Entries by Denise

Mindful Me: 10 October is World Mental Health Day

We observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May (read our article about Mindfulness). Annually, 10 October is recognised as World Mental Health Day by the World Health Organisation (WHO). October is also the month we focus on mental health education and depression awareness. The main objective of observing World Mental Health Day is to (1) raise […]

Guitar playing styles and techniques: Exclusive Interview with James Fernando

Translated to mean “Thousand Cherry Blossoms”, Senbonzakura is a song written in 2011 by Japanese vocaloid music producer Kurousa-P (黒うさP), released with the voice of Hatsune Miku. It was first posted on Niconico, a Japan-based video-sharing website, where the song quickly went viral, and later inspired cover versions, including Lindsey Stirling‘s (we had an exclusive interview with her! Read it here). […]

The Road Ahead of 2021 (Happy National Day!)

We are past the half-year mark of 2021; it has been another gruelling year for our front-liners, and a trying one for the rest of us attempting to reclaim some normalcy in our lives since the eruption of Covid-19. Hope keeps us going, and it is with hope that we draw strength to push past […]

Mindful Me: Mental Health Awareness Month

May Buddha enlighten you on the path of truth, love, and peace. Happy Vesak Day! This year, we celebrate Vesak Day on 26 May, which is also a Public Holiday in Singapore. It is an annual celebration of the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. The date every year is determined by the time of […]

Mothers are the best in the world (2021)

The best thing my Mum did for me was to let me learn music. I attended music lessons at Yamaha from when I was in preschool, all through polytechnic. Eventually I stopped lessons when I became a Mum myself! One of the elements of music I learnt at Yamaha is solfège. The naming system (do, […]

Shake your BBT! Arty Smarty: BBT Bells

It is National Bubble Tea Day! There are two stories as to how Bubble Tea was created. The first claim is that of Tu Tsong-he’s, owner of Hanlin Tea Room of Tainan in Taiwan. He was inspired by white tapioca balls he saw at Ya Mu Liao Market, decided to make tea with them, and call […]

Arty Smarty: Firecracker Shakers, Happy Lunar New Year 2021!

Lunar New Year may not be bustling and atmospheric this year, with fewer home visitors and restrictions, however, we can keep up the joy and spirit of this Chinese celebration within our own homes with handmade decorations! It is a great way to spend the long weekend with your children, if you haven’t already got […]

Does Christmas music make you feel warm and fuzzy?

Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. Seeing familiar, decorative symbols and memorabilia plastered about town puts me in the mood to decorate my home, and play Christmas-themed music. With Christmas being celebrated close to the end of the year, it also seems like a reasonable culmination of the year. What I like most about Christmas […]