Archive | June, 2005

JUNE 30, 2005

oh man…we’ve got some cool t-shirt designs!!! :-) hopefully they’ll all be ready by the time our Korean tour starts…did i mention that our plane tickets are CRAZY expensive!!! we can’t believe how expensive it is for us to go there…and we’re paying for it all ourselves…hopefully the Korean hardcore kids are into it! hahahaha…it doesn’t matter – the last time we went to korea to play we fell in love with the entire country…the people had the biggest hearts in the world and even though it was hard to communicate because we can’t speak korean and a lot can only speak basic english, we all became some of the best of friends. one of which, the guitarist of korean hardcore band Johnny Royal, is still a close friend of mine to this day (he’s now playing in 13 Steps as well!!! woohoo!!! good good good old-school hardcore!!!)…i can’t wait to see him again and for us to be on stage with our fellow asian hardcore brothers and sisters…

the only place that we have been to that has been just as incredible to us is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…goddamm – we miss ALL the Kuala Lumpur hardcore kids so much…all our good friends in the MANY bands that we met especially Cassandra, Second Combat, Dash Own, A New Fall, Kharisma, and our fucking AWESOME AWESOME brother Jana…can’t wait to see them all someday again…

anyway…i don’t know what i’m doing…i’ve become quite “emo” these past few posts…i have no idea why – i better stop or our good friend Siu Pak is going to start crying (she cries at anything! hahahaha…)…a LIVE Dillinger Escape Plan video is linked on our website – they played inside a CD shop! its crazy…

oh – by the time you read this – i’ll be waiting at immigration in Wan Chai picking up my very first HKSAR passport!!! i can’t believe this day has come…

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JUNE 29, 2005

after two months of what it seems like non-stop rain…the weather yesterday was SO surprising! i was teaching a guitar to a kid who lives up in the peak and the view from there over looking the south side of Hong Kong island was stunning…totally blew me away – got some idea’s for lyrics while overlooking that bay…i also took the star ferry across to HK island from TST which i feel like i haven’t done in ages…and the way the sun shines on HK island and pumps life into the tree’s and brings the greens out of the island is so beautiful too…i felt like time stood still while i was on that ferry…

this is such a beautiful city we live in…i wonder why its always when i DON’T have to work, that i get to actually enjoy this city…think about all those people who have been working their asses off since the 60’s…just non-stop toiling in their back-breaking labor to give a future to their kids etc…most of that generation of Hong Kong-ers don’t know anything else besides work…that’s all they did – they came from nothing…you know what i just realized? i’m giving away my lyrics to one of our songs! hahahaha…i’m stopping now…seeya…

remember to check out the show on July 14th at The Edge!!! i can’t WAIT to play there…i’m a judge at the Battle of the Bands competition this thursday at The Edge so i’m going to check out what the sound is like there…i’ll make a report when i get back online later that night….

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JUNE 27, 2005

so tired…had another good night of practicing…worked out a song about how it seems like the end of the world is around the corner…all these politicians around the world trying to blind us with their “pursuits of justice” – when its their own selfish greedy pursuits that are trying to be conquered…its just weird – everyone is so busy in their lives going full-on for whatever they’re doing, that they don’t have time to sit back and look at the world as it is. what is it? a very polluted, over-crowded world, run by people who make choices for us and put us in positions where brothers are killing brothers…an endless cycle of violence on television…it just never ends…

the music itself for this song – is needless to say, heavy…but we’re hoping to get this song ready by the time we get to Korea…the music is done – vocals are being worked on now…

okay…going to bed…

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JUNE 26, 2005

WOOHOO – i’m getting my HKSAR passport on June 30th!!! oh my god…i’m so excited…i feel like i’ve waited my entire life to get this passport and to be able to officially call myself a “Hong Kong person”…there is one bad thing though, for me to get the Hong Kong passport they won’t let me hold TWO citizenships – i am Pakistani and i am PROUD of being pakistani…so giving up my Pakistani citizenship was hard for me personally and emotionally. but i felt it needed to be done especially i have never lived in Pakistan and don’t intend of ever living there…

on a less happy note: last night i hung out with good friend Glenn on the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, which i feel like has become my saturday night routine. its pretty fun – just hanging out with different people that we meet or that he knows. he finally was able to drag me into The Cavern bar to watch the bar band – i thought they were terrible…but he loves them! hahahaha…anyway – last night we hung out with this 17 year girl who was a really cool girl. but she had something really STUPID happen to her recently. she was going out with someone who has very strong religious leanings. attends church and is affiliated with churches etc. this in itself is not a problem – i don’t have an issue with someone who has a really strong connection to his religion (having faith in anything i believe is a good thing…i myself am a proud Muslim.). but what i have a problem with is that someone who pretends to hold himself up to these HIGH religious morals, has the nerve to condone his own actions no matter how WRONG and UN-christian they seem to be. this so-called religious dude slept with this 17 year old girl (which is statutory rape in many countries around the world – unfortunately, in Hong Kong 16 is the cut-off point.) and a few days later broke up with her. what was his excuse? he couldn’t see a future with this girl because she wasn’t Christian. can you believe that? he came to this enlightening conclusion conveniently AFTER he slept with her. made me sick to my stomach, and then i was overcome with sadness because i thought of the impact this is going to have on the psyche of a girl of her young age…this was her “first” time – and this is how she’s going to remember it…

my own girlfriend has always had a very strong stance against overly religious people – for the most part, these people look down on others who don’t follow their faiths. these people believe that there is only a place in heaven for those who follow their faith, regardless if they’re good or not. she believes that this goes completely AGAINST their own beliefs and principles. how can god judge what is “good” simply based on what religion people follow? there are millions of people out there whose hearts are filled with “good” – and don’t have an evil bone in their bodies – but they’re not of a certain religion. they could be muslim, buddhist, hindu, jewish, christian, or even atheist. but then there are those religious people – who go to church everyday, go to a mosque everyday, read the koran, read the torah – and commit these types of contradictory evil behaviors and STILL believe that THEY are the ones who have a place in heaven. WHAT? what is going on? justice is blind – but can god be this blind and unknowing? isn’t he supposed to be “all knowing”? thank god that i believe he sees everything and everything will be accounted for – that’s what i believe, no matter what higher being you believe in.

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JUNE 25, 2005

alright everyone – as of yesterday i am officially a Hong Kong person!!! WOOHOO!!! my renunciation papers came in and i finally went over to the HK gov’t. to claim citizenship…today i’m going to apply for my HKSAR passport!!! oh my god!!! i’m going to hold on to that thing like treasure…i’ve waited such a long time to get this thing and i’m finally getting it. yesterday while i was filling out the forms for the HKSAR passport i was laughing to myself! i think people must’ve thought i was going crazy or something…but seriously – they just don’t know how much hell i’ve gone through while traveling around the world. my brother, sister and parents are still in the situation where they can’t travel freely because of the passport they hold – i think they’ll all try now to apply for an HKSAR passport as well…

i’m so happy its ridiculous…the weird thing is that right NOW i have NO passport. when the pakistani embassy called me yesterday, they said my renunciation had been approved and now i needed to return my passport. so, for right NOW – i cannot travel anywhere because i have NO traveling documents – i feel like Tom Hanks in The Terminal! hahahahaha…except – i’m stuck in Hong Kong, not a bad place to be stuck…

i’m watching this Coldplay thing on MTV – its that Storytellers thing where they play a song and explain the inspiration etc…its awesome – they seriously feel like one of the saddest bands on this planet…even the songs that the singer thinks are more “rock” – are still sad…our friend Owen introduced me to a band called Pelican who are pretty damn sad too – its linked on our forum so go check that out and cry yourself asleep…hahahahaha…dude can ANYTHING be more sad then the coldplay song “scientist” – the tears just run down my face every time i hear that song…

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