It’s not everyday I get to be the Singapore emcee for 2000 foreign workers.
This was an amazing event, with workers from all over the world. They were from China, Thailand, Myanmar, Phillipines, Bangaladesh, India, Malaysia and a few other countries.
They were all employed by a company called Lanxess and because they had achieved three million accident free man hours, the company was rewarding them with a lunch time party.
They really wanted all the workers to enjoy the party, so they were separated into five sections. One was for Mandarin speaking workers, another for Thai speaking workers, another for Indian speaking workers, another for Bangaladeshi speaking workers and the last group of workers who were seated in the centre were English speaking.
The reason why the different nationalities were separated out was so they could receive simultaneous translations whenever I or any of the VIP’s were speaking in English. It was a sight (and sound) to behold. Each section had their own sound & speaker system, so the workers in their area could hear only their translator. However, I could hear massive ‘mumbo jumbo’ when I was on stage, because I could see and hear everyone talking.
The bosses were so kind. They really value ‘Safety first’, and that was the message of the day. So because the foreign workers had achieved such a milestone of 3 million accident free man hours, they were let off for 3 hours.
The event kicked off at 12 noon in the canteen, which housed the 2000 foreign workers. Each worker receiving a ‘bento style’ lunch box and drink first, to fill up their tummies. It was delicious, because they also catered for myself, my team and our crew, so we all were well fed.
At 12.30pm we kicked off the ‘Party’ and to say the guys went berserk when I appeared with my two beautiful dancers, would be the understatement of the year. I can only liken it to performing for troops stationed in a foreign country. Actually, I guess the foreign workers probably feel like that anyway, because they have to travel so far from the homes just to earn a living and send money back to their families.
I then introduced the bosses to make a few speeches and that’s when the multi-lingual translation set in. All systems were ‘go’ with all languages being translated simultaneously. LOL!
As one of their emcees in Singapore, of course I sang many songs in as many languages as possible, and we also played some very exciting games.
Over the years, having done many shows, sometimes, as a Singapore emcee, I might have difficulty in getting the audience to come onstage to play and participate in the games. However for this show, it was the opposite. We practically had to beat them back – they were so enthusiastic! Naturally this made us want to work even harder & make sure we did an outstanding event for them. They really deserved it.
The bosses were also very encouraging and laughed and cheered everyone who came on stage to play and participate in the games. I was given lots of questions to quiz them on about safety, just to hit home on the ‘safety first’ message. The workers did a great job in answering them.
It was not a challenging show, even though initially I thought it might be, because of the simultaneous translations going on. But because everyone could understand, it was, in actual fact, a real blessing for us.
There were giant projector screens as well, because, as I mentioned earlier, the show was held in a canteen. There was no stage. The company built one especially for us out of some sort of scaffolding and then covered it in linoleum. It worked very well, except that my high heel stiletto shoes kept piercing a hole through the linoleum, so I had to be careful how I walked or danced. I guess I should have worn wedge heels.
There was a lucky draw, and as a corporate Singapore emcee, I’ve never seen people so grateful when they won a prize. The foreign workers are so appreciative of any small item they receive.
The whole event wrapped up around 3pm as the workers had to go back to work.
This really was a massive set-up for the event company and the sound and lighting team. The video projection alone was a nightmare for the sound and lighting guys, because the show was outdoors in the middle of the day. I cannot thank them enough, they did an incredible job.
This is definitely one of the shows that will go down in my books as unique, amazing & sensational. Not just because everyone was happy with our performance, but because all the foreign workers, who work so hard, and sacrifice so much to come here, went off thrilled, happy and excited.
The message of ‘Safety First’ will be remembered because safety was rewarded through, fun, games and an awesome lunchtime party!
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