Princess Of My Dreams

Princess of my dreams lulls me to slumber,
All pain and all sorrow diminishes,
Pray do not depart from me asunder,
You are my solace, love so tenacious.
I awoke to find you had departed,
Alone again my heart yearns your return,
My mind is that of the broken hearted,
When will this obstinate heart ever learn?

Julian.T

 

Scenic Brisk Walk 28 Mar 07

Yours truly, together with a small committee was tasked to come up with a Brisk Walk as part of a healthy lifestyle campaign for our company. So I came up with a route that passed the Ritz Carlton, Marina Mandarin, the Esplanade Theatre and brought us all the way to the Merlion and back to Millenia Towers. This was to cater for all, young and old of varied fitness levels. The weather threatened to be bad earlier in the day, but lucky for us it was fine towards evening as we did not have a contingency plan. I suppose as a last resort we could have done a last minute vertical marathon..ha ha



En route back to the office, even though most of my colleagues had already disappeared, I was told that the Senior Management Group wanted me to extend their walk. Yikes!….I had to walk and think fast, as there were lots of construction work being done along the Marina Bay area. Again I was thankful that at a certain point past Ritz Carlton, the bay area was still clear, scenic and importantly accessible for joggers and walkers alike. The whole walk which started at 1745hrs and was supposed to end at 1830hrs ended instead at 1930hrs.

Phantom Of The Opera 27 Mar 2007 8:00pm Esplanade Theatre

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Wow! To think that this musical started way back in 1986 and for the first time yesterday I had a chance to catch it live in Singapore 21 years later. After watching Notre Dame De Paris which I enjoyed immensely late last year, they announced that Phantom was coming to town. I was so excited I booked my tickets in Dec and decided that since it may be a once in a lifetime opportunity I bought the Cat 2 seats which is the 2nd highest priced. No regrets mates! as my seats were just beside Deutsche Bank’s Box seats.

The props and lightings were impressive, I especially liked the boat scene, when the Phantom and Christine glided across in it on stage with such ease and precision that you actually felt it was on water. The timing of the music, props etc was impeccable. The only slight disappointment I personally felt on the topic of the props, was the Chandelier. Mind you it was a magnificent enough piece however I just felt that the glass/crystals lack lustre, moreover the lighting for it was not brilliantly bright enough to the cue of “Illumination!” As for the costumes, they were jaw dropping gorgeous especially for the masquerade scene! *Two Thumbs Up*

The Cast did a fantastic job, and the lead Rebecca Pitcher (Christine Daae) did a wonderful effortless job of singing soprano which touched my inner being. I actually teared on two occasions, one when Raoul and Christine sang ‘All I Ask of you.’

RAOUL
No more talk of darkness, Forget these
wide-eyed fears.
I’m here,
nothing can harm you -
my words will
warm and calm you.

Let me be
your freedom,
let daylight
dry -your tears.
I’m here,
with you, beside you,
to guard you
and to guide you . . .

CHRISTINE
Say you love me
every
waking moment,
turn my head
with talk of summertime . . .

Say you need me
with you,
now and always . . .
promise me that all
you say is true -
that’s all I ask
of you . . .

RAOUL
Let me be
your shelter,
let me
be your light.
You’re safe:
No-one will find you
your fears are
far behind you . . .

CHRISTINE
All I want
is freedom,
a world with
no more night . . .
and you
always beside me
to hold me
and to hide me . . .

RAOUL
Then say you’ll share with
me one
love, one lifetime . . .
Iet me lead you
from your solitude . . .

Say you need me
with you
here, beside you . . .
anywhere you go,
let me go too -
Christine,
that’s all I ask
of you . . .

CHRISTINE
Say you’ll share with
me one
love, one lifetime . . .
say the word
and I will follow you . . .

BOTH
Share each day with
me, each
night, each morning . . .

CHRISTINE
Say you love me . . .

RAOUL
You know I do . . .

BOTH
Love me -
that’s all I ask
of you . . .

(They kiss)

Anywhere you go
let me go too . . .
Love me -
that’s all I ask
of you

And the other was when Christine in a moment of desperation, makes her choice and kisses the Phantom. Stunned by the kiss and touched by Christine’s kindness, he sets Raoul free and tells him to take Christine away immediately. He asks them both to swear to keep his existence a secret.

For me Brad Little (The Phantom) stole the show, his voice and stage presence was indeed felt by everyone. *stands and clap again*

It is no wonder why this musical has stood the test of time. Even after watching the movie, people still go in droves to watch the musical live. The soundtrack, music and lyrics were wonderfully written and is a definitely must BUY in my humble opinion.

*Note*
The music for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of The Phantom of The Opera was composed specifically for the voice of his then-wife Sarah Brightman.

Swing Fling V1.1 Yesterday at At 9pm

If not for Kate and the fact that Nicholas (ILM) was there too then I would have been soooo out of place. Why? Because as far as I could tell, all the rest of the couples and there were about 10 at least were all Lindy 3 students. That is the level after intermediate! So where were all the newbies???

I am so grateful to the diva once again for taking the time to partner me so I could practise my basic moves *blush* She is always a joy to be around and *gasp* you should see her in action…I mean with the other better dancing partners.

I really want my dancing ‘Mannequin’ to be modeled after her….hee hee…wait a minute I don’t need one…got ‘locked evidence’ that she will be my dance partner whenever I need her. WOO HOO!

Swing Fling V1.0 Today At 9pm

What is Swing Fling? Well basically it is for Lindy hoppers to gather and practise all they have learned. Apparently this is ‘On’ every Thursday at Jitterbugs Singapore and admission is only $5 with free water provided. Have yet to try it myself, and so was thinking of going down today to have a look at least. The thing is, I am on a post night shift with another night to go and didn’t get much sleep. Furthermore the idea seems more appealing when you have reached at least the intermediate stage no? As in Lindy 2 status. Afterall who wants to practise with a newbie? Unless you’re a newbie yourself….and also the one person who has encouraged me all this while has a new protege and seems very preoccupied these days *sighs* But anyhow I still need the practise…….so will let you know if I decided to go down today….*winks*

My 3rd Swing Dance Lesson 20 Mar 2007


Human nature is funny don’t you think? The last two Dance sessions it rained heavily as I made my way to the studios and I thought it was a SIGN! That had me thinking; What possessed me to take up Swing lessons? But today when it was a clear and nice evening, I felt something amiss. I even started to get a little anxious. But a little bedroom voice in my head said , “You’ll be fine!” *huggies* Yeah right, I thought…wasn’t that the last thing the Crochunter heard too. But somehow that little voice and the accompanying hug did soothe my nerves.

Anyhow the lesson was to start at 7pm and I was early, so I went in to the studio and started reading my book. Guess who walked in at 6:50pm?……YUP it was ANNA the dance instructor. I gave her a sheepish grin and remarked that she was early. Sinclair walked in thereafter, but disappeared to talk on the phone….sheesh! Anyhow Anna asked if I had taken dinner and I told her that I had it about an hour earlier. She remarked that she hadn’t eaten anything since lunch, and I quickly….(perhaps to quickly) told her to go get something light first as we wouldn’t want her all grouchy. *chuckles* She smiled knowingly and actually did run off to get something. Yeah I know, ain’t life full of surprises?

Well then the lesson started promptly as everyone else showed up all excited. We went through all the basics we had learnt, and warmed up doing them again and again. Funny thing is I always figured that I more less got the basic down, but somehow as we progressed the basics got thrown out the window. I honestly thing that it hinges on practice i.e. the more you practise then the more comfortable you will be. But how? Where? When? Shiftwork doesn’t really help, and does that mean I’ll need to get hold of a mannequin?…ha ha Well I was so absorbed getting the basics right, I was getting the rest wrong…..well not wrong…just not exactly right, hmmm meaning some of the moves were modified but all to the triple step. The only new stuff we learned today was doing a simple ‘RJ’ and for the ladies they learned to do the swivel. The rest of the lesson was more on how to do it with a little more finesse and combining all the various moves available. Oh and there was a spell when Anna asked me to dance with her the very basic moves, which basically consists of only the basic open to close position and she gave me some great pointers and even smiled. But I must say it was daunting as she was pretty stiff in the sense that she was leaning into my right hand which I don’t really feel from the rest of the newbies, I guess they forgot to do that no?

*mental notes again*

  • Just support her hand, don’t clasp it
  • Lead her to you, and the inner turn is from a held position
  • Circle position consists of two sets of triple steps in a close position
  • From a close position there are two possible moves only, jockey (dropsy) or swing out
  • From the basic open position there are approx 6 possibilities, open to close, circle, inside turn, close to open, RJ. Hmmm hope this is correct….

Well till next time………..

Bonds Of The Heart

It is a gentle and warm surprise when it happens, like a cool breeze on your face as you stretch out to greet the morning sun by the sea. Some take several years to develop such bonds and yet for others it can be just a matter of months.

You grow so accustomed to the smiles, the meaningful conversations as well as the banter. The laughter and the tears, the bitter with the sweet all mingled together to form a wonderful kaleidoscope of kinship. Embrace and cherish such bonds for they are as precious as they are rare.

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