7 days to the Finale!

Well, as we are all aware, The Tomorrow People is coming near to its season Finale. And it’s one of the series that fans, myself included, are demanding a season 2 for because it’s just plain amazing. I have recently changed my header to celebrate and promote the last episode of this smashing show.

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And as I have watched the second last episode of this incredible series, it has really hit me that such an amazing show is finally coming to an end, and as we can expect, it is ending with an earth-shattering explosion, for the lack of words.

And so I’d really want to support the campaign to either renew the series (but they gotta keep the main cast, heavens, please!), or continue on with whatever the would leave it with on the first season (which perhaps, means a longer hide-and-seek journey for the Tomorrow folks, and more twists and turns that presage one hell of a ride for everyone all over again)

As a rule, you can’t please everyone. But this must be done for those who are utterly pleased and who appreciate the entire venture,  and are hungry for more adventurous episodes.

And so to help the fans do that, go to this People’s Choice website and vote for The Tomorrow People to be kept in your TV screens. I don’t know how much of it actually counts but letting all the people out there know that this show is appreciated, enjoyed and loved by many is making a formidable statement that it gotta stay, it gotta survive.

 

R.

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A Breakout in Sydney!

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And this day happened. Aussie star, Luke Mitchell AKA “John Young” of the remarkable American sci-fi series, The Tomorrow People (which I’m a huge fan of) has flown in to visit Sydney this April to attend the Logies this Sunday, the 27th, and to promote the international series with Fox 8. The series has started airing only a few weeks ago in Australia on Fox 8, while there are only two episodes remaining in the US to conclude the season.

His fans (and the show’s of course) were in for, what I must say, a magnanimous treat as Fox 8 came up with an “intimate” (yes, that’s the exact word used) Q&A/Meet-and-Greet with Luke along with the exclusive Australian screening of episode 4 of The Tomorrow People, “Kill or Be Killed” (which was cancelled for some inexplicit reason). This was held at The Loft in Sydney, a fantastic place sitting against the bay that gave us a great view of the whole harbour setting. (Note: The photos could all look weird because WordPress is having issues displaying the correct proportion or resolution. Click on the photo to see the correct resolution.)

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This place is superb!

 

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Guess they’re trying to emulate the grandiose Hollywood-like red carpet entrance. This could be a miniature version of it. Close enough.

 

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This is the best view I could get apparently. I don’t know why I couldn’t capture an impressive view of it.

 

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Candids.

 

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Funny how Luke all of a sudden just walked so casually into the bar without any warning, paparazzi or whatever. HAHA!

The fans were given the chance to have a one-on-one (or maybe two-on-one?) chat with TTP’s John Young himself. I must say that Luke has been one of the nicest and kindest celebrities I’ve ever met and had the privilege of chatting with. Despite of the inescapable jet lag, and perhaps, the lack of proper rest, he was very friendly and welcoming to everybody, answering every question with gusto and frequent chortling.

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It is just quite refreshing to encounter a sought-after international celebrity who is very down-to-earth, well disposed and can generate an instant rapport with his fans (Man, you should see the faces of the women who came. They were enchanted but were trying so hard to be discreet in showing it). It is definitely a day to remember.

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The mandatory autograph signing. I wonder if they actually ever get used to this.

 

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Happy that my Nikon 32-whatever-the-digits-are camera was able to forget its fuzziness for about two seconds in taking this photo. Another thing, Luke probably got tired of me calling him “John” (his character on TTP) the whole time and asking uber random questions! I just got all flustered and overwhelmed by the whole experience!

As promised, I uploaded some of those photos I took during the M&G. To the ones who are in the photos: if you want a personal copy of your own photo(s), unformatted and un-watermarked, feel free to message me so I can email them to you.

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The Fox 8 Team responsible in facilitating the event. Great, great job, guys! Thank you for being really kind and accommodating!

 

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Grinning big! Keep it like that!

At the end of the M&G session, this guy from Fox 8 wanted us to be a part of a mini ad for TTP on the cable channel (I’m not even sure if we’re allowed to tell others about it just yet). It needed us to act like we teleported in the frame so we had to act our best to look like it! It was hilarious!

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More Fox people.

 

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Semi-photobombing by Luke.

 

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Ah, look at those smiles!

 

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A few moments before they filmed the whole teleportation thing.

 

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Luke getting directions for the short vid.

 

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Having some fun right there?

 

 

 

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Luke filming his bit. I saw and heard John Young at that very moment. Priceless!

 

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My last photo of John. Failed to get a decent solo of him.

 

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Iced venti caramel macchiato to end the day!

 

Note to the ones who are in the photos: if you want a personal copy of your own photo(s), unformatted and un-watermarked, feel free to message me so I can email them to you. Hope to see you all on the next M&G!

 

Follow Luke Mitchell on Twitter @LukeMitchell_, Fox 8 TV @FOX8tv, and The Tomorrow People official Twitter account @cwtp.

Some photos from the Graduation

So I thought I’d share a glimpse of my “Graduation-Photo-Album-2014.” I refused to book an actual photo session simply because it costs way too much! And a Nikon 32-whatever-the-digits-are camera would be enough to capture such a momentous event. (But then I don’t get to have the traditional graduation photo at all. But who cares? I got amazing shots on our Nikon 32-so-on-so-forth camera anyway). By the way, they are all in black in white, just because. So, there you go.

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The feeling you get when your name is finally called, plus, the relief that comes with it knowing that there’s about 500 of you on the list!

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Some of my amazing colleagues present in the graduation. So honoured to have worked with them for three years.

 

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Well, I guess that signifies freedom and success?

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Been dreaming to have this photo!

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Dr Bruce Crossman. Our Bruce. He’s an amazing musician, composer, music critic, and the list goes on. It is such an honour to have attended all his lectures and workshops, and to have some of my works handpicked by him to be used in student showcase.

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Dr Brendan Smyly. This man is an integral part of this course, and my personal learning. I can’t articulate how much impact he has on me and on a lot of us actually. Very intelligent, formidable, and he epitomises the genuinely ‘cool’ teacher. So honoured to have been taught by him in the course.

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Proud and supportive parents. I really dedicate this achievement to my family, especially to my Mother who busted her aff so I can actually study in my first two years of university. Long story.

 

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The classic throwing of the hat. It was not done in the formal program so I thought I’d put it in my ‘creative photography’ repertoire.

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Well, you’ve seen this photo. My attempt to do a high art whatever. One of my favourite shots.

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My awesome sister who was our official photographer for the day. She has been really efficient to the point that she has left some of her stuff unattended out of excitement and selfless duty.

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To Hogwarts and back!

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Finally in my black robe. It’s incredible. The material is impeccable. I just imbibed being a graduate so profusely, primarily because of how I felt while wearing it, however uncomfortable and hefty it was. Most importantly, it made me feel like an envoy from Hogwarts. HAHAHA! But really, it did make me feel like a fulfilled man.

I have officially finished my Bachelor of Music degree. Ah, this momentous life shift.

I’m afraid I wasn’t able to pen a parmesan-filled graduation message. But I’d like to express my inexplicable joy and gratitude to everything and every single person that have made this possible.

It has been an amazing journey, really. And I just feel very humbled and moved by all the support and love coming from my family, friends, amazing colleagues, my inspirations, and even my detractors. You have made it all worthwhile.

And to my Maker and Mentor, this one’s for you! I owe you big-time. And I give you back all the glory and all that’s beyond it! SOLI DEO GLORIA!

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R.

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Pre-Graduation mush

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OMG. Everybody (well, so many people in the same league) is graduating! And yes, it is quite a momentous time–time for cheesy speeches, ostentatious online sharing, and lots of picture taking! And yet, I’m completely not on the bandwagon, simply because I do not have the time to even think about how I’m gonna carry it all out, mainly because I’m too occupied with so much uni work to do for the next couple of weeks.

I don’t even have the parmesan-filled graduation monologue yet, nor the decent garments to wear. That just reminds me that I will need to get a hair cut a few days before the ceremony.

In short, I ain’t charged for it yet. And I haven’t already imbibed the earth-shattering fact that I am about to graduate for the very first time in a black robe like I’ve always dreamt before. Must be exciting. However, I do not know what to feel or how to react to it.

But at the back of my head, I have realised and I am sure that this is the time to be altogether grateful, and to just be appreciative of the events that have unfolded in the past three years of my uni life, which is a mix of good and (awfully) bad experiences. But I’m grateful for all of them.

Nothing would have been in the realms of possibility without God’s provision and grace, and His plan and direction for me.

Also, it is important to acknowledge and thank the amazing people who have given their support and encouragement in this long and arduous journey that is just pivotal in my growth and existence.

I have just realised, as I conclude this post, that I really must find the time to just let this whole episode sink in and be sunk titanic deep in my system, and just recollect–with lots of thankfulness, joy, and optimism towards what is ahead. God’s will prevails.

 

 

R.