Thursday, 30 April 2009

True Quote #22

This is one primarily Malaysians will get.

My boss at work: "I can be really dangerous when I'm competitive, believe me."
Colleague, without missing a beat: "Yes, Dr Mahathir, I remember."


True quote, my friends.
True quote.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Sleepy and Trapped

Yo all. Heh. What a life. Working 10 hours a day, and then heading home to work another 4-6 hours on music. Slept at 7am this morning. Now back in the office. Whoohooo.

Meanwhile, we had a little bit of excitement today when the front door to the office refused to open. Y'see, it's magnetised and guarded by a security system, and for some odd reason the security system malfunctioned. So suddenly the only way in and out of the office was no longer an entrance-exit point. We were trapped! TRAPPED!

And so all of us just stood there, by the door, looking out longingly, wondering, "Hmmm. What to do now." Cindy called the security-system guys, who tried to provide some help on the phone. This led to events involving an electrical box, wires, a screwdriver and a certain degree of worry. Heh.

Eventually, some guys from building maintenance showed up and somehow managed to open the door. And so... yea. Y'know. Crisis over. Back to work we go. La la la la. Never a dull moment.

:))

Monday, 27 April 2009

Taxes and Idol

Yo all. How was your weekend? Mine was rather quiet. Been busy working on the music for a children's production in Aussieland, which I'll also have the opportunity to attend next month, wheee! On top of that, had to file my taxes, which is as exciting as it sounds. Boooooo. And this was pretty much the routine for most of last week: work in the office, then work @ home on the music. Sometimes I think I could do with a little bit more excitement in my life. Speaking of which:

Last night I had the funniest dream, and what was even more surprising is that it was a complete narrative — beginning, middle and end. It started with me going to this venue, where there were many other people waiting in line. I realised it was a singing audition, only I didn't have a song ready, and so I decided to go with something from Stephen Sondheim, the haunting ballad Losing My Mind. Only I couldn't remember the lyrics, so I hurried to a computer that appeared from out of nowhere, and tried to surf the Net. Unfortunately, the computer asked me for a username and password. So I couldn't log on. Oy vey.

Next thing I know, I'm standing in front of none other than Mr Simon Cowell (?!!) and he's looking bored while I start to sing Losing My Mind. He says something, I can't hear him; and then suddenly someone passes me a microphone, and I sing into it, and my voice comes out all out of tune, and Simon Cowell looks even more fed up. So midway through the song I stop, take a dramatic bow, and exclaim proudly, "Thank you!! Now I've finally auditioned for Idol!" before strutting off the stage all pleased with myself.

The dream ended there, and I woke up.

Waddaphuck???

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Star struck

I got a little mention in the local paper this weekend. Pretty cool being interviewed rather than being the one doing the interviewing, heh. Anyhoo, it's just a paragraph and a pic (and did I really say what I'm quoted as having said? Oy!), but here it is, courtesy of The Star (click on the link, duh.) And just for the record in the event that the article no longer exists online, here's the snippet where I'm mentioned. This is for the Boh Cameronian Arts Award for the music for A Christmas Carol, of course. Here it is:

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Libretti, Italian restaurants and housewarmings

Yo all! Well, it's been a fascinating few days. First off, on Thursday, met with Colin K who'll hopefully be directing our long-awaited FTL 2009 production. Got some feedback from him on the revised script for the show. He had some criticisms, but they were very constructive and I'm looking forward to tweaking the libretto further to address these concerns. But overall he says the new script looks like it's "shaping up rather nicely", and there were some laugh-out-loud moments (though a number of random jokes made him stop and go "Huh? What?", he said). So yes. God willing, this is going to happen. Whoohoo.

On Friday there was work as usual, but on Friday night we had a little company get-together at an Italian restaurant, part of the bosses' way of saying "Thank you!" as well as "Goodbye" to our colleague Lainie, who's leaving us to go to (in a moment of synchronicity) Aussieland. Oy vey. But it was a good night, with lots of really yummy food (don't remember the name of the place, something like D'Italiannes Kitchen or something, out front of Jaya 33 building). So that was pretty fun. I didn't take any pics, but I'm hoping my colleagues did, so I'll try and put 'em up as and when I get my paws on 'em.

Afterwards I dropped my colleague Z off at our former colleague Winnie's place, and, with Lainie in tow (are you keeping up?), we all decided to go and encroach upon Winnie's space by inviting ourselves up to her gorgeous apartment. It's a large, beautiful place located in Bangsar (I didn't ask about the built-up, but suffice it to say, it's much bigger than my 1020sq-ft abode!), but I was even more taken by Winnie's dog Mika, who's, like, this tiny little thing that bounced off the walls and floors with boundless energy. So that was fun. Yup.

And yesterday, Saturday, was pretty cool because I finally, finally got off my arse and threw that housewarming party (circa one month after I'd moved in, eh-hehh!). Not a large crowd by any means, but it was comfortable and cosy and there was lots of booze (always a priority!) and food (now stocking up my tiny fridge till bursting point). First to arrive were my colleagues from work, followed by ex-colleagues from The Edge (the company, not the musical); then, as it got later, the arty folks showed up to wreak their form of havoc.

So all in all, it was fun, and they ended the night by making me skoll a shot (in a large paper cup) before leaving me to clean up. Oy. Cut to: right now, as I sit on this computer blogging, while two ladies from a cleaning agency are hurrying about the apartment, hastening to eliminate all evidence of yesterday's shindig: mops and brooms and cleaning agents all aflurry. Arf.

Tonight I shall be heading off to Lainie's farewell party at her place, where I hope to be able to get rid of some of the food that people left behind, hahahaa!!! So that should be fun. Looking forward to it.

Finally, not much in the way of awesome photos, but here are a couple from yesterday's housewarming festivities. Enjoy, and till next time! ;)


From left: Grace, Shefa and Shashi. Despite the catchiness of their names, Shefa and Shashi aren't related.


Zedeck and Sharon. Zedeck's the one in the girly top.


Nicole (left) and Janet. Janet's being dramatic, just as we all often are. Nic's just looking on, going, "Oy vey. Drama mama."


(From left) Ric, Cat and Jo. Cat and Jo are former colleagues. Ric is Cat's, ahem, friend. We didn't know him initially, but he was funny. And funny works in our universe.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Wowed

I'm not usually a big fan of blogging about random Youtube clips, particularly of reality talent tv shows, but I just viewed what has to be one of the funniest, most amazing and most moving clips I've seen in a while. Little Jo and I watched it together (in separate countries, in separate rooms, on separate computers; we were just online at the time), and we were, like, "Wow!!" Goosebumps!!! An absolutely restrained, emotive performance by a 47-year-old woman, nondescript in appearance but full of character and talent, who dreams to sing... and does. Unfortunately I can't embed the clip, but you can view it here. And no, this isn't spam or a virus-infected link. Go and watch. And enjoy. :))

Edited to add: Here's an Entertainment Weekly article on her. And here's another. :D

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Looooong Overdue!!!

Hey all! Well, the week's kicked off, and my relaxing weekend has flown by just like that. Heh. But it's been somewhat productive; I managed to update my website, and, more significantly, finally finished the rewrites of Follow The Light, script 100% revised!! Whoohoo!! Am meeting with the director Colin on Thursday to see if it's still possible to get this long-overdue project off the ground. And a contact of mine from Perth has asked if I might be keen on exploring putting it on in South Perth year-end 2010. As I've been saying for the past four years: fingers crossed!!! ARF.

This weekend I'm likely going to throw my housewarming party for the apartment, and in May, whooo-hoooo, I'll be heading for a looooong overdue visit to Perth!! WHOO HOO!! YEA. I write this now because my leave is confirmed and everything should be fine. Now all I need to do is make sure i get the Electronic Travel Advisory off the Aus immigration dept website (like an electronic visa, this is), and buy the plane ticket, and I'll be off!! (But first, I need to work on the music for this year's children's theatre production, which is part of the reason why I'm going! But more on this later...)

Oh well, that's about it for now!! Some exciting things are happening, and I couldn't be happier. May it all pan out!!

Till next time... buh-bye!!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Miss FINE!!

Hey all! It's been a relaxing weekend thus far. Went to church for Easter Mass, and spent the evening with some alone time, watching hilarious reruns of one of my personal all-time favourites, The Nanny. Okay, that sounds a little bit sad (or very sad, depending on your point of view on things), but hey, it's a relaxing and very entertaining way to spend a weekend, arf arf!!!

Quote of the hour: "This meeting bestows upon me an honour which is unparallelled within my universe." - Fran's mother Sylvia, upon meeting Elizabeth Taylor.

Eh-HEHHHH!!!!


Saturday, 11 April 2009

Temporarily Suspended

Whoops. Had to disable the background image for this blog as the site that was hosting it is down. Until I get it up and running again, we'll just have to put up with this black background, wokay? Wokay! :D

Friday, 10 April 2009

Mad Week

Hi all! Wow, a week has gone by already since my last post, and it's been a looong, exhausting one! This week saw the swearing-in of a new prime minister for Malaysia; the commencement of three simultaneous by-elections; and the introduction of the new government cabinet. All in all, a really tiring week for journalists, even more so when your team is as small as TNG's!! Fortunately it's all over now, and unless something huge crops up in the next few days, I'm looking forward to a relatively peaceful weekend ahead.

Which reminds me, this weekend, of course, is Easter, whoohooo! No chocolate eggs here though, awww! I still remember fondly Judi, Carol and myself, with Justin and Josie and Chris and Jade (who am I missing? Sorry if I've left you out!) hiding little choccy eggs around the house in Dean Road back in 2006 (right before poor Nicky left to return to this perplexed and perplexing Asian country), and then squealed in delight (or at least faked it, already knowing the eggs were there) when we found 'em. "MINE!" Good times.

Speaking of Perth, I've decided to make a loooong-overdue visit next month!! Am very close to confirming the dates and buying a one-way ticket. More info as and when!

Oh, and another great thing that happened this week? I finally got my internet set up in the apartment!! WHOO HOO! (Or have I blogged that already? Damn, too lazy to doublecheck, since it involves opening my blog in a new window and scrolling downwards, oy vey, pressing the down-arrow key can be exhausting). But yes, I'm online, and it's all wireless (which isn't terribly stable on my desktop, since I'm connecting with one of those plug-in USB wireless adapters; I think the ethernet cable works a lot better), and believe you me, the blog posts are going to be more regular from now on, like someone with lots of fibre!!!

...

Well, I guess that's it. Bye for now. (And Nick disappears and neglects to blog for another full week at least. Oy.)

Friday, 3 April 2009

Something is Sacred!

My song Listen (to the Night) has won 3rd prize in the Gospel / Sacred/ Inspirational category of the Pacific Songwriting Competition 2008! Yay! Check it out here (you'll need to scroll down). It's actually a variation of my song Listen that was written last year for the Buddhist songwriting thingy (was it really a year ago?? Yikes!). Apparently it's popular as a spiritual-themed melody, arf. I've also added info and uploaded it to my website, so check it out, peeps (and sign the guestbook, will ya!) ;)) Bye for now!

An Apology

So today I've learnt an important lesson in honesty and humility.

Long story. But it dates back to events circa November/December 2008. No need to go into it, though the relevant blog post(s) will remain so as to keep me accountable for the expressions that I made at the time.

For all the hurt feelings, I'm truly sorry.

Take care. Bye.