R.I.P. Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

It’s been almost a week since the passing of the King of Pop, and everyday we see more tributes to his musical genius and reminders of how much of an impact he’s had on pop culture.

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I Knew Qushairi Razali

Funny thing, I was doing some, erm, research on OAG and that song that used to be playing in my head a long, long time ago, you know the one, “I’m watching, (I’m watching), I’m watching, (I’m watching), 60’s TV!”

Well-known fact: the original drummer for the group was this guy called Qi (pronounced Chi, full name: Qushairi Razali). Little-known fact: I was once his classmate.

No, seriously. He was a school prefect, and no, he didn’t have long hair. He was blessed with good looks and an easy charm even back then. I remember he was pretty well-off too.

He did this really cool trick (or it was cool back then for a 13-year-old) where he would twirl a pencil/pen using his thumb and forefinger. He tried teaching it to me once, but I gave up after launching the pencil once too often towards the classroom ceiling fan.

In fact, he even ended up showcasing that trick in a TV commercial for Indomie. (I think it was Indomie. Could’ve been some other instant noodle brand. In my defense, it was a very long time ago.)

We went to different schools after Form 3, he to La Salle PJ (if I remember correctly), and me, not to La Salle PJ.

We never kept in touch after that, this being the era before emails, cellphones and Facebook.

Not long after, OAG’s ’60’s TV’ became a hit. Like any other nerdy teen trying to be cool, I tried to name drop the fact that I used to be this fella’s classmate, but to no avail. And that was that. Not long after, Qushairi left OAG, and disappeared without trace. Or at least as far as I knew.

Now I’ve never really thought about Qushairi since then, until just now. When, erm, researching the song ’60’s TV’, I once again remembered my old classmate, and figured maybe I should Google his name, and.. whoa!

Apparently my former classmate and ex-drummer of OAG is now a TV show host. From this article in Berita Harian, I learned that he had been furthering his studies in business and marketing.

Since then, he has been in 8TV Quickie, and is currently a host on Destinasi Bajet, a highly-rated Malay language travel show.

Google also reveals that there was a bit of a scandal involving him and hottie Irene Santiago. But Qi, being the La Sallian that he is, admits knowing her and clears the air about their relationship. (Ok, being a La Sallian, maybe I’m a bit biased, but as we all know, La Sallians are innocent, and chivalrous, and virtuous, and embody all that is good and noble.)

Wow, he’s come a long way since his pencil-twirling days, hasn’t he?

Anyway, the Berita Harian article included his Facebook profile name, so I’m gonna try adding him to my Friends’ list, and see if he remembers me. He’s either gonna add me cos he does remember me, or he’s gonna add me cos he thinks I’m some kind of fan, or he doesn’t add me and calls the cops.

In which case, this could be my last entry in this blog, and I just wanna say it’s been a blast.

This has been a transparently lame attempt to gain some street cred by associating myself with a celebrity who probably has no recollection of who I am these days. But what the heck, on the internets, there is no shame in being lame.

Marie Digby: Stupid For You

Marie Digby

If you haven’t already heard, Marié Digby, she of that much-played cover version of Rihanna’s Umbrella is coming to town – specifically to 1 Utama this Wednesday, 14th May 2008.

Event Details
Marié Digby, live in Kuala Lumpur
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 14th 2008, 8pm
Venue: Ground Floor, Highstreet, 1 Utama New Wing.

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Why do birds suddenly appear?

Why do birds
Suddenly appear?
Everytime you are near
Just like me
They long to be
Close to you

Why do stars
Fall down from the sky?
Everytime you walk by
Just like me
They long to be
Close to you

On the day that you were born
The angels got together and decided
To create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moondust in your hair
Of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue

That is why all the [boys] in town
Follow you all around
Just like me
They long to be
Close to you

On the day that you were born
The angels got together and decided
To create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moondust in your hair
Of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue

That is why all the [boys] in town
Follow you all around
Just like me
They long to be
Close to you

Just like me
They long to be
Close to you

Waaaaaaa… close to you…
Waaaaaaa… close to you…
Haaaaaaa… close to you…
Waaaaaaa… close to you…

(They Long To Be) Close To You
The Carpenters

Selamat Hari Raya

Selamat Hari Raya e-card

Wishing all my Muslim friends and blog readers a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Save some ketupat for me!

To get in the Raya mood, have a listen to one of Malaysia’s favourite Hari Raya songs – Sudirman’s Balik Kampung – at imeem.

(Speaking of Sudirman, check out this cool Sudirman playlist too. )

Balik kampung, oh oh oh, balik kampung!

Card from http://www.ecards2u.com.my/

Snoop Dogg featuring Siti Nurhaliza

(Or Siti Nurhaliza featuring Snoop Dogg. And friends. However you wanna call it.)

Yup, you read that right.

The mixmash maestro himself, DJ Phuturecybersonique, has come up with what I think is an awesome masterpiece.

And I’m not just saying that cos he named it after me. 😛

Check out Siti Nurhaliza (feat. Snoop Dogg) – The Next Pendirian (Sashi Syok Sama Siti Mix), and pass the word – if the Negarakuku rapper got all that publicity for his work, why not our own DJ?