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A Throat Infection
I’m down with a horrible throat infection and got a MC to rest and recover. God knows how I contracted it… haven’t been ill since the beginning of the year! Actually, I’m recovering quite well… it was much worse yesterday when even swallowing caused pain. Fortunately, the throat infection kept to just that and did not break out into a fever. The lozenges the doc gave are really nice… sweet like grape flavoured.

I’ve been longing for some decent rest… I guess this could be it. I’ve been drowning myself with episodes after episodes of Alias Season II. I’m so addicted to it!

Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress
I got myself a pair of charity tickets to watch Singapore’s homemade musical last Sunday. “Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress” was originally staged in October 2002 as part of the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Opening Festival. The musical spellbound sell-out audiences with its stirring music, vivid drama, and spectacular sets. Home-grown singing sensation Kit Chan reprised the title role in this epic musical that seeks to unmask the true face – and heart – of the Dragon Lady, one of the most feared and misunderstood figures in Chinese history.

It was a jolly nice production but certainly paled against big hits such as “Les Miserable”, “Miss Saigon” and even “Phantom of the Opera”. The biggest down fall would certainly be stage props. Although it was good use of that movable Chinese looking divider, it was certainly an over kill after having seen it in both acts. The plot was thin and rather predictable. Maybe that was for the better… as it made the musical light and fluffy. The music was simple to listen but not as challenging for the performers. In fact, Kit couldn’t even reach some of the high notes!

However, I loved the colourful costumes and lighting effects. Despite some criticism here and there… I still feel it’s a local production we can all be proud off. I had a glance at the papers this morning and the musical might even be going places!

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