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The Fonz

I was having a discussion with Futuna. My uncle was at the back trying to play a game of chess on my iPhone but was holding it in landscape mode on his left hand away, and asked where’d the phone go. I showed the screen to him and the game changed to FIFA 2010 while Futuna looks from behind. Game turns into a first person wake boarding-style with the player riding through ocean waves. Then turns into a basketball game where the player has to trick the score board of not scoring and minimize the meter by flipping the phone from underwater. Uncle won and next stage was he has to throw small red sponge balls into a hole.

Uncle turns into a black guy. Came out another fat guy from above passing him the balls. The structure was a fish pond with brown wall and waterfall coming out with three holes on it for the balls to put into. One on far left, one on the right and another close beside it. Black guy was on top of middle hole trying to catch ball from fat guy above him but couldn’t get it into the holes because the ball was too light and blown away by the wind. He got an idea and soaked the ball in water and pass back to fat guy to pass back to him. This time he got the ball in and was happy. Then he threw a ball to a school marching band and they got excited and pumped up making noises then went back to the end of the corridor in the room and was scolded by two cute teachers in specs wearing baju kurung. Then they left and we left.

Went to Sg. Wang Plaza in front to a big hobby shop. Saw a life-sized He-man figure in glass with Battle Cat on top floor. There were lots of Star Wars stuff. Then there was Fonzie beside the windows overlooking Times Square where we first came. Their windows were full of Krispy Kreme’s green neon light sign. I was excited to see Fonzie and asked a guy to take our picture with my phone. We did a funny pose but someone enterframed from beside Fonzie. Semak, so I wanted to get another picture with him with a Star Wars jet fighter prop.

I took out some parts of the jet display nearby to turn into a guitar for me and blaster for him. Posed with another jet then the guy gave back my phone and went off. Somehow the phone felt light and when I checked it, it’s an iPod Touch that he mistakenly switched with his. People were coming into the shop and I ran through to chase the guy but didn’t know his name. Asked one of my friends and he said it’s ‘Adidas’. I ran down the stairs passing by some biker gang giving me the weird look. Then I got out and ran as fast as I could but still couldn’t find him.

Suddenly there was a white flash and I turned into a Japanese school girl. I told my friend earlier that I lost the Adidas guy. The friend was watching me through some Matrix-like monitor from a pilot deck. Behind me was a pink Sakura tree and view from the monitor was zoomed in then rotate and revealed that I was hanging upside down from my feet to the tree. My friend said I was running too fast and triggered the white flash and that it was some sort of booby trap from the Adidas guy. I saw him running and sneering me from afar.

Zoom out fade to black and I woke up.

Eid Mubarak!

raya09

Note to self: Wash feet before sleep

Because;

On Friday I had a dream reading a blog post on ‘How To Make Your Own Dildo’ using paper. Yup. Blurry images of it here(thanks alot Fa).

Saturday I was a black, Abu Ghraib prisoner-like shadowy ghost and went to stand on five different virgin’s bed post, simultaneously.

And last night I was hanging out with Michelle Obama at the White House and made her late for the family dinner at some restaurant. When I was about to sit beside Barack, he jumped to the chair on my left, smiled and sit cross-legged.

And they say the weirder your dreams are, the more creative mind you have. I do hope so!

Thank You & Good Night

2008ku - 31/12

SO, it’s the end of 2008, BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,”HOW TIME FUCKEN FLIES”.

Pejam celik-pejam celik, we’ve survived another year of LIFE. Syukur alhamdulillah. Even more so when the economy is ugly and getting uglier in the coming months. But like how we survived this year, we held our heads up high in the clouds with our hopes and our feet grounded deep in the earth with our strong will, no matter how good or bad the year has been to us, we came out alive and well, didn’t we?

I personally gained a few, if not some, of the things I want out of this year. For that, I congratulate myself(not being too vain am I?) and mark them in my ‘achievements list’. I too have lost or failed some. But that’s just another learning process I’ve to suck in to try even harder next year.

My last trip balik kampung last week had me thinking about what I want to do for next year in my relationship, career, health and faith. I’ve listed down everything that I could think of about it, so I could see clearer and pin it on my forehead whenever I see the mirror(metaphorically speaking) and keep reminding myself of the objectives.

‘Review, Resolve, Revolt’ is the name of the game in 2009.

Tomorrow is this blog’s 1st birthday and the end of my ‘Projek: 2008ku’ 366 days photo project. Seriously, I couldn’t believe I was able to complete it in the first place until now! To everyone reading, THANK YOU A ZILLION BUNCH for visiting, reading, watching, listening, commenting, linking, tagging, downloading, loving or hating the project that pretty much made the blog into what it is. I wish I could hug you all!

If there’s one thing this project has taught me, other than improving(or not) my photo taking skills or finding new contacts or exploring my writer side or sharing cool stuff with you beautiful people, it’s ‘DISCIPLINE’. And it’s something that I always lack off. The discipline to do and maintain something without fail and being better at it. With that in mind, and instill in me, I will usher the new year with a reminder that I am, can, and able to do whatever the hell I want and achieve in my life.

GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, 2009 IS GONNA BE ONE HELLUVA RIDE!

I can just taste it.

Bubbly Flatulence

2008ku - 27/12

Commit and dedicate yourself to even the most stupid ideas that come to mind. ~ Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug

Creepin On Ah Come Up

2008ku - 11/12

(… continued from Pt. 1 here)

KARIPAP DAGING’S TOP 10 FAVORITE ALBUMS (Pt. 2)

Incubus - Make Yourself

5. Incubus, Make Yourself (1999) – This band was introduced by my cool Animation lecturer in college. He gave me their previous albums before, Fungus Amongus and S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and I was already hooked by the dynamics of their own brand of funky alt rock, but this one was my favorite simply because most of their songs that I like are in it! Privilege, Consequence, The Warmth, Stellar, Make Yourself, Drive, Battlestar Scralatchtica, I Miss You and Pardon Me was on my Walkman for the whole semester!

Korn - Follow The Leader

4. Korn, Follow The Leader (1998) – Blame these guys for today’s overflowing of nu-metal imitators. But you can’t deny them for being the pioneers of the genre that broke the rules of post-modern rock music. From the first track(that starts from No. 13) It’s On! to Freak On A Leash(which video was directed by Todd Mcfarlane of Spawn, my fav comic) to the anthemic Got The Life and Dead Bodies Everywhere to Reclaim My Place, this album redefined the term ‘heavy music’ for the new generation of rock and made them the nu-metal gods.

Butterfingers - Transcendence

3. Butterfingers, Transcendence (1999) – This album literally redefined the band that was once branded as Nirvana rip-offs. As the title suggested the whole album was “above all”, musically and lyrically, that was around the local music scene at the time, underground or mainstream. The quintet really hit it hard with the beautiful arrangements, progressive riffs and melodies that magically harmonizes with the touch of electronica of traditional Malay sounds. I hope it’s not too much to say that this album also saved the local scene from whatever that was left at that time, and maybe, until today. Definitely ground breaking.

Deftones - Around The Fur

2. Deftones, Around The Fur (1997) – Another band introduced by my lecturer with the remark, “The new rock”. It was my first time listening to an album full of screamy and dreamy vocals rendered with heavy guitar riffs and very technical drummings of again, screamy and dreamy songs. Who could’ve forget the infectious riffs on My Own Summer with frontman Chino Moreno’s raw voice screaming “Shove it! Shove it! Shove it!” then the soft voice singing “I don’t care where, just far” on Be Quiet And Drive. Genius.

Rage Against The Machine

1. Rage Against The Machine, Self-titled (1992) – My neighbor and his friend, both my high school seniors, gave me this cassette when I was in Form 2. At first I seriously thought there was a DJ and a keyboardist in the band, which quite turned me off as I thought them as another pop band, but after reading the inlay credits that reads “No samples, keyboards or synthesizers were used in the making of this recording”, I thought to myself “Then where and how the hell did those weird sounds came from?”. After listening to the whole album again, while trying to figure out how Tom Morello make those effects(not that I’m expert on guitars, I was just started learning at that time) playing the funk-metal rock with Zack De La Rocha’s powerful socio-political rap, I was sold ever since.

Although Run DMC and Aerosmith’s Walk This Way in ’86 and Public Enemy and Anthrax’s Bring The Noise in ’87 kicked off the rap-rock genre, RATM definitely popularized it. Never have I heard an album with all 10 songs sounded so original and tight delivering an electrifying experience during and post listening. The album literally pumps you up after filling every bones in your body with the momentum from the heavy guitar riffs, blasting bass lines and bombing drum beats. But most importantly it feeds your brain with thought provoking topics through well crafted freestyle verses before blasting it again with powerful choruses. This one here is a masterpiece and a force to be reckoned with. Period.

Now listen up Babbler, Crafty, Sadist, Giantt, Fifa, Donnie, Radinator, Jim and Nata, lemme see your Top 10 Favorite Album list muahahaha!

Kayu Kayan

2008ku - 9/12

Tagged by Miss Jacky Wacky, here are my top 10 favorite albums of all time, in ‘chart’ order. Some have literally changed my life and some changed the way I look and listen to music ever since.

Of course there’s alot more where these came from, like the grungeful of Nirvana’s Nevermind, pop punkness of Greenday’s Dookie, emo geek rock galore of Weezer’s Blue Album or the metal prowess of Metallica’s Black Album, but I want to list down my other faves. Man, I wish I could list them all! Ch-ch-ch-checkkidout!

KARIPAP DAGING’S TOP 10 FAVORITE ALBUMS (Pt. 1)

Sigur Ros - ()

10. Sigur Rós, () (2002) – I was editing a friend’s short film when he passed me his mix CD with the songs to be used as the soundtrack. One of it is an instrumental song of windy sound of guitar’s and piano echo with an almost opera-like beautiful ambience called Untitled 2. The track was haunting, but in a romantic way that made me looked for the rest of the songs of the album. And just like what I was hoping for, the rest of the album was as melancholic and intoxicating. And I found it interesting for the band to not naming the album and the songs, but concentrating solely in the creation and delivery of their brand of music. Lovely.

A Perfect Circle

9. A Perfect Circle, Mer de Noms (2000) – The songs on this album give me the shivers (in a good way) everytime I listen to it especially 3 Libras. The music is infectious in a sense that it gave you that “uplifting” and “high” feeling, without the use of any form of substance. While frontman Maynard Jamed Keenan’s original band Tool has that raw progressive sound, this one has more polished craft and would put you in a light trance. This is an epic album from an epic band.

Michael Jackson - Bad

8. Michael Jackson, Bad (1987) – A.K.A. the first ever album I bought, at Kajang’s Billion Superstore. Like everybody else, I was a fan of him for as long as I can remember. I think I bought this album after watching his super cool Moonwalker film with my late dad(god bless his soul) at the Odeon(or was it Rex?) Cinema in KL. One word to sum up my favorite songs on this album would be Bad – baddass, The Way You Make Me Feel – catchy, Man In The Mirror – anthemic, Dirty Diana – sexy, Smooth Criminal – cool and Leave Me Alone – fun. Truly inspiring.

Bob Marley - Legend

7. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend (1984) – It wasn’t until Form 3 that I actually managed to listen to the full album of the man responsible for the famous No Woman No Cry hit. My uncle lend me this album and told me it’s one of the most important album in history. From the first track Is This Love to the last Jamming, I was hooked with the laid back yet infectious reggae melodies, unique arrangements, simple but powerful lyrics and overall the dynamics of all the instruments used esp. percussion. It is as the title says, a legendary album.

Bone Thugs N Harmony - E. 1999 Eternal

6. Bone Thugs N Harmony, E 1999 Eternal (1995) – One of my earliest form of gangsta rap music a schoolmate lend me(some might know him from local hip-hop outfit, M.O.B.). At first listen I was like “Whaddahell are these guys babbling about!?”. But after a while and getting myself submerge into the beautiful harmonization of the melodies of their spitfire super fast rapping and singing, I was hooked! And somehow I managed to learn their lyrics and rap to their songs too!

(To be continued…)


"The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." ~ Bruce Feirstein

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