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Monday, January 24, 2005

Books and CDs I bought in Singapore


Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - Always wanted to read a book by Umberto Eco, so I picked up the very first book he wrote.

A Heartbreaking Work of Overwhelming Genius by Dave Eggers - Was attracted by the title. Obviously.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon - 2001 Pulitzer Winner. Chabon also wrote the screenplay for Spider-man 2. That's why I picked up this book.

Yes, I've not been picking up the fantasy and sci-fi books like I used to do most of the time in the past. It's difficult to find good stuff these days after being exposed to the likes of George R R Martin, Neil Gaiman, China Mieville and Steven Erikson. The rest of the stuff these days are pretty generic.

CDs I Bought

Utada Hikaru's Exodus (her English album)
Imai Eriko's (Speed) Stairway
Hiro's Coco D'or (her English jazz album)
Lisa Ono's 2004 album
Two J-drama OSTs I picked from Ngee Ann City for only 5 bucks each

When I first came upon the imported version of Coco D'or at HMV, I almost suffered a heart attack when I saw that the price is $70. Despite my undying loyalty and love for Hiro, there's no way am I going to pay that kind of money (and three times the amount of Hikki's album) to listen to Hiro singing classic Jazz songs in wince-inducing English. I'm not being harsh, I'm speaking the truth because I love her. I'm a rational Hiro-lover, not some brainless little teenage girl who refuses to accept her idol's flaws and then later shift her allegiance to... well, Morning Musume.

But anyway, I bought Coco D'or at that CD shop called That CD Shop next to the Shaw Building for a cheaper price. Good place, really classy and stuff.

I don't think Hiro will ever make it big as a pop singer anymore in Japan, where the loyalty of fans are more fickle than anywhere else. But yo, Hiro,once I become a film director, I won't mind resurrecting your career by allowing you to headline my films. So, yeah, gimme a phone call if you're reading this, Hiro.