Saturday, 31 August 2013

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Warrgh!

Wow, has it been two weeks since my last blog post? Don't worry, I'll be back!! Just been swamped! More details in due course... :)

Friday, 9 August 2013

Seas, Stews and Such

Wassup people! It's a very long weekend for little ol' me, since there are two days of public hols before Saturday and Sunday, whoopee! What this means is that, as usual, I'm mostly at home working on the music (or I should be, at least, though I must confess that I've been feeling a tad drained these past few days, and not in a good way). But anyway - got home from Singapore on Monday, after a full morning with Terry, Little Jo and her sister Ju at the new aquarium attraction at Sentosa. Lotsa fishy fun! Here are some pics; you can click on 'em for fuller views:

Breakfast before the fishies!
The maritime exhibit outside of the SEA Aquarium.
Jo chanelling her inner tour guide. 
Ahoy, maties!
That's a big-ass tank!
Cheese(y)!
Montage! Don't you love tacky smartphone photo apps?!
Whoops, repeated a couple!
Terry's gobsmacked sexy look.
Feelin' blue!
The previous night we all met up for an awesome Indian dinner at Mustafa, where Terry promptly embarrassed us by belting out loud: "Mustafa bin love, but it's over nowww! Mustafa bin good, but I lost it somehow!" Naturally, we all lost it. Sheesh. That Terry. Here are some pics:

The pics of Jo aren't the same, look closely! And on lower right,
it's the escalator leading to the rooftop restaurant.
Last night Terry and I headed to 1U at 12:40am (which would make it this morning, really!) to see the much-hyped horror flick The Conjuring. I personally thought it was rather slow-moving at points; like, I wanted more to happen, but it didn't. And overall, Terry thought it was one of the scarier movies he's seen in a while, while I realised, jadedly, that 180 episodes of Supernatural, eight seasons of Ghost Hunters, two seasons of Haunted Collector and three seasons of Paranormal Witness have left me somewhat immune to the onscreen scares. Overall verdict? I really enjoyed the movie, but scary? Not so much... though, granted, it had its moments where the girls in the audience squealed and Terry went "Omigawwd" while sticking his fingers in his ears. Heh.

The past couple of days I've been eating at home, thanks to my discovery of the joy that is the slow cooker. Yes, Nick's domestication is growing by leaps and bounds! I've been making an awesome beef stew and chunky pork rib vegetable soup, and it's all so simple: chop up the stuff, chuck it into the pot, set it to cook and leave it for the next six to eight hours! Waaaah! If only I'd learnt of this sooner, arf! Hopefully these healthier meals, coupled with (minimal) exercise, will lead to some weight loss; I'm currently breaking the scales close to the weight I was before I started the Cohen's diet in 2009. Let's say it's a three-digit figure and leave it at that; my doctor recently told me, "Try to shed some pounds", to which I nodded in acquiescence while inwardly sighing. Sigh.

I'm stewed!
Finally, I received some news the other day that my days working in KL for Singapore are coming to an end as they're making changes at the paper and will no longer be producing an afternoon edition from next month onwards. It's bittersweet for me, because it means I'll be losing income and my connection to the company; on the plus side, the work hours have affected me, even if marginally, as it means I'm usually tired by 3pm or thereabouts and need a nap... which, in turn, usually make me groggier and crankier in the evenings! So productivity, I'm afraid, has been impacted upon, and with rehearsals for The Edge and Dreaming Outside The Box starting soon, perhaps the end of the 5am wake-up time is a good thing. I guess we shall see.

Oh well, that's it for now, folks. Check back in soon!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

No Way!!!!

You know what I just realised, having skimmed through the archives? That today, Aug 4, marks nine years since I started posting things on this blog! NINE YEARS. Oy vey! I can't believe it, but there you have it. So happy anniversary, Madcap Memoirs; we're just 365 days (or should that be 364?) away from the big 1-0!!!

Here's the very first blog entry, if you're a reminiscer: Sleeves rolled up and here we go !

And in the second post, added on the same day, I included this little pic, which – looking at it right now – makes me sigh with a deep, heartfelt, almost resentful wistfulness, wishing I could look remotely like that again. Oy...


Phantomed Again; Swine, Vietnamese and Edgers!

Hey all! Right now I'm at a hotel in Chinatown, back in Singypoo, having hopped on a bus this morning for a two-day visit! Terry and I are here to watch Phantom of the Opera at Marina Bay, which we did earlier this evening, and it was a pretty good performance even though I thought Raoul was pretty lacklustre and the sound wasn't always as impressive as it could have been (though I'm wondering if that could be attributable to the seats we were in, on the far left of the auditorium).

Right now I'm in Porcelain Hotel, which is a hotel I've stayed at before a couple of years ago prior to my tedious stint working here; and of course, this is the second time I've caught Phantom in Singypoo (Wouldn't you know it, my greivances about the show this time around were pretty much the same six years ago!!). Semi-interestingly, the Phantom tonight was played by Brad Little, and wouldn't you know it, he was the same dude who played the Phantom five years ago, and I even interviewed him for the magazine I was working for at the time, heh. (Curious to read the interview? Check it out!) Meanwhile, I wonder if he's been playing the Phantom all this while, or if he left the role and came back to it. Anyhoo. It's trips like this that actually makes me like this place more. Not that it's a bad place to be; it's just that (as I've established) I much prefer Singapore when I'm a visitor who won't be here for all that long, arf arf. Check out pics of this tiny, yet cosy, room I'm staying in:

View from the front door.
Aaaand... that's it.
Anyway, the past couple of days have been fun. Becky and her hubby Robin (whose wedding we attended less than a year ago) were in town, so we met up on Thursday and Friday for lunches at Publika in KL and 1Utama respectively. For the latter meal, Alisa (also working in Singypoo, poor thing) joined us, so it was a good time catching up had by all. Here are pics aplenty of us chillin' and hangin' out:

Ooo! Noiiice!!
Pigs. No, really, that's what the pink items in the background are, not
to mention the little black sheep (no, it's really a pig) that Robin's holding up.
Another pig. I mean the one in the distance, of course.
Me and my porky lunch.
A bigger view of that first group shot. The restaurant is called Swine, duh,
because it's a porky place that also serves - you guessed it - wine.
Me and Terry @ Vietnam Kitchen in 1U.
Great shot.
...And then we went a little bonkers.
Well, I'm gonna go now. No real plans for tomorrow apart from dinner with Little Jo (yaaay!) and probably hanging with Terry during the day; and them I'm back in KL by Monday night to resume work in the morning and back at it with The Edge and Dreaming Outside the Box, my Short + Sweet Musical piece. Speaking of The Edge, the production is going onward with certain aspects being taken care of without me involved, which is really rather nice and liberating whilst simultaneously being a tad weird and leaving me feeling a bit left out, arf arf. I joke. Here's a pic, courtesy of our director Sabrina, of five of the six cast members during their photo shoot for the production this morning (call time at 7am no less, thank heaven I wasn't involved!):

The Edgers.
Till next time!