Sunday, February 22, 2009

Reunion Dinner Ipoh Friday Night 20 Feb 2009

Venue of the dinner : Oversea Restaurant 海外天 Ipoh

Tonight we met as a group for our 2009 Ipoh Reunion and some R&R. Some had more R&R than others! I will leave it to you to make the interpretations! Suffice to say many of us had not met for the past 30 years and so the scenes at the Reunion were a bit emotionally charged at times.

Ng Tuck Weng, Au Chee Keong, Yok Seng, Jeffrey Ong, Kong Jai (Yee Hong)
" Hey Big Tauke Ong, what important point are you making and gesturing? "

Teoh Seng Kian, Seong Pin, Weng Wah, Hock Choong, Tuck Weng, Chee Keong
" Yeah, yeah. yeah; we get your point Tauke Ong "

Seong Pin, Kong Ho 江胡,Tong Leong, Seng Kian
" We meant Peace To Tong Leong "

Yok Seng was the organiser of the 2009 Reunion event, and he did a splendid job. We awarded him THE BEST ORGANISER OF THE YEAR award because we did not have any other yardstick to base our judgment on. Albeit, we were "generally" happy that he was competent and I would say no one would object if we re-nominated him for the organising committee chairman's job for 2010! I think in coming days YS would send some suggestions to the Group as to the 2010 venue and perhaps even associated activities.....

Sneak previews for the 2010 Reunion:

Date: Before 16 Feb 2010 (年初二)

Venue: Pangkor Island

Psst! I didn't tell you this secret!

Pre-dinner drinks (beer only) were available at the Excelsior Hotel's Karaoke Fun Pub (the live band only started strumming and singing at 8pm, by which time we were trooping out to the restaurant for our dinner) for early birds. Dinner started at 8pm at the Oversea Restaurant opposite the hotel. We were seated in 2 tables, and were offered sumptuous food. Many were more impressed with the array of whiskey available (12 years, 15 years, black, green blue etc)than the food and promptly dived for the booze than the food! The whiskey lubricated those present and it was not necessary at all for those present to have to break the ice. Such was the power of the liquid.

It was note worthy to state that all present were merry and unpretentious. There was no barrier, we did not have our guards up and enjoyed each others' company and were happy to renew friendships. We were transported back in spirit to when we were boys in school uniforms once more that night ....

Tuck Weng, Chee Keong, Yok Seng, Jeffrey Ong, Kong Jai, Kong Jai's you-know-who, Siew Fook Kheong, Seong Pin
" Hey Tauke Ong, how many times do we have to hear from you? "

Tuck Weng, Chee Keong, Yok Seng, Kong Jai, Kong Jai's you-know-who, Fook Kheong, Yee Wah, Tuck Ming, Boon Chee
" Yok Seng: What the @#$%^?
Fook Kheong: There we go again ... "
Tuck Ming: I am putting my foot down! Oops I can't see my feet! "

At some point the dinner party reached its crescendo and I felt my ear drums were doing their maximum workload trying to cope with the din and voices (read noise). It was truly difficult to want to make a conversation, let alone be heard in this boisterous crowd! Such was the dBA (Noise level) and gaiety that was present at this reunion. I cannot begin to imagine if we put these 17 people in a board room meeting and ask them to express themselves, can you?

I can say on behalf of those present that were were happy to be in each others' company that night. It was quite touching and out-of-this-world. Are all reunions dinners like The One we just had?

After dinner we adjourned for karaoke at a nearby joint. Tuck Ming left after the dinner (his wife rang, apparently; or was I mistaken?). The guys who came from KL for this occasion (Seng Kian, Boon Chee, Kong Ho, Fook Kheong, Au Chee Keong, Kong Jai & partner, Weng Wah) gladly submitted themselves to this activity and we marched to this KOK. I mean we did not want to be seen as anti social or "weak" did we?! (In retrospect, Tuck Ming's wife probably did him a great favour ..... )

Mummy 7 was promptly summoned by you-know-who to his presence and pretty young things from one neighbouring super power country (some 6 hours away) were paraded in front of eager customers. Not all were weak-kneed but some were happy that the girls were there to provide some help with their singing or just for their company. Singing and chatting continued until just past mid night. We parted company and bid farewell. Some of us went for tauge chicken, chicken feet and hor fun at Oon Kee. Kee Mun and I left at 1.00am and hoped that the rest of you got home safe and sound with some fond memories created and stirred, ready for the big one next year.

Best regards, SP

P/S This is my brief summary of our reunion dinner for 2009. E&EO. I cannot guarantee clarity and correctness of information presented here as I might still be trying to recover from the said activities the night before! I welcome you to add your comments and new posts to this brief. If you are busy like some of us believed you were (but you read this blog as you do other Google group mails) then I hope you can at least get your secretary to send in some comments or posts on your behalf; after dictating to her your view of course! Cheers and many thanks for your company and friendship!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Update On Finding Class Of 1978 Classmates And Singapore/Johor Sam Tet Gathering

Hi All:

On behalf of the Group I would like to extend warmest welcome to new members:

Philip Lip, Kong Ho, Chong Hock Choong, Chin Yee Hong, Lee Boon Chee, Siew Yee Wah, Au Chee Keong, Leong Chee Hoong, and last but not least Ng Chut Ngeow (UMNO).

I thought I should comment that we have made very strong progress in finding additional 1978 classmates to join the Google Group and reunion gatherings that are going on right now.

If you look at the "Finding and Keeping 1978 Folks" post which I have just updated you will agree that there is still a few more people that we need to get hold of but we have found quite a few since Jan 09; thanks to Tali, Kee Mun, Boon Chee and Chee Keong!

I certainly hope the rest of them (16 of them) can be contacted to join us. Let me highlight their names below to focus our minds and efforts in locating them:

Updated March 27:

Chong Yoon Kheong
Leong Yuet Fai (Now a Member)
Lim Chen Shen (Now a Member)
Chan Kean Khuen
Chee Keng Lam (Lives in Singapore?)
Heng Ek Kok (Now a Member)
Chin Yew Sin (Now a Member)
Lee Teck Voon (now a Member)
Low Ching Kam
Chai Ko Chuan
Fann Wei Bao (now a Member)
Choong Yoke Can (Now a Member)
Ooi Boon Hock
Wong Chun Ngan
Chin Wei Keong
Foo Wan Juin (BASF Petronas Chemicals)

Thanks Guys!


Sam Tet Singapore/Johor Gathering Held @ NTU On Feb 8

Chan Kiang Por and Chin Yong Yong were as usual jovial and friendly; the years that had gone past us did not affect our friendship. We spent some time talking about their families and work. Yong2x works as a warehouse/logistics manager, Kiang Por is a consultant with a GLC linked entity. Both seemed settled and happy with their lives! The rest of the Sam Tet guys were mostly our junior except for Thai Kwong and Lam We Soon of 1974. I was pleasantly surprised to meet Umno and Philip Lip's brothers and was able to get their contacts.

Having attended the gathering I am convinced that the Sam Tet Alumni spirit is alive and doing well provided a small group of people is committed to keeping the gatherings organised! Tali and Kee Mun you have your jobs cut out for you!