Thursday, June 14, 2007

Misplaced, the Musical

I have been involved with Broadway Chorus for almost a year now. I really like the idea behind this chorus, that is to pick popular songs from different shows and tie it together with an original story. So while the audience might know the tunes, the plot itself is a mystery to them.

We have a show this week. Check this out!!

Somewhere between the land of the "Lost" and "Gilligan's Island" lies the impoverished town of Port Apoti, starting point for the wacky saga that is this year's musical presentation from The Broadway Chorus - Vancouver's most outrageous community chorus!

This show has it all: jewel thieves, rampaging pirates, bling-laden gangstas, spurned lovers, a shipwreck, men in trees, men falling out of trees, ridiculous disguises, and of course a happy ending!

This is the Chorus' most ambitious, hilarious production ever, chock-full of songs - and laughs! The gag-filled story takes us to France, Italy and a mysterious "Survivor"-like island. The tunes include selections from shows old and new, including The Light in the Piazza, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Guys and Dolls, The Woman in White, Gypsy, Once On This Island, and more!

Reserve your tickets today!
Call (778) 322-7182

Wednesday (June 13) preview: $12 (all tickets)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June 14-16): $18 adults / $14 kids, students, seniors
(reserve in advance and save $2.00)

All shows 8pm, Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all of you out there!

Easter is one of those holidays who are not really a holiday. I mean, if Christmas falls on a Sunday, we get Monday off. But not Easter. Easter is not a holiday. We don't get the Monday after off.

But Easter is a holy day. Probably the holiest of them all, in my opinion. I mean, everyone gets born. Everyone gets to die. But not everyone resurrects. In fact, it is so impossible, that we would run screaming in the other direction if anyone we know resurrects. (That, or we'll ask to see other doctor since our doctor is apparently incompetent).

That's what happened on Easter thousands of years ago. The Pharisees and Romans were clearly trying to prove that the resurrection was fake. They had the means and the motives to prove their case. But they failed, because it was true. Jesus rose again! Here we are 2000+ years later celebrating this fact, and yet, we sometimes overlook the significance of this important event. Yearly celebration should be a reminder for us of what happened. Not an excuse to go out and drink-til-you-drop, or to have the Monday off.

With that being said, allow me to brag for a minute or two (or five). =)

Yesterday, we had our Easter Celebration, which involved the story of 3 wise person who got lost and wondered around the earth for 2034 years, 6 months, and 21 days earth time. Irwan, Simon, and Yuli become the wise person from Jakarta, Surabaya, and China. They acted wonderfully funny.

The choir, which always give me a heart attack, were behaving. Hehehe... they usually are. Well, at least they memorized the songs and the movements. They even made the same mistake (all of them) on the same spot, so that nobody knows that they have made a mistake (hopefully).

Adit was ready for his solo. He had grown a lot during these last couple months as a singer. He could totally forget what's going on out there and focus on his role. That was good. Mega was also well-suited with her role. Well, she always has this "vulnerable but strong" expression on her face. It's imprinted, I guess. It would be fun to see her in other roles, though. Jessica was great too. She knows how to act well. Her cries cut through the air and stab at your heart. She knows where to move, what gestures to make. I want to see her act more.

One thing I am still amazed about is sound system. We practiced with the soundtrack, like, 3 hours before the start time. And yet, Daniel executed it nicely. Also, we forgot about microphone most of the time. Well, I remembered, but by then, it's too late to do anything about it, so I only asked the choir to sing out more. God knows we have been struggling with voice power. Yet, the audience said that they could hear clearly what was being said. I am grateful for that.

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Many Paths of Possibilities

Lately, I have been browsing Friendster during my free time. Looking for old friends and familiar faces in the midst of the ocean of faces. My high school friends, my secondary school friends, and even my elementary school friends. And of course, my friends (and ex-friends) in Canada. I am not proud to say it, but there are some people I could do without.

But there are others who I thought would be my close friends in the past. I knew them as girlfriends of my friend, friends of my brother, senior students who almost graduated, etc. I knew them briefly, hoping that we would develop a friendship. But communications stopped, and without knowing it, they are no longer a part of my life, neither I am a part of theirs.

To these people, I am a mere acquaintance now. I am not regretting my choices, but looking at the friendster pictures gives me a glimpse of what could've been. Have you ever felt like that?

Friday, March 9, 2007

The Three Investigators

Thanks to the Jupiter Jones look-alike, I was reminded to the Three Investigators. Believe it or not, even though the title of the series was "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators", Alfred Hitchcock was NOT the author. What a big surprise!

Anyway, I went and bid for a lot of 30 Three Investigators books. I haven't read them in a loooooong time (and never in English before), so I'm sure I will be enjoying these books very much. I still remember the terror I felt when I first read "The Terror Castle" book (the first in the series). Hopefully I won't be feeling that scared now that I am all grown up. ^_^

Beauty and the Beast

Yesterday, I went to watch my friend Jason's high school musical, "Beauty and the Beast". It was such FUN!!! They are pretty good for high school students. Granted, they could use more singing lessons, but the energy and the enthusiasm made up for their shortcomings.

The belle was really expressive. The beast was really really grumpy and awkwardly behaved (which suited the character very much). Gaston was skinny but the self-esteem he exuded would make you believe he was the best man in the world. I always envy this character. He gets to do all the fun songs. Plus, he was always one head taller than anyone else in the play. His sidekick, LeFou was wonderfully played. As a plus, this guy sang better than Gaston. The three silly girls were really really silly (and very beautiful... I can see why Gaston wouldn't want to end his "rendezvous" even after his planned-wedding).


Lumiere had a mix of Indian-French accent. Clogsworth reminded me of Jupiter Jones (don't ask why... he just did). For those who did not spend their youth reading, Jupiter Jones was the head of the
Three Investigators. Babette was really carefree and flirtatious throughout the show. The Castle Company (diningwares) were hilarious. They all had this big silly grin on their face. The napkins danced gracefully. Others danced comically, which made it doubly interesting. Have I mentioned that Jason was the soup bowl? He looked so cute wearing the costume (and a big smile, of course!). And what a surprise when the Salt and one of the dinnerware came out to play flute and violin to accompany the song "Beauty and the Beast". Wow...!!

I went to a professionally staged "Beauty and the Beast" back in January. Their singing and power was better, but in terms overal enthusiasm and energy level, these high school casts did a much better job. I can still hear them sing, "No one hits like Gaston; Matches wits like Gaston; In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston... No one plots like Gaston; Takes cheap shots like Gaston; Plans to persecute harmless crackpots like Gaston... Who has brains like Gaston? Entertains like Gaston? Who can make up these endless refrains like Gaston?"

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Interesting Miscellaneous

This week I stumbled upon several interesting sites, and I thought they were worth sharing. Here they are:

- How to fold T-Shirt in 1 easy step
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1CILnVJbK0&NR (Japanese)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIeGfSP19Ck (English)

- Verizon pisses off a physicist customer
http://www.shawnhogan.com/2007/02/verizon-pisses-off-engineer.html

- Modern contemporary design archives
http://mocoloco.com/

- A directory of wonderful things (blog)
http://www.boingboing.net/

- Science, art, politics and technology, the way (this guy) sees it...
http://gux.ict.tbm.tudelft.nl/~igorn/blog/index.php

- interesting cartoon (about science, etc)
http://www.nearingzero.net/

- Visualizing the Web with Google
http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html

Monday, February 19, 2007

A Step Closer...

This past week, I received a letter from the Canada Immigration asking me to do a medical check up for my PR application. It came as a surprise to me, since I thought it would take longer for them to process my application. I am so grateful for the speed they are working with, though. No complain here.

On another note, we celebrated Valentine and Chinese New Year, both on the same week. Calling home for Imlek was an experience in itself. I forgot how many members in my family there are. We spent an hour on the phone, calling numerous numbers. And we were only calling "the guys" from my dad's family, and my grandparents. Talk about a big family.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I Am Not Trying to Be Original

I am not trying to be original,
I hope this won't be seasonal,
But I am trying to write a journal.

I am not trying to be original,
But since of my life I am thankful,
I want to try to be vocal.

I am not trying to be original,
May this blog be a symbol,
That I stop to ponder while others shuffle.

I am not trying to be original,
I just want to be heard.