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February 18, 2014 / Amy

In the Spotlight: EMBRZ

It’s my take on Songs of the Week(end) except I’m featuring one of my favourite go-to artists lately, and this person is none other than Irish twenty-something year old Jack Casey, or better known as EMBRZ (pronounced Embers). He’s been dropping a lot of tracks for the past year, sending chillwaves and ambient beats and vocals, and I just wonder why I never discovered him sooner.

I first heard him on the Hype Machine, with his version of Ellie Goulding’s  How Long Will I Love You, and to answer your question EMBRZ, I think I’ll be loving you for a long time! Personally, I prefer his remix way more than Ellie’s slow-tempo ballad. The repetitive notes, faded-in-and-out female vocals, and the gradual soft beats and synths are slowly becoming something of his trademark. I like that he takes his time with his music, because once he hits that climax, you’ll understand the magic behind it.

Another song that’s been out not long ago, is a remix of Dive In’s Let Go. Again, EMBRZ puts his own spin on it and I prefer his version to the original. He is slowly becoming one of my favourite indie remixer (and possibly in line with RAC), if he keeps spinning more tracks like this!

Other tunes worth mentioning are AwakeSlow Down, Make Your Way and Raindrops. If you want to listen more, go on to his SoundCloud and follow him on Twitter and Facebook for updates and free downloads.

And EMBRZ, if you’re reading this… keep doing what you’re doing! Big love!


February 15, 2014 / Amy

Love was in the air

Valentine’s Day happened this week, and it’s supposedly the most romantic day of the year. Love it or hate it, People still talk about it – be it singles, married, skeptics and what-nots. Heck, I feel it’s more of a commercialized day capitalized by corporations to make more money. Personally, I’m not so against V-day, as long as creative ads like these keep coming.

In case of love at first sightCreated by Advertising Agency Kingsday, Amsterdam in The Netherlands, they made a playful campaign as well as making a statement wherein ‘Saying it with flowers’ is just so 2010.

This campaign was tastefully done and out of all the other V-day campaigns, this is my favourite. Here’s another cheeky one done by BBH, Singapore for IKEA.

Creative ads are not limited to just prints and direct marketing. Here’s one with a video message from the Metro Train Station, famous for their “Dumb Ways to Die” campaign. Though I found this way too close to another fellow youtuber’s video, that was published just one day before. Guess it’s not a very original concept.

So there you go. Love-ly campaigns that are cheeky and funny. Have you received any funny Valentine message this year? I didn’t. I simply celebrated it by stuffing my face with Jelly Hearts and sleeping through a movie in the cinema.

Image from Lady Iron Chef

I ordered mine through Ed’s Kitchen! I didn’t take a picture, but they were definitely yummy! If you want to make your own, here’s a recipe! Anyway, till the next post! And happy post-Valentine’s Day….!


February 15, 2014 / Amy

Evolution Door

Brilliant door design! Some might question, what’s the point in designing something as mundane as a door? Doors have come a long way in terms of functionality (we have the sliding doors, the knob door, etc), but nothing as innovative nor aesthetically pleasing as this!

Could this be the new revolutionary doors of our future?

Designed and crafted by Klemens Torggler, Vienna-based Austrian designer, it’s called the Evolution Door. This is definitely intriguing to watch as the ‘door’ splits into half and then rotate to the side, revealing the opening of the door; or vice versa.

Imagine if this design were mass manufactured, and costs can be reduced (based on its materials and practicality), what more creatively implemented for other products like cars, appliances like washing machine or refrigerator. This could be a game changer, albeit still being in its prototype stage. What do you think?

[via My Modern Met]


February 13, 2014 / Amy

Hello again!

Alright, I know it’s been ages since I last wrote a blog post. Things came and went, and I had a lot on my mind that I wished I at least archived it here. I’m not as active as I used to be on social media; i.e. Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and I recently got back on Facebook. Yes, I made the decision to go back to this dreaded network, only because I find that I need to re-connect with people I need to get back in(or lost) touch with. I’m not aiming for any figure, cause people, this is not a popularity contest, and I have mended old wounds and moved on. Yes, I am a hypocrite… I have no excuse for that.

Anyway, I have exciting news. I plan on moving away from Brunei and a few close pals and family know where, so I may just reveal this little detail another time. I want to start afresh. Live a new life. Learn new experiences. Explore places I’ve never been to before. Ultimately, I want to be independent of my own life’s goal.*cue eye rolls* I’m still the same timid, shy person, but I aspire to break out of that shell once I figure out how… Only time will tell.

Tsk…I find myself blabbing again. Anyway, I’m gonna write more posts related to anything creative that I might find. I’ll try to throw in a movie review or two. And some songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat. Till the next post.


June 8, 2013 / Amy

Songs of the Week(end) #9 and then some…

I’m feeling a little restless lately. Is it work? Is it family? Is it money? It’s a good thing, there’s music to keep me occupied.

Troika :: Dancing In September

I am a fan of remixes, bootlegs, mashups – the likes, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find this. Like seriously, why have I not heard of Troika? Anyway, it’s something to get you hyped up this weekend. Hope it’ll get you dancing.

Mariah Carey feat. Miguel :: Beautiful

I first heard this few weeks ago, and I kinda thought it was very chillaxing and I don’t hate it. I didn’t take it too seriously because it sounded more of a laid back tune, and just Mariah’s attempt of feeling beautiful in the video. No doubt, she is, but I find the porsche in the video much more appealing. But the more I listen to it, the more I like the guitar strumming in the background, and the chorus/bridge/ending is divine when you put Mariah and Miguel’s voice together. It’s the perfect song to play while you’re laying in bed with your partner on a lazy Sunday morning, if you know what I mean. I like to think this is Mariah’s way of telling Nicki to suck it.

Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran :: Everything Has Changed

I’m only digging this song for only 2 reasons. One. Ed Sheeran. Two. The pre-chorus. I’m a little bored with Taylor cause *gasp*, she’s a little predictable. Most of her songs sounded the same, especially when it comes to ballads on her latest album. And I very much prefer her older albums. If it weren’t for Ed Sheeran, I’d probably not love it as much as I do now. But I am curious about one thing. If I’m not mistaken, Sheeran here has a crush on Swift. Could this be the start of something new? 😉

Game of Thrones Opening Credits

Yes, I am a huge ass fan of Game of Thrones. And if you watched the last episode The Rains of Castamere, you’ve probably watched the Red Wedding. I was just as  (spoiler link->)shocked as these folks, and believe it or not, I needed to slap pinch myself to know that it really happened. George….why oh why! The Season Finale is just tomorrow, and I’m anticipating it so much. I’ve never felt this nervous/anxious/excited about a tv episode before. Who else are just as excited? So yeah, Game of Thrones is pretty much the theme song for this weekend.

Insidious 2 Trailer

I watched the first movie, and although it was a little cliche, it was still terrifying to me. It was just like any classic horror story, but it gripped me till the end. Now, the sequel is coming out, and I’m nervous about it. Will it be able to match up the first movie, or will it be a major flop? I like to think it’ll be the former. Just watch the trailer and you’ll see what I mean. But alas only time will tell.

So there ya go. Songs of the week(end)…and then some other stuff. Oh I’m also back on tumblr again. Creativemelancholic out!

May 29, 2013 / Amy

Rain, rain, go away.

Alright, time to update the ol’ blog.

I noticed how much it’s been raining in Brunei and then get so blistering hot the next lately. Like the DJ on the radio said today, the weather is bipolar. Is this a sign of summer? Who am I kidding, it’s summer all year round here in Bruland.

For me, personally I hate rainy days.I hate how my shoes will get all soggy and wet when I accidentally stepped on a puddle. Or how it’ll drench my jeans and it’ll stick to my ankles and muddy bits will seep in between my toes. Not to mention, after having your car washed, you’ll have the rain to thank for when it undoes everything for you. Besides, it can get really cold and my skin’ll get super dry especially in air conditioned places like my office. (I mean I’m not complaining about the latter, but I prefer to stay warm, compared to being in a freezer or in a desert.)

I don’t get how people love rainy days so much. It causes so much of an inconvenience (you can’t dry your laundry outside, you’ll have to wash your car again, you can’t go outside to play, well you get my drift) and it’s so friggin gloomy-looking everywhere you go. Some people say it’s nice to sleep in, or how the pitter patter of raindrops are soothing, but so far, I sleep like a baby regardless of the rain. So I really don’t get the point.

When I was a child, I had a very wild imagination and I once believed that, the reason why it rains was because someone out there was really sad. The gods in the heavens must’ve felt the person’s pain and cried with him/her. The heavier the sadness, the heavier the rain. When it thunders, someone must be angry. How I came to this conclusion was because everytime I was going through some kind of shyt, it would rain. At times it didn’t rain when I was down, but I told myself that the gods must be reserving their tears for someone else’s pain, who’s having a greater grief than I was. And if I was in a good mood and it started raining, someone else out there must be feeling really miserable then.

This was just one of my crazy imagination as a kid, when it ran wild and free. You have no idea what other nonsense sprouted out of my mind. Gosh what memories.

Anyway, I read reports of flash floods today so brace yourself peeps. Flooding of people’s homes, landslides, slippery roads….you name it. It’s happened before, and I have a feeling it’ll happen again. I’m thankful that I don’t live in low-lying-flood-prone areas, and here’s a reminder: Buckle up and drive safely.

I can only look forward to that rainbow after the rain.



May 25, 2013 / Amy

Songs of the Week(end) #8

It’s house all the way this time. Hope you have a good one. Here’s the playlist to rock your weekend.

Alesso vs One Republic :: If I Lose Myself

Love it! The original sounds great on its own, but I really like Alesso’s own spin to it better. And it’s been a while since I heard from One Republic. Hopefully they release more singles from their album Native. Even the album cover looks pretty wicked.

Nicky Romero & NERVO :: Like Home

I don’t know about you, but this song reminds me of Calvin Harris. Probably because the singing sounded like the female version of Calvin Harris especially in the beginning. LoL! It’s a fun beat, and it’s definitely a dance tune. Ready to dance yet?

Far East Movement ft. Travis Garland :: Lovetron

Well, Far East Movement, you have finally redeemed yourself with this gem. It’s been a while since I heard something solid, and no that garbage featuring the Biebs doesn’t count. It sounded too artificial and mainstream, but this, this baby here got a unique flair and Travis Garland’s sexy voice is like a mix of Justin Timberlake + Darren Hayes. The acoustic version is just as great, and I’m sure they’re gonna sound really good live, no doubt about it. I say it’s on par with my favourites Like a G6 and Rocketeer.

Ludacris ft. Usher, David Guetta :: Rest Of My Life

I don’t get it. If Ludacris wasn’t in this, I would feel perfectly alright with it and would’ve not realized it’s HIS song. For some reason, Ludacris is actually the headliner, featuring Usher and David Guetta, and not the other way around. I would’ve been more convinced if it were the latter featuring the former. Maybe Ludacris had something to do with the lyrics or the sounds, I don’t know. But this is still good, and very Guetta!

Kaskade :: Atmosphere

Okay, this isn’t the original studio version, it’s the closest to what I can find to the original. And this is so good! I wish he’d release the song already, cause it’s so Kaskade and sounds so crazy good. Imagine if you’re actually attending a rave and he’s playing (not to mention singing it) live, which he will be cause he’s touring! Dammit! I wanna go!

Enjoy the weekend, peeps. Tata and see you next week! Maybe.

May 17, 2013 / Amy

Songs of the Week(end) #7

Martin Solveig & The Cataracs feat. Kyle :: Hey Now

Time to get excited that the weekend is here! Here’s an upbeat tune from Martin Solveig and surprise surprise The Cataracs ft. Kyle. This is a very summery song, and it’s kinda feel-good when the chorus comes rolling in. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Don’t let me stop you heading to the beach now.

Daft Punk ft. Pharell Williams :: Lose Yourself to Dance

No, this is not Get Lucky, but it sounds pretty similar to the whole album, which is VERY chill and retro. Some people are actually quite taken aback because it’s not like their usual electronic beats, but I quite like this. The bridge here with the bass are extremely chill! Highgasm alert! Oh yeah, you can also listen to the whole album on iTunes for free before its official release out this 21st May. Which is your favourite?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs :: Skeletons

Well hello YYY. This was refreshing, after all these years. And I was suddenly in the mood for anthems. I also thought this was a good pick for the weekend. Anyway, my all time favourite from YYY has to be Zero remixed by RAC (Of course it has to be remixed by RAC)

Philip Phillips :: Home (Piano/Cello cover by The Piano Guys)

This isn’t a summer song per se, but I have a love for classical instruments. It’s been a while since I heard from John Schmidt (the pianist), and I’m really pleased to see that he’s been making covers of popular songs with his cello buddy Steven Sharp Nelson. I love they added their own twist to the song, and so far, this is one of my favourites besides Love Story meets Viva La Vida (which started it all)

Have a good weekend everyone. It’s going to be a long week ahead.

May 13, 2013 / Amy

Sculpting with Paint by Justin Gaffrey

Amazing. Personally I know how hard it is to work with acrylic paint. They can dry up slow and harden and it’s not easy having to mix colours and what not. To get the desired texture and design is almost a skill, that acrylic artists have to train to learn. But for this chef and restauranteur-turned-artist, he literally changes the dynamics of how one works with acrylic paint. Well to me at least, cause this is just wicked cool and surreal!

Justin Gaffrey describes his method of art as “sculpting with paint” and he sure does have a way with them. I’ve seen abstract works, and traditional methods, but nothing like this. He uses the acrylic to create dimensional depth to the subject, and creating a 3d effect when in full view. Now why no one ever thought of this boggles me. Okay perhaps there were, but I never took notice of them.

Even his workstation is pretty crazy and everywhere you’ll see is acrylic paint!

His inspiration mainly comes from nature and the surroundings around him, but I think he makes a magnificent job including a little bit of impressionistic character to his work. Check out how he create his sculpting piece with the timelapse video below. Doesn’t it get you inspired to work that paint now?

[Images via My Modern Met]

May 10, 2013 / Amy

How to Advertise to Children Discreetly?

Now this is clever. Advertising is one thing. But advertising and getting the message across to a specific target audience deserves an applause.  By creating this advert through lenticular printing, their message of child abuse awareness and how they can help is a worthy praise that needs to be acknowledged.

So this is how it works, from an adult’s point of view, you’ll see a boy with a sad face, and a message of  ‘Sometimes, child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it’. But from a young child’s perspective, they can see a bruised boy with the message ‘If somebody hurts you, phone us and we’ll help you’ along with the helpline’s phone number. Only kids under 10 or well, shorter people can see the hidden message. I guess it’s also to avoid their abuser from preventing the child seeking help. Nevertheless, it’s brilliant.

Created by Grey Spain for  Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation (ANAR).

[via Stomp, The Drum]