Per­plex­ing the masses

> Ka­reema Ramli is one book you shouldn’t judge by its cover

The Sun (Malaysia) - - YOUTH - Af­ter­life.

al­ler­gies since I started this job,” un­veiled the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham alumni.

How do you cope with be­ing far away from fam­ily and friends, and how do you keep your­self oc­cu­pied? My fam­ily has al­ways been very sup­port­ive; they want me to achieve my goals and they never hold me back. It keeps your mind at peace when the peo­ple you leave be­hind are more con­cerned about your de­vel­op­ment Band she wishes to per­form with:

On loop: Dream per­form­ing stage: Favourite food: Favourite artists of all time:

Se­cret tal­ent: than hav­ing you around.

I used to rot away in my room play­ing video games all day. But that has changed be­cause I spend plenty of hours out­doors for my job and it has given me a new hunger for na­ture. So when­ever I can, I would travel or drive to a ran­dom spot to watch the sun set.

What’s one thing you en­joy and dis­like about work­ing on an oil rig? I re­ally like the sim­ple life­style. You live on two sets of cloth­ing for al­most a month; have fixed meal times and at no charge; and work on out­door tasks that are al­ways ful­fill­ing. You feel like you achieve some­thing every sin­gle day. Not to men­tion, the view is beau­ti­ful and never the same each day. The only thing I dis­like is writ­ing re­ports. But then again, who likes writ­ing re­ports?

How did you get in­volved with Mad­dthe­lin? Its male vo­cal­ist, Lenny found me via Face­book at a time when I was ac­tively post­ing videos of my singing the songs I wrote. I was only sup­posed to re­place Mad­dthe­lin’s other vo­cal­ist who was busy with ex­ams, but she left the band soon af­ter over per­sonal rea­sons so I was asked to stay. I had my reser­va­tions at first, in fear of the fans’ re­ac­tions. How­ever, the band was in the mid­dle of writ­ing a new al­bum, and hav­ing no vo­cal­ist would ren­der their ef­forts null. My cre­ative side was also beck­on­ing me to join in the writ­ing process. More­over, I’ve al­ready formed a bond with the boys.

What’s more dif­fi­cult: work­ing off­shore or per­form­ing in front of a live crowd? Which would you rather do for the rest of your life? Dif­fi­culty-wise, I would say work­ing off­shore. It is men­tally and phys­i­cally tax­ing, and al­most al­ways filled with ob­sta­cles and chal­lenges. But like I said, that’s what makes it ful­fill­ing. Per­form­ing, on the other hand, comes nat­u­rally. You get up there and let the mu­sic con­trol you. The best per­for­mances hap­pen when you don’t think.

These two are very dif­fer­ent as­pects of my life: ca­reer ver­sus hobby. I love both. It would be like hav­ing to choose be­tween chicken and cake. No can do!

Ka­reema Ramli is a well en­gi­neer and rock band vo­cal­ist rolled into one.

Work­ing on an oil rig has made her tougher, more in­de­pen­dent and in touch with na­ture.

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