Friday, 31 December 2010

Bye-Bye, 2010: A Retrospective Reflection

So we've reached the end of the year, and it's been quite an eventful 365 days, hasn't it? Here are some of the high/lowlights of my year...
  • Alisa's wedding - Jan 2010. A big reunion in Penang with old friends, as well as being part of my dear friend Alisa's nuptials. Lots of fun!
  • Applying for Australian permanent residence / Getting a housemate - Feb/March 2010. Okay, so the rules concerning Aussie PR changed and I couldn't qualify. Still, it was a positive step in moving forward, something which I've only recently begun to realise I need to keep working on... i.e. move forward, stop being stuck in one place mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. But more on this next time... / Chan Ghee moved in, and it was, as Terry has said, like a sitcom, where two characters who didn't previously have much interaction suddenly ended up occupying the same space. Heh. Good times!
  • My birthday - March 2010. Yeah, it was hard for me to accept turning 30 because it meant, in my head, the clock ticking. But as my friends have oft told me, what's the hurry?? Let things unfold in their own time. Words of wisdom. And it's not as if the previous decade was entirely uneventful, according to this list...
  • Children's Theatre -May 2010. Travelling to Perth, once again, to be part of the children's theatre production, providing prerecorded music as well as live accompaniment. Awesome.
  • Children's Theatre - June 2010. This time, they came to Singapore and Malaysia, with performances in Johor Baru as well as in Kuala Lumpur. Awesomeness. Plus, I drove into Singapore for the first time! Yay!
  • Joblessness - August 2010. Yup, August signalled the end of The Nut Graph as a full-time endeavour, which meant poor little ol' me was out of a job. BUT - on the plus side, this has spurred on my goal to try to work on more part-time and freelance work (again, since I have tried this before). And, of course, it freed up my time somewhat to work on some of the other projects listed below...
  • Little Girl Lost - September/October 2010. The conception, writing and submission of this ten-minute project took place from May-August, and then into September we began rehearsing, culminating in the performances at the end of Sept and into early October. As we recall, we did fairly well in this festival... :)
  • The new puppy - November 2010. Ashley!
  • Follow The Light - November/December 2010. This pretty much went on throughout 2010, building in intensity from August onwards. I'm sure it's been made clear how big this project was, and how it all went. I know I've not actually said too much about the production since it ended; I guess it's because I need some time and distance away from it before looking back. Anyway, if all goes well, and by the grace of God, this was just the beginning of something big. :)
All in all, I say it's been quite an interesting year, don't you think?? I'm nervous/excited at what the New Year brings, especially with my plans for more music and theatre work, coupled with my aim at working freelance. And then there are all the trips coming up (more on this soon!). Once again, here's wishing everybody a healthy, productive, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! See ya in 2011!

Bye-Bye, 2010!

Here are a couple more (similar) pics of me and the gang over the Christmas period. Yup, a bit low on pics this time around, but never mind, it's been a good one anyway! How was your Christmas period? A quiet New Year's Eve looks likely for me tonight... can't say I'm complaining! Until my next post - have a Happy New Year, everybody! Here's to 2011!

Not sure what I'm lookin' upset about... probably didn't get my share of food... oy

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Taaa-Daaaa!

Hey, hey, hey folks! In anticipation of a brand new year, here's a brand new look for the blog! Whoohoooo!!! Let me know what you think... usual methods of communication available in the sidebar on the right! ;) Cheers!!

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Peaceful Nights and Potty Dreams

Back home from Penang! Stayed over at grandparents' for the entire trip, which is unusual because I used to find myself pretty uncomfortable at the grandfolks' place, often opting to stay with friends in the city. I don't know if this is psychological or what, but now that Grandma and Grandpa have become Christians, and all of the Chinese altars of their previous beliefs have been removed from the house, their home feels more like... well... home now. This is despite my having grown up and spent 30 years in that place. For the first time, it feels - peaceful. Like I said, could be psychological. Or maybe it's more than that. Hmmm.

Anyway, we're back in PJ, and it's gonna be a quiet few days leading up to a quiet New Year's, I reckon. But no matter... in the New Year I'll be going on a holiday to Had Yai in Thailand to join my dear friend Zal (hiiii Zal!) and her hubby Eugene at their rural home in Songkla. Then I've decided to join some theatre buddies to a trip to Bali for four days, which is going to be absolutely awesome. I foresee more days of doing nothing impending... which is, really, exactly what I need. Now if only I could train my mind into getting accustomed to the idea that it's quite all right to be doing nothing; that there's no real need to be productive, productive, productive all the way. But that's tortured artistry for ya. Arf.

Before I go, let me just share this brief, bizarre dream I had the other night: I dreamed I was in confrontation with a toilet tank that had a life of its own, and it kept spraying me with water and commanding me to "go with the flow!!" Oy!! That's a WTF moment, to be sure! :P Till next time... go with the flow!!

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Happy Baby Jesus Day!

Hey everyone!! Greetings from Penang! Yup, yesterday my folks and I hopped into our car and did a road trip up north to spend Christmas with my grandparents, so here I am right now, spending Christmas night at an internet cafe in rural Balik Pulau, arf arf! It's been a pleasantly quiet past few days, almost a week since the end of FTL, and I've basically been spending my time relaxing and recuperating from the nuttiness that was the entire production!! I've also been spending some time catching up with old friends, namely Kevin, Irinna, Becky and Alisa who are from Penang, as well as little Jo and Josie from Perth who are in town visiting.

This Christmas will certainly be a memorable one for me, what with our managing to pull off the entire show (how well we've done, financially speaking, won't be known for a couple of weeks, but I'm hoping I won't be having to wash dishes for the rest of my life). And on top of this, I'm going through some minor emotional stuff, something I just gotta accept and get over because I'm truly convinced that there's a valuable friendship at stake here, which to me is a most important thing - it's a long story and I won't go into detail, but let's just say this is an attempt on my part to cut through the melodramatic emo crap and establish a healthy, honest, sincere friendship... the loss of which would be disappointing... so that can't - won't - happen.

The whole FTL experience has also triggered off some existential thinking within me, thoughts of what I'm supposed to do with my life, where I'm supposed to go and how I'm supposed to get there. One thing that has come out of this is that I'm more convinced than I've been in a while about the role of God in my life - yes, I believe He exists! - and that He surely must have a plan for me, if only I'm able to let go and let Him guide. Yup, some pretty deep thinking, and surely appropriate on this day, the birth of Jesus... a time of rebirth, perhaps. I can only pray.

Anyway, before we get too bogged down by philosophy and dramatics, here are some photos of me hanging out with my friends from Penang who were just in KL a couple of days ago. Thanks to Becky and Terry and everyone else from whose Facebook accounts I've pilfered these pics. Yup, taking one's own pics these days is overrated and rather unnecessary, arf arf. Till my next post, have a very, very Merry Christmas, and I'm sure I'll be back before or by the New Year!!! Cheers, everybody!!


Above and below: At Ming Tien food court



Starbucks at Mid-Valley with Alisa


At 1-Utama for lunch with Becky, seen here with Kev and Irinna's kids Faustine and Dylan


Here's the entire gang!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Curtain Down

It's over! FTL is over!! WOW! What a rush!

More to come... ;) Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Performance Pics Galore!

Hey, boys and girls! I've uploaded a whole bunch of performance pics to the FTL blog — check 'em out now!! Click here to view the pics... and if you haven't bought your tickets — well, what are you waiting for?? ;))

Monday, 6 December 2010

Dog and Pup Days

Y'know something that I've realised? Thanks to FTL — which has just finished its opening week and is increasingly gaining in buzz and momentum, check out the blog for more! — I've been neglecting to blog about the puppy! Ha ha! Yeah, little Ashley, whom I brought home to much chagrin and offence, has finally been accepted into the family by seemingly all members — except our oldest dog Jodie, who, at 11, is rather cranky and none too happy about sharing her personal space, arf arf!

She's grown quite noticeably since we brought her home a little more than a month ago, and now she and Chloe (i.e. the one with the issues) have become such good friends that it's hilarious to watch. The games of chase, toy-snatching, food-stealing etc are becoming increasingly frequent, which is awesome as I think that Chloe's a lot happier now that she has company. The downside? Ashley ends up coated with drool each time they have their rough-and-tumble games, which means a brisk toweling-down by Mom, LOL!

Anyway, I'll leave you with these pics, including a couple of surprise snapshots of the family member who made the biggest fuss when we first brought the pup home, only to be caught looking rather content here:





Friday, 3 December 2010

Ooooo Pretty!

Hark, our name in lights! Well, not lights per se. Actually, no lights at all, since it's after-hours at the mall below the venue. But yaaay for large banners anyway!! :P The only light is... Follow The Light! Check out the FTL blog for more goodies, including post-performance pondering on our preview show! :D