Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Stuff Magazine 8th Anniversary Party at Stage, Avenue K - the only VIP event I attended where I have to volunteer to win a nice prize on stage.

I'm the one with jeans
THANK YOU! If you enjoy my blog, kindly click "Join this site" button on the left side of this page AND 
*Click "Like" on my Official Facebook and follow my Twitter
*For requests to write and feature your product/services here in my blog, kindly Email

As I attend more and more VIP-invited events, I began to see that in Malaysia, there's really no distinction between first and second rate celebrities. All celebrities in Malaysia are the same in almost every way, be it their talent (or lack of). But there is a clear distinction between a rich and piss poor celebrity, for example like myself. I'm definitely not pulling in the big bucks like some of my Malay friends, so every time I'm invited to a VIP event like the recent Stuff magazine 8th anniversary, I'm just thankful. At least some of the magazine organisers recognise the uniqueness of my name, no matter how small it may be in our little local industry. But it also attracts other kinds of attention as well. The other attention I meant is from your colleagues, and this one came on to me at the event quite agressively.

Students Get All the Perks
Having 2 invites, I decided to pull in a close friend to join, but the event was held on a Friday, and my friend was working until very late. So I decided to pull in an ex-student of mine (see what nice perks you would get when you become my student in Artiste Training Course) to replace my absent friend. The venue was at Stage. The name of the club sound very easy to remember, being a stage actor before, it held a very distinctive ring to my sharp and beautifully-shaped ears. The neon lights on the club's name has a very Las Vegas feel to it, with its casino and performers posters lined up at the entrance of the club.

Not so Goodie
I was there on time, and find that there was some confusion at the VIP registration counter. As usual, after getting my goodie bag, I opened and was disappointed that it consisted only the magazine and a promotional pack plastic cleaner. I was surprised that the content won the cheap side, since the early advertising boasted quite a grand anniversary celebration like a lucky draw for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch 2. As usual, lucky draws are not for me, since it's usually luckier for others, which means I have to participate quite eagerly for other prizes, if there were any. So my student arrived, and we went into the club.


Cold Inside
I was right about the atmosphere of the club, it has 2 floors with steel handles all over the stage and the only stair leading to the upper floor. This was the first time I entered the club, mind you. Before we enter, 2 bouncers stamped a mark on our hands. We took our seats at the front row, right in front of the stage. Immediately, both of us felt very cold due to the air conditioning, which is a good thing, But my poor student, being in his skinny frame, was stuttering with chills. We joked about asking one of the bouncer for his coat, as if he's going to lend it to him. We also noticed how sexy the girls were dressed in when they walked passed us, and I pattered on my student to hang in there with the cold, seeing the girls are better at adapting this Icelandic condition better than him in their skimpy clothing.

Loud and Bright
Finally, the show started with an extremely loud call from the male host, Jerry. My ears almost exploded from the extremely loud call to enter the club. My student who went to the toilet also commented how loud the call was. The first round of the prize-giving was announced, and I quickly volunteered to participate in the guess and win round. There was another lady in her glowing sweat pants and bright green work-out T-shirt, and another man who dressed like he just finished his work at the office. I couldn't observe the other 2 participants correctly because the lights shining on the stage was so bright! All I could do was just blinking my eyes left and right and not look too funny to the crowd, since there are photographers around snapping at us.

Lovely Ears
When it comes to my turn and I have to pick a number, I looked at my student and he gestured me to pick number 1, which I did. What joy! I got to win a Chambers headphone by RZA! Before I could win it, I have to complete an easy task. The female host, Bridget showed me the paper, and I got the instruction - I have to pick someone in the crowd who wears a black top or dress. I have to walk down from the stage and did some searching  since the lights on the stage were blindingly bright! I practically turned both my fists into a binocular-shape to scan who is wearing black. The host announced I have a limited amount of time, and I quickly ran down and picked a white guy wearing a black shirt, pulled him up on the stage. The male host was very specific about the description of the game, but it was pointless because the way the instruction was written is faulty. And I got my prize.

Read about my past students' TOP TEN success stories here:
1) Coaching You to Success
2) Full Attendance
3) Fashion Students Showcase
4) Bigger Class
5) Taking Students on Roadshows
6) International Students
7) Student on Magazine Cover
8) Student Casting Session for Real Jobs
9) Students Photo Shoot
10) Students Performing for Event

Gossipy
I felt bad for my student that he didn't get anything, and encouraged him to be more participating in the next round of prize-giving. From the way I see it, the crowds went wild in the second round, because from the first round, I got such a delicious prize, and it got everyone excited and desire to win like me. Of course, we haven't come to the ultimate Samsung Galaxy Tab prize yet, but still, everyone wants something, anything! Luckily for me, I could just sit back and give other people their turn. I don't like to clamor and steal other people's opportunity to win. This time I would just observe and see others win. There was this Best Dress competition, and again I encouraged my student to embolden himself to walk up the stage and declare himself one of the best dressed, but he dare not. I supposed it must be the noisy and crowded atmosphere in the club, which could make one disoriented and dumbfounded. 

Close Encounter
In all this disorientation, one needs to have a company by the side. I noticed there were one or two person in the club who came alone, it's very hard because you'll feel so left out. I would try to be cordial and smile to others who are alone, of course we couldn't talk, for the music was extremely loud! Just a smile and the blink of an eye to acknowledge their presence. When my student went to the toilet (again) and I was alone at the table, one actor friend of mine suddenly appeared out of nowhere in front of me with 2 bottles of beer. Of course he's much older than me, and he was the former winner of a women's magazine most eligible bachelor. I was surprised by his presence, for he sort of hit the bottle at the table in front of me! I wonder why this "agressive" behavior, as it turns out he wanted me to get out from the chair and walked towards him. I did it, for fear what he might do next, but we just held each other closed and he whispered something into my ear, which I found it extremely hard to comprehend due to the loud music. I could make out certain words, but they sounded too controversial to write here. I quickly patted him on the back for the last film he acted in and congratulated him. As we were holding each other close, my student just came back and sat on his stool. Then, my actor friend left me.

Casual Exchange
I have a strange suspicion that this actor friend of mine was waiting for the right moment to approach me right at the time when my student left me alone to go to the toilet. Of course this was a meaningless approach, for you can hardly hear a word anybody is saying. The white guy whom I pulled up to the stage to win my prize was standing at the table next to ours, and he passed me his card, which I also did the same. I feel exchanging card is a far more better approach than actually talking in a place like this. My student and myself had so much fun talking, but even that at very very close ear range - for most of the time I was lost at his words.


For past artistic events I've attended can be accessed below:
Myanmar Art Review
Smartphones Unveiling Event
Fire-y Dragon Displays
Christmas 2011 Display
PC Fair Review KLCC
Student Art Fair
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Display Review
Fashion Show Review
Fashion Sales Preview Party
Launch Event - Pikom ICT Capsquare

Fact Check
We both noticed the male host did a glaring mistake when commenting on John Woo with directing the movie Brokeback Mountain. We both noticed how robotic at times the female host was commenting on the sponsors' products line while looking beautifully slim, no doubt, but still. And we were both at the front row! So naturally we get to spot the mistakes. But it was all fun to do so. Hey, nobody's perfect. But if you were on the stage, then perfection is your duty. Another thing I noticed is the absence of food. The event only serve alcoholic drinks. There was a fashion show, and we both agreed the models could be a little bit taller. 

At the end of the event, I clutched my prize extra tight for I've always wanted a nice headphones, and this time I got it! Not everyone at the event get a prize, only a select few. When the main prize of the lucky draw was on, the first 2  names announced was unanswered. I was appalled by such callousness, whoever that 2 person may be, they are missing out on quite an expensive prize (mine was perhaps the second most expensive). But perhaps they might find a better alternative already. After the event, my student and myself went to the mamak shop opposite to have our supper and we had a good talk about the event. Of course, he was curious of my headphone prize, and said that it only cost like RM80. But when I turned the pages of the Stuff Magazine, it turns out the price of the headphones was well over RM800! That's even more expensive than a pair of Dr.Dre Beats headphones! I couldn't take another breath....I remembered the photographer snapped a few pictures of me looking "breathless" with the editor of the magazine Nigel Yap. I made it a point to look "breathless" so hopefully my picture won't come out in the next issue of the magazine.


Our Artiste Training Course is the only comprehensive technology-assistedall New Features with the Best Industry Benefits to guide you from learning until clinching the job of your dreams + increasing your Quality of Life. Pricing of Exclusive Training Packages range estimates from RM950* - RM2500*, may defer depending on complexity. Terms and conditions may apply. 


* World-class Coach
* Flexible Timetable
* Monthly Installment Available
* Ready Portfolio
* Casting Ready
* Materials Included
* Extra Added Value Features 
* Friends Forever Pledge
* Reference Ready (to all your prospective future employers)

So what you waiting for? Call Mr.Liew at 0122350091 or email KRISLAWFANCLUB@GMAIL.COM to set up a 1-on-1 meeting consultation TODAY. Free tips below:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Small Birthday Party worth Sharing Big (to ALL my readers here). How to Keep the Excitement Going when there are Fires to Extinguish.


A display I saw that got me excited
about my birthday.
If you like my blog content, kindly become a MEMBER here by signing into your blog or click "Join this Site" button at the top left corner of this page. Or click like or follow:
*Facebook.com/krislawcc

Being piss poor is one thing, but celebrating an occasion is a must. Somehow I managed to come up the money to have a birthday party for myself to be shared with among close friends. No matter how rich or poor you may be, any good occasion should be shared with friends and celebrated with others too, and now my readers here can also be part of my special occasion. Below are the links to my past birthday celebration:
Restaurant Crew Celebration 2011
Birthday Dinner at Traders Hotel 2010




The chandelier I wish to have
Impressive List
A birthday party is like a metaphor for the way I would rule a country if I were the Prime Minister. Before I could even have a birthday party, I must check out the list of friends I have who would be worthy enough to be invited to be in my cabinet, so to speak. Wow, it sounds like I could have a career in politics (as if...) So I popped out my tablet, and check to see who I should invite. Firstly, of course, priority is given to friends who would really liven up a party atmosphere. I sent out a mass text message to my list,  of course I have already forecasted who would really attend, and whom wouldn't. Those that I've texted, is a form of obligatory invitation, for even if they don't respond, I wouldn't be at any loss. And those whom I've texted and expected they would reply, they really did. What an impressive list! Of course due to the small space of the venue, I am not making it into a huge crowd-like party, that would lose the appeal of intimacy and close-ness - some guests would sure feel left out in such big crowds (see how much thought I need to put into). It's also easier for me to clean up the house after the party, so I have to bear that in mind too. Thank goodness, those who RSVP-ed are quality people. It's a good mixture of people from different industries - Ms.H from the music industry, Mr.B from training, a college professor Mr.J, a film writer Mr.S, Ms.T from fitness, a married couple and some other poofs I won't mention here. Now, I must respect people's privacy and wouldn't divulge any real names for this group of people are quite "well-known", some are respected in their own rights. Of course, the other reason is they granted some of my birthday wish list.

Utensils ready
Small is Good
Of course the way the invitation is sent out must have some form of call for action. Seriously, I have no time to wait for anybody's respond, so I was clear about the deadline. The smaller the crowd the better, for then I wouldn't have to prepare so much food and clean up too much mess afterwards. Besides, I'm not the sort of person who wants a whole truckload of presents (like some of my friends), and invite one huge list of people. I also open up my invitation to my students too. The one glaring point I notice is my students from the city are much too stuck-up (or perhaps too busy?) to respond, unlike my students from the rural towns or from the Northern states are really nice and cordial. Sending invites is a good way to filter the courteous ones from the unappreciative. That way, in the future, I can further narrow down my list of friends for other gatherings I might have (the next one probably in Paris, ceh...). I love small stuff, so most of the things I prepare tends to be small in portions, but that allows me to have variety! Seriously, I need to dig in deeper to find out who would eat what and which food is suitable, so a profile review is a must for each guest invited.

For past artistic events I've attended can be accessed below:
Myanmar Art Review
Smartphones Unveiling Event
Fire-y Dragon Displays
Christmas 2011 Display
PC Fair Review KLCC
Student Art Fair
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Display Review
Fashion Show Review
Fashion Sales Preview Party
Launch Event - Pikom ICT Capsquare

The dessert portion is a bestseller
Variety of Food
I remembered my 18th birthday, and I was in the Sixth Form where I invited all the girls to attend my party. I cooked for the first time too, I invited girls from different races, and was glad at least some whom are not Chinese. I hate it when a group consists only mainly Chinese, or Malay, or Indian. I like my birthday party to be for everyone, of course I learned a lesson from the first birthday party I planned. It turns out the food I made wasn't too sensitive to the palate, so to speak. But my girlfriends walloped the food just the same, hehe. Especially the Malay girls. Now, being in this type of mode to plan a birthday gathering, the food I had in mind would be of variety - mostly fried, halal, non-halal and maybe even vegetarian. I decided to cook part of the food, and the other part I would buy from outside. The problem is - I still haven't a clue how many guests would actually come! I hate wastage, so I need to do an estimate - this requires a sharp and observant mind like mine. I bought 7 big bottles of soft drink, and I still have some tea leaves left in the jar, so I could make some tea if anyone wanted one. I've ordered a cook to prepare some fried foods for me on the day itself.

A mixture of halal and non-halal food
Porridge and Crackers (for the demanding guests)
I hate dealing with friends whom are undecided whether to attend or not, but they are still bearable compared to this one that declared he would only showed up if certain criteria of the gathering are met and he's even dared to tell me that he would come not bearing gifts. Thank goodness, with my wisdom, I managed to slip in a few warnings like I might serve porridge and crackers for guests who have the flu. I'm sure he would be one of them if he did in fact showed up with his demanding persona. Porridge and crackers seem like a mighty fine way to cull the effects of the flu, tis the season of the flu right now here in Malaysia. This particular friend of mine truly need those for he's really overweight and crammed in food like there's no tomorrow! I would be very afraid to have him in my birthday gathering, for the fear that food would not be enough! Most of my guests are slim, lean and medium-sized bodies, but for the sake of variety, I thought of adding him along. But soon, his mouth would be his undoing - if he ever shows up in my party! Courage, please guide me.

After party garbage to discard
Out of Context
The evening when I was expecting my guests, I quickly estimate who would arrive. I divided my friends into 2 groups - those who take things seriously and those who doesn't. The first were the group who take themselves quite seriously, meaning most of the time I would have to share about my life happenings, and take the effort to infuse the fun spirit, because most of the times they just keep quiet. Sometimes this group would steer into some serious (or sensitive) topics of conversations, which I have to quickly extinguish any potential fire that might ignite. That's the thing - it's easier to extinguish any fire with people of the same head as if compared to a group with many different heads. There was an incident when my overweight friend (yes, he did shamelessly appeared without any gift whatsoever at hand except his big mouth and 3-stomach) delved deep into the topic of religion, where my other 2 guests (who is a couple for a year now) have some very reserved opinion about it. It was also an opportunity for me to see how this couple is doing for I cared about them and they have sort of distanced themselves from me, and from the looks of it - very little display of affection between the two during the party and probably trouble in paradise? Anyway, when the topic of religion was kept on going, I quickly interjected and tried to change the topic. The problem is - somehow, some other serious topics crop up in the end, and this time was about corruption! Yes, I do acknowledge these issues are real, but as usual, for this group, they're too much into their own world to see that they're actually at a party! Cheer up a bit, fellas?

The pristine condition before the pillage
In the Spirit
Quickly, after the mentioned time, I easily whisked my first 3 guests away with their consent, and get ready to serve my second group of guests - whom I would say doesn't take life too seriously. But my first 3 guests are very interesting to have as company, for their view of the world is a total opposite of my other guests. Since I'm the Prime Minister of this party of mine, I can do anything and get away with it. One of the guests from the second session actually texted me to enquire who are the first group of guests, which I hated to answer, but did so quite gracefully like an actor should do. It's very hard to manage guests with different temperaments, and being a host, I have to keep an open ear to listen to any potential sarcasm or comments that might "offend" the other party. I wouldn't have to worry much for the second group of guests who are coming, for they are really different, in a way, they know the context of the event - which is a party, and they know they're supposed to have fun anyway. And what fun did we have! The jokes was outrageous but the camaraderie between friends are there and I truly feel it. And the presents....and the laughs and the jokes. If my life were to end tomorrow, this would be the best way to celebrate it. The food were all finished by the last group, thank goodness I have the foresight to "ration" the content appropriately, which was necessary due to the fact I couldn't predict how many were really coming.

Entertainment center - who needs it
when the Host is entertaining enough?
Tips for becoming a Gracious Host
This is one of the tricks I used to give a visual feast-y expectation. The plates I bought fit nicely on the palm, and the content of the food I would piled up so high for my guests, most of them would squeal "enough already". It really worked, as evident in the same technology used by Apple to make their 3.5inch screen looks "big and delicious" (see how I'm that creative to connect one with two). I also volunteered myself to be the waiter, since I am the host, it keeps me busy whenever the topic of conversation in the group turned utterly boring (also to ration the food, tsk, tsk). Always expect your guests to fumble or spilled stuff and liquid - and always assure them everything is alright. Only invite the number of guests whom you can handle during and after the party. And the after party is always plenty of work - the cleaning. But for this party, I kept everything simple and easy, so there weren't much back-breaking work to do. Also expect any late-night guest came knocking on your door. I received one, and this one is one of the dirtier boys, which I have to clean the little "unseen mess" he left behind. Geez, talk about being a popular party.


Our Artiste Training Course is the only comprehensive technology-assistedall New Features with the Best Industry Benefits to guide you from learning until clinching the job of your dreams + increasing your Quality of Life. Pricing of Exclusive Training Packages range estimates from RM950* - RM2500*, may defer depending on complexity. Terms and conditions may apply. 


* World-class Coach
* Flexible Timetable
* Monthly Installment Available
* Ready Portfolio
* Casting Ready
* Materials Included
* Extra Added Value Features 
* Friends Forever Pledge
* Reference Ready (to all your prospective future employers)

So what you waiting for? Call Mr.Liew at 0122350091 or email KRISLAWFANCLUB@GMAIL.COM to set up a 1-on-1 meeting consultation TODAY.