all 4 a good cause as well.
This took place on May 12; I was invited to a fundraiser for the Presisdent’s Challenge 2009 organised by the National University of Singapore Society and Singapore Pools at SP’s HQ in Selegie Road.
What’s unique about this event was that it was so incredibly cheap at $18 per head, as donation, not the price of the food of which there’s no mention. Not one of those chi chi fund raising events where the dinner per head could be $500 or more.
In return, donors got to eat the most scrumptous and sumptuous quality Peranakan food, cooked by chef Philip Chia, that in my view is easily worth about 3 times the donation value.
Instead of being short-changed in the name of charity, we benefited from a convival evening filled with lip-smacking delicacies that couldn’t be found outside a true blue generous nyonya home. Sure, there were some small fund raising activities — such as Scratch It and Lucky Draws for repro-kum chengs — to coax the guests to donate more.
These were entirely voluntary and I noticed some guests just sat on their hands, perhaps because they objected to gambling.
But they should have gone for the foto-taking opportunities with two Mediacorp and Little Nyonya stars, Joanne Peh and Pierre Png, tho for my part I wld rather — and did — take a chance with the “gambling”.
In between being entertained by some nostalgic old songs by the Peranakan Voices and nyonya impersonator Francis Hogan, we were served the Tok Panjang in style, starting with kerabu hai tay (jellyfish and prawn salad) and hee peow (fish maw) soup.