Category Archives: Gathering

Gathering of Friends Under Projek Kawan

Projek Kawan (meaning Friends Project) was started by our founder Ricky Soo in June 2014 as a personal project to meet up with friends one-on-one in order to develop new social habits and change his social life.

In the project, Ricky started to take initiative to ask a friend out each time for a chat. In each meeting, Ricky had no other agenda but to to Connect, Listen and Build up friendship with the person.

  1. Connect – Take the initiative to ask a friend out for chat.
  2. Listen – Listen to the friend and seek first to understand.
  3. Build up – Build up the friendship and introduce him or her on Facebook after the meeting.

At the time of writing (3rd August 2014), Ricky has managed to meet with 52 new and existing friends. However, not all friends he asked out could come to meet alone. He started to see a need for friends to meet in group instead of one-on-one.

The first such group called Kawan Gathering #1 was organized on 13th July 2014. 7 of us gathered in Zest Cafe and started our dinner together around 7:30pm which was the time to break fast during the month of Ramadhan.

Though the event was based on Pitch ‘n’ Win event model, it was much more informal. We had casual chat over dinner. After everyone was full of food, Ricky requested everyone to introduce another friend.

Each of us introduced another friend in the gathering, and tried to say something interesting about the friend. In particular, husband-and-wife Alex Lai and Yoong Hui Min introduced and told the group more about each other what we never heard!

Friends meeting up in first Projek Kawan gathering

Friends meeting up in first Projek Kawan gathering

After one round of peer introduction, each of us was asked to “respond”, “correct” and add on to the introduction given by his or her peer. So, another round of self-introduction went on in the group.

After all sharing, we did a very quick and informal “voting” by pointing our finger to the friend whose sharing each thought to be most interesting. Yoong Hui Min gathered a lot of “fingers” and she had her dinner paid for as a “winner”.

It was a first experiment to do a group gathering under Projek Kawan and it went quite well. Despite the small group, the sharing was fun and interesting. Ricky reckoned that it’s one of the best jobs he has ever done personally as a host.

Incidentally, the event was held on the first anniversary of Pitch ‘n’ Win which experimented the very first Pitch ‘n’ Win event also in Zest Cafe one year ago on 13th July 2013.

Kawan Gathering #1 – Photo album

Toss ‘n’ Eat – Free and Open Source Way

We made a last-minute arrangement to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Celebrating the free and open source spirit of the movement, we called it Toss ‘n’ Eat – Free and Open Source Way.

The event was organized on 10th February 2014, and was made public. We invited everyone was from Pitch ‘n’ Win organizers, helpers, members and friends to toss yee sang (raw fish salad) together for prosperity in the new year.

Members praised the home-made halal and vegetarian yee sang kindly sponsored by Zest Cafe. The prosperity toss was led by the restaurant owner Ong Beng Chung, who has been an avid supporter and organizer of Pitch ‘n’ Win events since our inception 6 months ago.

Raw fish salad in Zest Cafe

Raw fish salad in Zest Cafe

It was an ad-hoc gathering without any agenda. Pitch ‘n’ Win founder Ricky Soo thanked Beng Chung for sponsorship and great support to the movement. New friends also briefly introduced themselves to the group.

Want to know how great the yee sang was? Watch the video below and listen to the testimonial of Pitch ‘n’ Inspire organizer Abd Azharee Abdul Wahid. Sedap!

Toss ‘n’ Eat – Free and Open Source Way – Photo album