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Being Sure…


Apologies for the lack of updates for almost two weeks. Not that I have nothing interesting to talk about but life’s been quite busy and especially now that the little one is becoming more and more active, a lot of leisure time is spent on entertaining her. She’s learning to stand and walk at the same time, not to mention starting to teeth. And she’s being quite chatty of late. Dunno where she got that chatty trait from cos both me and the wife are not that vocal to start with (I’m chatty only when I type but not when I speak). I guess it’s just a phase babies go through as they grow up. Definitely a fulfilling phase as parents…

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I dunno if you guys managed to catch the second season of “2 x 5 Dol” on Suria quite recently. One of the minor characters in the series, Shamsul, who always come up with the same line “Aku pun tak sure!!!” every week, got hitched recently to his beau, Nurul Huda, on 4th August 2007. The actor in question, Hazriq, is an old friend of mine back in my polytechnic days. In fact, we both were considered close friends back then, since we started off from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and then we both changed courses and ended up at Temasek Polytechnic. And ironically, we’re just staying across the road from each other.

4 Sekawan

Raydza, Zul, Hazriq and Shahril sharing a banter before the solemnisation ceremony…

His wedding was a simple affair, the marriage solemnisation ceremony being conducted at the Al-Istiqamah Mosque at Serangoon North, which is also just across the road from our homes. The reception was held at The Serangoon Community Club, the place where my own wedding was held and just next to the mosque, separated only by a multi-storey carpark. A sense of deja vu crept into myself and Aida as we returned to the place where we held our event. That was the first time we set foot at the community club since our wedding. We also have another wedding to attend there some time at the end of the year (Zul, ex-member of Bhumiband), God willing.

Being a theatre activist, it was no surprise to see those in the theatre fraternity coming in droves and gracing the event. Hazriq‘s close buddies, which included Raydza (Semut Biru of Aksi Mat Yoyo fame) and Anugerah Skrin winner Shahril, were also there to lend him moral and physical support. Raydza if I’m not wrong, was the best man, since he was the one doing a lot of the yeoman service. It was also a great pleasure to have been invited to the wedding as I met up with old friends from my polytechnic days, those who served National Service with me and those who are doing their reservist with me.

Hazriq Nikah 

As I was also at the marriage solemnisation ceremony, I cracked a few jokes with the groom to ease his tension before it began in earnest. Amongst the jokes was regarding his trademark line on “2×5 Dol“. Even his father joined in the banter just before the Kadi, Ustaz Azmi Abdul Samad, arrived. I still remember his father telling him to most importantly, “be sure” about what he was going to recite during the solemnisation. Well, he recited it at one go and from the video that I took, I noticed Raydza who was sitting behind the groom, looked more excited than the groom himself. Afterwards I told Raydza that I hope the marriage bug would bite him soon and I know he must be tired of people asking him when he’s gonna walk the aisle. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve known, humble and a joker to boot.

The simplicity of the wedding was something that I had initially hoped and planned for with regards to my own. With the solemnisation ceremony being done at the mosque and the reception done without any wedding dais and intricate decorations, I could not help but thought my wedding should have been done that way too. But since my parents wanted a “proper” wedding back then due to status and me being the first in the family to get hitched, I gave them as proper as they wanted it to be, plus a wedding dinner thrown into the mix. As we Malays like to say it, “Amik kau!!!

On Bended Knee

But really, if I had my way, my kids will get married the same way as how my good friend Hazriq and his wife Nurul did. Simple yet elegant in its own element. And yes, he is definitely sure now as opposed to his onscreen character…

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Strictly For Manchester United Fans Only 

Of late, I’ve joined the Manchester United Singapore Supporters Group after reading of their existence in the local papers. The group is still relatively new but aims to reunite all those members who used to be a part of Manchester United South-East Asia which disappeared when the Manchester United store at Cuscaden Walk closed down. We are working towards the goal of being recognised by Old Trafford as the Official Supporters Group in Singapore. For those of you who are United fans and want to join in the fun of getting to know your fellow fans, just click on the link above and away we go!!!

MUFCSG Training

Can you spot me in this photograph???

And yes, we have formed a football team of our own. Our first match will be tomorrow 19th August 2007 3:00pm at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School against the supporters’ group of Newcastle United. I had my first training session last Saturday (11th August 2007) and did not expect to make it to the team to play tomorrow since I was new and extremely rusty playing on the field as a striker. But a hat-trick changed all that and now I’m in the team, albeit as a reserve. I don’t mind not being in the first eleven really, cos being in the team is already an honour on its own. Gives me a sense of pride and make belief that I am representing my favourite club. Guess the photograph I posted in the last entry proved to be a bit prophetic in its own right…

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Last Sunday night (12th August 2007), Aida and I brought the little one to Singapore Expo. There was some Asia Festival exhibition going on. I wasn’t interested in the exhibits but was there to watch Sofaz and local talent Mahirah performed. Mahirah, the Siti Nurhaliza look-alike winner in 2003 and grand-daughter of Pak Wahid Satay, sang Dewi Sandra‘s “Ku Akui” and a duet with Sofaz (Acha Septriasa‘s “Berdua Lebih Baik“). I gotta admit, this girl sang “Ku Akui” much better than a certain Kuriyati Abu Bakar during the recent Anugerah 2007 competition. I know she has been training her vocals and the numerous exposures she’s been getting performing across the Causeway have reaped dividends. Now, I’m just waiting for her album to be released. Would be interesting to see if she can break the monopoly being held by the boys…

Mahirah

As for Sofaz, I lost track of how many songs they performed that night. Must have been around ten as they belted hits after hits from their albums and also a few cover versions like Linkin Park‘s “What I’ve Done“. They ended the concert with the massive hit and my personal favourite “Janjiku“. I was afraid my daughter would kick up a fuss with the loud music but she seemed to take it all in her stride. It was also the first time she met my good friend whom I regard like my own elder sister, Kak Sab and Mahirah. Even Maiya Rahman (Anugerah 2007 runner-up) who was there to lend her support to Mahirah, stopped and played with Syahindah when our paths crossed on my way out. Though that was the first time I met her in person, she really has no airs about her. A very friendly girl I must say.

MahirahSyahindah

Another one of my good friends, Melatie, came with her parents and daughter in tow but they did not stay long, leaving halfway through the show. It was really nice to meet up with close friends whom you have not met for months. At times you tend to wonder if they are alright and how are they getting on in life or if God-forbid, they have forgotten about you, but I am sure all of us are busy with our own commitments, and not that we have forgotten one another. To tell you the truth, I really miss those times we used to hang out after watching concerts and awards shows or even have regular meet-ups to celebrate one another’s birthdays. Hope that someday we can do this all over again, even if times and priorities have changed with families in tow…

Sofia

Melatie‘s daughter, Sofia… How much she has grown. She turns one next month…

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Did any of you manage to catch the recent episode of Juang Anak Watan??? Well for those who don’t, the programme showcases our own Muslim community’s successes in various fields while venturing overseas. This year’s Berita Harian‘s Anugerah Jauhari Winner, Ashley Isham, was one who was featured a couple of week’s ago. This recent episode showcased four people who made it in New York, of which one of them was mentioned in then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong‘s National Day Rally Speech in 2001. The person mentioned by Mr Goh was Fazeela Abdul Rashid.

Fazeela

Source taken from Suriachannel.comFazeela Abdul Rashid is somewhat of a poster-girl for Singapore’s dreams of making it on the global stage. Cited in 2001 by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in his National Day Rally speech as an exemplary local talent wooed and sought after in the U.S. – by esteemed financial firms Credit Suisse First Boston and Merrill Lynch – she is now a Principal at Solera Capital, a private equity investment firm in New York. She joined the firm last year after completing a Master in Business Administration degree at Harvard Business School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Concentration in Economics from Cornell University where she graduated magna cum laude for her academic achievements.

Fazeela2 

Fazeela and I go back a long way. She was my classmate in Primary 1, 2 and 4 at Rosyth School. We were also active in performing dance items during our annual Speech Day, even though she was not my direct partner. Even though I have not met her since Primary 6 as I’ve lost all contacts with her (cannot even locate her on Friendster, MySpace etc), I still remember what a friendly and down-to-earth girl she is, even if she comes from a very rich family (her dad’s a lawyer). She has been very successful in life, going to high-profile institutions (Raffles Girls Secondary and Raffles Junior College amongst those mentioned in the earlier paragraph).

It’s nice to see old friends doing well in life, sometimes you wished you could turn back time and maybe do a wee bit better in school so that your career paths and salary scale would be even higher than what you are earning now. Perhaps that is one of my regrets in life in that I could have done better academically…

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5 responses

  1. Dee

    Hi Bro, feel free to surf http://www.anuarzain.net and add to your blog if you wish to.
    And also can I add your blog link to mine?

    Dee
    Singapore

    Thursday, 30 August 2007 at 10:36

  2. Hi Dee,

    A pleasure to know someone who is close to my fave male singer. Even more humbling is you took the time to type something in here. I presume you heard my comments and frog-like voice singing Lelaki Ini yesterday on RIA 89.7FM. Yes, please be my guest and link me up. I’ll be more than pleased to add the link you have given me. 🙂

    Friday, 31 August 2007 at 09:23

  3. Dee

    yes yes i heard u on RIA – all the time :P…well ur nick is very fofular kat RIA……finally i managed to put a face to the name. In fact, i have seen u at various RIA events…but masa tu tak tau pun tat it was u. anyway, thank you for adding the link. I”ll add your link too…very soon…tgh sibuk meng-upload gambar-gambar anuar zain 🙂

    Thanks Bro…next time I attend RIA event…I’ll approach u eh.. 🙂

    Friday, 31 August 2007 at 10:45

  4. Liz

    Hi PM! I was at the wedding too. His wife is very pretty lah. Somehow, I didn’t see u at all. Maybe, I was too absorbed in finding seats for myself and my husband 🙂

    Wednesday, 5 September 2007 at 23:17

  5. Very cool blog !!

    Saturday, 3 November 2007 at 19:05

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