In terms of performance levels, I was quite impressed. These young men and women were both talented as well as enthusiastic. They really appeared to be enjoying themselves, which is often not the case in such milieus. I've seen some appallingly desultory dancing in places like Mexico and India, which was enough to put me off going to such affairs for years. This time, thanks to the encouragement of a Malaysian antique dealer I met in a shop who assured me that it was something I shouldn't miss, I went. In retrospect, I'm very happy I did.
March 8, 2002
From journal Kuching, the Cat City