Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Weekend is Over....

and I'm already looking forward to the next one.

For two things specifically: first and foremost, Soap books out of camp on Saturday and Cozycot's Holy Grail party starts on Saturday!

Although I'm still thinking whether to go. Can't stand crowds.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

This Week's Music Bath

Here are a few of my favourites from ambient/dance groups Air and Massive Attack.

I've loved Air ever since my JC days. This song was the first song I heard that got me hooked.



Alone in Kyoto. So relaxing and so nicely Asian. :D




Sing Sang Sung is their newest single, released August 25 2009



Massive Attack's Teardrop is always welcome on my late nights.



Milk Inc's catchy Tonight coupled with fireworks galore. I'm in awe of her voice.



Run by Milk Inc. The piano riff captures me. Simple yet so effective.

And Malaysia does it again.

Malaysians love putting their foots in their mouth. Yesterday, Malaysian's Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said:

“We cannot continue to let other countries hijack our food. Chilli crab is Malaysian. Hainanese chicken rice is Malaysian. We have to lay claim to our food,” she told reporters after launching the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival yesterday.

What utter rubbish. Even a fool can see that Hainanese chicken rice originated from a place such as Hainan?! If not, why would the dish even be named after a place?!

Oh! Wait! Maybe in Malaysia, all their world maps only have Malaysia on it! That must be the case! How else would you explain this incredible Malaysian phenomenon of disregarding historicial and factual evidence.

And why must they do things like lay claim to this or that. Too full and nothing to do?

Malaysian, here are a few things you should do.

Go build up your economy. Be hardworking and forward thinking and maybe you'll be too busy to bully and envy Singapore. And for once, Malaysian Malays should get off their butts and finally start working and stop ostracizing Malaysian Chinese. Oh yes, and please erase that irritating procrastinating habit.

Why I say that Malaysia does it again. Well, even music falls prey to this laying claim phenomenon.

I have heard that Malaysia thinks that the Angklung originated in Malaysia and therefore its Malaysian. Excuse me? EVERYONE knows that it originated in Indonesia. Oh, sorry. Maybe everyone but poor little Malaysia. Poor thing. Didn't get your research done did you?

Oh and at a gambus performance at Singapore's Sun Festival last year, this Malaysian dude said that the gambus is Malaysian. Go do your research instead of spouting your mouth off lah! The gambus originated in Yemen under the name OUD.

Malaysia, do you know the meaning of the word "origin"?

Origin means the point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived.

If it didn't come into existence in your country, then it is not and never will be Malaysian. Get it?

Chilli crab is ours. It is a SINGAPOREAN dish.

Don't even try.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Day Eight without Soap

(via Chotda)

Had Sakae buffet lunch with Emily and Serene today. So full!

While still on the subject of sushi, allow me to divert and present you with these:

Sushi minicakes! (via hello naomi)

If that's not cute enough for you....

Sushi handpainted cookies! (via whipped bakeshop)

These darlings won't find their way into my mouth for sure. I'd rather preserve and display them!

After lunch, we went our separate ways to teach and then me and Serene met up at Orchard to explore ION and to shop at Far East Plaza.

ION is humongous! I do not for a second doubt that I will get lost here. In fact, we got a little lost while finding our way to Wheelock via the underpass.

Bought myself three dresses today. Its been such a long time shopping with a girl at a shopping centre! I finally understand why some girls still choose to shop at physical shops when shopping online is clearly easier. You get to try on the clothes and get to touch what kinda material the garment is made of. Also, the camaraderie one gets from shopping together is irreplaceable.

I got to check out the Best of Blogshops store at Far East. I think its a great business idea. But i felt that the shop space was too cramped and goods weren't laid out as nicely as I would have preferred.

Soap called while I was at the Blogshop store and we talked for a while. Lights out in a while he said so again, our conversation was very short. Wonder what it will do to our relationship in the long run - these hurried calls.

But! I'll get to see him for two and a half days starting tomorrow evening! Yayness!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Day Seven without Soap

Been doing a lot of meetups with friends lately and today wasn't any different.

Finally managed to catch up with Siannie over brekkie at Macs and we squeezed an hour of window shopping. Cannot believe the total lack of clothing options these days. Nothing we saw appealed to our eyes.

After teaching, I headed down to City Hall to meet Cindy, Ken and Meixin for dinner at Popeyes' at the Flyer.

After dinner, we made a vid for Ken's wedding. Damn fun. Haven't done this kinda of thing in a long while and Xin is still as drama as ever.



Showcasing our gifts from Cindy on our heads!


I missed you guys.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day Six without Soap

Nothing special happened today.

I went to teach at Haig Girls - taught them Asmaradana and then headed down to Esplanade for the first rehearsal for "Nicest Egg in the World" and on reaching there, found out that rehearsal schedules had been changed without updating the musicians.

Nice.

Had dinner at Thai Express with Liz. Soap would have loved the food. Headed down to Paradiz to play Left Four Dead with Ragha. Quite cool to play without Soap as our navigator. We had to find out where to go on our own and I learnt not to be too dependent on others while playing.

Hmm...maybe thats a lesson for real life too?

Soap called and we could only talk for a while. Sigh. Story of our life.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Day Five Without Soap

Today was my free day. No teaching.

Went down to RP to help Amran with GNK. Their level of playing is really good. I'm impressed. However, I'm less than happy with their attitude. Latecoming, and even playing with their mobiles during a song.

Sigh. A student group will always be a student group. Once they get to perform on big stages, they get so big headed without even stopping to think if they deserve the stage or not.

The onus is on you as a performer (not student mind you) to perform and prepare for the performance to the best of your ability and to exhibit at least a little showmanship.

Well, that aside, today's GA latihan was really enjoyable. We played 5 different songs in an hour before calling it a day and heading off for supper to feed a certain starving mother-to-be.

Soap called while we were at supper and I got to talk to him for quite a while. I'm happy that things seem better for him in camp and glad that he's adjusting well. He says that if he passes his IPPT this Saturday morning, then for the next few weekends, he'll be able to book out on Friday nights!

*fingers crossed*

Monday, September 14, 2009

Day Four without Soap

I walked into Watsons today to find a spot corrector for my face and walked out with three Olay products instead. Total damage was $109! My pocket hurts a little but I'm hopeful of the results.

What I bought:


Sundanese Degung rehearsal was not the same without Soap. I miss him so much. Didn't realise how much I enjoy having him by my side while playing my music.

Sometimes, we take things for granted until they are gone. Fortunately, in my case, its not gone forever. Just temporarily stopped while he serves the country.

For now, I'll just have to grin and bear it. But I know things will get better. I will stop missing him and soon I'll get used to his not being around me all the time.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Day Three without Soap

Today Amran, Jim, Emily and me went to visit Feri, Penny and their newest addition to their family, Annabelle. She is so cute! Sweet, adorable, exceptionally tall, pastel bundle of joy with super long fingers and toes! I absolutely love her to bits.


Amran and I then went to Esplanade to give Serene and Barbara our support at their Mbira performance at the Concourse venue.


After their performance, we went for drinks at Makan Sutra nearby. Then a band started playing at the Waterfront Amphitheatre and the music sounded so good that I left to watch their set. Halfway through the set, I realized I had listened to their stuff before - on their Myspace.
The band was none other than In Each Hand A Cutlass or IEHAC for short and they play instrumental rock/ambient music.


The music sounded really tight, the compositions coherent. However, their showmanship was sadly lacking. The band had very or almost no interaction with their audience, but I guess one can forgive that on account of their competent musicianship. A bit of trivia for you. Ex-Electrico guitarist Daniel Sassoon is a member of the band.

Interested? Have a listen to their Myspace ----- here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Day Two without Soap

Today is a Saturday. The start of the weekend and I have to teach, which makes matters worse. If only I could stay home and wallow in my misery. Fortunately for me the positive thinking side prevails and I go off to teach a grand total of four students. heehee. And there you were thinking, aww poor thing...having to teach sooo many students. Yup! Only four. But still, its the weekend!

I finish the day's work at 5pm and Sis decides to renege on our outing to IKEA. I go for a bout of window shopping at Tampines One and find this:


MT from Japan is finally here at Urban Write! This is a rainbow of joy in an otherwise dreary day.


See their beautiful products here. Love!!!

Nightfall finds me at home. Alone. Well, not really alone. I watch telly with my parents. Which is great because I've been wanting to spend more time with them. But as the hours tick by and he does not call, I can't concentrate.

My phone buzzes. It Sab, asking me out for supper. She seems surprised when I say I'm available. Haha. She probably doesn't know. But she will soon.

Off to supper with her!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Day One Without Soap

I wake up at 9.30am and have lunch with Dad, bro and sis. Then its off to a whole day of teaching which helps me keep my mind off a certain someone.

Tonight I stay at home again. My parents must be wondering whats wrong with their daughter. Suddenly she's home so much. Well its not only because Soap isn't around. Its also because rehearsals have not started yet. Actually, I can't wait. Then I will have more things to do, and less time to think.

Its hard. I tear up so much when watching the second series of Perfect Cut that my eyes become swollen. He calls and we have a rushed 2 mins of conversation which certainly doesn't help my tear ducts.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Golden Hour

My best friend, constant companion and soul mate just went into the army today. I suddenly feel alone, lonely and at a loss as to what to do.

For the next four weeks, I will have an hour everyday (or less) to talk to him on the phone. Tonight, we talked for only 10mins before he had lights out.

I can't believe I'm going through this. Again.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

This week's music bath

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Veronicas - Untouched

I love the strings intro to this song, and then the electric guitar comes and spoils the magic. Didn't really like the chorus - seems like they can't reach the high notes, but the "la-la-la" part is really cool. :D

Couldn't make a head or toe of the video though. Kinda doesn't seem like it fits with the music. A pity.



Paramore
- Crush Crush Crush

A gem of a rock song. Frontwoman Hayley Williams is one of the best vocalist in her genre.



2ne1 - I Don't Care

A new breed of Korean singers who can actually pronounce English properly are up and coming. I Don't Care is a great non-cheesy RnB song with a catchy chorus to boot.

Another gem.



2ne1 - Take A Bow

2ne1's very competent cover of RnB princess Rihanna's Take A Bow. Their live band is damn good!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Vid of the Day

This made my day.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Dress-Up Fun!

I went by woodwould today and Soap got this from mudpuppy for my birthday present!

A magnetic dress-up doll with plenty of fashion options from the different vintage eras,



complete with 4 different backgrounds, all housed in a metal tin!



This. Is. So. Cool!

Check out other magnetic dress-up dolls here! Click!

I have my eye on this one :D

and this...