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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....

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...

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...

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,...