Ever since I was a toddler, I dream that someday I will be able to step into the backstage of a Chinese Opera.
My dream was fulfilled on the eve night of Kuan Yin’s birthday. I still can’t believe I ACTUALLY climbed the narrow rusty ladder into a world filled with culture richness & ‘exotic-ness’. Today when I ask myself did I really visit the Chinese Opera backstage? it is still hard to believe. Have to
punch pinch myself many times. Haha
This is my 5 minutes dream journey… enjoy
I was happily clicking away with my camera at the Chinese Opera performance in Kuan Yin Temple, Klang when I saw an opening at the side of the stage. I decided to go near it and was contented that I’m able to shoot some backstage happenings from where I stood. Like this…
Then I tried to get some other shots at the backstage from another angle. My mom who is with me told me that a man ‘scary’ guy is gesturing me to go up. I put my camera down and look at him. “Where got?” (he’s just standing there) Then I start clicking away again. “There, there he’s asking you to come up.” This time I saw the man signaling me to go up, clearing the way for me too.
He looked scary right? I tried to avoid eye contact with him at all course. This photo also I selamba took one. Haha
I have a few seconds decision. To go up or not go up. Of course I said yes. I nearly said no. Wuahahaha
If you look carefully, you can see a man taking picture as well. I’ve no idea who he is. We just mind our own business. Haha
Everyone is minding their own business. Except…
See there’s fan, bulb & even an electric socket and switch!
I think he’s cute & chubby wor. Haha Mom didn’t walk around. She stood near the ladder. I guess preparing to run? The chubby guy is standing about 1 meter plus from her.
Notice the black costume guy? Well he’s the one I talked to asking where they’re from. (Thinking… hey I can be a photojournalist kekeke)
In Hokkien, “Le lang na toh lo lai eh?” (where did you guys come from?)
And he answered me “Tai kuo” (amazed that he can hear me and I can hear him because the place was so noisy)
Since my Mandarin is so ‘outta pulu’ plus I was too bewildered to be there, I can’t depict what tai kuo means. So I went and ask my mom. Ohh Thailand.
Then mom asked me “Okay liao?” and she whispered to me she’s afraid of that light blue guy (that’s how I know). So I said “Ok lo”.
And then we climbed down and everything looks normal again.
So that’s my 5 mins Chinese opera’s backstage journey. Very short but still it was an experience I will not forget. There isn’t any scary moment but bewilderment & amazement. It’s indeed a different world in the backstage of a Chinese Opera.
Will I do it again if I have the chance? You bet. My interview hasn’t finish oi!!! ~ from the so-called ‘angan-angan’ photojournalist.
I didn’t take a look in that baby cot but I guess a child? Hahahaha