Sit tight for a frigging long list of things, because I’m basically compiling two weeks into one post. Yup, laziness and procrastination strike again, and also my wifi connection has been super wonky, if you don’t already see me whining about it on twitter.
Kim and I went down to the Esplanade to watch South Korean soprano Sumi Jo perform with the SSO, and despite the crappy seats we had (because I booked them a tad too late), Sumi Jo was as radiant and captivating as the last time I saw her performing live. She’s 51, but you simply cannot tell from the way she carries herself, and her voice was exquisite, in terms of vocal range, tonality and the sheer control she has. Seriously, I wished we sat in the foyer stalls where we’d be right smack in the reach of her voice. Not only was her voice amazing, she also has the showmanship to entertain the audience, and quite a sense of humour as well. Of course, one has to mention that watching Sumi Jo is not merely an auditory experience, but also a visual feast, considering that she changes outfits at least four times.
Yet another holy grail item that I managed to pick up last week. I’ve been using this since I first got my hands on one of them when I was in the UK, and this is the only thing I’d consistently repurchase from Lush, hence holy grail status. The Lush at Wisma had ran out, and the sales assistant said that they’d only be getting more stock by the end of the month, but I couldn’t wait, so I plopped myself down to the other outlet and lo and behold, a whole row of Eau Roma toners was waiting for me :D
I had two half days last week, and oh my god, do you realise how awesome it is to wave goodbye to the other people in the office in the middle of the day, and you heft your bag and strut out of the office and do your own thing? Because if you don’t, you’d find out sooner or later when you’ve sold your soul to The Man because you want to buy everything that catches your fancy.
And what did I do with these two half days? Mostly hung out with friends… and tried out new places with some form of social lubricant.
Kim took me to Loof, after the Sumi Jo concert, where it’s actually pretty cool. I like the atmosphere, up high and relaxed :D
Aishah brought Chin Ming and me to Alley Bar, where it was more crowded and much noisier, but still, they had happy hour drinks, and I liked sitting at the bar area where it was easy to flag down the bartender to get some service.
Kim and I also went to a flea market during the last weekend over at the National Library. I was pretty tempted to get some things but i couldn’t exactly justify purchasing anything to myself… But I really liked the concept of 1000tentacles, and perhaps the next time I see them, I’ll actually buy their book. It was 40 bucks… and I didn’t have enough to spare.
Frank Sinatra was one of them cool dudes I wouldn’t have minded hanging out with. Also, his jazzy music was super smooth, in the way whiskey on the rocks flowing down your throat like silk. I saw this quote the other day, and I couldn’t resist saving it:
If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.
And now, here’s two tiny manga hauls:
Even though Lovisa is pretty much overpriced, I couldn’t resist picking up some earrings… I may perhaps have a slight problem ;_; someone, save me from myself. I won’t thank you though…
Aaand the Darling Clandestine haul has finally arrived. Do you know how much I detest USPS sometimes? The original package was most likely lost somewhere because I waited for over a month and it didn’t turn up, and I had to contact Evonne who was super nice and replaced my entire order in the end. She even upgraded one of my smaller bottles into a full bottle because she didn’t have any of the smaller bottles left. Her customer service is impeccable, and I feel like shit whenever I have to tell sellers that I didn’t receive the packages. Like, it’s not our fault, just the crappy middlemen, known as the post.
Conversely, Royal Mail is still the best. My teas are from Beastly Beverages, and they have quite a wide range of teas to choose from, and the fun part? They’re all based on various fandoms. I was an indecisive cheapskate, so I went for a Lucky Pack, where I got 4 random teas at a discounted price.
I’ve only managed to try three of them so far, and they’re really interesting… The Dean Winchester inspired one, Something Broken in You, is delicious, whereas the Lucifer inspired one was definitely not my cup of tea (hahaha, I’m so funny, right). It has chilli powder for some reason, and it definitely tasted weird to me. The other one, We Run the Show Now, is pretty normal, since it’s a mixture of assam, oolong, keemun and lapsang souchong.
Lastly, this is the concert I’m most excited about:
The Cat Empire! Isn’t the band name adorable already? :D But seriously, I really like their sound; it’s like a mix of jazz with ska and pop-rock? Idk, but I love how the Mosaic festival flyer described them:
… the Cat Empire have carved themselves a unique place in the itnernational music scene – a band with no guitars, no easily definable style, and no corresponding haircuts. they are merely a band that can step onto any stage in the world and make the crowd move… This is beautiful chaos brought upon by the magic of the beat… Dancing shoes essential.
The Cat Empire was an unexpected discovery for me, considering that I only picked up the flyer on a whim, remembered to check out their music on YouTube while procrastinating at the office… and also the band resonated with me, through their sound, their lyrics and their philosophy, in a sense.