Wedding of Nity Baizura & Mohd Hafiz…

I know I have been away far too long. Followers of my Twitter account as well as my Facebook contacts would have noted that a month ago, I made the announcement that I am on temporary “retirement”. Work and family commitments have taken up a lot of my time, that blogging is the last thing on my mind. I still owe readers of this blog, coverage of Hafeez Glamour‘s “Demi Adriana” novel launch, but I am not sure if putting it up soon will still be relevant or not, as the event was almost three months ago. Looking at my blog statistics, I am just surprised that people still come in here even though there is no content since 31st March 2012. I need some time to get back into the groove of blogging, so I begin my new entry with a simple post, laced with many photographs which I know you have been searching for, judging by the search terms (“Nity Baizura wedding” / “Nity Baizura wedding photos” etc)  you keyed in to reach to this blog.

This past weekend, RIA 897FM‘s Nity Baizura was betrothed to Mohd Hafiz in a ceremony which was joyous and full of splendour. The event was held at the bride’s home in Bukit Batok and coincidentally, the groom’s side is also in the same vicinity. It was a simple yet grand wedding, something which signifies the characteristics of the bride herself, who looked absolutely radiant and her groom looking suave. There were smiles all round from the guests that came and of course, what is a celebrity wedding without celebrity guests??? Well I will not say more and instead let you feast your eyes on the colours and the happenings during Nity Baizura and Mohd Hafiz‘s wedding.

To Nity and Hafiz, may Allah bless this union till eternity and may HE grant you beautiful and intelligent children to add more happiness into your lives…

 

 

Bandstand Elektra Post-Event Reception Photographs…

Fresh from last night’s Bandstand Elektra event, I’ve decided to upload this entry as a filler for earlier events I attended the past month, namely the Muzik Festival Melayu concert at Marina Barrage on 18 February 2012 and the launch of Ritabella‘s Fiza O Collection event held at Joo Chiat Complex on 25 February 2012. Anyway this entry is filled with photographs I took last night during the post-event reception, so it’s a very short entry just to whet your appetite on what is to come in the days / weeks ahead. Hope the weekend has been good so far for all of you…

Konsert Jalinan Mesra Revisited…

Last Saturday, 16 April 2011, the wife and I went on a date and we took the opportunity to wind down and relax, being entertained by a line-up of artistes which one would normally associate with a Mediacorp Suria or any of the local Malay radio stations’ events. Held at the Open Court in front of Block 701, Bedok Reservoir Road, the event was organised by the combined efforts of the Punggol CC Malay Activity Executive Committee (MAEC) and Bedok Reservoir – Punggol Rise & Garden Residents’ Committee (RC).

From the initial poster that I had posted earlier when I promoted the event, I thought the line-up was already strong enough but it was kinda one-sided and appealed more to the younger masses. However, on the night itself, I was surprised to learn that evergreen singers Wann and Indonesian songbird, Hetty Koes Endang, were also part of the performing line-up along with comedian Alias Kadir. It goes to show that organisers are willing to set aside a generous amount of budget, an amazing feat considering it was touted as a free concert.

Did I just say “free concert”??? Well it looked that way till we entered to venue and realised some seats had been earmarked with coloured paper on the seats. We also saw several people who had tickets in hand and wondered if we had to pay afterall, cos I thought it seemed a bit unfair that some were made to pay and some did not. Afterwards I realised that those who held tickets were probably those who had come as a group from other constituencies. The fee they paid could have gone to the coaches that ferried them over to and from the concert venue.

The event was in a way, a community event, an opportunity for the residents to meet their Members of Parliament (MP) who would be contesting in the upcoming General Elections. The area falls under the banner of Aljunied GRC, so it was only apt that the Guests-of-Honour were the MPs of the area. Though seven names were slated to come, only four did – Foreign Minister Mr George Yeo, Mr Zainul Abideen Rashid, Ms Cynthia Phua and new People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Mr. Ong Ye Kung. The rest who did not turn up, had their own personal commitments to attend to.

Guests-of-honour (from left): Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Mr. Zainul Abideen Rashid & Mr. George Yeo

Right, I won’t bore you further with comments on what went on during the concert as this is only the first entry of a few parts that I intend to post. But all I would say is that it was good to watch the likes of Taufik Batisah and Hady Mirza performing again as I believe it has been quite some time since they last performed in public, correct me please if I’m wrong, all you Fiknatics and Happy Hadys out there. For now hope you enjoy some of the photographs I took at the concert…

Snippets of Konsert Jalinan Mesra

Wann shared a banter with host AB Shaik

Wann personally went down to encourage the audience to sing with her…

SleeQ performed “Untuk Dia“, “Terima Kasih Sayang” & “Kau Buat Aku“…

Just realised Syarif looks a bit like Pasha Ungu from this angle…

Hetty Koes Endang performed “Keroncong Kasih“, “Madu & Racun” as a tribute to the composer of the original song who passed on last week, Allahyarham Ari Wibowo, “Kasih” and even took the time to duet with Mr. George Yeo, singing the classic “Bengawan Solo” song…

Sarah Aqilah performed two songs that night, “Ku Ingin Kamu”, and another, “Simply The Best”, an old classic by Tina Turner…

Hady Mirza began his set with “Sang Penyanyi“…

Ever the romantic, Hady serenaded his cousin who was brought up on stage to sing “Ku Tetapkan Menunggu” with him…

Is it just my ailing eyesight or has Hady been working out???

And what is a Hady Mirza set without the haunting hit, “Angkasa“???

Taufik Batisah began his set with a medley of catchy hits – “Sombong“, “Sesuatu Janji” & “Tiada Dua“…

Emotions were poured forth from the audience when he sang “Usah Lepaskan“…

He ended off his set with “Teman Istimewa“…

Artistes and guests-of-honour waving to the audience during the finale…