Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The uncool teasing of unappealing sites

I can't stand websites that teach you to do something; cook, DIY, or a tutorial to experiment on something, and then leave you on the lurch after a few steps because they want you to register, pay or buy. These websites should be banned for life!

If anyone who is willing to teach, then teach all the way. Otherwise just tell the world that you teach only when you are paid! Gossakes! Some people think we have all the time in the world to want to be teased that way! But as far as I'm concerned I will make it a point to never visit sites like these again. Don't people realize times have changed?

Of Glamor & Glitz at the last Cameronian Awards


The awards night began like a Broadway musical with Shannon Shah and Fahmi Fadzil breaking out in song in the opening act. And then it was the award goes to...

A host of talents, renowned artistes, veterans and newbies presented the awards and of course Shelah stole the show for a moment with her fabulousness. Though much of the ceremony was the typical awards night, there were laughs from some of the more comic presenters.

Congratulations to Pang for the Cross Cultural Champion Award and The Temple of Fine Arts for the Lifetime Achievement Award, both very deserving winners.

The highlight of the night was of course the closing performance by Hands on Percussion who resembled Gothic puck rockers waiting to free their musical spirits. (http://www.hands.com.my)

And to complete the festivity, we headed to the Sultan Lounge for free beers and nuts and danced till the gods turned green.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rhythm in Bronze, Rhyming in Gold

I was at the MPO Happy Hour yesterday to catch Rhythm in Bronze and it was quite a amazing to see their performance. Since I missed their 'Hari Jadi' at PJ Arts at Jaya One, it was good to see the very brief on-hour introductory musical feast of what Gamelan music is all about.

Though I felt the setting at the MPO hall didn't do justice to their peculiar yet familiar, sometimes-muffled, sometimes-piercing, metallic sounds, they were quite unique in their own characters. I can imagine it to be better if this form of music is taken to heights never before seen or experienced otherwise it will just remain at a jarring level that can only be enjoyed once for it to be pleasurable.

The presentation of each piece of instrument is preceded with humor and  little history before a variation is played. After all the aptly named musical tools have been acquainted with the audience the final song culminated to the grand finale where all of us wished for more. But all we heard was the thunderous applaud and whistling as they resonated with the sounds of the Gamelan lingering in our ears.


http://rhythminbronze.art.officelive.com/aboutus.aspx

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Fantabulous Night at the Ra Ra Ra-ah-ah




Hahhahhah! Ahhhaahhaha! Who dat gurl? She-lah!

It was an uproarious night of risible ridiculousness plus some great performances by a list of unforgettable stars. We laughed till our cheeks hurt whenever Shelah is on stage. Just one look at her and you can really go gaga and gagging for air.

Wong Siew Jye was a hilarious guitarist who sang 2 cheeky songs, one of Malaysia and another of ghosts. Yudi brought us back to an era of Chinese oldies in her stylized Oriental moves, especially one when she try to strangle my son with her scarf. That handsome dude, Will Quah, whom I thought was only a TV host proved to be more than that. He actually gave us a rib tickling time with his stand up comic and a sweet witty song. Aaron Khaled, another young stud, did a Bob Dylan to all the girls' (and guys') excitement with his beautiful melodic voice. And then there were the Vodka Vulvas, Alex Koh and Izlyn Ramli to contribute to this uh-so fabulous night. Oh yes, there was also that guy from Brooklyn who tore one of the volunteers to pieces with his love song.

And we all sat at the longest table to sup at Mahbub.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

King's Ginger Pickle ... Hmm Emm

I gotta let y'all know about this ginger pickle I got from the sundry shop below my apartment. It is simply heavenly and will 100% spice up anything in your food. I couldn't find the manufacturer online so I took a low-res picture of what the bottle looks like.

It's spicy, it's hot, it's tongue tingling and it's a definite treat. I use it for my tempei mix, for my dhal curry side dish and also a straight out of the bottle with rice serving.

There's no business like My business

My friend and I have always wanted to start our own company but our main priority wasn't profit. So when we met up with businessmen and accountants to ask for advice it was always the same. They would come up with various ways of asking 'How can you not want to make profit? No investor will even look into your business, much less back you up.' So, for all these years we have been going round in circles looking for an answer and trying to sell our souls to the ways of the world. But being the idealists that we are we kept to our decisions and still no way out of the hard and fast rules of the game.

Recently, we had another encounter with an accountant and the story goes back and forth with the same age old question. Money. We're at the age where sufficient is enough although the law of attraction says we can have all that we want. The thing is, why does a person want so much money? How many mansions, condominiums, luxurious cars, designer clothes, monthly vacations can a person want? And what are they for when their lives are still filled with emptiness and loneliness? Well, silly me, I'm the impractical one. I'm a believer who can do without unnecessary paper work and forms, red tapes, protocols and bureaucratic procedures. I only want to use art as a therapeutic form of education for children and for adults, using my so-called 5E Guide.

Anyway, after that meeting, I told my friend may be we are looking more towards starting and NGO instead. But I find it disheartening whenever I hear my NGO friends telling them there is always never enough funds and that they have to come out with all kinds of fund raising to keep the organization going. Year after year, it's always the same and that is not what I want either. What Ryan Libre says is so true especially -  
Becoming obsolete should be the fundamental goal of all NGOs.

If you try to maintain control, dependencies will develop, and once dependencies start they are hard to stop.
Dependency can leave NGO volunteers feeling trapped and sometimes even leave negative impacts on the people you are trying so hard to help.
I have had seen and experienced instances where passion goes right to the head and become an obsession. So

After some googling I found something new, something call Social Entrepreneur and I thought, that is it. Something that is self sustaining and yet pursuing to resolve an issue that needs attention. Some of the things people are doing today are commendable and it's getting closer and closer to the common goal of wanting to make things better for everyone and not hogging profits for our short and expendable life. While ruthless authoritarians are still at their power struggling game, they know their days are numbered. They know they can't fool the nation anymore than they can hide their dirty laundry.

But first, our hearts have to be the first to open.


http://matadorchange.com/how-to-start-a-successful-ngo-in-10-steps/
http://managementhelp.org/soc_entr/soc_entr.htm
http://www.se-alliance.org/

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Defying Gravity

My recent keyword in life is Defying Gravity - which comes from a canceled TV series of the same name and the song from Wicked, which is also featured in Glee. It keeps playing in my head and the lyrics, as you can see are beautiful and inspirational. So go and and defy gravity because you know you can.

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I am defying gravity
And you wont bring me down!

I'm through accepting limits
''cause someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost!

I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you wont bring me down!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Fate of Things to come

I have been bogged down with all kinds of things lately. A few days before Joe's passing I was feeling a little down and the song Old Man River kept haunting my mind in the mornings when I woke. There was also scripts to rush where I had to read up all kinds of science facts and one of them was about electricity. The more I read about Thomas Edison the more I despise him as a human being. Obviously he had no compassion whatsoever for animals when he electrocuted them just to prove that Nikola Tesla's alternating current (AC) was not as good as his direct current (DC). I wonder if he should still pay for his cruelty towards animals. My son also posted a video on animal abuse, killing and murder just to get their pelts for all kinds of fashion accessories. I find this utterly despicable and horrifying that people actually can do that sort of thing just to make a fast buck. And to read about Nestle's dreadful past, I am joining the rest of the world who are boycotting their products.

Also, the corruption of authorities and powerful people are being exposed everywhere in the world. I keep asking that question: don't they have any conscience? Using the dirty money to send their kids to colleges, feed their family's insatiable appetite and accumulating possessions that they don't need? And secret information about things to come and countries that will fall and the chaos that the big guns are planing. At the same time I saw 'We give a damn' campaign' started by Cyndi Lauper.

On my personal front I have been reinvented, so to speak, as I am more and more of a vegetarian than I  thought I would ever be. It first started a few years back, may be 2 or 3, when I cut down on a lot of meat. Now I am so used to not having meat I can survive literally on any kinds of vegetable. My friend and I have adopted such a simple lifestyle we are good without a TV, unnecessary clutter, needless possessions and eating only what our bodies require.

How times have changed so drastically and how I am now able to see the tragic side of life together with the hopeful is bewildering. And while I am still present here in this world, although cynicism has a way to creep up at times, I still want to be one of the aspirers for a better place where I can wake up in the mornings and smell the roses. Hope you'll be there as well.