It’s Looming…

Last Saturday, I spent my afternoon attending a hi-tea event at “The PavilionFar East Square, my first for the year, if you would believe me. The event is in conjunction with the launch of a boof of short stories entitled “Diari DJ” (Diary of a Radio Presenter), penned by none other than Hafeez Glamour, who needs no further introduction in the local Malay entertainment scene. The event was further graced by a slew of local artistes, past and present, making it a glamour event.
The cosy ambience of the venue was perfect for an event of such magnitude. Add to the relaxed mood that emanated throughout and the glorious spread that was served, the event went some way into appeasing the guests who were restless due to a one-hour delay and having to endure the endless chatter of the two hosts, Shika and Rudy Marican. Stellar performances by Khairil & Hairia Yusof, Fuad Rahman, Akhi & Salma amongst others gave us an indication that the local Malay music scene is not at all dead and buried. What they need is endless support from us, cos no one is gonna support them but their own people. I’m amazed in that Malaysians and Indonesians are so proud of their artistes but not us Singaporeans. We tend to subscribe to the fact that what comes from abroad is quality, but when asked how do you define quality, they will always be left stumped for answers.

Met a number of my nemesis at the event but we all stayed clear from one another. Those that I knew and have absolutely no problems with, I talked and entertained them with as much warmth I could. Even then a few idiots did comment on radio a few days later that I looked pompous and arrogant. I couldn’t care less really cos they’re nothing but flies on faeces. Those who came up to me, total strangers I may add, congratulated me on my upcoming wedding and gave me lots of encouragement to continue with my lambasting and honest comments. Not forgetting, to ignore the numbskulls and brickbats. They said they found nothing wrong with my comments and they are surprised how come some people are so against me. In my heart I was saying, “If only they knew…” but I’m happy that at least some people understand where my comments are getting at. What made me chuckle inside was these people labelled those who are against me as “stupid, backward people“. I could only smile, but deep down I’m hoping that we, the Malay community, should stop being so sensitive and learn to take comments on the chin.

Back to “Diari DJ“. The book itself is an excellent read. From someone who has been in the industry for 15 years as a radio presenter and an entertainment journalist, Hafeez has seen the ups and downs, the bitchings and politics going on and related his journey & experiences in the short stories found in the book. Of course the characters in the book are based on real-life people, just that the names have been changed. I was surprised, humbled and honoured to find myself being mentioned in two paragraphs that were dedicated to me, even though my name had been changed to “Sang Pendita“. The usage of Malay in the text is perfectly done and I must say, I’ve learnt a few new words as a result. So for those of you who would like to find a good Malay short stories book that doesn’t stress on the mind, I suggest you guys go buy this book…

Well… This is it… My final entry as a bachelor and reaching my final destination in life as a singleton. Tomorrow, I begin a new life with someone by my side, as a husband and leader of the family I have built. Feeling excited??? Jittery??? Afraid??? I dunno… It still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m getting married. Even when people asked how I’m feeling, I’m still laid back and relaxed. I even told Aida I don’t understand why guys should be so scared of the solemnisation (akad nikah). If you are ready and prepared, nothing should stop you from being confident. I joked with Aida maybe I’m not scared because “I was born to perform“… *chuckle* Well I’ve always liked to perform for a large audience since young. Kinda gives me an adrenaline rush. Maybe that’s why the entertainment scene has always been a passion and hobby for me. But too bad, I’ll never see myself participating in singing competitions again due to work restrictions.

For those who I have invited to my wedding dinner and day reception, I’ll be deeply delighted to have your presence. Especially to my bloggermates, those that I have never met before, it’ll be nice to see you guys in the flesh. I just hope whatever photographs you guys take will turn out nice cos really, I hate to see myself wearing the “tanjak“. My head is round and wearing it makes me look rounder. Even the Mak Andam said I looked like “Kuih Pau“. The only thing that pleases me is the wedding dinner outfit. Looks slick on me, appropriate for the surprises in store. Well, I leave it to your imagination.

I know some of you are equally impatient, I chuckle to myself whenever I hear my guests feeling impatient and can’t wait for the day. Some even went as far as buying a new outfit just for the occasion. Really, you guys shouldn’t go through all that trouble. There’s nothing glamourous about my event. It would have been nice if some of my celebrity friends like Edry KRU, Samsol AhliFiqir and Liza Hanim, not forgetting Siti Nurhaliza‘s sister Era and cousin Aju, were to be in attendance but since it is the New Year’s Eve whereby they have countdown shows to perform, they could only send their well wishes from a distance. With or without them, my event still goes on.

Right guess I have to end now… I’ll be away on reservist duty for two weeks, two days after my wedding (honeymoon in the jungle!!!) so I don’t think I’ll be updating this blog till all’s said and done. Till then, wishing all of you a Happy New Year!!!