Thursday, March 7, 2013

Because great stories were born out of tough times - 21Feb GET SET GO Showcase @ Esplanade Waterfront

I was honoured to be given the stage at Esplanade Waterfront as part of HUAYI Festival (: 
I have done several shows there, but always as part of another group,
so i was really excited to finally have the stage to myself, 
for my newly released EP, GET SET GO! (:

I was all geared up for the show, 
until one day before, i was struck with fever. 
I couldn't even make it to rehearsal without feeling dizzy and weak :( 
Thankfully, i managed to regain 80% of my health come show day..

I couldn't have asked for a better band setup, 
with Fatt kew my busking buddy and 
James Yeo my producer for my English Original "Someday You'll Be" :D

The one and only Guitarist & footdrummer - 
Mr Fatt Kew! 

James Yeo working his magic, 
one layer of keyboard is not enough for him haha
On a sidenote, Special thanks to Chee Wee from Five Stones Visuals 
for taking some amazing shots during my performance, including this one (: 

It was a very personal show for me, 
i sang songs which played a part in influencing my musical taste, 
songs which stirred bittersweet memories of my past,
and of course originals from my album (:

 I also shared some insights on my love life and how it inspired me to compose, 
my journey as singer - 
from a little girl in secondary school who had to sing behind curtains because i wasn't pretty enough, 
to discovering my passion when i first stepped onto stage during AJ Idol, 
to joining the NUS Jazz band, 
and finally making music as a music professional (:

I managed to complete one set of performance, 
but come 2nd set, the weather started to take a bad turn.
The wind was blowing very strongly when i was belting out my emo ballad, 

And then it started to pour real heavily, 
the rain was splashing onto stage,
but all of us were midway into the song! 

I have no idea why i looked so happy here, 
but i think i was amused that the rain had to come at such a sad song hahaa

I honestly didn't know what to do when it started to pour,  
i had to continue with my song, 
but at the same time, there was a lot of commotion going on, 
the rain was getting into the audience's seats & i saw them squeezing together.
When they finally settled down, I was so touched.
Instead of leaving, many of them took out their umbrellas, 
those without huddled together in the rain to watch me sing. 
那一幕,令我非常感动 T_T

I had to end off my performance because it was too dangerous to continue 
with the rain splashing on all the musical equipments.. 

Amazingly (again), many stayed back,
bought my album and even got me to sign on them T_T

It could've been smooth-sailing, 
but it wasn't, and the rain brought out a different side of people that i never knew existed. 
就好像在向我说 “加油”,

希望下次的演出不要下雨 please!!! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

freakish feb over & out!

Freakish feb was gone in the blink of an eye,
i spent the month celebrating, feasting, falling sick, recovering & performing.
Couldn't have done more things in the month, i was MAXED OUT.

Lou hei, steamboat, banlart, gatherings with old friends, 
CNY is my favorite time of the year (:

After 初三,CNY events started to pour in! 
有财神在左右,今年一定 HUAT 个天翻地覆!

Had the chance to perform at a 60s themed CNY dinner, 
the experience was crazy with the disco lightings and all!!

Definitely feeling comfy in the rickshaw :D

Met Auntie Lucy backstage, man Chong Qing seriously rocks that look!! hahaha
I couldn't help but ask how big his boobs are 
and he told me it's a C cup bra with 5 layers of NUBRA inside..

I also had the great honour to meet and sing alongside Hong kong veteran actress 商天娥!
I've been seeing 娥姐 in all TVB HK dramas it's almost likes she jumped out of the tv hahaa

Our band had the great to perform for her segment! 

The Mafia Band. 
Featuring Ein on keys, Jeremy on drums, Spruce on Saxophone, 
Darrel on Er Hu and James on Keys...
It was a killer Shanghai Jazz lineup!

14Feb, I was treated to an amazing meal on Valentine's Day! 
I had never really been to any fine-dining restaurant so the experience was pretty jaw-dropping.

Starters began with this weird concoction of chocolate powder and potato bite...

Everything on this plate was raw & fresh, the prawns the mussels..

Natural ingredients from the ocean, seaweed, mushroom, mussels.. 
no salt was added but the dish was salty enough due to it's natural components!

Lobster, the best tasting gnocchi i've ever had in my life, 
and petal garnishings!

A deconstructed Sneakers Bar, 
it has all the ingredients inside a sneakers bar but presented with a twist!

Left to right: Cherry popsicle, madeline, Earl grey cake, 
Popcorn and marshmallow on a stick 
The popcorn has this amazing popping sensation.. 
it's crazy how simple things works out to taste like heaven!

A very satisfied me before digging in to the truffle pudding 

21Feb, i held my first solo public showcase after the launch of my EP last year!
What better stage than to have it at the beautiful Esplanade Waterfront Outdoors 
It was all good until my second set, when it started to pour really heavily :(

More about the show in my next blog entry, 
all i could say was... seeing everyone stay even though it was pouring was truly touching T_T

 The last day of CNY called for a celebration! 
Ending the festive period with a bang with our Sparkle Music Appreciation Dinner :D 
Everyone was shouting HUAT AR in this picture 

The month ended with a roadshow at Chinapoint, 
my original 勇敢証明 was chosen as 插曲 for Channel U's 9pm drama "我要嫁出去” !

 I'm all ready for March!!