Archive | August, 2003

AUGUST 31, 2003

yo what up…last nights band competition was rad! 11 bands had made it to the final and they were all awesome! seriously – there was such a BIG mix of different styles of music last night that it made me so proud to be from Hong Kong!!! there was black metal, rock, punk rock, j-rock, pop/rock and they were all so damn good! plus the new warehouse equipment helped make each band sound great too. its too bad about the people who were behind the mixing board though – it was obvious they had no experience. later on we found out from our friend karen that the sound people were actually students learning about sound etc…that explains a lot! hahaha…anyway – it was still rad and we were really happy and honored that the warehouse picked us to play as the “guest” band…the winners got 5k in cash! can you believe that! i don’t remember the warehouse having giving away that much money…we want to say an EXTRA BIG thank you to our friend Chi Wai who came to the show last night to help take photos for our album!!! if you guys don’t know who he is – he is the one that takes all the photos for Beyond, Paul, Hann, and LMF…he takes some of the most emotional and professional band photos i’ve ever seen! so kevin made a few calls to see if Chi Wai was free to come take some photos of us…we were lucky that he was!!! he’s such a nice guy and spent over 5 hours with us yesterday…we’ll see the photos on monday but you guys WON’T see the photos until the album’s out! hahaha…trust us – these are going to be fucking awesome photos! we have all the faith in the world that these are going to be some of the best King Ly Chee photos you’ll EVER see…this week – the schedule is mixing the acoustic song tomorrow night and then start mastering later this week. hopefully the cover will be near completion too…THANK YOU to everyone that came out to see us and the other bands last night!!! it was a lot fewer then everyone expected but it was still great. we also want to thank all the new bands that we met last night! everyone was so friendly it was great!!!

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AUGUST 30, 2003

alright – today’s the day that we rip through 3 songs for a QUICK blazing set at the warehouse…within these 3 songs we HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE that we can get some awesome photos to be used inside the CD booklet. kevin managed to get an awesome photographer to take some photos tonight – but even the photographer has said that 3 songs is really TOUGH to get photos because its a really short time. but we trust his expertise AND we trust that you guys will go crazy through the whole time so that you will give him MORE opportunities for awesome photos…see you later tonight!

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AUGUST 29, 2003

hey…in the newspaper it said that Mars can still be viewed for another month! so if you haven’t seen a bright orange star in the sky these past 2 nights – then you still have time to see it. anyway – these past few weeks working with kids, i’ve realized how much adults suck. really – its so strange how rude and full of shit adults are towards other adults. you would think that when adults get to over 40 years old that they would’ve learned by now the VALUE of treating and speaking to each other with respect. when kids speak to each other its always with pure honesty and if they do say something mean, getting them to say sorry is so easy and they are totally sincere too which is the best part. ANYWAY – sorry, letting off a bit of steam – hey – there’s a show tonight with our bro’s and sisters in 5 Disciplines playing. its in Cheung Chau which should be cool…unfortunately i won’t be able to go because by the time i get home from school i’m so fucking tired i just want to sleep. if you want to find out more info for this show check out their website from our links section…going to bed…peace.

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AUGUST 28, 2003

another one done! we have one last song to mix and we’re not going to be able to do it until monday night…then later next week we start mastering!!! this fucker’s almost done…ho yeh…NEXT: the new issue of one of my favorite magazines from the US called Invasian Journal, has released a new issue finally!!! they’ve almost taken as long as it has taken me to release “Yao Ling Hoi Qi” hahaha…anyway – check out the online version here this magazine talks about the problems that Asians face while growing up in the USA…ALL the articles are written through the eyes of Asians so don’t feel surprised when you read through some of the articles and you know EXACTLY what they’re talking about!!! its one of the best most well written magazines i’ve read…enjoy! NEXT: kids – haha – you knew i had to throw in another story…one of the little girls fell down and hurt her knee and started crying really hard during playground time. while she was crying i was trying to find out what happened and then the cutest thing happened. 3 of the other little boy children came running over and were wiping her tears for her and started lightly brushing all the sand and stuff off her clothes. it was so cute and so nice of them to be so caring…they were like, “don’t cry don’t cry!! its okay – it will be fine!!!”. if you have worked with kids before then you’ll know how hard it is to take boys AWAY from playing with cars etc. kids are the best…LASTLY: so who saw Mars last night!!! i can’t believe you can see Mars WITHOUT a telescope or anything!!! with your naked eye if you looked towards the southwest part of HK you can see it!!! its insane how close Mars is to earth…it won’t be that close again for 60,000 years i think…so if you missed out you’re lame! haha :-)

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AUGUST 27, 2003

have gotten another couple messages from people in Singapore about us coming down!! man – we have like 5 months before we come down, but kids down there have already OPENED up their arms and hearts to us…you guys are so awesome! i’m so nervous that once i get there that i’m not going to want to come back to HK!!! hahaha…NEXT: we’re only playing 3 songs this saturday and its going to be a short but fucking awesome set. get there and ready to go crazy for the camera! :-) i know i’ve been lazy about uploading photos from our most recent shows – but my new job has really taken my heart away from doing band stuff recently. something about the personal and emotional satisfaction i get from directly affecting a child’s day, really drains me emotionally and physically when i’m out of school. i mean basically, right from i get to school at 7:30am until the kids leave, i am walking around non-stop helping about 70 kids have a good day, take care of them if they’re sad, take care of them if they’re annoying the teachers (this happens TOO often!!!), take care of them if they get hurt while playing – trying to motivate and inspire them to do something creative with toys or blocks, some kids need some personal care because they’re really shy or too insecure about themselves etc and THIS TAKES A LOT of energy out of me…because i want to try and help them feel like they fit in with the other kids. i don’t want them to feel like they don’t fit in…its much harder then you think. on top of that i’m a teacher’s assistant that means WHATEVER the teachers need i will hear, “Oh Riz…can you help me do this…do that…”. its kind of funny at the end of the day – but during the day its SO hectic. you know what i hate – is when parents are late to pick up their children. it hurts so much to see one child watch all his/her friends get on the bus and leave, and the child is left at the school by him/herself waiting. they look so sad – in these situations i have to sit with them and try to make them laugh (so they can forget about the fact that their parents are late) until their parents finally arrive. i was supposed to talk about the band but my new job has taken over 95% of my thoughts these past few weeks…i’m going to teach my first 30 minute class tomorrow – i’m so excited! OH – we did a really short interview with a UK magazine called Dazed…its a pretty big magazine but we’re pretty sure that whatever they write about us isn’t going to be more than a few sentences. LASTLY: please check out the link above about HK bands looking for members!!! we have some friends looking for band members!!! LETS KEEP ENLARGING THE HKHC!!! everyone’s gotta believe – hardcore in Hong Kong has never been this large ever in its history.

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