Thursday, July 28, 2011

Team Xialan x TOC

The Vice Capt. met up with Kirsten and Shawn from The Online Citizen (TOC), a web-based portal publishing alternative news in relation to Singapore, to talk about the Fighting Game Scene in our country, it's death and revival of arcade culture.

More importantly, the article aims to bring awareness to our good friends representing at EVO 2011 this year. Leslie, the 450th Raven in Singapore, was on deck to talk about the tournament and the task at hand.

Here's where you may find the article. Read all about it!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Food Xialan Episode 5: The MOS in Bugis Featuring Reset King/100% From Teamchemist

The original Uncle Adon x Uncle Sagat, circa 2009.

This is the long awaited return of Food Xialan! In word form at least!

In this episode of Food Xialan, The Vice Capt. together with his palchemist, the Reset King/100%, Clinton_WHO? retells their misfortunes at a certain Fast Food Restaurant down at Bugis.

Both Jonda and Clinton, being big fans of Japanese Fast Food Chain, MOS Burger, frequent the one at Bugis alot as it is just one level above the Da-gaming stronghold. There's nothing different about this MOS Burger to that of any other, but what awaits them at every visit, are the bizarre individuals on shift.

Once, Clinton placed an order and was asked if he wanted any sauce, which he replied "No". The lady asked again, if he wanted Ketchup, which he replied "No". The lady asked again, if he wanted Chilli, which he now replied firmly "NO". The lady told him to wait a minute as she proceeded to the kitchen to get him some Mayonaise on a platter.

Once, Jonda placed an order and was not given the number tag for his items, forcing him to walk back to the lady who was serving him several times to collect his Burger, then his Fried Chicken.

Once, Jonda and Clinton were with a group of Da-gaming friends and they were discussing a particular song. Jonda tried to hum the melody out to them, and the cleaning lady who was one table away, came over to comment, "Wow, you sing very well."

Once, Clinton placed an order and ask for water for his drink. The counter staff opened his eyes wide, in shock, asked again, "You don't want Sprite?" as if instinctively predicting Clinton would order a Sprite on a regular day.

Once, Jonda placed an order and watched the counter staff tabulate his order and counted the cost together with him. The total bill worked out to be $10.25, which Jonda presented him with $10.30, expecting 5 cents change. The counter staff pushed the coins back to Jonda, and told him he was giving him a discount. When has MOS Burger ever gave a discount.

Such are the strange encounters that await Jonda and Clinton whenever they visit. Seeing is believing, try it out yourself, but be equally good-looking first.

Monday, July 25, 2011

EVO 2011

My predictions for EVO this year?

Leslie in Top 8. You can take my house, my keys, all of my money. I'm putting it all down on Leslie for Top 8.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BattleField Fridays - Now on Facebook!

BattleField Fridays (BFF) is officially on Facebook. "Like" us for the latest news on the weekly BFF series like tournament schedules and whatnots.

The new BFF Logo was done by none other than resident SF4 Grandmaster Designer, Matte, who has helped the community by contributing his time and work to the Ultra-ed! Chalet, as well single-handedly conceptualizing and designing the look and feel of Battle Medley Singapore (BMS), an international tournament organized by also.

‎"The special thing about this logo is that it can be scanned by your QR code reader. Once scanned, it will bring you to the BFF Facebook page. I manually drew the QR code and individually colored the pixels."

"Took a long time to do it... I really hope you like it :)"

Was what Matte had to say in regards to his creation.




I say... Like it? I Goddamnie love it like a mother loves her son.

Bison Was Here

Watch This Space

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Photo Shoot!

Last Friday, Team Xialan was out and about at Iluma, the home of Team Xialan, for a photo shoot courtesy of Edmund Yeong, the resident photographer for Rebel2SG.

We rushed and screamed and overdressed and was over an hour late to meet dark clouds and pouring rain but we somehow managed to pull this off.

And of course being such sluts ourselves, we never miss a chance to promote our stuff. Vx models the brand new Team Xialan t-shirt for 2011.

Have a look at the rest of our beautiful pictures and give Edz a mega shoutout while you're at it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vise Vords from the Vice Capt. - Second Impact

It was about three years ago, one lazy weekday that I was on my couch channel-surfing and watching MTV that a PV from a certain Japanese girl band flashed onto my screen, the band's name was SCANDAL.

A four-piece girl band that actually played real musical instruments. Rhythm and Lead guitar, Bass and Drums, a complete band it seems, dressed in blazers and checkered pleated skirts, Doc Marts boots or Converse Hi-Cuts... They seemed tailor-made to my taste, almost too perfect to believe. (Ponytails would have been the final nail to the coffin.)

Playing radio-friendly Pop-Punk, I took one listen to their songs "DOLL" and "SAKURAグッバイ" and put them away instantly. I remembered telling myself,

"You think putting four Japanese girls in school uniforms slinging guitars is gonna take all my money away? You're underestimating me."

What followed afterwards was a three month long love/hate obsession with the band. I would shrug them away whenever they showed up on MTV, but at the same time, Google search and YouTube them often in the night. All that confusion finally ended when they released "少女S"... That PV alone, blew me away. It was something about the synchronized dancing to a rock song in the rain that was too good. I gave up the fight and lost the war. SCANDAL has since taken most to all my money.

My Vise Vords for you are: don't be so quick to judge, and don't be afraid to admit defeat.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

I won't come to your house,
I won't come just 'cos I'm bored.
I will slide a few words under your door
and it'll read,
"You are the one, you always was."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Dog's Life

Why do I wake earlier then my Master, it is beyond me.

He never feeds me anything different, for fear of me shitting liquids on the kitchen floor, fuck that, he's just lazy to clean up, I have no appetite.

Oh wait! He is awake! Let's see where he's going... perhaps we could go for an early morning walk? No? Dammit. I'll just take a nap.

Oh! Where are you going! Walk, now? Dammit. I'lll just take another nap.

I think I haven't been out in almost 3 days.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Let's Be Honest

Why is the world running in circles with our thoughts not doing our actions justice, not telling people what we really want to tell them. If we could be honest with ourselves for just one second, every single one of you, the world will come to a stand still and just explode. Because the truth is too good to be heard, and truth be told, I've never heard it in my life before. We're only so frustrated, I am only so frustrated, because I plague myself with scenarios that might never happen, because my mind would not rest, giving me options after options of an uneventful event, a truth I do not want to hear. Let's be honest.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Vise Vords from the Vice Capt. - First Class

Vise Vords from the Vice Capt.

Team Xialan has had their fair share of dues paid and credits given, from the very beginning of our journey, the right people, the smart people, have came up to us, shook our hands and told us how good we've been. For that, we are grateful and we continue to work hard to produce the highest level of a show, each and every time.

But more then that of course is that, we are now in a position where our voices may finally be heard. It's a nice little place above the clouds, and we may at times get ahead of ourselves by vomiting nonsense into the mic, but never have we, got our shoutouts wrong, never have we, not given the correct people, their respect and credits.

Do we need a tutorial on how to give a shoutout? It's quite simple actually, you just give it to somebody who has actually done some work, not someone who hasn't. In recent times, the act of crediting an individual has become somewhat diluted with shoutouts fired just for the sake of firing, just to fill up that dead silence during air time. The wrong people are getting mentioned. The wrong people are getting seen. I will make it my personal agenda this coming week, to set things straight, make it right, do my best, lend my voice to raise the names of those that go unheard.

I am thankful for so many people who have made my relationship with that wonderful building across Bugis what it is today and this week Ima let it all hang out.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Gamespot Asia Game Night: Cross Counter x Team Xialan

2 Guys 1 Mic

Team Xialan made their stunning (but beautiful) comeback to Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition on the 1st of July with the Gamespot Asia Game Night 16-Man Invitational where we saw many of the top players from Singapore gather to compete in a 1v1 Single Elimination tournament.

Gootecks, Jonda, Vx and Mike Ross

More importantly, guests from the US were in town. Gracing the event was none other then Gootecks and Mike Ross from Cross Counter TV. Vx, myself and a certain Spore (with his NYU accent) had the privilege of chatting them up about the scene, their scene, MVC3 at large and our wonderful government.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Mr. Toffee and Miss Xiu Hoon (I swear to God, I will spell your name right at a later date.), The Gamespot Asia crew for setting this whole thing up and putting it all together.

Mad love to our Ultra Director, Miss Fors, for shooting all the stunning (but beautiful) pictures for our Facebook page.

And once more with feeling, how about a shoutout to Gootecks and Mike Ross.

Friday, July 1, 2011

No guts no glory

"I would have stood up to him, you know," the prince said pensively, staring out the window at this brother's advancing army. "I would have."

"Then why didn't you?" his lady general asked. Her arm had been lanced by a poignard in the morning's skirmish, and it was being bandaged by a medic now. She grimaced, but made no sound.

"We would have supported you," she said. The medic snipped the excess bandage off and bound it tight. The general exhaled sharply at the pain.

The prince looked at his brother, at the back of the horde on a raised platform that was supported by four riders on horseback. That could have been him. And this could have been the world. How could he answer his general?

"There was no point," the prince said, after a moment's hesitation.

"No point?" the general exploded. "How can there be no point?" she exclaimed. "This could be him now, and you could be out there, and right in the front, too!"

"There was no point," the prince said stubbornly. "I didn't know you would support me," he lied. But the guilt that festered in his heart had grown. He had let his people down because he did not dare.

"You're scared to face him, aren't you?" the general said scornfully, turning away from the prince. Her arm was lifted gently into a sling, and the medic left her to test its movement out before a mirror in the room.

"I'm not!" the prince protested, but his words held no strength.

"You let us all down," the general told him. "You were more important than all of this kingdom..."

She left the room, and the prince was quite alone.