we were all shocked and ecstatic to hear from mr shaw that there would be no lesson for the whole of the week.this was certainly one of the best thing i've ever heard in whole my life.no lesson also means no assignment,no homework,no burning of the midnight oil,etc. however,the lessons were all canceled due to the fact that all IB students of Sri KDU were selected to perform chinese season's drum during the national day celebration on the 31st Aug.it would soon become a greatly memorable experience of mine.
this year's merdeka celebration was planned to be the grandest ever as the whole nation as this was also done to commemorate the golden jubilee of our country. that was why we were all told to do our best and perform the most mesmerizing showcase of the chinese season drumming ever for the sake of the whole merrymaking process.we started practising on monday from scratch as most of us have never touched the drumstick before.this was also the very first time experience for me.for the first day,most of us did suck big time as the rhythm was not really well synchronized.we also started quite late compared to other groups who have begun their practice session weeks before.the reason behind a bunch of flaws were understandable.
from tuesday onwards,the harsh reality of this whole activity was felt by us all.we were told not to come at 9am as what we did for the first day of our practice.instead,we were ordered to reach the merdeka square by 6am."omg, how am i supposed to wake up that early to reach there at the crack of the dawn?"i woke up as early as 4.50 am,highly spirited to reach the pick-up point on time.the make matters worse,all my blood,sweats and tears to wake up that early did turn into vain as the bus reached d'shire villa late,45 minutes behind the schedule.damn the driver!
we practised all the way,and as time went by,most of us managed to show tremendous improvisation in all respects of our performance.
however,i was quite disappointed of the breakfast provided to us.the food was really tasteless.i could really count the number of tiny fishcakes that were added to our so-called meehoon.it's a far cry from the image of our school as a rich school with an abundance of resources.really disappointing.then, we were supposed to get paid for performing for the merdeka day.without asking for our permission at all,all our money is going to be contributed to the Charis Charity Fund.omg.if the school really wants to contribute its bits for the betterment of the society,do ask our permission first.that's our money,and not even a single penny is there to be snatched from us indiscriminately.i hope what i heard regarding the matter mentioned above is a mere hear-say.
then, comes the BIG day.this time around, we were required to be at the square by 5am.that's too early,and i had to wake up at 4am regardless the fact that i went to bed at around 1.30am the night (owh,no.it's morning already) before. the midnight sale at OU was really cool.everything was cheaper than ever before.the night before,i also indulged myself with a pint of baskin' that was shared with pau.the baskin' was sold at a 35% discounted price.as pau said,"this ice cream is here to compensate the suffering we'll have to bear for going to the square so damn early".there are truths in what he said.
the day was the most gleaming one in my life.cameramen and journalists were everywhere to snap our pictures and interview us.that was really,really cool.we also managed to see the paramount leader (agong),PM,and many dignitaries and kings from several foreign countries.we were being watched by millions of malaysians as the whole event went to the tv screen.damn proud,haha.sofia was really a magnet for the rtm cameraman, due to her beauty, perhaps, and playing the drum just behind her was the most strategic decision i've ever made in my life as my face was also included in all the captions involving her.i appeared on the tv screen for several times,and felt really glad about it.feeling like a celebrity for a short while worth the pain of the whole week.then, i was also interviewed by the siswa magazine,and had my pictures taken.i would really look forward to seeing my whole blurred face in the mag soon.haha.we were also interviewed by a tv reporter,whom we believed to be from an indonesian tv station.it was a really rewarding experience of mine.
the dark side was all of us were burnt by the scorching ray of the mother Sun,thanks to the abundance of UV rays escaping through the increasingly thin ozone layer.what a lame science lecture it was.i spared the worse reality of having an obvious zebra-like stripe on my forehead,thanks to the generous amount of sunblock applied on my skin.haha.
i've also got several pictures which are yet to be grabbed from my friends.surely am i gonna upload them on my blog really soon.