Sunday, January 30, 2005

everyone loves a party...



... what more an indochine party? the grand opening of the forbidden city at clarke quay! met izack for dinner, then mari, marcus and ku later. we were scanning the crowd for people closer to our age group when we suddenly spotted steph kudus and abigail from sngs! it's funny because i was their class councillor when they were in s1 charity, and now they're already in s4.

the forbidden city is really the boss's pride and joy. i forgot to take a photo of him in his chinese emperor get-up! oh there was a drag queen show, which was quite a different experience. and we got back early! our main problem was that the music didn't really suit our palate? somehow i will never ever take to house music. it just feels strange to dance to. i'm a fan of r & b! but the club has to cater to an older (20s to 40s) crowd i guess.

as seen from above, i now have with me episodes 2 to 13 of desperate housewives, enough to put me in tv bliss for the next few days. :D

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me


i'm listening to an extremely pretty intepretation of this song by isreal kamakawiwo'ole.

tonight promises a great party. the grand opening of the forbidden city at clarke quay! am so excited.

Friday, January 28, 2005

in good company.



the end of today almost spelt disaster. but it didn't, thanks to the wonderful individuals at my workplace. cheva who's really a dear, caine who brightens up my day and siva who implores me to think figuratively. oh and izack who dropped by before work. everything was beautiful during dinner. the food, the decor, the company. indochine at darling old club street is simply gorgeous. do visit if you will.

and well, the day sorted itself out.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

black, white and the in-betweens.



saw alfie today with izack. there didn't seem to be any real storyline. it could have been renamed the life and times of an unrepentant bachelor who repents in the end. well the cinematography was quite smooth. so smooth that i almost fell asleep though. and oh sienna miller is one hot babe. it's not difficult to see why jude law fell for her.

i am moving home on saturday! woohoo! -bounces.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

fast cars, slow guitars.

Backbeat, the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I'm sure you've heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don't believe that anybody feels
The way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk along are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding

There are many things that I would
Like to say to you but I don't know how


[wonderwall/ oasis]

i can almost hear the strumming of the guitar and my continuous fussing too high, play it one octave lower or the song sounds weird in this key. change! i remember hugs when i needed them most, crazy shopping trips and just sitting forever, talking over coffee.

then i wonder how you can lose something you never had in the first place.



my quest for the perfect pair of pearl earrings has yet to be erm, fulfilled? somehow the earrings remain elusive and out of reach. anyway, isn't scarlett johansson ravishing?

and i know someone who has downloaded desperate housewive up to episode twelve. now i am officially bribable for good tv, anytime. someone kill marcus already.

Monday, January 24, 2005

i love you more.

Just a face in the city
Just a tear on a crowded street
But you are one in a million
And you belong to Me

And I want you to know
That I'm not letting go
Even when you come undone

I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again

I love you more


[more/ matthew west]

this is so extremely catchy! trust gordon to always send me rockish praise and worship songs.

met mari and marcus for an unhealthy fast food dinner today. perusing through the new year goodies and trying samples at fairs is always fun... marcus has very kindly written the OC season two episodes on vcd for us. except that he purposely stopped at episode 8. (episode 9 is when marissa turns lesbian or something. strange but true!)

my hon madd is back from her european escapade. that's enough reason for me to smile today.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

lost in translation.



when alone in an unfamiliar place, it's natural that one feels lonely. but what happens if everything around you is familiar, but you still feel lonely? the faces and the places leave you cold, all but a stain in the passing of time. what's the point of familiarity then, if it fails to bring you home?

everyone, everyone wants to be found.

what could be better...



...than to be back together again?

03s75 is back in the act. i don't have much to say today except that i'm extremely contented. and that the esplanade roof garden is a beautiful, wonderful place. with carpets of grass to lie back on and watch the stars twinkle in their ethereal loveliness. unattainable, yet always special and close to heart.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

working it at indochine.


as promised. oh i met thomas ong outside my workplace! haha. used to like his shows as a child.

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in the office again. this is probably of no interest to anyone but i have to file 500 pages of income tax forms in alphabetical order. admin work is no mean feat. i know now that i will never ever want to work in HR in the future. anyhow i've made myself a cocktail! mostly coke, a bit of tonic, ginger beer and a slice of lemon. i really like the fact that i get to make myself drinks. and the food cooked by the indochine chef is always yummy. (i say this only after three days on the job!) right, will post photos later.

Monday, January 17, 2005

if it wasn't real i would make it up.

here i am blogging from work. right now i'm alone in the main office, having just finished filing some income taxes. i think my boss went for her yoga lesson, and she won't be back till one so i'm kinda slacking now. this office has indochine's signature southeast asian, rustic charm. there's a glorious couch with satin cushions, a pewter coffee table supported by three cherubs, antique-looking fans blowing overhead and the gentle tinkling of running water from the aquarium. oh and the best thing is, lunch is provided at the restaurant downstairs and i get to make myself drinks at the counter.

madd left for europe yesterday. it's good that i have work to occupy myself with because i would actually miss having her around alot. although when she asked me i said i wouldn't miss her at all! hahaha. all right will be off presently. i'm dreaming of the rotiboy buns at china square!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

to be alone with you.

I'd swim across Lake Michigan
I'd sell my shoes
I'd give my body to be back again
In the rest of the room

To be alone with you

You gave your body to the lonely
They took your clothes
You gave up a wife and a family
You gave your ghosts

To be alone with me


[to be alone with you/ sufjan stevens]

i was listening to this gorgeously melancholy song when i realised it sounded like a gay pride anthem after all. i mean the lyrics you gave up a wife and a family to be alone with me? maybe it's a song about friendship but seriously, who ever sings about friendship nowadays?



i've been looking for a bag like this one from gap. dressy but not too formal and whimsical enough for my taste. all i need now is to be able to afford this on my own. sigh.

my brain is scattered today, my words are of no importance whatsoever.

sunset boulevard.



went down to chinatown this afternoon with the intention of getting to know the area better before i start work. in the end i decided to take a walk from chinatown to city hall, with a stopover at raffles place to register for french lessons. shenton way is so quiet on weekends! i was glad for the chance to think, and to just be alone for a while.

met jac, ching and tee in the evening for dinner. it seems like a long time since we had last seen each other. anyway the guys will be out really soon and that means class outing!

p.s. i finished a new layout for the class blog two days back. do visit it and offer me your comments. :)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

tee-off!




i really should get these abercrombie shirts. someone, anyone?

Said, if you want to call me baby
(Just go ahead, now)
And if you'd like to tell me maybe
(Just go ahead, now)
And if you wanna buy me flowers
(Just go ahead, now)
And if you'd like to talk for hours
(Just go ahead, now)


[audiophile : two princes/ spin doctors]

Thursday, January 13, 2005

my cellulose cell wall and me.



yay i had so much fun with celene today. we went on a quest for the gorgeous pearl earrings worn by scarlett johansson in the movie girl with a pearl earring and managed to find something that quite resembled the real mccoy. i shall use my first pay to buy it. on that note, i will be starting work at the funky indochine office at club street on monday. please ask me out for lunch if you happen to be in the area. love, peace and happiness...

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

forgive me father, for i have sinned.

picked up a book on the history of catholicism from sngs yesterday. as i flipped through the pages, i realised that the book had been edited by a certain reverend father who had once taught my class moral education in secondary 2. anyone from sngs around that time should know who he is. i shan't name him here because this is a rather secret and embarassing memory of mine. embarassing for him. :)

the year was 2000 and the classroom was warm and musty from the afternoon sun. we were young, impressionable and probably very sleepy. father was droning on about certain techniques employed in debate. suddenly, someone spoke.

my classmate: father, is it okay to use religion in debate?

father looked rather perturbed that his train of thought had been interrupted. he paused, confused. then after contemplating for a while...

father: goodness, i actually thought you asked me whether it was okay to use a virgin in bed!

everyone was shocked that a reverend father, a man who had taken a vow of celibacy to keep himself pure for God, should be talking about something like that. but for me it was different. from that moment, i started to see father as more than someone who bored us with the human rights charter every other afternoon. i started to see him as a man who had given up all sexual relations as an act of devotion, and i respected this. i really liked father. he was serious about imparting moral values to us, even if he could get rather boring. and i understood that it must be hard for a man to remain celibate. part of the reason why many priests get into trouble molesting children.

and that is the end of my memory.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

baby steps.

sweet dreams are made of these. and yes i do intend to fulfil this dream.

anyway i went back to dear ole sngs alone today before my tuition job in the afternoon. it was strangely peaceful to sit and enjoy a bowl of fishbowl noodles in the canteen amidst the throngs of chattering girls. i have one major complaint though, our lovely convent seems to have adopted some very gaudy new paint colours...

but on the whole, i'm feeling rather pleased. the morning promises a great day. -waves.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

bohemian like you.

"When life hands you lemons, ask for a bottle of tequila and salt."

-- Anonymous

i promised myself i would stop doing stupid things this year, but somehow it doesn't feel any different. and i hate myself for times like this, because it makes me feel weak.

now hand me lemons, a bottle of tequila and some salt please.

Friday, January 07, 2005

just remember when a dream appears...

See the pyramids along the Nile
Watch the sun rise from the tropic isle
Just remember darling all the while
You belong to me

See the market place in old Algiers
Send me photographs and souvenirs
Just remember when a dream appears
You belong to me

And I'll be so alone without you
Maybe you'll be lonesome too

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
See the jungle when it's wet with rain
Just remember till you're home again
You belong to me


[jason wade]

suddenly half the people in my life left. i know i've posted this song before, but i feel its lyrics convey an intense sadness and longing...

i'm just hoping to see everyone together again soon. meanwhile, there are distractions like the orientation campfire tonight. and lolita by vladimir nabokov which speaks both of sick obsession and unrequited love.

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

imagine that. all right, i'll be off presently. have a few errands to run.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

When you find that once again
You long to take your heart
Back and be free
If you ever find a moment,
Spare a thought for me

We never said our love was evergreen,
Or as unchanging as the sea
But if you can still remember,
Stop and think of me

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

you make me wanna la-la.



You make me wanna la-la
In the kitchen on the floor
I'll be your french maid
Where I'll meet you at the door
I'm like an alley cat
Drink the milk up, I want more
You make me wanna
You make me wanna scream


[ashlee simpson]

ooooh this is so sexy! anyway here we are on our first day back at hwachong institution. (the shock! the tragedy! the heartbreak!) okay maybe it wasn't shocking, at all. i must say richmond has done a fantastic job with the new students' handbook. and school feels the same, though the faces have changed.

dithy chew is obsessed with her new name, kris. so everyone, take out your pens and write it down now just in case you forget!

i wonder what we're going to do tomorrow... (manysmileys.)

Monday, January 03, 2005

my power over you grows stronger yet.



In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came
That voice which calls to me and speaks my name
And do I dream again? For now I find
The phantom of the opera is there, inside my mind


finally decided to watch the phantom of the opera. mari found out gordon and cheryl were watching it at the same time so we all ended up watching it together. anyway i thought all the singing was beautiful, save for the phantom! which was really ironic because he was supposed to have the voice of an angel, being the angel of music. it was unnervingly strange to see christine become mesmerised by his voice which wasn't even half as charming as raoul's. i recommend michael crawford instead!

(do you not agree i post too many photos? well too bad. expect more since i'll be going back to hwachong from tomorrow, wahaha.)

Sunday, January 02, 2005

we rarely practise discern.



We found a new kind of dance in a magazine
Tried it out it's like nothing you've ever seen
You sweet talk like a cop and you know it
You bought a new bag of pot, said let's make a new start

And that's the way to my heart
That's the way we get by

[spoon]

meet the fockers reminded me of how much i love to watch inane comedies. i have resolved to rent only comedies from the video store since anything else is too much information for my couch potato, television-dulled brain. peeking my head out of the window of marcus's cool SUV was heavenly. i felt like one of those hot dogs in the backseat with my fur (hair) blowing in the wind. it was nice seeing mari again with her new stash of barang from thailand. am glad that she's safe and sound, think the situation over there is quite chaotic now. erm good that mr hadi kang is well too, over in indonesia.

and just like that, the first day of the new year was over. i am scheduling my attachment at the national cancer centre with one of the nice doctors i met last year. after that i will apply for this job at the institute of mental health (aka woodbridge hospital.) actually it doesn't matter whether i get the job because i will be volunteering there anyway.

oh i forgot to mention... i suppose last year's end and this year's start does seem rather dismal with the high death toll. but i hope everyone will have a good new year. best wishes and cheers to 2005.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

you must be some kind of superstar.



So I'll start a revolution from my bed
Cos you said the brains I had went to my head
Step outside, summertime's in bloom
Stand up beside the fireplace
Take that look from off your face
You ain't ever gonna burn my heart out

And so, Sally can wait
She knows it's too late as we're walking on by
Her soul slides away

But don't look back in anger
I heard you say

[oasis]

countdown to 2005 with various classmates! the esplanade area felt rather uninspiring during the actual countdown. but no matter, boat quay was on a mad high, with random strangers spraying you with this imitation snow thingy. i think quite some got into my mouth, yuck. pub-hopping! dancing in a hindi club! that's us above in the hats we got at harry's bar, which has an ubercool live band. playing drinking games with a jug of heineken! what a crazy, sexy, cool new year's eve this was. love you guys.