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Attaining Aurvana

Finally gotten my Creative Zen Aurvana earphones from Hairol yesterday, after waiting for almost a week trying to get it from him.

While I can’t attain sonic nirvana with this pair of IEM (for that, I’ll probably need a pair of $500 IEM or a $1000 pair of cans) but at $89, its better than those lower end IEMs out there. Besides, I don’t have those golden ears that audiophiles have.

Quite a good pair of phones actually, for the price that I got it for. Quite comfy, the drivers are quite small and it doesn’t ‘push’ on your ears and the fitting and isolation is good. As for the sound, its sounded quite good, except that the bass sounded abit weird… Those of you out there who are audiophiles don’t flame me or anything, haven’t got a chance to try out the Shures or the Westones or what not, so I can’t really compare it to those.

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Made in Singapore

Whats the difference between a music album with the word Singapore and the one without? Well… The difference is about $7.

Went to HMV Heeren just now with Hairol to see if Army of Anyone‘s album is out in Singapore. Instead of finding the album, we found this:

Hmmm… Special Singapore Edition… I wonder what is so special about this version of the album, apart from the price, which is about $7 less. Could it be due to the recent increase in GST that they decided to lower the price? Or is there something missing from the album? Or is it just that there’s the word ‘Singapore’ and the logo of the Lion Head on the cover that resulted in an immediate drop in value? We decided to take it side-by-side with the $18 version and compare.

Apart from the wording ‘Special Singapore Edition’ and the Lion Head on the cover, there doesn’t seem to have any difference between the both of them. The number of tracks are the same, the manufacturer’s the same and even the fine prints are the same. So what is the difference?

Could it be that the RIAS has finally woken up their bloody idea and found out that record albums are too obscenely expensive in Singapore and they are feelin’ the heat from Chinese parallel imports that sounds just as good and retail for less than what they’re selling?

I have no idea…

Anyway, I found the album on the second floor of Heeren HMV near the cashier. Beside The Killers, there are Keane, Scissor Sisters and some others. All selling around the $12 bracket.

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Newfound Jealousy

Went down to Esplanade and attended Shirlyn Tan’s Newfound Jealousy performance with Hairol last night. Shirlyn Tan and The UnXpected band was awesome and they totally blew the house away. They started off with a great rendition of Annie Lenox’s Why (Thanks to Hairol for the heads up) and followed by songs of their own creations. (Only could think of the song name Newfound Jealousy… Since that is the title of the concert) The performance was wonderful, they managed to get the instruments to sing together in the songs, something which you don’t experience often. The 1 hour performance flew by instantly… Must be something about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity…

Since we bought the tix quite early, there’s an early bird promo where we have a free post-show refreshment at Aria Bistro, which consisted of a free-flow non-alcoholic drink and some fingerfood.


Aria Bistro
Hairol’s ‘torchlight’ was super bright

Shirlyn came in the bar after a while and we managed to take some pics with her. Hairol’s pic, which was taken by yours truly was quite clear. As for mine… Well…


Quailty of camera-phone sucks…
Nuff said…

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The latest viral video to hit the internet now is Where the Hell is Matt?

It shows the video creator, Matt Harding, going around the world dancing at iconic scene of that particular country. Thanks to the background music, Sweet Lullaby, now I'm hooked onto music by Deep Forest.

I wonder if I'm able to do what he's doing, work my ass off, save up some money, leave everything behind and go backpacking around the world.

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Jose +10

Seems like Adidas has been churning out interesting advertisement lately. The latest one is the Jose +10 ad. Part of their +10 and impossible is nothing ad campaign. Very good concept where two kids get to choose their all star team. The look on their faces when Beckenbauer comes out is classic.

Another good ad is the Hello Tomorrow ad, advertising the adidas-1 shoe. A very surreal feel to the ad.

*Update*

Seems like people having been coming to my blog looking for the title of the songs played in the Jose +10 ad.
The first song played during the selection is De L'alouette by RJD2 and the second song played during the match is Eanie Meany by Jim Noir.

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What's up with Jack Johnson's "Upside down" that warrant WKRZ91.3 to play it 4 times since yesterday? Frankly speaking, I'm really sick of the song. And it doesn't help with Gary's blog playing it in the background with loop… Does radio really have to ruin all the nice songs?

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Kenny sent me this interesting wallpaper the other day from Virgin Digital. It is made up of the graphic representation of different musical band and artistes. So far I’ve made out a couple of them. Bands like Sex pistol, Gorillaz, Pet Shop Boys, Scissors Sisters, Smashing Pumpkins etc. See how many can you spot :D

*Update*

So its the hundredth time you’ve seen the wallpaper. You’ve cracked your brains out and still can’t figure out most of the answer. Well, you don’t have to pull your hair out now, here’s the answer, Virgin – Exercise Your Music Muscle – Solved.

*Update 2*

The music video to Exercise your Music Muscle. This one is harder… Only managed to spot “I shot the Sheriff” and “Hotel California”

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