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Musings on the things that matter.

Eulogy for Uncle Pang

I was pretty much brought up by “3 grandparents”. “Uncle Pang” (no blood relations) was like my 3rd grandparent. My 3 grandparents were pretty much the ones who bundled me up for school and Uncle Pang chauffeured me around most of the time. He worked at our factory during the day, washed, cooked and took care of my siblings and I when the rest of the family were away, took care of the python that decided to take refuge in our house toilet when we returned from an extended road trip visiting relatives, amongst many other things. He was always neat in appearance, courteous and punctual. Loyalty and a heart of gold I think it takes a really special personality to be possessed of such dedication and being able to work and be a family friend for more than 50 years. When my grandfather died, he stayed on, took care of my grandmother and my grandfather’s place and even paid for the mortgage and maintenance! When my grandmother was dying, he spent more time than …

神游上河 (Shen You Shang He) Handbell Music

I am really excited to be given the rare opportunity to conduct the Ministry of Bellz in the premiere of my latest composition, handbell music 神遊上河 for Solo Chinese Bass Drum, Solo Soprano, Handbell Ensemble and Mixed Choir. The premiere will be performed by Ms. Melodie Ng (Percussion), Ms. Grace Kuo (Soprano Solo), Ministry of Bellz & the Schola Cantorum Singapore Chamber Choir TODAY,  27 January 2018 at the Drama Centre Theatre Singapore (National Library). Tickets are SOLD OUT so hope you got your tickets early! 神遊上河 is a first for me, in many ways. Unusual instrumentation – solo Chinese bass drum, solo soprano, handbell ensemble and choir. “Live” projection of a really cool ancient Chinese painting (清明上河图) as the music is playing. And yes the painting is scrolling from right to left as per Chinese tradition! Compositionally, this is pretty new ground for me… taking inspiration from various places: Ancient Chinese 编钟 bian zhong (bell) music Modern Western handbell music Compositional ideas from contemporary pop and classical music THANK YOU Baba Damien LIM and the Ministry of Bellz for having faith in us and for commissioning …

Purgatory: A Review

What: Purgatory by Gordon Crosse When: October 27-November 5 Where: Theatre Practice Black Box Theatre (54 Waterloo Street) Tickets: purgatory.peatix.com Director: Eleanor Tan Music Director: Aloysius Foong Portrait Artist: Namiko Chan Set Design: Grace Lin Set Consultant: Chia Eucien Boy: Peter Ong Old man: Reuben Lai Female Spirits: Ava Madon, Melissa Gan, Venytha Yoshiantini, Ethel Yap, Patricia Ginting, and Inch Chua If you are looking for classy Halloween entertainment and you haven’t bought tickets, you really need to buy them RIGHT NOW. “Purgatory” is a production that further proves Singapore’s opera scene has come of age and local creatives are capable of creating an engaging, sophisticated concert experience without “dumbing it down”. “Purgatory is the tale of an Old Man and his Boy, who have arrived at the abandoned ruins of a grand house for unknown reasons (…) The story is at first glance, a fairly inscrutable one. The Old Man’s grief and resentment are palpable from the start, yet his purpose for bringing the Boy to the site of his neglected childhood and tormented youth is uncertain until its horrific culmination suddenly …

Tok Gong Movers Review

I usually write reviews of arts performances that move me… but today, I really feel compelled to give a review on a company that moves… houses. Buying-selling, renovations (OMG… just kill me) and moving things from the old place to the new is truly one of the most stressful things I’ve had to do in recent years. This moving company however, has TOTALLY made my day and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to anyone who needs a reliable, meticulous and organised team to help you. Glad for the word-of-mouth recommendation  from my music colleague, if not, I wouldn’t even know about your company (not everyone uses Facebook as a directory ya know!). Shared on Tok Gong Movers Facebook Page today, 18 June 2017: Dear David and your (3+1)-man team, From the pre-move recce, to the actual moving, to today’s (ultra last minute emergency request) post-move help, you have been totally THE BEST! I would like to thank you for the top notch service and willingness to go above and beyond your job. I was particularly impressed …