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Come Away With Me, 1:22 PM, Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Its been more then a week since I handle this year Annual Ball event for HMC (HELP Matriculation Centre). Their theme this year was,
Roses & Secrets
"Take My Hand; Dance With Me"
When I first heard the theme and walking by the hall way back in Main Block with their poster up on the walls it made me feel this year ball is gonna be hard to pull off. The theme is all about elegance and romance. And very ballroom vibe was added to it. Then a lot of things came to mind since I went and say I would take charge of photography since no one is doing anything. At that moment I was like SHIT! Natalie Law what did you get yourself into now! Lol. Ms Winnie took on my offer and I had to get a team together as soon as I can. I texted Keith first then Karmun then later Jeremy. Ashikin and Dila was in right away when I asked them at college. When Karmun back out due to some reason Louis offered his services if I can get him a DSLR for that night.
The search came to an end. Dila couldn't make it cause of her mom which I totally understand. Besides there's not much to worry. I got Keith, Ashikin, Jeremy and Louis in the team. 3 of us had flash gun+diffuser on our DSLR's. The lightnings at the ballroom during performances was shit bad. No joke. I had a really hard time to get good shots. All of us were so close to the stage yet it was hard for any of us to get good shots due to the horrible lights. I was stressed out on my part. Last year lighting for the stage was the bomb. It was bright and we can get good shots only it was hard for us to get up close. But this year totally opposite.
Only the group shots and portraits was nice. This year has more hot, pretty girls compare to last year. As their dress, hair and make-up was way better then last year. Simple and elegant. Not much hot guys tho as last year. Guys were more casual this year. Fedoras, jeans and jacket. Doesn't go with the theme the ball committee have set. The performances wasn't really suitable as well with the theme. It was all from a different culture. The bands were alright. The Best Couple and Mr HMC & Mrs HMC nominations wasn't as good as last year. Maybe because I don't know them at all. XD
But I had a great time even tho I was kinda stress out for not getting as many good shots as I would wanted. I work great under pressure someone once said. Go figure. Anyways. I did a lil something for my team here to thank them for their effort and time! I manage to edit and pick out 555 photos from all 5 of us. 5555 wei! Can go buy 4D. Lol. I did collages for you guys. Ashikin Yee, Jeremy Lim, Louis Yap and Keith See thank you so much for having my back that night. You guys did great and we all pulled it off at the end of it all. And for Dila and Karmun, though you guys didn't manage to make it you both are as much as in the team as anyone of us cause you offered your help when I asked for it.
Our tags *Thanks to Ash*
Thank you, you guys!!
To: Dila Ariff & Karmun Ng
*I notice that Karmun eyes are so captivating in this collage and Dila's pose is nice*
Come Away With Me, 11:59 AM, Saturday, November 21, 2009
Miracle in Disguise
There were signs but I ignored it. How could I be so blinded? How could my judgement be so blurred? How could I be so careless?
I screamed, "SHIT!" when he almost didn't manage to break and it would have hit the Gen 2 in front of us.
I screamed again, " WHAT THE FUCK! Bastard! Idiot! Shit!" when a Saga cut into our lane without signal right after a corner. That idiot fool.
Then with me saying, "Turn right!" *Bang*
Ken was on the wheel, I should have known better to know let him drive on unfamiliar road. I should have also told him way ahead where to turn and which lane to be on. Its because of me that the accident happen. We could have died. We could have killed or injured other innocent people as well who was there at the wrong time and who didn't manage to dodge us or my car would flipped and crash on to a motorcyclist or another car.
With me saying he should have turned right instead he panic and swirl the car to the right. With the rest of the car safely made the sudden turn my car left front wheel didn't. It hit the sharp high divider so hard we were on the divider for a few meters till the tyre burst and the rim couldn't handle the car weight it broke into pieces. I told him then to try to move the car forward and see if I was correct about the tyre being a total goner. Indeed, I was right. I was bad. I never seen anything like that before.
During the whole incident where at the moment when it crash the divider and went on it, in my head was only, "SHIT! Oh my GOD! The car is gonna flip!". I didn't see my life flash before my eyes. I didn't see the chances I gave up on or the risk I dare not take. I didn't see the bad I've done or the mistake I have made. I didn't see my love ones flash before my eyes either.
Things could have been so much worst if my thought came true and the car flipped. Ken would have been seriously injured or worst. I dare not think any more of what might happen if if it did. His life would have been on my hand and I would be scarred for life knowing if anything had happen to my lil brother life. He has so much potential and big dreams. I can't bare to think if I was responsible his all. If other people was involved even more I would blame myself and my hand would be forever stained and I would forever be hunted by this.
Maybe to some of you it is as bad as how me and Ken write it off as. But if you were at the midst of it all and were the one who was in the car then you would know. Don't even text or be on the phone while you drive. You might think your good with the car and have good skills and your in control. Don't think you drive a manual car or a sport car or a tough heavy car or any car for the fact that you can speed your way to another destination. Don't think about getting there in the shortest time or that your late so you have to speed. Specially do not ever speed while its pouring rain.
Don't tempt fate. Don't try your luck. Don't test your skills. Is it worthy it? Imagine if anything would have happen to you, how would your family and friends take it? My dad was worried sick about me and Ken. He was so worried that the cops would come and find trouble. He was worried that we were hurt. Our parents brought us to this world with so much love and care and we can leave the world in a road accident. Its just a bad way to leave. Keith, I hope your reading this cause I'm very worried about how you drive. And to all of you as well.
I don't wanna write much. Ken has the other parts covered in his blog. Its indeed a miracle in disguise with me and this car of mine. A white classic 240 SE Volvo.
The divider we hit on and went on it for a few meters.
Where the tyre burst and our rim broke
Come Away With Me, 9:49 PM, Thursday, November 19, 2009
I rest my case, you are always this late,
And you know how much I hate
waiting around 'round 'round,
Bitter heart, bitter heart tries to keep it all inside,
Bitter heart, bitter heart shadows will help you try to hide,
Bitter heart, my bitter heart is gettin' just a little fragile,
Bitter heart, bitter heart of mine.
Or do you know? You just haven't realize it yet maybe you never will, I'll make sure of it.
Come Away With Me, 9:58 PM, Tuesday, November 17, 2009
According to youI'm stupid, I'm useless, I can't do anything right.According to youI'm difficult, hard to please, forever changing my mind.According to youI'm boring, I'm moody, you can't take me any place.According to youI suck at telling jokes cause I always give it away.I'm the girl with the worst attention span; you're the one who puts up with it.
According to you how many times can one person be stood up before they fall hard on the floor finally realizing people just don't take me seriously as I do? I will let time be the judge of that but for now I'm gonna hold on and held my head high with my heart on my sleeve.
Come Away With Me, 7:31 PM, Tuesday, November 10, 2009
According To You
You know how the magic of radio works? I do, its when you accidentally stumble upon an amazing singer with a talented gift of playing the electric guitar and also have a great voice to go along with it. Full package right? So I introduce you now, Orianthi Panagaris. She's only 24 years old. Same age as my elder brother Marcus who is in New Zealand. Best part yet is that she's born on the 22th of January 1985!! I kinda get all excited when I know people in the entertainment world has the same name or born close to my birthday kinda thing. xD Orianthi was born in Adelaide, Australia, of half Greek descent. She is most commonly known as Michael Jackson's guitarist for his comeback tour, This Is It.
Orianthi was Michael Jackson's lead guitarist and was present on all rehearsals for his This Is It tour before his death. In regards to being handpicked by Jackson, she stated:
“I don’t know exactly why he picked me, but he watched my YouTube videos and loved them. He had his choice of guitar players, but I came in and played the ‘Beat It’ solo for him. Afterward he was so happy he got up and grabbed my arm and started walking up and down the stage area with me. He said, ‘Can you play once for me?’ He hired me that night. I wish he was still around. He made me believe in myself more, and I learned so much. Going into it, I thought it would be all about playing guitar solos. But the majority of it was playing chords and funky rhythms.”
At 24 years old, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She's opened for her hero (Steve Vai), backed an Idol (Carrie Underwood), traded solos with a legend (Carlos Santana) and shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson). What's left to conquer? The world stage, for one, and this guitar wunderkind has her sights clearly set on the road ahead.
After a performance with Carrie Underwood on stage at the 2009 Grammy Awards the blogosphere was buzzing with news of this little-known guitar prodigy. It prompted Michael Jackson to call with an offer for her to be his guitarist for his dates at the O2 Arena in London. When offered the gig in Michael Jackson’s live band, Orianthi joined a prestigious line of guitar players including Eddie Van Halen, Santana, Slash, Steve Stevens, Jennifer Batten and Larry Carlton. Sadly the tour was not to be and music lost an icon. “Working with Michael was a life-changing experience,” Orianthi reflects, “One I will never forget.”
Her story starts in Adelaide on the southern tip of Australia where, at the age of six, Orianthi began taking an interest in her dad's record collection. "Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Santana… he was into guitar players that are real songwriters," she boasts. Growing up in the 80s, a decade remembered for its many guitar greats, Orianthi also listened to a lot of Whitesnake, Van Halen and Def Leppard. Her father, who used to be a player in a Greek band, also kept plenty of instruments around the house, and it didn't take long before Orianthi strummed her first chord. Mastering the six-string came naturally.
"When I was 11, Carlos Santana came to play Adelaide and that show really affected me," she recounts. “I begged my dad to get me a second hand electric guitar so I could be like Carlos, and that was it, no more acoustic. After that, I would buy all of Carlos' videos — on VHS! — which I kept rewinding to try and learn his solos. I totally wore out the tapes."
Some seven years later when Carlos Santana passed through Adelaide again
Carlos' brother arranged a sound-check meeting between the guitar god and his young disciple after hearing some of her music. A sound check jam evolved into an invitation to join him on stage where Orianthi played for about 35 minutes and took a solo in front of a hometown crowd. Performances, tours and guest appearances with Steve Vai, ZZ Top and Prince have kept Orianthi busy up to this point.
But guitar is far from Orianthi’s only means of expression. Before she received the call from the King of Pop, Orianthi had already been hard at work on her upcoming album, Believe, on which she sings, writes and leads her own band. Working with Geffen Records Chairman and A&R veteran Ron Fair and producer Howard Benson (All American Rejects, Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace) her fierceness of character has made its way to songs that will simply knock the socks off of any boy in the rock star school yard.
Orianthi packs modern girl-power punch into every turn of phrase, but it’s the shredding that takes her brand of rock to an entirely new level. Songs like “Suffocated” and “Think Like A Man” are anthemic rock tracks recalling at time Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Paramore and even a less-music row more-sunset strip Taylor Swift. First single “According To You” is a catchy tale of an ungrateful boyfriend with a killer guitar solo. The result: a thunderous, hook and riff driven debut that sounds larger than life. If, for a moment, you’ve thought the music world could use another taste of The Runaways’ Joan Jett, let us introduce you to Orianthi.
For someone who has been compared to legendary guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai and has been endorsed by the latter and Carlos Santana, its really quite surprising how much of a pop record Believe actually is. After hearing all the hype surround this gorgeous 24-year old, I wasn't expecting such massive pop hooks that feature on this record, notably on tracks such as According to You, Believe and Drive Away. Indeed with song titles like those mentioned, Feels Like Home, Bad News and others, you might think that this is another pop album that likes any sort of substance. And in many ways it is.
But that doesn't mean they aren't fun pop songs. The girl has a pretty good voice as well, comparable to the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, the latter of which she played behind at the Grammys last year and was subsequently offered a place in her band. There's no doubting that with the right promotion, Orianthi and her four-piece backing band could have quite the success as a pop-rock act in the same feign as Avril Lavigne and Paramore.
But what sets Orianthi apart from those type of acts is obviously the guitar playing. Her work has earned his many awards over the years. Her first ever support gig was with Steve Vai at the age of just fifteen. Vai returns a favour with this record, providing his own guitar work on the instrumental piece Highly Strung, where the two axe-wielders go back and forth in what is an absolutely mammoth track, and honest to God Orianthi more than holds her own. She is an incredible guitarist. Whether its in the masterful solos of According to You, Bad News and others, or the soulful grooves of Drive Away, this woman sets the standard for female guitar players everywhere. Hell, her playing is better than the fast majority of male guitarists in rock and metal, and deserves to be appreciated by as many people as possible.
Like the pop singer that she is though, Orianthi plays it safe with a seemingly average backing band behind her, and songs about typical themes such as inconsiderate men, love, loss and forgiveness. God Only Knows is a powerful track written in the wake of Jacksons death that encourages us to move on despite never having the chance to say goodbye, and this uplifting mantra is reflected in her thunderous guitar work. And there are a fair few duds. Believe has a fairly decent pop hook but it lacks the stunning guitar work present through out the rest of the album, aside from a fairly short solo. If your guitar skills are your selling point, why wouldn't you utilize them at any given opportunity?
All in all though, its a tremendous album that uniquely combines big pop hooks with vicious guitar skills. I want to give a shout out to her drummer as well, who puts in some very impressive performances, namely on Whats It Gonna Be. Its also one of the best guitar tracks on the record, yet the accomplished drumming is still very noticeable and is really the driving force behind the track. This is a must-have for any guitar enthusiast, particularly those who like their guitarists stunningly beautiful and Greek.