Penang spotlight: P.Ramlee’s House

This is one of a few blog chapters about our recent short trip in Penang. Though living in USM Engineering campus far away from Penang city doesn’t help much in getting to know this Island of Pearl, as its nickname goes, so unlike my initial plan before I moved to the campus – which was to be able to go around Penang over the weekends – turned out to be so unpractical in reality, so finally I had to wait until the semester was over to go on a trip around Penang. Sigh. But anyway, let’s go to P.Ramlee’s house first :)

My dear friends outside Malaysia, I wouldn’t mind even if you don’t know who the hell Malaysia’s current Prime Minister is, but I would like you to at least know P.Ramlee by your heart, that he’s the legendary star of Malaysia, much like Elvis and The Beatles in the West, if not more. P.Ramlee is the biggest Malay film director in history, actor, song composer and singer in the 1940s to 1970s (though his films were mostly released in the 50s and 60s). He’s just amazing and probably nobody so far is able to achieve as far as he did (yup, if you must know, Malaysian films are getting sappier by decades lately, duh). He left this world to rest in peace since 1973, but his films are still being repeatedly played on TV at least once every week, and they will continue to be, for many of us can still manage to sit and enjoy P.Ramlee’s films despite it’s actually the 100th time we’ve watched the same film throughout our lives, and we still manage to have a good laugh at the same joke we’ve watched for the 100th time. It sounds like bluffing, but it’s true. That’s the magical values P.Ramlee had in his films to Malaysian people after generations, with among the loveliest melody of songs in each and every his film I can endlessly be amazed with. And to sum everything up, in fact to me he’s the most influential Malay figure ever existed in history (not Dr. Mahathir, sorry to disappoint you, Az). So now you know how important is this person I have the honor to blog about this time.

So to speak, I have loved P.Ramlee ever since I was a little child, and so have my family, we are all his big fans! :D Hence the visit to P.Ramlee’s birth house in Penang.

Yup, P.Ramlee was born in this house in 1929, and grew up in Penang until he moved to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to start his career in music and film industry. This birth house of him, now is a museum, together with another building that displays photos and belongings of P.Ramlee and an auditorium, is a complex administrated by the National Archives of Malaysia as a tribute to the legendary star. Though it’s not as big and glamorous, we were all excited to visit P.Ramlee here!

Some of his famous movie posters inside the exhibition building, and we’re not supposed to take pictures actually :P sorry, but I couldn’t help to get some to put in my blog.

My all time favorite “Ali Baba Bujang Lapok”, Malay version of the Ali Baba & 40 Thieves epic. I have seen this movie for 100000 times!

Framed portraits of P.Ramlee.

Cover of P.Ramlee’s song book published in 1959.

A postcard (!) sent by P.Ramlee to his wife Saloma in KL while in Singapore.

So the displays are mostly photos of significant events in P.Ramlee’s life in his music & film-making career. But there are also from his childhood life, and there’s even his primary school class attendance book being displayed!

Therefore if you come to Penang and feel like meeting this gorgeous actor, do visit his birth house-cum-museum located in P.Ramlee Road (of course, a road named after him, but it should be easily spotted in the city). Oh, and I did grab a few photo postcards of P.Ramlee.. let me know if you’d like one! :D

And to finish this chapter, enjoy this song clip taken from film Musang Berjanggut (1959, read synopsis, and watch on YouTube), which was on TV again last week, and I just LOVE this song.. and the conversation afterwards where the prince proposed to his lady, with the lovely ancient Malay style in expressing words by pantun (tehnically, it’s how to say a certain sentence by firstly saying another irrelevant-yet-poetic sentence so they would give rhymes). It’s just beautiful. I have no idea why people no longer speak with pantun :(

Hmm.. that’s how I call a perfect proposal :-) *dreaming away*

I found my long-lost friend!!!

I am so excited! Look who I found today!! :D

“Hi, my name is Bunny” :-)

Inside Bunny is my old Siemens phone.

Look, I had lost Bunny since many many years ago! I got Bunny when I was in Asasi UM (i.e. 2002) and my old fat phone at that time perfectly suits the size in every angle (it even had a hole for the good old antenna), and I loved it when I got to show off Bunny when making calls in public so everyone got to stare at my hand holding Bunny to my ear :)) That was awesome. However, I ditched Bunny as soon as I got a Nokia 3310 a few months later, since it slimmer and shorter size didn’t fit into Bunny :( and it was the last time I had seen Bunny in my life..

And 7 years later, which is today, suddenly I found Bunny again out of the blue, sitting inside a basket full of old stuff and trash, and that was a touching reunion between me and Bunny.. *crying happily* and I instantly ran into my parents room digging out my old phone and for my relief it’s still there, so I got to put it into Bunny again :))

“Moshi-moshi? Az-kun? Are you busy studying or stalking?” :P

Feels good. I’m gonna ditch my 3G camera phone and be back to Bunny again!

USM Education Showcase: 5-6 December 2009 @ Impiana KLCC Hotel & Spa, KL

Impiana KLCC!! I want to go too, please??????? OK I just shortly received an email from the Deputy Dean of Institute of Postgraduate Studies, USM announcing the event that will be held in a few days from now. And welcoming us :-) YAY, so I was technically invited to have some spa treatment at Impiana.. duh.. stop dreaming. I was invited to be part of the Showcase event probably to stand there distributing flyers and make happy faces to convince people how happy we are studying in USM the APEX University. Yeah right. But still a free spa treatment should be worth doing it.

As I quote from his email, “This event will showcase the wonderful and colourful USM Life, while promoting both undergraduate and postgraduate programs to prospective students, including the international students”.. oh yeah? I mean.. wonderful and colorful.. well, perhaps in USM main campus, it is. Not the deserted Engineering campus that I have to bear living for another one year T___T (pity me..). So yeah, I do recommend you people to come study in USM if you expect to learn challenging Engineering courses like Electronic Systems Design but you should be prepared to fail Analog paper =___=

Okay I won’t be telling everything here since I want you to go to Impiana KLCC and discover yourselves all the goodness of studying in Universiti Sains Malaysia. And do let me know if you manage to get a spa treatment there so I should prepare myself quick to go join just as well.

Procrastination that needs to go

MEMO

To : ilyani

From : ilyani

Date : 30 November 2009

Time : 8.22 pm

Subject : GET IT FINISHED ALREADY!

Hey woman. I give you until midnight today only for you to finish your endlessly room-cleaning. Which means, you only have 3.5 hours for this task.. I see you are almost done, 95 %.. but what makes you stop there and not finish it ha????? It’s been DAYS!! You’re so slow, you know that? PLEASE PLEASE change your attitude, and stop being the world’s biggest procrastinator.. otherwise you don’t deserve to befriend with a very hardworking guy.. let alone to have him. Shame on you. So stop dreaming okay, until you find yourself being hardworking as well. Keep this in your mind.

Good luck.