God is a Woman — off the set

Filming in KL

For the duration of our stay in KL, Maria and I stayed at Hotel Istana (just across the street from Dean’s apartment) while Kan bunked in with Dean.


View of our hotel from Dean’s rooftop.

Some nights, I would crash over at Dean’s apartment (just for a few hours) ostensibly to hang out with the guys, but in actuality to leech Dean’s Internet access.

On this particular night, while I was busy blogging and Kan was busy downloading the day’s work and preparing for the next day, Dean decided to serenade us.

He sang many songs for us but this is my favourite.

Superman (It’s Not Easy)

Kan helped me film this using my Nokia N82. I have a cameo appearance halfway in the video, looking very stressed because I had two blogs to write and about four billion e-mails and messages to reply.

Dean’s ability to sing and play the guitar in this manner is somewhat hilarious because you’d never expect it of him if you were to meet him. He’s always a clown, making people laugh and doing impromptu weird dances to entertain people.

He even clowns around with strangers, who often don’t get it because they don’t expect a perfect stranger to tease them.

It’s funny for us, though.

Too bad he lives in Malaysia. We’ll miss him!

The Dark Knight interrogates the Joker (spoof)

Sundays are good days to watch online videos. You’re at home and you don’t have to worry about bosses lurking behind you, voyeuring your screen.

Here’s one for fans of The Dark Knight.

It’s freakishly hilarious. Make sure you’re in a safe place to laugh out loud. I salute the guys who made this video. Wish I could think of stuff like that. There’s some really excellent acting in there, too.

Sundays are also good days to engage in voting activities.

It only takes 20 seconds to type in your e-mail and password and click on my picture!

Vote for a chance to win exotic travel packages, how about that?

Vote for the Sometimes Damsel in Distress!

Thank you for your vote!


Sheylara woke up feeling a bit jaundiced.

Sheylara sings happy birthday to Nuffnang

Video time! You can let it load up while you read the story about it!

About three months ago, I was approached by Nuffnang to make a short birthday video. It would be shown at the Nuffnang Pajama Party together with videos made by other selected Nuffnangers.

As you can see, we were given a lot of time to make the video. But I kept procrastinating because I couldn’t think of what to say in it.

It’s like, what, “Happy Birthday Nuffnang, you’ve been a great… blog ad server in the past year! May you stay young and sexy and attract many more rich advertisers!!”?

It’s very hard wishing a non-living entity a happy birthday and not feel a little bit silly. So I took forever to think about it and finally gave up on it, busy with other things as I was.

Then, one week before the party, I decided to just fall back on what I do best — write a stupid song and sing it. (I’m not claiming that I do that very well. It’s just something I can do better than, say, dance or climb a mountain or fight a crocodile).

Despite the video submission deadline already being over and gone long ago, I just went ahead and wrote the song and made the video. I completed it two days before the party! *lol*

Writing the song was the easy part. I spent 20 minutes on it because I didn’t have time to come up with an award-winning gig. The tough part was recording and editing it. I couldn’t get the sound up to standard because my headset mic was a little faulty and I had to depend on my digital camera to pick up the sound and Adobe Premiere to enhance it.

The final edit isn’t ideal — I sound muffled — but I was tired and there was no more time, so I MSN’ed Ming.

“Miiiiiiiing!!” I said, “I’m sorry please don’t kill me!”

“Hahahahaha why?” he responded.

“I just finished making the video!”

To his credit, he didn’t even flinch.

(I know one can’t really flinch on MSN, but you know you can sometimes tell how a person is reacting by what he says and how long he takes to start responding and how long he takes to type his response. It’s not 100% accurate, but you can always estimate a guess.)

He said, “Oh, you did it ah? Can, can, I get my guy.”

Then we went through the boring details of video format and e-sending and subtitling. And it was done! My video was submitted and accepted.

I have to thank Ming for being patient with me and entertaining my super-last-minute entry. I’m sure the Nuffies were already very busy scrambling to tie up all the last-minute details of the trip amd the party. They probably didn’t need more last-minute work slotting my video into the programme!

So, thank you Ming and the Nuffies!

And, once again, happy birthday, Nuffnang! Er… may you stay young and sexy and attract many many rich advertisers!

Heheh.

Sheylara’s Video Scrapbook: “PS3 Party”

Here’s a video of me and my friends having fun with the PS3 (and eating donuts)!

Sorry if some parts are very dark. The video was taken indoors, mostly with the curtains drawn because when I tried to let in some light, the Goonfather complained that he couldn’t see his game. And dark got even darker after YouTube’s compression.

But I think it’s still watchable lah. Turn on your audio because the song is nice!

Hope you enjoy it. :)