洛杉磯培正同學會校友來稿

Fun and Friendship - Mid Autumn Gathering
洛杉磯培正同學會中秋聯歡會
By Sam 江心敏 (1955忠社)
September 10, 2011

After a few days of fierce hot weather, the temperature had finally cooled down to a comfortable level. Whether we were lucky or just coincidence, LAPCAA couldn't have chosen a better day than Saturday, 9/10/11, to celebrate this year's Mid Autumn Festival. It was a blessing indeed!

For the first time in LAPCAA's history, we had set 3 Record Firsts.....First in celebrating Mid Autumn Festival; First in having a Ping Pong Tournament; and First in having a Majong Tournament. Our current president, Norman Wong, along with many dedicated members had done a great job to make all of these events possible. We thank all of them for their time and effort.

The main purpose of the Ping Pong or Majong game, in my opinion, is not to find out who is #1, rather most importantly, is to promote "Fun and Friendship". I have no doubt that we had achieved that goal. The cheerfulness of every participant definitely proved the night’s events were very successful. It really doesn't matter who is #1 or dead last, we all had fun and enjoyed the time being together.

It was a very pleasant Saturday evening. There were about fifty people, including two 100-year olds, the most respectable persons...Mrs. Lilian Wong 黃汝光夫人(100), Norman's mother, and Kwong Bak 鄺文熾學長 (99.5). Most people arrived at around 6 o'clock. Some of them were sitting around the tables nibbling moon cakes, boiled taros, fruits, 菱角 and a couple of exotic items; some were standing and chatting; and some were busy moving in-N-out of the room. We had a nice buffet dinner at 7:00 PM. A roasted young pig was served along with ten delicious Chinese food items. Before long, all the trays were almost empty. Everyone enjoyed such a good meal with a wonderful group of people.

After dinner, Dianna Chong, an alumna of the Chinese University of hong Kong, played "平湖秋月" with her Gu Zheng(古筝). The whole room was overcome by this wonderful melody. Listening to the music and looking at the full moon outside was indeed a great joy. A young lady Christina from Inner Mongolia, who is a graduate from Beijing University, sang two songs in her Mongolian dialect. I didn't understand the words, but the sound was so beautiful! There were sing along, karaoke, and line dance throughout the evening. Every shy person overcame his/her shyness (I was one of them). All in a sudden, they all became good performers.

The celebration ended at around 9:00 PM. We'd experienced the "Fun and Friendship", and enjoyed every moment of it. What more could we ask!?

To see photos of this and other LAPCAA events please see our photo albums.