Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) Thank You Dinner

A shameless bit of self promotion. Here's to receiving the MICA (Ministry of Information, Community and the Arts) Special Recognition Award (SRA) from the Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim himself.

Another shot for good measure.

Finally, all the SRA recipients. Not exactly the Cultural Medallion or the Oscar but something to be proud of anyway. By the way, the actual award weighs almost a ton, and will make for a superior paperweight.

Another Thank You Dinner, within the space of three evenings. This time, it is the turn of MICA (Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts) to host its groups of advisors, committess and panels at the School of The Arts (SOTA). I do not sit on any of these groups but my presence there was due to the the honour of receiving a MICA Special Recognition Award (SRA) from MICA Minister Dr Yaakob Ibrahim. Reason: for sitting in all those committees in the National Arts Council (NAC), the kind organisation that nominated me for this award. There were 13 awards given out this year, including to volunteers of the National Heritage Board (NHB) and - I love this one - to founders of the Taxi Drivers Literary Circle, awarded by the National Library Board (NHB).

A rowdy drumroll to great the guests.

Three doctors proud to have been conferred the SRA. Dr Ma Swan Hoo (left) and Dr Janncy Wong (right), who have been faithful guides for the National Art Museum, National History Museum and Peranakan Museum.

A moment with Mrs Hwang-Lee Poh See, former Principal of St Nicholas Girls' School, who sits on a committee which vets Chinese language programmes. She's also the mother of one of my classmates, the neurosurgeon Dr Peter Hwang.

Raymond Lye, Member of Parliament Baey Yam Keng and composer Dr Ho Chee Kong (from L to R).

Members of the FCP (Film Classification Panel, also known as the Film Censorship Party) having a light moment: Rosihan Dahim, Ng Wei Chin, Mona Lim and Nadiputra. Let's see if they're still laughing after viewing I No Stupid Part 6, Saw 13 or Debbie Does Dallas Part 29.

Looks like everybody is having a good time. The roti jalak and chicken curry was particularly good.

A few floors above the Multi Purpose Hall of SOTA was the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM) having their first rehearsal of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G.

Here is my very sturdy (and heavy) Special Recognition Award in a pride of place at home, just in front of the appreciation gift for helping to organise Bali Classical Nights. (Let's hope the cats don't pee on it!) Thank you, NAC!