Thursday, 19th May '05
Now Look What You've Done.
I realise I haven't bombarded anyone with quizes for a while. How did I realise this? Jem's horrible blog. *grr*. I thought I had broken the habit. Evidently not:
The Keys to Your Heart
You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.
In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.
You'd like to your lover to think you are optimistic and happy.
You would be forced to break up with someone who was ruthless, cold-blooded, and sarcastic.
Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything... no secrets.
Your risk of cheating is low. Even if you're tempted, you'd try hard not to do it.
You think of marriage as something that will confine you. You are afraid of marriage.
In this moment, you think of love as something you don't need. You just feel like flirting around and playing right now.
Ah. Reasonably accurate.
Your Seduction Style: Ideal Lover
You seduce people by tapping into their dreams and desires.
And because of this sensitivity, you can be the ideal lover for anyone you seek.
You are a shapeshifter - bringing romance, adventure, spirituality to relationships.
It all depends on who your with, and what their vision of a perfect relationship is.
So explain the dry spell, please?
Your SAT Score of 1480 Means:
You Scored Higher Than Howard Stern
You Scored Higher Than George W. Bush
You Scored Higher Than Al Gore
You Scored Higher Than David Duchovny
You Scored Higher Than Natalie Portman
You Scored Lower Than Bill Gates
Your IQ is most likely in the 140-150 range
Equivalent ACT score: 33
Schools that Fit Your SAT Score:
Deep Springs College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
MIT your head lah. I would die there.
American Cities That Best Fit You:
50% New York City
Hmm. Ok. Will keep that in mind.
Your #1 Match: ESTP
You are adventurous and risk taking. You act first, think second.
You love being the center of attention. Chances are you were the class clown.
Competitive, charming, and charasmatic - you have your own code of honor.
You live a flexible life, bouncing between a series of activies that interest you.
You would make a great salesperson, marketing director, or entrepreneur.
Your Mexican Name Is...
Glory. I have Placenta for a last name.
Your Birthdate: April 2
Your birth on the 2nd day of the month adds a degree of emotion, sensitivity, and intuition to your life.
The 2 is a very social number allowing you to make friends easily and quickly.
Yet you are apt to have a rather nervous air in the company of a large group.
You have a warmhearted nature and emotional understanding that constantly seeks affection.
You are more prone than most to become depressed and moody, as emotions can turn inward and cause anxiety and mental turmoil.
It can be hard for you to bounce back to reality when depression sets in.
Your Star Wars Name and Title
Your Star Wars Name: En Ko Eesin
Your Star Wars Title: Hoklem of Iuhgnoiq
Your Political Profile
Overall: 30% Conservative, 70% Liberal
Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
This is actually pretty helpful.
You Are 22 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
Sticks thumb on nose and blows a giant raspberry. Tzo! Qiong! See?? I grew up. Whee!
Star Wars Horoscope for Aries
Like many aries, you have demonstrated your penchant for inflicting pain.
You feel you are at the center of the universe and that you must be in control.
You enjoy being a leader... and you find that your aggression and quick temper serve you well.
Star wars character you are most like: The Emperor
Your Deadly Sins
Chance You'll Go to Hell: 34%
You'll die choking on a cookie in bed.
In 1984 (the year you were born)
Ronald Reagan is president of the US
On a Challenger mission, two astronauts become the first humans to fly free of a spacecraft
An Union Carbide insecticide plant in Bhopal, India seeps toxic gas killing over 2,000
Penthouse magazine publishes nude photographs of Miss America Vanessa Williams
The Soviet Union boycotts the Los Angeles Summer Olympics
Richard Stallman starts developing GNU
"Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's airs for the first time
The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to use a computer mouse and GUI interface, is introduced by Apple
Ethiopian famine begins
Mandy Moore and Avril Lavigne are born
Detroit Tigers win the World Series
Los Angeles Raiders win Superbowl XVIII
Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup
Ghost Busters, Beverly Hills Cop, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, and The Karate Kid are top grossing films
"When Doves Cry" by Prince and the Revolution spends the most time at the top of US charts
Michael Jackson's hair catches fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial
The Cosby Show, Punky Brewster, and Who's the Boss? premiere
Oh, this is very cool. Scratch Mandy Moore tho.
Your Taste in Music:
|80's R&B: High Influence|
|Adult Alternative: High Influence|
|80's Rock: Medium Influence|
|Classic Rock: Medium Influence|
|80's Alternative: Low Influence|
|80's Pop: Low Influence|
|90's Alternative: Low Influence|
|90's Hip Hop: Low Influence|
|90's Pop: Low Influence|
|90's Rock: Low Influence|
|Alternative Rock: Low Influence|
|Country: Low Influence|
|Hair Bands: Low Influence|
|R&B: Low Influence|
Alrighty. Exactly what are Hair Bands anyway? Keep hearing about them.
Vertigo by U2
"The night is full of holes
Those bullets rip the sky
Of ink with gold
They twinkle as the boys play rock and roll"
In 2004 you partied so hard... you forgot how to count.
And I know there was a John Mayer song there. Grr.
Your Famous Blogger Twin is Moby
Creative, cosmopolitan, and a bit moody
If something's on your mind, it's on your blog
Moby, I like.
|Your Survivor Palau Twin is Gregg|
Smart and logical, you love to plot and plan.
Just make sure others don't catch wind of your big ideas.
Hmm. I didn't watch enough to know.
You Are Placid and Peaceful
It's not that you're scared of most thrills
It's just that you don't need them to be happy
You're content with life as is... no need to change it
Just make sure to let loose a little every now and then!
Too many quizes, I have nothing left to comment on. Think I'll end it here.
[8 photographs developed.]
At the Copa, Copacabaaaaaannnnaaaaaa!
Alright alright. Zouk on Mambo night not quite the Copacabana by any stretch of imagination (mine, yours or Barry Manilow's), but since they DID play that song, oh well.
By the way, this entry is all in response to last night's mambo where Limin and Kai dragged me down in an attempt to make me sleepy enough to buang my whole Thursday stoning, Jem was a little bit crazy, Jer was the reluctant chaperone, and Gabe (J&J's friend) seemed to know more dances that our resident Mambo King Jerald. And really, I was there to see Jer and Qiong at it - *chuckle* Qiong, still got it in you, eh, since 1999 and that disco boat. I'm still amazed we didn't capsize it.
But really, for the sake of my own sanity and peace of mind (why the HECK do I know this many songs at Mambo? I'm not a schizo with a hidden ah lian streak, am I? *shock and horror*) , what little is left of my reputation as a respectable Broadway musical and classic rock girl (I can't NOT sing when I hear a song I know, which makes me look like a complete geek who mugs these things - though the fact that nutcase Jem yells "En Ying you are damn cool" at random intervals helps some, haha. Yes, Jem, you are damn cool too: when sober.)and simply because a blog entry is due, I'll TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE ON MY PLAYLIST AND WHY I HAVE IT. Relevant music only, of course. You'll be glad to know behind that I have a much less out-of-character collection of music by the likes of Billy Gilman, John Mayer (like, duh), Jack Johnson, Death Cab, Green Day, Jamie Cullum, REM, and The Dandy Warhols.
This is going to be embarrassing, but as you see, I'm short of blog-matter. All these songs I judge can be played at Mambo without alienating anyone (my reasonable men pegged at the level of the ordinary man on the Clapham Zouk Podium):
1. Ah-ha, "Take On Me"
-- I love this song, haha. Quite delightfully moronic, and the guy really has a fantastic upper register. Acquired this song after reading something about the band in "The Teenage Textbook", and was just curious.
2. AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns n' Roses, Def Leppard mix
-- Whole collection of classic riffs and choruses from the best classic rock bands in the world, very tactfully mashed up with steady bass. Came across it when I was searching for the Oasis / Green Day / Aerosmith mash-up of Boulevard of Broken Songs. It was too good to let go. You, shook me all night long!
3. Ace of Base, "All That She Wants"
-- Part of the stuff acquired when I was trying to relive me childhood somewhere in 2004. I thought of every band I could remember hearing when I was less then 12, searched the name, and acquired every song with a recognisable title.
4. Ace of Base, "I Saw the Sign"
-- Hui Sin says this is the stupidest song in the world, and gave me a rather impressive eye-roll when I said I had it. Haha. Really, it's surface lyrics are abysmal, but if you think about it, the sign isn't literal, is it? It's like realising that a guy just isn't that into you - that's exactly what the protagonist was trying to say.
5. Al Corley, "Square Rooms"
-- Perhaps the most embarrassing of this whole list. This one got into my playlist on a lark - after all, you can't go through university life pretending like the whole world doesn't already know this song. Best to keep abreast of current affairs, as it wear. Turned out that moronic lyrics aside ("Ooohhhhh, square rooms, they don't listen, they don't care, that a man is in despair." *shakes head*) it's annoyingly catchy. My shifu Ah Beng (let's just call him Ah Beng for convenience) does it pretty well.
6. Backstreet Boys, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
-- THE signature song from THE signature band of my generation. Haunted house with amazing dancing monsters. Nick as a hilarious mummy. What's not to love? Fact is, I have every BSB song ever recorded memorised since sec school.
7. Backstreet Boys, "Larger Than Life"
-- I don't like this one THAT much, even if it was written for the fans, but ditto the line about memorised lyrics.
8. Barry Manilow, "Copacabana"
-- I know this song is a joke even among Manilow fans, but Gold 90.5 FM plays it ENDLESSLY. And's that how I know it.
9. Belinda Carlisle, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
-- This was another one of those self-education trips. Some book or magazine mentions Belinda Carlisle, and I go find her signature song. Sort of the same way I learn about Ah-ha.
10. Billy Idol, "Mony Mony"
-- I was browsing CDs in Borders and came across a Billy Idol Greatest Hits. Cover looked interesting, and I committed to memory whatever I could of the track list. Good choice. I love Billy Idol music now. When he appeared in the Wedding Singer I could have died laughing.
11. Billy Idol, "You Spin Me Right Round"
-- This one was a little mix of the above method of discovery, coupled with the fact that I heared the opening "watch out here I come" line on a commercial and wanted to know where it came from. Went searching until I found it.
12. Billy Joel, "Uptown Girl"
-- I don't need to justify this song! I'm a proud Billy Joel fan and he's generally speaking, a real musician (as opposed to some of the junk you will soon see coming *kofflippskoffkylieminoguekofflabouchekoff*).
13. Blondie, "Call Me"
-- I don't actually like this song very much. And when Carmen Rasmussen mutilated it on American Idol, it aroused some interest as to whether the original was honestly that horrible or it was just her. To Carmen's credit, the original is quite horrible, which is sad, coz the next Blondie song on this list is FANTASTIC.
14. Blondie, "Maria"
-- This song is cleanly timed, unusually vocalised, has an amazing drum thing going on that inspired me to want to learn drums in the first place. There was a time in 1999 where I just looped this song over and over, it's that good.
15. Bon Jovi, "It's My Life"
-- You can't have a rock playlist without Bon Jovi and as long as Qiong and Vic remain awesome friends and I have a memory of our Sec 4 MTV (friggin' fun, that one), I will love this song and it will give me warm fuzzies. Love the references to "Living on a Prayer", speaking of which...
16. Bon Jovi, "Living on a Prayer"
-- Amazingly uplifting piece of work. I can't see how some people say that Bon Jovi's rock was the work of the devil with pieces like this.
17. Chubby Checker, "Let's Twist Again"
-- First downloaded this when I was converting Dad's old cassettes into CD form. Ended up learning every last lyric and being able to scream the "Is it a bird, NOOOO! Is it a plane, NOOOOOOOO! Is it the twister? YYYYYEEEAAAAAHHHH!!" shamelessly in the car with Dad. This song is a family fav, Mum sings it with me all the time.
18. Culture Beat, "Mr Vain"
-- I don't like this song either. It's truly a stupid song, but my aunt had in her CD player, and it was amongst the songs that Mich and I listened to on a regular basis.
19. Culture Club, "Karma Chameleon"
-- I don't care what you say, I like this song. First hear strains of this being sung in one of the Necessary Stage's plays in 2000. The 3 lead guys sang this song completely off-key and it was so endearing, I had to find the original. And honestly, you couldn't have lived in the 80s without being at least a LITTLE curious about Boy George - even Dad knows him.
20. Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
-- Wah liao. This is a nice song musically, but the orignal has excruciating vocals. I much prefer when John Mayer did a cover in one of his live concerts. Yeah, that's his silly streak at work.
21. Deniece Williams, "Let's Hear It for the Boy"
-- Was this from Footloose? I don't know why I have this song.
22. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Boom! Shake the Room"
-- Gee, it was a long time ago that Will Smith was known as the Fresh Prince, but his 80s work (such as this) was so much cooler than now. I LOVE this song. So much spirit of youth and fun. And cheese-magnet that I am, I love the reponse bits. I think I amused the twins with the "Ooh ah ah ah ah ah oooohh" bit. Haha. I'll never forget where I first heard this song - in the first Batman movie... Micheal Keaton I think. The Joker played it when he tore up the museum. Very cool.
23. Earth Wind and Fire, "Let's Groove Tonight"
-- Classic disco song, this, remade to death my various American Idol contestants every disco night. Last mangled beyond recognition by Sylvester Sim Xiang Long. I actually think the ah bengs in general won't like this... it's a bit high-class disco - more in the Saturday Night Fever vein. But what the heck. I like it.
24. Earth Wind and Fire, "September"
-- Another one of those classics that became an over-sung Idol song, most recently given quite a nice spin by Taufik. Again, probably not mainstream Ah Beng fare, but will do for my purposes.
25. Fun Factory, "I Wanna Be With You"
-- I was inspired to look for this after the night of watching TC's play with the Usual Suspects. Ave and Siti are amazing singers - they make any silly song by any silly group so much fun and I use this song to remember that bit of time spent with them.
26. G Love & Special Sauce, "Cold Beverage"
-- Ok. NO ah beng has heard of this one, I SWEAR. But when I'm a DJ I will play this. I like cold beverage, heya! Evidently I've stopped listing songs I actually heard at Zouk, but have started compiling my own repetoire.
27. Human League, "Together in Electric Dreams"
-- I'm probably the only idiot in the world that thinks that if you go beyond the silly electronic music sounds, the lyrics to this song are pretty simple, sweet and honest. Which is really, what the hallmark of the 80s seemed to me to be. Which also explains the strange way En Ying turns Mambo Night into Karaoke Night - my first level of music appreciation is that it's always ALWAYS about the lyrics. If I don't like the lyrics I almost certainly won't like the song.
28. Inner Circle, "Sweat (A La La La La Long)"
-- Would you believe the person who taught me this song was Dad? Imagine us sitting in the car singing this. Heh. Sometimes I think I should bring my parents to Mambo. Obscene as the lyrics are (ok, if you were THAT innocent, sorreh), I like this song.
29. Jamiroquai, "Canned Heat"
-- Also not very ah beng, but I like. THE big song from Centrestage (excellent dance movie, just ask Gnet). Another song just to make this my dream playlist. I can't NOT be able to sing this one - we do corner to corner every week at tech class to this.
30. Jerry Lee Lewis, "Great Balls of Fire"
-- Was actually very surprised when I heard this playing at Zouk. Opens the door to the possibility of a lot of other strange oldies like Chuck Berry's "Splish Splash I Was Taking a Bath".
31. Katrina & the Waves, "I'm Walking on Sunshine"
-- The M1 song. 'Nuff said.
32. Kylie Minogue, "I Should Be So Lucky"
-- This is the only Minogue song you will hear in Club En Ying, breast cancer or not. I detest all her other songs - cheap things sold by her cheap antics. (Sorry Babs.)
33. La Bouche, "Rhythm is a Dancer"
-- I don't actually like this song, and it gives me a headache. But again, it's a classic, and thus formed part of my self-education in music phase (the phase where I actively went out to listen to everything I heard mentioned or discussed in serious music conversation, but never understood).
34. La Bouche, "Sweet Dreams"
-- My Mum actually bought me a CD with this song on it when I was 12.
35. La Bouche, "Where Do You Go"
-- Another classic techno disco thing. Therefore also gives me a bit of a headache, but other than that it's bearable.
36. Lipps, "Funky Town"
-- Also part of the self-education in music. Think I might have heard of Funky Town in some documentary on the disco era or something, and decided to find out more. Decided for myself that it's a cringe-worthy, hair-raising piece of work. Bleugh. Somehow wound up singing it at Zouk anyway.
37. New Kids on the Block, "The Right Stuff"
-- If you're my age and you haven't heard this song, slap yourself. Oh oh oh-oh-oh, oh oh ohhh!
38. Paula Abdul, "Straight Up"
-- More self-education. Not a song I care for either.
39. Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust"
-- Not enough people know this song. Disappointing. It's Queen leh!
40. Queen, "We Will Rock You"
-- Really, this song doesn't need introduction.
41. Ray Parker Jr, "The Real Ghostbusters"
-- Another song where lyrics are essential to the story of the song. Loved the cartoon, loved the movies, and this reminds me of the Drama Fest play of Scared. There's something strange in the neighbourhood... who you gonna call?
42. Rick Astley, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
-- Dad told me Rick Astley was an MTV pioneer... if I'm not wrong, this song made for quite a music video.
43. Rick Astley, "Together Forever"
-- Mambo dance for this one very cute. Haha.
44. Snap, "I've Got the Power"
-- Who could forget that scene in Bruce Almightly where Jim Carrey zaps the fire hydrant and turns around and screams the opening lines to this song? Lovely. But this song also gives me a headache, so can't listen for long.
45. The Beatles, "Hippy Hippy Shake"
-- Mum and I do this one all the time. Almost invariably belting this at the top of our lungs in the car, to Dad's endless amusement. Not very ah beng, but heck.
46. The Offspring, "Keep 'em Seperated"
-- My Ah Beng is damn cool with this one, man. *grins stupidly* Forgive me if I stare. He can rap the lyrics too, by the way.
47. The Offspring, "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"
-- All Qionghui, this song. And trust me, appreciation of the lyrcis for this song is IMPERATIVE. They're hilarious.
48. Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby"
-- One hit wonder-boy. I learnt this song after Eminem constantly dissed Vanilla Ice in his songs. This song is strange - I love it, but every fibre of my being tells me it's a disgusting musical faliure.
49. Village People, "Macho Man"
-- HAHAHAHAA. I got this song after watching Errol and Haikel and Kumar and Randall and Micheas doing Sean's absurd "Oh Man!" intro dance. There's a sight to tell one's grandchildren about.
50. Village People, "YMCA"
-- I'm actually going to stay there!
51. Wham, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
-- Dad insists this song was inspired when George Micheal (or someone else in the group) left a note to another band member to wake him from his nap before he left the house. YEAH RIGHT.
52. Wild Cherry, "Play that Funky Music"
-- ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Thanks for Kurt Browning (Canadian Figure Skater) who did an impressive routine in his tight leather pants and imprinted this song in my mind forever and ever more, Amen.
53. Aerosmith, "Walk This Way"
-- Qiong gave me this song. Along with the whole Greatest Hits collection. Excellent stuff.
54. Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child of Mine"
-- Hello, Axl!
55. Jet, "Are You Gonna be my Girl"
-- IPOD made this one famous in an instant. Again, not ah beng, but just let me at the record table.
56. The Bee Gees, "Staying Alive"
-- I'll just let this song represent everything from the John Travolta disco movie era. This inclues "More than a Woman", "Night Fever", "Greased Lightning", "Summer Nights" and everthing else. I'm too lazy, and I want to go watch the O.C. now, so I'm stopping here.
Anyone want a private party and need a DJ? Call me. I can't spin, but I'll make sure the DJ doesn't have as crappy a playlist as that bugger did last night. He played latin jazz type music... I was actually wishing for Zhihon to be around so that SOMEONE at least would have something to dance to.
[1 photograph developed.]
Friday, 6th May '05
That's the Way We Get By...
This Spoon song is the perfect soundtrack to this entry. Sufficiently mindless (in a good way) and head-boppy to convey the sort of lazy comfort of mooshing around doing NOTHING on your holiday.
So yes, that IS the way I've been getting by. Doing nothing in particular, making a few phone calls left and right to settle various DE things, lazy-ing in bed, getting some sun at last, making a few more DE related phonecalls, watching movies, meeting people, emailing Dalhousie administration staff, more lazy-ing...
Not to say that the past week hasn't been interspersed with happening, well, happenings.
Brewerkz was wonderful... if a bit dark (but that's just me, I guess I like to eat my food by the light of day - or at least a flourescent lamp). It was both disconcerting and amusing at the same time how much we talked about ADULT SOUNDING THINGS at that dinner. Ben telling us his new management stratgies for his mum's company, Andre giving us the inside scoop on EDB presentations (some dude wanted to market his biofuel's idea and was met with a barrage of merciless questions - guess moots aren't the only time these things happen), Gnet and Shaun with their stories on orthopedics and guys with strange skin diseases on their butt (whatever happened to doctor-patient confidentiality, haha?), Kai and I barely beginning to talk about the limits on the freedom of the press, and Limin, well, we hear Limin's exciting hotel stories all the time! *grin*
Sitting outside with Babs and Kai and Dre for some good old time wasting and crappy-talks was something of a luxury, too, especially after the past few weeks of intense non-time-wasting that was my exam fever.
And the stupid Bert missed his own Smub Birthday Dinner.
Bert's Actual Birthday Dinner
One word. FOOD. So sad that by littlest bro's limelight was stolen by the FOOD (glorious FOOD). His Grandma is a culinary genius when it comes to classic oily party food. And the whole party, with all of Bert's extended family... it brought to mind images of a time that seems very far away... a time where big families partied together and people cooked at home and it was all just nice, warm and fuzzy in the living room. It made me feel a little sad that such things rarely ever happen anymore - it's been ages since anyone in my family threw and birthday party and could count on the rest of the extended family to show up. Right now my dad's side has been the closest it's ever been for a long time, and yet barely anyone showed face at Andrea's birthday except my family and Alvin (ok, I don't suppose he had much of a choice , haha). Dad remarked on how about fifteen years ago, everyone would turn up for mine or Mich's or Daniel's parties, no questions asked...
But back to the birthday boy of this season. I should think Bert had a good time, yes? We made him model this supposedly translucent black dress shirt that Andre and Lucas picked out. Yes, with those two making the selection, you know why it was "supposedly translucent" - they were SO gleeful when they held it to the light and, well, the light came right through, but being the losers that they are on a regular basis, it turned out NOT to be translucent when worn. Sigh. You should've seen Andre's disappointed expression.
And with Bert turning 21 at last, thus begins the growing up of all our little Smub brothers... *sniffle*.
May Day! May Day!
Oh, keep your hair on. No airplanes crashing - perhaps only potential laptops. Spend half a day at Sim Lim laptop shopping with Mum (and my technophobic Dad went to amuse himself otherwise... probably with food). I'm much enamoured with the Asus M5, but I haven't a clue how reliable it is. Qiong (a.k.a. my computer guru) isn't being terribly helpful here.
And I know this will make me sound like the world's largest geek EVER, but I discovered a new Chinese word processer programme! It's fantastic stuff... you can key in words not just by hanyu pinyin, but by writing the characters with a fingertip on the touchpad as well! Right clicking words gives you English translations, and on the more expensive versions, whole Chinese documents are translated at the blink of an eye. The most amazing part was when the guy typed in an English document and it translated the whole darn thing into Chinese - and I don't mean the halting, choppy sounding Babelfish kind of translation, but real complete sentences with grammer and syntax!
East Coast Park! Gelare Half-Priced Waffles!
In a line, it is a BAD IDEA TO INLINE SKATE WHEN YOUR TWO FRIENDS ARE CYCLING MOUNTAIN BIKES WITH GEARS. It's a sad like, being an inline skater. First off, everyone calls your skates ROLLERBLADES -mine are California Pros! Not Rollerblades! *gah* And then, my very unseasoned feet kena blister. And obviously Kai and Babs were going a million times faster than me... but it was a lot of good fun. Hanging on to Babs for a ride was the best part - dangerous I know, but you never get that kind of speed on skates yourself!
Kai's blog has all the photos. We had some interesting shots at the Bedok Jetty - and yes, it's as fishless as always...
Qiong Came Home!
(sidenote: The number of exclamation marks in the titles shows you I've been having a rather good time of late, doesn't it?)
Need I say more?
a.k.a my first R(A) movie
a.k.a.the German gay boy show with good cinematography, supportive soundtrack and beguiling honesty
a.k.a. the one with Qiong's skinny Latino-looking guy - yes, yes, he WAS rather charming.
a.k.a. damned Singapore censors, R(A) show also you want to censor... not that I mind them saving me from having to look at some teenage boy's beans and franks, but in principle, Singapore really doesn't have to be that homophobic.
a.k.a. why didn't anyone else see how sweetly symbolic that sunburnt skin-peeling scene was? Tobi's metamorphis and growing up...
a.k.a. OH, so that was what the falling pine tree was about!
a.k.a. that was very strange use of the Pet Shop Boy's "Go West"
a.k.a. SCHORSCHI!! *falls over laughing* That was hilarious.
Okie, so I'm no longer an Mambo virgin (as Limin would happily announce to the whole world).
In actuallity, Mambo to me has become more of karaoke night than a dancing thing. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the podium Ah Bengs, and it does take some (not a whole LOT, lah) skill to pull off a credible Mambo jive... and there was my shifu Beng who has pretty nice accents to his moves... and the whole lot of them are pretty in sync... but at the end of it all, I don't like crowds and if I was going to dance I'd prefer to do so in the comfort of my own bedroom.
Yes, at last count I had 26 Mambo songs in my iTunes playlist even BEFORE ever seeing a Mambo night in person. I scare myself, sometimes. So I really do think Rick Astley music is alright! And Wild Cherry's "Play that Funky Music" has been a fav for years. And I'll admit downloading Al Corley's "Square Rooms" for a laugh, but I really do enjoy listening to "Karma Chameleon" as a real song. Embarrassingly enough, I also know too many Ace of Base songs too. It's just... the whole experience of having your iTunes playlist remixed with a thumping bass and handed back to you with a handful of sweaty Ah Bengs and Lians flailing around on a platform is a bit... overwhelming.
But OH!! I had no idea that ANYONE ELSE actually listened to Billy Idol in this day and age. The "You Spin Me Right Round" song somemore! It was at that point that I felt an inexplicable sort of kinship to the podium Bengs. I mean come ON. I can't talk Billy Idol with any of you reading this right now! That had to be the best part of the night - getting affirmation for my strange music taste.
I didn't agree with the remixing of one very decent Brit rock song though. And some part of the rock puritan in me is unsettled by the way the Ah Bengs hoot and wolf-call along to decent classic rock like Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". Hmm. Not that it was blasphemous or anything, just... strange. I mean, you wouldn't Mambo to Van Halen, would you?
All I need now is to be presented with a deranged Jerald Chan.
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Sunday, 1st May '05
'Coz Heart Can be an Ass.
Heart doesn't decide things.
Heart just feels...
But Heart can never decide.
Heart is stupid that way.
Heart only has to know -
Happy, or Not Happy?
And Mind must say "Go with the Happy!"
'Coz Heart can be an Ass (what an anatomic mess) and make you go with Unhappy.
So that's my little MSN epiphany of the day. Can write a self-help book already.
[14 photographs developed.]