Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Independence Day - what it means to be truly merdeka when our ability to love & think is truly set free. Here's an intimate book for how "A General Theory of Love"

I discovered this book quite some years ago, and managed to find it again to browse through the pages. The book is titled "A General Theory of Love" by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon.

Seeking love as an artiste
As an artiste, like it or not, we all seek love. Love from our partners. Love from our audience. Love from a potential employer (in this case: film directors and producers) But not all of us are lucky enough to get this "love". The loss or absence of this love should leave us wondering why it happened, and not pushing us to blame. A self-discovery is needed, and here is where this book proved to be very useful.

Now, not many people can stomach a book such as this, for it is a very detailed investigation into our human "love system". But be delighted by the use of beautiful prose and various analogies that make reading this book effortless.

The purpose is love, always
As artistes, to be successful really, you'll need to understand the purpose of our lives. And like it or not, it is basically to love. Personally, I embarked on this life of an artiste is really for the love in general. But I don't always get what I want. I believe it is a good thing, for it makes us contemplate about this life and reorganise our values again. Since it's our Merdeka Day, I think it's not enough we celebrate the past glories of liberation without truly liberating our minds first.

We are all blinded by superficiality, getting poorer by our desires
Success only blinds us. Failures help us learn more. Sometimes we get jealous of hearing other people more successful than us, or married some rich  datuk/datin. It's an awfully strenuous world we're living in, when so much is emphasized on the superficial: money, looks, status, fame, celebrity. And so little, almost nothing is dedicated to finding the inner-self. This book definitely helps me in understanding most of my angst, insecurities and frustrations in the early life of my artiste career. I hope it'll help other aspiring artistes too in the beginning of their journey. Love is not a fleeting desire, but finding contentment with what you have and how you use it.

Understanding love to be stronger
This book truly opens up my mind as to why most of us failed to truly love a person, the way we're brought up by our parents and its effects into adulthood, how to look deep in ourselves and discover the strength within. It also opens up my mind as to why we as Malaysians are weak in ways that we could actually be much stronger, but chose not to. Strangely, this book in some ways, helped me too in my acting technique. A word of encouragement: things that don't have anything to do with acting can surprisingly helps you in your skill. So open up your mind and explore! Or take our Artiste Training Course.



Correct the wrong starts with ourselves
In the end, all our successes and failures mean nothing if we don't ask what is love. In fact, nothing means anything lest there is love. This book could liberate some of us who are "hazy" or blur" about our relationship choices. It could make you see how wrong and chaotic our current world system is, and clear your understanding in finally finding love, hopefully for yourself despite your past disappointments.

Friday, August 13, 2010

How to clinch that commercial job



During my Artiste Training Course consultations, I received a lot of doubts from my potential students about their future in acting. Some of them complained that they lacked the "connection" or the "total package". Their doubts are all true and very real. Then, I posed them a question "Do you have the passion for acting?"

The definition of Passion
Passion is a very important ingredient in the life of an artiste. Now let me inform the readers here that passion is NOT about being emotional. Do not mistake passion as being this crazy genius portrayed in movies who are restless and can sometimes be delirious, which caused them to be undecided most of the times of what they want. Do not mistake passionate people as those who are negatively critical of others or dress up in a certain way. Far, far away from it.

Have the eagerness to learn
Being a true artiste is having this quiet, inner strength that enjoys what he is pursuing in his artistic field and gaining new knowledge everyday in propelling his ambition, despite what others may say about him. Learning is key. Sad to say, a majority of my potential students I've interviewed just don't have the propensity for learning. Most of them are so full of themselves, and have alot of pre-conceived ideas of the industry, like they know it all already. These students seem to think of themselves as smart already and people should already take them as artistes.

Know the why
Very sad, because I began to question WHY they want to pursue the life of an artiste? To me, the life of an artiste is really defined by the quality of your work. Not glamour, not popularity. There are times you have to go all out, but there are also times when you just have to sit back and be patient. So passion is an important ingredient. Once you realise your passion, then you're well on your way to clinching that job, of any kind.

Know the details
Because true passion will make you try again and again, even if you fail a thousand times. It is because passion made you study the details in your craft and technique first, so the performance is perfected in your head without wearing you out easily when you finally perform. Studying takes time and reading and referring to the right teacher. Also, passionate people knows who they truly are, and be themselves without fear. They simply have to be themselves, or they will just die! They also approve others for being themselves too, without any judgements.

So I hope these anecdotes help all you aspiring artistes out there in pursuing your dream job. Of course, there are more details you should obtain to beefing up your quality as an artiste, but these are just for brevity sake. Why not take up an Artiste Training Course to learn more? Warning: not all students will be accepted, only the truly passionate kind of course and that will be verified after an interview. Sadly to say, even now, I have yet to admit any new good students.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bila nak berbuka puasa, jom masak sama-sama

Macam Jamie Oliver Malaysia

Dah cukupla asyik makan luar "tapow". Kat luar sana, makanan dijual ada yang tinggi kandungan garam dan ajinomoto. Ada baik juga kita masak sendiri kan? Boleh pilih apa yang nak dimakan. Bihun ke, mee ke, nasi ke. Tahu la, ada pasar ramadan yang jual pelbagai jenis juadah istimewa sempena bulan puasa ini. Tapi ramai orang berpusuk-pusuk di luar sana. Nanti terserempak dengan peminat pula dan gosip, macam mana? Hmm, banyak pula pasang mata ligat memandang sana sini (ada yang pandang kat paha, ada di punggung dan pelbagai lagi tempat lagi badan Kris "dikorek" mata orang awam di luar sana tau? Bahaya) Baik juga masak di rumah, dapat tenangkan minda dan lupakan "kacau-bilau" di luar sana. Ada privacy dan ikut rentak sendiri kan senang?
Bahan masakan dibeli di pasar

Idea nak masak di rumah ini pun dah lama terpendam di hati. Seronok dapat beli barang di pasar hypermarket dan banding harga barangan runcit di hypermarket lain. Dapat juga ilmu pasaran. (ahaks, dah jadi macam suri rumah pula yek? Desperate Housewive, oh jangan) Banyak juga dibeli, seperti botol sos tiram, mee kuning dan tin ikan. Tin ikan sardin bagus untuk kesihatan dek. Ikan sardin ini merupakan salah satu "superfood" (makanan paling berkhasiat) di seluruh duna tau. Ini kerana ikan sardin ini kecil dan ligat berenang dalam air, tak makan banyak ruang laut yang kini sangat dicemari toksin menjadikannya salah satu jenis ikan yang paling kurang tercemar. Jadi kena makan banyak ikan sardin tau? Ada juga beli biskut krimer, untuk digigit bila lapar pada waktu malam dan rasa sunyi (eating fills the void, you know?). Iyala, biskut krimer ini jenama kegemaran Kris. Tapi, takut jadi gemuk pula jika makan banyak kan? Nanti orang tak suka kita bila jadi gemuk, camna? 

Induction cooker terbaru

Ini pula induction cooker yang baru dibeli. Murah sahaja dibeli kat UO shopping mall. Ada diskaun lagi tuh. Yelah, dengar banyak kebaikan masak cara induction, sebab tak guna gas dan senang dialih sana-sini. Tapi, dengar juga kawan cakap induction cooker ni makan banyak sangat elektrik, sampai bil elektrik dia melambung naik. Hmm, setakat masak sekali sekala di rumah takpe la kan? Macam eksperimen. Kalau tak jadi, bole bagi set ini kepada kawan lain. Eksperimen memasak Kris ini pun bermula. Bila masuk je minyak olive, dasar pan besi mula membara sampai keluar asap dan terbentuk kesan "U" pada permukaan pan. Hmm, entah bole guna lagi pan besi ni ke tak.

Bau sedap disambut angin sepoi

Puasnya bila dah berjaya masak satu hidangan ciptaan Kris sendiri. Bagai satu karya seni ciptaan sendiri. Inila dia jiwa seorang artis. Kreatif dan sentiasa ingin mencipta sesuatu yang baru. Menerusi masakan resipi ini, Kris puas dengan hidangan yang ada, walaupun tak seberapa. Semua pembaca di sini patut mencuba resipi terbaru Kris ni tau? Bila sudah bersedia untuk dimakan, seluruh deria dan jiwa Kris menyambut kehadirannya dengan penuh makna dan sayang. Yummy...

Mee Telur Ikan Sardin (Lazuwat!)

Ini dia resepi terbaru dari Jamie Oliver Malaysia, hehehe. Senang je untuk masak resepi ini. Mula-mula kena basuh mee dulu dalam air suam. Jika tangan pernah masuk tandas sebelum ni atau pegang benda-benda yang tak patut, kena basuh dulu guna antiseptik, baru bole sentuh bahan makanan. Apron pun kena pakai, agar baju tak terkena percikan minyak, sos atau api. Pastu masuk mee ke dalam air mendidih selama 3 minit. Waktu mee dididih dalam air panas, rejiskan minyak olive (sejenis minyak yang bagus sebagai antioksidan dan kurang kolesterol) ke dalam pan induction pula. Bole buat 2 benda sekaligus, agar masa dalam dapur tidak terbuang dan bila suami atau isteri balik dari kerja nanti sempat lihat hidangan yang tersedia. Balik semula ke resipi Chef Kris ni: bila minyak dah panas, masukkan 2 biji telur (yang telah dibancuh sampai tepu dalam mangkuk dulu) ke dalam pan. Bila telur dah mula masak, segera masukkan mee ke atas lapisan telur dadar, dan segera tutup elektrik. Gambar di atas adalah setakat hiasan je. Mirip macam muka siapa yek? Cukupla main teka-teki, jom makan! SATUmalaysia






Thursday, August 5, 2010

Let the adventure spirit beckons..humbly in a bus!






Some heat is good for you
Whenever an artiste is not busy working, he needs another project to keeps him going. Speaking for myself, I now have the time to start my little kitchen project. That means going to many electrical and kitchenware shops and scour for stuff. During the start of this project, I decided to be adventurous and took a bus ride. It was the only tiny little bus where NO ONE wants to sit in! As usual, I always like to help the underdog. So I decided to take this bus, when no one else in the bus stop care to even step in.

Stimulation from something so humble
It must be the heat. Whenever a person is hot, his mind will go elsewhere. Sitting in this bus, the heat inside activates some teenage memory I had back in my schooldays when I usually commute to school by public transportation. Sometimes the wind that comes through the window brings relief (look at first picture). You also get to feel the environment outside the busy road, which brings some form of interaction as compared to an air-conditioned bus where you are enclosed from the outside world. Some people like that, to be somewhat like a hermit, but I'm not. I love the textures and vibrations that is really stimulating to the mind and soul.

We are all fooled by the latest technology
As an actor, I am constantly seeking stimulating environments to help me awaken some long forgotten, or deeply buried emotions. So sitting inside this empty bus, I really get to observe little things like the writings on the walls. Warnings like "don't smoke" and "hold the handle" being sprayed is becoming a relic now, instead of the modern way of actually lighting the signages in neon lights.

It takes an underdog to understand one
I love people. Not all people. But those people who are really genuinely honest and hardworking folks like the bus driver and ticket collector (picture). The old Chinese male driver and female ticket collector must be having a hard time getting people into the bus. At the few of the bus stops, both of them cried out to the waiting passengers outside, but getting ignored instead. Most of the passengers prefer to wait for a better air-conditioned bus.

Support the unpopular, question the popular
In that hot humid bus, it got me thinking. Only certain artistes would be attracted to step into a bus like this. Nowadays, most people want the flashy modern and ultra comfortable bus coaches. All glamour and easy comfort. But to be real artistes, you truly must try something different in your life. This little humble bus could make you think in a new way. And appreciate the value of hardwork.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Exclusive Fashion Event - Drink, Talk & Be Merry













Get exclusive invitation happy-lah? Wait till you see the price tags
This exclusive fashion event is for credit card members only. For this brand, I think it is more famous for its handbags and accessories range. I invited one of my potential personal assistant candidates (still on trial) to attend to see how he fares in accompanying me in this sort of social setting. An ideal testing bed for future employee...smart right? (blink-blink) Personally, I was surprised to get this invitation from this particular credit card. Usually they want us to buy stuff in this kind of events. And mind you, these stuff are expensive! Over RM1000 for a bag, no kidding.

A peer into the goodie bag - surprise? ...Nop
Usually for this type of event, I never thought the crowd was going to be big. The stated time was 6.30pm, but way before that, guests were starting to arrive in droves already, thanks to the spy information provided by this potential PA (scores one point already, good...good). As usual, I like to be on time, not to arrive too early or too late either. After registering my name, I received a goodie bag consisted of a Royal Selangor pewter gift, key chain, a small note pad, 2 vouchers (one for eyebrow trimming, which I'm NOT going to use OUCH!) and a brochure. Nothing valuable I can use but my potential PA was keen to get one for himself. So I tried to get one for him, but it's for registered guests only. Too bad. But he got a picture of me and him together for the event photographer, so hopefully it'll help him get some publicity too. Watch out for the picture and story, for it'll be in the press soon.

Couch loving men, display grabbing ladies
I love observing people in a crowded event such as this. You will notice most of the ladies will be up on their feets, scouring through the racks and displays, while the men would mostly be sitting in the lounge area (see the pictures). There was this group of women whom I noticed, just gathered and chit chat among themselves without even checking out the items on display like the rest of the racing pack. Aha, we shared something in common. Slowly we come together like a pin to a magnet.

Help each other during social gatherings - talk!talk!talk!
It was nice to see some familiar faces in event of this sort. Immediately we struck up a very quick conversation and talked. In exchanges like these, words come up really rapidly and information process is extra speedy. I told them of some negative experience I had with so and so and they totally agreed with me that such people are not fit to do business. It's nice to have someone to share your feelings and warn each other of whom not to trust and most importantly why. Some of these people are from well respected companies, so they know the meaning of fairness and work ethics.

Binge on the food if you're not buying
If you're not buying anything in an event like this, then you better fill up on the food and drinks. They served finger foods like popiahs, meat balls, fried rice and mee in small cup portions and lastly for desserts some delicious coconut jelly, which I managed to stain on all over my jeans. But it's already fulfilling for me. Maybe it's because of the alcoholic beverages, cocktails and champagne that seem to put a spell on my hunger (and also trying to loosen my purse string, but that won't work for I am disciplined already). I tried every type of the alcoholic drinks served. The bartender wasn't particularly good in serving the guests, and were rude to the guests in some instances. And I'm telling you, these bartenders aren't Chinese or Indian - also can serve alcoholic beverages, if you know what I mean?

After the event, I am whisked off home, feeling extremely tired and already anticipating a hangover looming in my head. Really gain nothing from all these fralalas and hahahas. But at least I managed to get some dinner. And the food caterer for this event is from some very expensive restaurant. Nearly forget, also get to socialise with some people and show off my hat and clothes. Enough said. My mind and body are already drifting into a drunken stupor.