It All Began in PEPS…

SINCE LAST WEEK – in the build-up to the SMKPP Gala Dinner on 20 September 2014 – I have been re-living the past, digging into the memories of my old school days in PESS and PEPS (Pudu English Primary School).

For my “regular” kakis, our friendships were forged way back in 1976 – from both PEPS (1) and PEPS (2). Back then, we referred to ourselves as School One girls or School Two girls.

Amongst us, we have WK with a memory of an elephant and an equally mammoth collection of old photos. Back in 2012, the gang was caught up in a chain of emails for some months where we each shared pieces of recollections of our school days.

In one of the emails, WK – our “memory banker” – recalled her first meeting with me…“I could still recall my first day in Std 1, I was arranged to line up with a tanned little girl. I was scared I didn’t know how to speak Malay as I thought she was a Malay! But the next day she came to me and asked, “I lined up with you yesterday, rite?” 

WK with whom I queued up on the first day of school in 1976; since then I’ve stood with her and danced with her too; I last stood next to her in this Sept 2013 photo when we visited the school together, and back in school again in Feb 2014.

WK with whom I queued up on the first day of school in 1976; since then I’ve stood with her and danced with her too; I last stood next to her in this Sept 2013 photo when we visited the school together, and back in school again in Feb 2014.

I admit I do not recall that first day in school, so I was thankful for WK’s memory. Indeed I was tanned then. When we were back in Malaysia, even Little Em was mistaken as budak Melayu too. I’d been asked numerous times, “Ini anak awak ke? Macam budak Melayu lah“.

In a 1988 birthday card to me, another good friend WL recalled… “Was it only yesterday that two little girls got to know one another in the midst of a noisy and crowded classroom, and one speaks Hokkien and the other Cantonese. But somehow they managed to carry out a conversation and later became friends, and this special friendship lasted till today”“today” being 1988 at that time, and 26 years later today, still friends in 2014.

That goes for the rest of us… it seemed only yesterday we met as little girls. Such a blessing our friendships have survived 38 years across different continents! Hopefully that represents only half of our lifetime, may we be around to celebrate another 38 years… if Ebola and malaria don’t get me first, TOUCH WOOD!!!

Memories of PEPS (1) performances…

1976 concert

1976 concert

1976_Rice

1976 performance of “Planting Rice” that involved both 1Hijau and 1Merah, with class teachers Mrs. Amy Koh and Mrs. Ranjit Singh.

1979 concert performance of “The Emperor and the Nightingale”. Inset left: The Emperor and I - Eileen Chua was the Emperor and the plain nightingale (Jessica MSM played the beautifully-decorated mechanical bird).

1979 concert performance of “The Emperor and the Nightingale”. Inset left: The Emperor and I – Eileen Chua was the Emperor and I the plain nightingale (Jessica MSM played the beautifully-decorated mechanical bird).

Earlier in the same year 1979, the School One girls performed “The Emperor and the Nightingale” for an RTM children’s programme. This photo of the whole cast was taken after the recording was completed at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.

Earlier in the same year 1979, the School One girls performed “The Emperor and the Nightingale” for an RTM children’s programme. This photo of the whole cast was taken after the recording was completed at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.

1980 concert under the supervision of Cik Siti Mariam.

1980 concert under the supervision of Cik Siti Mariam.

1980_Mcca

1980 trip to Malacca… (L) Two sets of sisters; (R) Everyone in this photo – except me – were at the recent 2014 SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner.

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6 thoughts on “It All Began in PEPS…

  1. We are Best Friends Forever, till the end of our lives. And we will always treasure every moment that we’ve spent together.

    Well, there’s another piece of information from the elephant memory, our last photo together was taken on the 15 Feb 2014 at PESS CNY Open House, in the school gallery. Hehe….. =P

    • Planting Rice is perpetually stuck in my head! It was rather comical we even sang the chorus in Tagalog! I don’t recall any particular song either for the “Emperor ad the Nightingale”.

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