Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mini catch up

Its been awhile since I last had a proper catch up with you guys. Had a good night, thanks Carmen, Yi Heng and Kyle. See you guys on Sunday, we gon play Monopoly before I fly off, at the airport. Until they have to delay the flight to Melbourne :D 

Quiet Birthday

Thanks papa and mama Mak, for the lovely Tiramisu cake and the birthday money to spend. 

I had a really quiet birthday during the afternoon. Girlfriend was busy with her assignments and was only free during the evening, mum went back to Malacca, dad was busy with work and all. 

Lunch time I went to Haha Siu Pan Mee to eat. Took a good one hour to just chillax and hope time pass fast.

 Downloaded Pineapple Express, a comedy about weed by Seth Rogan and that dude from 21 Jump Street. Fun fact : M.I.A's 'Paper Planes' got a boost from this movie, before Slumdog Millionaire.

For dinner, Siang Er took me to this really nice Japanese Restaurant at Viva Home Mall for my birthday dinner treat. Name of the Japanese restaurant? Best if y'all learn to explore and try out anyone of them in Viva Mall. Giving away the name ain't fun :P

So I got this birthday present from her, and a really lovely note to go along with it.

 So yeah, my first denim long sleeve shirt. Thanks Siang Er.

Overall I had a wonderful birthday, a quiet one. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Nikes

Its been really a long time since I last bought myself a new pair of kicks. I'll be honest, I NEED to ditch the slippers and shorts and shirts look because that combination makes me look very uncle-ish, that is according to my girlfriend....

I mean, she's right. As a designer, I have to of course dress up nicely wherever I'm at. And I do not wanna look too sloppy in public. So I've already gotten a new pair of slim fit jeans, black to replace the old ones. Lots of new shirts, like there's no more Stussy or whatever past trends already. My college friends be like, 'FINALLY DANIEL, GOOD FOR YOU.'

So goodbye slippers, hello Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski.

 So I went to Times Square on Tuesday to looked for the Clear Jade colorway. Again, I was late to finally hop onto the Stefan Janoski train. This shoe was released back in May 2012, and I've missed out 3 sales from Showroom KL, Berjaya Times Square. 

Because I don't see my current two pairs of dunks being suitable to wear to match with shorts and whatever casual shirts I wear.

I went to Showroom KL, was happy to see this still on the shelf, only to be told that my size is out of stock. I'm a size 9 by the way, big foot.

I was this close at exiting the store with disappointment, until the sales person came to me and apologized saying he took the wrong box to show me. 

But thank the good Lord, this pair came home to me. The last size 9, immediately said yes even without trying it on. It was kinda tight when I first wore it, just give it time and it'll hug your feet perfectly.

Plus, driving never felt so comfortable in a very loooooong time :) 

Grammy 2013 Winners Reaction

Best Rap Performance : 
Jay-Z and Kanye West, 'Niggas in Paris'.

I wasn't expecting this song to win anyway, I thought 'Mercy' should have won. Old school listeners would probably disagree with me, sayin' Nas should have won it for 'Daughters'. 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration : 
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean & The Dream, 'No Church In The Wild'.

This was expected though. I mean, just look at the other nominees and compare them to NCITW. They on another level compared to the rest, and about time Frank gets recognition for being one of the best to look for to feature in any songs. Shoutout to The Dream too, even you had beef with The Weeknd I won't turn a blind eye on your contributions to this hit.

But really, why the outfit? You are not appearing on BET for goodness sake. 

Best Urban Contemporary Album : Frank Ocean, 'Channel Orange'.

So proud of you Frank, really. You deserved it. You got a standing ovation, but sorry for Chris Brown acting all immature by not standing up for you. Even with the past Twitter beef (which was stupid) and the recent one over a parking space (really?), if you're telling the press that you're mature since the Rihanna incident, at least acknowledge your rival for winning something. Now you know why majority in the industry hates you? The media, press, critics, blogs, social media. You don't even deserve to be nominated, and that's coming from a fan of your music. 

Best Rap Album : Drake, 'Take Care'.

Wow, I can imagine Big Face having one of his earliest facepalm moments of 2013. Who knew Drake would won a Grammy award eh? Well I'm glad cuz if Officer Ricky or 2 Chainz be winning it, I'm gonna stop listening to mainstream rap for until the Grammy panel members get their shit right. Congrats Kitten Whisperer, the kitten kingdom awaits on your glorious return and a parade to celebrate.

Best Rap Song : Jay-Z & Kanye West, 'Niggas in Paris'.

Like I said earlier on, I bump to this song. This song went hard and was the anthem for ballin' for the year 2012. But giving it the title for Best Rap Song of the year, and a Grammy to compliment it, its like giving Nas the middle finger.

Tell me how is Nas' 'Daughters' not better than 'Niggas in Paris'? You're saying a song about African Americans spending money in Europe and boasting about their wealth is better than a story about a rapper struggling to be a better father to his daughter, while facing media crucification about her mistakes and what not? What the fuck happened?! 

I have no hate for Jay-Z and Kanye West, their hard work and determination got them to where they are today. But to give them best song for a song like 'Niggas in Paris' over 'Daughters' is just downright awful and embarrassing. 

As for the other categories, here's what I didn't like.

1) Fun. winning best new artist. They have been around for years, and they even said that during their acceptance speech. Frank Ocean should have won it by a mile So here's a picture of them laughing at Frank Ocean.

2) I have no arguments over Gotye and Kimbra winning Best Pop Duo performance, but for them winning Record of the Year was just funny. I would have picked Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' or Frank Ocean's 'Thinking About You'. Plus, I hated that song. Hated it.

3) Album of the Year : Mumford and Sons, 'Babel'. I still think Frank Ocean should have won, without a doubt. I just felt the poor crooner was snubbed throughout the whole award ceremony. 

On an unrelated note : 

I don't wanna fucking hear or see another Taylor Swift performance. I am so sick of that awful 'We Are Never Getting Back Together Song'. I can't stand that track, and the fact that she made an awful British accent to diss Harry Styles from One Direction just made it worse.

Someone needs to tell Taylor Swift here that she can't build a career on albums about the same, boring heartbreaks and the same, post-breakup songs. Really, if you're singing about standing up against bullies in life but dissing people that YOU left, you need to take a seat at the corner of shame and think carefully about your life.

You're a joke, the end. And that's my reactions towards the important categories to me :D 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Grammy 2013 Reactions : Rap & R&B nominees

Note : I'm only gonna give my reactions to category's that I'm interested and know more about it. 

The Grammy 2013 Awards was good, much focus was about Frank Ocean just a week before the big night. The Odd Future singer had a bust up with Chris Brown (again, I know) and its pretty much sickening to see Chris Brown being involved in another case with another recording artiste. Rihanna, Drake, and now Mr. Ocean.

Frank here has been causing a lot of buzz ever since he blasted into the scene with his mixtape efforts, featured in Tyler, The Creator's songs and getting Hov and Ye's attention and collaborating with them on Watch The Throne album. Not to forget the Tumblr post about him coming out as a bisexual actually changed the hip-hop/r&b scene by a lot, and I was glad that many people stood by him.

This is Queen Beyonce's open letter to Frank Ocean. Beautiful.

I don't wanna lie, but I was rooting for Mr. Ocean in the 'Best Urban Contemporary Album' category. I don't see Brown's 'Fortune' even being better than Miguel's. 

Speaking of Miguel, this fine American right here can make your girl's panties fall off A.S.A.P with his crooning and naughty lyrics. I mean, have you heard 'That Pussy is Mine'. I wouldn't call that the thirstiest song in the universe, but damn. Play that song and your girl will tell you that the P is yours, or his if she's losing her focus while getting the D.

But anyway, for that category, I fucks with Frank Ocean on this one. Runner up goes to Miguel and Chris Brown gets last place for sure. Sorry Breezy, just being real here. 

Beyonce a.k.a Mrs. Carter a.k.a The One That Shut Down the Superbowl, Period.

I, along with millions of Beyonce fans, felt insulted that she didn't won the Grammy awards that she deserved for last year's edition. I felt that her album was overlooked by a mile. She was snubbed so bad, that she actually planned her revenge : Shutting down America's biggest sporting event.

She should win the 'Best Tradition R&B Performance' without any doubt. Love on top was great. I don't have much to say about this category, because if you look at the other nominees, and you pit them up against Beyonce Knowles, the rest are pretty much irrelevant. 

Best Rap Performance

Oh lawwwd, this was tough. You have....
Ye and Hov a.k.a The Throne with Niggas in Paris.
 (I don't censor that word because I know most of y'all should know when NOT to use it and USE IT when it is legit. Its all about the context)

I mean, I'm Asian and all but I still to this song whenever I'm riding through the KL traffic. Face it, I bet you people of whatever ethnic background did say out the N word loud and with full confidence, and still laugh about not getting caught, heh. Hit Boy fuckin' killed it with this beat and the bass was just sex, like pure sex. This was the anthem of 2012, for niggas with money to blow. Ye and Hov set the standard that they be spending and swagin' with class in high places like Paris. 

How can you not like this song? 

Aubrey Graham a.k.a Drake a.k.a Kitten Whisperer a.k.a Lotion Master a.k.a Soft Wipes of the Rap Game. 

As much as I really like Big Ghost making fun of this Canadian fella by calling him soft and all, I ain't gonna lie when I say for 2012, Drizzy made shitloads of impact in the rap game. His 'Take Care' album has been rolling out good hits, be it mainstream ones or the unreleased ones that we all discover while poppin that album. 

Drake's in this album with his mentor, Lil Wayne for Hell Yeah Fucking Right (HYFR). I admit that Drake started the song with a few good play or words, then it really went fast until his verse ends. I think whenever Lil Wayne is featured in a track with Drake, he brings the best out of Drake or vice versa. You have currently the hottest rap property today, with the other once that used to churn out great songs but fell out with shitty effort from his last album. Yes Wayne, am talking to you. Carter IV was awful.

Nas, the veteran of the rap game. If you do not know him, you need to start listening to 'Daughters'. I swear, that song just hits me on how fatherhood is still important in a child's life. You can have a kid raised by a single mother, but it meant nothing when you don't have a father figure to guide him/her about the harsh realities of life outside of the house. The music video was great, I just feel Nas' pain and struggle as a father trying to protect his daughter. If you do not know, Nas' daughter caught unwanted attention for an Instagram pic of a packet of condoms that she posted, which made the media and press question Nas' ability to even raise his daughter right.

And Nas answered us all with 'Daughters'. Embedded the video for y'all to see.

You listen to this, even when you're driving an economy car like a Vios or even a City, heck a Myvi would do the job. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2Chainz delivered one of the best rap songs for 2012. The addictive hook, the weird Reggae for the bridge, and 2 Chainz delivering one of the best verses of 2012 (surprise, surprise) 

I don't know what else to say about this song. Big Sean had the wittiest verse, Pusha T's was raw, Kanye's one was a switch up, 2 Chainz murdered it real good. 

Young Jeezy's 'I Do', with Jay Z and Andre 3000 was good. Jeezy with his signature rap flow, Hov with the good play of words again. And how many times do I have to say that Andre 3000 really needs to release a SOLO ALBUM to back my argument that he's one of the handful of best rappers alive, today, right now, still relevant and still slaying it even being a featured artist since post-Outkast days? I'm done.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

I'd be Frank, 'No Church In The Wild' was the best rap song for 2012 to include religion as a debate.

Human beings to a mob,
what's a mob to a king?
What's a king to a God?
What's a God to a non-believer,
who don't believe in anything? 

When Mr. Ocean was singing to this chorus, it got me thinking a lot when I first heard it. Its been years since the last time a rap song actually got me into deep thinking. Like really, real deep thinking. The raw beats, the raw melodies, Hov and Ye delivering one of their best verses in Watch The Throne album, and The Dream's autotune bridge was perfect. It was a sure thing that this song would top the others.

Are you even fucking kidding me? 'Wild Ones' in the Best Rap Song category. Such an insult, I don't even wanna comment about it.

Sound track to 'Act Like A Woman, Think Like a Man', the John Legend and Ludacris effort was great, but the chances of them winning in this one was pretty slim tho. Honestly, there's nothing special about this one, at least its better than Flo Rida's one.

Nas' 'Cherry Wine', featuring the late Amy Winehouse was superb. I can't explain how much I love this song. The two of them just blends perfect for this one. A must in your playlist, please. Done justice to Amy's vocals. Amen.

'Talk That Talk' needs a video. Please. Rihanna and Jay Z, great combination. Not as epic as Jay and Beyonce though, no one can break that. The song isn't great as 'Umbrella' back in 2007, but its good enough for a Grammy nomination. Not bad Rihanna.

Alright for the 'Best Rap Song' category, the only changes in the nominee list is 'The Motto' replacing HYFR and 'Lotus Flower Bomb' replacing 'I Do'. Wiz Khalifa's 'Wild, Young & Free' makes a surprising entry to this one.

Refer to the 'Best Rap Performance' paragraph for 'Niggas in Paris', 'Daughters', 'Mercy'.

Because of 'The Motto', stupid kids be yelling out YOLO doing stupid ass stuff and using that damn motto as a 'legit' excuse. Like GTFO already. I swear, when YOLO went as one of the most overused shit in 2012, I wanted to book a ticket and fly to America and hunt down Drake's head and give him a pimp slap, and remind him of the parasite that he had created. I hate this song, I hated the video. I hated Drake and Lil Wayne's stylist for their choice of wardrobe. So here's a picture of Drake, duck face and wearing one of his grandma's leopard printed clothes. Can I live? 

Before I comment any further, congrats to Wiz and Amber for their future bundle of happiness. Ok, back to business. 'Wild, Young & Free' wasn't worthy of a Grammy nominee for 'Best Rap Song'. Kendrick Lamar should have gotten that for Money Trees. That's all I have to say, don't wanna hurt his feelings. 

Best Rap Album

I'm looking at the nominees, and I thought it was a joke. I wonder who are the ones responsible for even putting some of these albums on the list. 

Ok, I'm surprised I didn't bother buying this album. Instead, thanks to Drake for introducing The Weeknd again, I had The Weeknd's Trilogy instead of this. I'm not gonna lie, this was a great rap album. Still have soft hits, but I still bump to that. 'Headlines', 'Crew Love', 'The Real Her', 'Marvin's Room', 'Over My Dead Body', 'Underground Kings', 'Take Care' were the standout ones. This gets my vote for one of the top 5 mainstream rap albums for 2012

Yeap, that's the album cover. I don't know why, but Lupe Fiasco ain't really impressing me much. Since Lupe went into mixing politics and whatever current world events into his music, a lot of mixed reviews about his current efforts, but I still think Food & Liquor 2 was good enough for a Grammy nomination. One song that answers your question about this album nominated? 'Lamborghini Angels', 'nuff said. Thanks for improving Lupe, prove me wrong alright? 

A force still to be reckoned with. Still relevant. I am not worthy to comment much about their album.

When I first saw the nominees for this category, I literally needed a glass of water and some fresh air to accept the fact that such an awful mediocre rapper like Rick Ross can be nominated for a Grammy award.

Here's the fact, this fat mofo here is not a gangster. He is fake as Nicki's butt implants. What he does in his album is rapping about a character, a lifestyle that he boast living in, which is a huge lie. I don't understand, how a rap album like GFID can be nominated just shows you the standards of today's mainstream rap. He don't deserve it, and in future I hope he doesn't. Call me a hater, but I can't stand MMG. Wale is the only one that deserves it, Meek Millz got served by Cassidy.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

21st at The Beer Factory & The Attic, Sunway Giza

So for my 21st birthday I decided to celebrate at The Beer Factory and The Attic at Sunway Giza. It was the first time I've actually planned a night of drinking and all with close friends. Alicia, Wei Lin, Ian, Kent, Alex Lai, Jessica, Jeremy Jared, Austin, Y.T, Zoe, Mun Loong and Mia made it :) 

 I have no idea what was going on with Kent, but he kinda started the drinking games and all really early.

Before midnight strike, I was already feeling damn tipsy.

The Beer Factory was having a year long promotion for their packages. We picked the RM 1250 which includes 4 options and Cemetery, Cake Shots, Flaming Lamborghini and Long Island tea included. Decided on 6 towers of Tiger, 12 pints of Guinness and a bottle of Black Label with mixers included.

Loved the cake shots. Tiramisu flavor 

MK, Jeremy and Austin. Am surprised that MK's eyes were not so Asian in this picture.

I've always wanted to try Flaming Lamborghini. I've missed out during Zoe's birthday back in 2011 and also during Jeremy's 20th, last year. The Flaming drink wasn't that bad, I kinda liked it and it started to kick into your head after a few seconds. 

Results : I jumped and danced around like mad. 

Ian went over to the DJs that was spinnin' for the night to give a birthday shoutout, next thing I remember, random strangers were coming to me offering me to drink/down with them. It was awesome.

At the end of the night, I passed out, like literally dropped face flat on the ground and slept enough for a few pictures to be taken and uploaded on Instagram and Facebook. 

Alex drove me and Joshua back to my place. Before that we thought of having breakfast at BRJ, but once we were there the BRJ workers were busy cleaning and preparing for breakfast and couldn't serve us. 

Overall, I would like to thank the 10+ people that came for my belated 21st birthday celebration at The Beer Factory Sunway Giza. Shoutout to the random strangers drinking with me, the DJs playing awesome music that me and my friends can bump to, and to my friends that took care of my drunk ass till I got home at 5 a.m. Here's to you.