Posted: 05 Sep 2012 02:29 AM PDT
Scream or laugh out loud, if that's what you need to do to fix a bad day.
THE dynamic duo of Terry and Azura is there for you on Red FM's The Red Fix (weekdays, 4pm-7pm), when you're stuck in a traffic jam while on your way home after a busy day.
When others are too occupied to lend an ear, give Terry and Azura a call instead to get an instant fix. They are constantly coming up with current topics to discuss and debate to end your day on a high note. Terry and Azura want you to share your views with them as no opinion is too petty or too serious for them. So do not hesitate to give them a call.
Now you have more reason to tune in to The Red Fix as the generous deejays will give you another reason to scream and laugh with joy.
In the segment What's The Movie, a movie sound clip will be played and if you guess the movie title correctly, you stand to win cash. The number to call is 03-7728 1049. If your answer is wrong, the prize money of RM100 will snowball to the next day. Currently the amount is RM3,000.
Talking about extra cash, keep yourself tuned to Red FM as the station is running the easiest radio competition ever!
Red FM's Sure Can Win started on Monday and will run till Sept 16. All you have to do to win is be yourself. The Red FM announcers will be calling out descriptions of people at five random times daily, should you match the description, give them a call and answer a simple question and walk away with a portion of the RM100,000 that is to be given away.
Red FM is owned and operated by The Star.
Red FM's Station Frequencies: Taiping, Kedah, Perlis and Pulau Langkawi: 98.1FM; George Town and Seberang Prai: 107.6FM; Ipoh, Perak: 106.4FM; Klang Valley, Negri Sembilan and Tapah: 104.9FM; Kuantan, Pahang: 91.6FM; Batu Pahat and Malacca: 98.9FM; Johor Baru and Singapore: 92.8FM.
Posted: 05 Sep 2012 02:29 AM PDT
BE smart and we'll pay your bill. This month, Chinese radio station 988 and Brand's invite listeners to take part in supermarket sweep at selected Giant Hypermarket.
From now till Sept 28, tune in to 988 to win qualifying opportunities for the shopping game. Stand a chance to have 988 foot the bill for you. On top of that, the smartest consumer will walk away with RM30,000 cold hard cash. What a game!
Household supplies are daily necessities. Hence, 988 wishes to reward its listeners with goodies that are practical, in a fun way.
Stay tuned this whole month from Monday till Friday for the contest cues. Then send an SMS to 33988. The 98th and 99th listener will get to pick a mystery box with random prizes, freebies plus RM500 cash.
On top of that, these lucky listeners stand the chance to participate in one of the four regional rounds of Be Smart, Pay Your Bill supermarket sweep.
Sharing is caring, the eligible listener will get to share the fun with three buddies to form a four-member team to take on the challenge.
Four regional rounds will be held at selected Giant Hypermarket in Penang, Johor Baru, Puchong, Selangor and Ipoh. The top two finishing teams in each round will be eligible to participate in the final round of Be Smart, Pay Your Bill supermarket sweep that offers RM30,000 cash to the winning team.
For a start, participating teams in the regional rounds will each receive RM100 shopping voucher.
Participants will be "given" an amount of money and selected brand items to shop within a time frame. After the mad rush, 988 will foot the bill for the top 10 qualifying teams with items of the closest value to the given amount.
Eventually, all eight finalists that have progressed to the final will each receive RM1,000 shopping voucher and RM30,000 goes to the champion.
Be Smart, Pay Your Bill is organised by 988 and sponsored by Brand's with venue support by Giant Hypermarket.
988 is operated by The Star.
Posted: 05 Sep 2012 02:30 AM PDT
Here's a teen-centred drama that is appropriate for its age group but that can entertain adults, too.
JANE Quimby (Erica Dasher) is a secondary school student. She's a good student but she isn't one of the popular (read: mean) girls; in fact she's quite often the target of scornful looks and hurtful comments from Lulu Pope (Meagan Tandy), the school's resident It girl.
Lulu is rich, beautiful, wears nice clothes and is not a very nice person. Yeah, quite the stereotype. Thankfully, Jane's not too bothered by Lulu's scorn as she has her best friend, Billy Nutter (Nick Roux) by her side always.
Plus, she has bigger problems to contend with: her mother ran off without a word when she was a little girl and her father recently died. Jane now lives with her jobless brother, Ben (David Clayton Rogers), a baseball player who had to move back home to look after Jane after their father died. Her unfortunate family circumstances has made Jane quite independent and very capable. In fact, sometimes it seems like she's looking after Ben.
Jane's real passion lies in fashion. She designs and sews her own clothes; her style is eclectic and she seems fond of tutu skirts – makes me wonder if she grew up watching Carrie Bradshaw on Sex And The City. Oh, well.
So Jane applies for an internship at Donovan Decker, a fashion house in the city. Somehow, her internship application gets lost and she is mistaken for an applicant for a parttime job as assistant to Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell), Donovan Decker's creative director.
Apparently, everyone at the fashion house thinks Jane is an adult. It's ridiculous but it's also quite fun – it's all about suspension of disbelief. It was 19th century poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who introduced this idea. He believed that if a writer could infuse his or her tale with a human element and just a semblance of the truth, readers (or, by modern extension, TV and movie audiences) will suspend their disbelief at the implausibilty of any narrative. And Jane By Design definitely has both – but more on this later.
Jane's first instinct is to clarify the mistake and tell Gray that she's just a schoolgirl looking for work experience. Then she learns how much she will earn (which is a heck of a lot!) and she changes her mind. After all, her brother is jobless and they are behind on their mortgage payments.
So Jane juggles school and work: apparently she only works half-days – heck, this could be MY dream job – and she keeps this a secret from everyone except Billy, who is her accomplice on days when she needs to skip out of school early.
Turns out, Jane's brilliant at her job. Gray is quite a slave driver – think Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada – but Jane still manages to impress her with her dedication and ability to handle any challenge thrown at her.
And there are many challenges: back-stabbing colleagues, tight deadlines, demanding clients – that's more than any teenage girl should have to deal with.
Add to that the stress of having to keep her double life a secret from her brother, teachers and schoolmates and make sure her boss and colleagues never find out she's just a kid ... phew, I'm tired just describing all of it!
So here's where Coleridge's theory comes into play. Sure, it's a stretch to believe that Jane can actually pull this off or that a show can run on such a far-fetched premise. But it works. And it's fun. Yes, it is fantastical (kind of like a fairytale) but it's easy to get lost in Jane's fantasy because Dasher is so charming and cute as Jane Quimby (the human element, remember). Also, although she pretends to be an adult half the time, she is very much a naive teenager (semblance of reality).
Jane By Design is a refreshing teen/family drama; we don't have many dramas that are simply fun and wholesome, apart from what you get on the Nickelodeon channel, of course. My nieces tell me there is a show called True Jackson that has a similar premise though perhaps a little more fantastical and more suited for tweens, not teens or adults.
Most of the teen-centred dramas we have on prime time seem too adult for a local teen audience: they're very sexual and are full of intrigue (Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Circle) or complicated romantic relationships (Gossip Girl, 90210). Sure, they're all fun to watch as well but if I were a parent, I'd want a family drama that is uncomplicated and earnest. And Jane By Design fits the bill.
Sure, Jane and her school mates fall in love and harbour crushes but there are no epic romantic twists. And add to that the winning performances of MacDowell (she ain't no Miranda Priestly but she's credible as the cold and demanding boss) and Nutter, and you have one fun series.
Jane By Design airs on StarWorld (Astro ch 711) every Tuesday at 9pm.
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