Monday, October 22, 2018

"Lihatlah" Launched!



The project began back in March 2018 when Vince (Chong, AF1 winner and my frequent collaborator back in the day), asked me if I'd like to write the lyrics to a song for a new and upcoming singer, who's also one of his vocal class students, Yazmin Aziz. I did a quick research and found out that she's part Malaysian, part Filipino, and she's only 16!

But looking through her YouTube videos, it's clear to me that she'd been singing for a while, and yes, she looked and sounded very mature for her age. Yazmin had won one of the top prizes for a competition called "Bakat Ohsem Malaysia", organised by hurr.tv, and now the latter had snapped her up as their artiste.

The song was co-written by Yazmin and Vince, and she had also written the lyrics in English. So they emailed me that version, and I started working on interpreting the story in the song and came up with a couple of drafts for "Lihatlah". My brief was to make it simple, yet heartfelt and memorable. After some touchups, they went into the studio and recorded it a few months back.

And when I first heard it, I was damn excited. Yazmin has a great tone and she sings with soul. Vince and the team did a magnificent job as well with the mix and instrumentation for "Lihatlah"

And so, this past 5th of October, "Lihatlah" was officially launched! It was held at the Warner Music Malaysia office (Warner is the distribution partner), and I could see how impressed the guests and the press were when Yazmin sang the song live for the first time!



The music video was also launched later in the day, and comments have been generally excellent.


So, look out world! "Lihatlah" is just the beginning for Yazmin Aziz. Hopefully hurr.tv will have the good sense to record a full album. Haha.

In the meantime, listen to "Lihatlah" on Spotify, Apple Music, Joox, etc. And do check out the launch coverage here, here and here.



Friday, August 10, 2018

My 7 Favourite Skyscrapers

I'm not a fan of heights, but I AM a fan of super structures and skyscrapers. And in conjunction with The Rock's latest film, here's the list of my favourite skyscrapers (that I've been to):


The Empire State Building, New York
Spent a few hours in New York City back in 2000, and this was the first thing I did after getting off the Greyhound bus. Didn't have much time, so I just admired it from the ground and asked some random mat salleh to snap my pic (fanny pack and all, haha).




Taipei IOI, Taipei
It was a rainy afternoon when I arrived in Taipei that day in 2003, but I was in awe when I first saw the building from inside the cab. It was near the hotel where I stayed , so took the chance to get up close and personal as well. I remember a similar shopping mall to KLCC there but not much more.



Eiffel Tower, Paris
My first visit was in 2010, but it was more memorable when I brought along the fam a year later. We stayed near the Gare du Nord and took the City Sightseeing Bus. I remember the bus taking a turn somewhere, and voila! - the Eiffel Tower was in our sights. Waaaahhh, was pretty much how we reacted : )




The Shard, London
There was a (short) period of time in my life when I would open the window every morning, and I could see this 72-storey magnificent structure.




Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne
Went up the 300-m Eureka Skydeck back in 2012. A great way to see most of Melbourne, definitely.






The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Yes, of course. Even after all these years, you still can't get your eyes off it. Especially when it's all lit up at night. Sayangi Malaysiaku!



Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Ah, the tallest building in the world! And we went right up to the 124th floor this past January. It's really an awesome experience! You get a cool guided tour on the ground floor, and it actually takes only ONE MINUTE on the super-fast elevator to get to the top! And what a view from there! Totally worth the experience : )







Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hey Look, I'm On Radio!

I've done radio interviews a few times in my lifetime, and each time I'd think, "Damn, this is no easy thing." Even after I've done 'live' TV hosting, especially with "Malaysia Hari Ini", and also those Steve Jobs-style product launches, I have always maintained that radio would still be the hardest for me. 

BUT that didn't stop me from taking up the opportunity given by Mr Radio himself, Halim Othman.
Halim is currently presenting on Suria FM for the sports-based program Grandstand. And since the end of last year, he had wanted me to be his partner! But it only came to fruition a couple of months ago, and now I'm a regular guest presenter on Grandstand!



I never felt comfortable sitting in a radio conti before. I felt like it was just too cramped, and you're basically isolated from everyone else. Unlike TV where the set is usually bigger and you have a crew fussing over everything, I always felt like it was a tougher proposition to conjure up the energy sitting all alone, or even with a partner.

But yeah, I took up the challenge. For one, I know Halim really well, and we are pretty much on the same wavelength. Our conversations have always been interesting, if I may say so myself. Haha. But this was also a challenge for him. He took this an opportunity for HIM to learn what he wants in a co-presenter, and so he's been guiding and coaching me accordingly.



And yeah, so far I've enjoyed the journey tremendously! The show is on every Sunday 10am to 12pm, and in that two hours we jam for 7-8 talksets. It's a mix between planned conversations and what come up spontaneously. Of course it helps that it's a sports show, and personally I have a LOT to say every time lah : ) What more with the World Cup now!

Not sure how long I will be doing this gig, but it's been an awesome ride so far. Only this past weekend we had someone saying, "Buat radio ni macam relax je kan?" Well, if only! I mean on TV, you might get away with things cos it's a visual medium, but your words obviously come out clearer on radio. Not that you are not allowed any mistakes tho.

So, do tune in to Grandstand! If you're not in your car, it's also online or just download the Suria app!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

3 Days In JB

Yup, it had to happen lah. A vlog on my own beloved hometown, JB : )


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