So far, there has not been an article on this blog highlighting any of our regular monthly lunch events. The reason this one appears now is threefold : (i) since becoming our regular lunch venue, the Window Cafe at the Kowloon Hotel has provided such an extremely suitable environment for our particular style of gathering thereby resulting in big improvements in our events' atmosphere and cameraderie which I think is worth mentioning, (ii) I found that the wording of Raymond Lau's thank you letter afterwards so accurately and aptly described not only the lunch he attended but can also be applied to many before or since at the same venue; last but not least, (iii) for this gathering, the help of Tam Sir's additional camera has allowed us to provide more photos for posting here than just the one customary group picture.
So without further ado, here is the Raymond 劉漢傑 letter:
Dear Victor, Mr. Tam and All:
What can I say. I was flabbergasted by the food, the atmosphere, the memories, and above all, the cameraderie. It's not easy, fellows, to meet up after more than 50 years since we first met, and to be able to hold hands, grab shoulders, and reminisce over old times -- especially when you don't feel embarrassed being rowdy and noisy in a normally quieter setting, because you feel you have a right to be. And even the staff seem to agree with you!
A special thank you to Alex for organizing it so well (working out the costs to our best benefit -- and then telling Betty & myself that the rule is we needn't pay). I know he's trying to tempt us to be back more often -- and we will! And to Victor, our indefatigable coordinator, our humble gratitude for the possibility of the wonderful time and for the picture we know that will be coming.
Betty & Raymond
(click on the photos to make them larger)
So if any of our classmates overseas is now tempted to come back to HK to visit us, please read my reply to Raymond Lau below which can also serve as an open invitation to you all !
Dear Raymond and Betty,
Thanks very much for your appreciation of our hospitality. How clever of you to see through my thinly disguised ploy to lure you back more than once a year ! You and Betty and anyone of our band of brothers abroad will always be more than welcomed by the home crowd and will always be able to enjoy our companionship whenever they appear on home turf ! Do pls spread the word in Canada and see if we can keep breaking our attendance records month after month !
Enjoy your trip back and let's see more of you and Betty very soon !