Date: 12 September 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 6:30–10:45 pm
Venue: Ballroom 3, Singapore Island Country Club
It was an evening of style, glamour and nostalgia as alumni of the BBA Class of 1975 gathered for a reunion dinner held at the ballroom of the prestigious Singapore Island Country Club (SICC). Marking the 40th year since their graduation, the affair created a chance for old friends to reconnect as they reminisced about the good old days.
The sense of camaraderie between the alumni was no less diminished by the years as they rekindled their friendship over dinner and drinks. Testament to this are the many alumnus, such as Ruby Wong, Stella Lin, Lucius Lai, Rajan Thurairatnam, Jennifer Scully and Wong Wai Lin, who flew back to Singapore especially to attend the reunion. Even those who were unable to make it back, such as Charles Tan, James Chua and Tan Huang Meng, took the time to pen down their greetings to everyone.
Also present were past lecturers including Mr Chua Joon Eng, Prof Tan Thiam Soon and Mr Leonard Cheng, who were invited as special guests for the evening. The event began on a solemn note with attendees observing a moment of silence in memory of Prof Kau Ah Keng, who had passed on just a few days prior to the reunion.
As the evening progressed, praises could be heard as guests congratulated the organising committee, which was made up by a group of classmates who wanted to have the event ‘organised by the class, for fellow classmates’, for a job well done. Kudos to the group led by Stephen Wong, which included Chiam Kwee Mui, Elizabeth Toh, Yeo Chuen Eng, Simon Phua and Denise Ang Chor Khoon.
Alumnus Chou Weng Ha particularly enjoyed meeting his old friends. “It was a memorable occasion and a time of laughter and catching up with long-lost university mates!” Fellow alumnus Christopher Gomez shared the same sentiments, saying: “It was a well-planned evening that brought back many good memories of our university days and the friendships we made, though apparently lost over a space of 40 years, but rekindled tonight at the SICC.”
Guests were entertained by a host of exciting performances put up by their fellow classmates. Stella Lin gave a scintillating performance and delighted the crowd with her song “O mio babbino caro”. The audience was also thrilled by the ukulele performance by the “Papas and Mama”, comprising of Yeo Chuen Eng, Daniel Tseng, Ang Kian Chuan, Raymond Ang and Esther Ng. Many of the original songs performed resonated with the audience as the lyrics reflected their shared memories and the experiences they were going through at this stage of their lives. From the enthusiastic clapping and active participation during the sing-a-long sessions, it was obvious that everyone enjoyed themselves.
But the highlight of the night for many was “Walk down Memory Lane”, a PowerPoint presentation showing photos taken from the class of 75’s campus days. Laughter and excited chatter filled the air as alumni called out names, faces and events as they appeared onscreen. Alumnus Kaw Jit Kee, like many others, had a great time reliving his days at school through the pictures. “The walk you took us through our Bizad ’75 memory lane brought back fond, even hilarious, good times we all had together.” Some of these memories include the Bizad Dinner and Dance, Freshmen Orientation and Intervarsity Games between the University of Singapore, University of Malaya, University of Hong Kong and University of Indonesia.
The alumni were also brought back to their old school days in the team game “Remember?”, where they were asked quirky questions such as “Was there more vice in the campus during our days than today?”. The question was actually referring to titles such as Vice Dean, Vice Chancellors, etc. After they had completed the quiz, the teams were rewarded with bottles of wine for their efforts.
Making the reunion even more meaningful was the $30,600 the committee raised with donations from their classmates. This amount will go towards the NUS Business School Alumni Bursary Fund, which will be sub-named the ‘BBA Class of ’75 Bursary Fund’, and the NUS Business School Student Global Experience Fund.
Weaver Chong best summed up the reunion dinner, saying: “Thank you, organising committee, for such a wonderful and entertaining evening. Not only was there good food and entertainment but, more importantly, the chance to catch up after 40 years. Hope we have more events like this!”