In a short span of only close to 3 days, the LCD training was about to come to a close. Participants gathered in various classrooms to prepare for the group RAPweb (Reminise, Appreciate, Ponder) session. As the name suggests, the key objective of the RAPweb session is to convey and further enhance the participants’ knowledge and application of the 3AGVs, leading them to reflect about what they have gone through over the past few days and build on their sense of appreciation especially.
As the participants took turns to extend their heartfelt thanks to an individual, represented by the passing of the raffia string, and as they reflected upon the past few days, and as they just let their emotions flow free… The smiles created and tears shed proved that every group grew, matured and formed strong bonds with one another throughout the convention, despite the short time spent together. The sight of once introverted participants opening up to their group members, the sight of participants from various diverse backgrounds enjoying each other’s company, was really heartwarming to all facilitators.
At the family RAPweb, the family heads got the opportunity to share with the family the various observations, areas to improve in and dish out complements as well. As for the mass RAPweb, the teachers took the stage and captured all the participants’ hearts, as they related to their personal experiences. These really touched the hearts of many as they thought about how they have behaved in the past and to anticipate a new, changed self when they get back to their own homes.
Through these few sessions, the participants were able to recognize and rediscover that sense of appreciation which may have been left at the back of their minds for a long time. As tears fell, the participants wrote postcards to people whom they care about, be it their family, friends or teachers. This definitely marks the continuation, if not, beginning, of every participant’s journey to self-discovery.
Following that, was a series of activities in preparation for the much anticipated Cultural Night.
What would an Asian convention be without the exchange of culture and traditions?
10 different regions, 10 stunning displays of performances, including songs, dances and even video presentations, together with a colorful array of costumes… With the opening performance presented by China, the cultural night was on to a great start.
A captivating performance was put up by a young China martial arts team. The strong bond that existed among the performers was evident as the team displayed a high standard of discipline and camaraderie. The deafening cheers and thundering applause to the opening performance were justified indeed. Up next, other regions followed up with performances which showcased their rich culture and heritage. Impressive singing, breath-taking dances and fashion shows captivated the audience for the next 2 hours.
After the stunning displays by the various regions, River Valley High School had the honor to represent Singapore in closing the cultural night with a finale. As our representative, Chong Kai Xin, took the stage, an impressive video presentation began and the audience was led through 46 years of Singapore’s history together with an introduction to Singapore’s present developments and achievements. To round up the entire presentation, the organizing committee of AYLC 2011 took the stage and danced to Singapore’s 2005 national day theme song, “Reach Out for The Sky”. The rousing response from not only the Singaporean participants but also the participants from the other 9 different regions was a strong indicator that Singapore is recognized as a established state with a strong Singaporean spirit to be proud of.
The night ended on an especially high note as the participants congregated in an open area, in great anticipation of the upcoming surprise installed for them. Cued by a countdown from 10 to 1 from the high-spirited participants, firecrackers were lit and fireworks exploded into the air. The night sky shone brightly with the continuous release of fireworks and the participants’ spirits reached a peak.
The feeling lingers on even after the last of the fireworks disappeared in smoke as participants and facilitators alike realize that AYLC is about to come to an end…