Kuala Lumpur Chinese New Year 2011
Quick and dirty update number 2 – more photos added 14th February 2011.
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People started arriving around 6 p.m. The din gradually rises to crescendo as the dining hall fills up and alumni chatter with each other.
Report on the MBSloop CNY Dinner on Feb 12, 2011
(Lai Wing Fatt)
The function room at the Grand Imperial Restaurant at Sri Hartamas was filled to the brim with 20 tables, a record for this popular annual event. Low Min Chee and Peter Yap the co-organisers, with full support from the MBSalumni committee, were instrumental in ensuring that this will be the best in these series of our annual loop CNY Dinner celebrations.
MC Lai Wing Fatt started the night with recognition of visitors from overseas & welcoming of guests, which include luminaries like Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon, Tan Sri Tay Ah Lek, Justice Tan Sri James Foong & others. Lim Sze Tin, the second highest MBSloop contributor, from Sydney while Cheah Foong Chon, the third highest MBSloop contributor & loop laureate from Singapore, & Goh Soon Sinn from Sydney were present. From Beijing, there is William Tan, a classmate of Lim Yew Tjek (Jack). Local boy Lee Yoke Meng, the top contributor to the MBSloop, was also present.
A message from KC Foong, head-honcho of the NZ MBSalumni chapter, conveying his best wishes was read out. Acknowledgement was given the main sponsors – Dato CQ & Carlsberg for the 5 barrels of beer & Kevin Kumar of Black Tie Events Asia, a classmate of Darryn Chiew, for the 5 piece band as well as the sound system.
The dinner started with the traditional "yee sang" salmon fish dish which everyone participated on cue from the MC. Entertainment commenced with the junior & amateur dancing champions from William Lor’s dance academy performing their cha-cha, rumba, samba & jive numbers in the limited dance floor space. Next to come on was Darryn Chiew, who recently returned from UK after completing his law studies. Though an accomplished pianist, he claimed that he has never played the saxophone in public until then & performed 2 numbers, one English & one Chinese song for this special occasion. The Whites, with beautiful & sensuous songstress Noni, took over to step up the tempo for the night for the next 45 minutes. After the pulsating performance by The Whites, came the refreshing Kevin Leong, aka Sam Hui of MBS, who gave his humorous & entertaining rendition of famous songs made popular by the Cantopop great. The raucous applause was a good indication of the crowd’s appreciation of the MBS has talent on show.
While waiting for the band to perform their second gig, Katsunori Mori, son of our beloved T Mori, performed his unique yodeling song sung acapella to the amazement of the enraptured crowd & school principal Mr Wong Chee Kheon gave an update of the school’s on-going activities & achievements, including the five-star & cluster school status previously conferred & the anticipated award as a School of Excellence. He followed up by leading the attendees in singing the school song.
The Whites then continued with part 2 of their performance while Wing Fatt & Jocelyn Lor led some eager dancers to the dance floor. Many stayed back till the wee hours of the morning to continue with catching up with old friends while very kindly "helping" to finish the last barrel of beer.
MBSloop Dinner 2011
Gathered as we were for the feast
Mindful of those we may have missed
Whether colourful, loud or what
Sang the school song straight from our hearts
Those with talents willing to show
They dance, they sing one even blow
Cha cha, rumba, samba and jive
Darryn’s saxophone added spice
Cantopop was Kevin’s gravy
Silky moves by William Lor’s babies
Kumar’s five piece band stole the show
With music for the young and old
Some were not able to stay late
Leaving early is what we hate
A good party was in progress
It’s joy and laughter at its best
(Every line has 8 syllables)
Darryn, sound engineers, Min Chee
Peter with the sound engineers