Ole Ole Temasya Season 2 is out!

If you remember, in February this year, Cart and I went to Viareggio to help out for a television travel series which for this episode, features the colourful and amazing, papier mache float parade which is said to be the biggest in Europe, and probably in the world!

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

At long last, the episode for Ole Ole Temasya is out and is ready for viewing online. Yay! Are you ready for it? You could watch it online here at this link.

Ole Ole Temasya Season 2 Viareggio, Italy

It’s funny to see myself next to the hosts Mas and Seri – they are so gregarious and I’m so shy. But it was an experience that I’d never forget and I feel blessed to have gone through all what I had behind the scenes.

Thank you so much for the amazing journey, Dzul, Remi and Jules 🙂

 

Let’s go to Outdoor Festival!

Outdoor Festival is a kind of street art exhibition that’s held during the month of October for this year. Apparently it has been going on for 7 seasons. But if it weren’t for the feed in Instagram, I think I wouldn’t even know that it existed.

Even though, many of the exhibitions I didn’t understand, I enjoyed myself and had a fantastic time there and am looking forward to the next one 🙂

Sidenote : If you’re in Singapore, don’t forget to tune in this Thursday to Suria at 8.30pm to watch Ole Ole Temasya! Yup, the episode in Italy is finally out!

Trip to Cologne, Germany for the Via Lux Anomaly

Cart and I went to Cologne, Germany over the weekend for the Via Lux Anomaly. I had a very lovely time, and all of the locals that I’ve met there are so jawdroppingly friendly and helpful that it had left such an impression on me.

I do wish that we had more time to experience this amazing city in more depth. And I hope that we visit again!

Germany, here I come!

Cart and I are going to Cologne, Germany in about two weeks time for the Via Lux anomaly and we’re slowly getting ready for it – the plane tickets bought, our Airbnb apartment booked and I’m even thinking of making some stickers to give out.

rinaz.net Ordering Moo Stickers

Aren’t these cute? They are kind of expensive though at 46 euro for 156 pieces considering that they are quite small at 3.8 cm each. But if they turn out well, I might make more.

I’m looking forward to this trip. There are plenty of things to be seen – museums and architectures and I’ve read that there is even a chocolate museum there.

But you know what I’d really want to see? A trip to their supermarkets. Yes, it sounds a little anticlimactic but I’ve always been curious ever since I’ve watched a video documenting how the goods there are cheaper compared to the ones in Italy. So that’ll be something interesting to compare.

Plus I’d like to visit at least one vegan joint there. I was looking through happycow the other day, and there is this vegan burger place which (I think) isn’t too far away from our accomodation.

rinaz.net Ingress Anomaly Obsidian Vienna

I don’t speak German, this will be interesting experience

If I had more time, I’d love to see things at a slower pace. But after my experiences, I have to be pragmatic. That’s the biggest issue with doing an anomaly – you’re so busy trying to orient yourself in a new country, then you move all around the city by foot, your eyes are on the scanner for most of the day and you get so exhausted you just want to faint but when the next day comes, you’d have to rush to do the mission banner and then it’s time to fly back home.

rinaz.net Toon!

Something better than nothing! Maybe I can take this experience as a recce? And maybe one day I’ll even try to travel alone.

A trip to Ostia Antica

If you were ever in Rome, I’d recommend you to visit Ostia Antica. This heritage site used to be the remains of an ancient Roman harbour city. So it’s nice to roam around and imagine what life was like back then.

You’d probably seen Ostia Antica in postcards, with these distinctive stone footpath. Careful though, after many years and steps, these stones are now rather smooth and slippery.

A group of friends and I went to Ostia Antica last Sunday, and here is a video blog!

Taking moving footage on Nexus 6P is quite challenging as it tends to turn out shaky. Luckily Youtube has a stabilising function … my neck did really strange things towards the end of the video though!

Day trip to Villalago

It’s been a while since I’ve done a videoblog, but I guess I’m a little inspired by the trip to Viareggio. Plus, I’ve got a spiffy new phone, which made me in the mood to try to experiment.

rinaz.net Villalago, Abruzzo, Aquila, Italy

Cart and I did a day trip to Villalago, which is a charming small town in Abruzzo. There is the lake Scanno nearby which is huge and beautiful and just breathtaking when you look at it with the surrounding mountains.

I didn’t want to leave.

Yes, it’s a long video at 20 minutes. You could watch it while having lunch or leave it in the background while washing the dishes. I could even do a mukbang in the future 😛

Experiencing a Carnevale in Viareggio

This is a very backdated post, but I didn’t know what to blog about today so finally I thought that I’d end my procrastination and share some pictures of my experience in a real life carnival.

As you know, in Italy, there is an event called Martedi Grasso which is kind of like a last chance for you to enjoy yourself before the start of 40 days of lent.

So you’d see a lots of children in costumes, throwing confetti around.  There would also be a carnival, and I was fortunate enough to experience one in the town of Viareggio.

You could read my experience there on the first day and the second day.

Which brings us to this post, the third day, Sunday. I woke up bright and early, excited to finally watch the carnival up close.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Not sure if I should keep having bangs)

After having our breakfast, we went back to the cittadella, where the floats were created and stored, for a few last minute interviews – one of them, a Mr Luciano Tomeni with his creation called, “Naviga il mio profilo”.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

I adore the name because it’s so witty as “naviga” means surf in Italian and the phrase “surf to my profile” works in this context.

From what I remember, the creator was inspired to create this float as he remembers a time when people had to physically go to places to see artworks and masterpieces. Nowadays though, everyone has become an armchair critic with social media.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

After we were done with the interviews, it was nearly noon and we heard news of how there was going to be rain, and that there was a risk that the carnival might be cancelled. The skies was already quite cloudy and I felt a little bit of a drizzle. It’ll be so sad to travel all the way here without seeing the floats!

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Here are the hosts Mas and Seri)

Fortunately the organisers gave the green light and we headed to Viali a Mare, where at that point of time, the entire area was barricaded and there were so many people there, that the seats were starting to be fully occupied.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

Aren’t all these floats amazing? I thought that the floats were as all as the hangars, but I realised that once out, the creators could affix more parts to make them even taller!

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

I love the colourful, festive and lively atmosphere. There were many people dancing around on the streets, on the floats, and cheers everywhere.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

In front of each floats will be a group of performers dressed up with the same theme as the float. These dancers for example are dressed up in Italian 18th century outfit.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

This group of performers were a little bit scary, with their bells and their whips. The men in the hoods came up to the audience even and smeared some coal on our faces.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

All of floats has a back story – many of them politically themed.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

But I think that something that I’ll never forget is how Zul, the producer managed to get us up, on top of this float! As you remember, we interviewed the creator the day before. Such a cheerful looking float!

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

I tried to take some shots from up there, but it wasn’t easy trying balance on a moving vehicle and to snap pictures at the same time. So I guess I just have to wait for the final video to be processed.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Look at the teacher!)

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Trying to get a selfie but got photobombed by the producer)

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Second try, still another photobomb :P)

At length, we managed to get all the shots needed and I had a quick respite and joined Cart who was already sitting down at the grandstand, enjoying the view.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

It was an amazing, wonderful, fun day – and such a feast for the eyes. I had such beautiful memories here and I was quite sad that I had to leave this place. I’d love to come back again.

If you’re ever in Italy during the ‘Martedi Grasso’ period, I highly recommend you to visit Viareggio. It might not be as grand as the one in Venice, but I think it’s getting there!

Definitely I’ll be looking forward to watch Ole Ole Temasya when it comes out in a couple of months 🙂

The NL1331 comes to Rome!

The NL-1331 van arrived in Rome yesterday for their first European tour. If you happen to be in the same area as one, you could get some free swag (normally a card with codes for your Ingress inventory) and you could also purchase the Van badge and kits if you wanted.

rinaz.net NL1331 Van Ingress Europe Tour, Rome

These are the swag we got

I would have liked the Van badge, unfortunately it was all sold out two days before the event. Oh well.

The event was held in Eur, near the ‘Square Colosseum’.

rinaz.net Colosseo Quadrato, Rome Italy

Cart and I reached there slightly earlier than the stipulated time but there were already so many people there – both the Resistance and the Enlightened.

I was nice to catch up with some friends, some of which I haven’t met for a long time, like Aldo and Smyx who both transferred out of Rome for work.

Eventually the van drove up. It was so easy to spot out – being all black with large white and silver decals around it. It was smaller than what I thought it would be though.

rinaz.net NL1331 Van Ingress Europe Tour, Rome

As I knew that there were going to be loads of people, I took a bit more effort to look nice as I expected that there would be a lot of photo taking.

rinaz.net NL1331 Van Ingress Europe Tour, Rome

And I had all the intention to take a lot of photos and selfies with friends – you know how some people take an effort to catch Pokemon? I wanted to try to catch as many agents as I could on my phone.

Unfortunately with a cross faction event, and with the density of the portals here, as soon as I opened my scanner, I was in ‘face deploy’ mode – putting in resonators when the portals are blue or shooting it when green. Boy, do I have a problem! :p

rinaz.net NL1331 Van Ingress Europe Tour, Rome

After everything has calmed down a little, was when I noticed that there was a new portal that didn’t exist before :

rinaz.net NL1331 Van Ingress Europe Tour, Rome

I’m not sure how long this portal will last but I don’t believe that it will be a permanent one. It took a bit of hacking but at length, I managed to get a key as a souvenir. But looking at the first picture made me glad that I did.

rinaz.net NL1331 Van Ingress Europe Tour, Rome

I am very amused.