Written by Goh Yi Xuan, Shannon
Edited by Poh De Sheng
KEVIIans ditched their usual attire of t-shirts and shorts as they arrived dressed in their best for the Formal Hall Dinner on the 20th of August. Held at the dining hall, the event provided an opportunity for the KEVIIans to flaunt their style. The guys were handsome and dashing in their formal wear while the girls looked radiant and resplendent in their colourful dresses.
Registration for the Formal Hall Dinner started at 6.30 outside the dining hall, where we all received a customised KEVII ez-link card in celebration of KEVII’s 100th anniversary. Residents were mingling at the foyer and chatting with each other to while the time away before the start of the event.
The doors opened at 7pm and we were ushered into the dining hall before the arrival of the SCRC and Guest of Honour was announced. The Guest of Honour for the evening was Mr Andy Gan, a member of the institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia. He has participated in formulating accounting policies for derivative products, and also served as a member of parliament for the Marine Parade GRC and participated actively in politics before his retirement in 2006.
His arrival was followed by speeches from both the hall master, Prof. Ho Yew Kee and the president of the 59th JCRC, Ghim Joo.
As their speeches revealed, a few changes are to be put in place to celebrate KE’s centennial. Some of the aforementioned changes include the renovation of the KE main lounge into a heritage room that will be able to showcase the rich history of our hall. Besides that, the KE Run will be modified to help raise funds for the Hall Bursary, and it will be in the form of a relay to symbolise the continuity down through the different generations of KEVIIans. Other interesting events were also brought up during the speeches, including a KE carnival that will be open to the residents’ friends and family, and a gala held on the 7th of April next year.
Led by Ghim Joo, we all rose from our seats to pledge our allegiance to the hall recite the hall pledge, where we promised to uphold the values of KEVII.
After the speeches and the pledge came the most highly-anticipated part of the evening – the FOOD. We were treated to sumptuous dishes which were a big step up from our usual dinner fare. The food on offer included prawn dippers, pandan chicken and mango pudding.
Through dinner, we were kept entertained by various performances from the KE cultural CCAs that showcased the talents of our fellow hall residents. First up was a performance by KE Ensemble, who treated us to a lively rendition of a tune that most of us recognised as the Super Mario theme, and were cheered on by their supportive friends.
OCIP also took the opportunity to showcase a video that detailed the activities that they had taken part in during their community service trip to Cambodia earlier this year. The clip highlighted how meaningful their experiences were and served as publicity, encouraging more people to sign up for OCIP.
The KE band took the stage soon after that, performing an excellent, very well-received rendition of Ed Sheeran’s highly popular hit “Photograph” and a cover of Franki Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to enthusiastic applause from the appreciative audience.
The night drew to a close much earlier than any of us would have liked, and many residents expressed disappointment that it was over so quickly. Queues formed at the photo-taking booth as soon as the dinner ended, with many people eager for a photograph with their friends and block mates as a souvenir of this memorable night.
For a freshie who hasn’t had much of a chance to interact and get to know the other people outside my own block and major, the Formal Hall Dinner was an eye-opener, allowing us to meet and mingle with KEVIIans staying in other blocks and studying in different faculties. I’m sure that many fellow KEVIIans feel the same, and will agree when I say that we definitely can’t wait till the second Formal Hall Dinner!
Photos courtesy of KE Vision