Monthly Archives: October 2013

Psiko: Pencuri Hati (Psiko: Thief of Hearts)



REVIEW: “Thief of Hearts” sounds very typically romantic title of a film genre. This not so heavily promoted thriller by Nam Ron is definitely a double thumbs up. I feel very compelled to review this film because it’s worth mentioning the hard work of the film maker and his team of amazing talents and crews. Besides, I’ve been watching too much cliche mainstream and comedies. PPH, for short, is like a breathe of fresh air. The plot and storyline seemed heavy but not too hard on audience. I’m thinking perhaps audience must have been to comfortable with mainstream movies to even bother to think through this one.

PPH tells a story of thriller novelist, O-Sidi (Bront Palarae) who is obsessed with the genre that his mystery novels spoke for themselves. He obsession caused him to take a very long time to produce his latest novel. What more, the latest novel features true story and real life cases. Just as he was facing writer’s block, the town was struck by the return of a serial killer who cut open victims’ chest to remove and cleanse the hearts. The open wounds were then nicely closed. Victims were left without any trail of evidence. Sidi wanted to feature that part of “true story and real life case” into his last chapter of the novel. However, the hallucination from his obsession kept haunting him.

The latest victim of the thief of hearts was a waitress whom Sidi came into contact not too long ago. Therefore he became paranoid by his own hallucinations. As suggested by his “friend”, Man, he went for a vacation at an island. There, he met a couple, Dr. Khai and his depressed wife, Wani, who has suffered from 3 miscarriages. Their marriage was at stake and Dr Khai was trying to fix it by going on a vacation with his wife. Wani love mystery novels and fate has it that Wani met her idol, Sidi on the island. Wani became instantly attracted to Sidi and this drove her husband mad. On the other hand, the innkeeper’s wife, Siti,showed interest in Dr.Khai.

The sudden death ala thief of hearts, of Siti, caused Sidi’s hallucination to worsen. Dr. Khai took the opportunity to put the blame of the thief of hearts on Sidi as he wanted hs wife away from the novelist. What happened following the death of Siti unreeled the thrilling drama, albeit quite a short storyline.

Compared to mainstream movies, this rare genre for a Malay film was well-developed. Despite the short storyline, like I said, probably Nam Ron did not want audience to think so much, I still do think about certain things throughout the movie. Well, I got two things right: 1)Man, was not just Sidi’s friend. I would say Man was Sidi’s conscience or sidekick; an alter ego? Reminded me of Sidney Sheldon’s novel. 2)The real thief was not who everyone think he is. Too many English thriller  movies taught me to figure it out within 40 mins into the movie. The killer’s intention of stealing victim’s hearts and having them cleansed, I feel like there’s an underlying message Nam Ron was trying to convey here. And the links of all sorts of disorders the characters had. Imagine, if you’re surrounded by people with all sorts of different disorders. Wait, we are already facing all sorts of disorders, don’t we?

My verdict: 8/10


Weddings : To go or not to go?


Have you ever been invited to any event that says you may bring a +1, but somehow, you ended up alone?

I was super close to giving up on attending a wedding. Reason? I have no one to go with me. A bit petty, but hey, most of the friends I know, and some of whom actually confessed that they would just forgo any wedding if they have to attend alone. And why did I suddenly have the courage to attend this wedding?

A friend told me, “Datang je.. mesti ada orang  kau kenal..” (Just come, you’re bound to meet people you know..). Right.. So on the way, I told myself, if I can go overseas alone or even attend any talks and seminar alone, why can’t I attend a wedding alone? Now some of you might ask, how did I even get invited? The groom is…. well, an acquaintance. You see, it’s a complicated story if I were to say, he’s my exboyf’s schoolmate, right? So, I’d say, he’s my brother’s best friends’ cousin. OK, that’ll do. Now, why do I even bother attending? Here’s why: I wouldn’t want my invitees not turning up for my wedding some day. They say, it’s karma.

Initially, I felt out of place and so many awkward moments. Then, so much for my wanting to be anti social. I always ended up meeting some familiar people. Yup, I wasn’t alone. I hung out with the groom’s cousins. That wasn’t so bad right?

My moral of the story: It is okay to attend events, weddings especially, alone.


OST Sahabat

malam sunyi menemani sepiku
bintang berkelip tabahkan hati gugup
indah bulan menyuluh gelap malam
indah dirimu bagai bintang di syurga

kabus pagi menghalang pandanganku
terus berlari mengejar impianku
cita-cita, cinta dan juga harapan
tinggi gunung mustahil untuk kugapai

tapi dengan keberanian
mimpimu akan bermakna

sahabat usah gentar menggapai bintang
walaupun diri tak terdaya
menyerah kalah terus berdiri
berlari dan mengejar harapan


I am G (for jiwa)!


In the Singaporean-Malay slang, “jiwa” is a term we usually use when we want our friends to do things together with us or even side us on decisions and/or when the occasion calls for us to be united regardless the consequences. In technical terms we pronounce it ‘ji’ (G) – ‘wa’. Hence the start of my “G for jiwa” term.

The Malays always promote unity and togetherness; in other words “gotong-royong“, “satu hati” and “muafakat“. Take the “$50 void deck wedding” for example… All family and friends of the newly wedded couple will come forward and help out where needed. Despite being termed “$50 void deck wedding”, the occasion never fail to lift up the kampong spirit.

That’s a whole lot of digression, yes? What I meant to say, not everyone who says will be there for u, will actually be there for you. You will only know your “jiwa” friends’ true colours when you’re at your lowest point in life. Not everyone is as “jiwa” as you think they claimed to be. Ask anyone friend in your spontaneous crazy road trip to the nearest country. You think?

Personally, I believe in G for jiwa for as long as I love and I could, I would be there for any friend who deserve my presence. Well, I used to be very jiwa go just about any friends, then I realised, some are not worth it. For jiwa I am for my friends and family, only the deserving ones know.

So how G for jiwa are you?

Salam dunia!


Salam dunia!

The name’s Esmerelda. There’s nothing special about me. I’m just like everyone else. A dreamer always full of imagination, an aspiring writer and a hijabista. Friends and family think I’m suffering from quarter life crisis – being single and always busy with work and studies, leaving no time for myself. I’m fine; at least that’s what I think.

What ignite the interest to blog again? Let’s just say, age is catching up on life. Hence, I feel the need to pen, or rather type my thoughts out – talk about topics we are familiar with, share interesting recipes, update on music and fashion and keep encouraging others to do good. I don’t have specific target audience. Sometimes I talk crap, just to fill my time before I get busy. Sometimes, I will pen down thoughts I’d hope to share.

So, until my next post!