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Andrea and Euirip, 18 March 2006, Garden Suite, Oriental Hotel

Bevlyn’s thoughts: What’s yum seng in Korean? Andrea’s husband, Euirip, is Korean. So why did they throw a traditional Chinese banquet for their Korean relatives, including the yum seng? It reminded me of Hikaru and Moe Moe’s wedding last month. Hikaru told me he felt that the yum seng part was a very Singaporean thing to do, so he went ahead with it. I was gawking at lovely traditional Korean costumes worn by Euirip’s parents. They looked almost regal. For…

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Edmund and Brenda, 15 March 2006, Four Seasons

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Connecting With Adam Sandler I really liked the decor for Edmund and Brenda’s wedding. Having sung at Evelyne’s wedding a week ago, I thought the decor for Edmund and Brenda would be similar. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the whole ballroom looked more spacious and airy; there was also more space for the band because the piano was moved to the reception area, much to Jonathan’s dismay. He really prefers playing on the piano, which…

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20th Wedding Anniversary for Ong Hock Ann, 15 March 2006, Globetrotters

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: You’re Beautiful Hock Ann contacted me two months ago with a surprising request, “I’m planning my 20th wedding anniversary. Could you sing for me?” Darn, if only I could. I had already agreed to sing for Edmund and Brenda, so I had to arrange for a substitute. Luckily, I managed to find Jon Lum, who’s a great singer AND fabulous dancer. Who knows, maybe he’ll dance for the couple? Back to Hock Ann, who’s proof that romance…

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Elinus and Evelyne, 8 Mar 06, Four Seasons

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: 孤单 (Lonely) No More It was a lovely wedding! Evelyne and Elinus looked radiant that day, and we received positive feedback on our performance. It was my first time singing You Raise Me Up, and Every Woman In The World and I really enjoyed both songs! They are going straight into my list of recommended songs, I tell you. I remember working closely with Evelyne on the song list. Initially she wasn’t sure if 孤单北半球 (Feeling Lonely…

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Siew Foong and Teck Soon, 3 Mar 06, Hibiscus Room, Grand Hyatt Hotel

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Finally, Love Changes Everything! Teck Soon and Siew FoongWhen I agreed to sing for Siew Foong, I had to double-check the date, because 3rd of March was Friday, and her ROM cum wedding lunch was supposed to start at 10 in the morning. Strange, maybe Friday morning was an auspicious time for them to get married? Predictably, the ballroom started filling up around lunch time. But Siew Foong and Teck Soon didn’t seem to mind. They were…

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Chris and Jasmine, 27 Feb 06, Pacific Ballroom, Pan Pacific Hotel

Bevlyn’s thoughts: For Better Or Worse After my earlier experience singing in Pan Pac’s Ocean Ballroom, I made certain that the band arrive earlier than usual to accommodate a longer setup time. Strangely though, the sound technician got his act together much faster this time round. Whew! But my joy was short-lived. Singing in the Pacific Ballroom was even more challenging than the Ocean Ballroom, mainly because there was no ceiling speaker above us. All we could hear were echoes…

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Pris and Ealbert, 25 Feb 06, New Majestic Hotel

Bevlyn’s thoughts: So Hip It Hurts! This was the coolest wedding I’d ever been to. Firstly, it was held at the swanky and hip New Majestic Hotel, which was recently renovated. It was so new that we could smell the paint drying on the walls! Honestly, I felt privileged to be singing there because it wasn’t even open to the public yet! There were some hiccups: the sound technician was late and we had to do a very rushed sound…

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Raymond and Zee Zee, 19 Feb 06, Orchid Country Club

Bevlyn’s thoughts: A Moment Like This This was an interesting experience because even though we had sung in the Ruby room of the Orchid Country Club before, we had not been to the outdoor porch, the Octagon. When I arrived at the venue, I was quite impressed that the country club decided to make use of the open space below the grand staircase, which overlooks the picturesque golf course. It definitely is an ideal location for buffet meals. Raymond seemed…

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Sharon and Andrew, 19 Feb 06, Rasa Sentosa Ballroom

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: The Man Who Wasn’t There Although some clients specifically ask for Bevlyn or me for their weddings, we may need to find others because of prior commitments. Thankfully, we have a few excellent singers in our band, including Hui Bing, Jun Xiong, Eleanor and Zheng Quan (ZQ). For Sharon and Andrew’s wedding, I had to call Hui Bing and Jun Xiong at the last minute, due to a family emergency. Although they had less than a week…

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Eric and Rachel, 14 Feb 06, Ocean Ballroom, Pan Pacific Hotel

Bevlyn’s Thoughts: Firsts This gig marked a couple of firsts: it was my first time singing at the Pan Pacific Hotel. I also had a new male partner, Jun Xiong. I loved his smooth and clear vocals in a local DIY compilation album Replugged, and it was a pleasant surprise to learn that he had a jovial personality to match. Junxiong was also the emcee for the evening, and I have to say he really did a great job –…

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Hikaru and Moe Moe, 11 Feb 06, Margaux Ballroom, Le Meridien Hotel

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Kawaii Ne! The kawaii couple I don’t know why, but I can’t help but smile everytime I read Hikaru’s e-mail: “Hi Hsin Yeow Our full names are Hikaru Fujishima and Moe Moe Aung. I am half-Japanese while my wife is Burmese. Fujishima is my surname whereas she has no surname. It is common for Burmese to have no surname. You can call us Hikaru and Moe Moe. We are both Singapore Citizens now. :-)” Hikaru and Moe…

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Ken and Vivian, 6 Feb 06, Holiday Inn Parkview

Bevlyn’s thoughts: Against All Odds Ken loved the idea of having a live band perform at his wedding; unfortunately, everyone else thought it would be a waste of money. Kudos to him for contacting us anyway. We could tell how excited he was, because he had already chosen a list of songs he wanted us to perform. He loved the song Dream A Little Dream so much, he actually found five different versions of the song and played them before…

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Cass and Melvin, 14 Jan 06, Peony-Jade Restaurant

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Shanghai Night The 2 Js are a lethal combination. Apart from being blessed with good looks, they are also fantastic musicians. Jon “Saxy” Lim wields his instrument like he’s possessed by the spirit of Stan Getz, while Jon Ang’s fingers fly across the keyboard with consummate skill and ease. Eleanor and I were very excited to work with them for the first time, and I think our enthusiasm showed onstage. We also had fun singing songs like…

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Joey and Hubert, 10 Jan 06, Garden Suite, Oriental Hotel

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: You’re My Brown-Eyed Girl I received a call from Joey about two weeks before her wedding. Although Joey thought she made the call at the very last-minute, she doesn’t hold the record. It probably belongs to Dominic, whom I sung for last year. He contacted me a mere 3 days before his wedding! Back to Joey. She was really easy-going, and so was Hubert. Hubert had only one request: to sing Brown-Eyed Girl. I hadn’t heard the…

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Felicia and Kai, 9 Jan 06, Noble House Restaurant

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: 出嫁 (Getting married) Performing at Noble House is always a gamble, because the microphones tend to act up. The management should really make an effort to upgrade its sound system or get new microphones because the current ones are on their last legs. Technical problems aside, Hui Bing and I really enjoyed singing for Shan Shan (Felicia) and Xin Kai. It was great to finally meet them after communicating through e-mails — Felicia was planning her wedding…

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Tricia and Alvin, 7 Jan 06, Conrad Centennial

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Beautiful In My Eyes I love to listen to wedding speeches, if they are done properly. If I were to deliver one, I’d make sure it is either succinct, funny or touching. Alvin’s father gave a speech that was all of the above, and more. He had us all in stitches when he related how Alvin broke the news to him that he was attached to Tricia. At the time, Alvin was studying in Australia, and his…

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Joseph and Li Wei, 2 Jan 06, Si Chuan Dou Hua, UOB Plaza 1

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Memorising Your Lyrics By some strange coincidence, 3 of my clients in January sang for their wives during the wedding dinner. Joe was the first; he surprised me because he wanted to sing 勇气 (Courage). You need about three lungs to sing this song properly because there’s a huge chunk of words to plough through before you hit the chorus. Li Wei and Joseph I needn’t have worried. As Joe sang, it became obvious he knew the…

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