Friday, February 28, 2014

La La La - Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith (A short cover by KAZ and Yasmin) (+...

Our first cover of 2014!  :)  I know, it may not seem like the kind of song we would cover, but giving it an acoustic twist was superbly fun.   La La La set the bar pretty high. with its sarcastic and honest lyrics, main reason why we loved it haha and let's face it, the melody's addictive!  lol so anyway, here's La La La for you guys from us, enjoy! :D

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Winged Words

Should you allow anything at all,
To shadow you along this wanderer's call,
Let it be a flock of winged words,
That plagues you deep within your soul

That sings an intricate belief through every vein,
That beats for significance in every decay,
Of a dire purpose to never give up,
But to soldier on for a better day

For this journey you're on may deafened you,
Like knives it'll constantly blind you and bruise you,
Yet even if it drains your blood and exhausts you,
Let these words haunt, 
Let them guide you

Let these words hum within your every bone,
You'll hear them so often,
That you'll understand the depth of each note,
Of that one dire purpose that you'll forever hold,
That one dire purpose to soldier on,
And soldier on you shall, love,
Until your heart reaches home :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Severity - An original composition by Yasmin (Guitar/Oboe/Strings) :)

So I haven't been playing the piano for quite awhile.  And the moment I did today, this came and I thought it sounded brilliant.  This definitely allowed me to express my deep thoughts with whats been happening around us lately.  I managed to add new sounds to it too, and all was possible with my Clavinova 501 (Yamaha).  Enjoy and have a great weekend ahead! :)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fundamental Economic Problem

I never knew the word "Economy" held such a definition.  Not until my best buddy revealed to me last night, and left my mind swarmed with new thoughts and perspectives. 

Economy was defined by her as "limited resources to fulfill our unlimited wants".  Makes sense.  I mean, think about it.  When does the word "Economy" really matter to you in real life?  It starts being beneficial to me whenever Im looking at commercial packages, say buying flight tickes, or meal sets.  I'd always go for the economical ones  simply because they're within my means  aka cheaper.  It may not be a "dream come true", but with what I have, its an 'enough' offer to go with.

I did a bit of reading when I got home, and discovered the contrary.  What she said was not portrayed as the definition of economy in the first many articles that I read.  It was, instead, labelled as one fundamental economic PROBLEM.  How do we satisfy our unlimited wants with limited resources?

This so called 'Fundamental-Economic-Problem', when you really look at it, don't it feel like its really hitting close to home?  Ain't it like our everyday problem as well?  Think about it.  Everyday, we want things.  Many things.  Unlimited things.  I want to travel the world, I wanna own a super bike  I wanna make a huge donation, I want this and that.  The list goes on and on and on, and would only lead to the frustration of realising that we can't have them coz we don't have what it needs to have them.  We are made to see that we have limited resources by heightening what we do not have.  In this case, money.  And here's where the 'If only'-s would arise.  If only I have more money, If only I'm rich, If only I have everything in this whole wide world hahaha.  Indeed a blissful journey of thoughts to go thru, huh? :P

But really, are we of limited resources?  I believe we are not.  As a matter of fact, we are abundant with resources.  I know this really well because my provider, Allah has provided me with abundant of resources.  Allah has provided us with abundant of resources.  If you're asking for signs and proof, I say you're one ignorant fool.  Look around.  Don't we already have it all?  Had He not given us access to everything that we possibly want?  

You want to travel and see the world?  He has granted us the knowledge to allow that to happen.  He made this world to work in such a way that cars, boats, planes, online bookings are possible.  He has granted us many ways to earn in order to make our dreams real.  And the biggest miracle you can imagine in this particular situation, He has made THE DESTINATION to travel to.  MasyaAllah.  What else can we possibly ask for?

You want a big mansion to live in, with a pool and an elevator.  Can it be yours?  Yes.  Allah has provided us ways to have them.  Allah has provided us the knowledge to create them.  And with His will, these things are allowed to exist in this world.  MasyaAllah, has He not lay everything out for us already?

What Im trying to say here is that 'Limited Resources' is never the problem.  The problem is us.  Us

1.  Not understanding what we want
2.  Not realising what we have
3.  Not Utilising what we have to the fullest

These unlimited wants that we have, why do we want them?  Simply because we think these things would make us happy.  But if u were to analyze them deeper, would the things that you want really make you happy?  Spring clean your wants by this rule, and trust me, ull be left with a tenth of what you had to start with.

People today tend to associate richness with money.  A materialistic world we live in now, they'd always say.  Oh and how we craaaaveee to be rich, dont we?  But what we do not realise is that we are already rich.  All of us.  Think about it, what would be the most valuable asset that you have in your life?  Is it your superbike?  Your mansion?  Your iphones?  Your money?  No.  Your most valuable asset in your life, IS you life.  And its yours!  Stop being blinded by the things that you do not have, and realise what is in your hands.  Realise that what you have is already a strong foundation.  It is already everything that you need.  All thats left to do is to put effort, and without you knowing it, you'll have a skyscraper   Allah has given this opportunity for you.  You grab it.

And my point above brings us to no. 3.  Utilising what we have.  Considering life is the most valuable thing that you have, then use it to the fullest.  Use your life to create a distict mark that only you can do.  A mark that when others look at it, they'll know it was you and they appreciate having it there.  Use your life to create an impact that would benefit the whole world.  Not because you have to, not because you must.  But simply because you can.  Simply because, thats what it really means to live a rich life.  

So the whole Fundamental-Economic-Problem is merely a perspective   Its more of a fundamental-humane-problem really, that can be solved by better thinking.  They say, you should want within your means.  I couldn't agree more coz, now that you realise your means are unlimited, whatever you want, is and will always be possible to achieve.  It just takes a bit of ourselves to make it happen, simply because we can.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Rihanna's Stay - A Cover by Asyraf and I :)

Thanx to The Voice for accompanying most of my afternoons lately, we were recently inspired to do another cover! And this time, its of Rihanna's latest single, 'Stay'. As always, im grateful to haf gotten this opportunity to accompany my boy, Asyraf's singing. Wouldnt wanna be doing covers w anybody else hee. We enjoyed doing it, and hope that u people out there will enjoy listening to it too :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As Long As You Love Me - Voice Cover by Khairul Asyraf/ Piano Cover by Yasmin

Gotto admit, the beat to the recent Bieber song is quite catchy.  
And so, Khairul Asyraf and I decided to give it a lil' twist and made a cover of our own.  
There's a timing slip in the middle, but oh well haha.. Enjoy! :)

We're Made to Float in Deep Waters

It was during that one swimming session I had in Winter,
when the chills that ran down my spine were not caused by the icy waters,
but by the words that came from the mouth of the instructor,
telling me to swim in the deep end of 12 meters.

From the shallow end i could see it glaring in the darkest blue,
Staring back at me like it'll devour me,
that it churned my bladder to pee,
I could hear my heart screaming for the loo.

Like horror movies these thoughts were playing at the back of my mind
The thought of me sinking,
the thought of bitter chlorinated water flooding my fragile lungs,
like The Niagara hitting a lost boat with no mercy of any kind.

Worried, scared, nervous, you name it,
troubled, distracted, demotivated, exhausted,
You name it and i'd experienced it.
I'd experienced it all,
and even before i began,
i've already felt the downfall.
Fearing it like it was to really happen,
Fearing it like doomnation was what's destined.

From the shallow end i could see my nightmares waiting for me straight ahead,
So I panicked and search for comfort and at that time the coach instructor was the only one i had.
I told him, "Sir, Sir, I'm worried and scared.
What if everything turns really really bad?"

My coach chuckled, smiled, and grip my shoulders,
With his italian accent he spoke of words that matter,
It felt like I was Michael Corleone and he was the Godfather.

He said,"Dyaasemin, 
we humans were created to float in deep waters.
All you gotto to do is relax and stay focus.
It may be 12 meters under, but there's a gazzilion meters more of air above us.
And it dont matter if you're in a depth of 4 or 12 meters,
the surface is always of the same level and thats the level you'll be swimming,
coz we're created to float in deep waters."

What he said was all a blabber,
A confused 11 year old child i became,
my worries worsened.
But what stuck was that we'll float in deep waters,
So i pushed off from the banks of the pool
and trusted his words for i have options of no other.

I swam like nobody's business,
My mind wanted to play scenes of great white sharks,
Ghouls and ghosts of the sea,
But sir told me to focus,
and so i sentenced them thoughts in exile,
and focused on whats happening.

1, 2, breathe..
1, 2, breathe..
I kept telling myself to 1, 2, breathe..
1, 2, the bluish colour of the water is so pretty, breathe,
1, 2, i'm a beautiful mermaid, breathe,
1, 2, uu i can see my shadow on the pool floor, following me, breathe.

And before you know it, I was actually having fun, breathe.
And before you know it, I've reached to the other end, breathe.
At the age of 11 was when all this happened,
and it took 12 years after to realise the greater meaning of this whole incident.

We are often scared of the deep waters,
of Great White overdued bills sharking our eyeballs in bold red ink,
of intimidating expectations haunting our dreams and free will,
of nasty snapping alligators that could snap our limbs in the name of betrayal and lies,
of this thing we call love, that may seem everything lovely in our eyes,
but once shattered would create shards as sharp as the teeth of pirahnas,
tearing our hearts into unmended pieces of a vendetta.

We are often scared of the deep waters,
worried by the what ifs,
distracted by pain and anger,
that we tie these burden on to our ankles,
And so we submerge ourselves into torturing depths,
with our arms waving hard above our heads,
waving to reach for the surface,
the light above would only seem like a tiny dot of unpromised hope,
that it haunts us with thoughts of merry-ness and a comforting home.
And with the last bit of air we have left in our lungs,
our unfocused mind choose to panic and rant,
trying to understand this animosity and excruciating pant,
thinking that that would help when it wouldn't,
we're too focused on the motion of submerging,
too focused on sinking,
that we forget.

We forget that God has prepared us with everything that we need,
We forget that we're made to float in deep waters,
and all we have to do is relax and focus.
Keep counting the steps to the top,
appreciating what each level would offer,
coz trust me it'll make your heart hop.
Hop with joy and gratefulness,
that without you knowing it, you've breach the tip of the surface.
And thats when you break free with a wide smile on your face,
taking your breath of fresh air like it was your first.
And if it wasn't for these deep waters,
this sudden joy we feel will never be ours.
So be patient when you're going thru it.
For at the end of the day,
we know we're made to float in deep waters,

and together,
we will float in deep waters.