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 #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


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!


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
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.


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

#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


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

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.


Like a person in a desert, looking for a drink, the man stumbled through the night for his favorite drinking joint. The one that stayed open until the wee hours and wouldn’t kick him out for being too drunk. After all, what’s the point of drinking if you don’t drink until you hit your limit?

The glowing light of the bar’s signboard cut through the foggy night. Yes, I am almost there! His pace sped up, as he imagined the bubbly, golden liquid pouring into his mouth. That sweet, sweet beer. I must have it!

He paused at a traffic light intersection and looked around for cars. There were none. The street was empty tonight. Strange for a Saturday night, but he didn’t think much of it. He crossed the road without waiting for the green man to light up.

Faint music could be heard as he got closer to his destination. Chinese techno nonsense. He would tell the owner to switch it when he ordered his drinks at the bar. He crossed another street and was at the entrance of the pub. ‘t “Golden” it was called. He didn’t know why. Neither did the owner who decided to keep the bar’s name because he didn’t want to spend additional money on a new signboard.

The man pushed the right door open (one of the double doors remained locked because the owner refused to fix it) and stepped in. Instantly he was greeted by the sounds of Chinese lyrics over generic electronic beats. It was pure noise to him. There was nobody else in the pub bar the lovely barmaid who stood behind the counter. He’d given up trying to score her number a long time ago and stayed content with being the lonely customer who’d stare at her longingly. She liked younger men – at least that’s what she told him anyway. He approached her and climbed onto a stool by the bar. “One jug please!”

“One jug coming right up,” she replied with a smile. She turned around and grabbed a jug from the rack. Jug, rack, heh heh heh.

“Is Charlie in tonight?” the man asked her.

“Nope, but he may or may not come in later.”

“Later? It’s already eleven! Doesn’t he have a business to run?”

“What business?” She responded, her eyebrows signalling to the empty seats and tables around them.

“Well, it usually is more happening. What’s going on tonight?”

“Beats me,” she shrugged. The barmaid scraped the foam off the top of the jug and placed it on the counter in between them. She grabbed an empty glass and started pouring beer into it from the jug.

“Pour yourself a cup,” the man told her and she obliged happily.

“By the way, can you turn off this crappy music?”

“You know I enjoy this crappy music right?” she responded with her fingers signalling air quotes.

He laughed, “you must be pretty damaged to enjoy this shit!”

“Some people like vanilla, some people like chocolate flavored ice cream,” she said as she started walking towards the audio system.

The techno music stopped abruptly and was replaced with the more pleasant sounds of Eric Clapton unplugged.

“So much better. Thanks.”

“You know I’m going to switch it back when you get drunk later right?”

“I won’t even notice then.”

“So, what brings you in tonight?”

“I mean, come on, do I even need a reason to be here?”

Why people should try online dating

Online dating – the social club of today. In case you were wondering, online dating is the practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the internet, typically via a dedicated website. Most online dating services follow the same model: you setup a profile of yourself, browse for matches, send them messages, and hope for a reply.

The topic of online dating has come up every now and then, but only in recent years has it really been accepted as the norm. Heck, even I didn’t believe in it back then. I have a post on Facebook with a screenshot of me saying something along the lines of ‘online dating is for desperate people who can’t get anyone in real life’. It’s been years since I wrote that and my perception on the whole subject has changed.
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