Category Archives: entertainment

Long In The Teeth, But Old Is Gold…

To the Atoks, am sure this photo brings back wonderful memories of the supremely talented brother-and-sister pair of Donny and Marie Osmond. “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll…”

In a career spanning more than 4 decades, they brought many happy hours to folks of all ages and all walks of life.  Their witty banter, seamless on-stage synergy, singing talent and dance moves were all so captivating.  And they started out when Donny was a mere 19-yr old, and Marie, two years younger.

An endearing feature was their signature smiles, that sported those very beautiful – and rather longish – dental sets. (Oh how I wish I have those teeth!).

Many years have passed since I last watched one of their shows, and was so glad to “re-discover” them on YouTube recently.

Madness Raised To The Power Of 4

Relax folks, am not sending you back to Mathematics school to tackle some insane formulae.

“It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World” was an extremely hilarious movie of the mid-1960s. It was rather long and windy, with one goofed turn leading to yet another.

One of two notable scenes depicted the bad guy (who had the treasure) meeting with an accident, and died – with the fellow shown to literally kick a bucket downhill.

The second memorable scene involved the mother-in-law who smugly put a bunch of keys into her bra and challenged the guys to get them. So they grabbed her by the legs and turned her upside down and shook her until the keys fell out.

Finally the mystery of “W” was revealed at a site where 4 palm trees grew up in that formation.

“Orr…Ee-Orr, Ee-Orr, Ee-Orr..”

Reminiscing here the exploits of Tarzan — Lord Of The Jungle — and his mate, Jane ! 

Unlike modern young men who go namby-pamby down onto their knees in public places with RM200 bouquets to win the hand of their heart throbs, our Ape-man simply swept his Lady Love off her feet – before she had a chance to figure out what was happening !  Wow, such Wild and Raw Romanticism !

And he carried her on his shoulder lest her dainty feet be bruised by the untamed flora of the jungle.  Such chivalry is not to be found again in our modern society.  And they lived happily ever after, swinging from tree-to-tree, with that primeval celebratory chorus reverberating through the green canopy.

To this date I still think Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan were the best pair for the act.

Eh-Oh! There I Go Again

This animated “3D cartoon” series, released at the turn of the century (late 1990s) quickly gained a cult status among kids and even adults.

Yes, it was the Teletubbies.  The four cutesy characters with equally chubby pot bellies in soft-toy outfits of Yellow, Green, Purple and Red were a huge draw.

Never mind if there was nothing intelligible in their “conversations” – it proved to the world that spouting gibberish could generate tons of money.  Actually the show was quite a therapeutic relaxation – especially after a hard day’s work in the office – putting the brain on idiot mode for an hour or so.

Eh-Oh!  Have I just used the wrong words?

Hah, during that time, this “Eh-Oh” exclamation became the favourite utterance in my home.   We even called each other by the names of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-laa and Po.

Seeing The Big Picture

As CRT Television maxed out in size about 15 years ago (at 33″), manufacturers sought new technologies for larger screens.  One of them was the Rear Projection TV.

However to me, it was at best a desperate attempt to squeeze the last drop of juice from an antiquated set of know-how.  The screens were large, no doubt; with sizes going up to 60 inches diagonal (maybe even larger).   But they were huge boxes.  And the resolution, clarity and contrast were poor, to say the least.   Perhaps there was consolation to the owners who could demonstrably and unmistakably prove to their neighbours and visitors that they were people who could see the big picture….LOL.

I contemplated buying a set before, but the thought of having an Incredible Bulk of a box eating up half my living room was simply unbearable.

We Sent Them Reeling….

But they had the last laugh…all the way to the bank…after fishing out our hard-earned money while we ‘pretended’ not to know it.   Apa nak buat ?  Life was kinda tough in those days (as compared to today) and  therapeutic hardship diversions were few and far in between.  Thankfully, we had cinemas to provide the much needed analgesia.

As the poor folks soaked in their favourite reality-escape fixes and got their hallucinatory-cum-delusionary highs,  operators in the backroom were busy spinning reels of film.

No regrets though, we enjoyed many epic movies that were screened in the Rexes, Capitols, Odeons, Cathays, etc, and many people went gaga over the movie stars, both males and females.

Those were the heydays of the big-screen duo, viz., Cathay and Shaw.   Shaw was a much larger outfit, with dozens of many cinemas throughout Malaysia and Singapore.

Silver Tales & Golden Fables

It happened in 1968 or so.  Succumbing to the sweet persuasion of a Rediffusion salesman, we subscribed to this novel “Cable Audio” entertainment service, for a grand sum of RM7 per month.

Installation came with a speaker box and a 2-channel selector/volume control switch. Channel A was called the Gold Network and B, the Silver Network.

Habis lah ! Thenceforth we were held hostage by the numerous (more like endless) highly addictive stories, talk shows and fabulous songs & music, in Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and English. (Can’t remember if there were Malay or Tamil programs).

That notwithstanding,  all the silver tales and golden fables could not fend off the onslaught of competing technologies, and also failed to satiate ever-changing  entertainment cravings.   I believe the service has ceased; but memories linger.

Phantoms Of The Opera

My friends asked me whether I have watched The Phantom of the Opera – I said I started to watch only perhaps about 30 years ago, and ever since I have been watching it or them almost like once a week or so.   And the protagonists are now females.

Let me unveil the truth.

On the first few occasions, I got startled when the white-masked actress (aka my wife) showed up unexpectedly from the attached bathroom of our bedroom. I nearly fell off my bed during the first encounter.

Years later, ever since my daughter got out of school, I got to see more episodes on two different channels now. 

I prefer the Contemporary ones, as they are definitely better-looking.