Officer's Mess Chinese New Year Gala 2008
The usual tranquility at the officer's Mess was broken by the sound of firecrackers on the 15th of February, as Commandant SAFTI MI, Brigadier-General Jimmy Tan, signalled the beginning of the Officer's Mess Chinese New Year Gala 2008.
The celebrations kicked off with a lion dance performances inside the mess, bringing into the act mandarin oranges and ang-pows. The God of Fortune then came onto the scene, bringing to the crowd lucky numbers and well wishes.
Mr Pan Yongqiang, a Chinese calligrapher who has performed at the Istana for the President, graced the occasion and gave the Mess a demonstration of his calligraphy skills. He then gave the crowd tips on the finer points of Chinese scroll writing, and ended off by giving officers and their families the opportunity to try their hand at Chinese calligraphy.
The night ended with a bang as the Mess erupted in cheers for a 'loh hei' celebration, president of the mess committee and senior commanders thanked members for coming by distributing mandarin oranges and red packets.Photo Gallery
Welcome, Year of Rat
The SAFTI MI HQ Group (MI HQ, HR SSC, SAFTI SC) celebrated Chinese New Year on 4 Feb 08 at Dining Hall C to usher in the Year of The Rat. Comdt, SAFTI MI kicked off the festivities with the customary 'lighting' of the firecrackers 'to ward off evils' and welcome prosperity. Everyone then tucked in to a sumptuous lunch following the traditional 'Loh Hei' or tossing of raw fish salad while uttering auspicious sayings for good fortune and success.
The MCs for the event, Elizabeth and Nuriman brought the celebratory mood to a higher crescendo with their powerful rendition of Chinese New Year Songs while bantering with the guests. The Chinese Orchestral ensemble from Princess Elizabeth Primary School performed in the event to add to the festive cheers with their smooth delivery of traditional Chinese New Year songs. The children also participated in the games which earned them hearty applause from the audience. Prizes were also awarded to the Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman of the day. Thomas from SAFTI SC also got into the groove by playing the Violin.
That's not the end! All were presented with a lucky gift each. The luckier guests walked home with decorative items and 'Pots of Gold' (Auspicious Plants) signifying the blossom of health and Luck, and of course a prosperous year ahead for one and all.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!Photo Gallery
Dy Comdt's Chinese New Year visit
It was a significant 1st day of the Lunar New Year on the 7th of February for the duty personnel in SAFTI MI. Dy Comdt, together with CO SAFTI SC and ISM, visited the duty personnel at the SAFTI Ops Room, SAFTI SC Duty Room, Guardhouse, Medical Centre, OCS wing lines and the International Officers' accommodation to present them with red packets and mandarin oranges, wishing each of them good health and happiness, and best of luck for the New Year. It was a meaningful appreciation by SAFTI MI HQ to our SAFTIrians who had to perform duty over the New Year celebration period. The duty personnel were grateful of this small gesture, some of them somewhat pleasantly surprised by the visit. There were smiles all round as pleasantries were exchanged, and certainly that made for a great start for the New Year ahead. Photo Gallery
Knowledge Management COP Session - 30 Jan 2008
The first KM COP session was held on Wed 30 Jan from 1500-1800 hours at the SAFTI MI Officers Mess. A total of 44 participants, including members of the SAFTI Alumni, attended a short talk by David Gurteen, a renowned KM practitioner who presented on "KM and Social Tools". The audience then participated in a knowledge café which was facilitated by David, and found the eexperience enriching. LTC Karuna Ramanathan from CLD thanks David Gurteen for agreeing to share his experiences and promised more COP sessions of this nature to enable both SAF and Alumni participants to increase their understanding on knowledge management related issues and how these impact our work.Photos
SAFTI MI Planning Retreat 21-22 Jan 2008
A one-and-half-day Planning Retreat was held on 21 - 22 Jan 08 at the OCS Smart Learning Rooms for the senior leadership in SAFTI MI to strategise the way forward to bring SAFTI MI on the next lap after having successfully implemented its transformation plans and initiatives. Led by two LO-trained facilitators, the programme began with a simple yet interesting team-building activity aimed at strengthening the bonds of the 50-odd participants before they dived into some frank and open sharings about where SAFTI MI had done well and could have done better, and culminating with the identifcation of key focus areas for the new Workyear in support of the four Nurturing thrusts of the O.N.E. SAF. Photo Gallery
OCS Family Day 2007/2008
OCS held its 2007/2008 Family Day on the Main Parade Square on the 5th of January 2008. The event, organized by the WOSPEC Corps, featured retail stores, magic shows and a free-flow of snacks.
It was an afternoon of five-a-side street soccer, in-line fusion skating and station games. OCS permstaff and their families were also invited to the top of the SAFTI Tower.
The day on the Parade Square rounded off with a screening of the movie Ratatouille and a lucky draw, signalling the end to an exciting day.