P. Ramlee, the Musical

29 10 2007

Last Friday night, Papa brought me to watch P.Ramlee the Musical. Papa, Mama and me were supposed to sit in the upper circle while my grandparents sat at the main seats. Since my grandfather didn’t want to go, he had asked my aunt to replace him. When I found out about this thing – which was the theatre day – I begged my aunt to let me sit at the main seats with my grandmother and her to replace me in the upper circle. Mama said I was lucky to not sit upstairs as they could only see the heads and voices only.

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So anyway, the main casts were Sean Ghazi (P.Ramlee), Liza Hanim (Saloma), Atilia (Junaidah), Melissa Saila (Norizan) and the special appearance, Siti Nurhaliza (Azizah).The co-stars were Wan Kenari Ibrahim (D Harris), Joseph Gonzales (BS Rajhans), Chedd Eddie Yusoff (Sukardi), Zeqhty Nattrah Ramli (Junainah), Mohd Fauzuly Hamdan Tahir (Sukarmaji) and Colin Kirton and Douglas Lim (Run Run and Runme Shaw). But my favorite cast are the children. They act three by three. The night I was present was Muhammad Syafie Naswip – also Mukhsin from the Malay movie ‘Mukhsin’ – (Ramlee), Emeer Iskandar (Sukardi) and Rachel Wesley (Azizah). The other nights would be Mikhil Merican (Ramlee), Wan Ramzizul Zaimi (Sukardi) and Nurazliana Haslin (Azizah).

The show was magnificent! I was a bit amazed of how Sean Ghazi looks and sounds like P.Ramlee. And – for the first time – I knew who P.Ramlee married first and that he liked Azizah since they were in Primary school.

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My favorite characters that night was P.Ramlee and Norizan. The reason I liked the character Norizan is because that I liked the way she sang, shouted and half-ran around P.Ramlee’s ‘room’ in the old-fashioned ‘baju ikan duyung‘. That particular scene was amazing. The other scenes that I love were the scenes when they were children and the scenes about Saloma and P.Ramlee. It was simply fantastic!

How I wish I could turn back time and watch that show over and over again!





The Holiday:Day 3

19 10 2007

This day, my aunt, uncle and grandparents were supposedly to go back Kuala Lumpur. So we had a Super Soaker Party in the pool. Although my cousins and me had a hard time pumping the Super Soakers, we had a fantastic time splashing about. We played that for about 2 hours non-stop soaking.

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Later, when my family had departed, Papa, Mama and me went to my grandmother’s house to eat lunch. There, we ate nasi beriyani with my all time favorite, fried chicken.

Then, we went to Papa’s friend’s house. He just got a baby last year and her name is Alysha. Papa asked me to call him Uncle Ketyl. From his real name, Fadhil.

So anyway, it was a very short day so we went back and the day finished.





The Holiday:Day 2

19 10 2007

Day 2

We got up early to go swimming. We either wake up early and go swimming or wake up a bit later because that day, we planned to go to Singapore, my mum’s hometown (Papa wanted to leave at 11 am, no delays). After, about an hour, we (me and Aliya) grumpily got out of the pool. We dried ourselves and went u to our rooms. We dropped off my aunt and Aliya at level 7, where their room is.

It was a long way to the causeway, plus the traffic jam there. My aunt and Aliya followed us too. Aliya took a short nap on the way, as for me, I think I did. But I did remember I closed my eyes.

At the causeway, there is only one thing that I love there, which is watching them stamp the passports. As some of you might have guess, I’m the kind of person that loves everything. Especially clerk duties. Somehow, it is very fun to do that.

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So anyway, once we were in Singpore, we went to my late grandfather’s grave. Later, Mama and Papa went to pray at the surau as I, my aunt and Aliya waited in the car, listening to Aliya’s cries about wanting to see her ‘old, old’ grandfathers which she had never bothered to mention the whole time.

Then, we went to Metro, when Papa wanted to buy new shirts. My aunt went there to look for clothes for my cousins, Balqis and Zulaikha, and of course for Aliya. Before this, I usually go there to buy some spy gadgets. But since Mama heard the news of Metro being so-called ‘shut down’, we stopped going there. But Papa insisted on going so we went and I bought a listening device in the shape of a remote controlled car. I can hear through walls, for about 75 feet away from the car.

After that, we went to Mustafa to shop again but this time, it is more of a other-then-clothes type of shopping. Papa bought 3 pairs of socks, branded Hush Puppies, or as Papa likes to call it, “Push Huppies”, a torchlight, a T-Shirt for my uncle and my mum. Mama, instead, went to but 4 sacks of Basmati rice and some chocolates. She always go beserk whenever she steps foot in Mustafa.

Then, we got back to the hotel and got ready to eat dinner with my grand-aunt’s family only this time, they brought us to a restaurant called Johnny’s. After that, we went to my maternal grandmother’s place for a while, before we went to Papa’s former housemate when he was studying in England, Uncle BJ. Uncle BJ works with the Johor Government and also related to Mama.