Monday, May 30, 2011


It's exam period, if you're wondering why.. =|

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

When Four Seasons Collide

I don't need an entertainer or a performer to sing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (link) because everyone in this tiny little world knows it -the lyric- by heart.

It's not a song, it's a hit.

It's been remade, remixed, reproduced over and over again. It's non-absence at almost every wedding reception is gradually killing us all. And what's worse, it's been playing in my head since yesterday.

But the question is : who is the original singer?

My first memory of the song is Heath Ledger (rest in peace) singing merrily on the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Then it was in Bridget Jones Diary. Years later, Muse did an awesomely impressive cover version of the song.

But the question remains, who introduced this extraordinary piece to us?

For some reason, it never occurred to me to wiki. But God heard the cries inside and He sent my little friend Laila to bring the answer. When she was in London, we went to watch Jersey Boys.

The documentary-style musical is about a 1960's rock & roll group called The Four Season. We were taken through the different stages of their career path, the ups and downs, and the behind-the-scenes.

One of the group members is Frankie Valli. And as you could've guessed, he's the original singer of the above-mentioned song, when he decided to go solo to boost his career as a singer and to help his problematic friend. Believe it or not, the song was almost never released.

It was the best theatre I've watched by far, ironically. Second to none, not even Les Miserables, not even Phantom of The Opera.

The group consists of four young lads who met in Jersey (hence the name). Their journey to become one of the most successful rock&roll group was no bed of roses. It took them two names, a long list of temporary members and numerous quarrels.

Finally, in the first half of 1970s, the original members of the group gradually dried up.

Anyway, the songs are all so sing-along and catchy, they kept me up all night. The actors were all so good too. At this rate, I can say that one of them is going to be a star one day, or maybe all of them.

o0ooh, did you guys know the song Beggin' by Madcon is originally The Four Season's?

Monday, May 2, 2011

That Crazy Thing We Call Love

Okay, so I'm a bit late to write about Katie and Willy.

That's because I was quite disappointed that the police decided to block the streets leading to Westmister Abbey and Buckingham Palace an hour before the procession started.

And, they also did the unthinkable - barricading Trafalgar Square.

It looked all safe and delightful on tele, right? With thousands of screaming fans along the streets and the waving flags (oh did you guys spot the gigantic malaysian flag?). The truth is, thousands of more people we denied access to those areas when obviously there were still spaces. Frustrated.

It was actually my fault too as I left home late. But a company decided to hold a phone interview on the very same day as the wedding. Who did that, right?

Anyway, I ended up hurting my neck looking this little screen, courtesy of the cafe's owner.

However, while the officers were ooohh-ing and aahh-ing over Kate's dress, we managed to sneak into Trafalgar Square to watch the service on the big screen.

We even had confetti shower as the couple left the church.

I have to say that to be able to watch the wedding in London is incredibly amazing, and to be part of the historic moment was beyond imaginable.

So, now, enough with all the emotions and let's talk about the wedding.

The Bride looked absolutely stunning on her big day. She had that lovely smile on all the way from the hotel to the church, gracefully hiding the god-knows nervousness she must have had inside.

And I think the veil was perfectly placed on her head, held by the marvellous tiara lent by the Queen.

However, when I first saw the dress, I thought it looked rather simple for a royal wedding. It'd be undeniably splendid for my wedding or yours, but for a wedding viewed by billions of watchers all over the world? The picture of Lady Di's puffy dress with the longest train in the history of royal wedding kept flashing in front of me.

(I love her maid-of-honour's dress though)

But anyway, let's admit it, we all hate her now for taking prince charming off the market and get to don an Alexander McQueen wedding dress. Hehe.

On the other hand, the guys are complaining - why do we girls talk about the dress more than the wedding itself?

Because I can't even think of two genuine sentences to write about The Groom's Irish Guard uniform. Can you? Hehe.

Anyway, I soon learnt that all the simplicity and unpretentiousness embedded in the atmosphere was purposely done to remind people of the future that this wedding took place after an awful economic downturn, and that some of us have not recovered from the devastating impacts yet. They didn't think it's fair to use taxpayers' money to pay for their lavish wedding.

For me, it's more of a reminder of the moment the world took a break from all the chaotic events taking place around us today, from the natural disaster in Asia to the political unrest in the Middle East to the fights in Africa.

Half a day is what we all need to celebrate.