Fall In! Fall In!

“Even my Grandmother can do better than you!” 

Doesn’t that sound familiar to most of the guys who went through BMT (Basic Military Training)?

Thanks to my uncle, I got a ticket to watch Army Daze 2 this afternoon! (PS: it’s his treat! ^^) It’s a definitely a great show with great cast and I never regret going! (PS: I don’t know how this guy 2 seats beside me sleep through the first half of the show!)

ATTENTION! Tomorrow is their last run so don’t miss it! Grab your tickets here! If you didn’t managed to catch you, you could drop by their website.

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Here’s a quick summarized timeline recap from the programme (booklet):

REMEMBER THE DAZE

1987: Michael Chiang wrote Army Daze (his first full-length play) which was staged at the old Drama Centre on Fort Canning.

1990: Army Daze is re-staged at the Drama Centre as part of TheatreWorks’.

1995: WOW International mounts a production of Army Daze at WTC (World Trade Centre) Auditorium.

1996: Army Daze The Movie premieres on 6 November 1996.

2006: Toy Factory re-stages Army Daze.

2011: A digitally-enhanced print is produced for DVD which led to a re-screening of movie in cineplexes.

2012: Musical version of Army Daze is staged.

2013: By popular demand, Army Daze is re-staged with a back-to-back run of Michael Chiang’s first new play, High Class.

2017: 30 years later, the 5 blur recruits reunite for Army Daze 2 – a sequel!

I didn’t watch Army Daze when it’s staged but I did watch Army Daze The Movie. Army Daze 2 is a revisits of the 5 memorable characters from Singapore’s favourite show to see how life has treated them where they are faced with middle age and millennials. Malcolm and Krishna sons are getting enlisted too! Also, find out what happened when SAF appoints its first FEMALE Chief of Army!!!!

You would be able to see familiar faces like Hossan Leong, Chua En Lai, Saiful Amri, Ebi Shankara, Shane Mardjuki, Oon Shu An, Audrey Luo, Jo Tan and new faces Natelie Ong (her voice is great), Tay Hwan Haw (OMG! the way he dance!), Andre Chong and many more..

You’re strongly warned that you’ll leave with stomach cramp!

There’s a Meet & Greet session after the show and being a fan of musical & play, I went to queue up for that and got their autographs.

Here’s us (me and my uncle) with the casts:
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And so, we waved our hands and said goodbye..

 

 

 

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Forbidden City Musical!!!!!

When I know that Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress musical returns this August 2017, I quickly went to purchase the ticket and managed to get it at a discounted price (15% off!) I’ve missed the previous play at Esplanade and also when Okto channel actually telecast the musical, so you can feel how excited when I got the tickets!

The musical runs till: 27 Aug 2017
Do grab your tickets or find out more about this musical here
! Don’t miss it!

Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress musical (a made-in-Singapore musical) was first-ever musical to staged right in Singapore Esplanade Theater. AS I didn’t watch the previous runs, my uncle told me that this year, there were a lot of new faces as compared to the previous one. We have Cheryl Tan as Young Yehenara this year whereas for the previous run Kit Chan also played Young Yehenara.

I am (till now) captivated by their stage and set design, they are just playing around with that “screen”! I like the “My only chance” song sung by Cheryl Tan (Young Yehenara)..

I always feel that the story of Empress Dowager Cixi is so familiar~! Looking back, I’ve read and googled about it before. I had read 2 books about her:

  1. Empress Orchid by Anchee 
  2. The Last Empress by Anchee Min

Maybe it’s time to read more about her! Hahha~! Just in case in anyone might be interested; taken from the programme (booklet):

HISTORY TIMELINE OF THE LIFE OF EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI

29 November 1835 : Yehenara is born into a middle-class family of Manchu ethnicity

1839 – 1842 : The First Opium War – The Qing dynasty bans the opium trade as a threat to public health and seizes 20,000 chests of opium from British stores. The British navy responds by inflicting upon the Qing dynasty a humiliating defeat.

1842 : The Treaty of Nanjing – The British force the Qing dynasty to favour them with unequal trade treaties and cede to Britain the island of Hong Kong.

1851 : At sixteen years of age Yehenara is chosen from over 60 candidates to join the Xianfeng Emperor’s harem.

27 April 1856 : Yehenara gives birth to Emperor’s only son and heir to the Qing dynasty. When her son reaches his first birthday, she is promoted to the highest tier of concubines.

1856 – 1860 : The Second Opium War – In retaliation for various Qing infractions of the Treaty of Nanjing, Britain inflicts further military humiliation upon the Qing dynasty, best exemplified by the burning of the Summer Palace.

1861 : The Xianfeng Emperor dies. Yehenara’s five-year-old son is officially appointed his successor. As the mother of the new Emperor, Yehenara is appointed Regent and renamed the Empress Dowager Cixi (Empress of the Western Palace).

1872 : Upon his seventeenth birthday, Cixi’s son officially becomes Emperor and assumes the name Tung Chih. Cixi is marginalized from power by her son, a process exacerbated by the tension between Cixi and the Emperor’s new wife.

1875 : Denied access to his wife by Cixi, the Emperor secretly takes to visiting brothels disguised as a commoner. Rumors abound that he dies of syphilis though small pox remains the most likely suspect. As Tung Chih left no heir, Cixi successfully manoeuvres for her infant nephew to become the next Emperor.

1898 : Hundred Days Reform – The young Kuang Hse Emperor embarks on a daring 103-days reform programme of the Chinese social, economic and political system. He is met with staunch resistance from conservative courtiers. Cixi abandons retirement to assume political power once more.

1900 : The Boxer Rebellion – In Northern China, militant spiritualist zealots, known collectively as Boxers, tap into popular anger towards the Qing dynasty and Western penetration. They incite tens of thousands of fanatical peasants to attack foreigners and murder Chinese converts to Christianity.

1901 – 1908 : Cixi oversees a last-ditch attempt to modernize China in order to restore Qing authority and Chinese dignity. Conservative elements once again resist.

15 November 1908 : Empress Dowager Cixi dies aged 72, just one day after Emperor Kuang Hsu (who reportedly dies with 2000 times the normal amount of arsenic in his body). Practically her final act was to install 2-year-old Puyi as the next (and last) Emperor of China.

Source: Dr. Alexander McGregor (http://www.alexander-mcgregor.com)

Some photos taken at the end of the performances!

UNRAVEL – AN ESCAPE ROOM THAT’S UNIQUELY SINGAPORE!

Unravel is a real life escape room game based on urban legends and iconic landmarks from Singapore’s colourful past.

You’ll be joining KAI on the numerous baffling case files he have come across over the years. Using a combination of logic and observation, can you solve the cases and escape the dead end?

It’s located at 470 North Bridge Road #05-20 Bugis Cube, Singapore 188735. Currently, they are having some promotion. You could always drop by their facebook page for the latest promotion updates https://www.facebook.com/unravelsg/ 

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It’s my 3rd time to escaped themed room and 2nd time to Unravel and it never fails to disappoint me.. Hahha.. There are basically 4 case-file (themed room) in Unravel and you will assist Kai (the former detective, who now runs a private investigative service) to solve each case file and to ‘escape each room‘ within 60 minutes.

It’s such a pity that we didn’t managed to escape the room within the 60 minutes time frame. We’ll so close to it as we’ll in the last segment of the room and we couldn’t extend the time as there’s a next group waiting in line..

Well, we do like Unravel as unlimited hints are provided throughout the whole game and there’s a Q&A session after each game so clarify any doubts (if you have any)! Definitely recommended!

To end off with it, a group photo of us, although we didn’t managed to solve it! img-20160923-wa0004

The Temporal Blooming Of A Flower Upon The Earth

I’m wondering how many of you actually follow my blog, but nevertheless, I’m going to try to blog about an on-going event happening now! Hope anyone seeing this post don’t just close this immediately.. (At least read till the end please… >.<)


If you are around Maxwell/Tanjong Pager area, why not pop by URA, Singapore City Gallery to view some artistic photography by Akai Chew, his first SOLO exhibition..

As adapted from his FB event page:

Every year, during the lunar 7th Month, the cityscape of Singapore is lit up by brilliant lights of the getai.

The getai stages are inserted into the existing cityscape, affixing themselves onto footpaths, trees, lampposts, and existing buildings. For a short span of a few nights, they become a beacon, attracting audiences from far and wide.

Empty spaces are turned into lively places of show, ceremonies and rituals. These structures appear for a few days and then disappear, surviving and functioning through this temporal symbiotic architecture.

Do note tat his solo exhibition is till 10 September 2016 at Singapore City Gallery, 45 Maxwell Road. Definitely an exhibition not to be missed! PS: It’s located at level 3, just take the URA lift up to level 3, turn left and you’ll see it.. There’s the exhibition decoy on the lift too.. 

Tada, the entrance to the exhibition:CIMG0741

Some snapshot of the exhibition.. (Pardon for some blurry image, some images looks blurry on my camera and I don’t know is it because of my shaky hands or it’s actually normal but it’s the camera setting. Can’t wait for another month for my Samsung Phone!)

The idea is to bring out the getai tentage and architecture, from past to current, how getai’s stage “grow” these years..

We went to the “opening ceremony” held on 2nd August 2016. See the crowd! Hooohoo.. Success to Akai Chew.. Well, being a photographer/designer, solo exhibition is one of the best achievement one could get.. So, DO SUPPORT!

Bowling; Win it or Lose it ALL!

And so, we got to this agreement that whenever we want to eat “GOOD” food (anything more expensive like JUMBO, JPOT, BUFFET falls into that “GOOD” food category) we’ll go and EAT first then after that, play a sports/game after that to determine who pays for the meal! So, it’s like a winner takes all and LOSER pays all!

So, we’ve decided to go for either JPOT or Japanese BUFFET on this coming Friday, 5th August and will pay it via a BOWLING game! So to see how HE fare for bowling, we decided to go for some “practice” rounds last Friday and then the loser will pay that Friday dinner (which cost about $8.. -_- No kick at all..).


A GAME to Determine Who PAYS ALL!

We had dinner at the hawker center (Teochew porridge) and ordered a spread of staple food to go with it and it cost $8! Aww, I just love the Teochew porridge at Bukit Merah Hawker Center.. (I always have that when I’m seeing the doctors in the polyclinic..)

So, we went to Safra Mount Faber for the bowling game! It’s under SuperBowl..

SAFRA Mount Faber Operating Hours
Open daily from 10am to 2am
(Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays from 10am to 3am)

Rates http://www.safra.sg/enjoy/recreation-leisure-entertainment/superbowl#.V59bDfl97IU

SO, before you bowl, you need to rent their shoes which cost $1 per pair of shoe rental.. 😀 And off we went.. We’re lucky that we were allocated a more secluded area as it won’t be embarrassing if all our balls goes down the drain.. We’ll need to choose the weight of the ball and then off you go.. Hahha..

We only played 1 game and he got a STRIKE “X” on his first throw.. Hahha.. I almost regret using bowling as the game to pay for meals after his strike.. T-T But I end up wining the game! WOhooo! (He said he wasn’t playing it seriously as it’s just practicing game. But, he seems to hide some of his talent thou, he had 2 strike!)

Tada, our score! I think we are like the bottom few that score 2 digits score for bowling games.. Hahhaa, but overall, it’s great fun! Can’t wait for FRIDAY (where the real game begin)! Cheers!

Season for CRABs!

Well, I’m really lazy to blog nowadays as I just feel like sleeping when I reach home. Working is like going to field camps! Lots of things happened at work and I’m under enormous stress and pressure that I think I’m going to go crazy soon! Can’t wait for my short trip in September! Mmm, or maybe I’ll just go for a short staycation?

Well, let’s talk about something HAPPIER!


Jumbo Seafood

We went to National Service Resort & Country Club (NSRCC) for Jumbo Seafood sometimes back to celebrate our Anniversary and also because I had my JULY BONUS! *Wohoo! Though it isn’t alot, but it’s still EXTRA money!*

Jumbo Seafood is famous for it’s Mee Goreng and JUMBO Chilli Crab. Click on the link to find out more: http://www.jumboseafood.com.sg/en/home 

We also signed up for the membership for $20! http://www.jumbogroup.sg/jumbo-rewards.. Tada! There’s more saving to the FOREVER expensive crab meals! Hahaha.. So, the moment you sign up, for the $20 you spent, you’ll be entitled to J$20 points.. WOhoooo, that’s like alot! *Pss, it’s damn hard to earn J$.. I spent $107 on the bill and earn only J$5, but because of the membership, there’s a 10% discount*

Rewards

This is our second time here. So we ordered Shark Fin soup instead of the Yam Ring Scallops zzand we ordered the female crab instead of the male one, so I could eat the roe! Was intending to mixed the roe with the rice but was damn full from the Mee Goreng, Crab and SF soup (well, some activist will then name-calling me again but.. It’s like so once in a while?)..

Another good thing about Jumbo Seafood is that they will give you this bib to you in case you’re afraid that the crab eating is too messy for you and also gloves (in case you don’t want to dirty your hands) *I did use the gloves this time round and I went around grabbing Mee Goreng and place them on his place using my HAND.. Hahhahha* 

Ending off with me wearing the bib and US! WOhoo.. Till 5 August, our JPOT lunch! Will determine who will pick up the tab by playing a sports! Wahahahah

 

Book Review: The Last Juror

Have decided to keep track on the books I read as I have this tendency to forget if I have read this book or not till I read the 1st chapter.. I used to keep track via this application on my phone but my Samsung phone was pronounced dead last year, so I lost most (of should I say ALL my records).

FIRST blog book review: The Last Juror by John Grisham

I can’t remember when I bought this book but it’s been lying there in my cupboard for such a long time that I’ve decided to read it after my EXAM in MAY!

Well, it’s a good book that have captivating summary at the back of the book and also engaging story line (in the beginning) till the moment Danny Padgitt (you have to read the book to know who he is) got caught.. The way the author describe the courtroom is great however, I felt that the ending falls short and was quite disappointed with how the story ends, well, I was expecting more of author like John Grisham from how he actually got me “addicted” to the book in the beginning (although this is the first book I read by him).

The following is just the abstract summary from the back of the book:

In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colourful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23-year-old college drop-out, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper…

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courtroom in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guility and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, ‘life’ didn’t necessarily mean ‘life’, and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himseld paroled.He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began..

It’s more of a crime, less of thriller for my liking, however, I do admire how John Grishman managed to engage you to the story like you’re there reading The Ford County Times and also in the courtroom listening to the trials of Danny Padgitt murders (something new to me).. I would like to read 1 more John Grishman book.. 😀

Book completed: June 2016