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I do nothing on weekends

I accomplish nothing on weekends. I have two full days to do work, chores, or run errands. But I can never get anything productive done. This past weekend, I was supposed to finish some of my CO assignment and start studying for my stats term test, both due on the 6th. Instead, on Friday night I ended up over-napping, doing some yoga, went karaoke-ing, and then clubbing. I must say REV was pretty fun. It would’ve been better if it wasn’t freezing outside though.

On Saturday I woke up in the afternoon, went over to Jinhui’s place, and somehow just whittled the whole day away. At night, we decided we should start working on the CASA Charity Fashion Show (CCFS) programme. Okay, backtrack. This year is the first annual CCFS. The fashion show used to be a part of Lunarfest at UW, but they wanted to make it bigger and better. It’s been a while since I’ve done extra-curricular things, so I thought, what the hey, let’s try out for model auditions. I responded to the casting call back in November, and somehow got selected. Then they asked me if I could help out with marketing/graphic design, and I said sure. So yes, I will be performing in the show and also designing the programme. If you are interested in seeing me publicly humiliate myself, buy your ticket now! It’s for charity :) Seriously, it is, because nobody (directors, choreographers…etc) is getting paid for anything, and I’m pretty impressed as to the amount of time and effort the organizers have put into this.

In any case, that’s what I worked on with Jinhui on Saturday night. We finished super-late, because we had to present our ideas the next day at the Marketing team meeting. The meeting was super-long and unproductive. We didn’t decide on anything. I had rehearsals before and after the meeting, but the whole ordeal took about 4hrs for me. After that, we went for dinner and came home, and I went to sleep a couple hours later, after playing with KuGou, a pretty damn awesome music downloading application. Its main appeal for me is that when you play a song, it will automatically search for lyrics in its database and display them karaoke-style. I’m currently impressed as to how many songs it found lyrics for, especially new English releases, or the old, obscure, Chinese traditional songs. Anyways it’s generally a good application for finding new Chinese/English/Jap/Korean stuff. The file management aspects could be a little better…

So this brings us to today. I swear I was meaning to go to my morning CO class, but I completely slept through my alarm. Got up at 2pm, went to accounting, and now just waiting for some people so we can go out to dinner. In conclusion, weekend = zero accomplishment. SIGH.

Jay day

You may know that Chinese pop king Jay Chou is gracing us with his first ever Canadian concert appearance this Thursday evening at the ACC in Toronto. You may also know that I will be attending said concert, and that it would be my first actual concert concert, ie. mega-pop-star, legit venue, credible success, etc. Lily and I were thinking how we can make this experience extra special, and we came up with making posters. At first we wanted to design coordinating T-shirts but decided that would be too messy.

The next challenge was thinking of a theme for the posters. Should we use his song titles/lyrics to form a witty catchphrase? Draw a flattering portrait? Convey our affection/level of obsession? Welcome him to the Great White North? Use a lot of flashy stuff to gain attention? In the end we just decided to hit a dollar store and see what we could salvage.

On Saturday I met up with Lily to get a haircut in the Yonge & Finch area. After that we had lunch and stopped by a cute little salon for some minor primping. We went to Centrepoint Mall to scope out any art supply/dollar stores, and found A Buck Or Two. (The name is a lie – I saw stuff for upwards of two bucks.) After checking out the whole place, we finally decided on a Christmas-themed Jay portrait. We managed to get quite a few items and the total only came out to be $10 which was awesome. Since the public library was only open until 5pm that day, we decided to execute Project Jay at a nearby Korean café.

At first we were afraid the owners wouldn’t let us use paint/glue/glitter/etc in there, but we asked the waitress if it was okay and they were really nice about it! What’s more, they kept handing out free food to all the patrons too. And not just crappy leftover stuff either. Screw Destiny; Korean cafés are THE SHIT. In any case, Mark dropped by and he essentially became our assistant, helping us Google photo references and managing our workspace. The following is a series of photo WIPs so you can see how we made our lovelyyyyy posters :)

It took us nearly 4 hours to make the first poster, so by the time we finished, we were pretty spent. After Mark left, Lily and I half-assed the second poster. We just painted on a really lame “We (heart) Jay Chou”, dabbed on some supposedly glow-in-the-dark paint, taped on the remaining snowflakes, and randomly dumped piles of glitter. That took us about an hour, but we didn’t really care because the guys would be responsible for holding this one.

It was definitely a lot of fun (other people at the café came by our table to chat with us and even take some photos!) and reminded me of good old elementary/high school art projects. I felt it was a lot more productive than sitting at home, wasting away another Saturday in front of my laptop screen, which is probably what I would’ve done. And yes, we tipped the place generously.

Now I’m just really looking forward to Thursday :D