Archive | September, 2008

PC Problem Solving

30 Sep

By Computeractive staff [17-03-2003]

The most annoying thing about a PC going wrong is trying to identify exactly what the problem is. Telephone help lines can only get you so far and take up precious time, not to mention money.
Most PC problems, however, are easy enough to pinpoint, providing you know what to look for.

That’s where our PC problem-solving guides come in. Each one addresses a specific symptom and, by working through the step-by-step instructions, you should be able to find where the fault lies.

Where possible, we’ve also provided solutions to glitches, but some rather more serious problems can only be fixed by the manufacturer or a specialist repair service.

MY COMPUTER WON’T SWITCH ON

Is the PC or monitor plugged in and the power switched on?
Obvious, yes, but you’d be surprised how many people this catches out. Check that the PC or monitor power lead is firmly inserted into the socket at the back of the case and that the mains plug at the other end of the lead is firmly plugged into the mains socket.

Some PC power supplies also have an on/off switch, so check that this and the mains plug socket are switched to ‘on’.

Has the fuse in the plug blown?
Just like any other electrical device, the fuse in the mains plug on a PC or monitor’s power lead can blow. Your power lead will almost certainly have a moulded plug with a small hole for the fuse. You’ll need a small, flat screwdriver to lever off the fuse cap and prise out the fuse.

There’s no way to tell if a fuse has blown just by looking at it, so simply replace it with a three-amp fuse. Replace the fuse cap and reconnect the cable to the mains socket.

If you’re using a gang plug adapter, check the fuse in its plug too. These usually use a 13-amp fuse, so be sure to replace it with one of the same type.

Is the plug socket working?
It’s possible that the mains socket on the wall isn’t working. Try another electrical device in the socket, such as a lamp, to see if it is carrying a mains supply. Alternatively, try the PC power lead in another socket, if possible.

If none of your mains sockets are working, the chances are that the mains circuit breaker has been tripped. You’ll need to look at the main fuse box in your house and check to see if one of the switches has been tripped.

If it has, move the switch back to the ‘on’ position and try your PC again. If your fuse box uses fuses with fuse wire, turn off the fuse box and remove fuses until you find a blown one.

You will have to replace the fuse wire with new wire rated at the same amperage. If a fuse hasn’t blown, you will need to call an electrician out to take a look at the wall socket.

Monitor or graphics card problem
If you’re still not getting a picture, you may have a problem with the monitor or graphics card. If your monitor doesn’t have a captive monitor cable, you can try replacing this. Otherwise, you need to take your PC for repair.

Did the PC make any beeps?
If a PC fails the self-test that’s performed automatically when it’s switched on, it will emit a series of beeps that give some clue as to what is wrong.

Problems that typically produce ‘beep codes’ relate to the processor, memory and graphics card but they don’t have to be serious; a memory module that isn’t fitted properly can cause them, as can an improperly fitted processor.

Beep codes vary, depending on the BIOS the PC uses. Your motherboard manual should tell you the make of your PC’s BIOS and possibly even what the beep codes mean. Alternatively, look at the sites below for more help.

http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/sys/beep
http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes

Is the monitor power light on?
The power light on a monitor has two states: green and steady when the monitor is powered and receiving a signal from the PC; and either amber or flashing green when it’s powered but has no signal. If there’s no light, the monitor isn’t getting any power.

Is the monitor cable connected?
Make sure that the monitor cable is still connected to the VGA or DVI socket on your graphics card at the back of the PC. Also check the end that connects to the monitor.

Potentially serious problem
Following the steps will have told you if the problem lies with your monitor or your PC. If it’s your PC, the likely causes are a damaged power supply, motherboard or processor. Armed with this information, you should take your PC for repair.

I’M HAVING TROUBLE LOADING WINDOWS

Does it successfully complete the memory and hard disk test?
The first thing you’ll see on your monitor when you switch on your PC are the results of its automatic self-test.

The memory will be checked (usually as a count up from 0Mb), as will the presence of the hard disk and other drives. Some PCs will hide this information behind a manufacturer logo but, in either case, if your PC seems to get no further, there’s a problem.

Potentially severe problem
You have a problem with your hardware. As the screen comes on, the likely culprit is an expansion card (but not the graphics card), memory or hard disk.

If you know how, you can check inside the PC to see that everything is connected properly or look in the BIOS screens to ensure that a setting hasn’t been inadvertently changed. Otherwise, contact your PC’s manufacturer for assistance.

Have you installed any new hardware recently?
New hardware can play havoc with a previously working PC. If you’ve installed any hardware, including a new mouse or keyboard, remove it and, if appropriate, replace the original hardware and see if your PC works.

Is the keyboard connected?
A PC usually checks for a connected keyboard as part of its initial self-test and, if one isn’t found, it can prevent it from booting. Check that the keyboard hasn’t become disconnected from the PC.

There are two types of keyboard connector: USB and PS/2. USB keyboards should be plugged into any USB port; PS/2 keyboards should be connected to the keyboard PS/2 port, not the mouse PS/2 port. Some keyboard PS/2 ports are purple (mouse ones are often green).

Is there anything resting on the keyboard?
An object resting on the keyboard and holding a key down can cause an error when the PC is turned on. Make sure that there’s nothing on the keyboard or that no keys are stuck in the down position.

Memory problem
If your PC reports a memory problem, this means that one or more of the memory modules on the motherboard has a fault. This could be as simple as a module not being fitted in its slot properly or that the module has failed completely.

Floppy disk problem
Floppy disk drive errors can be caused by anything from a loose connection to a broken drive but this is seldom a serious problem.

The problem can usually be bypassed by pressing the F1 key at the ‘Press F1 to continue’ message on-screen.

You can check inside your PC to see that the floppy disk drive is properly connected to the motherboard by its IDE cable (a flat, grey cable with black rectangular plugs at each end) and that it is also connected to the PC’s power supply.

Otherwise, you can simply disable the drive in the BIOS so that the PC doesn’t check for it. Look in your motherboard manual.

Is there disk in a drive?
Your PC’s BIOS may be set to check to see if it can boot from the floppy and/or CD-Rom drives before the hard disk.

If there’s a disk in either of these drives, this can prevent the PC from booting. Remove all CDs and floppy disks and restart the PC.

Was your hard disk detected?
A PC will check for the presence of a hard disk during its self-test and will display its findings on-screen. If no hard disk is found, this will only cause an error when it comes to booting.

If no hard disk is detected, it may be down to a loose connection. Check the hard disk connections inside the PC.

If the connections appear to be correct, the hard disk itself may be faulty and you should contact the PC’s manufacturer.

Hard disk problem
If your hard disk is detected but Windows refuses to load, there are three possibilities. First, the BIOS could be set to boot from a disk other than the hard disk. Second, the hard disk itself may be faulty.

Most likely is that your Windows installation may have become corrupt and this is one for your PC’s manufacturer to sort out.

I HAVE INTERNET CONNECTION PROBLEMS

Setting up
If your PC is new, it may not be set up to access the internet. The simplest way to do this is to use a CD-Rom from an internet service provider (ISP) and go through its set-up procedure.

Alternatively, if you have both your ISP’s and your account details, you can set up a connection manually. Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel and double-click on the Network Connections icon.

Then, either click on the ‘Create a new connection’ in the Task Pane or double-click on the New Connection Wizard icon.

Click on Next twice and on the next page select the option ‘Set up my connection manually’ and click on Next. If you are using a dial-up modem, leave the next page as it is and click on Next.

Make sure that there is a tick by your modem in this window, click on Next again and then give your new connection a name.

The next page prompts you for the telephone number that the modem must dial. In the next window you must decide whether to restrict the connection to your use only or for everyone who uses the computer.

The next step is to enter your ISP account details. Click on Finish and your new connection is now ready to use.

Connections
If your ISP connection has been set up but Windows isn’t using it, go to Control Panel and double-click on Internet Properties.

There are several tabs along the top of the dialogue box that appears. Click on one labelled Connections. There are three options about halfway down. Select the one for ‘Always dial my default connection’ and then click on OK.

Connection failures
If your PC tries to make an internet connection but fails, the telephone line may be at fault. Check that your modem cable is properly connected to both the modem socket and the telephone socket.

It’s also worth checking that the socket itself is working by plugging in a telephone. You can try connecting the modem to a different telephone socket.

Some telephone voicemail services change the dial tone when there are new messages waiting and this can confuse some modems.

The simplest solution is to delete any waiting messages to restore the dial tone but you can tell the modem not to check for a dial tone before dialling.

Go to Device Manager and right-click on the modem entry. In the dialogue box that appears, look for a ‘Wait for dial tone before dialling’ option and deselect it.

Driver problems
A problem with the modem driver is indicated by a yellow exclamation mark next to its entry in the Device Manager. Reinstalling the driver may fix this but you should uninstall the modem driver first by right-clicking on its Device Manager entry and choosing Uninstall.

To do this right-click on My Computer on the Desktop and choose Properties. On the dialogue box that appears, click the Hardware tab and then the Device Manager button.

To reinstall the driver, you’ll need the original modem driver CD-Rom. Restart your PC and, when Windows starts, it will display a message to say that it has found new hardware. Put the CD-Rom into the drive and work through the steps to install the driver.

Connection confusion
Sometimes Internet Explorer can become about whether or not you are connected to the internet. This is because Windows handles the connection to the internet separately to Internet Explorer.

The definitive way of checking that you are connected to the internet is to look for a small picture of two computers in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

If it is there your PC is connected to the internet. If it isn’t, open the File menu and click on the option to Work Offline if it has a tick by it. Explorer will now accept that it is connected.

PRINTER ISN’T WORKING

Check the cables
Before you make any changes to the printer software, make sure that the power and printer cables are properly connected and that your printer has power.

If you’re using a parallel printer, make sure that it is directly connected to the PC and not through any other device, such as a scanner or Zip drive.

If a USB printer is connected to a hub, make sure that it is connected to the PC and powered.

Flashing lights
If your printer is displaying a flashing light, it’s likely that is has a problem. First make sure that there aren’t any foreign objects inside the printer case (ballpoint pens are a favourite).

If your printer has a paper jam, follow the manual’s instructions on how to remove it.

Many printers won’t work if there is an error light displayed and other printers won’t work if they run out of ink. Check the manual to see if the error lights mean there is a problem with the ink cartridges. You will probably have to replace the cartridge before your printer will work again.

Is your printer set as default?
Click on the Windows Start menu and go to Settings, Printers. When the Printers window appears, make sure there is a black circle with a white tick displayed on-top of your printer icon (or the icon for the printer you are trying to use). If there’s no tick, right-click on the icon and select ‘Set as Default’.

Printer not installed
If your printer is not displayed in this window, you need to install the drivers and software supplied with the printer. If you no longer have the software, you should be able to download it from the manufacturer’s website.

Print quality
Click on the Windows Start menu and go to Settings, Printers. Right-click on the icon for your printer and choose Properties.

If the print quality is not as you expected, you should check the paper you are printing on and the print quality and paper settings within this dialogue box.

Error messages
If your PC displays an error message when trying to print, it might be sending the information meant for your printer to the wrong place.

Open your printer settings and click on the tabs to locate a menu that is usually labelled ‘Print to the following Port’.

If your Printer is connected to the printer port you should select ‘LPT1′ in the driver. If your printer is attached to your PC using a USB cable, select one of the USB options and try printing again.

Clean the nozzles
If your prints are not up to the quality you expect, the print cartridge nozzles may need cleaning or aligning, or the cartridges may be running out of ink.

Typical symptoms of these problems are white streaks across the page or missing colours. Refer to your printer’s manual for advice on cleaning or aligning the print heads, or replacing the cartridges.

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Winning Cover Letters

30 Sep

Do you really need Cover Letter? Read this article why you need one.

Top Ten Reasons Why You Need a Cover Letter

by Peter Newfield

Your cover letter presents your intentions, qualifications, and availability to a prospective employer in a succinct, appealing format. It’s your first chance to make a great impression, a personalised letter indicates you are serious about your job search. Your resume can give the nitty-gritty of dates, places of employment, and education but your cover letter must entice the reader to take the extra few minutes to consider you when faced with hundreds and thousands of candidates for any one job opening.

1) Do you really need a cover letter?
You bet! Just as you would never just show up unannounced at a prospective employer’s door, your resume should Never just appear solo on a decision- maker’s desk. Your cover letter is your first opportunity to introduce yourself, present your qualifications, and show the search committee you are a potential candidate for the advertised position.

2) Personalise it to the company.
Anyone can reproduce a “canned??? cover letter and hope for the best. Instead, take a few minutes to personalise your letter by showing that you are really serious about working for the companies you are contacting. State the reason that you are interested in working for that particular company. Mention a department, a new project the company is involved in, an acquisition the company has made. Show that you have done your homework. Address the cover letter to a specific individual whenever possible.

3) Why are you sending your resume and cover letter?
Cover letters should be clear and to the point. Include the specific job title, two to three reasons why your experience makes a good fit, and a brief outline of career highlights.

4) Highlight your strengths!
You may be a great person and never call in sick, but prospective employers really want to know why they should consider you for this position. Brag a little! Give a few facts, list relevant skills, and state accomplishments on your present or most recent jobs that will be impressive. Increased overseas sales by 93%? Negotiated new financial leases/loans? Implemented new training programs which reduced staff turnover by 15%?

5) State your intentions and qualifications right up front.
If you expect a senior personnel manager or recruiter to wade through a mish-mash of information on your cover letter before understanding why you are sending your resume, chances are, it will never happen.

6) What makes you different?
Emphasise your skills, talents, and experiences to show how you would be a valuable addition to the team. If you have relevant volunteer or professional experience include it briefly in your cover letter. Example: An accountant who serves as volunteer treasurer for a non-profit community health organisation; an international sales rep who has lived in Europe and Asia and speaks several languages.

7) No negative information!
Never include personality conflicts with previous employers, pending litigation suits, or sarcastic remarks in your cover letter. If you are bad-mouthing your present place of employment, interviewers may fear a repeat performance if they hire you.

8 ) When should you include salary/relocation information?
The rule of thumb is to always include salary requirements and/or salary history in the cover letter if a prospective employer requests it. For example: My salary requirements are $60,000-$75000 (negotiable). Or: My current salary is $53,000 at XYZ corporation. To eliminate this information from your cover letter may justify your resume getting tossed out. Never include salary and relocation information on your resume, only address this information in your cover letter.

9) Action Steps to Take
Take a proactive approach in your cover letter. State the fact that you are available for a personal interview; give your home, work, e-mail, and/or cell phone numbers where you can be reached; note that you will follow up by phone (where possible) to provide any additional information required.

10) Be direct!
A professionally written cover letter and resume can open the doors to your next position on the corporate ladder, as well as a new career in a different field. A clean, error-free presentation combined with strong phrasing and solid facts will encourage the reader to review the attached resume and call you in for an interview.

Peter Newfield is President of resume writing service Career Resumes.

Michelle Yeoh, The Road Safety Queen

30 Sep

SINGAPORE: Bond girl, geisha, super action hero and now, an agent for change.

In town for the 2008 SingTel Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix, as well as to commemorate her new status as spokesperson for Vertu, Michelle Yeoh revealed to TODAY her next project: Promoting road safety amongst motorcyclists in developing countries.

The Ipoh-born actress, who is no stranger to risky motorcycle stunts in her movies Tomorrow Never Dies and Silver Hawk, will be advocating attention on the roads and encouraging governments to enforce road safety rules such as donning a helmet, in a documentary.

Said Yeoh: “In Vietnam, there are 26 million motorcyclists alone and it was only last year that they have made wearing a helmet a requirement. In developing countries, there is one child hurt or killed every 30 seconds due to road accidents.

“The road conditions in these countries are bad… When I was in South Africa, there was a road built between a village and a school and even I was afraid to cross it.”

The 46-year-old is a rare example of a performer who has escaped the typical Hollywood stereotype of Asian stars. But while the West often likes to restrict Hong Kong crossovers to gongfu and action flicks, Yeoh points out that Asian stars in Hollywood are merely “playing to their strengths”.

On her recent collaboration with Li and Brendan Fraser in The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Yeoh remarked that it was a “commercial success”.

Said the actress: “Often, what we see in movies is what the audience demands… Sometimes we make movies that are thought-provoking… Other times we make a light-hearted movie. We’re often inspired by our audiences just as much as our viewers are inspired by us.”

Yeoh has been long linked to Frenchman Jean Todt. The former CEO of Scuderia Ferrari resigned in March this year, but will continue to hold a “special appointment” in the firm. –

Channel News Asia

Langkah Panjang Amy

30 Sep

Oleh Nurulhisham Abdul Latiff
nurul@bharian.com.my

Imej, bakat dan komitmen menjadikan dia antara artis yang sentiasa disenangi

DALAM ramai-ramai penyanyi wanita yang mula mencipta nama sekitar awal 90-an, nama Amy Mastura boleh dianggap antara yang sentiasa mekar di hati peminat. Dia tidak pernah tenggelam kerana ada saja buah tangan terbaru daripadanya, sama ada dalam bentuk album, lakonan, program TV dan sebagainya.

Walaupun kehadiran artis baru umpama cendawan tumbuh selepas hujan, Amy tetap bertahan dalam industri hiburan tempatan. Imej, bakat dan komitmen yang baik ditunjukkan, menjadikannya antara artis yang sentiasa diingati penerbit, kalangan media serta peminat.

Kini, suaranya kembali kedengaran di corong radio apabila single terbaru, Langkah Di Hatimu ciptaan Amy sendiri sudah mula dimainkan penyampai. Dengan tersiarnya lagu berkenaan, kesinambungan rekod baik Amy di radio juga berkekalan. Walaupun tidak mencipta fenomena luar biasa, tetapi penyanyi ini sebenarnya sering saja hadir bersama lagu yang ceria, bukan saja menjadi kegemaran peminat malah deejay radio juga.

Amy sendiri bagai tidak sabar untuk menunggu kemunculan album terbaru yang kali ini diberi judul Happy, sempena sebuah lagi lagu ciptaannya yang menggunakan judul serupa. Judulnya dikira sesuai sekali dengan perwatakan wanita kecil molek ini yang semula jadi ceria.

Album solo ketujuh itu diterbitkan Sony BMG, sebagai sebahagian daripada perjanjian lima album daripada penyanyi ini yang sudah ditandatangani bersama label terbabit.

Kata artis berusia 37 tahun yang murah dengan senyuman ini, biarpun mengambil sedikit waktu, iaitu kira-kira dua tahun untuk kembali menemui peminat bersama album baru, dia cukup gembira apabila akhirnya buah tangan terbaru sudah pun tiba.

“Ia umpama hadiah tahun baru dari saya untuk peminat semua,” kata Amy yang menjangkakan album terbabit yang sudah siap dihasilkan bakal berada di pasaran sekitar November atau Disember depan.

Lebih menggembirakannya, artis yang mula mencipta nama menerusi pertandingan Asia Bagus itu diberikan kepercayaan untuk menyumbangkan lima karyanya sendiri bagi album berkenaan. Dalam album terdahulu, Lebih Baik, Amy sekadar menyumbangkan dua lagu ciptaannya.

“Nampaknya pihak syarikat rakaman lebih percayakan keupayaan saya dalam menghasilkan lagu untuk album ini. Ia tentunya satu penghormatan tidak terhingga untuk saya sebagai penyanyi,” kata Amy yang turut menyanyikan lagu ciptaan Lah VE dan Panji.

Seorang lagi komposer yang tidak ketinggalan mencipta lagu untuknya bagi album ini ialah Goh Boon Hoe yang pernah bekerjasama dengan artis genit ini pada awal kemunculannya.

“Sebenarnya sudah lama kami ingin mendapatkan kembali khidmat Boon Hoe, tetapi nampaknya sebelum ini dia begitu sibuk dengan kerja menghasilkan lagu iklan. Namun, sudah rezeki kami apabila beliau bersetuju untuk menyumbangkan tiga lagu bagi album Happy,” ujar Amy.

Tidak ramai yang mengetahui, komposer terbabit sudah pun memindahkan tapak kariernya ke Jakarta, Indonesia, sejak beberapa ketika lamanya. Tiga lagu ciptaannya untuk Amy juga turut dirakam di Jakarta sekitar pertengahan tahun ini.

Menyentuh sambutan Aidilfitri, penyanyi ini berkata, seperti biasa dia akan pulang beraya di Ipoh, Perak.

“Kami empat beranak mungkin beraya selama seminggu saja kerana kini anak sulung saya, Adriana, 7, sudah pun bersekolah,” kata ibu kepada dua cahaya mata perempuan ini.

Seorang lagi anaknya hasil perkongsian hidup bersama Alvin Tham, Adalia, baru saja berusia empat tahun.

Jurucakap jenama Quaker, Slim World, Leno dan Omega ini turut berpesan kepada peminat supaya tidak ketinggalan menyaksikan kemunculannya dalam program raya, Gegar Gitu Raya (Astro) dan Kecoh Petang Raya (TV3).

Dalam perkembangan lain Amy memberitahu, pada November ini dia dipilih menjayakan sebuah persembahan konsert orkestra anjuran jenama permotoran terkemuka antarabangsa. Selain Kuala Lumpur, dia juga akan mengadakan persembahan berkenaan di Brunei.

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Cerita Raya Tiga Juara

30 Sep

Oleh NORLIZA MOHAMAD ZAKARIA
liza.zakaria@utusan.com.my

PELUANG berkumpul bersama kaum keluarga serta sanak saudara menyucikan diri sambil bermaaf-maafan antara satu sama lain merupakan detik yang paling dinantikan oleh sekalian umat Islam di seluruh negara.

Kesempatan yang ada digunakan sepenuhnya dengan mengunjungi sahabat handai dan jiran tetangga bukan sahaja dapat mengeratkan silaturahim malah, dapat menambah bilangan saudara sesama Islam.

Tambah menarik, perayaan kebesaran umat Islam itu bukan sahaja diraikan oleh masyarakat Islam tetapi turut dimeriahkan lagi oleh masyarakat majmuk pelbagai kaum di negara ini.

Seperti insan lain, dua artis remaja, Norsyarmila Jirin atau Mila serta Norayu Damit yang mesra dipanggil Ayu turut merasakan hal yang serupa.

Begitu juga dengan Stacy atau nama sebenarnya Stracie Angie Anam. Biarpun tidak meraikan hari raya, namun dia ingin berkongsi kemeriahan Syawal bersama rakan-rakannya yang lain.

Rezeki tahun ini lebih murah – Mila

Setahun menggenggam gelaran juara Akademi Fantasia musim kelima (AF5), bukanlah satu tempoh yang lama untuk gadis bertubuh kecil ini dilambakkan dengan pelbagai sejarah manis berhari raya sebagai artis rakaman.

Berbanding tahun lalu, menurut Mila, tahun ini rezekinya lebih murah malah, profil penglibatannya dalam menjayakan rancangan khas raya turut dipelbagaikan.

“Alhamdulillah, tahun ini rezeki Mila lebih murah. Banyak juga rancangan televisyen khas raya yang Mila jayakan berbanding tahun lalu.

“Apabila stesen TV banyak panggil Mila untuk jayakan rancangan mereka memang Mila rasa sangat berbesar hati,” kata Mila penuh ceria.

Antara rancangan raya yang dijayakan oleh Mila ialah Sampaikan Raya 2008 yang bakal disiarkan di TV3 pada malam raya, Ewah-Ewah Raya, Apa Aku Nak Jadi dan Remaja Raya.

Tidak ketinggalan ialah rancangan Dia… Mila yang disiarkan pada hari raya pertama pukul 9 malam di RTM1.

Mila yang merayakan Aidilfitri bersama keluarga di Pulau Pinang pulang ke kampung halamannya pada malam ini, selepas tamat program sampaikan raya 2008.

“Adik-adik Mila paling teruja bila diberitahu akan berhari raya di kampung sebab sejak setahun lalu keluarga Mila tinggal bersama Mila di Kota Damansara. Apabila sesekali dapat pulang ke kampung memang rasa seronok sangat,” katanya.

Menurut Mila, tahun ini dia turut merancang untuk mengadakan rumah terbuka bagi meraikan Aidilfitri bersama para peminatnya di Kuala Lumpur.

“Tahun lepas Mila buat rumah terbuka di Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar, Pulau Pinang, bagaimanapun tahun ini Mila merancang untuk buat di Kuala Lumpur sahaja.

“Mila memang tak sangka lebih 3,000 peminat datang meraikan rumah terbuka Mila pada tahun lalu. Tipulah kalau Mila kata tak penat tetapi apabila melihat ramai peminat yang sanggup datang dari jauh memang Mila rasa sangat dihargai.

“Pada masa yang sama, Mila dapat tambah lebih ramai lagi saudara sesama Islam,” kata Mila sambil menguntum senyum.

Ayu pertama kali raya

sebagai artis

Seperti Mila, Ayu juga tidak mahu ketinggalan berhari raya di kampung halaman.

Malah, sudah pasti lebaran kali ini disambut lebih bermakna oleh juara rancangan realiti One In A Million musim kedua (OIAM2) itu kerana inilah kali pertama dia berhari raya sebagai artis.

Memohon cuti selama lebih seminggu, Ayu yang pulang ke kampung halamannya di Putatan, Sabah, semalam (29 September), menyediakan enam pasang baju untuk digunakan sepanjang Syawal.

“Selain menyediakan pakaian untuk diri sendiri, Ayu juga sudah menyediakan baju raya untuk ahli keluarga Ayu termasuk mak dan ayah.

“Kali ini rasanya lebih seronok berhari raya sebab mak Ayu cakap ada peminat yang dah beritahu padanya akan datang berhari raya ke rumah Ayu.

“Ayu rasa ini pasti akan jadi pengalaman yang manis dalam hidup Ayu tambahan pula, inilah kali pertama Ayu bakal menghulurkan sampul duit raya kepada sanak saudara.

“Sebelum ini Ayu asyik terima sahaja duit raya tetapi kali ini Ayu pula yang keluarkan duit,” kata Ayu lagi.

Bercerita tentang perancangan raya, kata Ayu dia merancang untuk meraikan Aidilfitri bersama rakan-rakan OIAM.

“Mungkin selepas kembali dari bercuti, Ayu akan berhari raya ke rumah kawan-kawan OIAM. Dalam OIAM, Ayu memang rapat dengan Shila dan berkemungkinan besar rumah rakan OIAM yang pertama Ayu pergi ialah rumah Shila,” katanya sambil ketawa kecil.

Sempat bertanya tentang album solonya, kata Ayu, kini dia masih dalam proses rakaman album pertama yang berkonsepkan pop balada.

“Sekarang Ayu baru siap rakam empat lagu. Insya-Allah, kalau tidak ada halangan album tersebut akan mula dikeluarkan selewat-lewatnya November ini.

“Setakat merakamkan empat lagu pertama, Ayu memang rasa puas hati tetapi tidak tahulah bagaimana penilaian dari peminat. Apa yang penting bagi Ayu ialah album tersebut mampu memuaskan hati orang ramai terutamanya para peminat Ayu,” katanya.

Stacy tunggu pelawaan rakan

Biarpun tidak menyambut Aidilfitri, namun Stacy adalah salah seorang artis kaum lain yang turut sama-sama memeriahkan kedatangan Syawal.

Seperti Mila, gadis kelahiran Kota Kinabalu, Sabah ini turut diberi ruang memeriahkan lagi hari yang membawa sejuta erti bagi umat Islam seluruh negara itu.

“Diberi peluang untuk turut sama dengan rakan-rakan yang lain meraikan hari raya memang sangat menyeronokkan. Apatah lagi, Stacy turut diberi ruang untuk menyanyi lagu raya pada program televisyen khas raya pada tahun ini.

“Sebelum jadi artis, Stacy selalu juga ikut menyanyi apabila terdengar lagu raya di radio. Tetapi tak sangka pula kali ini Stacy berpeluang menyanyi lagu raya untuk program televisyen,” kata Stacy yang menggemari kuih makmur dan batang buruk itu.

Stacy terlibat menjayakan program Sampaikan Raya 2008 yang disiarkan pada malam raya di TV3 dengan menyanyikan lagu Indahnya Beraya Di Desa yang pernah dipopularkan oleh Azlina Aziz.

Ditanya sama ada dia akan mengunjungi rakan-rakan pada hari raya nanti, kata Stacy dia sememangnya sudah membuat perancangan untuk meraikan hari raya bersama rakan-rakan AF yang lain bagaimanapun, kata Stacy dia masih lagi menanti pelawaan rakan-rakannya untuk berkunjung ke rumah mereka.

“Saya memang akan pergi tetapi kenalah tunggu pelawaan dari rakan-rakan terlebih dahulu. Tetapi tarikh bila saya akan pergi masih belum pasti,” kata Stacy lagi.

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Komedi Raya Misha Omar

30 Sep

DIA pernah muncul dalam filem Gerak Khas The Movie 3 yang ditayangkan sekitar tahun 2005.

Setahun selepas itu, dia muncul pula dengan filem Main-Main Cinta bersama Adam. Sayang sekali, filem tersebut gagal dipasaran lantas melenyapkan nama anak kelahiran Kelantan ini sebagai seorang aktres.

Namun, dia tidak pernah menganggap itu sebagai satu kegagalan tetapi sebaliknya dia kutip segala pengalaman yang ditimba untuk dijadikan azimat sebagai bekalan untuk terus menjadi seorang pelakon.

Mungkin sudah tertulis di azali bahawa rezekinya masih lagi ada dalam bidang lakonan, siapa sangka Syawal kali ini membawa seribu rahmat buat Misha Omar kerana buat pertama kalinya, peminat setianya dapat menatap wajahnya di kaca televisyen dalam dua rancangan sempena Aidilfitri nanti.

Dua program berbentuk drama komedi itu berjudul Kecoh Petang Raya terbitan TV3 dan sebuah lagi iaitu Alunan Aidilfitri yang akan ditayangkan di RTM.

“Rasanya sudah lama saya tidak berlakon dan saya rindu untuk kembali ke lokasi. Apabila tawaran datang kepada saya apatah lagi untuk drama komedi, saya fikir tidak wajar untuk saya tolak. Lagipun, komedi memang sesuai dengan jiwa saya,” katanya ketika ditemui baru-baru ini.

Jelas Misha, tawaran berlakon seringkali mendatangi dirinya tetapi disebabkan faktor masa dan komitmen terhadap perkara lain menyebabkan Misha terpaksa menolaknya.

“Selain itu juga, kekuatan skrip juga amat penting dan amat saya titik beratkan. Ini bukan bermakna saya memilih tetapi kualiti yang paling utama,” katanya lagi.

Drama komedi Kecoh Petang Raya akan ditayangkan hari ini bermula pukul 4.30 petang di TV3.

Selain Misha, turut berlakon drama itu ialah barisan artis popular tanah air iaitu Jalil Hamid, Harun Salim Bachik, Fauziah Ahmad Daud, Adibah Noor, Amy Mastura, Adi Putra serta penampilan pertama Lah Ahmad.

“Berlakon bersama mereka sememangnya menyeronokkan dan tidak langsung berasa tertekan. Mereka pun memang profesional dan sewaktu sesi latihan pun, kami akan sama-sama berbincang untuk memperbaiki segala kelemahan.

“Kami juga tidak terlalu terikat dengan skrip dan masing-masing bebas untuk memberikan pandangan. Mula-mula berlakon dalam drama komedi ini memanglah agak kekok juga terutama sekali apabila berpasangan dengan Lah.

“Tetapi segala-galanya berjalan lancar apabila kami menjalani sesi latihan. Malah, kami juga melontarkan idea masing-masing untuk menghidupkan lagi watak kami ini,” kata pemilik vokal Bunga-Bunga Cinta dan Dedebu Cinta ini lagi.

Dalam drama berkenaan, Misha membawakan watak sebagai Hanum manakala Lah pula sebagai Raihan.

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