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09 May 2007 @ 11:54 pm
There was a time, a time in days of old when things were different. In our heads, we often try and write down every small detail and feeling, every experience, every thought and every memory, even the bad ones - those precious memories. Some of which are inextricably entwined with what we love in music, in words and in songs.

While running through my CD collection one day, lots of old tracks that I used to listen to, those buried and forgotten, made me dwell there a little longer than I should. I remember the time when I felt exceptionally happy listening and relistening to them. They were a delight - those that I used to love, used to favour, and used to dance to, used to sing along to. Those that would never fail to evoke the emotions within me. Now I remember more and more...

These “old songs” might be quite old-fashioned, might be heard by too many people, might be quite un-heard of, and might even be considered awful by some. But don't we find that we could just be so surprised and touched by those songs which are our everlasting favorites, for what they had brought us when we were younger: those we shared with our best friends and also who share similar tastes with us; the saddest songs that you and the one who broke your heart both loved; those that stirred and roused your heart and soul, and maybe the few we particularly loved but nobody else did.

Some of these songs date back to my secondary school, junior college and university days...they seemed like a long time ago. And almost each song has stories behind it, and could be related to one or a few persons or experiences in my life. Sweet, bittersweet, or just so bitter, they could still make me laugh or make me cry. Each one personal, each unique.

And then I remember them again:

Reflections of My Life - Marmalade
Only You - Yazoo
I Don't Want To Talk About it - Everything But The Girl
Never Never - The Assembly
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Something - Beatles
No More "I Love You's" - Annie Lennox
Somebody - Depeche Mode
Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
Friendly Fire - Pet Shop Boys
Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
Enola Gay - OMD
Look Away - Chicago
Hands To Heaven - Breathe
No One Is To Blame - Howard Jones
Running To Standstill - U2
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Ship of Fools - Erasure
She - Vegas
Imagine - John Lennon
Caramel - Suzanne Vega
Sante Fe - Bon Jovi
Last Christmas - Wham!
1000 Oceans - Tori Amos
Better Be Home Soon - Crowded House
You're Still the One - Shania Twain
Lightning Crashes - Live
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
And When She Danced (Love Theme from Stealing Home) - David Foster & Marilyn Martin
Current Mood: enthralledIn Wonder
18 March 2006 @ 05:33 pm
A Lazy Saturday Afternoon...Dreamy.

Ay, in the very temple of delight
Veil'd melancholy has her sovran shrine.

Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: Staring At the Sun - The Subways
27 February 2006 @ 11:19 pm
The doctor gave me two days' mc and an army of medication. Hence, explains my grogginess.

Gonna sleep early today. I wanna be well soon!!!
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Current Music: Western Eyes - Portishead
26 February 2006 @ 09:59 pm
My throat hurts. My nose's stuffy.
I hate being ill.

It's even worse when the weekend's ending and there's so much work to be done tomorrow.
And I cannot take MC.

It sucks. Time to take my medication.
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Luck With Mary Jane - Brave Captain
26 February 2006 @ 08:58 pm
Just watched the last episode of the korean drama "My Lovely Sam-Soon" this evening.

My sister loves this show and I would watch with her sometimes. This drama's really quite enjoyable even though I only saw half the episodes. The main character, Sam-soon has many faults but she is lovable. Her face is quite pretty but she is on the plump side. She is a little outrageous, brutally frank both in speech and action, comes from an simple home, has been dumped by boyfriends and owes her young boss a 50 million won debt. And at 30, she is almost an "old maid". After many ups and downs, she does find love at the end of the show but we don't know if they got married.

This drama's a hit in Korea last year and made American-Korean model Daniel Henney into a Korean heartthrob (He's GORGEOUS! by the way). It presents a startling contrast to the Cinderella-like female leads of other Korean soap dramas. I admire Sam Soon's courage in her quest for love, the way she makes choices to love or not to love even if it brings her heartache and the way she does not conform in order to find love.

In today's last episode, she read off a rather inspiring poem in an ad along the street, which sums up, in part, her attitude on life and love:

Dance like no one's watching,
Love like you've never been hurt,
Sing like nobody's listening
Work like you don't need money,
Live like it's the last day of your life.
- Alfred D. Suja -

To love like you have never been hurt. That's easy to say but difficult to do. How many of us do not carry with us painful hurts, memories and scars from previous loves/relationships? Even with the passing of time, when the wounds heal, do they just merge and fade into our subconsciousness and become part of us? Can we truly say that these experiences have not changed us in the least bit and will not affect our future actions?

Do you remember the time when you loved like you have never been hurt?
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Current Music: Soon After Christmas - Stina Nordenstam
16 February 2006 @ 12:40 am
Does anyone remember "Smash Hits", the pop magazine which provided all the information one needed to know about Brit Pop in the 80s' and 90s'? Well, "Smash Hits" has published its last edition on February 13, 2006.

"Smash Hits" was a smash with teenagers when it was launched in 1978. During the heydays of Planet Pop in the 80s', it shaped the musical tastes of millions of readers, including mine. Containing song lyrics of the latest hits, posters & centre-page spreads of the hottest stars, occasional freebies, important information (actually gossip!) such as who is a good snogger, what does so-and-so buy when he visits the grocery store or what brand of underwear he wears. The magazine's contents were witty, zany, fun, humourous and informative (ahem!), with all the exaggeration and gaiety of the golden 80s' laced with British humour.

It exposed Singaporean-kids to songs and a whole new musical culture that we would have never experienced via the radio or cassette/CD shops in Singapore. Without fail, a portion of my paltry monthly allowance would go towards its purchase. I grew out of it when I entered JC and my musical tastes shifted to rock music for a brief period.

The Pop Music industry is so boring nowadays, with one-hit/album wonders galore, digitally altered images of artistes and carefully constructed public personas to enhance careers. Where can one find a true pop icon of the new millenium? Britney Spears? Oh please! Where is the Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince of today? Enuff' said. What gossip is there then to write? We are left with the usual 'Who's seeing who? Who's left who?' nonsense.

Apparently, since the late 90s, the quality of the magazine has declined steadily. 28 years after its first launch, the world has become a very different place with rapid internet connections, search engines and online downloads. Magazines now struggle for a pie of the consumer dollar and readership.

This is the end of an era. Times have changed and we change with them. Smash Hits, thank you for playing a part in my life and for the fond memories. Without you, I would have been all the poorer for it and would have, probably, ended up as a Barry Manilow cum Air Supply cum Bread fan humming to boring, sad soppy love(-sick) songs.

Gosh, I am feeling nostalgic again...you know that weird sinking poignant feeling in the pits of your tummy when you learn of news that something bad has happened to what you used to love and know so well.

Hmmm...I wonder if I still have any of those back issues stashed somewhere in my room! Heehee...it is a long shot, but I may just find the issue with Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue on the cover. Apparently, it is the magazine's biggest-selling edition bought by more than one million readers in 1989.

You may remember some of these if you have read Smash Hits:

Song Cards & Lyrics
Free Pins to adorn your schoolbag
Ken - Ken being any member of a boyband who was too boring to have his name remembered
Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys began his career in music as a writer on Smash Hits
Lord Frederick Lucan of Mercury, Sir Clifford of Richard,Phil Collins and the Temples of Dome
Posters of NKOTB (ok, i confess, it was a foolish mistake of my youth), A-Ha, Bros and Boyzone
Debates about killing people by wishing them dead
Covering school books and files with posters
Juicy Neighbours gossip
The KLF and EMF and Right Said Fred
Provocative Madonna interviews
Current Mood: weirdweird
Current Music: I melt with you - Nouvelle Vague
Following from my earlier post, here's some travel trivia:

HAMPI (India) - On UNESCO's World Heritage List. Ruins of the glorious capital of the Vijayanagara empire full of architecture and art wonders. (Hmmmmm...zzzzzzz)

DARIEN GAP (Panama) - A jungle described as an "ABYSS AND HORROR of mountains, rivers, and marshes," in the words of one 16th-century traveler.
The Darién Gap is Panama's Bermuda Triangle. In Panama and Colombia, it is known as El Tapón ("The Plug") because it blocks the flow of human exploration. This place experienced periods of bloodshed. No roads, just tropical wilderness. Travel by canoe or by foot and you can make it all the way to Colombia. The unchecked jungle and inhospital environments provide an ideal refuge for outlaws, pirates, runaway slaves, and fiercely territorial Kuna Indians. Travelling overland through the Darien is highly discouraged because this is one of the major base areas for Columbian guerillas, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Need I say more, this is one hell of a fugitive hideaway!

CIUDAD PERDIDA (Columbia) - The Machu Picchu of the Tayrona people.
Different ruins can be reached up a steep path of loose rocks, designed in such a way so that the Tayrona Indians could hear visitors approaching (this journey takes a full day and is quite difficult—you must crawl through hand-carved tunnels and over large boulders). Robberies and kidnappings have occurred along the trails so you are advised to ask at the gate for the latest security information. To visit the actual city of Ciudad Perdida, you either need to go on a five day trek, or hire a helicopter. It promises to be an experience you will never forget :P

Personal Trivia: Did I ever I tell you I once harboured intentions of studying archaeology? It was all Indiana Jones' fault.
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Dark Is Rising - Mercury Rev
12 February 2006 @ 09:31 pm
Heeeeehahahahahaha! I'm supposed to be a party animal. But thanks, no rowdy parties and hangovers please.

Yays, Paris, New York and Las Vegas suit me just fine. Looks like I have my next holiday destinations mapped out.

Now I have to go look at a map and find out where on earth are Darien Gap, Hampi and Ciudad Perdida....never heard of 'em!

Your travel type: Party Animal</b>

The Party Animal always wears sunglasses during his vacation. He likes a good hotel, with a swimming pool and room service. A couple of drinks at night, maybe see a show, maybe roll the dice, that's the way to spend the evening.

Culture? A museum? The others can go while the Party Animal stays in bed. You'll find him by the side of the pool when you get back with a martini to get rid of the hangover.

top destinations:

New York
Las Vegas

stay away from:

Ciudad Perdida
Darien Gap
</ br>get your own travel profile
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 - The Flaming Lips
09 February 2006 @ 11:59 pm
[Two beautiful songs from The Cure which make me wanna cry....]

He waits for her to understand
but she won't understand at all
She waits all night for him to call
but he won't call anymore
He waits to hear her say
but she just drops her pearl-black eyes
and prays to hear him say
I love you
but he tells no more lies

He waits for her to sympathize
but she won't sympathize at all
She waits all night to feel his kiss
but always wakes alone
He waits to hear her say
But she just hangs her head in pain
and prays to hear him say
no more
I'll never leave again

How did we get this far apart?
We used to be so close together
How did we get this far apart?
I thought this love would last forever

[Two people drawing further and further away from each other until love grows cold and dies...]


Remember how it used to be
When the sun would fill up the sky
Remember how we used to feel
Those days would never end
Those days would never end

Remember how it used to be
When the stars would fill the sky
Remember how we used to dream
Those nights would never end
Those nights would never end

It was the sweetness of your skin
It was the hope of all we might have been
That fills me with the hope to wish
Impossible things
To wish impossible things
To wish impossible things

But now the sun shines cold
And all the sky is grey
The stars are dimmed by clouds and tears
And all I wish
Is gone away
All I wish
Is gone away
All I wish
Is gone away (x4)

[Ahh, the nostalgia of remembering the good times now gone, where hope burned bright and the world was more beautiful because of it.]
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: The Cure - From the Album "Wish"
07 February 2006 @ 10:14 pm
I am sitting in office at this time, unable to book a taxi for the last 45 mins! Arrgghhh, where have all the cabs gone??!!! Had a long day at work and now this! Hence, I've got the grumps.

So, while waiting with great impatience, I decided to post something since I could not post anything at all last night when my silly bluetooth wireless keyboard konked out on me because it ran out of battery!
Current Mood: crappycrappy