This post is definitely something when it starts with a row of party poppers! How can it not be, it’s our first ever University of Utah Malaysian Night!
(I’m totally scraping back all the information, photos, and videos from past emails, fb posts, and whatsapp group 😂)
If you’re friend with me in FB (or real life), you’ll definitely know how excited I am for this big day. If not, maybe we’re not that close of friends? (No worries, you still have a chance 😁). Anyway, the whole idea is from Kak Lina and Kak Shaz, who the latter wasn’t able to be here to plan and celebrate with us. Sorry Kak Shaz, you graduate two years too early!
The high committee teams (and other super awesome Malaysians) had dedicatedly plan and work our ass off since January. We met every Friday night, be it in Chili’s, Kak Lina’s, Afiq’s, Starbucks, or wherever we can. Things discussed include the venue, time, food, advertisement, proposal, entertainment, budget, fund, decorations, videos, and SO MANY MORE! Basically it’s a lot. There were times when everyone want to flip the table, times when we’re just too lazy to meet each other, and times when there’s too many things to handle (or maybe that’s just me?). But no, we didn’t held meeting until 3am because we Utahan value beauty sleep 💁.
But Alhamdulillah, thanks to them this event was a big success. Did I tell you that we were sold out?! We also present the most organized proposal and planning. Which by me, I mean them. We sold the tickets for $5, that includes full meal course (Nasi lemak, apam balik, teh tarik, sirap ais, tepung pelita, seri muka, and murukku), unmissable dancing and silat performances, traditional games, and many more, which I think worth more than five bucks.
One and half week before Malaysian Night, our dancers perform a zapin flash mob in front of Marriott Library. It was … definitely something new, and fun. Sorry, couldn’t find a video of it, I tried. Few days before the event, everyone was (kinda) crazy to sell the tickets, prepare for decorations, practice dancing and silat, buat bunga manggar, edit video, and of course, cook and prepare food. I know it’s too late, but here’s a video for you:
Excited kannnn? I know, me too. On the day of the event, as if we are not serabut enough, things happened (berdebar tak? haha). Our assigned driver was late, or something happened that caused him to be late. I’m not sure, I wasn’t at the site. But we, those at Gould Auditorium were clueless of what to do since all the decorations, food, and even people were at home, waiting for the driver. And it’s 60 – 45 minutes before the event starts. There were people at the door asking where can they claim their tickets. Long story short, they called Uber, things got little crazy but still under control, and by 5.55pm everything looked like in place, and we started at 6.15pm after all the guests were seated.
New friends from BYU. One wants to be called Hafiz 😂
Oh Andrew, I cant even 😂
Congkak and Mimi my dear
Our chefs 🍴
I have so many more pictures and videos to share, but nahhh, dont wanna overwhelm you. But email me if you really want to see the other cool stuff 💁 Everyone had so much fun. People from BYU, aunties and kakaks also said they enjoyed themselves, and my Geology friends learnt some new malay words. It was totally worth the sleepless nights. Thank you every single person who made this event a huge success and made us feel close to home. See you next year, in shaa Allah 😘 #MyUtesNight