We Are Infatuated With The Phantom of the Opera

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Hi Huneybees,


Thank you Base Entertainment Asia and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions for letting me cross off another to-do off my bucket list. It's been my dream to catch the legendary musical that got my interest in Broadway production and being able to do so with W (my ever so loving hubby), made the whole love story plot even sweeter. 




The Plot

For Huneybees who are unfamiliar with the story, Phantom of the Opera tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known as 'The Phantom' who haunts the depths of Paris Opera House. During this time, he was mesmerized by the talents and beauty of a young soprano - Christine. He lures her to be his protege and seeks her love in return. Yet, when Christine showed love for her long love interest Raoul, the Phantom's obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn where jealousy, passions, and madness combust into an epic tale of love.



The Set

While everything was so well thought of and planned for easy packing for the purpose of tours around the world, no details were forsaken. Right from the beginning, when the curtains pulled back, the golden wonder of the pristine stage replica of the theatre literally took my breath away as the chandelier rose to the ceiling. The entire set design was simply magnificent and intricate as though I was sitting there in the Paris Opera House!



Thanks to the backstage tour, I got to learn about how some of the magic unfold for Phantom of the Opera,  To allow for the exchange of set between scenes fast, such as when the Phantom takes Christine down into the depths of opera, clever use of  body doubles and silhouettes helps to create the catwalk movement. 


See how cool the staircase from the masquerade scene is being pulled up and kept behind the scenes.
Easy for packing and also what a clever use for space...


Also, the smart use of candles peek from little trapholes on the floor helps to create a perspective as The Phantom's lair unveiled while he takes Christine on a boat, that is actually remotely controlled by a staff backstage, so there is no need to make tracks on the stage floors.



The Cast


For me, Jonathan Roxmouth (The Phantom), Meghan Picerno (Christine Daaé) and Matt Leisy (Raoul) have such great chemistry on the stage and their vocals paired off with each other perfectly. Especially with Jonathan's low and strong baritone vocals in comparison with Meghan's high pitched soprano vocals, I get goosebumps every time they sing on stage as the nostalgia of playing back these musical tracks on the CD back in my college days seizes me!





Meghan played the sweet songstress so well that I can literally see her character grows on stage from the initial young little dancer in the back to become the main lead later in the play. 
Also worth mentioning is the prima donna  - Carlotta Giudicelli - for her high pitch range of vocals, which I feel is definitely on par with those of Christine's, making her such a strong character who I can't forget.





The Verdict

By now, Huneybees will already know that I have truly enjoyed myself watching The Phantom of the Opera at Sands Theatre in Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Even though the story has been told many many times before but watching the actors performing live on stage, the beautiful set and costumes and the hauntingly mesmerizing song pieces got me drowned in the theatre, made my virgin experience of the play so precious and spectacular. It's the first time I feel fully immersed in a production as though I was part of the story, it was such an emotional roller coaster for me, I even cried when Christine left the Phantom for Raoul...




While it has been the third time W watched this play, having caught the first two during his times in England donkey years ago, he was still as excited as I was when we watched The Phantom of the Opera here. He even hummed to the tune of the score over the last few days after catching the play!



Needless to say, we both love The Phantom of the Opera and will recommend this with our lovely Huneybess, whether if it is the first time you catch it or like W, having watched it before. Certainly, a good moment for a couple like us to spend a lovely evening date together!



The Phantom of the Opera will be in Singapore till 8 June at the Sands Theatre @ Marina Bay Sands. For ticketing details and more booing information, go to  http://huneyzworld.blogspot.com/2019/04/facts-on-phantom-of-opera.html








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Craving For Gong Cha @ Pop-Up Shilin Market Again

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Hi Huneybees,


Yes I'm up and awake, all excited and craving for another cup of Gong Cha from the Shilin Market pop-up at Turf Club. Knowing that Gong Cha has made an exclusive collaboration with my favourite artist - Simone Legno, hubby and I purposely made a beeline over to the special event on the first day last week!


Converted out from an open carpark space at Turf Club, the Shilin Market pop-up really got us all excited as it brought back some fond memories of the Taiwan Street snacks that we missed so much. But sadly, not only was the weather not being that friendly, but it was also overcrowded.




With the food street being packed to the max, it was difficult to maneuver around and with the lack of seatings, we literally wanted to give up and head home instead.


But luckily, the Gong Cha booth saved the day for us. It was well placed right at the entrance of the fairground, with area crowd control well-handled by the friendly Gong Cha staff that kept everyone's morale high despite the rain and overcrowding effect from other stores. 

For Huneybees, Gong Cha booth is made up of 2 different sections, the usual over-the-counter order corner and the Funhouse, with the payment booth smacked in the middle.


You can find Gong Cha x Tokidoki merchandise there as you make payment for your drinks, featuring Boba Bob and Boba Betty on a specially designed tumbler and cup sleeve. There are 3 brand new and exclusive flavours launched at this Shilin Market pop-up, featuring an innovative mix of ingredients beautifully incorporated using the art of ‘茶墨’ (Chá mò), also known as Tea Ink. 




Made popular in Taiwan, ‘茶墨’ refers to the technique of creating a splashed look across the bubble tea cup using strokes of contrasting colours. There's the Rosa Latte, Berry Biscotti ad Bambu Boba waiting for me to try when we return to the Shilin Market pop-up for a second chance this weekend.


Why didn't I try the 3 drinks out? Well, coz we opt for another option that I think was more exclusive to the pop-up event. Hubby and I spent all our time in the 512 sq-metre Funhouse where we got to personalize our very own Boba brews at the DIY stations within the Funhouse’s experiential zones. Kids and those who are looking for insta-worthy shots can also chill out at immersive Boba ball pit. 



Knowing Funhouse at Gong Cha booth was my Tokidoki Wonderland, hubby did not stop me from taking photos at every corner. If only I could wake up to these cutesy designs every morning and make my own cuppa to start the morning, this would definitely be the "blueprint" I would give to my next home decorator!


DIY Gong Cha Brews begin with the payment in the middle booth, then queuing to enter the Funhouse, where you can get a Gong Cha cup to fill up with all your favourite toppings, flavour syrups, and lastly tea brews. The friendly Gong Cha staff will be around to assist. 



For me, I pile up on the Rainbow Jelly, Pearl Boba and gave my Milk Tea a lychee twist before sealing it at the machine for my enjoyment...wee...


The Shilin Night Market will be back for Round 2 at The Grounds @ Kranji, Carpark B at Singapore Turf Club, 1 Turf Club Ave from April 26-28, 3pm-11pm. Admission is free. 

See you there as I will definitely be back for more Gong Cha x Tokidoki goodness and hopefully get to try more of the Taiwan Snacks too!



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{Update] A Gateway To New Styles At Raffles City Shopping

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*Finally got the video uploaded*

Hi Huneybees,


SHOPPING - a "sport" that I love indulging in every day, there is always an excuse to go shopping, be it for a new pair of shoes, to check out the latest beauty product or simply just to enjoy the air conditioning, there is no way I would reject going shopping. LOL!


With the change of weather, comes a new season and maybe it's time to change up your style and closet? Raffles City recently had a refreshing new take on the fashion runway, sending models dressed in fashion pieces and accessories that the mall carries, showing their customers that you don't have to play safe and shop in just one store to get your style going, it's fun sometimes to mix and match across their stores and see what special "concoction" style you can come up with.


Themed as "Your Gateway to Style", new styles are created as the familiar classic get restyled, reworked and reimagined. Retro prints of the '80s as well as the voluminous shapes of the '90s, get updated on the runway of Raffles City's Spring/Summer 2019 showcase under the hands of fashion producer and stylist Jerome Awasthi. He pairs the season's hottest style and trends from international names such as Shanghai Tang, MAJE, Mango, Kate Spade together with Singapore's very own brands such as SABRINAGOH, GINLEE Studio, KLARRA and Womb.

Take a look at the fashion show below...


Other than just fashion shows, there are also tons of side activities to make your shopping experience even more fun!


Destination: Style - Up Close and Personal Fashion Tips with Furqan
Style Guru Furqan Saini will be sharing his hard-won insights at workshops, Themed "Destination: Style", the workshops will highlight the best workwear and travel ensembles of the new season; unveiling their newest cuts and styles for instaworthy looks, some of the brands fronting the workshops include ALDO, Robinsons, GINLEE Studio and Alan Photo..

Workshop Schedule
19 Apr, 3pm Workwear Edits
20 Apr, 3 pm: Weekday Chic
21 Apr, 3pm: Travel in Style

A registration fee of $10 is required.
To sign up, please email marcom.rcs@capitaland.com


Girl's Night Out with Raffles City
Treat your girlfriends to a fun night out with a multitude of fashion offerings and accessories from participating brands - Dorthy Perkins, SABRINAGOH, Warehouse, ALDO, Fe the Nail Lounge, Dyson, Muji and Thomas Sabo.


Get a complete makeover courtesy of fashion stylist Ben Lim, hairstyling by Dyson and makeup done by M.A.C. Also, you can also indulge yourselves with express gel manicure, delectable bites, refreshments and free-flow alcohol.

Schedule
25 Apr, 6.30-9.30pm
Venue: Level 3 Atrium
Ticketed event at S$35 per pax



There are also tons of shopping promotions and rewards waiting for you;  a trip for 2 to Italy, Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer as well as CapitaVouchers all for you to stand a chance to win! https://www.capitaland.com/sg/malls/rafflescity/en/deals/your-gateway-to-style-at-raffles-city.html. For more information on Raffles City's promotions for this shopping season, go to www.rafflescity.com.sg.




Have fun shopping and hope to see you there! I'm definitely going wardrobe updating with hubby this weekend...






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Facts on The Phantom of the Opera

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Hi Huneybees,



Masquerade! Paper faces on parade

Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you
Masquerade! Every face a different shade
Masquerade! Look around, there's another mask behind you



A song that's of so familiar to me when I was in the school band back in those secondary school days. "Masquerade" a song by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the musical - The Phantom of the Opera made such a great song to open any performance and this piece was challenging one for one who plays the flute and piccolo. Play it well, and you can shine brightly amidst the huge band, if not, just one note wrong, everyone will know you made a mistake. It was a stressful time for me, practicing day and night just so I do not let my band down, but also because of that experience, I fell in love with the piece and always wanted to catch the musical in person and feel how the live band would sound with the actors on stage.


I've already made a date with hubby this April when The Phantom of the Opera returns to Singapore once again, have you gotten your tickets yet?  Here are a few fun facts for you, on the musical to share with your friends. Do get your tickets early before the show leaves Singapore again...

There are

  • 22 Scene Changes throughout the musical
  • 281 Candles in total 
  • 230 spectacular and gorgeous costumes
  • 250kg of dry ice is used for the theatrical smokey scenes
  • 48 lightbulbs on the chandelier

TICKETING DETAILS

SEASON FROM 24 APRIL 2019
TICKET PRICE FROM $75* * EXCLUDES THE BOOKING FEE OF SGD$4 PER TICKET

PERFORMANCE TIMES 
TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 8.00PM
SATURDAY 2.00PM & 8.00PM
SUNDAY   1.00PM & 6.00PM

BOOKINGS 

INTERNET: www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg

PHONE:  +65 6688 8826

IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices and ArtScience Museum, Theatre, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby.

CORPORATE & GROUP BOOKINGS: Base Entertainment Asia has an exclusive concierge service for all Partnerships, Sponsorships, Corporate & Group Bookings. BasXclusive specialises in dedicated events including the ‘Money Can’t Buy Experiences,’ which pioneered and integrated hospitality with the best in live entertainment, focusing on personalising the needs of each individual client to curate the most memorable and one-off experiences at their theatre. For more information, please contact BaseXclusive@baseentertainment.com.sg.




For more information please log onto www.MarinaBaySands.com
Photo Credits: The Phantom of the Opera World Tour




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CATS - Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

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Hi Huneybees,



Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS comes back to Singapore this December for a strictly limited season. Hubby and I caught the musical when they were in town back in 2015 and we definitely will not miss it again this time too. There's something magical about watching musicals several times, you capture and "learn" different things from each experience. 

Being one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS world premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances and since then, it has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and has been seen by more than 81 million people worldwide.  Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.



Be enticed into the magnificent musical score composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the poignant hit song ‘Memory’, which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow April 6, at 10am via Marina Bay Sands ticketing and SISTIC. you wouldn't want to miss it! Huneyzworld's take on CATS - http://huneyzworld.blogspot.com/2015/01/ive-fallen-deeply-in-love-with-cats.html





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Get Truly Wireless With Crazybaby Air 1S

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Hi Huneybees,


I've always wanted to get a pair of wireless earbuds so that I could share the music I'm listening to with my hubby. When we go on trips, trekking, jogging or even a session down at the gym, it's always so weird when we are both on our individual music and interacting coz we can't hear each other.


I always wondered wouldn't it be nice if we each had a side of the earbud, wire-free, listening to the same music and having the other "open" ear available as we speak to each other? Well, I gave the Crazybaby Air 1S True Wireless Headphones a whirl and I'm loving it. After all, it has won the iF DESIGN AWARD by iF International Forum Design GmbH this year as a symbol of design excellence around the world!


The Crazybaby Air 1S True Wireless Headphones feels almost weightless, very easy to bring around and fit into any pockets. They fit snuggly into my ears, without causing any pain even after long hours of wearing, not falling off no matter how vigorously I shake my head, and being IPX6 Water & Sweat Proof, it makes a perfect pair to have when I'm working out with my hubby.


Connecting to the earphones is an easy-peasy job and can be done within seconds, together with the Enhanced Bluetooth Connection of using the same PIFA antenna like that of high-end smartphones, with a wide bandwidth and a high signal reception efficiency, I can get a stable, robust connection within a 15-meter distance. Which also means, hubby and I can work on different machines in the gym, whilst enjoying the same piece of workout music. (Yup, another reason to "convince hubby" 😏to get the Crazybaby Air 1S).


Other specialities about the Crazybaby Air 1S also includes its fast charging power, battery life up to 12 hours, wind-resistant and noise-isolation streamline design paired with the built-in algorithm of Crazybaby Air 1S simulates 3D virtual surround sound, not only cuts out the noisy surroundings allowing a more immersive music experience but also creates layered listening experience from symphony to rain sounds. 




All in all, I think the Crazybaby Air 1S makes a great companion to have, no matter if you are a fitness buff, a travel bug or simply just a music admirer. It is available at Audio House, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Mustafa, Polaris, Popular, Singtel, SprintCass, Takashimaya, Tangs and Treoo.com, at $279.



For the fashionistas, there is also the Crazybaby Nano 1S coming up in May, which comes in several colours. Do keep a lookout for more updates....







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