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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The SMSS '74 Alamanda Gathering...

Date: 20th February 2011 (Sunday)
Venue: Alamanda, Putrajaya.
Class of 1974..
Since I was invited by the Prime Minister to have tea with him at Putrajaya, my schoolmates of 1974 (the SMSS '74 group) organised a gathering after not seeing each other for 37 years...
I pay my gratitude to my buddy, Mr. Abdul Rahman Abdullah @ ARA for upstaging a successful reunion with my schoolmates. He was there at the airport to personally pick me up in his BMW, brought me to the gathering location, called all my friends, paid the bills, sent me to the tea party in the Prime Minister's residence, picked me back and made me put up the night in his home, before sending me to the Shah Alam's railway station the next morning for me to get back to my hometown in Perlis. I'm lost for words to say how kind hearted he is..... What a true friend...

I met Jali Razali Aziz (my classmate and buddy), Ridzwan Othman (my classmate and singing partner), Ashaari Suratman (my classmate), Zakhairy Aphandy (my classmate), Zulkifli Hussin (my classmate and university mate), Norlia Ahmad (schoolmate), Rohaya Yusoff (schoolmate), Zainal Abidin Saidun (schoolmate), Sallahudin Abdul Rahman (schoolmate) and of course, the person who made the event possible - Abdul Rahman Abdullah.....
Two of our juniors, Raja Bahyah and R M Shah Al Bilahi also made a courtesy visit to specially meet me.. Thanks... I truely appreciate that...

It was an emotional gathering considering the 37 years lapse...and we had so much to chat to recall all those nice times together in Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor (SMSS) during our schooling days in 1974.
These photos show it all:
Took the 8.30am flight from Alor Star.
 arriving at LCCT, KLIA at 9.30am
 Our gathering place in Alamanda, Putrajaya.
 Abdul Rahman (ARA) and me..,while waiting for the others
Sallahudin came early..
 Zak Zakhairy..
 Zainal...
 Jali Razali..
 The magnificent 7...
My singing partner, Ridzwan, came...
 my lunch.., plain rice with tomyam..
 Norlia and Rohaya made it...
 picking up all those lost 37 years....
memory after memory...
Recognizing friends in yesteryear photos...
there's so much to recall.....

We stayed on until 2.45pm. We were there since 10.30am..
We said goodbye for the day because I had a date with the Prime Minister at 4.00pm.
I will never forget those lovely moments in Alamanda....

Have a nice day....

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow what a tribute. I did very little for u bro. My great appreciations for all who attended and all the well wishers who were unable to attend too

Anonymous said...

It was nice to have met you after all these years. You are a great person & an exemplary teacher, a testament to those who were schooled in SMSS. Keep it up bro.

Dess said...

I enjoyed the reunion. I really did. Thanks for hospitality and god bless you all...

Jamal Hisham said...

Even tough I could not make it to the reunion, I can see that everyone had a wonderful time. Hope to catch up with you one of these days.

DESS said...

Yes, my friend Jamal Hisham...Really hoping to meet you in person one of these days...

Salmah said...

Salam Dess, it was just unfortunate that I couldn't make it to the reunion that day. those short phone conversation sure brought those 37 yrs memories of SMSS (since 1973-1974) flooding back... Was hoping u were able to attend my children's wedding last march...next time hopefully ..sal

DESS said...

Yes, we both missed meeting each other on both occasions due to personal family reasons.. I couldn't attend the wedding due to my wife's health condition (she was down for 4 days) and I had to be Mr. Mama.
Well... maybe some other time, insyallah...

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