Imelda’s thoughts: 我要你的爱 (心) !
A cosy dinner hosted behind closed doors and under the watchful eye of our DPM Wong Kan Seng’s personal bodyguards was indeed an eye-opener. Yes, we couldn’t peel our eyes off the delicious-looking dishes that were being individually served to the guests! Each plate was a tiny but ornate art piece, worthy of every succulent bite. And in between my own bites of lian rong pao (lotus seed buns) that sweet Matthew had thoughtfully bought from the nearby foodcourt, we could only wistfully savour the whiffs of fine Chinese cuisine as the service staff carried them past the musicians’ tiny rest corner, located just next to the pantry door.
This dinner was no ordinary dinner for the affluent, for these guests are the ones responsible for the generous funding of the Singapore Cord Blood Bank’s R&D, medical advancement that could potentially save many lives. When Hsin Yeow first invited me to perform at this dinner, I was a little excited because being a parent myself, I could relate to the importance of cord-blood banking and its incredible medical potential. My gentle serenade to the guests was my own expression of thanks to them for their charity and life-saving foresight.
We paced the evening with both fast and slow English, Chinese, Cantonese and Hokkien tunes, many of which our guests shyly mouthed along to as they had their dinner. I personally really enjoyed it when Hsin Yeow sang “Sway”. As the song built up, he was moving his legs to the rhythm of the Cha-Cha, so engrossed in his little dance that I couldn’t help but join in. From the corner of my eye, I was pretty certain that Matthew and Boon Chye were shaking their butts and would have joined in too if they didn’t have to play their instruments.
It is truly an honour to be able to perform at a “Thank-You” dinner for our Nation’s very distinguished. This is indeed a memorable first gig with A Little Dream that I thoroughly enjoyed. As I look forward to more opportunities in future, I shall also shamelessly hint to Hsin Yeow that we hope to have more than lian rong pao for dinner next time ;p
Band: Hsin Yeow, Imelda, Boon Chye, Matthew
Special thanks to Victor ([email protected]) for sending us his photographs!
Something Stupid, Somewhere Out There, Quando Quando Quando, As Time Goes By, Close To You, Sway, Come Fly With Me, Moondance, 夜来香 (Fragrance In The Night), 浪子心声 (A Wanderer’s Heart), 分分钟需要你 (I Need You Every Minute), 只想一生跟你走 (I Wanna Be With You Always), 家后 (Queen Of The House), 一人一半 (One Half), Rainbow Connection, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, All Of Me, Blue Moon, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, 今天不回家 (Not Going Home Tonight), 我要你的爱 (I Want Your Love), 花好月圆 (A Beautiful Night), 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart), 可爱的玫瑰花 (What A Lovely Rose).