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Becoming Aware...

I have to admit..when the news of the takeover of Aware first broke, I didn't pay much heed to it. I'm generally quite passive about current affairs..But the newspaper coverage of it was intensive and so I dutily followed the saga through the reports. I also started asking my colleagues about how they felt about it. Most ..were like me, ambivalent. Some didn't even bother to read about it saying that it doesn't really concern them. Even though my stance was rather blasé initially, I still continued to follow the saga and on the night before the Aware EGOM, I don't know why but I just felt that it was the right thing to show up to cast my vote of no-confidence..I began to acknowledge that the series of happening has affected me somehow and that I shouldn't choose to remain bochap and remain apathetic. I guess I realised that if everyone had the same feelings as I had, then it will be really sad.

I won't write much about what happened because you can find most of it online (here and here) and in the papers. burburElaine, triciaseowTricia & hypodermicallyGermaine have also blogged about the EOGM and their views of it. And I would also like to highly recommend this fair analysis by George Cherian, an assistant prof at NTU. I also want to add that I'm really glad I made the decision to be there (even though it was really last minute) and that my vote was amongst the 1414.

Some pics..(yeah, I always have pics..the one below was taken by my colleague Alvin though)

We were there early..Actually, I was the latest at 12.30 pm but the rest of them were already there much earlier (before noon) and there was already a long queue which stretched out all the way to the 3rd floor (the EOGM was on the 4th floor)

So while waiting for it to start, take peektures :P

That's Tricia's friend, Youyen on the right. It was because of her (she came much earlier as she was one of the volunteers) that we could get seats pretty upfront..

I met a uni-mate Adeline, whom I've not seen for more than 18 years...she still looks the same!

Irene Ang addressing the exco "...You say you have an open door for all women,but how to open your door when you change the locks to magnetic locks?You say you want to help retrenched women, and then the very next day you fire one..!!"

Legal counsel of the old guards, Siew Kum Hong asking the heated crowd to cool down...

The very deluded Dr Thio Su Mien who was telling the crowd that she was deserving of the feminist mentor title especially because she was cited in a book that Aware had published in 1997 on the achievement of women in Singapore! "I'm on Page 73!" she said..After she said that, we all had this wtf look on our face. Check out the Aetos security guards surrounding her..if they weren't there, I'm sure she would have been lynched.

Germaine was twittering throughout the process so many of those who were unable to make it for the EGOM were able to follow the proceedings via twitter..
See, even when she was celebrating the results of the no-confidence voting, she was twittering the results :)

A tense moment when the (ex) new-exco returned and both factions were standing on the same stage..

Josie Lau announcing on behalf of the exco that they were stepping down..
Okay..I may kena criticised for this but I really felt that Josie showed grace under fire. It wasn't easy being in her position, being jeered at and heckled non-stop and she remained composed throughout the proceedings..and even had to apologise on behalf of one of her exco members who asked someone to "Shut Up and Sit Down!" I'm sure u guys have seen the videos but nothing beats being there itself. It was an emotionally charged event and the supporters of the old guards were mostly very vocal about their feelings.
Here's the video of the "Shut Up & Sit Down" Incident...

The newly elected new-exco celebrating on stage together with six term Aware president Constance Singam..

Whole group of us, very happy with the results..
And we were all extremely tired and hungry as we were there for almost 9 hours!

Heh..the wonders of the internet. When I returned home just at about 11pm that night, I saw several msn dialogue boxes open..most had found out via the same medium that I'd attended the EOGM..all the comments were like "I saw your mug on TOC homepage!". I have to admit, oiseaubleuWei Chi's comment about it amused me. She wasn't sure whether that was me because she was wondering "Angie is the type that will attend Aware EGOM meh?" Alamak..


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May. 3rd, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad we all were there! It was one of the most awesome moments of my life. And like you, I was quite bochup in the beginning too. I'm glad I didn't.
May. 3rd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
yeah.. i have to admit, there were times when i felt like a hypocrite because i wasn't as passionate and fervent in my support as the others (esp compared to Tricia and Germaine). But when the results were announced, I was truly relieved and happy.
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May. 4th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
My friends and I were there at 10:30am. By then the queue was already stretching to the back of the 4th floor. We still had to wait for the counter to open, so we were taking turns to go have our breakfast. By the time we got our "entrance ticket" the queue had already stretched all the way round the third floor. Wah leow eh!

My back was aching by the time the results were announced. By the time the whole thing was over, I was a zombie. Was drifting lanes when I rode back... eeks!

Wei Chi was there too?? Aiyoh I should have gone up to say hi! Didn't know if it were you or not...
May. 4th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
yeah..some like Joan was there from 1030am too..I was 'lucky'..reached there about 1230pm and my pals were already in the q and quite close to the registration area so I didn't need to q for long.

Yeah..my back is aching too! need a massage!!

Wei Chi wasn't there..she was following in online!She just came back to Singapore on Saturday morning.
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May. 4th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Yeah I was surprised you went for it! I couldn't go because I had to do the stuff that women do and ferry kids here and there. Haha.
May. 4th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
heh..i actually slept at about 6am (had a long mj session) so i was actually surprised (u know me lah!)that I made it there :P thankfully too, it was Aidan's turn to bunk over at Gabe's.
May. 4th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I was there too! I'm in one of your photos actually... haha.
I was surprised about the number of passionate people going up to speak. Singaporeans aren't so apathetic after all. :D
May. 4th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
which one was u?
i was too..and all the pro-old guards supporters were articulate and got their points across so well.

Edit : just saw ur entry! aiyoh, i gotta emphathise with you because u guys prob din have an easy time! I guess u guys probably contributed to part of the 90K (ok bad joke :P) Heh, and i was thinking too that u were q chio :D~

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May. 4th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
heh...i do feel slight pity for her as well. in the face of so many angry women, i think anyone would have crumbled and end up hiding inside their birkin bag
May. 4th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
yeah..it definitely isn't easy facing a fiery crowd of that magnitude..i would have definitely crumbled.
May. 4th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
So appropriate that you're wearing white too!
I'm glad that you went in the end!  I would have gone if not for the fact that a) I'm not in town, and b) I'm not a woman. -_-

Actually I would still have gone in spite of b) but I think it would have been very lonesome sitting by myself for 8 hours!  (Why men have to sit separately?  Josie, where's the equality huh?)

But yeah I also agree that Josie showed grace under fire, especially after I saw the videos of the proceedings—they sounded like they were out for Josie's blood when all Josie was trying to do was to calm people down and maintain some order in the hall.  In fact I think the old guard supporters could've toned down the lynch mob mentality and just sent up people to rebut whatever Josie had to say.

(But I think that Page 73 Girl comment really deserved to get shouted down.)

Edited at 2009-05-04 04:30 am (UTC)
May. 4th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: So appropriate that you're wearing white too!
they gave some lame reason about having the associate members sit separately so to make the voting easier..but im sure if you were in singapore, u would have found some kakis to join u.

hehe..the Page 73 girl totally deserved all the heckling..she was introduced as someone from the new-exco side who would be able to give a 'balanced' overview and oh man, she really killed it for their camp.
May. 4th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
I saw your pic too and u were soft of giving a sly look at someone.. LOL
May. 4th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
ya..that's my TL face and i have no idea why I had that expression :P had to be facing the camera somemore!
May. 4th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
You certainly made the right choice to turn up that day :)
May. 4th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
yeah..! it was an event that i would never forget ever..the charged atmosphere, the passion, the various speeches made and the triumph..definitely the right choice :)
May. 4th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
So glad to hear that you guys were all there! It must have been such a great event to be in.
May. 4th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
yeah..we're all proud to be part of it! u r back in singapore eh..ok ok, we should finally do the makan thingy that keeps getting postponed!
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