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Jo-Lynn and Nigel, 6 May 06, Grand Copthorne Waterfront

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Fly Me To The Where? Nigel’s training to be a pilot, so I couldn’t help but tease him a bit before singing the song Fly Me To The Moon. “Nigel, Jo-Lynn has set you a task: you’ll have to fly her the moon. So start building that rocket ship now!” Nigel gamely stood up and waved his hand in agreement. They were clearly in love, because their relationship withstood the test of time and distance. Almost half…

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Kelvin and Yvette, 29 Apr 06, Mandarin Ballroom, Meritus Mandarin

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: No One Else Could Love You More! Kelvin was one of our dream clients. He didn’t request to meet or listen to our sample recordings prior to engaging us. (Not that we mind if other clients wish to check us out beforehand; we were just flattered that Kelvin had so much faith in us.) He also had no problems deciding which songs to sing for his wedding. As we were supposed to be a surprise for Kelvin’s…

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Songs I Love – Part II

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Not all the songs I enjoy are jazz, so I’ve compiled another list of songs that I hope to sing in the near future: – Overjoyed (Update: Sung at Willie and Jolene’s wedding!) One of my favourite songs by Stevie Wonder, enough said. – Love Is A Wonderful Thing I’m not a big fan of Michael Bolton’s voice, but I think I’ll have a lot of fun singing this one. – Get Here (Update: Sung at Gregory…

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Songs I Love

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Michael Bublé and Rod Stewart have done wedding singers like me a whole lot of good. The classic love songs they covered recently are very popular with my clients, so it makes it easier for me to source for the mp3s. Although I enjoy singing L-O-V-E and When I Fall In Love, two of the most frequently requested jazz songs, here are some of my favourites which I’ve never had the chance to perform before: – My…

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Willie and Sena, 26 March 2006, Fullerton Hotel

Bevlyn’s thoughts: Tonight I Celebrate My Love Willie had asked his guests to arrive at 6.30 p.m. for the cocktail reception, so he told me he wanted the 1st march-in to start at 7.30 p.m. I was amused and told him straight, “Willie, in my years of wedding singing, I’ve never attended one which started at 7.30 p.m. You’d be lucky if it started at 8.30 p.m.” In fact, couples who want their dinner to commence early end up having…

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Estella and Ben, 26 March 2006, Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: 给我 (Give Me) Shangri-La! I am officially in love with Shangri-La Hotel. The acoustics are excellent, the staff are conscientious to a fault, and the banquet hall is magnificent. (Note: When describing Shangri-La Hotel, you have to use multi-syllabic words; “big”, “good” and “great” just won’t do.) Our voices were crystal clear, thanks to the sound system and acoustics. Even a whisper could reach the back of the hall without problems, so we had to careful not…

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Esmond and Gwendolyn, 19 March 2006, Tanglin Room, Regent Hotel

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Esmond is the perfect gentleman. In our e-mail correspondences, he always phrases his requests in the most polite way, and thanks me for my suggestions. Still, I had to put my foot down when he wanted us to perform Waiting For Tonight (too techno), Save The Best for Last (not very appropriate unless your relationship fits the story of the song) and the most deceptively-titled song of all, I Will Always Love You (It’s actually about a…

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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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