Friday, April 24, 2009

Sports Day in Convent

notice the big JUNE and a pair of shoes?

-it tells a story, a story of me, waiting for the month of June, when those pair of shoes will walk the earth of Malaysia!


anyway, hows everybody been? to anyone that happens to read this and those people that i did not have time to stop and ask 'how are you?' i don't know why, but i sometimes feel unnecessarily obligated to do so and feel slightly guilty for not doing so. but then i do hope, my friends, you all are doing just well and happy if not better.

by the way, to those that do not know of the existance of an official portal to Convent's website, it is at try checking it out. one day, out of sheer boredom, i checked out the photo gallery in the web site and was going through probably few hundred snap shots of Sports Day '09.

as far as i know, this year's Sports Day was a big event, as Dato' Tan Lian Hoe was invited as the guest of honor. (dengan malunya, i don't know who she is.)

through the photos, i noticed some additional events and also some changes, like the extra act from each mascot and also the kawad pengawas.

i thought the kawad pengawas was pretty cool, the five person kawad with the Convent flag...the menaikkan bendera ceremony, to be simple. and by taking away the kawad pengawas is an awesome idea. at least pengawas can be free from (disgusting) pengawas duties for a day, and be involve in their own house or unit beruniform. because, through personal experience, having friends marching for pengawas and being a pengawas myself, but when it comes to Renjer Puteri and pengawas, all my heart goes out for Renjer Puteri. i'll and i do pretend to clap for pengawas. oh, and also the 8X50m event, don't think i ever did run for pengawas (or have i?). but no no, even if i ran for pengawas, i never did run slower than i can (i take my running seriously).
so anyway, conclusion is, no pengawas in the picture is good.

and the mascot act, even only through them pictures, they made me laugh. one is, i am sure they were hilarious live. Dang Wangi had a soldier, Tun Kudu - red indian, Tun Fatimah - witch, Dang Anum - angel i think, Tun Teja - chinese girl, errr, like a chinese dancer? i think, and Mahsuri - warrior. second thing that made me laugh was seeing them being so enthusiastic, so driven to win, even doing silly acts like that. even when it does not involve winning, they are so enthusiastic on putting on a good show for people to see. and its good.

and definately, it got me thinking about all the sweeet times in all 5 years of Sports day.

2004 was the last year of sorak and then the tradition came back in 2007. protested but failed.

the total dominance of Tun Teja since forever until it got broken in 2006. when Tun Kudu manage to slip ahead of Teja to gain their very first victory in he history of Convent and carried on to 2007. since then 2008-2009 had been dominated by Dang Anum, what a turn of events.

Teja's consistent win in kawad, also since forever, till this year still. Teja's fortunate coincidence of always having the best athletes, year after year, fresher better athletes belongs to Teja. and other houses only have little to a few athletes that are able to take on those of Teja's. but i don't know about now.

its always about Teja, therefore, Teja was always the enemy. and out on the field, Kudu was the tightest competitor to Teja.

it surely is still clear at the back of my mind how scarily competitive we all were. but i certainly have come to appreciate that competitive instinct that we had. because without them, what is sports day? i do appreciate that Teja always had that errogant we-will-win attitude, if not, no one would be driven to do their best just to see Teja go down. as i would put it, Teja always acted like they were the king and we were all just common people, common people with talent. and we had to believe that we can one day beat the king and be the king. Kudu always was like the leader of the common people. Kudus believed they could do it, and with that belief, other houses believed they may also make it.

i respect the fact that Teja still dominates the kawad. this will make all the other houses to always strive harder to break Teja's successive wins. that is only how one can improve, by striving to beat the best. Teja is best in the business because they have a very good routine. a routine that gave them years of victory and no other house has yet to figure out a better routine to beat them.

Kudu's only dominance in sukan tara. every year many years.

we do literally go krazily semangat beyond words when it comes to sports day.
like i had said before on one of my post, that sports day do make friends into enemies and enemies into greater enemies. but maybe to me, sports day mean more than it does to the next student. but i am sure that the next student do feel a little gush of patriotism for their houses too even if she don't care about sports day. because how many of us are able to say that on sports day, i was not involve in anything at all. no, i am sure you were forced to be involve in something. thats what sports day in Convent make you feel and do.

that is one of the things i miss most.

lets not let this wonderful tradition go. and never let it elude the future generations of Convent.


Stephanie Lew said...

I like this post of yours. Bout Kudu especially. LOL. I am so reminiscing the past now. :D

eejane said...

don't we all reminisce?