Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Definitive Rat Pack Charity Gala For The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

Last week, I had the chance to attend The Definitve Rat Pack charity gala and it was a night to remember where all the well heeled and influential dressed to the nines!

Photographed by José Jeuland
A crowd of over 300 guests came together last Wednesday to support The Definitive Rat Pack Charity Gala Performance Night organized by British Theatre Playhouse, in aid of The Business Times Budding Artist Fund. The charity gala night was a huge success with having sold out tables. It was also highly attended by Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, the British High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Scott Wightman, the Malaysia High Commissioner H.E. Zulkifli Adnan and several prominent members of Singapore society and business leaders.

Photographed by José Jeuland
The Definitive Rat Pack performed some of their classic singles, which includes Love and Marriage, Sway and Fly Me To The Moon and left us humming and grooving along. It was indeed a night filled with emotions, memories, humour, inspiration and passion. People got to relive the Definitive Rat Pack’s charisma and entertainment of the century. This event was also successful in raising a total estimated amount of S$60,000 for The Business Times Budding Artist Fund. The British Theatre Playhouse has also brought the show to Kuala Lumpur and Dubai after the performance in Singapore.

I was definitely allured by their rendition of Sway, That's Amore, My Way and Fly Me To The Moon. The Definitive Rat Pack today did certainly emulated their predecessors very, very well.

The act of Nancy Sinatra made a special appearance and entertained us with major classics like Bang Bang and Downtown - classics you have always heard used in some great movies today!

British Theatre Playouse once again has allowed us to enjoy the Rat Pack's legacy of hits from the Great American Songbook. The amalgamation of classics and raising funds for the Business Tims Budding Artists Fund could not have been more apt. It lives up to Frank Sinatra's spirit of generosity in his day, raising millions of dollars for charities for the underprivilegdged and disabled children, including setting up a centre for abused children and their families and there are stories of Frank giving cash donations to families, friends and strangers.

Hopefully there will be more initiatives like this for us to support! Very happy for the organizers and the show! In Malaysia, even my favourite singer Dato' Siti Nurhaliza attended The Definitive Rate Pack. Hope you enjoy the performance photographs taken by José Jeuland!

Performance photographed by José Jeuland
According to Founder and Managing Director of the British Theatre Playhouse The aim of the British Theatre Playhouse has always been to inspire and bring world-class live entertainment shows from London to Singapore and the region, as well as to organize charity events for those who need them the most. On behalf of the British Theatre Playhouse, Ms Cecilia Leong-Faulker would like to thank their sponsors Singapore Turf Club, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, British Airways and TWG for making it possible.

The British Theatre Playhouse is a theatre production company based in Singapore. The company has produced many highly successful plays and musicals in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the UK. Some of them include Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Salute to Sinatra, Stars of The West End, Leo Sayer in Concert and Let’s Dance – Paul Roberts Sings David Bowie.

The British Theatre Playhouse also organises an ‘Art for Charity Gala’ with each show to raise money for a charity. The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) BT BAF is an initiative started by The Business Times in 2005. Started with a conviction that no child with strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Coming Soon: British Theatre Playhouse Brings The Definitive Rat Pack to Singapure, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai

Do you remember the famous number by Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon?

A few years ago when I was in command school there was this cadet who has the deepest voice. It was so deep no way on Earth I could match. It does give him the sexy edge and guess what, he is a fan of Frank Sinatra. All in his playlist were Frank Sinatra's songs. For someone of the same age, it is rare to find someone who likes those classics - making him a treasure in my list of friends! If it were not for him, I would not have known Frank Sinatra!

Thanks to British Theatre Playhouse for bringing in The Definitive Rat Pack here to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai! Got to thank the universe for having them in my favourite cities!

I am very hopeful to hear Fly Me To The Moon and That's Amore! That's Amore, (Amore means love in Italian) music resonates well with me because I love things that are Italian ranging from the sexy language vibe, sunny sceneries and of course, its palaces adorned with Baroque designs and their Cappuccino brown skin. 😍 Besides, That's Amore gives a sort of jumpy tune which is very apt for anyone feeling happy or in love! 💓

The Rat Pack epitomised ‘cool’ in the 1960’s. Their impromptu sell out shows caused a stir and attracted the rich and famous. It was a musthave ticket to see the three artists (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davies Jr) joke and sing some of the finest songs ever written.

Having premiered in London’s West End, where it earned an Olivier Award nomination, the British Theatre Playhouse is bringing the original cast to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai in June and July 2018.The production has subsequently toured Europe and the USA and driven by UK performers and musicians.

The Definitive Rat Pack are undoubtedly some of the world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy David Jr. The three British artists, Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long are best known for performing these roles in London’s West End, including the USA, Canada and Europe.

They have faithfully re-created that era for more than 10 years. These guys are the “The Definitive Rat Pack” and have been seen by more than 10 million people worldwide. They also regularly appear on television in the UK and overseas on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Rai TV, Channel 7 in Spain, FOX, CBS and PBS in the USA. They have performed with major orchestras such as BBC Concert Orchestra and the Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Songs include the ever-popular I’ve Got You under My Skin, Fly Me to the Moon, Come Fly with Me, Sway, That’s Amore, King of the Road, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Mr Bojangles, Something’s Gotta Give, What Kind of a Fool Am I, The Lady is a Tramp, Mack the Knife, My Way, New York, New York and many more.

Joined onstage by special guest Nancy Sinatra played by an acclaimed West End performer and the finest U.K. musicians in the industry, take a trip back to a golden era and sit back and watch undoubtedly some of the world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

The British Theatre Playhouse is a theatre production company based in Singapore. The Patron of the British Theatre Playhouse in Singapore is the British High Commissioner H.E. Mr Scott Wightman, and in Malaysia is the British High Commissioner H.E. Ms Victoria Treadell. The company has produced many highly successful plays and musicals in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the UK, such as Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and Yes, Prime Minister, as well as it has presented music performances such as Salute to Sinatra and lately, Stars of The West End, Leo Sayer in Concert and Let's Dance - Paul Roberts Sings David Bowie. Also, when HRH Princess Anne attended a charity event on 3 November 2016 for two charities of which she is the Patron, The Mission to Seafarers and Riding for the Disabled, Paul Roberts also performed there, after the respective arrangement of the British Theatre Playhouse.

Finally, the British Theatre Playhouse itself organises an Art for Charity Gala with each show to raise money for a charity. This year the aim is to raise money for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund which supports 16,000 needy children and youths across Singapore through a variety of programmes including a structured arts training programme, arts camps, workshops and signature events.

The aim of the British Theatre Playhouse has always been to inspire and bring world class live entertainment shows from London to Singapore and the region, as well as to organise charity events for those who need them the most.

The Definitive Rat Pack is such a world class production to look forward to, and the related charity gala will raise money for the charity The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Arts can transform society and has the power to change the world. Thus, it would be nice if as many of you as possible could both come to the show and consider the charity gala as well!

Following the run in Singapore in June, the production will tour to Kuala Lumpur (venue: Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 1st July) and Dubai (venue: Dubai Opera, 3rd & 4th July) before returning to London.

If you are a fan of British arts, and around town, or probably English and miss a part of home, this is the finest yet!

The Definitive Rat Pack Art for Charity Gala to support The Business Times
Budding Artists Fund

Tuesday 26 June 2018 - Performance time: 8.00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, One Farrer Hotel & Spa
Prices: $98.00 & $108.00. No booking fee. All tickets include a free drink each.

Wednesday 27 June 2018 - Cocktails: 7.15pm, Dinner: 8.00pm, Show: 9.00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, One Farrer Hotel & Spa
Ticket price: $600 per ticket or $6,000 per table of 10 tickets each. Tickets include show,
cocktails and dinner with free-flow wines.

Contact through hotline at+65 6705 7825 or e-mail to fore more information and booking(s). See you there!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Things to Mind Before Traveling

The holiday season calls for some vacation tips to remember by!

Watching the second season of Better Late Than Never on Singtel TV CH 316/ StarHub TV CH 510 has inspired me to travel more, have more fun and enjoy nature's creation. I would probably drop everything if I could travel all my life and see the world! 😍

Better Late Than Never has never been more fun, comedic and adventurous as the five globe-trotting stars – Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and comedian Jeff Dye – set off on a wildly entertaining journey to Munich, Berlin, Lithuania, Sweden, Barcelona, Madrid and Morocco.

Thanks to Sony Channel, they have put together a nifty list of travel tips from top travel bloggers in Asia and here goes!

Dress like the locals
Fear sticking out like a sore thumb? Try blending in with the locals by dressing like them.

Blogger Cerita Febrian agrees, “when I visited India, I wore a lot of their traditional clothes and the locals seemed to appreciate my effort. It looks really beautiful when you’re taking photos because you can blend in with your surroundings.”

Be open to new experiences
When the five celebrity adventurers set out on this trip, they certainly weren’t expecting to dress up as Vikings or learn how to yodel in the Bavarian Alps. But great memories are made from trying something new.

A Girl and A Bald Traveller shares that on their first trip to Morocco, they paid the cost of a five-star hotel for a camp stay. “It was expensive but the experience of being wrapped up in warm blankets, and drifting off to sleep under a sky filled with stars was something no hotel could ever replicate.”

Travel should not just be about simply sightseeing to take selfies or souvenir photos at landmarks. “The best experiences come from trying out different activities and mingling with locals,” said Travel Up.

Learn to haggle
It’s easy to get mesmerized by the sights and sounds of a shopping street. As the five guys get lost in a Marrakesh bazaar in Morocco, what are some tips to keep in mind so that you don’t overpay for your shopping?

“Always haggle with smile,” said Travel Inspiration 360, “that could make a difference between paying a higher price and getting a bargain.”

Travel Chameleon suggests learning basic phases in local language before heading off. “One important I learned when it comes to bargaining is to pick up a few important words in the local language. If you talk like a tourist, you will be charged a tourist price. Before I visit any country, I would learn key phrases such as ‘how much is this?’ or ‘can this is cheaper?’ to break the ice with the seller,” he said.

Try local food
Over the span of eight episodes in this season of Better Late Than Never, the five celebrities will embark on unique culinary adventures that are full of surprises. Food, after all, is a huge factor when it comes to travelling.

“We all know to try local food and we cull our list from suggestions. But look at the tables around you at your next restaurant overseas and see what the locals are really eating. Usually if you ask nicely, they will be happy to share their recommendations!” advised Morgan Awyong.

Passport and Plates has just one philosophy when it comes to food, "one of my favorite things to do is to 'eat it first, ask questions later.' In Bangkok, I purchased an assortment of street food and posted photos of my finds on social media, inquiring what they were. It was definitely an adventurous way to try some of Bangkok's street food!"

Speaking of being adventurous when it comes to food, I Wandered highly recommended horse milk if you ever visit Mongolia, “it is quite unlike any other kind of milk you’ve ever tasted!” he said.

Explore the city
A brand-new city might get too overwhelming at times but there are so many ways you can explore the city – from taking organized tours to hiring a local guide. Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw are lucky enough to have sidekick/tour guide Jeff Dye to show them around the cities.

“My favourite means of exploration is travelling on a bicycle and exploring on my own. It’s usually a cheaper and more convenient form of transport, you can stop wherever you want, and experience a different side of a destination beyond the usual tour, “ said Travel Up.

Travel light
A word of caution is in order. Terry Winkler gets very, very naked in this season of Better Late Than Never. But that’s not what we mean by traveling light.

Travel Up advises travelers to reduce their luggage while travelling, “As much as possible, I try to carry only a backpack when I travel instead of a suitcase so that it’s easier and faster to get in and out of the airport, or carry while in transit. Since I usually rent a motorcycle when I get to a destination, travelling light makes it easier to get around.”

When it comes to the unexpected, Cerita Febrian only has one pragmatic tip. “Be ready for everything and be adaptable, because you will experience a lot of unexpected things when you travel!”

Don’t sweat the small stuff! Always remember that you’re on a vacation and sometimes it’s ok to just…relax.

Morgan Awyong is all about taking it slow when he travels. “Slow travel is the best kind of travel for me. Like staring at a 3D illusion drawing, the real spirit of a place comes out when you look at it long enough. When you’re not rushing from point A to B, you find yourself noticing all the other interesting nuances in-between and that makes a whole lot of difference to your connection with a country.”

I Wandered recommends Bhutan as his choice of vacation. “While most people would choose to go to a beach resort, I found no other destination as relaxing as Bhutan. The country’s unmatched serenity and the spirituality of the locals are sure to put your body and soul at ease,” he said.

Be ready for the unexpected
William Shatner had no idea what to expect for this season. He had no idea that they would be judging a traditional goat beauty pageant or perform an ABBA number in front of an audience.

A Girl and a Bald Traveller advises travelers to be aware of their surroundings. “We actually got duped by a makeshift immigration outpost. The officers collected US$100 from as payment for visa, but they refunded that amount after we insisted that we didn’t require visas. Only until we arrived at the real border outpost then we realized that the US$100 note they returned to us was fake!”

“We still hold on to that counterfeit US$100 bill as a souvenir.”

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jalan-Jalan for Makan Across the Border in Johor

The mid-year holiday season is here and in the light of Ramadan, I decided to venture across the border, Malaysia, Johor, to see what's cooking! There were so many Ramadan bazaars around it is hard to miss any. I went to several to try out the food and bask in the festive ambiance. 🎉

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

'Thank You, Mom' High Tea With P&G and NTUC FairPrice

Procter & Gamble, in partnership with NTUC FairPrice, celebrated its “Thank You, Mom” campaign for the fifth consecutive year with special guest Ms. Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower.

Over a high tea event held at Blu Kouzina, P&G, NTUC FairPrice, and Ms. Low paid tribute to Special Olympics Singapore athletes and their mothers. Guests partook in an interactive photo booth, indulged in a special dish by celebrity chef Forest Leong, and enjoyed a lively sharing session from two mothers of Special Olympics Singapore athletes, Ms. Doris Lee and Ms. Karen Yeo. The afternoon culminated in a cheque presentation of S$20,000 to Special Olympics Singapore on behalf of P&G and NTUC FairPrice

This year, P&G’s annual “Thank You, Mom” campaign, organized under the theme of #LoveOverBias, recognized the key role of unconditional love and support of mothers to their children in overcoming the challenges and the biases they face daily.

P&G long-time partnership with NTUC FairPrice in support of the ‘Thank You, Mom’ campaign has enabled P&G to advocate for families across Singapore and highlight the crucial role mothers play within the community. ❤️