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Sing Dollar!, Ion Orchard and National Day Parade

August 8, 2009

Sorry for the lack of updates these few days, weeks and even months! I’ve got so many people who have been MSN-ing me, facebook messaging me and almost SMS-ing me, asking why I haven’t updated my blog, asking if I have gone away from Singapore, or I have moved out of the Internet Marketin industry etc. etc.?

Well, firstly, I haven’t been updating my blog because of really lack of time in doing so (I know that’s an excuse) but it’s true. 😀 But being busy is a good thing, u’know?

But I’m here with an update! I’ve got an update of my week, as well as a review of Sing Dollar!

The first week of August has been really eventful and I certainly couldn’t be more thankful for everything that happened this week! I really had a great week because of the many activities that I have filled the week with and also because of the company that I have had the past few days. Yes, I know that my company is Calvin and only Calvin, but it’s weeks like these that make us stronger as a couple as well as business partners.

–> We had tennis lessons as usual. Calvin’s picking up the sport really well and I do know the talent in him. I on the other hand, am still struggling to get those techniques engraved into my head but sometimes, the hands and feet just don’t go in sync with the brain. Haha..

–> We had our regular NLP class with Stuart and basically, we’re really learning a lot more about NLP, its uses both in our personal and regular daily lives but also in our business. But of course, sometimes I do wish that we actually put in more time to revise and practise. 😛

–> Wednesday night was a special night because that was the first time we actually went to a musical together. We went to watch Sing Dollar!, a local musical that starred Selena Tan, Kumar, Hossan Leong, Najip Ali, Sebastian Tan, Emma Yong and Pam Oei. Overall the musical was funny and actually brought up a lot of societal issues like the budding relationships between maids and bangladeshi workers, female China nationals who come here to work as prostitutes, the common Singaporean who complains and gambles.

The musical had a stunning opening which I felt was great and I really enjoyed their opening song, “Money or Lui” (not sure if that’s the title) but well, to me, it was close to perfect. The dazzling lights seem to resemble to twinkle in one’s eyes when they are talking about money. The funny comedic act of Kumar really made the muscial start off on a great note. Probably because what followed was not all that pretty and may come across as being almost offensive (to the very sensitive).

The musical had a relatively coherent plot though I felt that Najip Ali’s ‘Washing song’ (not sure about the title again) was a little redundant and weird. But I loved the mix of the different languages that we have in Singapore – English, Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien, Tamil and even Tagalog. The musical really did reflect the multiracial and cultural landscape that our country has. Sometimes, it made me reflect on how our racial and social harmony was so precious that I find it a pity when others can be so ignorant about it.

The ‘unique Michael Jackson tribute’ found towards the end of the play could have been an individual performance on its own. We thoroughly loved it. I hope that the guys will perform it again one day. Overall, the musical rates well and it’s a pity that today’s the last day of performance. So, folks who haven’t watched it, you missed out on a truly uniquely Singapore musical.

–> Fast forwarding to today, Calvin and I initially wanted to catch UP! but didn’t get the opportunity to do so because of the crowd at Orchard. It’s amazing how the entire city seems to have lighten up during this National Day weekend. I felt as though things were more upbeat, people were coming out to enjoy after having stuck at home to beat the recession by saving up and spending lesser.

We made a trip down to Ion Orchard because we’ve heard so many people talk about it BUT we haven’t seen what’s in there yet. And before I could say “It’s just another shopping mall”, I had to say “Darn, all the brands are found under one”. The mall sports the brands, LongChamp, LV, Dior, Furla, Burberry, MiuMiu, Marc Jacobs, Cartier, Prada, Harry Winston, Larry Jewellery, Anteprima etc. The list goes on.. The brands that I just love looking at their catalogues for inspiration. (I’m sort of a fashion addict you know) I was quite impressed by the interior designs of some of the stores.

We didn’t know that there were 4 basements and we thought we had accomplished the entire mall by the time we reached the 4th floor where Faber Castel is (Yes! The colour pencil brand. LOL.) As we made our way down, we realized there was more hidden in the basement. It was certainly weird to see EVERYONE sprawling in the basement levels. The top levels were pretty empty. The basement was bustling with activity, with lots of stores (where things are much more affordable to the masses) and food all around.

It certainly was a great exploration experience for us. Given that we’ve hardly gone shopping where we walked from the top to the bottom. It was a happy day for me of course. >_< I saw a lot of things that I liked – SGD 1599 Burberry Trench Coat, SGD 580 Burberry Wallet, SGD 540 MiuMiu Wallet, SGD 299 A|X Purple Jacket, SGD 349 A|X Dress, SGD 129 – Springfield White Jacket – but i’ve been doing a lot of NLP training on myself to control my impulse buying. Thankfully I did the swish pattern.

–> National Day Parade’s tomorrow. Happy Birthday Singapore. I really am happy to be a Singaporean because I know how many people wish that they had a country like ours. Our country has emerged to be one of the best cities in the World. There’s low poverty, low mortality rate, great medical care, sanitation, housing… all that so many third world countries wonder if there will ever be a day where they will enjoy such a life. Singaporeans take things for granted. I’m included too. So take this year’s birthday celebration to be a reminder of how blessed we are to be in this country.

Alright, that’s all from me! It’s been a great week and I’m looking forward to an even greater week and month ahead… Hopefully you are too!

Happy birthday Singapore. Be blessed with peace and prosperity.

Enjoy your celebrations everyone!

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