Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's official, I'm now part of MICappella!!

It's official,
i'm now part of Singapore's one and only vocal band, MICappella!

The group won a reality singing competition for acappella groups called the "The Sing-Off" in China and has since been making waves, touring around different China city states.
I've always been a friend of MICappella and i literally saw them grow from a leisure group,
to the mega sensation they are today!!
I've even supported them for many shows they've done in Singapore and have always been wildly entertained by their infectious energy during live performances, as well as crazy music arrangements!!

Of course, back then i never ever thought i would be part of them one day,
part of something bigger than myself.
The opportunity came late 2014 and it took me sometime to decide before taking this step.
It was a big step for me as i've always been a solo singer and all of a sudden,
a new path has been charted out, leading my career plans to a different turn.

I embraced it eventually,
and what came after was a series of crazy learning.
Our music is made up of pure vocals (no instruments),
so i had to learn vocal parts, singing and mimicking of instruments, choreography,
then came memorizing and plenty of rehearsing with the band.

Surprise welcome lunch at Eugene's crib!
So i went to Eugene's house thinking we were having practice, 
turned out they were all hatching a plan to surprise me and MingWei in joining MICappella!

Eugene's the baritone of the group and he's also a culinary expert (he used to be a chef).
You can imagine the feast we had, the Menu of the day - 
Pan Seared Scallop with Crab Bisque Sauce 
Lamb Rack with Bordelaise Sauce 
Egg roe, Sea urchin, Tuna belly & Egg Yolk on a spoon
Foie gras with balsamic and red-wine reduction & champagne grapes 

When the day arrived for my first performance,
i had to look completely calm and energetic all at the same time.
It was a crazy crazy 2 months but i loved it!

Debut live performance at ITE Simei! 

Debut Youtube Cover 
We woke up in the wee hours of morning (5am to be exact) 
for a sunrise youtube cover at Changi Beach! 

Check out our cover of Style by Taylor Swift :) 

I loved the challenge and i'm loving what's to come ahead more!!!
I've been performing on big stages with big names like David Tao on his world tour,
i cannot believe i'm finally going on tour as an artiste myself, with my band!

European domination begins Jan-Feb 2015,
and China tour in May 2015!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ & The Samsung Gear S: A Review!

I'm going to be upfront about it,
I have always been an iPhone user and I've never thought I would make the switch to an Android phone. 
I thought it would be a daunting experience 
and I didn't want to go through all the hassle since i've settled for Apple already. 

But when the opportunity arose for me to experience the Samsung GALAXY Note 4, 
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was for me to adapt and make the change! 
I'm now an Android convert, thanks to Samsung! 

The Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ 

4G+ whuut?

Simply put, blazing fast LTE connectivity of up to 300Mbps.
That's twice the speed of LTE Cat 4 with fast browsing and speedy content download at 1/2 the time
plus Crystal clear voice calls!

Introducing some cool features of the GALAXY Note 4 4G+

First Quad HD SUPER AMOLED display

Looking at my screen is no longer a flat experience but one so immersive 
because of the brilliant colours and super sharp details. 
The trick?
An adaptive display that automatically optimises saturation/contrast levels for true to life colours!

Here are some photos taken straight with the GALAXY Note 4 4G+,
mind you these are all NON-FILTERED!!
I simply switched on the Real Time HDR function and that's when the magic happened!
Pictures alone speak a thousand words!

Selfie with the beautiful sister on her wedding day!

Also a selfie with my dad before our special performance item during my sis' wedding! 

Family Portraits! 
Taken during one of the most beautiful wedding dinners i've sung for at the SEA Aquarium!
(Psst, you can click here to read more about this amazing wedding!)
Isn't the photo quality amazing?

Food photography!
By the way, this Yakitori set lunch @ Nanbantei Japanese Restaurant was amazeballs!!!
It's located at Far East Plaza, go for it!!!!

Adorable pets!!
I found them swinging happily one fine morning while I was working out..
So cute i had to stop mid-crunch to play with them!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Go beach, Krabi!

 Holiday Inn Resort, Ao Nang!
I thought this area was perfect because it was a quiet stretch conveniently located 
next to a family mart & opposite a beautiful beach, 
yet just a short 5 mins walk away from the busy stretch of eateries, bars and shops!

Chic Lobby design

We got a room with the pool at our doorsteps!

A quick dip in the pool before we headed out for dinner!

There were plenty of beachside pubs and restaurants opposite our resort, 
so i grabbed a thai iced milk tea and kicked back to nature's scene :)

Sun, Sand, Sea and Thai Iced Milk Tea,
best combination ever :D

We made all of tour bookings here, just a stone's throw away from the resort.
Best of all, it's located right in front of Family Mart!

Dinner @ Lae Lay Grill 
We were searching for a beach restaurant when it started to drizzle, 
out of desperation, we took to the nearest food signage and before we knew it, 
we were taking a shuttle bus to a Seafood grill located on top of a hill!

Lae Lay Grill was rated #10 on the TripAdvisor website but i thought it didn't deserve its credits.
The ambience of the restaurant was amazing, though the food didn't quite match up to its exterior :(  
I thought it would've been nicer if we were there for a sunset meal!

Papaya Salad

Andaman Seafood Platter 
Not so fantastic and honestly too pricey compared to the other restaurants in Ao Nang. 

Post-dinner stroll along the shopping street in Ao Nang.

Day 2, Island Hopping Tour! 

En route to Hong Island,
we stopped over at Paradise Island for snorkelling, lunch break and more camwhoring.

 Whee! Rope swing! 

The final stop was at Hong Island.
Honestly there were way too many tourists and i didn't quite like the crowdedness of it.
I have to admit though, the limestone cliffs were really beautiful! 

We had plenty of time there to make sure we capture the perfect shot. 
It was surprisingly easy to do so though with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4! 
I swear it took us just a few tries to get this shot :D

Mangrove Canoeing! 
Day 3, we decided to choose only one tour because i really didn't like the idea of elephant riding.

The starting point. 

Our tour guide was this free-spirited thai (as all tour guides) who led us out into the sea.
He claimed that by taking a different turn, 
we would have ended up in the open sea of the Andaman waters!

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