Going On A Hiatus…

I was back at my critical best on radio this morning and naturally the brickbats came thick and fast. It surprised quite a few people who’ve been saying it has been quite boring without yours truly heating up the airwaves with my no-nonsense comments. Well I’ve tolerated non-stop whinings from the listeners over the past week, lamenting Syah Ibrahim‘s apparent leaving of the radio station. It got to a point where it began to look as though the world was gonna end for them, with him leaving the airwaves. Of course I share their sadness cos truth be told, nobody carries the morning show as well as he does. But I had to do something and knowing me, I slammed them hard for getting too carried away and emotional over this.

The fact of the matter is, Syah is just TAKING A BREAK from radio. His contract is also up so he might take the time off to assess his options. He may or may not be back but I’m slanted to say that he will be back soon, refreshed and rejuvenated than ever, I hope, that I am confident of. How do I know this you might ask??? Cos besides Hafeez Glamour, only Syah has a loyal set of followers and it wouldn’t make sense for him to abandon them just like that. Anyway, his business has also got to do with radio in terms of promotions and advertising, so the listeners need not have to worry too much. I doubt the management will allow him to leave just like that when he has one of the highest ratings. Still not convinced??? Remember what happened to Rod Monteiro and Glenn Ong when they were still at Perfect 10 98.7FM a few years ago??? Well, let’s just wait and see if I’m correct or not 6 months down the road. If I’m wrong, then sue me for my apparent overconfidence. And no, I do not have any inside information on this…

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I guess this will be my final entry before I go on a long hiatus, just like Syah Ibrahim. I’ll be too busy with work, what with the upcoming General Elections taking up a considerable amount of time, to the point of affecting my social and family life. And right after that, I have my week-long reservist training (AGAIN!!!), followed by a host of weddings which I am involved in, my long-overdue honeymoon and to cap it off, the World Cup. So I guess it makes sense that I’ll be spending less time on the PC due to all the commitments I’m involved in till July.

In all honesty, I’ve lost the drive to continue blogging. The novelty is simply wearing off. Maybe I’ve set such high standards on my own typings that it’s come to a point where my ideas have since stagnated. Cos if you were to rewind back to my previous entries, I seem to be at my creative best when I’m full of angst and filled with anger inside, just like my comments in the airwaves.

Like Syah, I hope to be back fresh and rejuvenated, probably with a new set of design layout for the blog. I know some of you love to change your blog skins but personally I subscribe to the old adage, “If nothing’s broken, don’t fix it.” It’s been almost a year since I’ve been with this skin, so perhaps it’s time for a change too, and what better way to coincide with my return. I’ll be back in July, don’t miss me too much. I’ll still drop by your blogs from time to time. God bless to all you people out there…

Hypocrisy???

Nothing newsworthy to talk about really, I’ll just ramble and rant to fill up space…

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I’ve been reading with absolute interest and excitement for the fact that Playstation 3 (PS3) will be out in November. Even though it was slated to release around this period of time, the recent launch of X-Box 360 perhaps put the developers back to see how much they can improve on the design specifications of the console. From what I’ve read, it’s only gonna be even better than whatever Microsoft had developed for the X-Box series. Personally I’ve never liked playing on an X-Box as I feel that the controllers are not player-friendly and game characters are difficult to toggle around. So yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to PS3‘s release…

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I can only remember too well two years ago when I was heavily ridiculed for my choice of music over at the Forum section in the now-defunct Riamania website. Some people made fun of my apparent respect for the musical compositions from the brothers in KRU. They thought that it was unfashionable, unmanly and unbecoming for someone to like a boyband that dishes out “whiny tunes”. Well for starters this “boyband” compose their own music, play their own instruments and are millionaires which all of us can learn to emulate. Secondly, I’ve never dissed anyone for their personal choice of music. Even if you like techno, which I personally despise, I’ll still respect you for what you are. To me, dissing me for my personal choice of music is the same as dissing the people who made them.

Well fast forward to 2006, these same people are the ones now trying to show their support for an upcoming star from KRU‘s stable, Adam AF2. What’s more, when Edry came down to be one of the guest judges at last year’s Anugerah Finals, they were seen excitedly taking photographs with him. Were they not the same ones who had branded KRU’s music as “kental” etc??? Why are they singing a different tune now??? And why am I sounding so bitchy and all hard-up??? Cos I just felt a sense of hypocrisy creeping its way and making me look stupid all those years ago swallowing their attacks and rebutting them in my replies to them. The embarrassment they dished out back then was just cannon fodder for nothing. And I thought that their aim of existence was to strictly support “local artistes“. Why are they “branching out” now and supporting regional artistes??? Please, before you go out hitting on others, think first cos you’ll never know your words might come back to haunt you in future…

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Speaking of the KRU brothers, they’ll be out with their new album sometime this month or next month. Titled “10 Di Skala Richter” (10 on the Richter Scale), it will be the brothers’ 10th full album – minus the “AWAS” mini album (1993), “Cinta Metropolitan Soundtrack” (1996), the “TYCO” project (2001), “KRUjaan version 2.0” (2002) and “Relax” (2004), a collection of ballads. Technically, this latest effort is officially their 13th album since their formation in 1992.

I’ve sampled some of the new tracks at their website. I must say, it is much, much better than the previous effort (KRUnisme). Half the songs had tunes which if we were to scrutinise the melodies and rhythms, would some way or another remind us of the hit songs in their heydays back in the 90s. I can’t deny I felt young again when I listened to some of the songs. I know for one, its first single “Buat Hal Lagi” will be another hit in the mould of “Terhangat Di Pasaran“. It features “The Hit Squad” comprising Azza Elite, Linda Onn, Adam AF2, Billy Zulkarnain & Zam Indigo. Knowing their track record to produce quality video clips, I’m sure this song will also be quality in its own right, perhaps along the humour lines of “Terhangat Di Pasaran” and “Impak Maksima“.

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Ok, as promised in the previous entry, I would post more information on the upcoming performance from Imran Ajmain, Hazami, Khairul Anuar and Azlina Aziz. Just click on the promotional poster for more details. By the way, I wanna make a correction, the Ismail sisters have decided to change the name “HeARTwork” to “workHeart” cos of a clash with another organisation of the same name. There’s even a side-view photograph of me in the website, when I attended the Hazami mini showcase on 26th February 2006. Anyway, congrats to Imran for the infectious hit “Yang Sudah Tu Sudah” making its way up RIA‘s music charts after only 2 weeks of airplay. Told you guys before, he is one to look out for…


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Right, I’ve been getting some feedback about my apparent lack of activity and comments on air lately. Frankly speaking, the novelty to comment is wearing off. It gets stale listening to the same old thing day in, day out and commenting on the same thing. For dedication segments, you get the same people dedicating to the same people. Then during international hits segments, the same people keep requesting the same songs. During discussion segments, topics are recycled and more often than not, it revolves around relationships and love. Then it’s followed by the daily dosage of ear-bashing by those who-can’t-sing-but-think-they-can and the hour-long nostalgic hits.

Luckily Mediacorp has a wide range of choices I can tune to when it gets too bored. Either that, or I’ll be listening to my Ipod. Honestly, I don’t have the drive to comment on air like I used to. I know some of you look forward to the heat that I’m able to generate whenever I come up with some lambasting, truth-hurts, matters-of-fact opinions. Sadly, I don’t see how I can fit in with the amount of stop-start programmes and mini-sponsored capsules the station comes up with daily. There’s just too many promotions and endless commercials that disrupt the smoothness of the daily programmes that we used to have in the past. Really, I’ve lost quite a bit of zest listening to the radio of late…

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Ok people, enjoy your long holiday ahead…

The Cathay…

Sorry for the delay in updating as I had wanted to post this entry earlier. Was down with flu during the first half of the week and to top it off I had fever since Thursday night. Now that I’m on the road to recovery, I can at least muster enough energy to finish this…

I’ve not had such a high number of visitors to my humble manor prior to this past week, based on my site’s tracking meter. Felt as though I became an overnight celebrity blogger, but in reality, I feel extremely humbled and honoured that I’ve received visitors as far away as Australia, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, the Middle-East and an influx from neighbouring Malaysia. Not to mention the fact that some of you also listed me under “Celebrities” in your blog links. Truth be told, I’m just a normal guy you see out on the streets with neither looks nor talents to boot. I hope the APM2006 review was informative for most of you, even if it was too lengthy and the pictures were not of a good quality. I spent 3 days typing it and God-knows-how-many-times I edited it so as not to be too damning towards the organisers and the event as a whole.

New friendships too have been forged as a result and I welcome each and every new acquaintance who have taken the trouble to come here. If the review was unsatisfactory, I apologise as I was merely relating my personal experiences. I know it is a subjective matter based on individuals who had watched it either live or via television. Perhaps the standards that I expected out of the show of such magnitude were a bit too high for some, but I personally felt it was the minimum which should have been met. It’s over anyway, we can only look forward to the following year’s event to see if there are improvements made…

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Last Friday night (31st March 2006), me and the missus drove to the newly-refurbished Cathay cinema at Handy Road. During the days of Jalan Ampas, Cathay Keris and Shaw Brothers were the main players in the local film industry. The Cathay building itself is an icon in our country’s history as it was the first skyscraper and the first air-conditioned cinema in Singapore. Not only that, its grand staircase leading up to the 1000 capacity cinema hall was considered a brilliant work of art, etched in the memories of those who had enjoyed watching movies in those yesteryears. For the younger generation, they would recall the Orange Julius outlet situated outside the theatre. My first brush with Cathay‘s history was when my aunt brought me and my sister to watch “Tootsie“, a film starring Dustin Hoffman & Jessica Lange back in 1982.


The Cineshop selling movie posters and what-nots…

Roll over to last Friday, lots of changes have been made to the cinema. We now have a shopping mall and the theatres are situated on the 5th & 6th levels of the building. The shops in the building have yet to be opened. We were not expecting a crowd that night but there was a sizeable number of patrons who came to savour the lush settings of the facade. It turned out to be quite a nightmare so to speak as I had driven down to the building. For starters, the carpark gantry mulfunctioned just as the car in front of us was about to pass, which caused a major traffic jam behind us. Then my cashcard got stuck inside the payment slot when it was our turn to move on.


Rekindling the good old days of munching peanuts whilst watching movies…

When we managed to pass through, it was a case of driving with extreme caution throughout as the carpark was amazingly narrow that I had to reverse before turning and going up the ramp to the upper floor. There was also a massive jam in the carpark when we left the building, apparently due to the traffic from the main road. Whatever it is, please, don’t ever drive to the Cathay building if you wanna watch a movie there. I’ve learnt my lesson as far as driving is concerned. Luckily the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is just nearby. The new design on the interior looks state-of-the-art though I won’t say it’s spectacular either. Perhaps it would look better when the retail shops and restaurants open next month.


Figurines and movie-themed games can be found at the Cineshop


So too movies from the yesteryears produced by Cathay Keris


A special display on the Picturehouse‘s history…


The movie I’ve waited 3 years for it to conclude…

The movie we watched, “13th District“, is another masterpiece by renowned French director Luc Besson. It is along the same lines as the two previous “Yamakashi” films with more fight scenes. Trust the man who is also famous for bringing you the “Taxi” and “The Fifth Element” movies to create an adrenaline rush, just by watching the action scenes and stunts in the film. I’ll never get bored of watching Luc Besson‘s movies. I think he’s a genius…

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Finally, for the past week or so, Imran Ajmain‘s first single, “Yang Sudah Tu Sudah“, taken off from his soon-to-be-released album “Dengan Secara Kebetulan“, has been getting lots of airplay on our local Malay radio stations. I guess some of you would have also heard it already and would agree with me in one of my previous entries that he is a talent to look out for and probably the next big thing in our local music fraternity. The song is just so infectious that it keeps replaying in my head throughout the day. Maybe I’m a sucker for R&B songs but his voice can simply lull one into La-La-Land. Ok for those who would like to take a listen, please visit Imran‘s personal site at http://myspace.com/imranajmain.

For those of you who would like to catch Imran in action, he will be reuniting once again with Hazami and will be appearing with Khairul Anuar of Anugerah fame and veteran singer Azlina Aziz in a showcase organised by the Ismail sisters from “heARTwork“, on 20th May 2006. So do keep a lookout for more details. I’ll post more on it when I’ve received more information on the event. For now, that’s the only information I can give, thanks to Raudha & Noreez whom I met outside the Max Pavilion after APM2006 ended.

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I’m proud when a local artiste gets some attention from across the Causeway. Lately I read that Fauzie Laily has been “scouted” by KRU Music Group, a brand name in Malaysia which needs no introductions. I’ve known Fauzie since 2002 on an acquaintance basis, when we both used to play football with the Singapore Malay Dramatistes team. However, we were not that close to keep in touch till today. Nonetheless his presence at Adam AF2‘s showcase at Far East Square on the day after APM2006, hinted that there was something in the works and was proven through the newspaper article written a week later. For his sake, I hope he succeeds cos it is not easy to break through the Malaysian market. My only worry is his direction and image outlook if he were to be chosen to be the next in KRU‘s stable, as Adam AF2 is already turning into a younger version of KRU during their heydays, with his style of singing and rapping.

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It looks highly likely that I won’t be attending this year’s Anugerah Industri Muzik 2006 (AIM2006) on 29th April 2006 at Kuala Lumpur‘s Putra World Trade Centre, due to the impending general elections. I was hoping they would at least do it during the Vesak Day holidays but it is unlikely as it is the mid-year examinations period, whereby they need to use the schools as polling centres and the manpower of the teachers to help count the ballots. Looking at the heightened increase in the introduction of PAP candidates over the past 2 weeks, I can safely say Singaporeans will go to the polls either end of the month or the first week of May. Either way, I still can’t go up to Kuala Lumpur as I will be extremely busy throughout the period. In case you are wondering, no I am not a police officer. Neither will I stand for the elections as a possible candidate (Hmmm… That’s a tantalizing thought though, can you picture me in all-white and having my face hung all around your neighbourhood??? Hahahah…), henceforth I will be taking my leave from blogging come Nomination Day till the dust has settled…

Till my next entry…