|60th Birthday Bash for the APGS 1974 Reunion.|
As early as January 2017, the 1974 Fifth Form cohort from APGS (Ayer Panas Girls’ School) started planning for the Reunion in July 2017. This Reunion was special because most of us would be reaching our 60th birthday. At Form 5, some of us were 16 or 17 and now some of us touched 60. We celebrated staying in contact with each other and the teachers even after 43 long years. The date was tweaked a bit to accommodate the 6 girls who would be returning from overseas. The final date, time and place was agreed upon by general consensus. We were all excited awaiting ;
The APGS Class of 1974 Reunion
8th July 2017
12pm - 4.30 pm
The Brasserie, Maya Hotel, Jalan Ampang, KL.
Chi Oi Meng liaised with the hotel with all arrangements including a cake with our school badge. She also prepared enlarged copies of the 1974 magazines. Chi Oi Meng , Wong Lee Meng and Lim Tow Lay brought in their personal old photo albums so we could remember what we and our teachers looked like in the good old days.
|The copy of our beloved magazine is bigger and clearer|
than the original.. Thank you Oi Meng
|Rose and champagne corsage for our lovely teachers. |
Thank you Lee Meng
|Nor-Aini with the prettily packed yummy chocolates for all guests.|
There were also 6 girls who followed our event closely through WhatsApp’s since they could not come physically to KL due to other commitments. Kath Ho followed from Sydney, Ee Yew Mei and Zainon followed from Sungei Petani, Janice followed from Kota Kinabalu, Pooi Lan aka Professor followed from Perth and Peggy wanted us to follow her to Rome and UK (but she actually followed our event). Time and distance could not separate our hearts .
|The early birds .|
|Looking through treasures of old albums|
|Soh Bee and Mabel who came all the way from New York.|
The welcome for our beloved teachers were of course special and different.We pinned the lovely rose corsages on our beloved teachers. Their sticker name tags were written and put on for them. We then ushered our teachers to their seats at the center table.
|Mrs Joyce Ang, Mrs Ong Guan Eng, Ms Catherine Yap, Mrs Tay Chong Chim.|
Ms Jaya Ratnasingam, Ms Yong Siew Chin, Puan Sri Datin Aisha Bt Shamsuddin
Nor-Aini was the MC. She invited Khoo Leng Kee as head girl of the 1974 cohort to speak followed by a speech from Mrs Ong Guan Eng as the representative of the teachers.
|The headgirl Leng Kee speaks|
|Mrs Ong Guan Eng rises to deliver her speech|
|The group photo shoot. Refer to the name list below to match faces with names.|
We assembled outside the lobby for the group photograph. Good thing JQ checked the photos before she printed them. The program was cleverly arranged so that the group photo take would take place early to give enough time to JQ and Dexter to run out and print the A4 size group photo for every attendee to take home before the event ended. This A-4 size group photo with names of attendees would be our souvenir and treasured memento of this event. Even though we had to do a photo shoot re-take but we were all happy with the diversion from food.
After the second photo shoot, the girls and teachers began serious mingling and catching up with one another. Many group photos were taken to remind themselves of various connections in the past. Yip Sook Ping came later after the group photo shoot. But as the old adage goes, "Better late than never. " She still had a very good time and looked resplendent in her orange dress.
|Leng Kee and Jamilah, headgirl and deputy headgirl|
of the Prefectorial Board 1974
|The best Biology teacher Ms Catherine Yap who was also |
our Form teacher in Form 4 and Form 5 Science 1
|Lock Lai Ming, Yap Bee Tien, Tai Yuet Phing and gang|
|Yoke Lin, Khalidah, Soo Ting and Oi Meng.|
|Jane Wu, Teo Yan Foon, Dr. Yong Wai Ping and Wong Lee Meng|
|Catherine Tam, Lay Suan, Ah Looi and gang.|
|Samantha ,Seng Nee and gang|
|5 Arts 1 1974|
|5 Arts 1 2017 - 43 years later|
|Meng Wang came despite having a serious knee injury. |
She wore knee guard and used a walker.
|Ruhaidah, Soo Ting, Nor-Aini and Khalidah|
|Bee Kuen, Tow Lay, Ma Sau Fong and gang|
|Ong Tea Hooi, Shirley and gang|
|Tan Tee Hwa poses with Mrs Tay. She looks forever young. |
I hope we all lookas good as her this 10 years later.
The credit for this delightful APGS reunion video goes to JQ.
|Happy smiles from all who studied at the same primary school - Marian Convent.|