'Always going to resent it': Joanna Dong still affected by criticisms on Moonlight in the City

17/1/2022 1:45:00 PM

'Always going to resent it': Joanna Dong still affected by criticisms on Moonlight in the City

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'Always going to resent it': Joanna Dong still affected by criticisms on Moonlight in the City

Set against the backdrop of the HSBC Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport, local songbird Joanna Dong performed a cover of Moonlight in the City in April last year during Star Awards. Though the 40-year-old kept her rendition a ballad — albeit with a dash of her distinctive jazzy style mixed in — the backlash came swiftly and furiously. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5VdFaeQeOQ[/embed]...

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5VdFaeQeOQ[/embed]For the uninitiated, Moonlight in the City is the theme song of the 1996 Channel 8 drama Tofu Street, but has gone on to captivate the hearts and minds of Singaporeans and people in the region.

During an interview for her upcoming Lunar New Year concert You Must Believe in Spring, she shared: "I'm always going to resent it. Let's just be honest. I've moved on but it's always going to bug me a little bit.After so long, most people might try to play it cool, but Joanna wasn't afraid to show that there is still some residual anger and hurt. She is human, after all.

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AsiaOne Set against the backdrop of the HSBC Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport, local songbird Joanna Dong performed a cover of Moonlight in the City in April last year during Star Awards.Every household can expect a free recycling bin soon as part of an effort to raise household recycling rate in Singapore.Copy to clipboard https://str.Read full article 15 January 2022, 5:10 am · 12-min read Courtesy Michelle Fluegge Michelle Fluegge wants everybody to see the photo of her on a ventilator during her very worst days because it shows what can happen if you fail to get vaccinated.

Though the 40-year-old kept her rendition a ballad — albeit with a dash of her distinctive jazzy style mixed in — the backlash came swiftly and furiously. [embed]https://www. This is to encourage more households in Singapore to recycle.youtube. One on change.com/watch?v=L5VdFaeQeOQ[/embed] destroying the song, made personal attacks and called for the original singer Mavis Hee to perform it instead For the uninitiated, Moonlight in the City is the theme song of the 1996 Channel 8 drama Tofu Street, but has gone on to captivate the hearts and minds of Singaporeans and people in the region. Separately, transparent recycling bins were trialled at Hong Kah North Single Member Constituency and East Coast Group Representative Constituency. Back in April, Joanna spoke out about the "brutal" comments hurled at her and admitted that she cried over them. Louis.

And though eight months have passed since that incident, she told AsiaOne that it still haunts her to some extent. The survey reveals that three in five households in Singapore are recycling regularly. "And of course, there would be people who object to it strongly. During an interview for her upcoming Lunar New Year concert You Must Believe in Spring, she shared: "I'm always going to resent it. Let's just be honest. More people are also aware of how recyclables were sorted at central sorting facilities, from 57 per cent of this who were surveyed in 2018 to eight out of 10 households in 2021. I've moved on but it's always going to bug me a little bit." But Mr Blair stressed that"you don't occupy a position of leadership and take decisions without arousing a lot of opposition, and so it didn't surprise me". "Even now when I reinterpret classics, it will always be at the back of my mind. However, it seems like some in Singapore are still unsure of how to recycle right. She says the danger seemed remote even though COVID-19 cases in surrounding Brown County began to markedly rise, from 8 in June to 25 in July to 234 in August, then leaping to 555 in September.

Like, is this going to be another Moonlight in the City saga where people are going to hate it?" [embed]https://www.instagram. Why do we not need to sort our recyclables in Singapore? Singapore has a single-stream recyclables collection system. Mr Blair, now 68, defeated Mr Major with a landslide Labour victory in 1997 and spent a decade in office.com/p/CNz1UIYswR1/[/embed] After so long, most people might try to play it cool, but Joanna wasn't afraid to show that there is still some residual anger and hurt. She is human, after all. NEA said this saves households from the effort for separating their recyclables, and also reduces the carbon footprint of collecting separated recyclables, which may require more truck trips. But she's also not a babe in the woods. Senior Conservative minister Michael Gove, while noting their political differences, said this week that Mr Blair was an"outstanding statesman and performer".” She and her husband and 40 percent of New Ulm chose not to get vaccinated.

Having been a performer for more than 10 years, with her appearance on the second season of Sing! China further boosting her popularity, Joanna was prepared for some criticism — something she also acknowledged in her reply in April. Some HDBs are also equipped with recycling chutes. However, she admitted that she didn't anticipate criticisms about her singing as it was something she was confident in and that caught her off guard. She said: "Anytime you do a big show and it's going on something like Facebook, where there is already a culture of trolling and a lot of negative comments, I was already bracing myself. While this has made recycling more convenient for the public, only around 60 per cent of the contents deposited into the blue recycling bins, and recycling chutes, can be recycled. But I was bracing myself that people would criticise how I looked because that's what female artistes usually get from Star Awards.. But I really wish we would’ve.

. "I was kind of self-conscious. I put on bit of weight during the pandemic and so I thought they're going to say I'm ugly, right? So I was prepared for that. But I was not prepared that people hated my singing, because I think that was where I was more confident." Joanna added: "Then also for people to say I ruined the song, that was the one that hurt me — to say I ruined the song when I had actually gone through so much effort to pay a tribute to it. 30, but Greg had a 104-degree fever that morning.

I think that's what really broke my heart and made me angry." Paid for a Chinese orchestra When Joanna said she went through "so much effort" for her cover of Moonlight in the City, she really meant it. In fact, she revealed that she engaged a Chinese orchestra as part of the music arrangement and it came out of her budget. [[nid:560549]] She recalled: "The organisers also said, 'Oh, it's (Star Awards) a grand affair.. “We did wrong.

. so we want the music to sound grand.' That's also when we actually recorded a string orchestra. The strings were recorded by an orchestra from China via Zoom." What others might also not know is that Joanna had the same reverence for the song and the goal was to make a respectable tribute, which she felt she had achieved. They all thought my husband was the one that was gonna end up being so sick.

Joanna added: "Believe it or not, in my discussion with my music director who did the arrangement, we said, 'Hey, this is a well-beloved classic, let's not change it too much... It should still be a lovely ballad, it should still be a slow song.'" "I took [the criticisms] very personally, because by my standards, that was a very conservative rearrangement. “COVID can do different things and I am a diabetic.

By my standards, we had put in so much effort into preparing the music. I needn't have spent that money on the orchestra. I could have just made a bigger profit." Losing 90 per cent of her income Like many other performers, the pandemic that swept through the globe decimated 90 per cent of her income as it came from gigs and live performances. She said: "It has been very challenging, but the reality is, who didn't have a challenging past few years? I share it only because I think I want to acknowledge the challenge. They gave me oxygen.

I don't want to pretend like everything is okay. "What I want people to understand is, if an artiste who's already clawed her way to the level that I'm at, has found it so tough this past two years, can you imagine the rest of the industry?" That said, she acknowledged that she is privileged because her husband has a job so she "didn't stop eating well or living comfortably" despite the loss of income. "Mentally, that was where I struggled the most... “They thought she was going to die,” Scott said.

to suddenly have everything that you felt represented you as a person — most of my self-worth came from my value as a performer — and to have that kind of suddenly taken away from me was tough." So when the opportunity came for her to stage her Lunar New Year concert, Joanna seized it even though she only had a two-month lead time. She pointed out that having that opportunity was a privilege as others may not get one and she had "no reason not to try". With You Must Believe in Spring, Joanna is bringing her theatrical experience to the show and she's even directing it. It's even been described as an "atypical" concert. “There was an older gentleman that was supposed to take the helicopter up to Minneapolis for that ventilator,” Scott recalled.

[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/CYsSldDvOxw/[/embed] Although, she clarified that it's atypical "mostly in the aesthetics and how it will look like". She said that one rarely sees a concert with a set and this time, they not only have one, they're also collaborating with a set designer. It'll consist of items that one will see during Lunar New Year but it'll be interpreted and presented in a different way. But after five days, her prospects remained grim as calculated by her “P/F ratio,” a measure of lung function in intubated patients.

She said: "We're doing that with a music arrangement as well. So you're going to take the classic Chinese new songs, and then perform it in a way that [makes you go] 'Huh? It's that song?'... "If you're already a fan, this will be right up your alley, because it's my signature, very jazz-pop kind of approach.” Michelle could not have visitors due to COVID, so the family had to bid her farewell via an iPad set next to her ear.

There'll be a bit of like Latin, there's swing. But also, there's going to be medleys and mash ups, which is also very my thing." You Must Believe in Spring will be held from Jan 21 to 22 at the Sands Theatre and you can book tickets . bryanlim@asiaone.com If you don’t like our faces, listen to our fortnightly podcast E-Junkies where we lepak one corner with famous people # . “And she started to turn around,” Scott recalled.