My first piano recital.

Today, I watched Maksim.

I’d have to admit it was a last minute invite and I was a little apprehensive about attending – one man and one piano didn’t sound too exciting. Think one man and one piano and I picture the sad pianist at a departmental store or a restaurant (or even Changi Airport, there’s one) who’s always ignored by everyone else.

I went anyway, solely because I hadn’t met my friend Debbie in ages.

(Random rant; there were NO SIGNS from Esplanade MRT that pointed me to the Esplanade Theaters? And nobody at Esplanade Exchange was capable of giving me directions?)

So back to the point – I’m glad I went! I arrived late so I had to wait for the interval. (I heard I missed Flight of the Bumblebee :<) Debbie came out totally gushing about Maksim and to be honest I thought she was just trying to be polite (haha sorry Debs…)

Until I watched this guy. He has really mastered the piano. I’m amazed at how focused he is on his art (can I call it an art?). Maksim has complete mastery of all 88 keys and the 3 pedals on that grand piano (I suppose it’s a standard piano); and the sounds that came from those ten fingers striking the keys in different combinations and permutations blended so well that I was utterly stunned.

In one piece he is sometimes treating the piano with such gentleness, like he’s close to caressing each key; sometimes consumed with so much intensity that he looks like he’s incessantly hammering the keyboard; sometimes running across it lightly and swiftly on a glissando; sometimes hunched over; and ever so often looking up into the sky (or… ceiling, for that matter) as if completely possessed by some piano god that I had never had the fortunate opportunity of meeting while I was trying to learn the piano say, a good 15 years back.

The sheer speed of which he could play was jaw-dropping – I can’t imagine the amount of coordination one needs. Sometimes your left hand plays the melody, sometimes your right.

Whatever it was, he was so intensely focused on his fingers, and the keys, and the music they produced. I have newfound respect for pianists now.

One thing that kind of ruined everything though, was that he was playing to audio tracks. I thought that was such a spoiler – here we have a fantastic, technically trained pianist who deserves to be backed by other musicians live – and he was playing to… a CD.

Other than that, my first piano recital experience was AWESOME.

Thank you, Maksim. (& Debs.)

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2NE1 Surprise Event

The good folks at SingTel organized a surprise 2NE1 concert at Read Bridge. There was a lot of speculation going around online, and thanks to the embargo nothing could be confirmed. But that didn’t stop thousands of fans from turning up at Clarke Quay, waiting for something to happen!

So a crowd built up at about 7pm in front of a makeshift stage set up at Read Bridge. 2 guys with a guitar started singing acoustic versions of 2NE1 songs, giving the crowd something to sing along to and further confirming their suspicions.

At about 7.30 a hologram thing of 2NE1 started playing on stage. At first I was a little disappointed, thinking it was going to be a holographic show. BUT HEY then they appeared whoohoo!!!

In case you are unaware, 2NE1 is my favorite K-Pop band. It’s a certain je ne sais quoi that they ooze that make them slightly more appealing I guess. Thanks to SingTel I was in the media pit, like, at the 3rd row. But fans were so crazy that I still couldn’t see much :<

Check out the crowd!

I swear there were so many people – when CL asked everyone to JUMP – the fans really jumped and I could feel Read Bridge vibrating, no joke. I could have died right there and then but I would have died happy.

The girls were awesome live! Can you see Dara. She’s my fave. *fangurlsz*

Once again, many thanks to SingTel for the invite, and this unique and amazing event.

Looking forward to more 🙂

RACE ME!

A few days back, we attended RACE ME at Expo! It was Singapore’s first soapbox derby race! A soapbox car is basically a pretty small car that’s powered by gravity and nothing else. The contestants all took a lot of effort to ZHNG their cars and there were people from all over! Schools, corporates, and even some Mediacorp folks.

Check out some of the madness:

Some of Mediacorp’s own artists took part too: (and there were a LOT of hot babes man)

 

 

Check out some of the other contestants’ soap boxes! My fave was the Chinese zombie…

 

 

And all the teams came all decked out in interesting costumes too.

 

 

Yes there were some crashes and failures, but I do believe everyone had loads of fun!

 

If you missed out on the action, don’t worry –

Race Me is going to be shown on TV! Hosted by Joanne and Bobby, the half-hour program will be aired on:

Channel 5: 21 Sep, 9-930pm
Channel U: 22 Sep, 9-930pm
Channel 8: 23 Sep, 12-1230pm