An Early Christmas Celebration With My Extended Singaporean Family
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December 20th, 2009 – by: stevenguyen
Before I begin describing the festivities, I have to talk about the cab ride over there. Usually cab rides don't last too long around Singapore because everything is so close together. With that having been said, many cab drivers complain about their pay and decide to take it out on the next guy that comes into the cab. So like most cab drivers, the first thing this dude asks is "Where are you going?" I tell him where I'm heading, and he just says to me in a very rude manner, "That's only an 8 minute drive.
Anyway, the service was amazing! In a stadium that seats at least 50,000... it was nearly filled to capacity! I can tell that for such a special event and so many live action cameras to be placed everywhere that this was going to be a treat. I'm not a huge church-going guy, but I have to say that this was a very remarkable event that was executed to near perfection. The choir was astonishing, the singers and performers nailed every note, and the sermon was delivered beautifully.
After the service, we made our way towards Toa Payoh to eat at a place called Mellben Seafood. David likes to hang around the central part of Singapore a lot, and I can tell you that the area is definitely lively at night. It definitely has a busy atmosphere because, as with many shopping malls of the time, all commercial activities are concentrated along a single mall with high point blocks on either side and major department stores at each end.
I met Linus Chen, the other executive producer of the film that we're working on. I have to admit that it is a relief to see another Westerner in these parts, especially because I've been dealing with heavy accents throughout my entire stay here. He told me that the adjustment wasn't easy as well, but overtime he got use to it. We had a great talk, and Linus is a great guy to be around. He said he still has to tune his ear every now and then, but he got the hang of it... which is more than I can say for myself!
We came in a group of nine and it was a good thing that Royston secured a table that night. We ordered �'沙 crab and chili crab (one each). The accompanying deep fried man-tous were sweet and made a tasty morsel when it soaks up the sauces.
After that, we hit the studio to work on sound design and voice-over sound bites for the film.
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