Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Night of movie stars


Parties of the music-food-and-drink type are boring. A theme brings in originality to a party and offers a new experience for the participants besides creating lasting memories. 

Five days after the NST (New Straits Times) Annual Awards Night, employees are still talking about the party. The theme was Movie Mania and many went to great lengths to dress up as their favourite movie characters.

Three strong women journalists came dressed as Cleopatra; it was the moment to bring out their inner diva qualities. Others came as Darth Vader, The Thing and Shrek, among others. The seemingly harmless and quiet Ahmad Kushairi let his proverbial hair down and channelled the ghost of P. Ramlee's Abdul Wahub from the famous Malay movie Tiga Abdul. 


                
HOLLYWOOD MEETS MOLLYWOOD: Cleopatra (Chok Suat Ling) and Abdul Wahub (Ahmad Kushairi) strut their stuff.


EGYPTIAN QUEEN MEETS GOTH MAMA: Theresa Manavalan sports another version of Cleopatra while Rozana Sani admits to being an big fan of Morticia Addams of the Addams Family.


LOVE AT FIRST BITE:Count Dracula (K.B. Murale) hooks up with Vampire (Wan Norzita).


ODD FELLOWS: Abdul Wahub (Ahmad Kushairi) is greatly amused to see The Thing (G. Rajendran) and Darth Vader (Izwan Ismail) being so chummny.


BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS: Morticia Addams (Rozana Sani) gets up close and personal with Shrek (Mohd Rafiz) and Darth Vader (Izwan Ismail)



Pictures courtesy of Ahmad Kushairi
Compiled by Faezah Ismail and Jehan Mohd

Friday, March 26, 2010

Guest Post: May your kids treat you the same

The sight of a poor abandoned dog she calls Scruffy gets guest blogger JEHAN MOHD all worked up and wishing divine justice for his heartless owners. Here is her plea.

Scruffy trying to hydrate himself from a small 
puddle of water outside Jehan Mohd's house.


FOR the past several weeks, whenever a car pulls up in front of my terraced house or that of the opposite neighbour's, a scruffy lanky brown dog would come running out of nowhere to greet the occupants — whether he’s welcome to do so or not.

More a nuisance than a delight to the residents here, the mongrel seems to have taken a liking to our little area — never mind the fact that he’s often shooed away — and he guards his territory like the loyal pet he used to be.

His collar — once a proud symbol of belonging — is now a sad reminder of how easily pets like him can be discarded.

While I'm very upset that he runs loose outside and tries to enter our compounds once in a while, the real culprits in this situation are his former owners.

His ribs are visible through his malnourished skin, he drinks whatever water he can get from puddles on the road and fights the neighbourhood strays for whatever scraps of food good Samaritans give him.

On an almost daily basis, there would be fierce snarling and gnashing of teeth as he fights for survival.

Sometimes, he would be defeated by the strays used to the hard life. A few days ago he was cowering under a car while an old white and brown homeless dog was trying to get at him to tear him apart.

Luckily, a couple of humans shooed the bigger dog away and Scruffy (as he looks like he might be called that) could come out from under the car.

Unluckily, he still remains on the streets fending for himself.

Is this your dog?

Because, if it is, you should be ashamed of what you have done to him and punished for how you have abandoned him just because he’s old/no longer cute/a burden/too expensive to care for.

May your kids and their kids treat you the same.

Just because they’re cute when young and they can’t ever articulate themselves in human-speak doesn't mean animals have no feelings when they are discarded in their later years.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Memories of the night

I have been fortunate enough to visit Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan twice -- the first time was in 2007 and the second two years later.

It is a people-friendly city in every aspect. I am particularly impressed with its public transport.

Night-time in Fukuoka City was my brief experience of the city last year.


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