Invited…

Sometime ago, I received an sms from an ex-colleague, also retired like me but more recently – earlier this year, informing me that the school’s alumni would like to invite me to their annual reunion dinner…

SHOSA/SEOSA annual reunion dinner 2017

…last Saturday evening at the grand ballroom at a leading hotel in town. Last year, I was invited too but I was somewhat under the weather at the time and I had to give it a miss when the time came. Luckily, this time around, I was as fit as a fiddle and was able to show up.

Nobody told me that they had a theme for the evening, “Springtime in Shanghai” and everyone was supposed to show up in Chinese traditional clothes. In fact, I had taken out my Chinese outfit from my wardrobe but in the end, I changed my mind and decided to go casually-dressed instead. Anyway, many of the ex-students had special t-shirts made, special ones for their specific years so I was not all that informal after all and did not stick out like a sore thumb.

In my previous post, I mentioned that everyone was home for the Ching Ming Festival and many took the opportunity to hold their high school or class reunions round this same time. Of course, that evening, the roads were jammed, the vehicles barely moving and my good friend, Richard, who so kindly offered to give me a lift had to park his car far away from the venue. Good grief! I hardly ever wear shoes after I retired and after walking all the way, I was sure my feet would be killing me but thankfully, I was fine when I got there. Besides, it rained heavily that afternoon so it was rather cool or else I would be perspiring from every pore, drenched like a drowned rat or something the cat dragged in after the walk…and I managed to show up at the dinner, not a hair out of place…

Table of retirees
*Friend’s photo on Facebook*

Incidentally, the handsome young man standing up is the alumni’s president, also the much respected Resident of Sibu…and his daughter, now pursuing her further studies overseas, was in my English tuition class at one time. The others were some of my ex-colleagues at the same table that night, all retirees like me.

Dinner was good and it started off as usual with the more-than-Four Seasons…

Kingwood more-than-Four Seasons

…followed by a soup dish and then, the duck was served…

Kingwood stuffed duck 1

– my favourite at this place, the one stuffed with glutinous rice and salted egg and all…

Kingwood stuffed duck 2

…something like lor mai kai.

There was fish next, steamed, but it did not impress me much and anyway, the photograph turned out blur and a mixed vegetable dish followed, mostly cauliflower and I did not take a photograph of that either.

I liked the cereal prawns…

Kingwood cereal prawns

…that night. I had on a few occasions encountered those that were not so fresh and was really put off by it but thankfully, the ones we got that night were very good.

Lastly, we had the fruit platter – 7 dishes altogether. Gone were the days when we had 10…or 12 even but that was fine as I did enjoy the dinner and had more than my fair share of everything…especially the duck. Hehehehehe!!!!

I certainly had a delightful evening and what I loved most was the very relaxed mood, none of the hard-to-breathe and very boring stiffness of some official gatherings and I did move around quite a bit, meeting old friends from near and far, some I had not seen for dunno-how-many-years! I sure enjoyed that.

It was announced to everyone present that evening, around 140 tables altogether, that next year’s event will be held on Saturday, the 31st of March so those not wanting to miss it should book their air tickets early…and it would be a good idea to book your hotel room(s) way in advance as well.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

13 thoughts on “Invited…”

  1. Lovely group photo, dear friend. Looks like a great time, and the duck looks succulent!

    Yes, I had a wonderful evening. Looking forward to the one next year!

  2. Always great to have annual reunion dinner, be it school or family reunion. Not only to enjoy the food but the chance to meet up with ex-colleagues, old friends, relatives, etc. some of whom we have not seen for donkey years. Sure there is alot to talk about the good old days.

    Yes, I enjoyed that the most, meeting very old friends, remembering the good times. So much joy, seeing one another again after all these years.

  3. Good that you were able to attend this year and to catch up with many people. You must have worked up an appetite after walking to the venue, hehehe and the food especially the duck sure looks tasty.

    As a matter of fact, I WAS quite hungry. Was surprised I was able to walk so far and did not feel a thing. All the gardening, all the hard work, must have done me some good.

    1. Knock! Knock! πŸ˜€ Have a good weekend!

      Oh? You’re fast. I was out after doing the gardening this morning, around 7 till 9.30, hopped over to my parents’ house. Just got home so only now am I replying to all the comments. You too, enjoy your weekend!

  4. Macam very happening!

    This little town comes alive twice a year, Ching Ming and Chinese New Year. Other festivals, long holidays and school holidays, can get rather crowded and busy too but not as bad. Opposite of Penang, come Chinese New Year, can sleep on the road…and KL too!

    1. Not really, CNY is the peak season for Penang (due to the Chinese population here)… as well as Christmas season. Not so much on Raya though

      What peak season? I was there for Chinese New Year one year – could sleep on the road…and nowhere to go and eat other than the nasi kandar shops, as I do not go to those fast food franchises – those were open.

      I think I had not started blogging yet so though I have a lot of Penang posts, I do not have one on that trip…and I came down with shingles, terrible. Luckily, my missus was able to get the medication from a nearby pharmacy before it closed for the next few days for Chinese New Year.

  5. haha, since I’ve retired I’ve hardly worn a shirt – only t-shirts!

    I keep a few to wear to special dinners like this. Normally, I do not bother to dress up nicely – will go to some nice place for dinner in the same clothes I wear when I do my gardening. πŸ˜€

  6. What a combo… glutinous rice and salted egg… yum.

    …and shitake mushroom. Same recipe as lor mai kai, I think. You can get that at the dim sum places, minus the duck.

  7. Great reunion between teachers and students whether retired or not… must be a delightful evening for everyone..

    Well, it most certainly was for me. I enjoyed myself!

  8. Mentioning about salted egg, the other day, i was at the mixed rice stall, thinking of having salted egg, but didn’t see any salted egg, ask the guy, the guy reply don’t have, haiz…

    Kesian. Buy your own and cook yourself. Lots, everywhere.

  9. Springtime in Shanghai – what a cool theme! i wouldn’t have any suitable outfits in my wardrobe for this theme though – but it would be fun to dress up πŸ™‚

    It so happened that I have one, just one, bought a long long time ago…in KL or where. Managed to find my size. πŸ˜€

  10. Reunions are always fun! That duck looks very good πŸ™‚

    My favourite dish here. Will get quite disappointed when I go there for dinner and this was not in the menu for the evening

  11. Glad you were able to attend the event. Love all the food.

    Yes, sad that I could not make it last year as I was unwell.

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