February 5, 2012

C is for…

…Chinese New Year Garden Party.

The boy received an invitation to the Istana for a Chinese New Year Garden Party hosted by the PM for grassroot members and he was allowed to bring a guest, so this was our C date.

I had planned to wear a floral Ann Taylor dress but decide to go chinoiserie with a cheongsam tailored in HCM that I had yet to wear.

There were very specific instructions on how to enter and security was tight. We met his colleague Robin at the entrance and took the shuttle bus in together. There were tents set up on the lawn of the Istana building from calligraphy stalls to costume booths.

Right off the bat I spotted Yam Ah Mee, the PA CEO who was everybody’s favourite GE results announcer.

And then I saw another gentleman who looked so familiar, I thought we might have been in SHATEC together. But a few minutes later he and Nick recognised each other at the same time and then I remembered who he was. It was Malcolm, our wedding banquet sales manager from Mandarin Hotel.

Amazingly he still recognised us after 9 years, and he was there in his work capacity, Mandarin were the caterers but he’s also involved in grassroots work and had an invite of his own.

We chatted for quite a bit, he was very friendly and it was as if we’d been friends for a long time. He hasn’t been at Mandarin all this time, going back and forth with other hotels but he’s now a director there and invited us for Chatterbox chicken rice anytime.

Spent the rest of the time MP-spotting, Baey Yam Keng was very popular with the females, lots of aunties wanted to take photo with him. Lily Neo was glammed up in a full length cheongsam and we spent most of our time chatting with Robin and an MP named Dr Lim Wee Kiak and his wife, they seemed quite down to earth, although he made an infamous comment once about ministerial pay.

Robin was involved in a group photo for his district Canberra and we helped him take pictures of his moment with the PM. There was one other MP who was wearing the same shirt as PM Lee, never co-ordinate! LOL!

As we were leaving, I spotted Dr Tan Cheng Bock who narrowly lost the presidential election, he had my vote!

It was an interesting experience, the Istana grounds are lovely…it had been 27 years since I was last there so it was nostalgic to be back.

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