Seattle Ladies Choir


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Yesterday I allowed myself to relax and attended a live performance. Well, it has been a while since I went to a theatre. I chose an annual event by Seattle Ladies Choir, which I guessed would be an easy-listening show.

I arrived The Cornish Playhouse at 7pm and headed inside. It was not crowded there; and it was not fancy also. However, that’s not important.

The show began after half an hour. The performers started to appear on the stage. 1, 2, 3, 4,… Oh my god, there were almost 50 ladies!

For a brief introduction, Seattle Ladies Choir is not just a “musical band”; it is a community for women who wants to meet and find people with the same hobbies with them. After 7 years, they now have members from different ages, different races and different professions. Together, they do talking, knitting, and of course, singing.

The ladies quickly formed 2 rows on the stage and waited for the pianist to get ready. And there the first song came. Their “Skinny Love” (Birdy’s version) really impressed me. But then there was more. I couldn’t stop being amazed when they showed their singing skills, not only in group songs but also in solo songs. They sang extremely well! I love the mood they created in “Hollow Drum” (Laura Welsh), as they varied the tempo, the pitch, and also their dances. More surprising, when it came to “Counting Stars” (One Republic), one lady stepped forward, took out a flute and presented the intro. Wonderful!

I didn’t notice how fast time flew until they finished their mashup “Titanium/Bulletproof” (Sia Furler, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuifort & Nick Van Wall). Everyone stood up, clapped hands and asked for more. The audiences did not want to leave the theatre, and it was obvious that the choir did not want to leave neither. “Ok, one more.” – said the female maestro. It looked like she was hiding a special gift. The crowd quickly turned quiet and held their breathe.

“Is this the real life… Or is this just fantasy…”

OH MY GOD!!! “Bohemian Rhapsody” came out unexpectedly, and the audience exploded with excitement. The vocals were excited too, I could tell how much they enjoy singing this song. The ending could not be any better.

It is such a pity that I couldn’t record any of their songs, so I looked for their Youtube channel instead. As I’m listening to their other songs, I am so eager to go to their show again. I can’t wait!

Fremont Sunday Street Market


I woke up at 7.30 with an excited mind about going to Fremont today. I caught a bus at 9, and it took me half an hour to get to the place that i’m heading to. The Sunday Street Market was there. Colorful flags welcomed me at the entrance.

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The market was not as crowded as markets in Asia. Some stores were still in the middle of preparation although it’s nearly 10 o’clock in the morning already. No one was hurried, from the shoppers to the sellers; they seemed to enjoy the Sunday morning as if they were on a picnic with sunshine, which actually just bright enough to make it different from night time.

I grabbed a sandwich and a box of ice cream, found an outdoor table and started freeing up my stressful mind. I saw a little bird jumping from table to table in front of me. It was surely a nice day, wasn’t it?

After finishing my breakfast, i headed inside. It was like a quite different world. Too many lovely handmade stuffs.

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A store that sells shirts with cartoon characters. So cute!!!
Wind Chimes made from kitchen stuffs, haha. Quite clever.
Wind Chimes made from kitchen stuffs, haha. Very clever.

 

After half an hour roaming around, I successfully found a gift for my father. It was a journal. I love journals. And when i saw the journal with leather cover, i was unable to resist.

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Handmade. For sure.

I went to the one next to that. It was a marble store. The store owner suddenly ask for my name. “Uhm… I’m Hai. H-A-I.”

After assuring he got my name correctly, he turned to the corner that placed many trays of marbles in different sized, and took out one tray.

“Let see… H… A… I! Here you are!”

Guess what? He had, more than one, marbles with my name on them! Oh my god, i was extremely surprised. And, of course, i wanted to keep that memory by bringing the marble home.

A memory that worth keeping!
A memory that worth keeping!

I left that store, and caught another bus home after another half an hour holding myself from spending more there. God, this was my 2nd time going to Fremont Sunday Market, and I always felt satisfied. Always, the feeling of getting more than my expectation. I need to earn more money to spend it there!