Think Kit

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Influencers

Today I am writing about someone who influenced me a lot last month… TT! TT was my mentor at SmallBox, and here are the things she helped me about SmallBox: 

  • Being really chill @ the skype interview

  • Made me feel relax when I first got to SmallBox (probs by making fun of Drew lots)

  • Arranged...

The Austins

I am really glad that I found the Austins through couchsurfing this January.

  • Amanda

Amanda is a resident. That should tell you that she has almost no life - no time to work out, no time to rest / entertain and no time to be with Joel. She leaves home everyday before I wake up and comes back home...

Untold Stories

This picture was taken by me when I first highlighted my hair red and was showing it off to my dad. My dad had been nonchalant towards any of my attempt of changing my physical appearance - I don't think he would have mind if I had gone goth. In this picture, I captured his bitter moment of being...

It's All About That Solo Journey

The University of Edinburgh had this lovely, delightful revision month - dedicated for students to catch up on all of their ghosted classes to pass the final exam. As a pass-or-fail exchange student, I immediately grasped this opportunity to plan my one and only travel during the past four months...

Homie 3: Vida

Let's talk about Vida now. Vida had always been in my Edinburgh friend circle, but we didn't talk for a long time - I didn't think she was nice at first, and she never made an effort to talk to me (which I misinterpreted as being stuck-up). She was a very beautiful girl from Mexico City, and was very...

Habitat

Being an international studying outside of my own country, I have learned to coexist with the suspension of where I would eventually go. I always think about futuristic stuff whenever I am on a flight, which is quite often for me. I wonder if it has anything to do with the speed of travelling.... it...

Homie 2: Dominique

I met Dominique in London, the last stop of my solo trip of visiting Ireland and Northern Ireland of UK. It was at the Travel Joy hostel (one of the best hostels I have ever been in - happy hours, open mic nights, salsa nights, cheap Thai food, complimentary Haribos and soft drinks at all times in Chelsea...

Homie 1: Seána

I want to tell you about my three homies in Edinburgh, Seána, Dominique and Vida. Let's start with Seána.

Seána was the first friend I had in Edinburgh other than my flatmates (came with the package, luckily the quality was rad). Seána and I connected through an online program...

Tunes

My four months in Edinburgh greatly enhanced my musical taste - after all, having flatmates (like these) was nothing but helpful. Mate No.1 wakes up to classical jazz every morning, does busking on the side on some weekends and crawls out of bed every Saturday morning for choral practices. No.2 blew most of his hard-earned money on concerts and music festivals and told us about that time when Chet Faker's voice "caressed his soul" and a solitary tear dripped down his stoned face. No.3 took a train to Glasgow for this electro swing band during the intense revision week (finals week), and No.4 would arrive hours early to a music festival for frontal participation just because one of the artists performing at the festival is her favorite rapper (Pusha T). Being around these noblemen and noblewomen I figured that I should not be an uncultured swine, so I put my educational fraternity party music playlist on pause and started listening to some other tunes. 

I fell in love with Gold initially because it was one of the few pop songs flatmate No.1 would listen to other than Jazz, Tenacious D, and South Park music. He was quite obsessed with Chet Faker, and I am quite obsessed with him, so I naturally started listening to the singer he was listening to. After some initial get-to-knows, I realised that Gold never failed to encapsulate my emotions (whatever they were whenever I put it on) and always flew right through my heart and mind. It is "SO CHILL" (No.2, 2015). The calming start, the hand claps and Chet Faker's voice - every component of the song is irreplaceable. The voice of Chet Faker is almost like a juice blended from all of his emotions; flat but flavourful. It does not display one type of emotion - I regard it as a mirror that reflects the listener's emotions. 

I must confess, I did not anticipate the lyrics of Gold to harmonize so well with my own romantic values but when I noticed that, it was very comforting and I was very glad. Mates, if Chet Faker feels the way I do, my romantic vision must be beautiful, and that is not the halo effect but a statement of truth. 

If I were to talk about Gold, I have to mention its golden music video. I have no idea what that video is trying to say - three skaters, all girls, dressed in casual/hippie clothing, skating on a highway with slight variations in skating patterns in the dark, the only lighting of which was, seemingly, car lights. It is, however, worth mentioning that when I was travelling solo in Ireland on the night bus, staring into the endless nights with an unexplainable feel of liberation, the skaters were all that was in my head. Because of that, I like the video a lot.

Music is a powerful vehicle. One of its powers is capturing a place and the emotions associated with the place perfectly, and whenever you put on that music it immediately brings you back to the place. In my case, nostalgic best describes my feelings when Chet Faker comes on my phone now. It can repeatedly remind me of my Edinburgh self and my Edinburgh life (and all the people that were in that life), which I love. 

It is such a well-made song. Folks, you're welcome.