The All New Hennessy V.S.O.P Bottle 2012 By Chris Bangle

Legends are shaped over time. The legend of Hennessy V.S.O.P. began on 7 October 1817, when the future King George IV of England asked the great French cognac House to supply him with a special cognac described in the records with the words “Very Superior Old Pale”.

For those who don’t know what V.S.O.P means, it’s “Very Superior Old Pale”. Now you know.

This cognac’s personality has gone unchanged for nearly two centuries. Under the stewardship of Hennessy’s cellar master, the Tasting Committee hands down the secrets of selection, ageing and blending, as can be seen in the use, for maturation, of oak barrels that have lost part of their tannin, so as to avoid giving the eau de vie excessively woody notes while providing an elegant expression.

So in 2012, Hennessy V.S.O.P has decided to launch a new bottle design.

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UEFA Champions’ League Final 2012 With Heineken @ GSC Signature, The Gardens

Football fans witnessed the much anticipated UEFA Champions League (UCL) final battle between Chelsea and Bayern Munich with Chelsea bringing home the coveted trophy.

Didier Drogba scored the decisive goal in the penalty shootout beating Bayern Munich after a dramatic 1-1 draw on 19th May 2012. Chelsea got its first Champions League title, four years after losing in a shootout to Manchester United.

For the first time in Malaysia, the match was telecasted in HD (High Definition) in an exclusive event hosted by Heineken at GSC Signature cineplex at The Gardens; transporting fans to the excitement live from the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Aptly called the Heineken Legendary Night, the event was part of Heineken’s ‘Legendary Football’ campaign for the UEFA Champions League 2012 Finale in Munich.

Whole of GSC Signature cineplex lobby had been turned into a party room where bottles of Heineken were served all night and games like foosball and penalty shoot-out simulations.

Proof that I was really right at the GSC Signature lobby waiting to enter the cinema hall. Haha.

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Hennessy V.S.O.P New Bottle 2012 – Launching Party @ Doubletree by Hilton, KL

On 18th May 2012, Hennessy V.S.O.P had a launch party at Doubletree by Hilton for its new bottle, designed by Chris Bangle, an American automobile designer known for his daring design and far-reaching influence.

Chris Bangle is known best for his work as Chief of Design for BMW Group where he was responsible for the BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce motor cars from 1992 to 2006.

*Some of our friends posing for the cameras*

Legends are shaped over time. The legend of Hennessy V.S.O.P. began on 7 October 1817, when the future King George IV of England asked the great French cognac House to supply him with a special cognac described in the records with the words “Very Superior Old Pale” (V.S.O.P).

Today, the House’s Tasting Committee carries on this vision, as Olivier Paultes, Member of the Tasting Committee explains,

When blending the eaux de vie for Hennessy V.S.O.P., we harmonise a wide variety of sensory characteristics as a great Chef would, selecting from a wide range of ingredients to create an exceptional dish.”

We were ushered into the ‘White Room’ where the presentation and launch was held.

*Ivy, Bok, yours truly, and Chris – Photo credit to Chris*

After an initial modernisation of the bottle in 1989, V.S.O.P. is moving resolutely into the 21st century, as can be seen in the work of designer Chris Bangle, a legendary figure in the automobile world, who has redesigned its contours to bring its sleek silhouette firmly into the future.

Chris Bangle flew in from the US and hosted by Will Quah, showed us some rough sketch before the bottle was unveiled.

*Chris Bangle sketching on the iPad – Photo credit to Chris*

“Designing for Hennessy gave me the same sensations as working on designs for fast BMWs or a great Rolls Royce. It is that experience of a unique emotion,” said Chris Bangle.

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Tiger FC Fans @ SOULed Out, Hartamas – FA Cup Final, Liverpool vs Chelsea

As the English football season 2011/12 is coming to an end, the FA Cup Final, Liverpool against Chelsea was played on 5th May 2012 at the Wembley Stadium with a crowd attendance of 89,102..

Here in Kuala Lumpur we have had our own party as well, supported by Tiger FC, football fans gathered and thronged the viewing party at SOULed Out, Hartamas..

The adrenaline-filled match was further intensified with Tiger FC’s stadium-like atmosphere, with avid football fans cheering for their favourite teams excitedly despite the match commencing in the wee hours of the morning..

*Chelsea fans are excited about the match*

I have somewhat supported for Chelsea in this match because they were really on-form in recent weeks while Liverpool is still trying to shake off their poor form..

Fans were treated to a street viewing party environment with plenty of amazing prizes and Tiger FC merchandises being given away throughout the night..

As Tiger FC is committed to the role of the “Fan of Real Fans” in full force, the Chelsea and Liverpool fans who declared their loyalty to their clubs upon registration were also given the exclusive Tiger FC jerseys..

*Tiger FC ambassadors*

Ramires opened the socring in the 11th minute to give Chelsea the lead and Chelsea were on attacking mode in the first-half of the match..

Not long after the match kickstarted into the second-half, Drogba gave Chelsea a two-goal lead in the 52nd minute..On-form Torres wasn’t in the starting line-up, nor he was substituted in in the second-half..

Andrew Carrollw was substituted in for Jay Spearing and he managed to score a goal about 10-minutes into the game, reviving Liverpool’s hope in the 64th minute..

*Liverpool fans cheering when Carroll scored*

It was in the second-half that Liverpool had played a better game as compared to the first-half, making Chelsea under pressured..

The 35-million pounds Andrew Carroll seemed to be getting on-form, at last, when he tried to score with a header in what may seemed like a goal but Petr Cech managed to pushed the ball out of the goal-line..

This may be another controversial match that will be remembered for years where it costs Liverpool a chance in perhaps, the extra-time..Chelsea won the FA Cup with a 2-1 score..

Being a follwer of English football since I was still in Primary school back in 1995, Roberto Di Matteo is definitely one of Chelsea’s regular players back then and now we can see he’s somewhat walking the path of Barca’s manager Pep Guardiola..

If he’s given a chance to become a full-time manager instead of a caretaker manager post in season 2012/13, I bet Chelsea would be one of the worthy opponents in the title contender..

*Lim Ju Lee, Senior Brand Manager of Tiger with the lucky winners*

Several lucky winners of the night walked away grinning from ear to ear when they won the 40-inch Sony LCD TV, RM1,000 Tiger FC prepaid card, as well as the exclusive framed Chelsea and Liverpool jerseys..

Now it’s time to prepare for the final week of the English Premier League Season 2011/12..

Anime – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Review

DISCLAIMER : This review is solely based on my personal opinion on an anime as an anime fan myself..It’s totally based on my own amateur knowledge which I’ve accumulated by watching most of the anime that I owned, check out my collection HERE..

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (often only known as Gurren Lagann) as it is known in Japan, is a Japanese mecha-anime television series animated by Gainax who is also responsible for Gunbuster, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and FLCL, and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami..

I think Gurren Lagann is one of the few original  screenplays that is not adapted from a manga or video game because the anime was on air (1st April 2007) earlier than the so-called manga-adapted serialization on 27th April 2007..Correct me if I’m wrong..

Eden of The East is one of the examples of original screenplays that has a good plot..

Gurren Lagann is written by Kazuki Nakashima and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi..With Gurren Lagann being his series director debut, Hiroyuki Imaishi won an individual award in Animation Kobe Awards in 2007..

Gurren Lagann is about the human kind living underground where the surface world is ruled by beastmen under the ruling of Spiral King (Rasen Oh), Lordgenome..

The 27-episodes anime starts with protagonists Simon (pronounced as Shi-mon), and another guy whom he treated as elder brother, Kamina..

Both of them tried to break into the surface to gain freedom and along the way, they’ve met beastmen in their mecha called Ganmen (or Gunmen)..

Their hot-bloodedness brotherly bond (or burning manly passion) gained them the Spiral Power and influenced people around them to join their force, called the Team Dai-Gurren..

Team Dai-Gurren went on to change the world by challenging Lordgenome..

In the first three episodes, I had a hard time trying to comprehend the logic of the anime because it’s not quite logical at all..

I can brain Gundam’s Newtype abilities, I can brain Macross’ singing to defeat the enemies, I can brain The Brave Fighter of Legend of Da-Garn’s combination of few robots to become super robot, but it was difficult in this case..

Although I can’t brain it, but the closer they get to the Spiral King Lordgenome, I can feel their hot-bloodedness and that’s what make this anime interesting..

Their hot-bloodedness or the burning manly passion to achieve their goal is the key-point and strength of Gurren Lagann..

*From L>R – Leeron, Yoko, Kamina, Simon*

The seiyuu for Kamina is Katsuyuki Konishi, who also voiced for Volfogg (GaoGaiGar series), America (Hetalia – Axis Power), Ozma Lee (Macross Frontier), Johann Trinity (Gundam 00), Shori Shibuya (Kyo Kara Maoh series), Phoenix Ikki (Saint Seiya: Hades Chapter), and Amidamaru (Shaman King)..

Simon is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara, who is also the seiyuu for Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail), Fujioka (Minami-ke series), and Pegasus Tenma (Saint Seiya: Lost Canvas)..

Yoko is voiced by Marina Inoue, who also voiced for Shigeru Kanmuri (Yakitate! Japan), Kana Minami (Minami-ke series), and Chiri Kitsu (Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei series)..

Viral, being the supporting role in the anime, is voiced by veteran seiyuu Nobuyuki Hiyama, who has been a seiyuu for numerous characters including Teppei (B’tX series), Madarame Ikkaku (Bleach series), Koujiro Hyuga (Captain Tsubasa J), Joe Higashi (Fatal Fury series), Gai Shishio (GaoGaiGar series), Balmung (.hack series), Takeshi Nakazato (Initial D series), Mr. 3 (One Piece), Harry Mckenzie (School Rumble series), and Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho series) among many others..

Their opening song (OP) is “Sorairo Days” by Shoko Nakagawa, a very inspiring song that is very suitable for their burning manly passion..

Three ending songs (ED) with “Underground” by High Voltage (Ep 1-15), “Happily Ever After” by Shoko Nakagawa (Ep 16), and “Minna no Peace” by Afromania (Ep 17-27)..

According to ANN, 2350 of 5345 votes were rated as Masterpiece, with a median rating of Excellent..

Although at some time you can roughly predict what’s happening next, I would rate it at 8.5/10 for its burning manly passion..

Glenmorangie’s Soundform Fluid Bar @ North Atrium, The Gardens Mall and After Party @ Vertigo

On 20th April 2012, Glenmorangie Malaysia has unveiled the SOUNDFORM Fluid bar at the North Atrium, Gardens Mall..

SOUNDFORM Fluid – a stunning, sculptural bar that brings to life the ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’ philosophy advocated by Glenmorangie..

Officially unveiled at The Gardens in Mid Valley, the SOUNDFORM Fluid bar was designed by renowned architect and interior designer Philip Michael Wolfson for Glenmorangie, and it was inspired by the sonograph reading of the sound of Glenmorangie whisky being poured into a crystal glass..

The event was hosted by Joey G and the bar was well-presented in a few presentation videos shown on the TV screens around the area..

The showcase saw celebrities and single malt aficionados enjoy a night of appreciation as they savoured the ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’..

Thanks to Glenmorangie Ambassador Ben Ng, we had an informal whisky tasting session to unravel the complexity of the Glenmorangie range, from Glenmorangie Original, to La Santa, and lastly Astar..

The Original being the most low-end and Astar being the most high-end among these three, Astar is definitely the favourite amongst the crowd but it’s a tad too strong for me..

If I remembered correctly, Astar has a slight hint of honey smell, pretty fragrant, but still too strong for my palate..

Glenmorangie single malt whisky obtains its multi-layered aromas and kaleidoscopic flavours through maturation in fine oak casks, obtained from the Ozark Mountains..

While there are many perfectly good single malt whiskies matured in casks that  are re-used up to eight times, Glenmorangie goes the extra mile for that added elegance in its whisky by only ever using their casks twice..

At its Tain distillery in the Scottish Highlands, Glenmorangie employs the tallest whisky stills in Scotland, ensuring only the purest vapours are used in the spirit.

After which, the crowd adjourned to Vertigo for the after-party featuring US DJ duo Manufactured Superstars, who supplied a steady flow of house, dance and electro pop into the night..

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