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Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Disturbia, anyone?

You're about to read words of which are typed by a serious mental case at the moment, so be warned!

God, that sounded lame.

It's not that I'm stressed or emo right now, but it's more of a fact that I haven't been getting enough sleep and/or rest lately. Of course, the excruciating pain I'm feeling in my gut right now definitely contributes to the tone of my writing.

Had supper with my parents and siblings earlier. I had a really late lunch, which resulted in my dinnertime being pushed till 11pm or so, which is primarily the cause of my current "doubled-over" posture. You should have seen me in the car. I was curled up into a ball, literally. And my face would scrunch up in pain whenever the car went over a bump. Needless to say, it wasn't a very comfortable ride, especially with my dad going WAY over the speed limit.

A couple o' things happened during the weekend. Went for some stupid "Mind Champs" thing on Sunday at Sheraton, Subang. We were invited by a good friend of my dad's so apparently, we couldn't refuse. We were supposed to fill up "self-evaluation" forms and then our parents would evaluate us on a separate form. Stupid process, but I was forced to go along with it. My siblings and I finished relatively quickly, so we had fun criticizing the programme whilst waiting for my parents to finish.

It lasted a little longer than I expected. We were there from about 1pm-4pm. None of us had lunch prior to that, so we were all starving. I was already getting cranky in the middle of the programme. Partly because I was the ONLY person my age. The others were... tiny. Of course, I voiced this out, and my mom bit back a really good reply: well, in any case, Louisa (my sis) looks older than you, so you really have nothing to worry about.

My sis wasn't very happy about that. =P

Alright, I guess I should really get some sleep now. I've still got college tomorrow, then it's the Raya break! I'm looking forward to the hols so I can get back some of my much-needed rest.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Midnight Ramblings

It's close to 1am and yet, I still don't feel like sleeping. Well, I did try to, but my eyes simply refused to shut. So I figured, maybe I'd blog a little. It's been some time since I've blogged about what went on during the day...

So, I had Economics at 8 in the morning, as usual. Mrs. Chiu seemed in a good-enough mood today, so class was relatively interesting. Halfway through class, she got a little carried away (as usual) and we were suddenly talking about effective cough treatments. Well, that was partly because Bernard went into a huge coughing fit, which kinda annoyed her, I guess. Then it went on to eating habits and we all had a good laugh.

I had an hour break before English Lit, so Choon Hui and I headed to the canteen for breakfast. Snokee and Elizabeth soon joined us, and we talked about cats (the canteen cat was hovering nearby, eyeing our food) and it naturally led to pets, and what animals we like/dislike etc. Elizabeth asked me a question that I wasn't quite ready to answer and I was relatively stunned. I mean, it's not the kind of thing you'd ask anyone, no matter how curious you are about it.

Anyways, we headed for Eng Lit at precisely 10 o'clock. We were to do presentations on that particular chapter of "Alias Grace", which involved nothing but letters. So Choon Hui, Alex and I each took turns at the board, writing down the main points. (Choon Hui did the first 3 letters, I did the next 3 and Alex was left with the last 2). Whilst one was writing, the other two would be chatting away about random stuff with Miss Grace (our lecturer). Discussions took place, some of which carried a heavy significance.

I like Grace Marks and (to a certain extent) Mrs Jordan. Mrs Humphrey is what we modern peeps would term as a "common slut" and Dr Samuel Bannerling is a sore loser who still feels "injured" by Grace when she fought his sexual advances. Simon Jordan needs an attitude adjustment, and counselling to rid him of his tendency to relate women to animals.

I left for home at around 1.30pm or so.

After lunch with my siblings, I was in Claris playing "Grip!", which would be a part of the performance I'm involved in. The notes were easy to sight-read, so I was left to ponder on the division of the parts as I played along. Walked back home after I got tired of playing that piece again and again. Bathed, practiced, then left for Claris again. This time, it was to get some form of ideas for the dance. Sadly, I made no progress.

We walked back home after my mom finished her last class. Ate fruits (=D), listened to music, went online and bugged some of my friends...

I didn't play that song ("You Gave Me") at all today. Was thinking of recording it tomorrow.

Hmm... should I?

Thursday, 25 September 2008

You give (Gave) me...

I've just finished practice. I'm actually out at my dad's office now, so technically what I'm doing is illegal. So to those who know my parents... Ssh!!! =)

Anyways, I wrote a new song before... Well, just before I came down here, actually. I was sitting at the Grand Piano, staring at the keys, wondering what I should do cause I didn't feel like going home just yet. And THEN, I spotted a piece of paper and pencil!

I'm a wannabe musician-song writer, so you do the math.

Suprisingly it only took me about half an hour or so to complete it. I mean, complete with the full set of lyrics and chord progression. All that's left is the arrangement, and next-recording! Though most of my songs stop at the "arrangement" stage. Cause by the time I finish all that, I look back at the song and think: what was I thinking!!!

Lol. But since I took the time to write it out and all, I figured I'd just share it with you guys.

The first time I met you,
I can't deny, you surprised me
I felt a chill up my spine,
Since then, you've led me on a joy ride

Don't know why you make me feel this way
I can't explain, my heart failed me
It's like you've carved it out, it's on display
I'm going down on my knees, someone save my please?

(Chorus)
You give me warmth at night,
I smile when I feel you by my side
How can something so wrong feel so right?
But I don't care now, I'm not gonna hide

(Bridge)
Before this you were nice to me,
You've opened my eyes,
I let you see what's inside,
How could you have turned back and left me to die?

(Chorus 2)
You gave me warmth at night
I smiled when I felt you by my side
How could you play with what was on my mind?
But I don't care now, I'm not gonna cry...

A bit on the depressing side, I admit. But the melody is not quite as morbid, I assure you. (You're gonna have to take my word for it, cause there's no way you'd ever hear the original version!) It's not my best, definitely far from it, but it's an "OK" for something done under an hour. I'll put in the arrangement some time later, IF I have time. =D

Comments and criticism are welcomed!

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Singing a Different Tune Altogether...

Talk about being a hypocrite... it's quite depressing, really... I mean, it's these little things that I really shouldn't be bothered about, yet I'm so touchy when it gets slammed in my face. I wonder if there's a cure for all this.

I can only think of one way to get it off my mind. Keep busy by working myself to my deathbed so I won't have the capacity to ponder over it.

It would be a little easier if my surroundings were helping me. But no... Every corner I turn, something reminds me about it. Should I voice it out to get it off my chest?

Nah...

I'm too accustomed to keeping most things to myself. I'll only tell someone AFTER it's all over. (IF I decide to open my mouth) Ah well, guess this is what happens when you're so reserved...

This reminds me, I was walking in the night market right opposite my housing area last Saturday, after dinner with my family. I was thinking I'd finally be looking at nothing which would remind me of --- when my siblings and I passed by a clothing vendor which happened to be displaying a --- Which looked a lot like --- Which reminded me of ---

I couldn't stop swearing in my head even after we reached home.

Anyways, I guess I've been taking all this a bit to seriously. * inserts person's name here*'s right. I ought to take a step back, relax, and reflect on what I've been seeing/doing/feeling. Getting so worked up about it is definitely not getting me anywhere.

Ha-ha

It's easier said than done, girl.

So, this leaves me in a dilemma. Should I ---? Should I ---? Or should I ---? Or would it be better if I ---? Or maybe even ---?

I wish I could have the life Bella has in the vampire trilogy. Having a vampire boyfriend would be cool. As long as he doesn't decide to sink his teeth into you. =)

Friday, 19 September 2008

Journey To The Past

Watched "Anastasia" earlier this afternoon and fell in love with this song. The melody and chords are just... *sighs*. haha!

Heart don't fail me now
Courage don't desert me, don't turn back now that we're here
People always say life is full of choices?
No one ever mentions fear

Or how the world can seem so long
Or how the world can seem so vast

Courage see me through
Heart I'm trusting you, on this journey to the past...

Somewhere down this road, I know someone's waiting
Years of dreams just cant be wrong?
Oh arms will open wide, I'll be safe and wanted
Finally home where I belong

Well starting here my life begins
Starting now I'm learning fast

Courage see me through
Heart I'm trusting you, on this journey to the past
Heart don't fail me now
Courage don't desert me

Home, love, family;
there was once a time I must have had them too
Home, love, family;
I will never be complete until I found you

One step at a time
One hope then another
Who knows where this road may go?
Back to who I was
On to find my future
Still my heart still needs to know
Yes let this be a sign
Let this road be mine
Let it lead me to my past

Courage see me through
Heart I'm trusting you
To bring me home
At last
At last...

P/S: the movie's really sweet too. =D

Music I'm currently into...

Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major
Johann Sebastion Bach

Four Seasons-spring
Antonio Vivaldi

Organ Symphony No.3
Camille Saint Saens

Symphony in C
Georges Bizet

Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint Saens

Cello Concerto op 104
Antonin Dvorak

Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story"
Leonard Bernstein

Nutcracker Suite-Danse Ses Mirlitons
Tchaikovsky

August's Rhapsody
from the movie "August Rush"

My Little Princess
TVXQ

Way Back Into Love
from the movie "Music and Lyrics"

Ever Ever After
Carrie Underwood

Gotta Go My Own Way
Vanessa Ann Hudgens

Cross My Heart
All-4-One

Only a Heartbeat Away
TVXQ

What Makes You Different
Backstreet Boys

Man in the Mirror
Idea of North

Garden Party
Mezzoforte

Wishful Thinking
Earl Klugh

Live Each Day
David Foster

Cradle of Amber
Yonekura Chihiro

Right Here Waiting
Richard Marx

Looking Through Your Eyes
from the movie "Quest For Camelot"

To love you more
Celine Dion feat Taro Hakase

On My Way Here
Clay Aiken

Songs that are currently repeating again and again on my i-pod. Note that I don't listen to anything noisier than pop/love ballads. Call me a stereotype if you want, but I value my hearing abilities. =)

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Work Dilemma...

Kinda weird to be blogging about the few days that had gone pass… My memory’s a little shabby cause o’ the time lapse, (no thanks to the headaches) so excuse me if the elaborations aren’t quite as accurate as compared to if I had blogged everyday of the week.

Well, part of the reason I haven’t been blogging, or been online, for that matter, was due to unforced reasons. In simpler words, I wasn’t feeling very well the past few days.

Hey, I’ve got 4 hours of practice to cram into my schedule everyday, plus college homework, studies, assignments, essays, AND arranging parts, PLUS choreographing dance steps for the Claris Concert.

Nothing out of the ordinary happened while I was “away”. Well, we DID have a stemboat dinner at my place. Ms. Saw and her boyfriend came over, Uncle Ti as well, my grandparents, aunt and uncle came down from P.J…

The food was, of course, really good. All thanks to my aunt and grandma. Oh, and we all were witnessing a miracle: my dad was cooking! LOL!

He was grilling fish, to be exact. With Uncle Ti’s help.

The dinner started at about 7.30pm, after everyone had arrived. We had a little panicky moment when the plug of the extensions fused, but thank God we had an extra, or “dinner” would have only been grilled fish.

Not a very cheerful thought.

After we had eaten our fill, (I was developing a stomach ache at one point), we proceeded back to the house for the usual chit-chat. As well as bawling over with laughing at the expense of my dad’s jokes. We had Sparkling Juice (for my bro, sis and whoever else who couldn’t drink wine) and white wine whilst chatting and laughing. My mom even brought some of her many mooncakes for a tasting session. Seriously, so many of her students gave us mooncakes, we didn’t even have to buy any of our own!

At about 10.30pm or so, (I guess it was because all our tummies were aching after laughing so much) everyone started to leave. I was supposed to sleep right after that, but seeing that Mrs. Dharma would be questioning us on Law the very next morning, I decided to stay up and study for a bit. =P

Monday was… normal, I guess.

Tuesday, however, was a slight dent to my usual schedule. The Business Studies lecturer cancelled class, so they all decided to spend the 2 hours of free time on a swim in Scotts Villa, where Mei Xin lives. After their Maths class, the 6 of us walked to the condo and proceeded to the pool.

I’m surprised I still remembered how to swim after 3 years or so of not entering a pool. So yeah… I didn’t drown. =)

The rest of the day was as normal as any day should be.

God Dammit, I’m desperate for “New Moon”!!!!!!!

I read “Twilight” yesterday, and the suspense is KILLING me! I’m SO getting the book this Saturday. I wanna read what happens!! I saw the book on the shelves of Borders in Times Square earlier this morning, (I was there with Choon Hui to get Alexis' birthday present) and I was so SO tempted to get it! *yells in exasperation*

Whoops. Sorry. A little “bookworm” moment there. Somehow, I’ve been really into vampire-istic novels lately. The mystery, the action, the romance, sometimes even the violence… It’s so… captivating. Call me sick if you want, but I find it a very intriguing subject to read on.

Anyways, I really gotta get on with my research now so… Tatta!

Friday, 12 September 2008

ABRSM results out!

LOL! You should have seen the look on my mom's face when she checked the mailbox earlier. She's been checking it (mailbox) everyday but there was no news about her students' exam results. Until tonight, after work, she checked the mailbox again and voila! Results were out!

I've hardly ever seen my mom get THIS excited before. Well, partly because the post seems to fall into my dad's hands first, then he usually has fun keeping my mom in suspense... Telling her the marks REALLY slowly, till my mom nearly goes into hysterics. =P Otherwise, he'll lie about the marks and cause my mom to panic and THEN tell her the real marks. My dad's a collosal joker. He lies about our results EVERYTIME.

And I always fall for it. Except the time when he told me I got a "B" for English (SPM). I couldn't stop laughing...

Anyways, back to the results slip. ALL my mom's students got a distinction. She was literally squealing with happiness. It's not something you see everyday... HAHA!

Needless to say, my mom now has a perma-grin on her face. Looks like all the screaming and yelling at her students paid off.

Owh, my sis got a 132 for her Grade 6. Good work sis! That's the same as I got, I think. Heh. She's getting the new i-pod Nano for her "good" results. Blehh... I had to get a distinction for BOTH Grade 8 piano AND violin for my parents to get me the i-pod video. *sighs* kids these days...

Okay, I'm gonna... Right. I don't know what I'm gonna do, since I'm done for the day... Hmm... Maybe I'll go bite some necks... I feel like turning the entire human race into vampires. *cackles*

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Mind=Blank

I kept forgetting to mention this. LOL! I've finally got my hands on the August Rush Soundtrack! Original, mind you. I love the music, well, only some of them. I think the Classical/Fussionistic tracks were a little too noisy. Loved the Guitar Duel and the August Rhapsody. The different version of "La Bamba" was not bad as well, albeit too slow for my taste, but not bad nonetheless.

I haven't been emo-ing for awhile now. I wonder what's the cause of it this time. I've been thinking about it since this morning, but I came up with nothing. Managed to keep my mind focussed for about 3 hours straight during practice, but then my left pinky started hurting again, so I had to stop awhile. That's when all the nonsensical thoughts started pouring into my mind. Gah... Sometimes, I dearly wish I was a robot with no feelings.

Sometimes it clamps down on you, backs you into a dark corner, squishes you like a bug until you have nowhere to go.

I'm tired of having these feelings plague me. And I get even more worked up when I can't bloody figure out the cause of it. If only life was as simple as fairy tales and as sure as happy ever afters. I miss the days when I could go about my life without worrying about what to do next, or whether a decision I just made would cost me a limb, or whether the time I spent practicing was worth while...

I miss kindergarten.

Let me know if someone invents a time machine yea... I wouldn't mind being the guinea pig. =)

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

MCKL 25th Anniversary Pics


Me after getting dressed

Oh God, I look horrible

Econs ppl!!
From Left: Elizabeth, Mie Xin, Chicken, Bernard, Me, Snokee, Alexis

Joker of the class getting bullied!

That's all for now. I'll see if I can grab more photos soon!

Sleepless Nights??

Insomnia is a symptom of a sleeping disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity. It is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Insomniacs have been known to complain about being unable to close their eyes or "rest their mind" for more than a few minutes at a time. Both organic and non-organic insomnia constitute a sleep disorder.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in year 2007, approximately 64 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Insomnia occurs 1.4 times more commonly in women than in men.

Types of Insomnia:

Onset insomnia - difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night, often associated with anxiety disorders (ah, I can relate to this)

Middle-of-the-night Insomnia - Insomnia characterized by difficulty returning to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night or waking too early in the morning. Also referred to as nocturnal awakenings. Encompasses middle and terminal insomnia.

Middle insomnia - waking during the middle of the night, difficulty maintaining sleep. Often associated with pain syndromes or medical illness.

Terminal (or late) insomnia - early morning waking. Characteristic of clinical depression.

Hmm... I wonder which group I belong to. Anyways, moving on...

Insomnia can be caused by:
Psychoactive drugs or stimulants, including certain medications, herbs, caffeine, cocaine, ephedrine, amphetamines, methylphenidate, MDMA, methamphetamine and modafinil
Hormone shifts such as those that precede menstruation and those during menopause

Life problems like fear, stress, anxiety, emotional or mental tension, work problems, financial stress, unsatisfactory sex life (WOKAY, a little outta topic here)

Mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, clinical depression, general anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, or obsessive compulsive disorder.

Disturbances of the circadian rhythm, such as shift work and jet lag, can cause an inability to sleep at some times of the day and excessive sleepiness at other times of the day. Jet lag is seen in people who travel through multiple time zones, as the time relative to the rising and setting of the sun no longer coincides with the body's internal concept of it. The insomnia experienced by shift workers is also a circadian rhythm sleep disorder.

Insomnia-Estrogen Estrogen is considered to play a significant role in women’s mental health (including insomnia). A conceptual model of how estrogen affects mood was suggested by Douma et al 2005 based on their extensive literature review relating activity of endogenous, bio-identical and synthetic estrogen with mood and well-being. They concluded the sudden estrogen withdrawal, fluctuating estrogen, and periods of sustained estrogen low levels correlated with significant mood lowering. Clinical recovery from depression postpartum, perimenopause, and postmenopause was shown to be effective after levels of estrogen were stabilized and/or restored. (synthetic fluctuating perimeno-whatta???)

Certain neurological disorders, brain lesions, or a history of traumatic brain injury
Medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism and Wilson's syndrome

Abuse of over-the counter or prescription sleep aids can produce rebound insomnia (thank goodness I don't take sleeping pills)

Parasomnia, which includes a number of disruptive sleep events including nightmares, sleepwalking, violent behavior while sleeping, and REM behaviour disorder, in which a person moves his/her physical body in response to events within his/her dreams (I should let my brother read this)

A rare genetic condition can cause a prion-based, permanent and eventually fatal form of insomnia called fatal familial insomnia.

A common misperception is that the amount of sleep a person requires decreases as he or she ages. The ability to sleep for long periods, rather than the need for sleep, appears to be lost as people get older. Some elderly insomniacs toss and turn in bed and occasionally fall off the bed at night, diminishing the amount of sleep they receive.

An overactive mind or physical pain may also be causes. Finding the underlying cause of insomnia is usually necessary to cure it. Insomnia can be common after the loss of a loved one, even years or decades after the death, if they have not gone through the grieving process.

Overall, symptoms and the degree of their severity affect each individual differently depending on their mental health, physical condition, and attitude or personality.

Right... That's a little more intense than what I intended to find out but... no matter. At least, I've come to 2 definite conclusions after all that research work. (I went through more than 5 websites)

And my conclusion is thus:

One, I either have Onset Insomnia; or
Two, I'm (which explains why I function better at night AND my dislike of garlic) a vampire.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Blergh... Headaches suck!

Right. I just got back from KLCC about 3 hours ago and I'm pooped. Was practicing from the time I came back till my mom stopped me, saying that I'd wake the neighbours. LOL!

I was developing a really bad headache, so I would've stopped soon anyways. Heh.

Yes, I was at the Piano fair again. But only as a visitor, this time. Not a working staff *glares pointedly at dad*

Well, actually, I went cause my mom wanted to see Uncle Chong Lim's student perform. Since I had missed his performance the night before, thanks to the dinner, I figured I'd go and watch his student today.

She played a Mozart, 3 Mazurkas by Chopin, and one more which composer's name just escapes me at the moment. =P The Mozart was a really difficult one. She made some small slips, but none were noticeable if you paid lesser attention. The thing about Mozart is, no matter how good you are, it's really transparent . Basic skills, but it requires crystal clear playing. So, it's really obvious when you make a slip. I mean, you can be a pro and play Rachmaninov or Beethoven, but shake and shudder when it comes to Mozart.

But overall, it was a good performance. She does things with the piano that I can never do. Grr... Her touch was really good. Especially during the fast passages, and the slow, melodious ones that require a hell lotta work. She's currently studying in Germany with Uncle Chong Lim's ex-teacher.

Oh, my mom, aunt and I had quite a long conversation with him after the concert. Even HE promotes YST. Says it's very well-equipped. *HELLO? Steinways in PRACTICE rooms??* And the normal practice rooms for students all have Yamaha C3(s). According to him, he went green-eyed when he saw the facilities. Haha!

Anyways, we walked about and did a little shopping before dinner. Lou and I were hungry already so we got pretzels from Auntie Anne's to keep us from tipping over. =)

I got a new pair of heels. Black ones. Cause I'm getting sick and tired of wearing the same old boots for performances. I don't wanna have to lug it around during the tour anyways. Too bulky.

Then it was off to Nippon Tei! The 3 of us had our usual Teriyaki sets, Grandma had Tempura, mom's... I can't remember. LOL! And we all shared a chef salad. Mom couldn't finish that much rice, so she gave a portion to me. I surprised myself (and my sis) by finishing it. Haha.

Did some grocery shopping, sent my grandma back to P.J, then went back home.

Okay, I'll stop now. Cause I need to witness a miracle!

Someone has finally updated his blog! =P

Methodist College 25th Anniversary Dinner

It's one of those rare occasions that I'm allowed to wake up slightly before noon. I'm still half asleep as I type this, so I apologize if my English seems atrocious.

An interesting outing on Friday night. We watched "Money No Enough 2", then walked out to the "mamak" place next to Nikko hotel for supper, where we met up with the rest of my dad's staff who would be joining my siblings and I in our wait for the Piano deals. We finished at about 3am, then headed back to the Convention Centre.

Unfortunately, the security guard refused to let us in, saying that the organizers would only be there at about 6am or so. In any case, we entertained ourselves walking in the park, talking and cracking, albeit lame, jokes. Later on, we found a nice spot somewhere in the park which we could sit/ lie back and enjoy the night view. It was a cloudy night, so no stars were about. The others had brought some snacks, so we helped ourselves to chips, bread and chocalates.

Just as we almost ran out of ideas as to what to do, David whipped out his Mac and voila, instant entertainment! =P

He showed me his quintet performance, the one that I missed during camp. We then proceeded to watch a bit of "40 year old Virgin", but we sorta gave up halfway cause it was too soft. My sis, however, stopped within the 1st 20 minutes due to the.. *ahem* explicit scenes. After that was all music, and random chatter.

The doors were finally opened at 6.30am. We rushed up to the place, only to find 14 other people lined up already. Needless to say, we weren't very happy about that. Later on, we found out that they were waiting at a closer entrance, so... yeah, nuff said.

After we got our "que-cards", we had breakfast in KFC. Conversations were not as abundant as the night before, seeing that all of us were literally walking zombies. At least some of the guys had a nap, my sis and I didn't sleep throughout the night!

Anyways, we went back to the Piano Fair at 10am, then entered the halls to take a look at the Pianos. Pity, there were no white ones on display this time, but the Pianos were beautiful, nonetheless. We were scattered all over the place, playing random pieces on whatever keyboards we could lay our hands on. David and I went to the extend of playing the slow parts of the Saint Saens Organ Symphony on the clavinova. =P

My siblings and I took a cab back home at approximately 11am. The second we reached home, we dumped all our bags and jackets on the ottoman, flopped on the couch and slept.

I woke up at 4pm, realising that I had a dinner to attend. My maid made me sandwiches, cause I had skipped lunch, I was surprised at how blank my mind was whilst I was eating. Normally I'd be running through my plans for the rest of the day or next, but I suppose I was too worn out to think about anything.

Bathed, changed and got ready by 6.30pm. My grandparents were afraid of traffic congestion, so we left early. Best part is, traffic was so smooth that I reached in 1o minutes, resulting in us having to wait in the car till "someone" arrived with my ticket.

The dinner was on the 9th floor of Legend Hotel, where the ballroom is. We registered, then socialised for a bit, bumping into classmates and other familiar faces. The lecturers were finely dressed for the occasion. I was especially worried about over-dressing, but I heaved a sigh of relief after seeing some girls donned in what we would classify as prom dresses.

It started with speeches, as any other dinner would. Then prayers commenced, and finally, the moment we were all waiting for- Dinner, was served. I wasn't paying attention to the food, cause I was focussing on the performances. First up was WMS's choir. The soloists and the musicians were good (Su Yin was playing too), but I didn't really think much of the choir. Next up was our MCKL Music and Drama club performance. They did "The Prayer" and "At the Beginning", it was then followed by the explosive performance of our Dance club. To cap it all, Juwita Suwito brightened up our evening with some popular numbers, including a few of her own singles.

The rest of the night was spent taking photographs to capture this memorable event. We had fun bullying some of the guys into funny poses and took pictures with our lecturers.

I left at 11pm.

Upon reaching home, I took a shower and changed into a more casual attire. ;) I was debating on whether I should blog about the day's events before my memory fades, but my weariness got the better of me, so I decided to sleep.

Wokay, I think that's about it. Gotta get on to practice before we all leave for KLCC to watch Sylvia Loh's performance. Will blog the next time something interesting happens. Ciao!

Friday, 5 September 2008

A Night at the Convention Centre

Right. Long story short, I'll be spending the night in KLCC Convention Centre, que-ing up for piano deals. All thanks to my dad's involvement in the Yamaha Piano Fair. *sighs* another sleepless night.

Oh well, at least we'll have a free movie, supper, breakfast, and RM50 to splurge on whatever we want =)

Let me know if you're interested, or just turn up in KLCC at 10.30pm tonight. ^^

But, don't even bother calling or replying my messages if you think it's a bad deal. My dad doesn't run a multi-million organization, so don't turn all high and mighty on me and sound offended when I make you the offer. Just cook up some excuse, like you can't make it or something. Don't go on about saying how much other companies would pay you, cause frankly speaking, I'm not interested to know how money-faced you can get.

To those who agreed to help, thanks a bunch! It means a lot to me and my dad, sacrificing your sleep and all... You guys rock!!

Back to more mundane matters...

Nothing much happened today, unless you find changing the rubber bands of my braces something interesting, and college was as boring as usual. Oh, I had lunch in Secret Recipe though. =)

Right. I promise to blog a longer post tomorrow night. IF I'm not too lethargic after Methodist College's 25th anniversary dinner. Speaking of which, I don't even know what to wear yet... O_o

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Claris Concert woes...

Yep, Claris Music SDN BHD shall be organizing another year-end concert. But it would be slightly different this time. Difference is...

No. 1-I don't like the programme much.

No.2-Lack of variety.

No.3-Lack of participants. (may be due to the participation fees)

No.4 (and the most important factor)- I won't be a part of it.

I mean, I'll be in the planning and helping out in the practices and all... But I wouldn't be performing. Cause the concert is right smack in the middle of the MPYO camp in December. I actually thought of joining anyway, since the concert would be held before we leave for East M'sia, but that means I would have to skip a whole day of rehearsals. O_o

And I'm currently plagued with what song/piece to do. Mom's left an entire item to my responsibility. Ideally, she wants me to arrange one of DBSK's popular songs to play&dance/play&sing to. I'm reasonably thorough with DBSK's works, so I roughly know what's do-able and what's not.

The playing part wouldn't be a problem. We can just get the MIDI files off the net.

The problem is the dance/singing part.

See, DBSK is quite an established acapella/dance group. Needless to say, their dance moves are a little more than complicated and their singing is far from simple. Provided we can get people who dance like Missy Elliot or sing like Westlife, I don't see how it's possible. I mean, the dance steps are not impossible to imitate, but it would take time to master. And we don't have much time to practice. The singing would be a huge problem if they're either tone-deaf, or incapable of harmonizing. With DBSK's love ballads, you can't NOT harmonize. Or it would just sound really bland and boring, which is what I want to avoid.

Anyways, that aside, I think I may have seriously screwed up my Eng Lit test today. Bloody Keats. He really managed to ruin my morning. I was groaning about it for the rest of the day. I don't think I answered the question accurately, which would, undoubtedly, hack off half my marks. Thankfully it wasn't a real exam or I would be in tears right now.

Right. It's Emma Woodhouse tomorrow. Hopefully, I tackle that better than I did Keats today. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Post No.111

Sorry for the lame-ness of the title for this post. Heck, I couldn't think of anything better. And no, I'm actually serious. My mind is blank at the mo', you could ask me what I'm doing now and I'd just answer, "huh?"

Yes, I'm THAT blur.

Well, no thanks to the 4 hours plus of practice I had done earlier. I was really tired after college today, for some reason (*a-hem*bad*cough*min*cough*ton =D) so I really wasn't in the mood to do anything. Unfortunately, I couldn't dawdle cause I'd end up not practicing at all. And so, I had to get my ass off my ever-so-comfortable bed, bathe, change and locked myself in my room to practice. I played the Mozart Concerto again for fun. Surprisingly, I still remembered the notes/bowing/dynamics etc. for the cadenza =P.

Downside is, I don't think I made much (if any) progress with the Bruch Concerto. Admittedly, the fast passages are more audible now, but the tonality is not there... YET! =)

Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention, thanks to my less-than-normal state of mind. *groans in frustration*

I don't think Liu Jian was happy with my playing on Monday, either. O_o

Not that I played rubbish, but... oh God, this is SO embarrassing!!!

My strings were actually out of tune. There, I said it. So much for having perfect pitch. I can't even hear an "A" 442! Grr... I SO need a tuner. I never had to rely on one before. Darn.

Oh, and I got screwed by Mrs. Chiu in Econs class today. Well, she didn't scold me directly. Just hinted that I wasn't spending enough time on Economics. See, she gave a test when I was away in camp, and I only got the paper this week. What I conveniently didn't realise was that I was supposed to DO the questions on my own before she discusses the answers in class. Needless to say, she wasn't very happy with me. Heh.

Which reminds me... Alex's female friend (he wouldn't say which) received a video from another friend. Alex found it so interesting that, he actually took the girl's phone and started showing the video to practically everyone in college. Up until the battery went dead.

You must be thinking I'm mad to be mentioning Alex's strange behaviours. (since he's strange 24/7 anyways =P) It's not what Alex did that I wanted to mention about. It's the video.

Apparently, it was one of those something-phillias, which is an "obsession", a fetish, actually. Which involves a girl eating, then forcing herself to vomit, then eating whatever she regurgitated. And I actually saw the video, cause he literally shoved it in my face. I watched till the part where she started eating...

O...Kay... Nevermind that. Bottomline is, it got me really grossed out. Seriously, I can never understand those people who insist on doing sick things to themselves. Whatever happened to following Nature's course???

Alright, I've got a test on John Keats' poetry tomorrow (which I absolutely DETEST!) so I'd better get cracking! Don't be surprised if I don't update for a few days. My schedule is pretty packed this week. =D

Monday, 1 September 2008

We Could Be in Love, by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane

I ABSOfckingLUTELY LOVE this song! My sis found it (I have no bloody idea how) and I'm severely addicted to it! It's been playing for the umpteenth time on my stereo and I still haven't gotten tired of it =D Anyways, here are the lyrics. Real sweet! Enjoy =)

Be still my heart
Lately its mind is on it's own
It would go far and wide
Just to be near you

Even the stars
Shine a bit bright I've noticed
When you're close to me
Still it remains a mystery

Anyone who's seen us
Knows what's going on between us
It doesn't take a genius
To read between the lines
And it's not just wishful thinking
Or only me who's dreaming
I know what these are symptoms of
We could be in love

I ask myself why
I sleep like a baby through the night
Maybe it helps to know
You'll be there tomorrow

Don't open my eyes
I'll wake from the spell I'm under
Makes me wonder how tell me how
I could live without you now

And what about the laughter
The happy ever after
Like voices of sweet angels
Calling out our names
And it's not just wishful thinking
Or only me who's dreaming
I know what these are symptoms of
We could be in love

All my life I have dreamed of this
But i could not see your face
Don't ask why two such distant stars
Can fall right into place

Anyone who's seen us
Knows what's going on between us
It doesn't take a genius
To read between the lines
And it's not just wishful thinking
Or only me who's dreaming
I know what these are symptoms of
We could be in love