When I woke up at 6am, dawn has already broke... I settle for a quick wash-up and I was gone for breakfast. Together with Aru, we brought along the Philippines Scouts to the cafeteria as they only arrived the night before and were not aware of where it was. It was another great Japanese meal, buffet style this time! And I took a little too much... had to force it down all...
When the forum began, it started with an origami session by Akiko from the host country Japan. After the story last night, we were now taught how to fold the cranes. Once everyone knew how to do it, the origami frenzy began and the 'deposit box' for the crane started to fill.
Today was also the official opening of the forum. We were introduced to our host and the committee from Japan. We were then expose to the basic elements of WOSM. With a wink of an eye, it was noon and time for lunch. I guess at this point of time, I have no need to mention more about the meals. Simply good variety on the menu always and all taste great.
Just when you think that you will be sleepy after a good lunch? Fret not as our host set up a whole range of Japanese cultural stuff for us to be involved in. Calligraphy, origami, traditional games and colouring. I had the honour of a Nihon-jin friend to 'calligraph' my name in Japanese. And oh boy, I'm so gonna frame this.
After all the fun then came the serious matters. For the sake of all, I'll keep it short. We nominated five delegates to assume the forum positions of four vice-chairmans and a rapporteur. They were from China (Taiwan), Japan, Nepal, New Zealand and Australia respectively. Then came the explanation of the roles of the Youth Adult Member Group (YAMG). Along with it, the 9 candidates were announced and of course our dear National Rover Council Chairperson Miss Sarah Ho represented Singapore. Let's all wish her the best of luck!
Serious part over and it's off to a grand welcome dinner! The food was western – japanese mix and needless to say – it's great! While satisfying our pampered stomach, everyone had the opportunity to interact with everyone else. At the end of the dinner, we were even entertained by a duo who played beautiful folk music on a kind of traditional musical instrument. (Pardon me for not knowing the name). Well the night was not over even when the performance ended.
Scouts have a way to spread messages. Nothing escapes from us and soon, something that started as a small outing between Singapore and Hong Kong, became an international outing to Shinjuku. Like farmers flocking geese, the Japanese hosts 'flock' us out of NYC, across train tracks, into trains and through the crazy big city. Some of us went sight-seeing and others went shopping and apparently the former is a better choice. Haha... and this was definitely the best night thus far.