28 February 2010
This is my second time to the Chinese New Year Reception @ Istana Lawn but I'm still equally excited about entering Istana. Shuttle buses ferried us from the Revenue Building to the Istana.
I always look forward to the CNY Reception because it is one of the rare moments where the Prime Minister will deliver a speech that will not be put on record. As such, the PM would share very insightful information on international relations and the government's stance on certain policies.
At the Istana Lawn, the Members of Parliament and Advisers to Grassroots Organisations would sit together with their fellow grassroots leaders. At the Eunos table, the former MP Sidek Saniff was also present. Around the lawn, everyone part of a big family.
After the buffet dinner, at about 9pm, everyone returned to their seats as they awaited for the PM's speech. PM Lee Hsien Loong spoke in Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin then finally in English. The main theme of his speech hovered around harmony, immigration and the economy. He also shared insights on our relations with neighbouring countries. Huijing said she learnt a lot from the speech. PM Lee ended his speech at 10.30pm. How I wished he could talk more.
The Istana building looked grand and serene at night. Had my photo shoot with my Member of Parliament Zainul Abidin Rasheed.
After the reception, we gave Huijing a birthday surprise with a lo hei cum steamboat supper!