Dresses purchased, make-up on, hair coiffed; fingernails manicured, facials done, heels bought. Tuxedos crisped, ties secured, hair styled.
Excitement and mirth mounted as buddies helped each other rev up their souls and appearances for the final,graceful event of their senior year in Hwa Chong – Senior Promenade 2009: Bella Sera, yours to remember. A Prom, like no other.
After hours, or perhaps even days, of preparation, 7th December was here. 946 seniors stepped into the foyer of Padang and Collyer Ballroom, Swissôtel The Stamford; the ladies dolled in their finest gowns and men in their tuxedos. The flash of cameras never-ending as friends captured memories of their final Hwa Chong gathering. Immersed in the String Ensemble’s serenade, seniors purchased flowers and dedicated messages to their friends; while others opted for a glamorous photo shoot.
Our String Ensemble delivering soothing melodies during cocktail reception.
The programme began at 7.30pm with a montage featuring the seniors’ 2 years in Hwa Chong. Thereafter, Mr Ang, our Principal, gave a parting speech announcing his oncoming retirement. The Hwa Chong J1 Chinese dancers then kick-started the programme with an elegant, self-choreographed dance dedicated to their seniors.
The night’s entertainment was led by Jay Jumandi, our charismatic emcee, who worked the crowd with his ever-charming personality.
We were treated to a variety of performances, featuring our very own bands, two captivating solo performances by Brandon and Yu Quan, a medley by the suave vocal group The Good Kind, and an eye-catching, flashy dance by MAD. These, and not discounting the 5 bold, shameless MACHO MEN who gave their all to seduce the crowd with their muscles.
Kwang Yueh from Koa (band) filling the air with their cover of Adam Lambert’s Time for Miracles.
Our MAD Hip-Hop dancers dazzling us with their jaw-dropping moves and skillz
Our stage games certainly did not exclude gleeful showboating in its criteria 😀
Yu Quan from the High School Section, winner of YOUth Got Talent 2009, showing why he has the calibre to win such competitions.
Brandon from 08S69 took us away with his song dedication to his class.
Our Title Nominees for the evening – Mr and Miss Sunshine, Most Compatible Couple, and the Prom King and Queen, lit up the red carpet with beautiful smiles and enthusiasm. Recount the faces of our brave, glamorous nominees HERE =>
Mr and Miss Sunshine nominees were tasked with gathering the most number of friends to support them, causing a hullaballoo in the ballroom.
Acting out famous romantic scenes from Cinderella, High School Musical and Titanic, the Most Compatible Couple nominees amused us with their originality and witty one-liners.
Wilson and Marianne acting out the charming scene from High School Musical 3.
The Prom King and Queen nominees did a catwalk each and answered formal questions with much of their own individuality.
Tianyu, one of the Prom Queen nominees, parading down the red carpet.
As the night drew to an end, the title nominees put up a surprise and never-done-before performance of a waltz along the ballroom’s aisle. As the dry ice englufed the aisle, the dreamy image of couples waltzing along the aisle held the entire ballroom’s wondrous attention.
Thereafter, the winners of the various titles were crowned, with Alfred Wan (08A15) and Rachel Lau (08S65) walking away with the titles of Mr and Miss Sunshine.
Arhh!! What radiance! Rachel Lau (left) and Alfred Wan (right), being crowned Ms & Mr Sunshine with … erm… floats? 😀
The Most Compatible Couple title went to Soon Kian Keong (08A13) and Jillian Lye (08S72) – May they be together forever ♥.
Couple bears always do the trick!
Finally, Lim Chong Tee (08S70) was crowned Hwa Chong’s Prom King, and Regina Liew (08S6V) was crowned Hwa Chong’s Prom Queen, walking away with thousand dollars worth of prizes!
Mr Ang, no matter what, you will always be our KING!
The night came to a nostalgic end with the 35th Song ICs, Sherry and Yaohui, leading their batch in 唱一首华初的歌. Though seniors departing the ballroom may not remember the ballroom décor, or food, or the full details of the night in years to come, they will nontheless, surely, forever remember all their friendships forged during these very special two years in Hwa Chong.
Their presence in Hwa Chong will not end with this beautiful night, but will continue with lasting friendships, memories of their peers and teachers and a never-ending Hwa Chong spirit that will burn for eternity in their hearts.
It was your beautiful evening to remember. The night of your lives. All the best for your future endeavours, seniors! Adieu! 😀
The 36th Senior Promenade Organising Committee