NUS Open House & Rockfest, 14 March 2009!

The Open House Committee that made it happen!

The Open House Committee that made it happen!

Writer: Akhilesh
Editor: Janice Fan

On 14th and 15th March 2009, NUS opened itself for its prospective students. Large number of students could be seen either with their friends or their parents walking around campus or attending the various talks or spending time at different booths or eating food and generally having a nice time. There were campus tours organised, wherein a bus would take the students around the important places in NUS such as SRC, UCC, University Hall, PGP, SoC, Biz School and Central Library. SRC was the happening place and almost every MPSH had something or the other going on, be it talks, Faculty booths, NUS activities or Hall booths.

Open House 09!

Open House 09!

In the MPSH, the Halls had set up their various booths along with the other NUS clubs. Eusoff, Kent Ridge, Temasek, Sheares, Raffles and King Edward’s VII were all aligned one after the other displaying all their major achievements in the past couple of years to entice students into joining their Hall.


our IHG glory!

KE had the proud banners of its three IHG Champions (Female Tennis, Softball and Squash) put up right behind its booth. There were a couple of souvenirs of the Rag day 08 and Hall Play decorated around the booth. The really impressive mini-football field piece (normally in display in the Lounge) was also there. The Trophies, Shields and Medals won by KE over the past couple of years were also on display. There was a notice board on which KEVIIANS had put up their views about the Hall.

Proud to be a part of KE!

Proud to be a part of KE!

But the centre of attraction was…


breathtaking, ain't it?

Our Wushu team also put up our performance. Apologies for not having photos of their performance, if you happen to have any, do let us know! Thanks :) For now, here’s a shot of them getting ready!


the wushu team!

And of course, it’s a must to talk about ROCK FEST 2009!

That is what they call themselves.

our band performing...

our band performing...

They came, they performed, they blew our minds away and they laughed right through it all.

King Edward VII Hall’s band performed in EMCC’s inter-hall head banging session called Rock Fest on the very same Saturday, as a part of the NUS Arts Festival.

Raffles and Eusoff Hall had performed earlier, but they did not have half the fan following as KE had :D Most of the people from the Open House Booth flocked in to watch Turbulence perform and none of them left disappointed. One had grasping the free coke and the other being waved around in sync with the beat like in a concert; that was the general picture of the people present in the SRC Basketball Courts.

"Don't speak"

"Don't speak"

take me away...

take me away...

They started off slow with Don’t Speak originally performed by No Doubt and then gathered up some momentum with Take Me Away by Lifehouse. Their performance then shifted gear from Western to Eastern and they played a Chinese song by Mayday. The crowd erupted when Coldplay’s Yellow was strummed on the guitar, by Yannick. ‘Wake me up…’ Greenday’s masterpiece drove the audience crazy and created the energy and concert-ish atmosphere even among the slightly older people who were watching silently.


mae yue on the keyboard!

mae yue on the keyboard!

What do you get when you have around 6 guitarists, 3 drummers, 2 singers and a keyboardist?



Nope, you do not get a disaster and clash of egos. You get TURBULENCE!



14 Responses to “NUS Open House & Rockfest, 14 March 2009!”

  1. March 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Just a request, could you also kindly put up a picture of the very hard working Open House Committee in the article.

    They slaved over night and long hours espcially in the last week leading up to Open House to make our booth the way it was. You could also put up more pictures of the collages and baords they hand made. They looked awesome too.

    Just FYI, the comm consisted of: Jia Yan (Head and our very own PR Sec), Lincoln Lam (final year), Liujun, Johanna, Dang Ni, Shireen and our very own alumni Lynn Chan. I think Kuan Siang also helped out a lot during the last few days. These people really worked over time. So yeah, our thanks should go out to them

    Next time, just give these people a mention because they are the ones that made the booth look as it did. Great job guys.

  2. 2 Buddhima
    March 25, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    eh someone has to take a pic of lincoln and put it online. he’s always hiding :D

    and our band isn’t The Knees anymore? haha

  3. 3 Vince
    March 26, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    Yo Musa, you forgot bout shwu yan ler. Anyway, good job to the open house comm. The booth was really amazing considering the fact that you al only have so little time to do it.

  4. 4 jer
    March 26, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    No mention of the wushu performance that we have been preparing for weeks. *sad* :(

  5. 5 janicefan
    March 26, 2009 at 2:13 AM

    Hey Musa, thanks for the feedback, we’ll take note and try to give credit to those who work behind the scenes for hall events! :) And I guess that apart from encourgaing our writers to be proactive in taking photos, we’ll have to work a lot more closely with photo comm if we want to get greater coverage through photos haha.

    To Jer: Really very very sorry, so far we only have that one photo, which isn’t representative of the hard work you all put in, I know. Will try to find out more about your performance so we can write on it! Maybe you’d like to have some input? Like do you have stuff to say about the performance and what led up to it? Let us know! :) Sorry once again!

  6. 6 Jer
    March 26, 2009 at 4:19 AM

    I thought Kok Pun got the photos XD see his facebook! Dun worry dun worry, I can try to help to help should you want more info. I know it is also hard work on your part to write good articles and do all the research behind.

    Another suggestion: perhaps the rockfest and open house blog entry should be split into separate entries

  7. 7 Jer
    March 26, 2009 at 4:28 AM

    oh bummer, i pressed the button too fast…

    Continued from suggestion: … so that Rockfest and OH don’t clog together in one entry.

    The photos+captions go well with the article. Good job!

  8. March 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    i think the writer wasn’t informed beforehand about the timing of the wushu performance if i’m not mistaken. hence, he wasn’t there when it happened. incidentally, i was around during the wushu performance and hence i took the photos.

    my photos on facebook can be viewed here:


    just to add, i did not take the photos for photocomm as no photographer was assigned (for reasons unknown to me) and i thought since i’m going down for open house & rockfest anyway, i might as well take some photos :D that’s partly the reason why the photos were not uploaded on the photocomm site but on my facebook.

    sorry for all the trouble! do inform us beforehand if you would like us (KE Press, KE Vision & KE Motion) to cover certain events/performances in the future! it’s safer not to assume that we’ll be there as sometimes things do escape our minds :)

  9. 9 jan
    March 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    yup, the writer actually didnt know about the wushu performance.
    I contacted Akhilesh and he said that he had to leave for rockfest (which requested coverage from KE Press) before the wushu group performed… so… Jer, I guess I can add in more photos abt the wushu performance from KP if you want, but if you want a write-up on it you’ll have to do it? So sorry. Checked with Akhilesh, and because he did not watch the performance hs is unable to provied more information… So let me know if you want to do so? If not we’ll just leave it at adding more photos this time? Let me know if it’s okay :)

  10. 10 Jer
    March 26, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    hey janice.

    I know you would have asked for some input on my side :D well, I do not think my writing skills are on par with your writers but i`ll try to get something to you after this weekend, after Dance Uncensored.


  11. 11 jan
    March 26, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    okay thanks! do appreciate it. :)

  12. March 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Yeap, I knew I missed out somebody. Sorry about that. Also Chun wee I guess for the macs they provided, haha.

    Thanks for getting back and improving on the article Janice. Good work :)
    Keep it up yea.

  13. 13 Jer
    April 6, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    To Janice: I’ve sent the article over at keviihall[at]gmail.com

  14. August 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

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