Mohammad Nizam bin Ismail ’91 reports that he is now working in Morgan Stanley Singapore, and looking forward to the Class of 1991’s 20th anniversary reunion (see the box at right for information about the reunion)
Ang Chin Peng ’92 sends his greetings. He is currently practising under M/s Ang & Co.
Andrew Ong ’93 and Ruth Chia ’94 send greetings from balmy Helsinki! “We've had a cold and snowy winter and looking forward to an extended and warm summer.... but hopefully not as warm as Singapore's 35degC!”
They have been living in Finland since 2008 – their second time round after a 2-year stint from 2000 to 2002.
Andrew Ong ’93 and Ruth Chia ’94 and family
Andrew continues: “It was a great opportunity for an Asian to head up Nokia’s global sales and marketing legal & IP function and to be part of a senior management team responsible for the global devices business”, says Andrew. “I moved on to head up the Mobile Phones legal division and am currently heading up the Mobile Financial Services division."
"It's great to be learning new things all the time! The lawyers here also speak a variety of languages and its not uncommon that Finns speak 4 to 5 different languages proficiently (read: not just order food in a restaurant, but draft and negotiate with that language).”
“Our kids were also able to go to an international school in Helsinki where the class size is less than 18 kids with 2 teachers allocated to each class. They are also blessed in that they have the opportunity to interact with different friends from all over the world, with different cultures, different languages and of course different opinions.”
Andrew Ong '93
“Finland is well know also for its 10,000 lakes, saunas, wife-carrying competition, its good public education system, clean cut Scandinavian designs, the official home of Santa Claus, cold crisp winters with lots of snow, cross country skiing, ice hockey (they won the lastest world cup) and of course looong summer days where the sun hardly sets!"
“Interestingly enough, Singapore and Finland are quite similar in many respects - we both have roughly the same population – Finland has 5.3 million people and Singapore also has about 5 million people and steadily climbing, mobile phone penetration is above 100% in both countries and culturally Singaporeans and Finns, both respect and follow the rule of law. We even face the same challenge of having a greying population! Finland is however much bigger in terms of land area than Singapore - hundreds of 'Singapores’ can fit into Finland. We wish we had more land in Singapore!”
Josephine Cheong '93 is teaching in the Diploma in Law & Management at Temasek Polytechnic, but she also started her own YouTube channel of her original songs, http://www.youtube.com/sonshinegaljo. Remember to click on the YouTube Subscribe button so that you get updated every time she posts a new one. In the meantime, enjoy a sample below.
Benjamin Ang '93 and Jane Lau '93 a.k.a. synth pop / electro pop duo Cosmic Armchair performed at The Substation as part of the Music Spaces series of events, playing songs from their new upcoming album. You can hear their music and watch their videos at www.cosmicarmchair.com
Ben Ang '93 of Cosmic Armchair performing at the Substation TheatreSteven Liew '93 took a month off work to do yoga in Bhutan and Bali.
Jeanne Lee DipSing ’96, Adeline Ang ’96 and Suzanne Lim ’96
We love Paris in the Springtime! Jeanne Lee DipSing ’96, Adeline Ang ’96 and Suzanne Lim ’96 (yup, that’s me – your Editor) spent a wonderful week in Paris early this June.
A thorough investigation was made of cafés, patisseries and interesting hole-in-the-wall eateries throughout the city – no arrondisement was left uninvestigated!
We were also able to share one of those lovely meals with Ravneet Kaur Nagpal ’96, who was in town for work. Unfortunately, we were too engrossed in our dinner to take a proper group photo together!
As the weather was balmy most of the time, we did most of our exploration on foot, thereby assuring that we could still fit into our economy-class airplane seats on our way home.
Speaking of Ravneet Kaur Nagpal ’96, she sends her greetings to all! She has been with the Attorney-General's Chambers since graduation, doing criminal prosecutions and now international legal work (hence her work trip to Paris).
However, it is not all work and no play for her – she writes: “When I am not working, I am scouring the world for new experiences and fresh perspectives. My last adventure took me to Cuba. We started with a road trip around central Cuba and thereafter I stayed on in Havana spending my days with Spanish lessons, salsa classes and sightseeing. Son (son cubano – the unique Cuban style of music: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_(music) is played everywhere, almost like piped-in music in old Havana.
Ravneet Kaur Nagpal '96 (second from right) and David Lim Jit Hee '93 (third from left) with their fellow travellers (and Che Guevara!) in Cuba
Ravneet Kaur Nagpal '96 in Cuba
“What makes Cuba so special? It's los Cubanos, of course. Despite all the shortages and restrictions, the average Cubano has an ever-ready smile, rhythmic rubber hips and a twinkle in the eye.
“Driving by the Bay of Pigs, being surrounded by revolutionary messages, going to Cuba was a trip back to JC history lessons on the Cold War. Yet globalisation has begun to flirt with Cuba, and it is only a matter of time before the country succumbs to his charms. One can just hope that the spirit of the people will remain unchanged.”
Ravneet sent us two wonderful photos, which we just had to share with you!
Lunarin at The Post Museum
Linda Ong ’01 and drummer Loo Eng Teck ’03, with their band Lunarin, performed an acoustic show as part of the last show at Post Museum. It was a fun stripped down set with just bass, guitar, piano and cello.
Linda tells us, "The band and I are currently recording an album of acoustic B Sides and hope to release it by November. Before that
a) I have a solo gig coming up on 14 August 2011 at the Pigeonhole (timing to be confirmed)
b) band and I have an electric gig at the Esplanade Waterfront stage on 17 September 2011 at 8.45pm (Spread the Love)
c) band and I have an acoustic show at Books Actually 30 September 730pm
We are planning an album launch for the new album when it is out but that is still in the works."