Thursday, August 14, 2008

A place that I used to rehearse

A couple of months ago, I passed by this bus-stop which was just nearby a place where I used to rehearse. I decided to take a photo of the building behind that pink wall. That was the building where I had used to rehearse. There was a large rehearsal room in the premises of that building, and that was where the Chinese Orchestra that I had used to participate in would rehearse.

I had started participating in that Chinese Orchestra when I was about 14 years old. It was a challenge to juggle between studies and participating in an activity outside the school's curricula. There were times when it was difficult to strive a good balance.

It was here that I learnt that I was using the wrong bow for the French-method of double bass bow-hold. It was here that I managed to get to play the more challenging double bass parts written for Chinese music. It was here that the normally introverted me have to the chance to work with people who are adults and who are non-school-mates. To some extent, it provided me with the opportunities to refine my social skills and even organisational skills.

Through participating in the Chinese Orchestra, I had managed to forge a number of friendship despite being a rather passive person when it comes to initiating friendship.

A couple of years after rehearsing in that building, the Chinese Orchestra managed to secure another site to rehearse. It was time to say good-bye to this rehearsal venue. If I'm not wrong, the room that the Chinese Orchestra had used to rehearsed in the building behind the pink wall is now a pub. How much things have changed with time.

The bus-stop where I had taken this photo had changed too. It used to be a very simple bus-stop and if I remember correctly, it was painted orange. Now it looks better maintained.


Doreen said...

People come and go, things change and move, but one thing never fade is our memories.

eastcoastlife said...

Chinese orchestra!? What instrument you were playing? erhu?

oceanskies79 said...

Doreen: I guess I am nostalgic.

eastcoastlife: Guess what, I was playing the double bass too in the Chinese orchestra!