Saturday, 28 July 2012

Gaaarrggh!

Looks like I'm running out of excuses for not getting any exercise and trying to lose weight! I just invested in a gym-level elliptical machine, now sitting nice and (second-hand) pretty in my bedroom. Set me back a mere $500, which is a real bargain considering it's in very good condition and about two years old. Plus the owners were very nice people. Heh. So... um... looks like I have to use it, don't I. Oy. Why do I keep heaping pressure on myself. :P

Three weeks or so to Perth!! Must (try to) get into some sort of shape! Arf!


Okay time for lunch now. I'm thinking an iced coffee with ice cream sounds delish. Hey, don't judge me. It's 35 freakin' degrees of humidity here. Sweltering! Maybe I should've invested in a portable air-conditioner instead. Oy. :P

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Dave!

Hey all! Just got back from work. Actually, just got back from a long weekend back home in KL, with the doggy (which might explain the previous post below this one, heeehee!). The weekend was mostly quiet because I was house/doggy-sitting while my folks were out of town with the car, meaning I basically spent most of my time at home stuffing my increasingly pudgy face with junk food (but don't get me started). Saturday was a pretty good day though, because I met up with my old friend Dave from my Sydney days back in 1999, and it was the first time I'd caught up with him since 2005, which was pretty awesome.

We met up at KLCC, and basically just caught up on the past seven years (including the latest goings-on with yours truly, which took up a large chunk of the discussion, believe me!). At one point we decided to adjourn to Pavillion shopping centre, and wouldn't you know it, Dave was less of a tourist in downtown KL than I was. How embarrassing, arf arf. (In my defence, I don't like downtown KL. And I usually drive. Public transport made me all confused, like, "Huh? What? What's happening? Good Lord, am I outside?")

Anyway, before Dave left he handed me a couple of packs of Tim-Tams, which was a lovely gesture (though I bluntly told him we get imported Tim-Tams here, too, hahaha!). But in all seriousness, Dave's a good mate, one of the few people I actually keep in touch with from those nightmarish days in NSW (literally; I still have nightmares about it!), and it was great to finally be able to touch base after all these years. Here's a pic of us, courtesy of Dave, because I'd brought along my camera only to discover I'd inadvertently left the memory card behind. Gah. Fail.

My mate Dave! (Isn't that a band or something?)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Look Up!

So you remember how I've been receiving indications lately suggesting that God, perhaps, might be, I dunno, giving me signs? (Yes, even as I type it, I know how quasi-delusional that sounds, arf. But hey, I believe it. So there.) Well, here are a couple more to add to the recent developments.

Recently my old piano teacher got in touch with me on Facebook saying she and her hubby are now in charge of the choir at the nearby Novena Church, and would I be interested in perhaps joining them sometime? (I said I'd think about it.) A couple o'days later, from out of the blue, an old colleague messages me online and says, "Hey Nick, hope things are getting better in Singapore. Maybe you should go to Novena Church to offer a petition?" This person had no connection whatsoever to my piano teacher. But whatevs; small coincidences.

When I went back home recently, my mum asked if I wanted a rosary. I said sure, why not. And she gave me one and, without any prompting, told me, "I had it blessed in Singapore. At Novena Church."

Coincidence!!!

My piano teacher later got in touch to ask if I'd be free to play the keyboard for their choir, but the date of the event overlaps with my upcoming Perth visit, so never mind. Then:

Last week, a new theatre contact I'd met got in touch to say he had a mate who was planning on writing a musical; would I be keen on meeting up to see if we might be able to collaborate? I said sure. So on Monday, I met up with Kelv and his friend Garry, and we did all the small-talk and introductions before Garry proposed this Catholic-themed musical piece. Without intending to give too much away since it's very much a work in progress that's still in the infant stage, here's a summary of Garry's story:

Greg is a Catholic who has never really felt a proper connection to his faith or to God through his church, which he leaves. One day he is challenged to question his true connection to his faith and his love for God.  He soon finds that, though he gave up on God, God had never given up on him, working through significiant people in his life to carry him up. But the journey isn't an easy one, and Greg finds himself questioning again. But God doesn't give up easily: First a whisper, then a shout: Greg sees an invitation to join a choir in church and decides to try out. He finally feels the connection he's been missing through this choir, and this turns Greg into an entirely new person.

 As Little Jo puts it: "Substitute Greg for Nick, and it could be you!"

Oy vey. It's all very interesting, no?

Anyhoo. I'm glad to say that so far we seem to be having synergy as potential collaborators, and, in fact, based on a draft outline and rough lyrics that Garry wrote, I managed on Monday night to compose a demo that could very well feature in this musical-at-work. I'm quite pleased because, after, six months in Singypoo, this is actually the first original piece I've been inspired to write as well as record. So here it is... Enjoy!

A Gift For Neek?

Hey wassup! Some developments have been happening on the arty front recently, with my having met up on Monday with some potential collaborators on a musical theatre project. I'll come back to this in a bit as I have more to write on this... right now I'm in the office, so this is just a quickie update to share this email that my colleague sent out after having to put up with my humming and singing to myself at my desk:

ROFLMAO!!!

Okay, I'll be back soon!!!