30 April 2008
29 April 2008
26 April 2008
I didn't catch last week's show as I was in Singapore. So Saida went out, huh? OK lah 'tu!
Anyway, the show started with everyone in traditional Malay costumes. Later, we discover that it was part of a surprise bersanding ceremony of AF season 1 contestants, Khai & Rosma. Hmmmm...time to change channels!
Anyway, the critics tonight were Ogy Ahmad Daud, Adnan Abu Hassan & Adlin Aman Ramlie. Ning Baizura is away.
Stanly gave the first performance. Singing Hazami's "Kata", I thought vocally he was as lousy as the past 3 weeks. His dancing was better, an improvement of a whopping 0.95%.
Alif was as boring as he was since the first concert. I do wonder how he managed to one of the top votes-wise. As a kejutan, Farah Diana Anuar of AF season 2 (a.k.a. Breep Breep) brightened up the Alif's performance both visually & vocally. Mmmm....more channel surfing!
Nadia did a better-than-average job of Ella's Rama-rama. No Ella copy-cat style here although I don't quite think that this song really suits her voice. Anyway, her effort shows through. She is one of my favourites to be in the finals.
Toi tried to improvise by performing with a guitar however I didn't think it managed to inject an extra feel to the song. Sometimes, I do wonder whether Toi is mumbling because he has a problem opposing his lips or he has forgotten the lyrics. Not that good, but I thought better than his previous performances.
Nubhan performed OAG's Generasiku. He has a nice tone and his vocal performance has been consistent. Consistently shaky and lifeless, that is. AC, please stop with your Negeri accent evertime you talk to Nubhan - it's really sounding more boring the more we hear it! Anyway, thanks to Nubhan's performance, I managed to channel-surf again during his performance.
Stacy performed No Doubt's Don't Speak. Vocally the best performance of the night. Another one of my favourites for the finals. GO STACY GO! (Alamak, terlebih sudah!).
Riz did Imran Ajmain's hit Seribu Tahun very well with maybe minimal mistakes. Simply executed yet very original. Again I don't understand Ogy's comments (What's wrong with you, Ogy?). IMHO, another apparent finalist.
Rina did really well! Her vocals are really not that fantastic but she does really well as a performer with hard rock numbers. She doesn't do well on ballads and numbers with a strong melody. With this performance, Rina, I hereby declare you a potential finalist! Ogy comments to me are AUTA!
Rina got kicked out! Well voters were not so smart this time round. If I had to pick one, it would be Toi.
Anyway, hopefully Stacy, Riz and Nadia become finalists. I think the rest should just leave the show - they have not really improved after 6 weeks.
OK, time to sleep.
25 April 2008
Barium: - What you do when they're dead.
Cystogram: - An e-mail sent to your sister.
Pleural: - More than one.
Sacral: - Holy.
Sella: - A good place to keep your wine.
22 April 2008
20 April 2008
Got back on an afternoon flight. Managed to squeeze a fair bit of shopping and together with my colleague, Yang, we made our contribution to Singapore's already robust economy. Heck even at the airport, we managed to make some last minute purchases!
18 April 2008
Waited for Yang at the airport. After we got to out hotels, we went out for lunch at Ngee Ann City at Orchard Road (we went to Mcdonald's) and then did a bit of shopping.
Went back to the hotel around 4pm and rested.
Missing home already. Sigh......
16 April 2008
I don't think too many Malaysians would remember this Indonesian R&B artist, except for one number he did with fellow Indonesian, Shanty - Hanya Memuji - which received quite a bit of airplay around 2003 on local radio stations.
I remember a few songs from his previous albums, Firasat, Semusim, Jangan Pernah Berubah, Rindu, Sudahlah & Andai Ia Tahu which I really liked. It's been many years since I heard anything from this singer-musician-actor. Anyway, after returning home from work, I dropped by The Curve to get some Singapore Dollars for my trip to Singapore tomorrow. I popped by "Rock Corner" at the ground floor and was pleasantly surprised to find this 2008 offering from this guy.
This is Marcellius Kirana Hamonanga Siahaan(what a mouthful - no wonder he goes by the stage name of just Marcell)'s third outing (fourth if you consider the fact that his first album was released twice- the second time as a repackaged edition containing 2 bonus tracks). There are 10 tracks in this album:
1. Candu Asmara
2. Berhenti Berharap
3. Bukan Lagu Cinta
5. Dirimu dan Diriku
8. Malam Ini
10. Tak Biasanya
I've already downloaded this album into my iPod. Going through a few listening rounds of this album. So far so good. Good tracks with Pop & R&B feel. It's hard to believe that the first track, Candu Asmara began life as a dangdut song! Nice music and vocal arrangement, the lyrics do however have that strong dangdut aura.
Berhenti Berharap in this album is NOT Sheila on 7's hit song. It is a nice soothing ballad about what else but love. In Bukan Lagu Cinta, Marcell duets with Karen Pooroe. Pantaskah showcases Marcell's smooth and soulful vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar. Tersiksa is another nice ballad.
On the whole, this is a nice album but Marcell doesn't really venture far from his previous outings. But then again, he doesn't need to - he is very good at what he does. As the saying goes, If it ain't broke, blah blah blah....
My rating: 4 out of 5
Message: Get it!
Some Marcell-related trivia:
1. He is of Batak-Ambon-Javanese descent.
2. Born a Catholic, he converted to Buddhism a few years ago and has also become a vegetarian.
3. He is married to Indonesian singer-songwriter-writer, Dewi Lestari.
4. He apparently has admitted to be a fan of our local singer, Ning Baizura and made attempts to record together. However, due to technical problems related to the different recording companies that Ning and Marcell belong to, the plan did not materialise.
12 April 2008
Aliff's performance was forgettable. It was sad because it was a nice song with a nice music arrangement.
Stanly spoilt Faizal Tahir's beautiful song, Kasih Tercipta! One would have thought with all that musical and classical voice training, he would be able to carry off this song effortlessly but it was the total opposite. It was a disaster.
Stacy, as expected gave the best vocal performance of the night. Given an original single (Cinta Terhalang), as a recognition for her performance in the past AF concert, she did the song well but with some pitching problems here and there.
10 April 2008
OK enough complaining. On yesterday's lunch break I was very productive. I sneaked out of the department at 12.30pm and went to Tabung Haji in Kelana Jaya to update Julina's, Dayana's, Hilman's & My passbooks. That done, I went to Mid Valley Megamall to get my car washed. Then I went to Maybank and updated my children's savings account passbooks. Had lunch at Super Sandwich - I had a broccoli & cheese sandwich on brown bread. After lunch, went to the Gardens Rock Corner Outlet and bought 2 CD's - one is Lenny Kravitz's latest studio album - It's Time for a Love Revolution and the other is the one I will be talking about. After that, I went to Borders and bought a Bahasa Malaysia novel for my daughter, Dayana. Managed to get back to work at 2.15pm after collecting my car. Not bad huh?
Here it is - John Legend's Live From Philadelphia Album. Released in January in the United States of America, this live album features songs from his 2-album career history plus a remake of the 1970s classic Where is the Love featuring Corrine Bailey Rae.
I am sure most people would identify him as the guy who gave us Ordinary People , the piano & vocals number about love relationships that got him the "Best R&B male vocal performance in the 2006 Grammy Awards. Anyway, that's how I was introduced to his music. Have bought both of his studio albums and I must say there is not one single song that I disliked from the two albums.
His old school take on R&B with contemporary musical arrangements and elements (e.g. hip hop courtesy of Kanye West, Snoop Dog and the like) makes him rather unique. This singer-songwriter has the ability to sing straight from the heart (Again, Ordinary People) and yet tickle you with his cheekiness on songs like Number One, PDA (We Just Don't Care) and Used To Love You.
This live album proves that this guy performs well on stage. His piano & vocal performances on Coming Home, Again & Ordinary People are excellent. Hear the crowd sing along to Ordinary People ( "...Take it slow-ow, oh- ohhhhhh, this time we'll take it slow...). Hear the crowd clap and cheer on the faster numbers, Used To Love You, Number One, etc.
All in all, for me at least, nothing to complain about. The audio is superb. The music and vocal arrangements were just nice, not too flashy and not too bland either.
My rating: 5 out 5.
Message: Go get it!
Some John Legend-related trivia:
1. His real name is John Stephens.
2. He sang back-up on Alicia Keys' hit song, You Don't Know My Name.
3. The song, Ordinary People was initially intended for the Black Eyed Peas. But at one point, Mr Legend decided that he wanted to keep the song for himself. (Hmmmmm, makes me wonder how them BEP peeps would have done it?).
4. P.D.A. in the song P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care) stands for "public displays of affection".
08 April 2008
1. Are You Gonna Go My Way
05 April 2008
At last! An Akademi Fantasia concert this season that is worth my staying up for! Was it the "Rock Kapak" theme? Or was it the effort put in by the trainers and the students? It was probably a bit of all of the above. AC Mizal seems to be getting more comfortable in his role as the host. Also, I appreciate that there is less of the draggy dialogue before the results were announced that was prevalent during Aznil's days - probably not Aznil's fault as well as the producers decide the direction of the show, not the host.
The Jaguar X Type - the smallest of the Jaguar sedans, therefore frequently dubbed as the "entry-level" Jaguar. There is also an estate (stationwagon) version of this model. I should think this is the new generation X-type that was scheduled to be launched in the UK in March this year and in the rest of Europe in April.
Anyways, nice car, don't you think? This 4-door sedan/stationwagon is available in 2,1L, 2.5L & 3.0L petrol versions and also some diesel versions as well. I wonder how much it costs?