Thursday, March 31, 2011

American Idol 2011: Top 11 Show (Again)

And so, we had the same Top 11 people going at it another time tonight, this time around singing hits by Elton John. And again, they mostly delievered, with no absolute disasters dished out. Which makes it even sadder that two unfortunate finalists will be sent home tomorrow...
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Scotty McCreery
Just when I thought the dude would finally be forced to go pop, he managed to find that ONE country song from Elton John's songbook. So of course, McCreery cruised yet again. Which also means he will easily pick up enough votes from the Red states to progress into the top 9.
7/10 .

Naima Adedapo
A bold idea to give "I'm Still Standing" a reggae treatment, but yet again, Naima punched above her weight. Raggae's more than just about the accent lah dik. You gotta bring soul into the simplicity and that's where she was found terribly lacking. The Stool 'O' Doom awaits.
6/10 .

Paul McDonald
"Rocket Man"'s a great song, but probably not a good competition tune. It could be part of a concert set, but it won't blow anyone away in 90 seconds. And dude, I love that suit, but cranking it out another time reeks of desperation. A below average night for Mr. McDonald for sure.
6/10 .

Pia Toscano
I promised to ignore her if she did a another ballad, so... .

Stefano Langone
He needed to deliver 120% this week and sadly, he didn't do it. I blame the song choice and the weird arrangement. His only hope is for his fanbase to beg and plead their friends to give pretty boy another chance.
6/10 .

Lauren Alaina
I had lost interest completely in the country gal, but whaddya know, she completely nailed "Candle In The Wind". Lauren's technically sound, and when she gets the right feel, I must admit she's capable of producing her fair share of highlights.
9/10 .

James Durbin
Sure, he's a real showman, and his whole performance of "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" was quite a spectacle complete with a burning piano, but there wasn't much singing, to be honest. Still, I expect him to get enough votes to escape the stools.
6/10 .

Thia Meghia
In the bottom three last week, Miss Vanilla decided to... stay exactly the same. Boring dress, safe song choice and I predict the verdict for her won't be any different as well.
5/10 .

Casey Abrams
It was really the moment of truth for the bearded wonder... and he passed the test with flying colours! Great song choice with "Your Song", and it was wonderful how he decided (or forced to?) just sing the song. The trademark growl came out a bit towards the end, but instead of being a gimmick, it gave a good balance to the tender theme of the 90 seconds.
9/10 .

Jacob Lusk
The Method Singer (got such thing ah?), picked out a song that allowed him to showcase his crybaby face yet again, and I think this would be the last time people would let it slide. Which means, he will survive tomorrow night, but not beyond that. You can cry for real then, dude.
6/10 ..

Haley Reinhart
Haley's learning to play the game, and the result can only get better each week for her. Devoid of the X factor at the start of the finals, she's proven to be a fighter and is adding stuff to her whole persona (yup, including the hair). Like I said, she's got a great voice, and when she applies that bluesy quality to the right song, she earns yet another week of survival.
8/10 .

My prediction: Naima, Stefano, Paul and Thia to be in the bottom FOUR. Thia and Stefano (although I hope I'm wrong on this one), to go home.

Friday, March 25, 2011

American Idol 2011: Top 11 Show

So, confession time. I slept during most of the performances last night. No, not cos the kids were super boring, but I was just plain tired lah. Early mornings, you know.

Anyway, I thought it was a rather decent show overall. There were no real disasters, but then again, no one really reached the heights Stefano and Pia have so far this season.

BUT, it was indeed another bad night for the judges. Seriously, Steven Tyler is fast losing his cool, no, his MOJO, with generic comments and some random word plays thrown in. Come on, dude, reach down deep inside and look for what we call "honesty". It's not that hard, really.

Anyway, again I'd like to just highlight some of my favourite and least favourite performances from the Motown show last night (btw, can we retire this theme already???):

Least Favourites

Thia Meghia
Took on "Heatwave", but I just got a cold feeling at the end of it. Thia lacked punch (as always), and somehow, everytime she sang the very title, "heatwave", it became weaker and weaker. The only thing that's keeping her in are the Asian votes, but don't think she'll survive it tonight.
5/10

Stefano Langone
Nooooo! My favourite from last week, might be saying goodbye with a below-par rendition of "Hello". Didn't like the arrangement, and his ad-libing actually dug him into a deeper hole.
6/10

Lauren Alaina
Wearing a Kirstie Alley dress, Lauren is fast becoming the new Haley. Very plain and blah.
6/10

Favourites

Casey Abrams
Looking like an Irish Amish dude(is that even possible?), Casey showcased his originality again with a sold rendition of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". But yeah, he does need to dial down the growls and screams a little bit.
8/10

Pia Toscano
Yup, another ballad, but boy did she deliver. But seriously, seriously, this is the last pass I'm giving her. Another ballad next week and I won't even write about you, gal.
8/10

Prediction:
Thia, Stefano and Lauren in the bottom three. Thia to take the bus home.

P.S.: Gordon Ramsay, you're a real ass!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rebecca Black Friday (There's A Pun Somewhere In There, But I Won't Even Bother)

So, after days of resisting the temptation, I finally checked out what the fuss was all about, re: Rebecca Black. What I knew was that she had a song on Youtube and people were saying it was ("super f***ing") bad. To tell you the truth, I actually gave her the benefit of a doubt. I really thought it was people taking the piss of another tenny bopper pop star just because... Until I played the video... Then I got confused. Then sad. Then mad. Then amused. Then confused again. Then sad again...

OK, you get the picture. I wasn't sure if this was a spoof of anything, or that it was a legitimate song and music video. Turns out, it's actually the latter. Which made me confused. Then sad. Then mad... OK, OK, you get the picture. I mean, there's a big difference between being cheesy and just being bad. And Becca's BAD. With a Capital B. I refuse to waste more time searching for literature on the origins of the song, but whatever it is, I can't imagine there's a real explanation for the atrocious lyrics....

Here are some excerpts: Kickin’ in the front seat Sittin’ in the back seat Gotta make my mind up Which seat can I take? Duduk jelah mana2! Tak payah buat lagu, hokaaayyy??? More excerpts (and please be prepared to be dumbfounded): Yesterday was Thursday, ThursdayToday i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’) We-we-we so excited We so excited We gonna have a ball today Tomorrow is Saturday And Sunday comes after...wards I don’t want this weekend to end I know, she makes ALL of us sound like Shakespeare.

And the lyrics are not even the worst thing about Becca. The worst thing about Becca is Becca herself. Can't sing for nuts, her voice has been autotuned to sound like Twiki from Buck Rogers. Only Twiki had more personality and style. I hate to do this, but I must now subject all of you to this mess. Go on, do it!!!  

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Monday, March 21, 2011

MHI Special: Back to IIU

So, last Friday was a very special episode of MHI (especially for me), when we broadcasted 'live' from International Islamic University in Gombak. For those who don't know me that well, IIU's my alma mater, the place where I spent six (good and bad) years of my life from 1989 to 1995.
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But none of those six years were actually spent in the sprawling campus in Gombak (covering over 700 acres of land). For the early intakes (the university itself was established in 1983), life was pretty hard in IIU, actually.
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When I entered the matriculation program, our "campus" was at section 15 in Subang Jaya, where Inti and Taylor's are located now. The hostel consisted of shophouses that accommodated 16-20 people per room.
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Second year of matriculation saw us shifting to Lembah Pantai after taking over the Institut Bahasa premises. It was rather okay, except that for one semester, we had to be relocated to Section 8, Shah Alam (near Bukit Cerakah, for crying out loud!). So every morning we had to take a charter bus and if we missed it, it meant us having to ponteng for the day!
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Finally when I got to the actual 4-year law degree program, we moved to the campus in Petaling Jaya. But as the university grew, and more and more student were admitted without really considering the facilities available, it became quite uncomfortable, both with the hostel and classroom situations.
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Anyway, maybe I'll write more about those wonder years in the future, but back to last Friday's espisode, I was thrilled to see the beautiful campus which I last visited maybe 10 years ago.
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As usual, we started at 6.30am, and in no time at all, we had a decent crowd flocking to the Business Centre to have a look at how a live morning show was done.
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From another point of view, I was rather surprised by what I saw of IIU during the broadcast. They had various arts and culture groups that were represented by both sexes.
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And we also saw some other interesting types of activities like the silent march, muay thai and even yoyo-playing!
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Back to my earlier point, I found this to be surprising cos that wasn't the scenario 15-20 years ago. Still during its infancy, IIU saw a "battle" of sorts between those from religious schools and those from "secular" schools, like myself.
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I won't say this was a good or bad thing, it's just that it was quite an interesting period where the culture and philosophy of the university were still being formed and manifested by its students. Segregation of the sexes was very strict, and there was no way an angklung group with both sexes included could have been formed back then.
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I remember once M.Nasir was invited to give a talk and even that became a source of disagreement for many.
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But again, the feeling was very special for me last Friday, especially when I even got to interview the Rector. Never had I imagined back then that one day I'd be interviewing the IIU Rector 'live' on national TV!
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Indeed it was a real eye-opening and a special day for yours truly...
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Friday, March 18, 2011

American Idol 2011: TheTop 12 Show

Need to rush a bit, so for this week's review, I'll only be talking about my favourite 3 and least favourite 3 performances from last night...

Favourite 3

Stefano Langone
A good song choice ("If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Simply Red), and Stefano delivered the notes and emotion perfectly. Like Randy would say, "THIS is what's it all about babeee!". Stefano is really a contender and the best part is, he's still a long way from peaking. And hugging his mom at the end of the performance? Genuis! That's worth a few hundred thousand votes at the very least.
9/10
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Casey Abrams
It wasn't a perfect rendition of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" but it was genuine with a huge dash of crazy. And dude played the bass! Not a really frontman thing to do, but the risk really paid off.
8/10
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Pia Toscano
The arrangement in this case really helped the girl out. Just when I thougt, "aiya, another ballad is it?", the tempo was switched up and Pia got to showcase a slightly different side of her. Didn't like the baju though.
8/10
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Least Favourite 3
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Karen Rodriguez
I personally love the song ("Love Will Lead You Back") but again, Miss Congeniality was boring with a capital B. And what the hell was she wearing?
6/10
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Haley Reinhart
Oh man, sexy's not your game, girl, and the more you pout and gyrate, the more painful it became to watch. Seriously, her voice is not bad at all, but the lack of that crucial X factor would mean not many will find enough reasons to vote for her
6/10
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Naima Adedapo
Pitchy lah. Didn't like the arrangement as well.
5/10
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My predition:
Karen, Haley and Naima to be in the bottom three. Haley to go home.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Food, Glorious Food!: Special JB Edition (Banafee, Malay Village, Tepian Tebrau etc)

So, instead of lumping everything under the monthly edition, here comes a special edition of Food, Glorious Food! featuring some of the most delicious grub from my hometown of JB (that's "Johor Bahru", for the uninitiated).

But before I begin, let me just reiterate a point most Johoreans love to make: We have some of the best food ever in the history of the entire world! Hehe.

OK, let's start...
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Sedap Corner is a Johor-born chain of restaurants serving some very delicious local fare, including a delectable line-up of kuih muih.
One of my own favourites here is the fish head curry. Although on this particular trip, the fish wasn't that fresh, but the curry was still good.
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But like I said, you MUST try out the kuih. Slightly pricier than your typical makcik kuih joint, but you get 30% more taste as well.
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And speaking of kuih, the humble goreng pisang is taken to another level at Goreng Pisang Mawar at Jalan Sungai Chat (near Thistle Hotel).
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It's so good and so popular, we had to endure a half-hour queue just to get our paws on these babies. Best part? The sambal kicap for you to dip the pisang into. Memang berbaloi!
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And still at Jalan Sungai Chat and thereabouts, we strongly recommend Tip Top Ikan Bakar at Tepian Tebrau. What to try? Well, how about tahu bakar for starters? Some sotong would be nice as well.
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But the highlight should be these crabs (at RM15 a piece). The dish comes with these stupendous-tasting bread that you can't find elsewhere!
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Also near Jalan Sg Chat is this place that we discovered on this trip, Restoran Melayu Village. The place itself reminds me of places like Bora Asmara with gazebos and Bali-like decor.
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I've read some not so-good-reviews of the place, but I honestly think the whole experience wasn't that bad. The sambal udang petai was rather good, but the other dishes were quite average. So, overall, it was slightly above average.
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Another interesting place is Banafee Village at Jalan Dato' Abdul Tahir. This place on the other hand, reminds me of Rasta in Taman Tun, with a good blend of western and local dishes on offer.
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Banafee is famous for its Ayat Penyek (that's how it's spelt here), so naturally we just had to try it out. Verdict? Bagus! The chicken's tender and juicy and the sambal's got a distinctive kick. Recommended.
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We also tried out the Maharajah fried rice set which came with chicken, pickles, papadom and egg. Interesting, but only slightly above average.
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Something else on the menu that we just had to try was the sup tulang merah Singapura.
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It was red alright, but the rather strong taste was not quite for everyone. And WARNING: the red on the tulang might stick on your hand for days!
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So, amacam? See anything you like?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Senibong Seafood Adventure

So, I had made a mental note before coming home to JB this time around to visit this particular place that I've never ever been to before. In fact, I had never even heard about it until someone mentioned it a couple of months ago, i.e.: Kampung Senibong. Apparently, it's famous for its seafood with a stunning view to boot.

And so, after checking out the place on google maps, we confidently drove there which is near Permas Jaya. And really, with JB being one huge construction site now (more on that later), the drive itself was an adventure, what with various diversions, potholes and inaccurate signboards to negotiate.
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Seriously, it's nothing like driving up to Fremantle from Perth (don't laugh lah), which it really should be since Senibong COULD be a top tourist draw.

Anyway, when we finally got there around 6pm, we were greeted by the sight of various seafood joints on stilts. Woohoo! And yes, the view of Singapore and JB city itself in the distance were quite breathtaking.
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We chose a place called "Selera Senibong Seafood". What really enticed us was the lineup of impressive fresh seafood just at the entrance.
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We got a table by the Straits and proceeded to order; fish, squids, crabs, lala, vege and some other stuff. And by George, they were good!

The sotong goreng tepung was crunchy with a delicious batter. The dip was top notch as well.
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We also ordered lala and soup daging.
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But the highlight of the meal was definitely the ikan ketarap, i.e.: parrot fish.

Can't recall ever having this fish before but it's now in my Top 3 Best Fish Ever list. The isi was simply extraordinary; tender and somewhat sweet. And the way they steamed it made it even better.
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In case you're wondering, the bill only came up to RM135 including the drinks. Bargain!

By the time we finished up everything it was already sunset, so we got to enjoy a different view of the skyline.
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There were also some pasar malam-type shops selling toys, fake branded good etc.
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In case you're wondering, OF COURSE I'll be coming back! There are still a few other stalls to try out. Just hope the roads won't still be fit enough for the Camel Trophy challenge by then!

Friday, March 11, 2011

American Idol 2011 : The Top 13 Show

Yup, it's time for things to get serious, for both the contestants and judges. So how did they fare? Read on, peeps...

But oh, before that, I just wanna say that I liked how we get to see more behind-the-scenes stuff; the chatter with the producers, the rehearsals etc. Gives you more clues to the finalists' musical abilities and knowledge. Charlie Chapman? Fail lah, Thia...
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Anyway, here goes:

Lauren Alaina
The theme of last night's show was "your own musical idols", and predictably the country gal chose a Shania Twain song. Nothing wrong in that, except that it was a rather BORING Shania Twain tune that Lauren failed to add anything to. And what's with the face when Steven Tyler said it wasn't kickass enough? Think you so perfect, is it? Overall, very forgettable and the night did nothing to help Lauren in the "likeability" department.
6/10
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Casey Abrams
Just the opposite, Casey's take on Joe Cocker's "With A little Help From My Friends" DID kick ass and made him more and more likable with the audience. Best part? Steven Tyler had yet to use the word "beautiful" by then and instead pulled out two consecutive imaginative phrases, "rainbow of talent" and "plethora of passion". Well done. Both of you.
8/10
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Ashthon Jones
The "diva" chose Diana Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me", and really, she'd need a lot of love from America not to be dumped into the bottom three. The weird arrangement didn't help her, and neither did her vocal insufficiencies that were exposed tonight.
5/10
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Paul McDonald
Great jacket, and the "Drunken Master" showmanship is really growing on everyone. But picking an obscure Ryan Adams wasn't the wisest of decisions. And the key in the beginning was just a tad low for him.
7/10
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Pia Toscano
The frontrunner at this point of the game again looked stunning on stage altho I would have preferred a different song than what she dished out ("All By Myself" - slight yawn). Again she nailed the high notes and won the cheers of the audience. Solid job, but she should start thinking of breaking out of the ballad mode. And oh yeah, Steven finally said "Beautiful"! At least it felt relevant here.
8/10
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James Durbin
OK, OK, I'm starting to rethink my earlier assessment of the boy. With proper guidance, it looks like he may be able to add control to the colour that he already has. And the result was quite amazing, really. Good job (slight grudge can be detected here).
9/10
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Haley Reinhart
You DON'T yodel in a competition like this lah. Never. Yeah, she did a good job with LeeAnn Rimes "Blue" overall, but the yodeling and the whole... zzzzzzzzzzzzz
6/10
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Jacob Lusk
"I Believe I Can Fly" will always be a cliched song choice but I must say that he did keep me interested... for a few seconds. Then all hell broke loose; notes and panache forsaken, and when it all ended, I just wanted to scream in relief myself...
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Thia Megia
She made "Charlie Chapman" famous (whoever that is), but did herself no favours with a sleepy rendition of "Smile". The ridiculous arrangement didn't help her much either.
5/10
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Stefano Langone
Again, the arrangement bordered on the weird but Stefano delievered on the vocals for Stevie Wonder's "Lately". Not as strong as his wildcard performance, but Stefano will be... Safe!
8/10
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Karen Rodriguez
Miss Congeniality performed Selena's "I Could Fall In Love", and I think she must be devastated that she didn't do her idol any justice at all. If Steven can overuse the word "Beautiful", I'm more than happy to overuse "Boring" myself. Cos that's exactly what Karen was last night.
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Scotty McCreery
The theme was a real blessing for our country dude who had no problems whatsoever with Garth Brooks' "The River". But again, what will he do come Disco Week?
8/10
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Naima Adedapo
Really, her idol is Rihanna? Really? The reggae breakdown was cool tho, although if Simon was around, he'd definitely say: "It was an utter mess". And I would concur...
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My predition:
The bottom three should be occupied by Ashthon, Karen and Thia. Ashthon to go home.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

American Idol 2011 Top 13 : Here We Go!

So, after two months of audition drama, we've come to the serious part of the show. Not that the semifinal wasn't serious business, but this is when the lights get brighter and the smell of the crown grows stronger.

And so, here are my predictions as to how the Top 13 will end up. Feel free to disagree...


The "you can start packing your bags" group

Karen Rodriguez
So she sang in Spanish and looks like a trained beauty queen. But, boring lah. Can't stand the thought of her doing the beauty queen wave should she win the whole thing. But thank God she won't!

James Durbin
Not a fan since day one and although he did well in the semifinal, more will realize that he's just a poor man's Adam Lambert. Yawn. I mean... YAAAWWWW HAAWWNNNN (screaming).
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Thia Megia
Great voice, but low on personality. Will crack the Top 10 but nothing more than that.
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The "country outsiders" group

Scotty McCreery
First people took him seriously, then he sort of became a joke (for repeating that damn catchy song), then he became a contender again. The dude's a country boy thru and thru and will definitely get enough votes to make it into the Top 10. Top 8, even! But what's he gonna do come Disco Week?

Lauren Alaina
Sure she can really sing, and she has this really uncomfortable thing going on with Steven Tyler (he's 127, girl!), but there's also this "gedik" quality that doesn't go down well with me at least. And I'm not sure if she's capable of a Carrie Underwood "Alone" moment.
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The "I'm not so sure about these gals" group

Haley Reinhart
Great vocals, but lacking the X factor. Meh.

Naima Adedapo
A tad too loungy for my liking. And Simon would have agreed.

Ashthon Jones
Great hair and great voice. But the fact that she had to go thru the wildcard round shows that likeability might be a problem for her.

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The "holy cow, these guys are super talented but probably won't win it" group

Casey Abrams
Please don't boo me, dagnabit! I LOVE the dude! Damn talented, fun, funny and humble. But I just think that (and I'm not alone on this) Idol is going for more of a pop star winner, not another singer/songwriter type. Boo them, not me!

Paul McDonald
Same case with this guy. He's quirky with a wonderful voice. But probably a tad "old" to benefit from votes of outgoing contestants, which might be a problem if he doesn't have a strong fanbase on his own.

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The "put your money on these folks" group

Jacob Lusk
I thought he had given it all during Hollywood week, but the toned-down performance during the semifinal showed that he has another equally appealing dimension. If he polishes up his style a bit and picks the right songs 80 percent of the time, Lusk could be a real contender.

Stefano Lengano
Had to go thru the wildcard round to qualify for the Top 13, but Stefano's the kind of pop star Idol will benefit from. Not as musical as David Archuleta, but will get more girls screaming, I'm excited to see what he can do vocally week in, week out as well.

Pia Toscano
Don't think that much-vaunted performance during the semis was the best she could do, which means, there's still a lot more about this brunette beauty we have yet to see. Which means, she will also peak at the right time to go one-on-one with either of the above for this year's Idol crown.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Hot Topic 8/3 : International Women's Day

It was pretty cool how we were one of the first to talk about International Women's Day this morning on MHI. In fact, judging by some of the comments on facebook, a lot were unaware of the occasion until we mentioned it and made it a topic to discuss.
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Of course one of the questions posed was: "Siapakah tokoh wanita yang paling anda kagumi?".

Close to 300 people posted their reply on our fanpage and some of the names that kept popping up included Oprah Winfrey, Tan Sri Zety, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and the Prophet's wives.

Me? Well, the women I most admire have always been those who've impacted my life directly. My late mom was one of them. She gave me her everything, taught me to be a good and thoughtful person, and only wanted the best for me.

I also mentioned my teachers. The majority who made an impact on me were women. They were strict, yet sincere in their duties to impart knowledge and wisdom on us. One particular teacher I will always remember was my primary one teacher, Mrs Singam. You could say I was the teacher's pet, but she didn't hestitate to threaten to wallop me if I was in the wrong.
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And of course, no one is as important in my life today than my wife. She's been caring, understanding, loving and forgiving, more than I could ever hope for. I couldn't ask for more, really...

Monday, March 07, 2011

3-1 : The Morning After

Oh what an awesome win for Liverpool last night against long-time rivals Man U (insert your own nasty nickname here). 3-1. Emphatic, excellent and extremely exciting.

Sure it was only 3 points won, but it's a victory that I'm sure, have changed the title course for the teams involved. And yeah, a victory that confirms the renaissance under living legend "King" Kenny Dalglish.

Of course the match will be remembered for Dirk Kuyt's hattrick, Andy Carroll's debut and Luiz "gentel" Suarez's sublime skills that left many a defender for dead, but it was the tactics that stood out for me yet again.
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I thought Dalglish lost the plot a bit in the 1-1 draw against Wigan a couple of weeks ago, but he killed off my doubts with a bold formation last night, opting to stick Kuyt upfront instead of going with 5 in midfield.

But still, the players had to perform, and how they did. Most importantly the midfield and defence maintained their discipline and individual brilliance at different points of the game paved the way for an easy win.

And yes, the fiery passion that was missing during Uncle Roy's tenure was there for all to see and enjoy. How I wish I was there at Anfield on days like these!

Anyway, what matters is always the next game. No point in winning against Chelsea and Man U and lose to the West Hams and Stokes.
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But let me just end with another shoutout to our awesome Reds. Woo hoo!!!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Food, Glorious Food!: February 2011 Edition

I know, I know, a bit lambat with this month's entry, but hey, better late than never, right?
..Right. Let's start with some good Mexican grub courtesy of Carlo's in Pavilion. With a strategic location and a great view of the weird and wonderful people that pass by the mall, it's a great place for weekend afternoons in particular.
..As for the food, I would recommend the following: Chips, oysters (although they come in smaller sizes these days - bummer), mushroom soup, nachos and the paella. Delicioso!
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Was in a Melaka for a weekend and dropped by an ol' favourite of mine: Bert's Seafood Garden near Tanjung Kling. It's quite out of the main road, so you need to google to find it.

Anyway, it's one of those places right by the Straits, although that won't be the case with reclamation work being done there. Thank you, development. (cue: rolling eyes)

Apart from the scrumptious seafood dishes, you just HAVE TO order the nasi lemak. It will go well with whatever else that you order.
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And you must simply order these two dishes. The first is buttered prawns. Seriously, one of the best I've ever tasted anywhere in the world. The prawns are always fresh and the kerak on top is equally delectable.
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The other must-try is the black pepper crabs. They'll provide you with the tools to crack open the crabs, so yeah, it'll be a bit messy, but oh-so-worth-it.
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And finally - saving the best for last - this was Favola at Le Meridien in KL. Yes, a tad swanky I admit. Known as one of THE best Italian restaurants in the country, I can just say that it delivered in terms of the food served and the ambience. Score!
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We started with the complimentary breads. And if you didn't know already, I'm a totally bread person. Surprising, huh? And with the selection they served, I could sit around all day eating breads. No kidding.
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Then it was time to hit the mains. The first was Capellini con Gamberetti ai Pinoli, i.e. : angel hair pasta with chili, prawns, parsley, pine nuts, and mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil. Yumm mee. It's both soothing and satisfying. And not to mention, very healthy. And you know how I ALWAYS eat healthy, right? Ahem.
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We also had the lasagna. I know what you're thinking, "I also can cook lasagna, what?" Well, THIS particular lasagna boasted a very special ingredient: wagyu beef! Yup, did I mention this place was a tad swanky? And the verdict? Absolutely fabulous...
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...And we finished off the experience with a couple of scoops of the finest gelato. Oh what a day!
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