When Taiwanese singer-songwriter Lala Hsu performs at a concert, she has a rock star's habit of throwing souvenirs into the crowd.
But instead of guitar picks and drumsticks, she tosses quirky items such as autographed shuttlecocks and the false lashes that fall from her eyes during shows.
"That's the charm of concerts, the unexpected interaction with the audience is what makes the concert most memorable. I'm sure I'll give the audience something in Singapore, I'm just not sure what it is now," says Hsu, 29, who will be staging her first ticketed concert here at Kallang Theatre on Jan 11.
Her spontaneity in shows is not unexpected, given her straight-talking personality.
When asked if she will be wearing skimpier outfits during her concert here to beat the humidity, she quips: "I can't stand the heat, but I'm not sure if I will do that. Of course I can dress scantily, but it doesn't mean it will add points to my performance."
The weight of the petite 1.56m-tall crooner has always been a topic of discussion among netizens and the media, referring to her round, chubby face.
But she says she has learnt to process such barbed comments. "When I go on TV for album promotion activities, and I'm surrounded by artists who are prettier than me, have better bodies than me, sing better than me, at that moment I will feel inferior to others.
"But in the middle of the night, when you calm down and think about it, there's no need to compare yourself with others. There is nothing wrong with feeling inferior, but what is important is regaining your confidence."