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I went for the death cab for cutie concert at the hammersmith apollo tonight by myself (sneakergaze we were last there for the decemberists! and ambientlight we went there for jónsi!)-- and it was AMAZING. I was constantly delighted by the set list; so many of the death cab songs I really love (mostly from plans and transatlanticism) were played tonight. namely crooked teeth, title and registration, brothers on a hotel bed, soul meets body, we looked like giants and the stunner, marching bands of manhattan.

when the opening notes for marching bands were played I literally clapped my hands to my mouth and probably squeaked a lot and then sang along with more enthusiasm than any of the previous songs, which I previously didn't think was possible. I was so excited okay that song is my favourite song in the entire universe and the song that introduced me to the whole world of alt rock/indie etc music beyond the bubblegum radio pop which I'd only known thus far, and no other song since has been able to top that.)

so yeah, I was SUPER HAPPY. :D

ben gibbard still isn't that chatty, but way more chatty than the singapore gig I went for in 2008 with sneakergaze-- which was way more subdued now that I think of it! that gig seems to have played way less of my favourite songs. in its favour it had tiny vessels and photobooth, but this one had at least four more *___* still and all I am damn lucky to have seen them live twice already.

the set list, with a little help from setlist.fm-- the ones in brackets were the ones I didn't know and nyargh I can never remember the exact order:Collapse )
char y
26 October 2011 @ 08:44 pm
ummm, so I was surfing a site of new TV episode releases when I came across the pilot of Once Upon a Time, and the premise sounded interesting, so I watched it and...I really enjoyed it! it's not too smart (if I can see through most of the tropes and archetypes then it's really really simple because I'm usually rubbish at it) but it's REALLY ENJOYABLE and so I hope it doesn't get cancelled because the story has hooked me and I want to know the rest of it :X

first impressions:Collapse )

also, I can hear diwali fireworks/crackers somewhere in the distance!
char y
21 October 2011 @ 10:13 pm
I want to buy books to read, especially since they're so relatively cheap and easy to obtain here (thank you, amazon free super saver delivery) here and it's nice owning books. spending money on books also seems a more worthy investment than if I were to spend money on clothes, since all my clothes shopping is, shamefully, absolutely unnecessary. But I really shouldn't be accumulating stuff-- I am acutely aware that this is my last year in London, and that at the end of this year I'll have to get rid of all the stuff I have here through a combination of bringing it back in a suitcase, shipping it in boxes, selling it off on ebay or giving it away as second-hand donations to various charities.

so how? :(
char y
19 October 2011 @ 11:57 am
background: we all have to do a presentation each for this GV467 (intro to comparative politics) class. I'm listening to the recorded lecture now, and I just realised why I volunteered really quickly to do the presentation on this week's topic, counterfactuals. the lecturer just said alternate worlds and I thought, OH YEAH, ALTERNATE WORLDS. it slipped my mind how much I love AUs. :3 and this topic is pretty much the formalised logic behind AUs.

...also, at the end of the lecture, because it's relevant (it's actually relevant!) he plays the OK Go rube goldberg music video. WHICH I LOVE. the song, but especially the video.

-- this is actually a pretty dry class which I suspect everyone hates, but I find it really fascinating. :3 it's all logic and qualitative methodology and academic rigour!
char y
15 October 2011 @ 01:28 pm

I love this (tumblr-found) photo. :'D
char y
iron & wine last night-- I nearly didn't go but I'm glad I did, especially since I missed this gig last year with sneakergaze! I was really pleasantly surprised, which is itself surprising since sam beam (and his epic beard) live sounds nothing like the CD versions, and I love the mellow, chill sound of the CD songs...but really, he played all my favourite songs! this never happens to me!

and he played almost all the songs I did know (which is proportionately not that many!)-- lovesong of the buzzard, arms of a thief, walking far from home, wolves (song of the shepherd's dog), house by the sea, woman king, fever dream. the full setlist is here, apparently. of special note:

- on your wings!!!!!! I was so surprised that he played it (especially since the live one sounds nothing like the record track) and so pleased since I really like it but was so sure it wouldn't be played since it hardly appears on the set lists I see.
- wolves (song of the shepherd's dog) was THE BEST. there was an extended instrumental which was WONDERFUL.
char y
03 October 2011 @ 07:20 pm
A BEAUTIFUL DAY. had a brilliant first day at school, too. this sleeping early thing is incredible haha I should do it more often!

→ great morning: woke up before my 8.30 alarm totally refreshed; had time to make myself breakfast, eat it and walk at a decent pace instead of haring off to school. and I was early!
→ good lectures, many good thoughts during the lectures (especially the first one on methodology) that I seem too lazy to elaborate on now :c
→ the people! managed to somehow sit right beside two girls I kindasorta knew, and man I've always wanted to sit beside people I know at lectures and seminars. it's just...nice.
→ still amazed that there are students from all over the world in my comparative democratisation class. awwwww yeah :D

aaaah this is basically everything I wanted from my undergraduate times but never really got :')
Current Music: U2 - Beautiful Day | Powered by Last.fm
char y
29 September 2011 @ 09:20 pm
a blow-by-blow account of my day even though no one wants it:

I landed in heathrow at 6am after a thirteen-hour flight, got out of the airport at 7am, got my keys and arrived at the flat around 830am, grabbed relevant papers from my suitcase and rushed off to reach school at 9am, induction meetings until noon, raced back to the flat to grab my passport and raced back again to school to register at 1pm, met a tutor at 130pm, changed my address at the bank and more paperwork until 2pm, sat around in the cafeteria catching up with a friend until 330pm, more relevant paperwork and battling our way through queues at freshers' fair with a newfound coursemate, who then convinced me to go for the department's reception at 6pm, at which I floated around doing my best to be sociable and and friendly (I think I succeeded)...only getting back to my flat around 8pm, where I am now sitting after a very welcome shower.

in short-- a very productive day. but I am beyond tired now x__x more on the differences between postgrad and undergrad e.g. the unexpected new-found freedom (and lonesomeness) of being a masters student in a familiar place later!
char y
24 September 2011 @ 05:44 pm
from quipquipquip on tumblr:

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, if they're so inclined.

1. Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
2. Kovu (The Lion King II)
3. Cassandra Cain (Batman)
4. Will Stanton (The Dark is Rising)
5. Simon Bellamy (Misfits)
6. Tobias (Animorphs)
7. Abed Nadir (Community)
8. Jean Grey (X-Men)
9. Psylocke (X-Men)
10. Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)
11. Soi Fon (Bleach)
11. Yakushi Kabuto (Naruto)
12. Nel (Bleach)
13. Nala (The Lion King-- what?!)
14. Hinamori Momo (Bleach)
15. Edmund the Just (the Chronicles of Narnia)

my analysis...Collapse )

also I don't think I'm supposed to tag but nyxerika, ambientlight, melancholise-- I'm so interested to know your top fifteen too :P
char y
05 September 2011 @ 03:12 am
sitting here happily munching on a peanut butter & jam sandwich at 3am after talking to my best friend on the phone for an hour (or was it two?) for the first time in what felt like aaaaages. :) I love simple happy pleasures like these.
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