Madame Tussauds Singapore

Hey everyone!

Madame Tussauds FINALLY opened in Singapore on Saturday and the very exited me bought the admission tickets as soon as I got wind of their sale. I remember seeing a standee at Bangkok promoting their Madame Tussauds a few years back but didn’t have the chance to go because we wanted to set aside more money for shopping. But deep in my heart I really wanted to tour Madame Tussauds and see how realistic the wax figures are! Thus, needless to say, I was really elated when I first read the news about the opening of Madame Tussauds here. But what took them so long?!

Buying tickets is a breeze . With the Internet these days, you can beat the crowd (expected for new attractions) and just purchase tickets online! PLUS, if you book your tickets 24 hours in advance (valid ’til 31 December 2014), you only need to pay S$20 instead of S$30! Being such a sucker for discounts, I immediately got a pair despite being so broke this week from all the shopping. But twenty bucks is really a steal and worth the awesome experience I had at the wax museum.

The only thing I didn’t like was its location though because on top of the S$20 admission fee, I had to pay S$2 (bus) or S$4 (monorail) just to enter Sentosa -_- So expensive just for a short distance argh *nags incessantly*

I went with my boyfriend and we actually planned to go on the day of opening. But later we realised that there wouldn’t be enough time for us to go around the museum after having to attend my niece’s first birthday party in the afternoon (and going to a Sephora sale event hehe) so we postponed the trip to the following day!

To reach Madame Tussauds, you’d need to take the monorail to Imbiah station and walk to Merlion Plaza where you’d find 3 flights of escalators leading to this white mansion which I can’t really remember what it used to be. I hope those escalators are well-maintained because nobody likes climbing stairs. If you can’t find the escalators, try looking for Lady Gaga:

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Greetings from Merlion Plaza

We arrived at about 6pm , 1.5 hours before the time of last entry, and there wasn’t many people waiting to go in. In fact there was no crowd at all! We either came too late or people are avoiding the museum until the resumption of the boat ride or… the museum is under-promoted. If it’s due to the second reason, you will be glad to know that you’d be given free tickets (valid ’til 30 November 2014) to visit the place again! So yup, I paid S$20 for a ticket and got an additional one free! How awesome is that? 😀 And I will definitely go again because there will be more wax figures coming over!

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Entrance

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2 + 2 complimentary tickets! And a $10 booklet which we bought for keepsake. There’re also discount vouchers (for your hand cast in wax and photo-taking sessions) inside!

Less talking, more pictures! Most of the photos were taken by Bf 🙂

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Sebastian Vettel near the ticketing counter, signalling to you where to go haha.

**Updated on 3 December 2014**
The boat is now available for use! We went back again on the last day of November since we were given a pair of complimentary tickets. Here are some pictures taken during the boat ride.

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Stamford Raffles

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Merlion

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Singapore Airlines plane

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More backdrop

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Ferrari! Guess who’s standing beside it?

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Lewis Hamilton! Not sure why he’s there though because this area is clearly about Singapore history and its culture!

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Some Chinese opera singers

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The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Lion dance! It actually moved when the boat was approaching.

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Madame Tussauds Singapore is the first to have its own water boat right but honestly, it’s nothing to wow about. The boat went around the quay but there was nothing much to see apart from those in the pictures above. The ride only lasted for less than 5 minutes. Totally not worth the time travelling all the way to Sentosa and the $4 entrance fee 😦

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Took this on our second visit!

The Leaders Area comes first after the boat ride!

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Former President of Indonesia, Sukarno

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China’s Chairman Mao

Do Communist leaders share the same kind of style? Somehow Mao Tse-tung resembles Kim Jong-il here.

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The first president of the Republic of Singapore, Yusof bin Ishak. Here’s Bf holding a ten-dollar Singapore note.

Bf suggested to be photographed with a Singapore banknote (which also has the president’s face on it) and then suddenly everyone behind us followed suit when it was their turn. -_- Well… when in Rome, do as the Romans do right? But maybe in a bid to be different, the guy after us (probably a tourist) actually pulled out a bigger note ($50) lol!

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So loving: Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and his late wife, Kua Geok Choo. No matter what people say, LKY is still our founding father 🙂

I wonder if Mr Lee Kuan Yew has personally seen his wife’s wax figure and if he had, how did he react? It’d probably be an emotional moment for him looking at it because everyone knows how much his wife meant to him. Anyway, I thought the figures could do without the tacky flower decorations in the background.

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SO realistic it’s scary.

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The late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela

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Current President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. I’m like a midget beside him oh myyyy.

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Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation

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Look over there, ESM Goh!

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Up-to-date appearance of Singapore’s ESM Goh Chok Tong

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Current Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong

There’s an empty chair beside him which visitors can sit to take a picture BUT the first picture must be taken using the museum’s camera (which is of course chargeable). Why pay when you can take pictures with the real PM Lee himself (at events where he’d attend)? Well, unless you’re a tourist.

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Is Queen Elizabeth II really standing there?!?

Moving on to the Sports Area…

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I MELT FOR YOU, David Beckham! Kaoz, furrowed brows also so handsome.

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I ALSO MELT FOR YOU, Cristiano Ronaldo!

Unlike other football players, Cristiano Ronaldo always look damn well-groomed on the field. His hair stays ALL THE TIME and he doesn’t seem to sweat (a lot). Seriously, how does he do it? What brand of hairspray does he use?!

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Our very own footballer, Fandi Ahmad!

I swear I scrutinised and touched those pearly white teeth. Gosh, they really looked and felt real!

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The very-tall basketball player, Yao Ming, who dwarfs everyone standing next to him

My angle. So depressing.

My angle. So depressing. (There’s a stool for you to stand in front of him)

I know what you’re looking at. Let me help by giving you a close-up:

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YES, EVEN THE ARMPIT HAIR!

Talkin’ about 100% precision.

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Former Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar

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American professional golfer, Tiger Woods

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Former American professional boxer, Muhammad Ali

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Rudy Hartono, former Indonesian badminton star who is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time!

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Table tennis player, Feng Tianwei

Ever wonder who Madame Tussaud (“mah-daym too-sawd”) was?

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Madame Marie Tussaud, maker of wax death masks.

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Very apt for Halloween.

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How wax figures are made

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Watching you…

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There’s even a live TV studio environment! And guess who’s the host?

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Oprah Winfrey! Thanks for inviting me to your show *_*

How about some local TV celebrities?

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Our Phua Chu Kang was on set too!

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Bf attempting to steal the late Huang Wenyong’s Star Awards trophy!

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I don’t get why people are complaining about Huang Wenyong’s “presence” in the museum. I think he deserves a spot in Madame Tussauds for his exemplary achievement in the local TV industry. Don’t be such spoilsports can, you all? Just enjoy the exhibits la!

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A not-so-alike figure of Zoe Tay. Also, no sight of screen rival Fann Wong in the museum!

We’re slowly delving into the Film Lot!

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The Neo clan. Actually Bf looks a little like Jack Neo here HAHA.

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Omg fingerprint.

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Indian film actor, Amitabh Bachchan. Quite suave ah *_*

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Another Bollywood actor.. I hope I get this right because I recorded the wrong description. Hrithik Roshan?

Now, to Hollywood

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E.T. goes home!

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Let me give you a ride (haha). Yup, the red coat is available for use!

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Sexbomb Marilyn Monroe

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The most beautiful actress of all time! Audrey Hepburn. “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s plays in the background only to be disrupted by the Kungfu fist swooshes sound (to simulate Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan which were placed near Audrey Hepburn)

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Let me keep you company! Oh btw I just realised she was a heavy smoker and she picked up the habit since she was very young to fight the hunger pangs during wartime. I don’t blame her because smoking wasn’t known to be harmful before the 1970s. And she was reaaaaally tiny.

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Jackie Chan

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and Bruce Lee

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Take me away on your Harley Davidson, Arnold Schwarzenegger! Then I will say “Hasta la vista baby” to everyone around me 😀

Next, people are gonna love the Music Zone!

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The late Michael Jackson

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WHO RUN THE WORLD? Beyonce Knowles!

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If you like it, then you should put a ring on it?

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Love me tender, love me sweet, Elvis Presley!

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Hand-painted eyeballs! AMAZING.

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Like a virgin, touched for the very first time… by Madonna

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The moon represents Teresa Teng

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孙燕资 (Stefanie Sun) 听不到

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安静。周杰伦在唱歌. Jay Chou

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‘Coz like Katy Petty, you’re a firework! Sing even though you know you can’t! Because nobody tells you what to do!

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I don’t know about you, but I no longer feel 22, Taylor Swift 😦 Age is catching up. (Godammit she’s really tall and slender)

Let’s now mingle with the hottest celebrities at the A-List Party!

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Who are you checking out, Shah Rukh Khan?

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Oh, it’s Aishwarya Rai!

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Has anyone seen Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscars?

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Error 404: Katie Holmes not found in A-List party (because y’know why). And yes, he’s as tall (short) as my Bf! What a shocker :O

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Another gorgeous lady on my list! My all-time favourite martial arts actress, Michelle Yeoh!

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Nicole Kidman

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The extremely-versatile Johnny Depp

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New addition! Only saw this on our second visit. Meet Andy Lau. Welcome to Singapore!

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This is the closest I can get to him :\

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No A-List party is complete without Brangelina! But I’m sorry, they are going separate ways for the night.

The A-List party is the final stop before the Gift Shop where they are having a Buy-2-Get-1-Free promotion for the $9 keychains! Bf and I bought one each as souvenirs.

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With Serena Williams! The gift shop also sells Oscars trophies (they are actually paper weight) priced between $20-$25 each! I’m definitely getting one on my next visit. 😀 And maybe one for Leonardo DiCaprio lol.

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Expect more wax figures for more Hollywood celebrities like Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts in Madame Tussauds Singapore!

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Some more celebrities not in Madame Tussauds Singapore at the moment: Rihanna, Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham!

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And of course, our beloved Kate and Wills who are also not in the museum right now. The Queen is the only British royalty there.

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Bruce Willis at the entrance/exit

Even though the entire experience lasted for about 1.5 hours, it was FUN! I was totally amazed by the realism of the sculptures. They are so real that it feels like going to Madame Tussauds is the closest you can get to rubbing shoulders with your idols.

Also not forgetting the excellent service of the staff – they were so friendly and helpful, especially the Malay (I mention the race because there were many staff around ah) girl who suggested to me to pose with Serena Williams with an Oscars trophy at the Gift Shop. I was caught by surprise because the trophy was an item on sale and usually sales assistants would be very uptight when they see items get played around with in the shop.

On top of that, I never felt watched at all during the whole time I was there hence I never felt restricted in the way I took my photos (i.e. selfies on my phone lol). Another Chinese male staff also helped to take the above photo of us with Brangelina twice without us asking. This may be a small gesture but I think it’s also the little things that make a big difference in customer service. So two thumbs up to everyone working at Madame Tussauds Singapore! 🙂

It was $20 well-spent! I will definitely return for a second visit even if I wasn’t given a free ticket haha.

That’s all for this post! Hope you guys enjoyed it ❤

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Adult tickets are priced at S$30 at the counters and S$26 (oops, no more $20 sorry) for early birds. Child and senior tickets are sold at S$16 and S$23 respectively online.

Madame Tussauds Singapore
40 Imbiah Road
Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Singapore 099700
Tel: 6715 4000
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Concerts and Live Shows from 2012

Hey guys!

Today’s post can be considered quite outdated because I’m going to recount all my concert and live show experiences that I’ve attended since 2012 (which is not really long ago right? Hehe). I didn’t do so then coz Uni (or college) had just begun for me and I kept procrastinating until I totally forgot about it. Since this blog would be the first thing I’d refer to in the future when I reminisce about old times, I HAVE to write about them. So here goes! Hope my memory serves me well.

I’m not really a concert-goer to begin with as I dislike crowds. I HATE rowdy ones so I tend to avoid modern rock and mainstream concerts where there’s a mosh pit. My first concert ticket was gifted to me by my cousins who happened to be acquainted with an employee of the organising company and it was for My Chemical Romance (disbanded) in end 2007. It was horrible! I remember getting pushed from the back with crazy girls jumping in front and smacking my face with their sweaty hair. The stage lights were so bright and strong, my eyes went momentarily blind after being constantly shone in! I could only see pitch black for 5 minutes. Luckily I slowly regained my vision but my cousins were worried shit lol. That’s when I decided NEVER to go to any of such concerts unless I get to be seated.. but where’s the fun in that right?

Anyway I digressed. I went to my second concert in 2012 with boyfriend and mind you, tickets were paid for haha. If you don’t know me, you’d never be able to guess who I saw. It was for Chicago! Yes, the oldie rock band that produced the hit singles “If You Leave Me Now” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” back then in the 1980s. Friends all know that I’m a complete oldie lover. Instead of tuning in to hits radio stations like 987fm, I listen to Gold 90.5fm most of the time. But having said that, I am still in the know about the latest songs… thanks to Youtube and Class 95fm which occasionally plays old melodies as well.

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BUT I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT CHICAGO! I literally went OMGOMG THEY’RE FINALLY COMING when I heard about the news on radio and immediately bought the tickets. Poor boyfriend who isn’t really a huge fan of Chicago was forced to tag along hahaha.

Fast forward to the day of the concert, it was at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 29 October 2012. Boyfriend and I were one of the very few youngsters in the audience as I had expected. Majority were already in their fifties but I didn’t really care. Music is after all a universal language for all ages! 🙂

Pardon the terribly poor quality images as they were taken with my iPhone 4/crappy camera back then!

Getting a bottle of water before entering the stadium

While others were drinking beer, we had mineral water lol.

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Before the concert. Audience filling their seats.

2 years ago.. we looked like that.

2 years ago.. we looked like that.

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Concert began! Big screen showing the flautist.

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They may be old, but they were as energetic as any younger artistes!

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Hyping up the crowd

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Trumpeter

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Drummer.

Mega enjoyed the concert. They sounded great live, as good as in their studio albums. I was so elated that my favourites were sung and there was even an encore. So it was money very well-spent.We even went to purchase some merchandise: 2 Chicago albums containing all their greatest hits, one with Peter Cetera and the other with their newest lineup. My only complain about the concert was the absence of Peter Cetera, whom I regard as the true voice of Chicago. I was a little disappointed even though I already knew that he wouldn’t be performing since he had long broken away from the band. But it’s alright! The new voices sounded equally awesome!

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In the same year, Russell Peters (a stand-up comedian if you don’t know – wait, how can you not know him?! Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad) also came to Singapore for his Notorious World Tour on May 5 and 6! His live show was way before Chicago but we bought the tickets later as we were too slow to get tickets to the first show, hence the classification. They were sold out so quickly! The organisers were aware that many people couldn’t get the tickets thus they opened a second show. Boyfriend was dying to see him and he wanted me to return the favour of accompanying me to Chicago’s concert so.. I did.

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But in Singapore dollars lol.

We were so broke!! But I was glad to have agreed to go, coz Russell Peters was EXTREMELY hilarious HAHAHA. Even before he started his first joke I was already in (happy) tears. I could still laugh to myself now as I recall them. People who bought tickets to the front rows were constantly picked on and used as the subjects of his jokes but they were not offended. Well, they probably were but this is the kind of topic you’d expect to hear at his show so I guess they were already mentally prepared.

So if he ever comes back again (I hope he will), be warned. NEVER buy tickets to the front row if you don’t want to be in the limelight. Or else, be prepared to be ridiculed face the consequences.

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Us.. looking so cui back then haha.

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Before the show

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DJ playing what seemed to be an hour-long music lol.

Sadly, I have no pictures of Russell Peters in action because of the show’s super strict “no recording” rule. An audio recording which warned the audience not to use any recording devices or face ejection from their seats could be heard repeating over and over again before the show. They seemed really serious about it, so I better not try to do anything stupid! (yeah I sibei humji (very gutless) as you can see)

But if you guys really want to watch his performance but couldn’t be there, I believe there are videos that were shot secretly uploaded on YouTube. 🙂

In 2013.. concert organisers probably heard my plea and brought PETER CETERA to Singapore! 不会那么巧吧?LOL. It was too much of a coincidence, really. But I was twice as excited as the band! THE VOICE OF CHICAGO WAS FINALLY HERE!!! However I knew about the concert late. I was still as broke as a church mouse and I needed more time to save up. I was very determined to get the tickets coz you never know when Peter Cetera would be back again. Furthermore he’s not very young already hor, if you get what I mean.

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By the time I had the money, the good seats were all gone 😦 So I resorted to buying from Gumtree. It was a blessing in disguise coz I ended up saving quite a lot of money hehehe. Collected the tickets from the seller 3 hours before the concert and then met boyfriend at The Star Performing Arts Centre (where the concert was held) to have our dinner. Thereafter, we took the lift up to the theatre entrance. Oh, I think it’s also worth mentioning that we shared the same lift as Glenn Ong. Haha.

I was told by the seller that The Star Theatre has one of the best sound systems in Singapore. I thought that’s pretty accurate!

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Waiting for the concert to begin… We were once again surrounded by people way older than us.

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Our tickets!!

Peter Cetera and his back-up female singer who has voice so freakin' powerful.

Peter Cetera and his back-up female singer who has a voice so freakin’ powerful. She sang Amy Grunt and Cher’s parts in “The Next Time I Fall” and “After All”

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Peter Cetera not looking like his age (he was 68). I’m honestly mesmerised by his mature looks lol oops did I just let the cat out of bag about my unusual fetish hahahaha

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Have to buy something at every concert lol

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So we bought a concert-only audio CD which includes Chicago pieces as well! It also has Peter Cetera’s golden signature!! 😀 (But this means I have 2 CDs of the same songs now lol).

Peter Cetera’s voice was still as good and crisp as 20 years ago WOW I wonder what his secret is. He was never out of breath even after singing for close to 2 hours! And listening to him sing live is like a dream come true please. It was BETTER than on studio album! He’s truly a legend. I wouldn’t mind paying to watch him again honestly.

Now comes the complaint.. why didn’t he sing this? WHY!? I was looking forward to this lor..

He could have sung this instead of the duet with Cher, argh. 😦

Last but not least, the live show we attended just recently this year was Cesar Millan‘s, also at The Star Theatre. I love that place coz it’s new and quite near to where I stay unlike the Singapore Indoor Stadium hahaha. Concert organisers, if you are reading this, please hold more concerts there okay!!

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I wasn’t very keen on Cesar Millan at first coz seriously, what could a dog whisperer talk about in 2 hours? I definitely don’t want a lecture on dog discipline please. So I was very reluctant to spend the money even though our ticket prices were discounted. But once again… because boyfriend went to see Peter Cetera with me, I had to give in to his request this time around. Lol so calculative this person.

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Waiting for the leader of the pack.. (And finally among a pool of younger audience hahaha)

Waiting for the leader of the pack.. (And finally among a pool of younger audience hahaha)

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Sorry, camera not good enough to capture his face!

Sorry, camera not good enough to capture his face!

One of his "lecture" slides lol. If you can understand it then good for you.

One of his “lecture” slides lol. You won’t be able to understand it just by looking at it alone. Chim hor!?

But Cesar Millan proved to be more entertaining than I thought! I didn’t expect him to be so funny too haha. He showed us how to manage the dog in public, how we should hold the leash and how to prevent our dogs from causing a wreck at home when the owners are not around. Other than that, I didn’t learn much from him (maybe coz I knew it wouldn’t work for me) but I don’t regret my purchase as boyfriend seemed to enjoy his talk. He happy can already la 😀

At the end of the show, Cesar Millan stayed on stage to give his autograph to eager fans on the floor – how nice of him! It was very crowded on the floor though so I didn’t bother getting his autograph and left. But yup, I can vouch for his down-to-earth character! He seemed to me as really nice, humble person.

Okay that’s about it! Actually Michael Learns To Rock recently also came to Singapore but I was too broke to go 😦 I hope I don’t regret this.

Thanks for reading y’all 😉

Movies That Blow My Mind

I’m currently uploading this EXTREMELY huge file onto Mediafire because Gmail, being a bitch, doesn’t allow me to attach files more than 25mb of size. So while waiting for the upload to be completed I think I should blog a little about movies.

Today I felt like I was the stupidest person on earth because I didn’t friggin’ understand the movie Inception, and I think it was just me! In my opinion (please don’t shoot me down movie experts) Inception was mind-boggling that it confused the shit out of me. Like I totally paid $6 to exhaust my brains even more on top of the brainstorming they had to do for my school projects. Movies are supposed to be our form of entertainment!! Why are they giving me more stress instead?! So about 20 minutes into the movie I DOZED OFF!! How terrible was that?? Okay I’m really not blaming the movie.. The hall was half packed with students my age or even YOUNGER and they actually cheered after the movie ended. That showed how much they enjoyed it. Alphonsus loved it too.. even claimed it to be the one of the best movies ever.  😦

Update: Even after reading the plot I still don’t get it! WHAT THE HELL just shoot me. This is so frustrating!!

Inception wasn’t the only movie that made me feel this way. A Team too.. sigh, everyone else was like telling me how HILARIOUS A Team was but I didn’t feel a thing?! I couldn’t understand what the actors were talking about and I dozed off during that movie too. What the hell is wrong with me?? 😦

I think I should just stick to chick flicks and horror.. and Hong Kong movies. Sigh, what a bimbo lor..