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Pesta Perdana 13 Media Conference

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Graphics photo courtesy of Mediacorp Suria

The bienniel Pesta Perdana event, will make its long-awaited return this 28 March 2015 at the Mediacorp TV Theatre. The prestigious awards, now into its thirteenth edition, aims to recognise, acknowledge and honour the best talents in the local Malay television industry. It will also take viewers down memory lane with this year’s 50’s theme, in line with the ongoing SG50 celebrations. Pesta Perdana 13 (PP13) attracted more than 145 entries from 13 local production houses who are vying for top honours in the fiercely contested programme and performance award categories. A total of 32 awards and a special Lifetime TV Achievement award are up for grabs this year.

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The PP13 media conference event was held at The Ballroom @ East Coast

This highly anticipated event, which will be the final time the awards show is held at the current Caldecott Broadcast Centre‘s Andrew Road premises before shifting to One North later this year, also offers Suria viewers the opportunity to become judges as they vote for the Most Popular Male Personality and Most Popular Female Personality categories respectively. Voting for Popular categories have started since yesterday, 14 March 2015, and will run till 28 March 2015 at 9.30pm. The results will be based entirely on public voting and will be announced on the night of PP13. Votes can be submitted through these platforms:
  1. Mobile App: Toggle Now
  2. Website: xinmsn.com/pestaperdana
  3. Facebook: fb.com/mediacorpsuria

 

Code details are as follows:

 

MOST POPULAR MALE PERSONALITY

  • Fir Rahman – Code: L1
  • Hisyam Hamid – Code: L2
  • Imam Shah – Code: L3
  • Norman Ishak – Code: L4
  • Syarif SleeQ – Code: L5

MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY

  • Farhana M Noor – Code: W1
  • Mastura Ahmad – Code: W2
  • Nadiah M Din – Code: W3
  • Nurul Aini – Code: W4
  • Wahyu Rahman – Code: W5

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The media conference was hosted by Fiza O and Fauzie Laily

I had the honour of being invited to attend the PP13 Media Conference held at The Ballroom @ East Coast on 4 March 2015, to announce all the award nominees. The event venue, as some of you might have known by now, is owned by Warna 94.2FM‘s A. B. Shaik. The media conference event saw the hosting chemistry of RIA 89.7FM‘s Fiza O and Fauzie Laily rekindled. Both of them had a field day tickling the guests with their witty and funny quips. They were also dressed according to the theme of the awards show this year, which is 50s Vintage. The event also saw Hyrul Anuar performing the theme song for Pesta Perdana, “Malam Gemilang“, accompanied by two of his good friends from AltoAura, Reyza Hamizan and Azura Goh.

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Hyrul Anuar performing “Malam Gemilang“…

From the list of nominees announced this year, I note the wave of newer and younger generation of actors being nominated for their respective roles in the last two years. Which can only be good for the local entertainment industry, as they continue to hone their craft and complement the established and veterans in the scene. I’m also happy to see the likes of Farhana M Noor and Izyan Mellyna being nominated for Most Promising Actor / Actress. As I’ve said before in this blog, they have caught my eyes for their talent and potential, which can only get better. But do not discount the others nominated in their category. Asraf Amin, Atyy A. Malek (Nurhayati Abdul Malek) and Faizal Rahman will give them a run for their money.

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Madam Zakiah Halim addressing the guests…

This year, there are also additions from Malaysia in the nominations list. The last Pesta Perdana event saw one nominee, Fauziah Nawi, whereas this year sees Iqram Dinzly, Keith Foo and Sharnaaz Ahmad being nominated. When asked by Berita Harian entertainment journalist Shahida Sarhid about the influx of Malaysian artistes into the nominations list, Mediacorp Malay Segment‘s head, Madam Zakiah Halim explained that they welcome the presence of the Malaysian actors over here, just like how our very own actors are welcomed over there and being nominated in several of their awards shows. This is good not only for bilateral exchange, but also the sharing of knowledge as well as good sparring in acting for both sets of countries’ actors. And I couldn’t agree more. I believe our actors can benefit from working with some of these actors, in turn even paving the way for them to work across the Causeway and hopefully, beyond.

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Keith Foo certainly looked delighted with his nomination…

Pesta Perdana 13 will be telecast live on Mediacorp Suria on 28 March 2015 at 8:30pm. This year’s show will be hosted by Suhaimi Yusof and Huda Ali and the guest-of-honour will be Member of Parliament, Mr. Zaqy Mohamad. I end this entry with the full list of nominations as well as photographs taken during the media conference event.

Pesta Perdana 13 Nominations List

CATEGORY 1: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
Ashmi Roslan Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films
Iqram Dinzly Kes 253 Oak 3 Films
Sani Hussin Di Luar Garisan Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sharnaaz Ahmad Danny Flipside Stories
Syarif SleeQ Belah Hati DV Studio

 

 

 

CATEGORY 2:PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
Ariati Tyeb Papar Kes 253 Oak 3 Films
Elfaeza Ul Haq Danny Flipside Stories
Hashimah Hamidon Mengejar Mentari MediaCorp Eaglevision
Izyan Mellyna Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films
Nadiah M Din Danny Flipside Stories

 

 

 

CATEGORY 3: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
A. Mahadi Mengejar Mentari MediaCorp Eaglevision
Abdullah Ahmad Belah Hati DV Studio
Fadhlur Rahman 9 Nyawa Oak 3 Films
Nick Mikhail Kasih Berbisik MediaCorp Eaglevision
Taufiq Salleh Danny Flipside Stories

 

 

CATEGORY 4: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
Adlina Adil Di Luar Garisan Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ateeqah Mazlan Belah Hati DV Studio
Farhana M Noor Belah Hati DV Studio
Haryani Othman R&D Shortman Films
Nurijah Sahat Danny Flipside Stories

 

 

 

CATEGORY 5: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Keith Foo Raya Sempurna Flipside Stories
Najib Soiman Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures
Nick Mikhail Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sharnaaz Ahmad Cinta Ramadan Flipside Stories
Zaidi Ibrahim Raya Bersama MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 6:PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Aishah Ahmad Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Halimah Ismail Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Rosita Hussin Kasih Ibu DV Studio
Seriwahyuni Jaes Raya Bersama MediaCorp Eaglevision
Siti Hajar Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

CATEGORY 7: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Hasif Nasir Papa Kool Element Pictures
Jeff Catz Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Junaidi Sali Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Sani Hussin Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures
Zaidi Ibrahim Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures

 

 

 

CATEGORY 8: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Junaidah Ekhsan Raya Bersama MediaCorp Eaglevision
Maiya Rahman Bingit Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Mastura Ahmad Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Nurul Akhmar Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Rahimah Rahim Tetap Anak Papa Thinkplate

 

 

 

CATEGORY 9: PELAKON TERBAIK DALAM WATAK KOMEDI (BEST ACTOR / ACTRESS IN A COMEDY ROLE)
Alias Kadir Bubur Masjid Air Katira Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Era Farida Bubur Masjid Air Katira Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Khairudin Samsudin Sinar Lebaran 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Suhaimi Yusof R&D Shortman Films
Suhaimi Yusof Sinar Lebaran 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 10: PELAKON HARAPAN TERBAIK (MOST PROMISING ACTOR / ACTRESS)
Asraf Amin Belah Hati DV Studio
Faizal Rahman Rima Hatiku MediaCorp Eaglevision
Farhana M Noor Belah Hati DV Studio
Izyan Mellyna Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films
Norhayati Malik Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 11: PENGACARA TERBAIK – HIBURAN(BEST HOST – VARIETY)
Khairudin Saharom Sinaran Hati 2013 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Khairudin Samsudin Maintain Sr 2  Mediamorphosis
Khairudin Samsudin Te:Ra Seh 1.0 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Nurul Aini Kita Gerek Sr 2 Dua M
Syirah Jusni POP MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 12: PENGACARA TERBAIK – RANCANGAN INFORMASI(BEST HOST – INFO-ED)
Dalina Jaapar Kembara Kasih Filmat36
Hazlina Halim Terbit  DV Studio
Najip Ali Kita Orang Singapura Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Nurul Akhmar Jus Sr 6 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Rilla Melati Rudy & Rilla Sr 4 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

CATEGORY 13: BINTANG CILIK TERBAIK (BEST YOUNG STAR)
Ahmad Sirhan Cobaan Kassim Selamat Dua M
Ahmad Sirhan SAM MediaCorp Eaglevision
Danish Putra Belah Hati DV Studio
Dayang Nur Balqis Danny Flipside Stories
Nyla Esman Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio

 

 

 

CATEGORY 14: DRAMA TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SERIES)
Belah Hati DV Studio
Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Danny Flipside Stories
Mengejar Mentari MediaCorp Eaglevision
Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films

 

 

 

CATEGORY 15: DRAMA KHAS TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SPECIAL)
Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Kasih Ibu DV Studio
Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures
Raya Sempurna Flipside Stories
Tetap Anak Papa Thinkplate

 

CATEGORY 16: RANCANGAN HIBURAN TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SERIES)
King Juara Memasak Mediamorphosis
Kita Gerek Sr 2 Dua M
Maintain Sr 2 Mediamorphosis
SG Mania MediaCorp Eaglevision
Te:Ra Seh 2.0 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 17: RANCANGAN HIBURAN KHAS TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SPECIAL)
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 MediaCorp Warna, Ria & Eaglevision
Projek Kasih 2013 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Projek Kasih 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sinar Lebaran 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 18: RANCANGAN INFORMASI TERBAIK (BEST INFO-ED PROGRAMME)
Di Hujung Pelangi Media Reel
Kembara Kasih Filmat36
Kita Orang Singapura Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Percaya Lagi DV Studio
 Terbit DV Studio

 

CATEGORY 19: RANCANGAN KANAK-KANAK TERBAIK (BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME)
Buli Baik MediaCorp Eaglevision
Kisah Kita MediaCorp Eaglevision
Mat Yoyo Berhari Raya MediaCorp Eaglevision
O.M.G DV Studio
SAM MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 20: ARAHAN TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST DIRECTING – DRAMA)
Bingit Sr 2: Bayangan Sepi Nasir & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Bingit Sr 2: Fantasi Biru Sanif Olek & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ingat Tak Mak Zulanan Ahmad DV Studio
Raya Sempurna Razi Salam Flipside Stories
Tetap Anak Papa Seriwahyuni Jaes, Diana Salim Thinkplate

 

 

 

CATEGORY 21: ARAHAN TERBAIK – HIBURAN (BEST DIRECTING – VARIETY)
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 Fadila A. Wahid MediaCorp Eaglevision
SG Mania Zaharian Osman, Samri Badi MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sinar Lebaran 2014 Zaharian Osman, Fadila A Wahid MediaCorp Eaglevision
Te:Ra Seh 1.0 Fadila A. Wahid, Zaharian Osman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra Fadila A Wahid, Zaharian Osman & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

CATEGORY 22: SKRIP TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST WRITING – DRAMA)
Bingit Sr 1: Wajah-Wajah Amanah Mustafi MediaCorp Eaglevision
Bingit Sr 2: Aku dan Avatar Wan Firzaleenazrah MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ingat Tak Mak Haryani Othman, Janet Liau DV Studio
Pesan Ayah TT Dhavamanni,Manoj Prabhoda Chandran,Aidli Mosbit, Seriwahyuni Jaes Blue River Pictures
Raya Sempurna Razi Salam Flipside Stories

 

 

 

CATEGORY 23: SKRIP TERBAIK – HIBURAN (BEST WRITING – VARIETY)
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 Linilidia Abdul Hamid MediaCorp Eaglevision
Kita Gerek Sr 2 Ferlini Fandi, Aisyah Mohd Nooh Dua M
SG Mania Netty Fiona Othman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sinar Lebaran 2014 Netty Fiona Othman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra Wan Firzaleenazrah MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 24: SKRIP TERBAIK – INFORMASI (BEST WRITING – INFO-ED)
Di Hujung Pelangi Julianawarti Jumali,Seriwahyuni Jaes Media Reel
Jus Sr 6 Johari Aziz MediaCorp Eaglevision
Percaya Lagi Haryani Othman DV Studio
Rudy & Rilla Sr 4 Linilidia Abdul Hamid MediaCorp Eaglevision
Terbit  Haryani Othman DV Studio

 

 

CATEGORY 25: VIDEOGRAFI TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST VIDEOGRAPHY – DRAMA)
Bingit Sr 2 Sofyan Daud MediaCorp Eaglevision
Cinta Ramadan Noor Azam Sheriff Flipside Stories
Ingat Tak Mak Faizal Ramli DV Studio
Raya Sempurna Noor Azam Sheriff Flipside Stories
Tetap Anak Papa Harrywanto Thinkplate

 

 

 

CATEGORY 26: SUNTINGAN TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST EDITING – DRAMA)
Belah Hati DV Studio Post DV Studio
Bingit Sr 2 Flashforward MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ingat Tak Mak  DV Studio Post DV Studio
Kasih Ibu DV Studio Post DV Studio
Mengejar Mentari  Flashforward MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 27: DESAIN PEMBUKAAN TERBAIK (BEST OPENING TITLE DESIGN)
9 Nyawa Oak 3 Films Oak 3 Films
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 Post Office MediaCorp Warna & Ria
Bingit Sr 1 Flashforward MediaCorp Eaglevision
Kembara Kasih Filmat36 Filmat36
Maintain Sr 2 Safiyuddin Razif Mediamorphosis

 

 

CATEGORY 28: REKAAN IMEJ TERBAIK (BEST IMAGE & STYLING)
Bingit Sr 2 Intan MediaCorp Eaglevision
Maintain Sr 2 Razinna Nuri Mediamorphosis
Sinar Lebaran 2014 Fatimah Mohsin & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Te:Ra Seh 1.0 Fatimah Mohsin & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra Fatimah Mohsin & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 29:  LAGU TEMA TERBAIK (BEST THEME SONG)
Belah Hati Belah Hati Composer: Zulanan AhmadLyricist:  Zulanan AhmadSinger: Sofia Arissa DV Studio
Bingit Sr 1 Mental Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza Hamizan / Tukang KataSinger: Eiss feat Tukang Kata MediaCorp Eaglevision
Mengejar Mentari Mengejar Mentari Composer: Sulaiman WahabLyricist: Nizam RahmanSinger: Maiya Rahman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Rima Hatiku Rima Hatiku Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza HamizanSinger: Rima Hatiku Cast feat Sezairie Sezali MediaCorp Eaglevision
Walimah Sr 2 Kini dan Selamanya Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza HamizanSinger: Ashmi Roslan and Izyan Mellyna Oak3 Films

 

 

 

CATEGORY 31:  PERSONALITI LELAKI PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR MALE PERSONALITY)
Fir Rahman Code: L1
Hisyam Hamid Code: L2
Imam Shah Code: L3
Norman Ishak Code: L4
Syarif Code: L5

 

CATEGORY 32:  PERSONALITI WANITA PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY)
Farhana M Noor Code: W1
Mastura Ahmad Code: W2
Nadiah M Din Code: W3
Nurul Aini Code: W4
Wahyu Rahman Code: W5

Thoughts on Taufik Batisah’s Impending Marriage…

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First of all I would like to congratulate our soon-to-be-wedded first Singapore Idol, Taufik Batisah, on his impending marriage to Ms. Nurshaheena Akbal Ahmad, or whom most of us know her as Sheena Akbal over the last few days, when active paparazzis and CSI investigator-wannabes made so much effort to dig out information on the bride-to-be. I can understand such a happy news involving one of our own beloved sons of the country would make the media go into an overdrive and frenzy, as each one will be clamouring for eyeballs on their respective sites. However, I just find it a little distasteful that such intrusive tactics have inadvertently shoved the spotlight on Ms. Sheena Akbal, with some sites being so inquisitive as wanting to highlight the fact that they were following each other on social media, just to prove their point that they are having a relationship.

My first thoughts when I saw that was, “So what???” Each person has his or her own prerogative to follow or be friends with whom they deem fit to do so. This unnecessary stalking has resulted in the poor girl deleting her Twitter and Facebook accounts, from what I heard. I know and have also been informed by a few kind souls that the media culture outside Singapore is very competitive as they compete for not only eyeballs, but advertising and monetary opportunities from the number of visitor-ships. In the United Kingdom and even the United States, they have designated paparazzis following personalities wherever they go. It can be very suffocating for those who are used to the scrutiny, what more those who are instantly thrust into the limelight. I am just thankful that the local media here in Singapore are a respectful bunch in that they try to respect the artistes’ privacy as much as possible, even if they too can be very inquisitive and intrusive unbeknownst to us sometimes.

Actually I’ve heard of this piece of good news months ago. Just that I do not know exactly when is the actual wedding date nor the name of his bride-to-be. I just knew that wedding bells are gonna ring for him pretty soon. Why I did not share it in this domain of mine or on my own personal social media accounts is because I’ve always maintained a strict principle to respect other people’s privacy. Such news will eventually be made known sooner or later. I saw no need to share it out of respect for Taufik and also because I did not hear it from the horse’s mouth himself, even if I could have asked him from the number of times I met him in the last year. It would be very unfair of me to share it with others when he himself had not come out officially to talk about it. Thankfully now that he has made his official announcement earlier today, I can at least share my thoughts over the last few days when news first broke on the front page of last Saturday‘s Berita Harian.

Other than what I deemed as a “witch-hunt” to know the identity of the bride-to-be, I was also a bit uncomfortable seeing some of the comments made by some of his overzealous fans. Relax ladies, it’s not that you and him had something personal going on in the first place. The world doesn’t end with him getting married and you are left all alone (or for those who are already married but still pining secretly for him, with your hubbies). Though I have yet to see most of the comments on social media, I have heard that some of these fans have been a bit unkind and have made spiteful remarks against Ms. Sheena Akbal, either for her looks, her fashion sense, the way she dressed or even her personality. The term “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” seems apt in this case. Grow up ladies and snap back to reality!!! What do you gain from making all these negative remarks??? Some of you should feel ashamed of yourselves for being bitter, ungracious and judgmental. What is more appalling is that some of you who have made such remarks, are donning the Hijab. Is that a good reflection on yourselves???

As ardent fans, you should be praying for the best for the couple as they embark on this new journey in their lives. If you claim that you love and respect the guy, then please jolly damn well respect and embrace his choice of whom he chooses to spend the rest of his life with. Beauty is afterall in the eye of the beholder. She might probably not be as hot as some of you might think he deserves to be with (i.e. yourselves), but she is perfect in every sense in his eyes, so live with it!!! And this just in. A kind FB friend alerted me to the availability of the wedding invitation card now currently spreading around on social media. I am loss for words and just too amazed that there are disrespectful people out there who do not for once think of the repercussions of doing such a thing. Please spare a thought for the family on both sides who would have to receive a large number of gatecrashers and uninvited guests. Stop spreading those images of the invitation cards. Please!!!

To Taufik & Sheena, my advanced congratulations to you both!!! May your upcoming wedding event run smoothly and according to how you both plan it to be. Shut yourselves off from the media scrutiny for the time being and just concentrate on your respective preparations for now. Hopefully your fans too would understand and respect you both and give you the space you need to breathe for the coming month ahead…

#theSyarifs’ Wedding Dinner Event…

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Back with the third and final instalment of #theSyarifs‘ wedding. This entry will feature photographs of the wedding dinner event, which I felt resembled a mini Pesta Perdana event, with the local Malay entertainment scene’s personalities making their presence by gracing the occasion. It was a long day for the newly-weds as well as those who had worked hard to make the whole event tick, yet everyone was smiling throughout till the very end, happiness etched on their faces and sharing the joy of the newlyweds. The wedding dinner event was held at the same venue (Alkaff Mansion) as the earlier morning’s solemnisation ceremony and lunch reception.

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Like the solemnisation ceremony, those who had tuned in to the couple’s official Youtube channel, would have gotten a glimpse of what went on live via the webstream. Unfortunately I heard that the full clip has been taken down by Youtube due to copyright infringements of some of the songs featured. Though you will not be able to view the clip, I hope this entry would satiate your thirst to view some of the event’s happenings as well as see who’s who in the local Malay entertainment scene who had turned up. This was afterall THE “Wedding of the Year” for 2014, for me. It would be criminal not to feature this entry in my blog, especially when the groom took great pains to invite me and the wife to attend. For that I say “Thank You!!!” to Syarif and Malaque for having us, me in particular, for almost the whole day.

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The wedding dinner event was hosted by Ben Muthusalam, Syarif‘s intern-mate when he did his internship with Mediacorp back in 2009. Please don’t ask me why the host’s name has an Indian surname. Maybe his good friends reading this can help to enlighten me cos I’m in the dark myself. Guests were treated to lovely performances by local groups The Trisno Trio and Northbound, as well as a guest performance by Malaysia‘s Dina Nadzir, whose rendition of Katy Perry‘s “Unconditionally“, had my hairs standing. She is such an under-rated vocal powerhouse. We also witnessed Syarif singing a song titled “Malaque“, which he had composed with Trisno Ishak just two weeks leading up to the wedding event.

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The eleven-tier wedding cake was specially baked by Malaque herself, whom some of us know specialises in pastries, desserts and cakes. Also, the cheesecake recipe during the dinner event itself, was specially concocted by her, assisted and executed by Chef Siti Mastura and team. Female guests were fortunate to have received a make-up kit by Benefit Cosmetics, to go along with the main door gifts consisting of a Grey by Ortenhill bag, a lovely jar series, Sugee cake by Chef Siti Mastura and Calvin Klein parfum vials. The gifts oozed class in every sense, a reflection of the newlyweds. All in all, it was a wonderful and memorable wedding event and here’s wishing the newlyweds once again a blissful married life with filial kids in tow… :)

#theSyarifs’ Wedding Event

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I’m back with the second instalment of #theSyarifs’ wedding event held at the Alkaff Mansion on 22 November 2014. I have been looking at some of the photos shared in cyberspace with regards to arguably 2014‘s “Wedding of the Year” event, and most of them were from the marriage solemnisation ceremony as well as the dinner event. Correct me if I am wrong please, but I don’t see that many photos from the main wedding event shared amongst the media portals. Good thing that I hung around long enough to capture some of the memorable moments during the afternoon session, though not long enough to capture the couple in their second outfit nor the celebrity guests who turned up. I was fortunate to witness what went on during the traditional customary routine where the groom and his entourage made their way to the wedding dais, only to be stopped at various points to “pay their dues”, either through monetary means or through simple physical challenges.

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One of the checkpoints required the groom and his groomsmen to perform Taufik Batisah‘s trademark “#awakkatmane” dance steps while the last checkpoint was the most challenging in that the groomsmen were subjected to perform various Yoga poses, of which the bride, Malaque, is known to be an avid practitioner. Guests who were around during that period were also fortunate to have been serenaded by local group Northbound (who in actual fact was having their own soundcheck for their evening performance), as well as the Arabic-influenced group Samra Alwehdah, led by local actor / comedian Mohammad Alhindwan (you would have noticed him playing the ring announcer role in Saga or as one of the funny characters in Warta Heran). Right I will not blabber more and let my photographs do the talking… :)

#theSyarifs Marriage Solemnisation Ceremony

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The poster that greeted the guests at the entrance along with the names of the wedding event sponsors…

It has been exactly three months since I last updated my blog. I remember I promised my next entry after Syah Ibrahim and Ana Wahyuni‘s wedding event would be photographs I snapped of Syarif SleeQ and Malaque Mahdaly‘s wedding, but events and circumstances happening in my own personal capacity made it impossible for me to update my blog. For that I apologise for not keeping to promise, but blogging was the last thing on my list of agendas as family took precedence. I was also partly hesitant to share the photographs, especially during the wedding and dinner events, because since the wedding, Malaque has taken the decision to cover up and don the Hijab and I personally don’t feel comfortable sharing the photos without first seeking the couple’s permission. Thankfully I met them at an event this past week, and they have kindly given their blessings to share and so here I am with this entry, my first for 2015.

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The customary sign of respect shown by a wife to her newly-wedded husband…

I believe I do not have to relate so much on what happened during the solemnisation event, as you can still view this beautiful ceremony in its full glory via its official YouTube channel “the_Syarifs“. I was and still am impressed by the whole event and how fairy-tale like it turned out from morning till night. What’s more significant was the fact that this was the first time a live streaming of a wedding event by a local Malay personality was done for a worldwide audience. Correct me please if I am wrong or misinformed, but this was probably the first personality in Singapore who had his wedding event streamed live to the world. Even though Syarif & Malaque‘s wedding was equally grand alongside Syah Ibrahim & Ana Wahyuni‘s, the former wins hands down for the global outreach their event made, even making it trend on social media that day. All these was made possible by the brilliant CST Productions team.

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Syarif placing the wedding ring on Malaque‘s fingers…

The solemnisation event which carried an Arabic-theme, was attended by close family members and friends at the event venue, Alkaff Mansion. The event was hosted by none other than Warna 94.2FM‘s AB Shaik. Local actresses Nurfarhana M Noor and Syirah Jusni were the roving hosts for the live webstream of the event. The marriage was solemnised by Ustaz Syed Ahmad Syed Mohamed. It was quite an emotional ceremony, with the groom getting all sentimental and emotional during the recitation of the Taklik, in turn making the guests, including his trusted groomsmen shed tears. But those emotions were only temporary as they were replaced by smiles, grins and cheerful looks on everyone’s faces throughout the day. I believe you might have viewed those solemnisation photos online already from some of the media portals across the Causeway, but I guess no harm in me sharing more of them again in this entry and my upcoming two entries, as all of them were personally taken by me… :)

Wedding of Syah Ibrahim & Ana Wahyuni

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Syah Ibrahim & Ana Wahyuni

I am currently suffering from a hangover from the weekend’s two grand wedding events involving two famous personalities, Syarif from local hiphop duo, SleeQ, and former radio deejay Syah Ibrahim. I believe, many of you would have viewed the photographs of both weddings via your social media timelines by now, from those who had attended or even yourself who might have witnessed it firsthand as guests. While I will be taking my time to edit the photographs I took during Syarif and Malaque‘s wedding, I will be sharing with you photographs I took during Syah Ibrahim and Ana Wahyuni‘s wedding first. This is because I did not take many shots and focused solely on the newlyweds rather than include photos of other personalities who attended the wedding event. In fact I did not take any photographs of the known personalities who had attended at all.

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The newlyweds taking the slow walk to the wedding dais…

There are several reasons why I did not include photographs of known personalities who had attended. Firstly, the venue (Singapore Recreation Club @ The Padang) was huge!!! The tentage spanned from one width of the Padang to the other. Indeed, I struggle to think which was the last known local personality who had a wedding this grand and huge, accomodating to more than 6000 guests. I think the last one was Fandi Ahmad and Wendy Jacobs‘ back in 1996. It was almost impossible to drift from one end of the tentage to the other just to snap photos of known guests. Just covering from when the newlyweds arrived down to their wedding dais made me drenched in perspiration. Add on to the pandemonium and chaotic situation where the guests clamoured forward to get a good look at the newlyweds and congratulating them, it was just madness where everyone jostled and the Orange Event staff (of which Syah Ibrahim is the CEO) had to be stern in pushing the crowd back.

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For me and I believe, the other guests as well, the highlight of the wedding event had to be when one of Syah‘s nephews,  Syed Tahir Bin Syed Najeeb Al Taher, a boy who looked no more than five or six years of age came onstage to recite a lengthy prayer supplication for the newlyweds. It left us all in awe and it made the groom very emotional and unashamedly shed tears. Looking at the way he has been brought up with such good guidance and the potential he showed, the boy will grow up to be a very fine young man, God willing. My missus had already noted afterwards that if we were to have a boy in future, God willing, she wants our son to replicate this boy as he is a very good example. As what we like to say in our native language, “Sejuk perut mak dia…:)

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Even Ustaz Mohd Noor Tijany (holding handphone) was in awe of Syed Tahir

To bro Syah Ibrahim, thank you for inviting us to your wedding. It was indeed a grand affair and one which all your loyal followers and friends had been waiting for for many years. Thank you for not forgetting all of us and even welcomed the public to join in your memorable occasion. We wish you and sis Ana Wahyuni a blessed and blissful marriage, always full of love and happiness. I am not that good with sharing marriage advices, but I think the best and most witty advice I heard yesterday came from bro Adi Rahman when he shared, “In a marriage relationship, happiness comes when the woman is winning the argument…” Well something to that effect, which is true in a lot of respects… :)

#theSyarifs’ Photo Teasers

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I foresee a spike in my blog statistics. This happens whenever there is a celebrity wedding happening here in Singapore. In fact, I’ve already seen my stats jumped over the past week, mostly searching for wedding photos of former radio personality Syah Ibrahim and his wife Ana Mahyuni. As his solemnisation and wedding was held in Jakarta, it was impossible for me to provide photos of the event. But fret not, cos I am invited to his wedding tomorrow, so I hope to share some photos of the wedding with you soon.

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Anyway, I just came back from the solemnisation ceremony and wedding of SleeQ‘s Ahmad Syarifullah Ahmad Soribah (Syarif) and former Singapore Idol 2009 alumnus Syarifah Malak Aimana (Malaque Mahdaly). Since I have another wedding to attend after this and the wedding dinner event of the newlyweds to look forward to later this evening, I will just share with you these two photographs of the newlyweds for now to whet your appetite. I will be updating this blog with more photos in the coming days ahead. So do visit from time to time to see my latest updates ya??? :)

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