Rotary Dinner with DG

28 02 2006

When? 28 February 2006, What? District Governor Dr Ken Khoo’s visit to Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur Diraja dinner. Where? Maju Palace Restaurant

Pic: The RACKL girls with RCKL Diraja President Lau and DG Ken

8 rotaractors (Jennifer, Li Sun, Neeraj, Xin Ni, Mei Han, Premila, Kavita and Steven) attended this rotary dinner in honor of DG Ken Khoo’s official visit. From the good food, interesting conversations with the Rotarians and Inner Wheel ladies as well as a night of karaoke it was definitely worth braving the after office hours KL traffic to get there!

Pic: Us doing a gung ho rendition of “When you say nothing at all”


The latest couple to go down the aisle!

27 02 2006

steven & irene

Congratulations to our 2 RACKLians – Steven Wong and Irene Goh who tied the knot last Saturday, 25th February. May their married life and the years ahead of them be filled with joy and happiness!

Bush Dance & Bowling

19 02 2006

Story by Venkates Rao (told from a first timer’s POV)

When? 18 February 2006, Where? Rooftop Deck, Holiday Villa Jalan Ampang. What? Sydney RYLA experience sharing session & Learning Bush Dance followed by Fellowship dinner at Ampang Yong Tau Foo and Bowling at Ampang Point

I was browsing through the internet searching for Rotaract clubs around town when I finally reached the website of RACKL. I called up President Sham and I was on my way to join them for a meeting along with my friend Ramu.

Being new guests to RACKL, we decided to attend the meeting for a short while. We ended up being with the RACKL gang till 9pm! As you keep reading our experience, you’ll know what made us stay.

The icebreaking game conducted at the beginning of the meeting was a good start for us to know each other. We had to get signatures from those who matched the quirks listed and this meant approaching everyone without even knowing them. Just spending a few minutes, we were approached by everyone in the hall (Ed: Venkates was the only February baby in the room! Instant stardom!) and that made us easy to move around after that.

The talk was on one of the member’s experience at the Sydney RYLA. I didn’t know what RYLA was all about but after hearing some stories, it sounds quite interesting. Then, we all joined in to learn the bush dance. But phew, this was a fun but tiring dance as we had to keep spinning and spinning.

“Makan-makan” might be part of RACKL’s most famous activity but the part I admired the most was how people from all races, locals and foreigners, were able to sit together and communicate without boundaries over steaming hot bowls of Ampang Yong Tau Foo. We were able to share a few of our experiences and also hear from the others on their interesting stories not only local but also global in content!

We continued on to bowling at Ampang Point. Ramu tried his best telling some stories to all the RACKLians, which I wouldn’t know whether it was true or false. He even showed off his fortune telling skills and it was an interesting moment where some people like the Perodua girl were so curious to know their faith and future. We even managed to learn a little basic about Chinese fortune telling from Chiam. Maybe you too can try catching hold of either of them to check your fortune.

By the end of the day, even though we started off as being totally new to the club, we felt like old friends!

Speak Up! and we were heard!

14 02 2006

When? 12 February 2006, Where? Embassy Room, Holiday Villa Jalan Ampang, What? District 3300 Speak-A-Thon 2006

Themed “Speak Up!” the recent district speak-a-thon was indeed a blast! Especially after those long committee meetings and challenges, the organising committee and host club managed to pull of a spectacular event (well, okay, a bit biased since am the organising chairperson, so sue me ;P)

This year, a total of 11 participants took part from the Rotaract Clubs of Bangsar (Jay Sindu), Bandar Sunway (Janice), Bernam Valley (Brandon), Damansara (President Kiran), Gombak (Henry), Kajang (President Joel), Kelana Jaya (Johel), Kuala Lumpur (Shreen), Melawati (Velary), Pudu (Nellie) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (Frankie). Also, 13 clubs were there to show their support to the speakers and the event.

Guest Of Honour District Governor Nominee Dr Joseph Rajendran officiated the event. Also in attendance was District Rotaract Representative Jamie Tan and Rotarians from our parent Rotary club of Kuala Lumpur Diraja – Rotarian Halim, Rotarian Jalil and Rotarian Andy.

The speakers had to first go through a round of prepared speech with hot topics “Is Malaysia ready for same sex marriages?” and “Book smarts versus Street Smarts, which is the path to success?” being the favorites. Only two speakers went a different path; Henry of Gombak who presented “Live in the present or live for the future?” and Shreen of KL who gave us an interesting take on “Single women. A myth or reality?”

They were judged on content, delivery, language use and time punctuality by our panel of professional judges- Mr Kee Kin Onn, En Hisham Bahrin, En Rohijas Sharif and Dr Fabian Fidelis. All whom are amazing speakers with experience in Toastmasters and management training. Dr Fabian even has a book out on public speaking! (if Dr Fabian’s and Rohijas’s names sound familiar, its cos if you search the archives of this blog, you’ll find they have done Professional Development talks for us before. Kin Onn is if you didn’t know, one of our club’s alumni.)

The audience was not left out. The participating clubs were required to send in teams to participate in a rapid word game (basically it was taboo that we “repackaged”lah). This was indeed hilarious as each team had the pressure of trying to guess as many words as they could in 2 minutes while being put on stage for everyone to watch. The Rotaract Club of Gombak’s team of Kevit, Dinesh, Amanda and Sharon emerged the winners by a landslide taking home the giant RM100 hamper of goodies!

Anyways, the speakers were whittled down to 6 finalists after the first round – Frankie, Sindu, Kiran, Shreen, Nellie and Velary. They were sent into isolation before being sent in one by one for the impromptu session. Having only 30 seconds, they had to come up with convincing speeches on why they should be the one animal species saved when the world comes to an end. We added a little twist though, the animal species was based on the soft cuddly toys they had to pick from a bag! So, the speakers had to convince us why it was worth saving a lamb (Kiran), lion (Velary), cow (Shreen), bear (Sindu), horse (Nellie) and dog (frankie).

Another game was also in store for the audience as the judges then left the room for the judges deliberation. This time it was a mental challenge of figuring out who went where on the elevator and they were only given 15 minutes to do so! (aargh, that puzzle took me like 30 minutes and I still got it wrong!!!). The Rotaract Club of Melawati emeged the winner of this challenge and took home some yummy Famous Amos cookies. The audience members even tried to remind them that “Sharing is caring”… hehehe…

Finally the time we were all waiting for anxiously (well, here’s a secret, I knew earlier so I was waiting anxiously to jump and shout… hihi…). The second runner up was president Kiran of RAC Damansara and the first runner up was Rtr Jay Sindu of RAC Bangsar. But, the winner was certainly expected and unexpected… a surprise victory for the hosts RAC Kuala Lumpur’s speaker Shreen!

And to end the long day, after tons of picture taking, some of us adjourned to the nearest mamak for a good cup of teh o’ ais limau and milo panas!

Woof woof, gong xi fa cai!

5 02 2006

When? 5th February 2006, Where? Tian Yuen Vegetarian Restaurant Taman Miharja, What? Chinese New Year celebration & Irfan’s Farewell dinner.

Vegetarian food for Chinese New Year celebration? (Err, well, I guess after a week long of lazing around and pigging out, it would be appropriate.) Anyways, was surprised to see the restaurant really really packed… there was even a line at the door waiting to get in… :O

Everyone was ready and dressed in “auspicious” colours… funnily enough it was the whole indian segment of the club came dressed in traditional CNY red! Hahaha…

Anyways, the turnout was awesome including our alumni – Catherine, PP Foo & Vijay. The height we Lou Sang should ensure our club in having enough prosperity and happiness for centuries to come 😉 The vegetarian yee sang was yummylicious as were all the vegetarian dishes (all that “tastes like…” stuff lah)…

But the most VIP for the day, was our very own Irfan… after a “tear-shedding” speech (actually because it was funnylah…), we presented him with some self-help books and a Lat comic (can’t forget our truly Malaysian roots now can we?). Then as usual, it was time for a round of picture taking (including some of the bellies of our guys…eeew) and the girls showing off some legs…
And then, it was past the restaurant’s closing time and we were practically kicked out, but believe it or not, we adjourned to the mamak across the road despite the downpour to enjoy the rest of the night.

Goodbye KL, hello Bondi Beach :)

4 02 2006

Our member Irfan, or as he is better known as, Da’ Kid is flying off to Sydney, Australia this Valentine’s Day. He will be doing his Masters in Design Science (majoring in Audio Design) amongst other things. We wish him all the best in his endeavors and hopefully we hear about all those adventures on Bondi Beach from him soon… 😉