Monthly Archives: January 2014

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One March Edition

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One March Edition, 12th March 2013. I didn’t note the names this time.

Big & Small! This would be the first time I’d see Krystal, who packs a rich, roaring roll in her voice, and the rhythmic energy of Daryll. They did a cover of Blackstreet – No Diggity, complete with the rap.

Some white guy with a ukulele.

Meanwhile, outside…

This would not be the first time I’d do a doge meme.

Shelley Leong & Seth Lael, first featured act of the night! Here’s Seth rocking the banjo.

Shelley, wide-eyed as ever.

Ray Cheong, fingerstyle maestro.

Ashley Chan, in her solo act days.

Unidentified dude with an acoustic guitar with nice binding.

Cassandra Chong, second featured act!

Rest in peace, Halia.

Kafayat has soul.

Aice and friend.

Ashley’s guitarist later performs his own set.

Prakash Daniel, without the goatee, almost unrecognizable.

This type of shirt seems to be popular with the singer-songwriters.

I really, really should’ve cleaned the filter on my lens. I should’ve gotten more clarity from the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA, despite the low-contrast lighting.

Reza Salleh, organizer and emcee.

Meanwhile, outdoors, Zalila and a mid-flight jetpacking Jessica.

George Wong or 2storeyheart, emo proper.

Rizla Lynam, who has some amazingly written songs. If you dissected them, they aren’t uncommon chords, but the way he does it sounds fresh.

Outdoors, a hoedown!

Zalila is really getting into the sound of the banjo.

Shelley showing us the fun of a xylophone.

Night On High Street

Open Mic Night at The Warehouse Gallery & Café, 28th February 2013.

This was the second time I’d been here, and the last – it has sadly closed down. Upstairs is a real swanky restaurant.

The first time I was here was just for ice-cream and coffee. It was a surprisingly wide shophouse in what was known as High Street, later Jalan Bandar, and today Jalan Tun H.S. Lee.

The Woh Fatt you see in the background is not the legendary musical equipment stockist, but a stationery shop.

I brought my Sony Alpha 99, Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA and Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original.

Despite this, light plays the most part in the clarity of the image.

Intricately inked classical guitar!

Gregory Ramanado!


Greg rolls into rap, too!

Ivon Smith tunes up.

Keino Mess and a dude on harmonica.

I don’t know who was who – the emcee wasn’t really announcing who was who.

Shaneil Devaser.

This dude again.

Jalan Tun H.S. Lee is a long road.

Greg and I camwhoring. Today you’d call it a selfie.

Tima, emcee, organizer, and one heck of a singer as I’d later discover by chance as part of Mutima.

Ivon is one heck of a bluesman!

Aslak Gronflaten on trumpet.

Once again with feel.

I’d name those who I can figure out from the invitees on the Facebook event.

Gregory Funkanado goes up again! This open mic had a very different feel, a very informal one, where anybody anytime could go up and jam. Pictures are in chronological order.

Ovation Al DiMeola signature model.

This guy has electronica sounds in this box.

The difference between my Carl Zeiss and the old Minolta is obvious. The Minolta loses contrast when shot at F1.4.

At F2.0, because it wasn’t designed with a circular aperture, the aperture’s shape becomes prevalent in out-of-focus areas when stopped down.

Out-of-focus areas can get distracting with the old Minolta.

Hameer Zawawi.

Fake plastic audience member.

The legendary Professor Che Wan Zawawi Ibrahim.

He had some catchy songs! Leave The Blues Behind.

Hameer, his son, on shaker.

There was another song that had us all singing along, but I can’t remember what it was.

Crowd dances along.

She sang a cover of Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You. Nice voice!


RAWR!!! The Gig The Acoustic Sessions @ Paradox Cafe, 27th February 2013. Here’s The Summer State from Singapore!

Sue & Her Boys; The 2nd Chapter did an excellent cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication.

Amanda Charmaine.

Scarlet Heroes.

All shots with the Sony Alpha 99 and Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA and Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original.

Darren Teh, organizer and emcee.

Syamee Shamsul. I met him much later, and I can’t believe how much of a good boy he looked back then!

I remember the leftie guitar though.

Talitha Tan and her lyrics sheet.

This time, backed by Syamee and band.

He would later sport a rather cool hairdo. My backlog is just under 11 months now, and I’m looking to shorten that!


Meanwhile, in the back, Nick Davis previews a track for Esty.

Jonathan Khor, violinist with an extensive pedalboard that had a wah! He did a cool cover of Michael Jackson – Billie Jean.

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Publika February Edition

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Publika February Edition, 26th February 2013. Sweet Ibanez Iceman bass!

The Milkmen, I think.

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any notes on who some of the later performers are – I usually save them in Google Calendar as an event, but for some reason I have nothing in February 2013. I do vaguely remember these guys rocking out.


Not sure who these dudes are…


Shaneil Devaser.

Brian Gomez, first featured act of the night.

Stanley Oh.

Ariff AB.


Dasha Logan.

Her merry men!

Doing the Egyptian.

Just doing her thang.

So that’s what stickers are for!

Rashdan Harith.

Kevin with a player T-shirt.

David on guitar.

Here’s one of my typical shots of Rashdan, full of sustain.

Remy J..

Teddy bear on top of the front entrance of The Bee, drunk after a can of beer.

Rendra Zawawi, second featured act.

This time, with a big band.

His siblings back him up.

String section.

Horn section.

Nope, don’t know this guy.

Mahani, who appears in Rendra’s music video for Faceless!

Yet another name to be filled.

Perhaps, as I progress through later open mics where I have ascertained their identities, I shall go back to this and edit their names in.


Transformers: Construct-Bots! I have to say, I love the line, despite all the flak it gets. Once you get past the notion that you’re only supposed to assemble it as per instructions, you can get some really cool alternate modes. Here’s Blitzwing, using all parts that came in the box, forming a more stealth-bomber-like plane.

Once you get past the notion that it must transform from robot to alternate mode without detaching parts, it gets even better. Bumblebee is a truck!

I first bought Blitzwing and Bumblebee, because I have a thing for triple-changers. Shame that the instructions tell you to detach parts to go from one alternate mode to another. For the others, you don’t need to detach parts to go from robot to alternate mode. I think this particular configuration doesn’t need detaching, though it will be calf-heavy; not a problem as it adds to stability.

All the triple-changing Blitzwings for scale.

My colleague didn’t like the hollow look either, and he didn’t understand the appeal of it, until he fiddled around with Blitzwing. Here’s an awesome alternate mode, that doesn’t transform, but uses all the parts in the box.

More angles of this masterpiece.

I was fiddling around with both, when I realized I could have a gestalt! I just needed to buy 3 more Construct-Bots.

I then bought the Optimus Prime Versus Megatron set, and make a gun entirely from all the pieces from Megatron’s box. Yes, it has a moveable trigger and safety lock.

Please pardon that the plasma cells are not symmetrical.

Non-transforming Huffer! Only Optimus Prime pieces.

All pictures above from my phone and processed by Instagram. Now for some serious camera action!

When stripped down for hands-on battle, you can stow away the pieces as a suit on wheels.

Megatron’s broken C-shaped wrench. Go easy on these.

Now, I had 5! Notice that Bumblebee who is normally short is taller because of his feet.

My first attempt at a gestalt, with the conditions:

1) use all the parts in the box
2) parts from a robot don’t cross over the merge points (I accidentally used Blitzwing’s machinegun on Bumblebee, so this is imperfect)
3) have modern-day articulation

I managed to use all parts for Soundwave and Blitzwing (the legs) but adding more to the upper three would make it imbalanced.

The wings of Soundwave and Blitzwing were used as giant rear braces. The wings on Megatron and Bumblebee can fold out for a wide-winged gestalt form.

My second attempt at a gestalt, Menasor-style. It balances a lot better and is more playable.

If you recolored Optimus Prime to Motormaster, you could buy the Stunticon limbs and make a proper-colored Menasor!

I didn’t use all parts this time, even removing Optimus Prime’s feet.

The limbs are simple, too; detach the arms on the leg limbs and put them behind, and detach one arm from each arm limb to attach to the underside. The cannons add stability. Originally, Megatron’s black cannon was in the left arm, keeping to no-crossover-rule, but it didn’t match in color so I swapped them.

I also made a jet wing attachment, but that made him fall backwards.

In scale to Transformers Fall Of Cybertron Bruticus (with non-destructive flamethrower mod).

Open Mic @ The Venue #5 – Hosted by Az Samad

Open Mic @ The Venue #5 – Hosted by Az Samad, 25th February 2013! Here’s the first featured act, Shelly Leong & Seth Lael! This is Shelley, jazz singer/pianist/guitarist.

Seth, the husband, on banjo.

I somehow can’t find the list of performers that I usually write on my phone, so this guy will be unlabelled unless I get a hint.

Khaimano returns! The witty multi-disciplinarian Khai is the head of this ska-punk-funk band with hilarious lyrics. He posted a gig flyer back in the Xfresh forum, that led me to catching my first gig ever, with his band playing songs like Backdoor Man, Cannot Get It Up… just as they did this night.

Ariff, used to be this skinny scrawny drummer, but he’s now buffed up.

Bahir wasn’t the original bassist.

Az Samad, organizer and emcee, introducing Shaneil Devaser, himself an open mike gig organizer. He played a cover of Foo Fighters – Razor.

Amrita Soon and a friend.

Anna Chong, second featured act!

Fung Chern Wei, on violin.

That metallic object ringed out, adding to the atmosphere. Anna’s music envelops you and makes you feel, in a transcending otherworldly way.


These guys bring back good ol’ rock.

There’s that infectious rock-and-roller tune Save Me

…and a cover of Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way.

Next was another band from a while back – Ziel.

They have that early 2000’s vibe, where rap and metal fused again.


They played Riot, from a time that flangers were in fashion – I first heard the song nearly 9 years ago!

Rendra Zawawi smiles at Yin, videographer and organizer of the organizer. He did a cover of Bob Dylan – Make You Feel My Love by himself…

…and then Hameer Zawawi joined him for the second song, Faceless.

The incredible Dasha Logan!

This shot, and the one before, were taken by Prakash Daniel, who gets killer shots!

Ash on drums.

Adil Johan.

Dasha is a load of energy on stage! She’s a most entertaining entertainer to watch…

…with the vocal prowess to match, going from a silky purr to a hearty rocking growl!

Her brother’s in the band as well; both children to Loganathan of Alleycats!

Hameer Zawawi, this time not traditionally the last act.

I did not catch the name of this band, that played hard rock and sang in Malay.

Super hard-rocking guitar! I remember asking the musicians how he was making that hot lead guitar sound. It was scorching, molten, sticky syrup.

Liam Callan.


According to Spiritual Belief System Selector, my belief is most likely:

Unitarian Universalism

My Complete Results:
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Secular Humanism (92%)
3. Taoism (90%)
4. Liberal Quakers – Religious Society of Friends (86%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (80%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (79%)
7. Non-theist (75%)
8. Mainline – Liberal Christian Protestants (72%)
9. Neo-Pagan (67%)
10. New Age (66%)
11. Jainism (65%)
12. Reform Judaism (56%)
13. New Thought (54%)
14. Sikhism (54%)
15. Hinduism (47%)
16. Christian Science Church of Christ, Scientist (44%)
17. Scientology (40%)
18. Orthodox Quaker – Religious Society of Friends (39%)
19. Bahai (31%)
20. Mainline – Conservative Christian Protestant (17%)
21. Islam (17%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist (16%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (13%)
24. Orthodox Judaism (9%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (6%)
26. Jehovahs Witness (6%)
27. Roman Catholic (6%)

How ironic, considering I was raised a Roman Catholic!

Moonshine: A Homemade Music Show / Feb 2013

Moonshine: A Homemade Music Show / Feb 2013, 21st February 2013, at Laundry Bar, The Curve! Here’s Reza Salleh, organizer and emcee.

The first act of the night was Amrita Soon!

A young talent who has an unmistakeable guitar.

She sings of chasing raindrops and paper planes.

Brian Gomez gives you a sermon in the funniest accent!

An excellent parody-maker, he’s got witty lyrics and humorous stories for all.

He’s also a writer, with an awesome novel – Devil’s Place.

He also runs Merdekarya, an awesome music venue/bookstore. You should click on the link and read it.

Bihzhu, sitting in the upper area, just before going on stage.

This jazz-soul cat has been in the scene for a bit!

David Ling on clarinet.

Bokeh is okay!

Faz on guitar.

Nicole, as I’m used to calling her, is a hugful of sunshine.

On harmonica for Xiao Bai Chuan – a first for me as I’d not seen her sing in Chinese before!

Back to upbeat stuff.

Finally, Saturday Afternoon.

Acoustic folk folks.

A pinch of female vocal harmony.

Just a cool shot of the drummer.

Fariz broke a guitar string, so his brother came to the rescue with a replacement.

Yes, the G string broke.

I like how their expressions were synchronized, probably unintentionally!

Sound guy vapes on.

Fariz then used Melissa’s guitar, to find trouble with the strap.

I can’t deny that since this was the first time I’d see Reza’s brother perform, I was watching to see how they were similiar or not in musical style and vocals.

Farewell, Silent Scenery

Kontakt #8, at Laundry Bar, The Curve, 7th February 2013. Here’s Phang of Citizens Of Ice-Cream!


I processed the entire series in monochrome in protest of the one-color-at-a-time lighting that was employed throughout.

The bar.

Man Under Zero Effort. I don’t see many guitars with pickups like these.

Lefty bass!

Alang on drums.

Silent Scenery.

I came, for they dubbed this their farewell show.

Post rock riffage!

Seikan on drums.

Kit on vocals.

Ryota Katayama gets on stage to sing a song with them.

Kit’s funky dreads.

Makes for expressive headbanging.

The pedalboard took over.

A big group shot, and I had the wrong lens on!

Nevertheless I could make do with two shots.

I missed Reset To Zilch, unfortunately.

Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron Bruticus Non-Destructive Flamethrower Mod

Yup, you can make your Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron Bruticus look (more) like the one in the game by flipping Blast Off’s jet/flamethrower around, without unscrewing or hacking the toy! Here’s how:

Detach the hands at the shoulder ball joint.

Transform the legs like this. The guns should go into the holes on the side of the arms, then into the holes on the legs.

Like so!

Okay, so he’s still a little hollow, but at least it bends at the elbow.

An alternate mode. (Yes, you might’ve caught me forgetting the chest ‘wings’.)

How it works from the other side.

Now if you refer to the game you’d realize I have the flamethrower with the boosters on the wrong side, but the underside of the boosters don’t look great at all. You can swap Blast Off’s guns and turn the flamethrower the other way for a third mod.