ICE-cream and the delicacy of sauteed shrimps in pepper might sound appealing to the taste buds, but they failed to tempt 50 disciplined members of the Hong Kong Children's Choir who performed in Canada and the United States this summer. The little singers cared more about keeping their voice for top-quality performance. They learned to handle life during the trip. Roy Lim Long-hei, 10, struck a wrong chord while playing his yang qin (a Chinese musical instrument) in front of over 3,000 people, but the Primary 5 pupil told himself to be calm. He just re-played the section. And when Lucinda Hau Ka-yan, nine, accidentally dropped her handkerchief while turning it in her hands during a Chinese dance, she picked it up with composure and continued the act. For long-term member Biana Wong Hiu-yee, it meant bidding farewell to the choir. The 15-year-old fourth-former of St Paul's Co-educational College has decided to continue her studies in Vancouver. ''In the past eight years, I have been to Australia, Taiwan, Eastern Europe and Korea with the choir, but I like this trip the most. I communicated with people the best this time and had really made some good friends.'' The longest tour in the choir's history, it covered seven cities in 25 days. In Vancouver, they were invited to the renowned International Choral Music Symposium, an event attended by over 1,000 conductors and 500 musicians from 65 countries. ''My most memorable experience was the moment the audience gave us a standing ovation and most of them were well-known musicians,'' said Bianca. But the children also learned to appreciate a different audience and the beauty of service. At the Alberta Children's Hospital, they entertained handicapped children. They were truly touched when a wheel chair-bound girl came up afterwards and told them how well they sang. The greatest fun was in Salt Lake City where they stayed with American families. Although apprehensive about his hosts' Mormon (a religion) background, 12-year-old Danny Wong Wai-nan's fears were soon dispelled. ''Their home was very big, there were peach trees in the garden where we could freely pick and eat!'' Like others, he fell in love riding a four-wheeled motor cycle-like vehicle, but nearly lost control once. Now that the trip is over, Bianca feels sad to leave her ''family''. ''Joining the choir has not only helped me improve my singing technique. Every time I return from an overseas trip I learned a little more on how to communicate and get along with people. It has helped me mature.''