Monday, December 11, 2017

Tia And Papa (Ep. 1): 3 Days In Penang

Tia and I just started a new YouTube channel. We explore and review places, food and other cool stuff. It's two generations of fun! Check out our first video, and do subscribe!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Keluarga Iskandar The Movie: Let's Make History!

Let's make a film. Let's make history! The much-loved award-winning family series, "Keluarga Iskandar", will be making it to the silver screen in 2018! After being granted the permission and license from astro, series producers, KL Motion Pictures are embarking on a unique campaign to produce the film. The #savekeluargaiskandar campaign was launched last month where fans and the general public can now pre-purchase tickets to watch the film via streaming once released, and even downloading it! There are also options to purchase merchandise with the funds going into the production budget. All the details are here:

In addition: As the strategic marketing director for this program, I am seeking interested parties to collaborate on a sponsorship basis. The best part? The return will go beyond credit mention and conventional product placements. You can be part of the story, and more! For more details, PM me or call 019-2754923 . Let's make it happen, people! #keluargaiskandarthemovie #selamatkankeluargaiskandar

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jalan-Jalan Liverpool 2017

Somehow, it's been one of the places we've talked about many times of going as a family, but never did. But this time around, as I was planning our UK trip back in March, wifey insisted that we spend a couple of days in the North West. And so we did!

Of course, anyone who knows me knows that I've been a Liverpool Football Club fan since I was a dot on an ultrasound screen. So this was always going to be more than just normal sightseeing trip.

The cheapest way to get there from London was by bus. And so I booked the tickets in advance and got a good deal for it.

The journey which started at the Victoria Bus Station, was comfortable and uneventful but was a tad long at a little more than six hours. And we had to stop at -- the horror -- Manchester. Grr...

We arrived at the Lime Street bus station and were all raring to paint the town, er, red. I had booked a room at a hotel central to everything and after leaving our bags, we headed to the Albert Dock area.

There's just so much to see and enjoy around this area. We headed to the Museum of Liverpool and quickly absorbed everything we needed to know about the city. Then we walked around the dock area, which was closed for a good number of years before being re-opened in the late 80s. It now has some really interesting stores and cafes, perfect to just chill out on a cool day.

At this point, my wife was already marvelling at how lovely the city was, and we quickly hatched a plan for Tia to study here in the future, so we could also "tumpang sekaki". Haha.

From Albert Dock, we walked over to Liverpool ONE, an open-air shopping and leisure complex with over 170 shops for every budget, cinemas, cafes and bars. The vibe was simply cool and very relaxing. And oh, did I mention that all around the city, you'll see a lot of The Beatles' influence (but of course). Even our hotel had beautiful portraits of the Fab four.

We had our dinner here at Liverpool ONE, but our favourite store here was definitely the Waterstone's. We simply didn't want to leave!

We went back to the hotel happy that evening, but of course we simply couldn't wait for the main event the next day...

Yes, it was the much-anticipated trip to Anfield!

The plan was to take the Hop On Hop Off bus to get to the stadium, but we were told by the hotel reception that it'd be easier to take the cab. We had already bought the Stadium Tour passes online for GBP17 each (adults).

The next morning, we bought some bread for breakfast at the nearby Tesco Extra and got onto a cab to get to the stadium. The cabbie asked where we were from and I said "Malaysia". He replied: "You came all the way to see Liverpool? My goodness!"

The cab ride took less than 10 minutes, and then it was time to experience the magic of Anfield! I mean, for life long fans, this was a spiritual experience, and then some...

As we were still early for our tour, we went round the stadium ourselves, taking as many snaps as possible in the cold. The new main stand looked absolutely brilliant from the outside, but really, it every step of the way was a blast for us.

Then it was time for us to take the tour, and let me just say that it was the best GBP17 we have each spent in our lives! Our tour guide was a Scouser through and through, and he took us on a wonderful journey to all sections of the stadium that mattered; the dressing room, the lounge, and of course, right on to the ground itself. Seriously, I didn't expect to have that sort of access. Check it out!

I also got to sit on Jurgen Klopp's seat, which was really surreal.

And spending time at The Kop was something else too!

And oh, although we weren't allowed to walk on the Anfield grass, we WERE allowed take home some of the grass they had just freshly cut!

Like I said, this was indeed every fan's golden dream!

As we still had time to kill afterwards before returning to London, we took another stroll around Albert Dock, and also got on the Wheel of Liverpool for a bird's eye view of the city!

Oh Liverpool; what a city, what a football club. And yes, we WILL be back!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Foo Fighters In Singapore: Here's My Experience

I've got another confession to make: there are nights when I would put on my headphones and watch that 2008 Foo Fighters Wembley performance of "Best Of You" on repeat. And I would get choked up from the sheer power and emotion of it all. And I often wondered what it'd be like one day to experience that moment myself. Well, I got my answer a couple of weeks ago at the National Stadium in Singapore. And then some.

But before that, this would be take two of my effort in catching Foo Fighters "live" in SG. A few years back, with a ticket bought and my flight booked, they had to cancel when Dave injured himself. I must admit I sulked for a while and laid off Foo Fighters music for a while : / But I never gave up hope...

For the full article, click HERE

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

3 Tip Audisyen Yang Perlu Anda Baca!

Jika anda bercita-cita untuk mencuba nasib di hadapan kamera di dalam bidang penyiaran, proses ujibakat, atau audisyen adalah sesuatu yang pasti anda akan lalui. Bagaimana untuk menyerlah di audisyen nanti? Baca tiga tip di bawah ini:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Workshop Pengacaraan Majlis Rasmi & TV Bersama Halim Othman

Serlahkan bakat pengacaraan anda! Dapatkan panduan berharga daripada salah seorang ikon industri dengan menyertai WORKSHOP PENGACARAAN MAJLIS RASMI & TV Bersama HALIM OTHMAN!

Anda ada gaya, suara dan minat yang mendalam. Ambil langkah berani seterusnya dengan mempertingkatkan ilmu untuk anda membina nama sebagai seorang pengacara yang berkaliber.

Antara perkongsian di workshop ini:

· Memahami audiens dan lokasi 
· Menulis dan menyunting skrip 
· Menghadapi segala kemungkinan 
· Penggunaan bahasa tubuh yang betul

Latihan-latihan praktikal juga akan dijalankan bagi mempertingkatkan kemahiran dan keyakinan perserta-peserta. Anda juga akan diberikan maklum balas terus daripada Halim Othman!

Butiran program:

Tarikh: 29 Julai 2017
Masa: 9.30pg-5ptg (makan tengahari disediakan)
Tempat: Arte Academy, B-1-2, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100, Puchong

Tawaran “early bird” yang terhad!

Daftar sebelum/pada 10 Julai 2017: RM299
Harga biasa: RM350
Harga istimewa pelajar IPTA/IPTS: RM199

Sijil turut disediakan.

Hubungi segera untuk mendapatkan tempat anda!
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jalan-Jalan London 2017

Oh where do I even begin? For starters, we've not been back to the UK for a couple of years, so you bet we were damn excited. The initial plan was to go during the mid-year school break, but as it coincides with Ramadhan this year, we decided to utilise the one-week March holidays instead. So effectively we didn't have to wait to long. Woohoo!

We arrived on a Saturday morning and made our way to the hotel near Paddington. And oh, it's also the first time in a good many years that we're in the UK in very early spring, so we travelled a little light. But still, the temperature throughout was mostly in the single digit, and there were days when we had to break out the gloves.

The first order of business was to get some breakfast, and of course, it had to be croissants and coffee at Pret. Ah, how we've missed the simple pleasures of the place.

Then, it was time to walk the city. From Marble Arch, we walked the length of Oxford Street, and eventually to Regent Street, where things got interesting.

We had seen quite a bit of people sitting around carrying placards and soon it became apparent that there was some sort of demonstration or protest was about to take place. And as we came out of Hamleys, a sea of people had started their march down the road, chanting anti-racism slogans and displaying various placards carrying the same message.

This was Tia's first experience being in the thick of full-fledged protest and she was just excited and happy at the same time to see people converging to spread positivity. And after some coaxing, she mustered enough courage to join the march! So proud of her!

So that was Day One. And the next few days were spent doing our favourite London things. : )

We also took the bus a bit more this time around, so rather than just the darkness of tunnels on the underground, we got to see some pretty interesting things we haven't seen before.

Tia also wanted to go the the YouTube Creator Store, the first in the world apparently, so we went to King's Cross to get there. And of course Tia got a bit emo when we finally found it. Hehe.

We also found the Harry Porter store at Platform 3/4, King's Cross, which was totally a pleasant surprise!

Then it was back to more shopping and enjoying the cool weather. Tia did mention to me that since she's also a couple of years older since our last trip, she could appreciate things more. So, there was still some fresh excitement when we got to places like Notting Hill, Westfield London, Covent Garden and our 'ol hood, the Tower Bridge.

And of course, London's Little Malaysia, Bayswater : )

I also made it a point to visit Central Film School, where I did my filmmaking certificate course. It was great to see Adam, who was a classmate and now works at the school. Central have got more students now, and have taken up more space to accommodate everyone. It was great to see!

Of course, I also enjoyed the familiar sights and smells of nearby Brick Lane, and we also had a quick lunch of lamb chops at my favourite place there, Jungle Baraai : )

We also spent a couple of days in Liverpool! Which I will write more about in the next post.

But on day we returned to London, we got news about the Westminster attack. As a result, people were visibly jittery, and we had to take a detour as the M6 was closed.

As we finally arrived at the Victoria Coach Station, we were also told that some of the roads, and underground stations around Westminster were closed. But we got back to the hotel safely.

The next day, we went to Trafalgar Square, and it was almost business as usual. Tourists were out enjoying the sights, but we could see some heavy police presence as investigations into the incident got underway. Here's my video:

For the first time too, Tia and mama went for a musical at the West End. I gave them three choices, and both of them chose "Thriller Live", featuring the music of Michael Jackson!

And of course they had a blast, especially Tia, who is very much into performing arts these days. "I can totally see myself as a performer here," she said after the show : )

It was just awesome to be back here, but after a week, we had to face to reality flying home. Hope to see you again very, very soon, London!


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