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8th of August 2009 was the day which went down in history as KE was honored with not only the Most Environmentally Friendly Float Award , but also the Best Overall Float Performance Award – an honor which has tantalizingly evaded KE for the past fifteen years. Behind the stunning show lay the countless days and nights of selfless sacrifices and team work. From the deep waters of hard work and commitment of this year’s Float Committee, a magnificent float arose- KENOVO!
So, here we are with the one person whose vision, perception and leadership added yet another feather in KE’s cap. Yes, my fellow KEVIIans, it is none other than the head of ROCKE’s Float Committee 2009. In a candid chat with me, this key person bares his soul about Float 2009…
Presenting… VINCENT LIM!
Congrats on the achievement of the float committee 2009. How do you feel about the success?
Like I’m not truly a part of it. I have always believed that the members who put together the float are the rightful owners of the float and not the head. I could only share their joy of creating a masterpiece from scratch. However as their head, I could not have been prouder to be able to form and lead this team to victory
What was the experience of leading the float committee 2009 like?
It is probably the slackest and most stressful post in the entire committee. Slackest because all you need to do is look through the paperwork done by others, attend meetings chaired by others as well as giving instructions to others. Most stressful because you’ll have to appear to be the slackest despite all the deadlines, screw ups, complains, dissatisfactions as well as misunderstandings directed at you.
What is the one thing you would like to change about KE float 2009, given the rare chance of time travel?
Why would I change anything? We did win the best overall performance right? I’m sure there are parts of the float that could be improved on to win the other awards as well but what happens if in the midst of trying to improve a certain aspect of the float, we forgo some other important aspect which cost us the ultimate award.
I probably hated the times we have the weekly general meetings the most. Reason being nobody actually listens to what was being said especially during the later period where everybody is shagged out. But the meeting is still necessary for those who actually listens to update themselves on our progress. I’ll also cherish the moment the general meetings the most not because the meeting’s finally over but because we’ll have our float cheer at the end of the meetings where you get to see everyone re-energized.
KENOVO is a brilliant idea and an apt answer to NUSSU’s Rag theme 2009…How did the idea come about? Tell us also how it was developed into its final magnificence…
I really hope there’s no need for any words of encouragement as that would mean they’ve hit a wall and are demoralized. Why else should they need any encouragement? Here’s a few words of advice though: Float is all about believing in what you do. As long as you believe your float is the winning float, it will be just that; the winning float.
Last but not the least, congrats on being selected to be part of the JCRC again. As the sport secretary, what are your plans for our hall’s sports in the coming year?
Thank you for your time and a wonderful interview! All the very best in your future endeavors :)