The ties that bind

For a bunch of Canos­sian Con­vent school girls from Sega­mat, it was a case of ab­sence mak­ing the heart fonder dur­ing a re­cent re­union.

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THE date June 8, 2013 dawned bright and clear. Var­i­ous groups of girls … erm … women, headed to­wards Malacca, driv­ing, tak­ing buses, be­ing driven by hus­bands, chil­dren or other mem­bers of their fam­i­lies.

The lobby of Bayview Malacca was a mad­house at noon with women of all colours, shapes and sizes clam­our­ing to check in early while car­ry­ing on con­ver­sa­tions with those be­side them. “Hah? You still work­ing ah? Not tired ah?” “I din know you were stay­ing there. Very near my Ta­man what? If I knew, I would’ve looked you up early, early al­ready.”

“Four grand­chil­dren ah? You jok­ing or what?”

It was the day of the grand re­union of the Class of ’ 70 of Canos­sian Con­vent Sega­mat – or the CCSCO70 Crazees, as we call our­selves. Crazy, we were back then, and to our ut­ter de­light, still are – em­bar­rass­ingly so! While some had stayed in touch, many had zero con­tact with their ex-class­mates for more than 40-odd years un­til the or­gan­is­ing of the re­union, which also trig­gered the set­ting up of the blog ‘ Crazy Canos­sianS CO’70 Re­united’.

Long be­fore the “Night of Nos­tal­gia” was to start, the ladies gath­ered out­side the Car­na­tion Room, the venue for the event, not want­ing to miss a mo­ment of that spe­cial night. Voices ap­proached higher deci­bels as more and more peo­ple ar­rived. Pretty soon, pan­de­mo­nium was upon us, with ev­ery­one shout­ing and scream­ing and try­ing to get into photographs with var­i­ous gangs. “Oh my God, you haven’t changed at all.” “Aiyo, you look stun­ning man!” “Ala­mak! Every­body looks so young! I bet­ter go back to my room and hide lah!”

“I know got theme wan lah! So shy to wear this ‘ Flower Power’ at­tire lah – so old alledy woh!”

As some­one put it, the foyer was like a pasar malam (night mar­ket). The few hub­bies who lin­gered to as­sist or to chat dis­ap­peared in a hurry be­fore they got sucked into the loony bin of loud and hy­per-ex­cited bunch of crazees!

The “Night of Nos­tal­gia” was filled with shared mem­o­ries, pure nos­tal­gic laugh­ter and lots and lots of catch­ing up. Be­sides the win­ing and din­ing, there was lots of fun and ex­cite­ment. A slide-show not only tugged at aged, choles­terol-lined heart­strings but had ev­ery­one in stitches as we poked fun at our­selves, the teach­ers and nuns. There was also a cake for all the Crazees who had turned 60 this year. And what is a re­union with­out games, rapid-fire rounds and prizes! Not to men­tion the pro­longed yam seng (toast). How­ever, the high­light of the “Night

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