Lousy musician, weird fan mail

My first public performance as a drummer!

Okay, this isn’t a particularly exciting piece for me to showcase since the drumming for this song is supposed to be understated and unexciting. But this is the only video I have.

And Cheryl Sim is an amazing singer so it’s worth watching. (I had two two different vocalists, by the way, both named Cheryl.)

Anyway, I left my camera with the guys and I think this footage was shot by Unker Kell, using The Goonfather as a tripod.

I’m glad they didn’t film the other song because I was a mess in that one. I totally suck as a music performance artiste. I’m only kind of good for posing as one.

My Girly Band

In the above picture is the other Cheryl, who sang Sweet Child ‘O Mine.

And… introducing my future band mate: Minou!

Minou and Sheylara

She just started taking electric piano lessons at The Music Lab. We’re going to perform together in the next student concert!

Playing at The Crazy Elephant was nice. Felt like a real gig, with a real audience, unlike a regular student concert filled with friends and family who smile and nod at you encouragingly even though you suck.

My Girly Band @ The Crazy Elephant

We all didn’t have, like, band names. On the programme sheet, we’re listed as Band 1, Band 2, Band 3, etc.

I didn’t bring the programme sheet home with me cos my friends spilled chilli sauce on it while I was on stage performing.

By the way (and this is totally unrelated), a stranger recently e-mailed me asking if I had a boyfriend because he wants to ask me out on a date.

I replied, “I am attached but thanks for your e-mail.”

He said, “Do you mind having another bf?”

We went back and forth a little with him trying to get my number and me politely declining until I got tired of replying. It was getting ridiculous so I just ignored the whole thing for a bit.

And then… I got this:

“If you don’t want to give that person a chance, at least give yourself a chance to open up to more choices and possibilities. Should get to know more guys while you still young, while you still can! I mean…this is the 21st century and people are talking about women liberalising.. Furthermore, you’re so pretty..It will be such a waste if you constraint your whole life to just one guy. It’s an exciting world out there. Prove me wrong..?”

Total flabbergastation.

I didn’t reply that because I don’t think any reply in the world can do that piece of work any justice.

AND THEN…

Six days later…

He e-mailed me one more time.

He said, “I guess you are not as spontaneous as Fiona Xie…”

Like…

Excuse me?

Being vain is a chore

In the midst of a dizzying week!

Besides frantically practising for my student concert, trying to iron out as many kinks as possible in my drum grooves, I also have tons of appointments.

Sheylara at drums

Like, everyone wants me THIS WEEK and no week else.

I have meetings, events, shoots, interviews and birthday parties, on top of my gym classes, band concert and Shape Run 09. And, of course, blogging.

Birthday cake
Three pairs of hands trying to figure out how to unwrap the protective sheet around our birthday cake.

Busy all the way till Sunday. Sorry for the lack of GGFs for three weeks. Regular service should be resuming next week!

I AM PERFORMING ON SUNDAY!! Stressed! Still making mistakes at today’s rehearsal. Ack.

Band

Me and my band girls! I only met Jocelyn (guitarist) one month ago and Cheryl (vocalist) two weeks ago. We’ve only had, like, three short rehearsals together, due to some unfortunate circumstances.

But it’s a lot of fun (if you minus all the stress).

I think we should be able to sound coherent on Sunday. Come and support our event, okay?

This Sunday, 6pm – 9pm, at The Crazy Elephant. I still don’t know what time we’re on, though.

Fugene and Sheylara

Above: Fugene, our band director, also Jocelyn’s guitar instructor.

I camwhored in a hotel toilet yesterday. Was at Carlton Hotel for a business lunch.

I needed to decide whether to tuck my hair behind my ears or let it down for a photoshoot I was going for later in the day.

So I took photos to help me. Sometimes, photographs show you things you don’t see in the mirror.

Sheylara

Sheylara

I decided to go with tucking behind ears cos I think it makes me look friendlier.

Then, on my way to the MRT station, with the stupid wind blowing my hair everywhichway, I changed my mind and decided to go with loose hair. So I removed my hair pin.

Anyway, my outfit yesterday didn’t really go well with neat hair.

Being vain is such a chore!

Sheylara
Cabwhoring.

I mean, seriously, I wish I didn’t care about my looks so much. But if I don’t care about it, other people will. And I’m loathe to let others do what I can do myself, because I know I can do it better.

I know you don’t really understand that, but never mind. It makes me more enigmatic if you don’t understand me all the time.

I had this for dinner on Wednesday night:

Sheylara's dinner

I was dining alone. I know you think I’m a very sad person for having to dine alone. But I love dining alone in a quiet restaurant.

It’s so peaceful. I can do my favourite thing — eat and read. I really think there’s nothing more enjoyable in the world than eating and reading!

I also really wanted to try these mini oriental burgers. This was at a Chinese eatery in Iluma. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant because it’s some obiang Chinese name.

But I will go back again and take more photos and remember the name cos the food is yummy! The above meal cost me $15. Quite reasonable!

Well, happy Friday, everyone! You all love Fridays but I hate Fridays.

I have TGIF envy.

My drumming debut… plus icky photos

I’m performing at The Crazy Elephant this Sunday!

Come and watch me!

If not, nobody will be watching me, since nobody but drummers look at drummers.

Especially if the band has a chio vocalist.

The Music Lab Student Showcase

Actually, on second thoughts, don’t look at me. I’m very unprepared and very stressed about it, even though I’m only performing two songs.

I haven’t started learning the second song yet!!

Well, if you have some time, just come and enjoy our student concert. There will be over 10 bands, each playing about two songs. And try not to pick on my mistakes!

It’s free admission but you’ll have to buy your own drinks, just like in any regular pub.

The Music Lab Student Showcase
Sunday, July 19, 6pm – 9pm
@ The Crazy Elephant
Clarke Quay, 3E River Valley Road,
#01-03/04, Singapore 179024

OMG I have no idea what to wear.

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Worm food

In a bid to halt an imminent cough I could feel coming, I bought Vitamin C capsules last week.

I wasn’t prepared for what greeted me inside the box, so I plurk-tweeted it.

Redoxon Vitamin C capsules

Of course, everyone wanted to see pictures.

I’m surprised no one has seen it before. I have this impression that everyone takes Vitamin C pills because so many people advised me to take it when I was sick.

I guess people normally take chewable or effervescent tablets. I prefer time-release capsules because they’re kinder on my gastric.

So, here’s the promised picture!

Redoxon Vitamin C capsules

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this: Trays of icky worms you see in bird shops and aquariums. The brown stuff in the capsules look like the brown stuff that the worms crawl around in. Hence, worm food. Although I don’t know what worms actually eat.

Nevertheless, it feels weird eating this.

But it must work because the cough never came. And my sore throat didn’t develop into full-blown flu even though I ate durians on Saturday and potent durian ice cream on Sunday.

I’m feeling almost 100% now!

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Copulating flies

Actually, the Club Morte guys used a cruder word to describe what you’re seeing in this picture below. I just don’t want to say it here.

Humping flies

Okay, I have no idea what is going on here. I just took the guys’ word for it that the flies were copulating.

(Bigger photo coming up. Don’t read on if you don’t like seeing insects close up.)

We saw these at an organic farm in Malaysia last Saturday. I’ll talk more about the trip another time!

The flies were very co-operative, allowing us to go really close to take photos. The funny thing was that they didn’t move at all in the few minutes we spent photographing and examining them.

Someone said they must be dead but they don’t look dead to me.

Here’s the close-up!

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Humping flies

What do you think?

I wonder what’s that white blob between the two flies.