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    Friday, February 29, 2008

    I am filing this post under "Potential Lawsuit" because this song isn't officially released yet. But what you have here is not the final actual arrangement of the song. And I am putting this song online because I personally think that this is my best song so far. (Although to be honest, I think it ties with "Aku Punya Kamu" for Faizal Tahir as my best song yet.)

    But I am nervous about this song because it came to a point during the post-production of this song where I went, "Screw it! I am doing this for me. For once." This is not my usual approach of "what-is-best-for-the-singer" and "how-do-I-make-it-a-hit-song."

    This time, I just almost didn't care about that. Can they sing this song live? Is the song too big for relatively new singers? Is it too complex? Is it too much for the local market where the majority are used to sing-along songs with five chords?

    My answer? Who gives a flying fvck!

    And because of that, it has caused me to lose a few nights of sleep. And I am now a bundle of nerves. But I am prepared if this song fails and people say it's a "syok sendiri" song for me.

    So far, NO ONE has said they like the song except the manager of the singer, which may very well be a courtesy compliment. Or maybe the daring of the song makes for good potential entertainment as to what will happen once the fairly conservative music label who paid for this song hears the final version of the song.

    And when I say NO ONE, I mean, NO ONE.

    It's the usual diplomatic "Personally, I like the song BUT I don't think the market will get it."

    That's another way of saying, "I don't want to offend you in case I need songs from you in the future, but this song really sucks ass. I don't know what you are trying to prove. Next."

    So this here is part of the song. It's a duet between Ebi (from Akademi Fantasia) and Nikki.

    You may not be able to tell from this edited version of the song, but it's the story of Romeo and Juliet. I wanted it to be an epic ballad and have it sound almost like a musical. I had two of my favourite lyricists, Ad Samad and Nurfatima to write the parts. Ad wrote Romeo's parts and Nur wrote Juliet's parts.


    Because it has never been done before.

    No. Really. Why Audi?

    OK. I was bored out of my skull. Bored of boring songs. And bored with the ballads we have on radio.

    And that's the story. I may have gone overboard. But I am praying for a breakthrough and hopefully have the captains of the music and media industries say "Wow! We have underestimated our local music market. Let us retire and let new young people take over. Clearly, we don't know what we are doing anymore."

    Anyway, I am not fishing for compliments with this song. So go easy with the comment box unless it is constructive. The only thing you can do for me is to request for this song on the radio, download it and play it repeatedly to everyone you know, and have karaoke sessions with this song.

    I am on a mission.

    Please like this song!

    Thursday, February 28, 2008

    There's this Forbes list of Asia's most "generous and interesting" philanthropists. (I don't know what constitutes "interesting" when giving money but I am sure Forbes knows best.) Anyway, four Malaysians made the list: Syed Mokhtar, Hishamudin Ubaidulla, Zaid Ibrahim, and Amar Leonard Linggi Tun Jugah.

    Then there's the other Forbes' list of richest people on the planet. Nine Malaysians made the list. Still at number 1, Robert Kuok. Then followed by Ananda Krishnan, Lim Goh Tong, Syed Mokthar, Teh Hong Piow, Quek Leng Chan, Lee Shin Cheng, Yeoh Liong Lay, and Tiong Hiew King.

    We have seven out of nine of the richest in the world being Chinese. But zero when it comes to being generous.

    Before all you rich Chinese people piss all over me, I know, maybe the rich do give their money away but perhaps it was "interesting" enough for Forbes to be recognised. Or probably, they do give. A lot. But they don't tell the world about it. Or they give anonymously or through their businesses as tax write-offs. Or maybe they are Christians, and Jesus did say that if you give, don't announce it to the world. (I read Francis Yeoh saying something like that.)

    Whatever the case, we can argue either way. But this list just makes the Chinese look bad. No wonder people hate rich Chinese people.

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008

    I actually feel sick last week on Wednesday. I rarely fall sick (which is actually a lie!) and I've not been to a doctor in years. But I feel ill from "that flu/cough/fever bug that has been going around". That seems to be the default response from a person when you tell them you are sick these days. Then they will tell me who else in their office is sick. Let's all then get together and party?

    Anyway, I am feeling better now but let me tell you the impressive output I've had while I was sick. I am not talking about creative works (although I can argue that point to be true), I am talking about phlegm.

    This is the first one out and the first sign of recovery. This little klump of phelgm brought a little joy to my otherwise dull day.

    I apologise for the next picture due to its poor picture quality. I was driving and I coughed. And with the cough, I felt this huge gunk follow through. At that point, I had two options: Either do the China-Ah-Beng thing by rolling the window down and spit OR swallow it. Spitting was not really an option for me for one reason. I am not a good spitter. It might backfire on me and I will get the spit on my car, or worse, a failed spit with phelgm running down my mouth, chin and neck.

    Unfortunately, I went for hidden option three, which is to open my mouth to have a look in the rear view mirror. And when I did that, out it came and it landed on my mouth. Exhibit B:

    Check that that impressive texture and volume! I now look forward to my mornings!

    Monday, February 18, 2008

    Things I Know Now I Wish I Knew 15 Years Ago

    1. Invest my money in the stock market early. It is ignorance when a person says that the stock market is risky and that I can lose everything. The stock market is the best investment tool for someone in their early 20s given their time horizon. It starts with RM500.

    2. The fundamental challenge with business in Malaysia is that the population is just too small for ideas and concepts from developed market that I read or hear about.

    3. The secret to life is finding that balance between family and work/love and money. Folk songs and movies on the Hallmark channel already tell us this.

    4. There is no quick or easy to legally get rich. It all boils down to hard work and not getting enough sleep. Every time I gave up, or changed jobs, or changed my goals, I was actually looking for an easier way.

    5. 85% of the problems in my relationships are because of me. Not the other person.

    6. The whole concept of “keeping my options open” is a waste of time. See Point 4.

    7. It’s always my fault. There is no one else to blame but myself. At the very least, I have to blame myself for following or trusting someone without cause. I spent the larger part of my 20s blaming others for the way the world turns.
    8. 95% of my pride and confidence is really arrogance.
    9. 98% of the things that I thought mattered, really did not matter after all.
    10. There is a God.

    Sunday, February 17, 2008

    I realise that this may be dated but c'mon McDonald's! 20 sen from every Shrek Cushy Pal sold will be donated to RMCC? TWENTY SEN? Are you sure you can breakeven now with that kind of generosity?

    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    True story. But I am not sure if I am even allowed to post this picture here.

    Anyway, my love to Omar and Ning! Congratulations!

    Perhaps not many people know this but Ning and I are good friends. Never mind about the singing thing and all that show business nonsense. Just as a human being, she is one of the nicest and fun people to have around. If there is one person that you'd want to have around on a down day, it is Ning. She will take you back to the day where you'd be running around naked as a child in the backyard without a care in the world. Of course, most of you out there won't get to see "that Ning" since you're probably not worthy. So she is one person I really want to see happy in life because she deserves it. The only thing that would probably suck a little is that she probably won't have time to go eat crab with me now. Even if we go, Omar will come along and he will hog all the claws of the crab. But I still love them anyway.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008

    Michael, We're not going to fight about this OK?

    Paul, I think I told ya. I'm a lover not a fighter.

    Ahhh....I've heard it all before Michael. She told me that I was her forever lover you konw, don't you remember?

    Well, after lovin' me she said she couldn't love another.

    Is that what she said?

    Yes and she said, "You keep dreamin..."

    All that my heart, ladies and gentlemen. And that's probably the only time we will see the word "doggone" used in the lyrics of a song without the listener bursting out in laughter.

    Ahhhh....if only Michael Jackson were black again. The good old days.