Saturday, October 31, 2009

Papadom – A Spice Cracker in its own Class

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Well, I will say this is third Malay movie I’ve watched on the big screen. The first is Cinta, second Jangan Tegur and then Papadom. I’m a liltle bit choosy in term to spend my money to watch a movie. I’m too easy to get frustrated on whatever the production offer, unless if there is special menu on the table. I'm more selective to give review on products, especially movies.

In the other hand Papadom is different, Papadom have that special menu.

Papadom in its literal meaning, is a special cracker (keropok) which is made to complete the recipe of Nasi Beriani or Nasi Kandar. Experience to taste papadom is quite different from other crackers. We have Keropok Ikan, Udang, Lekor and the list goes on, but all these keropoks are food of its own. You can eat them like junk food (if this suit to deliberate its meaning), you can always eat them as separate item. Unlike papadom, the thrill eating them only exists when you eat them with Nasi Beriani or Nasi Kandar.

But Papadom as a movie has something else to offer. It is a story of tragedies that have been written in hilarious way, which will ensure you laugh with tears (of course if you can understand Bahasa well and you are part of Malaysian culture). The movie reminds me of The Beautiful Life (winner as the foreign film at Oscar). Rewrititing tragedy from different angle and views. What Afdlin can do, which neither Apek nor Nabil can’t do is to invite the audience for sincere cheerfulness. Afdlin in his consistent character, which her daughter called her Papa Dom (his character name is Saadom) is an anxious father that worries for her daughter too much. In fact excessively agonize.

The story only begins when his wife died in an accident. Dom feels responsible to take care for their only daughter. Dom actually felt guilty because before the accident, he was too busy taking care of business (Nasi Kandar and papadom of course). His wife accused him as irresponsible father and take things for granted. Then, when there are just the two of them remain in the family, Dom changed. He changed 180 degree. He was there next to his daughter everywhere and anywhere. The real problem aroused when his daughter wanted to further study at Selangor not at Penang. Separation means the whole lot for Dom, or its mean doom for Dom. Her daughter gives him one condition, not to visit her at university at all. Dom agreed but instead he applies a job as gardener at the University (of course he keep this secret from his daughter) to watch her close and personal. That the main frame of the story. Easy? Yeah quite easy.

In many way I would say this film is still a typical Malay film (even they promoting 1Malaysia idea in it), but seriously hilarious. Next Yasmin Ahmad ey Afdlin? I would stay away from discussing moral and the ideal Malay film that I would like to watch on the big screen. From the moment, Papadom is OK caused I don’t feel frustrated when I’m out from the theater. Well, there are few, but just keep silent for the moment.

I’m hoping Papadom is an original idea from Afdlin and the team. So this will make the film special. But when I stepped out from the room, a comic strip kept flashing on my mind. I knew that I’ve gone through something like Papadom before but I just can’t remember. It might be from Kreko or Gempak, some sort comic magazines. Then the visual getting clear, the idea is nearly similar like Chocolate (a comic from Kreko I guest). But, hey, what the heck. I’ve watched Papadom and I really enjoy it! So, what keep you still?

Go to the nearest cinema, let find out how Afdlin Shauki can make you laugh. Well in fact, this is the month of Oktober, to me, I need a lot of laughing pills (a lot of) to make me smile again.

Now, lets move babeh.

p/s: owh, I'm the only one giving Papadom applause at the end of the show. (well what to do, we Malaysian are not custom to show our appreciation. If I watch Papadom with my bro, will he give the remarks too? Well, what say you bro?)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Practice what you have learned, for theory without practice is like a spirit without a body. One who is content with learning alone is not learned, for the truly learned seeks more than mere words. Divine guidance entails self-mortification, without which contemplation is unattainable.

- Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm embrassing Poulo Coelho, but I might not like the Al Chemist.
Yes, prejudice die hard.
Why you like the Al Chemist so much?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gift of Life

There are a lot of people I met, taught me things.
But there are few that touched and inspired me along the way.
There is a sister, which is so close to me that in a way want to share everything, her ups and downs in life. Instead, she taught me everything. Maybe, she is the sister that Allah gave to keep me company for the lost of my own. Because He always knows that I’m not that strong as they see me.
I admire her in many ways. Her patient, persistent, strength, passionate and unconditional loves for all that evolve around her. In my eyes, she have done it par excellent as what a contemporary women can do. She is a mother, a worker, a wife, a friend, a sister and you name it. She has fulfilled with grace and tenderness. I don't know if I get the oppurtunity, I can do the same.
But one thing that inspired me most, her sincerity. Her sincerity towards Allah is the drive, so she moves on every single day without showing any sign of tiredness. Although she suffers when her prayers has not yet granted, but she never stop praying. Instead, she always has the smile that will make me smile too. Like sunshine for every single day, even it rain the sun still there to shine.
But I’m the one that have been exhausted all this while. Am I not sincere enough?
She is the servant of God, a miraculous being that has been destined to me as an acquaintance to learn on how a servant should be and behave.
I watched her everyday with envy and at the same time love.
Yes, I love her no doubt. I know, she loves me like a sister loves her own sibling. What is most rewarding, she trust me undeniably. That is a wonderful feeling especially to be trust from a person like her.
I hope her prayers will be granted soon. Everyday she will remind me to pray for her. Surprisingly, she never escapes from my thought especially when I take my time to pray. Even, I’m an absentminded person.
She is a gift, at the beginning Allah sends me here. As He always knows what my future will be and what are the absences that will meet me.
I hope I can understand. I hope He will make me understand. These are His promises.
Then I will find my path.
I hope you too will meet a friend which can teach so many things, especially to survive a game that we call life :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Hope is a waking dream ~aristotle~

what ever happen
just hope
you'll know
you're still alive!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


when you can't find
anything, anyone
your own self...