Wah Yan College Kowloon Class of 1962 held a 50th Anniversary Reunion during 5th to 8th November 2012.
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After coming home from the wine and song at the Dynasty Club, sleeplessness seems to be the norm. The free flowing champagne and reds and whites so complemented the fabulous dishes, we never had a temperate moment. One high followed another, what with the presence of the Jesuit fathers (one of whom at least was able to sing to compete with the songsters of our own clan - Fr. Baptista vs Bob Shen and John Fung - and achieved a draw, as those of us who twisted and bosanovaed to their tunes would agree) and teachers (not forgetting Mr. Wong Chin Wah who rocked and then rolled on the floor to demonstrate how a 93-year-old was fitter than us 39-year-olds), and the over 100 old boys and spouses (or significant others), it was a night to be remembered -- and to be repeated in 5 short years, as the consensus would have it. And we have David Koo to thank for it. He and the Committee just pampered us with everything fantasy could bring to life (my wife Betty was thrilled with the long-stem rose she got to bring home, just like all the other ladies, and I am thrilled with a stone seal all my own, with my name done in what I think is the Li style - correct me if I am wrong, Master Ho Pak-lee).
And the picture sessions that rolled on, one after another. I am sure our able photographers Poon Lai-yeung and Lee Chi-ming will soon have everything on the website for us to call up fond memories by. (Blog Administrators' note: coming soon, stay tuned)
How fast the 4-day event flew by. Betty and I fly out Saturday night, but as we fly out we'll be bringing happy moments with us. A Macau trip on Tuesday that ended with a traditional Portuguese meal (probably not sumptuous by their standards, or Michael's, but 9 courses is a little bit too rich for me), followed by an evening at the races on Wednesday with another 9-course dinner at the Moon Koon Room at the Jockey Club, this time Chinese. Thanks are due to Michael and Tracy, not just for being so generous to former classmates, but for personally making sure that everyone is well taken care of, including having the group go through the express VIP channels as we enter and leave Macau, so not a moment is wasted.
The visit to the alma mater on Wednesday was not meant to be an eye-opener as such, but parts of it probably were, like the visit to the fathers' quarters, the climb all the way up to the rooftop, and the visit to the back stage of the hall. The highlight for Betty and myself was the Memorial Mass, when we remembered not only our youthful days, but also friends of our youthful days who had passed away. And it was gratifying to know that our offerings at the Mass that went to the WYK Jesuits well surpassed the 20k mark. Significant but not much to compare with what David made us do, by sponsoring the dinner tonight (8th Nov) and then making our contributions towards the dinner a gift to the Jesuits as well.
All in all, I was proud of what the 62ers had done. Not only did we find time and venue to look back on the past 50-plus years, but we also found time to look forward and do what we could for the Jesuits who had done so much to make us what we are. Life is a circle, we are nourished to become what we are, and then we do what we can to cherish those who nourished us. Let's see if we can do even better in 5 years' time.
Too much talk and too little sleep over the past 4 days have given me a sore throat and a hoarse voice. That means I must simply put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to thank you, Alex, who coordinated practically everything, and the Committee, who worked really hard to make this event such a memorable occasion. Betty and I salute you guys and say "We nominate you all for the next event, to come in 5 years. And don't you decline." If I may, I would also nominate Redy, from David's office, who not only provided logistic support to Alex, but was also present tonight, on hand to make sure things moved smoothly.
Seriously, thank you guys, and those spouses, significant others, and so forth, who stand behind you or by your side.
Till we meet again, it's best wishes and warm regards, in the spirit of Wah Yan, from Betty and Raymond.