Archive | February, 2005

Siti Nurhaliza at Anugerah Planet Muzik 2005

20 Feb

APM2005 menjanjikan acara yang gilang gemilang dan penuh dengan kejutan sempena tahun ke-5 Suria dilahirkan. Apa dah jadi? Mana kejutannya? Yang ada hanya kejutan bunga api di awal dan di akhir acara saja yang menarik perhatianku.

18 Februari 2005, planning nak mulakan journey ke Suntec Convention Hall jam 5 petang. Sebaik sahaja keluar dari pintu office, dengan tiba2 hujan mula membasahi bumi. Hai hujan, spoilt my day tuk datang awal to catch-up the Red Carpet event. Orang tua2 selalu kata hujan tu membawa rahmat, dalam fikiranku mungkin ini rahmat untuk kumpulan Bhumiband.

5.45 petang barulah hujan yang berlegar-legar di tempat kerjaku akhirnya berhenti memberi laluan kepada Putera Emas untuk menjalankan misi ke APM 2005.

Perjalanan dari Toa Payoh -> Jalan Besar -> Opir Road -> Temasek Boulivard amat licin.

Akhirnya sampai juga aku ke Suntec Convention Hall. Disana sudah ramai orang yang berkumpul di area Red Carpet. Budak2 CCS pun ada. Kemeriahan disana dikecohkan lagi dengan budak2 "Merbok Platoon", the budak2 pendengar RIA.

Aku mengambil keputusan untuk menunggu artis2 yang datang dengan kenderaan sponser di driveway saja. Diluar kelihatan budak2 security sibuk memblocking artis2 yang lalu untuk berjalan ke Red Carpet sampaikan tak sempat aku nak capture gambar2 mereka. Kalau aku tak sabar, dah lama aku maki budak2 security tu. Artis nak beramah mesra dengan peminat pun tak boleh! Sibuk menyuruh mereka cepat masuk. Tengok gambar bawah ni yang budak pakai tai merah tu. Macam nak kasi satu penumbuk aje

Kat sini pun ada jugak muka familiar yang aku kenal. Budak armyku pun boleh sesat kat sini. Kalau jumpa kat event2 macam ni mesti nak tanya "Kau datang sini support Siti ke? Kau minat Siti?". Malas aku nak jawap, aku kata aku support semua artis. Lain kali aku buat baju sendiri with word "Don't Ask Stupid Questions! I'm Siti Nurhaliza's fan"!

Lastly, artis yang ditunggu-tunggu ramai pun tiba dan disambut dengan pekik sorak dari peminat2. Siapa artis tu? Siapa lagi kalau bukan Siti Nurhaliza! Setelah ct menyanyikan sedikit lagu "Seindah Biasa", kami pun beredar untuk ke hall 601 dan 602. Selagi siti belum datang, selagi tu mereka tak akan naik ke hall. Bayangkan APM tanpa Siti Nurhaliza. Tentu tiket APM tak laku. A few day before the event, tiket $28 masih ada banyak lagi. Nasbib baiklah ada Taufik Batisah yang last minit dapat join sekali.

Ke toilet kejap sebelum acara dimulakan….

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The multi-purpose fan and ticket

8.30 malam, acara dimulakan dengan bunga api dan lagu tema melawat Singapura. Yok turun S'pore yok!

Dewan yang mulanya sejuk, seminit demi seminit semakin menjadi hangat. Mana airconnya APM? Nasib baiklah ada kertas acara untuk dijadikan kipas.

We were not allowed to take photo or video. What the reason also i don't know. We we asked to surrender our cameras. By the way, i don't see any warning at the tiket nor during the ads that we cannot bring our camera.

48 Singapore Dollar, i was force to see the big screen once a while! Tu budak security memblocking lagi! Dahlah masa Red Carpet dia block, masa acara pun dia blocking the stage pulak! Yang hang nak gi diri kat tengah2 orang menonton tu apasal? Tak boleh ke jaga kat belah tepi saja? Sabar je.

Ruffedge tak ada lagu lagi ke? Asik "Tipah Tertipu" tu aje or maybe diaorang nak beritahu yang kami semua dah kena tipu dengan APM? Nasib baiklah Hasrul Nizam tak nyanyi lagu hitnya lagi.

Suasana yang agak meriah semakin lama semakin memboringkan sampaikan semasa diumumkan calon2 artis untuk sesebuah kategori agak sepi saja, nak2 bila disebut nama Misha Omar. Mana peminat Misha Omar eh?

Tahniah untuk PeterPan (really enjoy thier song), Dewa (you rock man!), Saiful Apek (tuk awal persembahan saja, selepas tu entah apa2 merepek dia nyanyi) dan the 3 Diva (persembahan lagu cinta best, the next 3 lagu tak berapa baik – it different when you see "live" than watching in TV).

Mana Ari Lasso, Sheila on 7 (2 orang saja yang datang), Anuar Zain, Spider, Misha Omar, Dayang Nurfaezah dan Siti Sarah? They don't deserved to be nominated in this award! Ari Lasso, Anuar Zain dan Spider tak seharusnya diumumkan sebagai pemenang anugerah! Not fair tuk artis2 lain yang penat2 datang. APM should imposes a new law that Nominated Artists "must" attend this awards or else the next best or popular artist get the awards. Imagine what will happened if all Malaysian and Indonesian norminated artists did not attend this event?

Congrat to Bhumiband! The only artist/band to receive 3 awards (New Best Band, S'pore Best Song – "Oh Kasih" and S'pore Best Album – "Suara Dunia") in APM 2005. Siti Nurhaliza only got the "Most Popular Song" for "Lagu Rindu" and the "Most Popular Female Artist" awards due to fans voting system. She still lose to Kris Dayanti for "Best Female Artist".

Can't wait to watch APM 2006. Maybe i watch at home this time . Next year hopefully Taufik Batisah is nominate for "New Male Artist", Bhumiband for "Best Band", Ahli Fiqir for "New Best Group" and "Samseng" for "Best Song" awards.

More photos at the gallery.

The winners were…

Artis Baru Wanita Terbaik : Dia Fadila
Artis Baru Lelaki Terbaik : Vince
Duo/Kumpulan Baru Terbaik : Bhumiband
Lagu Terbaik Singapura : Oh Kasih – Bhumiband
Kumpulan Paling Popular : Spider
Artis Lelaki Paling Popular : Anuar Zain
Artis Wanita Paling Popular : Siti Nurhaliza
Duo/Kumpulan Terbaik : Sheila On 7
Artis Lelaki Terbaik : Ari Lasso
Lagu Paling Popular : Lagu Rindu – Siti Nurhaliza
Artis Terbaik Singapura : Iskandar Ismail
Anugerah Khas : Dewa
Anugerah Pencapaian : Ramli Sarip
Album Terbaik Singapura : Suara Dunia – Bhumiband
Artis Wanita Terbaik : Kris Dayanti
Lagu Terbaik : Berhenti Berharap – Sheila On 7
Album Terbaik : Kulihat, Kudengar, Kurasa – Ari Lasso

Yesterday in history

16 Feb

Do you know that the sirens howled across the island yesterday afternoon was to mark the anniversary of Singapore fall to the Japanese on 15 Feb 1942?

Anyone heard about “babi halal”? It was in the Berita Harian (S) newspaper. The porks were wrapped with logo of Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim). How can a malay country have such a thing? :angry:

Get a MAC-over

15 Feb

No, it’s not the Apple Mac OS X. It’s the Windows interface that’s gone through a cosmetic overhaul.

Tired of the boring Windows interface on your PC? Make it snazzy like those on the Macintosh without spending a bomb, writes AARON TAN

Let’s face it, Windows does not sport the sleekest interface. Not convinced? Just take a hard look at your Windows desktop and compare it to a Mac OSX one. Be honest, now!

If you are one of those Windows users who swoons over the pretty designer icons, buttons and trans-parent panels of the Apple Mac OS X, good news! You can do something about it without having to buy a Macintosh.

That’s because you can bring the Mac OS X look to your Windows box through third-party software programs for the OS X Dock, Apple program icons, transparent windows and others.

But be warned that performance could take dip as you load these programs that work in the background to give your PC a cosmetic overhaul. So make sure you have as much memory – one gigabyte if possible – as your money can buy if you do not want your programs to run at snail’s pace.

Dress it like a Mac

First, download a visual style customisation program called WindowsBlinds (www.stardock.com/ products/windowblinds). An alternative is StyleXP (www.tgtsoft.com/ prod_sxp.php) but it only supports Windows XP, so users of earlier versions of Windows will be left out.

On a Windows 2000 system, I installed WindowsBlinds and downloaded a skin called Mac OS X Brushed (www.customize.org/details/31425). Other skins are available from a variety of websites like www. wincustomize.com and http://www.devian art.com

Usually, skins come in a zip file that the visual style program has to extract before you can select the theme. What gets transformed by the visual style skins will be Window buttons, textures and icons.

The Apple bar

To replicate the bar at the top of the Mac OS X desktop, you can download an object bar program from http://www.stardock.com/products/objectbar. Use it to create custom Start bars, finders, pop-up menus and program launchers. Like visual styles you also need a Mac OS X skin for the object bar to achieve a uniform look. Look for it at http://www.win customize.com, http://www.skinbase.org and www. lotsofskins.com

Dock it

The Mac OS X Dock is perhaps the most eye-catching element of an Apple computer, especially its magnification feature. ObjectDock (www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/) can do the same thing on a PC. Once it’s installed, just drag any program shortcut to the dock. You can also change the look of the icons by downloading icon sets, and extracting them into the ObjectDock program folder.

Mac-like applications

Having a Mac look-alike dock and a Mac OS X interface already throws the Windows look out of the window. So why not do a complete overhaul with these Mac-like applications.

Trillian, the Windows iChat: Get this instant messaging (IM) all-in-one program that supports multiple IM networks such as ICQ and MSN, even if you weren’t intending to perform cosmetic surgery on your PC. While you can make do with the free version, the Professional version costs US$25 (S$41), and has the OS X Aqua skin. Visit http://www.trillian. com for more information.

Konfabulator: If you like widgets, or little programs, that do things like getting the latest quotes from the stock exchange, or running photo slideshows from your image collection, there’s a Windows version of the Konfabulator (www.konfabulator.com). Previously, only the Mac version was available, and PC desktop modders had to turn to another program called Samurize. You can also download other widgets such as system utilities, news feeds and games. The Konfabulator is distributed as shareware, or US$24.95 will buy you a registered version.

iTunes: The Mac OS will never be complete without iTunes (www.apple.com.sg/itunes/download), the Apple music player and management software. Previously, the brushed metallic texture of the PC version of iTunes seemed out of place with the rest of the Windows interface. But now, it should look blend beautifully after the makeover.

Safari for the PC: Yes, there is an Internet browser that looks exactly like the Safari browser for the Mac (www.osx-e.com) for the PC. However, the PC version is built on Microsoft Internet Explorer’s browser engine, rather than Apple’s Safari browser. Although it is still unpolished, like the lack of tabbed browsing and a couple of bugs, it’s a good way to fool your friends into believing that you have OS X installed in your PC.

Jan 19, 2005
Digital Life, Straits Time

This Cat will make you purr

14 Feb

The next Jaguar XK-series.

HERE'S a peek at what might be the next Jaguar XK-series. The Ford-owned British marque's Advanced Lightweight Coupe (ALC) concept was shown at the recent Detroit Motor Show, and is touted to be the basis for the successor of the nine-year-old XK model.

Like the XJ flagship, the ALC is constructed of aluminium, making it 40 per cent lighter and 60 per cent stiffer than a steel body. It is powered by a supercharged V8, and capable of reaching 100kmh in five seconds and a top speed of nearly 290kmh.

If the new XK is anything like it, Jaguar is set to win many new fans. The 2+2's styling takes a modern twist to a classic mould, making the Cat relevant to those who are tempted currently by models such as the Mercedes-Benz CLK and BMW 6-series.

Christoper Tan – 12 February 2005
The Straits Times. Life! Motoring

Secret Of Making Video Clip

10 Feb

1. To capture the video into the PC, you need a video capture card. Click here to buy one.
2. To edit and convert the video from avi to mpg, use this software from TMPGEnc.

3. To convert mpg/avi file into wmv file, you can use Window Movies Maker that come with WinXP. Download here.

4. For internet viewing, Video for broadband (340 kbps) setting is enough.
5. To upload the video clip, read this manual.

6. Use a seperate harddisk to store the video to prevent drop-out video ehile capturing the video.
7. While capturing, the PC will be in busy state that it may not capture some frames but the audio was not dropped. (eg:lip and voice not in sequence).

the reasons:
a) when using compression capture, pc will be very busy doing 2 jobs : capture dan conpress
b) computer speed not too fast
c) other programs is using CPU/memory
d) not enough memory (RAM)
e) video captured is too large
f) harddisk space insufficient (other than for saving video, harddisk space is also used as memory)
g) to much frames rate setting…. default is 30… I use 15 frames per second

To edit, use TMPGEnc to seperate audio and the video… then use window movie maker to merge it, adjusting audio and video positions.

8. Non-Winxp user, you can use this software to convert to wmv. Find crack/serial to unlock software.

May Prosperity Be With You.

10 Feb

Happy Chinese New Year to the chinese and Salam Maal Hijrah for the muslim readers.
Enjoy the holidays.

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A Present

1 Feb

It been a long time i didn’t receive a present. Today i was supposed to collect the vcd i asked somebody to buy it at JB. Instead of collecting the money for the VCD, it was given as a gift to me. Thank you J. Next time give somemore can?


The SNFT 2004 VCD


The 3 VCDs

Haven’t got the chance to watch it. Maybe i watch them on the weekend or during Chinese New Year.