Last update: 05 June
Following the email Teck
Yong (aka Jerry) sent on 29 May 2006 regarding our 50th Anniversary Reunion next year,
the response has been very positive and most encouraging.
benefit of all, here's a summary of mails exchanged (in
Jimmy Ho Chee Meng
wrote (29 May 2006, 1410 hours):
Pleased to learn that a kick start to the
planning is under way. I believe many will give a helping hand
to this task, I would if I am in Singapore. I will fly out from
London to attend the Reunion.
Another suggestion is to have a page in the
booklet of all teachers who taught us throughout our entire
school life as a way of honouring them.
Kang Hai Chiew
wrote (30 May 2006, 0725 hours):
Dear Teck Yong,
Thanks for the effort, you can count me in.
Norman Wee wrote
(30 May 2006, 1240 hours):
Come rain or shine, I will be there!
wrote (31 May 2006, 1655 hours):
God willing, I will attend. Thank you so much
for initiating this happening.
Incidentally spoke to Tan Tuan Seng today and
make mentioned of event which strangely he has no idea of
his address appearing in the mail list. Please count him in.
Bill Tan Peck Seng
wrote (02 June 2006, 0511 hours):
My dear Jerry,
Splendid effort. Will be there. But must fix
a return date for the flight. Will there be a second event and
Apologies for delayed reply. Just returned
from touring the North of Scotland. Experienced horizontal rain
and freezing gales but with periods of bright sunshine. There is
a saying in Scotland: 'When the sun comes out all is forgiven'.
Scotland is well know for its very dynamic weather. Some years
ago while having dinner at a Barra (Island in the Hebrides)
hotel there appeared in the western sky the letters O J formed
fleetingly by patches of cloud. Was the Genome Organising Device
saying that O J Simpson was guilty after all? No, on reflection
the message was quite clear: 'Take your Orange Juice!' Unless
some of you Aramaic scholars have a different interpretation?
Found 18 new emails. Out of the blue came one
from a wealthy Norwegian 'merchant' (obsolete use of the
term....must have been a Shakespeare scholar .. you know
'Merchant of Venice' etc). He is dying of oesophagus cancer and
would like to appoint a person to oversee the gifting of $23M!
I smell a rat but suggested he tries Avastin
(a drug not a person, silly). Uniquely among the cancer drugs it
cuts off the supply of blood to and only to cancerous cells.
Since approved by the FDA last year there has been a voracious
demand. Not cheap but then if effective the patient only needs
it for a few weeks or months. Should be effective for tissue
malignancies and especially CRC (ColoRectal Cancer). Swee Hoo
please note. You floored me once. Keep alive so I can have the
pleasure of returning the compliment.
Cheers to all,
P.S. Does anyone knows the whereabouts of Ho
Yap Swee Hoo
wrote (02 June 2006, 0946 hours)
I'll be at our reunion if I'm still alive to
meet Bill for our return round. Reminds me of the time I was
beating up Gilbert despite his bigger size, and was caught by
Yap Ah Chuan in the act! He was totally amazed and said he
always thought I was the one who was bullied, rather than that I
was the bully! Of course, he followed up with a tight slap on my
Siew Hoo's admission makes him the
third person that we know who has been slapped by Yap Ah
Chuan. We are sure there are more, so why not admit now
and join him, Albert Chan and Teck Yong in the elite "I
Survived Yap Ah Chuan's Slap Club"!]
In a real sense, he was right to think I was
the one who was always bullied. With school-mates like Norman,
Gilbert included among many others, who were always teasing me
over my physical defect, I learned to be a street fighter very
quick in my reflexes to deflect blows and to throw them with
rather stunning effect. I took on Gilbert in another incident in
class and punched him hard in the temple that his whole face was
flushed red! It frightened me and I stopped the fight
immediately. Then there was another fight with Tan Chong
Beng, when I 'chick-ked' him by the neck that, I think, Chee
Yoong among others told us to break up as I was strangling him.
Leong Tuck Yin, if some of you remember him, ended my fighting
spree when he floored me in Std 6. It made me realise that with
my malformed limbs, I would not be much of a match with my
class-mates and I stopped fighting thereafter. Chwee Lee was the
kind soul he's always been, and avoided any fight with me
despite our tiffs. So were Winston and Teddy.
Btw, there was an American boy, Nolan
Shipman, for some time with us in secondary school. Anyone knows
anything about him?
Btw again, I'm still undergoing medical
checkups following my colon cancer surgery. My weight has stayed
constant, which my surgeon said may not be good as it should go
up. But my blood test shows I'm fine. Not too consoling as my
nephew-in-law just passed away from a rare cancerous condition
which manifested itself as a fibroid skin condition whereas
everything else was normal, eg, blood tests, colonoscope,
So, Bill, you'll be taking on a very much
reduced version of the old Tyson-Swee Hoo when we meet next. If
I can make it.
Yap Swee Hoo
wrote (02 June 2006, 1134 hours)
Hi, Bill, Teck Yong just emailed me in a
separate email that he's looking forward to our re-match. You
better watch out, you better not cry, I'm coming with both chin
and shin guards! Plus breast-plates and armour - and lance! As
they say, if you can't beat them, just cheat them! There's still
a lot of street-fighting spirit in me!!
Norman Wee wrote
(02 June 2006, 1745 hours)
Shucks, my name mentioned in Swee Hoo's mail!
Dear Swee Hoo,
PLEASE! PLEASE!, CAN YOU FORGIVE ME, AND GIVE
ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHAKE YOUR claw Oops your HAND AT THE
REUNION, AND DON'T YOU DARE, TELL ME, AND FOR THAT MATTER ALL OF
US YOU MAY NOT MAKE IT. WE EXPECT YOU AT THE FOLLOWING REUNION
TOO, WHEN MOST OF US TURN 80 + -.
ALSO, CAN YOU ADD A FEW MORE NAMES, SO I AM
NOT SINGLED OUT, DON'T WANT YOUR GRANDMA, UP THERE TO BE
REMINDED. If you add a few more names, she may not be able to
single me out.
Re. Gilbert, he has disappeared , used to
call me almost every day in the late 90's, think he is in
Myanmar. If anyone sees him, please remind him I still have his
bag of sapphires or is it rubies, or is it a lot of coloured
SWEE HOO, HAVE YOU AGREED TO SPEAK AT WIFE,
MING'S OFFICE BIBLE GROUP??
WISH YOU WELL!
Bill Tan Peck Seng
wrote (02 June 2006, 1902 hours)
My dear Swee Hoo,
Many thanks for your delightfully humorous
account. Thank goodness you remember the event. Keng Yong don't
remember meeting me at Greenwich Village when I drove over from
Pittsburgh in 1964 and Ping Wen don't remember me attending his
wedding in London in 1970 (despite the fact that I was his best
man...no, that was a joke). I was beginning to think I was
living in a parallel universe and may even be made of
anti-matter. So don't shake hands with me or both of us could
vanish in a blinding flash of gamma rays.
Looking forward to our return match. Who
volunteers to be the referee?
Winston Choo wrote
(03 June 2006, 1054 hours)
Count me in. I will attend by the grace of
Joseph Pichamuthu wrote
(05 June 2006, 0004 hours)
Yes indeed, I have contacted many of our old
friends, but many more remain.
Another very touching aspect of the "ball"
you have set rolling is the support offered by ACSians to their
"cohorts" (as you call them) when they are discouraged or
depressed. I fact I can't place some of those who studied in
sections other than B.
I shall make every effort to come to the
reunion. Barring only force majeure contingencies, I shall be
Thanks again, Teck Yong for the trouble you
took to find me.