Cheryl Wee

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Golden Jubilee


The year 1998, 
I was in Primary 5,
and one of the requisites of an 11 year old kid in Singapore was to attend the National Day Parade preview show. 
That show was the start of it all.

It was the 1st time I felt what patriotism was (in a less chimalogic expression)
when tears were just rolling down my face as we recited the pledge and sang our anthem.
As a kid, that was standard protocol every morning,
which really didn't strike me much.
Pretty much more like a chant that we learn and just follow.
But somehow, that night, that little Majulah Singapura seedling trigger something.


I felt so so so so blessed to be a part of something and somewhere so huge and great but yet so homely and comfy.
I felt safe and thankful.
Or perhaps it was the goodies loaded fun pack and McChicken burgers that sold me...
Just Joking. (technically, being a foodie kid that might have sold me)
But what really moved me was the songs, the singing.
The classic hits "Count on Me Singapore"
"Stand up for Singapore"
"This is my country This is my flag"
That eventually lead up to the pledge and anthem really got to me.
And from then on,
my dream was to stand on that National Stadium Stage and sing our National song.
Up till this very day,
this childhood dream holds strong and one of the reasons why I wanna be a performer.
I wanna do Singapore proud, 
contribute in my own way,
big or small,
and if I would have the honour someday to stand on that stage,
it would be my greatest greatest GREATEST privilege.


And this year we celebrate our Golden Jubilee with a long #redandwhiteweekend.
I started out our celebrations on the 1st August with the NDP preview show!!
Thanks to the Jean Yip Group who were part of this year's NDP parade, 
giving back to Singapore styling the performers hair,
we had tickets to the previews and actual show!
And the most exciting part of the show for our family this year is watching Aunty Dawn!
She was invited to sing at this year's NDP!!!
So so so proud of her and it's so meaningful cos it's SG50.


And when this came on screen, 
I was jumping up and down!!
Hey Hey is that our mata mata peeps!!!
I was in that uniform too!!!
Suddenly I felt like,
"I'm really part of history too!!"

That was really one of my greatest takeaway given the opportunity to be on mata mata,
a way in which I could be a part of and play out our history.

 
check out that cute photo bomber there. Our Nuffnang manager, Selina!! Haven't met this girl in ages, and that week, we so coincidentally met twice. haha can buy 4d.

Spent the #redandwhiteweekend watching the LKY musical.
The fact that it's our Golden Jubilee and the year we mark the passing of our founding father, the man behind everything we have now, pulled our heart strings. 
The LKY musical gave a good glimpse into the wave of struggles and tenacity Mr Lee and Singapore had.
It was indeed a time when no one saw that Singapore could make it, 
But We Did.
He built a nation strong and free....
Reaching out together in peace and harmony.....
*now altogether....*
"This is my country
This is my flag
This is my future
This is my life
These are my family
These are my friends
We are Singapore
Singaporeans"


On a separate yet similar note,
I always make it a MUST to wear red and white on national day yearly.
We're Singaporeans mah, must bask in the "ang ang mood" (ang= lucky red)
This year it's #redandwhiteweekend ootd for the long weekend!!

Spec: Le Specs
Top: HnM
Skirt: Zara
Belt: Giordano Ladies
Shoes: Tory Burch


 Spent much of the Golden Jubilee filming,
and here's the mata crew (incomplete, missing Shu An, Rifat and Daren) wishing you and Singapore
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


Love You Much Singapore!!
我们永远支持你!
Salute!!!!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Funtastic Family


Can't believe it's July is ending, and that's how late I am with this post! T'was sitting as my draft for like a month and since I couldn't get it out early July, shall wrap this July up on a colourful note :)
Our family always greet the month of July with a gastronomic affair coz it's Aunty Dawn's birthday, she's a food connoisseur, funnest aunt ever and THE most talented singer!! 

 

Theme for the night was Colourful!! With the prettiest and most colourful dessert spread that we were all lurking around the WHOLE entire night. No kidding man....was like a lion preying over the sweetest and most tempting macaroons, chocolates, cakepops, luscious creamy birthday cakes (so lions probably couldn't care less about dessets, but you get the idea). It was such a dilemma, can't wait for dinner to be over so we can feast on desserts, BUT,  Chef Mama's homemade Japanese omakase menu was simply too amazing and we just wanted more of it. HOW?!?!? Calories and being full wasn't the issue here, we wanted both the food and were preying over the desserts in between courses. Greedy right!! but how not to be greedy when everything is so good?? 


Presenting to you, Chef Mama's very own omakase dinner. Here's only some of the courses, greedy me ate up the rest. Mama's really creative and meticulous and SUPERWOMAN. She designed the menu, went to the market, cooked, and individually plated each course for 50 over peeps!! 


 And if you think the food and desserts are overwhelming enough. There's still games and dress up!!
Haha dressed papa and several other guys in Chinese Princess costumes and laugh all our calories away!! Papa attempting to be Chang er.....errrrrrrrrrrr



 

Thanks for always cracking us up papa but we prefer you like this... your beard didn't go too well with your Princess ootd. But no matter what you're always #onfleek


On a side note, had to post this last pic cos I'm loving this dress from Reformation so much. They're eco-friendly clothes that don't kill the environment. Their dresses are always perfectly feminine, with a subtle sexy touch. 

See you guys in August :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fashion: On Pedder feat. Sara Battaglia

Earlier this month On Pedder welcomed bag designer Sara Battaglia to grace the launch of her latest collection in Singapore. And I was so stoked to be handpicked and gifted a limited edition clutch by Sara herself and the On Pedder peeps!! YIIIPPPEEEEEE 

Keeping the fashion guru Keith Png's advice, he said "Invest in all things fringe this year!" If there's one thing we got have in our wardrobe this season, it has gotta be FRINGE!
Sara Battaglia's latest collection features fringes from her bucket bag, to glammed up back packs, and lady like clutches. Perfect for dawn to dusk, office to dinner date looks. 

Top: Zara
Skirt: Premonition
Sunnies: Le Specs
Heels: Steve Madden
Bag: Sara Battaglia

First time getting a bag signed by a bag designer herself!! Making it even more of a limited ed!! 



Monday, July 20, 2015

Travel to spread the love

When we talk about travelling, it's no doubt that most of us will agree that it's an eye opener and the greatest textbook you'll encounter.
Be it a memorable happy one or bumpy eventful one, it's always a take away lesson.
You'll get to see a different side of the world, learn a new culture, enjoy various cuisines and meet new people along the way.


Travelling these days has been made easy, a lot more cost effective, almost everyone especially in cosmopolitan Singapore can and has travelled. Most of which are makan or shopping trips to cities. Although it's a 'self-fulfilled' one, they might not be the most meaningful one. I myself am guilty of such. It's been awhile since our family took one of those 'off the beaten track' trips, and it's high time we take one together, give back to society and remind us how lucky and blessed we are, and share the love.


One of the most memorable trips was actually a work trip to Pattaya in 2012. It was the Pattaya International Music Festival, and I was very fortunate to represent Singapore with my songs and dance performance. It was very very touching and encouraging performing to a group of Thais who didn't understand Mandarin but we were supportive to dance along and scream and shout. They didn't know who this Chinese girl prancing on stage was, nor what she was singing, but there were no barriers. 


After the performance, we stayed a couple of days in Bangkok, and met this girl along the streets. A young girl, helping her mom sells flowers to cars that stopped along the roads under the blazing hot Bangkok sun. Most kids in developed countries might falter at the thought of spending their weekends in the sun selling things to make ends meet. But this girl had the brightest smile and warmest heart. She happily pranced from car to car asking drivers to buy flowers. Along the pavements, was a pasar malam of sorts that had simple games and clothes for sale. When she's not selling flowers, she would chat with the other stall sellers, and we bought her a fishing game. We saw the brightest and sweetest smile. She was filled with happiness and gratitude. A simple pasar malam game could make her day. The joy in the simplest things is a rare and treasure happiness we ought to learn from this young girl.


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One of our rockstar beneficiaries, whom you may play a part in contributing to his education and lifestory, is the adorable Eq'man. We're so blessed to grow up having parents by our side, but as for cheeky 9 year old Muhammad Eq’man Mutiara Bin Juraimi and his sister, their 65 year old grandfather took on the role as the sole breadwinner and father figure in their family. It's heartbreaking that his elderly grandad has to take on night shifts as a taxi driver in spite of his poor health, bringing home approximately S$1000 monthly.Yet, they're happy peeps with the simple pleasures in life: evening strolls and skateboarding sessions. Eq'man is such a sensible kid, all he wants is a simple trip across the causeway where he can spend uninterrupted quality time with his beloved datuk and nenek is all he wants.


Click to watch a video on Eq'man and he's bound to brighten your day :)




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