Monday, March 26, 2012

Music bless us all

I write this post with gratitude of the gifts that music and art have bestowed me. Through music and art, I have collaborated with countless creative souls and experienced the value of team-work.

The recent concert that I had played in was a success. The orchestra as a whole has scaled new heights. For myself, it was a humbling experience to continue to learning deeper and more new things from playing music. Reflecting, everyone in the orchestra has journeyed and grew a long way from the first day since the orchestra started preparing for the recent concert.

The title of the concert was Providence. Perhaps life does provide, fate does lead us like an unknown hand to where we ought to? I have no idea. Yet the entire experience to explore the theme of fate in the Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky was a humbling one.

Many thanks to family, friends and all well-wishers for your support and encouragement. These mean a lot to me.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Providence by NUS Symphony Orchestra

NUS Symphony Orchestra presents
24 Mar 2012 (Sat)
7.30 p.m.
School of the Arts, Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive Singapore 227968
(Nearest MRT stations: Dhoby Ghaut, and Bras Basah)


Under the baton of Maestro Lim Soon Lee, the NUS Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, a majestic work revolving around the theme of fate and providence. The Orchestra will also be joined by teenage violinist Selina Tang, winner of the 2009 National Piano & Violin Competition, on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major. The evening’s programme also includes Suppé’s Overture to Poet and Peasant, a light-hearted classic bound to thrill and enchant.

Ticket prices: $15 (circle) and $18 (stall)

For enquiries, please e-mail


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eastern and Oriental Express

Here is a link to a post that is overdue. It aims to share a few photographs and memories of 5 Jun 2011 when the luxury Eastern and Oriental Express train service made its final departure from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bukit Brown Family Day 18 March 2012

Enjoy a special part of Singapore that is a treasure land if we look deeper. SOS Bukit Brown and Nature Society Singapore are co-organizing the Bukit Brown Family Day event on 18 Mar 2012.

Activities include special guided tours:

9.00 a.m. at Sikh Station - Introduction by Catherine (Second tour starts at 9.30 a.m. if there are more than 10 people and follows the same schedule as tour 1)
a) 9.15 a.m.  at group 1 – by Peter (second tour eta 9.45)
b) 9.50 a.m. at group 3 – by Raymond (second tour eta 10.20)
c).10.30 a.m. at group 2 – by Yik Han (second tour 11.00)
d) 11.10 a.m. at group 12 – by Charles, this last station will be capped by a short uphill (easy) to the jewel in crown Ong Sam Leong’s family grave site and group photo. ( the second tour eta 11.50 will be led Catherine and Peter )

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Stephanie Dowrick's Ten Tips to take charge and stay calm

One of my favourite writers, Stephanie Dowrick, shared ten tips on how one can take charge and stay calm.

Please find her tips here:

One of the tips that I have found useful is this:
2. Ask yourself: “What’s needed right now?” Or, “What would help right now?” When your primitive mind says, “Nothing”, persist. Keep asking: “What memory, what plan, what breathing, what comfort would help right now?” In very bad moments, write down the question and your answer. Keep writing until you have some clarity and less confusion and helplessness. It will also help just to remember that, “This too will pass.” At times when you can’t write, say your helpful phrase over and over like a mantra. This literally soothes. When stuck, imagine what you would say to the person you love best. Say that to your own self.