Issue 98, May 2011
Fishing fun with alumni and families
Members of the University community gather for some quality bonding time at the NTU Alumni Family Day.

Fishing and prawning activities kept the 500 alumni, staff, students and their families busy at Bottle Tree Park during the annual NTU Alumni Family Day which was held on a bright sunny Saturday morning of 21 May.

Graced by Guest-of-Honour Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU President-Designate & Provost, the event was also attended by Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, NTU Chief Advancement Officer, Mr Soon Min Yam, Director, NTU Alumni Affairs, and other senior management staff.

In his welcome speech, Prof Andersson expressed his appreciation for NTU alumni being proud of their alma mater’s achievements, such as the recent launch of a satellite developed by the University as well as the future Lee Kong Chian Medical School. He stressed that the support from alumni is critical for the university to progress further.

Fishermen for a day
Once the event was launched by Prof Andersson, Mr Chew and Mr Soon, the participants wasted no time in taking part in the various activities and telematch. Kids were seen queuing up excitedly for the many carnival games and other fringe activities.

A very unique aspect of this year’s family day were the fishing, ‘longkang fishing’ and prawning activities which are exclusive to Bottle Tree Park. For Joshua Kwek, son of alumnus Raymond Kwek Swee Meng, it was the ‘longkang fishing’ that made his day. “I think this Family Day is the most enjoyable so far, as I get to enjoy ‘longkang’ fishing!” he exclaimed excitedly. Stepping into the shallow water barefoot, he rapidly tried to catch the fish using his net. Within 10 minutes, he managed to catch various kinds of fish, such as red guppy, ribbon, goldfish and molly.

For alumna Yuan Quan (MAE/2009), it was her first try at prawning. Although a novice, she managed to catch some prawns in a short period of time. She said: “It’s really fun! My husband and father even brought their own professional fishing-rods to fish over at the big pond. They love fishing, and this is like paradise for them.”

Family bonding
Mr Dennis Wong Her Her (EEE/1996 & MBA/2008) who is the President of the Nanyang MBA Alumni Association brought his sons Ethan and Ernest to the event as he feels that it is important for kids to have a good time at such events. There was a big group of students from the Nanyang Centre of Public Administration who were government officials from China. Mr Bao, who was in this group, said that the NTU Alumni Family Day provided them with a great opportunity to relax and reunite with fellow course mates and alumni.

The event ended on a high note, with 15 people taking home lucky draw prizes, and everyone else leaving with happy memories.

© Alumni Affairs Office