Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Life's Wake-up Call...

"Life is but a walking shadow

a poor player,

that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

and then is heard no more..."

William Shakespeare

My mood this afternoon is sombre...very, very sombre. A colleague of mine from work has just been diagnosed with terminal brain! That's it, young man in his prime cut off, just like that. I keep thinking, "why him?" just doesn't seem fair, very little seems fair these days. Everything that seemed to matter today, all the petty stresses of life seem to pale in comparison to this news, it brings everything into perspective. Makes me question whether i'm using the time i have right now to the best of my ability, makes me question whether i'm doing what i want to do as opposed to what i can or have to do. Human beings are the most self-involved, arrogant creatures...we operate as tho there is no tommorrow! Unlike Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, we don't get someone pointing out the how our actions in the past, reflect in the present & ultimately form the future.

Most of us won't get a second chance..this is it people, make it memorable!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Where are all the Good People?

Jack Johnson is a lyrical genius! His songs reflect his Hawaiian roots with wit soft crooning, reflective content all which is backed up by melodic strumming on his guitar – Divine! I got his CD, “In between Dreams” over the weekend and particularly like his one song, “Good People” where he basically asks what has happened to all the good people. If TV shows, in particular reality shows, are an indication of society then we are heading for trouble!

I find myself watching reality shows with a mixture of morbid curiosity (like slowing down to see a car crash) and disgust…more disgust coz the overall premise of such shows is to pit people against each other and revel in the baser qualities that are revealed! Honestly, we need more shows like “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” that do way more good than some stupid show like “Who wants to be a Hilton?’ that moulds contestants into the very people we could do without!

I will leave you with some wise words from good ole Jack!

How many train wrecks do we need to see?
Before we lose touch of…
We thought this was low
It's bad gettin worse so

Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"I'm leaving on a Jet Plane..."

Have a great weekend everyone, catch y'all early next week!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Every once in a while....

...there comes a song that makes you sit upright and pay attention. It catches your ear, makes you stop what you're doing and invokes some sort of emotion, be it nostalgia, happiness, sadness or just heightened sensitivity. It's the kinda song that speaks directly to your soul! I'm very lyrically orientated when it comes to music, i appreciate the heartfelt sincerity of artists like John Mayer, Corrinne Bailey Rae, Erykah Badu, Lifehouse but to name a few. Their words are like lyrical poetry to me. I'm happy to add another member to my musical repetoire Joseph Arthur...his song, "In the Sun" made me "sit upright and pay attention", i now want to own everything by him.

I picture you in the sun wondering what went wrong
And falling down on your knees asking for sympathy
And being caught in between all you wish for and all you seen
And trying to find anything you can feel that you can believe in

May God's love be with you
May God's love be with you

I know i would apologize if i could see your eyes
'Cause when you showed me myself i became someone else
But i was caught in between all you wish for and all you need
I picture you fast asleep
A nightmare comes
You can't keep awake

May God's love be with you
May God's love be with you

'Cause if i find
If i find my own way
How much will i find
If i find
If i find my own way
How much will i find

I don't know anymore
What it's for
I'm not even sure
If there is anyone who is in the sun
Will you help me to understand
'Cause i been caught in between all I wish for and all I need
Maybe you're not even sure what it's for
Any more than me

May God's love be with you
May God's love be with you

* Star, i know you'll love this song!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Geek Chic: The Geek will inherit the earth!

The year is 2007 and we've gone through many trends...early 20th century was the time of The Alpha Man (think back to Malboro man), the 60's & 70's gave rise to the touchy-feely man aka The Spiritualist, the 80's gave rise to The Adrogynous man (it was either way back then), the late 90's brought The Metrosexual...this trend spilled into the early part of the 21st century...and now dear friends, a new species is having its time to shine, The Geek.

Once shunned and an object of ridicule. The Geek has come into his own...damn, i'll go as far as to say The Geek is the man of the moment. He is revered, think of all the good things The Geek has done, he's brought us The Internet, Cellphones, Computers, iPods i could go on. He has been popularised by mainstream culture; think of Adam Brody's character Seth Cohen from "The OC", Pharrell from N.E.R.D, Orlando Bloom, Lupe Fiasco, Napolean Dynamite (umm yah)...yes indeed, its The Geek's time to shine!

Geek Chic is here to stay!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Just a Thought: Waiting Rooms

If you weren't sick before you to the doctor's you will be by the time you see him/her....everyone in the waiting room seems to be contagious! I spend half the time praying that nobody takes the seat next to me, i'm fine with whatever i've got without complicating it with whatever the other person's got!

And what's up with the reading material found in these waiting rooms? Today i witnessed a hilarious sight, there was a priest there awaiting a consultation with the good doctor and clearly he too got bored of waiting coz he casually reached out for something to read. He bypassed the copies of Farmer's Weekly, Newsweek and even Time to pick up....Vogue! I flipped through my copy of Heat while watching all this with a lot of amusement, anywho, 2mins hadn't even got by before he promptly put down the Vogue as though it was a piece of searing hot coal and picked up the Newsweek (he had previously overlooked). I then oh-so-casually picked up the Vogue and flipped through the various pictures wondering what could have distressed our resident Padre...i made the mistake of looking at the magazine as i would, nothing alarming to report. Then i thought to myself, "Vimbai, you are doing this all wrong, look at the magazine like you are a celibate middle-aged man who is totally unfamiliar with the female anatomy." Well, when you put it like that, wow.....everything looked provocative! Why was the Estee Lauder chick wearing sheer fabric, why did the Jean Paul Gaultier Model look like a dominatrix, and wasn't that pose a little...umm...suggestive (and this is all before i got to the table of contents...hehehe).

Another thing i noticed was the music being played in the background, possibly to encourage some semblance of tranquility in the otherwise packed waiting room. Unlike the usual choice of Kenny G, Pipped Dreams or Vivaldi...we had some pretty mainstream beats to keep us company. There was a soothing rendition of "Waiting in Vain" that i found quite ironic, then Billy Joel's 90's hit, "River of Dreams"...but when the likes of Pink's 'Get the party started" and Black-eyed Peas "Shut up" made their appearance, the elder members of the waiting room (that's like 75% of the room) started looking antsy.

I would have loved to continue people watching, but what do you know, i was next in line to see the good doctor.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

If my life's for rent....

...And i don't let to buy.

Well i deserve nothing more than i get.

Coz nothing i have is really mine!

Today's musings come courtesy of Dido's wise words that were played at top volume on the way to work this morning! I realised that since it was the beginning of a beautiful new year, oh-so filled with promise that i should come up with some resolutions and actually see them through! I was pretty good last year in keeping and fulfilling at least 2/3's of the things i said i would. So this year, i can step-up the tempo a notch.

Find below a list of some of the things i resolve on doing this coming year (quite a few resolutions have been omitted to protect the guilty - "moi")

  1. I need to stop swearing! I have no idea when my potty-mouthiness (sp) got to this severe degree and now i find myself unable to articulate my thoughts without throwing in some &^%* or @$#*. These words will be replaced by the expression..."Oh crumbs".

  2. I need to learn to be more methodical in my approach to work, projects or any general task. I always have a million things to do at any one given time and find myself trying to do all these things concurrently! Of course, a lot of tasks & ideas are left half-finished & unrealised and this clearly needs to stop. Tools to aid me; A jotter (to get everything down & then prioritise), a diary (to schedule things to do & lots of self-control.

  3. Living in the present; sometimes i find i'm so caught up on the future or the past that i never really get to enjoy the "here and now"...basically, i need to slow down and take it all in.

  4. To broaden my literary tastes, it's way too easy to read some chick-lit fluff, but alas, its not value this doesnt mean my chick-lit collection is being hauled outta the window, nah, all it means is that i broaden my reading tastes.

  5. Exercise...this is more like a daily resolution, we all start with good intentions but somewhere along the way, lose sight of this particular goal.

  6. I need to follow through on things i commit myself too, after all, all we really have is our word.

  7. Learn a new skill! Last year's skill was knitting, nothing makes me prouder than when i look at my lovely purple and green (strange colours, but i love it all the same) scarf that took ages to finish...but i did it. This year's skill will have something to do with the culinary realm.

Mmmmmh, that's all i can think of right now, but i'm guessing i will pick up more along the course of the year.

Feel free to share your resolutions :-)