Friday, January 30, 2009

about tiara

original article here

Tiara’s Malaysian dream
29 Jan 09 : 11.00AM

By N Shashi Kala

Tiara as Puteri Gunung Ledang (all pics courtesy of Tiara Jacquelina)

PRODUCER and actress Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina Abdullah is best known forPuteri Gunung Ledang, both the movie and stage musical which she produced and starred in.

PGL is being restaged from 6 to 21 Feb at Istana Budaya by Tiara's company, Enfiniti Productions. It will be Tiara's swan song — she is reprising her award-winning role as Gusti Putri for the third, and she says final, time.

Tiara's grandparents

Tiara, who is of Burmese-Indonesian-Chinese lineage, has been involved in the entertainment industry since the 1980s. She started out scouting talents for a modeling agency, before moving into television production.

Her acting credits include Ringgit Kasorrga, for which she won the best actress award in the 12th Malaysian Film Festival in 1995,Perempuan Melayu Terakhir in 1999, andPGL in 2004.

Married to former cabinet minister Datuk Seri Mohd Effendi Norwawi, Tiara has two children, Hani Karmila and Mohd Eridani.

She recently spent some time in Australia learning painting under the tutelage of renowned artist Peter Barraclough, and also took up creative writing.

In an e-mail interview, Tiara tells The Nut Graph about living the Malaysian dream, and her "been there, done almost everything" aspect of being Malaysian.

TNG: Where were you born?

I was born in Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya and my first home was in Jalan Kilat, Klang. I grew up mainly in Ampang Jaya, Selangor. I have two younger siblings, Carol and Nicholas. My alma mater is St Mary's in Selayang.

What is your strongest memory of the place in which you grew up?

Tiara's parents on their wedding day

Basketball with the Ampang Jaya boys, playing in the many monsoon drains of Ukay Heights, and cycling. Also walking for hours every day — to catch the 183 bus from home to school — in pitch darkness at 6.30am with my sister Carol. Walking to school from AIA (the insurance company's building in Ampang) after a good roti canai banjir breakfast. Life's pleasures were simple, like having the crunchiest goreng pisang for tea or catching the nasi lemak lady for the last plate before she ran out.

What are the stories you hold onto the most from your family?

Tiara's grandfather, with P Ramlee
I think of the story of my grandfather, Datuk Eddie Eu Eng Hock, who started out as a shipping clerk riding a humble bicycle to work. He was of Burmese descent and originally came to Malaya from China a few years before the war. My grandmother was Chinese.

After World War II, with my grandmother by his side, he went on to set up Eu-Lee Landing and Shipping, the country's first official stevedoring company in Port Swettenham, which today is called Port Klang. My grandfather always told us that good luck or good fortune is what you make out of good opportunities and hard work.

How do you connect with these stories as a Malaysian?

It tells me that if there ever was a Malaysian dream, it's alive and well and Malaysia really is a country of opportunity for those who are willing to work hard enough for it. And there is no short cut to success, not if you're in for the long run.

What aspects of your identity do you struggle with the most as a Malaysian?

Gosh, I think I can count myself as "been there, done almost everything", in this respect. My dad's side of the family is Burmese-Chinese and my mother is Chinese Indonesian. My parents, Eddie Eu and Nelly Tan, got married in 1966.

Part of the Eu family

I was born into a very staunch Buddhist family, the Eu family, where all the men in our family shaved their heads and became monks.

I converted to Christianity when I was 12, along with my brother and sister, and we convinced our mother to convert, too! I became a Muslim when I got married in 1993 (to former husband, the late Hani Mohsin). So I guess I've almost done the full circle where religious beliefs are concerned!

Tiara as a baby, with her Aunt Nora, and cousins
Alex and Angie Eu (rightmost)
And nothing else about me has changed. I'm still the same spunky little gal, ready to take on the boys, (and the world, in my mind) on the Ampang Jaya basketball courts. I can never understand why religion divides us so much. We're just roses that go by different names as far as I'm concerned.

Today, our family celebrates almost every festive occasion — Christmas, Hari Raya as well as Chinese New Year — with equal gusto. If only religion could be practiced in moderation and everyone would practice their beliefs in their own private space and not impose any personal judgments on the way others live their lives.

Describe the kind of Malaysia you want to leave behind for your children.

I dream of a future Malaysia where our children will be wise enough to judge for themselves what's right and wrong. [I want their judgment to come] from education, awareness and guided exposure, and not force or fatwa. I hope that the country will spot and nurture potential talents we have in our backyard and inspire them to love this country enough to take Malaysia to even greater heights.

Hopefully we can, as a united and multi-racial Malaysia, join hands to fight the big fight out there in the big blue marble. [Let's] not waste our energy on small domestic squabbles that will only hinder our progress further. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

about tiara saying goodbye to Puteri

Latest Press Release from Tiara

It’s a big day in my life. Playing Gusti Putri Raden Ajeng Retno Dumilah has been such a big part of who I am for the last 5-6 years. It’s like having to say goodbye to your best friend.

I feel its time for me to consider that this could be my last performance as Puteri.

I’ve achieved more than any artiste can ever dream of in theatre, film, TV, had the fortune of working with the best talents in our industry. I think we managed to create some new benchmarks, we added to the growth of theatre-goers, and contributed to the acceptance and recognition of Malaysian films locally as well as abroad.

We’ve had the honor and prestige of taking our play to the Esplanade and to have performed to a full house every night. We took our film to Venice, got considered for an Academy award, sold PGL all over the world…

I would say that I’ve had a full adventure on my journey with PGL, and having played PGL. Taken it as far as I could, won more awards than I could ever dream of winning, and achieving far more than any artiste can ever hope to achieve.

I’m looking forward to moving on to other dreams next, to climb and conquer new mountains. I feel I have so much more to give, so much more to learn, but in order to continue to grow, I need to move on.

I’ve been very blessed, i have had the support of everyone from the Government, the Ministry, the Malaysian public, my friends from the mass media, my fans, and above all my family, that has got me to where I am today as Puteri.

Our third season of PGL the Musical will mark the end of a great adventure for me, the end of something I had dreamed of all my life. But all through that wonderful adventure, I can only look back and say, I have had the best time of my life.

about PGLM 3

taken from tiara's blog

Monday, January 12, 2009

An almost brand-new PGLM for season 3!

Questions and answers for MHI / Breakfast show:

Question 1: 60,000 people have watched the PGL The Musical, so why should they come see it again?

If you have watched and enjoyed it before, you will enjoy it even more this time. Every member of our team is committed to do better than they did before.

“Regulars” and repeat audiences of PGL - the musical will notice:

* Additional sets throughout the show

* The completely new lighting design throughout the show, which will bring a completely different energy to each scene,

* Some fresh new music, as well as new musical arrangements.

* Some new costumes

* More use of 3D in the Video Projections

* Tighter, deeper performances, which should pack in more of an emotional punch,

But the most significant change to the show will be a completely new element we are really excited to explore which is the use of illusions and special effects.

During our study tours of musicals over the past few months, Zahim, Malek and I noticed that the new musicals were using a more high-tech approach, which seemed to gel very well with new and seasoned theatre audiences. Lord Of The Rings, Zorro, Tarzan, and my favorite, Wicked, featured a lot of 3D and special effects, designed by illusionists. It represented an evolution of tradition-meets-modern-world, where audiences were looking beyond just the songs and dances to expect something a bit more spectacular and dynamic.

I think the show will move much more smoothly now and sparkle with a fresh, new attitude and energy.

Question 2:

What about the others who have not watched the show, never been to the theatre? What would u like to tell them?

I would say there are half a million other potential theatre-goers in the klang valley alone who haven't been to the theatre! For a lot of them, the theatre going culture is not a natural normal culture for them unlike watching TV, going to the cinema and even watching a concert. We hope to introduce theatre as a beautiful new EXPERIENCE.

These people have not yet experienced the magic of being transported into a magical world of music, beautiful lyrics and dialogue, mesmerizing sets, breathtaking choreography, an where your emotions are heightened because you are a part of what’s going on, on stage in front of your very eyes…

Everything is live, interactive, its perfection-100 ppl have to hit the perfect moment at the same time. 120minutes of precision and perfection! There is absolutely NO room for error.

Q : what was Enfiniti’s main mission when you first designed and planned for PGLM in 2006?

We made it our mission, and designed PGLM to be the best first experience in the theatre so that they will go to the theatre again and again. Its live, interactive, its perfection-100 ppl have to hit the perfect moment at the same time. 120minutes of precision and perfection!

Ppl who watch PGL have said that its as good as and even sometimes better than international shows. I'm sure every Malaysian wd be proud to see Malaysia produce world class productions. This is what the industry has been striving to achieve over the years.

The mission of our team is to contribute to this effort, and with the pool of talent and many quality productions we have seen over the past three years, I feel we are coming closer and closer to reaching this target.

Q : PGL made Malaysia proud being the first Malaysian musical to be performed at the prestigious Esplanade Theatre. What would you describe as one of your most unforgettable experiences performing for your first international audience?

The biggest recognition for PGL is that we were invited to perform at the Esplanade, which is so particular about the quality of productions they bring in. Feels so good to hear so many Malaysians in Singapore, saying how proud they are to be Malaysian tonight.

Q : Final message to the audience:

Personally, I’d say that Malaysian audiences who come to watch the show this February will see many things they haven’t seen before in past seasons of Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical.

Monday, January 12, 2009

about SPOT MY STATUS! contest on Facebook

Great news friends!

Friends of Enfiniti is glad to invite our members to join the Spot My Status contest on facebook and win a chance to watch Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical Season III this February … 


All you have to do is write your facebook's status in your most creative words and keep it there till the end of this month.


Each status must include "Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical or PGLM3", "magical," and (check my status for an example) to be eligible to win a chance to watch the Musical live in Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur this February.


After you have put up your PGLM status, post on the group wall ( with "Spot My Status!" and by the end of the month we will check your profile to see who has the most creative status and reward you with 2 tickets to watch The magical performance of Puteri gunung ledang The Musical Season III.


For those who have already bought the tickets, even better! Take a photo of yourself with the PGLM3 tickets and post it as your profile photo. If you are chosen as one of our winner, we'll treat you with 2 more extra tickets for the same night you won


This contest is open to members of Friends Of Enfiniti on Facebook.

Each winner is only eligible for 2 tickets per performance. If your profile photo with you holding to the PGLM3 tickets is chosen as one of the winners, you will be entitled to another 2 tickets!


Winners are responsible for their own expenses to and from Istana Budaya.

start posting now guys and see you this February at Istana Budaya!

if you are on facebook and not yeat a member, join now... and tell you friends to join our group , he/she might choose you to accompany them if they win! and start posting 

Monday, January 05, 2009

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