Tuesday, 19th December '06

There is a Light and It Never Goes Out

Cleaning my room again. Is dusty. Phoo. Am listening to The Smiths as I go. Steven Patrick Morissey's manic-depressive lyrics are so delightful, sometimes. Go get your hands on "There's a Light that Never Goes Out"... it's the most morbid declaration of love that I've ever heard:

"And if a double-decker bus crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine."

Morissey is such a great lyricist for this reason. You don't know what to make of the things he says. When I listen to these, I don't know whether to go "CHOI!" and slap him on the head, or to swoon dreamily. Really, when a guy says that to suffer such a grotesque death would be perfectly alright to him if he shared it with you - how do you react? It's so awkward, but the best way he could express himself. Morissey was clinically depressed, after all.

And he's the absolute king of capturing the nuances of complicated situations. Sample below, from "Girlfriend in a Coma". I'm sure the same horrible thoughts have occured to every one of us.

"Girlfriend in a coma, I know, I know - it's serious
Girlfriend in a coma, I know, I know - it's really serious
There were times when I could have murdered her
(But you know, I would hate anything to happen to her)
No, I dont want to see her
Do you really think she'll pull through?
Do you really think she'll pull through?"

And I thought John Mayer's "My Stupid Mouth" was a pretty heart wrenching account of a date gone wrong. Check out Morissey's "Bigmouth Strikes Again":

"Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head
Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I was I said by right you should be bludgeoned in your bed.
... Bigmouth, bigmouth, bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place in the human race
... Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose and her hearing aid started to melt."

I love the way he intersplices his own personality with other personas. It just makes for the lit geek in me to sit and think: Joan of Arc never had a hearing aid. But Morissey wore a hearing aid and that's an obvious reference to himself. What does it all mean?

And my all time favourite Smiths song, "How Soon is Now". I nearly had a coronary when T.A.T.U. covered it and managled it beyond recognition. Here it is set out in it's full glory. "Charmed" fans take note, this is the real thing that plays behind the Charmed Ones doing their thing in the opening montage.

" I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Oh, of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

There's a club, if you'd like to go
You could meet somebody who really loves you
So you go, and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home, and you cry
And you want to die

When you say it's gonna happen "now"
Well, when exactly do you mean ?
See I've already waited too long
And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does"

More lyrics? Go here.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 05:40 pm
[2 photographs developed.]

Buddy Tree... Still Counting.

Noted for posterity, and rediscovered as jotted down on a scrappy piece of Yoshinoya tray lining -

Many thanks to Chor Kiang and Sam for supplementing the details.

17th: Richard (Wel)
18th: Gail Wong (CommzD)
19th: Olivia Oo (ECAD)
20th: Adrian Ho (CCAD)
21st: Koh En Ying (CCAD)
22nd: Huang Jian' An (CCAD)
23rd: Tan Liang Si (CommzD)
24th: Samuel Chan (Wel)
25th: Nina Chng (Wel), Tan Chor Kiang (Wel)
26th: (Under Nina) Iwan (CCAD), Musfirah (House)
(Under Chor Kiang) Chua Weilin (Wel), Brian Ng (House)

Things are about to get a lot more confusing, come April.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 04:40 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]

Sunday, 10th December '06


Yep. Holidays are here. It's going to be busy with all the Christmas things - this year I have been designated on Christmas duty, so I've been out with parents shopping for ornaments and trees and lights etc. for two days straight. Is fun, but tiring, and Concourse has gone a little bit loco. Ikea too. Pictures to come, once I manage to borrow a PC to upload the photos from the phone.

In the meantime, I NEED A JOB. It's the last holiday to do something a little bit crazy, so if anyone has lobangs for event dancer, needs someone to dress in a Mickey Mouse costume and take photos with small children, juggle wine bottles or oranges (I may need to practise again first... but I don't do knives or fire, please), sell Christmas trees or demonstrate yo-yos, act in cheesy corporate videos, organise funfairs and flea markets, man the counter at a scuba diving gear rental shack, decorate your tree shop window or house or church or Orchard Road (of rather, fixing the massive disaster that it is already)... call me. I'm only going for fun, so I don't care much about how much is paid. I just need to have done something frivolous in my life before I become a corporate drone. As for clerical work and external sales... I need at least 10 bucks an hour, mostly because I need to be paid for being bored out of my mind.

I may be opening myself up to being searched on Technorati and slammed like Wee Shu Min, but somehow getting a general job is SO HARD. People say getting jobs being a lawyer or a doctor is difficult, but even if I'm willing to be a Duck Tours guide for 5 bucks and hour they won't have me. So I can do Intellectual Property for Allen & Gledhill but I'm incapable of reciting stories about the Singapore River and Sir Stamford Raffles and coolies with artificial enthusiasm. I have possibly written to every animal facility here which says they're hiring animal show presenters and none will have me. Can't even get a foot in the door for an interview. I don't get it; I'd hire me, and I think I'd do it better than the ones I see doing it right now. There is a problem with being overqualifiedly underqualified - all the paper and the qualifications in all the wrong places gets you absolutely nowhere. Honestly I don't think it's all that hard to dress as Donald Duck and wave manicly at a contingent of 5 year olds. I know I shouldn't be complaining, most people would love to have my life. But it doesn't mean I wouldn't like in on theirs either.

Oh well. Was in the mood to blow off some steam. All I want is something DIFFERENT. Is that so bad?

It's annoying that being unable to get a job with Duck Tours can ruin your self esteem like that. It's unthinkably crushing to a 4th year law student that jobs that ask for school leavers with O-level qualifications, no experience necessary, won't even interview me.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 11:18 pm
[4 photographs developed.]

Saturday, 2nd December '06

Will it Blend? That is the Question.

No really, my question is entirely different. And I will get 'round to explaining that once you've seen this video:

Thank you to Mr John Mayer for blogging this video in order to vouch for a product he was just given as a present, hence bringing it to my attention. I wouldn't put it past him to stick 50 marbles in his blender just for the pure heck of it.

But my question is really this: celebrity endorsements aside, how much do YOU really want a blender that has the capacity to pulverise 50 marbles to glass dust in a matter of minutes. Mind you, that was just on the Ice Cream setting alone - apparently the least impressive situation of spinning blades the blender has to offer. God only knows what will happen should you turn it to "TurboBlend" mode.

Perhaps we'll soon be able to use the household kitchen appliances to separate atoms into their constituent protons and neutrons, nuclear reactors be damned. Chuck in some good ol' fashioned uranium isotope and Kahblooey! North Korea's gonna want a piece of this action! But since I've recently heard from my resident Mac guru (nod to David L.) that all luxury items, including iPods, have been banned from the land of the radioactive misiles, the chances that Kim Jong Il will be messing around with an absurdly powerful mincing device are rather slim.

So seriously, if you're not a serial killer in desperate need to dispose of recently dismembered body parts, and you have no immediate desire to manufacture a pile of sawdust for your pet hamster from the leg of an old Ikea chair, what do you need with this kind of obscenely superflous power? I see myself losing 4 fingers to this monster before I feel tempted to add ground aluminum can extract, essence of compact disc and powdered broomstick to my Coca Cola.

I say shelve this blender right up there with the Japanese samurai Steak Knives you can chop firewood with and the indestructible Fountain Pens that you can use for stabbing holes in a concrete wall.

There are children in Africa who don't even have normal food processors, you sinful wastrel!

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 05:28 pm
[2 photographs developed.]

Friday, 1st December '06

Non Sequitur

Well, maybe not exactly.

Churchy-looking Dude busking with guitar at Bedok Interchange:
Merry Christmas! Jesus loves you! Jesus loves you very much!

Coffeeshop Uncle running by who gets sidetracked pretty easily stops short and announces loudly enough for everyone to hear:

Yes, we don't need snow to have a Christmas.

In the meanwhile, the famnig hjärtas are invading my house! Argh!
(More on this later.)

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 08:41 pm
[2 photographs developed.]