Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fashion Charity with Shoe Designers

One by one the guests arrived for a high  tea fund raising event, Fion Poon  Fashion Charity  in conjunction with Selangor Cheshire Home's 50th anniversary. We were among the earliest to beat K.L's jam increasing traffic jams. The venue for this exciting event, Fukuden Restaurant was easy to find, ala GPS.

It was indeed a special afternoon - a mixed programe of music and songs by jazz singer, Janet Lee accompanied by Tay Cher Siang on keys and a display of  shoes and handbags by local designer, Fion Poon. To top it all, the gracious presence of her mentor, icon Datuk  Jimmy Choo created the buzz. The afternoon tea menu was a range of Japanese cuisine cocktails.

The event kicked off  with Janet's renditions which  were well-received. Alas, time did not allow for more.

Everyone wanted a picture with the Guest of Honour, Datuk Jimmy Choo - ever charming and generous coping with the numerous requests. And the next instance, Facebook it!

Many guests were eager to try our Fion Poon's shoes and handbags on display. A customer service staff was on standby to let  guests know  that  accessories can be customized , made the items even more appealing.

Soon Fukuden Restaurant  was overflowing with guests. In the set -up, navigating for food, clicking pictures and moving about, space was tight. The waiters were kept on their toes serving quenchers to keep the guests nicely watered in the existing day's heat . The models wearing Fion Poon's shoes could not get past many guests. A pity! Nevertheless, we took it all in our stride. Fion Poon's  batik hand pouch  with a good sling handle as one of the door gifts is really neat.

The event ended with lucky draw  and best dressed prizes. Those who came in red and white stood better chances. In celebratory mood, there was  a big cake to mark  Cheshire's 50th  with a rousing Happy Birthday song. By 5.30 pm, the guests who responded warmly with charity in their hearts bade their good byes.

Elegance on your feet.
Datuk Jimmy Choo autographing a book about him 
TV3 was there for the media coverage. Datuk Khatijah , President of Sel Cheshire Home, Fion Poon and Datuk Jimmy Choo.
Janet Lee at the mike
Handicrafts from the Home
Heels  of sorts
Expressive Janet  Lee
We are a happy lot, with  Datuk Jimmy Choo!
Datuk Khatijah with supporters from Cheshire Home

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gong Xi Fun - The Horse that Ran Away

We did it! Much to our surprise and to the delight of the residents of Selangor Cheshire Home, we turned actors overnight and gave them more than a rollicking time with our play, The Horse That Ran Away.

Under her directorship and script, Sunshine Lady, Janneke did a fantastic job of making it a lovely production. We gathered at her house on two occasions  to familiarize ourselves with our roles and a dress rehearsal. A big cast indeed as all the Sunshine ladies who were available for the Chinese New Year party acted.

The residents, EEP ( Economic Empowerment Programe) students and the staff of the Home  were truly good audience. The fluffed lines got extra laughs. Someone came from behind me and pulled up my pants as it was dangerously slipping down as the acting got the better of me!

We know the horse is here to stay in this Year of The Horse. So, do not be alarmed- the horse in the play ran away but came back. The play ended  on a sweet memorable note - to be able to inject fun for others, we got just as much in return!

The Horse That Ran Away  had one oft repeated line by  poor farmer, Sei Wang , the protagonist, whenever any incident was highlighted to him that it wasn't good . The villagers, blacksmith and neighbours  chided him for keeping  his only faithful companion  horse, Silverwhite tho he was poor. More scoldings  came when Silverwhite was  missing  and thought to have run away. An unfortunate fall of Sei Wang's son resulting in a broken leg whilst attempting to ride the  stallion  brought home by Silverwhite. And when war broke out, the sons of the the villagers had to say goodbye to fight. His reply was always the same  - 'Who can say it is good or bad luck. No one can tell what the future will be'.

14 Sunshine Ladies ready to take the stage
Keats addressing the residents 
Resident Penny singing her song, encouraged by emcee, Chris Eng ( later the stallion)
Cowboy dance by the Economic Empowerment Programe students
High energy in the Indian dance by the staff
Fans in motion  by the residents and the students from IMU 
Director, Janneke introducing the play and the cast.
Sei Wang's son fell trying to ride the wild stallion..

Handsome stallion 
Oops, something crept up my nose!
Villagers in the market chided Sei Wang for not looking after himself

Finale  - we did it!
Distributing ang pows  - May goodness come your way!
Sunshine ladies helping out with lunch.
Staff  ready to serve
Happy Chinese New Year mood

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A big 70 bash in Australia

Talk about being busy as a bee. So many happenings,distractions included,since last Christmas.My apologies to friends out there who have visited my blog and found me quiet (of which I was not!). Thanks dear blogging friend, Ram for your concern. Thankfully, it had all good endings and now I present one that took us to Australia for 2 weeks over. It was a a big bash to celebrate my sis in law's 70th, bringing together rellies,young and old and her close friends, all 39 of us. The celebration will stay in our hearts for a long time. Age is just a number and we should celebrate each year, in your own way,as an accomplishment. So cheers to your good health and well-being too! For now, I share with you the wonderful time we had at Lennox Head where we gathered under a red tent to toast to a lovely lady, all of 70.

In Casino, NSW  - several days before the party  we  made a special trip a  up north to check on the house. Busied ourselves plucking  strawberry mangoes ( real yum!)  that dangled low and forlorn. Not anymore when we relished them daily.
All quiet  before the family members turned up. 
Up early for a morning farmers' market in Ballina . Brilliant heliconias to brighten the house for the birthday. 
The welcoming colour of red. Brawny and browned men  putting up the tent . Headland of Lennox Head is on the far right of picture.
Inviting and ready to greet guests
I liked the surprise. To start off the party at 6 pm  a couple of  Indian musicians  played on the grassy slopes  facing the sea, waves lapping as we sipped champagne . Later the DJ took over and a 'cook'  sang favourite songs for the birthday girl. Good ol' Pavarotti wasn't forgotten. 

Not exactly the Bollywood kind of pose but this will do! Ready to party when dusk set in.
A day after the party, all trouped into a bus chartered to take us on a carefree outing. The young and young at heart  braved the sun to indulge in  Dream World, Gold Coast. Forget your cares - get onto the gold rush , feel the rush of adrenaline as we swooped down  and screamed our lungs out! Great!
A majestic sight to behold. The Bengal tiger, Ravi with his trainer slurping all the milk goodness at Tiger World event. What strength - man and tiger! But tiger wins, of course.
A lovely picnic area set up another day after the party. Another wonderful day of great company and food.  
Enjoying good company with free flow of  wine to quench one's thirst!

A birthday gift by one of the grandchildren, aged 12. Lovely capture of the lawn , the clumps of trees that stand like sentinels and the blue sea and sky  beyond. We promise to come again, Lennox Head.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Cheer

Tis the season! In my Christmas message to the residents of Selangor Cheshire Home, I couldn't help but tease them that they do not ever ask for snow! How nice to sit before a warm fire and enjoy singing carols and opening presents. But what they ask for, we always bring - Sunshine. With it there's sunshiny  surprises  as to who comes visiting. Ahead of the party day, the Sunshine "Senior elves' got busy making wishes come true.

Watching a Christmas pantomime  was not on my list but it happened. Frankenstein tried to create havoc but did not dampen the Christmas cheer! I bought 3 tickets for the family to be at Alice Smith school to enjoy the KL  Players' fund raiser panto, Frankenstein.  Boos flew fast and furious to Count Dracula, Frankenstein. An enthusiastic audience helped to boost the well earned claps for the entire cast.

If one has been a regular at the  A Festival of Nine Lessons  and Carols at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church for the past 10 years , it was a lovely evening spent . The festival of carols was originally  a Christmas carol service held in King's College, Cambridge. It was introduced in 1918 to the Church of England but over the years, many churches  have adapted it to suit the varied forms of service around the world. The evening  ended with a treat of mince pies galore and yummy snacks for all.

Before all these happenings, Christmas charity was already in the hearts of my friend, Jean and her friend, Beverly. Both worked hard  leading up to November towards a home charity sale of Xmassy gifts. And the 2 good cooks rewarded friends with a sumptuous spread of cakes  and biscuits. It was an easy relaxed morning. I went home with a few irresitible items, all as gifts .

Merry Christmas  to my Christian friends, near and far. May peace and joy be yours.

Great gift items 
Jean ready to spread Christmas cheer to her favourite charities
Sure hard to beat the 2 cooks - Jean and  Beverly
Mulled wine, yummy mince pies, sausages, stollen and Christmas biscuits for all.
Ready to start the Christmas programe at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church 
A grinny, inviting welcome to KL Players' panto, Frankenstein  at Alice Smith School, Jln Bellamy.
Count Dracula and his gummy grandmother, Granula ( half hidden on right)
A great cast of bats, zombies and citizens of Bavaria  to a cheering crowd.
Warming up to the start of The Sunshine Group Annual Christmas party for the residents at  Selangor Cheshire Home.

                                                          Residents getting ready to entertain .
Brendi leading her ladies of Klang Valley Harmony singers - lovely a capella.

More than a hint of being light and happy at One Utama Shopping Mall.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

All Things Rotary and More!

Guess it's a good idea to lump some Rotary events together to do a post. The busyness of days past just didn't allow me to take stock of the photos though much clicking was done, event after another. My camera was always willing!
A proud and memorable moment for newest  member, Deepak Mahadevan after his induction as our member. He is flanked by President Ai Lin and Immediate Past President, Mohamad Abdullah.
It is always a day we look forward to when new members increase our family in Rotary. Together, we enjoy Rotary fellowship and  do Rotary work.
In fact, Deepak carried out his first 'assignment' with aplomb  just about half  an hour after the meeting ended. A member of our club suddenly fell ill. Without hesitation, Deepak  scooped her in his arms and placed her in the back seat of a waiting car to drive her to hospital. What an evening to remember!

The Intercity meeting hosted by  Rotary Club of Bukit Kiara Sunrise. Here Sergeant at Arms, Steve Robinson  was thanking CEO of the Radio Business Station, BFM, Malek Ali  who was our guest speaker There was a huge turn-out of Rotarians and guests. 
President Elects of G8  group with In-coming  Assistant Governor, Suki. We were in Kuantan on 8 -10 November  for a 3 day training for our term 2014/15. Had a good time getting to know so many  fellow Rotarians from District 3300 comprising 72 clubs. Training was conducted by the District leaders. So much to learn about being a President at Pre- President Elect Training Seminar 1 and Rotary  - well - infused, I must say!
Here's looking at PEs of the Rotary clubs that comprise G8 - (left) Tim (Damansara), Nigel (Sunway), Hussein (Damansara West), Keats (Pantai Valley), Michael ( Kelana  Jaya). 

Had good company of other lady PEs - ( left) Daisy ( Pudu),Cecilia( Sunrise) and a spouse of a Rotarian at the dinner for District Governor Elect, Kirenjit Kaur . Yes, there was also a special programe for accompanying spouses. 
Kirenjit's nomination creates history in Rotary International District 3300 by being the first woman in Rotary 's 80 years in Malaysia to be the District Governor - a wife,  a mother, a lawyer, a friend, a Rotarian.. 

I attended  the joint meeting of Rotary Clubs of Gombak and Ampang. at the Royal Lake Club. Both clubs had their awardees for the Rotary month of October Vocational Services Award. President  Khatijah Sulieman ,Selangor Cheshire Home for the disabled ( where I volunteer) received her award from President James of Gombak. Rotary Club of Ampang awarded DatoWong Pui Lam, previously a senior officer of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP). 
Come December, it will be Rotary Family month.

During our regular meeting on the 18 November, we had 2 young entrepreneurs as our guest speakers. They own an online travel agency, CatchThatBus. Viren and Ashwin 's presentation attracted much interest and many questions were answered. 

It's the 20th event  for the disabled in the Klang Valley. This year, under the leadership of our DG, Datuk Dr Mohinder Singh, District 3300 joined hands with the Selangor Spastics Assoc to create awareness for the Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur.  

A musical treat during a recent meeting, occupying a speaker's slot. 15 singers of the Klang Valley Harmony under Brendi Chenery gave us a taste of  Barbershop music. It was delightful as she educated us with some notes and visuals  to explain  the distinctive characteristics of this genre. as the singers sang.

What makes it Barbershop? 1. is arranged for voices rather than instrument 2. utiliizes four-part chords where every melody note has three harmony notes 3. includes songs from any genre that uses major and minor scales 4. is performed a capella  ( notes from Brendi Chenery)
A bustling few hours in my car porch as some friends teamed up with Rotarians of Pantai Valley to sort and pack clothes for the Haiyan Typhoon victims. There was a request to the Rotary Club of Ampang for used clothes for a specific area, Palompon, Leyte. Our club also chipped in besides sending cash.

The team who reduced the mini mountain of clothes , sorted and packed them .Thanks to all. We did not have to throw away items that couldn't be used except for the odd ones. So, our reminders of 'good' stuff was heeded..That made our work lighter. 

30 boxes of clothes, all packed and ready to load on a lorry the next day to a collection point to be shipped to the sad victims.