Prelude To Pesta Perdana 10…

It will be a night of glitz and glamour for Suria as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of its prestigious awards show Pesta Perdana. The main objective of this show is to recognize, acknowledge and honour the best talents in the Malay television industry in Singapore. This 10th awards show has received tremendous support from the Malay community since its debut.

Pesta Perdana 10 will be very significant as it takes a turn with a theme “Dreams do come true” where in the world of television, visions come on screen and stars are born.  

The mega event has attracted more than 330 entries from local production houses who are vying for top honours in the fiercely contested programmes and performance award categories. New this year is the creative award category, which includes awards for Best Videography, Best Scriptwriting, and Best Image & Styling. There will be a total of 25 awards up for grabs this year. 

In addition, there are two special awards namely Anugerah Perdana Emas (Lifetime TV Achievement Award) and Anugerah Gaya Manja (Manja’s Style Award) that follows closely to the event’s dress code, Glitterati.

This highly anticipated event also offers Suria viewers the opportunity to become judges as they vote via SMS for their Most Popular Male Personality and Most Popular Female Personality respectively. Votes can be sent to 73388 in the format as follows:

PP <space> Artiste’s Code (eg. L1 or W1) 

Voting started on 12 February 2009 and ends tomorrow 27 February 2009, 10pm. The results will be based entirely on public votes.

The two-hour show will be hosted by Singapore-born Aaron Aziz who has made it big in Malaysia. The versatile actor has received generous offers and has appeared in numerous dramas and films since his move to Malaysia. With Aaron‘s big dreams and achievements in the entertainment industry, this ambassador of L’Oreal Paris (Malaysia) will certainly enchant viewers with his new-found talent in hosting. 

Award presenters will comprise familiar television personalities like former Miss Singapore Universe Nuraliza Osman, actor-director Vadi PVSS as well as celebrities Azhar Nor Lesta, Najip Ali, Suhaimi Yusof, Suhaila Salam, Sharon Ismail, Hafeez Glamour, Zan Sofiyan and Zaza Majid

This red carpet event will be graced by His ExcellencyMr S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore.

 

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CATEGORY 1: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA (BEST LEAD ACTOR)
Hasnul Rahmat Cinta Hati – Media Reel

Nick Mikhail 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Roslan Kemat – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films
Rahman Rahim – Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Eaglevision Productions
Zaidi Ibrahim – Cucuku Sayang Sr 1 – Screenbox
 

CATEGORY 2: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA (BEST LEAD ACTRESS)

J Rosmini – Mentari Sr 1 – Qaboom Communications

Norfasarie – Kerana Fateha – Eaglevision Productions

Rahimah Yusof – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Rahimah Yusof – Projek Cerpen: Natasha Arina – ThreeG Karma

Wahyu Rahman – Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 3: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU (BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE)

JA Halim – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Jeff Catz – Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Eaglevision Productions

Joe Lazarie – Zero Downpayment – Eaglevision Productions

Khalid Baboo – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Sani Hussin – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

 

CATEGORY 4: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU (BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE)

Ariati Tyeb Papar – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Mariana Yati – Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Eaglevision Productions

Mastura Ahmad MANdai UNITED – Timor TV

Rilla Melati – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Seri Wahyuni Jaes – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

 

CATEGORY 5: PELAKON TERBAIK DALAM WATAK KOMEDI (BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY ROLE)

Aaron Aziz – Dol & Minah Nak Kahwin – Aaron Aziz Productions

Haizad Imran – 2×5 Dol Sr 2 – Eaglevision Productions

M Ramlee – Zero Downpayment – Eaglevision Productions

Norfasarie – 2X5 Dol Sr 1 – Eaglevision Productions

Rahimah Rahim – Atas Heights – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 6: PELAKON HARAPAN TERBAIK (BEST NEWCOMER – ACTING)

Andry Kamsani – Yazid Pakai Lampin – Qaboom Communications

Desi Aryani Jasni – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Eka Mairina – Blk 13 – Eaglevision Productions

Hasif Md Nasir – 1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

Muhd Arif Mohd Salleh – MANdai UNITED – Timor TV

 

CATEGORY 7: PENGACARA TERBAIK (BEST HOST)

Era Farida – Kpak Bing! Bing! Sr 1 – Dua M

Fiza O – Anugerah 2007 – Eaglevision Productions

Khairudin Samsudin – K-Nite Sr 1 – J Team Productions

Suhaimi Yusof – Pesta Perdana 9 – Eaglevision Productions

Suzairhe Sumari – Anugerah Band 2008 – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 8: BINTANG CILIK TERBAIK (BEST YOUNG STAR)

Amir Hassan – Khayalan – Dua M

Muhd Ryan Md Sazali  – Blk 13 – Eaglevision Productions

Nur Farella – Khayalan – Dua M

Nur Habriyah Md Nasir  Kerana Fateha Telemovie – Eaglevision Productions

Nur Nazurah Md Nasir – Ekstra! – Dua M

 

CATEGORY 9: DRAMA TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SERIES)

1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films

2x 5 Dol Sr 1 – Eaglevision Productions

Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 Eaglevision Productions

MANdai UNITED – Timor TV

Rahsia Perkahwinan Sr 2 – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 10: DRAMA KHAS TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SPECIAL)

Kerana Fateha Telemovie – Eaglevision Productions

Paradigma – Eaglevision Productions

Projek Cerpen (Natasha Arina) – ThreeG Karma Productions

Projek Cerpen (Zan Mysterio) – Shortman Films

Yazid Pakai Lampin – Qaboom Communications

 

CATEGORY 11: RANCANGAN HIBURAN TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SERIES)

Anugerah Band 2008 – Eaglevision Productions

Ilusi Sr 1 – B425 Pictures

Ilusi 2.0 – B425 Pictures

K-Nite Sr 1 J Team Productions

Kpak Bing! Bing! Sr 1 – Dua M

 

CATEGORY 12: RANCANGAN HIBURAN KHAS TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SPECIAL)

Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 – MediaCorp Radio (Warna, Ria)

Muzika Ekstravaganza 3 – Eaglevision Productions, RTM

Pesta! Pesta! Pesta! 2008 – Dua M

Rapsodi 2007 – Eaglevision Productions, RTB

Sinar Lebaran 2007 Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 13: RANCANGAN INFORMASI TERBAIK (BEST INFO-ED PROGRAMME)

Bongkar Sr 2 – Screenbox

Jemput – Dua M

Mentari Sr 1 – Qaboom Communications

Mentari Sr 2 – Qaboom Communications

SEKSa – Screenbox

 

CATEGORY 14: RANCANGAN KANAK-KANAK TERBAIK (BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME)

Almari Ajaib – Eaglevision Productions

Cef Jr – Flip! Creatives

Cili Padi Sr 2 – Eaglevision Productions

Ekstra! – Dua M

Tahu Nahu Sr 1 – Dua M

 

CATEGORY 15: ARAHAN TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST DIRECTING – DRAMA)

1988…Segaris Sinar – Sanif Olek – Shortman Films

Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Alfia Abros Meah – Eaglevision Productions

Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Khairudin Samsudin – Eaglevision Productions

MANdai UNITED – Sha Bromo – Timor TV

Rahsia Perkahwinan Sr 2 – Sanif Olek – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 16: ARAHAN TERBAIK – HIBURAN (BEST DIRECTING – VARIETY)

Anugerah Band 2008 – Amirudin Abbas, Zaharian Osman & Samri Badi – Eaglevision Productions

Muzika Ekstravaganza 3 – Amirudin Abbas, Fadila Abdul Wahid & Samri Badi – Eaglevision Productions

Kpak Bing! Bing! Sr 1 – Najip Ali – Dua M

Pesta! Pesta! Pesta! 2008 – Najip Ali, Azni Samdin – Dua M

Sinar Lebaran 2008 – Amirudin Abbas, Neng Hayati & Zaharian Osman – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 17: VIDEOGRAFI TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST VIDEOGRAPHY – DRAMA)

1988…Segaris Sinar – Fine Cut Productions – Shortman Films

Alya – M. Senthilnathan – Upside Down Concepts

Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Abdul Aziz Jantan, Abdullah Attan Raof – Eaglevision Productions

MANdai UNITED – Timor TV Art Team – Timor TV

Rahsia Perkahwinan Sr 2 – Abdullah Attan Raof, Azman Marashah – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 18: SKRIP TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST WRITING – DRAMA)

1988…Segaris Sinar – Johari Aziz – Shortman Films

1988…Segaris Sinar – Muzafar Md Yusof – Shortman Films

1988…Segaris Sinar – Seri Wahyuni Jaes – Shortman Films

Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Amanah Mustafi – Eaglevision Productions

Rahsia Perkahwinan Sr 2 – Wan Firzaleenazrah – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 19: SKRIP TERBAIK – HIBURAN/INFORMASI (BEST WRITING – VARIETY/INFO-ED)

Bongkar Sr 2 – Nur Affini Adnan, Haslinda Ali – Screenbox

Dol & Minah Nak Kahwin – Netty Fiona Othman – Aaron Aziz Productions

Jalan Sr 2 – Idzwan Othman – Oak 3 Films

Mentari Sr 2 – Rafaat Hamzah – Qaboom Communications

Sinar Lebaran 2007 – Wan Firzaleenazrah – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 20: DESAIN PEMBUKAAN TERBAIK (BEST OPENING TITLE DESIGN)

1988…Segaris Sinar – Shortman Films – Shortman Films

2×5 Dol Sr 2 – MUSE – Eaglevision Productions

Kpak Bing! Bing! Sr1 – M Squared Creative Agency – Dua M

SEKSa – Screenbox Creative Post – Screenbox

Sinar Lebaran 2007 – Delirium Design LLP – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 21: REKA IMEJ TERBAIK (BEST IMAGE & STYLING)

K-Nite Sr 1 – Mimi Jasmine – J Team Productions

Kpak Bing! Bing! Sr 1 – Azni Samdin & Fatimah Mohsin – Dua M

MANdai UNITED – Timor TV Art Team – Timor TV

Pesta! Pesta! Pesta! 2008 – Azni Samdin & Fatimah Mohsin – Dua M

Sinar Lebaran 2008 – Fatimah Mohsin – Eaglevision Productions

 

CATEGORY 22: LAGU TEMA TERBAIK (BEST THEME SONG)

Dol & Minah Nak Kahwin – Ini Kisah Dol & Minah – Composer: AJ (Pop Shuvit) & Daly (Ahli Fiqir) – Lyricist: Daly (Ahli Fiqir) – Artiste: Daly & Mawar Berduri (both Ahli Fiqir) – Aaron Aziz Productions

Jeritan Sepi Sr 3 – Bila Kasih Menyepi – Composer: Mayuni Omar – Lyricist: Amanah Mustafi – Artiste: Nurun Nuwarrah – Eaglevision Productions

Kerana Fateha – Rintihan Hati – Composer: Mayuni Omar – Lyricist: Amanah Mustafi – Artiste: Hariani  Hassan Bakri – Eaglevision Productions

Mentari Sr 2 Khilaf – Composer: Mansoor Mohd – Lyricist: Zaharian Osman – Artiste: Hairi Yusof – Qaboom Communications

Yazid Pakai Lampin – Bila Kau Pergi – Composer: Sound Salvation – Lyricist: Sound Salvation – Artiste: Sound Salvation – Qaboom Communications

 

CATEGORY 23: RANCANGAN PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR PROGRAMME)

Not stated in press release…

 

CATEGORY 24: PERSONALITI LELAKI PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR MALE PERSONALITY)

Aaron Aziz Code: L1

Fauzie Laily Code: L2

Najip Ali – Code: L3

Suzairhe Sumari Code: L4

Suhaimi Yusof  Code: L5

 

CATEGORY 25: PERSONALITI WANITA PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY)

Era Farida – Code: W1

Mastura Ahmad – Code: W2

Noor Atika Kamaludin – Code: W3

Nurul Aini – Code: W4

Wahyu Rahman – Code: W5

 

Credits to Suria for the information given above…

And Again…

There seems to be no end to all these taggings it seems… Nothing substantial going on in my life of late, so here’s another filler to interest you…

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No… But my name is a combination of what my late grandfather and my beloved mum came up with… And I don’t mean “Pujangga Malam“… LOL…

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
When Syahindah was hospitalised in March 2008 and being subjected to all those suction tubes being inserted into her nasal passageway. I just felt that she’s too young to be going through all that.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
When I’m calm, my handwriting resembles that of a girl’s, neat and tidy. So yeah I like it when I can write calmly…

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Chicken…

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes, 2 beautiful and extremely smart daughters.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes, simply because I would prefer to be friends with someone who is brutally honest, trustworthy and quite the prankster who can cheer me up when I’m down.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
Always, but it’s a matter of whether someone is able to detect it or not.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Should be, since I have not undergone any surgeries to remove it…

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
No. I’m afraid of heights and there is always that element of risk that the cable would snap when one jumps. Naudzubillah

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Dunno how to eat any. Serious!!!

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Never. Am too lazy to tie and untie them since young. When I was in primary school I preferred those shoes that just needed you to velcro it.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically no, cos I have a shoulder injury which will stay with me for the rest of my life. Emotionally and mentally yes but I’m still building up the spiritual aspect in me…

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Used to be Mango and Vanilla. Now it’s Butterscotch from Swensens.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their facial expressions. One look and I can more or less know what their characters are like though I would not reveal if you were to coerce me into doing so.

15. RED OR PINK?
Red!!! I’m a Red Devil remember??? 🙂

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My weight which has ballooned 10kg over the past 5 years…

17. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My childhood. I wish I could turn back the time to rectify a lot of things like studying a bit harder, realise my dreams of being an entertainer etc.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST?
That depends if you feel like doing it.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Am at home now and wearing my jersey and sarong

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Fried rice…

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Klub Kelakar Seram…

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Black. Or red.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
I like the smell of Hajar Aswad, the smell you normally get when you’re in Makkah and Madinah. Whenever I smell it, I feel as though I’m being teleported to the holy mosques there. Lately, I’ve taken a liking to Kasturi, which was what our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was said to have smelt by those close to him / had been in contact with him.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Wifey…

25. WHAT IS IN YOUR MIND MOST TODAY?
Work… And how do I squeeze in the time to go to the gym and doing other stuff…

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Football and Wrestling…

27. HAIR COLOR?
Dark brown…

28. EYE COLOR?
Dark brown…

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No, because thankfully I have a perfect eyesight. And for that I say “Alhamdulillah“…

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Can’t make up my mind between kebab and the sinful combination of rice, ayam lemak cili padi, sambal goreng, egg and bergedil

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
I like them both so long as I think they’re worth watching.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Pink Panther 2

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Red…

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Our weather here is akin to summer, so I’d settle for winter. Simply because it will be a nice change to be freezing. But come to think about it, I can’t stand being in a cold room. I even set my air-con in the office at 27 Degrees Celsius!!! Hahahah…

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
I prefer kisses cos normally kissing leads to something more. Ok I will not elaborate since this is a family-oriented blog…

36. FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Ice-cream…

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
You… If you feel like it, that is…

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
You… If you don’t feel like it…

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Been awhile since I read a book. Now I read magazines.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
I hate using mouse pads…

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
Did not watch TV last night but the last thing I watched was Manchester United vs. Blackburn Rovers

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)?
That of my daughters’ whenever they speak. Just a joy to watch and hear them…

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Neither…

44. WHERE IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Makkah & Madinah

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I can sing but whether it’s nice or not is up to the listeners…

46. WHERE WERE U BORN?
Kandang Kerbau Hospital…

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?
I dunno… This questionnaire is being answered in my blog instead of Facebook so I won’t know who would pick it up and continue unless I do a bit of blog hopping, which I’m quite lazy to do so.

48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
In secondary school…

49. DO YOU BELIEVE EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE?
I believe in giving someone at least 3-4 chances and then I’ll just ignore them if things are still the same…

50. ARE YOU REALLY HAPPY RIGHT NOW?
Yes, I’m blessed with a lovely family, a good career, magnificent friends. What more can I ask for???

Yet Another Round of Tagging…

Facebook is currently swarmed with all these tags that I’ve kinda lost touch with quite a few of them. Nonetheless, it is a good way for me to get to know some of my Facebook contacts, especially those I’m not that close to. So without further ado, here’s 99 Things About Me

001. Real name → I’d rather prefer it to remain private. For those of you who know, good for you. If you don’t it doesn’t matter…

002. Nickname(s) → Pujangga Malam™ / PM…

003. Married? → Yes and loving it… 🙂

004. Zodiac sign → Capricorn…

005. Male or female → Straight Male…

006. Elementary → Rosyth School19851990 (Added trivia: This is the first primary school in Singapore that introduced the Gifted Education Programme, but sadly I did not qualify for it). Both of my parents and siblings were there and hopefully my daughters as well…

007. Middle School → Beatty Secondary School19911994. This was where I met my beloved wife, but we only hooked up two years after graduation…

008. High School → Ngee Ann Polytechnic (JulyNov 1995) and then Temasek Polytechnic (July 1996June 1999). Took the wrong course at Ngee Ann whereby I had no basic foundations on pure sciences subjects back in secondary school…

009. Eye colour → Dark Brown…

010. Hair colour → Dark Brown…

011. Long or short → Balding… Hahahaha…

012. Loud or Quiet → I’m loud when I’m in the midst of company I’ve known a long time and will go all quiet when I’ve gotten to know new people in my life…

013. Sweats or Jeans → Jeans… But I love wearing 3/4 pants actually… More airy for the hair on my legs… Hahahaha…

014. Phone or Camera → Phone cos with my phone, I have my built-in camera and mp3 player.

015. Health freak → Quite the health freak since I workout or play football literally every day with the odd swimming session thrown in. But at the same time, I have a problem controlling my diet. How’s that???
016. Drink or Smoke? → What is detrimental to the health and is a waste of money is considered HARAM. You do the maths…

017. Do you have a crush on someone? → I used to have a long list of crushes but now it’s more to admiring than having a crush…

018. Eat or Drink → Drink… Cos drinking can cure hunger pangs…

019. Piercings → Hate them…

020. Tattoos → Abhor them…

021. Height → 1.69 metres… Same height as Carlos Tevez

022. Do you like yourself → I’m quite the narcissist… Just ask wifey…

023. Righty or lefty → I write with my right hand. When I play football, my right leg is the stronger one but I do score with my left leg as well…

FIRSTS:

024. First piercing → Does injuring one’s self count??? Hahahah…

025. First best friend → Dr. Sophian Hadi… He was my first best friend in primary school and we still keep in contact with one another…

026. First award → First in Malay (Primary 1)…

027. First crush → Kindergarten…

028. First pet → Never had any…

029. First Vacation → Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1983)…

030. First big birthday → My wedding cum 27th birthday!!! That was one big party and concert thrown in…

031. First Concert → My aunt brought me and my cousins to watch the London Philharmonic Orchaestra at the National Stadium back in 1984. Bored me to death…!!!

032. First Love → Wifey… Surprising huh for a “Pencinta Wanita“…???

FAVOURITES:

033. Movie → No specific one, but I’m a sucker for super hero movies, action, comedy and thrillers… Seems like too many for me to make up my mind huh???

034. TV Show → Heroes

035. Cartoon → M.A.S.K.Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand. I still collect the toys till today and have about 30 odd vehicles in my collection including the difficult to attain Boulder Hill

036. Colour/s → Red, black & white. Coincidentally Manchester United shares the same colour combination…

037. Rapper → KRU… I’m a fanatical die hard till this day…

038. Band → Exists… No joke, I have all their albums and I think Ezad has an infectious voice, even if critics might pan him as nasal…

039. Favourite Song Right Now → None but whenever any of my favourites appear in my playlist, I would put it in repeat mode. Some examples are V.E.‘s “Kerna Sayang“, Rascal Flatts‘ “What Hurts The Most” and Imran Ajmain‘s “Compromise” amongst others…

040. Restaurant → Spize – The Supper Club

041. Brand → Adidas

042. Store → 7-11 Convenience Store

043. School subject → Malay… Because this was the subject I aced in primary school and in secondary school, this was the chance for me to see my wife whom I had my eyes on…

044. Book → Holy Qur’an

045. Magazine → Inside United & First magazines…

046. Candy → Dunno how to eat them…

047. Sport → Football & wrestling…

048. Shoes → Anything black and white by Adidas

CURRENTLY:

049. Eating → Nothing…

050. Drinking → Plain water…

051. Feeling → Sleepy… Have not had enough sleep the previous night due to watching Manchester United beating Fulham on the google box…

052. I’m about to → Sleep once I finish typing this entry and Misteri Jam 12 ends…

053. Listening to → Misteri Jam 12…

054. Plans for today → Work, Friday prayers, working out at the gym and watching Pink Panther 2 with the wife…

055. Waiting for → Misteri Jam 12 to end before I call it a day…

056. Thinking about → What are my plans for the upcoming weekend???

057. Wanting to → SLEEP!!!

YOUR FUTURE:

058. Want kids? → Already have two… I’ll think about whether I wanna add on to the brood in future… Cos money talks nowadays…

059. Want to get married? → Already have and life couldn’t be more stable than before and more fulfilling…

060. Careers in mind → Full-time blogger / Radio DJ (Heard there’s a rumour on SPH creating a new Malay radio station. Dunno how true is that…)

061. Where do you want to live? → A condominium…

062. Car → Nissan Teana

WHICH IS BETTER ON THE OPPOSITE SEX?

063. Hair colour → Doesn’t matter, but a darker shade is nice…

064. Hair length → Shoulder length…

065. Eye Colour → Au Natural…

066. Cute or Sexy → Though I like sexy, I don’t want her to be ogled by other guys… It’s a natural guy thing to ogle whenever a sexy lass appears in front of our eyes…

067. Easygoing or Serious → Easygoing but knowing when to be serious when the need arises…

068. Lips or eyes → I tend to look at the lips first…

069. Fatty or Skinny → I’m already a big teddy bear, so I prefer a skinny one…

070. Shorter or taller? → Size doesn’t matter…

071. Sweet or caring? → I think with sweetness comes a lot of caring…

072. Romantic or spontaneous → Romantic… I think I don’t quite like sponteinity cos they sometimes become a ticking time bomb…

073. Nice stomach or nice arms → Stomach of coz…

074. Sensitive or loud → Sensitive. I hate loud girls and that includes those who scream, shrill and shriek whenever they see their favourite male artistes…

075. Hook-up or relationship → Relationship is more meaningful…

076. Trouble maker or hesitant → I’ll take the lesser of the two evils which is the latter though I would say I don’t quite like any of both traits on a prospective partner…

HAVE YOU EVER:

077. Kissed A Stranger → I think so but that was when I was young and kissing my parents’ friends whom I met for the first time…

078. Had alcohol → Yes, accidentally. I was four and had accompanied my mum to her Chinese colleague’s party. I saw a can of Anchor Beer on the table and took a swig at its contents just in time for my mum to turn around and scream…

079. Smoked → Out of curiosity. Took a puff from my late grandfather’s cigarette and swore off smoking for the rest of my life because I cannot understand how one can enjoy burning one’s throat and liking it…

080. Lost glasses/contacts → I’ve lost my shades before, so I guess that counts even if I have a perfect eyesight…

081. Ran away from home → Twice, but I won’t reveal why as I don’t like to wash dirty linen in public. Anyway it lasted just a few hours…

082. Held a gun/knife for self defense → Yes… Toy gun when I played police and thief with my cousins when we were younger…

083. Killed somebody → Many times, but only when I’m playing shooting games on my Playstation 3… Quite liberating to see my targets being killed… Ok I’m sick…

084. Broken someone’s heart → Yes… Many times… I’m sorry wifey…

085. Been arrested → Arrested no, but reprimanded a few time for playing football at the basketball court yes…

086. Got an X-Ray → Yeah, had quite a few injuries just playing football…

087. Cried when someone died → Yes, but only when I don’t expect them to leave us so soon. I’m usually more composed when I know their time is up…

088. Cried at school → Yeah, many times, but I learnt to grow out of it…

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

089. Yourself → I’m quite the pessimist… Must be a common Capricorn trait…

090. Miracles → I’m an advocate cos Almighty works wonders and they have happened to me many times.

091. Love at first sight → Yes, even if it’s what you called “Monkey Love”, I still think it is possible…

092. Heaven → Yes most definitely…

093. Santa Claus → What do you think???

094. Sex on the first date → It can happen and it has happened before, but only if one is a sweet talker, or if both are high, or both already have an initial attraction to one another… I’ve never experienced it before… Never will…

095. Kiss on the first date → Yes it has happened to many couples out there, but no it did not happen to me…

096. Ghosts and Djinns → Yes, most definitely…

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:

097. Is there one person you want to be with right now → I want to change it to 3: My wife and two kids…

098. Are you seriously happy with where you are in life → Yes, but there is always room to improve in many aspects like financially, spiritually, physically. But I’m still contented and for that I say “Alhamdulillah”…

099. Do you believe in God → I think this question is irrelevant when you know what my answer is…

That’s all folks… 🙂

Official Opening of The Fan Club Teaser…

Would you like to see him live in action???

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Or him???

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How about them???

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Or even them???

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How about being enthralled by his excellent strummings???

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Well, wait no more as all of them will converge under one roof!!!

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Do your part in supporting local artistes!!!

SEE YOU THERE!!!

P.S. Photographs courtesy of B8 (Multiply), Zaibaktian (MySpace), Addy Cradle (Facebook), Gua.com (Didicazli) and Hanie Nadiah (Sleeq)

Niggly Thoughts In My Head…

I so wanted to post something on Valentine’s Day initially especially seeing that a one paragraph entry I made last year became a hotly contested debate between the males and females over at my Multiply site. And I strongly felt the urge to post another one again and create another hoohah, especially since I saw so many of those in our community posting their lovey dovey notes in the newspapers yesterday. I just feel that no matter how much education we try to inculcate, spread around and share about the day and its significance, there will always be those that say, “It’s just a wish, no harm what???” or “Someone gave me a gift, I take lah…” and my personal favourite “Yang penting, niat…” 😛

I had half the mind to republish one article I read (that my ever loving wife shared with me), which strongly said, “Jatuh Murtad Kalau Sambut Valentine” (translated as “Apostacy If You Celebrate Valentine’s Day“). But that’s being too harsh and too judgmental on people and I’m not worthy of such things. And since it’s from Malaysia, where too many trivial things are being banned (think Yoga), I would not like to create another uproar in this domain of mine. So at the end of the day, I would just like to say, “Sendiri dah besar, dah tua, tahu fikir sendiri, beringat-ingatlah diri awak tu siapa dan pada siapa awak bersembah… Sembahyang tau, bukan sembah ayam!!!” Anyway, on to my entry…

This entry was done way back in 2007 mind you, but for some reason or another, I didn’t feel like publishing it and just left it in my draft section to collect dust and cobwebs. Maybe cos these days I have nothing much to fill this blog with, that I’ve started to dig up all the unpublished drafts I made and thought why not I try to publish them. I was doing a spot of blog-hopping sometime in July / August 2007, when I chanced upon an acquaintance’s entry. In one particular paragraph she asked and I quote:

When someone starts ignoring you, is it because that person:

a) is very busy with lots of other important things?
b) seriously dislikes you?
c) doesn’t want to be associated with you?
d) has been voodoo-ed to ignore you?
e) is pms-ing really badly?
f) is too caught up with personal issues that they forget about your existence?
g) doesn’t want to be disturbed?
h) recently got attached and is busy with the new partner?
i) is possessed by an alien being who doesn’t know you?
j) found a new friend?
k) is bored of you?

Whenever I’m alone and think of all the good times I used to share with close friends I regarded like my own siblings, I sometimes have these niggly thoughts in my head. In the past, we were close, seeing each other on a regular basis, have regular feasting sessions together, celebrating each other’s birthdays, go on trips etc. That was when all of us were still swinging singles. Fast forward five years on and some with kids in tow, meeting up seems to be quite a chore and almost impossible now, for reasons I myself have no clues nor answers to. Too many questions arise and linger in my head.

Sometimes I ask myself, have I done anything wrong to irk them??? Have I said things that may have hurt them??? Have I not been there when they needed my presence??? It feels sad sometimes when you get cold replies or one liners when you sms or email to say “Hi” and “How have you been doing???”. It’s like you have been totally scrapped from their lives and not knowing what you have done to be deserved of such treatment. I’m sure most of you out there have been caught in this kind of situation before and perhaps feeling the same thing as you read this entry of mine.

I know for one that this acid tongue of mine can be quite detrimental to myself as I’ve lost quite a few friends along the way because of it. But at the same time I know that my close buddies in the past too, know that most of the time I’m quite the happy-go-lucky person whose bark is only loud and not the bite. And I’m sure they too would admit that I’m someone who would almost always never fail to be there when they needed me, of which sometimes at the expense of time spent with my loved ones. Egotistical and strong-headed as I am, I know I’ve never fail to admit my mistakes and seeking forgiveness when I’ve realised the extent of some of my follies.

I miss your company, I miss your warmth, I miss the brother and sisterhood that we all shared in the past and above all, I miss your love. Me / us being married and having a family should never be a factor that we cannot turn back the time like before. In fact as we grow older, we should be closer even more as every minute that ticks by is a step closer to our graves. I wish they would tell me where I’ve gone wrong and how I had inadvertantly spoilt whatever good relationships we used to have, if any. Cos I personally hate the idea that I have not been a good and trustworthy friend to someone when I’ve always pride myself to be one. It is even more painful not knowing what I might have done to be given the cold shoulder.

My beloved brothers and sisters, wherever you are, I just want all of you to know, if you’re reading this, that my love and respect for you have never waned till this day and I hope some day we would reunite again. I would also like to take this opportunity to seek forgiveness for whatever wrongdoings I’ve done to you and perhaps for not being that person you looked for in a friend all these while…

25 Random Things…

I’ve been tagged… Well, at least that’s what a few contacts in my Facebook have done… But I’ll be the nice guy here (like I never was :p) and not continue the game by tagging another 25 people in my list who most probably would have gotten the same thing. This is just for the fun of it and something to add on to my blog posts. Apologies if some of these sound like a broken record or you have heard it from me before. Here goes:

1) I’ve always had that performing bug in me since young. Mum sent me for auditions in 1983 to join that year’s Bengkel Kanak-Kanak TV SBC (Singapore Broadcasting Corporation) intake, but I was rejected. I guess I wasn’t polished enough to warrant the selectors’ attention.

2) I only attended one year of kindergarten. Not many people can claim to have achieved that feat. Not that I was gifted, but because my birthday gave me the opportunity to either join those who were born in the 1978 group or the 1979 one.

3) I was the first student emcee / MC (Master of Ceremony) during my kindergarten’s (Boon Teck CC, now known as Toa Payoh East CC) speech day back in 1984, a feat made known to me by my teacher, Ms Shereen Maidin, back then and in her words, I was “the most bubbly and talented” kid they’ve come across. Wonder how is she and the two girlfriends (Haslina & Mazlinda) I had then :P. Yes from young I’ve already showed my fondness for the fairer gender. No wonder my old friend Fadhilah Samsudin calls me “Pencinta Wanita“. Maybe that’s why God granted me two daughters as well 🙂

4) I was a constant fixture on stage during my primary school’s speech days, performing between primaries 2-5, mostly playing the lead roles. We performed a dance item in Primary 2, a fashion show on Malay costumes in Primary 3, a silat item in Primary 4 where I had the best fight sequence, and being the Tukang Karut in a Dikir Barat performance in Primary 5. Cikgu told me to rest in Primary 6 as people have gotten sick of seeing my face on stage on an annual basis… Hahahah…

5) I was also a constant prize winner during my primary school’s speech days, winning First in Malay in primaries 1, 3, 5 and 6. The rest of the years I did not get first, I came in either second or third. Little wonder, I was always the one representing my school in Malay language competitions.

6) I wrote my first love letter to a crush in Primary 2, earning a rebuke from my Malay teacher and in the process being called “Romeo“.

7) I fell from grace as a prefect in primary 6 when I got into a fight in the school bus. With a girl!!! Ok I won’t go into embarrassing details…

8) I was part of the hockey team in secondary school who were all banned from representing school again in all sports competitions for two years. Our crime??? Fighting with Victoria School on the pitch and off it afterwards. But I was an innocent party… Ok lah I was not, I also hurled vulgarities at them but that was it. It was a team punishment and no matter how severe / light our actions were, everybody took the rap and same punishment.

9) I started off playing football as a central defender in Primary 4 but obviously as someone who craves glory and loves the adulation that comes with it, I play the game as a striker socially and because of my cute body size, I play in goal during competitions and this has been happening since Secondary 1. You can say I’m quite the master of the penalty area. Ok I’m blowing my trumpet here but you’ll catch my drift no less. Hahahah…

10) I dunno how to eat most fruits. I only know how to eat apples, pears, oranges, bananas and water melons. But I do drink mango juice, lychee, longan and honeydew juice. I dunno how to eat durians, in fact I feel nauseous when I come close to it, but I do eat durian ice-cream. It’s been awhile since I ate it anyway.

11) I dunno how to eat chocolates, sweets and candies. But I’m still a Humpty-Dumpty. I also dunno how to eat most Malay kuihs. God knows the shape of my body if I were to know how to eat all those pleasures.

12) I don’t drink hot drinks like coffee, tea, Ovaltine, Milo and what-have-yous from Starbucks and Coffee Bean, even if they are in chilled format. Plain water is what I drink but I also have a sweet tooth when it comes to soft drinks, 7-11‘s Coca-Cola Slurpee being my ultimate vice. And funnily enough, I love coffee cake and must eat them during my birthday.

13) I love eggs and can just eat it with bread or rice if there’s nothing else I like. Maybe that’s why my body resembles one. :p Oh and I’m a bergedil lover as well. It’s like my own personal sambal belacan.

14) I once played football with Indra Sahdan in late June 1997 with the Alamak Chatters team and he made me look good in that game by creating two goals for me. For the record, I scored four that day, one of the most memorable games I’ve played in, simply because of my feat and scoring them with my head, my right foot and twice with my left foot, which is my weaker foot. In football terms, that’s what you call a perfect hat-trick.

15) I entered Kriatif 97, a talent show organised by RIA 89.7FM with cousin Ezaad and old buddy Nizam, impersonating KRU. But I entered not to win, but to share the same stage as an up-and-coming Siti Nurhaliza. As luck / fate would have it, I not only achieved my dreams of sharing the same stage as her but we won the Impersonation CategoryYusry as well. Believe it or not, yours truly was *gasp* Yusry!!! Go on… Have a laugh!!!

16) I spent two years chasing after my wife, trying to convince her that I’m the one. Few idiots / guys would want to wait this long for a girl. At the same time, someone else had already given me positive reactions but I guess when you’re fated to be together, you’ll eventually have to make the right choice and the rest as they say, is history.

17) In the past when I liked a particular girl, I would stalk her to see where she lived or look up the phone books and do a trial and error on the households having a similar name to her dad’s (if I dunno the name of her grandfather). Sicko!!!

18) For those of you who don’t already know, I treated my whole wedding like a concert. If I am not able to live my dream as a recording artiste and hold big concerts, the least I could do was jazz my big day up and wow my guests with my unorthodox methods. I’m sure those who attended my wedding dinner would never forget that. I still don’t believe till this day that I had the audacity to pull it off myself…

19) I cannot shut my mouth up from singing nor listen to music on a daily basis. Surprisingly when I went for Umrah in 2006, I could live without them for almost two weeks and I did not even miss them at all.

20) I would love to migrate and live in Madinah Al-Munawarrah. That city and the Prophet‘s (May Peace Be Forever Be Upon Him) mosque (Masjid An-Nabawi) gave me a sense of calm and tranquility when I was there twice (1992 and 2006). And I hope to return again and again in years to come.

21) I only eat at eateries / restaurants that have a Halal certificate or guaranteed to serve Halal food when you know their chefs / cooks are Muslims. I cringe whenever I see fellow Muslims eating at places like Fish & Co, Subway, Sakae Sushi, Manhattan Fish Market, Pastamania (prior to it being Halal) and the likes. For the fish eateries, do you know that alcohol / wine is used in some of their menus??? The restaurateurs might not admit it but that’s the fact and I even had a non-Muslim colleague who bothered to do the research on his own. For a non-Muslim to do that, I felt ashamed that sometimes we take things for granted just because there is “No Pork No Lard“.

22) I have every single album and singles released by KRU in my CD collection and I’m quite the boy-bander, with *NSYNC, Blue and 5ive being my favourites in that order after KRU. Go on and cringe!!!

23) I’m still very much a boy at heart, as I still collect authentic M.A.S.K. toys, taking them out once in awhile and reliving my childhood, complete with make-believe sound effects.

24) I hate women drivers!!! Enough said…

25) After being Head Public Relations of SFOGS.com (Singapore’s First Online Ghost Stories) circa 20022004, I am now the co-admin of the official blog of Misteri Jam 12 and assisting DJ KC to upload new entries for you to read daily.

Right, that’s about it. Hope you enjoyed reading 25 random things about me, which is also kinda like my life story in a nutshell.

Charity Football Fiesta 2009…

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Photograph courtesy of Amanah Nusa Indah’s (ANI) official website…

Last Friday night, I was at Woodlands Stadium to witness the inaugural Charity Football Fiesta 2009. This event was organised by Amanah Nusa Indah (ANI) in collaboration with Aide’s Soccer Buddies and was the brainchild of Ezreen Taib Zohri, a.k.a. Mrs Aide Iskandar, her husband as well as our Asian Idol, Hady Mirza. It is a noble effort aimed at benefitting our local Muslim charity organisations, through entertainment and football, two industry professions that are quite synonymous to our local Malay community and where we usually excel in. At the same time, it aimed to create a culture of giving and sharing amongst the community, especially the young.

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Huda Ali and Luqman Nurhakim introducing the two teams…

The following Muslim charity organisations are the proud beneficiaries of the proceeds to the event and this I quote courtesy of ANI‘s official website:

  • Jamiyah Nursing Home – Darul Takrim
  • Jamiyah Children Home/Orphanage – Darul Ma’wa
  • Jamiyah Halfway House – Darul Isla
  • Muhammadiyah Health and Day Care Centre for Senior Citizens,
  • Muhammadiyah Welfare Home,
  • Muslim Kidney Action Association
  • Taman Bacaan Female Halfway House
  • Taman Bacaan – Malay Youth Library Association
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    Fandi’s team lining up before the match started…

    When the promotional posters first came about, I thought that it was quite a decent programme to organise since it has been awhile since we had such an event, the last I think was done when our Channel 8 stars played a similar kind of match against their Hong Kong counterparts at the National Stadium more than a decade ago. Seeing one name on the list of players to grace the occasion made me confirmed my attendance there and then, my uncle, the legendary “Gelek King” – Dollah Kassim. The last I saw him in action was when our ex-internationals played against their Malaysian counterparts back in 2007 during the carnival that was supposed to mark the end of our National Stadium. We all know what happened to those plans, unless you have been living on a different planet.

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    This indirect free-kick in the penalty box came about because Haikel handled a backpass from his own defender…

    I tried to gather a few friends to join me but perhaps the day and the time was a turn-off, since it was still technically on a week day. In the end, I decided to join up with the rest of my family members who were there to support my uncle and the event. The location (Woodlands Stadium) too could have been another factor as to why they might not have been keen on going as it was all the way up north of the island. This was quite evident when we stepped into the stadium to find that those with gallery tickets being shunted to the opposite ends of the grandstand. Obviously the grandstand tickets were not that popular judging by the almost empty tiers in the middle, resulting in them being opened up for those who were sitting at the opposite ends to come in and fill the empty spaces.

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    Tepak Sireh dancers performing during the half-time break…

    Which brings me to the factor of the pricing of tickets. While $12 (gallery) and $20 (grandstand) were set as the prices of the tickets, I honestly believe psychologically it is kinda steep for most of those in attendance, especially the latter. Personally I thought it was a fair price to pay to see good entertainment on and off the pitch with proceeds of course going to charity. I think this mindset of watching free / cheap shows should end and I strongly believe this is the result of having too many quarterly exhibitions at Singapore Expo whereby you go there to watch free entertainment that comes together with it, because you either enter for free or pay an entrance fee of not more than $2. Either way the prices of the tickets could have been slightly lower say $10 and $15 for the gallery and grandstand respectively. In this hard economic times, a little prudence would go a long way in attracting more people to come and support such an event.

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    Team Malek Awab enjoying their breather…

    We reached the stadium slightly close to 7pm and waited for Uncle Dollah to appear from the dressing room to pass our tickets to us. No, we did not get complimentary tickets / passes, we still paid for them. If we had complimentary tickets / passes, we would have sat somewhere in the middle, along with the other invited guests. No one can say we did not do our part to support the event, even if we paid for gallery tickets. I managed to exchange pleasantries with Kak Fatimah Mohsin who was standing nearby. She was responsible for doing the make up for female artistes like Huda Ali that night. Then on, we made our way to the left side of the stadium. However, I think that particular section of the stadium was almost full, so the rest decided to go to the other side instead.

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    Fuad Rahman performing his hit song “Bayu“…

    As there was a tent set up for people to do their evening responsibilities at that section of the stadium, I told the rest to move on whilst I join them after I had observed mine. I managed to say “Hi” to people I know sitting there, albeit fleetingly and some with just a mere wave. Many apologies for not going over to you to have small talk as I did not want to have to clamour for a space in that small tent. The availability and erection of this tent is very much applaudable to the organisers. Even better was the decision to extend the kick-off time from 7:30pm to 7:45pm bearing in mind that Maghrib that day was 7:21pm. Even though a tent had been set up, there were still those that turned a blind eye to it. It’s ok if you were PMS-ing, but the guys out there, what excuse do you have???

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    A distinguished guest who came all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Mr Afdlin Shauki

    I made my way to the other side of the stadium to join up with the rest of the family members, in time for the middle tier sections to open up and allowing us to fill in the empty spaces. We sat close to the middle but our view was quite hampered by the lighting system and props that were supposed to illuminate the stage in the middle of the track. Not long after, the emcees of the night, Luqman Nurhakim and Huda Ali, introduced the two teams, Team Malek Awab in yellow and Team Fandi Ahmad in red. Once the customary introductions were made, the game kicked off in earnest.

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    Hyrul Anuar performing “Tanda Kasih“, his latest single…

    I don’t really have to relate the whole game minute-by-minute, but it is sufficed to say that those of you who did not turn up missed a a great game, full of controversial moments if it was a FIFA-sanctioned match and comedy, orchaestrated by none other than Sheikh Haikel who was playing for Fandi‘s team. Initially we thought that the celebrities would be playing against the ex-internationals but somehow they mixed around so that we would get a level playing field on the pitch. Such a move was laudable given the fact that if the earlier expectations had been materialised, there was a possibility of a cricket scoreline in favour of the ex-internationals, with all due respect to the celebrities on the pitch.

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    Silat performance by Persatuan Silat Singapura (Persisi) exponents…

    Fandi‘s team started well and it was a surprise that Sheikh Haikel got himself on the scoresheet, even if it has to be said that the opposing goalkeeper David Lee dived half-heartedly to save the former’s shot. As someone who plays in goal and has been playing in that position since secondary 1, I know when a save is made instinctively or when you try to make your opponent look good. But it was all in the name of fun of course and I’m sure it was never an issue but David could have acted a bit better given the experience he has. Not long after, Uncle Dollah equalised for his team, a goal reminiscent of his playing days. Twisting and turning as only he knows best against two defenders and opposing goalkeeper Rezal Hassan, all he needed to do was tap into the empty net once the deed was done. Naturally my family members and me erupted with joy.

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    I did not pay much attention to the remainder of the first half henceforth even though Shahrin Azhar (did I get the scorer right???) and Hady Mirza scored for Fandi‘s team to make it 3-1 in their favour, before Uncle Dollah was brought down in the penalty box which Syed Azmir gleefully took the penalty to score and made it 3-2. Syed Azmir impressed me with his direct running and his tendency to shoot on sight. He treated the game very seriously as was evident when he gave the assistant referee a dressing down for catching him offside, which from where I sat, I could see that he was definitely so as he was at least a metre away from the last defender. The half also saw Sheikh Haikel taking over goalkeeping duties from Rezal Hassan as their team did not have a replacement goalkeeper and again even in goal, he showed that the comedian in him would not let up. It was apparent that due to the tight programme, they only played half an hour each half.

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    One of the comedic moments in the match, Sheikh Haikel going down “injured”. Just look at the grins on the faces of the paramedics…

    After the excitement of the first half, the half time was a bit of an anti-climax with performances by Tepak Sireh Dancers, Fuad Rahman (Bayu), Hyrul Anuar (Tanda Kasih) and silat exponents from Persatuan Silat Singapura (Persisi). Why I said it was an anti-climax was because the performances were a bit draggy especially the dance and silat items. I was quite ok with the singing performances though. Once your adrenaline had been pumped up, it kinda crashed down just waiting for the second half to start. I remembered telling my cousin Ezaad during half-time, that at the rate the game was going, I would not be surprised that the full time would end up 6-6. Since my view was blocked from where we sat to appreciate the game, I decided to make my way to the other side of the stadium where the open gallery seats were.

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    The one minute silence in memory of Allahyarham Borhan Abu Samah

    As I was making my way there, they held a one minute silence to remember one of their stalwarts and comrades, a loyal servant to the nation in his prime with his uncompromising tackles, the late Borhan Abu Samah, who passed away on 29 Oct 1999. Goodness, it’s been almost a decade since he left us. Out of respect, I stood on the track and said my prayers for his departed soul. The only thing I was not too happy about was the crowd was not made to stand and observed the silence as well like those you normally watch on television and for the fact that this should have been done before the match started instead of before the start of the second half. Another thing that the organisers would do well to improve on for future events is to get a FIFA-sanctioned referee for the game cos according to my uncle, this guy knew nuts about how such a thing like observing a one minute’s silence should be done. How can you call yourself a referee when you don’t even know a basic thing like blowing the whistle to signal the start of the silence and when the one minute is up on your watch, you just need to blow again to signal its end??? It was no wonder Roslan Kemat gave him a red card for allowing Fandi‘s team a goal even though they were playing with 12 men on the pitch in the second half. Diabolical to say the least…

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    This photograph I took became a source of controversy when two officials came over to me to say I was not allowed to take photographs by the pitchside or behind the goalpost. But kudos to Aaron for gamely posing for the cameras…

    Anyway I didn’t know that this event was very exclusive. A case in point was when I was making my way to the other side of the stadium. Aaron Aziz who had replaced David Lee ambled up to the goalpost where I was walking behind. I did not want to let the opportunity pass me by so I asked him to pose for me and he gamely did. Not long after I was trailed by two officials, one of them in a spiffy suit and they asked me whether I was an ANI photographer. I said no, I was just making my way to the other side of the stadium and they told me off about taking photographs just behind the pitch. I could have debated and kicked up a fuss but I thought it would only worsened matters knowing the acid tongue that I have. It’s a charity event for Heaven’s sake, why was there a need to have sanctions imposed on taking photographs??? It’s not that I’m gonna sell the photos I took for a fortune. Sheesh. I did not expect those officials to be so anal about it.

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    The players waiting for the second half to begin…

    The second half began from where it left off, with the humour elements intensifying as the minutes ticked by. Sheikh Haikel scored again and made it 4-2 to his team before Aaron himself stepped up to score from the spot when his team got themselves another penalty. Fandi was doing his best to entertain the crowd with his trademark acrobatics and diving headers but he could not find the target with them. I was too mesmerised by them till I did not get the chance to capture those shots of him doing those flamboyant moves. He got himself on the scoresheet and made it 5-3 before Taufik Salleh and Roslan Kemat (did I get the scorer right???) made it all square again. R. Sasikumar put Fandi‘s team ahead again with a header but the match ended 6-6 as I had predicted during half-time, when Saswadimata Dasuki scored from long range. In between, Fandi even took the time to play rugby by hiding the ball under his jersey and running towards goal before “scoring”. Naturally the “goal” was invalid.

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    Fandi Ahmad celebrating scoring his team’s fifth goal with a cartwheel…

    We then went to a mandatory penalty shootout to get the outright winners. If I’m not wrong, Malek‘s team won the shootout or did it end all-square??? I was unsure as I was not paying attention to it since I was trying to figure out how to take photographs of what was happening on the pitch. Anyway, who won did not matter much. What was most important was everyone came away a winner that night, either by contributing in cash to the charitable causes or by contributing to the success of the event, on the pitch or on stage. And best of all it was heartening to see players of yesteryears coming together like the good old Malaysia Cup days. Seeing them all on the pitch brought me back in time and I felt as though I was back in secondary school again.

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    Aaron relaxing while the action was at the opposite end of the pitch…

    The night did not end there. Imran Ajmain came on to sing his current hit across the CausewaySelamat Ulang Tahun Sayang” and this was followed by Syed Azmir singing Letto‘s “Permintaan Hati” and then paying a tribute to Fandi Ahmad by singing the latter’s old hit “Anugerah” from the album of the same title that he recorded years ago. They were joined on stage by the other players who danced and sang along. Something “possessed” our legendary number 17 and he broke into a silat routine on stage during the song’s bridge. He even dragged my uncle who was standing behind to come forward and danced with him. The night ended with a punchy performance, as usual, by Ahli Fiqir, who welcomed back Mawar Berduri into the fold fresh from her maternity leave. They sang “Dol & Minah” and “2 X 5“.

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    Sheikh Haikel stepping up to take one of the penalty kicks during the shootout…

    We left the stadium close to 10:30pm and waited for Uncle Dollah to appear from the dressing room. There was a sizeable crowd waiting to take photographs with the celebrities and ex-internationals. I managed to grab hold of Afdlin and take a photograph with him and wished him all the best with his future projects. Once Uncle Dollah appeared, we left the stadium for Jalan Kayu to have dinner. He did not join the rest for their satay session at Lau Pa Sat. As I was about to move off, Malek Awab came over and waved us goodbye. He had parked his car next to mine. He’s always been affable and friendly and always had that toothy grin on him. One of the nicest guys to have played for the national team.

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    Imran Ajmain serenaded the crowd while the players had a group photo in the background…

    It was a laudable effort to organise such an event. I take my hats off to the organisers for doing up this event which I feel should be done on an annual basis. Granted this was their first time doing this and not all things were expected to have gone smooth sailing. Perhaps they could use this experience to improve on future events. Where certain things could be cut down and lessened or added for that matter, we could then perhaps enjoy it a little more and expect more bums on the seats. Oh and a central location like Bishan or Toa Payoh would be very nice as well.

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    Uncle Dollah receiving his memento from R. Vengadasalam, former manager of Woodlands Wellington Football Club

    For the record the players who played for Malek Awab‘s team were (according to jersey numbers):

    0 – Aaron Aziz, 1- David Lee, 2 – Syarif (Sleeq), 3 – Taufik Salleh, 5 – Aide Iskandar, 6 – Razali Saad, 7 – Tokijan Darimosuvito, 8 – Roslan Kemat, 9 – Nahar Daud, 10 – Dollah Kassim, 11 – Othman Abdullah (D’ Episodes). 12 – Malek Awab, 14 – Azhar Nor Lesta, 15 – Nazri Nasir, 17 – Mohd Rafi Ali, 18 – Khairudin Samsudin, 19 – Saswadimata Dasuki, 21 – Fuzzley (B8), 23 – Syed Azmir.

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    Syed Azmir and Fandi singing “Anugerah“, Fandi‘s hit song in the 90s…

    As for Fandi‘s team, this was their squad:

    1 – Rezal Hassan, 2 – Hasli Ibrahim, 3 – Daly (Ahli Fiqir), 4 – Elfee R. Ismail, 5 – Samad Allapitchay, 6 – Shahrin Azhar Mohd, 7 – Samawira Basri, 8 – Yahya Madon, 9 – Ishamuddin Baroocha, 10 – Sheikh Haikel, 11 – Azhar Baksin, 12 – J. A. Halim, 13 – R. Sasikumar, 15 – Rudy Khairon Daiman, 16 – Hady Mirza, 17 – Fandi Ahmad, 18 – Hasnim Haron.

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    Fandi breaking into a silat routine, much to the amusement of the players on stage…

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    He followed that up by dragging Uncle Dollah to dance with him…

    Apologies if I had missed out on anyone or if I had their jersey numbers labelled wrongly or even spelt their names wrongly. And also for the record, this Charity Football Fiesta 2009 was organised by Amanah Nusa Indah and Aide’s Soccer Buddies. They were ably supported by the following organisations: Response Ambulance & Services, The Cage, O’ lando Jamming Studio, Bukit Batok MAEC, Le Standard, NILAM – Strategic Land Investments, Chateau – Sip of Fortune and Red Carpet Productions Pte Ltd.

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    Mawar Berduri & Daly singing “Dol & Minah“, the soundtrack of the series from the same title…

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    Samsol a.k.a. Tukang Kata then joined them on stage for “2 X 5“…

    MORE OF THE SAME PLEASE NEXT YEAR!!!

    More Misteri Jam 12 Sightings…

    Last night, me and a few friends went for some reconnaisance activities of the supernatural kind around Singapore. Amongst the places that we went to was a famous park. Me being snap-happy, went on a snapping spree and at one of the locations, an old fort, we stopped for awhile to look at its surroundings. One such photo, when I enhanced it with lighting gave me goosebumps. Let’s look at the original photo first:

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    Innocent isn’t it???

    Now let’s look at the following photo after I had enhanced it with lighting:

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    I tried zooming the above photo using Photoshop and yes it does look like there is a shape of a head down to the neck but it had no face!!! At first I thought it was moisture on my camera lens but you could see from the photograph the difference between the moisture on the lens and whatever it was out there. As for the part of the photo which I had marked to the right, it looked as though there were two heads conjoined like Siamese twins. It could just be plain vegetation or figments of my imagination but it does bring some aura of mystery to it…

    We then went to an abandoned colonial house nearby on its own on top of a hill. We managed to get inside after some ingenuity by the guys and I began snapping away. Without enhancing the following photo, I could see as though there was a head sticking out from the window. When I enhanced it with lighting, the photo became blurred and proved inconclusive. Can you make out what it is???

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    Whatever it was out there, it could just be my own imaginations running wild and perhaps just part of the surroundings. But I cannot help but think what if it was really something that was unseen by the naked eye and physically there without us realising of their physical existence at that point of time??? Was it the guardians of the place??? Wallahu’alam bissawab…

    Correcting A Misconception…

    I’ve been quite encouraged by the surge of visitors to this domain of late and by the numerous comments given. I think if there is a possibility to earn through blogging, then I might wanna give up my day job and do this full time. Hahahahah… Wishful thinking on my part. Who would want to pay me to be a full time blogger??? Any takers??? 

    However, I have a sneaky feeling that people would now have high expectations on this domain, being some sort of supplement to the ever popular Misteri Jam 12 programme. I don’t mind sharing stories or photographs from time to time but I have to make this clear that this blog is still: 

    An entertainment-slanted and personal blog. As such, please do not place too much hopes nor expectations on me putting up stories or photographs on the supernatural and the paranormal. I will try my best to put up interesting ones from time to time but this is most definitely NOT a website on ghosts and similarly related subjects…

    I thank you again for your interest and I hope I’ve not raised anyone’s high expectations on being THE website to go to for paranormal and supernatural stories associated with Misteri Jam 12. I’m just a normal supporter of the programme like you and me…