Thursday, February 24, 2011


Deftones "Diamond Eyes Tour" live in Malaysia.

KL Live Centre

I've been waiting for 12 years since 1999
I bought their first album "Adrenaline" at Kedai Auntie, Campbell Complex
Kaset fotostat ok.

Since then i'm a big fan of Deftones.
My personal favorites from the first album are
"Root", "Birthmark", "Bored" and "7 words".

I bought the tix the second day they sold it
(Thank you My Surfacing susah payah pergi rock corner)
It's the free standing tix - cost RM98 per person.

Really want to buy the rock zone area
but since Surfacing just spend his money for Iron Maiden tix
(which he successfully manipulated me to sell my Iron Maiden tix but that's another story)

So we just settle down with that.

I took 1 day leave and prepared for the big day...ngee
Arrived at the venue and it's already crowded with the fans
Finally made it to the concert hall around 8.15pm something


I'm freaking happy when i saw the RM98 tix not that far from the stage
The only thing that divided us from the Rock Zone area was the barricade
Totally worth it!

A day before the event I checked out Deftones concert setlist at Jakarta
Really really excited when they played all the important songs
and of course more tracks from their new album "Diamond Eyes"
I just can't wait when i read "Birthmark" is the first song!
The most perfect song to start the night

Opening band was Love Me Butch.
Love me butch first album somewhat a reflection of Deftones music.

Around 9.30, Deftones started the show.
and it.was.
Can't believe these guys been around for 15 years
and the energy... the live performance is just damn crazy.
Gotta give credit to the venue too cause the sound was really good.

Chino was so aggressive.
One song to another with subtle, minimal break in between
It's so surreal...

and yes, they played all the favorite tracks.
I try to keep my cool but goodness...
I just can't!

I recorded some of the performance but the captured sounds really bad
Luckily my surfacing took lots of pics
(Almost all of the pic taken by him)

Setlist almost the same with Jakarta:

1. Birthmark

2.Engine No. 9

3.Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)

4.My Own Summer (Shove It)

5. Lhabia

6.Around the Fur

7.Digital Bath

8.Knife Party



11.Bloody Cape

12.Diamond Eyes



15. Sextape

16.Rocket Skates

17.You've Seen The Butcher

18.Beauty School

19. Hole in the Earth

20. Kimdracula

21.Change (In the House of Flies)


23.Back To School (Mini Maggit)


24.No Ordinary Love (Sade cover)


26.7 Words

Yes, they play "Root" during the Encore followed by 7 words.
Imagine how wild the crowd became when they ended the concert
with these 2 tracks.

I managed to record the first 54 seconds and I lost myself too.

Well not really a "video", but you get the drift, right.

Me and Surfacing really enjoyed the concert.
Totally freaking worth it!
Please come again Deftones.

Message to Fat Boys/ Tune Talk:
Bring Slipknot.

Deftones - Diamond Eyes

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Once upon a time at the TSC Screening

I read this lovely section from Leo Burnett Website.
It's Arwah Yasmin Ahmad last words to the staff.
It is very inspiring and I would like to share it with you.

"Energy can never be destroyed. It just takes on different forms"

Midway through a wonderful presentation to clients on the 23rd of July 2009,
Yasmin said, "I don't feel well", then laid her head on the table,
and lost consciousness until she passed away peacefully on the 25th.

At 8pm on the Tuesday night before she died,
Yasmin called whoever was still working in the office to come to the
Leo Burnett amphitheatre.

In the quiet of that night, she told us things beautifully prophetic.
She asked those present what they want to learn from her.
Naturally most people said they wanted to learn how to make good TV commercials
and movies.
Her answer to that?
"I can't show you how to do it.
But I can point you in the right direction".

Then she played us her Petronas Merdeka TV commercial 'Tan Hong Ming'
(which won numerous awards including Cannes Gold) and said,
"I didn't do this commercial."

"God did it."

"Doesn't matter whether you call it the Tao, Allah, or God, God is One.
Be open to this Higher Power, and each one of us can be a channel."

She explained how she had initially thought that she was done

with shooting Tan Hong Ming who said his best friend is a boy
who wears a songkok
(a headgear often worn by Malaysian Muslims).

But Tan Hong Ming kept pestering her, pulling at her baju kurung

and saying strange things like "I'm a vegetarian".

So she kindly humoured the 7-year-old, putting the camera on him and asking,

"Do you have a girlfriend?"
And that's when the magic just flowed.

Nothing was scripted. It was all real. It was just an innocent little child, speaking from the heart.
And when Ummi Qasrina came by,
her heart echoed these same pure thoughts.
All the team had to do was keep the camera rolling.
"Only God can do things like that." said Yasmin.

Then Yasmin took us through another Petronas TV commercial which was not written by her,
but by Ng Choo Seong.
She reminded us that Nisha Khiruddin wrote one of the most loved
and most insightful Petronas Chinese New Year commercials.
That one of our most junior staff, a visualiser, Ken Wong Woon Kian,
affectionately known as "Ayam" to her, did three TV commercials in just three years of his career
with Leo Burnett.
That Christie Herman, a Christian, did what's probably the most watched Petronas TV commercial for the Hindu festival of lights, "The Boys in the Hood".
That we can go through the entire list of Petronas TV commercials,
and realize that many were not written by her, but by each of us in the office.
And that we can continue doing so.

"To tap in to this kind of inspiration," said Yasmin that Tuesday night,
"we just need to open our hearts and humble ourselves to the One",

she repeated "doesn't matter whether you call it The Tao, Allah or God".

Then, Yasmin literally demonstrated how she humbles herself five times a day
- on the very floor of the Leo Burnett amphitheatre
- standing, bowing, kneeling, prostrating.
"At every point, I become smaller, smaller and smaller" she said,
"reminding myself that I am nothing."
"And God, everything.
On that very night, she also reminded us that
"Energy cannot be destroyed.
It just takes on different forms."
She said we "should not have a guru.
Because, even if one is a very good imitator,
at best one will be limited to being a poor imitation of the guru.
She directed us to God, "upon Whom there are no limits."

Yasmin didn't leave Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur in the lurch when she died.
She handed us over to God.
Upon Whom she has always counted on for inspiration.

Unto Whom she has now returned.

- From "Yasmin's Last Words to us", Leo Burnett

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