Ok guess who I was with this afternoon.
The guys at Malaysian Dreamgirl were nice enough to invite me, Sam, Pinkpau and Shaolintiger to the top secret villa that housed all the Malaysian Dreamgirls.
I was surprised to see how nice the place was
It had a swimming pool, a big kitchen and a great living room wtih big sofas.We started off sitting together in the Living Room talking to the remaining Malaysian Dreamgirls, asking them how they were, if they were having fun and most importantly we asked them about the conflicts they've been having with one another.
The answer was... yes they were all having fun.. and no they don't fight anymore, they're now one big happy family.
This of course we found out to be untrue later on when we actually got the chance to speak to the girls one by one but I'll go into the cold wars later on.
The first thing I saw when I entered the villa was a wall full of this.
There were drawings that all the girls had drawn apparently of themselves.
They were all UGLY pictures. I mean who the hell draws like that?
I came to a quick conclusion there that Pretty Girls are terrible at art.
When we were all gathered in the living room I shamelessly asked the girls about the art again which was then when I found out why their drawings were so horrible.
They apparently had an 'exercise' where each of them had to close their eyes and draw a face on a piece of paper.
But it's not that easy.
You're not allowed to just draw a face with your eyes closed but you're supposed to do it in the order that someone tells you to do it. For example, someone might say, draw the nose first.. then the neck.. then the ears... and you end up having ears where the lips should be and lips where the eyes should be.
They later got Shaolintiger to try it out.
Then me in which they used a piece of paper to block my view to make sure I didn't cheat.
And Sam.I'm not gonna show you the result we had because mine was especially embarrassing.
After two hours of playing games and chatting as a group, we decided it was time to talk to the girls one by one.This is when it starts to get a little complicated because we're constantly hearing different sides of the stories from different people and sometimes we find it hard to connect the dots.
So all I'm gonna do is share with you guys what the girls told us. What I'm NOT gonna do and what I think we all shouldn't do is to judge any of the girls ok?
They're all actually really nice in person.
The first one I wanted to talk to was Cindy, so Shaolintiger, Sam and I walked outside with Cindy to talk in private.
The reason why I picked Cindy is simple.Many people who watch the show are now under the impression that Cindy is very much a bitch but I also understood that sometimes in reality TV Shows, a show might tend to skew a person's character towards his/her bad side and not reveal much of the good side.
In short, I wanted to find out if Cindy really really was a bitch like many people online now think she was.
I asked her about a few issues and she brought up how there were two main factions that were fighting in the house.
We had Nadia, Fiqa and Hanis on one side... and Valerie, Jean, Adeline and Cindy on the other.
To my understanding, Alison, Jay, Ringo and Eyna have always been neutral and never picked a side.
The sides were mainly decided based on who shared rooms with each other. What apparently happened was that there was a time where Valerie was upset with Nadia borrowing her jeans and she was talking to Cindy about it.Cindy reacted by saying something along the lines of
"Ah forget about her lah.. no use wan."
and it so happens that the walls between the two rooms were quite thin so someone on Nadia's side overheard.
Since then there was a bit of tension between the two groups but Cindy's group had began to shrink.
First Jean left, then Valerie leaving her with just Adeline.Doing Housework
I then asked Cindy if what some of the other girls said about her was true... that she never did any housework and that she would never help to cook or wash up. All she did was eat.
She said the only reason why she never helped to cook was because Nadia's group was always in the kitchen already doing most of the cooking and it was rather awkward for her and Adeline to join in to cook when they were experiencing this sort of cold war.
She however reiterated that if anything... Adeline and her would always help to wash up. Nadia's group will cook... Adeline's will wash up.The Jeans Incident
As an extension to the incident with Valerie's Jeans, Cindy then went on to tell me about how Valerie had lent some money to Nadia for her to buy Brand's Essence of Chicken or something when they were out and Nadia hadn't returned the money to her.
To Nadia's defence, when Shaolintiger and I asked her about it she said that she had returned the money to Valerie and that she never knew that Valerie was feeling so upset about her using Valerie's jeans.
When she found out, she washed it and returned it to her on the spot.The Tomatoes Incident
Each of the Malaysian Dreamgirls had the chance to buy some of their own food with their own money. The unwritten rule in the house was that they would each put all their food that was just meant for themselves in the fridge but tied up in a plastic bag.
Nadia bought herself some tomatoes with her own money, enough to last her a while. One day she woke up to find some of her tomatoes missing and she found out that Cindy had taken some.
She was furious but according to Cindy she didn't know about the unwritten rule and Nadia went ahead to curse some foul words at her. Cindy said that she eventually apologized to Nadia and offered to pay for the tomatoes but Nadia told her to get lost.
When we talked to Nadia about it, she told us that it was hard to make that mistake with that 'unwritten rule'. Just to double check when we talked to Ringo later on, I asked her about the rule and she said she knew about it so I'm not sure what went wrong there.One thing that Nadia was quick to admit though was that she was rather harsh to Cindy but only because she was very very angry. She doesn't exactly have all the money in the world to spend and she was trying hard to save for certain things so when she found out that someone had taken her food, she lost it.
I don't know about everyone else but I can totally understand that. Very often when I'm filled with anger myself... I say things I don't usually say just to make sure I hurt someone. I think it's very big of Nadia to see where she went wrong and admit it even to us. You're great Nadia.
Here are a few things I've learned since visiting the girls at MDG today.
1) Everybody loves Jay
Everyone who lives in the villa loves Jay and I can certainly see why. She cooks, takes care of everyone and is very very politically correct. You'll never be able to get Jay to say anything bad about any of the girls.A lot of people say that Jay looks like a "Tranny" but after meeting her in real life I just have to say that the photos don't do justice. She looks really good in real life... and DEFINITELY like a woman... NOT a tranny.
2) Adeline's English
When you talk to her in person, Adeline's english is not as bad as many people think it is by watching her on the show.
3) Cindy isn't a bitch in real life
I really don't think Cindy is as bitchy in person as she is portrayed as in the show. Sure I know, I've only met her for a few hours but in those few hours, she was nice.
4) I wish I had come early enough to see Alison and Valerie before they went
Fortunately I had a chance to meet Alison for a short while during the audition but I never got to meet Valerie who looks like so much fun on screen. Take care Valerie, I wish you could've stayed longer but it was nice when you were around.
5) Ringo is keeping well.
You have no idea what Ringo does just to try to keep in touch with her readers.Basically each day each of the girls have 7 minutes each to spend on the phone or online.
Ringo will go around trading time slots with the other girls and save up for 3 days so that on the 3rd day she can go online for 21 minutes... just to blog. Her birthday is coming up this Wednesday as well.
Happy Birthday Ringo.
6) It's Not Easy Being On Reality-TV
If you ask me, being on reality-TV is like being a blogger and revealing who you are. Whatever you do can and chances are will be scrutinized by people out there.
You will have your supporters but you will also have your detractors. Any mistakes you make will be magnified and any attempts you make the fix those mistakes can be easily hampered.
For that I take my hat off to ALL the girls at Malaysian Dreamgirls, even those who got eliminated earlier on. I'm sure it's not easy being on Reality-TV, but all of you are doing something few Malaysians get to have a piece of action of... and you're all doing a great job.
I'm gonna end with this last picture of Eyna, Ringo and Sam.
Sam is a huge fan of MDG.
If you guys want to catch MDG, check it out here.
PS: There was a camera crew filming us the whole time we were there. I hope we don't end up in one of the episodes. I'm terrible in front of the camera. I can't act to save my life.