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A hectic February gave way to what is transpiring to be manic March. I was away from school for a whole two week stretch; first attending a Digital Storytelling Workshop, then off to rehearsals for a concert to be played middle of this year. Even though I was spared from the 3-4 day annual Sports Day hustle, I was kept informed of the scores as they are relayed to me in real time through colleagues. My house lost.
As mentioned in an earlier entry, S started kindergarten on Monday the 2nd. A and I sent her to school that morning, half-expecting a big scene: a wailing S screaming for us not to leave her. Nope. Not even a whimper as she waved my wife goodbye.
I finally got the camera I wanted and have been in a shooting frenzy lately. Unchecked enthusiasm found me waking up at 6.30 on a non-working day to go to the beach and shoot the sunrise. It rained. I sat under the shade, with my tripod still wishfully up, talking to other thwarted morning swimmers. A dull but pretty memorable morning nevertheless.
I have also started a new photoblog. Come visit and tell me what you think.
Dengan pseudo-crocs di kaki, beg Barbie pink di bahu dan bedak di tengkuk, anak aku melangkah masuk ke alam pendidikan formal pagi semalam.
Sedikit pun tidak membantah, tapi tidak pula nampak teruja, S bertanya “Buat apa nak pergi school?” bila aku mengejutkannya dari tidur pagi semalam.
Juga, apabila sampai ke tadika, tiada kata mahupun kucupan selamat tinggal yang ditawarkan buat mamanya. Terus duduk, tanpa sebarang drama, justeru menumpukan perhatian penuh terhadap permainan yang telah disediakan di sana.
Hanya bila melihat kelibat mamanya yang lewat 10 minit menjemput pulang, S menangis. Marahkan mama yang lambat.
Mama memang selalu lambat!
I was doing some work in the living room when suddenly I heard a loud shriek from S in the kitchen, lamenting to her grandmother:
“Nenek, Barbie Mariposa dah jangkit dengan abah!”
I’ve had a whale of a time singing a screwed up version of a song entitled Barbie Sudah Buta, Tapi Tak Boleh Claim Insurance to my daughter ever since.
She’s obviously not amused.
After a whole day at the Aquaria, S does her best impression of a fish out of water.
Bon Iver’s album For Emma, Forever Ago has been shortlisted as one of Pop Matters‘ 60 Best Albums of 2008.
What strikes me most about the included short review written by John Bohannon is his remark that the material in the album are ‘not the type of songs you can play as background music; they demand your attention with every sitting’.
For the last 3 months or so, I have played the album to death. In any imaginable scenario, be it crouched in front of the laptop, listening to every nuance as Mr. Bohannon suggests or waiting for sleep with my iPod. Just this afternoon, I was lying on the carpet in the living room, S joining me in a rare afternoon nap, with the album in the backgrond.
I guess what I’m saying is it’s true that his music is engaging and drives you right to the edge of your seat at first. Especially when you take into consideration that he wrote and recorded this alone, in a snowy cabin somewhere in Wisconsin. But as you begin to familiarize with the emotions and moods it generates, it melts in the background and becomes part of your aural landscape. Whatever that means.
So yeah, it’s a great album. It managed to wean Y off her Paolo Nutini and even The Killers’ new album. It’s that good.