Review: The Phantom of the Opera 2019

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My review

I was so sad when I couldn’t make it for the media call and premiere which including a masquerade theme last week due to overseas work travel but I finally managed to catch it on Labour Day instead. I have watched the movie and the previous musical when it was in Singapore in 2013. Here are my 3 reasons why first timers or even repeats like me should catch this before they leave. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for kids as there are quite a far bit of kissing scenes and a murder scene of a person hanging on a noose.

1.The music

To me, this is the single biggest reason for me to catch The Phantom of the Opera over and over again. Songs like Think of Me, Angel of Music, The Music of the Night, Prima Donna , All I Ask of You, Masquerade, The Phantom of The Opera are all so familiar to me.

To listen to the leads -Meghan Picerno (Christine) hitting the high octane , Jonathan Roxmouth (Phantom) so powerful and commanding in his tone and the tenderness in Matt Leisy (Raoul) tone really gave me goosebumps. This is why The Phantom of the Opera is undoubtedly the most famous musical of all time using the scores from Andrew Lloyd Webber and brought to live by a very strong cast.

The sweet rendition between Christine and Raoul to “All I Ask of You” was so full of chemistry that I can almost feel the extreme jealously by the Phantom. The other noteworthy score was Masquerade which was high in energy and full of pomp and grandeur on the sweeping staircase.

I can’t remember when I got first acquainted to the music from this musical but it has been many years listening to the same scores over and over again and I never get bored of it. And to watch the musical live make me relive the magic of musical productions and the gift the Andrew Lloyd Webber has given to our generation!

2. Props, set and costumes

For close to 3 hours, I was transported to the the old Parisian Theatre. From the very beginning, when I saw the grand chandelier being lifted up high to adorn the stage, I was speechless.

The late Maria Bjornson had designed the sets and over 200 costumes, including the elaborate gowns in the “Masquerade” sequence. Her set designs, including the chandelier, subterranean gondola, and sweeping staircase, earned her multiple awards.

Another memorable scene was when the Phantom brought Christine to his lair through the misty river using a gondola. It was so hauntingly beautiful!

3. A timeless classic

The storyline is based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux and some say that there is some truth in the story. The story was based on a real opera house – Opera Garnier in Paris.  As Gaston Leroux was an investigative journalist, he had taken inspiration from real-life events happening at the opera house – a real incident when a chandelier did fall in the Opera Garnier setting the building on fire and killing a woman. Around the same time, the opera house was said to be haunted by a phantom/ghost. They even heard ‘ghostly’ voices and whispers in box 5 (where in the musical must be kept vacant for the Phantom). There were even sighting of a figure wore a black cape and a mask over its face.

There is actually a lake below the Paris Opera House (which was where the Phantom lives). Fact or fiction, I loved the mystery behind this tale and the tragic love triangle between Christine, Raoul and the Phantom. I was divided just like Christine to choose between the Phantom or Raoul and a small part of me hope that the Phantom had a happier ever after ending despite his unorthodox way of winning Christine’s affection.

From the press release

With 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects and more than 230 costumes by the late international designer late Maria Björnson, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and stirring music, including The Phantom of the Opera, Think of Me and Music of the Night. The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time.

“Base Entertainment Asia is proud to be presenting the most successful musical of all time in Singapore. PHANTOM has been phenomenally well-received for its brilliant casting, classic staging and sweeping romantic score wherever it has went and we are confident that it will continue to thrill audiences here,” said Chantal Prudhomme, the Chief Executive Officer of Base Entertainment Asia.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as the Phantom who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talent and beauty of a young soprano, Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s lovefor Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide

The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder “Cats”. This coincided with the Broadway and the US national touring company celebrating an unprecedented 20,000 performances in the United States. On 1 January 2018 it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on 24 January the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.

The Phantom of the Opera has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the ‘Magic Radio Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Limited.

The Phantom of the Opera

Venue: Sands Theatre @ Marina Bay Sands
From: 24 April 2019
Showtimes: Tue – Fri: 8.00pm | Sat: 2pm & 8.00pm | Sun: 1pm & 6pm
Prices: From SGD 75 (excluding $4 ticketing fee)

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Bio Royale – godsend for time-pressed mummies

Turning 30s, I grappled with challenges of being a new mum , a new parent and nurturing babies without little care of my physical well-being, skin, hair or weight. 

Turning 40s, I have been faced with another set of challenges – aging. As much as I don’t wish to admit and prefer to hide the facts , but who am I to kid. I have been experiencing sign of aging – poor vision and perhaps onset of long short-sightedness (aka  lao hua), grey hair and balding spots.

Perhaps it’s also the accumulation from the hair loss from my many pregnancies and the most logically explanation would be aging after saying bye to my thirties. But whatever the reason, I am “plagued” with signs of hair loss and balding spots.

The balding and hair loss is not new to me in fact I had seek treatment at salons to treat my hair condition however its a combination of time and also hard selling at the salon, I don’t really want regularly pay a visit at the salon in order to have an effective hair treatment (time-pressed). I still do visit hair salon but it is more of a pampering and upkeep session and not specifically to help with hair fall and hair growth.

After my experiences with hair treatments at salon, I prefer something that I can do at home and without incurring time and huge cost.

my older products accumulating with little effect

I was introduced to Bio Royale Fall + Regrowth set complete shampoo, conditioner, after shower serum and leave overnight oil.

Simple enough, not time consuming, home based (no need to commit myself to making salon visit)  and when used on a regular basis, I hope will be able to see an improvement to my hair condition. 

At first glance,

the bottles may seem small but the whole entire set lasted me between 4 to 6 weeks of usage. 

It is a 4-product set with 4 simple steps with the Bioroyale Fall + Regrowth Overnight oil (rich in Vitamin A, D, E & K) being the first step and to be left overnight.

Thereafter, the next morning rinse off the oil by using use the Bioroyale Fall + Regrowth Shampoo (safe for colour treated hair too)  , followed by the Conditioner. The final step would be Bioroyale Fall + Regrowth After Shower Serum ( Green Tea Extract and Ginseng to regenerate hair follicles, prevent hair loss and regulate oil) on hair that has been toweled dry. 

Frankly, there isn’t any additional time spent as we wash our hair daily/twice daily so its part of parcel of the daily routine. 

This is the condition when I first started using the Bioroyale Fall + Regrowth set. It is not obvious if all my fringe covers all, but once I lift my fringe up, it is very obvious to me. Besides balding spots, there are also initial sighting of grey hair too.

What I really like is that the products they use are all natural ingredients such as  jojoba oil, argan oil, arnica, ginseng tea tree oil, saw palmetto, green tea (sulphates and parabens free).

Different natural ingredients for each of its 4 products. The ingredients in different combination help to reduce hair fall and promotes hair regrowth, restore moisture and prevent split ends, rejuvenates scalp health and regulates oil production, nourishes hair roots and fortifies follicles and this I have to bold it prevents premature greying!

After 1 month of use, 

(as I don’t own sophisticated machine like in the hair salon, I am unable to see microscopic image to see whether is there baby hair growth) . However, based on naked eyes, I believe the balding spot seem less apparent compare to before. I think its too early to say the true effectiveness of the Bioroyale set, but i trust by using this set in the long term basis will be able to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth.  I really hope this condition will continue to improve through longer usage of this set at cost of a fraction of what I use to spent at the salon.

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IG Giveaway: Tea in Pajamas and Tea in Pajamas:Beyond Belzerac

If you have been following my social media in the past years, you would know that I am a fervent supporter of the BuySinglit movement. I have a specially affinity for all things written by local authors, I am the biggest fan of Catherine Lim’s stories.

As much as I have plied the kids’ library with foreign books and also old time favourite- Enid Blyton, Harry Potter etc, I have also amassed a good collection of local books – both in support of local authors and also in support of their contents which are at times are more relatable to my kids. For example, my kids can’t really relate to stories set in the winter as they do not have such an experience. It is good to read about it but the ability to relate to it may be an entirely different issue.

The Singapore kids literature sections is one of my must-go section when I visit the library too. I am delighted to add another local series to my Singlit collection – the book series Tea in Pajamas by Rachel Tey.

The story follows the adventure of Belle Marie and Tess Brown who have tea every Wednesday afternoon at 3pm (in their pajamas!) and they will transported to a fairy tale land called Belzerac. It was all good and lovely until one day Tess vanished and never came back to the real world.

Belle Marie then shared her little secret with Julian Edgehawk in hope he will follow her to Belzerac to rescue Tess. In the first book, readers are introduced the music of Melodie and the Greek Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice which the music was based on. The first book ended when Julien and Belle Marie rescued Tess from the Sapphire Forest.

I loved that the first book explored theme such as courage, self awareness and ability to distinguish what is reality and what is imagination. I especially love the beautiful illustration peppered throughout the book.

And the story does not end there as the story quickly continued to book two -Beyond Belzerac where the 3 of them, Belle Marie, Tess and Julien found difficult to exit from Belzerac. The Greek myth of Orpheus and his dead wife was explored in greater details and how he had gone to the Underworld to beg the King and Queen of the Underworld to release his wife back to the Overworld. The second book also linked to the adventures of Tess, Bellale Marie and Julien with the ill-fated couple of Orpheus and Eurydice and how they managed to return back to home.

I loved that how the author explores the underworld , a bit of Greek mythology and death to the younger audience and creating magic and immense imagination for her audience. I would say this series is good for 9 to 12 years old. The story reminds me a bit of Wrinkle in Time albeit a much shorter and easier to understand version.

The books are for sale at all major book retailers across Singapore, including Popular, Kinokuniya, Popular, Times, independent bookstores, as well as online, via Marshall Cavendish, LocalBooks.sg and Amazon.

Rachel has kindly sponsored one set to 1 lucky readers.

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Giveaway ends 7th April 2019 Sunday 2359.

Winner: Princessexyt

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Roses Only Singapore- world’s finest long-stemmed roses in a box

Give me a show of hands, who among you ladies don’t like receiving flowers? Even though, flowers wither and die eventually (some people or men will lament it is a waste of money) but which lady can resist the natural scents and beauty of real flowers and to be exact the mother of all flowers – roses. I am no exception as it is extremely lovely to receive flowers once in a while, roses in particular.

Typically , the flowers came in all sort of arrangement – baby breath, leaves, teddy bears, but how often do you see just un-arranged flowers in a box but yet its just as pretty in presentation.

Roses Only Singapore does just that , world’s finest long-stemmed roses in a looongggg box deliverded to all the lovely ladies out there.

I couldn’t be happier to receive 1 dozen of the most beautiful hue of roses – mauve all with its stems in a box to celebrate International Women’s Day. I measured using my youngest boy, the beauties measured more than 1m long!

Thank you so much for the lovely roses to celebrate such an important day, Roses Only Singapore.

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Giveaway: Downtown East 3d2n weekend staycation part 2 – Wild Wild Wet and the many activities around Downtown East

The Wild Wild Wet was indeed the highlight of our staycation. Due to the age and height of my kids, I seldom put waterpark high on my to do list even though my kids love waterplay. Given there are height requirements and thrill rides that my kids wont be able to ride, I don’t really consider water park as a choice destination for me.

I am so wrong as Wild Wild Wet has lots to offer for young kids, there are many play areas that do not need any height requirements and perfect for family bonding.

Even at the entrance, I need a quick check on their height only big J can try most of the thrill rides. Big C was a little shy off the 1.22m (which is ideal height to do most of it all especially for thrill seakers) !

In the end, we were there from 11am to 7pm, the kids didn’t want to leave at all (in fact we didn’t do much of the thrill rides and yet lasted so many hours!). In fact from Fri to Sun, some selected areas of Wild Wild Wet are opened to public (FREE!!) so we could have stayed on if we wanted to.

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Thanks to the good folks at Downtown East, they even arrange a Bubbles cabana for our full day usage which comes with towels, snack platter, fridge, locker, premium WiFi and a big float at our disposal. The cabana is a godsend which offer us respite from the hot weather outside. At the late afternoon, the younger boys even manage nap a good hour, it’s not air-conditioned but there are rotating fans and a blackout layer which really did an amazing job protecting us from the sun. We can also keep our drinks and food chilled and our valuables safe as there is a locker facility provided.


I will focus more on the areas where there are no height restriction suitable for families with small kids like mine.

Even the fountain display in front of the entrance is a worthy place to play as the kids played this last until closing time!

Splash play suitable for the very young ones,
Kid zone, an introduction to thrill rides
Tsunami which is the wave pool
Jacuzzi
Shiok River which is the lazy rizer where I lost count the number of times we went around
Yippee
Professor’s playground suitable for kids all ages (Designed around the theme of an experiential laboratory) – I counted more than 5 slides in this structure, numerous water cannons, ladders, slides

I am sure you can spend hours covering the above areas alone ignoring the thrill rides which has height requirement.

That’s said when the younger ones were napping, I had to try some of the thrills ride. I had a go at Ular-lah and Kraken Racer with big C and a solo on Vortex. All the water rides were  world class standard. A decade ago I had tried a similar water thrill ride like free fall at Atlantis Dubai and we have the same one here. But 10 years on I lack the guts to try it again unfortunately.

There were easily more than another 5 thrill rides that I didn’t get try – Torpedo, Waterworks, Royal Flush, Free Fall and Slide Up, so  I am waiting for big C to grow a little taller so that I can try with her! I am so glad she is a little dare devil just like me!

Admission charges are as follows:

You can get an annual package for your family too at a very affordable price, you will get it all worth while from the 5th visit onwards. For celebrations, do email celebrations@ntucclub.com.sg or call 6582 7004 (every cabana I saw that there was having a birthday celebrations)

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We spent 8 hours there on a hot hot Saturday

For staycation, Wild Wild Wet will definitely take up a full day with little energy left for the night.

The other noteworthy activities at E Hub and E Avenue for family with young kids are

1.Tayo Station (see my review and giveaway here)

2.Karaoke at Teo Heng (please book ahead as it is very popular even into the late nights as the prices are very affordable)

3.Orchid Bowl

4.Cathay Cineplex

5.Gogreen rental of scooters

6. Arcade bicycles rental at D’Resort

7. Paris Ris Park, playing by the beach can be an activity for the kids too

8.There is also a cafe for darts and snooker/pools for teens and adults too!

9. There is also free monthly outdoor movie screening

10.Electric Gokart on weekends

The choices for food is AMAZING! There are more than 40 eateries at both E Avenue and E Hub from fast food, buffet, Chinese restaurants, Japanese, Korean, Western food. We didn’t even have to drive out to look for food, so I truly appreciate the convenience of having food and play all connected to D’Resort.

At the end of the staycation, I asked each kid which was the most fun part of the staycation

Big J:heron spotting
Big C: Wild Wild Wet
Small J: Tayo Station
Small C: splash play area at Wild Wild Wet

So there is really something for every kid of different age.

For myself and hubby, it’s a very easy and fuss free staycation half hour away from home for a short break from the daily routines and just spend quality time together as a family and the prices are pretty affordable too especially if you are a NTUC member.

Thanks to the sponsors, I have 1 family package of 1 day pass for 2 adults and 2 kids worth SGD 102 to be given away on Facebook. The day pass is valid everyday till 31 May 2019.

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Downtown East 3d2n weekend staycation part 1 – D’Resort

I am glad after my 3d2n weekend staycation at D’Resort I had a few changes in mindset.

Mindset 1: Downtown East is far

Wrong! In fact, the number of times we actually went all the way to Downtown East is less than 5 times in the 10 years I have kids – twice for shows and twice for an event (and we even stay in North East not even at the far west).

I actually drove myself and 4 kids to check in first as the dad is still at work. It was a 30 min drive from my home to a place where even with 3d2n ie 48 hours plus is not enuf to cover all that it had to offer.

As for tourists visiting Singapore, it’s a mere 10 minutes drive from Changi Airport.

Mindset 2: Only for chalets and BBQ pits only

Wrong. Yes I believe the place started out as chalets for family to gather and BBQ as Costa Sands Resorts but since 2015 they have renovated the place to be known as D’ Resort to give the guest a nature inspired resort feel with an integrated water park experience. 

With the revamped Wild Wild Wet (another dedicated post for that) and integration of the resort with the water park, Downtown East has become an integrated resort, even more so with the opening of E Avenue which links E Hub to D’Resort. There are bicycles for rental, bowling, karaoke, cinema, massage shops and I lost count the number of eateries and restaurants. And their biggest advantage is the nature is just right at their door step with a private access to Paris Ris Park.

Our 3d2n experience

I had coincided the weekend staycation with big C’s birthday celebrations. For the past 7 birthdays, I had organised parties for her with friends and families. So this year, I wanted to do something a little different for her 9th birthday. Instead of a 2-hour party, I had it changed to a 48-hour celebration with the family. We are going play, eat and sleep just like we are holidays albeit a short one but a fuss-free and one with little planning on my part. 

So I waited to the older kids to come home from school on Friday and picked up the younger two from child care and off we drove to D’Resort. After half hour drive, I parked at the rainforest block as there is where is the reception is and also the family themed rooms.

I actually kept it a secret from all the kids especially the birthday day that we are going to have a staycation so they were so over the moon coming back from school to find out that they are going out not just for an afternoon of fun but a 3d2n staycation.

They have 10 themed rooms of which there is a 1 coveted M&M themed room and the rest being either rainforest theme or underwater. As big C was having a mermaid theme party, I have especially requested for the underwater themed room to match the birthday theme.

The room is beautifully decorated on both walls with underwater painting and is painted in blue hue. Even the sheets on the bunk bed and curtain are in blue. It was a spacious room, albeit a little squeezy  as there was bedding for 4  but I have 4 kids. My kids are petite in size so it work well for us. For those with 2 or 3 kids, I would think it would be perfect size as it mean for 2 adults 2 child.

view from room

They even have a little treasure box to welcome all kids and little surprises upon opening the box.

The rooms come with amenity such as a coffee maker and kids friendly items such kids utensils, step stool for the wash basin and a bunk bed.

A quick video view of the room on the sunny afternoon that we checked in!

The themed rooms are located on the 4th floor of the rainforest block. They spared no expense to keep the areas as friendly as possible for family with young children. There were even two small play areas just outside our room which the kids had a go before dinner and after breakfast. 

Also on the same level, there is a garden which opens up to the view of Wild Wild Wet on one side and Paris Ris Park on the other side. In the morning, you can watch heron swirling around the park as their nests are on the trees.

Besides the rainforest themed rooms, D’ Resort offer a total of 387 rooms. You can see the different types of room being offered below. Booking can be made through this link.

Around the resorts, there is a bicycle rental shop, two karaoke booths and of course the bbq pits booking which are available for Beach Cove, Beach Cove Duplex, Mangrove Walk and Park guests.

There is also a private access to Paris Ris Park which features a long stretch of beach and a mangrove swamp. It was a pity that we didn’t have the luxury of time to enjoy what the park has to offer as we had check out early on Sunday due to the kids classes.

D’Resort also offer experiential experiences such urban farming, art jamming, kayaking to the kelong and cycling in the East which you can book while staying with them. The deal is that you have to stay longer than 3d2n to enjoy it all as it was just too short and too many things to do at the integrated resort.

For the second part of the blog, I will cover on the many many many (  I can’t emphasise enough)  activities to do while having your staycation at D’ Resort which of course includes what family with young kids do for kids who are not tall enough for the thrill rides at Wild Wild Wet and A GIVEAWAY of a family package to Wild Wild Wet in time for the March school holidays.

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Review – Drum Tao – precision drumming and choreography in 1 performance art spectacular

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When I went to Seoul, I purposely booked tickets to watch Nanta. It was an awesome experience to watch the show from its originating place. When I went to Japan last year, I was hope to put Drum Tao as a must watch but time wasn’t on my side and I didn’t manage to watch it unfortunately. I knew I had to watch it without me having to make another trip to Japan.

You must be wondering how can a taiko/wadaiko drumming show last over 2 hour to entertain the audience. It’s not just non- stop drumming solely, there are a variety of drums and musical instruments and even martial arts performance. It’s really very interesting such instrument dating centuries back can remain relevant and popular. Drum Tao did just that – making taiko/wadaiko drumming contemporary and relevant to be enjoy by the current generation including families and kids.

I brought 3 of my kids, especially for small J who has expressed interest in learning percussion drums. They have yet to attend such full length performance art hence I had some hesitation but my fears were unfounded. Even my 3.5 year old was  entertained from start to finish in the 2 hour long show with intermission .

The show started with a bang with an energetic number with the performers moving around on hover board. Thereafter, there were soothing and slow flute performances to bring down our heartbeats. It may not be a memorable one but its vital to keep the high and low of the show by picking up tempo thereafter . There were martial arts, somersaults, acrobatic acts and even comedy peppered throughout the performance. You have to watch it yourself to see why Drum Tao has been watched by more than 8 million people all around the word.

At times, I was transported to Japan with old edo period and sakura as the background to some of the acts making me want to visit Japan again.

There are no dialogues but an aural experience of lights and music. A total salute to all the super fit and talented performers who played different instrument, danced, performed and the stamina of non stop drumming





Of course, the most awe-inspiring performance of them all was when all the performers crossed over to each other drums in perfect precision.

These are some of the acts taken during the encore performance.

There are only 3 shows left this weekend, and if you are a lover of all things Japanese this is for you, if you are a music and performance arts lover  this for you too (in fact I bumped into my kids performance art teachers there perhaps finding inspiration for the year end performance) . And if your kids who are fans of drums in particular , I don’t think there is a similar music extravagant like this.


DRUM TAO

Showtimes:
Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 3pm & 8pm
Sunday: 3pm

MES Theatre at Mediacorp
1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507

Ticket Prices (exclude booking fee)
Standard: $138, $118, $98, $78

Online Booking: www.sistic.com.sg
Tickets also available through 6348 5555 and all SISTIC channels


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Matilda the musical – media preview and backstage tour

I was invited to the media preview and learned some interesting facts about this award winning musical. 

  1. The show was first debuted in November 2010 by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been seen by more than 8 million people
  2. This is the first Asia debut, so thankful Singapore was picked to stage this award winning musical
  3. At the onset, Matilda was meant to be played by an adult but using a young talent instead has made the musical more magical and relatable, making Matilda Wormwood the smallest leading lady in a musical
  4. The swings in swing scene required a few years of engineering to perfect the scene and the outcome, you have to see it to be mesmerised
  5. Ms Trunchbull’s character is played by a man in the musical purely for the reason to create a big difference between the height of Matilda/kids/Ms Honey with Ms Trunchbull
  6. Quentin Blake, who is the illustrator of Roald Dahl’s books designed the Crunchem Hall School badge features on the children’s blazer and on Ms Trunchbull’s chair

We were privilege to do a back stage tour with the stage manager. We saw props, wardrobe, costumes, and the back stage. Here is a quick pictorial tour of the backstage which makes all the magic happens on stage.

For my review, see my post here.


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Review – Matilda the Musical – strong messages, outstanding choreography/music, a cast of young talents, that’s the formula of an award winning musical

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How fortunate are the kids in Singapore! After last year’s all time favourite musical The Lion King , we are blessed again with another Broadway hit Matilda the Musical without needing to fly to London or New York.

It is the very first time in Singapore and even Asia, and for Roald Dahl fans, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see one of your favourite books come to live in an award winning musical.

I actually watched the movie out from Netflix as I just couldn’t wait to catch the show and I must say the movie was actually very good after reading the book recently. Watching a live musical is an entirely different level. Albeit the pricey ticket prices especially if you have multiple kids, I am still one for the musicals. All good musicals are worth every penny and they don’t come by to our sunny shore that often. (The Lion King took 7 years become they came back). The musical does not follow the story line strictly, hence for those who has read the book or watch the movie, there are still surprises in store for you!

For some interesting facts about the musical and a pictorial backstage tour, see this post.

5 reasons why you should bring your family to catch Matilda the Musical

1. Strong messages and values behind the story

Throughout the musical very strong messages come across to the audience through the lyrics of the musical

-when life’s not fair you doesn’t mean that you have to grin and bear with it

-and if its not right, you got to put it right

Simple yet powerful and kids are able to relate to these messages.

Matilda has used her voice, her intelligence and her courage to fight those who try to intimidate her – her parents and Ms Trunchbull. Yet she is overcame them by being even stronger in mind. She fights for her rights and of those of her friends and Ms Honey despite being faced by a larger than life character in the form of her school headmistress, Ms Trunchbull.

photo credit: Base Entertainment Asia
photo credit: Base Entertainment Asia

2. The music has left a strong impression in the audience despite not being as recognisable as some other more popular musicals

The music may not be as recognisable as The Phantom of the Opera or The Lion King but the tunes are so catchy and the kids can relate to the lyrics to them easily. Even as I am hearing for the first time, I can definitely huming the tune of When I grow up and Revolting children after the show! Now it is in my spotify playlist. There were 3 SPECTACULAR acts in the musical which are magnificiently choreographed, totally world class! (won’t elaborate too much so as to not to create a spoiler) . If I need to pay to watch the 3 spectacular scenes which were the one at the Crunchem Hall gate, the swing scene and the revolting children in the classroom again, I would!


3. A strong and intelligent female protagonist rarely seen in musical

The musical feature a strong and intelligent female protagonist (fun fact: the shortest female lead in West End ). It is not very common to see such a strong and pint-sized female lead. With the small size played by young talent instead of an adult renders the musical a bit more magic. Messages that you’re never too small to stand up to bullies, there is magic inside all of us if we focus really, really hard, and that books are the most beautiful kind of love are seen throughout the show.

The only thing I must pre-warned you, the reason why my two younger kids did not follow along was they were very scared of Ms Trunchbull character in the movie (easily one of Roald Dahl’s scariest villains). That said, I must say she is less scary in the musical, in fact she is verging on being comical at times and it is big J’s favourite character. My older two kids absolute love the story through and through. So I would say that is good from 6-ish year old onwards especially if they have been introduced to this very beautiful story from the master storyteller as they will be able to enjoy the story more. The entire musical last for 2.5 hours including a 15 minutes interval.

4. You dont have to travel abroad to catch the award winning production

I have seen friends bringing kids to UK to catch Matilda the Musical but we are a lucky bunch thanks to Base Entertainment to bring the show to Asia for the first time and in particular Singapore.
As I sat there at the Sands Theatre catching the musical, I am thankful I call Singapore my home, for having such beautiful venue to stage world class performances and for companies like Base Entertainment Asia which believe this musical will be well received in Singapore. In words of the CEO of Base Entertainment Chantal Prudhomme, she had watched it more than 5 times abroad and loved it every time she watched, and yes we loved it very much too and we got to watch this without having to travel abroad.

5. It’s like how deep an impression Sound of Music left in my childhood,  this musical has done the same to my kids 

I think its the stories/musicals involving children are those that kids can relate and remember most in their childhood. I watched Sound of Music uncountable times during my childhood and remembered the show fondly. I believe Matilda the Musical has left a very deep impression in my kids’ childhood memories with the strong messages that is being sung throughout the show.

Do come slightly earlier as there are lots of photo ops around the theatre where you can do the Matilda pose and with the alphabet blocks seen throughout the show.

Matilda The Musical
Venue: Sands Theatre @ Marina Bay Sands
From: 21 February 2019 to 17 March 2019
Showtimes: Tue – Fri: 7.30pm | Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun: 1pm & 6pm
Prices: Tue – Thur: $68 – $178 | Fri – Sun: $68 – $198 (excluding $4 ticketing fee)

For booking, click here.


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Giveaway: Tayo Station, a gem in the East complete with a road circuit,

Even since Tayo Station opened last year, I have been wanting to bring my 4 kids down to check it out as my kids are huge Pororo fans. I always think that the distance is a hindrance to me. In fact, the number of times we actually went all the way to Downtown East is less than 5 times in the 10 years I have kids – twice for shows and once for an event (and we even stay in North East not even at the far west).

Since we are going to do a staycation at D’Resort at Downtown East which is located next to E Hub where Tayo Station is located , it’s finally time to include Tayo Station as the first item in the our itinerary especially it was so hot and humid when we checked in. On hindsight, after an awesome weekend staycation, frankly Downtown East is not so far – half hour from home but endless hours of fun, it’s not even crossing the border and praying there is no jam at the custom.

Tayo Station is themed around the South Korean animated series (Tayo The Little Bus) that follows Tayo and his little bus friends who often discover new sights and go on exciting adventures every day in the big city. Tayo Station spans a massive 10,000-square-feet-space that integrates indoor playground attractions, edutainment area and sensory play space for young children from 1 to 12 years old. 

The highlight and uniqueness of Tayo Station on top of being a themed play gym was the very good size road circuit. My kids are big fan of the Road Safety Park at ECP as they can indulge in pretend play. This is the same but in air-conditioned comfort. Complete with a “big garage” of “cars” – Tayo Bus ride-ons (below 3) and also wiggle cars (older kids and even for adults below 80kg). It is a very good size two lanes circuits complete with lots of pretend play areas – workshop, car wash, petrol station.

In fact the kids spend the most time, even the going to be 10 year old had so much fun playing the circuit with his siblings. Even I had a go at the wiggle car as it was not crowded on a Friday evening. Typically on peak/busy period only parents for younger kids are allowed into the road circuits to supervise the kids.

The kids had so much fun indulging in pretend play like adults driving cars on the road, going to the workshop, car wash or even pumping petrol. There is also a zebra crossing area complete with a working traffic light! And there were also playing police chasing thief etc. Thankfully, its not crowded on Friday afternoon hence they played to their hearts’ content.

Hinoki bead area – another area where the kids had fun being snow angels, pretending to be at the beach, perfect for younger kids’sensorial needs.

As in all gym, it is not complete without a ballpit or a play gym structure named after Gani. There is a toddler area with soft blocks and slides.

There is also an area for fans for Tayo to watch the show and rest.

And a good size snack area complete with vending machines which are stocked with hot drinks, snacks and ice creams.

For parents who wish to organise birthday parties, there are two parties rooms to choose from and two affordable packages to choose from. For add-ons, see more details here.

Admission prices are as follows:

Lastly, there is also a themed gift shop complete with Tayo toys and even Pororo toys at the entrance for all the Tayo and Pororo fans.

Tayo Station has been designed for kids below 12 years old. I thought it may too kiddish for my soon to be 10-year old but my worry was unfounded. In fact, as there was no crowd on a Friday afternoon, I myself tried the wiggle car and had great fun with the kids at the road circuits. (Parents are normally allowed for kids below 5). Of course the younger ones had the most fun as I lost them the minutes they took off their shoes. In fact, throughout our staycation , the kids had been incessantly asking to go back however we were so packed with activities hence it calls for a visit in due course. In fact, Tayo Station has lined up many activities for the March school holidays, do check out their website and social media for their upcoming activities.

So for fans for Tayo the little bus or kids who loved road circuits, (I don’t think there is any playgym in Singapore that boast such a nice and big road circuit, Tayo Station is really worth checking out even if you have to drive all the way from the west to check this out!

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Sat, Sun, PH & School Holidays: 
10.00am – 9.00pm

Tayo Station has kindly sponsored 2 sets of membership (worth $56 each) Each membership (inclusive of first free child admission + 1 adult) is worth $50 and including 1 science week activity – worth $6 .

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 


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