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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
It's 1+am, and I'm listening to Mozart's Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor. God, how I miss my piano.... I remember tinkering on the piano when I was back. It was just after dinner. Ernie sat at my feet, either falling asleep or just accompanying me, and just letting the fingers run and memories rushing back... such a gd feeling.
Cirque de Soleil - Alegria, Royal Albert Hall
Now, tickets for this was bought several months back, when it just opened. C, M and JTI, we went to watch the show. C and M and I went for dinner first though. I brought them to Belgos to have really nice Belgian mussels (I miss seafood lah!). And before that, Lingua factiosi cooked me lunch! That's of course after he went ga-ga after I took off my winter coat. Heh, that was because I was in boots and a dress I had bought from Forever 21 the day before I flew off, on the spur of the moment. A good buy, I must say. All thanks to mei, who said I HAD to buy it. =) But anyway, moving back to Alegria...
Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it. - from
Well, I can't really say I appreciate the storyline behind it. All I can say was the acrobatics was spectacular, the clowns were quite hilarious, and there are actually quite a number of Chinese performers in the circus itself. And they were brilliant.
what I can say is that it was worth watching once at least. No regrets whatsoever. The only other one which I really liked was .... crap, now I can't remember... it was the Irish group which does lots of tap-dancing... watched it at Apollo Hammersmith then, several years ago... I want to watch it again. Oh well, I'll know it when I see it.
After that, I had to attend a friend's (from Medway) birthday party, held at a bar in Bank. Was about to go there, and JTI decided to come along, coz he knows some of the people there, and he wanted to see Rahul. It was good to get out and have a blast, had quite a good night then, mixing around, and chatting, then dancing with Paul and the rest.. makes me wonder how can people dance with glasses in their hands. But anyhow, as time has it, it was way past my bedtime, and I had to get back. There wasn't any tube then, and so I left with JTI on the night bus back to good 'ol Tooting. Walked, got food, talked. He really wanted to know something, and told him so. Hope he didn't regret asking. Heh.
Met up with Stan and Darren and Siobhan for lunch. Before that, Stan and I had some alone-time, and we went to Wimbledon to shop a bit and catch up. then met the rest for lunch, and more catching up with Stan and Darren over a mocha and a muffin! so much catching up to do, you ask? Well, yeah... as we haven't seen one another since November of last year. It was a good day. =)
Last week, work was not as enjoyable as usual. My buddy HO wasn't around as he was on annual leave, and so there wasn't anyone to see on the ward to joke around with. Still clearing up the residual mess left over from the 2 weeks which I was away. Was on-call which was absolutely boring. So much so that I went to help the HO and SHO who was on cardiac bleep and were covering the young adult wards that night.
CNY and my birthday!
This weekend was arranged to be packed-out. Well, sort of. Was supposed to meet with some george's people whom I haven't seen in ages, but seems like they were all on-call or busy during this weekend, so had to take a raincheck on that one. Went to Lingua factiosi's place instead, where he cooked me another sumptuous meal! Yummy, another reason to come down to London more often now. =P
Sat, woke early at 8am, so that I could bring all my stuff down to Tooting first, then get changed and head off for birthday-cum-CNY lunch with some hc people (WM, WL bear, PJ, Tim and Belle and Keith, her bf). It was a good catch up, not having seen them since 2-3 years back. A long long time. Now that 3 of us are working, and the others are in different years of study, we've kind of made a pact to meet up more often, on various people's birthdays and what have you. That way, it's killing 2 birds with 1 stone! =-p Heh...
After that, I did a bit of shopping with ZT at Oxford, and caught up at Borders with a nice cup of strawberry and cream frappacino (it tasted really creamy and fattening and really nice, btw.. =p). Zara's pink doesn't go with you, dude. Stick to the blacks and you'll be fine. ;)
Then I met the George's juniors for a CNY reunion/birthday dinner at Crossharbour. This restaurant which I had booked a table at, the Floating Lotus, had quite good service and good food! Not to mention, reasonably priced too! Now I know where to go if I wanted to get away from Central, esp Leicester Sq or Bayswater or other Chinese areas.
Spent the sunday chilling. Ahh... such a good feeling... before my weekend on-call next week. Haiz... Life never gets worse, does it? =p
Okay, enough update for now. If something happens in the next fortnight, like we oldies actually decide to go for HCN 2006 or SMSL dinner, then I'll hang a poster up, yeah? =p