I had the pleasure of being asked to emcee the Official Opening of Freeing Sg on the 26 Sep 2013. Then, just a few days before the ceremony, I realised I had to do it in Mandarin too.

Bilingual emcee-ing for all types of events & shows seems to land on my plate these days. Well, no sweat...just a little more work though! As I thought to myself, in Mandarin of course---"当节目主持那么多年了,就当作又是一项挑战,没什么大碍,小任务! 逃出狮城开幕典礼,我来也!"

However, a lot of last minute work went into preparing for this special event. There seemed to be a lot going on but once I started to free myself & concentrate on the script, things fitted together somewhat. It was great to be able to count on experience to navigate through a stressful period of sorting out all the necessary stuff...Finally I had my script ready & it was time to go!!!

Being prepared means it extends to every single thing I need, even my water & coffee I can't go without! Yes, I'm a caffeine addict-I even wrote a song about it-'Coffee, Tea' in my latest album.

Upon arrival at the venue, after introducing myself to everyone at the reception along the way to the sound people, I started my sound check..

Then the magical thing happened when I started to sing... I think it must be the love I put into singing a song--it always makes people stop whatever they are doing & watch... I get shy from that sometimes but persist till all inhibitions leave me, simply because I have to face the crowd later...so many more faces---that is more daunting!! 

As I wrapped up my sound check, & had a chat with the PR company people, everyone seemed set on what to expect for the event. I decided to find my quiet time, grabbed a bite & dressed up.

I adore my silver shirt with frills, complete with Swarovski crystals I painstakingly sewed on. Plus my suit, my crystal pen & watch. 

Yes I love bling to death, ask around---which entertainer doesn't??? heehee

Once I'm done, I did my obligatory prayers...Being a professional emcee for 16 years, I have come to appreciate that lull before the storm. Praying helps me always to focus. Be grateful for God's graciousness...

The moment the guests started to arrive at the Official Launch, it would gather speed- so I could only relax at the end.

& then it was time to shine, I started with my first intro & song, & it was smooth sailing through the opening, to the actual opening ceremony when I try to get the crowd going, till the last finale song & thank you's...

Sporadically here & there & especially right at the end, guests & staff would come up to me & chat... The feedback was immensely encouraging. I owe it to all these kind people.

"You are a very good emcee" "You sing very well" "I love your voice" all are music to my ears & keeps me energised! I am humbled by their kind words...

& Finally it's time to leave the venue. I changed, left the place & met one of the guests leaving by the same lift. The best part was not how appreciative he was of my emcee skills, but this kind, generous gentlemen even offered to give me a ride back home since it was on the way... Yipee!!!

What a way to end the night, I didn't have to wait for a cab even! I think it's because I prayed...so all thanks to...God!!! 

After over 15 years of working with people from all walks of life-- be it the big bosses, from CEOs to your supermarket cashier, middle management managers to warehouse guys, the young & vibrant to your uncles & aunties---especially with so many of these company staff for their special talent shows in which they would like to excel & showcase a particular stage talent, I have come to understand the power & value of entertainment.

(I worked with 100 Staff for the Shimano 40th Anniversary Celebration) 

 
Entertainment-

It grabs you when you are least expected. It has that pull factor. It can reach out to so many people at one time.

But it is not just that final goal I try to achieve now- it is also important how I go about achieving that goal of excellence in that craft- whether it is a particular dance genre I'm teaching, a vocal technique they are trying to master or a stage character they are trying to embody...the Means is as important, if not more important than the Goal!

(I also worked with these managers from BP to come up with a Peranakan segment to feature their various talents. They were very shy & reluctant but I manage to coax them into having some fun)


What I mean is besides that great number they are putting up for their Dinner & Dance, whatever theme it may be- concept, costuming choreography or music, it is important how you connect with them, move them towards a certain philosophy of being a good considerate person, a fellow team mate who will help their colleague in whatever way possible, a fellow human being who cares also for one another as a person with heart. I can influence them, I can influence them positively as a human being.


Art with heart:) I like how that sounds!


I think slowly I am coming to terms with that calling when I teach-I love to share with them my outlook of life of being a fellow human being. Yes, I consider myself fairly established & accomplished as a professional emcee, as a professional singer-songwriter, as a polished entertainer, a creative choreographer, an inventive show producer who has travelled around the world & represented Singapore.

However, I care also about being a good, socially responsible individual.  I love to see people soar, not just in their talents, but also in character.


So I try now to remind myself, and remind them to think about others before themselves, because we should treat others the same way we want to be treated.
Just slowly discovering myself that way has impact on everything I do... For the gigs I take, now I try to turn away work related to promoting cigarettes, alcohol & gambling. That is tough, so hard to turn away work sometimes, saying "No" to money..."Are You Nuts???" some will ask that for sure, especially here in Singapore... but it gets easier.


I think if you are gonna earn your dough, you better consider where it comes from...because we all live in a world where we affect one another...let's just bring about good, bring about change into the positive direction, inspire some to do good as you teach even a simple dance class, be it dance, singing or acting...


I know it is easier said then done, but let's all try, let's all start a new trend-
bring about a whole new paradigm in entertainment, make it wholesome entertainment! Entertainment that even our kids can enjoy without us having to censor any of it or regret any of it...Now that's what I consider as real entertainment! Care to join me???

(Produced & taught these top management personnel to do the Gangnam Style)

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