Tuesday, May 04, 2010

reunion

my varsity mates & i had our little reunion over the weekend. it was "little" because 15 people turned up (most with their spouses & kids) compared to about 40 at the last reunion in 2005. perhaps it was the location. previously, we had it at pan pacific at KLIA which was easier to access for those flying in, while this time, we had it at janda baik, just off the highway to kuantan.













why in janda baik, you might ask? this place is owned by our ex-medical lecturer from the varsity. she & her architect husband retired here & the organiser of the reunion, Dr L, is a  close associate of theirs.













as it turned out, because of the smaller numbers, i got to reaquaint myself more intimately better with the others compared to the last time. well, you know what reunions are like - we walk down memory lane & share stories about our current jobs. a few remained the extroverts they were before & frequently held court, while the others, like myself, were more content to just be the attentive audience.













i just figured out one reason why we still got on so well 26 years after graduation. none of us are  filthy rich extremely successful, neither was anyone found wanting. we could all associate with the common-man experiences we've gone thru.

the chap from penang, Dr C, has agreed to organise the next one there. coming from a military background, i'm certain he'll get the job done.














the other reason i was pleased with the event was that the wife got along well with the other spouses & the boy, despite not having kids of his own age group, kept himself occupied in his own child-like ways.

17 comments:

Mei Teng said...

Never been there before but I have heard of this place.

suituapui said...

That certainly looks like a nice place for a delightful getaway!!! Looks very soothing and relaxing...

missyc said...

I've heard about Janda Baik, this one looks very cosy & nice retreat, is it open to us normal ppl :)

Unicorn Girl said...

I've been to Janda Baik - really breathtaking . Even have a post about it sometime last year. Oh & btw - nice pic's .

ps/: is your other profession a photographer ? :) or is it the camera ??? :)

doc said...

Mei Teng,

it's a photographers' paradise. check this out:

http://www.tanarimba.com.my/home.htm

doc said...

STP,

this is one place you can be at one with nature, & it's only about 40mins from KL.

doc said...

Missyc,

the pictures of the house & pool were taken at the owner's residence. dinner time & the piano were located at the enderong house, where we actually stayed.

more pictures here:
http://www.malsingmaps.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=8198&start=0&sid=a88f214569faa7eebca8b301ad455ff9

enderong house is available to the public. call 09-2330655 or email sitrac@po.jaring.my

ps. it's a bit pricey.

doc said...

Unicorn Girl,

thks - it's definitely the camera, but then it's only a lumix digicam.

Yan said...

The boy sure enjoyed himself and kept himself busy!

Mei Teng said...

Thanks for sharing the link. I must visit this place sometime soon.

Mei Teng said...

Re:Tanarimba. Visitors can just roam the place and take photos?

doc said...

Yan,

he was so well-behaved, when we got home, we gave him a treat....at pizza hut. he's so easy to please!

doc said...

Mei Teng,

to enter tanarimba, you need to pass the guard house & they should check your car reg no. to ensure you are checked into one of the chalets. they didn't check mine, so i suspect they're not really bothered about who goes in or out!!

once in, you're free to explore & take photos to your heart's content!

ilene said...

It sure is a nice place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Thanks for the beautiful pics and links.

Mei Teng said...

So that means it's not really a public park? I hope they don't disallow me from entering the park after driving all the way from KL! Haha...

doc said...

Ilene,

you're welcomed. we must share the good stuff with one another!

doc said...

Mei Teng,

it's a private park run by sitrac corp. you should contact ms chen at tel:09 233 0655 & arrange a visit with her. her office is at the visitors' centre a short distance after passing the guard house.

PS. if they don't let you in, you can always pop into genting for a short break!!