The girl who laughed too much, too loud

March 8, 2007

Sacrificing Art for Money

Filed under: Culture, Sentiments, thoughts — elyseeteo @ 3:18 am

Yesterday I trotted the long way back to the MRT.

At that underpass, I saw this familiar lady playing the Pipa (a traditional chinese instrument). Note that the lady below is NOT her! I did not take a picture of her.

Pardon me!! Couldn’t resist some blah blah blah about Pipa:

The pipa is a four stringed lute with a pear-shaped body. Its short, bent neck has 30 frets which extend onto the soundboard, offering a wide range (3.5 octavos). This instrument appears in texts dating up to the second century B.C. There are a lot of written texts of the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) about pipa music played and the stories that inspired the composition for those pipa pieces. Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the pipa is one of the most popular Chinese instruments, and has maintained its appeal in solo as well as chamber genres. The pipa technique is characterised by spectacular finger dexterity and virtuosi programmatic effects. Rolls, slaps, pizzicato, harmonics and noises are often combined into extensive tone poems vividly describing famous battles or other exciting scenes. The instrument is also capable of more lyrical effects in pieces inspired by poetry, landscapes and historical themes. Pipa music has been loved by Chinese people through centuries and there used to be a large repertoire of pipa music, a lot of them were lost, and some of them were handed down from generation to generation through individual artists and scholars.

So anyway, I remembered her from last week, she was performing the chinese classics. And I was captivated by her performance.

I said to Chloe, who was beside me: ‘This girl has the skill!’

And she did! Her tactics was great and she played those really difficult classics flawlessly.

I was moved.

………..

And yesterday…

Her pipa was singing a very different tune. I am sure you all know this tune ‘Yue liang dai biao wo de xin’. Yes a pop song. Not a new pop song, but still.

No tactics. No climax. No emotions.

Her pipa performance was lifeless.

If not, with a tinge of sadness.

Because Art was sacrificed. For Money.
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I wonder what are your thoughts on Art for the masses. When the masses are not able to appreciate art and culture?

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January 15, 2007

Old pictures & Singaporean jokes

Filed under: Culture, Outings, Updates — elyseeteo @ 7:03 am

January 11, 2007

Clovers report! & My Fair Lady & GMAT puzzles!

Filed under: Culture, Improvement, Updates — elyseeteo @ 7:13 am

Ok people!

I’ve got good news and bad news. Which one do you want to hear first??=)

Ha.

Well, I don’t know for you. For me, its definitely the bad news first. You know the bitterness first, then the sweet stuff concept. Ha.

SO.

Bad news is….

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Flora is kinda dead…='(

AND so is minnie too..

For Minnie, I think she is long gone. But for Flora. I think she died due to the lack of water over the New year and Hari Raya holiday period. 😥

Yup, can see the little grown out parts dried up.

Thats all for the bad news!

Now the good news!

Minnie 2.
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Look how tall she has grown! this is a 2 week old Minnie 2. Instructions has it that I am supposed to migrate her to a bigger pot after she hits 5 cm. Which she did!

So today I’ve just migrated her. I hope it went well! cos it is not easy migrating.

Sighs. these 4-leaved clovers are so delicate!!! (think the 2 deceased ones)

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Look at the beautiful clovers forming!!

I really hope it don’t die after migration!

=)
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Oh. so we watched my Fair Lady on Sunday.

The good english-british slang is kinda beyond comprehension!!

But the bad english-british slang is baddd badd badd!!! We almost couldn’t understand a thing!

There are 3 nice songs, in my opinion. But according to sissy, there are none. ha. She’s even stricter than me!

But we both agreed that the musical is really not good enough. Namely, there are too many talking scenes, making it more like a drama than a musical. Its really a musical for goodness’ sake! We got bored when the actors/actresses are plainly talking.

Stage setup+costumes is .. ok: 4/10
Chereography…: 7/10
Music: 5/10 (awfully lacking of songs! but I gave it 5, because of the live orchestra, and I liked the vocal ensemble of some songs!)
Vocals: 7/10
Storyline: 4/10

Songs to listen are: Wouldn’t it be lovelier, Just a lil’ bit of luck, I could have danced all night.

Yup. Good that we did not buy too expensive seats. We upgraded our seats on our own:P

Ha.

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Out with Jiajin yesterday! He concluded that I had gastric flu. *nods* I think I want to agree. But the doctor did not say so.

Oh well. I don’t care now. But I still experienced stomach pain today.

😥

Was talking about GMAT. I was telling him, I am not good enough. yet. It is not really like SAT where Singaporeans are expected to Ace the maths part. Or maybe I am just not good enough!

ANYWAY!

Here are some GMAT Quantitive questions as requested! Allow 2 minutes max per question. Remember timing is very important!

First, the answer choices are as below:
A. Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient.
B. Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient.
C. BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
D. EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
E. Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

Question 1:
If (x+y)/z > 0, is x<0?

(1) x is smaller than y
(2) z is smaller than 0

Question 2:
In a certain classroom, there are 80 books, of which 24 are fiction and 23 are written in Spanish. How many of the fiction books are written in Spanish?

(1) Of the fiction books, there are 6 more that are not written in Spanish than are written in Spanish.
(2) Of the books written in Spanish, there are 5 more nonfiction books than fiction books.

Question 3:
Last year the average salary of the 10 employees of Company X was $42,800. What is the average salary of the same 10 employees this year?

(1) For 8 of the 10 employees, this year’s salary is 15% greater than last year’s salary.
(2) For 2 of the 10 employees, this year’s salary is the same as last year’s salary.

Have fun! and post ur answers if you wish;) (ESP u JJ)

December 1, 2006

Jin Sha – Immortality

Filed under: Culture, Outings — elyseeteo @ 9:31 am

Was GREAT!

Quite good.

Its my first time watching a chinese musical. It has a different feel to the musicals I am more used to.

Nice. Nice songs. Etc. Costumes…are like traditional chinese dance costumes. ha.

Finally, after 3 disappointments. Namely: Westside, Grease and Cabaret.

They are nice musicals I guess, but not up to my expectations.

So yesterday I actually bought the CD and got the signatures of the stars:P

Just like a little groupie. ha.

Esplanade has also this display of an art piece by a local artist. It is nice and refreshing to see more n more local talents=)

November 30, 2006

Excited!

Filed under: Culture, Updates — elyseeteo @ 5:44 am

Hiya hiya!

I wonder how are you all doing!

Me, am fine. It has been approximately a week since I had last touched my GMAT books!

But still. I am a proud outsourcee for some buggers around me who are applying for their lucrative banking jobs. Yes yes. There is an aptitude test before the interview, and I have been helping out in mostly verbal reasoning, and also numerical analytical skills. Yup.=)

But the people I have helped are very brillant people. so I am sure they will ace the interview, after being granted the invitation (upon passing the aptitude test). Hence I think, its ok lar.

In fact, I want to congratulate them here. Dun want to mention names. HEY, congrats for your high paying jobs man. ha.

and you, your 5-figured contract is waiting for your signature. Congrats!

The salary is making me tempted! But ha. No lar. Do not want to work for money anymore.

Think Passion. Passion…

Tonight, am going to see Immortality!!!

So sad that my musical Khaki, aka sissy, is very busy studying for her CFA.

SO, I had to look for a companion.:(

Not that the companion is 2nd choice. Its just that my sister is at the same level of appreciation as me. So it will be mega fun to discuss arty farty things about the music with her after the musical!

You see?

Besides, it will be a waste of money for my companion, if he/she does not like musicals in the first place! (I am ok to watch a movie any time!)

So, my point is still, musicals are meant for people who really appreciate. So that the blood and sweat shedded for the musical can be well justified.

*smiles*

Nervous and excited for Immortality!

After some lousy high-profiled musicals, I have to be more cautious with my choices=)

PS: that is why this musical-fanatic is not watching Nightingale/Jack and the Bean stalk!

Ha.

*cough*

Updates tomorrow!

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