September in Accra, 2014

MEMORIES OF SEPTEMBER in Accra included a visit to the museum and art centre, three birthdays, several clinic/lab trips, a farewell, lots of reunions and a long-lost friend found; and countless hours on WA chats; a broken water pump and alarm (no thanks to the rain and constant electricity cuts/surge).

Medication madness from our clinic visits… Little Em was down with fever early in the month and skipped school three days while Big M battled with severe eczema this month, a second dermatologist was consulted, and several visits followed. (Sept 2014)

Medication madness from our clinic visits… Little Em was down with fever early in the month and skipped school three days while Big M battled with severe eczema this month, a second dermatologist was consulted, and several visits followed. (Sept 2014)

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As soon as she recovered, Little Em hosted her first playdate. (6 Sept 2014)

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Little Em with her favourite My Little Pony’s Rarity (6 Sept 2014)

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The spouses’ group bade a tearful goodbye to member Koko (who was cross-posted to Chile) on an afternoon that saw all of us sporting Nigerian headgear gele. (9 Sept 2014)

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On Malaysia Day, we were in the news. (16 Sept 2014)

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Food blessings… a friend gave me these huge bitter gourds which her husband grew in their garden (17 Sept); fresh oyster mushrooms from a local friend who also grew them on her farm (18 Sept 2014)

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Made a trip to the National Museum with two ladies (entrance was GHC20 each for foreigners; GHC5 for locals); Gloria the guide took us through the history of Ghana. (25 Sept 2014)

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Prior to that we checked out the Arts Centre, Accra for local souvenirs and handicrafts. (Sept 2014)

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Little Em celebrated her birthday in school with Frozen cupcakes (Sept 2014)

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Back home, September birthday gals included AhYee who turned 50 (15 Sept 2014), photo of her birthday cupcakes with luxury items were from last year; while Kim Kim had a fiesta with the kids on her birthday (26 Sept 2014).

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Back home, September was a winning  month for Mel and Ian who participated in two contests and won prizes. Well done!… reminds me of my contest-craze days too.

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Mel and Ian with their certificates and voucher prize.

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Back home, a school turned 100 in September 2014.

September was a walk down memory lane as my alma mater celebrated its 100th birthday in the SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner on 20 September 2014. The reunion of old friends back home led me to find a long-lost Standard One friend, our last contact being 33 years ago.

WAN Great Scientist

FRANKLY, AN ARTICLE entitled “How one resourceful team of scientists coordinated their attack on a chicken bug” wouldn’t grab my attention.

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

But a face like this would!

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

That’s WAN happy professor and understandably so, with a decade of research and hard work finally paid off and sowing results. This is no chicken feat and poultry farmers owe him (and the team) big time!

We are proud of this WAN great scientist, and that goes for the whole WAN siblings, all very terror WAN.

Besides a great scientist, this prof is also an avid photographer, seen here taking pictures of the WAN clan and their other halves… 25 Jan 2012 

Besides a great scientist, this prof is also an avid photographer, seen here taking pictures of the WAN clan and their other halves… 25 Jan 2012

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(L) Cousins got together in this CNY 2012 pix; (R) The ladies – including the wife and another terror WAN.

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(L) Even these little ones felt at home at the chicken coop but Little A didn’t think so (R)… 25 Jan 2012.

Vandort Shield Winners

The SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner held last Saturday 20 September 2014 was a night to remember. I was glad that all four of my sisters attended the historic occasion.

Photos are still being shared by thoughtful friends, and as I was looking at them, I was able to pick out five past Vandort Shield winners.

(L-R) Ms. Lee Chii Nuo (1972 recipient, who became a teacher and dedicated her life to PESS and will retire next year) with my classmate SQ;  Lim Ooi Meng (1985 recipient) with my classmate NC; Kong Soke Yue (1987 recipient) with SQ, at SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner, 20 Sept 2014.

(L-R) Ms. Lee Chii Nuo (1972 recipient, who became a teacher and dedicated her life to PESS and will retire next year) with my classmate SQ;  Lim Ooi Meng (1985 recipient) with my classmate NC; Kong Soke Yue (1987 recipient) with SQ, at SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner, 20 Sept 2014.

(L) My dear friends - NC, LL, WK and BM - in another photo with Ooi Meng… I suppose this made up for missing OK, another one of our good friend who is in Australia. And now I see the lovely shades of pink and purple, and black too :-) ; (R) From my sister’s batch, 1981 Vandort Shield recipient Miaw In (left in pix) with a friend, at the SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner, 20 Sept 2014.

(L) My dear friends – NC, LL, WK and BM – in another photo with Ooi Meng… I suppose this made up for missing OK, another one of our good friend who is in Australia. And now I see the lovely shades of pink and purple, and black too 🙂 ; (R) From my sister’s batch, 1981 Vandort Shield recipient Miaw In (left in pix) with a friend, at the SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner, 20 Sept 2014.

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(L) A family of four librarians, three school chess players, three prefects, two assistant head girls and a Vandort Shield winner (Bee Buan, 1984 recipient). (R) And the 1986 recipient shared their moments from Africa.

The list of Vandort Shield recipients in the school hall. (Taken on 21 Sept 2013).

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The Vandort Shield (named after Mrs. Murial Vandort) is “an annual school award presented to a fifth former student who not only excelled academically but is also active in extra-mural activities. Any fifth former student who is outstanding (excluding the school captain) is eligible for this honour. Miss Chin Kwee Thai, an outstanding fifth former, was the first student to receive this award in the year 1969.”

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)