Lapse

Just put something down dammit. Stop erasing and rewriting your words. I’ve been telling myself that for the past 20 minutes. You don’t accomplish anything by doing nothing. Just start, don’t stop, let it flow.

I’ve never traveled so much before in my life. When I signed up for this job, I had no idea there was going to be so much traveling involved. First it was local, then interstate, then to Indonesia, the US, and now, Thailand. Next week, I’ll be in the UK and the following month I’ll be in Indonesia again.

Currency. Why do we need different currencies? Why can’t life be a video game. Let’s just all use gold coins. Or ringgit notes (kek). Until now, I haven’t gotten used to counting money in Indonesian Rupiahs. Why do they have so many zeroes? I think they can truncate three zeroes and their currency would still function properly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything cost 1 IDR.

I finally took the plunge and invested in a proper luggage bag. Wow, what a difference it makes. Now, I just throw all my shit I want to bring into the bag. I don’t have to compromise on my items anymore. Also, it’s so much fun pushing my bag compared to getting straps digging into my shoulders. I guess I should have invested in one a long time ago.

After all these years, I think I can fully use my whole passport. I think now I’ll be able to renew it because I ran out of pages – not because it expired.

I wonder what Snuggles thinks of when I’ve been away for so long. What goes through her mind? I hope she doesn’t get upset. That would be terrible. I’d rather she forget that I existed instead of being sad and waiting for me to return.

Sometimes I wish I could be in two places at once.

The other day I dreamt that my elder sister and my friends organized a birthday party for me – on her own birthday. Confusing right? What’s worse is that I forgot it was her birthday and she was upset about it. In my dream, I was telling everybody thanks for coming to my birthday party. I woke up feeling guilty and confused. Why would you organize someone else’s birthday party on your own birthday?!!

My next gig will be number 100. I hope I get to do something before the end of the year!

How to pay for rap music (you don’t want)

Just another day – or so I thought. I stepped out of the cold, dark Abercrombie and Fitch flagship store into the bright, hot sidewalk on 5th avenue. I looked around for some shade to stand under – nothing in sight on this side of the street and I wasn’t going to bother crossing the road just to smoke a cigarette. So I leaned against the glass and lit up a stick. Under the blazing sun, I smoked my cigarette and observed people walking by, going about their daily lives.

I was about to finish my death stick when all of a sudden I saw a CD in a clear plastic sleeve thrust in front of my face, accompanied by an announcement from a stranger, “hey man, this is my CD, check out my music, I’m giving it to you for free.”
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Gig #99: BIG open mic ft. Tim Lim

I’m performing tonight in a few hours – come hang out at the coolest bar in KL for some drinks and great live music! <3

BIG open mic ft. Tim Lim | Event Page
30 June, 2016 (today) at 9:30 PM – midnight
Barlai (The BIG Group)
3, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Barlai (The BIG Group) runs the BIG open mic every Thursday! Sign up by posting below or emailing me at shaneil.devaser@me.com #bignightout 😉

9.30pm Shaneil Devaser
9.45pm Grace Pang
10.00pm George Wong
10.15pm Rashid Mohd. Nor
10.30pm Aishah Badri
10.45pm Sia Nicholas
11.00pm Timothy Lim

#OpenMicMY

Someone that understands and sees through the master plan

So I saw this article shared on Facebook the other day (despite it being over 3 years old) – a report about adults being chastised for being ‘adultescents’ – 25 to 40-year-old people who don’t have the typical ‘get married, start a family, buy a home’ mindset.

Not too long ago, somebody told me that “I’ll want kids” – he made it sound like it was a crime or abnormal to think otherwise.

Every Chinese new year (or family gathering with relatives I don’t see very often) the same questions pop up. Even your cousin is married, when is your turn?

Normally I don’t care about such ignorant/blanket statements (people can say whatever they want), but for some reason I felt compelled to respond to them today.
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Gig #98: Coffee + Chords #9

Short update to share about my gig tomorrow – come hang out, drink coffee and enjoy great music!

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Coffee + Chords #9 | Event Page
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
2.30 PM – 8 PM
Grind 22
No. 22, Lorong Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We’re back at the very awesome Grind 22! This week’s showcase revolves around:

Shaneil Devaser of The Endleaves
Brendan de Cruz
Hilmy Amim
Sia Nicholas
Fikri Hisham
Razak A’ai
Armand Tanzarian
2storeyheart
Amr Mohsen
The Propositions featuring Ian Tai

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Tales from Tangerang

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 weeks since I left KL for the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Jakarta. Tomorrow is the last day of the sale before we start the whole tear down – something we all dread since it’s not exactly fun. But hey, overall, it’s been a great trip.

Firstly, the sale isn’t even in Jakarta. It’s actually in a city called Tangerang, 25 kilometers away from Jakarta. Something I only discovered after landing. Not that it really mattered – people from all over Indonesia attended the sale anyway. Also, BBW Tangerang doesn’t really roll off the tongue.

Tangerang is a pretty nice city. It’s not too different from KL, so I didn’t really feel homesick (not that I feel homesick often anyway). However I do miss people and Snuggles, so I’m looking forward to going back home.

I’ve come to appreciate the efficiency of Malaysian cashiers. They are really miles ahead when it comes to efficiency. I’ve never waited so long for a McDonald’s meal before.

Counting in Rupiah is challenging. Maybe I’m just mentally challenged but shit, the number of zeroes they have to deal with. Why not just remove three zeroes since the lowest denomination they have is 1000 anyway? I have no idea. But stuff here is generally cheaper than back home. And even the pop up restaurants outside the event didn’t cost an arm and a leg for a drink.

My command of Malay is terrible – and despite Indonesian being pretty similar, there are quite a number of words which don’t carry over. I definitely had trouble communicating sometimes. Fortunately I have Google Translate to help. Download your dictionaries for offline use – it seriously helps.

The sale has been tiring. On the plus side, I feel like I can lift heavier shit. No idea if I’ve been this strong all along or I’ve gradually gotten stronger over the past few months. I’m also better at using a pallet jack than I was a few months ago. Nicked myself with a cutter earlier today – only injury I’ve had so far. Saw this one dude with a hugeassmotherfucking water blister on his toe. They call it ‘kapalan’ over here. Something to do with a ship because there’s water inside the blister.

I also learnt some important words – the Indonesian word for masturbate is apparently a word that sounds like ‘cholly’.

Also discovered a new band which I’m digging a lot – The 1975 (thanks Pam! btw do check out her paper craft, it’s insane) here’s one of my favorite tracks from them:

They remind me of California Wives. Good shit.

Other than them, Cigarettes After Sex and Lil Dicky has been my playlist for the trip.

I saw a man wash his hands with the water from a urinal. I’m not sure if that’s better than the plethora of dudes who don’t wash their hands at all.

Also, eating food that’s 12+ hours old can give you a tummy ache.

I made plenty of new friends and even managed to meet some old ones.

It’s been a good trip. See you again, you crazy, crazy book hungry people.

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Hurry go on ahead, good things won’t let you wait.

Diary-like post? Diary-like post.

I dreamed about work again. Funny. Can’t recall what exactly happened, but I know it had something to do with working at the Big Bad Wolf Sale.

This week has been good to me. While the past 3 weeks have been spent working everyday, this week I actually managed find time to perform at two gigs. I also got to hang out with my friends for dinner and desserts – something I haven’t done in a while.

Also caught up to the second last episode of Better Call Saul for this season – looking forward to the finale next week. I’m sad that it’s going to be the last episode until the following year, but also kinda happy it’s over since I’ll be away for the next few weeks so Milin and I won’t be tortured waiting for me to get back to watch it together.

Na’Vi actually made it to the Starladder Invitational grand final which will take place later tonight. I’m glad they’ve managed to find their form. Will be rooting for them! R.I.P. OG for the early exit. Hopefully they stick together and improve.

I went shopping for some socks earlier today. Man, those things are expensive – or I’ve been shopping at the wrong places. RM11 for a pair of plain white ankle socks, did they always cost that much?

Used Uber to get around today because I didn’t want to deal with Mid Valley parking. Encountered two nice gentlemen who were newbies. One of them even forgot to start the trip until halfway which resulted in a cheaper ride for me (kek). Didn’t get any threatening looks from taxi drivers.

Also got my passport photo done. Those things sure aren’t cheap. Fortunately I don’t have to get them made too often. I think.

I’m sitting at Doiffee, drinking coffee, vaping and typing this nonsense out. Gonna just chill out and not do much this week. I think I deserve it.

Next week will be the first time I set foot in Indonesia. Will be there for work. Should be interesting. Also, it’s been a while since I’ve left the country. I’m gonna miss my family. And Snuggles. But I’ll probably be too busy to miss them too much. Any recommendations for what I should/could do there during any down time?

I’ll probably write. And play games on my tablet or laptop. If I’m not too tired.

Anyway, until then, sampai ketemu lagi!

Gig #97: Barlai Open Mic #23

Managed to make myself free tonight, so I’ll be playing at the Barlai Open Mic. Feel free to drop by if you’re up for some drinks and good music!

Barlai Open Mic #23 | Event Page

Today at 8 PM
Barlai (The BIG Group) 3, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Barlai open mic is a brand spankin’ new biweekly open mic night which happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Sign up by dropping us a message on the wall below or emailing us at shaneil.devaser@me.com

#1 Armand Tanzarian
#2 George Wong
#3 Sounds of Kites
#4 Ahmad Aiman
#5 Sia Nicholas
#6 Tim Lim
#7 Alien Lipstick Fire
#8 Tan Soon Tiong
#9 Shaneil Devaser

Gig #96: Coffee + Chords #8

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Apologies for the lack of updates – caught up in work, I really am. Managed to catch a break today and so I decided to post something here. Anyway, I’ll be playing a show this weekend (my first gig in a long time), so do come hang out if you’re up for some coffee and music.

Coffee + Chords #8 | Event Page
Saturday, April 16th, 2015
3 PM – 8 PM
Grind 22
No. 22, Lorong Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Featuring
Kim Lim / Brendan De Cruz / Dani / Sounds of Kites / George Wong / Nicholas Sia / Armand Tanzarian / Hilmy Amim / Endee Ahmad / Ian Tai

I’ll be in Jakarta for work the following week – will try to update if I find the time! In the meantime, check out Seng Yip’s new blog to read his awesome writings.