Archive for November, 2009

Self-praise is no praise, but that’s ok since Chinese cannot be praised anyway

November 28, 2009

You’ve heard the phrase “self-praise is no praise”. You’ve also heard that Chinese cannot be praised, or they will screw up.

Therefore, once you have done a really good job, you should quickly praise yourself before anyone else does, since nobody will (want to) praise you after you do so, preventing any negative effects of praise from occuring. And since self-praise is no praise, you won’t be inflicting the negative effects on yourself anyway.

So if you’ve ever wondered why successful Chinese are such self-praising snobs, now you know.

Let me know if this works for other races too.


Blessing in disguise?

November 19, 2009

To bring everyone up to speed, I got re-deployed to Marine Parade Library as a permanent fixture. I used to be roving around the libraries providing IT support. I had a complaint post about it before, but now I think it is a blessing in disguise.

I liked roving, I get to move around, meet people, and time passed faster. It was fun. Maybe too fun.

I got comfortable with it; I woke up, zoomed through the day, reached home tired, read my RSS and Facebook feeds and went to sleep. Repeated the same thing again, till the weekend came and went.

Yes it is great to have a job like that, and it pays the bills, but now I realise, it took away my drive to want greater things in life. I barely practiced on my guitar, and I did not think much about my future. I had this thought, however bad, that my band will take off someday, and meanwhile I can just zoom through the days and earn money. That wasn’t a very good mindset.

Now that I am at Marine Parade, my day CRAWLS. I finish reading my RSS and Facebook feeds at work. I am sick and tired of this job. I have so much time my mind runs. And that, is a good thing.

I started wanting my dream again, being a musician and all. And wanting it BADLY. How much I want to get the fuck out of here, write songs and play gigs every day. When I am home, I play my guitar much more, because I know that I need to get better, and I want to get better, so my band and I can break out of this mundane life and do what we really want to do. I have been doing recordings at home, be it to expand on the ideas my band leader comes up with so he can expand on them even further, or tearing songs apart and analysing how he can sing it better, or just simply trying to nail the mistakes I always make in the songs we already play. It also helps with learning how to work with a DAW, although I’m using a super stripped down one (GarageBand). Having read through all my feeds help a lot, as there is no more distraction.

Now to clarify, I don’t prioritise reading over the guitar. It’s just a very bad addiction. This change in my life helped me ‘solve’ the addiction by shifting it to another time slot. Not too shabby. It’s still good to be well read anyway.

Sometimes I wonder if the people in control of my work life actually planned for this, or was it unexpected for them as well. They do know I am into music, to a certain extent. Silly conspiracy theories I always come up with, sheesh.

Sometimes there is no need to be right, you just got to say what the other guy wants to hear.

November 14, 2009

No it’s not about being spineless, I see it as a form of manipulation. By saying what the other guy wants to hear, the end result might be what you want, be it rapport, a favour, or just for the guy to shut up.

Rather than fighting to be the one that is right, in which the only thing you gain is an ego boost, and troubles in the future.

I exercise this a lot at work to get by, but I do not do this with my friends, unless someone is being really annoying. It is very tiring and I’d rather be letting off steam while being with good company.

Random Philosophy

November 14, 2009

I’m starting a new category to input random philosophy that hits my head every once in awhile (too often to be ignored). They may be right, may be wrong, may make sense, may not.. They are results of my own reflection, and I just thought of archiving them. Maybe they can be used for a song or something useful one day..

They will be mainly just one-liners. Like Confucius said, but by me.

Is philosophy even the right word?


November 9, 2009

As you might or might not know, my band BalloonWings didn’t get into PBO, a J-Rock gig, for a simple reason:

Our singer sits down.

Well again if you didn’t know, our singer is also our drummer. So OB-FUCKING-VIOUSLY he needs to sit down.

According to the dear organiser, apparently this isn’t entertaining enough. Why? Cos it is more entertaining to have a frontman. So, he gave us an ultimatum. Have our guest singer (who is only singing one song) sing ALL our songs or we don’t get to play. We declined.

FYI, the organiser of the event, is the ex-frontman of ethe’real, which was a runner up from SuperBand.

Look what I found.

Does this look remotely entertaining to you? For FUCK‘s sake, at least our singer is making himself useful by playing the drums. What the fuck is this guy doing? He only knows how to camp at the fucking mic stand and shake. And I’m not even going to start to comment about the rest of the band.

I rest my case.