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Monday, February 25, 2008

Founded Friends

I think, within the last few days I've discovered what it means to have good friends around you, and it doesn't necessarily mean they have to be around you all the time.

In the past week or so, quite a number of things have been racing through my mind. Unfortunately, none of them were good, things, or perhaps neutral issues that I choose to put a negative spin on. It was one of those times where you really just think about everything that is to come in the upcoming days, weeks, months, perhaps even years. Even now, certain things are still on my mind but its better now.

Things begin to get better when you actually get something off your chest by letting it off to a third party. Two people did take some time out to talk to me . I suppose it was because my GoogleTalk tagline message wasn't quite so positive. Anyhow, they asked me how I was, if there was anything I wanted to talk about. It just felt good to say it (or type it out rather, lol) and so they listened a little and gave me that bit of encouragement that lets you know that people do care about you. I can say it was quite comforting, not to mention stress relieving too and I just want to thank Yen Pinng and Vern for that, it really helped me.

In the days to come, I met a couple of other friends to do some things, band practice and so forth. There's just such a good atmosphere being around these guys, the really positive attitude and energy they bring with tnem. It's the way they treat you that really makes you feel at home and the comraderie experienced is very much heartfelt.

Even just a few days before, I met up with about four of them for dinner. It's not often that I do, but it definitely was a good time, just relaxing a little over a meal, having a little teasing action here and there. I've really come to appreciate this group of friends, for me they give pretty good company.


All in all, it's just good to have friends around.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dare You To Move

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone's here, everyone's here
Everybody's watching you now
Everybody waits for you know
What happens next, what happens next

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to live yourself up of the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
The tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to live yourself up of the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself
Where you gonna go, where you gonna go

Salvation is here..

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself, to life yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before..


I know I like this song a lot, but this is the first time it really meant so much to me, I could connect to it through my own experience and I'm glad it inspires me to get up from where I am now.

Dear Lord, I lay myself humbly before you, bowed down before you in awe of who you are. Please God, as I lay my burdens at your feet, help me to lift them up over me and move on to what is ahead, and forgetting what is behind. Strengthen me, so I can stand strong for you, with a faith that does not waver. Amen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

..........

I think... some people better learn to pass, when someone's made a run into space. Or else... I'd rather just not run.. and stay way back at right back position. So frustrating... Can't even get a decent touch on that ball..

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Fear of Loss

I've just come across a moment, perhaps an emotional one, where I've just thought about the beautiful people in life that have happened to me. The people that have meant something to me, the people that mean something to me now. It makes me realise that this is part of what I live for. Life was never about the self of a person, but living for something bigger than yourself, let it be a cause, a dream or a faith. One thing's for sure though, is that we want to be happy and we want the people around us to be happy along with us. We want to be on that same "happy" page somewhere along the way and to journey on to live life abundantly.

I'm not sure why, but perhaps life in varsity recently has just made me ponder about certain things. One thing is that I've realised how fortunate I've been to have the friends that I do have in UTP. Even though it's only been one and a half years, there's already been many memories, or small meaningful events that revolve around the people that I spend my time with. I think some of these experiences, particularly some of the bad ones have helped me to strengthen my relationships with others.

My thoughts drifted to a point where I wondered what if I lost these people? What if these people suddenly went away? What if they went out of my university to further their studies elsewhere, or maybe even what if they died in a tragic accident, how would that affect me. How would it affect me as a person? You see, there are people here that matter to me, and it makes me feel so much more worried, or so much more afraid of losing them.

This is one of the times where I think to certain worst case scenarios, where what I fear the most happens. To think about it makes me feel very sad. It makes me feel alone, that those you hoped to journey with have taken their different paths to life, paths that I myself cannot follow. It suddenly occurs to me, what if I really have to do this alone without my friends. Will I really make it? Sure, career and things like that, a lot of people achieve it individually but to have real joy in life, the people around you matter a whole lot.

I'm not sure what life's going to bring me, there's a whole lot of unexpected things to come my way. A whole lot more of experiences, both wanted and unwanted ones have yet to arrive. I'm just hoping that those people who are here with me now, will help me in my life journey and I pray that I will also be able to encourage, build and lend a hand to others in their search for a fulfilling life.

Friday, February 08, 2008

By far...

Front View


Back View


This is by far the most pretty ang pao I've ever received in quite a while. Thank you OCBC Bank, hahahaha! Don't ask me how much is inside, I haven't even opened it yet. =)

Monday, February 04, 2008

dO you SwiTchFoOt?

UPDATED: See updated section below, and I have accurately quoted Jon Foreman's statement before playing American Dream, also provided links to some of the best/better concert videos on YouTube.


Woooooooottt!!! Switchfoot's all good man. They really know how to put on a good performance and those who went were definitely not dissappointed.

Went back to KL on Saturday morning with Edgar to catch Switchfoot play live at KLCC at 6.30 p.m. We got to KLCC (Convention centre, not city centre, there are two klcc's, lol). That was at about 3 something, and we waited for about three hours before the Hall 4 doors finally opened at 6.30. We caught up with some UTP people, Michelle, Sabrina (Michelle's sister working at PWC, wooot!!) and Gwen.

The most important ticket for February 2, 2008

The merchandise booth was set up early so I was pretty happy. I got myself a tee, trucker cap and a poster. The poster's exactly the same as the banner on the Switchfoot website. The tees were RM 40 each, posters were RM 15 I think and the trucker cap was RM 35. I'll say the trucker cap was a tad bit overpriced but I wanted it anyway, haha!

Lining up outside Hall 4


So we went back in line, sitting down, waiting for time to pass. I met a few acquaintance such as Joel and Scott. It felt good being in that line though, because we were quite in front. It was kind of funny because as time passed by we were talking and a large part of it was figuring out how to hide Sabrina's and Edgar's camera, lol. It didn't quite matter because just about everyone could smuggle their cameras in anyway.

So anyway, doors opened at 6.30 and we all rushed in desperately trying to get to the front. By the time we got in, the entire front railing row was definitely full. I still managed to get about 3 or 4 rows back though, which wasn't bad actually. When I say four rows, you have to imagine four bodies being sandwiched towards the front, so I wasn't really that far from the stage.

Everybody rushing into the concert hall


We waited for quite a while before things even kicked off. The Fly Fm emcees came on first, doing the normal stuff before letting Love Me Butch warm the crowd up followed by Altered Frequency. Both played pretty well, kudos to both bands for putting a good performance. I'll say one thing though, Altered Frequency's vocalist is definitely clearer and better, but that could also be partly to do with Love Me Butch's nature of genre where you don't really hear vocalists that clear live anyway.

The setup before the concert started, Switchfoot drum kit is the elevated one


After those two were done on stage, the crew cleared up and then there was another lull as Switchfoot's crew did some last minute soundcheck for all the instruments, all the guitars, the three keyboards Jerome was using and the drums. It took quite a while and I guess it was a little annoying, but that's the price you pay for having opening bands, lol.

The main thing came soon enough though, and as the lights went off and red light showered the stage, Switchfoot ran on stage and immediately played the Meant To Live intro before quickly going into Oh! Gravity and the crowd was pumped for that and all of us were jumping. It was nice to see Jon in his hat again, I've seen him wear it at the start of just about every concert video I've seen of Switchfoot. And Tim was in his trademark black leather jacket and tie.

They really played a very energetic set of songs which was really great, among those were Politicians, Oh! Gravity, American Dream, We Are One Tonight, Lonely Nation, Stars, Dirty Second Hands, Awakening, Gone and Meant To Live. The slower ones, but really nice ones were Only Hope, This Is Your Life, Learning To Breathe and Dare You To Move.

Dirty Second Hands was awesome when Jon did what I've seen him do at other shows, he grabs on of the cymbal stands off Chad's drumset and starts running around the stage with it banging the cymbal with a drumstick that makes him look like a crazy person, then when it all picked up he just continued spinning himself round and round smashing the cymbal until the end. Then, for American Dream, they played really full until they finished the bridge and totally paused and struck a statue like pose for a full two minutes before continuing to finish the song. It came off really nice, just that maybe Drew's lap was moving a little because we could see his guitar doing this swinging action, lol.

Jon hammering the crash cymbal during Dirty Second Hands

Gone was really good though, Jon said this, "This song is dedicated to Bono and thank you BEYONCE!" They started playing an intro suited to her song Crazy In Love and Jon sang about two lines of "Uh oh uh oh uh oh, were gonna" before moving back into Gone, that really just blew me away. I knew they did a cover of that before, and I was really happy to at least hear part of it at the concert. This Is Your Life was really good too, getting the crowd to participate and Jon screaming on his guitar at the end of the song to get that effect, having the pickup detect his voice, lol.

One thing I liked was that Jon would stop in between songs to explain what some of them were about. For example Jon Foreman said before playing American Dream, "Things pass us by to quick. Here's a song about how short life is. I've got no problems with cars, new guitars, new houses. Those are all fine things. But when life is reduced to our material gains and the things we acquire with some cash, I feel like we've lost the soul of who we are as human beings. I want something bigger than anything you can sell me. I want something bigger than anything you can buy. I want something bigger than a rock show. This ain't my Malaysian Dream" He said a lot of other things as well, but I won't say all of them because I can't quote him quite so accurately.

There's a lot more I can say, but I won't, so I'll just leave you with some pictures EDGAR managed to take from the concert.

Tim Foreman


Jon Foreman and Tim Foreman


Jon with the hat and the Oh! Gravity design Gibson SG guitar

Jon going into the crowd early on (most probably during 'Politicians')


Jerome Fontamillas, Andrew Shirley, Jon Foreman (Jerome had three keyboards)


The two minute pose for 'American Dream' (taken from jonloh.net)

Jon with an 'I "heart" KL' t-shirt, playing Dare You To Move as closing song (taken from jonloh.net)

UPDATE: These are photos taken from www.creativeclicks.com.my. Really nice ones, haha!

Jon and Drew playing 'Dare You To Move'

Tim Foreman on bass guitar


Jon making effects by singing into the guitar pickup and adjusting the knobs during the outro for 'This Is Your Life' (I was waiting for this part for so long, heard it from one of the bootlegs)


Switchfoot taking their final bow, before heading off the stage.


Just before that, they threw their picks into the crowd, and Jon's pick fell onto Gwen's shoe! How cool is that! What are the odds man, the pick is the first photo of the blog post. Gwen's going to treasure that pick for a long time to come. To see the other side of the pick, click here -> Edgar's Blog. All in all, a great time, I do hope one day they'll come back, playing songs from a new album, under Lowercase Records (Switchfoot's own independent record label).

Here's some good videos I'd reccomend you to watch, you can search for all of them on YouTube but here are a few I enjoyed a lot.

VIDEOS:
American Dream
We Are One Tonight
Awakening
Oh! Gravity (watch for when Jon says, "Mari kita rock semua semua!", hahahaha!)


Friday, February 01, 2008

Batle Of The Bands - Getting a Band Lineup

My gosh, how long is it going to take for us to settle a PROPER LINEUP! First say want, then don't want..... aihhhhhhhhhhh.

The current Seven Sweet Surrender lineup stands as: Richard Liaw, Javier Teo, Witton Yee, Christon Emang

The lineup's almost cut in HALF. We really need another... at the very least a bassist, unless we're going Blink 182 which I don't think is going to happen for us, lol.

Potentially, we could have the band back to full strength, at the same, time we could really be cut down to that current lineup. That doesn't even fulfill the rules, lol (5 people minimum).

I'm interested to know if our old bassist will come back, if we can find a new synthesizerist and if we can retain our special instrument man, lol.

Khye Shin, faster come join UTP, solve all our problems, maybe except the special instrument requirement. Nah, you can always play the bongos.