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Dragon Scout Group 85th Anniversary Campfire and Dinner links

Dear readers (esp Dragon Scout Group) 

I have uploaded the photos into the Dragon Scout Gallery for the 85th Anniversary Campfire and Dinner and Hawaiian Scout Troop 42 visit:

The links are summarised below for an easy and quick reference to the mega events

(1) DSG 85th Anniversary Campfire


(2) Hawaiian Scout Troop 42 Visit




Happy viewing !

Bon Voyage, Hawaiian friends ! Till we meet again very soon!

1st August 2007

It was time, that is, the time for our Hawaiian friends to say goodbye to Singapore and head back home to Hawaii, although they would be stopping over at Hong Kong for a few days before actually reaching home.

I met them at Hotel Phoenix lobby and helped to liase their check-out was smooth, coordinated with the coach driver with my other 2 liason members, Xiao Tian and Kevin. It was also of special significance that on 1st August 2007, the day of their departure, it was also Hotel Phoenix’s last day of operation. There were press photographers and videographers at the lobby and some of our Hawaiian friends were “featured” inside Straits Times Online Multimedia: Hotel Phoenix says Goodbye for the last time.

Once everybody was ready, our coach came into the hotel pick-up/drop-off point and our of us tried to squeeze the huge luggages and bags into the coach compartment, some luggages had to be brought up onto the seats. Soon, we were on our way to Changi Airport Terminal 1.

On the coach, we started chatting with the parents about their own travel adventures and experiences. The boys were really tired as they were quiet throughout the ride to the airport. Upon arrival, we were a little bit early but it was alright, especially for group travel.

There were some hiccups but it was really not a big fuss, the Scoutmasters would know the issues we were talking about. Nevertheless, A Scout must always “Be Prepared”, our motto, any inconveniences/situations were handled without any hassles. After the luggages were checked-in, we make our way for lunch. Our Dragon Scout Group contingent came soon after that and joined in the lunch and chat with the Hawaiian party.

As the time passes so fast without everybody knowing, our Hawaiian friends had to check-in and clear the immigrations segment before proceeding to their boarding gate. There were last minute photo taking and everybody hugging and making fun of one another, handshakes and goodbye kisses.

Hosting the Hawaiian friends was really a great honour, even though I could only be with you folks for the few days. Dragon Scout Group definitely had some of their most memorable adventures/experiences in our rich 85 years of Dragon Scouting, hosting our brother scouts from Hawaiian Scout Troop 42.

Thank you Hawaiian Scout Troop 42 for the wonderful experiences!

Farewell Dinner for Hawaiian Scout Troop 42 at Singapore Recreation Club

31st July 2007

After about a week of fun and adventure in Singapore, it was time for them to return back home. The day before their departure, Dragon Scout Group, the hosts, organised a farewell dinner at the Singapore Recreation Club, for our Hawaiian friends.

It maybe a farewell dinner but it was full of laughter and talking, it was Indian food and this dinner pretty sums up the food of the various races and cultures in Singapore that they had tasted for the past week.

There were lots of sharing on the stage and it was nice to hear about history and experiences on how this exchange came about and the fun they had during their trip here. Gifts were also exchanged for all everybody involved, gift bags containing unique Singaporean products were given by our Dragon Scout Group to our Hawaiian Scout Troop and they had gift packs prepared as well for our Singapore counterparts. The Scout Masters from Hawaiian Scout Troop 42 also gave our teachers in charge, Hongliang, Kevin Kung and Shirley, uniquely Hawaiian gifts.

After lots of gift exchanging, chatting and contacts exchange, the folks were mixing around, taking photos for the beautiful memories. There was a performance by Hawaiian Scouts for us and it was great singing !

Soon after, we took group photographs outside the SRC, near the Padang. There were lots of digital cameras from the crowds wanting to take their photos, once I took the “official” shots, I helped them taking using their digital cameras.

The Hawaiian Scouts proceed to late night shopping at Mustafa Shopping Centre while the Dragon Scouts have to return home for bedtime and school tomorrow. For me, I returned home after the dinner and prepared to be part of the liason team the next day to meet them at the hotel during checkout and getting them to Changi Airport.

24th July 2007 ~ Hawaiian friends visiting Vivo City for dinner and shopping

Our Hawaiian friends had about 2 hours of rest, washing up and preparing for their first adventure in Singapore : Shopping and Eating.

Hongliang, Xiao Tian, Kevin & myself had a short afternoon tea break during their 2 hours rest and we soon rejoined them at Hotel Phoenix. The boys were ready, along with their scoutmasters and the parents that came along with them, board the coach and head towards our “new kid on the block”, Vivo City.

We alighted at the bus stop near the fountain and we could see that our guests really liked Vivo City, soon the cameras were out and they were snapping away and taking photos together.

Dinner was at the food court below in the basement, whereby our Dragon Scouts were waiting for them to arrive. Lots of friendly exchanges and catch up, our boys and girls playing great hosts and showing great hospitality, bringing our Hawaiian friends around the food stalls, assisting them in the selection of their dinner. We had quite a big bunch of our people around and the teachers, leaders and old boys could interact more with the parents.

It was an interesting and hilarious food eating cultural experience for our Hawaiian friends, especially dealing with spicy food and local Asian flavour food e.g. prawn paste used in rojak. Nevertheless, the boys had fun trying out many different types of meals. As for the parents and scout masters, they won’t miss out the fun too and they tasted many different food as well.

After dinner, we brought them up to the 3rd floor viewing area, looking at Sentosa, container terminal and part of our Singapore Harbour. The Hawaiian boys were later given time to shop and look around Vivo City with our Dragon Scouts, the parents went shopping on their own and the Hawaiian scout masters with our Singapore counterparts went to have coffee and discuss on the schedule ahead. Jeff dropped by and met up with us, catching up old times.

Finally, after an hour of shopping (for most of them) and discussion, we regrouped and they proceed for their future adventures ahead, while I returned home, finishing my PR/Helper/Photographer/Liason role for the day.

Due to work commitments, I wasn’t able to join in their entire schedule that was really wonderful and fun (I wished I was able to be with them throughout the entire schedule). Nevertheless, it was really great fun for me, probably due to the international scouting friendship bond that was built 13 years ago.

Some things never change……

24th July 2007 – Arrival of Hawaiian Scout Troop 42

Hawaiian Scout Troop 42 visit (exchange program) to Singapore with Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group

My relationship with the Hawaiian Scouts dated back around 1993. I remembered an American guest, Scout Master Sterling, with his Singaporean friend, visiting Gan Eng Seng School in Raeburn Park, near Spottiswoode Park. He was there to see Singapore Scouting in action. I was there during that time and it was the start of a long lasting relationship for Dragon Scout Group and our Hawaiian counterparts. One of our Scout Leaders at that time, Jeff, was a key person in establishing this special international relationship.

I recalled the time when they first came down to Singapore in 1994 (if I get my history correct) and that was our first exchange program between the Hawaiian Scout and Dragon Scouts. It was camping in Sarimbun Scout Camp and homestay. A year later, our Dragon Scouts went over to Hawaii for the return leg. I didn’t went over to Hawaii during that time, nevertheless, the experience with them was something priceless.

Fast foward to the year 2006, the exchange program was revived again and our Dragon Scouts visited our Hawaiian Brother Scouts in December 2006 and looking at their photos, they really had lots of fun. Soon, it was the Dragon Scouts turn to host them and through sheer brillance, strategic planning and lots of hard work, our teachers and leaders, put together a very exciting, all rounded Singapore Experience.

On the 24th July 2007, I was there with Kevin Kung, Hongliang, Shirley Tan, Xiao Tian, Kevin and our Sec 4 scouts, to give our warmest welcome to our Hawaiian friends. Kevin Kung and I reached earlier to set up the banners first and we were just in time to receive them !

The Hawaiian Scout Troop 42 main body rolled out from the arrival gates and started to gather around our welcome banners, taking photos. Soon, our main welcome party arrived with the coaches, the group started chatting with each other, old friends catching up again.

After much catching up and phototaking, they proceed to the 2 coaches and were ferried to Hotel Phoenix. They were settled into their rooms and had a rest before they began their first adventure in Singapore.