Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mukhsin's the name



There was a press screening of the award-winning film on Tuesday at GSC Mid Valley and after hinting several times at the organizers, I received an invitation eventually (Thanks Iesta! I’ve got the ‘stuff’ you requested, come over when you’re free).

The who’s who of the local entertainment industry was there: David Teo, Osman Ali, Fatimah Abu Bakar’s entire clan (73 pax), Habsah Hassan, Ning Baizura and of course, Yasmin and her cast and crew.

Anyway, in return for that last minute invite, I am obligated to blog about the movie. But since there were other qualified bloggers in attendance, I have no doubt they’ll come up with much better reviews that contain fancy words such as keanggunan sinematografi, kebobrokan politik and fatamorgana (maybe not the last one).

I’ll stick to the simple stuff.

Mukhsin’s a story bout this boy, Mukhsin (duh), who hooks up with cutie Orked after first laying eyes on her at a kampong playground. He’s 12, she’s 10. They then climb some trees, fly some kites and basically bum around during the school holidays.

Things then get a little touchy then (literally and figuratively) and soon they were no longer climbing trees and flying kites because it's kinda complicated emotionally. Oh yeah, there’s also a cool Vespa somewhere in there.

So if you’ve always liked Yasmin’s stories and the way her movies look, make sure you buy a ticket when Mukshin opens on March 8th.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The 7 Coolest Things Of The Past 7 Days

1. Liverpool conquer Barcelona in the Champions League
A round of golf could do wonders for a team, apparently.

2. Vince McMahon and Donald Trump to fight at this year’s Wrestlemania
The loser will have to shave his hair. This is what happens when Warga Emas feud. Won’t be pretty…

3. Orlando Bloom goes green
The dude’s “constructing an environmentally friendly home in London, complete with solar panels on the roof and energy-efficient light bulbs”. No, hobbits aren’t building it.

4. Another Focker movie on the cards
Are you ready to meet the little Fockers? This just never gets old.

5. Basic Instinct 2 cleans up at the awards!
Golden Raspberry Awards, that is… The Sharon Stone flick picked up 4 trophies including Worst Picture and Worst Actress. The woman can get no love these days…

6. Velvet Revolver release videoblog
Watch Slash and co’s antics as they record new album due out in June. Visit kissourassaxlrose.com. No, it’s actually velvetrevolver.com.

7. Carmen Electra’s officially divorced and single again
I can already smell a reality show coming.

Friday, February 23, 2007

The (first ever) Pop Report

* Your weekly pop culture, er, report

It was an easy week for goss-gatherers the world over as Britney Spears went on a psycho-streak that included checking herself into rehab (twice), shaving her head bald and, according to some, attempted suicide (also twice). I can safely say that Britney has now become one of those figures guys imagine when they need to tame an unwanted hard-on: “Garbage, grandma’s false teeth, Britney Spears… good boy.”

I want this Britney…



















Yes, with the snake and everything.

Apparently, there’s been a leak of one of GNR’s Chinese Democracy’s tracks on the web recently. Yawn. There was a time when I get hysterical by the mere mention of Axl Rose and his “upcoming album”. But it’s been 73 years. I don’t bloody care anymore. Unless it’s really in the stores this year…

On the local front, the hook-up of the moment seems to be the one involving Hans Isaac and Erra Fazira. Dude apparently gave the former Ms Malaysia a Rolex watch for her birthday but she says it was only a gift from a good friend. Hans, we’re good friends, aren’t we? Where’s my freakin’ Aquaracer? But my own sources say that there’s indeed something going on here. Watch this space. That’s a pun right there. Get it? Ha ha.

And speaking of hook-ups, AF1 champ Vince was recently spotted, um, meeting up with hot Hannah Tan who was hotly decked in hot pants at the Curve. It was a hot day indeed. Phew!

20th Feb marked the late great Kurt Cobain’s 40th birthday, and most music-based websites appropriately ran tributes in his honour. I still remember vividly that moment when I heard Smells Like Teen Spirit for the very first time. It was in a hostel room and I was completely blown away. I even remember what I said then. “Shit! Siapa ni?” I was sold. Strangely, I can’t quite recall where I was when I heard the news of his suicide. I guess that’s just how I always want to remember Kurt; for the incredible music that he made, rather than his sad and tragic ending…

American Idol semis got underway and the boys flopped big time. And I think I’ve seen the worst goatee ever in the history of facial hair (Dave Navarro included). Sundance, please take a bow. And Sanjaya, your sister kencing-ed you, dude. That wasn’t a good song for you, and you know it. Paul Kim, ATT Kala-ok called. They want you to come back.

That’s it for this week. Are you enjoys?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Meeting Mr. Wright

My first encounter with the world's most famours traveller, Ian Wright actually took place in the loo of the Sheraton Imperial Hotel back in 2001. I was taking a piss when the guy walked in, mumbled something with a cigarette in his mouth, and took up the stall next to mine. Definitely wasn’t the kind of first meeting I had imagined. But it quickly got ‘normal’ as Wright and us press people were ushered into a seminar room for a group interview.

Scruffy and bubbly, what you see of him on TV is what you get in person, which made the interview pretty easy ‘cos he gave good and long quotes. The dream interviewee. He was as sporting when it came to the photo-shoot. Wright chomped on a rambutan skin and snaked his way through some plants, just for the benefit of our cameras.

A couple of years later Wright returned to Malaysia and I got a one-on-one with him, this time at the magnificent Mandarin Oriental Hotel. His energy was endless, and the interview was another easy one to do. Again, he was quite the sport when it came to the photo-shoot. Although our time was up, Wright was more than willing to find the perfect bush for us to snap this particular shot…




Excerpts of my interview first published in the Sept 2003 of issue NewMan magazine

Your show used to be called Lonely Planet. Do you think we’re the only planet in the galaxy with intelligent beings?We’re intelligent? My God! Ha ha! I don’t think about it too much but I do believe there are loads of planets and galaxies with beings like us out there.

So you’re a believer?
Well everyone loves UFOs and aliens but I’ve never seen anything myself.

Now you can go to the moon as a tourist. What do you think of that?Yeah, it’s great for people with shitloads of money. Just to be in space and look back at the earth through a hole is just amazing.

What’s the biggest myth in the world?
That we live in a classless society. Absolute rubbish. On the lighter side, there’s this myth that the Japanese go to Canada to shag under the northern lights for better fertility. If you go to Canada, everyone tells you the same thing. We went up there with 40 Japanese people and we were like, “So, is it really true?” And they had no idea. It’s all rubbish! And it’s even in the Lonely Planet guidebook. There’s loads of myths like that actually. I love it.

Have you been somewhere you just thought: “Screw everything else, I just wanna stay here forever and ever”?Yeah, but it never really worked that way. Ha ha! I love cold countries like Greenland and Alaska. I could live there for quite a while. But I love England. I love the change in seasons and I’ve got all my mates and family there. It’d be hard to live anywhere else. And because I travel a lot, I need something solid to come back to.

Ever been treated like a king?Yeah, every country I go to! Look at me now; people serving me drinks and food at this fine hotel. It’s outrageous.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without changing underwear?I’m not sure, but when I was a kid I was worse! I went weeks without changing.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Ring The Alarm!

They’ve finally got Beyonce in a swimsuit shoot! All thanks to Sports Illustrated. The dreamgirl is the star of SI’s swimsuit ‘Music Issue’ and what a debut it is.


My professional verdict? Excellent hair and location! And, ahem, the other stuff looks great as well.

Sidetracking a bit, did you know that back in 2000, SI actually shot its swimsuit issue in swanky Pangkor Laut? I caught the show on TV and my jaw dropped. They even transported some animals from the Taiping Zoo to make it look even more exotic, and the likes of Heidi Klum and Daniela Pestiova were all there.

Back to Beyonce, she's definitely a frontrunner for any Sexiest list this year. Jay-Z, she's definitely irreplaceable, dude...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Co-his-cidence?

Yesterday I posted about ‘his’, a local men’s magazine that existed some 10 years ago that rocked the morality boat.

Today, I flipped open the pages of The Sun, and saw this…

A supplement for guys (duh), The Sun’s HIS is published every second Wednesday of the month. Not sure if this is the first issue, but I sure have never come across it before.

Anyway, the content is fairly safe and predictable – gadgets, fashion, personality and health. No swimsuit pictorials and no features along the lines of, “Do Women Masturbate?”… How exciting.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Remember (t)his?


I surely do. Before FHM landed here and stirred all sorts of, um, discomfort, this little magazine shocked and delighted (alert) Malaysian males during its one-year existence some 10 years ago.

First off, look at that cheeky masthead. That’s a sperm dotting the ‘i’. A sperm!

Now, read the cover-lines of the inaugural issue above. ‘Do women masturbate?’ ‘Wet Dreams’. ‘Andrea’s Ready To Play. What About You?’. Holy it’s-so-not-appropriate-for-conservative-Malaysia, Batman! And yes, the articles WERE as saucy as the cover-lines wanted people to believe!

That issue also featured a 10-page swimsuit pictorial shot in – would you believe it – Templer Park.
So it was no wonder that the editor Ms Helena Hon was hauled up by the almighty KDN. The sperm disappeared after issue 3 (boo! hiss!) and the saucy stuff was then greatly minimized, to put it mildly.

Helena’s a good friend of mine who worked for Men’s Review (MR) before launching EM (Exclusively Male) in 1995, a classy men’s mag that had Esquire ambitions. She was the one who gave me my first break so to speak, by hiring me as a freelancer writer (and model, in fact; but more of that some other time).

After EM came to an abrupt end (magazines generally have a rather short lifespan here in Malaysia), I remember her talking about producing a completely different sort of men’s mag – a straight up trashy and sexy rag with no apologies attached. And that’s what Helena eventually came up with in the form of ‘his’, which was short for ‘his intellectual supplement’. Yeah, the irony was indeed intended.

She also managed to convince quite a number of big-name babes to grace the cover including Paula Malai Ali, Camelia and Lina Teoh. I doubt if Camelia would even think about posing for such a rag now, seeing how she’s turned into a style icon.

Oh yeah, that inaugural issue with all those fantastic features and pictures sold out within days and had to be re-printed; something that doesn’t happen that often in the local publishing industry. The mamak vendors were truly happy.

I wrote the occasional feature story for ‘his’ and maintained a regular column called Dry Wit, using a pseudonym though, since I had a different sort of day job back then. I will definitely post some of the pieces here in the future.

For now, I’m thinking of putting that classic first issue up for auction. Bidding starts at RM100. Anyone?

Monday, February 12, 2007

The 7 Coolest Things Of The Past 7 Days

1. Papa Jahat mania
Google it! NOW. And I don’t mean the song.

2. Borat the movie to get a sequel
Wowoweewa! But no more naked fat slobs, please.

3. Jessica Simpson turns brunette
To escape the dumb blonde tag, apparently. No, it doesn’t quite work that way Jess.

4. Liverpool bought over by Yanks
Now the Reds can buy Shevchenko. Kidding!

5. Malaysia a one-trillion trading nation
But somehow I don’t feel so rich. Do you?

6. Six Nations rugby
Sure beats watching that other brutal sport on Supersport – handball.

7. UK’s Daily Mirror re-launches website
But where are the babes??

Friday, February 09, 2007

Claim To Fame : Got Choked by The Big Show


Me: Can we take a picture?
Big Show: Sure.
Me: Can you choke me?
Big Show: What? You sure?
Me: Yeah, it’s gonna be coo…errrkkkkkkkkk
Big Show: Ha ha! I hope I didn’t hurt you.
Me: Er… no. Thanks du… eeeeerkkkkk (snap!)

Standing at 7’1” and weighing 500lbs, WWE superstar The Big Show looks even more monstrous in person. I got the opportunity to meet up with the man when he was in town for a promo tour back in 2001.

The interview location was at the old KL Hilton and as I entered the presidential suite, I saw this mountain of a man sitting at the dining table devouring a spread big enough to feed the entire population of SS2. He had burgers, fries, pizzas, pastas, drinks as well as some local food on the table.

When I asked him what his diet was, Mr. Show replied: “I’m on a seafood diet. I see food and eat.” Ha ha.

Excerpts of the interview first published in the Sept. 2001 issue of Men’s Review:

What’s the most inconvenient part about being such a big man?
Small cars and small chicks! My fiance’s got a 2001 corvette convertible and I have to squeeze into it like hell. My head will be sticking out on the side like a gangster… I love her car but there’s no way in hell I’ll be able to go farther than 10 miles without cramping.

How do you remain friends with people who whack you on the head with chairs?
Well, it depends. If somebody splits my head open, I’m not going to be too happy about it! But seriously, it’s business. Trust me, you want a friend to whack you on the head with a chair, rather than have an enemy do it. It’s a business and it’s part of what we do. We’re paid to do it and nothing in that ring is about anger. I pretend to be bad and angry but there was never ever an instance when I really wanted to hurt a guy or something,

The hardest manuever you have to perform?
Lacing up my boots! There are a lot of laces for me to tie up.

Would you trade this for anything else?
No way. I wanted to play pro basketball but I never had the ability. And I had doubts about if I really wanted to do that all my life. But since I’m in this business, I always say to myself, “I’m thankful that I’m here and I love this.” Sometimes I feel like I’m the luckiest man on the planet since I’m being paid to do what I love.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Party’s Over For FHM US…

Can’t believe I completely missed this bit of news! I was at One Utama a couple of days ago when I saw the latest FHM US issue on the newsstand with the incredible cover-line – LAST ISSUE EVER!

Apparently, the announcement was made way back in mid-December and the current March issue was closed before the New Year.

With a monthly circulation of 1.25m copies, FHM has always been no 2 behind Maxim in the US, a totally different scenario from the UK where FHM outsells all competitors combined every single month, Maxim included. The closure was attributed to “the difficult trading conditions in the US market.”

Personally, because FHM landed on our shores a bit later, I was instantly hooked on Maxim US since I bought the first copy at this place in the basement of Kotaraya. Baywatch was still the TV show for adult young men then and Maxim delivered the likes of Carmen Electra and Gena Lee Nolin to us, usually wrapped in the most minimal of clothings.

But then came FHM Malaysia which delivered the same stuff with a local touch (this was before the whole Ning Baizura curse), and I simply switched from paying RM22.50 to RM8.80. And when I started working for FHM, the US edition became one of my favourites for its true life features, sports stories and funny interviews. Okay, okay… and the big brigade of babes as well lah.

But one of the true highlights of FHM US for me was the discovery of one Vida Guerra (which has her own separate link on the website) – via a lingerie shoot back in 2002. With body parts you’ve got to see to believe, Vida’s now a model, actress and most recently, recording artiste. All made possible by the support and affection (let’s just call it that, okay?) of millions of FHM readers.

The good news though is that the online version, fhmonline.com, will live on and deliver the sexy, funny and useful from Bushland.

To the editor Scott Gramling and team, thanks for the awesome issues and stay sexy always dudes!

Monday, February 05, 2007

The 7 Coolest Things Of The Past 7 Days

1. Team Malaysia wins Amazing Race Asia
Congrats to Datuk Joe Jer & Datuk Zab! Ahem.

2. US hit TV series Heroes finally here
Cool is the only word to describe it.

3. Windows Vista launched locally
WOW – look at the price tag!

4. Jennifer Aniston denies getting a boob job
“It’s all mine,” she says. Angelina Jolie’s watching this space, though. Meanwhile…

5. Alyssa Milano continues to charm us
Nice, um, sunglasses! *Pic from Perezhilton.com


6. Van Halen and David Lee Roth to reunite and tour again
Millions of fans jump for joy.

7. Astro’s Raja Lawak
An excellent show not to be missed! Hahahahahaha

Friday, February 02, 2007

Claim To Fame : Rocked Out at the HRC!

It was the ‘alternative period’ and the gig scene was pretty raw and roaring. And nowhere was it more happening than the Hard Rock CafĂ© in the heart of KL. Naturally, that was where my buds and I hung out almost every single night.

One of our favourite bands then was an outfit from the Philippines called Braun Awt. And thanks to them, I got to get up on stage and rock out Green Day and Offspring stuff to full-house crowds on almost every weekend during their 2-month stint.

In fact, I actually made a promise to myself that whatever it was I’d be doing in the future, I’d take one month off in my life to play a proper gig at the HRC someday. I just need to learn some new chords, though…

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