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Faizal Tahir.

I should just write this while I’m still very smitten. So here goes.

OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD FAIZAL TAHIR WAS SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD.
LIKE, SUPERRRRRRR GOOD WEH.

Haha ok cerita dulu, screamfest sambung kejap lagi.

So basically I was at Istana Budaya last night watching Konsert Satu Suara which featured Faizal Tahir, Aizat, and Malaysia’s favourite gadis-ayu-pemalu, Siti Nurhaliza. I managed to secure myself very good seats through Faizal’s fan club Rockensteiners which I am unashamedly a member of. Kih kih.

Anyhoots, the show started with Aizat and Faizal singing Aku Anak Malaysia. After that it was Aizat all the way, and damn that boy’s good! I was familiar with most of his repertoire so I got to sing along to most of em. Being a Beatles junkie that I am, I loved his Beatles tribute, especially I Am The Walrus. Way to go Aizat!

And then it was the moment I’ve been waiting for.

FAIZAL TAHIR. THE MAN HIMSELF. IN FLESH.

Like holey moley guacomoley finallyyyyyy after 3 years of being a fangirl I now get to see him perform live, like ohmygoddddddddddddddddddd takkkkkkkk.

I’ve had doubts about Faizal’s ability to shine vocally because he always seem to overdo it whenever he performs live. But yesterday he sounded SO GOOD. Seriously sedap gila. Perfect low-high note transition, and his tone, Subhanallah, it was just delicious. His God-given talent was just too good beyond words!

Stage presence takyah cakap la kan. He was very eloquent (spoke perfect English, too. Sukaaaaaa!) and funny although at times he came across as POYO, but what the hell I still love him. Har har har.

He rocked the house with the usual combo of Sampai Syurga, Cuba (pronounced as Kju-ba LOL), Gemuruh, Bencinta, Mahakarya Cinta,  and Selamat Malam, as well as a new song that I’ve never heard of. Faizal also did a tribute to his musical idol Queen and his rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was just madddddd awesomeeeeeeeeee. I was happily singing along to it but it seems that only 1/10 of the audience je yang pernah dengar lagu tu. Ape korang ni, tak penah tengok American Idol ke at the very least? Ceh.

And then came Siti. I’m obviously not a fan of hers, but I do know some a lot of her songs ok. Didn’t know what to expect but DAMN THAT WOMAN WAS AMAZING.  Seriously. I got goosebumps yo. She totally deserved to be where she’s at right now because she’s just THAT good. Please please everyone insert Siti in your 10-musical-act-that-I-must-see-before-I-die list. Faizal Tahir pun jangan lupa letak ok..hehe.

Anyway the 3 of them joined forces for a medley of Rock Kapak (or rather Rock Sopan in Siti’s words) songs – the likes of Hattan’s Sekuntum Mawar Merah, Def-Gab-C’s Ibu Kota Cinta, Awie’s Sejati & Ratuku, and my fav Spider’s Relaku Pujuk. Relaku Pujuk was injected with some serious reggae beat so it was fun fun fun! Aizat’s constant “come on everybody” so cracked me up!

Oh lupa plak. I also lovedddd Faizal and Aizat’s rendition of Bon Jovi’s Always. Farah and I were singing along siap dengan expression beriya2 as if we’re in Redbox Karaoke LOL. Always had always been one of our lagu wajib anyway..and isn’t it just the perfect song for another pathetic Valentines? 😛

Ok letih dah screamfest. Kawan-kawan, please bear with me cos I’ll be raving about how good Faizal is for at least a coupla weeks. Heheh. Ok bye. Nak dengar Faizal’s Selamat Malam before kip lah.

“Kanku menjadi Arjuna dalam mimpi-mimpimu” – tell me siapa tak cair if a guy sings this to you weh? Angauuuuuu. ♥

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I’d Do It All Again.

Just cause I’m feeling pretty mellow. Corinne Bailey Rae is amazing.

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Urbanscapes 2009.

HOPE is a lie we tell to keep us going.

Tru dat.

It was one of the many quotes I found in Box of Ideas, which I discovered during the recent Urbanscapes’09 in KLPAC. It is a project inspired by a group of Malaysians that collect ideas from random everyday people to be packaged in a cigarette box. So instead of getting 20 cancer sticks, you get as many as 100 ideas from contributing parties. Cool eh?

Anyhoots, my Urbanscapes experience was nothing short of fun. Spent the earlier hours in the Cinescapes Stage watching Gadoh, a brave film that peeks into the underlying racial tension in our beloved Bolehland. The ever-present Malay-Chinese conflict was the main subject of the film, and with racism being a topic that is close to my heart, I loved it! It was witty and honest, and sometimes even painful to watch for the truth it rawly presented. There were funny bits and the acting wasn’t all that bad so yeah, it was worth watching.

Not going to spill much here, but I am definitely going to get my colleagues to watch the movie (I bought the DVD).  Check out the trailer:

Wish I could’ve stayed longer  to watch more short films though. There were just too much going on in KLPAC, making it impossible to just stay in the cinema and watch (good) movies all day long.

Besides Gadoh, I had the opportunity to watch a few acts perform in The Lawn Stage and The Box areas. Was looking forward to watch Rendra Zawawi and Khottal perform but tak sempat. The ones I managed to watch were Zalila Lee (she’s a gem!), The Sofa Sessions (hillarious duo with a song made about circumcision. LOL), Pop Shuvit (did a tribute to MJ), and Yuna (she gave me goosebumps during Rocket).

There were also many interesting street performances, ranging from theatre groups doing funny skits, stand-up comedies to percussion groups playing drums and whatnot. I especially liked Tugu Drum Circle, whereby they randomly rounded up passers by to play the instruments and put together a performance. The atmosphere was just so festive!

Tugu Drum Circle

Had Palate Palette’s famous lamb hotdog for lunch, and browsed through the  photography exhibition and all those artsy scraps on display. The usual flea market was tempting too, but I was way too broke to buy anything it ain’t funny yo. Blergh.

In short, Urbanscapes 2009 was AWESOME! Good thing I didn’t feel out of place as I see a lot of people around my age there..tee hee. I remember attending a youth festival in PWTC earlier this year and felt like an old hag upon seing pretentious artsy fartsies and high school-goers going crazy over dresses in flea markets. Sigh.

I came home feeling proud that we Malaysians actually have this pool of creative talents, coming together and putting up a great show. Malaysia Boleh woot! Also felt somewhat jealous la cos I don’t have a single artsy bone in my body WTH. Kudos to the organisers and all participants for the brilliant effort. Can’t wait for next year!

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Tweet.

John Legend on Twitter

Silly fangirl, PostSecret style.

Tee hee.

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Puteri.

Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical

So I finally watched Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical in its third installment. Better late than never, right?

Kakak managed to get her hands on 4 front row seats and it was worth every Ringgit! We could watch the casts very closely, their every dance step, and appreciate the minute details of their clothing and props. The only downside was having to strain our necks during those few 6 metre-high scenes (they had this big prop used as a cliff, mostly used for scenes Putri dating dengan Tuah). But otherwise, the seat provided us a great view of show.

I was particularly impressed with Stephen Rahman-Hughes’ rippling biceps singing voice. That guy CAN REALLY SING and there was a time that he totally blew the audience away with a 1-minute long note. Crazy.

Butttt I still think he’s not BALAM (a term used by my Malay female coursemates to describe a typical Malay male – muka Melayu, kulit sawo matang, kuat hisap rokok, malas belajar, taknak cakap English etc. LOL what a generalization. Budak Lelaki Melayu, geddit?) enough to be Hang Tuah. Someone like M.Nasir would fit the bill. (or a certain BALAM doctor in Serdang. I can’t stop imagining him in baju Melayu, tanjak, and capal! Classmates, take a guess. :P)

All in all, the show was awesome! I was a wee bit distracted by the subtitles, but enjoyed myself immensely for the whole 3 hours. I am somehow proud that PGL showcased both my Javanese and Malaccan heritage. Cewah. Although the only familiar Jawa word I heard were “siji, loro, telu” and not forgetting the famous Malaccan word “lahabau”.

I also spotted a familiar face in the ensemble cast! He was a UPM senior, the one who taught us some dance moves for our first year annual medical dinner performance. And of all songs, we danced to “Asmaradana” okkk! Yeah, I danced. I kid you not. 😛

Anyhoots, I’m catching Mr. Wordplay live in KL with The Girls this Wednesday. I can assure you that I’m only a quasi-fan of his and I might end up being the only person in the whole stadium who does not know the words to the overplayed I’m Yours.

Crap.

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Bored Sick of Studying.

  1. I have a MAJOR exam in 4 days, and all I want to do right now is go out and buy lingerie. Lots and lots of em. Don’t ask me why.
  2. Yesterday I discovered that 2 of my guy best friends (Yes F, I’m acknowledging you as a guy now) have been silent readers of le blog. Why you guys never comment one?
  3. I hate it that people are calling Pavilion (the shopping complex)by the name of Pavy. WTF PAVY SO TAK CLASSY OK. Altogether now, p-vlyn!
  4. I think those 4 Perak assemblymen (more like greedy frogs in pursuit of power) are about as disgusting as politicians can get. The whole situation is an absolute treachery to the people of Perak. I don’t favour a snap election though, as it would be a waste of time and resources. Hmmph.
  5. Kuala Kangsar

  6. Speaking of Perak, I have very fond memories of the state. Spent 5 wonderful years growing up in Ipoh, and another few years of visiting my sister in SEMESTI Teluk Intan. Gosh how I miss Rendang Tok!
  7. The girls who keep my sanity intact* are in Bagan Lalang for a picnic right this second. And they’re playing KITES! And I’m stuck here in Kampung Baru burying myself in books. 😦 One of the many sacrifices, eh? You girls better take kickass pics with your DSLRs and I shall hog them with comments on Facebook!

  8. The official line-up for Sunburst’09 sucks! I’m not spending my hard-earned (LOL) RM200 allowance just to see some local acts performing like it’s Rock The World! Last year’s line-up was wayyyy better (a sweaty John Legend and a topless Brandon Boyd tee hee. And Najwa too!). I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Coldplay. “My heart is yours. It’s you that I hold on to. That’s what I’ll do.” Sigh.
  9. 101_1503

  10. I’m now at my fattest due to 10 weeks of continuous belajar-makan-tidur cycle. Sumpah tak fit langsung. Will resume workout after the exams, I promise.
  11. I miss the parentals. And the sister.
  12. Ok sekian. Mari belajar.

*Shisha buddies, brunchmates, and weekend gossipmates. You know who you are. 🙂

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Mari boikot TV3.

If you know me, you would know that I AM NUTS about Faizal Tahir.

You would know that I can sing to every word of every song in Aku.Muzik.Kamu. Dengan expression muka ala-ala Faizal dan rambut terbang-terbang siap.

You would know that I absolutely adore him despite him being OTT and kadang-kadang poyo.

So, if you know me, you can surely understand how pissed I am at TV3 (and the judges) for not letting Faizal win the prestigious Anugerah Juara Lagu! OK fineeee he won Best Vocals, Best Performance and Best Ballad *smirks*, but as a Faizal Tahir fanatic MESTILAH AKU NAK DIA MENANG SEMUA! Kalau boleh Etnik Kreatif and Pop Rock tu pun nak sapu sekali HAHA.

Kudos to Meet Uncle Hussein though. They were awesome tonight, and that was probably their best performance of Lagu Untukmu that I’ve heard so far.

TAPI FAIZAL TAHIR LAGI AWESOME OK!!!

Hnsffgshs *insert swear word*. Menci!

Hehe.

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