Chaoyang Theater Wins Shanghai VS Beijing Acrobatics

Acrobatic Act at Chaoyang Theater in Beijing

Who gets to go first. Me, me, me! This is what my friend shouted when we standing in front of the bullet train in Shanghai. Pretty much among the same lines as in the acrobatic show queue in Shanghai. Yes, obviously my good friend was very exited to ride one, as they claim that it crossed one of the largest train supported bridges in the world. Anyhow, it was time to say good bye to Shanghai at that time and we were still full of laughs. Always a good way to depart a place so you don’t start feeling sad about it or something. Kind of reminded me of what happened with the Rotten Tomatoes review of “That Awkward Moment”, which didn’t go all that well. But laughs saved us all, and now we look back at it that they did have some truth in it and we learn, and laugh even more.

I kind of was thinking to myself that there could not be any more awkward moments for us during the huge trip in China. But I was once yet again, wrong. This time we wanted to see the Beijing version of Chinese acrobatics known as the famous Chaoyang Theater. After a long and tired trip, we finally arrived to the hotel thinking we cannot make it in time to the show. But yet again, we were wrong as we managed to arrive in time after running around frantically around the Beijing subway system. Even up to this way, I really believe that this tired feeling really added up to the experience. While I was afraid I might fall asleep during the acrobatics, the case seemed to be quite the opposite. Shanghai was amazing in it’s own right, but Beijing still won and we think there is nothing more awesome that we can ever see period. With a little bit of exaggeration added, the show was also in that style where everything was pumped up so that heart beats would go up as well.

This time the stake was high, and the acrobatic feats were so stunning and crazy that we were afraid of their lives. With all respect this time none of the threw anything to the stage, or interrupted the performance in any way. Instead there was a bit of an awkward moment amongst the performers themselves. Yes, it involved balls and lots of hurting. The audience was hurting too, because one skilful guy on the stage had to be carried away for ball recovery. He was making an amazing balancing stunt, where you climb to huge heights with only one arm to use. It’s a bit difficult to explain, but we are still shaking our heads over it. Anyway, this man fell and hit his balls on a metal bar, making a huge sound. We really hope that he was alright afterwards, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he could loose to ability to breed. With all due respect, that was an amazingly amazing show with an even more amazing awkward moment. And for us of course, it made the spectacle even more spectacle-like and special. Beijing definitely won on that one! We are not sure if it’s because of the “little” accident, or just because of the show itself. Probably, a combination of both.

After we thought that we had seen it all, we were taking into a magical world of the silk hanging trick. Beautiful Chinese women and lots of them, hanging from the ceiling and making beautiful choreography. It proved to us, that Chaoyang Theater could manage all aspects of the performing arts very well. Obviously with tens of years of experience as one of the oldest acrobatic troupes in China, I was not that surprised about that. They did an excellent performance, which will carry it’s weight as a treasured memory in my life. Just too bad, that we couldn’t get a picture or video of the beautiful yet awkward moment that I explained.

Chaoyang Theater
36 North East Third Ring Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing

In town? Don’t miss it, we dare you to take the ball challenge! Check out their official site for more information. Btw. we would like to invite Tom Gormican to go to Beijing too.

Treasure Moments of Happy

Treasure Moments of Happy

Happiness is not Formulaic. It’s pulsating, and impossible to predict. Sometimes it may seem cruel, but all that crap that comes with on the road of achieving it, is not that bad. I mean, what is the worst thing that could happen. Yes, there is death but that’s not on the top of your worries is it. Worries are trivial, and I am not saying that people should stop having them. Rather accept them, including the awkward and make fun of yourself for being so useless. Little things are what this world is made of and people are so engaged in putting importance on the crappy moments that one forgets to treasure the happy ones.

Here is the clue, according to Tom Gormican at least. Each moment has to be treasured, because you never know which one of them is going to be the one. Going on with your life, selecting which ones you think are happy and not is going to limit you a lot. Truth is that happiness is something that can always be achieved in greater and funnier ways. That’s why you can never know the limit and why one needs to keep the gate open for the funny monster to come in.

The funny monster is another comedic image of the self image that we have of ourselves. Just think of the name, it’s ridiculous and you should be laughing already! If not, you cannot laugh at your self and miss one of the most amazing treasures in your life. Happiness baby, it’s all that and nothing more. I know you might think I sound like a douchebag but that’s exactly right! We should all become assholes so that we can laugh at each other, and enjoy the bloody time we have that’s limited on this planet.

But there is a flip side. Now that you have stopped worrying about small ridiculous things, such as awkward moments. It’s time to worry about your death! Muhahaha!

Get real,
Renan Leggo

Just get Awkward Moment in Circus World Shanghai

Picture of Shanghai Circus World Building

Extensively traveling in and around the globe, there have been many moments that just get awkward on a global scale. Of course, these are some of the most favourite and treasured moments there are. What better way to discover new countries and cultures than by embarrassing yourself. One such curious case that comes to mind, is from the beautiful city of Shanghai in China.

Ask you can see from the picture above this curious looking, yet beautiful building is the amazing Shanghai Circus World that is very famous throughout the country! As well as abroad as well judging from the huge flocks of tourists that go to see the show every day. Now that’s business, in the form of a ball theatre, splendor I might add!

The trip to Shanghai was not just some R-rated comedy. It was like a film of precious moments about three best friends who find themselves in a foreign culture, and subsequently creating loads of confusing situations. Perhaps lucky for us, there was no dating or relationships with Chinese women. However, there were some attempts that I am still laughing at to this day.

We wanted to see the famous FilmDistrict in Shanghai, instead we ended up going to see an acrobatic show at the Circus World. Well, not everything can go to plan and that is really better to keep things exiting and fresh! And fresh we were indeed, as we approached this odd ball shaped theatre building thinking that we were in for some kind of a tourist trap. No, this was an authentic show that makes your hair go up and ears fall off. We enjoyed every bit and were very much glued to the performance, especially when the beautiful Chinese ladies were hanging from the roof with threads of silk. That was beautiful and our dreams went far of a life of an acrobatic performer in China. But what were we thinking!

Soon enough, the most clumsy of us, Mr. Michael B. decided to step up from his seat and run down to the performance stage. I would have never thought that he made so far, but there was no security and no stopping him. For a while I thought that he would ruin the whole show, but not exactly. Although turns out that the audience did get a huge laugh as the somewhat surprised performers (and audience), took him to the show and made him try one of the tricks. It was a hat trick and not the type where you score four goals. He had to flip a hat in air, and land it perfectly on his head. Well, he had courage and balls to go in front of that huge audience and make a fool of himself. Yes, meaning that he did fail at the trick and the moment was extremely awkward! I wouldn’t have missed that for the life of me. And Michael would not have missed it either, no way.

The curious thing was, that his awkward moment made the acrobatic show feel even more amazing. In comparison to Michael’s poor performance, the skill of the real performers was so amazing that it was just unbelievable. What best was that this ridiculous drunken burst was to thank for it all. So I guess, it was not really that ridiculous after all.

If you are visiting Shanghai, ever, please go and watch the amazing Shanghai Circus World spectacle. You will not regret it, as long as you can just let go with the experience. Chinese acrobatics are surely the top of the world. As for the movie industry, I am not always so sure but could very well be that there is some good stuff worth looking for. Either way, there are loads of film theaters so should be alright.

The acrobatics you can find just by taking a subway to Circus World station. You can not miss this huge building!=)

Awkward greetings from Mr. Renan.

And a hello to all of our Chinese friends, including Show Shanghai Nightlife crew of course!

Rhythm of Verbal Humour

Laughing Kids

I really believe, that Tom Gormican is one of the most skilful writers and directors when it comes to verbal humour. It’s not just about making good jokes, it’s a lot about rhythm. Just like the heart beat in all of us humans, we need to have some kind of tide to grab on to and take us to the heights of.. well, comedy for example. Also the same applies to a lot of other movies. In comedy, it’s a little bit different however. For example, when creating those awkward moments, timing is extremely crucial for creating a big enough impact on the audience. It’s a mix of being obnoxious as well as clever amongst many other elements that throughout the scenes go up and down with elegance and manner.

When movies are lacking that rhythm, it is when often enough the comedy fails to penetrate. This “moment” when the laughter penetrates ones being is a non-stobable chain reaction, creating laughter within a huge mass of people.

Now, if you think of it in that way it’s easy to understand that there needs to be parts when the mood goes down too. After all, we don’t want to die from laughter, don’t we?!

Let’s make good movies,
Renan Leggo

PS. Feel free to ask me any questions if interested. Cheers!

Akward Leads to Understanding WD My Cloud Greatness

Do you know how many times I’ve had that moment, when you do something that you regret. Well, often you forget at some point. Yet, I think we should not. Because if you really put effort into thinking hard, and looking into the past.. you may easily realise that in fact you just might have learned a very valuable lesson in life. Which you may regret at that time, but will be soon forgotten.

Take for example, hardware. How many times have I completely destroyed some electric parts just because of plain ignorance and stupidity. In a recent movie, I saw a kid thinking that they could put water inside a computer in order to make it grow stronger and faster. While that kid might have be on to something, surely it did destroy the whole computer. Now, that’s an awkward moment! In fact, quite ridiculous and I ended up laughing pretty hard during not just that but in a lot of the scenes of the movie.

Talking about movies and screwing up. I recently bought a WD My Cloud to accommodate all the stuff I download. It’s actually a really cool device, better than any external HD with the idiotic USB connection. But I didn’t realise this before a few mishaps, of trying to use the thing over Wi-Fi which turned out possible. Just something you are too stubborn to admit that you screwed up. Well, luckily I bumped into this guide on fixing WD My Cloud Speed and whee, it couldn’t be faster!

Netgear Device

Yes, it’s this beauty that saved my awkward life. Netgear switch that channels data through a blazing fast Ethernet connection. I would really recommend it to anyone who is in problems of speed with this My Cloud device. Western Digital has become one of my favourites, because they just create really simple and efficient devices. If you are as dumb as me to not understand how they work, then it’s not their fault is it. So I just wanted to recommend it to everyone who might have a lot of movies to share. What I’ve learned is to never delete them because after a lot of years, that’s when you really want them to still exist. Maybe not till your death bed, but anyway.. you get the point!

I am now definitely up there in the “understanding” section of things.

Renan Leggo (Author).

Those Awkward Moments

Those Awkward Moments

Hey everyone, it’s Renan here or as they usually refer to me by my surname: “Leggo”, probably because of it’s funny tone. This official blog is dedicated to the incredibly funny and inspirational movie “That Awkward Moment”. Starring great actors such as, Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. And directed by one of my favourite directors, the one and only Tom Gormican. The movie was released in theatres on Jan 31, 2014 and I have watched it several times ever since, also on DVD!

While the critics concensus has not been overall positive, I believe that they have failed to miss the truly brilliant and funny nature of the movie. Seeing it as simply as a “comedy date movie”, while there are many great hidden things behind this entertaining blot. But most importantly there are great values that it is trying to teach us, to laugh at ourselves and to accept that there will be those awkward “moments” and we must face them and enjoy them. At least, that is the message of the movie I have received and lately applied to everyday life situations. I love to travel and seeing how the awkward moment manifests in different countries and cultures is very interesting. More about that in future posts. So get comfortable, and just get horizontal to enjoy the movie and this blog!

Thanks for reading & see you soon,
Renan Leggo (Author).