MegalomaniA!!

August 7th, 2016

My band MegalomaniA recorded an album, actually a 6-song EP. These are the songs.

  1. Psycho Blaster
  2. Spinal Reconstruction Blues
  3. Demon Fate
  4. Escape The World
  5. Butterfly Wheel
  6. The Wurdalak

I sing on all the songs except “Escape The World” (our guitarist Faz sings on that one). That song also has a guest guitar solo from Dhalif Ali.

My friend Kevin Mathews wrote a preview piece for the CD launch in Singapore’s TODAY newspaper, “MegalomaniA flies the metal flag with debut EP Escape The World“. Thanks, Kevin!!

You can buy the CD in Singapore from Hear Records, Inokii Records, Memory Lane, or Roxy Records & Trading. It’s available for download from MegalomaniA’s Bandcamp page.

Here’s the video for our song “The Wurdalak”.

We made a trailer for the album:

Actually, we made two trailers!!

We even made a video for the first single, the title track “Escape The World” (which is also available for download from MegalomaniA’s Bandcamp page).

We released the album on August 6th. That day we also did an interview on SOFT TV. There’s no embeddable video for that, but it can be found on the SOFT TV Singer Songwriter Series Facebook page.

We had an album launch at the Crazy Elephant that evening, here’s some video from the event!!

Here are some pictures of the festivities!!

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Gig posters!!

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Gig poster hanging at Memory Lane!

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Gig poster hanging at Ar Boy’s TNT Productions. Thanks, Ar Boy!!

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The poster’s hanging in the Hear Records store window!!

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The day the CD arrived in my house – July 31st!!

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Stacks!!

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Farid got one of the first copies!!

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Hangin’ out with Dhalif Ali!!

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Goofin’ around with Farid and Trampas!!

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Ms Zacquine did the images for The Wurdalak, plus she’s a super friend!!

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Izzy did the graphic design! Thanks, Izzy!!

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The poster hanging at the Crazy Elephant!!

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Our friend Kevin Mathews wrote about us in Today newspaper… and he came to the show!!

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We sold fridge magnets!!

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Nice!!

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Faz and Mohan at SOFT TV.

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Val at SOFT TV.

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Crazy Elephant!!

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Band boys!!

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I was so happy that Naoko came out to the gig! She even had a fun time!!

Townes Van Zandt songs

July 5th, 2016

I discovered recently that my friend Greg, who plays dobro, also loves Townes Van Zandt, and he was keen to play some songs with me. So it happened on Sunday at Timbre @ Gilman, and we’ll try it again soon. Here’s “Pancho & Lefty”, and “White Freight Liner” with Aman Wadhwa guesting on lead guitar.

Peter, Naoko and Zen in Japan

July 2nd, 2016

I took over 900 pictures in Japan, so I have to resist the temptation to share the best pictures (maybe about 50-75?) here. Instead, here are some pics of Naoko, Zen & I, seeing as we seldom take pics together with one of us being the cameraman.

As usual… click on the picture to see a larger version of it.

Our first night on the road eating Hakata ramen in… Hakata!
Eating ramen in Hakata!

Here we are eating pork in Kagoshima.
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On a special train to Ibusuki. The attendants came around with caps and a little On a special tourist train to Ibusuki.

This may look like someone’s house, but it’s a nice tonkatsu restaurant. Yummy!!
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Here we are in Beppu at the “umi no jigoku” (sea hell) volcanic spring.
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Here we are at a Hanshin Tigers game! They won!!
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Our trip to Japan!!

June 26th, 2016

So we were in Japan from June 9th to June 24th. It was a great trip – we’d planned to be there for the 50th anniversary memorial of Naoko’s great grandfather, when there’d be a family gathering and a special ceremony at the temple. But that was only one day, so we spent a week taking the train around Kyushu, seeing that beautiful island for the first time, hanging around in Himeji, and also doing fun things like going off to see friends in Osaka, eating good food, and drinking beer. We also saw a Hanshin Tigers game!!

But why don’t I let the pictures tell the story!! Sorry, some of these pictures are out of order, not sure why that happened…

As usual, click on the picture to see a larger version of it.

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Calayer curry shop in Osaka! Spicy curry!!

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Calayer curry – the only curry shop that specialises in Slayer!!

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Korean barbecue!!

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Cooked Korean barbecue in Tsuruhashi!!

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Tsuruhashi with friends!!

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Ready to hit the road…

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Hello Kitty mentaiko!!

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In the yatai area of Hakata.

Eating ramen in Hakata!

Grabbing some Hakata ramen!!

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Ready to ride to Nagasaki!!

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Nagasaki train station…

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Nagasaki Chinatown…

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Nagasaki Chinese food!!

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The Peace Memorial in Nagasaki.

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Nagaski ice cream!!

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This cathedral was only 200 metres from ground zero, but it has since been rebuilt.

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Ground zero.

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Never again.

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Nagasaki a-bomb museum

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A thousand cranes for peace.

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Nagasaki

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Nagasaki

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Nagasaki

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Nagasaki – Zen restaurant!!

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Nagasaki

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Nagasaki’s other cathedral. Beautiful!!

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View over Nagasaki.

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Glover Garden.

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View of Nagasaki from Glover Garden.

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Foreigners’ house museum in Glover Garden.

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View of Nagasaki port from Glover Garden.

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Sakurajima, an active volcano near Kagoshima.

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Yummy beer!!

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Sashimi!!

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Dinner in Kagoshima. We liked the city so much, we stayed two days – one day longer than we’d originally planned.

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Breakfast in Kagoshima.

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Heading out to Sakurajima.

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Checking out Sakurajima.

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Hot spring.

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Heading back to the city.

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On our way to Ibusuki by special train – the Ibutama. Very cool!!

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On a special tourist train to Ibusuki.

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At the Ibusuki hot spring.

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People are buried up to their necks in hot sand. It’s supposed to make you feel good. Naoko and Zen loved it!!

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While Naoko and Zen did their hot sand therapy, I wandered around the Ibusuki shore. Nice town!!

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Kagoshima cool!!

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Great breaded cutlets!! The restaurant was a bit gloomy, though…

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Polar bear shaved ice dessert!!

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Misty morning hop…

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Beppu!!

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Beppu shopping alley…

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Weird drawing!!

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Beppu’s onsen jigoku tour first stop – umi jigoku.

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One of the hot spring places had a zoo, with this scary hippo!!

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It’s hot!!

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A crocodile!!

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A sea of crocodiles!!

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Hot hut.

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Beppu – hot spring town!!

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The gift shop…

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A geyser!!

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Our lovely dinner – sashimi!!

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Fish maw – doesn’t look like much, but it was probably the best food I had in Japan on this trip!!

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On our way to Yufuin!!

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Yufuin

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Heading back to Hakata

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On the road to Hakata

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Himeji skies

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Naoko’s parents’ family altar

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The village temple

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The memorial service.

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Himeji’s smallest house.

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Daijobu restaurant…

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Fujino…

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Nice dinner, cool people, great food!!

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…and plenty to drink!!

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Zen and Speedy!!

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In front of the temple. Zen wore his school uniform.

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The men’s corner…

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Dried octopus…

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My niece made this funny picture of me…

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Catfight!!

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Heading out to Koshien stadium to see the Hanshin Tigers play!!

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We brought our dinner!!

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Weird platform warning sign…

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Warning signs on the road to my second Osaka visit!!

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Great Osaka food!!

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Awesome dish!!

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Cliff ‘n’ Matt in Osaka!!

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A downtown Osaka eatery!!

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Out for some lovely okonomiyaki!!

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Found this old radio in the room…

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old radio in the okonomiyaki shop

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Cycling around Himeji one day…

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Trying out Hope-ken’s spicy ramen – yum!!

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Spicy!!

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Himeji castle!!

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Speedy!!

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Barbecue fun!!

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Meaty!!

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Getting ready for a barbecue on our second-last night in Japan!!

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Tastes great!!

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Awesome barbecue!!

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Daichi and Naoko!!

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Himeji Castle!!

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My original song “Omniscient”

June 5th, 2016

Here’s a video of my buddy Seth and me doing two of my original songs – “Even When I’m Right I’m Wrong” and “Omniscient”.

Funny how I wore the same shirt both times…

Back in the old hood!

March 27th, 2016

We finally went back to the old neighbourhood, took a bunch of pictures of places that used to be covered up in construction zones and complete mess. Looks like a nice area now!! Used to be a mess… IMG_8795

This used to be a mess…

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This was once horrible…

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This looks great now!!

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This intersection was erased and re-drawn a million times… looks like this is the final version!

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Looks amazing!!

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This used to be a cramped and awful space… now looks wide and green!!

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A nice wide avenue!!

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I wish all sidewalks in Singapore were this spacious!!

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City comfort at its finest!!

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What a wonderful neighbourhood!!

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This road was also totally re-drawn, now it looks comfortable and fresh!!

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Love this part of Singapore…

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Hooray for Beauty World!!

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Beauty…

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World…

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Used to be a parking lot…

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Big and wide!

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Wonderful!!

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Great!!

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The subway entrance.

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Underground caverns!!

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Nice place!

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Beautiful!!

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My old neighbourhood…

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Very modern!!

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I bought a Time Riders book for Zen.

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No mo is forever…

January 16th, 2016

After two months and a bit with a Lemmy…

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…I got rid of the Lemmy; got me a Clark Gable instead, for my first day back at work on January 13th…

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…but by January 15th I was already sick of it and off it came. Took this picture just five minutes ago…

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See ya next Movember!

My amp

January 15th, 2016

Got myself a nice little Vox amp in December. This is working out real well…

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A night at Sportsman – oh Lord yeah!!

January 14th, 2016

Had a great Thursday night out this week checking out the open mic jam session at Sportsman. Wow – loads of fun, with so many friends coming out to jam!!

Hangin’ out with Farid – must be the first time in ages and ages!!
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Luke Buirski givin’ it a whirl.
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Oh Luke, yeah!!
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Chillin’ with the Buirski.
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Fantastic Faz!!
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Retro Groove power!!
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Farid killin’ it!!
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Stuart!!
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Gerry on drums!!
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Eddy givin’ it the rock star treatment.
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Eddy and Luke thrashing it!!
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Power!!
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Near the end of the evening.
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A bit of “Zombie”.
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Huxley and Amanda at Hood

January 13th, 2016

Wednesday night we had an office party, and after that I went out to see some live music at Hood Cafe in Bugis. Pretty cool – Huxley’s 19 years old, studying music in the US and is gonna be a big star, and Amanda Tee’s a talented local Singapore musician (and a fellow lefty) who plays most nights a week. Great music!!

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Two lefties. Amanda always makes a funny face when she takes pictures…

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