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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


So as 2008 draws to a close, I have come to a conclusion -

A part of my life is changing.


Music has always been a part of my life. DAMN, how many times have i said that? Or typed that? Well, after all, it is the truth.

Since the very beginning - from the time when I was first inspired by of all people, Vanessa Mae, to my first 'violin' made out of cardboard, to my foolish days of 'hating' classical music as a child, playing the piano and violin because I was 'forced' to by my parents, to going crazy about Backstreet Boys and Westlife and such, to listening to Hitz FM for all that pop/rock stuff, to discovering the wonder of underground music and other sub-genres of rock such as emo, post hardcore and others, to the days of metal domination in my ears, and finally of late, to coming back down to the roots of all music - classical.

Yes, it's true. Something has really changed in me. Even after I became a member of the MPYO, I still felt that I preferred modern music compared to stuff like what I was playing in the orchestra. For awhile, I was still writing and performing with Rosewood and stuff. Then came the SPM year when nearly all things seemed to fall apart for me except of course my development as an orchestra player and generally an improving, aspiring classical musician.

The proof of my somewhat sudden stronger interest in classical music is simple - it's practically the only thing I listen to now every day for the last few weeks or so. In the past, I would have my latest downloaded albums in my downloads folder, and I would fill my phone with various songs, primarily in the metal genre. Nowadays, I listen to various types of classical music - orchestral, chamber, solo and duet concerti and what not. The last time I updated my song list in my phone was a few days ago, and everything there is classical.

And I'll tell you one thing, I really haven't been listening to anything of my former interest. The other night I gave it a go - I played As I Lay Dying's The Darkest Nights at a relatively loud volume, only to find myself half paying attention to the song. I haven't been jamming either, and my band The Archetype? Seems dead.

I would have to say, part of this change had to do with a decision I made. I told myself, since I'm going to be majoring in classical music - it's about time I at least got serious in terms of discovering and listening to various repertoire. The decision eventually made me actually enjoy it and now there's no turning back. I won't completely say goodbye to the stuff I had been listening to previously, but for now I will welcome a new dawn into my current most important aspect of my life as 2009 beckons.

Monday, December 22, 2008


There are certain people in this country who really deserve to be called 'heroes'. No, these do not necessaraly include Datuks, Tan Sris or YBs who have apparently done 'amazing' things for Malaysia, for example being the first 'astronaut' from Malaysia.

Yesterday at The Annexe at Central Market, five Malaysians were honoured as 'heroes' to this country, for various reasons, mostly to do with freedom of expression and views. Yes, I was there because my father was one of those honoured mainly for his contribution in the form of the book March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up, but for me it was a real eye opener, having the chance to see real 'heroes' on show.

Listening to Irene Fernandez speak about her 13 year struggle as a human rights activist and of the moment she was acquitted of 'telling the truth' definitely compelled my attention. Yes, long story, so it's hard to explain here.

I also found it very interesting when one of the other 'heroes', Hafidz Baharom openly admitted he was a homosexual and actually explained how his family found out. I mean, to announce to public that you are gay is already an 'achievement' in itself, but Hafidz sure ran a high risk since he is, after all, a Muslim man. As my dad says, anyone could easily blog about what Hafidz said (which I am doing right now), but after all, the man himself said that since his family already knows of this discovery, what is there for him to hide? Great stuff.

Journalist Shanon Shah of The Nut Graph also told of interesting stories involving him, the most significant one was of him trying to get to do an interview with PKR MP Zulkifli Nordin and how he had to as he says, "get my hands dirty" as a journalist.

Yati Kaprawi meanwhile spoke of her activism as a member of Sisters in Islam and her achievements for this year, while mentioning about the recent fatwa ruling regarding yoga. Yati put forth some very logical reasoning, saying that the government should not make yoga 'haram', but instead state that all yoga is 'halal', except those which involve chanting.

All in all, a very interesting evening.

Datuk Sheikh Muzaphar? Hero? Really?

I'd say even Peter Petrelli beats him to it.