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My Indie Designer Purchases from Bandung

I bought a total of 4 necklaces, 2 asymmetrical hem tops and 2 bloody awesome cloak/cape-like throw overs. I’m sure you’ll like them as much as I do!

The Birds necklace from Ami The Vintagist

The Birds necklace from Ami The Vintagist

Lily the Sprout Rope Necklace - Ami The Vintagist

Lily the Sprout Rope Necklace - Ami The Vintagist

T-Rex necklace from Mannequin Plastic My Toys Like Series

T-Rex necklace from Mannequin Plastic My Toys Like Series

The Green Cat necklace from Mannequin Plastic

The Green Cat necklace from Mannequin Plastic

Teal asymmetrical hem top from Mannequin Plastic

Teal asymmetrical hem top from Mannequin Plastic

Peppermint green lighting bolt hanky hem top from Ànti ßeauty

Peppermint green lighting bolt hanky hem top from Ànti ßeauty

Dramatic gold cape/cloak thing from UNLABEL clothing

Dramatic gold cape/cloak thing from UNLABEL clothing

Crazy pink cape/cloak thing from UNKL347

Crazy pink cape/cloak thing from UNKL347

Here are the links to these fabulous indie labels/designers:

Here’s my take on how I intend to wear the 2 tops. What do you think?

With a belt, and either opaque leggings or a pencil skirt.

With a belt, and either opaque leggings or a pencil skirt.

Patches and buttons around the collar.

Patches and buttons around the collar.

Ok I haven’t sewn the crazy things on this one yet. Maybe I’ll wear it plain as it is first before putting my own spin on it.

The Green Cat - what kind of cat is it? It has a long tail

The Green Cat - what kind of cat is it? It has a long tail


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Tune-in: Today’s Soundtrack #4

Today’s been quite an exciting day considering the fact that I wasn’t even expecting anything.

On other fronts, I’m glad I have worked out every day’s work outfits till March 11th. I have to start wearing the festival uniform from the 12th onwards, so… I gave it a rest.

This calls for a celebration with a good toe-tapping soundtrack!

1. Lust for Life – Iggy Pop & The Stooges

2. Teenage Kicks – Buzzcocks

3. Don’t Cry – Naked

4. Valentine – The Delays

5. Information Travels – Deathcab for Cutie

6. What It Takes – Aerosmith

7. You Sound Like Louis Burdett – The Whitlams

8. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

9. Billy Brown – Mika

10. Foggy Daylight – The Oddfellows

11. Where is My Love – Cat Power

12. First Of The Gang – Morrissey

13. Pom Kard Khun – Apartmentkhunpa

14. Kennedy – The Wedding Present

15. You Do Something To Me – The Kinks

16. Any Way You Want It – Journey

17. Bang! Bang! – Le Tigre

18. Radio Radio – Elvis Costello

19. Rosanna – Toto

20. Turn, Turn, Turn – The Turtles


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #17

My one other frivolous New Year’s resolution for 2010 is to quit men – my ever-supportive friend Cal hopes I fail.

Here’s a playlist I put together as a reminder of all the bad dates/disappointing men in 2009. Up to you to decide what this all means. No, actually – just enjoy the music.

1. As What U Want – Cuckoo

2. Lemon Tree – The Crescendos

3. Lover’s Concerto – The Crescendos

4. Aurora – The Crescendos

5. Almost Crimes – Broken Social Scene

6. Not Now – Blink-182

7. Banquet – Bloc Party

8. Park Life – Blur

9. Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera

10. Lightbulbs – Cosmic Call


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #15

Ate well today. I’m celebrating with the following playlist.

1. Could Have Been A Contender – Ally Kerr

2. If You Found This It’s Probably Too Late – Arctic Monkeys

3. Is She Me – Apartmentkhunpa

4. Mueng U Hoo – Apartmentkhunpa

5. Qing Ren De Yen Lei (Lover’s Tears) – Budak Pantai

6. Betcha By Golly Wow / Say Yes – Budak Pantai

7. You’ve Changed, Baby Girl – Amida

8. I’m Sleeping in a Submarine – Arcade Fire

9. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) – Arcade Fire

10. Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire

If you download these tracks, it’d be best if you can go listen to these artists LIVE! Catch Budak Pantai (http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/happy_songs_for_a_great_recession/index.jsp) and Apartmentkhunpa (http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/club_m.i.a2010/index.jsp) in Singapore soon!!!


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Tune-in: Runaway

Here are some songs, all called Runaway and they are all very interesting! As they say on the streets of Bangkok – same same, but different…

Runaway – Plain Sunset

Runaway – Bon Jovi

Runaway – Budak Pantai

Runaway – Electrico

Runaway – Pink

Runaway – The Misfits

Runaway – The Corrs

General mood of the moment… I want to just run away. Whatever happened my swinging a random bag of clothes and making a run for a spontaneous short getaway? Responsibilities is what happened… gah.


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Tune-in: The Dø

The Dø are hand-clapping, toe-tapping, head-swinging goodness from France/Finland. Quirky and fun if you dig acts like English band Psapp.

They can be found here:

http://thedo.info/

http://www.myspace.com/thedoband

And they sound like this:

Playground Hustle – The Dø

Tammie – The Dø

The Bridge Is Broken – The Dø


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Tune-in: RCRD LBL

In my line of work, I get to trawl myspace, last.fm and other music sites on a daily basis. I love http://rcrdlbl.com and you might too!

I discovered Miss Kittin (http://www.misskittin.com/) through here and have recently discovered the beautiful vocals of Alela Diane (http://www.myspace.com/alelamusic) and Diane Birch (http://www.dianebirch.com/) here. Great place to discover new bands you’ve never heard of and also sample their music because they have mp3s for download!

Here are some tracks I downloaded from the RCRD LBL site.

1. Electronic City – Miss Kittin & The Hacker

2. White As Diamonds – Alela Diane

3. Fire Escape – Diane Birch


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #14

I am at work on a Saturday night but things are still good. I had a good productive morning sniffing out bargains with my sisters and I also had a nice girly chat with some colleagues just now. Another 4 more work weeks and it’s 2010! Come January, I have several music concerts to look forward to. I got tickets to M. Nasir & Siti Nurhaliza, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cat Power and Andrew Bird all in January!

This playlist is dedicated to a more exciting year of music concerts ahead:

1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft – The Wedding Present

2. 丟丟思想起 (Beat 武士 Joypack Dream Remix) – Kou Chou Ching 拷秋勤

3. Everybody – New Pants 新裤子

4. Kennedy – The Wedding Present

5. เป็นไปได้ไง – Apartmentkhunpa

6. Crazy For You – Adele

7. Gold Lion – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

8. Higher – Andrew Chen

9. Poor Places – Wilco

10. Date With The Night – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Andrew Chen, Kou Chou Ching and Apartmentkhunpa are playing at the Mosaic Music Festival in March 2010 by the way. If you download their music, do come for their shows because nothing beats hearing it live!


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #13

We’ve come to the end of November. Hello December… You’ve come way too fast. November has been a month filled with too many activities – be still my heart. Emotionally, it has been a rollercoaster too. But this is a place for frivolous things, so let’s skip the heartwrenchers.

 

I watched

  • Duck & Dive! The Ugly Duckling & The Frog Prince by I Theatre on the 8th
  • Victor/Victoria by Zebra Crossing on the 10th
  • The Jungle Book by The Little Company on the morning of the 26th and then Beethovan Festival: Ode to Joy by SSO in the evening
  • the Buzzcocks rocking out at Zirca on the 27th
  • Romance of the Bansuri by Rakesh Chaurasia on the 28th
  • Odissi by Madhavi Mudgal

Had tickets for Maksim on the 18th but didn’t go because of a death in the family. Excluding the other free children’s performances I watched, I think I did quite well this month. I just want to point out to myself that I am thankful for my job because it allows me to mix work with pleasure.

 

So here’s a playlist in the spirit of THANKSGIVING,

1. Well, What Do You Know – The Standards

2. Jimmy Is A Live Wire – The Standards

3. Seberapa Pantas – Sheila On 7

4. 1979 – The Smashing Pumpkins

5. Juicebox – The Strokes

6. Only With You – Teenage Fanclub

7. Sour – Typewriter

8. I Love Vodka – Tabasco

9. Is This It? – The Strokes

10. Someday – The Strokes

Support the arts, support artists, go watch their shows!


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Tune-in: Playlist of the Moment #12

Today is a pretty good day. I feel loved and I’ll make an extra effort to stop this self-indulging sulking. I’m not exactly sure why I’ve been so moody or mopey but people around me are taking time to talk to me, cheer me up, buy little gifts – when I haven’t done anything to deserve it.

Yesterday 10 of my colleagues bought a boxful of gifts to surprise me, including: Berocca effervescent tablets, Smencils gourmet scented pencils (in Black Cherry), a Toadstool mushroom sharpener cum eraser from Accessorize, Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean-up Pen, a black & pink polka dotted coin purse from Accessorize (with S$1 inside for me to buy fruit from the vending machine), Bourjois So Laque! Ultra Shine nail polish (in Fuschia hype), Bourjois Fan effect brush nail polish in a blackish green, pick n mix bags of worms and gummy candies and also 21st Century Chewy Vitamin C!

Today Natalie bought me my favourite breakfast snacks (fried carrot cake & prawn fritters) from Pick&Bite in Marina Square, Luanne offered to pay for a pedicure (I politely declined because I was wearing the wrong shoes) and Pearlyn bought me yoghurt as well as chocolate truffle cake! 

My friends are so awesome and patient even though I’ve been so quiet and moody lately. It’s moments like these where you feel that maybe life isn’t that bad. I meet awesome people everywhere I go and I’m surrounded by people who genuinely care. People do things for me without asking and just because they want to. It’s weird to feel special but I like it.

I dedicate today’s playlist to lovely people:

1. November ’91 – Padres

2. Don’t Cry – Naked

3. Everything In Its Right Place – Radiohead

4. Water – Padres

5. Diana – The Misfits

6. Kiss In The Dark – Padres

7. This Nite – Samurai Loud

8. Crimson Ghost – The Misfits

9. Permanent Daylight (live) – Radiohead

10. Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead