Showing posts with label Japan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japan. Show all posts

Thursday, June 09, 2011

37th SSEAYP 2010 - The Last Flight Out

Day 53 - 16 December 2010

Spent some time chatting with Mortal at the corridor in the wee hours of the morning. Stayed up the night and took a shower at 5am to prepare to "check out" of Fuji Maru.

The timings for contingents to meet at the Dining Hall before disembarking were different, based on the flight timings. Singapore contingent was among the second batch to leave.

Despite the early hours, many of the Participating Youths of other contingents woke up to send off their 53-day-old friends. In particular, the Japan Contingent was out in full force (even though they were the last to disembark).

Hugs and tears for everyone at the lobby, as we waited for the call to enter the Dining Hall.

The lethargy from the deprived sleep helped to retain my tears until Japan National Leader (NL) & also NL for Solidarity Group A, Waku-T came over and put on a luminous wrist band on my right hand, saying that it was a blessing. He also placed one on the wrist of Mortal.

I suddenly recalled how Waku-T put on two of those wrist bands onto each of my hand during my birthday as well as all the advice and help he had rendered over the past few weeks.

Having breakfast in the bus ride to Narita Airport

The lowest temperature we experienced in Tokyo

Slept throughout the whole journey with Sijie seated beside me.

Thankfully, Lin Qiang came to fetch me at the airport. I had too much luggage to handle on my own.

My first dinner back home was... Japanese food!

Reluctant to remove the wrist band from Waku-T

It's good to be home again!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

37th SSEAYP 2010 - Farewell Party

Day 52 - 15 December 2010

The Participating Youths (PYs) of the 37th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) had our last meals on board Fuji Maru today. And sadly, we could not mingle with PYs of other contingents during mealtimes due to the impending quarantine measures to curb the spread of the Influenza A virus.

We prepared for the disembarkation procedure. Everyone would vacate Fuji Maru for the customs officer to conduct a check on Fuji Maru. We also got our luggages checked by the Immigration Officers at the Port of Tokyo.

Doves bathing themselves in the cool water

All our luggages

With Japan National Leader Waku-T

With Myanmar PYs

With Administrative Staff in charge of Singapore contingent

Christmas came early

Cabin mates and ...

After clearing the customs, we returned with our luggages back onto Fuji Maru. The call to stay in our cabins was largely unheeded, given that the programme was going to come to an end.

We had a very late lunch.

Our final lunch on board

Facilitator Yuda popped by 

In the afternoon, we had the Farewell Party. 

Singapore National Leader Desmond receiving certificates on behalf of Singapore contingent

Final speech by Ship Administrator:

The Farewell Party was a formal event. PYs were asked to leave the Pacific Hall by contingents. However, most stayed behind at the lobby and waited for fellow peers to exit the hall for warm hugs and pail loads of tears.

A Fuji Maru ring that changes colour that reflects the mood of the wearer

The Administrative staff and National Leaders kept urging the PYs to return back to our cabins. We were told that those who was infected with the Influenza A virus would stay behind in Tokyo until they recover.

No entry to National Leaders!

Solidarity Group A sneaked out of our cabins and had a rendezvous meeting at the Sky Lounge to have a mini-farewell party.

View from the Sky Lounge

The recording of Japan Youth Leader Kimi's speech was played on screen. I was shocked when she read out the entire script that I drafted for her, without any amendment to it. After the speech, a photo montage was played, followed by a screening of a SSEAYP song, "We are Family" video made by the Administrative Staff and crew.

Guess what happened when someone gave Ethel a push from behind

A catfight ensued~

I kept awake the whole night. Singapore contingent was the second batch to leave Fuji Maru in the morning about 5am.