Thursday, April 20, 2006

IPO Celebration @ sevenatenine

A job well done

After more than a year, and countless hours spent holed up in a freezing air-conditioned room with nothing but a cup of lukewarm coffee to warm the gonads, AIM has finally been listed on the MESDAQ board of our stock market.

Looking back, the entire project had its fair share of ups and downs. There were annoying people, there were bitchy people, there were annoying bitchy people. The whole gamut. I wondered how in the world I survived unscathed.

To celebrate, the board of directors and management of AIM decided to throw a small celebration at sevenatenine and yours truly was invited as part of the due diligence group to (a) be a kiasu fellar and stuff myself silly with free food and drinks, (b) waste precious space, and (c) waste precious oxygen.

Yes yes, it's another one of those boring company functions masquerading as a party. Although truth be told, I did find myself enjoying it somewhat. That enjoyment stemmed mainly from the quality of the food and not from the titillating conversations which were taking place around the room.

Have you ever been to a corporate function where you vaguely recognize the people there, but you can't in all your life remember their names? If you haven't, then consider yourself blessed ... hahaha. Not to say I don't enjoy corporate events and all, I do actually, a lot. It's just the need to make small talk with whoever happens to be standing next to me which I find quite to be pointless.

Example of pointless small talk.

Me: So which company are you from?
Random person: I am from company ABC. What about you?
Me: I'm from Horwath.
Random person: Alright.
Me: Yup.
Both of us: *Stare off into space*

Now imagine this same conversation repeated ad infinitum throughout the night. Still wonder why they always serve alcohol at corporate events? It helps numb the pain, seriously.

Ok lah, there were some corporate goons whom I was more familiar with and we had a pretty good time catching up on important things such as which senior partner at KPMG got unceremoniously fired for some sexual scandal, should we invest in crap counters such as EONCAP and how come we aren't getting paid enough.

The night started off with a speech from one of AIM's major shareholders, YBhg Dato Shamsuddin Bin Wachamacallit. While this dude may be a Dato and all, and he really is a nice guy to boot, his public speaking skills should best be used as a cure for the hordes of insomniacs out there. This guy can put a sleeping guy to sleep. It's that powerful.

When he ended his speech, there was a roar from the crowd. Finally! Now bring out the food! The food was really good, and everyone settled down and managed to have a pretty good time. Below are some pics taken from the night.


Blogger F.O.N. said...

Ah... rubbing shoulders with the socialites eh? Interesting!

4:53 PM  
Blogger ::Lord Apprentice:: said...

u bonafide yuppie.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Bernard Yong said...

socialites?..hahah, more like uncles from the corporate world.

1:50 PM  

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