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Don’t stop believing, hold on to that feeling

Posted by fabledlamb on September 6, 2010

So. I have heard comments from some people who have no idea what the fuss is about Glee. “Why the heck is it so popular?” “The main girl character is annoying.” “I don’t find it funny also.”

So here I am in defense of it! :DD

But seriously. Glee is not just some overly commercialized piece of fluff. Although I admit, I am quite disappointed with Part 2 of Season 1, as it relies so much on gimmicks, artiste-themed episodes, and they squeeze too many songs into each episode! ūüė¶ Oi! Glee producers, PLEASE return back to the spirit of the first 13 episodes, and don’t be so overly concerned about squeezing Glee for all it’s worth, as in trying to earn as much money as possible from it! They need to learn not to try to please the viewers so much. It’s toxic. They should focus on quality. And in this case, “less is more”. The first part of the season¬†have a simplicity to them, which is what makes them work.

As for what makes the show popular, these are the reasons:

1. Anyone can relate to being outcasted, judged and/or bullied in high school.

I don’t know about other people’s high school experience, but for me it was probably the worst¬†years of my life. All the gossipping, bitchiness and the general snottiness of a lot of the students…. and I couldn’t relate to many of them. The Caste system in high school, which Sue Sylvester, the cheerleading coach in Glee, is very true. You are put into categories just from your outward impression towards others. Being outcasted at an age where you are not mature enough to think that not being accepted is not the worst thing in the world can be tough. Glee features a group of outcasted kids, who are looked down upon by other students just because they are in Glee club. And not being accepted by your peers is something anyone can relate to at one point or another, but Glee demonstrates to you that you don’t have to care what other people think of you, and the healing power of having friends who stand by you.

2. The colorful characters

It’s rare on TV that you get such a varied, lively group of characters. Most of the Glee characters are also likeable in one way or another. Rachel Berry, for example, was initially introduced as a narcissistic, obnoxious and bossy character in the first couple of episodes, but as the series went on, we saw glimpses of how she is a very sensitive and emotional person deep down, who genuinely cares about others. She is able to really understand how people feel because she has been bullied and hated by so many others herself. Finn Hudson’s dim-wittedness is quite endearing (haha!), while Kurt Hummel is rather fun to watch, with his facial expressions and dramaticness. But¬†I think Sue Sylvester is¬†overrated, as characters of that nature always are.

3. Satire

The show makes fun of a whole lot of things, such as the stereotypes in high school (jock, cheerleader, etc.), the desperate things people do, the lame excuses we give, and so on. I always find satire of any kind sort of comforting, because it acknowledges the things that are wrong in this world, and that I often worry about, but they do it in a humorous way.

4. Talent

The¬†Glee cast has more singing talent than so many other artistes nowadays. Ryan Murphy’s idea of¬†casting Broadcast alumnis is brilliant. And I like that the majority of the¬†cast were relative unknowns prior to the show, as it is always exciting to discover new talent. ¬†¬†

5. Great music

Yeah, so none of the songs featured are original. I think it’s because they feel that songs that are already well-known would be more easily recognisable and relatable (is that the appropriate word?) to. And for the songs that are less well-known, well, isn’t it a good thing to introduce youths of today to them? I personally love listening to the covers because they somehow make me happy. And Lea Michele’s voice makes a lot of covers better than the original. Ouch! No offense to those original singers though! *hides*

I can actually go on. But in short, there is so much there is to Glee. I’m looking forward to the second season. I miss watching it.

 

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I could really use a wish right now

Posted by fabledlamb on July 22, 2010

When I first heard the song “Airplanes” by B.O.B. ft. Hayley Williams from Paramore, I thought, hey, that sounds like Hayley Williams! And the song sounds like it’s nice too… somehow only the chorus registered in my mind. The second time I heard it? I thought the rapping part spoiled the song. The third time I heard it, I was thinking, hmm I could warm up to it… maybe????

Haha! So, if you love the part where Hayley sings but are not such a fan of the rapping (no offense to B.O.B.), you would love this:

Listen to it, and you’d be pleasantly surprised :). This girl has talent. And it looks as if¬†she came up with the melody in very little time… I’m saying that cause it seems so effortless.

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Tongkat User

Posted by fabledlamb on June 4, 2010

My younger sister Ju Ee (she prefers the term “younger sister” than “little sister”) likes to say a lot of weird things.

 

She always grabs my arm and link hers with mine whenever we go out, especially when we are heading for dinner.

 Ju Ee: You are my tongkat.

Get it? She needs me to “walk”, ’cause she apparently she is VOKU (Very Orang Kurang Upaya, or very¬†disabled person).

 

She is always asking me to play with her. Play whatever – from card games, board games, etc.

Me: I am not your playmate.

Ju Ee: No, you are my play servant.

 

When I refuse to play with her.

Ju Ee: You must play with me. If not, I’ll scare you at 3.18am.

Note: The time varies with each threat, but it’s usually something with .18 or .05 at the end (eg. 5.18).

 

While we were dining at Daorae, a Korean BBQ restaurant.

Ju Ee: Don’t be childish. *holds up glass of Korean tea* Be sophisticated!

 

Ju Ee: Sometimes I don’t know what I’m saying.

Ju Enn: Now only you know?

Ju Ee: Better late than never.

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Patience is a virtue

Posted by fabledlamb on May 11, 2010

I am really wiped out these days, but an update will be here soon! As soon as humanly possible, that is. Lol, I noticed that the blogging sphere in general is slowing down these days. Most people are getting lazier and lazier to update. I have no idea about the readers though.

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Well if that’s love, it comes at much too high a cost

Posted by fabledlamb on March 20, 2010

Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love
It comes at much too high a cost!
I’d sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down.

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I need…

Posted by fabledlamb on February 2, 2010

I’m in dire need of inspiration.

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o_o

Posted by fabledlamb on January 12, 2010

Warning: The post below is not recommended for the sensitive/easily offended people.

Disclaimer: The views stated below are the author’s own thoughts and theories, and are sincerely and genuinely not meant to harm anyone, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.

THEREFORE, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK la.

Haha, sorry if that sounded a bit much. Maybe cos I am slightly paranoid… of the mildly plausible possibility that someone might feel offended. Partly cos I can never be too sure of who reads this blog.¬† O_O

So, most of you already know what’s been going on in the country for the past week but here’s the latest update on the issue anyway http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/49332-allah-the-blame-game–the-malaysian-insider.

It is pointless for me to say that it is quite sad that the entire thing happened, as it unquestionably is. As the tension grows, as people continue to talk about it during lunch, as the government ponders on what they should do about it, I just feel the need to get my opinion out too.

I think that the factor that is causing the select Muslims (I say select, because I honestly believe that the majority are against the whole church burning thing, even if not all of them agree that it is¬†100% alright for Christians to use the word Allah) to act in such a rash, emotional manner (resorting to violent means) is not so much that they feel the need to protect their God fiercely and defensively, or that they feel the intense¬†allegiance to their faith, as a kind of obligation they have as a follower, but more so because they feel some amount of possessiveness over what is “theirs” and not “others'”. If that makes any sense. They feel that calling their God Allah is their right, and their’s alone. Almost like a privilege. And a privilege only feels like a privilege when nobody else is allowed the same. Otherwise, it would not be a privilege anymore, technically, right?

Honestly, that’s really what it seems like to me. I’m not sure if anyone out there agrees with me.

Sigh, but then again. It’s human nature to claim what is yours and to mark it. When we lose something we feel is rightfully ours, the feeling is akin to grief, although grief is probably an extreme word to use.

I just hope this issue doesn’t escalate. For one thing, it’s already putting the country in a bad light. It exasperates me when I read online about what people from other countries think of the issue. This effect is not only shameful, but can seriously damage our foreign investments prospects.

To my Christian friends out there, do continue praying about this.

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Like seriously? (Oh Btw Hols have started)

Posted by fabledlamb on November 22, 2009

Yessssss. Like seriously??? My sleep pattern is screwed up! This is what happens when you add these equations together:

Insomnia problems since young  + crazy college assignments for 3.5 months + an unpredictable mixture of days when there is loads of activity and some with none + DSPS for 2 years + N-24 that comes and goes + etc etc etc = crazily messed up sleeping pattern.

:-S

Like right now, it’s after 3 am and I feel soooooo wide awake! I feel like skipping sleep for tonight and sleeping tomorrow night.

Haiyoooo.

That aside, ok…. What to talk about? Haha.

I am writing in my newly bought notebook while typing o_o. Notebook as in the printed kind la ok. I don’t have money to buy a notebook computer.

My view on the left hand side:

 

The place where I spend the most time when I’m at home O_O:

My dog is still super cute! XPP Today I saw two other dogs, small toy dog kinds like mine too.

That’s all for now folks. Laters!

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Assignments, assignments…

Posted by fabledlamb on November 3, 2009

After a fun-filled and exciting weekend of an All-American Rejects concert and whatnots, here I am being brought back down to earth¬†with assignments after assignments. I have a Principles of Broadcasting¬†presentation to prepare for, which honestly, I’m still yet to know how it will turn out to be. Just finished filming about 30 scenes of “How to Make Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice” which practically took the whole day today (thanks again to those involved ūüôā hehe, i’m just grateful for your help and patience). To add to that, I am leading worship for the first time for Christian Fellowship meeting tomorrow. Talk about busy, right? But that’s life I guess… it challenges you, drains your energy at times, but at the end of the day, you feel the satisfaction if you have put in effort and feel like you’ve done a good job, right?

There’s gonna be tonsss more assignments and work to do for the next two weeks, I just hope I have the energy and concentration to last me >_<. Tonight, I sort of “snapped” at my family members who were clueless as to why I was so “kancheong” and stressed (Dad called me rude and told me off, saying that I should treat my parents and my friends/classmates differently… but of course, parents have THE RIGHT to take out THEIR bad moods on children… but oh well). Funny how my family never understands the stresses of uni/college when I tell them. They don’t believe me. It’s like they need to attend college and watch the environment with their own eyes to believe it.

At busy, busy, draining times like these, prayer really helps me. Gives me just a little bit of strength and faith to continue trudging on. Some people might say that praying means that you’re relying on “someone” to do what is your own responsibility, but I disagree. I understand that I need to do my part as well. Don’t we all? ūüėČ

But gosh, sometimes I really wish I have some sort of instant “self-confidence” booster lol. Low self-confidence is one of my weak areas, and it’s something I’m trying to work on, but it’s not always easy. Hard to ignore that voice at the back of your head that says you’re not good enough, or only average and not… gooood. Ya know?

I’m looking forward to the holidays, kinda. Am pretty nervous but psyched about my Japan trip, and a possible trip to Penang with some friends before that. As to what I’m gonna do after returning from travelling, I have yet to confirm. Definitely I NEED to learn how to drive (gosh, it has been delayed for wayyy too long). As for part-time work or internship, I’d actually like to give it a go at some company, but there will be obstacles/circumstances that I need to work through in order to do that =/.

Hey, I actually feel better now after letting things off my mind onto my little (humble) blog. I have no idea who still reads this blog sometimes (lol). But if you’re reading this, hey, thanks! ūüôā

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For some reason…

Posted by fabledlamb on October 26, 2009

For some reason, I just keep listening to this song over and over again.

I was young but I wasn’t naive
I watched helpless as he turned around to leave
And still I have the pain I have to carry
A past so deep that even you could not bury if you tried

After all this time
I never thought we’d be here
Never thought we’d be here
When my love for you was blind
But I couldn’t make you see it
Couldn’t make you see it
That I loved you more than you’ll ever know
A part of me died when I let you go

I would fall asleep
Only in hopes of dreaming
That everything would be like it was before
But nights like this it seems are slowly fleeting
They disappear as reality is crashing to the floor

After all this time
I never thought we’d be here
Never thought we’d be here
When my love for you was blind
But I couldn’t make you see it
Couldn’t make you see it
That I loved you more than you’ll ever know
A part of me died when I let you go

After all this why
Would you ever wanna leave it
Maybe you could not believe it
That my love for you was blind
But I couldn’t make you see it
Couldn’t make you see it
That I loved you more than you will ever know
A part of me died when I let you go
That I loved you more than you’ll ever know
A part of me died when I let you go

 

I keep subjecting myself to these emo songs. Someone should just smack me out of my masochism. Though I doubt that’d work.

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