Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco

This is such an interesting album! Honestly, this album has such a strong personality presence and confidence. The album reflects what feels like what must have been an amazing creative process. There are a number of delightfully surprises in the album itself, which I think only makes the mix of songs very exciting. At the center of it all, there is passion and real talent in this album.

My favourite tracks are Victorious (Track 1 - what an awesome start of the album!), Don't threaten me with a good time (Track 2), Crazy=Genius (Track 6 - Oh my God, a big band number!), LA Devotee (Track 7), The good, the bad and the dirty (Track 9) and House of memories (Track 10). Very special shout out goes to that amazing ballad Impossible year (Track 11). That voice when that song came out blew me away! You would expect that an alternative pop singer would have just that range of voice, right? But here comes vocal range like no other that completely shows off the power of this band. Whoa!

Despite the turmoil that this band is rumoured to be going through, I really like how this album has come out. I really hope that the band sorts itself out, because like I have mentioned, there is real talent here (this album shows it!) and I really look forward to what else they have to share with the music world.

Blue Wonderful by Elton John

I absolutely adore this new single from Sir Elton John. It is light, bright and absolutely radiating with hope. And maybe it is just the frame of mind that I find myself in lately, but I am partial towards these kind of dreamy numbers these days. This song resonates with me so well, that I am constantly humming this tune.

If this is just a taste to come for Elton's upcoming Wonderful Crazy Night album, I'd say that this legend still has it, and I am full of anticipation of this fabulous work!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Baby sawi emerging from kitchen cutting

I hope you believe me when I tell you that this really is as brainlessly easy as it looks. Just put the stump in a shallow dish of water and walk away.

Now imagine if you did this everything you cut sawi. Or cabbage. Or chinese cabbage. Or celery. Or honestly, any kind of vegetable with this kind of bottom. Now imagine if everyone did this.

That is exactly the kind of world that I want to create and live in.

It is almost about time to stick this into the ground and let it grow into an adult sawi. If nothing else appeals to you about this kitchen waste-eliminating move, then think about harvesting your own sawi. Free sawi, yo! And now stick that free sawi in a dish of water. Voila! Another free sawi! This goes on for like evah.

Monday, January 04, 2016

The Bluffer's Guide to Rock - By Eamonn Forde

So over hipster coffee sometime circa the new year, we sat down to Bluffer's Guide to Rock. Yes, I am a fan on books. No, I am not a fan of eBooks. I don't know, most of them feels too much like just reading off a webpage, you know what I mean? All those endless scrolling. Meh. I am happy to report, however, that the Bluffer's platform is actually pretty realistic to the simple yet essential experience of flipping pages. And that is pretty cool. Particular given our hipster cafe experience. Yes, we were suitably hip for the venue.

Oh, but the real joy came from reading the guide itself. So what the book essential sets out to do is turn the reader into an "overnight" expert in the subject of the book, and in this case, rock. The music, not the earthly mineral LOL. My guest co-reviewer is CK who is a rock music enthusiast and I am happy to report that the rock and roll legends mentioned in the book has earned this man's approval. I particularly found the more quirky trivias interesting. Stuff that make certain rock legends stand out from the rest. The good, the bad, but most frequently the ugly. Which is juiciests, really in our opinion.

The coolest thing about the experience is that for the next few days, we found ourselves streaming songs that we found in the book so we could listen to them with much greater appreciation. Like the Ramones. We streamed the Ramones' 1976 album almost right away. Of course, it was not the first time we are hearing their songs, but we have not heard it since like literally forever and the book had made us realise how some of their quirks (like how "most of their songs are under two minutes long and are like comic books and B-movies set to guitars that sound like confused punk wasp"). Oh yes, it really does!

We like the writing style of the writer, particularly how he lets his personality be his style in the book. It is like being in a fun and lively discussion with friends. Almost banter-ish. I guess that is great as it helps the overnight rock expert wannabe also have an opinion about different aspects of rock. CK reserves though, that the writer has underplayed U2's contribution to the genre. Well, I guess that is what books like this are exactly for. To have an opinion.

Bluffer's has over 80 titles of these kind of guide books and they make really great gifts. If you'd like to see their other titles or buy the books, just click over here. There is a 3 for 2 boxset giftset available which is a really good deal.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Colouring Johanna Basford's Secret Garden Book

And that is exactly what I have been doing. Yes, in my fort. And no, you can't come in.

This is one of my earliest conquest.

Johanna Basford's colouring books are awesome and a bit on the expensive side, but as I happily discovered (because it means I really got my money's worth), for good reason. The drawings are amazingly detailed and the paper quality is exceptional. I know this because I decided to semi soak a page in water to try to get a colour pencil water effect. It did not really achieve the effect I wanted (because i did not use one of those soluble colour pencils meant for this, duh), but I happy to report that it did make for a funky background to the picture and the water did not ruin the picture of the back of the page.

I've even put a magic marker to the pages and it did not seep onto the other side :)

My family members have come onboard the colouring book trend (they all have their own forts) and we have a sorta colouring competition league going on now. It take me days and days to complete one of those mandala-esque pictures but I love how colours totally changes the entire drawing completely.