Dance Galore 2007

30 06 2007

Last Sunday was my concert day. My item is the sixth, Mazurka. I am wearing a gold and green ball gown. My hair is tied up in a bun and I am wearing a flat hat on my right side. Me and my group grouped together inside the dressing room. We felt stuffy so some of us, including me, went and played outside of the dressing room. Mrs. Low, who volunteered to organize my group, told us to line up outside a short while later.

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Ms Toh, my teacher, has paired us up in pairs. My partner was Melanie Lim. We were the third pair. I had to line up behind her. In front of her is a girl named Adelyn Fang and her partner (in front of her) is my classmate’s sister, Mallorie Gan. Ms Toh will always get mixed up between their names. Anyway, as Natasha went up the stairs which led to the beside-stage, under Mrs. Low’s instructions, I felt butterflies in my stomach, only 3 or 2.

Later, when it was the item before mine, Hello Dolly, the butterflies had multiplied and there were 8. Wen it was my turn, the butterflies had become 15. I was so nervous. But to my relief, I started to calmly danced in front of 200 people. We had to dance without our spectacles on and Mama said that my classmates with specs, which were out at that time, were not focusing anywhere because everything was blur. My mum said Mallorie was obvious because her eyes were big and they were looking everywhere.

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I messed up a few steps but the teacher said that if we made mistakes we just had to smile even more and just continue. I nearly missed the last pose as the music is the same. Luckily, my partner said “ruuuuuunnnn!” and I knew it was the last part because I think she knows that I will get confused because I cant see anything and the person next to her is also blur.

When we got backstage, Mrs. Low said go the to pick up place. Everyone ran there except for me, Mallorie, Adelyn, Zhi Qin and Kelly because we all couldn’t see where we were going and Kelly helped us. Once we were at the pick-up place, all our mums queued up to pick us all up.

After the first intermission, there is only 1 ballet item and after that its the second intermission. The only ballet between the intermission is a mixture of different dances and different music. It was magnificent! Some of the soloists were teachers, and some were students. One of the ‘famous’ soloist is Kok Pei Ling. She has danced in many dances before and has to carry a big travel bag just for her costumes. She also danced in a dance called I Finally Found Someone with another ‘famous’ soloist named Jacques Lebosse but that’s another story. In this dance, Pei Ling wears a blue cosette with a blue tutu.

After the second intermission, there is thins tap number called Stomp It Out. It is danced by two groups and 3 songs. At first, There were a few girls wearing blue jeans and jeans jacket. The 5 boys were wearing black T-shirts, dark coloured jeans or pants and a chain around the neck. The next group were all girls. There were two rows. The first row were wearing a white and black tank top, black pants, black hats and chains on one side of the pants. The back row was wearing the same except they were wearing white hats.

After that is another dance with only Pei Ling and Jacques. They danced to the tune of I’ve Finally Found Someone. Pei Lings wears a beautiful flowy white dress and Jacques wears a plain white shirt and plain white pants. In this dance, Jacques lifts Pei Ling high above his head.

Soon afterwards is a dance called ‘Waltz of the Flowers’. The tune is from Nutcracker and the soloist is my teacher, Ms Toh. She wore a beautiful gold corsette and a short, gold tutu. Besides her, there are two ‘assistants’. They wore white corsettes and blue long tutus While the other dances wore white corsettes with pink long tutus. If you saw them far from the top, they would look like dancing flowers with 3 different ones.

Finally it was the Finale. All the dances starting from the item after mine onward. It was a magical night….I wish to dance in one again and hopefully to attend the finale……





Taking My Feet Off Sabah

12 06 2007

Yesterday was my last day in Sabah. As usual, Mama and I went swimming but not the ususal swimming pool in front of our balcony, its the Pacific Magellan Club’s swimming pool. 1 of the pools is used for swimming races while the other is for kids because it has a slide. We went to the one with the slide. It is called the Infinity Pool because there is a stair like side where the water will go down and recycle. Opposite the stair like side is the marine. From a certain angle, it looks like the pool water is going down and mixing with the sea and going to the end of the world. But actually it isn’t.

After that, we went up and I had my last dip inside the bathtub while Mama was packing the bags. Our flight that day was at 1710. Immediately after I had a splash and actually bathed, we were ready to check out. Papa said that we are to buy more telur penyu, about 30 more. So after buying the turtle eggs, we went to the airport to check in our stuff, but first we stopped by the side so that Mama could keep the turtle eggs and organize a bit more stuff.

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So Mama and me got off to check inn the bags while Papa waited because he wanted the aircon and also because he would be too tired to push the bags when I could be pushing the bags. Our bags were actually overloaded, because of the ice from the tiger prawns.

That was at 1500 so Papa called Uncle Lemboot and asked if they were at home but actually he was in a meeting and he said he would be out in and hour’s time. To kill the time, Papa brought us around Sabah. At last, we went to Uncle Lemboot’s apartment and waited for him to come home. We waited there doing nothing. A few minutes later, Uncle Lemboot called Papa and said to go to the airport since it is nearer to his meeting place and we would be there anyway.

When we got there, Aunty Noon bought us a little something – seashell potpourris. That was at 1600. We walked to the terminal and got into the waiting lounge. While waiting, Mama brought me to a shop to buy some postcards.

After buying 5 postcards, the people with children have to board first so I was the 3rd family with children to board the plane. The family before me was a family of 7 and the 1st one was a family of 3. dscn1148.jpg

During the flight, very nice stewardess’ treated us like royalty. There was a Japanese stewardess, named Mayumi, who made the Japanese announcements. She was very helpful because Mama got 2 seats in front in the middle row and 1 seat next to the window. Papa couldn’t fit in the seat in the middle row because the handrest cannot go up so Mayumi talked the Japanese man that was supposed to sit where I was sitting to the place next to Mama in the front.

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When we reached the airport, Uncle Bazlan promised to pick us up so while waiting, Mama and me bought some chocolates for my cousins. When Uncle Bazlan came, he told us that he wanted to see a friend that was leaving and going back to Japan for a while. To kill the time, Papa drove around the airport. Once we got home, We were exhausted.

This holiday was great fun!





1…..2…..3 Days

10 06 2007

Its the third day in Sabah and I woke up to go swimming – again. After some pool-soaking time, Atok called me and asked me to buy telur penyu while I was updating my blog. I told Papa and he said to go turtle egg-hunting after this.

After another hour soaking in the bathtub which is full of water while Mama and Papa were getting ready, we are off to the Filipino Market.

Later, after Papa had parked the car in front of the Handicraft Market, we got down to buy turtle eggs, ikan terubok masin, telur ikan terubok masin and tiger prawns. Papa bought 120 turtle eggs, 25 ikan terubok asin and about 95 tails of tiger prawns. Atok was very happy when he got the news that we bought that all for him. After loading the 195 seafood into the Estima, Mama and I went off to buy pearls for Wan.

That evening, we went to the pool. After some time in the pool, we waded over to the pool bar and ate some french fries with a banana split. We also waded longer then we usually do so we got to see a beautiful sunset. We took a lot of pictures in and out of the pool, especially at sunset. Papa got some artistic pictures of Mama and me.

Then, as usual, we went to Garden Seafood to eat seafood. We ordered softshell crabs and deep fried squids. But the menu changed – Mama wanted red lobster because it was our last night there and also it was the special promotion that night. I ordered Chinese fried rice, as usual but Papa ordered it with chicken, squid and small prawns. When Papa first tasted the lobster, he was speechless until he slaped his thigh. After he found words, he said it was DELICIOUS. I also tasted that the softshell crab was nicer that day then the days before. I thought that the fish and crabs knew that this will be out last time eating at this restaurant and eating them so they made themselves taste good.

Now you know the routine to our holiday here at the Magellan Sutera Harbour.