Sunday, November 25, 2007

we didn't start the fire...

... watz wrong wif de current administratn?

... r dey retard'd or wat? stifling de peepz voice only risk fanning more tensions. If dey can promise a peaceful rally; let those who want to rally rally.

... btw, all diz mobilization of police 2 do de government'z whimz n fancies iz a waste of resourcez. Crime rate iz on de rise; we cud use these resourcez properly to counter rise in crime rate instead of silencing criticz n opposition.

... so who started all diz fire? de current administratn did! Not de people...

>> back in Kuantan finally... n still glued 2 al jazeera

>> signed up 4 sum cash cowz 2day

Saturday, November 24, 2007

bye bye Johnny, we will not miss u!

A wave of change mayB? I hope itz a 1st in a series of change... John Howard concedez defeat in de recent Ozzie pollz. Not only iz hiz party losing de majority, bad Johnny iz also losing his parliamentary seat...

Shame on u Johnny... 4 bein' 1 of thoz who were turnin' diz world in2 a more dangerous place 2 live in. Lookz like Ozzie's r embracing change...

I wonder when we Malaysianz can c a change like dat. Well, @ de moment I'm in de BB area... watching live footage on Al Jazeera... n apparently, there'z gonna be a rally 2moro dat de government iz calling illegal! Saw roadblockz on de way 2 KL n I think itz gonna b messy again; like it waz a few weekz back.

I still maintain... I abhor BN! n I eva felt dat way when Dr. M waz in power...

freedom 4 all Malaysianz! freedom of religion; freedom of speech n freedom of expression!


... from Starbuckz KL Plaza

Sunday, September 16, 2007

str8 linez

u know, when i luv a certain song... dat particular 1 getz repit'd in me mp3, in da car playa, n basically evrywhere i go... n 2 make mattrz worst i think i luv youtube mo' than sex!!! lol

Here goez, my current can't-get-u-outta-my-head song:



well... hav gone bak 2 da gym; n start'd eatin' healthy. Talkin about eatin... today iz anotha 1zt 4 me; 1zt time i bought fresh fish n clean'd n steam'd it myself... was yummy... had juicy pomfret all 2 myself. Oh! n I quit those fags... itz been like 72 hourz n countin'... hallelujah!

will b makin' me way 2 kl thiz weekend. itz been 2 long since me seen me frenz... miss 'em tons... there's Big Momma, Styrofoam Gal, Pregnant Mama, Humongouz BDay Momma... can't wait till i hit da city n walkin in str8 linez...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

here... hav a peace of ma mind!

Ok... me feelin' much liberat'd. I guezz da buzy period iz ova n me choze 2 drop 3 peeps of da whole rel8nship thingz.

Did I tell ya me India trip confirm'd? Yea, it waz... datez fix'd @ Feb 3 till Feb 15 2008; leavin' b4 da CNY and comin' back after de festivitiez r ova. 1zt time in me life me missin' da CNY celebs but dis year me feelin' proud 'bout it. Gotta thnx me fren Thevagi 2 4 joinin' me. Will now hav 2 embark on mo' rezearch.

Anyway, here'z anotha issuez; PEACE ONE DAY! envizion'd by Britizh film-maker Jeremy Gilley. Afta yearz of hard work n peserveranze, on Sep. 7 2001 da UN General Assembly pazzed rezolutn A/Res/55/282 declarin' Sep. 21 of every year PEACE DAY. Da rezolut'n was unanimouzly adopt'd by all UN member statez where on dis UN International Day of Peace, PEACE DAY, itz a day of global ceazefire n non-violenze... Da world iz so fuck'd up rite now... all we need iz peace; but eazier said than done. Still thiz iz a gud start. Plz watch da vid b-low. Decide wat u gonna do on PEACE DAY... n do it! U do not need 2 fork out no money... juz decide wat u gonna do 4 peace in ur own way n do it on PEACE DAY.



Pleaze send a msg 2 all ur frenz n tell 'em of PEACE DAY. Letz all do sumthin' frm our own lil' corner n mayb 1 day... juz 1 day, we will really have PEACE ONE DAY!




PEACE DAY 2007

21 SEPTEMBER 2007









What will u do 2 make peace?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Let'z play Twista!

Watchin' da interview wif Malaysian Foreign Minister by BBC's Sarah Montague... I only hav dis 2 say... n it might sound a lil' immature n childish but here goez:

YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK!
(imitating Boston Legal'z Jerry Aspenson)

He waz twistin' hiz wordz around when freedom of religion waz brought up... da freedom 2 practice a particular religion iz no different from da freedom 2 convert between religions. N wat they r subjectin' Revathi Masoosai 2 is INHUMAN! [eeeek] wrong answerz! Dude!

Ooh... I uzed 2 hav a very hi regard 4 dis man... but watchin' da interview last nite, evry gud thot I hav of Syed Hamid Albar (which I now proclaim shit dammit albar) haz gone down the smelly sewerz where he n his cahootz belong!

Once again,
YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK!
(imitating Boston Legal'z Jerry Aspenson)

1 more point deduct'd from da Abdullah'z team!

... get da picture? 'nuff said!

Note: The clip is now uploaded on BBC's portal (information courtesy of Jeff Ooi) n here'z da link:

HARDTalk: Sarah Montague interviews Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar (2007)
(u need Real Player 2 watch thiz)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Dark Road

Been awhile since I blabbered. Work strezz waz tremendous 4 da past few weekz; at timez unbearable... thankfully at da end of it all, me still breathin'. Overwork'd n feelin' underpaid. We been havin' a string of auditz which I felt was very unnecessary.

A lot haz happen'd ova de pazt few weekz n thingz hav been progressin' 2 fast I can hardly take count. I also finally decid'd to end both de beautiful liar n ugly betty. It'z sumthin' I dun need in me life rite now. 2 much drama n 2 little time. Me iz happy where me iz n me dun think me wanna change thingz anytime soon.

OMG... me fav singer of all time haz releazed her new single "Dark Road" from her soon to-be-releazed new album "Songs of Mass Destruction" due Oct 1, 2007. The 1zt single itself iz impeccably beautiful n perfect. Annie Lennox may hav been absent 4 quite sum time, but she ain't lozt any o' her charm, beauty n dat impeccable haunting voice. Me anticipating the rezt of de album.

In da mean time, here's da vidz 2 "Dark Road"; enjoy!






De title 4 thiz episode makez refernze 2 de beautiful 1zt single by Annie Lennox from her new album "Songs of Mass Destruction"... way 2 go Annie!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Proud

It is now August... that time of the month again when sights of flags are abound.

Let me take this chance to proclaim to be a proud Malaysian but who is NOT proud of certain things this country stands for.

I would like to remind anyone reading this blog, this is my own personal opinion and is not intended to touch on sensitive issues.

Human rights violations. Most evidently with reference to Revathi Massosai. I won't go into the details but allow this Tubey to explain.



Clearly, the Courts concerned and the people detaining her were inhumane. Such treatment of a human life can never be justified; especially NOT in the name of religion.

I'm thankful for what I have but at the same time I sympathize with people like Revathi and Lina. This is no triumph for anyone... it is a loss for all!

My only question to the government: Is this humane?

Then there's the hurling of all sorts of accusations at Namewee for the "supposed" insult to the national anthem... Anyone should have the right to interpret it in their very own way. He did after all proclaim his love for his country at the very start of the rap, didn't he? He was however voicing out real issues; issues that will embarrass the ruling government.



Now take a look at this... some broken English here and there no doubt but it is a fact. Although, I didn't understand what the last part was shouting about, it sounded profane; so please ignore that.

fact (fkt)
n.
1. Knowledge or information based on real occurrences: an account based on fact; a blur of fact and fancy.
2.
a. Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed.
b. A real occurrence; an event.
c. Something believed to be true or real.



Negaraku was indeed a remake of Terang Bulan which was itself adapted from Mamula Moon. So what right does anyone have to accuse Namewee of insulting the national anthem? Besides, [READ MY LIPS] his remake is NOT Malaysia's national anthem... so I do not understand what the fuss is all about?

Then there's the accusation made by the politician with two Muhamads (who by the way, isn't even a fraction as pious as the prophet himself) that Raja Petra Kamarudin was seditious and insulted the King. And the accusation was but a mere accusation; I did not see anything wrong with what RPK had voiced out at all. Anyway, these are links for your reading pleasure... once again, I'm no author of these!

See you in hell Muhamad son of Muhamad

Link to NO HOLDS BARRED by Raja Petra Kamarudin



Having said all this, I wonder if there will ever be a day when opinionated bloggers like us get gagged. I'm afraid the possibility seems very surreal.

I have so far voted in the general elections twice. I was a staunch supporter of the ruling party when I first voted. However, I gave my parliamentary vote to the opposition and the state vote to the ruling party in my second time voting. Not anymore; this time both my votes will go to the opposition... whoever that may be! That is how frustrated I am with the current administration.

Once again, before anyone comes knocking on my door with a court order, let me proclaim my loyalty to my country and King... but NEVA will I be loyal to a government full of bullshit politicians that pursue their own interest under the pretext of doing it for the people.




The title for this blog makes reference to Heather Small's song of the same title.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Between a Beautiful Liar and Ugly Betty

This may sound a little nutty but allow me to indulge in a little jibber-jabber.

Sum times, eye like two bee a lee twirl crib tick. Dare whirl times inn the pass wear eye stood add the junk shin... Aunt Sure. It was all waste a bout Gene. Eye was in deed in fat chew wait third with Gene. Eye must add meet, we are comp pat tee bell but dare was all waste sum think not write. Miss tree all waste Sir Round Dirt tat purse sen. Eye never fount ant knee think truth full about ant knee think tat was sad be twin us. Eye hat fee links end a parent Lee the same was felt on Theodore part tee. Yet went thinks hap burn, it all waste seam that eye was Claire Pink want hen. End now eye fill that dare reel Lee is sum think more then meats the I. Dare will all waste bee sum way eye could ass is after May King out... makes me one the if eye amp bee ink tree third ass jest a pond in the skimp of thinks.

Den a fill weak a go, eye met bet tee. Bet tee was ant two sea as tick a bout the hole reel late shin sheep think waive me. Eye heft sub jet third bet tee to a lock of non sens end yacht like a liege sheik longs too heft a few chair waive me. Frank Lee spic kink, eye amp Aunt Abelle to devil lobe sarge fee links tat bet tee hopped eye wood heft 4 here. Sheik is one the full butt tat is one trash sure eye amp nod shear eye can a priest she ate. Fort ones, eat maid milk fill like a cow art, curse eye good nod fine the hard two reed jet here. Tats mind deal lamp mar.

Eve yule good fee girl out all tat out... good on yule! Otherwise, just let be...

Shark kill Ra, Shark kill Ra; Beyond say, beyond say... lol! Have a nice day!




Monday, July 02, 2007

Orange...

Please watch these videos. These are facts! NOT fiction... and the Americans are still wondering why the rest of the World hates them so much... sigh!

Part 1:


Part 2:


Part 3:





A really sad but simple truth...

Monday, June 18, 2007

A tale of two Kylies

On the left, Kylie Kwong; on the right, Kylie Minogue



Ahhhhh.... It's been awhile since I last subject my readers to some of my sensible nonsense. A lot of events had transcended over the past week. A few of those are work-related in which some are the most shitty news I have heard in years... and I still abhor Bush (at least that part hasn't changed)

Well, for me personally tho'... I may have something good coming my way as I've been told I might just land myself into a role that requires more traveling. Now that's actually what I've been looking forward to... well, we'll have to see how it goes in the coming weeks... something exciting is in the air... I can already smell it (there must be a Famous Amos nearby)... and I still abhor Bush (that part hasn't changed)

I have been quite glued to 'Travel and Living' lately and on the top of my list is Globe Trekker. I love watching Ian Wright, Megan McCormick, Zay Harding, Justine Shapiro & co. and their antics. Ooo Zay's got nice pecs and he ain't afraid to show 'em off. On my list of 'must watch' include 'Come Dine With Me', 'Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown', 'Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations' and 'World Cafe: Asia with host Bobby Chinn".

I have noticed an advert for quite awhile now of a new show titled "Kylie Kwong: Simply Magic". My gut was telling me it was a stoooopid show. But I decided to give it a chance. And on the day I chose to give this show a chance, Kylie decided to whip out one of her specialty dishes "soy sauce eggs". I just couldn't believe my eyes! I mean I could even boil hard-boiled egg in soy sauce and it would come out much more delicious than hers!!! What a disappointment! Stoooopid show... seriously!

No more Kylie Kwong for me..... coz' that's no magic at all. Between the two Kylies, I'd still stick to the one with the last name Minogue, who clearly does more magic to me than Kwong ever will. Geez! ... and I still abhor Bush (I'm sure that's never gonna change).

Kwong or Minogue... take your pick!





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Sunday, June 10, 2007

How Bizarre!

I just read a news article on Yahoo! and felt compelled to ramble again. I wanted to puke... big time.It was bizarrely entitled "Rice: History will rate Bush well"... seriously! At least I will remember George Bush as the ass-hole from hell and he rates as a modern deceptive dictator that is even worse than Hitler ever was! Even Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are more human than Bush could ever be.

LINK: Yahoo! News Report entitled "Rice: History will rate Bush well"

Anyway, here is story in case the page gets removed:

" NEW YORK - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says history will remember President Bush's foreign policy favorably despite current troubles in Iraq, Iran, North Korea and the Middle East.

"History's judgment is rarely the same as today's headlines," she said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Rice said she believed the world was more dangerous before Bush took office in January 2001 than it is now.

"Six years ago ... it wasn't a very nice world. Al-Qaida was preparing to attack the twin towers, Pakistan was allied with the Taliban, Afghanistan was the base from where al-Qaida was going to operate, the Israelis and Palestinians had given up," she said.

"The Palestinians had walked away from a chance for a Palestinian state, launched the second intifada; (Israel) elected Ariel Sharon who basically said there will never be a Palestinian state and there will be a greater Israel; the North Koreans were cheating on a deal that they had just signed; China and others were indifferent; Iran was cheating on the IAEA out of sight and Saddam Hussein was shooting at our pilots in the no-fly zone and making a mockery of the oil-for-food program and corruption was running rampant in that program."

"That was the world. A worse world? I think so."

"I think that what this president has done is ... to set up the long struggle that we are going to have to resolve particularly the problem of the growth of extremism in the Middle East, which was clearly there underneath the surface and exploded on Sept. 11."

Asked how long it would take for the Bush administration's initiatives to succeed, Rice counseled patience.

"I think there is a lot of progress," she said. "Now, will we see the end of all this? Maybe not. But when you are confronted with a fundamentally changed strategic set of circumstances, you can try to put Band-Aids on it, or you can say we are going to have to deal with the root problems here and it may take a long time."

"It may take successive administrations to succeed. But we know what you have to put in place so that successive administrations can succeed. And you don't get there by covering up the problems or trying to find a temporary solution to them that isn't worth the paper it's written on."

"I think that you will see that we are now at the beginning of a historic transformation and some of them may still work out on our watch and some of them may not," she said of today's problems.
"



Seriously... that would be the joke of the century!

Rice in denial...


If you are reading this, I would recommend that u get ur hands on Michael Winterbottom's "The Road To Guantanamo" and watch it. It will provide you some insights about the whole Guantanamo camp and the cruelty of the Bush regime... some champion for freedom he is! hah!

If ur interested and can't find it, I would be happy to duplicate my copy for you for free. You only foot the cost of DVD and shipping.





The title "How Bizarre" was a breakthrough hit in the US for New Zealand group OMC (short for Otara Millionaires Club) in 1997 where it peaked at no. 4 in the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. That catchy little ditty was from their album of the same title.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Minutes to midnight, it won't be soon before long

On high rotation in my mp3 player is this 2 albums that I recently downloaded; Linkin Park's "Minutes To Midnight" (MTM) and Maroon5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long".

I have been a huge fan of Linkin Park ever since their inception into the music scene. "Hybrid Theory" and "Meteora" are a work of art. Even though I do not consider MTM to be LP's best effort so far, it has reinforced LP as my favourite band. Among the changes that I noticed was the use of profanity that was absent in their previous efforts; a few F-bombs dropped here and there. Also, they were experimenting on ballads and the politically motivated song "Hands Held High" stands out prominently as my favourite. My favourite tracks are "Given Up", "Bleed It Out", "What I've Done", "Hands Held High" and "No More Sorrows". Contrary to my usual practice of downloading, I am determined to get my hands on a piece of the original MTM CD... in fact, I'll be purchasing the CD/DVD Super Fan Edition available on the internet. No use buying Malaysian Edition which is usually watered down, censored and of low quality.

Here's a quote made by Mike Shinoda which I obtained from Wikipedia. This is the type of attitude I like:

On May 4, 2007, 11 days before its official world release, the real Minutes to Midnight was leaked. The following day, Mike Shinoda posted his response to the leak:

It couldn't be more exciting to give you all new music, especially after all the hard work we put into it. This album was almost a year and a half of experiments, mistakes, inspiration, and careful craftsmanship. We put everything we had into these songs, and want you to hear every second of it. I can't wait for you to absorb all the levels of meaning in the songs, and the layers of music, eventually forming your own ideas about what the songs mean to you. At the same time, a leak leaves out some very important parts of this piece of work. We put months of creative energy into the ART of the record, in the booklet, special edition, and big book … almost as long as it took to record hybrid theory [sic]. The album has amazing photos, lyrics, and notes about how the songs came together — it's the visual half of the record. On the other hand, the super-special-edition book is packed with exclusive images, stories of the making of the songs, gorgeous art, the CD and a DVD that tells the story, showing the actual moments of inspiration caught on camera. For me, it's almost hard to imagine anyone really experiencing this album without that part of it. Even the song sequence alone is very important. It's WAY different to hear the songs in a random order than to listen to this record from beginning to end. At the very least, if you've already downloaded the songs, do us a huge favor and listen to them in the right order … it'll be way more rewarding.
—Mike Shinoda

I love the fact that LP are now addressing current issues in their songs. The people of the World have been crying out loud; but these cries have fallen on deaf ears. It is refreshing to note that the players in the music industry are becoming more vocal about this issue; people like Bob Geldof, Bono of U2 and now LP joins the fray. The reality of it is that these messages will likely also fall on deaf ears as well. But what it does is increase awareness as music has a far more reaching effect than just one voice alone. So kudos to my favourite band LP!

On the other hand, Maroon5 deserves a mention for coming up with a catchy retro-influenced track like "Makes Me Wonder". Listening to that song every time makes me picture Blake Lewis singing the song instead of Adam Levine.

All hail to Linkin Park... P2P sharing rulez!


Friday, June 08, 2007

I Dream of 'India'

As my frens Styrofoam Gal and Big Momma already know, my body is already itching all over. I just need to start walking on foreign soil again to alleviate the itch. Can't wait till it happens! Big Momma and I are planning to be with 'true' Indians... so to say, lol!

Just imagine, me celebrating CNY with true 'Indians'... now that is one irony I'm looking forward to. Sorry peeps, I ain't gonna be around this CNY. My passion comes 1st... he he he!

Gonna run off to bed now to dream of standing in front of this colossal wonder and be humbled by its magnificence!














P/S: Before I forget, I'd also like to add that Styrofoam Girl has the potential to be Nigella Feast, tho the reality of it may seem quite distant at the moment. Still I loved her 'outcast muffins' and 'sometimes out-of-shape heart-shaped ginger bread cookies' ;P. Looking forward to more of those lil' wonders of urs gal!

Spotting a new look

It's been a year since I started blabbering and a change is due. While most of my dreams and goals in life remain unchanged, some aspects of it will undergo major reconstruction..... This is EVOLUTION.

I've also taken a pledge... a pledge for my own good as well as that for the rest of the World. My contribution may probably be small for now, but every small initiative goes a long long way.

My Pledge in "The Star" on 8-Jun-2007 as an effort to go green

At least I'm putting words into action... unlike G8 World leaders who make empty promises year after year.




WANTED MAN!... for being a global ASS-HOLE!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

New Love

What can I say? I was contemplating on this issue for quite some time now.

Then, wham! bam! I was smitten! I saw her yesterday and I simply couldn't get my eyes of her. I was fantisizing and drooling all over her perfect body. I had an urge to 'manhandle' her.

And I did something crazy thereafter. I know I ain't supposed to be polygamous... but I decided to commit myself to a mistress. Yes! U heard me right, I finally got me a mistress.

But this one is someone I could see myself being in love with for the rest of my life. Besides, she's not really high maintenance as my 1st wife is.

When she first entered the house, I set her down and wasted no time at all as I started caressing her perfect body. It felt so good...

I got up early this morning and decided to consummate our relationship for the first time.

I woke her up gently. Then proceeded to mount on her. We went faster and faster. A ride that was simply an out-of-this-world experience. Two hearts beating as one. Body to body fused in unison. I took her up and down and all around. We made sweet love... I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

It was unforgettable. I felt like a new man; rejuvenated; brought back to life; back from the Land of the Dead.

I've decided to make sweet love to her twice daily. Once in the morning and once in the evening. She will be with me everywhere I go (almost everywhere... he he he!)

This will be one of those days that you look back and feel grateful for.

It was fate that we met and I fell in love at first sight.

Her name is Nevada; and this is what she looks like:














Ain't she a beauty? ;)

Btw, if u didn't know who my 1st wife is... her name is Vios. I'm sure u've seen her somewhere before, haven't u?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness

This I think, will be my best blog ever. For the 1st time in my life, I can finally see my road paved and my journey mapped out. Not everyone can claim to have that.

Happiness mean different things in different eyes. To some, it means settling down, having a family or even being rich. For me, it's a myriad of events which I have determined to allow to take place in my life.

While some may think I've gone cuckoo, I think I'm more sane and than ever.

Here's how my life's plan is going to work:
  1. I'm gonna work hard to earn lots of money to fund everything I wanna do;
  2. I'm gonna travel a lot, experience a lot no matter what it takes;
  3. I'm gonna advocate promiscuity both ways (I'm human after-all!);
  4. I'm gonna do humanitarian work in Africa and Palestine;
  5. When I'm done and satisfied, I wanna to do the World's 1st Legal Ropeless Bungee. Alternately, if that cannot be legalized, I would pay to be murdered on the most beautiful place on Earth (coz I do not condone suicide);
  6. And I would will the different parts of my body to continue functioning in someone else's body, giving life to those who still have not lived their life to the fullest.
  7. My remaining wealth will be willed to the African people to help better their lives.
It would give my life a meaning. That will be my pursuit of happyness!






The Pursuit of Happyness is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 drama film based on the true story of Christopher Gardner, a family man struggling to make ends meet starring Will Smith as Chris Gardner and Smith's real-life son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith as Gardner's son Christopher. Chris complains about a sign outside the daycare center misspelling "happiness" as "happyness", hence the spelling of the film title.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

?

I wanted to say something about the just concluded American Idol for about a week now... somehow couldn't. I'm still reeling in from the shock of my Doolittle's unexpected departure.

Melinda Doolittle; and she will do a lot more after this!

America got it so very wrong this time... and they got it wrong again by making Sparks the winner!

American Idol 6 winner, Jordin Sparks... lackluster! Will her sparks just fade away like the rest? Only time will tell!

Maybe claims that this reality show is "jumping the shark" may just well be true.

Not saying that Jordin's not a good singer... but Melinda is better and if not, at least Blake's got originality. Well I'm sure Melinda and Blake will outshine Jordin in the long run after all this has simmered down. With the exception of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, all other previous winners simply disappeared into oblivion or became overshadowed by their respective runners-up. See Daughtry rocking the charts while Hicks is probably hiccuping in Never-Never-Land OR Aiken molding a very successful career instead of Studdard chomping down more than he thinks he can chew! lol!

Oh well... just for the record, if ain't obvious, between Jordin and Blake, I was rooting for the latter! I'm so in love with Blake & his beatboxing... Jordin couldn't give me no sparks the way Melinda or Blake did.

Blake Lewis: Runner-up, and a future shining upon him... he's HOT! You feel the heat?


Simon, I think this time you are wrong! It's not a singing competition, this is a popularity competition. Otherwise, this wouldn't have happened! Geez!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Smile!

Well I just got back from backpacking not too long ago. Have been busy like hell since then. And my travelogue is progressing quite slowly due to lack of time. Wouldn't it be nice if we had 100 hours in a day? Man, I could do so many things and have enough sleep!

Anyway, you can check it out when its ready in 2 weeks. Meanwhile, here's one of the pictures I took while I was on the trip. As u can see, I'm smiling all over!



There are 3 reasons why I'm smiling:

1) I'm feeling on top of the world;
2) I'm about to take the greatest plunge of my life; and
3) I'll let u try to figure this last reason out by yourself! lol!

My travelogue will be entitled:
  • Hanson's 3 Aspects of China


  • Enjoy it!

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    Idol Gives Back


    Tonight's edition of American Idol, a.k.a. Idol Gives Back was seriously cool. For the first time apparently, people who have lots realized there are millions who have not.

    Still, I'm skeptical about all the hype surrounding the campaign. While the idea of charity and everyone helping out is chivalrous and commendable, one wonders how the money collected would really be distributed to the millions who really need it the most. At this point, we should be wary coz more frequent than never we hear that a large portion of the proceeds usually get misdirected. Hopefully, this one DOESN'T get misdirected to George Bush's war-funds. Well at least some good does result from this show.... more awareness that there are millions who are not as fortunate as we are.

    The performances were fabulous except for Lakisha's. I used to say that Lakisha has got a big voice and could well be in the Top 3. But based on her performance tonight, I would have booted her off... she has vocal prowess, no doubt. But her performance seems to be deteriorating show after show. Another point proven; she ain't as good as Fantasia was. Her rendition of "I Believe" was unbelievably horrendous; it was all over the place.

    Jordin Sparks really lit a fire on my 'bulu roma' tonight. What a brilliant performance that was singing Jerry Lewis' You'll Never Walk Alone. As Simon put it last week, he thought she could win American Idol. She could... and she's good... but that's not gonna happen. I love Jordin's singing BUT:

    THIS IS THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL:

    ... Melinda has been very consistently impressive. Altho, Jordin stole tonight's show, Melinda still holds the "Resident Pro" title. After all, Melinda Doolittle can "DO LOTS", and what she's shown us so far is probably just the tip of the iceberg.


    Tomorrow... the results and I can't wait for it; coz two of my favourite singers are slated to appear... Bono & Annie Lennox.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    Go Your Own Way

    If you have been listening to Mix fm, recently there was this advert in support of the detractors of "illegal downloading".

    I mean excuse me! Ever since when did downloading became illegal. By the way, 'downloading' is also NOT the correct term to use. We should aptly call it 'peer-to-peer sharing'. It's not like we stole from someone or anything.

    If I buy something, a CD for example... dun I got the right to share it with my frens, vice-versa? That is my perogative. Even if I share with people all over the World, it is not the recording industry's OR anyone else's GOD-damned business.

    All you f**king P2P detractors, if u think u can threaten us with 'eventually no one is gonna record', let me tell we ain't that stupid. The recording business is still big business with or without P2P sharing. It's not like they do not earn enough from the music biz. We, the ordinary everyday people, are the ones who can hardly make ends meet... and u expect us to pay for all the celebrities' lavish dinners, expensive clothes... the whole high-class lifestyle? Guess again! News flash: Any singers, actors OR celebs who wish to quit... you may do so anytime! Why? Coz someone will always fill your shoes eventually... I can bet my head on that!

    I support P2P sharing... Sue me!




    The title of this rant is a reference to the hit song originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1977 from the album 'Rumours' and re-recorded by the female-trio Wilson Phillips in 2004 from the album 'California'.

    These Boots Are Made For Walking

    "...these boots are made for walking; that's just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you..."
    - Nancy Sinatra

    Well... I'm not exactly wearing boots; but yea, my travelling shoes are gonna start walking again. First to Macau, then by boat to Hong Kong; next take a train to Shenzhen; then a bus to Zhuhai... and finally catch my flight back from Macau. All in 8 days.

    Well, I know it's a lot to cover in 8 days. But I always believed you can never see everything. The most important thing about travel is experiencing the cultural difference. So far my travel to Vietnam has been my most memorable and favourite of all time.

    I love city hopping; and this trip is gonna be yet another eye opener. HK and Macau are essentially China but I bet they are different in a million and one aspects. That's what this chapter of my travel is about. Discovering diversity.

    I doubt this is gonna beat the experience of a lifetime in Vietnam but I'm game for anything now. Tallyho!

    Monday, April 02, 2007

    Post 9-11 Blues.... Brilliant!

    I was in love with Jay Sean a few years back but now I'm in love with another British Asian. His known to the music world as Riz MC but his real name is Rizwan Ahmed (a.k.a. Riz Ahmed).

    He acted in the brilliant Michael Winterbottom's movie titled "Road To Guantanamo" starring as Shafiq Rasul, one of the Tipton Three. It was a true story about three friends who were arrested, imprisoned and abused in the infamous Camp Delta in Guantanomo Bay runned by the capitalist nation of the US of A.

    He has also produced a very brilliant and satirical ditty about the current US administration which has been banned on MTV and British / US airplay. It was featured on Al Jazeera English's Listening Post recently. I thought it was impressively creative. So I've featured the full length vidoe on my blog including the lyrics, which I hope I got right.

    Thank u RIZ.... Love u a lot! Everybody else, enjoy the vid!





    Big shout to George and Ozama
    This is the Post 9-11 blues

    What can I do? I got the post 9-11 blues
    On the telly nothing but the post 9-11 news
    War, Iraq, suicide bombs
    Stop hogging the limelight and make some room for my songs
    Anyway, it’s all re-runs, we need a new war, Bush go get Iran
    I heard they’re talking about your Mom
    Change the channel, watch some telly for kids
    But what’s this? ‘Hi kids, welcome to fun-fun-fun-damentalists’
    In the break Nike’s advertising bomb-proof kicks
    They’re even showing Bin Laden’s cave on Kribs

    So I picked up a respectable magazine
    Told me about the new post 9-11 categories
    Israeli fighters are soldiers, Irish are paramilitaries
    And darkie ones are terrorists, how simple can it be?
    But not me, my friends go ‘Riz is still one of us’
    But if I haven’t shaved they won’t sit with me on the bus

    CHORUS:
    Everybody do the post 9-11 dance
    Look scared, shake your arse when the bombs go blast
    Everybody shake your post 9-11 thongs
    So the dossier was wrong? jack some oil, drop a bomb
    Sing a song, sing along, Bush and Blair in a tree
    K-I-L-L-I-N-G
    Shave your beard if you’re brown
    And you’d best salute the crown
    Or they’ll do you like Brazilians and shoot your arse down

    Post 9-11 getting around can be expensive
    Costs 12 dead Iraqis for a litre of unleaded
    And even Green Cross Code has all changed
    They just teach kids ‘duck around low-flying planes’
    On the tube if you see a dude with a rucksack and a beard
    Move carriages mate, f*ck that
    They cancelled Christmas cos of Santa Claus’ beard
    His magic red sack got confiscated as a suspect package
    No need for halloween, 9-11 is more scary
    Osama been gobblin’ his kids and he’s hairy
    Hear a knockin’ at the door at early dawn in the dark
    He say they’ll trick or treat you to a week in Belmarsh
    Forget Guy Fawkes, he’s lame, Gunpowder plots don’t really compare to planes
    So no Bonfire, Halloween or Christmas, they’re done
    We’ll do it all on one day, Merry 9-1-1

    CHORUS

    You started us, now we got a post 9-11 dance – LISTEN
    Dig your oil! Dat your plane! Dig your oil! F*ck Bush!

    Post 9-11 policy might seem harsh, but it is the terrorists’ fault we got ID cards,
    And the congestion charge, that they’re extending far
    And electronic tags on the chav children’s arms
    Course we need Belmarsh, f*ck 28 days
    We should put the whole of Oldham in some f*cking cage
    Move Hounslow underground, so nothing could go wrong,
    Lootin's already movin', Bradford’s already gone
    We’re all suspects, so literally be watching your back
    I farted and got arrested for a chemical attack
    Dropped some litter on the street and I caused a bomb scare
    But told the policeman my name was John, they thought they’d caught the wrong Brer’
    But it’s OK, post 9-11 I’ve been getting paid
    Playing terrorists on telly, getting songs made
    ‘But will it get airplay, geezer?' If BBC don’t want it I’ll send it to Al-Jazeera ... Yeah!

    CHORUS

    Friday, March 16, 2007

    ...of bushes and s-holes

    Stumbled upon this; thought I'd share the joke:

    A mosaic of Bush made from s-holes. Does George W. Bush deserve it? Well how can 100+ assholes (made into a mosaic) be wrong? lol!



    Note: Source - www.thehumorarchives.com

    Thursday, March 15, 2007

    Anything Is Possible

    Okay... so Brandon Rogers became the 12 finalists' first casualty. Frankly speaking, even though he forgot the lyrics; his performance didn't really warrant his elimination at this point of the competition. And as much as I loved Sanjaya Malakar, his performance off-late has not been up to par comparing with the vocal prowess that he had exhibited in the early part of the audition.

    So the question is... what happened? There is a site that I stumbled upon "votefortheworst.com" and as the name suggests... it wants the American audience to vote for the worst. At the moment, Sanjaya is their pick... so we know he is the'worst' performer... (sorry Sanjaya! I really do like u a lot tho!). It MAY or MAY NOT have been their work but it does look like the site actually carries some weight. According to certain sources, FOX has threatened legal repercussions but nothing has been concrete till this very day. So, factor in the influence this site is generating, I bet you can expect a lot of unexpected things to come in the following weeks. So this probably explained how Antonella Barba could hang on longer than she ought to have.

    The bottom 3: Brandon Rogers, Phil Stacey & Sanjaya Malakar.

    Anyway, after last night's performance, if the bottom 3 was a reflection of the state of the competition... I'd say this season's American Idol would be a female. My prediction would either be Melinda Doolittle (who I adored from the very beginning... impressive and sensational performance each and every week) or Lakisha "Kiki" Jones. If there ever was a "Wild Card" from the group of guys, I would think Blake Lewis has a chance becoz he is unique. The other guys will be like flies getting swatted down... one after another!

    So this is it that I do not understand about what Simon Cowell is sometimes talking about. Some days you hear him talking about "Originality" and that some contestants are either 'copycats' or their performance is comparable to that of 'karaoke'. Then last night, he remarked that the rearrangements done by some of the contestants (in particular, Chris Sleigh and Blake Lewis) completely butchered the originals. I kinda think that the rearrangements done by Blake & Chris Sleigh wasn't that bad... was kinda cool actually. If I were a contestant, I'd feel like being in between the devil and the deep blue sea. So Simon, give them a break, will ya!

    On another note, apparently there is a spin-off series from the Amazing Race All-Stars titled "Elimination Station" where they film a 3 minute clip of all the contestants that have been eliminated and housed in Acapulco, Mexico. It is streamed online every week after the latest installation of the race has been aired in the U.S. However, viewers from the rest of the world DO NOT get access to that footage... what a shame! Come on CBS, we are also big fans of the race... how about cutting out preferential treatment and treating us a little fairer?


    Title Card for The Amazing Race All-Star's spin-off, Elimination Station


    New addition to the eliminated and the imprisoned... Rob"bed" & Amber (lol!)

    Geez!




    "Anything Is Possible" makes reference to a minor Debbie Gibson hit that was released in 1990, taken from her album of the same title.

    Monday, March 12, 2007

    End Of The Road

    Three cheers!

    Hip hip hooray! Hip hip Hooray! Hip hip Hooray!

    Why? Coz the "robnoxious" duo Rob & Amber gets the boot tonight! They have been consistently getting 1st place for 3 consecutive episodes... but the tide has turned against them! Fate dealt them a hefty blow... one they could not recover from like they always did.

    Uchenna & Joyce and Charla & Mirna; jointly claiming the honour of booting robnoxious Romber

    Oh! Did I also mention... ROB CANNOT SPELL! muahahaha! For someone as egoistically robnoxious as he, that is something to laugh about. So Rob, remember! Before you go on another one of your wild goose chase... get your spelling correct... lol! For now, it's end of the road for u! Dig that!
    They got their a**es kicked off the end of the World... muahahaha!

    Good news that came sooner than I had expected! Karma, baby!




    The title "End of the Road" is taken from the biggest number 1 song by the R&B quartet Boyz II Men which was first featured in the movie 'Boomerang', then included in their repackaged debut album "Cooleyhighharmony". This track is also available on their gretaest hits album entitled "Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection".

    Thursday, March 08, 2007

    Not Ready To Make Nice

    Yeap... at least that's the theme that's goin' on right now.

    Still angry at something. Still discontented with something. Still fuming at something. Still dun know what that something is. Off late this Dude has become more like Mt. Pinatubo... muahahaha!

    Anyway, I have made plans to go to the city this weekend. All who should know have been informed. And yes! The priority for the next 3 weeks would be to get the applications for The Amazing Race Asia Season 2 in before the deadline. Phew! It's gonna be a helluva lot o' things to juggle with.

    Hey blossoms, you can disagree all you want! It all boils down to the fact that the pesky duo Rob & Amber didn't make it in the Top 5 teams when they hit our shores recently. These were the remaining teams of The Amazing Race: All Stars that were spotted in Batu Caves in Nov 2006 after flying in from Helsinki, Poland:

    1) Charla & Mirna
    2) Team Cha Cha Cha, Danny & Oswald
    3) The Barbies, Dustin & Kandice
    4) Eric & Danielle
    5) Uchenna & Joyce

    ... so muahahaha... 'Romber' are not infallible. On the other hand, you may at least find consolation at the fact that the Barbies may finish in the Top 3 this time around. Team Cha Cha Cha, Uchenna & Joyce and The Guidos were spotted flying back to the US from Guam. So, logically, the final 3 teams to race to the finish line would have to be Eric & Danielle, Charla & Mirna and The Barbies.

    Oh! By the way... did anyone noticed the little guy with Phil at the Pitstop in Playa Petrohue, Chile. The first thing that ran thru my head was that the producers were playing matchmaking... specifically with Charla in mind! Match made in Chile... ha ha ha ha ha!

    Phil in the "Land of the Little People"


    Bridging the divide, making a connection?.....


    ... and Charla was in her bathing suit! ke ke ke! So cute!!!

    Well.... doing this particular blog today makes me feel a lil' light hearted... lotsa he he ha ha ke ke... but I'm still not ready to make nice. Dig that!





    "Not Ready To Make Nice" was a multiple Grammy award winning song by the Dixie Chicks from their 2006 album "Taking The Long Way" which also won the Grammy for 'Album of the Year' in 2007. This is one helluva strong song, both lyrically and musically. Lead singer Natalie Maines criticized George W. Bush 10 days prior to the Iraq invasion in 2003 in London which resulted in their popularity and career taking a plunge in the opposite direction. This comeback and all the awards they garnered recently shows that "people" are starting to speak out!

    Monday, March 05, 2007

    Crawling In The Dark

    Yea... I never thought I would see this day again.

    I was on another hiatus... another dark chapter. What exactly triggered this... well I'm NOT too sure myself. All I remember was suddenly I plunged into yet another state of emptiness. Everything else was inanimate and on hold. It has happened one too many a time.

    Yea... I'm still alive and breathing; even though I had at times wished otherwise. Someone once told me that I sounded very GRIM. I remembered those exact words. Well! Enough about keeping up appearances... I'll just be me, GRIM or no GRIM.

    Crawling in the dark... looking for answers; answers to questions that I never even knew. Dig that!

    Anyway, I had to get this thing off my chest. I know it sounds 'kiddie'. I was on Civilization III for the past 2 weeks. I needed to feel some sort of achievement. I defeated the French, Russian, Chinese, English, Romans, Japanese and finally the Indians... HA HA HA!

    I think I'm ready to crawl out of this bottomless pit now. Not that I'm out in the light yet; but at least I'm ready to move in the opposite direction.

    Another reason to do get back to civilization REAL TIME: Registration for the AMAZING RACE ASIA SEASON 2 has just been opened. You can bet I'm going to put in every last breath I have to book myself a place this time. I'm tired of waiting for something BIG... this is it!

    Click here to be redirected if you wanna know more or if you are also interested to enter this race.

    So wish me luck!

    Just to set the record straight.... I need NO sympathy! I just need to get this emptiness off my chest. Blogging feels a lil' strange to me now. Hope to put everything back to normal mode soon. Besides, now there's a reason to start anew.


    Here are some spoilers: Orson isn't a killer, Mr. Bennet isn't a villain, Scoffield has the answer and Meredith will be on the brink of death! And for God's sake... someone, please shoot Rob and Amber... wait! that's too dramatic; rephrase: lock them up in Siberia and throw away the key... let them rot in hell for all I care!


    ... to be continued





    The title for this chapter makes reference to Hoobastank's breakthrough first single back in 2001 taken from their self-titled debut album. From then onwards, Hoobastank never had to ever crawl in the dark no more... pun intended!

    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    'tis the season to be jolly...

    ...NOT! (kinda reminds me of Borat trying to learn the "NOT" jokes...lol!)

    omg... the CNY will be here in 2 weeks time. This is the most dreaded part of the entire 365 days for me...

    I love festivities but not this one...

    1st, I usually get a migraine during this time... the constant clingings and clangings and the music that they play all day all night is simply annoying. 30 minutes, fine! 1 hour, fine! But it just goes on and on and on... like for eternity... I'd rather be in Tanjung Rambutan... at least it is much more serene over there!

    2nd, I'm sure we all have our nosy relatives... Trust me the number of relatives I have is simply humongous... and boy can u imagine the amount of questions and queries that get shot out of those gaps; sometimes I wish they would just drop it!... Then, everyone trying to look superior than everyone else... geez, it is the same thing year after year... dun anybody else get tired of it?

    3rd... long drive home, alone! I get sleepy and cranky! And most of the time I'm not on the lookout for the car ahead or the car behind or the car beside me... I'm trying to avoid those nasty pigs in black & white... or at least appear not to be in the "Tokyo Express".

    4th... do I really need to go on further?

    So... cutting the crap... I still love the festivities where they go 'fa la la la la, la la la la...'




    The title 'tis the season to be jolly is taken from the lyrics of the secular Christmas carol "Deck The Hall". This song has been reworked by many artistes and is usually included in a Christmas release; the most recent and moderately successful was the 1999 version entitled "Deck The Halls" by the American country music trio SHeDAISY. That song peaked at no. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no. 37 on the Country Charts and is featured in the trio's 2000 album "Brand New Year".

    Monday, February 05, 2007

    It's Not Over...

    ... of my life for the past few weeks

    Well I'd like to say that everything was smooth sailing. Unfortunately, sometimes we come across rough seas... get battered by the waves. But what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. Minor setbacks in life should always be expected. Little high, little low; little hey, little ho...

    Fortunately, I do not believe in regrets. Some of the things I did in the past may not be all that correct but I have no regrets whatsoever. Whatever it is, I have always moved on. What use is there regretting when u have so much ahead and time is ticking... I am constantly reminded that our days on this puny little planet is numbered. Imperfect as it may be, we still have to make the best of whatever little we have.

    ... every reason to smile

    I was watching the new news channel "Al Jazeera English". For me it was one of the best news channel I have come across. I do not like watching the BBC or CNN anymore as the news and views from the other 2 giants are corrupted and only serve to disseminate misinformation. There was this particular episode of "Witness" where they just filmed and focus the of everyday life of Palestinians and Israelis living along the site of the Israeli West Bank Barrier, before and after the ridiculous 60m wide 8m high walls were put in place cutting thru towns and major streets along the way.

    There were so many things about that half hour show that can be observed... and for the most port there wasn't any narration. In fact, no narration was necessary as the whole half hour explained itself. The Israeli incursion into the Palestinian territories and the treatment of the Palestinians now are no different from the genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust in Hitler's era. Funny thing is that some Israelis that live alongside the Palestinians felt that the Israeli government was being ridiculous about the whole barrier thing. It left me to believe that this is not about the war between civilizations or even religion. It is the catastrophe that is a result of people in power trying to strengthen their grips. They are the ones who have nice suits to wear, good food to eat and places to retreat to... they claim to be doing everything for their people and yet it is normal everyday people that suffer, Israelis and Palestinians alike.

    At one point, a Palestinian was asked... "why is he smiling when they lead miserable lives and have a bleak future?". The Palestinian answered... "we cannot do anything about our miserable lives. But we have to smile, otherwise we would go crazy!"

    ... of the country that I love

    I love Malaysia and its diversity. I have Chinese friends, Malay friends and Indian friends. I appreciate each and every one of my frens regardless of what they believe in. However, this part isn't about my frens. I want to take a swipe at our "useless" PM.

    In my opinion, Abdullah Badawi has not proven his mettle since his ascension to his current position. He does not have guts or balls like our former PM Tun Dr Mahathir does. Many would say that it is unfair to make comparisons between the two. Yet, Mahathir is able to show concrete development while Abdullah Badawi just "talks the walk".

    So if our present government is useless, why not elect the Opposition, some may quip... Unfortunately, we do not have a credible, no-nonsense Opposition. Every Opposition Party there is has their own agenda and sometimes their reported antics make me question their mentality. If only there was One... just One credible Opposition that will stand by the people and fertilize this nation; they would have won my vote. So, unfortunately again... it all boils down to which is the lesser evil... the choice to go would still have to be the BN. If the Opposition ever wants to have the chance of governing this country, they would have to buck up, clean their acts and start proving their substance instead of hurling baseless and ugly remarks of their rivals.

    Before anyone starts calling me unpatriotic, think again! I love my country and pledge my loyalty to my country only... not the one who leads becoz after all, he is just another politician. May I also add that some of these chosen reps are corrupt. So it makes no sense to be loyal to any one leader; but that does not make me unpatriotic. This ain't no sedition as well. It's just something for everyone to ponder and reflect upon; including our leaders and those who aspire to be our leaders.

    ... of The Amazing Race Asia

    It has concluded! By now we all know that our fellow Malaysians Tee Joe Jer & Zabrina Fernandez have won the race. The have actually re-written Amazing Race history as the 1st ever all-female team to win the race. After 10 seasons in the US, such a feat proved to be very evasive. I have nothing to say about Andrew & Syeon except that they disappointed themselves.

    In many aspects Zab & JJ deserved this win. They were not my favourites at the start but they soon won my attention as this was the only team that glowed with compassion amidst all the adrenaline rush and competitive rivalry. They have never won 1st place at any leg prior to the finale and almost got eliminated in Bangkok. However, when they did win 1st place, they won the race as well. Their patience and persistence paid off!

    Once again, to Zab & JJ... Congratulations & Syabas! Every Malaysian should be proud of what the both of you have achieved not only as Malaysians... but as strong-willed Malaysian Women!

    ...It's Not Over

    Despite my absence and silence over the past few weeks... it's not over! I still have so much more in me. Just u wait and see...







    "It's Not Over" makes reference to the rock band Daughtry's debut single from their 2006 self-titled album. As everyone would have known by now, this band is fronted by former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry. The album contains 12 superb rock tracks (14, if purchased from Wal-Mart and 13 if downloaded from i-Tunes) and comes highly recommended by me.

    Monday, January 22, 2007

    Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing

    hmmm... how shall I start? I guess the saying 'all good things must come to an end' hold true for me.

    It was doomed from the start. It would be totally untrue to say that I didn't know this was coming but I thought it might have taken a different twist. Yes... life is strange. It has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you thing everything's okay and everything's going right. So what next?

    I guess listening to some Poison's 'Life Goes On' wouldn't be too bad. Wilson Phillips' 'Hold On' sounds like a very good choice too. But right now, Ace of Base's "Cruel Summer" holds the top notch. At least I still have the Amazing Race Asia and The Amazing Race All-Stars coming up real soon. I know it sounds a lil crappy; but we are allowed to be crappy once in a while. Plus, my favourite serials are back... will be able to get my hands on episode 12 of Tim Kring's 'Heroes' tomorrow.

    Yea... I know! I gotta eat some of my words coz Starworld will be broadcasting 'Heroes' premiering 31st Jan... while TV3 is slated to show it somewhere in 2007.

    Play with fire... and you'll get burned! OUCH!

    The title "Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing" makes reference to the 2006 album by Keith Urban featuring fabulous tracks like 'Once In A Lifetime', 'Shine', 'Stupid Boy' and 'I Told You So' among others. I highly recommend this album to all readers of my blog... this album is, for lack of a better word, BRILLIANT!

    Wednesday, January 17, 2007

    Something Good...

    ... but NOT SPECTACULAR. Yup! I'm talking about the Il Divo Concert I was at recently.

    "Greenman in da house"


    I invited Momma to this event, but not before meeting up with Styro-girl. Somehow, after our journey crossed path last year, we seem to be unusually closer than any acquaintance. That's besides the point.

    "Momma is in da house"


    At 7, Momma and I made our way up to the KL Convention Center Level 3 where there was a reception for invited guests and winners of the CIMB Il Divo Contest. It was a very glitzy and posh reception... lotsa clicks, magnificent attires and a breathtaking view of the Twin towers. Most of all, both Momma and I enjoyed the free-flow of finger food and drinks. There were the 'appetizers' first consisting of little breadlings topped with cheese and olives and many other things. Then came the main course of various flavours of chicken drumlets. Finally, we were offered 'dessert' in the form of strawberry and almond chews... Not bad!

    The Two Towers... from another perspective.


    Best of all, it wasn't like a buffet thingy... we were served. Seriously! The waiters were carrying the food and beverages around the room and politely asking, "Would you like to have some, Sir?" We didn't have to go to the food... THE FOOD CAME TO US! he he he... feels good to experience that for the 1st time.

    Anyway, I was talking to one of them strangers. Me asked: "Are you one of them winners?" The well-dressed man and his companion said "NO... we are invited guests; big clients of the bank and they invited us for the show along with all the others." Suddenly, I begin seeing the logic. There is definitely truth in the saying "The rich will only get richer, the poor will only get poorer". While ordinary people have to fork out a lot to watch their favourite group perform, the rich do not have to spend a single dime (even though that is something they can definitely afford). Such a disparity is getting more common in Malaysia these days. In pursuit of money, many forget about those who get left behind and cannot catch up. Mind you... a pair of tix costs at least RM 500... the one I won was RM 1,000 per piece. Even fans of this group would be foolish to purchase such a price.

    Il Divo in action... click on the pix for a clearer picture!


    The concert started about 30 minutes late even tho everyone was already seated by 8.30 pm. Even the Agung & Permaisuri and the Sultan of Perak & Permaisuri was already in attendance. So when the lights went out, the orchestra started playing and the quartet started belching out their numbers, everyone was excitingly clapping their hands. Most of the songs performed were from their new album 'Siempre' and a few from their previous records. Like every concert that I have attended, this one also had what I called a "pseudo-end". The concert apparently ended with Il Divo doing a rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way"... then bid goodbye to the audience. The musicians however, didn't move an inch. And the audience started to chant "We want more!". Even Momma quipped to me that she wanted more. Predictably, the boys came back on stage to perform 2 more numbers, their version of Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" and then "Somewhere" during which the audience from the front rows were all over showering the boys with gifts, roses and leis.


    Plenary Hall Stage
    At the end of the day, these are the conclusions that I have drawn. The boys that make up Il Divo are actually talented and they have very good voices... but their showmanship still isn't comparable to that of the 3 Tenors or Sarah Brightman for that matter. It was good but wasn't that spectacular. One more thing... and I feel strongly about this. All good concerts should be held at the Plenary Hall of the KL Convention Center! The sound system, setup, design and ambience is nothing short of amazing.





    The title "Something Good" refers to the 1992 dance hit by Utah Saints from their self-titled debut album.

    Friday, January 12, 2007

    A Night To Remember

    I received them tickets yesterday. And judging by how exquisite the whole packing was, I have a hunch it is going to be a glitzy affair. I'm NOT sure if I will be blown away though... that remains to be seen. I mean I have NO DOUBT Sarah Brightman or Adrea Bocelli can BLOW ME AWAY COMPLETELY... but Il Divo? hmmm... Guess we'll have to wait and see. However, what I am certain is this will definitely be a night to remember.

    Here's why... the ticket I won apparently costs a freaking RM 1,000 a piece. I mean, that's not what an average Malaysian would want to fork out to watch a bunch of hunks performing some arias. Besides, the dress code for the night is smart casual; faded / torn jeans, round neck tees, shorts, sports attire and slippers are strictly prohibited. Oh! One more thing... "latecomers will NOT be admitted into the auditorium until a suitable break in the performance."


    Front view of the Il Divo Concert Tickets & its envelope


    Back view of the Il Divo Concert Tickets & its envelope


    Additional insert / Invitation


    So I guess it is set. I'll be heading to KL on 16-Jan-2007 (Tue) for this concert at the Plenary Hall of the KL Convention Center. By the way, Momma! You know what to do... dun be late and I'll see you at this prestigious event! And if any of you CIMB people happens to stumble accross my blog; a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who gave me this opportunity. ;)



    "A Night To Remember" was a very popular song by Shalamar way back in 1982 from their highly successful album "Friends". This song has been re-recorded by many artistes over the years including British boyband 911 in 1996 and British pop-group Liberty X in 2006. Even Cyndi Lauper had a different song with the same title in 1989 from her own album "A Night To Remember".

    Thursday, January 11, 2007

    Mama Said Knock You Out!

    This is the part of the Amazing Race Asia that I have been waiting for... and the day has finally arrived. Let me say this loudly:

    ANDY & LAURA HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED!

    Here are the golden moments that led to their elimination, finally!

    Starting 1st at Kolay Market, Kolkata


    ... on the way to Delhi... sidelined and alienated


    SanFran putting LA to a stop... at least for a moment


    yielded!... @ the Red Fort, Delhi


    frustrated!...


    Laura's childish moment...


    ... and Andy's turn to be immature!


    Andy the Ass-"whole" and his sidekick, Donkey.


    Laura, playing with cow dung


    desperately seeking taxis... even the taxis are avoiding them... lol!


    Andy & Laura in "Last Place" and getting eliminated @ Jain Mandir Dada Bari

    Here are a few quotes to celebrate the occasion:
    • you reap what you sow
    • what goes round, comes back around
    • You Asked For It!



    "Mama Said Knock You Out" was a 1991 hit for LL Cool J from his 1990 album with the same title. I had reserved this title specially for Andy & Laura's elimination! This is an occasion to be remembered!