RATU Finals – The Preview

We’re just hours away from the crowning of the FIRST RATU Suria.

Any ideas on who it will be?

I don’t have a clue either but there are two things that the RATU contestants need to know:

  • MediaCorp Suria is looking for a face to Host and Act (Hence the challenges have been tailored to fit into such defined roles. I’m sure we’ll see Acting in the next episode)
  • David Teo is looking for someone who can look good on the big screen. Doesn’t matter if you can’t speak Malay coherently as what he has mentioned, but you must be hardworking.

So, if these RATU contestants want a shot at winning, it is imperative that they step up to their game in this last episode and throw out all that they’ve got for that opportunity to land themself an appearance in one of David Teo’s movies and to land hosting roles on programmes and live shows.

So, who exactly has what it takes?

We have 6 contestants vying for one crown, so unless they kill one another to be the remaining contestant on stage, the judges will be the one deciding.

Nuraliza Osman – former Ms World Singapore

Hafeez Glamour – Radio personality

David Teo – THE BOSS

Aaron Aziz – Who doesn’t know him?

Jovian Mandagie – Designer

Contestants are:

The Eliminated Ones

The Fallen Ones


The sweet girl next door look. If I had a scene to play in a village, she’d be the village girl that gets every man in the village going crazy. Probably would have one psycho who has almost everything about her in his room and another guy whom she’s friends with since young but he only treats her like a sister and then another guy from the city who comes to the village and falls in love with her.

Wan Anisah

Exotic looks. She’d fit in well for my movie with a sexy bombshell secretary or that woman who breaks up a family or even a faithful wife who has a cheating husband. She just screams SEX BOMB to me. Not that it’s a bad thing. I wanted to see if I could put her in a bimbo role but she I don’t think she’d fit in well. Probably the girl who’s always misunderstood would be good for her.


Beautiful indeed. If I had a movie, I think I want her to play that innocent loyal wife who’s a secretary to a nice man. She falls in love with him but gets taken for a ride by another who then takes advantage of her. I think she fits the damsel in distress role. The unassuming bitch role also probably could do well with her.


She’d have a story of her own to tell being born Indonesian, but now, Singaporean. With her innocent and unassuming look, I think she could play the role of the abused foreign worker. The one who gets tortured constantly and suffers in silence but it shows on her face everytime she is faced with the same situation (I’m getting this idea from watching how she squirms every week just before the results are announced). Definitely my Ms Misunderstood.

Fatin Amira

She’s got that sweet subtle taste to her looks but she also speaks masculinity to me. If I had a movie, I think she’d play my heroine or perhaps an undercover police role. She could even play a gang member role or partner to the gang leader. She just fits that bad ass role to me. Bad Girl.. Bad bad girl kinda thing.. Not the naughty bad, but the BADDIE.


It’s a bit tough for me to talk about this one since I’ve personally known her for about 5-6 maybe 7 years or longer? She is indeed attractive to me from the time I’ve known her but for the purposes of RATU, let me try to be objective.

She’s what I think one would describe as a ‘Cili Padi’ attributed to her small size, being smallest in the competition but she also packs a punch being perhaps the most educated amongst the rest. For this competition, she just seems to fly under the radar most of the time but then hit you with her comments and how she speaks. I think that just blows your mind away – her intellect.

But for a movie, I think she’d fit in well with the sneaky bitchy role. The one who looks so sweet and then turns on you to be that bitch cos she just has that oh so cunning look. But she also has some pretty good looks to play that beautiful bitchy wife monster daughter in law or someone who’s quite doting.

Whatever the case, my opinions are only in a light-hearted mood so don’t take it too seriously.

I just have a wild imagination as to how I see things playing out in my mind.

RATU Suria Ep 6 Recap

It’s already episode 6 and that means there’s only 2 more episodes to go before we will uncover the first and possibly, one and only RATU Suria.

As I’m typing this down, I’m watching StarWorld and watching a re-run of 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Yesterday, for the first time, I finally saw the girls walking down the catwalk and look like they were really enjoying it, as how I would enjoy when I watch VS Fashion Show. Except of course, the girls were covered up in every department.

Fauzie and Marina opens the show

Fauzie and Marina opens the show

Never mind with my Victoria Secret fantasy, this is a family show after all.

But the girls were definitely strutting the catwalk with so much more energy in their feet and smile and much more movement on their shoulders during the poses (aka CONFIDENCE). I can remember very clearly Wan Anisah flipping her hair before she took the walk. I thought, “THAT WAS HOT!”

The Question and Answer session this week was also a bit different, the girls didn’t know what question they’d be asked although I have a feeling the list of questions were listed and given to them because all of them jumped at the question, as if they had studied for it.

Nonetheless, most of them had answered well. Questions were mostly about Communication and whilst most questions were easy, I thought that the question that Tiara Atyra got was the hardest of all – Emotional Awareness.

Even I had to pause for a bit to think, and I think that should be how all future Q& A should be.

The audience should be allowed to see how the contestants undergo the thinking process. I figure that it would be important to be able to see how the contestants ‘think on their feet’ since the challenges have all been edited and we are also entering the last two episodes. We need to be able to see more of them.

Nevertheless! I was impressed with most of the answers because most of the answers would have been something I teach in my Public Speaking class anyway.

The girls had a very service-oriented challenge.

Split into two groups, Fauzie’s group went to Spa Jelita whilst the other went to Sedap Corner.

I think it was a very good challenge and I thought that it would have been much better if the audience would have been able to see and hear the contestants interacting with the customers and amongst themselves. On the whole, the challenge would have been advantageous to some since the individual task given varies and if the girls were given a task they were extremely familiar with because they have done it before (been in the service industry), it would have been a breeze.

But well, this is a competition anyway and life’s not fair.

Then we had the final walk.

The girls had to catwalk in their kebaya batik in high heels (surely not barefoot right?). Having seen them look so stunning in their first catwalk, I expected the same for this last one but alas, it was a bit disappointing. Some of the girls look like they were in a rush and it was just oh so disappointing.

I think at this point of time, the girls need to realise that they are in a competition to win and they must do what’s best to make them look good. The catwalk is their time on stage, just like a performers’ time on stage. Regardless what the director has instructed to be done, the performer determines what and how the audience judge.

No Elimination

No Elimination                  sa

No one got eliminated this week but that only means that we will see FOUR girls booted out next week because we can only have FOUR girls for the finals.

Looking Back On 2012

Looking back on 2012….

It was definitely better than 2011! An improvement in a few areas whilst I cut loose on what weighed me down.

By Definition Pte Ltd

By Definition

If you don’t already know, I run this company with two other friends of mine. This was a year better than 2011 in more ways than one. (If you haven’t gone to our FB, go and ‘Like’ it!)

For a start, we had more business rolling in. That’s always good for business. I mean, why would you run a business if it didn’t make money right?

We also moved into an office cum warehouse to share a space with our trusted alliance company to ensure that we can have better collaboration and maximization of resources.

Not just that, we also had our first business trip to establish working relationship with partners overseas and also began sourcing out for materials and artefacts to help us deliver our programmes better!

Lastly, we’ve been receiving great *feedback from our Clients about our Products and Services, and most importantly, the people who help to make it happen – OUR FRIENDS, OUR TRAINERS!


*Between Feb 2011 – Aug 2012:

Primary School Programmes Statistics
(Based on criteria of ‘Tidak Setuju’ (Don’t Agree), ‘Tidak Pasti’ (Not Sure) and ‘Setuju’ (Agree))
‘Suka Dengan Program’ (Like The Programme)
73.2% Setuju
‘Belajar Ilmu Baru’ (Learnt New Skill/Knowledge)
78.8% Setuju
‘Tertarik Dengan Kandungan’ (Attracted To Content)
62.4% Setuju
Secondary School Programme Statistics
(Based on criteria of ‘Tidak Memuaskan’ (Not Satisfying), ‘Kurang Memuaskan’ (Less Satisfying), ‘Sederhana’ (Satisfied), ‘Cukup Memuaskan’ (Quite Satisfied), ‘Sungguh Memuaskan’ (Very Satisfied))
Programme Objectives:
86.9% feedbacked ‘Cukup Memuaskan’ and ‘Sungguh Memuaskan’  
Participants Expectations:
77.5% feedbacked ‘Cukup Memuaskan’ and ‘Sungguh Memuaskan’
Interesting/Unique Programmes:
89.2% feedbacked ‘Cukup Memuaskan’ and ‘Sungguh Memuaskan’
  • Community Work/Volunteering – YEC

Seems like some of my friends aren’t aware that I have been volunteering with People’s Association. Well, can’t blame them since I don’t talk about it cause I don’t really know who’s interested to know about what I do and I also don’t like to end up talking about myself. It’s enough that I have to bore people about what I do for a living (business), don’t think I want to bore people more with what I do without getting paid for it.

So, I’ll make this one as short as possible.

My Youth Executive Committee (YEC) organised the first ever run at the Gardens By The Bay at Marina Bay. Called the ‘Singapore Garden Run’, it was also a GRC event whereby we synergised with a few other YECs within our GRC to carry out this event. My YEC was in-charge of the run and the concert.

Singapore Garden Run

Singapore Garden Run

We know there were feedbacks about how it was conducted but nonetheless, for an event that big to have been organised by a group of youths made up of working professionals and students, I think we can afford to give ourselves a pat on our back for that. Nevertheless, we will work to address the issues raised and hope to be able to deliver a better run in the future!

  • Community Work/ Volunteering – SSEAYP

Yes, another type of volunteering.

I was really happy to have been able to contribute for this one not just in Singapore but again, in Indonesia!

Ship for South East Asia Youth Programme

Ship for South East Asia Youth Programme

Emcee for the Home Stay Matching Ceremony held at Orchid Country Club! I was initially asked to help take photos but I had to say no to that cause I really have no skill and I don’t want to screw photos up. I wouldn’t have enjoyed it too. I’m not quite the camwhore. I’m more of the motormouth and yes, I definitely enjoyed myself emceeing the event. To those who were there, I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Liaison Officer (LO) for Country Program Indonesia (CPI). My second year as LO in Indonesia for the CPI and I cannot be happier to have been able to contribute especially since my SSEAYP batchmate is also now the President of SSEAYP International Indonesia.

Not only did I get to contribute as LO, I was also the Emcee for the Welcoming Dinner hosted by the Governor of Daerah Kabupaten Indonesia Jakarta (Jakarta Province). It would have been awesome if I would have been able to meet and take a photo with the new Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo, but alas, he didn’t attend.

Nonetheless, what made it more sweet was that some members of the Ministry of Youth and Sports who were in attendance later commented that they enjoyed my emceeing and loved my voice and would love to have me emcee their events in the future! Woohoo!

  • LOVE

I think this deserves a section of its own.

Yes, I am in love.

I don’t think I have ever loved God this much in my life. I’ve been reading the Quran more often albeit translation, to have a better understanding of God’s revelations to Muslims beloved Prophet, Prophet Muhammad.

If you’re wondering about love in the other segment.

Well, to answer that, it’s really connected to God. As my name suggests, Abdillah – Servant of God. I really need to serve him more diligently in 2013.

My dad has already told me to get married in 2013. I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’m not financially nor emotionally nor spiritually prepared for it. Anyway, my dad is very specific about who he wants me to marry – an Indonesian from his hometown. I think that will take time.


I don’t think the year can be complete without media appearances/invites.

I happened to appear on the news when BERITAonSURIA decided to cover my company’s programme during Bulan Bahasa (Language Month).

I was also interviewed in a discussion with then, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Law, Sim Ann on TODAY on the topic, ‘Of Dreams, Realities and Opportunities’.

That aside, I’m still covering stories/events and giving reviews on my blog. Currently, I’m writing the reviews for MediaCorp Suria’s latest reality TV competition, RATU. So, if you have an event related to Arts and Education, feel free to drop me an email! If I have time, I will definitely cover the event and provide my most unbiased comments on it.

And lastly, my friends and relatives can officially call me, “Poster Boy”. The next time you visit or walk past a Community Centre, look closely. You might spot a familiar face.

RATU Episode 5 Recap

Did you catch RATU Episode 5?

I was there at the studio once more to catch the show and here’s what I thought of it.

‘Mother’ was the theme for this week and holy guacamole! It was heart-wrenching, tear-gutting and poetic.

For the start of the show, the ladies were dressed to ‘Mother Nature’ and looked absolutely gorgeous and I loved it even more when they made their reappearance in their kaftan dress which totally blew my mind away.

It would be outrageous but I would have loved to see the ladies dressed to look like Amazonians… now, that would have been ‘Mother Nature’ but would have probably resulted in the channel and a few heads to roll since it would have been pretty skimpy. Nonetheless, the ladies were gorgeous in what Azni Samdin had put them up for.

I absolutely also love that this week, they had their hair down and all the more they looked more at ease with themselves.

But well, here’s what I noticed about their catwalk, I think they need to move the body a little bit more especially during the pose. The shoulders need to have bigger movements cause it’s usually so subtle, looks very stiff I think.

Watch this video, the shoulder moves are gorgeous, provides more angles and lets you see more of them, no pun intended!

Okay well, I’m not sure if the ladies are allowed to move like that although I really hope that they would for the next show and well, I’m no supermodel to dictate.

Moving on to the comments…

For the most part, it was good. They just need to remember not to rush through when they deliver and probably, to hear themselves repeat it a few times so that it would sound more natural.

Mother Nature

Mother Nature

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Khairul, my ex student

Khairul, my ex student

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The Ladies with Guest Judge, Rita Zahara

The Ladies with Guest Judge, Rita Zahara

What’s even more exciting about this episode was that the first person to greet me with such excitement was a young man who looked so familiar and kept calling me, Cikgu Abd. I didn’t recognize him at first until a bit of memory jogging later and voila! My ex-student whom I taught Public Speaking and there he was to do a little bit of singing during the recitation of a poem, ‘Ibu’ (Mother), by the ladies.

And since we’re at it, this was indeed an emotional piece. The emotions just built up bit by bit until Wida Alisa finally took to the mic and delivered her lines just the way I imagined it and broke down.

A perfect ending to the entire segment.

But well, another two got booted out this week.. Jannah Jakasha and Elfiana Ismail.

RATU Episode 4 Recap

This is a little late but better than never for my first studio coverage of RATU.

So, here it goes for RATU Episode 4.

First and foremost, I must applaud the girls for how they delivered their comments. It was a stark improvement from the previous episode and they ought to maintain it whatever they did for the this episode. 

The challenge they had for this episode was re-enacting scenes from photographs at Maya Gallery. The photographs were then taken by The Big Shot winner, Affandy Razak.

I’m no photographer or model so I can’t quite give elaborate comments other than “Gorgeous!”, “Beautiful!” and “Nice!”.

Of course, photographers would hate to hear the word ‘Nice’, cos ‘Nice’ is just a 4-letter word for all the effort that has been poured into bringing the picture alive.

So, enjoy the photos!

With Pujangga Malam, Eddy and Wilson

With Pujangga Malam, Eddy and Wilson


RATU Episode 3 Recap

This would officially be the first recap I’m doing of any RATU episode since I wasn’t around for the first two and thus, the only episode I managed to catch and have time to make comments on would be for this 3rd one.

This being the first one that I watched, I didn’t know what to expect and I have for the most part, avoided reading comments or posts that others may have uploaded about to not tarnish my viewpoints.

So, whatever you read here and from now onwards with regards to RATU is based on my observation as an audience who enjoys watching Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show (who doesn’t right?) and my experience and knowledge within the context of what the episode is about.

I’ll begin with the CATWALK.

I think the ladies need to slow it down and enjoy the time they have on the catwalk. They looked like they were rushing, probably that’s how I look like when I walk since EVERYONE who goes out and takes a walk with me says that of me.

Then again, perhaps the ladies were being rushed, although I hope not because the point of the catwalk is to let you show your stuff down that runway. 

So, in gist, a few things I hope to see in the next episode will be:

  • A more patient catwalk 
  • And perhaps each girl to develop their own style/personality on the catwalk 
  • FLIRT with the camera! 

Moving on next will be on the Silat segment.

I’m no national Silat exponent but I used to practise Silat when I was much younger and I didn’t think that the kind of Silat display that the girls performed did them justice. If anything, they looked like kids who decided to wear their parents oversized bathrobe and perform Silat moves after watching some Jackie Chan or Karate Kid movie.

I thought that it would have done them more justice if the ladies were given more time to show what they had cause it was just a bit too rushed during the individual Silat performances. It was the Seni segment but because it was so rushed, it didn’t look Seni enough, nor did it look Silat enough. 

Soccer next! 

Well, what can I say? They really were having fun! I had lots of fun watching them kick the ball around! Maybe if they were asked to juggle the ball, that would have been more fun to watch! Can’t imagine how it’d be like if they began heading the ball.

And last but not least, I’ll talk about their prepared comments.

I hope the ladies have watched and listened to how they sound and look like when they give their personal comments on the questions. These questions, aren’t thrown off the cuff and I’m sure the ladies would have had time to Prepare and Practice beforehand. 

I will be honest that I squirmed when I listened for fear that they would sound anything but natural. So, I shall not go into details but shall instead throw a few tips that I teach my own students. Since my company, By Definition, didn’t get the opportunity to sponsor free Public Speaking classes for the ladies, this is perhaps the best way for me to go about it.

  1. PREPARE once you receive the question.
  2. PRACTICE at least 3 times.


  • Conduct your own research for facts
  • Write down what you want to say. Take note on the length of time given to you. For such comments on TV, don’t take more than 20-30secs. That’s about 40-60 words.


  • Practice at least 3 – 5 times to help you get the flow of words out easily.
  • Read it, Memorize it, Believe it, Deliver it.
  • No one is a better judge than yourself. So record yourself practicing and then listen to it. If you hate it, what more others.

Okay, those are just about what I can contribute based on what I observed. 

If there’s something that I wish I could control about the show, it definitely has to be the comments section.

Missing Out On RATU Suria

Two weeks I’ve been away from Singapore for a vacation of sort (I say of sort because I was still working).

During this time that I’ve been away, I’ve missed out on Singapore’s Malay Beauty Pageant, RATU Suria. Two episodes I’ve missed out on and two ladies have been eliminated and I bet the competition has heated up! I wonder if any catfights, bitchiness or simply sabotage attempts have erupted. 

I’m getting my weird ideas from watching America’s Next Top Model, which has now also moved to Asia to be Asia’s Next Top Model. 

Yes, the girls aren’t housed together during this period of the competition but I bet you that we will be able to see loads of drama unfold and possibly, the ‘Malayness’ of the girls (in this context I mean, ‘Minahness’.

“Apasal kau tengok-tengok matair aku semalam?” (Why were you looking at my boyfriend yesterday?)

“**** mak kau ah! Korang ajar punya perempuan!! Mulut takde insurance eh!” (**** your mother ah! Nobody teach you issit woman!! Your mouth no insurance eh!)

Okay well, seems exciting to me if you ask, though I don’t think such a concept could ever materialise due to many issues.

But anyways, because I have been away for two weeks and there has been two other ‘RATU Of The Week’ (Natasha Tan Week 3 winner) and ‘Most Sought Out Ratu’ (Ayura Week 3 winner) in my RATU Suria Blog Awards, I haven’t had any time to do any interview or even, to change the photograph and so… I think it’ll be unfair for me to move on to the next RATU to be posted as my ‘Display Photo’, so I’ll post up something else instead.

For those of you who were wondering where is it that I’ve been away to:

  1. Ship for South East Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Indonesia Country Programme in Jakarta, Indonesia and FUJI MARU
  2. National Seminar on Muarajambi’s Temple Site in Jambi, Indonesia and
  3. Visiting my parents in Jambi, Indonesia

I don’t think I’m going to talk about my personal experience in Indonesia in this post, but to view photos of the Muarajambi Temple Site that the Jambi Provincial Government is pushing for World Heritage Status from UNESCO, you can click here to view!

Enjoy the photos!

1st RATU Suria Blog Awards


Your clicks and whatever you did over the past week and you have chosen:




Ratu Of The Week
(14 – 22 Nov)



Jannah Jakasha

‘Most Sought Out Ratu
(14 – 22 Nov)

Alright, I will now attempt to get an interview with them and provide whoever is reading this blog with a little bit more information about these ladies.

In the meantime, the clicks are open again for the 2nd ‘Ratu Of The Week’ and ‘Most Sought Out Ratu’!

*Should either of the ladies appear TOP again, I will give it up to the next one in line so at least can get to know other girls also lah hor!

  • To begin clicking on your next ‘Ratu Of The Week’, come back to my first entry with their photos here and you do what you guys do best! 
  • For ‘Most Sought Out Ratu’, well, it’d be based on whoever appears highest on counts on the search list! 


RATU Suria Blog Awards



RATU Suria competition will only be going ‘LIVE’ on TV on 27th November 2012 at 2030hrs. And since its only an 8-week competition with the following awards to be given, Ratu Elegan (Miss Elegant), Ratu Kebaya (Miss Kebaya) and Ratu Popular (Miss Popularity), I have decided to give my own award, ‘RATU OF THE WEEK’!

What will this ‘RATU OF THE WEEK’ win?

No money..

No sash..

No trophy..

Definitely I hope for a date but, NO also..

RATU OF THE WEEK will get to have an entry ALL ABOUT HER on my blog. I will also replace my photo with that RATU OF THE WEEK for the entire week! (This one best excuse to have eye candy on my blog)

Well, I just thought that this could be a fun thing to do since the audience won’t get to vote for their winner in this competition as winner is based on judges decision (RATU Popular will be based on viewers vote on MediaCorp Suria FB though!)

So, what then are the criteria to be this RATU OF THE WEEK?

Heh heh heh.. (Evil laugh)

This RATU must do the following:

  • Go on 3 dates with me
  • Do ridiculous stunts with me in public
  • Have no make-up on

It’s simple..

I will ONLY be looking at the name of the RATU who appears THE MOST in terms of total numbers on my ‘Top Posts & Pages’ under my blog stats.

How does the RATU get there?

You all smart what.. go and find out lor how this wordpress works..

And whilst I’m typing this, I decided that perhaps, it’ll be good to also give another award, ‘MOST SOUGHT AFTER RATU’.

The ‘MOST SOUGHT AFTER RATU’ will also have an entry ALL ABOUT HER but she won’t get to replace my photo on my blog. She might get to replace my wallpaper on my mobile and iPad though!

How does she become ‘MOST SOUGHT AFTER RATU’?

It shall be based on the RATU who appears the most on my ‘Search Engine Terms’.

So, where will I announce the winners for this ‘RATU OF THE WEEK’ and ‘MOST SOUGHT AFTER RATU’?

I shall make the announcement via my Twitter account @AbdillahZamzuri cos it’s just so much simpler to do so.

Till then, to view their photos, visit my previous entry here.

(Okay, maybe they will get to learn how to play Gasing with me and Public Speaking tips courtesy of my company, By Definition Pte Ltd)

Ready for Singapore’s Malay Beauty Pageant?

I have always loved women regardless of their age, looks or status but I love their personality more – not all types but definitely those that are able to entertain my ever clocking mind.

On 14 November 2012, I attended the Press Conference where the ladies were the focal point of attention, RATU, a beauty pageant organised by MediaCorp Suria with strong partnership from the famous Malaysian producer, David Teo, who’s company had lend support towards the success of this pageant.



What was I looking for and did I get what I looked out for?

I saw 16 ladies strutting their way down on the mini stage with their hair beautifully done and make-up on (I wish they didn’t have any make-up on though).

I saw 16 ladies whom I wish I could bring home with me for my own personal elimination down to 4 to be made my wives (Why settle for 1 if I can have 4? [Berangan Muslim yang boleh dijadikan teladan]).

I don’t think there’s much that I want to say further for now, so Gentlemen, please keep your hands to your keyboards as you scroll down your mouse to take a look at the 16 Finalists!


There’s lots to expect for this competition happening over 8 weeks!

Unfortunately, I will have to miss the first 2 episodes starting on 27th November as I’ll be heading to Indonesia for exchange and to visit my parents!

Oh well, I’ll have my own beauty pageant there I guess!