Letters of Life

Month: June 2010

I Never Believed This Was Possible – But Now I Do

I play the synthesizer as part of the band in church on Sundays. I'd heard stories from other musicians of how the Holy Spirit can fall on you and as a result, new sounds, new riffs and melodies can arise from your instrument even as you are playing. I found that hard to imagine. I… Read More ›

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Oozing Cool

When in doubt, post something that oozes cool. Even if it was eons ago. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. Remembering how we all loved Bryan Ferry, who had this incredible waver in his voice, wrote these cool tunes and dressed in sharp lounge suits. And more than this, Avalon too, defined the undefinable… Read More ›

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I can't say 'No' to . . .

This has to be done in Top 5-style. I can't say 'No' to: At #5: Any opportunity to go shopping for or with someone. One memorable trip included taking an indie-rock musician friend from Jakarta around Orchard Road in search of graphic tees and shoes (think blue suede). Thank goodness for late-night shopping on Friday… Read More ›

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The End of One Thing Can Be The Start of Another

Sometimes we don't want things to end…it could be a season of doing something novel and fun, like checking out a different retail space each week. Not that I've done that, although the eclectic stores in Haji Lane and Club Street beckon. On Club Street, there is an independent bookstore called Books Actually. It looks… Read More ›

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A Beautiful Mess. I mean, Dress.

The title, just so you know, is a pun on the Jason Mraz ballad, A Beautiful Mess. Also, unless you 1) like beautiful things or 2) are female, you might not find this post very interesting at all. You might even find it shallow to the max. That’s the good thing about blogs: They’re downright… Read More ›

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Lash Bash

So doing the lash extensions was just a lark. Except I’ve realized, 12 days into looking doll-eyed, that such vanity exacts a high price. The price is that I’ve become the thing I dreaded the most: High maintenance. Since when did a pair of nylon bristles exact such a high price? Anything semi-permanent holds the… Read More ›

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A Class Act

I’ve always liked this Burt Bacharach-Hal David composition. . . not an easy one to sing either. A lesser vocalist could sink to cheesy depths rendering it, but in the hands of masters like Dusty Springfield, and even better, Ronald Isley (of the soul band, The Isley Brothers) the song appropriately reaches the sublime. This… Read More ›

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Something to look forward to at the year’s end. Voyage has always been one of my favourite Narnia chronicles, with The Silver Chair and The Horse and His Boy coming after. It was all green and pearly, full of sunlight most parts. Very much like a dream you once dreamed and thought you had forgotten…. Read More ›

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In Praise of Pansies

Like a few things in my life lately, I discovered the beauty of the pansy and the peony only seven years ago. It was my first Vancouver spring, when all the flower shops were putting out the immensely saleable daffodils and tulips. Pansies were sold in little pots, and peonies were serendipitous finds that took… Read More ›

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Lenny Kravitz

Listen to Lenny Kravitz’s It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over if you don’t know it. It is sexy as hell. Sorry, ain’t no other way to say it. The song is perfectly arranged, from the drum roll intro to the groove set by the electric guitar. The strings play the riff, and the lyrics are… Read More ›

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Lashing Out

Still enamored by the Tokyo Look, I decided to get myself some extensions. Lash extensions. It’s not obvious–this is an iPhone shot–but trust me, this model’s lashes are dramatic extensions and enhanced by all that kohl. This wasn’t going to take a trip to the nearest Watson’s to get them. I wanted them done “professionally.”… Read More ›

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Favourite First Lines (II)

In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. — Patrick Suskind, Perfume: The Story of A Murderer, 1985 Apparently the movie version of this gimmicky novel which bestsold in the late 80s flopped early… Read More ›

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The Key to Living High

I guess it’s about time to highlight Jason Mraz in this space. I try to picture the girl through a looking glass And see her as a carbon atom See her eyes and stare back at them See that girl as her own new world Though her home is on the surface she is still… Read More ›

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Disney Faze

Ever get that trapped feeling in any of the Disneylands of the world? The saccharine colours, the overpriced souvenirs, the preponderance of Mickey, hidden and otherwise, the mind-deadening jingle-like songs, the vastness of the grounds, the lines for rides and shows, all make the place much too much larger-than-life, loud, and tiring after a while…. Read More ›

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Clues that Someone has a Crush on You

My Top Five List of Clues That Someone Has A Crush on You: #5: The person will find a reason to text you regularly. At social gatherings, he/she will find a reason to chat with you. (Caveat: This has to be taken into the context of clues #4 to #1, or you might misread a… Read More ›

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