Monday, November 30, 2009

'Daddy Cool' in KL



Those who danced to the hits of Boney M in the mid-70s and mid-80s are now a lot older, visibly rounder and arguably wiser.

All that didn't matter when they gathered at Sunway Lagoon Hotel on Saturday night to see the pop and disco group, which was originally based in West Germany, performed for charity at a show organised by Lejadi Group.

The moment Liz Mitchell came on stage and showed off her vocals with Amazing Grace, fans poised themselves for a rush that would last for several days.

The audience was easily persuaded.

Before they knew it, fans of Boney M were clapping their hands and getting off their seats to gyrate to Sunny, Ma Baker, Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday!, Daddy Cool (the group's first number 1 hit), Rasputin, Rivers of Babylon, No Woman No Cry and Bahama Mama, among others.

"We want you to get really happy ... we want to encourage you to dance so that your blood gets hot," coaxed Mitchell, the group's original lead singer.

"I was in Standard 5 when this song became famous. We all could sing Rivers of Babylon," said Maybank Head of Corporate Communication Celina May Benjamin. Yani and this writer were guests of Maybank at the dinner show.

Similar comments were heard elsewhere throughout the night.

    


It was Mitchell's first trip to Malaysia although Boney M had performed here a few times.

Mitchell  was responsible for most of the group's chart-topping songs from the mid-1970s to the early 80s.

Boney M garnered 18 platinum and 15 gold LPs, and 200 platinum and gold singles over the course of 10 years.

The original Boney M split up in 1986, and Mitchell went on to record four solo albums.

Mitchell returned for the group’s Gold and More Gold compilations in the early 1990s — this time with a new line up comprising Carol Grey, Patricia Lona Foster and Tony Ashcroft.

The rejuvenated group also recorded another compilation, The Magic of Boney M in 2006, which included a brand new song featuring Mitchell.

In 1990, it was decided that each individual band member was allowed to tour under the name Boney M, which gave birth to the moniker Boney M Revisited.

Boney M Revisited is a phenomenal live act drawing huge crowds with spectacular shows.



New Straits Times Group Editor Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun (see picture) was one of the cool daddies at the show.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Running from the media




The drizzle early this morning did not deter participants of the National Press Club Media Run 2009 from taking part in the event.

Everyone wanted to complete the 5km stretch and return to the Press Club at Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur for the prize-giving ceremony which began around 10am.

The prizes were great; cash prizes and hampers for the top five in the different categories and more hampers and electrical items for the lucky draw segment.




This picture shows the Mohamed women -- Jehan, Nisa and Adibah -- adjusting the tags on their T-Shirts for the run.

Luck was on the side of these vibrant women. Although they didn't grab the top awards, they took home hampers from Giant and Milo.

Seasoned runner Adibah, who received two hampers, donated one to a very young boy.

The five-year-old youngster took part in the run with his father, who is an exco member of the National Press Club.

He looked so sad because he didn't get anything and that moved Adibah to give him one of her two hampers.




Nisa (see picture), like many other participants including this writer, walked rather than ran.

The route was from the Press Club at Jalan Tangsi, past Lake Garden towards Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Jalan Dato Onn and back to the Press Club.


 

This participant gamely posed for a picture before the run.


She found the police outrider difficult to resist.




Thanks to the organisational skills of National Press Club vice-president Yani and her colleagues, the event proceeded smoothly.

Everybody present was happy to have been part of this activity.

Make it a walk next year, Yani.

Photos by Jehan Mohd and Faezah Ismail

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What snow blizzard?


  Malaysia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.


It's officialThere will be no snow in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow. There's not a vestige of truth in the  rumour that has been widely repeated on the internet -- that a snow blizzard would hit Kuala Lumpur at 7pm tomorrow.


Meteorological Department director-general Dr Yap Kok Seng said that it was impossible for snow blizzards to occur in tropical countries. Still, we should be prepared for bad weather until November 24 as predicted by the Meteorological Department.


Imagine snow falling all over Kuala Lumpur. Of course it's not true, what an absurd idea!


That's what you think.


Judging by the phone calls and emails which the Meteorological Department has had to handle over the past few weeks, many Malaysians seemed to have lost their capacity to distinguish between reality and fantasy.


I must admit that for several hours I was haunted by the possibility of snow-capped high-rise buildings in the city. I am happy that the Meteorological Department has taken action to douse the rumours.


Calvin, what are you going to do with your winter clothes?


I will be preparing for my next trip to the beach (see picture courtesy of Jehan Mohd).


Thank God for sunny Malaysia!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Your cheating heart!


"I don't trust him," JP said, in a rare moment of candour.

I was completely taken aback by JP's revelation that her partner had been cheating on her.

They have been together for nearly 19 years and that was the first time she had uttered those words.

JP's declaration got me thinking about the concept of trust: the belief that somebody is sincere and honest and will not try to harm or trick you.

A recent episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show disclosed that one in three men cheat on their spouses and 93 per cent of men hide their sexual affairs from their wives.

If trust is a rare and precious commodity in today's world, is there hope for relationships to thrive?

I don't have any answers.

Apparently family counsellor, rabbi and best-selling author Gary Neuman does.

He carried out a two-year study of 100 unfaithful men and 100 faithful men and the findings were documented in his book entitled The Truth About Cheating: Why Men Stray and What You Can Do To Prevent It.

I first heard about Neuman on The Oprah Winfrey Show and later read an article by Newsweek's Jessica Ramirez about his book.

His research showed that even good men are susceptible to cheating.

Many men turned to other women because they felt an emotional disconnection from their wives who no longer appreciate them.

So long as men feel that their wives value them, they will "stay in the game".

Otherwise, they will seek the company of other women: those who will give them the appreciation they crave so much.

I told JP about Neuman's book and his findings.

She groans: "Why does it always have to be about men and their needs?"

Photo by Jehan Mohd.

NOTE: For more on the topic, read Suzanna Pillay's interview with best-selling authors Allan and Barbara Pease about their book Why Men Want Sex and Women Need Love in Life & Times on November 10, 2009. The pair also wrote Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps.