Sunday, May 14, 2017

SDEA member spotlight

Today I was happy to see the interview that I gave to the Singapore Drama Educators Association online.
Access it on the SDEA website on the month of May highlights and also on SDEA Facebook page.

I've been doing this for so many years
I just didn't think about how far I've come
For I, me, myself I cheer
There's a tune in my head, I hum

It's truly a blessing
Along the arrow of time I can see
The ebb and flow of my living
Imagined through time lapse photography

I give thanks for everything
Inside and outside of these walls
To the big and small, inanimate or living things
I respect you all

This article was one of many of me
Over the years of sweat and toil
Experience was a good teacher, definitely
Throughout my great odyssey

OK for now five stanzas to fill in the gap
It was two years since I last wrote
Hasta luego,  I will be back
Till I gather my thoughts de nueva.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I want to stay

Am I counting the days
I hope not, I like it here
There must be jobs here anyway
I must not, I must not have fear.

I can so live in Barcelona
The city's great, the people seemed relaxed
And I can't help but wonder
How to discern the simple from the complex

Sometimes you never know who's local, who's not
Blending in comes naturally but speaking, much less
This stirring in me, I must give it a shot
Look for a job and give it my best

I'm lying on my wakeboard of tomorrow
Ready to sail out yonder
I will ride with it like a willow
The winds taking me out further

The pasture is greener, the sea bluer
The rains howling the winds beckoning
It's the perception I have made to order
A reality that is more becoming

Really, now, it's easy to imagine
A variety of opportunities out there
Without hesitation, crank up the engine
Don't be a chicken, be a thoroughbred mare

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Creativity in all of us

I had a feeling we were going to do lots of drawing
This workshop would surely bring out the child in us
I was right as on the floor we were either laying or sprawling
While others were sitting, no one was making a fuss.

Nothing was done quite the normal way
Introduction was brief and so was getting to know each other
To do that we must have a drink in a cafe
Then two by two we took the hot seat describing our partner

I indulged happily with the visual journeys
They were akin to my constant day dreamings
As long as I can separate the honey and the bees
Into reality those dreamings can take wings

The human brain is one of the greatest things on earth
Memories we have accummulated can invoke creativity
Whether they be mundane, of loss, sadness or of mirth
Use them freely to the point of the antiquated defence of insanity

My automatic writings didn't make sense, they wouldn't
But in the chaotic and meaningless written jabber
I glimpsed snippets of my current predicament
That could surely lead to an enlightened future

There was something magical about sharing the exercises
The same that led the randomly chosen partners to me
It was as if we needed to 'steal' meaningful phrases
To link the fragmented moments, if at all, briefly

My monster gave me a wonderful phrase
The words emerged while I was drawing its wings
I gave it permission to go where my being wouldn't face
"Don't be just a potential, be potent" everyday it sings.

The things I do and those that I don't are perhaps
Cryptic messages to my heart and mind
And my inner creative soul can bridge those gaps
Into the kind of ties that bind

Imagination, it fuels the mind
It affects the heart
It compels the body
To take part

It's imagination in the raw
Deep within the cerebrum it gnaws
Pictures and images come to the fore
Let it loose, let it grow, emerging through the pores

It takes minutes for thinking, seconds for imagining
I..... Wait, I can feel something ballooning
Those words are thunder while images are lighting
Oh.. Here I am, again, day dreaming, creating.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Belgium in 4 days

Belgium is not a country where people talked about visiting. At least not in my circle of friends. When people say let's go to Europe, they will be thinking about the UK, Barcelona, Paris, Italy, Switzerland but not a mention of Belgium. And yet it is the de facto capital of Europe. So I was thrilled to have a chance to visit this tiny country this August. I loved it. Beautiful and clean. Nice, helpful people too.
The first city I visited was Ghent and I loved the buildings. The architectural designs were those that I cannot find in other European cities. Small and quaint, I can still remember the smell and yummylicious all-you-can-eat ribs in the restaurant near the square.
Brussels was interesting. There I was, finally in front of the world famous Manneken Pis - the emblem of the rebellious spirit of the city of Brussels. I had only seen it in pictures and didn't realise that it was so small. Less than 20 inches I believe. But hidden at the end of one of the narrow streets was a lesser known figure. Jeanneke Pis, the female counterpart of the centuries old symbol, was created in 1985 to better amuse strollers. Located on Fidelity Alley near the Manneken Pis.
On the third day we went sailing and it was wonderful. Was years ago when I got on a boat. We didn't sail too far though. Had no time. Bruges was another beautiful city I went next. It was beautiful. Did I say beautiful? Small, cobblestones streets laid on the ground and famous Belgian chocolate shops abound. It looked like a town in a fairy tale.
The last day we spent in Antwerp. Another big city filled with historic buildings, cafes, nice people. I cannot decide which I liked better - Antwerp or Brussels but I suspect I will pick Antwerp if I had a chance to spend more time in both cities.
One place I didn't get to go was the Atomium. By the time we arrived it was closed. Oh well, next time for sure.
Generally, a large part of Belgium was just like the rest of Western Europe but I could feel its old world charm and this mixed with all things modern set Belgium apart from the rest of the continent.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Barcelona in a month

I was in Barcelona for a month                        
Studying, visiting and having fun
I know the city quite well by now
Only the suburbs will raise my eyebrow

Paellas, tapas y bocadillas  por todas partes
Me impregne en la cultura y las artes
Aunque vi una huelga que se ha formado
En Las Ramblas, es un lugar hermoso

Barcelona tiene muchos lugares interesantes
He visitado casi todos 
Fui en trenes, en autobuses y a pie
Tengo que decir Barcelona tiene gente amable

Pase unas horas en Girona
Que esta mas de una hora de Barcelona
No lo suficiente para un sitio
Tan hermosa como su vecina 

Fue increible, La Sagrada Familia
Tanto en el diseno y la architectura
Lo mismo con la Casa Battlo
La Pedrera, el Parque Guell y eso no es todo

Un dia, por la playa estaba pasando
Vi a un hombre acostado desnudo
Caray! Hace frio en el otono
El debe estar loco

Montserrat es una montana hermosa
Es una monasterio significado religioso de mucha importancia
Me encanta haber estado alli
Quiza voy a volver algĂșn dia, alli

La formation de las rocas de la cresta de la montana
Era mas inusual, de gran belleza
Me senti tan orgullosa y al mismo tiempo
Tan pequena, la naturaleza, es la mejor

Montjuic es una montana que esta en la ciudad
No es tan alta como Montserrat
Pero tiene una hermosa vista, sin embargo
De la ciudad y su alrededor

En Barcelona, me enamore
Solo pasamos juntos tres dias
Mi corazon tiene un ritmo solo para el
No puedo esperar a verle, bloqueada en un abrazo, con el.
Te amo, mi amor.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Price of Intolerance

I love eating, it's good for the soul and the body
I eat when I'm hungry, drink when I'm thirsty
It's  fundamental to social gatherings
It's a good lead in to merry making

The search for food includes
when we are in hot pursuit
of all things business or pleasure
And desserts for good measure

The other day I felt a little sick in the gut
After consuming dinner in my cozy hut
It was the usual fare that I ate everyday
With fresh ingredients and dessert by the way

All kinds of whys popped into my thinking
Then I realized it could be what I had been eating
I had been a habitual eater of certain foods
Cos they were easy to cook and they tasted good

Not eating mushrooms would allay my discomfort
Don't eat grapes, to myself I need to assert
My stomach heaved a sigh of relief and contentment
I'm giving it a break from food intolerance

I'm not sure how long  I should stay away
Mushrooms and grapes were a mainstay
I think two months would be a good start
Before they get back on my supermarket cart

For now I'll have to vary my food consumption
Perhaps button mushrooms and green grapes for locomotion
At this moment I felt my stomach yelled at me
"I'll make you pay if you don't let me be."  :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ugly habits of Singaporeans 2

Today I went to watch the Adventures of Tintin
He was one of my favorite comic characters
Every single title that's in my collection bin
Had been read and re-read over the years

I didn't mind the munching and slurping noise
The boys next to me were  making
One even asked his friends in a loud voice
If they wanted more snacks cos he was buying 

I enjoyed the movie thoroughly
I was happy and relaxed, I must confess
When the lights came on eventually
Oh my, rubbish on the isles, what a mess

Paper bags, empty containers, unfinished food
Bottled water, soda cans were everywhere
Why are Singaporeans such an ugly brood
Well, not all of them, to be fair

Should schools here incorporate a social behavior class
Just so the young can learn and to be inculcated
What the value of common courtesy can amass
Then, perhaps a gracious society can be cultivated

I left the cinema feeling quite disgusted
Under their breath the cleaners mouthing off expletives
I don't blame them but had to make haste when I heard
The Hokkien and Malay swear words I found so offensive

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011

Wow, what can I say
I was there all over the place
Edinburgh Fringe everyday
Hundreds of performers in front of my face

Our show was well received
Reviews declared it a 'must see'
I don't care much for that as I only perceived
The audience's delight : that was enough guarantee

For many, the Fringe was a good platform
Performers of every kind converged in one city
Some professionals, many amateurs but all conformed
To the highest standard, as best as they can be

No one was a diva, everyone paid their dues
Directors, writers, choreographers, actors, comedians, singers
All did their part to promote their shows and to be in the news
All took turns to give out flyers
The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile was a great place to start any adventure
from the Edinburgh Castle one should wander
Shops, buskers, cafes were a common feature
And you'll wrestle for a walking spot with thousands of people

The highlands, Glencoe and Loch Ness was the only tour
we took on Sunday when we had no show
T'was breathtaking- the rolling hills and the valleys, for sure
made the journey awesome although Nessie was a no show :)

Princes Street
Highlands/Glencoe/LochNess tour
I loved the weather despite the lack of sunshine
12 degrees was the average temperature
Worked till noon everyday then exercised my legs and behind
I roamed the streets looking for nothing in particular

For me, the food wasn't really the usual fare
Not used to the oily fish and soggy fries
Meat sandwiches, meat pies were more than I can bear
Chinese, Japanese and Indian eateries were my only highs

Having said that, the booze were plenty and cheap
Scottish whiskies cost a little less than bottled water
Got my first one at the Library bar some 2 stories deep
Then Simon came along and my highs were free forever

Forever was a short 30 days at the Fringe Festival
I was happy to have covered many places of interest
The Botanic Gardens, the Zoo and Deep Sea World
And finally I climbed Arthur's Seat at 250 metres

Urquhart Castle
Atop Arthur's Seat
Such a fantastic time I have had in Edinburgh
Every year the quiet city was turned completely around
To allow creativity and imaginations to unfurl
All are welcomed and all kinds of shows can be found.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The small red dot

Singapore is a great place to be
No matter how small we are
There are always things to see
You'll know this if you have travelled far

Complaints about the country will never go away
No doubt they stemmed from dissatisfaction of every kind
But if one allows some gratitude to parlay
This can be endemic, creating ties that bind

No government in the world can compromise
To please every single member of its society
They do the best they can, I surmise
For people have characters of a great variety

But I do know one thing from observation
Of the 62 cities around the world I had been to
Singapore is definitely one of the top 5 nations
That offers security, comfort, health and education too

War-faring countries are starting revolutions
Some countries are trying to rewrite weapons' laws
Yet others succumbing to natural disasters
Poverty and civil wars adding to the horror and gore

Look around this little 'Kingdom'
We live without fear of our lives
So don't take for granted this freedom
That precedes everything for which we strive

I don't claim to disrespect anyone
Nor persuade others' opinions my way
In fact, it was a casual rebuttal
To too many complaints I heard a stone's throw away

So people, don't complain too much, don't make a fuss
We are lucky to be living here in Singapore
The government is doing its best, just trust
Things aren't as good elsewhere once you walk out that door.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Zombies in the morning

Morning rush hours on the trains are a sight for sore eyes
Whenever I commuted by trains I always found amusement
The myriad of expressions on the people would suffice
For me, that's reality TV, that's pure entertainment

Zombies in the morning
Oblivious  to the surrounding
Zombies in the morning
Neither seeing nor hearing anything

Some were sleeping with a big gap in the face
Their totally relaxed bodies spread out both sides
Then one let out a snore that jerked him up in a haste
Awakening yet another who was prepared to fight

Sleep was calling in on someone standing
Eyes closed, he was nodding gently, then lo and behold
His leg muscles couldn't carry his weight, his grip was loosening
I knew he had it coming when he knocked his head on the grab pole

A woman answered a call about five feet away
What a pong,  bad breath rushed past me with such might
The sea of heads was not enough of a deterrent, damn suay
And I thought nothing could travel faster than light

In such an enclosed area such as on the train
Body odor can be quite an epidemic I tell you
The bacteria permeated the air and cannot be constrained
ooh, help I am starting to have a migraine

By now I can't breathe, I can't move and oh, the pain
All these zomboids attacking my senses
I hope there won't be any delays of the train
Or I'll have to scream and suffer in silence

What did those zombies do the night before
Drinking, getting wasted or partying like there's no tomorrow
People often say live like there's no tomorrow
Well, I say live like there IS A TOMORROW.

I wondered if those zombies ever felt frazzled
Before the day began, they were already sleeping
But train journeys are still the fastest, despite the hazards
Just have to brave those zombies in the morning.

Friday, January 14, 2011


The first two weeks of year 2011 are past
I jumped at the chance of going somewhere near
Broadway Beng at Genting Highland is a must
I'm so taking this first project of the year

Next comes Gingerbread Man the musical
I'm looking forward to more goofy choreography
I really enjoy all things theatrical
For the mental and physical creativity

It's been said "another year older, another year wiser"
The person who said this lived in antiquity
I like to think that another year older makes me wiser and bolder
To take on different challenges and responsibility

More to do and write in the coming days
For now I'm getting ready to pack my suitcase
To go to yonder mountain across the causeway
To mix business and pleasure as always

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Aesop's Fables

I'm back in Geylang this morning
In my hands a ham sandwich I'm having
Two cups of tea later my eyelids are heavy
Before long I'm getting sleepy

Rehearsal didn't lift my mood
The actors are still acting like fools
The musical is only three quarters through
It's not funny, not even cool

Let's not waste time to waste time
Now lunch is on my mind
The actors can't remember how to rhyme
Or how to assemble the puppets on time
Hatta's lying on the carpet roly poly
Cos his ass has an open wound
Seri is trying to look busy
Julian and I are looking like goons

Aesop's fables, oh how well they tell
Humans and animals co-exist so well
Aesop's fables, oh how well they fell
On deaf ears, should I ring the bell?

Time is ticking away
Ticking towards eternity
Ah, did I just hear a donkey bray
No, it's just Julian hitting a note

Oh the build up of heat 
from my seat
I need to stand up
to fan my butt

Getting a cuppa is what I need
Three steps from the door I heard some chatter
Ah finally some action indeed
Rehearsal is progressing further

Now I see the puppets coming alive
The actors' competence is coming into play
I'm no longer sleepy and I shall strife
To adjust my choreo and call it a day.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Simple things..

.. mean a lot to me
Simple things only children can see
Simple things like horses running free
And easy acceptance of life

Simple things never compromise
All things have a rhythm I can realize
I feel content in my freedom
And I feel that my freedom is right

I never want to stop being a child
I used to see the flowers growing wild
To see the sun rise in the morning
Sunlight growing filling the skies

Simple things of the earth don't die
They just grow and change as time goes by
There are no questions without answers
I found my answer to life is living
The secret to living is life.

The poem above was written by an unknown author but I just felt that I have to share it with everyone reading my blog. It's beautiful, poignant and something I totally believe in.

Friday, August 06, 2010

YOG in Maori Land

It was a big deal that Singapore,
became the country to host on its shores
The very first Youth Olympic Games,
elevating this tiny island to fame.

The journey of the Youth Olympic flame
generated great interest to its name
It started in Greece where the torch was lit
Then it traveled to six countries without a hitch

Berlin, Dakar, Mexico, Auckland, Seoul and Singapore
celebrated its arrival with festivities and more
Its goal is to unite people from every continent
with the spirit of the Olympic Movement.

I joined the festivities in New Zealand
Promoted the Singapore culture in Auckland
The Kiwis were warm and welcoming
They enjoyed the show through all the cheering.

I think Auckland is a pleasant place to be
I managed to go to Parnell village near the city
Asian eateries and specialty shops abound
Whatever desires can be found

I wished I had more time to explore
Close by are the mountains and the shores
I wished I had more time to navigate
the hilly roads and Victoria Park market

Auckland reminded me of Melbourne
Most shops closed before sundown so people can adjourn
to spend time with friends or families
For in life, there's no hurry.

That's all the impression I have gleaned
from the 3 short days in Maori land
Maybe I'll have the chance to see, in the future
the museums, the Maori culture and join in the adventures.

NZ$1.000 = SGD$0.996