Friday, December 17, 2010


The Japan Club line dancers. Some were absent due to illness

We had our annual X'mas get-together cum line dance class today as we've always done for the past 5 years at Japan Club. Members brought food and drinks and decked themselves out in 'christmassy' attire. :)

Dressed to theme :)

Makan time!

Over the 2-hour party/class, we danced popular easy dances such as Come Dance With Me to songs like Winter Wonderland....etc.

I brought my 3 boys along to join in the party as well as to give them a glimpse into what Mummy does.

The party ended with members exchanging gifts and wishing each other Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

See you all next year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Workshop With Niels (JB) - 12-12-10

Finally am able to steal some time to quickly recount the past weekend's event.....Dance for Good Health, Peace & Joy 2010, an annual event organised by the Lim sisters in Johor Baru. The event is entirely free to line dancers and fully sponsored by Dr JP Lim and her sisters, also affectionately known as Bunga Raya on FB :)

Me & the Lim Sisters
(from left: Belinda, Jit Lian, me, Jit Phong & Jit Mui)

This year, we were all treated to the presence of a tall cool I'm not referring to the Carlsberg beer...hahaha, but the dashing & affable choreographer from Denmark, Niels Poulsen :)

Niels Poulsen

Last year I'd driven down to JB with my husband. This year, I decided to join the gang and went by coach.....all 39 of us. People with similar objectives and passion make for great travel companions. It was FUN & laughter all the way there and back! :)

Crazy bunch! Great fun! :)

Line dancers from around the region turned up......Singapore, Australia & Indonesia.

Wanda & Linda from Perth

So did notable choreographers such as Philip Sobrielo, John Ng and Amy Christian-Sohn.

With John Ng

and Amy Christian-Sohn

Everyone burned the dance floor from 10am to 6pm, with intermittent breaks for performances.

Philip Sobrielo as MJ

After wrapping up the event, we adjourned for dinner with Niels and the Lim sisters and finally bade goodbye to all our dear line dance friends at about 8pm. We reached KL a few minutes past midnight, tired.....but happy....and already looking forward to next year's event. :)
Thank You to the LIM SISTERS & NIELS for a great event & wonderful memories!

Monday, December 13, 2010


I am absolutely smitten with this dance Rilassamento by Anita Wittenberg.

The video below shows the dance but not using the music as stated in the stepsheet. The song used is IF WE HOLD ON TOGETHER, but I'm not sure if it's the one sung by Diana Ross as it doesn't sound like her. But no matter, it's still one of my all time favourite songs. And the gorgeous ball gowns plus beautiful dancing makes it even dreamier!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's Christmas! - Beginner Version

My beginners were a little hesitant in being recorded on video but being the good sports that they are, they eventually got into the swing of things.....and here's the video.

You will see some stepping or timing errors here and there...bear in mind that this is the first time they're being recorded and most were tense and nervous. However, I'm very pleased to say that they look pretty good, under all that 'pressure'... :D Good job, ladies! and one gentleman ;)

Here's the video for those who wish to try this dance and need a visual reference for steps and positioning.

Stepsheet has been submitted to Yipee & Copperknob

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Latest release - IT'S CHRISTMAS!

Christmas is just 5 weeks away! Let's get in the mood with some Christmas line dances. Here's one of mine, released today. :D

There are 2 dances written to this song. The one shown here is the Easy Intermediate version. The other is a Beginner Partner Mixer (or you can dance it as a one-wall if circle/partner dances are not your thing). I wrote it as a Mixer with the intention that it can be danced at parties to 'break the ice'. I kept it at Beginner level so that everyone can join in the fun.

Both stepsheets have been submitted to

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ethan's 1st Kindie Performance

Ethan had his first taste of the stage today. He and his classmates (from the nursery section: ECP) danced to a medley of 3 songs, at their kindergarten's annual concert, to an audience of eager and proud parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, friends.....

The youngest one is barely 2 1/2 years old (standing to Ethan's left). Poor fella was crying for his mummy. But when the music started, the little trouper did the dance like the rest of his fellow classmates. He resumed his crying when the performance was!

Awww....they're soooo cute at this age! & then they have to go and grow up. **sigh....**

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wildcats Go! (15-10-10 in KK)

Trip to KK (Oct 2010) - Photo Diary

My first trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah! This is a photo diary of the events over 3 days from Oct 14-16 2010.

Our arrival at the KK airport. We'd taken an AirAsia flight, promo price.

Beeda came to get us at the airport & took us to a nice seafront spot (Tanjung Aru) for a drink. We had a cooling coconut drink & chit chatted before she dropped us off at our hotel (Kingston Hotel) at KK Time Square.

After showering & resting for a bit, we were taken to dinner at a seafood restaurant called WELCOME (how apt! lol). There, Beeda introduced Allan & I to her students and friends.....Mr & Mrs Thien, Ivy, Woo, Michael & Josephine. We had such an engrossing conversation going & food was so delicious that I totally forgot to photograph the seafood dishes to share in this blog....! sigh..... It was simply delicious. I was told the price is very reasonable too.

Updated 18 Oct: This photo is courtesy of Michael & Josephine.
Look at the spread of food we had!

The night being still young, we adjourned to the marina at Sutera Harbour Resort for drinks & more fellowship.

From L to R: Ivy, Beeda, myself, Mrs Thien, Mr Thien, Michael & Josephine

Parking for yachts.....a playground for the rich....sigh....what a lifestyle!

A view of the lounge from the marina.

Next morning, Beeda had plans for us before the big event in the evening, which was the 8th Anniversary Dinner & Dance organised by Antarabangsa Dance Group.

She took us for brunch at a famous noodle shop called Houng Kee. It's basically noodles served with a variety of condiments like the ones shown in the photo below. You select what you wish to have in the bowl. The selection included regular stuff like fish ball, fish fillet (either fried or steamed), wantan and so on. And also less regular items like fish skin, fish stomach and other fish spare parts. I stuck to the less adventurous path lolol!

Allan's vermicelli

I chose egg noodles (which looked very like the noodles used for wantan mee)

Beeda skipped the noodles & had only soup with fish fillet, wantan & fish balls.

After brunch, we walked around to let the food settle & digest a bit before the next activity on the day's itinerary..... a visit to one of many islands in Sabah.

The jetty, with the ramp in the foreground leading to the boats & speedboats
that'll ferry passengers to whichever island for which they had purchased tickets.

I've been on quite a few small boats rides but nothing prepared me for the boat ride that day! We boarded the speed boat run by Aparu Holidays, put on our life jackets and started out to the open sea. The moment we passed all the buoys and markers, the sea started getting choppy. Combined with the speed at which the little boat was going against the waves, we had a very bumpy ride!

It was the first time I've experienced anything like this.....the bottom of the boat hitting the crest, 'flying' into the air before hitting the water again with a thump! My heart was pounding! Involuntary screams could be heard from the female passengers at the back. But I kept a calm facade so that others wouldn't see how scared I was. Poor Allan, I held so hard onto his hand that it got numb from lack of circulation! :)

All in all I had to 'endure' 30 minutes of thumping & bumping as the boat first took us to Sapi island, then Mamutik, and then our destination....Manukan island. But at Manukan, the sight of the fish just below the water surface (around the jetty) made me forget the 'harrowing' trip I just had.

Front view of the boat I was on

A banana float being towed back to the beach (on the right)
& if you look closely, that's Mount Kinabalu in the background
(just slightly left of the centre of the picture)

I was fortunate to get a clear shot of Mount Kinabalu from the boat

Fortunately, the boat ride back was smooth. Perhaps it was because we were going with the current instead of against it. time!
Event: ANTARABANGSA Dance Group's 8th Anniversary Line Dance party.

Line dancers doing what they do best!

The group from KL

Mr & Mrs Thien

A lion dance performance by the first all ladies troupe in KK

A welcome song by the committee & group members

With Teresa Liu & the Jester mascot

With KT Toh (front row, center)

with Emily Mah

Celebrations included the anniversary cake complete with
Disney characters!

Getting in touch with the child in me.
At one point in my childhood, I'd wanted to be a mouseketeer! lol
M - I - C...... K - E - Y......
M - O - U - S - E!

Leading one of my dances. I think it was Mi Amor.
The other 2 dances were What U Waiting For &
Misery (Let Me Be)

And this is Wildcats Go!

With Beeda & her group

Allan's new found friends in KK....Michael & Mr Thien
Will they inspire him to line dance? We'll see...... :D

After all the excitement of the night, my active brain kept me awake till 4am although my body was screaming for rest! I gave up trying very hard to fall asleep and turned on the TV instead. The movie Hot Chick was playing on Astro. After that I flipped to the Discovery Channel and some real case detective case was being analysed & re-enacted. Slowly, the drone of the commentator lulled me to sleep......

The next morning, I lazed until it was time to check-out. Then Beeda brought us to a very nice little shop for lunch. They served a special noodle from the Tuaran district and it was yummy!

After lunch, we headed to the hall for my sharing session with Beeda's students & line dance friends.

Group photo

With Mei Ching & friends

Mariana Geoffrey (extreme left)
The 2 gentlemen danced really well.

We headed back to Beeda's condo unit for a rest and shower before leaving for dinner & thereafter to the airport for our flight home.

(taken from Beeda's 5th floor unit)

I had a great first visit to KK. Thank you everyone for making it such a memorable trip! I hope it won't be long till I see & dance with all of you again.

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