Em’s First Concert

WHEN LITTLE EM had her first kindy concert this afternoon, we were all very excited for her, so was she!

Since I have no memories of my own first kindy concert (mainly because as a child, I never went to kindergarten), I wanted to ensure she remembers her first school performance, hence this post today.

(Left) Little Em telling the story of “Patty The Milkmaid”; (Right) She had a solo singing performance of “My Grandfather’s Clock”.

(Left) Little Em telling the story of “Patty The Milkmaid”; (Right) She had a solo singing performance of “My Grandfather’s Clock”.

First group dance performance to the tune of a Mandarin song “Loving You”.

First group dance performance to the tune of a Mandarin song “Loving You”.

Second group dance, a ballet performance, to the tune of Richard Clayderman’s “Mariage d'amour”.

Second group dance, a ballet performance, to the tune of Richard Clayderman’s “Mariage d’amour”.

Third group performance, Y.M.C.A.

Third group performance, Y.M.C.A.

At the end of the concert was a prize-giving presentation. We were surprised when her name was called out to receive a trophy… and again… and again… and again! Seriously, we had NO IDEA.

At the end of the concert was a prize-giving presentation. We were surprised when her name was called out to receive a trophy… and again… and again… and again! Seriously, we had NO IDEA.

A closer look at what she received. I know, it’s not like she won the Nobel prize 🙂 but still, they are hers to keep and to be proud of.

Soon, her first concert will be a distant memory but I hope this post will help keep that memory alive.

Soon, her first concert will be a distant memory but I hope this post will help keep that memory alive.

A BIG THANK YOU to the principal, Miss EC and the teachers…firstly for putting together a great show today; secondly, for their dedication in teaching and caring for our little ones throughout the year, and last but not least, for making school a fun place to be always.

In Memory of Friends

EVERY TIME I look at old photographs of friends/acquaintances/colleagues, I often wonder where they are and what they are doing now.

Thanks to the internet and social media, I have been able to find some online, read updates about them and also re-connect with a few.

In my recent search for acquaintances of CWA whom I made while in Washington DC more than a decade ago, I learnt sadly that two had passed on.

Mrs. Sharon Arneaud was the wife of the former Ambassador of Trinidad & Tobago to the US. Online news reported that she was involved in a boating accident while on vacation on Gasparee Island back home on 19th September 2009. She was 64. I have had some privileged moments with Sharon who was the CWA President in 2000 and I was involved in the committee as the membership secretary.

Lady Sheila Butler was the wife of the former Ambassador of Bahamas to the US. She passed away due to illness on 20th August 2013. She was 69.

May they rest in peace.

(LEFT photo) CWA Meeting on 14 Sep 1999 hosted at the Australian Residence… (L-R) Datin Kamilah Abdullah of Brunei; Mrs Kathy Harrington of Australia and Lady Sheila of Bahamas; (RIGHT photo) CWA Bazaar on 30 October 1999 held at the New Zealand Embassy… (L-R) Lady Gloria Blackman of Barbados, Mrs Joanna Masirewa of Fiji, Mrs Margaret Bernal of Jamaica, Mrs Sharon Arneaud and Lady Sheila Butler.

(LEFT photo) CWA Meeting on 14 Sep 1999 hosted at the Australian Residence… (L-R) Datin Kamilah Abdullah of Brunei; Mrs Kathy Harrington of Australia and Lady Sheila of Bahamas; (RIGHT photo) CWA Bazaar on 30 October 1999 held at the New Zealand Embassy… (L-R) Lady Gloria Blackman of Barbados, Mrs Joanna Masirewa of Fiji, Mrs Margaret Bernal of Jamaica, Mrs Sharon Arneaud and Lady Sheila Butler.

(LEFT photo) CWA Meeting on 24 Oct 2000 hosted by Bangladesh Ambassador’s wife Mrs Khaleda Shehabuddin at her Residence… (L-R) Mrs Wendy Bockhorst-Heng of Singapore, Mrs Khaleda, Mrs Sharon Arneaud and Mrs Yvonne Saliba of Malta; (RIGHT photo) A farewell lunch on 11 Nov 2000 hosted by Mrs Sharon Arneaud at her Residence for Lady Gloria Blackman… (L-R) Mrs Margaret Bernal of Jamaica, a guest, the hostess Sharon, a guest with her grandchild, another guest, Lady Gloria and Mrs Joanie Barclay of New Zealand.

CWA Meeting on 7 Nov 2000 hosted by Australian Ambassador’s wife Mrs Deborah Thawley at her Residence … (LEFT photo, L-R) The hostess Deborah, Mrs Louisette Mendouga of Cameroon holding Baby M, a guest and Mrs Sharon Arneaud.

CWA Meeting on 12 Dec 2000 hosted by Malta Ambassador’s wife, Mrs Yvonne Saliba at her Residence. This was my final meeting with Sharon, seen here holding Baby M.

CWA Meeting on 12 Dec 2000 hosted by Malta Ambassador’s wife, Mrs Yvonne Saliba at her Residence. This was my final meeting with Sharon, seen here holding Baby M.

Little Children On A Bicycle

NOW WE KNOW the people behind the eye-catching wall mural in Lebuh Armenia, Penang, known as “Little Children On A Bicycle” (all thanks to a little controversy surrounding the artist’s other wall mural in Johor Baru recently).

The artist is Lithuanian-born Ernest Zacharevic and his subjects are siblings, six-year old Tan Yi and four-year old Tan Kern who were captured on Zacharevic’s lens in April 2012 and eventually found themselves on the wall.

Sunday Star (24th November 2013) reported that “the painting was recently picked by British daily The Guardian’s readers as one of the 15 favourite murals out of 378 submitted from around the world.”

During our last trip to Penang on 31st July to 4th August 2013 (link), our friend Ricky drove us by several wall art in Lebuh Armenia one night and we returned the next day to explore the creative works on foot.

M took this photo of the children from the back of Uncle Ricky’s car on the night of 31 July 2013.

M took this photo of the children from the back of Uncle Ricky’s car on the night of 31 July 2013.

Passed by these little children on the bike and couldn’t help not taking a photo with them. (1 August 2013)

Other wall art on Lebuh Armenia… Little Em was clearly not in the mood for photo-taking 😦 (1 August 2013)

MHS 1988 Class Reunion

ON THIS DATE hubby had a reunion with his MHS schoolmates. What was to be a happy occasion was saddened with news of the passing of a classmate just yesterday.

At the gathering, the group observed a minute of silence in the memory of CCA who was also their Head Boy. Throughout the night, the guys shared their fond memories of CCA and sang one of his favourite songs, Alan Tam’s Pang Yau (Friends).

Also at the gathering were four former teachers, namely Mr. Peter Suan, Mr. Ponenderajah, Mr. Teja Singh and Mr. MP Rangganathan, one of the four recipients of Tokoh Guru Kebangsaan 2003 (along with Puan Sri Aisha Hj. Shamsuddin.)

The boys of MHS Batch 1982-1986/1988.

The teachers… (L-R) Mr. Peter Suan, Mr. Ponenderajah, Mr. Teja Singh and Mr. Rangganathan.

Remembering the last two occasions some of them met up with CCA who described himself as the Chemo Man, on 2 Sept 2013 and 15 Sept 2013 in KL.

Remembering the last two occasions some of them met up with CCA who described himself as the Chemo Man, on 2 Sept 2013 and 15 Sept 2013 in KL.

My own memory of CCA when I first met him in 1993 at Subang Airport, and again in 1998 when the guys met up at Menara KL.

The guys’ night out at the KL Tower. (26 Mac 1998)

The guys’ night out at the KL Tower. (26 Mac 1998)

Related posts:

2003 Tokoh Guru, Puan Sri Aisha Shamsuddin (link)

My recent school reunion in September 2013 “We Hail You, PESS” (link)

JFK’s Passing… 50 Years Later

TODAY MARKS THE 50th anniversary of the death of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Popularly known as JFK, he served as the 35th President from January 1961 till 22nd November 1963 when he was fatally shot in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Jacqueline beside him. He was 46. A state funeral was held in Washington DC on 25th November and he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Visited the gravesite of JFK in Arlington National Cemetery, VA on 10 Sept 1999 (the only other US President buried there is William Howard Taft who died in 1930). At the head of the grave is the Eternal Flame which was created at the proposal of Mrs. Kennedy. She was buried next to him in 1994.

Visited the gravesite of JFK in Arlington National Cemetery, VA on 10 Sept 1999 (the only other US President buried there is William Howard Taft who died in 1930). At the head of the grave is the Eternal Flame which was created at the proposal of Mrs. Kennedy. She was buried next to him in 1994.

JFK’s famous quote is also immortalised here: “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” Visible from here is the Washington Monument.

JFK’s famous quote is also immortalised here: “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” Visible from here is the Washington Monument.

Related Post: A Visit To The Cemetery (link)