Archive | April, 2005

Siti at the Departure Hall Terminal 2

24 Apr

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Siti and her 2 daughters.. haha

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So touching…

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Sexy pose.. aw… aw…

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Hahaha…

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Final Goodbye…

Bravo EagleVision! Great Muzika Extravaganza!

24 Apr

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They fullfilled their promises to make Muzika Extravaganza an elaborate and colourful show. Well done Suhaimi Jais! Very enjoying watching it live at Mediacorp TV Theatre. All the seats were filled with VIPs included Singapore popular actors and actress on the front section, Taufik Batisah FC on the right middle section, Siti Nurhaliza FC on the left middle section, RaRa FC (don't know whose fan club, maybe the Mediacorp cheer group) on the center middle section and winners of Suria contests on the top section.

Musika Ekstravaganza was previously known as a boring show called "Rampaisari". They used to invite veteran singers sang oldies songs for the show, but now they reinvented it with all type of genres and mixes of old and new artists.

Reached there at 6.30pm but were only allowed to the theatre at about 7.30pm. We took our seats and tied the big Siti banner (made by Intan and brought by Riz) to the railing. This banner was lucky that it had travelled all over Malaysia states, London and the latest to Singapore. Next, it may be flying to Australia.

Then we were shown a 30 seconds video of Safety Precaution in case of emergency. Then we did some warm-up clapping and cheering leaded by AB Shake. Waited till 8.30pm for the live telecast show to start.

Muzika Ekstravaganza was hosted by Suhaimi Yusof and Raja Azura. What a excellent combination? Raja Azura look beautiful.

The show was started by Ruffedge with surprised special guest artist Jatt Ali for "Bayangan". Next came Francesca Peters with "Kau Lilin Cintaku". Very touching song and excellent performance by the legendary singer . "Hingga Ke Akhir Waktu" next by Frans with extra rapping by Triple Noize.

Papa Rock Ramli Sarip with "Bukan Kerana Nama". Ok-ok performance with a different style. He should sang his other song, instead of singing the same old song. It make us fell boring, Taufik Batisah sang that same song at APM2005.

Iskandar Ismail and Vince next. Vince's "Bebas Ku" song was sang by Eiss and jointed by Vince towards the end. Never heard of this song before. Boring song. Vince turn to sing Eiss's "Keranamu" with Eiss came back at the end of the song. Another boring song! I just hopes that the next performance will not as boring as this one.

The waited idols performance was next by Taufik Batisah and Jaclyn Victor with "My Boo". Saw the Taufik Batisah FC enjoying themselve dancing and singing along. Some of Taufik's fans surely feel jeolous when they saw Jac trying to tackle Taufik on the stage by singing too close to him.

Phua Chu Kang (Gurmit Singh) and Jalil Hamid entertainted us with a comedien sketch with sexy Candy Choo (Sharon Au). Don't play-play, very funny you know.

An instrumental "Jeritan Batinku" performance by our own pretty violinist Yap Yen and the Malaysian Mohram. Zzz… very nice music that will make you sleep.

Traditional songs next with "Raikan Cinta" by Dayang Nurfaizah and "Nyanyian Serambi" by Ramli Sarip. Excellent performances with the zapin dancers.

"Goyang" next by Ruffedge with extra rapping performance by Triple Noize again.

Eka Mairina's hit "Ladidadida" next with extra "fashion show" models and Cats Ruffedge rapping at "Dayang Sayang Kamu" by Dayang Nurfaizah.

Daphne, Leandra, Jessea and Christopher next "Get Down" with extra performance by Vince.

So many X-trasss.. well done Muzika Ekstravaganza!

Finally, the performance we had been waiting for.. "Dia Dihati" and "Seindah Biasa" with Siti Nurhaliza lifted from the secret underground stage. Excellent performance by Siti Nurhaliza with once awhile waving at Siti Nurhaliza FC! Excellent cheering by Siti Nurhaliza FC too. Oh no, my face was on national tv! 2 seconds of fame.. hehe.. Taufik Batisah with "Let's Stay Together".

Taufik Batisah got his wish came through when he was dueting with Siti Nurhaliza… ehmm.. actually it was all the artists singing together with "Sinaran".

At the end of the show, we had a great funs by waving and cheering at all the artists especially Siti Nurhaliza until one makcik who jaga the place told us to get out of the theatre because she can't tahan with the noises. If you can't take the noises, why must you work there? Go and find another joblah! Maybe we should complain to the Mediacorp.

I also heard that some peoples at the back of us were not happy with us, the SNFC. If you don't like, don't bother to come and watch it, stay at home and watch it on your TV set!

Well done Suria. Keep it up! Next show will be on this October at Malaysia.

Muzika Ekstravaganza

19 Apr

Date : 23 April 2005, Saturday
Venue : MediaCorp TV Theatre, Singapore
Muzika Ekstravaganza… here i come.. hehe..

"40 pairs of tickets out for grabs! You cannot get in anywhere else.", quote from SuriaChannel.com. Where the rest of the tickets goes???

Just watched the "Konsert Solo" and the 1st password is Taufik Batisah. I think i knew what will be the next password, it should be Siti Nurhaliza.

Singapore Artiste :

1st Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah, Papa Rock Ramli Sarip, runner-up Talentime 2001 Triple Noize, Phua Chu Kang Gurmit Singh, Anugerah 2003 winner Eka Mairina, 3rd place Anugerah in 2002 winner Iskandar Ismail, The joker Suhaimi Yusof, The Ah-lian Sharon Au and the Singapore Idol Finalist 2004 Daphne, Leandra, Jessea and Christopher.

Malaysian Artiste :

1st malay to perform in Royal Albert Hall, London Siti Nurhaliza, 1st Malaysian idol Jaclyn Victor, Akademi Fantasia 2003 winner Vince, Anugerah Industri Muzik 2002 song of the year winner Dayang Nurfaizah, Tipah Tertipu hit song band Ruffedge, legendary songstress Francesca Peters, Most Popular TV Actress Raja Azura, actor, comedian and singer, Jalil Hamid and Mohram.

Singapore and The CasiNO

18 Apr

Today is the "D" day for the proposals on building an integrated resort with a casino. The proposal would attract several billion dollars in investments to Singapore. NTUC Secretary-General Lim Boon Heng said that up to 10,000 jobs could be created if Singapore build two casinos — one at Marina and the other on Sentosa.
The casino issue has sparked a rare and highly-charged public debate in Singapore. Why do we need to debate for this proposal? Why must we say "NO" to casino?

Whatever the outcomes were (i'm sure the Singapore government will go ahead with the city-state's first casino project), i think if we can say "Yes" to Soccer bettings, 4D, Totto and Horse racing bettings, it is not a reason to say that casinos will effect Singaporean's social, such as families being ruined as well as criminality. It up to you to gamble or not!

With casinos in Singapore, the most important things Singapore will gained is, our dollars will not go out of Singapore to our neigbouring countries, Malaysia and Batam, thus giving us more stronger currencies. But i hopes that they do not build it on the mainland.

Advantages:

a) Travellers often use Singapore as a stopover on flights to other destinations. Now they may be tempted to stay longer.

b) Safer casino to gamble.

c) Easier and faster for Johorean.

d) 2 casinos – If your luck isn't so good at one, you can go to the other one.

Disadvantages :

a) Singapore is a metropolitan city. Not a good place for who want to retreat from city life.

My Siti Nurhaliza Biography

16 Apr

Once upon a time, somewhere at the begining of 1996, while i was ironing my army uniform, a sweet and energetic voice caught my attention on the tv set. When i looked at the screen, a malay popular group called '2By2' were singing with a 17 years old lady. I remembered that this petite singer who won the Bintang RTM (Radio & TV Malaysia) 1995 singing contest in which she sang Aishah's hit song "Camar Yang Pulang" which means "The Tern Which Returned".

They were singing 'MawarKu'. The young lady is not so pretty but her voice was so powerfull that i predicted that one day she would become a big star. Really enjoyed watching her pulling her voice to the high pitch. I never seen any singer who sang that song with such a wonderfull and excellent vocal range and control. Until now, i still can't find that video which was stage at RTM1, Hiburan Minggu Ini with "2by2" i think.

I keep watching and waiting.. watching and waiting again to see who this lady's name was? At last i found out that her name is Siti Nurhaliza. What a nice name? Siti means earth, Nur is light and Haliza was someone from the prophets family. What a unique combination and got commercial value man! I decided to make her my 3rd girlfriend, after i dumped Norzila Aminuddin and Amy Mastura.

Siti Nurhaliza is the fourth child in the family of seven siblings. Actually she was the fifth child as one of her sibling had passed away. Siti Nurhaliza, IC number 790111-06-5624, was the daughter of Tarudin Bin Ismail and Siti Salmah Bt. Bachik .

Her grandfather and her mother used to be a famous violinist and a traditional singer in Pahang respectively. Her brother, Ayie also used to be a singer too. But it's her uncle, a former singer who influenced her. Some of her idols were/are ex-Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad, Sudirman , P.Ramlee , Ziana Zain and Celine Dion.

The next day i went to the 'cassette' shop to buy her album. I found out that she had 2 albums, one duet with 2By2 and the other one was her solo album called "Siti Nurhaliza" under recording label Suria Records which was released on 1st April 1996.

Her songs had not been played in any radio stations, so i just gambled and brought her solo album caused i got the money for an album only. Lucky for me, her solo album did not disapointed me. Some of my favourite songs were 'Jawapan Di Persimpangan' and 'Jerat Percintaan'.

Dec 24 1996, the first award she ever received after becoming a recording artist was at the "Anugerah Muzik Singapura 1996" which means Singapore Music Awards organised by the Singapore malay radio station (Warna 94.2 fm). She won the "Most Popular Female Artiste" and the "Most Popular Song" ~ "Mawarku" duet with "2by2".

From there onwards, more and more awards started to fill up her cabinet. In Muzik Muzik 1996 now called Anugerah Juara Lagu, she won "Best Performance", "Best Ballad Song" and "Overall Juara Lagu" for the song "Jerat Percintaan" which means "Love Trap" and beat some award-winning singers such as Ziana Zain and Fauziah Latiff.

In January 1997 after winning the Muzik-Muzik 1996, Siti who was born on 11 January 1979 at Kg. Awah Temerloh , Pahang, stopped schooling to map out her future in showbusiness, although her initial ambition was to be a police officer, just like her father.

"I had my future all planned out then. Although I love singing, I wanted to be a police officer, like my father. But now that I've won this trophy, I'm definitely going into singing.", said Siti who completed her Form Five at Clifford Secondary School in 1996.

Siti Nurhaliza came out with another second 'self-titled' album, "Aku Cinta Padamu". This time 'Aku Cinta Padamu' song which means 'I Love You' become hit and soon more and more people became her fans and made her the star in the year of 1997.

The album was so successful that her record company, SRC released a different version album called "Betapa Aku Cinta Padamu" which means "How much i love you" for the Indonesian market.

Some of the hit songs were 'Bisikan Asmara', 'Kesilapanku, Keegoanmu' and 'Wajah Kekasih' In this album, she had included one traditional song called 'Sri Mersing' to test the market for her 1st traditional album.

Some of her wishlist was to further study in a private collegue and to have her own bussiness. One of her wish come true and now she owned 3 companies in Siti Nurhaliza Productions (SNP), Siti Nurhaliza Collections (SNC) and Siti Nurhaliza Marketing (SNM). SNP involved in Siti concert stuffs, SNC involved in selling Siti's souvenir (key-chains, t-shirts) while SNM involved in promoting Siti products such as C-TEA.

The first ever critisize she had was about the unwillingness to pose picture with male artists. Since then question "why she changed her words?" was asked when she posed with male artists.

For her, to pose a picture with male artists, it must have a valid reason. She don't mind posing with 2By2 as she was part of their duet album. She do not want to be popular artist because of gossip, and one of the way to protect her family good name was to avoid taking picture with male artist. She prefered to be known because of her quality voice and performace than because of sexy or gaining fame from other popular male artists.

20th August 1997, Siti was invited to host Indonesian tv station (Indosiar) "Satu Jam Bersama" programme. She sang "Bisikan Asmara", "Kesilapanmu", "Kaulah Segalanya", duet with Yana Julio for "We Could Be In Love", duet with Harvey Malaiholo for "Words" and her last and hit song "Betapa Aku Cinta Pada Mu".

In Anugerah Skrin dan Bintang Popular 1996 on 24 August 1997, she won another 4 awards: "Most Popular Teen Artiste", "Most Popular Female Artiste", "TV Most Popular Entertainer" and "Most Popular Artiste".

She beat Erra Fazira, Amy Mastura, Nora dan Aishah for the "Most Popular Female Artiste". She also beat KRU, Ziana Zain, Awie, Senario, Nurul, Zizie Izzette, Ngasriah Nasri and Elite for the other awards.

Siti bagged about 15 awards in 1997.

Sensasi Bersama Siti Nurhaliza concert was shown on the 2nd day of hari raya 1998 at Asro Ria. Behind the scene, during the recording of the show, every time siti make a mistake, ''Tuit… tuit… tuit'' sounds will come out from her. It was a signal she used back home in Kuala Lipis, Pahang. That where the "Tweet Fans Club" got it name.

In the show, she sang Cindai, Joget Berhibur, Sesuci Lebaran, Bisikan Asmara, Aku Cinta Padamu, I Will Always Love You, Jeritan Batinku, Bunyi Gitar, Jangan Tinggal Daku and Putus Sudah Kasih Sayang.

At the end of 1998, for the 1st time, Siti was invited to Saga, Japan, to sing at Pop Queen Festival (Saga Fiesta '98). She sang Cindai, Purnama Merindu and Satu Cinta Dua Jiwa.

1998 saw her bagged only 5 awards. Was siti losing her popularity?

Mid 1999, SNP first project, a documentation video of the making of her new pop album was planned. Opera Klasik, Rashid Sibir's company was appointed as the director of the video. The video shown the songwriters and the composers telling fans the meaning and history of every song in the album.

Parti Keadilan Nasional called for a boycott of Siti's albums because they claimed that siti was used by the country's leadership when she made a speech during her performance for the National Day celebration. Keadilan's information chief Ruslan Kassim said that Siti Nurhaliza's speech sounded similar to that of the Prime Minister's.

1998 saw her bagged only 5 awads, but 1999, she got 14 awards! The awards started to favour Siti once more.

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10 Apr

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Siti Nurhaliza and the Royal Albert Hall Concert

5 Apr

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3rd December 2004, Siti Nurhaliza confirmed that she will be holding a full concert at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London on April 1 2005. That was 4 months for her to do all the preparations she need. She will perform 30 songs, some medleys which will include pop and traditional tunes from her albums during the two- hour show.

Her intention of the concert was to test the international market. She will become the first Malaysian and third Asian artist after Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar and renowned sitarist Ravi Shankar to hold a solo concert at the famous London venue.

One of the thing she done was bringing Putrade Property Management Sdn Bhd as the concert management team and venture partner. Putrade's general manager who suggested April 1 as the show date as it was the same date siti first album, Jerat Percintaan, was released a decade ago.

10 years eh? From 1st April 1996 (it should be 1996 as she won Bintang HMI on 1995) to 1st April 2005, it 9 years only! We were tricked… The "Jerat Percintaan" album was labeled "SRC 96-3418" meaning it was released on 1996.

Then she brought multi-linguist and former TV presenter, Mahadzir Lokman as personal mentor to improve her English, communication skill and confidence.

Roslan Aziz was appointed as the show producer and musical director.

Others on the team were Steve Thornton (percussion), Aubrey Suwito (keyboards/band leader), Suhaimi ‘Pak Ngah’ Mohd Zain (lead musicians for the traditional segment), dancers from Yayasan Warisan Johor, Michael Ong and Radzuan Radziwil (costume designers), Nurul Shukor (make-up artist/buddy), Datuk Jimmy Choo (shoe designer) and 33-piece London Symphony Orchestra. No "Suara" the back-up singer. No Hillary Ang!

2 week before the concert… and bad news coming up…

No big corporations to sponsor the concert.

Concert executive chairman Ahmad Fazli Yaakob, or Fazley, said the absence of big sponsors forced the two companies behind the concert, Siti Nurhaliza Productions (M) Sdn Bhd and Putrade Property Management Sdn Bhd to bear most of the cost.

Why there were no big sponsors for the concert really a BIG question mark! She used to have all the sponsorship offers, why this happened now?

Only some of the air tickets for Siti’s 60-odd entourage to London were sponsored by an airline. Reporters have to pay their own way.

Fazley kept secret how much the show cost, but some sources said it was 1 and a half time what Sheila Majid paid for in Ronnie Scotts, London which cost 100,000 pound sterling in 1996. So roughtly it was about 150,000 pound sterling ~ RM 1.5 Millions?

She was happy to realise her dream of performing on an international stage, but the lack of sponsors made her feel a bit disappointed.

“After all, I’m doing my bit to bring Malaysian music to the rest of the world but it seems that not many people are aware of what I’m doing,” said Siti Nurhaliza.

Hmmm.. why the change in her intention? Her intention was to test the international market, but now she speak about bring Malaysian music to the rest of the world.

"Unlike sports events where sponsors abound, I hope there’ll be sponsors for events such as concerts involving local artistes, especially those held abroad,” continued Siti Nurhaliza.

How can she compared a sport event with a concert? A sport event is a competition while a concert is not! Unless it Jac (Malaysian Idol Winner) going to World Idol!

Why should the companies give sponsorship to the concert? What will they get in return? Examples such as Astro or Maxis, what will they get in return?

In Siti Nurhaliza Fantasia Tour, they sponsored because they get more clients to signed up for their products (Astro TV channels and Hotlink hp line subscribers). For the Indonesia tour, a bank got more clients to open a bank account. If they sponsor her for the london show, will they get that? You need to have a win-win solution for the company.

Why do a Apparel & Footwear company sponsored David Beckham? The answer is, fans of David Beckham would want to wear what their idol wear.

Promotions were made at BBC Indonesia, Oriental City (Colindale), Malaysian Embassy in London and United Malays National Organization (UMNO) Club.

Not an ideal place to promote Malaysian music to the rest of the world!

Ticket sales were not encouraging. Almost 70% of the tickets were sold just a day before the show. To boast ticket sales, discounted tickets were put up on sale. How can they do this? It's unfair to those who brought at the original price!

1 April… the April Fool!

A few hours before the show…

News came saying that the tickets were 100% SOLD OUT!

From the bloggers who went there, they said that the hall was only half fulled. It was supposed to seated 3000 audiences, but the full capacity is 5222 seats. Report from the newspapers said about 2500 audiences were there. Where were the "500 peoples" who bought the tickets that was said were "SOLD OUT"? hmmm… i got a friend from Singapore who bought the ticket but does not went to watch it. Does the rest also liked her? Just brought the tickets as souvenir?

There were even some news that free tickets were given out just before the show. Some who bought the ticket also get the free better seat ticket which caused the hall to be half fulled as you can see on the picture. It reminded me of Malam Amal Suria 2002 which they gave out unsold ticket freely. It's really NOT FAIR to the fans who brought the actual priced tickets.

Those who came were mostly malays and about 10% were europeans. Only a few loggia and 2nd tier boxes were occupied (priced at £100+ per person). I had expected this situation. Siti hope of testing international market shattered. Maybe she should performs in Japan, China, India or the US where there were fewer malays. The next show in Australia is also not a good place for testing.

The VIPs… they should be important peoples from london (ministers and artists) and should not be the sultan of pahang & brunei, malaysian members of parliment, malaysian artists (shasha, azza, zizi, chef wan and anuar zain)! It looked like a concert in Malaysia! What was anuar zain doing there? If he can attend this concert, why doesn't he around at the APM 2005?

A blogger said that 80% of the time Siti Nurhaliza spoke in Bahasa Malaysia. What Mahadzir Lokman had done? Was he supposed to teach Siti Nurhaliza to speak in english for the show?

One blogger comment that her dresses were inappropriate. But from the picture i saw, all the dresses were fine to me. Maybe this guy stayed too long in london and forget all about the malay costume. He may be think it was britney spear or mariah carey who was performing.

He also said that the choreography looked degradingly cheap and very 'low class' and the show lack of coordination. Another big question for Roslan Aziz. I can't comment on the choreography until i get the vcd of the concert.

What's so special about David Elliot, the chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall, extended an invitation for her to come back to the prestigious venue for another show in the near future? It's just a normal bussiness procedure to make money. Surely he had said that same thing to the other singers who had performed there!

Overall, the bloggers said that she performed very well to cover all the mistakes the team had done. Well done siti!

Congrat again to Siti Nurhaliza for becoming the first malay to perform in RAH. Malaysia BOLEH! Your dream come true.

This concert may be unprofitable in term of Siti Nurhaliza Production's financial outcome. But the experience venturing outside the malay countries was a valuable one.

You loose some, you gained some, lucky for Siti Nurhaliza… Her fans voted her as the Most Popular Star at Anugerah Bintang Popular 2005! RM115,000 (Kia Optima 2.0 car) + RM180,000 (Rafflesia The Pearl Centre jewelries) => that about RM300,000 gift from the fans to compensate her lost in RAH!

Hope this will be a stepping stone for Siti Nurhaliza to be an international star.