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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

On the First Day of December...

Christmas came early for residents in Toa Payoh last Saturday when Agapella threw ourselves into the heartlands for our first evening of carolling for 2012! It was a thin crowd that grew to a moderate size. Considering the BB Share-A-Gift shed was parked right outside the entrance of Courts Superstore, with Cash Converters to one side of it and F&B outlets on the other, we were up against stiff competition.


But like the best things in life, listening to Agapella was free! Two women clapped along to our tunes, sometimes falling out of rhythm and threatening to throw us off. But we otherwise appreciated the crowd that deliberately stopped and crowded round to listen to the music of the season. We even saw some lips in the audience mouthing the lyrics to the more familiar carols.

Prior to our engagement with the Boys' Bridgade, Agapella lent our voices at the Thanksgiving Carnival organised by Salvation Army's Grace Haven in Serangoon. It was a challenging set given that food and drink stalls stood further up the street from the stage. We also had to put up with the action and noise at the dunking pool mere metres to the right of the stage. Other temporary tenants in the field included a mini Viking ride that whisked up and down and children tumbling down party inflatables shrieking with excitement. We were glad to be part of the atmosphere nonetheless.

In between gigs, Agapella retreated to a delightful gelato hideaway called Alfero at MacPherson lane. It's so obscure and tucked away under a block of HDB flats that you wouldn't expect to see an Italian guy making gelato in the cafe's kitchen on a Saturday afternoon. Now if this were a food blog, Alfero would get our recommendation with an A(gapella) Star rating! Try the 'pistachio' flavour or 'snow white' if you so love milk.


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