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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Highlight of the week

If anything so impactful happenned to me this week other than getting my hands on a RM 13000 Taylor guitar, it would be watching this awesome video on YouTube.

A young guy on YouTube, he could be my age, maybe younger, if not, just slightly older I guess posted a cover of John Mayer's Gravity, an acoustic version of it. For those that don't know, Gravity is one of John's songs on his latest album, Continium, pretty much a blues song that John plays using an electric guitar.

This guy, did it on acoustic guitar and man, is it sweet. This guy is Ray Cheong, and the thing I really like about this whole thing is he's Malaysian! That is uber cool. He's really good, very talented guy. He can play and sing the song, and he made up his own introduction and solo, it's really good. He's from Penang by the way. It really is a must watch. Here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fetp_bHSY6k

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Guitar Hunting

Okay, I've blogged about it before, I've been searching around for an acoustic guitar with a pickup for my own personal use, as well as an entry level bass guitar for church in Ipoh, which they're buying and asking me to source it out.

As for the past two days, I've been in the Sungei Wang area, not too many musical instrument stores, there was only one in Sungei Wang plaza itself, so I checked it out. I first asked for the SX bass that they were selling in a package with the gig bag, cable and a tiny amp for about RM790. Tried it out, it's okay, but I it can't really get the kind of deep sound any bassists wants. Maybe it's the amp, and I'm not a bassist so I'm not familiar with the settings, the guitar doesn't have an active pickup so the sound could only go so low, but it was still very bright and stringy, like you know, the sound that Mark Hoppus (Blink 182, +44) intentionally gets on his bass playing his songs because he strums on them a lot.

So, I tried out another one, the Ibanez entry level that was going for about RM790, just the guitar. That was definitely better, it could definitely get a better, deeper sound. That was definitely something I would go for, since we're talking entry level stuff here. I've tried the Ibanez bass guitar before, it's at a lot of other stores, just that I did it again to compare the two. Most likely, if I do get the bass, it'll be the Ibanez. An amp of 32 watts would cost about RM600, might not get the amp, may just plug it into the system, that I'm not so happy with but we are budget constrained, so we will see how things go.

Anyway, back to my personal guitar scouting, I asked the guy in the shop if he had an acoustic guitar that had a bright sound and a pickup with a price of RM 1500 and below. He told me, he had a Yamaha going for about Rm 1300. Straight away in my mind, even before this I knew I was never going to buy a Yamaha instrument, especially not for guitar when there are plenty of other brands that are specialised in guitars. I asked him, "Do you have any Takamines here?"

He had one Takamine, just one, in the entire shop. The rest were of the Norman brand, the Norman's with pickups were in the price range above RM 2000. The Takamine that I got to try, the only one in the shop was about RM 1300 too. I was actually quite satisfied with the sound, and I thought, "Hey, this might be a good deal." The sound I got out of it was quite clear, but really that should be a prerequisite for any guitar worth RM 1000 or more. It was kind of bright, but not really loud. Still, it was something I thought would be worth the money.

I was with my mother then, I asked her what she thought about the sound, she wasn't quite impressed. Why am I putting my mother in this? Partially because she holds money, but the primary reason, you're about to read about it.

Now later on in the evening, I was in Berjaya Times Square with both my parents. My dad had just finished his course and was free for the rest of the day. I told him I'd been window shopping for guitars and told him about the Takamine I saw. I also told him about the music store in Times Square itself that distributed Taylor guitars. I had never had Taylor in my mind after I knew from Daniel Tan that his Taylor cost over RM 6000 and that the entry level ones of about RM1500 value aren't good. I never had it in my mind even to try it out. However, my dad decided to go to that store, selling Taylor guitars. Man, when you reach that store, you can see that the finishing of the wood of Taylor guitars are so different from the rest that you see in any other music store.

We went into the store, and I saw a couple of other guitars that were not Taylors but even those started from RM 3500 and above. The lowest priced guitar in that shop is a guitar meant for a small kid, a Taylor, that costs RM1100. Anyone wants their baby to train with a RM1100 instrument? When I looked at all the Taylors, the CHEAPEST ONE was RM 7000! As much as I don't feel worthy of a Taylor guitar, which my mother thinks is funny, comparing my value to a guitar, I gave each one a try. And man, the sound out of those guitars were gorgeous. I'm smiling right now as I'm blogging, thinking about them. You can really feel the difference between the Taylors and almost EVERYTHING else I've tried before. There was one particular guitar I picked up and tried, and it had THE MOST BEAUTIFUL sound I heard. As I played Dare You To Move on the guitar, it was CRYSTAL CLEAR, BRIGHT and beautiful. Man, that was ecstasy. I stopped playing for a while, and then my mother said, "Come on, play some more. You can really feel the difference can't you." After I was done, I checked the price, that guitar was worth RM 13000, the most expensive guitar in that shop.

You see, even my mother could identify with me how awesome this guitar was. And so I kept playing on it, and really, it was just wonderful, I mean, wow, you know. I didn't have much to say. We left the shop soon after, but I did keep one thing in mind, the shop owner did mention something I knew but totally forgot, the guitar you want really depends on how much you like it, just because its more expensive doesn't mean its the better guitar. He said just to try everything I could get my hands on and see which is the one that I'd feel as my own.

It was just really cool, just to get my hands on those. But anyway, I don't really have any hopes on getting such a great guitar, especially when money is an issue, but it was nice to try them out. Anyway, that shop also sells those Technics turntables, what a contrast, haha! Until the next time.

CoUZed

Hmmm, after settling down a while in PJ/KL for the past few weeks, it's been good to meet up with old and new found friends. Just last week, I headed over early on Friday night for CoUZ. I was there alone before Daniel Lo and Pei Ling found me, Daniel asked me to go for dinner, I didn't feel like it, but Pei Ling didn't take long to get me out of there, as fierce as she is.

Well, anyway, Daniel Lo tried to lead the way to Commons but I think he has quite a poor sense of direction. Pei Ling and I had to redirect him in the RIGHT direction. On a side note I find it lamely annoying when Weng Onn's driving and says "Left right?" Anyhow, I met two new people, Mervin from Sarawak, Kuching I think and Yee Mun from Penang. Can't remember which school Yee Mun was from, all I remember it's CGL's rival, hehe. Yee Mun's a pretty interesting character, she really reminds me of Rachel I know from Taylors, lol. Thank God this Penang girl does have "a-sense-of-lame", showed us some of her stuff, and then Jon and I shook her hand and said, "Welcome to SIB(KL), hahahahaha! She admitted that she'd already been like that throughout her life, lol. But really, I think some of the best stuff came from Pei Ling, she's really maturing as a lamester, wahahahahah! She is so on fire. She is so cracked up, in a good way of course.

Of course with me there, I did a bit of my own stuff, but it was a good conversation throughout. She and Mervin are quite avid music listeners. Anyway, I won four TGV tickets because yours truly is skilled enough at memorising something for a short period of time and reciting it, haha! Going to collect them this weekend. Anyhow, got to see Siew Kwan and Clara again, after quite a long while. Like Clara's hair, makes her look.... cute, haha!

Khye Shin's on holiday now, so dude!!!!! We really must jam together man. Oh and Khye Shin, that was some fantastic drumming when I played Daughters with you. It was so cool, it was all impromptu, I was around in church on Saturday morning and I was playing Daughters by John Mayer on guitar and Khye Shin just started playing, David Tan got on the keyboard and man was it sweet. Khye Shin really had the feel for the song, that was really awesome. And David Tan, that guy is cool, he can literally play anything at a reasonably high level, bass guitar, electric guitar, piano. Just awesome man.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Selling, Buying, Retaining @ Manchester United

Manchester United have done a bit of business during the transfer window, we'll look at how its been so far.

Okay, so Manchester United have bought two very attacking players and a strong midfielder in the form of Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves. They all rumor Nani, a left winger to be Cristiano Ronaldo's clone, but I think it's more likely to be a clone of Cristiano Ronaldo three years ago, which is still good by any standard. Then there's Anderson who some of my friends have tipped to replace Scholes in the long term as an attacking midfielder. Somehow, I doubt Anderson has the vision like Scholes to put in his brilliant crosses and passes. He's more of a dribbler. Owen Hargreaves on the other hand seems to be the REAL replacement from Roy Keane, tough tackling, commitment into tackles and aggresive movement seems to be his forte. Three decent signings I would say, not extravagant, though the prices they paid for them were.

That concludes the three items they've put into their shopping bag thus far. Nani has already passed his medical test and has already been given a tour around Carrington Park (Manchester United's traning ground, it's one of the best facilities, the England national team goes there to train) and will soon join Manchester United for pre-season friendlies. However, Anderson has run into trouble with a work permit to play in England due to regulations that non-European Union players must have played 75% of their country's games in the past few years.

Moving on, we'll look at the selling part of business. Gabriel Heinze is rumored to be negotiating a deal with Real Madrid to be sold for five million pounds, he was brought into Manchester United for seven million pounds from PSG (French club). Legally, Heinze can do this because his contract has not been renewed with less than two years remaining. There's also talk about Smith leaving, more so with rumors that United may buy another striker. Currently, the strikers in United include Rooney, Saha, Smith, Solskajer and Rossi who will be back from loan with Parma. That's five strikers and with Solskajer set to retire in the near future, United will be left with four strikers, still seems like a lot to me, I wouldn't count on United buying a striker, not so soon at least. Selling Smith seems realistic, but I think Sir Alex will give him a chance since he just came back from injury and he's acknowledged Smith's hard work in rehabilitation.

Retention, just what does that mean? Well, United's loaned some players off such as Rossi, Pique and Bardsley to top flight clubs in and out of the English Premier League. Rossi has made it very clear that he wants to play for the first team so his loyalty for now is undivided but he could be discouraged if Sir Alex signs another striker as known from David Gill's statement recently that suggested that United could go for a striker if Sir Alex wanted to.

Gerard Pique is also back, a solid young defender and could be Ferdinand's replacement in the long run as Ferdinand is already 32. Whether he will be used is another question as Wes Brown is already in the running to replace any first team player if neccessary. Phil Bardsley is tipped to be leaving though, Everton are in talks to sign the player valued two million pounds. There's Ben Foster too, but he won't be worrying about his future at United, with Edwin Van Der Sar set to retire in a couple of years, he'll be with a fighting chance for a regular starting place. Tomasz Kuszczak seems a bit too messy to have a starting place anyhow.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Holidays

Just wanted to write a little bit about how my entire holiday has been so far. As of right now, I can say that there's not much I've accomplished as much as I want to so far. I'm not being ambitious, I don't have any plans to really make my holiday as academically filled or technical knowledge based as possible. Nonetheless, it would definitely be fair to say I've been wasting a lot of my time lately.

Almost, not everyday but almost everyday, I'm just browsing the internet, constantly checking thestar.com.my each morning just to know the news, followed by looking through the latest news headlines about my favourite football team on www.manutd.com and then on to http://soccernet.espn.go.com for more football news from around the world, then maybe reading a couple of blogs, constantly checking almost every hour to see if they've updated. It seems to be growing into a compulsive behaviour. Then of course, there's YouTube that just about everyone goes to. I've been there mostly to check out live videos of Switchfoot and John Mayer. There was one time where I randomly thought of the idea to check for my favourite band, Superchic[k], because I never really knew what they were like live since their new drummer Brandon, came in. It was really cool, downloading all those YouTube videos.

Other than that though, I really have not done much else. Well, I have done a fair bit of watching movies on dvd, caught up with some I never saw, but i didn't like most of them anyway, so that was a little waste of time. I watched the entire season 5 of "24" on 7 dvds though. That was nice, but I only took three days to complete that. By now, you will know that most of my holiday is all about an electronic screen facing me, which I have to say, is quite sad.

I've barely done the things I've set out to do, which was to get more time on my acoustic guitar as well as a lot more reading, and to do a little bit of programming so that I won't be so blur next semester when I repeat it again. Mind you, I'm not repeating a subject because I failed or anything but because it's a little like science in college whereby you learn the same thing, just that you have bits and pieces added in between.

Well, that's three things I've put on this post as a reminder to myself to actually do them, heh. I've been practically lazing around while some others are very busy working, or gallavanting around Malaysia. I don't know why, it seems to be a trend among foundation students in my university to try and go around as many states in West Malaysia as they can during the break before going back to wherever they came from, even if they're from East Malaysia.


Well, that's all for now I guess. Have to wake up at 7.00 a.m and go renew my passport, it's expired apparently.


Oh, and can anyone reccomend me a specific acoustic guitar (brand, model number, etc..) that 's got a pickup and a nice bright sound for around RM 1500? Still scouting around, someone reccommended me Takamine, but specifics anyone?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Usherr...ing

I think, leading one team out of 4 ushering teams in SIB(KL) with an attendance of 1 400++ on a Saturday evening is one of the toughest things to do, lol. I speak out of experience, lol.

Hopefully tomorrow'll be less messy, lol.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Guitar

Guitars, guitars, guitars......


It's no secret I play guitar, not that I'm good at it or whatever. I started learning classical guitar at the age of 13, stopped at 16 and I started to pick up acoustic guitar on my own since then. I used to play on my dad's old black dreadnought design acoustic guitar that looked kind of cool but didn't have the greatest sound. Nonetheless, it was good enough then.

Later on, my father bought a jumbo design acoustic guitar of an Australian brand, Maton (it's the one I've been lugging all around lately). It's a pretty good guitar, got a nice bright sound that I really like, I prefer brighter to warmer tones. There's a lot more volume in brighter tone guitars too. The Maton guitar belongs to my dad and I've been thinking about getting one of my own, that has a pickup, my current one doesn't have one.

With that in mind, I've looked up some guidelines on the internet for choosing acoustic guitars, here's what I found from www.sweetwater.com :

1. Body Style: Acoustic guitars come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from small travel size, to jumbo, to dreadnought. The body style in an acoustic guitar determines sound projection and tonal emphasis. Things to consider are tonal quality vs. playing comfort. Some acoustic guitar bodies come in a single cutaway design like the shape of the Gibson Les Paul. This gives access to the higher frets.

2. Electronics: Some acoustic guitars come with pickups and preamps built in for playing larger venues where your acoustic sound needs to fill the room. Some instruments have preamps mounted in a hole cut in the side of the instrument, while others mount inside the soundhole. There are systems that combine preamp, microphone, piezo pickups , EQ, and tuners.

3. Neck:The concept for necks on acoustic guitars is the same as it is for electrics; the size of your hand is key. Generally the thickness and width of the neck is based on the size of the body of the instrument as well as how many frets the neck has. Usually, acoustic necks are listed as 12-fret or 14-fret. This refers to the number of frets clear of the body, not how many overall.

4.Intonation:Intonation determines whether or not the notes play in tune as you move up the neck. If the distance between the frets (usually above the 12th fret) is off, the guitar will be incapable of playing in tune and therefore useless as a recording or performance instrument.

5. Tonewood:The choice of wood determines the sound of an acoustic guitar. Different types of wood produce different tones, but most guitar makers believe that the top is the most important for determining tonal quality. Spruce is the standard material for tops with Sitka spruce being the most common. The cost of an acoustic guitar increases dramatically based on the rarity of the tonewoods, such as rosewood, but due to decreasing supplies of certain tonewoods, guitar makers are successfully finding alternative materials to make great sounding instruments.

6. Tuning Machines:The type of tuning machine your guitar has is very important. This is what allows you to fine tune and hold pitch. Enclosed machine heads resist rust and airborne corrosives, and therefore don't require as much maintenance or replacement as open tuning machines.

7. Bridge and Fingerboard:The materials used for bridge and fingerboard do have an effect on sound, but this is minimal compared to the body of the guitar. Put simply, the effects of bridge and fingerboard materials cannot make or break a guitar's sound.

8. Finish:Different types of finish can affect the way the wood vibrates, but there is nothing you can do about this. These decisions are make by the guitar maker and they usually choose wisely.


Anyone else have better guidelines? I'd love to know some.

Anyway, having thought about it, I'd love to own a nice bright sounding Taylor acoustic guitar, a Takamine wouldn't be half bad either, haha! Taylor acoustic guitars are just about one of the nicest sounding guitars you'll find around although there could be others. Both Daniel Koh and Candice Ng (two real good acoustic guitar players I know) use Takamine and Felicia Ng who's not half bad either uses a Taylor, not to mentione Daniel Tan Sr.


Oh by the way, this is what to tell your wife after buying a Taylor guitar (got this from Felix):


1.I'll be home more often.

2.I want to sing to you with only the best guitar.

3.There are too many mediocre things to deal with in life and guitars shouldn’t be one of them.

4.I have done full research and Taylors are the most durable guitars made.

5.Among all guitars, Taylors have the best re-sale value.

6.Since you have always been such a supportive wife, there is really no need to give you any reasons.

7.I have good taste, why do you think you are my wife?

8.Taylor’s lifetime warranty reminds me of my everlasting commitment to you.

9.This guitar reminds me of how perfect you are.

10.Anything less than extra-ordinary is a waste of my time, It’s the same reason why I chose you to be my wife.





I love reason 7 and 8. It's so logical. BIG =)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Simply Younited

FINALLY, after months of missing Simply Younited, I've finally been able to join them since I'm back in PJ now. It feels really good to be back with them, it feels like it's expanded though, especially because of the merge between Younited and Simply United. Just about everyone I knew from the old United was there, Yee San, Gerard, Wai Nyan, Tze Teng, Owen, Jeannie, Philip, Joshua as well as PEI LINGGGG!!! I've forgotten two more names, (sigh) but I did miss the sight of a very tall Kuan Kitt, hahahaha! Then there's Joanne and Melissa as well who are from United too I think?

It's cool to see the United people too, like Darren, Martin and people I've never met before like Yuni (Is that how to spell her name?) and so forth.

From what Lindy tells me, Simply Younited. if everyone came, there'd be a total of 30 people, man.... and that's not including me and the other Simplyians that are all over the globe that come back once a while during their holidays. That's basically the size of the church that I'm in back in Ipoh, lol. The only Simplyian I remember that's overseas is Phing though, hehe.

Anyhow, it was really good to be back with them again. There's just that whole atmosphere of being with a group like them that I've seriously missed big time. I think I've been yearning for that every since the last time I came for Lifetime. The last time I came, Simply United still existed, not Younited, so it shows I've missed quite a fair bit.

They just wrapped up their New Life programme, it was really cool to hear each and every person just share about their experiences throughout the past few weeks, although Lindy had to highlight to EVERYONE that I wasn't there and throughout the night always said stuff like, "If you have missed some lessons or like SOME PEOPLE (Lindy looks at Christon) who have not COME AT ALL...." etc etc. That night kena 'cucukz' some more, haih..... All in all, it was just a good sharing of how the very basics of your Christian faith have a direct impact on your life, the changes in attitudes, habits and so forth.

It's good to be back, it's just great. *Humz



*On the side, I think I reached one of my mini peaks of lameness yesterday with Yee San and Lindy. I think I regained some sharpness back yesterday when I managed to fight back in short session of 'cucuk-mencucuk' among the three of us. In football, they call it getting back match fitness. There's a new way of expressing LOL and whatever now, hehehehe.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Skill

Lindy and I quickly ran out of the office at lunch time on Wednesday, quickly leaving behind an about to be angry mother because her son dropped an Olympus C-750 digital camera that led to the lens falling out (but I fixed it anyway, wasn't that bad). It also meant I got to escape going to Mid Valley with her where had planned so dearly to cut my hair (sighs of relief). I was grinning as I walked behind her back and quickly said, "Bye mum." as Lindy and I fast walked past her and out the door. Lindy and I were practically laughing our way out of the office in my successful attempt of escaping a lecture and the eruption of a volcano.

Anyhow, we left the office and went to Bangsar to meet up for lunch with Yee San. Somehow along the way, Lindy and I started to talk a little bit about driving and I revealed that I couldn't drive a manual car. The reason I am unable to do so is because I have no access to a manual automobile, and therefore cannot practice my driving on an automatic car. I only get to practice every now and then with my mother's Honda Jazz that is an automatic vehicle.

Then Lindy went, "WHAT?! You can't drive a manual car?? Guys are supposed to be able to drive manual cars okay. That's like a must for a guy."

In an attempt to save myself in this argument, I had to deny such a statement, and to a certain extent, I do not believe it to be totally true. However, it was just a lost cause. I had opened a humongous window of oppertunity for Lindy to do what people of SIB(KL) such as Yap, Wei Li and apparently Lindy do best.......... 'mencucuk'.

Man........ SUPER *HUMZ I tell you, I got hit so bad left and right in both LAME and NON-LAME ways. To be very honest with you, this is a little ironic, but it felt so good to get hit. I've been missing this kind of thing in UTP where most people just cannot cucuk you back when you cucuk them. Lindy was laughing as I was clapping at one of her very good 'cucuk' moments. I was clapping, yet coming under intense 'cucuking'. It didn't help when we picked up Yee San and she got in the fun too and then she started to 'cucuk' me. Oh my goodness, I had nothing to reply with. It was all one way traffic from Yee San and Lindy right until the time we dropped Yee San back at work after lunch.

Even Lindy said to me, "Usually, you're much sharper than this, but today...... you just can't, hahahahahahaha!" Man, that was so true, I had nothing in my arsenal to fight back, arghhh!! I've lost a fair bit of my skill, I need to train up again, YAP!!! If I hang out with Yap for a few nights, I should be good, lol. Incidentally, Lindy's husband, Nic, is one of the most lame person you will meet in your life. You can cry when you talk to him, he's that good/bad.

It seems a lot of creative people I know are quite lame, especially the VERY CREATIVE ones. Just take a look at Nic, he's freaking lame and he's also a respected music producer over here. Then there's Weng Onn who's writing songs for a movie now, and he'll be moving to Florida for studies in October. He's another lame jedi master.

It just shows you, advances in lame skills takes you to a whole new level of creativity, hahahahahahaha!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Portrait


The band playing for 'The Portrait'


Well, on Tuesday, I headed over to church without much expectation, anticipating much boredom for the day. I bumped into Weng Onn who dropped by church to record some stuff as part of his work. Weng Onn is currently working as a freelancer, writing music for a lot of random things, such as movies, and beer companies like Guiness, haha! The stuff he recorded in church yesterday had emotional tones to it, since he's writing stuff for this psychological thriller movie. He brought in his iMac to record off the keyboard in church which he says has a really good grand piano sound. I can't remember the name of the movie he's writing the stuff for but it'll be out in September, I'll post it here once I remember, lol.


Anyway, after he was done, the band for 'The Portrait' musical came in for their practice. I stuck around since I knew all of them, Tze Quan, Timothy Au, Daniel Tan Jr, David Tan and Khye Shin were all playing for the portrait. Tze Quan and Daniel Tan were on keyboards, David Tan on bass, Timothy Au on drums and Khye Shin on electric guitar.


The band: Tze Quan, Khye Shin, Timothy Au, Daniel Tan, David Tan (Wei Vern's the one out of place in this picture, but anyhow, she's a REAL good dancer, can dance with heels and everything, says she's used to it)


Tze Quan had written one of the songs, Daniel Tan another and the rest of it had mostly been written by Kenny, who's basically the man of this whole musical. It's definitely not as big scale as Drunk Before Dawn but there's definitely a lot going into it, especially from the band's point of view. The band promises potential but hasn't quite got what it wants yet with 11 days to showtime.


I'm quite proud of the fact that four out of five of the band all come from NarrowStreet, haha! Finally, they're making strides for playing on a bigger occasion. Tze Quan in particular has been quite impressive and the ever so evergreen experience of Daniel Tan and David Tan ensure their parts are accurate 90% of the time. Khye Shin on the other hand, is STILL a lazy guitarist, but he's coping fine, Tim's improved as well, I think this musical has expanded his repertoire a little. The band is pretty tight, they seem to be confident in what they're doing, so that helps a lot. Of course, there are some songs which are still messy because of a lack of practice, but they should get around it just fine.


Even Felix commented if he had a band, he'd rope Tze Quan in. Just shows how much quality we have, haha!




Tze Quan

Monday, June 04, 2007

Home...

I said I missed home. Yes I miss being in KL City, where I'm so accustomed to a whole different fast paced lifestyle that I enjoy, yet live to regret. I was thinking about this whole issue of missing home, and then I realised I don't miss home! It's not that I don't want to. I can't! Truthfully, I don't really have a 'home' to miss. If it weren't for the lack of friends staying on campus during the break, I may not even want to go back.

As of today, when I go back to KL, I won't exactly be going back to a home. I'll be going back to a place where I stay when I'm in KL. You see, in KL, I stay in a rented apartment, that's been the place I sleep for the past year.

A rented place, shouldn't be bad what?

Just so you know, it's not the 'rented' part that's bugging me. Over in Ken Damansara, I'm living surrounded by BOXES and BOXES and BOXES, and MORE BOXES. Man.... when can we move to the new house. I sleep in the living room, not on a couch but on a MATRESS, which doubles up as a sofa to watch tv that's sitting on a WRAPPED piece of furniture that sits next to MORE WRAPPED FURNITURE and MORE BOXES. May I tell you, that the matresson which I sleep in KL is also right next to two BOXES. I cannot imagine what life would be like if the tv was wrapped too in addition to the fact I only watch Malaysian TV here, in contrast to UTP where I can actually watch football, lol.

My mum's currently working in church, and trust me, there's a whole lot of work to do. When people say you're working part time in SIB(KL), it's just about the same as working FULL TIME in any other corporate organisation. Anyhow, as she has loads of church work to do, she has LOADS of stationaries and folders, and books. Where does she put them? In boxes? No, she needs to access them all the time. So the entire DINING TABLE IS FILLED WITH FILES, BOOKS and STATIONARIES. Thank God our dining table is big enough for all that. There's a printer there too. Not to mention my desktop computer when I go back.

It's a little like living in a warehouse I suppose. In the aparment that consists of two bedrooms and one master bedroom, only the master bedroom is suitable for CIVILISATION.
The other two, have.... boxes. I guess by now it'd be worth playing the 'how-many-times-has-he-mentioned-box' game. Let me give you one better, my mother didn't choose to have a phone line in this rented place of ours. What does that mean? It means, when I go back to KL, there is NO INTERNET IN MY APARTMENT. This is so contrasting, shouldn't my own 'home' have better and unrestricted access to the internet than my university? Now, I have to resort to either taking my MOTHER's notebook out to some Starbucks, or any public area that has wi-fi, or wait for my mother to finish using her notebook during her office hours in the office.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Don't mistake this post for something called 'ungratefulness', yeah, I do have a place to stay, I'm fine with that. I just want my 'home' quickly you know? Surely you can identify, those who already are at home now. It's just the whole atmosphere you get when you're in a home, not a warehouse.

Nonetheless, I come back down (besides the fear of boredom) to experience touch of family, namely my mother since my dad is in Terengganu and SIB(KL) as a whole. Those two were a big big part of my life ever since high school, and still are today. Yet, as it usually is with most lengthy educational institute breaks, you always miss some of your school/college/university friends. It's like you wish they could just be over here at any time of your fancy, lol.

Anyway, a list of people I would like to meet, note the phrase 'WOULD LIKE', not sure if it'll happen, but hopefully it does: Khye Shin, Praveena, Wen, Rachel Ng (Taylors), Wei Yang, Mogan, Yee San, Felix, Pei Ling, Lyn Ee, not to mention God too.

=)

Regards,
Christon

Friday, June 01, 2007

What can I say, a mixture of things

Ahh... what can I say. A little time of song, sharing among a group of friends just makes things so much better. It's all good. It's just so good to have a friendly open sharing session of how your week was with friends. Sometimes you do have nothing to say and it can get boring, but this was a little different, it was nice. It was cool, having Mei Le with us for the first time at care group (for SIBians, cell). It wasn't long, just sung a couple of songs, then each of us shared our week, all of us had some pretty awkward experiences throughout our exam week, that was really cool, I mean something happenned to all of us, haha!

It was quite a peaceful experience and some things that Richard shared was close to home, which I think was great. He was talking a little bit about prayer, something I haven't done for more than 5 minutes in a while to be honest. He went on about how God can be casual and we don't have to be so rigid and routine in our prayers, that He really is a friend, not just a supreme being. Yeah, you do have to respect God, but it's not like you have to call Him something like 'your highness' all the time. It's really just all about talking to Him, not just asking all the time, but thanking him too. It reminded me of instances where I'd just became so peaceful and calm after prayer that was really genuine and not all about asking. I think it was something good and something all of us there needed to hear. These kind of refreshing experience happens when you step back to God at some point. He reminds you that He's there and that something good's going on and that you've been missing out. I pretty miss out on countless occasions. Thankfully, He calls me back so often to remind me.

On a side note, Richard and Javiar are getting into In This Life by Switchfoot a little bit more, showed Javiar how to play it a little bit today. He caught it pretty fast, it's not too hard a song to learn by any means. Hopefully, each of the band members can play it, or listen to it a little over the holidays, prepare us for a potentially fruitful practice session when we come back. Equipment's been on of the issues with Seven Sweet Surrender, but Javiar's hopeful of getting an electric guitar when he goes home so that would be a swing in our direction. Of course, there's Witton too who's considering getting his own as well, whether he will is another story, but potentially a good nod for us. All in all, we definitely want to be better prepared at the next chance of performing. I think we, Seven Sweet Surrender definitely have potential to be a pretty good band, but there's a lot of room for improvement, particularly in technical discipline and even bonding as a team.

Anyway, I'll be watching England playing Brazil, I'm a little half hearted as to who I want to win, hehe. Brazil's always been number one but I do pity England, hahaha! There's also the fact three Manchester United players should be starting, Smith, Brown and Carrick. I am curious though, to see the Brazillian youngsters play, they'll be without Dida, Roberto Carlos, Cafu, all the international retiress after the last World Cup. Wonder how they'll cope with Lampard and Gerard, althought England have always underperformed at the big stage for whatever reason.

Note to self: This happens to be my 100th post, hehe.

Random.... whatever things are in my head

I am currently feeling a little frustrated, definitely not very happy. I just had a pretty tough principes of economics paper that had me not knowing what I was answering. Once again, I'm left in the situation where I have no idea what happens to my result. Sure, I'll definitely pass but there's just that thing you know...... the feeling of wanting to do well and then the feeling of being screwed by the paper right after.

Even with no classes and all, I still have some stuff to do that I really wish I didn't have to do but I have responsibilities, so I have to stick to them. There's no way around it. It's got me feeling moody going into last exam on Monday, which is math, that I'm not so thrilled about either. As it is already, I suck at math, thank God I'm not an engineer, lol, I'd have died already if I was one.

Another random thought process has begun to resonate with my bad mood. I'm getting a little frustrated about my 'musical progress'. I have a lot of ideas that go in and out of my head on songs I want to write, but I never get the time to note it down. It's one of those things that just comes in the moment but you lose it really easily in the next moment. Another thing is I don't know how to communicate my ideas to people that could help me with songwriting. Apart from that, I wouldn't have any oppertunities to implement the song the way I want with a band. Who plays their own songs besides themselves right? I'm just a little sick of recording something on my own every time using an acoustic, which usually just ends up as an 'acoustic song'. What I really want is to have a band with Khye Shin, but we don't even have anyone else that really 'clicks' with us musically. In a nutshell, I have a lot of musical dreams but the chances of making them more real keeps diminishing.