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Time goes by…

By Tracy PhillipsEvents - 13 May 2010 9:45 AM | Updated 09 June 2010

Time goes by…

Don’t you feel like this year has gone by in a flash of a strobe light? One minute Santa was on his way and we were counting down to the New Year and Flash!, it’s almost mid year, it’s scorching hot and what happened to those resolutions?

I often think that being on the equator, the lack of seasons make it more difficult to tell the passage of time. However, my friend Stefan W, ‘the walking, talking Wikipedia’ pointed out that it’s probably that we’re getting older (thanks Stefan). When you’re 7, a year is 1/7 of your whole life - a whole lot basically, filled with fresh memories from that benign age. Whereas in your 30’s, a year forms 1/30 of your entire life and you’ve now got a whole mother load of recollections, more than you care to recall. In essence, time is short and if it’s going to go by that quick, we might as well be having a good time… which brings me to this column (knew there was a point in there somewhere)

On Thursday May 13, get off to a positive start by attending Saving Face, a fund-raiser for Lara, the cat who lost half her face, at Post Museum (107 Rowell Rd). Donations for Tarot card readings by Quek Ser Ming, makeup tips/ feline makeovers by makeup artist superstar Greg’O and Vice & Vanity limited edition brooches will all go towards Lara’s treatment. Furry and friends, Regeridu on Percussions and Didgeridoo + Coyote on guitars provide the urban soundscapes and swirling world beats from 9.30pm to 11.30pm. For more info on Lara: https://www.catwelfare.org/node/2314

On Friday May 14, be one of the first to visit Vue Privée, a new gallery space located at 20 Cairnhill Rd founded by photographer, Oliver Henry and dedicated to the world of fine art photography. The inaugural exhibition, ‘Technicolour Japan’ aims to capture the elegance of 'Old Japan', seen through the lens of photographers living and working during the late Edo period (1872 - 1912). Technicolour refers to the bold colours that were hand painted upon black and white prints, making each a unique piece of art. New artworks inspired by the collection by Justin Lee, Jamie Paul, Craig Redman, Steve Lawler and Fleecircus are also on display.

Continue the education at the Technical Workshop hosted by Midnight Shift at SMU, School of Business Room 3.4 at 7pm. The legendary Detroit Mystery Act Duo in town for the Midnight Shift party on Saturday May 15 at La Maison, will delve into the technical world of production and live performance. Open to all, email [email protected] to confirm your attendance.


At Velvet Underground, another dance music legend, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) Norman Jay takes the decks with his signature repertoire of 70s Disco and House anthems with a touch of Soul, Funk and Jazz.

On Saturday May 15, take a picnic basket and show your support at Pink Dot 2010 at Hong Lim Park from 5pm. 2,500 people attended the event in 2009 to celebrate the freedom to love. This year, PinkDot honours kinship and family in support and recognition of parents, siblings, relatives and friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Singaporeans, so this weekend, make pink your colour of choice. 


At night, Zouk will undoubtedly be rammed to the rafters as Simian ‘We Are Your Friends’ Mobile Disco return to floor us. Those afraid of crowds like those seen at Steve Aoki, should definitely give this a miss. Local night, Poptart at Butter Factory is a good alternative and for lovers of the French touch, Stephane Queme, aka DJ Falcon (sometimes production partner of Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk) spins at Stereolab


On Wednesday May 19, there’s no better way to trump mid-week’s blues than singing along at A Hard Day’s Night, a Beatles Tribute at The Bellini Room at St James Power Station. Rob Collins, Stephen Francis and the Bellini House Band along with special guest Gino from The Boiler Room present The Beatles’ classics, including some jazzed up renditions. Their weekly Wednesday Martini Madness of martinis one for one all night long is the cherry on top.

Have a great weekend!


About Tracy Phillips

An accomplished marketeer and trendspotter, Tracy Phillips has helped shape Singapore's nightlife, music and popular culture landscape for over a decade.

Instrumental in developing the local nightlife scene, she maintains a passionate soft spot for promoting artistic expression and channels this into creative pursuits for institutions, brands and artists via her consultancy, Present Purpose. Her latest project is Camp Pong, a 6-week long pop - up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music  and  good times at *Scape from  May 29 to July 11. 

Join the Camp Pong facebook group for more information or follow her on twitter @itstracyp or @presentpurpose