Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Review: "#3KALAM: Is The Third Time A Charm?"


I am very surprised, and honored by the review.

Thank you, dear.

"mock trial: 3 kalam; is the third time a charm?

every year, melex(law students) take an old case, and they reprise and reenact the whole case. for the past years, they've been doing legal cases: murder and stuff, but for this year, they did a syariah case. i had some doubts about it. i mean the tagline put me off a bit. it's probably unfair for me to judge a whole production based on its grammar but it really bugged me how they put "is the third time a charm?" rather than "is third time the charm?" because the latter is the correct one, and we had to pay rm5 for a ticket, i was just very doubtful about the whole thing. and then the night before the mock trial, someone came to our door and promoted 3 kalam. it was probably the right timing, i had 3 quizzes, a test, 2 project and agd stuff to settle that week, but i really just wanted to do something light for a change. i probably should've studied, but in all rationality, i just had to get away for a moment. so i bought the ticket, together with azwa, we went to the mock trial and it was the best decision i made that week.

to summarize 3 kalam in a sentence:

"a scizopherniac, hot-tempered, abusive husband, a devoting loving wife with a heart too soft for her own good, a diva datin for a mom, a caring protective dato' for a father, a squeaky voiced judge, and 4 bad ass lawyers defending them."
it was phenomenal. seriously, it was unexpectedly very well done. i mean, i thought they would just change the stage to be a court, and start the trial right there, but no, they laid out the whole plot, they gave a  great visualization of what's going on, and they made use of the whole amf hall, which is amazing. the stage became a set for their house at first, then midway it became a court, but before that, they gave glimpses of off set scenes where they shot at various people's houses. i like the way they used the passageway from the center door all the way up the stage. when the husband gave out the second talak, the wife went running away towards the door, and the husband went and ran after her. it was shocking, kind of felt like a rea~ly 3d cinema. and after the third talak, they came through the door, with their lawysers, all the press and tv crew were gushing over them, it was very dramatic.

i like the monologue. the one where the wife kind of self-reflects her years knowing her husband. her view on marriage and her denial in admitting her husband is not who she thought he was. she was sitting on a stool at the center of the stage, and a single spotlight was cast upon her.

" we were in love, i knew him like the back of my hand, but now i'm not so sure. marriage is a decision to choose who you want to fall in love with again and again and again for the rest of your life, and i chose him. but things have changed. i hate the fact that i was so young when i made that decision, i thought that i really knew him, that i could live with him knowing that he would always love me back, but now it's different, i doubt everything i truly believed in the past."
azra played one of the lawyers, and she was awesome. each four of the lawyers had their own unique style of lawyer-ing and the combinations were so dynamic, i loved watching azra and her partner walk down the pathway like bosses "honey, you lost, but you still have to pay!"

definitely worth rm5!"



***Just for everyone to know, "Is the third time a charm?" is, in fact, grammatically correct.

BROKEN: "#3Kalam: Is The Third Time A Charm?" Mocktrial CFS IIUM 2012

I know.

I'm in 2nd year of degree and this event was back when I was in foundation.

It's a really old story.

But, just now when I was in the car with Yaya and Haziq Ishak, we were reminiscing about it. And I can't help but to post about it.

Here's the story:

We were done with the shoot over the weekend but we found that there were problems with some of the recordings.

That Sunday night, (and mind you, the show was that Wednesday), as I was editing the video we decided to reshoot most of the parts. So we pulled all our strings and got ourselves: two video cameras, two cars, two drivers and a mini crew.

And Monday morning, I had all the letters ready, and it took me only a few minutes to process everything. Efficient, right? That's because I have gone through all those tedious process numerous times.

Did I mention that snatch thieves attacked me the Friday before? No? Well, it happened. So after seeing that they were ready to go to the shooting location, I went off to do my IC. With a flu, I might add.

Soon, I was on the LRT, on my way to Gombak. Yaya's house, that is. That's the first time I met Yaya.

And the first scene they were shooting while I was there, was of Quia (AKA Elanni) eavesdropping at the door, and crying in relief.

And that's when the bed broke. PLAKKK!

Gosh. That was horrible.

And I kept pointing at Haziq, blaming his weight.

Some snips of the videos are on my instagram.

There's one of the bed breaking.
And another on when we broke the news to Yaya.

video

Credits to the videographer: Syed Ahmad Safwan
Owner of camera: Luqman Long and Zulaika Zin

You can watch the trailer on youtube. As well as Part 1 and 2 of the show.

ENJOY!

If you noticed that I didn't mention the videographer on both Twitter and Instagram (I simply mentioned 'cameraman'), it's not because I'm not giving him credit. I give him full credit for almost all his works. But he blocked me on Instagram. So, yeah.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Staring at you staring at me.

So near.

And yet,

                        .....so far.


You,

were right there.


Standing,

                   beside me.


All I had to do was reach out.


I could not.
I did not.
I will not.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

When darkness turns to light...or...you know...not.

I was thinking, maybe I should change my blog style. Make it...brighter. Happier.

Then, I was thinking, you know how I read all these B2B blogs just to ensure I have everything covered, maybe I should make one too.

But I thought about it again.

And I was like, Naaaaahhhhh!

That's NOTHING like me. Thank God, though. Because my plans for my wedding is really pulling everyone I know to help out.

I mean, how do you write:
Dress: Own tailor
Beads: Auntie Letty
Hantaran: Auntie Bisah & Auntie Zura
Catering: Auntie Fareena.

Like, it doesn't even make sense to tell people these.

OK la. I guess you can say, catering by PAKEEZA. Right? But it just doesn't feel like it. I didn't have to call them up and book them. They're on the guest list.

Anyway, next change:

I was thinking of changing my style. Wear more dresses and skirts, which I already am doing. But the problem is, it's irritating. Dresses and skirts.

And, you know, I'm wearing the hijab now. So, I start looking at all the Hijabista(s) and fashionistas. And I'm like. No. No. No way.

They're over the top.

Or ridiculously expensive.

Or just ridiculous.

Sure, you look good in photo shoots, but why are you walking on the streets like that? It's so weird.

Maybe that's just me talking from the heart of Ipoh. You know? The laid back town. Where no one wears formal at a black tie event.

And here's the other thing, all these 'hijabistas', really, looks like my mother. As in their style.

I saw this hijabista once, she wore a maxi dress to this big event. And people were all like, "Such a beautiful dress."

And you know what I thought?

Hey, my mum has the EXACT same dress. She wears it to the surau. Every night. Not to formal events. And, yes, people say its nice. But that's besides the point.

Hijabistas, apart from their tudung belit-belit, looks exactly like my mum.

Maybe my mum should be a hijabista?

So, back to the point. No. I'm not changing my dress style.