My Weekend

Alif Putra.
Alif Putra.PHOTO: ALIF PUTRA

Guitarist and musician Alif Putra, 31, will play rock hits from the 1980s at Rentak Singapura - Anda Mau Rock? tomorrow.

The concert at The Theatre @ Mediacorp will also feature other Malay talents such as rocker Hanafie Warren and singer Sufie Rashid. Tickets are $18 to $38 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www. sistic.com.sg).

A Singapore permanent resident and bachelor, the Kuala Lumpur- based Alif stays with his 65-year-old mother in her four-room HDB flat in River Valley when he is in Singapore.

Do you have a regular weekend?

I don't have a fixed schedule. When I'm free, I'm very free and, when I'm busy, I am super busy. At the moment, I am busy preparing for the upcoming concert.

Last week, I had a one-week break and spent the time with my mother and friends and listened to music.

When you have a weekend free, what do you like to do?

I like to go somewhere quiet to read books. Places I like are The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Forum The Shopping Mall and the Starbucks at East Coast Park.

I'm into books about philosophy and success, such as those by American author John Maxwell.

I love to read to find balance in my life and to get a break from my heavy schedule.

Sometimes, when we play music too much, we get caught up in it. We need to spend time enjoying peace and quiet too.

What are your favourite haunts?

I like to go to a lot of places. I'm not very choosy when it comes to food, but if I want a good Maggi goreng, I'll go to Al Afrose in River Valley.

What do you do to relax?

If I have a gap in my schedule, I try to let loose by going overseas to places such as Bali to enjoy the ocean, trees and breeze.

My dream destination is either the Bahamas or Maldives. I love being connected to nature, where time is frozen and you can appreciate everything, including just seeing birds flying. It recharges you.

Living in the modern fast-paced world, sometimes we forget the fundamentals of even just walking outdoors.

What is a good weekend to you?

Because I live in Malaysia, it's tough leaving my family behind.

When I first left Singapore, in the first few weeks, I called my mum every day to check on her.

I've now got the hang of being away because it's for my career and I need to focus on that.

But nothing beats spending time with my family and loved ones.

Nabilah Said

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe