NUS MBA student Gao Xiang relives the moments from his second Chinese New Year festival with the MBA cohort at NUS.
Big orange & red crackers and golden fishes.. my second Chinese New Year in NUS started with a prosperous omen. I didn’t feel lonely, even thousands of miles away from home. Sharing the happiness of 2009 Chinese New Year with the MBA cohorts made me feel at home.
I was amazed by the exciting shows prepared by MBA and IMBA students. It was very refreshing to see a lot of overseas Chinese friends also participated in organizing the celebrations. Karla from Philippines, Esti from Indonesia, Claire from Singapore and Hnin from Myanmar: not only girls from China, but also from many other regions, all dressed in Chinese traditional costumes, making the celebration colorful and shining. Thanks for the excellent shows from many exchange students from Zhejiang University and Xi’an Jiaotong University. Their performance and versatility radiated the whole venue. Some beautiful song performances by members of my junior batch added to the ambience.
Jaiman Shah reports on a memorable Festival of Lights celebration for Diwali in Singapore.
After two regular annual events – International Day and Oktoberfest, it was Diwali which brought out the regional flavour in the NUS MBA program.
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights celebrated to mark the beginning of Hindu New Year. For Indians, it was a feeling of home away from home while for we introduced our culture to our batch mates. So much so that, Karla, our friend from Philippines, turned up in a red-n-black saree to celebrate Diwali in the authentic Indian style.