Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Like the real ones do...

Soho / Noho.

Top: Something that Dewi might like. Beaten up backgrounds.

Last few digital shots of my stay in NY. Have 2/3 rolls of film I've yet to send for developing, might put them here once I get about doing it. During my last few days I bumped in Dave Chapelle, got t-shirts at really good prices and just kicking it. Tourism spots seldom appealed to me and I guess though we didn't go to the empire state building or that liberal statue, I think we have a fairly good idea how it's like being in this city. Hiphop sounded exceptionally well, via my ipod, through my nomadic rides on the Subway. And yea, I would like to come visit again. Hopefully better prepared to face the grueling flights the next time round.

Warships Ahead.

Top: BB King's Blues Club & Grill.

Top: Idle Warship.

Top: Mr Kweli.

Was looking forward to this one, specially after a great set by P.B Wolf a week plus prior and after missing Rakim and Black Thought. This was held at BB King's Blues Club & Grill. It's about a 10 minute walk away from the hotel I was at. Was there pretty early, caught some earlier acts which were good, apart from a stupid kid shouting 'Dilla' during a DJ's set. So I realised my camera was left with just a bar of energy, and I thought that'd be another act after this current DJ one. So i walked back to the hotel, got extra cameras and a spare battery. Got back only to realise that Kweli was performing. Was in a mix of disappointment for missing the earlier parts, wondering who the people on stage were and wondering why he got the slot on earlier than expected. Then I realised that it wasn't his solo show, but it's a new project of his called Idle Warship (click on the link to check it out). It's not bad, but I was looking forward to more of his solo stuff. 'Get By' was performed and it was soo good. I have a short clip of it, and might just post it soon. Despite it not being his solo show, it was still a great experience. Got his autograph on the 'Listen' 12", and that sealed the night.

PS: Was hanging around after his set, near some reserved tables with tent cards on it. On one wrote Mos Def. Was da Mos in that house? Dangzz. The table looked too clean to have have someone there, and if they cleaned the table, why did they leave the tent card there? And there wasn't any sort of after-party after the show, cos the crew, both restaurant and sound guys were packing up. Dayemnnnnn.

On Location.

Top 3 images: Sesame Street playground shots.

Top: Establishing shot for Friends.

Top: Establishing shot for Friends (Ross' apartment).

Top: Establishing shot for Friends (Joey's theatre).

Top: Establishing shot for Spiderman (Peter Parker's apartment).

Top: On location, Gossip Girl.

Top: On location, Gossip Girl. XOXO.

We went on a 'On Location' city tour. Passed by places where they shot actual scenes and establishing shots for movies and TV shows. The places we passed included locations for The Godfather, I Am Legend, The Cosby Show, Spiderman, When Harry Met Sally, Seinfeld, Friends, etc.

Monday, December 29, 2008

OMG! It's a bat doll!!

Djohan got me a new friend. This is Bat. He is an ugly doll and he came with luggage. ;)
This is his story.

"Ice-Bat lives in an Ice Cave inside an icebox. Anything he touches turns to Ice... yet he warms your heart! Ice-Bat is lookin’ to chill with you. He wants to sit next to your computer which is also (frozen) and hang out. Ice-Bat wants to go with you. Why? He thinks you are cool. Ice-Bat wants to hang around with you...and he would like to hang upside-down too if you have the space."

And now he lives with me.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Buongiorno, Principessa!

Top: I think they just got married or something.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Keep It Fat.

Top: Fat Beats.

Top: Who dat cat?

Finally took the Subway, after 2 weeks of being here. It was a pleasant first ride. Went on a search for Fat Beats. Stopped a little far off the place, but it was an okay walk. Dropped in some shops on the way, saw some good deals, etc. Had some good music on, and that soldiered me through the weather. It wasn't as bad as I anticipated it to be, so it was all good. Finally found there store and I wasn't disappointed at all. Fans who enjoy hiphop should drop by this joint. The selection is massive, the staff is helpful and its all enclosed in a cosy shop on the 2nd floor. Click on the link above to visit their site. There was Barnes & Noble along the street, to the left of the shop entrance. Dropped by and got me a promising book. Can't wait to start on it. Been too slacked on the literary side.

Braved the Subway on the ride back to the hotel. Took a wrong one and ended up close to Brooklyn. Had to drop off and alight another one, think I did it twice. Didn't really understand how the system worked, hopefully I'd get better with time. The subway was what it was meant to be. To say it was a little rough on the edges would be a major understatement. There were rats, it was dirty. And at stations which were open aired, it got really cold. And to be honest, a little freaky. The combination of the cold, (sent shivers, in more ways than one) and looking at the almost foggy night sky, through the cabin windows unsettled me, to be honest.

Might drop by MoMA later today, chill at a cafe reading my book, writing entries, sketching in my journal, maybe take some film shots along the way.

Missed Cowen's wedding and from what I saw from Dewi's shots, the bunch seemed to have a ton of fun. Cowen, if you're reading this, I'm sorry I couldn't make it. You looked good in your suit too. Send my love to Sheila. Congratulations :)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Losing my fangs.

There are things which are beyond us. Beyond our control. Sometimes they are but we are just too drawn out, too tired by the expected results, too drained. Happiness may or may not bring about immediate changes. I always thought that happiness is always temporary. Maybe I'm just wired that way.

But I'm lucky to have someone who makes it all bearable.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Philly / Amish land.

Went on another American historical tour in Philly and later to this Amish land. Dewi claims that I should stay there instead, because of the good phone reception :)