April 24, 2008
Ai Qi Ge Ge
Imperial Princess in the Summer Palace
I’m sorry some of you missed me, that’s real sweet. My long absence can be attributed to the fact that I travelled back in time to Beijing to revel in ancient Chinese reverie…
I’m proud that the Chinese are such a great civillization, oh I could even find internet connections amidst all that olden day splendour.. unfortunately it seems my royal highness the Emperor bears a grudge against American websites as Xanga was one of those blocked….
More on my China adventures another day..
lets travel back to Kuala Lumpur now.
Red Bull Austria, Formula One Sepang Day 3
It’s Qualifying Day! Perhaps not as exciting as the actual grand prix to take place the next day, but very important nonetheless for the racers to determine their starting positions.
The Unas were like supermodels turning heads everywhere they went… catch their kisses while you can…
Every step you take, every move you make…
camera crews and photographers will be watching you…
In the paddock lounge rooms, with bubbly awaiting.
We get to the garage for some first hand action
It was truly amazing to witness just how much passion, incredible technology and tons of money that goes into Formula 1.
Reckon no other sport comes close.
Enough of testosterone overload…
Spotted: some hippie dudes and their technicolor flower powerrrrr
Treated to a very healthy lunch whipped up by the Redbull Austria team’s chef
….for their upclose and personal interview session with Redbull racers Mark Webber and David Coulthard!
Little F1 tidbit: Did you know they’re the most experienced F1 racers competing?
A view of the Sepang Stadium…
My dear sunshines
Vacant rows and a cooling afternoon breeze as we gear up in anticipation for our very first experience of F1 live. I could not wait to see the cars in action, because I’m a speed demon and harbor fantasies of being the first female F1 racer hehe.
And don’t forget the earplugs, it’s a must if you don’t wanna go deaf!
Tons of spectators dotting the greens beyond. I guess it’d be quite nice to have a little picnic outing whilst watching the race.
We actually managed to take a little siesta nap there, even with the maddening sound of super machines whizzing past in the background!
Because frankly, with close to 60 rounds, it got rather boring and repetitive in the middle bits. NOTE to Singapore F1 organizers: make your tv screens larger than those in Sepang so spectators can actually SEE the televised action, or else they might zzzz too!
Corny joke time.
Why is 6 afraid of 7?
because 7 ate 9.
hurhur. I hope you got it. and that you didn’t fall off your chair from its cheesiness.
Anyway, that’s the name of the chic restaurant/bar lounge we went to that night, Sevenatenin9, at the Ascott. Owner must have loved that joke.
Gratifying fusion courses…
The girls enjoy good music and good food as they banter with the Redbull people.
The party night we were all looking forward to…. STEVE AOKI at Zouk!!!
The music was unbelievably rocking. The indie DJ totally brought the house down with his energetic sets that got us all grooving away despite being tired from the long day. It was AMAZING and I cannot wait till his Zouk Singapore gig in May.
He was completely off his rocket as well, and could pass off as a crazy drunk mad man, leaping on top of the console, cheering the dancefloor on; the man even body surfed into the crowd. Nutty fun though
Sidetrack for a bit….can you guess who Steve’s sister is? Last name ring any bells?
None other than ultra hot (and shortest) supermodel Devon Aoki!
I think she’s beautiful.
Ghetto style, but I love street food like that~
Last and final Day 4…
The Moment of Reckoning, to end it off with a bang!
Formula One Grand Prix LIVE!
Scanning our passes through these gates, I felt like I was a jedi knight. Well no, not because the force is strong with me (though it really is, see how deftly I handle my light saber?), but because all the “beep” sounds it made, coupled with the fantastical “vveeeeewwww” sound of the F1 cars (so loud you could hear them even from such a distance), it was as though I was in a Star Wars movie. Very futuristic, and the sound reminded me of spacecraft zipping around.
VIP rides for the rich, powerful & famous…
Bustling carnival atmosphere, with swarms of people… very much different from the day before.
There was no escaping those fiery scarlet hues… Ferarri fans were everywhere…
The Unas eagerly lap up some (expensive) F1 memorabilia.
Flowerpower dude again. You’re wearing our national colours mister.. or are you just a big Ferarri fan?
Once more, the 10 royal Unas are given the star treatment. Not to mention the hoardes of gawking men wanting to take photos
The winning Malaysian GP una is announced… just who impressed the -ahem- mystery judges enough to go to Brazil for the season finals?
You go girl. Your upbeat energy and sparkling personality makes you a natural choice… I truly feel you deserved it
As for the other 9 Unas, they were all wonderful in their own right, and the whole trip itself was a fantastically worthwhile experience anyway yes?
Here comes the thrilling part…. our exclusive pit lane walk!!!!
Once in a lifetime special behind-the-scenes… awesome.
The technology involved can be quite astounding…
The garages of the whos-who of the racing world. Will I get to sneak a peek of them?
Jaw-dropping, I could not take my eyes off the F1 cars as they came rolling past me.
Check out those curves and details.
Grand Prix cars and the cutting edge technology that constitute them produce an unprecedented combination of outright speed and quickness for the drivers. Every F1 car on the grid is capable of going from 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) and back to 0 in less than five seconds. During a demonstration at the Silverstone circuit in Britain, an F1 McLaren-Mercedes car driven by David Coulthard gave a pair of Benz street cars a head start of seventy seconds, and was still able to beat the cars to the finish line from a standing start.
A fortune goes into the construction of each of these racing babies. The wheel alone can cost about $40,000, and with carbon fibre construction, weighs in at 1.3 kilograms. The driver has the ability to fine tune many elements of the race car from within the machine using the steering wheel. The wheel can be used to alter traction control settings, change gears, apply rev limiter, adjust fuel air mix, change brake pressure and call the radio. Data such as rpm, laptimes, speed and gear is displayed on an LCD screen. Cool.
Cue music – “My eyes adored you..though I never laid a hand on you my eyes adored you… so close yet so far…”
If only, I could just SIT in one..
Michelle Yeoh, other half of Ferrari motor racing team director Jean Todt. Got to say Hi to her, she’s gorgeous.
Pit lane walk’s over. Time to watch the actual thing. Super psyched
Video below of what I experienced there live. Sounds like spacecraft no? Ah… Music to my ears
Thanks to Formula One Redbull Austria for sending me up to cover the event!
Applications for the Formula Una hunt at the Singapore Grand Prix in September is open till late August. Download the application form at http://www.redbullformulauna