As I mentioned here before, I did a public reading in Spanish last Sunday in conjunction with Día del Libro (World Book Day). It was fun! Me encantó :-)
I went to MPH Megastore One Utama much earlier than I should because I wanted to watch Shiva (my classmate) read at 11:30am. When I got there it wasn’t her turn just yet, so the two of us sat amongst the audience and watched other people read. Our headmistress Susana was already there with her husband Tracie and their cute little baby Elias. Ladis (Azita’s professor) was there too, playing nanny to the baby. I was surprised to see how well Ladis managed it! Soon after, my former classmate Perrin turned up. I was so happy to see her as we hadn’t met each other since she quit Spanish last year.
The book we read that day - Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes.
I had to read Capitulo III for about 5 pages.
When I got there this guy was reading. I think he’s a native Spanish speaker.
This lady read an English version of the book. I liked the way she read, she captured everyone’s attention with her melodious intonation and lovely British accent.
That’s Shiva. She used to live in Argentina for 3 months doing volunteer work by helping adults with disabilities.
Next was my turn. Vamos a leer el libro.
That’s Susana handing me a gift bag for participating :-) Each reader got a bag.
Now back to reading. This is Faisal, a private Spanish tutor. He speaks Spanish like a bullet train!
This is Faisal’s friend. Didn’t get her name. If I’m not mistaken she’s majoring in Spanish in Universiti Malaya.
This (I think) is the girl’s boyfriend, whom (according to Faisal) doesn’t understand a word of Spanish but wanted to try reading anyway. He did well though!
Mi profesor guapo, se llama Gonzalo. Too bad he’s leaving for Bangkok in July. After being his student for three levels, I feel a little sad that he won’t be my teacher anymore. Bangkok students, be nice to him!
Susana was the last reader for the day.
Ladis and baby Elias. The little fella was enchanted by his beard :-D
Baby Elias just couldn’t take his eyes away from Ladis.
The Instituto Cervantes gang: Tracie, Gonzalo, Ladis, baby Elias, me and Shiva. Hey the baby likes me too!
The little fella was such a sweetheart. He looked a bit confused but I think he enjoyed the attention.
After the session Perrin and I went to T.G.I. Fridays for lunch. I wanted to take a pic of her with the bag but she screamed a big no. That was her elbow to the left of the bag.
So what did I get?
- A beautiful stalk of red rose. As per tradition, a girl gets a rose.
- A t-shirt written “Andalucia llega al corazon” (Andalucia comes to heart).
- A bookmarker commemorating the occasion.
- Instituto Cervantes souvenirs - a pencil, a big paperclip cum fridge magnet and a friendship band.
- A photo book on Barcelona.
Oh yeah, I had fun! Sounds incredibly nerdy when I say it out loud, but hey, I did have fun! Don’t mind doing it again next year :-)
P.S.: Sorry, no video. Perhaps if you come and watch me next year you can be my videographer ;-) Hope you've enjoyed the pics though!