2 December Annual Thanksgiving Night: Both congregations came together to praise God for His faithfulness. We don't always get together so it's always something to look forward to when it happens. Had to help Ethan put together a slide presentation for the evening. What a history! I was much humbled by Mdm Mary Au-yong who came out to thank the Lord. The lady who is in her late 70s has had an eventful life. She was recently granted welfare status by Bandaraya and a monthly stipend. Speaking in Cantonese, she named individuals who stood by her in her time of need, and even drove her all the way to meet relatives in Ipoh. Since then she has faithfully brought fruits for refreshment during Worship, and never stops to say how grateful she is to the Lord to anyone who asks about her health. She may not have much compared to so many of us, but she certainly knows how to show her gratitude with what little she has.
3 December: We screened L’Enfant as part of our Prima Film Club programme. Internationally acclaimed Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are 2 brothers who have consistently made brilliant movies. They struck gold again with this thoughtful meditation on loss and hope in postmodern Europe. Beautiful, unpretentious, and provocative. In a land of plenty, how much is a baby worth? L’Enfant won the Dardenne brothers the Palm d’Or at Cannes Festival 2005.
Elliot’s debut as cellist in the newly formed KLPac Sinfonietta’s Christmas production ‘Candlelight Christmas’ made for a delightful family outing. Proud Mom (see pix) made sure the word got out and volunteered to buy tickets for everyone. After all, she had been chauffeuring Elliot back and forth to KLPac for close to 2 months of rehearsals (not to mention performance nights as well) after he got the audition. Conductor Brian Tan did well with enthusiastic flair while the La Voce Choir added even more life to the proceedings. Heads turned as the lights dimmed and the young singers trooped down the steps onto the stage, each child with candle in hand. Fantastic harmony unfortunately terribly let down by their poor enunciation. The performances were nevertheless a fantastic effort and everyone put on a great show!