. Reply mails


  1. Order carport
  2. Pay road tax (bleeeh)
  3. Editing short video project (must be done friday)  Cost me approx. 2 hours 🙁
  4. Saturday noon short video project
  5. Write intro announcement for performance and select the music.
  6. Saturday noon Final Kungfu Performance Rehearsal
  7. Saturday eve Kungfu performance at Hilversum
  8. Contact University for missing marks
  9. A lot of mailssss

Ps. I’m looking for actors/actresses! interested? Don’t hesitate, E-mail me now! [email protected]

Pss. Don’t think that I have plenty of time, i’m already running out of time. I’m writing this for you at late night!

Introductory meeting Binger FilmLAB

18.00 – Introductory meeting at the Binger FilmLAB Amsterdam

Before the meeting, I prepared some questions and read the film projects once again.

I took the car because of bad experiences with the public transport. The weather was bright and the sun was shining. I opened up my sunroof and did really enjoyed it. When I arrived in Amsterdam I almost took the wrong road into the dark subway. My car navigation says 5 minutes left to destination. Then again I was confused which road I should take because of the split way and the navigation didn’t helped, it was 17.45. So unluckily I got into the wrong side and took the long subway heading north side of Amsterdam. I drove like 10 minutes and then find my way back. When I arrived at destination I was a bit surprised that it was right in the centre of Amsterdam, I could have taken the train. So I parked my car in the underground parking lot. I was like 😮 5 euro’s per hour?

Then I walked in the street, it is a very long main street. With one hand the address note and other hand my cell phone looking here and there. Next to me were 3 girls chatting, enjoying from the sun, then they asked whether they could help me. They were so helpful. I think the sunny weather makes people happy or at least sends out positive energy. When I entered the Binger FilmLAB I took the stairway to the 2nd level instead of the elevator, more people should do this. You know, daily exercises is the best way to keep fit rather than a diet or trying all kinds of rare methods. I have heard of products like Herbal Life, a liquid diet which you take instead of breakfast or lunch, even electronic machines using beames, vibrating and heat to loose weight and fat. It says so, but ya why not trying to be more active in your daily living. Plus it is free of charge 😀

My first impression of the Filmlab, it is well secured. I noticed that the entries are locked. I called my contact person and she opened the door for me and after an introducing round we talked about the stories and the background. In the meeting room there were the other 2 participants, people from the production company, filmmakers/directors and the festival director. One of the filmmaker was Yan Ting Yeung, from Hong kong, she brought a box of  ‘Sweatheart cake’, a traditional Chinese pastry with flaky and thin skin made with winter melon, almond paste, sesame and pork lard, spiced with five spice powder. Although these were far from the Sweatheart cakes in Hong Kong – Yuen Long district, I definitely enjoyed!

Later we divided in groups and actually started the film project. The DEADLINE is 14th of May. Then everything have to be completed, filming and editing. The film will be shown in the Ketelhuis in Amseterdam and other cities depending on the tour. Now I need to make the planning and finish the storyline + script this week, wait a minute, I need to sign the contract! So, enough to keep me busy right 😉

It was around 20.00 when I left the building, I went to the parking lot and wondering how much I need to pay for the ride out. 12 euro’s, tadaa! Suppose to be normal in Amsterdam 😉  On the way back I stopped next to a Police motor, I think he was busy chatting with a girl so I drove further. Then he drove by and ask me whether if I had something to ask. Then I repeated; ‘Yeah, I need to go to Westerpark, but my navigation is not working’ :p  Trying to make good use of the government service which I paid for. (received a speeding ticket recently :P) So he escorted me to the right direction and I put on the music and drove behind the Police motorbike. I ordered some Chinese food rice with vegetables along with crispy chicken wings and then came home and had my diner with my hungry sister.