Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In Flight Entertainment On MAS

The next time if you fly on MAS take along your earphone or your bulky headphone. I am not sure whether its on all of their aircraft but on their Boeing 737-800's theres a USB port and ear/headphone jack. So if you wish to view whats on their Inflight entertainment library just plug in your ear/headphone for the sound.
The USB port is on the seat in front of you while the ear/headphoone jack on the arm rest.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jikey Performance At MADA Pulu Pisang Homestay

I've heard of one of the traditional theatrical performances Jikey but last night for the first time have the opportunity to witness it live. I drive to Homestay MADA Kampung Pulau Pisang near Jitra, where there's a preview performance by AKRAB (Persatuan Pengerak Warisan Seni Budaya Negeri Kedah). The preview was done for Petronas who wanted to take this traditional performance to greater heights.

Jikey is a mixture of theatre, comedy and musical performance and the plot of the story revolves around local legends that formed the main repertoire and an injection of slapstick comedy making it not so monotonous to watch. Instrumental music and singing is another element of the Jikey that separates it from the modern theatre performance.

The main characters are the Comedians, King and worriors accompanied with short musical phrase.
One of the most prominent element in a jikey performance is the donning of mask by some of the actors usually the comedian who are loyal to the King and perform whatever duties ordered by the Sultan.

A Jikey performance has two parts. The first is the short Introduction and followed by the main performance.

Throughout the performance the Jikey is accompanied by traditional musical instruments.

Dialogues are improvised to suit the storyline.

The storyline is very simple and with the ingredients of music and comedy can be a good entertainment product that has a Malay Trade Mark. Jikey was widely presented in Langkawi but the emergence of modern entertainment seems to move it aside.

The performance was directed by Saipol Bahari Mohd Iman.
This blogger with Saipol Bahari

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I Saw My Hometown From The Air

Its quite a good opportunity for me to request for a starboard side window seat during a flight from Alor Setar to Kuala Lumpur recently. The sky was clear that contribute to the ability for me to snap the photos from the air.
 When I taught Geography to my students while I was still teaching those days, one of the characteristics of a low lying area is the river meanders. Kedah plain is very flat with fertile soil, thus enable it to be the rice bowl of Malaysia.

Alor Setar City Centre with Pekan Rabu and Holiday Villa visible.

Gunung Jerai, the highest point in Kedah. Gunung Jerai has its own history in the early days as a historical landmark that lead to the civilization around it. 

View of Taman Jubli Emas in memory of DYMM Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah at the throne of the Kedah Sultanate. It is located along Jalan Gangsa in Kg Suka Menanti  Gunung Keriang is in the background.
The new Alor Setar Railway Station at the centre of the picture

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