Archives for March 2006

in search of tiesto


Tiesto Pit Party tickets

See you there.

Added March 13:
T’was Spongefox who got us the pre-sale tickets; I think he bought 17? But only 9 of us including me that I know are going anyway.

I started trance with Chicane, Digweed and Paul Van Dyk back in 2001 and Janice introduced house music to me and I was happy. Then one day while exploring the virtues of Napster, I came across a tune by a certain DJ Tiesto. It was ‘Honey’ and a Chicane mix, and I was hooked ever since.

In early 2004, Tiesto made his first appearance in Malaysia at the newly-ish opened Zouk. We did not manage to get tickets beforehand, thought of trying our luck at the arena but when we drove past it, it was CRAZY. There was no way we could get tickets and we (me, Janice and Jaime) adjourned to Bliss@12SI. I was sorely disappointed, but what to do? Later we found out that even those who bought tickets earlier had difficulties getting into the premise, let alone those trying to buy tickets there and then.

Meanwhile the love for commercial trance tracks grows. Though these days I am more apt to listening to the likes of Ben Sowton (it’s the aging thing) but it’s something else to be blasting DOP DOP DOP DOP DOP DOP out loud on my excellent speakers — very therapeutic. And not drinking nor on drugs, mind you ๐Ÿ™‚

Even better if the flow of the track leads to a beautiful build up. Like my all time favourite, ‘A Tear in the Open’. It’s not the usual JENG JENG JENG JENG JENG, rather mild compared to other Tiesto tracks, but there is a subtle hint of release. Like letting it all out in the open, holding back the unleashing of hell, but point made. Something like that ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’d never heard of it before, well there’s nothing much I could do to aid you in your imagination.

I think ultimately, that’s what trance music is, at least to me. A beautiful orchestra of excellent synthesizers that I can relate to. Something about escorting your mind to a different plane with each song setting a different mood for… wherever you want to go. Allow me to stress again that all this is accomplished without illegal substance, despite the notion of some people that trance are only for pill poppers.

In short, I enjoy the music. If you are going to be there, let me know and we might just meet up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hi Reuben.

i will smack you if you say boleh


Malaysia Boleh

The phenomenal growth of Malaysia under the leadership of its fourth prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad has brought about a patriotic sense of achievement amongst its people.

That is all very nice. But it is getting on my fucking nerves. Why? Because every Tom, Dick, Harry and his dog in Malaysia has made it into a standing joke.

“Government servants go to Egypt to enjoy a belly dance show on tax payers money”
Wow, Malaysia boleh…

“Petrol price increase 30 cents per litre”
Government is fucked, government don’t know how to spend money, government needs to take a look at itself, Malaysia boleh mahh..

“Shitty water due to … shit, duh…”
This can only happen in bolehland.

“Sarawak Tribune revoked of publishing license and Guang Ming Daily suspended for 2 weeks…”
Freedom of speech bla bla bla freedom of expression bla bla bla freedom of media bla bla bla I weep for bolehland

“Longest popiah to be inducted into the Malaysia Book of Records”
Haha what a joke, only in bolehland, Malaysia boleh!!! *snicker*

Seriously, aren’t you bloody sick of reading everything to do with ‘boleh’ (which literally translate to ‘can’) in every single complaint ever made? It is over, passe, done with, find something new to ridicule the embarrassing state of the country as it is!

The “Malaysia Boleh!” spirit has since produced many achievers and achievements, and has been a cornerstone of the success story that is the new Malaysia.

The only thing we need to achieve is originality. For fuck sake, go coin a new phrase or eat an ice-cream, whatever.

not another post on carnegies

… but there are some photos, so might as well ๐Ÿ˜›

It was all David Tall’s fault. He told us here that they have some ladies night thing going on every Wednesdays, so off we went yesterday in search of barely-drinkable-but-wallet-friendly alcohol.

The ladies night thing starts at 9 p.m. Because we arrived early, we had a couple of Tiger and Hoegaarden. By bottle not tap because they were out of stock, WTF?!?!?!?!

Fireangel loves Hoegaarden

KY had a dinner of very healthy grilled prawns on a bed of tossed salad, which was a lot nicer than what we had the other day.

KY's prawns

One thing didn’t change though — the service was excruciatingly s-l-0-w. I suppose they are constantly understaffed… shouldn’t the management be doing something about this? At one point we waited 45 mins for our drinks to arrive, and any beer drinker can tell you that this is BAD.

It was so bad that the next round, Paul decided to order three whiskey coke at one go.

Paul's best friends

Then later Jaime arrived. She waited a bloody long time for her first drink as well, and half an hour later it was officially ladies night so every girl was handed 4 coupons to be redeemed at the bar for small portions of house cocktails and beer.

Carnegies KL - KY and Jaime

Oh yeah, Encik David Tall was there as well but he ignored us most of the time… hmphhhh ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway the ladies night serving of Long Island Tea, according to Fireangel tasted like mosquito repellent. I liked it.

Suanie not drunk

It was quite fun, except for the waiting. KY and Paul got bored with the girls dancing and went outside to chat… but we went home relatively early ๐Ÿ˜€

As a parting shot, here’s a photo of Fireangel that is bound to increase my hits and comments, as always.

Fireangel is a lady

Though I just noticed that it’s a little scary, only the whites of her eyes are showing, OMG FIREGHOSTTTT!!!!!!!!11111oneoneone

suanie can cook, so can you!

Sometimes when I feel the overwhelming desire to control the world, I don’t bomb embassies. Nor do I run naked in public singing “We are the world”.

Instead, I cook. It is a really therapeutic solution minus the bloodshed and hatred, and I don’t do harm to anyone but myself.

So yesterday I got down to it and prepared spaghetti with seafood.

First, the ingredients.

Ingredients for seafood spaghetti

Fresh prawns, cuttlefish, fish fillet and the world saver Prego’s spaghetti sauce. I can’t really make my own sauce YET so this would have to do for now. Besides it’s not bad.

You have to wash them stuff really clean. You need to de-vein the prawns because it’s like the end of the world if you don’t. You need to peel off the purple-ish skin from the cuttlefish then slice it into many little pieces. You need to slice the fish into bite size — by the way dory fish is cheap and tasty; that massive fillet above costs like what, RM3?

Process of cooking seafood spaghetti

Then you need to heat up the pan a little, then pour in some cooking oil so that you could fry some chopped garlic. You don’t really have to, but I like chopped garlic in my food, so now you know. Next empty the can of the spaghetti sauce and add some water, because I find that Prego’s sauce is usually too thick and a tad salty. For a full can, add half a can of water, and maybe just a little bit more, depends on how you like your sauce (or how stingy you are).

Dump all the ingredients in and let it cook for a while… I don’t know, maybe 5 – 10 minutes? It all depends on how non-raw you like your food, ahem. I like it very cooked, go figure.

Oh yeah, you should have some spaghetti boiling too. This should be done a bit earlier because they take some time to cook.

Bla bla bla, everything is ready, serve to feed yourself for two to three days.

Suanie's seafood spaghetti

It’s not quantum physics but even if I don’t get hitched, at least I’d never go hungry.