Pop songs you can use for your big day: Show Luo

Looking for a new music playlist for your big day?

Look nowhere but here! W&T is starting a new blog series where we select tunes suitable for playing at your wedding from your favorite singers. Be it western pop, Mandopop, Jpop or Kpop, you name it, we’ll do it.

And so for our inaugural post, we are kicking things off with Taiwanese singer, Show Luo who’s due to perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this weekend.

1. 《今天你最漂亮》

Penned by lyricist Yan Yun Nong, this song waxes lyrical of a man’s desire to settle down with his lady. Along with the fact that Luo’s best on-screen partner Rainie Yang co-starred in the music video, it’s no wonder why this song is a hot favorite among fans who voted it as a top pick for weddings.

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2. 《惜命命》

Another popular recommendation among fans is this Hokkien (yes, you’re reading right) song which is upbeat and boasts of a catchy chorus. Written by Show Luo himself, the lyrics, which sing of a man’s promise to his girl, are bound to make you go “awww…”

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3. 《恋爱达人》

This duet, that Luo sang with show host Xiao S, is so popular that we’re sure even non Show Luo fans can sing this song even without a lyrics promptor. Netizens recommend this as a song to be sung at the banquet by the newlyweds, what do you think?

Show Luo 2014 Over the limit: Dance soul returns world live tour
Date: 3 May 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 8 PM
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Ticket prices: $198 | $168 | $138 | $88 (excludes $4 booking fee)

George Clooney’s Engagement News

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(Photo from The Independent)

Hold your gasps now — Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, and man who declared that he will “never marry again”, George Clooney, 52, is reportedly engaged. And the lucky lady? Amal Amaluddin, 36, a British-based human rights lawyer who has worked as an adviser to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

George Clooney was previously married to actress Talia Balsam for four years, before the pair separated in 1993. He made his famous statement about never marrying again shortly after the divorce, and has kept to his stance over the years. Clooney was quoted in Esquire Magazine last year, saying, “I haven’t had aspirations [for marriage] in that way, ever. I was married in 1989. I wasn’t very good at it. I was quoted as saying I’ll never get married again pretty much right after I got divorced and then I’ve never talked about it since.”

In light of Clooney’s past attitude towards marriage, there is no doubt that many were surprised, and some, even sceptical, when news of the pair’s engagement first broke. But the pair seems to be serious — Amal was reportedly spotted with a giant engagement ring in Malibu. While Clooney has yet to officially confirm this news, we can only expect that he will do so in time.

Read the full story at The Independent.

Travel: Benesse House, Naoshima, Japan

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(Photo from Benesse House website)

Planning a romantic getaway to Japan with your beau soon? If you are looking for something new apart from the usual itinerary of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, why not check out the breathtaking island of Naoshima? Located in the Shikoku region of Japan, travelling to Naoshima is a breeze from Tokyo — simply take a 3.5-hour shinkansen ride to Okayama, and switch to the local ferry.

Long known for its reputation as an island of art, Naoshima is where you can take things slow, and enjoy the beautiful art and architecture that is littered all around the island. Our top pick of accommodation? The famed Benesse House.

Benesse House is one of Naoshima’s premium modern art institutions, and is designed by none other than Japan’s star architect, Ando Tadao. The building, conceived in Ando’s signature reinforced concrete and glass and designed to integrate with the natural landscape around it, is an imposing sight perched on a hilltop.

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(Photo from Benesse House website; Museum suites)

For art fanatics, staying at the Benesse House will be a dream come true — after all, it is not every day that you get to stay on the grounds of a museum! Guests staying in the adjoining accommodation blocks with the museum can enjoy 24-hour access to the museum, which means, you get the luxury of browsing through the exhibitions at your leisure after closing hours. How extravagant is that!

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(Photo from Benesse House website; Beach suites)

For couples who prefer to be close to the sea, you can also choose to stay at one of Benesse House’s eight exquisite beach suites, which are sited right next to the water. (Note: All rooms at Benesse House boast magnificent views of the Seto Inland Sea, though.) Apart from unparalleled sea views, the beach suites are also just a stone’s throw away from Benesse House’s numerous outdoor art installations, including the famous Yayoi Kusama pumpkin.

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel; Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin set against the backdrop of the Seto Inland Sea — one of Naoshima’s most iconic sights.)

While a night’s stay at the Benesse House will set you back by more than S$300, the experience of being close to art and nature is one that is hard to come by elsewhere. For more information, visit the Benesse House’s website (http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en).

Cool Weddings: Couple parodies classic rom-coms in engagement photos

Movies are fast becoming an increasingly popular source of inspiration for couples who want to have a unique wedding or bridal photo collection. And this couple from Los Angeles did exactly just that.

Ditching the run-of-the-mill engagement photo poses, Dean and Julie decided to mimic movie posters of some classic romantic comedies. Have fun guessing which movies the below photos parodied!

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(Photos credit to here)

Travel: Graf, Osaka, Japan

In our last entry, we talked about refined spaces in Osaka that defy the traditional image of the city (if you missed it, here it is again). To take things up where we left off, today, we introduce you to Graf — a beautifully curated shop/cafe in Osaka located just a stone’s throw away from the Osaka Science Museum.

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel)

Graf is run by a design studio based in Osaka, and has long been known for its exquisite selection of well-designed goods, and its function as a collaborative space for the local community. The store’s interiors largely take after the Scandinavian influence, with heavy use of wooden furniture and warm lighting that makes one feel at home upon stepping in. Graf makes a fresh and interesting shopping experience with a tightly curated showcase of furniture, indie music, local food stuffs and so on. If you are looking for something that you can bring back, you would definitely be spoilt for choice with the beautiful stationery and handmade jewellery (by local designers) on display!

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel)

When you’re done shopping, take a seat at the adjoined cafe, which has a reasonably priced menu of drinks and desserts that would be great for an indulgent afternoon snack. We recommend trying out the limited edition seasonal tea (after all, who can resist the temptation of the phrase ‘limited edition’?) and the chocolate pound cake, which has a pleasant subtle sweetness, but hits the spot all the same! If you’re in luck, you might just snag a window seat, which gives a spectacular view of the cherry blossom trees lining the street outside!

For more information, visit Graf’s website at www.graf-d3.com.