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2011 in review

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Just so you know...

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Mime Dance

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Just so you know...
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I saw this in you tube’ and reminded me of the experience I had in the early 90’s.  I was still studying back then and my friends invited me to attend a so called ‘afternoon disco’. I cannot believe I used the term ‘disco’ now I feel so ancient. It’s the same us clubbing but held in the late afternoon until midnight. This happening catered for students and younger audience therefore tickets and drinks are not that pricey.  There are a handful of discothèque who held this event, I remember that the disco-houses will sell their tickets and back then it’s not just an ink in your wrist or stub. Tickets back then are full of graphics, the event title was the latest dance craze that time i.e. dying inside, stars, and always, make it easy, etc. I attended ‘ Kalapana’s disco version of ‘The Hurt’ in the ticket the graphic will show a bleeding heart stabbed by a knife or at least that’s what I remembered. The afternoon disco goers collect these tickets like a trophy to show off how many times they’ve frequent these events.

Though it was broad daylight outside, inside it was dim so party people would feel the effects and the strobe lights that are following the DJ’s beat. Actually, if you are not looking at your ‘swatch’ watch  you will lose a sense of time and would feel an oversight that it’s way past your curfew and your parents are probably looking for you to whoop your sorry ass for staying out late,  that’s how shady the place was.

The crowd and the moves was the crux of the event and it’s as if as though everyone knows every Tom, Dick, and Harry of the dance floor and when the music played everybody was in chorus interpreting the song like the mime. I felt out of place and I felt like I was deaf trying to read all that sign languages made by all those people dancing while following the lyrics of the song and stirring on the beat. The dance moves and sign languages were not in verbatim of the lyrics there’s some comedic interpretations to it that’s make it fun to watch and interesting. Also you can’t invent your own move, you just can’t otherwise, you will look stupid, and the party people were in unison and in chorus of every song. One thing though, up to now I still can’t figure out what they were yelling in unison after the lyrics of REM’s Losing my Religion…I thought I heard you laughing… Everybody goes ha! ha! Ha! I thought that I heard you scream….  Crowd said something blurry to me… Also, let’s not forget that famous ‘ledge’ where the exceptional dancers dared claimed their place for the night to be seen by all and to take the lead.

Somewhere in the web you will read that the venue of these afternoon discos’ was coined by Disco-goers that time as “the squatter of discos” mainly because the place was not located in the business district. They said the disco played “out-of-style” disco music, and people who frequented the place were young fashion victims. Well, whatever! I was a student back then and I have limited resources to entertain myself. All I can say, I’m glad I experienced it before I experienced Zu and Euphoria.

I cannot find similar events to give you a good idea of the rave moves this should suffice:

In Singapore, when I attended a Zouk Out party a few years back I noticed that some of the ledge dancers and  party people dancing on the top of the speakers was making the same move when an oldie song was played. It’s similar to this video. Taken on retrolicious concert I attended few months back. (The intro was long sorry but check out the dance moves of the winning contestants).

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I blogged this last year you can refer to this link for details https://ellehctur.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/las-after- party/

This year, I gathered up the same friends and their friends   to dressed up for the biggest Halloween costume party held  every year. This is the only event where everybody are game, no ‘kill joy’ whatsoever! Everyone came prepared or rented out their costumes so just to feel they belonged.  But no matter how prepared you are or thought you had the best costume idea ever! The people at Clark Quay will steal your thunder.

We stayed outside of Hooters to route for the passersby in costume. As always, we are the rowdiest group in the bar. We holler at every person with nice costume. This helped us get-away with free gifts and free pitchers of beer compliment of the bar where we stayed. Everybody was friendly and they are more than willing to take pictures. It’s flattering when somebody you don’t know asked to take pictures with you, it means your costume was effective and they liked it.

So being outside the mother land has it perks. At least we experienced dressing up and be imaginative for a change. We all had a blast but last year was more fun. I think nothing can top that experience.

History of Halloween

It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago. All Hallows Eve is the evening before All Saints Day, which was created by Christians to convert pagans, and is celebrated on November 1st. The Catholic Church honored saints on this designated day. Halloween culture can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe. Roots lay in the feast of Samhain, which was annually on October 31st to honor the dead. The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next year’s crops would be plentiful. This custom evolved into trick-or-treating. Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

 

 

Jesus is coming. Look busy.’ – From a bumper stickere

‘The sky is falling ‘- Chicken Little.

‘It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.’- R.E.M.

‘The world was a mess, but his hair was perfect’ – The Rakes

‘Be afraid, be very afraid’ – from the movie The Fly

‘You can run, but you can’t hide’- Joe Louis, heavyweight champion

‘Come out, come out, wherever you are’ – movie title 1974

‘Oh, sh*t!’- Me

December 21, 2012 is not just another end-time prediction. This date marks a moment in time that has been foreseen and foretold by a variety of ancient cultures throughout the world, each without knowledge of the other. In addition and at the very same time, we will be witnesses to two astronomical events that have not taken place for 26,000 years.

First, On December 21 2012 the sun will align with the center of the Milky Way, completely blocking any of earth’s gravitational energy from the center of our galaxy. Second, the earth will complete its 26,000 wobble. Scientists say that these two events either alone or together could cause a planetary pole shift and this shift could take place in a matter of hours.

2012 signifies the next polar reversal where the North Pole will be changed into the South Pole. Scientifically this is explained by the fact that the Earth will start rotating in the opposite direction that can cause huge disasters of unknown proportions. Some legends state that when this happens depending on which hemisphere of the planet you are on at that time, you will experience 3 days of darkness while this change takes place. According to prophetic writings, in order to survive a pole-shift, objects must be made purely out of natural materials like the pyramids and the Sphinx, natural materials that are in resonance with the Earth. Even then virtually everything on the planet will be blown away. Scientists do state that the effect of a magnetic reversal on humans is not known.

The Bible plays a huge part in revealing events. The Pole Shift is documents in the Bible as a 10 degree shift that forces Japan and the Philippines under water. Matthew: 24:36 states great tribulation will start between 2005 and 2012 AD.

The Maya, this civilization is noted for the only fully known developed written language, its art and architecture, and it’s sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems. The Maya were keen astronomers and had mapped out the phases of celestial objects. Maya predicts some major cosmic developments for December 21, 2012, including, perhaps, the end of the world as we now know it. The Mayan, Tibetan, African, Vedic, and Hebrew calendars are all in correspondence with the 2012 prediction.

In 1994, Italian journalist Enza Massa was at the Italian National Library in Rome when she stumbled upon an unusual find. It was a manuscript dating to 1629, titled: Nostradamus Vatinicia Code. Michel de Notredame, the author’s name, was on the inside in indelible ink. This manuscript, never published by Nostradamus, was handed down to the prophet’s son and later donated by him to Pope Urban VIII. It did not surface again until now, almost four hundred years later.

mwThe predictions of Nostradamus were in agreement with the scientist of today that the solar system will pass through the galactic plane of the Milky Way galaxy, as the earth enters its 25,800 year precession. When this happens, the gravitational wave, which exists as a flat plane along the equatorial region of the Milky Way, sends this across any passing solar system, including Earth and the Sun, causing earthquakes in both Sun and all the planets. In this region there are broken planets and asteroids that may cause near massive object collision with earth, but also as the solar system passes the equatorial region will the planets; including earth shifts its rotation. According to Nostradamus, when this passes, whole continents will be under water in a matter of 6-10 hours, where most of Asia will be underwater, but also other coastal regions. The land will sink fast and responsible for most of the destruction, but during this passing the earth will lose its orbit around the sun, massive earthquakes starts from the polar shifts and gravitational waves bringing on earthquake and sinking of continents.

Sunspot activity to peak in 2012 that’s because 2012 is being forecast as the peak of the next sunspot cycle, and physicists are saying it’s going to be an active one.

Solar Storm in 2012 Could Create Blackouts, Affect GPS Systems Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) predict the next upcoming storm cycle to begin in late 2007 or early 2008, and reach its peak in 2012.

As long as I can remember there’s always a forecast of an impending doom on humanity but this one hold all the aces. Not just one but 16 arrays of cultures and predictions all pointing to the same date, December 12, 2012. It sucks knowing that of all the many lifetimes it will happen to mine and I will be an eye-witness to this catastrophic event.  Just because the Mayan calendar ends at 2012, ours should end as well?  So, of all things to believe, I would rather put my faith on this one. At least, this one offers hope – Mark 13:32 “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”

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“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

New wave is synonymous with the song ‘More to Lose’ by Seona Dancing. My friends and I are in awed of this song. You’re never ‘in’ if you haven’t heard the tune and memorized the poetic lyrics. Its opening piano riff conveying the sound of falling teardrops became the soundtrack of countless highschool dances. Who would have thought that one of the man behind this 80’s hit has seven BAFTA Awards, four British Comedy Awards, three Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Apart from this, has three sell-out stand-up comedy tours and written the best-selling Flanimals book series. I have seen most of his film- Stardust, Night at the Museum and Ghost Town, in which he assumes the leading role. He also played the lead role in The Office as David Brent. Ricky Dene Gervais, born 25 June 1961 is an English comedian, author, actor, director, producer, screenwriter and former pop musician.

In his final year in 1983 as a student at UCL, Gervais and his friend Bill Macrae formed a pop duo, Seona Dancing named after a friend and fellow student Seona Myerscough. They were signed by record label London Records, which released two of their singles—”More to Lose” and “Bitter Heart”.