Singapore drummer: We speak to some of the female drummers in Singapore who are killing

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We speak to some of the female drummers in Singapore who are killing

We’ve written at length before about the thankless job of being a drummer in a band — more often than not, they’re gravely overlooked, and their role as the rhythmic backbone of a unit can be overshadowed by the presence of guitar wizardry or the antics of vocalists.


It’s also not a secret that the profession is male-dominated — our previous feature covered some of the Singaporean men behind the kit at every show, so how about the women? 


We speak to some really talented individuals who’ve been drumming for years, and they give us their varied perspectives as active drummers in Singapore.


Singapore Drum Fest is now opening registrations for women to compete in their annual Drum Off competition, alongside other categories for all sorts of drummers. Register here.




I probably sound like a conceited ass saying this, but being overlooked doesn’t exist in my lexicon as a drummer.


LENNAT MAK


Lennat serves as the drummer in indie pop band Obedient Wives Club and riot grrl-inspired punk rock band NO PANTZ, along with her managerial role handling TOMGIRL, the “noir rock” project of her OWC bandmate Cherie Ko.


What drew you to the drums initially?


When I saw The White Stripes play ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ on David Letterman in 2002. I became an instant fan of the band — never have I seen a two-piece band make the biggest sound on stage.


It was once described that The White Stripes make you want to “eat crack pipes and dance with the voodoo bones of the dead.” Meg White’s drumming is simple but yet so instinctive and primal. That’s the main driving force for me to pick up drums.


What is it about drumming that inspires you? Could you talk a little bit about your passion behind your craft?


The drummer is the heartbeat of the band and a good groove will always make you move. I find drummers to be a very special breed of folks — we are the backbone and take on a more supportive role.


There’s always this very nurturing and rooted characteristic that I often find in my peers — we are the ones playing in the shadows so we can let others shine. But yet, our instrument is often the loudest, without the need for any extra implication. That’s basically me as a person in a nutshell, ha!


Who were your influences and/or favourite drummers of all time?


Right now, my favourite drummer of all time has to be Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint. She has so much beauty in motion — the fluidity she displays while drumming is intoxicating, both sonically and visually.


Her drums parts are so well thought out, and her 16th notes hi-hat grooves are so uniquely and unmistakably hers. And the way she is constantly exploring new sounds and adding in electronic elements into her grooves. I could watch and listen to her drum forever. Other drummers that inspire are Meg White of The White Stripes for her instinct, Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for his finesse and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney for her power.


What challenges do drummers face that other musicians typically don’t?


Oh, god! Transportation of gear! I love my own gear but if I were to transport the whole setup to every gig, I think I will have another episode of slip disc again.


Drummers are sometimes the overlooked member of a band. Why do you think that is?


In all honesty, I’ve never felt this way. Only because I am very vocal about things in my bands and I’m usually the one doing the management and administrative side of things. I probably sound like a conceited ass saying this, but being overlooked doesn’t exist in my lexicon as a drummer.


Do you feel that female drummers are underestimated or undervalued? If so, what can be done to overcome that perception?


Have you seen Stella Mozgawa on the cover of Modern Drummer in February 2017? When you are really good at what you do, you will get recognized, no matter your gender.


I would like to think everyone can overcome and achieve great things with their skills and attitude. Being a girl doesn’t necessary put us in disadvantage. In fact, sometimes, it’s probably easier to attract attention when you’re a girl.




We need more female drummers to be active in the scene and let the action speak for itself.”


JENNIFER NG


Jennifer is an established independent musician and drum teacher, having worked with various local and international artists through her lengthy career. “Everyone can play drums! I truly believe that anyone of any age, who is interested in learning how to drum, can do so,” she says on her official website.


What drew you to the drums initially?


It was by chance that I got into the school band and was chosen to play percussion and drums. I have not looked back since! 


What is it about drumming that inspires you? Could you talk a little bit about your passion behind your craft?


I’m naturally drawn to rhythms and they can be hypnotic at times.  I enjoy the process of music-making with other people, and playing to serve the music. It’s a wonderful ride of emotions while trying to bring out the mood of the music/song. I also find drumming therapeutic, as a form of stress release.


Who were your influences and/or favourite drummers of all time?


Some drummers I really like are Steve Jordan, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ralph Humphrey, Jojo Mayer, Clyde Stubblefield, Chad Smith, Thomas Pridgen and more! I enjoy listening to groovy and tasteful drummers.


What challenges do drummers face that other musicians typically don’t?


Drummers usually get the blame for rushing and slowing down, when it could be the singer, or guitarist, or the keyboardist in some cases. 


We may have to follow the singers at times depending on the situation and it may, in turn, make us look bad — so either singer looks bad or the drummer looks bad!


Drums are usually provided at performance venues in Singapore, so we typically do not know what to expect until we reach the venue and assess the drum set on the spot. For example, if the bass drum pedal is not working very well and there is no spare one accessible, we have to make do with it.


Drummers are sometimes the overlooked member of a band. Why do you think that is?


Drums are usually situated at the back of the stage and typically covered by the front singer (unintentionally). Listeners usually pay attention to the melody and lyrics in songs so singers are always in the limelight. So drummers are the silent heroes of the band! 


Do you feel that female drummers are underestimated or undervalued? If so, what can be done to overcome that perception?


Yes, drumming is generally perceived as a masculine activity — but recent years there have been more and more female drummers in the scene, albeit low key or rarely play gigs. We need more female drummers to be active in the scene and let the action speak for itself.




We work hard not just to be a better drummer and reach what we want to achieve for ourselves, but even harder to change perspective, fight the sexism, and eventually have the same recognition as a male drummer. ​​​​”


CHERYL YEW


Cheryl provides the propulsive foundation for Radigals, a Singaporean hardcore punk band promoting messages of equality and unity. The band recently released their debut EP, Fight To Unite.


What drew you to the drums initially?


I wouldn’t say I was drawn to the drums — but more like, it was the only other option! (laughs)


I’ve always loved music, and I wanted to play an instrument. Watching countless music videos on MTV, I wanted to be just like them. I couldn’t play guitar, failed at piano (no matter how many lessons my parents would send me to). Then, I got my hands on a set of drums back in primary school — without any drum lessons, I just started playing. Played for my schools’ church CCA band, and that’s when it all started.


I played a while in secondary school, joined a band for a talent show and never then after that, never got a chance to play again, until I joined Radigals. Turns out, drums was something I — surprisingly — could play, so I decided to stick with it. 


What is it about drumming that inspires you? Could you talk a little bit about your passion behind your craft?


After finding out it was the instrument for me, I focused more on drummers in a band. My ears would be locked onto the drumming. My eyes were always fixed on a drummer and the way they played. It was the way they could do so many things at a time, to pull the entire song together.


Drumming has inspired me to want to push myself, to try new things and not give up so easily. Don’t just say “oh it’s too hard” but to give it a go. Can’t play the beat, try and try again. It can be tricky and frustrating sometimes but I’m still learning. Drumming also allows me to vent whatever I’m feeling and pour it all out into the music. 


Who were your influences and/or favourite drummers of all time?


I’m afraid the answer might be quite common or bore you, but my influences when I started out was Keith Moon of The Who, and Travis Barker of Blink 182.  


Travis Barker caught my eye back then because of Blink 182. I was from an all-girls school, so news of Travis spread around like wildfire — everyone was listening to Blink. What can I say, I was young and he was hot!


However, as I listened to him more and more, I got inspired by the types of beats he played. His beats were original, very clear, a little groovy, and especially the speed he played. He could play fast without losing technique. He played so much and still did not look tired. 


Then we move on to my favorite drummer of all time. I’ve felt that Keith played with his heart. He didn’t care what others thought of him and he just played. I’ve seen comments from many who said he was sloppy and not technical enough, but I loved that about him! He could sit there, listen to what the band was playing, and just played what came to him, and it would fit. There was like an energy radiating from him (and whatever drum kit he had in front of him), and I wanted to absorb that. What I loved about him was, he didn’t give a shit. 


Both are my personal favorites and who’ve inspired me. 


What challenges do drummers face that other musicians typically don’t?


I don’t really know actually but I guess every musician has their own challenges to face, each tough on them in their own way. However, I do know the challenges of being a female drummer/musician. 


For me, my challenge is to not take the amount of comments and criticism that people give to heart. Just like Keith Moon, I want to not give a shit. I wasn’t schooled in the art of drumming either, and I have people who feel like they can approach me and tell me I should play like this, play like that, play more technical. 


As a female drummer, I feel that people critique us more than our male counterparts. I get tons of guys commenting on my looks and criticizing my body — telling me how I should lose weight, etc. (which has nothing to do with my drumming, might I add). Most of the time when they do mention my drumming, I get “next time play more like…”, “next time can try this…”. It gets rather annoying. 


Drummers are sometimes the overlooked member of a band. Why do you think that is?


Because we just sit there I guess! (laughs) We’re at the back!


I feel that maybe the focus is not on us when we perform, and we can’t move as much as the rest of our bands. So, they do hear us but that’s about it? It has been said that drums are the heartbeat of the band, and to that, I would say that we don’t hear our own heartbeat, we don’t notice the sound it makes and what it does but, if it stops… you get what I mean? 


Do you feel that female drummers are underestimated or undervalued? If so, what can be done to overcome that perception?


Yes, I do feel that they are. We aren’t taken seriously. Many seem to doubt our capabilities. We want to be treated like any other musicians, and not just “aww you’re in a band? That’s cute.” and “oh wow you play drums? but you’re a girl.”. I feel that we have to work twice as hard as a male drummer and people don’t really see that, they aren’t aware.


We work hard not just to be a better drummer and reach what we want to achieve for ourselves, but even harder to change perspective, fight the sexism, and eventually have the same recognition as a male drummer. 


Ultimately, man or woman, everyone is the same and people need to be more aware of that. A drummer is a drummer, a musician is a musician. 




At the end of a long day in school, all that pent-up frustration goes away as soon as I get behind the drum kit.”


PUTERI NURAINN


Puteri is the youngest member of Obstacle Upsurge, Singapore’s first all-female hardcore band. Her passion for the instrument has also led her to join various projects in the past, from screamo band Rangka to the full-band expansion of singer-songwriter Bravepaper.


What drew you to the drums initially?


Back in the primary school days, I had this video game called “Perfect Performer”. It’s basically a rhythm game that featured songs by Japanese Rock band The Yellow Monkey and you get to choose which instrument you want to play; I remember choosing drums 99% of the time. I guess I’ve always been interested in the drums ever since I started playing that video game.


I remember telling myself that drums would probably be the best instrument for me because I just couldn’t learn how to play the guitar, no matter how much I tried. Also, I have two elder brothers (one of them is Asyraft from progressive rock band ANECHOIS, promo a bit ah) and they both started playing the guitar and bass respectively, so I thought, “Why not I learn how to play drums? Then we could form a band.”


One sunny day in 2007, my brothers and I went to the now-defunct Alvron jamming studio and I got to sit behind a drum kit for the first time in my life. I had zero knowledge of drumming so it took me a while to get to where I am now. It just takes time and a whole lot of practice.


What is it about drumming that inspires you? Could you talk a little bit about your passion behind your craft?


To me, drumming helps in relieving stress. At the end of a long day in school, all that pent-up frustration goes away as soon as I get behind the drum kit. Hitting the skins really helps and I think it’s important for me.


I like that drumming is quite a different hobby compared to what girls normally would like. I just really liked the idea of going to school or having a job and then you get to have a mini vacation for the weekend in Malaysia or Indonesia to play a show. It gets you out of that mundane lifestyle.


Who were your influences and/or favourite drummers of all time?


My favourite drummer of all time has to be Mike Portnoy — always has been. In fact, he was one of the main reasons I even decided to start playing drums.


When my brother and I just started listening to Dream Theater over 10 years ago, he would fast-forward to certain parts of their songs to show to me. At the time, all the odd-time signatures they played blew my mind. Mike Portnoy made me want to pick up a pair of drumsticks and play, and he still remains as one of my top influences today.


Other drummers who inspire me are Darren King (Mutemath), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) and our very own Ridwan Johari (Morning Martians, Aquila Vasica) and Junaidi Kusnong (Amateur Takes Control, T-Rex). There are many more but I’m scared I might not see an end to this list.


What challenges do drummers face that other musicians typically don’t?


Not enough photos of us on stage because we’re always hidden in the back! (laughs).


On a more serious note, I think as a drummer, when you make mistakes onstage, it is much more apparent as compared to your band members because we are loud. Also, if you screw up and for God knows what reason, stop playing, everyone else in the band would probably stop too.


One time at Rangka’s farewell show at The Substation, I dropped my stick and I did not have extras so I had to get up off my drum throne and walk out to retrieve it. My bandmates stopped playing and everyone was quiet. I felt like a fool until the crowd started applauding and giving me my confidence back, although it’s still one of my most embarrassing moments. Lesson learnt: always have extra sticks near you.


Drummers are sometimes the overlooked member of a band. Why do you think that is?


They’re rarely ever in the spotlight — both literally and figuratively. However, I feel like drummers don’t get it as bad as bassists do.


You know all those jokes about bassists being the least important member of the band? (laughs) I can understand why drummers and bassists might not get as much attention compared to the vocalist or guitarist. We are equally as important though — if not, more important! The drummers and bassists set the rhythm and tempo for the band. If the drummer does not have enough practice and has difficulty keeping time, what makes you think the whole band would even sound good?


Do you feel that female drummers are underestimated or undervalued? If so, what can be done to overcome that perception?


I cannot speak for all the female drummers in the scene, but I personally don’t think we are underestimated or undervalued at all. Over these few years of playing at punk rock shows with my bands, all I’ve ever gotten were positive and encouraging remarks!


At Malaysian shows, I have dudes coming up to me saying they’ve never gotten the chance to witness a female drummer in their life until they went for my band’s show or discovered my band online (that was how I met my boyfriend). It was a refreshing experience for them after seeing male drummers every single time in their mostly male-dominated music scene.


After joining Obstacle Upsurge earlier this year, I find myself taking pride even more as a female musician. The fact that they considered me as their potential drummer was already a huge compliment on its own.


To play for a band that is actually older than you are is pretty amazing. And so, with the revival of Obstacle Upsurge, we hope to inspire other girls to pick up an instrument and form a band too. I think it wouldn’t hurt to have more girl musicians in our scene, let alone girl drummers!



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If you’re an aspiring drummer, Singapore Drum Fest is currently rounding up the country’s greatest for their annual Drum Off competition. Register here.


Pinoy drummer makes name for himself in Singapore, Asia

Pinoy drummer Gilbert Nogales. Photo by author

SINGAPORE — Meet Gilbert Nogales, who has made a name for himself as not only perhaps an outstanding expatriate drummer in Singapore, but perhaps in Asia. 

He won a drum contest besting 500 other stickmen from the region with his coup de grace performing blindfolded, and he has played with the Juan dela Cruz Band, Mike Hanopol, Jason Mraz, Michael Bolton, Vice Ganda, Vennie Saturno, Christian Bautista, and many others including Indonesian and Singaporean acts. 

He’s even played in clubs along Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Boulevard and in our very own, “Eat Bulaga.” When foreign acts in need of a drummer arrive in this island state, it is Gilbert who is on everyone’s lips.

However, if Nogales, who hails from Cubao, Quezon City, had his way, he would have wanted to make a name for himself on the hardcourt. He played for the Trinity College Colts in high school, and for the University of Santo Tomas Glowing Goldies in college. “I had dreams of playing professional basketball,” Nogales said in the vernacular. 

That came all crashing down while playing the Far Eastern University Tamaraws where he went up against Johnny Abarrientos. The quicksilver-quick point guard picked Nogales’ pockets clean at midcourt and before Nogales knew what was going on, Abarrientos was scooting home for a lay-up. 

Nogales can laugh at it now, but back then, he realized from watching the likes of Abarrientos, Ateneo de Manila University’s Jun Reyes, and San Sebastian College’s Eugene Quilban, that speed was key and if one wasn’t as good if not better, then it was going to be tough.

“Fortunately, I loved music,” said Nogales, and Plan B for his future kicked in. “I grew up a fan of the Juan dela Cruz Band and Pinoy rock. I other favorites include Rush, Toto, Lee Ritenour, and the GRP Band.”

With his band, Powerhaus, they became the first Filipino band to tour and perform in all Hard Rock Cafes (when it still catered to hard rock) in Asia from Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Shanghai, Beijing, and Bangkok. The band took up residence for three months at every stop before moving to the next.

Eventually, he settled in Singapore, and it took a chance encounter at a music store where he was buying some drum sticks where Tan Boon, the creative director of the Singapore Drumfest Drum Challenge, saw him purchase these particular sticks. The Singaporean opined that only good drummers purchased these kind of sticks. Nogales didn’t think so; he just wanted them even if they cost S$300. 

Boon invited him to participate in the 2007 Drum Challenge in the open category where he was named the grand champion after performing his final set blindfolded and with the likes of his idol, Toto’s Jeff Porcaro, serving as a judge. 

When both Michael Bolton’s and Jason Mraz’s regular drummers were unavailable due to various circumstances, Nogales was highly recommended to fill in and he did an admirably job. “The only Jason Mraz song I knew was ‘I’m Yours,’” he chuckled. He had to learn some 30 songs in a very short span of time.

And that eventually led to the Michael Bolton show and more. 

“That drum challenge win opened doors for me,” conceded Nogales. 

It led to more shows and well, endorsements. He has his own signature drum sticks, first at Vic Firth, and now with new brand, Heartbeat. He is also an endorser for new cymbal brand, Arborea, that is comparable in quality to the top line cymbals. 

In spite of the success, Nogales remains firmly rooted to the ground. He also opines that it takes more than reputation for a musician to get gigs. It also takes skill, reliability, and flexibility. He can deftly switch from rock to rhythm and blues to the classics or even Chinese music. 

Many a people who witnessed the drum fest triumph offered him a slot such as his current role as in-house drum teacher at the School of Music Clef at Suntec City. He has worked with Regi Leo, one of Singapore’s most known musical directors on a variety of projects. Along with fellow Filipinos Alfred Rivera (bass and vocals) and Jenny Vie (lead vocals), and Leo (guitars and vocals), Nogales also have a band, Uberjam. And he also performs with a folk rock trio also composed of expatriate Filipinos.

“It is tough making a living as a professional musician, but I have been lucky,” said Nogales. “I am lucky to make a good living about music which is my passion. Lucky to have very good and nice bandmates. I am just grateful for everything.”

Over a plate of chicken rice at a restaurant in Suntec City, Nogales paused and thought for a moment. It is one of those life-changing moments and he summed it up:

“And I am grateful to Johnny Abarrientos as well.”

S’porean drummer Brandon Khoo will perform for global audience on online platform Drumeo – Mothership.SG

He’s one of Singapore’s most accomplished drummers, and now Brandon Khoo is getting ready to show off his talents to a global audience.

If you listen to local live music or have chilled at Wala Wala Cafe Bar in Holland Village before, Khoo is the super-talented drummer in Shirlyn & the UnXpected:

Photo via Shirlyn & the UnXpected’s Facebook page

Khoo, who’s performed in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, will travel to Vancouver, Canada next week to perform and record a live demonstration for Drumeo, the world’s biggest online drumming platform.

Online school for skins

Drumeo was launched in 2012 by Jared Falk and Rick Kettner, two musicians who wanted to create an website for people who wanted to learn how to play the drums.

By collaborating with legendary drummers like Todd Sucherman of Styx and Danny Seraphine of Chicago, subscribers get access to their video lessons, as well as additional tips and tricks that only comes with years of living like a rock star.

Khoo will join their ranks as the very first Singaporean (and the first Asian) drumming instructor for the platform. On Oct. 16 at 1:00am (Singapore time), he will give a live lesson at this link. Viewers can also ask questions for Khoo to answer.

Singapore Rock Star

But Khoo is no stranger to big names in the music industry, having shared the stage with artists like Emil Chau, Richie Chen and Jacee Lai. Speaking to Mothership, he elaborated on his ambitions for this new tie-up:

“I’ve developed my concepts for the past 20 years. I hope to bring my own brand of ideas and concepts to the international drumming community.”

Aside from teaching at the Singapore Drum Academy, Shirlyn & the UnXPected perform twice a week:

Apart from that, Khoo says he got back together with some old friends of his to re-form a progressive metal band called COEN, which released its own album 20 years ago. Now they’re back and recording a new one based on their experiences from being apart.

Having conquered the local music scene, Khoo now has the opportunity to demonstrate what he can do to drumming enthusiasts from around the world.

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But he’s also aware of the racial barriers he’s breaking, having been given such a platform. Said Khoo:

“I feel a sense of pride about being the first Asian drummer to work with (Drumeo). People are getting more colour-blind and focusing more on the music, but I want to represent the Asian community and shed more light about Singapore.”

Other than the live show, Khoo will also be filming a series of “concept” videos where he focuses on a particular set for aspiring drummers to learn from.

Photo by Steven Chew.

A musical background

Perhaps a performing career was always his destiny. Khoo is the son of the late Victor Khoo, the Singaporean entertainer and ventriloquist. His father set several milestones himself, becoming the first Singaporean to perform in Las Vegas.

Khoo tells us he recalls growing up in a “musical household”:

“My house was always filled with music, the Carpenters, Barbara Streisand, Nat King Cole. My mother was a musician too.”

Khoo’s mother was Lam May Yee, a famous Hong Kong singer.

While they both died from cancer several years ago, Khoo appreciates the example his parents set, both in raising him and as performers, that gave him the tools to work through the often brutal nature of the entertainment business.

“I hope to do my parents proud.”

Top photo by Steven Chew and courtesy of Brandon Khoo

Singapore’s rock scene pays tribute to Take-Off drummer Isaac Thomas who has died aged 33

Singapore’s rock and pop punk community has paid tribute to Take-Off’s founding drummer Isaac Steve Thomas, following the news of his passing on Friday, October 9. He was 33 years old.

Isaac’s Take-Off bandmate, Bob revealed his passing in a statement on the band’s social media accounts on October 10.

Bob also revealed to NME on October 15 that Isaac’s cause of death was due to an accident.

“To say the least, it came as a shock and a sudden event to all of us as well, his family, his loved ones and his friends. The family respectfully asks for privacy regarding this matter during this time until such a time as they feel comfortable to disclose that information.”

Take-Off. Credit: Take-Off.

On October 10, Bob wrote in a social media statement: “I’m here to talk about the man that I know – my friend, my bandmate and my brother. The first time we met, he showed me his blink-182 tattoo emblazoned on his chest, and I knew instantly we’d be good friends.”

“It was a privilege to have met and to have known him, and an honor to have had him as a friend, a bandmate and a brother. I love him very much and without him, I would not be who I am today. I only wish he lasted as long as the lasting impressions and influence he left on the people he met, memories that will last a lifetime.”

Bob’s complete post can be found below.

My friend. My bandmate. My brother. It pains me to write this, and my fingers are all sweaty and my heart is heavy from…

Posted by Take-Off on Saturday, October 10, 2020

Since the news of Isaac’s passing, numerous members of the Singaporean music scene – including bands such as Plainsunset and Hardihood and more – have paid tribute to the drummer. See them below.

I assure you that we will always sing your name till the birds grow old and the lions learn to sing. Rest in power my friend. ❤️

Posted by Jaarvis El Pacho Papito on Saturday, October 10, 2020

A number of Instagram Story tributes from friends and fans of the band have also been compiled onto a highlight, which can be found on Take-Off’s Instagram page.

Isaac’s last release with Take-Off was the 2019 single, ‘Sound The Siren (I Know Things Now That I Didn’t Know Then)’. The band debuted in 2014 with a four-track demo, putting out the EP ‘This Is Punk Rock. This Is For You’ a year later. Their only album to date is 2017’s ‘This Won’t Save the World’.

10 Best Places for Drum Lessons in Singapore to Hit Your First Drum Beat [2021]

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Why learn to play the drums? When it comes to learning a new instrument, most people will opt for a guitar or a keyboard/piano, but few consider learning the drums.

Not only does playing the drums make you look good, but it also makes you feel good. Did you know that the act of hitting the drums actually makes your body release endorphins, just like that of a high-intensity physical workout? In addition, drumming also builds your coordination and relieves stress.

Want to be that cool kid who steals the hearts of everyone at that night party? Or do you wish to learn a new and unique instrument just for yourself? If so, this list of the 10 Best Places for Drum Lessons in Singapore will definitely help you.

1. My Drum School (MDS)

Type of information Details
Key Features – Voted “Best In Drumming” by Parents World 2015
– Top 10 of Asia Award
– Singapore Quality Brand Award
– Featured in the press on various occasions
Website https://mydrumschool.com/
Location #03-06 Upper Serangoon Rd, Cheers The Poiz Centre, 347697
Contact Tel: 8799 9779
Opening Hours Mon – Fri:
10am – 10pm

Sat:
9am – 10pm

Sun:
9am – 5pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews 32 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.9 / 5.0 stars) 

Established in 2007, MDS has been in operation for more than 10 years in the music industry and has won many awards such as “Best In Drumming” by Parents World 2015 and the Top 10 of Asia Award throughout the years.

A well-established drum school that has helped more than 3000 drummers to date, MDS will provide you with the best quality drumming experience to kickstart your new journey.

2. DrumTannery

Type of information Details
Key Features – Specialised Drum Syllabus
– Exclusive Online Supplementary Exercises
– 1 to 1 drum lessons
– Affordable cost
Website https://drumtannery.com/
Location 35 Selegie Rd, #03-26, Singapore 188307
Contact Tel: 9199 9189
Opening Hours 10am – 10pm daily
Online Ratings/ Reviews 5 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.2 / 5.0 stars) 

Fundamentally focused on bringing you the most effective yet affordable drumming experience, DrumTannery offers 1-to-1 drum lessons based on the specialised drum syllabus.

If you’re a beginner who’s unsure of what a drum lesson may look like, DrumTannery also offers a free trial for all first-time customers so that you can have a glimpse of a basic drum lesson structure for yourself!

3. Drum Prodigy Singapore (DPSG)

Type of information Details
Key Features – Wide variety of programmes designed for diverse abilities and age groups
– Social enterprise of raiSE
– Provides training and employment opportunities for adults with special needs
Website https://www.drumprodigy.sg/
Location 620 #01-268 Hougang Ave 8, Block 620, Singapore 530620
Contact Tel: 8661 5107
Opening Hours Mon & Wed:
Closed

Tues:
1–8:30pm

Thur:
10am–7:30pm

Fri:
1–8:30pm

Sat:
8:30am–6:30pm

Sun:
8:30am–3pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews 1 Google review (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars) 

A music academy with a mission to provide music education and wellness programmes in an inclusive, positive and non-competitive environment, Drum Prodigy Singapore offers various programmes catered to different groups of learners. This includes drum camps and workshops that are fun and different from your usual classroom learning.

Being a social enterprise of raiSE, DPSG is also a Business For Good that provides training and employment opportunities for those with special needs.

4. Studio72

Type of information Details
Key Features – Stylish upscale learning environment
– Professional and well-crafted lessons by veteran musicians and qualified mentors
– Flexible sessions orchestrated to suit your busy schedule
– Lessons that are tailored to various skill level and ambitions
Website https://www.studio72.sg/
Location 24B Circular Rd, Singapore 049380
Contact Tel: 9322 7272
Opening Hours Mon – Fri:
12.30pm – 9pm

Sat:
10am – 7pm

Sun:
11am – 8pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews 10 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.8 / 5.0 stars) 

At Studio72, you will be taught strong drum theory, drum techniques, practical drum methods, and percussion techniques under the guidance of very proficient mentors and experts in the field.

Offering lesson plans tailored to your individual abilities and learning styles, the teachers at Studio72 will help you expand your proficiency in drumming and bring out your best in you.

5. Drum Tutor

Type of information Details
Key Features – Offers curriculum for students across all levels
– Lessons are solely based on the pace of the student’s learning ability
– Proprietary lessons
– Certified instructors
– Over 10,000 drum lessons conducted
Website https://www.drumtutor.sg/
Location 200 Turf Club Rd, #04-13, Singapore 287994
Contact Tel: 9666 4979
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours Mon:
10am – 8pm

Tues – Fri:
10am – 9pm

Sat & Sun:
9am – 8pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews  Google reviews (Average rating:  / 5.0 stars) 

Established in 2016, Drum Tutor has conducted more than 10,000 drum lessons for students across all levels to date.

No matter whether you’re a rookie drummer learning the drums for the first time or an experienced drummer who wishes to achieve a milestone, Drum Tutor has the perfect curriculum tailored to your needs, including classes that prepares you for grading examinations.

6. Hei Drums Singapore

Type of information Details
Key Features – For all ages and skill levels
– Lessons are tailored for maximal learning with minimal effort towards excellence
– Initial assessment to better understand your learning style and goals
– Free trial and craft drum lessons
Website https://www.facebook.com/heidrumssg/
Location 50 Tagore Lane Entrepreneur Center, 02 10D, 787494
Contact Tel: 9787 4603
Opening Hours Mon:
Closed

Tues – Thur:
10am – 11pm

Fri:
10am – 11.30pm

Sat & Sun:
9am – 11pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews 1 Google review (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars) 

Hei Drums, where “Hei” stands for Headway, Excellence & Inclusiveness, provides drum lessons that are designed to bring out the best of your capabilities with minimal effort.

You will first be given an initial assessment at the drum academy to understand your learning style and goals better. From there, your teachers and mentors will craft a lesson plan according to bring out your best potential.

7. Drumstruck Studios

Type of information Details
Key Features – Offers a balanced teaching syllabus that reaches out to students on an individual basis
– Amazing record of 100% students passing rate for exams
– State of the art facilities & high-end instruments
– Biennial students recital & opportunities to perform live
– Free studio rental for own practice sessions
– Flexible lessons
Website https://drumstruck.com.sg/
Location 107 North Bridge Rd, #04-15 Funan, Singapore 179105
Contact Tel: 6336 4636
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours Mon – Fri:
12pm – 9pm

Sat & Sun:
10am – 7pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews 29 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.8 / 5.0 stars) 

Offering flexible lessons that cater to students availabilities, Drumstruck Studios provides individual classes for all ages.

Drumstruck Studios has passionate, experienced and internationally certified instructors who will offer you lesson plans tailored to your individual pace and train you professionally for graded exams.

In addition, all students may call and book the studios for their own practice and participate in various instrument workshops conducted during the June school holidays – all for free!

8. Bozzworkz Music Studio

Type of information Details
Key Features – Graded exams (Trinity College London Drum Kit or Rock & Pop Exams)
– Versatile instructors who have many years of experience in drumming
– Lessons are tailored to individual learning ability and aptitude
Website https://www.bozzworkz.com/
Location 35 Selegie Rd, Singapore 188307
Contact Tel:
9747 1588

Email:
[email protected]

Online Ratings/ Reviews 12 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.9 / 5.0 stars) 

Offering lessons to individuals from beginner to advanced levels, Bozzworkz Music Studio offers not only offers your usual weekly lessons but also weekday drum camps that are an hour long per day, followed by all the practice you can take for 3 or 5 consecutive days.

You will be taught by versatile instructors who have many years of experience in drumming who will tailor the lesson curriculum to your individual learning ability and aptitude.

9. J Music

Type of information Details
Key Features – Catered for Working Adults
– Easy-to-Follow
– No Musical Background Needed
– Cost-effective
Website https://jmusicstudio.com.sg/adult-drum-lessons/
Location 52 Joo Chiat Rd, #03-02, Singapore 427374
Contact Tel:
9698 8069

Email:
[email protected]

Opening Hours Mon & Sun:
Closed

Tues – Fri:
2pm – 9pm

Sat:
9.30am – 1.15pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews 18 Google reviews (Average rating: 5.0 / 5.0 stars) 

At J Music, you will be provided with a simple drum syllabus written in accordance with Trinity College London guidelines for easy and cost-effective learning.

With a focus on drums lessons catered for working adults, you will be taught using an easy-to-follow learning curriculum and the latest drum apps and high-end drum kit for a quality learning experience.

10. Cristofori Music Showroom & Music School (Bishan)

Type of information Details
Key Features – Dedicated teachers
– Learn via graded institutional courses
– Comprehensive and versatile technique
– Quality education at affordable rates
– Young Parents Enrichment Stars 2018
-Young Parents SG Parens’ Choice 2019 & 2020
Website https://cristofori.asia/main/drum-lessons/
Location 9 Bishan Place, Junction 8, #04 02D, 579837
Contact Tel:
6951 0620
Opening Hours Mon:
12pm – 9.30pm

Tues – Fri:
11am – 9.30pm

Sat & Sun:
9am – 9.30pm

Online Ratings/ Reviews 48 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars) 

Cited as the No. 1 Children’s Music School by Singapore Parents, Cristofori’s drum lessons offers a quality education at affordable rates for kids through step-by-step lesson plans and comprehensive, versatile techniques.

From debut to Grade 8, Cristofori’s graded drum course will take your kids to the next level and broaden their music repertoire and help them to cut it in any session or stage in the world.

Conclusion

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The Complete Guide to Taking Drums Lessons in Singapore

A drum is a musical instrument whose sound is by the vibration of a stretched membrane. It is a membranophone within the larger category of percussion instruments. A drum is essentially a tube or a bowl of wood, metal, or pottery covered at one or both ends by a membrane, and the person will be playing it with a hand or a stick.

Drum Lesson Singapore: The Basics

You can improve skills that will help you become a better drummer by practicing. Drumming will also help you excel in many other areas of your life that require rhythm, memorization, and hand-eye coordination. Drumming can improve your performance as a student, partner, and employee.

Timing

When a drummer lacks timing, he throws off his entire band, and no matter how good his bandmates are, they sound terrible.

Consistency

Apart from playing a beat, a drummer must also play that same beat consistently throughout the song because the repetitive nature makes a song catchy unless you’re playing progressive music.

Dedication

Because dedication brings a drummer or any musician to the level he or she desires, there are no shortcuts. You can’t just hold a pair of sticks and expect to be Mike Portnoy; practice makes perfect. Set aside at minimum an hour per day to get started, and you’ll be rockin’ in no time.

Learning how to count music can help your child’s math skills. You should spend two hours on your drum pad for every hour spent in drum lessons. With dedication, aptitude, and hard work, you will be able to learn and play the drums properly – which is a duration of 10 months to 1 year, and to become skillful in 18 months to 2 years to become truly proficient.

High-Quality Drum Lessons in Singapore

If you’re not sure how to properly establish your drumming journey, then this article will help. To make things easier for you, dear beginner drummer, looking for advice and tips in a step-by-step tutorial. Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to play the drums in no time.

Learn how to hold drumsticks

It’s time to start practicing. To do that properly, you must first understand how to hold your drum sticks (don’t worry, it’s a simple one):

  1. Start by raising your hands at your edge and placing one stick in your right hand with your left hand.
  2. Next, press the stick with the flat part of your thumb and wrap the rest of your fingers around it. You can now proceed to place the next drumstick in your hand.
  3. It would help if you gripped the drumsticks behind the balance point or in the middle of the stick. Although there are a few different methods to use your sticks to execute your drums, you’ll have enough time to experiment and figure out what works best for you as a beginner!

Understand rudiments

You’ll be ready to play your first essential rhythm as a drummer at this point. Don’t worry; it’s not difficult; it just takes some time to adjust. Also, don’t dismiss this fundamental. While you’re only performing the snare drum – or your practice pad or cushion – right now, you can later make this one simple rhythmic pattern sound like this.

Get to know your drum kit

Once you’ve purchased your first drum kit, become acquainted with its various components. It is required both to play them like a pro and to care for them.

CRISTOFORI is having an offer where if any of their customers purchased a Digital Drum, it comes with a complimentary 45 minutes product coaching where their staff educate on the uses and functions of the digital drum itself.

Find a good teacher

Finding a good drum teacher is perhaps the most critical step in learning to play the drums for beginners. 

Seek out friends to play with together

As a beginning drummer, it is essential to surround yourself with other drummers. It will not only allow you to share your thoughts and opinions on your progress, but it will also encourage you to play together and improve your skillset. Plus, you’ll meet new people in the process.

So look for a community drumming group, a school or community orchestra, or a brass band in your neighborhood. Then come together and let the magic happen.

Practice reading drum sheets

It is the final and optional step, as technically, you do not need to know sheet music to play the drums. On the other hand, you learned to read sheet music. Most music groups, for example, essential that every musician knows their part – and this is much effortless to achieve if every player can read what’s on their sheets. It saves you from memorizing the songs of a local band, which can take several weeks before you can even begin to play together.

Drum Lessons and Music Tutorials

CRISTOFORI’s music programs provide a supportive environment in which students of all skill levels can feel at ease while learning to play the drums. In CRISTOFORI, the drums lessons here are conducted accordingly to Rockschool (UK Accredited) Music Exam Board Syllabus, which they are focused on helping out all students from Beginner to Grade 8, to prepare for their Rockschool Graded Music Exam.

To immerse all students into the full experience of fun and learning of playing a drum, CRISTOFORI’s drum lessons provide students with the full opportunity to learn by using the 5-piece drum set, instead of simply just playing on a hand drum or drum percussion which limits the learning capability.

Beginner

It provides beginners with simple yet effective drum lessons that skip entry-level pad training. Students get backing a drum kit during their first lesson to begin learning how to play the drums. Students will learn drum fills and solos fundamentals through private drum lessons, group rehearsals, and live performances.

Intermediate to Advanced

When a student advances beyond beginner drum lessons, they will enroll in one of the intermediate to advanced drum lessons programs setting them on the path to mastery. CRISTOFORI’s expert drum teachers usher students through advanced drumming techniques and training approaches during weekly private drum lessons for adults and group rehearsals to make them more skilled drummers. Intermediate grooves, shifts, and meters are taught and drilled until they master them. Drummers will eventually be assigned to bands and perform in live shows at the end of each session.

To further your drumming skills, CRISTOFORI believes that it is essential for their students to take part in recitals and competitions as this helps them to enhance their learning. They provide the opportunities for all their drum students where they can take part in drum competitions and Got Talent, which they can all showcase their drumming talents and skills.

Online

CRISTOFORI’s student’s health and safety are their highest priorities. In addition to in-person socially-distanced classes, CRISTOFORI offers online music lessons. Students who choose to take drum lessons online use the same well-known, patent-protected curriculum.

Primary Students

It is never too early to establish learning to play music. It provides a tried-and-true method for teaching even the youngest students in CRISTOFORI’s program musical proficiency. These introductory lessons teach preschoolers how to play the drums and other instruments using hand percussion and tools that stimulate their imagination.

Kids

It is the world’s most popular program for teaching children to play the drums. Children learn to perform the drums and eventually play their favorite songs in a fun, supportive, and comfortable environment through private drum lessons for kids and group rehearsals.

Teens

Learning to play the drums gives teenagers a creative outlet, making it fun, quick, and rewarding. Students learn to play the drums in CRISTOFORI’s innovative programs through private lessons, group rehearsals, and live band performances of famous pop songs.

Adults

By drumming to popular rock favorites, you learn to play the drums for adults as effectively.  CRISTOFORI’s adult program also provides the learning options of their students participating in band or solo practice, which comes along with backing track accompaniment on stage.

The Bottom Line

Learning a new skill is difficult enough. It should not be an enigma as to WHAT to practice. CRISTOFORI delivers the proper lesson at the right time, every time, thanks to an organized 10-level curriculum that takes you from your first lesson to playing anything you want!

Why Does the Little Drummer Boy Challenge Stress Me?

Every year, just after Thanksgiving, my Facebook feed gets filled with references to “The Little Drummer Boy Challenge.”

If this particular cultural chestnut hasn’t impinged on your life, here’s how it goes. Someone posts the challenge: “Can you go from December 1 to December 23 without hearing ‘The Little Drummer Boy’?” People interested in participating put their name down. When you hear it — in the mall, on TV, radio, elementary school children’s concert — you’re out. You put your name on the wall of shame. Every few days a prompt comes through your feed: Are you still in?

It’s fun and “mostly harmless,” and I “won” the challenge by not hearing the song six or seven years in a row.

What got me thinking was noticing what happened this year when I lost the challenge almost immediately. (It was a fun YouTube video of a Christmas light display with a techno soundtrack that devolved into a techno version of LDB around a minute in. And darn it, they didn’t post a warning!)

I was out on December 1 or 2 and didn’t have to participate (this is the second year in a row I’ve been out early). So I got a chance to observe — I’m a psychologist, that’s what we do. What I noticed as an observer, not as a participant, was how very tense this challenge made me.

Think about the premise. An innocuous Christmas song goes from being one of many songs in the background Christmas music rotation to something I am monitoring for in my environment. I’d go into a diner, hearing that Christmas music was playing and realizing I needed to leave pretty quickly, because “The Little Drummer Boy,” which is in pretty heavy rotation, had a reasonable probability of coming up if a lingered too long over my coffee. At the grocery store yesterday — even after I was out, I realized I wasn’t just letting those background carols roll over me. I was listening to the cadence of the selections. If you listen to background music, you’ll find it isn’t usually random. It goes through moods — a series of bouncy songs (“Frosty”), more nostalgic ones (“Winter Wonderland”), then the quieter ones (“Silent Night”). “The Little Drummer Boy” is useful to DJs, because it helps transition from nostalgia to sacred and back up again.

What that meant to me is that as I felt that mood change, I’d start to tense, waiting for it. My husband did too — he’d mutter, “It’ll be here soon….” The tension and anxiety I could feel building is particularly ironic for two reasons. First, I’ve never “lost” to a song in a diner or store. It’s a TV show, National Public Radio piece, or Facebook video that has gotten me. More importantly this is a dumb thing to get anxious about at all. It’s a silly game. It’s supposed to be fun. And nobody even cares that I’m playing it or certainly not that I win, except for me. This is me monitoring me.

This is a parable, not a worry. The Little Drummer Challenge is interesting as a parable for the many small stressors that social media can add to our lives. Other people express opinions (“‘The Little Drummer Boy’ song is trite and saccharine”). Other people brag that they’re too cool to be in the kind of places that would every play “The Little Drummer Boy” (“I don’t do malls”). Others post ironic “challenges” (Are you the kind of person who lives a wholesome, cool, and alternative enough lifestyle to avoid it?). Although I might not accept those opinions (see the lacuna below — I like the song), they still influence my behavior and emotions.

As a psychologist who studies social influence, I find that interesting. Artificial imperatives — even those we don’t accept — can cause us stress.

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A brief lacuna. For the record, I happen to like the song “The Little Drummer Boy.” I sang it in choir in elementary school, playing the zills. It is less melancholy than many Christmas songs, has a sweet sentiment, and I like the regimented rhythm, which contrasts with many other tunes of the season. There is an argument among some that it is a singularly silly song — the last thing tired parents and a newborn need is a drum solo. Others find it completely saccharine. However, there are literally dozens of versions of this song, from singers like Bing Crosby and David Bowie, a great techno version that took me out this year, to a funkified guitar solo by Kirk Douglas I just heard on the New Yorker radio hour. There are schmaltzy versions. One that always brings me to tears is the solemn rendition on The West Wing, where it movingly accompanies a military funeral of a homeless veteran (that one got me last year). Like most songs, it’s in the music, the musician, and the listener.

Singapore | Import & Export | The whole world | Percussion musical instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas) | Cost (USD) and Change in Cost, YoY (%) | 2009

Export of goods of group 9206 “Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)” from Singapore in 2020 amounted to 655 thousand dollars . In value terms, growth in deliveries of goods of group 9206 from Singapore Compared to 2019, it amounted to 44% : Exports of goods of group 9206 “Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)” increased by 200 thousand.dollars (in 2019, goods of group 9206 were delivered from Singapore in the amount of 454 thousand dollars).

Goods of group 9206 accounted for 2.89% of exports from Singapore of goods of the group “” in 2020 (in total, goods of the group worth $ 22 million were exported from Singapore in 2020). Compared to 2019, the share of group 9206 in the export of goods from Singapore increased by 0.888 percentage points. (in 2019 it was 2%, and the export of the group’s goods from Singapore was $ 22 million).

Where does Singapore export Musical percussion instruments (eg drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)?

The main directions of export of goods of group 9206 “Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)” from Singapore in 2020 were

  • Malaysia with a share of 39% (260 thous.US $)
  • Hong Kong with a share of 28% (188 thousand US $)
  • Indonesia with a share of 8.05% (52 thousand US $)
  • Philippines with a share of 6.68% (43 thousand US $)
  • Vietnam with a share of 5.27% (34 thousand US $)
  • USA with a share of 2.52% (16.5 thousand US $)
  • Other countries of Asia with a share of 2.43% (15.9 thousand US $) US $)
  • Myanmar with a share of 1.06% (6.98 thousand US $)
  • Maldives with a share of 1.03% (6.75 thousand US $)
  • Brunei – 6.04 thousand US $

Structure of exports from Singapore of goods of group 9206 – Musical percussion instruments (e.g. drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas) – in 2020 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 100% (655 thous.USD): 920600 – Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)

Import of goods of group 9206 “Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)” to Singapore in 2020 amounted to 1.48 million USD . Reduction of deliveries of goods of group 9206 to Singapore in value terms amounted to 24% Compared to 2019: Imports of goods of group 9206 “Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)” decreased by 472 thousand.dollars (in 2019, goods of group 9206 were imported to Singapore in the amount of 1.96 million dollars).

Goods of group 9206 accounted for 2.72% of imports to Singapore of goods of the group “” in 2020 (in total, goods of the group worth $ 54 million were imported to Singapore in 2020). Compared to 2019, the share of group 9206 in imports of goods to Singapore decreased by 0.345 percentage points. (in 2019 it was 3.07%, and imports of goods from the group to Singapore – 63 million dollars).

Where does Singapore buy Musical percussion instruments (eg drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)?

The main importers of goods of the group 9206 “Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)” to Singapore in 2020 were

  • Indonesia with a share of 25% (383 thous.US $)
  • USA with a share of 24% (361 thousand US $)
  • China with a share of 21% (314 thousand US $)
  • Thailand with a share of 4.46% (66 thousand US $)
  • Germany with a share of 4.31% (64 thousand US $)
  • Japan with a share of 4.16% (62 thousand US $)
  • Netherlands with a share of 3.28% (48 thousand US $)
  • Other countries of Asia with a share of 2.96% (44 thousand US $)
  • France with a share of 2.89% (43 thousand US $)
  • Canada with a share of 1.62% (24 thousand US $)

Import structure to Singapore of goods of group 9206 – Musical percussion instruments (for example, drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas) – in 2020 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 100% (1.48 million USD): 920600 – Musical percussion instruments (e.g. drums, xylophones, cymbals, castanets, maracas)

A Christmas Tale at Singapore Airport

Singapore’s Changi International Airport invites passengers to experience the spirit of Christmas – Walt Disney’s fabulous country was born here.Passengers are advised to check-in in advance to enjoy the festive atmosphere during their stay at the airport.

Central to the departure hall of Terminal 3 is a three-story interactive castle inspired by Disney’s Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty castles. In this area, visitors will find daily musical performances with an exciting storyline. On weekdays, the show starts at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm; on weekends and holidays, two more shows are added to this schedule – at 13:00 and 15:00.In addition, there is almost real snow inside the terminal.

Changi Airport has also prepared Christmas gifts for travelers. Guests of the magic castle can get special tickets before each performance and exchange them for a gift from the Walt Disney Company and enjoy a variety of Christmas treats.

Terminal 3 also has a Mickey Mouse Club playground for the smallest passengers. Children will enjoy skiing from three-meter slides, a Velcro wall, a pool with balls and interactive performances with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.And on weekends, the Gingerbread Man, Toy Soldier, Drummer and Fairy Princess will join the celebrations.

In a festive atmosphere, guests can also find inspiration for their next vacation. Swiss chalets (T3 transit area), traditional Japanese houses (T2 transit area), and New York City buildings stylized in the Broadway style (T1 transit area) were built on the territory of the airport.

True fans of the Disney world can collect a limited edition collection of six Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Christmas toys.Shop and restaurant shoppers will be able to purchase such a toy for S $ 3, provided they spend at least S $ 130 in the transit area of ​​Changi Airport.

In addition, a page has appeared on the website of Changi Airport, from which anyone can send congratulations to their loved ones anywhere in the world and get a chance to win a Christmas collection of toys.


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Singapore: The Culture of Singapore

NATIONAL FEATURES Holidays in Singapore are celebrated by the whole world, although each nation has its own religion.

Hari Raya Puasa – the end of Ramadan, the tenth month in the so-called Lunar Hijra, the Muslim calendar, is one of the most important holidays in Singapore. This is the day of the end of the Muslim fast, when during the month from dawn to dusk, Muslims should neither eat, drink, nor indulge in entertainment.

Chinese New Year is also a very revered and popular holiday. A few weeks before its onset, the Chinese dress in gold and red.People buy tangerine, lemon and orange trees and present their fruits to each other, as well as gifts in special hong bao packages. The streets and squares, which are filled with dancing Singaporeans, beat drums. It is especially interesting to watch the colorful Chingai parade with folk dances and boat races.

Hindu holidays such as Ponggal and Thaipusam are also widely celebrated by Indians in January / February. Residents of the “Little India” area cook rice porridge in pots – a symbol of fertility and prosperity of life.They sacrifice this porridge to the gods at the Sri Perumal temple on Serangun Road. During the Taipusam celebrations, a magnificent procession of believers led by a man crowned with kawadis walks no less than three kilometers from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple to the Chettiar temple on Tank Road. Back in February, as well as in September, the Indians honor the monkey king Hanuman at the so-called monkey temple on Seng Poh Road.

On Good Friday , the most real performances about the crucifixion of Christ are performed in churches, and in the Portuguese church of St.Joseph’s Church on Victoria Road and the Thomson Road Temple, they organize solemn processions with lit candles and singing of hymns.

On the spring holiday Kin Ming the Chinese visit the graves of their ancestors.

In May, Vesak Day is widely celebrated – the birthday of Buddha, his inspiration and departure to nirvana. People all together meditate, pray and release birds from their cages.

Birthday of the Third Prince – “Divine Child” is celebrated in Chinese temples in May.Mediums in a trance inflict wounds on themselves with swords, dedicating blood to the gods, smear it on pieces of paper, which they distribute to believers with a blessing.

In the Chinese pantheon, the Dragon is not at all the feisty Russian Serpent Gorynych. On the contrary, he brings health and wealth to the house, bestows strength and wisdom. The Dragon Festival usually takes place in May. Try to get into Marina Bay these days for exciting and colorful boat races.

August 9 – Republic Day is one of the most sacred days for Singaporeans, although it has nothing to do with religion.In Padang or at the National Stadium, a parade is held on this day, and fireworks are arranged in the evening.

In August, according to Chinese beliefs, the gates of Hell are opened and ghosts visit the living. The month of hungry ghosts is coming . In order to appease them, incense sticks and money are being burned everywhere. Spirits also love to eat, so bowls of food are left for them on the windowsills and near the doorstep.

At the end of “Hungry Ghost Month”, Moon Cookie Festival begins.The front garden is lit by hundreds of fancy paper lanterns, and special cookies are prepared as a treat, stuffed with lotus flowers, red beans, nuts, and candied duck egg yolks.

October is marked by the Indian holiday Navaratiri . On the streets and in temples, classical folk dances are performed, music sounds, theatrical performances are held in honor of the goddesses Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

On the feast day Timiti , believers undergo a ritual of purification by fire in memory of the goddess Draupadi, the character of the Indian epic poem “Ramayana”, who passed through the flame to prove her virginity.This heartbreaking performance takes place at the Mariamman Temple on South Bridge Road.

According to legends, on the days of the holiday of the nine divine emperors (October / November), the influence of divine forces on believers is activated. Diseases are cured from this, and well-being and happiness come to the house. The festival is celebrated with performances of traditional Chinese opera and noisy, crowded processions with sculptures of gods being worn in painted palanquins.

In November-December, the houses of the Indians are colored with the softly iridescent lights of the lamps in honor of the onset of Deepavali – perhaps the most important Hindu holiday in Singapore.According to legend, the forces of light at this time defeat the forces of darkness. As, however, and on the main Christian holiday – Christmas (December 25), when the central street Orchard Road sparkles with solemn illumination. Crowds of people sing Christmas carols in the streets. HOLIDAYS Holidays and significant dates celebrated in Singapore reflect its multinational nature, diversity of religious concessions. The dates of many holidays change from year to year, as they are based on the lunar calendar.The non-working days in Singapore are:

  • January 1st – New Year

  • January-February – Chinese New Year

  • April-May – Hari Raya Puasa

  • March-April – Good Friday

  • May 1 – Labor Day

  • May 6 – Vesak (festival in honor of Buddha)

  • June 1 – Hari Raya Haji

  • August 9 – National Day

  • October-November – Divapali (Indian holiday of lights)

  • December 25 – Christmas

Sister Kim Kardashian spent $ 200 thousand on a gift to Travis Barker

Drummer Blink-182 received an unexpected present from his fiancée

In February of this year, it became known about the romance of the star of the Kardashians Courtney and the drummer of Blink-182 Travis Barker.The lovers have been friends for many years, but now their relationship has reached a new level.

This fall, Travis gave Courtney a surprise by the ocean in Montecito. He adorned the shore with hundreds of scarlet roses and huge candles, and then invited her to the center of the spectacular composition. Barker hugged Courtney tenderly and invited her to marry him. As proof of his love, he presented a ring with a large diamond, and she replied: “Yes!”.

Now Courtney herself has given an unusual surprise.In honor of Travis’s birthday, she gave him a luxurious gift. On November 14, the musician turned 46 years old, but only now he showed touching pictures with the bride and a present from her on Instagram.

Courtney knew Barker liked vintage cars, so she spent over $ 200,000 on a birthday present. Sister Kim Kardashian bought a black Buick GNX, fulfilling her lover’s dream.

“When the girl of your dreams gives you the car of your dreams”

The pictures show how Travis was delighted with the gift.The couple in love immediately took a ride in the car and took some touching photos.

Photo: @travisbarker

90,000 20 free lessons in Singapore, Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries in Southeast Asia, but there is also a lot to see and do for free, without harming your wallet. Here are just a few of these free things.

Experience Peranakan History at Baba House

Baba House is a well-restored Peranakan house (Peranakans are second-generation Chinese immigrants). You can visit here only during an hour-long free excursion, during which you can deeply immerse yourself in the life of a wealthy local family of hereditary immigrants from China in the 1920s. Tours are available by prior arrangement only on Mondays (14:00), Tuesdays (18:30), Thursdays (10:00) and Saturdays (11:00).Email for booking excursions: [email protected]

Visit a celebration of one of Singapore’s festivals

Festivals in Singapore range from eclectic (Street Music Festival – facebook.com/sentosabuskers) to artistic (Singapore Art Festival and Singapore Night Festival – brasbasahbugis.sg/nightfestival) to musical (Mosaic Music Festival – mosaicmusicfestival.com ). In general, you can have fun at some festival almost every month.Check out the list of festivals at yoursingapore.com.

Marvel at the “supertrees” at Gardens by the Bay

To look at the greenhouses of the Eco-park “Gardens by the Bay” and walk through the crowns of “supertrees”, you need to pay money. But a stroll through the Outer Gardens of Bay South Park, part of the Gardens by the Bay botanical oasis, won’t cost you a dime. The main thing is to come to the park before 07:45 or 20:45. Then you can look for a more comfortable place for yourself and admire the amazing daily light and music show from there.

Walk among the lush graves of Bukit Brown Cemetery

The first burials appeared on Bukit Brown at the beginning of the 20th century. At the time, it was the largest Chinese cemetery in Singapore. Then the cemetery was abandoned, and today it has turned into a place for watching birds and animals, taken under the protection of the Singaporean government. There is a 40-year development plan for Bukit Brown, but in the meantime, there are free walking tours by enthusiasts, historians and activist groups. Check out their Facebook page (facebook.com / bukitbrown) and the website (bukitbrown.com).

Marvel at Singapore’s finest temples

Paradoxically, right in the middle of Chinatown is the vibrant and slightly gaudy Shri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu shrine and a must-see. Thian Hok Keng (“Temple of Divine Bliss”), the oldest Chinese temple complex of the city-state, is no less worthy of attention. Also worth a look is Kong Meng San Phor Kark See, a working monastery housed in a massive building with a bell and drum tower, statues and many halls.In the dining room of the monastery, you can enjoy a free snack of plant food.

Experience Singaporean Tradition at the National Museum of Singapore

To view the permanent collection of the National Museum of Singapore, you have to shell out S $ 6. But a tour of the magnificent “Living Galleries” will cost you nothing. Four galleries (currently closed for renovations that will last until mid-2015) will reveal to you the secrets of Singaporean society, its fashion, film industry, culinary traditions and photography.Also check out the list of free exhibitions at nationalmuseum.sg.

Walk the Southern Ridges Park Road

The Southern Ridges Trail through Mt Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and Hort Park is one of the best hiking trails in Singapore. It stretches over 10 kilometers of dense forests and mountain slopes and runs along the Henderson Waves, the tallest footbridge in Singapore.Do not forget to bring drinking water, sunscreen and a hat. For more information, visit nparks.gov.sg.

Hear classics from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

SSO, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, often performs at a variety of venues including the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Singapore Racecourse. Classical music in the park area of ​​the botanical garden is something indescribable. Come early and bring a picnic basket with you.Check the time and location of the concerts at sso.org.sg/outreach/family-concerts.html.

Take a free art tour

Many Singapore hotels have their own art collections that can be viewed even if you are not a hotel guest. Check out Pan Pacific’s Public Art Space (exhibitions are constantly changing) or Marina Bay Sands’ public areas (it’s hard to miss the Circle, Sol LeWitt s Arcs and Irregular Bands in the hotel lobby). But most of all high art lovers are attracted by the Ritz-Carlton Millenia, where anyone can take a half-hour iPod tour with an acquaintance with an amazing collection, which, among other things, includes the works of the “god of glass” Dale Chihuly, unusual art installations by Frank Stella and masterpieces by Andy Warhol.

Relax at East Coast Park

Even in the human anthill of Singapore, there are relatively uncrowded places to relax. For example, on the 15-kilometer strip of beach in East Coast Park, you can always swim, swim and sunbathe. True, on weekends there are still a lot of people here. There is a barbecue and free camping, but it is best to bring beer and chicken wings with you. For more information on camping visit axs.com.sg.

Visit the Museum of the National University of Singapore

The local university has a museum that is worth visiting not only because you don’t have to pay anything to visit it.The NUS Museum displays a collection of historical artifacts and artwork (at the Lee Kong Chian Gallery). The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is due to open in early 2015.

Relax in nature at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Fort Canning Park

The Singapore Botanic Garden was originally established by Sir Stamford Raffles in Fort Canning Park. Today the garden occupies a green area at the end of Orchard Road. You can walk everywhere absolutely free, but if you are fond of botany, you should look at sbg.org.sg and find free guided tours of the botanical garden online. Fort Canning Park, towering over the center of Singapore, is also a good place to walk. Don’t miss the spice garden. Free tours are held monthly, check the schedule at nparks.gov.sg.

Find Free Art in Former Gillman Barracks and Esplanade Park

The newest, best (and free!) Exhibition space with works of modern art is located in the former barracks of the former military base of the colonial troops.There are 16 art galleries in Gillman Barracks. Afterwards, head back to the river and take a look at the Jendela Gallery in the Esplanade area. For the exhibition schedule, visit esplanadesingapore.com. Free screenings of short films and music concerts are also held here.

Find peace in the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and the Armenian Church

These churches may fall short of the title of architectural masterpieces, but they reflect the soul of the city. St. Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest church in Singapore, the Armenian Church is the smallest and oldest (built in 1836).

Go to Haw Par Villa

What if fate gave you some money? Open your own theme park, of course! The O brothers did just that. Their Haw Par Villa has over 150 dioramas with scenes from Chinese mythology, including some rather comical depictions of hell.

Walk above the trees at MacRitchie Conservation Park

MacRitchie Conservation Park is one of the many green spaces that make Singapore one of the greenest cities in the world.The 8-kilometer Treetop Walk trail runs over a suspension bridge at an altitude of 250 meters. A great opportunity to walk over the treetops for free. For more information, visit nparks.gov.sg.

Take a photo in front of the Merlion

Merlion (or Merlion, Merlion) is a half lion, half fish, sculpture that is one of the key symbols of Singapore. Of course, it is absolutely free to look at the statue and take a picture in front of it.This can be done before walking along Marina Bay. Colonial architecture lovers should check out the nearby Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel, which were once Singapore’s General Post Office and Collier Pier.

Visit Singapore’s largest mosque

Most tourists travel to the Arab Quarter to shop and eat and drink at Haji Lane. But it is also a great place to walk, especially in the early morning, when the streets are still not crowded. At the same time, you can look into the Sultan’s Mosque for free if religious rituals are not held there (the mosque is active).There are volunteer guides on the streets of the Arab Quarter who will gladly introduce you to the world of the city-state’s Muslim heritage. 90 014 Free entertainment at Changi Airport

Need to kill a few hours left before your flight at Changi Airport? Never mind, there is always something to do here. For example, take a walk in the butterfly garden, use free wi-fi, sit in the hall and watch TV. If you have five hours or more, book a free city tour (changiairport.com). 90,000 Singapore National Holidays: Dragon Boat Festival

Otherwise, the Dragon Boat Festival is also called the “Festival of the Double Five”, or “The Festival of Duan Yang”, which means “The Festival of the Poet.” This holiday is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month, according to the lunar calendar. The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the three most important holidays for Singaporeans.

According to one of the most common beliefs, this holiday arose in memory of a Chinese poet-patriot who lived in ancient times, whose name was Qu Yuan.Qu Yuan lived in the Chu kingdom during the Kingdoms War, which took place from the 5th to the 3rd century BC. Qu Yuan many times appealed to the ruler of the Chu kingdom, proposing reforms to prevent the degradation of the political system, to combat decline and corruption in the government. But the corrupt dignitaries, reasonably fearing for their future, sent a lot of denunciations to the king, in which Qu Yuan was stipulated. The king believed these denunciations and Qu Yuan was expelled from the country.Finding himself far from his homeland, Qu Yuan, tormented by longing for his homeland, wrote his most outstanding works, in which he expressed all his love for his homeland and his worries about its future.

Later, in 278 BC, the troops of the Qin kingdom invaded the kingdom of Chu. After the Qin troops captured the capital of the Chu kingdom, Qu Yuan could not endure such a shame for his nation and on the fifth of the fifth month he committed suicide by drowning in the river. Tradition states that when people learned about the misfortune that had happened to the poet, they immediately threw themselves into boats and began to look for Qu Yuan’s body in the river.In order to scare off the voracious river creatures and evil river spirits from the body of Qiu Yuan, people beat drums and beat oars on the surface of the river during searches. Despite their best efforts, Qu Yuan’s body was never found.

With this ritual suicide, Qu Yuan expressed his attitude to the events in his homeland and to the era in which all this happened, in general.

After that, every fifth day of the fifth month of the year, in memory of the deceased poet, people began to organize races of boats made in the shape of dragons on the rivers.Here it must be said that the Chinese have a special attitude towards dragons, distinguished by a special piety, which is not observed in relation to all other zodiacal animals, which the Chinese consider “ordinary”. The Chinese attribute many mystical powers to dragons, such as the ability to control the weather, seas and rivers. Given that the Chinese have for centuries been mainly engaged in agriculture, it is clear why the attitude towards animals, in fact, determines what the harvest will be this year, was so respectful.In ancient times, dragons were entertained and won their favor in every possible way, sometimes resorting to human sacrifice. From here comes one interesting feature of the races – if during the competition the boat turned over and its crew was in the water, then the rowers were not rescued, and in most cases they drowned, going to visit the hero of the occasion – Qu Yuan. The drowned racers were believed to be victims of the dragon, the spirit of the river. Such incidents happened quite often, especially since in ancient times it was not forbidden to use brute force against rivals in competitions, so the rowers not only tried to lean harder on the oars, but also threw stones at each other, sharpened with bamboo spears.The rivals, naturally, responded in kind. It even happened that spectators who were on the shore threw stones at the boats. Thus, they wanted to send a boat with rowers to the bottom so that the blessed dragon would cause heavy rains, give the peasants a rich harvest, and, if possible, drive out evil spirits.

At the same time, women were not allowed to build competition boats because it was believed that a woman’s gaze could cause a boat to tip over and drown. Here, diametrically opposed views on the competition of race participants and spectators-peasants are especially clearly manifested.

During the races, people threw bamboo filled with boiled rice into the water. And once, according to legend, Qu Yuan himself met them on the bank of the river and said: The dragon eats all the rice that you throw to me. The dragon is afraid of reed leaves and colored threads, so wrap rice in these leaves and tie with colored threads. Thus, the traditional food for this holiday appeared – boiled glutinous rice wrapped in reed leaves, called zongzi.

The length of the racing boat is about 10 meters, it can fit about 20 rowers on the boat.The crew is positioned as follows: the rowers sit in a row two by two, the person in charge of the steering wheel sits at the bow of the boat, and the drummer is at the stern. Having a drummer serves two purposes at the same time. Firstly, it symbolizes the beating of drums with which the locals scared away fish and evil spirits from the body of the recently drowned poet. The second task is extremely functional. Being a rower on a racing boat is not as easy as it might seem. The duties of the drummer include giving the rowers a rhythm, adjusting it depending on how the strength of the wind and its direction change, taking into account how other boats behave and how the strength of the current changes in certain parts of the river.However, the rowers have a little easier, they must, through the thunder of drums, heard from all boats participating in the competition, to hear the sound of their own drum, and, obeying the rhythm, paddle completely synchronously.

Currently, dragon boat races are becoming more and more popular, often the swim is not limited to local competitions held as part of the holiday. The winners of local competitions participate in national competitions, and recently even international competitions have been held.

90,000 The Beatles drummer Ringo Star became a knight. Is he now entitled to a horse, a spear, and a piece of land?

William, Duke of Cambridge, knighted The Beatle drummer Ringo Star – now he is in the same aristocratic ranks with his old friend Paul McCartney (who received this title 21 years ago) and Elton John. Knight is the lowest title of the English nobility (below only untitled squires), but it’s still nice: Ringo Star said he would have breakfast in this medal.And what else does this title give, besides the plaque?

England finally cuts off Ringo Starr’s head after years of grumbling about him being a so so drummer. pic.twitter.com/NlgelGUYA6

– Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) March 20, 2018

First, everyone will start putting the word “sir” or “lady” on your name, depending on your gender. This is not necessary, but highly likely – the already mentioned Elton John and Paul McCartney are called by the media in about half of the cases “Sir Elton John” or “Sir Paul McCartney”.

You will be born, spiritually at least, to the Royal House of England . Your name is entered into the royal papers (which is not very cool now, of course, but still), you can call any three people to the knighting ceremony, and they, together with you, will get into such corners of the royal palace, where few people let out of mere mortals. In addition, a member of the royal house, possibly Queen Elizabeth herself, will be required to speak to you a little before touching your shoulder with the sword and ending the ceremony with your successful dedication.In single ceremonies, again associated with the royal family, where the principle of seniority still works, you will be appreciated above the common people.

Many modern knights point out that their most useful advantage is the ability to always make a reservation in a restaurant without any problems. Plus, you will be offered better tables by default.

This is a useful feature in your family tree. It will be easier for your descendants to remember and distinguish you among dozens of untitled ancestors, and in general your dynasty will thus prove its historical significance (and there will be more reasons to study the genealogy in detail).In addition, the glitter of the title will spread to your wife or husband – they will also become “lady” and “sir”.

Knights awarded the Order of Merit or the Order of Merit, two old English awards, may dine with the Queen once a year . You can also join the Order of the Bath or the Order of the Garter, an annual banquet is held for them. Being in the ranks of the Order of the Bath, they say, promotes career advancement.

At the end of the day, it just sounds cool.

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