Monday, December 10, 2018

My "Feelings"

A modern-day letter/journal shared with my LSD friends of Lima Sains Dua 1975 with their spouses, other fellow Johannians of SJI including girls who joined us in Form 6 only. 

My Dear Friends or should I address you as My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please take some quiet time to reminisce what I am about to share below. It's from the Feelings of my Heart. It will only take me a short time to share online as I have spent my life being a "Chronicler" that I didn't realize. This title was given to me by our intelligent friend and former Microsoft MD in Malaysia, Benedict Lee Ban Hock, not too long ago in our brief online chat.

I like to warn that this sharing is not just using multi-media technology of today,  but is also a reflection of a post-millennial era of Human Consciousness, especially of My Consciousness, that can flip from one moment of time here to there in an instant!

Some who viewed this old pic above taken some time in our 1974-75 school years together, like Chian Howe, Wooi Teck, Chuan Huat and I seen in a more current Dec 2018 pic below, were trying to recall where this photo was taken at.

In our small get together a few nights after the 8 Dec 2018 turning 60 big reunion dinner, Chian Howe thinks it's Mimaland, Chuan Huat thinks it's Camerons, I thought it could be Lake Gardens and Wooi Teck wasn't really sure! I guess we all learned as we started to discuss past memories that we really remember only the ones that we had strong feelings or emotions about. This is because they happened many many years ago and since then, many more memories have been added to our memory bank that may make the earlier ones to become more faint to be recalled especially specifics are concerned!

One thing for sure that can be stable in this online journal is about my "Feelings" shared today when we are all qualifying into the senior citizens class! Fortunately, I realized when young that I natural had poor memory and compensated my weakness with the use of photos, written records and later computer technology to index all that I wish to remember so that I can recall them any time in the future.

The last photo above from my memory was after our Form 5 major exam and we all wanted to celebrate and had a party at Kim Hock's residence at Jalan Yap Kuan Seng which is very near the KLCC today! Now the reason the red arrow points to Zubir is just a few nights ago, we had a long chat on the phone. He was the Malay boy from our special class of Science two whom I had deeper roots with as with as he grew up with me in the same Kampong of Ampang Jaya together with another Johannian named Alvin Lim Kim Chuan whom I classify as one of the many affiliates of our Legendary LSD class. Click here to jump below to the section where I will write what Zubir shared with me that helped me reawaken my Consciousness of how special our Class of 4 and 5 Science 2 was that planted something in us that made a big difference for our future. It became a rationale we possessed where each could create our own narrative that would strongly influence the decisions of our life's future after leaving school. 

I said we were  'Legendary' as this plaque we donated to the school meant to encourage others after us to follow the same Spirit of the Eagle that made us Legendary!

Now after Form 5 in 1975, we began to go in different directions as some did not continue to Form 6.

This could be the last gathering of most of us still in Kuala Lumpur in 1976

Now some started to journey overseas like this photo in London UK of 1976 Nov/Dec.

After one year at Taylor's matriculation program, it was my turn to go overseas for my education in Feb 1977. Grateful to have this pic to remind me of my LSD and affiliate friends who too the trouble to see me off!

I guess the magnet of the LSD 'Feelings' caused me to find Victor Liow whose family had migrated to Melbourne Australia.

This strong magnetic force also worked on Govind who like all the years to this day, he will suddenly show up like he did in the photo above after hitchhiking all the way from Perth to find me in Geelong Australia before finding his way hitchhiking to Europe and then finally to the US to continue his education!

This photo shows my Mom and Sister-in-Law visiting me early 1978 to check on me haha! I share this photo to highlight Lim Tong Leong who is the older brother of Alvin Lim Kim Chuan, from my same kampung who was the very reason why I chose to study in an unknown University in Geelong when my matriculation results qualified me to go to Melbourne Uni or RMIT college. I felt that he was a Johannian affiliate to LSD too due to his younger brother who is also an LSD affiliate who became my buddy for life! It was the best decision I made as from my buddy's brother, I learned how to be really independent by picking his Architect's brain and follow all the crazy outdoor lifestyle he exposed me to in Australia.

Something happened to me in Australia where from LSD mindset, just before I turned 21 in the year 1979, my life was augmented with the LDS culture, same 3 letters slightly changed in its order! LDS was the short form for the full name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After I graduated from the university in 1980, I came home to serve a voluntary mission for the Church.

My old friends of Sc2 made an effort to come and visit me in Kuala Lumpur where I was based for some time.

While serving a mission from 1980-82, I had developed the habit of keeping a personal journal

After I completed my voluntary mission for two years, I found my future wife in Singapore and we planned some holidays in KL during our short courtship with another courting couple Ben and Swee Joon who did their sixth form in SJI together

When we all finished our education, the marriage course or of course was the path to follow and here is a photo of Ben and me in our dating years in 1982 on a trip to Fraser's Hill together with our future wives!

However, the strong bonds of "Feelings" kept us two couples close to each other together with many of our other classmates for many more years to come:

At Benedict's first home in 1986, after being the first to be married, that we are aware of as those days there was no cell phone or internet to easily know for instance if Baldev Singh got married earlier or not than Ben and Joon. We were glad to have an informal reunion to also help him move some furniture too as helpful friends.

After that time, many of us began to become busy in establishing our careers as well as starting our own families. There were only smaller reunions that occurred for our 5 Science 2 or Lima Sains Dua (LSD) group with our affiliate Johannians until:

20 Oct 2013
Turning 55 reunion video history

12 Feb 2017
Turning 60 reunion idea thought of in a Chinese New Year lunch in PJ hosted by Thim Mun:

Video promotions for the reunion event on Dec 8, 2018 started and continued till close to the date of the event :

Sharing of the discussion about why our 5 Science 2 or Lima Sains Dua LSD class was exceptional in a phone call with Ahmad Zubir: 

Ahmad Zubir was the only one of our four Malay boys in our 5Sc2 class that I could keep in contact over the years as our roots were deeper together as I use the term, we came from the same 'Kampong' or village in Ampang Jaya. From the photo above he is 2nd from the left pointed out with the red arrows on my Malay classmates in 1975. On his right is Malek Reedzuan. Further on Zubir's left is first Darius Abdullah who is followed by Shaidan bin Sulaiman.

I would visit his home by bicycle and vice-versa. However, once we left SJI school, as time went on, we each would get busier continuing our life's journey with further education, career, and marriage.  It got harder to stay connected with each other especially when technology like Social Media, did not exist in our early days. A Malay boy student friend that I could continue to stay connected with was Ainuddin Hamid, who was not from our 5Sc2 class but was also from our same 'Kampong'. He also eventually lived not far from our Kampong off Jln Ampang as I did. So after we finished our education and came home to Kuala Lumpur to start our careers and own family, we could continue to stay in contact. But where were my other Malay friends from LSD?

I started going through my old albums and journals to find out that Ahmad Zubir and Darius Abdullah were last seen in our  LSD class reunion in 1986, confirmed by checking our Class Red Book that had a page with multiple photos of that day shared above.

Then with Social Media technology in full swing, the following video was captured:

This meet up occurred in the year 2016 and was shared live on Facebook as it happened!

As I started to follow up with my Johannian friends on the phone for our "Roaring 60s" reunion event, I had a very interesting long conversation with Zubir on the phone, my friend from the same Kampong!

We started talking about our LSD class, recalling all the wonderful memories especially amazing things we achieved like the Thailand trip especially!  Then he said something that hit me in My Consciousness...that there was something special in the combination of different characters in the class that somehow made us acquire a special/magical attribute that was 40 years ahead of our time! Those words he said that was well articulated or words I recall to this effect hit me like a lightning bolt with reference to the book I've been preparing to publish as soon as possible from an unknown aspiring author from Boleh Land haha  My book is covering the most important topic of Human Consciousness where Scientists and Religionists are giving all sorts of differing opinions and views!

While busy with all that research and writing both in my online journals as well as my book draft, I continued to follow my Heart and Mind to connect to old friends as I often wonder about them where have they gone and why I don't run into them like I can run into others. Then it happened. After finding Ahmad Zubir which was easy as he was from my same Kampong, I wondered what happened to Darius Abdullah, Shaidan bin Sulaiman and Malek Reddzuan? Then it happened....

I was in std 6A3 on the far right back and Nazli Shah is on the far left back.

I went to a lunch to celebrate Nazli Shah's birthday (middle arrow) at Bilal Restoran Jln Ampang where Kamarul Bahrein (right arrow) at the lunch was also from 6A3 but not in the B&W photo above. But guess who was sitting beside me?

Darius Abdullah and Ikbal in the centre who brought him to the lunch celebration!

This current work-in-progress journal post will be continued and edited where necessary...

Monday, October 01, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

FamilyLane 2018 October Reunion

The Prelude in Kuala Lumpur:

I am glad to know that I am a Child of God and all of Earth's human beings are my brothers and sisters from different branches in a global family tree. Hence, Families and Friends mean a lot to me as shared in the Facebook post below:

Thinking about Mom

28 Sep 2018
They are starting to come closer as the days go by

Su, Jay and Leah arrived safely in KLIA but on transit to Taiwan first! It's a long way to fly from Boston so Leah is catching up with her sleep!

Meanwhile, notice is posted to friends and family though social media about the BIG reunion that will take place soon in Kuala Lumpur by "Dad the KL City Kid" It is also a great motivational part of this Dad to proceed with the digital pre-launch of this Malaysian social media character's First Book. So far he has only be creating online journals augmented with photos and videos. 

It was decided that the family will meet old friends in the Cheras branch of the Church as not many local members of old are found in the KL branch. Also the Cheras branch had planned an Open House for their new premises that they had just moved into. Hence the creation of this video below:

(Post-dated developments on 6 Oct itself: Due to final discussions in the family, the event at 7pm is now called "Munch and Mingle". It will still be at 7pm to start the impromptu pot-luck session suggested by several sisters in the Church and therefore will increase mingle time without a "Fireside" styled meeting that is more for presentations! Our family plans to be there before 7pm too. )

Excited and dressed for the occasion

Me too!

30 Sep 2018
Han who left for UK for work in London for 3 weeks in the month of September, took time to visit his cousin's family in Stuttgart Germany on one weekend.  He flew back to Singapore on this last day of the month

Han is mentioned in my "Latest News" social media post which I use to express myself or my Consciousness as an aspiring Writer and Socialpreneur helping to Re-Engineer Malaysia today.

3 Oct 2018

Father Dog has planned Malaysian styled tatami mats for all his Doggie-Lioness born children to watch this movie together knowing they're all not going to sleep much with all the excitement expected in his apartment. With fast internet access, large screen displays and amplified sound systems found in an airconditioned living room and bedrooms plus a wet kitchen that the 'Good maid' can cook anything.

He even helped to save this apartment from going to the wild and corrupt dogs as shared here due to his latest choice of a career to be a writer and socialpreneur. He hopes to be an example to his children to adopt the principle of always Thinking and be a Life Long Learner shared in this soothing video.

4 Oct 2018

Most of the family have arrived except for the oldest son Han arriving early on Friday morning The girls now living in the US with the boys in Singapore had a chance to walk along the path of Nostalgia eating 'Yong Tau Foo' from Ampang town and visiting familiar places in their childhood as follows:

With 6 children growing up at different times, some attended kindergartens like this one.

They remembered the Ampang shop where they got all their stationery from... I asked the shop owner if she remembered the children in Cantonese dialect which she replied yes especially Me!  Ha Ha these lady businesswomen are very sharp! Then we got into a conversation about how time flies and talked about how we have aged where she replied quickly to point to my still very dark hair!!!   

Further down the road, the 'kids' wanted to see if the same fruit stall we patronized was still there. We found a younger man running the place and I asked him was he the son whose parents manned the stalls in years passed. He acknowledged and when I asked if his parents still man the stall and he replied in the affirmative to comment that they were having a holiday in Taiwan!

From fresh fruits to barbequed pork, the streets of Ampang had all that the children remembered and loved!

With 6 children, we have tried a variety of schools near Ampang including those in KL. Shuan, for example, started kindergarten in 'On Pang' which had a primary school too but he went to Kuan Cheng primary, then transferred to Chung Hwa primary off Jln Ampang near the Thai embassy and did his secondary in Tsun Jin of Loke Yew road. He later moved with the family to Singapore to repeat secondary two at ACS Anglo Chinese School. Other brothers Han, Ern and Ray all were blessed to have good education in ACS.

So the walking tour of Ampang ended here at the old kindergarten of Shuan that was part of a primary/elementary school. The facade of the building of the school in the background had changed to look like a 'Fantasy Land' design from Disneyland seen in the far background partially hidden by the tall gates of the entrance of the school. Missing in the photo is the 'Big Boss' or the oldest brother Han who could leave after work only on this day.

Later on, the group divided into two where one would go to the city center for shopping while some who had gymnastic training in their youth went to visit their old gym and instructors, the Yongs who have become our close family lifelong friends:

5 Oct 2018
Photoshoot by my son-in-law Jay Liu

6 Oct 2018
The gymnasts of the family who didn't get to see the Yongs followed up the next day to visit the gym named Scope.

Finally, all the gymnasts of our family got to visit Scope again to meet with the Yongs!

In their gym are many old pics of past events and this one of 2003 brings back memory when Su and Shuan qualified for the Malaysian finals held in East Malaysia.

The Yong's came with their children to our home for a social get together and enjoy competing on computer games which amused the dog looking at their faces of reactions while they were playing!

At the "Munch and Mingle" session after the open house of Cheras Church branch, visiting with several older member friends who were originally from the KL branch in the early 80s when we started our family.

7 Oct 2018
The fun, celebrations and love shared recorded on my video:

Blooper in the live video recording :

I was too filled with emotion to be able to continue to read out what each of my children had written about their memories of me in the 60 cards presented to me! The real Mom and not I the Mr.Mom did a better job on her 50th birthday as recorded in the video below:

The energy level is high when Familylane members get together with the youngest Leah in the middle of it all recording memories to be remembered as she gets older just like what her uncles and aunty have carried forth with them!

We were happy to have Uncle Tony from Utah who is a frequent visitor to KL since in the 80s when our family just started with just the two oldest girls only, Fei and Su. He has been my longtime friend who became part of our family as our Uncle Tony. I am so glad he could be in town to join us in our family reunion, 

I know his wife too and met several of his children at various times either in the US or in KL when they visited who would enjoy climbing hills with me as recorded in this 'Peaks of my life' journal.

We have similar backgrounds that we both joined the Church in Australia in our student days where he was much earlier of course as my senior. We both became CPAs in our initial career path that turned to become entrepreneurs later. We raised 6 children too where he has four girls while I have two. Our network is strong both in the family as well as our friends and associates worldwide.

"Family and Friends are Forever" has been my belief ever since young and while I have seen enmity or feuds in family and friend relationships everywhere, I'm glad my own circle of family and friends have been my joy or treasures till today where I will try to connect with them wherever they are in the world. "Dad the KL City Kid" turned 60 but still a kid in his Heart but with a Mind and Spirit like fine wine that has aged with collective wisdom from the earth and beyond! The latter is a reality to me not just because of the teachings of my faith alone but I actually have chronicled true experiences that have occurred multiple times in my life like this one where the inspiration to write a book was located. I used the metaphor of the Story of 7 to hide the implication of miracles in my life that keeps happening which I try to keep up with in my Spiritlane journal which is somewhat more sacred I felt.

The boys in Singapore had to go back first as work starts on Monday. This was a much shorter journey to travel home as compared to the reunion in 2016

The family get-togethers continued in Singapore. We see Justin and Ying Er on the bottom left of the photo above. 7 years ago they are seen in this video to be playing the violin together, with Han on the right of the photo playing the piano, who composed the music, and Superman Ern playing the flute. The two violinists fell in love to be married in June 2016 thus making the above gathering as a reunion of the Thongs, Chongs and Lius. (TCL) Hmm... reminds me of my ITC group of companies I started soon after marrying my wife, being an Initiative of Thong and Chong!

The girls from the US with their spouses could stay longer in Asia to use the time to travel a bit to neighboring sites where only my granddaughter and parents could spend another 2 days in KL at the start of the 3rd week after returning from their visits to nearby resorts to catch their flight home from KLIA. 

Leah is such a Cutie!

She was so excited to go through the routines like the other much bigger kids!

She is very responsive to her Grandpa!

Just look at how she smiles at the camera or two cameras haha!

She was sleeping when she first arrived in the airport, as seen above, and is also sleeping at the start of her long journey home to Boston from KLIA!

29 Oct 2018

Wow it took me till the end of the month to recover from the big reunion we had in Kuala Lumpur but this Monday morning, I'm in fast forward gear again!

1 Nov 2018

This post of Nov 1 is here because of my perception. While finishing some important notices in WhatsApp for a bigger reunion event next month to celebrate all our old-school boys turning 60, Facebook gave me a notification that my buddy Alvin Lim in Melbourne liked the above old post for some reason.

It caused me to look at the video above and my perception caused me to add the comment below:

The interpretation of my perception is that the real Mom of the family, and not I Mr. Mom, wanted to have a greater part of this post especially to have her favorite 'I have a Dream' song shared. Another thought before I go to bed to share, as I may forget tomorrow, is that just before this, I was sharing with an old boy from my school and classmate too on WhatsApp about my post on perception to introduce a scientist to him found on my journal post where I shared this video below:

The video shares an exceptional latest scientific knowledge about our human cell that it is the foundation of how perception is possible in us which makes it possible for us to change our behavior and even our state of health to challenge the old belief that it is our DNA that determines our health!

I was so excited to sit beside my old classmate Darius Abdullah who sat close to me in our classroom in the year 1975 to tell him, "Darius, I want you to know for many years I thought about you wondering where have you been all these years and suddenly you show up!" 

I was glad that I made an effort to attend the lunch celebration of this group of old boys to celebrate Nazli Shah's birthday as my perception and familiarity of this group of boys had increased.  I learned that Nazli was in an old photo of 6A3 class that I had always treasured as it is the only photo I have from that class.

Nazli is the one on the far left and I am wearing my signature glasses on the right. He informed me in the lunch gathering that there were three of us from 6A3 class who were present.

The three were me, him Nazli Shah and the third person Kamarul Bahrein seen at the far end of the table.

Here is an enlarged photo to see Kamarul at the far end

We can see a better photo of Kamarul in this photo taken in the same Bilal restaurant at the start of the year in January where Nazli was not present.

As we talked about the class of 6A3 during lunch, Pardip showed me a pic of a twin class of 6A3 that was in School 1 of St John's primary with a different school teacher while the three of us mentioned earlier was under Mr. Kumaran in the 6A3 of school 2. 

After the lunch, I took some random close up photos of those who gathered outside of the restaurant that can be found in the proper journal post of memories and reunions of St John's here. The wefie photo I took of Darius and Ikbal with me above was taken after the three of us spent more time together catching up with each other. It was interesting to get to know Ikbal who was close to Darius to learn that they were part of a government program in the early days to bring students from the rural areas outside KL to study in city schools. Ikbal had maintained good contact information with the group of students who organized this lunch whom I was less familiar with as I had only spent time with them when I was in classes with them in my earlier years in St John's when I was new in the school shared in this full post of my schooling years.

This November 1st post was a diversion from our Familylane theme probably due to the fact that my friends from school were important in my life due to the relationships we had established together since our youth. It is the very reason why I have often quoted my belief that "Family and Friends are Forever" in accordance with my Perception.

As I have always believed, we are all connected in some way or another. This 1982 photo shows my wife, the Mom of our family, already involved in our school class reunion activities. This was the year when we got married with some others who had already married earlier than us.

2 Nov 2018

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