Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Give a Little Bit of Joy

Imagine yourself celebrating Christmas without parents and family. Not to mention Christmas, you can relate your self with Hari Raya or Deepavali. What would that make you feel. Sad, isn't it. Look at all these children. Most of them are orphans, abandoned childs and special kids living under the shelter of House of Joy. They are aged from 4 to 18 year-old.

We had the opportunity to come to House of Joy, a non-profit charitable home that administers shelter, care and training to orphans, children and teens that are underprivileged, abused, abandoned & neglected, poor and delinquent. Besides children’s home, they also have shelter homes for underprivileged and destitute old folks. But in our case we only went to the boy's house that combined with the girls who came specifically for the party.

The hotel management staffs, about 14 of us, we went there with a White Christmas Tree, Presents and Santa Clause to entertain the kids. In return, they all caroling for us in Chinese and English. They decorated the given white Christmas tree themselves. It was very touching, some of us hide to cry.

Afterwards, our own Chef Low and the rest of the Management Staffs served the kid a lavish lunch of Nasi Goreng, Fried Chicken, Chicken Burger, Cakes and Fruits. They said their grace before eating in unison to thank God for the food and good things in life. They were well taught in their mannerism and very well disciplined.

One of our team member's birthday was also on that day, 22nd December. We arranged the kids to sing him a birthday song. To my delight, the kids sang him the birthday song in 3 languages, i.e. English, Chinese and Malay. Wow! That was more that we asked for. It brought more tears to some of us and of course the birthday boy was smiling up to his ears.

We wrapped up the day with mixed feelings. It made us all very humble and thankful to God for what we have now. For those of you who are interested to visit the house, please contact Ms. Lesley Mah, who is in charge with visitation.
House of Joy has been established since 1st August 1992 by Rev Tang Chee Sing and his wife Lee Ching Mun. Their website is http://www.joy.org.my.

Season of Giving

In the spirit of giving, this festive season my department has organised a blood drive campaign to help the National Blood Centre to replenish blood supply in their blood bank.

Knowing Malaysian, our impatience and recklessness on the road are phenomenal. The unpredictable weather due to global warming, especially when it's raining time and some more festive holidays, accidents happen everywhere nationwide. More over, during this period, blood drive campaign is few and so do the donors. We are more keen to spend our holidays somewhere or go out partying.

However, our hotel has organised a blood drive campaign on 17th December 2007 to get as many of our staffs, hotel guests and clients to give a little bit of support to the needy. The theme is "Give Blood, Give Life". You wouldn't know that your blood will safe somebody's life out there.

It was a fun occassion for the hotel staffs because most of us never donated our blood before. The scene of needles and blood flowing into the container was enough make one feel dizzy. I was one of them lah.

Interestingly, not everyone passed on the test for the blood donation. Most of us failed because of various health reasons, i.e. high blood pressure, not enough sleep, on medications, underweight and etc. It was really surprising to know that many of us are not in good health condition. The doctor in charge were having a field time advising on our health problems.

Criteria needed for blood donors are as follows:
1. Total body weight of more than 45 kg.
2. Having slept more than 5 hours.
3. Not taking any medication and antibiotics 24 hours prior to the day of blood donation.
4. Not having any health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, AIDS, hepatitis and etc.
5. Not committing homosexual activities.
6. Have pass 3 months from the previous blood donation.

Information from the National Blood Centre says that they are supplying blood to all the government hospital nationwide. For private hospitals and medical centre, they can get supply by registering with the National Blood Centre. In a day, about 50 packs of blood (450 ml per packet) is being supplied per hospital and it increases by demand.

The statistic for November from the National Blood Centre is 11,663 units were collected from their mobile team while 1,472 units from the centre it self.

From our hotel collection, about 60 registered to donote but only 40 passed the test and donated the blood. 20 have failed due to various reason. Even my self have been advised not to donote but I insist since this is my first time experience and I have made a vow to do it as many times as I can after this. The doctor concern was because I only had 4 hours sleep which is not really healthy. I managed to convince her that it was normal for me to sleep 4 hours a day. My blood pressure is good and my health condition is good, so why not. She relent to me finally but instead of 450 ml, she only allow me to donate 350 ml.

For those who wanted to donate blood, please contact The National Blood Centre or you may go there. It is located at Jalan Tun Razak, near the Istana Budaya and National Library.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha


Joy to your heart....
Warmth to your home...
Happiness to your soul...
May the blessings of Allah be with you in this holly month and always!

EID MUBARAK!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Night to be Remembered


1st December 2007 - World AIDS Day Campaign "Stop AIDS; Keep the Promise - Leadership"
You may learn more about HIV and AIDS from Avert.

8th December 2007 - DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
It was a night filled with warmth, family, friends and togetherness. A double celebration for Kuma and Sasi who celebrated their 29th and 26th birthday on 4th Dec and 7th Dec respectively.

Since their birthday coincided with the AIDS awareness campaign, the theme is "AIDS EDUCATION". What we did is to give all the guests AIDS awareness red ribbon to put on their left chests. On the setting up itself, we put fresh flowers on each tables to represent a beautiful but deceiving life, then fresh petals scattered on the table with packets of condom in between to show that in the beauty of life, we must still be cautious. These are the AIDS education that we were relaying to our guests in a fun and gentle way. Everybody seemed to like it :)

I never organised a birthday party at this scale before. It was fun and rushing at the same time as I had to do it alone and the tight schedule in between my office events and the planning of the birthday itself. It's very challenging.

However, I had real fun and satisfaction from seeing the happiness on Kuma's and Sasi's face. The feeling was so beautiful and huge, I just can't explain it with words. I wish they will remember it for the longest time because I give my all and from my deepest of heart to make it successful.

The guests all had fun laughing and dancing together. Even those who seldom dance let loose to the music. Old and new friends came. I would like to thank everyone who came that night to make the party so happening. My special thanks goes especially to Zul and Chris, my old buddies from previous advertising company, Mediahouse since year 2000, Rachel and her boyfriend, my assistant in Virtual Malaysia. Thank you Kuma's sister, brother in law and Kuma's brother, Gopal and girlfriend Elene for gracing the occassion. Thank you Yoge for the Champaign. Thank you Jiva and Siva, Jolin and Felicia, Dr. Ravi and Chiara and all whom I might have forgotten to mention here. A party is nothing without its people.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Good Things in Life


Girl Power!
Group Marketing & PR Team
The Summit Hotels & Resorts

From Left: Ms. Kartini Ibrahim, Group Director of Marketing & PR (our big boss), Yours Truly and Ms. Zalifah Yasmin Ibrahim.

I am in such a good mood lately. Everything comes to a better result this time. A new journey with a new vision in hospitality line. Not very much different from all my previous dear organisations that I have worked with. Only that this time, it is all-girl team. Just the three of us. Interestingly, we could work together very well. I include our picture here because we are such a great team and I am enjoying my work tremendously and this is a tribute to my team after a great event in Penang recently.



More great events to come. The latest one will be the Blood Donation Campaign, "Give Blood, Give Life" at The Summit Hotel, Subang USJ on 17th December 2007 (Monday), 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Everyone who read my blog, if you are in KL or nearby Subang area, please come and donate your blood for the National Blood Centre as they need to replenish blood supply during this festive seasons. Accidents happen every where knowing Malaysian style of driving. Your action may aid and save lives of many people.

Good things in life are hard to come by. Meaningful moments should be enjoyed, shared and prolonged with everyone as much as you can.

God bless you!













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