The Mystical Explorer Wins was born after many years of deep study and daily application. I made a conscious decision to change my life by practicing gratitude and forgiveness on a daily basis.

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Introducing Ancient Magic, Wisdom & Knowledge

“It is literally true that you can succeed
best and quickest by helping others succeed”
Napoleon Hill

I would like to pay tribute to a group of people who came into my life and gave me freely of their time, inspiring me to launch my first book.

Nimal Alwis Producer (C31 Sri Lanka Morning Show)

Derrick J (Entertainer)

Bandu Dissanayake (Vishvavahini TV)

Ryle Moldrich (Vishvavahini TV)

Desmond Kelly (Musician/Journalist)

Umadevi Pemmaraju (Master of Computer Applications)


Iris Wieselmann ( Melbourne Makeup Artist)

Lily Steiner (Feel Good radio interviewer)

Taru Fonseka (Taruvillas) my soul friend who burned the midnight oil with me and sprinkled gold dust on my book (2017)

Neil Jayasekera ( Elanka) with gratitude overflowing for your boundless energy and enthusiasm.

From the depths of my heart


The Mystical Explorer Wins was born after many years of deep study and daily application. I made a conscious decision to change my life by practicing gratitude
and forgiveness on a daily basis. By the powerful use of positive affirmations, I changed my thinking and speech patterns, a decision that brought about a change in consciousness. By the right use of language, I brought forth the ideal – my talents as a gifted writer. The universe has lovingly placed this book in your
hands for a reason: that you may connect with the spirit within, the spirit of opulence, and let your spirit soar and create. You are a creator!

Anne de Costa
2017, Melbourne

The Miracle of Love

This is a story about a girl called Anne, who in this day and age, found her true love. All my life I was looking for love. In other people, in friends, in jobs, in outer situations, and in worldly pleasures. And was always disappointed. It was the one quality I was always deprived of. When I moved to Australia, my desperate search began. Yet this time the journey was different – it was no longer outwards.
This time the journey led inwards. I started reading esoteric books, one book led to another, and I became fascinated with the concept that we contain the universe
within ourselves – a microcosm of the macrocosmic. I made a pledge to myself that I was going to find the pearl of great price.

I had nothing to lose now. I forgot about the outer world. I stopped going out. Boyfriends ceased to comfort me. Material possessions and physical needs were no longer a priority. Instead, I stayed home by myself – with my own thoughts – and questioned my life. Why am I here? What is this world all about?


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About the Author…..ANNE DE COSTA


Anne de Costa

I was born in Kalutara, Sri Lanka to a beautiful and loving family. My father Benjamin Martin Buultjens and my mother Pamela Dornhorst Ashbourne christened me Anne Christine Buultjens. I am a proud direct descendant of A E Buultjens, a past Principal of Ananda College, the  controversial free thinker and the great Frederick Dornhorst KC a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) barrister and King’s Advocate.  I was raised a Roman Catholic. I loved going to church and lighting candles. I sang in all the School choirs. I loved religion as a subject and often won prizes for the most outstanding student in Religious Knowledge. As a child I always looked up at the skies with great reverence because I knew that God lived there.   From a young age I had a mystical mind and could see God everywhere; I could feel   the wind in my hair and the grass beneath my feet. I marvelled at the mystical energy of the Universe and wondered why others were blind to these wonders. I was searching deeply for the meaning of life. This was my eternal quest.

My early years in Sri Lanka were very colourful and exciting.

My Dad (who is in heaven) worked for the Ceylon Government Railway and we had the privilege of travelling throughout Sri Lanka spending our holidays in the jungles.   Swimming in the big rivers, eating wild boar, venison and jungle fowl with Dad’s railway workers and trackers was our life style.  Hopping in and out of trains was a major excitement for me.

I was educated at Good Shepherd Convent Kandy.  So proud and so blessed!  An era of strict discipline, early morning mass each day for the boarders,  nuns and priests, retreats and choir competitions. I look back on those  years,  my heart and mind filled with  great pride, exciting stories,  affection and gratitude to GSC for opening my mind to different cultures and people.

When I was in my teens I modelled for Orientations a successful fashion boutique owned by fashion icon Kem Martenstyn. A legend in her time.

Kem and her daughter Maeve produced  the most spectacular  fashion shows in their time.

       I was an Elocution Teacher at the Wendy Whatmore School of Speech and Drama.

Mrs Whatmore  who founded the Wendy Whatmore Academy in 1940 at the young age of twenty two, was an author, poet, and outstanding teacher. She was also a friend, authority and guide, all rolled into one. The multiple presentations of reciting poetry and acting in front of the class at 13th Lane Colpetty has endowed me with confidence and skills to use my voice for public speaking and chanting my sacred mantras.

I taught Elocution at Ladies College, Visakha Vidyalaya and the many centres.

 As a  stage actress I enjoyed life on the stage for many years. The Lionel Wendt Theatre lives on forever in my heart.

 The Boy Friend, The Importance of Being Earnest, My Fair Lady, One wild oat,  Private lives, and The Matchmaker in 1977…..

 These wonderful memories are forever etched in my mind.

I  moved to Melbourne Australia in 1981 and worked in the fashion industry as a fashion consultant. I worked at Daimaru and David Jones selling International  and Australian designer labels. I enjoyed my exciting fashion career and I enjoyed selling.

In 1989 I married Rex de Costa and a few years later God opened the windows of Heaven and my daughter Anoushka was born. Truly God’s greatest gift to me.

However my life continued to be  a deep struggle. I could not put a value on myself and  I was living a life of quiet desperation. My old belief system held me prisoner and I was crying in the wilderness for many years questioning my very existence.  My struggle  in fact  was a blessing. I was forced to look inside myself for answers. This very struggle gave me an opportunity to develop myself.

I studied Mysticism at The Theosophical Society for many years.  I began to study the great works of inspirational people. I attended powerful seminars which ignited my thirst for knowledge and made me look further within. From the year 2005 onwards I graduated from the following:

 Tapping the Healer Within

Landmark Forum

Neuro Linguistic Programming

You Were Born Rich

The programme ‘You Were Born Rich’ by Bob Proctor is a phenomenal education. It had a profound effect on my thinking. It is based on the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which I believe to be the greatest motivational book ever written. This book gives us the knowledge to change the belief system , and our lives, forever. I simply picked up the challenge.

In 2007 I  started the inner work in earnest.  I flew under the radar and within ten years I transformed my mind from rags to riches… from fashion to passion.

 To Napoleon Hill and Bob Proctor

 You challenged me to be brave.

Thank you for teaching me to be fearless in the pursuit

 of all of the opportunities this education holds.

To never apologize for the unique parts of who I am.

Over a period of thirty years I studied the principles of Truth. I jotted notes on my AHA moments, my moments of inspiration and grand epiphanies. I listened to people talking, and I realized, the majority of men and women were unhappy on a daily basis. This deep unhappiness was based on lack and limitation. Feelings that “Life is just ok” and “there’s no money to pay bills” combined with health problems, created a deep sense of despair and helplessness.

The bookstores are filled with numerous books on self- help and motivation. I realized that what people actually needed, was a book in very simple day-to-day language, as to why we are struggling and then steps to bring about the change. I wanted to share my knowledge with others. And so my book was born, The Mystical Explorer Wins. My deepest appreciation goes to  my publisher Sam Perera (Perera-Hussein Publishing House) for the publication of my first book.

My book is not an instant cure, my book is an education, and therefore one has to approach it like a subject in school. One has to read the material presented, study deeply, and  PRACTICE…PRACTICE…PRACTICE. The change is gradual, it’s a slow dawning, and anyone and everyone can achieve this over a period of time. It takes the mind ten years to fully understand and accept new concepts. My book gives everybody a grand opportunity to see the vision, change the  belief system, recognize  your True Place and Calling, and to make your dreams come true.

The Universe has lovingly placed this book in your hands to connect with The Spirit Within, The Spirit of Opulence, to let your spirit soar and create.



Anne de Costa

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Sandra Jackson – Memories are made of this – FROM TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE


If memories are measured by those hurriedly departing this world for heavenly refuge, the consequence from the untimely demise of Sandra Jackson has not registered this yet in the hearts, minds and perspective of many. A year has lapsed, and many of us are yet in shock and denial that the Queen of Sri Lanka’s music scene in Australia has left us forever, and baffling as it is, she’s left a void that will sadly, never be filled.

Yes, its already a year since Sandra Jackson took her earthly presence away from this world to join the choir of angels in Heaven but her memory lingers on although the reality and her lack of physical presence is now slowly sinking in.

The much-loved singer/ entertainer left a lingering image of a larrikin performer for her sexy overtures and flamboyance on stage, enhanced by a powerful and well-balanced voice that was often likened to legendary Tina Turner for her sassy delivery.

On that fateful day, June 29, 2018 the life of a marvelous personality, not just a musician, came to a tragic end leaving behind a distraught hubby, Esric, daughters Candice and Tatum son-0in-laws Toufic and Richard, and grandchildren Mischa, Cruz, Makai and Brooklyn and countless friends who were unprepared for the events that unfolded so quickly.

Although ailing with pulmonary Fibrosis for a while, the extent and potential outcome of Sandra’s illness was not fully comprehended by her family due to the brave front put up by her to shield them from worry and distress.

Undoubtedly the best in her multi-faceted vocal delivery, Sandra left an indelible mark not just on the music scene here and in many other countries, but on her fellow musicians whom she pushed and encouraged to excellence, which was an integral part of her own makeup, which she was fiercely proud of in her own outstanding ability. Yet, her demeanor was one of simplicity, empathy and humility and the self-confidence she exuded was almost infectious.
Much like her carefully thought out, and meticulously executed magical performances on stage, Sandra Jackson exited it similarly, on her own terms, leaving everyone oblivious to the pain and suffering she was enduring in silence as she battled through those final years with pulmonary fibrosis which was slowly but surely eroding her health before finally taking her away from her doting family and countless friends.

Gone, but will never be forgotten, Sandra Jackson has left behind a rich legacy, especially in music, with daughters Candice and Tatum, (and granddaughter Mischa), proving to be as talented as their proud mum.

Together with Esric, her husband of forty-three years, they juggled a fabulous musical career spanning over four decades and bringing up two beautiful daughters who not only blossomed with their good looks, but not surprisingly complemented it with a similar ability in music to their parents.

Her musical journey began with the Pioneers in Sri Lanka where, as a budding talent she announced herself in no uncertain terms. The band which included husband Esric and included legends such as Raj Dissanayake (Band leader) went places in the Sri Lanka music scene until she migrated to Australia. It wasn’t long after that their romance blossomed, and they eventually wed in Australia.

In Australia, Sandra, Grant Smith and Esric formed one of the best bands in Melbourne, ‘Replay 6’. The band was fortunate to have had multiple contracts at some of the leading venues in Melbourne such as the Swagman whereby they supported local and overseas artistes including “The Village People”, “Dr. Hook”, “Smokey”, Gloria Loring, with a 32-piece orchestra, Marcia Hines, Ricky May, Jade Hurley and Kahmal to name a few.

Throughout the band’s illustrious career they had a wide array of talented musicians which included Grant Smith, Jesse Jansz, Arnold Joseph, Gordon Gunn, Chris Mant, Cameron Colombage, David Trower, Lindsay Guillemain, Dallas Achilles, Derek Stewart, Horace Walker, to name a few. The current set up with later members Alex Sonny Boy Cajili , Darrel Jansz, Fernand Poupinel De Valence, Pamela David and Enrico Hipolito have picked up the mantel and plan to carry on with the band for Sandra who was so loved and was an integral part of. There is also the band ‘No Limit’ consisting of Ryan Watts, Angelo Vardon, Ryan Vardon, Jordan Vardon, Whitney Pereira and Cameron Colombege who Sandra adopted a few years ago to complement Esric and her love for country music. There are few outfits around that can perform at the level of this young and very talented setup.

The band she and Esric commandeered for many decades have performed alongside some of the best musicians in the world and. The legends Sandra and Esric have rubbed shoulders with are too numerous to mention during a fabulous team-oriented career in which they complemented each other for nearly 50 years. There are few top venues in Melbourne that they have not performed in.

Esric and Sandra have recorded many CD’s ensuring that their fabulous musical talent lives on. Sandra’s CD, ‘At Last’ dedicated to the memory of her mum Esther, dad Rex and sister Rebecca shows off her wonderful talent encouraged by Esric and recorded by highly professional Stan Azzopardi of Premier sound recording studios. In it she also acknowledges Rob Foenander, Desmond De Silva, Cameron Colombege, Esric and daughters Candice and Tatum for their part in making the CD a massive hit.

If there was a sadness about the timing of her passing, it was leaving this world without seeing her grandkids develop. Her whole world revolved around them and her depression at leaving them as the end neared was ever so obvious. She was a responsible family focused wife and mum and a fiercely loyal friend outside of her musical profession. And a consummate professional at other matters.

Anne and I have shared some wonderful times with Sandra and Esric and although our friendship does not stretch as far as many others, the bond we had and the fun times we enjoyed travelling overseas together will live in our memories forever. Like so many others, we also belonged to that ‘phone conversation club’ Sandra shared with Heather Jordan, Michael and Suzette Prins, Audrey and Brinsley Rosairo, Mazar and Melanie Rauff, Adrian and Monica Jordan, Desmond and Phyllis De Silva, Ruwanal and Philomena and several others making her time management skills better than most outside her numerous other activities.

The tribute to Sandra organized by Esric will see a galaxy of some of the best musicians from here in Australia and some travelling from Sri Lanka who have been an integral part of her musical journey, many voluntarily offering to perform as a mark of respect to one so dear that has left an indelible mark on the music industry. And there are some such as legendary Desmond Kelly who sent his heartfelt condolences and asked to be excused due to his inability to attend because of his current limited physical activity. Des had known Sandra since she was a little girl and in fact knew her family hailing from the cooler climes of Diyatalawa in Sri Lanka.

Among the massive lineup of musician who have volunteered their time for the night to pay tribute to Sandra are Willie Rezel from England, Donald Peiries, Benjy Ranabahu,and Marlon Amarasekera from the band Mirage in Sri Lanka, Dalreen Suby, Shafi from the band Gravity, Melantha Perera from Riversheen School of music in Sri Lanka, Desmond De Silva from Sydney, Malcolm De Kauwe from Perth, and from Melbourne, Chris Mant from Cloud 9, Cameron Colombege from No Limit, Andrea Marr, Rob Foenander, Kerrigan Labrooy, Dallas Achilles, David and Tilarni Senn, Des White, Derrick J, Lozaine Paul, Kelvin and Vanessa Speldewinde, Conrad De Silva, Eddie James, Shehera Rodrigo, Ash and Allison Jayasina, Elmo Wells Jansz, Raj Dassanayake and daughter Tatum.

Tributes from family and friends.

From daughters Candice, and Tatum;

When the time came to say goodbye to mum, we tried to express how much we loved her through lumpy throats and streams of tears. We told her that we thought she was the best mum ever, to which she replied, “I know I am”. In that moment we all giggled, and upon reflection, that in a nutshell was the nature of our relationship- immense love, fierce loyalty and a tad bit of silliness all rolled into just over 30 years.
In the grand scheme of life, being adored by your mother for a little over 30 years may not seem like much. But the sheer fact that we had Mum as our mother means that we were blessed beyond our wildest dreams.

Mum accomplished so many wonderful things in her short 64 years, however, there was never a doubt that we were, by far, her greatest achievement. She always made us feel safe no matter where we were at different times of our lives growing up. She was our rock and taught5 us everything we know from parenting to cooking, to how to tell a good lie so that Dad would not pick up on us being out so late at night.

Having lost a parent herself in her early twenties, Mum always told us that when the time came and she was no longer here, it would be tough, but life goes on. She didn’t however tell us how tough it would be. Not a day goes by where we do not think of her or share stories with her precious grandkids. She lived and breathed her family and that was the only thing that mattered to her. To many of you, she was the rock star on stage but to us she was just a loving mum that would have done anything to still be here with us.

One year has passed and it still feels like she is going to walk back through the door with groceries in her hand or a new outfit to wear on stage, talking about something random. We know that she will never leave us because she promised to watch over us and keep us safe. This is a bittersweet day because it is a day the heavens gained an angel, but also a day where we both lost our best friend. Holding onto her hand as she took her final breath and passed away so peacefully with us by her side, leaves a feeling of comfort in our hearts. Our precious mum left this earth knowing that she was very much loved and will never be forgotten.

A reproduction of most of Sandra’s Eulogy compiled by grandson Damian Jordan;

On behalf of my mother, Heather Jordan, I have the privilege and absolute honour of saying a few words about her best friend and my Godmother, Sandra Jackson. As we are still coming to terms with Sandra’s sudden passing.

At 10 years of age, Sandra arrived at Presbyterian Girls school in Sri Lanka where she instantly formed a special friendship with my mum through their mutual love of Athletics and Netball. This was the beginning of many visits back and forth from each other’s houses and plenty of fun times together, getting up to all sorts of mischief. I’m told that right from a very young age, Sandra had a very special gift as a profound connector of people. This was an innate quality and when I look around now, it couldn’t be more obvious. There are many different co-horts of communities here, whether it be through music or various circles of friends thus showcasing Sandra’s ability to bring people together and her immense popularity.

Sandra migrated to Australia in 1974, one year after mum had arrived to marry Roger Jordan and they continues their close friendship in Australia. Sandra was chosen as a bridesmaid at mum’s wedding and once Esric married Sandra, the four of them were inseparable did absolutely everything together with numerous interstate trips, especially to Sydney. It was common for the four of them on Sandra’a instigation, to act on impulse and suddenly decide to go on a road trip with no planning in advance, such was their carefree nature and zest for life in their younger years.

Once all of us kids were born, both families would continually visit each other’s houses and loved to party together. The Jackson residence became a welcoming and comforting place for all the kids to muck around and share countless memories that will never be forgotten.

Our families would go to every dance, not just to support Sandra, Esric and the entire band, but mainly because we loved to hear her beautiful singing. She was an entertainer and known by all for her Tina Turner voice that put a smile on everyone’s face and for being life of the party. She was also quirky, witty and even wore a fake bum when performing at a dance one night to make her bum look bigger. The fake bum was a very short lived experiment, as, believe it or not , Sandra accidentally dropped it down the toilet. Sher had a great sense of humour and enjoyed a good laugh even sometimes at her own expense.

Sandra was a very caring person and never once missed mum’s birthday, regardless of whether mum was having a party. Sandra would call mum mostly every night for a long chat (even during the footy show much to mum’s dismay), and they would tell each other absolutely everything and talk for hours.
Even over the last couple of days whilst Sandra became extremely ill, she was insistent on knowing how mum was getting home and making sure she was safe, typifying her selflessness and how much she cared for others. Sandra loved talking to mum about Candice and Tatum and then, in the years later, her beautiful grandkids. She was always showing pictures on her phone of her kids and grandkids and was an incredibly proud mother and grandmother that loved nothing more than spending quality time with her family. Her sense of humour, generosity and family-oriented approach to life has left an indelible mark on all of us.

I’d like to finish off by reading directly from what my mumhas written about her best mate:

“You fought hard to keep going for everyone and our only comfort is knowing that you are finally free and surrounded by all our love. I will miss hearing your voice on the other end of the line and our long chats at night. Sandra, it is a great privilege to call you my best friend and I will cherish all our memories and will miss you every single day”.

From Desmond Kelly;

She was someone I knew as a “toddler” in Diyatalawa, living with her mum and dad, Rex Rode, who was a member of the Royal Ceylon Airforce, and a good friend of mine.

Like so many others, Sandra and her family migrated to Australia, and because of work commitments we lost touch until, much later, I heard that Sandra was now involved in “Showbiz and had formed her own band, Replay 6.

Sandra then married Esric Jackson, and not much later, Sandra and Replay 6 became one of the best-known bands in Melbourne.
To Esric and and all the rest of the family, on behalf of eLanka, and the Lanka Times, I send our deepest sympathy.

Goodbye, Sandra Jackson. May the good Lord bless and keep you. All your many friends will miss you, especially “on stage”. Rest in peace now.
Desmond Kelly.

From David Trower:

“Music was Sandra’s passion and drove her as an individual, molding her identity. Sandra’s immediate and extended family were her life’s dedication, her pride and her joy.

Her Passion and involvement with music included her family and friends and made her “Complete”. Sandra always loved her clothes and shoes and looking her best. She never lost her smile and gentle loving demeanor – even through the thickest life threw at her.

She never changed or faltered as an individual- she always remained the same caring, empathetic, gentle, softly spoken and lovely person.

In all the 40 plus years I had known Sandra, she never had a bad word to say about anybody.

Sandra was a big part of my life and had always been there for me and my family when times were challenging. We shared so much of our musical journey that included and broadened our circle of friends and fun we had along the way.

Sandra your legacy lives on in all of us. I will never forget you.

Rest in Peace”.

From Beverly De Neise (in New York);

Dearest Sandy,
I always thought I would look back on our friendship and laugh, but I never thought I would look back on our friendship and cry- on this first anniversary of your death.

I always thought we would grow old together – I really did, you and me, in our old age, laughing and talking about the good old days growing up in Sri Lanka, but that was not to be. I still remember the little girl who came to school in the 5th grade- with your father, Uncle Rex, who looked so much younger than mine. Yes, I have known you from 5th grade.

As the years passed, we became good friends. For a short while you lived down the same lane as me, and I would visit you and I almost became a daughter to your wonderful parents. Your mum, always so beautiful and stylish too. I was good friends with your uncles and aunties, especially uncle Brian, aunty Anne.

Sport, especially netball, bound us together, where you were the Goal shoot, and I was Goal attack all those years on the school team. Then later, you were the games Captain of Tweed House and me of DE Clerk House and boy they were stiff, yet friendly competition. I still remember those wool Gollywogs we used to make as mascots – yours in Red for Tweed House and mine in pale Blue for De Clerk. I hope you are looking down and smiling as you read this.
Singing also bound us together. I will never forget, “Red river Valley”, “The lightening express”, Swanee river” among the many songs we would sing in harmony during our school breaks surrounded by our classmates. I still remember “Elasto” Radio show finals where we came second, as though it was yesterday.

Then Australia beckoned and you married your Knight in shining armour, Esric, who I called “Aiya”, and I was your bridesmaid. I will always be grateful for your friendship and your generosity- I was at your house every weekend, before and after you married, where your mum used to conjure up amazing breakfasts for us, with a smile-always welcoming me like a daughter. I remember enjoying my 21st birthday party at your house. Those were the good old days.

In Australia- those night Netball tournaments where you were the big organizer were so much fun. And then I left for the USA. You would think that the miles that separated us would sever our friendship, but we never lost touch. In all those 28 years of being apart, we still managed to keep our friendship going, even though telephone calls expensive. There was no free WhatsApp then.

I was always scared to tell you that I liked Love cake and Rich cake at Christmas time, because I would find it on my doorstep the next week.

And just six months before you passed away, you came to New York and we had so much fun, buying makeup at Sephora, shopping and having dinner at Sigiri, and we laughed and laughed, and you promised to come back the following year. Little did I know that when we said goodbye, it would be the last time I would see you. You were gone before I knew it, my dear friend. Kind, gentle, Sandy who never had a bad word for anyone. So sad.
I hope you are running free with the wild horses in Heaven and one day I promise, we will meet and laugh again.

Au revoir my friend.


From Desmond and Phyllis De Silva:

“We consider Esric and Sandy as family. We became very close to them each time we visit Melbourne and enjoyed their warm hospitality. Sandy’s warm smile was ever present the moment we walked in the door. We had a close and silent understanding between each other. We even had a key to the front door… and we still do.

“Sandy’s bubbly and easy nature was quickly demonstrated to me when I was introduced to both Esric and herself 16 years ago at the Airport in Auckland, New Zealand. They were with Des to meet me off a flight and to be introduced”.

We clicked immediately and I will never forget that day! Des went off to practice and Esric, Sandy and I went to check out the shops in the city. Esric had hired a car and off we went with Sandy the Navigator! What a hoot. We had no Google maps back then. Sandy had a map which she spread out wide in the front seat and peered at it as she gave Esric instructions. I sat at the back watching her turn the map right way up then upside down! Never worrying for a moment how distracting it was for the driver. This went on for a couple of hours as we became hopelessly lost. Ever cool Esric managed to keep his cool as we drove in circles with Sandy promising that she had ‘got it right this time’, only to find us passing and repassing the same landscape! We finally decided to flag down a taxi and pay him to lead us back to the hotel!

Since that day Sandy and I bonded and our bond with each other became so close that we considered each other sisters. I had so much joy going shopping with Sandy! We enjoyed our late night chats and we shared many confidences. She knew she could count on me as I always knew I could count on her.
“Sandy was strong and feisty. She was fiercely loyal and protective. Sandy was a true professional. She was a delight to work with…I really enjoyed being on stage with her… her support and sense of fun was always refreshing as she sang with a gifted voice”, says Des.

She was hardworking, loving and had a cheeky sense of humour. She was a winner- she played to win and yet although she bravely fought every step of the way, she lost her final battle.

We have found it difficult to accept her loss. “Our Sandy girl” will always stay close in our hearts”.

From Cameron Colombege;

In 24 years of knowing Sandra and Esric as a member of the band Replay 6 my respect and love for them as friend and family has been unshaken.

Sandra Jackson was undoubtedly a unique talent among Sri Lanka’s wide array of limitless female vocalists and in my experience rated as one of the best I have ever heard. She had a powerful yet well balanced style that stood out from the rest and was much loved in the music industry for her encouraging and giving ways.

My cherished memories of Sandra were her selflessness, particularly when hosting visiting bands from Sri Lanka, always giving up the limelight to them and choosing to remain in the background in a supporting role. Many top bands will testify to this. She had a heart of gold.

To me and my family our friendship with Sandra and Esric did not stop as just band members, we bonded more like a family and Sandra’s warm hospitality quickly springs to mind where after gigs or practices she would whip up a meal or Kiribath and curries to feed the band.

I was privileged to sing duets with her and what bonded us together was the rare trip to Sri Lanka in 2012 where Replay 6 was invited to bring in the New Year at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo by General Manager Sampath Siriwardene alongside resident band Mirage.

I will miss Sandra Jackson, a wonderful loving person, and a true friend who made music a joy to be part of during my time with Replay 6.

From Grant Smith;

Having known Sandra for 40 years was to have to know one of life’s treasures, a truly loving person and one of the kindest ever.

Sandra was always a happy and fun person to be around and without a cross word to be said about anyone. Sandra loved and was truly loved by everyone that knew her.

And as we all know Sandra was an amazing singer who just loved to put on a new outfit to perform and perform, she did with all her heart and soul. What a voice.

We had some amazing fun times working together with Esric, over 20 years of wonderful memories.

And to top it all, a wonderful mother, wife and exceptional cook to boot.

Thanks for the wonderful memories Sandra.

Gone, way, way, way too soon.

Love from Grant.

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A NIGHT WITH THE LEGENDS – A MOTHER’S DAY EVE DINNER DANCE SATURDAY – 11TH MAY 2019 PRESENTED BY DERRICK J & THE GRAND ON CATHIES – Article written & event reviewed with Photos provided by Corinne King

On Saturday 11th May 2019 we attended the long awaited event that was organized by the ever efficient Entrepreneur Derrick Junkeer & ably assisted by his very charming wife Flame.

The event was the “Mother’s Day Eve Dinner Dance” which was held at “The Grand on Cathie’s Lane” in Wantirna South. A Venue of “Elegance & Charm”.

The night was dedicated to many “Legends of Song”, like Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Engelbert Humperdinck & Elvis Presley.

The “local” Entertainers were of a very high standard & excelled in their individual talent to pay tribute to the ‘Legends’ they impersonated.

The meal was a 3 Course “sit down” meal, which was very efficiently served to the tables. The first course being that of a thick rich “pumpkin soup flavoured with fennel” & uniquely flavoursome, which was served with a warm bread roll.

The main course comprised of a “chicken” & “meat” dish served alternatively. Each dish complimented with vegetables, mash & gravy. The individual meats were succulent, delectable & well presented.

The sweets were interesting & varied, many individual mini cupcakes, slices & biscuits were brought to each table on a 3 tiered platter. They were certainly a “diabetic’s dream”!

The night of entertainment with the “Tribute Artists” continued until 12 midnight with short breaks for the drawing of the ‘door prizes’ & the main raffle prizes, which were very rewarding in itself.

After 12 midnight, the Band “No Limit” came on with a dance tempo that got more people on the floor. The floor was packed when the tribute artists performed.

At 12.30am the popular Band “Replay 6” took over the stage and continued until 1.00am when it was time to end the night & venture out into the cold night as we all said our “Goodbyes”!

The generosity of Derrick was overwhelming as he announced that the entire proceeds of the raffle prizes would be donated to the Catholic Bishop’s Fund in Sri Lanka for the restoration of the 3 Churches that were bombed on Easter Sunday (21st April 2019).

Derrick also very generously gifted his latest CD “Country Love Songs” as an incentive to all those who purchased 3 raffle tickets at the cost of $5.00 each. There were many who willingly gave $20 & higher in notes mainly for the cause and in exchange received a complimentary CD of Derrick Junkeer’s as a ‘keepsake’! The price of tickets were phenomenally reasonably priced at $49.00 per head a drawcard in itself that ended up being a “sell out” event.

Sharing the Tribute artists for the night!

On Sunday 12th May 2019 it was great to have a face book notification from Derrick Junkeer thanking all “patrons” for their attendance at the Mother’s Day Eve “Night of Legends” Concert and announcing that the proceeds received from the sale of raffle tickets was $3,000, which was going to be forwarded to the Catholic Churches Fund in Sri Lanka for assistance to the families of the victims and the restoration of the 3 Catholic Churches that were devastated by “extremist suicide bombers” on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019 where over 350 lives were unnecessarily lost on the “Holiest of Holy” days in the “Christian Calendar”.

Our guests enjoyed the event and were complimentary of the entire organization of the event of Derrick Junkeer.


The Flyer that "Sold Out" the Event
The Flyer that “Sold Out” the Event

Tina Turner Tribute Artist Kim Montalto Frank Sinatra
Tina Turner Tribute Artist Kim Montalto

Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist Brendon James
Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist Brendon James


Tom Jones Tribute Artist Tony Pantano
Tom Jones Tribute Artist Tony Pantano


Linda Ronstadt Tribute Artist Danielle Faour
Linda Ronstadt Tribute Artist Danielle Faour


Engelbert Humperdinck Tribute Artist Derrick J

Engelbert Humperdinck Tribute Artist Derrick J


Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Peter Triantis
Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Peter Triantis


Derrick J thank you
Derrick J’s “Big Thank You” on Facebook
Raffle donations in total were $3,000 PLUS
“JUST ENERGY” donated $500 generously

Ian & Corinne King at "The Grand"
Ian & Corinne King at “The Grand”

Flame Junkeer & Corinne King at "The Grand"
Flame Junkeer & Corinne King at “The Grand”

The Outstanding & Elegant Mat at the Entrance of "The Grand" on Cathie's in Wantirna South Article written
The Outstanding & Elegant Mat at the Entrance of “The Grand” on Cathie’s in Wantirna South

Article written & event reviewed with Photos provided by Corinne King

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Book 1 featured over a hundred personalities who have, more or less made a name for themselves in what must surely be one of the most difficult “games”
in the World. Most of us, in Ceylon (at the time), only treated “Showbiz” as a part-time occupation. I remember it well. Even some of the “big-bands” & top-musicians used to “hit the stage” on a part-time basis.
Everyone had to have a full-time job, showbiz being the “cream on the cake, if you like.

     Ishan Bahar, the compiler of “AHOS” (1) was an extremely talented & well-known showbiz personality who decided on the crazy idea of documenting the “stories” of this particular genre of “Western-style” Artistes, which he did, & very well, with the assistance of ” the man with the horn”, Dallas Achilles, Television Personality & “Englebert-style Entertainer” Derrick J,  & , making up the third “D” was ” your’s truly”, Desmond Kelly. We simply “helped” Ishan to accomplish something that was extremely difficult to do, but happily ended up a “roaring success”

     Everyone who was anyone, both in Lanka, Australia, Canada & wherever else our “Patriots” ended up, wanted, & got their copies of this book. Then, what does Ishan do? , “A sucker for punishment” as I’ve already called him (and, for good reason), he decides to compile “AHOS” (2). the stories of over another hundred personalities who have done their Country proud in “Showbiz”. After “launches” in “Lanka” & also “Motor-boats” in “Melbourne”(very recently), “AHOS” (2) has also been “snapped-up” by those who wish to have a very “collectible set” of Lankan Music History adorning their bookshelves at home.

     Our “flyer” in eLanka features the details of “AHOS”(2). Please note, my readers. Only a very LIMITED -supply of this book is now available thru Dallas Achilles (contacts on flyer). Don’t be disappointed. First come, first served.

                                                                Desmond Kelly
                                                                Star of eLanka.



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