11 December - Tuesday
4:34 P.M.

The Story of Cairo

I remember writing the Strain For The Shimmy (Intertwine Remix) with Jinesh in 2001 - it was between the mid-end year period. And I remember how I had such a good time writing that track. The original track itself was insane - and so it seemed only natural to write the remix. Of course, the whole middle-eastern thing was my idea - from the arabic verses to the background vocals. When I finished that track, I remember coming across another instrumental by the same DJ. It was equally cool, much slower than the music on the Intertwine Remix, but it had a historic, almost ancient feel to it. As much I wanted to write it, I remember how I made a pact with myself to stop writing songs till the O'Levels were over. Though, I did think about that instrumental and what I was gonna write, in my head and even during the studying - occasionally, I would think of the verses for this track. I've always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt - in Primary school, I would borrow books from the school library about the Pyramids and I would always go online to do research about the mummies and etc. For the longest time, I have to admit, my dream was to become an Egyptologist. Honestly, I would dream of studying it and goin to work in a museum as a curator in Cairo. I remember how I got to know a friend, who later became Adrianna's friend, who told me that if I really wanted to do it, he could pull some strings and help me get into Egyptology in Oxford. He also told me how it was such a dead course and that nobody does it! I found that hilarious - and for a while, dreamt about studying Egyptology at Oxford. I even went online to look at museums in Cairo and what they look out for in curators. Of course, all this sorta changed when I went to Junior College and got so wrapped up in International History. And then, I dreamt of eventually doing Political Science and working at the UN or EU or at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (though I don't think I've really stopped thinking of pursuing that dream, however). Of course, while all this was happening, I was recording "Go Figure" and spent almost all my time on the production and distribution process. There were photo shoots, the web site launch and I sorta shelved the Egyptology dream, permanently. Though, my fascination with Ancient Egypt never really ended. For my "Go Figure" album, I recorded "The Egyptian Tale", which was supposed to be an interlude to the song, "Cairo" (the title I had in mind for that instrumental). However, I couldn't finish "Cairo" in time for the album and after recording all the 9 or so tracks, I was exhausted. So, the song was never completed or recorded.

Even during my years in JC and in the Army, I occasionally looked at the unfinished song and tried to complete it. But I just couldn't. I remember sitting at my computer (like what I'm doing now...) and looking at the lyrics, thinking, hmmm, how should this verse go? And I guess, I got inspired by other tracks and just moved on to write other stuff, but I never really came back to finish "Cairo". And of course, when I moved to my new place in Loyang in 2005, there was just less time to write songs, but when I was furnishing my room, I decided to put some bits and pieces here and there that were Ancient-Egyptian inspired. From the Egyptian-regal colours of red, blue and gold to like little artefacts here and there, and books about Ancient-Egypt. I felt like I was paying homage to my Egyptian fascination.

Today, I finished "Cairo". To think that it took me about 7 years to get this song finally done. I wanted to finish it when I would really have stuff to say on this song, not just for the sake of finishing it, and today I did. I amended the music and finally laid down all the verses. I just love love love love love it, cuz it sounds so regal, ancient and I love the plot behind the whole song. Basically, the song is a tragic-love song about 2 people who fell in love in Ancient Egypt, but could never be together. And I love the subtle imagery of Cairo, the historical city itself, in the song and all the Egyptian nuances. I'm just so proud of myself that I finally finished it, and I'm so so happy with the track. And so I thought I'd put the lyrics up, you know, since I took like 750 words to get to my big news, and I think after those 750 words, that's the least I could do :) Anyhow, have got loads to write about, and I will, tomorrow :P But for now, here's "Cairo":

Cairo

As I walked by the sands
With the wind beneath my hands
The story that would unfold
Would write history by itself.

As I caressed your hips
And hastened for a kiss
Our hearts make a pact
But our worlds are so apart.

Our fate, a choice we cannot make
Itís written by the gods.
But I loved deliberately
Even against the monarchy.

A vow that we took
Would embed us in all time
On the walls of the pyramids
Our story would they find.

Chorus:
Cairo, Cairo
The story of Cairo
The story, the story,
The story of Cairo
Cairo, Cairo
Magnificent Cairo
The story, the story
The story of Cairo.

It was all preordained
Three thousand years ago
For the journey was explained
And that we have to follow.

Pharaohs came, pharaohs went
Like how my time is fixed.
You and I, would never be
This is not our destiny.

The desert of my oasis
The spirit of my tide,
It was all that we could ask
But all we could never have.

Like how, we succumb to our fate
And so the story goes
Maybe in the afterlife
Like how the river flows.

But it seems a different fate
Has flowed into our hearts
If not here, then at least
In the underworld

Chorus:
Cairo, Cairo
The story of Cairo
The story, the story,
The story of Cairo
Cairo, Cairo
Magnificent Cairo
The story, the story
The story of Cairo.

Chorus:
Cairo, Cairo
The story of Cairo
The story, the story,
The story of Cairo
Cairo, Cairo
Mysterious Cairo
The story, the story
The story of Cairo.

Chorus:
Cairo, Cairo
The story of Cairo
The story, the story,
The story of Cairo
Cairo, Cairo
Mysterious Cairo
The story, the story
The story of Cairo.

By Steve Andre

15 November - Thursday
6:59 A.M.

You don't have a hold on me anymore

Chorus:
You don't have a hold on me anymore,
It was such a long time ago,
And here I am,
And there you are,
You don't have a hold on me anymore,
Then it was 2002,
And now you're just one among the few.

Verse 1:
So, it's been a long time,
Then I was like 18
And all I could think of what
Was you and me.
And so I couldn't understand it all,
I had to decide,
You or my life,
Make up my mind,
Let it go, breathe awhile.

Verse 2:
Then I could not see it all,
But as you held my hand,
And we talked of what was then,
I now know why it had to end.

Chorus:
Cuz, you don't have a hold on me anymore,
It was such a long time ago,
And here I am,
And there you are,
You don't have a hold on me anymore,
Then it was 2002,
And now you're just one among the few

Verse 3:
So, as we talked in the park,
It all looked so different,
It was nicer than before.
I haven't been here in a while,
Somehow I forgot, though I'm here
It's not a lot,
It has changed and so have we,
More than before.

Verse 4:
Now, I see it all.
But as we tied up all the ends,
Laughed like friends,
And we talked of what was then,
I'm happy with what I have.

Chorus:
You don't have a hold on me anymore,
It was such a long time ago,
And here I am,
And there you are,
You don't have a hold on me anymore,
Then it was 2002,
And now you're just one among the few.

Chorus:
You don't have a hold on me anymore,
It was such a long time ago,
And here I am,
And there you are,
You don't have a hold on me anymore,
Then it was 2002,
And now you're just one among the few.

HMI, another face in the crowd,
A fibre of the past.. hmm.

by Steve Andre.

26 July - Thursday
1:53 A.M.

Cairo

Well, I haven't been here in a while and I have so much to say. Unfortunately, I have work tomorrow and have to wake up at 6 a.m. So, I would probably write something more like in the next few days or so, but I wanted to put up the cover for the single, Cairo, a song that I've always loved, which kinda took me a few years to write, since I wrote like a verse every year. One of my all-time favourite tracks.

Steve Andre

11 June - Monday
3:12 A.M.

Dinner with my students

 

So, I said yes to dinner with my kids and I joined them at VivoCity (this mall is large but totally boring... what's up with the blue and green things sticking out from the wall to the ceiling?) and we ate and talked for a few hours. These were the guys who came to me on the last day of the term and practically begged me to teach them till the end of the year - for their effort, I decided to meet up with them and promised them to meet up again. It was pretty fun. And as usual, they had tons of questions 'bout my personal life.. ha. Like, "are you a emo?" I really had no idea how to interpret that! You mean, emu?

Anyhow, so the trip to Bangkok is confirmed! Back to the city of angels! I feel like I've been waiting for months! So, I've pretty much sorted out everything, booked a quaint Bed & Breakfast on Sukhumvit and I'd be there for a good 7 days. Just wanna milk it for all it's worth, I tell ya. So, I'm forseeing doughnuts, papaya salads and tons of ice cream. Operation Stuff My Face would officially commence this Thursday. Can't wait!

Steve Andre.

12 May - Saturday
3:48 P.M.

Give It To Me..

And so it's been about 2 months since I've said anything here - damn, so much has been happening - I've been using all my free time (which wasn't really much) to sleep and answer e-mails. Okay, since I've started teaching - my schedule has been pretty standard. I start work in the morning and finish at about 2 P.M. It wasn't crazy when I first started. I remember the first few weeks, I was just about getting to know them, did the usual "introduce yourselves" thing and I was teaching 9 classes in the beginning, but after the new term started in mid march, my load lessened to 6 and now I am only teaching 2 levels, instead of 3, which gives me time to breathe.

I guess it brought back memories from the good 'ol days in SJI and the (well, kinda painful yet satisfying) times at SAJC. I couldn't just read out stuff from their textbooks, I've always found that method so primitive and not really useful. So I did the whole Miss Cheong (my History teacher from SA) method, which was giving out notes, in a summary format with points organized by theme. And it was kinda cool - to talk about stuff that I've always been so passionate about. I almost had a heart attack when a student wrote down in her test that China was beside Germany and Poland. And I guess it's nice to teach them something that I love, it doesn't seem like a chore.. I like gettin 'em maps and explaining where the countries are and also showing pictures of cities and etc. I've always felt that studying History was more than just the facts, I've always viewed it as a tool to also understand culture. Oh, and I showed them the Soviet badges and caps that I bought from Ebay and the flags I got from Bangkok, pictures of Paris and Versailles. I have to admit though, it's been kinda gratifying, in a semi-masochistic way. ha.

Yeah, I've been spending most of my time preparing notes for my kids, getting pictures online and preparing presentations. I guess the only bummer to this whole thing is the marking. I tell you, that is something that could make you cry blood, especially when you have kids giving you ridiculous answers in incorrigible English! Urgh. It was only after giving them a test, and during the process of marking it, that made me question why the hell I gave them the test to begin with!

Anyhow, apart from that, I've been running errands, going to the City for dinners and been catching up with friends after work. Got to see Adrianna before she left for Krabi, got to see Marque who's here for a few weeks from New York. Got to see everyone else on my birthday, which I celebrated in 2 weeks - with my different groups of friends. Still can't believe I'm 22 -  I still keep introducing myself as 21 when asked though. Grrr.

It was really fun - I have to admit. The best birthday ever. I saw everyone and it was just so nice, cuz everyone made an effort to meet up from their busy schedules and I guess, I just felt happier bout everything else in my life that it seemed worth celebrating. I had 2 modelling gigs last month and have some auditions to go for this week, had an interview with NTU as well. So yeah, things are looking pretty good :)

Thinking of going to Bangkok again, this June. I really can't wait to take a break and just unwind and I so miss Fella Bella. Mmmmmm! And so yeah, don't think there's much juice in my life. I feel pretty satisfied, and I guess that's a good thing. So gotta work on some tracks, but I think I'd only be able to do so in June. *Yawn* Had only 3 hours of sleep last night... Grrr....

Steve Andre.

04 March - Sunday
12:48 A.M.

On The Fence

Verse 1
Iím a different person
I can function now
Life is going up,
Up and down,
You can join me baby
Or you can hit the road,
I ainít budging baby,
Cuz this is what you told.

Verse 2
Now donít you tell me that
Itís a different mood,
Itís the same person,
Now, who the hell are you?
You canít say something,
Expect me to relent,
Cuz youíre changing
With the days on end.

Chorus:
For the price Iíve had to pay
Iíve made it all ok (all ok)
For the price Iíve had to pay,
You can sit on the fence,
If thatís your say
(Thatís your say)
Itís all mixed signals
I gotta decode it
Then I call you on the phone,
Then you say, ďwhat bout it?Ē
Let me understand you,
Let me understand you,
Gotta let that guard down,
To let me understand you.

Verse 3
Now the talk is different,
Now what the hell is that?
If it doesnít matter,
Then, itís not a fact,
Why you gotta be,
All so practical,
I canít break this wall,
Itís invisible

Verse 4
Whatís the matter baby,
Cat got your tongue?
Right from your mouth,
DefensesÖ.. run,
One week, ďYouíre my oneĒ
Next week, ďWe might be done...Ē
Change your mind
Weíre right where we begun.

Chorus:
For the price Iíve had to pay
Iíve made it all ok (all ok)
For the price Iíve had to pay,
You can sit on the fence,
If thatís your say
(Thatís your say)
For the price Iíve had to pay
Iíve made it all ok (all ok)
For the price Iíve had to pay,
You can sit on the fence,
If thatís your say
(Thatís your say)
Itís all mixed signals
I gotta decode it
Then I call you on the phone,
Then you say, ďwhat bout it?Ē
Let me understand you,
Let me understand you,
Gotta let that guard down,
To let me understand you.

Is it real or is it true,
So, tell me what you wanna do
On the fence,
Sit and you will lose.

Steve Andre

27 February - Tuesday
9:49 P.M.

From the land they took poetry,
and from the shores,
the secrets of the sea.

 

It's been quite a crazy week - with back and forth-ing from Holland V to Loyang and with getting certain stuff sorted out. It's crazy how it's almost March, when it still feels like New Year's was yesterday.. Anyhow, applications to the Universities are almost done. I'm still writing tracks and e-baying, and I had my first teaching stint yesterday. Well, it was actually kinda ok - the Secondary 1's were pretty endearing, constantly asking questions and talking, and that was pretty amusing. Though, I have to give it up to all teachers out there - really, it ain't easy. This is probably karma biting me in the ass for all the headaches I gave my teachers when I was in school.. Ha. Apart from being a discipline-nazi and shouting at the top of my voice, the experience was, perhaps, (and I stress on the word perhaps!) a bit gratifying. I mean, it's a role reversal for me, considering that I just came outta the system last November. As masochistic as it sounds, yeah, perhaps I would teach for a while more, of course before it really gets under my skin.

The older kids seem a bit indifferent - which did surprise me though. I remember how we (me and the gang) were during our time, (hey, and that wasn't that long ago ok) and we were pretty playful - but we did wanna do our stuff and I don't think we were rowdy or whatever. And this internet-hooked generation seem full of potential, though I don't know where all that angst is coming from. And I don't think it's just one school, but somehow, it seems like it's the whole generation. All that fast-food, you tube and instant messaging has made them impatient and well, pretty angsty. I guess it's no more Gen X or Y, it's Generation ME.

And yes, I never saw myself as a teacher but I guess I could consider it for now. As of friday, I would be teaching History at another school and that assignment would be for quite a while. It would be nice to walk in and ask them to name the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union. Ha.

Oh, and more pictures from Bangkok. So missing Siam Paragon, Dunkin Doughnuts (though I had a handful of Krispy Kreme's that day) and Fella Bella.. Yum.

Steve Andre

26 February - Monday
8:06 P.M.

High On You

Across the country,
highways of road,
I travel one hour,
So I can be in our home.

It's a vacuum of air,
where we can only breathe,
if that was a moment,
I know they'll be many.

Everyone's got to experience this once,
It's like I'm insane
and sane, all at once.
I could just look into your eyes,
and feel like I couldn't have enough.

I'm high on you,
and I've only just begun.

Steve Andre

14 February - Wednesday
12:27 A.M.

Doors

Verse 1:
Penniless stranger,
He sits by the road,
As everyone walks,
Everyone's a face of hope.

Verse 2:
We all wander,
Over seas and shores,
Where do we stop,
Who knows when for sure?

Hook:
I can say (oh I can say)
I have tried (oh I have tried)
I can be (oh I can be)
Nobody else but mine,
You see...

Chorus:
I've slogged my heart,
Paid my dues,
I want to win,
Cuz nobody ever wants to lose,
But I always feel like a fool,
What have I got to lose?
When the doors have been closed,
Where do I turn to?
When the doors have been closed,
Who's gonna open them, but you, ooo.

Verse 3:
Recurring dreams,
Frightening nightmares,
A stage of no return
No reason for a fanfare.

Verse 4:
Decisions made,
Can be high on a pedestal
But what about now
When there's nothing but errors

Hook:
I can say (oh I can say)
I have tried (oh I have tried)
I can be (oh I can be)
Nobody else but mine,
You see...

Chorus:
I've slogged my heart,
Paid my dues,
I want to win,
Cuz nobody ever wants to lose,
But I always feel like a fool,
What have I got to lose?
When the doors have been closed,
Where do I turn to?
When the doors have been closed,
Who's gonna open them, but you, ooo.

When the doors have been closed,
Where do I turn to?
When the doors have been closed,
Who's gonna open them, but you, ooo.

Steve Andre

11 February - Sunday
8:53 P.M.

One Night In Bangkok....

  

Bangkok was fantastic! 4 nights and it didn't feel like it was enough. The flight there was comfy and getting from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the city was also extremely easy. Despite the slight traffic jam, the ride gave a different sight to Bangkok and well, Thailand in particular. Across the highways and MRT line that is currently being built, there were broken down buildings, weathered by the rain and heat, and it felt almost surreal to be in a such a cosmopolitan, yet ancient place. You could see miles and miles ahead, since the airport was in a different province altogether and it was an 80 minute ride to the hotel. The big billboards advertising sunscreen and Boots showed the commercial Bangkok, while the moss and roofless houses and villages alongside the roads showcased the pulse of Bangkok - the people, their way of life, the Krungtheb they know. 10 million people, and still increasing, I wondered how the city would look like this time. The view was riveting and the heat was, surprisingly, bearable. Bangkok, oh Bangkok - It seemed like forever.

I was staying at the Unico Grande Silom Hotel, about 5 minutes away from Patpong. The hotel was clean, huge (since I got the executive suite and it came with a living area), and it was very near to Chong Nonsi train station. First day - I headed straight to Siam Paragon - oooing and ahhing and all the pastries and food in this shopping centre. I have to admit, the largest mall here cannot even be compared to the ones in Bangkok. Chandeliers, with north, south, east and west wings, Siam Paragon is impossible to finish in a day. Expensive, yet exquisite and beautiful. Decor wise, it's probably the best mall in Bangkok - as much as I love MBK, the countless end of stores can be a bit tiring, since most of them seem to sell the same stuff. Across Siam Paragon, with the train station and the sun setting and hordes of people swarming the streets - stalls with food - a baby elephant just across Dunkin Doughnuts and coconuts for 20 Baht and within walking distance from the Erawan Shrine - and I stood there and the amalgamation of modern and ancient devoured me. And like every other farang (wait, I guess we in this region would be psuedo-farangs..) took the view with utmost satisfaction.

After gorging all sorts of pastries, I headed back to the hotel and planned for the next day. The roads were empty, pretty much, during office hours and I was cabbing all the way. Now, that's what I call a holiday!.

Friday - Decided to go to the salon, do some shopping and had lunch in Siam Centre. After looking around in the Discovery Centre and Siam Centre, I headed to this fantastic restaurant called Fella Bella, across the Four Seasons Hotel and beside the Royal Sports Stadium. There were sofas in the garden area, which faced a stage and where there was a jazz band and DJ to entertain the guests. There were stringy lanterns hanging from the trees and it was so chilly that I wasn't sweating, even though I was wearing two tops. The food was fantastic, I had the best Papaya Salad ever, Soft-shell crab cooked in tamarind curry, lamb curry and Thai pork satay. Desert was this sickly (yet fantastic tasting!) sweet brown sticky rice with coconut milk. And the drinks were to die for - Strawberry Fragola and others which I can't remember, but which were so good that I remember staying there till after midnight. The ambience was fantastic and everybody was dressed up... it looked like a gathering from the 50's or 60's where people would go out and have cocktails and hang out at restaurants. It was surreal. The lights at the bar would change colour and the decor was pretty impressive. Despite the dent in the wallet, I would definitely recommend this place. If i could, I would fly there just to dine at that restaurant :P

Saturday - Had room service, which was really good and headed to MBK for more shopping and I managed to get DVD sets that I've been longing for ages and I even managed to go to the tailors to get some clothes altered. Then, I headed down to a Spa and Sauna joint and had a traditional Thai massage (which was pretty painful, I have to admit, I honestly never knew I was that flexible!) and went to the steam room and headed to the Night Bazaar at Lumphini where I got some really good buys. It had a few thousand shops and there were hundreds of eateries and the energy was fantastic.

Sunday - Headed to the infamous Chatuchak Weekend Market and spent the whole afternoon and evening there - and decided to head back to Sukhumvit to do some last minute shopping. After packing all my stuff (since my flight was at 7:05 a.m.), I decided to get some sleep, though I hardly got any.

This was the best holiday ever - and things are going well for me now, although I'm trying to get out of the holiday mood, which is kinda hard. Apart from sorting out some school stuff, I'm gonna be busy writing some songs and I would be putting them up online soon... but yeah, it was fantastic.

Till then, Adieu
Steve Andre.

31 January - Wednesday
2:40 P.M.

Krungtheb - Here I Come

With Uni breaks for Singaporean students starting and Aussie students ending, I think all of Asia and the South Pacific is heading to Bangkok. Krungtheb - the city of angels - the venice of the east, call it whatever you want, to me, it's still always gonna be paradise. The energy, the hustle and bustle - the endless arrays of shops, food and people and the juxtaposition of shrines and malls - can't wait. Getting a hotel was quite exhausting, it seems all of Bangkok's full! Thankfully, managed to get a room in Silom. I also heard that it was 20 degrees in Bangkok yesterday and Jinesh (who just returned) was telling me how his sweaters came in handy.

I knew I'd go back to Bangkok - back being the operative word. So, I guess I'll be stuffing myself silly for the next few days. I'll be back next week!

Phob Gan Mai
Steve Andre.

17 January - Wednesday
3:12 P.M.

Angels

If I was paid to socialize, have coffee and mingle, I would probably be pretty wealthy. Perhaps I should consider PR as a career? :P Funny how I was having a conversation about spirituality that day with someone and it got me thinking about my views regarding religion and spirituality. The ideas of fate and destiny are not something I particularly subscribe to, though considering the events of 2004/2005, I have been willing to keep an open mind. And since my views tend to change based on my experiences, I realized that it has helped me look back at the past experiences with some sort of closure, due to perhaps a glint of an epiphany. It also made me feel very confident about the future, about what I wanna pursue in life and all that I have at the moment. It just felt good.

It just felt good.

Steve Andre

16 January - Tuesday
3:25 P.M.

So A-MUSE-ed!

I've been such a good boy - I've stayed clear of the Zara sale (which had a 70% discount), the Calvin Klein sale (which had a 50% discount) and well, almost every other sale (which were pretty impressive, mind you) Anyhow, it's been such a nice and fantastic week - I've been chilling out with friends - trying to make up for the lack of my company for the past 2 years - and also thinking about certain decisions I need to make in the coming future. The good thing about the rainy weather is that, I can stay home and laze and not feel guilty about myself!

And I'm also staying clear of Menotti's. As tantalizing as the Sofiato is, seeing my brother rush to the loo at least 15 times and lie in bed for 4 days or so.. is gonna be kinda fresh in my head every time I walk pass Menotti's. Stay clear of the Crab Pasta people.

Gotta go - gonna head down to the MUSE concert and then I might go to Johor Bahru to spend some time with Su

Steve Andre

13 January - Saturday
3:00 P.M.

All Good Things...

I don't understand the talk of "Turkey being lost.." the whole debate of Turkey being European or non European. I mean, what would you define as European? Democratic? Communist? Socialist? Liberal? Green? All these labels don't even apply in today's political landscape. There has been a great shift in public relations and society in Europe, in views concerning minorities and immigrants. From London to Minsk, the idea of Europe belonging to Europeans are being propagated.. Now, this to me, seems pretty confusing. Wasn't it only 15 years back when East and West didn't meet? When the wall in Berlin kept Europe itself at the verge of war? And with all that talk of integration, I would think expanding the EU membership would actually give way to more dialogue, understanding and a bridge to the Muslim world. A democratic, European, muslim Turkey should not be shunned, but embraced. I have to admit that I am a great fan of Fareed Zakaria's writing - his articles are fantastic. Now, D.C. would be grateful if he became a Policy Analyst in Capitol Hill.

Annoyingly, the ice skating rink was under renovation. So, with no rink to skate on, I went to Holland V to chill and watch DVD's. Little Miss Sunshine's a very heartwarming and simple movie. I hope that and Babel gets it due recognition at the Oscar's this year.

With the New Year brouhaha over, I'm finally settling down. Been keeping myself busy with writing and gallivanting.. I know, it's such a tough job :P

Steve Andre

10 January - Tuesday
7:47 P.M.

Say It Right

As the Islamist forces deserted Mogadishu and it fell to the hands of Ethiopian forces, as people in Sofia and Bucharest cheered in the streets to the end of their psychological isolation and their entry into Europe and as the Democrats take over D.C. and Nancy Pelosi makes history as the new Speaker of the House, I was eating Chubby Hubby Ben & Jerry's and cuddling up in Holland Village. It's funny how magazines are hyping up 2007 to be a year which would bring about a new era - and as much as I did not wanna get sucked into the media hype, some part of that, kept resonating in my head. Nowadays, the people in Singapore are looking more chic and fashionable. 5 years ago, Orchard Road looked pretty much dead, but now, I can see people putting effort and you can actually sense some energy in the street, among the angsty teens. With a more organized Arts movement, appreciation being given to music and fashion, perhaps the whole "hub" culture's actually working? Well, we'll just have to wait and see. A new era? Maybe we're pushing it? Aren't we still reeling from the disasters of the last one, a.k.a 2006?

New Year's was fantastic. Okay, the performance thing I had to do was less than stellar, with technical difficulties and etc. I wasn't pleased with the final outcome, but at least I spent the rest of New Year's with the people I love and that was great. Back-to-back Little Britain and The Nanny, with pizza, ice cream and chocolate, it was pretty much like a holiday. Apart from sleeping in and making guest appearances at my place, I've been catching up on my Thai. If I ever say that French or Tamil is difficult, slap me. For Thai, basic conversation otherwise, the pronunciation is kinda tricky and the tones can be quite confusing. Though, I really love the language and I can't wait to go to Bangkok again in February. Hopefully, Thai in my accent comes in handy.

I've been catching up with my friends, Su, Adrianna and with the guys at Rohai's 22nd birthday party. It's been quite a good year so far (considering that it's only been 10 days, and you know, anything could happen in 10 days..) I'm going ice skating tomorrow, and yes, I'm not joking. Gonna keep myself busy with Ebaying, learning Thai and a lot of music stuff that I'm working on now. Currently working on an article on the musical and music movements in Singapore and other music related stuff. I'm also gonna be applying for a double degree course of International Relations and Media at the University of New South Wales. There's a new campus opening up in Singapore and it looks pretty interesting....

If I don't put up an entry in the next few days, it probably means that I fell too much on my behind while skating and I'm recovering with more Chubby Hubby and The Nanny re-runs.. Grrr.

Steve Andre