2 Out Of 3 Isn’t So Bad After All…

It was a heady weekend for me. One of the best I’ve had in my life. It would have been even more magnificent had Chelsea beat Arsenal or even hold them to a draw at The Emirates Stadium on Sunday night. But it didn’t matter. The weekend was still a great one for me personally as things kinda went my way, one way or another.

Last Saturday, Aida and I both decided to confirm and pay a visit to our home renovation contractor’s showroom at Changi Road. Oh in case you dunno by now, we both bought a home for ourselves at Compassvale Street in August and have just collected our keys this past Monday. Two notable local celebrities Nurul Aini and Jai had endorsed our home renovation contractor, based on various adverts you might have seen on television. Yes, it’s none other than Chew Interior Design. But why them???

As I had lamented in a previous entry sometime in 2005, I was not keen on engaging a Malay home renovation contractor company due to the bad experience my family suffered when we moved in to our current home. Delay in completion and shoddy work were the reasons behind it. I don’t like to put down my fellow community’s shortcomings, neither do I like to stereotype, but when you’ve experienced it yourself and hearing others complaining, you can’t help but think that at the end of the day, you only want quality work and satisfaction since after all, you’re gonna be staying in that home for a long time.

Chew Interior Design is quite well-known in our community anyway. Looking through their catalogue, I must say a bulk of their satisfied customers are from our community. There were quite a few designs which we liked and gave us some ideas on how we wanted our home to look like. Looking at the number of things we wanted, we were expecting to pay a bomb, in the region of 50K and above. But the final quotation was way below our estimation. I won’t say how much we are paying but all I can say is, we’re quite happy with the valuation. Now our hope is on them to live up to our expectations. We hope our choice have been proven right since our fave cousins also engaged their services and recommended them to us…


 F8 TV

I’m in love with this High-Definition Television (HDTV). It is the latest in the Samsung range of HDTVs and is a 52-inch model. Seeing that I have planned for an entertainment room (movies & games) to be built at the study room of my new home, the television would be the focal point of my vision for this room. Its current price reads $10399 at most electronics retail outlets. However, we saw one that was retailing at about $8319 at Harvey Norman Parkway Parade, which was too good to be true. But we are not keen on buying it just yet. As months pass, the price would most definitely drop so we’re still biding till the time is right.

Likewise the Playstation 3 (PS3) console that I have been clamouring to buy. Everywhere I go, most shops are selling it between $759 and $799. This package normally comes with an extra free wireless controller ($66) and a game (between $82 – $135). I saw one shop, also at Parkway Parade offering the best package with two games and an extra free wireless controller for only $750. Again, although it sounded tempting, I have to hold myself back and tell myself that the price would go down sometime down the road. Anyway, to maximise the playing experience of playing the PS3 console, one can only feel it when you have a HDTV. The waiting game goes on for me… *sigh*


With regards to the title above, it actually described my Sunday more rather than the whole weekend. Firstly, my favourite Manchester United once again showed why they are the champions of England to comprehensibly beat those wannabes from Merseyside, albeit by a single goal. Some people might argue it was down to luck but let’s look at it this way. In life, you create your own luck, the rest is up to HIM. So in that respect, I take the win no matter how scrappy it was. A win is still a win, even if it had ricocheted someone’s bum…

Secondly our very own Hady Mirza was crowned Asian Idol. I’ve got to admit between head and heart, the head had three choices and those three choices did not include his name in the list. Even after watching his performances over the weekend, I could not see how he could upstage the other vocal powerhouses technically. Where he lost out on technique, I guess he won by being the whole package and most definitely for remaining humble unlike Mau & Jac who momentarily did not look pleased after the results were announced. It’s like as though their lives had depended on it. 

We have the online forums and printed media dissecting the various theories and reasons as to how he could have won it. No matter how much some people might not accept it, truth be told, Asia had spoken so they’ve got to live with the choice they made, even if they had made the wrong one or out of pity. Based on how Asia had voted, we can actually see clearly that looks and a humble character goes a long way in winning the hearts of voters in this part of the world as compared to the West.

Perhaps what Imran Ajmain had said in the Life! section of The Straits Times could also be true. He was quoted as saying it could be a divine intervention from above cos before this Hady was never looked as an outright winner. Even the judges, Dick Lee notably, then had made unhappy faces when his name was announced as the winner of the Season 2 Finals. Hopefully this win would be an added boost to Hady‘s career and hopefully he’ll start to sing more Malay songs other than “Merpati” and “Hijau“, which I find very boring whenever I watch his performances live or on television (P.S. I hope no Happy Hady reading this will slam me for being biased in their forum, like the last time cos I’m being objective here… :P). It’s high time he sings with more variety than his normal limited repertoire. I’m happy for him, happy for the community and happy for our country. Another one does the community proud and I look forward to more of it…


Here’s wishing my Muslim friends and visitors “Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha“. May this day of blessing bring happiness and more sustenance in your lives…

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.

3 thoughts on “2 Out Of 3 Isn’t So Bad After All…”

  1. didnt know that si dick lee ada buat funny faces bila hady menang last year.. tapi hady dapat vote cuma 1 percent beza dgn jac… one of my friend cakap pasal singapore kaya.. banyak duit and bole vote bermati-matian.. yang herannya mike dapat 7% votes jek.. i was so hairan… but glad hady menang! selamat hari raya aidiladha.

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