My Weekend


Singapore-based Australian dancer May Yen Cheah (left) is performing in Ballet Under The Stars at Fort Canning Green.

The annual eventstarted last weekend and runs again from today till Sunday.

Cheah, 30, started learning ballet at age four, graduated with an advanced diploma from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and joined the Singapore Dance Theatre in 2011. She has been a first artist with the dance group since last year.

The singleton lives in a rented HDB room near Dhoby Ghaut.

Do you have a regular weekend?

My weekends can be different. Sometimes I am busy, spending lots of time with people; other times, I like to be by myself.

Some days, I prefer to relax at a friend's house; other times, I like to explore the restaurants and bars here. Singapore is great for that as there are so many options.

I enjoy learning new things. I recently tried aerial hoop classes and went windsurfing. I intend to attend a painting workshop for fun.

If I were back home in Perth, Australia, I would probably be at a beach often.

What are your favourite haunts and why?

Binomio in Tanjong Pagar has good Spanish food and wine and the service is good.

Burnt Ends in the Keong Saik area has a great atmosphere and you can see the chefs working in an open kitchen. They have exceptional food and interesting combinations of tastes and textures.

What do you do to unwind?

A massage definitely helps me to relax. I also like going to the pool. At home, I occasionally paint and I love to knit.

It is an achievement when I learn how to knit certain designs and make socks or gloves.

I also give away almost everything I make, so it makes me happy to be able to give a handmade item to someone.

Also, knitting is very therapeutic and relaxing.

Can you describe your perfect weekend?

Lazy mornings to sleep in, having good company, good food, maybe a barbecue, wine or cocktail at a rooftop bar, one outdoor activity, a foot massage, and still have enough "me" time to sip a coffee and re-energise.

If you could go somewhere, where would it be and why?

I've never really thought about this question, but if it does not have to be practical, I would choose Mount Everest. I can only imagine the sense of achievement, the experience and the view. I think my next goal would be to hike a mountain.

Brina Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe