Monthly Archives: August 2008

You think, they think.

At times, you feel like cutting off ties with everyone on the virtual space. You think, I don’t need them anyway. You think, they don’t give a damn. So why should you?

They think, where the hell you’ve been. They think, you come here and give me a hug, I miss you.

I think, so I was wrong again to think I don’t need them. That I don’t give a damn. Because I do.

Slanting eyes as loving? You think?

This recent news was taken from an email forwarded by Jem (Thanks for sharing!), so I’m just gonna do the copy and paste version (part of the news) here.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 9:23 am EDT

Spanish basketball team poses for offensive picture

By Chris Chase

Updated: 4:43 p.m. EDT

Spain’s Olympic basketball team posed for an advertisement prior to the Games which appears to show all its players slanting their eyes, a move that could offend its Olympic hosts in Beijing. The ads, for a Spanish courier company, appeared in the Spanish-language newspaper La Marca.

As the uproar over the picture has grown today, more information about the advertising shot has come to light. The New York Times reports that Spain’s basketball team is sponsored by Li-Ning Footwear, a Chinese company founded by Li Ning, the final torchbearer who was hoisted along the top of Beijing National Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony finale. The ad reportedly references the Spanish team recently extending their contract with the footwear giant for another four years.

The Spanish-language paper El Mundo has a piece debating whether the ad was racist that basically calls out the British press for trying to smear Spain’s good name. But they miss the point. Whether the picture was made in good fun is irrelevant. It was a ridiculous idea that was bound to upset a lot of people.

Hmm. I presumed this news was from UK Telegraph.

So, what’s your take on this?

I’d personally thought nothing of it. I mean, if there’s something seriously wrong with it, surely Li Ning would have spoken about the matter, right?

I caught another ‘interesting’ news report about it here. And this is what a member of the Spanish Olympic team has to say about the call for eyes-slanting, which to them it seem to be the definition of an innocent ‘wink’.

Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon, who is a member of the Spanish Olympic team, said the photo was misunderstood.

“It happened in the photo session where the Spanish National Team was introduced; one of our sponsors asked us to pose with a โ€œwinkโ€ to our participation in Beijing,” Calderon wrote on his website.

“We made an oriental expression with our eyes. We thought it was something appropriate and that it would always be interpreted as somewhat loving.

Never the less some of the European media did not see it this way.

I don’t get it either. I mean, slanting eyes means loving? Really?? Grrr.

Stupefy!

We all know how restless this little rodent can be in nature. Tried a couple of times and none of the pictures we’ve taken so far turned out decent. Some weeks ago, LD took this shots of Little Buddy in my hand, and all the sudden he went all quiet and still. He was practically ‘stupefied’ for a good 2 minutes or so before scurrying off from my grip again.

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Picture may say a thousand words, but I wasn’t attempting to choke Little Buddy at that point. I repeat, not.

Simply Mei Chern.

Two weeks ago I was at Midvalley with DD and happily bought myself a copy of Mei Chern’s self-titled album. A talented indie singer-songwriter, Mei Chern first started playing at a student folk club in England, where later she wrote her songs and have them performed at various notable venues; Actor’s Studio Bangsar and KLPac, Acoustic Routes in Cambridge, UK, and The Esplanade in Singapore.

One of her songs ‘Feels like Falling’ was pre-recorded back in 2003 and won top download award on musiccanteen.com (a now defunct site where you can downloads songs by local indie artiste/band for a minimal fee). She then wrote ‘Do you see me like you’ for Ong Julin’s self-directed indie film Alice Lives Here (a.k.a Clean Shit) in which the short documentary subsequently won an award at Freedom Film Fest KL 2005. ‘My Time’ was also written for another documentary that reflected on the collapse of Highland Tower 13 years ago.

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She’s the latest discovery on my list and I really like her effortlessly crisp voice in the songs. She’s the reason why less is really more. We should have more talents like her to represent our country in the music industry, despite the fact that there have been a lot of successful artistes whom we might not have heard of or know about but who’ve made great achievements out there. Mei Chern may seem, to me, a shy-publicity musician, but take a listen to her songs and you’ll know why she didn’t need the spotlight, if ever.

Recently, Mei Chern has been selected to perform at Womyn’s Music Festival held in Michigan, an event where acoustic musicians alike i.e. Sarah McLachlan had performed there. It is a fest that celebrates women musicians and their significant involvement in music and this is definitely one of the highlighting moments for Mei Chern to shine as an independent musician. I love the album and I look forward to attend her future gigs soon when she gets back to Malaysia.

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You won’t be able to get her CD at any Rock Corner or Tower Records. Hop over to her site here.

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There you go Zewt ๐Ÿ™‚

Mei Chern performing Good Intentions in KL Sing Song 2006.

Nelly Furtado feat. Keith Urban – In God’s hands.

This song has been playing in my head all week.

Originally it was just lonely Nelly Furtado by the sea. There’s even a Spanish version for the song (En Las Manos De Dios) but, for some reason Keith Urban’s scruffy country voice did complement well with hers. I like it better in duet.

When love ended, all’s not lost.

Now our love’s floating out the window
Our love’s floating out the back door
Our love’s floating up in the sky in heaven
Where it begins
Back in God’s hands…

Click here to listen.