Saturday, July 22, 2006

Osoi!!!

Belated pics from Territory Party Launch!

Hah! Proof that I was there! XD Seiji's gf took these pictures~

ME: I was pointing a 'L' to you
SEIJI: ?
ME: It's like, here's the loser!
SEIJI: WTF! (>.<)!!!

Yea, we talk crap like that, lol. Okay, maybe only I talk like that XD. Sorry I look like Ju-On TT_TT (PS: Look under your chair, you might see my face there, wakakakakaka~!)

.....

(Uhhh, I think I scared myself, lol)

My cousin, who previously hates animals, recently got herself some dwarf hamsters because she likes to tickle their stomach (which they do enjoy). But one day, they were trying to get some damn sleep and she kept rubbing their belly. Which leads to...

[MSN chat]
cousin: 1st 2 times they didn't really respond...later 3rd time really bite kau kau..
cousin: when i pull my finger out from the cage the hamster was still bitting my finger
cousin: i had to fling it so she would let go...
cousin: lucky when she let go she fell on my bed

I found that really funny. Hey, no animals harmed, right? And also her family took in a stray dog, and being a family who never had ANY kinds of pets before (excluding fishes) my cousin bro was freaking out at first. He calls me (member of the 'zoo' family), going, "HOW DO I FEED HER?!?!!!"

"Okay, first, put food in doggie bowl. Then give to dog."

Hilarious times.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I heard once...

... that people come into your life to fulfill a need, and once the purpose is met, they leave you.

I think it's true.

And it's prolly better that way.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Territory 5... Japan Fever Party Launch!

Rewind to a week ago, I was rushing to the TERRITORY vol::5 Japan Fever Party Launch. There was going to be several designers from Japan, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia... and free food. Si I'm pretty much excited, haha. Seiji and his girl went as well, they reached the place when I was going to board the bus, lol. Anyway, lucky they told me the exact location of Galleriiizu so I didn't have to walk around like a blind rat.

Just before 6.15pm, I reached UOA, though slightly red in the face due to some walking from the bus stop. The itenary said that the event will start at 6.30pm, with the hour before as the "Arrival of Guests and registration", but the talks have already started. What the! [Missed the food btw =( ]

It was Bangkok2 presenting, from Thailand obviously... I didn't catch a few things that they said, and I felt a bit disappointed as I missed Junko Kawashima's introduction. I could go on and on as I'm known for, but pictures speak a thousand words doesn't it? (I think I hear a sigh of relief from my friends reading this, lol)

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Bangkok2, with Thanawat Chongmahakul & Sasis Suwonpakprak (I misspelled this many times, lol)


Liew Sanyen, design director from (if) interactive.

They mostly deal with those cool interactive displays; a fusion between art, technology and electrical engineering. For example, a screen, when you touch it koi fishes will flock to your touch as though it's feeding time. Another example, you walk into a disco, and a light will project your shadow onto a screen on the wall and it will respond. There's even one where you can dance on it and the music will follow you or smthg. Things like these can be found in places like Tokyo, where on one you can play 'pingpong' on the wall.



Their presentation on Powerpoint.

Quite a funny guy. Anyway, when he was about to finish up, I went to the loo. Stumbled upon Seiji and his girl in front of Subway, so we chatted for a while. When I got back, full-fledged Taiko Performance going on... Nearly missed it! Phew, lucky didn't! I had to squeeze to the front a bit as everyone there seemed taller than me!! =_= gimme your height. I liked the performance a lot, but forgot to take a pic TT_TT.

Here, consolation:

Shaddap, I know it's empty XD


Michael Dawidowicz (I suspect he has Russian or German roots, lol), creative director of
Urban Collective from Down Under. Friendly fella!

He was the last person to present, so the next thing was the Silkscreen demo from Gilamon.


Preparing!

Everyone was sitting on the floor or standing, so they asked us to stand up and move closer. So we did... maybe a little over-enthusiatically because they were like, "Err, could you move a bit further back?" LOL!


Gilamon; consists of three people with different styles


They're going to put the same design over that,
but a bit off at the sides and in black colour.


Smooth shirt first ya!


Putting the fabric paint in.

The pics after this are screwed, so basically one guy just held the frame down firmly and the other used this... flat thingy to drag the paint to the other end of the frame.


This was the second T-shirt they did. *points to the flat thingy* Yep, that one.


And voila!

They did the same thing on quite a number of T-shirts (I think it's a kill two birds with one stone... Demo + work, lolol), so I got bored and started walking around. The crowd:




Another shot

The place wasn't that big, and the place was PACKED, though my pictures doesn't show that... Loads of people around my age there, and to my delight, they weren't hard on the eyes if you get what I mean XD.

This was super cute... Little plushies on branches!


T-shirts on sale


Weird, yet charming looking dolls.(with beautiful prices)


Journals, creative coasters, games etc for sale. I want that shelf ~~


Artwork by Shiftattack (Singapore)


Not too sure by whom...



... but this was lovely!

I went back to the Silkscreen demo and they were still at it, lol. But this time, they were showing that you can put different colours to drag across... but the result is unpredictable, though it often comes out nice. Here they were using red and black (can see a bit here, lol)



And off I go wandering again.


Artwork by Junko Kawashima. Very nice line sketches!


Zooming in~


I didn't know this then, but these plushies on branches were made by Marisan from Maribrand Tokyo.



..and i think she was right in front of me, but I wasn't aware [>.<]. Dammit.



Dawidowicz talking to someone in front of his exhibition (the pink one behind the boy)



This was in the Bangkok2 Exhibition.... this piece fascinated me a lot.

Why? Because when you take a step back, it's this:

Looks even better if you're farther away!


Later on, it was a bit of an autograph session going on. I approached one of the Thai designers, who was giving out their company's namecard, and asked some questions since I pretty much missed their whole presentation. Then I pointed to their wall and said that I especially liked the girl, with the numbers on her face.

HIM: *looks at me*....
ME : .....
ME : ....Er. The girl with a lot of number '6' or '9' on her face? *point point* It's very nice.
HIM: That's my work. *grin*
ME : Ah! (BRAIN : Bull's Eye!!!)

You see, you wouldn't know whose work was whose since it's all under the name of Bangkok2, so I think I made an artist very happy that day lol. I draw and design as well, so I could understand that feeling when someone likes your work (product of blood +sweat + soul lol). Instead of signing the book, he wrote his name. Sasis Suwonpakprak. I thought it was a bit Eh, but after I typed this entry, I know why, lol.

A Gilamon member, Chin Sau Lim, drew something for me, then signed it. Out of the three styles, I liked his best; messy lines and action packed.Chatted a bit with him as well. Gilamon had the most 'fan-base', by the number of people who wanted their autographs.




Gilamon member signing yet another book... ??????????????????


On the left is Gilamon's Chin Sau Lim, signing the couple's books.


Took this pic because they were all wearing black and was hoping for a no-body-but-got-head effect picture since it's dark outside, lol. Failed. But look! You can't see the girl's head, only the body.... [>.<] It's a mutant. (Okay, I'm lame, lol)

Last, I spoke to Michael Dawidowicz a little and got his autograph. He asked for my name to write in the book, and instead of my first English name which confuses a lot of people, I told him my second English name which was Heidi. But he still asked me to spell it, lol. Maybe he doesn't like ppl misspelling his surname or smthg (Ditto). He wrote: To Heidi, Nice to meet you. Good luck + break all the rules. [signed] The funny bit was after he's done signing my book, these bunch of girls (friends I presume) looked at each other for a moment, then went to him for autographs. Dam unleashed, bwahahahaha!


Designers, gather around!

I managed to take one last shot before my camera battery died, lol. Sad case. The better pics are with Seiji's gf, but I haven't bothered Seiji for them yet =P. I apologise for the bad quality, I had to adjust loads using Photoshop due to bad lighting and colour, and I'm the type who try to avoid using flash as much as I can (because it ruins the ambience!!!)

It was supposed to end at 10pm-ish, but it was over by 8.30... wow, fast. Walked with Seiji, his gf and two friends to KLCC, but split up when we got there as I haven't had my dinner and his bunch are heading to Kinokuniya Japan-branch. Unlike most people, I don't feel like it's a sad thing to eat alone in public, lol. I like my own company sometimes. Didn't even knew it was a 'sad thing' until I went to college >.<. Anyway, ate at McD's because I was craving for their yummy french fries~! Wandered around for a while then went to catch a bus back home. Ergh, dislike the new bus system, I had to take two buses to reach my house >.<

Opened door and was greeted by TungTung's nice smelly present in his cage... I asked him, "Eh, chibi, how can your little body contain so much shit?" In response, he chewed happily on my finger (ouch.)

That's all, folks...

Oooh, wait, links!

Junko Kawashima
Bangkok2
UrbanCollective
Gilamon
Maribrand
Shiftattack
BigBro'sWorkshop - The organizer + the one who publishes Territory (an artbook). Very nice, exposed me to many artists. The price is not bad either; RM25.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Conversation with God

Conversation with God
Despite your religions, this is very meaningful.

God: Hello. Did you call me?

Me: Called you? No. Who is this?

God: This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought I will Chat .

Me: I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I am actually busy now. I am in the midst of something.

God: What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.

Me: Don't know. But I can't find free time. Life has become hectic. It's rush hour all the time.

God: Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.

Me: I understand. But I still can't figure out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.

God: Well, I wanted to resolve your fight for time, by giving you some clarity. In this net era, I wanted to reach you through the Medium you are comfortable with.

Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?

God: Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated .

Me: Why are we then constantly unhappy?

God: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That's why you are not happy

Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?

God: Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional .

Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty...

God: Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?

God: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don't suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?

God: Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Me: But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can't we be free from problems?

God: Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons to Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems.

Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don't know where we are heading...

God: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides insight.

Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving In the right direction. What should I do ?

God: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.

Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

God: Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Me: What surprises you about people?

God: When they suffer they ask, "why me?" When they prosper, they never ask"Why me?" Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.

Me: Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here. I can't get the answer.

God: Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.

Me: How can I get the best out of life?

God: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Me: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

God: There are no unanswered prayers. At times the answer is NO.

Me: Thank you for this wonderful chat. I am so happy to start the New Day with a new sense of inspiration.

God: Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don't believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.
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"Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated."

I like this. Because when you analyse so much, you'd sink in deeper and deeper in your own mind... There's so many things about life to ponder about; the little routes, and the twists and turns and dodging around brain cells that will appear the moment you DO attempt to start. And it's a journey that requires you and your mind alone, an isolation from anyone and everything else. So while you're thinking, life passes by you waving merrily, drinking to cheers, and somersaulting through the air... and the worse part is that you're on the sidelines, either oblivious to it or prefer to wonder what's the purpose of the celebration.

Sometimes it's better to not dwell too much on thoughts. Instead, follow your heart and instincts. Time is too precious... There's no time to think. I remember my volleyball days where my teammate would yell to me to stop dreaming and chase the damn ball, which is pretty much true because in my head, there's a trail of brain cell streaming thoughts and calculating, and not enough cells left for me to move my limbs towards the ball. It's a bit like catching a ball, and then you proceed to study the seams, and texture of the ball, and bounc-ibility of it, and everyone else is pretty much pissed, yelling, "OI! Pass back the ball la!" And if you don't, they'd get bored and finally leave you. Life's like that.

I have the habit of worrying a lot, but in the past year or two, I've stuck by the words, "Worrying won't solve the problem, but will make you miss out on today." Something like that la. I used to think I'm impulsive, but I've come to realise that I'm always thinking about the consequences of what my actions may churn out. So sorry number 5 (my numerology number). Some of my friends would notice that I'm hesitant at times. Well, mostly confused, because what my mind thinks and what my heart pumps out to me are at clashes always; one glues my feet upon the floor and the other fills me with giggly helium to fly up. Upbringing and society's expectations plays a big role in how I am today. I envy my friends who could immediately pick which to stay with. I have two close friends with these opposing extremes. One proudfully sticks with her principles and the other is simply passionate. Both are happy with their choices, which is the main thing.

Someday I'll sort this out.

Passing thought: As for the 'conversation' above, I do not really believe in Gods and Goddesses, nor will I be arrogant to completely and surely deny His existence. Many would regard God as Him, but I prefer to make the idea of God genderless, so it's the Creator then... but of course, OMG sounds much better than OMC by far =P.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Fete de la Musique... extremely late report

I'm a procrastinator. Deal with it. (Only typed up the bottom half today, lol)

18th June 2006

Phew! After ample of sleep and moving limbs that ache and felt as though they do not belong to me (but I can't shake them off, so apparently it's mine), I shoved my ass off bed at 5pm. Yes I know it's too sinful to wake up when the day is about to end, but hello, I'm typing this at 4am, bwahahahahah! [<-- don't try this at home, it's a really unhealthy way to live. Seriously.] Twas the day after Fete de la Musique in Bangsar (5pm-12pm)...a lovely night peppered with dancing, exposed underwear, singalongs, a kiss on my cheek, clapping, violin riffs and more dancing [^_^]V. My initial worry about potential rain in the evening was quashed by the the lovely AFTERNOON rain. Oh the heavens shine on us XD. Those in Alliance Francaise for the morning slot... sucks for you though, hahaha! Naw, seriously if I could I'd love to go for that too.

I went with Charlene... we took the LRT to Bangsar, then a cab to Telawi. When we arrived, after a minor head-scratching, we were greeted by a Malay dance performance. No, it wasn't bad or tacky, but in fact, it's rather good. They all had big big smiles on their faces and their costumes were nice. And I was confused, thinking, "where's the hot French dudes? Eh, thought I'd see French musicians?"

Yes I know what Fete de la Musique is now, so save your breath. >.<>Met/Saw a few people:
1) One blogger which I could not for the life of me, put the finger on her name.
2) Sarah from Que Sarah, Sarah
3) Albert from Glaring Notebook
4) Asha and her friend
5) Munz and JT

Mini Review [note: click on myspace for samples of their music]

THRONE AWAY [myspace] : An okay performance. Don't get me wrong, the music alone was really really good, but the vocals...is lacking. Somehow I felt as though it didn't match the music, as if he was singing the wrong lyrics (eg: Linkin Park's Numb tune to Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars lyrics). Several times he got out-of-tune. But then again, they were the first band, therefore there WILL be pressure (Not to mention the DJs was like, "You're the first band, it's your job to bring the crowd in!" because around 6 smthg, there weren't that many people. Such a turn off for the bands performing, man!). I wonder how they sound like without any pressure. [EDIT: Listened to their MySpace. Nope, still don't like 'em. Not my taste...]

EURONASIA?: Didn't get their name, too noisy.... Fine fine, I can't spell it. Shoot me for being a n00b, okay? XD Anyway, apparently they were only formed two weeks prior to the fest... which probably explains why the lead singer was holding on to two rather-tattered papers while Chester-yelling his heart out. Also, some hints of stage fright because when he was still, the paper was shivering. Again, I'm not teasing, because I have major stage fright myself and if someone were to plonk me on that stage, I'll prolly drill a hole through the Earth, right into New York. Halfway through the song, he bent over and his pants dropped a considerable amount, exposing his underwear. I think it's white... or grey. Can't remember. Either way, it's clean.
Kinda hard to concentrate on their performance after that though.... Considering that they were only 2 weeks old, they were okay. Again the music was very good, but I wished the vocals were louder (sound system prob I suppose)

There was a capoeira performance too.... love those fluid moves. Ate at McDonalds... for FREE!! Don't ask XD. (Me and Charlene, we held Ronald McDonald hostage and threatened to remove his afro. So yea, ask no questions and receive no lies ;P)

LA CASA
[myspace] : When this French band performed, it was when the crowd started getting to it... I love this band! Very laid back kinda songs, yet really catchy and groovable at the same time. I've never danced in public before, but their songs just want to make me move, and I did. Damn fun weh. Will definitely get their CD, their songs are so addictive. Did I mention I love how French language sounds?

BEAT THE SYSTEM: Quite nice... a mix of rock and hip hop. The vocalist had dreadlocks and he had this signature sumo-like walk. Saw them twice... first at the street stage, then on the main stage. Vocalist thrice though, because he was on stage twice.

.... ARGH I FORGOT THE BAND NAME!!!: They were from Johor and dressed really hippie-ish and were playing world music. They had dingeroos(sp?) and bongo drums (?) among their instruments. They are really funky people and their music was enjoyable.

They also had some rappers. It was pretty cool, BUT the coolest part was when Charlene ran onstage and danced... everyone cheered like mad! Wow, legend, lol! Albert poked me, asking me why don't I join her.I think I answered along the lines of "Hell no! You go up la ...
If I do, the stage will crash~" Knew him when I was abt 14, with PY, and this was the first time I saw him irl. So tiny and cute *gets shot*

After that, there was this guy who was really into Charl *wink* . Later on, the rappers came onto stage again, accompanied by the vocalist from Beat The System. But honestly though, after a while they were getting boring. They rapped for quite a long time, although the organizers and DJs were signalling to them to get off the stage because they were running late. I mean, "Drop the Beat" is nice but when it runs on too long, drop off the stage dammit. I'd pick guitar riffs over that any day.

VESPERTINE [myspace]: This band is seriously good. I heard them before they went on the main stage, which was at the street stage. Their street-stage performance nearly blew me away, their songs were awesome. Toss a violionist in = sheks XD. (considering I love LOURDS) For an unsigned band, the quality of their music was superb. Imagine my chagrin when the DJs announced that they were going on a hiatus =_=. When Vespertine sang an extra song, it was hilarious because the DJs mock-pulled the lead singer's leg (as if want to trip him over the stage). I rather the DJs to kick off the previous said rappers to let this band sing more. By this, I do not mean the rapper in this band itself, because it wasn't too 'over' and he was actually pretty awesome, not annoying.

ONE BUCK SHORT: Another awesome performance, and I got their guitar pick!

LIANG: Sang covers... Justin Timberlake song and I can't remember the other. Had really hot dancers, especially the girl who had sizzling moves and body curves to match! The only pop genre heard during the Fest.

Then a jazz band started to set up. By this time, I'm pretty much pooped from dancing nonstop, and Charl and me popped over to La Bodega to meet Munz and her boy, JT. Before we left the scene though, the guy who liked Charl tried to score a date with her, and he kissed Charl on the cheek and mine as well~

I actually met Asha during La Casa's performance and Munz during Vespertine's, both located with SMS and frantic waving XD. It's so nice to see both of them, especially Munz as she had her ass in UK for quite some time. In La Bodega, I shared a bottle of Heineken with Charlene... I wanna try Baileys... darn you people who keep tempting me abt the goodness of Bailey (you know who you are >.<). Oh great. I typed another long ass entry again. I think I'm the only one who will read it, hahah! Last but not least... WILLIAM WHEN IS YOUR BLOG DEBUTING HUH??? Cepat, rajin sikit! XD