We always love to hear from Francis Yeoh ’63 – he has the most interesting updates for Class Action! This time round, he writes to tell us: “I recently participated in an exciting research project entitled ‘Music and Dance: Beyond Copyright Text’ (supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Council). I was invited to present my paper ‘Square peg in a round hole: dance meets copyright’ at the End-of-project Seminar at the University of Glasgow on September 6, 2011. As part of the project, I was interviewed on-camera; and a snippet from the interview was included in a documentary, "Performers On The Edge," which can be viewed at this website: http://www.audiovisualthinking.org/videos/creative_industries.”
Francis adds: “I am at the moment in the final stages of writing my PhD thesis - ‘Copyright law does not adequately accommodate the artform of dance,’ under the supervision of Professor Fiona Macmillan at the Birbeck Law School, University of London. My article ‘The Choreographic Trust: preserving dance legacies’ has been refereed and accepted for publication in Dance Chronicle, 2012.”
In between all his writing, Francis still found time to travel, and shares with us a photo of him with friends on the Great Wall of China.
Francis Yeoh ’63 on the Great Wall of China
Alex Thian ’86 sends his greetings – he is co-founder and CEO of AITBIOTECH Pte Ltd and Advance Interactive Technologies (dealing with touch monitors, interactive panels and multimedia kiosks and digital media). He also founded Research Biolabs, which is a fully integrated life science biomedical company, focusing on products distribution, genomic services, and molecular diagnostics. Alex also runs Mana Mana Beach Club at East Coast Park, which was the venue for his Class’ recent 25th anniversary reunion. As if all that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he is an ardent windsurfer, kitesurfer, biker and swimmer! He and his wife, Sue, have 4 children: Samantha (17), Dominic (15), Timothy (14) and Vanessa (12).
Alex Thian ’86 and family
Thum Cheng Cheong ’86 has been a Buzan Licensed Instructor since 2007, after attending a workshop by Tony Buzan. Between juggling his time in corporate legal work and participating in Buzan projects, Cheng Cheong reports that he has been conferred by Buzan Centre Asia the title of The Mind Map Artist for the world's largest Mind Map unveiled in Singapore! He says, “I have a vision to promote Mind Mapping as a form of art, which will greatly develop both the right and left brain skills.” You can view some of Cheng Cheong’s impressive work here: http://www.mindmapart.com/tag/thum-cheng-cheong/
Michael Loh ’88 says hi to everyone! (Editor's note: all text in parenthesis after this was added by Michael himself!) Michael, who is also 1/5 (and a whole lot shorter) of the popular (in our heads) local a cappella (or not) group Budak Pantai wishes to let all alumni (always thought this sounded vaguely metallic) know that they will be performing at Blue Moo at YMCA poolside at the rooftop on 9 December 2011. Visit their Facebook page for more information (http://www.facebook.com/budakpantai#!/budakpantai?sk=wall) or sms 90019918 attn Pearly for your tickets. Michael promises to honour all song requests from Law School alumni (provided it's on the song list) so let's not go easy on them!
Ivan Heng ’88 invites fellow alumni to participate in his U@live forum on the evening of 30 November 2011! U@live is a monthly forum that showcases members of the NUS community – students, faculty and alumni – who are working to make this world a better place. As Founding Artistic Director of W!LD RICE, Ivan is at the forefront of the theatre scene in Singapore, and continues to push boundaries with every production. To find out more and to register for the event, click here: http://ualive.nus.edu.sg/event/ivan-heng-talk
Amy Chan, daughter of Tracey Evans Chan ’97
Kate Chan, daughter of Jason Chan ’02 and Deborah Tan ’02
Tracey Evans Chan ’97 and his wife Mandy welcomed Amy Claire Chan into the family on 5 Oct 2011. Isn’t she adorable? Tracey sends his best wishes to fellow classmates from the Class of ’97!
Kate Chan says hello to all! Her parents Jason Chan ’02 and Deborah Tan ’02 are proud to have survived the first month of parenthood; but are wondering when they will ever get a full night’s sleep again …
Eligible (and non-eligible) bachelor(ette)s take note: Yang Shi Yong ’05 declares that he snagged Jasmine Chew ’05 in October 2011 (or is it the other way around?); and they are both off the market! They report that their guests were spellbound by the lovely wedding photos, and the evening's fun-filled celebration was complete with “angry birds and crazy nerds.” Sounds exciting!
Yang Shi Yong ’05 and Jasmine Chew ’05
Priscilla Shunmugam ’06 sends her greetings to fellow alumni, and is happy to announce that she is celebrating the first anniversary of her womenswear label, Ong Shunmugam. In this past year alone, she has been featured on CNN Go, The Biography Channel, Time Out Singapore, The Business Times Singapore and Elle Singapore! Priscilla takes special pride in her ties to Law School: “Career highlights so far certainly include making wedding cheongsams or dresses for classmates. They’ve been brave enough to have faith in me!” She has just opened her store, Atelier Ong Shunmugam, in downtown Raffles Place, and is extending this fantastic offer to fellow Law School alumni:
Print out and present this page at Atelier Ong Shunmugam, and you will enjoy 10% off any purchase until 31st December 2011. Just in time for the festive season! Atelier Ong Shunmugam is located at #B1-36 Hong Leong Building, and their website is: www.ongshunmugam.com
Some of the gorgeous creations by our very own Priscilla Shunmugam ’06!
Jessica Lee ’05 at the opening of Trinity BridalIn keeping with the fashion theme, Jessica Lee ’05 writes to tell us that she is now the proud co-owner of Trinity Bridal boutique in Hong Kong! She writes, “I’ve always been interested in fashion, from the latest styles on the runways to intricate details on a piece of clothing. When the opportunity arose to distribute exclusively internationally renowned bridal designers like Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Jim Hjelm gowns, I decided to leave the legal profession to pursue my passion. I will miss my work as a corporate lawyer, but this new journey is something I have always dreamed of!”
Jessica is also generously extending an offer to all alumni: All brides who visit her store with this page will enjoy a 10% discount off her beautiful bridal gowns until December 21, 2011! For more information about Trinity Bridal, please visit www.trinitybridal.com.hk.
Congratulations to Chok Kerong ’08 on the Singapore release of his debut album "Good Company" on 10 November 2011! The album showcases him as a composer and Hammond organist, with help from some of New York City's brightest jazz musicians: Jake Goldbas (drums and percussion), Lucas Pino (saxophones and flute), Michael Valeanu (guitars) and Matt Holman (trumpet). Kerong also stayed on to perform with Rani Singam ’94 on 16 and 17 November 2001 for the debut performance of her new album, “Contentment”; which Kerong co-wrote with Rani. Here they both are, in action!
Chok Kerong ’08 and Rani Singam ’94
Luca Probst LLM ’10 Luca Probst LLM ’10 sends us happy news – he reports: “I got married on 8 July 2011 and I found a job in Singapore as Legal Officer at Zuellig Pharma. I am in Singapore for good and look forward to catch up with other alumni.” He sends us a beautiful photo of him and his lovely bride at their wedding in Switzerland, at the Mirador Kempinski Mont-Pelerin. Luca says, “I proposed in Bangkok 11 months ago. We wanted to celebrate the marriage with the whole family (including my 4 grandparents!) and decided to keep Asia for the proposal!”
Reeba Muthalaly Exchange ’11 says, “I had a memorable experience at the Faculty of Law and will have nice stories to tell about it once I am back home.”
Massimiliano Calligaris Exchange ’11 writes: “I'm a fourth-year student in the combined LL.B/M.Sc. (Law) at Bocconi University in Milan. I have a degree in classical studies in 2008 from Liceo Francesco Petrarca in Trieste, my hometown, in the North-East of Italy (on the border with Slovenia). I like escaping from legal studies by trekking and skiing. I'm also keen on theatre, cinema and visual arts and I'm an amateur classical guitar player. I love travelling, seeing different cultures and Singapore is one of the best cities I've ever visited!”