Tuesday, 28 June 2016

2084 in Rehearsal

We're wading deeper and deeper into rehearsals for 2084, which happens this August, and boy is the stress increasing with it! Right now we've got singing, acting and dancing sessions going on with the cast, while simultaneously I'm finishing up the last two songs of the overall score as well as writing out the music notation and looking for the band, with whom rehearsals will be commencing in a couple of weeks! Whooooo!!! But it's going to be an awesome show, boys and girls! Check out these couple of rehearsal clips! (Oops, looks like the original FB posts are featured below the clips but you'll have to highlight them to read the text, heheh!) :)

Facebook Reposts: Conflicts & Resolutions

Following up on the story a couple of posts below.

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Posted 14 June 2016: I should have that conversation with my housemate, urgh. Procrasturbating the inevitable.

Posted 14 June 2016 Sooooo I was bracing meself to have the chat with my housemate on the current roommate situation... and before I could bring it up, he invites me to his wedding in just over a month.

Head. Bash.

So I've told him I'll check my schedule - and haven't yet brought up the living situation. ARGH. ‪#‎whenyourlifeisasitcom‬

Posted 16 June 2016 Time to have that housemate chat. Here we go. Wish me luck.


Posted 16 June 2016So I had the chat with the housemate, and as expected there were attempts to get me to stay and reconsider things. And gawddarn it, it worked!! (Well. There's also the fact that we have a three-month-minimum contract [though usually terminable within 21 days' notice], which I, as a "good person" [urgh], should adhere to.)

On the plus side, there were victories:

* Fiance has to be quiet at least until 1030am! On the phone? GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

* I'm encouraged to watch telly, make dinner, do WHATEVER, making a NORMAL amount of noise, even after the housemates have gone to bed (it's an issue because they're usually in bed by 9:30pm; who goes to bed at 9:30pm?!) On the flipside, I can sing and do whatever I want, but again, within a REASONABLE level of loudness (which, you know, is fair enough).

* FIFO guy was sufficiently apologetic and understanding, telling his fiance right there and then: "You must be quiet." HA. I almost felt bad for her. She's not a bad person. Just loud.

*FIFO guy will be going away for 3 weeks soon, and so it will be just me and her again, but with the new directive for her to be more considerate, perhaps this can work. Then they'll be married, and she'll likely be going away (on her own, which is kinda weird) to Taiwan while he continues to fly out for work; and before we know it, come first week of August, fiance (by then WIFE) has to leave the country and apparently it will be anywhere from 12 months to 2 years before she's granted a spousal visa! :O (But that's just a factoid, it's neither here nor there in this narrative.)

So what's the bottom line here? I'm still kinda disappointed that I don't have the place "to myself" when FIFO guy flies out, but what I'll do is evaluate the situation over the next few weeks when FIFO guy is away; I've only got until August to fulfil the contract, after which I can get out of here if I want to.

And there's also the fact that, if and when WIFE is granted a visa, FIFO guy doesn't know if they plan to live here or not... meaning, they could very well move out, though that would take anywhere from the abovementioned 12 months to 2 years before they know. In the meantime, I kinda feel bad for their situation.... to get married and not get to live together? Oy. Works for me, but sucks for them, to put it callously/tongue-in-cheek.

Thus concludes the story for now. Thank you all for reading, but don't go anywhere... who knows, there might be more updates and developments right around the corner... ;)

Posted 17 June 2016: So housemates were up early today (I heard them, because I'm a light sleeper)... but wouldn't you know it, VIRTUAL SILENCE until i emerged from my room circa 9:30am! I'll call that a win! ;)

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To add to the Three's Company-esque comedy of errors:

Posted 22 June 2016So FIFO guy's fiance locked herself out of her bedroom.

FIFO guy is away at work. Fiance can barely speak English.

Cue: Nick to the rescue. Locksmith on the way.

**facepalm**

Posted 22 June 2016: Aaaaaaand now fiance has left to go hang out with her friends. "Thank you, you help me," she says, leaving me to it. *facepalm redux*

Posted 23 June 2016 So FIFO guy's fiance made dinner for me tonight. I guess that's a start. (I thanked her, don't worry. I'm not an ingrate.) ;)

And it was yummeh, too!!
It's all been relatively smooth-sailing since, so I'm chalking this up to an amusing anecdote and moving right along. Oy, housemates, eh?? Oy! ;) (I'm obviously referring to myself there as well... the people I'm living with aren't bad at all, it's just these growing pains that we had to work out. So if ever FIFO guy stumbles across this post, I hope he reads it with tongue firmly in cheek.) :)

The Limelight Cast!

From our show just over two weeks ago. Is that all?? Feels like ages!! Pic by Taylor Gilbert.


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Facebook Repost: Home Sweet Home(?)

So I notice I haven't posted too much about my current (as of time of writing!) housing situation here in Perth. I moved in to the unit in Como just about two and a half weeks ago (on May 24), and met my new housemate Chris. The place is small, cozy and comfortable, and I'd really been looking forward to moving in. But there have since been some developments (more on this below!). Prior to that, however, here are some photos of the place!

My room and set-up!
The kitchen.
Cosy little living room.
Back courtyard thingy.
Obligatory selfie in back courtyard thingy.
So it was all arranged prior to my leaving KL. And then the following development took place, which (at of time of writing) has yet to be addressed/resolved (since I haven't been home much lately. In fact, for most of this past week I've been spending nights at Sarah's place, mostly due to the convenience of going in to uni in the mornings, but also because I'm not entirely comfortable at my new place, and you'll now be able to read why. Enjoy. More updates as and when things develop!):

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Dated June 9, 2016So when I secured the room in this unit that I'm sharing with one other guy, I was informed by the dude who was moving out that my housemate would be a guy who wouldn't be here 3/4 of the time as he''s FIFO — i.e. flies in and flies out to work in regional areas of the state — and hence, I would have the place to myself most of the time. Which I thought would be pretty awesome.

However, when I moved in, FIFO guy told me that his fiance would be staying here for a short while, and would continue to stay here while he was away at work. Which, of course, works against my expectations — but this guy is now the head tenant, and he's still paying rent on the place, and I thought, "Oh well, that's a little bit of a disappointment, but okay."

So for the past couple of weeks I've been sharing the space with this girl from Vietnam who barely speaks any English (which is fine), but who's also very loud when she's on the phone with her family and tends to do things like leave used sanitary pads in the bathroom (it happened once and thankfully never again, which even as I type it doesn't make sense because I've only been here for two weeks). Her schedule works in direct opposition to mine — she's in bed by 9:30pm and up by 7am, while I'm... usually... not. She'll be up pottering about in the kitchen, usually making SOME noise, not enough to be TERRIBLY inconvenient but enough to make me aware she's awake.

Recently she told me to move my groceries from the communal countertop to a separate countertop, saying, "You use here, better." I was annoyed, but I thought, "Maybe she means well. Since communication is limited, perhaps she genuinely wants me to have the convenience of my own counter space." So I let it go. (Today she left some groceries and stuff on 'my' counter space, but never mind.) A few days ago she told me off for not locking both the wooden back door AND the screen door: "Not safe". Today I came home and only the wooden door was locked, but whatever.

Last night the Internet went out and when I checked, the wire was disconnected from the router. So I put it back. Today, about 20 mins ago, she comes calling loudly and tells me not to leave the Wifi running overnight: "Too much Wifi, no good for body." I sighed and said, "Fine, I'll disconnect it when I go to bed each night." Which would be very late. And which I don't appreciate having to do. (And which I probably won't do.) It's not just the inconvenience; it's also the sheer audacity of her having disconnected it to begin with, WITHOUT consulting me!

So here's the thing boys and girls: FIFO guy told me she's only staying here "until end of July" WHICH IS A BLOODY LONG TIME. I hadn't banked on living with a couple, even if half the couple isn't around a lot of the time. FIFO guy and Vietnamese girl are getting married "soon" -- what happens next?? DOES SHE MOVE IN? Because if that happens, I'm out. DO THEY MOVE OUT? If so, then I'd gladly be head tenant and find a friend to move in with me.

The point of this story is.... oh, I don't know, I guess I'm just venting. I realise, of course, that my disgruntledness can't and shouldn't be taken lightly and I ought to discuss things with FIFO guy when he gets back. Which I will. I should have raised these concerns earlier, perhaps, but I didn't want to be the newbie roommate who moves in and complains about things. Regardless, FIFO guy is home this weekend, so I'm gearing myself for a talk, but it's not going to be easy because this is the woman he LOVES I'm going to be complaining (even if politely and respectfully) about, and, as he's someone who's lived here longer, I foresee that I might, potentially, be needing to look for new accommodation shortly. Oy.

Three Weeks In, and We're Lit by Limelight (Pt 2)! (and 2084)

So apart from Lit by Limelight, I've also been busy composing the rest of 2084, and composing the rest of the Alice in Wonderland project back home, so all in all, to say it's been a rather busy time would be quite an understatement! For 2084, we had our first table/script read a couple of weeks ago, and we've been having rehearsals twice a week since. Here's a pic of me during the script read on Sunday, 29 May:


Here are some more pics from Lit by Limelight, courtesy of our publicist Taylor G:




Oy, what's with that face, Nick Choo?!

Facebook Repost: The Chiropractic Conundrum

Dated June 9, 2016Confessions of a confused gay boy in Perth (warning: superficial post laced with objectification to follow): Made an appointment for chiro at the on-campus clinic and was asked: "Would you like a male or female chiropractor, or do you have no preference?"

I recall:
▶ My experience with the hot Canadian chiropractor back home.
▶ Hot Canadian chiropractor having to make physical contact out of professional requirement, even joking about "awkward positions" necessitated by treatment, and me giggling like a smitten idiot while trying desperately to come up with cleverly witty comebacks.

I think:
▶ "What do I say? What do I say?!!"
▶ "What if I get assigned a really hot guy?! I don't need that kind of stress every time I come in for treatment!!"
▶ "But if I asked for a girl, would the receptionist find that weird?!?!"
▶ "What do I DO?!"

I figure: I have a 50-50 shot.

I reply: "No preference."

"Ok, you'll see XXXXXX, and she will..."

I do an ultimately relieved inner dance of joy before contemplating the sheer inane patheticness of my existence.

Three Weeks Later, And We're Lit by Limelight! (Pt 1)

Yo everyone! So it's been three weeks since I arrived in Perth (almost exactly!), and on the one hand, it's startling that it's already been three weeks, and yet... in a weird sense, it's kinda like, "Has it only been three weeks? Feels like I've been here forever!" Well, right now I'm sitting in Sarah's house with Stephen and Ellin, watching comedy on the telly, having stuffed our faces with pizza and garlic bread... and today we finished the final two performances of Lit by Limelight, this year's children's theatre show at the Nexus, for which we have been rehearsing daily and intensively over the last week. This week itself we performed two shows daily for the school kids since Tuesday, and it's been as exciting and exhausting as it usually is!

Sarah and Stephen chillin'. Ellin's leg is stickin' out of my face.
The show itself was really quite wonderful, possibly even better than the version we did several years ago... more colourful, chaotic and confusing than the first one, LOL!!! But yeah, it's a wonderful little product indeed, and it was pretty cool for me to come in two weeks before performance week to meet the wonderful people involved, and to do my usual schtick of playing live almost entirely throughout the show. (Ultimately it also means that, after two shows daily, I end up drained [and not in a good way]!). Here are some pics, folks!
I'm the manliest gangsta alive. See my butterfly backdrop!
In costume!
Add a wig... (check out that stunning dollhouse set!)
Add a bow...
Combine with two daily performances...
...and you get this brain-dead Mozart-ian character.
I photobombed this one like a champ!
Post-show presentations after the final show today!