Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A song worth sharing from Namewee

Namewee - I Am Who I Am

My comment? I think it carries Jay Chou feel which at first i think it is not so much of an authentic piece of music. However, it feels good and i feel like wanna listen to it again and again. This type of music is pretty much very simple but still you will find it awesome to listen to. 

Many first timers or amateur song composers tend to overdo a song. They adding in lots of complicated stuffs but doesn't really mix well together. They thought by adding more elements it will become better but sadly it is not the case. If you really pay more attention to those nice listening songs out there, some of them really composed using very simple groove/riff. In this case, the PIANO, i think you can hear it playing the same thing over and over again right? But it just sound so nice! Give you other examples, Jay Chou's Secrets, 不能说的秘密, Dashboard Confessional's Stolen, Plain White T's Let me take you there, and so much more. Just pay attention to each individual instruments, listen to how the musics are played and you will know.

Another common mistake is a song is composed with many instruments trying to do a fill in the exact same part. All trying to grab attention from the audience and never let one take the lead. Take turns to do fill but not all together. Even if a fill is very nice but all instruments play a fill at the same part audience are going to be attracted to only one instrument, which is the most outstanding one and the rest will left unheard or, it will feel very messy mixing all the fill together.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A thoughtful post

Last night i went to Clark Quay for the first time. Well.. The environment is very nice and i love it so much. Lights are everywhere and stunningly lit. Hanging out there is definitely great although it was quite crowded i must say. Maybe crowded is the whole point because without the crowd there would not be any atmosphere at all.

Life here started to get boring. Less and less new things came up and things started to get very repetitive. I wonder whether it would be the same if i was in Malaysia instead of here at Singapore. Maybe worse at Malaysia i don't know. Living my life this way is really making me feel meaningless. If one doesn't have any goal or target working here i think probably he or she would find it very hard to carry on your life here especially if you are alone.

So how do you compensate yourself for all the hardship you endure? Buying stuffs is surely one the way. Grab home some new gadgets in shopping mall for you to play with. Spice up your super duper boring life a little bit. However, it kind of screw up your initial plan/goals of working here which primarily is to save money. Same goes to hanging out in places like pub or expensive restaurant. You get a wonderful experience but it cost you hell lots of money. Are these experiences worth the money?

To answer the question above one might need to consider what is he actually planning to do with the money you saved. As for me if you are only trying to save and so that when you go back your hometown you get to buy a house and car that is to me, so not worth it, especially if you were to sacrifice being with your loved ones and friends. At the end of the day you still need to work, and perhaps work even harder because you may find the experience you gained here irrelevant to your future work in your hometown. It is basically starting all over again except you have your house and car with you. Besides, are you willing to accept the wage that is cut down more than half? That is assuming you only consider about the exchange rate not to say the figure itself might get slash down.

So what is the right plan? I have plans of my own and i prefer to keep it to myself right now. Hopefully one day in the future i get to share how was i actually done it. Now the thing for me is i find it rather difficult to balance between the money saved and compensation for my working-my-ass-off life. How much should i spend and how much should i save? Working in my field is so unpleasant simply because the working environment itself is harsh, under the extreme sunlight and heat. Not to forget the dangerous working environment which is so notoriously known for hazards like falling from heights, hit by falling objects, machine crushing your body parts and so on. If the money isn't good i really don't want to work in this field anymore. If i'm in Malaysia, forget about being a civil engineer.

Another thing is, working as site engineer, you get to see only males, or perhaps 98% males. That is so cruel when you are trying to get a life partner and move on your life to the next stage. If you are not single before entering this field then you should thank God! Unless you are good with being alone for the rest of your life. For me, i started to think of a family rather than a simple boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. I think i have come to the stage where i hope the next girl i'm dating with is the one that i'm going to marry. My project manager who is already married always said to me, "Faster go get a girlfriend lo.." "If you still behave like it doesn't matter then before you realized you already an old man." "Make an effort now otherwise later when you old who is going to take care of you?" Things like that... I know it is funny but it is quite true.

I don't know how and i don't know when but i hope i can find my special one someday somehow. In the mean time, i will remind myself to stay focus on achieving my goals in life. Joy is obtain doing what you passionate about, and that is how life supposed to be.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Beware of becoming Old

With the Love The Way You Lie & Not Afraid Mashup video circulating around the whole Facebook network, Jason Chen became a name that everybody knows, suddenly.

Just a Dream cover by Jason Chen & Joseph Vincent

It is amazing how things can change at such fast. For one moment you are not, and the next you are. This is how fast one could rise, and perhaps falls too. The internet open up all the possibilities. If you think you are good at something, go get a good video camera and start recording at yourself and upload it to the internet. Bamm!! You're famous!

Hogging on to the internet via social networking websites i.e. Facebook, reading blogs written by friends are how you keep yourself updated to one another these days. If there is anything you want to know, just remember to Google it. However some people believe in not-too-dependent on the internet and chose to rely on face to face communication. They afraid that this might become the only way people communicate in future.

Embrace the change i must say. Otherwise you definitely will lose out. Speed up the rate you obtain information. That is of real importance these days. When you are there mushrooming don't know what to do for a particular day, start by visiting Facebook. From there find anything that interest you and carry on from there. There's nothing bad about it really. Use the internet to achieve your dreams. That's what i thought.

However, one needs to know when you hanging out with friends but you keep checking out your cellphone is kind of irritating. I myself find it very turn-off to me if the girl i'm dating with were like that. I would rather go home sleeping than dating a girl like that. Just keep the device off for a second and spend time talking to your friends. If you're alone then the mini computer inside your pocket is definitely your best friend but not any other time.

Do you know Oxford Dictionary is on its way to stop producing the a-few-inches-thick book because no body is buying it in the US anymore? Plus it is no green cutting off trees to make books. Give it another decade books may become antique already. So start embracing the habit of reading the internet instead. Do it constantly, when you are alone, not with friends.

You know how people became old? Not through physical body fitness deterioration but the refusal to change and keep yourself relevant to the society. You know what?  I know a guy who is around 80 years old and he got better computer skills than me. That's how i will define young.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Sunday

Sunday is the only non-work day for me. First, i wake up and open my laptop(assuming i didn't fall asleep without shutting down my laptop the night before as i don't want to sleep early because it is the only night i get to sleep late without worrying about work the next day). 

Then i open up my facebook checking out news feed. Try to identify who will be able to have lunch with me. My roommate never around during weekend. Plus there is no decent hawker center near by my place. So i never stay at home during weekend. I get out of my apartment before lunch and back after dinner. Every single weekend since i came here. Not even once i was at home for the weekend.

A nice lunch and dinner are the two most important things for me during weekend. During work days i eat very simple food and very repetitive because i don't have much choices at my workplace. Sometimes i eat until i don't feel like eating anymore. That's why... 

After that anything in between will be alright. The most common thing i will do in between this lunch and dinner time will most probably be movie. On average, i watched at least 1 movie per week and i never spent my weekend without watching a movie ever since i came here. I spent big part of my time (and money) shopping too. I bought many stuffs. Stuffs like shoes, wallet, pants, jeans, socks, t-shirt, watch and etc...

The rest of the time i spent visiting new places around Singapore. Esplanade Theater By The Bay being the most i liked. After dinner time there's always free show. Shows like music band performing, dances, some magic stuffs and other entertainment alike...

Esplanade Theater by The Bay

Although everything seems ordinary but so far i still find it rejuvenating for me. I mean after a long week of 6 full working days. It really does.