This year’s INSEAD ball theme was Red Dot, which represents Singapore. It all began when an Indonesian politician said Singapore was just a little red dot. Somehow the name stuck and it doesn’t have very negative connotations anymore. It is true, on the world map the dot marking Singapore can be bigger than Singapore itself. Yet our small size has also been our strength as we are more determined to prove ourselves, surviving on human capital and working efficiently to compensate for our lack of natural resources.
So I came in pink today (closest to being a red dot) and someone actually said I was following the theme, so - yaay!
Many of us supported our Zero Coupon Band (or bond?) and screamed support for our classmates on stage. Virginia had the biggest fan club… I just started a Facebook group for them!
We felt hot and went downstairs to some air-conditioned rooms so it was less hot. Seems like our seniors knew where to go, cos they were already there. Consumed lots of appetisers - smoked salmon, seared raw tuna, absolutely delicious and fresh brie on french bread… it was great for hungry people. Then the pyrotechnics came on outside, and the Singapore percussion band gave a long, powerful performance. I think this was the band which performed at other big events (like National Day last year, I think). I was so proud to be Singaporean when I saw these young performers doing a great job and getting lots of cheers from my international classmates.
Danced a lot with Julian in the Bhangra room where there were lots of Indians showing their rhythmic skills. Felt a little woozy, walked out to another room, bumped into Panos who gave me bread and told me to drink water. Went to the bar across the corridor and drank water. Bumped into Raphael and Amel’s friend who’s contemplating going to INSEAD, and we both encouraged him to apply. Stepped out for a heart-to-heart talk with Raphael about how I can improve from P2 onwards (yesss even at parties I take my groupwork seriously!!!). At different stages, Eloy popped around to see how I was doing; thanks a lot for your concern!
At the end I felt much more stable and went home successfully, my feet aching but my heart feeling quite happy.
Juniors, if there is only one event you ever go to, make sure it is the INSEAD ball, either in Fonty or Singapore. It was a tremendous bash, definitely not a place where you’d wanna leave halfway. Enjoy it to the max.
And guess who else I met there … Stefanos, the most famous INSEAD blogger!!! Hey dude if you read this blog, remember my request and link to me too! Great to see him back in Singapore.
Now I am home, blogging this while feeling high, and I somehow have to go to church in 7 hours’ time….