Friday, June 19, 2009

SMI Gathering 2009 - Light In The Darkness

30th May 2009. There was a fourth formers gathering for scouts and guides in St. Michael's Institution. Starts at about a couple of hours before dinner.

This is their theme banner.

Like every other gatherings, I, having much passion in art, faithfully represented SMC in the banner competition. Hehe.

I've been in this sorta thing for almost 4years now. Not at all bored of it. Why - the pictures explains it all.

This picture's really random. Was mixing some paints; black with white to get the grey i want, and found this (i hope the pic isn't too small);

Every banner i did has to have some differences between 'em. The one in Sam Tet, i applied some 3D effect by attaching a handmade cardboard coffin as the theme was 'Haunted Mansion'. Last year's banner competition in SMI (Wrath of the Wind), i made a plastic layer that rolls down on the 4x2m banner, serving to reveal a hidden creature from the banner.

As for this year, i decided to make use of lights.

Draining a total of six hours in the making of this figure. Pfft.

As we all know, light is composed of a series of colors. And the combination of all the colors are white.

The multiple colors at the back represents the many races around the world with a vast variety of cultures, all moving to one towards the red figure. The fiery figure is simply a symbol of passion and strength which i used it to represent us in our guiding/scouting realm.

As for the grey part, they're actually cracks. I don't think you can see it clearly in this picture. It is framed with black, the darker color since i wanted to make an illumination effect - light from the multitudes of colors spreading towards darker areas to lightened 'em up.

Lights were put offed when i finished explaining about about the banner. This is how it looks like (extracted from Angelyn's blog)

Our downfalls, pains, etc. are the darkness in our lives. Because of them, we learn how to treasure precious happy moments and have learning abilities. I found a definition stating that darkness is the absence of light. But in opposing to that statement, i threw the audience a question - and i will do the same now - How is there light if there was no darkness?

Edible. Very filling.

It was a good experience and this was also my very last participation in a banner competition. No more chance now. Will be handing it all down to the juniors. Sobs.

The night went on with many competitions. I won't go into detail about the competitions since i noticed that some others blogs have already done that. So, i'll simply feed you with pictures only lah.

SueLi - MC participant in singing competition. The only shot i thought is good enough among the other ones. What to do, not enough light.

There were moments when we, the leaders, got really tensed. Our people weren't cooperative enough. Their spirit were subsiding. It could be boredom, or it could be tiredness. Too many possibilities that is impossible to be listed down.

Tension moments - leaders giving their piece of mind to the members.

With all our might, we tried our very best to boost up the energy of our people. Semangat!

SookYee & Raeshma, guiding in yells and cheers.

We had a few rounds of dancing. Everyone enjoyed the blasting atmosphere; jumping, singing, cheering and supporting, junks and trashes. Ahem. I thought it was like doing cardio exercises. Talk about extreme lost of body fluid! Dang stuffy man!

SMC won the most competitions, thus taking hold of the overall champion award. Nothing much to brag about, really. Such a tinee-weenee thing, what is there to brag about? I almost thought it was just a sourvenior, ones that are given to the schools which participated.

Even the Best Banner award was small.

I'll tell you what's the big fuss all about when i update the post on my school's gathering, held on 18 April 2009.

Hazardous rants;
So much of a competition, man. Thought my efforts paid off since i did strive to make this banner my best. Content i was, but it's pissifying to know i was the only participant. In other words, instant champion without even competing. Who in the world bothers about winning or loosing. Maybe you do, but i could care less about that!
I had high hopes of meeting a competitor worth admiring at, one that really makes you nod and say to yourself, "This fella's real good!" or maybe "This is so damn exciting!". All the thrill, gone! It was simply oh-so-dull. Frankly, my deepest thoughts concluded that my participation wasn't worth, at all. I join just for the thrill of it, and because of that, i was very very disappointed. Pure dung, man.

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