Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Is in the Air!

It's a busy time as year-end approaches. And X'mas and my hubby's birthday  makes it extra special.

Our Filipino friend wanted us to have a taste of concert with  Filipino flavour. Glad we accepted the invitation to Christmas In Our Hearts,  as the music was special, delivered by Filipinos who are known for their musicality. His Excellency, J. Eduardo Malaya  thrilled the audience on the piano. Popular singer-songwriter, Jose Mari Chan had us glued to his voice and jokes as he sprinkled them throughout the concert. Roars of laughter greeted his jokes and stories.

Having been to the Canctus Musicus' yearly concert on a regular basis, this 10th Annual concert had the church packed to capacity  and more despite the rain . Word got round that the singers would be costumed. So, there they were an assorted group of Medieval folks presenting  A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

My friend, Chan Nyim  sang with the AYYC Choir. I wish I could sing like them! The youths of the Pastorale String Ensemble mad a special appearance to add variety .

It is always an early Christmas celebration at Selangor Cheshire Home. We had 2 choirs to usher in the festive mood - The Klang Valley Harmony  and  Kim Aw's friends. The residents of the Home also contributed items - Yoek Choy rendering songs as their singing ambassador and  a fan dance by them in their wheelchairs.

Here's wishing all my Christian friends, A Blessed Christmas . Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.

PHL Embassy Chorale at 'Christmas In Our Hearts' concert

Jose Mari Chan - sang, told stories and joked - the audience loved him.  40+ years in a singing career

Well-robed and thematic for 'A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The crowd overfilled the church on this 10th Anniversary of Canctus Musicus' annual Xmas event. We tucked in mince pies, cookies and  warm glasses of mulled wine to end a glorious evening.

My friend, Janneke- she dueted with founder of Canctus Musicus, Lisa Ho.
My friend, Chan Nyim  and her singing pals of AYYC in  Golden Christmas Gala 2012 at the Chinese Assembly Hall

The Pastorale String Ensemble  played some delightful tunes 

Doris, resident of Selangor Cheshire Home  ready to enjoy The Sunshine Group 19th Xmas party

Our supporters, The Klang Valley Harmony singers among the residents

Kim Aw and her friends gave a varied repertoire  and brought much cheer, not only in their voices but in donations for the Home.
Christmas tree is up - all glowing red in our patio

Carols ready to be  sung at a small family get-together in Australia. I hope my sis-in-law likes them.


  1. Your Christmas tree is so bright and cheerful, just like you, Keats! What a glorious and meaningful celebration, both at the concert and at Cheshire Home. I wish all the residents of the Home a wonderful Christmas celebration and a blessed New Year.

  2. Wow, Christmas started early at the Cheshire Home. You and your group has brought a lot of sunshine to the residents. What a nice party!

  3. Lovely captures of the event. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  4. Merry Christmas. It seems the mood has set in.

  5. Wow Jose Mari Chan! And you are truly person of the world, of all festives and cheer kid. Merry Christmas and hope you have the grandest time in Australia. Happy holidays too Keats and family.

  6. Ho Ho Ho Happy & joyful moments together to celebrate birthdays & Christmas

  7. Merry Christmas! Looks like a fun festival.

  8. Hi Keats,
    I'm just stopping by to say Happy Holidays to all my blogging friends. Thanks for all the support, comments, visits etc. I hope you have fun with your loved ones and I wish you all the best for 2013.

  9. Merry Christmas to you! Your Christmas tree is lovely and festive!

  10. Hi Keats! Hope you are having a great season! Sorry for the absence, but 2012 was definitely a difficult year here in Portugal, and even worse for me...
    Wish you a very Happy 2013, and enjoy Grenada in Blogtrotter Two!

  11. Belated Xmas and Happy new year to you and your loved ones!


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