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Postby alittlerisky » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 3:14 pm

zzm9980 wrote:You live in Geylang, right? You expect peace and quiet? :P


By mistake!

Having said that I've just booked a month in a Serviced Apartment one Lorong up... I actually quite like it here. Bit more character than CQ, Boat Quay, Robertson Quay etc..
Who? What? How? Why? Where? When? Merde...

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 4:22 pm

I miss going to concerts, man a concert by a washed up band like deep purple costs 88 SGD cheapest ticket :-|
pure bloody extortion!! :mad: what bollocks

even for watching Metallica I didn't pay that much.

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Postby the lynx » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 4:47 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:I miss going to concerts, man a concert by a washed up band like deep purple costs 88 SGD cheapest ticket :-|
pure bloody extortion!! :mad: what bollocks

even for watching Metallica I didn't pay that much.


Well, if you want to console yourself, tell yourself that the moolah you spent will go to support the bands you love.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 5:28 pm

the lynx wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:I miss going to concerts, man a concert by a washed up band like deep purple costs 88 SGD cheapest ticket :-|
pure bloody extortion!! :mad: what bollocks

even for watching Metallica I didn't pay that much.


Well, if you want to console yourself, tell yourself that the moolah you spent will go to support the bands you love.


well it depends, big bands charge a standard amount all the time. they get paid the same wherever they play. I paid 88 AUD to watch megadeth and arch enemy in sydney and 60 AUD to watch judas priest in Sydney and 70sgd for metallica alone
all bigger bands in terms of current popularity than deep purple
but 88 is highway robbery :x :mad:

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 5:51 pm

So you would have had a problem with the $388 tickets (which were NOT front row or even down on the floor) that we paid in 2011 for the Eagles concert.

One heck of a good concert but a heck of a good group, even now after all these years, damned tight.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 6:40 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:I miss going to concerts, man a concert by a washed up band like deep purple costs 88 SGD cheapest ticket :-|
pure bloody extortion!! :mad: what bollocks
even for watching Metallica I didn't pay that much.
well it depends, big bands charge a standard amount all the time. they get paid the same wherever they play. I paid 88 AUD to watch megadeth and arch enemy in sydney and 60 AUD to watch judas priest in Sydney and 70sgd for metallica alone
all bigger bands in terms of current popularity than deep purple
but 88 is highway robbery :x :mad:


I think you're comparing apples and oranges myself.

SG has a small population, and likewise a small subset who are going to want to go and see modern music, and a smaller-still subset who are into western rock music.

As a result big-name bands who play in SG usually only play a single night. The huge costs of getting all their gear and crew etc into the country, set up, housed, fed and watered, and shipped back out, is funded by a single night attended by a relatively small audience.

Simple mathematics really. On the bright side, you can get 'up close and personal' with bands in SG as the venues tend to be smaller or more intimate.

I was in the front 5-10 rows for Pink Floyd, I got front-row tickets for Deep Purple. I was front-row for Prodigy at Fort Canning, and got to shake hands with members of the Buzzcocks after their gig down at Clarke Quay. I doubt you'd get a look-in on any of that in Australia.

Deep Purple 'washed up'... and Judas Priest aren't? (And yes, I've seen JP live too... )

p.s. Kindly stay on-topic please.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 7:35 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:So you would have had a problem with the $388 tickets (which were NOT front row or even down on the floor) that we paid in 2011 for the Eagles concert.

One heck of a good concert but a heck of a good group, even now after all these years, damned tight.


damm!!!

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 7:42 pm

JR8 wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:I miss going to concerts, man a concert by a washed up band like deep purple costs 88 SGD cheapest ticket :-|
pure bloody extortion!! :mad: what bollocks
even for watching Metallica I didn't pay that much.
well it depends, big bands charge a standard amount all the time. they get paid the same wherever they play. I paid 88 AUD to watch megadeth and arch enemy in sydney and 60 AUD to watch judas priest in Sydney and 70sgd for metallica alone
all bigger bands in terms of current popularity than deep purple
but 88 is highway robbery :x :mad:


I think you're comparing apples and oranges myself.

SG has a small population, and likewise a small subset who are going to want to go and see modern music, and a smaller-still subset who are into western rock music.

As a result big-name bands who play in SG usually only play a single night. The huge costs of getting all their gear and crew etc into the country, set up, housed, fed and watered, and shipped back out, is funded by a single night attended by a relatively small audience.

Simple mathematics really. On the bright side, you can get 'up close and personal' with bands in SG as the venues tend to be smaller or more intimate.

I was in the front 5-10 rows for Pink Floyd, I got front-row tickets for Deep Purple. I was front-row for Prodigy at Fort Canning, and got to shake hands with members of the Buzzcocks after their gig down at Clarke Quay. I doubt you'd get a look-in on any of that in Australia.

Deep Purple 'washed up'... and Judas Priest aren't? (And yes, I've seen JP live too... )

p.s. Kindly stay on-topic please.


I'll keep it brief as I don't want to derail your thread.

1. I quite understand the demographics of ppl who are into rock music and that too into live rock music.

2. Good to note that you can get up and personal with the band , i met several band members in the past, Megadeth, the mighty iron maiden, and machine head. I'd totally die for a deep purple autograph.

3. and yes deep puple is "washed up in the rock circuit" As much as they are one of my favourite bands in terms of crowds they pull they aren't up there with Judas Priest or Iron Maiden anymore.
lets take this to the music discussion if you want.

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Postby durain » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 9:14 pm

i miss guys in v-neck jumper :D :D :D

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:22 pm

I miss seasons. It is not only about the temperature but the whole package including how they smell, flowers and other plants growing and waking up after winter, leaves turning red and gold in autumn, misty mornings .... I miss places I used to visit frequently, landscape diversity and space and walks through the forest or along deserted beaches in winter time, and cheap booze.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:19 pm

At the risk of being very UN PC. There is one thing I do miss. Deer & Duck/Goose Season so I can take out and limbering up some of the armory on the farm.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:04 am

I miss western-style chocolate.

Chocolate in the tropics is usually made with fats that have a much higher melt-point. It makes sense, as it doesn't melt or spoil as readily in the heat.

The downside is that it has a higher melt-point in your mouth too, so you lose that... kinda... unctuous rich and silky 'mouth feel'. And from a technical (chef's) perspective, fats are the conveyors/transmitters of flavour (consider: chili oil), so high melt-point chocolate has less flavour too.

p.s. this is why when in SG my wife has a shelf in the fridge dedicated more or less totally (I'm not exagerating lol) to European chocolate brought over by friends.

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Yes I miss shooting. I grew up in the country too, and I really resent 'townies' who know zero about shooting/hunting/fishing suggesting it is a pastime for misfits, weirdos and homocidal fanatics...

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Postby iamsen » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 2:28 am

I'm in the midst of getting my Japanese citizenship, though not my 'origin', Japan is more of a home to me than SG has ever been. So I'll chime in.

I miss the 4 seasons.
I miss the sun setting at 5pm when it isn't summer.
I sort of miss the sun raising at 3.30am when it is summer.

I miss the food.
I miss the service.

I miss the language, the bad tv, the wonderful, whacky commercials.
I miss seeing a guy dressed up as Pikachu, or Kamen Rider, appearing unannounced at the local mall.

I miss watching kids playing baseball at the nearby primary school from my balconey.

I miss driving in the mountains.
I miss driving among the fields of rice.
I miss standing at the top of mountains, spending hours doing nothing but looking out into the nightscape.
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I miss having dinner on my balconey while watching the sun set in the distance.
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I miss the nice women.

Dammit I feel like crying.

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 6:21 am

iamsen wrote:Dammit I feel like crying.


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#iknowthatfeel

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Postby Wd40 » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 8:48 am

JR8 wrote:I miss western-style chocolate.

Chocolate in the tropics is usually made with fats that have a much higher melt-point. It makes sense, as it doesn't melt or spoil as readily in the heat.

The downside is that it has a higher melt-point in your mouth too, so you lose that... kinda... unctuous rich and silky 'mouth feel'. And from a technical (chef's) perspective, fats are the conveyors/transmitters of flavour (consider: chili oil), so high melt-point chocolate has less flavour too.

p.s. this is why when in SG my wife has a shelf in the fridge dedicated more or less totally (I'm not exagerating lol) to European chocolate brought over by friends.

p.s. @ SMS
Yes I miss shooting. I grew up in the country too, and I really resent 'townies' who know zero about shooting/hunting/fishing suggesting it is a pastime for misfits, weirdos and homocidal fanatics...


But, I thought all chocolates that we get here are made in the west. Toblerone, Hersheys, Mars, Snickers, Lindt, Ferrero Rocher. No?


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