Mt Tinbeerwah Lookout – photo feature

I am living and working in Queensland throughout July, if you follow me on social media you’ll know why. I went exploring after work yesterday and ended up at Mt…

Under the Bridge – Photo Feature

I walked familiar streets today, or at least I thought they were, A city so familiar to this lonesome traveller I ventured along traffic to the Harbour’s open arms, Though…

The mobile life: how I moved house for $86

I have often pictured my ideal life to be living out of the back of my Kombi van and travelling the country. Relocating is a part of many artists’ lifestyles,…

7 Fashionable Looks That Pay It Forward

The warm tones of autumn are vibrant and aesthetically-pleasing. In autumn Australian temperatures are mostly mild and the trees are lit up with shades of auburn, orange, and yellow, withering…

WOMADelaide 2018 Photo Feature

If Adelaide can boast anything, it is the four-day World Of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Festival that it hosts annually during the March long weekend. Locals affectionately refer to it…

Reflections of a Guest Performer: From a Distance, The Glory of Bette (Music / Cabaret)

Sarah Jane Whiteley’s debut in cabaret was a heartwarming memoir recounting the life of a star. Whiteley conceptualised the production from scratch. Her hour-long tribute to Bette Midler featured hit…

Following the Muse

February is off to a creative start with new original songs, a Fringe gig, and at least two more musicals in the pipeline. January was epic having wrapped up Shrek…

New Year Inspiration: Flip the Negative

When setting goals for 2018, start with your mind. When your mind is well, other areas of your health and lifestyle begin to benefit. Everything starts with the mind. One’s…

Voices Of Christmas

Ten months in the making resulted in ten days of free live music in Adelaide CBD to usher in Christmas. The clever creatives at Slingsby, Novatech, and the team at…

Threshold

“Which form of proverb do you prefer: Better late than never, or better never than late?” – Lewis Carroll “There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to…

Connect the dots

Music is a language that transcends logic, yet it requires rigour and calculated study before expression can flourish. Delving deep into a new piece of music can bring about a…

360 degrees: another birthday wish

“Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?” ~ Jonathan Larson Every year, on my birthday (12 November), I stop and reflect. My life…

How’s the serenity?

I have made time to breathe and be mindful. Spring holidays, for me, are about new beginnings and generating new ideas.  Two weeks’ holiday can fade away quickly, particularly when…

At the End of the Day

It is not unusual to want to be suspended in time when you fall in love with certain moments in your life. The final two-show day of Les Miserables was…

A Heart Full of Love

Immersed in a gruelling, yet rewarding production week since Sunday 24 September, our cast and crew have spent every night in the Arts Theatre, and it has tested our mental,…

Do you hear the people sing?

To watch my fellow actors work and explore their characters, and to be immersed in beautiful music is a truly humbling experience. I feel so moved when I am in…

To the Barricades, Vive la France!

A street-smart, argot-tongued French girl from the nineteenth century has been my beloved alter-ego over the past three and a half months. In a few days, I will tell her…

Fading memories

I sat with my Lola (that’s Filipino for grandmother) several times over the weekend. We stared at one another in long, quiet moments filled with love, frustration, confusion, and joy.…

The Sweetest Home

In an era where the Aussie dream of house ownership is a tedium, styling one’s current dwelling can inspire anyone to love their abode. When it comes to making a…

Only words

Words. They convey meaning through their connotations and explicit definitions. Words can empower, uplift, and they can also diminish one’s self-esteem. We have the choice to use the gift of…

To what end?

It took me over a week to finish typing and post this blog. I guess the nature of the topic took me time to come to terms with, and I…

Pure Imagination: the childlike mind

I work in a people-oriented profession; in particular, with children. One of my younger choirs (grade 6 & 7) inspired me to write this blog. Last week, in the midst…

Auditions: why bother?

Daunting. Nervous. Memory-lapse. Self-conscious. Warm-ups. Stretches. Lalalalalalalalala… There are many words that one could associate with the audition process. For non-performers, an audition can be likened to a job interview.…

Time

I don’t have time. As ironic as this statement is, because we do in fact have time, it is a notion many of us could likely relate to given how…

Surrender

I want so much to pull myself up and out from this dark well. I have overcome so much in my life and I know that I am capable of…

Fragile: handle with care

I would like to think that I am a resilient, independent being. I will usually work through my own problems and bring solutions forward rather than just complain about them.…

Listen. Can you hear it?

I attended a choir trainer’s workshop today and we worked through repertoire that we are going to teach our students this year for a state-wide music festival. There were many…

Courageous Lion

For about ninety-five percent of my life, I have been the optimist. Seldom do I come across stimuli that challenge my positivity. However, the film “Lion” did. In fact it…

Semaphore Sundays

Although this Sunday was not particularly sunny, it was a tranquil, overcast summer morning with a light drizzle of rain, and moderate temperature. Sunday, to me, means quality time with…

Longevity

Many people set personal goals (particularly in January). The disciplined, or lucky, people reach those desired goals and may find personal success. Others may just dismiss the goal as too…