Pardon the awkward timing of this article. Actually, I thought of writing about this when I came back from watching Latte@8 live in Sunway Pyramid, but I’ve been contemplating to do so because I found that there’s nothing much I can write about it. I’m not sure how many of you out there watched Latte@8 show hosted by Jason Lo every 11pm, Friday on 8tv, but I used to watch it a few years ago when Latte@8 was still not banned by Malaysian censorship board for the nasty jokes that the host made about almost everything that went wrong in Malaysia as well as the ‘provocative’ issues that he brought up.
After years of being banned( I was told it’s banned), Media Prima finally manage to get it unbanned somehow, and the show made it’s appearance on the idiot box once again about three weeks ago, with the same host, and same location, which is Starbucks in Sunway Pyramid. And so, being an avid viewer of this particular talk show, I made an effort to watch it on the bloody idiot box over a cup of tea every Friday night to laugh at some lame jokes cooked up by the host or endure the vanity that’s obviously displayed by some of the guest.
Last Friday, my other half who was a fan of this talk show, dragged me to Sunway Pyramid to watch the show live despite of my constant threatening that if he bring me there to watch it live, he won’t be able to live long enough see the next sunrise. (LOL….that’s what you get when you disrupt my well needed sleep). Despite of my refusal, I followed him reluctantly. And so , to cut long story short, we arrived just in time to see the show. I had thought that I would jump for joy if I were to watch it live a few years ago, but boy, I was wrong. It’s not as interesting as watching it on tv.
Overall, I can’t say that Latte@8 was as good as what it used to be before the show was halted as a result of the ban. Though I found that the show is still funny with the jokes and all, I found that the host have more restrain on the issues that he brought up. And he has gone way much kinder on his constructive criticism towards his guests. I’m not sure why, but it must be he was told to keep the show as mild as possible in order to avoid ban being imposed on the show again.
I found 3rd episode of Latte@8 was practically boring and not really worth to watch. Not because of the host, but the guests. The first guest was the second Malaysian astronaut, Capt Dr Faiz bin Khaleed. He’s a serious man and as I watched the interview, I found that he’s also quite shy and modest. I find that interview quite acceptable and quite informative as he tried to give the viewers a picture of his not so common career.
The second guest was Kenny Sia, a self proclaim no.1 blogger in Malaysia. (Eh, I thought Raja Petra was no.1 in Malaysia and way more famous than Kenny Sia? Even the government tried to get rid of him!) As I sit and watch the second interview, I struggled to stay awake. I’m not sure what sin I did in my past life that I’m forced to endure a ‘famous’ blogger who wears a fluorescent sissy pink shirt who is practically famous for his online sex scandal boasts and brag about how good he in in blogging industry with no shame at all. Even Jason Lo, the host made a sarcastic remark on how ‘modest’ he was.
Seriously, it’s not just the jiggly bits that the so called no.1 blogger in Malaysia need to shed away. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I think I’d be more interested in the interview if the blogger in question was one of my regular visitor here. (yea, that’s you all la…those inside my blogroll. LOL)
Anyway, as Jason Lo tried to dig Kenny Sia’s ‘dirty little secrets’ on how his girlfriend ‘cope’ with his ‘blogging activities with other famous female bloggers’, I found myself yawning and standing up to get a dose of those expensive caffeine that’s sold in Starbucks. (fuck it la, go all the way to Sunway Pyramid just to drink expensive coffee…waste petrol la!) When i returned from buying a glass of ice blended mocha, I found my other half chuckling at me, and we get engage in a conversation similar to this:
Him: Honey, why buy this? Later get migraine den you know arr! You where can take caffeine wan?
Me: I’m already having migraine with all those bragging that Kenny Sia is doing. So, what the heck la… Why can’t they jut invite the goddamn Raja Petra or Jeff Ooi or Mahathir? They’re also blogger what? Famous oso!
Him: Maybe they’re afraid government kacau?
Me: Maybe…sweetheart, why you think so many female bloggers like him? So many sex scandal about him leh! So chubby, not handsome, short summore, talk so many lame jokes, not modest….sien nia! Not handsome never mind, but abit cocky lah! I saw a few HAWT and sexy girls swarming around him before his turn to be interviewed! He’s really not my type, I don’t understand why a lot of girls like him so much.
Him: Maybe because he’s famous and they want to ‘tumpang glamour’?
Me: Dunno la, maybe.
Him: Or maybe chubby, short and ‘soft’ guys who loves to wear pink is a symbol of masculinity these days. More ‘soft and fat’ more special? Girls these days are bored of tall and handsome guys who are ‘hard and stiff’?
Me: Walao, sweetheart, don’t talk dirty leh, later people here heard den how? Aiya, you sit here la, I lazy listen liao. I go snap a few picture.
And so, I went to snap some pictures. These are the pictures that I took last Friday. Bad quality due to the lighting as well as crowd factor.
Jason Lo interviewing Capt Dr Faiz bin Khaleed.
Jason Lo trying to dig out juicy details about Kenny Sia’s personal life. But get other answer instead.
Then there’s the crew who are responsible making the show successful. Watching them work is far more interesting than watching self-proclaim celebrity. The TV3/8tv crew was probably the only thing that stop me from dragging my other half to leave before the show end.( Actually we left before the show end. Cuz we both agreed that this particular episode was not as interesting as others).
Rina, a crew member of Latte@8, hard at work in ensuring that the show goes on smoothly. Originally, I thought she’s the producer of Latte@8, but later, she told me that the producer is actually hiding in the TV3 van by the site, commanding and giving orders to the crews by the control panel in the van.
The cameraman and the deejay for the show. (Omg, what’s with the cringing on the cameraman’s face?)
Free iced tea and coffee, sponsored by Starbucks Sunway Pyramid. I didn’t get to drink these free stuff. The cooler was already empty. LOL.
Free sandwiches provided by Starbucks Sunway Pyramid. And yea, yea, I took some to my table and eat em. I will never resist free food. After all, I did missed my dinner!
And last but not least, the only person that really caught my attention that day…a blogger who is also a regular commenter and visitor in my blog, u-jean. She happens to be there during the show too. A person that I really wanted to go up and talk to but did not do so for fear of getting the wrong person.
U-jean and her friend. She’s so immersed in whatever she’s doing with her Acer laptop.(issit Acer? I’m not so sure, let’s ask u-jean). u-jean was so immersed that she did not even notice that I was standing right in front of her and snap her picture with FLASH on. I really wonder if she even watch the Latte@8 show. It seems that whatever that is she’s doing is way more interesting than the show. LOL.
The only thing that I learn that day during my trip to Latte@8 show was that it’s not just the celebrity that makes the show successful, but it’s actually the people BEHIND the show. The crew who work their butt off to make sure the show was aired smoothly without interruption. My respect goes to everyone who are behind the scene who did a great job trying to make the show as interesting as possible on the idiot box. To me, watching a TV crew at work is far more interesting than ogling at the host or the ‘celebrity’. Real people, real things, never failed to amuse me.
Cleffairy:I wonder which blogger I’ll bump to on the street next? Ho ho ho ho…since I never put up my picture anywhere on the net, no one knows how I really look like. *wink* I might be standing in front of you guys and yet you guys dunno that it’s me. LOL.