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Second twin also charged for attacking manager

Simei Green condo row:

SPITTING IMAGE: Tang Bei, 47, (left) was charged yesterday, while Tang Lei, her twin, was charged on May 15 for causing hurt to a condo manager at Simei Green.
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Sezairi's new album inspired by highs & lows with fiancee

He conspired with cast and crew of local movie to pop question to long-time girlfriend

LOVE IDOLS: Singapore Idol 3 winner Sezairi Sezali (above, with fiancee Syaza Qistina Tan) proposed on the set of movie 1965. The video of the proposal was posted on YouTube.
LOVE IDOLS: Singapore Idol 3 winner Sezairi Sezali proposed on the set of movie 1965. The video of the proposal was posted on YouTube (above).

His upcoming EP, in his opinion, is his "best piece of work" to date.

That's because Singapore Idol 3 winner and local singer-songwriter Sezairi Sezali, 28, was inspired by his wife-to-be.

The self-titled work is set for release in the second half of this year and its central theme is his six-year relationship with his fiancée Syaza Qistina Tan, 24.

The five songs on the EP were all written over the course of their relationship, some dating as far back as 2009, when they had just got together.

Calling it a "passion project", Sezairi told The New Paper: "It's so honest and I'm not trying to please anyone but myself. It's very personal and that makes me really scared to release it."


Watch Sezairi and Syaza play 'Know your other half':


 

Sezairi released his debut album Take Two in 2010 and has put out hits like Sayang (Malay for love) and Jangan Coba Berlari (Malay for don't try to run).

He bares his heart in new tracks like Better Than and Terrified, featuring local rapper Kevin Lester (also known as The Lion City Boy). Terrified is about the fear of diving too quickly into a relationship and messing up.

Admitted Miss Syaza: "They are not all happy songs, half of them are about our tough times. We've been together for six years, so there has been plenty of that."

The pair met in December 2008 when they were working for an arts festival for children at the Esplanade.

They got together in May the following year and a month after that, Miss Syaza, a branch manager at performing arts academy School of Music, which is co-owned by celebrity couple Sheikh Haikel and Anna Belle Francis, encouraged Sezairi to sign up for the local reality TV singing competition Singapore Idol 3.

He won the title and credits his victory to Miss Syaza, who had advised him against singing a self-penned song for the final and to instead pick US rock act Aerosmith's Crazy.

PROPOSAL

Sezairi, who recently signed with major label Sony Music, popped the question last December on the set of forthcoming historical film 1965.

He plays a police constable in what is his debut acting role. He said: "I saw it as a unique opportunity. If I hadn't done it, I would never get the chance to do it like that ever again."

While filming in Batam, Sezairi and Malaysian actress Deanna Yusoff, who plays his on-screen mother, conspired with the cast and crew to catch Miss Syaza off-guard with the proposal.

She had accompanied him on-set as his "appointed assistant".

Said Sezairi: "Director Randy Ang had plenty of ideas.

"Deanna was sick that day, but she told me, 'Don't propose without me. Even if I have to drag my dead body from the ground, I want to see you propose to her.'"

The video of the proposal was uploaded onto his YouTube page last month and received over 20,000 hits.

In the clip, he acted out a scene which saw him confide in Deanna about a romantic interest.

When she asked who it was, he made his way towards Miss Syaza.

Kneeling before her, Sezairi described her in a moving speech as "his best friend", "backbone" and said that he could not imagine "spending the rest of (his) life without (her)".

Through happy tears, she said yes.

Said Miss Syaza: "I wasn't surprised that he proposed, but I was shocked that he proposed in that manner. My first thought was, 'Oh my God, this is going to be on YouTube for sure'.

"My second thought was that it was finally happening. I didn't expect it to be so elaborate.

"I thought it would be a simple 'Here's a ring, will you marry me?'"

The couple plan to tie the knot in May next year.

I wasn't surprised that he proposed but I was shocked that he proposed in that manner. My first thought was, 'Oh my God, this is going to be on YouTube for sure'.

- Miss Syaza Qistina Tan

Sablon's here to stay

New FAS technical director agrees his development programme will take time to flourish; says S.League must improve

Michel Sablon’s appointment as the new Football Association of Singapore (FAS) technical director on April 9 was heralded by many as a rare bright spot in a disappointing two years for local football.

The Belgian was the mastermind of the country’s blueprint that produced its current “golden generation” of footballers like Chelsea’s Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

There were some in the Singapore football fraternity who remained unconvinced, though.

Sablon needed almost a decade before the fruits of his plan began to show in Belgium, and they argued a two-year contract for the 67-year-old was nowhere near enough for any sort of football revolution here.

The grandfather of five, though, says he’s here to stay.

In an exclusive interview with The New Paper on Wednesday, he stressed: "The two years is not final. It is simply an administrative agreement. I told the FAS president (Zainudin Nordin) not to worry about it."

Read the full report in our print edition on May 29.

Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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