For many people in this whole wide world, coffee shops such as Starbucks have been like a second home to them. They usually spend a lot of their time doing work, socializing or even just wanted to spend some time there while enjoying coffee and also pastries that are available there. If the customers that go there are alert and also attentive enough, they will definitely notice that most of the tables provided there at Starbucks are usually round in shapes.
These round tables make many people learn a lot about businesses from coffee shops. It is actually indeed an interesting reason why Starbucks has a lot of round tables in the shops. The reason has been explained in this particular video that went viral posted by a TikToker that goes by the name Max Klymenko. Here is the full video.
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The reason is round tables make solo coffeeholic feel less lonely. Round tables in Starbucks are more welcoming than those with square edges, and people look less alone while seated at a round table. Starbucks’ own trademark atmosphere is informal and democratic, and round tables achieve just that. Round tables don’t promote a “social hierarchy”. There is definitely no head of the table, and everyone’s default position is equally as important.
Round tables would foster interaction between people. Square tables offer more capacity, but it’s precisely this lack of space that creates a more informal, intimate setting. Square tables subconsciously build a rigid structure of etiquette and distance between the two people, whereas round tables invite play and flexibility into the conversation.
Sources: TikTok Max Klymenko.
Movie Review: Best To Know! These Are References Used In ‘Kung Fu Hustle’!
Kung Fu Hustle is actually a 2004 action-comedy movie directed, produced, co-written by, and starring Stephen Chow. The movie tells the story of a murderous neighborhood gang, a poor village with unlikely heroes, and also an aspiring gangster’s fierce journey to find his true self. Eva Huang, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan and Leung Siu-lung co-starred in prominent roles. The martial arts choreography is supervised by Yuen Woo-ping.
This movie is not just an action-comedy movie. It is a beautiful story that beholds a lot of complex emotions from the beginning to the end. Sing, a young boy, gets beaten up by some bullies for trying to stop them from snatching a girl’s candy. Confused, sad Sing thinks that bad guys always win, so then he decides to go off the rails and aspires to be a gangster by joining the Axe Gang. Somehow, after multiple failed attempts, he manages to join the gang along with his friend. As Axe Gang member, he eventually gets to know the dangers and life-threatening risks his job possesses.
For those who might not know, a lot of the martial art scenes in this particular movie comes from and also bring their own references towards the movie. To know more about it, these are actually the references used in Kung Fu Hustle.
1) The Pigsty Alley
The Pigsty Alley is also called Pig Cage Walled City in Chinese. This is actually a reference to Kowloon Walled City. An ungoverned, lawless slum in Hong Kong. ‘Pig Cage’ is actually a pun referencing the inhumane condition inside. Kowloon Walled City had since been demolished. So, in a way, this scenery also feels quite nostalgic to a lot of people in Hong Kong.
2) The Kick Master, Coolie
This character uses a form of Kung Fu called ‘Tan Tui’. Specifically, the ‘Twelve Kick’ variant was passed down by folk hero Huo Yuanjia. There is actually a 1979 movie made about it starring Bruce Leung who is also in this movie.
3) Buddha’s Palm
After the failed extortion, Sing reminisces about that time he got duped by a beggar into buying a Kung Fu manual for Buddha’s Palm. The trope of a Kung Fu beggar is actually based on a real person named So Chan. It’s a folk hero Stephen Chow played in King of Beggars. However, in Kung Fu Hustle movie, the beggar is likely a reference to a fictional wuxia character name Hong Qi Gong. Created by the most defining wuxia writer of all time, Jin Yong. Buddha’s Palm, in particular first appeared in a series of Taiwanese novels in the 60s. It was then popularized by a movie serial adaptation and its bigger budget remake.
4) Two Assassins From The Axe Group
The two assassins from the axe group are famous for their deadly instruments. It was actually popularized in Hong Kong by the wuxia novel called Deadful Melody. It got adapted into movies a handful of times. The Chinese title literally means the Six-Fingered Demon Musician. Presumably, the musician was later killed by Inigo Montoya.
5) Lion’s Roar
This move is a fictional martial art, also from a Jin Yong novel called The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre. Combined with the character’s domestic violence, this also references a Chinese folktale called The Roaring Lioness of East Bank. It is a comedic story about a scholar with a very strict wife. With inspirations from so many classic stories, no wonder the landlady is such a memorable character.
Sources: YouTube Accented Cinema.
Movie Review: Disturbing But Fascinating In Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’
Children’s games can be super easy and fun to play. Here’s one, for instance, the Red Light, Green Light game. Red light, green light is a children’s game in which one person tells those behind them to run (green light) or stay still (red light), and those who move during the red light phase are eliminated.
But what if, this game has its own twist? Something we can’t foresee. Something…..DEADLY!
Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) is broke and owes a lot of money. Gi-Hun is in trouble because of his bank obligations and his chronic gambling addiction. His mother is sick and needs surgery, he’s being pursued by menacing debt collectors, and he can’t even buy his small daughter a nice birthday present.
Gi-Hun comes into a strange well-dressed man at the railway station after visiting his daughter for her birthday, who presents him a card with a circle, triangle, and square on it. The man advises him to phone the number on the back of the card if he wants to play a game for money. Gi-Hun dials the phone, desperate and fearful of losing contact with his daughter. He’s in such a financial bind that he accepts a mysterious stranger’s offer to play basic children’s games for money. What could possibly go wrong?
A dark van piloted by a masked guard arrives shortly after, and Gi-Hun climbs into the backseat before losing consciousness. n When Gi-Hun wakes up, he finds himself in a room with hundreds of other disoriented people, all dressed in green tracksuits.
As it turns out, quite a bit. Gi-hun and 455 other consenting volunteers, all of whom are poor, are sedated and taken to a building with masked guards and frightening pastel playrooms and soon realize they are contestants in the “squid game,” a competition featuring a series of traditional South Korean children’s activities with a prize pool of $45.6 billion (AUD $53 million).
The game’s rules are clear: lose and die, or win and collect 45.6 billion. Despite the fact that the odds are stacked against them, the players’ lives outside of the games are in such chaos that sacrificing their lives is the only way to solve their numerous issues.
I love how the games themselves are as vicious as you’d anticipate; the fact that they’re usually played by kids adds another layer of terror to an already stressful situation. Squid Game, on the other hand, keeps the tension between its horrific set pieces by focusing on the players’ relationships: alliances, rivalries, and even treachery. A particularly distressing storyline involves police officer Hwang Jun-ho infiltrating the games’ guardians in pursuit of his lost sibling.
This is a must-watch for those who love the thriller and action genres. Squid Game is a stylish, riveting film with a fantastic ensemble cast that will have you clicking play no matter how afraid you get.
Interestingly, here are some facts you should know about Squid Game:
1. Director Hwang began writing the script in 2008
Director Hwang Dong-huk revealed during the Squid Game press conference that he first developed the script in 2008. Director Hwang, like the 456 participants in Squid Game, was in debt in 2008. “If there had been a game like this, I would have played it,” he said. Squid Game’s script was finished in 2009. However, attracting funders and actors was tough because the genre and plot of Squid Game were considered violent and unorthodox 12 years ago.
2. The brightly coloured uniforms represent conformity.
Two iconic colours of the Squid Game is green and hot pink. The participants wear green gym clothes, while the soldiers don hot pink uniforms. The participants were dressed in green workout clothing, which Director Hwang said reminded him of what Korean high school students wore when he was a kid. The soldiers were outfitted in hot pink, which is the colour opposite of green on the colour wheel, to create a great colour contrast. The end product is not only intriguing, but it also graphically depicts the two groups as rivals.
3. The shapes on the mask are inspired by the ant colony
In an ant colony, ants follow a framework that precisely defines their responsibilities and tasks. However, most of the ants appear to be indistinguishable from one another from the outside. When it came to designing the troops’ outfits, Director Hwang was inspired by this. Workers are represented by the circle, warriors by the triangle, and management by the square. Workers, troops, and managers in Squid Game are only responsible for doing their assigned responsibilities. They’d be killed if they weren’t shot.
4. The stairs were inspired by Escher’s relativity
A top-down picture of the colourful, perplexing stairways attracted viewers and created an unpleasant atmosphere in episode one. Director Hwang claimed that a lithograph print by Dutch artist M.C. Escher inspired him. The lithograph print, titled Relativity, depicts a world in which the rules of gravity are not the same as they are in reality. There are a total of seven stairways in Relativity, all of which are positioned in a perplexing fashion. This is akin to Squid Game’s intricate stairway architecture and maze-like passages.
5. 456 people really participated in the first game
At the start of the Squid Game, there were a total of 456 players. Real performers, not CGI, were used to portray the players.
Director Hwang was adamant about using as little CG as possible, therefore the majority of the sets were created and built-in real life. When Lee Jung-jae, the veteran actor who played Gi-hun in Squid Game, saw how large-scale the sets were in real life, he was taken aback. Director Hwang ensured that the drama was depicted in the most realistic manner possible by erecting massive sets and filming with actual people. The actors were able to engage with the physical sets and deliver a genuine performance.
Takes Place Every Two Years, Here’s What You Need To Know About Sudirman Cup
The Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship which takes place every two years. It is held in the same venue for IBF World Championships in the same year until International Badminton Federation decided to split the two tournaments starting from the year of 2003. There are in total of five matches in every of Sudirman Cup tie which consists of men and also women’s singles, men and also women’s doubles and mixed doubles. So amazing.
For the trophy, the Sudirman Cup stands 80 cm high. It is made of 22 carats, which means 92% gold-plated solid silver, and stands on an octagonal base made of Java teak wood. The body of the Cup is in the form of a shuttlecock and also is surmounted by a replica of the Borobudur Temple. The handles are in the shape of stamens, symbolizing the seeds of badminton. Amazingly, it was made by Masterix Bandung Company at the price of US$15,000 (RM62,787).
Dick Sudirman, in whose honor the Sudirman Cup was instituted, was one of the founders of PBSI and its President for 22 years. He earned respect worldwide as an administrator with PBSI and with other governing bodies such as Asian Badminton Confederation and International Badminton Federation. Although his contributions to badminton were vast, he is also most remembered for his pivotal role in helping the unification of the world governing body.
The Sudirman Cup, like the other major trophies in badminton such as the Thomas Cup, the Uber Cup, and also the Suhandinata Cup, is an exceptional piece of workmanship. This is because, it would definitely bring together all the elements of badminton and also the cultural heritage of Indonesia, which is the country that donated the trophy.
The first Sudirman Cup tournament took place in Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia on the 24th to 29th of May in the year of 1989. Respectfully, there is actually no prize money in Sudirman Cup. All the players in the particular competition play for their respective countries and also to earn the BWF world ranking points and national prestige.
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