Tuesday, December 11, 2012

chestnuts roasting...

It's the time of the year again!

I wanted to create a video that was artistic, professional, but schedules just didn't allow :( It also meant I had to pre-record and mime over my singing to shoot for nice visuals.

Again I opted for a simple one-take Point and Shoot. Hope you'll like it in all its simplicity.

PS. I'm also wearing my Logitech UE6000 headphones, first time featuring them in my videos!

Hope you'll be surrounded by love this season :)



Friday, December 7, 2012

what do you read?

I recently spent a loooong time on an email interview,
recalling about the books i read, and had a great time reconnecting with my literary past,
and feeling a tad ashamed about my not-so-literary present.

I was from the Humanities scheme, and in fact I was a Literature and History student!
Shakespeare, Chaucer, poetry, practical criticism was really my thing.
Honestly I was an emotional romantic in my younger years, I do think my idealism has faded in some ways.
That is another story.

I later received a call that due to some scheduling complications the interview was not to be published.

oh well.

i would love to share it with you anyways :)

 What sort of books she enjoys reading - would be great to find out her favourite genres and authors
Chuck Palahniuk, and as he puts it, transgressional fiction. His crisp and terse writing style, and anti-establishment, avant-garde themes are refreshing to me. I was pretty much hooked since Fight Club and have read all his books since.

Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors, everyone remembers Matilda, The Witches, and the BFG. I read all of Roald Dahl's books as a kid, and even stumbled upon my first adult book by accident because I read My Uncle Oswald, which was also written by him. His short stories are excellent, in fact always laced with black humour, and definitely not for children.
 What books she is reading now, with titles, author names and a bit about each book
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
This is a great book for all artistes who create for a living - when the Muse fails to appear when a deadline is due, here's a guide to how we can catch it by its tail and tame it to work for us. In short, it teaches us to work regularly and consistently and not wait for  a sporadic moment of  "inspiration".

Jennifer Egan's Black Box featured on The New Yorker was one of the more outstanding and memorable pieces of fiction I stumbled upon. She's serialized the narrative on Twitter through the New Yorker's fiction account, you can read some here https://dev.twitter.com/media/twitter-moments/authors/jennifer-egan-black-box

Whether a book has changed her life or affected her very deeply. If yes, what was the title and why did it leave such a deep impact?
The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera. This was one of the most mind blowing books I read when I was in my teens, and like most others, going through a teenage identity crisis.  It questioned the purpose and meaning of life, and one's interpretation of living. I read it with such trepidation that I eventually never finished the book. Having said that, I think I should revisit it now and see what it was that shook me so much.
What book she would save from a burning house
I have the first version of the English translation of The Little Prince. I read this version first from the school library and loved it. This is the version by Katherine Woods. When I bought the book finally, I was surprised to find that I had bought a different version, translated by Irene Testot-Ferry. It could be nostalgia, but I loved the first version for its somewhat awkward English and almost innocent, child like use of the language. The second version seemed too polished for my taste.

I recently just finished reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Haha!
Aside from the sadomasochism, I honestly think Grey is every woman's fantasy.
Hot, gorgeous, rich, skilled at *ahem*, romantic, helplessly attracted, flirtatious, domineering, caring, bad boy turns good because of that one true love.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

ok this is dedicated to khalil fong

it's pretty crazy how it has all culminated to this.

allow me to take you back to the beginning -
this was the very first homemade Youtube video I ever made.
we spent a long time adjusting our position for the camera,
getting the light right, drawing the curtains, undrawing the curtains...
we uploaded this on 30 Aug 2007!

and about a week later, we uploaded this on 11 Sep 2007.

this was 5 years ago, the first two videos that me and einein made in her little bedroom (she has since moved places 3 times!!! you can trace that in our next videos... lol)

this 2nd video is perhaps the most viewed Fang Da Tong video we have ever made,
and I was even recognised on the streets because of this video.
We also caught the attention of his Hong Kong fans and even his record label!

The next one was about half a year later on 10 April 2008...
in between we covered other songs as well,
but the KHALIL effect was just too strong,
and we were seriously big fans,
so we went back to his songs...

somewhere along the way,
Khalil once came to Singapore for a promotional tour,
and I was roped in to surprise him during a 933FM live show in the studio...
that was AMAZING for me and the first time I met him...

you can sometimes still hear this live version being played on 933FM!

  Khalil & Kewei - Su Li Zhen (Live Jamming!) by taykewei

and then a year later... 6 April 2009

During this year, I was gigging regularly, touring with David Tao,
I guess we were all caught up with life.
Sometimes we think about what would have happened if we had kept at it and made things happen more quickly, maybe?

At this point, I'd like to thank Samson & Faith.

A big fan of David Tao, he found me online and flew myself and Einein to Hong Kong to sing at his wedding.

This was our first overseas wedding gig, and we were sooo excited about it!

Subsequently his friend Ellen & Eugene engaged us to sing at his wedding next year,
and we decided to also plan a performance in Hong Kong since we were gonna be there :)

What about an EP then?
Let's not just perform in Hong Kong and let that be! so we thought.
in about less than 2 months we scrambled to get a simple EP of 3 songs out,
so we could leave a memento, with the enormous help of so many friends...

and we were officially going to HONG KONG to launch our EP!!!
we created another video to announce our show... on 30 Nov 2009

with big thanks to www.alivenotdead.com for their help!

and we hustled him to come onstage to jam near the end of the show...

I think this probably did take the cake in this unbelievable journey...
More blogged right here -> http://taykewei.blogspot.sg/2009/12/kewei-einein-keep-world-tour.html

since the first video in 2007,
we scribbled some nonsense of a piece of used paper...

i think we pretty much set the universe in motion towards this goal from this second onwards.

all his lovely fans made it a point to help him see this, posting our video in forums,
(at that time there was no Facebook, no Weibo, no social media sharing)
and we were getting all excited at the first hints of him having seen this video. 

to think we would actually have him grace our show, to our HUGE SURPRISE.

later our good friends Anita and Barry sent us this picture O_O
and me and einein will stare at this and 傻笑for a few minutes, at the incredulity of it all.

Some time later we were also featured on some entertainment news in Hong Kong

And we later went on to PK at 超级偶像。。。
and we chose his Love Song...

More on the PK experience blogged here ->

one small regret is that while we shared the stage at Backstage,
Einein did not have an extra mic onstage...
so I sang the duet with Khalil only,
while Einein didn't get to...
but who knew her time would come some years later.............

where will this lead to next...........?
i can't wait to find out! HAHA!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

the Speak Mandarin campaign theme song!

here it is :)


第一次和国宝级作曲家  Iskandar Ismail 一起合作是我的荣幸!

还有金牌制作人 Jim Lim 老师/老朋友!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shoutout for our local designers/sponsors!

In this episode I would like to thank all the local designers/sponsors who have dressed me ^_^

alldressedup is an international fashion label that embodies the free-spirited and spontaneous charm in its collection drawing inspiration from the various life experiences of the confident, stylish and urban-minded women who are not swayed by fleeting seasonal trends. 

Lovely neckline details, at ChiJazz 2010
A sharp looking A-line dress,
at SHINE Youth Festival 2011
Channelling Sammi Cheng in this getup and hair!

With Ngak, at the MDA New Talent Feature Grant launch

Amanda Lee
AMANDA LEE COUTURE creating wearable ART

Sleek cheongsam for Dick Lee's
Return of the Mad Chinaman concert 2012

This cheongsam was specially designed for my MIDEM showcase in France 2012,
but unfortunately my luggage was lost in transit and came 2 days late....
and I didn't get to wear this for my show in France...

Military chic for Singapore Hit Awards 2011

with Jim Lim & David Tan!
i paired it with knee high boots!

Caramel & Co. (Mel Chen)
Caramel & Co., established since 2008, is headed by Mel Chen.
It started by offering bespoke services on evening gowns and dresses for ladies who want to look have a unique look on their special occasion. The company grew and today it incorporated 3 other labels: Mel Chen Bridal, Mel Chen Luxe and Provocacy.

At the SingaPOP concert with Dick Lee, Kit Chan and Lee Weisong :)
This colorful dress was perfect for the theme of the night!

This leggy breezy dress was also
great for the outdoor concert!

This bespoke dress was specially made for my 2nd album Fallin,
and was featured in the MV with a removable shoulder piece!
Had to wear it at my album launch at Switch, Timbre! :)

Here's the dress without the shoulder piece, for simple elegance. :)
This is at the post-Dick Lee concert with dearie Alemay Fernandez and
maestro Tsung Yeh, conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra!

Episene (Lee Yunting)
Episene is a fashion label created for stylish modern individuals.
The word Episene originates from the word epicene, which means "belonging to or partaking of the characteristic of both genders". Our main inspiration behind the designs are the drawing of elements from both genders and blending them together, coming up with a design that's uniquely Episene.
Yunting is one of the new designers at Parco, Millennia Walk
whose designs i love!This one features an asymmetrical caped shirt
and cigarette pants, and i specially cornrows for this look!

super proud of her at the Audi Fashion Festival!!! <3

KOOPS (Keith Png)
KOOPS specializes in well-made dresses that exude comfort and confidence. Using mainly silk and cotton, KOOPS takes into consideration individuals’ body shapes and curves to create dresses that conceal flaws and enhance assets. KOOPS limited pieces are well sought after by women with style who appreciate quality.

Love this dress to bits!!!
 This was at the Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival 2011 :)
Both JJ Lin and I represented Singapore at this festival.

Love the neckline and the ruffles <3
This was my dress for the opening :)

Do as the Koreans do!!!
Acting cute with The Boss from Korea
This was my first dress for my song Ke Bu Ke Yi!
This is my second dress for the song Where Do I Begin :)
Perfect for standing next to Super Junior Siwon!!!!!!!
I later wore this in
Singapore Entertainment Awards 2011
with very different hair :)
Another eyecatching dress for the festival press conference

I was given a perfect 10 for the Singapore Hit Awards 2010 lookbook for this bareback beauty!!!
This was also the year I  won the Media's Choice for Local New Artiste!

This shirt dress that was had a translucent shoulder detail is a great twist on the boyfriend shirt :)
Featured in i-weekly's review of Crazyworld Cafe, my fave little nook that features local art, music, design and lifestyle :)

Satin silk and denim jumpsuit for the feature in 8 Days

Love this bold striped asymmetricla dress!
This was featured in my 3D shoot of a mini studio concert :)

Toga with detailed shoulder cut-outs,
at a performance with JJ Lin during COMPASS Awards Presentation 2010.

Presenting the big winner!
Purple gown for a private event

Noel Caleb (Eileen)
Noël Caleb means Christmas and Devotion combined.
With the spirit of thanksgiving, here’s a label sewn with heart and love.
As you wear a piece of Noël Caleb, may you remember to find a spark of Christmas in you every day!

At the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up Ceremony
with Guest of Honour our President Mr Tony Tan!

Love the unique fabric and colours!

Christmas in the Tropics,
 look forward to the lightup in Orchard Road
every year :)

A funky outfit for the MeRadio Rocks concert at the Marina :)
At the anniversary party of Noel Caleb at Parco, Millennia!

Pauline Ning
PAULINE.NING is an asia designer fashion label based in Singapore. We produce urban ready-to-wear feminine designer clothing with a touch of edginess, bringing together contemporary fashion and traditional handcrafted work.

For the Christmas at the Tropics press conference!

Feature in AsiaX

This black and white cutout shirt is amazingly detailed,
and super stylish!

womb is a concept that comes out of the protection for women, after they have left the protective environment of their mother's womb. womb is contemporary, innovative and expressive.

Featured in Cleo,
 the structured top and bottom are great for shoots!

Understaed colours for this wraparound top
at the NEA EcoMusic Challenge 2010

Dress down chic
for my Crazyworld Cafe performance
At the Singapore Hit Awards 2010 roadshow
At the Via Ferrata Wall Challenge 2010

Young & Restless (Ashburn Eng)
Established in August 2010, young&restless is a womenswear line designed by Ashburn Eng. young&restless is made for the free-spirited, confident and unpretentious woman, who is sophisticated yet, bold enough to daydream. She is forever young and down-right restless. Within its first year, young&restless has successfully produced four seasonal collections and two diffusion collections.

On Good Morning! Singapore
 talking about the trip to MIDEM Festival in Cannes, France :)
It was Chinese New Year!

Signature obi belt <3

Kasaya dress at Earth Hour 2012

Sheer top with pant/skirt combo!!!
for the Channel 8 2011 Countdown Party

Flowy caped dress for the Singapore Music Showcase
 at the Asia TV Forum 2011

Understated luxury dresses that play on the juxtaposition of drapery and edginess, which will exude the silhouette and confidence of the wearer. Every piece is a new outcome, no two dresses are exactly the same.

outstanding colours in this sharp dress!

for the Peugeot 308cc photoshoot!

Other sponsors!!!

Surrealist Love Scene
Shoes: Irregular Choice, Poetic Licence, Shito
Bags: 72smalldive
Lifestyle: Rain pumps, Rain coats
Bath & Body: Les Floralies (Made in New Zealand...Naturally)

SHOES!!! this was the very first Irregular Choice pair that I bought!
i was introduced to Irregular Choice by my stylist Dolphin Yeo,
and I bought it straightaway and took it home after the album shoot!
Wore it for the MV Shoot for Ke Bu Ke Yi as well :)

And at the Audi Fashion Festival with
Delphine Murat leggings!

quirky, cute, funky all in one

my shoes got all the attention from Daniel Ong! at Shine Youth Festival

picked out this pair for my Fallin album launch!

cute booties

Haven't had a chance to wear this yet, but I love them!!
All from Irregular Choice!


at the Peugeot showroom launch


At the Puma Social Party

my pumped up kicks 

All hair featured here, by the incredible Shunji Matsuo team! :D

Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio
Comb, Haruka, Gerard and Kiko and especially Elly-san and many others who have helped!
with Comb during Hong Kong promo!

with Gerard and Jyue Huey from the Makeup Room :)

with Haruka! she is now based in Taipei... miss her!

Thank you all once again for your loving touches and beautiful outfits!!!!!!!



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