Smooth Operator

Just saw a really really old friend pop up on ICQ. Actually i didn’t see him pop up. He was in invisble mode but he messaged me…

Turns out he’s been posted to France for 6 months… and has been there since June. (To all the soccer fans – yes. He caught the World Cup in France.)

Our conversation centred on the usual “how’s the weather” type of topics – my work, his work, etc. Then he asked me whether i was still going to church. I said, “yes”. We then started talking about serving in ministries when i asked whether it was difficult to serve given that he gets posted outstation for like 6-month periods. His reply was, “ministry is anywhere and everywhere we go.”

Touche! No need to sanction me, my friend. Sensitive as i may sound… but that’s how our bi-yearly conversations always turn out. We talk about really generic stuff, then i get some one liner sermon-snub. It makes me wonder sometimes why the heck does he even bother to say hi when he sees me online? If u still hold a grudge against me, then why try to keep in touch? To know that i’m alive so u can send me hate mail if u should depart for heaven first? (Sorry, my mind’s still on the episode of Grey’s Anatomy i just watched. Haha.)

Don’t get my wrong ya? I’m not offended or anything. Just reminded of what happened a long time ago… and reviewing the facts to see whether i made a mistake or not. I think not. Haha. Guess it all boils down to an old Chinese proverb… people must know how to 拿得起放得下. (How does one translate this… hmm… literally it would be “can pick up, can put down”. Heck. Just interpret it whatever way u will. I’m going to bed.)

Searching for Chinese, in English

I’m glad i stayed up for tonight’s episode of 100% Entertainment ‘cos the guest stars are F.I.R.!! I think they’re a fantastic band but it’s really difficult to find sites about them in English. 🙁 Try googling “FIR, F.I.R or F.I.R.” and all you get are hits about trees! *Rolls eyes*.

I remember watching F.I.R. perform live in Singapore before… and they were really impressive. Faye’s singing is fantastic – in real life, and not just on records. (U know how some singers sound good on CDs but they suck when they sing in real life? Think Stefanie Sun…).

The only gripe i have about the show is that the microphones / sound system is really not meant for singing. All the singers that have appeared on 100% Entertainment sound extra whiny & really sharp. U can almost hear a faint feedback when they sing. The producers of the show really should do something about it. I feel so bad when i see good singers like Fan Fan or F.I.R. perform on the show and the mics totally spoil their singing. Sigh…

Anyway, long live Wikipedia!! ‘Cos that’s probably the most informative site in English i can find on F.I.R. Hahaha… click here for the link. Check out their latest album… the sounds / style of music is very different from their previous album. More pop actually. I don’t know if that’s good or bad ‘cos their style used to be very unique… but i suppose reinvention is the key to staying relevant in the entertainment industry.

Just googled a couple of other singers that i like – Cai Lizhang, Cai Chunjia, etc, and guess what i found?? Cai Chunjia actually has a website! I really hope she makes it big one day… i mean her music career’s revived now… but it’s not exactly soaring.

Read on some forums that some people thought that Cai Chunjia was trying to copy Stefanie Sun. Hello! Get your facts right man! Chunjia was performing way before anyone even heard of Stefanie Sun ok? And Chunjia sings very well in real life. In fact, i always feel that she sounds better live than on CDs! Yes. She’s THAT good.

However, i concede that Stefanie Sun has better songs… and Warner Music, of ‘cos, did a much better job of promoting her, compared to what Ocean Butterflies did for Chunjia when the latter launched her first album. Ah… the perils of the entertainment world… u’re always at the mercy of your record company.

Shucks… just met an old friend on ICQ & forgot what i wanted to say. Haha. I forgot my point!! Bleah!