回家后，在查看电邮时，突然看到一则关于一位朋友的死讯。我有位朋友，在我还在墨西哥时，不幸地因为癌症复发而去世了，Nicole 当时只有34岁。Received an email about the death of an old friend today. She passed away due to a relapse of cancer while I was away in Mexico, at a tender age of 34.
黎珈仪是新加坡歌唱界许多人都认识的导师与合音歌手。我刚出道时，就曾经当过她的学生。 我清晰地记得，我们上课时，珈仪都是永远地那么细心和有耐性。不管我唱得多难听，她都会一步一步地纠正我，指导我。练歌之余，我们也略有分享我们各自的梦 想。她曾经告诉我，她的梦想，就是当一名好歌手，灌录自己的唱片。Nicole Lai was a well known voice instructor and singer who collaborated as backup vocals to many huge names in Asia. I took singing lessons from her in my earlier days, I remember she was always patient and detailed, never losing focus. She once told me that she hope to record her own album one day,and to become a bona fide singer.
终止唱课之后，我们就没有什么密切的来往了。然而，每隔几个月，都会收到珈仪的简讯或电邮问候。我们最后一次见面，也是一年多前的事了。后来，也因为各自的忙碌，而失去了联络。After the series of lessons we went our own way and contact was reduced to the monthly SMSes or email, and after our last meeting about a year ago, we lost contact due to our busy schedules.
今晚，我见到的，只有她的照片。我无言以对，心里，只有重重的无奈。她如此勇敢，还是斗不过病魔，英年早逝，天理何在？如今留下的，只有我们心中对她的回忆。珈仪美丽的歌声，将永存于我回忆之中。As I look upon her photo, I see a brave woman who fought valiantly but yet was taken away from us all. I am at a loss for words, because my heart is heavy with indignation and grief at the fairness of it all. All we can do now, is to hold on to the memory of Nicole and her beautiful voice always.
Nicole, our dear Nicole, may you find peace.