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Dedicated To Sada Borneo (AGT19)

My dearest Sada Borneo,
You dedicated the Semi-Finals to us – to Malaysia and all who supported you from all over Asia.

The composition we brought tonight is called ‘Dedicated To You’. It was composed to express our gratitude to our families and friends who had always been there for us through thick and thin, without whom we would not be who we are today.
‘Dedicated To You’ was composed right after the self-titled piece that got us 4 YESes at the Asia’s Got Talent Judges’ Audition and the first time we performed it was during Malam Bumi Kenyalang 2014 (Sarawak Cultural Night 2014) in our university.

Touched by the amazing support we received through social media from everyone around the world during Asia’s Got Talent, what better way is there for us to thank each and everyone of you for your support and encouragement but through our language which is music. So truly, the Semi-Finals is dedicated to you.
‪#‎sadaborneo‬ ‪#‎asiasgottalent‬ ‪#‎keepourlegacy
– From Sada Borneo’s Facebook Page

Now I dedicate this post to you.
Nothing could have prepared you for the journey that awaited you when you decided to audition for Asia’s Got Talent (AGT).
Before the Judges’ Audition a month ago, most of Malaysia had not heard about you.
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Sada Borneo @ Judges Audition (AGT)
Now, not only Malaysia but Asia and the whole world knows about you. More than that, they fell head over heels in love with you!
But did they love the REAL Sada Borneo or who they thought/wanted you to be?
David Foster, at the Judges’ Audition, already said he “didn’t like” the bass guitar and the acoustic guitar in the mix but he “loved loved loved” the traditional part of it.
Therein lies the “dilemma”…
From Sada Borneo’s website:

The unique thing about our band is that we are using traditional music instruments like sape, bungkau, kompang, seruling…. basically any instruments we can get, and then combining them with modern instruments like keyboard, bass and guitar, while infusing nature elements (rain, birds etc) to make music.
We are trying something new by combining modern western music and traditional Malaysian music. We hope that we can show the beauty of Malaysia through music.

Do you change who you are to be loved? Or do you remain true to yourselves?
Click here to watch Astro Awani’s interview with Sada Borneo before the Semi-Finals
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Sada Borneo @ Semi-Finals (AGT)
David wanted you to be more “traditional” – but that is not the REAL Sada Borneo.
Van Ness said it perfectly: “You stayed true to who you are” and Anggun was inspired to do a World Music album by listening to your music!
From Sada Borneo’s website:

AIM

  • To show the beauty of Malaysia through music.

  • To attract the youth of Malaysia to appreciate Malaysian traditional music.

  • To expand Malaysian traditional music to international level

  • To perform in international music festivals such as the Rainforest Music Festival in Sarawak, Penang World Music festival in Penang etc.

The facts remain:
1. You were the only act from Malaysia that made it to the Semi-Finals – shortlisted along with 23 other acts from other countries out of the thousands that auditioned – you did show the beauty of Malaysia through your music
2. You have made youths all over Malaysia ask questions and yearn for answers about our traditional music
3. You brought Malaysian traditional music on the international stage through Asia’s Got Talent
4. “World Music” – the exact word Anggun used to describe your music. I am sure the Rainforest World Music Festival and the likes are just around the corner!
So here’s what I say and what I believe others like me feel: We support you for who you are. And to us, whether you go on to the Finals or not, you will always have our support.
Keep on making your kind of music. I am sure there is room for improvement and I look forward to seeing you become the great musicians you are, each and everyone of your 11 members and together as Sada Borneo!
So smile my Sada Boys. You only have one way to go from here – UP!
With love,
Mar
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sb
VOTE FOR SADA BORNEO! (Voting ends on 4th May 2015.)

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Just download the app (available on the App Store and Google Play) and start voting. You can purchase 1, 3, 25 or 100 votes at a click of a button. (WOW!) Read the Terms&Conditions for more information on purchasing votes and voting.
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Will Sada Borneo make it to the Finals and be that much closer to being the first Asia’s Got Talent winner??? ONLY YOU can make it happen!
So vote, vote, vote!
AGT19! Sada Borneo!
(Voting ends on 4th May 2015.)

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Am I ready?

Oh my legs are sore!
Been “training” after work everyday since Monday for the Run happening this Sunday. Granted, it might not have been so bad if I had started training right after registering for it 4 weeks ago but oh wells, (singing) Regrets…I’ve had a few…
I’ve been doing walk-jog laps around Taman Jubli Perak for the past 3 days, and although my legs are sore, the rest of me is thankful cos honestly, I feel great! As for the Run…

…my goal is just to finish it (as compared to actually winning the cash prize of B$150) and today was my 3rd and final training. Over the next 3 days before the Run, I plan to just rest & hopefully my legs won’t be so sore then.
Well, whether I’m ready or not, here comes the 5km! Yipes! :O
P.S. Can someone please remind me why I’m doing this again?

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The Madness that is March

We’re near the very end of March and boy has it been one mad (read: so-busy-it’s-just-crazy) month!

For 3 main reasons:

1) I started another blog

No, I am not closing down this blog, if that’s what you’re wondering. 😉 Perfect IMPerfections is my default blog and will stay on for a foreseeable number of years into the future. That said however, I felt it time to start another blog to specifically address a major interest of mine, ie. Travelling.

At the moment, I am slowly recalling back my travels for the past couple of years but I will get to writing my newer travel tales as soon as I can cough up some time on my hands. In the meantime, please feel free to browse: A Road Once Taken. (You can also find the link on the sidebar on your left.)

2) I was playing Hostess

My bro and his family were in town a couple of weeks ago and it being their first time in Brunei in a long time (and a first for my niece), I was on hostess cum tourguide mode. They were here for the 1 week school holidays and I must say, within that 1 week, we covered quite a lot of ground! I’ll do a mini travel guide on Brunei on A Road Once Taken later. 🙂

More importantly though was the fact that the family was able to get together and having my niece over was just super nice!

I absolutely love her! Almost 4-yrs old, she’s simply adorable!

But firstly though, I had to earn her friendship…

You see, she’s the type that takes a while to warm up to people (including those she knows but seldom sees, like me) – in fact, I was in Kuching for a week last month and she didn’t even give me the time of day! (But that may also be due to the fact I was mostly out meeting up with old friends and she went to the nursery.) So I was more than thrilled to have her on my turf this time, secretly hoping she’d be not so tough a cookie to crack.

And I was right! Also, UNO was a great icebreaker, that much I can say. 😉
3) Famine
Apart from the 40acts challenge which I am doing throughout Lent, the 30-Hour Famine was a major event during this season of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Last week, we had 200+ youths in our Vicariate (and about 50 of us who made up the committee/service team & helpers) who fasted for, as the name suggests, 30 hours, eating nothing at all and only drinking water. There were, of course, more to the event than this, but basically, as part of the committee/service team, this 3D2N “camp” really had me tied down. (If you’re interested to know more, please note I will blog about it on this other blog of mine.)
So yeah, now with 3 active blogs to keep updated, my career, family, social, spiritual & personal life to juggle and not to mention travels in May & July (and maybe April & August too?), looks like I got a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year!
In the meantime, I have got to squeeze in at least one proper training for the Run happening next weekend. Ai yai yai…

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I'm running away – for a (good) reason

It all started when a colleague came up to my desk last month…

“Hey, have you heard of the SCB Half Marathon?”

I (not the least bit interested) said non-chalantly, “Yeah, I think I’ve heard of it.”

Him, excitedly: “Do you wanna join?”

My jaw dropped.

Me?

Run?

Those 2 words just don’t belong in the same sentence

While I do jog (once in a blue moon) , the last time I ran in a “race” was decades ago – for my school’s sports day!

“I’ll think about it…” I told him.

And I thought about it…

But before I made any concrete decision, I found this on my table:

The registration form for the event

I figured that:

1) since my employer IS sponsoring us to run,

2) it IS for charity,

3) while at it, I can scrap “running in a [half] marathon” off my bucket list (though I never consciously realised it was even on it to begin with) there’s just no reason for me to say No and deprive the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing Is Believing programme of whatever funds I would be raising prior to the race!

So, guess what I did next?

5km, here I come!

Notice, I did say I’d cross out “running in a [half] marathon” and not “running a [half] marathon” remember? 😉 Are you running in or a?

That said though, I was supposed to start training 3 weeks ago. To date, I’ve done no such thing. =O I just hope I can “run” 5km within the allocated time of 1hr. LOL!
Yeah, I am definitely not in it to win it (cash prizes) but I’m just “running for fun” – to which if someone had told me I’d be doing that a few weeks ago, I would have rolled my eyes in disbelief .

Irregardless, a pat on the back for all those participating for running for a reason!

On your marks!

Get set!

GO!!!

P.S. While we’re on the subject on Sports, CONGRATULATIONS to Brunei’s under-21’s football team for winning the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy on Friday! True story.

P.P.S. And not to mention: Brunei makes it to 9gag.com. It’s Legend – wait for it – Dary!

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Marching In – and in the paper to boot!

Blinked once, blinked twice…and where do we find ourselves?

Entering the 3rd month of the year; in the end of the 1st quarter of 2012.

While last month was what I would look back on as a good month for me, especially with notable mentions here and here, I was pleasantly surprised that some of it’s happenings have overflowed into March!

Today I found myself on the local paper! 🙂

Well, actually, my friends saw me on today’s Borneo Bulletin and were quick to inform me…but now everyone’s asking what I won. Haha! Guess that wasn’t included in the news article then? 😉

Well, it all began when SocialDeal Brunei had this ‘Share & Win’ contest on Facebook. Basically, one was supposed to share SocialDeal Brunei’s FB page on their own walls with their own captions and the best captions wins…so I did.

Then I got this in my FB inbox:

Hello,
Congratulations, you have won from your participation in this week’s ‘Share & Win’ contest, organised by SocialDeal Brunei.

We would like to invite you to a mini prize presentation.

Day/Date: Saturday, 25th February 2012
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Venue: 2nd Floor, SocialDeal office, iCentre Building, Berakas

Your attendance is much appreciated.

Best regards,
SocialDeal BruneiTeam

To be fair, I wasn’t really such a big win & I didn’t even win the grand prize (in fact, there was another person who won the same prize with me – guess we were both second best to the main winner?) so I didn’t really expect to appear in the paper & yet, here I am. LOL. But Thanks once again SocialDeal Brunei & as I said during the prize presentation, “Keep doing what you’re doing!” 😀 Looking forward to more deals & contests (and maybe more?) with you! Kudos on the new home at iCentre too! 🙂
So, technically, while the “winning” itself is part of Feb’s highlights, the photo-in-the-paper is pleasantly an awesome start to what I hope to be a Magnificent March! 😉