Friday, May 11, 2007

Convent Girls of the World Untie!

So a number of emails have been flying all over the place about the 20-year class reunion for the IJ girls of Toa Payoh. Ugh. It really has been 20 years since I was last in the blue pinafore, with no badge, no belt, collar unbuttoned, non-regulation socks and secret red silk underpants, taking the bus to Far East Plaza to meet my SJI boyfriend.

Walked past a couple of convent girls the other day and I wanted to grab them by the scruff of the neck and shake them. "What's the matter with the bunch of yous! Is this how you wear your uniform in public?????" Their belts were off, their badges were missing, their collar was unbuttoned, they were wearing no socks with their school shoes and one of them had her pinafore way way above her knees.

Seems like nothing has changed in 20 years.

I tell you what else has not changed - our style of writing. I am getting increasingly concerned about the state of organisation and mental health of the woman who has taken it upon herself to organise this massive event. First of all, we have been asked to fork out S$120 (for one ticket. The food better be world class). Second of all, this inaugural event will be held in the school field. Maybe it's my classy urban upbringing, but I fail to appreciate how standing in the muddy grassy insect-y school field is going to make us all feel nostalgic about the old days. Especially since most of us spent a fair amount of time and effort during "the old days" trying to avoid running or even standing in the school field. I really cannot remember the number of times people would either use menstruation as an excuse or just hide in the toilet until physical ed was over.

Thirdly, the organiser writes to all of us like this:

hi all

just wana let u guys know m waiting for the school to give me a high res copy of the school crest

then i can go print the tix

after that

then i will e-mail u all again for u to get in touch with your friends/ classmates

altho some of u have given me their e-mails, some still have not responded,

so i need your help to contact them o.k.?

meanwhile u guys take care

man,

i'm getting exciting about it!

13 Comments:

At 8:45 PM, Blogger PC said...

Just had our SJI Old Boys dinner at Shangri La for 100 buckeroos each....while it's for all old boys, the representation for the class of 82 was the biggest.

Imagine this.. a bunch of 41 year olds suddenly reduced to a 16-year-old wannabes suddenly speaking in ancient 25-year-old lingo. Except that in the place of full-headed boys with slim and fit bodies, the noises are now uttered by (often) overweight men with bald spots. Still, they say, boys will be boys.

Me? They say I still look exactly the same... but I think it's only because I reach this point 25 years before they did...

 
At 12:28 AM, Blogger The Mama said...

I went to Convent JB.

Simple in Virtue? I think not.

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger coern said...

when i went with my dad to the Catholic High Alumni dinner, i think i was the youngest man in a place full of well-worn uncles. ;p

at least it was at the neptune theatre la.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger gremlin said...

The writing style's superb. Super simple in virtue, definitely steadfast in duty. Precisely on point to the point. Double sure. Cannot miss.

 
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