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…


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…


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

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.


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.


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…

Author: Pujangga Malam™

Well-known on RIA 89.7FM as a controversial and sensational critic able to invoke thought-provoking and sometimes, fiery responses from fellow listeners. Have since evolved into a distinguished blogger of reputable claim with takes on the Malay entertainment industry and football-related matters. Brutally honest and believes in only reporting the truth as I see, hear or experience it. Self-styled critic who does not mince his words and is definitely a non-conformist.

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