Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Punggol Carnival 2010

24 July 2010

The Litter-Free Ambassadors (LFAs) of Eunos Constituency headed off to Punggol Secondary School early in the morning.

The LFAs are part of the National Environment Agency's (NEA) intiative to resolve the litter issues within the community.

The Guest-of-Honour was Mayor Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community, Youth Development & Sports and Transport. In his speech, he expressed his confidence in the Singapore's YOG soccer team and described the strength of the team.

SYOG Mascots Lyo and Merly also danced the Singapore Cheer together with the students.

We also got to meet our counterparts from the North East District!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Jewel of Muscat Comes Alive @ Kampong Gelam

4 July 2010

The Jewel of Muscat is finally in Singapore! Some of us had last went on board of the ship in Penang (see here).

Eunos Grassroots Leaders found ourselves at the Malay Heritage Centre where we'll welcome the Jewel of Muscat Captain and Crew.

Chairman of the Malay Heritage Foundation, Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, gave an opening address to welcome our friends of Oman.

Jewel of Muscat Captain Al Saleh shares about his team's journey.

A Q&A session then took place where the audience posed many interesting questions to the Captain. I particularly like the question that Mr Zainul raised, on what gave Captain Saleh the energy and drive to persist on the journey. Watch the video here

An appreciation gift was also presented to the Omani delegates.

There was also a tour around Kampong Gelam for our Omani delegates.

People's Association Grassroots Convention & Appreciation Dinner

3 July 2010

City Hall was extremely crowded today. Besides the NDP crowd, more than 5,000 Grassroots Leaders from all over Singapore also congregated at Suntec Convention Centre for the People's Association Grassroots Convention & Appreciation Dinner.

I came along with my fellow RC members, some of whom had not worn a tie for quite some time. I must admit the individual does look different when dressed up formally.

Also met up with Fred & Alex from Tiong Bahru Constituency:

PA Deputy Chairman, Minister Lim Boon Heng gave an opening address. In his speech, he mentioned that he initially did not buy into the idea of RC Floor Parties. However, after such parties were organised, he found it useful and had since been to more than 100 floor parties!

Floor parties are gatherings organised by the Residents' Committee (RC) for neighbours residing in the same floor or adjacent floors.

Considering the busy schedule of a Minister, attending 100 parties is really a feat!

Various Grassroots Leaders also shared about their best practices, namely in the areas of Integration of New Citizens, New Media, Youth Outreach, Collaboration with External Organisations, etc...

The individual constituencies had also completed their 5-year workplan. This was submitted to PA Chairman, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Everyone also celebrated PA's 50th birthday with a Huge Birthday cake!

The Eunos "Contingent"

Besides celebrating PA50, we also celebrated the birthday of our CCC Chairman Mr Sim Wai Chin BBM.

The night was still young for some of us who returned to our Community Club to watch the exciting World Cup match between Argentina and Germany.

The hall was fully occupied:

and so was the Basketball court outside the hall!

Argentina got thrashed 0:4 by Germany. Germany rox!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

99 Day Countdown to SYOG 2010

7 May 2010

Sent Brother off to the airport, where he'll be leaving for his military training in Taiwan. At the airport, bumped into MediaCorp Artiste Moses Lim. He is a very friendly and approachable person.

Then, I brought Mother to *scape where the 99-day countdown party for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (SYOG) was held.

There was a fashion show of the uniform attire for the volunteers and staff. The two adorable mascots, Lyo and Merly, were also interacting with the crowd.

Guest-of-Honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, addressed the audience and did the symbolic cancellation of day 99 on a mega calendar. In his speech, he traced back how Singaporeans were in tears of joy when the International Olympic Council declared Singapore to be the host for the first-ever Youth Olympic Games.

PM Lee also led the pledge for SYOG volunteers to commit themselves to excellence for SYOG.

Asian Idol & Singapore Idol Hady Mirza also presented some songs to the energetic crowd.

National Achievers Congress 2010

27 - 29 April 2010

The National Achievers Congress is an annual event where prominent speakers gather to deliver their secrets to success with participants. It was held at Expo this year. (Read National Achievers Congress 2007)

This year, the speakers included Robert G Allen, Spike Humer, Loral Langemeier, Christopher Howard, John P. Coutis, Tom Hua, Greg Secker and Jordan Belfort.

Other than sharing their experiences, the speakers would also promote their follow-up courses, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

The timing was a little bad for me, given that it's on my exam dates. Nevertheless, I managed to attend the talk given by Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister. He shared some of his candid experiences during his political term, but fall short of discussing politics. I was told the NAC held in Malaysia had protesters right outside of the hotel where he was delivering his speech. Security is so tight that no photography was allowed.

The NAC is a good-to-attend for some dosage of motivation and inspiration. Some speakers clearly provided useful ideas, while some were more concerned with attracting potential mentees to their follow-up courses.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Music For Hope 2010

13 March 2010

Shortly after Fun With Facebook, I dashed to Tiong Bahru Plaza to volunteer as the Master of Ceremony for Music For Hope 2010.

Music For Hope 2010 is a fund-raising event organised by B Well Ltd. B Well Ltd is a charitable organisation that provides health care services to the destitute and the elderly.

Many schools performed for the beneficiaries and the public. They include the Ngee Ann Secondary School symphonic band and rock band, Yuhua Secondary School Chinese and Indian dance groups, Raffles Institution's chorale group, as well as private music groups such as the Intune Music School, Jian Xin Productions and the Jody Marshall Dance Group.

While the performances are going on, students and volunteers sold donation tickets to members of the public.

There was also a charity auction segment where gift hampers, sponsored by Asia Pacific Breweries, are auctioned to the public. I thought it was cool to be leading the auction on stage in front of a shopping mall. It was encouraging that we managed to auction off all the hampers.

The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Baey Yam Keng, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC. Upon his arrival, he went on stage to sing a medley of songs with some beneficiaries. He was accompanied by Director of B Well Ltd, Dr Ho Kah Leong and MediaCorp artiste Edmund Chen.

After the singing, Mr Baey presented certificates of appreciation to all the participating bodies and sponsors.

Edmund has a very friendly and warm personality. He sang two songs and got the whole crowd mesmerised. He also auctioned 2 of his autographed DVDs - a song which he sang for the World Wildlife Foundation and the Street Fighter movie where he acted as Chun Li's father - for charity.

It was no joke speaking for 6 hours continuously under the hot sun. But it was definitely worth the effort helping raise the targeted $50,000 sum for charity.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

City Alive! 2010

20-21 January 2010

Volunteers arrived at the Singapore Flyer as early as 6pm. We then walked our way to the holding room at the Pit Building, as we awaited for Chingay Day 2 performances to end. There, we took a change of clothes to the City Alive! event tee that bore a big letter "A" at the front.

At about 8.30pm, the various teams of volunteers headed off to their respective locations to standby as the finale ends. My team was fortunate to be able to see the marvelous fireworks expends its life. As the event ended, the emcees Quan Yi Fong, Bryan and Gurmit Singh walked past us.

No time was wasted to convert the Chingay leftovers to City Alive!. Volunteers, with the help of CISCO police, emptied the premise of Chingay participants. I was the Volunteer I/C for Sector 4, which spanned the entire 350m of dance floor from one end of the seats to the other end. It was really an experience.

The Guest-of-Honour was Mrs Josephine Teo, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. She is also the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC, as well as Chairman of the GPC for Education. She was accompanied by Mr Tan Boon Huat, Chief Executive Director of People's Association, as they made a grand entrance at the top of the Hippo Bus.

Celebrity DJs hyped up the crowd with their own varieties of music. Stilt walkers, electronic kite-flyers as well as dancers added vibe into the atmosphere.

Sector 4 volunteers worked through the night till 4am. While some sectors could stand down, sector 4 was the dance floor and practically couldn't stand down till the event was over.

When the event was finally over, some Caucasians turned rowdy and started hurling abusive words to the auxiliary police. They also snide the officers by using their mobile phones to video the officers as they usher the crowd out. I thought such acts were uncalled for, and that perhaps reflect how different nationalities view their police forces. Anyway, the event was a hugely successful one and the music would stay on in my head until...

Chingay Day 1 & City Alive! 2010 Rehearsal

19 February 2010

TR2201 is getting more and more fun! It could perhaps rank #1 (in my fun list) among all the other modules in NUS. TR2201 is Entrepreneurial Marketing and taught by an adjunct professor who has amassed a lifelong experience in management and marketing and currently a consultant. To those who espouses the idea that "those who can't do, teach", this definitely is not the case.

The group met at Suvin's place.

The view from the 24th floor was awesome. One could see the Singapore Flyer and the other CBD buildings.

We came up with some secret concoctions of fruit juices until the juicer tripped on us. We appreciated our juices (made with our sweat, not literally of course!) but Joel would suffer from a bad stomache the following day.

Leaving Suvin's place, I dashed my way over to the Pit Building where City Alive! 2010 volunteers would be doing a rehearsal.

We entered the event ground during the Chingay day 1 finale. VIP cars ready to ferry the Prime Minister away:

This marked my first time seeing Chingay live, albeit just for the last few moments of it. As People's Association marks its Golden Jubilee, fireworks sprayed across the sky and a mega-birthday cake moves across the audience.

And the People's Association Youth Movement (PAYM)'s float, which won the most number of votes for the design.



Immediately after the end of the Chingay programme, volunteers and officials moved into the track and transformed the entire Chingay parade ground to the City Alive! 2010 dance floor.