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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Here in My Home - Malaysian Artistes For Unity

Here in My Home is a song about hope and racial unity performed by Malaysian Artistes.

This song has been on air for so many times that much to my ignorance, I assumed it is a duet by International Rock Artistes, judging by the husky vocals of both man and lady singer.

Pardon me, please, we've only listened to it half way through, before switching to another station, to listen to other songs.

Until one day, yours truly decided to give the song a shot, by listening to it from beginning till the end. That's when I scrutinized the lyrics and realized that there was a message hidden in the song. And when the rap part in several dialects came in, I figured this isn't just another song, but a song performed by our Malaysian Artistes. I fell in love with this song completely after.

So I did try to do some research, and not knowing the exact song title, I wasn't getting much information. However, I did pick up a few parts of the song, making 'sing-along' a possible routine everytime the song went on air.

A few days back I noticed the Malaysian Artistes For Unity banner on one Advertlets advert. That's when I discovered the Malaysian Artistes For Unity website. The home page looks rather mysterious, displaying an image of a Guava, and with interesting statements. Nicely done I would say. It gives the visitors the curiosity to explore more.

Here's an image of how the Home Page looks like:



Bingo. My curiosity had led me to the findings of the song, Here in My Home, that I have been humming to almost everyday.


About Malaysian Artistes For Unity


pete was juggling tomatoes.


bored. so he telephoned a few friends. “how about getting together to make an anti-racism national unity song and music video?” all said yes without hesitation. not because pete threatened them with a sharp and rusty knife. but only because they love malaysia.


the contingent swelled to 52 people a few days later. it included filmmakers, dancers, singers, producers, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, designers, footballers, activists, celebrities, students and a florist. nobody would be paid. yet they were enthused. not because they were high on speed. only because they love Malaysia.


they gathered to record the song. it had a catchy chorus and was able to induce a mass sing-along. everyone was happy when it was done. they named it ‘here in my home’. then more people joined. the party now included more than 120 people. but the budget remained exactly zero. it seems even the spreadsheet loves malaysia.


everyone turned up for the video shoot. much fun was had and friendships made. video editors went to work after the shoot was done. both the recording and the video would be given away for free. a gift to the nation. from those who love malaysia to those who feel the same.


did you ask what this is all about?


it’s about love.


(Taken from: About - Malaysian Artistes For Unity)


Fairly interesting, isn't it?


There is an article written by Jo Teh on Malaysian Artistes For Unity that is featured today in TheStar.


Being the brainchild of Pete Teo, here are some answers from him when asked.


To a question, Teo said he travelled a lot overseas and thought it would be a nice idea to record a song with many personalities in it.


On the choice of participants, Teo said it represented the rakyat.
Teo said the fact that the project was completed in a month with zero budget said a lot about the people behind it.


“Nobody was paid. It was free. It took merely five weeks for the team to complete the production phase of the project from scratch.”


Music artiste and producer Jason Lo said he got involved in the song because it had to do with unity.


To date, the song and video, directed by Yasmin Ahmad and Ho Yuhang have received 38,000 downloads at http://www.malaysianartistesforunity.info/ in just eight days.


(Source: A song of hope and racial unity - The Star)


But guess what, my latest visit got me to witness that already 46,916 files have been downloaded! But it shouldn't stop there! Go ahead and download this beautiful song that comes in various format be it in MP3, video, for iPOD, phone ,karaoke and even lyrics.


I am really liking this idea. I have friends from all walks of life, and we really enjoy the company of each other. At the end of the day, it's not how you look like, or where you come from that matters, but it would have been on how you cherish your life, and the friendship bonds you have with people around you.


Appreciate friends, keep them close, and stay united, regardless of their backgrounds. Meanwhile, I am sharing with all of you, the message in this song. Here's Here in My Home, by Malaysian Artistes For Unity. Feel the love.



Monday, May 26, 2008

The Best Ever


Isnt it wonderful to wake up next to the person you love the most, and have him smile at you and say, " Good Morning sayang, I love you",? I long for the day we will be pronounced. And I am imagining the day to have the brightest sunshine during the day, and at night, the skies will be filled with countless number of beautiful shining stars. And from that day on,I am officially a complete woman.

He's the best of friends, a wonderful lover, a permanent soulmate, a teriffic listener, an amazing guardian angel, and most of all, he's the best significant other anyone in this entire world could ever have.

There's no way I'm going to find anyone like him. For he's the only one that is like him out there, and I know for sure from the very beginning, we're meant for each other.

May God bless the love he has pouring on me.

"We are each other's Strength," - Jashar Hamzah

Thursday, May 22, 2008

THE LOFT Presents Psychedelic Outburst with Dj Amar and Popcorn Perky

DJ Amar (left) is our friend who encouraged us to embark on a 'Project Gila', that is to drive up to Cherating at 12am and party with him at a private Beach side party. Will upload our pictures once I got them from Amar.

Meanwhile, just a quick Promo, DJ Amar has the potential to go very far, with having performed at various gigs every week. The latest being at Psychedelic Outburst, The Loft tonight.

Photo Source : http://www.zoukclub.com.my/

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

GlobalGathering Malaysia

It's Official! the Date, and the latest Venue for Global Gathering 6 is out!

Saturday 8th November 2008, A'Famosa Resort Melaka, Malaysia! yeay!

But I hope it won't get muddy this time around. Or else we're gonna look like orang gila membajak sawah hehehehehe... Kudos to the mat salih who hentam saja lah splashing in the mud like we just don't care!

(But at the end of the day, mud is the least thing I cared about...)

Malaysia's the last stop for Global Gathering 2008. The only stop in Asia =)



Check out the Malaysian Flag on the 7th Picture!

This is also what I found out. From the website it says that the event is going to be at 4pm till 6am. I'm not certain about that. We'll just have to wait for further updates. Maybe the time is not official yet.. You dont believe me, check out image below:





Tuesday, May 13, 2008

02 Days of Freedom Festival @ Admiral Marina PD

It's done. It's Over. The much awaited '2 Days of Freedom Festival' came last weekend, only to satisfy some, and upset some. I on the other hand, felt it was more like a dream come true, to have witness Tiësto with my very own pair of blurry eyes but sharp pair of ears.

Here's some recap:

We actually went to work on Friday. (8-5 no kidding). But waiting the day to reach 5pm was AGONIZING. I kept staring at my wrist watch, and that clock on the bottom-right corner of my desktop. Babe kept SMSing me counting down the hours. I just couldnt sit still.
By 7pm, we were already on our way from KL to PD. Traffic was pretty heavy. We got lost finding our hotel in PD. But we reached safely at 10++ (or earlier, but it didnt matter). we were ready to go near 11pm.
Oh yeah, Did anybody really get on the shuttle bus?

Coz we waited at our hotel (It's in the shuttle bus route) for more than 20 mins (Since the sign said to expect 20mins interval due to heavy traffic) but FUGG there was no bus! We took our car instead and parked at one Golf Club, it burned us 20bux. These people are really making profit!
Look! Tiësto's Balloon!


Alrite, Day 1: 11.45pm at the Entrance/Security Check.
Some friends who got in earlier told us no SWEETS/CHEWING GUM are allowed in. Of course, it was considered food. But i didnt expect that. But upon entry, i was granted the permission to bring in my hand full of sweets and gums in. mesti mau kawtim sama security lah!

Ferry Corsten was spinning at that time of the hour. 15mins countdown to midnite, before Tiësto's turn to spin and get the crowd go CRAAAZYYY...

12midnite's due, Corsten got off, LaserMan did his thing for about 5mins, and then that's when the (already) zombies started to shout, "TIESTO! TIESTO! TIESTO!". and then the prologue for "Element of Life" as the introduction to the World No.1 came in.. Dude, Tiësto is coming on stage!!!! My heart was pumping so fast, and then i saw Tiësto. The crowd went BERSERK..

Not gonna go into detail as I'm sure other Bloggers had expressed everything already.. Well my point is that, I had the same opinion as them on how Tiësto had redeemed himself of his World No. 1 standards. But, I somehow didnt feel that much of Tiësto's MAGIK on Day 1.. Maybe Tiësto wanted the Zombies to BEG for more. I wished on DAY 2, Tiësto would really make us go NUTS in head, and like Zombies we beg for more and more and more...

Lightings and visual effects were nasty, although I rate it as OK. In the Promo, the effects were claimed to be an Asia's debut, but I've really seen Tiësto's Effects that are much much much more crazier. But who cares, Asia's debut is in Malaysia.. others, envy us NOT.


Day 2 : Securities were definitely tight. I heard there was a surprise visit, by PD's 'somebody' on Friday. The newspaper report wasnt on our side either. As a result, the securities went through everyone's shoes, bags, wallets, ciggies to make sure no drugs were brought in.
üS2 on DAY 2




Jashar & Johann




We came in at 8.30pm. just to make sure we didnt miss Cosmic Gate that night. Crowd was packed. i got in a shorter q line for security check. i had to take everything out from my bag. and then the lady security had (politely) asked me; "May I body check you please?". She was nice enough to add 'May' and 'Please' when relating to a body check. I assumed it was gonna be "I'm going to perform a body check on you" or something that sounded more like an order instead of an option. Presuming it was an option, I was gonna say, "No, you may not body check me", and give her the cheekiest smile. Well if i do that i might be pulled to the side and had to be stripped search somewhere else for possible drug possession.

Instead, I nodded and said, "OK, sure", and her tiny hands went searching for God Knows what up and down, side to side of my body when she stopped at my pockets. My handphone, ciggies, and lighter had to be taken out too.

Quite a basket full of stuff. with my 4 lightsticks constantly flashing, (eager to start action, maybe), the security carefully checked everything. From sniffing my ciggies and unscrewing the batteries of my lightsticks (could he be thinking that I put stuff in there?) and giving up unscrewing it on the 2nd lightstick and asked me to put everything back in my bag. Yeay. I passed.

I was feeling the event heating up, that we had to go to RECHARGE FREEZER! to groove to some R&B remixes.. hehe.. Heck that was never us! Then we chowed down to TGIF's Cheeseburger and boogie to the MOS Singapore's DJ.

Cosmic Gate was killing us that day. With fast beat it got us pumping. And then there was that lightstick guy in yellow neon suit showing us his skill at the private cabana. Babe got in on video. Will upload once I got the video from him.
Robotmen during Cosmic Gate.

Wasnt really feeling them. Expected to see fast movement from them, instead of the Slo-Mo action. Like at UVNation when them Robots on stick shuffle to Benny Bennasi. Neah, that's a different story.
Robotmen in action (Note: cropped and zoomed for clearer image)



Cosmic Gate


It was during Cosmic Gate babe and I heard the bad news about a friend. Hope he's doing fine. But we continued the party, from meeting friends and hanging out with them to a whole new set of friends we made. I met a friendly girl, Mimi from UITM Shah Alam who danced with me during Tïësto but didnt get to save her phone number.

Tïësto





Tïësto was melting my heart that night. When it was almost 3a.m and Tïësto hit us with his last track, I was feeling really sad. Babe was there with me,and all I thought was, that the 2 days, I've been waiting for, to see and hear the World No. 1 in person, after sooo many years, had came true and definitely was a moment I will never forget in my whole entire life.

Tïësto was truly the reason all of us had fun that the 2 days, and he had united us all,with people from all walks of life came to see him. Indonesian, Singaporean, I bet all Asians and people from across the Globe were there, to celebrate the Element of Life, that Tïësto had introduced to us.

Tïësto's THE END skit, just when his time due. Was a sad moment for me =(






That night I had both great and sad feeling, great for having had to experience the 2 Days of Freedom, sad over some stuff that shouldnt even happened during our 2 days. All in all, it was a great experience. It was nice to see party-goers enjoying themselves minus the security thing part.

From the article they wrote in papers, wasnt what it should potray of our rave scene. These events that were organized in Malaysia, really put Malaysia on the map. No doubt Global Gathering will again make a stop in Malaysia on November 8th.

Block your calendar party people.