Thursday, October 15, 2009

Active Agers Awards 2009..Superb entertainment.

As soon as all present were seated comfortably, the programme proper got underway with Brian Richmond warming things up with his wisecracks and jokes.
Jokes are never stale even if you have heard them before.
The Golden Gals, an Indian dance group nurtered by my fellow 2008 Award winner Madam K, entertained us with an exquisite and rhythmic dance item.

Speeches were made by Mr Gerard Ee ( Chairman, Council of Third Age ) and RADM (NS) Ronnie Tay ( CEO, Infocomm Development Authority of )Singapore).

At 8 pm, the Guest-of-Honour Mr Gan Kim Yong ( Minister for Manpower) arrived and went up to the stage to deliver the main address.
The important points made in all the speeches have been reported in the press. I shall put them here later.

Perhaps, the best news for the evening or in any event such as this was when emcee Brian Richmond announced..."ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served!"
But there was further good news! We were to be entertained by Mr Ernesto...a truly gifted and most versatile singer/guitarist.
This man is a huge talent with a capital "T". No joke! As a performer and entertainer myself, I like his style....confident, always in sync with the crowd, plays by ear, adapts well, has variety in his singing, playing style
and unafraid of requests.
He is also humourous...when he ad-libs and make light banter of VIPs.
Those of you reading this do note this:
Mr Ernesto is available for company or private functions. I have no idea what it will cost you but I can assure he is a classy act!
He did several songs from the 50's and 60's so well that judging from our collective response, he was asked to

"play and sing on" beyond the allocated 20 minutes. The guests applauded heartily.

Photo: Table number 8
D2 and I were at this table together with some of my fellow Active Ager Award winners of 2008.
In the picture is also Mr Lingam seated next to D2. He is a runner-up in this year's AAA category.

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