It was with great sadness that we learned of Bro. Albinus' passing on 4th August 2013 in KL.
He has touched many lives in his lifetime, and his legacy lives on in all of us who have been under his care.
I shall never forget 1986, the year that he took notice of the humble class I was in (3A8), and worried about our results, insisted that all of us turn up for night study in school every week day. Such was his dedication that he visited us in the classrooms every night to make sure that we are there. By his dedication, a large number of our classmates did very well in our SRP that year.
I also remember fondly the times when he turned up at Legion of Mary meetings, reading scripture and sharing his understanding.
Even after his retirement in 1987, he continued to be very active in education in Kuching.
The Borneo Post had a series of articles on him in the last few days, and even one in The Star:
While wandering around Popular bookstore in Pyramid, I came across a DVD set of Astro's documentaries on the Sarawakian and Sabahan Chinese.
You know you must be getting old when you are attracted to documentaries rather than the latest Hollywood blockbuster :)
The package came in a set of 4 DVD's, and for Sarawak they cover Kuching, Sarikei, Sibu and the New Villages.
Watching them brought back a flood of memories - of taking the noisy "water bus" between the towns with my parents and siblings (this was in the days before the bridges were built), of helping my grandma pick pepper on hot sunny days, of swimming in the river to cool off, of visiting my barber to get the standard issue haircut.
I must salute Astro for taking the effort to document the stories of so many old timers before they ride off into the sunset. We must be reminded, and our children must be reminded, too, of who we are, where we came from, of the values that our ancestors held and we must continue to hold on to such as hard work, integrity, humility, filial piety, and courage.
I am sure the stories shared in those documentaries are very similar to our parents and grandparents stories, and maybe through these DVD's, you can share a bit about our past with our next generation :)
One sure remedy to keep our memory intact is to revisit the good times that we have together. The more we visit, we will be able to keep the sector in our brain in good order or at least much better than never use. It is just like the old VCR tapes or even CDs.
I admit openly that I have forgotten many of our friends as I go through the list and the only last hope is looking at their face, I believe I can still recall. I dare to say all of you experience the same like me and may even worst..hehehe...
So, buddies, this 4th February 2011 is another opportunity to run through the memory lane and for sure we will be able to stay in good memory together for many many more years to come before all it is in history book..hehehe..
As of today, I have gathered than we have already have 40 buddies confirmed their attendance. Our modest target was only 50 as many had stopped going back to Sibu as they have rooted some place else and few are unable to get leaves and many other reasons. Looking at the response, we may even touch 80 by the reunion night. It's going to be an explosive night !!!
Guys/Gals The e-tickets are on sales and you could contact the following representatives; a) Joseph Sia b) Eric Phang c) Paul Ting d) Ivy Puah e) Thadeus Ling f) Suhardy g) Daniel Kong f) Louis Wong g) David Kuok h) Stephen Yii
The organising committee has also invited our teachers to join in our reunion and we hope you could join in to support them and your participation is also directly sponsoring their dinner tickets as every ticket sold, RM10 is used for sponsoring our teachers participation.
Those who could not make it due to other commitment, you are still encourage to sponsor the events by buying a ticket or two as your contribution will be a direct sponsorship for our teachers' participation.
One of the key result factors in the success of any organising any reunion dinners is the full support of the members. This is the very reason why we wish to be together. So, I do hope everyone would give their best effort to attend this reunion. Thank you for many of you especially who had already purchase tje airtickets just to attend the reunion.
For your information, the core organsing committee members will soon be sitting down to brainstorm the programme for the night and we are more than happy to receive any suggestions from you to make our event more memorable...
At this moment, we need your help (even if you are unable to attend), to spread the news of our reunion to all our classmates/school mates of SHS88-90, get their email address or FB address so that we too could be in touch with them.
I take the liberty to publish this reunion photo by courtesy of Jess Wong (the elegant one in black blouse standing in the centre, beside Jimmy) and whom I learnt that she is also the host of the whole event which was held in Kuching. A wonderful event indeed as I viewed the after effects displayed on FB of how a group of 38-40 years old happy like teenagers once again...dancing around, hugging, singing, cracking silly jokes and laughing throughout the night. It was such a happy event...(regret till today of not been able to attend the event as it clashed with my cousin's house blessing).
This was the most sober and discipline photo taken for the whole event as for other photos....I do not dare to publish them here unless due clearance was sought or else these pretty people will go after me....hehehe.
I hope more mini reunions such as this one will be organised from time to time as I do agree with comments shared by Ivy, Vincent, Siaw Chen and the rest that this mini one is provide closer interaction, more fun and enjoyable with ample time to mingle around when compared to bigger one where everything is just so squeeze in and quite formal for the 2 hours time....plus many would not just let their hairs down...and become once again 18 years old !
Then...again when you mix boys and girls...you will get beautiful fireworks !!!! yay!!!
My clock runs slower in the blog! Thus the delay in this post ie post report on the CNY reunion.
Despite the very last minute notice, we managed to pull a crowd of 11 adults with two kids.
Personally speaking, if not because of MGB almighty push, i think we wouldn't have this gathering at all for this year! Bravo MGB! This is the kind of spirit we need from all SHS8890 alumni. BTW, for family reason, MGB couldn't make it to this reunion hence I was appointed to take charge while he did most of the calling and hotel reservation.
I am sure it was a good catch up for all who turned up especially (I myself) haven't met Dr Wong Kok Soon for 20 years and Yong Hwa Ming for at least 10 years! Somehow at this point of life, I treasure school mate like my family members!
To sum it up, all who attended haven't grown older as you can judge from our photo but just a bit more matured with the trend of less hair!
Attendees: 1) Dr Wong Kok Soon 2) Dr Jude Lau Ngi Chuong 3) Dr Sia Wui 4) Kelvin Kong Soon Shu 5) Doris (kelvin's wife) and 2 kids 6) Paul Ting 7) Peter Sii How Hui 8) Ngieng Sii Jing 9) Thadeus Ling 10) Yong Hwa Ming 11) Jimmy Ting
BTW, Dr Jude Lau sponsored all our meals!
We hope in future we can come up with a permanent committee members divided into region based on geographical locations who can continue to organise this yearly event! Till next year! Chao!
For those of us who studied in "Peralihan", the year 2010 will be the year we officially hit middle age. The rest of us can still look forward to another year of counting down :)
I've been thinking about this quite a lot lately. I reflected back on how, 20 years ago (1990), we were in the final year of our secondary of education. The last 20 years seems to have flown past, especially when we started to work, and later, started a family. When I thought about what will things be like in the next 20 years, I realized, by gosh, that we would be 60 years old by then!
I think it is during times like this, that we begin to realize how precious our time is, and not to waste it. How often do we spend long hours in our work, away from family and friends? Do we make time for our elderly parents? Such questions become more pressing with each passing day.
I suppose spending time with our loved ones has to be an intentional effort, not something that we hope will just happen naturally. So, hopefully every morning as we wake up, we will remember that, and we let that guide our lives.