My favourite spins on Youtube at the moment

When I first heard this song on the radio – I imagined it was sung by a Caucasian singer, Taylor Swift to be precise. It emitted the kind of vibe that she would associate herself with. Turns out it was Rose, a member of BlackPink who speaks in a terrific, sexy Australian accent.

I love this song. No wonder it has more than 120M views.

A classic by one of the best songstress in the country who existed during the times of Siti Nurhaliza. She is actually the queen of R&B, so to hear about this collaboration with Aubrey Suwito to record a Malay Classic album is somewhat refreshing. This rendition of Tari Tualang Tiga for example is just wow. Legend says they recorded the whole album LIVE with the orchestra outside of the studio. Meaning, those video clips you see of these songs is them recording concurrently.

The local music scene needs to pay more attention to this young man. He is like a young Faizal Tahir – have been reading comments on Youtube saying that his existence has FT’s DNA’s attached to it. Indeed. Amir Masdi after all was the champion for Akademi Fantasia some time ago, it’s just that the other winners in his batch kind of overshadowed him with their endless controversies (and talent). With his recent participation in Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL), it should open more doors for him.

I have never actually watched this KDrama but hearing this for the first time on Youtube during one of those random clicks got me attached strongly to it. The video clip was enough to make me understand the meaning behind this soundtrack. It is not Kdrama if it doesn’t make you cry.

This guy was first known (to me) as an actor. Turned out he was equally talented in singing and composing. For a newcomer to the industry, it was an underdog accomplishment when he won AJL 34 with his song, Sumpah. AJL is this popular annual music competition, organized by TV3 in Malaysia since 1986 (wikipedia). We get really hyped about this competition, make predictions and such.

That’s it for now. I haven’t heard a good Chinese, Japanese and Spanish song for quite some time. Before it was a time of Rosalinda, MIs Tres Hermanas, Richie Ren, Ayumi Hamasaki but now I seem to have lost touch.

Watching mukbang – my guilty pleasure

Ever since I am on this 6 month weight loss programme – I have been binge-ing on watching Youtube videos of people doing mukbang all over the world. I still love my old time favourite Yuka Kinoshita but lately I have been enjoying a Korean youtuber who calls herself Kani. Her channel is G-NI. Hers and Yuka are the few mukbang girls who eat deliciously yet polite. Any other recommendations?

I have seen a few local influencers trying to do mukbang but they appear gelojoh. hodoh. Not appetizing at all.

Watching mukbang is a guilty pleasure because I know that gluttony is prohibited in Islam. In this case I am referring to food as opposed to sexual desires. Islam has always advised its followers to be moderate when it comes to having a meal. After all excessive eating may lead to adverse health effects and various hadiths have even illustrated this.

I guess my obesity too stems from the fact that I ate a lot when I didn’t have too. Ha ha ha. The huge appetite surfaced out of emotional distress whilst some could be because I want to keep up with what is trending in the food industry nowadays. But I am slowing down now since I am trying to (still) reach my BMI of 25. This has got to be the longest commitment I have ever made with regards to losing weight. I am just hoping it will work as I have 4 months to go and I am tired.

I need to watch another mukbang video.

Are you tired? Try the spiritual solution – Tasbih Fatimiyyah

I am currently experiencing another burnout.

We are at this season where we are seeing up to 200+ patients a day. Despite trying to space out appointments – it is always full at this time of the year. The burden is shared between at least 6 medical docs in a day but sometimes we have to make do with 4. And that could be exhausting with all the talking and thinking. There is just no time to take a sip of that water or go to the loo.

Then there is family to think about. My unfolded laundry is so piled up I could actually make 2 forts out of it. I have not been cooking as much too. I rarely watch TV. But I always make time for my HoboMinci, doTERRA and blog. Well, I try. Because these are outlets I need to go to after a stressful day.

Sometimes I get cross when I feel that my husband is not pulling his weight in the household – only to realize that he too is doing what he can for the family on top of completing his phD. The fact that he preps breakfast for the kids and shower them in the morning is a blessing already. I should be grateful. Alhamdulilah. Coz the only thing I do in the morning is take care of myself anyway. And he never demands for homecooked  dinner.

It is at times like this that I feel I want to quit. Or I hate my job sorta thing. But I know I have to keep going and move on. So – take that pit stop, repair what you need and get on your way. Coincidentally, I came across a short clip by Aida Azlin recently which struck a chord in my heart. She talks about tasbih fatimiyyah and I guess that is how we wage war against tiredness etc. We nurture the power of the mind with zikr & doa.

Tasbih fatimiyyah:

subhanallah x33

alhamdulillah x33

allahuakbar x34

with 100% conviction from our heart

Zikir to me are not just words. But it’s a form of worship where we could take as a conversation and speak to Allah about our problems and ask that He helps solve it. InsyaAllah. 

With Zikr and doa, I pray that Allah bestowed upon me this path of turmoil and challenges because He thinks I am worthy of it. And that something good will come out of it. Mana tau dalam penat, takde selera makan kita jadi kurus. Ha ha ha ha.

Hwanhee

I don’t understand Korean but my guess is audiences are supposed to vote as to who the real singer is. I came across this video because I was searching for HwanHee “Missing You” on youtube since the song was replaying itself in my head since dinner. I had thought it was sang by 2PM. I was wrong. Hwanhee and his duo buddy Brian, I think , were the original singers.

spoiler.

HwanHee is Singer No 3.

All 4 singers have almost the same tone and voice. But once the true star is revealed – I think we kinda get the picture why HwanHee became popular and not the other 3. When in fact, all of them have very good vocals. So what sets HwanHee apart from the rest of them?

What sets a specialist apart from a chronic Medical Officer with the same years of service? What sets a boss apart from his/her underlings? What sets you apart from copycat versions of yourself?

Good things need to come in a good package for it to stand out. It can be a little package but it has to be special. Hwanhee started off as a duo. He then took a leap of faith and did what most KPop stars opt to do – plastic surgery. A new hunky look combined with that million dollar voice – he was on the road to success. Hence, it takes more than just talent. Success begs for sacrifice, hard work, persistence, grit and that sprinkle of luck from the universe. The other 3 contestants too had a beautiful voice but perhaps it was the road they chose in the first place which affected the time for their debut which made all the difference. Perhaps it is just not their time yet. Who knows if we will see Singer No 1 shine in 4 years to come?

Similarly, it takes more than just good brains to study to become a specialist. One needs to have that XFactor. Perhaps the right time as well. Therefore, to each their own.

This video also taught me that everyone has a competitor. And is replaceable.  If for instance Hwanhee decides to be lazy and not work hard, it would not be impossible for Singer No 1 to fill in his shoes and take on the center stage. Singer No 1 could always work on the persona later but the voice is replaceable. So do not be comfortable. Too complacent with your existence if now you are at the top. Keep working hard. Keep inspiring. Keep improving. Keep being you.

Or one day you will be a relic. An antic. Old fashioned or part of ‘orang lama’. 

 

A flip through my journal/planner

HI PAMmers and Readers,

I find that I suck at planning because I tend to procrastinate – and I cheat on my To do List by doing the chores first, only to list it down and tick it later.*gulp* Mostly to make me feel organized and accomplished. Muekekeke.. So I guess I’ll stick to journalling and writing diaries or blogging – macam dulu2.. 

Today is my birthday. This year I purposely asked for a day off because on previous years when I’m at work – I was showered with wishes and cakes by colleagues. It was fun and weird. Not to mention the awkward group photos afterwards. Ha ha. Gosh.. I’m suddenly missing the attention. NOT! I guess I’ll give them a break this year – kot2 ada yg stress nak kena jadi wakil beli kek bagai..  😛

I will be escorting Mr Husband to a weekend course later. So allow me to share with you my so called creative work in my planner and journal. Have fun.

I hope you enjoyed your 1 minute plus eye candy. It’s not perfect but I’m looking into ways to improve its quality.  Please share your layouts in the comments or better in the FB group – I really look forward to seeing them. I’m sure the admins would approve of them too. As of tomorrow, its the weekend aite – I’ll put up my haul post. Watch this space.