22 April 2012, Sunday.
We woke up at 7.30 in the morning, picked my parents up and we headed to Sengkang Community Centre for the Baby Show 2012 for the Pasir Ris- Punggol GRC. We registered for 2 items- Baby Goes International and Our Family Identity for the Baby Show. When we first signed up with the officer at the Pasir Ris Community Centre, we were informed that there were less than 5 families who had registered with them at that point in time. However, when we got there, we were surprised by the huge number of parents and babies, possibly from the Sengkang and Punggol areas since these are fairly young estates.
For the Baby Goes International item, Ryan wore a black and beige Japanese costume and a solo photo was taken by the professionals. The baby girls were the ones who won almost all the prizes in this item. Heehee. I suppose they will be much easier to doll up compared to a boy. 😛
For the My Family Identity item, we had to complete 2 tasks. First, we had to solve the Puzzle Challenge in the shortest possible time. Secondly, we had to go up on stage to share on some stuff regarding family bonding.
We returned around 11ish to wait for the results. In fact, my mother was telling me that it was impossible to win considering the number of people and how “ra-ra”/sporting some family were at the Baby Show. Many of the families were wearing color coordinated family outfits. There was even one family whose members(father, mother, grandmother and baby) were all wearing traditional Vietnamese costumes. Most of them gave very decent speeches on the stage on the theme which was family bonding. We were quite drained(considering how we woke up at 7.30am) and were seriously considering to leave there and then when I received a phone call from the organizers that we have won a prize and needed to move to the front of the hall!
When the guests of honor came in ( which are the MPs of the GRC), I still did not know which prize we won. When the Emcee(who happened to be my school mate from Hai Sing!) finished announcing the third prize winner and Ryan’s name was still not called, I was at the edge of my seat, wondering if we indeed won the top prize. When Ryan’s name was called out for the Second Prize winner for the My Family Identity, I was blown away! We went up on stage and there was a huge trophy and exer-saucer with prize money of $150 waiting for us. We had a nice picture taken with Mr Teo Chee Hean and the other MPs. Woots!
It was a good inaugural baby show experience for all of us indeed.
Tiring, but fruitful.