Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza @ Avita Awards 2010…

(Image courtesy of Avita‘s official website at www.myavita.com)

I know it’s been a long, long while since I did a proper entry on the local entertainment scene. Other than the odd promos here and there courtesy of the information provided by event organisers, this blog has been somewhat dead. Even the supposed entries on past events that I attended and which I had initially promised to upload have been put to a backseat. I dunno if I should upload them now seeing that some of the events were like almost half the year gone and a bit stale but I guess better late than never. Since I’ve been away for so long, I need that wee bit of momentum to get me going.

Looking at the amount of stuff I would be typing, I believe this entry is gonna be quite brief, simply because I dunno what to describe about the abovementioned closed-door corporate event that I attended on 30th October 2010 at the Simpor Hall of the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. I wasn’t interested about the awards or the happenings that went on at the event. The wife and I were only there for one reason – To watch Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza perform!!! Oh but before going on, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my aunt Faridah for getting us, the cousins, a table for the event, since she is a member of Avita. Also for the rooms at Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Since the wife and I were only there for Dato’ Siti, naturally we only left for the event after Maghrib even though it stated we were supposed to be seated by 6:45pm. We reached the event hall close to 8pm and Dato’ Siti was already belting out her first song, Celine Dion‘s “A New Day Has Come“. She surprised the audience afterwards by singing the late Teresa Teng‘s hit “Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin“. She ended off her night by performing a familiar hit, “Destinasi Cinta“. In between, she addressed the audience through carefully scripted words in English. Much has been said about her lack of confidence in speaking the language, but I don’t give much of a damn really. Quite a few international stars out there also struggle to speak the language yet no one’s batting an eyelid. She should be lauded for at least trying and respecting the event as well as the guests. Some events don’t even respect the guests with the hosts speaking in another language and making them feel awkward and disillusioned.

The wife and I did not stay long and we left at around 9:10pm as we had to change and rush off to the Esplanade where The Fabulous Cats and two of our local acts Dynda and Komrad were performing at 10:00pm. But we still managed to say “Hi!” and took a photo with the diva herself and I got to shake Dato’ Khalid Mohd Jiwa‘s hands for the first time when Dato’ Siti introduced me to him. He comes across as stern but actually he’s a very nice and soft-spoken chap, even asking how was the event when we said our goodbyes. Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza for the record, has in the words of the event hosts that night, a major share in the Malaysian and Indonesian markets of Avita. So I believe we will be seeing her quite a bit promoting the products over at both countries in the near future.

The wife and my elder sister Farah with Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza

Anyway, speaking of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, if you’re intending to stay there, be prepared for poor service, massive delays, haunted hotel rooms (allegedly, based on my younger sister’s experience), a lack of Halal eateries (the nearest being Marina Square) with its only saving graces being the breathtaking views from the hotel rooms as well as the Skypark. Other than that, the place is a major letdown. A big disappointment really since it is supposed to cater to international guests and if it’s meant to be that way, it is not a great advertisement of our country to them. I really hope for its sake, the staff would buck up and provide tip-top service. No point in it being astounding in design architecture but not providing prompt and most importantly, service with a smile…

The only good thing about staying at Marina Bay Sands Hotel

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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