Finishing Friday

I’ve spent the better part of the day typing away in front of my laptop today. In case you’re wondering why, it’s because I haven’t been updating my blog for the past week due to me being busy with life. I’ve got 2 coffees and 3 beers in my system, there’s a Na’vi vs Mineski match going on right now (let’s go Na’Vi!) that I’m not watching, and I’m still typing away.

Last week, I found it quite difficult to keep up my writing, but today I seem to be on a roll. I guess like everything else in life, you just need to open the floodgates to get started. After all, it takes less energy to keep an object in motion than it is to initiate the movement. This, my friends, is momentum at work.

I don’t know why I’m writing all this nonsense. I guess it’s just good to see words from my mind formed on a page. Also, if I go along with Nanowrimo this year, I need to turn it into a habit.

Yesterday I played a miserable set. In addition to being unprepared (I’m still rusty as a nail…on the Titanic?), all my songs were downers. I mean, I guess I don’t have any particularly happy tunes in my repertoire, but even I bummed myself out playing those songs. I guess I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll never write a happy song without sounding too cheesy.

It’s important to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone, but I’ve also heard advice from the other end of the spectrum – keep doing what you like or are good at, and you’ll eventually find your audience. Now I don’t claim to be good at writing sad songs, but it’s just something I do naturally.

Is there a point I’m supposed to be getting at, it’s lost on me. It’s just a typical Friday night where I sit and drink coffee and write. Nothing out of the ordinary.

I guess I’ll just head home and give my dog a bath.

Maybe I’ve run out of words for tonight, the train has stopped.

Also, in case you didn’t know: the difference between that and which. Something I learned today.

See you next week, curious readers!

(dis)connected

Despite us being so connected in today’s world, sometimes it also feels like we’re so disconnected from each other. I recently found myself knowing so much about someone when in reality I knew nothing. I came to this conclusion after hearing some recent news about somebody’s plight. Based on that person’s social media, I didn’t think anything was wrong with that person. In my head, everything was fine and dandy. Sure, I haven’t been the best of friends and never bothered to find out how that person was doing on my own – I made the assumption based on the posts I read on their social media accounts.

How wrong I was.

I guess even though it’s so easy for you to update everybody around you about what’s going on with your life, you only share things worth sharing (though there are some people who behave otherwise).

At least that’s how I use my social media accounts. I share things that I think people will enjoy checking out. I don’t really share negative things, so somebody who isn’t close to me but relies on my social media accounts for updates on how I’m doing might think I’m doing fine, since I’m not complaining online. I mean, I could or could not be fine, nobody really knows. After all, I could be depressed and sharing uplifting stuff at the same time. What you see online isn’t indicative of what’s going on in my life – it’s what I choose to let you see.

Anyway, this leads people to think that a lot of people are living better lives than they really do. Probably that’s why you see a lot of happy couples and mushy photographs/status updates, and you rarely see posts about the opposite.

On the flip-side, don’t rely on social media if you need help. Reach out to your close friends or family if you’re feeling down. A status update can be easily missed or ignored by people who have too many things going on in their timelines. Better to get help sooner than later.

Do Nothing

“$100,000 for doing nothing. Sign me up!” I thought to myself as I hit submit on the form after giving them my name, email address and phone number. That seemed like the perfect thing for an out-of-work person like me (or as some people say ‘in between jobs’. I then returned to my routine of browsing funny pictures of dogs and cats on Reddit.

It was less than a minute when I received an email address from the company, aptly named Company X, about this curious job. You will be receiving a phone call from us within the next few days confirming your application. “Sweet!”

A few days had passed since I signed up for the ‘do-nothing’ job, and I was doing my usual internet browsing at a cafe near home. I had already written off the dream job I signed up for (they must have had a shitload of applicants) and was just going through some job sites looking for work that tickled my fancy.

Most of them were boring, uninteresting jobs that paid terrible. There were a few high paying jobs that caught my eye (alien hunter and stray cat rescuer) but I had second thoughts about applying for them. Mom didn’t like me risking my life for money, and the reason I needed work was to take care of her anyway. No point risking my life for high-paying jobs if I couldn’t finish them to give her any money.

I was about to pack up my laptop and head for dinner when I received a call from an unknown number.

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Keeping myself busy

If there’s one thing I think I’m great at doing – it’s keeping myself busy. I don’t remember the last time where I sat alone in my room pondering my existence and wondering what I should do next. I know when I told people I was going to resign without a job lined up, I was told many times that I’d be bored as fuck and that I’d be longing to work again. So far, that hasn’t yet. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a chance to properly relax for the longest time and now I’m finally getting to do it. Or maybe it’s because I haven’t been jobless for long enough.

Whatever the reason is, it doesn’t really matter, I’m not bored at all. I’ve been spending my time catching up with friends, watching movies and shows, performing at gigs and playing games (Cuphead rules). Next month, I’m going to attempt Nanowrimo again, so that should take up my whole month. I’ve got some ideas for my next novel but haven’t settled on one yet. Also, my last novel remains unedited, but it’s okay, it doesn’t need to be read by the public haha.

I’ve got some song ideas that I want to work on and I want to head to the studio to record my second EP. I’ve also got a gig standing in as a bassist for the Propositions next month, so I’ve got plenty of things to do (in addition to writing for this blog). I also have Inktober to catch up on, which I’ll do this weekend. Also, I want to start my first game which I’ve put on the back burner for the longest time.

I’ve been keeping myself busy.

Are you listening?

While going through my blog history to see which bands I’ve yet to cover, I was surprised to find that Emery was one of them. I discovered them back in college when a friend let me listen to a song called ‘Walls’. Their defining song, and still one of their best songs to date (you cannot not head bang to that sick intro and bridge!).


Emery – Walls

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Gig #110: Karnival Open Mic Malaysia

Played two sets earlier this week that I didn’t have time to share about on my blog – PLOY’s Monday open mic night and KL Journal Open Mic last week, which makes my next scheduled appearance number 110.

Karnival Open Mic Malaysia | Event Page
Venue: La Frontera @ Jaya One
Date: 28/10/17-29/10/17

It’s going to be a two day long event with 42 acts – sign ups are still open if anybody is interested, just get in touch with them if you’re interested in playing.

I’ll be playing on the first day (28th October) some time in between 1-4pm. Drop by for some music and beer <3

Gig #107

Whoa, I just realized it’s been over three months since I played my last show. Anyway, gonna dust off my guitar for tonight at I Don’t Know bar’s open mic. It’ll be my first time playing at the venue and one of the few times I’m performing in Bangsar. Brand new crowd, should be fun! Come drop by if you’ve got nothing planned.

IDK Bar Open Mic #2 | Event Page
Venue: I Don’t Know Bar KL | Location
4, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Time: 8-11 pm

The IDK Bar Open Mic happens every 2nd & 4th Friday! #openmicmy

#1 Shaneil Devaser
#2 Ian Tai?
#3 Jenssen Kuek
#4 George Wong
#5
#6
#7
#8

Sign up by emailing us@openmicmalaysia.org 😀 #idontknowkl

JOM!

#jointherevolution

For more info on our other events, visit: http://openmicmalaysia.org/

See you guys tonight!

Technocuriosity

Remember those days when people were impressed when somebody pulled out a smartphone? Everyone would crowd around that person asking them for a demo of what could be done with the device or how much it cost them. These days, you get the same reaction when people pull out their ‘dumbphones’ – and instead of asking them how much it costs, we get questions like ‘why are you still using that phone?’

Consumer tech has come a long way over the past decade or so – smartphones and tablets are devices that can be found in pretty much every home now. And while it took the older generation of people some time to get used to it, kids and millennials have no issues picking up and learning how to use new devices. I was wondering about this to myself – is there a reason why younger folks have an easier time picking up technology?

I’m not young, and there are plenty of older people out there who are well versed in technology – so it’s not an age thing. It wasn’t until I listened to a podcast earlier today where the topic came up and the guest said something that made sense: people learn better when they are curious.

Think about your time back in school – for all those subjects that you did the best in, were you keen on the subjects and/or did you have fun teachers? I know I did. Young people and children haven’t experienced much of what life has to offer. They are impressionable sponges, and since they know nothing, they tend to be curious about everything and absorb all that they are exposed to. When it comes to learning how to use a new device or app, it’s almost second nature to them. And the fact that user interface design has become more natural and intuitive over the years helps with this.

When you’ve been alive for so long and seen everything the world has to offer, you’re not impressed by many things. You’re set in your ways and you’re not keen on wasting time relearning basic tasks such as using your phone. This is probably why most of the older generation aren’t very tech-savvy.

As a young boy, I was in love with computers. I wanted to know how they worked – I even ruined my PC many times in the process. And it wasn’t just hardware, I enjoyed tinkering with software as well. Whenever I launch a new program, I try to click every available button onscreen just to see what happens. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? Nothing. The best? You figure out how it works or some new functions you didn’t know existed.

One of my favorite things to do whenever I use a new program is to figure out all the shortcut keys for important functions. I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t like to lift his hands from the keyboard just to perform a simple function. If it can be done with a shortcut, I’m using it.

So whenever I hear people telling me that they don’t know how to use a program or app, I get annoyed. Just click on every button you see, you’ll eventually figure it out! It’s not rocket science. Note that this advice probably doesn’t work if you’re using some development software – but if you were, figuring out how to use a program wouldn’t be a concern so that’s a moot point.

It’s the same thing with phones and tablets these days. Feel free to touch every button on the screen. Assuming you understand the language your phone is set to, it’s all pretty self-explanatory. If a four-year old kid can use a tablet without being told how to, you can do the same. It’s whether you want to or not.

Unlucky

Last week I mentioned that my laptop was having issues – I couldn’t turn it on without plugging it into a wall socket. This was terrible for me since I couldn’t work on a computer out of the house. I like my coffee and cigarettes without having to take a break from the keyboard.

Anyway, I brought my laptop to the service center on Sunday and got it back Tuesday – pretty good service IMO. According to the salesman, the laptop I bought was a flagship product, so it supposedly had a higher priority when it comes to servicing. Not sure if he was spewing bullshit since the other salesman told me that my laptop was eligible for a 1:1 replacement if there was anything wrong within 2 weeks (which turned out to be false). Even the rep at the official service center told me he was surprised at how new my laptop was. He also mentioned that it was the first time they had received the device for servicing since it was a brand new model (almost 2 months old when I bought it).

But whatever, I got it back and it seems to be working fine for now. Hopefully I won’t have to take it back to the service center anytime soon. Apparently there was a problem with some battery connector or something in the laptop. They reattached it properly and it’s fixed.

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The Way

Where the hell am I? I thought to myself as I was being shooed off the bus. I had fallen asleep and missed my stop. And since it was past midnight, the bus wasn’t going to make another trip back.

I adjusted my backpack on my shoulders and walked out of the parking lot of the bus station. It was pitch black save the occasional street lamp illuminating a section of the road. But as far as I could see, there was nothing around me. No buildings or landmarks that I recognized. How long was I asleep? I pulled out my phone and tried to call an Uber. There was nobody in the area to pick me up. Shit.

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