So sweet…

They were among my last batch of students in SMK Kanowit, Form 2 in 1982…

Form 2, 1982 SMKK

…right before I got my transfer to a school in Sibu.

I remember they were very naughty and playful and some teachers were up to their ears trying to get them to settle down and keep quiet so they could carry on with their lessons but I never had a problem with them. I would just have to look into their classroom or walk by and they would all pipe down instantly. No, I would not say I was very fierce or strict with them – somehow, it just turned out that way and I grew to like them a lot as we did get on very well together. I guess the feeling’s mutual as they got me a present when I was leaving and we had the above photograph taken for remembrance – I have kept it to this day…and when they had their reunion here last Saturday evening, they invited me to join them.

I did not take a photograph of everything we had that night but dinner started off with this very impressive dragon boat…

Dragon boat 1

…with all the delightful cargo…

Dragon boat 2

…on board.

Among others, we had their signature dish – the curry fish head…

Curry fish head

…and also these lovely freshwater prawns…

Prawns

…that came with their very nice and soft own-made bread…

Bread

…to savour, dipped in the awesome gravy.

I loved the dessert…

Dessert

…very much but by then, I was already too full to have much of it. The or nee (yam paste) was really fine and very well-done and not too sweet.

I could remember a few of the men fairly well but I could not, for the life of me, figure out who the ladies were. Just look at them now…

Form 2 1982 SMKK now

…and I’m sure you’d understand why. They’re all in their 40’s now and I sure am glad that they are all doing very well – there is one running a Thai restaurant in Sydney, Australia and one has a computer company at Low Yat in KL, some are in Singapore…and all over and a couple are councillors in their local district council in Kanowit even!

I enjoyed the get-together with them very much, with the very lavish and scrumptious dinner, lots of photographs taken and catching up with one another’s lives…and these very sweet ex-students of mine even got me this very nice gift…

Gift 1

Ahhhh!!!! Cookies…

Gift 2

…in their very handy Tupperware containers!!! Just in time for Chinese New Year!

So who says it isn’t rewarding to be a teacher? It most certainly is when you have such lovely students like I did…