Tag Archives: Kai Chung Middle School

Oh My Chinese!


I had my primary school education at St Augustine’s Primary School in Binatang. It was a Roman Catholic mission school and English was the medium of instruction. Chinese was a subject that I studied but I did not like Chinese lessons as I found Chinese difficult, especially writing in Chinese. My Chinese teacher was Mr Hsieh who knew my parents ...

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A Small-Town Boy’s Memories Of Binatang

A very old photo of Binatang

I was born in a very small town but for the past 35 years, I have called Miri my home. The small-town boy in me never truly goes away. Time and again, I am caught up in nostalgia whenever I recall my childhood days in Binatang (now known as Bintangor). The recent sale of my dad’s shophouse in Bintangor has ...

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I Am A Lucky Guy!

That is me as a kid sitting on my dad's three-wheel "Harley-Davidson" in Binatang

I am a lucky guy! Lucky to have been born in Sarawak, the Land of the Hornbills where there had never been a need for 1Malaysia to instill racial harmony among the people. Laidback, peaceful and beautiful. Lucky to have spent the first seventeen years of my life in Binatang (now Bintangor). Yes, the Animal Town where everybody seemed to ...

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RIP, Omar Sharif!

Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia

It is sad to hear the news that Omar Sharif has died aged 83 from a heart attack yesterday afternoon in a hospital in Cairo. It was announced in May that he had Alzheimer’s disease. I was in lower secondary at Kai Chung Middle School in Binatang when I watched Lawrence of Arabia at the Eastern Theatre and that was ...

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My Form One Class At Kai Chung 1970

Kai Chung Class Photo

It was 1970.  Thirty seven students from St Augustine’s Primary School and Council Town School were placed in Form One B at Kai Chung Middle School with Ms Constance Yii Mei Ho as the form teacher. The class was as a mirthful bunch, earning the dubious reputation as the noisiest class in the school that year. There were of course ...

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The Joy of Reading

Enid Blyton's Famous Five Books

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710 It was during my primary school days at St Augustine’s Primary School in Binatang that I picked up reading as a hobby. I devoured books by Enid Blyton and immersed myself in the world of the Famous Five and Secret Seven. I would drop ...

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My Wrestling Matches With God On My Life Journey

Father Warganer is the second from the left in the front row and Father Smith is the last person from the left in the last row.

Like Regina Brett in her book “God Never Blinks”, I sometimes felt that at the moment I was born, God must have blinked and thus missed the occasion, unaware of my birth at all. I felt like the poet who wrote that he was born on a day God called in sick. Shortly after my birth almost 55 years ago ...

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Reunion With My Teacher And Classmates

Me with Ms Yii, Poh Choo and Siew Hung

Facebook is a great tool for social networking and I’ve enjoyed catching up with old friends. Many people who have had near-death experiences say that they saw their lives flash right before their eyes. Well, this is a bit like how I’ve felt when it comes to my Facebook encounters. Thanks to this site, I’ve reconnected with people whom I ...

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Remembering My Childhood in Binatang

Binatang oranges

Childhood is a wonderful time. It is often one of the happiest periods in the life of any person. As I look back at my childhood in Binatang (now known as Bintangor), I am overwhelmed by nostalgia and fond reminiscence of those almost care-free days. And I feel myself being transported back in time to the 1960s and early 1970s. ...

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A Tribute To My Teachers

Photo taken at St Augustine Primary School about 40 years ago

“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” — Nikos Kazantzakis It has been said that a teacher is the flame that lights the path of a child. Teachers shoulder a very important responsibility of shaping ...

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