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Chill Time With Sham

Destinations
Chill Time With Sham

Get to know Lite Radio’s SHAM just a wee bit better as he shares his travel experiences, ‘bucket list’ destinations, and more!

 

If 70s and 80s music is your jam, then you’re probably locked on to The Lite Drive on 105.7fm (Klang Valley) with Sham on weekdays from 4pm to 8pm, as he helps alleviate that rush-hour stress with easy retro tracks – coupled with a generous dollop of friendly banter.

Sham (whose full name is Hisham Hamzah) had previously enjoyed a stint with sister station Mix, and after being away from radio for a spell, he’s back to doing what he does best with renewed passion (and renewed health goals having survived a heart attack two years ago at age 34).

“I left Mix to try my luck in TV hosting, which I did for about two years; I hosted a Malay language show called ‘Sarapan’ on TV3,” explains the family man, adding that for the next couple of years he dabbled in insurance.

“So after five years of insurance, I decided to go back to radio,” says Sham. “It’s a lot less stressful than what I was doing before and I enjoy coming up with content for my show. I feel like I’m back home!”

Join us as we chat with Sham about his travel experiences, ‘bucket list’ destinations, and more!


Share with us some of your favourite holiday destinations, foreign and local.
Sham:
For local, I’d go with Langkawi. As for foreign, it’d have to be Perth (Australia), Yogyakarta (Indonesia) and Kandy (Sri Lanka).

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Clockwise from top: Cenang Beach, Langkawi; Candi Borobudur, Yogyakarta; the famed Esala Perahara Festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Do you have a favourite destination that you never get tired of visiting, even if you have been there numerous times before?
Sham:
Yeah, it’s Perth. I studied there … it feels like a second home sometimes.

What are the top 3 destinations on your ‘Bucket List’?
Sham:
My top 3 destinations on my ‘Bucket List’ … let’s see – New Zealand, Turkey and Mecca (Saudi Arabia) to perform the Hajj.

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New Zealand (L) and Turkey are on the bucket list!

What do you love most about travelling? And what do you hate most?
Sham:
I love observing my surroundings … people, culture over a cup of coffee. As for hate, I do not like rushing during transits!

What’s the first thing on your itinerary when you visit a brand new destination?
Sham:
The best breakfast place with a view, of course!

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Chill time with beloved wife in the village of Nanu Oya, Sri Lanka (L) and the scenic mountains in Yogyakarta,
(photos courtesy of Hisham Hamzah)

What are some of the travel essentials that you must have with you during your travels?
Sham:
My travel essentials would be my back pack, water, a map, cash and camera.

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Share with us at least ONE of your travel quirks.
Sham:
I’d pack one underwear in my hand-carry back pack.

Holidays are often peppered with memorable episodes. Share with us ONE such memory – something you still talk about to this day with a glint in your eye.
Sham:
There was this one time … I went to Yogyakarta with a best friend. We decided to converse in Bahasa Indonesia throughout the trip just to feel a bit local. I was horrible at it! My friend said I sounded more like a Sarawakian than an Indonesian!

Are you an adventurous foodie? Share with us some of your most memorable culinary experiences.
Sham:
Yes I am, in fact too adventurous for my wife’s liking sometimes. She’ll never do it. But I love the street food in Indonesia, including stuff like Nasi Gudeg, Siow Mai, Batagor, etc. But the best street food experience was in Jogja where we had Nasi Gudeg at a ‘lesehan’ where we would sit on mats placed on pavements.

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Indonesian specialties Nasi Gudeg (L) and Batagor

What services and facilities do you find most appealing at KLIA or klia2?
Sham:
I like that there are many cafes to relax and have coffee.

Do you have any pre-boarding rituals?
Sham:
Yeah, breakfast at airports. It’s the same thing you can get elsewhere but a different feeling when you’re on holiday.

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How do you keep yourself occupied on long layovers?
Sham:
I window shop, have more coffee, be entertained by my phone, and entertain my son.

How do you handle flight delays?
Sham:
I can’t really handle them. There’s no choice but to find something to do while waiting.

 

 

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