A week or so ago, my hubby bought me a couple seat tickets to Olivia Ong's Are You Ready For Love concert from I love discounts. He knew how much I love this Singaporean singer since I always hum her songs when doing practically anything haha.
Many might not know who she is, so I'll intro her to all :) She's a singer of singaporean origin, a chinese, with multi-lingual capabilities (English, Japanese, Chinese), studied in japan and even joined a jpop group there, Mirai..Saiyuki fans would know their song as it has been used in the anime, entitled "Open up your mind", before going solo. But to myself, I'd rather prefer her jazz songs from the Bossanova albums..the one I love the most is her rendition of "Fly me to the moon"..initially recommended by Michelle Phan from youtube..that's when I'm totally smitten by her sultry mellow yet angelic voice.
The thing is about her, once you heard her song, you can't forget how beautiful her voice was..(that's my opinion-lah XD) I myself can't stand today's songs..they make my head spin, seriously I will get headache when I open the radio to Flyfm or Hitzfm..it's juz not my cup of tea..So I only will listen to instrumental tracks, opera songs, or orchestras like Josh groban's, Emma Shapplin's..Andrea Bochelli's..hence, somehow I was able to enjoy her calming voice without a migraine..it's like a soothing cooling balm :)
So this is how much I like her
Although I live in Selangor, that day I have to go to a senior's wedding in gopeng, perak. We went to the PGRM hall directly from Perak, its a 200km+ with heavy rain on the way for like about a 3-4h driving plus a slight traffic in KL area..it was nightmare..didn't have time even for dinner..thank God we could 'jamak' bcoz of that..but it was really tiring..We were afraid we would fall asleep in the hall due to exhaustion..
When we reached there, its really hard to get a parking, so we went to the next serviced apartment, Sri Cempaka building and parked there..it was so full as well =__=||| After redeeming the tickets, we entered the hall, I laughed when looking at the couple seats..they're banquet chairs tied up in pairs, with a pink heart balloon tied up in the middle..cute! but funny..
All these were compensated with Olivia's presence..the audio system were awesome! and the projectors were clear n precise..the stage lights were dazzling! It was really well planned and well organized..although the hall was abit small..but it suffice..even the 2 singers who sang during opening were lovely..The performance goes on from 8 pm to 1030 pm..I was surprised again, coz in the event itinerary I saw it would be a 1h performance (if I'm not mistaken), so I was really happy..
She sang many-many lovely songs, most of em from her new album, Romance..i personally loved her song "A Love Theme"..it was sooooo lovely..when it's live, its get better! you'll get what I mean huuu
This concert caters to the chinese crowd, coz she sang many2 (lovely) chinese songs..old and new.. (I think I did hint a chinese opera song as well)..and she experimented on many2 styles on the different songs performed..(30 - 40 % of the songs were English) not one was bad..she also converse 99% in chinese..though I can detect some 'you know' sentence (since that's the only ones I understand haha)..I think I'm her only fan with a Hijab that night.. although I can't understand 1 bit of what she's talking, I found myself not minding it at all (although I hope next time she could talk at least 50% in english, I would be very grateful..I'm sure all our chinese friends out there would understand her perfectly too)
Well, its a great and lovely first time experience to a concert! (Not counting the occasional formal orchestra performance though) I loved it and will go again if I got a chance :) Thumbs up and keep it up gal!
Will definitely go again in the future :)
In the end, I never even dozed off during her concert.
Rating : 8.5/10
Go2 pick up her album! XD