Singapore Airport. As you walk through Changi Airport, you are greeted with the sight of beautiful pink orchids - the national flower of Singapore.
You feel as if you have arrived somewhere really special, and it truly is. We lived in Singapore for 4 years, and I grew to love the tropical climate, the beautiful flowers and birds - such glorious colours, such wonderful sounds.
I worked at the United World College UWC), a senior day and boarding school, where I taught piano and violin lessons. I also sang in the United Festival Chorus, a Choral Society based at the school, giving performances 2 or 3 times a year at the Victoria Concert Hall. And with some of my colleagues I formed a string quartet, initially to perform at a friend's birthday party, but soon we were hired to play at dinner dances and the occasional wedding.
I remember playing in the gardens of a beautiful hotel, one tropical night whilst all the guests were arriving and sitting down at their tables. Our repertoire consisted of popular classics: Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Boccherini's Minuet and Debussy's Girl with the Flaxen Hair, to name but a few. As the evening grew darker, and our lights were switched on, I can remember large moths barging into the lights, and the cicadas singing ever more loudly.
At last the tables were cleared away, the dance floor was ready, and the main act came on. A FANTASTIC Beatles' tribute band, also made up of teachers from UWC, and the fun began. Dancing continued way into the night, under the starry sky of Singapore. What a great way to earn a living!