Diu Or No Diu

As you know, I was on TV a while ago for the game show Deal Or No Deal.

It has always been one of those quriky dreams of mine to be on a TV game show, dating back to the days of Wheel Of Fortune and A Million Dollar Chance Of A Lifetime that I used to watch a lot in the 80s.
It wasn’t so much the 15-minutes-of-fame to be on TV that attracted me, more so the huge-ass amount of money that awaits – all for answering some really simple questions.

Of course, for a long time that little dream of mine never materialised because most game shows are held in KL and I live in Kuching. But earlier last year, I was in KL and by chance I saw Deal Or No Deal doing a road show at 1Utama.

Dawn Jeremiah

I got nothing to lose right? So I filled up the application form and didn’t give it much of a thought after that.
Surprise surprise. Three months later, I received a call from the show’s producers telling me I’ve been selected to participate in Deal Or No Deal. They asked me if I could make the flight to KL.
Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity like a kangaroo.

Without so much as to give it a second thought, I took two days off work and booked a RM500 flight straight to KL.
What’s RM500 for a flight compared to how much I could potentially take home right? Hey, people win a lot of money on these things. Just the other night, I saw some guy on TV walked away with RM20,000 just like that.
I figured, even if I win only just half his prize money, I’ll be happy. RM10,000 is more than enough for me to do a lot of things I wanted to do. I’d love to travel to the States, upgrade my computer and do a bit of charity if I win a big prize money.

My confidence picked up even more when I attended the filming of the episode before mine, and that contestant won some RM43,000! That’s a crazy amount of money I could only imagine winning in my dreams.
And then it was my turn to be filmed.

He he he

I was nervous as hell. So nervous, because it was officially the first time I’m going on TV – if you don’t count those numerous times when I “accidentally walked past” in the background when somebody else was shooting something.
First, I had to go past the elimination round. There were 6 contestants, and only the first person to answer two questions correct can go through to the next round.

I missed the first question.
The second question was “Which is the longest river in the world?”, and I got that right. The third question was “Which of the following sports does not allow players to use their hands? Basketball, volleyball or football?” I answered “Football” and I’m through to the next round!
… and that’s when everything started going downhill for me.

The briefcase models. Too bad I couldn’t take them home.

I won’t dwelve into the details on how the game is played. Suffice to say, the objective is to eliminate all the small amounts of prize money on the left hand side of the board. The more prize moneys on the left hand side is eliminated, the higher the possibility that I’ll be offered a bigger sum of prize money by the mysterious “banker”.
Here’s how it went down.
First I picked a briefcase to keep, and proceeded to eliminate 6 briefcases.

Diu. I picked all the ones on the right hand side!
Nevermind. At least the RM100,000 prize money is still there. Banker offered RM600 but I’m arrogant so he can go kiss my ass.
Next, I have to get rid of 5 more briefcases.

Diu! Almost all the big money are gone!
Fine, RM100,000 is still in play so I might just get lucky.
I have to throw away 4 more cases.

Now even RM100,000 is gone!
How to play lah like that?!

To cut the long story short, I played until I threw away all the big prize money on the right hand side.
Left with all the pathetically small prize money, I reluctantly accepted the banker’s offer of RM100 halfway to end the game. And even that decision was not a good deal. Because in the briefcase that I was holding onto all along, I have RM250.

Damn, I should’ve just take the RM900 Samsonite briefcase and run.
I lost a lot of money by flying to KL just to take part in the game show. But you know what? That is not the most tulan thing about the whole experience I had on Deal Or No Deal.
My friends Nelly, Alwyn, Allan and Tim drove all the way to the ntv7 studios in Shah Alam to attend the shooting of my episode and give me support. I thought that if I were to win a lot of money, I could’ve treated them to a nice meal to show my appreciation.

Since that did not happen, I could only do the next best thing I could do. And that is to compensate Tim for his petrol.
I think the petrol itself is already RM100. So there goes my prize money.

Diu or No Diu?

YouthMalaysia.com is holding the first ever Youth Entrepreneur Convention at the PWTC this 19th January. It’s a convention supported by the Ministry of Youth Development to empower and inspire the youths of today to become entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
And hey, I will be there alongside Kid Chan, Kevin Zahri and Timothy Tiah as one of the many speakers for the convention. Time to put my (non-existent) public speaking skillz to good use.

155 Replies to “Diu Or No Diu”

  1. a chinese saying ‘if the money is not urs,then it wont go into ur pocket’ (something like tat)….haha..everything just worked out nicely for Tim, he is destined for it,i guess!!

  2. watched the video..u looked damn serious while waiting for the question leh.. haha..
    better luck next time la..
    you are my hero man..

  3. wow, i won’t say that its fated but rather, your friend’s just damn lucky…
    sometimes wishing for something that you want so much just jinxed it, maybe, i don’t know.
    well, with hope and expectations, stuff happens.
    thats how the shitty life works. too bad.
    at least think of it this way, you didn’t go home with a dollar. ha, ok, maybe i shouldn’t rub it in.
    anyways, maybe your luck will be better in 2008?
    good luck, go get all the four leave clover and whatever.

  4. DIU !! SO DIU !!! MUST DIU !!
    Seriously, i have to agree with them. ‘if the money is not urs,then it wont go into ur pocket’ !
    Kenny, don’t go to any casino 😀

  5. kenny, i just noticed that u have big b(.)(.)bs!! see that photo after u “jumped at the opportunity like a kangaroo” …

  6. at least you covered your cost to KL and enjoyed the experience of appeared in national TV… how to participate in Deal or No Deal? I also wanna to win RM$100,000…

  7. I’m from Singapore, and it’s my first time commenting here in my 3 years of reading your blog, but…
    MAN! I feel for ya. Moreover, I can’t believe he actually hit the top prize!
    But I love how you candidly poke fun at yourself. That’s the mark of a man, alright!

  8. hi just pondering whether as a proud sarawakian, you should (or should not) do a review on the recent opening of spring mall in Kuching. I know its not such a big deal but figure out you shud gif it a shot..as a Sarawakian.

  9. So, that was you who accepted the RM100 offered by the banker’s. I do not know it was you until I saw your post here…hehe, I guess that is not your luck eh…

  10. WAI! No wonder everyone was asking me to visit your site all of a sudden….got my yucky pic here!! heheh I totally forgot about it man…Can’t believe it was taken more than a year ago.
    Anyways… I kinda knew you would get your ass to the 2nd round when I saw you and the other contestants during your shooting day…. BUT RM100?? APA NI?!
    At least you had fun la. Well, you could always try out for the 2nd season :))

  11. eh….where is the king kong tulan face?
    haha, dun be sad, i’m sure u’ll get more lucky next time. it’s only a game.

  12. Haha, it is just like those beauty contest where those winners are usually those who just “followed friend to register”(they claimed).

  13. Your luck is the worst ever. When I watched the show I cringe non stop. The worst things that could possibly happen just keep on happening to you. It’s amazing that you didn’t walk away with RM0.10. Your friend is just the opposite … nobody could have written a worst script than that for you.

  14. fat and ugly and arrogant people don’t win money ok you don’t deserve to win… so buckle up and work as a sewage cleaner, bye.

  15. i think this has something to do with u being an irresponsible blogger, blog abt things that is just despicable and inconsiderate of race, religion and the mindfulness of children reading ur blog

  16. when i was watching the show…i thot whylah…tim so tense up one!!!! now i know….he was acutely observing your silly mistake as not to make his hahahahahahaha
    rich prize for a friend who’s already pretty well off…lucky guy…congratulations to him…and well kenny…errr….congratulations…
    see you CNY…i be home in kuching city….
    pop by if you are free to my blog….tell me what you think of my latest silly pic of fast n furious..

  17. well… u r not the worst player… somebody just walked away with RM 6 only… yes.. RM 6 she answered the final question wrongly with her briefcase on her hand that worth RM30..

  18. now only blog…keke…I straight away visited ur bog to see u blog out ur frustration d not…..hahaha….lambat la u…..keke…..
    anyways…tough luck rite…keke

  19. hey i actually tot its realli gud.. hehe.. at least its ur fren tat got the money.. plus he’ll thank u for tat.. cos he got to learn sth about it from ur experience..
    (not to follow wad u did?!!)

  20. o.o
    Didn’t the fortune teller in HongKong told you it’s not a good year for you to gamble?
    Or was it some other year? I forgot.
    Being on Deal or No Deal can be considered as… somekind of positive ‘gambling’? LOL.

  21. Wow did over 40 comments got deleted ? Including mine…… sorry about the trouble I’ll shut up now. 🙁

  22. Hey yeah man, i asked my friend to come read about your friend Tim, but guess you’ve removed it. Has that episode not been aired yet?

  23. why is the malaysian version of deal or no deal so different from the singaporean version? haha the singaporean version requires no answering of questions (as in like general knowledge kind) and our highest prize is S$250,000!! maybe you should join the spore one!

  24. Haha.. really DIU lo, i have my hats off for u, this really make me laugh a lot, although it’s kind of pity u too overall lost it. But it really still a good experience in it.

  25. LOL…
    Kenny, your fren, Tim, won RM100,000. I watched the episode just now(2nd March 2008;8.30pm;ntv7).Haha.

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