Sunday, February 08, 2009

Eunos Zone '3' RC Chinese New Year Gathering

7 February 2009

With just less than 4 hours of sleep, I started my Saturday with a 1.5hrs journey to NUS for a committee meeting on the Policy Series event that we are organising in March.

After lunch at home, I rushed down to the RC centre to do the final preparation for the event taking place later in the evening. For the past few days, I had been looking down from my window to see the progress of the setting up of tentage at the basketball court. Tonight, a record of 1,000 people will be within that tentage celebrating the prosperous new year. Despite my minimal sleep for the past few days, I still feel the excitement burning to continue pushing forward.

As this is the first time we are organising a dinner at such a large scale, the logistics was a nightmare. The 2 caterers each set up their own tables and we have to ensure that the arrangements are correct. As we started ushering in the crowd, it was initially chaotic but fortunately everyone focused on their duties and we managed to seat everyone just in time for the programme to begin.

At one point, we encountered a problem of having not enough tables. As we gathered and with the participants looking at us and waiting for us to respond, the mood was tensed. RC Vice Chairman Willie was decisive and ordered the caterer to set up an additional 5 tables. We allocated front seating and better view seats for those affected. This was a real life crisis management lesson.

I was thankful that Hock Rong and Chee Lee came at the right time to assist. I was about to go bonkers. I remember when everyone had found their seats, I quipped to some of them, "Isn't it amazing how we pulled it through?"

My relatives, paternal and maternal, came. Lin Qiang and Shi Hui rushed down from their class chalet. Jian Hao and Zhi Yong also came to support. Hock Rong "abandoned" his RC function to join in the dinner. Biyu came upon my invitation for a mini birthday treat. And not forgetting Wei Kiat and Chee Lee who helped kept some food on my plate when I was roaming about.

The Guest-of-Honour for the night was Mayor Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Mayor of North East CDC. Lion Dance and Dragon Dance troopers as well as the God of Fortune welcomed our VIPs in. CCC Chairman Mr Sim Wai Chin BBM also came to support us.

The compere for the evening was MediaCorp DJ You Fa. Among the performers was Ming Zhu Sisters who sang the 881 theme song. Residents flocked down from their flats and lined around to watch the entertaining performance.

1 comment:

  1. Great posting and great teame!!!
    Happy Chinese New Year!!!!


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