Monday, March 02, 2015

Oscars Vs Brit...

While I was away, two of my all time favourite idols performed on two separate award ceremonies, which both received rave reviews from around the world!


Ditching her outrageous outfits, Mother Monster took to the stage in a classy flowing white ball gown to perform a medley of songs from The Sound of Music, in honor of the beloved film's 50th anniversary at the 87th Academy Awards. I always knew Gaga could sing and had never doubted her talent, but this performance had truly showed how talented she really is! Of course, seeing Gaga embraced by Dame Julie Andrews was probably one of the best moments in Oscar telecast history.


On the other hand, the Queen of Pop had a cape malfunction and took a tumble off the stage while performing Living For Love at BRIT Awards 2015. Seriously, I don't give a f*ck on what everyone thinks, whether the fall was a stunt or not, the main thing is that Madonna is okay! In this situation every new popstar would stop and start crying, but Madonna was so professional to carry on the complete show. Great teaching for everyone - THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Ram It Up...

Hello guys, I just got back to London from my holiday in Hong Kong (plus three days in Seoul, South Korea) and I had a wonderful time with all my family and friends. Since it's Chinese New Year and the year of Ram (羊), I'd like to wish you all 三羊開泰 喜氣羊羊!

I'm born in the year of Ram, and according to the horoscope, my life in 2015 will be a win-win situation; after all, this period will be controlled by my patron the Wooden Ram. I'll be lucky practically in everything and everywhere starting with minor household matters and finishing with my cherished dreams and wishes. If I've been begging God (and Grindr) to give me love, full wallet and health for my family, then I shouldn't even have the slightest doubt that I'll get it all - the Ram will first pour chocolate all over its own life and help other signs afterwards.

My reaction: Woohoo! Ram on!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Holiday...

Just wanna let you guys know I'll be traveling back to Hong Kong for Chinese New Year from tomorrow till the end of February so there won't be many updates for the rest of the month. See you after my holiday!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Madgestic Performance...


Showing the kids how it's done, Madonna graced the Grammy stage in true Madgesty form performing her new tune Living For Love. I'd expect no less from the Queen herself.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The B*tch Is Back...


Back in 1994, Madonna brought to the world of sexy bullfighting into the living rooms of fans across the world, as the still-sizzling Take A Bow video. 21 years later, Madonna becomes the matador herself, who battles and kills all her haters with devil's horns hiding behind masks in Living for Love video. Great one Madge!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Guilty Pleasure...


Aussie hunks, Sam and Ben, aka the Acai Brothers, demonstrate the naked benefits of bringing açaí berry into your diet. The perks of 'living in the raw' are clear to see... just check out their cheeky promo, which they are out straddling bikes and horses in the raw.

So, where'd you have your açaí berry? Hmm... how about rolling around naked in bed with them both?

Monday, February 02, 2015

Heros Wanted...

Went and saw Big Hero 6 today, the new Disney action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, the very adorable inflatable robot designed for caregiving, and 14-year-old Hiro Hamada, who lives in the city of San Fransokyo.
As a whole, it's an absolute fantastic movie (even though it looks more like a cross between Studio Ghibli and Pixar) with beautiful CGI and a story that will keep a smile on your face for a while =]

10/10

Sunday, February 01, 2015

BP 2015...

Shadow of the Light
2014
Oil on canvas 

So this is my entry for this year's BP Portrait Award, which I've failed to be shortlisted for the past two years. As much as I like this portrait, I just don't think I'll win any prize, but who knows? The judge might appreciate what I've done! Fingers crossed =]

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Meet My Precious...

(Drum Roll) Welcome to the first post dedicated to my beautiful blog fans! Oh look, who have we got here? It's Luis and he's giving TMOP a lipstick kiss at a bus stop (how romantic) to show his love for the blog!

PR8: First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Luis: Hi, my name is Luis and I'm From Mexico. I'm 25, currently single (wink wink) and I've been in London for 4 years now and I love it!

How did you discover The Ministry of Pleasure?
I was browsing through some blogs I came across TMOP and I found it very interesting, the way it mixes different aspects of gay life and other topics of interest, although the Guilty Pleasure is my favourite!

How long have you been a reader of TMOP?
I think I've been reading the blog for 5 years now, before moving to London, I try to stay up-to-date with every post.

What keeps you coming back to TMOP?
I think it's the mix of relevant topics such as pop culture or politics and the personal side of the blog, all the traveling, theatre and all the sexy naughty things =P

Anything you would like to see/feature on TMOP in the future?
I think rather than something in specific I'd like to see new updates more often.

Boxers, briefs or go commando?
Boxers to sleep. Commando to gym. Briefs for everything else. I must say I love underwears.

Ask me a question and I'll try to answer it =]
Which super power would you choose if could get one?
Hmm, I want SO many! But if I have to choose one, it's gonna be the ability to shape-shift into anything like Mistique in X-Men.

And last but not least. Gaga, yay or nay?
I went to her last show in London and it was great! To be honest, her last album isn't the best but definitely a YAY!

Muahhh! Thanks you Luis for doing this short and sweet interview with me, and for those who wanna get to know Luis a little more, follow him on Instagram @ludwik77 and Twitter @LudwikDlrvdm.

And if you wanna be featured on the next Meet My Precious, simply email me and we can take it from there!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Casting Call...

I'm not sure if this will work but I'm gonna give it a go. I'm planning to start a new recurrent post (just like Guilty Pleasure, Be Inspired, and Awww) and call it Meet My Precious.

The idea is simple. I wanna feature some of my readers fans (yes, I'm talking about YOU) on here in order to show my respect for you and to share your love of my blog with the rest of the world.

I dunno how many of you are brave enough to put yourself forward, but if you do, PLEASE drop me an email and we can go from there! Looking forward to hear from you. Cheers =]

P.S. I already have my first precious fan lined up for this weekend and he's from London, well... kind of.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Greatest Living Mind...

Just saw The Theory of Everything and I can honestly say it's one of the best films I've seen, highly recommend it! And guess what? I didn't realise until now that Stephen Hawking had three children, had an affair with his nurse and divorced from his wife.


Anyway, do I think Eddie Redmayne deserves an Oscar of Best Actor? Hmm... ABSOLUTELY!

10/10

Monday, January 26, 2015

London Art Fair 2015...

Last Saturday I went to the LONDON ART FAIR at the British Design Centre. Hundreds of artists and galleries were represented in this vast hall, representing the most absurd modern art, some classic names, and everything in between. Here are some of my favorite bits.

Overall, I really inspired by the works of Andrew Salgado and Colin Davidson. I absolutely love the way strokes and colours are quite raw and simple yet bring out a lot of detail.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ARTPORN...

Grindr, public sex, body types, fetishes, aging, love, and exhibitionism are just some of the elements that London-based Portuguese filmmaker Antonio Da Silva explored in his collection of erotically thrilling short films, which depict the unique ways gay men have sex today.

A few weeks ago, I came across one of his film's trailers online and I was very impressed by it, so I decided to reach out to Da Silva for an exclusive interview and he kindly agreed!


PR8: First of all thanks for doing this special interview with me. So how are you today? And what did you have for breakfast?
Da Silva: My pleasure, I am feeling good, I am looking forward to visit my family an friends this weekend in Porto (Portugal) and my breakfast today was yogurt granola and coffee.

For those who don't know about you, can you give my readers a bit of your background?
I am a Portuguese filmmaker based in London. I have a background in performance and fine arts and my work crosses the borders between cinema, pornography and art.

What's your upbringing like in Portugal?
I was a countryside boy without any contact with the gay world.

So now you are in London, where do you like to hang out, grab food and go for a drink?
For the past 10 years I have always lived in East London so I hang out mostly around Shoreditch and Dalston.

Let's talk about your films. It all started with 'Mates' in 2011. Tell me, how did it all happen, and why?
I started shooting 'Mates' in 2010, at this moment of my life I had just came out from a relationship of 4 years, I was jobless and I just got my first smart phone. So I started to meet lots of men and also started to record most of the encounters.

Okay, this may sound unfair, but which is your favourite so far?
I don't have a favourite but I can say that one of my preferred ones is 'Limanakia'.

I must admit, I love them all! They are like documentaries, not officially, but in a way, that crossover between pornography and art. Would you agree on that?
Totally, we can also say they are ethnographic films or experimental queer cinema.

What and who inspires your works?
Most of the inspiration come from the places I visited and the people I met. I am inspired from the viewers and the people that want to be in my films and artist and filmmakers like Wakefield Poole, Martin Parr, Werner Herzog, Lloyd Newson, Lars Von Trier, David Lynch, and Michel Gondry.

Your latest film is called 'SOLOS'. Hmm, will there be a 'GROUPS' or an 'ORGIES' down the line :P
Yes I am hoping to do DUETS, TRIOS, ORGIES... there will be a sequel!

Ever had an embarrassing moment during a shoot? I guess it must be 'hard' to stay 'soft' (wink wink)
The embarrassing moments of the shootings happen when there are no excitement...

Complete the sentences, "My turn on button is…?"
Turning on the camera and shooting.

And "My guilty pleasure is…?"
Voyeurism.

What's something in your home that'd make a stranger think you are gay? And something that'd make a stranger think you are straight?
(GAY) A statue of the Greek god Zeus in my room.
(STRAIGHT) My storage area.

What's the last movie you've seen?
I saw 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' and I liked it.

Frango Piri Piri or Fish & Chips?
That is a very HARD question if I have to prioritise one of them. So I have to say 50/50!

Describe Antonio Da Silva in FIVE words?
Casual, pervy, workaholic, curious, intuitive and traveler.

What's next for Antonio Da Silva? Maybe a feature length film?
An interactive film especially designed for the web.

And last but not least. Madonna. Yay or nay?
I am very fan of her early works!

To watch the full versions of, and fund the creation of upcoming films by Antonio Da Silva, please visit his website to donate. Thank you!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Grindr Project...


Following my previous post on how gay couples react to weird Grindr conversations, here is a short educational documentary about Grindr, the wonderfully taboo little app, and the people who use it.

To be honest, I really enjoy this video and what it made of Grindr. To me, I strongly believe that we can make friends and other things out of it. I just think that people make the app, just like real life... Grindr is just a shortcut for that.

On the other hand, with no offense, I think the video would have been much better if it includes some interviews with minorities (Asian, Black, Hispanic, Indians etc.) and gets their perspectives since the majority of users are Caucasian.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LOL...


OMG! I never really liked any of the MoneySuperMarket ads, but I just saw this half an hour ago on TV and I was nearly in tears from laughter!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sickening Beyond Words...

Today I felt so sad, angry and sickened after I saw these horrific images depicts two men thrown from the roof of a building as a crowd watches them fall to their deaths, and they purport to show the bloody Islamic State (ISIS) carrying out public executions before an audience in Iraq’s Nineveh province. And the two victims' alleged crimes?

They are believed to be GAY.

Honestly, our world is such a F*CKED UP place right now and things MUST change! I just dunno where to start... From war crimes to hate crimes, maybe it'd best if the world blew up and started over, reset itself. Laws aren't working to protect people, police are not protecting people the way they should and religion has ruined the world. Images like the one above are hard to look at, but it's what's happening in our world today, in 2015!

Sitting here in my safe little flat in London, UK, feeling helpless to this situation. How can all of us, not on the front line of this situation help?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Guilty Pleasure...

http://bunnydump.com/mov/578/578370/578370.m4v
I don't know and I don't care who the f*ck he is, he's definitely worth my 1:21 minutes of attention. And so do yours! Enjoy =]

By the way, I have no idea why suddenly all the videos in my previous posts aren't working. If any IT expert can tell me how to 'embed' videos using 'HTML code' in Blogger would be much appreciated. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What A Kooza...

Tonight my friend and I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA and thought it's TREMENDOUS! I liked it as much as VAREKAI, which I saw in Sydney more than 10 years ago!

Highlights were the crazy flexible contortionists, the tightrope walkers who did half of the act without wires or safety net, the rotating wheel dudes, the Chinese chair balancing guy and of course the super fit guy (above) in the 'Hand to Hand' body balancing act.

10/10