Sunday, 13th August '06
Funnyfishcakes.com Has Its Own Domain! / Funnyfishcakes Greatest Hits
Yeah, what the title says! Funnyfishcakes - though no one calls it by this name, and the words "En Ying's blog" seems to resonate better with everyone - finally has its own domain.
So here are all the relevant updates as us fishcakes bring our funniness to the world via a different channel.
I'm not all that coherent at the moment... today has been a gruelling day involving (non-stop!) 2 hours of Law IV rehearsal, 3 hours of Business Chinese and almost 5 hours of Bryan on about 4 hours of sleep. Luckily all were rathre slack, but I'm still grumpy and tired.
We are no longer a subsidiary of February-Rains, though we are still happily affiliated. However, a good number of media links (pictures and music and videos) are still hosted on February-Rains and will take some time to move over.
My apologies for the lack of change in layout... I know you've seen this one up for too long. Since December 2004, to be exact. Wow. And the Alexei Yagudin layout had only ever lasted 6 months. I've been hit by a bit of inspiration to do a Jamie Cullum's "Photograph" themed layout, but I have to move all the media links first. And the new layout idea involves pictures from Smub, 401, Halifax, The Next Wave etc etc... will be a while in the making.
I haven't even got halfway through sorting out the pictures from Halifax... although receiving David's (Leffler) online photo album links a few days back gave me a large kick in the pants. It is at this point in time that I realise how many Davids I know and how it's getting tricky separating them all from one another in the writing. I thought I previously only had this problem with the plethora of Chrises I keep meeting.
Also, I'm about to change the announments sidebar, so I'm just going to record the Starhub Football Poem (for lack of a better name, or the energy to come up with one) right here. For posterity, and because it's just nice.
You can stand amidst fields of gold and green
And hear a billion hearts that beat unseen
You can join the crowds that cheer as one
In the place where they all come
You can fill 90 minutes of fleeting time and space
With tragedy, triumph, and amazing grace
You carry them forever in your soul
Their names carved on every goal
This is where you can always belong
This is where legends are born
While I'm not much of a soccer enthusiast myself (God gave us HANDS for a reason, dammit, and not for scoring like Diego Maradonna either), I at least appreciate how much it brings people together and how we really all do speak football. Looking back on all my entries as I painstakingly moved each one to the new domain and combined the Musings of "My Smelly Shoes" with the old archives of Funnyfishcakes.tk, I realise how much I have blogged about soccer without even really liking the game. And everytime I blogged soccer, it was about a crucial event that was so powerful, that just the shared viewing on the screen brought me so much closer to the people I shared the moment with. Just get this: Funnyfishcakes (counting My Smelly Shoes) is about 3.5 years old, and in that time, I have chalked up entries about:
Sitting with Dad and making fun of players' names.
The OK Corral Pepsi Ad
Euro 2004 - Greece is the Word!
and the many many World Cup 2006 entries including ones about Zidane, Smub Soccer Parties, Shamsul Maidin, etc etc.
But soccer aside, the process of moving everything from one server to another and consolidating the old website with the blog gave me a chance to go over a whole bunch of nostalgia inducing entries. On one hand it's hard to believe I've been blogging voraciously for 3.5 years - has it really been that long? On the other hand looking back on those same entries, I find so much has changed in such a short time. From entries about the post A-levels bumming period and working in retail, to the TFYE experience (lots about that!), to the kinds of songs I quoted, to working with the Dance Ensemble for the first time, to the Henghwa fiasco, to the first Singapore Idol, to Sydney, to Halifax and the folk there, and then coming home.
That's what inspired the idea for the Jamie Cullum themed blog - the line from photograph that kept sounding in my head as I worked my way through reformatting the entries:
"When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life
I see so much magic though I missed it at the time."
For the record, this entry marks the 337th blog entry since February 2003. So, at the risk of looking like one of those sitcoms in which they're too lazy to film another episode and just show clips of old eps, here are some of the things I've written that were most able to jolt those perceptions of magic. Basically, the Funnyfishcakes Greatest Hits.
- Happy, content, and generally the kinda mood easy-listening music is for.
- Gut-wrenching misery.
- Thoughtful ponderings.
- Stuff that is hopefully hilarious. Not because of my writing, but because that's how the situation was.
- Dulan, angry or sarcastic stuff that usually just ends up sounding funny.
On the Customer from HELL
-- The pilot blog entry that is a classic as far as I'm concerned. Pretty much set the tone for the future of the blog.
-- Written for the first friend I've known to pass away before her time. One of her close friends later thanked me for it, and just because it managed to help one person through the difficult time, this suddenly became one of the most meaningful pieces I've ever written.
-- Potentially my most controversial entry. It looks so silly in retrospect; how much trouble it all caused and on the flipside, how many people it connected me with.
Speak Now, Or Forever Hold Your Pee
-- Just one of the million TFYE blogs. I'm putting this down because it was just typical of the silliness we had. And because its title is the best pun I've ever made... and probably will every make in this lifetime.
That's All, Folks
-- A commemorative post for the TFYE people. *sniffle* One of the more Emo moments this blog has had.
-- A true classic, if I do say so myself. And I didn't even have to work for it. Transcribing BenKoh is quite enough.
"Terrible Terrible"... And Other Stories
-- Jem and Desmond's drunken adventure. Think Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, but more like those two clowns and all their stupid quoteworthy friends at a chalet for 3 days straight driving each other crazier and crazier.
-- Another typically En Ying entry, this time making fun of poor ABRPs (American-Born Rice People) and bad Chinese translations.
-- Officially THE SADDEST, ANGSTY-EST thing this blog has ever seen.
-- Just a little one to make myself feel happy.
Coz Heart Can be an Ass
-- Because it's true.
Stupid Asians, Never Seen XXX Before.
-- A Sydney blog
Strange Canadian Toast
-- Canadian observations.
Cheap, Sweet Shots
-- The legendary MSN convo with Dage that spawned 29 comments faster that you can say "XXXXX". Or "baboon", for that matter. Obviously a crowd pleaser.
"Sometimes I Wonder What Goes On in That STUPID LITTLE BRAIN"
-- This entry goes down in history as the first a friend's parent has read (Emma's mom) and told her daughter to stop corrupting that "poor innocent girl".
*Takes a Huge Breath of Air and Screams*: SSSSNNNOOOOOOWWWW!!!!
-- For gorgeous photos, mostly of me and Emma floundering in snow.
The Great Dehydrogenase Reasearch Paper
-- Because by that time I had had it up to my eyes with "Asians can't drink" jokes.
Fire Burn and Cauldron BUBBLE!
-- Because I will never forget Armando, Pasqual, or the bubble.
Comments on the "KEK is a QIONGster" Fiasco
-- 25 comments, another crowd favourite, it seems.
Ten Reasons Zizzou Lost His Mind
-- Recent, but I think it qualifies.
-- It was such an important date, and Dage's comments are too good to miss.
Click, Bang, What A Hang! Your Daddy Just Shot Poor Me.
-- This entry is here to remind me that best friends will do anything for you.
Other Key Moments, i.e. stuff I'd like to remember but too personal to force upon everyone all over again.
Wah. Why the Hole So Big One? -- The one with Jeffrey Tan and Hamzah and the brazillian wax.
Bay-BEHH, I KOMpared You To A KEESE From A Rozz! -- This entry is only in for its title, really. And its reflection of the whole Singapore Idol fever.
That's the Way We Get By -- The one with my first Mambo night, my first visit to Bert's (and the translucent shirt), and my first R(A) movie (Summer Storm). The first R(A) movie watched legally, anyway. Haha.
Yeah, that's it for now. Going for a nap.
[3 photographs developed.]
wow...thats a really nice round up of the years of your blog..haha..celebration of your 3.5 years of blog "building"
hey hey nice one enz i liek the heart in the ass entry and feesh deepers really does it for me hahahahahhahah