Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Carpe dia punya diem… dan makan juga
I’m actually voluntary awake before 9am, and breakfast is on the fire as I type, so yes, this is a pyrotechnically enhanced post. My ex’s health-food advice was to have “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”, but considering I’m having French toast, and being slightly historically minded, and being of the heads-on rather than heads-off inclination, I’d rather avoid the references to kings.
It’s Merdeka Day today, and I’m wearing my favourite PFS T-shirt, both reminiscent of a connection to an empire that still has a royalty with craniums securely bolted to the shoulders. I had originally intended to attend the dinner function at the embassy today, but contrary to what I was told on the phone, I had indeed registered too late. As such bak kut teh version 3.0 has been planned for this evening, this time with added tofu-strips – I only just figured out what those things are.
Later this morning a rehearsal with my pianist friend for the Weber, which apparently was originally for bassoon, and has a rather culinary sounding title: Andante e Rondo Ongerese. The afternoon will be spent looking at the US front for graduate studies, and a peek last night proved interesting. Work wise I’m opening the door to returning to either Penang or KL, with not that much regret, surprisingly, though I’ve realized for a while that the industry has serious limitations in Malaysia.
In other news, looks like there’ll only be one Malaysian student at the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra this year – Jae Sern – plus one with the wind ensemble, which mirrors the tutor status, with myself with the violas, and Eric Lee with the euphoniums, I think. Also, I’m glad that another fellow musician had a trip to the US postponed – he had planned for New Orleans. And now, time to carpe the diem.