flowering plant in the Northern Hemisphere
with a globe of fine filaments
children (and the wind) love to blow away...
Click on the butterflies around the dandelions to get around.
Fire your imagination, Dream in colour
a boring old hag who loves to scream her head off, mutter in gibberish, and talk to random people on the streets.
Beautiful music. Gorgeous food. the Sun.Sea.Sand. Butterflies. Dance. Movies.
Spontaneity. Laughter. Love. Courage.
The Weird, Beautiful, and Unique.
The stuff dreams are made of
the Mini Austin!
the entire collection at HMV
my spanish chef (: im gonna marry him!
more of Desigual and Koi Nobori!
the yakpak hobo bag!
A Lifetime of Musicmaking with Inspiring People
and to share this with the world
Friday, June 29, 2007
we went to mint toy museum finally today. (: haha. and it was wayyyy cooool. a first glance doesnt give away the amazing collection inside and its so so vintage. everything is like wow. and it was cool cos we were the only ones inside it seems. i loved the metal toys, so intricate and colourful and solid and ahemmmm 'clean'. the word of the day. hur hur. n the dolls are like pretty pretty. plus superheroes evolvement was interesting. and thebigone met his ancestors there man. he was called krazy kat once upon a time. n so thats how we signed the guestbook. tog with bruno the dog. went over to yms to pass stuff to queen phoenix who sent me the most exciting msg few days ago. it wins hands down! and im over the moon. haha. (: s****, here i come man. slacked at the office. chicken feast yet again was shiokness. we're only fated to have one chicken everytime. and ive found my new game to play there. band in a box rocks my socks dude. im hooooked. and i shall conquer those confusing chords and my slow brain sooon. oh oh and they had the charity auction for Gone Shopping at marina sq. and they were playing the song he recorded for the closing credits. and i could feel the sense of satisfaction man!!!! omg its freaking coool i tell you. i cant wait for the movie to be out! everyone please go catch the show alright! 26th July!!
my very first tanning session in my life at cafe del mar yest with the mirror image. we had perfect weather. sunshine galore and gosh was it great! hahahaa. i felt damn naked tho omg what a weird experience! hahah. but it was lots of fun doing silly stuff. go see her blog for pictures. and superdog was superb! hahahahhaa. plus my very first facial goodness.
so there you go my two days of slacking madness. what joy! (: now its back to practicing. haha.
pictures from nafa convocation 2007. (: it was good to see everyone together. and all the smiles and crapping ard just like usual. everyones going their seperate ways, but i hope we always keep in touch yea.
and here're the people who have taught me alot the past three years. mrsphua whos given me alot of performance opportunities n guidance that i really cherish, and ive learnt alot from her. dr.yu whos a supportive, knowlegeable n great dean. and unclezecky with his signature look. haha. thanks for the exposure uve given me towards new music n ensemble playing. and of course theres msarabesque whom im immensely grateful to have met. your passion for teaching, concern and support for your students, plus the amazing knowledge you have, not to mention inspirational lessons n funny stories! dr.kan for the tons of hmw we have and the relentless lectures thru which i gained so much insight. we might ve complained lots but really, its all thanks to your lessons that we have a better understanding (: ur dedication and passion is inspiring! dr.lim for the accomp lessons! n of course the power girls jeslyn and joey! (: i'll miss disturbing you two with roombookings and gossips man.
of course theres the grandaunt and mum. the two amazing women who i love dearly and have brought me up since i was a baby. okay and theres lastly my fella bg.s. haha. andrew the model wannabe (: and chyi chyi from fine arts! nice to know you guys!
and now i present to you the crazy ridiculous partner in crime. the mirror image who inspires me to empty pockets in pursuit of a bursting wardrobe and great bargains, and who cannot do goldfish pouts for nuts!!! see. we had to go thru so much tummy exercising laughter before she finally achieved it! but i still love you lots babe. youre da best!
back from redang dudes. it was an amazing holiday. two whole days packed with stuff to do, from break of dawn till late at night but now im aching all over. (: but it was wunderbar. haha. pictures are up so i'll let em do the talking. the place itself is so damn beautiful. and the stuff u see underwater omg. eyeopener!
met up with the twinny yest finally. sentosa next week pleaseeee (: and she so inspired me to empty my pockets. and to create a new list of foodplaces i wanna go in the next mth! hahah! 1. first up is indulgz indulgz indulgz (: my first day there yest and it was interesting! and i so cant wait for the new menu man. my wonderful portobello burger omg can u just imagine it? its utterly to die for! plus earl grey pannacotta and my warm nutty brownie and cheesefondue 2. and then theres newyork newyork cos i love the turkeycranberrysaucethingiesandwich there htats freaking huge and juicy and delicious. 3. then theres ichiban boshi at esplanade cos they have new grand menu too and everything looks mouthwatering but if only i have mooolah to splurge i would order everything! haha. 4. spizza!!! (: we went there yest. and im in love with the place. and the ambience. hoho. 5. crystal jade! i wanna eat porridge (:
okie thats all for now. cos im really hungry and its making me feel even more hungry. more updates soon folks (:
cedi. (: ure the best friend i made in redang. i loved snorkelling together with you, going out to the deep waters further than the rest and the silly tricks u pulled. like trying to catch clownfish for me from the sea anemones and diving down to get sea cucumbers. and sneaking up from the back to scare me. those were the best times man. and climbing up to the top of the tiny hill to view the scenery. and i loved the spontaneity. the way u greet me with open arms! thnks for letting me stand in the steering wheel cabin thing. thanks for every minute spent together. i'll prolly never see you again soon. but do remember me, okay? cos i'll always always always rmb these two days. (:
a few of the other great guys who work there. hafiz whos on his practicum...giving his horrible funny face and took so many pictures of eveyrone and who likes beethoven's music!! it was great talking to you and just being entertained by u whenever i decided to stop by the recreation counter. or on the boats. or by the beach. and hey dude all the best with ur studies okay! thanks for sharing so much with me abt ur life. (: and next to him is my first myanmar friend who speaks great chinese how cool is that man. his wide smiles never fail to make my days. and theres a whole lot of other abangs who made my trip really memorable. isnt it amazing. we could barely hold proper convos but somehow it din matter at all.
and presenting the sisters in a really lame shot hahahahhaa (:
hooray. ive emerged from my stagnant no-photo posts for a day. so people...applause,drumrolls and kowtows please. (: enjoy the pictures. first collage presents the housereps on hilda and kats bdays. plus unglam ideabank pics hur hur. and todays solaris outing with our bodyguards. (: i love how mad we can get everytime and im glad everyone kinda still bothers meetin up cos you guys are really a special bunch of friends in my life always always. and then theres the family in the next. see my adorable baby cousin who has won my heart totally over. and the parents! (: and then theres the nafabestfriendsmasqueradetrio (: im gonna miss my phoenix and pignix alot man. so guys the third and fourth are for you specially. the spastic faces we've had. and well, enjoy the slimming sanctuary alright! muacks!!! got my way cool foc haircut today. i absolutely love it. altho im a lil unused to it still. when i see my reflections in hte shop mirrors and etc i get a shock! and i like my new friend meiling! youre a great hairstylist (: ah. and nix got a cut today too. so it was haircut day! hes now a funky monk on the loose in town haha.. and im excited abt my new job...aka my first employed job! how interesting man. (: apprehensive, i hope i learn the ropes fast and i don let them down. off to redang tmr. cant wait!!! willyamissme.
and so today we had our very last gig at the esplanade. and i had a sudden urge to burst into tears right after we ended the old mac song. a sense of nostalgia. and sadness. for everything we've gone thru. right from the wonderfully happening xmas gig, to ragtime part one, the outdoor gig, the wedding horn gig, and this ragtime part two. those 'somewhere along the way we lost our head' discussions. full of deviations and laughter and suaning (mainly of me. dammit) and bitching (our fav activity) and of course the best music making in the world. cos regardless of everything that happens, when we come together to make music, it always feels great. yes, sometimes sian. but at least...i enjoy it often. its always hard to find people you can work together well with, and yet have great personal relationships. to chamber sounds, thankyou for being my best friends in school, my wonderful working partners, and everything else that matters. (: perhaps we wouldn have known, one year ago, that we would have been able to put all these tog. but we have, dudes. we have!!! so be proud of that alright! ten years later, we'll all return from over the world and restart the stagnant engine for chamber sounds. and then we'll paint the island RED with all our ambitious plans. starting with our ChamberSoundsVan. and then move on to the many subsidiarygroups, recordingstudios, whatnots. and till then, thank you for the memories. and the awesome experience. and to everyone who has supported us, THANKYOU! the audience who made it all so worthwhile to perform for. some who come for both nights which means four slots in all. classmates, friends and lecturers (ms arabesque!) who ve made their way to support us. sometimes i wish i had a videocamera that captured down every moment of my life. then i could just press the play button and watch my life all over again. the happy memories. the important moments. even the sad stuff. they've all trickled past. and its impossible to hold on to them.
its a huge disappointment when the family is finally taking time off busy schedules to go on a tiny holiday together in many years, and just days before that you find out the dad cannot go anymore. due to some last minute bizness stuff. damn his clients. they just had to choose that lucky day to arrive in jb. :( ive never been a daddys girl. but i still love him lots. hes my funny papa with his out of point comments and his insistent interest in taichi martial arts and kungfu. we bond in the car on sundays. over talks of cars that we're gonna buy someday (as of today the list has been started for nearly 10 years and comprises from breadvans to lorries to minibuses and various brands of cars!) and its hilarious hearing him scold drivers on the road. plus hes always given me support in pursuing music. so he tells me..'qi ah, altho i dunno music at all but when i hear u playing i know its good'. haha it touches me somehow. his quirky ways of letting me know he cares..like banning me to give massages and play basketball cos he says it'll injure my fingers which i need for piano. and buying coffee beans from places he travels to for my mum who loves coffee. or enduring traffic jams from jb to sg just to bring a birthday cake and spend a few hours here. and i miss those weekly botanical garden trips we always made when i was younger. know what my aunts n uncle envy us cos hes super fierce and stubborn to them being the eldest. i tenk its funny...they come up to us and jokingly complain to us and tell us we're so lucky we don have to endure his wrath and scoldings. (:
ive been listening to really great music the past two days. so i just had a sudden urge to write abt all the wonderful music i love cos they really make my day and they make me go high. new jazz discoveries like maria schneider whose pieces especially Concert in the Garden is totally awesome. i cant even begin to describe it...you just gotta go listen to it yourself to understand. today i listened to the piece more than five times and its still not enough. the orchestra rocks too man. now i know why thebigone idolizes her music. and oh oh...ryuichi sakamoto. his music is damn simple but its spellbinding. (: and it calms me down.
then theres eric ewazen...im learning his trio for flute horn and piano and i love his harmonies!!! plus engaging rhythms and the beautiful melodies. omg. its damn hypnotic to practice it! i love practicing schuberts trout quintet too! and his lieder are achingly beautiful. like the Winterreise and Gesang der Geister über den Wassern for men's choir. same goes to schumann. to me they truly embody the essence of the german art songs.
and on to my all time favourites. theres the russian composers like kabalevsky my first love and khachaturian plus mussorgsky. their music is the ultimate when it comes to excitement and colours. gets the blood and adrenaline pumping to the max. and theres the french composers like ravel whom i love for his orchestration and the etheral quality of his music. at least it is etheral to me. fleeting, cheeky, graceful, and the kind of music tht grabs you and doesnt let go even after it has ended. analysing his music is interesting too cos of the modes he uses plus the way conventional form is exploited in his hands.
my list wouldnt be complete without mentioning ligeti. i truly admire his compositional techniques and how his writing, so seemingly simple can evoke a kaleidoscope of activity.soundscape.layers.colours.images.emotions.they reflect his many interests and influences and yes its worth the painstaking effort to actually learn them. every time i practice them theres always a new discovery, a fresh insight. and it feels shiok. to add on to this list lets include mr.js.bach. he who gave us so many inventions and fugues and etcs to learn. hehe but yes it is also shiok practicing them. and listening to his aweinspiring works. thats enough for now. the list is neverending i guess.
i miss my ideabank partner. sometimes i dial her number to see where she is then i rmb oh man shes still in usa. have you been in the company of people you know really well and then all of a sudden you feel as if youre all alone. thats sad.
don give me false hope and joy. cos im a case of manytimesbitten.
i like this new blogskin..dont ya? kudos to mr vogue for helping me with the html crap. and it was fun that day helping doc zecky set up a blog. i had a mad rush from mon to tuesday. played for two com in sg and then flying to harbourfront to catch my aeroline (meeting the nice indian couple fr kl was great! i enjoyed it.) and then my first stay in a hotel all alone. the second mad rush to genting. and then coming back to perform straightaway. its been a test of mental strength! getting lost was memorable. hehe. after three rounds of wrong directions that had me walking back n forth for damn long i finally met my lifesavers who sent me in the car.
i was initially apprehensive abt the trip cos of all that hassle i knew i had to go thru. yet the adorable zhenghua kids, the funny teachers and of course my roomate shihua all made it worth it. getting to know all these people better was a great experience. (: like the three dolls and hearing different stories from the teachers...and the ghost cum army camp incidents...and of course our happening three hour german conversation at night which consisted of two boring topics!! the theme parks and wandering ard at odd hours and collapsing on the beds and being a sms consultant and squeezing 50 ppl in a tiny room for a party and talking to kids and suppers and etc etc.
it was wonderful receiving all ur msgs. and a call when i arrived back home made it a great day. plus a dinner even tho i was quite stoned. what can i say? im very touched (: its the kinda feeling that makes one smile like a fool without being able to help it. and it spreads all the way to your tiinytoes. and it energizes me.
look at me. it was only genting and i can talk so much already. the blog will explode when its further. (: alright i hope everyone's been well. so many people i havent seen in ages...you have my sorry....:( FANG...happy 21st!!! and smint and huili and min and twinnyyy and xinhe and fia! youre very much missed.