Update: The concert has been cancelled due to ‘inclement weather’. Hossan apologizes to everyone who turned up at the park in the rain – yes, that’s you, Mr Tan and dog. So sorry. We buy you coffee ok?
Orchard Road early on Saturday morning is like this: grey, wet, dreary, and dunnowhy the shops aren’t open at 10am. There are people milling about the street waiting for the shops to open as well. No-lifers! Should’ve stayed home and done something else – like watching quality television programs, for instance.
If by any chance you can’t think of anything to do this weekend, you should head down to West Coast Park tomorrow and catch Hossan’s sorta solo concert called ‘Do you know the way to Copacabana‘. It starts at 5.30pm so you can really sleep in on Sunday, and bestest of all, it’s free. It’s free because great government agencies give talented people like him money to entertain youse all.
Now I’m not saying all this because Hossan’s been a friend for donkey years. If you want to appreciate real talent – turn off your television and go watch him at any of his performances. You’ll be guaranteed a good time, and you’ll come away wanting your unborn child to have as many talents as this wiry little man. (He can act, he can sing, he can dance and he can make a damned good bowl of chicken soup).
Not bad for a fella who was kicked out of junior college because he couldn’t muster enough Hua Yu Cool to pass his ‘O’-Level Chinese exams. Some schools, like that stupid junior college somewhere off Dover Road just don’t know how to nurture talent. (But is Hossan bitter about this? Noo… he only spits at the school building once every four times his taxi passes that way. Which isn’t very often in the first place. So, he doesn’t get to do it very often.)