Rare Cloud Phenomenon in Leeds, 1996

I FOUND THIS newspaper cutting dated 23rd February 1996 in my photo album recently.

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The caption says: “IT’S IN THE AIR: The rare cloud phenomenon that turned heads in Leeds last Friday. Motorists stopped and crowds gathered to admire the spectacular display of colours which is unlikely to be repeated during our lifetime. The nacreous, or mother-of-pearl, clouds are caused by diffraction of the sun’s light through clouds of dust and ice high in the stratosphere. (Pic: Pete Cotton; Words: David Adam).

Bravo Bonnie!

I WAS STILL up in the wee hours of Friday morning when a news article online caught my attention.

http://news.malaysia.msn.com/community/the-jewel-of-the-arctic-by-local-photographer-bonnie-yap

This is the Bonnie who became the first female photographer in The Star and survived the male-dominated Photo Room back in the early 90s; the same Bonnie with whom I earned my first front page byline along with her first front page photo byline on 27th June 1992; the same Bonnie who covered numerous assignments with me, including entertainment events involving local and Hong Kong celebrities.

This is the Bonnie who kindly became the photographer for the weddings of my brother, two sisters and eventually mine as well.

I was happy to read that she is finally having her first ever solo photo exhibition come 1 – 31 March at Traders Hotel, KL. Twenty four years of hard work that finally paid – a well-deserved recognition. Congrats Bonnie Yap!

Our first front page byline together (The Star, 27 Jun 1992)

Our first front page byline together (The Star, 27 Jun 1992).

(L-R) Bonnie and I out on assignment; Bonnie with the late Anita Mui; Bonnie at my wedding.

(L-R) Bonnie and I out on assignment; Bonnie with the late Anita Mui; Bonnie at my wedding.

Fond memories of our Star days between 1992-94.

Fond memories of our Star days between 1992-94.

Related post: Bonnie and I (link)

PESS CNY Do

IT WAS ANOTHER walk down memory lane, back in my old school on Saturday, 15th February 2014. The school held a CNY Open House, opened to former students, friends and families.

The school has since been renamed SMKPP, and despite the fact that during my time, it was changed to SMPP, for many of us “PESS” still pops out every time we talk about our old school.

I was glad to see three of my classmates and two of our former teachers. I was last back in school during PESOGA’s lunch on 20th September 2013 (link). This time I brought Little Em along as she was curious about mommy’s old school.

A lion dance to kick off the celebrations.

A lion dance to kick off the celebrations.

(Top, L) With Mrs Yong, chairperson of the Board of Governors, also our former Biology teacher, who described my sister as “one of her brightest students”; (Top, R) With Mrs. Yong and Ms. Lee who was our Librarian Mistress; (Bottom) Former students - including Ms Lee herself - in the Gallery/Museum which invoked some fond memories.

(Top, L) With Mrs Yong, the school’s senior assistant who was our former Biology teacher, who described my sister as “one of her brightest students”; (Top, R) With Mrs. Yong and Ms. Lee who was our Librarian Mistress; (Bottom) Former students – including Ms Lee herself – in the Gallery/Museum which invoked some fond memories.

(L) Standing in front of a poster that describes how the school adopted purple as its official colour… “The Jacaranda Flower - Its purple colour is believed to be able to stimulate the mind. Purple has become the official school colour and also its shades are incorporated in the school badge. The school prefect’s attire is also purple and the Jacaranda flower forms a part of the design of the cover for the school magazine, THE DAWN.”; (R) My friends found a chestful of memories in the drawers in the Gallery/Museum.

(L) Standing in front of a poster that describes how the school adopted purple as its official colour… “The Jacaranda Flower – Its purple colour is believed to be able to stimulate the mind. Purple has become the official school colour and also its shades are incorporated in the school badge. The school prefect’s attire is also purple and the Jacaranda flower forms a part of the design of the cover for the school magazine, THE DAWN.”; (R) My friends found a chestful of memories in the drawers in the Gallery/Museum.

(L) Showed Little Em the "book" with Mommy in it; (R) Taken during my last visit on 20 Sept 2013.

(L) Showed Little Em the “book” with Mommy in it; (R) Taken during my last visit on 20 Sept 2013.

Also showed Little Em the coveted Vandort Shield in the glass case.

Also showed Little Em the coveted Vandort Shield in the glass case.

A moment to remember for mom and daughter :-)

A moment to remember for mom and daughter 🙂

Related posts:

The Best of PESS (link)

Re-calling “The Best of PESS” (link)

We Hail You, PESS (link)

Pieces of PESS (link)