Wednesday, May 26, 2004

spring choral concert report

I just got back from the spring choral concert. This one took place in the LAHS auditorium, an extremely convenient location. As with the holiday concert in December, the entire choral department was involved. Each choir sang a variety of songs before joining together and performing Mass of the Children as Choral Union.

The nice thing is that Dad came this time. He actually rescheduled his business trip in order to attend the concert. I really appreciate him doing this for me. Although my maternal grandmother had just passed away six days ago, I tried my best to not let it affect my performance. On the whole, the concert was a huge success.

Currently listening to singing: Mass of the Children by John Rutter

Historical note: Pictures from the concert are available here.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

why I didn't go to prom

So prom was last night. I'm probably one of the few people who stayed home.

To start off, prom was a little different this year. The LAHS administration banned limousines and other private transportation, much to the chagrin of the senior class. Though the school compensated for this by reducing the price from $75 to $50 per ticket, many students were still shaking their heads.

But that's not the reason I didn't go to prom. I could care less how we got there. For a start, $50 is still a steep price for a three-hour event. Case in point, the back-to-school dance was lots of fun and cost only a fraction of the price. I highly doubt prom could be that much better. Another thing is that I didn't have a date and couldn't be bothered to find out. Last but not least, my grandmother had just passed away a few days ago. I definitely wasn't in the mood for a big party or anything.

For those who did attend prom, I hope you had a great time. :-)

Historical note: Prom pictures have been removed from the LAHS website but are available at the Internet Archive.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

R.I.P. Grandma :-(

Uncle Harrison just called with some bad news: my maternal grandmother, Pi-Tan Yang, has passed away at 84 years old. The official cause of death was pneumonia, although heart disease was a contributing factor. To be honest, this wasn't totally unexpected because she had been very ill for the past few weeks.

Of course, the news still hit me pretty hard. There are difficult days ahead, especially for Mom. Your support and prayers are truly appreciated.

Pi-Tan was one of those special people who have touched our lives. I'll never forget her gentle spirit and non-confrontational attitude. Visiting her and Grandpa after horseback riding lessons on Saturdays will always among my favorite memories. Rest in peace, Grandma. You'll be greatly missed. :-(

In other news...

On a more positive note, happy birthday to my cousin Cathy!

Currently playing: Shrak