Last night I attended a reunion dinner. You must be wondering why we are having reunion dinner on Day 9 of Chinese New Year and not New Year’s Eve (除夕). It was actually the 40th Anniversary Grand Reunion Dinner for the 1968 batch of ACS (Anglo Chinese School) old boys and girls (because it included the Pre-U batch of 1970). It was held at the Traders Hotel.
The food was great: buffet-style; no sharks were harmed; and the atmosphere even better. We had a great time of nostalgia. The organizers put together an awesome slide show with many old photographs. Several of our ex-teachers were present including our principal Mr Lee Hah Ing who was already in his nineties. A big thank you to the organizing committee who worked so hard to put together this event. They even provided the music and doubled as photographers for the evening. And I heard they even put in their own money to cover some of the costs.
Below are some photos I took. As usual, my apologies for the lousy quality of the photos.
1) This is what I looked like 40 years ago.
2) Me with some of my classmates. Everyone liked my ACS tie. I was the only one wearing one. It was not an ordinary ACS tie. This one is an “IB tie” which is only worn by boys attending the International Baccalaureate classes.
3) Live music provided some guys from our cohort.
4) They may have lost some hair, but certainly not the voices and musical talents.
5) I sang The Water is Wide.
6) Everybody sang the Auld Lang Syne and the ACS Anthem.
By the way, whenever I attend my son’s inter-school canoeing competitions, I noticed that at the end of the prize presentation ceremony, the teams from ACSI and ACJC would get together and sing the ACS anthem. No other school seemed to do that. Says something about the ACS spirit doesn’t it?
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