Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Mother's Pride

I am SO PROUD of Adlan today!! His team from St David High School won the State level Choral Speaking competition & they will be representing Malacca at the National level competition in July! For those who are unfamiliar, Choral Speaking is like Story-Telling but in a group of about 30 people.

Here's the story...

It could not have happened on a busier day. I had meetings fixed at 9am, 12.30pm & 4pm. & the host school is in Alor Gajah! Of all places, they have to choose a venue 40 minutes away from town! But I told myself I cannot miss his performance because his team has been practicing so hard the last 2 months & he is all excited about it! And this is the first time Adlan is representing his school for a competition, and surely I can't miss such an important milestone in his life!

So, I rushed in the heavy rain after my meeting in the morning & arrived at the venue, in time to see 7 other schools perform & in time to give last-minute good-luck-cheers to Adlan & his team-mates who were all nervous & excited at the same time. & then it was their turn...

Thank God I didn't miss it!

Their performance was OUTSTANDING! From the word go, they were all articulate, expressive & convincing! Their delivery & gestures were flawless. They told a story about Valentine's Day & the script was superb! The script writer & coach, Anna Nonis (who happens to be an old friend) did an incredible job. Thanks Anna! Adlan had some solo lines & he did extremely well. I was so, so proud of him. Miss Shik & Miss Ely, the teachers who accompanied the Team were beaming!

Their main contenders were Malacca High School & Convent. But everyone agreed that St David did exceptionally well & when they were announced as the Champion, everyone cheered! Adlan's team was hysterical & they were all screaming, laughing & clapping together! Adlan learnt an important lesson about teamwork & team spirit today, & that is truly priceless.

What I experienced today was something no one could understand, except for proud mothers who have gone through similar events. I felt so many feelings at the same time: I was apprehensive, nervous, excited, happy, surprised, proud, euphoric. I felt so much love & pride that my heart felt like it was bursting! Seriously.

I had a quiet chat with Miss Shik before the performance & she told me that there are a few students who were really hardy & always gave their best in every single practice & Adlan was one of them. My eyes were brimming with tears when I heard that.

As I drove (exceeding the speed limit) to my next meeting (I was late), I made a solemn promise to myself to take the day off to be with Adlan & his team when they take on Malaysia in July!

To Adlan, your team was FANTASTIC & really deserved to WIN! You were so wonderful & I am so proud of you darling.  By the way, you are officially forgiven for doing badly in your exam in March :-D 

Footnote: Anna told the team weeks before the competition: "Don't win because the others suck. Win because you are good." 

I thought that was a great advice!


KapLa 0tTz said...

Congrats to Adlan!

Representing Malacca? Wow, they must be pretty damn good then! Lucky you didn't miss one sec of it!

Am really looking forward to see you guys soon (^_^)

Adillah A Nordin said...

Hi Ngah!

I will show you the video once I get it from school.

Last night Adlan asked me whether you will be coming over tomorrow. I said No becoz the venue is near Mak's home. He was disappointed!

See you tomorrow!

TC, Alang

hasANah haLim said...

Wow wee.Congrats Adlan!

Puan,if u record the choral speaking, can u upload it? I want to watch it too :)

Adillah A Nordin said...

Hi Hasanah!

Cikgu Adlan memang asked for our favour to convert the video from cassette to CD/DVD. Adlan will pass it to me later.

I hope the recording is clear. Nanti you boleh tengok. It's only for 8 minutes.

By the way, Have fun at the beach this weekend!


hasANah haLim said...

Really cant wait for dis weekend..
Is Nurul will join us?

Adillah A Nordin said...

Nurul have decided to attend her graduation. She will join all of you on Sunday evening.

Hasanah, may need your help later to convert the video cassette to VCD/DVD. I will go over to Danau later. Thanks :-)

rizalmat said...

what can say? just in case. thing out of the box. sorry if not related i don't know what i want to say.

Milkberry said...

Yeay Adlan! St David has always been good with choral speaking! Huhu when I was in high school we lost to them too which sucked haha. But it was fun anyway. OMG this makes me feel old. *Sigh*

Adillah A Nordin said...

Haha! Which school were you in Shikin? Convent?

Anyway, I will try & upload the video of his team's performance. It's quite entertaining! :-)

TC, Kak Ila

KapLa 0tTz said...

i'm kinda disappointed as well..coz u know,i'm so used to their presence that if i don't see them soon,i'll feel that something is missing :)

and it's been a while since i last see them!


ms hart said...

Dil, thanks for calling me in that exciting moments only a mom can describe!! Bravo Adlan...ok, ok,, brrrrrrravvvvo maknye si Adlan!!! ha ha ha

Adillah A Nordin said...

Heehee.. All these "Kay-Poh Mothers Club". Mak bekbudak lain takde pulak sebok sangat!

Tati, dah selamat pindah ke? Badan kalau sakit-sakit tu kenalah pergi urut (atau mintak Mr Sor urut...). Haha.. Bila nak ajak maQan-maQan?


mAn from neDerLAN said...

Thanx Evry1 who supported me and my team,especially Mama for being there at the time.I WILL practice until it's PERFECT and I'll also make sure that Melaka WINS THE NATIONAL!!!!!!

KapLa 0tTz said...


My favourite part is : Will there ever be...a Valentine for me???
Poor Adlan...

*wink wink*
Just so you know... Your team is really good. I've never seen a Choral Speaking team as passionate as that. And trust me, I've seen a lot. Especially your conductor. He's just amazing!

Do a lot of practice. I hope I can make it to your National competition!
Go Go Melaka!!

Love lots,

KapLa 0tTz said...

P/S: I also want a copy of the video of the Choral Speaking Competition. Please? :)
And after re-reading your post, I also noticed that what Adlan's teacher said was right. His expressions were amazing all the time, even during the practices!

Adillah A Nordin said...

Hi Adlan!

You finally read my posting about your team! Thanks for dropping in Mama's blog, darling.

Anyway, now that the competition is over, you have no excuse for your upcoming May exam!! So, you better do well, or else....

Love lots, Mama

Adillah A Nordin said...

Hi Ngah!

I will try & upload the video on my Blog later. Will need Hasanah's help.. (if you're reading this Hasanah, sorry to trouble you... Thanks!).

This morning Anas tanya Alang:

Anas: When is Ngah coming back? Tomorrow?
Me: No.
Anas: Tomorrow tomorrow?
Me: No.
Anas: Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow?
Me: No. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.
Anas: That is too long!


KapLa 0tTz said...

Please tell Anas that the next time I come over, I PROMISE that I'll play Cluedo or Monopoly or whatever he wants with him. I was so excited about Adlan's video yesterday that I forgot Anas asked me to play Cluedo with him!

Sorry, Anas!

Love lots,

*hugs+kisses to Anas*

mAn from neDerLAN said...

Watch out Ngah,Anas not as innocent as he looks so BEWARE

mAn from neDerLAN said...

P.S. /he's EXCITED to see you again
LoL :-))

KapLa 0tTz said...

Oh really?
Well, he always behave around me, so from my point of view, he is pretty innocent :)

Me too. I'm excited to see you guys soon. All of you. I really hope that by the time for my next sleepover, your Choral Speaking video is ready. I can't wait to see it again!

My family convey their best congrats to you, Adlan. We're so proud of you!

Sardi Ghazali said...

Gudluck Adlan....
i'm support you from behind...

mAn from neDerLAN said...

Send my regards to your family for me Ngah and tell them TQ.By the way my National competition is on JULY.

Milkberry said...

Haha! Which school were you in Syikin? Convent?

I learned choral speaking when I was in TKC :D Later when I decided to join a day school I went to MGHS and we pioneered the choral speaking team hahaha. It was fun. We didn't win the states final but the winning team (St. David) lost to either TKC, Sri Putri or Victoria Institute, I forgot. But that was a long time ago so maybe they suck now.

Hopefully Melaka can win this year! Yeay! Good luck Adlan.

kaseh said...

Salam kak Dilla...Emm rupanya senyap2 Kak Dilla dah blogging juga ye!!!Welcome to blogging world and sorry coz i baru perasan.

Adillah A Nordin said...

Hi Syikin!

Oh Yes.. I forgot you were in TKC for a while..

I wanted to upload the video of their performance but Adlan said that their school had instructed the students not to put it on Youtube or any other blogs until after the finals in July..

BTW, when are you coming back home next? (By home, I mean Melaka!) heehee..

TC, Kak Ila

Adillah A Nordin said...

Hi Linda..

Sorry I tak beritahu ramai orang about my Blog. Malu sangat sebab baru nak belajar... banyak lagi applications yang belum tahu guna! Nak edit gambar pun tak reti lagi!

Anyway, thanks for dropping in. How's business? Hari-hari I tunggu you call since you said you will bila stock baru sampai... :-)

TC, Kak Dilla

KapLa 0tTz said...

Dear Alang,
I see you have put on some pictures! By the way, I can still watch the video again next time I'm there right?

For those who didn't know, the 2nd pic was Adlan's solo part where he said "Who is Valentine?" or something like that.

I guess I can't see you performing in the Nationals. I'm already in the university by that time! But I can always see the video, right?

TC. Can't wait to see you guys soon!

<3 Ngah

KapLa 0tTz said...

Dear Alang,
Please check out my blog. There's a post that I wanted u to read and give your advices. Thanks!


mAn from neDerLAN said...

Ngah when are you going to university?????? I need to know....

StEnZ! said...

hiii madam,how are u today.i think this is my first comment,opsss no no my second comment in this blog.well done madam coz u have a such amazing son like adlan and the other sibling,am i rite.hope u will become a best and good madam in the world,pick it up madam adilah, and thanx soo much for everything