Anderson School Ipoh

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield

April 30, 2012

The 2012 Reunion came and went much too quickly. We are all agreed that this “Blast from the Past” definitely lived up to its hype. There was something for everyone and everything for someone. I’ve attempted to assemble photographs of the reunion stretching from April 11 to April 16 covering prequel to farewells. Contributions are drawn from the official photographer (thanks Selva), Kok Wai Sum, Caroline and Ean Keong, Steven Yen, Toby, and Gary Lai. Thanks guys.

Personally, two things about this reunion really stood out:

1) There were many newly re-connected alumni who had not been to any of the previous reunions. It was joyous to meet up and talk about old days and new things.

2) The reunion held over several days in Ipoh contributed to much more face-time and opportunities to catch up and reminisce. It also allowed us to re-discover and get to know each other much better.

Post-reunion comments were all positive, without exception. One particular remark referenced “a magical moment” shared by a select few at the Hockey Club House. Knowing Mike Pang from the old days, I just knew he had to be responsible! And the vision of a skimpily clad and athletic Wai Sum refereeing the netball game will forever be imprinted in my mind. I am still reliving the few days we spent together and looking forward to future opportunities to meet up. The hospitality, affection, and warmth extended to us were very touching, meaningful, and much appreciated. At this stage of our lives, it’s old friendships that really count.

There’s already a debate about the frequency and when the next reunion should be. A lot depends on the commitment and dedication of the local organizers. The overseas contingent can only contribute in spirit and cheer from the sidelines. We are especially thankful to Caroline and Ean Keong for making this 2012 Reunion possible. I am sure we can all appreciate the significant groundwork and behind the scenes efforts to pull the entire program of multiple events together. It wasn’t just an evening like the previous reunions. So join me in congratulating Caroline and Ean Keong for their most splendid effort on our behalf. Bravo!

Finally, I would like to convey a message from Oon Eng Hock, School Captain 1967, who expressed regrets that he could not attend due to urgent commitments. He had initially planned to come on Saturday night. I had the opportunity to meet with him and can confirm that his mind is as sharp as ever. He gave up aeronautics quite a while back and has moved into what he is doing now with a great deal of passion.