It's the end.. and the beginning.
I've decided to stop posting on this blog. Not that I'm bored with writing or anything like that, but well.. it's time to move on. To another address. I'll be emailing you *soon* with the new address once everything gets set up. You can also email me for the new blog address.
I'm back. Took some pictures that you can check out on flickr. They are mostly pictures of buildings. I havent uploaded them all yet though.
I had a great time in Manchester. It's more of a trip to chill out, not really a shopping trip or even one of sightseeing. We did check out a couple of places, and spent 2 days in London. London was fun, even when it was raining and we kept getting lost on the way to the hostel. I forgot to bring out my camera on the first day out and could have taken pictures of the magnificent British Museum. If you have been there, you will know what I mean. The building was gorgeous! And the Reading Room was breathtaking. The exhibits... wow! I dont even think we finished checking out half the exhibits before they close at 530. But stuff in London is so expensive!! I would have been so broke if I spent a couple more days there. Maybe next time...
I spent most of the time in Manchester. It's like most cities, only the buildings are really old and cool. It was cold though, about 12C everyday. It probably isnt much to bitch about but when you come from Singapore, which is about 20C MORE everyday, it's a pretty big deal. The worst is when you just get up in the mornings and it's so grrrwww cold that all you can do is pray that the water boil real quick so that you can get a cup of hot tea into your system as fast as you can, just to stop the insides from shaking, if nothing else. And sometimes the wind is so strong that I thought I was getting airborne the next minute if it doesn't stop.
But, stupid as it may sound, I like the cold. Even when your insides are shaking and the tea is taking such a long time to course through the body, even when your fingers are shaking as you try and smoke the first cigarette of the day, hell, even when you can't even feel your fingers shaking... it's invigorating. I feel more awake, more aware, more alive somehow in the cold.
It's a real shock to the system when I stepped out of the Singapore Airport yesterday. The rush of the first heat wave is like a slap to the face and it's disgusting! A coat of fine perspiration immediately clings itself all over your body and I feel so sticky within 2 seconds. I wanted so much to hop on a plane back, but I'm here now, trying to get used to the weather again, trying to get a grip cos I'm going back to work on Monday and that must be the single most depressing moment ever!
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Today is the day! I'll be leaving for Manchester late tonight or actually, tomorrow morning and won't be back till May. Woo Hoo!
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Feeling a bit better after a disastrous start to the day. i didnt sleep well last night even though I crashed at 9:45 pm but woke up at 2:17 am and couldnt get back to sleep until of course, the alarm goes off at 6:15am. And *suddenly* I got so sleepy I would have given almost anything in the world just to continue sleeping. But i havent got much to give, and dont know who to give to anyways so I got up. My back is complaining now and I'm feeling old, very old. At the grand old age of 27.
It's 10:03am now and the coffee I drink every morning is taking a longer and longer time every day to take effect. At this rate, I would need to have coffee intravenously fed into my body. Surely the unmistakable signs of addiction.
On the plus side, it's 6 more days to Manchester! I've already got the days struck off from my work calendar and I'm trying to feel cheered thinking about it. But it's hard, when it's Tuesday and only 10:17am.
I'm also cheered that Death Cab's new album Plans
will be out September. They can sell out for all I care (Atlantic, OC etc) so long as they continue making good music, in the words of Ben Gibbard, "I could really give a fuck."
Plans is made for Gibbard's favourite joke, "How do you make God laugh? Make a plan." In keeping with its black title, the record brings more melancholy tracks about love. "I was telling myself, "I'm going to stop writing depressing songs. This record's going to be really upbeat, '"says Gibbard. "Like, 'I will Follow You into the Dark' is a love song I wrote for my lady, really sweet and romantic. It's about someone dying, and the person they love saying, 'I'm close behind, I'll follow you into the dark.' But then I played it for her and she was like, 'This song is fucking sad!' Best to run with what comes naturally. I tried."
At long last! The Yo La Tengo 3disc set I've preordered from Matador has arrived! I cant believe it actually took the package 3 goddamn weeks to arrive. Usually airmail from US takes only about a week or so. They must have sent it through the Silk Road or something.
But it's all cool..I've got it now. I've got most of the songs already but you cant just pass up on something like this, can you?
I apologise for the lack of updates recently. It's been tough and I've been uninspired by my 9-6 robotic existence. But all that is going to change now, my friend. I'm going to Manchester for about 3 weeks and I'm ecstatic! There had been some problems with the tickets but it's all sorted out now. I can hardly wait!!
Countdown: 12 more days.