Tuesday, January 01, 2008

a nuclear wedding?...hmmm

No, the first picture above is not taken with an astronomy telescope heheh...it was captured about 5 hours ago with a 3.2 Mega Pixel K800i sony-ericsson mobile phone at Felda Perdana Ballroom, Kuala Lumpur. Looks like outer space at night, isn't it? Like a scene from one of those science fiction movies...heheh. And why not? That was specially done by Felda Perdana Ballroom as a theme for the wedding of the son of my good friend Datuk Dr Daud Mohamed, Director-General of Academy Nukliar Malaysia (formerly Malaysian Institute of Nuclear Technology or MINT in short). I knew Daud when he was Dr Daud (or DD as his staff would passionately refer to him) Deputy Director-General of MINT at the time. I came to be close to him when he attended one of my speaking engagements at Marriot Hotel, KL. It was a performance management tingy KRA/KPI stuff for government sector where I presented a paper. That began my professional/personal relationship with YBhg Datuk. Since then, I have been invited to speak at a number of their conferences, led a strategic direction session with the senior management of MINT at Pan Pac Hotel KLIA and had given a 2 hour lecture at one of their inter-research institutions training program on knowledge management (whatever that means...hahaha). Thank you Datuk for placing me just now, at the VIP table together with UTM vice-chancellor Tan Sri Zulkifli and UUM former VC Datuk Mohd Nor Salleh. Next to my table was Prof Fauzi, Dean of Economics, UKM. Others spotted were, Tan Sri Tajuddin Ali, Chairman of UEMWorld, Datuk Habsah VC UKM, Datuk Dr Rais, retired MAMPU Dir-Gen and until three(3) months ago was VC of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). He told me he is now Chairman of MQA (formerly LAN or Lembaga Akreditasi Negara). The last foto was of course everyone's favourite...hahaha. Weddings at Perdana Felda Ballroom would be utterly and incomprehensibly incomplete without the signature dessert of tapai (fermented glutinous rice) with vanilla ice-cream...ummmph...yummmy!! hahaha. Tan Sri Zul related to me that at one of the weddings he had attended, they served caramel instead of the usual tapai and knowing my ex-boss Tan Sri Arshad....he got away with his naughty request...they did serve him the tapai with vanilla ice-cream! hahahaha...hmmm talk about the power of persuasion huh? NEW YEAR resolutions? hah plenty...i must say..but we will discuss that at a later blog perhaps? hihi....meantime wishing everyone a joyous and prosperous 2008!

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