The Sparkle and the heartbeat of CHINGAY PARADE 2014

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It was an honour to be one of the lead singers for the Finale Theme Song for the Chingay Parade 2014 this year.

I’ve always watched this colourful parade on television each year, and being involved this year gave me a whole new perspective to this parade that is so rich in heritage, and culture. It took me beyond the beautiful imagery that I see on TV, to the actual sights and sounds when I am standing right there on the float, waving to an excited audience. It took me to a place where I felt the life and heartbeat of the parade, where I hear the excitement from the performers, where I see the sparkle of this beautiful parade before my eyes.

There are many things I’ll remember…

Firstly, the many faces at Chingay. This year’s parade saw some 7,500 performers. I remember little girls in their ballet costumes running to get in line,  youths and students with their infectious energy, and always dancing and singing, there are 长辈叔叔阿姨 as well, they mingle and have a great time. Everyone waves, everyone cheers, either to someone on the float, or to each other as the contingents get ready. This year is also extremely special to me because my little 7 year old niece was also involved in one of the segments ^^

Then, there is the crew and volunteers, who worked so hard behind the scenes, be it lights, sound, planning, the people who built the floats, logistics, facilitators,  working at so many aspects of the show to make it all happen, and in making sure everything ran smoothly.

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The theme this year is “Colours of Fabric, One People” and it featured a 360-metre batik art painting  “Paint With ONE Heart” – and knitting tapestries put together by some 40,000 Singaporeans and new immigrants. I’ve was present at one of the knitting workshops during the press conference and to finally see the fruit of all these workshops come together on display at the parade was really touching, all which is only made possible by teamwork, teamwork and more teamwork.

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Getting to work with renowed 老师 Lee Si Song who penned the finale theme song “Knit with one Heart” was a great pleasure, and not forgetting getting to perform this unique song which “weaves” and combines the four main languages with my fellow singers Ric Liu, Hazrul Nizam & Vicknesvari Vadivalagan. We have a lot of fun in between rehearsals too! It was also my first stand standing on a float, (I can’t remember how many meters above ground), wooohooooo! the experience was exhilarating.

It was an honour performing for PM Lee as well as President Tony Tan who were watching from the grand stands on the respective nights of the Parade.

A big thank you to the People’s Association and to the wonderful team behind Chingay.

To the many performers, 小妹妹, 叔叔阿姨们,overseas friends, vibrant youths with whom we’ve taken selfies, waved, cheered as we saw each other along the way, thank you for the lovely memories! Performing at Chingay 2014 was a lovely start to my new year, and I’ll cherish these smiles, friendships, I’ll remember this great teamwork and lovely spirit.

p/s: Shout out to my lovely team Keith Png (Styling), Vaughn Tan for the beautiful dress, Sam Ong (MakeUp and Hair).

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第18届新加坡金曲奖

Hello,终于写部落格了。你好吗?最近,过的非常充实,忙着Chingay彩排以及正式演出,专辑录音还在进行中,以及孙燕姿克卜勒巡回演唱会工作。 最近也时常迟睡,可能是知道好久没写blog了,所今晚一定要写哈哈 :)。。。希望接下来能够多写哦。

第18届新加坡金曲奖。。。还记得当天晚上的我,真的好紧张耶 :) 当然也非常兴奋!兴奋,是因为有好多音乐人都聚集在一起。而紧张是因为。。紧张 :)

那是因为,感触非常多。有时候,我会想起写《幸福不难》时候那脆弱,却非常坚持想把这首歌写好,制作好,唱好的我。还记得看了《志在四方》的故事简介,我觉得好像望着一面镜子,在故事中看到了自己的影子。。看到了我们大家的影子。

那时候的我心情非常低落,有好多话想说,就决定把所有的话写进歌曲里, 也告诉自己希望能通过这首歌的来源,通过它的生命来告诉你,鼓励你。。。我们在生命中某个阶段都会遇上“暴风雨”的袭击。。让你措手不及,甚至觉得很无助。但我深信,是因为经过这种考验,我们领悟生命中最宝贵的事情,让我们从此变的更坚强。

还记得,制作的过程中,我给了自己很大的压力。不只是因为这是第一次挑战自己去制作一首歌,也是因为我被这部戏的故事所感动。剧中人物所经历的,是那么的真实。整个制作过程的每一个片刻,我都记得清清楚楚。。。当我弹着钢琴写副歌的时候,当我看着故事简介看了两天,一直在之上写了好多感想,当我接到电话,通知我《幸福不难》被选为片尾曲。。之后被定位主题曲。。我记得第一次和这部戏的监制会面的时候,被她所要为这部戏想表达的想做的深深感动,我记得长时间和混音师一直很仔细地混音,想把最好的呈现给听众。我记得在录音室里,唱A段的时候 “我好想脱下身上的盔甲,好好呼吸一下” 因为压抑不了疲累的心情而忍不住落泪,却坚持忍着泪把那段唱完。。

There are times when you are on a path, you will ask yourself questions, you will be tested with short-cuts, with noise and distractions. What would you do? 那时候的我只想坚持真实的自己,诚恳地做音乐。

所以颁奖典礼开始的时候,我的心情是非常激动的。因为觉得在写和制作这首歌的时候,是自己一个人背着沉重的包袱,和自己的意志力作战。歌曲播出后,大家对这首歌的支持,让我觉得不再是孤独作战,我感觉到无比的真能量围绕着我。。让我慢慢地恢复,再次勇敢。入围”最佳作曲“以及 ”最佳作词“ 这两个奖项对我来说是个很大的鼓励。看着黃鴻升上台领《MeRadio下载录最高金曲 - 男歌手》奖的时候,我更没有想过接下来念出《MeRadio下载录最高金曲 - 女歌手》的名字,是我。

I am deeply humbled. 我一直很珍惜一路走来…its an accumulation of blessings and help, people I meet and work with, and support.  要感谢的人,很多 - 新加坡金曲奖的评委,Y.E.S933,MeRadio,《志在四方》这部戏的监制,尤红给我这个机会用了我的作品,这首歌才有了开始。MDA-Mediacorp joint call for proposal 的资助,在这首歌里和我合作的音乐人。 所有下载这首歌的朋友们,谢谢你,。。我的歌迷们,FC 芝麻一族。。。所有喜欢《志在四方》以及《幸福不难》这首主题曲的朋友们,看到你们在twitter, instagram, facebook, 跟我说你喜欢这首歌,看到你们分享这首歌,歌词让我感到非常感动。

这段时间,我非常庆幸有非常要好的朋友在守护着我,帮助我,还有在这里也想特别感谢一直很支持很细心照顾我的 Passion Hair Salon, thank u so much David, 那天为我打扮的 Nigel Woo(发型 – Passion), Keith Png (造型)dressed in BCBG Max Azria, Bangle by Swarovski, Keith Bryant Lee (彩妆)。

感恩,真的很感恩。我会继续努力。

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