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Despite the absurdity, ways to boost fame are going wild and polar: you either work extremely hard and top the ladder or become notoriously peculiar. Unsurprisingly, the latter has proven to be the relatively effortless but effective shortcut.

Recently, another nonsensical production has again sparked internet virality. It features a fictional character called Piko-Taro, a rogue-looking middle-aged man in a leopard shirt. In this one-minute  video, Piko-Taro mashes invisible pen, apple and pineapple together to synthesize new words, which give the song its name “PPAP”. Ridiculous as it seems, along with repetitive rhythm and silly lyrics, the song also comes with quirky dance moves which appear to be a direct replication of the 60s. Now you see why this video has gone wild – catchy beats, silly lyrics, and hilarious moves – the typical viral video formula.

The overnight sensation did not create as much resonance in Japan as it did worldwide. Soon after it wowed millions of Youtubers and Facebook users, it gatecrashed the Billboard Hot 100, the first in Japan and the shortest song ever. The sensational then created an entire spin-off culture with covers and remixes, tutorials and parodies (watch the Cantonese version, somewhat filthy but local); the surge can be traced back to an effervescent tweet from Justin Bieber.

We can feel that the infectiously addictive song has become a global buzzword, but we know little about the story behind the phenomenon. The person portraying Piko-Taro is indeed a Japanese entertainer Kosaka Daimaou. He did not create this song on purpose, he just read the words so quickly that the entire chain of words become a rhyme, and eventually the song that many of us have gone crazy about.

 

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2016

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Imagine yourself on the way to Central Ferry Piers from IFC, when you notice the extensive white tents and glittering purple spotlights at the Central Harbourfront Event Space.  That time of year  has come again–the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. This year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (“HKTB”) is celebrating the eight anniversary of this annual event, which started in 2009. The event concluded on 30 October 2016. This four-day event was the largest edition ever, accommodating more than 410 wine and food booths, featuring everything from finger-licking Hong Kong street food to exotic Croatian fine wine, you name it. All you need is a Classic Wine Pass, or even a Grand Wine Pass to save yourself from the crowd and enjoy the serenity with a good glass or cocktail at the exclusive zone.

As Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2016 marked a delightful entry to the Hong Kong Great November Feast, HKTB has already been promoting upcoming events, including the following:

Elite Dining Week
WHEN: 3 – 13 November 2016
WHERE: 20 participating restaurants
WHAT: You will have the chance to savour a special tasting menu of signature dishes offered by the participating restaurants.

Lan Kwai Fong Carnival
WHEN: 19 – 20 November 2016
WHERE: Lan Kwai Fong
WHAT: More than 50 booths to be installed, from international delicacies to drinks, interactive booth games to face-painting service, everything you can imagine at an incredible carnival.

FUNtastic QRE Festival
WHEN: 19 – 20 November 2016 (QRE Wine & Whisky Walk); 26 – 27 November 2016 (QRE Carnival)
WHERE: Wan Chai
WHAT: Delicacy Food Stalls, Local Live Music Gigs, Outdoor Movie Theatre, Bartender Workshop, and much more.

 

Best Halloween Costume

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Speaking of annual events and Lan Kwai Fong, how about a quick Halloween recap? No matter where you are from, what language  you speak, the unanimous and ultimate goal of Halloween is to wow your friends with outrageous costumes and makeup. But when you  saw the 99 other Harley Quinns in LKF, it may have caused you to regret your own Harley Quinn dress-up. Next year, let your imagination run wild.

This little girl, Momo from Kaohsiung Taiwan, showed up in a long black robe and white makeup, imitating Kaonashi (or more commonly known as “No Face”) – the lonely and mysterious spirit in the Japanese animation Spirited Away (2001). While adults are obsessed with this amusing yet heartwarming dress up, many kids in the kindergarten were terribly scared. You may say Momo had done  an outstanding job as a cosplayer on Halloween, but that indeed came at a cost…or perhaps it was a perk, as she could have all of her candy to herself!

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