It feels good to be back at Nan Hua High School! Yes, I'm back, together with my team of trainers, at Camp Horizon 2014 for another instalment of the grooming and dining etiquette workshop for this year's graduating batch of Secondary 4 students.

I'm starting everything new this year – with a fresh group of student faces, a new dining venue and updated syllabus…

Grateful to be given yet another opportunity to touch the lives of 418 students, this continued partnership with Nan Hua High School is the platform for students to come dressed in their best outfits. And some really gave it their all – guys were decked out in nicely cut suits while the ladies looked like they were attending prom night with their dresses and frocks. It definitely felt more like a social gathering of sorts instead of a proper lesson. Trust me – when one is dressed well, it helps to elevate the mood for learning. It makes it more fun and the division between trainer and students seemingly disappear.

 

I'm always of the view that dressing is an art and not a science. There are no hard and fast rules to the art of looking good. I share in my grooming workshop tips on how to camouflage one's flaws and accentuate one's strengths through the right combination of the right colours and styles. Yes, it always boils down to colours and styles – the twin pillars in the universe of grooming.





Moving forward, the next step in impressing at first sight is the ability to start a decent conversation during a meal while mastering the rules of dining etiquette. Three simple tips I can offer are: always work with the silverware placed furthest away from the dinner plate inwards; always wait for everyone's dish to arrive before you start eating; and spoon away from you while drinking the soup appetizer.

It does take some practice to get everything right especially if this is your first time having a dining etiquette class. But remember, practice makes perfect! The most important thing is to relish the moment and enjoy the food!

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It's one of the defining moments of my life till date to receive the accolade. For those of it who missed out on the earlier blog entry on the NUS Alumni Awards 2013 in Nov 2013, fret not.

You can still look forward to the article in the latest issue (Issue 96) of the AlumNUS magazine, where the photographs of us awardees are showcased.

It is exciting to be part of the university's history. It is more exciting to know my own efforts over the past years after graduation have not gone unnoticed. Awards serve more than validating our report card. To me, they are more of an occasion for us to remember the unconditional love of our family and loved ones. Without the support of this important pillar, there cannot be any talk of greater heights.

Being a role model for others to emulate henceforth may seem like a tall hat to wear, but as long as we continue to steer forward with the same single-mindedness, tenacity and determination; deep down within we are still the same old us. Nothing has changed for us…only for the people around us who see us in a new light.

Carp diem!

Just like the Olympic motto 'Citius, Altius, Fortius', be rest assured I will fly even faster, higher and stronger in the years ahead!







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