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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Jom India!

India map

Yo, yo. Check it. We be going to the sub-continent, yo.

Right, enough of my lame hip-hop impersonations.

I’m gonna be flying off to India this coming Sunday, and will be there for 2 whole weeks, together with 3 other colleagues.

And we be backpacking, homie! Yo, check it!!

Ok, sorry, won’t happen again.

Anyway, travel plans are somewhat sketchy, but basically, we’re covering Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, or at least as much as our limited time-span allows.

The Taj Mahal is a must see, of course. The rest… will be decided. Accomodation plans are still in flux.

And I tend to be anal about things like travel preparedness and such, but you know what? I should learn to relax and take things as they come.

And this trip will hopefully help me to achieve that.

Or end in a bloodbath. Either way, it’ll be an adventure. 😉

In the meantime, I still have some last minute preparations to take care off, so I guess I’ll see y’all in March.

(Hopefully the General Elections won’t be held till after we come back; I wanna have indelible ink on my fingernail too!)

Triumph Fashion Show

I was privileged recently to be able to attend a bona-fide fashion show at the KLCC Convention Centre in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, where beautiful models were to parade the latest in lingerie and nghtwear fashion, from the famous lingerie brands Triumph, Sloggi and Valiserie.

The Triumph fashion show was part of the Malaysian International Fashion Week 2007.

Uh-huh.

I say “bona-fide”, because although I’ve watched fashion shows before, they were always at shopping malls. So perhaps they don’t quite count.

Anyway, without further ado, allow me to share my pictures and videos of said event. If the pictures seem a little blurry, as if they were shot with a trembling hand…. I wonder why?

Photos

Triumph fashion show

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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/

The 2007 Real Greeting Cards Initiative

A Greeting Card

The last time I received a real honest-to-goodness greeting card (whether it be for my birthday or Deepavali or for any other reason) was just before last year’s Deepavali. The card was sent by good old dJ phuturecybersonique as part of his 2006 Eid Greeting Card Initiative.

According to dJ, he did it because:

When I was a kid, I enjoyed sending and receiving Hari Raya cards via post, something that we almost never do anymore since it’s easier to fire away an SMS or e-card and trees do not have to be cut to produce the cards.

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There is absolutely no catch to this. It’s just something I do to humor myself really.

This year, seeing how it’s nearly the DeepaRaya season, I plan to carry on this noble task founded by this great visionary (fuyoh).

If you’d like a real, honest-to-goodness greeting card delivered to you (whether at home or work) in an envelope complete with stamps and post-office stamp-of-approval, drop me a line via my e-mail address (see sidebar) with your name, address to which the card will be sent, and the festival you’ll be celebrating.

(Open only to those who are celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali, Christmas and New Year. I hasten to add that only those who are living in Malaysia need to reply).

To all my Muslim friends, selamat berpuasa, and to everyone else, Happy Oktoberfest! 😛

[Image sourced via Google Images]