Sunday, November 29, 2015

First Media Interview

Tune in for the first scheduled media interview with N. B. Badarudin - Tuesday (1/12/15) 2:00 - 3:00 PM on The Ambassador Segment,

Monday, November 23, 2015

Endorsements from Rock Stars & Pop Divas

Emmett Ishak, of Butter Fingers fame, sings the English soundtrack, From the Foothills

Shasha Saidin of once popular girl band, Elit

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Across the Causeway: A Singapore Childhood - Book Trailer

Hi, here's the latest update. 

The official launch was held at Perbadanan Kota Buku (PKB) on Saturday, October 10th 2015. It was a semi-casual affair graced by old college mates, school mates, former students, family and friends. 

F.R.A.N.C.E. - Friendship Remains and Never Can End!
(Left to right) Dato' Muhammad Alias, former Consular-General to Los Angeles, N.B. Badarudin, Dato' Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Noor, Puan Nor Inchun Salleh, Puan Aminah Khalid and Dato' Zulkifli Ya'acob
Dato' Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur, lovingly known as Anne to close comrades, now Secretary-General of MOSTI (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations) opened the ceremony by regaling the audience on precious moments among the 20 odd first batch of the Creative and Descriptive Writing Programme, UM, Class of '80. It was followed by a slide show by the author, and a sharing session with a young aunt - Cik Pe'ah - who came all the way from Singapore with two cousins, Asiah and Wati.

BFF - Best Friends Forever!
(Left to right) Sa'odah Ismail, celebrity gossip columnist, Sa'adah Salleh, high-profile PR practitioner, Norisah Sulaiman, another high-profile Corporate Communication person, N.B. Badarudin 
Izuan Shah of Aurburn and Mel Tonawarna delivered a poignant performance of 'Senandong Malam', the signature song about the protagonist's journey on the night train in '65. The Golden Duet, Dato' Zulkifli Ya'acob aka Ajoi, former ambassador to Argentina and Puan Nor Inchun aka Norie, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, lightened up the event with renditions of Malay evergreens and contemporaries. Last, but not least, was Loque's personalised version of P. Ramlee's 'Tiada Kata Secantik Bahasa'.      

Loque at the mic.

Mel Tonawarna and Izuan Shah poured their hearts out for 'Senandong Malam'.

Former students who are now scholars and entrepreneurs in their own right.
(Left to right) Dr Azalan Shah, Lecturer in Media Studies, Nazri Ibrahim, Lecturer in Communications, N.B. Badarudin and Ab. Jalil Backer, proprietor of Gloria Jean's outlets at Securities Commission and a downtown mall.   
Book signing and photo sessions followed with a Javanese Singaporean lunch.  

[Unfortunately, the author was admitted into UMMC the day after the launch due to inflammation of the right eye. Hence, the delay in posting about the event and other related developments.]

Across the Causeway: A Singapore Childhood will be available in MPH bookstores after November 1, 2015. For those who prefer to purchase online, please get your copy/ies from:

Friday, September 18, 2015

6 New Blocks On the Street

98B, Block N, Jalan 17/1A, PJ

So many bittersweet memories here ...
Seized every chance to mail letters at the post office ... just to exchange smiles with DJ Dave at the counter
Took the Srijaya bus No 238 to school and KL ... just to gawk at the brooding good looks of bus conductor Yusof Haslam
Had a nodding acquaintance with Raja Din Wan Mat, Bakat TV winner (My Funny Valentine) ... 
Unfortunately, the singer cum salesman was later murdered at Happy Mansion
Said Hi to Miss Elise, a VVIP's Mistress, who sued her lover for child support in a landmark case ...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

5 Nyonya Wak Enah Speaks In Tongues

Mui Yee
The Prince's Romantic Affairs (1958)
Members of the Pentecostal Church of God, a faith healing sect, surround a woman who has "Got the Spirit" as a man holds a snake above her head in Evarts, Ky. on Aug. 22, 1944.

Everyone - husband, sons and neighbours - are astonished by Nyonya Wak Enah's sudden fascination with Spiritual Healing. It turns out that she is influenced by her Hong Kong film star idol, Kong Duen-yee, who fervently believes in the power of prayer to heal.

4 The 'Seksu' Shows Up at the Door

Mak and Bee have not heard from Bapak since their abrupt move from Bukit Keramat about a year ago.
However, one lazy afternoon after a heavy lunch, when Mak is reading her broadsheet newspaper on the rattan settee and Bee her Enid Blyton adventure series on the vinyl flooring, they hear a gentle tap on the front door.
They both look up from their reading materials and at each other. They cock up their ears to the second set of gentle tap on the wooden door. Mak gestures at Bee and turns her head towards the door. Bee scrambles up and turns the door handle to stare at Bapak's secretary leaning against the balcony railings.
"Who is at the door, Bee? Why are you frozen like Patung Chendana?"
"Oh, it's Kak Kamisah, Mak. Bapak's secretary at his Batu Road office."
"Well, are you going to stand there like a jaga or are you going to invite her in?"
"Oh, do come in, Kak Kamisah ... "
Desperate times call for desperate measures. When Kamisah does not hear from Bapak, she summons her courage to look for him at his estranged wife's unit.
There really is nothing to lose, she tells herself. As it is, she is already relegated an Old Maid at 22. All her female office mates - Hana, Zee and An - have moved on to secure jobs and the security of marriages, leaving her to hang on to a shell of a post in a shrinking work space.
Her parents' and siblings' mockery at home, day in, day out, is getting unbearable. And she has to hang her head low to her chest every morning and evening, as she shuffles her way to and from work, pretending that she does not hear the wicked whispers of spiteful neighbours behind drawn curtains at the police barracks next to the Merdeka Stadium.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

3 Kak Hana's Passport to Travel

Old Subang Airport:
The waving gallery at Subang Airport is a witness to countless teary goodbyes

Although Kak Hana works as a Ticketing Clerk with the British Airways, she always make sure that she looks just as good, if not better than the air hostesses in their sky blue uniforms.
Unlike them, she dresses herself up ala Saloma in modern see-through kasa rubiah kurungs that trace the silhouette of her long-line black corset and tight batik sarongs. Her stiletto shoes and leather handbags always match. She has them handmade at a shop in Petaling Street. And she buys her sunglasses, make-up and perfume at Robinson's. She has her hair washed and styled at the salon at the airport. Mak says, she could easily spend her whole month's salary on her outfits alone.
The idiom - My Face is My Fortune - is a popular refrain from a nineteenth century rhyme,

Where Are You Going, My Pretty Maid?

Where are you going, my pretty maid?
I'm going a milking, sir, she said.
May I go with you, my pretty maid?
You're kindly welcome, sir, she said.
What is your father, my pretty maid?
My father's a farmer, sir, she said.
What is your fortune, my pretty maid?
My face is my fortune, sir, she said.
Then I won't marry you, my pretty maid.
Nobody asked you, sir, she said.

There is another variation known as Dabbling in the Dew:

'O where are you going, my pretty maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
'I'm going a-milking, sir,' she said;
'And it's dabbling in the dew makes the milkmaids fair.'
'May I go with you, my pretty maid,
With your red rosy cheeks?' etc.
'O you may go with me, sir,' she said;
'And it's dabbling,' etc.
'I, may I marry you, my pretty maid,
With your red rosy cheeks?' etc.
'Wait till you're wanted, sir,' she said;
'And it's dabbling,' etc.