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29 June 2009
1 DOWN, 23 MORE TO GO!
10 PAPERS FOR PRELIMS, ANOTHER 10 FOR A-LEVELS.
...you see, I think long term.
So these upcoming 3...not particularly significant right?
Especially since ~10% of the cohort isn't taking.
Econs was fine, satisfied with it.
Tomorrow comes the nightmare. Bring it on.
Here goes nothing.
27 June 2009
Not putting all the videos this week, if not my blog will take years to load for slower browsers.
1) The Fray - Never Say Never
2) Linkin' Park - New Divide
3) Theory Of A Deadman - Not Meant To Be [Yes, the woman in the vid IS Kara DioGuardi]
4) Mika - Lonely Alcoholic
5) Mika - Lady Jane (both songs from his latest EP. For the sentimental.)
6) Taking Back Sunday - Capital M-E
Songs that grew on me over the week:
1) Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [Annoying, but addictive. Ridiculous video.]
2) 3OH!3 - Don't Trust Me [Corny lyrics, but addictive. Ridiculous video.]
3) Ne-Yo - Mad
26 June 2009
1979 – Rock With You
1983 – Billie Jean
1983 – Beat It
1984 – Thriller (Classic music video indeed)
1985 – We Are The World (The most power-packed collaboration of all time)
1987 – Bad
1988 – The Way You Make Me Feel
1988 – Man In The Mirror
1989 – Smooth Criminal
1991 – Black Or White
1992 – Remember The Time
1992 – Heal The World
A true inspiration, indeed.
Michael Jackson, the show-stopping singer whose best-selling albums -- including "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" -- and electrifying stage presence made him one of the most popular artists of all time, died Thursday, CNN has confirmed. He was 50.
He collapsed at his residence in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, California, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center.
And Perez Hilton is honestly an unfeeling creature. I can't believe he actually posted this.
25 June 2009
1) Melissa and Ade – “Emotion” by Destiny’s Child
2) Janette and Brandon – “What a World” by Common
3) Randi and Evan – “Koop Island Blues” by Koop
4) Caitlin and Jason – “O Fortuna” by Mozaretum Orchestra Salzburg & Kurt Prestel
LATEST: JONATHAN AND ASUKA (i.e Guy who danced Falling Slowly and Asian girl) ARE ELIMINATED.
Wow. SAT II honestly sucked.
I'm pretty much depressed right now.
This video is classic. [Note: Contains explicits]
'No one wants you to take a ride on your disco stick and 'You make RuPaul look like Tyra Banks'. Best.
22 June 2009
ARE THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS EXTENDED?
21 June 2009
#1) Bavaria, hilarious. This is what I'd hope to see in Singapore advertising. Don't give me red and green superheroes fighting in a boxing ring. Just be blatant if you want to slam a rival telecoms company.
#2) Heineken does a follow-up advert in Germany. Equally brilliant!
A VERY HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL FATHERS.
20 June 2009
4 first singles!
1) David Guetta – When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland)
2) Mariah Carey – Obsessed, from her twelfth studio album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
3) Incubus – Black Heart Inertia, first single off their compilation album Monuments and Melodies
4) Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ For You, first single from her sophomore album Breakthrough
5) Lily Allen – F*** you (Whoever cares about the vulgarities when you have such a cute video?)
19 June 2009
Light-hearted films are the way to go.
Forget about all the politicumentaries and horror films, my friends, watch humorous and endearing movies that leave you feeling happy after that. The world's enough of a mess, so catch something that'll make you smile! Watched 2 movies of such genres in a week - Ghost of Girlfriends' Past and I Love You, Man.
The first one was about Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) flirting with many women, realizing that such behaviour isn't really very good, and changes for the better. Not a particularly refreshing plot, and McConaughey's acting could've been better.
The second one was about Peter's (Paul Rudd) upcoming marriage, in which he can't find a best man, and decides to go on many man dates (which are bloody hilarious) before settling on Sydney (Jason Segel), one who can be describe as a totally unapologetic hedonist. There were loads of grossed-out jokes and many ridiculously stupid moments which made me laughed out genuinely. An absolutely brilliant movie.
Ice-skating with OGlings was fun, though it left me with a blister above my right ankle booo. Pool was fun, I made a whole lot of fantastic skill shots that no one else could possibly do LOL.
18 June 2009
My Thursday was spent visiting hawker centres islandwide. Spanned over 10 hours, all in the name of H3 Geog. Well, because of that, I haven't studied one single bit.
Top 18 of SYTYCD5 performs!
#1 - Asuka and Vitolio - "Dreams Are More Precious" by Enya
#2 - Melissa and Ade - "24 Hours" (The Aston Shuffle A-Bomb Remix) by Terry Poison
#3 - Karla and Jonathan - "Falling Slowly" by The Frames
#4 - Janette and Brandon - "Loving is Really My Game" by Brainstorm
#5 - Kayla and Max - "Hot Like Wow" by Nadia Oh
The rest weren't spectacular, so shall leave it as that.
17 June 2009
LAMC is going to organize three fantastic concerts come August, two of which are of particular interest to me.
In for a good feast after CT2.
Went to mug Heart Of Darkness at Jurong Library today. Got increasingly bored with it, so I went to begin on some preliminary research for H3 GEOG. I know some of you are done with H3, so just keep quiet and listen. So after looking through the online search portal, consulting library expertise, and seeking help from the Customer Service counter, I finally found the book I've been wanting to find:
Singapore Hawker Centres: People. Places. Food.
It encapsulates a huge portion of the content for my whole H3 project, that was why I needed it so desperately. Well done Louis! So, I went to borrow the book.
Louis: "Hi, can I borrow this book?"
Librarian: "Sure, could I have your I/C?"
Louis passes I/C
Librarian: "Hi, I'm sorry, but you can't borrow this book yet, because you have an outstanding fine of 15 cents to pay."
Huh, what the hell, you kidding.
Louis: "Oh, what is the title of the book??"
Librarian: "It's called 'The Book Of Bugs.' You borrowed that book in 2003."
IT HAS BEEN 6 YEARS SINCE I LAST BORROWED A BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY HAHA.
How freaking embarassing was that. The stupidest thing was that I still had to fork out 15 cents.
Seb wanted to watch Transformers.
I was puzzled again. Huh, Seb already watched Terminator, why he wanna watch again?
Louis smses. "Eh I tot you watch already?"
Seb says he hasn't.
Louis goes home, and checks the newspapers for movie screentimes.
Louis smses. "Oh my god damn few left. Terminator got 645 at jurong point. 715 at suntec. 710 at PS. 850 at J8. The rest is all 9 plus! Which one you want?"
Seb replies. "Wei u blind ah? I ask transformers you say terminator...Hah."
Louis feels FREAKING STUPID. He's not only blind - he has also gone crazy after studying.
School holidays might be extended, because of the J1 who got contracted with H1N1. Those who were in contact with her got quarantined. If they show symptoms of H1N1, Raffles, CT2 might be postponed, and that will be more time to study, and that will also mean higher expectations of doing well. Conclusion: Pushing CT2 at a later time may not be such a good thing, so let's not pray for a holiday extension.
Taylor Swift can become a very successful rapper.
YES TAYLOR, no more corny songs. Be a muthagangsta, because I like you for the first time.
Thumbs up! Incredible, wasn't it?
15 June 2009
AWW!!! This is one of the cutest things that can ever happen at a McDonald's outlet. Jason Mraz was so proud of it he even put it on his blog.
This blog entry that he posted on the night where he performed 'I'm Yours' on American Idol was such a heartfelt one. Makes me remember why I like Jason Mraz for his songs, and more importantly, his personality.
If you knew me and/or tried to call me within the last 6 months, you might have reached a voice mail message that says, “Hi. This is Jason and I’ll be away from my phone forever.” I’ve been taking little to no incoming calls, responding to very few emails, and overall, I’ve been a fair-weather friend. I pick-and-choose who to interact with and when to interact with them as long as it served my mood and who I was being on that occasion. The result I got was exactly what I wanted. Nobody bothered me. Very few questions and requests invaded my sacred space. I was busy enough as it is. I didn’t want more. I just wanted to finish the tasks and tour at hand and get back to the beach where I could cultivate courage, physical strength, balance, and flexibility thru surfing; where I can be a bum in the sun and waste all my precious time proudly at no one’s expense but my own, (rather than challenge myself to cultivate that courage and strength and balance on the road, or in any other aspect of my life.)
In that way of being detached for safety came another result I wasn’t expecting. I became unfulfilled, uninspired, and worse, uninspiring. A definition for the word inspire is: to breathe life into another and I gave up the chance to do that for others.
I’m writing this because it’s important for you to know that I am still very human and have been very afraid to admit certain truths and take on the many responsibilities that surround them. I am afraid of success just as much as I am afraid of failing. I have fears about how I’ll look in the eyes of my peers, my family, or my fans. And up until now I’ve had fears about sharing this information.
I’ve been praised a thousand times for my positive outlook and my positive contributions to music. And I’ve celebrated loudly and advertised myself as someone with an attitude of gratitude. But all it seems to take is one small moment of negativity, inadequacy, or fear, to break me from my most powerful nature, that of being the possibility of real love. So the failure I would create in THAT would reduce me again to feeling like just a worthless soul whose life will be over before it began so what’s the point in even trying.
Huh? All this is coming from the positive thinking guy? Is this the same cat who wrote I’m Yours – a song in which every stanza is about generosity, encouragement, and letting go?
If you asked me how I wrote it, I’d give something invisible to us all the credit. I would play my own life down, believing I was unworthy of receiving fame, fortune and acclaim. I would leave the parts out about my dedication to empowering music. I wouldn’t tell you that I wanted to create a song in modern times that could be as relevant as any Bob Marley song has been relevant since his time. I wouldn’t tell you the part where I tried to write I’m Yours. Even if I only spent an hour on the project, it took me lifetime of living and learning to get there. Instead, I would say, the song just popped out. and right there I would stop taking credit and downplay my life, etc.
In music, if I’m truly committed to letting go – to being completely open to the power of sound – surrendering to the love supreme of spirit – and acknowledging how (to me) success thrives in the instability of spontaneity – if I’m committed to any or all of those things, then I can transcend this world entirely, getting as close to or even being whatever God (or love, or happiness) might actually be. If the performance of a song goes absolutely well, it won’t even feel like a performance. In many cases, I won’t even remember singing the song. It becomes more like time-travel, because in that moment, I’m so not caught up in society’s game. My attention rests in a space where time and space cease to exist. That’s the state where infinity lies, and it’s the most intensely rewarding experience I’ve ever known.
But if I’m not committed or the song/performance goes wrong in any way, from a technical difficulty beyond my control to choking on my own spit between phrases or not being prepared to fulfill a fan’s request, fudging notes and playing or saying something that isn’t part of the arrangement that I become too aware of in the performance - When that happens I can’t help but to try to fix it, change it, control it, or worse, escape it. There have been times when I have said to myself, “I don’t want to be here” while I’m right in the middle of a song, in the middle of a show, standing in the middle of a stage in front of thousands of invited guests who all paid to see me.
Because I perform in at least 180 venues a year, I run into the case of making mistakes onstage more often than I would if I were performing only once a week. On those “off nights” you might call them, when I don’t morph into the God energy or vibrate fully with something grand, I take it pretty hard. I create an idea that I have failed. I create something that suggests, this means I am a fake. And so on. Those are the nights I don’t appear in the parking lot after midnight to thank my incredibly generous, spirited and loyal fans. In feeling sorry for myself, I can’t listen to any compliments about the show because I am already hearing in my head that it wasn’t. In wishing to be elsewhere instead of owning the present, I’m fearful that someone might think I’m not grateful.
I’m writing this for many reasons - mainly because I want to share with everyone my humanness. No one can ever escape that. We are beings and we have language therefore we won’t be able to stop the conversations that keep creating meaning about everything. Even in talking to no one, we talk inside our heads and create meaning about millions of matters we truly don’t know anything about. And that’s perfectly normal.
But what I have stumbled upon is the power in realizing that none of those meanings mean anything. If you think I suck, that doesn’t change me. I’m still here typing away. But the reality is, I don’t know you think I suck. And even if you told me, I’d still be me. It’s not a threat of any kind. Now, if you told me I suck and then pulled a knife on me - that might change me. I might fill my underwear with number 3 for fear that your intention with the knife could change me.
Remember that catchy phrase I won’t worry my life away? For the first time in my life it’s manifested into something more than just a concept. Worry is what happens when we create meaning in a way that brings us down and it’s usually about an event that never really happens. If a dog bites me, I might worry that it could happen again. But that’s me worrying about a dog bite that has yet to happen. It’s me holding on to being bit by a dog. My future is full of dogs biting me. Get it? Therefore, the power in saying a dog bit me has more freedom and truth than saying, “Dogs don’t like me,” which is a worry filled statement.
The moral of my story is this. Tonight, I’m appearing on American Idol, singing I’m Yours with a handful of contestants from this past season and for the first time I’m actually celebrating my own success. Even though I dreamed of having this life, I’ve been too afraid that people will find me egotistic if I actually show how much fun I have doing it. Even that SNL appearance in January was this fond-of-hats-fellow at 50% due to the worry about how it was going to translate on TV.
So I invite you to watch and share with me the joy I truly have in doing what I do. I’ll be singing I’m Yours tonight as if it’s the first time I’ve ever sung it. I’ll also be wearing a t-shirt designed by my good friend, Jon Marro at Blend Apparel. The design of the shirt asks the question, What it is going to take to have peace? For me, honesty and open communication are the keys to freedom. And freedom from yourself gives you the greatest peace: Peace of mind. Jon is someone I want to acknowledge for his tremendous dedication to the peace and happiness of others. His love has truly inspired me - breathed new life into me – and all I want to do is the same – share it.
THANK YOU, dear reader/listener/fan/friend for supporting my music and adventures after all these years, and being a part of the huge story that this has become. Even if today is the first time you’re tuning in, I Thank You for reading and singing along.
And to all who've been calling, my phone is back on (so much actually that I'm entertaining the idea of taking on twitter soon.)
The 31st case is a 17-year-old Singaporean female who had returned to Singapore from Melbourne on Singapore Airlines SQ228 at 2140 hours on 9 June. She had attended the same wedding in Melbourne. She was seated at row 62, and developed symptoms while on the plane. She was not picked up by the thermal scanner as she did not have fever then.
Now, could CT2 be postponed by 2 weeks?
That'd be really nice.
Because Louis has only firmed up Econs, and there's 2 freaking weeks left.
13 June 2009
The King Of Fighters, a very famous arcade martial arts game, is going to be screening in cinemas next year. I'm just praying it won't be a flop, because I've been playing this for years and it'll be such a shame if it ends up like The Legend of Chun-Li.
Maggie Q's acting as Mai Shiranui (my favourite character), Sean Faris (acted in Never Back Down alongside Cam Gigandet) plays the lead of Kyo Kusangi, some TVB actress called Bernice Liu is acting as Vice. Other characters include Iori, Rugal, Chizuru!, Terry Bogard and Ryo Sakazaki. Too bad there's no Athena.
That said, the movie can't possibly be worse than Jordin Sparks' latest album cover.
Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you.
11 June 2009
A03A went to meet Mrs. Lee at Island Creamery, and she treated us to great ice-cream! =D
Good to get together with the class again after spending days in isolation haha.
The Top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance 5 Performs! Some of the more memorable ones from today's episode...
Ashley and Kupono – Felt Mountain by Goldfrapp (Jazz, choreographed by Wade Robson)
Randi and Evan – I Only Have Eyes For You by Jamie Cullum (Jazz)
Melissa and Ade – Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx (Contemporary)
Caitlin and Jason – Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire (Bollywood)
Jeanine and Phillip – Mad by Ne-Yo (Hip-Hop)
Karla and Jonathan – Poker Face by Lady GaGa (Cha-cha-cha)
One good-looking pair danced to Boom Boom Pow, and I think it was dreadful.
LATEST, 13TH JUNE 2009, 7PM: HAHA THE BOOM BOOM POW COUPLE INDEED GOT ELIMINATED.
09 June 2009
Today's medical checkup was initially very fast for me, somehow I overtook like 20+ people from station 1 to 5. (I was really cooperative, duh.) I was getting PES A statuses for every station...until the ECG one.
After doing that ECG test twice, those round circular things sucked to my body deduced that my heart was abnormal.
I AM NOW CATEGORIZED AS PES D (i.e TEMPORARILY UNFIT FOR GRADING AND PENDING FURTHER REVIEW) I HAVE TO GO FOR A HEART SCAN AND RECTIFY THIS DREADFUL SITUATION BEFORE I'M GOING BACK TO PES A, BUT I MIGHT NEVER BE IN PES A ANYMORE IF MY HEART IS INDEED MISSING.)
*I screamed in silence for a minute, and I couldn't whine about it to anyone because I couldn't bring my camera phone into the premises*
Having said that, I loved during that 'Psychometric Assessment Exercise' test, it was quite spirit-lifting.
BUT STILL, that doesn't erase the fact that my heart is weird.
Whoever who's going for the heart scan too please share my misery, I know there are a few who kena-ed it too.
Oh, what a sucky day.
08 June 2009
07 June 2009
Yawn, I can't concentrate.
إنني أفكر في ممارسة الجنس.
screw it louis, why are you still thinking about it.
OH MY GOD THIS IS EPIC. It happened 3 years back.
"What are we having here? Are we having a sex lesson or what? We're talking about circuits! How can I make you horny? Gee, very interesting."
1) Green Day - 21 Guns
2) Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
05 June 2009
It was down to the Final Three in the finale of Make Me A Supermodel 2. The finalists were (from L to R):
Nevertheless, Branden won. The American won $100,000, and this contributes to America's GDP. Oh, the pride! However, in all honesty, he did do well in the final episode. He absolutely outshadowed Jonathan, whose photos were so lacklustre I don't even dare put it on my blog. It was dreadful. Perhaps that's why he came in third, despite the incredible run he gave to win the title.
Once again, another shocking conclusion to another reality television programme in 2009. Hot favourites certainly haven't got anything going on this year.
So You Think You Can Dance (Season 5) - The Top 20 is revealed!Personal favorites after observing the auditions:
04 June 2009
1) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
2) Lady GaGa - Poker Face
3) Green Day - Know Your Enemy
4) Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
5) David Cook - Permanent
6) Katy Perry - Thinking Of You
7) Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake - Love Sex Magic
8) Kris Allen - No Boundaries
9) Kelly Clarkson - Whyyouwannabringmedown
10) Coldplay - Life In Technicolor II
11) Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
12) Daughtry - No Surprise
13) A.R. Rahman - Jai Ho
14) Flo Rida - Right Round
15) Carrie Underwood - Home Sweet Home
16) David Cook - Come Back To Me
17) Calvin Harris - I’m Not Alone
18) Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
19) Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
20) Kaiser Chiefs - You Want History
21) Lily Allen - The Fear
31) Pink - Bad Influence
41) Leona Lewis - I Will Be
2 videos that made me die laughing today:
1) 987fm DJs Shan and Ross interview an expat, who's endearing in a vulgar way and hates durians just like I do. To cut down to the sophisicated bits, start watching from 2:55.
2) Not a fan of Heineken (not a fan of beer to begin with), but watching the guys outscream the girls broke all stereotypical barriers LOL.
SAT II in 2 more days! Better ace Math 1 (800! 800! 800!) and Lit (I'll scream if I can even get 700). Cannot waste any more money on SATs already. Take my 2nd SAT I in October or December and THAT'S IT NO MORE!
On a random note, I was actually addicted to Naviance yesterday. I'm down to my 8 choices, how fierce is that.
02 June 2009
Former 'The Click Five' vocalist Eric Dill actually co-wrote Daughtry's 'No Surprise'. This is his rendition of it.
I very much prefer his voice to the current frontman of TCF.
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