Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Zee Avi's Charity Concert

Thanks for the songs Daron. Now I can enjoy Kantoi! :)

This post is a sequel to the last entry.

We heard the news from 107fm that Zee Avi was in town and will be doing a charity concert very close to where we work --Thong Lor 10. Yet we worried since time was so close and we don't have any tickets, how can we go and support her? Well, thank goodness we were avid 107fm listeners and we love Melissa & Mark for cheering us up on the way to school every morning. We got to know that all we needed to do was to bring 3 toys to the charity concert in exchange for a ticket to win one of her 300 giveaway Cds.
Zico, Hobbit and I arrived at the venue only to find that it was an open air, sort of like a big open hall place and it was packed with people and boots selling fancy brand new + 2nd hand stuff! I like! We were on time to be able to watch Zee Avi singing live with her band. She's petite and cute with her "bee hive" hair hehe! Half way through I managed to sneak out of the audience's zone and went window shopping. Window shopping I say yet it led me to buy 2 second hand branded clothes for 100B each and a handmade sling bag.
Zee Avi sang for about an hour and I can say it was quite a laid back, relaxing concert. Her live voice was as good as her recordings or even better! The weather changed and so we decided to leave. Overall it was a pleasant event for a good cause topped up with such great singers! Oh, we saw our two favorite Djs Melissa and Mark too! :)

I'll update this post with pictures as soon as I get home. Right now I just had breakfast and am full like a pig! I need to get back to my evening light exercise instead of weight loss pill!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Zee Avi in Arte Weekend Bangkok

picture courtesy of arteweekend.com

For those of you who have not heard of Zee Avi before, please do read her bio below and listen to her because she is one great singer that we Malaysian should be proud of.

If you live around Bangkok, do attend her music concert this Sunday, September 27,2009 at 6:00pm-9:00pm at Arte' Weekend, Thonglor Soi 10. She is doing fund raising charity.

Okay, so here mounts her bio copied and pasted from her official website.

Zee Avi is just 23 but she's an old soul. A huge talent in a petite frame bringing a universal message from the unlikely birthplace of Borneo, an ancient island east of Malaysia which remains an untouched, natural paradise, an apt description of her songs.

How Avi came to record her debut album in L.A., the first joint release from Ian Montone's Monotone Label and Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records, is a true 21st century tale of the way the Internet has transformed the music business and shrunk the globe in the process.

Born in the tiny town of Miri in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Zee grew up near the South China Sea in a liberal, encouraging household where her father owned an energy consultancy. "I was bred to be a lawyer," she says, but music was in her blood. Her father's father sang and played double-bass, accordion, violin and guitar in bands.

At age 12, Zee moved from Borneo to Kuala Lumpur where she has been based since. At 17, Zee started locking herself in a room for hours on end to learn to play guitar. Guitar took a back seat for 4 years while she was studying fashion design in London. When she returned to Kuala Lumpur, she picked the instrument back up and began writing songs and performing with a band.

Zee began recording her songs on a webcam and posting them on YouTube for a friend to hear. "I remember getting so excited when there was one new comment from some random person I didn't know... One read 'I'm lost for words - I shall favorite it and ponder if that's OK,' " which was written by Kris Rowley, a U.K. singer-songwriter with a YouTube following under the name Zzzzzzzzap. He began posting her videos on his site, which began a viral snowball effect.

The day before her 22nd birthday, Zee posted what she intended to be "my last video," a holiday song, "No Christmas for Me." By the time she checked her e-mail Avi had almost 3,000 messages including a slew of label offers. One email came from Ian Montone, who had been shown the YouTube clip by Raconteurs' drummer, Patrick Keeler, prompting Montone to get in touch and offer to release her music on the Monotone Label.

Before she knew it Zee was on a plane to L.A. to record her debut with producer Robert Carranza at Brushfire's Solar Powered Plastic Plant. "No Christmas for Me" was then featured on the holiday charity album, This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday, Vol. 1.

With an eclectic pool of influences that range from such eccentrics as Cat Power, Regina Spektor, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Daniel Johnston and Chris Garneau, to jazz greats Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, to classics like Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin, this self-described "rock lover at heart" captures the dark, bittersweet qualities of romance with a crack left open for hope and optimism.

From the sensuous scat singing on "Honey Bee" to the sultry break-up song, "Is This the End," recalling the existential longing of Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is," Zee is hopeful of finding love, but equally aware of lurking heartache.

The songs on Zee Avi's debut are about an outsider's desire to belong and the tentative hope of moving on, filled with regret and loss, but boasting an impish, worldly wise sensibility. "I tend to be a loner," she nods. " 'Honey Bee' is about a romance between two nonconformists who are different from the rest of the hive, and are trying to avoid the pressure to be like everybody else."

"Just You and Me," the first song she wrote on ukulele, has a '20s New Orleans swing jazz vibe.

"I get my melodic feel from the simplicity of classic jazz, people singing what they felt with straightforward lyrics and not too many harmonies," Zee says. "Just a lot of honesty. I'm a girl of simple pleasures.

The elemental acoustic guitar of "Story of..." is enhanced with an Eno-like ambience that add to its shimmering quality, while "Poppy" is autobiographical "with a little bit of poetic license" that looks back at the demise of a two-year relationship.

"My stuff is pretty dark," Zee admits. "Most of my songs are about the reality side of romance, outlets to vent my emotions."

While her live experience amounts to playing gigs in Kuala Lumpur, Zee appeared this January on From the Basement, the U.K. TV webcast/broadcast that has featured Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Damien Rice, the White Stripes and the Shins. From the Basement will also air on the U.S.'s IFC Channel.

From Malaysia to Los Angeles, Zee Avi is enjoying the ride and ready to take on passengers. "I'm still pinching myself" she gushes. "My parents always told me it's important to keep yourself grounded. I'm thankful, but at the same time, I just want to jump through the roof. It's been a pretty amazing journey, getting to work with some really wonderful people, a blessing, really."

Zee Avi's Monotone/Brushfire Records debut returns that blessing...and then some.

Monotone Records is owned by Ian Montone, whose Monotone, Inc. manages the White Stripes, M.I.A., The Shins, Vampire Weekend, the Raconteurs, Against Me!, Cold War Kids, Crookers, among others.

Brushfire Records is owned by Jack Johnson and his manager Emmett Malloy and is home to artists like Rogue Wave, Matt Costa, Neil Halstead, Money Mark, G. Love, Mason Jennings, ALO and Zach Gill.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Goodnight PJ

After another session of what we call a fat burner pills, another fun sewing Nok and I had two weekends ago. It was fun having someone to sew with at home.
This lady pj you see was made from a fabric that I actually bought but found out almost immediately that I don't like it. That was why when Nok came, I decided to let her make whatever she wanted out of the fabric.
She sewed the whole thing except for one side of the sleeve which I had a part when she had to take a break! :) So, we're taking orders! Haha kidding...:)

Friday, September 11, 2009

My 09-09-09

Thank God I live to witness such a good number on the calendar. Being in Thailand for the past 10 years, number 9 has always been a significant number all around. No doubt it is considered a very good if not a lucky number to the Thais.

To does of you foreigners in Thailand, do 99B, 199B or 299B sound familiar? Yeah, things we buy here are usually priced at these amount because number 9 in Thai is "gao" which sounds similar to a word that means "to move forward." Since this is an auspicious day for the Thais, the general public here had been trying to achieve several things on this day.

From what I heard from 107FM, several people had been planning big on this lucky day. Tata Young has chosen this day to release her latest album, pregnant women in the hospital are trying to deliver their babies on this day, a Thai horror movie is also scheduled to be released today, and many couples waited to this day to tie the knot. It is also an auspicious day to start new things and new businesses.

Apart from all the above's plans, number 9 has also been a target for those who gamble. Some Thais rather spend a lot of money to get lottery tickets and also get their plates number with the number 9.

On the other hand, most institutions such as schools, government and private work place took this auspicious opportunity to pay tribute to the king. Almost everyone across the kingdom gathered at their workplace, schools, home etc. exactly at 9:09am to sing the royal anthem and other related songs to honor the king of Thailand. I had my share of witnessing such event in school. Here are some pictures taken from where I was standing during the elementary assembly. I was forced to use my phone camera to capture all these shots! I wonder what will my 10 10 10 brings next year! :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Weekend 05-06

More weekends please...

This weekend was good. Last week had been a hell of a week because it was the first week of the month. All my tutoring kicked in and I found it very very tiring. Nevertheless, I just have to get use to a hectic timing again like every school days last year. Good bye to summer no tutoring session. Thing is, I just need to find time to chip in time for my hobbies. By the time I get home, it will be late evening and my body is already no good for all the fun stuff I like to do although I do force myself to try and divert school stuff by doing exciting things after work.

Hey, the gang and I visited cake buffet again at Bongiarno! I like! :)

Yesterday evening, I continued on my sewing project. This time I made this...
Mini Bible Bag
inspired by Rachel
So amateur I know. I had some fabrics that I bought and were waiting to be used. So I took this chance to use each of them a bit. It took me a whole day to complete this bag. Partly because I did trial and error with the free motion sewing and failed many times that I threw the idea out of the window and did what is wise. So far, I am learning to understand the inside-out concept of sewing bags and several techniques for quilting But... quilting is a big word for me! I need some proper lesson and a kind teacher to sit with me while I tap on the foot control. I wish I am as good as my best buddy Nok. She improvises on things and is really good even without a basic! I need more time and more time and perhaps moola to be able to go for a basic sewing class! Looking for some software development! Eeeh!

You Think You Need But You Don't

I was cleaning up on one of my drawers today and there I got acquainted with many things that I once thought I needed but until this day haven't put them into use and I think some of the stuff will never be used by me! For example, a Bluetooth headset! I bought it thinking that I might be connecting it to my cell phone but nahh...never found the chance to!

It made me think amidst my cleaning of how many times do we buy things we think we need while not realizing it is actually wants? I know it is not easy especially when you're surrounded by a city (Bangkok for goodness sake!) that caters cheap and affordable stuff but there are several principles that might help us down the road...Think deep before you buy. People say don't spend more than you can afford...Spend less than you make... Live beneath your means...Well, we just have to learn and remind ourselves this. Doesn't matter if we earn a million dollar a year, if we don't learn to spend less than what we earn, we'll never be money rich.

So...as I continued my cleaning, I thought ah! Why not advertise and sell? At least I could get half the price I paid for initially! :)
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