Tribute to PESS Batch 1986

THE SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner on 20 September 2014 at Berjaya Times Square was a reunion of friends, some who knew each other as little girls way back in primary school, all the way through secondary school.

Annie FWY and Agnes CFM who sent me most of the photos of the dinner, were my Standard One schoolmates (Annie was a classmate).

(L) This is the first dinner photo sent by Annie, all of them schoolmates since primary school; Annie with Siew Quen.

(L) This is the first dinner photo sent by Annie, all of them schoolmates since primary school; Annie with Siew Quen.

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The ladies in these two photos (Wan Koon, Boh Mun, Annie, Sook Meng… Siew Quen, Wan Koon, May Yee, Irene and Man Ying) were classmates in Standard 1 Hijau in Pudu English Primary School (1) – except SM, BM and MY who were in 1 Merah – making them friends for 38 years!

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We were together in this 1980 school concert performance.

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Classmates from Standard One to Standard Six, of which the circled ones turned up for the dinner, not too bad considering 15 out of 40 made it.

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(L-R) Man Ling, Ling Chiao, Yee Fung, Wan Yuet, Wan Le (WL was a classmate in Std One and we were briefly workmates, when I was with TV3 and WL with Mega TV which was then a subsidiary of TV3).

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(L-R) Puin Kwan, Yoke Kheng, Chooi Keng, Rebecca, Annie and Sook Meng.

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(Sitting, L-R) Melinda, Melanie Liew,  Weng Peng, Poh Leng, Sallie, Ooi Mei; Standing (L-R) Yin Peng, Meng Yoke, Sin Sien.

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The dinner wasn’t just a reunion of old friends (Irene, Man Ying, Lai Siong and Abdes) but family reunion as well, as Ngat Ching just found out an aunt from her father’s side is a former student too, aged 88!

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Siew Quen basking in the limelight introducing Ana by Karma scarves, specially brought in from Bhutan.

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Long after the dinner ended, these mid-40s ladies partied on… lots to catch up on – 38 years to be precise! And before my memory fails me, I better name them… Lai Len, Man Ying, Wan Koon, Foong Ming, Wei Li, Ngat Ching, Lai Siong, Li Li, Sin Sien, Choi Foong, Irene Chua, Boh Mun, May Yee, Rebecca Phan, Poh Kheng, Siew Quen and Siew May.

Cheers to our many years of friendships!

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PESS Dinner Photos

THE SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner is finally over, but updates and photos of the night are still streaming in.

I was very wrong about the sea of purple, many were in conservative black or white, and other rainbow colours. But the ambience was purple from the initial photos the ladies shared! And the gals did party on wayyyy past midnight.

Many thanks to my friends especially Wei Yee and Foong Ming and all my sisters who kept me in the loop throughout the night.

Through their photos I felt I was there. Through their photos, I was able to share their excitement all the way in Accra, along with Jess in Australia and Sharon in Singapore who couldn’t make it to the dinner.

Through their photos, I was able to see faces I haven’t seen in ages – both schoolmates and teachers. Through their photos, I was able to re-connect with a Standard One classmate.

It was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime event (I certainly won’t live to see another centenary event!). Though I wasn’t there in person, I am happy to be able to share their photos of the event with the hope that this newly-created memories will remain with us in years to come.

One of the highlight of the evening was definitely getting a group photo with former classmates.

My Batch 1986 which occupied some 5 tables.

My Batch 1986 which occupied some 5 tables.

Batch 1984.

Batch 1981 (Science class), with a former beauty queen to boot.

Another stunning photo of Batch 1981 which formed the second largest class in attendance (7 tables), though some ladies had left by the time this photo was taken. These are half a century old beauties celebrating a century old event!

My “Tai Kar Che” with two of her friends of Batch 1980 which only occupied one table.

These grand ladies are almost as old as the school… the oldest is Constance (centre) being 95 going on 96.

The school produced three beauty queens including Maggie Loo of Maggie Loo Models and Beauties Academy who was Miss Malaysia 1973 and Rosalind Kong who was Miss Malaysia World 1985.

According to my sisters who shared a lift with Maggie, someone asked Maggie which year she was from, to which she replied 1970. The lady gave Maggie a surprised look, saying she was born that year and that Maggie certainly didn’t look her age!

Former beauty queens Rosalind Kong (L) and Maggie Loo (R).

Former teachers were the toast of the evening too.

Seated (R-L) Mrs. Maha, Mrs. Ganesh, xxx, Mrs. Karena Yap; Standing (R-L) Ms. Loh, Ms. Lee Poh Yeok.

My sisters caught up with some of them, including Mrs. Maha, Mrs. Ganesh (who is 74) and Mrs. Irene Teoh.

Sisters flanked by friends.

Sisters flanked by friends.

Many were probably too busy smiling for the cameras to eat, so this is a reminder of the menu and food.

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More things purple.

My next post will be a special tribute to my Batch 1986.

Reunion of PESS

SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner is well underway!

At the strike of 12 in Accra, Ghana – that is 12 noon here – and 8pm in Malaysia, the Royal Ball in Manhattan Ballroom in Berjaya Times Square will be in full swing.

As at 6pm, old girls – ermm, I should say FORMER girls – are already streaming into the venue. They will party on well past midnight. ENJOY!

The stage is set.

The stage is set.

The pretty purple dress pressed; someone is obviously not dressed yet; while another is already there! 

The pretty purple dress pressed; someone is obviously not dressed yet; while another is already there!

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The gals dolled up, ready to go! Even Mel gave a thumbs up to Mommy and aunties.

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Having to miss this once-in-a-lifetime grand occassion, I shall drown my “sorrows” here 🙂

Happy 100, PESS!

SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner is tonight!

For weeks now, our WA group chat has been abuzz with excitement, with exchanges of the good old school days memories and fading old photos.

The BIG NIGHT is finally here, the girls are all geared up, dressed to the nines… reminds me of Cinderella going to the ball! Except there won’t be any Princes but all pretty belles in PURPLE… a ROYAL BALL indeed, an exciting evening in store for sure!

While I sit by the “fireplace” (in this case, in a far corner of West Africa) waiting for a Fairy Godmother, I shall drown my sorrows, errr, I mean take comfort in the collection of photos that we’ve taken over the years.

I will cherish those memories and celebrate our friendships, and send my friends huge Ebola-free hugs from Accra!

Congratulations PESS for turning 100!

All in the family... "Products of PESS" :-)

All in the family… “Products of PESS” 🙂

Even Little Em wants to be a part of it!

Even Little Em wants to be a part of it!

In the meantime, earlier today on the streets in Accra I see PURPLE everywhere!!!

(Top) A scene on my way home from the kids’ school this afternoon; (Bottom, L) Paid a visit to my curtain guy and his purple wall greeted me! (Bottom, R) Closer to home, a bank partly painted in purple… 19 Sept 2014, Accra.

Back at home… (L-R) Hubby’s flight itinerary in this purple folder; nothing but purple phone casing for me; Little Em’s favourite My Little Pony’s Rarity sporting purple mane. (19 Sept 2014)

Proud Of PESS

SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner is just a day away.

PK in Australia, SQ in Hong Kong and IC in Singapore are all making their journey home (or already home) to join the rest of the girls in KL for the big birthday bash – 100 reasons to celebrate, 100 reasons to look forward to (yes, one of them is already savouring musang king on home soil).

While I am unable to join them, I will certainly be thinking of the gals as I reminisce our almost four-decades of friendships. I can be assured that they will be sharing lots of photos that will not just make me green with envy, but PURPLE with PLEASURE too!

In return, I dedicate this piece of artwork I did way back in 1984 (which I treasure all because the teacher had given a “Baik”) to my treasured lifelong friends of PESS.

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Though I will be missing the 100 years bash, I feel blessed I was part of the 75 years Diamond Jubilee celebrations back in 1989.

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Former head girls at SMPP’s Diamond Jubilee on 27th January 1989.

I wish SMKPP-SMPP-PESS continued success! Will always be proud to be a part of PESS.

Proud to bear the SMPP flag back in 1986, with ST and WY.

Proud to bear the SMPP flag back in 1986, with ST and WY.