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Back from the dead
Sunday, January 11, 2009
To go with the undead theme, have a zombie:

Ignore the World of Warcraft stuff and just listen to the song. It's awesome. It's Johnathan Coulton. It's all about zombies... eating your brains. Oh yes. Click on the link that I'm too lazy to embed and enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjMiDZIY1bM

And a little something from my iTouch about 2 weeks ago:

Tonight is the night...
We dine in HELL (SPARTA!!!!!)
Just kidding. Tonight I did dine in hell though... Food hell. I will never set food into Yorkdale Pickle Barrel ever again. Stella, James and I were planning on eating at Milestone's, but the wait list was too long. Looks like we should of waited after all. So we went to PB instead. Mistake.

To start, we had the Oriental Appitizer platter, which was plated as if they had taken the last of the tossed salad mix, used old oil, and hid the appetizers underneath a mound of unmade coleslaw. Unappetizing, though the filling of the dumpling was alright. With the platter, I was given dirty utensils wrapped up in a napkin. I was given 2 clean sets to choose from. Not a bad recovery.

I had a 10 oz. steak medium rare with mushrooms and onions on the side, with baby potatoes and grilled vegetables. Sounds good right? Now imagine eating it cold with your steak at about lukewarm in the centre. Yeah, I was not happy. Stella's fries were cold, but at least cooked in fresh oil.

I was hungry, so I ate it anyway, but I flagged the manager after we were finished our meal. I explained to him in a constructive and frosty way (much like the temperature of my food) about the food we were served. Gus apologized for everything and confided in us that we were not the first customers to complain about the food. I'm truly not surprised. They are having a staff meeting tonight about it. Someone is going to get fired. I got the appitizer comped and half off my steak. Meh.

The service was not as bad as the food. Our server was okay. Did not check up on us during our meal, did not ask for a drink with our meal, did not explain the bill and its changes. Just a guy who you knew was there to get his pay and leave. I was thinking about the cultery... Whichever server wrapped those up must hate working there.

In conclusion, do not eat at Yorkdale Pickle Barrel. Take that extra 20 minutes and wait at Milestone's.

Work today was super busy and it was pretty much me running around all morning on the floor trying to save sales. We had two people confined to cash and a run/wrap person. In the afternoon it was more bearable with 2 extra sales associates.

The kicker was at the end of my shift. I thought on the whole we would be doing average sales. 8 hours of returns and exchanges and some purchases must put us somewhere in the mid-thousands in black. More like low thousands in black. My sales alone were 4 times what our sales after refunds and exchanges were. Before all that? Extreme. After... It still boggles my mind.

iTouch Transmission Over.

Now that we are in the present, I am pleased to announce that I am officially recording my demo this month at Metalworks Studio! It is a famous studio that has recorded a lot of amazing singers/bands and I get to work with them on my demo (which will be just me and the piano because I'm cheap). My demo has a little story. It's going to be a relationship in 4 tracks. From first encounter to love to breakup/regret to hope. I'm very excited to hear the fruits of my labour. I am currently making a website just for that and I'll link to it when I am finished.

Academically, I've applied to 7 different Universities and Colleges across Canada for the Contemporary Music/Pop Vocals program, so we'll see how that goes. I also had an audition for a Men's Chorus last week and I was accepted. This will be good practice for the future.

Looking ahead to the months to come I'll have demo promotions, auditions for post-secondary institutions, a Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music exam in August on the piano, and busking when the weather becomes warmer.

Keep your eyes on this site and my official site as well for new music, videos, photos, and more blog posts.

I'm back and it feels great!

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My Apologies
Sunday. 1.11.09 1:14 pm
Sorry for abandoning this site for so long, but I'm back and I'm revamping the website. I am releasing my demo this month, so stay tuned for new exciting music!

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Life is busy
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Don't you hate it when you type an entry only to lose it when the Internet decides to fail and close your window? Anyway, sorry I haven't been updating. I've been working a lot and by the time I get home I don't feel like updating my blog. However, the guilt has set in and I must keep on top of it! So here I am.

My job is lovely. The people are fabulous, the hours are great, the customers like me and I'm doing well in sales. As for my other job as a musician, that is starting to take off. I've got some online profiles, some songs done and an audition with a band this weekend. They need a keys and back-up vocalist. We'll see where that goes.

Tomorrow I'm off to Toronto to be in the audience for a taping of CityLine (for those that don't know what that is, it's a popular morning Toronto television show). My friend/co-worker got free tickets and asked me if I wanted to come. So I'm going to bring my guitar with me so I can busk in the streets after. Why not?

I should get some sleep now so I will look my best for the few brief seconds that the camera is on my face while it pans around to the guest host. Night!

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Tonight, Tonight
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I did a lot of running around today. It all started at 5 AM for one minute. Then it stopped and I woke again at 6:14 in a terror. I was supposed to be out of the house at 6 to help my friend with her U of T Engineering Matriculation duties! So I woke up my Dad and we arrived at the convocation hall at 7:15.

My first immediate task after apologizing to my friend was to become a cog in the human conveyor belt that was transporting F!rosh goodie bags. After at least 350 bags were placed in a room away from free-stuff hungry students, the next task was ready to be executed.

The original idea was to scan barcodes that students had as proof of their registration fees, but it quickly changed into old-fashioned pen and paper checklists. My job was to write Greek symbols on F!rosh hands that matched with their group. The Engineering faculty love their symbols. That was fun.

After writing twelve symbols on a countless amount of hands, a couple of volunteers and I took the extra F!rosh bags to an office and got to keep one each! Sweet deal considering what was inside: a lot of "Welcome to U of T!" phamplets, a fridge magnet, a stainless steel coffee mug, a plastic water bottle, a few condoms, a USB key, a shot glass, an oversized t-shirt (they only had large and extra-large left), a huge towel, a hard hat (which I exchanged for another towel), and shower sandals (which are actually meant to be used when they dye you purple). A nice compensation. Plus my friend took me out to lunch (I'm getting the next meal). A good way to end a badly started day.

I attempted to take the bus back to my house, but it failed because it turns out that the bus that I wanted to take was at the previous subway station. So I got as far as Sherway Gardens before I had to walk home.

While I was walking, it occurred to me that I could get my busking liscence today. So I called my mother at home to pick me up in order to reach the Civic Centre in time. I had half an hour to drive from one end of Toronto to the other before the liscencing office closed, and I made it!

I can now busk in the streets of Toronto! And busk I did. From 8:45-10:00 I stood in front of the gay TD and played a bunch of songs on the guitar and sang. It was a lot of fun and I got some compliments and elevator stares. Hooray for legal busking!

Now it's time for sleep so I can be pretty for tomorrow at work. 10-5 ahoy! I'm excited for work. Which is a good thing. Yes-siree bob. I shouldn't of had that chai latte after performing... now I don't think I can sleep. But I shall try! Plus I think I'll do another video cover tomorrow. Night!

P.S. Our pool is almost done! All we need now is concrete around the edges and everything will be set.. to put away to use next year. There will be pictures my friends, oh yes.

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The morrow next
Monday, September 1, 2008
Tomorrow I am going to the University of Toronto to help a friend of mine initiate some new students into the U. I've never been to U of T, so this should be interesting. I'm going to be scanning barcodes and being merry. At 6:30 AM. Bring it!

I didn't do much for Labour Day... just lazed around the house, practiced piano and japanese, assisted my parental units in cleaning up the back room so I can switch bedrooms, and created a business card template for myself. Hmm. After writing it all down, it does seem like a lot. Feels good to do something.

This post is very goody two shoes eh? Wonder where that expression comes from...

What did you guys do for Labour Day?

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Stares all around
Saturday August 30, 2008
Today was, as you all know, the day I went to preform at the Ben Navaee Gallery. I met the man himself and he remarked at how early I was (it was only 10 minutes... but I do enjoy my punctuality). I set up and played for 2 hours. There was clapping in the beginning because there were not a lot of people in the gallery, but by 4:30 there was about 35 people in a small space drinking champagne out of little plastic goblets and admiring these paintings. I didn't put out a tip jar or anything, so no money was made. But I did meet a very cool artist named Serge (I'm too lazy to look up his last name right now... it was on the poster). Plus everyone was very impressed with me (I knew I should of printed out business cards). Mr. Navaee told me that he needed performers for Nuit Blanche (an art festival held in TO every year) and he would love it if I performed. I told him I'd think about it. Who knows what I'll be doing then?

After my performance I headed over to Earl's in Square One to meet up for drinks with my co-workers. It was so much fun! Afterwards I hung out with one of the stock workers and we had bubble tea at this randomly packed Korean bubble tea place... it wasn't bad, but I could tell they used powder instead of syrup (sad face). But they had tiny tapioca bubbles instead of the huge ones, which was a bit different. All in all, it was a lovely social event. A few of us are planning on going to Montreal at some point for fun. Maybe for my birthday...

When I got home I felt hyper, so I recorded a video of me performing Blackwinged Bird on the piano and singing. There are two versions: a full proper version and a half version that ends with the light tipping over. I decided to post both of them because... why not? Tried to record another song after and it wasn't working out, so I'm not going to push my luck.

Tomorrow I'm working from 12-6, then I have Monday off (labour day!) and I'm going to be helping a friend for a Frosh event at the U of T in the morning. I'm going to get up early tomorrow so I can apply for a bunch of auditions during the week. Non-stop action.

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