• Tuesday, December 27, 2005

    indian sandals + balinese pants = stylo..!

    Hey wankers..
    how was everyone's christmas..? did y'all get lotsa gifts from santiklass? you did.. you didnt.. yea what ever..! boo hoo!

    christmas sucked monsters balls for me.. it rained both christmas eve and christmas day... weather was soo sucky.. couldnt go out.. supposed to have a barbeque at home.. relatives couldnt turn up.. ya know shit like that... so just sat home.. watched the tele..had lotsa pizza and Mc D's.. :(

    anyhows.. i got 'em indian buffalo sandals just in time.. Nessa bought 'em for me from India.. its as authentic as can be! my god...! she did an excellent job picking 'em out.. they are just soo perfect.. im just soo lovin' 'em.. :) the color's right.. the fit's right..the design's right.. they're stylo yo.. can't thank Nessa enough for 'em.. Thank You.. Thank You.. Thank You..


    They're a lil uncomfortable if you intend to wear 'em for a long time... slippery.. i nearly fell yesterday.. maybe they just need to be seasoned.. but heck! i'll manage sacrificing a lil comfort for style..

    Now i got the right footwear for my balinese pants..! Is and I bought 'em balinese pants in Penang.. after seeing Saharadja's Rio Sidik wearing 'em.. we just had to get 'em.. managed to find some at a balinese kinda shop at Gurney Plaza for 70 bucks each.. but yeah..its all good though..

    The pants are like a sarong.. except that they're cut like pants.. super huge.. so ya havta fold it around ya waist and tie 'em up... very very very comfy!.. unfortunately no pockets though.. I bet it'd be awesome going commando with this balinese pants...
    Oh yeah! dang...hahahahha.. that reminds me.. we spotted an ang moh (white guy) in Gurney Plaza wearing something similar to this balinese pants (except not as cool as ours).. the dude was going commando.. wonder what the hell he was thinking..?! it was white and we could clearly see his balls hangin.. lol.. he kept his hands infront of his nuts all the while..trying to cover i suppose..

    Saturday, December 24, 2005

    Penang Island Jazz Fest

    a'ight so here it is.. Saturday 3rd December 2005...

    Is and I made it to Penang.. It was a pretty long drive cause we took the old trunk road.. just for kicks.. but Linda proved herself well.. So yeah.. We were at penang for the Penang Island Jazz Festival..

    The jazz fest was held at the Bayview Beach Resort at the popular batu feringhi.. it wasnt held on the beach as what was expected..instead it was held in the hotel grounds, adjecent to the sea.. not a bad idea i must say.. cause the facilities and set up was good.. the ground was good.. we still got to the sea breeze..no worries bout sand and insects and stuff.. the weather was awesome!.. soo loved the weather.. unlike ipoh's fucked up weather..

    there were 7 acts lined up for the night.. but i bet everyone was eager..very eager for Saharadja..the last act.. Overall it was an awesome event.. really worth the Rm35 ticket! it was due to start at 7pm and end at 11.25pm.. so we actually made it to the hotel at 6.30pm thinking that there'd already be a crowd.. but the wasnt really one.. everyone was taking their time i suppose.. we picked a cool spot.. no! not right in front of the stage.. it was some distance away but still with a great view.. parked our foldable chairs..lined up our beers.. we couldnt bring in food and beverages from outside.. Heineken cost' us RM14 per pint..! but all good though.. so we waited.. downed a bottle of beer and the show didnt start yet.. ok! whats new with malaysian time innit?... 7.30 pm it finally starts...

    it started off with The Penang Areca Jazz Ensemble Feat Colleen Read & Ruby Rozells..
    well didnt really fancy the Jazz Ensemble.. they're basically like a band who play jazz music... consisting of students to working adults... Colleen Read was up first.. yea.. i thought it was a guy at first as well but she turned out to be a female.. her singing.. well...wasnt good.. especially for the opening act.. maybe it wasnt too much the singing but you could feel that something was off.. im sure at that time everyone would have been thinking twice as to how the rest of the acts were gonna be.. but then came Ruby Rozells.. and wow! *sigh of relieve*.. this lady was awesome.. powerful sultry voice with a smooth delivery.. she sang 4 classics and they were awesome..

    Next up was Shanon Shah and Sufiah Noor.. Never heard of any of 'em before.. didnt exactly know what to expect.. fooled once again.. thought Shanon was a chick.. but on the contrary he was a bloke.. So Shanon comes up.. starts addressing the crowd.. introducing himself and stuff..he's Singaporean btw.. and dang! i swear to ya.. hearing his voice.. you'd think he's a fag...! but no shit! once this dude started so sing.. my god! it was muthafriggin awesome.. it was just the dude singing and playing the piano.. just superb.. i was just soo mesmerised.. he sang a few songs but i still think about this 3 songs the dude rendered.. "Dream a little dream of me" oldie originally by Nat King Cole *i think*.. "jurutera" from his debut album "dilanda cinta" and you'd never have expected.. Bananarama's "love in the first degree".. Shanon's own jazz version.. it was just wow! to say the least! i need to buy this dude's album.. Sufiah Noor followed up after Shanon.. apparently Sufiah was a finalist in the inaugural Malaysian Idol.. she has a good voice as well and good showmanship..very energetic.. but totally diffrent from Shanon.. Shanon was relaxed..cool yet very very very powerful.. did i mention superb?.. Cant remember what Sufiah sang though.. wasnt really concentrating was running to the washroom and buying more beers..

    4rd set was a local group called the Zailan Razak Project.. its an all accoustic band with a latin and funky bazz style headed by the man himself - Zailan Razak.. still very jazzy though.. pretty good stuff with with the sax and bazz and keyboards but some numbers were a lil long that tended to get a lil boring.. ya know what i mean.. im sure everyone there would have agreed that the attraction of the groups performance was Zailan's six year old son Danial who was playing the Bongos.. very talented for a six year old kid.. all of 'em even had turns to go solo almost with all the numbers..

    Steve White was next.. haha! who can forget this dude.. THE ONE MAN BAND.. serious like what you'd see in old american movies.. dude with guitar and harmonica supported by a neck brace.. Steve White was strictly blues.. old skool american style blues!.. it was COOL.. laidback.. grungy.. maybe not many people appreciated it but i felt it was awesome.. the vocals were good..the music was good..

    Greg Lyons Nonet followed right after.. this dude is a British born saxophonist who is kinda malaysian.. cause he moved here in 1993.. he's also a composer, arranger and educater.. ok..whats a nonet? a nonet is a combination of 9 instruments or voices.. so yea.. Greg Lyons was on the sax accompanied by 8 other peepz with 8 other different instruments.. another instrumental group.. think Kenny G.. not really my cup of tea.. it was alright for me.. but yea was glad when they were done..

    and now the cream de la cream of the evening.. Saharadja.. heard much bout 'em even before the Jazz Fest... and they were just superbly terriffic.. Saharadja is a world class fusion band from Bali capturing different rhythmic traditions from Asia, India, Europe, Ireland, Scotland, Latin America, Africa and of course Indonesia..comprising 7 members with a wide variety of instruments from the trumpet, electric violin, didgeridoo, tabla, sarode, banjo, percussions, drums, fretless bass and acoustic guitars. they were founded in 2002 by Rio Sidik and his Aussie wife Sally Jo..
    Oh my god! Saharadja was everything and more they were all hyped up to be! they just blew everyone away... the whole one hour set was filled with energy and power.. everyone was in high spirits.. could have been all the alcohol but no, it was Saharadja's music for sure making everyone go wild..! they started out with "lost love" but their tunes were on going.. there werent like any set songs or anything.. everything was mixed.. with stuff like "didge desire" and "hungarian".. all the members were superb in their own way.. Yede mesmerised everyone with his powerful vocals.. Ajat was awesome on the didge.. i soo love the didge.. i was in awe with Barok's tabla and sitar skills.. yes! the sitar.. i've always wanted to learn how to play that thing.. and i was like wow! dude.. Rio was awesome with the trumpet and vocals.. and Sally got everyone dancing with her riverdance tunes on the electric violin.. and mind you this was way beyond 12am.. people were dancing..doing the river dance.. there was even this group of older women some feet away infront of us.. dang! i think they felt like they were at Woodstock or something..! soo obviously drunk.. i dont know how they managed to bring in bottles of wine.. but yea they were "wild"..
    Sally Jo was superb with the electric violin.. you just had to be there to sample the atmosphere and energy yo.. they ended just after 1am.. yea remember it was supposed to end at 11.30pm? and everyone went like awwwwww!! encore! encore! encore! we got them to come back and perform another song again much to everyones delight.. this time everyone was standing up and dancing and being loco..

    It was an awesome night.. it was organised impeccably.. For me Saharadja was the best with Shanon Shah right up there with them.. followed by Ruby Rozells and Steve White..
    Here are some images from the Jazz Fest.... all images from the Jazz Fest are courtesy of Aja Ng.. cant thank her enough for 'em... *the first and last image though, were taken with my camera phone*

    Everyone eagerly waiting for the jazz fest to begin.. you see we werent seating that close to the stage..

    Ruby Rozells doing her stuff..

    Shanon Shah... THE MAN.. on the piano... mesmerising us..

    Sufiah Noor...gettin' jiggy with it..

    Danial.. from Zailan Razak Project..

    Mr. Lewis Pragasam accompanying Greg Lyons on the drums.... Lewis is a legend with the drums..

    Rio Sidik..Sally Jo..and Yede...

    Saharadja... simply awesome..!

    Ajat on the Didge....

    View from the 12th floor of the Crown Prince Hotel..

    By the way A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone....!!! this the season to be jolly... go out have fun.. get stoned.. i just friggin hope it doesnt friggin rain tonight!!! aarrggg... i hate ipoh's weather.. damnit! its 6pm and its already raining... #@$%$**##@

    Thursday, December 15, 2005

    vivo inm├│vil im

    hey wankers..

    im still alive...not to worry.. just having too many things to deal with.. too tired to blog end of the day.. ya know.. blogging vs sleeping.. right..?

    been wanting to update on the Penang Island Jazz Festival.. which i attended with Is a couple of weeks back.. i'll get to it soon yea.. It was fuckin' awesome to say the least..

    so yea.. will diligently make some time..updates shortly ya..

    cheerio..

    Currently Listening To : Tiada Tandingan - Poetic Ammo
    Currently Feeling : Sloppy

    Monday, December 05, 2005

    was talking with Mel over msn earlier.. i've been feeling fucked up since saturday.. when i bumped into her at the Jazz Festival.. didnt expect to see her there.. it never crossed my mind that i might bump into her.. but yea.. she was there collecting tickets.. totally caught me by surprise.. brain went dead.. didnt know what to do nor say.. all i said was "how are you?"..

    throughout the whole event.. i couldnt stop thinking this is way weird.. and every time i turned around i could see her.. i felt like she didnt givva damn that i was there.. it was like yea..she's totally moved on.. she's playing it cool.. this group of people she was with.. i couldnt help but be curious if any one of them were her new boyfriend.. ya know.. stuff like that.. seeing her brought back all the memories and emotions.. i'd like to have spoken to her like before.. but i couldnt.. Is kept telling me to stop looking at her.. but everytime i turned i'd notice her.. being happy..enjoying herself.. everything seems to be cool with her.. i wouldnt know for sure.. but yea.. it did look that way.. i couldnt help but think how ironic things are.. me being in penang.. all along i've wanted to be in penang.. and now that i finally can.. it doesnt matter anymore.. being in penang itself brought back many memories.. like oh! we used to hangout here.. we used to eat here.. we sat there and talked.. we took a walk here.. stuff like that ya know.. we were soo close to each other yet soo far.. we were like total strangers that night.. i kept looking at her.. but she never looked backed.. it was like it didnt bother her that i was there.. like i didnt matter no more.. it felt the same when i called her for her birthday.. she didnt sound glad that i called.. made me feel like i wasted my time waiting up just to call her.. like ya it didnt matter if i'd call or not.. Is was like you're very strong jo.. if it was me in your situation i'd just go home.. but you're strong..

    i really wanted to meet up with her parents.. i regret not being able to this time.. i actually noticed her dad but he was talking with her... i soo wanted to go up and say hi.. but it would have just been awkward with her being there.. he disappeared after that.. apparently her mom and dad noticed me.. but i failed to notice them after that.. i just soo want to meet them.. apologise for what happened.. i havent spoken to them since Mel and I broke up.. just wanna let them know that they still mean alot to me and i am indeed very grateful for everything they've done for me this past 5 years..
    even the whole of today..i just felt like driving down to penang to meet her mom.. felt like getting it off my chest.. i dont know why i feel this way.. but i feel like i let them down..

    after seeing Mel.. realise i do miss her.. all the memories..the times we had together are still fresh in my mind.. i still do care alot for her.. im not mad.. but i cant accept being friends.. i cant meet up with her.. hang out.. like we used to do before.. although it might look the same outside.. but deep down i know its not gonna feel the same.. it'd bring back memories.. memories that i can do nothing about.. we cant be like we used to be before.. i'll only be living a lie.. but i dont see us getting back together.. i wouldnt want to.. it wouldnt be the same anymore.. im no hoping... she doesnt quite understand my point of view for not wanting to be friends.. im not erasing her from my life.. i cant do that.. im not forgetting about her.. but ya gotta understand i cant be friends and see you with another guy.. i cant spend time with you and not think bout what happened and how it was before.. if i say i can.. im a big fat liar..!

    i was going thru all the letters..cards..photos.. today.. it saddens me alot.. everything just changed in an instant.. my whole life just changed with a phone call.. as hard as it was.. i had to put everything in a box and keep it.. no more pictures near my pillow.. in my phone.. in my wallet.. everythings stored away..

    i dont know what to do.. how to resolve this situation.. i can just numb myself of any emotion.. but what will happen everytime i happen to see her? i'd still like to know that she's doing fine and well.. i dont know.. i really dont know.. im having a splitting head ache.. i just wanna lie down..

    Saturday, December 03, 2005

    cheerio wankers..

    im off to the Penang Island Jazz Festival..

    updates when i get back ya..

    xo xo

    Thursday, December 01, 2005

    im doggie foodie..

    woah..! motherfucker...! i just had the freakiest damn dream ever..
    i was at the gym..running on the treadmill...the gym somehow looked very different today.. but anyhows..there were alot of people.. i was running..Nessa just popped up and went like "hi alviiinnn..".. i waved back..continue running..
    and then boom..motherfucker..! suddenly im lying down in the middle of a tiger/lion cage.. not in boxy metal cage per se..but rather big round space caged by walls.. like in zoo's yo..and this cage thingy happenes to be in the gym!.. so im just sleeping there.. i dont even know im there..just sleeping.. and apparently theres this crowd of students and teachers from some international school surrounding the cage to view the tiger/lions.. and much to their delight some buffoon *me* sleeping with the tiger/lion..

    not knowing whats going on.. im just sleeping.. the phone alarm keeps going off.. i keep hitting snooze.. and at one point the snooze didnt wanna work no more.. so with my eyes closed i hit the off button on the phone and went back to sleep.. could here some giggling..but ya know.. i just continued sleeping.. suddenly i was awaken by something walking on me..around me.. opened my eyes.. blurly saw some cute tiger/lion cubs around me.. i could here the giggling get louder.. blurness fading away.. coming to senses.. opened my eyes.. looked up.. i saw the group of people.. enjoying the "show".. looked in front of me.. there was this creature looking fiercely coming towards me.. but it looked nothing like a tiger/lion.. albeit brown and bigger than a dog.. it looked like a friggin dog!.. maybe its some hybrid..
    the dog *or whatever* started checking me out.. and then proceeded collecting its cubs while still starring fiercely towards me.. i started calling out for Jeff.. in a lil girls voice.. no reply what so ever.. group of people starts to laugh hysterically.. this is soo embarrassing..! the dog comes back to me.. real close.. starts breathing down my face.. going real near my crotch.. im terrified... i see visions of me being mauled and dying.. oh soo young.. oh soo many people enjoying the show.. and then i woke up.. knowing this is a muthafucking freaky dream...!

    i think maybe Nessa's dog psyched me up.. that bugger is huge...! think like 3 times the size of anyone of my dogs.. kept barking..and barking..and barking at moi.. like what ar.. do i look soo much like a bad guy ar..? i dont think sooo...!

    freaky dream aside...

    Im soo excited.. cant wait for saturday.. Penang Island Jazz Festival... here i come..! booked the room.. managed to get one by the beach.. Is and I are driving down.. we're taking Linda (Is's beetle).. ordered some San Miguel beer.. must collect tomorrow.. called Niki..gonna meet up with that joker.. just gotta plan the itinerary and collect the tickets.. wooo hooo! i wanna get stoned on the beach...