It’s not often that you get to bump into celebrities, be it local or foreign, as you go about doing your daily stuff, moreso when you’re outside doing shopping or having a meal. I had my fair opportunity two weeks ago when I bumped into Awie and Hans Isaac whilst having our Mothers’ Day lunch at Marina Square‘s Tambuah Mas Restaurant. Today was also another day that I had that wee bit rub of the green when I chanced upon the winners of the previous season’s Gangstarz competition. Yes, it’s those guys who sing about part-time lovers (“Separuh Masa“), The Lima.
I was walking along the Arab Street mall with two of my colleagues, Ariff (yes, coincidentally we both share the same name) & Hani during lunchtime looking for a place to eat. Every day, we seem to crack our heads on where to find a good place to buy back lunch, rather than go to the same places all the time. The Kopitiam canteen at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Nasi Padang River Valley Restaurant are weekly stopovers but we always seem to be at a loss on where else to go on the other three working days of the week. Today was no different.
As we were walking past the back of Sultan Mosque, I noticed a familiar figure who looks a bit like Chef Khalid of Chef Selebriti fame coming out from the compounds of the mosque. I realised I’ve met this guy before at APM2008, just that I wasn’t sure if it was him with “Separuh Masa” playing in my head. At the same time I was chatting with my colleagues and half listening to the radio, since I’m always plugged into my handphone earplugs between 10am-2pm daily. Yeah, so many things in my head and doing a few things at the same time.
As I turned the corner into the main mall itself, I walked past Mona J’s Boutique and saw Jihan and Janna inside. I did a courtesy call on them and Janna said that The Lima is in town and that they were at the mosque performing their responsibilities. So I was right after all. And that guy whom I saw, came as I was chatting with the two sisters along with another member of the group. Jihan took the time to introduce me to them. Happens that he also shared the same name as us. So there were three Ariffs being introduced to one another. And there was Taura as well. Bony was still at the mosque, perhaps taking a bit more time to communicate with The Almighty. I’m still embarrassed whenever someone introduce me to another person as a “popular blogger“, when I’m not and have always maintained that way.
I was kinda in a blur, bearing in mind I still had one half of my earplugs stuck in my ear, and thinking about where to buy lunch. Even when Jihan suggested that I take a photograph with the two guys, I was dumb enough to say I had no camera with me, when in fact my handphone has camera features on it. My mind was simply in a haywire then. But that did not deter me from taking one using Jihan‘s camera.
Taura, “P. Ramlee” & Ariff… 😛
From my short meeting with The Lima, I can see that they are humble folks. What actually impressed me was the fact that they took the time to observe their responsibilities, even when they were tired from all the travelling to Singapore. I came to know later on that Bony was also fasting today. Amazing!!! Artistes have always been given the impression that they are interested in worldly stuff or that they are being looked down upon as of a different class, as depicted by the late P. Ramlee in his movie Ibu Mertuaku. But I believe the small minority of artistes who are wayward, are responsible in giving such a stereotypical mentality to the masses, if they still hold on these olden beliefs. The boys from The Lima certainly dispel the notions and are fine examples that you can have the best of both worlds. For that, they deserve my respect…