Monthly Archives: January 2008

N.A.S.A.L. *

* Not A Show At Laundry

Tarquin’s birthday was a good reason to come to Laundry. This is not Tarquin this is his queen.

All shots with the Minolta 50mm F1.4 at F1.4 ISO1600. God bless SuperSteadyShot!

…which, unfortunately, does not help with moving subjects in insanely dark places.

Dance dance.

Whoa, check out the lights maaan. Trippy.

Last Gig Of 2007!

It was the No Black Tie Acoustic Countdown one 30th of December 2007.

Otam, who we all think sounds black.

We kid you not the kid has the blues the folk and the gravel-y voice to pull it through. Plus some catchy melodies.

Azmyl Yunor! Good ol’ folk singer with a touch of humor.

Mia Palencia! This lady got a lot of soul.

Paolo Delfino Gomez! Jason Mraz/John Mayer styled songs about the opposite gender. Of course, he doesn’t take upon it too seriously, with some of the funniest lyrics sang that night.

Reza Salleh! Emotional, heartfelt ballads with lush compositions, and modern rock numbers. *

Pete Teo is almost the Man In White. Folk, with a touch of something else. *

Raffique Rashid, yay! Always the one with the funniest stories told in lyrics. He had the most booming, classic, dramatic, macho voice of them all. I don’t quite know how to describe it. *

Shelley Leong! Jazz-tinged musings of life. *

…and, of course, the violent guitar slapper and tapper, Az Samad.

This is the double-tap…

…and another, in double time!

Technical details:

All shots used the Sony Alpha 700 with the Minolta 70-210mm F4 “beercan” lens shot wide open at F4. Yes it’s scorchingly sharp. All shots at ISO1600, except the second animation which mixes two sequences of ISO3200 and ISO6400. Finally, the last animation was entirely in ISO6400.

* pictures marked with an asterisk might’ve been taken by Waifon or Patrick. I’m not sure exactly which but that means my style can rub off on other people wow!


My new office featured a grand relocation; I am now seated amongst a bunch of quiet workaholics.

We were having lunch with newfound colleagues who usually sat at the other end of the office. Somebody cracked a joke, and I laughed.

Eh, your laugh is like Lisa’s!” (Names changed to protect privacy.)

Oh really? I’ve never heard her laugh before even though she sits opposite me. She’s always busy at work.

You know, this means something! You guys are meant to be! Fated! No other people I know laugh the same way!

Fortunately, Cupid never shot any arrows in our direction.

I know someone who eats Indomee the exact same way I do, and we share the same preference for food and have the same food allergies. Does Cupid shoot?



While it would be cute, it would eventually be too horribly cutesy for everyone, the way we do everything alike.

(…though an opposite-like couple can still be horribly cutesy, heh.)


Have A Happy M.U.N.D.A.E.*, 10th December 2007, at No Black Tie.

*musically universal non-destructive aerodynamic experience

Reza Salleh explains his existence to two white chicks before the show.

Warren Chan sings soft like a baby.

Shelley Leong being emo on piano.

Paolo Delfino, cynical and lyrical.

Shelley does the double-tapping thing!

Broken Scar returns!

50mm F1.4 at ISO6400 on the Sony A700. ISO6400! The color remains the same!

The superb, amazing, powerful-crooning Najwa! She would blow Alicia Keys out of the water. She made me wish I was a record producer so I’d sign her up on the spot.

Got a light?

Got a tissue?

Got an accompanying guitarist? (For Najwa.)

Kevin’s Geeetar! (Pronounce it like how it is in The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love at 1:52!)

Ally Fun

* Photoshopped to remove address and chat. Could be further edited to read “boys are mean a lot to me” instead of “boys are mean” hehe.

Doubled my Russians says:
hey wait a minute, you’re not pinkpau!

�.�.�* pinkpau says:
i wish i wasnt

Doubled my Russians says:
it’s not you! she has color and doesn’t look like an elephant!

�.�.�* pinkpau says:

Doubled my Russians says:
yeah, and she’s kinda tallish too
which makes me wonder, how big are baby elephants?

�.�.�* pinkpau says:
very big

Doubled my Russians says:
like, how big? bigger than a pinkpau?

�.�.�* pinkpau says:

Doubled my Russians says:
okay, what did you do with pinkpau? what do you want with a pinkpau, oh giggly monochromatic baby elephant?

�.�.�* pinkpau says:
giggle! im not saying!

Doubled my Russians says:
did you eat her? she certainly looks delicious

�.�.�* pinkpau says:
albert do you know any nice guys who wont break my heart

Doubled my Russians says:
i’m sure there are nice guys out there who see beyond looks, size and heft
elephants can be endearing and adorable in their own sweet way
so, i’m sure you’ll charm some guy’s heart with your elephant giggle
i just know it

�.�.�* pinkpau says:
sigh i just keep getting the feeling that all they want are my tusks

Doubled my Russians says:
don’t you say that!
i know there are songs about what you got inside that trunk
but not every guy is like that.
a real man will keep you and will respect your tusks till death does you guys apart
i mean, yeah there are those who marry elephants for their tusks and hope for low life expectancy and sell their tusks
no wait, why’d i say that
not that i know anybody who does that!
i just… heard from a bird
you know, those little birds
that hop on the backs of animals and whisper stuff
but you know what TRUE LOVE is?
when you both put your full tusk in each other

23 Questions

1. What colour pants are you wearing now?

2. Do you prefer light or dark haired guys?
Light haired guys. Easier to spot them in a crowd.

3. Are you currently frustrated with a boy?
Yeah man, that punkass hasn’t returned my money!

4. Do you have a best friend?
Kawan I semua best kan? Tapi yang hutang I, tak best.

5. Who was the last person you hugged?
The smitten kitten.

6. Have you ever had your heart broken?

Oh yes, she told me she was already together with another guy even before we broke up, and I got up and slapped her. So much for my beliefs in non-violence.

If you follow how I do memes, you’d know some of that is fiction.

7. Have you ever thought of having plastic surgery?
No, my skin is a bit tough and will need metal instruments to puncture and cut my skin. Plastic scalpels do not cut it.

8. Do you like your life?
Why, yes, I do! Wait…

Do I?


Do you?

Shit, now that you ask it that way… I wonder if I am really happy with my life, or if it’s just a reflex response.

9. Do you shop at Hollister?
I don’t know where Hollister is.

10. Has one of your friends ever stolen a boyfriend from you?
Yes. There was a time when Mr. Sia was largely missing in action. Watch your back imma gonna get ya!

11. Have you ever jumped in the pool with your clothes on?
Swimwear is a form of clothing, so I’d say… yes.

12. Do you have more friends that are girls or boys?
Let’s see – girly males not much (I just don’t attract their friendship), boyish males many, girly females not so much (thank GOD!), boyish females some. Thus, more boys.

13. How long have you had MySpace?
MySpace won’t tell me, but I first joined because Reza used one of my pictures on his MySpace profile and I wanted to see if he credited me.

Because he’s good-looking, has a sexy voice, and gets me into gigs for free, I’ll let him off.

14. Have you ever slapped a boy in the face?
No. Is it enjoyable? Will he enjoy it? Do you know any boys who want to be slapped in the face? Drop me a comment, let me know!

15. What are your biggest fears?
Slapping a boy in the face, and then him enjoying it, and then him trying to convince me that it’s enjoyable to be slapped by slapping me as well.

16. Has anyone close to you ever passed away?
No, but many people close to me have passed wind.

17. Have you ever cried yourself to sleep?
When I was a baby, and my dad said he was going out to the shop to buy some bread. Father of mine!

18. Have you ever not been able to get someone off of your mind?
A greater challenge is to get someone off your waist.

19. Do you believe in the saying, “Once a cheater, always a cheater”?
No. A good expulsion from school should do the trick.

20. Have you ever had a good feeling about something?
Yeah, every time she calls.

21. Do you ever wish you were famous?
No I didn’t. I think somebody else’s wish got granted on me instead.

That must mean that somebody else woke up one day with t!ts and a killer ass.

22. Are you currently missing someone?
Yes yes. Oh and I share the missingness of the nation – we’re missing Sharlinie! Please find her.

23. Please tag 5 people:
John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin.

Whatdya mean we can’t tag dead people? The morgue does it all the time!

A Post About My Girlfriend

She follows me around. Or maybe, I bring her around.

I see her at work.

She’s by my side when I sleep.

I love walking with her, and stopping to smell the flowers.

She hangs around.

She opened up my eyes to new horizons. She captivates and captures. She inspires me.

You have no idea how proud I am of her – I can sit and talk to guys for hours about her. They say I’m bordering on obsessive. They don’t know how much more than obsessive it is. She’s always on my mind.

And yet, I introduce her to my guy friends. If they like her too, I am all the more happy.

Likewise, she helps me meet chicks! I can’t tell you how much I take that for granted, that she’s so accomodating.

For she, now she, I really positively love and will feel a strong sense of yearning when I don’t see her, and it saddens me that I do have such a strong dependency on her.

I am not afraid to be seen with her. She sits on my lap on the bus and I shoot a straight face at whoever looks at me with very much a disapproving glance. They’re just jealous.

And here’s another thing to be jealous about – she doesn’t mind polygamy, as long as she knows that I love her the most. 🙂

Which comes to another tangent – I… well, I have not had sexual relations with her. Some say it’s very wrong. Am I one to waver to beliefs imposed upon us?

Bone-breaking Blues

Kids, watch out when you slam the car door. Make sure any of your fingers are not in the way.

You might break a bone and need surgery. For real.

(No that’s not me it’s Tarquin. You’re a brave man.)

On a more serious note, don’t sleep with your arm hanging over a chair! You could get a compressed radial nerve and paralyze your hand like what happened to great guitar shredder Dave Mustaine. Fortunately, he was very determined to getting back to his Megadeth glory days and managed to recover fully.