It was 16 September 2005, at 6 pm on Friday evening, I could see the sky as blue as the ocean and the sun decided not to set yet but continue to shine into the Sri Mutiara Restoran in Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam. At 6.30 pm, there were only a handful of guests, where were the rest? Indeed, most were caught in the Friday after-office traffic jam.
The guests slowly trickle in to fill their places in the restaurant and by 7.15 pm all the guests were looking forward for an exciting evening. Our EMCEE David Anthony came all the way from Cyberjaya despite the stressful jam; he made to the venue and started the ball rolling at 7.30 pm.
The event started off with the Negara ku and the highlight of the event was the Installation Ceremony of the EXCO for the term 2005/2006. Our Past President Koh Teck Lee, ATMB was the Installation Officer. Our Immediate Past President Kanniaseelan Varathan, ATMB and his team were the outgoing team, pave the way for the new President Hor Kam Peng, ATMB and her team to run for this term.
President Kam Peng gave a motivating presidential speech and managed to stir interest from the guests on our projects i.e. Children programme. She closed her speech by encouraging members to show support of Club activities and reinforced by the song “Stand By Me.” As the song filled the ears of everyone in the restaurant, the first course on the Chinese Course Dinner was served.
A few days before the event, President Kam Peng and I were concerned on whether KGPA, being a non-Chinese organization could deliver a real Chinese Course Dinner. We were concerned whether we could get fresh steam Seabass or good fried rice. I even told the Organising Committee that I would be at the kitchen to accompany the chef. On the day of the event, I quietly slipped into their kitchen to see whether the Chinese chef was present. He was busy preparing the quality dishes and trying to jive with our time to present each dish The Operations Manager even asked me the time to cook to our first dish. With this assurance, I am confident the guests will certainly enjoy a sumptuous Chinese Course Dinner just like at the Chinese Restaurant.
KGPA really did deliver a real Chinese Course dinner where every dish was served on time, according to the programme. We had good steamed Seabass and Thai Fried Rice, which was different from the normal Chinese Course Dinner. They certainly did a good job in their delivery. They even offered beer sold at their member’s price @ RM7.50 net.
We must thank our President Kam Peng for the variety of lucky draws. She got 30 prizes. We have 62 guests. The winning chance of the lucky draw was 1 for every 2 persons. Our members manage to win the grand prizes. We had Robert who won the grand prize, i.e. a pair of executive chairs. Our Immediate Past President won the tallest packed hamper. Our long lost member Cheng Hoon came specially to watch the Comedy skits won RM50 Parkson Voucher. As for me, I won the bestseller book worth over RM100.
Another highlight of the evening: Comedy skits by Speakers’ Dream Toastmasters and collaboration with Spot-on Theatre.
The show started with our talented Seelan, ATMB displayed the sound of the train coming into the station. The show began with “The Beauty and Kingdom.” Chow Mun Yuen, CTM portrayed the Beauty from China. She danced and moved to the rhythm gracefully. Guess who was the emperor? None other than our dark and handsome, Seelan, ATMB with his sparkling yellow robe, black moustache above his lips and yellow beard on his chin. Ismail, CTM looks so adorable like a Baba from Melaka with his fan and silky, pleated ponytail on his shoulder. He was playing the role of a eunuch fanning the Emperor. Hah! Hah!
The train then moved on to Penang. The team quickly took their positions in BORIA where K Loghandran, DTM took the lead.
Next was the Cabaret where Fong Muntoh or better known as Montie gave us the ”meow song” and another melodious number to allow us to visualise the scene at the cabaret.
The finale of the Comedy skit was ‘Butterfly Lovers” which was suppose to be a sad story but with the creativity of the Director and the cast, we could certainly see some lighthearted moments in the show.
KC Leong, CL the scholar in Butterfly Lovers came on stage, flicked open his fan with a loud sound so powerfully just like Jet Li portraying the famous Wong Fei Hung in action. Our beautiful Mei Han, the heroine was so natural in switching roles. One minute, a lady; the next minute, gentleman. Then there was her father, Robert Hue, CTM with his fierce looking face wearing his "Cina Ah Pek" clothes. Yeah! Our soft-spoken Robert was a no joking father last night. Robert sliced KC with a sword as if he was slaughtering a chicken. Butterfly Lovers, adapted by Koh Teck Lee, ATMB was meant to be serious in memory of the legendary Liang Shan Bo and Zhu Ying Tai. Kudos to our Director, DTM K Loghandran! He metamorphised the legend into a hilarious comedy which got everyone in stitches.
Well done! The Organising Committee for making it a success last night, a night not to be forgotten! I would also love to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone in the cast. Your show was an eye opener to many of the guests. Never did they realize that Toastmasters, other than “can talk much” (CTM also means Competent Toastmaster), they can also act to an audience. I could see the audiences were laughing their hearts out. For audiences that have children below 12 years and they also enjoyed the show. We certainly have a wonderful and talented team.
Special thanks to our guests from Toastmasters who have assisted in the Lucky Draws session:
Yeoh Cheng Lim, CL - President Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club
Zaharah Ibrahim, ATMB - President Pidato Perdana Toastmasters Club
Lakhmichand, ATMB - Past Dist51 DPRO / Past Div P Gov - KLAdvanced and Bangsar Toastmasters Club.
Kudos to Speakers’ Dream Toastmasters Club.
VPPR signing off.
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