I am turning 40 in about 7 weeks I am feeling fabulous.
It seems to me, life has only just begun. It is so exciting (and hectic) that I often find myself too nervous to eat. But I am constantly reminded, that I have to nourish myself with food,honey and water, or else I would not have the energy and stamina to keep up with the pace. So I entice myself with comfort food, such as my Nespresso Roma and Nutella in the morning, (yes I eat Nutella with a spoon sans bread), boiled carrots and broccoli for lunch, and a glass of my favourite red for dinner. As you can see, I prefer to always stay some what hungry. It keeps me yearning. And yearning gives me something to look forward to.
Honoured to be on the cover of Elle Singapore this month. It has been 11 years since I last graced Elle’s cover and I must admit, I do age quite well. More importantly, I have never been more comfortable with being me, flaws and all.
As I sit outside on my balcony, typing away, listening to the crashing of the waves, distant flickering lights of the ships beckon to me, my silent companions.
How lovely life can be.
A little dissent is good, especially when standing up for the right thing. A failure or two is good, especially if it teaches one to be resilient to disappointments.
“Gentle in winning, stronger in defeat”. A line in The LKY Musical that struck a chord in me.
When pride gets in the way, I failed to see the big picture.
When blinded by ignorance, we ridicule and condemn without logic.
When one is stuck in the moment, only prayers, family and community could provide me with the release of anguish.
Hence, we move on. And in the process we learn and we grow.
Would I give myself a pass? Never. I am and have always been my own worst critic.
But we must not be defined by our worst moments. We can hate some things we have done, but do respect ourselves for everything good we have done in our complicated lives.
Today my vocal coach Professor Haymon said to me, see Sharon, you are learning how to sing.
I replied, no, I am learning to live.
In the past 26 vocal sessions with Alvin and Professor Haymon, I was constantly reminded to breathe and to let go. Two things I fail to do, when I sing.
The same two flaws of mine, in life. And I see that now. I am often out of breath, and I hold on tightly to everything, rarely letting things pass.
Now that I am so blessed and privileged to be part of this passionate team, I am determined to live this experience to the fullest. Peel away, the layers of protective facades, and see the raw youth I once laughed at. I am ready to be ridiculed.
The LKY Musical. Opens 21 July 2015, at the MasterCards Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/lky0815
I’ll be there.
As I grieve with the world on the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, I often pause to think how would he want us to remember him.
I grew up in a poor family but I was able to enjoy world class education, and was given many opportunities in the course of my work. The best way to honour him, to me, is to fight for what you believe in and live your passion.
I hope we will always remember how far we have come on this amazing Singapore journey, and remain inspired by all that he achieved.
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“As we mourn his passing, let us also honour his spirit” — Prime Minister Lee.
I didn’t want to let go of his hand then. Have to let go now.
Thank you, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Be ready. And when opportunity strikes, go for it.
Even if people are going to mock you even if you are going to get ridiculed, fear not. People laugh and people forget. But you, you would have done it. You would have realized a dream.
There is no other secret to living your passion, except
real. solid. hard. work.
Filed under UPDATEZZZ, work
It’s that time of the year. Chinese New Year is round the corner. So looking forward to binging on my favourite goodies : mum’s homemade pineapple tarts ( simply the best) and Fragrance Bah Kwa (and not just because my face is on taxi cabs), just the way I like it– slightly toasted, with a glass of red.
24 days into the new year and I’m feeling pretty serene.
Did not make any resolutions since that never worked for me anyway. Instead I decided to try something new: simplify and be less of an overachiever.
Less unnecessary drama.
More putting myself in other people’s shoes.
It is life-changing.