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Round-up for the week

Round-up for the week

oak-lawn-stop-sign

I know I should blog for the week, but I simply do not have the time to go over all the stuff that I did for the past one week on the weekend. So here is the round up, and hopefully I catch these up some how over the weekend:

  • Beneficiary Visit to a certain primary school on Wendesday
  • Ballooning Bliss Grand Finale preparation and actual day.
  • My birthday
  • SMU Arts Camp performance
  • Hui Li’s birthday

OK, I need my rest now.

Image credit: Google Image Search

Music Progression

Music Progression

Cartoon - Choir

I had another draft regarding my interest in choral music. I decided to trash it since it was becoming more of a recounting post. I try to keep it brief here.

I always wanted to be in choir ever since primary school right after a performance my primary school choir put up during an assembly. I did not manage to join my primary school choir. Nonetheless, it did not dampen my enthusiasm. After primary school, I have joined 3 choirs successively. The first was Monk’s Hill Secondary School Choir; the second, Yishun Junior College Chorale; and the current one being SMU Chamber Choir.

Though I have joined the choirs at different times, thus having different experiences, there are similarities. Rather, there is a pattern.

  1. At the point of initial participation, all three choirs were relatively young.
    MHSS was about four years old, YJChorale three and SMUCC three.
  2. There is a progression of standards in all choirs. MHSS choir was a constant bronze choir under SYF central judging standards. However, in our hearts, our standards were improving. Before MHSS closed, they secured a silver (correct me if I am wrong). So was YJChorale. For SMUCC, there was no local competition as a yard-stick. And as a new member, I had no reference to make except for the short 3 months or so I am in the choir. However, as an audience, I can say without any bias that SMUCC is a choir that keeps improving.

It was for the second pattern that I decided to join SMUCC. I went to both initial and second Wrinkles in the Air concerts. Both concerts were held annually. Honestly, the first one sucked totally. I walked out of the hall, telling myself, “If this is the choir that I am to join, forget it. I rather join another CCA or none at all.” I went to the second concert with friends in the following year. My thoughts after the concert went, “If the choir can improve leaps and bounds, I really do not mind joining the choir.”

This year, I decided to join the choir 6 months earlier than usual. It is a decision that I will not regret. I made friends with many like-minded people. I found one who i can exchange snips with too! 😀 There is always a debate on what is the universal language. In choir, without doubt, it is music. When we went to Bandung, it was a blast. It kept me grounded, in fact. Despite of having a slight language barrier, though having English as a common language, we did really enjoy ourselves through the music we make.

In any case, this music progression will never stop.

Light Stencils

Light Stencils

Kodama Party       Kudos to furryphotos for exposing me to light stencilling on Plurk. It is a photography technique whereby the photographer manipulate exposure settings, lighting conditions, and together with self-made dies to create really nice pictures.

There is a tutorial on light stencilling on Deviant Art.

You can view more of light stencils on Flickr by searching for “light stencil”.

Just wondering aloud: Can this be counted as a arts project in schools? I am sure that the students who are interested in photography be equally interested in this. 😀

Lost Kitties

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Racial Harmony Day

Racial Harmony Day

Yesterday was Racial Harmony Day. And this got me thinking:

So today is the day pple put on cultural performances, don traditional costumes n pretend that they really accept pple of other skin colors.

There are more discussions in the plurk thread, but due to privacy settings, most you can’t view it (and I can’t be bother with copying and pasting the texts).

Back in secondary school, I was selected for some Racial Harmony Circle thingy, which by now, I have long forgotten the aim of such group. In Secondary 2 (or was it 3?), we set up a booth at a festival that was graced by President S R  Nathan. That was the only time I feel special about Racial Harmony Day.

There is always a fundamental flaw within us where we do judge people by their appearance, mannerism and whatnots. This is being ethnocentric. I do too, despite the fact that I do my best not to form impressions within the first 30 seconds of meeting with other parties.

I just completed a module on Intercultural Communications. As with other modules, there are presentations. One of the presentations that was covered was on perpetuating racial discriminations within the education system. Although much references to racial stereotypes have been removed from primary school textbooks, there are still some existing.

image (credit: Racialised Education in Singapore, Michael D. Barr)

Now, even with Racial Harmony Day, I do really doubt it helps. Like what most in my class would have said, promote racial tolerance instead.

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