Thursday, October 30, 2014

Will you stay in Singapore, or Will you leave?

Yesterday was one of the day that made me step back and think through one important question that would cross the mind of a person born in Singapore: Do I want to live and die in this country or do I want to pull out my roots and just move somewhere else?

Of course, on one end, there is the philosophical view to think about; you know the part where they say that TIME is something that is loaned to you so that you can experience LIFE? In order, for you to maximize the time, you need to travel out and not just stay put in one place.

Then there is the other end which is more like a reality slap. You know, 25 years back, when my grandfather was still alive, he always told me to keep myself up to date with the happenings around the world. Of course, he, being old fashioned, told me to keep watching the news. I’ve never really been interested in politics or wars or news in general—I told my grandfather that it was boring, right in his face. When I was 21, I enrolled myself into Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Mass Communication. There, I thanked god, I was made to feel normal for thinking that news does nothing apart from corrupting the mind—It makes you think about issues that some political parties want you to think about. These issues might be self-serving and trivial. But the last news I read; I thought it really hit home real hard. The headline read: Decision on Section 377A 'not acceptable'.

"We are greatly shocked and disappointed by the Court of Appeal’s ruling against appeals brought forth by Kenneth Chee, Gary Lim, and Tan Eng Hong, thereby upholding the constitutionality of Section 377a of the Penal Code criminalising sex between men"—Singapore’s LGBT group, taken off Pink Dot’s website.
 A couple of years back, I thought Singapore is slowly evolving into a more open and accepting society especially when our Prime Minister openly talks about accepting gays working in the civil sector

Prime Minister Goh says his government now allows gay employees into its ranks, even in sensitive positions. The change in policy, inspired at least in part by the desire not to exclude talented foreigners who are gay, is being implemented without fanfare, Goh says, to avoid raising the hackles of more-conservative Singaporeans. "So let it evolve, and in time the population will understand that some people are born that way," Goh says. "We are born this way and they are born that way, but they are like you and metaken off Time Magazine, 7 July 2003

I suppose, I find this last news, that was out yesterday, rather contradictory to that same speech made by our former Prime Minister.

So it was after this news that I began to think: Would Singapore still be the ideal place for a person to live in? With legislations so confusing and contradictory at times, will you even feel safe living here?

And then, like an answer to a prayer, a few hours later, Apple’s Tim Cook came out of the closet, and I just thought I’d share this quote;

“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me” – Tim Cook.

And then he went on to say
 “I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their (referring to Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy) league. All it does is allow me to… know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.” – Tim Cook.

So, here is my own answer to my question: It does no one good, if all I could ever think of is to run away to a greener pasture. Instead I should strive to be the force to change the situations.



Thank you Mr Cook. You are an inspiration. You inspired me to find that brick which I can lay on that sunlit path.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Disgusting Act

I was reading an FB post today of a girl, named Huixin Yap, who was complaining about a manager from Starbucks on the Starbucks FB page. you can read it off from the picture below;


And I was like... Really? Like Really? And so I decided to write a reply to her post;

Dear Huixin, it is because of disgusting individuals like you, i always find it hard to get a seat in Starbucks. Hogging on to the table for 30minutes?! Girl, if i were the manager, i would have called security to have you escorted out! How dare you talk about work ethic when you don't even understand simple empathy.
If you really want a space to study, i suggest you go invest in a space and not a cup of coffee. I am sure Fullerton Hotel and Marina Mandarin would welcome you with an open arms. Do you know that they will allow you to leave your belongings for a whole night, with no worries of anything being missing?
So girl, pack your bag and get out of Starbucks!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tanggang 2014: Deruma dan Talang (with English subtitle)





After keeping this for months, we have finally released this last trailer to Tanggang: The Unfilial Son. I am really excited for the show. 2 more weeks to go before show week. Anyway, if you have yet to get your tickets, here are some details on how you can grab them;



Venue: The Playden, The Arts House
Date: 13-15 November 2014
Time: 13-14 November (8pm) 15 November (3pm) / (8pm)
Admission : $25/ $20 (concession)
                    : $10 for students below 13years old.  Enter the promo codes
                      as shown below;
Standard (November 15, 8pm)
UNDER12
Standard (November 13, 8pm)
BELOW12
Standard (November 14, 8pm)
BEFORE12
Standard (November 15, 3pm)
BELOW12

Tickets can be bought at the following website;




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Police conduct anti-terror exercises at MRT stations

And so today I read the news of police conducting anti-terror exercises at MRT stations. For those of you who have yet to read the news, here is an excerpt of it;
SINGAPORE: A simulated terror swarm attack was carried out at the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station on Sunday (Oct 26) morning, while an “explosion” occurred at Downtown MRT station, which led to a simulated gunman situation at the nearby Marina Bay Link Mall.
Members of Singapore’s Safety and Security Watch Group (SSWG) participated in both scenarios, organised by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in collaboration with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
 Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore CDC and Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, was the special guest at both scenarios. Other Home Team agencies also participated in the event.
The simulated scenarios are part of a larger two-day exercise by the SPF known as Exercise Heartbeat 2014, an emergency preparedness exercise held annually. The second part of Exercise Heartbeat 2014 starts on Monday.
Ms Phua said: "This is a very important exercise because terror incidents are very real in Singapore. We must never take our safety and our security for granted. And terror incidents can happen, attacks like these can happen across settings, whether in neighbourhood areas or even in downtown areas like this."
SSWG is made up of building owners in Singapore. The group was set up in 2003, then-known as the Security Watch Group, as a way for the business community to fight crime and terrorism threats.

And I was like why must you simulate an anti-terror exercise. I tell you, the real terror lies within the whole structure of the SMRT system. Have you seen the video below? This happened at Lakeside MRT on October 22,  at about 5pm. Can you imagine, you are about to get home, and then you got dry humped by strangers on the MRT platform, just because the SMRT staff didn’t know how to handle the human traffic. This is the real terror. We should have activated our police force here, instead of simulating one in some fancy station.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

If you have been reading my facebook posts, you’d probably already know that the last trailer for Tanggang: The Unfilial Son is going to be released tomorrow. Right now, we are doing a recap of the past trailers that have already been released. And this is the third trailers that were released to promote Tanggang:The Unfilial Son. Enjoy!

(Malay version)


(English version)


And oh yes, do keep a lookout for the last trailer tomorrow!

p.s. I am very excited!

If you have yet to buy your tickets, grab the now! Here are the ticketing details;

Venue: The Playden, The Arts House
Date: 13-15 November 2014
Time: 13-14 November (8pm) 15 November (3pm) / (8pm)
Admission : $25/ $20 (concession)
                    : $10 for students below 13years old.  Enter the promo codes
                      as shown below;
Standard (November 15, 8pm)
UNDER12
Standard (November 13, 8pm)
BELOW12
Standard (November 14, 8pm)
BEFORE12
Standard (November 15, 3pm)
BELOW12

Tickets can be bought at the following website;

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dear Mariah Carey....

Dear Mariah Carey,
I just want to say sorry for I have wronged you. After watching numerous videos of your concert in Japan on Youtube, I was on my final conclusion—That you can’t sing no more.



But after watching your concert, LIVE, and sitting right in front of you, I was convinced that you are truly the one and only Mariah Carey. You not only can sing, your hearts out, but you are also down to Earth and relatable, unlike some other stars I know.

And when Razor TV says that you’re hitting all the right notes, I have to truly agree.


And I guess some other big names are also fans of yours. Look at who attended the concert in Singapore yesterday! Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were apparently singing along to We Belong Together!




A video posted by Caroline Wozniacki (@carowozniacki) on



Dear Mariah Carey, after yesterday night, I am now convinced that I will be your fans now and forever! I love you Mariah!


Your fan,

Adi Jamaludin

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tanggang: the Unfilial Son. Trailer part 1

Okay. Just gonna use this space to alert you readers of my upcoming production, presented by A.D.I Concept.




A.D.I Concept, a home-grown theatre and drama company, will be staging a play in English and Malay, titled"Tanggang – The Unfilial Son".


The show will run from 13 November to 15 November 2014 and will be staged at the Arts House, Playden.
Tanggang – The Unfilial Son tells the story of the retribution of an ungrateful son. Based on a Southeast Asian folklore about a young man from a poor village, named Tanggang, who left his mother to become a sailor in search of a better life; Tanggang – The Unfilial Son chronicles Tanggang’s life as he went on to become rich, eventually marrying a princess and then acquiring his own galleon.
Adi Jamaludin, founder and artistic director of A.D.I Concept, has always been inspired by the past, and particularly enamoured by Malay folklores and tales. Having finally found the time and finances to materialise his dreams of staging his own show, Adi explored a smorgasbord of old Malay stories before finally arriving at Tanggang.



Tanggang was chosen because of Adi’s fascination with the notion of mother-and-child relationship. Although decades-old, but the values portrayed are still very relevant in today’s context. Revolving on the subject of filial piety and sacrifice, Tanggang – The Unfilial Son sets out to dive into unchartered territory – exploring issues and reasons why Tanggang left his mother, as well as his deceit and betrayal.
Tanggang – The Unfilial Son is a collaborative effort between experienced theatre actors Adi, 32, Nur Khairiyah Ramli, 27, and newcomer Faizal Masjudi, 27. Doubling up as the play’s cast, they will be weaving elements of the folklore they have discovered through careful and dedicated research, into a modern context. The play will present how deep-rooted values and themes from the past are still applicable to the present, despite cultural and sociological developments.

Through Tanggang – The Unfilial Son, the trio hopes that traditional values and notions will strike a chord with the audience, regardless of age, culture or religious background.

Here are the details to the production;

Venue: The Playden, The Arts House
Date: 13-15 November 2014
Time: 13-14 November (8pm) 15 November (3pm) / (8pm)
Admission : $25/ $20 (concession)
                    : $10 for students below 13years old.  Enter the promo codes 
                      as shown below;
Standard (November 15, 8pm)
UNDER12
Standard (November 13, 8pm)
BELOW12
Standard (November 14, 8pm)
BEFORE12
Standard (November 15, 3pm)
BELOW12

Tickets can be bought at the following website;