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DNV GL, the world’s leading ship and offshore classification society have turned 150 on last Friday!

To commemorate and celebrate the company’s long years of existence, staffs of DNV GL was invited to a private event held at Universal Studios Singapore.

Thank you Chris for having Pennylane a.k.a “The Beatles” to perform that night with the best hits of Beatles !

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The nice set-up at New York stage.

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Looks like the senior management of DNV GL can easily put off as “The Beatles” ! :)

Oh, thats Evelyn Kwek hosting for that night’s event !

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Happy 150 years and counting, DNV GL!

The Town Club in Singapore, where only members are entitled to enter, we were privileged to be invited for a performance at the award-winning restaurant, The 2nd Floor inside The American Club. 

Here we have Anastacia Francis and her band performing the night away with great jazz music! 

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This review is (fashionably, of course) late, I know. I can explain. The bottom line is, I felt compelled to write about it, because Pure Heroine and Lorde herself, impressed me. This delayed exposition is because the obnoxious indie snob (me) felt the common reaction to a supposedly indie act on a commercial radio station – disdain.

 

When Royals was broadcasted not just on radio but on a wide screen in Orchard, it started to hurt my eardrums. The local music scene further brutalised the identity by covering it.

 

Only until I heard the likes of Team, and after CHVRCHES did a cover of it, I was tantalised to check this prodigy out for real.

 

And I was blown away. Tennis Court was the first peel to the core, revealing how this teenager could very well be something I would play on my ipod everyday. I must laud Lorde for her kindness to drum and bass lines in her songs, allowing them to take precedence in many tracks. Her hints of electronica with the synth tapped on my weakness to succumb in appreciation.

 

Buzzcut Season and Glory and Gore sealed the deal for me. Lorde, I am glad we got acquainted beyond Royals. I know I might be maimed by true indie cum Lorde lovers though. It could have been me in their place, lashing at others by saying, do you know Foster the People beyond Pumped Up Kicks? What about MGMT beyond Kids?

 

I am bashful about my misjudgement. I am sorry to music lovers, who have ears more discerning that mine. But today I am a Lorde fan, and I will admit it unabashedly.

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Listening to Ultraviolence is akin to watching a slow black and white film. One that is paced so cautiously such that you could feel the breeze and hear raindrops pelting outdoors. That imagery formed in my head with the type of publicity photos that accompanied her sophomore release.

 

Lana Del Rey still charms, but the songs in this album sit you back and do not tease you outrightly like how Born to Die did. Do you remember her flirtatious demeanour for Off to the Races?

 

Her sultry vocals take on a less playful disposition, except for Brooklyn Baby, which retains some of her girlishness that was very apparent in her debut album.

 

West Coast stands out as a hit, and reinforcing her style in singing and songwriting. Tracks such as Guns and Roses and Ultraviolence, and pretty much the rest of the album, which are overdriven on reverb fade to the backdrop while you close your eyes to the moving picture in your mind.

 

I wouldn’t say it was a bad take, but it is an alternative effort from Lana Del Rey that reinforces the fact that she would shove something to your face and can’t give two hoots if you took it or left it. Doesn’t her unequivocal claim of ‘Fucked my way to the top’ mean anything to you?

 

I’m glad she emblazoned herself with her post-modern songstress identity prior and this manifests as a continuation of what we knew her as. All she wants is money, power and glory. I know she relishes her entourage of bad boys who can play guitars as well.

 

Ultraviolence is more of a continuation of Lana’s image, and will not arrest listeners on its own like how Video Games or Born to Die did. It is a necessary dose for listeners though, to satisfy nefarious ears that find Miley Cyrus distasteful.  

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While the nation is getting ready to put up a good show for NDP tomorrow, Queenstown have organized a National day celebration dinner to commemorate Singapore’s 49th birthday, together with 2000 residents of Queenstown!

The night was packed with laughter and joy during the dinner, and we were glad to have been engaged for Kewei and Sezairi to perform over dinner for the folks!

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The Ah Boys to Men cast, Lobang King & Tosh are also invited to perform and hype up the atomsphere that evening!

Here’s wishing Singapore a Happy 49th Birthday!

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Tucked away in Singapore’s beautiful Botanic Gardens, Joanne & Suhairi had their solemnisation ceremony at Burkill Hall on 26 July.

We were grateful for their engagement with Red Kite, to have Joy & Eric performing on this lovely afternoon with their beautiful tunes and voices. The atomsphere was indeed filled with love, laughter and joy.

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To recognize the hard work and effort of staffs that have been with AIA for many years, AIA Agency have coordinated a Dinner & Dance at Regent Singapore on 23 July 2014 to show their appreciation.

Numerous awards was given out  throughout the event night and AIA had also engaged our Class Act, Singapore Char Siew Baos to put up a performance at the dinner.

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Here we have, our bubbly singer of the band, Ruby singing with lots of passion !

 

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