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Sunday, March 13, 2011

chow yun fat

Chow Yun-fat, SBS [born May 18, 1955] is an actor from Hong Kong. He is best known in Asia for his collaboration with filmmaker John Woo in heroic bloodshed genre films A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, and Hard Boiled; and to the West for his role as Li Mu-bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He mainly plays in dramatic films and has won three Hong Kong Film Awards for "Best Actor" and two Golden Horse Awards for "Best Actor" in Taiwan.

Chow was born in Hong Kong, to a mother who was a cleaning lady and vegetable farmer, and a father who worked at a Shell Oil Company tanker. Of Hakka origins, he grew up in a farming community on Lamma Island in a house with no electricity. He woke up at dawn each morning to help his mother sell herbal jelly and Hakka tea-pudding on the streets and in the afternoons he went to work in the fields. His family moved to Kowloon when he was ten. At seventeen, he quit school to help support the family by doing odd jobs - bellboy, postman, camera salesman, taxi driver. His life started to change when he responded to a newspaper advertisement and his actor-trainee application was accepted by TVB, the local television station. He signed a three-year contract with the studio and made his acting debut. With his striking good looks and easy-going style, Chow became a heartthrob and a familiar face in soap operas that were exported internationally.

Chow has been married twice; first in 1983 to Candice Yu [Chinese: 余安安; pinyin: Yú Ānan], an actress from Asia Television Limited that lasted nine months. In 1986, Chow married Singaporean Jasmine Tan [simplified Chinese: 陈萫莲; traditional Chinese: 陳薈蓮; pinyin: Chén huilián]. Currently, the couple have no children, although Chow has a goddaughter, Celine Ng, a former child model for Chickeeduck and other companies. Chow has acknowledged having cosmetic surgery on his eyelids in 1989 to reverse a drooping effect.

source: wikipedia

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan: In Memoriam

March 11, 2011

Not ours to know the reason, why unanswered is our prayer. But ours to wait for God's own time to lift the cross we bear.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

vice president jejomar binay

Jejomar "Jojo" Cabauatan Binay [born November 11, 1942], also known as Jojo Binay or VNay, is a Filipino politician who has been the 15th Vice President of the Philippines since 2010. Previously, he was Mayor of Makati City from 1986 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010. He is also the President of the United Opposition [UNO], President of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan [PDP-Laban], Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region Scout Committee, and the President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

source: wikipedia

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

angelina jolie

Angelina Jolie [pronounced /dʒoʊˈliː/ joh-LEE; born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975] is an American actress. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR]. She has been cited as one of the world's most attractive people, as well as the world's "most beautiful" woman, titles for which she has received substantial media attention.

Although she made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin' to Get Out, Jolie's acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 [1993]. Her first leading role in a major film was in Hackers [1995]. She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace [1997] and Gia [1998], and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted [1999]. Jolie achieved wider fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider [2001], and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She has had her biggest commercial successes with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith [2005] and the animated film Kung Fu Panda [2008].

Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie currently lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.

source: wikipedia