Monthly Archives: December 2014

Feedback Open Mic ft Nakedbreed & Rashdan Harith Band @ The Bee Publika / October 2014 Edition

28th October 2014: Feedback Open Mic ft Nakedbreed & Rashdan Harith Band @ The Bee Publika / October 2014 Edition. Here’s Samantha!



Ajantaro Dan Ahli Silap Mata (with Hameer!)

Ukulele-slappin’ Az Samad.

He brings a totally different sound to it than you normally hear.


Emcee Hameer Zawawi!


Awesome sludge/groove metal!

First featured act, Rashdan Harith Band!

A to the Z.

Simmy has a very directed glare.

Second featured act, Naked Breed.

Let’s go back 2 centuries in music! (Well, I tire of saying 90s music.)

Once in a while, I enjoy a switchup like this, where the watermark is colored and the picture is not.

The Filters & Mazrul.

Ammal & Ahmol. The ukulele bass sounded very much like an actual bass. I suddenly want one, given that the one thing that puts me off a bass is the scale length!

The Message.

The Filters. Yeah, this is a setup shot, but I find it cute.

Wai Leong & Friends, bringing the jazz.

The Boohoorah.

A Virtuous Cycle.

Laundry X AHM Records X Vans: #ProjectOffTheWall FINALE

23rd October 2014: Laundry X AHM Records X Vans: #ProjectOffTheWall FINALE at Laundry Bar, The Curve. Here’s a sign that Halloween is near!

Thanks to Darren of An Honest Mistake Records, emcee and organizer, who hooked me up with a little job – to shoot the finale of this series, in exchange for some Vans swag. I had come full circl triangle, looking the part of the hipster.

First act of the night: Daiyan Trisha!

Every act was a full band setup.

Gotta love them quilted maple top guitars.

I love how the Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 Dark Knight Pro Edition renders gigs, with a slightly soft vignetting.

Second act was the transformed Talitha Tan!

She now had a bassist!

She was all-out rocking instead of acoustic rocking!

She must’ve told Raja Farouque to unleash the shredder within, and he did.

Collin, guest emcee.

Two uh, random girls in the audience were asked to sing. They blew the audience away!

Random dude asked to do a metal pig squeal.

Talitha and the very limited first edition of her first single, Sigh. I have one such copy, before it received a proper CD label and was properly burnt as an audio CD.

Here’s how you know you have the first edition – it is mistakenly burnt as a data CD.

In other news, her second song is named Okay. I propose the third to be Whatever. So Sigh, Okay, Whatever.

Flare on the 50mm!

The very yeng Michael Leaner.

The Marquee!

7-string 90’s rock goodness.

More flare.

Cool Vans T-shirt.

Last band of the night…


Real punk rock. Not pop-punk. Has some pretty good rhythm variation within songs, too, so you’re not feeling punk lethargy.

That there are Transformers factions within is super cool.

Oh and before I forget, all the drummers! In sequence from left to right, then top to bottom.

Talitha’s first ever full band.

Farouque and Misgive.

More pictures are here!

Artificial Black Hole

Physicists and movie scriptwriters, take heed! I now know how to make a black hole artificially.

Take someone who enjoys Facebook interaction, and hide his/her birthday status. At the stroke of midnight, I… I mean, he/she, would feel a massive empty, lonely, crushing feeling. Something missing.

So it’s technically not an immensely dense mass if it’s nothing. A sucking vacuum pulling in.

At midnight, I felt a strange emptiness – for the past few years, birthdays were just a ritual of replying to birthday wishers on my Facebook wall in the most creative, personal manner possible. The only bummer is when the other person is a Facebook acquaintance that I don’t know what to riff with them about.

My initial idea was to see if somebody would wish me anyway, and see if people would follow and wish, or if people would hesitate since they didn’t know for sure. As it turned out, nobody did! Instead, I got SMSes and private messages, or wishes in person. Nobody took to my Facebook wall, starting a crescendo of wishes.

I was inspired by one such friend who had a birthday wish. I then wished her too, following with this reply:

“That said I am inspired by your omission of birthdate on your profile and am tempted to see what would happen if I omitted mine! Would people pick up on a wall post? Would one person getting the date wrong get me an early birthday flood? Would this mean I would not just be spending all birth day replying to each wisher? And yes, I’ve just hidden my birthday so the scheme I stole from you begins… now.”

Feeling the crushing void, I was tempted to ask that friend why she hid her birthday, but I held back, knowing that if I asked, I might give away that it might be my birthday today. My colleague thankfully withheld temptation to wish on my wall, after wishing me in person, because he knew of my birthday from my office Skype account.

I also went out of my way to wish my friends who were born on the same day, without drawing attention to the fact that we were born on the same day. None of them wished me back. More sadness! I remembered who they were by heart! Such pricks, just like me, who only bothers to wish if I happen to see their birthdays on the birthday bar on Facebook, and only if I have something punny and witty to say!

Thus, I shall not repeat this experiment again. My Facebook profile should say it now, that I was born a certain 19th of December, 1983.