Saturday, August 20, 2011


After doing this for the last 2 years, wifey and I will be working together in the same production!

What will it be? Will tell later, but suffice to know that this production will involve the Who's Who of klpac and a bunch of great performers!

Stay tuned for more:)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Who am I?

Life used to be so simple. A couple of years back when people asked me what I do, my answer was quite straight forward -"I work with a medical supplier but I teach GX classes on a part-time basis."

Then it got even simpler:

"I work with Fitness First as a Group Exercise Manager and I teach GX classes."

Nowadays, I dunno what I should say... because over the last 12 months, I have done the following:

Performed in musicals

sang for weddings(a couple of occasions)

Emceed a wedding

Acted in a Maxis product launch

Took on a dramatic role

Sang in recitals

Emceed an event

And soon, I will be adding one more thing- stage manager...

So who am I?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Drums Alive Launch @ Miracle 2011

(L-R) Cindy, Winnie, Me, Jacquline, Zila, & Nic

The ladies in front are from IOI Mall

First time see so many balls in a class:)

I reckon everyone did well as first timers

Thanks for your energy!

Miracle pictures!

Have decided to ask Marketing dept for the pictures from Miracle 2011. Below are a couple of pictures from the day.




Ben Sim teaching Lose It! Team Workout

Drums Alive as part of the opening ceremony


Miracle Show Off #1

Miracle Show off #2

Easy Moves Class

Sh'bam by Tracy

Me auctioning Lorraine

Peggy in high heels!

Miracle Show off #3

Miracle Show off  #4

Miracle Show off #5


GX All Stars - BODYJAM


Next entry will be just Drums Alive:)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Wasted Saturday night & Sunday morning

Last night, when I was about to go to bed, I found out that the door of my bedroom was locked. After trying to open it with the key, I realized at the lock was spoilt. It was already 12am I tried to dismantle the lock. After much sweaty effort, I eventually managed to get both sides of the knob off, but the lock was still stuck there. I was still locked out... By then, it was already 1am.

So I decided to shower and slept on the couch.

Woke up the next morning and went shopping for new door lock- had to do it in the morning because afternoon I have rehearsal at klpac. So missed church. Went to Puchong shop opposite IOI Mall but it was closed- last time bought a reasonably cheap on over there. So, had to patah balik to Central Old Klang Road. Bought 1 cheap one(for the guest room as the door knob was loose already) and another expensive one for my room.

I thought I could install them when I got back home... only to realize that I got the wrong size! And so, I went back to the shop to exchange for the right size. For the size I wanted, the cheap one did not have that variation, so had to pay more for another expensive one.

By the time I reached home, I knew I was going to be late for my 2pm rehearsal. Immediately SMSed director to informed him and I quickly install my room's lock. Once done, I had another quick shower and rushed to klpac.

Finally installed the guest room's lock after returning from klpac.... *sigh*

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Beautiful Contemporary from SYTYCD season 8

Watch out for Marko & Melanie in Season 8! This is their week #1 performance!


Usually in the gym when we say someone is SS, it's not a compliment. Being call "syiok sendiri" is not that nice, but then again some people may not care that much.

Anyhow, in the performing arts scene, SS stands for something else.

Short+Sweet is the biggest short play festival in the world. First produced at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney, Australia in 2002. All performances must strictly stays within the 10 minute time limit. klpac started the Malaysian festival in 2008 with dance and theatre, and they added musical last year. This year wifey & I decided to give the auditions a try.

While wifey wanted to dance and me theatre, we both went for the musical audition together. She sang "Summer in Ohio" from The Last Five Years and I did "I Believe" from The Book of Mormon. It was a good experience and we both got an offer for the same musical. However, she was also offered a role in another musical. She decided to accept the 2nd offer.

As much as we wanted to do the same musical, we both felt strongly that she would benefit more in terms of growth & development as a performer. Besides, it allows us to be like Gong Li & Zhang Ziyi.

"Now we are rivals."

As for the other categories, wife is performing bollywood in the dance category and I am doing a dark play in theatre. Maybe next year we'll do a dance together, if BB is able to come up with something:)

Do come join us if you are free- it'll be a lot of fun!

The dates for the festival are:

S+S Musical
28 Sept - 1 Oct 2011

S+S Dance
Week 1: 5 -8 Oct 2011
Week 2: 12 -15 Oct 2011
Gala Night: 16 Oct 2011

S+S Theatre
Week 1: 19 -22 Oct 2011
Week 2: 26 -29 Oct 2011
Gala: 30 Oct 2011

Friday, August 05, 2011

Why you should forget about Nike Free

Shall give my feedback after trying them:)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Balance in life... Gym stuff!

If you have been to Fitness First GX classes lately, the latest craze in the club are Sh'bam & Drums Alive. While Sh'bam is another great program from Les Mills, Drums Alive is a different ball game altogether, pun intended:)

If there's ever a program that is made for me, it would definitely by Drums Alive. Don't get me wrong; I love BODYCOMBAT a lot and it's the first program that got me started in GX... but I have been playing drums since 1990! To put it in Les Mills term, I have been in the essence for years!!

Training was done in June, we launched it in a big way at Miracle 2011 and now Drums Alive is available at the following gym: 1MK, The Curve, Damansara Uptown, Menara Axis, Menara MBF, Avenue K & Klang Bukit Tinggi.

Yesterday morning I taught my first class with Cindy. I have to admit, I wasn't prepared for the class as I was still thinking about the chorey when I was driving to 1MK this morning. However, the moment the music started and I got into the groove, the chorey just came to me so clearly! We both managed to have fun with the members and it was obvious the members loved the total feel of Drums Alive.

Shall do more homework and make next week's class better:)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

All changes in time...even this blog

Just been reminded that I haven't blogged since January....OK then, a bit of update since January:

The audition I went in Jan didn't work out and so I went for another one in February and landed a part in what I consider my proudest moment so far in my performing arts career(not that it's a long career, but you'll get the idea). While I like to act & do bits of dancing(if required), I have always considered myself musical person. Hence, auditions that would catch my attentions are, you guess it, musicals. I would rarely go for standard drama auditions and even if I did, it would be just for the experience and not expecting much. Hence, when I went for the Jan audition, it wasn't something that I was hoping to get into.

Anyhow back to the February audition. The event page on Facebook said there's a bit of dancing & singing, so I went for it, did my thing, made an impression and got the callback. At the callback, the guy got us into groups and we were supposed to play out bits and pieces of the scripts that were given to us. Oh boy, I thought. I was paired with this Kuching chic and we rehearse together. I have no idea how it turned up, but I didn't like the feeling of acting at all.

2nd part was checking our vocal range before we were left at the mercy of this lady BB to go through a little bit of choreography. Overall, I thought I did ok in choreography but I totally did poorly in acting. So I didn't think I would be hearing any good news from them.

To my surprise, a couple of days later I got a call asking me if I would be able to come for rehearsal on certain days if I was picked for the show. To make it short, I was picked for one of the stories and to funniest part was, I was going to play a junkie!! OK, I'm no Mr Universe but I was wondering why I was picked for that role.

For the next 2-3 months, however, I was given guidance from how to do research for a character I am playing, learn some dancing terms & moves like piroutte, make new friends.... and in the process, it helped me to break out from the mold I've set myself in.

It has been a wonderful journey and because of this, I now have the confidence to call myself an actor.

Thank you, creative team of Bars & Bedrooms!