Saturday, September 27, 2014

Funkifize with the Fungkimunkees!

It has been 2 years since i last played with the Fungkimunkees.
The last we did a show today at Concourse and it was with the striped down setup.


Super stoked when i got their call again to Guest sing, 
this time with a full 8 piece band with horns section!!! 

I've played with the Chinese Orchestra, 
the Big Band, 
and this was definitely next on my list..
a funk band!!! 
Whoopie!!!

How d'yall like my outfit?
#likeaboss

With the amazing band of the night!! 
[L to R]
Benson Kong on Alto Sax, 
Pablo Calzado on Drums, 
Fraser on Guitar, 
Sultan on Bass, 
Ashley Howard on Trombone, 
Pablo Tani on Baritone Sax 
& Dan Wong on Trumpet!

Truth be told, 
i was only roped less than a week before the show. 
I had to learn 9 new songs, 
many rhythmically challenging (duh it's funk)
and i almost thought i wouldn't be able to handle it.
During which, i also managed to be down with contact dermatitis
and had rashes all over my face & body :(
But all turned out to be good!!
I hid my rashes well under those clothes..
And i'm darn thankful i still have my voice to deliver!



Oh yea, 
and i didn't manage to rehearse with the full band 
so i did what i could do and it was magical!
I loved the stage, 
the band setup, 
the music, 
the audience. 
It was perfect!



 Thank you Sultan for having me in mind!
It was such a blessing to have met you many years ago at Java Jazz :D 
FKMK rocks!


Show's over, 
Peace out! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

DT in Beijing, 13Sep

It has been a while! 
The last tour was in Jan and i almost forgot what it was like to be on the road again. 
We were back in Beijing a year after we were there, 
and it definitely felt different! 

We arrived a few years before showday for a refresher rehearsal!

Hello familiar work space.

Post-rehearsal Hai Di Lao!!! 
It was my first time trying it out. 
I've heard so much about the amazing standard, but the HDL at this branch wasn't that impressive.
The food was good though! 
We proceeded to have hdl over the next 3 nights -_-"
#overdose

Rehearsals typically start in the afternoons,
 so i would usually make use of the mornings to explore around town. 

Exploring the old/new streets of Beijing at Nan Luo Gu Xiang!

Peking Cafe @ Nan Luo Gu Xiang! 
I love the oriental and lush outlook!!





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Moonlight Harmony with the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra @ Esplanade Waterfront!

It was my first time performing alongside a 40-musician strong Chinese Orchestra
on the eve of Mid-Autumn Festival at the Esplanade Waterfront stage beneath the full moon,
and it was a really refreshing experience!!

Much love and thanks goes out to my secondary school days Conductor Quek Ling Kiong!
I used to play the er hu way back and he had always been my favourite conductor!
Little did i know that i would meet him 10 years later,
not playing, but singing for his orchestras!

Pre-show rehearsal at the Singapore Concert Hall


Having a slice of mooncake before performance! 

A thousand calories for you?

Wefie with the string section! 


Showtime!
Thank you so much Guosheng for making the trip down to Esplanade Waterfront 
to help with the video and photo shoot :) 

More photos from the Official Photographer of SYCO

I performed 3 songs - 
Wen Rou De Ye, Cheng Li de Yue Guang and Dan Yuan Ren Chang Jiu :) 






Group shot with the SYCO!! 

It was also a heartwarming gathering with friends from NHCO!!
Great catching up with you guys!

 The surprise of the night has to be this bouquet of roses :) 
Thank you!! MUACKS!

I don't know how i got the energy but i went for a stroll at east coast park after the performance, 
doraemon lantern in hand :) 
It flashes multi-coloured lights and plays techno music at a switch of the button hahaa

How was your Mid-Autumn Festival? :D

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Army Half Marathon 2014!

And the earliest gig award goes to.... ARMY HALF MARATHON 2014!!
Soundcheck was at 7am, 
performance at 8am. 

For those who don't know me, 
i am a night animal. 
I usually sleep at earliest 2am. 
I'm usually grumpy in the morning, 
and i just CANNOT look good every single day when i used to work in the corporate world. 

I'm glad i still look like a decent human at 7am in the morning. 
I was aware that the massive amount of people behind me woke up at 3am, 
and ran a good half marathon from 4am to 7am in the morning. 
Yes i was slightly, ashamed, of myself. 

Gosh just look at the amount of people. 
That was possibly the biggest crowd i've played to, 
apart from on tour with David Tao. 

Try X All Of Me - A Mashup Cover by Kexin, Clarence & Serena

Sometimes i get weary,
from the battles i'm fighting outside and within.

Sometimes i feel lost,
while searching for my true self amidst what everyone wants me to me.

Sometimes i get weighed down,
by expectations of how i should act, look, walk, talk, sing etc.

But you know you've found that someone, 
when you don't have to try,
cos all of him loves all of you, 
all your curves and all your edges, 
all your perfect imperfections :) 



Credits: 
Guitarist and Arranger: Clarence Yeo 
Percussionist: Serena Chen 
Videographer, Editor and Venue Provider: Jaex from Ideally Yours 
Sound Post-Production: Christopher Ang from B Cube Entertainment 



I feel so much for this video because of the amazing arrangement, 
& the instant chemistry on set with these 2 wonderful musicians friends!

Believe it or not, this video cover was our first time working together. 
Serena and Clarence have never met before, 
we jammed an hour before shoot and that's when the magic happened. 

Special mention also goes out to Jaex from Ideally Yours.
He's a really passionate videographer (and a great one too!!) and has always been 
greatly supportive of local music.
He actually bought equipment just so that we can record youtube videos in his studio.
Ideally Yours specializes in Wedding Photography, Videography and Bridal gown rental
so if you like what you saw in my youtube video,
hop on over to his website and check it out!! 
You'll be amazed by his works! 

Lastly, huge love to Christopher from B Cube Entertainment. 
B Cube Entertainment is one of the best sound provider in Singapore in my opinion
and has been my favourite provider for all my live gigs!! 
And of course the man behind all the goodness is Chris <3 
My youtube videos have never sounded so good before, 
and i gotta give it to him for the live sound enhancements!!
MUACKSSS

I really cannot thank them enough for their support, time and effort in making 
such a simple Youtube Video work. 
THANK YOU THANK YOU.
And if the video has resonated with you as an audience,
do share the love and joy :) 

MUACKS TO YOU! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hairvolution with J7Image


When it comes to hair colour, i've tried it all.
And i realize that the changing of my hair colour is part of my self-discovery journey, 
i was really finding who i really am and what i really want to be. 

When i was younger in my early 20s, 
i started singing at weddings and i always wanted to look older
because i felt young and i wanted to be taken seriously. 
So i kept my hair long and i had a natural wave.


When i first launched my EP, i decided to go for a fresh look
and snipped off my locks to a shorter length. 
The real transformation and experimentation with hair colour started when 
i started touring with David Tao!

Jeft from J7 Image is the master at hair colouring craft. 
It was fate that brought us together because i met him randomly over supper through a mutual friend!
We bonded over music because he used to sing as well..
One thing led to another, 
he became my hairstylist years later and i've never looked elsewhere! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montigo Nongsa Resort, where heaven could be so near :)

Montigo is the perfect place for a short getaway from Singapore. 
A mere 30mins ferry ride away, 
this is paradise. 

Map of Montigo Nongsa Resort 
It's a pretty small area with nothing much to explore. 
The watersports feature is not open for business yet, and Tigo bar is closed during the weekdays. 
Some villas are still under construction as they are build for ownership. 

Hillside facing Villa
Honestly, we spent both days just lazing by the pool and watching movies.
The erratic weather during this time of the year also made it difficult for us to step out of the villa. 
It was pouring one minute, and really sunny the next.
We ended up making full use of the comforts of our villa and spent most of our time indoors :D


Pool O glorious sea-facing pool!
The hill facing villa didn't have direct view of the sea as it was obstructed by villas in front.
But i wouldn't complain, it was perfect for me already!! 




Morning Stretch! 

Thank god for Nivea Body Intensive Moisture Serum
It came in really handy on this beach vacation! 
Read more about this awesome serum on my previous blogpost :)

The mansion of the villa also spans 3 storeys high, 
with a double bed room which we didn't even step into. 
And a really pretty masterbed room facing...
THE SEA.

Sea at the tip of my toes :D 

Sunset on the rooftop 
Each villa also came with an open-air rooftop providing the most stunning sunset view!!



"Come quickly, I am tasting the Stars..."
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