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Jacky Cheung Classic Tour | 学友 · 经典世界巡回演唱会 2018 Malaysia edition

Those who are close to me know I’m a huge Jacky Cheung fan. I’ve been to a couple of his concerts here in Malaysia and absolutely thrilled by the performances from the start to the very last second. Usually, his concerts are the highest of quality and his performances are immaculate. His Baritone and falsettos are what sets him apart from many old and new performers for the past 2 decades.

I’m particularly impressed with singers who sing without heavy breathing sound -especially from a recorded session. Listen to singers like Jacky Cheung, Sam Hui (許冠傑), Alan Tam (譚詠麟), Hacken Lee (李克勤) and to a certain extent, Leslie Cheung (張國榮), and you’ll notice that they have a very special skill of not letting their breathing sound entail their singing. Not that it matters to many, but once you realized the difference, you can’t help but feel amazed how they do it.

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Back to the concert. Yes, this could or would be his final multi-destination performance in the foreseeable future. At the age of 56 (born 1961), the quality of his voice has not really regressed, just a little more matured and heavy on the tenor style. He can still hit the high notes not many are able to do.  And, after a few concerts, I wish to take one last shot at this too!

Few tiny problems here. The price, the sessions and the availability. Starting at RM 258 and all the way to RM 988 per seat, this is definitely going to burn the wallet more than the previous sessions. And to make it worse, only 2 performances on the 26th and 27th. Not enough for the fans. And if I were to choose the higher range but still affordable seats, say the RM 488, I’ll be competing with the majority of ticket buyers since they’ll probably think like me. Ouch!

So, for my favourite artist with his could-be last mega show in Malaysia, why not all out? Nope. As much as I loved the singer himself, I’ll never fork out that much for a show. Can’t really say it’s because of the price, but just the fact that I’m not the one that is willing to pay that price for a 3-hour show. Yeap, final.

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For those who have not seen any of his concerts, liked him as a singer and have a huge spare of money to spend, well, do go ahead. You won;t regret it. The props and the acts for the 3-hour show more than justify the price actually. And he is a legend in Cantopop.

Since this is held at Axiata Arena @ Bukit Jalil, and with the above-illustrated layout, one can’t go wrong with any seating locations. This would be a 360-degree stage and you can witness the high-octane performance from every corner. Technically speaking, I would recommend the Green Zone for it is about the right distance be it visually (definitely not saying The Red Zone isn’t better hahaha) or auditory. If they have the high rise platform like how they did it 6 years ago, the better!

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On a side note, many of my friends asked me which is my favourite JC’s number. Not many know of this. In fact, no one does. Probably not the one you think though… and I would say…. (drum rolls please…) – ‘来来回回’ (back & forth in simple translation). Surprised?

I loved the fact that this song is simple, catchy and it captures Jacky’s flawless voice for his more romantic numbers during his peak somewhere around the mid-90s. The song is about a journey of a courtship where one faces love and separations – back & forth and eventually, a happy ending. There are no high vocals, excessive music pieces and falsettos, but the song is simply lovely and perfect for couples in love.

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So. There you go. Go watch Jacky Cheung live and you will know why he is the undisputed God of Song of Cantopop. There will be others setting a different path in this category in the near future, but Jacky Cheung has this aura and charismatic figure as an entertainer that is hard to replace or replicate. He is a performer of the highest order that is brimming with quality and ever improvements!


Pictures courtesy of Hype Malaysia, UnUsUaL Group of Companies and The Hive Asia

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Malaysia 60th Independence Day

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This post is late! Gosh.. 1 more day to go. We are almost reaching the end of the month of August. And what does that bring us to..? Yes. It’s Merdeka time again! It is the 60th independence day for Malaysia since 1957. On the 31st of August every year, we Malaysian celebrates our ‘Merdeka Day (independence day) with a public holiday for all and usually a national parade of performances and activities in the central of Kuala Lumpur.

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On the night of 30 August 1957, crowds gathered at the Merdeka Square (Padang) in Kuala Lumpur to witness the handover of power from the British. Prime Minister-designate Tunku Abdul Rahman arrived at 11:58 p.m. and joined members of the Alliance Party’s youth divisions in observing two minutes of darkness.[2] On the stroke of midnight, the lights were switched back on, and the Union Flag in the square was lowered.[3] The new Flag of Malaya was raised as the national anthem Negaraku was played. This was followed by seven chants of “Merdeka” by the crowd.[2][3] Tunku Abdul Rahman later gave a speech hailing the ceremony as the “greatest moment in the life of the Malayan people”.[2] Before giving the address to the crowd, he was given a necklace by representatives of the Alliance Party youth in honour of this great occasion in history, with a map of Malaya inscribed on it. The event ended at one in the morning the next day.

On the morning of 31 August 1957, the festivities moved to the newly completed Merdeka Stadium. More than 20,000 people witnessed the ceremony, which began at 9:30 a.m. Those in attendance included rulers of the Malay states, foreign dignitaries, members of the federal cabinet, and citizens.[4] The Queen’s representative, the Duke of Gloucester presented Tunku Abdul Rahman with the instrument of independence.[4] Tunku then proceeded to read the Proclamation of Independence, which culminated in the chanting of “Merdeka!” seven times with the crowd joining in. The ceremony continued with the raising of the National Flag of Malaya accompanied by the national anthem being played by a military band and a 21-gun salute, followed by an azan call and a thanksgiving prayer in honour of this great occasion.[4]

The day followed with the solemn installation of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan, at Jalan Ampang, and the first installation banquet in his honour in the evening followed by a beating retreat performance and a fireworks display. Sports events and other events marked the birth of the new nation.

I’m proud of my country Malaysia despite some of the ongoing frictions between the government and opposition and a certain fiasco that was blown out wide. But this country is well known for its peace and harmony and shall be forever seen that way for many years to come.

Why I liked Malaysia? The people of course! We are friends of friends of every race. The food! What you can’t find in Malaysia..? The places of interest – historic, sandy white beaches, highlands, Metropolitan, and forests… you name it! The culture – games, dance, food, performances and even the architectures. Finally… grateful that there aren’t any violent natural disasters (wishing all my fellow friends from Hong Kong a safe recovery from the recent typhoons Hato & Pakhar) to hit the country.

To those who are new to Malaysia or just arrived, we hope you’ll enjoy your stay and stay around for the celebration. There’s so much to do that’ll keep you busy the whole weekend! Avid Estates & The Fresco Apartment would like to wish Malaysia, A Happy Merdeka Day 2017!!

So, let us welcome 31st August 2017 with 3 cheers …. “Merdeka’… “Merdeka”…”Merdeka”!!


Merdeka details courtesy of Wikipedia

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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We are 2 days away from one of Malaysia’s biggest annual celebrations, the Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This is the day where most of our Malay and Muslim friends travel back to their hometowns and gather with their families to celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan and the start of the Eid.

Normally, they will host open houses for relatives and guests to feast on offerings such as curry, spiced rice, various type of meats (halal) and other local favourite delicacies. This is the time where everyone is looking forward to meeting their distant relatives or even friends they’ve not met for some time.  Some would even take the opportunity to tie the knot on this auspicious day.

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The colours green, blue, red and yellow usually dominates the settings for most.  There will be some firecrackers going on somewhere and if you’re lucky enough, you can catch some of those villagers playing with home made bamboo firecrackers (very dangerous but effectively efficient).

Generally, the Malays in Malaysia are a friendly lot and they would be the first to offer food and accommodation to their guests when it’s relevant. Malaysians celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri this Sunday, 25th June 2017 which ends on Tuesday, 27th June 2017. Respect and act kindly to our Muslim friends of their tradition and culture, and you shall be treated likewise. For as long as I can remember, they stand by this proverb – HATI GAJAH SAMA DILAPAH, HATI KUMAN SAMA DICECAH. (Ask your Malay friends if you want to know the meaning) (“,)

Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎‎ ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], “festival of breaking of the fast”) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.

Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two Rakats (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may be performed only in congregation (Jama’at) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying “Allāhu Akbar”, literally “God is great”), three of them in the beginning of the first raka’ah and three of them just before Ruku’ in the second raka’ah in the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam. Other Sunni schools usually have twelve Takbirs, seven in the first, and five at the beginning of the second raka’ah. This Eid al-Fitr salat is, depending on which juristic opinion is followed, Fard فرض (obligatory), Mustahabb مستحب (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob مندوب (preferable).

Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in the Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat and fitra before offering the Eid prayers.

The Fresco and Avid team wish all our Malay and Muslim friends, a happy and joyous Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2017!


Definition of Eid al-Fitr taken from Wikipedia.

Father’s Day 2017

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My father once said to me. “When you become a father, you have the responsibility to look after your family and provide them with the best you could”.

Those words now mean more to me than ever. After 11 years having my own family, my responsibilities grew many folds throughout and naturally, providing them with the best is the least we can do. If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt about being a father, it is the value of respect and keeping a cool head dealing with everyday challenges in front of your family.

My dad is no multi-millionaire nor he is a celebrated individual in his field. He is an ordinary person with a family that he cared for very much. We don’t have fancy meals and pricey toys to satiate our childhood. We certainly don’t travel much let alone visiting countries after countries. But what we have was a pretty good family life with a lot of love and care.

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We never question our father’s ability to raise us in the most lavish ways. But God knows how much he must’ve tried and wish that he could. When you have a responsive father and a role model that you could look up to, he is worth more than anyone who could buy you everything in the world.

He earns our respect with the way he conducts himself and if I remembered clearly, there were not once he fell short of providing us with what he was supposed to.  My dad was never the one who speaks a lot, but he is the person who looks after the family with all his might and capacity.

Dad, if you could recall, there was once I threw a tantrum when I couldn’t get some Star Wars activity books from a book fair (equivalent to Big Bad Wolf now) and you went all the way back to the crowded place the day after to buy me a few. I still remember. I  probably wouldn’t have done it for Adrian. I don’t see this as an act of pampering. I see this as your way of showing me how much you loved me and not wanting to disappoint me even for such trivial matter.

To have you as my dad is truly a blessing. You have done so much to raise me up and given me countless advice and wisdom that the only way to repay you is to care for you and not have you worry about me. Happy Father’s Day dad, and I love you!

Adrian made me a Father’s Day card this round. He did so to last year but the work was a little shoddy. This time, it’s a better one. I guess my boy loved and respect me like how I did to my dad. The card was filled with words and scribbles of how much he loved me and thanking me for taking real good care of him.  He even bought a book marker for me with his own lunch money. ♥♥♥

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The Fresco & Avid team wishes all the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day! May you be forever blessed with the most wonderful gift a father could have- the deserved love and care from your children and loved ones!

Wedding reaffirmation

11th June 2017 was a momentous date for both of us as it was our wedding reaffirmation day @ RLC (Renewal Lutheran Church). After 11 years of tying the knot in 2006, we finally come full circle and guess it’s time to renew our vows once again. Caroline always wanted to do an English and walking down the aisle wedding procession. The last one we had was a simple ROM and a 40-tables wedding feast.

With the help of RLC and of course our good buddies, Albert & Kah Ling, and the selected guests who turned out that day, we made that possible. There were 9 couples participating in the event. We were the 6th couple in terms of wedded days.

Albert helped us with the nice placard for guests signatures and gifts were ready the night before by Caroline and my MIL. Helen helped out with the wedding gown and make-ups. Thank you, guys!

The session starts at 7pm but most of us were there by 5pm. There was a light cocktail prepared by RLC before the main event. All the guests were on time (not the usual Chinese dinner timing.. ahem) and the session starts with each of the couples walking down the aisle following the order of marriage days, ascendingly.

Adrian leads the way and the cheeky boy almost danced his way to the front. And he was so handsome with his white-greyed coat. The rest of the couples also have their children as the flower girls and page boys. They all looked so wonderful!

The couples exchanged vows and rings and by the time the last couple did theirs, everyone was so happy and look forward to their fabulous dinner. The Big Rajah, a premium full services Malaysian food catering and events planning company, is RLC’s favourite caterer. And this time, it’s no different. Their Indian food was super duper delicious. Mutton curry, biryani rice, roti canai, pappadam, dahl… there were even some great ‘kuih-muih’ prepared by some of the RLC members.

Everything went really well as we catch up with friends and family members throughout the night and taking loads of pictures.  *Sorry if the pictures didn’t get to show some of our other guests. We have them in our hearts already though!

Capping off a memorable night, just want to say I love you Caroline Goh. Thank you for having me as your husband and have us the most wonderful boy one could wish for in Adrian.

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day from the Fresco & Avid team

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. There is no one more deserving of a day of reckoning than mothers around the world. Be it for her child, her man or the people that surround them. They are the pillar of strength to those who need their support, a fountain of love to those who needed affection and the galaxy of sacrifice to those who require her time and effort.

There are no words enough to describe a mother’s purpose in one’s life. If I could choose a single word to describe my mum..it would be ‘heart’. She does everything wholeheartedly and never cease to take a step back when things got tough. From her care of her 2 children and a breadwinner to her cookings, never once she shied away from her duty. Though not educated extensively, she fills her world with unending learning and teaches us not only the fundamentals of growing up but also the path to becoming a purposeful being.

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Here, we would like to wish all the mothers everywhere a Happy Mother’s Day and may you be blessed with eternal respect and perpetual good health until your final breath.

To my mum, I love you Mummy and may I have your love and care for as long as time permits.

To my wife, I love you darling and may you be showered with lots of love and care from everyone dear to you.. especially me.


Life doesn’t come with a manual – it comes with a Mother.

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Be happy.. why not?

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Yes. We should be feeling happy all the time. Maybe it is easier said than done, but it is true. If you think about it, when bad things happen, it triggers our emotions at that moment and we automatically feel bad and sad about it. It is only natural our system process that way. But it is up to us to turn it around. Immediately too, if we want to.

Feeling bad about something that happened (yes, past-tense) won’t make you feel better. The only feeling you will cook up is basically the feeling of guilt and regret, and then hate that leads to anger – they tell you this in Star Wars you know.

When we get mad about something, usually, someone will get hurt physically or mentally. And these are the people that are close to us. Not everyone will put up with our emotions all the time certainly not fair to dump it onto others.

When we have a bad time/day, just give yourself a moment. Sit down. Reflect on what happened. Why did it happen? What could’ve happened? Is what just happened better off than something else? If yes, do you feel grateful?

Calm yourself and appreciate the things that are still positive around you. No use lamenting and kept circling around the matter if you can’t handle the emotions that come with it. Let go and relax about it. Feeling depressed and anxious will not solve or make it better. Really.

Follow the activities from the above image. Do something that pleases you and that can make you relaxed.  While doing those things, something that you do less like watching the telly and hiding away from people around you will definitely make you more happy and sociable.

Have a happy weekend and remember, stay happy and let those around you live longer too! Hah!