Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ladies & gentlemen...

announcing the arrival of...

me.

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Friday 24 April 2009 I am going to remember for a long time.

It was an unremarkable day as usual.

And then the sun set!

I had been asked to attend a dinner, as a representative. When you have been asked, it's not polite to decline, even though it's Friday night and...

I had no other plans anyway.

As I made my way past the main doors of the hall and headed for the entrance to the dining room, someone intercepted me and ushered me to the VIP holding room instead.

Didn't expect that.

Lush red carpet, massive sofas with funny looking floral patterns, and kopi-o and muffins as snack. And then a few people came in to keep me company.

Soon enough, another VIP (me being the first one, remember...) joined us in the room. And that was when I discovered that the two of us were it. The main guests for the dinner.

We were both ushered out of the VIP holding room with a small entourage following and walked across the hall to the dining room. There was a guard of honour formed, consisting of about a hundred people. They smiled at us, and we back. I even waved a little, as it felt awkward just walking past.

We passed the doors to the dining room, and that was when I realised that it wasn't a room, it was a MASSIVE dining hall with hundreds and hundreds of people sitting around dinner tables.

Didn't expect that either.

Then the emcees announced our arrival, with my name being one of the three mentioned. And we got thunderous applause!

Absolutely amazing.

These people seemed genuinely happy to see us.

The walk from the doors to the main table is something that will stick with me for a long time. What a feeling. It was like taking a lap of honour after winning the final of the Malaysia Cup. Everyone was smiling and clapping and there was even a photographer taking pictures. The scenery was beautiful. Those 30 seconds went past too soon.

My seat at the main table even had my name on it. The long version!

Three speeches later and dinner began. Dinner was good, and I was beginning to get comfortable at the table. It was at times a bit unnerving though, with a couple of cameramen trying to get a good shot of me lifting my spoon to my mouth, at the point just before chewing...

I couldn't resist and had to ask how many people were having dinner.

About 1000.

At the end of dinner, I was called on stage to receive a couple of tokens of appreciation. Things got better when I didn't have to take the tokens with me, as someone took it from me on stage and would hold it for me whilst I finish dessert... :-)

Thank you for dinner IIUM. Good luck to the 800 school children from 96 secondary schools across Malaysia at the inter-shcool debating competition - I hear you're going to get into the Malaysia Book of Records for making this the biggest event of its kind. All the best to the 400 odd undergrads and alumni involved in the organising of the competition. For what it's worth, you have my support.

And thank you Jane for sending me to dinner!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey Ayaz! I think I see this happening a lot in your future...

cheerios!

- aida

zleenz said...

Mengumumkan ketibaan...

mesti terasa seperti berbunga-bunga masa tu :P

huhu... looking at the title, "Ladies & Gentlemen..." teringat yang I don't have male frens' blogs in my blogroll... Can I add ur link there.. (tengah mencari blogs written by male frens.. untuk neutralise my bloglist) :P hoho...

Teruskan ber blog yaa YB :P~

u know who said...

Full name you Mohamed Ayaz Waliullahi Wajhi Mut'mainnah Watiku Billah Ismailiyoooun dia taruk?

Ish ish

VVVVVIP sungguh.

Anonymous said...

aida,

i have a feeling..ayaz mmg akan jadi org besar one day..;)

Idaman said...

LOL... one of those things.

I felt like this 'Guy':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdyYe7sDlhA

zleenz - go ahead!