When I got the invitation from the university, and a brief glimpse of the location piqued my interest, so I decided to signed up. Well, I've never attended any alumni gatherings before - not for polytechnic ("college" , for some of you) and certainly not for the university.
I thought it would be a good time to network, catch up with some familiar faces (especially those whom we've lost touch over the years) and maybe see what's going on with the university these days. Anyway, our event was held at the Mint Museum of Toys, which also gave me a chance to visit that interesting museum.
26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
Tel: 6339 0660
It is a 5-storey contemporary building housing a museum, gift shop and Mr. Punch Rooftop Bar, as well as restaurants in the basement. Impressive, no? The exhibits consist of an impressive collection of toys and childhood memorabilia, including stuffed animals, tin cans and some vintage dolls etc - all with very detailed description. There are also events ongoing at the museum from time to time.
The opening hours are as such -
Mondays to Fridays 9.30am - 6.30pm
Public holidays & Eve of CNY 9.30am - 4.00pm
Closed on first and second days of Chinese New Year
Child (ages 2 - 12) SGD$7.00
Senior Citizen (ages 60 & above) SGD$7.50
So, we got a brief tour of the interesting museum after registering ourselves at the front door and getting a name tag as well as were asked to go join the alumni Facebook page. There were some magazines and newsletters for reading pleasure before the talks commenced.
There was also a cocktail station on Level 3 where we helped ourselves beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as some very light snacks. The Meat Balls were large and succulent but I preferred the taste of the Thai Fishcake with their tangy overturs.
And lots of red and white wine while mingling with new friends (what to do, since NONE of the people from your cohort were able to attend / were aware of this event!), catching up with an ex-colleague who happened to study here as well, and some photo sessions.
The red seats were set up as we were invited to be seated. Then the standard "Welcome back to Murdoch" speech by one of the school's personnel, followed by talks by guest speakers flown all the way in from various parts of the globe.
And then it was dinner session as we proceeded downstairs - they catered buffet for us - there were quite alot of stuff. I took some fruit, vegetables, shrimp and chicken. It was time for more minglling, more museum tour and some more networking going on. I think some of them headed for drinks on their own accord after that but I had to rush off for another event.
Was glad I went because I made some new friends and touched base with a couple of people I know who also studied here. I guess I would be attending future gatherings as such, and maybe rein in more people from the ex-cohort.