Wednesday, 31 January 2007

You want to see the light? So do I...

I refer to my entry on 27th January about MTV Unplugged and yes, MTV did mention they'll be having Unplugged 2.0 soon. Guess what? Great minds think alike (hint : MTV, nak kerja boleh? Eh, it's MTV.. not you MiTV) Two days before the entry was posted, TRL make a world premier of one of the 'Unplugged' performances by Korn. The show will premiering somewhere in February and this is what you can expect from the show.. It's 'Freak on the Leash' Unplugged featuring Amy Lee of Evanescence.



I guess this mark the comeback of good music, stripped and played to their perfection.

And asked about the song, there are interviews conducted by MTV News team which to me, that is what Malaysian Entertainment Journalism is lacking at this point (friends, if you're reading this, it's an opinion not to be taken over-sensitively.. you know who you are..)Give it a thought..

If there's anything that we could learn from MTV, this is what we should be learning from them.. Not those idiotic stoners programme and those 'shake that ass' visuals.

MTV, I salute you on this brilliant show.

END
p.s Come on, is it really that hard to think of a local programme contents with substance? Bodoh sangat ke Malaysians ni? I don't think so..

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

It's payback time..

After winning a million Ringgit lawsuit against a major recording company. After pulling-off from a concert which supposed to be a celebration of their 25th Anniversary as a Rock Band. After going through all kinds of labeling throughout his career. What does Amy Search, the millionaire Rock Icon did for the society?



This 49 year old rocker, took out some of his new found wealth, stacked 2 lorries full of food and supplies and went straight to visit the flood victims in Johore. Together with Hattan, he made a point that the food and supplies reach to those victims in Person.

More news about his personal mission at Utusan Online.

I don't care if it's just a publicity stunt from the rocker. It worth 2 lorries of food and supplies. Knowing this industry, no corporate sponsor would want to contribute for publicity stunt of a rockstar.

I salute you Amy Search for the effort made.

cintakan bermakna
jika sama saling memahami
cintakan bercahaya
jika disulami cinta suci


END
p.s Now let's wish more millionaire would do such 'stunts' with their own wealth. Shall we?

Saturday, 27 January 2007

Of what was everything?

I realised after reading the previous entry, all my favourite cover version songs have one thing in common. All songs are performed at MTV unplugged. Those of you who knows me, would realise that I'm an acoustic freak. I would be all ears to listen to any acoustic songs. May it be classical, country or even flamenco..



Those days where Unplugged concept was introduced by MTV, it took the world by storm. To me, MTV did live to their name as Music Television at that point by having a lot of original programmes dedicated solely to the objective of good music. (MTV at the present time, enough of those dumb & vain shows for stoners already..) Oh wait.. MTV Unplugged is back according to their official website.. WOohooo...

Anyway, the days where Unplugged was introduced, was also the time of the grunge and alternatives music. (ntv7, I begged you to get those old unplugged shows on the station? please.. hahahha)

Of course, the moment we mention grunge and alternatives, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain will comes to mind. But, there's this other Seattle band that won the hearts of many. In fact, I think in terms of being influencial, I do feel Pearl Jam is bigger than Nirvana. (Don't believe me, ask our local band Disagree... hahahha..)

Seriously, those fans who are into Pearl Jam, would not appreciate the music, they'll also understand the lyrics, the minds and the philosophy (if there is any..) of the band.

I admit, I appreciate Pearl Jam first before I got to know Nirvana... this is somewhere around the year 1991. (woo.. grunge is an old music now..)

So, this is one of the song from their first album 'Ten' (my favorite song on that album..) that introduce me to the grunge revolution... performed on MTV Unplugged. I used to think can any album title be any shorter than a 3-letter word. And the same band answer it by having their second album with a shorter title ..'Vs'.

This song is call 'Black'. You will understand the story behind the title if you listen to the lyrics carefully.

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a star,
In somebody else's sky,
But why?
Why?
Why can't it be mine?


by the time the song reach that part.. it's just heartbreaking..

END
p.s I just saw a fan video of this song made by the characters from The Sims game. Cool..

Friday, 26 January 2007

Take a good cover..

I'm sure you kids, the so-called 'RnB' or 'Urban' (I still don't understand why would they call it 'urban'... it's not a genre) fans would know the song 'Bringin On A Heartbreak' by Mariah Carey. I'm sure you've seen the video as well, which features Dave Navarro in it.



Navarro in RnB video?

Why not? This is once a rock song anyway. For those who never heard of the song before Mariah Carey, this is a song made popular by the Sheffield band, Def Leppard. This is one of their early hit song, which if you watch the video, you can see the drummer still have both arms.



My opinion, a good cover song should always sounds better and fresher than the original version and the version by Mariah Carey is one good example.

At least now we have a song that both RnB and Rock fans can appreciate together..

For me, other great versions of cover songs would include David Bowie's 'Man Who Sold The World' by Nirvana, The Police's 'King of Pain' by Alanis Morissette, Paul McCartney's 'Live and Let Die' by Guns N Roses..

And to those who plan to have a cover song as their hit single, if you can't produce a much better version than the original, JUST FORGET IT.


Just try and say to you
Youre bringin' on the heartbreak
Taking all the best of me
Oh cant you see?


What's your favourite cover song?

END
p.s why would anybody do a cover version as their first single nowadays? trying to cheat their way to popularity? Hehehe..

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

So many questions..

You assess the situation, you think, you try to make sense of the whole situation and hope that you can figure out what's going on here, there and everywhere you're around.



Then it get's tiring. You end up neither here nor there. You still have not found the answer.

Seems like this whole thing got you stuck to nowhere. You have no clue what's happening and your mind suddenly feels numb.

And by 'you'.. I actually mean 'I'

This should be the video for today's entry. An old hit by New Radicals.. Someday We'll Know..

I bought a ticket to the end of the rainbow
I watched the stars crash in the sea
If I could ask God just one question
Why arent you here with me?


END
p.s To Tini, Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Pilihan Mungkir Jiwa..

Disclaimer : Yes, I do not claim the video rights is mine. Nor the encoding of the video is my work. Yet, this is a social service (bukan social escort..) for Malay music fans who is out of broadcast range during AJL 21.



Just as I thought. Give them 48 hours and you'll get any live telecast footage on YouTube. By now, this 2006's billion dollar setup prove to be both devil and saint. Devil for broadcaster who wants money from direct consumer billing and saint for mass information to the public.

Like I said before, I've rest my case on AJL 21 (Refer HERE). This entry is mainly for those outside Malaysia who want to see what's AJL 21 like last weekend.

So this is my pick based on their performances that night. My (read carefully .. I did say 'MY') pick for the best 5 performances on AJL 21.

Yes, Hazami and the team deserves the title. But who could forget the energetic show and those wigs on M Nasir and Mawi?

ENJOY THE VIDEO.

END

The truth runs deep inside..

Recently, at a request of a friend, I updated my Multiply account. Those of you who is not familiar with Multiply, it is another community networking portal where you can share photos, videos, blogs and even audio downloads. What makes it different from MySpace or Friendster is that it sole purpose to link people that you really know and closely related in a way or another.



There, I found this short blog entry from one of my network.

WHY DO WE HURT THE ONES WE LOVE..

1. Because we know them, we know their weaknesses. And when we're angry or upset, we jab at precisely the right spot, sticking it in deep so it hurts.
2. The greater our love, the greater our potential to hurt.
3. Love is perfect, but people are not.
4. Unconditional love is easier said than done.
5. The hardest thing in the world is to care for someone else's heart.

By the time I finish reading that entry.. Ouch! Did I ever hurt anybody that I care about deeply that I don't even realise it? There must be so many of them..

I think I should take this chance to say "I am really sorry. I don't mean to hurt any of you. Forgive me.. " I'm sure if this short, sweet and simple entry could smack my head to think. I'm sure you would give it a thought too.

On other note... I'm still looking for a chance to go to Muse concert next month. Anybody got a free ticket for me? Come on, take it as my birthday present. (I don't mind shifting my Birthday earlier to February for a Muse ticket.. hehehe..)

To lure you to the music of Muse.. This is their video.. Sing For Absolution. Listen to the poetic lyrics..

Tiptoe to your room
A starlight in the gloom
I only dream of you
And you never knew


END
p.s I would suggest you read the full lyric of this song..and to Latricia on Multiply.. thanks for the wonderful blog reminder..

Monday, 22 January 2007

Don't let real love pass you by..

Backstage of Anugerah Juara Lagu.. It was during the 'Glam Walk' as they call it that my eyes suddenly focused on the news crawler below the pre-show, "gegaran 7.2 richter di sulawesi. Jabatan Meteorologi telah meletak amaran Tsunami.." and suddenly, I don't bother to know anything else but that. Make a few calls and SMS to those I worried about just to be sure things are OK first before get back to whatever happening there.



It come to me that all these incidents.. the flood, the change of weather, the earthquake are not just scientific mishaps. God is there and this is His warning. As we still cheat the public to make more profit for our own sake. As we keep on making friends to those who only brings material benefit to us, and while we making money and popularity under the banner of charity.

I'm sure inside each and every one of us there is still that place where we would want people to love us as much as we want to love them, but capitalism and the need to prove ourselves worthy through numerical figures push that part aside.

Don't worry, If you have not taken someone else's rights.. could it be food, could it be money or maybe their last hope to survival.. then you're safe. But, if you already did.. would you have time to seek for forgiveness from them if such mishaps happens here in a blink?

Think about it.. and while you're at it, this is a video by Boys II Men, who did make an impact to the local RnB fans. (Hey, we end up having a Innuendo a few years after that)

They'll be performing at Genting this weekend and you can catch them on air at ntv7 this Thursday during Thursday Nite Live. How cool is that? Lucky Good-feelers..

I know you are nervous
But take it from me
Cause you deserve so much more than you receive
Listen to your heart and let it show
Dont hold on to your pain
Just let it go, let it go


END
p.s Oh.. AJL?? I rest my case. Hehehe....

Sunday, 21 January 2007

Of Ape and Human ... In the ZOO

This is either a good idea or it is a total nutcase. The Australian Zoo recently has added a new species as part of their exhibit famously known as Humans. (Read HERE to know more)



OK, the scientist say it's part of the research. The psychologist say they hopes to use the findings to improve conditions for real apes in captivity.

Get real people, since the Darwin theory exists, which ape have really turn into humans? Seriously, do you know anybody who claim that they are the descendants of Bongo the Monkey? I don't see any ape turns human.. I see humans turn to apes a lot.

What's more puzzling? What's with the SMS votes for the favourite 'apes' in that program? Seems to me like TV media is got everything to do with this idea. At this point, I think we need Steve Irwin badly in Australia

Then again, maybe it's not a bad idea. How about we make the next AF or OIAM in Zoo Negara? If they can bring the people to the zoo. Then maybe they should win those sum of money. (just an opinion...yang korang sensitif sangat ni kenapa??)

Australia, you have just inspired a new breed of reality TV heroes.

END
p.s Just to give you a feeling of the Zoo. I bring you Kermit the Frog newsflash from the Zoo.

Saturday, 20 January 2007

Mari kita tengok siapa yang KENAA!!!!

Just got back from the dry run of Anugerah Juara Lagu 2007. I will not make any comments from whatever the press have told you. (Yes, definitely it's all good news for now or they'll be stripped from getting the press pass to the event..hahahaha..)



The preparation seems to be good so far. With the stage sets that is much bigger and higher than any stage they've done before. Great musicians all prepared to accompany the artistes, and from my few hours there, my bet.. M Nasir will turn simplicity into Magic, The duet song by Mawi & M Nasir will rock the stage (yes, I'm a crony, I will say good things about them first..) Elyana will make a surprise and Hazami, if you remember his winning performance at last year's AJL, then you should not miss his performance tomorrow night.

So, don't miss the show tomorrow night. There will be surprise performances while waiting for the results as usual. And of course, what is AJL without the surprise and controversial results.

If I have to make any bets on who will win this year's AJL, I would try to put myself as another Media Prima's top shoes, and think with their mindset...

As a result, I'll choose Dunia Baru's star Elyana.. TV3's montage star Adibah Nor and the resident clowns.. Senario. (If the sponsors permits me to do so..). Better still, Either Elyana or Adibah will win the top category.. just like how Jaclyn Victor won the overall champions..

So, If I have to place a bet (ATTENTION : I did say IF, it's just a strategical assumption to win bets... jangan la gelebah nak report pulak..) I'll choose those 3 to be the winner..

Then again, it would be too obvious, so.. I'll scrape out Senario. Give that category to someone else. Leaving Elyana and Adibah.. How's that for a winning strategy? (AGAIN : Referring to IF I'm betting.. YOu guys are cool..)

Let see how it goes.. Shall we?

While you're at it.. here are some of the songs nominated on this year's final. (I'll limit to just 5 videos.. OK)

NOTE : AJL is held at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil on 21st January 2007. It will be live on TV3 and Hot FM. Those of you outside Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore can also listen to it through the internet radio of Hot FM.

END
p.s It's just a speculations IF I have to bet. Then I'll think that way. NO.. Siapa kata ada tipu? takde .. betul takde..

Friday, 19 January 2007

If I know how...

I can't sleep last night. There's this song that played in my head all night. The more I try to sleep, the louder the song get in my head. It is as if the band stayed in my brains and last night was their jamming session.



OK, it already got me awake all night. Now I have to figure out what song is this. I know this is not an inspiration to write a new song. This is definitely a song I heard somewhere. But I could not recall which song it is. Familiar melody.. yet I unfamiliar title or even artiste.

After 30 minutes browsing around the net and my iTunes list, I finally found the song. OK, such simple yet effective melody, combined with the vocal expression make this song a mind haunting song. I have to admit it does haunts my mind now.

As I listen through the song, I wonder how would it anybody react when somebody close to you ask for help because they're in deep trouble, and you ignore the cries only to know it's a bit too late to do anything now since they're already 'dead'?

How would you feel when you ask for help, people ignored your request. The moment they want to help, you are already in really deep trouble?

How would you live your life knowing the fact that a friend called you up seeking for your friendship to ease the pain, and in return you cut that conversation short because you feel it's unnecessary to talk about.... Only to know, that person got stressed out, drive alone that night to deal with it and died over a car crash. Can you live with that?

In short, how would you live after a terrible way to say the last goodbye?

This is a song that successfully got me awake all night by The Fray. This is 'How To Save A Life' and this is their new video. I have to agree that this new video give a clearer meaning than the old one.

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life


END
p.s try think about this.. and then read the next entry. See if you can live your life knowing you could have save lives.. but you don't.

Wednesday, 17 January 2007

ATTENTION : Heart & Common Sense Needed!!

Cool Slideshows




These are photos of the first flood in Johore. Things did get slightly better after this incidents for a couple of days before the town got hit the second time. This time, it got worse.

Yes, towns that affected by the flood might not be as bad as the first one. Yes, news does not show that it is as bad as Tsunami, Katrina or even Yogjakarta earthquake and yes, you already donate RM5 to the most popular fund raising campaign. That should be enough right?

I'm sorry, but I have to call you the biggest Idiot in the world if you agree on that statement.

No, the situation is much worse, the people are badly affected badly and kids.. well, what can I say? How would you want their future to be? (opps.. wrong question.. that's exactly what you want so that you can exploit them later..)

We need food, clothings, school books or anything that could help them make a good kickstart back to their normal life. This was verified by Loloq as he was there in Kota Tinggi for a short trip last weekend.

A normal RM30K that you spend on a handbag for your birthday present could get a family of 7 kids to live for a year..

So I BEG to all of you. (Yes, I know you loooovee people to beg you..) I BEG all you corporate millionaires, MLM millionaires, Internet millionaires and those proxy businessmen to share a tiny bit of your wealth to help the victim. (100K of 5 million is tiny bit right? Less than 1%?)

So please.. help them in any way. Remember.. God does exists. THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU. I don't mind this to happen in KL if these victims are ignored. Let see if you have enough time to get a flight out of the country if it happens.

While you're at it. A journalist friend from NST is doing her bit. She's collecting stuffs like canned foods, clothes and shoes to be distributed to the victims this weekend. Anybody who wants to contribute can do so buy buying those stuffs and pass it to her. I'll pass her number to those who really interested. She'll be leaving for Johore this weekend.

Weween, it's a great effort. With that great heart, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful wedding this June.

To the rest, Imagine yourself being in the victims place (Don't force yourself if you don't have any brains..)

END
p.s Don't take this as a political statement. It's not. Think as a natural human being for once..

If you could only live my life

There are like 3GB of songs on my notebook. It's a good mixture of to suit all environment. To avoid a boring mix of song selection, the songlist on my iTunes is set to shuffle by default.



Now, there's this song that somehow got high rotation today. A song from one of the greatest band in the world. (If only they could stay together as great as their status..)

This is 'So Fine' by Guns and Roses. Sang by the bassist, Duff McKagan with Axl Rose. I used to like the song for it's beautiful melody and arrangement. Never really bother to check on the lyrics..

Now that it's been played as much as 4-5 times today, when I listen to it carefully..

It's a story of a man
Who works as hard as he can
Just to be a man
who stands on his own
But the book always burns
As the story takes it turn
An leaves a broken man


OUCH!!..SMACK THE WALL RIGHT TO THE FACE!!

Enjoy the video.. I forget what I actually want to write about in the first place.

END

Tuesday, 16 January 2007

In a sentence..

It's still the first month of 2007. I think it's OK to still talk about 2006 a bit. Somebody asked me how would I spontaneously describe the year 2006 in a sentence. A sentence that would give a general view of how it is in 2006.



Here's my answer..

"It's a year for TV icons, failed celebrity marriages and James makes the news."

Just give it a thought..

In 2006, heroes came from reality TV, all high profile celebrity weddings end up with failure. In the end, there are many James who make their marks.

I can easily name 4 popular James without thinking much..

James Blunt for his hit singles..
James Morrison for his big break..
James Bond for the hit movie.. AND
James Brown for err.. for hit the end of his life.

Am I right? That's how I describe the year 2006.

So, thank you for your time. Help yourself with the video. It's a song by James Blunt (yes.. I know, 2 video from him in the same month).

Enjoy this song called 'Wisemen'

Really sorry now,
They weren't to know.
They got caught up in your talent show,
With you pernickety little bastards in your fancy dress,
Who just judge each other and try to impress


So how do you describe the year 2006 in a sentence?

END
p.s For those who are not able to make any new year resolution, don't worry. There're another 2 new year celebration coming soon. Maal Hijrah and Chinese New Year. You can still make it.. hehehe..

Sunday, 14 January 2007

Pecahkan teka teki malam..

OK, maybe I don't have a life. Call me crazy if you have to but I actually watched an Indonesian movie titled 'GIE' on YouTube. Seriously, I've watched the entire movie which was divided into 15 parts altogether.

I got to know about this movie through a friend somewhere in 2005. It's a movie based on a true story about a man name Soe Hok Gie, who lived in the early era of Soeharto. (No, I'm not going to tell everything about him here. Go search yourself..)



Soe Hok Gie was a writer and a lecturer, with interest in mountain climbing, motion film, arts and literiture. Despite of all his interests, his writings are mostly thought provoking ideas and hard critics on political issues during his time.

While people generally portray him as a political activist, what I understand from the movie, Soe Hok Gie is more of a social activist than he is political. His actions and ideas, although at some point it seems to go against the government, was never about power struggle or political ideology, but derived from the passion to see the society living in their own country being taken care of. To me it's more of a social conscience than a political one.

True, based on his writings and some of the movements that he involved with, he seems like a hard-ass political activist, but if see deeply from where he stands, politics is not his interest.

In short, if you understand carefully, you'll see him as an intellectual critic, but does not mean he's an anti-government. (If you still can't comprehend this, then maybe your IQ level is slightly below 3..just kidding..)

This can be a never ending explanation, I don't really like to have that 'p' word in any of my entry. With that word around, people can easily be blinded and more than often keep missing the points.

So I'll just end this entry as it is. If you can find the movie, I would suggest you to watch it. If you need to know more about the guy, I'm not the person you should ask. I'm just an admirer to a person who live by his principles and passionately walk the talk..

Soe Hok Gie died through inhaling poisonous gas while hiking up Mount Semeru, which is a volcano, at the age of 27. (joining many great man who die at the age of 27)

Here's a video from one of the soundtrack of the movie. I've put up this video before somewhere in 2005, and I'll put it up again.

Akan aku telusuri
Jalan yang setapak ini
Semoga kutemukan jawaban..


Enjoy the weekend.

END
p.s This entry is not in any way hinting about the government. Those who think otherwise... well, I pity for that shallow minds they have...

Saturday, 13 January 2007

Simplicity as it is..

More than often, we heard of people claiming that all they want in life is the moderate and the simplicity of life. Nothing extraordinary, nothing too grand. Just a simple way of life.



More than often as well, such statements came from those people who either almost give up in life, afraid to take a bigger risk to better their life, or simply too lazy to work harder than it is. In other words, the statement are just another escapism to justify where they are.

Still, there are those people who really mean it. They resorted to a simple way of life after going through adequate amount of struggle for success, long hours of hard work and gaining knowledge and experiences as much as they could. In other words, they choose a simple life after living their life to the fullest.

And such people should be a great role model for others to follow. They are those inspiring character that we look to refer every now and then.

In short, to gain simplicity, one must undergo and understand the complex and abstract nature. Take the full cycle and return to the simple nature the person ever dreamed of.

Just like the grunge music from Seattle. To come up with such simple yet interesting songs, those bands went through to understand the complex nature of musicianship before taking a stand and produce the beauty of simplicity in music.

Try listen to the songs from bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.. maybe you'll get what I'm trying to say here.

I'm not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
But I'm having fun
I think I'm dumb
or maybe just happy
Think I'm just happy..
END
p.s Sometimes, things are not as simple as you want you see. Look deeper..maybe you'll find something better.

Friday, 12 January 2007

Lagu jiwa yang tak tercapai akalmu..

OK, corny title.. so what? Few days back, we're fortunate enough to be at the press conference of Anugerah Juara Lagu ke.. err. ke.. (damn, they have been doing this for years and I lost count..)



So, here are the facts.. It will be held at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil on 21st January 2007. It's open to public (don't ask me if they're selling the tickets or it's for free.. I couldn't be bothered). The show will be aired live on TV3 and Hot FM.

Other than that, the press conference was held at The Tiffin Bay, Starhill Center. It's a Jazz Lounge that I don't think I can afford to go anytime soon. The beverages was really nice, but the food.. (I'm starving so.. macam tak kenyang la..)

From the press conference, what you'll know is 'Juwita Citra Terindah' by M Nasir will be the second song to perform, 'Lagu Jiwa Lagu Cinta' performed by M Nasir & Mawi will be the 8th song on the line up and 'Tak Tercapai Akalmu' performed by Elyana will be the 11th on the list. (I don't remember the rest of the list.. sorry..)

So... If you're in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, still alive on the 21st January and not in any way.. busy with death threats or fatal diseases... Please be in front of your TV at 8:30pm and watch this spectacular event by TV3. Oh, if you're not in these 3 countries and still want to follow this event, you can visit Hot FM and listen through their internet radio. (and watch the performance through YouTube the next day coz I'm sure there are people who would put them up..)



For memorabilia, we took photos together. This is my first photo after years of knowing these two inspiring lyricist, Ad Samad (of Tak Tercapai Akalmu) and Loloq ( of Lagu Jiwa Lagu Cinta). You should be able to figure out which is which. (I'm not going to let you getting too many free infos..)

Aidit Alfian is somewhere nearby, but I don't know why we could not get him to take a photo together.

Opie, thanks for the photos. Please, do not put up any of these photos in your magazine. I look terribly awful. (Ini pun dah setengah mampus nak meng'photoshop' gambar ni..) The photo is nice by the way, I'm not.

END
p.s It's music awards season!! .. More award shows coming soon..

Thursday, 11 January 2007

What I want is what I need...

I'm sure there's a lot of you who love to ask about other people's resolution for this year. I'm also sure there are many of you too who hate to tell people about your resolution.



Well, I think I don't need to tell any of you of my resolution. No, I don't hate the question if you want to ask me about my resolution. It's just that whenever I start to tell anybody about my goals and dreams.. it end up the opposite and fail to happened. So, I rahter keep it quiet and you will know it when it really does happen.

As for now, if any of you ask me of my resolution, this will be my 'standard-cliche-to-the-low-minded-layman' answer..

1. I would get married to the a rich supermodel.. 2. I will get myself a new ferrari 3. I will go skinny dipping at south pole.

Whoever want to believe it, i'm not forcing you to change your mindset. At least I know where your IQ level are.. hahahah

Anyway, Apple just announced the design of their latest product, the iPhone. Come on, I have not get myself the Macbook and iPod yet.. and you already come up with iPhone? You're killing me.. I will as they say in malay.. Mati Kempunan soon. I'm not beautiful and sexy.. nobody will buy me that as a gift anyway...

Oh well, all i hope is all goals and dreams wil come true this year. I surely hope at least some people would believe in it. (as oppose to none at the moment..)Don't worry, what I want and what I need is pretty much the same thing at the moment..

END
p.s YouTube is under scheduled downtime at the moment.. No videos featured for this entry. Oh.. and Happy Birthday to Syafinaz and Siti Nurhaliza (oopp..Dato' Siti..). I remember it from the past AIM awards that I've worked on.

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

If only I knew what I know today

Here's a modern fairytale. OK, it might not be as good as Shrek.. but here goes..



They started their career on the same year. Both signed under the same label that shocked the world with their boybands and pop divas.

One got the princess fairytale treatment. The other got the ugly duckling story.
The princess got the high sales. The ugly duckling, got the award.
The princess got hurt from her failed marriage. The ugly duckling got 'Hurt' as her latest single.

In the end, the ugly duckling realise that she's a beautiful swan.. and (maybe) live happily ever after..

Back off Britney coz Christina is the new heir. (Ijun, sorry.. aku tahu kau suka Britney..hahahha)

Would you tell me I was wrong?
Would you help me understand?
Are you looking down upon me?
Are you proud of who I am?


Hahahha.. modern fairytale. It's all up to the press hype. Do as they want you to be. You'll get the limelight.

THE END

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

If you promise not to fade away...

I've been hearing about concert promoters trying to get this band to come to Malaysia since 2003. This is another British band that manage to join the huge list of British bands that have a huge influence to many followers around the world. (Hey, even one of the song by Dewa sounds like a modified version of their song..)



I don't know how I will pay for the tickets. I don't know when will I buy the ticket and I don't know where will I get the money to go to the concert for now.

All I know, I would not want to miss this concert which I've been waiting for their arrival since 2003 and I will definitely get the standing arena ticket to get a closer look of their performance that night.

Come on people, let's go to Muse World Tour which will be on the 25th February 2007. (You have another one and half months to save for concert ticket.. hehehe) Organised by Galaxy Events.

If you never heard of any Muse song before. Do enjoy this video of their latest single called 'Starlight' from their latest album 'Black Holes and Revelation' (the title came from one of the lines of this song..)

MUSE.. Thank you for coming to Malaysia. I hope the concert would be a blast.

Starlight

I will be chasing the starlight

Until the end of my life

I don't know if it's worth it anymore


END
p.s those of you who will be going for the Singapore Venue this weekend.. Have fun!! (tiket mahal tuu...)

Monday, 8 January 2007

The REAL bathroom song..

We all sing in the bathroom at least once in our lifetime. Some might even sing their hearts out in the bathroom while others may just hum to the tunes the loved. There are some songwriters who got their hit songs in the bathroom.



I'm not sure what's with the bathroom that gives certain magical sense to music, but this man got inspired and come up with this heartbreaking song in the bathroom. Not only that, he even recorded the song in the same bathroom after he sensed that he didn't get the same feel as how he sang in the bathroom.

Luckily, the house where he stayed could fit a piano in the bathroom and the recording ends up great as they want it.

This is the real bathroom single by James Blunt. A song he considers as the most personal to him. (I guess all things personal should be in the bathroom..)

Then again, all his lyrics are based on his personal experiences. (That's an idea actually, if you're already hurt badly, might as well make some money out of it..)

Goodbye my lover.. Watch this video and you can sense that he really meant every word in the lyric.

So I took what's mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won't stop there,
I am here for you if you'd only care.


Enjoy.

END
p.s Don't ask. I still wonder the size of the bathroom that could fit a piano in it. It's Hollywood.. they can even fit a home theater in the bathroom if they want to..

Sunday, 7 January 2007

Thank you Mr Momofuku Ando

Second entry in a single day? Damn, I never thought I would have another entry in one day but I think I need to do this. Just consider this as the "This just in.." news. I just read it on Utusan Online



I just would like to pay respect to Mr. Momofuku Ando, Chaiman and Founder of Nissin Food Company in Japan, who passed away on 5th January at the age of 96.

Who is he? He has save many lives around the world. When you're short of cash and still need to live on. When you're stuck in office late night over a ridiculously tight deadline. When you live in the hostel and starving during your studies... His invention has save your live and hungry stomach.

His invention does not stays on earth but was also brought to space by the astronauts.

He is the inventor of Instant Noodle.

So this for you Mr.Momofuku Ando. Thank you for indirectly giving hope to live to many people around the world. At the very least, they still have chance to fill their empty stomach.

Rest In Peace.

END

You know I'm gonna be like YOU!!

Here's a classic song by the late Harry Chapin, an artiste and a humanitarian who lived his life ensuring the life those who are unfortunate are well taken care.



The song has been covered by many artiste. Among them are Ugly Kid Joe in the 90's and was also featured in Rockstar Supernova performed by Dilana.

A great song, even the lyric is featured in one of Zig Ziglar's book.

Here's one song for all you parents to give a thought.... and for all of us to wonder if we would end up exactly like our parents. I'm not going to post the full lyrics, you have to make an effort if you want to understand the song... (hehehe, something to ponder over a peaceful weekend).

This is 'Cats In The Cradle'

And he was talking before I knew it and as he grew
He said, "I’m gonna be like you, Dad,
You know I’m gonna be like you"


END
p.s Either that, or you end up to be exactly like your bibik..hahahah

Saturday, 6 January 2007

Could you comprehend the situation?

I'm still exhausted from the Slank concert last night. I was there to assist the band Spider who were there as a substitute act, replacing Search who pulled out at the very last minute.



There concert goes on very well. The energy from all bands are at the peak and the crowd response was great.

What I still don't understand, despite great music and superb performances on stage (which the reason why people go to concerts..) there are still riots and fights among the crowds which majority of them are Indonesians.

Seems that it's not about Malay - Indo anymore on those incidents. They are fighting each other.

There are moments where we were worried for the safety of other audience who came for the music. Luckily, the security handled the incidents well.

No, I don't understand. Why on earth would you come to a concert and start a fight? Just go and enjoy the show. Is it really hard to have a good time?

END
p.s Photos from the concert will be up soon. Hopefully on the next entry. For now, enjoy this video by Spider.

Friday, 5 January 2007

Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away...

Attention all music appreciators!! Here's a trivia for you. What is the longest song title that you know?



OK, lets make it slightly easier. What would be the longest song title that you can remember?

The past week or so, I've been asking a few people on this question and get their feedback. Many would recall "Everything I do, I do it for you" by Bryan Adams as the longest song title they could remember.

I then search on the internet for the longest song title. The result was by a song written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1945 called "I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues". But after the song was awarded the Guiness World record for the longest song title, the composer later claimed that the song title ended with "Yank" and the rest was a joke. Immediately to me, that title does not count.

Here's one song that I consider, having the longest song title. At least to me, that's the longest song title that I know and heard the song...

The song called "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" by Pearl Jam. This is the video from their performance at the Bridge School Concert. An annual benefit concert for the disabled children in the US. (I hope we have more of such concert in Malaysia).

Enjoy the song and the video. If you know any other song that could beat this title for the longest song title. Do tell me. I want to know.

Memories like fingerprints are slowly raising
me, you wouldnt recall, for I'm not my former
It's hard when you're stuck upon the shelf
I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate
Perhaps that's what no one wants to see


END
p.s As for the malay song title, the longest song title I could remember and verified by a few others would be an 80's song called "Sekuntum Bunga Sakura di Gurun Sahara" which I don't remember the band's name.

Thursday, 4 January 2007

That's all we need to say..

What make a great artiste in music? One, no matter what the genre the person comfortable with, they are always true to their heart. They are passionate in delivering their music and the song gets better from time to time.



Here's another band that I admire. Well, I didn't know that until I realise that I have almost all the albums.

If you listen to Goo Goo Dolls, you can almost certain that this is a band that are really observant and sensitive to their surrounding.

Just listen to all their past singles like Name, Black Ballon, Slide and Iris.. and you know there's a real story to tell

Ok, I know I've already put up Goo Goo Dolls on my past entry. It's a video of their single from the new album. But here's another single which is also the title of the album. Just spare a bit of your time. Listen to the song and understand the lyrics. Tell me what you think of it..

This is Let Love In.. Enjoy.

And you're the only one I ever believed in
The answer that could never be found
The moment you decided to let love in
And now I'm banging on the door of an angel
The end of fear is where we begin
The moment we decided to let love in


END
p.s There's so many things happening around us.. Just open your heart to possibilities..

Wednesday, 3 January 2007

Take all that you want.. Just leave me in peace...

This is the modern age. Some would even call it the information age. Some might even call it the post-modern era. Call it whatever you want. It's your choice.



I read on the newspaper yesterday about this thing called 'Taring Azimat' or something like that. A practice which we can consider as blackmagic to ensure that the subordinates or anybody working with the person will fear of him or her. The report claims that this practice is widely practiced by many Bosses and VIPS..

That is not the first of such I heard. Some people would go to the extreme such as making those who he / she feels threatening to their goals and career suffer. Some would even do such thing to those people who seems rejecting their wishes.

Kind to think about it, is our community really sick that they wouldn;t mind doing bad things to others, as long as nobody knows about it and they'll get whatever they want?

if that's so, I'm pleading to those practising such 'ilmu' or blackmagic or whatever you want to call it to think carefully before doing it (obviously, the plea will never work..) .

At the very least, please.. NOT ME. I've just struggling to make a decent living here. If you feel that I'm threatening you in any way.. I'm sorry. It was never my intention.

You can take all the power, wealth and popularity that you want. You can even win everything unfairly, I don't mind. All I want is just to leave me alone and let me live peacefully and make some income for some food on the table. That's all..

Oh, did I tell you this is the post modern era? It's the information age right?

So, this my wish for the new year. I wish that I could be given a chance to live my life. Here's a song by Goo Goo Dolls that describes well of how I feel in this new year.

And you asked me what I want this year
and I try to make this kind and clear
just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
'cause I don't need boxes wrapped in strings
and designer love and empty things
just a chance that maybe we'll find better days


END
p.s Seriously, after reading those things on the news, I can't help but to wonder if I ever a victim of any such practice.. Takut siot..

Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Two Oh Oh Seven High Expectations..

Hey, it's 2007!! The new year is here. The year of the Pig they say.. (does that mean the greedy will gain? I'm in deep shit if that's true..)

OH well, what can we expect from 2007? This is the year to visit Malaysia. Don't be afraid. Just come down to Malaysia and enjoy our time here. We won't bite (seriously, we promise to be nice this year..) But what I hope from this campaign is more job offering for the Malaysians with a much reasonable salary scale. Please, don't go on saying the economy is bad when you boast the economy is improving in the newspaper.. (oh, that's from the previous administration, I'm sorry..)



What else can we expect from 2007? Air Asia to Manchester coming this July. Taking a first step for LCC to Europe. That's something I would look for. At least somebody cares about the underpaid corporate Malaysia. (eh, did I just say that?.. damn)

What else? I don't know. What I do know is my brother and his family is moving to UK tomorrow. Both husband and wife will be pursuing their PhD and will be there for at least another 3 years. (my advise.. don't come back till they your salary is what you're worth..)


Most of all, we'll miss having the two kids around. I know my mom will miss them dearly. I know I will miss them as well..

Here's an attempt to a more 'politically correct' on Malay Idioms..

"Hujan emas di negeri orang, Hujan batu di negeri sendiri.. Lebih baik negeri sendiri.."


If I want my head to bleed, it's better bleeding over fallen blocks of gold then over fallen rocks..Please amend that. At this moment I just don't buy that.

END
p.s Resolution? Giving high profile idiots a really hard time.. (and you have to guess who I'm referring to..)