Why? Well.. Like what I've mentioned before, we don't really need a reason to party... but if there must me a reason, it must be to give ourselves a deserving break from a month of exercising. There is no better reason but to pat ourselves on the back and say... hey, we took the first step of health-maintenance. There is also no better people to celebrate it with, beside the people that share similar passion.
and there is no better place to celebrate it than the ECOBA RESTAURANT & BAR at Damansara Perdana. Damansara Perdana alongside other area 20 minutes drive vicinity are within the ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ BANDAR UTAMA trade area and ECOBA has the best food, reasonable price, best of ambiance, very friendly waiter and waitresses, food-waiting time in less than 10 minutes and most importantly ample secured-parking space, so our single lady driver do not have to worry when they walk to the car, drunk at night. Yes, there were various considerations during the venue selection process.
Special thank you to Kean Au, ECOBA Marketing & Event Director for the hospitality.
Even the entrance was greeted with a HUGE FOOTBALL BALL!! as in a HUGE BALL. We had balloons, flyers, buntings and most importantly...... MOVIE slide-SHOW of the ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ Bandar Utama activities... from the training to our recruit's birthday celebrations, recruits parties etc etc...
Of course, the Paparazzi now turned movie producer hah.. multi tasked. There were a total of 3000 plus pictures to convert into a movie slide show... but somehow, the slide show can only fit 1000 picture. This movie producer needed to go back to school (still learning)
The first guest arrived.... Ili Liyana Baharon wearing her favourite football team... Err the white team (i didn't know which football country jersey team ).
Hafiz Salleh and his 3 month pregnant wife, Haryati arrived shortly later... Hafiz Salleh & Haryati came to party with us forgoing the Usher concert although they had already bought the tickets.
We were so honored. (below, Hafiz's earlier sms that reads: "...I pass usher for this grad night")
When the guests arrived in whichever football jersey and even without a jersey, they were given the RED CARD by the referee.. i mean the Admin of OBC-BU Rose Emini Pahamin and Farhanah Bamadhaj.
The RED CARD was not the red- card by the football referee but its a VOTING CARD for the Spirit of Bootcamp (SOB).
The Spirit of Bootcamp is an award voted by all the recruit in their platoon to nominate ONE fellow recruit that motivate and inspire them the most to not only participate in the ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP but also to give in their 110% effort in every session.
The SPIRIT OF BOOTCAMP is a customary award originated almost 20 years ago in Australia. It is a very prestigious award and at the ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ Bandar Utama via www.arminbaniaz.com we have created a "Hall of SOB" to prominently and permanently display all the recipients of the award from the first month. The recipient of the award is also entitled to a RM50.00 discount on their next month's fees.
Ili Liyana Baharon voting the SOB.
Without further adieu, the menu was readily available... whoever that arrived first, eat first and mingle later when others arrived.
I had the best Spaghetti Aglio olio prawn!!! Nawal Aini Zulkifli had the chicken chop.
The waiters and waitresses was quick to serve us.
Carolynn Thaw arrived in an "I-didnt-know-what football" team jersey . Carolynn is our second month recruit. She is from a marketing background.
Me... I came in Yellow team jersey... I did not know which team it represented. I was the first to arrived at the ECOBA to prepare the movie slide-show on the restaurant's Television display.
I entered to the restaurant being starred at by other restaurant customers. The restaurant was quite full. When the recruits arrived, everybody gave me that same look and remark... "haiiya why you wear that Jersey".... or "Armin what are you wearing???" I just smile blank.
Then I discovered, the jersey I wore was the Brazil team that took an embarrassing defeat and people just dont understand why I am still supporting Brazil. I thought the yellow looks nice... and Brazil?? yaaa.. I like Brazilian wax!!
Wardrobe malfunction... I was wearing a loser jersey while Nawal Aini Zulkifli wore the champion team Netherlands. Because Brazil lost the game, the jersey was on sale at 50% discount.. and that was how I ended in Brazil Jersey.
Every recruit at the ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ Bandar Utama are Appreciated, Acknowledged, Recognised And Featured (AARAF) at the event.. in conjunction with the Event-Titled Graduation Night, all the recruits received a scroll!!! GRADUATE!!!
Carolynn voting......... haiiiih I forgot to buy her vote!!
Sarge Dann & partner... both in WHITE team...
Ballot paper is a secret....!!! no peeping!!
Nana is thinking......... hmm... who should I vote....
Sarge Dann.... VOTE FOR ME!!! No.. no... no voting for instructors..
WE ARE THE BLUE TEAM...
While everybody are waiting for their food or socialize to know their fellow recruit, the huge 49" LCD television was playing the specially made MOVIE VIDEO of the activities at the ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP@ BANDAR UTAMA....
Corporal Sandy Roberts arrived in fashionably-in-time with Joe Liew wearing..... errr DARK BLUE TEAM!!!
The DARK BLUE & ORANGE...... BORING....
INTERESTING with YELLOW INBETWEEN...
Rozinah Ahmad Nizaruddin arrived in her stylo BLUE BLACK bruises TEAM... paint-ball effect compliment from the Pee Jay friends
THERE..... Can you see...... ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ BANDAR UTAMA!!
Rozinah Ahmad, Farhanah Bamadhaj and Haryati
VOTE??? Rozinah Ahmad.."Oooh this is so difficult... everybody are so inspiring"
UNITED COLOURS OF BENETTON??
Adibah Mohamad arrived with the prettiest princess.....
Armin Baniaz: "Hi little Princess....."
Spotted... hah I know who you voted!!!!!!!!!!!
John Wayne.. Eh... John Chuah with Mrs Chuah and Yam Chan SiuCheh.
Ekmal & Farrah Momad Nor
The casted vote was seal in a heavy duty, bullet-proof glass bottle.
Fatintafrina Mohd Tareh with husband Megat Hisham
VOTE VOTE VOTE.........!!!!
Debbie Burgess and Ryan
Everybody excited watching OBC-BU movie
The best improved recruit Razlan Nizaruddin & Jackie Chua
Suriana Saiful ... BLUE TEAM?!?!
So many blues.......
Jackie Chua... in black jersey???
Amir........ exercising his right to vote!!!
Syed Mahadzir Syed Manshor...... Ded!! YELLOW TEAM.. but not BRAZIL.. SELANGOR!!!!
Every JUNE RECRUIT has to vote.. for the SOB!!
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!! FRIED FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!
ATTENTION DEFICIENCY SYNDROME? (the 'white' at the back)
and guess who is here???? Chuns BFFGF NURFAZURA
SHEARLING TOH & YAM CHAN SIUCHEH.. Shearling wearing Carlsberg football team?
ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ Bukit Jelutong SARGE ANDY...
the TWO SARGE....... BU & BJ
we the BLUES................
Lizza Abdul Rahim.......
Now come to the first part of the night.....
the CONVOCATION... presenting the scrolls...
The Scroll.... presented to all recruits that attended the JUNE ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ Bandar Utama
Yam Chan Siu Cheh....
Ilyanna Aylin Ayob...
Razlan Nizaruddin.. Congratulation on completing your first ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP and for GIVING UP SMOKING!!!
Everybody was eager waiting to be called.......
Fatintafrina Mohd Tareh
Our very own Dr Malek Aziz..
James Bond......... eh.. I mean JAMES FONG
Joe Liew, our martial art accessories supplier....
of course........ JOHN CHUAH!!!
Lizza Abdul Rahim......
Syed Mahadzir Syed Manshor.. aka DED.
Ili Liyana Baharon...
ROSE EMINI PAHAMIN...
FARRAH Z EKMAL
Second award for the night was the
ACE or the 100% Attendance, 100% Commitment and 110% Effort is an award presented to all recruits that attended the whole 12 sessions and gave in their 110% best effort while training. Those that received the award are appointed to the ACE-Council and listed in the HALL OF ACE.
The first recipient of ACE..
Yam Chan Siu Cheh......
although sometimes a joker (or maybe all the time) and a possible OBC-BU SSJ... Yam & James Fong always arrived as early as 5:30am on every session.
Second recipient of ACE AWARD is.....
Third recipient of ACE award is
and of course...............
Rose Emini Pahamin
The third program later is the announcement of the SOB!!!!
Vivien Luyen Ow... wearing a sleeveless Jersey........???
The ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD...
Both Dr Malek Aziz & I were past recipients of the Spirit of Bootcamp. We were both voted twice during our recruit days when KL Alpha platoon was still under the OBC network.
THE JUNE SPIRIT OF BOOTCAMP AWARD GOES TO.....................
For ALPHA PLATOON, the most voted SOB was the one and only..
JOHN "SUPERSTAR-LEG" CHUAH
CONGRATULATION JOHN CHUAH.......... for being voted for JUNE SPIRIT OF BOOTCAMP
THE RECIPIENT OF JUNE "SPIRIT OF BOOTCAMP" for BRAVO PLATOON
VIKI LIM but regretfully, she was not able to make it....
FINALLY, the last program for the night was the CELEBRATION OF JUNE/JULY BABIES... I mean the recruit born in June & July. They are no longer babies....
1) Joe Liew
2) Fatintafrina Mohd Tareh
3) Adibah Mohamad
4) Pooi Ching Khiew
5) Viki Lim
6) Leong Sean Mun
7) Suzanne Ong
We bought TWO HUGE BLARDY DELICIOUS and YUMMY cheese and chocolate cake.... for all the June and July babies including Dr Malek Aziz, Daing Daniel Fitri (Sarge Dann) and James Fong (but these three we already had separate celebrations). Viki Lim , Suzanne Ong and Leong Mun Sean could not attend the party tonight but we shall sing and eat the cake on their behalf.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOE, FATIN, P'CHING & ADIBAH
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU........
(and happy birthday to Viki Lim, Leong Sean Mun and Suzanne Ong- they all had other engagement tonight)
As we were eating the yummilicious CHOCOLATE CAKE....... Carolynn Thaw re-appeared.
She was AWOL while we had the certificate presentation but since today was the day that we acknowledge and recognise every recruit, we had another certificate presentation ceremony....
Congratulation Carolynn Thaw
Without your support and attendance, the night will not be the same.
Part of the BRAVO TEAM MEMBERS......
Ooooops busted!!! whacking a few hundred calories!!!!
NOW YOU SEE... NOW YOU DON'T.. see how quick
the cake disappeared....
First class service at ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ Bandar Utama.. we even spoon-feed our recruits!!!!
THE ORIGINAL BABES @ THE ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP @ Bandar Utama
Danny & Ana,... arrived fashionably late as we were packing to go back.....
When all the cakes are finished and the kitchen closed... we all pack to go back home and as usual, we appoint a White bangla to do all the cleanings...
As always, another night of laughter & funtabulous time......
Until again........ Stay tune........
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