Some of the best memories I have from when I was growing up are of playing my piano at home, escaping into my own world, with my music to inspire and comfort me. My 30-year-old piano has been with me through the most important stages of my life – from my schooldays, to when I got married and had my kids. I remember playing through happiness and heartbreak, and practising some concert pieces that drove me nuts.
Recently, I discovered that my beloved piano needed an overhaul, and had to be stripped of its keys and insides to be given a new lease of life. It was heartbreaking to see the damage it had sustained over the years. This piano has been my faithful companion – one I could count on whenever I had to face personal disappointments or blow off steam. You could say it’s one of my secrets to staying positive.
If you’re going through tough times, or need a bit of help to become a glass-half-full kind of person, take your cue from our cover girl, ever-cheerful actress Priscelia Chan, who tells us how she pushes herself to improve despite setbacks, and reveals why one of her nicknames is “Dory” (pg 38).
Other stories you shouldn’t miss this month: If you’re worried about bullying going on in your kid’s school bus, find out how to help your child deal with it and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again (pg 108).
To mark National Day, we asked our readers and the team about their favourite places in their neighbourhoods – check out their recommendations on page 42. And if you’re looking for ways to celebrate, try adding clothes by home-grown designers to your wardrobe (pg 20), cook up something scrumptious for your family and friends with our potluck party recipes (pg 90) or drop in at under-the-radar hawker centres for must-try local dishes (pg 105). Enjoy!