Kind Souls

Don’t have a point to these stories, I just wanted to write about two kind souls I encountered this week.

One: Prepare to Eat

The owner of Afiz Bistro. I paid the mamak a visit this afternoon while waiting for my car to be serviced. While ordering a limau ais and a maggi goreng, I checked my wallet for cash. I only had RM3, so I asked him if he accepted digital cash. He told me no, so I canceled my food order and asked only for the drink.

He served me my drink and went back about his business. A few minutes later, he surprised me with a plate of maggi goreng. I was puzzled, and he told me, “just take it. You can come back next time and pay me back or you can choose to never return.”

I think the man pitied me and thought I was making an excuse for not having any cash on me. Anyway, I thanked him for the noodles. After finishing my meal, I paid him RM2 for the limau ais and told him that I’ll be back again to repay him for the noodles. He smiled and said okay. What a nice man. I set myself a reminder so I won’t forget.

Google Assistant is handy

Two: Supporter of the GNG Stream

Last night, while I was streaming some Dota 2 games, a random viewer decided to send me 75 stars. Out of the blue. I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary, I was playing my crappy low MMR games as usual. I pull off any fantastic plays. My mic wasn’t even working properly (I had accidentally launched Audacity, which took over my audio input so it couldn’t be sent to OBS). I lost both of my games last night.

This person I didn’t know, dropped by, saw my stream and somehow thought I was deserving of his $0.75. Dude donated the stars and left without saying a word. Maybe he misclicked (the more I think about it, the more likely this seems). Maybe he was drunk. Whatever it is, I’ve got $0.75 in my Facebook account.

Since I’ve officially made money from streaming, can I call myself professional now?


It was just another evening in Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque. I had just completed my exhausting journey through rush hour traffic and parked in my driveway when I saw that my neighbors, the Whites had done the same thing as well. Mr White, head of the family, got out of his car, walked around to the back to get stuff from the trunk – a red sports bag and a pizza box. From the back of his car, emerged their son, who hobbled with his crutches towards the entrance of their house.

I called out β€œgood evening” and waved, but they didn’t seem to have noticed me. It’s okay, they must have had a long day, I told myself. The Whites were usually cheery enough to reciprocate, just not today. I walked out to the sidewalk and lit up a cigarette, watching the kid entering the house, while his parents stood at the doorway talking.

I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but it looked like Mrs White didn’t want Mr White to enter their home. She took the sports bag from him but refused him entry. She didn’t seem to want the pizza either. Mr White’s face turned from one of elation into one of defeat. Ouch.

I stamped out my cigarette and walked to my front door. As I unlocked it, I turned to look at the Whites again. This time I saw Mr White stomp angrily towards his car, pause, and threw the box of pizza onto his roof! What happened next was magical – and I kid you not – the pizza flew out of the box and landed on the roof, while the box fell onto the ground. The pizza, uneaten and a perfect circle, lay there, as though it was meant to be there all along. I quickly went into my house, not wanting to appear nosy and peeked out through my windows. Mr White had started up his car and sped off. Something must be going on between the Whites!

Writing Prompt from Reddit: [WP] When you die, you end up in the universe of your favorite TV show as a background character. You see the events of your show unfold from your point of view.

Gig #105

Been a while since I’ve headlined a show, so I’m pretty psyched to announce I’ll be one of the main acts for tomorrow’s Feedback Open Mic at Jaya One. I’m also going to be away from Malaysia for almost a month, so this will be my last one for some time (doubt I’ll be playing any open mics in the US/UK haha). I haven’t prepared a set list yet, but I believe it should be a mix of some old tunes and newer ones. Hope to see you guys there!

Feedback Open Mic Jaya One ft. Yi Fen & 2storeyheart
Event Page

9th May 2017, Wednesday
The Bee
Jaya One

Hey folks! Feedback is happening at The Bee Jaya One again, bringing to you one of the busiest open mics in town!

Featured acts for this show include:

Tan Yi Fen

Here, have some easy-to-digest bite-sized info:
– Signs ups are at 7pm and are first-come-first-serve basis
– Show starts at 8pm
– It’s a 2 song slot
– Bring your own cables
– The Jaya One edition is ACOUSTIC only
– Because you are awesome, best open mic-er gets to open for one of our Lot 36 slots and the chance to win recording time with iseekmusic!

Remember to tag us in your pictures with our #FeedbackOpenMic hashtag =)

Entry is free. See you there!

Feedback is a collaboration between Moonshine & The Bee. It happens every 2nd Tuesday (Jaya One, acoustic only) and 4th Tuesday (Publika) of the month and has been running since December 2011.

Linux One Week Report

So far, Linux has been great to me. No crashes, all the programs I need run well. Whenever I’m stuck I can pretty much Google all the answers. I still haven’t memorized all the sudo commands, and I can’t do jack shit like uninstall from the terminal via commands but hey – I can do everything else I need to do.

I tried a few Desktop Environments, and while Unity is probably the best looking one, it’s a bit heavy for my shitbox. So recently I switched to Lubuntu, which is lighter/faster and said to be less power-hungry than the alternatives. It’s super customizable so I’ve been having fun tweaking it to my heart’s content. For reference, this is what my desktop environment currently looks like.
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GIG #82: A not so triumphant return/dust off that guitar

It’s been awhile. I’ll admit it. I actually wanted to get back into performing much earlier this year, but due to me being lazy and/or tied up with work/life/Dota – it’s taken quite some time. Anyway, enough excuses. So check it – I’ll be playing my first show in a long time tomorrow. And yes, I’ll be unveiling new songs. Hopefully they are worth the wait. So, do make your way over to Barlai tomorrow. I’ll try to make it worth your while.
I promise.
If not, there are tons more other acts you can listen to.
Spread the word! Bring your friends! I hope you see you guys tomorrow.

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

2030 Sia Nicholas
2045 Up Yours
2100 Jes Ebrahim Izaidin
2115 Ruben Kelvin
2130 Mohamed Muhaimin Che Din
2145 Ian Tai
2200 George Susej Wong
2215 Skies Are Red

The Barlai Open Mic is geared towards solo/duo/trio acts with the limitation of one microphone input and one instrument input. Think intimate evenin’. πŸ™‚

Facebook page
Date: 11/6/15
Venue: BarLai
Time: 8.30pm – 10.30pm

Gig #49

This Sunday, at BSC, 5-6pm there will be a doppelganger open mic and I’ll be performing!
More info here!

Hope to see you guys there!

And sorry for the lack of updates, been really busy but I do have some comics in progress, so stay tuned!

Gig #43, Gig #44, Mini-Movie reviews

EDIT: I’ll be playing tonight at Lepaq cafe, Kelana Jaya (27th). 9PM. If you have any problems getting there, just google it or shoot me a message. See you guys tonight!

I got a message from my friend Rina this morning asking me if I would like to open for her upcoming gig at Lepaq cafe. I agreed! And so I’ll be opening for her. The gig is scheduled to be on this Wednesday night, but she’s trying to push to the last week of February. So it’ll be in two days or the following week. When I’ve gotten the date confirmed, I’ll post it up here or on Twitter. If you haven’t heard Rina before, you haven’t heard music. Listen to her stuff online here. Hope to see you guys there!

My next confirmed gig will be on the following weekend.
Doppelganger Penang
Date: Sunday 21 Feb 2010
Time: 3pm-6pm
Venue: Bangkok Lane, Pulau Tikus (exact house tbc)
Refreshments will be served.

It’s gonna be my first gig ever in another state, so that’s a pretty big deal to me πŸ˜€ Let’s hope my music isn’t offensive to Penang ears. Haha. I really have no idea what to expect. Anyways, hope to see you guys there as well!

Universal Soldier : is a shit fest. Don’t bother. Seriously.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief : now that is a movie worth watching. Fucking awesome. Plot is predictable, but stay for the ride cos it’s one hell of a fun movie from start to finish.
Avatar : good movie, but movie of the year? Nah. That one belongs to-
Sherlock Holmes : I’ve seen this movie twice and I still plan to watch it again. Brilliant script, direction and great acting from the whole cast. Side splitting jokes, and Rachel McAdam. Mmhmm. I’m already itching for a sequel. My favorite movie of 2009, followed closely behind by Inglorious Basterds.

Leaving the one oh eight.

A new 2storeyheart song! Listen to it on myspace! Or download it here. I spent a few hours this evening at home recording this song, the guitar was a bitch to play. Haha. Anyway have a listen and leave your feedback! πŸ˜€

Leaving the one oh eight

So I’ve made up my mind
I’m packing my stuff
I’m letting it go
I’ll leave it behind

I know that you know that
It wasn’t an easy
Decision to make yeah
But it’s for the best

It’s gonna be a long road
And I won’t have you
You won’t have me either
You’ll find someone new

And so must I..
At least I’ll try..

I’m starting to picture
All our memories
All the times shared
With you surrounding me

I’ll miss all these four walls
I’ll miss the TV
I’ll miss all the times
You were there for me

The hour long journeys
To get to your door
And all of the storms
That I had to brave

You never asked for more..
You never asked for more..

And I’m leaving the one oh eight in shambles
Empty like a shell
That’s been abandoned, left for something better
Four blank grey stained walls

As I put the last box in my car
I closed the door, I turned and looked
At the windows looking back at me
The lights are off like faded memories
Disappearing in the dark
Every single moment that we shared together
Will forever Be part of my life

And it’s just so hard to let go
When you’re heading down on that road
Leaving what you loved behind
In hopes that you will find
It’s just so hard to let go
When you’re heading down on that road
Leaving what you loved behind
In hopes that you will find another

Life reconnected/ virgin coconuts.

So, some of you might have noticed my blog was down. But it’s okay, cos it’s now back up, and I finally have internet at home! Wheee. Anyway, I’ve moved away from landslide hill to the area where I got mugged on Valentine’s day. Haha. Such fond memories of this place I have. I’m gonna miss the old home, but we all gotta move on. I even wrote a song about it, though it’s not complete yet. Expect some new rough recordings soon πŸ˜€

In other news, work on my EP has resumed, I have 2 tracks left for vocal recording and after that it’s mixing! I will have my EP out this year πŸ™‚ Gigging has slowed down for me, due to the lack of open mics and invitations to perform. Haha. But my little sister showed me an ad for ‘Syok Shock Student night’ at Mardi Gras 1 Utama, and apparently there are weekly open mics. So I’ll try my luck playing there.

Been playing quite a lot of DotA lately (I still suck though). But it’s real good fun. And a great way to relieve some tension after work and it is cheaper than clubbing. Haha.

So the other time I was out someplace and they had coconuts which were labeled ‘virgin coconuts’. So I was thinking to myself ‘When is a coconut not ever a virgin? Do people fuck coconuts? Then why are there labels stating it?’ If it was possible to fuck a coconut, and I saw a coconut with a hole in it, I’m pretty sure I’d stay away from it. Whether it was fucked or not. I mean come on, I’m pretty sure there are better ways to market a coconut. I think someone could call a coconut ‘trendy’ and that would be a more suitable adjective than virgin. How about immaculate coconuts? Or perfect coconuts? Hell yeah, that sounds awesome. Next time I sell coconuts in stores, I’m gonna label them perfect coconuts. And they would sell like hot cakes. Not that I’ve seen hot cakes being sold really quickly. Maybe in cold countries, or Cameron Highlands.

Wow, it’s 7am and the sun is shining brightly through the windows. And I am wide awake. Now it is time for me to go to bed.