Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas is coming very soon!

Hey there! As the title of this post says, we're celebrating yet another Christmas, despite all the doomsday hype about yesterday's Mayan end-of-the-world prediction. For those of us who believe, no one will know the time or the hour, not even the angels, only God. The day came and went uneventfully for us.

This past week, we've been occupied with daily life and last-minute Christmas shopping. Every year end, we end up broke due to year-end travel, year-end sales, Christmas gifts, school holiday activities, book sales, school fees for next year and back-to-school expenses! We've also been occupied with nightly rehearsals for 'Everlasting Light', a Christmas musical we're participating in. In fact, we just returned an hour ago from the final dress rehearsal, with one more last practice on Christmas eve morning before the actual performance that evening.

This is C's first time taking part in a relatively large scale church Christmas production, while I'm helping out backstage. This brings back memories of my own participation in my primary school's annual Christmas cantata. I remember dressing up in a white flowy gown with angel wings once ( I guess I played the part of one of the angels heralding the birth of Jesus). I also remember singing all the carols in the choir. And I remember singing in a few Christmas productions during university days too.

Christmas is a time of joy and reflection. Besides celebrating it with food and presents, it is a reminder of the good news of salvation, peace and hope.

Here's wishing one and all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Enjoy this medley from the musical 'Everlasting Light':

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Children's theatre, adult's movie

On Sunday afternoon, C went with two of her cousins, uncle and aunt, to watch a children's play called 'Kleting Kuning and the Giant Crab'. It was held at PJ Live Arts at Jaya One. She enjoyed herself . I was told there was some audience participation and she volunteered and got chosen to be the 'scroll bearer' and ended up getting all wrapped up in the scroll it seems. I guess the theatre people tried to make things fun and funny for the kids to enjoy. From the PJ Live Arts website, the synopsis for the play says this:

Kleting Kuning is often bullied by her sisters, who jealously compete for the hand of a mysterious stranger. A fierce giant crab threatens to destroy their dreams but the quick-thinking (and quick-moving) Kleting Kuning with her MMA (Martial & Magic Arts) skills has some surprises for him! Find out if her dreams come true in this interactive stage adaptation of a classic Javanese folk tale!
Box of Delights Theatre for Children strives to entertain, educate and inspire young audiences by drawing from legends, literature, and historical lore of different cultures from around the world. Directed by Marina Tan, each show offers interactive, energetic, playful performances featuring wholesome, inspiring, sometimes thought-provoking and often wildly entertaining dialogue and song.
Box of Delights: KLETING KUNING & THE GIANT CRAB is performed in English and runs for approximately 45 minutes.

While C was at the play, E and I killed time while waiting by catching 'Life of Pi' at a cinema nearby. The movie was good but like most screen adaptations of novels, there was some artistic licence used. Some scenes which were not in the original novel were included, and usually it's some romantic scenario, which in this movie it was. We felt it was not quite necessary as it didn't impact the entire movie that much.