Phew..Finally, the event kicked off. I do not know where to start the story and I have very few photos with me. I will try my best to describe the whole event. Besides, I managed to grab some photos from MF, FB through Irwinder and some others as well as the UCSI University FB. And the story began... It was initially proposed to have a prom night for the very first time so that we can gather the alumni and also to give a chance for all of us especially the ladies to wear gown or dinner dress in an event hosted by our society. Since I am the Alumni Director, I was given the tasks to head this event. (so, that answer all the queries?) A month after the sem started & after we had formed the working team, Dr. Yeong wanted to organise the oath taking ceremony (annually held) together with this pharmacy night. What a big blow to us~ In addition, Mr. Jony left SOP so ngam that students will now deal directly with her. (so, u can predict the hard time I faced) Our preparation mainly started after the CNY. As this was the first of its kind, we have no guidances/references from anyone. Worse still, our quizzes started from week 6 onwards till a crazy long run till week 14. (so, that explain why things were delayed--> for Dr. Yeong) There were many stories, ups and downs in the process of organising this event. Thanks from the support from my committee members, lecturers as well as Ms. Kitty. 'We learnt from mistakes', quoted from Dr. Yeong. Let's move to the event night on 25th June 2009 at Perdana Ballroom, Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Resort.
It was me, MF, Alvin and Lee Yen standing about 30-40 minutes waiting for the arrival of VIPs who were late. (malaysian time, u know la)
Lee Yen was pinning the corsage on Prof. Dr. Jammal, the Dean of Faculty of Medical Sciences. The man in red tie was Mr. Ignatius Wong, the banquet manager of the place. Finally, the VIP, Datuk Nancy Ho, President of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) arrived and accompanied by Mr. Lam Kai Khun, General Manager who supposed to be a registered Ph as well. Datuk Nancy was signing the Guest Book. Our emcess of the day were Joanne Quah and Erwin. After my speech, it was followed by Prof. Dr. Jammal and then Datuk Nancy Ho. I did not memorise the speech nor I read before the event due to some circumstances. So, it wasn't a perfect one plus the speech was edited with some words that were difficult to pronounce. Haha..I received 'compliment' from Ms. Kitty who also worried for me. No choice but to use hand movements. Then, the three VIPs including Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeong officiated the event by placing the pestles on the mortar of which the light lit up and the whole ballroom lights were dimmed. Thanks Joanne for sacrificing her mortar & pestles won during Patient Counseling Event 2008 as well as Miss Eugene for the pestles. Also, to those who made this special opening. After this officiating ceremony, there was a slideshow showing the pictures of the graduating students during their 4 years time in the university. After that, it was followed by a speech from Jason Lee representating the graduating students. It was a good speech that received loud of applause from the audience as well as the VIPs. I was seated on the VIPs table together with Alvin. I wanted to highlight that it was so 'cham' sitting on the main table. Most of them ate little and it was very difficult to blend with their talks. However, we have to attend to them all the time. Dr. Chin continued to tease me. I was so hungry but I can't eat much involuntary and the was many leftovers in the 'dorm' set. After some time, I can't tahan and went to look for food and ordered 'ais kacang'. Dr. Yeong was hungry too, so she ordered me to get some soups and fruits. So, this is the official oath taking ceremony conducted every year for the graduating students. The oath symbolises the conviction in taking on all the responsibilities as a Pharmacist. They pledge to uphold professional competency in the profession and maintain the highest principles of moral, ethical and legal conduct. After the oath taking, they took picture with the VIPs and the lecturers. It was difficult to invite those lecturers to attend such function and I wanted to thank for these bunch of supportive lecturers. See the happy faces? Next, was the souvenir and certificate giving ceremony to the graduating students. Each of them received a pen carved with their own name. As a token of appreciation, the organising committee gave a special souvenir while UCSI Marketing Department sponsored some UCSI University merchandise to Datuk Nancy Ho presented by Prof. Dr. Jammal. Dr. Yeong was so happy that finally she can be up on stage and presented a fruit basket to Prof. Dr. Jammal. I had to personally delivered the fruit basket the following day because we forgot to give him when he left the event. The first performance was from the Y3 students. I would say it was a superb performance showcasting different types of dances from the olden days till present reflecting the theme for the event 'Past to Present'. So, you think you can dance? They can and did it well. The supportive lecturers..we love you so much for your presence. The second performance was from Y1 students comprises Vyonne, Kah Keet, Lim Siok Chien and Heah Chia Ming. This couple has briliant voice that surprised everyone including the VIPs. (and it looked like their wedding dinner) Then, we have experience sharing by the alumni. Managed to grab PK, sorry for 'dragging you into water'. Anyway, sincere thanks for PK and Ilk Han for coming to our event. Hope there will be more in future and hope the juniors will continue to organise such event. After that, we have a magic show from a professional, Mr. Kenoph Lai who happened to be our very own student from School of Medicines. I managed to deal with him to give a low price for the show which is about 10 x value lower than his usual price. This was the performance from some of the committee members singing 3 songs.
Following event with no pictures. Graduation ceremony - I also unsure how the event was carried out as I was away to settle for the payment. There was a slideshow, a poem and talks by Irwinder. The graduating students were given a set of question to be answered and then.. I don't know. Haha. Ballroom dancing - There were 3 couples on the stage and 3 couples on the floor. Too bad to Chui Wei & Wei Ling as both me & Alvin weren't around at that time. Sorry yea. So, the event ended about 10.45 pm and the photography session started non stop.Let's began with me. L- Me and Lai, the magician R- Me & Yueh Teng L- Me with cheerful Shuennie R- Me with Ying Jun.. haha Me with the Prom King And the Prom Queen. All Y3 students Another view These people were complaining on the photographer who was unable to take a shot after so many times. The organising committe
Finally, I would like to tender my sincere thanks to all my committee member for their hardworks and time spent for this event. Next, to everyone that attend to this function, tq so much. Also, to the VIPs, lecturers, alumni, webTV crews, UCSI Uni's photographer as well as Mr. Ignatius Wong.