Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hah Chye's Hideaway in Ipoh

Let us share with you a little secret. When you are in Ipoh next, ask Hah Chye to take you to eat the best banana leaf rice in the world – near the Perak Stadium. Then, after lunch, ask Hah Chye to take you to visit his personal library, somewhere in Ipoh Garden East. (We are not allowed to disclose the exact location to anyone so we have deleted the address from our memory). This is Hah Chye’s private sanctuary. He retreats there after work every day and during week-ends. He has a vast collection of books on Buddhism and various other religions, books on philosophy, spirituality, spiritualism, etc. His library is definitely bigger and better stocked than the Anderson School library in 1966/67. There is also a good collection of CD’s and DVD’s for you to enjoy if reading is not your cup of tea. Incidentally, tea and coffee can also be served. So check it out soon. We did so on 30th Jan was indeed an eye opener for us.


Sek Yee and Ah Kat

Meeting up with Mother Mangalam....on January 20, 2012

On 20th January, on the advice of Uncle Selvamany, Kat and I met up with Datin Paduka Mother Mangalam, who was a guest at the launch of his biography. Mother Mangalam is President and CEO of the Pure Life Society, a home for orphans and the underprivileged children at Jalan Puchong, Kuala Lumpur. For more info on the Pure Life Society, visit their website

 It was an enlightening experience for both of us. Mother Mangalam, 83, runs the orphanage which, currently, is home to 76 children. Her quarter is situated on the hillside facing the main building that requires you to climb up three flights of steps to get there. Another flight of steps would take us to the temple at the top of the hill. We took one look and decided to stay at the bottom of the hill while Mother Mangalam, who at her age is obviously in better form than us, put us to shame, going back and forth at least three times to fetch some herbs to show us, and to bring to the canteen the special soup that she had prepared for us using a new recipe that someone had given to her. It was indeed a delicious soup made up of three types of mushrooms, white fungus and black fungus and a green leafy vegetable as well as some medicinal herbs. We had lunch at the canteen, together with some of the children who had just come home from school.


Sek Yee and Ah Kat
(How to go Mount Kinabalu like this?)

CNY Dinner in Ipoh on January 27, 2012

On 27th January 2012,  Kat and I hosted a CNY dinner for the matriarch of the family, my siblings and Kat’s siblings in Ipoh. This year, fresh from the launch of the biography, we decided to invite DSS and DSP to join us that night to “loh hei” and to witness the colourful racial mix of our family. Coincidentally, Kat’s brother, Dr Sulaiman (father of Mikhail and Raphail) had some house guests who are Rotarians from Perth, so we invited them to join us. They were young college boys and girls whose families originated from Punjab, Sierra Leon, The Phillipines, Eastern Europe...and one of my nephews was back from Shanghai with his new bride from Mainland China. It was really a 1-World gathering.


Sek Yee and Ah Kat

Monday, February 6, 2012

Celebrations Everyday...When You Are Good!

 And when good people get together.........
DrumBeat performers........

....are actually deaf! But what rhythmic blasts they created as a team!

No prizes for guessing the costumed character!

Guess who was in the costume? Hint - not Yow Kam Loong!

Wow, Chap Goh Meh is here already and CNY is coming to an end (actually everyday can be a CNY or a birthday).....anyway to all my Chinese classmates/friends, one last "toong, toong, toong chang" (whatever it means) to you...may the Dragon gods bless you with continued good health,etc,etc. (Remember, if things don't go your way, please consult our very own Mr. Yow Kam Loong (the Mr Golden Dragon........012-4556103).

To all our Hindu classmates/friends, may we wish you a very Happy Thaipusam on Tuesday 7th Feb. May the Gods bless you and family with good health and good health and good health.

And above all, please continue to be good.


Sek Yee and Ah Kat

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Right Royal Audience on January 28, 2012

On Saturday 28th January 2012, Kat and I had the opportunity to visit the Istana for a royal audience with  DYAM Raja DiHilir Perak in Ipoh and to present DYAM Raja Jaafar with a copy of the biography. Since the Tuanku could not come for the launch on the 15th January, Uncle Selvamany thought it would be a good gesture to seek an appointment and present a copy of the biography to Tuanku in person.

The meeting was very pleasant. DYAM Raja Jaafar flipped through the book and posed several questions to Uncle. Later, we chatted about our school days and the fun time we had in Anderson School Ipoh. For your information, DYAM Raja Jaafar was in Anderson (secondary level) from 1956 to 1961. In 1961, Tuanku was a School Prefect, House Captain of School House and the Captain of the School's Relay Team, 4x100m and 4x400m besides being also involved in the School Cadet Corps Band and was the School Talentime Champion for that year. Looks like a very active student indeed!

Sek Yee & Kat