Sydney branch dinner
Sze Tin’s post: “There were 15 of us and our dinner lasted from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. We were the last but one table to go.”
And why was this? Because the usually quiet David Yap Kun Tiat (Form 6, 1964-65) decided, at around dessert, to tell us tales of his wild youth. We almost fell off our chairs.
His family lived near the school and one night he just had to know if the jaga was illicitly enjoying the airconditioning from under the office door. So he crept up and tried out the bed while he thought the jaga was far away. (All this accompanied by some choice Punjabi swear words!) Another time he was sent to Mr Mori to be caned for saying a certain six-letter “b” word. He says he was just in class discussing with another boy: “Is it spelled burger, do you think?” And it just came out. Yeah, sure. He also had a taste of magic mushrooms which sprouted overnight out of cowpats at Batu Caves after rain. He implicates classmate Chan Weng Kit. WK had a car, a Mini, and was able to rush them to Batu Caves to pick the stuff. Once KT went to a movie, The Battle of the Bulge, after a mushroom meal and thought the tanks were rolling over him. Comment from Soon Sinn: “Imax effect for cheap movie price. Not bad!” (BTW, WK grew up to be a headmaster, in Seremban.)
Oh the dinner… it was great and I think we talked non-stop. Towards the end the staff were vacuuming all around us. Thanks to Keng Sun for organising it, and to Sze Tin too for helping pick the dishes. Captions with help from Keng Sun. Mistakes my bad (quoting Kiwi Edward). Corrections, additions pse direct to ES.