NTU photo album

gradphotoalbum

I recently selected 40 photos to be developed that best represented my time in NTU. It has been a wonderful 4 years in NTU and I felt that it would be good to search for photos, either from my own collection or through my Facebook photo gallery that would reflect my wonderful time there. As I searched, it came down to 40 photos spanning a period of 4 years.

I bought a photo album, those sticky kinds where you lift up the plastic flap, and then you place the photo and place that flap over it, making it look like it has been laminated into the album. I bought the album that would just fit 40 photos nicely.

I chose those photos, often group shots of my classmates and friends. People who matter a lot to me. People who made a difference in my life in so many different ways, big and small. They are all there, in that photo album. To be remembered always in the years to come. Never forgotten. For they are the ones that mean a lot to me.

I arranged those photos loosely on chronological order, starting with the earliest photos taken while in NTU on the first page, and right up to the graduation photos towards the end. The end result; a story told from my perspective. A story of my life told through pictures with my friends and the events that highlighted the best moments of my life. 40 photos is not enough to tell a comprehensive story, but it is enough to highlight the good moments I experienced in life while in school.  I have tons of pictures, but I had to distil it to just 40. And I think it was a great project to do, now that I have graduated. My friends won’t know that I created such an album. But it doesn’t matter if they know it or not. What matters is that they matter a lot to me. And remembering them is one way to pay tribute to the friendships I have forged with them.

Some of the events covered were my friends’ birthdays, my birthday, sending my friends off at the airport while they went on exchange, freshman orientation camps, various school events my committee organised and participated, graduation, outings and more.

The picture you see above is a snapshot of the final page in the album, commemorating the graduation event.

This is truly a precious piece of treasure that I have created.

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Utada Hikaru’s latest album: This is the One

Utada’s latest, entirely english album, (her third attempt in breaking into the western market) has finally been released in Japan, and will be released in the US in May. I managed to sample her album before buying it and i must say its a great improvement from her previous all-english album. Its much more mature and more contemporary and it really sets a new milestone in her career that she do have the potential to break new grounds in the western market. The downside for me its the lyrics composition. I dunno but i feel that it can be improved alot more. Though the songs are catchy, but it feel that it doesnt really connect with the listeners, when it comes to how she composes her songs lyrically, especially if she is trying to connect to the english audiences. The album manages to debut at no 3 on the Oricon charts on its first week of release, quite a dissapoint really given the fact this would be her first album (excluding the previous english album release) to NOT top the charts on the week of release. But then again, you can really blame the quality of the tracks, perhaps its more difficult to market an all-english album to the Japanese market.  Perhaps they are waiting to see if it is really good to make their perchase. Also mind you that the charts only track physical album sales and not digital sales like from Itunes, which in the past have dominated the charts from within, from the recent singles that she has released so far.

So will she be able to dominate the airwaves in the States, only time will tell. But i feel that it would be an uphill task. Her biggest assets would be her roots, and maybe, just maybe a fresh face and voice would give her the break she needs. 

 

Her new album features 10 all-new tracks including 2 remixes.

1.“On and On”  

2.“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – FYI” (Samples Ryuichi Sakamoto song with the same name.)

3.”Apple and Cinnamon”  

4.”Taking My Money Back” 

5.”This One (Crying Like a Child)”  

6.”Automatic Part II”  

7.”Dirty Desire”  

8.”Poppin'”  

9.”Come Back to Me”  

10.”Me Muero”  

Click on the above links to sample the songs.

Come Back to Me, By Utada Hikaru

Okay, let me just scream like a girl for a sec. AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! Its almost here! Utada Hikaru’s latest album, AN ENGLISH ALBUM, due to release in March 2009.

You can listen to the single from the upcoming album entitled “Come Back to Me” by clicking on the picture below!

Super duper big fan of Utada Hikaru! I swear if she comes to singapore for a concert tour, I will definitely go to her concert no matter what the cost!

 

PRESS RELEASE:

UTADA TO UNVEIL NEW SINGLE “COME BACK TO ME”

 

(January 21 -New York, NY) In the small world of pop artists who write their own music enters the big voice of artist/songwriter Utada who is set to reveal her new single “Come Back to Me” this month.  Utada, already one of the world’s biggest recording artists, will release her new album on March 24, 2009 on The Island Def Jam Music Group. 
 
“Come Back to Me”, the soulful yet energetic ballad produced by the hitmaking team Stargate (Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Beyonce), will officially debut on pop radio on February 9th and will be available via iTunes. The sparkling, mid-tempo hit showcases the 26-year-old singer’s powerful husky-sweet vocals and natural effervescence, placing her indisputably into the landscape with major female artists like Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna and Mariah Carey. 
 
Utada’s forthcoming album is comprised of 10 self-penned songs recorded with top producers Stargate and Tricky (Britney Spears, Madonna, Mariah Carey). Recording took place in New York, Atlanta and Tokyo.
 
On creating the album Utada comments, “I like to make music that’s mutli-layered. You might just want to dance, without really diving into the lyrics. And then if you like words, you might notice the references I make to Captain Picard or Winona Ryder. Both things are equally important to me—to be catchy, so when you hear it on the radio it sticks out, and to have that depth. ”
 
Producer Stargate comments, “Working with Utada was great. She walks in, has confidence about her, integrity, and a voice that you can’t believe. We were really blown away.” 
  
Born and raised in Manhattan and educated at Columbia University, Hikaru Utada had strong ties to Japan as her father, Utada Teruzane, was an accomplished musician and producer and her mother, Keiko Fuji, was a successful Japanese enka (ballad) singer. With such a musically prolific family, Utada would reside between New York City and Tokyo and the recording studio literally became her second home. By age 11, Utada had written and recorded her first song. By the time she graduated from junior high school, the bi-lingual singer had signed onto a major record label EMI and released her first Japanese album.  With a number of album and single releases over the last ten years in Japan, the young star has become one of the most successful and acclaimed pop singers in Japanese music history with record sales of over 52 million.      
 
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