Monday, June 30, 2008

Scholarship application

I should have sent my clowning scholarship application to DPM's office instead! Duh!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Membebel (2)

Oh! Puhlezzee guys...Get some fresh and new ideas please! Hire Roger Von Oech to knock your head lah bro.......

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Malu lah beb!

Funnylah how these people work.

When he needs their help not so long ago, they don't really go all out for him. "Lepas batuk di tangga"and he lost it.

And now, they use him to promote their work.

Malu lah sikit akak Kiah oi!And please go and get fresh idea lah. Balik-balik idea sama.

Bila nak maju ni?There's nobody is stopping you now anyway.The sky is the limit and yet....what a pathetic move!


p.s Sekali sekala saya nak membebel dalam blog apa salahnya kan?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday's quote

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it,rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

Rachel Carson (1907 - 1964)

Marine Biologist & Writer

Friday, June 20, 2008

Charity Notice Board: Baitul Fitrah, Rawang

I came across Baitul Fitrah's blog recently (set up by volunteers) after reading Cik piza's blog and they urgently need these items:
1. Fridge - just 1 more unit (They bought 1 unit and I got 1 unit donated by a masjid)
2.TV - 2 more units ( I got 1 unit donated by a masjid)
3. Washing machine - 1 more unit (they bought 1 unit,I got 1 unit donated by a masjid)
For complete list go to their blog.
Selamat beramal!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Calling Volunteers!

Calling for volunteers this Saturday, 21st June 2008, to help out with sorting out donated items at Islamic Relief Malaysia's office at Taman Serdang Perdana, Seri Kembangan, Selangor.

These selected items (toys and books) will be sold at Pekan Sehari Putrajaya, Pasar Awam Presint 8, Putrajaya on the 29th June 2008 (Sunday).

Interested? Call Madam Fadilah of IRM at 03-89486334 to register your interest.

(Pix: sorting out donated items session at IRM office last Saturday)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mabok Kepayang

CD EP Mini Album "Mabok Kepayang" karya kumpulan muzik Dewangga Sakti boleh didapati sekarang! Harganya RM15.00 dan boleh dibeli di KL-Tools & Trade,Kompleks Campbell) atau telefon atau sms Saudara Zulkifli Ramli di 013 2078407 untuk dapatkan edisi terhad ini. Tuan Jiwarasa sudah review album ini di sini.
Boleh dengar Mabok Kepayang di sini.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Never give up!!

Thank for your prayers,support and ideas on Norway trip's dream.

Unfortunately, done everything and just ran out my options already and duly informed Mr Fusetti to give the scholarship to other aspiring clowns.

I never ever give up.Just no (a little less) luck this time.

Again, thank you for your thoughts/ideas/support and prayers!

Ado rezeki den nanti,Insya Allah!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Pak Lah,Pak Lah!

Pak Lah, Pak Lah, harga tepung naiklah!

Pak Lah,Pak Lah,harga beras naiklah!

Pak Lah,Pak Lah,harga petrol pun naiklah!

Pak Lah, Pak Lah, boleh jalanlah!!

Poem by DR Bubbles, at petrol station somewhere in Kedah on the day the price of oil gone up.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

One in a Million!

I received this email from the man himself few minutes ago.

Dear Iskandar,

Liz in Boulder has kept me updated about your situation with funding and official procedures.

I have a proposal for you that might be helpful. As you know I also teach a clown intensive in Norway this summer, from June 24th to July 20th. It corresponds to the Red Nose workshop that I teach in Boulder. You can check online for the details on my web site.

It happens that we have a couple of scholarships that we are offering and we think that you could fit into one of them.

It would be a consistent reduction: Liz would divert your deposit to this training and the rest of the tuition would be covered by the scholarship.You would have to take care of travel and accommodation.

Please let me know if that would be an option for you.If so, please let me know as soon as possible, given the short time we have.Once confirmed you would proceed with your travel plans.

You could come to Norway on a tourist Visa, or a student visa, and if necessary, we will provide certificate of enrollment for the training.

Sincerely & best regards

Giovanni Fusetti
Seriously, it is a one in a million kind of offer! And frankly, I don't know what to do.

To raise funds for airfare & accommodation within 2 weeks is nearly impossible (If only if I could just cross out that "nearly im..."). And the fact that, I just started working and to ask for long leave is another nearly impossible!(Again, if only if I could just cross out this second "nearly im..." from the sentence).

I haven't got any clue on what to do next or even courage to reply to his email.

Don't give up!

There's still some light at the end of the tunnel.

I just paid the deposit for Giovanni Fusetti's workshop yesterday.Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous person whom I never meet in person yet willingly to lend some money to me to pay for the deposit.For that gesture, I am forever grateful to the person mentioned.

It means that I still have time until 15th July to see whether my grant application with KeKKWA will be approved. Should by then, I don't hear anything from the ministry, I can still defer my application to next year's session to be held in Summer 2009.Still, I am looking forward to go this year.RM15,000 all I need to realise the dream to study under one of the great theatre clowns in the world.

It was during the workshop conducted by Avner Eisenberg back in 2005, how I realised theatrical clowning can be used to tell stories and proudly promote the richness of Malaysian culture and heritage to the world after watching the "One Day in Her Life" by Hilary Chaplain who potrayed her Jewish culture through "bar mitzvah scene" in her performance. She had only used kitchen towel as props in that particular scene and it was very funny!

And this conviction to explore further the purpose of clowning beyond the hospital clowning towards promoting my culture and heritage was inspired after watching another fellow multi-talented clown, Iman Lizarazu who potrayed element of deep Basque's patriotisme in her scene. In her piece of work, she brilliantly told us the story of how her family had to leave their beloved Basque homeland and migrated to America only by using a rola-bola and technique of 'flash theatre' taught by Avner Eisenberg and Julie Goell.

Don't you think it would be interesting to tell the story of Pak Pandir or perhaps 'berkhatan' through theatrical clowning?

That's one of the reasons why I want to continue my clowning journey this year, Insya Allah!
"It's human to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice,really;it's an imperative." - Micheal Collins, Apollo 11