Walk into any Bistro, Karaoke Club or an Open Mic Session and you will find this gentleman singing in his own special way. Well-known for his ability to go on stage and perform at these places all over Singapore, he is also a travelling man and has visited many countries, similarly lending his voice wherever he goes. So whether it's Singapore, Spain, Sicily or Scandinavia, Jimmy will sing. But he is also generous with the people around him and they love him for it.
Here's good friend Eddy Eng to introduce him:
"Jimmy Yap was a corporate chief hemming MNCs from Germany, Holland and Sweden, all giants and major players in the global chemical industry. Touted the most hands-on and hardworking chief by his European bosses, he finally retired in 2009.
A very affable person with easy manners, he has the aura of someone who still matters. He spends his well deserved retirement singing and travelling around the world, a gilded life many can aspire but few can achieve."
Around 10 years ago, I was fortunate to be invited by Tony Kwek leader of The Mysterians to sing one or two songs, on the last of three sets, each Friday night with his four piece band at Little Harry's Pub. They were the resident band every Friday night.
Years later I was invited by a Keppel Club golf member to join his small group of his friends at his lovely home. He engaged a very good band called The Blackhawks every Wednesday night to accompany around ten singers. Here we could sing with confidence as it was not open to the public and a good place for the band leader to tell you the key for any new song.
Gradually I was daring enough to venture out to public pubs with live bands and especially to those with Open Mic sessions held once a week. Here's a list of some of the places in Singapore that I hang out at: Witbier@Kandahar, Hoo Ha, Mr Punch Public House, Grassroots, Summerhill, Tavern@ Seletar Country Club, and most of the private Singapore clubs like the SCC, SRC and the Ceylon Sports Club.
Other venues include the South Bridge Hotel, Basil and Thyme, Lounge 7 @Dempsey, ExciseMan Whiskey Bar, Pura Brasa Spanish Restaurant, Ubin 1st Stop Seafood, Red Noddle Cafe and the Chill Lab at National University of Singapore.
I have also sung around Singapore with Buskers in Orchard Road, Bridge at Clark Quay, Boon Keng Market to East Coast Lagoon.
My favourite singers include: Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Louis Armstrong, Trini Lopez, Andy Williams, Matt Monroe, Pat Boone, Freddy Fenders, John Denver, Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Connie Francis, Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Boccelli and Willie Nelson.
Groups from the 60's include The Platters, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs, Santana, The Animals, Simon and Garfunkel.
Beside singing, I have travelled the world and my main aim now is to visit 30 more countries in the next 10 years after having visited 100 countries out of 195, worldwide.
Exotic places or countries that I have visited include: Antarctica, North Pole, Alaska, Falkland Islands, Iceland, Canada, USA, South America, Caribbean Islands like Cuba, Mexico, Jordan, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavian Countries and African Countries. The Asia Pacific countries are: China, Japan, Korea, Bhutan, Kashmir, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and all the ASEAN countries."
I enjoy singing when I travel to these places, especially at exotic places like the Temple of Kukulcan in Mexico and Madrid, Spain with its bullrings and unique sites.
Jimmy Yap in Ulan Bator, Capital of Mongolia - Vulture 17 kg - Wing Span over 2 meters. Mongolia was a stopover point for the Journey of a lifetime 8000 Kilometers trip on The Grand Trans Siberian Train from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia.
Places To See Before You Die' with Patricia Schultz in Dublin Ireland, July 2017.
My happiest moments in 2019 was to have been invited by Vernon Cornelius to sing with his band in February at Tanglin Halt, Queenstown and Audie Ng founder of Silver Strings to perform with Eliza Goh at the Auditorium of RELC International Hotel Singapore for their Anniversary celebration. It is not often that one gets the opportunity of being backed by Singapore's most iconic maestro, pianist Mr Jimmy Chan."
The Teepees: Rumini, Freda, (Eliza: not Teepees) and Anna with Jimmy Yap during the huge lunch meet at a Tanjong Katong hotel, not far from the sea.
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