Support Budding Local Singers at Music Express XIX

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[Photo: NTU Chinese Society]

I hate Chinese songs and when given a choice, I would normally sing English songs at karaoke sessions with friends. Besides being linguistically challenged  in Mandarin, very often I feel that Chinese songs are always so melancholic in nature.

But what I do support is originality, creativity and local talent. Coming to its 19th year,  Music Express is an annual songwriting competition organized by the NTU Chinese Society (NTUCS).  The aim of this competition is to provide a platform for dedicated people who are enthusiastic in music, encourage them to express own feeling, views, and ideas via originally-made songs.

This year, besides focusing its scope to Universities and Colleges in Singapore, Music Express introduces a new catagory, targeting all Singaporean below 35, with the ambition to increase the songwriting atmosphere in Singapore.

Here’s a short introduction of the contesters for this year:

The Grand Final will be held at Nanyang Auditorium in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on 25 August 2013. Tickets can be bought on the spot or via pre-order. Supporters can purchase the tickets directly from their official website via this link: http://www.ntumusicexpress.com/ticketselling1.html

Cash payment can be made at NTU Chinese Society Booth during NTU ECA Fair from 12 to 14 August 2013. Each ticket is priced at S$10.00.

For more information, please visit the official website: http://www.ntumusicexpress.com/index.html

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[Photo: NTU Chinese Society]

Free ticket giveaway:

Be the first to submit your name, NRIC and phone number to sunny_creationz@hotmail.com and win 1 Grand Final ticket to Music Express 19. Closing date to take part on this giveaway is 22 August 2013 (23:59 hrs).

Ready for a Boozy Good Time at Beerfest Asia 2013?

Thirsty? BEERFEST ASIA returns to Singapore for its 5th edition with promise of more beers, beverages, bands and banter. 

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Block the dates, bring your date and head over to Marina Promenade (the F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer) from 13 to 16 June 2013 for a jolly good time at Beerfest Asia 2013. Last year I had a wonderful chill out with my former colleagues (click here to see my blog post for Beerfest Asia 2012). This year, expect more than 300 types of beer from all over the world, live stage performances, a comedy club, beer auctions and tasting workshops. The organisers promise a distinct experience packed with great entertainment, drinks and food!

Every year, without fail, Beerfest Asia will introduce new beers to Singapore. This year, look out for new varieties such as the UK’s Hollows Ginger Beer (4.0% ABV) brewed with Chinese ginger root and German beer EKU 28, with a full-bodied malt aroma and one of the strongest beers in the world at 11% ABV. If you crave for a dessert beer, be sure to check out the new flavours of fruit beers from Taiwan Beer.

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Besides being able to purchase bottled beer at special prices, tasting beers before purchase, and sampling beers new to either the festival or the market, ticket holders can learn how beer is made and try brewing it yourself at home at the new Craft Beer Experience section and even purchase a beer brewing kit home.

“We started this festival to raise the profile and appreciation of beer, and a significant part of the appreciation is understanding the process by which beer is made,” says Festival Director Edward Chia. “This is the only festival that not only makes this process highly interactive and entertaining, but also brings hundreds of the world’s best beers to you in one location.”

This year, the festival adds a new fourth marquee, Whisky & Wine Lounge, to its line up with a range of premium and limited edition products on offer and tasting from exhibitors, Cornerstone Wines and Beam Global.

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Entertainment is also one of the main highlights of this beer festival. After all, Timbre (the parent company of Beerfest Asia) is known for its booze and music. This year, be entertained by international tribute bands like Killer Queen, The Australian Guns’N’Roses Show, The Fortunate Sons, Melbourne’s premier Creedance Clearwater Revival (CCR)/Fogerty Tribute band and a host of the best of Singapore’s local bands, including Shagies and 53A.

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Also raising the bar on entertainment this year are Comedy Club Asia acts Sons of Singapore, a local comedy trio who were top performers at last year’s “Stand Up For Singapore” and a hit at Beerfest Asia 2012. The trio will be joined by international talents Tom Rhodes (USA), Stephen Grant (UK) and Steve Allison (AUS). Hosted by the popular and multi-linguistic comedic talent Jonathan Atherton, there is no better combination of award-winning wit, energy, intellect and absurdity. DJs from Power 98 will also be there on Friday, 14 June 2013 to entertain patrons of the festival.

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Tickets are now available from SISTIC, with limited early bird / advance one-day passes as well as four-day passes available. Or choose to enjoy Beerfest Asia with the VIP package, which includes S$50 worth of Beerfest credits, a buffet dinner from 7pm-9pm, admission to a reserved VIP area with air coolers and reserved seating, one festival T-shirt and one souvenir programme, and express entry. Festival + Comedy combos are also available, and all festival-goers have the option to purchase single show comedy tickets at the door within Beerfest Asia. All Standard / Combo tickets are inclusive of a free beer redeemed on festival grounds.

1-Day OCBC Exclusive Pass: S$15 exclusively for OCBC Cardmembers, while stocks last

1-Day Advance Pass: S$20 (13 & 16 June) / S$28 (14 & 15 June), while stocks last or until 12 June 2013

1-Day Standard Pass: S$30 (13 & 16 June) / S$40 (14 & 15 June), available on festival days via SISTIC or at the gates

4-Day OCBC Exclusive Pass: S$50 exclusively for OCBC Card members, while stocks last

4-Day Public Pass: S$80, while stocks last

VIP Packages – the ultimate way to enjoy Beerfest Asia: S$130 (13 & 16 June) / S$180 (14 & 15 June)

Comedy + Festival Entry Combo Tickets: S$40 (13 & 16 June) / S$50 (14 & 15 June)

Event Details

Dates: Thursday to Sunday, 13 to 16 June 2013

Time: 

13 June: 4pm – 6pm (Trade only), 6pm – 1am (Public)

14 & 15 June: 6pm – 2am

16 June: 12pm – 10pm

Venue: Marina Promenade (F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer)

Twitter: www.twitter.com/beerfestasia #BFA2013

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/beerfestasia/

Visit www.beerfestasia.com for updates on beers, beverages, ticket sales, the Asia Beer Awards, food and entertainment.

The Ex-Factor is ‘live’ NOW!

Can you handle the new Power 98 EXperience? Starting today, every weekday from 5pm to 8pm, tune in to Power 98 for The Ex-Factor. Listen as ex-lovers DJ Mister Young and Jacqui T.  host the evening drive time show, and expect lots of sarcasm, bitch slaps on air juxtapose with pockets of charming moments and lots of laughter in this first of this kind radio show in Singapore. 

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Radio has always been an integrated part of my life since the high school days. So imagine my excitement and glee when I received the invitation for a backstage tour of Power 98 studio and a chance to meet the voices behind one of my favorite radio stations, that spins music from the 90s and latest hits.

The Ex-Factor is the first radio show of it’s kind in Singapore. Honestly, the programme director must have gone nuts to put two ex-es together on the evening show. Oh wait, the programme director may have been one of the ex-es, Mister Young himself!

Mister Young (the weirdo who uses this pseudonym) is the Power 98’s Assistant Programme Director and on-air talent will be hosting the new evening prime time with his former lover, Jacqui T. Once romantically involved, they will now be hosting a juicy, no-holds-barred show set to rock the airwaves of our island.

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That afternoon, we had an “intimate time” with the DJs, starting off with a game of ‘guessing your partner’s correct answer’. Each blogger got a chance to ask the DJ a question about his/her partner and he/she has to guess the correct answer from the partner. Eventually it was a tie between the two ex-es, and we proceed to the recording room to create our own sound clips.

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Jacqui has been in the entertainment industry since 2006. Started out with a one-week stint on radio as Ms Personality from The New Paper New Face Contest, and moved on to host 987FM’s flagship show ‘Say It With Music’.

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Mister Young is a veteran on-air talent with 11 years of experience entertaining folks through radio shows. He currently wears two hats at Power 98, one as a DJ and the other as the Assistant Programme Director.

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“It’s must hear radio as the chemistry is definitely there but so is the drama! I think it’ll be interesting because we can’t bullsh*t with each other. It will be us at our most raw and unfiltered,” quips Mister Young. “This is definitely a show where sparks will fly!’

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It was certainly a fun-filled afternoon with the two DJs and blogger pals Damien Wong (Uncle Teh Peng), Gin Wong, Kenny Tang, Andrea Chong and Jemimah (from That F Word) and Benita from Time Out magazine.

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The Ex-Factor premieres on 10 June 2013, weekdays 5-8pm only on Power 98FM. Live streaming available at www.power98.com.sg

Back to 54ish with Kyō Sunday Best

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Disco balls, blue afro wig, neon coloured costumes brightened up the underground as the boys of Kyō Sunday Best danced to the best of the DJ spinning 54ish: The Hedonistic Party.

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Every Sunday, this club located at the underground of 133 Cecil Street transform with larger than life characters. Last week paid tribune to Studio 54, the world renowned nightclub which operated from 1977 to till 1981. At 12.30am the stage light shone, the disco music played as performers sang and dance to the tune of yesteryears.

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True to its nature of hedonism, the boys party like there is no tomorrow, without the worry of Monday.

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There were even two “go-go” dancers to entertain the patrons as the crowd party on.

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Even the bartenders and floor staff were having a good time that night.

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And more fooling around in the back-of-the-house.

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Strap on your wings, put on your tiara and bring your Prince Charming (or find one there) this Sunday and join the boys for a fairy tale themed party on 12 May, with fund-raising proceeds going to Baan Gerda, a children’s charity for HIV positive orphans in Thailand.

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Have you been putting in extra effort to work out? Join the Kyō Sunday Best’s manhunt for Mr. Sunday Best 2013 with prizes worth $1,500 to be won and paid engagement at Kyō on Sundays. To take part, email to kyosundaybest@gmail.com with a picture and a short introduction about yourself. Entries close on 22 May 2013.

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For more information on Kyō Sunday Best, please visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KyoSundayBest?fref=ts

Club Kyō is located at 133 Cecil Street, Keck Seng Tower, #B1-02, Singapore 069535. Opening days: Tuesday to Saturday, till late (Sunday is reserved exclusive for Kyō Sunday Best). Website: www.clubkyo.com 

[Photo credit: Kyō Sunday Best]

Mid-Autumn Outing

 

On the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar new year, Chinese all over the world will come together with their friends and family to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by eating mooncakes and playing a game of solving riddles. Children will carry lanterns and walk along the streets.

This popular lunar harvest festival is celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese, with a tradition that goes as far back as the Tang Dynasty. Several versions of how this festival first began, some say it is to celebrate the overthrow of Mongol rule, other stories are more fanciful, detailing the story of warrior Houyi and his beautiful wife Chang’e who eventually flies up to the moon.

 

When I was younger, my mom would bring my sister and I to community events, where often my creative self would take part in lantern-making contest and my mom would be participating in the riddles competition. Fast forward to present, Mid-Autumn is one of our family occasion where we would visit our relatives to present them a box of mooncakes and to catch up over our lives.

This year, I was invited for a full moon tour at Chinese Garden for Mid-Autumn. Organised by People’s Association, it’s east meets west in this park located on the western corner of our tiny island; there were lantern displays of dragons, the Little Match Girl, the Three Little Pigs, and other cutesy characters that the young and the young-at-heart can identify with.

 

 

 

 

 

For me, the highlight of the event was the wishing tree. We wrote our wishes on gold coins and we had to toss them up the tree. Click below to see what happen to Valentine‘s gold coin. It’s a must watch 16 seconds video!!!

Midnight Supper with iN988

Have you ever wonder what happens behind the screen before VJs go ‘live’ on air? I was privileged to receive a personal invitation from VJ Roger Poon of iN988.com for a backstage tour of the studio and to appear ‘live’ on the Midnight Show!

 

I arrived at Textile Centre around 11.30pm. Most of the tenants in the mall had already closed for the day. Under the dim lights, I crossed over the queue poles and walked up the escalator to level 2 where the studio was located.

 

Roger was busy giving instructions to his technician and didn’t realized I was there. A quick call to Christina to check on her location to find out that she would be reaching in 15 minutes.

 

I would expect the VJs to be panicking and running around for the final preparation, but all three of them were more concern over supper than applying make-up.

 

Christina and husband arrived 5 minutes before the start of the show. And our three VJs the Midnight Enigma (aka Roger), Midnight Transformer and Midnight Messanger magically appeared in full glory for the Midnight Show.

 

The Midnight Show happening every Friday from 12 midnight till Saturday morning 2 am is a light hearted entertainment. Every week, the three VJs will share on the latest happening and often interesting personality will appear as guests on the show.

 

We started the night on the controversial personality of Hong Kong’s naked chef Flora Cheung. Our topic quickly diverted into the opening of Legoland before the Midnight Engima got Christina and me to share our experiences as lifestyle bloggers.

 

The VJs took very good care of us, feeding us with yummy supper. Through this experience, I realized that it’s not easily being the face of an internet ‘live’ show, the VJs work very hard to come out creatively with interesting contents for the audience.

 

Certainly, hope there’s a chance for me to appear in front of the camera or on air to present my own show in future!

 

Many thanks to the VJs at iN988.com for hosting us. Remember to ‘like’ their Facebook page! 🙂