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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

MY SINGAPORE FLING! A weekend to remember for a long time.


First of all, before i start, i wanna give a shout out and a big Assalammualaikum to all my Singaporean Fans and KODOKS that i managed to meet with during my break in Singapore the past couple of days. You guys were awesome and it was ultra-terrific to finally be able to meet you guys.

How can one describe the feeling of sheer joy, the feeling of pride and the awesome experience of being there in singapore to support my friends and the group of outstanding Malaysian artistes who performed their hearts out at the Singapore Esplanade for the past four performances of Puteri Gunung Ledang the musical. DAHSYAT DAN MEMBANGGAKAN!!!!

Even the Guy who runs the ESPLANADE (a huge theatrical space much like Istana Budaya, which has hosted many international theatre productions ) was so terkejut (in awe) at how the singaporean audience responded at the show : STANDING OVATION for all shows!!! gempak siut. And i have been made the official groupie of PGL, pasal muka i memang tak tau malu.... as my wife cakap. One of the top Malaysian celebrities a groupie... PERSETANKAN! aku kata, aku bukan artis kontrol macho dan tak berperasaan... KERJA YANG BAGUS kita sokong habis-habisan.

I manage to wrangle some tickets to watch the matinee in singapore so i took all my visionworks staff there and we had a ball. Sampai terujalah sehingga tak nak balik the following day. We managed to wrangle our way into the VIP box for the last nite’s performance and although the viewing was limited we were barely three metres away from the stage and we found another level of appreciation for the performance. Me and my lovely wife were in PGL heaven and loving every minute of it.

What i was really surprised with was how the Malaysian artistes were treated there. We would assume because we think the singaporeans are all kiasu that diorang pun sure kontrol-kontrol gak but to the contrary... they were amazingly warm and supportive. I think my beautiful wife was also kinda surprise at how well the stars were treated there, kat Malaysia ni, unless u are MAWI or DATUK SITI... Nak suruh orang tepuk tangan pun... berlepek-lepek bunyinya.

The main cast were Amazing as usual.TIARA AND STEVE were reprising their roles, which i can never see anybody else doing because they have stamped their mark and sheer class into their characters. Stand out performances came from the ADIPATI (AC MIZAL), MAHMUD of MELAKA (ADLIN AMAN RAMLIE) and to my surprise an exquisite performance from BAYAN (IDA MARIANA). Tapi yang amat outstanding adalah the CHORUS LINE (the dancers and extras to some of you). Komitmen diorang sampai berlenang airmata gua tengok. They really gave it their all, HEART, BODY SOUL and whatever else they can give.

Pemuzik-pemuzik tengah 'break it DOWN' for the curtain call.
Standing ovation di esplanade memang gila babs..
Pamanku Patin taking a well deserved bow.
The picture says everything.Nasib baik last show, kalau tak memang tak pegi keje la aku esok.
Aqasha and Adlin after the show, memang dahsyat mamat tu. Hats off to you brada.
Mac Chew the new musical director is all smiles and all hugs.
Stephen Rahman aka Hang Tuah pun kuat peluk orang jugak rupanya. Tapi gua pasti mereka 'HANYA KAWAN'. heehee.
Mohd. Afif anak sultan Mahmud juga berlakon filem SUMOlah... Watch out for this kid he is going to be a major star in our country.
The creation team of PGL the Musical. Thank you guys for the gift. I would watch this journey over and over again.
Bersama the chorus line. What hard working talents they are.
You guys deserve another photo.
The wonderful, talented , sexy and married Ida Mariana who plays Bayan, what a performance by her.
I'm too sexy for my shirt.
the cast thanking the musicians in the pit while going to their meet the fans session.
Jenny Chin, Boudeng, Mac Chew and Me. The Roslan Aziz Production team reunion or as MAC calls it, 'The masih boleh cari makan club'
My bro AJI the latest addition to the musicians line-up. My songwriting partner for ERTI HIDUP.
The most talented ensmble of Malaysian musicians ever to be put together for PGL THE MUSICAL.
The stage backdrops hanging on the trusses
Mukasurat terakhir skrip PGL the Musical yang sedang terbuka onstage
stage manager punya console to make sure everything is going well. macam sekuriti guard punya control room aje.
PAT GUI, PGLM punya stage manager. the person running the show on stage.
View from stage left at the Esplanade theatre.
And so the journey ends in Singapore.

I am so proud of them and so proud that we as Malaysians have a world class production in our hands. As I have said before and I will say it again, this production deserves its own home in Malaysia where people from everywhere can keep coming and be filled with all the energy , zest and talent that our country can offer.

As for my wife and me, well let’s just say we had a great time and loved our time together. She is my love, a great companion and I am so blessed to be able to experience life with her. Oh and she is a major PGL groupie too.

POWER TO THE ARTS

AFDLIN SHAUKI

63 comments:

Izzudin said...

proud...proud...proud...proud...proud....proud...proud....proud...Webek...

~peNgLipuR LaRa~ said...

PGL is indeed a very wonderful performance!! Glad they came by to Singapore Shores! Nasib beli tiket awal-awal. Kalau tak, pasti gigit jari!

Salam, dari orang seberang. (",)

Lizzam said...

PERSETANKAN!... KERJA YANG BAGUS kita sokong habis-habisan.

- well said!

Shaiful and Wife said...

Harlow Afdlin? Tak sangka me can post msg to a malaysian KLAKAR GILER nya artiste on his own blog! I'm Shaiful and my beautiful wife..ehem..Sulastry! We went for the Premiere on Fri ..wow! Memang betul...SANGAT MEMBANGGAKAN! Woot! PGL ROCKZ! Dasyat! My beautiful..ehem wife...sampai berlinangan airmata...Dasyat tu! Hehe...anyway we S'poreans salute u guys..especially PGL which in my opinion is A WORLD CLASS STANDARD MUSICAL! Hidup Melayu! Daaa....

Lady Mephis said...

Can i sign up as one? So that I can proudly say.. I'm an official PGL groupie too! And I'm searching for its soundtrack cd.. did u happen to get any extra? I need it! Real bad.. grrrr..

Anonymous said...

glad you enjoyed your stay in singapore :D and pls be welcomed to have more plays here. we heart them to pieces!

sulfuricacid said...

uuu... groupies... me want be too... heheh (buat suara cam jar-jar binks)

StimGam said...

yes! i have to agree.. PGL was awesome except for a few things lah.. sikit je tak banyak.. my first musical in years. dan yang membanggakan lagi, dia production melayu. the whole experience was unbelievably great. and to top it all of, i took a pic with one of PGL's groupie fan.. YOU! hahahah.. check out your pic at me blog -> StimGam
semoga berjumpa lagi di masa hadapan...

Rini said...

Yes! Yes! *Excited*

i agreed with u..
Such a first-rate..superlative perfomance..
i had a fantabulous time watching PGL...

tapi sayang, i tak dapat amik gambar dgn si hensem tu la

Riz said...

First of all.... Kudos for the wonderful staging in Singapore. The PGLM team did extremely well and it proves that "Kesenian Melayu" terlalu indah untuk di sorok-sorok kan. Bring it all out guys... Bring PGLM to international levels. We have non-malays @ the plays in Spore and they enjoyed every bit of it just as I did with my friends. We're glad that PLGM came to our shores and we're hoping that they'll make a come back. As a Singaporean, I'm proud how collaborations between Dick Lee and the rest of the M'sian PGLM team has produced such haunting musical piece that it overshadowed the soundtrack of the "Movie" itself. Well done guys... You have found yourselves another home @ esplanade.

Afdlin, do extend my heartfelt congratulations to the PGLM team. Let them know they'll always be remembered here. And please make a return. We'll be waiting.

74nik said...

Afdlin -i missed seein you thre.. i pegi on fri.. sesape yg p on fri tu - GEREK KAN !!!! performance by them - TOPP !!!! Proud to say, this is the MOST ENJOYABLE musical that i have watched...n know what, e' musics are still playing in my head!!!!!!!! tell the PGL team - they are superb...n ask Tiara - any new musical she has in mind?? :)
lady memphis - heard on sun nye show, the cds are sold out!!!
are they going to produce more cds?? my friends wanting it tooo

Ria said...

Great performance guys... My heart is still racing everytime I recapped the performances in my head. Gusti Adipati... you stole the show... Felt in love with the character... AC Mizal... you're truly a talented performer.

By the way, I'm looking to get my hands on the PGLM soundtrack. Any ideas? I'm a Singaporean and didn't know that they were selling the soundtrack during the play dates. Or maybe it was sold out then. Please let me know if you guys can help me on this. Thanks...

funky putz said...

hey Alf this is Tiara... thank you babe for the kind words. We couldn't have come this far without the kind of home support that has always been there from season 1 and 2 in KL. And yes bro, you is officially GrOOvie GrOOpie of the year without a doubt. We should have a proper ceremony to honor the PGLM groupies sometime, ha ha!

Thanks too to all you guys who came out to show yr support. The response from Singapore audiences was overwhelming, to say the least. And I've enjoyed reading all your blogs, its part of our post mortem of the singapore season! We'd be only too happy to come back, just call our name.

Beta, Gusti Puteri Raden Ajeng Retno Dumilah... hee hee. x

pinklady said...

Waaa....nasib baik I came back, ada gambar pulak!

74nik said...

ria - tink u can check out @Esplanade whether they have any.. i told my friends to do that too...

W@LiYAh Zain@h said...

Adflin!!!!! I saw u at Esplanade on 25/11/2006 after the show, i was hyperventilating. Lets just say i was star-strucked. (nasib baik Hans tak ada, if not i would have fainted)I was uber excited to take a photo with u. u were so nice and polite. And yes!!!!!! Proud to the max with PGL. It was was so good that when i gave standing ovation, i cried abit. That was the happiest Bday celebration i ever had. celebrating it with PGL was a privilege and once in a lifetime experience.
And i wan to be a PGL groupie as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zarifah Idris said...

Heylow, kite nampak Bro n wife tau.. tapi nak dtg dekat, u were on e hphone la.. kite takut disturb u talking2.. Anyways dtg2 la S'pore slalu!

PGL was super super awesome! Fantabulous!! Standing ovation is a MUST 4 u guys. Gerek 2 e core la.. looking forward 4 more 2 come.. PGL world tour next yr perhaps? Yea man I wanna be a member of e PGL groupie too ya.. power 2 e ARTS! Feewwitt! Take care yek. ;)

haz said...

It's terrific to finally see a big production by Malays for Malays to applaud and give a standing ovation...an original that even could be staged in Singapore..wow

Liyanna said...

Hey there.. We (namely, me and my kakak) saw you at da esplanade oso. (dah mcm org giler, point2 at ur direction n speculating.."Betol kee tu dier??hmm") But sayang.. we didn't get to meet u n wifey up close. Sebab once we went out.. org dah bertepek pat luar tunggu autograph. I oso want autograph.. so I pun join..
Actually, it's quite rare for esplanade to allow a malay play/musical to be staged there. so tepukan yg tersangat gemuruh for PGL for making their mark there. It was spectacular! spectacular!. Tiara cun giler, Stephen, walaupun pelat, biler pat dier tarik suara.. fuhhh!!!.. Ouh and AC mizal... power to the max!! bulu keningnya tak leh angkaatt.. n lakonan dier very very outstanding. Being an avid theater enthusiast, I rasa AC did an excellent job.. oopss.. dah macam PGL nyer comment board plak I buat.. sorrry!!..ouh.. we tak sabar for SUMOlah to mendarat to Sg..

ria said...

74Nik...

Thanks for the info... I'll make an enquiry there...

chedd.eddie.yusoff said...

abang cip kodok!!!!!! thank you berjuta juta kali to you for being our biggest supporter. u being there cukup menaikkan semangat! if kintul is goblok 3 kali.. u tiada gobloknya sebab u r our biggest penaik/pemangkin semangat!!!

thanks for putting my face and megat photo there. abang cip kodok, kalau i nak that photo in full resolution boleh tak? including the ensemble photo with u... i have some photos of u at makansutra also.... how to email u ha?

cheddyusoff@gmail.com

Mohd. Faiz Hakim said...

Ong ong gedeg gedeg gedeg. Good post post from you bro. I am so damn proud just reading it. I can clearly understand how you felt!! Malaysia Boleh, Singapore Boleh, Melayu Boleh... Kita boleh apa...

Artis Glamer said...

Afdlin Shauki!!! You are so Malaysian, So Actor, So Boss, So Malay, So Husband, So Director, So Singer, So Blogger, So Friend, So Father, So Idol, So Gempaq, and So Far So Good!! Hope to have more of your geniuses in the years to come!!

Artis Glamer Salute the Best Person in all category. Gua Caya Sama Lu!!!

74nik said...

Afdlin!!! i nak jadik PGL groupie gak!!! how to ah??

norabella said...

Afdlin, It was a fantastic performance. I saw you and wife seating at the VIP box. I was there on Sat & Sun nights - 2 nights in a row and could not find any fault/differences on their performances.

Its all about the great actors, actress, back up singers/dancers, musicians, props, lightings, sounds and everything of PGLM is 1st class! Gusti Putri, if you are reading this, my sincere congratulations to you. Also to AC, Adlin, Stephen (fuh...), Yalal, Ida for your extremely great performances. Come back again...Singaporeans will be waiting for you with open arms..

kint said...

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!ENCORE!!!!!
i watched on sat show..N I pat blkg u..it was so outstanding...nvr could imagine that PGL the musical was dat gd..
im so PROUD seh to be a malay..Singaporeans were waitin like crazy for the musical..
tank god,my sis bought tickets online..if nt..melepas..i oso nak masok pgl groupie..mcm ane ah...
i will watch it agn n agn n agn..support them sampai biler2..hidup melayu..sampaikan kat dorg eh,singaporeans nak tgk lagi k..haha..

74nik said...

guys n gals
i juz called up esplanade.. nak ask pasal soundtrack lah... e' guy said "mayb nex yr they comin back since response has been so good"

Ria said...

If it's really true that they'll be making a return... that'll be simply wonderful.... Can't wait man... Hope, they'll be here for longer play dates... and please... bring more of the musical soundtrack....

And please, don't change the castings... these people are so great that I couldn't imagine anyone else doing their roles... Especially for Gusti Puteri, Hang Tuah, and even more for Gusti Adipati... Similarly for Mahmud Melaka... No one can deliver that role the way adlin did...

colourful chicken said...

afdlin...kenapa tak tabgkap gambar dengan producer PGL?

rash said...
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rash said...

sporeans had waited for the play like crazy! nasib baik esplanade proposed PGLTM...it was great! sangat membanggakan! a huge and great production with an international standard!

if there is ever a re-run of the musical, smua sporeans dengan berbesar hati akan sambut dgn tgn terbuka! just keep e same actors.. syabas!! tak sia2 kluar duit!

aishah said...

wow...you so hebat!!! wish i could have the chance to see PGL again coz i am so darn proud of the whole production...still amazed sampai sekarang ni!!! thanks for the updates :)

zafi said...

naisb dah tengok 2 kali sblm dtg uk nih... ya memang best! proud to be malaysian.. hope dpt la buat kat royal albert hall london pulak.. amin..

Krayzie said...

This is a living proof on why we should work on PASSION driven not MONEY.. I personally believe that if you do anything sincerly, it will all be worth it at the end of the day!! Proud to have Malaysia that have such a high passion on producing a good stuff!! I know you are of of those people too Cip!! Salute!!

kekure said...

Bro,lu lawak giler la kat Alcatel Lucent 1 day celebration..pasni buat album tajuk tembikai susu idaman hahahahahaha

ArSe-SeNG said...

Morning, evening or afternoon Afdlin...i'm Liang Seng here. Erm...I have no idea how to put this, but no it's not to say I Love You... :P Erm, I'm from Kolej Pendeta Za'ba, Universiti Putra Malaysia actually, and we're planning to hold a charity event in UPM. This event is still in the planning but I would like to know if you could possibly grace the event? It is sort of a show, erm..something like a concert but not totally singing. Right now, I do not have any idea when is it...but for sure it'll be between Januray to March 2007. Well, hit me back at liangseng85@yahoo.com. I'll try to provide more details to you ASAP. Meanwhile, enjoy whatever you do, have a nice day and good luck to SUMOLAH! Oh btw, the international poster is somewhat nice but the local poster is creative. Not sure what the locals will think of the As* there...but it might generate good publicity for the movie. :P Hope to hear from you...Thanks and good day!

Aqasha said...

are u up for P.Ramlee Musical bro?
;-)

tina said...

CO : With the movie, I understand you plan to market it in Thailand, Japan and Singapore. What kind of response do you expect?

Afdlin : Oh, I don't know. If we even open in one cinema abroad, it would be great for me. I don't want it to be a festival (themed) movie. I just want it to be a distributed movie, a movie that's seen by the masses in another country – a movie that can be appreciated by other people.

http://cinemaonline.com.my/news/news.asp?search=afdlin_shauki

awak cakap macam tu sebab tak dapat/sempat masuk tokyo film fest ke bang?

selambakodok said...

menarik tu p.ramlee musical.

megat sharizal said...

AUwww.... seksinya gambar i tak berbaju!!! (itu adalah gambar pembesar melaka lepas kena pecat sebab puteri tak setuju nak kawin ngan sultan)

GOBLOK 3 Kali!!!!

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Anonymous said...

dianyulaiha@sg cakap:
kodok...kita pun tak lei carry ler tgk teater pgl. i manage 2 watch d 1st nite. it was awesome n flawless.

we,(i meant my other half n i)were gawked sampai nak terkeluar air liur mendengarkan sound system yg splendid tuh.

a BIIGGG KUDOS 2 all d crews 4 d splendid night n energetic performance. especially, yg tak tersangka...gusti adipati. my feveret cast! ahakz!

nina najwan said...

brader,
kita ada banyak great talent kat negara kita sendiri. tapi ada kalanya orang kita terlepas pandang, sebab banyak jerung yang dok keliling tu asyik pikir "siapa aku nak makan" hari ni so that perut aku kenyang (dan aku tak peduli orang lain lapar ke, mati kebulur ke, apa ke...).
banyak komen yang kat media tu pasal apa yang kita ada, hanyalah komen2 telur tak cukup masak, yang datang dari mamat yang dia sendiri tak tahu apa dia cakap (survival la tu...)

Anonymous said...

testing aje, maaf.

Shah said...

Very true what you said. PGL the musical deserves a permanent staging in Malaysia so that people from everywhere can come to experience it. Why not build a theatre just for PGL in Melaka instead of some eyesore of a tower...

Aliza said...

i tend to agree that PGL shud be staged (well, not permanently -- the actors need breaks too right?) on regular basis to enable more people to watch it.

i missed it BOTH times it ran in KL, and my office is just a stone's throw away from IB (Istana Budaya) :-(

think it'll run for another season here in KL? ;-p

Anonymous said...

singgah sini kalau sudi ye.

http://melovemalaysia.wordpress.com

shaybaby said...

i was there too!!!!!!!!!! awesome! i even took pic wif you har har.. wei email or drop a line. send u d pic!

shaybaby said...

why my pic never come out one.. anyway nice to drop by here!

Zul said...

No matter what you do.. i will be here at ur back.. near to your tulang belikat.. erm.. can't wait to watch your new film..

hanida said...

terharu membacanye!! happy for dat! hidup PGL!! x dapat pi spore, dpt baca bro nye comments pun dah terasa happy..neways x sabar nk nengok sumolah..bro comel sgt dlm poster tuh!!rasa nak cubit2 je!! ahaks mane kuar dulu losfaun or sumolah???

Cik Pah said...

I lah kodok yang excited dpt jumpa U kat tempat makan lepas last PGL performance... Thanks for being so sporting. Gambar U cute sangat... Thks again!

nahsuri said...

terima kasih kerana hadir di kota singa untuk menyaksikan PGL the Musical....Saya Asnah dan suami tercinta Samsuri benar-benar berbangga dengan produksi itu... walaupun ia produk Malaysia saya tetap memberikan sokongan jitu... sempat tengok dua kali... baru betul Malaysia BOLEH!!! Moga PGL akan berlabuh di Esplanade pada tahun 2007. Pasti hebat!!

N|i|N said...

From the pics, nampak macam everybody had a great time. I envy you guys!

compaq said...

i salute 2x for those penerbit who tried their best to lift our movie industry to another level by the name of Cinta and a few which i cant remember to name. truth is, i rarely go to the cinema to watch malay films, its not that i dont want to support the movie industry, but i do pay RM10 for a seat in the cinema and i dont want to go out and kutuk mengumpat session bermula. but cinta, differs it all. a five(thou too much) episode of love being told in one show. thats five movie in RM10, earns my KUDOS to the ppl who involve in it. as we can see, there will always 3 story in one show by foreign films, which is 3 movie for RM10.

Huei said...

Wow cool! :)

Kahera said...

Afdlin...

I'm proud that PGLM came to our shores. It's truly refreshing to see such a fantastic Malay musical. I think, Tiara should push PGLM further. They are capable of being the East's Phantom Of The Opera. And in my opinion, this musical should be forever imprinted in a form a dvd or vcd. Yes I understand that the feeling of watching a video wouldn't be the same as being there @ the musical but it give PGLM a venue to spread it's identity further beyond Asia's shores. It'll allow people from other countries to see a Malay production at its best. It'll allow sceptics to see what Asian is capable of. So, there, I strongly urge for PGLM to be cut into a dvd and vcd... I really hope so...

Nur Atiqah said...

Lain kali abg afdlin datang lah singapore lagi! :D jgn malu jgn segan!

azrul zaidi said...

thanks bro for the support..i'm felt proud as one of the chorus line or ensemble since season 1...and from the beginning we saw the siblings of malaysian artiste also coming and supports us..thanks god...for ur info i'm are the datuk bentara and also sultan's backup dancer for titah sultan song...browse me up at perihalku.blogspot.com...once again thanks bro...i will send to you the pic tat we take at the makansutra

Anonymous said...

pendedahan aurat. JAKIM akan datang.

Anonymous said...

Puteri Gunung Ledang Musical rocks!

Went for both times the showed in Malaysia (despite the questions from my friends -why gilerkan sangat tgk Puteri tuh nyanyi?)...

but, sadly, couldn't make it to Singapore.. too many halangan.

~Sarah Kambali~

Antares said...

TOOK ME A WHILE TO READ ALL THE RAVES... SPINE-TINGLING!!! SO HAPPY FOR TIARA AND THE PGL GANG, THIS KIND OF UNMITIGATED SUCCESS IS HARD TO COME BY... AND AS FOR YOU, AFDLIN... ERM... DO YOU NEED AN AGENT? 10% CUKUP LA.

P.S. Just started blogging recently, collecting blogbuddies, and yours gets added tonight! (Great entertainment value, for sure :-)