Chronicles of The Juggler

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Amnesty International's 16 days of activism for violence against women

Go to this page to find out more about the real and ugly truth, and browse the many ways you can help, whether you are a woman, or a man who opposes acts of violence and discrimination against the women around you.

Also, watch videos and advertisements that will make you tick. There is even an interactive game you can play to show your support!

It began on Nov 25th which is International Day Against Violence Against Women and will end on Dec 10th, which is Human Rights Day.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

GET OFF my back!!

You see, in life you are stuck with the high possibility of having three kinds of people around you, the ones who GET it, the ones who JUST DON"T GET it, and the ones who COULDN'T CARE LESS.

Now between these three, ALL of them can prove to be toxic to your well being and survival as a sane human being.

The ones who GET it can annoy the hell out of you by being IN your face TELLING you time and again that they GET it, although they have told you that a freakin thousand times before. Just go gargle or something. PLEASE!

The ones who DON"T GET it can annoy the hell out of you by asking the same damn questions again and again as to why they ARE NOT GETTING it. Instead of moving on and asking questions on why they SHOULD have GOTTEN it by now. They should also ask the morons who GOT it (the get-its) so that they can go bother these idiots (the don't-get-its) instead of sticking their halitosis ridden symptoms in my face.

And the ones who couldn't give a freakin rat's ass (lucky rat though) just annoy the hell out of you by simply existing, and living and breathing the same air you do, when in actual fact they should be just buried alive, or better still, burnt alive... oh, but that would contribute to global warming, so no... buried alive better... and make way for more deserving creatures to inherit the earth. Maybe a tree might even grow from the spot they were buried at... until of course it's cut down, to make way for the next mall. Or the flyover to GET to the next mall.

Me? I'm just GETTING it all, which is too much of everything, that really amounts up to nothing in the end.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

This published on just now... thought I'll paste it here too...

The Thriving A Cappella Scene, and then some.

It's nice to see other a cappella groups grow and evolve. Especially when they are all your friends which you have sung with at some point, thanks to being a member of The Phil all these years.

Just got back from The Wicked Pitches' Mostly We Moon concert at KLPac. Am proud of them, they did a tremendous job, lots of hard work was prevalent in all areas, and they pulled it off well. Thanks also to Michael Voon, another dear friend, choreographer/staging director extraodinaire and fellow theatre practitioner, they had their moves and grooves polished just right, of course, after taking into account the few who do have rhythm problems. And as a friend, I will not try to be all forgiving and just say nice things for the sake of it. Rather I would like to tell them to their faces, what did work and what did not (which I already did btw), be objective about it and allow them to grow even more and learn from the whole experience- if they actually think I am talking sense lah. Take the negative and make it positive the next time round...

A healthy and thriving scene, be it in theatre, musical theatre, a cappella or dance, should be strived at all times. Unfortunately this is easier said than done. Of course when I say healthy, I mean, maintaining good competition, keeping the environment an educational one, where all parties aim to better each other because they know they want to, because they love what they do, because the only way is up. NOT because they want to be better than that group, or because they THINK they deserve better than the others. There is no room for sour grapes if you want to move forward and cultivate positively. At least, that's what I have learnt.

Will look forward to seeing familiar faces at our Christmas eve gig at Bangkok Jazz. In the meantime, it's rehearsals and more rehearsals.

The funky chicken head

Well... basically, with all the stuff going on in the performing arts scene, I am sure we all want to be as good as we can be, and get better as we do it. I just wished all of us would take our strengths more seriously and grow together. After all, there is no right or wrong, only good or bad theatre.

It's when you do not think you need to still learn, or do not respect your fellow actor's/singer's/dancer's background in theatre training or the like, is when silly thoughts are conjured up, or unnecessary conclusions are drawn. And we all subconciously stop ourselves from moving forward.

Theatre is a living organism. It needs healthy algae, not old energy sucking moss.

Sleepy Biatch

Friday, November 10, 2006

No use for lengthy explanations

It's just unfortunate. I can't post from the office because of some stupid firewall. I don't spend enough time at home long enough to be able to blog. I am either too tired when I do reach home, or I have other things to see to within the tiredness. And it's usually 12am by the time I do get home after completing an ordinary day.

So that's why this page, and my other page, has been dormant for these few months.

I had like about four or five topics to blog about, made mental notes, even knew what I was going to type... but all that has dissipated to mere fragments of jumbled up thoughts. I don't even remember where the hell to start. Or what those subjects were in the first place.

I guess I'll make this post about quick updates then, since, God knows when I will be actually posting again [*recites mantra* "Have to make it a point to blog, have to make it a point to blog"].

The KL Ensemble space had its first rental job about two weeks ago, and now it has its second one. The Ryzers, thanks to BB have booked our space for their dance lessons for all Tuesdays in November. Some minor income will be generated from that.

Yes we are still training three times a week. I must say the variations in training on all three days are tough, but exciting at the same time, mentally and physically. No productions lined up yet, only towards the first quater to the first half of next year probably.

Also, the first official Theatrical Biomechanics Course for KL Ensemble as a company, began in September. It will end at the end of this month. We had 5 candidates, but one dropped out. Assisting Chris in this course is definitely a good thing. He also makes me do more, allows me to instruct/teach more variations on how to feel the body, which in turn helps the candidates understand their bodies better when they apply biomechanics. I only have seven years of training under Mew Chang Tsing to thank for that. Must catch up with my first Si Fu. Wonder how she is...

Fancy Poultry had a wedding gig in August. It went ok, apart from one or two songs sounding like crap, the rest were ok, and Kay got quite a number of good comments from the guests and her relatives. So, PHEW! It was Fai's, Hazlin's and Kayli's debut with the group, so thy were pretty frazzled by the end of the months of rehearsing. But thank God for Fai. What a difference one guy made. Another PHEW!

Habeas Corpus in JB. Yes. The edition where I played Mrs. Wicksteed, the character Sabera played in the KL run. It was, well, totally unadulterated, daunting, groping fun! I wish I had a few shows to do, as opposed to just one. This was in August too, so you can imagine the mayhem it was to memorise lines, blocking, organising rehearsals between this AND the FP gig... geez. PHEW! Again.

Since then, it's been just training. With watching the latest plays or musicals, learning what to do and what NOT to do. Well, more the latter than the former.

FP have a confirmed gig on Christmas Eve. At Bangkok Jazz some more. I am surprised we even got the gig, given certain past experiences. James, ye old singing partner and friend, will be joining FP for this gig. I can't say much except that I am thrilled to be working with him again. They only needed four singers, and we will be backed by a jazz trio. So am looking forward to this.

My capoeira academy's Batizado, or festival will be happening on the 20th to the 26th of this month. I have to kind of get myself in order for this if I want to get corded (the term they use equivalent to the belt system in karate). We are given cords by the Masters, of course in various colour codings, IF we do well during the rodas. I doubt I'll get corded this year, still suck at certain techniques and timings. But will take part nevertheless. Check out for more details.

These are the updates The Juggler can think of for now. It's already 2.43am. I shall blog again briefly tomorrow, probably around the same time. Now I better say something on pawesome... ta!

Sleepy Biatch