SMSI’s annual pre-departure dinner had for many years served as the first gathering for incoming Singaporean freshmen and current members of Irish medical universities. Being the second and more formal event of the year, the Pre-departure dinner still fulfils the same aim of further fostering a sense of community within SMSI on a more tight-knit and cosy platform, this time with students of the upper years and alumni, before members separate ways and embark on the new school year in their respective universities.
In line with the recent ‘xinyao’ (composition and performance of songs by young Singaporeans, commonly about life in Singapore) wave, the theme of this year's Pre-departure dinner, Star Awards!, is geared towards embracing and celebrating the unique Singaporean character.
Inspired by the local media industry Mediacorp, the programme line-up emulates the concept of her annual award ceremony where members are acknowledged for their contribution to SMSI and games that require voting and interaction from the ground are planned, interspersed with performances by our very own members. With a twist of local flavour, we brought out the fun-loving and creative youthful spirit in all of us.
This was the the highlight of the evening: our Star Awards! segment. We had our members nominate and vote prior to the event the top 3 candidates (individuals/couples) of these categories. Here are the winners!
Congratulations on our winning contestants and all our members for being such great sports. This segment definitely garnered much enthusiasm from the ground!
Members who are inclined towards the performing arts were also provided the opportunity to express their passion, contribute and be involved in the event by performing onstage during the dinner.
Also, similar to Dinner and Dance events that are part of the distinctive culture of hall residences in local universities we had an official formal event similar in nature, of course not without a photo-booth!!! Here are some photos of us Singaporeans being photogenic and “cam-whoring” This year we are very fortunate to have the photography of this event managed by a fellow Singaporean budding photographer, Vincent Lum (check out his photog talents here!)
This was definitely a night to remember.
We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to our sponsors: OSU, SGPoolz, MOHH, NHG-AHL and DBS without whom this event would not have been possible. Also to Hotel Jen for the event venue and fancy dinner.
And of course, once again, our dear photographer, Vincent Lum!
And last but not least, YOU our members for your support and fun-loving spirit tonight that made this event a success J
See you at our next event on our annual trip in Ireland!