08 February 2011

A Room Is Still A Room


I was walking back to my office from the Information Systems Department when I chanced upon two lovely ladies from the College of International Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ms. Joy Zapata and Ms. Evangeline Necio. Joy was instantly apologetic upon catching sight of me. I had been trying to get her to sit down for a meeting; but she had been caught in her work that the only time she could accommodate my request, she was even called upstairs for an unscheduled meeting.

It did not matter, I reassured her. I could discuss my agenda briefly with her right there and then. I did not take long, as a matter of fact, and I even got invited upstairs to the laboratory hotel where, I was told, Hotel and Restaurant Management students were holding a room decoration exhibition.

I asked the tandem what the exhibition was for, and was told that it was being held in line with the Foundation Week Celebrations. Oh that! It had been so quiet that I totally forgot this week was Foundation Week.

Heading upstairs, I was met by a gracious HRM student who was to be our guide as we were about to go on the room-by-room tour. Too bad I had not brought my digital camera; albeit, the camera-phone was invented for occasions such as this.

I was asking for some literature on the room d├ęcor: who did what; what was the motif; where were the materials from. I was told there had to be documents somewhere. It was fine; if I got hold of these then I could write something more substantive. On the other hand – I reassured my hosts – I could always do a pictorial entry.

I was reminded of the Shirley Bassey classic “A House Is Not a Home.”

“A room is still a room, even when there’s nothin’ there but gloom…
But a room is not a house and a house is not a home
When the two of us are far apart
And one of us has a broken heart…”

The rooms were so beautiful they needed people to live inside them.

I will say no more and let the pictures speak for themselves. It was a brief tour of no more than seven rooms; and all I can say is that I was so proud our own students could do jobs as professional as these pictures will show.

THE ELEGANT ROOM



THE HONEYMOONERS' ROOM




THE BACHELOR'S ROOM



THE LINO ROOM


THE BUSINESS ROOM, FOR PROFESSIONALS



THE FAMILY ROOM, WITH AN AQUARIUM MOTIF





THE RETRO ROOM, FOR YOUNG PEOPLE








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