Wednesday, November 25, 2009

2211

When I was in kindergarten, I remembered when all children were out running in the playground, I would stayed at my desk to myself. Kindergarten, Standard One and Standard Two were a total blur to me... I remembered snippets here and there, but those were memories that I rather not remember :-).

I was in Standard Three (9 years old) when my mum requested me to be transferred to the afternoon session, so that I'll be the same session as my elder sister. On my first day in a new class, I was, as usual, sitting quietly at a corner, waiting for the class teacher to come in.

A girl walked to me, and introduced herself. She was wearing spectacles, slightly shorter than me, and had dark complexion for a Chinese. She asked me for my name. I was really taken back and surprised with her approach. In my days in the same class as her, it was her who brought me along to join her gang for breaks, it was her who introduced me to games after schoool. It was her who brought me out of my shell, and started mixing with other kids. It was her who thought me how to enjoy my days in school. It was her who told me her dream is to be a singer, and I started thinking about my own. I thank her today for taking that first step to talk to me. If it weren't for her, I may still be the little girl sitting at her desk all on her own.
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I saw my friends going for ballet classes, and I envied them. I loved seeing girls dancing on tv, and I wished I am able to learn to dance like them. I knew my family couldn't afford to send me then, so I kept this wish to myself. Sometime later (I think I was 12), a committee was formed behind my home, where they had a lion dance troup and a traditional dance group. My mum asked me whether I would like to join the traditional dance group. I was delighted, but so apprehensive.

As our neighbourhood was dominated by Chinese, naturally all activities were skewed towards the Chinese, including the dance group. I learnt traditional Chinese fan dance, folk dance, Mongolian dance, ribbon dance, some basic ballet, and many more. I went with the group, performing in social events, charity drives, and private events. It was like an outlet for me, both physical and mental... Besides the many dance moves that I loved, I learnt to socialise better, I learnt to speak Mandarin, and I gained self confidence and self-esteem.
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On 2211, when I turned 33, as I laid on my bed trying to fall asleep, the above were the two things I thought about. I don't know why, but maybe along my childhood, the above are some of the more siginificant things that happened... and I am so glad they happened the way they did...

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9 comments:

CH Voon said...

Happy Belated birthday to you!

You are shy type one...

I think i also blur blur during my primary school - same type lo

I am one year younger than you :)

Mamapumpkin said...

Happy Birthday! May all your wishes come true!

mommy to chumsy said...

happy belated birthday to you :) i had lots of fond memories when i was in primary and secondary school too :) those were the best days of my life ;)

Mummy Gwen said...

Happy Belated Birthday To You!

I'm also the quiet type. :) When I was in Primary 1, there was a girl who always take care of me..hehe.

How's your birthday? :D Hope you had a good one. You are younger than me leh.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you still can remember the details of your childhood. For me, I can't recall my childhood - must be aging thing. ;p

Happy Belated Birthday!!

smallkucing said...

happy belated birthday!

BoeyJoey said...

CH Voon: Thanks for the birthday wish... so, I'm older than you eh? Hee hee

mommy to chumsy: My memories of primary got sweeter as I grew older. Glad that yours were wonderful :-)

Mummy Gwen: Thanks, dear.

Mamapumpkin: Hope so :-)

smallkucing: Thanks!

Anonymous: Do you believe me if I say I have memories of some things that happened from as young as 5 years old? :-). Many thanks for your birthday wishes!

A Mom's Diary said...

Happy Belated Birthday. What a coincidence, you turned 33 on 2211, so it's 332211 :-)

BoeyJoey said...

A Mom's Diary: Hah... you noticed :-)

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