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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Packed Weekend Part 2 -vvv

Friday: Dinner with Stanley and gang
It's nice to meet up with old friends. This time, we get to hear stories from Stanley's trip to Spain. I have nothing much to say about this event. I wanted to mention something about how the way some people (some of my friends included) use the underground escalators at Wheelock Place but it takes way more effort than it is worth so I'll just skip that.

Saturday: Etude XXXI
I went to watch the National Junior College Symphonic Band's concert at the Esplanade with Xiaojing and Shimin. But we only met up with Xiaojing after the concert because we couldn't contact her as the concert hall was shielded from handphone signals and we weren't allowed to leave the concert hall once we got in. Fortunately Xiaojing still managed to get in because Mrs Lim let her.

Mrs Lim is the only band teacher from my JC days who is still a band teacher. She was really dressed up for the concert and she looked great. Someone mentioned she looks slimmer but I'm not observant enough to notice. In contrast, the other younger band teachers looked like they are recent NIE graduates who couldn't part with the student look.

The first thing I noticed at the concert was the band's new look. Guys wear black suits and girls wear purple blouse, black pants and a matching scarf. They look rather classy compared to the loud red blazers I wore back in the old days.

The second thing I noticed was that the male emcee clearly couldn't speak as well as the female. He sounded so nervous and he kept screwing up his lines. Should've practised more eh?

It's been so long since I last heard live symphonic band music. I particularly liked that movement from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheharazade. Mr Ho, the conductor for the past few decades, seemed like he is in better health than the last time I saw him. Good for him! I didn't get to talk to him because 1) I don't like to squeeze through the crowd and 2) I was taking a nap during the interval to prepare for tomorrow. Well actually, I was also looking at a couple quarrel in the circle seats on the other side of the hall. It was very dramatic, just like on TV. The girl cried and left the concert hall with the guy following behind.

The second half was funny. The stage band items also featured dancers. The first dance was just hilarious. Five couples were dancing a choreographed waltz to music set in 4/4 measure. Weird huh. And one couple had to forget their moves. I can see their sheepish face from up here. It would've been better if they just improvised and moved around freely. That way, they wouldn't be so stiff and they couldn't forget moves either. Nevertheless, it was a valiant effort and quite entertaining too.

The other dance was really energetic...and distracting. Shimin and I were watching the dancers' moves so intently we totally forgot about the music until the trombone guy stepped forward to play his solo.

After the concert, we went to eat and met up with Cai Ling who just came over from a wedding dinner, and Keith, Baotian and Tze Xiang, whom I have not met in a long while. It was good to know they are still alive and doing reasonably well. And thank you Tze Xiang for the ride home.

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