Wednesday, July 23, 2008

At Last, An Update!

And so, here we are. The 23rd of July, almost coming to the end of the month now. How time flies! It's 1:35am as I'm typing this and I'm feeling as ravenous as an alligator on a diet. Today was the second (and last) day of the Les Chansons Fran├žais show that I did at the Esplanade, together with Bevlyn and Jonathan Lim, as part of Esplanade's Jazz in July series.

All in all, it was a fantastic show and both nights went very smoothly and enjoyably. For tonight's show, Bevlyn's friend Jason came down and took a couple of pretty sweet photos of us; I'm looking forward to seeing those! Well, admittedly, some of the shots of me were posed, but then again I never look good when I'm onstage so I think some necessary measures have to be put in place!

The week has been quite a blur, but I suppose that's always good when you're feeling aimless at times. Last night I met up with Monji (so glad she's back!) and some of my other friends from UK like Ping and Edward for drinks, first at IndoChine then at Balcony. As usual, all of us had a ball drinking up and making plenty of fun of Monji (did I hear someone say horse?)! As you can see on your left, Monji sometimes makes the most excellent faces, spurred on by Ping's never-ending enthusiasm.

That aside, I've had quite a ball of a weekend as well. I had two wedding gigs at Sentosa over last weekend, so I booked a room at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa for one night and had a sleepover of sorts. Well, in the end it was down to five of us men in one room, so you it was pretty much like back to the BMT days. Nonetheless, we had a great time and Tat and I actually managed to continually drink for 9 hours!

I also met my cousin Karen the next day at the other wedding; she and her hubby were back from NZ to attend their friend's wedding, who was the groom. It was indeed great to see her again -- she's just about the only cousin that I can still say I'm pretty close to.

Oh, I've also managed to put in some nice bonding time with my PS3 over the last week with the game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, which I borrowed from Albert. It's a farily short game, but it didn't fail to impress thoroughly with it's mindblowing graphics, addictive gameplay and dramatic score. The VA for the game was also excellent, mainly becuase the voice actors also did the motion capture themselves, providing for seamless blending of motion and voice.

Tomorrow it's actually back to Sentosa, for the MINDEF Volunteers' Dinner. Kewei & Co. actually got hired (by SAF, of course) to perform at that event. This will make it my 3rd MINDEF Volunteers' Dinner show, with the first two with MDC. Talk about never being able to run away!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nocturnal Schedules

I guess there's always time for a quick blog post before bed! I just got back from quite the hectic night -- was working at Indochine as usual, then met Foi and her girlfriend for drinks at Living Room, before heading out for supper (again) with Vannie and Shu.

The nocturnal life is getting abit too busy for my liking. Only because I have to wake up in three hours to teach! In Kembangan, no less. Okay, allow me to go scream in my pillow now before drifting off to sleep!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

So What?

Life's such a bore at times. With most of my students gone back for the summer, I feel this drop in teaching activity to be suddenly quite monotonous. There are actually days where I'm not working for the entire day now; this feels weird. This, in turn, has fuelled my erratic sleeping hours where now I find myself going to bed at 8am and waking up at 4pm, like clockwork everyday.

I mean, there has to be so much more than that, right? So, anyhow, last night at 2am I spontaneously decided to head down to Balcony for food and drinks with Shu and Vannie, just like that. There, we chilled out all the way till 5am. Then, wanting to save on the midnight surcharge, we loitered at Cheers opposite the street until it was six before heading home.

That was fun. I ended up feeling more tired than I expected I would, but it was fun nonetheless. Suddenly I'm craving for some Azuki Freeze.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Warped Discussions

I swear, you always read the funniest things on online forums. So last night, I watched Rambo 4 on my laptop (which was pretty entertaining) and I went on to just pass my time away by reading the forums of the movie. And here's what I read about this poster who had the subject "Horrible moment of violence where this film went TOO FAR".

There is a scene in this film where someone is shot, with a gun. Its only quick - but if you watch the film carefully you can clearly see blood where the bullet has supposedly entered the victims chest. Granted, they probably used one of those fake-blood pouches, but the visual illusion is of a person actually being shot, with a bullet, in the chest. It only lasts a few frames, but I was very surprised, and very shocked, to see this.

You think that's ridiculous enough? I mean, come on! Do bear in mind this is about a Rambo movie we're talking about here. Below is what another poster replied. This one's a killer!

I too was expecting a film where rambo gives everyone hugs and teaches them about the magic of nature and how rainbows shine on us all, good or bad.

I was sure the guns were made out of chocolate and would shoot caramel syrup but was shocked to see actual armor piercing bullets shred burmese into roast beef.

And then it gets even funnier. Another kind-hearted poster then tries to clear up the situation with this well-intentioned (but really hilarious) reply.

i think hes actually saying that John Rambo is a snuff film and that it actually shows someone being killed (for real) what a if!!!

So you think that's the end of the story? Then the original poster comes back and says this.

No, seriously. Its about 40 mins or so in. If you watch carefully you'll see the bit I mean, there is some red on a guys upper half, where he has been shot. The guy definitely dies as a result of being shot.

Indeed, I've never encountered someone as retarded as this. There are definitely some very moronic people on this planet. And it doesn't even end here. For the whole thread, please click here and go agonize yourself over some people's inexplicable stupidity.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

We Are Singapore

Finally, it's out! Well, at least, finally I've got my hands on a copy. This version of We Are Singapore was recorded right before I ORD'ed; my last MDC contribution so to speak. A pretty big contribution, might I add. Recorded by Jacintha Abisheganaden, the MDC Vocal Ensemble (that's us!) and, uh, the choir from a local JC. VJC, I think.

Established music maestro Iskandar arranged this version, and I adapted it into TTBBB format for the VE. Everyone in the VE (back when I was still around) recorded their own tracks. The fine people I've had the pleasure of working with include Viknesh, Nicholas, Samuel, Jarrod, Dennis, of which my VE working experience would never have been that exciting without these guys. However, on top of that, I had to record a track for every voice part except Tenor 1 and Bass, which as you can imagine turned out to be rather tedious. This is so that the studio could have enough samples to work with. I still vividly recall the days stuck in the studio trying to vocal direct each singer, pushed to the brink of exhaustion at times!

Well, so here you have it. A preview of this year's version of We Are Singapore, to be performed at NDP 08. I can't be too sure exactly when this segment will be onstage, but I heard it will be sung (with Jacintha and the combined school choir) before the President's arrival. VE members onstage will be Viknesh, Jeremy, Nicholas, Samuel, Jarrod and Dennis, so be sure to look out for them!

I would have loved to be part of the team singing onstage, but as you know how MDC is always looking to cut costs (read: stingy), they would never be willing to pay my rates and put me onstage when they can used the current VE (read: free labour). Nevertheless, I'm really glad with the end result and am happy to have contributed a little part to this year's parade. Guess a bit of MDC in me still lives on; the forbidden desire to show off just a little at every NDP.

I've uploaded the song here (look to the right side of this page), so do give it a listen and throw in comments should you have any! I can't believe NDP 08 is almost already here. They've already put up Singapore flags, decorations and whatnot at the condo estate that I live in! Feels like yesterday when I just co-hosted the NDP 08 media launch with Zarinah during October last year. Ah, the good old days...

My Desired City

Took a really short quiz earlier just now out of boredom. This one finds out for you which city would be the most suitable for you to live in, based on your character and behavoirial patterns. Below is what I got. Not bad eh? I haven't been to Rome before but I definitely will in the near futue. I'll see it for myself then!

What City Should You Live In?

You should live in Rome. You avoid conflict and take life a little slower than most. Rome's sun, culture, food, and siestas are a perfect match for your easy-going attitude.

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