BY ABHIRAM V SUBRAMANIAM
& Raffles Hall: Bonded by Kueh was the games I used to play with my friends. Coming from an all-boys’ school, it was common to
the most striking images of the nights was when the lights were dimmed for a Chinese song that was being sung. The crowd akin to a crowd for a
use every day stationery items to our advantage to play a myriad of silly but imaginative games.
Coldplay concert, decided to whip out their phones and turned on their torchlights, slowly swaying to
One of the immutable memories of my childhood
the beat of the song. Thus, it would be an understatement to say that the Thus first part of this year’s Malaysian Night was nostalgic, for I managed to relive the moments of my teenage years. Gone were the FIFA and PES videogames. In their place was a blank paper with 2 people drawing imaginary goalposts, pushing their pencils in an attempt to score goals. Instead of battling via their phones or game controllers, people were playing with erasers, vying for supremacy by placing their eraser on top of the other person’s eraser with the mere push of the index finger. The transcendence of these games resonated with many residents who poured in to show their support for their Malaysian brothers and sisters. And soon, the games ended and the performances began. Singing, dancing and instrumentals were done for Malay, Chinese and English songs making it a truly multicultural experience. What a pleasant sight it was to see exchange students become a part of this melting pot, supporting their friends, and understanding the cultures of Malaysia and Singapore. Perhaps one of
But an unmistakable highlight of the night had to be the plethora of kueh that was available for the ravenous eyes of hall residents. Kueh is a Malaysian dessert cake typically made from glutinous rice. Contained within these cakes are coconut, pandan leaves and palm sugar known as Gula Melaka; all of which make for a scrumptious dessert meal. People who entered the Comm Hall late would direct their eyes to the buffet of kueh guarded by only one person from the Malaysian Night team. Unable to be stopped, Rafflesians grabbed kueh after kueh; sometimes causing their plates to bend in the process. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One can tell that no matter where we come from or what our identity is, food inevitably brings us together and keeps us that way. Malaysian Night was truly representative of this. Malaysians came from all parts of NUS to lend support in the organization of this event and in the true Raffles Hall spirit, it turned into an unmistakably unmistakab pleasant memory.
Published on Nov 7, 2017
Published on Nov 7, 2017
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