Date: 12 October 2007
Venue: Paulaner Brahaus
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“I am really happy to see the increase in the number and variety of activities in recent times. I hope to see more of such activities.”
The first Oktoberfest organized by GANO on 12 October 2007 saw a turnout of more than 80 alumni and guests. These alumni, from the MBA Alumni-NUS, an association for MBA Alumni, and NUSBSA, gathered at Paulaner Brauhaus, a German restaurant and pub. Free flow of Paulaner’s beer, soft drinks, and trays of canape were served while guests interacted freely with one another.
Throughout the night, alumni and guests caught up with old friends and made new ones. At one corner, a group of MBA 2004 graduates used the event as a perfect platform to “recruit” members for their unofficial “Texas Hold’em Poker Club”. The club, which meets regularly on Thursdays at one of the course mates’ apartment in town, was started since campus days. “There are no non-poker moments – except events like this one!” jested Mr Lim Chiew Wah (MBA 2004), who plays Head Honcho to the gathering.
At another corner, three MBA friends from the classes of 2003, 2005 and 2007 recounted how they all met at Ms Anuprita Bhomick’s (MBA 2003) apartment, Anu (as she is known by her friends), a Product Marketing Manager with Dell, invites alumni to her residence for a party every year. Mr Ryan Mbagaya (MBA 2005) reminded the group of friends how it was at one of these parties that he met friends who landed him a job at Shell.
An independent investor, Mr Allen Chang (MBA 1990) commented, “I am really happy to see the increase in the number and variety of activities in recent times. I hope to see more of such activities.”
Director of GANO, Mr Aw Beng Teck said, “Events like this allow our alumni to get together in an informal setting, have fun, make friends and bond. It’s about building a community.”