Simfoni Lebaran Revisited…

I know this blog has been dead for the past month or so. It was meant to be deliberate that way since I did not attend any entertainment-related events of late. We are already into the last few days of Syawal. Goodness how time flies. Hope that your respective celebrations with family, friends and loved ones have been joyous and happy occasions so far. Before I move on and I hope it’s not too late to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. I am also taking the opportunity to apologise from the bottom of my heart if my reviews or entries have been misunderstood or if I had angered and disappoint anyone through the words, tones and vocabulary used to express my thoughts. I’m not perfect, but I am also not holier-than-thou, so if I had come across as such, then I am truly sorry for potraying it.

Since this entry is a warm-up before I start being active all over again, it’s just going to be a short one with a compilation video of Simfoni Lebaran snapshots I took some two months ago. Yes, you guys might have watched the show on the eve of Hari Raya but the actual recording of the event was done on 8th July 2011, a week before the Anugerah Planet Muzik event. For those expecting me to post a review of the recent Wings concert, no I did not attend it. I would have gone if Search was part of a Double Trouble concert but not Wings alone. I’m also not going to review the upcoming Zain siblings’ (Ziana & AnuarPesta Raya concert, even though I am attending the event solely for Anuar Zain, so hopefully no one’s expecting me to post photographs, video clips or reviews concerning the show. Last but not least, enjoy the video…

Serpih Hati Rosa Promo…

 

SERPIH HATI ROSA

Naskah: DENHASAN Pengarah: ATIN AMAT

Genre: DRAMA SATIRA Sasaran: PERINGKAT MENENGAH & DEWASA 

Durasi: 1½ Jam 

 

SINOPSIS

Serpih Hati Rosa merupakan sebuah keluhan rasa cinta dan rindu seorang wanita yang diduga oleh kesetiaan dalam perhubungan. Rosa, 39 tahun, ibu kepada dua orang anak, hidup bahagia disamping keluarganya. Dia merupakan seorang wanita yang berkerjaya serta mempunyai segala-galanya dalam hidup. Namun, Rosa telah lama memendam rasa yang sering memakan dirinya sendiri.

Rosa tidak pasti mengapa setelah lima belas tahun berumahtangga, kini baru terasa dia telah tersalah membuat pilihan. Rosa merasakan ada sesuatu yang kurang dalam hidupnya. Suaminya, Zaki, amat penyayang. Rosa akur Zaki tiada kekurangan dan cacat-celanya, Namun, hatinya masih dan tetap merindui.

Selami kemelut Rosa untuk menjejaki serpihan hatinya yang hilang. Fahami Rosa dalam memujuk dirinya yang berserah pada ketentuan. Temani Rosa dalam memadam rindu yang bertandang.

 

 

APAKAH YANG DAPAT DIPELAJARI DARI PEMENTASAN INI?

Serpih Hati Rosa menyelami kekalutan jiwa seorang isteri dan ibu. Penonton dapat mempelajari tentang pahit-manis alam percintaan, kekeluargaan dan kepentingan membuat keputusan yang matang. Membuat pilihan yang salah akan menjejas masa depan seseorang.

 

BUTIR-BUTIR PEMENTASAN

PERFORMED IN MALAY, WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

 

INFORMASI PERSEMBAHAN:

TARIKH: 8-9 April 2011

MASA: 3 petang & 8 malam

TEMPAT: The Arts House-Play Den 1 Old Parliament Lane Lavel 2 Annex Building, Singapore 179429

HARGA:  $23/- Seorang (tidak termasuk ticket charge $2.00)

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One Nation Emcees in SG…

This is quite a long overdue entry seeing that it’s been almost a month since the group was in town to perform at Singapore Expo Hall 5 in conjunction with Mega Weddings & Lifestyle and Exotica Indonesia 2011 exhibition (every year I’m intrigued by the mouthful name of this exhibition). The time span is even longer if you take into account that One Nation Emcees was also in Singapore for the annual Countdown event on the eve of the New Year at Float @ Marina Bay.

I’m breaking away from the norm of typing long entries and just letting my short video clip do the talking for me. I’ve been away from blogging for far too long and a short entry would be nice for a warm up on what’s to come for the year ahead. This clip combines both events at the Float @ Marina Bay as well as at the mini showcase over at Singapore Expo Hall 5 on 15th January 2011. Oh and in case you wonder why I’m using Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Falling In Love” track at the start of the clip, it was because the group performed that song at the Countdown event. Enjoy…

P.S. You need to view this clip via YouTube. Just click on the link. Apologies for the inconveniences…

 

Nona Kirana & Hisham Zain’s Wedding…

I’ve been away for quite a bit, and friends I met of late have commented how this blog has gone quiet for quite awhile. Which is why the statistics have dropped somewhat in the latter half of 2010. I’m not doing this for the ratings nor statistics. If I was, then you would be seeing an entry from me every other day. But the new year brings with it a new horizon and I do intend to furnish this site a little bit more regularly than the last, cos truth be told, I felt bad to people like Roze Kasmani, Sarah Aqilah, Hyrul Anuar and a few others to whom I attended their events and album launches, but did not make any entries on them due to family and work commitments. I hope I can make up to them somehow one way or another.

Anyway, the start of the new year also brings with it a new chapter in our lives. For this particular pair of lovely couple, the start of the new Gregorian year charts a new beginning for them as husband and wife. It is a fairytale ending for Hisham Zain as he finally got to wed the lady of his dreams, Warna 94.2FM‘s Nona Kirana. I will not repeat how their love story unfolded as it has been told before in print and online articles. All I can say is that I truly take my hat off to Hisham for realising his dreams, when most of us could only dream of getting married to someone we idolise or adore from a distance.

I was not involved in this like how I was during Huda Ali and Den Sabari‘s wedding last year, but still, I managed to spend some time capturing the joyous moments during the wedding at the bride’s side on 1st January 2011. The wife and I had a sense of deja vu when we found out who were the wedding caterers (Puteri Wedding Services), the very same one who did our wedding five years ago. Seeing Ummi, Alfarahizah Awangnit‘s mother, who was there as a guest, also brought the same feeling as she was our “Mak Andam” then.

It was a simple and humble affair befitting of the couple’s personality, but its simplicity was enough to bring out the joy and love shared by them and felt by the guests who came. It was definitely an event to be remembered, and for those who are curious to see the wedding photos (my blog stats have indicated some of you have been searching for it), wait no more as I have prepared a short video on the wedding. Lest I forget, Happy New Year!!!

Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza Launches Sity Avita Sdn. Bhd.

Over the past weekend, I went up to Kuala Lumpur for a short getaway trip with the wife sans the kids. This was my first trip to the place I affectionately call “The City of Dreams” this year, having last made my way there in July 2009 to catch my beloved team, Manchester United, in action. The wife had some loyalty vouchers to make use of (free accomodation at Grand Millennium Hotel for 3 days 2 nights) before the year is out, so the trip was a much welcomed idea as it was our opportunity to get away from our hectic lives and just spend quality time together.

As the title header goes, this trip also coincided with the official launch of Sity Avita Sendirian Berhad. As regular readers of this blog would note, I had attended the Avita Awards on 30th October 2010 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre with Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza herself being the guest artiste for the prestigious closed-door event. I had mentioned in my blog entry on that event, that Dato’ Siti has a major share in the Malaysian and Indonesian markets of Avita. It turns out that she is the chief investor in both markets and by placing her trust in the Avita brand, this signals her next foray in the business world after her successful “C-Tea” and “SimplySiti” ventures.

Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza arriving, flanked by Avita CEO, Ms Lee Xiang Yin and followed closely by husband Dato’ Sri Khalid Md Jiwa

By virtue of my aunt Faridah being a member of Avita Singapore Pte. Ltd. and who has been promoting the products to our family members, it was an honour to replace her, since she could not make it to the launch and being there to witness a landmark event in the ever-colourful career of Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza. This launch was held at the Sity Avita Sendirian Berhad office situated on the eleventh floor of Menara UOA Bangsar last Saturday 27 November 2010. The event venue is not to be confused with Wisma UOA KLCC or Menara UOA Damansara, in which the wife and I initially went to before realising we went to the wrong location. For foreign visitors like us, it was perhaps forgiven for not knowing where it is, but for the taxi driver  who drove us there and the hotel concierge who said it was at Damansara, I think they should be shot at for not knowing their own town.

Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza unveiling the Avita logo…

Though the card stated that the event was to start at 9:30am, it actually began at 10:00am, with Dato’ Siti arriving, flanked by the Avita CEO, Ms Lee Xiang Yin, with her husband, Dato’ Sri Khalid Md Jiwa close behind. After a brief unveiling of the Avita logo at the office, the event’s guest-of-honour took her seat at the front of the conference room. Prior to her arrival, the guests were given translation devices as the Avita CEO, a Hong Kong native, would be speaking in Mandarin. The event proper began with Ms Lee addressing the audience in basic Malay and English thanking them for their presence at the unveiling of Sity Avita Sendirian Berhad before going on in Mandarin and speaking about how the company came about and how they managed to strike a common understanding with Malaysia‘s number one Diva. I will not delve much into the company’s profile as you can read them all via its website at www.myavita.com.

After a brief video presentation (above) to introduce her to the audience, half of whom made up of foreign members from the various Avita branches around Asia, Dato’ Siti came onstage and described how she was highly impressed by the Celergen product introduced to her by her sister-in-law, Puan Zaini, one of a few products being distributed by Avita. Besides rejuvenating her and improving her vitality, she noted that the product has given her immense freshness even when faced with a long day at work. Not only that, I saw the extra radiance as seen by her outlook so early in the morning, when most of us at 10:00am would sometimes still be looking listless or dreary and still wishing we’re in bed.

After taking the product for more than a year, she was suitably convinced to invest in the company, which officially started its operations under the name Sity Avita Sendirian Berhad on 1st October 2010. The company has been in operations in Malaysia for about three and a half years, so this rebranding exercise distinguishes it from other Avita branches around Asia. When quizzed during the media conference afterwards how much she had invested into the company, Dato’ Siti being her ever humble and modest self, declined to disclose how much she had put in, but she definitely hoped that this next venture of hers would also be as successful as her eight-month old SimplySiti brand of cosmetic products. She said that through her success in singing, she would want to share it with her fans. Through these ventures, they are also able to do likewise since this is another form of multi-level marketing. Sity Avita Sendirian Berhad will be helmed by Puan Zaini and the good people under her.

Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza flanked by Puan Zaini and Ms Lee Xiang Yin. Dato’ Siti managed to ask me, “Jauh sampai?” right after taking this photograph was taken. I could only managed a sheepish grin, nodded and winked back at her. We didn’t get to chat, but at least she still remembered yours truly for that brief few seconds…

Noting that she had shared the Celegen product with her good friend Kris Dayanti and how the Indonesian Diva had also been impressed by it, she announced that the Indonesian market will also have the Avita brand name being introduced in early 2011, barring any hiccups. Right now, they are still putting the finishing touches to the deal. The event ended with a short media conference meant for the media, who were all given a box of Celergen to try out for a month and for them to evaluate. I was fortunate enough to sit through the conference, thanks to my bulky camera, even though I had no official pass on myself. I was also the envy of my cousins, who sat out the media conference, as they said that the Celergen does not come cheap but yet it is very good and effective having tried them before.

Ms Lee & Dato’ Siti answering questions from the media…

Speaking of which, let me just give you a brief introduction of the Celergen product. As summarised from its official website (www.swisscelergen.com), Celergen is a powerful, multi-faceted Cell Therapy treatment system that is clinically proven and potently encapsulated with the essential elements of Marine DNA Cellular Extracts which are known for their supreme rejuvenative, regenerative and anti-oxidant properties resulting in immense energy, enhanced vitality and ageless beauty. Researched and developed by prestigious Swiss, French and German anti-aging experts, cell therapists, gerontologists, biotech chemists, scientists and pharmaceutical prefessionals, Celergen aims to intercept and prevent, repair and maintain, rebuild and rehabilitate your body irrespective of one’s age. Best of all, it’s Halal-certified and approved by many health food organisations.

Dato’ Sri Khalid Md Jiwa was a keen observer of the proceedings by the corner…

A short chat with Dato’ Khalid after the media conference had ended, had him praising and espousing the product and the miracles it brought to people who had taken them. Whispering softly, he said there were cases of women who had experienced menopause taking the product and experiencing menstruation all over again. Looking at his youthful outlook, it was no surprise when Dato’ Siti exclaimed that one of the secrets to his age-defying outlook was down to consuming the Celergen product. Seeing is believing and I was generally swayed to try out the product. If Malaysia‘s number one singer has put her money on a product that she is genuinely convinced of, then I have to say that it is something worth trying for and so will I for the next month or so…

The cousins and wifey taking a photograph with Dato’ Siti before she left…

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

Merah Pawana Promo II…

Last week I gave a detailed promo on the abovementioned event. This week, I’m uploading various interviews by the main and supporting cast, the director, Mr. Najib Soiman as well as the mastermind of the show himself, Mr. Rafaat Hamzah. So without further ado, I present to you the video clips. All credits of the videos go to “ayid85“…

 

Merah Pawana – Teaser

 

Interview with Sani Hussin & Hatta Said

 

Interview with Noris “Wandy” & Farah Ong

 

 

 

Interview with Najib Soiman

 

Interview with Rafaat Hamzah

Merah Pawana – Trailer