Monthly Archives: February 2012

I Never Told You- Colbie Caillat cover

My first recording ever! Had a great time recording this with Elaine’s friend Landon as he owns a mike. I heard this song the day before and fell in love with it, so we decided to give it a go. I don’t have great vocals (though Landon does!), but the whole experience was fun. I have always wanted to sing with a guitar πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

Note: Press play at your own risk, don’t say I did not warn you. It took us nearly an hour to get the song right, harmonize (a bit) and record this, so there are def parts where it’s totally off, such as the last note HAHA.

PS: Soundcloud is very cool as you can actually comment on the track itself! Just click on the blue bar, try it πŸ™‚

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17th Birthday

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I had a look at my photo albums. I have 2 albums, a small and a medium one. I look at it once in a while, when I’m bored or when I happen to notice it under my bed.As soon as I opened it, memories come flooding in. The album contains pictures from when I was a kid up till 2007.

Looking back at your old pictures can be heart warming for some, and terrifying for others. Perhaps u will look at the pictures and appreciate the carefree life u had back then. Or you could have blossomed into someone better and different that you Just don’t want to look back at your past self. Which are u?

Anyway just wanted to share this picture because I think everyone looked happy here. And I believe we were all truly happy. It was wy’s 17th birthday with close friends from Sri KDU. I remember Donovan kindly held it at his place at Riana Green. It was a poolside thing and we were wet because we pushed each other into the pool. I rmb coming out of a box, forgot whose idea that was! Haha.

Crazy times! Time has passed and we have all walked our seperate journeys. I wonder how everyone is now. So if any of u are reading this and are still alive say hi! πŸ˜‰

Take A Moment To…

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We are all busy people. Whether we are actually (really) busy is one thing, because we could still be busy procrastinating, or busy sleeping.

More often that not, we dash through life without ever thinking about the journey. In the morning, to maximise my sleeping time, I wake up just in time, then brisk walk to work (now I even try fit in some FT from my phone on the way), workworkwork, then brisk walk to back home. For a Londoner, you have a destination in mind and the aim is to get there asap. You have to get the next tube/bus, if not you’ll get impatient. 3 mins for the next train is ages in tube-time, 7 mins is almost a century away! When you walk, you scurry to your location B, because you left location A with barely enough time. No detours, no distractions allowed.

But today, I looked up. I took this photo at Blackfriars’ bridge which I cross everyday, so often that I don’t appreciate the view as much as I should. I stopped in the middle of the bridge and felt the wind against my face, it was blowing strongly and yet was somewhat calming at the same time.

I continued walking, but at a much slower pace. It’s been a while since I’ve noticed how beautiful London is. How beautiful the trees look, even when bare of leaves. How magnificent the Victorian buildings are. How the birds’ chirping lift my soul. How all the people are laughing and enjoying their pint. I passed by London Eye and thought, “The shade of blue which lights up the Eye is just perfect”.

I guess my point is, in the midst of our daily life, we have to remember to live it. See it, feel it, hear it, touch it, taste it- while you still can.

On another note, in addition to Maddi Jane having great vocals, I’d like to share this song because it describes exactly what I’m feeling now.

If this was a movie you’d be here by now.

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Pub Crawl: 12 Pubs of 2012 in London Bridge

A pub crawl is like pub hopping, ie going to multiple pubs in a day/night and getting a drink or two at each pub. Do you know there are different themes for pub crawls? There is the Monopoly pub crawl (go to the bar at all the landmarks on the monopoly board), Waitangi Day aka Circle Line pub crawl (done by Kiwis in February) and also the 12 pubs of Christmas (according to my Irish colleagues a very Irish thing to do every December).

Maria, my teammate from Dublin missed her 12 pubs of Christmas and couldn’t wait for Dec 2012, so she enthusiastically organized a 12 pubs of 2012 with her friend and kindly invited me along!

Who says you need a reason to drink hey?

The aim is to complete all 12 pubs- we will start at 12pm, have a drink (no more, no less) at each of the 12 designated pubs, stay for a max of 0.5 hours and boom, off you go to the next.Β  It was all planned very thoroughly, and we were notified the names of our 12 pubs (from Borough to London Bridge) 2 days before. Before 12Po2012 (cool acronym eh), I was to be honest a bit apprehensive as I know my own alcohol tolerance and no way can I last 12 drinks and still be sober. The thought of drinking with the Irish, British and South Africans (all known to be very good drinkers mind you) was slightly intimidating.

But I was worried for nothing. I joined the group at Pub 4 and lasted all the way till Pub 12!! Very proud of myself! It was a very good experience as everyone in the group was open and friendly. It’s hard not to after a couple of drinks I guess πŸ™‚ You can tell that our expressions get more jolly as the day progresses.

Nacho with cheese and jalapeno dip, and chips after a whole lot of drinking is GOD.

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Disclaimer: I only lasted until the end as I drank only at every other pub. That did not stop me from having a splitting headache as I made the grave mistake of mixing my drinks, ie wine-vodka-malibu etc. All I can say is that I am a wiser drinker now.

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Double Date at The Balcon, Pall Mall

Random fact: Pall Mall is in Monopoly! I know that because we played it recently!

I had a great dinner session at The Balcon on Vday + 1. I loved everything about that night- good great friends, good great food, good great service. The Balcon is located within St James Hotel, and the interior is amazing.

Friends: It is nice to have a casual catch up with old friends. I have known Wyng and Clarence since Year 1 of university and we were housemates for 2 good years. Wyng and I are similar in many ways, in terms of our values, beliefs and we love to dress up for no reason! I met Robert through Wyng, a very determined and decent guy who has had his share of experiences πŸ˜‰

Food: The Balcon serves British-French food and a whole basket (or 2) of bread. Those who dine with me will know that I am a sucker for bread and butter in French restaurants. The breads are always just the right level of softness and they often have different types of butter, eg salted/unsalted/butter with herbs etc. Mmmm.

The 2 boys and I had lamb for mains while Wyng had fish. The lamb was stewed with herbs, apricots, nuts, shallots and served with couscous. I devoured all of it. And we had blackcurrent crème brûlée for dessert which was equally as good.

Service: Not too forward, but always attentive to our needs and a service with a smile can never go wrong.

Some pictures!

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So, a lot of people have asked me what I did for Valentine’s day. To burst the bubble, I did not celebrate it at all. I went out on the 13th and the 15th, but not the 14th. Without a special someone, Vday is just like any other day.

However, I did noticed something. Valentine’s day is associated with bears, chocolates and flowers. Marriage is associated with diamond rings. I have read somewhere that the diamonds-marriage combo is actually one of the best advertisement in the world, and this is so true. You can’t have a marriage without a diamond ring (you might disagree if you are a male, but you need to marry a female anyway so your opinion don’t matter in this case). In fact, the bigger the better for most people.

What’s the point of spending so much on a stone? Yes, it is the strongest element which cuts through glass, and it is shiny and glittery and reflects light the right way. But so? (If you watched Blood Diamond, you’ll realize some of the hardship and torture endured to obtain this special piece of carbon in Africa.) This is why I think it’s one of the biggest marketing success of all times.

I am a practical woman, buy me a house anytime πŸ™‚

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A Bit

there’s still a little bit of your song,
in my ear,
there’s still a little bit of your words,
i long to hear,
there’s still a little bit of
your taste in my mouth,
there’s still a little bit of you
laced with my doubt,
its still a little hard to say,
whats going on.

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Margaret Thatcher aka The Iron Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watched The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep is an amazing actress!)with my lovely housemates and their friends over the weekend. What can I say, I was enlightened. It was an educational movie as not only did I find out about Margaret Thatcher, I also learnt a bit the of history of Britain during the 1970s-1990s.

My general knowledge is the total opposite of kick-ass. Prior to this movie, I only knew that MT was a very vocal female politician, and was not favored in the EU due to her strong resistance to join the Euro currency. Having lived in London for 4.5 years, I am ashamed to say that my knowledge of UK’s history extends to that in my high school History syllabus, ie British colonization in the East.

I did read up a bit about her and will redeem myself by listing a few facts about MT which I found interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. MT is still alive. Born in 1925 and won her first Conservative seat at 34 in 1959.
  2. Married a wealthy businessman called Denis Thatcher. She was a chemist after finishing her studies in Oxford University (2nd honors!) and went on to do bar before ending up as a politician.
  3. Longest serving Prime Minister, close to 11 years of service in the 20th century. Won an unprecedented third term as PM but decided to resign after her position was challenged.
  4. Went for vocal lessons to make her voice deeper and more authoritative.
  5. Led the UK to the Falklands War when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. She decided to go to war for that island despite it being claimed as a land with low economic importance at the time. The British Navy eventually gained victory over the islands.
  6. Fought strongly for privatisation, reduced the power of the trade union (despite a huge resistance) and cut government spending during a rough economy climate.

If you are still interested, there is always Wikipedia πŸ˜‰

 

On a random note, the differences between the UK, Great Britain and England– in maps which is very helpful.

England -> Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland) -> UK (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland)

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So true!

And The Love Is Gone

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TGIF. It’s f’freezing and I am going skiing!

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This week has got to be one of the most self induced stressful week ever. And the (best) thing is I did not realize that till sudden burst of emotion erupted.

You know how when you try to impress someone you really admire, and you work very hard to make that happen, and then you become attached to your piece of work, and when something goes wrong it just makes you go KA-BOOM.

Hence, I am especially glad that today is a FRIDAY. I would definitely need to take my mind off it and start afresh on MONDAY (2 days only? Pfft.)

But life has been very fair to me. With down comes up. My ski trip has been confirmed! The last time I skied was at La Plagne on Dec 2008, and I have pushed the idea of skiing back for so long that it nearly became an impossible dream. Reasons (or excuses) include difficulty in taking time off work and it being pricey.

But now my dream came true! I will be heading to Argentiere, near Chamonix at the end of March for 3.5 full days of skiing. The trip will cost 500 in total, but it will be worth it. I can’t wait to feel the adrenaline rush when covering a steep or difficult slope. And how I can maneuver freely within pastures of soft snow. Pure bliss.

 

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