Friday, 27 March 2009

The Old Diary


It is actually a tired old diary trying to masquerade as a Filofax. It is leather bound and in quite a sorry state as it had spent a good many years in a box with some old tapes; both rich archives of old stories and events of years gone by.


It is my 1997 diary – six years after I started life as a freelance – six years after I regained confidence to get a proper diary, or personal organiser as some preferred to call it. I said regained confidence because after more than ten years waking up to routine work, life as a freelance is less predictable and at first I wasn’t sure whether there’d be any work, any projects coming my way. What if I had blank pages staring back at me with doodles adorning them; no important appointments and assignments?


By 1997, I realised that that was the least of my worries. It was a good year, alas like this year, it ended with a financial crash in SEA that had a domino effect everywhere.


Organise my life it didn’t, but it sure looked impressive carrying a bulging Filofax. In those days, anyone young and fancied themselves upwardly mobile, must be seen carrying one of these. I wasn’t young, but I still fancied myself upwardly mobile.


Anyway, mine was a freebie that MAS used to give to their first class passengers, and I got mine from one of those privileged ones.


I scanned through the pages, littered with phone numbers and names jotted hurriedly in places they shouldn’t be. There were calculations in pencils, email addresses in lipliners and cryptic messages that defy logic and common sense, especially written in columns that say finance. But that shows how organised I was/am.

But that’s not the point of this entry. This is the year that started with an entry that says:

Another year! Wonder what’s in store!


It was a cold start to the new year, but from the entries right through the pages, it seems that I had had a good year, travelling a lot in and out of the country. I realised now that it was at this time that I met the maths genius and her family, travelled to Cardiff and Liverpool to meet the Malay community there and then off to Holland for the same purpose. Looking back, I had truly enjoyed these visits and meeting such interesting people with interesting stories to tell. They were old Malay Sailors in Liverpool and Cardiff who shared with me their stories of adventures at sea.


I see that I also went back to Malaysia for what was to be the first hari raya back home in 17 years!! The children truly enjoyed themselves and experienced real hari raya for the first time; playing crackers and fireworks and most of all helping with the preparation. I jotted down in the entry on 9th February 1997 “They really look good in their baju Melayu!”


Aaaah, at the National Archives open house, I met the incredible Ahmad Daud! By then, he had forgotten that I had interviewed him way back in 1992, but I remember his conversation, as he was walking to the car, to be most interesting. But I didn’t have my video recorder with me.


It was a wonderful holiday with the entire family as I noted at the end of our trip. Since then, we have not had a family holiday together, what with commitments and what nots.


I came back to London with an urgent assignment waiting for me. “ A very uplifting experience” – I wrote in the entry on 8th March. Took the train from Paddington to Theale where I was taken on board a helicopter to do a voice over job. I had done lots of voice overs in studios of varying nature, but never in a helicopter, a few hundred feet above the green fields of Berkshire.


This was also the year I covered the All England Badminton in Birmingham. Rashid Sidek lost to a Chinese player and suffice to say, nothing much after that to report back.


Friday 28th March was an eventful day. We drove aimlessly and found ourselves in Brighton. All along the way, we could see a strange something in the sky – it turned out to be the Haley Bopp!! It will make another appearance approximately in the year 4377. So put that in your diary!


Oh, on April 11th, after a consultation with a Dr Li, I was told I had low platelets in my blood So, that explains all the bruises at the slightest nudge. Does that also explain the severe headaches that I complained on almost every page?


We made a convoy to Great Yarmouth on May 3th. Started off at about 11pm because the other half was still working. It was fun because we got to celebrate his birthday – another surprise one at Kak Long’s house and then we went off to the great Bally outlet in Norwich. This place used to be crawling with Malaysians buying – what else, Bally shoes, Bally handbags, Bally belts at a fraction of the price at the stores.


As I got to June 1997, things became more exciting. I got to visit Book Villages in Europe – the one in Redu, Belgium and Hay on Wye in Wales. I remember train rides, flights, car rides deep into the Belgium and Welsh countryside and having lots of fun while working. I must have had such a lot of energy then. Where has it gone now?


Before we could unpack the bags from the trip to Wales, we were off to Hungary, by train!!! That was a busy year too for the then PM, so we had no rest at all, traipsing around England and Europe in the name of work. But getting to Budapest by train was quite an experience and it is certainly a very beautiful city.


And of course, this was the year Princess Diana met with her tragic death. I even remember the dress that I wore on that day – a bright red kebaya, as I was assigned to cover the Merdeka celebration. I was somewhere on the A40 when I heard the news on the radio.


How time flies.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Estrella and Seven Collar TShirt in UK


















With Joe Flizzow's fast flowing free style rap still playing in my mind, rather than the usual old time favourites by the Alleycats, I hear news about the UK tour by Malaysia's up and coming bands - Estrella and Seven Collar TShirt. KNUKE - Kugiran Negara ke United Kingdom, who brought the rain - Hujan - here last year, has once again put together a three city tour and performance for these two bands.

This is the programme from www.knuke.org
LONDON GIG

Date: 29 March 2009
Venue: The Venue, ULU
Time: 1800 hrs (6pm)
Entrance Fee: £10

Opening Bands:
Johann
Colonel Boxmaster & The Womanizers
Izrin Thani
The Stowaways

Secure your tickets by contacting one of our London representatives:

Shasa (general) - 07921193447
Ifham (general)- 07878362335
Faz (UCL)- 07789933666
Nik Imran ( UCL) - 07846240651
Nik Izrin (UWE) - 07595310846
Alia Ishak (QM) - 07515488798
Dayana Rogayah (UMNO) - 07886418326
Akmal (LSE) - 07894470170

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MANCHESTER GIG

Date: 5 April 2009
Venue: MOHO Live
Time: 1800 hrs (6pm)
Entrance Fee: Door - £9, Book & Pay - £7

Opening Bands:
The Paris Riots
The Torrentz
Myo Oh Chentaku

Get your tickets from our Manchester representative:
Ungku Iskandar - 07515102388

Alternatively our Manchester venue has its own online ticketing service. Click here to get your tickets from the MOHO Live website.


They are also performing at Holiday Villa on 27th March at abt 7.30pm


You can read a write up about their tour here.













For the article on Joe Flizzow's trip to London, read here.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Of birthdays and relatives













When you get to my age, there's bound to be celebrations that you think back with fondness. I have had a birthday surprise up in a magnificient country house hotel, set within the beautiful Chiltern Hills overlooking The Thames. Then another year, a singer jumped up on to the table and serenaded me with a birthday song, all breathless like Marilyn Monroe and another unforgetable one was the mother of all surprises when I found the husband of mine hovering over the stove at a friend's house, cooking my birthday dinner. Oh, and last year it was Raihan who sang their birthday rendition to me. But nothing can beat this! It had me rolling on the floor! Thanks everyone! Love you lots. ENJOY THIS!!

PS:
To my other significant half, Hafiz, Rehana, Nona and Taufiq - thanks for a wonderful evening and prezzies and delicious cake.
To Jefri - THANK YOU!!! A wonderful treat.
To the staff who sang when I stepped into the hotel lounge..hahaha! what a wonderful surprise.

I had a very fulfilling day working and a wonderful evening with the family.
THANK YOU.

Something about the guy

Well, its tagging time again. And all around blogosphere, mak cik bloggers are revealing a little something about their unsuspecting Pak Ciks. I have been tagged by Wanshana and so, here goes:



1) He’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?


He hardly sits in front of the TV unless there's a very good documentary on. But more often than not, during the MasterChef season, he'd keep me company to watch the antics of the two presenters, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, only to imitate them when I produce something outrageous from the kitchen: "Hmmm, the flavour bursts in the mouth and swirls around teasing the taste buds...." says he about my bland nasi goreng.


2) You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?

I think he likes balsamic vinegar - is that a dressing?


3) What’s one food he doesn’t like?

Everything that I like such as scrumptious albeit greasy fried chicken wings from Chicken Cottage, very sweet condensed milk with a dash of coffee, cheese, lots of creamy cheese.


4) You go out to eat and have a drink. What does he order?

Teh O kurang manis. Anything organic and anything bran.
Oh, if it is Indian - it is prawn briyani.


5) Where did he go to high school?

Victoria Institute laaaa.


6) What size shoes does he wear?

This is a guess - 8.


7) If he was to collect anything, what would it be?

Newspapers, magazines. Phone cards. Anything that is being threatened by extinction. First day covers, books and more books.


8) What is his favorite type of sandwich?

Tuna or prawn mayo on wholemeal brown bread.


9) What would this person eat every day if he could?

He is a non fussy eater - I could be cooking nasi goreng everyday and he wouldnt mind. But of late he has expressed for lesser gorenged food. If and when he is in the kitchen, it'd be grilled chicken and potatoes.


10) What is his favorite cereal?

hmmmm, never seen him with cereals.


11) What would he never wear?

Anything with alphabets that boast of brandnames. He has been known to patiently unpick the stitches and labels.


12) What is his favorite sports team?

Just to be able to have a father to sons talk, he has read up about Arsenal and Barcelona. So, really, they are not his favourites. But he can impress them with terms like corner kicks and penalty kicks and rattle off names of footballers like he knows them personally.


13) Who did he vote for?

Oooooooo.....


14) Who is his best friend?

Apart from the guy in Brazil, there's his surau mate - Haji Amin and then of course, me laah! Who else would he turn to to tell his repeated jokes?


15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?

Do you have until tomorrow to read? Here goes: Eat too much sugar, sigh, use the laptop on the lap (then why call laptop?) , spend too much time on mobile phone which he thinks fry the brain, disturb his cats sleeping, forgetting to take my supplements, etc, etc...


16. What is his heritage?

I think from across the Thai border. Will have to look at the family tree again.


17. What is his favourite colour?

Anything not glaring.

18. What is his habit?

Pulling off the duvet to wake me up for subuh.


19. What is he proud of?

His father .


20. Lastly, do you think he will read this?

A test would be to have severeal spelling misteaks and grandma eerors!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

A "Surprise" on Sunday


















The “surprise” came at 0813 while I was propped up in bed, cajoling the internet to talk to me. “Oh!”, I said feigning an appropriate “surprise” and took the bouquet of flowers and cards and the hugs and kisses. My bedmate, still in deep slumber, stirred and turned to face the wall, perhaps dreaming about the adventures of his alter ego, Mat Sprong.


It is Mothering Sunday in the UK, thus the flowers and the cards and the hugs and kisses. And, of course a date for dinner on Tuesday.


As I gave the crystal vase a rinse, leaving the other half to help solve mysteries plaguing the best detective agency in Trengganu, I thought back to the days before their arrival. I had wanted ten but was blessed with seven; three didn’t quite make it. It was one miscarriage after another. Even our first just about made it after strict orders from the doctor to rest in bed.


The flowers now sit nicely and sort of blend quite well with the vase; the only vase I can safely say I own. And even then it was a present for emceeing an event. The flowers, like the vase, are delicate and precious; to be handled with care. A few petals inevitably dropped to the floor.


The children, who came in quick succession; one after another, came without any instructions or An Idiot’s Guide to Parenting: Especially Without Support of The Extended Family. So, we did it through trial and error and learn along the way. We are still learning; from the time we heard their first wail in the labour ward to the constant desperate calls of “Where are you and come back right now!”


Mothering can be a headache, a constant worry, and it can be rewarding. Even without the flowers in the morning such as this, the very mention of the word Mama, early in the morning, late at night or anytime at all, is very sweet to the ears.


The vase with the flowers whose names I am just too lazy to google, sits on the window sill where Snowbell had claimed squatter’s rights. I slipped back under the duvet to enjoy the rest of Mothering Sunday, taking comfort in sound of the soft snore coming from the other side of the bed. Presumably, Mat Sprong is about to close his case.


Thursday, 19 March 2009

We dont talk much anymore....

There was a time when communication was not a problem. Anything and everything was a possibility. Now, silence reigns; conversations interupted in mid sentence, in awkward pauses.

I know not what the problem is. I have tried diagnosing the situation but to no avail. I have clung on to that cable of life that has sustained my very existence here, but the problem persists.

Everytime I try, I get 'page load error' or ' No connection'.

Will be back, when the internet and I are back on speaking terms.

In the meantime, sing this to the tune of :
"You dont bring me flowers anymore"

You dont talk to me anymore
You dont connect me to yahoo messenger
You hardly let me online
When I sign in
At the beginning of the day

I remember when
You couldn't wait to connect me
Used to let me surf and entertain me
Now after letting me enjoy you
When its good for you
And youre feelin bored
You just act cruel
And cut me off
And you dont let me ym anymore

It used to be so natural
To chat on and on forever
But used to bes dont count anymore
They just lay on the floor
til we sweep them away

And baby, I remember
All the chats and blogs that I surf
I learned how to FB
And I learned how to skype
But those were the good times
Cos connection was good
But I took you for granted
But now I don’t know why
cause you dont want to connect me anymore....


CHORUS:

(Kak Teh raps ala Joe Flizzow - a few days with him has sort of influenced her)

I tolerated you, when you sent me spam

When all I wanted to say was damn, damn damn,

How cld u do dis, so reconnect me pleazeee,

So I cld do me work with ease,

I put up a lot with yr idiosyncrasy

Messing up my blog and and make them messy,

So put it right, and we call off the fight

Ahaaaa! Orait!



Kak Teh laments other internet headaches here:

Syaer to Blogspot

Syaer to Sang Spammer

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Birthday celebrations sans moi?











My sms’es went unanswered and am feeling so left out. They are all out having fun by the poolside, with the chicken and lamb sizzling merrily on the grill, the children plunging into the water and splashing the adults sitting around and chatting.


And here I am facing my laptop, just imagining the fun and laughter, the teasing and the banter.

It is a collective birthday celebration. Today (14th March) is Kak Cik’s. She had her present much earlier when she was blessed with a granddaughter, Nasya. So, Ton, Nasya is the present that all of us commissioned Dena to give to you.


Three days ago was my Nona’s birthday but I was busy all day at Stansted Airport, before that was brother in law, Wan’s birthday, his son Adam, and then Nasri. Also being celebrated is my birthday (soon), my brother Ajie and niece Oli.


So I can just imagine the look on Mak’s face – surrounded by all her children, daughter and son in-laws and grandchildren. She has her new set of teeth now and it shouldn’t be much of a problem for her to eat the grilled chicken. She’d want to walk around but a few steps would tire her out. She will refuse to be in the wheelchair although there are a lot of volunteers, reckless unlicensed ones, who are willing to push her around.

But she is happy, that I know. And out will come the stories of yesteryears.


She will probably tell about the birthday parties she had for us. She’d take out her collection of Pyrex – those with red roses – her pride and joy. It wasn’t everyday that we got to eat from those plates. She’d wash and keep them back in her glass cupboard, to be admired and dusted once in a while until the next special occasion.





Then, there’s her Tupperware collection too; those blue and green tumblers with matching containers for our sardine sandwiches and sardine rolls.


We’d have musical chairs and passing the parcel the way people now have Poco poco, I guess. But what simple harmless fun we had. Presents of a set of colour pencils and picture frames and autograph albums were much appreciated. No expensive ones.



I think the most expensive gift I got from Mak was the brown minibike when it was all the rave in the early seventies, and that was also for my birthday and for passing my exams. It was like receiving the key to a sports car!! I was flying in the air, and every morning I would meet up with Cik Na, also with a similar brand of minibike to cycle along Jalan Teluk Wan Jah to St Nicholas Convent. On the way back, a group of us minibikers would cycle back together and stop at Abu for noodles. Those were the days.


Anyway, have fun, everyone. Don’t mind me in cold and gloomy London. It is 11.33 am and you are all probably stuffing your face with the profiteroles that I ordered. And where is that promise to webcam? Don’t worry, I will find my own source of entertainment. I’ve watched several repeats of EastEnders as I have missed several episodes and later I have to attend an akad nikah. And I will have fun.


PS At last I got an sms from Dena: "Sedang tergolek sebab makan banyak sangat."


PPS, So, as usual, we skyped and after several interuptions and disruption, I felt as if we were all there - laughing and joking. There was Kak D, cari uban Pak Ajie, children running around and then things became quite hilarious when my husband took over the skype in a Tudung Ekin. The other side too responded with my bro in law Wan, in a Tudung Munawarah! If only I had captured it on screen! It became too much for the laptop - terus padam!


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UPDATED WITH PICTURES FROM OLI (Who didnt sleep a wink for fear she'd be thrown in the pool.

Ps Oli, it would take the entire clan to throw you in.


and......Why I'd rather celebrate from a safe (and drier) distance:
























Everyone thrown in!













Mak happy watching from a safe distance as well!












Kak Teh skyped here as well:

And I was there too!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Look what came with AirAsia....

The Kuala Lumpur-Stansted AirAsia inaugural flight landed 20 minutes earlier than scheduled. And there were lots of excitement too at the departure lounge as some people were handpicked and upgraded to XL class. We were also treated to some Cadbury chocolates.

Later at the Radisson Hotel, the special guest of honour came and mingled very freely and even shook my hand and there were lots of laughter and rejoice as the 11th of March came and everything seemed to go swimmingly well.

The 1800 flight from Stansted to KL too left on time, bringing holiday makers who grabbed the £99 offer one way as soon as they became available online.

That evening, there's more merriment at Millbank Tower and I was there quite late although the event too started late. The view on the 29th floor, overlooking the Thames, with the London Eye and the bridges spanning the river – it was magnificient.


Air Asia brought The Saturdays to kick off the evening. I have not heard of them, and the children sort of tsk, tsk me. Then came Johan, or now better known as JoeFlizzow and his brother Iman as his DJ. Looking at him now doing the rap, I just couldn’t believe that that was the child who sang “Siapa kata gadis Melayu tak menawan” in my kithen in Bayswater some years ago. There and then on the 29th floor of Millbank Tower, surrounded by all very young people, I felt 70.

Iman brought with him a gift from his mother – some beautiful Ekin tudungs. Thank you, Kudu. Another friend sent through another journalist, a new book by friend Lydia Teh, that prolific writer – Do You Wear Suspenders? Thanks, Marina. All brought on that historic flight from KL to Stansted.

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But of course, AirAsia also brought Noryn Aziz, a gem of a jazz singer. Simply love her voice.

The party was still in full swing when I left. Old people, like young children have to sleep early.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

A Walk Down Petticoat Lane

It was a very cold morning one winter, more than 20 years ago, that I was introduced to Petticoat Lane. The very mention of the word conjured an image straight out of a western movie, with raunchy ladies and their raucous laughters doing the can can, teasing their audience with their lacy petticoats. Perhaps it was for this very reason that the name Petticoat Lane, the world famous Sunday market in East London, was changed to something more sedate – Middlesex Street.

When a friend suggested a visit to this street market last Sunday, I eagerly agreed, forsaking a Sunday lie in for a walk down memory lane. Petticoat Lane Market, Portobello Market, Wembley Market are the haunts of Malaysians; visitors and locals alike – these are places you can find good bargains, almost original fakes and good leather products. And I am in need of a new leather jacket.

The market has been in existence since 1750’s, according to its history and was named after the petticoats and lace once sold there by the Huguenots who came to London from France. With more than one thousand stalls, you can find household goods, clothes, shoes, accessories and many more.

During the 40-minute tube ride on the central line to Liverpool Street, I tried to recapture the Petticoat Lane of yesteryears. The Petticoat Lane in the deep recesses of my mind was totally an alien place with a totally alien language to my uninitiated ears. Cockney was the language, so I heard, and everyone called you sweet’art or luv.

I was introduced to one Cockney word – Dicky Dirt – a shop in Bayswater where I went to look for some jumpers. Dicky Dirt is a Cockney slang for shirts, just like Her Indoors – meaning someone’s wife, similar to the Malay Orang rumah.

It was a busy market place where the likes of Del Boy (Only Fools and Horses) charmed you with their sales talks to buy yesteryears’ rejects or things that had fallen off the back of lorries. The sweet smell of roasting chestnut from corner street stalls intermingled with the aroma of hotdogs on grills. That was the Petticoat Lane Market in my mind.

And of course, as I made my way out of the station, (turn left and then right again, said the guard at the station), a familiar jingle played in my mind..”That big red building in Petticoat Lane…” It was an advertisement for a big leather shop at the top of the road, much hummed and repeated by the husband of mine. Is it still there? I doubt it.

I didn’t have any difficulties finding the street market. In the cold morning air, there were droves of people making their way there and I just went with the flow. From a distance, I could already hear the stallholders calling out to shoppers. The music coming from the stalls selling so called ori(s) prepared me for the Petticoat Lane of the here and now. There were more Bollywood songs wafting in the atmosphere of this East London marketplace. Places in East London, such as Brick Lane are more familiarly known as Bangla Town. There is a huge Asian community and so it was altogether not unexpected that I found many stallholders to be Asians, selling clothes made in made by aunts and grannies and cousins in their own warehouses nearby. Many are copied from designer labels and sold at a fraction of the price.

And of course an Asian Del Boy is bound to be found among them. As I was admiring a blouse, I could hear one chatting up my friend, telling her, he could tell from her aura that she was an intelligent girl. “And this one,” he said,” is the peaceful one. She is a very calm person.” And believe it or not, he was referring to me.

“Calm? Moi?” I asked sceptically.

“Yes,” said the Pakistani Del Boy, “ and if only you are younger!”

Suffice to say, I floated away with that blouse in my hand and spring in my step.

It was LV, Chanel and Prada galore. They even got the spelling and the colour tone almost right.

I went searching for my leather jacket – alas, I couldn’t find any that fitted me. In fact nothing suits me nowadays. They are either too small or too young. And the leather jacket that I was wearing that cold morning seemed okay still. I also scanned the area for the famous Pearly Kings of East London. Sadly, they were no longer around, only making their appearances on certain occasions.


As we walked away towards Aldgate East station, the smell of hamburger greeted us.
Halal hamburgers it says, being grilled by someone donning a ketayap. A nearby Chinese stall was selling fried noodles and we were greeted with a cheerful “Selamat Pagi!”


Petticoat Lane has changed somewhat, but that change is inevitable. But before we left, I found Fred, hunched over his stove of sweet roasted chestnuts. I ordered two packets; he burnt his already charred hands picking them up from the burning grills.

“I’ve been doin’ this for 51 years, I 'ave. This same spot ‘ere. Ne'er had to use thongs or nuthing’, he volunteered. “Mind how you go, sweer’art”, he said, waving us goodbye.

So, that was Petticoat Lane last Sunday, and I still have the jingle of the red big building in Petticoat Lane, playing in my head.

Picture of Pearly Kings and Queen taken from Strangebritain.co.uk

Petticoat Lane market is open every Sunday from 9-2pm.
Take the Central Line to Liverpool Street station. Turn left and then right - you will not miss it.
Or take District or Hammersmith Line to Aldgate East station.

Friday, 6 March 2009

A Tribute to Loga and Congratulations Datuk David Arumugam



Rummaging through my box of MiniDv’s and labelling them, I found one that I had been searching for high and low. Long time readers of this blog would know about my obsession with The Alleycats. And heaven help them, now that I have found the recording of their performance in London some years ago. This was at Oriental City, a year after Cik Siti performed on the same stage before her Royal Albert Hall debut.


I have learnt a thing or two about transferring visuals on to Movie Maker but I have yet to learn how to edit music. That’s a tough one.

Anyway, I remember the last time I was watching this video, I told my youngest about Loga. I said, Loga is not well as he had some sort of cancer. Imagine my shock when I heard that he died the very next day. I couldn’t even write a tribute although many readers came to my blog expecting me to write something about him.

The last time I went home to Malaysia, I was supposed to meet them and give them a copy of the video as I think it has some sentimental values, especially to David.

You can see two youngsters enjoying the performance by the side of the stage. That’s David’s son and daughter who came to meet him in London. Before that, they had not seen each other for 11 years, I think. You can see how proud they were of their father and uncle.

As you can see, it was a last minute decision to have the performance, but fans young and old came from as far as Liverpool. They danced and sang along. And Kak Teh managed to sit with David on the steps of the stage and hold the microphone while he sang. And guess what? I managed to say, Ma Kaseeeeeh!!!!! when he finished singing.

I have just edited this one song out of a whole hour’s recording. Enjoy it –
Loga, you will be missed. And congratulations to Datuk David Arumugam and Datin Sabrina.


Other Alleycats memories:



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Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Wednesday Night Fever

I had forgotten how it felt having a fever. But last night, as I struggled to finish some work, it came back. I felt feverish all over. My head was pounding and my face was flushed. My whole body was aching. No amount of duvet could make me feel warm, not even with the heat radiating from the laptop, which I put by my side to continue my work.

It is strange that whenever you are ill, well, in my case actually, I think back to the days when Mak would instantly make chicken soup. Chicken soup seemed to be the cure for everything. And of course with moi – rice porridge with lots of ginger.

I was yearning for that last night but the chicken that Taufiq bought earlier was already in the oven. And I had roast chicken instead, with mashed potatoes. And although it was nice, it felt rough as I also had sore throat. The rest of the chicken went into Kissinger who was sleeping nearby.

This is a household where you’d be hardpressed to find any panadol or asprin or anything that spells drugs from the chemist. I was given Vitamin C and cod liver oil and Rehana made me camomile tea. And with that I drifted to sleep.

I think the excitement of last week’s events had taken its toll. It was non stop since last Saturday and the next few weeks promise the same what with Air Asia’s inaugural flight and some exhibitions and visits of some people that I cannot really avoid.

Am feeling better this morning and trudge to work I must. The temperature has plummeted again and as you can tell from the tone of this writing, I just want my duvet and hot chicken soup.
Pix from culinarycrafts.com

Monday, 2 March 2009

The week that was

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The above video is actually the radio programme that I hosted, with some song requests from some of you. Apologies I couldnt play all as we ran out of time - but if you have time do enjoy the chit chat. The pictures I pasted in the video was to enable me to post mp3 on blogspot.

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I believe I have lost a week and need to recover. It all started with a trip to Manchester for the Manchester Games, which I thoroughly enjoyed – being among the students there, watching them play and enjoying the food at their food court. But it was all work, work, work. Then, back in London, as you know, we had some very important visitors in town, thus the new baju being flown in from KL.

I am sorry I can't publish any of those photos here as we were not allowed to take pictures. But it was a pleasant enough dinner and suffice to say, I didn’t trip or do anything outrageous as I was introduced.

The following day was indeed hectic – it was the event at Harrods. Oooh, so many celebs – and VVIP’s – I saw Lady Raine Spencer (Princess Di's stepmom) walking around saying hello to everyone and then suddenly she walked over and paid compliments to my dress which I bought at KL Sentral! Haha – if only she knew that it cost only £10!

Dt JC was busy with Nancy DellO’llio, and Datuk Bernard Chandran and wife were also there..some of the pictures I’ve put in the video as apparently that’s what I have to do to publish the Radio programme I did last Sunday, That’s another story :–
















In the studio with me was also Khalid Din, an old friend of mine who is also, what I consider a cultural Ambassador to Europe. It was a good interview and I managed to play a few songs that you have requested. Unfortunately, there were lot of adverts so, we had to play that and we soon ran out of time.

The song Kekasih at the end was cut short but will remedy that when I come back from work later.


Ps. I dont think I can do more with the song as it took a good three hours to post and publish the whole thing.