Out Came The Skeletons From The Closet

Singing the school anthem.

When ex-classmates get together, you can be sure that some dirty linen will be aired. That was exactly what happened yesterday evening when thirteen of us got together for a reunion at Sunway Damansara with our spouses and children. William and Belinda, the gracious hosts, opened up their house to us for some merry making.

Laughing over bell bottoms and full heads of hair.

I have not met some of them since leaving school after Form Five. Nevertheless, this bunch is still as crazy as ever. There was more food than we could stuff ourselves with. The fun began when the wine and whiskey started flowing. Old discoloured photographs from the last century brought back some good memories. For a while, we were like little kids again, reliving the mischief of a time when all of us still had hair on our heads and waistlines we can only dream of now.

Recollecting the good old days at St. Xaviers Institution.

The two paragraphs above were written just before dinner. When I reread them again, now with a full stomach, they seemed very muted. I did have a lot of fun last night. The last time I laughed so hard at Beng Teik’s silly jokes was in November. This guy should have been a stand-up comedian. That talent was already bubbling during school days.

The guys of 1966.

Paul, the butt of many jokes, forgive the pun, took it all in good stride. When someone asked Paul what his choice would be between having a full head of hair or a waistline from school days. This smart guy, or so he convinced us, chose hair. His reasoning was that you can trim down a paunch but you cannot grow back hair that is no longer there. Clever huh! It will be interesting to hear Siva’s answer. Mikal, did you ask that question?

The girls – please do not ask what year.

There was Kirk the Fist Swallower. No kidding. We have witnessed him putting his entire fist into his mouth many times. Incredible. Nick and Sitham were implicated in some perverted acts. Those two rascals. The ever affable Tze Meng shared with us on how much food we should each contribute for a potluck – almost workable. Tze Meng also requested that I add more hair to his head when I post the images. If only my Photoshop skills are that good, I will my dear friend.

The kids.

I spoke to Thomas for the first time ever. It is a wonder that we have never chatted before in school. Keat Choong, who drove Wuan and me there, suddenly made me the designated driver when he befriended Jack Daniels. And I did not get to taste Henry’s keh liao jelly. Next time I will make sure I get a bite. William and Belinda were all over the place making sure we were comfortable although he had to bear the pain of seeing Manchester United lose to Liverpool. I am not going to make a roll call of the spouses here. I may get their names wrong.

Group photo.

Thank you guys and gals for a very interesting and memorable evening. Lets make this a frequent affair. Here is to St. Xaviers Institution, to Xavierians, to Lasallians and to great friendships. Labor omnia vincit.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

7 thoughts on “Out Came The Skeletons From The Closet”

  1. Peter

    So glad to see you and so many Saints meeting up again after so many years. Many of them seemed so familar. At least Nick, Tze Meng, and a few more. Hope to see more this….

    You still recognise those faces after so many years huh!

  2. Damn it… now you are making me feel old and mushy. I am sure it was fun… we had ours during the CNY… can’t believe we left SXI about 10 years liao… but of course you guys are even longer… hhahhaaa

    I left SXI in 83. The rest of them left in 85. You are waaaaaay after that and you feel old?

  3. i have a warm fuzzy feeling….is nice 🙂

    friends gathering is always nice especially if you’ve a nauty bunch

    I had that warm fuzy feeling too when I met them again after so long.

  4. Glad to hear you guys had a great time. Couldn’t find the time to get myself down there but hope we can do another equally fun one up in good old Penang! Just to inform “FindingMe”, during CNY we also met up – that’s the season for reunions! Xaverians of all ages, meeting and reminiscing with old pals; indeed one of life’s simple pleasures.

    Looking forward to it.

  5. That’s so cool that y’all could get together. I cannot even count on one hand the number of friends I know how to contact from my school days.

    Wow you guys all married well too. 😉 Great looking kids too.

    Errr… I am not married yet… but yeah, those are all great looking kids. They made me reminisce the times I was their age.

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