Sunday, 14 March 2010
Gin Rummy at 15-89 Boon Lay
This is a photo of the door of my old flat at Boon Lay, taken recently on my nostalgic trip to Singapore a few months ago.
It was like a club-cum-hideout for my ex- Jurong Secondary School 'urchins'. They looked after the flat and our two cats when I was teaching in Brunei, Akim was studying in London and emak was living part-time with my sister and family at Batu Pahat. Emak loved coming back, it was after all her home. And she enjoyed doting on the kids with her cooking. They were like her own.
Other than the usual nonsense that kept these teenagers together they played out their friendship and camaraderie in gin rummy.
At that time, green was the colour of the door at 15-89.
Lately, while going through my rummage case I discovered this Jotter Book.
The Incriminating Evidence
As for the characters in this Annual Gin Rummy Book, do note how they diplomatically changed 'old' to 'longest living' to describe Yours Truly, the 'owner, sponsor, heroine'. Bl...y Hell, I was only 36 then, younger than they are today. Prats!!!
All the other subsidiary characters or "menginding-ers" are still alive and kicking, spread out from London to Oman, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. They are still plagueing my life and I relish watching them growing old - their one main fear then. But they're still my 'rascals' no matter how aged and decrepit they get.
Lely, Ben and Irene
A most recent picture of Yuwrajh with his former JSS schoolmate Rukhsana who made a brave move from being an engineer to one of Singapore's well-known cooks. Look her up in this
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ANNUAL GIN RUMMY BOOK
The battle between Maznoor, Ben and Yuwrajh
The Titans - Ben, Din and Yuwrajh
Thank you kids. You made teaching a most satisfying and happy experience for me. And you have grown and done me proud.
Viva Gin Rummy!!!