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[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 …

[refer to main article “Inspire#6: Out of Paper Boxes (Melinda Tan)“] Inspire# isn’t anything less than a love-job (if it was a job at all). It was birthed out of seeing myself as a passageway, and i’ve used this phrase often with friends and colleagues: I see myself, and the projects I place my hands   Read More …

P+M plays at Kalamunda Jazz Festival 2016

It was our first time going to Kalamunda and what a treat! It is just as well that we had only just seen David Attenborough’s program on ‘The Private Life of Plants’ which covered bits and pieces of the Australian bush and flora. Up the zig-zaggy road, we realised why there is literally a festival   Read More …

If you don’t live in any of the 4 countries Pokemon Go had first been released in, you’d probably have been wondering about all that hype. Well, if not for the businesses pulling the rest of us disinterested parties forever the other way away from that happy inertia, and the inevitable bias I have towards   Read More …

INSPIRE#4: THE BIG ISSUE

After missing out on 2 issues of Inspire because we finally found a nice place in Perth!), I thought i might make it up with not 1, not 2, nope not 3, or 4, but 5 inspiring stories. You might also be interested in the face of all the moving, and the lack of a   Read More …

Last Sunday, we visited the Vic Park Farmers’ Markets for the first time. I love morning markets but only if it was on a field where doggies run free and sun-shiny people put down everything to listen to buskers, perhaps even-ever-more-slightly out of tune than desired. I always wished I had a garden to grow   Read More …

So you your gig is scheduled to start at 8pm and you have someone setting up your PA for you. (Yes, singers, sometimes it is not to be taken for granted that there will always be a sound company providing the PA and a sound technician guy you can just yell at to fulfil your   Read More …