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Review – LaLa Land The musical.

Okay let’s just get this out. I knew I was going to cry. Okay. I knew I was gonna cry before I walked in. To set the atmosphere click on the video below, and keep reading.   Why? Why did I know I was going to cry? Because it touched on three things I am very passionate about.  A struggling performer. Love. Piano. and perhaps Ryan Gosling. Let’s start with the beginning. STRUGGLING ACTOR. The story is set in LA and focuses on two characters, Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Stone) who both have dreams that seem impossible. He is a pianist and hardcore Jazz lover, and she, an actor who is awkward and wants to play characters. What really resonated with me was when she exited a horrible casting audition…yes I have been to many, and you walk out and you find 5 other black haired Asian girls going for the same role. It wasn’t about what talent you had, but what you looked like. I rejoiced when I saw Mia exit, and there were 20 red heads. LOVE. Sebastian and Mia meet one night, connected by this beautiful piano piece (above). Two people who have dreams in the Hollywood lights, who fall in love during the summer and navigate the high love to the low love of loneliness, frustration and individual plans that were set together but split apart.   PIANO. As you could tell from the videos above, the soundtrack is heavily influenced by piano. And I could go to sleep and die with piano surrounding me. Something so beautiful, haunting and melodic that piano can take you....

How Far I’ll Go – Disney

This song makes me soooo warm inside!! Disney is always an escape for me. Lift Lift Lift. I’ve been staring at the edge of the water ‘Long as I can remember, never really knowing why I wish I could be the perfect daughter But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try Every turn I take, every trail I track Every path I make, every road leads back To the place I know, where I cannot go Where I long to be   See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me And no one knows, how far it goes If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me One day I’ll know, if I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go Oh oh oh, oh, oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh Oh oh oh, oh, oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh I know, everybody on this island seems so happy on this island Everything is by design I know, everybody on this island has a role on this island So maybe I can roll with mine I can lead with pride, I can make us strong I’ll be satisfied if I play along But the voice inside sings a different song What is wrong with me? See the light as it shines on the sea? It’s blinding But no one knows, how deep it goes And it seems like it’s calling out to me, so come find me And let me know, what’s beyond that line, will I cross that...

School of John Bolton Graduated

August 8th to December 9th. 4 months counted for. Read it here. 4 months gone. And now I have the memories of these 4 months and how much I learnt. So much. From my fellow classmates to my teacher John Bolton, and of myself. The best 4 months I invested for me. It got me through some emotional things, and I am not sure what will cover it up anymore. The other day while cleaning my room, I thought, “I have done this for myself. I made a choice for myself. I need to make good choices from now on.” Human failure. Here is a video that I made for our class – It explains the feelings and how much we put into the school experience. I will miss you all, but this is not goodbye.     Top 10 moments Walking into school on August 8th and making 17 long life friends. Read it here. Portsea “Retreat” – The memories will stay forever. Meeting my clown Malcolm. Read it here. Creating a Bouffon Vietnamese performance on the spot. “One rice, Two Rice..” “Soldier you want a good time.” “Please save us.” Creating Fear performance from 1-7. Imagine 7 females actors improvising a scene in a restaurant kitchen and every time one person goes to the back room, they come back with a level of fear. “Hey guys, why is there a woman at the reception desk?” “No she doesn’t have blonde hair.” “She just walked through a table.” SCREAMS Waiting for Dotgo. The magic of theatre, when you watch and laugh so much your heart weeps cos you know...

2016 Storms

The day before 2017, I reflected on the year that’s past, and the word that came to mind was Storms. It was initially quite negative, but sitting here with a hangover in 2017, they were brilliant storms and I have enjoyed most of them. CAREER For the first time in my life I performed a stand up solo show with 50 minutes of content at the Melbourne International Comedy festival. Hives and all, the storms were much needed. TV was a big thing this year too.   SCHOOL For the first time 11 years I went back to school….and damn it… They were brilliant storms. You know in the movies you see big waves and you can’t see in front of you, and then you see the rain disappear and then sun. Magically.   MONEY I left my Community Development job in July after 8 years. I started Ubering. Money will always be hard. Minimalise. TRAVEL I am always so surprised how much travelling I do. California with my mum, and the image of Yosemite National Forest still takes my breath away. MOFO in Tassie were intense stimulation and Palangkaraya slowed down my brain and gave me retrospect of the green world, and how we live in it. LOVE This morning I woke up and looked at my instagram account and saw all the beautiful people who have graced me with their dancing, smiles and laughter. The friends who have held me together when I fell apart, and those you let me fall so I can learn more of myself. Emotionally 2016 was a horrible year, and I will try...

DuberStories Day 2 #12 to #31

Day 2. 1230pm to 340pm. Follow DUberStories on Instagram   #12 Dave – North Melbourne to South Melbourne ChristChurch NZ, RichmondFC, Warriors Rugby team. Looking for new job. Funny Guy. #13 Amit – South Melbourne – Docklands Duo. Heading to ANZ. Gave new directions. Quiet times. #14 Zoey – Docklands to Footscray Missed train to Kyeton. Has three children. Catching a plane, but will probably miss it. Tattoos. Stressed #15 Sue Footscray to Maidstone Not really Sue. Sue’s son. Going for a job at Reece. Quiet. #16 Woman – Somewhere to East Keilor Visiting Dad at nursing home. Cried in car. Heading back to India. Will see dad again tomorrow. #17 Woman – North Fitzory to Melbourne Bubbly. Security Guard in Gold Coast. Works for bank. Had a big night the night before. #18 Bethany Melbourne to Albert Park Duo. Recognised my PomPom earrings. Other woman spoke beautiful French. Is French. Stunning women. Second session #18 – Ivan Prahan to City Startup business. Spending 2 months in Bali while working on laptop. will ride motorbike to Byron Bay. #19 – Party Car Melbourne to Docklands Full Car. Work drinks heading to work ball. Carlos jokes. Fun Bunch #20 Mandy – Docklands to Crown Casino Heston. Nice outfit. Taking off time from work. Looking for job. #21 Female – Melbourne  to North Fitzory Finished work drinks. Marketing. Will work through Christmas #22 Woman – Melbourne to Templestowe Christmas shopping. Didn’t say much. Was watching youtube iPad how to make photo machine. #23 Friends – Smith Street to Richmond Trivia night. Full car #24 Couple – Richmond to Richmond Good night...

Popping my Uber #1 to #11

Follow @DUberStories on Instagram So today, I did it. I sat in a car for 6 hours, after spending 1 hour re-cleaning my car. Yes Re-cleaning my car. The night before I did a deluxe car wash and then parked my car outside a construction site. Why you so silly Dd. So second trip to the carwash.   Things to do when setting up an UBER business. 1. Clean Car. 2 Wash Car 3. Register. Make sure you have a good driving history 4. Good car 5. lollies for car 6. a phone holder 7. fill up your tank. 8. Wear pompom earrings. 9. Set up a instagram account called @DUberStories   So how did it ago? It was exhausting, interesting and a lot of connecting. There were moments where I thought, should I talk? Am I too much? Should I leave them alone? You can judge by first impressions just as they get into the car what the experience will be. I’ve decided to document my Uber friends as numbers. Let’s see how long this lasts for. #1 Carl – City to Port Melbourne Dad. Married to a Twin. Two sons and proud of them. Going to see brother inlaw. When I first got the pop up, it was really felt like a first date experience. I got so giddy and excited and talked way too much. For my first Cherry Pop it was a good experience. #2. Two men. Port Melbourne to City Going from meeting to meeting. Enterprise business. Didn’t chat much. One follows the Blues for the colour. #3. Student Finished yr 12. Going to...

John Bolton Theatre – Solos

One Wednesday afternoon, 2 weeks before we were to finish our 4 month course, John (teacher) told us to write 10 stepping stones (milestones) that have occurred in our lives. I sat writing down not in order, moments in the life that have shaped me. Then he asked, pick one that stands out. I picked one. He then said, now write about it. Everything. Don’t stop writing. This happened for a full 20 minutes. By the 5th minute I was over it. This particular stepping stone was too close to my heart. Had I healed from it? Was I ready to talk about it? For the next 7 days, I wrote, created, manipulated and cried. Could I do this? I spoke to my lover, and he said, “As long as it’s what you want to share. Not because it’s a good story. Be ready.” I thought about it. Here I was 15 weeks into this course. 17 actors who have seen me break and laugh…could I shape this into good theatre?   The end story. I did it. Here are some photos. I hope to keep moulding it. It needs work but it is my stepping stone, and I am so proud of myself for doing it. I leave you this quote from a Clown – Giovanni   “This is the wisdom of the clown – to fall and assume it To be able to fail, fail, and let go, with pleasure… Over and over and over again, with pleasure.” Giovanni...

JBT – When I met Malcolm, my clown

The past 4 weeks of my life has been terrifying, rewarding and heart warming. Why? Because I got to play a clown for 5 days a week, 4 weeks in a row. Before Clowning Module. In June, I made a decision to enrol into a 4 month full time physical theatre school as a gift to myself to learn more about me. At this time, I had ventured into the world of comedy “comedian.” I thought I would give comedy a go, because as an Asian actor in Australia, I was competing for extra/bit roles with a small group of Asians and felt unfulfilled. I also know I am a funny person with my track record with MICF and Phi and Me, and I thought maybe I will give standup a try. How hard could it be? Right? If you haven’t also noticed, there is a huge door for successful comedians to work on Australian TV than Asian actors – my golden ticket. Also…when can you say you’ve seen an Asian woman stand on stage for a full 50 minutes. Hence NAKED. So here I was. October. A week off from intense school. Back at school. Clowning. My preconceived thoughts of clowning. To be a good clown you need to be funny. On your feet. You need to be available – other words vulnerable. The Module. I remember the first week clearly. I was not okay. Personal things in my life were clouding my thoughts. I could say I had mild depression. Feeling things I should control but couldn’t. Second class of clowning, we had to present a 5 minute...

Movie Review – Arrival

Review: Beautifully paced moving cinematography about the internal human fight, with memories, love and loss with time. Crying Review – 5 stars. Soundtrack Review – 5 stars. Arrival is about Time. Connection. And finding that star that shines so bright above us, yet we forget to see the stars right in front of us. Humankind. Love. We live on this planet called Earth. We race. We run. We scramble. We live alone. And what if we had visitors from afar who endangered our way of our living. What would the human race do? Will we fight? Will we crumble? Will we conquer?  ...

2016 – The year the Western World said No

In 20 years time, universities around the world will be offering Bachelor of Arts subjects and PHDs  called, 2016. Politics. What happened? >>>>>>>Australia voted for One Nation. History of One Nation. 20 years ago a woman named Pauline Hanson who owned a fish and chip shop was voted into the lower house and talks about swamping Asians. She is now back stronger with 3 other senators and talks about sending Australian Muslims back to where they came from. How times have changed. Oh, and we also lock up humans in offshore detention centres deemed illegal by the UN. >>>>>>>Great Britain voted to Brexit. What a mess. They got a woman, Theresa May to clean up the mess, when those who voted for Brexit have decided to go on early retirement. >>>>>>>USA vote for Trump. Social Media was alive last night. “Orange is the new black.” “God Bless America.” “Doomsday” My Facebook was alive with friends concerned. The greatest thing to come from this is people’s involved and concern for politics. I have never seen so much interest from my friends. Let’s see what happens next.   What are the possible factors? 1. Low social economic areas who are NOT HEARD. If we look at the swing votes states – Ohio swung against Hillary, because voters were struggling with no jobs, making ends meet due to the demise of the manufacturing and mining sector. People what to be heard now, and not in 12 months. 2. Religion and race FEAR mongering  – Offshore detention centres, racism, walls and religion. Trump was very good with the Fear Factor. Will he tone it down,...

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