For the third time now I’ve been performing for the school.
Akhirnya investasi nyokap “maksa” blajar piano >10 taon (+kena omel tiap hari kl ga latihan) terpakai jg...hehe…thanks, Mom! =D =D =D –> you see? sometimes you need to go through hell before succeeding, and sometimes we can’t see why we have to / forced to do things we don’t like…until we find out one day that everything is for our own good. =)
The first time I played was during MSE day last year, I played Beethoven’s Spring Sonata Op. 24 with Nico as the violinist. Then came the second time I was asked to play a song in a Joint Symposium, I played Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu Op. 66. It was fun to finally perform that song which I always love since I was 15. =) =)
2 days ago (Oct 14th), MSE held an anniversary dinner at Intercontinental Hotel, Bugis. One of MSE staff approached me and some of my friends to perform in that event. I was asked to play You Raise Me Up together with my friend – she sing and I play the piano. Nothing extraordinary, really, and I don’t think that my playing was even good, it was so-so to me as I think I don’t have enough skills to play pop songs. But what I actually wanted to share in this post is this:
My prof knew one day before that I will be performing in that event. We were on our way back to NTU after meeting in SGH when she asked if I will come to that event (and she asked if I will be performing – though I don’t know how did she know if I can perform anything…she wasn’t there during the first two performances I had). I actually didn’t want to tell her anything about my performance either – didn’t expect her to come as well since she’s going to US the next day after the event, early morning. But since she asked, I had no choice but to tell her. So that’s how she know I would be performing.
On the D-day, we (me n my prof) weren’t sitting around the same table (we were assigned to certain table by the organizer), so I couldn’t even communicate with her at all. When it was the time for me to play the piano, I walked to the piano and started playing. Not long after I started, I can sensed some of the photographers went to my side to take photos…well, that’s normal for an event, no? But one thing is not normal, I suddenly heard someone called my name, the voice is so familiar to me. So in the middle of my playing I turn my head to the voice, and I saw my prof standing there taking photos of me…wow. @.@
I smiled to her – and partly lost my concentration in my playing afterwards (thankfully I didn’t make mistakes at that moment…fiuh~). At that moment my feeling was completely changed. I was deeply touched that she would personally stand there taking pictures for me. She’s my boss, whom I have never expected to appreciate her student this much. I thought she would just sit on her seat – which by the way is quite far from where the piano is – as I guess that’s what most professors would do on such big event. The chair, the ex-chair who’s now a provost of NTU was there. All the big people who give contributions to our school were there. So for her to go to her student taking photo of my performance was extraordinary to me. I was deeply deeply touched. I love my Prof…
This photo below was taken by her. She sent it to me the day after. Btw the room was actually almost completely dark when I played the song. The flash made it look sooo bright there. ^^; This isn’t my best shot, haha, but it’s so precious because of the photographer. =) =)
Well, I too realize that people might (will) change. A few years ahead, she might not be as nice, as friendly, as helpful as she is now. Afterall, although she’s smart, tall, has a gorgeous look, and super-friendly…nobody’s perfect. (She’ll be a perfect role model if she’s a Christian though…sadly she’s not a Christian…yet). Anyway, I’m gonna treasure each moment I have with her…and be thankful for that.
My PhD life is not always good – most of the time it’s wearisome…but again and again, I see God’s “bread crumbs of grace” along the way in this journey. =)