Archive for the ‘Music & Art That Reflect Life’ Category

Inspire#12: The Life of A Banana (PP Wong)

PP Wong, in a few of her own words Author, editor and anthropological fly on the wall. Education in different cities I was born and brought up in the UK. First in Surrey, then London – with short periods of time in Singapore in between. I probably could write a whole book about my schooling   Read More …

[ Refer to inspire#10: Redefining Excellence (Rachma Lim)] I first knew Rachma from the performance photos of other colleagues. I can still recall my immediate thoughts, what a good-looking spunky little girl. Now, if you have seen her pictures, you’d know i’m not just being shallow. It is true. Nor am I being rude, she   Read More …

Inspire#10: Redefining Excellence (Rachma Lim)

[also see Background to inspire#10: Redefining Excellence (Rachma Lim)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Rachma, in her own words I used to think of myself as a pianist, but these days I consider myself more of an aspiring messenger for Music. I see music as an art or craft that brings joy,   Read More …

[refer to inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon) for my interview with Mark] I always have trouble starting on the ‘backgrounds’ of these wonderful people I have the honour of ‘interviewing’, but then once I start, I don’t want to stop. Each one of these inspiring features has a sort of ‘relationship’ with me so much   Read More …

inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon)

[also see Background to inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Mark Gordon, in a few of his own words. I’ve been a professional photographer for the last 10 years, coming back to it late at the age of 50. Now I’m broadly interested in photography, film and music,   Read More …

Today, whilst helping my husband with some flyers for his latest jazz workshop in the local arts centre, I tripped on a beautiful story. In our neighbouring suburb, there is a certain street, coincidentally called Mint Street, as with our acoustic keyboard/bass duo. And on this street was a little corner crafts shop called ‘Stitcher’s   Read More …

[refer to inspire#8: Buying Happiness (Mak CK)] I think of the times when I was back in pre-university. Class of about 15 people? I could barely recall details of class, years and so on, but i cannot forget the stories and the people and just some extra special moments. I shared with CK (as I   Read More …

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[also see Background to inspire#8: Buying Happiness (Mak CK)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Mak, in A Few Words I’m a professional storyteller who tries to shine a light on important social issues through personal human stories. The Calling & The Path I’ve always loved expressing myself and telling stories to an   Read More …

[This article is the background to ‘inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘] And about 2 years ago, pianist, entertainer and mentor Mario Serio asked me to join him as the lead singer on a Chinese New Year’s function gig alongside with the wonderful Ernesto Valerio and friends. It was a quartet   Read More …

Inpsire#7 features Jazz Man Mario Serio

[see ‘Background to inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘ for the background to this interview.] It was 1994. The phone rang. Mario was in his hotel room in Las Vegas watching O.J. Simpson busy getting chased by helicopters. Jazz singer from New York, Nancy Kelly was on the line, asking if   Read More …