The stage and field in Stadium Merdeka

The stage and field in Stadium Merdeka

Yesterday, I was given another opportunity to attend a concert at which Lee Hom performed in Kuala Lumpur. The two-and-a-half hour long concert was held to celebrate Galaxy Music’s 20th anniversary. It featured several local artistes and a guest singer from China, with Lee Hom being the main star of the night. It was apparent, though, the reason why everyone came, was more to see Lee Hom.

A selfie of Yvonne and Fion in raincoats

A selfie of Yvonne and Fion in raincoats

I made my way to Stadium Merdeka by Uber and met my friend, Fion, outside. Fion is also a big fan of Wang Lee Hom, and she very kindly took care of me throughout the night single-handedly. We sat at the free seating area – which gave us the flexibility of where we wanted to sit and allowed us the freedom to move about. We adorned ourselves with raincoats while the sky drizzled, waving light-sabers and bracelets to the songs. I even brought along my monocular to see Lee Hom from afar. As the adult that I am now, the experience of being a teenage fan-girl once more was simply exciting.

Lee Hom had an almost natural look last night, without the heavy makeup he had at last year’s Music Man 2 Round 2. I like him simple and comfortable – I believe many do as well. After all, they nicknamed him, “Homeboy” years ago – the homely boy that everyone identifies with.

Stadium Merdeka is an open air sports stadium, unlike the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands. Sound waves disperse widely and dissolve into the sky at an open-air stadium, unlike a closed-door auditorium where sound waves are contained within the room and bounced off walls to produce strong vibrations. Hence, I experienced less physical and energetic perceptions of the music last night. I appreciated the concert almost entirely through my eyes.

Despite not being able to hear or feel the music much, I could still enjoy the night with visual input. Lee Hom’s performance stands apart from a lot of other music performers, because he is alive with the songs he sing and play. I can see that he is very much into the moment when he is at it. Seeing him with the music awakens the music in me too. When I could hear, sing and play music myself, I was more concerned about sounding right or nice – self-conscious – unlike Lee Hom.

Last night, Lee Hom mostly, or entirely, sang the songs that I have heard before, prior to losing my hearing in 2005. Although I cannot hear them anymore, I remember them clearly. Lee Hom choosing to sing the songs that I have heard touched me deeply, like the meeting of two hearts.

Like the remembrance of a time when we were young.

I didn’t get to meet him, or rather, he didn’t get to see me, this time. But I asked someone to pass a copy of my book and a painting to Lee Hom.

Yvonnewith a peace handsign and a raincoat

Yvonnewith a peace handsign and a raincoat

Lee Hom, Yvonne wishes you well.

P/S: Yvonne will be flying to the NIH in Maryland for health monitoring and treatment on Monday. Thank you for mentioning my foundation pledge collection last year. I have since changed the strategy of how I would raise the RM1.0mil foundation capital – I’ve set up a company to produce works and generate the funds in cash, which I trust would be more effective than asking people to make pledges to a proposed foundation.

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Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.

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