So apart from the pooping and the passing of my Japanese exam (oh, did I mention?) and the wandering all around Asia and oh yea, my 9-to-6 job, I’m also going to be in a play in a couple of weeks.
It’s exciting to me because I get speaking lines; I’ll be on a stage with an audience capacity of 1500+; I get to hang out with a bunch of really cool people AND I get some money. Not much of course but enough for me to add ‘Paid Theatre Performer’ to my resume. It’s a main cast of six (and yes I actually auditioned) so it’s actually pretty intense.
Awesome possum. (I’m in some blink-and-miss-it moments in the video.)
I got to try out the Cyr Wheel for a bit today. It’s heavy as hell and you’re supposed to get some momentum to get it going so it’s scary as hell too I suppose. It’s not as easy as you’d imagine to get some momentum going though but what a rush that must feel.
Just so you know, I’ve been reading the Bible and apparently, God says it’s ok to eat mermaids in Leviticus 11:9.
These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
Tasty when pan-fried with a bit of salt and pepper; a squeeze of lemon and some chives
Leviticus 11:3 says you can’t eat unicorns because they’ve a split hoof but don’t chew cuds. We all know that unicorns eat lucky charms.
Unicorns. They are unclean.
However, centaurs are fine. They have split hoofs and they’re mostly vegetarians. Which means apart from their regular diet of tofu and feta cheese salads, they would occasionally chew some cuds too I’m sure.
Centaurs are tough…and chewy. But not this one dumbass, it’s a bronze statue.
When Jason and the argonauts went after the winged ram, apart from fleece, he sure could have made a great meal out of the beast too. Because sheep are fine.
Whoohoo! Nake…oh mmm ram. Tasty.
Finally, if Pinocchio was Christian and hungry when he became a real boy, he would surely be glad to know that Leviticus 11:22 permits him to eat crickets.
I’ve seen these stickers around town, stuck on the control button of traffic lights. They’re funny and is something anyone Singaporean can relate to. And for that second, while hammering impatiently on that button in peak hour traffic, we’d stop and chuckle at what we’re doing and our day feels better. Today the ‘vandal’ who defaced our precious traffic lights was caught and faces a possible jail term.
Why are Singaporeans so afraid of contributing to society? We all know the flaws of our country and a lot of us want to change it. Some of us take action, others wait for change. Unfortunately, the people willing to step up to change the status quo aren’t necessarily the best-rewarded. It’s happened in history – Joan of Arc, Mandela, Malcolm X… and these are only people we know because they’ve effected changes in a big way. The others? They’re lost to the annals of history because history is written by the victors, not by collateral damage.
We need law and order. We also need to be compassionate towards each other. Social work doesn’t necessarily have to be only what’s prescribed to us in a contract and neither does it need to only aid the less fortunate. We like placing ourselves on a pedestal and thinking ourselves the benefactors. We’d gladly offer a seat to the old auntie who boards the bus or mom carrying the crying baby. Would we offer a seat to the NS boy struggling under his load? Nah, he’s meant to be tough. Context – people tend to disregard that.
Back to where I was. If this isn’t the best form of social service, I don’t know what is. Everyone in town has possibly seen these stickers. They’re a keen reminder to put us in our place. We laugh when the stickers read “My Grandfather Road”, knowing the reference to people who jaywalk like their family owns it – and we don’t do it. We appreciate the sarcasm of the stickers that read “Press to time travel” because we know it’s in reference to our penchant to jab at the button while waiting for an eternity for that light. We reflect on ourselves and become better persons to that light if only for that crossing.
We’re a very myopic people. We see that things like this equate vandalism which means more costs incurred reverting the action. What we fail to see are the long-term consequences – that people may, just maybe, be kinder towards that traffic button and there’d be bigger savings towards repairing them.
Every once in oh, I don’t know, a lifetime, we get a juggling festival in Singapore. By some crazy coincidence, we had TWO happening concurrently last weekend so it was quite depressing I had to miss some really great workshops and the night performance at one of them.
The first event, Bornfire, was a free one-day festival that was more concentrated on object manipulation including poi and staff workshops. The lineup included Dai Zaobab who is the only reason why I know about buugengs and ring manipulation.
I’m not a big fan of spinning so I didn’t attend much of this but I did go for a very basic contact juggling workshop by Komei Aoki. I’m actually more appreciative of his juggling acts but had to miss a ‘daggle’ (dance + juggle) workshop since it clashed with something else. His dance + juggling linkup is interesting and though I think Michael Karas is somewhat smoother, Komei has a cooler image which unfortunately isn’t very prevalent in the juggling scene. We’re really all geeks.
It was somewhat sad that at the end of Komei’s workshop, there was a photo-taking session where the photographer joked about saying ‘Komei!’ instead of ‘Cheese!’ and I overheard the girl beside me going “Hahaha! What does Komei even mean?”
The next event was a 2-day one called Child’s Play Juggling Festival. The highlight for me was definitely Okotanpe’s workshop. He’s by far my favorite contact juggler and someone I’d want to kidnap to display in a cage. Here’s his performance for the gala show.
I went for a hoops manipulation workshop too by Jonasun who’s a Japanese manipulation/dance artist. He’s pretty incredible and the video doesn’t really show off the first portion of his act the way it deserves to be shown.
I’ve always found meeting jugglers very inspirational and every single time I watch a show or a good video, it makes me want to run away with the circus.
We’ve got some pictures too because I’m Asian and you can’t prove you were actually at an event unless you take a couple of pictures to prove it.