Full Figured Ladies

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | Published in


What do Jordin Sparks, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and our very own Adibah Noor have in common apart from being well known singers?

Can't think of the answer?

Well, they are all plus size, full figured ladies!

You would have thought that with their plump figures, they would never be famous. But I guess they have proven us wrong!

And it seems that a few singers are going to join in the bandwagon. Singers like Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson and gasp....even my idol Mariah Carey!

Did you see Mariah performed at the Michael Jackson memorial? She did appear to be more plump than usual, didn't she? I guess she must be having a good married life! Just a few months ago, she was slim and toned and looked better than her younger days. I hoped that with her new album coming out in August, she would get back with her personal trainer and start working out and burning off those fats!

Actually, does it really matter if these ladies have big waistlines? What's more important is their big voices right? Well, I'll just let you all debate on that! All I know is that being fat is not good for health, so it's not just about appearance.

Anyway, I would like to share with you another Malay song today. Sung by a plus size lady who is none other than Adibah Noor. I first came to know about her when she acted as the midwife in the famous Singaporean musical, Chang and Eng. And of course, her popular and funny ads with Ho Yuhang that really tickled my funny bones!

If you rarely listen to Malay songs, here's one that you must simply listen to! It is called "Terlalu Istimewa" which translates to "Too Special".

According to Adibah Noor, the song was transpired from a 10 year old girl who was brutally raped and murdered in Johor, Malaysia. However, it is also dedicated to all children who never had the chance to grow up, for whatever reason.

Listening to this song really pulled at my heartstrings, and it remains one of my top 10 Malay songs of all time! Enjoy the video!

Lyrics (Malay)
Ku tatap gambar wajahmu
Sinar mata itu
Lirik senyumanmu
Pesona yang membelai
Wajahmu bercahaya
Memberi bahagia
Tiap yang memandang
Hati jadi salju

Kau terlalu istimewa
Kasih dan sayangmu terpancar
Tiada batasan terus membara
Terkilan rasa jiwa
Inginku lihatmu dewasa
Apa daya
Tuhan lebih menyayangimu

Ku pasti kau berbahagia
Duduk di sampingnya
Mendengar cerita
Segala rahsia

Repeat Chorus

Tak tertanggung rindu
Mendengar suaramu
Tawa mengusik jiwa...

Repeat Chorus

English translation (by Geminianeyes)
Looking at your photo
Those shining eyes
The warmth of your smiles
That caring persona
Your happy face
Brings joy
To all who see
Melting cold hearts

You’re too special
Your love shines
With no barriers stopping
It pains my heart
Wanting to see you mature
But what can I do
God loves you more

I’m sure you’re happy
Being by His side
Listening to all stories
All the secrets

Repeat Chorus

Can’t stop missing you
Hearing your voice
Your laughter in memory…

Repeat Chorus


(76) Comments

  1. Monica said...

    Morning Foong! ;)

    July 22, 2009 at 8:16 AM
  2. Anonymous

    I read about Adibah Noor's story in the papers. Inspiring and I like her even though have never watched any of her performances on tv.

    July 22, 2009 at 8:19 AM
  3. Monica said...

    I like this song! but it's such a sad song...

    July 22, 2009 at 8:20 AM
  4. Anonymous

    Industry norm still dictates how women should look in order to succeed. I guess that goes for the male gender too isn't?

    Stick thin and a pretty face will literally get you in the modelling and entertainment industry. What about in the corporate world?

    July 22, 2009 at 8:22 AM
  5. eiling lim said...

    yeah i know she can sing quite well because one of the dinners I had has got her singing throughout the nite.

    July 22, 2009 at 9:20 AM
  6. xin said...

    u know hor, i think the celebrities body weight fluctuates alot, go up fast, come down fast also. like balloon. can go extreme diet, extreme workout. respect. ! i think mariah looks really hot in her obsessed video

    July 22, 2009 at 10:55 AM
  7. A Common Singaporean said...

    Its quite nice. I am not a fan of malay songs, but this is rather good.
    Nice MV too, love the sea and the children.

    July 22, 2009 at 10:58 AM
  8. foongpc said...

    monica, morning! Congrats you are FC here today! Yeah, this is a sad song, but I love it all the same! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM
  9. foongpc said...

    mei teng, have not seen her on TV before? She's actually quite comical! I like her humourous antics and of course her singing! : )

    Yes, you are right. Industry norm still dictates how one should look. And yes, I guess it applies to the male gender too.

    Even in corporate world though not always, a good figure may get you further up compared to someone who is fat!

    July 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM
  10. foongpc said...

    eiling, you got to watch her sing live! Cool! I have never experienced her singing live before, only watched her on TV : )

    July 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM
  11. foongpc said...

    xin, you may be right there. I do see a lot of Hollywood celebrities with this yo-yo weight thing. One moment they look slim like models, the next they could be as plum as your next door housewife!

    Yeah, Mariah always look hot in her videos. But she does not always look hot on stage, though she did lose weight and toned her body since last year : )

    July 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM
  12. foongpc said...

    a common singaporean, glad you like this MV despite not being a fan of Malay music! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 11:29 AM
  13. HappySurfer said...

    What do they have in common? They have a great voice! That is for sure.

    Being overly obese is bad for health. A few of my colleagues have died of cardiac arrest so the problem is real.

    I thought it was sweet of Mariah to apologise for her 'lacklustre' (personal opinion) performance at MJ's memorial service.

    Adibah Noor sings well. Acts well too. Thanks for sharing this beautiful song, Foong.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM
  14. HappySurfer said...

    So, did you play hide-and-seek or peek-a-boo with the sun this morning? LOL!

    July 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM
  15. lina said...

    I like Adibah Nor. For her singing and also her acting. :)

    July 22, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  16. [SK] said...

    MC is not going to join, because she is ALREADY IN that club.. and i cannot stand her showing off her big, err gigantic, boobs all the time.. feel disgusting already..

    July 22, 2009 at 1:09 PM
  17. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! All three of them are enormous! :D OMG! Even your idol Mariah Carey is gaining that extra pounds huh! :D But you still like her right? LOL ;O

    July 22, 2009 at 1:27 PM
  18. Tekkaus said...

    Honestly I think it doesn't matter at all. I mean at least for these celebrities. Look at Adibah! Although she is a little plump, she is still very famous. It shows that a lot of us like her or even idolised her not for her superficial look but for her talents. I mean she simply exudes with confidence and charisma. So who says slim is always good? Ha :D

    July 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM
  19. manglish said...

    do you think Adibah is going to end up as the one-hit singer ar? :)

    July 22, 2009 at 1:33 PM
  20. Tekkaus said...

    I like Her song Terlau Istimewa! It won Juara Lagu right? My wife like it a lot too. She really can sing. Her voice is beautiful and her words are full of wisdom. That's why she appeared in a lot of ads. :D

    July 22, 2009 at 1:34 PM
  21. HappySurfer said...

    Tekkaus, Adibah a little plump? hehe...

    SK, you are funny too. I couldn't agree more. I think her clothes don't fit her most of the time. Oops! Peace, Foong.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:58 PM
  22. ladyviral said...

    Hi foong!

    Well, to be honest in my opinion it doesn't matter how someone looks but in our entertainment industry, everyone expects to look good in order to be famous. So everyone else including us the non-rich and famous people end up wanting to be like them too. It is sad though.

    Artiste looking good in videos, stages yet they can go all plum when caught off guard, so I found out it is either photoshopped or this people lose drastically to be in public and go back to their normal self at their own life.

    Makes all the girls today think models, singers, actresses are always looking good and girls want to be like them.

    Full figure ladies are fine! As long as they are healthy, happy and bring themselves with confidence!

    July 22, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  23. Mariuca said...

    Of coz it doesn matter if their waistline is bigger than others! :(

    July 22, 2009 at 2:48 PM
  24. Mariuca said...

    Actually, I've seen MC looking "healthier" than the MJ memorial performance. She did put on weight after marriage but still forgiveable mah cause she's a diva goddess woo hoo!! :):):)

    July 22, 2009 at 2:50 PM
  25. Merryn said...

    Oh yes, I was wondering what happened to Mariah that time. Yoyo I guess.. She was so slim, then tembam, then super slim and now tembam again! Hahahhaah..

    July 22, 2009 at 3:11 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yes being fat is unhealthy, but then being thin does not mean you are healthy too!

    Yes, it's sweet of Mariah to apologize but she really didn't need to. I guess she considered that her fans always have high expectation of her. It's really tough being a singer and a superstar! You have to appear perfect and sing perfectly all the time!

    See? Even a fan like me is starting to criticize her for her fuller figure! I really shouldn't, should I?

    Adibah Noor is indeed a great singer and actress!

    No, I didn't play peek a boo with the sun. I completely shut the sun out! Haha! Didn't even watch the eclipse online in case those bad vibes travel through the air waves. Haha! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:26 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    lina, hi 5! She's indeed a good singer and actress! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:27 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    SK, haha! I know many people cannot stand it! I won't disagree with you even though I am a fan! But MC was out of the club for some time, and I guess she's rejoining it again! That's why I hope she'll get back to her personal trainer who did wonders for her last time! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, to me, MC can do no wrong, cos she's my idol! Haha!

    Adibah a little plump? haha! But she's confident all right! Good for her! Still, I think she should lose some weight at least for the sake of her health.

    Gimme a 5 for liking this song! She's one heck of a comedian! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:35 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    manglish, no I don't think so. With her talent, she will have many more hits to come! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:36 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, it's OK, I don't get offended by people who criticize Mariah Carey. She is not perfect, but she is still, in my opinion, one of the better singers out there! Call me bias, I don't care. I am a huge fan! Haha!

    I do agree that her sense of dressing is a bit out sometimes, but she looked great when she slimmed down and toned up. So I hope she will get back to her workout with her personal trainer!

    Wonder if her hubby Nick can persuade her. LOL!

    July 22, 2009 at 3:39 PM
  32. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, oh I would like to add more...I think with all the money she has and all the comfort and the access to so many great food daily, it's really tough to stay slim all the time, don't you think? Haha!

    And yes, LOL at Tekkaus' comment that Adibah is a LITTLE plump. Haha!

    July 22, 2009 at 3:42 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, yes I think the stars and celebrities have a lot of pressure to look good in public, so they will do whatever they can to achieve it. And when they are out of the limelight, they go back to being fat! haha!

    Yes full figure ladies are fine as long as they are healthy and confident. But I will still recommend that they trim those fats for the sake of health : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:45 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    mariuca, you really don't mind? I think it's still better to slim down. Will look better and also more healthy : )

    Mariah achieved the perfect figure last year during her American Idol appearance. But it started to balloon again recently. Too much good food, I guess!

    But you are right, it's forgivable since she's a diva goddess! Haha!! : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:49 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    merryn, yalah. Yoyo-ing her way through. Haha! Hope she gets back to slim and toned again : )

    July 22, 2009 at 3:50 PM
  36. Faisal Admar said...

    i wonder how can they build self confidence when they are fat.

    i can't.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM
  37. HappySurfer said...

    Foong, her dressing A BIT OUT sometimes? LOL!

    Probably like you, Nick will not criticise her. Lucky her..

    Oh yeah, on the other extreme, being too thin is not so good too but at least there are less ailments connected to being thin. No?

    July 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM
  38. Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

    Adibah is a pretty cool and amusing lady :D She's someone who is totally confident with how she looks!

    July 22, 2009 at 7:33 PM
  39. eastcoastlife said...

    Don't just look at their physical bodies, there is beauty behind those bodies!

    July 22, 2009 at 9:56 PM
  40. eastcoastlife said...

    These ladies have confidence in themselves. Proud of them.

    July 22, 2009 at 9:57 PM
  41. [SK] said...

    the one who did wonders for her was the computer graphic guy who touched up her album photo for the emancipation of mimi laa.. hahahaha!!

    July 22, 2009 at 11:05 PM
  42. Neo said...

    Doesn't matter just listen to their sweet songs. :)

    July 23, 2009 at 1:55 AM
  43. Ayie said...

    this is a very pleasant song, i love how she delivered it and reading through the english translated lyrics.. oh just so good. I like harmonious, melodious songs with full meanings.

    July 23, 2009 at 2:54 AM
  44. Ayie said...

    As for full figured women, sometimes it's the genes and not just them over splurging and also female hormones has got something big to do with it too.

    For me as long as you are happy and content with yourself, that's more important. Being healthy is more important. Sexyness is just n exterior beauty for women, of course every lady wants to be i good shape but will that be all?

    July 23, 2009 at 2:57 AM

    Beautiful song and all these ladies do have amazing voices!

    July 23, 2009 at 6:49 AM
  46. Neo said...

    Yo kawan, can you please check your rss feed setting? While viewing http://feeds.feedburner.com/MyVeryFirstBlog in Firefox is OK, but when I actually put the RSS into Google Reader, only your posts' titles come up. Not a single word from the content.

    Also, can you set it to full content RSS feed ah? So that I can read the full article with pics in Google Reader, of course if I need to drop a comment I will still click to go to your bloggie to do it.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM
  47. Superman said...

    Sometimes not so pretty girl can sing better!

    July 23, 2009 at 11:48 AM
  48. Anonymous

    hmm.. abidah noor.. its been some time since i heard about her.. okay.. im not interested.. lol..

    July 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM
  49. Anonymous

    but somehow i think they have stronger voice compared to skinny ones.. =)


    July 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM
  50. MommaWannabe said...

    Oh your a Mariah Carey fan - me too. Love her voice- so powerful!

    July 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  51. Pete said...

    Chubby is cute leh! Agree or not? ha ha ha!

    July 23, 2009 at 6:45 PM
  52. Bengbeng said...

    a lovely stirring song but so sad

    July 23, 2009 at 8:28 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, I guess they must really love themselves, have great self esteem and comfortable with themselves : )

    July 24, 2009 at 12:51 AM
  54. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yes, A BIT out only what. Not that bad lah. Of course I'm bias. I'm a fan! LOL!

    You are right, being thin is better than fat, just not overly thin : )

    July 24, 2009 at 12:52 AM
  55. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, she's a funny lady and very confident yes! : )

    July 24, 2009 at 12:53 AM
  56. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, yes they are comfortable with their bodies. But not everyone thinks like that : )

    July 24, 2009 at 12:54 AM
  57. foongpc said...

    SK, you are right about the Emancipation Of Mimi. It was all touched up. But Mariah was genuinely slim and toned last year.

    Did you watch her on American Idol? I could not believe her figure! She looked better than when she was younger. Watch her here : )

    July 24, 2009 at 1:02 AM
  58. foongpc said...

    neo, really? I would have thought it matters to you since you are so into sexy chicks : )

    July 24, 2009 at 1:03 AM
  59. foongpc said...

    ayie, glad you like the song and her singing! Genes do play a part and also female hormones, I agree. I guess it's tough to stay in good shape all the time, but they still need to make the effort cos if you are fat, it's unlikely that you are healthy : )

    July 24, 2009 at 1:06 AM
  60. foongpc said...

    health nut wannabee mom, yes they do, I totally agree! : )

    July 24, 2009 at 1:07 AM
  61. Ayie said...

    health is wealth...i believe in that!

    July 24, 2009 at 2:54 AM
  62. [SK] said...

    hmmm i think maybe it's her huge boobs that make her waistline look relatively smaller?? hahahaha :D

    July 24, 2009 at 2:40 PM
  63. LifeRamblings said...

    adibah has such a superb voice and is so sincere. i love this number too.

    July 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM
  64. LifeRamblings said...

    have a fabulous weekend, foong!

    July 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM
  65. foongpc said...

    neo, not sure if I know how!

    July 28, 2009 at 12:42 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    superman, you are quite right! : )

    July 28, 2009 at 12:43 AM
  67. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, why do you think fat singers have better voice than skinny ones? Whitney and Celine are great skinny singers! : )

    July 28, 2009 at 12:44 AM
  68. foongpc said...

    mommawannabee, hi 5! I'm a total fan of MC and I like her newest single! : )

    July 28, 2009 at 12:45 AM
  69. foongpc said...

    pete, chubby is cute only for kids and babies, not adults! Haha!

    July 28, 2009 at 12:46 AM
  70. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, yes it's a sad song that pulls at your heartstrings!

    July 28, 2009 at 12:46 AM
  71. foongpc said...

    ayie, glad to know you believe that! : )

    July 28, 2009 at 12:47 AM
  72. foongpc said...

    SK, aiyo! Her boobs not as huge as Dolly Parton's lah! Don't exaggerate! : )

    July 28, 2009 at 12:48 AM
  73. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yes she has a great voice indeed! : )

    July 28, 2009 at 12:49 AM
  74. bluedreamer27 said...

    but i think no matter what figure Mariah Carey has, everyone will give more focus with her voice and but ofcourse having a sexy figure is a plus factor for her to bring her in the limelight again as what she had before

    August 7, 2009 at 1:14 PM
  75. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, yes you are right. But I hope she will regain her sexy figure again. It's all part of the superstar package right? : )

    August 10, 2009 at 7:19 PM
  76. Caroline said...

    This song is very meaningful to her. ;) song behind the story. :)

    March 28, 2010 at 4:21 PM