Insidecy


An Observation
December 29, 2007, 6:45 am
Filed under: College, Friends, Thoughts

Hope everyone had a Happenin’ Happy Holidays.

So right now I’m at the Orlando International Airport in the lounge of the Hyatt that’s connected to the airport. As I walked through the airport and even as I sit here now writing this, looking around I see that everyone (seriously, everyone) is white. Not that that means anything… white people are wonderful. Haha!

Interestingly, going through high school, all of my best friends were white. Even growing up, my next door neighbors, my friends from church… all Caucasian. Now in college, I have friends and acquaintances of a whole slew of races – Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, African American, Kenyan, German… the list goes on.

…hmm… and the reason I’m here in Orlando is to hang out with some of my really good HOBY friends, who coincidently enough, are all white as well. Haha.

Ain’t nothing wrong with that!

“Once you go white, you don’t go back… aight?” – I think this is from Undercover Brother… Not sure, but I’ve heard it somewhere in a movie. 😛

Happy New Year.

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Shopping For Engagement.
December 18, 2007, 12:18 am
Filed under: Friends, Thoughts

I had a fun little chat with my friend Emily tonight. I just found out from her boyfriend, now fiance, that they got engaged this past Saturday. This recent development brings a sad realization: My two best guy friends from High School are now both engaged and I’ve never even been in a serious relationship.

I don’t know what the deal is. I think my standards are just really high. Maybe unrealistically high. I feel that when I get attracted to a girl, I find something about them or some sort of habit that really just puts me off. I don’t think that they’re annoying or stupid, I think I feel that it would bug me in a relationship. I don’t know.

Anyway, I told Emily that I believe the right girl will come along when I’m ready. I guess that’s a good way of putting it. Emily’s a great friend and she knows how to cheer me up…

me: I need to get back to studying

Emily: oh okay

me: haha, my roommate just said, “You need to go engagement shopping”

Emily: haha

me: he’s kinda rich and just buys everything

Emily: no need my friend

me: so it’s really funny in the context

Emily: that is funny

me: but yeah, I try not to be all self-pity and whatever. She’ll come along when I’m ready. That’s how I look at it

Emily: you shouldn’t. You’re only 20 years old. There’s no time limit on these things especially for you fertile men

me: please dont ever call me a fertile man again

Emily: haha. I will tell mallory about that one tomorrow

me: I mean, it’s true. But from you, it’s awkward. haha

Emily: sorry; no reference to your reproductive abilities ever again

me: Great, I appreciate that

Emily: go study

me: haha, alright buddy I’ll talk to you soon



Jennifer Chung
December 12, 2007, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Music, YouTube

In my last post I talked about the Nick Pitera, one of the front runners of that broadway competition. Well, through him I found Jennifer Chung, the winner of that competition. She is absolutely amazing. She’s an 18-year old freshman at the University of Califonia, Irvine. She’s Korean and in addition to having a wonderful voice, is strikingly beautiful as well.

She has uploaded several videos of herself singing different songs on her YouTube account. My favorites? “Just Like a Star” by Corinne Baiey Rae and “Crank Dat Soula Boy (Remix).” In the latter, they’re just messing around, but I think it has a lot of potential to go viral if she took it seriously, re-did it and tuned it up a bit. It could be huge.



Nick Pitera
December 12, 2007, 1:05 am
Filed under: Music, YouTube

Singing in falsetto is something that a lot of males can do, but few are able to pull it off successfully. I can do a decent falsetto, but I’m not particularly proud of it. Here are a couple Male Vocalists who are masters of the Falsetto…

  • Elton John
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Barry Gibb
  • Prince
  • Radiohead’s Thom Yorke
  • Coldplay’s Chris Martin
  • Muse’s Matthew Bellamy

All great singers. Tonight, my roommate showed me a video on YouTube of this guy who entered a BroadwayWorld.com contest where you were to record yourself singing “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid. His name is Nick Pitera and he has to have one of the purest falsettos I’ve ever heard. Check it out his Little Mermaid entry and his most recent video covering Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.”




Dancing Through
December 6, 2007, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Music, Theatre, USC

Tonight I had the opportunity to see USC’s Dance Company present “Dancing Through the Chocolate Factory.” I’ll just say it. I was amazed. It was one of those times for me when I just thought to myself, “Man, I really really wish I knew how to do that.”

When I first heard about the recital months ago, I was skeptical of watching a dance recital set to some sort of story that I was supposed to follow cohesively for 3 hours. I was definitely surprised. The concept was simple. Dancers told the story of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory through all kinds of different styles of dance from jazz to ballet to hip-hop. It was really a lot of fun to watch. The song selections were well chosen too. Here are some of my favorites from the show:

One dancer seemed to particularly stick out to me and that was the part of Violet Beauregarde. You know, the gum chewer. In this version, she was a petite sassy Asian chick with a whole lot of attitude and personality. She really sold me on the character. You know how the story goes for Violet. She gets her hands on a special prototype of gum and long story short, ends up turning into a huge blueberry. Basically for the number, the dancer playing violet gets hidden in a mob of dancing Oompa Loompas and has a blue plastic poncho type costume put over her. The mob moves over to one side of the stage and steps away to reveal a very plump looking little girl. She’s standing right over some sort of blower. This got a lot of laughs from the audience.

Anyway, it was pulled off flawlessly and really made me appreciate all the more just how beautiful and expressive dance is. It can be fun and light-hearted and other times it can be a ride through the deepest of emotions.

As I sat there taking in all of the amazing imagery and performance, I couldn’t help but think of how much I would just love to do the same. Here’s where the shocker comes in. You probably don’t know this, but I’ve recently been accepted into the Thornton School of Music here at USC to minor in Musical Theatre. I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to get in on some productions here at the University. However, as a Musical Theatre minor, you have to take some movement classes. I opted to take… (drum roll) …ballet!!

I’m quite excited to take this dance class, but very nervous as well, because I’ve never had any sort of formal instruction whatsoever. I might do well, but it has the potential to be one of the most challenging things I’ve ever taken on. Either way, I’m looking forward to taking it next semester. Haha! Imagine me, doing ballet of all things. Crazy. I promise, no tutus.

Be looking for updates about that. I’ll definitely be talking about it coming up in the Spring semester.

Anyway, there’s a little update on my life. Yay.

Oh and if you didn’t get a chance to see “Dancing Through the Chocolate Factory,” you still have a chance to do so tomorrow Friday night at Bing Theater at 7pm. Don’t miss it!



GENIUS!
December 3, 2007, 11:38 pm
Filed under: Funny, Politics, TV

Whoever is in charge of marketing for GOP Candidate Mike Huckabee is an absolute mastermind. Watch this YouTube clip and you’ll see why.

This whole Chuck Norris thing is a huge trend/fad right now and kudos to the Huckabee camp for capitalizing on it. The YouTube clip was uploaded only two weeks ago and it already has nearly 1 MILLION views. This has got to be huge exposure for Huckabee. I’m not sure where he stands so far within the Republican party, but prior to this ad, I really had no clue who the guy was.

Anyway, props.



Naps are Wonderful
December 3, 2007, 11:11 pm
Filed under: College, Random

So I just woke up from a really long nap. I’ve found that I take more naps now in college than I probably have in my entire life. Sleep is something that I get less and less of every night, so grabbing naps when I can is crucial.

Time to start homework 😦