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New Year Resolutions Part 2

December 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

It is the last day of 2011! If you have no plans, make your way to ENCORP Strand! As stated in yesterday’s post, the Malaysia.com team posed a series of questions related to New Year, especially the ever famous New Year Resolutions, to Julie Woon and Megan Tan, the two lovely emcees for Mystical Eve 2011. They went out and sought some answers from your average Malaysians. The following is the last five questions we posed and the respective answers by the interviewees.

Adam Zain was kind enough to tell us what he thinks about New Year resolutions


Interviewees

JF: Judith Flora, Orchan
DL: Dennis Lau
R: Roshan
AO: Andy Ong
SY: Su Yi
AZ: Adam Zain
JA: Jern Ai
BL: Barbara Lam
SC: Su Ci
LT: Lyn Tan

Jern Ai

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2012?
JF: To be able to complete my Masters course and get married.
DL: To be able to realise my long time goal of an upcoming concert / showcase, to continue making more good music, music videos and movies. But most of all, I would like to pray for world peace!
R: To be honest… I do not understand the concept. WHY should anyone wait till end of the eyar to change their ways? If you do not like something about yourself… then do something about it IMMEDIATELY!
AO: I have not made any at the moment.
SY: Probably to have a better management of my finance :p
AZ: I feel like a party pooper for saying this but I’ve reached the stage of not bothering with resolutions. Self-improvement and goals should be set at anytime of the year and at any frequency. Plus I am not smart enough to come up with original resolutions.
JA: To be more up for going out with friends at night even if I have to work the next day… and save up to furnish my new apartment!
BL: I will stop replying to funny jokes that I hear by saying LOL!
SC: Same as every year – to be a royal princess legally! CLEARLY, New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken. Hahaha…
LT: Work on continuous improvement in all aspects of my life

What is your idea of a perfect New Year’s countdown party?
JF: A party that is filled with performances such as singing and dancing to lighten up the joy of the coming New Year
DL: Bubblebath with Champagne
R: Being able to spend it with my mom and my family members, as it is my mom’s birthday, so we normally have a party for her.
AO: Being with the people I love and making great memories!
SY: Spending it with the people that I care and the company that I enjoy
AZ: Chilled out with the closest people in my life and avoiding the crowds.
JA: To be surrounded with family and friends at a fun yet low-key gathering.. lots of yummy food, dancing, music and laughter. Maybe even Twister or Taboo!!
BL: Fireworks, free flow and great friends around!
SC: A secret-no-cameras-allowed-type-of-lingerie-party? :p
LT: Being with loved ones. Have endless funny conversations and do all things fun all night long. No matter where you may be, it’s the company that matters the world.

One of our willing interviewees, Barbara Lam


Are New Year’s celebrations too hyped up?

JF: They are, since this is only done once in a year.
DL: Yes, actually I feel that’s the same with birthdays. I am not so hyped up about it unless I am involved musically with it.
R: YES… without a shadow of a doubt. But I guess for some people it is a big deal!
AO: Nope. There is a lot of people that want to reflect and celebrate the end of the year, and it is also a great change agent for those looking at making changes in their lives.
SY: Yes!!
AZ: Yes they are. It’s the same thing everywhere! I feel the need to gather an unnecessarily large group of people into a club and do our own countdown an hour before it’s even New Year’s eve just to troll with other people’s party plans.
JA: Depends on where you go to. Sometimes places jack up the price of things and label it “New Year’s eve food/drink/venue decorations” or something like that. But if it is done right, it can be amazing!
BL: Yes
SC: Not really… it is always good to welcome a brand new year with brand new hopes and dreams. A New Year always makes me feel like I get a second time around to do things right.
LT: Nope, I mean it is the NEW YEAR. It is another chance for all of us to get it right. So yeah… hyping it up is just about as perfect as it can be.

Su Ci

What do you hate about New Year parties?
JF: When people get drunk and they cannot recognise what is going on and instead cause commotions.
DL: Usually, it is the traffic after the new year parties that turns me off.
R: The ending… it is sad that parties have to come to an end… sigh!!
AO: The crowd and the traffic
SY: Crowd control and road traffic
AZ:It is the trail of traffic they create hours before New Year’s eve. People lose their minds sometimes and just leave their cars wherever they can find a spot just to catch a performance / fireworks.
JA: That my best friends cannot share it with me because they are busy with their own families. I have yet to have a New Year’s eve party that everyone I love is in the same room.
BL: Traffic jams
The day after. (the mess to clean, the whole ‘what happened last night?’ reaction when you wake up, the hangover!! yelch!)
LT: Mad traffic lockdown. Oh and the major whirlwind of a mess that it made. I feel bad for the people who have to clean up after the parties.

Lyn Tan

What do you love about New Year parties?
JF: I love the fireworks that is put on every year.
DL: The wishes blessings that we share and receive from strangers around us.
R: The fact that it is the start to a new year and another 365 days of living my life to the fullest!!
AO: Just being with the people that I love and making great memories
SY: People watching… I like observing how other people dress.
AZ: As long as you are with the right company, New Year eve parties (or any party for that matter) is going to be pretty good.
JA: Haha watching aunties and uncles try to groove to BEP’s Boom Boom Pow or Kesha’s Tik Tok (it’s like a train wreck… so awful but you cannot look away!). That and getting all dolled up to party-hearty! Perfect time to showcase that new dress you have been keeping for such an occasion.
BL: The next day is a public holiday!
SC: Washing away past years’ regrets and mistakes and moving forward with a new hope for change. Maybe for the first day then you will realize it’s any day like always.. hahahah!!
LT: Fireworks! And I love how on this significant annual event, everybody would just let their hair down and be joyful. It is like every man’s birthday!

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Mystical Eve Interview: Joe Flizzow

December 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

The Malaysia.com team sat down with Joe Flizzow, Malaysian rap artiste and formerly part of Too Phat recently at the Mystical Eve Countdown Party press conference. He was game enough to share with us his thoughts about New Years.

M.com: How does it feel to be invited to perform at the Mystical Eve Countdown Party at Encorp Strand?
Joe: I feel blessed… and really excited because I feel that there is something special about The Strand. The place looks like it’s built for community based and family oriented outings, so I hope that we can provide sort of entertainment for those who are coming. It feels good to be performing on stage with Mizz Nina and Pop Shuvit.

Joe Flizzow formerly of Too Phat might not believe in resolutions, but he loves to party on New Years!

M.com: Do you routinely do countdown parties?
Joe: I have been doing New Year’s eve parties for the past 15 years, so I think I’m pretty experienced in that sense.

M.com: What are your New Year’s resolutions? Or do you not believe in it?
Joe: Yeah, I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions actually. For me, I feel that you do not have to wait for new year to start something. It could be March and if you feel like you want to pick up a new sport, you do not have to wait until New Year’s to do it. Though I do not believe in resolutions per se, I do believe in the symbolism of the new year, like the marking of a new beginning. It is like you are keeping time, but at the same time you want to constantly do better than what you did last year. That for me is what New Year’s is all about. If you speak about New Year’s resolutions, that will always be my resolution every year – that is to do better than before and do big things in the coming years.

M.com: That sounds very good. So do you have any plans in store for the coming year? Professionally, that is.
Joe:: Oh, we got a lot of big plans. I just released a new single with another singer, Rosa. That song is climbing up the charts in Indonesia, so I guess I will be going back there a lot.

M.com: Will Malaysian fans get to hear it here?
Joe: It will be released here soon. I think it’s already online, so you guys can check it out there. It is called ‘One Night Lover’, Rosa featuring Joe Flizzow. Indonesia is a big market that we are looking at to penetrate actually. We have had some success with Indonesia with Too Phat before this, so that is a good thing.

M.com: Do you prefer to perform in English or Bahasa Malaysia?Or you are comfortable with a mix?
Joe: Actually English is my first language for me as I grew up abroad. My family speaks English at home. I am also equally comfortable speaking in Bahasa Malaysia. In fact, my whole next album is actually in Bahasa Malaysia and the album is called ‘Untukmu’. You will be surprised because most people know Joe Flizzow as an artist who started out with Too Phat and sang a lot of English songs.

M.com: Since you said you grew up abroad, how was New Year’s celebration for you when you were younger?
Joe: Ah, I was too young to remember much when I lived in England. Actually, as a kid, New Year’s do not really register much because as a kid, you tend to get excited over Christmas. Christmas was good because my dad used to put up the trees and the presents when I was sleeping, so by the time I wake up in the morning it will all be there. When you are a kid and when you are still playing with the toys you got for Christmas, New Year’s seems like another ordinary day.

M.com: What about New Year’s celebration during your teenage years or during college years?
Joe: When you are in college, you get permission to do things that college kids get to do. New Year’s is always good because I grew up in Subang, a place where it felt like it was 1Malaysia even before the 1Malaysia concept was created. New Year’s was good fun because it was the one time where you get to spend time with your friends.

M.com: So do you miss that kind of New Year compared with the type of New Year that you are going through now?
Joe: There have been a lot of New Years that I have to missed out because I have been performing recently, especially when friends go for vacations or travel. I am still in contact with the same friends that I grew up with since when I was in school. It is not like I have a different set of friends now that I am a rapper. I do have more friends, but I still have the people that I started out and I am still close to the people that were close to me 15 years ago. Actually, this kind of friendship is hard to find.

M.com: Since you were saying that you have been performing for the last 15 years, do you remember any memorable or outstanding New Year’s eve performances?
Joe: I won’t say every year… it’s more like on and off… maybe out of 15 years, it was like 8 or 9 years. I remember one performance with Too Phat at Menara Kuala Lumpur. They booked up the whole place and we had the whole crew there, the break-dancers and others. That was early 2000… somewhere like 2002… 10 years ago. It was good because that was the first time that they booked a rap group to be the main act. Prior to that, we were trying to come up in the underground and prove ourselves. Being invited felt like we were finally getting our recognition. For us, that New Year’s was big.

Want to see Joe Flizzow rapping? Then be at ENCORP Strand this New Year’s Eve!

M.com: How has this year been for you? Was it good?
Joe: 2011 is a good year. I learned that sometimes you cannot do things alone. As much as I want to micro-manage things, I’ve learnt to trust my team. I’ve learnt to trust the younger generation and to empower the youth because I believe that the youth have got good ideas and can do something. Sometimes they just need a bit of confidence for them to shine. That has been 2011 for me.

M.com: So it is like you are mellowing, and taking a lot of mentor roles…
Joe: I won’t say mellowing, but yeah.. in a lot of ways. When it comes down to working as a team, while it is important to be a good leader, it is also important that the leader learns to trust the people that is working under him.

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Dennis Lau & Shawn Lee @ Mystical Eve

December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Dennis released his maiden album in November 2010, and his album was composed and produced solely by him and featured compositions that amalgamated jazz, pop and the classics. His latest record effort, Unity of Arts, with local beatboxer Shawn Lee, enmeshes funky hip hop beats with black-suit classicism. He calls the collaboration, on which he plays the violin against Lee’s thumping mouth-music, a pure, accidental experiment.

The classical musician and the human beatbox, Dennis Lau and Shawn Lee

“We met at an event late last year and just decided to start jamming here one night. It drove the neighbours crazy but we figured we could really do collaboration from then,” recalled Lau.

The animated 26-year-old, who also heads his entertainment companies, Mosaic Music Entertainment and Mosaic Movie Productions, adds that he has a penchant for mixing the classical violin with contemporary elements. “I like to experiment with different genres just to see what happens. I think that experimentation is the key to evolution. My collaboration with Shawn also features this group of street-dancers called the Wakaka crew. I think it’s something really different from what has been done. It also introduces how hip hop and classical music can come together,” he explained.

Meet this dynamic duo as they countdown to 2012 at ENCORP Strand!


Groove to the beat of the human beatbox, Shawn and Dennis Lau at Mystical Eve 2012 @ ENCORP Strand’s New Year’s Countdown party this 31st December 2011. The party will begin at 6 pm and only end at 2 am as we usher in 2012. So put on your party hats and make your way to ENCORP Strand for Mystical Eve 2012!

Don’t know how to get there? Check the map out!

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Pop Shuvit @ Mystical Eve – ENCORP Strand

December 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Pop Shuvit is a Malaysian independent rap-rock band, comprising Moots! (vocals), JD (guitar), AJ (bass), Rudy (drums) and Uno (turntables). The band who got its name from a skateboarding trick of almost the same name began making waves in the local music scene in late 2001 and since then, has had 4 successful releases under their belt and gained a sizable fanbase in Asia notably in Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Known for their adrenaline-packed live shows and eclectic blend of hip hop and rock, Pop Shuvit are being touted as Asia’s leading Hip Hop Rock band.

Catch Pop Shuvit at ENCORP Strand this 31st December!

Their debut album Take it Shuvit broke new ground when their first single Skaters’ Anthem was released exclusively on the Internet and became one of the most downloaded local songs in Malaysian music history. The hype and street buzz from the track caught the ears of ESPN, who in turn licensed the track for use in their Summer X-Games broadcast that hit millions of households worldwide.

As further credit to Pop Shuvit, ESPN played their music videos and tracks off the album throughout the duration of competition. In 2003, Pop Shuvit released Take it Shuvit in Japan and became the first Malaysian band to hit the music chart in Japan. The overwhelming support from Japanese youth market ensured that all tracks of the album charted the top 20 on the Tower Records sales charts (even beating rap-rock luminaries like Linkin Park) without any promotion to back the album.

Pop Shuvit was indie before most of Malaysia knew what indie was


Be there when Pop Shuvit unveils a brand new song at Mystical Eve 2012 @ ENCORP Strand’s New Year’s Countdown party this 31st December 2011. The party will begin at 6 pm and only end at 2 am as we usher in 2012. So put on your party hats and make your way to ENCORP Strand for Mystical Eve 2012!

Don’t know how to get there? Check the map out!

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Joe Flizzow @ Mystical Eve – ENCORP Strand

December 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Joe Flizzow is an award-winning Malaysian hip hop artist and businessman. He is one half of the internationally renowned Malaysian hip hop duo, Too Phat – the most successful hip hop act to ever emerge from Malaysia. He is also founder and CEO of Kartel Records.

President Joe Flizzow will be performing at ENCORP Strand this 31st December!

Joe Flizzow started his career as one half of the groundbreaking duo Too Phat. With sales of over half a million records sold to date, the group’s multi-platinum albums have won numerous awards locally as well as achieving recognition from MTV Asia and Channel V. International collaborations with artists from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Sweden, Canada and United States have allowed for an all access pass on the global stage.

As an individual Joe Flizzow arguably the nicest Malaysian MC to ever grip a mic, is a talented writer, lyricist and producer. Forever pushing his boundaries and artistry into new areas of development; a pattern familiar since the late 90?s, where he revolutionized the Malaysian underground Hip-Hip scene and forced the music industry to recognize it as a serious music genre. After 10 years as a member of Too Phat, Joe Flizzow set out to begin carving a career as a solo artist in 2008 with the release of his debut solo album called President.

Joe Flizzow, Malaysian Rap Star, formerly of Too Phat

Rap along with Joe as he performs an all new song at Mystical Eve 2012 @ ENCORP Strand’s New Year’s Countdown party this 31st December 2011. The party will begin at 6 pm and only end at 2 am as we usher in 2012. So put on your party hats and make your way to ENCORP Strand for Mystical Eve 2012!

Don’t know how to get there? Check the map out!

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