Some mouth to mouth action ;)

27 03 2006
When? 25 March 2006
What? Basic CPR training followed by pizza fellowship at the Wong’s


The highlights:-
* Many new faces in the crowd and also the reappearence of some ol friends…
* Hosting of swiss rotaractor Michael who did an impromptu rendition of a swiss folk song complete with yodelling and of course, he was wise enough to bring swiss chocolates which made him an instant hit with the ladies!
* Learning the basic skills that would definitely come in handy in an emergency life & death situation – Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
* After giving mouth-to-mouth to Little Anne (altho, I doubt my anne survived cos I ain’t that good at blowing… wink… hehehe), it was off to USJ 13 for a double celebration – the first month anniversary of our club’s newlyweds Steven & Irene and Steven’s birthday. More mouth action continued as Crazy Karaoke tried to make a comeback… altho it was quite shortlived.

But the photos speak a thousand more words, which at the moment I am a little too lazy to write… haha, so do check them out at http://photos.yahoo.com/rotaract_kl under the Basic CPR album…

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The Story of the Rotary Luncheon

26 03 2006

When? 22 March 2006, Where? Shangri-la hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail KL. What? Mei Han’s RYLA presentation at Rotary KL Diraja Luncheon.
Based on the emails of Premila & Mei Han…

Version 1 – Premila’s Story

I just came back from Shangri La down the road. Followed MH for her RYLA presentation in rotary luncheon. Got some interesting news to share with you all and I better do before I run for my meeting.
First we had a blunder coz her pen drive cannot be read by my laptop so have to go around settling that problem. Then we were the only women in the room so we were kept on called as the CHARMING LADIES 😉 Anyway MH did an excellent job on the stage, throughout her presentation.The Rotarians were very really impressed with her presentation and keep on praising her non stop (jealous hui). I am not telling this coz I got free lunch in Shang today or coz MH is my fren but this is how they actually behaved.She was kept on complaining to me that she is takut la, scared la this la ,blab la bla la, but when she was on the stage like expert you know. Going on with her story about RYLA…. They even ask us to demo the Bush dance. Of course we didn’t do it coz we had the video clip to save ourselves.
They also suggested for MH to be in the next RYLA committee under Dato Jimmy. She really impressed them with her presentation skill.Looks like we are building a good repo with the Rotarian after ILTS, dinner in Maju palace and after today.They gave MH a chocolote cake worth RM100 as the gift since no birthday boythat month.Sadly for me, my own identity is lost whenever I meet the Rotarian. I am Shamini for them. Don’t know how come the short hair Sham can become the longhair Sham so fast.I have given up telling them my name is Premila so guys for you info I am the President for RACKL for Rotarian eyes. He He He!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Tumpang nama) Sham, no offence 😉

Version 2 – Mei Han’s story

Hmmm…. Please disregard the announcement from our non-certified reporter.This is the actual facts …..
It was indeed a disaster today with the pen drive. It can’t fit intoPrem’s laptop hence we were seen walking around the hotel lobby with herlaptop. So we went up to the business unit and they helped to transfer the file back to Prem’s C drive. Phew!! Relief…….
Then we got back to the meeting room where our “long hair president” was warmly greeted by the Rotarians. So I went up to take over the stage with my talk and eeee, orrrr all the way till the end. I even mixed up the words around. Low ropes become high ropes, singular read as plurar, she became him and all terbalik……. Sudah sweat already that time!! But as you know, our rotarians memang very kind meh, so all come and gave words of encourgement to me.
Yup, yup I took back the nice chocolate cake. Wish we could share with youall ):P





BLESSED WITH LUCKY STARS

20 03 2006
When? 16 March 2006, Where? KL Convention Centre, What? Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Spring Gala…
Story by President Shamini

The deal was a win-win situation for the three of us – for Li Sun – the chance to see Lionel Richie live in Kuala Lumpur, for my colleague Rozina – the chance to purchase an exclusive’ dress and look good (no doubt, she did), and for me of course – the rare opportunity to see Formula 1 drivers up, close and personal. The sacrifice? Looking like sweet young ladies while shoving flyers at guests who were there to attend the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Spring Gala.

Let me take a moment off my wild dreams and beyond imagination of reversing Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari at the starting grid and tell you what was actually required of us.
We went that rainy horrible evening to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to meet our social obligations (not that we don’t do enough fro Rotaract already). We were there to assist Rozina’s mum, Datin Tina Ali, the Organising chairperson of the Malaysian Charity Draw to hand out information flyers on the Charity Draw to guests at the F1 Gala Ball and to Lionel’s concert and then direct them to purchase tickets. (amongst the three of us, we handed out 10 flyers and had no need for any sense of direction!). The funds raised will be channeled to Persatuan Pemulihan Orang-orang Cacat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan, the Malaysian Association for the Blind, the Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan, the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities Fund of Malaysia, Persatuan Daybreak, Yayasan Sin Chew and the Persatuan Orang Pekak Malaysia, Society for the Severely Mentally Handicapped, the Persatuan Down’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation and the MAA-Medicare Kidney Foundation.

Sham with Nick Heidfield, the German F1 driver
So anyway, the Guests of Honour were not only the Prime Minster, Tun Mahathir & first lady as well as all the other Cabinet Members, but also, supposedly, Formula 1 drivers.
With my camera in hands and in a toe-numbing position, trying to dodge an annoyingly poking palm plant, I took my spot along the red carpet and stayed there amongst the swarm of foreign and local reporters and photographers. Camera zoomed to the doors of the elevator, finger ready to click and elbow in position to damage one’s rib cage, I wait patiently for the big hand to show 8 and the small hand on 12. Taking their place were impeccable Mahathir Lokman (who by the way, lost tones of weight) and surely anorexic Wan Zaleha Radzi who was decked in jewels waiting for the guests to arrive for a brief interview. Wan Zaleha actually came up to me and asked me for fashion tips! Imagine that?

So pairs of sweaty armpits and many weird conversations after, I feel someone poke me from behind and hey – it was my two friends whom I ditched for the better 😛 – and whispering in my ears, the drivers are behind!!! Where? Huh? What? I turned and saw them – Jacques Villeneuve and Nick Heidfeld – the Petronas drivers who were so reluctant to come into the spotlight. Grabbing the chance, Rozina & I managed to take some pictures with the 2 guys and then, I told them that the cameras and the hosts are waiting for them at the red carpet.
So they went, reluctantly leaving us. I went back to my position at the Red carpet, waited and waited for more drivers and there were no one else.

Half hour later, Mahathir told us to go home. Sadly we turned away. But at least I had shots of the greater men of Malaysia! So, I was happy. But was Li Sun? No way! She was hoping to see the man who brought us hits like “Say You, Say Me”, “Easy”, “Three Times A Lady” and loads more – Yes folks, Lionel Richie, who was about to begin his once in a lifetime performance in Malaysia as part of the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Spring Gala so just a few metres away, yet so far ! We were hoping to catch a glimpse of Lionel or even steal a note or so when someone opens the door to go to the restroom…but our luck was nowhere near lucky! With heads hung low and the fake smiles that we were okay about it was just too much for Rozina to handle. With a word here and a request there, three tickets were shoved at us and simple advise – run girls – don’t miss a thing! Of course not – with tickets worth RM900, RM1300 and RM1500, we were SUPER LUCKY to get free tickets!!! FREE!!!

So on our feet and sore palms from clapping and an aching throat from screaming out his songs, we were entertained. So were the VIPS! C’mon, the king and queen were no where close to sitting down and giving Lionel courtesy claps and fake applauses – they were on their feet dancing to the beat! Woohoo!

With a string of number one hits over nine consecutive years, it’s no wonder that Richie is hailed as one of the most successful singer/songwriters of all time. He began his musical career with the Commodores, a funk/pop group in the early 70s, before going solo in 1982, and became one of the most successful male solo artists of the 1980’s.

In future – if ever Lionel comes to Malaysia – if you can afford it, it’ will be a concert not to be missed! Other methods – make friends with the already rich and famous or just have charity in mind – because when you do good, you are sure to be blessed. In our case – the Formula 1 Drivers & Lionel Richie!





A world of silence

12 03 2006

When? 11th March 2006, What? Talk on “The World of Silence” by Mr Tan Yap, Where? Upper Deck, Holiday Villa Jalan Ampang

On top of the agenda was the induction of our first newbie of the term, Ms Shreen Sugeeta Nobel!

It’s hard enough to be in a foreign country and not able to speak the language, but imagine going through your whole life, unable to express your feelings, sit down and have a nice chat or communicate to someone. Imagine walking in the midst of a busy city and not able to hear any sound at all – not the cars honking, the birds chirping, or just maybe the shout of a person warning you of the danger ahead. Imagine being put down just because the other person doesn’t understand what you are saying and imagine the frustration at not being able to communicate a message or reach out to other people. This is probably just the tip of trying to put yourself in the shoes of a person who is hearing and speech impaired.

Our speaker for the day, 90 year old Mr Tan Yap is a wise man of great experience. He has been teaching the deaf & mute as well as teaching normal people such as ourselves in how to communicate with them through basic sign language for more than 41 years. Wow! none of us were even born back then…

From understanding the hardships these brave people go through to some funny anecdotes, Uncle Tan had us all captivated. We even learnt some basic sign language like how to say “I love you” (which looks something like the sign rockers like to flash), “Hello”, “Thank You” to the alternative of clapping (wave your hands enthusiastically in the air, fingers spread open) as a way to show appreciation.

After the talk, we continued on to the fellowship of the day – to makan-makan in Imbi Square, a birthday celebration and desert at the Mango Loh shop on Jalan Imbi (sorry la, forgot the name)…

More photos, can be found at the World Of Silence photo album – http://photos.yahoo.com/rotaract_kl





Oracles online

10 03 2006

Do check out our fully coloured online versions of our Oracles, just copy and paste the following address in the bar…

December 05 issue – http://www.geocities.com/rotaract_kl/DecOracleFull.pdf

March 06 issue – http://www.geocities.com/rotaract_kl/OracleMac06.pdf





Gushing water, deep caves … what a great day!

5 03 2006

What? Extreme getaway (White water rafting, flying fox, caving, hot springs), When? 4 March 2006, Where? Sungai Kampar
Story by Musharraf

This story is dedicated to all our beloved friends….

It all began at the crack of dawn like many our friends…I had to wake up so early on a Saturday for our program… as I dragged myself out of bed all I thought was to sleep again in the car during my ride to Gopeng. As the sun rose, I walked towards Dynasty Hotel where I met my set of new cool friends, Delesh and the charming ladies, Mui and Bi Yu at 0700 hours on a journey yet to be discovered….

We then drove down towards the “overhead” restaurant where we were all to be gathered for breakfast. Once there, our Rotaract members, guests, some old, some new, swarmed the stalls in search for something to eat and energise them before the long two hour trip to Gopeng Toll for our next stop. While others were already energized even without breakfast the likes of Neeraj and Toufik bringing the fun and laughter…

At 1000am we all reached the Gopeng Toll and there met up with Yuen Li and Pip our Nomad Adventure guides for the day who took us for a ride within the little Kampung towards Sungai Kampar. Without wasting time, all 16 of us started to get ready and change while we waited for our ride to pick us up… and there it was…our four wheel drive!!…an old truck to cater for all of us… as we loaded ourselves into it…similar to the cattle being loaded on similar trucks, we all enjoyed the bumpy ride ducking all the branches and banana leaves within road in the Kampung waiving to the residents and passer-by as they returned their greetings with warm friendly smiles.

Barely half an hour later we were at the river gearing up with life jackets and helmets followed by the funniest safety demonstration by Yuen Li … with her funny grimace… As I looked on, each of us had to jump into the luke warm river just to practice a swim within the rough river before we team up into the different rafts.

After going for a spin we rode our rafts in team of five and the adventure began by hitting the white waters and paddling harder than ducks and every now and then pretending to smile for the camera… not a candid one though as we tried to desperately get a grip of the raft as we went down the river.

While Neeraj was busy trying to revive his lost childhood days he splashed water on every innocent member that passed by his raft …. After the orange break, William had the ride of his life picturing himself in Venice on the long boat… only to woken by the turbulences…. At the end of the river ride, all the Rotract members muscled up to carry the rafts back onshore just to realize Amit was too brave and risked his life in the calmness by injuring himself …while Delesh mourned over his poor worn-out Nike sneakers… its ok we’ll be calling for a donation soon…or setting up a fund…

Hopping back on the truck to base for lunch, members were happy stocking up calories for the next mission…while the Charlie’s Angels…Sham, Li Sun and Xin Ni were enjoying their picnic taking pictures and enjoying the Kampung serenity.

The group headed to the Gua Kandu cave all armed to their teeth with torch lights…. Especially with Anne’s keychain light….which was so sophisticated that only Neeraj could use… as we trailed our way through the dark cave and gloomy chambers, ducking, crawling and climbing skillfully reaching our destination for the photo shoot with the Rotaract banner and for the flight of our life…. The Flying Fox… not to forget our cameramen, Michel and Amit taking every other picture possible to capture our sweet model Choi Wan who has an eye for the best angle and scene. Our member ladies were in the forefront and bravely took the challenge and put the men to shame by going down first… the ride in total emptiness….with full of adrenalin and excitement screaming their lungs out… roughly 200 meters down the stretch… once down we then traced our way back to our starting point before we head for the Hot Springs in Sungai Klah

As we drove towards the Hot Springs deep inside the palm oil plantation it started to rain… but that didn’t dampen our spirits and continued on. Once there, the weather was just fine and without sparing any more time, we all got change and took a dip in the hot pool just to easy and relax our tired bodies…. We then drove back to KL after dinner… with just a couple of bruises, scrapped knees, cracked nails and sun burns… and more pictures to remember our amazing exhilarating action packed trip… what a great weekend!!!