Posts Tagged ‘music’

Clean Eats and Jam Out

Have I ever mentioned how wonderful life is? I keep having these amazing moments in my life and I can’t believe all these things are happening. Thursday was a pretty awesome day. First, I wake up, get on the scale, and find out that I finally moved past the 4 lbs that I’ve been yoyoing up and down all month and get into losing the 5th lb. Second, I get an email saying that my favorite band, Finish Ticket, is coming by my house to drop off a vinyl of their album, Tears Your Apart. My HOUSE!!! WHAT??!!! The part that was really cool was that I got an email asking exactly when I’d be home because they said they wanted to deliver it to me specifically when I was there because I had been such a long time loyal fan. *THUD* Third, I found out that I won tickets to a concert at the Great American Music Hall where Seeking Empire, Happy Fangs and New Diplomat were playing! I had interviewed Seeking Empire and New Diplomat a few years ago for a website I was helping out on and they are just such great bands. Seeing them perform Thursday night and for free topped off my night! And then yesterday morning, I got on the scale and I had lost another 2.2 lbs. Whut whuttttt!!!?!!

Here are some pics from Thursday:

Brendan Hoye & Michael Hoye from Finish Ticket
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They signed the back but they also wrote on the front!
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Seeking Empire
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New Diplomat
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What a wonderful day. Right now, I’m listening to my new record and some other records, drinking water and roasting veggies. And for the first time, I’m actually really excited about them. I’m roasting potatoes, red bell peppers and colorful carrots which I seasoned with avocado oil, olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, rosemary, dill, and himalayan pink salt. Can’t wait to taste it! Ever since I saw that pic with me and Will, I just felt heartbroken. However, from that broken heart, I rose from my ashes and decided that this was going to be the last year that I’m overweight. My imagination of how I want to look standing next to him motivates me to get healthy. I’ve actually been pretending I’m in a weight loss challenge with Will. And of course, it super helps that it seems he’s been trying to get healthy too. He posted that he was doing a juice cleanse and there were pics of him obviously going out running or something. Gawd, I’m just jealous by how much weight he’s lost, but I will get there. I promise. And if I ever do get the chance to stand beside him and take a photo again, I’d better look good. I don’t even actually care what he looks like, he’ll always be a beautiful person to me.

So, the things I’ve been doing lately to get healthy is mainly working out and eating clean. I’ve been cooking a lot more and researching about clean eating. I started cooking without sugar and making foods that are good for me. I have a Filipino vegan chef friend, Astig Vegan, who has made lots of vegan foods for me to taste and because of her, I am no longer disgusted by the sound of something being vegan or vegetarian. Last weekend, she taught me through text messages how to make cashew cheese and it turned out delicious!

Blending the cashews
Cashew Cheese
Forming for culturing
Cashew Cheese2
Delicious with lentil chips
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Also made gluten free, grain free & sugar free brownies. Sooooo goooood!!
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You know, they say…

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However, after eating clean for about 3 weeks now, a friend of mine who I see almost every week told me I did look thinner. What?!!! I was shocked. I mean, I did look in the mirror and thought about whether or not there were any changes but I just wasn’t sure since I see myself every day. However, it’s great to know my efforts are actually working. I always used to just give up after 3 weeks because I never felt like anything I was doing would be lasting. Fortunately, I discovered Amelia Freer through Sam Smith’s weight loss story and I’m so grateful! I’m currently reading her book “Eat. Nourish. Glow.” to help me along. I’ve tried low carbs, I’ve tried no carbs, I’ve tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, oh my god. So many phases of hell I’ve put my body through and it finally said to me, “STOP! Just be good to me.”

Amelia Freer writes “Listen to your body. It’s smarter than you.” I completely agree. I’ve actually said these words to friends of mine who were dieting and yet, I never listened to these words myself. I know the body finds ways to tell you what it needs. If your pee is super yellow, it’s telling you you’re not drinking enough water. If you’re craving veggies when you never have before, it’s telling you that it doesn’t have enough nutrients. If you get sleepy in the afternoons, it’s telling you that you’re not getting enough hours of sleep at night or that you’ve had too much sugar. In my previous eating habits, I never listened. I ate based on scent, thoughts, desires, and cost. Today, I eat to nourish my body rather than for convenience. I also cut out a lot of sugar. Amelia says that sugar has been shown in studies to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine!! I did hear that before and I believe it. Whenever a coworker brings sweets to work and I refuse by saying I’m on a diet, their answer is always “Oh please. One is not going to hurt you.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. One WILL hurt you because you’ll get another sugar craving later in the day and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it until you have it and the worst words you can say to yourself on a diet is “I might as well…” No thanks, I’d rather not spiral down that sugar hill, gang. Go on without me.

While typing this, my veggies finished roasting and they smell and taste delicious!
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Yummy yummy yummy. I never thought I would enjoy a grain with just veggies but I do. Yeah, there are potatoes but since everything else is healthy and homemade, I’m gonna say that’s ok. I ate this with some bulgur rather than white rice. Tastes great! I feel so proud of myself today. Anyway, have a great rest of the weekend and may everything good happen to you. I love life!!

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Rickshaw Stop Interviews

The interviews I did are finally posted! What a great experience! Beta State was my first interview and I have to say, I couldn’t have had a better band to interview. They were so sweet & talkative. I mentioned to them that it was my first so I think that put us both at ease just a little bit. I didn’t want it to be very formal, just a recording of a nice relaxed conversation. The other bands were great too. I’m really glad I did my homework before interviewing them. Otherwise, I would have been frozen onscreen, not knowing what else to say. I don’t know what other events I will be covering but it would be great to tap into the local scene of music, movies & theater around here. I know so many that deserve recognition and don’t receive it. Anyway, enjoy the interviews. I sure did.

Chasing Starz

New Project!

I’m super excited to announce that I was asked to be a contributor to a new entertainment site! It’s pop culture but since I skate harder along the indie track, I suggested an indie channel and that’s where I’ll be writing for! I’m so excited to participate in something like this because I’ve always wondered how those sites work.

My first event that I’ll be writing about is the show at Rickshaw Stop featuring Seeking Empire, Beta State, New Diplomat and The Bruises. Better yet, I scored an interview with all four bands! I can’t wait for that as it will be my first interview ever, at least in the creative aspect. Eventually, I want to attend more events & do more interviews to get those the recognition they deserve.

Just out of curiosity, I wrote down all the projects I’m involved in to see how many there were and currently, I’m up to nine. I’m surprised my head hasn’t exploded due to pressure & stress. Honestly, I’m enjoying each & every project and they all make me happy so perhaps that is the key to my multitasking. I just have to love it. Just imagine if I was getting paid for these projects! Yikes! That would be even better! Like I said before, think positive, and positive things will come your way. I love my life.

Music To My Heart

Music has always had the ability to move me. In case you don’t know, I’m a slow jam junkie. I listen to music all the time and while some of my music selections are uhh, let’s say questionable; every once in awhile, I’ll come across a ballad that touches me & elicits strong emotions. It’s not the lyrics or the voice or the instruments, but rather, a combination of all of them to create a blended bliss. The song has the power to release tears from my heart. Here are a few of those beautiful voices I fell in love with in order of favorites. If anyone has any favorites to share, please let me know. I’d love to hear them.

Tonilyn Sideco (original song, I love this girl)
“Lying”

Amel Larrieux (so happy she kept singing after Groove Theory)
“Make Me Whole”

Adele (lyrical genius)
“Someone Like You”

A Girl Called Eddy (sought this song after hearing it in a theater show)
“Somebody Hurt You”

Esmee Denters (before she was famous)
“Irreplaceable” Beyoncé cover

100 Monkeys in NorCal

Went to see 100 Monkeys again on Tuesday. I had a blast! So glad they came back. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen them. They also did an in-store appearance at Best Buy in Dublin, CA in the afternoon so it was a perfect day. I picked up Blanca at BART and we headed over to Best Buy. Of course, our natural NKOTB instincts were to go super early but turns out, it wasn’t all that necessary because people didn’t gather around much earlier. There were about 30 people there, I’d say. Afterwards, they did a signing and I got my Liquid Zoo CD signed. I asked them if they would sign it if I brought my “Girlfriend” script over to Slim’s and they said yes. “Girlfriend” is a movie by Justin Lerner in which 100 Monkeys participates in the soundtrack, not to mention that Jackson & Jerad are both in the film as well.

We headed over to Chinatown where we got to grab some dim sum and then we went to Brainwash Cafe and just chilled. Then we went to Slim’s, parked the car, & just waited. The show was exactly the way I remembered them. Energetic, passionate, and jammin’. What bothered me though, was that they had 3 opening acts and they played until 10:20 PM. 100 Monkeys didn’t go on until 10:35 PM. If they were going to have all these opening acts, I think they should have had them start earlier, around 6ish. Because of this, 100 Monkeys performed until past midnight. And it was a weeknight!

The opening acts that performed were Sioux City Kid, Finish Ticket & Bleeding Horse Express. To be honest, I really felt they should have had the opening acts begin around 6:30 PM instead of 8 PM. The opening performed until 10:20 PM. As much as I respect that they are helping out these bands, I think they should have given the audience some type of notice that this was going to happen. It was a weeknight, BART only runs until midnight, and it was standing room only. If I had a seat, things might have been different. I guess I could have sat at the bar but I was close to the front and it was difficult to remove myself from my spot because I was in the front. Enough said.

The show was amazing though, as usual. I was able to record some of it. For some reason, I wasn’t able to take very good photos this time around. I guess I’m a little rusty on my photography. I did what I could and left it at that. Finish Ticket was really good, I have to say. I fell in love with their music after the first song. I even recorded one of their songs! They were that good. I think this band is going be big someday. I can see girls falling in love with these boys, they’re adorable! I wish all the best for them.

Best Buy
100 Monkeys Best Buy

Best Buy
100 Monkeys Best Buy 2

Slim’s
Sioux City Kid
Sioux City Kid

Finish Ticket
Finish Ticket

Bleeding Horse Express
Bleeding Horse Express

100 Monkeys’ Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

100 Monkeys’ Uncle Larry
Uncle Larry

100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone
Jackson Rathbone

100 Monkeys’ Ben Graupner & Ben Johnson
Ben Graupner & Ben Johnson

100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone & Jerad Anderson
Jackson Rathbone & Jerad Anderson

Girlfriend” script autographed by 100 Monkeys & Justin Lerner – It’s Jackson’s messy handwriting at the top, in case you were wondering
Autographed Girlfriend Script

“We’ll Be Okay” by Finish Ticket

“Shy Water” – one of my favorites

“Aim High” – new song

“Invisible Monsters” – one of my favorites

So every 100 Monkeys show, they do one improv song where the audience gets to pick the title of the song. So you can say anything & they might pick it. I could say “Christmas presents suck” or “Tupperware is for losers” or whatever & they might pick it. Then they improv on a tune & Jackson will make up the lyrics on the spot. They are just a bag of God-given talent.

Anyway, I’m really glad they chose “Don’t Be A Bitch” because I felt it was so fitting for the loud, cackling chick who was being rude. She kept claiming that the boots she saw below the projection screen were Jackson’s. The girl in front of my who could see below the projectin screen politely informed her that it was the lead singer of Bleeding Horse Express so that she wasn’t moded. However, she didn’t believe her so all night, she kept claiming that it was Jackson. Her cackling in my ear was horrible.Luckily, my ears were already blown so it didn’t matter. She would reach her arm over & flick the hair of the girl in front of me. So, I’m really glad someone gave that title for the improv song. It was the theme of the night. Thank you, whoever you are.

Don’t Be A Bitch

NKOTBSB Favorite Moments

In no particular order:

Seeing KFC, my favorite “New Kid”
Ava & Kevin

Seeing myself in the NKOTBSB concert montage
Ava in NKOTBSB video

NKOTBSB descending from above
Their holy first appearance

Standing so close to the Marshmallow
Donnie Wahlberg butt

Getting a 5* view of my favorite DJ at work
Crunchy Kevin DJ

When Donnie went shirtless at afterparty
Shirtless Donnie Wahlberg

Dinner with the awesome bootch, Christina
Ava & Christina at Bottega Louie

Taking this picture
Foot Circle

Laughing Blockhearts
Blockhearts laughing

Kevin joining BSB onstage, making their fans so happy

Shaking Howie Dorough’s hand

Seeing the Pink Hearts dancing
NKOTB Pink Hearts

When Donnie recognized me at the afterparty, took my hand, and kissed it

Representing the Pink Hearts
Pink Heart at NKOTBSB concert

Other moments not captured on camera:
1) Flying Virgin America
2) Giving KFC a bday present
3) Seeing my favorite SoCal NKOTB friend, Yvonne
4) Walking in LA without a car
5) When KFC kissed me on the cheek and gave me the best hug
6) Seeing all my Blockhearts in San Jose
7) Donnie tweeting “Pink Hearts were representing hard in NorCal tonight!” after SJ show. Love him.

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’ll be leaving in a few days and have so much stuff to do before I leave. Finish my final assignment for my drawing class, finish my script pages for screenwriting classes, pack my luggage, figure out what I need to pack, arrange my ride, etc. So this will be my last post before I leave.

I’ve always loved that song from “Sound of Music” where Julie Andrews sings about all her favorite things. Well you know what, Julie? We all have favorite things, and here are a few of mine.

Food – Just a minimal list of my favorite foods Snickerdoodles, Burmese cuisine, dim sum , sushi, thai iced tea, Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Laughter
Liam Kyle Sullivan makes hilarious videos, I love his gender-mangling style!

David Wain used to be a part of the comedy troupe, The State, which aired on MTV in the 90’s. Great writer!

Music
Adele has a beautiful haunting voice, I love it. I just wish she didn’t smoke…but maybe that’s what gives her that raspy voice. I’m debating over this.

I first heard this song blaring over the speakers in an H&M store in SoHo of NY. I fell in love with her voice.

100 Monkeys never have the same setlist, I love it. And they always do an improv song on the spot, allowing fans to make up a title. And each member of the band can play multiple instruments so they do a switcheroo between songs. Impressive.

New Kids On The Block is the band I listened to as a young teenager. Donnie Wahlberg always taught us to do good, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, stay in school, etc. I grew up well because of him.

The Harm’s 1st album was produced by a friend of mine. He introduced me to this song and I fell in love with its haunting melody.

Film shorts
I love this short film. It’s funny, clever and well written. Jason Marsden delivers, always.

I saw this film at the Asian American Film Festival a few years ago. I never laughed so hard because it brought fan world to the extreme. Hilarious! Alas, this is only the trailer. You’ll have to find its schedule to view it in theaters.

Miscellaneous
Bindlestiff Studio, My Life As Liz‘s Bizarre Love Triangle (I’m Team Bryson), bike riding in Venice Beach, playing kulintang, writing scripts, singing alone in the car, watching my friends onstage & onscreen, Royal Pains, white chocolate mocha, popping bubble wrap, learning new things, blogging, hugging people, road trips, Hawaii, film festivals, visiting museums, traveling, trying new restaurants, and sleeping.

Now turn that into a song, Ms. Andrews!

Monkeeing Around

(I hate this title, btw) There’s a reason to celebrate today. Today, I got tickets to see The Monkees in concert!! We even got VIP tickets which come with a meet & greet! I never thought this would ever happen since the last time The Monkees toured together was 2002 I think. Michael Nesmith won’t be there unfortunately, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Now, I don’t get overexcited usually when I’m around celebrities and I don’t think I’ll be nervous or anything but who knows what will happen when I actually get there? It’s the fuckin’ MONKEES!!!

My earliest memory of The Monkees was watching their show on Nickelodeon back in the 80’s. I fell in love with Davy Jones when I was around 9 years old. Yes, that sounds young but hey, I had my first crush on a boy when I was 4 years old so 9 is actually quite old. I remember laughing so hard because I understood all the jokes, or at least what I understood to be the funny parts anyway. All the times Davy fell in love, I was so envious of the girl. I wanted to be the one Davy was chasing, kissing, holding hands with. I remember at one point, I started to like Micky and I remember feeling guilty about it because it was like I was cheating on Davy. So I had to force myself to stop thinking of Micky and return my heart to Davy even though most of the songs I liked were mainly sung by Micky. Of course at the time, I couldn’t put a label on it, I just knew I felt bad. Who ever thought a 9-yr-old could have such deep & complicated emotions? Haha!

Fast forward to my freshman year in college, The Monkees TV show came out on VHS as a set and my first financial aid check I received of $450, I spent it on that set: $399+tx = $432. And you know what? I never got around to finishing watching all the episodes still!! I’m still somewhere in the middle! There are 21 tapes! It came with a watch but somehow, I cannot find that precious watch. I’ll have to look harder. I kept a photo of The Monkees on my fabric board, along with a photo of Will Friedle, a photo of The Kids in the Hall, a photo of BONE Thugs N Harmony, and photos of me with my friends. That’s a sign of how high they ranked on my personal “Favorites” scale. Oh! That just reminded me. Perhaps I should bring that photo with me and get it autographed!! What a treasure it will be for me. Coming full circle,

Fast forward again to last year, I got to see Davy Jones in concert for my birthday out in Oregon. It was a blast!! He was so funny onstage, I never knew he would be such a kneeslapper in real life. He sang wonderfully and I was so happy to be able to sing along with most of the songs. I believe my friends and I were the youngest ones in the room!! Perhaps we will be the youngest ones in the room again when I see them in July. Doesn’t matter though, I’m just there to have a good time and to fulfill a dream I never knew would ever come true. Truly surreal.

I cannot wait to meet them. I’ve made many of my childhood dreams come true. I got to meet New Kids on the Block, I’ve seen BONE Thugs perform live, I’ve met The Kids in the Hall and seen them perform live, I’ll be meeting The Monkees in 2 months, the only childhood dream left is meeting Will Friedle. It would be an honor to have a nice conversation with this man…or a passionate makeout session, whichever is clever, haha! (only in my dreams!)Well, if it’s kismet, it will happen on its own. In the meantime, I have things to do like get my MFA degree in Screenwriting! Maybe if I lump my MFA into the childhood dream bundle, I can make that come true too. :0)

A few of my favorite Monkees song (from a longer list) in no particular order
Goin Down Yes I can sing along to this.
Daydream Believer I’d be crazy not to include this.
She Hangs Out I groove to this jam so well.
I Wanna Be Free I could listen to this repeatedly forever.
Daily Nightly Little known fact: This is the first rock song to use a synthesizer.
Sometime In The Morning I fell in love with Micky listening this song. (shhh, don’t tell Davy)
Randy Scouse Git The crazy drum action. Nuff said.
Riu Riu Chiu Monkees in what is this, Portugese? Whhuuuuttt?!!
Saturday’s Child I always pretended it was Micky singing about me.
Porpoise Song I never understood this song, only that it was the musical definition of the word psychedelic for me.
Don’t Call On Me While I did say these were some of my favorites in no particular order, I have to say I saved the best for last. This song makes me feel like I am in a 60’s lounge. I’m in love with it.

Thomas Nicholas Band (TNB)

Went to a TNB show last night at Blake’s On Telegraph and had a blast! I’ve never seen Thomas Ian Nicholas perform music before. I have to say, he had a spectacular voice!! His style is very “Springsteen,” as one of my friends had put it. We were able to meet him and it’s so nice to see how down-to-earth he is.

He sang about 6 or 7 songs, I think. He did a couple of cover songs, Muse’s “Uprising” and Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.” He also satisfied a request my friend made to play New Kids On The Block. That was a bit of a surprise to me!! He and a drummer from another band played a little bit of “The Right Stuff.” He was such a good sport, so cute. I’d love to see him perform again, or even watch one of his movies. I guess I should rent something he’s been in but I’m not sure I can handle an American Pie marathon. He did mention they’re thinking of doing another one. I’d watch that but I’d love to watch an independent film as well.

Anyway, took a photo with him, which I will upload later. I wish all celebrities were as laid back and humble as he was. I have yet to meet any who were snobs to me. I guess you just have to feel out their vibes before approaching them. Thanks for being so cool, Thomas. Looking forward to seeing you again.

If you’d like to check out his music, his website is http://www.tinband.com. He is also on twitter @tinband.

100 Monkeys ROCK!!

I love them! I hope I can get to another show. They are beautiful subjects to practice photography on!! The venue put some great colors on them too! I was in heaven that night because Jackson smiled at me twice for knowing the lyrics! I also got to shake his hand that night along with Jerad’s hand. Not that soft though, I must say. However, I didn’t expect them to be since they are guitar players.

If anyone is curious about their music, they have a website: http://www.100monkeysmusic.com

Lawrence Abrams (Uncle)

Jerad Anderson (J.Rad)

Jackson Rathbone (J.Action) & Ben Johnson (Ben J.)

Ben Graupner (Ben G.)