KUALA LUMPUR: Sakura Teng now sings to a select audience and loves it.
At 57, the singer, who made it big in the 60s and 70s, has accepted the fact that her fans have also aged.
My fans have grown up with me and they are either my age or older than me, said the Muar-born songstress, who was back here recently for a holiday.
Although retired from the entertainment scene, Teng now accepts engagements on a smaller scale, performing in front of appreciative audiences.
My fans told me that if I do not sing for them, they would have nothing to listen to. So I like to perform on board places like the Star Cruises because those who come are the real fans, not the young ones who scream for nothing.
They will sit quietly and listen. But of course, they will give me rounds of applause.
There are also some young people in the crowd who call me Auntie Sakura. Some of them know how to appreciate my music, she said.
Teng's years of stage experience have left people amazed by her energy to sing, dance and talk.
When the music is on, I will be a totally different person. Like a drug addict who gets high on drugs.
But I do not know where the energy comes from. I just love being on stage and enjoy every moment when I perform, said Teng, whose well-known classics include Hiong Kong Leng Lui Dol (Many Pretty Girls in Hong Kong).
Teng, whose daughter, Amy Ting, 27, is a physical therapist in the US Air Force, now lives in New Jersey.
Whenever I feel lonely, I will call up my friends here to talk about Malaysia, she said.
She has considered returning to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to live, but the weather has stopped her from making that decision.
The hot weather here is something that I cannot get used to, she said.
On whether she would consider finding a life partner, she said: I have thought about it before, but later I decided that it will be better to stay alone as I do not want to try to understand another person and start all over again.
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