Friday, December 02, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
It's the beginning of summer in Egypt and I have one last slot to go for a family vacation before we bid farewell to Egypt after our three long years in Cairo. I thought of going to Taba or Dahab in Sinai but it's not quite safe lately over there since the revolution. We have seen enough of the beaches and we did the Nile Cruise as well. Where shall we go?
After much thought, I decided to bring Irene and Le Le to the Bahariya Oasis and sleep under the open sky in the White Desert. I have been there once (see here) and I must say that it was one of the most exceptional places I have been in my life. We could go to beaches anytime anywhere but there may not be another chance ever for us to visit the White Desert again.
Le Le enjoyed playing with the sand all day long but Irene was a little uncomfortable sleeping over in the desert for two days without proper toilets and all the creature comfort. On the last day of the 4D3N trip, we stayed at the International Hot Spring Hotel in Bahariya, which is a simple and nice place run by a German with his Japanese wife. Unfortunately, they were away in Germany during our trip and we did not have the opportunity to meet them.
Here is the photo album to share!
Saturday, April 09, 2011
He was educated in Chong Boon Primary School, Anderson Secondary School and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) where he graduated in 1997 with a Diploma in Business Studies. Kee Chor subsequently attained a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at UniSIM through distance learning from 2000 - 2006.
An active student leader since his secondary school days, Kee Chor was selected as a student ambassador of Ngee Ann Polytechnic from 1995-1997. Besides organising campus events and leading visitors around the campus, Kee Chor also helped conduct a familiarisation tour of Singapore for foreign students.
In the third year of polytechnic education, Kee Chor co-led a project team to win the 3rd prize of the National Business Strategy Competition (student category) for the year 1996/1997 organised by the Marketing Institute of Singapore.
After completing his secondary school education in 1994, Kee Chor worked for Prime Auto Care (PAC) as a car-grooming technician. He was retained by PAC on part-time employment in July 1995 after he began polytechnic education. Kee Chor was subsequently promoted to assistant sales supervisor in October 1995. Kee Chor ended his employment with PAC after June 1997 to enlist for National Service (NS).
During NS, Kee Chor underwent basic military training before he was deployed to Defence Finance Organisation (DFO) as a finance clerk. In February 1998, He was posted overseas to Taipei to serve as a finance clerk at a military training HQ. Kee Chor's one-year posting was subsequently extended until he was released from full-time NS in December 1999 with certification for outstanding conduct and performance.
Kee Chor began his professional career at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in February 2000 under the Management Support Officer Scheme. He was first appointed as the Assistant Corporate Affairs Officer championing the PS21 movement in MFA. He also led his team to win an Gold Award at the National Quality Circles' Convention in August 2001.
In September 2001, Kee Chor was posted to the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh understudying as the Attaché (Admin & Consular) for four months. The short-term posting was followed by four months of pre-posting training for administrative secretaries.
Kee Chor was posted to the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei in June 2002 as the Assistant Trade Representative (Admin & Consular). During his posting, Kee Chor was also elected to the supervisory committee of the Singapore Association in Taipei from 2003-2006 where he organised numerous events for the Singapore community in Taipei. He relinquished his post in Taipei in February 2006.
Kee Chor was posted to the Internal Audit Unit in MFA HQ as an Internal Audit Officer, a position he held until October 2007. Thereafter, Kee Chor served at the Singapore Embassy in Cairo from March 2008 to July 2011 as the Second Secretary (Admin & Consular) where he experienced the 25th January 2011 uprising and assisted many Singaporeans depart Egypt during the crisis.
Kee Chor is currently serving as Assistant Director, Recruitment & Appointments, in MFA HQ. Since joining MFA, Kee Chor was promoted four times in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2012. He is now a Grade 3 officer under the Foreign Service Administration Specialist Scheme.
In 2010, Kee Chor received the Excellence in Service Award from MFA and the Certificate of Recognition as an Outstanding Activist from the PS21 ExCEL Committee.
In 2011, Kee Chor received the PS21 Star Service Award and the Efficiency Medal - a National Day Award.
Besides his primary appointments in MFA, Kee Chor also undertook secondary appointments such as assistant editor for the in-house newsletter, member of the S2006 CSO sub-committee and assistant honorary treasurer for the MFA Club.
Kee Chor is married to Mdm Chong Yik Yin and they have a son.
He enjoys bowling, swimming, golf, cycling, travelling, blogging and reading.
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