Posted on 18-Jun-2014
June 7th, 2014
KAMPAR, PERAK - On Day 1, the rise and shine time was at 6 am, but most would wake up way earlier than that, because this was the day of the opening ceremony, and we were all required to put on our ceremonial uniform. A bugle call signaled the official start of the 21st National Pesta. After breakfast, we all gathered for a quick devotion at one of the dorms, and then put on our ceremonial uniforms. Within a few minutes, the members and the officers, both clad in navy blue and white departed to UTAR Sports Complex for the opening ceremony. The members had more time to polish their uniform parts while the officers gathered at Westlake International school hall for the platoon officers’ briefing from 8.30am to 9.00am.
At 9.30am, all participants were transferred to the Tunku Abdul Rahman University Sports Complex for both the rehearsal and the official decorum. All the formalities aside, the 21st Pesta and Convention was officially declared open in Kampar, Perak to the release of clusters of helium balloons. One could notice the obvious sunburns on the Guard of Honour and State Contingent March Past participants. Then, the fact struck us that all of us were required to participate in the March Past. Being part of the Kuala Lumpur Boys’ Brigade State Council, we assembled together with the rest of the Companies to form our March Past Contingent.
The opening Ceremony concluded after the awarding of Brigade Awards (Gold Badge, President’s Badge, Founder’s Badge) to recipients. Lunch was served at UTAR Sports Complex. We witnessed a large number of recipients receiving their awards. Amongst those who received their President’s Award were SSgt. Ethan Peris of 2nd Kuala Lumpur and Cpl. Brian Ee of 10th Kuala Lumpur.
Dinner was served at our respective campsites (SK and SMK Sentosa and Westlake International School). We all went to TAR College Hall for Dream High Keynote 1 and the Band Competition. Key note 1 was started by an inspiring speech by a doctor who highlighted the similarities between a turkey and an eagle as compared to a loser and a winner. The speaker was so inspiring and amusing in his speech that he managed to capture all our attention!
The Band Competition was a highly awaited activity for some companies. Well, they were not disappointed. This year’s band competition was slightly different. For the first time ever, the Pesta committee had decided to hold an indoor band competition. It was exciting to see all these teams coming together to give their best performances on stage, to entertain the participants with their numbers of medleys.