Sunday, 10 June 2007

Sunday, Sunday, wherefore art thou, Sunday?

What can I say but a thousand apologies if I wasn't around when you came a knocking at Choc-a-blog's door. It has been a crazy sort of week with a promise of crazier weeks to come. I was supposed to write a birthday tribute to someone I truly admire, I wanted to write and produce a video clip to someone who is now gone but not forgotten, someone who entertained and kept me company in the kitchen, someone who will be sadly missed. I will certainly do so in the next few days.

With summer comes events, visitors and most annoying thing of all the dreaded hayfever. So, although I have been poorly, I have been atchoooing my way, covering assignments and witnessing events that have made this summer bearable.

Let me share certain moments with you in pictures.

Latest pix - cleverly done by my friend elva. What do you think?

Too far to get a nice shot - but this was the Malaysia Week Gala Night at The Ranaissance Hotel London on 5th June. Performance good - food? hmmm...

Got a shot of the dancers when they weaved their way nearer to where we were sitting.

Our DPM trying a hand at making satay.

DYMM Sultan Pahang at a stall, buying chilli sauce.

I first met and interviewed Tan Sri Jins in 1990 and on 5th June at the gala night, I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw him there! Met up with him again at Covent Garden and at the risk of being called a Jins Shamsuddin stalker - I asked him again for this pix - which he kindly obliged. He looked as dashing as ever. Will try to find old pix of the first interview.

17 years later, another interview.

Will find more pix.


mutalib saifuddin said...


wah, you are so hi-profile lah auntie choc..

just hoping that the project will be doing smoothly and come up with a success.

Apandi Reviews said...

Great that you are keeping busy kak. I mentioned you at Jaafar Lamri, well your article actually because we were thinking of reproducing it in our publication. He recalls you as the nicest person he met during his IMO days. So, have a great day as someone is thinking (I sure there's many more) fondly of you.

Hi&Lo said...

Auntie Choc,

You are back to cheer us. Nice to see you are never too far away from Malaysia.

bergen said...

Good to read you back, ma'am.

bergen said...

Lupa nak cakap, those are real cool cool cool shades you've put on, ma'am.

Pi Bani said...

Ahhchooo!! Ala kesiaan Kak Teh. Good to have you back. Looking forward to reading your planned postings.

And oh, nice photo of you and Dato JS. Macam pasangan secocok pulak... :)

Typhoon Sue said...

U atchooing over there
me atchooing over here
ppl atchooing everywhere
it's not global epidemic izzit?

eeeee syioknyer dpt amik gambar dgn jins. i met him once tapi tak bergambar.. rugiiii....
yes, get more pix kakteh
me luv pix

meandbaby said...

Dear Kak Teh..

Oh..I've missed that Malaysian week..but did get to taste the new caterer's cooking at Malaysian Hall the other day..Thank you for your time..hope to see it you again!!

p/s:I read the news about Loga on my way back here..and terus teringat kat Kak Teh

mama irma said...

Wah,wah,wah Kak Teh,
Macam Puan Sri!!!....Boleh berlakon in his next blockbuster entitled 'Esok yang menanti'....(sequel to 'menanti hari esok').

Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Kak Teh
Here, because it was the school holidays the past two weeks, it was weddings, weddings and more weddings (but my own!!!).
Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin aka Jefri Zain (the Malay version of James Bond). He ages well, don't you think?
Reminds me of Sean Connery lah pulak!

Queen Of The House said...

Hehehe, Sultan Pahang beli chilli sauce? Agaknya food kat sana tak cukup pedas! I hope your hayfever gets better, Kak Teh.

Queen Of The House said...

Hehehe, Sultan Pahang beli chilli sauce! Agaknya food kat sana tak cukup pedas. Hope your hayfever gets better, Kak Teh.

ruby ahmad said...

Heyyy Kak Teh Babeh,

Glad to know you are having a gala of time. Best nyerrrr...meeting all your friends from KL too eh? Wooo...I was in love with Jins Shamsuddin when I was a little girl. He sure look mighty handsome still, I agree with you. What a beautiful photo that of you and Jins. You look good my dear. Take care and spin some more soon. Thanks for your lovely thought of me. Salam to AA.

Hazia said...

Hopped from Mulan's.
Wah, bestnya buat video:)
Hope u don't mind me linking yr blog to my blog?:)

msiagirl said...

Hello Kak Teh! Sorry to hear you are achooing. Looks like I missed a bit of fun up in London, eh? I am puzzled-lah...why is DYMM Sultan of Pahang buying chilli sauce? Must have when travelling? London food too bland? Hugs and glad you are back on blogworld!

Manal said...

Kak teh, i was actually hoping i might catch some glimpse of u on the local tv news(esp tv3) while they were showing najib razak and that whole VMY promo around covent garden and so on. But it didnt happen....

Alfie Moon (shane ritchie of from rags to ritchie)....hmmm...u cud do a sharon....

Tan Sri Jins....damn he looked debonair as Jefri Zain, msia version of bond that emulated sean connery's Dr.No.

nyonyapenang said...

You look great in that pic with JS at Covent Garden.

J.T. said...

Hello Kak Teh

Sorry to hear that you are now suffering from a bout of 'atchoooing'. I dread my annual hayfever too.

Wah.. Tan Sri Jins still looks good.

You mentioned the performance was good but food was hmmm. Who prepared the food? :)

fayrahim said...

Tan Sri Senator Jins memang down to earth...we always bump into him at WangsaManju area and he is always the same.

Kudos to Tan Sri

Firehorse said...

Miss you at der kopitiam oso, but good to hear that all is well.

Kenny Mah said...

Hey Kak Teh!

Just dropping by to say hi! I've been missing from blog-reading for a bit and now I have a little bit of time, gotta catch up on my Choc-a-Blog reading! ;)

Looks like London became KL Sentral for a night there. So festive!

Anyway, hope this finds you well and in the best of health. Take care, dear! :)

Daphne Ling said...

Kak Teh,

You have a way of making even the simplest things sound interesting...Eventhough I am living in Malaysia, and breathing it every day, I am suddenly thinking of being in London just to erm, visit 'Malaysia'...

This must be a conspiracy...Both you and JT have posted about Satays...A conspiracy to make me hungry!


By the way, you know, if MAS stays its route, when I go study in Canada next year (if all goes well ler), my plane transits in London for 7 hours!

J.T. said...

I agree with Daphne about your talent in making the simplest thing sound interesting.

Now ... poor Daphne, craving for satay because we both talked about it. :D

abang malaya said...

Usah mengeluh wahai adikku
Hidup insan berlorong liku
Mohon saja pada Yang Satu
Pasti hidupmu mendapat restu.

Abang Malaya sangatlah murung
Rasa duka tidak terbendung
Mengenang nasib negara yang disanjung
Pelbagai berlaku tidaklah tertanggung.

Cerita terbaru tentang universiti Malaya
Tapaknya hendak dijual kepada yang kaya
Quek Leng Chan itulah namanya
Hendak dibuat projek raksasa.

Kalau betullah cerita ini
Hilanglah maruah satu negeri
Kerajaan nampaknya tak lagi peduli
Asal ada duit semua boleh jadi.

Abang bukan budak Universiti Malaya
Cuba nak masuk tapi tak diterima
Tapi abang tetap kasih dan cinta
Sebab UM itu ikon bangsa-negara.

Apa dah jadi abang tak tahu
Negara kita semakin celaru
PM hadhari dapat isteri baru
Rakyat jelata duk tungkat dagu.

Kalau diikut rasa hati
Abang Malaya pun rasa nak lari
Ikut adik Teh ke luar negeri
Hal Malaya tak mau ambil peduli.

Tapi abang ni dah tua
Dok di negeri orang nak buat
Depa pun bukan mau nak terima
Takut mati susah pula.

Tolonglah adik nasihat Pak Lah tu
Adik ada kuasa orang TV dan radio
Tolong bagi dia tahu
Rakyat la ni sangatlah keliru.

Dah banyak harta kita dia juai
Maruah negara pun dah tergadai
Orang dok buat kita macam keldai
Pasai kita perintah negeri tak pandai.

Janganlah marah kat Abang Malaya
Kepada Adik Teh curahkan rasa
Pasai tak tau dah nak pi mana
Hidup di Malaya la ni sangat merana.

Abang Malaya minta berhenti dulu
Dekat adik abang ingat selalu
Kepada yang lain pun macam tu
I'll always love all of you.

Raden Galoh said...

KakTeh... ni yang takde summer pun asyik atchoo sana sini ha...cuaca tak menentu kat sini Kak...pagi panas wit-wat, ptg ribut dam-dam-dum...hehehe

Fuh...dashing tu Dato' Jins kita...makin veretran makin handsome lak eh?

Good to have you back kak!

Kak Elle said...

kak teh thanks for the visit when I was in London and so glad finally get to meet you in person mmg ayu sekali:)

Kak Teh said...

mutalib, manalah ada hi profile - cuma demi tugas yang membawa aunty ke mana-mana.

Alhamdulillah, my project is sailing smoothly.

Oh my God! Jaafar Lamri - that is a name from the past and I remember now meeting him on the plane. And what a wonderful thing to say!
and apandi - do email me on

hi&lo, am still snowed under and i try to catch some sleep, on the bus, in the train, at meetings - anywhere - hehe!

Kak Teh said...

bergen, those sahdes are actually there to hide my puffy eyes - the pollens are attacking me from all angles - my eyes itched, my nose runny and my throat hurts. I really do not enjoy summer!

PI BANI...hehehe! tapi i tak lah setinggi Sarimah - Tan Sri suka berlakon dengan sarimah sebab nak sama tinggi...kak teh kemetot!

sue - the one of Tan sri and uncle sean is for you! so double whammy!

Kak Teh said...

meandbaby, I heard that he was ill with cancer - kesian. I will certainly blog abt it soon!

mama irma, i ingat u dah retire from blogging! anyway, kalaulah i berlakon in his films, it'll be Esok tak tiba-tiba!

fauziah - look at the pix i just posted! such remarkeable resemblance, kan???

Kak Teh said...

queen, kot-kot nam makan keropok masa petang2 yang sejuk dan hujan renya-renyai.

ruby, if i spin some more i will be like a dervish dancer! ni pun dah pening!

hazia, yes, by all means - do link. thanks.

Kak Teh said...

msiagirl - ehem, ehem, look slike am going to be in Bath end of the month. will let you know and we can meet up.

manal, i was actually doingfor RTM - that is why i am not on TV3 - lagipun...ish ish ish - tak kan i nak masuk tv3 , kan?

aiyo - nyonya - i nearly pengsan - i met the malaysian james bond!

Typhoon Sue said...

omigod omigod omigod!!!!
uncle sean is sooooooooooo handsome in that songkok.

they look so much alike, no?

AuntyN said...

Kak Teh, apa habaq? I am fine and hope you are doing well. Have not been keeping contact with you and the others for a long time. Miss you all a lot.

Lydia Teh said...

KT, you look stylo-milo with that sunglasses. Hope the hayfever is letting up.

Kak Teh said...

will come back and continue with the replies - am going away for the weekend. Will be in the countryside where pollens are all waiting eagerly for me! what is the term for self torture?

Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Kak Teh
Ohmigod ... they look like twins!!!
Everytime I mention Sean Connery's name to the other half, he'll say,' He's old, he's old."
Nanti I nak sebut nama Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin pulak depan dia. Tapi I dah boleh agak apa dia kata. "We men, we age gracefully." Hah!

zee said...

You must have lots of fun meeting people and getting to know them closer even for just a moment. You are truly a remarkable lady and wonderful to be around with. Wish you every success in whatever you do and in good health always.

UglyButAdorable said...

ooo..kak teh dashing as ever...

alhamdullilah that you're feeling better and up and about...

NJ said...

Salam Kak Teh,

It’s been a while since I visited ur page, seems like I missed many as always interesting entries. Sean Connery, my all time fav hero, his ‘photo’ in songkok looks so charming dahling! And JS, he is our local version of SC, isn’t he.

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Kak Teh,

Duh..hayfever rupa nya. When I stayed there my hubby suffered too. Here's a tip that might help. It sounds yucky but worth a try. Get vaseline and use cotton buds to smear on the lining of your nose (yeah! ewwww...). The theory is, it will help to temporarily protect the lining of your nose to ward off the nasty pollens. Do this just before you step out. Please bring along the cotton buds and vaseline to replenish just like we do sun block. Good luck trying...or you are already doing this apart from other remedies. Take care sweetheart.

Daphne Ling said...

"I was supposed to write a birthday tribute to someone I truly admire, I wanted to write and produce a video clip to someone who is now gone but not forgotten, someone who entertained and kept me company in the kitchen, someone who will be sadly missed".

Uh, Aunty Teh...

U talking about real human, or a cat? Sorry, but I talk of my animals like they're human, and since I know you have cats...Whatever it is, looking forward to reading ;)!

The Angry Medic said...

Fuhlamak Kak Teh, dah jadi bigshot la skrg... :)

Heh. Like Kenny I've been missing from blogdom for a while now, tapi I came back here and bam! sampai 90 over comments on your posts. Wowsers!

P.S. I might be in London this week, so if you're free and can stand a young whiny (but mysteriously charming) brat's company for a while I might get in touch. I'll email you!

zorro said...

Hi Kak Teh, posting this to announce new blogger Steven Lee, a freelance photographer, based in London. He put up his blog today. Give him a welcome choc please. His URL:

D said...

Hope you're well now, Kak Teh... Oooh, can't wait to read about the latest interview with Tan Sri Jins. Love that pict of him and Sean Connery side by side! LOL..

wonda said...

Sama-sama sibuk. U take care too. Tan Sri Jins is still as handsome! No chance to meet him, but tengok his gambar pun cukup puas! ;)

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Kak Teh,

Tumpang lalu...Daphne, I am so used to my TKC alumni, where even if one lady and another is 40 years apart we still give the 'Kak XYZ' salutation. Now that I see you call Kak Teh, Auntie Teh...hmm...I really like my alumni's rule *chuckle*. It helps the seniors feel young still...he he. Bet you can call me Auntie Ruby (I know you would do that out of our asian respectful way), but 'Kak' lah sounds better on the blog..ha ha!

To be honest I love the 'orang putih' style. Just call anyone by first name..chewah! When I was at Uni in my teen years, I called my 60 year old lecturers by their first name, John, Pete, Merv. It broke away formality and made for better interaction. Thanks Kak Teh, just to make noise on your blog.

ondeonde said...

woo..jins shamsuddin!
ni peminat setia datuk jins! masih segak lagi..teringat cerita bidasari..

you look sooo cool with that shade!

wmw said...

I've lost track....You're back and then you've left and then you're back again? Or going? Or left? Hahaha...

Kak Teh said...

jt. - the food was quite disappointing. And I am talking abt the food served during the Gala Night - nothing malaysian at all. But we all survived.

fayrahim, you mean you always see him? Wow! that's great...convey salam from one mak cik who stalked him him London - hehe!

firehorse - have a good trip to wherever you are going! we are meeting Lat soon!

Kak Teh said...

kenny mah kenny! welcome back...I have to catch up reading so many blogs too! But so little time!

daphne - you planning a stop over here??? aaah, let me know - soon!

JT - i think if Daphne has her way, she can really torture both of us with entries on prawn noodles, laksa asam and many more. So better not make her angry!

Kak Teh said...

Abang Malaya,

Berita baru ku dengar sudah
Tapak Uni Malaya tak jadi diredah
Projek rasaksa semua orang bantah
Sebab tempat itu memang bersejarah

Saya juga bukan budak uni Malaya
Tapi rasa sayang tetapnya ada
Di situlah tempat kami berjalan bergurau senda
Pada petang hari merayau ke sana.

Abang Malaya janganlah sayu,
Kita ucapkan selamat kpd yang beristeri baru,
Semoga isteri dapat beri sokongan selalu,
ada perkembangan baru, siapalah tahu.

Abang Malaya nak lari ke mana
pasti rata ceruk dunia sudah ke sana
Sudah kecik ini dunia,
Lari ke manapun tak ada makna.

Apalah ada pada diri adik ini
setakat mencari makan sana sini
siapa nak dengar keluhan ku ini
banyak lagi yang lantang berbunyi

Terima kasih abang ingat kami semua
jasamu ku ingat selama-lama
persahabatan terjalin begitu lama
tak akan tergugat perubahan masa.

Kak Teh said...

raden galoh - am back and then gone - macam biskut kata orang _ will visit you soon!

kak elle, i have made the sambal kacang - memang sedaaaap!! nak buat selalu takut habis. Thanks.

typhoon sue - yes, I was and still amazed at the similar itu of uncle jins and uncle sean!

Kak Teh said...

fauziah - yes, oh me God - ! and can u imagine - I have met both of them - Uncle jins and uncle Sean. I met Sean Connery while I was doing some voice job for The Entrapment! I swear , my jaw was mopping the floor!

zee - thank you for kind words - sorry abt the interrupted sms masa dalam train tu. Now i have yr number.

uBa - thanks!!!!

Kak Teh said...

auntyN miss u too - mana pi lama tak nampak!!!

nj, certianly and without doubt he is our sean connery!

lydia - stylo milo because i wanted to hide my swollen eyes laaa!

ruby, i have done almost everything in the books - short of cutting out my nose and rinse it under the tap! so frustrating!

Kak Teh said...

da[hne, aiyo - where got i talk abt cats? yes, i do reagrad and treat my cats as human beings as well - all of them are called Sayang Mama!

ruby - silakan, silakan!

onde-onde - lamanya tak nampak!! Cerminmata hitam tu murah saja - taka da brand punya!

wmw - hahaha - am back - but where did i go?