I love this song. Love the music construction ahha. Props to the drums & guitar.#akfg #butterfly #blogpost
1. Research shows that our mind wanders about 30% of the time. It occurs regardless of what we are doing – sitting in a lecture, driving the car, cooking dinner, or talking to a friend.
2. Everybody’s mind wanders regularly. It takes concentrated effort to stay on task.
3. Having a wandering…
what’s the point
of working and earning money if you can’t spend it on people you love? :D
Spent quite a bit on books & stuff for my beloved nephew & niece today! Also welcoming to the world today, LEONI <3
DOB: 15 SEPTEMBER 2014 A big round of applause please!!!
So cute omg.
Finally celebrated rae’s birthday with a retarded durian groupon cake.
"Happy Birthday 猫儿“
(Orchids bought like TWO WEEKS AGO FROM THE MARKET FOR MY MUM these are unreal hahaha)
Sent Sarah & Bryan off to the UK!
Sarah, if you’re reading this, hope you have settled down well! And heheh, your adventures have just began. Take heart, have fun and you will be missed!! :)
Was good meeting some of the hulkies, nothing changes lol. Byran’s parents were so funny! Hahaha. Thanks Dayan for the ride home!! There was a brown garden snake at my gate. LOL. Scare me sia I almost stepped on it. It looked like a gigantic worm. Very trippy, very twitchy. Went back home and reported sighting of snake and my mum wanted to lock the windows. LOL then my sister is like, snakes go up toilet bowls and pipes. Hahaha. Awful children no?
listening to: Jhene Aiko x The Weeknd x Frank Ocean, Runaway (JAYBeatz)
Watched Maze Runner w San & Quek. Hahah awful cinema D: Huge but no slope and I got blocked by some guy in front of me ;_; I miss cathay already hahaha.
Steamboat + Coffee = 5am still cannot sleep. But thought up of new things hahaha will put them into place gradually.
Also videoed and launched my new song, Just Another Girl. Music is kinda amazing really. Before I put my stuff on Youtube and Facebook, I usually just sent friends my sound clips through whatsapp and later, soundcloud. Hahahaha. Facebook is amazing cause it is connecting me with a lot of people! People I haven’t seen or talked to for a long time ago start conversations or simply support me through their likes and shares. It means a lot to me haha and it’s really fun to connect :)
Pretty crazy too because I changed my profile pic to one of the pics from the photoshoot with Leesimin. See? toldja guys that she’s a great photographer :) Plus sometimes when you’re comfortable with somebody it might be easier to take ‘true-r’ photos. Like you really don’t need to let your guard up or be self-conscious. I had a lot of fun doing this shoot. The profile pic is pretty crazy cause there has been like over 230 likes so far. Like wth guys haha I have never received so many likes for my profile pic. Or any of my photos LOL!! But truly, thank you for listening to my songs and supporting me!
People tell me very surprising things. I honestly wasn’t expecting much response, much less positive comments- this is my first original that I videoed. People have been telling me how much they like it? And that it is the best of my stuff so far. Which… befuddles me a little bit LOL. But I am very touched and all these feedback help me a lot.
What I think about Just Another Girl:
Execution wise definitely can be improved- Hahaha I still have squeaky guitaring.Not perfect singing also lolz. Haha incorporated a skill I learnt from Matt- the guitar knock. Am very proud of myself for that. HAHA.
Also tried two sets of chords instead of the usual, though I’m still in my comfortable range of capo 3 and using my pet chords. Hahaha. Melody playing wise haha I don’t think I did anything new… except that I finally have a bridge in my songs? Haha so in a sense this song is ‘fuller’ than my other songs simply because structurally wise it is more rounded and complete.
I also found out that a lot of my friends (good friends somemore!!!) don’t listen to my song (!!!) but they still like it on FB ( I think..) HAHA well I do try. Hahahah I guess my stuff is just not their cup of tea lol but nobody wants to tell me. Which is why honesty is really appreciated in a super-connected world where burning bridges may burn down entire webs of friendships. Haha. Bad analogy? Haha.
Watched 3 films from Design Film Fest courtesy of Linghong! Ate yummy crab samples with Oli hahaha and we tong one bucket of popcorn ( didn’t finish). Now this shaw theatre is dashizz. Awesome! But I still miss cathay plush seats lol :D
1. Vivian Maier
Super intriguing. Was moving at times. I liked how she is portrayed as a person with many faucets- not just like, a very 2d view. Maloof must be commended for making a straight-forward, clean documentary for a subject matter that is quite complex in its own right. And his perseverance for doing all this to the end? A++++
Who is Vivian Maier? I first knew about her through tumblr posts. Was pretty shocked to find out that there was a film made about her and that I was going to watch it! LOL! Shes the lady who took sooooo many photos, never really printed them and kept them a secret until her death when the boxes are discovered. A guy found them at an auction and set out to discover who she was, and why she had so many, so many photographs. 10 000 negatives no joke. Crayz!!!. But absolutely stunning picture, intriguing life. She was a person who kept to herself, but had the capacity to love- she took care of children- she was a nanny by occupation.
Also very, very inspiring and moving. Made me question myself. As an artist, what do you want to achieve? If you’re in it for the fame and glory, there’s something wrong haha. She was the ultimate… idk. Like she really doesn’t give a shit about what people think about her shots. She never even showed them to anyone.
I realised then that I liked making my music. I have some ideas on where I want to go with it- I am kinda doing this for the fun of it. It just brings me a lot of joy re-doing my favourite songs, learning new things and creating my own music. Putting together stuff, jamming with people. Fame and glory will follow when good things come together I guess? It’ll be cool but… I just want to remember this amazing feeling of just being able to create and not care. This is very real. That how some artists feel hemmed in by their labels and are ‘forced’/pressurised to create things that ‘sell’. I don’t want that. I still need soul in my music.
Sometimes people tell me things like, why do you write such sad things? Why do you……. feel like that? Is this a subtle way of telling me you want to hear happier things? But I just do not want to express myself this way. If I cared too much, what I create will not be true. So it’s lucky that I made a shell haha. Posting Just Another Girl on Facebook was actually a big move for me because… the subject matter was something very close and personal to me, and there I am, showing my vulnerability to everyone on Facebook. People I knew. Not even strangers. It would be easier to bare my soul and emotions to strangers actually. But these are people who directly exist in my world. So… yeah. I don’t want to lose that. I don’t want to lose… how I truly feel and express. I don’t want to censor myself. I want to be free in my music. That’s why authors write under monikers. That’s why nobody wants to show people their work sometimes- it’s so damn personal you feel like you’re giving away parts of yourself. Exposing yourself.
But so far lols I have had a lot of space- nobody really outright asked me about who I sing about, what I write about. There were questions about my personal life but haha I’m glad you guys don’t probe. Kinda hard to share sometimes. Just Another Girl is especially real. Death By Sea had a stronger element of fiction to it- this song… is pretty raw for me. Haha.
Yep. I digress (lol. *unapologetic*)
Very interesting film. Think you would have enjoyed it very much LingHong! Pretty inspiring. Was rather excited throughout the film- it sparked something in me. I’m happy to find out that we’re in the creation stage. Like industrial stage was… making manufactured mass products - and now it’s truly the time to invent and innovate. To bridge the gap between tech and the physical world. To make a good linkway. A true renaissance. I’m excited. I mean like I knew about things like Kickstarter (bought an album off it), even read about crowdfunding, but it’s so good to have someone piece together all this for me and present it in an engaging manner. Shows me where we stand now and where we can possibly head to. Amazing stuff. So many exhilarating possibilities. Of course, when you put such power into hands of regular people, you sometimes have to sift through a whole bunch of crap in order to find the true gems. But better freedom than restricted movement. Interaction- two heads are truly better than one. You can fight that with “too many cooks spoil the broth” but ” no man is an island”. Lol kay this is bit never-ending. Hope to be part of the movement. Hope to be a Maker.
Was telling Oli how Extroverted I am in the sense that I must really throw shit out before I plan/organise it. This is why I blog in big chunks and don’t really process things before I put them down in speech or words. I need to… visualise it on paper or text before I can be coherent in thought. It befuddles and sometimes confused people because they will need to figure out the pattern and meaning behind what I am saying on their own. Well, it’s not that I don’t know the meaning of what I share with you- it’s more like I’m figuring it out WHEN I talk to you about it. I find my meaning when I let it out first, not in my brain where I weigh everything.
3. Yves Saint Laurent
I didn’t know this the main event hahaha. The hall was huge and well-attended. Also haha the Design Film Fest is quite cool in the sense that they bring together like-minded people. The attendees are young and quite hipster HAHA. I guess since they bought the tickets they must have quite an interest in film. To invest in watching something not so mainstream/entertainment. For me I’m just lucky cause Lingz couldnt make it so I inherited her tix! Thank you very much I learnt a lot.
Yves was a pretty film. Not the best executed but it was a gorgeous spectacle. Rich visual scapes (a fashion movie, lol). In Oli’s words, heavy handed and lazy. Yknow sometimes you know something is off but can’t put them in words? People like Oli place the exact words for it. Haha. And then when you agree and like tell people this ‘discovery’ it makes you feel smart. So maybe that’s why people like reviewers when the express the thoughts and feelings so precisely and accurately.
Unlike Maze Runner which was poor in dialogue- came out feeling rather stupid and dumbed down haha couldn’t string together/express proper thoughts during rUnner. Lol. Maze runner IMO wasn’t done very well- felt draggy at times. I look forward to the book and to give this entire plot a second chance!
Lots more thoughts but I will end here today. Such a long post. Have been racking up some sleep debt because I refuse to ‘waste’ my free time. Which is a stupid thing to do because I end up feeling exhausted. But happy I guess, so I’m not really complaining.
/edit I need to say how happy I was today when I got to try new guitars, when I was trying out the acoustic plug-ins, a father came up to me with his daughter in his arms and they listened to me play for a while hahaha. then he said things like see jiejie play so nice? this is what I mean by music connects hahaha. For me it means a lot of opportunities to meet and interact with people. Kinda awesome when I’m feeling social :)
Minimalistic look at Mental Disorders
Summer Instameets at The Philip Johnson Glass House and High Line
That face you make when you find weird shit at stores, and then offer it to your friend.
Went to check out how much ukes cost for my colleague today, and ended up buying strings for Ken and TRYING ACOUSTIC PLUG-INS AND ELECTRIC GUITARS AHHHHHHHHH
Tried out an Hummingbird Epiphone-the guy told me that it’s modelled after some famous Gibson and also that Taylor Swift and famous people use this lols. Didn’t like the flowery shit but ahhh god love the amplfied sound and it sounded pretty warm! He also recced me an OM shape since I already have a dreadnought acoustic. Skinny! Not bad haha.
But then I drifted to the electric side then I lost it. Lol. Tried the Fender Road Worn Telecaster fuq it’s cute as fuq. HEARTSSSS electric sounds I cannot. ahah. But then I tried another Strat and it sounded more balanced, whole and warm. Derp. Both have rather hefty pricetags + if I need to get amps and shit I am dead.
But it gives me reason to live and work hard. Fuq travelling I just want a guitar. Haha.
Hopefully can get a nouvelle guitare l’annee prochaine.
And I hope to release a video/track every weekend :) EXCITING DAYS AHEAD YAY :)) Life has meaning again :)
Found in a storage locker in 2007, these photographs by Vivian Maier were taken on the streets of 1950s Chicago and New York.