Monday, January 18, 2010

Shooting in The Lost World of Tambun


 
It took me a while to get used to how shaolintiger.com (on left) speaks. He sounds like a chinese dvd seller. I'm serious! When we were having dinner by the road side in Ipoh, he was ordering all his favourite dishes and seemed surprised I didn't know them "I tell you ah, I'm more Chinese than you wan!" 
When our food arrived (and we were all starving, mind you), KYspeaks (on right) stopped us from touching the dishes so I thought he wanted us to pray first? but he needed to photograph everything first *eyes rolling* these adorable food bloggers, I tell you lol 


Cheesie reminds me of a Barbie doll  but Japanese version. You know she even speaks and reads Japanese even though she's Malaysian. She's so darn cute albeit a bit impractical. She showed up in Tambun with fashion leggings, a trolley suitcase and funky high heels OMG. I asked her how she was gonna walk round the theme park in "those things" but she said she would be fine. "Vanity first" she chirps with her purple lenses and perfect eye lashes ;) 
 
She's a blogger through and through. Even falls asleep in between scenes still holding on to her blackberry. Can't blame her though coz the monkey in the petting zoo actually bit her blackberry and dented it! 

This is Malaysia's very own Reese Witherspoon. Kimberlycun.com really reminded me of her. Something about the lips and the shape of her face. We had a great chat about our dogs :)

I'm glad I did my one on one interview with shaolintiger sitting down or I would've got a neck ache. Can u imagine he's 6ft 5!! 

Speaking about tigers, we went to see the Siberian tigers in Tiger valley. Their eyes are so penetrating...they're truly magnificent creatures and it made my heart sink when I saw the sign board saying that they're only 300-400 left in the world!!! I knew they were endangered but I didn't realise that they were on the brink of extinction. As for tigers in general, they're only 5000 to 7000 left on our planet coz humans have been forcing all these animals out of their homes with deforestation etc. We can't just sit idly by and keep "taking" from Mother Nature coz we've taken too much upsetting the ecosystem and balance of life. 

It's not just the environmental issues killing them, it's people slaughtering them for their different body parts despite any proven scientific or medical evidence to this day. I filmed a message about tigers right there and then which I'm gonna upload on Ruumz causes once I'm done (since they encourage the public to support any cause of your choice).   
Sunway's Lost World of Tambun is surrounded by limestone hills dating back 400 million years! It's prehistoric. When you're walking toward the needle of Tambun, it's hard to not be awestruck. The limestone walls are immense. You almost expect a dinosaur to come running out of the caves ;) 
 
Half the people in my crew had been to Ipoh but never knew this place existed or that the caves were that ancient. Even the bloggers had been to Ipoh but they had never been to this incredible spot before (but they certainly knew where to eat! ;)

It was such a  fun weekend. It didn't feel like "work" and all the bloggers were so easy to film coz they hang out with each other all the time so they had natural chemistry on cam. They were constantly teasing each other. At every animal enclosure, they worked out how heavy the animal was by teasing Cheesie "OMG that animal is 8 times heavier than Cheesie" "Gosh, even the phython weighs more than Cheesie!" ;)
 
It feels great to be back on set again. Just before Xmas I was filming in the Borneo jungle (where I lived with the dusun hill tribes. It was really beautiful) so it was nice to be back in the outdoors this weekend. There's something so therapeutic about it. Nature's good for the soul :)

 
Project Alpha Season 2, uncovering Malaysia's top bloggers will be out in April but I'll keep you guys in da loop (yes I promise to blog more often ok) so that you can keep in touch with the whole production process. Piecing together so much footage is gonna be a sort of pleasurable hell but it WILL be hellish coz we have cameras rolling reality style (this is unscripted) so there will be so much footage to choose from n edit down. Better buy some microwaveable popcorn me thinks ;) We're gonna be camping in the editing suite! :)
Project Alpha Season 2:
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19 comments:

kruel74 said...

There was a tiger show like I said on Twitter, see, see, the tiger showing their nice buff body (for a tiger lah)

Anonymous said...

So jealous I am :) Looks kewl!! AJ

Eyriqazz said...

wah,look like the prizes this year more interesting with more sponsor coming...gonna try my chance..last year won 2 times..one entry on Jojo Struys...Shaolin Tiger featured blogger for Season 2?

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KY said...

It was definitely loads of fun! Thanks for eating the fish. lol

Sholee said...

Didn't know this place existed... thanks ;-) A new place to bring my kids to :-)

ShaolinTiger said...

It was great Jojo, thanks for being such an awesomesauce host.

We had teh funs!

Anonymous said...

wah cantiklah!!

Kimberly Low said...

never knew tambun is so beautiful! and i had such a great time with your and kyanite crew :D project alpha for the win!

JAI said...

Wahh..untungnyerr..luv the nature..you should take picture dekat sarawaklah jojo..especially mulu caves..never been there before but most of my family been there..you should go sis...

Niki Cheong said...

Wonder if @kruel74 is referring to @shaolintiger or the Siberian tiger. hehe :)

Can't wait to view Cheesie's reaction when the Monkey bit her Blackberry - Jojo, that has got to go into the show! :oP

Tian Chad @ 永遇乐 said...

Looking forward for Project alpha Season 2 =D

Anonymous said...

I want to visit tambun. It looks so cool! Jin

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