Sunday, 26 November 2006

They can bend it all they want ..

Once a while, I love watching exclusive interviews on TV. Some of it are really interesting, while some of it are just plain boring. The thing about these interviews, the interviewers already have an idea on which direction you want all the answers to lead. If it's a talkshow, the host would simply ask questions that would relate to the general concern of the host themselves and see of their guest would come up with certain perspectives that would support the host's believes.

On other interviews, questions might want to see what makes the person tick or react in such a way. As some would see how far a person is passionate about what he or she do, others might just blatantly trying to humiliate the person with their 'trap' questions.

I came across a programme on John Mayer. They were interviewing him on his new album 'Continuum'. Asking him about the idea behind making the album, the story behind deciding on the album's direction and what makes him inspired to produce it in such a way. I'm amazed on how this guy explains everything on the process of making the album. From what inspires the album, the experimentation process and everything that makes him tick in crafting the album. John Mayer explains it clearly and passionately which, at the end of the session you would agree the high level of artistic value in him.

It's been a while since I heard any good interviews of a singer. Leave alone those interviews on the local artiste. It's already too bad most local artiste (READ : I said MOST.. not ALL. Jangan ngada-ngada nak kecik hati) can't gave inspiring and convincing answers to their interviews, which sometimes makes them sound stupid (it's how you answer it and not what language you use..hehe), but I'm sure the interviewers are to be blame too.

If questions are asked in a manner that would excite the artiste to answer it passionately. If intelligent questions are asked (and I don't say it should sound academically factual) to the artiste, I'm sure they would think properly before answering.

A good interviewer are those people who reads a lot, observant and have empathy to others, which I hope with have more of those people in the Malaysian media.

Until that happen, maybe I should just sit with John Mayer and wait for the world to change.. (err.. world?)


It's not that we don't care
We just know that the fight ain't fair
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change


Thursday, 23 November 2006

Everybody needs somebody. You're not the only one..

It's the monsoon season. (oh, you already know that..) How does the rainy weather been treating you? It does got you gloomy for no reason sometimes, doesn't it? I got that sometime. Especially when it's raining at night, and I just end my day and trying to rest. Maybe the wet and cold atmosphere have a certain effect on people's emotion. Do you think so?

OK, that's beside the point.

Anybody remember the song November Rain by Guns N Roses? A beautiful rock ballad. Sometimes makes you wonder, how a delusional, ego-centric frontman of the craziest rock and roll band in the 90's can come up with such beautiful song... and it's about 8 minutes long. In Malaysia, song with such duration will not make it on the radio. Let alone be a hit single.

I can still remember the video. More or less, it tells us a sad story of love separated by death right after they got married. With their superstitious sign of bad luck when it rains on your wedding day. (I repeat again, it's suupeerr sttiitiouuss.. you can go ahead and get married this month)

OK, there're part of the world who believe the rain brings bad luck to certain occasion. But, there're also people who believe the rain, brings blessings from God.

So, why are we easily attracted to the idea of bad luck rather than blessings?

For me, I can't deny it sometimes pulled me to a low, gloomy mood. Yet, there's no reason for me to think of this rainy season as bringing bad luck. In fact, I realise I'm blessed with the good things happening around me. I'm blessed to see the people I care happy with what they do. I'm blessed to see all the things planned over the past months, now beginning to form into shape. I'm blessed to at least regain hopes that almost died.

So, here comes another November Rain, just like past years. It's a wet and gloomy season but not a bad one. At the very least, if gave us a chance to move on with our life in a much fresher environment.

The season will end but hopefully, the blessings that comes with continue to stay. Amiinn..

I know it's hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn't time be out to charm you


Monday, 20 November 2006

Thou who agree shalt not be given promotion..

ATTENTION HR Personnels in all industries.. PLEASE, Take your time and read this article..

I got this one from a forwarded email. No, I do not know which newspaper it comes from nor do I know if the news is true as reported. But it makes sense isn't it?

I'm sure many of us faced such situation before. We hate it, but we have no choice but to face it. How to deal with it is still a big mystery. None of HR courses have a topic on that. Even psychologist would most of the time tell us to be patient (even they are stressed with all those morons coming to them for those idiotic issues). Best of all, the Great Book for Idiots have no title on that.

I guess it's up to the people hiring to actually check on staffs IQ and EQ result. Qualification and experiences could fall no.2 (no use hiring a Star worker if deep inside, their idiotic nature would make others suffer..)

Those of you working out there, please take care of yourself. I don't want any of you to get hurt emotionally or mentally at work. It's not covered by the insurance company.

If you can understand the feeling being in this situation, then you don;t have to worry. You're doing fine. Unfortunately, chances for you to get promotion is pretty slim. Most of those Idiots will eventually by your superior..


p.s What a way to start a Monday.. hehehe

Saturday, 18 November 2006

Do I stay or run away and leave it all behind?

1. If you are offered a job that you have always dream of. But for you to take that offer, you need to quit your current job and leave the stable income and benefits behind. Would you take it?

2. If you being offered to start a business that you've always wanted to do. But not just you need to quit your job, you need to move to another country to do it. Would you take the offer?

3. After a bad breakup, if you happen to like this someone and that person somehow wants to go serious. Would you take the chance?

4. If your parent's sick and need close attention from you. At the same time, you just got promoted but needed to be transfered away from your parent. Would you reject the offer and even be ready to quit the job if the management would not accept your reply?

You might have been in any of those situation before. You might even face any of the situation someday. Even if not any of the stated above, any situation that need you to choose only one of which, the one that you did not choose can be considered as your personal life gamble or sacrifice.

How do you come to a decision? Do you believe in yourself enough to make a the best decision? Are you strong enough not to regret anything that you have to let go?

And what if in some way or another, you made a bad choice? Would you regret about it and blame it on everything else around you? Or you'll take it as an experience which you'll plan to get over it as soon as possible?

I believe that what happens around you, happens for a reason. How you react to every situation is totally depending on how you perceive the situation. In the end it's up to you on how you want your life should be. The surroundings will adjust according to your perception.

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

So how do you want yours to be?


Saturday, 11 November 2006

Nothing last in these graceless, age..

Get video codes at Bolt.

You like sitcoms. Don't you? I'm sure everybody would at least hooked to one particular sitcom in the past. (those who had never follow any sitcom in their life... "HOW BORING CAN YOU BE??"..justy kidding.)

In any sitcoms, the general idea is to dig into everyday life issues and being witty about it. Sounds like an easy process to do, but it's not. Do it carelessly, and it might end up having a bunch of court jester with silly stink jokes.

So, I need to know, WHAT GOT YOU HOOKED TO ANY SITCOMS? I mean, other than the funny remarks (which obviously it should be or else, we should just call it a school play..) what other things that follow the sitcom till the last episode?

I do need feedbacks on this.

On the other hand, I did mentioned in my previous entry about Bon Jovi and how most of the band's first singles in all their album are about life, hope and dreams of the everyday people.

Songs like 'Livin on a prayer', 'Keep The Faith' and 'It's My Life' are some of the examples of their first singles. Over a casual conversation with a few friends, there's this one single which we think, the best among all Bon Jovi's singles. Yet somehow, it does not get the same popularity level like the rest of the singles (even we did not remember the song till one of us sing it over an acoustic guitar)

So, enjoy the feature video of this entry. Our pick for the best Bon Jovi's single on the theme of life, hopes and dreams. It was picked based on it's catchy melody, the nicely blend music arrangement and it's beautifully written lyrics.

You might wonder how on earth we end up talking about that, but when a few people get together in a house with nothing much snacks, PS2 and acoustic guitar around, such topic is never impossible to pop up.

Come to think of it, there is one common factor between a good sitcom and Bon Jovi's single... Both have the passion to dig out the issues faced or the majority of the ordinary people..

His momma said he was crazy - he said momma Ive got to try
Dont you know that all my heroes died
And I guess Id rather die than fade away


Thursday, 2 November 2006

I'll be there for you and you'll be there for me..

Yesterday, I thought that if it rains heavily again today, I'll just post 'November Rain' video by Guns N Roses and leave that video alone to be my entry for today.

Today, it's not raining. See how God work His wonders.

I have always dream of producing TV shows that sets on a small and medium scale production, which give a sense of interpersonal experience among those involved. A show that would give a warm, yet exciting feeling to the audience and still looks great on the TV screen.

That's my dream. No, that's not just a dream. Infact, I was seriously working towards that direction for the whole of last year.. which until earlier this year, right after the previous Aidilfitri, we were given cold shoulders for no reason. All preparation that just waiting for deployment was stopped immediately.. and almost all of us, in a way lost our job along with those dreams.

This time, almost the same situation and period of time, right after raya, some 100++ staff of the main braodcaster (the same 'heartless' project) will lose their job by end of November. And we see the beauty of Malaysian HR exercise at it's best where, employer-employee relationship are in a way, identical as the master-slave relations back in the old era.

Could it be, some tradition need to be preserve as our heritage, and this would be one of it? I don't know..

Anyway, I'll hold to my dreams and work my way till I achieve to make those dreams a reality.

As for now, here are some videos that might be able to help you see what I have in mind. It's not exactly like all those shows, but the general idea is there.

p.s I'm sorry for all MiTV staff that have to carry the burden of failure made by the top management and I thank you YouTube for having a function to embed multiple videos in one player.

Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Taking a real good break..

This is what happened when you got sick and tired working with word processing documents and spreadsheets. I don't know how you lawyers and accountants out there enjoy having to deal with these dull (yes, i know it's important..) documentation every single day.

I got sick and tired of it. So, I end up playing with photoshop instead. Not that I am an expert on it. I have not touch this software for quite sometime. Oh well, just consider this as my personal refreshal crash course.. (which I did crashed my thumbdrive along the way..)

p.s I'm still in JB. 3 days after my original date going back to KL. I've set to go back tomorrow. (Let see if I stick to this one. Somehow, I'm not eager to face that third world vibes of KL.)