Sunday, April 29, 2007

Music ruined by circumstance

Once music I liked (or tolerated), I now cringe or feel queasy when I hear it. It is:

- Anything by Martha Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, At The Drive-In, Maximo Park and End of Fashion
- Josh Pike - Middle of the Hill
- The Editors - Bullets
- Gwen Stefani - What are you waiting for
- Black Eyed Peas - Where is the love

Rivers Cuomo and Asian fetishes

Last night I dreamt that I met Rivers Cuomo backstage after a Weezer gig (yes, this dream was last night, not in 1996). Two mean blonde girls were making me nervous by telling me that I had no chance with Rivers. I told them that they were being stupid for assuming that I would make a move on a celebrity. After the dream I thought, of course I would have a chance, I'm Asian. Rivers loves Asians. The only thing that would turn him off me would be my boyish Westernness and ability to speak fluent English. My Asian fetish friend says he's attracted to Asians because he thinks they're more feminine and it's cute when they speak in broken English. I have a few Asian fetish friends, but I still think most Asian fetish guys are creepy, especially this one. Is it wrong for me to think they're creepy? How are they different from gentleman who prefer blondes? How are they different from any person who is attracted to a certain type? The Asian fetishes' attraction is not much different to my weakness for dark haired, slightly geeky, creative (especially music) River.

I can't believe River went on Friendster to look for a girlfriend. He even found a profile he liked, sent her several messages that she never replied to, and wrote a few songs for her. Other than to complete the degree he's deferred since 1997, Rivers returned to Harvard to look for his future wife. He eventually married a Japanese friend he made at a Weezer concert in 1997. Can someone send me a list of musicians who date their fans?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Stupid customers

Customer - "Your website isn't working"
Me - "Why"
Customer - "It's different"
Me - "What website are you using?"
Customer - ""
Me - "That's the wrong one. It's"
Customer - "Oh yeah, that's right, silly me. Let me login to the website. I can't get in. The login details are wrong."
Me - "What are you typing in?"
Customer - "Username - xxxxx. Password - yyyyy."
Me - "It's the other way around. The usename is yyyyy and the password is xxxxx."
Customer - "Oh, yes, silly me."

Me (thinking) - "How can you be an IT teacher if you have trouble getting into a website, dumbass!"

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Colonel Sanders memorbilia

This book is about the Colonel's finding of Jesus (was he behind the couch all this time?)

Saturday, April 21, 2007


It annoys me that so many people are ignorant about Malaysia and choose to go to Thailand or Singapore instead for a South East Asian holiday. Thai food is great, but Malaysian is just as good and has more variety. As for Singaporean food, well, it's an inferior version of Malaysian and they don't have any signature dishes (chilli crab doesn't count as it's Malaysian!). All Singapore has to offer is clean public toilets. Why people should go to Malaysia:

1. The variety of food influenced by Malay, Chinese (especially Hainanese), Indian and Portugese cultures.

2. The Malaysian Chinese food is better than what's found in China, where every dish I tried, from street stall to hotel restaurant, was either too salty, bland, or overpowered with chilli. Mao drove the good cooks away from China!

3. Kelantan (north east) - the best meal of my life so far was ayam percik (barbequed chicken marinated in coconut milk, tamarind and other spices); rice wrapped in banana leaves and shaped cone, with three different curries layered in the rice cake; and blue rice.

4. Malacca - chilli crab with thick, white slices of white bread; Nonya kueh (Malay-Chinese deserts);

5. Penang - asam laksa and kueh

6. KL - Maggi mee goreng (fried noodles), mee rubus (soft egg noodles in a potato based sauce), roti chanai, peanut pancakes with corn and coconut, tofu bakar (barbequed tofu stuffed with cucumber and dipped in satay sauce). Many food stalls are open 24 hours, which is perfect for an after drinks meal at 3am.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Phoenix/The Pixies

Second best gig moment of my life - Thomas Mars from Phoenix stepping down from stage to walk in the crowd to sing 'Napoleon Says'. He walked right in my path. I seem to have really good luck with getting close to musicians at gigs. I touched his arm. He stood next to me for most of the song. He is a dreamboat. He is kinda tall and has the slim build that I'm attracted to. After the gig they signed autographs and I got each band member to sign my CD. I thanked Thomas for coming down from stage to sing in the crowd, and said that it was really cool. He said that he tried to reach out to me from the stage but he was too short. I bet he says that to all the girls! I wanted to ask how Sofia Coppola was and if she was in Melbourne but I didn't have the guts. I wish I was Sofia, for several reasons which will be left for another blog.

I was front row for The Pixies, almost 3ft away from Kim Deal. I worship her - she is my favourite bass player and one of my favourite vocalists. She had a permanent smile on her face which was weird given that she is clean, but she definitely seemed to be the most friendly band member because she was the only one who spoke to the crowd. She is one of my top queens of cool, with the other two being Kim Gordon and Karen O. I only got into The Pixies two years ago, but their songs made me feel nostalgic even though I wasn't into the scene back in the early 90s.

A top 5 gig.