MJ12 – Kronik DVD Promo…

After the resounding success of Konsert Misteri Jam 12 – Jangan Takut Hantu held at Fort Canning Park on New Years’ Day, RIA 89.7FM, Cokelat Events & Production and Gridmedia, have teamed up to produce a Misteri Jam 12-themed DVD titled “MJ12 – Kronik“. The DVD contains four short stories sent in by listeners of the most popular programme of the aforementioned radio station. Directed by Rafaat Haji Hamzah and Khairudin Samsudin, the four short stories feature the likes of radio presenters Hafeez Glamour, RZ and Fiza O, as well as up-and-coming artistes like Kai Abu Bakar (Kopi Bujang Season 2), Hisyam Hamid (Cut Amirah) and Rahayu Ridwan (Anugerah 2011 winner). There is a guest appearance by Ustaz Taufiq Ismail and DJ KC acts as the narrator / presenter.

I had the honour of sitting through three consecutive nights of filming, the first at Old Upper Thomson Road and the remaining nights at Wing Tai Building. I have never sat through a filming set before, so this was quite an eye-opening experience. The experience exposed me to some of the works that our talented artistes and backroom crew do which most of us do not get to see. Most of us only see the end product and appreciate the glamour associated with the entertainment scene. Trust me when I say “glamour” is only 10% while the rest is all sweat, toil, blood and tears. Through this experience, I learned to appreciate the hard work put in by everyone in a production. And for that I have to thank Rafaat and his wife Azizah for having me around.

I will not delve too much on what I saw and what I experienced. Instead, I will share with you snapshots I took during the three nights of filming as well as behind-the-scenes footage. Plus I don’t think I need to say much when it comes to the most popular show on local Malay radio. The name “MJ12” itself is an enticement on its own. But in case you are wondering how to go about purchasing the DVD, fret not. Here are the details on how to get the DVD. You can make payment via the following modes:

Bank: OCBC (Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation)
Account No.: 555842640001
Account Type: Corporate


Bank: POSB (Post Office Savings Bank)
Account No.: 049-40431-0
Account Type: Savings Account

Payments can also be made via Paypal at http://cokelatbox.com/products/mj12-kronik/

You have to indicate your name for the distributors’ reference. For payments via the ATM or at the counter, do send Cokelat Events & Production Pte. Ltd. a copy of the transaction slip for verification. Upon receipt of payment, Cokelat Events & Production Pte. Ltd. will email you an acknowledgment note which also confirms your order. DVDs can be delivered or self-collected at the MJ12 booth located outside Tanjong Katong Complex (till the end of Ramadhan). After Ramadhan, it can be self-collected at COKELAT‘s Office.

This coming Saturday, 4th August 2012, the “MJ12 – KronikDVD will be officially launched at Tanjong Katong Complex. The event is held outside the building where the concourse leading to the main entrance of the building is at. If I’m not mistaken, where Fotohi Carpet Gallery has a booth during this festive period. DJ KC will be making an appearance from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Pre-ordered DVDs can be collected from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Seafood Treasures, Tales and Trails @ Kampong Gelam

Singapore‘s multi-ethnic landscape is a living testimony to a vibrant cosmopolitan city. The Malays play an important role in adding colours to this cultural tapestry. Every year, Singapore Food Festival identifies a unique theme to showcase our country’s diverse culinary culture and heritage, through a line-up of exciting programmes. The Malay culinary heritage is one of the key ingredients spicing up Singapore‘s reputation as a food paradise. Historically, many sub-ethnic groups within the Malay community are seafarers – the Bugis, the Baweanese and the Orang Laut. Folklores featuring sea creatures are hence abound in the Malay context, a legendary tale like “Singapura Dilanggar Todak” comes to mind. As these seafarers settle in the Malay Archipelago, among which Singapore was one of their favourite seaports, they introduced seafood-inspired cuisines to the locals. Other communities thereafter, began to adopt and adapt some of these cuisines into their own cooking traditions.

More than just Singapore‘s signature favourite, the chilli crab, there are many other seafood-inspired treasures that are yet to be discovered from the kitchens of many Malay homes and homegrown restaurants. Singapore Food Festival thus invite you to come onboard on a journey of discovery and satiate your palates with unique culinary treasures from the Malay kitchen. Bask in the sun, dine under the stars or simply soak in the unique ambience of Kampong Gelam. Experience that feeling of extreme joy derived from a fully satiated belly from an exciting line-up of activities such as Culinary Adventures, Masterclasses and Festival Food Street.

Culinary Adventures: Seafood Treasures, Trails and Hunt

Embark on an excitement-filled hunt as you scour through Kampong Gelam! A specially selected menu of delectable dishes from Kampong Gelam awaits to fill your bellies on completion as you bring home knowledge and a tiffin filled with culinary goodness! 

Start Point: Malay Heritage Centre, Visitor Centre


Date Time Price per Pax Price for 1 Parent & 1 Child
14 July 2012 (Saturday) 10.30 am – 12.30 pm $35 $60
15 July 2012 (Sunday) – NOT AVAILABLE 3.00 pm – 5.00pm $35 $60
18 July 2012 (Wednesday)

Guided by Warna 94.2 FM DJ TG


3.00 pm – 5.00pm $55 $80
26 July 2012 (Thursday) 3.00 pm – 5.00pm $35 $60
28 July 2012 (Saturday) 3.00 pm – 5.00pm $35 $60


Masterclasses & Workshop

Join us on a culture-rich culinary journey this July at Kampong Gelam, as we bring you some of Singapore’s best Malay chefs and cooks.

From the little culinary curious to the novice chef, we have something for all of you!


Masterclasses – Gedung Kuning @ Sultan Gate

Shoot and Post! with Dr. Leslie Tay (Food and Photography Workshop) – Malay Heritage Centre, Gallery 1

Cooking With Love with Sherry Myrna Join cookbook author and aspiring chef Sherry Myrna, as she prepares her signature recipe – Lemon Prawns, a quick-to-prepare elegant snack, as well as Soto Indrani. As an entrepreneur and busy mum who loves to entertain at home, Sherry understands that time is of the essence when preparing home-cooked meals. 16 July 2012 (Monday), 8.00 pm $65
bon appétit with Chef Amri

Chef Amri takes us on a voyage to France as we learn and savour the classics such as Crab Meat Salad with Mango, his specialty Red Drum Fish with Creamy Saffron Sauce and Lime French Lemon Tart. Known for spontaneity and a love for life, Chef Amri will also share his tips on how to fillet a whole fish! 19 July 2012 (Thursday), 8.00 pm $65
Shoot and Post! with Dr. Leslie Tay

(Food and Photography Workshop)


Dr. Leslie Tay of ieatishootipost.sg has tasted, shot and reviewed hundreds of dishes on his website. Learn and try hands-on the secret of his blog’s success on how to eat, shoot and post! 27 July 2012 (Friday),

4.00 pm



BOOK NOW! Call 6796 9331 or email to mhf@spoc.com.sg

– 10% off for PAssion Card Members for all listed events.

– 10% off Sherry Myrna‘s Masterclass, when you bring a copy of her book (10% will be refunded to the participants at the event)

 Participants can only enjoy one promotion at one time. Culinary Adventures, Masterclasses and Workshop will only commence with a minimum of 10 participants.

 Prices subjected to 7% GST. Other Terms & Conditions apply.


Festival Food Street

Come to Kampong Gelam’s very own Festival Food Street which promises a fine selection of mouth-watering cuisines from all over Singapore! Dine under the stars and soak in the unique ambience of Kampong Gelam!

Dates: 14 – 21 July 2012
Time: 11.00 am – 10.00pm

Venue: Sultan Gate



Fringe Events @ Malay Heritage Centre, Gallery 1


“Tales from Our Shores” Exhibition
Dates: 14 – 21 July 2012
Time: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm


Storytelling Session
Dates: 15 & 28 July 2012
Time: 2.30 pm


Book Browsing & Borrowing
Dates: 15 / 28 July 2012
Time: 9.30 am – 3.00 pm / 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm



How to get there?

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis Station

Nearest Bus Stop:

North Bridge Road, Before Sultan Mosque (B01229)

Buses: 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80,145,175,197

Jalan Sultan, Sultan Plaza (B01239)

Buses: 107, 107M, 961, 961#, 908

Beach Road, Opp Plaza Parkroyal

Buses: 100, 107, 107M, 961, 961#, 980


(Information, tables and design graphics courtesy of Singapore Food Festival website at http://singaporefoodfestival.com.sg)


Organised by: In Collaboration

Shahril Kahar & Diana Amran’s Marriage Solemnisation Ceremony…

1st July 2012, was a memorable day for Anugerah Skrin 2010 finalists Shahril Kahar and Diana Amran, as they tied the knot and solemnised their union in a low-key and humble ceremony at Bukit Batok Civil Service Clubhouse. Their wedding was the fourth after Jasmine Amira, Aziela Roza and Biwa Mastura from the Anugerah Skrin 2010 cohort, held in recent months. And another contestant from that batch, teacher and part-time radio presenter Dzar Ismail, is also due to walk the aisle towards the end of 2012. Cupid not only struck the two lovebirds who tied the knot yesterday, but there is also another set of lovebirds who fell in love after they were eliminated from the 2010 competition, Nissa Bahruddin and Nur Nasir.

The wedding which was originally slated at the end of the year was brought forward at the request of the bride’s late father, Allahyarham Amran Bin Ali, who sadly passed away from lung cancer four days before the event. And on another sombre note, the groom’s father was admitted to the hospital three days before. I guess for those of you who do read the local Malay papers over the past weekend, you would have read what a testing period it had been for the two newly-weds leading up to their wedding day. Thankfully with the help of close friends and assistance by other family members, the event went on as planned and it was a beautiful one may I add.

To Shahril and Diana, I know it has been a very challenging period for you both, physically and emotionally, but nonetheless I share your happiness. May Allah bless this union for eternity and may you both be blessed with intelligent, and filial children. Congratulations again you both!!!

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On behalf of the bride and groom, I would like to thank the following for making the wedding event a success:

Charisma Bridal & Catering

Bukit Batok Civil Service Club

Clique Studio Works

Makuanza Network

Sugar Pops & Cuppy Cakes

Gubahan Cinta (Guestbook)

Wandi Air

Fact3 Production

SY Boutique

Wizard of Lights

Martini J

Lagu-Lagu Kita CD Launch

After years of being fed a diet of English children’s songs, Malay kids, parents and educators in Singapore can now look forward to a newly created package that has been created to revitalise and rejuvenate the Malay Children’s music industry. Lagu-Lagu Kita is a compilation CD of 40 carefully selected Malay children’s songs from a span of 40 years (1950s-80s). It is a project by Mini Monsters and is supported under the National Heritage Board’s Heritage Industry Incentive Programme (Hi²P), a co-funding scheme designed to encourage more the development and creation of innovative heritage products and services that will reach out to as many Singaporeans as possible

For the uninitiated, Mini Monsters is the Education Outreach arm of television production house Dua M Pte. Ltd. and Music & Movement Pte. Ltd. Headed by Creative Director, Najip Ali and Chief Creative Officer, Rilla Melati Bahri, Mini Monsters aims to revive an interest in the Malay Language by offering an interesting and fun approach in its learning. With their motto – “Berhibur dan Belajar” (Entertain and Educate) – Mini Monsters believes in partnering like minded establishments and educational institutions in order to promote active Malay learning. Their courses and products are aimed at giving the best to all kids – at school or at home – while instilling a lifelong love for the Malay language through confidence-building and creative ways.

This project serves to put a name and a face behind every lyricist and composer of these endearing Malay children’s songs that we grew up with, in hope of reviving the songs for the generations to come.  Aimed at children aged 4 to 14 years, kids can sing-a-long while they learn about Malay values, lifestyle and customs through the lyrics. This edu-tainment pack is not just targeted at Malay children but children of all ethnicities who are willing and keen to learn Malay in a fun and entertaining manner. Projects like “Lagu-Lagu Kita can not only bring back the heritage that we may have forgotten but also introduce a brand new audience to the many hidden and forgotten gems of Singapore’s heritage.

I had the honour of being invited to cover the event when it was held on the morning of 10 June 2012 at the Upper Concourse of the Esplanade, Theatres by the Bay. Thanks to the kind people at Mini Monsters for the invitation, I felt obliged to attend and in turn, come out of my blog “retirement”, as this is something I feel close to my heart since young. Back in primary school, I recall learning and singing some of these songs during my mother tongue classes. Coupled with educational shows like Mat Yoyo and other beneficial Bengkel Kanak-Kanak TV programmes, I admit that they have in a way introduced and strengthened my knowledge on the Malay language. Which was why I brought my children along that day to expose them to the songs that my wife and I had learned when we were young.

Seeing the performances of the singers that day (Imran Ajmain, Dalina Jaapar, Rudy Djoharnaen) and listening to the songs they performed, was like a walk down memory lane. I felt nostalgic thinking back of my lost childhood. At the same time, I felt so thankful towards this initiative to revive and to preserve these treasures for our younger generation to pick up and learn and in turn, to pass it down for generations to come. It has been a month since the CD was launched but my daughters insist on listening to them every day!!! This is indeed an effort which deserves to be supported by our community and of course by the schools. Our children can most definitely learn a lot from the messages imparted through the songs, be it in language, moral, religious and ethical values.

The CD pack contains a book & two audio CDs including a CD on the oral history of Malay children’s songs in Singapore as told by veteran songwriters and composers such as Nona Asiah, Yusnor Ef, Drs Bahri Rajib and Khamaliah Salleh. The 40 specially selected songs have been re-arranged and updated to appeal to today’s kids and teenagers. The songs in this compilation are sung by popular and well-known young artistes such as Imran Ajmain, Hyrul Anuar, Syarif SleeQ, Rudy Djoharnaen, Dalina Jaapar and Nurulhuda Ramdzan.

Another special feature of the pack – these 40 songs are categorised into stages to suit children across different age groups.  The stages go from Tahap 1 (Beginners) to Tahap 3 (Advanced) and together with a companion guide, it serves to educate them further by explaining the themes, values and reflections found in each of the individual song lyrics. What is interesting is that the book also contains photographs and a brief history of our Malay children’s programmes on national television since the 1970s. One of the photographs featured the book, a picture of the 1988 batch of Bengkel Kanak-Kanak TV graduates has my other half and several friends I’ve made along the way, in it.

Lagu-Lagu Kita” is priced at $29.90 and can be purchased at the following places:

  1. Esplanade Shop
  2. Museum Label @ National Museum of Singapore
  3. Museum Label @ Singapore Art Museum
  4. Museum Label @ Asian Civilisation Museum
  5. Muzika Rekods
  6. Warisan Media
  7. Wardah Books
  8. Mini Monsters – Send your emails to Ms. Lydia Cheriyan (lydia@minimonsters.com.sg)