We had Malaysiam Satay and salmon salad??? for entree...
And for the mains I chose the Sambal prawn and Simon chose the Paprik Chicken....
Here's what they served us on board... I think this was the first time I flew on the Boeing777... Not sure bout the last trip to Sydney with Cheryl.. we flew SIA then.. but anywayz.. ths time we were on the upper deck and it was awesome as we got the front seats..
Day 1: Sydney
We got out of the airport within 30 mins... cause we had the express passes and don't really need to queue... (woo hoo...)... took our rented car.. and drove off to check into our hotels.... Then, we got ready for the Registration at the Lions Convention at Sydney Convention Center at Darling Harbour!
The set up of the convention exhibition was just amazing! The branding was superb!!!!
I believe our District should learn to follow these guidelines and footsteps.
Branding enhances presence.. Presence instills Existence... Existence preserves Strength... Strength ensures Success....!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge at night .... The Aussies really know how to play with lights and create that perfect beautiful photo op....!
On the second day.. Simon woke up as early as 6 in the morning and went fort skydiving!!! no Kidding! He asked me to join him but I think the thought of it alone... sends shivers down my spine! hahaha....
Here's a video of his skydiving experience.. am sorry, I think you have to be my "friend" on Facebook before you are able to view this I think.... :P
A short video of the parade taking place....!
This was our rented car.. the 2.0 Turbo Mini Coupe Convertible... hehehe...
Simon and I flew to Melbourne for a day trip... Mainly I wanted to present the Top Director Award to Eric Teh in person. He has been doing a great job throughout this fiscal year and he certainly deserves this special treatment! :)
Day 4: Back to Sydney
This is the day I give the talk.. a little nervous.. and there's this little butterfly flying in my tummy all morning... Cos I have spoken for many occasions, and this would be my first on the international level with so many PDGs... PCCs.. ABCDEFGs at the venue.. hmmmmm... But before that, Simon and I had breakfast with my mummy dearest... Lion Shirley Koh....
My talk was part of the Youth Service Projects Can Attract New Members segment. There were 6 Speakers in total... 4 from Australia of whom one is the MD Leo Chairperson Lion Martin Peebles, who touched on Leo activities in Australia. 1 more is from the USA, Lion Dana, who spoke about Diebetis Projects... My topic was Making a Difference.. where I touched on the Eco Projects that we have done throughout our last fiscal year. I started out with a joke giving them a tune that i wrote for Sydney....
"Sydney a real 'Fine' City... We Have to pay all the time.. There goes all my money...."
Of course, I would like to record my biggest thank you to IPDG Choong Kwei Loi for giving me this opportunity to speak on an international platform... His recommendation and support helped me broaden my perspective in life and also public speaking too!
Also there to support me was DG Hudson Hah and wife, Nelly; Simon & Shaw Jhee too! The lady in blueish green dress is ID Debra.
Before we left, we met PID Ellis Suriyati...She was so kind enough to give me AUD$100 to buy things... Another mummy dearest! Hahaha... I insisted not to take and chucked back into her pocket and she said..."Alan,.. you don't take you dont respect me ya!!!"
So... I had no choice... nanti Mummy marah! haha. So I took, and told her that I will buy badges and gifts for our Leos and some Lions back home.. She smiled...
Such a sweet and loving character and PID is one of the reasons why I stayed a Lion....! Her speeches always inspire me and my members to strive on.. no matter come what may!!!
After the talk, Simon and I went for another round of City Tour... we went to the Pitt Street Mall, Queen Victoria Building... and went up the Sydney Tower for night view of the city.. Truly Awesomeeeeee!!!! Then, we boarded a flight from Sydney to Brisbane... and then we drove to Gold Coast and slept like hogssss... hahahaha....!
Day 5: Gold Coast
We didnt stay for the closing ceremony of the convention as we planned to go to Movie World at Gold Coast! Had loads of fun especially on the Scooby Dooby Doo Ride... the Lethal Weapon 4 (killllerrrrrr!!!!!!) and enjoyed the parade and Shrek 4D movie too!
Truly a great experience even though everything was so 3R! hahaha... But, I guess.. we have to be a little rushing here and there.. to enjoy our kind'a travelling? hahaha.. Oh well....
And I just realized I spent more than an hour writing this... hmmmm.. hopefully the next posting wont be another year! hahahahahaah