Because the rest of Today is a self-declared non-work day…

I shall not write about my eventful week(s) that brought the first term of 2012 to a close. My fingers are tempted to brush across the keyboard and narrate the very exciting and authentic sequence of events, and my mind is racing to think of the best words to describe my emotions, but we shall not venture beyond that. We. shall. not.

Instead, I would like to talk about my bucket list. When Dr D asked our class to come up with a bucket list of three items, one of the three things on my list was: to write a book. I thought of two more things which I would love to do some day. Perhaps I could make a promise to experience these new things every holiday.

The first would be to learn the ukelele. Stringed instruments (the violin is a partial exception – I still need to get used to the potentially screechy sounds of it) have a lovely musical quality which I think relieves and soothes the nerves. One day, I would master the ukelele and be able to sing some of my favourite tunes with it.

The second would be to learn pottery. Now I don’t know where I got this idea from, and some of my friends are convinced that my resolve is influenced by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore’s movie Ghost.

But I remain unconvinced. In any case, when I had examination duties at Naval Base Secondary a while back, I noticed they had a pottery workshop. With pottery pieces exhibited all around the room. (ooh!) After a colleague mentioned that she would also like to learn pottery, I am certain this is one of the things I would like to try one day.

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I went for a concert tonight with two colleagues and sisters-in-Christ. As exhausted and frantic as I was trying to sort out business at school before leaving, having just returned from level camp yesterday afternoon, I don’t regret the three hours this evening having a great dinner fellowship with the ladies, and going for the concert. This is a response I decided to pen down and email them. I am no music expert, but I am pretty sure I can discern a good choir from a bad one. And these people are professional and awesome. Their first three concerts have never let me down. If you are the sort who enjoys music, chorale and creativity, you should check them out too!

Dear all,

I attended tonight’s performance by ONE and was once again captivated by the enchanting and soulful music. Thank you Joel for the invitation year after year; two of my colleagues who are music teachers were severely impressed by the performance tonight as well; and it was certainly time well-spent away from work (bleah).
Tonight’s performance resonated with me in particular. Work has been crazy busy, and we had just finished our school’s level camps yesterday afternoon, leaving little time to prepare for the onslaught of work in the coming week. The opportunity cost of coming for the concert tonight was pretty high, but I took home a lot more than I expected to. :) One or two of the songs performed tonight nearly moved me to tears – your rendition of “Asa Yueni” and “O Nata Lux” was so hauntingly beautiful and powerful, it made me remember the joy in music and in living beyond just the walls of the staff-room; made me remember how important music is to living; made me realize how powerful music can be in teaching us little lessons of appreciation, humility and happiness. I returned home tonight remembering again to take note of the little simple joys around us which we so easily overlook because we lose ourselves in the busyness of our fast-paced lives. So thank you for that very important lesson: to keep our heads up, take life a step at a time, enjoy the little simple pleasures around us, always have a heart of thanksgiving and always bearing confidence to do that.
Please continue in your conviction to use the Voice to make music and inspire others through it! It is really a gift and I look forward to more upcoming concerts from ONE. (My colleagues too!)
Cheers,
Xiaohui