Anyway, GE2011 is history. It's the beginning of a new dawn in Singapore. It took the sacrifice of an old advocate of democracy Mr Chiam See Tong and the demise of my favourite Singaporean Minister George Yeo to happen, but the change of tide has become a reality, and I am excited to see what evolves 5 years down the road (and that of course hopefully includes another sight of Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee).
Here in Bangkok, while the various rally speeches were taking place in Singapore, my fellow Stranger-in-Bangkok Wendy and I graced a wonderful live performance of a popular Thai band Bodyslam. Firstly, for those who think I stay in a slum (like Potong Pasir and Hougang as described by certain election candidates), think again. If the most popular Thai band (think Mayday in the Mandarin Pop scene) can come here to perform thrice in the space of 4 months, this is actually the up-and-coming hot precinct!
From my limited knowledge of Bodyslam and their songs, I know that they have been in the Thai music scene for a decade now, and their music has gone through a huge change, from commercial pop in the beginning to a certain kind of serious melancholic rock these days, almost to a sense of self-indulgence. It is not exactly my kind of thing, but being involved in various performing groups since I was 13, I am always curious to understand why some performers garner success while others do not.
|Decent effort in limited lighting yeah?|
|Toon in (almost)full glory!|