spirital musings, mundane rantings and far more baloney
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
I seriously can't get enough of Chester's music. Each time I'm on my computer, I would find myself on his Soundclick page listening to his streaming demos. Oh what inspiration! Last Sunday, I had the chance to watch him play for Victorian Days, a musical based in Singapore in the year 1890 that spoke of a young doctor who devoted his life to public service after a bereaving encounter of a singing girl. This beautiful piece was book-written by local veteran Stella Kon and the music was composed and arranged by Chester.
After the show, I cheekily asked Grace if she could make me like him in the next 5 years! Hah! If you love the sound of New-Age Instrumental piano, do dig some Chester man! According to this website, his 2nd album Piano Spa is available at That CD SHOP. I'm so going to buy it this weekend! Who's coming with me?
Oh and before I forget, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAZLYN! I did not forget!
Tim and I performed an unplugged session at Zouk alongside with Poetry Slam. The performance was crap, considering the fact that I could audibly hear my voice going so off in the presence of a class-sized audience! Ahhhhhh!
Singaporean Chester Tan writes beautiful melodies. And he reminds me of Kevin Kern - a renowned new-age pianist whose international acclaimed pieces include Sundial Dreams, Through The Arbour and Bittersweet.
In you, I conceal myself under your wings and embrace your comfort. It has to be that tangible warmth within your literally invisble love. Standing low, I find myself too exhausted to steal a second peek outside your coat. I pick myself up from rocky grounds. Slowly and surely, your hands carefully sweep off the sands on my blistering wounds. As I secretly shed a tear, you hold my hands and you whisper to my ears tenderly.
Have forgotten my past? Stained and ugly. And you affirm that the past matters no more. You smile at my swollen and beatened eyes and you kiss me on my cheek. I cringe immediately. It is that strange feeling I once felt before. More than mere physical contact. It has to be you.
I received an email about cancer prevention. Boy, how it freaks me out! If you're a health fanatic, here goes.
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells wi! ll! be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumour size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumour destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it need to multiply.
a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts.
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer fe! ed! s on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being starved. Milo, Ovaltine, Horlicks are made with milk and best avoided.
c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones, parasites, etc which are all harmful to people with cancer.
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits helps put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.
e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements (Maitake e.g.) are known to cause cancer cells apoptosis, that is, induce cancer cells to commit.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax, enjoy and trust God for healing.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
17. Cancer can be reversed with nutrition, supplements and clinically proven complementary and alternative therapies.
18. Cancer can be healed by divine intervention of God the Healer.
What the hell is Lair of Mistress Randomousity? Did I spell it correctly? Or was it Randomomiscuous? Like Promiscuous eh?
Trust me, it was pure madness talking to you. I've never said this to anyone before. At least not until tonight! You were literally like on an adrenaline high dominating half the conversation. And please, next time don't tell me that you're speaking to me whilst fixing your ass on the toilet bowl! Like what the hell! Oh, I'm afraid I won't be able to join you at Sentosa as much as I would love to. Thanks for the invitation anyway. Bikini girls no longer have an effect on me anymore. Not until .. ahem never mind.
Oh cheeky me! Muhahahah..
And I might catch your play at NAFA this sunday. The word is might. Will let you know again. Gee, you're making me all cracking up! It's all your fault! Till then, seeya!
My first piano lesson went better than expected! So I'm a tenor who stretches two octaves with a clean tone. I reckoned that was a compliment. Grace was absolutely beautiful and eloquent. And she bedazzles like magic when sings! I seriously can't wait for friday to see her and Tim. Oh, especially Tim!
I'll be performing a couple of unplugs with Tim next Tuesday, 27th June @ Zouk. So do come down to support TIM if you can. And Tanya, are you coming to watch us? Bring Amanda along if you're coming okay? Hah. And what's with castles and bikini tanning?! It's getting me flabbergasted!
Yesterday was past and I must mustmust embrace the future!
I've finally received my posting. And EVERYONE hates me because I've been posted to SAF-OETI as a AUTO-TECH! I'm still wondering what that means. So after some enquiry from the lao-jiaos (old birds), it seems to me that OETI involves mechanical repair and maintenance as well as logistics and detailing. Well, the word TECH seriously connotates a very UNGLAM standing but the best part of this job is that I need notstay in! In other words, I get to return home everyday and I get to have my own time! Comparing myself to the rest of my platoon dudes, I'm dazed to learn that many of my mates are posted to become Combat Engineers, which is a considerably tough vocation. Now you know why EVERYBODY hates me!
I'm so blessed! Thank you God!
After some serious thought, I came up with a list of things to do accomplish by the end of this year. Enough of my lazy bum and all that complacency! Let's kick some asses!
Firstly, I will be getting my driving license. Night classes, weekend classes, whatever it takes to earn me a license on the road. My parents have agreed to sponsor the fees. I want a Peugeot 206CC. Smirks!
Next, I will go take up some serious piano lessons. I must be able to compose on the piano by the end of this year.
Thirdly, my demo recordings must be ready. I've been procrastinating too much! And thankful for my involvment in the musical theatre society, it has gotten me to know really talented people like Ken, August and Federick. So 'technical support' should come in handy! And do take the time to check out Federick's compositions cus I thought they were pretty outstanding!
We had a cast party this evening. And it was just fabulous with Tim around. Ahem.
We just broke up. How long did we last - 9 months or 10? I can't really remember. We started off as sweet as honey and we ended the journey awkwardly bitter. Well, at least not as bitter as many of the previous. But it was bad enough to leave me speechless, cheerless, crestfallen, whatever. It seems to me that my other past experiences had not immuned me to this pain.
If this was all planned from the start, why do I still feel this way? Am I not getting what I want? Guess sometimes we don't know what we have, till we lose what we have got.
I finally came to realise why some of the songs by Westlife would captivate me so much. If you ever land yourself in a situation whichby a song could accurately illustrate your exact emotions, you'll probably understand what I meant. Radio love songs could instantly sound like the most fatuous and silly thing. Who know? There might come a day when you realise you could actually identify with some thing you once thought of as cheesy.
Editing videos on my computer is such a drag! Firstly, I can't install the latest version of Adobe Premiere cus my system does not run on duel-core processor. Sony Vegas bugs me to pay for an unavailable video codec. Ulead Videostudio however runs relatively smooth on my system, albeit some occasional lags.
To start with, my machine is built upon the following:
AMD Athlon 2600+ (overclocked to 2 Ghz)
1 GB RAM
Geforce 2 MX 400
Creative Live SoundBlaster 5.1
Can someone tell me if its that bad?
I bet a Mac with similar configurations will yield better results. Check out the 9th Division Infantry Roar which we performed during the Passing Out Parade last week! It may look really silly at first, but our united spirit surely deserved commending!
I had a rush to write a melody yesterday so I hopped over to Joyce's place (which is a bus stop away from where I live) to fiddle with her piano.
Will somebody please donate me one?
at an angle with slow flash
some old-school mantra that cost .. $1 (:
half-way written melancholic crap
joyce's room featuring joyce .. hah she recently had her wisdom tooth removed. Neat!
a horrendous girl's desk
playing with macro & aperture
hah testing the science of reflection
Afterwhich, I went home and attempted to tidy up my place. It's what you would call a minature spring cleaning.
And there I was clearing my chunks of junk when I came across several postcards which were tinted with colourful ink. I took a closer look and found this.
After that, I was contemplating if I should put these together into the recycle bin. I put them aside in the end.
The block leave is drawing to an end. The schedule will soon be sardine-packed with more strenuous and retarded physical training. Last night, the lot of us headed down to Ministry Of Sound to catch a breather. We won't have much air to breathe after this sunday anyway. And since then, I've only had 3 hours of sleep.
I'm almost dying of exhaustion but there's world cup later tonight and I'm catching it at Holland Village with the boys.
We'll be receiving our vocational posting this Friday and it has gotten us all worked up. Please don't make me a Riflemen!
Some highlights during the Passing Out Parade!
Anyway, I was pleasantly greeted by a letter this morning. MDC (aka SAF Music Drama Company) has written to say that I've been scheduled a 2nd audition this September.
However, the only criteria to join MDC is a PES-C status. Seems like there's something for me to work on eh? Smirks! I've been hearing stories of how straight guys become gay in MDC. It definitely has to do with the liberal and promiscuous culture, they say. I wonder if those rumours are true. Heh.
twenty-something. a child of God. aspiring singer songwriter. singaporean. extrovert. black eyes. daydreamer. right handed. guitarist. loves writing.
perpetually retarded. love comedies and ogling at pretty girls. perfectly heterosexual.
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