Photos: Camelia Ting
Additional photos: David Tao/Instagram
David Tao popped by Singapore two weekends ago for the Thong Chai Charity Show 2017, where he, together with other local and regional stars, joined hands to raise S$8.86 million for charity.
Ahead of his performance, he spoke to Toggle in an interview and shared, among other things, why he thinks it’s “very likely” that he and his wife may raise their future children in Singapore, along with their reasons behind the decision.
David is already an owner of an apartment in Singapore
While the 48-year-old is still based in Taiwan, did you know that he owns an apartment here, where he lives during his frequent visits?
“I already have an apartment here, but I want to buy a bigger place in the future. That’s because we’ll need more space in the future if my wife Penny decides to move here too. We haven’t made the decision on whether or not we’ll really relocate to Singapore, but this is one of the options we have on our list,” he explained.
David has yet to begin on his hunt for the perfect love nest for him and his wife, but he did mention that ideally, his new home will be located in one of the following areas: Orchard, Tanglin or Newton (District 9, 10 and 11 respectively).
Before you accuse him of being unnecessarily atas (posh), there’s a good reason for his choice. The loving husband explained, “My wife still doesn’t drive, so I hope that our home can be near to the city area so that it’s more convenient for her to travel around.”
(Continued on next page: Why does David like Singapore so much?)
David’s future children could very well be enrolled in local schools
After being married for three years, David confessed that he and Penny have discussed the notion of expanding their family, and have even gone on to consider where their future children will be educated in the future.
“We’ve discussed (children) in general, and my wife has been to Singapore four or five times. She really likes it here, so I think it’s very likely that we’ll be based here in the future,” he continued.
David himself is also a fan of Singapore, as he admitted with a grin that the simple pleasures here are what endears him to our lion city. “Apart from the friends that I have here, I miss the weather in Singapore and I really like to go swimming when I’m here. These aren’t remarkable memories, but they’re the little things that make Singapore special.”
“If we were to talk about the tourist hotspots here, I think I’ve been to the Night Safari almost 20 times – every time friends come here to visit, I bring them there, so I’m about to go crazy!” he chuckled.
Singapore as a musical inspiration
We also found out that one of David’s biggest hits, ‘Season Of Loneliness’, are among the tracks that he recorded in Singapore. “I worked with local musician Goh Kheng Long previously and I’d prepare for my concerts and so on as well. We’d discuss music and go out for dinner after that, so we spent quite a bit of time together,” he let on.
Having established the David Tao Music Academy in Singapore recently, David will also be spending more time here to nurture up and coming musicians and collaborate with local artistes.
He shared his hope that young musicians continue pursuing their dreams against all odds. “Even though Singapore is a small country, but many talented people have been nurtured in this little red dot. Right now, what everyone is curious to know is this – where’s the new generation of stars that will emerge from Singapore?”