Christmas is a time of giving, but it is also a time of receiving. We ask people of different professions what they would like in their red stockings, with the proviso that it must be job-related.
This led to a lot of hard thinking because asking for anything can be daunting. Then to pull them back to earth, we ask them to think of something below RM200, and this caused even more head scratching.
It goes to show that sometimes, thinking of others is easier than thinking of yourself. May you get what you want for Christmas . . .
Jungle Jerry, club DJ
“I’d like my own regional radio station which would play and break new music. It would support the independent scene around the world, giving it enough airplay so that it becomes commercial. It would also be an avenue for up-and-coming artists to have their songs heard through a regular music channel.”
Reality bites: “A new set of vinyls like Tribal Ink by Steve Angello, Time to Turn Around by Dennis the Menace featuring Jerry Ropero, Sirens by Jim Deluxe and the remix of The Killers’ Smile Like You Mean It.”
Jien, Football Crazy presenter
“I’d ask for Ronaldinho to be signed to Manchester United because he is the missing link that we need. And also for my girlfriend (VJ Sarah Tan) to be nice to me.”
Reality bites: “An ear piece. Because I’m not working full-time at Football Crazy, I don’t get my own ear piece and have to share everybody else’s ear wax!”
Edward Mak, illustrator
“If I could have anything at all, I’d ask for a big, empty factory lot which I can convert into my house, studio and play centre. I’d fit it with a futsal court, arcade room and entertainment centre, and hire someone to buy food for me. I’ll never have to leave the house. Sometimes I get inspiration farts and I don’t have my tools of the trade with me when I’m out at the movies or playing futsal. This way, I can work whenever I want to.”
Reality bites: “A T-shirt so my workmates won’t have to see me work half-naked, and a CD because I like working to music.”
Amy Beh, celebrity chef
“I recently saw a general purpose Zwilling JA Henckels knife at MidValley which is extremely sharp, needs no sharpening and comes with a life-time guarantee. Better than the ceramic knife that I just bought in Hong Kong. Only thing is it costs more than RM1,000.”
Reality bites: These days, it’s difficult to get really good products for less than RM100. Even Tupperware is expensive. I’d have to say a really good non-stick pan, which costs less than RM200, makes a good gift for a chef.
Zenkee Ang, makeup artist
“I’d like a ticket to New York, and to do makeup for Kate Moss for the New York Fashion Week. She’s beautiful, has a very versatile look and it’d be great for my portfolio.”
Reality bites: “An AirAsia ticket to Bangkok so I can attend the Bangkok Fashion Week.”
John Sta Maria, freelance writer
“A Powerbook G4 because it’s the best. It’s an all-in-one digital device for me because I can use it for work, music, pictures, and I can burn CDs and DVDs with it. It also looks really good.”
Reality bites: “An MP3 player cum digital recorder. I can use it to store my music, and the recording device is for interviews. “
Steven Graham, photographer
“A Leica M6. It is every photojournalists’ dream. The Leica M series rangefinder cameras are some of the best for photojournalism. It’s small and simple but uses the legendary Leica lens. You can get great pictures with it. Problem is, it is expensive, even for a secondhand camera.”
Reality bites: “Not much you can do with RM200. Maybe a really nice custom-made photo album.”
Ronald Khoo, wine importer and retailer
“Dream gift? How about a Transtherm Ermitage wine chiller for RM17,750?”
Reality bites: “I suppose I wouldn’t mind receiving a set of nice glasses (not my dream gift but something I would not buy if I had to pay for it myself). Schott Zwiesel’s Top Ten range which retails for RM70 per glass.” W