Friday, 7 April 2006
![some cast members](http://www.salameander.com/uploads/20060402mcastparty.jpg “George, Lou Shin, me, Saidah, Zamzuriah and Vivek”)
Junk food isn’t really my thing, but the sight of that bag of Cheezels sitting on my desk over the past few days has helped me deal with post-production trauma. Thanks Sushee!
More photos of the cast party can be found [here](http://www.flickr.com/photos/24688803@N00/sets/72057594098460019/). (Did you know that Flickr automatically boots out old photos to make way for your new ones if there isn’t enough space—*without* notifying you first? )
Today is the 5th day after [M’s](http://www.mtheopera.com) last show at Istana Budaya. The euphoria has already departed, leaving so many things from the production to ponder over. Comments from the audience were wide-ranging. Many shared their opinions on the production through Kakiseni (at the show’s [events page](http://www.kakiseni.com/events/theatre/ODA5MA.html), the [writeup on Saidah](http://www.kakiseni.com/articles/people/MDgzOQ.html) and particularly on [Antares’ review](http://www.kakiseni.com/articles/reviews/MDg0Mw.html).) I’m not too impressed with the way some of the more antagonistic contributors were dishing out destructive comments, but I’m sure all relevant parties will know how to fish out the more useful feedback.
Some things I have learned throughout the production period:
* It pays to keep your cool and your patience, no matter how cruddy a situation (or person) gets. Losing your temper could equate to people losing their respect for you.
* Baby oil is a fantastic makeup remover, especially for the eyes! It also stops your skin from drying out after using facial wipes.
* I’d recommend [sun salutations](http://www.yogasite.com/sunsalute.htm) as part of any physical warm-up routine. My hamstrings hurt less when I stretch them nowadays.
* ‘Lan chiau’ does NOT mean ‘blue bird’.
* A combination of B-complex supplements and Brands Essence of Chicken keeps you on the move. During the performance period my daily schedule was like this: work from 9am-4:30pm, travel to Istana Budaya, be in performance mode between 5pm and 11pm, get home by midnight, sleep at 1am, wake up at 7am and repeat.
* Cats *do* eat curry.
* Hats off to [Janet](http://souldoctor.blogspot.com/) on this one: it is possible to drive a manual car, eat an apple, talk on the phone and have a conversation with your passenger *all at the same time* and not get into an accident. It’s admirable, but certainly not advisable.
* My 2 favourite phrases are “standing around like lemons” (Saidah) and “skank monsters” (Paula).
Some affirmations on what I already know:
* I am blessed beyond comprehension—God is GOOD, and ALL the time.
* God provides, giving us all that is necessary to overcome obstacles and be good testaments to our faith and relationships with Him. It’s up to us to humble ourselves to His instructions.
* God doesn’t give up on us, even when we think ourselves a lost cause.
* My husband is the most patient person I know of.
* Mom, dad, Lionel—you will never know how much your support means to me.
* Some of the most beautiful things—relationships, art, character—are borne out of painful trials, intense pressure and being engulfed by the dark side of everything. Then when an opportunity slips in and grace allows the thing to breathe…miracles happen.